Gifts and Bequests to the El Paso Scottish Rite Historical Library and Museum Foundation
The El Paso Scottish Rite Historical and Library Museum depends upon gifts from you and others like you to make it possible for the Foundation's mission to be accomplished. You may make one or more of the types of gifts enumerated below.
Your gift or bequest will allow our Foundation to maintain our historical Temple and provide the resources necessary for us to continue the Scottish rite mission for generations to come.
In making a gift to the Foundation, you will receive a receipt letter for tax purposes as the Foundation is approved as a IRS Code 501(c)(3) public charitable organization. Contributions to the Foundation are deductible to the full extent of the law for federal income tax purposes as well as for federal estate tax and state inheritance and gift tax purposes.
Checks should be made payable to: "El Paso Scottish Rite Historical Library and Museum Foundation."
In addition to cash, you may make one or more of the following types of gifts.
|Gift Concept||Gift Plan|
| Gifts by Bequest or Beneficiary Designation || (1) Will|
(2) Life Insurance
(3) Retirement Plan
| Gifts made Outright|
(4) Appreciated Property, Stock, or Cash
"In Memory Of" or "In honor Of"
| (5) Cash, check or Credit Card|
Petition for Initiation can now be downloaded here or from our Membership Services page, under "Forms"
DEGREE FEE $275.00: ($100.00 MUST ACCOMPANY PETITION)
Degree Fees are payable in full prior to initiation. At any time prior to the Reunion you may pay the remaining balance in full or in installments to the El Paso Scottish Rite Office. Payments will be accepted up to and including the day of the Reunion. Endowment memberships are available at the time of initiation for $1,500.00, this includes your Degree Fees, a savings of $25.00.
32° Black cap is included in above fee
Case for cap is $30.00 additional and is available from the Office
NOTICE: The Stated Meeting for the El Paso Scottish Rite scheduled for Monday, November 9, 2020 has been cancelled.
The El Paso County Judge has ordered a two-week shutdown of non-essential services due to new Covid-19 cases soaring in the El Paso community, effective on October 30, 2020. Various sections of this Order contain a “stay at home” mandate, a curfew restriction for all persons between the hours from 10:00 pm and 5:00 am, an Order to cease all activities at facilities not deemed as essential businesses and prohibits all public and private gatherings of any number of people. This Order covers businesses which include for-profit or non-profit, regardless of the nature of the service, the function they perform, or its corporate entity structure. This Order is in effect through November 11, 2020.
The Chairman and General Secretary of our Valley participated in a Zoom meeting with the SGIG of Texas and the Orient Executive Committee on October 30, 2020. El Paso is not the only Valley in the Orient affected during this pandemic and several Valleys have had to take similar actions and cancel upcoming meetings. All Valleys have been directed to adhere to all County, City and State Directives in effect. Barring any restrictions, the individual Valleys have the discretion to determine if they can safely resume activities without putting their membership at risk of infection or illness.
The Valley of El Paso is hopeful conditions may improve to the extent that the restrictions will be eased and we will be able to hold our next scheduled Stated Meeting on Monday, December 14, 2020. We will elect two members to the Foundation Board of Directors and submit a 2021 budget for approval. All 2020 Officers of the Scottish Rite Bodies will carry over in their Offices in 2021. If we are able to hold the December Stated Meeting, it will require that certain criteria be followed; such as temperature checks, wearing masks at all times while in the building, hand sanitizer made available and strict social distancing. There will be no meals served in the building until further notice. As the time approaches we will keep the membership apprised of any changes in our directives. The building remains closed to the public, visitors and tours are prohibited until further notice.
We anticipate having a Reunion in 2021, the date has not yet been determined. It has been directed that the next Reunion will be a one-day Reunion consisting of the Terminal Degrees only and conferred in suit and tie, no costumes will be used. We will update you further when we determine a date.
The El Paso Scottish Rite staff is continuing to work and the day to day operation of your Valley is not neglected. If you have any questions, call us or email us. If the Office is closed, please leave a message on our voicemail and we’ll get back to you.
Stay safe and check on your friends and neighbors.
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The Scottish Rite is based upon Symbolic Masonry. It does not confer the first three degrees. This is recognized as the unquestioned prerogative of the Symbolic Lodges. The Scottish Rite confers only degrees from the fourth to the thirty-second, inclusive.
For more information about becoming a Mason please visit www.beafreemason.org