By Barry E. Newell, IX°

This College ultimately formed due to the efforts of Frater James C. Herndon IX°, Chief Adept of Idaho College and Jurisprudence Chairman of the High Council of the SRICF. Frater Herndon had helped form Wyoming College. Frater Thomas R. Nance, Chief Adept of Wyoming College, would be instrumental in helping found Montana College and Idaho College for which he was awarded with the Knight Grand Cross at the 2019 High Council meeting.

On May 3, 2015, Jeremy Vaughn was initiated into the Grades of the First Order (I° - IV°) of the Society in Wyoming College. On January 16, 2016, Frater Barry Newell was initiated into the Grades of the First Order (I° - IV°) of the Society in Wyoming College. On May 7, 2017, Fratres William K. Curtis Jr., Richard Rowe, and George White Jr. were initiated into the Grades of the First Order (I° - IV°) of the Society in Wyoming College. At this meeting, Fratres Jeremy Vaughn and Barry Newell were installed as Suffragan and Acolyte, respectively, for Wyoming College. On January 13, 2018, with the approval Chief Adept Nance, Fratres Jeremy Vaughn and Barry Newell were elevated to the Grades of the Second Order (V° - VII°) of the Society in Wyoming College. On January 14, 2018, Frater Terry Adsitt was initiated into the Grades of the First Order (I° - IV°) of the Society in Wyoming College.

Having met the requirements to start the formation of a College in Idaho, the Fratres petitioned the Grand Lodge Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Idaho. They received approval on September 21, 2018, and Frater James Herndon then petitioned the Supreme Magus for dispensation to form Idaho Rose Circle which was granted at the 2018 High Council meeting. Frater William H. Koon, II, IX°, KGC, Most Worthy Supreme Magus of the SRICF, appointed Frater Jim Herndon as Chief Adept, Frater Jeremy Vaughn as Secretary/Treasurer, and designated Frater Barry Newell as Celebrant of the Idaho Rose Circle.

On March 3, 2019, Idaho Rose Circle met and initiated Fratres Chad Brown and David Braden as Zelators (I°) of the Society of the Rose and Cross. This meeting was inspected by Frater Jason Mitchell, Chief Adept of Utah, who recommended Idaho College be chartered and the Supreme Magus granted a charter in April 2019.

As of the May 2019 meeting, the elected and appointed officers of the College were:
Chief Adept James Herndon
Secretary/Treasurer Jeremy Vaughn
Celebrant Barry Newell
Suffragan Steve Hall
1 st Ancient Bill Curtis
2 nd Ancient Terry Adsitt
3 rd Ancient Richard Rowe
4 th Ancient George White
Conductor of Novices Chad Brown
First Herald Keith Brooks
Second Herald TBA
Torch Bearer TBA
Guardian of the Caverns David Braden
Acolyte TBA

Following the 152 nd Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge AF&AM of Idaho, Fratres Steve Hall, Bill Curtis, Terry Adsitt, Richard Rowe, and George White received the Grades of the Second Order (V° - VII°) of the Society. At the 2019 High Council meeting in Louisville, KY, the actions of the Most Worthy Supreme Magus were approved by the members. At this same High Council, Fratres Jeremy Vaughn and Barry Newell were advanced to the VIII° (Magister Templi) and IX° (Magus).

Our Purpose

  • The principal objective of the Society is gathering Freemasons of philosophical outlook to grow in wisdom and an understanding of the true nature of reality through education of spiritual, philosophical and ethical truths of the highest level.
  • To afford mutual aid and encouragement in working out the great problems of Life; and in searching out the secrets of Nature; to facilitate the study of systems of Philosophy; and to investigate the meaning and symbolism of the art and wisdom of the ancient and modern world
  • To consider and examine the philosophy, iconology, and literature of Freemasonry, to gain a deeper understanding of History, Mythology, Legend, Symbolism, and Science in the study of Freemasonry;
  • To establish a common bond and draw within our ranks men of scientific inclination, students of philosophy, science, arts, and religion, and those interested therein; and
  • To promote the study of science, religion, arts, and philosophy, and the histories thereof, to the end that our Fratres, and those within their influence, may be enlightened by their efforts.