SGC Ronald A. Seale, 33°, has appointed Joseph R. Manning, Jr., 33°, as Deputy of the Supreme Council in the Orient of Oklahoma. Ill. Manning was born December 17, 1946, in Cushing, Oklahoma. He is an attorney, having received a BA in political science from Oklahoma State University and a JD from the University of Oklahoma. He was in the US Army Reserves, retiring with the rank of captain. He served in the 35th–38th Oklahoma legislatures, 1974–1982, as a member of the Governor’s Senior Staff, 1987–1989, as Mayor of Cushing, 1994–2002, Vice-Mayor, 2008—, and as Vice-Chairman of the trustees, Cushing Regional Hospital, 1995—. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church, Cushing, serving on its Pastor Parish Relations Committee, 1994–1997, and Administrative Council, 2010. He and his wife, Cindy, live in Cushing, Oklahoma.
Ill. Manning became a Mason in Cushing Lodge No. 111 in 1968, served the lodge as Master, 1979, 2004, 2005, and secretary, 2006—, and was a charter member of Guildhall Lodge No. 553. He was Grand Master of Masons in Oklahoma, 1985, and Vice Chairman of the Conference of Grand Masters of North America, 1986. He became a 32° Master of the Royal Secret in 1968, received the rank and decoration of a Knight Commander of the Court of Honour in 1981, was coroneted a 33° Inspector General Honorary in 1987, and is a member of the Scottish Rite Research Society.
Bro. Joe has been very active in all branches of Masonry and is a member of the Knights of the York Cross of Honor; Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, Deputy Grand Preceptor; York Rite Sovereign College of North America, Order of the Purple Cross and Grand Governor of Oklahoma; Red Cross of Constantine, Grand Sovereign; Grotto; Shriners; Tall Cedars of Lebanon; SRICF; Royal Order of Scotland; CBCS, Great Prior; Allied Masonic Degrees, Jr. Grand Warden; Knight Masons of the USA; Grand College of Rites; Order of St. Thomas of Acon; and many, many more.