Knights of Saint Andrew - Valley of Omaha, NE Knights of Saint Andrew 2016 Officers David E. Meinzer, 32° Venerable Master Wade A. Ridout, 32° Senior Warden Donald A. Leu, 32° Junior Warden A. Carl Highman, 32° Secretary-Treasurer David R. Thompson, Sr., 32° Chaplain J. Robert Corsaro, 32° Senior Deacon Robert M. Pelletier, 32° Junior Deacon Kyle A. A. Beckner, 32° Sentinel Timothy J. Peters, 32° Sentinel Past Venerable Masters Don Kavalec David Meinzer Buster Hicks 2002 Robert Sorensen 2003 Leland Meisinger 2004 Dennis Samuelson 2005 Al Nelson 2006 Micah Evans 2007 Phillip Harris 2008 George Pfeffer 2009 Armel MacDonald 2010 Armel MacDonald 2011 Charles Sohm 2012 William Wood 2013 Chris Nigro 2014 2015 2016 Tradition. Tradition informs us that the medieval Order of the Knights of Saint Andrew was formed in 1314 by King Robert the Bruce of Scotland to honor sixty-three Knights who appeared at the battle of Bannockburn as a mounted unit, quickly turning the tide and defeating the English. The modern Order was fashioned on the noble example of those sixty-three Knights who came to the service of Scotland when she was in dire need. Ill. Weldon J. Good, 33°, of the Valley of Tulsa, Oklahoma, developed the first Chapter of the Knights of Saint Andrew in 1993 as a service organization comprised of "Black Hat" Scottish Rite Masons. Discussion first began in the Omaha Valley in 2001 about forming a chapter of the Knights of St. Andrew. The KSA was chartered by members from Wichita, KS and the group began meeting officially in 2002. Membership has continued to grow each year as Scottish Rite Masons seek to get involved in the Valley. While any member can be a Knight of Saint Andrew and work and assist at events, only "Black Hats" can vote and hold office at business meetings. Our goal is to help members become more active in the Consistory and to provide selfless dedication to and the promotion of our Masonic Fraternity within the Scottish Rite, our community, our Jurisdiction, and the Orient. Each Chapter is attached to a Valley within the Scottish Rite and is subordinate to that Valley, its purpose being a service organization to the Consistory. There is no other higher governing body. Each Chapter adopts its own by-laws and determines its own membership requirements. The Knights of St. Andrew is open to all 32° "Black Hat" Scottish Rite Masons who are members in good standing of the Scottish Rite. Knights pledge to be active members in the Valley and to be of service as needs may require. Membership You must be a 32° Mason to join. Our 32° KCCH and 33° members are eligible to join the Knights of Saint Andrew as Emeritus Members, help with events, and attend meetings, but they may not vote at business meetings nor hold office within the KSA. To join the Knights of Saint Andrew, You must be a member in good standing in the Scottish Rite. You must desire to assist in the growth of the Fraternity. You must be committed to protecting the longevity of our Fraternity. You must, with firm dedication and will, desire to promote the work of Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. If you meet all of the requirements above and desire to join the Order, you may request a petition from any Knight. You may also email the Secretary of the Order to request a petition. If your petition is accepted by the Order, you will be invited to join us and will be knighted by the Venerable Master, after which you will be permitted to wear the tartan and Glengarry of the Order at all Scottish Rite events. Service and Leadership Like the Knights Templar of old, who struggled at the ancient site of King Solomon’s Temple, the aim of the Knights of Saint Andrew is to provide a selfless dedication to the Omaha Scottish Rite, so that our brethren and their families may have a more enjoyable experience while visiting our valley. An organization with multiple functions, we are here to provide services where they are needed. This includes, but is not limited to, greeting and escorting visitors, assisting stage crews and stewards, tending bar at events, as well as other duties that may arise. If you observe a Mason ably assisting at Scottish Rite functions, he will be, more often than not, a member of the Knights of Saint Andrew. The variety of activities we will be involved in will make us one of the most active organizations in the Valley of Omaha. We have indicated a sincere wish to be of service to our brothers, their families, as well as visiting dignitaries; while at the same time gaining a deeper admiration and respect for the Scottish Rite.