The Supreme Council
The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in each country is governed by a Supreme Council. There is no international governing body—each Supreme Council in each country is sovereign unto its self.
In the U.S. there are two Supreme Councils. The Northern Masonic Jurisdiction (NMJ) is located in Lexington, Massachusetts, and the Southern Jurisdiction (SJ) is located in Washington, D.C..
In the Southern Jurisdiction, individual states are referred to as Orients and local bodies are organized into Valleys; the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction refers to State organizations as Councils of Deliberation and the local bodies are also organized into Valleys.
The Supreme Council now meets on an bi-annual basis, at which time the business of the Rite is transacted and the 33° conferred on those who have been elected to receive this honor.
The Scottish Rite is loyal to the essential purpose and principles of Freemasonry. Its ultimate quest for all its members is simple: "to be made better than ourselves." The Scottish Rite seeks to strengthen the community and believes that each man should act in civil life according to his individual judgment and the dictates of his conscience.
A member of the Scottish Rite seeks to:
1.) exalt the dignity of every person, the human side of his daily activities, and maximum service to humanity
2.) aid mankind's search in God's universe for identity development and destiny; thereby producing better men in a better world, happier men in a happier world and wiser men in a wiser world.
There are four coordinate bodies in the Scottish Rite:
1. Lodge of Perfection, 4°-14° (Presiding Officer — Thrice Potent Master),
2. Council of Princes of Jerusalem, 15°-16° (Presiding Officer — Sovereign Prince).
3. Chapter of Rose Croix, 17°-18° (Presiding Officer — Most Wise Master).
4. Consistory of Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret, 19°-32° (Presiding Officer — Commander-in-Chief).
One important point that must be recognized by all Masons is the fact that the Scottish Rite shares the belief of all Masonic organizations that there is no higher degree than that of Master Mason. Our degrees are in addition to and in no way higher than the sublime degree of Master Mason.
The Valley of Akron
The meetings of the Valley of Akron are on the third Thursday of each month, September through June. They are held at the Cuyahoga Falls Masonic Temple, 2307 Sackett Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls. These normally consist of a Board of Trustees meeting, the Stated Meeting and refreshments.
The discussion of any Masonic group is not complete until their philanthropic activities are highlighted. The Valley of Akron is no exception.
Abbott Scholarships: Each year the Valley awards at a number of scholarships. The recipient’s father must a member of the Scottish Rite. The recipient must be enrolled in an accredited school.
Masonic Assistance Program: Each year through the generosity of the members more than 100 families are assisted with food baskets or vouchers at Christmas and throughout the year. Each basket or voucher is valued at $50. The program is funded entirely by donations from the Masons.