Scottish Rite Freemasonry

Valley of Ft. Scott, Kansas

Weekly Updates

Happy New Year

Wishing you and yours health, happiness and hope in 2019!


“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.”       

 ~Brother Benjamin Franklin, US Author, Diplomat, Inventor, Politician and Printer


January 3rd ~ Fort Scott Scottish Rite Stated Dinner/Meeting at the Armstrong Masonic Lodge, 3105 North Joplin Street, Pittsburg, Kansas.  Social Hour begins at 5:30 p.m., Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. and the Meeting will start at approximately 7:00 p.m.  Reservations are required, so please RSVP by Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 at or by calling 620-223-1330.  If you are interested in carpooling from the Fort Scott area, please contact Ralph Reed at 620-224-1250.


Birthdays for the Week of December 30th.  Wishing the following members the best of birthdays and a year of health and happiness!  Happy Birthday to William Bayless, Craig Cole, Chuck Cowan, Lawrence Cripps, Roger Doue, Gene Farmer, Benny Haddox, Gene Hendrickson, Chuck Hosman, Don Kelley, Harlan McDow, Stephen Richards, Ronnie Thornton, Alfred White and Robert Wood.


2018 Membership Dues.  If you still owe dues for 2018 please call the office ASAP so that we may work through any issues you may have.  We want to help!


New Address, Phone Number or Email?  Please contact the Valley office at 620-223-1330 if you or a Brother you know has moved, changed phone number or email address.  We want to make sure that each and every member knows what is happening in the Fort Scott Scottish Rite.


Life Memberships Available.  The national rule for lifetime membership states a member in good standing in the Lodge of Perfection and whose dues are paid to date may purchase an Endowed Life Membership and hereby be relieved from further payment of dues, subject to provisions set forth.  Fees for the purchase of an Endowed Life Membership, effective February 18, 2016 shall be: 18 but less than 50 years of age is $2,500, 50 but less than 60 years of age is $1,875, 60 but less than 70 years of age is $1,250 and 70 years of age and above is $625.  If this interests you or you have questions, contact the Valley of Fort Scott Scottish Rite at 620-223-1330 or


Membership Dues.  Dues may be paid by either mailing them to the Valley address (PO Box 789, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701) or online at the Supreme Council’s website (  If there is an issue that is preventing or inhibiting you from paying your dues, do not hesitate to let us know as soon as possible, so we can work with you to resolve the problem.    Also, Life Members, it would be greatly appreciated if you would remit $25 to help cover per capita.


Prayers Always Needed.  Please keep in your prayers all our Brothers who are ill, in hospitals or nursing homes.  If you know of a member who is confined to their home, sick or in declining health, please contact the Valley Office so we can send them our thoughts and prayers.


Rose Croix Funeral Service.  This service is available to all Scottish Rite Members on request by having a family member or the funeral home notify the Valley Office at 620-223-1330, Mike Carnes at 620-223-6008 or Ralph Reed at 620-224-1250.



2018 Valley of Fort Scott Officers

Todd N. Allison, 32°, K:.C:.C:.H:. ~ Personal Representative & Executive Secretary

Stephen Smith, 33° ~ Treasurer of the Bodies

Douglas E. Keller, 33° ~ Director of Work & Membership Chairman

John W. Bartelsmeyer, 33° ~ Almoner


Lodge of Perfection

Venerable Master ~ Thomas A. Jacks, 32°

Senior Warden ~ Garrett C. McHargue, 32°

Junior Warden ~ Brad A. Richards, 32°

Secretary/Treasurer ~ J. Stephen Smith, 33°


Chapter of Rose Croix

Wise Master ~ J. Stephen Smith, 33°

Senior Warden ~ Keith W. Carr, 33°

Junior Warden ~ L. Michael Carnes, 33°

Secretary ~ J. Stephen Smith, 33°


Council of Kadosh

Commander ~ Tony W. French, 33°

1st Lt. Commander ~ Douglas E. Keller, 33°

2nd Lt. Commander ~ Cole F. Wittum, 32°, K:.C:.C:.H:.

Secretary ~ Todd N. Allison, 32°, K:.C:.C:.H:.



Master of Kadosh ~ L. Michael Carnes, 33°

Prior ~ Ralph L. Reed, 32°, K:.C:.C:.H:.

Preceptor ~ Douglas E. Keller, 33°

Chancellor ~ Cole F. Wittum, 32°, K:.C:.C:.H:.

Secretary ~ Todd N. Allison, 32°, K:.C:.C:.H:.


Board Members

Todd N. Allison, 32°, K:.C:.C:.H:.

John W. Bartelsmeyer, 33°

Michael Carnes, 33°

Douglas E. Keller, 33°


Charitable Trust Board

Todd N. Allison, 32°, K:.C:.C:.H:.

Michael Carnes, 33°

F. Edmonds, 33°

Donald N. LaPanne, 33°

Cole F. Wittum, 32°, K:.C:.C:.H:.


Finance Committee

John W. Bartelsmeyer, 33°

Michael Carnes, 33°

Lawrence M. Cripps, 33°

Gary L. Jones, 32°, K:.C:.C:.H:.

Ralph L. Reed, 32°, K:.C:.C:.H:.

Stephen Smith, 33°


Check Out the Following Websites

Fort Scott Scottish Rite ~

Orient of Kansas ~

Scottish Rite Supreme Council ~

Pay Dues Online ~

Update Your Membership Online ~

              Scottish Rite Store ~

Join Freemason Network ~

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