Southwest Regional Recorder's Meeting - January 6, 2021
Submitted by Stephen Balke, General Grand Recorder, Cryptic Masons International

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Photo Credit; MIC John Bridegroom
 

On January 6, 2021, a conference call was held with the Regional Deputies. A summary of the call is below.

Invocation: Gerhart Walsh

General Grand Council

  • Happy New Year!
  • Engravings are getting caught up.
  • Greeting Patent
    • $5.00 for an electronic version.
    • Will print and invoice for costs plus $5.00.
    • Form - Current Grand Master

Arizona

California

  • May 17, 2021 - Virtual - 10:00 AM (Tentative time)
    • April - Details will be out for Registration.
  • 2019 - 9.3%, 2020 8% (Net loss percentages)
    • Membership is taking Retention seriously
  • Tom will be available while Phil is out, whenever minor surgery is scheduled.
  • All meetings virtual by MW Grand Master - expect until June.

Hawaii

  • Gerhart retiring as Grand Recorder for 2021-22
  • February 27, 2021 - Virtual Meeting 10:00 AM 
    • Chapter, Council, Commandery
    • Link and Advance Documentation
  • Focus on reinstatements rather than new members due to restrictions.
  • 222 Members - Annual Returns are done.
  • Meetings of 4-5 people ok.
  • Plan for Life Membership and First Responder Campaigns.
  • Suggestion: Quarterly and Semi-Annual Report.

Nevada

New Mexico

  • Still locked down (5 people max meeting) no ritual, no lodge.
    • Meetings via Zoom
    • Installations did happen - people moved offices in most organizations.
    • First meeting on January 18, 2021
    • Quarterly Grand York Rite Meeting January 23, 2021 (30th Possible - Tentative)
  • Undecided for Grand Sessions - TBA February 1, 2021
    • April 15-17, 2021 (Chapter, Council, Commandery)

Utah 

  • Educational 
    • TONIGHT - Barry Newell - Review of the Symbols of Royal Arch Masonry
    • February 18, 2021 - Roberto Sanchez - Chamber of Reflection - A Revitalized and Misunderstood Practice.
    • March 19, 2021 - Glen Cook - Orders Beyond the York Rite
  • Grand Sessions 
    • Talking about virtual at this point.
    • TBA May 6-9, 2021 (Side Bodies on Thursday, Council, Commandery, Chapter)
  • Grand Lodge - Allowed 10 or less for one hour.
    • York Rite are all virtual meetings.

Southwest Region

  • Not really anything going on for the Region (as all are closed down).
  • Working on a plan for in-person options.

Benediction: Dion A. Newhouse