Tuesday, November 10, 2009

And Then There Were Five

On Tuesday evening, November 10, 2009, Carl L. “Bud” Banks was installed as the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge, F&AM of the State of Nevada. This was a historic occasion, as Bud represents the fifth installed Grand Master in 2009 who is also a member of the Grand Lodge of Washington. The five Grand Masters who share this distinction and their dates of installation are:

MW John R. “Bo” Cline, Grand Master of Alaska, February 6
MW D. Arthur Bush, Grand Master of Oregon, June 5
MW Gale H. Kenney, Grand Master of Washington, June 12
MW Kenneth G. Nagel, Grand Master of California, October 4
MW Carl L. “Bud” Banks, Grand Master of Nevada, November 10

Bud’s installation occured at the conclusion of the 145th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Nevada, which took place at the Peppermill Resort in Reno. The Annual Communication was presided over by MW David O. Martinez, Grand Master and had representatives present from the Grand Lodges of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Switzerland, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, including eight Grand Masters. The Grand Lodge of Alaska had by far the largest contingent with seven members present. Including myself, Alaskans present were RW Johnnie L. Wallace, DGM; RW James D. Grubbs, Grand Treasurer; MW Jared S. Decker, PGM; MW Fred V. Angleton, PGM; MW L. V. “Joe” Dees, PGM; and Brother Jerry Ingram.

Legislation of note included the rejection of a resolution to prohibit the conduct of a stated meeting on anything but the third degree and the withdrawal of the alternate Spanish Ritual. Additionally, Arthur K. Cronin (PGM), VW Grand Secretary and David J. Guinan (PGM), VW Grand Lecturer both announced their retirements from their respective offices. It was unanimously approved to make Art and David Grand Secretary Emeritus and Grand Lecturer Emeritus respectively. The newly elected Grand Lodge officers for the Grand Lodge of the State of Nevada for 2009 – 2010 include:

Carl L. “Bud” Banks, MW Grand Master
Reed R. Moseley, RW Deputy Grand Master
Hans J. Scheurer, RW Senior Grand Warden
Richard M. “Mike” Hoaglin, RW Junior Grand Warden
Michel P. Aurnague, VW Grand Treasurer
Larry W. Darling, VW Grand Secretary
James G. Kelly (PGM), VW Grand Lecturer

Beth and I had a wonderful time while attending this Grand Session and we owe a debt of gratitude to MW David Martinez and the officers and members of the Grand Lodge of Nevada for all of the courtesies extended to us.

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