The Grand Cross of the Court of Honour is presented to Monty Quick by the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite
SPRINGFIELD, VIRGINIA - It's not everyday that you come across a man with such an honorable distinction. Floren "Monty" Quick recently learned that he had been recognized with The Grand Cross of the Court of Honour, the highest individual distinction a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (more commonly known as the Scottish Rite) can receive. The Grand Cross of the Court of Honour is presented by the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite on rare occasions; there are fewer than 60 living recipients of the Grand Cross out of almost 400,000 members, according to the Scottish Rite of Maryland.
"It was quite a surprise," said Quick, in reference to having received the award. "An old friend called and said he wanted to visit me." It was at brunch at Greenspring retirement community, where Quick now resides, that he received the news and a medal.
"Unfortunately, I did not see the nomination which resulted in the award," said Quick. The nomination must have spoken for itself, as the award is reserved for "only for the most exceptional and extraordinary services," according to the Scottish Rite of Alexandria, of which Quick is a member. Since 1979, Quick had been a Thirty-third Degree Mason, the second highest distinction available to Masons who have exhibited outstanding work for the Rite or in public life.
Quick has a history of outstanding accomplishments as a Mason. He became a Mason in 1957 and a member of the Tokyo Masonic Association in 1964 while working for the U.S. Department of Defense overseas in Japan. In 1971, Quick became the Grandmaster of Masons in Japan and helped the Tokyo Masonic Association build two large buildings on property owned by the Association. The revenue gained from those buildings allowed the Association to offer several community services such as telephone counseling services, a toy library for disabled children, a sports festival for children, and a picnic for local orphans, among other services. According to Quick, all of these services still exist today.
Quick describes being a member of the Scottish Rite as working toward "betterment of yourself." It can certainly be said that Quick has achieved that goal, having now been honored with the Grand Cross for his many years of service in the Rite and in his community.
About Greenspring: Greenspring, one of 16 Erickson Living full-service retirement communities, is situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia. The community is home to 2000 residents, many of which reside in the 1405 independent living units. At Greenspring, a robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average. Life at Greenspring offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community. Additional information about Greenspring can be found at www.ericksonliving.com.