Secretary’s Corner

Pat Cook General Secretary

Pat Cook
General Secretary

Almoner’s Appeal for Harvey Assistance

Brethren: Many our brethren have suffered extensive damage to their homes, automobiles and businesses because of the unprecedented flooding which has occurred in the Houston Valley. In the first days … Continue Reading →

2015 General Secretary’s Report

It was just a year ago that I was appointed General Secretary for the Houston Valley of the Scottish Rite.  Something new like that can be a very emotional moment, … Continue Reading →

Whence Came the Saints John?

When I was DDGM a few years ago, I spent a lot of time with the  Texas Grand Lodge Law book.  At first I tried sleeping with it under my … Continue Reading →

Take Good Men and Make Them Better

Any man who has taken a single breath as a Freemason has certainly heard the phrase, “Masonry takes a good man and makes him better.” And almost certainly, if he … Continue Reading →


Masonry is a beautiful set of lessons. The variety and usefulness of the lessons taught by Masonry is astounding infinite. I never fail to hear the opening or closing of … Continue Reading →

Original Sin

In his book, “The Road Less Traveled” M. Scott Peck wrote an interesting piece on the concept of the original sin. His assertions have a great deal of significance to … Continue Reading →

Why Our Degrees are Important

Of course, there are many reasons the Scottish Rite degrees are important. If you were to ask a dozen Scottish Rite Masons why our degrees are important, you would certainly … Continue Reading →

What Color Is Your Hat?

What Color is Your Hat? Thoughts of the General Secretary as we enter the season of Honors nominations. I’ve been in the General Secretary’s office for just six weeks. It … Continue Reading →