Companions and Sir Knights,
Please accept our invitation for you and your lady to attend the 2019 New Mexico Grand York Rite Sessions. We will conduct the Annual Business of the Grand York Rite Bodies of New Mexico and enjoy the fellowship of Companions, Sir Knights and ladies from New Mexico, the Southwest Conference, and jurisdictions beyond. Our formal activities will take place at the Ballut Abyad Shrine Center, located at 6600 Zuni SE, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The 119th Annual Conclave of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of New Mexico will start our Sessions on Thursday, April 11. Sir Knight Christopher A. Larsen II, Grand Commander, will reconvene the Grand Commandery at 9:00am followed by the reception of distinguished members, guests and visitors to our Grand Commandery. Lunch will be at 12:00pm. The afternoon session to finish all remaining business will start at 1:00pm. Installation of the Grand Commandery Officers elected and appointed to serve for the ensuing year will take place at 3:00pm.
Knights of York Cross of Honour, KYCH, will meet on Thursday afternoon at 4:00pm.
A Holy Land Pilgrimage Dinner will be held Thursday evening, with all the revenues exceeding expenses generated going directly to help send ministers from New Mexico on the trip of a lifetime to the Holy Land. A Social Hour before dinner will start at 6:00pm followed by dinner at 7:00pm. Appropriate dress for the Holy Land Pilgrimage Dinner is business casual or Commandery uniform.
The 122nd Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of New Mexico will be on Friday, April 12. Most Excellent Companion Erick VanEckhoutte, Grand High Priest will open the Grand Chapter at 9:00am followed by the reception of distinguished members, guests and visitors to our Grand Chapter. Lunch starts at 12:00pm and includes a presentation by Megan E. Locke, Au.D., CCC/A, Executive Director/Audiologist w/ Able Kids Foundation and be our final fundraiser for the 2018-2019 year. The afternoon session to finish all remaining business will start at 1:45pm. Installation of the Grand Chapter Officers for the ensuing year will take place at 3:00pm.
A Ladies Program is scheduled for Friday to the Albuquerque BioPark. The day’s program runs from 9:00am to 2:00pm, and includes all areas of the park and lunch at the Shark’s Reef Café.
The Memorial / Vesper Service will start at 5:45p on Friday evening (just prior to the Social Hour).
On Friday evening, a social Hour will start at 6:00pm and be followed by the Grand Banquet at 7:00pm. Appropriate dress for the Grand Banquet is coat and tie or York Rite Uniform.
The 70th Annual Assembly of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of New Mexico will be on Saturday, April 13th. Most Illustrious Companion Stephen A. Balke, Grand Master will declare the Grand Council open at 9:00am followed by the reception of distinguished members, guests and visitors to our Grand Council. Lunch will be at 12:00pm. The remaining business session will resume at 1:00pm.
Installation of the Grand Council Officers for the ensuing year will take place at 3:00pm.
The Past Commander’s Association (Thursday), the Order of the High Priesthood (Friday) and the Order of the Silver Trowel (Saturday) will be held on their respective days starting at 7:00am. All current members of each of these bodies are encouraged to attend. All who have served (or are currently serving) their respective York Rite bodies as Eminent Commander, Excellent High Priest or Illustrious Master (respectively) are welcome to join these Side Orders.
Proxy forms for the New Mexico Dais Officers will be sent to the constituent Secretary/Recorder. If you are not able to attend and carry a vote, please execute the proxy in favor of someone who will be at the sessions. All Companions and Sir Knights attending must register. In order to guarantee your meal, please register by March 28, 2019. Early Bird Registration ($15.00 off) will be accepted if received by March 10, 2019. If transportation is needed from or to the airport, please contact the hotel.
We hope that you will enjoy your attendance at these Annual Grand Sessions and look forward to seeing you there.
J. Erick VanEckhoutte
Most Excellent Grand High Priest
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in New Mexico
Stephen A. Balke
Most Illustrious Grand Master
Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of New Mexico
Christopher A. Larsen II
Right Eminent Grand Commander
Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of New Mexico