General Grand Chapter

The governing body for the Capitular Rite is referred to as the General Grand Chapter R.A.M. It is true that every Grand Chapter in the U.S.A. ‘has not seen fit to affiliate with the great Capitular family, but these are exceptions rather than the rule. In a few instances, those outside the fold refer to themselves as “independents,” but as a matter of fact they are no more independent than those who are members of General Grand Chapter.

Until 1946, the organization was known as the General Grand Chapter of the United States of America, but the name was changed to the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons when three Canadian Provinces were admitted. It is said to be the largest single Masonic group working under one banner; it claims forty-six American Chapters, three Canadian Provinces, and subordinate Chapters around the world. The organization meets every three years in what is called a Triennial Convocation.  It was established by virtue of a meeting held in Boston in 1797; its constitution was adopted in 1798. It is composed of the principal officers of all the Grand Chapters, Past Grand High Priests of member Grand Chapters, and representatives from each of its subordinate Chapters. [Edited by Richard Eades, from Ray V. Denslow’s Encyclopedia  A Royal Arch]

The article was taken from the Royal Arch Educational Minute, Grand Chapter, State of NY, Royal Arch Masons (


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District Deputy Grand Master Saratoga-Warren District 1998-2000; Grand Lodge Leadership Services Committee; Leadership Development Course Coordinator; Vice Chairman Grand Master's Educational Task Force; Vice Chairman Grand Lodge Child ID Committee; District Deputy Grand High Priest 14th Capitular District; Grand Master of the 1st Veil 2010; Grand Master 2nd Veil 2011; Grand Master 3rd Veil 2012 Grand Royal Arch Captain 2013 Grand Principal Sojourner 2014 Grand Captain of the Host 2015 Warren County Historical Society Board of Trustees; Queensbury Masonic Historical Society Charter Member; State Chairman Lodges & Buildings Committee Deputy Grand Master's Advisory Committee
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