The MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD
The Meritorious Service Award 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.
The Ill. Arthur M. Brown, 33°, M.S.A. was last awarded in 2012 and the Ill. Frederick H. Jorenson, 33°, M.S.A. was first awarded in 2013.
The Heads of each Body, of each Valley, annually, meet to discuss and decide M.S.A. Nominations. These nominations are sent to the Deputy of Connecticut for approval.
33° - Sovereign Grand Inspectors General
Achieving the 33° is an honor that can be bestowed upon a Scottish Rite Mason. It is not campaigned for. It is granted solely by the Supreme Council. A 33° Mason is a Master Mason who has exhibited knowledge, passion and sacrifice to his craft. The Supreme Council awards the 33° as a way of honoring outstanding and selfless work performed in the Rite or in public life.
At its annual session, the Supreme Council elects members of the Rite to receive the degree. Members unanimously so elected become Honorary Members of the Supreme Council.