Committee on Work
|James Roy Elliott - Chairman (2020)|
|Adam W. Frey (2017)|
|Timothy F. E. Towson (2018)|
|Brian R. Dodson (2019)|
|H. David Moore (2021)|
The Grand Council Committee on Work
The Grand Council Committee on Work would be pleased to be invited to send someone to conduct a local school of instruction. You can contact any member:
HOW LONG IS A SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION SUPPOSED TO BE?
That depends on how much you want to cover. The typical local school is 3-6 hours in length, including a lunch or dinner break.
HOW MANY PARTICIPANTS DOES THE HOST CHAPTER/COUNCIL HAVE TO GUARANTEE TO WARRANT HOLDING A LOCAL SCHOOL?
The Committee on Work does not require a "guarantee" of a certain minimum number of participants. It does take at least 10-12 people to do a really good job on most of the Degrees, and there have been local schools with 40-50 in attendance.
HOW MUCH NOTICE DOES THE COMMITTEE ON WORK REQUIRE TO SETUP A LOCAL SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION?
The primary consideration, from the viewpoint of the Committee on Work, is that the Host for the local school have enough flexibility in a request to allow for potential schedule conflicts. All of the setup (arrangements to use the Lodge building, getting the Degree paraphernalia, etc.) is the responsibility of the Host. The responsibility of the instructor(s) is to show up ready to teach.
WILL THE COMMITTEE ON WORK PUBLICIZE THE SCHOOL?
The Committee on Work may put a notice of the local school on the York Rite Website, but promotion of the school locally is up to the local host. An easy way to do this is to call the Secretaries of other area York Rite bodies and ask them to announce the School at their meetings.
WILL THE HOST CHAPTER/COUNCIL HAVE TO PROVIDE A MEAL?
That is not required, although it helps to keep people together and minimize the length of the meal break. A meal can be very simple - something like sandwiches or stew. The host can put out a "donation box" that will probably cover the cost of the meal.
IS THE HOST CHAPTER/COUNCIL EXPECTED TO PAY MILEAGE, LODGING, OR OTHER EXPENSES?
The Committee on Work has a travel budget for mileage and lodging for regional schools, so local Chapters and Councils are not expected to pay Committee member expenses.
WHO DECIDES WHAT WILL BE TAUGHT AT A LOCAL SCHOOL?
The Committee on Work member(s) conducting the school will instruct in whatever part the work is requested by the Host Chapter/Council. The typical local school does not cover every Degree. It is usually helpful if the instructor can be told in advance what is to be taught. This also helps in making sure the necessary paraphernalia are ready and available.
WHICH RITUAL WILL THE COMMITTEE BE TEACHING?
The Committee normally instructs in the 1997 "Traditional Form" Ritual in the Chapter and Council, but will provide whatever instruction is requested by the Host Chapter and Council. The Grand Secretary/Recorder's Office has available for purchase both the 1997 "Traditional Form" Ritual and the "Revised Standard Form" approved by this Grand Chapter and Grand Council in 2001. In the opinion of the Committee on Work, Chapters who are conferring the Chapter Degrees one or two at a time in their own Chapters would be well served by continuing to use at least the floor work in the 1997 Chapter "Traditional Form" Ritual, which has not been re-printed in the "Revised Standard Form."
The Revised Standard Form does feature an improved organization. The Chapter RSF Ritual contains the Past Master's Degree for Masters and Wardens in addition to revisions to the Floor Work and Lectures. We recommend that each Chapter have both available. The Floor Work is the same in both Council Rituals, and the Select Masters Lecture in the Council RSF Ritual is the same as the Festival Form in the Traditional Form Ritual, but the RSF has a slightly shorter Royal Masters Lecture. It is important, in ordering Rituals from the Grand Secretary's office, to specify which Rituals are being ordered.
WILL THE HOST CHAPTER/COUNCIL BE EXPECTED TO EXEMPLIFY THE WORK?
Stations for the instruction can be filled by anyone present. The Host Chapter has no special responsibility for exemplifying the work. It helps if there are people available to fill the stations who already know the words - at least to some extent - but this is not a requirement. This is a learning process, not an examination. Most instructors will request that people working stations allow themselves to be prompted rather than read their parts.
WILL PARTICIPANTS BE ISSUED CERTIFICATES OF PROFICIENCY FOR ATTENDING OR PARTICIPATING IN THE SCHOOL?
Determinations as to which Companions have demonstrated sufficient proficiency to be awarded Certificates are made by the Committee on Work at its December meeting in Waco prior to Grand Chapter and Grand Council. These determinations are based on whatever information is available to the Committee members, including (but not necessarily limited to) observed performance in a local school or at the Annual School of Instruction in Waco.
IF I DO NOT HAVE A CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY AND WANT TO QUALIFY FOR ONE, CAN I DO THAT WITHOUT ATTENDING A SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION?
Contact a member of the Committee on Work to make arrangements for your proficiency to be determined.