Orient of Missouri
 Ill. Robert W. Cockerham   33°
Sovereign Grand Commander
Ill. James D. Cole 33°
Personal Representative
 of the S.G.I.G.
  Valley  of Joplin
     Ill. James D. Hardy   33°
Executive Secretary
Valley of Joplin 
Jim Gilbert  32° KCCH
Valley Treasurer
 Robert P. Gephardt    32°  KCCH 
Valley Tiler
 L. Don Haden 32°  KCCH 
  Valley Almoner
   Ill. Gayle Bedell  33°
Director of Work
Valley of Joplin
Ill.  Scott Houge 33°
Assistant to the Personal Representative 
 East Side of the Valley
 Ronald G. Hawk  32°
Assistant to the Personal Representative
 West  Side of the Valley
James K. Gilbert  32° KCCH
Christopher M. Nickle 32° KCCH
Venerable Master
Joplin Lodge of Perfection
Christopher R. Briley  32°
Wise Master
Joplin Chapter Rose Croix
Kevin M. Ritter   32°   
Joplin Council Knights Kadosh
Travis P. Schnelle   32° KCCH 
Master  of Kadosh
Joplin Consistory No. 3

Joplin Rite Care Partners with Children's

Miracle Network:

Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm;  CLOSED Friday 

Welcome to the Valley of Joplin Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite 

The Valley of Joplin has been an influential branch of Masonic history in Southwest Missouri and recently marked its 100th Anniversary in 2004.

The Scottish Rite is an Appended Body of Freemasonry; The Worlds oldest and largest Fraternity. Membership is open to any Master Mason who is in good standing and seeks further knowledge into the craft and further light into the principles that guide every Freemason. Like all Masonic branches, the Scottish Rite does not discriminate on the basis of Race or Religion.

Our Cathedral is located at 5th and Byers in Joplin and stands in testament to the Architecture that existed in the early 20th century.  All visitors are welcome and, with advanced notice, tours of this magnificent structure are available to individuals and groups.  We also rent our Cathedral for activities that need Meeting space, Dining Hall facilities or Auditorium space.

Please browse our website to learn more about the Scottish Rite and the role we play in the Southwest Missouri area.  Feel free to send us an email or call our office concerning any questions you may have about the Scottish Rite.

March 15-16
August 17
October 25-26
2019 Spring and Fall Reunion

If you are in need of lodging, the Candlewood Suites,    3512 S. Rangeline, Joplin (417-623-9595) is offering single or double rooms for $65.00 plus tax or a king size suite for $70.00 plus tax. If you don't need two beds and can handle the additional cost, the king size suites are very comfortable! Just be sure to use the term "Temple Block" to insure these room rates. In the event that Candlewood Suites is full, Best Western, (next door to Candlewood Suites) will be handling the overflow for the same room rates! But start by calling Candlewood Suites! 

2019 Degree Schedule

March 15-16

March 15

6:30-7:45 Breakfast and Registration

7:45 Class Assembly

7:50 Open Lodge of Perfection #5

8:00-8:40 4th

9:00-10:30 9th, 10th, 11th

10:50-11:30 12th

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 14th

2:20 Open Joplin Chapter Knights Rose Croix #3

2:20-3:15 16th

3:35-4:30 17th

4:50-6:00 18th

6:10 Candidate's reception

March 16

6:30-7:45 Breakfast and Registration

7:45 Class Assembly

7:50 Open Joplin Council Knights Kadosh #5

8:00-8:45 19th

9:05-10:05 20th

10:20-11:00 22nd

11:15-12:15 27th

12:15-1:45 Banquet

1:40 Class Assembly

1:45-2:45 30th (4th apt.)

2:50 Open Joplin Consistory #3

3:00-4:20 31st

4:30-6:00 32nd

October 25-26 Menu

$7 Breakfast Friday and Saturday

Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Tater tots, Biscuits and Gravy.


$10 Friday Lunch

Cheeseburger, hotdog (with or without chili), tater tots, cookie


$22 KCCH Banquet

Bacon-wrapped chicken breast, seasoned red potatoes, carrots, Red Velvet cupcake

$7 Breakfast Friday and Saturday

Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Tater tots, Biscuits and Gravy.


$15 Saturday Banquet

Meatloaf, Mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and cheesecake.

Friday August 16 Menu
2018 Fall Reunion Banquet

Cajun Peanuts for Sale!  $6 per bag

contact Steve Tygart 417.770.0587

Robert Burns Night

Joplin Scottish Rite and the Joplin tornado 5-20-2011


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