The Supreme Council for the Southern
Jurisdiction extends its congratulations and
best wishes to the new Sovereign Grand
Commander of the Northern Masonic
Jurisdiction. While I do not often “share”
this space, I offered him this opportunity
through the Scottish Rite Journal to
address our members. —RAS
Greetings Brethren! Commander Seale has been kind enough to allow me to
offer a greeting to our Scottish Rite
Brothers of the Southern Jurisdiction.
Commander Seale and I met in 1990
when we were both elected to the
DeMolay Supreme Council as Deputy
Members. In those days, we sat by
seniority, so Ronnie and I had several
years, as Deputy Members, then as Active Members, to get to know each other
during the DeMolay sessions. Who’d
have thought where we’d find ourselves
today in Freemasonry?
Who is the new guy in the north?
Well, I’m just a DeMolay boy from Clifton, New Jersey.
I like to say this because it is true.
DeMolay was my introduction to
Freemasonry and my start in all that fol-
lowed. My father and grandfather were
members of Clifton Lodge No. 203, the
sponsor of Clifton DeMolay, but had it
not been for some high school friends
asking me to join, I most likely would
not be writing this message. Serving as
State Master Councilor of New Jersey
DeMolay helped form my career as a
salesman. I feel very fortunate in the
Masonic Fraternity, as I have truly
enjoyed every Masonic job I have held.
From Worshipful Master to Grand
Marshal of the Grand Lodge to Executive Officer of DeMolay to Deputy for
Scottish Rite, all have been challenging
fun. Of course with all of this, having my
wife Monica give her full support has
truly made this our joint passion.
Kindly allow me to offer a few things
happening in the NMJ.
Our Vision Statement is “We will
strive to be a fraternity that fulfills
our Masonic Obligation to care for
our members,” which we truly believe
in. Our Grand Almoner’s fund taking
care of our members has become an
important part of who we are. We are a
fraternity first and have stepped up to
the plate to back up what we preach.
Our Mission Statement is represented
by the initials “ICE”, which stands for Inspiration, Convenience, and Enjoyment.
This reminds our officers in planning
events, that the event must be inspirational, convenient, and enjoyable to our
members. This is simply common sense.
Our new initiative will be dealing
with increasing our membership and is
called “The Path Forward.” This project
began over a year ago when Com-
mander McNaughton commissioned
a team from the NMJ office to work
with a consulting firm and develop a
comprehensive survey for both Scottish
Rite Masons and non-Masons across
the USA. We learned much about what
our Scottish Rite members want and
we are addressing it. However, what we
learned from the non-Masons was even
more interesting. It appears that there
is nothing wrong with Freemasonry in
today’s world, that our “product” is fine,
and that many men would be interested
in joining if approached properly. Our
challenge is marketing Freemasonry.
The NMJ is taking our Path Forward
project to the next level. We are invest-
ing in the future by developing market-
ing materials for the grand lodges to use
to recruit for the Blue Lodges. We are of-
fering these materials at no charge to the
grand lodges and nowhere within these
productions will our name appear. Only
the square and compass will be used.
This is being met in a positive way by the
grand lodges within the NMJ, and all of
our productions will be shared with our
brothers of the SJ Supreme Council for
further use. We believe that we are on
the right path for Freemasonry. Much
more to come!
This is an exciting time for Freemasonry and Scottish Rite!
David A. Glattly, 33°
Sovereign Grand Commander, NMJ
I’m just a DeMolay boy
from Clifton, New Jersey.
Our challenge is
Ill. David Glattly, 33°
Grand Commander, NMJ