Investing in the Future: Intendant of the Building Society

Eighth Degree, Intendant of the Building, jewel and apron

May-June 2012

Photo: Jewel and apron of the Eighth Degree, Intendant of the Building

By Matthew T. Szramoski, 33°
Director of Development

The Intendant of the Building Society seeks to honor those brethren and other individuals, who strongly believe in the purposes of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and who, through their generosity, help us to pass the principles of Freemasonry on to future generations. Membership is awarded to those individuals who have included the Scottish Rite Foundation, Southern Jurisdiction, USA, Inc., the House of the Temple Historic Preservation Foundation, Inc., or their local Scottish Rite Foundation in their wills, trust, IRAs, pensions, or annuities.

Through a legacy gift, you have the opportunity to support the Scottish Rite’s charitable missions. By including the Scottish Rite’s charities in your estate plans, you join a group of distinguished individuals who serve as role models to future generations—you become an Intendant of the Building.

The Eighth Degree

The 8th Degree, Intendant of the Building, teaches us the lessons of benevolence and charity; the importance of transmitting ethics and moral lessons to the next generation; and that labor is honorable if done with sobriety, temperance, punctuality, and industry. The focus of the degree is on completion of the Temple.

By participating in the Intendant of the Building Society, you are practicing charity and benevolence that assists the Scottish Rite in completing the Temple—funding our philanthropies to maintain our fraternal, charitable, and educational mission. By becoming a member of the Society, you can help ensure that the lessons of Freemasonry, in general, and of the Scottish Rite, in particular, are preserved in perpetuity.

Each member of the Intendant of the Building Society will receive a certificate of membership and a welcome letter from the Sovereign Grand Commander, as well as a special pin, and a tie or ladies scarf only available to Society members. These unique items use the crimson and green colors of the 8th Degree. Additionally, Society members will enjoy an exclusive reception at every Biennial Session, as well as a special reception at Leadership Conferences with the Sovereign Grand Commander and the Sovereign Grand Inspector General’s from the region.

How It Works

All you need to do is notify us that you have made a legacy gift to a Scottish Rite charity in your will, living trust, charitable remainder trust, a charitable gift annuity, pooled income fund, transfer on death account, life insurance policy, or retirement plan (IRA, 401(k), etc.). Send a copy of the page in the document that names the Scottish Rite charity you have chosen to support, a copy of the cover page, and of the signature page to the address below. When we receive your notification and document copies, we will recognize you as a member of this elite group of donors—Intendants of the Building—entitled to the special privileges of Society members. We will also honor requests for anonymity or to name a legacy gift in honor of a loved one.

Gifts may be specified for:

  1. The Scottish Rite Foundation, Southern Jurisdiction, USA, Inc. which includes RiteCare®, Scholarships, and Disaster Relief;
  2. The House of the Temple Historic Preservation Foundation, Inc.;
  3. Your local Scottish Rite Foundation.

Mail documentation to: The Supreme Council, 33°, Office of Development, 1733 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

So far, more than 200 brethren and their ladies have become members of the Society. Their generosity will leave a lasting legacy in the House of the Temple, the Scottish Rite Foundation, RiteCare Clinics, scholarship programs, and much more. If you have any questions on the program please contact Matt Szramoski, 33°, Director of Development at 202-777-3143 or by email at mszramoski@scottishrite.org.