Working Towards a Brighter Future
The United Supreme Council, AASRM, 33rd And Last Degree Of Freemasonry, For The Southern and Western Masonic Jurisdiction, USA
Its' Dependencies and Territories,
Lawfully Established at Washington, District of Columbia, April 5, 1869
The chief mission of the Supreme Council formed at the beginning and steadily pursued ever since, has been:
•To make the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, a Masonry, which the man of intellect and the scholar might find it profitable to devote himself to;
•to embody in its teachings all the great truths taught by wise and good men in all ages;
•to comment upon and give the true interpretation of the symbols of the Blue Lodge Masonry;
•to ascertain and fully develop the special idea embodied in the beginning in each of its own degrees;
•To appeal to the intellectual and the moral sense only of its initiates, leaving display and parade to other branches of the great Order;
•to indulge in no scenic pomp or theatrical representation;
•to so arrange the work of its Degrees that they
may be conferred at small expense, and that Lodges and Chapters may prosper wherever a BIue Lodge could be decently and creditably maintained.
Collaborative & Innovative
United Supreme Council Officers
United Supreme Council
Ill. Rev. Dr. Larry D. Spires 33˚
Most Puissant Sovereign Grand Commander
Inspector General(s), I certainly consider it an honor and a privilege to have been elected and installed by you as your Most Puissant Sovereign Grand Commander. After serving under the supportive leadership of the Ill. Dr. Augustus P. Sutton, 33˚/96˚ and Ill. Dr. Ledell Veal, 33˚, my election is perhaps one of the most important accomplishments in Freemasonry in our great country and I thank you very much for your support.
Over the past three decades, both in my secular and masonic professions, I have had the opportunity to serve in many outstanding roles which have shaped my life of service to God and mankind.
I don't pretend to think that I am going to have the same impact on your lives as God has had upon mine, but if I can get each of you to reflect and act upon what I propose for the United Supreme Council, we will begin a landslide which will snowball our masonic fraternity into another century of regularity and successful operation.
Our forefathers sought to secure our place in history through what I call ‘PEER’ leadership. Granted it is an acronym, but I submit to you that never before in the history of our lodges and chapters has there been a greater need for ‘PEER’ leadership. ‘PEER’ leadership stands for leadership based on Promotion, leadership based on Education, leadership based on Economics and leadership based on Research. Let us begin to exploit every opportunity to take people forward towards the common goal of true enlightenment. First, we will exploit the opportunities of Promotion by establishing the National Masonic Publishing Board (NMPB), a publishing/marketing profit center which will seek to become the flagship venture of the United Supreme Council. Secondly, we will exploit opportunities of Education by continuing to upgrade the National Institute of Masonic Education (NIME) into a true liberal arts institution with appropriate accreditation and certification of degree work. Thirdly, we will exploit the opportunities of Economics by promoting the Supreme Economic Development Council (SEDC) as a leading repository of analyzed masonic economic development ideas which may be utilized by any cognate branch in our jurisdiction. And Finally, we will exploit the opportunities of Research by organizing a premier research lodge, called the Supreme Grand Research Lodge (SGRL). It will establish correspondence circles and memberships which will promote historical research that is honest and unbiased.
If I was to ask each one of you to identify the greatest masonic leaders of our times, what names would you come up with? Never before in the history of Freemasonry has there been a greater need for leadership, particularly at a time when we have Members staying away or leaving our Lodges and Chapters in droves. Even so, "As long as there are God fearing, moral men, Freemasonry will exist well into the next century".
Through our Economic Development, we have the potential to make a real and positive change in the community. This is one of our key areas of focus here at The United Supreme Council, AASRM, 33rd And Last Degree Of Freemasonry, For The Southern and Western Masonic Jurisdiction, USA, and a source of much success for our Volunteer Organization. Get in touch with us today and see how you can lend a helping hand with this program.
United Supreme Council Elect Nine
The Nine Judges
Most Puissant Sovereign Grand Commander
Ill. Rev. Dr. Larry D. Spires, 33˚ (IL)
Lieutenant Grand Commander
Ill. Dr. Edward G. Sanders, 33˚/96˚ (NY)
Grand Orator & Minister of State
Ill. James M. Lewis, 33˚ (MS)
Grand Secretary General of the Holy Empire
Ill. Kenneth L. Paige, 33˚ (MS)
Grand Treasurer of the Holy Empire
Ill. Calvin N. Eason, 33˚ (NY)
Grand Master of Ceremonies
Ill. Dr. Kenneth Evans, 33˚ (MS)
Grand Marshall General
Ill. Reginald Bates, 33˚ (IL)
Grand Standard Bearer
Ill. Damon Showers, 33˚ (DC)
Grand Captain of the Guard
Ill. Kenneth R. Neal Sr., 33˚ (IL)
Most of our efforts in The United Supreme Council involve studying new approaches to building and educating the membership and developing innovative ways to implement them. We evaluate our success in this field by gathering qualitative and quantitative data, and using that information to measure shifts and changes from our baseline measurements.
United Supreme Council Appointed Officers
We see every challenge as an opportunity, and this initiative helps us ensure that our partners are better prepared to manage the unique situations they find themselves in. We are invested in an innovative approach that empowers our community and delivers the support they need, when they need it.
Assistant Grand Secretary General
Ill. Leo Mason, 33˚ MS
Ill. Anthony Young, 33˚ IL
Ill. Johnny Hughes, 33˚ MS
Ill. Warren McClendon, 33˚ MS
Ill. Johnny Thompson, 33˚ MS
1st Grand Equerry
Ill. Montague McAdory, 33˚ OH
2nd Grand Equerry
Ill. Nathaniel Henry, 33˚ LA
Ill. Mark Jordan, 33˚ FL
Ill. Andre Carter, 33˚ IL
Grand Sword Bearer
Ill. Joe Sampson, 33˚ FL
Ill. Melton Sisson, 33˚ MI
United Supreme Council Deputies
Supreme Deputies of the Orients
Orient of Arkansas Ill. Ivan Tate, 33˚
Orient of the District of Columbia Ill. Damon Showers, 33˚
Orient of Florida Ill. John Simmons, 33˚
Orient of Georgia Ill. James Kelly, 33˚
Orient of Illinois Ill. Renard Bates, 33˚
Orient of Louisiana Ill. Willie Ross, 33˚
Orient of Maryland TBA
Orient of Michigan Ill. Cordell Kelly, 33˚
Orient of Mississippi Ill. Robert Barnes, 33˚
Orient of Missouri Ill. Floyd Farr, 33˚
Orient of New Jersey Ill. Leonard Rogers, 33˚
Orient of New York Ill. Calvin N. Eason, 33˚
Orient of Ohio Ill. Montaque McAdory 33˚
Orient of Oklahoma TBA
Orient of Pennsylvania Ill. Leroy Williams, 33˚
Orient of South Carolina Ill. Luther William Hicks Jr, 33˚
Orient of Tennessee Ill. Law Wilcher, 33˚
Orient of Texas Ill. Elliott Smith, 33˚
Through our Supreme Deputies, we have the potential to make a real and positive change in the Masonic community. This is one of our key areas of focus in The United Supreme Council, AASRM, 33rd And Last Degree Of Freemasonry, For The Southern and Western Masonic Jurisdiction, USA, and a source of much success for our Volunteer Organization. Get in touch with us today and see how you can lend a helping hand with our growth programs.
Join us in making a real difference.
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“One is not always happy when one is good; but one is always good when one is happy”
Contact The United Supreme Council, AASRM, 33rd And Last Degree Of Freemasonry, For The Southern and Western Masonic Jurisdiction, USA
Regional Offices of the United Supreme Council
Midwest Regional Office
United Supreme Council Research Library
c/o M.W. St James Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M.
8220 South Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60620
Southern Regional Office
United Supreme Council General Office
c/o M.W. King Hiram Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M.
2331 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Jackson, MS 39213
Eastern Regional Office
United Supreme Council Museum
c/o M.W. St. John Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M.
3501 12th Street N.E.
Washington, DC 20017
Get in touch with The United Supreme Council, AASRM, 33rd And Last Degree Of Freemasonry, For The Southern and Western Masonic Jurisdiction, USA to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.