The constitutions for the Southern Jurisdiction were established in 1887 and revised in 1917 and 1955. The Southern Jurisdiction for the United Supreme Council, PHA, consists of the states: AL, AR, FL, GA, KT, LA, MD, MS, Missouri, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV, the territories of Arizona, New Mexico, the District of Columbia, and Alaska. The Northern Jurisdiction consists of the following states: CO, Connecticut, DE, ID, Illinois, IN, IO, KA, Maine, Mass, MI, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, NH, NJ, NY, ND, OH, OR, Pennsylvania, RI, SD, UT, VT, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and that of the states outside Continental United States. Alaska shall belong to the Northern also.
Every year the United Supreme Council, via nominations from the various Orients elect to elevate certain nominees to the honorary 33rd degree, Grand Inspectors General.
I would like to start by saying thank you. Thank you for a life time of brotherly friendship and thank you for your vote of confidence in re-electing me to this most esteem position. I am indeed proud to serve Freemasonry in this capacity. In return of that confidence, I pledge to all the members of the United Supreme Council, 33° of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Prince Hall Affiliation, Southern Jurisdiction that I will do my utmost to fulfill the duties of Sovereign Grand Commander with respect for the members and a keen focus on the future.
Illustrious Deary Vaughn, 33°
Sovereign Grand Commander
I believe in God, the Grand Architect of the Universe. The Alpha of the un-reckoned yesterdays, the Omega of the impenetrable tomorrows. The Beginning and the Ending.
I believe in man, potentially God’s other self. Often faltering on his way upward, but irrepressible in the urge to scale the spiritual Annapurna’s.
I believe in Free Masonry; that corporate adventure in universal brotherhood, despising kinship with no child of the All Father.
I believe in Prince Hall Masonry; a door of benevolence, securely tiled against the unworthy, but open wide to men of good rapport, whether Aryan or Hottentots.
I believe in Masonic Vows; the truths of true men, plighted to their better selves.
I AM A PROUD PRINCE HALL SCOTTISH RITE MASON
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