I hate to admit it, but that's the question I had to ask myself when I received a letter from the Secretary of the Eastern Illinois Allied Masonic Degrees Council No. 356 a couple months ago--my good friend Gregory Knott received the same letter. It was an invitation to join the Council, and while both Greg and I had heard of the AMD, neither of us knew much about them.
I know a little more now, so I thought I'd share what I've learned with you (and I swiped some of this information from various AMD sites).
The degrees comprising the system in the United States are the Royal Ark Mariner, Secret Monitor, Knight of Constantinople, Saint Lawrence the Martyr, Architect, Superintendent, Grand Tilers of Solomon, Master of Tyre, Excellent Master, Installed Sovereign Master, Installed Commander Noah, Red Branch of Eri and Ye Ancient Order of Corks. They are conferred in the United States in Councils chartered by the Grand Council. Membership in every Council of Allied Masonic Degrees is by invitation, and is predicated on membership in the Royal Arch Chapter.
|L to R: Greg Knott, Sovereign Master Larry Raglan, & Todd Creason at Paxton Lodge (IL)|
In general, you will find the members of the Allied Masonic Degrees are extremely active in all local Masonic bodies. I know I'm certainly looking forward to my participation in the Eastern Illinois Council. I think the part I'm looking most forward to is the practice by my council to meet in a different lodge each meeting--it will give me an opportunity to visit a few places I haven't had the chance to visit before.
So now, hopefully, you know a little something more about the Allied Masonic Degrees.