VOL. II, No. 7: Scottish Rite's Favorite Talent; VMAP Subject Area 10—Valley Orgs.
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New Twist for 2015 Celebrating the Craft (CTC)—Now, You’re the Judge.

This year’s CTC will feature an addition to our annual Scottish Rite Has Talent (SRHT)—a live competition to discover Scottish Rite’s Favorite Talent. On Saturday, May 16, 6 p.m. to Midnight (Eastern Time), SRHT winners will be performing with the hopes of being named the viewers’ choice. Every Valley, Orient, brother and family member is encouraged to donate to the Rebuilding the Temple Campaign in the name of their favorite performer. After all live performances and donations are submitted, we will announce Scottish Rite’s Favorite Talent for 2015.

Already have plans for CTC?
Does your Valley have plans to celebrate? Did you know that participating in CTC is one of the tasks listed in VMAP Subject Area 8—Philanthropy & Public Image?

Tweet us @TheScottishRite using #CTC2015  and let us know your plans for Celebrating the Craft this year! Check out our social media sites or use the links at the bottom of this newsletter.

Remember, CTC 2015 will air live May 16 via For more information, please visit
VMAP Subject Area 10 covers "Organizations" and asks Valleys to create at least 20 groups within the Valley, so ...


Why Not Consider a Scottish Rite Tough Mudder Team in 2015?

What is Tough Mudder?
Tough Mudder is a team-oriented 10–12 mile obstacle course designed to test physical strength and mental grit. Tough Mudder puts camaraderie over finisher rankings and is not a timed race but a team challenge that allows participants to experience exhilarating, yet safe, world-class obstacles. (Just check out how the Lake Tahoe team takes on the "Pyramid Scheme" challenge above!)

The Lake Tahoe Scottish Rite Tough Mudder Team took the mountain on August 16, 2014 at Lake Tahoe, CA. All 5 team members from 2013 returned and 8 new members were added for 2014. The Capital Area Scottish Rite Tough Mudder Team took on the Capital Region Tough Mudder Event in West Virginia on September 27 and 28, 2014.

Although these are very grueling events, they are also fun. We will be forming teams to compete again in 2015. Not the athletic type yourself? Not to worry! These teams still could use your support and encouragement.

If you would like to form a team or for more information on the Scottish Rite Tough Mudder program, please email

Click the links below to Watch Scottish Rite Tough Mudder Teams in Action.

Upcoming VMAP Events around the Jurisdiction

The Membership Services Department along with Grand Archivist & Grand Historian Arturo de Hoyos, 33°, GC, will be visiting the Valley of Memphis, Tenn., on April 23 and Corinth, MS, April 24–25. Ill. de Hoyos will hold a conversation on Masonry discussing the dynamic Scottish Rite Master Craftsman: Symbolic Lodge educational program, which focuses on the deeper symbolism of Blue Lodge Freemasonry. On April 24–25, Ill. Bros.,Dean Alban, 33°, and Stan Dodd, 33°, will discuss “Keys to Success for the VMAP Initiative” in Corinth, Miss., while also attending the Valley of Corinth's Spring Reunion.
In addition, there will be meetings with the Orient of Mississippi Scottish Rite leaders to discuss specific VMAP programs and questions. The following Saturday, May 2, Dean and Stan will meet with Missouri Leadership teams for the Orient VMAP implementation along with discussions on the Tough Mudder program (see above).

New Material Uploaded to the Freemason Network*!

Looking for an excellent document for organizing the different VMAP Tasks? A new document created by the Valley of San Jose, CA is located in the File Gallery of the VMAP Working Tools Group* of the Freemason Network.

How to use Freemason Network:
  1. Log in to your existing Freemason Network account or create one*.
  2. Visit the discussion page:
*First-time users' accounts must be approved before they will be able to view and write posts.

VMAP Minute—We're Sharing the Mic!

Do you have tips on achieving VMAP criteria you think might help your Brothers? Podcast host Bro. Maynard Edwards, 32°, wants to hear from you! Please send an email with your idea to You may be invited to share it on the air!

The "VMAP Minute" is a regular feature segment of The Tyler’s Place podcast. Each VMAP minute covers one of the 10 VMAP areas, along with other practical applications that support VMAP initiatives.
Remember, the goal of VMAP is to provide Valleys with a list of implementable activities to increase the engagement and involvement of their members.

For more information, visit the VMAP page at

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