Founded in the 17th Century in Bordeaux, France, the Scottish Rite is one
of the branches of Freemasonry to which a Master Mason may proceed after he
has completed the first three degrees of the Symbolic or “Blue Lodge.” The
Scottish rite includes the degrees 4˚ through 32˚, and its degrees are
lessons taught through allegory in the forms of plays. The plays are based
upon both Biblical and historical references.
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The “York Rite” is colloquially referred to by Masons as the “American
Rite.” The York Rite takes its name from the city of York, England, where in
about 926 A.D. King Athelstan assembled Masons to receive their charter. It
is one of the two main branches of Freemasonry in the United States which a
Master Mason may decide to join for further exposure to Masonic knowledge.
The bodies of the York Rite include the Royal Arch Masons, Cryptic Masons
and Knights Templars.
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Known as the playground of Masonry, the Shrine was founded in 1872 by 13
men belonging to the Masonic Order. It was originally established to provide
fun and fellowship for its members. Shiners are known throughout the world
for their exceptional philanthropy and their specialized hospitals that
treat children with a variety of ailments — free of charge.
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Grottoes of North America
The Grottoes of North America is a Masonically affiliated Fraternal
Organization, whose membership is based on Masonic values. Through gaiety,
fun and frolic it teaches the lessons of the Golden Rule. It is a social
organization based on "Good Fellowship" and promotes the high ideals of
Masonry through fun programs and charitable work.
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The DeMolay body prepares young men aged 12-21 to lead successful, happy and
industrious lives. Basing its approach on timeless Masonic principles and
hands-on experience, DeMolay helps young men develop the civic awareness,
personal responsibility and leadership skills that will serve them well
throughout their lives. It was established in 1919.
Rainbow for Girls
The Rainbow for Girls is an organization for girls between the ages of 11
and 20. The seven colors of the Rainbow represent seven teachings that each
member receives on her journey toward the pot of gold. Founded in 1922, the
organization teaches girls three basic virtues: Faith in a Supreme Being and
other people, having Hope in all that they do, and Charity toward others.
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Order of the Eastern Star
Established in 1850, the Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal
organization in the world that’s open to both men and women. Members of the
Order are aged 18 and older; men must be Master Masons and women must have
specific relationships with Masons. Its teachings are based on the Bible,
but it’s open to people of all monotheistic faiths.
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Daughters of the Nile
Daughters of the Nile is a benevolent international organization for
women who are related by birth or marriage to a Shriner/Master Mason or
Daughter of the Nile. Founded in 1913 it boasts 148 Temples and 39,000
members throughout the United States and Canada. The Daughters of the Nile
are proud of their heritage and are grateful for the deep and lifelong
friendships that develop within the membership that cannot be measured in
dollars and cents.
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Ladies of the Oriental Shrine
The Ladies’ Oriental
Shrine of North America (LOSNA) was founded in Wheeling, West Virginia in
1903, when the Ladies of Osiris Shriners were invited to attend the social
events and festivities surrounding Osiris’ Spring Ceremonial. When the
Shriners departed for their Initiation Ceremony, the Ladies were having so
much fun, they didn’t want to stop. They surveyed the McClure Hotel
and in a joyous mood, began to parade through the halls. They
eventually arrived at one of the hotel’s conference rooms. The doors
were closed, a guard was set, and within that room, with dignity and
sincerity, and without a ritual or prepared paraphernalia, the first session
of the Ladies’ Oriental Shrine of North America was held and Isis Court No.
1 came into being. They would henceforth conduct their own affairs,
even while continuing to support the Nobles with their Shrine activities.
The LOSNA is not an auxiliary of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of
the Mystic Shrine. They are a separate and distinct Order.
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