While the Master Mason is the pinnacle of achievement in the world of freemasonry, there are a number of appendant degrees that Master Masons can use to further their knowledge of the organization. One of the most unique of these is the York Rite, named for the city of York, England. Legend has it that the first meeting of the masons of England took place in the city of York, making the York rite an apt name for this popular appendant degree.
The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is one of many global Rites, which is a fraternity of Freemasonry. It is often simply called Scottish Rite. Every Masonic group has it’s own central authority and the Supreme Council is the power of the Scottish Rite. In the United States there are two jurisdictions of Scottish Rite: Northern Masonic Jurisdiction and Southern Masonic Jurisdiction. They vary slightly in their degree names.
While many people know the Shriners primarily for their distinctive choice of headgear, there is much more to this unique organization that meets the eye. The Shriners are also known for their extensive network of charitable work, including the famous Shriners Hospitals designed and built to treat sick children at no cost to their families.