What is Tough Mudder?
Tough Mudder is a team oriented 10 – 12 mile (1820 km) obstacle course designed to test physical strength and mental grit. Tough Mudder puts camaraderie over finisher rankings and is not a timed race but a team challenge that allows participants to experience exhilarating, yet safe, worldclass obstacles they won’t find anywhere else.
Why Tough Mudder?
Other Scottish Rite Orients and Valleys across the Southern Jurisdiction have had great success in utilizing these events for team building, morale boosting, public awareness, membership recruitment, and much more. It is our goal to bring this same excitement to the Orient of Missouri.
Who can participate?
We’re looking for Scottish Rite brethren from across the Orient of Missouri to join our team on Saturday, October 10th, 2015. We’re hopeful that you will also bring with you your friends that may not be members of your Valley or even Freemasonry; this can certainly be utilized to shine a light on the uniqueness of our craft. Women are welcome and encouraged to participate as well.
Please watch the video below. If you or someone that you know is interested in participating or supporting this event, please contact the CoChairmen of the Scottish Rite Tough Mudder Program for the Scottish Rite Orient of Missouri by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need your feedback!
On October 10-11, 2015, Scottish Rite Masons from across the Orient will converge upon Montgomery City, Missouri to take on the “Tough Mudder” course and we’d like your input in a very brief online survey.
To access the online survey, go to: http://tinyurl.com/scottishritetoughmudder2015
Tough Mudder is a team-oriented 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test physical strength and mental grit – an event that puts camaraderie over finisher rankings and is not a timed race. Tough Mudder is a proud supporter of Wounded Warrior Project®, and to date has raised over $6 million for that charity.
Other Orients across the Southern Jurisdiction have had great success in utilizing these events for team building, morale boosting, public awareness, membership recruitment, and much more. We’d like to do the same here in Missouri, but we need your help. We’re asking for only 3 minutes of your time today.
To access the online survey, go to: http://tinyurl.com/scottishritetoughmudder2015
Thank you in advance for sharing a few minutes today!
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Bro. Marsh Lukens, 32° K.C.C.H.
Bro. Jeff Kitsmiller, Jr., 32°
Scottish Rite Tough Mudder of Missouri Committee Co-Chairmen
Quentin James Cockerham Installed as 49th International Congress Secretary
Missouri DeMolay remains the #1 Jurisdiction in the world in membership and more!
Quentin James Cockerham, State Master Councilor, was installed as the 49th International Congress Secretary in Orlando, Florida at the DeMolay International Session and Congress. As one of the two DeMolay International Youth Leaders he will be traveling the country and the world to share the goodness of DeMolay and especially to build our great Order of DeMolay here and abroad. In addition, Brother Quentin was honored with the Grand Master’s Eagle award for his outstanding leadership and excellence in Membership Growth and Retention. He is one of only three active DeMolay to be honored with a Grand Master’s Eagle in the history of DeMolay International.
Over the past 12 years Missouri DeMolay has continued to grow and has maintained #1 status in the World of Membership Growth (over 3 times any other Jurisdiction in the world), Overall Membership (the only Jurisdiction in the world with more than 1400 active members), and Most New Members in the world! This is an achievement not reached since the very few months of the Order’s founding. Now, we just need to continue to grow and share the goodness of DeMolay with others!
Missouri DeMolay was truly represented in an outstanding fashion at the 2015 International Supreme Council Session. Our State Master Councilor Quentin James Cockerham and Deputy State Master Councilor Michael Braun were our delegates at the International Congress Session and were the best DeMolay leaders there. Jurisdictional Officer Bradley Pittman was also in attendance; and Jurisdictional Officer John Parker served as an Intern for the DeMolay International Service & Leadership Center in Kansas City, Missouri, together with over 30 leaders from Missouri. See attached photos.
We are most pleased to advise that Dad Grant Willis was unanimously elected a Deputy Member of the International Supreme Council Order of DeMolay, and Dad Jeffrey C. Kitsmiller. Sr. was unanimously elected an Honorary Member of the International Supreme Council Order of DeMolay.
Missouri DeMolay also maintains first place in Overall Members, highest growth in new members, highest net growth in membership, as well as the Top First Line Signer of new members.
Select individuals were honored with the Chevalier, Legion of Honor, Honorary Legion of Honor, and Cross of Honor. The entire list will be posted on the website. Missouri DeMolay had more honorees than any other Jurisdiction.
Missouri DeMolay is striving again to be #1 in the world of DeMolay in Membership Growth, New Chapters, Honors and Programs in 2015. We have many jurisdictions that have “promised” that they will beat us in membership this year. Missouri DeMolay is currently in 1st place for 2015, however, we need everybody’s continued commitment and dedication to keep Missouri DeMolay #1.
We have many activities coming up, in addition to all the Chapter events. If you are a DeMolay and have not applied to be considered for the The University of DeMolay, please do so immediately. A new on-line application process has been implemented for your convenience. Please take the time to visit www.modemolay.org to apply for The University of DeMolay, and to check out the other great events and photographs of DeMolay in action.
Congratulations to everyone who made 2014 (and 2015, so far) a tremendous success and who continue to dedicate themselves every day to building Missouri DeMolay.
Sincerely and fraternally,
Past Grand Master
Freemasonry`s Royal Secret: The Jamaican `Francken Manuscript` of the High Degrees – NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!
SRRS members who were dues-current in 2013, you will likely have received your 2013 Bonus Book by now. If not, don’t worry, it’s in the mail.
For the rest of you, Freemasonry`s Royal Secret: The Jamaican `Francken Manuscript` of the High Degrees is now available for purchase via the Scottish Rite Store website (http://www.scottishritestore.org/cgi-php/store.php?search=yes&detail=yes&keywords=fran&item_no=FRANCKEN)!
- Edited and compiled by Arturo de Hoyos, 33°, G.C., Grand Archivist and Grand Historian; Introduction co-authored with Alain Bernheim, 33°.
- What was high degree Masonry like before the Scottish Rite? For the first time ever, the actual rituals of the `parent` of the Scottish Rite are available for study from a rare manuscript!
- Created by Stephen Morin in the 1760`s, this 25-degree system used many of the most popular and important degrees of the time. By 1764 the high degrees were established in New Orleans, and in 1767 Henry Andrew Francken brought the system to Albany, New York. It was finally absorbed into the Scottish Rite in 1801.
- This extremely interesting work includes the full and complete rituals of the system, from 4° Secret Master, to 25° Prince of the Royal Secret. Also included are the `detached degrees` of Select Master of 27, Knight of the Royal Arch, and Grand Master Ecose, which appeared at the back of the manuscript.
- Includes several facsimiles from the original manuscript.
- Hardbound (6 3/4″ x 10″) with decorative covers; illustrated; includes index. 317 pages.
Brethren & Friends –
Please click here for the latest from Ill. Robert W. Cockerham, SGIG.
We have also posted several pages of photographs from the 2014 RiteCare Biennial Conference / KSA Gathering. These photos were taken by Brother Marsh Lukens, 32° KCCH, St. Louis Valley and have been compiled into a nice PDF by Brandon Cockerham. You can download the PDF by clicking here (“heads up”, the PDF of photographs is a 10mb file). There is also a nice online gallery of photos from these events on the Missouri DeMolay site – http://modemolay.org/photogallery/2014/rite_care_ksa
The latest news from the Scottish Rite Foundation of Missouri, Inc. has been posted at http://moscottishrite.org/foundation/news/.
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