Scottish Rite, Valley of Kennewick

The Supreme Council, 33 , of the Southern Jurisdiction website is:  www.srmason-sj.org

Mission Statement of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, SJ, USA

It is the mission of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, SJ, to improve its members and enhance the communities in which they live by teaching and emulating the principles of Brotherly Love, Tolerance, Charity, and Truth while actively embracing high social, moral, and spiritual values including fellowship, compassion, and dedication to God, family and country.

This mission can be obtained through efforts such as following a Strategic Plan.

The objectives are as follows:   

Objective One – To fulfill Promise of Additional Masonic Knowledge through Education and Training

        KEY STRATEGIES:

·      Establish training programs to provide on-going knowledge and skill development

·      Develop programs to train members in coaching and mentoring

·      Establish knowledge standards for all members

·      Establish resources for continued learning from a basic to advanced level

For this objective the following individuals have been identified:

A.            Ritual Committee – George Rieck, Chair, Allen Smith, Earl Root,

Bill Cannon, Robert Youssef, Frank Haun, Buddy Rust, Ted Wise

            B.            Masonic Book Review – Jim Door, Chair

C.        Media Programs about Masonic History – George Rieck, Chair,

Ron Galpin, Charles R. Davis, Jim Chase

Objective Two – To Present A Positive Public Image of Freemasonry:

KEY STRATEGIES:

·      Establish a Public Relations Department

·      Expand the public awareness of our philanthropic activities

·      Establish a media relations strategy

·      Establish means to utilize well-known members to accomplish the objective

·      Establish initiatives to educate the public about the core values of the Scottish Rite

For this objective the following individuals have been identified:

Publicity Committee – Gene Spaulding, Chair, Bright Bowe, Larry

Taylor, George Jones, Jerome Delvin

Objective Three – To Present A Positive Public Image of Freemasonry and support and expand our philanthropic activities:

KEY STRATEGIES:

·      Evaluate the current operating structure of our RiteCare® Centers

·      Establish standards of quality and care for our RiteCare® facilities

·      Establish operational national resources for RiteCare® Centers

·      Evaluate our scholarship programs and create standards

For this objective the following individuals have been identified:

Child Language Disorders - Charles R. Davis, Chair

Scholarship Committee – Warren Monroe, Chair, Tim Mensinger

Objective Four – To Provide Framework for Effective Leadership to insure the stability and long term success of the Valley:

 KEY STRATEGIES:

·      Review entire organizational structural of the Scottish Rite and evaluate its effectiveness, efficiency and utility for providing a platform for stability and a long-term success

·      Establish formal (and required) training programs for all levels of Organization, from Supreme Council to local Valleys to establish standard expectations of each position and provide training and skill development necessary to successfully hold the position

·      Improve and enhance communications capabilities throughout the Organization

For this objective the following individuals have been identified:

Valley Leadership & Training – Jim Carey, Chair, Connie Eckard,

Tim Mensinger, David Chassin

Objective Five – To Provide Framework for a Financial Process to ensure the long-term success of the Valley:

 KEY STRATEGIES:

·      Create an organization that has strong and progressive financial planning (short and long-term) capabilities for the entire organization (i.e. Supreme Council, Orients, Valleys, etc.)

·      Implement appropriate changes to the structure, policies and/or procedures that will result in strong internal accounting and financial controls to ensure the adequate protection of the Organization’s assets

·      Implement a prudent, but progressive, investment policy, for all invested funds, which is built upon responsible investment theory and, which will optimize investment return in the long term

·      Develop policies and controls to manage the Organization’s facilities in order to support the Organization’s Mission while optimizing the economics of the investments in and the operation of the facilities

For this objective the following individuals have been identified:

Finance Committee - Allen Smith, Chair, Earl Evans

 

 

Objective Three – To Support and Expand Philanthropic Activities

            A.            The support procedures for our Rite Care Centers will be evaluated

when a committee is selected, Charles R. Davis, Chair

B.         The Valley of Kennewick has an untiled meeting periodically to invite the ladies and guests into the Lodge room for special presentations.

Ice cream socials were held on June 13th and June 27th.  A dinner was held on September 12th where scholarships were given to the students.  A dinner was enjoyed by all on September 26th where a 50 year member received his 50 year cap.  The Feast of Tishri was held on October 10th with a presentation about the Veterans Retired Activities Office.  A Rose Croix service was held to remember Ron Brodzinski on November 28th.  Other open meetings are planned for December 12th and January 9th and will be continued throughout the years.  Jim Carey, Chair

C.        Scholarship Program -  The Valley of Kennewick has an excellent scholarship program already established and presented once a year at an open public presentation.  This was completed at the September 12th meeting.  75 people attended this scholarship award evening.

D.        We plan to handout information on the Rite Care Programs to our members and the public.  This was completed at the September 12th meeting.  Also, there are brochures readily available in the foyer.

 

Objective Four – To Provide Framework for Effective Leadership

A.        Valley Leadership – The Valley of Kennewick is putting education in our meetings and having presentations of community programs.  Jim Carey, Chair, Connie Eckard, Tim Mensigner, David Chassin (same as C in Objective One.)

B.         Valley of Kennewick has one or two brothers who contact sick and distressed members to see if there is anything the Lodge can do for them.  Holt Hensley, Chair, Vern Fichter

 

Objective Five – To Provide Framework for Financial Process

            A.            Allen Smith, Chair, Earl Evans