Order of the Silver Trowel
Many Grand Councils confer this honorary degree upon the Masters of Constituent Councils after they have been installed nto that office. The purpose of the degree is to impress upon Illustrious Masters the importance of the office to which they have been elected and to lend dignity and additional honor to the office.
The Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of North Carolina, the proprietary right to this degree, having received authority to ""use and extend it"" from the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland in 1931. An American Ritual was devised and Certificates of Authority to confer this degree have been issued to a number of Grand Councils in the United States. The Certificate of Authority reiterates the proprietary status of N.C. to disseminate the degree.
This degree is known, alternately, as ""The Degree of Thrice Illustrious Master"", ""The Order of the Silver Trowel"" (that being its insignia), and the ""Council of Anointed Kings"" (that being its theme).
In Idaho -
The Order of the Silver Trowel is exemplified annually at the Grand Sessions, on the Thurday afternoon preceeding the Annual Grand Sessions.
Current and Past Illustrious Masters are eligible. The Recorder of the Council is Most Illustrious Companion Jeremy C. Vaughn. A petition is required to receive the degree.