Sovereign Grand Commander’s Message

Since we last met in Philadelphia PA for the 138th Annual Session, your United Supreme Council has been working tirelessly on your behalf. We are actively engaged in operationalizing the USC strategic plan. Committee chairmen and committee members are being identified to work on the various areas of focus. We are still looking for membership participation on these committees to ensure we have a cross section of viewpoints that reflect the membership demographics of your United Supreme Council.

As a brief reminder the subcommittees identified for initial action are:

  • Brand Strategy
  • Website
  • Membership Enrichment-Convention Schedule
  • Membership Enrichment-New GIG Class
  • Community Outreach
  • Scottish Rite Education-Scottish Rite Educational Program
  • Membership Benefits-Benefits of Membership Seminar
  • Financial Sustainability-Lifetime Membership
  • Financial Sustainability-Planned Giving
  • Financial Sustainability-Annual Fundraising
  • Corporate Sponsorship
  • Membership Development-Lecture Series Ritualistic, Historical, Administration for USC Presentation

In addition the elected fiscal officers TGHE, SGHE, and office staff have worked assiduously to get your required documentation to ensure you have time to meet your obligations to the United Supreme Council.

Let me apologize for taking down the website but excellence will be the hallmark of this administration. In striving to meet that objective, we took it down to enhance its effectiveness to the membership and to ensure it would be a website worthy of our United Supreme Council. I am glad to announce that the back office operations are back up online so that you can facilitate your financial obligations. The official relaunch originally scheduled for September 1 has been pushed back to October 1, 2019.

I encourage all of you to attend and support your upcoming Councils of Deliberations which will convene during the months of September through November 2019.

Lastly, let me remind you to continue to support the Scottish Rite Walk of Fame.

Fraternally, Yours in the Rite


ILL Melvin J. Bazemore, 33°

Sovereign Grand Commander