Grand Session

The 2019 Grand Session of the Louisiana Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, Grand Council of Cryptic Masons, and Grand Commandery of Knights Templar is just days away.

REGISTER ONLINE HERE

OR REGISTER BY U.S. MAIL HERE

The 2019 Louisiana Grand York Rite Session kicks off on Thursday, February 28, 2019 with a jam packed schedule full of Masonic education, business, and fellowship. See our full schedule, below.

Ladies’ dress for the banquet is formal (preferred) or semi-formal and for all other occasions business casual.  Members should wear their uniforms or coat and tie as the event requires.

This year, in addition to our famed Ladies’ Hospitality Room, your guests can choose to go on several different adventures.  On the afternoon of Friday, March 1, we have arranged for a Trolley Tour of downtown Alexandria where guests will see the beautiful stained glass and carved wooden alters of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, see the grave and hear the fascinating story of Confederate governor Thomas Overton Moore, learn the story about how the Hotel Bentley came to be and its historic role in U.S. history, explore the creative side of our city at River Oaks Art Center, and discover thousands of years of Louisiana history at the Louisiana History Museum.  On the afternoon of Saturday, March 2, stay at the Hotel Bentley for a Ladies’ Painting Party.  The ladies from Quirky Artz in Alexandria will be on hand to help you paint your masterpiece over a two-hour session, and we’ll supply the Mimosas!  Plus, it’s Mardi Gras! Several family-friendly parades will roll just outside of our host hotel, the Hotel Bentley!

Purchase your tickets for all of the meals plus all of the ladies’ events online using our secure payment portal.  For those guests who register entirely online, we will have a special check-in desk at the Session where you can zip right through and pick up your tickets and credentials without having to stand in the registration line.

IF YOU ARE A CURRENT GRAND HIGH PRIEST, GRAND ILLUSTRIOUS MASTER, OR GRAND COMMANDER OF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING STATES, please contact us directly at events@keithgateslaw.com to register:
*   Arkansas

*   Missouri
*   Kansas
*   Oklahoma
*   Texas

PLEASE contact the Hotel Bentley directly at (318) 442-2226 to register your room accommodations. Be sure to use the promo code GRAND YORK RITE 2019.  Room rates are as follows and include free breakfast in the Hotel’s famed Bentley Room Restaurant:

  • Handicap accessible: $109
  • Double Queen: $129
  • Riverview: $109
  • King: $109
  • Standard: $109

SCHEDULE:

  • THURSDAY
    o    1:00 p.m. – Registration Opens
    o    4:30 p.m. – Order of the Silver Trowel
    o    5:00 p.m. – Registration Closes
    o    6:30 p.m. – Welcome Reception
  • FRIDAY
    o    7:00 a.m. – Registration Opens
    o    8:00 a.m. – Ladies’ Hospitality Room Opens
    o    8:00 a.m. – Grand Chapter Opens (closed session)
    o    8:45 a.m. – Grand Council Opens (closed session)
    o    9:30 a.m. – Grand Chapter/Council reception of dignitaries, etc.
    o    11:00 a.m. – Ladies’ Lunch
    o    11:00 a.m. – Men’s Lunch
    o    12:00 p.m. – Grand Chapter reconvenes
    o    2:00 p.m. – Grand Chapter Officer Pictures
    o    2:30 p.m. – Grand Council reconvenes
    o    4:30 p.m. – Grand Council Officer Pictures
    o    4:30 p.m. – Registration Closes
    o    4:30 p.m. – Hixson Classic Cars and College Cheerleaders Parade
    o    5:00 p.m. – Order of High Priesthood
    o    5:00 p.m. – Ladies Hospitality Room Closes
    o    7:00 p.m. – Officer Dinners (all others on your own)
  •   SATURDAY
    o    7:00 a.m. – Registration Opens
    o    8:00 a.m. – Knights Preceptor
    o    8:00 a.m. – Ladies’ Hospitality Room Opens
    o    9:30 a.m. – Formal Opening of the Grand Commandery
    o    10:00 a.m. – Children’s Mardi Gras Parade
    o    11:30 a.m. – Lunch (Men and Ladies)
    o    12:30 p.m. – Grand Commandery Resumes Business
    o    3:30 p.m. – Knight Crusader of the Cross
    o    4:30 p.m. – KYCH
    o    4:30 p.m. – Registration Closes
    o    5:00 p.m. – Ladies Hospitality Room Closes
    o    6:30 p.m. – Grand Commander’s Reception
    o    7:00 p.m. – Grand Banquet
  • SUNDAY
    o    8:30 a.m. – Divine  and Necrology Services
    o    10:00 a.m. – Installation of Officers