The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is more commonly known as simply, The Scottish Rite. It is one of several appendant groups of the worldwide fraternity known as Freemasonry, and one of the two branches of Freemasonry in which a Master Mason may proceed after he has completed the three degrees of Symbolic or “Craft” Lodge Masonry. (The other branch is known as the York Rite, consisting of Royal Arch Masons, Royal and Select Masters and the Knights Templar.)
You can learn more about the origins and history of the Scottish Rite at the Supreme Council’s website at scottishrite.org.
A Scottish Rite chapter is called a “Valley”. Each Valley has up to four Scottish Rite bodies, and each body confers a series of degrees. In the Southern Jurisdiction, USA, these are the Lodge of Perfection (4° – 14°), the Chapter Rose Croix (15° – 18°), the Council of Kadosh (19° – 30°), and the Consistory (31° – 32°). The Supreme Council alone confers the 33rd Degree, Inspector General Honorary.
Fresno Valley has rich local history dating back over 100 years. Please take a moment to view the video about our valley.