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2024 Spring Reunion

Knight of St. Andrew

Mar 16, 2024

A Celebration of Generosity and Growth

The 2024 Spring Reunion for the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite (AASR) Valley of Joplin was a resounding success, marked by camaraderie, philanthropy, and the welcoming of new members. Held in Joplin, Missouri, the event drew attendees from across the Southwest region of the state, uniting members in a shared commitment to service and fellowship. Our new 32° Masters of the Royal Secret are: Gary L. Harper 32° (Sarcoxie), William P. King 32° Cassville), Scott E. Mohon 32° (Branson), Michael J. Rice 32° (Springfield), and Grant M. Vaughn 32°(Pierce City).


(L-R) Michael Rice 32° William King 32° Grant Vaughn 32° Gary Harper 32° Scott Mohon 32°

At the heart of the reunion was a spirit of generosity. One of the highlights was the donation of a military sword by one of the members, which became the centerpiece of a raffle. Through the collective efforts of members and the proceeds from the raffle, nearly $750 was raised. These funds, along with a matching donation from the Scottish Rite Foundation, will be channeled towards Rite Care of Missouri, a noble cause dedicated to supporting hearing and speech-impaired children. The generosity exhibited by the members underscores the core values of the AASR, emphasizing the importance of giving back to the community and supporting those in need.

Beyond the charitable endeavors, the Spring Reunion also marked a significant milestone in the growth of the organization. Five new members were warmly welcomed into the fold, enriching the Valley of Joplin with fresh perspectives and enthusiasm. Their induction symbolizes the enduring appeal of the Scottish Rite and its ability to attract individuals committed to personal growth, fraternity, and service to humanity.

The success of the Spring Reunion would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of the members. Their tireless efforts, whether through donating their time, talent, or resources, were instrumental in orchestrating an event that brought together the AASR community in a spirit of unity and purpose. Their commitment to the principles of Freemasonry and the values espoused by the Scottish Rite served as a shining example for all in attendance.

As we reflect on the 2024 Spring Reunion for the AASR Valley of Joplin, we are reminded of the power of collective action and the transformative impact that can be achieved when individuals come together with a shared vision. Through their generosity and dedication, the members have not only strengthened the bonds of fraternity within the Valley of Joplin but have also made a meaningful difference in the lives of children in need. As we look towards the future, let us carry forward the spirit of unity, compassion, and service that defines the Scottish Rite, ensuring that its legacy of benevolence continues to illuminate our path forward.

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