The Northern Light has existed for nearly a half century.
Throughout its tenure as the communications method of record
for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction it has seen much growth
and change. Although there have been only three editors in that
time the publication has had many variations in its layout and
content. It has always – and always will – work to keep up with
the times. This year is one of those turning points that requires
a step forward. With a unique confluence of new leadership, the
advent of “The Path Forward” project, and coinciding with a new
designer, there existed a golden opportunity to give the magazine
a fresh look, both in appearance and content. In keeping with
the philosophy of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction we have
a renewed focus on the core of the organization – its members.
In addition to the new banner across the cover, page layouts are
being refreshed, and relevant columns and articles will appear
over the coming months.
The February issue of The Northern Light looked markedly different
from the past, and will continue to evolve in much the way the
fraternity is changing. Through “The Path Forward” project, the
Northern Masonic Jurisdiction refocuses on the membership. So
too is the magazine. Rest assured, though, The Northern Light as
we know it is not going away. These changes merely represent the
latest step in an ever-changing evolution dating to volume one,
number one from 1970.
NEW LOOK FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHT
Ill. John T. Phillips, 33˚
The Northern Masonic Jurisdiction lost one of the most active of its Active Members in January.
Ill. John T. Phillips, 33˚, at the time of his death, was Grand Lieutenant Commander, and also held the
titles of Deputy for Illinois and Grand Chancellor. Additionally, he served on the Supreme Council’s
nominating committee, ritualistic matters committee, fraternal relations committee, and he was vice
president of the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library.
Bro. Phillips is succeeded as Grand Lieutenant Commander by Ill. Peter J. Samiec, 33˚.
#GIVINGTUESDAY A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS
On November 28, the Scottish Rite, NMJ “NMJGives” set a goal to spread awareness of the organization’s four charities, the Grand Almoner's Fund, the Children’s Dyslexia Centers, the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, and the Leon M. Abbott Scholarship fund. On the :32’s starting at 8:32 AM EST, promotional spots and support videos from the charities’ staunchest supporters appeared on Facebook and You Tube.
By spreading awareness, it was hoped that members around the globe would go to DonateRite.org or get on Facebook and make a tax-deductible gift to support the work of their favorite Scottish Rite charity.
Scottish Rite members, Masons, and friends of Scottish Rite Charities turned out digitally in full force. We
had 1,032 individuals raise $102,163. You may have heard from us that every dollar matters. As Vice President of
Charities Michael C. Russell, CAE puts it “heck, every penny makes a difference. #NMJGives shows that we had an
average donation of $98.99. I strongly believe that simply by showing the good works of our charities, folks were
willing to donate to our remarkable causes.”
Bro. Russell went on to state: I thank each and every supporter of our charities. Whether it was giving of their
time or talent, donating their treasure, or simply hitting share on one of the Facebook videos, the support given to
Scottish Rite Charities was seen around the world and will be seen in people’s lives, forever.”
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