OF ORGANIZATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF
A group of York Rite Masons interested In the formation of a York Rite College in the state of Texas met in the Colonial Room of the Raleigh Hotel in Waco, Texas, on Saturday morning, May 10, 1958, at eleven o'clock.
See Register [for attendees].
With Knight Companion William F. Carroll serving as temporary chairman and Knight Companion Fred F. DeVaney serving as temporary secretary, the following proceedings were had:
Knight Companion Victor C. Whitfield was unanimously chosen to serve as the York Rite Grand Governor for the State of Texas. A motion was made, seconded and duly carried that the York Rite Sovereign Governor of North America be requested to appoint Knight Companion Whitfield to this office.
The following officers were elected by acclamation to serve In the office opposite to their names:
The petition for a charter, addressed to the York Rite Sovereign College of North America was read and signed by the following: Victor Carl Whitfield, John Ogden Caruthers, Roy Bascom Underwood, Reese Leonard Hayes, George Maurice Foshee, Sr., Fred Forrest DeVaney, Odis Simmons, Lloyd Lester Jones, James Frederick Todd, Sam Dickerson Gulledge, William Francis Carroll, Mickey Eugene Hugghins, Eugene Shelby Winfree, Jr., Johnny Lafayette Lacey, Glenn Ferges, Vere Emerson Haggerty, J. T. Sanders, Donavon Kelso Glass, Edgar Thomason Hill, Robert Alford Bartley, William Joe Davis, Gerald Dee Morton, James Woodrow Jackson, Clinton Ferrell Barron, Edward Stephen Sweeden.
The meeting was closed with prayer led by Knight Companion Fred F. DeVaney after which a delicious luncheon was served to all present.
Companion Victor C. Whitfield, M.I. Grand Master of Royal and Select Masters, then gave a report on his trip to Detroit where he had attended a meeting of the Grand York Rite College. He explained its purposes and functions of the York Rite.
Our York Rite Governor, Companion John Caruthers. then explained to the group the method he thought to be proper in requesting either the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas or the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Texas to recognize this body of Masonry.
A letter of resignation from Fred F. DeVaney, our York Rite Secretary, was then read. It was moved and passed to accept his resignation. It was declared that nominations were in order for a successor to fill this office. Companion M. E. Hugghins was nominated and elected unopposed.
Companion Caruthers then called on Companion Whitfield to obligate the group since he was, at that time, the only one of the group who was a member in Michigan, and would be the only one until such time as the sponsoring body in Texas had approved our action. It was pointed out that one need not be an officer in any of the York Rite Bodies to be eligible to be invited to petition, but to be an ardent worker in Chapter, Council or Commandery was very desirable.
During the round-table discussion of the group, it was generally agreed that one of the main functions and duties of this organization is to promote York Rite Masonry, and that could best be done by promoting interest in our Schools of Instruction.
The York Rite Governor then announced his appointive Officers as follows:
After some discussion, it was decided to call a meeting for Saturday, November 22, 1958, for 12:30 P.M., after luncheon at the Driskell Hotel in Austin, Texas.
The hat was passed around and a contribution of $1.00 each was taken up and turned over to the York Rite Treasurer, Companion George Foshee.
Nothing further appearing for attention, the meeting was adjourned at 3:30 P.M., peace and harmony prevailing. The meeting was closed with a prayer.
On November 22nd, 1958 a group of Companions assembled in the Driskell Hotel, at Austin, Texas, where we enjoyed a fine luncheon of the Dutch variety. Companion Edd Sweeden gave the Invocation. After the meal was completed Companion John O. Caruthers, York Rite Governor, called the meeting to Order. Comp. Wm. F. Carroll was appointed Acting Secretary for this meeting.
The Minutes of the meeting held on August 23rd, 1958 was read and approved.
Those present were:
The Acting Secretary then read a letter from the York Rite College of North America regarding the activities of the College for the months of November and December 1958.
Companion John Caruthers informed the Companions that the Rituals would soon be obtained, and that a Degree Team would be formed.
Companion Victor C. Whitfield informed the Companions that a Meeting would be held of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America at Detroit on January 16th, 1959, which he planned to attend.
Gerald D. Morton offered a room for the Inauguration of the York Rite
College of Texas, when all the arrangements have been completed for
its forming have been completed.
Companion Caruthers then informed the Companions that Companion R. B. Underwood would make the recommendation to the Grand Chapter at the 109th Annual Convocation at Waco,Texas on Dec. 1-2, 1958 for recognition of this Body.
Discussion was then held on appointing one member to make a report on the History on each of the following Degrees: The Mark Master; Past Master; Most Excellent Master; Royal Arch Degree; Royal Master Degree; Select Master Degree; and each of the Orders in the Commandery.
On a motion duly seconded this was put in the form of a Resolution, and on a motion and vote of the Companions was adopted.
Comp. Caruthers then appointed the following Companions to make a report at our meetings to be held in the future. The Mark Master Degree, Comp. R.A. Bartley; The Past Master Degree, Companion Edd Sweeden; The Most Excellent Master Degree; Comp. Edgar T. Hill; The Royal Arch Degree, Comp. R. B. Underwood.
Petitions: The following applications were received for the York Rite College:
The Ballot was then taken and the above named petitioners were declared elected to the York Rite College.
Companion Caruthers thanked the Companions for their attendance at these meetings.
Nothing further appearing for attention the meeting was adjourned at 2:30 p.m. Benediction was given by Companion Victor C. Whitfield.
On February 7th, 1959, the Companion Knights assembled at the Raleigh Hotel at Waco, Texas, at 11:00 a.m. where we enjoyed a fine Luncheon of the Dutch Variety. Companion Knight Fred F. DeVaney gave a very appropriate Invocation. The following Companion Knights were present:
Companion Knights John O. Caruthers; S. Dick Gulledge; Marvin Meador; Roy B. Underwood; Gerald Morton; Fred F. DeVaney; Victor C. Whitfield; Joe Davis; J. F. Todd; Edd Sweeden; L. L. Jones; R. A. Bartley; Don K. Glass; Joe Jackson; J. L. Lacey; C. F. Barron; W. J. Howard; Edward E. Colson; Bunyan Davidson; Geo. M. Foshee; Wm. F. Carroll; Reese L. Hayes; and M. E. Hugghins.
The Minutes of the Meeting held on November 22nd, 1958, were read and approved.
Comp Caruthers then read the proposed By-Laws which are approved by the Sovereign York Rite College of North America. On a motion duly seconded these by-laws were approved until the by-laws Committee could make a study of them and make such changes and recommendations and amendments that were deemed necessary.
It was also decided that Charter Members of this College would be confined to all who have been elected as of this date February 7th, 1959.
Companion Caruthers then explained the method that should be used in obtaining petitions, that they were by invitation only. That the members should be those working for the good of York Rite Masonry throughout the State.
Companion Whitfield announced that he had received the Rituals and that they would be given out and signed for by those members receiving them.
Companion Caruthers urged that all Officers and those taking part in the Ritualistic Work should be well versed in their parts, and that the Officers would open and close the College at our next meeting, and that those wishing to take a part in the Ritualistic Work should turn their names in to the Secretary and they would be given a portion of the work to confer.
Discussion was held on the amount that should be assessed the members up to June 30th, 1959. The sum of $5.00 was recommended. On a motion duly seconded the sum of $5.00 was approved.
Companion Knight M. E. Hugghins announced to the College that due to business and other reasons, that he would be unable to attend all the meetings of the College, and submitted his resignation as Secretary.
Companion Caruthers announced that nominations were in order for the Office of Secretary for the College.
Companion Joe Davis nominated Comp Wm. F. Carroll for the Office of Sec'y which was seconded by Companion C. F. Barron. Comp Wm. F. Carrol was elected by acclamation.
Companion Victor C. Whitfield then installed the following Officers in their respective Stations and Places:
Comp Knight John O. Caruthers then obligated the following Comp Knights who had been elected to this College:
The following petitions were received for membership in the York Rite College No. 14 from Companions:
William Carl Jacobs, Port Lavaca, Texas; Litt S. Perry, Abilene, Texas; Guy William Butler, North San Jacinto, Houston, Texas; Roy Patterson, Nocoma, Texas; C. E. Nisbet, Lufkin, Texas; and William Ellyson Crozier, Houston, Texas. These petitions were referred to the Membership Committee for investigation and report.
The members then received their dues cards and lapel pins with the understanding that these pins would not be work until further notice and that the meetings of this College and its activities still would be kept secret. The sum of $10.00 was approved as payment to Miss Lois Foshee for address plates, printing petitions, typing and mailing letters, plus postage.
Comp Knight Caruthers - York Rite Governor - then announced that the next meeting would be held on Saturday June 6th, 1959, at the Raleigh Hotel, Waco, Texas at 11:00 a.m.
Nothing further appearing for attention the meeting was adjourned at 2:15 p.m. with prayer by Comp Knight Roy B. Underwood - York Rite Deputy Governor.
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