Children's Dyslexia Centers

“What would it be like to actually work for the Masonic Fraternity?” This is probably a question that many of us have asked ourselves at one point or another throughout our Masonic careers. After all, most of us happily commit several volunteer hours weekly to the work of our various Masonic bodies! It would seem the perfect labor of love to be able to do this work for a living. There are, in fact, a small number of people blessed with the chance to work for the organizations that we all love. I’ve been lucky enough to be one of those individuals.

Since the beginning of May, I have had the opportunity to dedicate my full attention to the betterment of the Masonic family, and the Scottish Rite, NMJ in particular, as a summer intern. Working under the umbrella of the Scottish Rite Benevolent Foundation, I have had the opportunity to provide professional support to the efforts of the Scottish Rite’s four main philanthropic causes: the Children’s Dyslexia Centers, the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, the Abbott Scholarships, and the Grand Almoner’s Fund.

Darien Koons

During my nearly two-month tenure, I’ve found that the experience lives up to expectation. There are many people in today’s world that are unable to get excited about their work, dragged down by a stressful environment or an uninspiring mission; not here. At the Scottish Rite, there are too many wonderful things going on to be uninspired. From the children that are better able to read because of the work of our Dyslexia Centers to our Path Forward campaign which is reigniting the flame of Freemasonry across the country and internationally, it can be hard to keep up with all of the amazing things that come out of the Scottish Rite headquarters.

Within the offices, there are a number of staff working each day in their own roles. When looked at individually, each of us does something vital to support the Fraternity. But when you look at all of us holistically, you see each person is like an integral cog in the larger machine. A machine that is making a difference in the lives of our members, and in the lives of those people that our philanthropies support. It is a mission I was proud to be a part of as a Scottish Rite Mason, and am now proud to contribute to as a member of the staff.

In the course of my short tenure here, I have learned, more than I ever knew before, that the Scottish Rite truly is a family. Not only in our Valleys, but in our headquarters. There is no experience in the world like being able to work in a family-like atmosphere where everyone is pulling together to fulfill of the vision of an organization that you love.

Darien A. Koons, a native of Muncie, IN, is a rising senior at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is majoring in Finance and Accounting. Upon graduation, he will join the staff at Scottish Rite headquarters as Development Coordinator for our Charities.

Darien is a member of Frank S. Land Lodge #758 located in Indianapolis, IN, as well as The Valley of Indianapolis, AASR. Our records show he is the 50th youngest Scottish Rite Mason in the NMJ!