By MATTHEW T. CARGILL, KCCH
General Secretary, Tulsa Scottish Rite
Two aims of Freemasonry are to build a fraternity where men can meet as brothers,
and to better our communities.
Philanthropy is extremely important
to the men who fill our ranks. The
philanthropic efforts of the Fraternity are as varied as its members.
The Grand Lodge of Oklahoma has
its Masonic Charity Foundation;
the Shriners have their Children’s
Hospitals; and the Scottish Rite has
its RiteCare Scottish Rite Childhood
Language Program (SRCLP).
Through the Tulsa Scottish Rite’s
Charitable and Educational Foundation, the Tulsa RiteCare SRCLP Clinic
opened in 1977 and served as a stand-alone clinic until 2018. In 41 years of
independent operation, we successfully treated and improved the lives of
more than 4,000 children in the Tulsa
area free of charge, while maintaining
a full-time staff of speech pathologists
and professional support staff.
Tulsa Scottish Rite’s relationship
with Northeastern State University
(NSU) started through Dr. Karen
Patterson. She conducted all the
on-site hearing screenings for our
clients and helped develop a good
partnership with the university.
In the fall of 2017 our foundation’s
trustees, through Dr. Patterson,
started a conversation with NSU
This partnership al-
lows for 18 new graduate
students to be instructed at
the Broken Arrow campus.
As part of a grad student’s
curriculum, they must
perform therapy in local
elementary schools in addition to their classwork.
In September 2018 our
RiteCare SRCLP Clinic opened with
the fall semester. NSU hosted an
open house for our trustees. SGIG
Joe R. Manning, Jr., 33°, Foundation President David A. Carpenter,
33°, General Secretary Matthew T.
Cargill, KCCH, and Foundation
Treasurer Stephen E. Ridenour, Jr.,
KCCH, attended and were warmly
received by University President Dr.
Steve Turner, the RiteCare SRCLP
staff, and the graduate students.
Up to 25 children receive therapy
on the campus, while the graduate students also see up to 150
more students in local elementary
schools. We are improving the lives
of up to 175 children, and producing
18 new speech-pathology graduate
students every year who will help
countless children through their
long careers. And these services are
completely free for the children and
With the first semester of opera-
tion under our belt, we are excited to
see the results of this new partner-
ship. The trustees of the foundation
continue to work diligently to ensure
that every penny we receive is in-
vested, grown, and used for our great
goal of creating a better and more
successful tomorrow for children.
The generosity of the Tulsa Scottish
Rite Masons has allowed this great
work for the past 40 years—and now
we are counting on everyone’s contin-
ued enthusiasm and support to take
us through the next 40. •
Tulsa Scottish Rite Places
RiteCare SRCLP Clinic
on University Campus
Participants at the fall 2018 opening of the Tulsa
Scottish Rite’s RiteCare Clinic at Northeastern State
University, Broken Arrow campus.
Photography Courtesy Matthew T. Cargill, KCCH