North Central Regional Recorder's Meeting - March 25, 2021
Submitted by Stephen Balke, General Grand Recorder, Cryptic Masons International

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On March 25, a conference call was held with the North Central Regional Recorders. A summary of the call is below.

Iowa

  • Government/Covid
    • No understood restrictions - Bars, stores, and restaurants are self-regulated.
    • Lodge restrictions are recommendations for social distancing.
  • Meetings
    • Open and running in person
    • Lodges - some use Zoom, some don’t
    • York Rite - been on rest, didn’t adopt electronic communications.
  • Festivals
    • Last Saturday - 14 Chapter / 16 Council / 29 Commandery
  • Grand Session
    • Council & Chapter
      • August 6-7, 2021
      • 513 Park, Des Moines, IA - Scottish Rite Center
      • Arrangements TBA
    • Commandery
      • June TBA
      • 513 Park, Des Moines, IA
      • Arrangements TBA

Minnesota

  • Government/Covid
    • Starting to loosen up, but still very restricted.
  • Meetings
    • Mostly on Zoom, some Councils are opening with 50% capacity with social distancing.
  • Festivals
    • Chapter Festivals scheduled - Council TBD
    • February 26, 2022 - Council Festival - One Day (Including SEM)
  • Grand Master Hiram Council - Virtual - Another Educational Session
    • Super Excellent Master Degree
    • Part II - from the Q&A
    • June 19, 2021 - Next Meeting
  • Grand Sessions
    • June 24-26 - Alexandria, MN
    • Council - Friday Afternoon
    • Banquet - Friday Night
  • The website is being revised
  • Monthly Zoom meetings with Grand Officers

Nebraska

  • 100% Open
    • MWGM is restricting Blue Lodge, Appendant Bodies are under their leadership.
  • Grand Session
    • April 15-17, 2021
    • In-person Karney, NB
    • No Hospitality - Plated dinners
    • William Snyder in attendance
  • Festivals - March 27, 2021
    • Council and Commandery Festival
    • Full form with social distancing

North Dakota

  • Festivals
    • 7-8 New Members - Recent Festivals. Working on Commandery
  • Grand Session
    • July 8-10
    • Bismark, ND

South Dakota

  • Grand Sessions
    • September 16-18, 2021
    • Mitchell, SD in person.
    • Room Rate 79.99 ++ (NO ELEVATOR - Request 1st Floor)
  • Meetings
    • Most using virtual meetings.
    • Some meeting in person, others are planning to meet in person.
  • Festivals
    • Council 3 - March 31, 2021 - Conferring R&SM

Wisconsin

  • Government/Covid
    • Locally administered social distancing.
    • Easing up to allow up to 50 in a building./ 75% Capacity in Milwaukee
    • Youth Groups allowed to meet.
  • Meetings
    • Social distancing in Masonic organizations - self-governed.
    • Opening and meeting on the EA degree.
    • 1st meeting in Lodge in person since October
    • Zoom is used to take care of business.
    • York Rite - meeting on Zoom during the interim.
    • Grand Officers meeting on Zoom.
  • Festivals
    • Under discussion and planning.
    • Chapter conferring 1st 3 Degrees
    • Council and Commandery Shut down.
    • May 2, 2021 - Anticipate change in restrictions.
  • Grand Lodge Annual Communication
  • Grand Sessions
    • Virtual
    • Chapter and Council - May 1, 2021
      • Chapter Morning
      • Council Afternoon
    • Commandery - May 19, 2021
    • Registration: https://yorkritewis.org

Clerk

  • Awards - ASAP - delays with the USPS, UPS, and FedEx
  • Please let Michele know when you receive mail/packages, emails will go out.
  • Ties - $25.00 + shipping.

CMMRF

  • $50K Matching expiring on April 1, 2021
  • Leadership is working to improve communications and establish tools for State Chairs and Members.

General Grand Council

  • Working on projects in-house.
  • New programs on the horizon
  • Review of tools established.
  • Welcome Tim Anderson