While Mackey provided us with a well documented history of the Royal Order of Scotland, the book does not present recent history of the order. Those who are invited to become members will not have a full appreciation for the Order as it is today; Mackey's writing necessarily concludes nearly a century ago. While the requirements for membership remain essentially unchanged over the years of its existence, the Order has stretched its inviting hand into free countries around the world. Mackey states that the Provincial Grand Lodge for the USA is located in Washington, D.C., it is now located in Charleroi, PA. Membership in the Order constitutes brotherhood with a very small, select group of Master Masons, and is by invitation only. Selection of potential members puts applicants in an arena of stiff competition. To be considered for membership is an honor, to be selected is the ultimate joy. Appoximately sixty-four thousand Masons out of some five million have been honored with acceptance. Significant milestones of achivement within and without Masonry mark a Mason for potential inclusion into this group. Mackey refutes the statement that the Order represents the highest honor a Mason can be awarded. His statement in this regard is subjective to say the least.
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