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Tonopah Workshop - Saturday Oct 13th, 2018

posted Aug 31, 2018, 1:04 PM by Alan Power   [ updated Sep 6, 2018, 12:59 PM ]
August 30, 2018

By Order of Most Excellent Companion Billy Barbie, 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, October 13, 2018 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 welcome to attend.

This meeting is an opportunity to express concerns, ideas, and perhaps 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 years Grand Sessions this is an excellent sounding board to discuss your reasons and get valuable feedback from those in attendance. If you have a particular item that you want placed on the agenda you must email it to me no later than October 1st 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

Further Notes (Agenda Topics):

The Grand Commander has given me some items that he would like to discuss at the workshop already and I am sending them along to all of you so you can share it with your Companions and Sir Knights at your September meetings. If I get any items from the GHP and the IGM I will send them along to you ASAP.

1. The handbook for the Grand Commandery compiled by Sir Knight Ken Morris for review.
2. New Grand Commandery officer jewels, style, financing, etc.
3. Membership, current members/participation? Perhaps a new members marketing campaign.
4. New Grand Encampment rule for a Constituent Commandery quorum.
5. Grand Officer advancement in 2019 planning.
6. APATHY? See item 3! 

From M. E. Companion Billy Barbie, Grand High Priest:

1. He request a report from each Chapter regarding the level of participation from current membership, any degree work scheduled. In the future can your Chapter continue as it is now?
2. An idea for funding assistance to send candidates from around the state to the CRFF by the Grand Bodies.
3. Ideas for resolutions for Grand Sessions 2019.
4. Review and update our list of Grand Chapter Representatives.
5. Strategic Plan works by the committee as to what they are working on this year.
6. Rituals available on the website.
7. Membership packets. 8. Suggestions for improving Grand Sessions, how to make it more efficient, what can be eliminated.

Mike Reinhardt
Grand Secretary/Recorder

Alan Power,
Aug 31, 2018, 1:04 PM