THE MISSION OF THE SHREVEPORT SCOTTISH RITE VALLEY

THE MISSION OF THE SHREVEPORT SCOTTISH RITE VALLEY IS TO FOSTER AND PROMOTE THE INTANGIBLE QUALITIES OF TRUST, VALUES, MORALS AND JUSTICE THROUGH THE LONG STANDING PRINCIPLES OF FREEMASONRY; TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPAND MASONIC KNOWLEDGE AND EDUCATION; TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF OUR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES FOR THE BETTERMENT OF ALL; AND TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF CHILDREN THROUGH OUR CHARITIES, THUS BETTER ENABLING AND ENCOURAGING THEM TO BECOME MORE PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS.

WE PLAN TO ACHIEVE THE OBJECTIVES OUTLINED IN OUR MISSION STATEMENT THROUGH THE ATTAINMENT OF THE OPERATIONAL AND SOCIAL GOALS LISTED BELOW:

OPERATIONAL GOALS

·        TO ENCOURAGE OUR MEMBERS TO BECOME MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE IN THE DEGREES OF SCOTTISH RITE FREEMASONRY AND TO RESEARCH AND FURTHER EXPLORE THEIR UNDERLYING DEEPER MEANINGS AND DESIRED LIFE APPLICATIONS.

·        TO INCREASE AND RETAIN THE FRATERNITY’S MEMBERSHIP SO AS TO EXPAND THE EFFECTS OF THE TEACHINGS OF SCOTTISH RITE FREEMASONRY.

·        TO SO INTERACT IN THE DAILY LIVES OF OUR MEMBERSHIP AS TO SPREAD THE APPLICATIONS OF THE TEACHINGS OF SCOTTISH RITE FREEMASONRY INTO THE FAMILIES OF OUR PEERS.

·        TO SUPPORT THE CHARITIES OF OUR FRATERNITY AS A MEANS OF TEACHING OUR MEMBERS THE GREAT BENEFITS OF GIVING RATHER THAN RECEIVING AND THAT IMMENSE PLEASURES ARE DERIVED FROM ASSISTING THOSE IN NEED.

SOCIAL GOALS

·        TO HOLD AN ANNUAL “SWEETHEART’S BANQUET” AT THE SHREVEPORT SCOTTISH RITE TEMPLE.  THE AIM OF THIS FORMAL DINNER IS TO PROMOTE SOCIAL INTERACTION AMONGST OUR MEMBER’S FAMILIES AND TO ENCOURAGE FAMILY INVOLVEMENT IN ATTAINING THE MISSION OF OUR VALLEY.  AN EVENING WITH A FANTASTIC MEAL, DANCING AND SOCIALIZING IS ENVISIONED.

·        TO HOLD AN ANNUAL “PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATE’S BANQUET” FOR THE PURPOSE OF INTRODUCING INTERESTED MASONS TO OUR GREAT FRATERNITY.  THE EVENING WILL INCLUDE A SUPERB MEAL, A TOUR OF OUR MAGNIFICENT FACILITY AND A PROGRAM WHICH DESCRIBES WHAT SCOTTISH RITE MASONRY IS ALL ABOUT.

OUR ACTION PLAN TO ACHIEVE THESE OPERATIONAL GOALS AND SOCIAL GOALS IS OUTLINED AS FOLLOWS:

MEETINGS: A TEN TO FIFTEEN MINUTE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOCUSING ON TOPICS SUCH AS THE SYMBOLISMS AND MEANINGS OF OUR DEGREES OR THE RICH HISTORY OF THE SCOTTISH RITE.

·        DEGREE MASTERS WILL HOLD CLASSES WITH THEIR RESPECTIVE MEMBERS TO MAKE SURE THAT EACH MEMBER FULLY UNDERSTANDS THE MEANING OF THE ENTIRE DEGREE THAT THEY ARE WORKING IN.

·        A PREVIEW OF EACH DEGREE WILL BE HELD AT REUNIONS IMMEDIATELY BEFORE THE PRESENTATION OF THE DEGREE STARTS.  THE PURPOSE OF THIS SYNOPSIS IS TO BRIEFLY INFORM THE CANDIDATES OF THE MEANING OF THE DEGREE WHICH IS ABOUT TO BE PERFORMED.

·        WE WILL SCHEDULE ACTIVITIES THAT WILL PROMOTE FAMILY INVOLVEMENT AND ALLOW FAMILY MEMBERS TO INTERACT SOCIALLY.  IDEAS COULD INCLUDE PICNICS, MUSIC PROGRAMS, KID’S DAY AT THE TEMPLE, A FAMILY NIGHT AT A LOCAL RESTAURANT, ETC.

·        WE WILL WORK DILIGENTLY TO STRENGTHEN THE BOND BETWEEN THE BLUE LODGES AND OUR SCOTTISH RITE VALLEY.  WHENEVER POSSIBLE, WE WILL SPEAK AT THE BLUE LODGE MEETINGS TO EXPLAIN THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP IN THE SCOTTISH RITE.  BY CONVEYING OUR GENUINE CONCERN FOR THE WELFARE OF THE LODGES AND BY PORTRAYING THE POSITIVE RESULTS OF OUR SPEECH AND LANGUAGE CLINICS, WE CAN DEMONSTRATE THAT THIS IS NOT “JUST ANOTHER ORGANIZATION TO JOIN TO TAKE MORE OF OUR TIME AND MONEY.”  REGULAR VISITS TO THE BLUE LODGES BY SCOTTISH RITE MASONS WILL FORTIFY OUR RELATIONSHIPS.  ASSISTING THEM IN GETTING NEW PETITIONS AND OFFERING ASSISTANCE WITH THEIR DEGREE WORK WILL ALSO FURTHER THIS EFFORT.  EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS COULD BE TAUGHT WITHIN THE BLUE LODGES, INCLUDING AN INSIGHT INTO THE SCOTTISH RITE DEGREES.

·        WE WILL SUPPORT THE MISSION AND GOALS OF OUR VALLEY’S “KNIGHTS OF SAINT ANDREW” CHAPTER.  MEMBERSHIP IN THIS CHAPTER ENCOURAGES INVOLVEMENT AND ATTENDANCE AT OUR MEETINGS AND REUNIONS.  ALL 32° “BLACK HAT” SCOTTISH RITE MASONS IN GOOD STANDING ARE WELCOME TO JOIN.

·        A MENTOR PROGRAM WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FOR OUR NEW MEMBERS.  THIS PROGRAM WILL FOCUS ON HELPING OUR NEW MEMBERS MEET OUR OTHER MEMBERS.  WE ANTICIPATE THAT THIS WILL HELP DEVELOP NEW FRIENDSHIPS WITHIN OUR FRATERNITY AND WILL HELP STRENGTHEN OUR COMMITMENTS TOWARDS OUR COMMON GOALS.  IT WILL ALSO ALLOW NEW MEMBERS TO FIND WAYS TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THE WORK THAT WE DO, IN A CAPACITY THAT THEY WILL ENJOY.

·        WE WILL INVITE THE STAFF OF OUR SPEECH AND LANGUAGE CLINICS TO BE GUEST SPEAKERS AT OUR REGULAR MONTHLY MEETINGS.  THIS WILL ALLOW THEM TO UPDATE US ON THE POSITIVE RESULTS THAT CHILDREN ARE REALIZING THROUGH OUR CLINICS, AS WELL AS THE CURRENT CHALLENGES FACING BOTH THE CHILDREN AND THE TEACHERS.  KNOWING THEIR SPECIFIC NEEDS PROVIDES US WITH A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE THEIR FACILITIES AND FURTHER ENHANCE THEIR EFFORTS.

·        WE WILL MAINTAIN A WEBSITE FOR THE SHREVEPORT SCOTTISH RITE VALLEY.  IT WILL INCLUDE MANY THINGS, INCLUDING A DESCRIPTION OF WHAT SCOTTISH RITE FREEMASONRY IS, INFORMATION ABOUT OUR CHARITY AND INFORMATION ON HOW A NEEDY CHILD CAN BE ENROLLED IN OUR SPEECH AND LANGUAGE CLINICS, INFORMATION ON HOW TO JOIN THE FRATERNITY, A CALENDAR OF EVENTS, INFORMATION ON RENTING OUR FACILITY, AN AGENDA AND PROGRAM DESCRIPTION FOR EACH MONTHLY MEETING, LINKS TO OTHER MASONIC WEBSITES, ETC.

·        WE WILL UTILIZE EMAIL TO IMPROVE OUR INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS.

·        WE WILL DEVELOP A MEMBERSHIP TELEPHONE LIST TO ALSO ENHANCE OUR COMMUNICATIONS.