Are You Ready for Some Ritual? Annual Contest Has New Features

02.01.2019

If you love everything about Masonic ritual, this is your year. The annual ritual competition, sponsored by Wilkerson College #760, is expanding in 2019 to give far-flung lodges a shorter commute and incentive to compete.

Watch for your opportunity to enter a regional competition – there will be one in the east, one west and one in central North Carolina. Winners of those competitions will compete for the top prizes this September during Annual Communication.

Details of the finals are still being worked out but here’s the schedule for the regional competitions:

  • Greensboro Masonic Temple – Aug. 10
  • St. Johns #1, Wilmington – Aug. 17
  • Nichols-West #650, Asheville – Aug. 24

There are two categories in which to compete: open and closed competition.

Closed Competition—Lodges only are eligible to compete in this category. The degree team must be composed of the installed officers of the lodge—Master, Senior and Junior Wardens, Senior and Junior Deacons (stand-ins for any other positions will be supplied at the competition). Up to two alternates, members of your lodge, may be substituted for these officers (the alternates may not be certified lecturers). The lodge teams will all exemplify the Second Degree, including portion of lecture necessary, omit charge. The winners from each region will compete on Friday, September 27, 2019 in Winston-Salem at Annual Communication for the State Championship. A trophy will be awarded to the winning lodge team. In addition, the winning lodge name and number will be attached to a trophy which will be displayed at the Grand Lodge office building in Raleigh.
Open Competition - Any degree team may compete. Teams should prepare for First Degree, Second Degree, or first section of the Third Degree (including obligation, not including lecture or charge). All teams will exemplify the same degree, announced the day of the competition. The winners from each region will compete on Friday, September 27, 2019 in Winston-Salem at Annual Communication for the State Championship. A plaque will be awarded to the winning team.
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