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North Central Regional Recorder\’s Meeting – April 22, 2021

North Central Regional Recorder\’s Meeting – April 22, 2021
Submitted by Stephen Balke, General Grand Recorder, Cryptic Masons International

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Photo Credit; MIC John Bridegroom


On April 22, a conference call was held with the North Central Regional Recorders. A summary of the call is below.


  • Grand Conclave for Commandery – June 3-5, 2021 Des Moines, IA
    • Line will stay in place due to COVID
    • GC unable to travel and wants to help each Commandery
  • Grand Chapter and Grand Council – August 5-7, 2021
  • Website up and running
    • Will protect the Page
    • Not the proceedings
  • Using Quickbooks online
    • Gives good checks and balances
  • OPEN – with social distancing practiced by some
    • Festival scheduled for Fall 2021
    • Grand Master one day class May 8, 2021
    • (New York has an augmented ritual for Social Distancing)


  • Councils have begun to meet
    • Some in person
    • Some Virtually
  • Planned sessions June 24-27, 2021
    • Chapter and Council Friday Morning
    • Banquet Friday Evening
    • Commandery Saturday
  • Registration on website
  • Governor order to wear masks in Public
    • Social distancing


  • Sessions went well.
    • Officers all advanced
    • All sessions were under 2 hours each
    • 91 at Banquet
  • Basically back to normal
  • Next year scheduled for April 7-9, 2022

North Dakota

  • Council degrees held in Grand Forks and Bismark
  • Working through Commandery Orders
  • Sessions will be held in July 8-10, 2021 at the Ramada Inn, Bismarck
  • Open – No Restrictions

South Dakota

  • Sessions 3rd Thursday in September
  • Meeting in Person (some)
    • May scheduled for Chapter degrees


  • Sessions Virtual
    • May 1, 2021
  • Chapter and Council will meet together


  • Need Awards in ASAP
    • Engraver is BUSY!!!


  • Please remind Companions that we have a goal of 500K! 
  • We met the early goal of 50K

General Grand Council

  • Companion Rodney Middleton, Kansas, Passed away in a car crash yesterday.
  • The Marketplace is coming along. 
  • We are working on single sign on for all of the sites
  • Job Board will be up soon ( 
  • Friday August 13 First Recorder/Treasurer session (Morning)
    • First day of Triennial Session
    • CMMRF session also (Afternoon)
  • First session will be in August 2021, in person. 2nd session should be virtual in August 2022, third session (Triennial) will be in Branson MS 2023
  • Youth Advocate Award 
  • First Responder Award
  • Fireside Chat This Sunday
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