If you are a member of the Grand College of Rites, you may have some frustration with a seemingly absent recorder and other management. I encourage you to hang in there. I received a communication from someone in the organization explaining the situation. He forwarded me a note from the Grand Chancellor that explains everything.
This is a great organization to be part of. Don’t give up on them. They are just having some transitional problems at the moment and likely these will be cleared up before long. The good side is that there is an opportunity for some brother to become more involved if he wants a good-sized project. I considered throwing my hat in the ring but decided I have enough on my plate for now.
From the Most Illustrious Grand Chancellor:
Our current Grand Recorder has taken a new job which causes him to be out of town most of the time. As a result, we have a large number of members wondering why they aren’t receiving their mailings, or responses to their inquiries. You are not alone.
Over the past few months, we have been searching for a new Grand Recorder, but it isn’t an easy task to find an interested Mason who is willing to drive a U-Haul trailer to Illinois, pack up approximately five dozen boxes of back issues and other records, drive them back to their hometown, and take on the task of becoming the Grand Recorder of the Grand College of Rites.
Unfortunately, we are not an organization that has a brick and mortar office somewhere, and we cannot pay a staff of two or three a full-time salary. That would be great, but we just don’t have the numbers. As a result, we have to rely on one single volunteer who is compensated as much as we can afford.
On the upside, we have two or three applicants for the job, and we hope to have a final decision prior to our Annual Convocation.
All I can do at this point is ask for your continued patience.
Pierre G. “Pete” Normand, Jr.
Grand College of Rites