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Volume 14 - G.H.P. 2021-June Issue   A.I. 2551

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Co-editors 2021: E∴ Richard M. Torrey,
∴ Dan Di Natale, and E∴ Arek Gordon.

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2021 Grand Chapter Officers
On Thursday May 6, 2021 the host of the anointing ceremony in Manhattan was MANHATTAN COLLEGE NO. 210, York Rite Sovereign College, New York, New York - Chartered August 3, 2019 following their installation of Officers in the Chapter Room 12th Floor of Grand Lodge.

The Anointing Ceremony & anointing of the High Priests was performed by the M∴E∴ Piers A. Vaughan, GHP 2014, M∴E∴ Paul G. Huck, GHP 2019 and R∴E∴ Jason P. Sheridan, Grand King 2021.

Excellent High Priests Anointed are as follows:
E∴ Danny 
Maurizio Marin, Ancient No. 1 - 1st Capitular District
R∴E∴ Daniel B. Saville, Warrensburg No. 325, Past Grand Sentinel 2018 & Grand Rep to Vermont - 7th Capitular District

E∴ Michael Livschitz, GGC Ritual Jewel, PHP Ancient Chapter No. 1, was also present for the beautiful ceremony.

*Photo Credit: E∴ James Gregg, GGC Ritual Jewel, PHP & Secretary of Nassau Chapter No. 109 & Officer of Ancient Chapter No. 1.

R∴E∴ Jason P. Sheridan,
Grand King 2021

 The 150th Rededication Ceremony and Anniversary Celebration of Charles H. Platt Chapter No. 247 was held on Saturday, May 15th at the Skaneateles Masonic Temple in Skaneateles, NY.
The beautiful Ceremony of Rededication was carried out by the M∴E∴ Brian D. Singer, Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of New York Royal Arch Masons and his elected and appointed Grand Line Officers. 
Following the Ceremony, a luncheon was held for all present at the Marrietta House. A history Power Point program and Royal Arch Years of Service Awards were presented after the luncheon. Congratulations to M∴E∴ Earl Tuttle on 30 years and M∴E∴ Harvey Eysman on 40 years of dedicated service to our Royal Craft. 
A huge thank you to all the Companions, Ladies, and guests who traveled from near and far to celebrate our 150thAnniversary of Royal Arch Masonry in Skaneateles, NY. It was truly a memorable day for everyone in attendance.

*Photos courtesy of Peter Rompf Photography.

E∴ Richard M. Torrey
Past High Priest 2018 & 2019

Charles H. Platt Chapter No. 247
Click here to download the 150th Program Booklet with the History of RAM in Skaneateles, NY and R∴E∴ Charles H. Platt, Grand Chaplain.
The Grand High Priest, M∴E∴ Brian D. Singer represented our Grand Chapter of the State of New York, Royal Arch Masons at the 3rd Annual Battle Within Memorial Ceremony on Memorial Day. This Memorial Service was held at the Buffalo/Niagara Naval Yard and is in memory of all the Veterans who have passed away suffering from the wounds of war that many cannot see, such as suicide and PTSD.

The Battle Within Foundation, which is founded by the Brethren Harmonie Lodge No. 699, ‘OM’ in the Erie County Masonic District continues to support Veterans suffering from PTSD. The event was attended by well over 300 people from both the Masonic and local Community at large. Others in attendance were the Right Worshipful Richard J. Kessler, Deputy Grand Master and the Grand Line of the Grand Lodge of New York, Michael Jordan, State Master Councilor of NY Demolay, and members from the Order of the Triangle. A wonderful event to remember those that gave us their all so that we may be free.

Co-Directors of The Battle Within:
E∴ Dan Di Natale
Companion William Chapin
Companion Mark Donnelly

Pictured here at the Battle Within Memorial l to r: R∴E∴ Andrew J. Bienias, Grand Sentinel, R∴E∴ John Haslam (Deputy Grand Marshal), R∴E∴ Peter Stein (Deputy Grand Standard Bearer) Companion William Chapin, co-director of the Battle Within, R∴W ∴ Richard J. Kessler, Deputy Grand Master and Past Grand High Priest, 2013, the M∴E∴ Brian D. Singer, Grand High Priest 2021, E∴ Dan Di Natalie, and E∴ Donald Williams.

tribute to those we will always carry,
and to those we can no longer hold.
Greetings Companions,

On May 10th I made my Official Visit to Nassau Chapter No. 109.  The Convocation was attended by nine Companions of the Chapter.  I read the Message of the Grand High Priest the M∴E∴ Brian D. Singer.  After reading the message I asked if any of the Companions had any questions or comments.  Nassau Chapter is committed to ritual, education & fundraising for Royal Arch Charities.  I look forward to working with the Companions of this Chapter during my term as District Deputy Grand High Priest.

The Multi District Degree Festival is still being planned.  The Festival will be at Camp Pouch in Staten Island (on either August 7th or 14th).  The cost will be $25 per person which includes breakfast & lunch.  I urge all the Companions of the Second Capitular District to speak to the Brethren of their respective Lodges about Royal Arch Masonry.  This is a great opportunity for us to increase the membership of the Chapters in our District.  
The Education Chairman of the District, E∴ James Gregg is conducting the Capstone Course during the months of June & July.  The course will be held on Zoom & all the Kings & Scribes of the Chapters in the District have been invited to attend these sessions.  

On June 7th I will be making my Official Visit to Tyrian Chapter No. 219 & on June 14th the Regional Officer the R∴E∴ Larry Barnard will have a District Meeting at Nassau Chapter No. 109.  I look forward to seeing the Companions of the District at these Convocations. 
With Fervency & Zeal,
Walter R. Leong
District Deputy Grand High Priest
Second Capitular District


During my visitation of Freeport-Long Island Chapter, I had the honor to present the Capstone Course completion certificates to these fine Companions. Congratulations to E∴ Michael Grahlfs, Christopher Shelton, and Thomas Haran and Mark Berkson (not pictured) for a job well done. It is great to see Companions learning more about our beloved fraternity

R∴E∴ Scott Bisogni 
District Deputy Grand High Priest
3rd Capitular District

The Companions of the Fifth Capitular District are returning to their Chapters this Spring as we put the pandemic and its restrictions behind us. All Chapters have resumed meeting and are looking forward to resuming degree work or sending their candidates to upcoming summer degree festivals. We are fortunate that many Companions availed themselves of online Royal Arch education during the last year and are now putting what they learned into practice. 

R∴E∴ Aram Adishian

District Deputy Grand High Priest
5th Capitular District

Alexandria Bay-Theresa Chapter #149 hosted R∴E∴ Anthony Klimathianos, Grand Lecturer of Royal Arch Masons, State of New York on his first Grand Lecturer's Convention. R∴E∴ Klimathianos and the Companions enjoyed a Collation of American and Greek dishes before the Convention. The Grand Lecturer was welcomed to District 10 by D.D.G.H.P. R∴E∴Terry Byard, R∴E∴ David Pritt, A.G.L., R∴E∴ James Babcock, District Education Officer, and R∴E∴ Daniel Lort, GM1V as well as several Companions from throughout the District.
Thank you R∴E∴ Anthony for your very knowledgeable insight into our ritual!
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Ithaca- On Monday May 3, The Grand High Priest M∴E∴ Brian D. Singer presided over a meeting of Eagle Chapter #58.  This special meeting was held months after the passing of the long time High Priest R∴E∴ Phillip J. Soyring had laid down his working tools.  At the special summoned meeting the members of Eagle Chapter #58 voted unanimously on merging with Fidelity Chapter #77 in Trumansburg, NY.  The Chapters will now be know as Fidelity Chapter #77 and will hold their meetings in Trumansburg  lodge on the regular meeting nights of Fidelity Chapter. 

Assisting the Grand High Priest during the meeting were R∴E∴ Steve Shearer as Captain of the Host, R∴E∴ Jamie J. Kaim Jr. as Principal Sojourner, R∴E∴ Dan Lort as Royal Arch Captain and R∴E∴ A.J. Bienias as Sentinal.    Pictured left to right:  R∴E∴ Steve Shearer-GCOH, R∴E∴ Jamie J. Kaim Jr.-GRAC, V∴E∴ Eric S. Howd, M∴E∴ Brian D. Singer-GHP, R∴E∴  A.J. Bienias- G Sen, Comp. Edward L. Kebelac, R∴E∴ Dan Lort-GM1V.

*Picture by Comp. William Trinder of Sacketts Harbor Chapter.
Watkins Glen, NY - In these strange times, work in the quarry's of masonry may have slowed, but that doesn't stop the Grand Chapter from finding our companions to thank them for supporting Royal Arch Charities. On Monday May 10, R∴E∴ Jamie J. Kaim Jr. Grand Royal Arch Captain found Comp. John Updyke preparing his fleet of boats at Captain Bill's Seneca Lake Cruises in Watkins Glen, NY at 10 a.m. to present him with a Zerrubabbel Jewel and Diamond Pin for his donation to Royal Arch Charities.

R∴E∴ Jamie J. Kaim Jr.
Grand Royal Arch Captain


Masonically. meetings typically dwindle after June and resume in September. With the COVID crisis still looming, some Chapters may still not be meeting in-person on a regular basis. For those that are, I remind you to follow the current protocols. For those that are not, I suggest virtual meetings until you are ready.

I held 3 out of 4 Official Visits for the 12th Capitular District in April & May with only Lake Ontario Chapter to be held on Thursday, June 10th at 7:30 PM. I will arrive by 7:00 PM to do the examination of the books as per OV protocol and I look forward to seeing everyone in Oswego.

As new information is sent out from Grand Chapter, I send it along to the Chapter High Priests and Secretaries. If you, as a Companion of any Chapter in our District are not getting emails from your Chapter, please contact your Secretary and ask why. Communication is extremely important at any time but especially now in our current situation. Please stay in touch.

Central City Riverside will be celebrating 200 years in July. Keep an eye out for information from them on their Celebration and attend if you can.

Hands Across the Border usually happens in October with our Canadian Companions. I know the Oswego Companions have hopes that this may still happen this year but that will depend upon whether the border opens. Watch out for news as it develops.

Companions, prep yourself this summer to return to Chapter in September. Review your Ritual so that your first opening & closing will go smoothly. Charles H. Platt Chapter hopes to resume Degrees this Fall. They have several waiting on the Holy Royal Arch Degree and others waiting to start. Good luck to them.

Have a safe summer. Get vaccinated if you haven't already and remember to still wear your mask. 

See you in September...

R∴E∴ Richard J. Powell                                                                 District Deputy Grand High Priest,                                                   12th Capitular District                           
Greetings Companions of the 12th Capitular District,

I hope this communication finds everyone doing well, and your Chapters moving forward toward regular meetings. 

We have completed three Official visits by this time, and we are hopeful that more visits to your Chapters will be happening regularly. Our District is blessed with having two celebrations of milestone anniversaries, Charles H. Platt having celebrated their 150th Anniversary and Rededication, and June will see Central City Riverside celebrating 200 years. That is quite an achievement, and we congratulate our Companions in these Chapters for their decades of service and devotion to Royal Arch Masonry. 

Our District will be holding our Royal Arch Masons Grand Lecturer’s Convention on October 26th at Central City Riverside Chapter in Liverpool. More details on this event will come as we firm up plans while watching what restrictions from Grand Lodge we will be under. 

A means of assistance in memorization is to rehearse your parts while including whatever motions you might make to emphasize your ritual work. Planning movements and motions, placement in the Tabernacle, as well as how you recite your parts all assist in providing memory aids. Doing your part consistently with similar motions gives your brain another hold on the words that you are reciting. Even practicing at home, whenever possible, using motions during your recitation will help make the two parts into a sort of muscle memory. If you are practicing in a place where you cannot make the motions, you can at least visualize making them so they become entwined together. Actors frequently practice on stage moving to their spots or make motions while they are memorizing their lines. Many feel this helps them in learning the whole performance faster.
Wishing you a wonderful Spring and soon Summer season, with renewed Zeal for our Chapters.
With Fervency and Zeal, 
V∴E∴ Jim Nelson
RAM AGL for the 12th Capitular District

Good Day Companions!

We are getting nice weather, we are seeing each other in person, we have met in person and conducted business!!!! Things are coming back finally and it is VERY refreshing. June 22nd at 7:30 will be our next and last meeting before our 200th anniversary celebration!! 

Now is the time to get your reservations in !!!
Date/Time: July 11th, 2021

Rededication of our Chapter will be at the Liverpool lodge building, rehearsal at 9am sharp, ceremony at 9:30. 

Location for our dinner:  Borio's Restaurant, 8891 McConnell's Pkwy, Cicero, NY 13039
Menu: Hot roast beef, Roasted Chicken, Baked Cape Cod Haddock, Shrimp with Garlic Sauce and Linguine, Chef Salad, Toasted Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Riggies with Vodka Sauce, Coffee, Tea, soft drinks and cash bar.

RSVP: with PAID reservation ($30.00) per person) no later than June 20th to Robert Bowles 5431 Tourmaline Dr., Clay, NY 13041.

We very much hope to see you there !!

If there are any Companions/Brothers in distress or in need of assistance in any manner, please do not hesitate to contact me.

E∴ Eric J. Driscoll
Central City Riverside Chapter No. 70

Regional Officer Visit 12 Capitular District at Central City Riverside Chapter #70. There was 3 District Chapters in attendance Central City Riverside, Charles H. Platt, & Pulaski Chapters, left: Comp. James Swan, V∴E∴ James Nelson, R∴E∴Chris Heberle, R∴E∴ Ralph Haney Jr, V∴E∴ Brad Foil, R∴E∴Richard Powell, Comp. Paul Bertram, R∴E∴ Robert Bowles, E∴ Eric Driscoll, E∴ Tim Hansen, E∴ Ed Sinay, E∴ Charlie Blood, R∴E∴ Ted Kreise, E∴ Bill Toth, The 12th is under the Great direction of DDGHP, R∴E∴ Richard Powell and AGL, R∴E∴ James Nelson, had the honor of having Comp. James Swan board member of MMRI. I asked Comp. Jim to give us some happenings that were taking place at the MMRI, he surely delivered.
The MMRI is truly the jewel of Masonry.

R∴E∴ Ralph Haney Jr.
GM of the 2nd Veil
Greetings Companions,

I hope this article finds everyone and there love ones well. My wife Jackolyn and myself are doing fine and have started to get out to dinner and visit some. By having our shots we are a little more secure with being around other people.

June 10th. will be an in person Official Visit for our R.A.M. Chapter in over a year. Please mark that date on your calendar and try to attend. Lets be ready to give our D.D.G.H. P. R∴E∴ Richard Powell a big welcoming as he has waited a long time for this meeting.

Once Charles Platt Chapter 247 finalizes their Holy Royal Arch Degree on their Trestleboard, we will be traveling to Skaneateles to participate. We have one Candidate that will be taking the degree that's waited a long time to be exalted due to the pandemic.

For the Companions that haven't paid this years dues please start sending them to our P.O. Box 1027 Oswego N.Y. 13126 address, as our secretary has moved out of town. This will help them from getting lost in mail.

This will be the last word article till September, so stay well and safe and enjoy the summer months. Looking forward to seeing everyone in person.

E∴ Ronald a. Bond
High Priest
Lake Ontario Chapter No. 165

Greetings Companions,

Warm thoughts for the weather and for our continuing celebration of over 150 years of being a Chapter in Royal Arch Masonry. I hope this finds everyone doing well. 

We had a wonderful celebration of our 150 years on May 15th, that along with a rededication ceremony for our Chapter was well attended, as we look forward to the start of the next 50 years of service. A special thanks needs to be given to E∴ Richard Torrey for his tireless work on putting the celebration and rededication together, without his efforts and hard work it would not have been the success that it was. 

We have postponed the Holy Royal Arch degree to September, as due to circumstances beyond our control too many parts were affected to be able to put on the Degree as originally planned for May. I will look to hold a couple of practices through the summer to ensure we are ready to welcome Companions into our Chapter.
With Fervency and Zeal, 
V∴E∴ Jim Nelson
EHP Charles H. Platt Chapter No. 247

R∴E∴ Ralph I, Haney Jr. visited Charles.H, Platt Chapter RAM, to deliver the objectives to those Companions that were unable to attend the Regional Officer's visit to Central City Riverside.
Left: E∴ Bill Toth, Comp. Ryan Hanlon, R∴E∴ Ralph Haney Jr, V∴E∴ James Nelson, Comp. Paul Bertram, R∴E∴ Harold  Lanning,
Top left:  R∴E∴ Richard Powell, E∴ Richard M, Torrey, R∴E∴ Earl Tuttle, V∴E∴ Brad Foil.
Charles H, Platt Chapter is a positive Chapter doing very well with their degree work and new membership. Excellent job, this is a true example why Royal Arch Masons are rebuilders of the craft.

Fervency & Zeal
R∴E∴ Ralph I, Haney Jr.
Grand Master of the 2nd Veil

Geneva, NY - On Wednesday May 12, Most Excellent Master Trevor Arnold and Mark Master Mason Michael Simmons, the newest members of Geneva Chapter No. 36 Completed the first section of the ICM course.  R∴E∴ Companions Ernie Day, Clayton Ruggles, Steve Goebert and Jamie Kaim spent the evening answering questions, drilling and going over the Mark Master Degree and the York Rite Structure as part of the wonderful Royal Arch Educational System.  Prior to the Class the companions had a goulash dinner and ended the night with a wonderful German chocolate cake.

R∴E∴ Jamie J. Kaim Jr. ~ Grand Royal Arch Captain
High Priest, Geneva Chapter No. 36

Amherst, NY-The Companions of Geneva Chapter #36 RAM would like to extend thanks to our Companions of Tonawanda-Keystone Chapter #71 for conferring the Virtual Past Master Degree upon Brother Michael Simmons. Pictured left to right MEM Bro. Trevor Arnold, R∴E∴ Jamie J. Kaim Jr.-GRAC, E∴ Donald Williams RWM, R∴E∴ Peter Stein DDGHP 16th Capitular Distirct. 

R∴E∴ Jamie J. Kaim Jr. ~ Grand Royal Arch Captain
High Priest, Geneva Chapter No. 36

South Dansville- Members of Stuben Chapter #91 welcomed the M∴E∴ Brian D. Singer, Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of New York Royal Arch Masons to the 14th Capitular District. Prior to the meeting the visiting companions were treated to dinner at the Village Cafe in Arkport, NY and then made their way to the historical South Dansville Masonic lodge for their chapter meeting where R∴E∴ David Hardy was presented with a 3 diamond zerubbabel pinby R∴E∴ Jamie J. Kaim Jr., Grand Royal Arch Captain.
South Dansville- M∴E∴ Brian D. Singer, Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of New York Royal Arch Masons joined R∴E∴ Jamie J. Kaim Jr. Grand Royal Arch Captain at Stuben Chapter #91 in the 14th Capitular District to present R∴E∴ David Hardy with a 3 Diamond Zerubabbel pin for his most generous donation to Royal Arch Charities.
Photo by: R∴E∴ A.j. Bienias, Grand Sentinel
Had a Great time at Western Star Chapter RAM, the Companions met me at their lodge where we proceeded to the local dinner.We had a Super Supper then a short walk back to their lodge,opened in due form, then proceeded with my Regional Officers visit.
Left V∴E∴ Bob Ball, R∴E∴ Ralph Haney Jr, E∴ Paul Simonsen, R∴E∴ Tim Irwin,
Top, V∴E∴ Bob Hyman,R∴E∴ Steve Licht, V∴E∴ Paul McCullough, R∴E∴ Norm Austin, what a great group of RAMs The 15th is doing well, each Chapter helps out each other. DDGHP, R∴E∴ Steve Licht is doing a fine job.

R∴E∴ Ralph Haney Jr.
GM of the 2nd Veil
R∴E∴ Peter Stein and E∴ Mark Seeloff received their Capitular Development Course certificates from V∴E∴ Michael Seeloff at
Ames Chapter No. 88.

R∴E∴ Peter C Stein,
District Deputy Grand High Priest

On May 26th R∴E∴ Peter Stein DDGHP held his Official Visit at Tonawanda Keystone Chapter #71. We also welcomed a visit from the Companions and Candidates of Geneva Chapter No. 36. The evening included the conferring of the Past Master Degree on three Brothers.
R∴E∴ Peter C Stein
District Deputy Grand High Priest
16th Capitular District

Ames Chapter #88 conferred the Mark Master Mason Degree on six Brothers on May 27th. Congratulations to the Chapter on a great degree.

R∴E∴ Peter C Stein
16th Capitular District

Flag Day, also called National Flag Day, in the United States, a day honoring the national flag, observed on June 14. The holiday commemorates the date in 1777 when the United States approved the design for its first national flag. Flag Day is celebrated on Monday, June 14, 2021 in the United States.

The idea to set aside a day to honor the national flag came from several sources. Bernard J. Cigrand, a Wisconsin schoolteacher, in 1885 urged his students to observe June 14 as “Flag Birthday.” He later wrote an essay published in a Chicago newspaper that urged Americans to proclaim this date as the day to celebrate the flag. In 1888 William T. Kerr of Pennsylvania founded the American Flag Day Association of Western Pennsylvania, an organization to which he dedicated his life. A lesser-known claim is that of George Morris of Connecticut, who is said to have organized the first formal celebration of the day in Hartford in 1861.

In 1916 President, Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 as the official date for Flag Day, and in 1949 the U.S. Congress permanently established the date as National Flag Day. Although Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, Pennsylvania celebrates the day as a state holiday. Each year the U.S. president delivers an address that proclaims the week of June 14 as National Flag Week, and all Americans are encouraged to fly U.S. flags during that week.

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