About the Scottish Rite

“The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction in the United States often omits the and, while the English Constitution in the United Kingdom omits the Scottish), commonly known as simply the Scottish Rite (or, in England and Australia, as the Rose Croix although this is only one of its degrees), is one of several Rites of Freemasonry. A Rite is a progressive series of degrees conferred by various Masonic organizations or bodies, each of which operates under the control of its own central authority. In the Scottish Rite the central authority is called a Supreme Council.

The Scottish Rite is one of the appendant bodies of Freemasonry that a Master Mason may join for further exposure to the principles of Freemasonry. It is also concordant, in that some of its degrees relate to the degrees of Symbolic (Craft) Freemasonry. In England and some other countries, while the Scottish Rite is not accorded official recognition by the Grand Lodge, only a recognised Freemason may join and there is no prohibition against his doing so. In the United States, however, the Scottish Rite is officially recognized by Grand Lodges as an extension of the degrees of Freemasonry. The Scottish Rite builds upon the ethical teachings and philosophy offered in the Craft (or Blue) Lodge, through dramatic presentation of the individual degrees.”

Source: Wikipedia

To find out more, visit the official page of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction at https://scottishrite.org/

About RiteCare®

About the Program

In the early 1950s in Colorado, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States initiated a program to help children with speech and language disorders. The results obtained from this program led to the establishment of RiteCare clinics to provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders, as well as learning disabilities.

Today, there are 178 RiteCare® clinics, centers, and special programs operating or planned for children and therapists located throughout the United States. Each facility is staffed by speech-language pathologists or other trained personnel. Through the support of Scottish Rite members, these clinics, centers, and programs continue to increase. The value of this philanthropy has long been apparent. Tens of thousands of youngsters across the United States have been helped significantly. With the good work of dedicated clinicians and parents, the Scottish Rite has achieved successes that could only be imagined a few years back. Children who might have remained educationally behind for a lifetime can now talk, read, and lead productive lives.

Program Eligibility

As a rule, the RiteCare® Clinics accept preschool children who have difficulty speaking or understanding the spoken word or school-age children who have difficulty learning to read. Some centers also offer literacy training for adults.

Inquiries on age groups and program offerings in specific areas should be addressed to the director of the local Scottish Rite facility. Equally important, all services are available regardless of race, creed, or the family’s inability to pay.

While all children in need are eligible for available RiteCare® Program treatment, please consult with your local facility for specific financial information.

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Contact the JIS Scottish Rite Center

Andy Chapman, 33°
Kenneth Lothridge, 32° KCCH
Kevin S. Mertens, 32° KCCH

Mailing Address:
Scottish Rite Temple
P.O. Box 5776
Greenville, SC 29606-5776

110 Edinburgh Court
Suite B
Greenville, SC 29607-2555

Telephone: (864) 203-3289
Email: jisscottishrite@gmail.com


Greenville Lodge of Perfection (4° – 14°)

Venerable Master Michael David Peeler, 32° KCCH
Senior Warden Joseph Ansel Morgan, Jr. 32°
Junior Warden Ronald Lee Dodson, 32°
Secretary Edward Dean Snow, 33°
Treasurer Kevin Stuart Mertens, 32° KCCH
Prelate Greely Ray Palmer Jr., 33°
Almoner J. Dennis Julian, 33°
Tiler Gerald Clarence Reeves, 33°
Orator James Whitney Barr, 32° KCCH
Master of Ceremonies Robert Clarence Griffin, 32°
Expert Vernon Lee Aultman, 32° KCCH
Assitant Expert William J. Rosser, 32° KCCH
Captain of the Host George S. Mabry, Jr. 32°

Greenville Chapter of Rose Croix (15° – 18°)

Wise Master Michael Wayne Heatherly, 32°
Senior Warden Deane Arthur McKinley, 32°
Junior Warden Aaron Lee Duncan, 1st, 32° KCCH
Secretary Edward Dean Snow, 33°
Treasurer Kevin Stuart Mertens, 32° KCCH
Prelate Greely Ray Palmer Jr., 33°
Almoner J. Dennis Julian, 33°
Tiler Gerald Clarence Reeves, 33°
Master of Ceremonies Mark Anthony Irby, Jr. 32°
Expert Patricio Marre¢, 32°
Assitant Expert Johnnie Milton Jones, Jr. 32° KCCH
Standard Bearer Terry Stanley Pruitt, 32° KCCH
Guardian of the Temple Charlton N. Ashley, 32°

Greenville Council of Kadosh (19° – 30°)

Commander of Kadosh Thomas E Watson, 33°,  JGW
1st Lt. Commander William Roscoe Bryant, Sr. 32° KCCH
2nd Lt. Commander William Roscoe Bryant Jr. 32° KCCH
Secretary Edward Dean Snow, 33°
Treasurer Kevin Stuart Mertens, 32° KCCH
Prelate Greely Ray Palmer Jr., 33°
Almoner J. Dennis Julian, 33°
Tiler Gerald Clarence Reeves, 33°
Chancellor J. Paul McWilliams, Jr. 32° KCCH
Master of Ceremonies T. Shane Culbertson, 33°
Draper Tyler Dewitt Benton, 32°
Turcopolier James Waylon Lyle, 32° KCCH
1st Deacon Michael David Peeler, 32° KCCH
2nd Deacon Timothy John Bates, 32° KCCH
Bearer of Beauseant William  Richard Key, 32°
Bearer of White Standard Ryan Kane Merritt, 32°
Bearer of Black Standard William Lee O’Neal, 32°
Captain of the Guard Paul Austin Anderson,32°

Greenville Consistory (31° – 32°)

Master of Kadosh Daniel Edward Rancourt, 32°
Prior T. Shane Culbertson, 33°
Preceptor Kenneth Ray Quinn, 32°
Secretary Edward Dean Snow, 33°
Treasurer Kevin Stuart Mertens, 32° KCCH
Prelate Greely Ray Palmer Jr., 33°
Almoner J. Dennis Julian, 33°
Tiler Gerald Clarence Reeves, 33°
Chancellor Eric Scott Ostrander, 32°
Minister of State Ronnie Paul Richards, 32° KCCH
Master of Ceremonies Edward May Pool, 33°
Expert Richard D. Jeffress, 32°
Assitant Expert Anthony Wayne Edwards, 32° KCCH
Captain of the Guard V. R. Bob Brantley, Jr. 32°

Master Craftsman Program

About the Master Craftsman program

The Scottish Rite Master Craftsman (SRMC) program is an exciting, by-mail correspondence course designed and administered by staff at the House of the Temple in Washington, DC, under the guidance and leadership of the Supreme Council, 33°, of the A&A Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, USA. Currently, three courses and a Group Studies Program constitute the SRMC.

What will you study?

While a Scottish Rite, SJ, member may use Group Studies program at any time, the three courses are meant to be taken in the following order:

  • Program I: The Symbolic Lodge will familiarize students with aspects of the development of Blue Lodge Masonry and explore some of its developing symbolism. This will reveal that the “High Degrees” began to develop soon after formation of the Premier Grand Lodge (1717). Albert Pike’s book, Esoterika: The Symbolism of the Blue Degrees of Freemasonry, along with Arturo de Hoyos’s Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide (3d ed.) will be used to demonstrate a rational and philosophical interpretation for much of what is found in Craft Masonry.
  • Program II: Scottish Rite History & Ritual consists of six lessons, utilizing the Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide by Arturo de Hoyos, 33°, Grand Cross, and A Bridge to Light (4th ed.) by Rex Hutchens, 33°, Grand Cross, as its textbooks.
  • Program III: Scottish Rite Philosophy uses Albert Pike’s Morals & Dogma, Annotated Edition, by Arturo de Hoyos, 33°, Grand Cross and returns to the ritual of the Scottish Rite to re-explore it on a deeper level, by looking for the moral lesson imparted in each degree and then applying that lesson to one’s everyday life. The course consists of 33 quizzes, grouped into 10 sections

Upon completion of each course listed above, the participant will be rewarded with a medal or pins to denote multiple completions.The Group Studies program operates differently from the three courses. 

Source: The Supreme Council, 33º, Southern Jurisdiction, USA

Knights of Saint Andrew

The Knights of St. Andrew meet following regular business meetings.

If you are interested in joining or learning more about the Knights of St. Andrew, please ask any member!

Double Eagle Award

What is the Double Eagle Award?

The Double Eagle Award recognizes those members who are active and participate in the various activities and functions of the Greenville Valley. It is available to all members, and the only requirement is your participation. And it’s so easy! Just keep track of your points, and turn them in!

What Awards are available?

The first 500 points earns you the basic medal.

You will receive corresponding bars as you reach each level for additional points earned.

Points Award Levels

You will receive corresponding bars as you reach each level for additional points earned:

LevelPoints needed
Basic Medal500
Red bar2,000
White bar5,000
Blue Bar10,000
Gold Name Bar25,000
Emerald Stone50,000
Ruby Gem75,000
Diamond Jewel100,000

Note that points are cumulative.

What Points can I report?

First, determine the points you have earned.

Here are two forms you can use to keep track of your points as you earn them:

Points Examples

Below are examples of awarded points. Please use this as a guide when providing your points earned.

Double Eagle Awards Points


 Top Line Signers for New Members 100
 2nd Line Signers for New Members 25
 Reinstatement 100
 Monthly Meetings Attended (per meeting) 10
 Attend 5 Meetings and/or Degrees (Bonus) 100
 Executive Committee Meeting(s) 10
 Presiding Officer (per meeting) 25
 Secretary /Treasurer/ Almoner (per meeting) 10
 J. I. Smith Board (Chair) 25
 J. I. Smith Board (Attend) 10
 Knights of St. Andrew Meeting 10
 Director of kitchen staff (+10 per hour) 500
 Kitchen support (+10 per hour) 250
 Director of Work (+10 per hour) 500
 Assistant Director (s) of Work (+10 per hour) 250
 Class Director & Assistants (+10 per hour) 250
 Director of Support Areas (+10 per hour) 250
 Asst. Director(s) of Support Areas (+10 per hour) 250
 Lighting /Sound /Stage Direction (+ 10 per hour) 250
 Degree Parts Masters 100
 Degree Parts Major 75
 Degree Parts Minor 50
 Degree Parts Non Speaking Parts 25
 Presiding Officer (per meeting) 25
 Secretary /Treasurer/Almoner (per meeting) 10
 Master Craftsman Courses 1 & II & III (each) 500
 Ceremony of Remembrance & Renewal 25
 Presenting ROTC Awards 100
 Ring Ceremony 25
Work Parties (per hour) 50
 Christmas Tree Sales (per hour) 50
 BBQ/Fundraiser (attend) 10
 BBQ/Fundraiser (per dollar sold) 10
 Fruit Sale (participate) 10
 Fruit Sale (per dollar sold) 1
 Contribution to Foundation or Event (per dollar) 1
 Event Director or Chairman 100
 Event Director or Chairman ( per hour) 10
 Assistant Event Director or Chairman 50
 Assistant Event Director or Chairman (per hour) 10

Report my Points!

Next, report the Points to our Double Eagle Awards Chairman.

Report your Points

Complete this form to report your earned points.

If you need to report more Point entries than this form provides, please submit a second form.