General Grand Council Leadership
Our leadership consists of over 100 Companions who dedicate their time and effort to ensure that our organization fulfills its mission and continues to operate. Each position is filled for a period of three years that starts and ends at the Triennial Assembly of the General Grand Council (Next Triennial is September 24-29, 2020). For more or more specific information as to the duties and prerogatives of any of the following offices, please see our Constitution and Bylaws for further clarification.
General Grand Council Trustees
The elected positions of the Most Puissant General Grand Master, the Right Puissant Deputy General Grand Master, and the Right Puissant General Grand Principal Conductor of the Work comprise the Trustees of the General Grand Council. This triumvirate has the responsibility of managing the operations and activities of the General Grand Council when not in Assembly. This includes managing the services and communication with over fifty member affiliate Grand Councils and acting as the Grand Council for an average of twenty-five active constituent Councils worldwide; of the constituent Councils, there is also the George C. Sellars International Preservation Council No. 1880, specifically established for Cryptic Masons who are part of a Cryptic jurisdiction that is recognized but not affiliated.
Other responsibilities include participation and direct management positions in the charitable foundation, General Grand Council Funds, and internal associations that have been established over the lifespan of Cryptic Masons International. Each of the Trustees is a member of and holds the leadership positions ex-officio for the Board of Trustees of the Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation (CMMRF). Aside from the operation accounts, they steward and direct policy that promotes the growth of the Corporate Fund (referred to as the General Grand Council Corporate Foundation), the Operational Fund, and the Permanent Memorial Fund (Life Membership Fund). Management of the College of Preservation, an association established in support of the Corporate Fund is also directly managed, primarily by the General Grand Master.
The elective positions of the Right Puissant General Grand Treasurer and the Right Puissant General Grand Recorder provide the day to day support for the policies and direction implemented by the Trustees. These offices directly manage the communications, financial transactions, and customer relationships between the General Grand Council and constituents, vendors, and leadership. When none of the dais officers are available to attend and represent the General Grand Master at affiliate, constituent, or inter/national events, the General Grand Treasurer and Recorder will be asked to represent and report to and for the Trustees.
Other responsibilities include participation in the management of the various associated business centers of Cryptic Masons International. They are ex-officio members of the Board of Trustees of CMMRF. They establish, maintain, and report on the accounts for the Funds managed by the General Grand Council. They act as a part of the membership approval committee and as Deans of the College of Preservation.
Officers of the General Grand Council
The balance of the officers is appointed by the General Grand Master. These include a Right Puissant General Grand Chaplain, a General Grand Captain of the Guard, a General Grand Conductor of the Council, a General Grand Marshall, a General Grand Steward, and a General Grand Steward; all of whom may be addressed with the honorific of Right Puissant Companion. With the exception of the General Grand Chaplain, all of the officers will have previously served as the Most Illustrious Grand Master of their Grand Council. Their principal duty is to act as a liaison for the General Grand Council representing the General Grand Master when assigned, promoting programs, and attending Cryptic events in support of affiliate and constituent bodies when possible.
Past General Grand Masters
After serving the General Grand Council for an average of twelve years, which MUST be preceded by serving their jurisdiction as Most Illustrious Grand Master (and a local council), these Most Puissant Companions are found in various positions continuing to support Cryptic Masonry. Aside from being “Elders” and offering assistance and the benefit of their experience, they continue to serve as Trustees on the Board of CMMRF and often continue to work with the current leadership to follow through and support ongoing programs.
Regional Deputy General Grand Masters (RDDGM)
Most Illustrious Past Grand Masters (not required in jurisdictions outside the United States) may be asked to become the deputized representative of the General Grand Master for one of our Regions. Working with their counterparts in General Grand Chapter and Grand Encampment, and/or the affiliated/constituent bodies in their Region to facilitate the York Rite Conferences and availability of the York Rite Leadership Program are their primary tasks. Working with the Ambassadors for each jurisdiction in the Region to ensure the appropriate communication of events and news is shared is another. You may also see them representing the General Grand Master, providing support to other visiting General Grand Officers, investing new Companions of the Secret Vault for the College of Preservation, or presenting for local or Grand Councils in their region.
The General Grand Master appoints a General Grand Council Ambassador to each of the affiliated jurisdictions and many of those that are not. Most are either Most Illustrious Past Grand Masters or currently working through a Grand Council in a leadership position. As the main liaison to a jurisdiction, they are often the Companion who does “whatever is needed”, but specific requests include directly reporting to their RDDGM or the Craft in general what is working (or not) and special events and activities that should be known or promoted, ensuring the accommodations and schedule of visiting Cryptic dignitaries to their jurisdiction, and working with the Most Illustrious Grand Master and Grand Recorder to ensure that the Grand Assembly information is available for travelers.
The General Grand Council has many Standing and Special Committees, each with a set of designated tasks to perform in support of the activities of the General Grand Council. Often, Companions serving on these committees are skilled or conversant in the areas of operation of the committee and are volunteering their time and expertise for the betterment of Cryptic Masons International.