Good news! Good news for the Companions!

Our 2017 Grand Sessions Committee (headed by our own, Right Excellent Companion Barry Weer, has released the first information about the 2017 Grand Sessions. Once again, the event will occur at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center (201 Broadway Avenue in Normal). A block of rooms have been reserved for us at a cost of $120 per night, plus tax. You should call the hotel directly (309-862-9000) and ask for “Reservations,” and refer to the Group Block Name, “Grand York Rite.”

Grand Chapter’s Annual Grand Convocation will take place the morning of Friday, July 14th. We have a full agenda for the morning, which will be released shortly (we are still working through the details). Grand Commandery will have their meeting on Thursday, July 13th and the Grand Council will meet on Saturday, July 15th. There will be a KYCH Priory meeting and ceremony on Saturday afternoon.

As in previous years, our ladies are hosting lunches and my wife, Debbie’s, is planned to be quite an affair. The theme for her luncheon is a Piano Bar (yes, we will have a piano player!). I hope you will encourage your ladies to attend the luncheon. A flyer for this is noted below for download. Make reservations through the online system (preferred) or using the mail-in application, also downloadable below.

We will be featuring an Awards Night Dinner on Thursday, July 13th. This will be held as a “Table Dinner” and each Grand York Rite Body will be handing out its major awards, as well as a new York Rite Mason of the Year Award. A flyer for this event is also included below to download.

Finally, our Grand Gala will be held on Friday, July 14th. This year’s theme is “The Rat Pack is Back.” It’s a black tie (tuxedo or black/dark suit for the fellas, cocktail dresses or similar for the ladies) affair with a great plated dinner (see flyer for selections), dancing, and a four-piece swing band with fantastic vocalists! We think that this will be a great way to cap off our year!

Download documents here. Click to download (more may be added later):

MEGHP’s Intro Letter regarding 2017 Grand Sessions
General Information Sheet
Meal Reservation Sheet
Ad Book and Buck-a-Line Information
Grand Chapter Ladies Luncheon flyer
Grand Gala flyer

Companions, I hope to see you ALL at our Grand Sessions this July. Let’s close out this year with a great experience and welcome our new officers for the next term.

Travel well, Companions.



James M. Tome
Most Excellent Grand High Priest