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Memorial Service to be held in Honor of Dr. Aaron Bryant

Dr. Aaron Bryant, IDMR International Dean and Vice President, took off the flesh on Thursday evening, May 16, 2024.  Dr. Tonia Bryant has requested that no texts or phone calls be made to her at this time.  A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 28, 2024, at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA 91764.  The Ontario International Airport is located near the convention center.  Class will not be held in Los Angeles or Banning on Sunday, July 28, 2024.  Prearranged housing only in Los Angeles and Banning via Travelgram.  Please make arrangements with you host for transportation.  IDMR  members who are planning to stay in a hotel and attend Class in Los Angeles or Banning during this time must notify Hospitality.  Please click here to view hotels located near the Ontario Convention Center.  

Announcement Regarding Dr. Gary Mathess

Dr. Gary Mathess, IDMR Trustee Board Member, former International President, and longtime member of the Los Angeles Branch, took off the flesh on Thursday evening, June 6, 2024, at 9:30 pm.  Cards and condolences may be sent to his wife, Dr. Patricia Mathess, who is at home in hospice being cared for by their son, David Mathess.  Their address is 4917 Acacia Street, San Gabriel, CA 91776.  The family has requested that no phone calls or texts be made to them at this time.  Additional information is forthcoming.

International Appointment of Dr. Keith Gilkey (as announced – Sunday, May 26, 2024)

As we acknowledge Dr. Aaron Bryant taking off the flesh on May 16, 2024, The Board would like to inform the body of a decision made by the International Board of Trustees. Prior to Dr. Bryant taking off the flesh, he declared that if anything were to happen to him, he wanted Dr. Keith Gilkey to be the International Dean and remain International President. Dr. Bryant made this known to multiple trustees, members, and to Dr. Gilkey. The Board of Trustees met on May 25th, 2024, and unanimously acknowledged Dr. Bryant’s request. Therefore, it gives me great pleasure and honor to announce that Dr. Keith Gilkey is our International Dean and President. 

We will give him the same support we gave Dr. Henry Clifford Kinley, Dr. Robert Harris, and Dr. Aaron Bryant.

Peace Mission Map Updated

The Peace Mission Map has been updated to include locations throughout the United States and other Countries where Local and International Conventions have been held.  Please click here:  Peace Missions

Update on Release of Historical Documents

The historical documents announced Sunday, June 2, 2024, in the Los Angeles Branch will be made available in Hightail as they are referenced during lectures. 

New Trustee Elected  

The International Board of Trustees held an election to select a new Trustee to fill the vacancy on the Board due to the demise of Dr. Shauna Carr.  Dr. Derrick Auzenne of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch was elected as Trustee.  The International Board of Trustees wholeheartedly welcomes him to the Board. 

Schedule Changes Due to COVID-19 and Visitation Restrictions

Prior to making plans to visit ANY IDMR® Branch School, please check the Branch Schedule Updates at this link. Also, please contact the branch directly to make them aware of your plans to visit, to verify the class schedule, and to obtain any COVID-19 related protocols.  



Due to significant power outages, it has taken time to reach members in the Houston area and to get information on how everyone fared. The following Texas branches have been closed this week: Alief, Clearlake, Spring and Houston. As of this posting on July 11, 2024, there have been no reports of members being harmed as a result of the hurricane. Most of the damage sustained includes trees down, fences pulled up, some are still without power, and internet connections have been spotty.


The Los Angeles and Banning Branches will not hold class on Sunday, July 7, 2024, Tuesday, July 9, 2024 and Thursday, July 11, 2024.


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