The Supreme Council, 33°, for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction is the governing body for Scottish Rite Freemasonry. With its headquarters in Lexington, Massachusetts, the Supreme Council is governed by a board of directors comprised of some fifty 33° Masons, called “Active Members.” The chief executive officer’s title is Sovereign Grand Commander.
Each of the 15 states within the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction has a “Deputy,” who is the executive officer for the Rite within his state. He is supported by the remaining Active Members. There is at least one Active Member in addition to the Deputy in each state. Some states have as many as five Active Members. The purposes of the Supreme Council are clearly defined in its Declaration of Principles.
The Northern Masonic Jurisdiction oversees the bodies in fifteen states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Vermont. In the Northern Jurisdiction the Supreme Council consists of no more than 66 members. All members of the Supreme Council are designated Sovereign Grand Inspectors General, but the head of the Rite in each state of the Northern Jurisdiction is called a “Deputy of the Supreme Council.”
The Supreme Council meets on an annual basis, at which time the business of the Rite is transacted and the 33° is conferred on those who have been elected to receive this honor. From a membership of nearly 270,000 32° Masons, less than 3,500 have been elevated to the 33°, for which they have been given the title of “Honorary Member.” Within each state are local Valleys, where degrees from the 4° – 32° are conferred.
Northern Masonic Jurisdication headquarters is located at:
33 Marrett Road (Rte 2A)
Mailing address is:
Supreme Council, 33°
Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite
Northern Masonic Jurisdiction
P.O. Box 519
Lexington, MA 02420-0519
Web Site: http://scottishritenmj.org
Phone: (781) 862-4410
FAX: (781) 863-1833
Sovereign Grand Commander
David Alan Glattly of New Jersey, became Sovereign Grand Commander on August 29, 2017.
Ill. David A. Glattly, 33°, was installed as Sovereign Grand Commander in August 2017. Although both his father and grandfather were members of the craft, Bro. Glattly entered the Masonic world through DeMolay. He joined the Clifton DeMolay Chapter in 1970 and served as Master Councilor. Four years later, he became a Mason in Clifton Lodge No. 203. In 1995, he was chosen as Master of the lodge.
Grand Commander Glattly joined Scottish Rite in the 1980s and in 2000 he received the 33° in Pittsburgh. He explains that “In that year, as a millennium project, each Valley nominated candidates doing Masonic work in many fields. I was chosen for my concentration on DeMolay.” Commander Glattly still remains active with that organization.
He served as Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey in 1998. He was Executive Officer of DeMolay from 1999-2004, and has earned six Grand Master of DeMolay Eagle Awards—the most recent being a lifetime achievement award. Grand Commander Glattly has received several other Masonic honors, including the Daniel Coxe Medal from New Jersey and the Josiah Drummond Award from Maine.
As Commander he is the CEO of Scottish Rite Masonry throughout a 15-state jurisdiction in the United States.