Annual Meeting Highlights

For the 199th time the Active, Active Emeritus, and Honorary Members of the Supreme Council of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction met for their annual meeting. This year Chicago played host to the gathering. New Deputies and Active Members were chosen, officers were elected, and deliberations were conducted among the various committees and bodies charged with the operation of the Rite. Also, for only the second time in the history of the jurisdiction, a member was singled out as “Honorary Sovereign Grand Commander.” That special honor was bestowed on Ill. Lawrence D. Inglis, 33°, for his efforts as Grand Lieutenant Commander during the illness of our Past Sovereign Grand Commander, Walter E. Webber, 33°.

New Active Members
Three new Active Members were elected to the ­governing board of the Supreme Council.

Ill. Bruce T. Work, 33°, of Simsbury, CT, is a power monitoring specialist. He was Master of Wyllys Lodge No. 99, in W. Hartford, CT, and is a member of the Valley of Hartford and Norwich. He received the 33° in 1990.

Ill. Alan R. Heath, 33°, of Union, ME, is a retired plumbing and heating contractor. He was Master of Union Lodge No. 31, in Union, ME, and is member of the Valleys of Rockland and Portland. He received the 33° in 1996.<

Ill. Richard L. Swaney, 33°, of Vienna, IL, is a retired insurance agent. He was Master of Anchor and Ark Lodge, No. 1027, in Waukegan, IL, and he is a member of the Valleys of Chicago and Southern Illinois. He currently serves as Grand Master of Illinois. He received the 33° in 2001.

New Deputies
Ill. David L. Sharkis, 33°, is the new Deputy for Connecticut. He has been an Active Member of the Supreme Council since 2008. Ill. Benny L. Grisham, 33°, is the new Deputy for Illinois. He has been an Active Member of the Supreme Council since 2005. Ill. Russell W. Baker, 33°, is the new Deputy for Pennsylvania. He has been an Active Member of the Supreme Council since 2002, and Ill. Garry D. Hageness, 33°, is the new Deputy for Wisconsin. He has been an Active Member of the Supreme Council since 2002.

Retiring
Ill. William L. McCarrier, 33°, retired as the Deputy for Pennsylvania, and Ill. Norman L. Christensen, 33°, retired as the Deputy for Wisconsin; both remain Active Members. Ill. James R. Spencer Jr., 33°, retired as the Deputy for Connecticut, and Ill. Lee B. Lockwood, 33°, retired as the Deputy for Illinois; both became Active Emeritus Members. Active Emeritus status was given to Ill. Gardner C. Sconyers Jr., 33°, of Rhode Island; Ill. Ralph I. Sewall, 33°, of Massachusetts, and Ill. James R. Filliez, 33°, of Ohio.

Class of 2011
There were 164 candidates who received the 33° on Tuesday, August 30, in the Merle Reskin Theater at DePaul University. The exemplar was Ill. John Brian McNaughton, 33°, from the Valley of Fort Wayne. The charge to the class was given by Ill. James R. Filliez, 33°.

Kern Award
The winner of this year’s Kern award is the ­Valley of The Hudson, NY.
The award is presented each year to the Valley that attains the highest percentage of participation of members contributing to the blue envelope ­appeal. It is named in honor of the late Dr. Richard A. Kern, 33°, former Scottish Rite Deputy for Pennsylvania.

Brother Franklin Awards
The 2011 Brother Franklin awards for ­outstanding Valley publications were announced. They are awarded on the basis of Valley size. The entries ­submitted were ­divided into five categories based on membership.

Category I (under 800 members)
Best Publication
Valley of Bridgeport, CT; Leo H. Lohrman, 33°, editor
Honorable Mention
Valley of Nashua, NH; Robert M. Porter, 32°, editor
Valley of Schenectady, NY; T. A. Riedinger, 32°, editor

Category II (Valleys with 801 - 1,500 members)
Best Publication
Valley of Akron, OH; Raymond B. Strickland, 33°, editor
Honorable Mention
Valley of Eau Claire, WI; Paul Lenz, 33°, editor

Category III (Valleys with 1,501 - 2,500 members)
Best Publication
Valley of Freeport, IL; John A. Reining, 33°, editor
Honorable Mention
Valley of Central Jersey; Dennis R. Bator, 33°, editor
Valley of Philadelphia, PA; Steven A. Morrison, 33°, editor

Category IV (Valleys with 2,501 - 5,000 members)
Best Publication
Valley of Detroit, MI; David R. Bedwell, 33°, editor
Honorable Mention
Valley of Allentown, PA; Larry G. Newhard, 33°, editor
Valley of Canton, OH; William A. Rodgers, 32°, editor

Category V (Valleys with more than 5,000 members)
Best Publication
Valley of Pittsburgh, PA; D. William Roberts, 33°, editor
Honorable Mention
Valley of Cincinnati, OH; Ben Rosenfield, 32°, editor
Valley of Columbus, OH; Tim C. Adams, 32°, editor

Class of 2012
There were 169 candidates elected to receive the 33°, next year in Cleveland, plus nine carry-over from 2011.

Future Meetings
The 200th Annual Meeting of the Supreme Council will take place in Cleveland, OH, Aug 26-28, 2011.

Valley Secretaries, Councils of Deliberation, candidates, and Active and Active Emeritus Members will receive information regarding hotel assignments, hospitality suites, and banquet menus in early January.
In late March, Honorary Members will receive their invitations to attend the Annual Meeting; a program outlining the session’s agenda; meeting, and hotel registration information.

In 2013, the Annual Meeting will be held in Washington, DC, from
August 18-20.