|Joseph Montfort York Rite College # 82
|Scheduled Meetings 2014
May 14, 2016
|Presiding Officers 2013-2014
|Warren G. Taylor
Charles E. Ponton
Isaac B. Eddins
Larry S. Newell
Fred H. Whitty III
Bobby J. Kitchen
Elbert L. “Sparkie” Travis
Sean P. Hughes
Glen M. Carpenter
Nick W. Taylor
|About the York Rite College
LEGEND OF YORK
"This craft came into England, as I tell you, in the time of good king Athelsan's reign;
he made then both hall, and also bower and lofty temples of great honor, to take his
recreation in both day and night, and to worship his God with all his might. This good
lord loved this craft full well, and purposed to strengthen it in every part on account of
various defects that he had discovered in the craft. He sent about into all the land,
after all the masons of the craft, to come straight to him, to amend all these defects by
good counsel, if it might so happen, He then permitted an assembly to be made of
divers lords in their ranks, dukes, earls, and barons, also knights, squires and many
more, and the great burgesses of that city, they were all there in their degree; these
were there, each one in every way to make laws for the state of these nations. There
they sought by their wisdom bow they might govern it; there they found out fifteen
articles, and there they made fifteen points."----Regius Manuscript, circa
1390----Regius Manuscript, circa 1390
THE YORK RITE
The York Rite takes its name from the Ancient English city of York, around whose
minster, or cathedral, cluster many Masonic traditions. Here , these traditions tell us,
Athelstan, who reigned more than a thousand years ago and who was the first king of
all England, granted the first charter to the Masonic guilds. Here, in 1705, a Grand
Lodge in London, to whose constitution the Grand Lodge of England later appealed
as the true source of authentic Freemasonry. Though early disappearing from the
Masonic scene, this Grand Lodge left an indelible impression upon the institution,
and its name --- York --- will survive as long as Freemasonry continues.
ORIGIN OF THE COLLEGE
The York Rite Sovereign College of North America came into being in the City of
Detroit, Michigan on January 6, 1957. It was the result of a meeting called by Richard
W. Lewis, Past Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of
Michigan, and attended by the heads of the four Michigan York Rite grand Bodies and
a number of distinguished Masonic leaders from other States. These founders,
responding to a need which had long been recognized in the York Rite, outlined the
structure and purpose of the new organization and arranged for its incorporation.
The purpose of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America, as set forth in its
Constitution and By-Laws, are as follows:
(1) To foster a spirit of cooperation an coordination among each of the Bodies of York
(2) To assist in worthy efforts to improve the ritualistic and dramatic presentation of
York Rite work.
(3) To conduct an education program in order to inculcate a greater appreciation of
the principles, ideals and programs of York Rite Masonry.
(4) To strengthen York Rite Masonry in every possible manner.
(5) To build up a love of country and to aid and support genuine Americanism.
(6) To reward outstanding service to York Rite Masonry by awards, honors and other
methods of proper recognition.
(7) To support Charitable and Benevolent Endeavors of Freemasonry.
YORK RITE COLLEGES
The first York Rite College was constituted on June 15, 1957 in the City of Jackson,
Michigan. From here, the new organization spread rapidly from coast to coast and
from north to south and by 1970 Colleges had been established in fourteen States
and one Province of Canada.
Membership in a College is by invitation, and is restricted to those who hold
membership in all of the other York Rite bodies. Since the primary object of every
College is to foster a spirit of service and to promote and support the York Rite in
every way possible, it is no surprise to find many of the leaders of the Craft numbered
among its ranks. Here they find a common ground from which the can act for the
welfare of all York Rite bodies without special favor to any. Colleges have been active
in the organization of York Rite Festivals, degree teams, drill corps, and many other
functions which serve to assist, coordinate, and unify the Rite.
THE SOVEREIGN COLLEGE
The York Rite Sovereign College of North America is the supreme governing body for
all Colleges within its jurisdiction. As such, it endeavors to promote all those activities
which favor the accomplishing of its stated purpose. Among these is the awarding of
certain honors for outstanding service.
The Gold Honor Award may be given to any Mason for unselfish and faithful service in
any branch of the York Rite. The recipient need not to be a member of a College, nor
is it required that he be a member of all the other York Rite bodies
The Order of the Purple Cross of York, the highest honor of the College, is conferred
upon those members of the College who have distinguished themselves by their
service to humanity or to the Rite, The recipients are designated Associate Regents of
the Sovereign College, and from their ranks are chosen the Regents or active
members of that body.
The Sovereign College meets in General Assembly once each year, generally in late
July or early August.
|Chartered U.D. on August 28th, 1982
Dedicated and Constituted on October 26th, 1983
William J. Clark
Richard L. Walker
Edward Harper II
Seth B. Needham
Charles Lewis Jr.
William M. Dyer Jr.
Woodrow W. Thomas
John W. Johnston III
Joseph D. Hinson
Fred H. Witty III
H. Wayne Cox
Bobby Joe Kitchen
E. Bryan Chadwick
W. Francis Pugh
Steven C. Walston
Dennis R. Block
2Donald R. Manweiller
Dale D. Davis
Russell M. Rainear