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!
Pre-Eminent Governor R. Bradley Alderfer went to the assistance of our Vermont Companion Knights by filling in as Athelstan for the Order of York conferred on Sunday October 22, 2011 at Barre, Vermont for two candidates. He was accompanied by Past Governor Robert D. Steel, Distinguished Brother of the Purple Cross and Right Eminently Distinguished Brother Dennis A. Sheridan, OPC and Past Grand Governor of New Hampshire.
Brother Alderfer has been actively promoting the College Degree Team this year by assisting various Chapters and Councils in that capacity. He was also instrumental in assisting the Degree Team with the presentation of the Super Excellent Master Degree on September 24, 2011 in Manchester, NH on five candidates.
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