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Order of the Silver Trowel

 

For those elected to preside over the Council of Royal and Select Masters.  
In some jurisdictions it is called "Order of Thrice Illustrious Master".

 

 

COUNCIL OF ANOINTED KINGS

of the State of Kentucky

 

On March 16, 1950, a letter was received in the office of the Grand Recorder, Grand Council of Kentucky, Royal and Select Masters, stating that the writer, Companion Gilbert Kinmouth, Past TIM of Washington Council No.1, R. & S.M., of Lexington, Kentucky, had recently received the "Order of the Silver Trowel" in Washington, D.C., while attending the Annual Assembly of the Grand Council of the District of Columbia. He was so impressed with the beauty and the symbolism of the degree, that he desired to assist in the formation of a Council of Thrice Illustrious Masters, or the Order of the Silver Trowel in Kentucky. Inquiry was made, and it was found that several Past Masters of Kentucky Councils were already members of the Order in various Grand Jurisdictions and that the sentiment of these Companions was that the Grand Council of Kentucky should sponsor the Order in Kentucky.

On order of Most Illustrious Companion Fred E. Phillips, Jr., Grand Master of the Grand Council of Kentucky, the Grand Recorder wrote the Grand Council of North Carolina, Royal and Select Masters, who claim to be the original authority, to issue a Grant, Patent or Charter under which to work. The result was that a Charter was granted the Grand Council of Kentucky on July 6, 1950, subject to the approval of the Grand Council of Kentucky, at its next Annual Assembly to be held in October, 1950.

On October 16, 1950, the following resolution was presented to the Grand Council by the Grand Recorder, Right Illustrious Companion Charles K.A. McGaughey: 

"RESOLVED, That this Grand Council endorse the organization, and sponsor and organize a Council of Thrice Illustrious Masters, securing the Charter or authority to work from the Grand Council of North Carolina, Royal and Select Masters, who hold the complete jurisdiction thereover.

PROVIDED, That the Grand Council of Kentucky will remain the sovereign body of the Kentucky Council of Thrice Illustrious Masters, or over such body whatever name shall be chosen at some future date".

This resolution was adopted by the unanimous vote of the Grand Council.

On page 36 of the 1950 Proceedings of the Grand Council of Kentucky is a record of the seven rules governing the operation of the new body. Page 55 of the same proceedings carries the approval of the Committee on Jurisprudence and the adoption of the resolution by the Grand Council.

One year later, October 14, 1951 at 2:30 P.M., the actual organization of the new council took place in the Scottish Rite Temple, Brook and Gray Streets, Louisville, Kentucky. 

At this Assembly 61 new candidates were greeted, together with affiliations from four different Grand Jurisdictions: Illinois, Tennessee, Virginia and the District of Columbia, making 71 original members of the Order in Kentucky.

One honorary member was elected at this assembly, Most Illustrious Companion Arch E. McClanahan of Nashville, Tennessee. Companion McClanahan was a Past Presiding Officer of the four York Rite Bodies in Tennessee.

In the election of officers, that followed, Most Illustrious Companion Robert Austin, Grand Master of the Grand Council of Kentucky, Royal and Select Masters, was chosen as the first Thrice Illustrious Master; Harrar W. Taylor, Thrice Illustrious Senior Warden; Harry W. Baker, Thrice Illustrious Junior Warden; Charles K.A. McGaughey, Thrice Illustrious Treasurer-Recorder; Charles C. Reddick, Thrice Illustrious Steward; Robert Marcum, Thrice Illustrious Chaplain; and Earl A. Cook, Thrice Illustrious Sentinel.

The first committees appointed were: Committee on Ritual, Wylie B. Wendt, as Chairman; Dr. Charles E. Reddick; Dr. Harry W. Baker. Committee on By-Laws: Ray S. Stewart, as Chairman; Fred E. Gross; Dr. J.C. Gabbard. 

A resolution was presented that the name of the Council of Thrice Illustrious Masters be changed to "The Kentucky Council of Anointed Kings, Order of the Silver Trowel". The resolution was adopted. 

The Thrice Illustrious Master then appointed Most Illustrious Companion William J. Netherton as the Grand Representative near the Grand Council of Kentucky, Royal and Select Masters.

For his zeal and fidelity during the organization of the Council of Anointed Kings, Companion Gilbert Kinmouth was elected an Honorary Past Thrice Illustrious Master of the Council.

The Second Annual Assembly of the Kentucky Council of Anointed Kings was held on October 20, 1952. The Assembly was opened at 10:00 A.M. Twenty petitions were presented for initiation, as well as one petition for affiliation. The petitions were approved and the candidates greeted.

The Committees of Ritual and By-Laws reported, and both were continued for another year. 

At this assembly, it was voted to change the nomenclature of the names of the officers to correspond with those in the ritual. Thus the title of the Thrice Illustrious Master became that of Illustrious King; the title of the Illustrious Senior Warden became Illustrious Prince of the West; the Illustrious Junior Warden became Illustrious Prince of the South; the Illustrious Recorder became Illustrious Scribe; the Illustrious Steward became Illustrious Prince of the Court; and the Illustrious Sentinel became Illustrious Captain of the Guard.

The Kentucky Council of Anointed Kings, Order of the Silver Trowel has met each year since, in conjunction with the Annual Assembly of the Grand Council of Kentucky, Royal and Select Masters, and has greeted over 800 members, while creating nearly 200 Honorary Members.

 

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