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At The May 2019 Lodge of Perfection Meeting a proposal was made from the Trustee's to sell our Historic location at 341 Bull street. After the presentation it was determined that this motion should be presented at the next Lodge meeting. At the June 2019 Lodge of Perfection the motion was put to the members whether to accept SCAD's offer to purchase our building, after much discussion a vote was taken and the motion passed with a overwhelming vote in the affirmative. Since that historical vote, our architect Perry, Gordon and Associates from Winston-Salem North Carolina has selected a Contractor West Construction from Savannah to build our NEW building located at 3001 Chatham Center Drive. The valley of Savannah AASR members are excited about our new adventure and believe that our valley is poised for another 100 years of Masonry and do believe that our membership will be greatly served by the decisions made at that historic Lodge of Perfection meeting.
In the Scottish Rite, each state constitutes an “Orient,” and each city is known as a “Valley,” or separate Scottish Rite organization consisting of four “Bodies” – “The Lodge of Perfection,” which confers the ‘Ineffable Degrees” (4th through 14th), the “Chapter of ‘Rose Croix” which confers the “Historical and Religious Degrees’ (15th through 19th); the “Council of Kadosh” which confers the “Chivalric and Philosophical Degrees” (19th through 30th); and the “Consistory, “ which confers the “Official and Ceremonial Degrees” (31st and 32nd). After experiencing the Degrees, one becomes a Scottish Rite Mason or Master of the Royal Secret.
Our order is more than a fraternity of freemasons and good fellows, engaged in benevolent practices of friendship and relief. It is an aggressively active or militant order, a knighthood devoted to the cause of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. To establish righteousness and ordain mercy, to protect all the weak and combat all dogmas or doctrines that would imprison the human spirit. This is the mission of Scottish Rite Masonry.
The Scottish Rite seeks to cultivate in the hearts of men, personal morality and the sentiments of tolerance and fraternity. What has been said in this mission is vividly portrayed in the conferral of the Degrees, and the Scottish Rite Mason is dedicated to the effort to make the spirit of Masonry prevalent in society.
Human progress is our cause, liberty of thought our supreme wish, freedom of conscience our mission, and the guarantee of equal rights to all people everywhere our ultimate goal.
Ill. John Woodward Sognier, 33° was born in Savannah, GA on December 17, 1919 to Joseph W. Sognier and Viola Trott Sognier. Brother Sognier graduated from Savannah High School and Columbus University Law School. He entered the armed forces in January, 1941 and was commissioned in the Infantry. Transferring to the Air Force, he served as a fighter pilot flying 59 Missions in the European Theater. He was the recipient of several Air Medals.
Judge Sognier was admitted to the Georgia Bar January 1, 1946 and began practice with the Savannah firm of Kennedy, Jenkins and Oliver. The firm later became Kennedy and Sognier. In 1980 he was appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals. He served in the General Assembly of Georgia from 1955 to 1956, was the Chatham County Registrar from 1957 to 1960 and the Attorney for Chatham County from 1960 to 1968. In 1980 Judge Sognier was appointed to the Court of Appeals of Georgia by Governor George Busbee.
He retired from active practice in 2005. Judge John W. Sognier was active in his Church, serving as Senior Warden of Christ Church, Savannah. He lost a son in Vietnam in 1967.
Brother John W. Sognier, 33° was a member of Landrum Lodge #48 in Savannah, GA. He was invested as a 32° Scottish Rite Mason in November of 1956, elected to the Knights Commander Court of Honor in 1981 and received his 33° Inspector General Honorary in 1989. Brother John W. Sognier was also a member of the Alee Shrine and an active participant in many facets of Masonry. He received his 50 year Scottish Rite Certificate in November of 2006.
Ill. Brother Judge John Woodward Sognier, 33° passed away on Friday September 6, 2013, after a brief illness.
This was the the last Reunion at our Historic Scottish Rite Temple at 341 Bull Street. We had 122 candidates receive the Royal Secret. Honoring Ill Br Judge John Woodward Sognier 33
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