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Jerald H. Starks, MEGHP
1316 Schroeder
Normal, IL 61761
JHStarks@RAM-IL.org
(309) 268-9736

Barry Weer, Grand Secretary
c/o: Bloomington Consistory AASR
P.O. Box 3695
Bloomington, IL  61702-3695
BWeer@RAM-IL.org
(309) 838-0230

Our Mission and Purpose

Who We Are
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. Today, 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.

Our Mission
It is the goal of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Illinois, working through its subordinate chapters, to consistently and responsively enhance those lessons taught in the Symbolic or Craft Lodge. This is done by developing and promoting programs that

  • preserves the traditions, history, and unique aspects of our fraternity,
  • secures, protects, and promotes our rituals and ceremonies,
  • builds and strengthens the character of our membership,
  • fosters fellowship and fraternal relations,
  • provides opportunities for increased leadership skills, and
  • allows our lodges and chapters to make a difference in our communities.

 

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