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East Central Regional Recorder\’s Meeting – February 10, 2021

East Central 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 East Central Regional Recorders. A summary of the call is below.

In Attendance: David Miller, Bobby Campbell, Corey Curtis, David Ulrich, Michele Balke, John Miller, Stephen Balke

Invocation: David Ulrich


  • Illinois
    •  No report
  • Indiana
    • Tri-State Festival last Saturday of February
      • March 6 Council Degrees
      • Angola, IN
      • COVID Restrictions stopping participation – please join us.
      • Indiana Royal Master Degree Team
      • Ohio Select Master Degree Team
    • COVID is easing up.
    • Sessions – April 22-23, Muncie, IN
      • Banquet on 23rd
      • Friday morning Assembly
      • 24th Incoming Officer’s Banquet on Saturday.
    • All are meeting in person at present (plans).
      • Limitations according to government.
    • October 2, 2021 – Ish Sodi/CMMRF Table Banquet
      • Sahara Grotto
      • Black Tie
      • “Winter Wonderland”
  • Kentucky
    • Doing degree work again.
  • Michigan
    • Not meeting in person until March. Virtual meetings are being done.
      • No ritual, business taking place.
      • Series of educational events.
      • Working on Strategic plans for local Councils.
      • Opening partially in March – Councils getting Dispensation 
        • Checklist for precautions.
    • Annual Festivals – 
      • Grand Rapids canceled; ritual participation due to COVID.
      • Tri-State participation isn’t what they would desire (Council participation)
      • Lansing
    • Officer’s Retreat UP – Week before Memorial Day
      • 4 Virtual meetings for officers each month.
      • The business being done, outdoor activities planned.
    • UPER Conferral – June 18, 19
      • Outdoor Degree
      • Table Lodge by the Research Lodge
      • Friday – MEM RAM
      • Saturday – Knight Masons/RM SM
      • Piers Vaughn – Presentations on Chapter and Council.
    • Annual Sessions – Bay City, MI – Bay City DoubleTree River Front
      • August 19-21
      • Assembly on Friday
      • Social Distancing planning now.
      • Thursday – SciFi theme night dinner
      • Friday – Session
        • Banquet
    • CMMRF Campaign – Handwrite donor appreciation notes.
      • Maybe fundraiser… on March 6
      • Planning to spread out the degree weekends and make educational experiences as well.
  • Ohio
    • MIGM – Allowed the Councils to meet in person or virtually – Leadership decision.
      • Royal and Select Master degrees are happening
      • Super Excellent is not allowed.
      • Many candidates in the wings.
    • MWGM – Degree work – members only, meetings are happening.
    • Membership – 6522 Cryptic Masons
    • Grand Session – October 3-5
      • Sunday Vespers and Reception.
      • Session Monday 
      • Session/Installation Tuesday
      • Great Wolf Lodge, Mason, OH (Cincinnati)
    • Virtual meetings have been happening since March 2020, but not in person.

East Central

  • No information


  • 500K FOR PURPOSE by June
  • March 6, 2021 – CMMRF Day
  • Eastern Star Outreach?

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.
    • Close to Chartering the first of more than one Grand Council in Brazil.
    • In process of reinstating the Grand Council Charter for Italy. (with conditions and goals)
  • 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
    • (Tentatively) Branson, MO
    • Kevin Sample, Chair.
    • Awaiting books being closed for 2020 Triennial from General Grand Chapter.
  • Fireside Chats – 4th Sunday of every month at 5:00 PM EST.

Benediction: David Miller

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