By David A. Glattly, 33°
Sovereign Grand Commander

The Scottish Rite, NMJ suffered a tremendous loss with the death of the Illustrious John T. Phillips, 33°, Deputy for Illinois and Grand Chancellor. We will miss Illustrious Brother Phillips tremendously as a friend and as a dedicated, thoughtful leader of the Scottish Rite. I do know he would want all of us to move ahead in a positive way.

In lieu of these vacancies, as Sovereign Grand Commander, I hereby make the following appointments:

Ill. Peter J. Samiec, 33°
Grand Lieutenant Commander
Illustrious Brother Samiec will also continue as the Grand Almoner.

Ill. Gregory L. Clark, 33°
Deputy for Illinois

Ill. Thomas K. Sturgeon, 33°
Grand Chancellor
Illustrious Brother Sturgeon will continue as Grand Secretary General and Deputy for Pennsylvania.

I am also grateful to Ill. Richard Burgess, 33°, Past Grand Chancellor, who has graciously agreed to assist Brother Sturgeon and me with foreign relations.

I sincerely thank each of these Illustrious Brothers for their willingness to serve and for their dedication to the Scottish Rite!