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January 22, 2018



Human progress is our cause, liberty of thought our supreme wish, freedom of conscience our mission, and the guarantee of equal rights to all people everywhere our ultimate goal.


If you are aware of an event with the Scottish Rite that does not show up on this calendar, please email enews@ritestart.org 

Jan 24 Stated Dinner Meeting - 6:30 PM
Jan 27 Sedalia Club Breakfast - 9:00 AM
Feb 1 Sedalia Club Meeting - 7:00 PM
Feb 7 Ararat Shrine Business Meeting - 7:30 PM
Feb 9 Bates County Club Meeting - 6:30 PM
Feb 10 Benton County Meeting - 7:30 AM
Feb 13 Executive Board Meeting - 6:30 PM
Feb 14 Ararat Shrine Business Meeting Moved To Feb 7
Feb 19 Clay - Platte Club Meeting - 6:00 PM
Feb 24 Sedalia Club Breakfast - 9:00 AM
Feb 28 Stated Dinner Meeting - 6:30 PM


Many have asked for contact information for the leadership. This information can be found here.



The 2018 Robert Burns dinner was a resounding success! Please see next week's Rite Start for photographs!

2018 VMAP


Please see this VERY IMPORTANT communication from our Executive Secretary.



We now are accepting talent submissions for Scottish Rite Has Talent 2018! See “Submission Details” below to learn how to send in your talent video.

**The submission deadline is March 12, 2018.**

About Scottish Rite Has Talent

Scottish Rite Has Talent is a program that supports the annual webcast fundraiser, Celebrating the Craft (CTC). CTC is set to air LIVE Saturday, May 19, 2018. It is a unique opportunity to share and celebrate our talented Brethren throughout the Southern Jurisdiction.

Members who want to participate will be asked to submit videos online via our Hightail uplink (below). We are looking for videos that feature both musical talents and other appropriate talents including, but not limited to, comedy, magic, story-telling, or live art. There is no fee or purchase required to participate.

NEW—This year, we will take a more personal look at our contestants during the show. If selected, we hope that you’ll be willing to share why you became a Scottish Rite Mason in addition to performing your talent.



by Midnight Freemason Contributor
WB Darin A. Lahners

In mythology, the monomyth or hero’s journey, is the common template of a broad category of storytelling that involves a hero who goes on an adventure, and returns a changed individual. Originally put forward by Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”, the monomyth can be seen illustrated time and time again in Hollywood and popular novels. While Campbell originally had 17 steps to his monomyth, subsequent authors have broken it down into more summarized variations. For the purposes of today’s article, I’ll be using the adaptation of it made by Christopher Vogler. Christopher Vogler adapted the monomyth into 12 steps. The 12 steps can be summarized best below:


By M.C. Lee
Language is in a constant state of change. New words are constantly added to the fluid English language, while older ones fall out of use. Words like “ironic," “unique," and “literally,” are in a process of being changed as newer generations frequently use them incorrectly. Prior to the Norman conquest of England, English words tended to be shorter until French words were introduced into the language.
“Idioms” are phrases that do not have a literal meaning. Common examples of idioms are bought the farm (to die), chip on your shoulder” (being angry), sick as a dog” (ill), rubbing someone the wrong way (annoying them), or the whole nine yards (a phrase that derives from the length of .50 caliber ammunition belts during the Second World War).
Freemasonry has contributed several idioms in the English language:  On the level, the name of this column, is one example. Its meaning is to be honest, straightforward, and trustworthy, rather than to sit on a giant construction level. Fair and square means that a deal has been completed honestly and without deception. The term blackballed or blackballing is derived from the method Freemasons use to vote on new candidates, where white balls dropped into a ballot box to indicate a positive vote, and either a black ball or cube indicates a negative vote. Although these idioms were slipped into the English language from Freemasonry, many of the implied concepts are not Masonic in origin. The square representing trustworthiness traces back to the Greeks and Romans, and the Freemason’s method of balloting is not unique. However, it is the Freemasons English version of these phrases which has made it into the language. One idiom which is likely of Masonic origin is the phrase The Third Degree. This is a direct reference to the third and final Master Mason degree which signifies that the initiate is a now a full voting member of the Lodge. The rough incantation of the phrase is based on the assault and murder of a Ninth century BC biblical figure whose story is recounted during the degree.


The Rite Start is a labor of love, for me. I have enjoyed every moment of keeping our Brethern updated of events and information. This is also a newsletter FOR YOU. Is there content that you would like to see? Is there a Masonic, research, or general article that you'd like to present to the membership? Please contact the temple office at 816-561-2277 or email the office at secretary@srkc.org


Have you ever wondered what it means to open a lodge in Ancient, Due, or Ample form? Have you ever heard a term you don't know? Head over to the Masonic Dictionary!


The Supreme Council hosts a podcast that is now entering its second season. This podcast contains stories, interviews, and lessons for freemasons. This wonderful podcast, hosted by Bro:. Maynard Edwards, 32°, has been a fantastic addition to the ongoing education of freemasonry. Tune in at


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