Programs & Charities
The Mission of the Scottish Rite Masonic Children's Learning Centers is to provide quality, state-of-the-art, remedial education ot children diagnosed as having dyslexia. In keeping with the commitment of 32º Masons to children in the community, this service is provided free of charge.
In 1932, Supreme Inspector General Leon M. Abbott bequeathed additional funds to establish an Education and Charity Fund. The first Abbott Scholarship was awarded in 1951. For many years, the scholarships were presented to journalism students at select universites throughout the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. In 1984, it was voted to expand the scholarship program by awarding grants to children of Scottish Rite members and to young people active in the youth groups affiliated with the Masonic fraternity.
In 1995, a group of Scottish Rite Masons, from the Valley of Boston, organized the first golf tournament fundraiser for the Greater Boston 32º Masonic Learning Center for Children.
The proceeds from the tournament were all aimed at supporting the cause of teaching children the skills neccessary to overcome the disorder of Dyslexia. Over the years the tournament has moved around to several venues; nevertheless, the "Teddy Bear" maintains its tradition of community support and as a valuable resource for children in the Greater Boston area.
The Van Gorden-Williams Library and Archives serves the Masonic community as a repository of the history of Freemasonry and as a research facility. It preserves Masonic and fraternal history in many formats, available to the public, to researchers, and to Masonic scholars. Its other major collecting area is American historical artifacts. Visit the website linked to above for more information.
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The Bodies of the Scottish Rite, sitting in the Valley of Boston, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, acknowledge and yield allegiance to the Supreme Council, 33°, of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America, whose Grand East is in Lexington, Massachusetts.