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Yes, you can join both rites. In order to join the Shriners, you must be a member of one of them and advanced to the last degree. I have heard tell that some lodges and even the Shriners have relaxed some of the requirements in order to get more members. I pay my dues now, but seldom attend. I do participate in the Shriners gatherings from time to time. Wichita Falls has a private shooting range!
I would like to join the various rites. I think I would like to join the Knights Templar. I am also interested in the Shriners. I am going to head baack to school soon to meet with my instructor. To be honest I would like to head as far as I can.
I did notice that the majority of Masons seem to be older. I would like to see younger people getting involved. I am 27 and one of the younger members.
I would like ot know if I join the Scottish Rite, can I join the York rite?