Collaborative & Innovative
USC Departments and Committees
Supreme Economic Development Council (SEDC)
Through our Community 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.
Pres/Dir. of Corporate Dev. Ill. Derrick Edwards, 33 (OK)
Vice President of Finance Ill. Jeral Foreman, 33 (TX)
Director of Technology Ill. Lloyd Walker, 33 (NJ)
Oversight/Liasion Ill. Calvin Eason, 33 (NY)
National Masonic Publishing Board (NMPB)
The founding mission of The National Masonic Publishing Board (NMPB), is to publish, print, and distribute the highest quality of Masonic, spiritual, inspirational, and commercial based literature, merchandise, paraphernalia and services by continuing to use high ethical and moral standards. Moreover, the NMPB will promote materials which cover the spectrum of ancient to modern masonic thought and represent the work of scholarly and popular authors of many different masonic and religious affiliations.
The NMPB will govern the publishing activity, monitor its effectiveness, and ensure the sound management of the NMPB's publications, products and services. It will assess and decide on all proposals for new publications, products and services and ensure that the NMPB publishing strategy is aligned with the it's strategic plan.
The NMPB is the flagship profit center of the United Supreme Council. It will generate positive operating revenue dollars from the sales of its publications, products and services. It will be known for sound business practices and excellent customer service. The NMPB will reinvest its’ surplus funds into USC research and development, new products, and a generous mobilization plan that supports leaders, consistories, lodges, chapters, temples, and other institutions around the world.
Most of our efforts pertaining to this program involve studying new approaches 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.
President Ill. Charlie Jenkins, 33 (MS)
Vice President of Operations Ill. Mark Jordan, 33 (FL)
Vice President of Marketing Ill. Preston Harris, 33 (MO)
Vice President of Finance Ill. Renard Bates, 33 (IL)
Oversight/Liasion Ill. Rev. Dr. Larry D. Spires, 33 (IL)
Education & Outreach
National Institute of Masonic Education (NIME)
The National Institute of Masonic Education (NIME) Incorporated is the educational arm of the United Supreme Council, 33rd and Last Degree, Southern and Western Jurisdiction of the USA. Inspired by Dr. Augustus P. Sutton and founded in 1996 by SGC Larry D. Spires 33o. NIME is devoted to building an educational environment that encourages a methodic study of Freemasonry.
Our programs seek to optimize the learning experiences of Master Mason and the public to the esoteric and exoteric knowledge of the male, female and youth branches of the society.
The NIME degree programs will be taught by degreed instructors who are active practitioners in the Masonic fraternity.
Participation in this program of study could lead to future academic considerations from participating affiliated educational and fraternal organizations.
Mandatory classroom participation for all of the degree programs will be held at each Biennial Session of the General Grand Masonic Congress.
The students will be exposed to a robust curriculum. The following programs are:
· Public and Masonic Workshops
· Degree Seminars
· Bachelors in Masonic Education Degree (BME)
· Masters in Masonic Education Degree (MME)
· Advanced Certificate in Masonic Education (ACME)
· Doctor of Masonry Degree(DMAS)
The NIME degree programs will be taught by degreed instructors who are active practitioners in the Masonic fraternity. Mandatory classroom participation for all of the degree programs will be held at each Biennial Session of the General Grand Masonic Congress.
· Ill. Richard Coleman 33, President
· Ill. Dr. Kenneth R. Evans 33, Dean
· Ill. Kenneth L. Paige 33, Registrar
· Ill. Calvin N. Eason 33, Bursar
We see every challenge as an opportunity, and this initiative helps us ensure that our members are better prepared to manage the unique situations they find themselves in. We are invested in an innovative approach that empowers our masonic community and delivers the support they need, when they need it.
United Supreme Research Lodge (USRL)
Let there be light through knowledge.
The United Supreme Research Lodge is a regular masonic lodge dedicated to furthering evidence-based masonic scholarship and education. Throughout the year we host educational events; provide speakers for local lodges lectures and assist masons and scholars with research and masonic study.
We also publish our lectures, research papers, and notes in a periodical referred to as the Transactions of the United Supreme Research Lodge, which is distributed to members and subscribers.
Worshipful Master Ill. Damon Showers 33rd (DC)
Senior Warden Ill. Levi Latham 33rd (NY)
Junior Warden Ill. Anthony Harvey 33rd (IL)
Oversight/Liasion Ill. James Lewis 33rd (MS)
United Supreme Council Standing Committees
33rd Degree Initiation: Team Chairman Ill. Johnnie Thompson, 33o (MS) Co-Chairman Ill. Calvin Eason, 33o (NY) Member Ill. Law Wilcher, 33o (TN)
Necrology Committee: Chairman Ill. Norman Bradfield, 33o (OH), Member Ill. Versie Smith, 33o (MS), Member Ill. James Russell, 33o (PA)
Sovereign Grand Commander’s Address Committee: Chairman Ill. Renard Bates, 33o (IL) Member Ill. Alton L. Hall, 33o (NY) Member Ill. Eddie Cadamey, 33o (MO)
Inspector General’s Breakfast Committee: Chairman Ill. James Lewis, 33o (MS) Member Ill. Edward G. Sanders, 33o (NY) Member Ill. Kenneth L. Paige, 33o (MS)
Financial Oversight Committee: Chairman Ill. Robert Barnes, 33o (MS) Member Ill. Leonard Rogers, 33o (NJ) Member Ill. George Buckner, 33o (PA) Member Ill. Michael Smith, 33o (MS)
Many of our efforts involve studying new approaches 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. These committees are responsible for reporting out this information to the membership.
Join us in making a real difference.