Northeast Regional Recorder's Meeting - April 8, 2021
Submitted by Stephen Balke, General Grand Recorder, Cryptic Masons International

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On April 8, a conference call was held with the Northeast Regional Recorders. A summary of the call is below.

Connecticut

  • Allowed to meet 
    • Up to 25 with social distancing
    • Council is doing degree work.
    • Chapter all but Royal Arch
  • Restrictions
    • Food needs to be plated or served.
    • 50% capacity of a building.
  • Grand Sessions - 
    • In-person/Hybrid TBA
    • June 5, 2021
    • Chapter and Council
    • Commandery is Saturday, April 17, 2021
  • Grand Lodge Annual Communication Saturday, April 11, 2021
    • Meetings rules may be augmented.

New Hampshire

  • Grand Business Meeting
    • Virtual
    • April 10, 2021
    • Hybrid Meeting May 8, 2021
      • Tom Taylor representing
      • Email to Register with the Grand Recorder to be invited.
    • Grand banquet on July 31, 2021
      • Presenting awards.
    • https://nhyorkrite.org - Register for banquet
  • Meetings
    • No degree work, no OT in Commandery
    • Meeting regularly
    • Lodges are doing degree work.
  • Grand Lodge
    • May 15, 2021
    • Limited for social distancing.
    • Dennis Sheridan, Personal Secretary for the Grand Master.

New York

  • Opening up more
    • Lodges are open
    • Doing degree work.
    • 50-60% of Brethren in attendance are vaccinated.
    • Projecting more activity - gradual progression through April and May.
  • Meetings
    • Full form
    • Official Visits
    • Commandery is closed - Grand Commander - using virtual platforms for communications.
  • Schools of Instruction
    • Second Tuesdays
  • Grand Sessions
    • Grand Commandery - September 3rd Weekend - Hybrid or Virtual TBD.
    • Grand Chapter Convocation was in March - went well - Hybrid.
    • Grand Council Assembly - Friday, August 20-21, 2021
      • Dinner banquet with ladies - Friday night.
      • Opening and normal business on Saturday.
  • Grand Lodge
    • Closed Session
      • Officers
      • Invitation by Grand Master - Lodges to meet Constitutional requirement.
      • Written reports, budget.
      • Elections in the second session - to be announced.
      • West Chester, NY
      • May 3, 2021, 09:00
    • Leadership Series is going online
  • Grand Chapter Education Committee
    • Piers Vaughn
    • Coming soon.
  • Tri-State
    • October 9, 2021
    • Thrice Illustrious is tentatively scheduled for the Tri-State.

Maine

  • Health
    • Infection rates have jumped 20%
  • Allowed to meet - 
    • 50% capacity or 50 people
    • MWGM - open cautiously
    • York Rite following Lodge's recommendations and restrictions.
    • As many want to meet as do not want to meet.
  • Grand Sessions
    • April 23-24, 2021
    • Grand Council - 23rd at 1:00 PM EDT
    • Grand Chapter - 24th 9:00 AM EDT
    • Grand Commandery - 24th 1:00 PM EDT
    • Notices going out today.
    • Need the Grand Recorder’s List.
    • Grand Commandery - Hybrid - officers present.
  • Degree work is approved with restrictions and social distancing.

Massachusetts

  • Meetings
    • Governor has moved to “Stage 4”
    • 19th of April - Over 16 - receive shots.
    • Grand Commandery still meeting virtually
  • Semi-Annual
    • April 17, 2021
    • Grand Chapter 9:00 AM
    • Grand Council 11:00 AM
  • Annual
    • Plans to meet in person in October
  • New Grand Recorder and Grand Secretary
    • Jacob Yanovich - Website for contact information.

Rhode Island

  • Annual for Chapter and Council
    • March 27, 2021
    • Issues with wifi connection. 
    • Grand Officers remained in place
  • Meetings
    • Lodges are meeting with social distancing and restrictions.
    • Change ritual to accommodate.
    • Chapter and Council following the same restrictions.
    • Commandery is meeting in person - but have to have hybrid opportunity.
  • Degree work
    • GHP - 1 day class for Chapter in June
      • Will be condensed and having the lectures delivered at the Chapter.
    • MIGM - Future plan for 1 day with all three degrees - full degrees.

Vermont

  • Health 
    • A rise in cases, deaths, etc.
  • Grand Sessions
    • June 12, 2021
      • Commandery 9:00 AM
      • Chapter 10:00 AM
      • Council 11:00 AM
    • Hybrid
      • In-Person - Masks, Vaccination, Contact Tracing, social distancing.
      • Berry, VT
      • No guests in person.
    • No meal/banquet.
  • Meetings
    • MWGM has allowed meetings.
    • Virtual - for Council/York Rite
  • Degrees - Planning in the future.
    • May going to plan for Chapter degrees, which will lead to Council.
    • Subject to health/restrictions.
  • Morris Tucker - Passed away Good Friday - MIPGM.

Northeast

  • Ambassador’s Meeting next week.
  • Conference - to be planned - 
    • September 10-11, 2021
    • The Desmond, Albany, NY - Newly renovated.

CMMRF

  • $50,000 matching drive yielded $75,000 in the funds.

General Grand Council

  • Grand Recorders and Treasurers Conference at Session 1 on August 13, 2021.
  • Schedules for General Grand Representatives for Summer/Fall - May communicated.
  • Youth Advocate Award
  • Triennial Session 1
    • August 13-14, 2021
  • Rui de Silva, PRDGGM passed away. April 4, 2021