the Lodge. The West column led by the
Grand Sword Bearer, Illustrious Marlin
L. Mills, 33°, SGIG in Maryland; and the
East column was led by the Grand Standard Bearer Illustrious Joseph E. Alexander, 33°, SGIG in Idaho. The Grand Master of Ceremonies MW and Ill. Michael
D. Smith, 33°, SGIG and Grand Master of
Masons in South Carolina, followed behind the Grand Sword Bearer and escorted in the Sovereign Grand Commander,
Ronald A. Seale, 33°. After the Council
Members took their respective stations,
the Grand Master of Ceremonies signaled the salute to the Grand Commander. The Grand Commander returned it
and sat the Council.
Grand Commander Seale then pro-
ceeded to open the Council’s delibera-
tions in due form with an invocation
from Ill. Lyons, after which the Grand
Master of Ceremonies proclaimed
the Supreme Council open for delib-
erations. The Grand Commander wel-
comed all in attendance.
The United States Coast Guard was
ordered by the Grand Executive Director, RADM William G. Sizemore, II, USN
(Ret.), 33°, to present the colors of the
United States in the East. RADM Sizemore led the assembly in the Pledge of
Allegiance to our country, followed by an
a cappella performance of the “
Star-Spangled Banner” by Ill. Mark Wright, 33°.
Following the exit of the United States
Coast Guard from the lodge, the Grand
Commander ordered that a roll of the
Craft & Emeritus Members be taken by
the Grand Secretary General, Ill. Gary L.
Sissel, 33°, SGIG in Iowa. After the roll had
been taken and every member accounted
for, the Grand Commander recognized Ill.
William R. Miller, 33°, Past Grand Minis-
ter of State and Past SGIG in the District
of Columbia as our Emeritus Member
present for the Council meeting. Grand
Commander Seale then formally received
the thirty-one seated Grand Masters who
represented the Grand Lodges throughout
the Southern Jurisdiction in alphabetical
order. All Grand Masters were introduced,
individually, to the Grand Commander
by the Grand Master of Ceremonies, after
which the Council faced the seated Grand
Masters and gave them public Grand
Honors. Most Worshipful Roman Volsky,
33°, was requested to sit in the East by the
Grand Commander and there responded
on behalf of the Grand Masters. An excep-
tion was made to the order of reception
placing South Carolina last to be received,
since Michael D. Smith, 33°, is not only the
SGIG of South Carolina and our Grand
Master of Ceremonies, but he is also the
Grand Master of Masons in South Caro-
lina and needed to be introduced by Ill.
James D. Cole, 33°, Lt. Grand Commander
and SGIG in Virginia. After Most Wor-
shipful Volsky gave his remarks, Illustrious
Most Worshipful Smith gave a response
and presented the Grand Commander and
the Supreme Council, with a print of the
Lansdowne portrait of George Washing-
ton. In support of Juvenile Diabetes, local
lodges in South Carolina purchased well
over 500 of these prints and gifted them to
local schools with all of the proceeds going
to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. As
Grand Master, of South Carolina, Illustri-
ous Michael D. Smith was given a portrait
to do with as he saw fit and he chose to
present it to the Supreme Council on be-
half of the Grand Lodge of South Carolina.
In attendance at the Monday morning
meeting as well, were twenty-six visiting
Supreme Councils, and three Swedish
Rite Grand Lodges. Among these visiting
Councils were four new Supreme Coun-
cils: Latvia; Estonia; Armenia; and Haiti
We very much look forward to see-
ing them return and continue to attend
our future Biennial Sessions. The Grand
Master of Ceremonies introduced each
delegation head individually to the Grand
Supreme Councils Attending
• U.S. A., Northern Masonic Jurisdiction
• Prince Hall Affiliation, Southern Juris.
• Prince Hall Affiliation, Northern Juris.
• Costa Rica
• England and Wales
• The Netherlands
Int’l Grand Lodges Attending
Ill. Matthew T. Szramoski, 33°, Director
of Development (l.) congratulates Ill.
Gaetan Mentor, 33°, Sovereign Grand
Commander of the Supreme Council for
Haiti (r.), on winning one of the items in
the Development Office raffle to benefit
the Rebuilding the Temple Campaign.
Ill. Marlin L. Mills, 33°, SGIG in Maryland,
carrying the Sword of State, prepares to
recess during Monday’s Formal Opening.
Elizabeth A. W.