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Southwest Region Happenings

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

Jim Baum
Southwest Regional Deputy General Grand Master


On August 5, a regional conference call was held wih the Southwest Region 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. Update letter went out.
    3. Fix the Proxy form for inclusion.
  2. GGR Office
    1. Reconciling Grand and Subordinate Councils.
    2. Vaulting the Obstacles – wanted by all.
  3. CMMRF
    1. Lots of information is becoming available.
    2. Direction to public acceptance.
    3. Four candidates – 3 currently seated and one for international seat.
  4. Southwest Conference
    1. Zoom meeting – September 11, 2020
    3. Chapter and Council – Open and Close – then breakout.
  5. York Rite Leadership Program
    1. 10/31/2020
    2. Friday at Conferences 201
    3. Saturday at Conferences 101
    4. Very few exceptions: Attendees are from that Region.
    5. On Zoom.
  6. Jurisdictional News
    1. AZ- August 15, 2020, Zoom
      1. Register at
    2. CA – Still shut down.
      1. Planning on in-person Sessions May 17-20,2021.
      2. Just Constituted a new Council.
      3. Approx 10+
    3. HI – Still closed, may open in September.
      1. Hotels and restaurants closed.
      2. Virtual meetings for Chapter/Council – in person up to 10.
      3. Grand Sessions February 27, 2021 (may move by 1 week due to conflict)
      4. Going to start advertising for Triennial.
    4. NV – York Rite is closed until September.
      1. Workshop August 23, 2020 – Zoom – 0900 PDT
      2. Nevada is still under some restrictions, of course.  The Grand Master is following the State mandated guidelines.  My Lodge went back to work in July, first Stated since March and we initiated 2, raised 4 and passed six.  We actually had two meetings a week the first two weeks of the month.  I still have 11 waiting on EA degrees, 12 for FC and 4 for MM.  We are a busy lodge.  I had a conversation with the GM as he was inclined to advise lodges that even though the Governor limited gatherings to no more than 50 the GM didn\’t want lodges to meet out of an abundance of caution.  He allowed lodges to make their own decisions as long as we followed all the safety guidelines.
      3. The Grand High Priest ordered all Chapters closed.  GE shut the nation down, of course.  Council gave no directions but the temple we meet in is closed to everyone at least until September.
    5. NM – Governor – 14 day quarantine on travel, 25% capacity, no return through Sept. 1.
      1. April 16-18, 2021 – Ballut Abyad Shrine, Albuquerque, NM
      2. Zoom meetings in Lodges and some York Rite Bodies.
      3. Approx 3-10 attending Triennial.
    6. UT – SLC is orange, UT is in yellow. Rural is more open, MWGM no in person Masonic meetings.
      1. Just getting situated after the Grand Sessions.
      2. Education/Visitation planned for the next year – virtual for the foreseeable future – one local body will be the host
        1. Education (Open).
        2. Fraternal (York Rite)
        3. Status for individual bodies (Officers).
      3. Advertising Triennial. (estimate 7+)


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