Northeast Regional Recorder's Meeting - May 13, 2021
Submitted by Stephen Balke, General Grand Recorder, Cryptic Masons International

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On May 13, a conference call was held with the Northeast Regional Recorders. A summary of the call is below.

Connecticut

  • No report.

Maine

  • Grand Lodge - 1 Day - In person
  • Virtual York Rite Session -
  • 50% Capacity - moving toward 75%
  • Degrees in Blue Lodge being done.
  • Heads of Body Reception/Celebration
    • June 5

Massachusetts

  • Opening up - Governor is expanding by week.
    • Social Distancing to 3 ft
  • Lodge 
    • Doing degrees
  • Chapter and Council
    • In process of opening up for meetings.
    • Festivals in planning process for Summer
  • Grand Sessions
    • In Person planned
    • October 3rd Weekend
    • Location TBA
  • Invited the new Grand Recorder/Assistant for future meetings.

New Hampshire

  • Same COVID guidelines as Massachusetts
  • Grand Lodge
    • Meets on May 15, 2021
  • Grand Sessions
    • Just Held
    • Successful
    • In State Only - virtual attendees
  • Degree work is being done in Blue Lodge
  • Degree work is starting up in York Rite
    • OT target for October 22-23, 2021
    • New GHP - statewide RAM in November/December

New York

  • Opening up slowly - social distancing
  • Lodge, Chapter, Council, Commandery - Meeting
    • Working under guidelines
    • No Templar Order for guidelines
  • Grand Lodge - 1st Week of May - 1 hour session - to recess
    • Looking for better guidelines for in person
    • All can hold elections and install officers
  • Grand Assembly
    • August 20-21, 2021
    • Crowne Plaza (The Desmond)
    • Hybrid Session

Rhode Island

  • Grand Lodge May 17, 2021
  • Mask and Social Distancing mandate
  • Update forthcoming for guidelines from Grand Lodge
  • Chapters
    • Doing degrees
      • Grand Chapter Festival
      • June 5, 2021
      • Combined play - finish work at home Chapter with Lectures
  • Councils
    • No Degrees - Awaiting RAMs
  • Commandery
    • Local determined - hybrid meetings for inclusion

Vermont

  • Blue Lodges are starting to work.
  • Grand Session
    • Several Awards presented - would like certificate at least
    • June 12, 2021 - Hybrid
    • 1 hour each body 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Installations may be later.
    • Using tech to provide succinct session.
  • Meetings - Spotty throughout the state (some in person, some virtual)
  • Festivals
    • Chapter and COuncil looking at later this month or two.
  • A lot of double booking in Fall!
  • 50% Capacity - Governor is excited about opening things up.

CMMRF

  • 50,000 Challenge for CMMRF Day - $75,000 by March 31, 2021
  • April 20, 103,000
  • Annual goal: $500,000 - 20% to GOAL!
  • If there is a new State Chairman, please communicate contact information
    • Dick Fowler - Area Coordinator, Gary Wyne - General Secretary
    • Tom Taylor - VP CMMRF Board, Stephen Balke - GGR
  • Northeast shined for the first ⅓ Year.
  • Negotiating with Indiana University for a fundraiser:
    • Cytometer Lab - 1.2MM
    • IU Match $:$
    • CMMRF 600K - 6 Year Commitment
    • OVER AND ABOVE NORMAL DONATIONS
    • YOU DON’T NEED TO WEAR PURPLE TO DONATE!
  • New commercials from IU

Mid-Atlantic

  • Virginia is Chapter Only - 
    • Commandery is meeting this weekend
    • Chapter meets in November in Williamsburg, VA
  • Delaware is meeting in person
  • District of Columbia Meeting in Person
  • Maryland is meeting in person partially - Grand Sessions in person in October 22-23, 2021
  • New Jersey
  • Multi-state Festival September 18, 2021 TBD - Chapter Only, local Council and Commanderies to do the work
    • Masonic Temple - Newport, DE

Northeast

  • First meeting to plan the Northeast Conference next week.
    • September 10-11, 2021
    • Planning for Crowne Plaza  - The Desmond, Albany, New York

General Grand Council

  • Please use This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - not personal.
  • Engraver is working hard due to the opening of businesses - please give time for awards and requests. (45-60 days in advance optimal)
  • Regional Meetings: If you have awards that will be given please let us know.
  • Triennial Assembly Session 1
    • August 13-14, 2201
  • Ties - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - necktie (regular or long); bowtie (pretied or self tie)
  • Aloha Shirt - also order through Michele