Regional Deputy Conference Call - October 19, 2020
Submitted by Stephen Balke, General Grand Recorder, Cryptic Masons International

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On October 19, 2020, a conference call was held with the Regional Deputies. A summary of the call is below.

Attending: Carl Lidstrom, Rafael Soneghet, Marc Adote, Marcos Ostrander, Jason Varner, Tom Nesbit, John Logan, Norm Draine, Sandy Karstens, Stephen Balke, G. Thomas Taylor, Monty Glover.

Called off in Advance: Mike Smith, Wayne Long

Invocation: Norman Draine

Called to Order: 10:07 UTC

GGM

  • Recommendations - 1/Region for Ritual Committee
  • Fireside Chat - 25 October - 4th Sundays each Month planned every month.
    • Please get the word out - ALL Cryptic Masons welcome.
    • Registration Link in Facebook/on Website!

Africa

  • COVID still rampant - work in Masonry is slowed down or stopped.
  • GGM - Regional Conference for Africa - Zoom initially
  • Madagascar
    • Ambassador - Finding out more information
    • Check with Michel Sabatier
  • Gabon
    • Ambassador - Alain Kassah-Bayone
    • Doing well, closed for October
    • November Grand Assembly TBA
  • Togo
    • Ambassador - Olivier Abelim Passoli
    • Planning for work over the coming months.

Asia/Pacific - No Report Received

  • At present the Philippines has 21 Constituent Councils. Japan has 2, Taiwan and Guam have 1 each.
  • For the Philippines, the Ambassador is Companion Nestor V. Tampol PIGM, KYGCH
  • The Grand Lodge of the Philippines has restricted all activities requiring physical presence since March 16, 2020. It has recently allowed meetings with no more than 6-9 lodge members but allows Zoom meetings. There is a possibility the Government may reduce or lessen the COVID restrictions by December but this is not certain.
  • Extensive funeral rites are scheduled next month for Bro Greg Macasaet who as a doctor lost his life to COVID while serving other patients. He was declared a hero by the Philippine government for his service. It is planned to be a unique set of memorial ceremonies as Bro Greg was very active in all Masonic and appendant bodies.

Brazil

  • Ambassador - Allan Sylvestre
  • The General Grand Master gave an overview of current and recent activities in Brazil and made it clear that Rafael is supported by the General Grand Council.
  • WhatsApp is being used for much translation channel communication.
  • Working with Councils that are working toward completing the “regularization” paperwork for Councils.
  • Working with John Miller to compile and create central storage for members of Subordinate Councils.
  • Meeting focused on Brazil is set for this week.

Central America

  • Opening up slowly. Air travel is open, becoming less stringent, including to USA.
  • WhatsApp is becoming a large part of communication.
  • Central America
    • Ambassador - Jose Ramon St. Feliu
  • Columbia - Departamento (State)
    • Ambassador -
    • Opposition from the Supreme Council of Columbia AASR
    • Bogota - In process of requesting a Chapter UD, Council will follow.
    • Cartagena - Starting organization
    • Cali - Starting organization (has some previous members)
    • Barranquilla - Starting organization
    • Santa Marta - Starting organization
  • Ecuador -Doing well as Subordinate Council.
  • Panama -
    • Ambassador - Francisco Flores
  • Paraguay - Doing well -
    • Ambassador - Odilon Ayala
  • Peru - Doing well
    • Ambassador - Alejandro Mita
  • Venezuela - Doing well
    • Ambassador - Oscar Rodriguez Luna
  • Need Bylaws Templates (Council and Grand Council) - Steve
  • EUM - Bilingual Education program working with Zoom Committee - also working Francisco Flores of GC of Panama.
  • Mexico

East Central 

  • Indiana held the Ish Sodi Banquet and we collected over $18,000.00 for CMMRF.   Indiana is experiencing a spike in covid 19   and the Governor is threatening another shutdown.
  • East Central ambassadors are in place with the exception of Michigan.
  • Illinois Timothy Ward
  • Indiana - David Miller
  • Kentucky - Russell Creech
  • Michigan - TBA
  • Ohio - Michael Terry

Europe

  • Corona Virus is on the rise across Europe.
  • Austria
    • Ambassador - TBA
  • Croatia - No news.
    • Ambassador - TBA
  • Cyprus Ambassador - TBA
  • France
    • Ambassador - TBA
  • Germany
    • Ambassador - TBA
    • Grand Council application - pending meeting in August 2021
  • Greece - No news.
    • Ambassador - TBA
  • Italy
    • Ambassador - TBA
    • Interim leadership is doing a good job to progress and get working.
    • Meeting focused on Italy on Wednesday.
  • Portugal
    • Ambassador - Joao Cavello
  • Romania - No news.
    • Ambassador - Andre Diaconescu

North Central

  • https://yorkriteconference.org - North Central Conference virtual event.
  • Presentation by Dr. Michael Murphy of CMMRF
  • Minnesota - updates available at https://mnyorkrite.org
    • Ambassador - Dave Emery
    • Planning 1 day Festivals
    • Chapter 30 January 2020
    • Council - Mid-February TBD
    • Commandery - March TBD
    • Eating not at Lodges/Bodies - COVID related
    • New Virtual Research (Education) Council had their premier meeting last Saturday
      • Contact RIC Marv Schendel for invitation to the Council
      • Meetings are credentialed.
      • Dates TBA (3rd Saturdays?)
    • Recommend virtual as opportunity for Cryptic Education
  • Iowa - Doing well - NTR -
    • Ambassador - Wade Sheeler
  • Nebraska - Doing well - NTR -
    • Ambassador - Ed Nolte
  • North Dakota - Doing well - NTR -
    • Looking for an Ambassador
  • South Dakota - Doing well - NTR -
    • Ambassador - Herb Cooke
  • Wisconsin - Doing well
    • Ambassador - John Pratt
    • Successful Sessions via Zoom last month with progression of officers.
    • New website/redesign - https://grmswis.org

Northeast North

  • Ambassador gathering virtual meeting (M/T - in evening)
  • Connecticut
    • Ambassador - TBA
  • Maine
    • Ambassador - Ken Caldwell
  • Massachusetts
    • Ambassador - TBA
    • 31 October 2020 Session - Zoom Session - Registration
  • New Hampshire
    • Ambassador - Paul C. Smith
    • Performing degree work (GO12 for Commandery)
  • New York
    • Ambassador - Richard Fowler
  • Rhode Island
    • Ambassador - Mark Thompson
  • Vermont
    • Ambassador - Kirk White
    • Doing degree work (GO12 for Commandery)
    • Now allowing 3rd Degree (MWGM) - 5 PTS separated.
  • NE Educational Zoom meeting
    • Request email of the NEN RDGGM
  • SEM Degree desired for the Tri-State (March) - Getting on the calendar.

Northeast South - No Report Received

  • Delaware - Monthly Zoom calls - combined York Rite, educational program 1/month on Zoom - successful
    • Ambassador - William F. Lott
  • Maryland - Grand Session in person recently.
    • Ambassador - Patrick A. Curtis
  • New Jersey
    • Ambassador - Newlin R. Williams
  • Washington D.C. - March 19-20, 2021 - Grand Sessions hoping in person - Council 20 - November 21st - Virtual 13:00 EDT - December 12 - limited attendance in person. Meeting virtually right now through December 31, 2020. Encouraging presentations - Teko Foly presenting for Commandery. Using Grand View for membership database - using for election of officers.
    • Ambassador - Marcel J. Desroches, Jr.

Northwest 

  • Northwest Regional Conference successful this last weekend. Virtually using Zoom.
  • Alaska - Ambassador Harry Telling
  • Colorado - Ambassador - Robert Farrow
  • Montana - Ambassador - Roger Cathel
  • Oregon - Ambassador - TBA - Shut down until April 2021
  • Washington - Ambassador - TBA
  • Wyoming - Ambassador - Richard Lewis

South Central

  • Ritual Committee - Clyde Schoolfield, Degree Director SEM
  • 2021 Regional Session in planning stages (dates - same location/hotel is planned)
  • Arkansas
    • Ambassador - Paul Wilson
  • Kansas
    • Ambassador - Wayne Rollf
  • Louisiana
    • Lake Charles area is suffering from the hurricanes
    • Ambassador - Camile “Buddy” Guidry
  • Missouri
    • Ambassador - Aaron Shoemaker
  • Oklahoma
    • Ambassador - James Cloud
    • 24 October 2020 - Festival planned in Oklahoma City
    • 14 November 2020 - Virtual Grand Lodge
    • 15 November 2020 - Grand Lodge Installation Grand Master restrictions apply at all degree work.

Southeast

  • Except as noted - fairly open and conferring degrees.
  • Alabama
    • Ambassador - Troy Artis Brown
    • Chapter/Council Day coming up on both sides of the state.
    • Planned for a one day session at the end of February.
  • Florida
    • Ambassador - Larry R. Gillespie
  • Georgia
    • Ambassador - Wade Smith
  • Mississippi
    • Ambassador - Billy Wayne Sloan
  • North Carolina
    • Ambassador - TBA
  • South Carolina
    • Ambassador - (GGM to follow up)
    • Grand Master locked down - not even Zoom/Conference calls.
  • Tennessee
    • Ambassador - TBA

Southwest

  • No one is really meeting in person
  • SWYRC - 130 registrations
    • Council starts at 1:00 PM PDT on 30 October 2020
    • Dr. Murphy is presenting for CMMRF
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Hawaii
    • Ambassador - Mark Leo
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Utah

Benediction: Rafael Soneghet