33rd degree -
Achieving the 33° is an honor that can be bestowed upon a Scottish Rite Mason who has exhibited knowledge, passion and sacrifice to his craft. It is an honorary degree granted solely by the Supreme Council.
There shall be an award known as the "Meritorious Service Award'' which may be conferred upon members of the Rite in this Jurisdiction who have attained the 32° and who by reason of meritorious service of a Masonic character are deemed worthy of such recognition. Please review the Supreme Council site for the policy to be pursued by Councils of Deliberation relative to selecting a MSA candidate. Suggestions for MSA Recipients for the Valley of Binghamton must be forwarded to a Otseningo Body Presiding Officer Prior to March 1. Click on the appropriate TAB For NYS-COD MSA Guidelines and application. All Brothers are welcome to make a suggestion for a deserving Brother. CLICK HERE if you have an MSA candidate suggestion
2013 MSA Recipient
2014 MSA Elect
NYS-COD Letter of MSA Concern
NYS -COD MSA Application
NYS - MSA Guidelines
Gourgas Medal -
The most distinguished honor conferred by this Supreme Council is the "Gourgas Medal'' named in honor of Ill. John James Joseph Gourgas, 33°, the Founder of this Supreme Council, an outstanding leader known to the Craft as the "Conservator of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.'' This Medal may be conferred by the Supreme Council, (or by the Sovereign Grand Commander) upon a member of our Jurisdiction, or of any other Jurisdiction with which we are in amity, in recognition of notably distinguished service in the cause of Freemasonry, country or humanity.
Medal of Honor -
The Medal of Honor may be conferred by the Supreme Council or by the Sovereign Grand Commander upon any person, whether or not a member of our jurisdiction or a member of any Body of the Rite, in recognition of distinguished service to Freemasonry, country, or humanity.
Medal for Masonic Service -
The Medal for Masonic Service may be conferred by the Supreme Council or by the Sovereign Grand Commander upon any Master Mason, whether or not a member of this jurisdiction, who fully embodies the tenets of the Masonic fraternity, based on the recommendation of three of his peers in his locality. The Sovereign Grand Commander shall provide nomination forms upon request and establish such timetables for award ceremony's as he deems advisable. To nominate a fellow Brother for the Medal for Masonic Service, click here.
Sovereign Grand Commander's Medal for Distinguished Service -
The Sovereign Grand Commander may, at his discretion, bestow his personal award upon a deserving Masonic or Scottish Rite Brother whom he considers to have rendered outstanding distinguished and exemplary service to the Masonic fraternity at large. The recipient of this prestigious award must have demonstrated such service to the Scottish Rite not often witnessed among the general membership.