Orient of Virginia
2023 Annual Session
By order of the Deputy for the Orient of Virginia, the 96th Annual Session of the Virginia Council of Deliberation and the 51st Annual Session of the Virginia State Council of Assemblies, Order of the Golden Circle will convene March 22nd thru March 24th 2024 at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center, 5655 Greenwich Rd Va. Beach, VA, 23452.
Deputy for the Orient
SGIG Shelton Riddick
Welcome to the Official Site of the Virginia Council of Deliberation, Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, PHA, Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A. The purpose of this website is to serve as a valuable resource for the Virginia Council of Deliberation (VCOD) membership as organized and as a means of disseminating information under the authority of the United Supreme Council 33° of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Prince Hall Affiliation, Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A. where the Illustrious Corey D. Hawkins, Sr. 33°, serves as Sovereign Grand Commander and Illustrious Shelton Riddick, Sovereign Grand Inspector General, serves as Deputy for the Orient of Virginia.
On September 7th, 2022 the Sovereign Grand Commanders of the four Scottish Rite jurisdictions met in Washington, D.C. at the House of the Temple to sign a Statement of Unity.
Watch this historic moment as the United Supreme Councils of the Northern and Southern Jurisdictions and the Supreme Councils of the Northern and Southern Jurisdictions strengthen the tie that binds us together as Scottish Rite Masons.
The Scottish Rite builds upon the ethical teachings and philosophy offered in the Blue Lodge. It provides its members with lessons in practical living through a focus on philosophical disquisition and morality.
Past Sovereign Grand Commander Deary Vaughn's 2015 message to the United Supreme Council concerning the state of the Rite. This message speaks volumes and presents an account of how history has a way of repeating itself.
The object of the BIRD Reclamation Program is to reclaim, at a discount rate, those who were formally on our rolls and have been suspended for nonpayment of dues. We would love to have them back as members of this esteemed organization!