I want to take this opportunity to thank you for making this a very
special day. I am honoured to be your Grand Master. To all
Companions, and especially those who have been in these shoes before
me, the Officers and I pledge to do our best to continue the tradition
of service to Cryptic Rite. We know that we can rely on your help,
counsel and support and that you will be there for us as you have been
in the past.
I, like many of you, love Royal Arch, Cryptic Rite and
Preceptory. We in
Rite are all dependent on each other. We need to support each other
in order to survive and prosper.
is not new, not rocket science, but reality. My theme this year is
We all take Masonry seriously but our Immediate Past Grand
Master (IPGM) David Grange was so right when he stated “we need to
have fun doing it”. Practicing our Craft, having fun, and supporting
each other as a Fraternity can only strengthen our beloved
I challenge all of the Officers and especially our Grand
Inspector Generals (GIG) to strive towards these goals in this coming
year. I look forward to meeting you all on my visits and sharing my
thoughts with you.
Communications, Convocations and Assemblies provide all of
us a chance to rejuvenate and re-energize. It provides opportunity to
discuss necessary business, plan, and make our organization stronger.
The friendships we develop, the people we meet are all treasures we
will hold in our hearts. If we are to succeed in the future we need
to have our Companions come and join us in our yearly Assemblies. To
my Officers, I challenge you all to promote and encourage our
Companions and their Ladies to come to Manitoba April 26+27, 2017 in
Winnipeg for our next Assembly. Plans are made…you will have a great
time… and bring your ladies because Brenda has a Ladies Program
waiting for you.
it a vacation; you won’t be disappointed.
I know I will miss some but please accept my sincere
gratitude for all those that made the Chilliwack Assembly one that I
will never forget. To MIC Len Pickell, thank you for doing my
Installation. You know how much that meant to me. To MIC Don Russell
and his Installation team, Thank You. To Rick + Peggy Porter thank
you for making the journey from Manitoba. We have traveled many miles
together and your support is very special to me. Stan Payne, thank
you for coming from Winnipeg and thank you for your support. As Grand
Marshall, I know that we can host a great Assembly in Winnipeg next
year and you are essential to making that happen. To George Bauder,
who came all the way from South Dakota, thank you…this is evidence of
the friendships we make over the years. I hope you enjoyed your
holiday in Canada and you know that I, and hopefully others will
attend South Dakota York Rite session in Sioux Falls, SD. September
To everyone involved in Cryptic Rite Masonry my sincere
Happy to meet, Sorry to part, Happy to meet again.
To my good lady
Brenda, and all the ladies that support our endeavors, we love you and
could never do it without your love and support.
Grand Master 2016-2017