Cryptic Rite Masons of Western Canada Royal and Select Masters

Messages and Addresses of MIC Cliff Hartmier
Grand Master



Companions of the Cryptic Rite Masons of Western Canada Royal and Select Masters and those near and dear to us,

As we're in the twelfth month, the cardinal number decem (ten) is the root word for December, which was the tenth month in ancient Roman times.  In 153 BCE, the Roman senate changed the beginning of the year to January, from March.  Also as the winter solstice is only weeks away and as in most years, December speeds up to be full of activities involving our family (including our Masonic), friends, work and numerous community connections (but at a slower pace this year).

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Companions of British Columbia although it affects all of us in some way.  Looking towards the New Year, let us hope and pray that the momentum that has started for in person meetings will continue and grow so we will enjoy each other's company even more so.

Although there are different celebrations of the season depending on your faith, we each pause to take time for our reason(s) of the season.  On a personal note, I do find it interesting to learn about various faiths and their doctrines, perhaps this interest is because I travelled and lived in Israel almost 20 years ago for six months which enlightened me immensely to the Holy land

As the holidays can be a time of loving reunions, catch-ups, heartfelt connections, and joy, let us honour ourselves during the holidays.  Let us all take the opportunity to stay true and nurture ourselves in the mist of giving and receiving.


Please consider this your "December Blessing".


Be Present.

Let the day flow with grace.

Expect joy.  Be Positive.

Serve with Compassion.

Speak only kindness

Impart only love.

Never forget you're not alone.

Give thanks for everything.

See goodness in others


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Most Illustrious Companion Clifford C. Hartmier CD2

Inaugural Speech

 PMIGMs, Distinguished guests, Grand Council Officers, Companions of all ranks, and the Beautiful Ladies,

Perhaps new or has become a common household term is “Hunker Down” for this pandemic.  Being an employee of the Public Health Agency of Canada, I have had a different view than most, as work has been consistent and constant.  Hunkering down has had a different meaning for me.

As my father was a Shrine Mason, my mother was a member of the Daughters of the Nile and I as a Past Master Councilor of Winnipeg Chapter Order of DeMolay, I consider myself raised in a Masonic Family.  Thus as I am in my 37th year of being a "Brother of the Mystic Tie", it is an honor to serve the Companions of Western Canada as the GM.

One thing that I have learned from Masonry is that although you do not expect things to come along, somehow people notice you.  Thus, I thank each one of you who out within this virtual setting today.  Also for those who are not, let us not forget those who have risen to the Grand Council above.

The most important person is my wife Deanna who I thank for her support, love and allowing me to be busy with my masonic endeavors and the military reserves.

We applaud MIC Les Robinson on his two year tenure as our GM.  Perhaps now is the time for a rest or what could be the next Masonic office?  Contrary to poplar belief, he did do a most illustrious service during his first year and was only repeating it due to the pandemic and nothing else.  Something about that expression “Try try again until you get it right!”

We applaud RIC Bill Fitzsimmons on moving up a notch but he is busy this year for Saskatchewan Shriners being the Potentate of Wa Wa.

We applaud RIC Jerry Kopp on his numerous years as our Grand Recorder and from the outside looking in, he did a tremendous job and Western Canada welcomes him to the line.

An electronic election was held just over a year ago and we applaud RIC Leif Hansen for allowing his name to be on the election ballot for the Grand PCW office, his past endeavors and his passion for freemasonry.  I will mention that back in the fall of 2014, I had a short contract of work in the Red Deer area.  Leif and his late wife Hilda were most generous hosts and we travelled frequently to numerous Masonic meetings in the Calgary area.

We applaud MIC Don Russel for his numerous years as our Grand Treasurer and for his offering of conducting the Installation of Grand Officers today.

We also applaud MIC Don Murray and VIC Kyle Burns for accepting the positions of Grand Treasurer and Recorder.

If I had been installed as the GM last year in Chilliwack BC, my planned and busy year would have been coming to completion next week.  I make will mention that many plans were in place prior to April 2020.  My wife and I had air travel bookings to Chilliwack for the GC 2020 Assembly, flight plans along with a car rental to attend the Supreme session in Eastern Canada, along with flights booked to Ontario for their session.  Finally, let us not forget the handouts for the Companions for which they are being carried over to this new modified Grand Council year.  Although they are dated for a year earlier, just ask me for one when you see me.

I do like to travel and such will be the case as your GM but bear in mind that I am working full time and subject to any restrictions that may be in place. 

It is my belief that many PGMs can still continue visiting other jurisdictions which helps to maintain the fraternal relations on a higher level.  One ideal about visiting our jurisdiction is the opportunity to see how others conduct their Grand Assemblies and perhaps acquire some ideals for that thinking out of the box experience.

I along with the available Officers look forward to travelling to Dawson Creek for consecration of Enoch Council UD of Royal & Select Masters and Jonah Lodge UD of Royal Ark Mariners.

The big plans for this 2021 - 2022 Grand Council year will be to meet as many of you that I am able to see whether it be at a Council meeting or a Grand body gathering.



Considering that by April 2022 the Grand Council will not have meet in person since May 2019 in Alberta, a big and splashy Assembly will be in the works for Winnipeg.  For those who attended the April 2018 GC of Manitoba HRA annual Convocation, the plans are for this one to be bigger.  As the Grand “Poobah” for the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes, plans are to confer this degree during the 2022 Grand session and is open to all.

"If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.”

“If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.”

“If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.”

“If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else."


Why is it that some people step up while others step back?

Is it because they know more; is it because they’re better?

Sometimes, it’s necessary to sit down, soak it all in, take a moment to stop and think.

But when the time comes to stand up,

what makes some move forward boldly while others back down?

The difference is in one’s passion — what are you passionate about?

What do you believe in so strongly that it makes you bold; that it causes you to lead a crusade even when no one else is following?


I have adopted this expression “DARE TO DREAM” as it is the name of a song performed by Olivia Newton John and John Farnham at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney Australia.  Not to mention that Olivia is my favorite singer and I did get to meet her in Saskatoon back in October 2007.


There is a film based on a real-life group of friends from Spokane Washington known for playing a month long game of tag every February over a 28-year period, governed by a contract written by one of the group.  The group was profiled in “The Wall Street Journal” in January 2013, after which they began receiving offers to adapt their story into a film.  They sold the rights to their story the next month and was released on June 15, 2018.  The moving message is that the game of “Tag” kept these players meeting annually as a commitment to their friendship.  Therefore, may we as Freemasons and continue to meet frequently for a lifetime and keep “Cryptic” as the reason.

As Freemasons, we regularly meet up with each other in our common Lodge halls, but for how many other masons can you say “we have been and socialized at each others homes”?  For this Grand Council “Cryptic year, I challenge each of you to take action so that this questions can be satisfied with the word “yes”.  If you already can say “yes”, challenge yourself with someone who you currently have to say “no”.



MIC Cliff C. Hartmier

Grand Master 2021 – 2022

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