This past Wednesday the wife of the Northwest Department Commander picked me up and took me to their house so I could leave my car back home. Thursday, the three of us drove all day to Montana. We had to take a detour to Missoula to pick up the Right Eminent Grand Generalissimo of the Grand Encampment and then it was onto Great Falls, MT.
Friday morning started with the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Montana where I represented the Most Excellent General Grand High Priest of the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons International. In the afternoon, the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Montana met. Friday night was the Grand York Rite Banquet where I had the pleasure of presenting several awards along with my predecessor Deputy General Grand High Priest. After the dinner, the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Montana held a special ceremony for all Sir Knights present, called the "Passing the Cup" which was a ceremony that was about renewing the Vows of Knighthood.
Saturday morning brought the annual Conclave of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Montana. In the afternoon, the Montana College, SRICF, conferred the Grades of the Second Order (V° - VII°) on some of the Montana officers followed by the II° (Theoricus). The Chief Adept of Montana allowed me to confer the V° (Adeptus Minor) and VI° (Adeptus Major) while I assisted with the VII° (Adeptus Exemptus). After conferring Adeptship, we opened the College on the II° (Theoricus) and conferred that grade. Saturday night, Montana College held a dinner for members and candidates that would receive the Grade of Zelator (I°) on Sunday morning. The College did a great job conferring the Grades and I thank them for their hospitality.
Now, I'm at the Great Falls airport picking up a rental car, and I will be on my way to two back-to-back work trips in two different states.
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