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Message Date: 1/16/2019

UPDATE ON SUPREME COUNCIL PHONES!

All phones should now be online. Any voicemails that were recorded on the old system from late last week and this past weekend were removed with the old system. If you left a voicemail prior to today and did not receive a call back, it is very possible that your message was deleted. Please call back.

Thank you!

Message Date: 1/15/2019

INTERRUPTION IN SUPREME COUNCIL PHONE SERVICE!

Phones are beginning to come online as each department is setup at the House of the Temple.

Message Date: 1/14/2019

MAJOR RESTORATION EFFORTS UNDER WAY! PLEASE READ.

There are several restoration initiatives underway, and outreach to our members is being conducted on an on-going basis to restore membership of our lost Brothers. Below are the details of the 2 major programs currently being utilized.

1) Senior Restoration- Supreme Council Statutes allow the dues to be waived for any member of the Rite who is over age 80 and has a financial need. Currently we are contacting and reinstating members who were over age 80 when they were suspended between the years of 2014-Present. This is essentially a retroactive application of the existing statute. No doubt we will also find some of our older members have passed away, allowing us to provide support for widows and also to update our database. NO PER CAPITA will be charged to Valleys for members who are restored through this program.

2) Grand Commander’s Restoration Program- The 2018 GC Reinstatement Program has been extended into 2019. The program waives PAST dues for members who are a) 75 and under and b) have been suspended NPD for more than 3 years. The members need only to pay the current years dues to be in good standing. As in previous years, NO PER CAPITA will be charged for restored members who fail to pay the 2019 dues. As of January 1st, 2019, members who were suspended NPD in 2016 are eligible for this program.

Every possible effort is being made to ensure that ALL of the men reinstated under either of these programs are in good standing in their Blue Lodges. If it comes to our attention that a member has been restored who is NOT in good standing in his Blue lodge, we will remove him from the Scottish Rite rolls immediately, and make every effort to assist him in getting back in good standing in his Blue lodge.

These programs are being executed under the direction of the Supreme Council Membership Committee. Check with your Orient Deputy or SGIG to find out if your Orient is participating in the programs.

You should have already received a list of members of your Orient or Valley who are eligible for these two programs. If you did not receive those lists OR you have other questions, please email Maynard Edwards at medwards@scottishrite.org

Supreme Council Membership Services

Message Date: 1/14/2019

INTERRUPTION IN SUPREME COUNCIL PHONE SERVICE!

The telephone system installation at the House of the Temple is underway. We will post messages here as more information becomes available. Currently, there is no phone service.

Message Date: 1/9/2019

INTERRUPTION IN SUPREME COUNCIL PHONE SERVICE!

There will be an interruption in phone service at the Supreme Council's House of the Temple on Tuesday, January 15, while a new phone system is installed. The downtime is expected to begin around 6am, EST and could last a few hours. If needed, further updates will be posted here.

Message Date: 1/9/2019

CHANGES TO HOW PREFIXES ARE HANDLED IN SENTINEL

To All Sentinel Users:

I have been instructed by the Grand Executive Director to remove all name prefixes in Sentinel except the following:

Mr.

Brother

Illustrious Brother

Miss

Mrs.

Ms.

The purpose for this is to maintain database integrity. Over the past forty years, the prefix list has grown to a point where there are currently 178 prefixes in the dropdown list. There is no consistency in formatting and many of the entries are obsolete or duplicated. This is causing database processing issues and must be corrected.

All prefixes that are not on the above list are being removed from the member records. From this point on, the prefixes listed above will be the only options available in the prefix dropdown menu in Sentinel. However, you can still enter prefixes in the “Preferred Name” field as needed such as “Dr.” and military rank.

I have begun the process for removing the prefixes that are not on the short list. Before I began, I created a spreadsheet containing the records to be updated. The list includes the member’s number, name, Valley, and prefix to be removed. I am happy to share your Valley’s list on request.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Your Sentinel Team

Message Date: 1/9/2019

HOUSE OF THE TEMPLE CONTACTS

There is a new version of the House of the Temple contact list in Sentinel under the Forms and Documents tab. There are changes to the Office of the Grand Commander. Also, many Web links in the Programs and Services section have been updated to match those on the new Website at www.scottishrite.org.

Message Date: 1/2/2019

2018 YEAREND SUSPENSIONS MUST BE DATED AS 12/31/2018 OR EARLIER!

The processing year for 2018 ends on January 31, 2019. In order for suspensions and other status changes to be applied to 2018, they must have an effective date of 12/31/2018 or earlier. All submissions with a 2019 effective date will be held until February 1 for processing.

Remember! All suspensions must be approved by your SGIG or Deputy after you submit them, so please report them by January 15.

Message Date: 11/1/2018

SUSPENSIONS APPEARING IN SENTINEL NOTIFICATIONS

If your Valley is finding suspensions processed by jfletcher in your Sentinel notifications, these are the members who were reinstated under the Grand Commanders 2017 Reinstatement Program who never paid their 2018 dues. We are removing them as suspended so your Valley will not be assessed the 2018 per capita on them. If you would like a list of the names in an Excel spreadsheet, please contact jfletcher@scottishrite.org.

Message Date: 12/12/2017

IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ REGARDING THE GRAND COMMANDER’S 2017 REINSTATMENT PROGRAM

The Supreme Council Membership Services Department is contacting suspended Brothers as part of the Grand Commander’s 2017 Reinstatement Program. This program stipulates that if the member responds that he is interested in restoring his membership, then Membership Services immediately reinstates him and sends him an invoice for 2018 dues as well as a 2018 membership card. The member then has until November 2018 to pay his 2018 dues. If he has not paid his 2018 dues by next November, the Supreme Council staff will remove him from the Valley's roles by suspension for non-payment of dues.

THE VALLEY WILL NOT PAY 2017 PER CAPITA FOR ANY MEMBER REINSTATED UNDER THIS PROGRAM! THE PER CAPITA WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DEDUCTED FROM THE 100% PER CAPITA INVOICE THAT THE SUPREME COUNCIL OFFICE OF FINANCE SENDS THE VALLEY IN FEBRUARY 2018.

If you have questions or concerns about this program, please contact Judy Fletcher, jfletcher@scottishrite.org or call 202-777-3114.

The Supreme Council departments of Membership Services and Computer Services thank you for your cooperation as we work to bring back members to the Scottish Rite and to your Valley!

Message Date: 12/9/2016
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