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R.W. Bro. Shuka Kahana & R. W. Bro. Moti Zwirn

ADDRESS BY THE GRAND MASTER, Most.Worshipful Brother ITZHAK ZINO


“I do not know if the Dutch philosopher Baruch Shpinosa (1632 – 1677) was a freemason, and he probably was not. However, I have no doubt that he was a freemason without an apron, a freemason in mind and spirit. Shpinosa preached for human liberty, equality and fraternity. “Liberty” said the philosopher, “is an internal necessity of human nature, and God is nature”. In intellectual love of God and human fraternal feelings will man find happiness. This is actually part of the definition of freemasonry: “An organization of brethren that believes in the divine paternity and in the human fraternity which tries to uphold a lifestyle based on freedom, equality, brotherly love and fraternity of men. Mutual assistance, help to others, truth and sincerity”.

Our Masonic craft is based on three tenets: “Brotherly love, help and truth”. We believe that truth is the foundation of all virtues. We strive to improve ourselves, to increase our morality and loyalty. This aspiration appears in the first lesson, which teaches us the proper Masonic conduct. These ideas were of the utmost importance to me, with my election two years ago to the office of the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the state of Israel. We the freemasons believe, educate, and are educated to see all of the humanity as one great family. The abs and the tides of the life of men, the good and the bad, are all a part of one natural phenomenon that is humanity. It is a fact that under the roof of freemasonry there are millions of people of different faith, belief, and nationality. We all aspire for thru fraternity, friendship, and mutual tolerance, as is said: ‘Love thy neighbor.’

Similarly Shpinosa wrote: ‘One goal stands before our eyes, it is to love our brothers and unite in faith to find happiness in our lives and in the lives of other people I was elected. They were probably the best years of my life. Eventually I learned that there was a great deal to do and only because of the unity of our order and the willingness to take on the many difficulties, we were able to achieve so much. I would like to’.

This loftier goal stood before my eyes when I was elected to this high office. I longed to strengthen the harmonious bond among brothers of all faiths, as a united family, supportive and protective to all its’ sons. Two years have gone by since mention three of these achievements:



  1. In a time when freemasonry struggles worldwide for its survival as new and

numerous alternatives become available, we in Israel enjoyed a strengthening of the order as young and intellectual new members joined.

  1. Unfortunately, we can find from time to time in the Masonic world outbursts of

hostility between brothers in the order. In Israel, we enjoy fraternity between

brothers in almost all of our lodges. The friendship between Israeli lodges and the

friendship among Israeli and foreign lodges, bring many visits from brothers abroad.

More and more Israeli lodges sign twin alliances with lodges all around the world.

There is indeed a very great fraternity. For this we can provide an example and a

role model. And it is only the beginning…


  1. After a long and legal struggle and a lot of work, we were able to establish a new

home, a luxurious Masonic Hall, providing conditions beyond all imagining. We still need to get a few missing items, but let us not forget that even the great architect didn’t make the world in one day.

Freemasonry sees great importance in Optimism. All of us believe that what is missing shall be found and that the difficulties will be resolved. I am sure of our success…

It is on this note that I hand the gavel to the next Grand Master, brother … Shuki Shamir, and wish him luck and prosperity. I promise to support him and help him in any way necessary, like my predecessors.”

KANSAS: Dear Glen, this is my Report on my visit to the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons in Kansas. I have also included the preprinted Proceedings and schedules of events. Cindy and I had a wonderful time. If you have any questions call or e-mail me. See you soon. Give Miss. Nancy our regards.

Fraternally, R. Keith O'Dell, Grand Master of the First Veil


This was the 143rd. Annual Convocation. It was held in Witchita, Kansas. They have a York Rite week end. Cindy and I left West Union, Ohio at 10:30 p.m. on March 24th and except for three brief stops for food and fuel we traveled through the night. We arrived in Manhatten, Kansas at the Best Western Hotel at 11:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. Central time) March 25th. We checked in and rested until late afternoon. I then went to the Courtyard and Registered in with the Grand Secretary and received my information packet. I spent the rest of the afternoon checking out the facilities and meeting people that Cindy and I had met the previous year. We attended the Divine Services of the York Rite of Freemasonry of Kansas at 07:00 p.m. that evening. It was a very interesting evening, In Kansas when they remember the departed, they do not just read the names, they ask the attendees for what they remembered of the departed Companions. Several imparted stories of Duty Strength and Honor. But there were also amusing stories that made everyone remember the good times. Cindy and I continued to meet and greet people who were very happy to have us with them.

The following morning March 26th was the beginning of the Grand Chapter Session, again the departure from what happens in Ohio and how things are done in Kansas were striking. There was a Public opening of Grand Chapter, where anyone can come in and observe the proceedings. The Grand Officers were introduced and given public Grand Honors, clapping Three Times Three. When the dignitaries had been introduced (including me), the public opening was completed and the Ladies were then asked to leave. The closed Session then started. The Grand High Priest and his Officers opened the Chapter to begin the Session. The Private Grand Honors consisted of all the signs of the Tour Royal Arch Degrees, with a few signs tossed in I now recognize from my previous


visit. When the Grand Master of Masons of Kansas was introduced the Grand Honors consisted of all signs of the Symbolic Lodge. When the opening was completed the business Session began, which took about an hour. I was then invited to speak to the assembled Companions. I brought them the greetings of M. E. C. Robert Dray, Grand High Priest of Ohio and the 18,000 Members of the Great State of Ohio. Please note the entire Grand Chapter meeting consisted of 74 Companions (me included). I also presented the Grand High Priest and Grand Master with the Ohio GHP pin and explained the significance and the GHP Program. I also extended greetings to the Grand Illustrious Master and Grand Commander from their Counterparts in Ohio.

Then the election of Officers was held, the Grand Chapter members elected the Grand Scribe to serve as the Grand High Priest in two years. The Officers below the Captain of the Host are appointed, and the rest are elected except the Grand King and the Grand High Priest.

After lunch the 2009 - 2010 Grand Officers were installed and photos were taken. The Session ended at 03:00 p.m. March 26th.

Cindy and I enjoyed the hospitality of the Ladies and Companions of Kansas and were asked to return next year. I also attended the Grand Council and Grand Commandery of Kansas, I had a very enjoyable time even being snowed in on Saturday the 28th by the blizzard and eight inches of snow was fun. The blizzard party was a blast!


Respectfully submitted,

R. Keith O'Dell, Grand Representative of Kansas near Ohio



LOUISIANA: This is the first of Reporting about this Grand Jurisdiction for some time. The Ohio Representative near Ohio is our O.I.G.M. Beecher Vaughn. His visits and literature from the past has been most useful for my report.

This was the 161st Annual Session of the Grand Chapter of Louisiana. They hold their York Rite Annual Meeting prior to Opening either of the Bodies. This has found to be time saving and certainly more inexpensive. It also gives a much better attendance for each Grand Session.

In the Address of the Grand High Priest, he states; "We need to have the Secretaries of each Chapter to work more diligently in keeping the meetings interesting." This was the first time I had given any thought to that Station being empowered to such an action or responsibility. When you think of it, he is usually one of the Officers expected to be present and prepared to remind all Officers of their Duty and then assist.
Over the year they lost 2 Chapters. They now have a total of 30 Chapters. Their Membership is 2,526 Companions. This was reported as of the First day of 2008. Several Festivals accounted for the 125 exaltations. They held their Grand Sessions on March 10 - 11, 2008. They used the Best Western Hotel and Convention Center for this Session.

MAINE: This was the 181st. Annual Session held in Bangor on April 28, 2007. The Grand High Priest dissolved two Chapters and formed one new Chapter with the membership. They had a change of address, meeting time, and dates of the only 4 meetings per year.

They have 44 Chapters of which 41 were reviewed, two could not get their officers to attend. Thirty-nine Chapters were represented at the last Grand Session. Seven Chapters reported some type of social or fraternal activities during the year. The Book of Marks


was rated Excellent in 6 Chapters; Very Good in 17; Good in 12; Fair in 3 and incomplete or not-up-to-date in 2; and 1 lost in a fire. Eight Chapters reported they did not record the Candidates Mark before Exaltation. Of the Chapters reviewed, all Chapters held a meeting for their Inspection; 29 did Degree Work, 15 Chapters had their regular line officers do the work, and 13 Chapters had Specialists with Officers do the work, while 3 Chapters used Degree Teams. The total membership of this Grand Jurisdiction's 44 Chapters is 4,059 Companions.

The Grand High Priest found a need to state the following in his Address of Stewardship, he is speaking directly to his DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND HIGH PRIESTS. I QUOTE! "Worthy Companions, I need not relate to you that which you already know. And that is that figuratively speaking, you are the eyes, and ears and voice of the Grand High Priest. With an ever increasing number of our constituent Chapters struggling to even exist, much less prosper and grow, the responsibilities of your office necessarily undergo a corresponding increase. From personal experience, every member of this Committee is well aware of the commitment you pledge upon accepting the important and time-critical duty of conducting the majority of the Official Visitations of our Chapters. This you have done well. We commend and congratulate each of you for your prompt and professional performance of this demanding work. However, during recent years, visiting Officers have become more and more negligent in getting visitation reports done within the time prescribed by our regulations and in the hands of our Grand Secretary so he can send them on to the appropriate parties. We invite your attention to the very top of the Official Visitation Report for your information and compliance. If you are unsure of just what duties your Office involves, there are many sources of information available to you, including Grand Chapter Constitution and By-laws. Also be advised that Officers from the Grand High Priest down through the District Deputies are required by our laws to submit an Annual Report to the Grand Secretary for proper distribution. These Annual Reports are printed in the Annual Proceedings of this Grand Chapter. Therefore be careful what you write. Just be sure you write a Report which is the only source of your job related activities beyond the Visitation Report. Right Excellent Paul B. Grondin of District No. 4 was the only District Deputy to submit an Annual Report this year. Thank you Companion Paul. You now have the distinction of sharing this exclusive status with Right Excellent Companion Arthur Allen, our Grand Scribe. Companions, we repeat and re-peat that each of you who voluntarily accepts an office requiring you to conduct official visitations of our subordinate Chapters know that you must initiate a report of such visit and that is to be sent to our Grand Secretary within five days after the visit. You also know that you must record in written form an Annual Report of your Chapter related activities during the year above and beyond assigned visitations and forward such reports to our Grand Secretary on a timely basis so he can get them into the hands of the various committees, such reports being their only source of data for their committee Reports. Without your Reports, our entire system of communications and Records keeping breaks down. You know your job. Do it!"

(Why did Glen report this Quote to the readers? If Leaders do not recognize mediocrity among the followers and express this displeasure, the followers will continue to believe "Good enough is good enough! Leaders must lead and followers must follow).
MISSISSIPPI: Our Grand Representative to this Grand Jurisdiction from Ohio is Rt. Ex. Comp. Johnnie I. Robinson. His reports of visitation are very positive and enjoyable to read as the hospitality is OUTSTANDING. The One Hundred Sixtieth Annual Convocation was opened on Friday May 9, 2008. It was held in Meridian's Best Western Hotel.
In the Grand Lecturer's Report I found the following and I wish to copy it word for word. "Our Chapters, with few exceptions, are languishing and a degree of apathy has fallen upon the Royal Craft in this Jurisdiction, which it would be folly to attempt to conceal, even if it were the part of wisdom to do so. In my judgment, the necessary multiplication of Bodies has produced the legitimate result that should have been foreseen. When the number of candidates is not sufficient to provide sufficiency of revenue to meet the expenses, it becomes a prime necessity that they be secured. There are instances when this has been done regardless of the consequences, and it is believed that many men have found their way into the Chapter who never would have entered its courts but for the fact that the members have stifled their scruples in order to replenish a depleted treasury. It is my opinion that we have to many members and that the dead wood ought to be lopped off, and the sooner the better." This statement was made over 125 years ago by, Most Excellent Companion Frederick Speed, Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Mississippi.

Mississippi has a total of 40 Chapters. They had 23 present for this Convocation. This means 17 of their Chapters never were represented at this Grand Session. They have a total membership of 3,573 Companions as of December 31, 2007. Their Per Capita Tax on members of Subordinate Chapters is $8.00 per member.

From the Report of the Fraternal Correspondent I read that more and more joint Sessions of York Rite are happening across the Nation. Each has its own distinct style and flair. Also do to increased printing costs the Proceedings are being sent out on Compact Disc. Hey Ohio, wake-up, and smell the savings!

I noticed that P.G.H.P. T. O. Gore was the Grand Lecturer from 1937-1954 and out one year. Then he was the same from 1956-1997. That is a total of 49 years as the Grand Lecturer for Mississippi Grand Chapter.



MISSOURI:
As many of you read these Reports, you find the real enjoyment of being an Ohio Representative is having the opportunity to visit your Counterpart and his Grand Jurisdiction's Grand Annual Convocation. This is what Ill. Bro. and Rt. Ex. Comp. Robert A. Wise has done every year his schedule will permit. He writes: ‘Enclosed is information on my visit to the Grand Chapter of Missouri. I also visited the other Grand Bodies and the Missouri Priory, Knight of the York Cross of Honor as well.

We had a wonderful time as we have always had on our previous visits. I carried the Proxy of the Grand High Priest and was permitted to give some remarks.


Thursday morning was Grand Council with Installation of Officers at 10:30 A.M. and after lunch was Grand Chapter. They had their Installation at 03:30 P.M. then close of the Session. Thursday evening was a recognition Banquet of all three Bodies. Friday morning was Grand Commandery Session. The Installation of Officers was at 01:00 P.M. and then Close of the Session. Friday evening was Missouri Priory KYCH meeting and no
Banquet. Saturday morning was Commandery Drill Team competition. Saturday evening was the York Rite Grand Banquet, then it was over. The Hotel in Jefferson City is a beautiful facility. The total set of three Sessions went very smooth and very much on time. My Counterpart will be coming to our Grand Convocation in October. My wife and I are looking for our return trip to Missouri next year.’

Rt. Ex. Comp. Robert A. Wise, Grand Representative to Missouri in Ohio



NEBRASKA: Deputy Grand Master, John T. Parsons wrote "TO LIGHT" a presentation located in The Nebraska Mason Magazine. I found this to be very appropriate for this Report. He gives a side of each: RITUAL and EDUCATION in his presentation. I wish to mention up front that I am QUOTING entire sections of his writing.
He uses Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia to identify Ritual. "A ritual is a form of conducting rites or ceremonies. Masonic ritual is the formalized manner in which we conduct our meetings, and by means of which we initiate, pass, and raise new members. Why do we use ritual? Because like many things Masonic, We have always done it that way!"
"Several centuries ago, in the days of the operative craft and prior to the advent of Dues Cards, ritual was to communicate the modes of recognition so that one Mason might know another. This was really the heart of the ritual. Other elements that have become associated with ritual work, such as the Lectures, were added later. Many individuals at that time were illiterate and it was only by word of mouth that some of the lessons associated with the craft could be transmitted."

At this point Deputy Grand Master Parsons mentions the use of memorization 50 years ago compared to today's education, such as in the school setting. He points out errors in the Lectures of several centuries ago. He then points to the direction Grand Lodges have moved in what is called "Modern Proficiency". Now just some questions and answers and modes of recognition. Other questions can be answered with the open book by the Initiate, What a change!

"Masonic Education is designed to provide Lodge members with a deeper and more thorough understanding of the History of Masonry, how and why the lessons conveyed are important, and how they are relevant for today. Masonic Education is a combination of history, philosophy, and ethics and is best taught by an interactive process."
He explains that the Mentoring Committee should sit down and take their own test, They would learn they are the needy for Masonic Ritual and Education. He points out that many young possible candidates are well versed in much of Masonic history and values. This is what the internet has accomplished prior to them thinking of joining the fraternity.
He says, ‘Our best years are ahead of us and yet to come! I hope I have given a small inroad to an Author of Masonic need’. I also wish to give Deputy Grand Master John T. Parsons the credit he so deserves. We thank you, Nebraska Masons!

NEW SOUTH WALES and the AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY: The first Grand Principal and Grand Master responded and requested the Representatives to convey his fraternal greetings to their counterparts.

Announcement by the First Grand Principal and Grand Master “Companions, from time to time, one finds himself in a position that he would rather avoid, but I guess that, sometimes it comes with the territory.

On Saturday 26th July 2008, the Great Priory of NSW and ACT, commonly known as the Knights Templar, changed their rules, and I acknowledge the right of any Sovereign Masonic Body to change its rules and/or Regulations/Statutes from time to time, as in fact we do here at Grand Chapter.

The change that the Great Priory has made was to remove from their Statutes, the requirement that you first had to be a Royal Arch Mason in order to be a Knight Templar.

Several years ago, due to the close relationship between the Holy Royal Arch and the Knights Templar, the then First Grand Principal and Grand Master, Most Excellent Companion Sydney Thomas Weller, formally acknowledged the Great Priory.

The change that they have now made puts this Grand Chapter and its Subordinate Chapters into an unfortunate situation, where we now compete with the Great Priory for Membership of those Masons who become qualified after the agreed two-year period as Master Masons.

After careful consideration, I find that I am left with little choice and therefore I reluctantly withdraw that formal Acknowledgement of the Great Priory of NSW and the ACT.

This withdrawal is affective from the rising of this Grand Chapter Convocation and I can only wish them well in their future endeavors”.



NORTH CAROLINA: This was the One Hundred Eighty-Seventh Annual Convocation. It was held at Raleigh, March 16, 2009.

In the remarks by General Grand High Priest Smoky Ferguson he states, "There are some states that are thinking of dropping the Grand Representatives because it is not worth it. The Grand Representatives are not corresponding. I would like to encourage the Grand Representatives to correspond with their Counterpart."

The Grand Secretary reported a net loss of 208 Companions. This Grand Jurisdiction has a total of 3,974 Members as of December 31, 2008. They had Ten Chapters receiving the R.A.R.A. Award for 100% donations

The Triennial Report of 2009 shows Peru was granted a Petition to form and operate as Royal Arch Masons. If you read the Report I gave in Scotland, this may or may not be members of the same Grand Lodge. Three Charters under Dispensation in the country of Togo, Africa requested Dispensations to form Royal Arch Chapters in that country. The General Grand High Priest, Larry E. Gray and others traveled to Togo, Africa in 2007, where he Constituted the three (3) Provincial Chapters He Installed all the Dais Officers and then he Installed all Elected and Appointed Officers for all Three (3) Chapters.


This Grand Jurisdiction has 28 Chapters. The Credentials Committee listed 22 Chapters Present and 6 not Represented. The total possible votes were 133. Companion John C. Watkins is the Grand Representative from Ohio.

NORTH DAKOTA: On March 27-28, I attended the Grand Chapter, Grand Council and Grand Commandery meetings at Mandan, North Dakota, and other groups that met during the sessions. I carried a certificate from M. E. Robert J. Draye, wherein I
was named as his representative to the Grand Chapter session. I was received most cordially, in spite of the fact that I am a life member (dual) of my mother Chapter, Keystone No. 5, in Fargo-one of three Chapters in three jurisdictions where I served through the line to King before ever advancing to High Priest.

The sessions were well attended by representatives from many surrounding jurisdictions, but local attendance was off about 50% due to flood situation in Eastern ND. Meetings of many groups, including the York Rite College, were cancelled because of the flood.

Grand King, Tony E. Telken was among those staying in Grand Forks to protect their homes from the flood. Enclosed is a photo of the Installation where I stood in as his proxy.

Again this year we initiated several candidates into the Order of Knights of the Triple Tau using our unique North Dakota ritual.

Grand Lodge is doing very well and hopefully can show a gain for the second year in a row. Masonic membership in the state is about 3400.

I had a most enjoyable time and regret that other Ohio Companions were not able to join me on the trip. It was pleasant to again attend the North Dakota sessions and to renew acquaintances with many friends of years past. A copy of the Program and Preprinted Reports is being mailed to Grand Fraternal Correspondent Glen Opp.

Yours in Capitular zeal,

Louis S. “Lou” VanSlyck, KYCH

This Grand Jurisdiction has an Ohio visitor each year in Rt. Ex. Comp. and Ill. Bro. Louis S. Van Slyck. This year he is also Representing Garis E. Pugh, Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio. Ill. Bro. Van Slyck had my Position prior to me being Appointed as Grand Fraternal Correspondent.

North Dakota has Nine (9) Constituent Chapters. In the 2007 Report they have a total membership of 418 Companions. This Grand Jurisdiction holds their York Rite Sessions in unity. This saves many dollars and creates extra hands to help with a busy Session.



NOVA SCOTIA: Dear Most Excellent Companion Draye:

I am in receipt of your letter inquiring the desire to continue as Grand Rep. I most certainly would like to continue my appointment as Grand Representative to the Grand Chapter of Nova Scotia, CA.  I consider it a great honor to represent the Grand Chapter of Ohio.

My wife Hazel and I had a most wonderful trip to Nova Scotia (NS), and Prince Edward Island (PEI) just last July and August.

We were so warmly welcomed and received with honors at two different RA Chapters.  King Solomon Chapter No. 28 at O'Leary, PEI  and Eureka Chapter No. 5 at Annapolis Royal, NS.  It gave me great honor and pleasure to represent MEC Pugh and all the Companions of Ohio.

The meeting in O'Leary, PEI was proceeded by a great clam chowder picnic hosted by a distinguished companion.  Many traveling companions attended including the then Grand King REC Terence Read, who is the newly appointed Grand Representative to Ohio.

Terry and his wife Diane invited us to stay with them at their vacation cabin on a beautiful river for two days. What a delightful visit we had.  Another highlight was visiting with the Reads, companions and friends at their favorite "Pub".  It was a new experience for us.  Of course I had to sample the Canadian Dark Ale.  What a fun time.

Terry planned to visit our Grand Convocation last October traveling with then Grand Master of Council, NS.  However, it did not work out for them. 

I suggested to Terry that perhaps this October, while he serving NS as their GHP (elected in May) would be a more opportune time.  Especially because our Grand Convocation will be held in Cleveland, OH, and would make it closer for them.  I will be contacting him shortly.  I really hope that it will work out for him to come to Cleveland.  

I will keep you informed,

Fraternally, Ralph

The One Hundred and Thirty-ninth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Nova Scotia was held in the Best Western Glengarry Hotel, 150 Willow Street, Truro, Nova Scotia, on May 2nd and 3rd, 2008. Nineteen of the twenty Constituent Chapters were represented with 123 Companions of our own Jurisdiction registered, along with twenty guests from other Jurisdictions. Nine concordant bodies were represented. A joint Divine Service of Worship with the Supreme Grand Council Eastern Jurisdiction of Canada, Royal and Select Masters, was held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 2nd.

At the board of General Purposes meeting during the afternoon of Friday, May 2nd prior to the Grand Chapter session, Companion Timothy R. Outerbridge was re-appointed Grand Treasurer for the fifth year; Companion Lawrin C. Armstrong was re-appointed Grand Secretary for the thirtieth year and Companion Frederick W. Richard was appointed as Assistant Grand Secretary.

On the evening of Friday, May 3rd ninety-eight Excellent Companions shared in the Order of High Priesthood, in the Best Western Glengarry Hotel, Truro, Nova Scotia. The Order was conferred by Right Excellent Companion David Hardie, who filled in as the Most Excellent President of the Order, pro tem, for Most Excellent Companion Earle C. MacDonald who was absent due to illness. Thirteen candidates received the Order. The joint Grand High Priest’s/Grand Master’s Reception followed the conferring of the Order.

On Saturday the Convocation was presided over by the Grand High Priest, Most Excellent Companion J. Hugh D. Palmer.

Companion James E. Taylor was elected as Grand High Priest; Companion Terence S. Read was elected as Grand King and Companion George R. O’Leary was elected Grand Scribe.

The installation ceremony to install the three elected officers, the District Grand Superintendents and a number of the appointed officers, was conducted by Most Excellent Companion Gerald A. Riley, assisted by a team of Most Excellent Past Grand High Priests and others. The remaining Grand Officers, not present, will be installed at a later date.

The joint Grand High Priest’s/Grand Master’s formal Banquet was held in the Best Western Glengarry Hotel, Truro, Nova Scotia, at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 3rd.

The ladies were in attendance at the Friday evening Reception following the Order of High Priesthood and the Saturday formal banquet. During the day on Saturday they were treated to a program which included a luncheon.

The One Hundred and Fortieth Annual Convocation will be held on May 1st and 2nd, 2009, in Truro, Nova Scotia.

This was the One Hundred and Thirty-Ninth Annual Convocation. It was held on May 03, 2008 at Glengary Best Western Convention Center Truro, Nova Scotia.


In the Grand Scribe's Report he shows a 13 Page Handbook he wrote. Its title is "MAKE IT HAPPEN' It is an instructional Booklet covering; Attendance, The Work, Membership, Education, and Social Activities. All Secretary persons have these Booklets for any to purchase. The Grand Secretary is making his 29th Annual Convocation Report and will be his last. The Credentials Committee Reported 19 of the 21 Chapters were Represented during this Grand Session. They have a total Membership of 909 Companions as of December 31, 2007.

In the Report of the Fraternal Relations Committee we find almost identical happenings as in Ohio. Our Grand High Priest, M.E.C. Robert Draye has stepped to the Honorable Position of making a progressive change, as this Grand Jurisdiction. I read this with the relish of fresh cool water!

This Committee is identifying a problem and offering a solution. First they will have a willing Member sign an undertaking to perform the duties and responsibilities of a Grand Representative to the best of their ability. THESE DUTIES ARE OPENING AND MAINTAINING A DIALOGUE WITH THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN THE JURISDICTION THEY REPRESENT AND ATTENDING OUR ANNUAL CONVOCATION.
This year our M.E.C. Robert Draye personally observed his Representative Program and the complete expected responsibilities of the Appointment. At the last Quarter of his tenure he wrote a letter of invitation to continue or resign the Representative Position. He is breathing new life in a most static Grand Chapter Appointed Position. He exhibits: Enthusiasm, Excitement, Motivation and yet patience with the Capitular Laborers. It is his wish to have his Appointees at a level he believes they can obtain, not the MEDIOCURE level exhibited of late.

The Grand Representative from Ohio is a real traveler. Companion J. Ralph Koffel. His reporting from the very spot he is located in the Visited Grand Jurisdiction is nothing less than a marvel. Great job, my Companion.



OHIO - Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter

To the Most Excellent Grand High Priest, Officers and Companions of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio:

The 140th Convocation opened with a Service of Worship and then the opening of the Royal Arch Degree and the Grand High Priest was presented. Most Excellent Charles V. Williams III presided over this session of the Prince Hall Convocation.

In his Allocution, he thanked God for His strength over this past year. He recognized the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio and spoke of our brotherly love that continues to prevail. He spoke of the State of the Nation, the U.S. Economy and the State of the Order. He reminded those at the Convocation of the issues facing the Africa-


American Community. The Necrology report followed with a Service of Remembrance. In his Recommendations he asked that both PGHP James McDonald and Grand High Priest Garis E. Pugh be made honorary members of this Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons.

PGHP James McDonald represented Grand High Priest Garis Pugh and a small delegation of line Officers accompanied him. Last year I was made an honorary Past Grand High Priest in the Most Excellent Price Hall Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in the State of Ohio, and each year I am invited to join their Grand Chaplain at his station and to take part in some activity of the Convocation. This year I was invited to share in the Service of Remembrance.

This report is given in the bond of 3X3

Rev. F. Raymond Sharritts

Grand Representative to the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in the State of Ohio

Report of the M.E. Prince Hall Grand Chapter Ohio Royal Arch Masons

The 142nd Grand Convocation of the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter Ohio Royal Arch Masons for the State of Ohio met in Dayton, Ohio on April 25, 2009. The Most Excellent Grand High Priest, Charles V. Williams, III, opened the Session after the morning Worship Service.

The various visiting guests were introduced and the heads of the Prince Hall bodies. Most Excellent Companion Williams gave his Annual Report. He reminded us that this was our 6th year of coming together as two Grand Chapters and how pleased he was to say that "Brotherly Love still continues to prevail between us and the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons for the State of Ohio."

The Title of Honorary Past Most Excellent Grand High Priest was bestowed on M.E. Companion Robert J. Draye. Our Grand Necrologist, Honorary Past Most Excellent Grand High Priest F. Raymond Sharritts, was invited to participate in the Necrology Service.


Most Excellent Companion Williams completed his second term at this Session but because of the failing health of the Grand king he will continue in Office. The Grand Session will meet in Columbus next year.

Fraternally yours in the bond of 3X3Rev.

F. Raymond Sharritts, Grand Representative to the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter Ohio Royal Arch Masons for the State of Ohio

OKLAHOMA: This was the 119th Annual Convocation held in Oklahoma City on April 11, 2008. The Grand Secretary called the roll of Chapters. Out of 19 Chapters 13 were present and Represented. I read the Report of the Credentials Committee and they Reported a total possible vote of 86 votes. They also listed that 19 of the 20 Chapters were Represented by Dias Officers.

One of my High Lights while writing about this Grand Jurisdiction each year is reading the personal Report of the Ohio Grand Representative, Rt. Ex. Comp. Curtis M. Jackson. He is an on spot Visitor and over the many years of his traveling visits, he has been greeted from the East by his very close friends. Keep up the OUTSTANDING work, Rt. Ex. Comp. Jackson!


The Report of the Grand Fraternal Correspondent lists 17 entries of Grand Jurisdictions. His report in each is of the same Committee Reports from each Jurisdiction.
The Grand Secretary Reported a total Membership as of December 31, 2007 to be 1,584 Companions. He also showed Perpetual Membership had a gain of 18 this year. This gives an ending total of 486 living and 182 deceased perpetual members. He states almost 30% of the Oklahoma Members are also Perpetual Members.

ONTARIO: A struggling Chapter does not attract new members, Officers need to be motivated and show some enthusiasm and leadership to have a successful Chapter. This Capitular "PLUM" was found in the Report of the Condition of Capitular Masonry. This is a Masonic TRUEISM!

A very special Mason from Ohio was in attendance during this Grand Session. M. Ex. Comp. Kermit Zimmerman, P. G. H. P. He is an ambassador where ever he travels.


The following change in the Constitution "CARRIED". The content of a Chapter Summons is confidential information and shall be mailed in sealed envelopes with return address or by authorized, secure, electronic transmission via E-mail. Responsibility rests with the First Principal and Scribe Ezra. (Companions, this Grand Jurisdiction has stepped beyond "CHANGE", never say NEVER!)

I wish to QUOTE a section of the Grand First Principal's Report. "An interesting concept was noted while reading the report of the Grand Fraternal Correspondent, Glen L. Opp, of the Grand Chapter of Ohio in their 2007 Proceedings: "Brazil- This Grand Jurisdiction expects the total family to belong to the Masonic Bodies if a man Petitions a Blue Lodge. This builds the Eastern Star and the youth organizations considerably." (This is a most positive favor for the circulation of Annual Proceedings! Ohio has been most tardy in publishing their Grand Proceedings for years.)

The 104 Chapters have a total membership of 7,546 Companions. This was the 150th Annual Convocation held in St. Catharines on April 4 and 5, 2008.

OREGON: The 147th Annual Convocation was held in Wilsonville on April 10, 2008. The opening Ceremony had a very impressive Flag Tribute. The Grand Secretary was asked about the MINUTES of the preceding year. His answer was, "Due to the complications in getting the Proceedings of last year transcribed; we have had a problem and I do not have them as of yet, so we can not approve them. I am hopeful that we will get them soon."

In the Address of the Grand High Priest I read, "One decision made this year needs to be presented to this august body. A Chapter sent a Candidate to the Fall Festival without having accepted or voted upon his Petition. To compound the matter the Candidate had also Petitioned a Council and Commandery, both of which voted upon his membership while under the belief he had been elected to membership in his Petitioned Chapter. The Candidate received all the York Rite Degrees and Orders at the Festival. This was brought to my attention much later. My action was to Reprimand the Chapter. In addition, the Candidate was made whole because the incident was not his responsibility." Safe guards have been in place now, so it should not happen again.


Oregon has 20 Chapters with a total membership of 1,390 Companions as of December 31, 2007. The Credential Committee Reported a possible vote of 110 voting Delegates.

I enjoyed reading the Grand Capitular Review by Companion Lawrence O. Weaver. He does an outstanding job bringing information from other Grand Jurisdictions to the Oregon Membership.


The Ohio Grand Representative to Oregon is our loved P.G.H.P. William M. Berry. His richness is his pleasant Smile, outstanding Singing, and perpetual Happiness. We all enjoy his trusting and sterling character.

SCOTLAND: This was a Special Meeting held June 20, 2008. A Petition was received to Charter a new Chapter located in Nassau, Bahamas. It was granted.
They report on visits overseas visiting the Chapters of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Scotland. First were the visits to Ireland and Estonia. Next were visits to Trinidad via Barbados. An exciting happening was part of the visit through the A.S.A. Wright Nature Reserve. They approached a stationary police car and three armed Officers about 25 meters ahead. They waved us on but a short time later we heard gun fire. Then we discovered we were in the direct line of fire. In a short time the offending car passed us, now we had a very serious problem as we were in the middle of both shooting cars. One Officer was wounded but he was wearing armor and the injury was minimal.
We then visited the Royal Arch Chapter of Finland and assisted in a Consecration. The Reports were given for the visits to: South Africa, and Netherlands.
The HALF-YEAR MEETING held December 5, 2008; they made some very powerful changes. It was agreed to withdraw the Charters from Chapter and Lodge and Council in Peru, due to their feeder Lodges having seceded from the Grand Lodge of Peru. The same was reported in Bolivia, so they had to suspend all meetings pending clarification of regularity of their feeder Lodges.

This Grand Chapter meets four times a year. The Ohio Grand Chapter Grand Representative is our P.M.E.G.H.P. Robert D. Crabbs. He has traveled to visit this Grand Jurisdiction while in Session. All of his reports reveal the best in Masonic Relations. I thank you Most Excellent Robert Crabbs.



SOUTH CAROLINA: The South Carolina Grand York Rite Annual Meetings were held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on March 8, 9, and 10. All activities were held in the Landmark Resort, 1501 S. Ocean Boulevard.

Sunday afternoon at 5:30 P.M. the Knights Templar Religious Service was held. The Rev. Hugh J, Bickley, Grand Prelate, presided and was assisted by the Rev. Haywood Fowler, Excellent Grand Chaplain and the Rev. Rodney K. Powell, R.I. Grand Chaplain. S.K. William R. Hall, Right Eminent Grand Commander made a “Welcome” comment and then read the Scripture Lesson. Rev. Fowler delivered the message – “A Bowl of Stew”.

This year the Grand Council was the host for the Sunday evening banquet. The food was excellent! (Prime rib) The presentation of awards followed the meal and the “few remarks” were kept short.

On Monday morning the Priory of South Carolina hosted the KYCH breakfast at 7:15 A.M. At 8:30 A.M. Most Illustrious Companion George Peters opened the Grand Council. The Grand Chapter and Grand Commandery were then opened by declaration to receive Distinguished Guests. State by state the Distinguished Guests were received in the customary manner. At the conclusion of the Introductions the Grand Chapter was


declared to be at recess until Monday afternoon and the Grand Commandery to be at recess until Tuesday morning. The Grand Council then conducted its business, elected and installed new officers.

At 1:30 P.M. the Grand Chapter was opened for the transaction of business by Gary R. Martin, Most Excellent Grand High Priest.

Time and Place: In 2010 and 2011 the Grand York Rite meetings will be held in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in the month of March. Dates will be announced later. It is anticipated that the Landmark Resort will be the place.

By the adoption of a change of Standing Resolution, that beginning with the Grand York Rite meetings in the year 2010 rotation of meetings will be as follows:

Monday A.M. – Grand Royal Arch Chapter of South Carolina

Monday P.M. – Grand Council of Royal & Select Masters of S.C.

Tuesday A.M. – Grand Commandery Knights Templar of S.C.

And further, each Grand Body would move up one space each year and the presiding officer of the Grand Body at the top of the list will be responsible for presiding at the consolidated meeting on Monday A.M. and the introduction of visiting dignitaries.

Note: since the year 2000 the rotation was:

Monday A.M. – Grand Council of Royal & Select Masters of S.C.

Monday P.M. – Grand Royal Arch Chapter of S.C.

Tuesday A.M. – Grand Commandery Knights Templar of S.C.

And further, each Grand Body would move up one space each year.

Membership

There was a net loss of 218, bringing the total membership down to 5,046.

“Non Payment of Dues” resulted in the suspension of 204.

The Chapter with the largest numerical gain was Greenwood Chapter No. 37

with a gain of 4.

Finance

No per diem and mileage payments will be made until finances improve.

A dues increase approved last year will take effect this year – anticipate break

even performance for 2008.

Right Excellent Companion D. Samuel Tennyson relinquished his office as the Grand Treasurer stating that after serving in this office for 10 years he wished to retire and devote more time to family interests. The Nominating Committee presented a slate of Officers for the next year:

Grand High Priest Dana P. Rickards

Deputy Grand High Priest Charles M. Schofield

Grand King Robert J. Bean, Jr.

Grand Treasurer Ted Burgess

Grand Secretary Johnnie T. Morris

There were no nominations given from the floor and this slate of officers was approved. The name of Grady Lenear was suggested for nomination as Grand Scribe. There being no oppositions, it was moved that the slate of six be elected by unanimous ballot. Approved. All other Grand Officers and Deputies are appointed.

An Open Installation of Officers was requested. During the exchanging of jewels and aprons, ladies and guests were admitted. The Installation Ceremony was then conducted and the Grand Chapter closed.

Fraternally,

Richard P. Williams, PDDGHP

Grand Representative – S.C.

TEXAS:

Dear Companion Estlack,

The 192nd Annual Grand Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Ohio was just held in Miamisburg (Dayton), Ohio, under the leadership of Grand High Priest Garis Pugh. He and his lady Virginia are boating enthusiasts, therefore, the activities during this past year, and at the Grand Convocation, always had a nautical theme.

We were honored to host a number of distinguished guests from other Grand Jurisdictions, including New Jersey, Washington (state), Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, the Province of Ontario and the Grand Chapter, Prince hall affiliate, of Ohio. General Grand High Priest “Smokey” Ferguson, with several other General Grand Chapter officers were also with us here in Ohio.

As you may know, Ohio withdrew their membership from General Grand in about 1979. This was a result of a per-capita increase (from 5 cents to 10 cents per member). Ohio, having the largest membership in the world at the time, would have borne the largest increase and, unfortunately, a compromise could not be reached. Ohio chose to withdraw. We have, however, continued to have a friendly relationship with General Grand and to support Royal Arch Research Assistance with almost $400,000 in total contributions.

In addition to the Royal Arch Research Assistance program, several years ago, the Companions in Ohio chose to form a charitable foundation, to support an Ohio based charity. I’m pleased to report that the “Royal Arch Foundation” in its brief 5 years of existence has donated over $100,000 to Adopt America Network headquartered in Toledo. Tonight our Grand High Priest, Grand King and several of our Foundation board members will attend their annual charity auction and dinner and will present them with a check for an additional $20,000.00.

Adopt America works tirelessly to find permanent, loving adoption homes for kids currently in foster care – the kids no one wants – those with physical or emotional problems; older children, sibling groups, and mixed /minority race. What a wonderful job they do. For more info on them, you may want to look at their web site: www.adoptameicanetwork.org.

Speaking of web sites, try going to: www.ohoram.org, the web site for our Grand Chapter. Our webmaster has already updated it with information and photos from the just completed Grand Convocation. It’s a great site for information on Capitular Masonry in Ohio.

At the Grand Convocation, a proposal was brought forward to have a standardized insurance policy for every Chapter in the state. Many chapters have little or poor insurance coverage. An insurance agency, managed by a Companion Royal Arch Mason, put together an extremely comprehensive package to cover our Chapters. After an in-
depth presentation and numerous questions, a resolution to adopt this program was accepted. The cost will be $100 per year per Chapter. Should you be interested, I can forward you a copy of the policy when I receive it.

For your review, I have enclosed a copy of the Annual Address and reports from the Grand Chapter session as well as a copy of our Grand Lodge/Masonic Home publication “The Beacon”. I hope you find them interesting. They provide you a better insight into Masonry here in Ohio.

Joe, my best wishes to you in Texas. I trust that all is well with you, your family and Royal Arch Masonry in the Lone Star State. Until the next time, I remain –

Fraternally yours,

Wayne S. Dill, Grand Representative of Texas near the Grand Chapter of Ohio

VERMONT: Constituted December 20, 1804, this was their 191st. Annual Convocation. It was held in Colchester, on June 10, 2008

This is the Report of the Grand Secretary as of March 31, 2008. They have 18 Chapters. One Chapter has not responded to any communications from Grand Chapter since March 31, 2005. An interesting thing happened; Every member of Hiram Chapter No. 29 , (20 members), has been contacted via U. S. Postal Service by both the Grand Chapter of Vermont and Tucker Chapter No. 15, notifying them of the AFFILIATION of the Two Chapters as required by Vote of the Grand Chapter. To date, no member of Hiram Chapter responded to either notice and all members have been assumed suspended for reporting purposes. Temple Chapter Return beginning numbers do not agree with last year ending numbers and clarification has been requested, but not received as of the date of this Report. They approximate their Membership to be 785 Companions.


The Report of the Committee on THE DOINGS OF GRAND OFFICERS is a bit fuzzy as to their language. Quote "This Committee has reason to believe, that with the influx of new Royal Arch Masons into our Chapters we are on the road to developing some fine Grand Chapter Officers for the future. Unfortunately, this Committee has received no Reports from either the Grand Lecturer or the District Deputies. We do know that some, if not all of them, have been actively attending to their duties, however we cannot assess or critique that which we do not have." End of Quote.

The Grand Historian Report, “THE WORD" by Companion Brent N. Martin, is the best I have had the pleasure of reading. His ability of picture word phrasing is undoubtedly his Asset and Talent. This is worth any Master Mason's reading.


The Ohio Grand Representative to this Jurisdiction near Ohio is our present Grand High Priest, M. E. C. Robert J. Draye. He always brings the latest literature he has received, and an update about the Grand Session. I actually believe he has as much enjoyment with other Grand Officers as he does his own. His Enthusiasm, Strength, Humor, and willingness to Listen, are found only in few True Leaders.

In bringing this Fifteenth Grand Fraternal Correspondent's Report to a close, I have a story I wish to relate. A Navy Chaplain Lt. Daniel Litt was at the 11th Naval District Headquarters when a phone call came for another Chaplain.

The Secretary replied: "We only have one Chaplain here just now, and he is Litt. After what seemed to be an embarrassed silence, the caller hung up. I wonder why?

I have a list of names I wish to bring to your attention. Each has given me an opportunity to serve the Grand Chapter. I wish to thank; Most Excellent Companions Bill Purdy, Arthur Ross, Wayne Dill, Terry Meyers, Robert Crabbs, Charles McCarty, Chester Hammond, Alan D. Hart, John R, Gartrell, Steven A. Duncan, Jean Justus, Kermit Zimmerman, James M. Mc Donald, Garis E. Pugh and Robert J. Draye. All Grand High Priests that have appointed me as the Grand Fraternal Correspondent. Also to all the Companions in the Grand Jurisdiction of Ohio, I thank you all for the Title of Right Excellent!


I wish to bring attention to the Office of our Grand Secretary. I speak of Most Excellent Companion Dale G. Ray, Jr. and his very attractive Bride, Jacqueline, our Grand Secretary couple. It is most user friendly, efficient, and assisting in every Grand Chapter need. At no time has the "Gentle Capitular Craft" been neglected, as they are committed to success. They make the office a pleasure to visit, and congenial to customer satisfaction. Record keeping is the hallmark of this office. We all wish you both continued health, happiness and satisfaction the balance of your Duties.
I always like to close my Report speaking to my Buddies, but this year will be a little change. Miss. Nancy and I have two (2) Sons and Two (2) Grand children in the center of the country's military struggle. You boys remember a time such as this in our past. Well I have been through a lot with all of you, my buddies, so let's be kind to me now. Keep working hard, Companions! OHIO GRAND CHAPTER, I applaud you!
Glen L. Opp, Grand Fraternal Correspondent
CLOSING COMMENTS FROM GRAND HIGH PRIEST ROBERT J. DRAYE
“It is now time for me to dismiss all my appointments and committees. Let me just say that it’s been a fantastic ride. I was able to get out throughout the entire state and visit a number of Chapters and I never, ever walked into an unfriendly Chapter and met so many great people – a lot were friends that I have known throughout the years and Paula and I have made new friends – by the hundreds.

What a great state! I can only tell you what a great state. It was wonderful; you made it wonderful. I know you will treat our new Grand High Priest in the same manner. He’s in for a real treat and it’s all because of you Companions. I wish that you could feel the same type of emotion that we feel as we go around, working with you, having fun with you, talking with you, and just dealing with everyday life.

I have to tell you they same that time goes fast. I’m going to get started tomorrow; I’ve kinda had this dream of all these things that have transpired throughout the year. That’s just how quickly it goes. The only loss I had was some loss of time but it was a wonderful loss with so many things that happened.

I thank you. My lady thanks you. Those that traveled with me thank you. My General Chairman has been out with me and by the way, Right Excellent Companion Orosz, my eternal thanks for the wonderful job you have done.

Thank you Companions.”


Most Excellent Companion Draye’s comments were received with a hearty round of applause.

INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS
The Grand Chapter was called from Labor to Recess at 9:30 A.M. to prepare for the open Installation of the Grand Officers.
The ladies and guests were invited to enter. The Grand Chapter was called to order by Most Excellent Companion Alan D. Hart, installing Officer.

Most Excellent Companion Hart then installed the newly elected and appointed Grand Officers into their respective stations in ample form. He was assisted during the installation by Most Excellent Companion Jean W. Justus installing Marshal; Most Excellent Companion Chester W. Hammond, installing Secretary; and Most Excellent Companion John R. Gartrell as installing Chaplain.

Most Excellent Companion Losasso thanked the installing team for their fine work and the ladies of the Grand Chapter for the support given their husbands.

PRESENTATION OF GRAND HIGH PRIEST APRON

It was noted that having being installed into the station of Grand High Priest, Most Excellent Companion Losasso was not properly attired. He was conducted west of the Altar and there presented with the apron of a Grand High Priest the new first Lady of Capitular Masonry, his wife Theda.



PRESENTATION OF PAST GRAND HIGH PRIEST JEWEL
Most Excellent Companion Robert D. Crabbs, P.G.H.P., conducted outgoing Grand High Priest Robert J. Draye west of the Altar and there presented him the jewel and collar of a Past Grand High Priest. He made the following comments:

“On behalf of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio, and more especially, the Past Grand High Priests of this Grand Chapter, which I hope will get up and congratulate you, assuming you pass the test. I now present you the jewel formerly worn by Most Excellent Companion Robert Maxwell, a good friend and an outstanding person and Mason.

We have here today, Diane Maxwell, the widow of Bob to assist in presenting this jewel. It is with deep pleasure that I was asked to do this in place of Most Excellent Companion Maxwell. I only wish that he could be here to take a part in this ceremony. I know that he looked forward to this day when he made this appointment to you just nine short years ago. Time travels so fast.

I present this jewel to you and ask that Lady Paula and Diane place the collar on you. I trust you will wear it with as much pride as Most Excellent Companion Bob Maxwell did”.



PAST DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND HIGH PRIEST JEWELS
Past District Deputy Grand High Priest Jewels were presented with sincere thanks to the retiring District Deputies Grand High Priest for their hard work and efforts on behalf of the Grand Chapter. Assisting Most Excellent Companion Losasso with the presentation were Most Excellent Companions Draye, Pugh, and McDonald, for whom the retiring deputies had served:

District 3 …….……………………………………………............... John C. Watkins

District 4 …………………………………………………….…..... Gerald W. Hughes

District 7 ………………………………………………………..…… David A. Young

District 8 ……………………………………………………………… J. Keith Green

District 9 ……………………………………………………….……… Larry R. Hess

District 10 ………………………………………………..…… Charles E. Bonecutter

District 11 ……………..………………………………………..…… Daniel S. Smith

District 17 …………………………………………….……William A. Whittenberger

District 19 ……………………………………………...………..….. Randal E. Davis



DISTRICT DEPUTIES GRAND HIGH PRIEST

2009 - 2010

District

1 Joey E. Kidd, Sr. ………………...………………………….…………… Paulding

2 Jonny L. Dicke………………………………...……………………………. Celina

3 David W. Slusher …………………...……..…………………….……… Loveland

Richard A. Grimes …………………………………………………………. Xenia

James C. Stephens…...……………...………………...………………… Hamilton

4 John H. Donahoo ………………...…………………………….…………. Milford

Robert P. May …..…………………...……...………….……........… West Chester

Thomas E. Williams ………………..………..………….…………...… Cincinnati

5 Loren L. Bower, Jr ……………………………………….…………. New Vienna

6 J. Erick Bails …..……….………………………………….................. Lewisburg

7 Joseph Hickman ………………………………………………..…....... Caledonia

8 Kim W. Sautter………….…………………………………….…….… Perrysburg

9 Nicklos Tazelaar ……………..……………………….…….………… Vermillion

10 Darrell R. Porter …………………………...…………............……....…… Shelby

11 Homer E. Dean ……………………………........…………….……......... Ashville

John E. Hollback, Jr……..…………..………………………………...….. Howard

13 N. Lee Peterson ……….………..…………………………….………… Marietta

14 Charles L. Paine……….………………..………………………...…… Beallsville

15 Jean L. Davis ………….……………………………………....……..... Shadyside

16 Joel A. Otis …...……………..…………………………………..… Chagrin Falls

Robert R. Childers …….…………………………………………...…. Avon Lake

17 Ross R. Black, II …..…………………...………………………...…….... Akron

18 Richard P. Snider, Sr. …………...……………………………………..… Canton


19 David W. Hyde ………...………………………..…………….………… Warren

20 Neal B. Forbes ….………………………………………………….......… Mentor

They were greeted west of the Altar by Grand High Priest Losasso, assisted by Grand Secretary Dale G. Ray, where they presented their proxies along with the jewels and aprons of their office.

DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICERS

2009 - 2010

District

1 Christian A. King ……………………………………………….………….. Archbold

2 Jack B. Hollman ……...…………………………………………………. Waynesfield

3 Aaron C. Crawford ……………………………………………………… Miamisburg

Joseph J. Fair …………………………………..………….…………….... Brookville

Gregory B. Clatterbuck …………………...................……………...…… Centerville

4 Stanley J. Anderson ……... …………….……………………………......… Loveland

Ronald C. Hart, Sr. …………………………………………...………….... Cincinnati

James G. Brooks ……………………………………………………….…. Cincinnati

5 Karl D. Akers ……...…………………………………....…………...….. Portsmouth

6 Richard W. Stewart …….…………………………………….....……… New Carlisle

7 Lynn L. Bassinger …………………………………………….......……...…. Bluffton

8 David S. Kevorkian ………………………………………………….……….. Toledo

9 Samuel C. Wiley…………………………………………….………….... Monroeville

10 Lew M. Fleege, Jr …………………………………………..……………….. Orrville

11 John A. Spoff ……………………………………………………………… Columbus

Max A. Bauman ………………………………………………………....… Columbus

13 Scottie H. Smith ….….…………………………………...................…. Long Bottom

14 John W. Rush ……………………………………………………….…. New Concord

15 Michael T. Wood …………………………………...........................…… Wintersville

16 Joseph J. Nuessle …………………….…………………………………..... Brooklyn

Michael C. Welchel ………………………………….…..............……..... Brecksville

17 Frederick C. Memmer ……………………….………............................… Uniontown

18 Stephen A. Nevel. …...………………...………….…………….…….……. Massillon

19 Zel E. Bush ………………………….…………………………………..…… Poland

20 Darrell E. Reed …………...……………………..……………………….…… Mentor

The District Education Officers were presented and extended the honors due their station.

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS, 2009 – 2010

Most Excellent Companion Losasso, in accordance with Ohio Capitular Code, announced the following committee appointments for 2009-2010 and the trustees to the Royal Arch Foundation:



RITUAL

Jean W. Justus, PGHP, Chairman Steven A. Duncan, Past Grand High Priest

James W. Himmelright, Grand King Robert J. Draye, Past Grand High Priest

Joseph Orosz, PDDGHP, 16th District F. Raymond Sharritts, Grand Chaplain



FINANCE

Norman LoBell, PDDGHP, 4th District, Chairman Dale G. Ray, Jr., PGHP, Gr. Secretary Charles J. McCarty, PGHP, Gr. Treasurer. George M. Shell, Grand Scribe

James W. Himmelright, Grand King

CHARTERS AND DISPENSATIONS

James M. McDonald, PGHP, Chairman Donald W. Owens, Grand Captain of the Host R. Keith O’Dell, Grand Royal Arch Captain James C. Stephens, DDGHP, 3rd District Larry E. Byrd, PDDGHP, 13th District



MASONIC EDUCATION

Jeffrey Addis, Grand Master 1st Veil, Chairman Wayne S. Dill, Past Grand High Priest

Kermit V. Zimmerman, Past Grand High Priest Norman J. Lincoln, Grand Historian

Richard D. Snow, Grand Fraternal Correspondent Henry Dodson, PDDGHP, 3rd District



MASONIC JURISPRUDENCE

Abraham Kay, Mt. Olive #189, Chairman Kevin Berman, Heights #206

John H. Whitehouse, Jr., PHP Cunningham #187 Jeffrey Nash, Heights #206

Stephen Quinn, Heights #206



ROYAL ARCH FOUNDATION TRUSTEES (3 year term)

M. Ex. Companion Wayne S. Dill, M. Ex. Companion Robert J. Draye and M. Ex. Companion Kermit V. Zimmerman.



APPOINTMENT OF OHIO MASONIC HOME BOARD TRUSTEE and

AMBASSADOR TO GENERAL GRAND CHAPTER
Most Excellent Companion Losasso announced that Most Excellent Companion Kermit V. Zimmerman’s term on board of trustees of the Ohio Masonic Home was expiring. He announced the re-appointment of Most Excellent Companion Zimmerman to an additional three-year term and thanked him for his past service to our Home on the Hill.

He further announced the re-appointment of Most Excellent Companion Jean W. Justus as ambassador of Ohio to the General Grand Chapter, International.


REPORT OF THE ROYAL ARCH FOUNDATION CHARITY AUCTION
Most Excellent Companion Wayne Dill, President of the Royal Arch Foundation reported that $3500.00 had been generated at the charity auction held the previous evening. These monies would be deposited in the Foundation’s endowment fund. He further reported that several Foundation trustees and Grand High Priest Losasso and Grand King Steven Oliver would be attending the Adopt America’s annual Charity funding raising dinner in Toledo, Ohio and that a check for $15,000.00 would be presented on behalf of the foundation and the Royal Arch Masons in Ohio.
There being nothing further to come before the 193rd Grand Convocation, Most Excellent Companion Losasso called upon Grand Chaplain F. Raymond Sharrits for the benediction.

BENEDICTION and CLOSING
The benediction was offered by Right Excellent Companion F. Raymond Sharritts, Grand Chaplain:

“Companions, let us pray. God of ever circling years whose faithfulness spans generations, we have experienced your grace and your mercy and we are amazed.

You know that we live in a great and awful time. You have opened our minds to the secrets of nature; you have placed in our hands the power of the atom and you have allowed us to explore the heavens. You have extended our earthly span beyond threescore and ten. We acknowledge that it is your grace alone that enables us to survive.

As this annual Convocation comes to an end, may we refocus on the universal truths of our Masonic fraternity. May we rededicate ourselves to care and to provide for those who are in pain and need. Help us to keep ourselves in perspective with the needs of our time.

As the mantle of leadership is passed from Robert to Donald may we have that assurance that You journey with us still. We pray for Your protection upon this Grand Family; that we may have safety in our travels and the grace to value the quiet members who work among us.

Enable us to penetrate the darkness of this time and to bring Light to a world in need. May we have the drive, the compassion, and genuine love needed to share with others the gifts we have received.

That we might be able to do this: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May he enfold you in his arms and will. May you go in peace.

Amen”


Most Excellent Companion Donald L. Losasso then declared Heights Chapter No. 206 closed in due form and the 193rd Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio closed in ample form at 11:15 a.m..
Robert J. Draye

Grand High Priest




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