Southwest Regional Recorder’s Meeting – February 24, 2021
Submitted by Stephen Balke, General Grand Recorder, Cryptic Masons International
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Photo Credit; MIC John Bridegroom
On February 24, a conference call was held with the Southwest Regional Recorders. A summary of the call is below.
Invocation: Craig Phillips
- Mid-year meeting March 20, 2021, 8:00 AM AZ Time.
- April 24, 2021, 10:00AM Ish Sodi and Super Excellent Master
- May 24, 2021, 8:30 AM – Pioneer Cemetary, Phoenix – Memorial Day Ceremony
- Still shutdown.
- May 8, 2021, ca-gyrs.org – register for the Grand Sessions.
- Deputy Grand Master had three strokes, recovering and doing well, maybe available to serve, but keeping Peter Champion in thoughts and prayers.
- Annual officers conference happened, Grand Council is prepared for May.
- All meetings are virtual.
- Advertisement – CMMRF – Preliminary Proceedings.
- Grand Sessions
- February 27, 2021
- Registration at http://www.yorkritehi.org/
- Council starts at 11:00 AM HST
- Life Membership Program underway.
- Governor is loosening restrictions (15th February) – anticipated by May that individual cities will be self-governing.
- Looking forward to meetings in person starting for Lodges.
- Grand Sessions – August 22-24, 2021 – in Person – (Firming up Sunday, Feb 28)
- Sunday Banquet
- End Tuesday around Noon.
- May offer virtual as well (GEKT regulations)
- Edict No. 8 – Governor’s tier scheme – Red, Yellow, Green, Turquoise.
- In accordance with the NM DOH criterion – we are “Mass Gatherings” (max 5) MWGM is encouraging virtual meetings. Lodges will have authority to conduct meetings.
- Grand Lodge Annual Communication March 17, 2021 – Virtual.
- Grand Sessions – Virtual
- April 17, 2021 – Council 9:00, Commandery 11:00 Chapter 1:00
- https://sessions.nmyorkrite.org – Registration starts March 1, 2021
- Awards – Aren’t giving awards – GGM will allow duplicate awards next year.
- Grand Sessions
- May 8, 2021 – Start 1:00 PM Mountain – Virtual
- MWGM has allowed going back to work.
- YR Heads – not working – Traditions prevailing leaders – planned to open.
- September 17-18, 2021 – Festival
- Halloween Weekend
- Las Vegas, NV
- Hotel TBD (working on contracts now).
- Colorado River Fall Festival
- Tentatively planned – may not go.
- 50,000.00 Matching until April 1, 2021
- March 6, 2021, is CMMRF Day
- Working to inform the Craft.
- Suggest working with the Eastern Star.
General Grand Council
- Rolling out a convergence platform on OneNote.
- Working with getting communication up with all Grand Councils and Subordinate Councils.
- 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.
- International Work – Focus of the GG Officers
- Italy –
- Charter suspended 1 year ago – reinstated last week.
- Challenges with the GHP – York Rite in Italy is only Chapter and Commandery, not Council.
- Brazil –
- Charter suspended 1 year ago – reconstituting a new Grand Council currently.
- Grand Chapter lost authorization by several Grand Lodges
- GHP/GS structured a no-election based system for leadership. Also are under investigation for moneys issues.
- GHP was installed without being a member of a recognized Grand Lodge.
- General Grand Chapter unresponsive to issues.
- GM Sao Paolo, 1st Grand Principle – Royal Arch of Jerusalem setup a new Grand Chapter.
- GEKT recognized new Grand Chapter (not the old)
- GG Council now recognizes only the new Grand Chapter
- Stated to follow the American York Rite
- Italy –
Benediction: Robert Peterson