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East Central Regional Recorder\’s Meeting – December 9, 2020

East Central Regional Recorder\’s Meeting – December 9, 2020
Submitted by Stephen Balke, General Grand Recorder, Cryptic Masons International

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Photo Credit; MIC John Bridegroom


On December 9, 2020, a conference call was held with the East Central Regional Recorders. A summary of the call is below.

Invocation: Corey Curtiss

General Grand Council

  • New First Responder Recognition template to include other Masonic organizations as the sponsoring organizations.
  • First Responders include any healthcare professional during the Pandemic.

East Central Regional

  • Planned for virtual Regional Meeting (still hoping for in-person).
    • March 12-13, 2021



  • Just sent donations to CMMRF.
  • $43K + Check
  • Meeting – following the MWGM regulations – meeting in person or virtual according to the needs of the Council.
  • David Ulrich, MIPGM coming aboard as Assistant Grand Recorder



  • Taking advantage of people having time to serve with prior leadership experience.
  • Using officers for tasks and appointing separate Arch Officers.
  • EOY – Annual Returns
  • GW National Masonic Memorial – Looking at establishing a relationship.
    • An honorarium will go help with the GW NMN.
  • Proceedings available online – Working to get everything together and have a complete history online.
  • Grand Council has a strategic plan – leading all Councils to have the same. 
    • Give a planned value for their membership – a unique Cryptic experience.
    • Plan social and educational activities
    • Help Lodges and Chapters
    • Application to everyday lives.


Mixed Bag

  • Corey Curtiss – Article on tools and path for strategic plans for Councils.
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