West Allis Chapter #84, R.A.M.

West Allis Chapter #84 Royal Arch Masons

Stated Convocations on the first and fourth Mondays of each month.

What's New

Officer Office E-mail
Brad Bingheim, PHP, GM3V High Priest hp@lakemasoniccenter.org
Nathan Butts King ki@lakemasoniccenter.org
Peter Misko, GM2V Scribe sc@lakemasoniccenter.org
Charles "Mick" Olson, PHP, PGHP Treasurer mick290@att.net
Brian Hudy, PGHP, PHP, GSec Secretary bhudy@lakemasoniccenter.org
Michael L. Fairbanks, PHP, GTr Chaplain mfairbanks@wi.rr.com
William A. Reid Captain of the Host coth@lakemasoniccenter.org
Joshua M. Armstrong, PHP Principal Sojourner ps@lakemasoniccenter.org
Jon Falk Royal Arch Captain rac@lakemasoniccenter.org
Jeremy Hilgendorf Master of the Third Veil m3v@lakemasoniccenter.org
Dennis Wilson Master of the Second Veil m2v@lakemasoniccenter.org
  Master of the First Veil m1v@lakemasoniccenter.org
David Schreier, PHP Sentinel drsmm@wi.rr.com
Monday, June 5th
Stated Convocation 7:00 pm
Monday, June 26th
Special Convocation TBD 7:00 pm
Monday, July 3rd
May do a social or Practice if there is interest. DARK
Wednesday, July 12th
Special Convocation
Royal Arch Mason Degree
7:00 pm

My Worthy Companions,

Thank You, Thank you, Thank you! What an amazing group of Companions. You were all stellar in opening for the Grand Convocation. We again showed the state where the real work is being done. Special thanks to Comp. Butts & Clinnin for all the help setting up and cleaning up, it was truly appreciated. Thank you to Dorothy, Leo, and Bethel #6 for the great work at the banquet. Thank you to Ladies Jewel, Heidi, and Diane for the great work all day, from registration to presentation to cleanup. This was truly a day that showed how working together things can be accomplished.

Thank you to all who made the Festival a success. Again we showed them how it is actually supposed to work.

We are not done yet. We still have two degrees to go before the summer. Please make sure to work on your parts. Ask questions if you don’t know, and always be ready to learn. See above for all the new dates.

Ideals are like stars. You will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but, like the seafaring man, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you will reach your destiny.
Carl Schurtz


Bradley E. Bingheim
High Priest

What has attracted so many Brethren to seek further light in Royal Arch Masonry?

The Royal Arch Degrees was considered most important in the early years of Freemasonry and so dogmatic was the Mother Grand Lodge - from which all Speculative Masonry derives - that in 1813, when the two grand lodges in England united, a firm and solemn landmark was adopted and placed in the Articles of Union to guide Masons throughout the world forever on this matter:

Pure Ancient Freemasonry consists of but three degrees, viz., that of Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason, including the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch.

The landmark has never been changed and to this day no other degree has been officially recognized by the Mother Grand Lodge and every rite, system or additional degree in Freemasonry cannot confer its degree on a Master Mason until he has received the Royal Arch Degree. Naturally, this is as it should be, because a man is not a Master Mason until he receives the Master's Word and he can only receive it in the Royal Arch.

The Chapter of Royal Arch Masonry consists of four degrees, Mark Master, Past Master, Most Excellent Master, and Royal Arch Mason.

The Mark Master Degree is believed to have originated as a ceremony of registering a craftsman's mark in those years distinguished by operative craft masons and their temple building. It was later developed into a full-fledged degree by the Masonic fraternity as we know it today, Some scholars say it was the earliest degree and may predate all others by many years. It is highly regarded by students in all Masonry, teaching lessons that have proven of value in all walks of life. Some Grand Lodges place so high an eminence on the Mark Master Degree, that they confine it to the jurisdiction of a separate grand body, the Grand Lodge of Mark Masters.

The Past Master Degree came into being because originally the degree of Royal Arch was conferred by the Symbolic (Blue) Lodge only on actual Past Masters. This degree was instituted to make it possible for all worthy Brethren to receive the Royal Arch degree. The first record of its conferral is found in 1768 in England.

The Most Excellent Master Degree is a product of American innovation. It was conferred in a Royal Arch Chapter as early as 1783 in Middletown, Conn. It is by far the most spectacular degree in all Freemasonry. It is the only degree that brings forcibly to our attention the completion and dedication of King Solomon's Temple. The very idea upon which all Masonic symbolism has been based.

The Royal Arch Degree is the climax of Ancient Craft Masonry and Masonic Symbolism. It is described as "the root and marrow of Freemasonry." It is the complete story of Jewish History during some of its darkest hours. Jerusalem and the Holy temple are destroyed, The people are being held captive as slaves in Babylon. Here you will join with some slaves as they are set free to return home and engage in the noble and glorious work of rebuilding the city and the Temple of God. It is during this rebuilding that they make a discovery that brings to light the greatest treasure of a Mason --the long lost Master's Word.

Many historians have traced the earliest origins of the Royal Arch Degree to Ireland, late in the 17th century and in England in 1738, In 1752, ambulatory or military warrants for Lodges were introduced. This was instrumental in placing the Royal Arch Degree on a par with the Master Mason Degree.

Military lodges were greatly responsible for planting Freemasonry in the Colonies and also gave birth to the use of the Marl and Royal Arch degrees in the "New World." Lodge records show that the Royal Arch Degree was conferred at Fredericksburg No. 4 on December 12, 1753. George Washington was raised in this lodge a few months prior to this date.

The value of Royal Arch Masonry will be appreciated by all who are exalted to that most sublime degree, particularly by those who are seeking to complete their Masonic education. It reveals the full light of Ancient Craft Masonry, presents it as a complete system in accordance with the original plan and justly entitles you to claim the noble name of Master Mason.


"There is not a subject so little understood by even its own members as that of Freemasonry. It is not in the strict sense an order. Its purpose is more clearly defined when it is called a fraternity, a brotherhood, or an institution. It is certainly not a club. Ritualism is not Masonry. The ritual is the vehicle which conveys the sublime truths to the heart and mind. If the forms and ceremonies through which the candidate passes fail to lift him to higher conceptions of life, duty and charity, then they are mere sounding brass and tinkling cymbal."

West Australian Craftsman
Printed in the South Dakota Masonic Messenger, Feb. 1974
Extracted from the Southern California Research Lodge
'Fraternal Review', May 2004