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MINUTES OF INITIAL ASSEMBLY OF TEXIAN
YORK RITE COLLEGE NO. 60 UNDER DISPENSATION

Wednesday, April 6, 1977
Scottish Rite Cathedral
San Antonio, Texas

The initial Assembly of Texian York Rite College No. 60 Under Dispensation was convened at 8:30 P.M. in the Scottish Rite Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas by Preeminent Governor Reese L. Harrison, Jr., with the following Officers and Members being present:

Deputy Governor Gerald F. Nowotny
Chancellor William H. Wallace
Treasurer Orval R. Rose
Secretary William C. Young

Preeminent Governor Reese L. Harrison, Jr. exhibited the Dispensation granted by the York Rite Sovereign College of North America through its Grand Governor General, John A. Downs, dated March 30, 1977.
Preeminent Governor Reese L. Harrison, Jr. then described the acts that he had taken which led to the issuance of the Dispensation for Texian York Rite College No. 60 which included obtaining the approval of the Grand Governor of Texas, Clinton F. Barron and of the Deputy Grand Governor of Texas, James M. Willson, Jr. He stated that Grand Governor, Clinton F. Barron, had communicated his approval in writing to the Preeminent Governor on March 14, 1977 and to the Grand Governor General on March 24, 1977, copies of which are appended hereto as Attachment "A" and Attachment "B", respectively.

The Preeminent Governor reviewed the reasons for requesting Dispensation for a York Rite College which are contained within his letter of March 7, 1977 addressed to Clinton F. Barron, Grand Governor of Texas and in his letter of even date to Henry A. Montague, Grand Secretary - General of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America, copies of which are appended to these Minutes and designated as Attachment "C" and Attachment "D", respectively.

Preeminent Governor Reese L. Harrison, Jr. then requested that the assembled Officers and Companion Knights of York execute the Dispensation in that the Regulations of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America require that the Designation be physically executed by twenty-five (25) Companion Knights of York.

The Preeminent Governor then advised the Officers and Companion Knights of York assembled that a form set of ByLaws would be forthcoming from the York Rite Sovereign College of North America to be used as a guide in adopting By-Laws for Texian York Rite College No. 60 U.D. He announced that in the interim it would be necessary to adopt a dues sum, an affiliation fee, and a new member initiation fee.

The Companion Knights of York assembled unanimously voted to have dues of $12.00 per annum which is the same dues structure of Texas York Rite College No. 14.

The Companion Knights of York assembled unanimously voted an affiliation fee of $50.00 for any Companion Knight of York who wish to affiliate as a Charter Member with Texian York Rite College No. 60.

The Companion Knights of York assembled unanimously voted for a new member initiation fee of $100.00.

The Preeminent Governor then proposed the following named Companion Knights of York to be extended the invitation to Charter Membership in Texian York Rite College No. 60 U.D.:

Malcolm Alexander
Bill R. Allen
Frank H. Bonner
Robert Bruce Brannon
George E. Deets
Jose P. Dominguez
Marion Sam Dyches
David Fernandez, Jr.
Jack L. Hall
H. L. Heimer
Bob E. Hensley
Theo R. Jett
John P. Jones
Ralph A. Keyes
James G. Kizer
Elliott P. Lawrence
Vestal F. McBride
William D. Monk
William G. Parsons
Walden E. Shelton
Beau Snoddy
Frank S. Tamsett
J. F. Todd
Horace A. Tuffs
Deed L. Vest

 

The aforenamed Companion Knights of York were unanimously elected to be extended invitations to affiliate with Texian York Rite College No. 60 U.D. as Charter Members.

The following named York Rite Masons were proposed for Charter Membership in Texian York Rite College No. 60 as new Members and the Ballot being spread and coming up clear were declared elected to membership in the York Rite College and in Texian York Rite College No. 60 as Charter Members:

Cecil W. Bain
Richard C. Boward
George Broaddus of Edinburg
Christy R. Cento
Ray E. Dunsmore
David Fernandez, Sr.
Reader H. Grant
Eugene B. Green
Jeremiah Handy
Joe Harmon of Gonzalez
Joe Lences
Alvin Louis McDonald
Robert E. Morris
E. E. Sample of Kerrville
Harold G. Schlierer
Arthur L. Kelly Schwarz
Harry Sinco
Vernon S. Skaggs
Hubert B. Thompson
Everett A. Weaver
Carl Wood of Gonzalez

 

The Companion Knights of York assembled unanimously agreed to authorize the Preeminent Governor to set the date, time and place for the initiation of the new candidates elected to membership in Texian York Rite College No. 60. The Preeminent Governor stated that he would tentatively set the initiation for April 29, 1977 at 7:30 P.M., in a groundfloor Lodgeroom of the Scottish Rite Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas.

The Preeminent Governor Reese L. Harrison, Jr. thanked the Companion Knights of York assembled for having recommended him to the Grand Governor General to be the Charter Preeminent Governor of Texian York Rite College No. 60 and advised the Officers that they would serve until the Charter had been granted and that they would then have to serve an additional 11 months after the granting of the Charter or until June, 1978. He advised that an application for Charter would be submitted at the annual Assembly of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America in August of 1977 and that if the Charter was granted, the Officers would then assume Office in the College by virtue of election and would serve until June of 1978.

No further business appearing, Texian York Rite College No. 60 U.D., was closed with peach and harmony prevailing.

Respectfully submitted,

WILLIAM C. YOUNG
SECRETARY

ATTEST:

REESE L. HARRISON, JR.
PREEMINENT GOVERNOR
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ATTACHMENT "A"

WACO, TEXAS

March 14, 1977

Mr. Reese L. Harrison, Jr.
711 Navarro
San Antonio, Texas

Dear Companion Knight Harrison,

In reply to your letter of intent of March 7, 1977 on the request for dispensation to establish and form a York Rite College in the city of San Antonia and the South Texas area.

It is my expressed feeling that where the work is there also should be the labores and not spend the time traveling that could be utilized for more valuable use.

In my opinion your request is justified and I am well pleased with the action you have taken in this request and if any way I can assist you in securing this dispensation please feel free to call on me.

The Sovereign College of North America will be pleased with your request to form a third York Rite College in the South Texas area.

I therefore approve your request and am pleased to concur with you in this action.


Clinton F. Barron
Grand Governor of Texas
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ATTACHMENT "B"

March 24, 1977

Honorable John A. Downs
Governor General
York Rite Sovereign College of North America
500 Temple Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48233

Honorable Henry A. Montague
Secretary General
York Rite Sovereign College of North America
500 Temple Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48233

Re: Proposed York Rite College for San Antonio, Texas and the Rio Grande Valley

Dear Knights of York:

After due consideration and much prayer on the proposed forming and instituting of a new York Rite College in the San Antonio and Rio Grande Valley areas, I am under the impression that this College will be a real asset to our beloved Fraternity for York Rite Masonary.

Therefore, on this date of March 24 in the year of 1977, in the City of Tyler, Texas, and as Grand Governor of the State of Texas and acting under this authority, I do pray that this request for this dispensation will be granted and approved by the Governor General Honorable John A. Downs and the York Rite Sovereign College of North America.

Fraternally yours,

Clinton F. Barron
Grand Governor of Texas
503 South Palmer
Tyler, Texas 75701

cc: Honorable Reese L. Harrison, Jr.
711 Navarro, Suite 620
San Antonio Bank and Trust Building
San Antonio, Texas 78205
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ATTACHMENT "C"

March 7, 1977

Mr. Clinton F. Barron
Grand Governor of Texas
Grand Standard Bearer
York Rite Sovereign College
503 South Palmer
Tyler, TX 75701

Dear Companion Knight Barron:

Please find enclosed a copy of a letter addressed to Henry A. Montague, Secretary General of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America. On behalf of the Companion Knights of the York Rite College residing in the vicinity of San Antonio, Texas, we are requesting a dispensation for a York Rite College for San Antonio and the South Texas area which comprises District Four (4) of the Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Texas in terms of geographic area.

The reasons for requesting a dispensation for a York Rite College in the above described area are assigned in the enclosed letter to Montague. I have been requested to be the Spokesman for a number of the Companion Knights who reside in San Antonio, Texas for the purpose of requesting the dispensation.

We feel strongly that a York Rite College is the best vehicle with which to promote and coordinate membership efforts as well as to promote and coordinate York Rite Festivals which initiate new members.

As you know, there are two important functions in regard to the growth of York Rite Masonry: one of those functions is the membership effort and the second function is the actual initiation of members in the form of a York Rite Festival. You cannot have the second effort without the first effort and it is the first effort which needs particular emphasis in the geographic area described in this letter.

On Friday, November 26, 1976, I discussed this matter with Ed Bloomquist, Past Governor of Texas York Rite College No. 14, who after some thought and consideration on that occasion stated that he had no objection to the forming of a York Rite College in San Antonio and that it would probably serve a good purpose as outlined in this letter.

Subsequently, I discussed the matter by telephone with James M. Willson, Jr., again by letter, and finally this past weekend in person during the Grand Masters' Regional Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Deputy Grand Governor, James M. Wilson, Jr., gave his approval for the formation of a York Rite College to be headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.

You should be advised that a number of Knight Companions of the Order of the Red Cross of Constantine who live in Corpus Christi, Texas and the Rio Grande Valley are members of St. Anthony Conclave which is stationed in San Antonio, Texas. In fact, the present Sovereign of St. Anthony Conclave is D. D. Lancaster, who lives in the Rio Grande Valley.

Over the years a significant number of the Knight Companions of St. Anthony Conclave have resided in Corpus Christi, Texas and the Rio Grande Valley and Sovereigns of St. Anthony Conclave have come from that area. Until 1971, Alzafar Shrine Temple in San Antonio had territorial jurisdiction in Corpus Christi, Texas which jurisdiction was assumed by Al Amin Temple by dispensation in 1971. Prior to 1971, Alzafar Temple had exclusive jurisdiction in the Rio Grande Valley which jurisdiction became concurrent for 1971 - 1972 and then became exclusive in Al Amin Temple subsequent to 1972.

The San Antonio Scottish Rite Bodies hold a one day reunion in April and October of each year in Corpus Christi, Texas and approximately every other year the San Antonio Scottish Rite Bodies hold a one day reunion in the Rio Grande Valley in Harlingen, Texas. In fact, a one day reunion will be held in the Rio Grande Valley this year and will be denominated the Grand Masters' Class in honor of Herman Vinyard, who resides in McAllen, Texas and is a member of the San Antonio Scottish Rite Bodies.

As you can see, San Antonio is tied very much to Corpus Christi and to all points in between San Antonio and Brownsville where there are Commanderies of Knights Templar stationed because of the fact that those Commanderies are all within District Four (4) of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Texas. We have District Conclaves together each year.

We would appreciate very much your favorable consideration of our application for a dispensation to institute a York Rite College in San Antonio, Texas for the benefit of San Antonio, Corpus Christi and the Rio Grande Valley area.

Should you have any questions concerning this matter, please do not hesitate to call me collect at the telephone number listed on the Letterhead.

Very truly yours,

Reese L. Harrison, Jr.
Member, Texas York Rite College No. 14

cc: Mr. Henry A. Montague
Secretary - General
York Rite Sovereign College
500 Temple Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201

Mr. James M. Willson, Jr.
Deputy Grand Governor of Texas
P. 0. Box 666
Floydada, TX 79235
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ATTACHMENT "D"

March 7, 1977

Mr. Henry A. Montague
Secretary - General
York Rite Sovereign College
500 Temple Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201

Re: Proposed York Rite College for San Antonio, Texas and the Rio Grande Valley

Dear Companion Knight Montague:

The purpose of this letter is to request from you the appropriate forms within which to petition for dispensation to institute a York Rite College in San Antonio, Texas serving San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley which is south of San Antonio and extends 300 miles to the Mexican border. Brownsville, Texas, which is the southern most tip of the State of Texas, is 300 miles from San Antonio, Texas and 480 miles from Waco, Texas as San Antonio is 180 miles from Waco, Texas.

At the present time there exists in the State of Texas, Texas York Rite College No. 14 which meets annually in Waco, Texas in June of each year, and in conjunction with the Grand Commandery Conclave, and in Waco in December of each year in conjunction with the Grand Royal Arch Chapter and the Grand Chapter of Royal and Select Masters. West Texas York College No. 36 meets in Lubbock, Texas but I do not know the frequency of the meetings or if it meets in any other place other than Lubbock, Texas.

The annual meeting of Texas York College No. 14 to which the 22 Companion Knights of San Antonio belong, is always on the first Sunday in June, which is in conflict with the annual meeting of the Texas Shrine Association of 13 Shrine Temples. Many of the York Rite college members from San Antonio attend the Texas Shrine Association for purposes of competing in uniformed unit competition and are in no position to leave the annual meeting of the Texas Shrine Association to drive to Waco, Texas with a horse or motorized vehicle being hauled behind their car for the purpose of attending the annual meeting of Texas York Rite College No. 14.

Additionally, in order to coordinate York Rite membership efforts and York Rite festivals, we believe the vehicle of a York Rite college to be best suited for that purpose in the San Antonio vicinity. We have advised Deputy Grand Governor, James M. Willson, Jr., of our intention to take in members from that territory which comprises District 4 of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Texas, plus Victoria, Texas which is a territory that is south of San Antonio and is composed of ten Commanderies of Knights Templar.

We note with interest that the State of Illinois has three York Rite colleges, (No. 15, No. 33 and No. 42) and that the State of Michigan has eight York Rite colleges (No. 1, No. 3, No. 5, No. 8, No. 10, No. 16, No. 19 and No. 40) and both States have a smaller York Rite population than does the State of Texas.

Currently there are 22 Companion Knights of the York Rite College No. 14 who have York Rite membership in one or more of the San Antonio York Rite Bodies. Additionally, approximately 8 other Companion Knights live within the territorial jurisdiction aforedescribed not counting those in Seguin, Texas.

In reviewing the Constitution of the York Rite college and the regulations for the government of constituent colleges, we are not clear as to the procedure involved but we think that the procedure is to apply to the Grand Governor General for a dispensation for the formation of a new York Rite college upon the petition of five eligible petitioners accompanied by the sum of $100.00.

It is our understanding that twenty-five members are needed for the granting of a Charter. We have available in San Antonio almost enough Companion Knights for a Charter but would request the form for applying for a dispensation so that at the annual meeting in August of 1977, we could then request a Charter.

We propose that a new York Rite college be called Texian College which is a name used to describe Texans who were for independence from Mexico and who lived in the state of Coahuila in the Republic of Mexico prior to 1836 when Texas declared its independence from Mexico. That territory designated the State of Coahuila prior to independence in 1836 is that territory that later became the Republic of Texas and which was later reduced in size upon Annexation of the Republic of Texas to the Union when the Republic became a State of the United States of America. The territory within which the proposed Texian College would operate is rich in Spanish and Mexican cultural heritage and the name is appropriate and familiar to those who reside in San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

If this request for dispensation meets with the approval of the Grand Governor General and that of the Grand Governor and Deputy Grand Governor of Texas, please forward the petition form to the undersigned for completion so that we can return the same to you with the required fee of $100.00.

We would hope that we could have the institution of the college during the annual Fiesta San Jacinto in San Antonio, Texas which is a celebration of the independence of Texas from the Republic of Mexico.

Thanking you for your consideration of the matters, contained herein, I remain

Very truly yours,

Reese L. Harrison,
Member, Texas York Rite College No. 14
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MINUTES OF CALLED ASSEMBLY OF TEXIAN
YORK RITE COLLEGE NO. 60 UNDER DISPENSATION

Monday, April 25, 1977
Scottish Rite Cathedral
San Antonio, Texas

Texian York Rite College No. 60 Under Dispensation was convened in a called Assembly at 7:30 P.M. in the Scottish Rite Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas by Preeminent Governor Reese L. Harrison, Jr. with the following Officers and Members being present:

Deputy Governor Gerald F. Nowotny
Chancellor William H. Wallace
Treasurer Orval R. Rose
Secretary William C. Young

Preeminent Governor Reese L. Harrison, Jr. said the purpose of the meeting was to approve and adopt By Laws in conformity with the form By Laws furnished by the York Rite Sovereign College of North America. Proposed By Laws for Texian York Rite College No. 60 Under Dispensation were distributed to each officer and Member present and after consideration of the same were unanimously approved and adopted and said By Laws are attached to these Minutes and hereby incorporated by reference into the same and are designated Attachment "A".

The following named York Rite Masons were proposed for Charter Membership in Texian York Rite College No. 60 as new Members and the ballot being spread and coming up clear were declared elected to Membership in the York Rite College and in Texian York Rite College No. 60 as Charter Members:

D. Frank Crain
James S. Fields
Michael L. Goodwin
Paul E. Jameson
Walter H. Meyer
Joseph Morris
Ken Rowe, Jr.

The Preeminent Governor then announced that all necessary materials with which to operate a York Rite College had been received from the York Rite Sovereign College of North America at Detroit, Michigan. He further announced that he had met with the Grand Governor General, John A. Downs, while attending the International Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay as an Active Member and Grand Marshall of the DeMolay Supreme Council. He stated that Grand Governor General John A. Downs had been elected as an Honorary Member of the International Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay. The Preeminent Governor also announced that he had met with Gladys Jex, Secretary to the Grand Secretary General of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America and with Clifford Jex, Grand Governor of Michigan, and both of them had been most helpful in advising the Preeminent Governor in regard to the administration and operation of a constituent York Rite College.

No further business appearing, Texian York Rite College No. 60, U.D. was closed with peace and harmony prevailing.

Respectfully submitted,


WILLIAM C. YOUNG
SECRETARY

ATTEST:

REESE L. HARRISON, JR.
PREEMINENT GOVERNOR
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