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Southwest Regional Recorder's Meeting - May 26, 2021
Submitted by Stephen Balke, General Grand Recorder, Cryptic Masons International

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Photo Credit; MIC John Bridegroom

On May 26, a conference call was held with the Southwest Regional Recorders. A summary of the call is below.



  • Waiting for June 15, 2021 - Announcement - Governor will make a new set of protocols.
  • Lodges are starting to consider opening up.
    • Brethren are not happy about circumstances
  • York Rite is following the Lodge activity - waiting for July.
    • Likely September for the first meetings.
    • Likely mask and social distancing and vaccination requirements.
  • Grand Sessions successful (three separate Saturdays)
    • MIGM Peter Champion Installed is doing well on recovery.


  • Pretty much still operating as closed, though governor is opening things up.
  • Some meetings in person, some virtual.
  • No degrees scheduled.


  • Open for business as of June 1, 2021
    • No masks required if vaccinated.
  • Meetings - ALL 
  • Degrees
    • Reno - June 12, 2021 - Chapter
      • 10 AM - Downtown Lodge
    • Council soon after.
    • May be open for Courtesy Work
  • Colorado River Fall Festival - Likely Cancelled.
  • Sessions
    • August 22-24, 2021
    • Santa Fe Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
    • Banquet 22nd
    • Banquet 23rd - CMMRF Banquet - Gary Wyne will be there.
    • Council Morning of the 23rd.

New Mexico

  • Operating under color scheme - but the Governor has opened most everything.
  • MWGM - Up to 150 in meetings 
  • Meetings - 1st on May 18.
    • Only had 9 people
    • Vaccinated or social distance and mask
  • Degrees - not scheduled
  • Processing petitions for Blue Lodge and York Rite.
  • Sessions
    • April 14-16 - Chapter, Council, Commandery 1/day
  • Governor says when 70% vaccinated. (at 63%).


  • State is wide open.
  • MWGM and Heads of Body opened Masonry.
  • Council meetings happening!
    • Temples - make rules for social distancing and masks.
  • Petitions read for the Degrees!
  • Sessions
    • Successful
    • Jeff Hamilton, MIGM
  • September 17-18, 2021 - Degree work - Salt Lake City.
    • All + Super Excellent Master


  • Conference
    • October 29-30, 2021
    • Council Meets afternoon of the 29th.
    • Golden Nugget
    • Registration is going up soon.


  • Over $103K as of the End of April

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  • Thank YOU ALL for all of your hard work.

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