Northwest Regional Recorder's Meeting - May 6, 2021
by Stephen Balke, General Grand Recorder, Cryptic Masons International

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On May 6, a conference call was held with the Northwest Regional Recorders. A summary of the call is below.

Alaska

  • Council meeting - Starting to open up again
  • Government - Still some restrictions, working within them.
  • Grand Sessions

Colorado

  • Government
    • Opening up quickly at this point.
  • Denver Council is meeting this month.
    • Bodies are going dark during the Summer.
  • Grand Sessions - TBD
    • Still working on venue, scheduling, etc.
    • September 10-11, 2021
  • Grand Lodge
    • January 28-29, 2022?
    • Planning Stages, nothing released.
  • Festivals
    • Grand Junction Festival planned to happen.
    • Great Plains Rendezvous is cancelled for this year.
      • Cheyenne WY - June 25, 2022
    • Four Corners Royal Arch Festival
      • Host/Location TBD
      • October 2, 2021
    • Statewide Festivals
      • Chapter - Akron - 1st Weekend in June
      • Grand Junction - Council 3rd Weekend in June
      • Salida - Commandery - 2nd Weekend in July

Idaho

  • Government
    • Still have some protocols in place - mask indoors, social distancing.
    • Open for business - gatherings limited to 50
  • Grand Sessions
    • In Person - April - In Lewiston 
    • 45 in attendance
    • Successful
  • Grand Sessions 2022 
    • April 22-23, 2022
    • Boise, ID 
  • Meetings - All bodies meeting normally.
  • Festivals
    • Commandery Orders - Nov/Dec - 12 Candidates!
  • Grand Lodge - 
    • Cour d’ Alene, ID - 
    • September 16-18, 2021

Montana

  • Government
    • Starting to open up.
  • Grand Sessions
    • Zoom
    • June 5, 2021 - 10:00 AM

Oregon

  • Government - Still restricted - 
    • Starting to open
    • Masks, social distancing, limit 25 gathered.
  • Grand Lodge - 
    • No Degree Work
    • Annual Communication June 3, 2021 - In Person planned - Hybrid/Virtual TBD
  • Grand Sessions
    • April 7-9, 2022
    • Planned In-Person
    • North Bend, OR
  • Councils are starting to meet in person.

Washington

  • Government
    • As of May 1, 2021 - able to meet - state health guidelines
    • Based upon the locality, 25-50% capacity
  • Grand Lodge
    • If Lodge does not want to reopen - meeting via Zoom
    • No degree work.
    • Annual Communication - June 11-12, 2021
      • Restricted to Grand Lodge Officers and Worshipful Masters of each Lodge.
  • Grand Sessions
    • May 14-15, 2021
    • Virtual - Zoom - http://www.yorkritewa.org/ZoomRegistration2021.pdf 
    • Sessions
      • Grand Chapter May 14 - 8AM - Noon
      • Grand Council May 14 - 1PM - 5PM
      • Grand Commandery May 15 8AM - Noon
      • Resolution for hybrid meetings authorization.
    • 2022
      • LaQuinta Inn, Tacoma Washington
      • May 6-7, 2022
      • May 4 - Side Bodies.

Wyoming

  • Government - Open
  • Grand Lodge - Open
    • Casper WY
    • August 8-10, 2021
    • Registration forthcoming.
  • Meetings
    • Getting “Back to Normal” is the current issue.
  • Festival
    • York Rite - in March at least 7 Candidates.
    • Sheridan is talking about another Festival/local degrees
  • Grand Sessions
  • 2022 Grand Sessions
    • September 14-17, 2022
    • Casper WY
  • Possible new Grand Recorder

CMMRF

  • $50,000 Match successful - $75,000 by March 31, 2021 - doubled previous record.

Northwest Region

  • Northwest Conference - In Person
    • October 15-16, 2021
    • Boise, ID
    • Red Lion Downtown
    • Friday
      • Chapter Morning
      • Council Afternoon
    • Saturday
      • Commandery
      • York Rite Leadership

General Grand Council

  • Awards and forms in - please 60 days in advance.
  • Rolling out the new online forms system.