"We will strive to be a fraternity that fulfills our Masonic obligation to care for our members"
We are a service-based organization of the the Valley of Albany NY, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, . We are composed entirely of Black Cap Scottish Rite Masons. Membership within our ranks, although voluntary, is not given lightly.
We serve because service is needed. We help when no one else will. We answer the call when others turn a deaf ear. We stand strong when all others have fallen down. We lay up treasures in a place where they never will tarnish. When one of us steps forward, he will find a brotherhood taking that step with him. When one of us puts his hand to a task, he will find an army of hands helping him. Given the heritage that makes up the very fabric our order, how could we be anything less?
"The Knights of Saint Andrew exist as a service organization on behalf of all members of their Consistory. They are under the immediate supervision of the Executive Board of their Scottish Rite Valley and provide services where they are needed. This includes, but 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 the Scottish degree work, helping present the Colors.
Knights of Saint 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 meet needs and goals.
Their flexibility and enthusiasm make the Knights of Saint Andrew one of the Valley's most active and desirable organizations. It is an excellent way to nurture and develop future leaders as they learn their organizational and leadership skills, explore the inner structures of their Scottish Rite Centers, and thus gain a deeper admiration for our Order and Brethren who work in Freemasonry as a whole."
Historically, the medieval order of the Knights of St. Andrew was formed by King Robert the Bruce of Scotland, in 1314. Its purpose was to honor Knights instrumental in the victory over the English during the Battle of Bannockburn.
In line with these historical beginnings, the modern Order of the KSA also focuses on outstanding service. In early 1993 the late, Ill. Weldon Good 33° of the Tulsa Valley in Oklahoma had a need for assistance during reunions. When he noticed that many brothers were joining the Scottish Rite but not returning to assist and participate, he developed the organization now known as the Knights of St. Andrew (KSA) as a service organization for the valley.
In setting up the by-laws, he stated that the KSA would be a "Black Hat" group and any member who received the honor of MSA (Meritorious Service Award or Red Hat) could not hold an office or vote but they could still work and assist. The main duties of the Knights of St. Andrew were to assist as needed during the reunions and be available to the Valley's Executive board for any assigned duties.
VENERABLE MASTER: Al Aumick 32°
SENIOR WARDEN: Gerry Dievendorf 32°, MSA
JUNIOR WARDEN: R. Victor Stewart 32°
SENIOR DEACON: Paul Rosenblatt 32°
JUNIOR DEACON: Tom Leary 32°
SENTINEL: Steve Conant 32°, M.S.A.
CHAPLAIN: John Scott 32°, M.S.A.
SECRETARY: Drew Millier 32°
DREW MILLIER 32°|
WILLIAM KORN 33°, M.S.A.
MICHAEL DERRY 33°
PETER RAIFF 32°
ROBERT FICKIES 32°, M.S.A.|
WILLIAM CARLUCCI 32°, D.S.A.
GERALD IRWIN 32°, M.S.A.
STEVEN KING 32°, M.S.A.
RONALD NOLL 33°, M.S.A.|
WILFRED BAUMANN 32°
ERIC BENSON 32°
ISAIAH KIRK 32°
ROLAND ABARE 32°
WILLIAM HYATT 32°
JOHN SCOTT 32°, M.S.A.
GARY SMITH 32°