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

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

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The Word.
Our new, monthly publication.

Hot off the presses at the beginning of each month is a new publication from the Grand Chapter, The Word. A multipage newsletter originally designed to be an aid for Chapter High Priests and Secretaries to plan, run, and organize their Chapter, it’s become the most-read publication the Grand Chapter releases.

  • Each month, you’ll find “short read” articles such as:
  • Question & Answer from the MEGHP
  • Quick reviews of new Grand Chapter Programs
  • Updates from Grand Chapter committees, but in ways that your Chapter can get involved
  • Advice for Secretaries on their monthly duties
  • Tips about ritual, trivia, and our Capitular degrees
  • Quick discussions that can be read in a convocation and discussed

Each issue is mailed and emailed to every Chapter’s High Priest and Secretary. The current and back issues are available as PDF downloads at the links below:

December 2016 (Volume 1, Issue 6)
November 2016
(Volume 1, Issue 5)
October 2016
(Volume 1, Issue 4)
September 2016
(Volume 1, Issue 3)
August 2016 (Volume 1, Issue 2)
July 2016 (Volume 1, Issue 1)

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The latest issue of The Word!

The December 2016 issue is six pages long and features these great articles:

  • Spring Regional Leadership Sessions
  • Being a better community member
  • Skill sets every leader needs to attain
  • Are your Companions connected?
  • Grand Sessions 2017 sneak peek!
  • Finding success with the Arch of Excellence
  • Are quarterly meetings a good idea?
  • 2016 Leadership Conference recap
Download a PDF of the current issue by clicking here.


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The Ancient Master’s Word.
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The Word
Our monthly newsletter
designed to help Chapters
be more interesting & efficient.
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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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