Disclaimer: This post is about Chapters in U.S.G.L. Other Grand Lodges and IHQ may work differently.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
In this degree the Most Wise Sovereign of each chapter will appoint a committee of four persons, two men and two women, to arrange for all social gatherings, banquets, dances, the performance of plays, and similar pleasures. They will also endeavour to promote harmony among the Brethren in all possible ways, and to compose any disputes by tact and friendliness without formal appeal being made to any more authoritative tribunal. – Liber 194
The Electoral College has no authority over Chapters of Rose Croix (as is explained in Liber 194.) But every member of the U.S. Electoral College has a vested interest in making sure that our membership understands the functions of a Chapter within U.S.G.L.
Q: What is a Chapter?
A: A Chapter is committed to maintaining the social welfare of the order and providing membership services within its local area (Valley) as appropriate to the degree.
They are also charged with nominating people to the Vth°.
Q: Who can belong to a Chapter?
A: Every member of the Vth° or higher may belong to one or more Chapters. Membership is usually, but not always based on geography but may also be based on other factors. You may hear the term “received into Chapter”, which indicates the Chapter that performed the Vth° initiation. Any member of the appropriate degree, may petition a Chapter for affiliation.
Q: Tell me about Chapter leadership?
A: There are three principal officers responsible for the day to day business of the Chapter: The Manager, the Secretary, and the Treasurer. A Chapter Manager may be fulfilled by either the Most Wise Sovereign (MWS) or the High Priestess (HP). The MWS and HP must be of at least the VIth° within U.S.G.L. They may also appoint additional assistants.
The Committee of Four may be involved in creating social events as well as composing disputes by providing mediation services.
Q: How can I get invited to the Vth°?
A: If you are an initiate of the Minerval degree, some information is in the Minerval Guide that should have been given to you after your initiation. If you’ve not received this guide, contact your initiator or local bodymaster.
Q: How can I find out about Chapter events?
A: Note that not all Chapters have events for MOE members. A small number of Chapters have websites and Facebook pages. These groups may not all be public and this list may not be complete:
- Anahata Chapter website
- Asherah Chapter Facebook page
- Baphomet Chapter website
- Psyche Eros Chapter website
Additional Chapter contacts may be found here.
Chapters of Mediation may be found here.
For more information, see:
Liber CXCIV: An Intimation with Reference to the Constitution of the Order
Love is the law, love under will.