Knights of Saint Andrew
The Knights of St. Andrew is made up of the Black Hat Brethern of the valley. It leadership is comprised of the Venerable Master, the Senior Warden, the Junior Warden, the Secretary / Treasurer, the Senior Deacon, the Junior Deacon, the Senior Steward, the Junior Steward, the Chaplain, the Marshal, and the Sentinel.
The Knights of St Andrew is the official Honor Guard of the Scottish Rite Valley.
The Knights of St. Andrew exist as a service organization developed for 32º Black Cap Members on behalf of all members of their Consistory. They are under the immediate supervision of the Secretary of their Scottish Rite Consistory and provide services where they are needed. This includes, but is not limited to, aiding the Tylers, acting as greeters, providing escort services for dignitaries or for special events created for the ladies during Reunions or other functions, serving as guides, assisting in Scottish Degree work, and helping present the colors. Knights of St. Andrew also assist in the calling committees, participate in parades or civic activities, promote fund-raising events, and aid in any special event. The list can continue on as new ideas and concepts are developed to help meet needs and goals.
Our Blue Lodge teaches us that the principle tenets of Freemasonry are Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. As exemplified in the Scottish Rite 29th degree, we are taught the great virtues of knighthood: humility; patience; self denial; charity; generosity; clemency; virtue; truth, and, honor.
Each chapter has a charter of authority to operate, constitutions, by-laws, initiation ritual as well as opening and closing ceremonies, much the same as the craft lodges. The officers are elected for a term of one year. The Knights set their own programs and operate under the authority of the Sovereign Grand Inspector General in the Orient of Florida and his Personal Representative in the Valley of Orlando.