The Supreme Council, 33°, Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A
Headquartered in Washington D.C., The Supreme Council, 33°, Southern Jurisdiction (S.J.) is the governing body for Scottish Rite Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction.
The Supreme Council oversees 35 states and several overseas jurisdictions that make up the Southern Jurisdiction. Each state or jurisdiction that belongs to the Southern Jurisdiction is called an Orient. The local Scottish Rite body is called a Valley. Each Valley has up to four Scottish Rite bodies, and each body confers a set of degrees. In the Southern Jurisdiction, these are:
Lodge of Perfection (4°–14°)
Chapter of Rose Croix (15°–18°)
Council of Kadosh (19°–30°)
The Supreme Council confers the 33°, Inspector General Honorary every odd-numbered year.
Each of the 35 states and several overseas jurisdictions has an Active Member designated as a Deputy. The Deputy serves as the executive officer for Scottish Rite Freemasonry within his state. He is supported by the remaining Active Members of the state. There is at least one Active Member in addition to the Deputy in each state.