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James Tome, MEGHP
P.O. Box 264
Sycamore, IL  60178-0264
JMTome@RAM-IL.org
(815) 508-3878

Barry Weer, Grand Secretary
c/o: Bloomington Consistory AASR
P.O. Box 3695
Bloomington, IL  61702-3695
BWeer@RAM-IL.org
(308) 383-0230

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Welcome to the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois

We hope that you enjoy your time on our new web site, whether you’re a Companion now or interested in becoming one. Take time to explore our web site, especially our blog. Noted below are some of our newest stories and entries:

Make Chapter an Event

From time to time, we’ll post an article from a previous issue of our monthly newsletter, The Word. This is our last repost from the November 2016 issue of our newsletter. There’s some great advice here for current — and future — dais officers...

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Active Committees Pay Off. Big Time.

From time to time, we’ll post an article from a previous issue of our monthly newsletter, The Word. This is another article from our November issue and was intended to help our Chapters plan for, appoint, and charge committees to help improve the Chapter and...

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Leadership Conferences

Perfect for Chapter (and Lodge!) leadership on all levels. Planning, mentoring, membership & retention. FREE to attend (lunch just $10). Click here for more information and to register online. Or register by sending an email to Leadership@RAM-IL.org.

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Long Lost. Now Found.
The Ancient Master's Word.
Why now may be the right time
to join the Royal Arch Masons.
Get more information here.

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300 New Members
Do you have what it takes
to be a Royal Arch Mason?
We shall see, my Brother.
Click here to learn more.

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The Word
Our monthly newsletter
designed to help Chapters
be more interesting & efficient.
Download them here.

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Royal Arch Masons
Charitable Foundation

Faith. Hope. Charity.
Supporting childhood autism.
Click here to help today.

What is the Grand Chapter?

Much like our Grand Lodge is the overarching and governing body of our local Lodges in Illinois, the Grand Chapter is the central authority in the State of Illinois. It was instituted on April 10th, 1850 at a special communication of the Grand Lodge in Springfield.

grac-logo-horizontal-whiteToday, there are over sixty Chapters in Illinois, from as small as twelve members to as large as over 200. New Chapters are being formed almost every year, with specific missions such as Capitular education or fellowship or to charter where especially active Lodges are located and brethren seek additional Light in the Craft.

There is no “central” location for the Grand Chapter in Illinois, rather the main office tends to be where the Grand Secretary works out of. The state is divided into 18 distinct districts, each with two to five Chapters overseen by a District Deputy Grand High Priest, the direct and local representative of the Grand High Priest, who presides over the Grand Chapter.

The Grand Chapter meets annually at their Grand Convocation, commonly in mid-July. There, the business of the Grand Chapter is transacted, committees produce reports, the officers of the next Capitular Year are elected and installed, and the day is generally filled with events centering around fellowship, leadership, education, and other opportunities.

As of July 2016, there are nearly 4,700 Chapter members in Illinois. In the 2015-2016 Capitular Year, we added 142 new members around the state, continuing a recent upward trend of growing membership.

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