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The Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation is the authority for Scottish Rite Freemasonry in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and works under the Jurisdiction of the Supreme Council, 33, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America. Scottish Rite Freemasonry is the most popular brand of the Fraternity following the Blue Lodge.

The Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation possesses the legislative and judicial powers not reserved to the Supreme Council and not inconsistent with the Constitution and Regulations. It is composed of the active and honorary members of the Supreme Council resident in the Commonwealth, the Past Commanders-in-Chief of the Consistories, the Past Presiding Officers of each Coordinate Body, the first three Officers of the Consistories and Chapters of Rose Croix, the first four Officers of the Councils of Princes of Jerusalem, and the Lodges of Perfection.

The Deputy is ex-officio Commander-in-Chief. The Commander-in-Chief of the Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation is Ill. Russell W. Baker, 33, Deputy for Pennsylvania and Active Member of the Supreme Council.

The Council of Deliberation meets annually.

The Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation is the largest in total membership in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.

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"We will strive to be a fraternity that fulfills our Masonic obligation to care for our members."


Provide Inspiration for our members through meaningful programs and degrees.

Provide Convenient opportunities for our members to enhance their lives.

Provide Enjoyable programs and fellowship activities for our members.

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The Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite is one of three branches in Freemasonry in which a Master Mason may proceed after he has completed the three Degrees of Symbolic or "Blue Lodge" Masonry. The other branches are the York Rite, and the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (Shriners).

Scottish Rite Bodies are grouped in what is known as a "Valley." A Valley usually consists of four Bodies; a Lodge of Perfection (4-14), a Council of Princes of Jerusalem (15-16), a Chapter of Rose Croix (17-18), and a Consistory (19-32). Each of the Bodies within a Valley is an independent organization in itself. Each is seperately officered and has full control of the Degrees in its structure.

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The Office of the Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation is located in the State Capital city of Harrisburg.  The Council Secretary is Ill. Samuel R. Andrews, 33.

Contact the Council Office by writing to: PO Box 2726, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2726, or by telephone to: 717-232-5879 or toll free: 800-742-6500, or by fax: 717-238-4596.

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The Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation and its affiliated Valleys acknowledge and yield allegiance to the Supreme Council, Thirty-third Degree, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America whose Grand East is in Lexington, Massachusetts and whose Officers are:
Ill. John Wm. McNaughton, 33 Sovereign Grand Commander
Ill. Peter J. Samiec, 33 Grand Lieutenant Commander
Ill. Robert F. Ogg, Jr., 33 Grand Minister of State
Ill. James L. Tungate, 33 Grand Treasurer General
Ill. Richard W. Elliot, 33 Grand Secretary General
Ill. Russell W. Baker, 33 Deputy for Pennsylvania
Ill. C. DeForrest Trexler, 33 Active Member for Pennsylvania
Ill. Thomas K. Sturgeon, 33 RWPGM Active Member for Pennsylvania
Ill. William L. McCarrier, 33 Active Member for Pennsylvania
Ill. Jeffrey W. Coy, 33, RWGT Active Member for Pennsylvania
Ill. George W. Moad, 33 Active Emeritus
Ill. Drew W. Washabau, 33 Active Emeritus
Ill. Richard G. Hawk, 33 Active Emeritus
The Supreme Council of Sovereign Grand Inspectors General of the Thirty-third and Last Degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of United States is the governing body of the Rite. It is founded upon and governed by the Regulations of 1762, the Constitution of 1786 as modified, and the unwritting principles and landmarks of Freemasonry. The Supreme Council of the Thirty-third Degree consists of not exceeding sixty-six active members; also Emeritus, Past Active, and Honorary Members. Each State in the Jurisdiction is entitled to at least one Active Member. The authority of the Supreme Council for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction extends over the States of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

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Copyright 2012 (Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation) All rights reserved. Revised: May 20, 2014 

Ill. Steven A. Morrison, 33, Web Master