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On June 5, 2020, Virginia entered the second phase of the “Virginia Forward” reopening plan (Executive Order 65). Accordingly, effective July 1, 2020 (subject to adjustment), Chapters holden under the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons in Virginia may resume their regularly scheduled stated convocations in compliance with section 97 of the Digest of the Laws, Rules and Regulations.
Until September 1, 2020 (subject to extension if necessary), the High Priest has the prerogative to not hold a stated convocation if he believes such action is in the best interest of preserving the health and safety of the members of the Chapter or if the Chapter is unable to abide by the protocols set forth herein. Should the High Priest choose to exercise this option, he must promptly communicate his decision to his District Deputy Grand High Priest who will, in turn, notify the Administrative Assistant to the Grand High Priest and the Grand Secretary. No dispensation is required.
Until further notice, no called or stated convocations for the purpose of conferring any of the Degrees as conferred in the Chapter shall be held in any Chapter holden under this Grand Chapter. A plan regarding the conferral of the Degrees will be forthcoming.
More information, including the Grand Lecturer's adjustments to the ritual of opening, closing, and balloting, can be found in the my June 15th letter on Reopening Royal Arch Chapters in Virginia.
Raymond D. SteeleGrand High Priest
The Digest of the Laws, Rules and Regulations of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Virginia (January 2017 Edition) is available for download. You'll find it in the menu under Grand Chapter as well as in the Forms and Information section of the website.
In This Edition
Raymond Douglas Steele was born March 14, 1947 in Winchester, Virginia. He is a graduate of James Wood High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Navy and served on active duty from 1969-1973 as a Radio Communications Technician Supervisor and Personnel Trainer aboard the U.S.S. Shenandoah AD-26. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for distinguished outstanding service. He attended Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia graduating with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Averett University in Danville, Virginia. He completed various upper-level management courses at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia.
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