The Valley of Buffalo

Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction

There are six core values represented throughout the degrees — Reverence for God, Integrity, Justice, Tolerance, Devotion to Country and Service to Humanity.

Whereas a Symbolic Lodge appears in almost every community in the United States, the Scottish Rite units tend to be regional and are called “Valleys”. Most Valleys have four distinct paths, although in some areas a candidate may be required to continue his degrees in a neighboring Valley.

A Scottish Rite degree can offer a new reflection each time it is performed or observed. The lessons are taught through parables in the form of plays, allowing Masons the opportunity to bond through theater, stage work, costuming,makeup, set design and musical activities. Cast members present the lessons,which are taken from Biblical and modern historical events, to candidates who learn through observing performances.

A Master Mason may become a Scottish Rite Mason in as little as one day, or he may take each degree over a period of time. Some are presented in an elaborate stage presentation. Every Scottish Rite Mason is encouraged to witness as many degree presentations as possible, and each new member is provided with a passport in which to log his journey in the degrees.


The Lodge of Perfection confers the 4° to the 14°. These are commonly referred to as the Ineffable degrees. In the eleven lessons the candidate will observe many references, scenes, and characters which recall and amplify the three Symbolic degrees.

Thrice Potent Master Ill. Dennis Januchowski, 33º 
Deputy Master Herbert P. Hahn, Jr., 32º, MSA
Senior Warden Brad K Boyle, 32º
Junior Warden Douglas C. Specht, Jr., 32°, MSA

Orator Robert D. Knaus, 32º, DSA
Master of Ceremonies Simeon M. Konan, 32º
Hospitaler Albert J. Luss, 32º MSA
Captain of the Guard Ill. John A. Striegel, 33º, MSA 
Server Herbert Metzger, 32º
Tiler Vincent C. Zaleski, 32º


The Council of Princes of Jerusalem confers the 15° and 16°, which teach lessons using the settings based on the Babylonian captivity of the Hebrews and the building of the second Temple.


Sovereign Prince Michael B Seeloff, 32º
High Priest Mark J Seeloff, 32º
Senior Warden Konrad A Ken, 32º
Junior Warden Thomas F Schobert, 32º

Master of Ceremonies Joel D. Martin, 32º
Master of Entrances Daniel DiNatale, 32º
Hospitaler Albert J. Luss, 32º, MSA
Sentinel  Vincent C. Zalenski, 32º


The Chapter of Rose Croix confers the 17° and 18°, and is the spiritual heart of the Scottish Rite. These degrees teach that the only lasting Temple is in the soul of man.

Most Wise Master Jason W Godios, 32º  
Senior Warden Ken JP Stuczynski, 32º
Junior Warden Frank Hoffman, 32º
Orator Richard Christian II, 32º
Master of Ceremonies Justin A. Brown, 33º MSA
Captain of the Guard Joel D. Martin, 32º

Hospitaler Albert J. Luss, 32º, MSA
Sentinel  Vincent C. Zalenski, 32º


The Consistory confers the 19° to 32°. These degrees portray many memorable lessons that range in settings from the days of chivalry through the 20th Century.

Commander-in-Chief Myron Deputat, 32º, MSA
1st Lieutenant Commander Ill. Keith J Poppendeck, 33°
2nd Lieutenant Commander Peter C Stein, 32°

Orator Justin A. Brown, 32º DSA
Chancellor Daniel Di Natale, 32º
Master of Ceremonies Joel D Martin, 32º
Hospitaler Albert J. Luss, 32º, MSA
Color Bearer Dist. Robert I. Praties, 32º, MSA 
Standard Bearer Dist. Robert E. Ess, 32º, MSA 
Captain of the Guard Richard W Christian II, 32º
Pryor Justin A. Brown, 32º DSA
Sentinel Vincent C. Zalenski, 32º

Secretary Ill. Bertram J. Woodside, 33º, MSA
Treasurer Alan B. Stewart, 32º, MSA

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