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 Ill:. Selom Adjogah,33º  
Junior Warden David Metzger, 32º

Orator Robert D. Knaus, 32º, DSA
Master of Ceremonies Simeon M. Konan, 32º
Captain of the Guard Ill:. John A. Striegel, 33º, MSA 
Server Herbert Metzger, 32º
Tiler Andrew S. Egressy, 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 Kenneth J. Stuczynski, 32º
High Priest B. Damon Piatov, 32º
Senior Warden Ill. Paul Czubaj (Mentor)
Junior Warden Peter C. Stein, 32º

Sentinel  Andrew Egressy, 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 Ill:. Doug Mekeel, 33º
Senior Warden Bertram J. Woodside (Mentor)
Junior Warden Jason Godios, 32º
Orator: Maurice Janeczko, 32º
Master of Ceremonies Josh Niemann, 32º

Sentinel  Andrew Egressy, 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 Albert J. Luss, 32º, MSA
1st Lieutenant Commander Leonard W. Mason, 32º
2nd Lieutenant Commander Myron Deputat, 32º

Chancellor Ill:. Douglas J. Mekeel, 33º, MSA
Color Bearer Dist. Robert I. Praties, 32º, MSA 
Standard Bearer Dist. Robert E. Ess, 32º, MSA 
Captain of the Guard Ill:. Jack A. Striegel, 33º, MSA
Pryor Maurice Janeczko, 32º DSA
Sentinel Andrew Egressy, 32º

Secretary Bertrand J. Woodside, 32º, MSA
Treasurer Alan B. Stewart, 32º, MSA

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