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2022 • Vol. 2 • Issue 1

Most Venerable
Sovereign 
Grand Master’s Message

Thank You for a
Fantastic Experience!

 
Brethren of the Allied Masonic Degrees,
 
I am very excited and looking forward to Masonic Week 2022. I can’t help but ask you, have you registered yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Registration is open so don’t delay! We have a very exciting week planned with new degrees and programs but with the customary good times and fellowship.
 
Your committees and grand officers continue to work hard behind the scenes to advance and promote AMD. We have chartered a new council in Iowa and have a few more that we are trying to launch before February. Our Grand Council officers are participating in installing new local council officers in their stations and setting them up well for 2022. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the new officers and thank them for doing the work of AMD.
 
Also, I am most excited to report how, as promised, we now have a formal plan, subject to your vote, concerning potential membership of our Prince Hall brethren in our councils. I know this has been a concern for many of you, and we look forward to finally paving the way and ending any confusion in this matter.
 
On the international front, my sincere thanks to Most Venerable Glen A. Cook who has represented us at the annual AMD Grand Council sessions in France and England. Also, my utmost appreciation to Most Venerable Christian Amine for bestowing on Glen and me the honors of Past Sovereign Grand Masters of AMD in France, and the Knight Grand Cross on Most Venerable Brothers D. Allen Surratt and Paul Newhall.
 
In closing, I most humbly and sincerely thank you for the honor you have bestowed on me, allowing me to serve as your Sovereign Grand Master. I wholeheartedly thank you for the support and encouragement while we labored together in the quarries of AMD. This has been a memorable and fantastic experience in my Masonic career, which I will forever cherish. It is my hope that I have served you well and reflected honor and zeal on the office of the Most Venerable Sovereign Grand Master.
 
Until we meet again, I remain yours in the Mystic Tie,
 

MV Mohamad A. Yatim, KGC
Sovereign Grand Master

2021 Recap:
Ten milestones reached last year

By V. Jay Hochberg
Editor

 
Brethren, your Grand Council, under Most Sovereign Grand Master Mohamad Yatim, affected a number of changes to the way AMD functions at the national level. Some are tweaks to operations that you might not notice, but others are meant to be helpful to you and your council. The ten most significant accomplishments are:
 

A Proposal by which Prince Hall Affiliation brethren may be invited to join our councils will be put before the delegates for a vote at the Annual Communication.

The Allied Times newsletter has been launched, and you are reading the fourth installment.

The annual volume of AMD brethren’s writings, Miscellanea, continues to be produced. 
The 2021 issue of the Miscellanea is currently being shipped to the Council Secretaries.

Our Virtual Lecture Series brings the best speakers on the international Masonic scene today right to your screen for discussion of diverse topics.

During the pandemic, technology also was leveraged so Grand Council officers could visit our councils virtually.

At Masonic Week, for the first time, along with the usual degrees exemplified, the Ark and Dove degree is being mixed into the schedule. Come to Virginia and join the Brethren to see this exciting addition!

Show your AMD style with our official Grand Council ties and pocket square.

Our hard working Grand Superintendents now receive training and have a reference manual.

Communications among the Grand Council top officers has improved greatly, and the Deputy Grand Master and Senior Grand Warden now are active participants in decision-making.

In our external relations, we are establishing and strengthening friendships with AMD Grand Councils around the world.

 
With these items checked off the list, it is hoped our future leaders will enjoy more ease and opportunity for building further as the decade unfolds.

WATCH THE VIDEO!
The Rite Stuff - Profiles in Masonic Leadership


In November, MV Mohamad A. Yatim sat down to an interview with the brethren of The Rite Stuff channel on YouTube for a near hour-long conversation about his personal Masonic journey, including, of course, his current tenure as our Most Venerable Sovereign Grand Master. Click here to view this intimate chat among brothers and friends.
 

Meet Your Grand Superintendents:
RV Robert Johnson of Illinois

 Robert H. Johnson, Past Sovereign Master of E.M. Lambert Council 319 in Chicago, has been appointed Right Venerable Grand Superintendent of Illinois. Philosophy is at the core of what Robert is after. Having grown up in Italy and being exposed to the culture and much of the Renaissance art and literature, Freemasonry became a natural place for him. He is an avid musician and writer, having written for several print magazines and blogs on subjects ranging from firearms and medical ethics to theology and comparative religions. Robert’s primary studies are in philosophy and mathematics. He also holds an honorary doctoral degree in philosophy and religion. Currently, Robert works as an executive in the medical industry. He received his degrees from Waukegan Lodge 78, becoming Worshipful Master in 2014. He since has served as both a District Education Officer and a District Deputy Grand Master. He also currently serves on the Grand Lodge of Illinois Education Committee. He is the author of several books on Freemasonry and its philosophies and has produced the Whence Came You? podcast for the last ten years.
 

Let Your Light Shine!
Get Published in Miscellanea

By Venerable J. Robert Mullis
Publications Committee Chairman

Your committee will be working hard in 2022 to review our councils’ papers and submissions for publication in the annual printing of Miscellanea. The deadline is July 31. Please ensure you include the following below the title of your the paper:

Your name and AMD title
Your council name, number, and state
The date presented

 
Perhaps you may not be aware that many councils feature the brethren reading their originally written papers during their meetings. These works are on various subjects concerning Freemasonry, such as history, philosophy, esotericism, and many other subjects. In the 1930s, Miscellanea was created to be a collection of papers, correspondence, and communications not captured in Annals, the annual proceedings of our Grand Council. Over time, Miscellanea has expanded to include original papers and other items submitted by individual councils.
 
Miscellanea seeks papers to share with AMD brethren nationwide. If your council has a particularly well written and original article, please ensure it is properly cited, and have your secretary send it in Word format to 
publications@moamd.org.
 
Please use the Quarry Project Style Guide for correct formatting of your papers. While we cannot print all submissions, we want Grand Council to keep records of your good work, square work.

Patrick Craddock is next
AMD Virtual Lecturer

Patrick Craddock, a renowned authority on the history of Masonic regalia, will be present the next AMD Virtual Lecture.
 
He will discuss “Admit Him if Properly Clothed: The Evolution of the Masonic Apron in America, 1740 to the Present” on Thursday, January 6 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. In addition to the highly informative talk, this presentation will be a visual experience displaying many historic aprons.
 
Worshipful Brother Patrick Craddock is a noted expert on Masonic aprons and regalia. He earned a Master of Arts Degree and a Master of Philosophy in history, and is a contributing author to the Encyclopedia of Tennessee History. He is a past curator of exhibits at the Carter House Museum in Franklin, Tennessee. Craddock was Initiated, Passed, and Raised in O.D. Smith Lodge 33 in Oxford, Mississippi, and is a Charter Member and Past Master of Conlegium Ritus Austeri Lodge 779 in Nashville, Tennessee. Additionally, he is the proprietor of The Craftsman’s Apron, a manufacturer and provider of some of the highest quality Masonic regalia available today.
 
This lecture is open to all AMD members in good standing. Registration is required. Click here.

What Is Masonic Week?

By RV Clyde H. Schoolfield, Jr.
Grand Secretary

Each year, Freemasons from across the United States and around the world gather for what has become known as Masonic Week. Historically, this event was held in Washington, D.C. around the time of George Washington’s birthday, in conjunction with the annual meetings of the Conference of Grand Masters of North America and the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association. The Conference of Grand Masters has long since moved on, leaving Masonic Week to what were quaintly referred to as the “Smaller Groups.”
 
The Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees of the USA moved its Annual Communication from North Carolina to Washington, D.C. in 1938, and has met in the area ever since. As one of the larger of the “Smaller Groups,” the AMD always took the leadership role in organizing and administering Masonic Week.
 
Masonic Week 2022 will be held February 9-13 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. The participating organizations include:
 
Allied Masonic Degrees
Masonic Order of Athelstan
Society of Blue Friars
Chevaliers Bienfaisants de la Cité Sainte (CBCS)
Grand College of Rites
Order of Knight Masons
Sovereign Order of Knights Preceptor
Masonic Society
Council of Nine Muses
Philalethes Society
Masonic Order of Pilgrim Preceptors
Royal Order of the Masonic Knights of the Scarlet Cord
Order of St. Thomas of Acon
Worshipful Society of Free Masons, et al. (The Operatives)
York Rite Sovereign College of North America
Masonic Order of the Bath
Ye Antient Order of Noble Corks
 
Each of these organizations is quite distinctive and, as such, there will be a very diverse set of activities during the week. These will include degree conferrals, banquets, educational presentations, festive boards, etc. For more information about Masonic Week 2022, including the schedule of events, registration information, and hotel information, click here.
 
Note that some events will be open to all attendees, while others will be open only to members of the particular organizations; please contact the organizations for details about their meetings.
 
The Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees of the USA will convene for its Annual Communication at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 12. While all AMD members are welcome and encouraged to attend, the voting delegates will include only the following officers of our constituent councils:  Sovereign Masters, Past Sovereign Masters, Senior Wardens, Junior Wardens, Secretaries, and Treasurers.
 

His Name in Lights!
Yes, That’s Moises on the Marquee

 
Right Venerable Moises Gomez, Honorary Senior Grand Deacon, represented our Most Venerable Sovereign Grand Master in Tennessee December 18 for a speaking engagement for which the hosts not only rolled out the red carpet, but even had Moises’ name emblazoned on the marquee for all to see.
 
Nicholas E. Oldham Council 378 in Sparta welcomed Gomez for one of his famous educational talks. RV Robert Officer, Grand Superintendent, and Venerable Daniel Matta, Sovereign Master of the council, organized the memorable event.

Texas Brethren Start a Sartorial Tradition

The brethren of Army Council 373 in San Antonio, Texas recently decided to take their AMD identity beyond the fraternity’s distinctive regalia by adding a personal touch.
 
In tuxedos, with derby hats, white gloves, and walking sticks, the brethren make quite an entrance when heading out to dine on meeting night. While at labor in council, only the Sovereign Master covers his head, but at the dinner hour, the group achieves sartorial elegance.
 
“We get a lot of compliments here and there,” reports Bro. Don Jorge Santana.

 

Council in Iowa Named
for Beloved Local Mason

By RV Wade Sheeler
Grand Superintendent of Iowa

 

Robert W. Hamilton, Jr. Council 572 was constituted November 19 in Council Bluffs, Iowa in sincere fraternal regard for a departed Freemason who remains important to us.
 
Right Venerable Aaron Shoemaker, Deputy Grand Master, assisted by RV Wade Sheeler, Grand Superintendent of Iowa, and Venerable Bill Snyder, constituted the council during an unforgettable evening that also saw the initiation of nine brethren into the Allied Masonic Degrees.
 
This council’s namesake was a 60-year Mason, who served as Worshipful Master, High Priest, Illustrious Master, and Eminent Commander. He was a recipient of Grand Encampment’s Knight Templar Cross of Honor. His name has been linked indelibly to the Council Bluffs Masonic Circle, and now is memorialized by being inscribed on the rolls of AMD councils in the United States.
 
Brother Hamilton served in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1972. He flew 135 combat missions during the Korean Conflict and 137 combat missions during the Vietnam War. After his retirement from the service, he pursued a second career as a teacher in the Bellevue NE school system, retiring for the second time in 1993. Bob was a generous benefactor of the Junior ROTC programs in Iowa and Nebraska.

Da Vinci 477 Installs Officers


Da Vinci Council 477 in Scotch Plains, New Jersey—the mother council of Most Venerable Sovereign Grand Master Mohamad A. Yatim—installed its officers December 16. Also present with our Grand Master was Right Venerable Michael Neuberger, Grand Superintendent, and RV Moises Gomez, Honorary Senior Grand Deacon.
 

Presiding Officer Degrees
Available at Masonic Week

By RV Clyde H. Schoolfield, Jr.
Grand Secretary

According to Article XVI, Section 6 of the Constitution of the Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees of the USA, every Sovereign Master of a constituent council must be invested with the grade of Installed Sovereign Master. This is an actual Masonic degree we have derived from Scotland, and not what we think of as the usual installation ceremony. The ceremony centers on the legend of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.
 
The Installed Sovereign Master Degree will be conferred during Masonic Week at 8 a.m. on Friday, February 11. The ceremony will be open to all Sovereign Masters (current and past) of constituent councils. No registration or fee is required. However, a commemorative certificate will be available for purchase by those who wish to do so.
 
Every constituent council of the Allied Masonic Degrees has moored to it a Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners. (See Article XIX of our Constitution.) The officers of the Royal Ark Mariner Lodge are the officers of the AMD Council, with the Sovereign Master serving as Worshipful Commander Noah. In like manner to the Installed Sovereign Master degree, there is the Installed Commander Noah Degree.
 
Furthermore, every constituent council has attached to it a Conclave of the Order of the Secret Monitor. (See Article XXI of our Constitution.) The officers of the Secret Monitor Conclave are the officers of the AMD Council, with the Sovereign Master serving as Worthy Supreme Ruler. And once again, in like manner to the Installed Sovereign Master Degree, there is the Installed Supreme Ruler Degree.
 
The Installed Commander Noah and Installed Supreme Ruler degrees will be conferred during Masonic Week at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, February 11. The ceremonies will be open to all current and past Sovereign Masters of constituent councils. No registration or fee is required. However, commemorative certificates will be available for purchase by those who wish to do so.
 
For more information about the conferrals of the Installed Sovereign Master, Installed Commander Noah, and Installed Supreme Ruler degrees, click
 here.
 

Garton Council Makes News
 

Sometimes it’s hard for our Blue Lodges to get published in the local papers, so it’s especially gratifying to see an AMD council making headlines.
 
Ray S. Garton Council 403 in Tennessee had its recent installation of officers publicized in the Dickson Post in December. Congratulations to the officers and to the public relations guy!
 

Ark & Dove Degree
to be Conferred

By RV Clyde H. Schoolfield, Jr.
Grand Secretary

 
One of the many degrees that may be conferred by constituent Councils of the Allied Masonic Degrees is the Royal Ark Mariner Degree. The ceremony centers on the legend of Noah and his sons and the Ark of Safety. In England, Royal Ark Mariner is conferred under the authority of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, while in Scotland it is conferred under the authority of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter. The Allied Masonic Degrees of the USA derives its authority to confer the degree from Scotland.
 
An interesting alternative to the usual Royal Ark Mariner ceremony is what is known as the Ark & Dove Degree. The legend is similar to that of Royal Ark Mariner, but the ceremony differs in several ways. Our AMD derives its authority to confer this alternative from our predecessor The Sovereign College of Allied Masonic and Christian Degrees for America. Every constituent council is authorized to confer Ark & Dove.
 
During Masonic Week, the Ark & Dove Degree will be conferred at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 11. The ceremony will be open to all AMD brethren. No registration or fee is required. However, a commemorative certificate will be available for purchase by those who wish to do so.  For more information about the conferral of Ark & Dove, click here.
Handing Over the Gavel
at Finger Lakes

 
Venerable Richard Fowler receives the gavel of authority of Finger Lakes Council 40 from Installing Master V. Jamie J. Kaim, Jr., KCRBI, 3° OSC, during the installation in Seneca Falls, New York on December 1.
MV∴ Mohamad A. Yatim, K.G.C.
Sovereign Grand Master

Grand Council of the
Allied Master Degrees
Of the United States of America

mayatim@gmail.com

 www.AMDUSA.org
Right Venerable
Clyde H. Schoolfield, Jr., KGC
Grand Secretary
 
Venerable
J. Robert Mullis

Publications Committee Chair
 
Venerable Jay Hochberg
Editor
 
Right Venerable
John A. Bridegroom

Art Director
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