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Morning Invocation

Introduce the GGC Team
   Review The Mission         Membership
    Statement                   Development
   Review The Vision          Under 40’s Group
    Statement                  Emerging Leaders
   Duties of District         E Newsletter
    Deputies                   Grand Secretary
   Duties of Ambassadors       Remarks
   Dates of Regional          New Developments
    Conferences                 for the RARA Charity
   RAM Magazine                (Sunday’s agenda)
General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons International
   The mission statement of General Grand
    Chapter of Royal Arch Masons International,
    with a heritage of over 200 years, is to offer
    services and support to its Subordinate and
    Grand Chapters throughout the world in
    fulfilling the goals of Capitular Masonry by:
 Providing a source of, and administration for, the
  rituals of the four degrees of the American Royal
  Arch system.
 Assisting in the creation and chartering of new
  Subordinate and Grand Chapters throughout the
  world while maintaining our traditional standards.
 Being the primary source for developmental
  information concerning the formation and
  administration of a Royal Arch Masons Chapter or
  Grand Chapter.
 Providing a means of communication, liaison and
  interaction for our member Chapters and Grand
  Chapters worldwide.
 Supporting and encouraging York Rite unity around
  the world in harmony with regular Grand Lodges,
  the General Grand Council and Grand Encampment.
 Recognizing achievement and service.
 Helping member Chapters and Grand Chapters to
  fulfill the obligation of all Royal Arch Masons to
  spread further light in Masonry.
 Encouraging education for all Royal Arch Masons.
 Organizing a Triennial Convocation for all member
  Chapters and Grand Chapters to express their
  concerns, offer programs, legislate and elect
  officers for the next three years.
 Representing Royal Arch Masonry to the world in its
  highest tradition and heritage.
 Administer the four       Information liaison
  degrees of RAM             between subordinate
 Assisting development      Chapters & Grand
  of subordinate & Grand     Chapters
  Chapters                  Support & encourage
 Informational source       York Rite unity with
  for new Chapters &         regular Grand Lodges,
  Grand Chapters             the General Grand
                             Council and Grand
General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons International
 To uphold and support the Mission Statement of the
  General Grand Chapter.
 To take all reasonable steps to secure membership of
  those Grand Chapters in North America which are not
  currently members of the General Grand Chapter.
 To take all reasonable steps to retain all existing
 To respond to requests and to encourage
  development of the American Royal Arch system in
  foreign lands especially Eastern Europe, Latin America
  and Africa.
 To maximize our communication efforts through
  enhanced development of the Royal Arch Magazine
  into the internet world and to create and maintain
  an electronic newsletter. To seek input from our
  younger members.
 To live and work together in a devoted team spirit.
  To divide and share responsibilities thereby creating
  an effective team leadership. To keep all involved in
  any question ‘in the loop’.
   To enhance our image among our member
    Grand Chapters though more recognizable
    Regional Deputies and Ambassadors with
    duties and responsibilities to and from the
    General Grand Chapter being careful not to
    interfere but to be visible as a support and a
 Support the Mission    Encourage RAM
  Statement of GGC        development in foreign
 Encourage               lands
  membership of non      Enhanced RAM
  affiliated Grand        Magazine
  Chapters in North      Inculcate team spirit
  America                Enhance the GCC
 Retain existing         image by higher profile
  Members                 Ambassadors & District
General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons International
   To represent the General
    Grand Chapter and the
    General Grand High Priest at
    all appropriate Royal Arch
    functions within your region.

   At Annual Communications
    of each jurisdiction

   At Special Award events or
    degree ceremonies of each
   At designated Annual
    Convocations you will be
    the official representative
    of the General Grand High        If the General Grand Visitor
    Priest and General Grand          is attending you are to
    Chapter.                          assist the General Grand
                                      Visitor at the session.
   On other occasions, the
    General Grand High Priest,
    General Grand King or
    General Grand Scribe will
    be the Official Visitor.
   Check with the Grand            Immediately after the
    Secretary at least 60 days       completion of the
    in advance to be sure that       Convocation, electronically
    all award requests have          E-mail your report to
    been sent to the General         General Grand Officers.
    Grand Secretary
                                 Report includes:
   Ensure that the General       New officers
    Grand Visitor has             RARA Chairman
    transportation to and from    Your recommendations for
    the airport and hotel.         future General Grand
   At all convocations, be            Be prepared to assist the
    sure that the awards have           General Grand Officer.
    been received by the               Should you be the
    Grand Secretary and that            representative of the
    they are ready for                  General Grand High Priest,
    presentation (unwrapped             then you will make the
    and unpinned).                      presentations. Make sure
   If a General Grand officer is       that the recipients are
    present, acquaint him with          present and review the
    the location of the awards.         correct pronunciation of
   Note: Awards are usually            their names.
    presented at the banquet.
   During the awards               Make the presentation a
    presentation, always             pleasant moment for all by
    include the wives.               keeping comments to a
   Invite previous recipients
    of the Bronze and Silver        Be efficient, plan and
    medals or Sweetheart             prepare your presentations
    Awards to come to the side       other awards may be made
    of the dais and greet the        that evening from Grand
    new recipient as he or she       Encampment & General
    leaves.                          Grand Cryptic
 You may be invited to           Bring good news of
  speak during the                 activities and events in
  Convocation or banquet.          other jurisdictions.
 Be sure of what you want        Congratulate the
  to say.                          jurisdiction on its
 Be concise and prepared as       achievements.
  possible.                        Talk up RARA and the
 Open with appropriate            Royal Arch Magazine.
  thanks for courtesies           Encourage attendance at
  rendered and bring the           the Regional Conference
  greetings of the General
  Grand High Priest.
   If speaking after election,
    congratulate the incoming
    officers and wish them
    well. Thank and
    congratulate the outgoing
    Grand High Priest.

   Pay tribute to the hard
    working Grand Secretary
    and the RARA Chairman, if
   Held Annually                     In years that it is not
   In concert with the General        your responsibility to
    Grand Council and the
                                       chair, you will
    Grand Encampment.
   Usually the responsibility         coordinate closely with
    rotates.                           the chair and assist in
   The decision for time and          all possible ways with
    place of the next                  the facility planning
    Conference is usually              and general program.
    made by the membership
    before the close of the last
   Usually the format is to          Usually appropriate
    provide for a general group        speakers are selected to
    session followed by break-         present topics of interest
    out session for each body.         regionally.

   It is your responsibility to      Make your session exciting
    prepare the program for            and interesting
    the Grand Chapter
    breakout sessions.
 Goals and Objectives of          Should you have a
  General Grand Chapter             shortage of talent, contact
 Power Points & Printed            the General Grand Officers
  materials will be furnished       for suggestions. It is most
  this year                         important to keep
 Goals for Chapters and            presentations short and
  Grand Chapters                    always to allow
 Leadership                        opportunity for interaction
 Programs                          following the presentation.
 Planning
 Execution of plans
   Toward the close of the day, be sure to provide opportunity
    for each Grand High Priest to speak. He should be challenged
    to offer success stories and to present his challenges and
    seek comment from his peers. This part of the session can
    frequently be the most valuable of the day.

   An interesting ladies program is essential to a happy
    occasion for all. Check with your predecessor for ideas and
    any special concerns that he may have been faced with.

   A reunion of all bodies at the end of the day to recap and
    select next year’s venue is appropriate.
   On events that you
    organize, it is common to
    invite the Grand Master of
    that jurisdiction to speak
    usually at the opening of
    the joint session.

   Creates an opportunity for
    interaction with the GM
    demonstrating the value of
    joint activity between the
    lodge and the chapter.
   Either the night before or on the closing evening, it is appropriate to
    have a group dinner.

   Usually these tend to be on the casual side and beyond the meal and
    the fraternizing, should keep speeches and introductions to an absolute
    minimum if at all.

   A general THANK YOU to all involved should be adequate without
    introductions of everyone who participated.

   Mix up the representatives from the various jurisdictions in order for
    delegates to meet each other
   Provides a venue for
    dialogue and interaction
    between the various

   The registration fees
    should include adequate
    funding to cover.

   Local Grand Chapter
    officers and ladies should
    support this suite.
   You are part of an               Use your initiative
    international team of            Be well acquainted with
    Royal Arch enthusiasts.           our teachings
   You have been selected for       Read the Constitutions of
    this office because of your       General Grand Chapter
    enthusiasm and talent            Contact your elected GGC
    General Grand is                 Officers if you have
    committed to TEAM                 questions
    working together for the
    common good.
   Prompt communication, response and action
    will permit the greatest possible efficiency and

   We look forward to working with you and to
    helping you be a visible and effective example
    of leadership in our Royal Craft.
   The General Grand Chapter      Promote unity
    is not an authoritative          Assist Grand Chapters and
    body.                             subordinate Chapters
   We are a supportive              Charter Chapters and
    structure that binds              Grand Chapters in
    together the thousands of         jurisdictions not presently
    Royal Arch Masons around          offering our Royal Arch
    the world that subscribe to       system.
    our American Royal Arch          Provide a supervision to
    system.                           maintain standards in ritual
                                      and protocol.
   It is our duty and desire to
    support the Grand
    Chapters and to help them
    to be the best they can be.
    Their success is our
    reward. Go and fulfill your
    obligation as a Most
    Excellent Master to spread
    further light among our
    uninformed brethren. May
    the God of peace of love
    delight to dwell with and
    bless you.
   Represent GGC                 Promote the RARA
   Assist the Grand Visitor
    when attending                Set up and promote
                                   Annual York Rite
   Make sure all awards           Conference
    are in good order
                                  Evening banquet
   Send in Reports
                                  Hospitality room
General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons International
   You are the main source of         60 days before annual
    information from your               session, ensure that the
    jurisdiction                        names of the award
   Your responsibilities will be       recipients are sent to the
    numerous.                           General Grand Secretary
   Get commitment from                Check Spelling of
    each of your advancing line         candidates name before
    officers to attend the York         submission to General
    Rite Conference.                    Grand
    Provide conference                 Make sure the award
    materials to absentees              system is working.
 Understand the
  eligibility requirements
  & process of General
  Grand Chapter
  Distinguished Service
 Work with your M E G
  H P to get the recipient
  to the Banquet
   Send to General Grand          Send a list of the newly
    Secretary and the General       elected officers, their
    Grand High Priest the           spouse’s names, address,
    date, time, and place of        phone numbers, and e-mail
    your next grand session,
    along with the date and        This will be included in the
    time of the banquet.            Report to be completed by
                                    the visiting General Grand
                                    Visitor or yourself if no
                                    Officer attends.
 You are the connection   The

  from your jurisdiction    ROYAL ARCH MASON
                             VOL 24-No.2 MAGAZINE Summer 2006
  to the Royal Arch
  Mason Magazine.
 Get articles and
  pictures from your
  State to the editor.
 Anything that is of
  interest to Capitular
  Masons of the world.
   If asked to speak, promote      Promote attendance at the
    Royal Arch Research              Regional Conferences.
    Assistance through your          Make yourself familiar with
    State Chairman                   the time and place etc.

   Promote the Royal Arch          May be asked to arrange
    Mason Magazine and take          transportation from an
    orders for subscriptions.        airport when a General
                                     Grand Chapter Officer is
                                     visiting in your jurisdiction.
   You are the personal representative of the General
    Grand High Priest and General Grand Chapter on
    those occasions when an elected General Grand
    Chapter Officer or Deputy General Grand High
    Priest is not present to represent General Grand
    Chapter, at a Grand Convocation or function where
    the presence of General Grand Chapter would be
 Ask what we as              Develop a team
  General Grand Chapter        relationship with your
  can do to better serve       Regional Deputy.
  this Grand Chapter.
  Then let us know about      Keep him well
  it.                          informed as possible
 Promote York Rite            about everything going
  Masonry and Royal            on in your jurisdiction.
  Arch Masonry in
   You will be invested with special regalia to identify
    you as the Ambassador.

   Please wear this during your term in lieu of other
    Past Office regalia that you might otherwise wear.

   We want you to be distinctive in your jurisdiction
    through the individuality of your office.
   It is expected that the      Identify IT savvy
    magazine will go ‘on-         members of your
    line’ during the next         jurisdiction to provide
    Triennial and that an         information for this
    on-line Newsletter will       program and also
    be launched.                  those who may be
                                  interested in working
                                  on it.
Duties of the

                 We will be starting a Under 40’s age
                  members consultant forum to keep
                  us abreast of the needs and aims of
                  our newer younger members.
                  Please seek out participants &
                  forward their names to
                 Jim Hodge
                 Justin C. Parnell
   Acquaint yourselves
    with the Vision
    Statement and Mission

   Good luck! Any
    questions, contact any
    of the General Grand
    Chapter Officers.
 Main liaison for your        Assist in transportation
  jurisdiction                  and arrangements if
 Encourage attendance          needed
  at the York Rite             Ensure awards are sent
  Conference                    into General Grand
 Keep DDGHP                    Secretary
  informed of activities       Under 40’s recruitment
  and concerns                 Identify IT Savvy
 Royal Arch Magazine           Companions
  articles and enrollment      May be called to
                                represent GGC
General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons International
                                    2012 PROBABLE DATES – to be
   North East                         confirmed
        September 9, 10, 2011
                  Rocky Hill, CT       East Central
   South Central                            March 9, 10, 2012
        September 16, 17, 2011                          Merrillville, IN
                  Kansas City, MO      South East
   North West                               June 8, 9, 2012
        October 14, 15, 2011                            Raleigh, NC
                  Boise, ID
   North Central
        October 21, 22, 2011
                  Des Moines, IA
   South West
        October 28, 29, 2011
                  Phoenix, AZ
ME James Hodge, Editor
                                        The Royal Arch
 ROYAL ARCH MASON                        Magazine
  VOL 24-No.2 MAGAZINE Summer 2006

                                        Official Publication of
                                         the General Grand
                                         Chapter Royal Arch
                                         Masons International

                                        J.H. Hodge, Editor
   Royal Arch Mason
The Vision for the Future
   The magazine is the              100% State Jurisdictions or
    primary means of                  100% individual Chapter
    communication directly            subscriptions are
    with our members                  discounted $2.50/member
   It is delivered to 34,000         per year
    members quarterly
   The number of subscribers        Subscriptions
    has declined this past year      1Year $5.00
                                     3 Years $15.00
                                     5 Years 23.00
                                     Life $50.00
 Less than one out of three members
 receive the RAM Magazine
   New Editor                Continued recruitment
                               of new writers
   Letter to the Editor
    Column Established        Increased 100%
                               subscription rate
   Content Changed and
    improved                  Readership surveys
                               established at Regional
     Provide instructions      Continue best practices
      and tools to State         Communication &
      Supplement Editors         Supplement Editor
I.     New Editors
II.    Struggling Editors       Improve the
                                 professionalism and
                                 readability of the
 Continue series of      Utilize Ambassadors to
  Articles of current      increase subscriptions
  Interest                 Improve overall quality
 Continue surveys at      of the magazine
  Regional Conference     Improve the magazine
 Determine how to get     as a Major
  useful feedback from     Communication tool
  subscribers              for General Grand
                           Chapter Leadership
   Build upon lessons          Continued
    learned from the             development of
    “GGCRAMNEWS”                 positive upbeat
    Electronic Newsletter        message and image of
   Develop an electronic
    magazine for those          Find a replacement
    who wish an electronic       editor
Louis E. Bartrand
 Purpose-Give Ideas
 Input from several
  Grand Chapters
 We thank all of them
 See handout
 Develop Active
 Grand Chapters down
  to Chapters
 Split or share
 Create programs and
  keep it current
   Visit Blue Lodges in your
   Use best speakers-be
    positive and prepared
   In Costume
   Kiss Principle-15 Min
   Answer questions-be
   Know Freemasonry-Talk
    about it
   Education
   Possible Program

   No Cost Mark Master

   Proven where in
   Know your Companions

   Keep them informed-maintain

   Secretaries are the key here

   Phone Tree- Call,Call,Call

   Why do you have NPD’s?

   Do you know? or care?
   Recognize your people-avoid favoritism
   When did you personally recognize someone
   Talk about Philanthropies
   Have programs at all meetings
   Avoid mundane-Open, Read Minutes, Close
   Invite non-Masons to speak
   Attend Regional Meetings and Grand
   Give members a reason for coming
   Have dinner meetings
   Make degree work competitive
   Split Parts
   Don’t stick with one person
   Be professional-get away from books
   Develop fund raisers
   Have fun activities
   Establish a transportation committee
   Teach Masonic etiquette
   Do you recruit? If not, Why?
   Are ego’s getting in the way?
   Remember-We work on the level
   Lead
   Mentor
   Be personable
 Develop long-term &
  short term goals
 Assimilate new
  members-use them
 Programs for ladies
 (try the RA Widows
 Evaluate your
 Are you successful?
 If Not-Why? Try
  something new!

   Questions
Justin Parnell
   Determine Interests of “40 and Under”
   Develop Methods to reach this group thru those
   Develop a Leadership development program
   Electronic Version of RAM magazine and
   Discuss ways to utilize new forms of media to
    “update” RAM International Materials
 State level – All who would like to
 Regional- Chairmen of the State’s
 National- Chairmen of the
   Justin Parnell
   Email #1-
   Email #2-

   Jim Hodge
   Email-
   A new leadership training to emerging talent
    within your Grand jurisdiction to be offered at
    the next Regional Conference.

   This training will be provided in cooperation
    with Grand Encampment and will be a
    separate session from the regular Conference
    program. This program will take seven hours
    and will be offered on Saturday.
   Select those whom you feel could most
    benefit from what is to be offered.

   The target companions for this are those who
    are up and coming at the Chapter or District
    level and have demonstrated signs of
    leadership potential. Send us a list of those
    whom you feel merit the investment of this
   Please understand that this is a program to
    prepare leaders for your future and we are
    not seeking to offer this to those who have
    already served as Grand Line officers.
    Although this naturally tends towards the
    younger members of our organization, it is
    not meant to exclude those who are perhaps
    newly retired and eager to become involved.
   We will send a letter of invitation to each
    selectee inviting them to attend this seminar.
    Attendance is available only by invitation.
    There is no charge for this high level training.
    Room and meals are the responsibility of the
   We require: Name; Formal Mailing Address;
    Telephone numbers; e-mail address.
   Send your list of emerging leaders to:

              Jeffrey M. Williamson
              3872 Crittenden Road,
           Akron, NY 14001 or e-mail to

   Contact Jeff with inquiries or for further
    information at 716-912-6121.
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   The award consists of a
    jewel and certificate.

   The jewel is available
    to all Royal Arch
    Masons and can be
    purchased for $100.00.

   Application on GGC
   Presented to
    Companions who
    excel in ritualistic
   Companions qualify
    by completing at
    least 12 points from
   Review The Mission         Membership
    Statement                   Development
   Review The Vision          Under 40’s Group
    Statement                  Emerging Leaders
   Duties of District         E Newsletter
    Deputies                   Grand Secretary
   Duties of Ambassadors      Sweethearts & Ritual
   Dates of Regional           Awards
    Conferences                New Developments
   RAM Magazine                for the RARA Charity
                                (Sunday’s agenda)
Concluding Remarks        Foreign
Parting Benediction
                       Saturday 4-6PM
Next Training              also
                       R.A.R.A. Sunday
                           8-10 AM
General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons International
 Foreign jurisdictions
  can be much closer
  today with Internet
 We cannot include or
  respond to your needs
  without information
  and similarly, you
  cannot work with us if
  we do not
   We will introduce a Newsletter on line that
    will provide information from any jurisdiction
    that seeks to participate.
   Work with your Ambassador to send your
    news stories and pictures to: Bill Hyatt at Newsletters
    will be issued as often as the format is filled.
   Subscribe to the Newsletter as follows:
   Under 40’s Group seeks members to assist
    the Ambassador in creating and submitting
    news stories and photos . Contact Justin C.
    Parnell to join –
   Ambassadors will offer RAM Magazine
    subscription at US$11.00 per year.
   Use our website – and click
    on the General Grand Chapter seal.
   Working with the General Grand Secretary is
    a two way street. He cannot provide
    information to you if you do not provide
    information to him.

   Advice of the Annual Convocation MUST be
    provided to the General Grand Secretary’s
    office as soon as available
   We NEED this information in order to plan
    our schedule of visits by the Regional Deputy
    and the General Grand Chapter Officer. Each
    General Grand Chapter Officer has an average
    of 36 visits per year to schedule which is 3 air
    travel meetings per month and late advice of
    meetings causes much inconvenience.
   We NEED the date of the Convocation for per
    capita payment information. On receipt of
    that date the General Grand Secretary will
    send a Report Form to the Grand Secretary to
    be included with the per capita payment

   This form includes information about your Grand
    Chapter that is essential to our mutual operation –
    such as the names and addresses of officers; a list of
    deceased Past Grand High Priests; details of the
    structure of your Grand Chapter with an explanation
    of membership numbers, demits, deaths, affiliates,
    exaltations, expulsions, number of perpetual Life
    Members, number of members who’s dues were
    remitted. This is all basic administrative information
    that is required each year.
   If this is a burden for the Grand Secretary,
    then assign it as a responsibility to an
    will be no awards or benefits provided unless
    this form is submitted complete and in a
    timely manner.
General Grand Chapter Bronze Medal
   Every jurisdiction is entitled to select one
    member to receive the General Grand
    Chapter Bronze Medal.

   Chosen by the Grand High Priest. The
    recipient is usually not a Grand Line Officer
    but rather an untitled member who has
    distinguished himself by his devotion to the
    Chapter or by some special service.
   This award is presented at the Annual
    Convocation by the General Grand visiting
    Officer, Regional Deputy or the Ambassador.

   The selection must be submitted to the
    Regional Deputy for transmission to the
    General Grand Secretary at least 90 days
    before the annual convocation
   Every Triennial, each jurisdiction is invited to
    submit to the Regional Deputy the name of
    an extraordinary individual Royal Arch Mason
    in his jurisdiction as a contestant for the
    General Grand Chapter Silver Medal. The
    winner is selected by the General Grand High
    Priest for presentation at the next Triennial.
   There is also a GOLD MEDAL which may be
    presented at each Triennial to a recipient
    chosen by the General Grand High Priest.
 Is presented to a lady who has distinguished herself
  by special service to the Grand Chapter.
 It is usually presented at the Annual Convocation
 This recommendation should come from the Grand
  High Priest and accompanied by details of the
  individual (as requested on the order form) and a
  payment of US $100. (See the website for further
   Ritual Award is available to ritualists who
    have done exemplary work from memory.
    Please see the qualifications on the website
    for details.
   Send completed application to the Regional
    Deputy for approval. This is presented at the
    annual convocation by the General Grand
    Chapter representative.
   At the end of the term of Grand High Priest, it
    is appropriate to recognize him for his
    activity. This is done with a plaque created in
    his honor to be presented with a lapel pin and
    Permanent Membership card in General
    Grand Chapter.
    In order to prepare this plaque, it is essential
    that the information be provided to the
    General Grand Secretary through the
    Regional Deputy at least 90 days before the
    annual convocation. This presentation will be
    made at the annual convocation by the
    attending General Grand Chapter Officer.
   Having received the date of the convocation
    well in advance, plans are made for a General
    Grand Chapter officer or the Deputy to try to
    attend. If not possible, the Ambassador will
    represent the General Grand High Priest. This
    officer will make such presentations are
    appointed, give the message of the General
    Grand High Priest and complete a visitation
    report form.
   This report form includes certain information
    that is also on the report of the Grand
    Secretary but is used for other purposes and
    requests information about the convocation
    that is important for us to learn. This report
    should be completed and returned to the
    General Grand Secretary as soon as possible
    after the convocation.
   It is recommended that regional conferences
    take place at least one time between
    Triennials. The jurisdictions within the region
    shall decide on which wishes to act as the
    host and then this decision, plus that of
    where to meet, must be discussed with the
    Grand Councils and the Regional Deputy for
    the General Grand Council so the decision is
    made with joint concurrence.
   The program should be determined in
    concert with the two Regional Deputies with
    them seeking input from the Grand Officers.

   General Grand Chapter will provide the
    Deputy with a CD-ROM that outlines the
    program for regional conferences in the USA
    as a guide only.
   Your conference should be a combination of
    information from all three General Grand Bodies
    together with the special needs of the Region.
   Devote some of the session to ritual and
    symbolism. Time must be allocated for
   It is essential that the program not be
    dominated by any visiting General Grand Officer
   It is in the best interests of every jurisdiction
    to be an ambassador to other jurisdictions
    who are not in the American Royal Arch
    system to promote our organization and
    offer assistance to any who may wish to
    inquire about membership. Please keep the
    regional deputy informed of any ongoing
   The development in Africa is, for the time being,
    considered a part of the Europe/Africa region. To
    assist in the development of this very vast
    territory, we are grateful to Most Excellent Teko
    Foly, PGHP of the District of Columbia as one
    well versed in the structure of politics and
    masonry in Africa.
   He holds the position of Special Deputy and
    reports to the Regional Deputy and to the
    General Grand High Priest.
   We have appointed Most Excellent Jaime Perez-
    Velez, PGHP of the Grand Chapter of Mexico, as
    Special Deputy for development in Latin America.

   His main responsibilities will be to develop a
    regional conference for Latin America and to
    explore other involvement for the region.

   He will work with the Ambassador to Mexico, Right
    Excellent Isaac Hadad and will report to the
    Regional Deputy and the General Grand High Priest.
   Right Excellent Companion Christian Flores
    Maldonado, officer in the Grand Chapter of
    Brazil, to be our official representative to the
    International Masonic Confederation which
    membership includes the regular Grand
    Lodges of Latin America.
   This will give us the opportunity to be present
    at CMI meetings and to achieve exposure to
    those Grand jurisdictions that do not yet
    embrace our Royal craft. Companion
    Christian will report to the Regional Deputy
    and to the General Grand High Priest.
   We are here to help you promote the growth and
    development of our Royal Arch system.

   You must help us by communicating and providing
    us with the information we need to help you.

   Your communications are always welcome so let us
    take advantage of this electronic age to shrink our
    world and become true Companions in the
    universality of international Royal Arch Masonry.
•   Edmund D. Harrison, President, GGHP
•   Louis Bartrand, Vice President, GGK
•   Larry E. Gray, Secretary – Treasurer, GGSec., PGGHP
•   James H. Hodge, GGS
•   Sid LeLuan, PGHP AZ
•   Dr. Paul L. Chello, PGHP CT
•   William J. Riggs, PGHP KY, PDGGHP
   Jerry Muceus, Executive Director, PGHP OR

   George D. King III, Project Director, V-P
    Alcoa, NYC

   Dr. John W. Siscel III, Publicity Director,
    Officer in GC of MO
   Royal Arch Research Assistance Incorporated
             is the philanthropy of the

       General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons
   The Board of Directors have chosen three
     organizations for research funding for
   Advance National & Local recognition
   Provide a positive image for RAM
   Supports more research in CAPD disorders
   Provides greatest “Bang per Buck”

   The grants will be reviewed annually to
    assure that the goals and objectives are being
University of Connecticut

Department of Communication Sciences

Neuroaudiology Laboratory

Storrs, Connecticut

Frank E. Musiek, Ph.D., CCC-A
Professor and Director of Auditory Research
Also known as:

     Auditory processing disorder (APD)
     Auditory perceptual problems
     Central hearing loss
     Higher auditory dysfunction
 A type of hearing problem

 Difficult to diagnose

 Relatively common

 Often confused with other kinds of hearing,
  language, and attention problems
Difficulty hearing in noise

Difficulty following auditory directives

Difficulty understanding people that talk fast

Usually pass basic hearing tests
Children with learning problems
difficulty in reading, spelling, language

Individuals with neurological problems
head injury, strokes, developmental problems

The elderly
By well trained professionals with training in CAPD

By the utilization of special audiological test procedures

By the help of other professionals such as speech pathologists,
psychologists and physicians who contribute to the diagnosis
By training the auditory system

By using assistive listening devices

By reducing background noise

By using various listening strategies

By consulting with medical personnel when necessary
CAPD involves both the ear and the brain and is a highly complex

Much is unknown about CAPD and the best way to learn is through
both clinical and basic research.

Not enough scientists and clinicians are currently investigating

There is a demand from parents and professionals to learn more
about this problem.
New ideas and approaches to CAPD are needed

More research on the neuroscience of CAPD is required

Both clinicians and researchers must communicate and
exchange ideas
The general public needs to know more about CAPD

Professionals in other fields need to know abut CAPD

It is important to train future clinicians about CAPD

It is important to develop future researchers to
Investigate CAPD
Deafness Research Foundation (DRF)'s mission is to attain a lifetime of
healthy hearing and balance through quality research, education, and
advocacy. Since its establishment in 1958, DRF has awarded over 2,000
research grants in hearing and balance science, totaling over $26.5

DRF relies on donations to execute its mission.
                                      In 2012, DRF is funding six scientists
                                       investigating CAPD as part of its
                                       Emerging Researchers grants
                                       program. Because the causes of CAPD
                                       are unknown, each scientist has a
                                       different research focus.

                                      After successfully undergoing a
                                       rigorous application and review
                                       process, each grant awardee receives
                                       $25,000 to conduct his or her research
                                       for a period of 12 months.
 DRF encourages new areas of          The CAPD researchers that have been
  CAPD research by funding a           selected this year are among the best
diverse pool of new researchers.       in the nation and represent Indiana,
                                       Iowa, New York, Michigan, and Texas.
                                       Their research abstracts follow.
   Edward L. Bartlett, Ph.D.
    Purdue University

    Research Goal: Some hearing loss is attributed to peripheral hearing loss due to cochlear degeneration,
    but other aspects of hearing loss, particularly the loss of temporal processing abilities, are clearly due to
    changes in processing in the central auditory pathway. These changes cannot be compensated for by
    hearing aids which simply “turn the volume up." This project aims at better understanding these central
    auditory pathway processing deficits. The ages of the test subjects may reveal clues to treatments for
    auditory processing disorders in patients across the age spectrum.

   Brenton G. Cooper, Ph.D.
    Texas Christian University

    Research Goal: To further the understanding of how different sides of the brain are specialized for
    processing different frequencies of sounds. Auditory processing of speech and language is lateralized to
    the left hemisphere of the human brain. The long-term goals of this research program are testing and
    refining treatments for hearing loss and lateralized frequency processing deficits in humans, including
    central auditory processing disorder.
   Elizabeth Dinces, M.D., M.S.
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine

    Research Goal: To understand the perceptual difficulties of individuals with auditory processing
    disorders (APD) and how automatic processes interact with attentional factors that mediate
    perception of complex sound scenes in individuals having difficulty in noisy environments, which
    will provide a foundation for developing better targeted strategies for rehabilitation of people
    with CAPD.

   Kirill Vadimovich Nourski, M.D., Ph.D.
    University of Iowa

    Research Goal: To gain better understanding of how the human auditory cortex processes perceptually
    important temporal features of speech sounds. Deficits in temporal processing within the central auditory
    system constitute one of the aspects of central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) (American Speech-
    Language-Hearing Association, 2005). Knowledge of how the human brain normally processes spoken
    language is key to successful intervention of CAPD (Medwetsky et al., 2009).
   Erin Purcell, Ph.D.
    University of Michigan

    Research Goal: To manipulate physical and chemical signals to attract nerve cells to the auditory
    brainstem. The long term goals are to regenerate auditory nerves and understand the conditions that
    promote neural connections with the auditory brainstem. Achieving these goals may ultimately restore
    hearing for patients with neural hearing loss and lay a foundation for therapies for individuals with auditory
    processing disorders.

   Zhengqing Hu, M.D., Ph.D.
    Wayne State University

    Research Goal: To develop effective strategies to regenerate auditory pathways using stem cell-based
    approaches, with the hope of restoring hearing. The peripheral auditory system is usually damaged in
    patients with CAPD. Therefore, in order to rebuild the central auditory processing system, the function of
    peripheral auditory system must be restored. The following step is to explore whether stem cell-derived
    cells can be used to regenerate auditory cells that are damaged in CAPD. Note: Dr. Hu does not use human
    embryonic stem cells in any of his research.
Autism Speaks
   Autism Speaks:
The nation’s leading charity
helping children with autism

                       • And a national charitable
                         partner of the
                         Royal Arch Masons
            What is Autism?

  A developmental disorder that affects a
person’s ability to communicate and develop
      relationships, and which is often
    characterized by repetitive behaviors
  Autism is a serious public health concern

 1 in 110 children has autism. The rate has
  increased 600% in the last 20 years.

 Most people know someone with autism

 The societal cost of caring for
  people with autism in the
  USA is $35 billion each year.
    What causes autism? Is there a cure?

 Scientists do not yet know what causes

 There is no cure for autism today.

 We are learning more each day about what
  autism is, and this will lead to better
  treatments and, someday, cures for autism.
                    Autism and CAPD
Early symptoms of auditory processing disorders (APDs) are seen in
   some children with autism, such as:

     difficulty processing information and language
     anxiety or confusion in social situations
     trouble paying attention and remembering
     behavioral problems
     poor listening skills
   Some children with autism are
   later diagnosed with an
   auditory processing disorder
   such as CAPD.
About Autism Speaks
          We are North America's largest
           autism science and advocacy

          Our goal is to change the future for
           all who struggle with autism
           spectrum disorders

          Founded in 2005 by Bob and
           Suzanne Wright, whose grandson
           Christian has autism
                           Our Impact
• Made earlier diagnosis of autism possible, as young as 12 months of age
• Improved therapies and translation of lab research into treatments
• Every $1 invested leveraged into $10 in additional NIH funding

• UN-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd
• “Learn the Signs” campaign increased awareness among parents by 35%

• Tool kits for families, schools, first responders, professionals
• 15,000 individuals served in 35 states through our community grants

• Federal funding for research through Combating Autism Act of 2006
• 27 states have passed new autism insurance reform bills
         Autism Speaks is a national charity
            with a strong local presence

 We hold Walk-a-thons in more than 80 cities annually.
  Anyone can participate in our walks.

 We have successfully lobbied for laws mandating some
  insurance coverage for autism therapy in 27 states.

 Our online resource guide includes more than 30,000
  local services and programs, and is searchable by zip

 Our ‘Light It Up Blue’ campaign empowers families and
  companies to raise awareness in their neighborhoods
  each year on April 2nd.
                The Autism Speaks
            Toddler Treatment Network
 Children with autism who are diagnosed and treated
  intensively at an early age make the greatest

 The goal of our Toddler Treatment Network is to develop
  new therapies for children under age 3 that can prevent
  some symptoms of autism.

 Some of these symptoms are also
  precursors of auditory processing
  disorders and could be treated
  through our Network.
With Royal Arch’s support, Autism
Speaks will:
                             •Fund the ongoing research activities
                             of the Toddler Treatment Network

                             •Include auditory processing
                             disorders in the scope of the Toddler
                             Treatment Network.

                             •Educate healthcare providers and
                             parents about the role of CAPD/APD
                             in their child’s Autism diagnosis.

•Encourage further evaluation for young children who demonstrate
auditory processing difficulty.

•Create a tool kit that addresses autism symptoms including those
present in auditory processing disorders, potentially preventing
some of the symptoms from occurring in the long run.
We invite you to get to know us better!

  • Please visit and
  • Print out one of our Family Services Tool Kits (Newly
    Diagnosed Families Kit, Transition Kit, School/Community Kit,
    Asperger’s Kit)
  • Participate on the annual Research Update conference calls
    we will be holding for Royal Arch Masons
  • Start a Walk Now for Autism Speaks team in your city
  • Become a Fan of Autism Speaks on Facebook
  • Wear blue on April 2nd
Jerry Muceus, Executive Director, PGHP OR
   Certificates are designed for contributions of
    $25.00, $50.00, and $100.00.

   A $500.00 dollar contribution receives a very
    impressive pin with a diamond in the center.

   Additional contributions of $500.00 add a
    small diamond to the pin.
   Certificates and pins are awarded to both
    individual donors and donating
    organizations. Donations are IRS deductible.
Concluding Remarks

Parting Benediction

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