Nashville AASR Covid-19 Response - Updated

*** April Reunion Cancelled ***

To all Brethren of the Scottish Rite Valley of Nashville,
Please be advised that as a result of public health concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic the Nashville Office will be closed through the end of March. We deem this pandemic a serious threat and we do not want to endanger any of our members or our office staff to any unnecessary risk. We have provided a temporary office phone number which is (615) 375-1131 for our regular office hours (8:30 AM-4:00 PM) and business will continue as usual including credit/debit card processing for dues, questions about membership, processing petitions for new members and affiliation. We will not be in the Grand Lodge building except by appointment only for the purchasing of masonic jewelry and apparel or the dispensing of ambulatory equipment from the Almoner.

We ask that each of you bear with us through this unknown course and make prayers for our fellow man, our country, the world, and the Scottish Rite part of your daily routine.

Also, because of Metropolitan Government, State Government, and National Government recommendations our April Reunion will be cancelled.

May God bless each of you, the Scottish Rite, and our great Nation.

Earl J. Porter, Jr., 33
Personal Representative to the SGIG of Tennessee



You can download a PDF copy of the Valley of Nashville's 2016 Fall Reunion, which is being held on November 4-5 and 11-12.

2016 Fall Reunion Program


An Open Letter to the Men of America

Do you have what it takes to be a Mason and more particularly a Scottish Rite Mason? Scottish Rite Masons are proud because the founding values of this country—values that placed reason over ignorance, science over superstition, freedom over tyranny, and imagination over imitation-- were the founding values that liberated humankind and formed the experiment that is the United States of America. It was no accident that so many of our founders were Freemasons, for it was in the lodges of Freemasonry that men such as Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, John Paul Jones, Paul Revere, and George Washington honed the ideas that became America. Freemasonry and Scottish Rite Masonry was and is a school for these Enlightenment Values.

For the past few decades Freemasons kept to themselves focusing on philanthropy rather than philosophy. Masons believed that the values they helped put in place were secure. They thought America would always be America but they were wrong.

Freemasonry is a fraternity. We speak to men, not in opposition to women, but it is primarily men who commit crimes, abandon their families, fail to pursue education, lead the charge against reason, seek to impose the views of a few, and undermine the right of people to think freely and live authentically, and hence it is men who need the guidance of Freemasonry most of all.

Freemasonry is not a religion or a political party. Masonry does not proselytize. In fact it is against Masonic Code to ask or invite someone to be a member. That decision must be made on your own. What we can do and are doing is inviting you to learn more about this great fraternity. If you have an interest, call the local Scottish Rite Office at 615-259-3434 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The values that founded our country in the past are the values that will save our nation in the future. Do you have what it takes?

Ill. Peter Ehlers, SGIG in Germany

 Celebrating Brotherhood Between Nashville and Germany

Ill. Bro. Peter Ehlers, an SGIG in Germany for the Supreme Council of Germany, visited the Nashville Valley recently where our Ill. Bro. Dan Jones, Grand Cross, gave him a tour of the building and sent one of our monogrammed jackets to the Sovereign Grand Commander of Germany, Ill. Bro. Eberhard Desch. The following is a letter received from SGC. Desch wishing the Nashville Valley "all the best".


"Illustrious and Dear Brother Dan,

Spring is finally in the air and it is the right time to thank you for the jacket of the Scottish Rite that you sent along with Illustrious Brother Peter Ehlers. He spent some wonderful days with you. Thank you as well for being a great host - as always.

It would be nice to see you in Berlin. Do you have any travel dates in mind yet? Anyhow I will see you next year during the biannual meeting.

All the best for the Valley of Nashville,


Eberhard Desch, 33°

Sovereign Grand Commander"


 Dan Jones Receives Highest Honor


Nashville Valley’s Executive Secretary, Daniel H. Jones, was awarded the highest honor that the Supreme Council bestows.  Bro. Jones was one of eight individuals across the Southern Jurisdiction who were singled out at the 2013 Biennial Session to receive the Grand Cross of the Court of Honour.  This award is exceedingly rare, and is bestowed upon Thirty-Third Degree Masons only for the most exceptional and extraordinary of services.


grand cross

Bro. Dan Jones, 33° Grand Cross (left) receives a special award from Bro. Earl Porter, 33° (center)

and Bro. Hoyt Samples, 33° SGIG for Tennessee to commemorate his receipt of the Grand Cross

of the court of Honour.




Nashville Members Make the Cover of The Scottish Rite Journal


Two of Nashville Valley's own members are featured on the cover of the June-July 2013 issue of The Scottish Rite Journal.  Bro. Edwin W. Benson III, 32º KCCH and Bro. Ernest Chapman, 32°  are shown in the cover photo below (back row, third and fourth from the left, respectively).  These Brothers, along with Bro. John L. Weaver III, 33º and Bro. Billy West, 32º, were among the fourteen winners of the 2013 "Scottish Rite Has Talent" contest, and recently performed during the Celebrating the Craft webcast.



Click HERE to access the electronic edition of this issue of the Scottish Rite Journal


If you missed this webcast, click HERE to view online




Scottish Rite- Faith and Symbolism





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