North Central Regional Recorder's Meeting - May 27, 2021
Submitted by Stephen Balke, General Grand Recorder, Cryptic Masons International

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On May 27, a conference call was held with the North Central Regional Recorders. A summary of the call is below.

Iowa

  • Opened Lodges - no restrictions on meetings or degrees.
    • Majority of Lodges are conferring many degrees and are active.
  • Excited to be going back to work in the Craft.
  • Sessions
    • Grand Commandery
      • Thursday - Drill
      • Friday - Business - Elections, etc. Banquet in Evening
      • Saturday - Installation of Officers
    • Grand Council and Grand Chapter
      • Scottish Rite, Des Moines, IA
      • August 6-7, 2021
      • Friday - Thrice Illustrious Master? - Council Day - Banquet
      • Saturday - Order of High Priesthood - Chapter Day
  • Meetings - All York Rite is meeting at this point in person.
  • Degrees
    • November 20, 2021 - State-wide Festival
  • Grand Lodge - 
    • September 15-17, 2021
    • Davenport, IA

Minnesota

  • Session
    • 2021
      • Stephen Balke representing the GGM and GGC.
      • June 23-26
      • June 23 - Past Grand High Priest - 
      • June 24 - Visitation Day -  Necrology Service - PM
      • June 25 - Chapter in AM - Council in PM - Grand Banquet
      • June 26 - Commandery - Lots of legislation - Andrea Theater - “Grease”
      • Installations after each meeting.
      • Holiday Inn, Alexandria, MN (South side of I-94)
      • Registration Online - https://www.mnyorkrite.org/product/mngyrs/ 
    • 2022
      • June 23-25 (Last FULL weekend of June each year)
  • Grand Lodge - Eased restrictions for those vaccinated.
    • Food is allowed to be served as well.
    • Following local rules for social distancing and mask utilization.
  • Degrees 
    • Chapter is active - some Chapters are doing local degree work, Councils forthcoming.
    • Scheduling Festivals at this point.
      • January 29 - Minneapolis Scottish Rite (tent) - Chapter
      • February 19 - Minneapolis Scottish Rite (tentative) - Council
      • Commandery thereafter.

Nebraska

  • Sessions
    • 2022 Dates Reported
    • Successful 2021 - Bill Snyder in attendance
  • Fully opened.
  • All York Rite is meeting.
  • Survey
    • What do you like about being a Cryptic Mason?
    • What has your experience been in your Council?
    • Is there any part that you really like, and may want to learn?
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • Working on updating email addresses. (expense avoidance)
  • Degrees
    • Chapter - 2nd Saturday in September - Papillion, NE
    • Council and Commandery - 1st Saturday in October - Papillion, NE

North Dakota

  • Sessions
    • Monty Glover is tentatively attending
    • July 8-10, 2021
    • Ramada Inn, Bismarck, ND
  • Opening what restrictions they had, starting degree work.

South Dakota

  • Government - no restrictions.
  • Meetings - All are opening up.
  • Degrees
    • Work in Lodge
    • Work in York Rite
  • South Dakota Grand York Rite Sessions
    • September 15-17, 2021
    • Crossroads, Huron, SD for the Hotel (Huron Event Center)
    • Ladies program being planned.
    • Wednesday - Dinner - Trustees - YRSC Meeting - Thrice Illustrious Master in Evening
    • Thursday - Opening - Introduction of Dignitaries - Grand Council in Afternoon - Recognition Dinner - Holy Land Pilgrimage participant speaking.
    • Friday - Morning - Grand Commandery - Afternoon - Grand Chapter - Grand Banquet.
  • Grand Lodge June 17-19, 2021
    • Ramada Inn, Mitchell, SD

Wisconsin

  • Successful Grand Sessions
    • Brad Bingheim elected Most Illustrious Grand Master.

CMMRF

  •  No report.

General Grand Council

  • No report.