by Christopher Hodapp
NOTE: This story has been updated.
Like so many other groups all over the world, the annual Conference of Grand Masters of Masons in North America has been forced to drop its in-person meeting this year because of the COVID pandemic. I'm sure the brethren in Seattle, Washington who had been preparing to host this event for several years are greatly disappointed. But the event will go on.
This year's COGMMNA will be an online event. So is the concurrent Conference of Grand Secretaries.
A video conference.
Over the Internet.
I just looked at the list of officers for this year's Conference. When what to my wondering eyes did appear, but the name of the Vice-Chairman (the second in command).
None other than South Carolina Grand Master Walter C. Disher II.
Would it be unnecessarily churlish to ask if he's not going to participate in the conference, since it violates his own edict against electronic Masonic gatherings for which a PGM was just expelled? Or might he consider expelling himself?
It's a conundrum.
UPDATE February 11, 2021 6:35PM
Sometime in the last few days since I posted this story, the web page for the Conference of Grand Masters was updated. It seems that South Carolina Grand Master Walter Discher II won't need to expel himself after all. He has been replaced as Vice Chairman (Pro Tem) of the Conference by Ken Gorgen, Grand Master of Wisconsin. According to multiple sources, neither Discher nor South Carolina Grand Secretary Gerald L.Carver will be participating in the online virtual COGMMNA of Conference of Grand Secretaries.
The Conference's livestream video will begin on February 20th, 2021 at 1:00PM EST. At that time, CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE LIVE PROGRAM.