Frequently Asked Questions:
About the Valley...
Q: Why a new Scottish Rite Valley?
A: The Deputy for the State of Ohio and the 16th Masonic District leadership determined that forming a new Valley in the District footprint would be highly desirable. The Valley, the District and the Lodges working together found great appeal among the Masons polled in this region. Modern family and work lives make travel into the larger cities for the purpose of witnessing Scottish Rite Degrees often daunting. Locating a new Valley within this region and fundamentally changing the delivery of its work aligned well with the expectations of modern life. Degrees shall be planned in a manner where Lodges shall be encouraged to take on one or more Degree conferrals, at table, in the round on the floor, and/or during Valley Reunions. An intimate connection among members through the work of the Valley shall be promoted. In particular, education beyond what is portrayed upon the stage, the floor or at table shall be evident. Make sure to navigate to the Membership page on this site and view; Why Join and Valley Concept.
Q: Why the name Firelands?
A: The Northern Jurisdiction had followed a pattern of locating its Valleys in urban centers with stage/theatre facilities that can host large reunions of its members. The Valley of the Firelands by its regional locality, will not be a traditional valley focused on a metropolitan area, rather, the Deputy for the State and the Firelands Formation Board desired that the new Valley shall represent a region best described as North Central Ohio. As you may know, there are many smaller cities and villages within this region offering excellent career and family values. Placing a Valley in this locale makes sense. The name Firelands is emblematic of rebirth (ie Western Reserve, Connecticut) and is fitting for a new beginning and time in Scottish Rite Masonry. This rebirth notion comes from New England Settlers that suffered through burned out homes and farms in Connecticut caused by marauding British Loyalists. Many of these Settlers were relocated to this region known for its rich fertile lands as recompense for the calamity. This new Valley fits many of those attributes as well: starting over again, rebuilding, self-reliance, and growth.
Q: I'm a life member of an existing Valley. Can I transfer my life membership to the Valley of the Firelands?
A: Unfortunately not, a plural membership would be the best option if you wished to participate in the Valley of the Firelands. Plural Members have a "Primary Membership" with a Valley, it is your choice to designate either of the Valleys.
Q: What is the cost of a plural Membership?
A: The Plural Membership Fee will be $150.00 in Year One, beyond what your Primary Valley requires. Ongoing, the membership fee is $95 each year.
Q: Will I be required to remain a plural member paying dues to two Valleys on into the future?
A: No, when the Valley of the Firelands receives its Charter, plural members can decide if they wish to remain a plural member or demit from his former Valley
Q: I'm not a member of the Scottish Rite, will I be able to join the Valley of the Firelands as a new member?
A: We presume that you are a Master Mason in good standing, then yes. Fill out our Petition fully, sign it and have two of the Firelands Members countersign it. The link to the Petition is here.
Q: What is the cost of a new membership?
A: $150.00 initiation fee which includes the first year dues: June 1 through May 31. At renewal, the Annual Dues are $95.00
Q: I hold a Dimit from another Northern Masonic Jurisdiction Valley. May I Petition and join the Valley of the Firelands?
A: Yes you may, however, your Dimit must be dated prior to June 4 2015 for your new membership to be permitted. After our Charter is received, the date restriction shall be lifted.
Why $150 to become a Member?...
Q: What do I receive for the $150.00 fee that is paid?
A: The short answer is "regalia." Prayer Cap, Lapel Pin, and other items denoting fraternal and personal growth. If you have not yet done so, a full answer to this question lies in the "Our Valley" page of the website. The "Why Join" and "Concept Statement," are key to the "Firelands Brand" and the type of Scottish Rite man that you strive to become.
How do I participate as a Member?...
Q: Will it be possible to participate as an officer in the Valley of the Firelands or participate in degree portrayal.
A: Yes, the Valley of The Firelands will be comprised of the regular battery of four of the Concordant Bodies of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction – Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite (Lodge of Perfection, Council of Princes of Jerusalem, Chapter of Rose Croix, Consistory). The top two positions of each Concordant Body are elected positions. The remainder of the positions in each Body shall be determined by the Board. The Officers, elected and appointed, shall have well defined roles and goals. Those men that hold appointed positions shall by merit be considered for advancement and election.
There are additional ways to participate in the Valley: as a member and/or leader of a Stagecraft Team or Valley Club.
Q: When will the Valley of the Firelands hold its meetings and where?
A: Navigate to the Events Calendar page of the Valley Website. Details for meetings can be found there.
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