Northern Masonic Annual Meeting
For the 205th time the Active, Active Emeritus, and Honorary Members of the Supreme Council of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction
met in annual meeting. This year Rochester, NY played host to the gathering. New Deputies and Active Members were chosen, officers
were elected and reelected, and deliberations were conducted among the various committees and bodies charged with the operation of the
rite. Also, 144 candidates of the class of 2016 and 2017 received the 33°, at Kodak Hall of the Eastman Theater. Honored guests from the
Southern Jurisdiction, Prince Hall, appendant bodies, and foreign dignitaries took part in the business meetings and festivities, as well.
A New Grand Commander
Ill. David A. Glattly, 33°, was installed in a public ceremony at the General Session as the 20th Sovereign Grand Commander of the
Northern Masonic Jurisdiction and the 14th since the Union of 1867. He replaces the retiring Ill. John Wm. McNaughton, 33°. Bro. Glattly
spent his career in the construction industry, beginning with Campbell Foundry. He was with them for 28 year selling, among other items,
manhole covers and sewer grates. Later he was the New York and New Jersey area representative for East Jordan Iron Works, based in
During Hurricane Sandy, Bro. Glattly was point man for the Scottish Rite as the
fraternity provided relief for so many of our members during and after that tragedy.
Although both his father and
grandfather were members of
the Craft, Bro. Glattly entered the
Masonic world through DeMolay.
He Joined Clifton DeMolay
Chapter in 1970, and served as
Master Councilor. Four years later
he became a Mason in Clifton
Lodge No. 203. He joined Scottish
Rite “in the ’80s,” then in 2000 in
Pittsburgh, he received the 33°. He explains that “In that year as a Millennium project
each Valley reached out for candidates doing Masonic work in many fields. I was chosen for my concentration on DeMolay.” He remained
—and still remains—active with that group. He served as Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey in 1998, was Executive
Officer of DeMolay from 1999–2004, and has earned six Grand Master of DeMolay Eagle Awards—the most recent being a lifetime
Last Appearance for Carnac
As Bro. David A. Glattly assumes his role as head of the Northern Masonic
Jurisdiction, Ill. John Wm. McNaughton, 33°, steps away from the limelight. Bro.
McNaughton became Sovereign Grand Commander in 2006, upon the death of SGC
Walter E. Webber, 33°. He was elected in his own right several times since then.
During his tenure, stretching more than a decade, Bro. McNaughton and Sovereign
Grand Commander Ronald A. Seale, 33°, developed a warm friendship. The two
Grand Commanders often appeared on stage at the annual meeting both formally and
informally. To break up the seriousness of the gathering and to add some levity, Bro.
McNaughton donned a turban and recreated the Johnny Carson “Carnac” routine,
with Bro. Seale playing the straight man “Ed McMahon” role. It became a staple of
the meeting. In his remarks SGC Seale commented on this and other examples of the
closeness of the two leaders and, in turn, the feelings of warm fraternity between the two Scottish Rite jurisdictions in this country. Although
Ill. John Wm. McNaughton remains as an Active Member, following his retirement as Grand Commander he and his wife Judy returned to
their native Indiana.
Ill. David A. Glattly, 33°, is installed as Sovereign Grand Commander.
Changing of the Guard at Rochester.
Grand Commanders John Wm. McNaughton (NMJ) and
Ronald A. Seale (SJ) share a light moment.
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