GENERAL GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS, INTERNATIONAL. 69TH TRIENNIAL CONVOCATION

GENERAL GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS, INTERNATIONAL.

69TH TRIENNIAL CONVOCATION

September 29, 2014

Buffalo, NY

The Triennial Convocation was opened by the Officers of the Grand Chapter of New York and received the officers of the General Grand Chapter. Then they relinquished their stations to the General Grand Chapter Officers and the meeting was presided over by Edmund D. “Ted” Harrison, Most Excellent General Grand High Priest. Distinguished guests were received from various Masonic bodies of the US and from Australia and Scotland. Preliminary reports of the General Grand Chapter Officers and Committee Chairmen were adopted as printed in the Advanced Proceedings. The budget of $ 545,900.00 for 2014 – 2017 Triennium was adopted.

The following resolution was submitted and was approved by a overwhelming majority.

RESOLUTION 2014-B

TO: The General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons International

Whereas the costs of all operations continue to rise, including taxes, printing, removal of monies from the Sustaining Fund Income and corpus and a multiplicity of other reasons beyond our control, it is necessary to seek a per capita increase stretched over two separate trienniums.

Therefore, be it resolved that Paragraph 2 and 3 of the Standing Regulations of the Constitution and Standing Regulations of The General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons International be amended to read:

2. Subordinate Chapters of the General Grand Chapter (those chapters who are not part of a Grand Chapter) shall pay into the Treasury $5.00 annually for each Royal Arch Mason on its rolls at the date of their preceding Annual Report. Exaltation fees will be discontinued.

3. Grand Chapters whose jurisdiction falls on the North American Continent shall pay annually, and within ninety (90) days after their Annual Convocation, into the treasury of the General Grand Chapter, the sum of two dollars ($2.00) for each Royal Arch Mason borne upon the rolls of their subordinate Chapters at the date of their preceding annual reports. All other Grand Chapters whose jurisdiction shall fall outside of North America shall pay annually and within ninety (90) days after their Grand Convocation, into the treasury of the General Grand Chapter the sum of eight dollars US ($8.00) for each Royal Arch Mason borne upon the rolls of their subordinate chapters at the date of their preceding annual report. ($1.00 for North American Grand Chapters and $4.00 increase for other Grand Chapters will take effect on January 1, 2016. Additionally, $1.00 for North American Grand Chapters and $2.00 for other Grand Chapters will take effect on January 1, 2018.)
Respectfully submitted,

Louis E. Bartrand
Note: Year North America All Others

Per capita 2014-2015 $1.00 $ 4.00

2016-2017 $2.00 $ 8.00

2018- $3.00 $10.00
A resolution to discontinue the Perpetual Life Membership Fund was defeated.

An emergency resolution to increase the fees for various Charters was defeated and will lay over until the 70th General Grand Convocation.

They were many awards presented to various Companions for service to the General Grand Chapter.

  • Louis E. Bartrand of Washington was elected Most Excellent General Grand High Priest.
  • James H. Hodge of Indiana was elected Right Excellent General Grand King.
  • Steven G. Tiner of Arkansas was elected Right Excellent General Grand Scribe.
  • Jerrold A. Wohlfarth of California was elected Right Excellent General Grand Treasurer.
  • Larry E. Gray, PGGHP, of Indiana was re-elected Right Excellent Secretary.
  • Bobby J. Kitchen of North Carolina was elected General Grand Trustee

The officers and Ambassadors were installed by Edmund D. Harrison, Past General Grand High Priest.

A complete list of officers for 2014 – 2017 is listed on the website at www.yorkrite.org

The 70th Triennial Convocation will be held in Portland Oregon on August 25-30.

To Missouri Chapter Secretaries

Results of the General Grand Chapter Per Capita Increase

The Following Legislation Passed:

Grand Chapters whose jurisdiction falls on the North American Continent shall pay annually, and within ninety (90) days after their Annual Convocation, into the treasury of the General Grand Chapter, the sum of two dollars ($2.00) for each Royal Arch Mason borne upon the rolls of their subordinate Chapters at the date of their preceding annual reports. All other Grand Chapters whose jurisdiction shall fall outside of North America shall pay annually and within ninety (90) days after their Grand Convocation, into the treasury of the General Grand Chapter the sum of eight dollars US ($8.00) for each Royal Arch Mason borne upon the rolls of their subordinate chapters at the date of their preceding annual report. ($1.00 for North American Grand Chapters and $4.00 increase for other Grand Chapters will take effect on January 1, 2016. Additionally, $1.00 for North American Grand Chapters and $2.00 for other Grand Chapters will take effect on January 1, 2018.)

 

(Translated, this means that the General Grand Chapter Per Capita will go to $2.00 effective January 1, 2016, and will go to $3.00 effective January 1, 2018.)