VOL. III, No. 11: VMAP Snapshot: Valley CTC Events—An Evening in Scotland at the Valley of Houston; Member Development Handbook in the Valley of Pensacola, FL
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VMAP Snapshot: Valley CTC Events!

An Evening in Scotland at the Valley of Houston

Group photo of attendees of the Valley of Houston's "An Evening in Scotland" event

Two close-up photos of people dancing at the Valley of Houston's "An Evening in Scotland" event

VMAP Snapshot logoValleys all over the Southern Jurisdiction held events in conjunction with the 5th-annual Celebrating the Craft webcast on Saturday, May 21. In this issue of the VMAP Working Tools, we highlight the Valley of Houston, TX., which hosted an "Evening in Scotland," featuring a Scotch tasting and Scottish Dancing!

Did your Valley host a CTC event? Please send photos and a short write-up of your activity to
Celebrating the Craft logoCelebrating the Craft 2016 may have ended, but you still can give and split your donation 50/50 between the RiteCare Scottish Rite Childhood Language Program and the House of the Temple! 

Member Development Handbook in the Valley of Pensacola, FL

By Kurt Larson, 33°, VMAP Committee Member

Cover of the Scottish Rite Member Development HandbookHave you ever wondered about the “unwritten” rules of Scottish Rite?  You know, those things people did—but there wasn’t much of an explanation during the reunion and hardly anyone you talked to knew the answer?

In an effort to develop its officer corps—the Valley of Pensacola, FL produced a small booklet to teach its officers those simple, yet “unspoken” things.  Thus began the New Officer Development Handbook.  After a few years, the Valley discovered that the handbook was more than for new officers.  While it was necessary for new officers to understand who the players were, why we to do things a certain way, etc., it was more important that EVERY member understood what was contained within its pages.

So … drum roll please … the old book became the new Member Development Handbook.  Within the pages, the reader can discover what per capita is, what the Almoner does, who are the leaders of the Valley, the definition of certain terms and Scottish Rite colloquialisms, etc.

The book itself is laid out in Modules.  For instance, Module One talks about what is the Scottish Rite and spells out proper greetings and salutations.  Module Two identifies what dues are and per capita assessments.  Module Three helps build leadership skills so that the member can be an integral part of Valley Operations.  Also spelled out in other sections are required reports and who is responsible, awards and recognition, how others see us (yes we do wear funny hats), scholarship programs, the role of the Sovereign Grand Inspector General and the Valley Management teams, and who makes up the Supreme Council.

New members of the Valley of Pensacola are given a copy of this handbook upon receiving their Master of the Royal Secret. ** If you have trouble accessing the handbook via the links above, please visit the VMAP page and choose "Member Development Handbook" from the "VMAP Resources" menu.

Remember, the goal of VMAP is to provide Valleys with a list of implementable activities to increase the engagement and involvement of their members. Download the 2016 VMAP Workbook for more information about subject areas and tasks.

For more information, visit the VMAP page at

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