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South Central Region Happenings

South Central Region Happenings
Submitted by Steve Balke, General Grand Recorder, Cryptic Masons International

John L. Logan
South Central Regional Deputy General Grand Master


On early January 16, a regional conference call was held wih the South CentralRegion South 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. General Grand Council Updates
    1. Michele Balke has joined the office staff
    2. The office has been moved to Estancia, New Mexico
      1. New Mailing Address: PO Box 565, Estancia, NM 87016
      2. New Shipping Address: 1305 B Senter Ave., Estancia, NM 87016-0365
      3. Michele is working on a total inventory
    3. Catching up on orders and invoice
    4. The forms changes (splitting Cryptic Mason of the Year and Adult Youth Leader are reflective of the Trustees recommendation that awards be given as appropriate – while CMY is good for Sessions, the AYLA may be better to present at a Grand Assembly (IORG), Grand Bethel (Jobs) or Grand Convention/Conclave (DeMolay).
    5. First Responder Award
      1. Lapel Pin and Certificate for anyone
      2. Master Mason can get the jewel and certificate. The Lapel pin is $5 extra.
      3. Sponsor must be a Cryptic Mason
      4. Could be given at Lodge Dinner
    6. CMMRF
      1. Success in scientific sharing of knowledge
      2. Focused fund raising
      3. Dr. Joe Rouse and Brian Regain to do \”normal English\” translations of presented information
      4. Starting to use Zoom updates and register the conference for CMEs (Continuing Medical Education Credits – invite local MDs, DOs, DCs and Healthcare Professionals)
      5. John Ritenour – Working on starting a calls in February with State Chairmen
    7. Triennial:
      1. Activities: September 22-30, 2020
      2. Meetings: September 28-29, 2020
  2. South Central Department Conference
    1. September 18-19, 2020 – Overland Park, KS
    2. Speakers or programs worth sharing – get to John Logan ASAP
  3. 2020 Jurisdictional Events
      1. Kansas Statewide Chapter and Council Festival: March 28, 2020, Newton, KS
      2. Kansas Great Plains Rendezvous: June 27, 2020, Hayes, KS
      3. Kansas Pikes Peak Inspection: September 12, 2020, Colorado Springs, CO
      4. Oklahoma Regional Chapter Council: February 1, 2020, Oklahoma City, OK
      5. Oklahoma Regional Chapter Council: February 8, 2020, Tulsa, OK
      6. Oklahoma Statewide Festival: June 13, 2020, Shawnee, OK
  4. 2020 Grand York Rite Sessions
    1. Arkansas: March 19-21, 2020: Little Rock, AR (March 20: Banquet and Council Day)
    2. Kansas: April 30 to May 2, 2020: Topeka, KS (May 1: Banquet and May 2: Council)
    3. Louisiana: February 28 to March 1, 2020: Alexandria, LA (February 28: Council and February 29: Banquet)
    4. Missouri: June 10-15, 2020: Jefferson City, MO
    5. Oklahoma: April 23-25, 2020: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (April 24: Council and Banquet)
  5. 2020 Grand Lodge Communications
    1. Kansas: March 20-21, 2020: Wichita, KS
    2. Louisiana: April 24-26, 2020: Alexandria, LA
    3. Oklahoma: November 13-15, 2020: Guthrie, OK
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