York Rite Colleges of New York
Sovereign York Rite College
of North America

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is a project of United YRC 127

York Rite Colleges of New York

Grand Governor, Right Eminently Distinguished Brother Richard J. Kessler, No. 77
Deputy Grand Governor, Very Eminently Distinguished Brother David F. Stoy, No. 127

The York Rite Sovereign College of North America exists primarily to be of service to the York Rite of Freemasonry. Constituent colleges must declare fealty to the Grand Lodge of their respective jurisdictions. The pre-requisite for membership, which is by invitation only, is good-standing in all four York Rite bodies: Lodge, Chapter, Council and Commandery.

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Events 2018


Sat Oct 20 United Official Visit Deputy Grand Governor
Sat. Oct 27 1:00.pm Manhattan Conferral Of Order upon worthy candidates. Grand Lodge
Sat 10 Nov 5:00 pm Southern Tier YRC
1 Dec Albany Order Knight of York
New York Official Visit of Grand Governor / Deputy Grand Governor
Albany Official Visit of Grand Governor / Deputy Grand Governor
Genesee Official Visit of Grand Governor / Deputy Grand Governor
Central Official Visit of Grand Governor / Deputy Grand Governor
Niagara Official Visit of Grand Governor / Deputy Grand Governor
Southern Official Visit of Grand Governor / Deputy Grand Governor

Events 2019

02 March 2019 Albany Degree Casting/Back-up Roles
Sat. Apr 13 10:00am Manhattan Official Visit of Grand Governor / Deputy Grand Governor
Visitation by Sovereign York Rite College for inspection and presentation of permanent Charter;
conferral Of Order upon worthy Candidates;
Elections & Installation. This will be followed by lunch.
04 May 2019 Albany Annual Meeting/Election & Installation of Officers
1-6 August Salt Lake City 62nd YRSC GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Sat 10 Aug 10 am Utica Masonic Temple Statewide Assembly (see below)
Attire ?.

NY Assembly

Minutes 2018

On August 17, 2018 a meeting was held to discuss means of assisting our NYS Colleges in the administration of their particular colleges.

Attended: REDB Richard Kessler GG , VEDB David Stoy DGG 127, Edward Newsham PGG 127, Steven Wing PGG , Bruce Van Buren 127, Phil Chandler 127, Earl Wilkinson 127, Martin Leukhardt 24, David Hardy, Garry R. Hutchurson

College Tasks

Trestleboard to Grand Governor

Agenda 2019

  • Coffee & donuts 9 am
  • Open 10 am
  • Report on 62nd YRSC GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • Reports from individual colleges
  • Discuss state of York Rite Masonry in New York.
  • Program
  • Lunch about noon (may go out)
  • Close 2 pm
  • Workshops
  • Vacate 4 pm

Items Agreed Upon

  • Establish an annual meeting of all colleges commencing 2nd 2nd Saturday in August beginning with August 10, 2019
  • Place: Utica Masonic Hall
  • Invitees: all colleges; stressing council officers and secretary
  • Meeting to run from 10 am - 4 pm including morning donuts and a lunch break


  • update from the York Rite College session
  • discussion of what the OPC is
  • introduction of current and propose OPC recipients
  • Award criteria - personal and college
  • trestle board - presentation and workshop on how to
  • prepare
  • ritual workshop
  • constitutional workshop
  • College projects
  • web site

Companion Knights, this is an outstanding agenda for our first meeting. All may not be covered in full, but we need to be ambitious in our inaugural effort.

PS: Southern Tier College 126 is scheduling the Order of York on November 10 and is in need of assistance.

Utica Masonic Temple arrangements by Phil Chandler

NY Colleges

No. Name Location Contact
UD Manhattan Grand Lodge, 71 W 23 St., Manhattan, NY 10110 Governor Edmund Harrison harnich@cs.com
Deputy Gov. Piers Vaughn ghp2014@gmail.com
Chancellor Peter Flihan Flihan.glny@gmail.com
Secretary Christopher Allen Christopher.L.allen@gmail.com
Treasurer George Emmons reen_emmons@hotmail.com
22 NEW YORK Oyster Bay, NY George Harrison GeorgeHarrison1@verizon.net
24 ALBANY Albany, NY Governor Mathias J. Erschen IV  mjerschen at nycap.rr.com
Deputy Gov. Gerald R Dievendorf  JDievendorf at gmail.com
Chancellor John W. Scott  Scottydawg2000 at aol.com
Secretary Martin W. Leukhardt   marwleukh at verizon.net
Treasurer Ralph H. Rosenthal   rosenthalralph@verizon.net
25 GENESEE Rochester, NY Governor Dennis Parmerter pamdeb at gmail.com
Deputy Gov. Robert Ball rgball13 at gmail.com
Chancellor William R. Wright Jr. karenewf at citilink.net
Treasurer Kenneth Howe krhowe74 at gmail.com
Secretary Charles Roberts cholyone at rochester.rr.com
27 CENTRAL NEW YORK Liverpool, NY Governor Richard J. Powell rjpowell@arsmasonica.com
Deputy Gov. William Toth II DDGMOnonDist1618@gmail.com
Chancellor James Babcock babcock1972@yahoo.com
Treasurer Earl Tuttle etuttle1@twcny.rr.com
Secretary Richard C. Fowler rfowler415@aol.com
77 NIAGARA FRONTIER 2379 Union Road
Cheektowage, NY 14227
Governor Brian Singer bsinger2@verizon.net
Deputy Gov. John Haslam jbhaslamsr@gmail.com
Chancellor Steven Eisenhower sfjikeco@gmail.com
Treasurer Paul Barrera Jr. barrpjr@aol.com
Secretary James Stoll wb2bsl@localnet.com 716-225-7408
Right Eminently Distinguished Brother Richard J. Kessler, Grand Governor
rj1179 at gmail.com
126 SOUTHERN TIER Owego, NY Governor Charles L. Hill, III celestialartist@yahoo.com   
Deputy Gov. Keith L. Foster keithlfoster@hotmail.com  
Chancellor Charles E. Knapp, Jr. ceknappjr@att.net   
Treasurer Erwin Hermann hermalen@nep.net   
Secretary Eugene R. Graves ggrav360pm97@epix.net 
127 UNITED West Winfield or Oneonta Governor Phillip J. Chandler jphillipchandler@gmail.com
Deputy Gov. Robert N. Rogers bob.rogers837@stny.rr.com
Chancellor Earl G. Wilkinson
Treasurer David F. Stoy dstoy@stny,rr,com
Secretary Dennis S. Davis deputydad416@twcny.rr.com
Very Eminently Distinguished Brother David F. Stoy, Deputy Grand Governor