Sunday, April 9, 2023

Grand York Rite of Oregon

My second official visit for the year is in the books. Several Idaho Masons, including my Templar counterpart, traveled across Idaho and Oregon to Coos Bay, OR.

Thursday morning started with Public Introductions followed by the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Idaho. As Deputy General Grand High Priest I had the honor of representing Steven Tiner, the Most Excellent General Grand High Priest of the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons International. I thank the Grand Chapter for their warm welcome and hospitality.

Friday was filled by the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Oregon. At lunch, the Past Grand Masters Association met and raised money to help offset purchasing a new jewel for the Grand Treasurer. Friday night was the Grand Banquet where I sat between the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Oregon and the now Junior Past Grand High Priest of Oregon. It was a night of good food, good discussion, and recognizing several worthy Companions and Sir Knights with awards.

Saturday was dedicated to the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Oregon. I was blown away when DeMolay Commandery No.5 announced they were donating $10,000 to the Knights Templar Eye Foundation in the name of Sir Knight Loren Schrock who passed away in December 2022. I also had the pleasure of representing the Grand Commander of Idaho and assisting in the installation of officers as the Installing Grand Prelate.

Now, I and my traveling companions are on our way home.

Happy Easter!

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