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George Haile elected to receive Meritorious Service Award

by Valley of Salem on 07/07/17

On June 21, the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation elected three members of Massachusetts Consistory to receive their Meritorious Service Awards. Brothers Robert G. Parsons, 32°, George K. Haile, 32°, and George H. Kopps, 32°, were all elected to receive the award. 

Brother Parsons is a member of the Valley of Lowell. Brother Haile is active in the Valley of Salem. Brother Kopps belongs to the Valley of the Merrimack. All three men are members of Massachusetts Consistory. 
The Meritorious Service Award is the highest award a Valley can bestow on a member and the Valley of Boston congratulates these Brethren on the recognition they have received for their hard work. We look forward to their continued work in the Fraternity in the years to come.

2017 Abbott Scholarships Available

by Valley of Salem on 01/17/17

Applications for this year's Abbott Scholarship are officially available! The Abbott Scholarship is named after Leon M. Abbott, Sovereign Grand Commander from 1921-1923. The Scholarship is designed to help further the education of young men and women from Scottish Rite families and Masonic related youth groups. To be eligible for the scholarship you must meet one of the three criteria:
  • Be a Scottish Rite Mason for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.
  • Be the child of a Scottish Rite Mason in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.
  • Be an active member of DeMolay, Rainbow, or Job's Daughters in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.
Applicants can find the form through the link below, and should submit their paperwork to the Valley where they hold their 4° no later than March 31, 2017. This Scholarship has helped give out more than $3 million to applicants since its inception.

John Belanger Presented MSA

by Valley of Salem on 12/10/16

On Friday, December 9, John Belanger was presented the Scottish Rite 
Meritorious Service Award. In accepting the award, Brother Belanger said, "I want to thank all my brothers in Masonry for the support given to me, and have enjoyed working with all of you." Pictured from left to right are Most Wise Master of the Emmanuel Chapter of Rose Croix, Jonathan Morley, John Belanger, MSA, and the Deputy for Massachusetts, Illustrious Donald Michael Moran. 

Family Life Event and Ladies Night

by Valley of Salem on 05/20/16

All members of The Valley of Salem, their families and friends
are invited to this special event featuring North Shore Acappella. 

Social Period with and Hors d’Oeuvres and great company starts at 5:30 p.m. 
At 6:30 p.m. it's a  Fried Shrimp Dinner, and then at 7:30 p.m. NORTH SHORE ACAPPELLA will entertain. The cost for this event is $25.00 per person.

Celebration of Life for Brother Douglas M. Broughton

by Valley of Salem on 04/07/16

Service Information
A Celebration of Doug's life.
Saturday, April 09, 2016
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Philanthropic Masonic Hall
62 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, MA 01945

New Leadership

by Valley of Salem on 10/03/15

The new heads of the Valley of Salem with the Installing team at the Valley Installation of Officers, September 19, 2015. L-R: Ill.?.Donald M. Moran, Installing Officer – Deputy for Massachusetts, Bro. Mason W. Russell, Most Wise Master, Emmanuel Chapter of Rose Croix, Bro. Dana Lemieux, 32?, Sovereign Prince, Jubilee Council, Princes of Jerusalem, Ill.?.Judson W. Greene, 33?, Thrice Potent Master, Sutton Lodge of Perfection, Ill.?.John H. Day, Jr., 33?, Convening Officer and the newest Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33?, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, from the Valley of Salem, and the Master of Ceremonies, Ill.?. Mark C. LeBeau, 33?, Past Thrice Potent Master, Sutton Lodge of Perfection.

New Book on Masonic Aprons

by Valley of Salem on 06/13/15

The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library is pleased to announce that its new book, The Badge of a Freemason: Masonic Aprons from the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, is available.

The book may be purchased online for $39.95 (plus shipping and tax, if applicable).The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library is pleased to announce that its new book, The Badge of a Freemason: Masonic Aprons from the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, is available.

The book may be purchased online for $39.95 (plus shipping and tax, if applicable).

North Shore Acappella

by Valley of Salem on 06/01/15

Plan to attend this special Family Life and ladies night offered by The Valley of Salem on Friday, June 12, 2015. It will be held at the Marblehead Masonic Building, 62 Pleasant St, Marblehead.

5:30 p.m. - Social Period and Hors d'Oeuvres
6:30 p.m. Fried Shrimp Dinner
7:30 p.m. Entertainment by North Shore Acappella

The Danger of Education

by Valley of Salem on 04/09/15

Far too often, we in the fraternity learn and recite ritual without delving into the practical and existential applications of the very words we recite. Perhaps it would do us well to live the words as much as we recite them.

From Rite Now from Supreme Council, 33°, AASR, NMJ, USA

The Black Cap

by Valley of Salem on 04/09/15

While most Valleys in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction do not wear the black cap of a 32° Mason, many do. Read more about this tradition.

From Rite Now from Supreme Council, 33°, AASR, NMJ, USA

Volunteers Wanted

by Valley of Salem on 03/06/15

The Sutton Lodge of Perfection is requesting men to step forward to become officers of Perfection.  There are currently have 3 vacancies which Ill. Judson  Greene, would very much like to see filled by guys willing to put in the time and effort to learn new parts and become strong officers for Perfection.

Scottish Rite Mobile App Available

by Valley of Salem on 03/19/14

The Supreme Council announced this week that its official App is now available. Through the App, Masons will be able to receive push notifications from the Supreme Council and from the Councils of Deliberation. Other features include the ability to offer feedback and email; read about member services; request to join Scottish Rite; send a card to a Brother in need; read The Northern Light; learn about degrees and keep up with degree schedules; contact your Valley; obtain driving directions, and, for fun, to solve the Scottish Rite puzzle.

Downloading is easy. For Apple products, go to the App Store; for Android, visit Google Play, and for Amazon, head to Amazon's app store.

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A Sublime Brotherhood: 200 Years of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction

by Valley of Salem on 03/18/14

Join Aimee E. Newell, the Museum's Director of Collections and curator of the exhibition, to learn about the Scottish Rite's French roots, its founding in America two centuries ago and its evolution into one of the most popular American fraternal groups during the 1900s. The exhibition includes photos, costumes, and Scottish Rite props, many of which have never previously been on view. Free. Saturday, April 26, 2:00 p.m.

Massachusetts Consistory member jewel

by Valley of Salem on 11/19/13

The Massachusetts Consistory member jewel is unique among those presented within the Scottish Rite. It was custom-designed to represent the lessons learned and principles inculcated in Scottish Rite degrees. The jewel illustrates the strong link between Massachusetts Consistory and our Scottish Rite heritage. It also emulates our close ties to Blue Lodge Masonry and the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.

The jewel proudly displays the Teutonic cross, an emblem of the most ancient chivalric orders dating back to the year 1191. The Teutonic Cross is...

Read more to learn about the new Consistory jewel. 


by Valley of Salem on 11/12/13

As you know we all took an obligation to take care of our Brothers and in many cases we haven't done a very good job. In these difficult economic times many of our Brothers really need our assistance.

Commander McNaughton recognized that as Masons we need to live up to our obligations and make funding available to those truly in need. Through the Blue Envelope Appeal, the Supreme Council Almoners Fund has given more than $2,000,000 to Brother Masons in need, particularly those affected by the recent floods and tornadoes.

Scottish Rite Masons are committed to making a difference in the lives of our Brothers.

If you know of a Brother Mason in true need, please contact your Valley Secretary and he will pass it on to an Active Member or the Deputy for Massachusetts. We will be there to help, should the need arise.

Scottish Rite ~ The Fraternity that Cares!

From Rite Now from Supreme Council, 33°, AASR, NMJ, USA

Scottish Rite Ornaments Available at Online Shop

by Valley of Salem on 11/12/13

Two Christmas ornaments are available for sale at the Scottish Rite NMJ Shop. First is a 200th anniversary 3-inch custom brass ornament, depicting the anniversary logo with the square and compasses and the double-headed eagle. The price is $15.00 and ships for $1.95.

The second is a glass globe, 2.6 inches in diameter, showing the Scottish Rite double-headed eagle. Sale price is $10.00 and ships for $1.95.

To purchase these keepsakes of this era in Scottish Rite Fremasonry, visit the Scottish Rite NMJ Shop.

Volunteer at the Museum & Library for our Masonic Work Day

by Valley of Salem on 11/12/13

Do you like history? Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a curator or a librarian? Come join the staff of the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library and find out.  

Masonic Work Day

Saturday, January 25, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library
Lexington, Massachusetts

We are looking for eight volunteers to spend the day helping us with collections-related projects. Projects may include: inventory of object and library collections; housing and numbering objects and archival collections; computer data entry.

No experience needed. Training and lunch will be provided.

Please note that most projects will require prolonged periods of standing and/or sitting and that exposure to dust and/or mold is possible. Most projects will consist of repetitive tasks.

We are accepting registrations on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email Aimee E. Newell, director of collect ions, with your name and contact information to sign up, or with questions.

If you can't make it on January 25, but would like to learn more about volunteering on a regular basis, please let the staff know.

New Officers Installed

by Valley of Salem on 09/28/13


Heads of Bodies Valley of Salem

On Friday, September 27, the new Heads of the Valley of Salem bodies were installed. Ill. Mark C. LeBeau, 33 was installed as Thrice Potent Master of Sutton Lodge of Perfection, Ray Randall, 32 became  Sovereign Prince for Jubilee Council Princes of Jerusalem, and Mason W. Russell, 32 was installed as Most Wise Master for Emmanuel Chapter of Rose Croix. All supporting officers, both elecgted and appointed were also installed by the team of Ill. James M. McCulloch, 33rd, Ill. Donald M. Moran, 33rd, Ill. John R. Blaney, 33rd, and Ill. John R. Elwell, 33rd.

A Call for Papers

by Valley of Salem on 08/15/13

The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library announces a call for papers for its symposium, "Perspectives on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism," to be held on Friday, April 11, 2014, at the museum in Lexington, MA.

The symposium seeks to present the newest research on American fraternal groups from the past through the present day. By 1900, over 250 American fraternal groups existed, numbering six million members. The study of their activities and influence in the United States, past and present, offers the potential for new interpretations of American society and culture. Diverse perspectives on this topic are sought; proposals are invited from a broad range of research areas, including history, material and visual culture, anthropology, sociology, literary studies and criticism, gender studies, political science, African American studies, art history, economics, or any combination of disciplines. Perspectives on and interpretations of all time periods are welcome.

Proposals should be for 30-minute research papers; the day's schedule will allow for audience questions and feedback.

Proposal Format: Submit an abstract of 400 words or less with a resume or c.v. that is no more than two pages. Be sure to include full contact information (name, address, email, phone, affiliation).

Send proposals to: Aimee E. Newell, PhD, director of collections, Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, by email or by mail to 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421.  

Deadline for proposals to be received is September 3, 2013. For more information about the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, visit For questions, contact Aimee E. Newell as above, or call 781-457-4144.

A Sublime Brotherhood

by Valley of Salem on 08/15/13

In honor of the jurisdiction's 200th anniversary the Supreme Council has published a new history book called A Sublime Brotherhood. The much anticipated volume is now available for purchase. The 200-page lavishly illustrated work traces the history of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction from 1813 to the present. It is a "must-have" volume and a great souvenir of our bicentennial celebration. You can order your copy now at the Scottish Rite NMJ web store. The price is $33 plus $7 shipping. They are going fast, so don't wait.

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