AboutThe Knights of St. Andrew is made of an elite unit of select Scottish Rite Masons.
The Knights of Saint Andrew is a chartered service group of the Scottish Rite designed specifically for 32nd Degree Masons. The Knights were first chartered in 1993 at Tulsa Oklahoma where they serve through visible participation in reunions and other Valley activities. Chapters of the Knights are organized to provide social and fraternal activities for the 32nd members and also to serve as a service organization to the Valley.
From Tulsa the organization expanded to other Oklahoma Consistories of Guthrie (1993) and McAlister (1994). Wichita, Kansas became the first Chapter outside of Oklahoma in 1998. We now have Chapters from coast to coast. We are taught in our Blue Lodges that the principals of Freemasonry are: Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. In Scottish Rite we are taught that the great virtues of Knighthood are: humility, patience, self denial, charity, generosity, clemency, virtue, truth and honor. Each of these principals becomes a block in the tartan that is a Chapter of the Knights of Saint Andrew. Following authorization by the Sovereign Grand Inspector General (SGIG) a Chapter typically begins as a Charter group of 32nd Degree Masons who tailor their own Constitution and operating procedures, set their meetings, dues schedules, and elect their own officers. The Valley of Orange County (formerly Santa Ana) was the first Valley to establish a Chapter of the Knights of Saint Andrew in California. Since its inception the Valley of Orange County has taken the lead in assisting in the establishment of other Chapters in the Orient of California.
The Knights of St. Andrew exist as a service organization on behalf of all members of their Consistory. They report to the Personal Representative Of the Deputy of the Supreme Council and are affixed to their respective Valley’s Scottish Rite Consistory, providing services where they are needed. This includes, but not limited to, aiding the Tylers, acting as greeters, providing escort services for dignitaries or for special events created for the ladies during reunions or other functions, serving as guides, assisting the Scottish degree work, helping present the Colors. Knights of St. Andrew also assist in the calling committees, participate in parades or civic activities, promote fund-raising events, and aid in any special event. The list can continue on as new ideas and concepts are developed to meet needs and goals.
The Knights of St. Andrew generates membership for the Scottish Rite. Membership is limited to 32nd degree Freemasons who will abide by the Valley’s by-laws, and those approved by the Sovereign Grand Inspector General of each State. The Knights of St. Andrew are identified by their flamboyant uniform and regalia; often entering special events accompanied by bagpipes and drums, becoming the elite unit of all Scottish Rite Masons. This is the best means of attracting younger members (ages 35 through 55 yrs.). It has all the magic and color used by the Shrine following WWII in the early 50′s, before a tired and aging membership put it to rest.