SGIG Message


I hope this issue of our Rite News finds everyone well and your change of season pleasant. The mornings are a little cooler and the sun a little later in rising. Change is inevitable; as was the case during our 2019 Biennial Sessions. Illustrious Brother and Grand Commander Ronald A. Seale, 33°, retired after serving twenty-four dedicated years to our Supreme Council. He and his wife “Sunny” will remain in the Washington, DC area while spending more time with family and grandchildren.

Illustrious James D. Cole, 33°, Lt. Grand Commander and Past Grand Master of Virginia, was elected as the 19th Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council, 33°, Southern Jurisdiction, USA. Both his qualifications and credentials are impeccable. As one with a vast Masonic and financial background, there is no doubt that our Scottish Rite will be in good hands. Our newly elected Lt. Grand Commander, Michael J. Smith, 33°, S.G.I.G. in South Carolina, Grand Master of Ceremonies for the Supreme Council and Past Grand Master of South Carolina, comes to us with an extensive knowledge necessary for the duties set before him. The Orient of Maryland extends our best wishes and congratulations to both of these fine men as they lead us into the future.

I also want to congratulate those men who were just invested as Knight Commander of the Court of Honour and those who received the conferral of the Thirty Third and Last Degree, with the rank and dignity of Inspector General Honorary. These honors must be earned and never asked for. They do not come as a sign of retirement nor as an indication to just “sit on the sidelines”. These men have been elected as potential future leaders of our Orient. It is our hope that they will become even more active in promoting the mission of our Scottish Rite. Each is now an Honor Man among our ranks; men who understand and have committed themselves to work for the good of all—Not for a title!

The Scottish Rite, like all institutions of higher learning, has begun our fall classes, Lodge meetings, and rehearsals. It is my pleasure to welcome you back from the summer break. You will find our schedule in this magazine and I hope you will be a regular attendee at each of our functions.

In closing, may I wish each of you the Blessings of good health and much happiness as we move into the fall season.

Sincerely and Fraternally,