Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Bloomsburg

The Scottish Rite seeks to strengthen the community and believes that each man should act in civil life according to his individual judgment and the dictates of his conscience.

A member of the Scottish Rite seeks to:

  • Exalt the dignity of every person, the human side of his daily activities, and the maximum service to humanity.
  • Aid mankind’s search in God’s universe for identity, for development and for destiny, and thereby produce better men in a better world, happier men in a happier world and wiser men in a wiser world.

Scottish Rite

Freemasonry is a fraternity or brotherhood based on the belief that each person has a responsibility to help make the world a better place.  Freemasonry encourages good men to become better men by promoting a life dedicated to high ideals, community service, and benevolence.

Masons are deeply involved in helping people.  Their compassion for others manifests itself in many ways, from housing neglected and abused children to helping seniors remain independent.  Masons contribute millions of dollars every day in the United States to aid individuals who are sick, aged, or destitute, or whose physical, emotional and psychological needs are not being met.  The vast majority of Masonic philanthropies assist people who are not Masons.

Have you ever considered just what the Freemason’s do to help those in need within communities around the world?  You may not be aware how this fraternal organization works diligently to make a real difference in so many lives.  If you would like to do the same, contact us or a fellow Mason to make a difference.
Masonic principals

  • Act with honor and integrity in everything you do
  • Believe in a Supreme Being and keep faith in the center of your life
  • Be tolerant and considerate of different religious, social, and political views
  • Strive to leave the world a better place than when you entered it
  • Practice mutual help-give and accept help when it’s needed
  • Uphold and maintain the principals of good government; oppose divisive and degrading influences, and be a good citizen
  • Value self-improvement over financial success
  • Remain good at heart
  • Strive to live a brotherly life

Did you know?
Masonry is practiced worldwide
There are over 2 million Masons in North America and nearly 4 million worldwide.

Freemasonry has no single spokesman
Freemasonry is made up of many individuals in numerous organizations, all subordinate to the Grand Lodge within their jurisdiction (i.e. state). None of these members or organizations can speak for Freemasonry; that is the responsibility of each Grand Lodge within its jurisdiction.

Freemasonry is made up of many organizations
Masonry has many groups, each with a special social, educational, or philanthropic focus. A man becomes a Mason in his local lodge. Then he can join any of the following “Appendant Bodies”: the Scottish Rite, York Rite (which includes the Royal Arch, Council and Knights Templar), Shrine, Grotto, Tall Cedars, etc.

14 U.S. Presidents were Masons:
George Washington, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, James Garfield, William McKinley, Teddy Roosevelt, William Taft, Warren Harding, F. D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Gerald Ford.

Of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence
Several were Freemasons.

Of the 55 members of the Constitutional Convention,
9 were Masons.

Mason Benjamin Franklin obtained finances and guns for the American Revolution
from leading French Masons and the French government.

Major General Benjamin Lincoln of Revolutionary War fame, who received the sword of Cornwallis in the surrender of Yorktown,
was initiated on Christmas Day, 1780, in St. Andrew’s Lodge, Boston, Massachusetts.

The American flag was ordered made by Brother George Washington.
Folklore says that it was sewn by Betsy Ross, whose husband was a member of St. John’s Lodge, Philadelphia.

Out of 51 Grand Lodge jurisdictions in the United States, 27 have 18 years old as the minimum age
requirement to become a Mason. Six have 19 years old, and 18 have 21 years of age as the minimum age requirement.

Most people are aware of the fact that the Statue of Liberty was a gift of the French people after their own republic came into existence; however, many are not aware that there is a Masonic link to the statue. Frederic Bartholdi, a Mason, designed it and the Grand Lodge of New York laid the cornerstone of its base with Masonic ritual.

Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania
Scottish Rite Supreme Council Northern Masonic Jurisdiction

General Questions or Freemason Questions