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What Is VMAP?
The intent of VMAP is to help each Valley carry out its service to the Scottish Rite by providing the very best experience for its members. VMAP requirements are broken into the following 11 specific subject Areas which cover the full scope of the Scottish Rite experience:
1. Membership Retention / Engagement
2. Scottish Rite Education for Members
3. Membership Recruitment
4. New Member Engagement
5. Reunion Experience
6. Scottish Rite Education for Candidates
8. Public Image
9. Degree Conferral Proficiency
10. Officer Responsibilities & Engagement
11. Valley Organizations
For more information, please download the PDF of the VMAP Workbook.
For information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry—Southern Jurisdiction is making a new tool available exclusively to Scottish Rite Masons, known as SR Chirp. This is a personal communication and messaging utility which operates as a mobile phone application and is unique to the Scottish Rite.
Maintaining meaningful personal communications in today’s fast-paced and technology intense day can be challenging. Smartphones are everywhere, and a variety or services including Facebook, Twitter, and text messaging make keeping in touch possible using many different methods.
Each popular technology provides benefits as well as challenges. With so much information available to us, it’s often hard to keep track of some of the messages that are most important.
The name “Chirp” was selected by the application’s developer, which has other business-to-consumer projects apart from the Scottish Rite. SR Chirp messages are known as “Chirps.”
Using the application, Scottish Rite members may to “Chirp” to each other and share their experiences, day-to-day interactions and thoughts, updates from their local Valleys and Orients, or simply stay connected throughout the jurisdiction.
The application enables Scottish Rite Masons to quickly and conveniently communicate and interact. Although SR Chirp is similar to text messaging in some ways, because SR Chirp is usable only by Scottish Rite members, it becomes simple to separate communications with brothers from the sometimes overwhelming number of messaging that are part of our personal and business lives.
SR Chirp users also customize the messages that they desire to see. A user might elect to view only messages from his own Valley, or might decide to reach out to another Valley where he is traveling. Because the application is location-aware, users can elect to see messages and interact with other users easily and conveniently wherever they are—and not see messages from locations or Valleys that are not of immediate interest.
SR Chirp is available as a free download on Android mobile platforms and coming soon for Apple devices.
Installation is simple and registration requires only that you confirm your membership and create a user ID through the my.scottishrite.org portal if you have not already done so. Activation instructions are included with the application installation.
Please download SR Chirp and be part of the online and mobile community. We’re looking forward to getting acquainted!
SR Chirp is available as a free download on both Apple iPhone and Android mobile platforms.
Here are the mobile links to download the free app from your phone.
The universal link will route your phone to the appropriate store when clicked from your phone.
You can scan the QR code to take to either store your phone supports as well.
Not A Freemason?
SR Chirp is available only to Scottish Rite Masons. For more information about Freemasonry and the opportunities available through membership, please click here:
Not A Scottish Rite Mason?
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RiteCare Childhood Language Clinic
Connor, age four, recently graduated from speech-language therapy at the Clinic. When I first saw him almost a year ago, even his parents had trouble understanding him. He is a bright child with lots of personality and lots to say. He was frustrated when he wasn’t understood.
He had several speech errors, but the one that gave him the most trouble is called backing. He used the back of his tongue, making k and g sounds to replace others, so that he said kwee for tree, kwain for train, and gweam for dream. For a few weeks before Halloween, we practiced trick or treat to replace kwick or kweet. Backing is an error that does not occur in normally-developing speech, and children do not grow out of it.
Connor finally made it, and he can speak as well as any other four year old now. He will have no difficulties communicating or learning at preschool next fall. It was hard to let Connor go, because he was such fun, but it opened up a space for another child who needs help.
I hope you enjoy hearing about the Clinic kids. I will keep in touch.
Adrienne Rogers, MA, CCC-SLP