LEXINGTON, Mass. – More than 1,700 33rd degree Masons and their wives heard an update on Masonic charitable endeavors during the recent meeting of the Supreme Council for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.

During the course of the meeting, held in Milwaukee, three new members were elected to the governing board of the Supreme Council. The are Donald G. Hicks Jr. of Leominster, Mass.; William L. McCarrier of Butler, Pa.; and Frank R. Preble of Auburn, Maine.

New deputies include Charles E. Ridlon for Maine and Stephen E. Carpenter for Rhode Island. Retiring Deputy of Rhode Island Gardner C. Sconyers Jr. was elected grand secretary general, replacing Philip L. Hall of Nashua, N.H. Chester G. Burton of Cincinnati, Ohio, is grand keeper of the archives and Lee B. Lockwood of Lena, Ill., is grand sword bearer.

In addition to Hall, others retiring as active members are Richard G. Hawk of Scranton, Pa.; C. William Lakso of Lunenberg, Mass.; Gary A. Henningsen of Monroe Twp., N.J.; and Richard H. Winship Jr. of Orrington, Maine.

Each of the 15 grand lodges within the northern jurisdiction was represented. The week-long meeting concluded with the conferral of the 33rd degree upon 129 members who were selected for dedicated service to Scottish Rite Freemasonry or service reflecting credit upon the fraternity.The names of 245 nominees were announced to receive the 33rd degree at the meeting in Grand Rapids on Aug. 30, 2005.

Those elected from Maine are: C. Herbert Annis Jr. of Rockport, secretary, Scottish Rite Bodies of Rockland; James W. Burnham of Gorham, sales representative, Valley of Portland; Raymond P. Cunningham of Carmel, United Parcel Services, Valley of Bangor; and, Kenneth L. Richardson of Lewiston, supervisor Bath Iron Works, secretary, Valley of the Androscoggin.

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