SMOTJ Order of Merit Policy
Chevalier David N. Appleby, Esq., GCTJ, GMTJ
Prior - St. Louis the Crusader
F. Daniel Coleman, CGTJ, GCMTJ - Prior Emeritus
Thomas P. Curtis, GCTJ, GMTJ - Chancellor
Peter DeForth, GCTJ, GMTJ - Secretary

In an effort to clarify matters related to nominations, and approval of nominations, the following information is provided (as it was first presented orally to the Grand Council by Prior David N. Appleby in Milwaukee, WI, May 25, 2019):

Recognizing acceptance into the OOM has always and will continue to be somewhat subjective, in considering the "worthiness" of each candidate, the officers of TPNA ask themselves two questions:

  1. What has the nominee done that is extraordinary?
  2. How has this extraordinary action of the nominee furthered the ideals of the OOM in an extraordinary way?
It is well to remember that all Knights and Dames of our Order are called upon to "keep the road to Jerusalem open" and "to build bridges between those of all faiths" in some manner, but few do so in an extraordinary way.

More specifically, recalling the parable of the widow's mite, it must be understood that a nominee cannot "buy" himself or herself into the OOM. It is a fact that for most, financial generosity is the simplest and easiest way to help the Order achieve its goals. But the dollar amount of such generosity is not, in and of itself, a qualifying factor. Financial support, by providing scholarships through our great RDF, Legacy gifts to RDF, or going on a GPUSA sponsored Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, are important and are to be encouraged, but should never be done solely to qualify for the OOM. Sustained support of the Jerusalem Mite Program has traditionally been considered a minimum level of support for approval; but again, in and of itself would not qualify a nominee.

Only individual Knights and Dames will be considered for admission (not Preceptories, Commanderies, or Priories or Married Couples). In particular, it is not possible to determine what an individual has done that is extraordinary if a couple has been nominated. This does not preclude both a husband and a wife being nominated individually, even at the same time; but the individual nominating must clearly delineate extraordinary actions for each.

Contrary to a misconception that has arisen only in recent years, the person nominating is not a consideration, only extraordinary actions by the nominee. For example it is not necessary to seek out a Grand Prior or a past Grand Prior or OSMTH Officer to be a sponsor. Any member of the Grand Council who knows the nominee and what they have done is allowed to make the nomination.

Induction into the OOM, being the highest honor that can be awarded, will necessarily be limited. It is not unusual for approval to be deferred into another "cycle" between Grand C&I's; and if rejected, it is perfectly permissible for an individual to be re-nominated.

Please read Appendix H in the Manual of the Order before submitting a nomination. In particular, note paragraph G regarding submissions, which directs the nomination be sent to the Grand Registrar, not directly to the TPNA Prior.

And, finally, as historically stated in Appendix H, the Manual of the Order, do not advise a Nominee of his or her nomination. By "CCing" others not in the direct approval process increases the chance of this policy being violated. This frequently ignored policy routinely results in hurt feelings and embarrassment to the Nominator and the Nominee.


December 2019
Regular publication of SMOTJ GPUSA

In This Issue

  Words from the Grand Prior

  Required Minimum Distribution

  SMOTJ Scholarship Drive

  SMOTJ Jerusalem Mite

  ICRD Templar Update

  Operation Knight Flight Update

  Bridge Building Partnership

  Order of Merit

  Priory News

  Priory News (cont'd)

  Priory News (cont'd)

  Priory News (cont'd)

  GPUSA Calendar

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