Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Alberta

Keystone No. 12


Keystone Chapter donated two brass musical instruments to the local school music program, assisting students who are interested in continuing their musical education.


 MMM March 2023

Installation of Officers

MEM Degree March 18, 2024

Group photo of the Brethren of Keystone, along with the visitors and the Candidates.
Missing is MEC Jerry W. Kopp who taking the photograph.

RAM Degree
Comp. Carsten Schmutzer, Comp. Taylor Holien, and Comp. Alfredo Jasmin

March 21, 2022 – MMM Degree
Brother Alfredo Jasmin and Brother Carsten Schmutzer

Past Grand First Principals (MEC Jerry W. Kopp, MEC Leif Hansen & MEC Donald Gillies), Grand 1st Principal (James Carswell)
First Principal (W. Bro Stephen Cooper) and MEM candidates – Brothers Frank Fenn and Le Forster

Reporting by MEC Jerry W. Kopp:

Keystone Chapter #12 are known for presenting their degrees with their own Companions, without outside support which bodes well for them. By conducting their own degrees , this is an excellent indicator that they are a strong Chapter. This Chapter continues to grow and is the envy of the Chapters within the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Alberta. The Chapter is blessed with strong leadership and that is certainly evident when one visits them. This evening started with a brief social, followed by a meal of pulled-pork, homemade coleslaw, vegetables, chicken and some desserts. Keystone Chapter warmly received visitors from Drumheller and Calgary, six in total.

MEC James Carswell Keystone 12 Installation  2024

Companions, below is a month by month synopsis of what I would like acomplish in the upcoming year.
Of course this could change at anytime if we receive Application(s) for Exaltation, regardless, I invite
you to attend Chapter and enjoy Capitular Masonry.

EC Stephen Cooper (“Z”)


January Installation of Officers
February RAM Prove UP, and MEM Degree
March Business Meeting, and Education
April RAM Degree
May Grand Chapter: Keystone Hospitality Room
May Business Meeting, and Education
June Z’s Summer Bar-B-Que: Business Meeting, and Education Casual Dress 
September Welcome back Bar-B-Que: Business Meeting, and Education
Casual Dress
October Business Meeting: Nominations, and Budget
November Election of Officers, and Education  


September September 19th  Welcome Back Barbecue

                                                       Regular business plus education;

October –         October 2nd         at 1900H RAM Degree practice 1
                          October 16th        at 1900H RAM Degree practice 2
                          October 17th        Official visit of the REC R. Sigouin, GDS #3
                                                       RAM Degree
                                                       Any business as may come forward under the usual Masonic restrictions;

November-  November 20th    at 1900H Practice and Chapter set-up
                           November 21st    Official visit of the Grand First Principal and his entourage
                                                        Nominations for 2023 (Forms shall be on SE desk prior to the opening)
                                                        Election of Officers

Red Deer Masonic Temple

4811 – 52nd Street Red Deer, AB. T4N 2C6


Keystone Chapter #12 

Initiation:  $325.00 + pro-rated Annual

Yearly Dues: $165.00 

Affiliation:  $100.00 + pro-rated Annual

Social 6:00 pm , 

Festive Board 6:30 pm 

Chapter Tyles  7:30 pm.

Keystone Chapter meets on the 3rd Monday of the month,
except for July, August and December.


Instituted: October 27, 1915         Grand Chapter RAM of Canada
                                                 in the Province of Ontario

Transferred: March 15, 1919          Grand Chapter RAM Alberta

Re-Instituted: May 13, 2017          Grand Chapter RAM Alberta


 R. Ex. Comp. Robert Cantwell

email: ramkeystone12@gmail.com


Ex. Comp. Stephen Cooper


At the Grand Convocation of Royal Arch Masons of Alberta held in Camrose Alberta May 2017, this Charter was reinstated by Grand First Principal MEC Duncan Strachan, Grand H. REC John Bronius, Grand J. REC Keng-Wei Chiew and GSE MEC Marvyn Rodgers and Keng-Wei Chiew presented to Keystone Chapter First Principal EX Comp Robert Cantwell and Companions of the Chapter.

The Charter became inactive after the Chapter became dark in 2004 and remained dormant until several Companions expressed an interest to reinstate Keystone Chapter to the Grand First Principal and GSE in September of 2015.

Companions instrumental in this revitalization included VEC Wm. Douglas, Ex.C. Robert Cantwell, REC Cliff McDermott, REC Garry Hodge, Ex.C, Peter Rodger, Glen English. Companions Randall Robinson, Dennis Robinson and the first meeting under dispensation was held November 15, 2015.

The Charter was reframed to ensure the 100-year-old document would be preserved for the future, and an amazing discovery occurred where another Charter was found beneath the current one, issued from the Grand Chapter of Canada on October 27, 1915 to Keystone Chapter #196 on the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada! Hand written on parchment paper it is still legible and in fair condition and remains in the frame with the current Charter.

The old Charter was in effect until March 15, 1919 when the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Alberta issued the current document and renumbered Keystone #12 on the registry of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Alberta.

Keystone Chapter owes a debt of gratitude to many Royal Arch Masons for their dedication to the Royal Craft.

REC Garry Hodge
Scribe Emeritus
Keystone #12