Joint Missouri-Illinois Chapter Day

On March 22, 2014, the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Illinois was host to the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Missouri for our first ever Joint Missouri – Illinois Chapter Day. It was held at Granite City Chapter No. 221. We exalted 6 new Royal Arch Masons from Illinois and 1 new Royal Arch Mason from Missouri. This day was the culmination of 1 year of planning between the two Grand Chapters with help from Ted Harrison, General Grand High Priest and Jim Hodge, General Grand Scribe from the General Grand Chapter International. In attendance from the General Grand Chapter was Jim Hodge. As sick as he was, he didn’t want to miss this historic occasion in which he and Ted played a part in bringing together.

Pictured above is Illinois’ Class Honoree, Charlie Watkins. Charlie has served the Royal Arch Chapter and every other Masonic group in the area for many years. We were most pleased to name this historic class in his honor.
Representing the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Missouri were, MEC Roy Gilkey, GHP of Missouri (in black suit); REC Loren Lloyd, GS; VEC Dr. John Siscel, GCOH; VEC David Leirer, GM3V; VEC Jerry Miles, GRAC; and VEC Don Vandergriffe, GSen, seen here with MEC Alan Hubble, GHP of Illinois. In the picture to the right, VEC Jerry Miles, GRAC agreed to participate in the 7th Degree as M3V….he did a wonderful job in the role given he was unfamiliar with the ritual.

Pictured here are officers of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Illinois. (L to R) EC Stuart Eberle, GM1V; EC Jerry Starks, GPS; EC Sean McBride, GK; EC Steve Hermansen, DDGHP; and EC Wayne Clark, DDGHP. In the larger group picture at the top of this page were MEC Charles Hileman, MEPGHP; EC  Randy Vawter, DDGHP.

Thank you to the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Missouri. We hope this is the first of many exchanges across the Mississippi River between our two Grand Chapters. And finally, a million thanks to Stuart Eberle who worked tirelessly to organize, host a pre-event social, and manage the activities of the day, and to the Companions of Granite City and surrounding Chapters who were exemplary ambassadors of Illinois RAM to our distinguished guests.

Alan M. Hubble
M.E. Grand High Priest