The El Paso Scottish Rite continues to be proactive in doing our part to adapt to the challenges we all face in dealing with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We will continue to update and communicate with our members.
- The House of the Temple in Washington, DC has closed until April 13, 2020. Supreme Council staff are tele-working and are available to assist our members, however certain services will be delayed for several weeks. Please be patient on the processing of Master Craftsman Program quizzes, Membership Cards and Certificates.
- We have pledged ourselves to following the guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Emergency Declarations and Guidelines have also come down from the National, State, City and County levels. We have also received Directives from the SGIG of Texas and the Grand Master of Texas.
In accordance with the Directives the following steps are being taken through April 30, 2020:
- Day-to-day operations will continue at the El Paso Scottish Rite, however the Temple is closed to visitors and we have restricted public access. Office staff will be tele-working to the greatest extent possible and can be contacted via phone or email if the office is closed. This step was taken in response to the CDC guidelines for businesses.
- All El Paso Scottish Rite meetings, events and social activities have been canceled through April 30, 2020.
- We are cleaning and disinfecting common or frequently touched surfaces.
- We are encouraging social distancing to minimize exposure to our staff and our members.
- We are continuing to contact our known at-risk members and insure their well-being.
This message is from Ill. Mike Wiggins, SGIG of Texas:
“We want to encourage our members to carefully consider the threat and possible spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) in attending any public gathering including our Scottish Rite meetings. If you feel poorly, have a cough or fever, or exhibit signs of the flu, we encourage you to see your physician as soon as possible and refrain from participating in your meetings to prevent the spread of the virus until you are determined to be healthy. In addition, if you have any second thoughts about attending our meetings due to concerns over contracting the virus, please do not hesitate to stay at home. While we will miss you, we are more concerned with your health and that of our members than having a full house for our events. We appreciate your understanding of this notice and look forward to seeing you in the near future, when we are less concerned about the spread of COVID-19. Here is a link to the CDC website regarding steps to take if you feel ill.” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html
Thank you for your patience during this challenging time. We will continue to update you as the situation evolves. Stay safe.
If you are housebound or in distress and have no support team to assist you, please contact us. We will assist in any way possible. Please call the Office if you have any questions. Be safe and thank you for your membership in our Fraternity.
Larry V. Kane
El Paso Scottish Rite
Mark your Calendars
Feast of Tishri
October 16, 2020
October 16-17, 2020
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
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.
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.
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.
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|
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