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
John William McNaughton of Fort Wayne, Indiana, became Sovereign Grand Commander on April 22, 2006.
The Commander is a graduate of Indiana University, where he earned a degree in forensic studies.
Following graduation he was a detective with the Fort Wayne Police Department for ten years before joining his father in the operation of the All Rite Distributing Company, Inc., in Fort Wayne in 1983.
Freemason since 1974, McNaughton was Master of Maumee Lodge No. 725, Fort Wayne. In the Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne, he was the presiding officer of the Lodge of Perfection in 1996. He became an Active Member of the Supreme Council’s governing board in 1998. He is a member of the York Rite in Fort Wayne and Mizpah Shrine Center.
McNaughton is a past president of the Fort Wayne Rotary Club and has been active in the Trinity Presbyterian Church, where he has served as treasurer, trustee and deacon.
As Commander he is the CEO of Scottish Rite Masonry throughout a 15-state jurisdiction in the United States.