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
UPDATED DIRECTIVES-AUGUST 2020
Scottish Rite Stated Meetings:
In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our members’ health and safety, our Sovereign Grand Inspector General is extending the directive to cancel all in-person Scottish Rite meetings of any kind until further notice. This directive applies to all Scottish Rite activities including Clubs, Degree Teams, Committees, Social Groups, etc. The Feast of Tishri scheduled for October 16, 2020 has been canceled.
All Reunions and reunion-related activities in the Orient of Texas are canceled for 2020. This includes group recruitment activities, degree practices, and degree conferrals.
Scottish Rite Buildings:
Our Scottish Rite Buildings are subject to any local, county, state, or federal emergency declarations regarding COVID-19 public gatherings or activities related to Scottish Rite business; however, our buildings are to remain closed to the general public in response to recommendations of the CDC for public gatherings until further notice. Each Valley should closely monitor local directives from the State and County in which you operate as the governmental orders are varied with different expiration dates across the State.
Social Media - Virtual Meetings:
All “virtual” gatherings hosted by your Valley, committees, Clubs, or groups are prohibited except for social gatherings or educational programs where no esoteric work is used or discussed consistent with Grand Master’s Decision No. 2 that limits esoteric discussions. Further, educational meetings should be limited to verified active Texas Freemasons with participation through restricted access that must be monitored by a moderator with no recording of the proceedings. Such meetings, if held, must have the written permission of the Valley’s Personal Representative.
Freemasonry is the world's oldest and largest fraternal organization. It is believed to have originated with the craft guilds of medieval Europe and latterly, to have expanded to admit those who did not actually belong to the trade. The literal stone masons are referred to as operatives while those who did not actually work in stone were called speculative masons. [ Bro. Stephen Daphoe]
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