Southeast Regional Recorder’s Meeting – February 10, 2021

Southeast Regional Recorder’s Meeting – February 10, 2021
Submitted by Stephen Balke, General Grand Recorder, Cryptic Masons International

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Photo Credit; MIC John Bridegroom


On February 10, a conference call was held with the Southeast Regional Recorders. A summary of the call is below.

In Attendance: James Bard, Kevin Wood, Buck Jolley, Sidney Cooley, Mark Bradley,   Michele Balke, John Miller, Stephen Balke, G. Thomas Taylor, Monty Glover

Invocation: James Bard


  • Alabama
    • Cancel Commandery Orders – COVID – March 15
    • February 26, 2021 – Friday Open
      • Saturday Sessions
      • 92 Banquet
    • Working on improvements to processes. 
    • No Jurisdiction visitors.
  • Florida
    • Grand Sessions- May 17-20 – FL CM only
      • Hybrid – YouTube.
    • No Government Restrictions
    • MWGM – Masks and Temperatures taken.
    • Open – Festivals scheduled (1st/2nd Week in March)
  • Georgia
    • No Government Restrictions
    • Up to Leadership of the Local Body
    • Business Session: Monday, May 3, 2021 (TBD COVID)
      • Short Session.
      • Installation – Saturday, May 15 (5:00 PM)
      • Chairs on May 15 as well
    • No Degree work currently
  • Mississippi
    •  No report
  • North Carolina
    • March 20-21 – TBD – GOING to HAPPEN
      • Virtual expected
    • Restrictions from Government and MWGM
    • Some Councils are meeting, up to Leadership under restrictions
    • No announced degree work yet.
    • Maggie Valley
      • Weekend of July 11, 2021 – Tentatively scheduled.
  • Tennessee
    •  No report
  • South Carolina
    • Very Restricted – MWGM
    • March 14-15, COVID TBD to June 26, 2021, No Visitation
    • Grand Lodge in April – Going to Follow suit.
    • Open for less than an hour – masks, social distancing, etc.


  • Mobile is TBA – Planned June 12-13, 2021


  • 500K Drive for PURPOSE – June 2021
  • March 6, 2021 – CMMRF Day

General Grand Council

  • GGC Office working to get caught up – financial reports and processes in transition.
  • Focus on Brazil and Italy – where there are issues with the Grand Chapter taking the “lead” for all of York Rite in the Jurisdiction. We are working with both to return to the status of being a Grand Council.
  • Brazil Grand Chapter – allowing irregular Masons to be a part of the organizations, centralizing control of money and organization. Grand Chapter chartered by the General Grand Chapter has lost the authorization to work by several of the Grand Lodges in Brazil. A new Grand Chapter has been instantiated which is now recognized by both the General Grand Council and the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar. The General Grand Council has withdrawn recognition with the Grand Chapter originally chartered by the General Grand Chapter.
  • Dates for the 1st Triennial Meeting
    • August 13-14, 2021 – Minneapolis, MN
    • First Day – Education, Training, CMMRF, etc.
    • GG Assembly – Constitution & Bylaws Changes, Grand and Subordinate Charters
    • GEKT has been the epitome of York Rite Cooperation. Essentially hosting us.
      • Registrations will be one – the GEKT will have a registration, ours will be a part of it.
      • Registrations should be available in early March.
      • Education speaker for GEKT on Sunday.
  • Mid-Term Session – August of 2022 – Budget – Virtual.
  • August/September 2023 – General Grand Assembly
    • Kevin Sample, Chair.
    • Awaiting books being closed for 2020 Triennial from General Grand Chapter.

Benediction: Sidney Cooley, Jr.