The San Saba Scottish Rite Club held its quarterly stated meeting on Thursday, Dec. 8th at the Lodge hall in San Saba. Twenty-five people were present for supper.After the meal a video program, A Visit with General Albert Pike (Part 1), was shown. Albert Pike, who lived from 1809-1891, was solely responsible for reorganizing the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry that Masons recognize today. Pike was a man of his times and a man ahead of the times. He championed the equality of women, which was unheard of at that time. He even tried to persuade the Masonic fraternity to allow woman to join but was rejected. However, another took the idea and the Order of the Eastern Star was later born, where both men and women of the Masonic fraternity could serve together. Pike was also a champion for the Indians. He spoke several of their native languages and as their attorney he made several contacts with the tribes. At point he negotiated a $800,000 settlement between the tribes and the federal government. After the program, a short business will be held and the organization raised $500 for the relief of victims of the disastrous fire in Bastrop, in which over 1,600 homes were lost. Members also planned to attend a private tour of the Scottish Rite Dormitory for Girls at the University of Texas in Austin on February 1st.New officers elected for the 2012 ensuing year:President-John D. Rhoades, 32°1st Vice President-Bobby G. King, 32°2nd Vice President-Jan K.Huffstetler, 32°Secretary- Treasurer- Ross J. Cox, Sr. 33°Outer Guard-Earnest Roy Jones, 32°.