Chapter & Council Class

Gadsden York Rite – One Day Chapter/Council Degrees

The Gadsden York Rite Bodies will be hosting the Chapter & Council Degrees for a one-day class.  Please come out and join us for a day of Friendship and see the degrees performed.  The degrees will be Chapter degrees will be performed by various Chapters.  Gadsden Council #56 will exemplify the Royal & Select Master. 

Primary Hotel Reservations (Marriott) $91.00

Fairfield Inn & Suites  (Marriott)
116 Walker St.
Gadsden, AL 35904
$91/night when booked before September 11th using Group Code “GYR”
Book your group rate by Clicking Here

Alternate Hotel (Hilton) $99.00

Hampton Inn & Suites
206 Walker St.
Gadsden, AL 35904
$99/night when booked before September 5th using Group Code “GYR”

Physical Address:

Gadsden York Rite
819 Chestnut Street
Gadsden, AL. 35160

For more information, contact Companion Joel Bryant.

2020 Southeastern Department Conference

From the Office of
James C. McGee
Right Eminent  Department Commander

Sir Knights,

Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel

This year’s Southeastern Department Conference will be held on June 12th – 13th, 2020 at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water Street, Mobile, Al 36602.

Cutoff date for reservations is 05/15/2020.

Registration will begin on Friday, June 12th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and resume Saturday, June 13th from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Dinner will be on your own Friday night with the hospitality room  reopening  at 8:00 pm. On Saturday we will begin at 8:00 am with the General Grand Bodies in separate rooms until lunch at 12:00. Sessions will resume from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. There will be a Social (Cash Bar) from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm with the Banquet at 7:00 pm. Please remember that the Grand Encampment Statutes order that that the Grand Commander, Deputy Grand Commander, Grand Generalissimo, Grand Captain General and the Grand Recorder are REQUIRED to be in attendance at a Department Conference. Attendance will be taken of the various Grand Commanderies attending. If any officer is unable to attend, he MUST request an excusal from the Most Eminent Grand Master.

The Grand Recorders and State Coordinators have been requested to ensure that all the officers of your jurisdiction attend. Please also note that this conference is open to any and all Companions and Sir Knights who desire to attend.

Remember that the York Rite Leaders Program, which is jointly sponsored by the General Grand Chapter, the General Grand Council and the Grand Encampment , will also be held concurrently with the Department Conference. Brochures regarding the York Rite Leaders Program have been sent to the Grand Recorders of the SE Department. Participants in the York Rite Leaders Program must ALSO register for the Conference.


James C. McGee, KTCH, KCT
SE Department Commander

All required forms can be downloaded below:

Alabama’s Grand Chapter R.A.M., Grand Council R & S Masters and The Grand Commandery of Knights Templar Conclave

Alabama’s Grand Chapter R.A.M., Grand Council R & S Masters and The Grand Commandery of Knights Templar Conclave will be held February 28 through March 1, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park, 8 Perimeter Park South, Birmingham, AL 35243. Room prices are $128.00 per night plus tax which includes a buffet breakfast for up to (2) guests per room for each night booked. To book your reservations at the DoubleTree:

Call 1-800-774-1500 or 205-967-2700 Ask for the York Rite Group 2020 Code-YRG

Or Copy and paste the following URL in your web browser search for on-line booking:,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

         An Official Program and Registration Form are enclosed.

         A Registration Form must be completed by all participants and returned to this office whether or not you are attending the Banquet.

         The Hotel will take reservations for a room until February 12, 2020 or until our block of rooms are sold out. After that time, they will not guarantee the special rate. Also, we need your Registration Form no later than February 12, 2020 to be able to inform the hotel how many will be attending the Banquet.


A prompt reply will be greatly appreciated.


Hiram O. Williams, Jr., KCT, OPC, KYCH
Grand Secretary-Recorder