Colorado Grand Sessions - Sept 5th, 6th & 7th.

posted Jul 16, 2019, 1:25 PM by Alan Power   [ updated Jul 16, 2019, 1:25 PM ]

Colorado Grand Sessions will be held in Denver, CO on the 5th, 6th, & 7th of Sept.
Further information is to be found at

Ohio Grand Sessions - 6th to the 12th of Oct, 2019

posted Jul 9, 2019, 1:12 PM by Alan Power   [ updated Jul 9, 2019, 1:12 PM ]

Join the Ohio Grand Sessions in Columbus, OH on the 6th through the 12th of Oct., 2019.
Flyer is attached.

Tonopah Meeting - 24 August 2019

posted Jul 8, 2019, 11:29 AM by Alan Power   [ updated Jul 17, 2019, 1:13 PM ]

Grand York Rite Bodies of Nevada

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Nevada
Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Nevada
Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Nevada

July 8, 2019

By Order of Most Excellent Companion James D. Phelps, Most Illustrious Companion Craig Phillips, Sir Knight Kevin McCans, Grand Commander, I communicate the following information to the Grand Officers, Chapters, Councils and Commanderies of this Jurisdiction:

The annual York Rite Workshop is scheduled to be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019 in Tonopah, Nevada. The meeting will be held in the Masonic Temple. The Workshop is scheduled to begin promptly at 9:00 A. M. There will be a break for lunch at Noon. The meeting will resume at 1:00 P. M. and should conclude no later than 4:00 P. M. This schedule should allow adequate time for travel from both north and south and a safe return home at a reasonable hour.

The Grand Officers of each of the bodies are expected to attend. If you cannot attend please let your presiding officer know in advance that you are unable to attend. A roll call will be taken and there should be no unexcused absences. The dais officers of each of the Chapters, Councils and Commanderies in this jurisdiction should attend this meeting but all Companions and Sir Knights are invited and urged to attend.

This meeting is an opportunity to express concerns, ideas, and propose changes to our York Rite to the benefit of all of us. This is a time for frank and honest discussions of the problems that confront our Rite. If you have ideas for resolutions for next year’s Grand Sessions this is an excellent sounding board to discuss your reasons and get valuable feedback from those in attendance. If you have an item for discussion that you want placed on the agenda you must email it to me no later than August 10th so I can distribute a proposed agenda prior to the Workshop.

If you feel you need overnight accommodations the usual opportunities are available:

Tonopah Station, 775-482-9777, Jim Butler Motel, 775-482-3577, Best Western, 775-482-3511, and Mizpah

Hotel, 775-482-3030.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Workshop.

Michael E. Reinhardt

Grand Secretary/Recorder

Our Current Agenda is:

1. Acquiring tax exempt status
(to save money on taxes for hotels, meals, microphones, etc.)
Report from Finance Committee about Grand Session comparing and analyzing costs.
Plan a budget for Grand Session with a complete report with all aspects thereof.
Presented by Chm Jim Byars, Steve Robison, Romy Peruel

2. Finance Committee. - continuing report related to Strategic Planning
Up to $10,000 for each YR body paid to Grand Lodge for advertising and communications.
(total of $30,000 maximum). Progress? Results? Acceptable plan?
Past Grand Master Mark Marsh to explain and give more information.

3. Finance Report
A. Life membership trustee for Royal Arch is Billy J. Barbie.
Chairman is Thomas Hultin
B. Educational investment is held by Grand Encampment. This is the scholarship fund.
Handling of this is presently in dispute and will soon be corrected.
Presented by Thomas Hultin and David Baba

4. Introductions
We left out Arch of Steel. We should have honored our distinguished out-of-town guests
and our own Past Grand Commanders. Let's take time to make this more special. The
entire process of introductions needs to be reviewed. In our haste to speed up the sessions
we are definitely leaving out important protocol and tradition.

5. Degrees and Orders. - Northern part of the State (joint venture)
Degrees need to be put on at least twice a year so as not to discourage prospective members
for having to wait so long. Let's set specific dates such as July and January so members can
plan accordingly. Colorado River Fall Festival is wonderful, but only once a year.

6. New Member Packets. - preliminary presentation
Alan Troland, Chm. John Chandler, Co-Chm.

7. Fallon. - resolving the issue of moving the charter from one location to another
Fallon, Lovelock, Winnemucca, Elko, Yerington. Move from Thursday night to Saturday
daytime meeting. Travel considerations, weather problems, carpools, etc.
Royal Arch, Cryptic Masons, Commandery - heads of the bodies

8. Resolutions: Discuss now, assign writers, meet deadlines for convenience of Grand Secretary.
deadline = 60-90 days prior to Grand Session. Present rough drafts of resolutions for
discussion and amending/changing/improving. These can then be used as "talking points"
during official visits and better understood.

9. Reports - All reports from officers and committee chairmen must be submitted by the deadline
in order to be printed in the preprinted reports which would help to shorten the business
meetings at Grand Session. Problems with present system to oversee meeting deadlines.
NOT the job of the Grand Secretary to remind everyone. Suggestion: Heads of the 3
bodies take leadership in making sure reports are submitted in time.

10. Grand Session Schedule Change
Opening session has too much to do with legislation and the related lengthy discussions.
Maybe the opening should start earlier so not to be late for Monday lunch. ??
Have the degrees on Tuesday instead of Monday. Anything to ease the Monday crunch.

11. Elected Terms for Grand Officers
Should elected officers serve for 2 year terms?
Also, should the first progressive elected office be open for anyone to "throw in their hat"?
Thus, we would have a REAL election and not just in essence a progressive appointment.
Changing the Constitution takes a 2/3 vote to pass.

12. Council Buy-in to Life Membership

We have a carryover resolution concerning increasing the amount for Life Membership in Council from 15X Dues to 20X Dues so that it will be in alignment with Chapter and Commandery.

Do we have a consensus?

 13. For Chapter and Council – One Man – One Vote

Should both Chapter and Council write a resolution to effect “one man – one vote” in both Chapter and Council?  

It currently is that way in Commandery.

The idea of “carrying votes” for others is outdated. There is no longer a reason why a dais officer cannot attend. (As in the old days.)

The idea is: that if you want a vote, you must show up to vote. Maybe our dais officers would show up to do that.

14. Life Membership Fund Action– Some years back, there was no end of complaining about not getting an adequate return from the Life Membership Fund. Considerable effort was spent in looking into the problem and coming up with alternative solutions.

o    The optimum solution was presented at Tonopah and everyone agreed it was the best (the 40X Dues solution with different investments to counter inflation). At the following Sessions it was voted down.

o    Again at Tonopah, the consensus was to suspend new Life Memberships. A resolution was presented to suspend membership. It was voted down.

o    So, what does the fraternity wish to do now? i.e. where do we go from here?

o    Can we get a consensus and carry it through to Grand Sessions? Not just agree at Tonopah and do something else at Sessions.

Arizona Grand York Rite Sessions - August 15th - 17th, 2019

posted Jun 2, 2019, 11:28 AM by Alan Power   [ updated Jun 2, 2019, 11:29 AM ]

From: AZ York Rite Secretary-Recorder <>
Date: Tue, May 28, 2019 at 11:01 AM
Subject: Arizona Grand York Rite Invites You!!!!
To: <>, <>, <>, Mike Reinhardt <>, <>, <>, <>

 Companions and Sir Knights,

     Please pass this on to all your members.

      You are cordially invited to attend Arizona's Grand Sessions for the York Rite. 

 Most Excellent Companion Robert C. Richards., Grand High Priest, Most Illustrious Companion Joe F. Zito, Grand Master and Sir Knight Douglas S. Robertson, Right Eminent Grand Commander, extend a cordial invitation to you and your lady to attend the 2019 Arizona Grand Sessions being held from August 15-17, 2019.  We gather again to conduct the business of the Arizona Grand York Rite Bodies and enjoy the fellowship of Companions and Sir Knights and their ladies from Arizona and visiting jurisdictions.  Our venue for this year will be the Doubletree - Hilton at Reid Park Hotel in Tucson, AZ.

The 2019 sessions will be scheduled as follows:

·         Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Arizona — Thursday, August 15.

·         Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Arizona — Friday, August 16.

·         Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Arizona — Saturday, August 17.

·         Installations will be held on the corresponding afternoons at 3:30 PM.

For more information visit us at  Click on the tab labeled "Grand Sessions" 

 We would be very honored by your attendance.

Very Respectfully and Fraternally,

George E. Weil

Arizona Grand Secretary-Recorder

A Synopsis of the 67th Grand Encampment Triennial Conclave

posted Aug 26, 2018, 1:42 PM by Alan Power   [ updated Aug 26, 2018, 1:42 PM ]

Elected Grand Encampment Officers for the 68th Triennium:
  • Jeffrey N. Nelson, Most Eminent Grand Master
  • Michael Burke Johnson, Right Eminent Deputy Grand Master
  • David J. Kussman, Right Eminent Grand Generalissimo
  • Jeff Bolstad, Right Eminent Grand Captain General
  • Bobby Simmons, Right Eminent Grand Treasurer
  • Larry Tucker, Right Eminent Grand Recorder
  • Dean Rein, Right Eminent SW Department Commander(appointed)
The 68th Triennial Conclave is tentatively scheduled to be held on August 14th thru August 18th, 2021 in Minneapolis, MN. Mark your calendars.

Master Ritual: Unbeknownst to me, a Master Ritual (word for word, no single letter) has been produced in the past and one copy is supposed to be in the possession of each Grand Commandery (Grand Recorder). A standing resolution was passed at this Triennial that will allow the Grand Encampment to republish it with updates and make it available to all Sir Knights sometime after the first of the year.

Holy Land Pilgrimage: There will be two Pilgrimages scheduled in 2019, instead of the usual one. The dates are: February 4th thru February 14th and February 18th thru February 28th. As a Grand Commandery, if we have an Ordained Minister we would like to send on this trip of a lifetime, the Constituent Commandery(s) need to get the paperwork completed and submitted to the proper Committee for their review and then they forward it to Grand Encampment.

The Grand Lodge of Louisiana: An issue has arisen within the Grand Lodge of Louisiana where they have withdrawn recognition of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America. They have expelled a member under their Grand Lodge and now demand that the GEKTUSA do the same for this member. The Constitution of the GEKTUSA does not allow the Grand Master such power. The Constituent Commandery must charge and try him under the grounds of not maintaining the prerequisite memberships to be a Knight Templar. This has been relayed to the Grand Lodge of Louisiana. As of this Triennial, no action was taken by the GEKTUSA. Beware, if you visit a Commandery in Louisiana, you will not be able to sit in the meeting as we are members of the GEKTUSA.


1. Templar Expansion – Passed.
2. Name Change. Drop “of the USA” – Failed. Amend to International – Failed.
3. Enter Concordat with France to possibly expand in their territory – Failed.
4. Reduce the quorum for a Commandery – Failed.
5. Allow Grand Commanderies to set quorum for Constituent Commanderies, no limit – Passed. Amend for quorum of not less than 5 – Passed.
6. Purple Cords – Withdrawn.
7. Purple Cords – Withdrawn.
8. Purple Cords – Withdrawn.
9. Allow Purple Cords to be worn by PGC – Passed. Amend to state no length requirement – Passed.
10. Minor wording change for description of Commander insignia – Passed.
11. Withdrawn.
12. Payment of mileage and per diem for G.E. Officers & Committees – Passed.

August 24, 2018


SK Kevin McCans, KTCH
R.E. Grand Comman

Colorado River Fall Festival - Oct 20-22, 2019

posted Aug 20, 2018, 2:08 PM by Alan Power   [ updated Jul 9, 2019, 1:14 PM ]

See Colorado River Fall Festival Site at:

Riverside Hotel - Laughlin, Nevada


Royal Arch Magazine

posted Mar 7, 2018, 9:09 AM by Alan Power   [ updated Feb 21, 2019, 7:36 AM ]

To: All Royal Arch Masons of Nevada
From: James D. Phelps

It is my duty to promote the Royal Arch Mason magazine, and I encourage you to
subscribe by sending your name, address, email, and payment to:

The Royal Arch Mason Magazine
P. O. Box 205
Maxwell, IN 46154-0205

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Please show your loyalty by participating and making Nevada a one hundred percent state.
This magazine is a collection of news of RAM throughout the world. It is full of helpful information
as well as ideas for membership, Royal Arch Research Assistance philanthropy news, and what
they are achieving medically. They keep you informed about the stem cell research, and RAM
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The subscription form is attached below. Please subscribe today and be in the know.

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