Despite not formally meeting during the summer months, the Juneau Valley of the Scottish Rite has been plenty busy during June, July and August, with several of its members receiving honors, starting a service group and/or completing programs of study.
Three of its members learned they will receive honors from the Supreme Council, 33° Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A., the national body that oversees Scottish Rite Masonry in Alaska and 34 other states. John Barnett will receive the 33rd degree of the Scottish Rite, an honor conferred for outstanding services to the Rite. Barnett’s nomination came from the state level, and he was elected to receive the degree by the Supreme Council, the governing body of the Scottish Rite in the U.S.’s Southern Jurisdiction.
There are two other honormen from Juneau. John Osborn and Ed Kalwara were selected as Knight Commanders of the Court of Honor, which is bestowed on members deserving recognition for faithful service to the Rite.
Barnett, Osborn and Kalwara will receive their honors in October ceremonies held in Fairbanks and Tampa, Fla.
While Scottish Rite veterans received honors, a group of newer Scottish Rite Masons chartered a new group, dedicated to service to Masonry and the community. The Knights of St. Andrew is a group with a core membership of newer Scottish Rite Masons, who run the organization.
Once a man receives honors from the Scottish Rite, he moves into honorary membership status, giving the newer members a chance to run an organization. The active membership of the local KSA chapter consists of Michael Franks, Doug Harris, Ken Vaughan, Charles Ward and Scott Willis. Honorary founding members are Barnett, Dan McCrummen, Lawrence Schaufler and Steven Stewart. Dale Cain, head of Scottish Rite Masonry in Alaska and Scott Carnahan, president of Anchorage’s KSA chapter, flew in for the Aug. 17 event.
Finally, five members of the Juneau Scottish Rite completed the Master Craftsman I correspondence course. The course studies the history and rituals of Freemasonry, particularly that of Scottish Rite Masonry. Those completing the course were Franks, Harris, Bob Heflin, Ward and Willis. Barnett facilitated the program and its study groups and discussions.
The Juneau Valley returns to its regular monthly meeting schedule Sept. 12.