2022 RITE Way Membership Conferences
Dates & Locations
- March 11–12, 2022 | St. Louis, MO
- March 25–26, 2022 | Charlotte, NC
- April 8–9, 2022 | San Diego, CA
Registration & Fees
- Returning Attendee: $175
- First-time Attendee: $88
Agenda, Topics, & Speakers
|1:25–2:15 p.m.||Keynote Address – MW, Ill., and Imperial Sir Jeff Sowder, 33°, Past Grand Master in Kansas and Past Imperial Potentate of Shriners International|
|2:30–3:50 p.m.||Mentoring Mystique – Ill. Mark S. Oldknow, 33°, Personal Rep. for the Valley of Santa Fe, NM|
|4:00–5:00 p.m.||RiteCare SRCLP – Sheri Mistretta, Executive Director, The LIGHT Foundation|
|5:00–7:00 p.m.||Dinner (on your own)|
|7:00–9:00 p.m.||Open dialogue with Ill. Arturo de Hoyos, 33°, GC, Grand Archivist & Grand Historian|
|8:00–8:55 a.m.||Philanthropy Discussion- Br. Richard Nowacki, 32°, KCCH, Scottish Rite, SJ, Major Donor Officer (Western Region)|
|9:00–10:15 a.m.||Master Craftsman Education- Ill. R. Lane Dossett, 33°, Personal Rep, & Secretary for the Valley of Hattiesburg, MS|
|10:30–11:30 a.m.||Using VMAP to your Advantage during/after COVID – Ill. Mark S. Oldknow, 33°|
|11:35 a.m.–1:00 p.m.||Provided Lunch (included with registration)|
|1:00–1:15 p.m.||Scottish Rite Research Society Discussion|
|1:15–2:00 p.m.||Membership Opportunities & Incentive and Engagements – Ill. Billy W. Sloan, 33°, SGIG in Mississippi, Membership Services Committee Chairman|
|2:00–2:50 p.m.||Live Mentoring Discussion|
|3:00–4:00 p.m.||Town Hall with Sovereign Grand Commander Cole|
Frequently Asked Questions
I am not a Valley officer, secretary, or personal representative. May I attend?
Absolutely—in fact, we encourage it! To attend the conferences, you need only be a member in good standing of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A., and complete the conference registration process.
When does conference registration close?
Registration for each conferences will remain open until the day before the conference starts; HOWEVER, there IS a cut off for the discounted hotel rate.
- St. Louis – Discounted rate cut-off is Feb. 17, 2022.
Charlotte – Discounted rate cut-off is Feb. 21, 2022.
San Diego – Discounted rate cut-off is Mar. 15, 2022.
Please note, there are a limited number of discounted hotel rooms available, so please book as soon as possible.
May I register on-site?
Yes. While we encourage you to register online, you may register on-site, using a major credit card. Please do not bring checks or cash.
How much time should I budget to attend the workshops?
All conferences begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. on Friday. If possible, please plan on arriving no later than mid-morning on Friday and departing no earlier than 6 pm on Saturday.
Is there a mask or vaccination requirement?
Our conferences are subject to the city and state ordinances and the Grand Lodge edicts in place for each conference location. As these guidelines have been changing rapidly, conference attendees will receive an email with local guidelines the week of the conference they are attending.
What is the dress code?
The attire for the conferences is business casual (golf/polo shirts with slacks or khakis recommended). Jacket is optional. Please do not wear shorts or jeans. You do not need to bring your Scottish Rite cap or regalia.
What does my attendee registration fee cover?
Your fee covers all the sessions, conference materials, Saturday’s lunch, and any catered breaks or receptions.
Is there any help with covering expenses?
Please check with your local Valley leadership to see if it offers any scholarships or reimbursements for attending the workshops.
If I am traveling by air, will there be transportation to the hotel available?
No, you are responsible for finding your own ground transportation. Please research available options before your arrival. You might want to consider connecting with other attendees arriving at the same time to share the cost of taxis, shuttles, or app-based ride services.
How do I book my hotel room or modify my reservation?
After completing your online conference registration, the web page will display a link to the host hotel’s Scottish Rite reservation page, where you can reserve your room at the reduced event rate. You also may call the hotel to book a reservation using the phone number and code provided along with the hotel link. **Please note that you are responsible for booking your own hotel room and contacting the hotel, if you need to modify or cancel your reservation.**
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel your conference registration up until 48 hours prior to the conference start, but a cancellation fee of up to 15% may apply. Please allow 2–3 weeks for credit card refunds. **You are responsible for cancelling your own hotel reservation.**
May I bring a guest? Are there any events they can attend?
You may certainly bring a guest with you to the hotel; however, guests will not be able to attend the meetings, and there are no guest events scheduled currently. Also, guests are not included in conference-provided meals.
I have gone to past conferences. Why should I attend these?
As we are all dealing with rebuilding our Lodges, Valleys and Orients, for the post-pandemic environment, these conferences are packed with information about how to resume your Valley’s growth and turn the COVID-19 challenges into opportunities. Also, If you are a newer Scottish Rite Mason, the RITE Way Conferences will help you understand better how you can expand your role within the Valley. If you are a current Scottish Rite leader, this information will help you mentor the up-and-coming leaders in your Valley.
Will the conferences be live-streamed or recorded? Will slides and handouts be available after the conferences?
We currently do not plan to live-stream or record the conference sessions, however, this may change. Any slides or handouts will be made available to everyone after the last conference in San Diego.
Thank you for your interest in attending this year’s conference! We look forward to seeing you there.
If you have further questions, please contact the Membership Services team at firstname.lastname@example.org.