York Rite Crusader
Volume XLIV -- Issue 1
M.Pre.Em.Dist.Bro. Gene H. Schaber
Governor General 2006 - 2008
Governor General's Message
To All Companion Knights,
Greetings - I would like to use a couple of lines to again congratulate the approximate 128 members of the Richard W. Lewis 2007 Purple Cross Class. You may be justly proud of your contributions to the Masonic Fraternity and your elevation to the rank of Knight of the Order of the Purple Cross of York.
The Fiftieth General Assembly of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America is now in the history book. From the numerous comments I have received, I must conclude that it was a most successful General Assembly.
The Fiftieth Birthday celebration on Friday night was extremely well received by all. When you look around the room at 10:00 pm and note that almost none of the 377 guests had left, you can be pretty sure they were having a good time. The entertainment and hotel service were beyond superb.
The traditional Saturday banquet was attended by 455 Companion Knights and their Ladies. None were upset that it concluded nearly an hour earlier than scheduled.
I want to sincerely thank General Chairman, George C. Sellars and his Committee, along with Grand Governor James Sprague, for their very great effort in making the Fiftieth General Assembly an overwhelming success.
In addition, a special thank you to Willard R. Clutter, Chairman of the 50th Anniversary Committee, for his very fine planning and execution of the Friday night party and as Master of Ceremonies at the Saturday night banquet.
As you read this, and since the General Assembly, I have attended the Grand Imperial Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine and the Sovereign Great Priory of Canada, both in St. John's. Newfoundland. The first ever joint meetings of the Supreme Councils Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in Washington, DC, and Convent General, Knights of the York Cross of Honour in Nashville, Tennessee. Kathy and I are looking forward to a number of other visitations in the months to come.
I am intentionally keeping this column somewhat shorter than those previous to allow more space for pictures from the General Assembly.
Now, back to basics
"Why Should I Attend Lodge"
I'm a Mason, I have paid my fees, I've had my three degrees and my dues are paid. Why should I attend Lodge? The answer to me is very obvious. For various reasons, known only to yourself, you sought admission into our order. The very thought of Lodge, should indicate to anyone that there would be Lodge meetings, and as a member of the craft, you would be expected to hold up your end, come to Lodge meetings and do your part. Now this seems to me to be quite basic or academic, not too much unlike enrolling in a school or college, paying your tuition fees and never attending.
Yes, in your own mind, you are a Mason. You were elected by the brethren on our own voluntary petition, that you might become associated with us in this great and good work. You received your three degrees, or presumably you did. You pay your dues, wear a lapel pin or a ring with a Masonic emblem on it, and to all outward appearances, you are a Freemason.
Yes, you are a member of the Masonic Fraternity, but Masonry is much more than that. Masonry goes far beyond just being a member. Masonry is a way of life, and the only possible way to fully comprehend or fully appreciate its teachings is by constant research and study, and the best place to get these, is by regular attendance at its communications. I can truthfully say, without fear of contradiction, that any brother, who attends any lodge meeting, cannot help but be the better for it. It matters not whether it is a regular meeting of the Lodge, an emergent communication or a communication of Grand Lodge. A little good brushes off on him every time and there is bound to be revealed to him more light in Masonry.
If Masonry does not have leaders in its several constituent Lodges, who are willing for the good of the Order, to give that leadership which gives Masonry the overwhelming and guiding force for good that it is today, then we would be closing the doors to our Lodges and Masonry would not be going forward as it should and must for the preservation of those great Freedoms which you and I are privileged to enjoy, i.e.: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, and Political Freedom.
Today there are ideologies fast at work in the world; ideologies that are out to encompass the world which are contrary to the freedom of peoples everywhere. It is only through moral improvement and social improvement, basic Masonic principles, which are taught and symbolized throughout the works of Masonry, and which can only be assimilated by continuous attendance at our Lodge meetings, that we can hope to keep people free and instill in their minds, a clear and concise picture of that which is good, just, and right.
Let us resolve, therefore, to attend our Lodge and strengthen ourselves for the good of ourselves, our Lodge, and Freemasonry in general.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Gene H. Schaber, Governor General
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Governor Edwin B. Moore, III announced that the winner of the Howard P. Bennett Award For the number one College in Florida was John Bridges Phelps College No. 31
Grand Governor Jackie L. Harrison announced that the winner of the Edward R. Saunders, Jr. Traveling Award for the number one College in Virginia was Hampton Roads College No. 95
Grand Governor W. Berry Rigdon announced that the winner of the David L. Hargett, Jr. Award for the number one College in North Carolina was Western North Carolina College No 78
Grand Governor Bobby J. Roberts announced that the winner of the Indiana Grand Governors Award for the number one College in Indiana was Evansville College No. 121
YORK RITE SOVEREIGN COLLEGE OUTSTANDING COLLEGE - 2007
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
#12 Western North Carolina #78, North Carolina
#11 St. Clair River #151, Michigan
#10 Flint #5, Michigan
#9 Gulf Coast #106, Texas
#8 Centennial #87, Colorado
#7 Arkansas #142, Arkansas
#6 Prince Edwin #8, Michigan
#5 Rainier #54, Washington
#4 Tahoma College #197, Washington
#3 Thomas Smith Webb #192, Ohio
#2 Northeast Tennessee #153, Tennessee
And the winner of the Robert Spencer Award for Outstanding College of the York Rite Sovereign College…
#1 Kamiakin No. 28, Washington
The Helen Purdy Award Outstanding College in Ontario
Grand Governor of Ontario R.E.D. Bro. Charles E. Meldrum announced at this years General Assembly, that the winner of the Helen Purdy Award for Outstanding College in Ontario is Athelstan College No. 41, Toronto, Ontario.
The Doreen Stuart Award of Excellence
Grand Governor of Ontario R.E.D. Bro. Charles E. Meldrum announced at this years General Assembly, that the winner of the Doreen Stuart Award of Excellence is Seymour College No. 185, St. Catharines, Ontario.
CLIFFORD W. JEX AWARD Outstanding College in Michigan
Grand Governor of Michigan R.E.D. Bro. James R. Sprague announced at this years General Assembly the winner of the Clifford W. Jex Award for Outstanding College in Michigan was Prince Edwin College No. 8 located in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.
The Sovereign College Congratulates the sixth recipient of the ‘Secretary General's Award' for the Secretary of the Year went to Wayne E. Heimsoth, Secretary of El Camino Real College No. 111 San Jose, California
LEGISLATIVE CALL - 2007
The following change to the Constitution and Regulations was passed by the Board of Directors and Regents at the 2007 General Assembly.
Page 28, Section 107, Paragraph C was amended and now reads "Regarding publishing or non-publishing of the names of candidates who have accepted the invitation, the matter shall be resolved by local common practice of the Masonic fraternity in said State or Province involved."
Knights Templar Honor Guard: Pictured left to right: Glenn Beck, (Past Commander #22, dual #33, & Eminent Grand Captain General); Von Lewis, Past Governor, (Past Commander St. Omar #19, dual #33, & Right Eminent Grand Commander); Tommy Kenner, Chancellor, (Past Commander #33); Howard Ensor, Deputy Governor, (Past Commander Carter #37); Richard Burow, Secretary, Past Grand Governor Tennessee, (Recorder #33); Gary Coates (Past Commander #33); Chuck Thames, Past Governor (Past Commander #33).
With the concurrence of the Governor General of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America, on February 24th, 2007, the Associate Regents of Garden State York Rite College No. 122 and New Jersey York Rite College No. 18, conferred the Order of the Purple Cross on Companion Knight George H. Schluter. Due to health infirmities, C.K. Schluter is unable to travel long distances. Of the ten Associate Regents in attendance, the following participated in the closed investiture: R.E.D. Bro. Gerald Grosskopf; V.E.D. Bro. Robert Kunze, Sr.; R.E.D. Bro. Ernest "Gene Fricks; Dist. Bro. Daniel J. Schultz; Dist. Bro. Frederick Berenbroick; Dist. Bro. Edward Hesley; Dist. Bro. Paul Loveland and Dist. Bro. Robert Schultz.
Following the investiture an open reception and buffet supper was held for approximately 60 members, family and friends.
Pictured Below: Bottom Row (L to R): Frederick Berenbroick, George Schulter, and Norman Lehmann: Back Row (L to R): Edward Hesley, Joseph Peloso, Robert Kunze, Sr., Ger>ld Grosskopf, Daniel Schultz, Gene Fricks, Robert Schultz, and Paul Loveland.
On June 9, 2007 Western Michigan York Rite College No. 10 portrayed the RAM Degree on a Class of 14, the Officers were EHP, Bob Cooper; King, Robert Parrish; Scribe, George Summey; CoH, Phil Trytko; PS, Duane Warner; RAC, Jim Kiefer; M1V, Stan Luykx; M2V, Ray Parker; M3V, Jerry Townsend; History and Charge, Bruce Hayden.
Others taking part on this Degree in the Chapter were: Charles Orth; Bill Babka; Rick Stage; Dick Hansen; Randy Bograt; Bill Coleman; Howard Visser; Gerry Gibbons; Harley Ridgeway; John Hoyt; Al Darling; Tom Joslyn. This is a total of 21 members of Western Michigan out of 113 members.
Ray Parker, Secretary
Attention Grand Governors & Secretaries
An updated OPC Nomination Form and instructions will be mailed to all Grand Governors and Secretaries directly following the Winter Board Meeting in February, 2008. Please ensure that all Nominations are made on the updated form, any nominations received on the previous forms will be returned to the Grand Governor. Just a reminder, Annual Returns are due into the office prior to submitting the Nominations. All OPC Nomination Forms are due in the Detroit Office by July 1, 2008
The Deadline for Articles for the Winter Issue of the Crusader is November 19, 2007
FUTURE GENERAL ASSEMBLIES OF THE SOVEREIGN COLLEGE
July 30 - August 3, 2008 Reston, Virginia
July 22-26, 2009 Cincinnati, Ohio
July 19 - 24, 2010 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania