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Appended Bodies

Below are the appended bodies who meet within the Masonic Center.

Grand Lodge of South Dakota A. F. & A. M.

Grand Lodge of South Dakota has a long legacy. Masonry, also known as “Freemasonry,” is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. Its main purpose is to make good men better.

Masons are men of charity and good works, respected leaders of their communities. Many of our nations’s founding fathers were Masons, including thirteen signers of the Constitution. Fourteen U.S. Presidents were brothers of the craft, beginning with George Washington. Over four-million Masons in the U.S., from diverse religious, professional, and political backgrounds, have built this fraternity on the cornerstones of friendship, compassion, and brotherly love.

The Scottish Rite of South Dakota

The Scottish Rite of South Dakota consists of 1400 Masons who have joined together as alumni of the “university of Freemasonry”.  The 29 degrees of the Scottish Rite culminating in the 32nd degree, teaches deep philosophical lessons that encourage us to think beyond our own corner of the world.  The Scottish Rite of South Dakota is also a multi-million dollar charity that provides real assistance to our Rite Care Clinics in Vermillion, Aberdeen, Sioux Falls, and Rapid City.

These clinics are instrumental in bringing needed speech and audiology services to children who need them.  Eliminating speech or language problems can be a life changing event for a child.  Through the South Dakota Scottish Rite Foundation we provide graduate level fellowships to over a dozen students at the University of South Dakota Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders each year.

The York Rite

The York Rite, or more correctly, the American Rite, is based on the early remnants of Craft Masonry that were practiced in the early 1700’s. The formation of the first Grand Lodge of England in 1717 specified that the lodges were to confer only the degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason, all other degrees being considered spurious. However, many lodges had been conferring other degrees that they considered an integral part of Masonry, in particular that of the Royal Arch, and formed their own Grand Lodge in 1751, terming themselves the “Antients” and the other Grand Lodge members the “Moderns.” With the merger of the two Grand Lodges in 1813 into the United Grand Lodge of England, the lodges agreed that only the three accepted degrees of Masonry would be used by the lodges, but the degree of the Royal Arch would be attached to Chapters allied directly to these lodges and bearing the same number as the lodge, though as a separate body. Thus, unlike the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, which claims to hold the power of conferring the first three degrees of Masonry in addition to those under its jurisdiction, those found in the York Rite have rightfully acknowledged the fact that they are considered appendant to those of Ancient Craft Masonry. It is still the practice in English Masonry that a Masonic member is not considered to be in possession of all the degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry until he has been exalted to the Royal Arch.

DeMolay

DeMolay, the premier international youth leadership organization, striving to shape young men into leaders of character.

By epitomizing timeless values, and accepting the challenge of leadership – both of character and of action – the young men of DeMolay transform themselves into citizens of the highest caliber.

Each young man takes ownership of his DeMolay experience. From generating ideas, planning events, coordinating logistics, and executing their plans, each DeMolay Chapter is responsible for defining their success. All of this is accomplished under the mentorship of trained Advisors, selected from the local community, enabling each Chapter to be uniquely tailored to support the interests of its members.

DeMolay is an inclusive organization that only asks of young men interested to believe in a higher being.

A high level of involvement and enthusiasm is far more important for success in DeMolay than any particular skill or ability.

Daughters of the Nile

Daughters of the Nile is an international fraternal organization that has prospered as a social and charitable organization since 1913. Our members:

  • Contribute more than 1.7 million dollars annually to the Shriners Hospitals for Children®
  • Volunteer and sew garments, quilts, and other necessary items
  • Support over 137 Daughters of the Nile Organizations in the United States and Canada
RiteCare Scottish Rite Childhood Language Program

In the early 1950s in Colorado, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States initiated a program to help children with speech and language disorders. The results obtained from this program led to the establishment of RiteCare Scottish Rite Childhood Language Program (SRCLP) clinics to provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders, as well as learning disabilities.

Today, there are SRCLP clinics, centers, and special programs operating or planned for children and therapists located throughout the United States. Each facility is staffed by speech-language pathologists or other trained personnel. Through the support of Scottish Rite members, these clinics, centers, and programs continue to increase.

The value of this philanthropy has long been apparent. Tens of thousands of youngsters across the United States have been helped significantly. With the good work of dedicated clinicians and parents, the Scottish Rite has achieved successes that could only be imagined a few years back. Children who might have remained educationally behind for a lifetime can now talk, read, and lead productive lives.

Eastern Star

The members of the Order of the Eastern Star are dedicated women and men who sincerely reflect the spirit of fraternal love and the desire to work together for good. It gives them the opportunity to give a part of their time to many projects that benefit mankind.  Our lessons are scriptural, our purposes are beneficent, and our teachings are moral.

2019 Jasper Chapter Officers

Assisting Children to Smile

Assisting Children to Smile (A.C.T.S.), was founded in 2005 as a joint project of the WGM Jan Hadrick and WGP Deach Koch as part of their Grand Session with the goal of making sure every child has the confidence and pride that comes along with a perfect smile. A.C.T.S. achieved 501(c)(3) status in September of 2013. That following October, the A.C.T.S. committee that was administering the program was dissolved and a board of directors was created.

Through relationship with local businesses and leaders in the community and the Grand Chapter of South Dakota we strive to make an impact in the community.

By assisting families who cannot afford the financial burden of braces, filings and life altering surgeries A.C.T.S. is able to change the lives of children one smile at a time.

Bethel #38: Job's Daughters

Bethel #38: Job’s Daughters is a girls youth organization that teaches leadership, community service, and friendship in Sioux Falls, SD.

Founded in 1920 by Mrs. Ethel T. Wead Mick, Job’s Daughters International is an organization of young women with members in the United States, Canada, Australia, the Philippines, and Brazil.

Members have fun together at activities such as swimming parties, dances, family picnics, slumber parties, miniature golf, marching in parades, and so much more. In Job’s Daughters you will make new friends that will last a lifetime.

Job’s Daughters perform service projects to help their community and the less fortunate. We actively support the Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment (HIKE) Fund, which purchases hearing assistive devices for hearing impaired children. 

Job’s Daughters can qualify for various scholarships that are offered on a state and national level. We also gain valuable leadership experience, serve as part of a team, and learn democratic principles as they run their own meetings, decide our own activities, and plan our own events. 

In short, Job’s Daughters International offers the qualities that today’s young women want and need from organizations that earn their commitment: fun, friendship, helping others, and the chance to learn organizational and leadership skills.