ike most organizations, it is difficult to put into words the myriad of benefits available to members of the Long Beach Scottish Rite. The Rite is one of the few offering members the opportunity to receive all 29 degrees. We have a very active children's clinic and have helped thousands of children from all walks of life have a better life. We offer a series of outstanding Travelogues every year, also fun and fellowship through various functions.

In short, with thousands of members and a full schedule of activities, the Rite offers a place for everyone and welcomes new members.

Our auditorium contains a large, fully equipped stage and as you can imagine, it gets a lot of use. Recently, one of our huge backdrop curtains tore across it's top and required repair. A "work party" was formed and the repairs were accomplished.

Every month we publish a newsletter, "The Scottish Rite Reporter" under the able direction of Ben C. Ponder, 32° KCCH, Managing Editor. You can read an on-line version of the Reporter here.

The Pivotal Question

We are often asked: what kind of man becomes a Mason? One of the most eloquent responses to that question was written by the Reverend Joseph Fort Newton, an internationally honored minister of the first half of the 20th Century and Grand Chaplain, Grand Lodge of Iowa, 1911 - 1913.

When is a Man a Mason?

When he can look out over the rivers, the hills, and the far horizon with a profound sense of his own littleness in the vast scheme of things, and yet have faith, hope and courage - which is the root of every virtue.

When he knows that down in his heart every man is as noble, as vile, as divine, as diabolic, and lonely as himself, and seeks to know, to forgive, and to love his fellowman.

When he knows how to sympathize with men in their sorrows, yea, even in their sins - knowing that each man fights a hard fight against many odds.

When he has learned how to make friends and keep them, and above all how to keep friends with himself.

When he loves flowers, can hunt birds without a gun, and feels the thrill of an old forgotten joy when he hears the laughter of a little child.

When he can be happy and high-minded amid the meaner drudgeries of life.

When star-crowned trees and the glint of sunlight on flowing waters subdue him like the thought of one much loved and long dead.

When no voice of distress reaches his ears in vain, and no hand seeks his aid without response.

When he finds good in every faith that helps any man to lay hold of divine things and sees majestic meanings in life, whatever the name of that faith may be.

When he can look into a wayside puddle and see something beyond mud, and into the face of the most forlorn fellow mortal and see something beyond sin.

When he knows how to pray, how to love, how to hope.

When he has kept faith with himself, with his fellowman, and with his God, in his hand a sword for evil, in his heart a bit of a song - glad to live, but not afraid to die.

Such a man has found the only real secret of Masonry, and the one which it is trying to give to all the world.

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