To: Those Suspended for Nonpayment of Dues
From: Illustrious Corey D. Hawkins, Sr., Esq., 33°, Sovereign Grand Commander
Re: “Back in the Rite Drive” (BIRD) Reclamation Program
Date: April 1, 2021
“Life takes you to unexpected places. Love brings you home.”
The new administration of the United Supreme Council, 33° of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Prince Hall Affiliation, Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America, Inc., is working diligently for you. We have adopted the theme Rebuilding the Rite Stone by Stone: Through Remembrance, Revitalization and Recommitment. We must remember from whence we’ve come and remember our oaths and obligations to this prestigious organization, to each other and to mankind. While revitalizing the organization through the use of modern technology, the implementation of innovative ideas, and inclusion, which leads to an enhanced membership experience for our Fraters. Finally, we must recommit or rededicate ourselves to the principal teachings of the Rite.
The Supreme Council has just launched a reclamation program entitled Back in the Rite Drive (BIRD). The object of the BIRD Reclamation Program is to reclaim, at a discount rate, those who were formally on our rolls and have been suspended for nonpayment of dues. We would love to have you back as a member of this esteemed organization!
To be eligible for BIRD, one must be a member in good standing of his Ancient Craft Lodge and must complete one of the following steps:
(1.) An individual who wishes to reinstate as a Sublime Prince must pay one year’s dues payable to his Consistory. (The usual additional $20.00 fee payable to the United Supreme Council is waived.)
(2.) An individual who wishes to reinstate in the Consistory as a Grand Inspector General (GIG) must pay one year’s dues to his Consistory plus $100.00 to the United Supreme Council. (The usual fee of $250.00 to the United Supreme Council has been reduced.)
(3.) An individual who was a GIG and was lowered in grade to a Sublime Prince, but is still on the Consistory roll, may be reinstated as a GIG by paying $100.00 to the United Supreme Council. (The usual fee of $250.00 to the United Supreme Council has been reduced.)
The BIRD Reclamation Program will remain in effect until October 31, 2021. Anyone or any Consistory that deviates from the above fees are subject to masonic discipline.
When he announced that he was leaving Miami and going back to Cleveland, NBA superstar Lebron James said, “I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.” I ask you, are you ready to accept the challenge? Come home!