Valley of Joplin News

Historic Partnership to Advance Freemasonry in North America

Dear Brethren,

The Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, Shriners International, and the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction proudly announce a historic coming together of our organizations in the joint sponsorship of

More than just a website, is dedicated to explaining just who Freemasons are, and what we stand for. It serves as a guide for men looking to understand the truths of our craft and the rewards of our brotherhood. It is a place where information about Freemasonry is accurate, visually compelling, and aspirational.

Central to the site is a powerful referral mechanism that links men interested in joining to Grand Lodge membership contacts in states and provinces throughout North America. We hope you too will help spread the word far and wide by sharing the site with friends, family, and other good men you know.

A Historic Partnership

The Scottish Rite, NMJ, Shriners International, and the Scottish Rite, SJ, have united in purpose and in service to the craft. As we open our plans to Grand Lodges across North America there is no doubt that, together, we can achieve the extraordinary and continue to share Freemasonry with the world.

The work we have embarked on circles us back to the place where we have always been strong. The noble place where we help a man declare to the world, I am not just a man. I am a Mason.

David A. Glattly, 33°
Sovereign Grand Commander
Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction

Jeffrey L. Sowder
Imperial Potentate
Shriners International

James D. Cole, 33°
Sovereign Grand Commander
Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction

Are you keeping up with our activities?

Are you keeping up with the activities occurring within the Orient?  Follow along by reading our Orient Newsletter, the Scottish Rite Journal, and the Journal’s Missouri section all online from your computer or smartphone.  Simply click the link below!

Scottish Rite News

May 2018 Missouri Scottish Rite E-NEWS

We hope that you are enjoying the Missouri Scottish Rite E-NEWS!  You can read the latest issue as well as our past issues using the relevant link(s) below.

This newsletter shares information from each of our local Scottish Rite Valleys, our RiteCare Centers, the Scottish Rite Foundation of Missouri, the Masonic Youth Groups in Missouri, and other Masonic groups around our state.


Are you receiving the Missouri Scottish Rite monthly newsletter?

Are you receiving the Missouri Scottish Rite monthly newsletter?  If you are not, and you would like to, please let us know using the form shown below!


2018 Grand Master’s Reunion Schedule

Below most recent OFFICIAL schedule for the Inaugural Grand Master’s Reunion as received from the Valley of Kansas City’s Director of the Work.  If you have questions or corrections, please contact the Valley of Kansas City –

The cost $10 for breakfast and $15.00 for the lunch banquet.
Please reserve by calling the Valley of Kansas City office at 816.561.2277.

Friday April 13th

6:00pm Candidate Check-in
7:00pm 4° – Secret Master
8:00pm 6° – Intimate Secretary

Saturday April 14th
7:30am Breakfast
8:30am 8° Intendant of the Building (Valley of St. Joseph)
9:00-9:45am Classroom (Presentation by Ill. Steve Harrison)
9:45am 14° Perfect Elu (Grand Elect, Perfect and Sublime Mason)
10:30-11:00am Class Room
11:00am 18° Knight Rose Croix
12:15-1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm 27° Knight of the Sun or Prince Adept
2:00-2:30pm Class Room (Presentation on the Separation of Church and State)
2:35-3:15pm 29° Scottish Knight of Saint Andrew
3:15-3:30pm Break
3:30-4:30pm 30° Knight of Kadosh or Knight of the White & Black Eagle
4:45-5:15pm Class Room – Wrap-up
5:20pm 32° Master of the Royal Secret
6:00pm Closing Ceremony

Launch of the monthly Missouri Scottish Rite e-News

We are excited to announce the launch of the Missouri Scottish Rite e-News!

This dynamic monthly newsletter is dedicated to sharing the Goodness of Freemasonry – committed to inspiring Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth – and driven by the stories and experiences of each of the five great Scottish Rite Valleys of the Orient of Missouri.

You can view the current issue by visiting

Missouri Scottish Rite eNews - March 2018

Missouri Scottish Rite eNews – March 2018

Scottish Rite Journal – Orient of Missouri – April May 2018 Insert

We were informed that the upcoming Journal insert was misprinted.  Please click on the link below for a PDF version of the insert.  Our Orient News Page will auto-update with the HTML5 version of the insert in the days ahead.  This post will be updated when that occurs.


Click for the Orient of Missouri – Scottish Rite – March – April 2018 – Journal Insert

Tis’ the Season – to Give the Gift of Speech!

Happy Giving Tuesday!


During the next 24 hours, people around the world will come together to celebrate generosity and make an impact. Will you help us reach our goals this holiday season? Please say “yes” to help a child at your local RiteCare today!

Did you know…?

  • Nationally, we help fund about 170 RiteCare Childhood Language Programs
  • Nationally, many of our centers work in association with universities and hospitals providing top notch care
  • Nationally, RiteCare provides children with full diagnostic evaluation, treatment of speech, language disorders, and learning disabilities





RiteCare - Helping Children Communicate

Viritual Tour of the Joplin Scottish Rite Cathedral

The Joplin Scottish Rite recently launched an interactive virtual tour of their cathedral.  Thanks to the photography of Mark Farbin, you can now explore the Joplin Scottish Rite Cathedral from the comfort of your own home (or while waiting in line for Chinese take-out … thanks smartphones!).


The cathedral “…is a two-story, concrete terra cotta social hall built in the Beauz-Arts style in 1923.”  You can learn more regarding the history and architecture of this spectacular structure by visiting

Valley of Joplin Spring 2017 Scottish Rite Reunion

News regarding the Valley of Joplin’s Spring 2017 Scottish Rite Reunion


Our Spring Reunion is just around the corner! We’ll host our 288th Valley of Joplin Scottish Rite Reunion honoring Illustrious Brother Lon Orr, 33°, on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, with both days’ registration beginning at 6:30am. We always need candidates! So if you know of a good Man and Mason that would want to join us in our mission, invite them to become a part of us! We’ll also be holding our Gathering of the XVII Scotch and Wine Tasting event on the evening of Thursday, March 16. Call the office to find out more about this special event!

We’ve made rooming arrangements at Candlewood Suites as in Reunions past. Their address is 3512 S. Rangeline Road in Joplin. You can reserve a Queen or Double room for $64.00 plus tax or a King room for $72.00 plus tax for March 16 or 17. Remember, you must mention the term “Temple Block” to insure the room rate! Your reservation must be made before March 6 cutoff date. After March 6, room pricing will be honored based on availability. Overflow has been arranged with the Best Western Oasis for Single-bed room at $61.00 plus tax. Be sure to make your reservation quickly! Call 417-623-9595 and reserve your room today!

I would also ask you to spread this information around as many of our Brothers don’t use email and won’t get this message! Thanks, Brethren! I hope we see you in Joplin!

Richard A. Lowrey
Executive Secretary
Valley of Joplin Scottish Rite

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