MOST WORSHIPFUL GRAND MASTER BROTHER PAUL M. LEARY HAS BEEN SELECTED TO BE THE
NEXT RECIPIENT OF THE ORDER OF THE PURPLE CROSS
On August 11, 2012 , Right Eminently Distinguished Brother Richard F. Cole, Jr., OPC, made the announcement that our Grand Master had been selected and approved to received the Order of the Purple Cross next year in Tampa, FL at the Annual Assembly of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America.
MW Brother Leary has faithfully served his Craft, most notably as Grand Master. However, he has also served as an Excellent Chief of Scenic Council Knight Masons and is currently working diligently as Sovereign Master of John Harris Council No. 458 Allied Masonic Degrees and as the first Presiding Knight Commander of NH Council of the Red Branch of Eri.
The Grand Master is also in Profile York Rite College Officer Line currently serving as Marshal. He will be one of the Officers opening the Ceremonies for the Northeast York Rite College Festival being held in Portsmouth on September 22, 2012, an annual event which has been chosen to be held in NH this year.
Congratulations, Most Worshipful, for being selected as the only NH Mason to receive this honor next year!
RIGHT EMINENT GRAND COMMANDER JOHN S. GEAS RECEIVES THE YORK RITE SOVEREIGN COLLEGE SERVICE AWARD FROM PROFILE YORK RITE COLLEGE NO. 100
On August 11, 2012, Right Eminently Distinguished Brother Richard F. Cole, Jr. made the above mentioned presentation of the York Rite Sovereign College Service Award to Past Governor of Profile College No. 100, Companion Knight John S. Geas at the last Assembly of the College. John has faithfully served the College for many years, going through the Officer Line and supporting the York Rite College Degree team in it’s efforts to promote Freemasonry whenever asked to do so.
John was one of nine Companion Knights who were selected to receive this honor this year at the Annual Assembly of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America which encompasses the United States and Canada. That is a unique accomplishment and very few are ever selected for this honor.
On March 20, 2012, North Star Chapter of Lancaster, NH held a Special Convocation for the purpose doing of degree work on 5 candidates from around the Northern 5th Masonic District. One of the candidates has recently relocated to Berlin, NH from Kentucky. Brother Bryan Antonelli was scheduled to begin his York Rite Degrees there before moving North, so we did courtesy work for them on him. He plans to affiliate with the local Chapter at the next convenient occasion.
Granite State Conclave of Concord, NH met on January 28, 2012 in a Stated Conclave where three new members were inducted into the Order of Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine. This was the first meeting with the new Officer Line which went well. Following the degree, a lot of business was supported including proposing a change of by-laws as recommended by the Grand Imperial Council.
A social hour was enjoyed following the meeting, and an excellent dinner prepared for those in attendance.
Pictured from left to right are Knight Companions:
Richard F. Cole, Jr., Intendant General for NH
Verne S. Anderson, Jr., Candidate
John B. Clark, Candidate
Andrew Jackson, candidate
Dennis A. Sheridan, Puissant Sovereign Granite State Conclave
On the date noted above, the Officers of St. Marks Lodge No. 44 in Derry, NH were installed into office by a Guest Degree team. Worshipful Master George B. Chapman invited the Profile York Rite College Degree Team is do the Installation ceremony dressed in Grand Royal Arch Chapter regalia.
This was a semi-public Installation Ceremony and the Installing members of the team were considered guests of the Worshipful Master. With that decision in mind, we arranged a Team to meet the criteria.
RW Brother Richard F. Cole, Jr. Past District Deputy Grand Master, Most Excellent Past Grand High Priest and the present Grand Governor of New Hampshire for the York Rite Sovereign College of North America, was the Installing Officer. Joining him were Worshipful Brother Robert D. Steel, PM, MEPGHP, and Past Governor for Profile York Rite College of N.H. as Installing Chaplain, W. Brother R. Bradley Alderfer, PM, Grand Scribe of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of NH and present Governor of Profile Y.R. College as Assistant Marshal, W. Brother John S. Geas, P.M., MEPGHP, and Past Governor of Profile Y.R. College as Installing Secretary and RW Brother Dennis A. Sheridan, PDDGM, MEPGHP, Past Grand Governor of YRSCNA as Installing Marshal.
The Installing Officers were dressed in the red color of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter, with Grand Officer Aprons, Collars and Jewels as in the picture shown. The ceremony went very well, with solemn dignified ritual with only a small amount of humor displayed. We thanked the brethren and their guests and were treated to a delicious Roast Beef Dinner served by the OES and Rainbow Girls. An excellent time for all!
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