September 2018 Message from the East

Companions and Sir Knights!
This month we return to light after a summer full of fun and family activities, and also a great assortment of fraternal activities. As we begin our 2018-19 York Rite year we are delighted to welcome five new Companions/Sir Knights to our York Right Bodies, they having progressed through the advanced Degrees and Orders during the York Rite summer festivals. We still have one additional Candidate who was unable to attend the festivals, so over the next 5 months we will focus on arranging to confer the Chapter, Council, and Commandery Degrees/Orders. This will be a good opportunity for any Master Masons interested in advancing in the York Rite to join us. If you are interested feel free to contact either of us for a petition. You can find full information on these advanced degrees/orders at

We also begin the 2018-19 year with renewed enthusiasm. Our first order of business this September will be to provide an orientation for our new Companions and Sir Knights; discuss educational, leadership, and advancement opportunities for the year; and begin a systematic review of the lessons of our Degrees and Orders. As previously stated in the summer Trestle Board we have a goal of making participation in our stated communications, quality of our educational opportunities, and growth in our York Rite Bodies for this 2018-19 year even better than the past year.

As a reminder, the Grand York Rite Sessions will be held this year on September 6 – 8, 2018. These sessions will be held at the Colorado Springs Lodge at 1130 Panorama Drive in Colorado Springs. Complete information on these sessions is available at

Fraternal Thanks,
Larry Wilson, Excellent High Priest
Paul Stutzman, Thrice Illustrious Master and Eminent Commander

York Rite Festivals

The Summer York Rite Festivals will soon be here!

Our York Rite Bodies are growing, and these summer festivals present a great opportunity for interested Master Masons to consider advancing in the York Rite by receiving the various York Rite degrees, and for our member Companions and Sir Knights to attend and refresh their memory of the degrees and orders. There are 4 Chapter degrees (Royal Arch Masons), 3 Council degrees (Cryptic Masons), and 3 Commandery Orders (Knights Templar). The festivals are all held on Saturdays, and each York Rite Body will confer its respective degrees or orders at its one-day festival.

Here are the Festival dates for your planning:

  • Chapter Degrees: Saturday, June 2, 2018 –in Akron, CO (Pasture Degrees)
  • Council Degrees (pick just one):
    • Saturday, June 16, 2018 – in Grand Junction, CO
    • Saturday, June 23, 2018 – in Sterling, CO
  • Commandery Orders: Saturday, July 14, 2018 – Masonic Park in South Fork, CO

Any Master Masons interested in learning more about York Rite Masonry or potentially becoming a candidate at these summer festivals should contact either York Rite officer below for a petition and instructions. Participation as a candidate in any of these festivals must be in the order listed above, and is initiated by submitting a petition to our York Rite Bodies before May 1st for approval. Details regarding registration, meals, etc. for Candidates, Companions, and Sir Knights planning to attend will be available later this spring and will be provided at our meetings and in the Trestle Board.

CMMRF Appeal Day

On March 6, 2018. The CMMRF Board of Trustees will hold its
second CMMRF Appeal Day. March 6 celebrates the date of the
chartering of CMMRF in Oklahoma on March 6, 1986
There will never be enough financial resources to fund all the research
opportumties. However, the Board is appealing to every Cryptic
Mason, wheresoever dispersed over the face of the earth to contribute
five dollars, ($5 .00), through his home Council to CMMRF in honor
of CMMRF Day. Your continued support is vital to our progress and
success. There is something in CMMRF for just about every mature
adult. are indeed is the individual whose life has not been touched
by a physical ailment under research by the Indiana Center for
Vascular Biology and Medicine. The Board encourages each Cryptic
Mason to actively promote and support this tremendous philanthropy.
Thank you for your continued support

York Rite Grand Council Visit – Monday, October 26

We will be visited by the Grand Illustrious Master of the Council on Monday, October 26.  The evening will begin with dinner at 6:00PM, followed by the meeting at 7:30. Dessert will follow the meeting. Because this is a Grand Visit, ladies and non-York Rite members are welcome for dinner and the meeting. We hope there will be many who come to visit.

Grand High Priest Visit – Monday, September 28

Following dinner in the small dining room, our September 28 meeting will open on the Chapter to receive the Grand High Priest, his entourage and their ladies. The dinner and meeting are open to wives and guests. You are strongly encouraged to bring your ladies to enjoy the meal meeting and the friendship of the other ladies. The Grand officers will certainly be accompanied by their better halves.

York Rite Summer Festivals

Saturday, June 6, 2015, Akron, Colorado
Plan to attend this special and unique event to witness the 24th annual Royal Arch Masonry degrees presented in an outdoor setting at the P Slash Lazy E Ranch northwest of Akron, Colorado. The four degrees of the Royal Arch will be exemplified by some of the most dynamic ritualists from Colorado. Breakfast is served about 6:30 am, degrees about 8:00 am for the work and picnic about 2:00 pm. Plenty of RV parking is available at the Ranch or in Akron and several Motels are located nearby.


June 20, 2015, Delta, Colorado
About 8:00 am at the old Fort Uncompahgre facility at Confluence Park in Delta, Colorado. This should be the 13th consecutive year for all the Council degrees. Yes, a large crowd gathers, and like Pasture degrees 18 June2015 Colorado supplement 19 bring a large brim hat.


June 27, 2015, Sterling, Colorado
The Grand Council of Cryptic Masons will participate in the Rendezvous at Sterling Masonic Lodge, 198 Springdale Rd. First, the Official Council visit to Sterling Council #19 will be Friday evening, June 26th around 7:00 pm. Saturday breakfast and registration will kick off the Rendezvous and will begin at 7:00 am, 8:30 am, introductions and 9:00 am start the Cryptic degrees. Lunch about 11:45 am and should close work about 2:00 pm.


July 11, 2015, Salida, Colorado
This promises to be a great Colorado event as always, which will have the three orders of the Commandery. Hot coffee from about 8:00 am, introductions then start with the Commandery orders about 9:00 am, lunch about noon and then the continuation of the Orders. A big supper is always planned with chicken and or steak at the Blanchard Ranch, west of Salida. This event has been continuously put on by the Salida Commandery #17 with the help of other Commanderies throughout the state.

York Rite Bodies Installation of Officers and Pot-Luck Lunch Saturday, May 30

Our York Rite Bodies meeting is traditionally an open event where we install officers for the coming York Rite year with our wives in attendance. Also, this meeting always falls on Memorial Day. This year we are moving the meeting to the AFTERNOON of Saturday, May 30, and we will have a potluck picnic at the Temple, along with the installation!

Both are open gatherings.  Regardless of tradition, you can have a picnic without ants, but you cannot have one without the ladies! Please bring your wives and significant others to celebrate the installation and enjoy the party.

Frontier Council 405 Allied Masonic Degrees will also meet on the morning of Saturday, May 30. All members of the Larimer County York Rite are invited to be their guests. Following our meeting at 10:30 AM, we will have our  York Rite installation and picnic.  If you are coming only to the installation, plan on being there by 12:30 PM

DeMolay Commandery Meeting: Monday March 23 at 7:30pm

Sir Knights, Companions and Friends:

Demolay Commandery will open at 7:30 PM Monday, March 23 in the York Rite room of the Fort Collins Masonic Temple. REPGC Mike Hessel will be leading us through the sword manual. If you have a sword bring it. If not we can accommodate you.

This meeting is restricted to current Sir Knights.