About KSA


The Knights of Saint Andrew - The Valley of San Jose Scottish Rite

The Knights of Saint Andrew is a 32° Mason service organization within the Valley of San Jose Scottish Rite.  The Knights have a Stated (monthly) meeting on the first Tuesday of the Month at 7:00pm.  All Scottish Rite Masons are invited to attend.  Rehearsals for the 29th Degree are currently scheduled for the 4th Tuesday at 7:00pm.
The Knights Stated meeting is under the direction of Chief Knight.  Meetings address inducting new members who want to be of service to the Scottish Rite, scheduling of activities for the Chapter and review of the 29th degree performance.   
Areas of service include, but are not limited to, Cast for Degrees portrayed in Spring and Fall Reunions; support crews for all degrees; Parades like the Veteran's Day parade and Fourth of July; Greeters for the Scottish Rite Stated Meeting and other activities as requested by the various Bodies. Roles for the 29th Degree, Scottish Knight of Saint Andrew, are primarily comprised of members of the Chapter.  The 29th Degree costuming is Scottish Kilt. Performance in the 29th Degree is not mandatory, there are many other service opportunities.
Our Knights have also participated in private settings, mainly for our brethren, such as weddings, receptions, and knightings.  The only requirement for initial membership in the Chapter is that one be a 32nd Degree Mason in Good Standing.
Knights of Saint Andrew are easily recognized by the Scottish red and white checkered Glengarry at Scottish Rite functions.
 The San Jose Knights of Saint Andrew also have a presence on "Facebook."
 If you have an interest in service to the Scottish Rite, contact any Sir Knight.

General Information

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.

Description

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.

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