“Glory be to God on the
Highest”. We can once again thank the Great Architect of the Universe
for bringing us together, it has been quite sometime since we have had
a gathering of this nature. This is the opportune time to share ideas
and go forward sharing the ideas to those that are not present today.
The Grand Council Officers who earlier today were invested into
elected and appointed offices are to carry forward the Grand Master’s
Message for more education. Throughout Freemasonry today, there is a
now a greater need, now more than ever to bring about education, to
enlighten the mind and render the soul pure.
We are living in turbulent
times and now more than ever we are need to live by the principles of
Freemasonry, not only in Freemasonry but in the general population
throughout the world, and NO this is NOT a platform for Freemasonry to
take over the World. We are lucky sometimes if we can look after
As your Grand Master it is
hoped that our Councils and membership will take it upon themselves to
bring some excitement back into the Councils so that there is a real
want to be to belong and be in attendance at all our future meetings.
We have heard from many that the meetings are boring, well then, let’s
look at the other end of the spectrum and bring about that excitement.
A. controversial presentation sometimes helps bring about good
debates, try it and see what happens and always remember it’s a debate
with opinions, and no fights please!!!
Some key initiatives that
we as a Grand Council of Cryptic Rite Masons of Western Canada need to
embark upon is the updating of some our rituals, making the rituals
user friendly and easier to read. The intent is to breakdown the main
degree ritual into three groups with three separate groups each
assigned either the RM, SM or SEM Degrees. We will be looking for
ritualist volunteers and these appointments will be confirmed before
the fall of 2023. The way it appears at the moment we keep old habits
onward to the next print, when in essence there are many mistakes that
need to be attended to.
Some topics for
consideration for education maybe:
The Ritual and the three degrees,
How does the Cryptic Rite ritual compare
with other Masonic ritual and where does it fit with respect the time
Examine the Sacred Writings, read and
discuss the biblical references in the ritual,
Research the various biblical characters
referenced in the ritual, it is always interesting the role they
played in biblical times and how they fit into Freemasonry,
Use the search engines of the Websites,
and yes, it is okay to pull negative items to discuss, it only
encourages a good debate.
Companions, on the
surface, it would appear that our Grand Council of Cryptic Rite Masons
of Western Canada is in good order. We have noticed some areas of
concern and they need to be addressed, if we are expected to survive
as a fraternity. Our numbers in the last few years have dropped
considerably and if they keep dropping, we will drop out of sight.
Now, we cannot entirely blame that on ourselves, because the Craft
Lodges and Royal Arch Chapters are all experiencing the same thing,
and they are the very source, where our membership is derived from.
How do we deal with the membership crisis?
Secondly, each year we
gather together as a Grand Council, greet our visitors, greet our
incoming and outgoing Grand Officers, approve the transactions for the
year, and invest our new Grand Officers. Mark the event with social
functions, where we can reacquaint with those that we have not seen
for a couple of years. So, you ask, what is the problem? We realize
the last four or five years have not been good years to any of our
fraternities, with restrictions placed on gatherings or travel,
because of that nasty COVID 19. COVID 19 has not totally been
responsible for the down turn in attendance at the Annual Assembly.
We find that some of the Grand Officers, whether appointed or elected
are not attending. This leaves the Grand Council in an awkward
situation, as the appointed or elected are still being given their
rank and title. We are not able to properly assess whether the elected
officer has performed his duties as outlined in the Constitution and
General Regulations. We have noted that some of the elected officers
have not submitted their required reports, which makes it difficult to
prepare a proper Report on the Condition of Cryptic Rite Masons. So,
what is the solution? Some Concordant Bodies are denying the rank and
title to those who do not attend, not a good solution, considering
several factors, including the expense involved. Let’s face it,
nothing is cheap anymore, we doubt if gasoline or airfares will ever
drop, or even the cost of hotels and meals.
With the concerns
expressed in the previous comments, we have discovered that the Grand
Council has lost total control of our Grand Officer Regalia. With
some Grand Officers not attending for several years, we are unable to
determine whether the regalia was ever transferred to the replacement
officers. This has led to the lost of regalia and needless to say it
has to be replaced, what another expense? The Grand Recorder is not
able to assess the condition of the regalia, and we know that there is
a likelihood that the regalia looks like rags, sorry state to say the
least. For this reason, it is important that Grand Officers whether
elected or appointed need to be in attendance so that a proper
assessment can be made of the regalia.
Lastly, on a much lighter
note, as Grand Master, I am deeply honoured to represent you and your
Councils for the next year and will give the support needed, as they
say in business jargon, “my office door is always open”.
Thank you to the Elected
and Appointed Officers for coming forward and serving this Grand
Council, and we look forward to seeing you out to represent the Grand
Council of Cryptic Rite Masons of Western Canada. Congratulations.
Thank you to MI Comp Gerry
Tetzloff for accepting the position of the Installing Grand Master and
his team. It’s not that long ago that MIC Tetzloff was your Grand
Master, and yes now I am filling some big shoes or should I say “big
boots”, inside joke. Thank you, Gerry, you have done us proud and you
are definitely a great mentor.
It is now time to move on,
and spread the word, enjoy yourself and we will see you next year in
Red Deer to close this Grand Master’s Chapter and open another Chapter
for the upcoming Grand Master,
Thank you. Companions
Jerry W. Kopp, Grand