Sunday, April 17, 2016

2016 Grand York Rite Sessions of Idaho

Well, it's been a busy week. Tuesday I visited another Lodge in Boise and gave the Third Degree Lecture. After class on Wednesday, I traveled to Idaho Falls (Eastern Idaho) to attend the 2016 Grand York Rite of Idaho. I had a great time and it was good to see all of the Companions and Sir Knights from all over Idaho and the northwest.

Thursday serves as the day for the honorary and chair degrees to be conferred upon worthy Companions and Sir Knights. First thing in the morning I served as Most Excellent President of the Order of the High Priesthood and initiated 2 new Excellent Companions into the order. Next came the Order of the Silver Trowel where I did my usual part. In the afternoon was the Order of the Knights Preceptor where I was appointed Sentinel of the Idaho Chapter. Next was the annual meeting of the Knights of the York Cross of Honor where I assisted in the conferral upon 4 new knights. I served as Herald and then gave the Chapter (Royal Arch) Lecture. I was then appointed, by the newly elected Eminent Prior, as Orator of Idaho Priory No. 13 of the KYCH for the next year.

With Friday morning came the Joint Meeting of the Grand York Rite with the Grand Commandery presiding. While I was not a Grand Commandery officer I was in charge of introducing all of the Distinguished Guests present. In the afternoon the Grand Commandery convened and I was appointed as Eminent Grand Warder of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Idaho. After the Holy Land Pilgrimage Dinner, Tri-Valley College No.178 met for their annual meeting where I was elected as Chancellor (3rd-in-line) for the ensuing year. The night didn't end though as I had plenty of homework to complete.

The Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Idaho met Saturday morning and I was appointed Illustrious Grand Conductor of the Council of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Idaho. In the afternoon, the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Idaho met and I was elected as Right Excellent Grand Scribe of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Idaho. I am humbled and honored by my Companions. I was expecting to be appointed to Grand Captain of the Host, but the Companion ahead of me in the appointed line stepped out of the Grand Officer line and did not want to be elected. The Grand Banquet was Saturday evening and it was filled with awards, some drinking, and brotherhood.

While not a part of the Grand York Rite Sessions, Knights from Tahoma Chapel No.3 came down from Washington to conduct a Cavalry Charge. We initiated 7 new Knights into the Commemorative Order of St. Thomas of Acon. We're one step closer to the formation of Intermountain Chapel in Idaho and all of these new knights will be charter members of Intermountain Chapel. After a 4.5-hour drive, I made it home and now it's time to decompress.

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