Chicago Council Princes of Jerusalem

2020-2021 Annual Report

Illustrious Active, Illustrious Deputy, Illustrious Brothers, my Dear Brothers All:

I begin my report with a heavy heart as I consider the conclusion of my term as Sovereign Prince. More than half of the brief time allotted to me has been spent in absentia. While it is natural to lament all the events we did not enjoy together, and all the time away from my Scottish Rite Brothers, I will endeavor to focus instead on the many cherished memories we did share.

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Ill. Jerry D. Sparks, 33. I had the pleasure of dining with him at one of our many evening meals, where we discussed the Master Craftsman program administered by the SMJ. A while later in the spring of 2012, he pulled me aside by my lapel and said he wanted me to join his officer line in the Council. What followed would be the most cherished Masonic affiliation, for which I will be grateful the rest of my life. Thank you, my Dear Brother Jerry, for the tremendous gift you gave to me.

It has been a privilege to serve this great Valley of ours with my fellow Presiding Officers, the members of the Cathedral Board, and our Office Staff. Your dedication, generosity with your time and energy, and commitment to the members of the Valley of Chicago has been a great inspiration to me. This is the Freemasonry I was in search of when I first knocked on the preparation room door. You are the reason why our Valley is the Valley of Choice.

I am very proud to be able to say that the last two years have been spent genuinely improving the Council, and our Valley. As a result of the cancelation of most of our activities we had plenty of time to dig into overdue or overlooked housekeeping items. We updated the by-laws of each body, a task which had not been performed since 1973. We did a complete and exhaustive overhaul of our budget. We revamped all our committees by adding, eliminating, or merging so that what remains is stronger, useful, and more active. We also made a commitment to each other and to every member, that if we are going to hold a stated meeting, the time and effort will be invested to make sure it is a meeting that you will regret missing.

My Brothers, we are getting very close to reopening our beautiful facility and resuming the activities we used to enjoy together. We have done everything possible to make sure that when you do return, you will find the building and the organization in better shape that when you last saw it. I will be so pleased to meet with each of you again. I have sorely missed you.

I wish the Council Officers continued success. You can always count on my support. The Council is a special place in the Valley of Chicago and has been for so many years. I charge you to continue the proud traditions our predecessors have preserved for us. To the Council!

I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve our great Valley in the Chicago Council, Princes of Jerusalem. It has been so precious to me, made more so by the short time it lasted.

Submitted Most Sincerely and Fraternally,

Chad M. Lacek
Sovereign Prince
Chicago Council Princes of Jerusalem