Appendant Bodies

Organizations Available To Master Masons

One should never lose sight that your Blue Lodge is the foundation to Masonry.   Your education and development begins and continues with your three degrees in the Blue Lodge.   In addition to basic “Craft” Masonry, there are Appendant groups that are now available to you as a Master Mason.   Freemasons unite with each other and their families in bonds of friendship and mutual assistance. A mutual tie that in this world is greatly needed.

As a Master Mason you should be interested in Masonic advancement, not that you will thereby become a better Mason, but that you may have a better understanding of the Masonic System, additional Masonic contacts, and an explanation of that great symbolism upon which the Fraternity has built a glorious superstructure.

We, your Brethren, know the pleasure and gratification you felt when you completed your first three steps in Freemasonry and became numbered among those thousands of men the world over who stand for Brotherly Love, Religious Freedom, and Peace and Happiness for men of all nations and of all creeds.

The York Rite

Masonic history, both real and legendary, has centered around the search for the true Word. The lessons taught in the Lodge leave the initiate with the sense of having almost, but not quite, discovered the much-to-be-desired object of his quest. The first steps to take along this road should naturally tie in closely and enrich the degrees you have already received. Such are the Chapter and Council degrees and the Orders of the Commandery in the York Rite. These Masonic degrees are not merely degrees, but are exemplifications of homely virtues often neglected and lost sight of in the busy lives we now live. See the links below for more information.
York Rite of California
York Rite in the United States

The Scottish Rite

The Scottish Rite seeks to strengthen the community and believes that each man should act in civil life according to his individual judgment and the dictates of his conscience.

A member of the Scottish Rite seeks to:

  • Exalt the dignity of every person, the human side of his daily activities, and the maximum service to humanity.
  • Aid mankind’s search in God’s universe for identity, for development and for destiny, and thereby produce better men in a better world, happier men in a happier world and wiser men in a wiser world.

The Scottish Rite is one of the appendant bodies of Freemasonry that a Master Mason may join for further exposure to the principles of Freemasonry.

Attainment of the third Masonic degree, that of a Master Mason, represents the attainment of the highest rank in all of Masonry. Any Master Mason stands as an equal before every other Master Mason, regardless of position, class, or other degrees.

Additional degrees are sometimes referred to as appendant degrees, even where the degree numbering might imply a hierarchy. Appendant degrees represent a lateral movement in Masonic Education rather than an upward movement. These are not degrees of rank, but rather degrees of instruction. See the links below for more information.
Scottish Rite of Sacramento
Scottish Rite of California

The Shrine

Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. There are approximately 375,000 members from 191 temples (chapters) in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Republic of Panama.

Shriners International support Shriners Hospitals for Children, a one-of-a-kind international health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Since 1922, Shriners Hospitals for Children have significantly improved the lives of more than 865,000 children. The Shrine was originally founded in New York City in 1872.
Ben Ali Shrine
Shriners International
Norcal Shrine Club Facebook Page (broken link)

Shasta Craftsmen Widows Son

The Shasta Craftsmen Widows Sons is a local chapter of the International Masonic Motorcycle Association comprised of Freemasons. The purpose of founding the Widows Sons is to aid and assist widows and orphans of Master Masons. This is done by forming a widow’s fund within the Grand Chapter to contribute to the aid of widows in our state. No other fund should take precedence over our widow’s fund. We were founded in 2012 for the sole purpose of aiding and assisting widows. If you are interested in our purpose, please contact us.

Any widow of a master mason should contact the Widows Sons local Chapter in your area for assistance when you are in need. They were founded for this purpose.

A second and third purpose was added to the bylaws. The second was to provide a social and fraternal outlet for Freemasons who ride and desire to socialize with and travel the open roads with their brethren.  The third was to introduce Freemasonry to the world of motorcycles and motorcycling to the world of Freemasonry.   The second and third purposes are very distant second and third purposes, far behind the aiding and assisting of widows, and these should not take precedence over our founding purpose of aiding and assisting widows of master masons.
International Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association
Shasta Craftsmen Widows Son Facebook Page (broken link)