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Northwest Region Happenings

Northwest Region Happenings
Submitted by Stephen Balke, General Grand Recorder, Cryptic Masons International

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Photo Credit; MIC John Bridegroom


On July 9, a regional conference call was held wih the Northwest Region Grand Recorders. These calls will be mentioned in the Decryption as a way to nofify every Companion of what is happening with each Region. The Jurisdictional Highlights of the call are below. Other Regional Calls will be covered in the upcoming weeks.

  1. Triennial
    1. General Grand Council Triennial Assembly will be fully Electronic.
      1. Held on Saturday, September 26, 2020.
    2. Voting for General Grand Council will be electronically managed, cast and tabulated.
    3. Specifics on the process will be forthcoming (planned for 15 July).
  2. General Grand Resources
    1. Electronic Conferencing
      1. Zoom – Used for the last two years, no malware apparent.
        1. Upgraded to 500 users
    2. Voting
  3. GGR Office
    1. Annual Returns and per capita are on your normal timeline.
    2. Awards are intended to get there on the same/usual timeline.
  4. CMMRF
    1. Feedback – Dr. Murphy – All the research is on hold for now except for actual ongoing trials – still doing some research for non-human contact projects.
      1. Specific stem cells designated for a project so they were retasked to do COVID research – preliminary success for threating systems.
    2. Seeking people who are interested in running for the Board of Trustees for the At-Large positions – deadline for submission 15 July. Ensure people are ready to be a part of an active working Board.
      1. We have a 4th board space open to those who are outside the United States, specifically put in place to encourage participation outside the USA.
    3. Send any declarations of availability to
  5. Events
    1. Regional Conference
      1. Red Lion Downtown Boise – Cancelled (but contracted for two years). Oct 16-17 – Still planned.
      2. Only 61 identified as coming – Zoom.
      3. Steve – Scheduling Zoom for the Conference.
      4. NWYRC Registration and Coordination – Norm Lane included.
    2. Grand Sessions
      1. AK – Steve to Contact Dennis
      2. CO – August 1 Deadline for registration and information
        1. Grand Council Assembly – Virtual – 7:00 PM September 11, 2020
        2. 1:00 PM MDT – Grand Chapter Convocation
        3. 7:00 PM MDT – Grand Commandery Conclave
        4. Some lodges are meeting, York Rite Bodies are dark this time of year. A lot of fraternal gatherings. Some social distancing gatherings being planned and done.
      3. ID – Closed for meetings – Grand Master’s Edict.
        1. Lots of Zoom meetings – planning to kick off for York Rite as well.
      4. MT – Grand Sessions in June – Went well.
      5. OR – Steve to Call.
      6. WA – Successful Zoom Sessions – Learned to use Zoom Breakouts.
      7. WY ––
        1. Grand Lodge, August 29, 2020
        2. Grand Sessions – September 18-19, 2020 (currently in Casper WY – In person – Limited to 50 people, WY YR Only)
        3. Lodge/CCC open – if follow state guidelines (50/250 Outdoor)
          1. Usually dark between June and September.
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