April 2014

Bethel Commandery #36, Knights Templar


455 W. Dundee Rd. Palatine, IL 60067

Mark Nokes, Recorder                                                                                    Stated Conclaves
640 Mohave St.                                                                                               1st and 3rd Wednesday
Hoffman Estates, IL  60169                                                                            Sept through June
Tel:  847-828-0273                                                                                         7:30 o’clock  P.M.

Sir Knight:

Our Commander, Sir Knight Ralph J. Palmer, and the Officers and Knights of Bethel Commandery, cordially invite You and your Lady to attend the Annual Inspection of Bethel Commandery #36, Knights Templar, on Saturday, April 12, 2014.  Our Inspection is under the direction of:

Sir Knight William E. Jegen
Past Grand Commander
Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the State of Illinois

Please join us in welcoming Sir Knight Jegen and his Lady, Linda.

There will be a Luncheon at 12:00 P.M., Full Form Opening at 1:00 P.M., Order of the Temple at 1:40 P.M., Evening Work at 4:35 PM, and Dinner at 6:00 PM.

Your ladies are more than welcome.  A Tea Table will be available and the Ladies may enjoy each others’ company.

The Luncheon will be $5.00 and the Dinner $12.00.  Pay at the door.

Following the events of the day, all are welcome to an Afterglow at the home of Russell and Micki
Schlosser, Deputy Grand Commander and his Lady. Directions will be available at the Inspection.

Reservations are appreciated for the meals.  You may respond to our Recorder, Mark Nokes, at mnokes@ameritech.net or telephone 847-828-0273.

Please note.  The Palatine Masonic Temple is now at 455 W. Dundee Rd., Palatine, IL.  It is on Route 68 just west of the intersection of Smith Rd and W. Dundee Rd.  It is a former firehouse.  Parking is behind and in front of the Temple.


The Officers and Knights of Bethel Commandery #36, Knights Templar


Palatine Chapter #206, R.A.M., has been sharing its recent meetings with the Commandery for their practice for the Inspection coming up in April.  Palatine Chapter's next Convocation will be on April 16, 2014.  We may honor the Past Presiding Officers that night.  We may also confer some degree work depending on any new Petitions that may come in.  Dinner before the meeting, of course.

Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96, R.A.M., has also been sharing its meeting nights with the Commandery.  Our next Convocation will be on April 2, 2014, where Bethel Commandery is scheduled to confer the Order of the Temple.  On May 7th, we will have our Annual Convocation and Election of Officers.  If we have Petitions we will be doing some Degree work.  That would be nice.

Cryptic Council #46, C.M., has also been allocating its Assembly nights to the Commandery for their preparation for their Inspection in April.  We have several candidates available for the Council Degrees.  I believe we will be conferring these in April or May.  Stay tuned.  The Super Excellent Master Degree, previously scheduled for May 10th, has been cancelled.  It will be conferred at a later time.  Too bad.

Bethel Commandery has been having practices on the off Wednesdays.  On the 5th of March we conferred the Illustrious Order of the Red Cross and the Order of Malta on 2 of our candidates, Alex Nawakowski and James Edgell, plus one from Aurora, David Wright, son of George Wright, an old friend from Evanston (now from Yorkville).  I will try to put a photo of the Red Cross and Malta gang. Our Annual Inspection is coming up on April 12, 2014.  Several of our Sir Knights have been visiting other Commandery Inspections through this winter.  This past weekend Frank Del Giudice, Gary Berenger, and Russell Schlosser visited Joliet Commandery #4.  Brad Baker visited Aurora Commandery #22.  On March 1st, several of us visited Apollo Commandery #1.  Our Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner will be over by the time you read this.  Hopefully it will be a fine event.  We'll let you know.
Red Cross and Malta Order we conferred on March 5, 2014

On a happy note, our good friend Lillian Fraser, mother of Sir Knight Ron Fraser, and widow of Sir Knight Jack Fraser, will turn 101 years old on April 22, 2014.  If you want to send her a card, the address is:  2003 Cherokee Rd. Carpentersville, IL  60110.

Several of our members went to AMD weekend in Reston, VA, this month.  I missed because of the bad weather.  I did not want to get stuck there and miss my Gardening School.  I understand thye all had a good time.

As a point of interest, we have heard that our good friend David P. Miller, is in the Grand Lodge Line in Arizona.  I believe as Senior Grand Steward.  Keep on truckin', Dave!

Ralph Palmer is also having Commandery practices on the off Wednesdays to prepare for our Annual Inspection on April 12, 2014.  Ralph would like all the work to be done by members of Bethel Commandery and by the Officers in their Stations.  Of course another way to learn your parts is to attend some of the Commandery Inspections on Saturday's throughout the winter and spring.  A list of the Chicago area Inspections is at the bottom of this article.

As a result of Ralph Palmer's idea, we have been sending Birthday Cards to the residents of the Illinois Knights Templar Home at Paxton, IL, this past year.  We are continuing each month.  Thank you, Ralph.  We also sent Christmas Cards to all the residents in December, also at Ralph's suggestion.

In conjunction with our end-of-year events, Annual Meetings, etc, if we have more candidate Petitions, we may confer Chapter Degrees to get a running start on next fall.  No sense dragging our feet.

Bethel Commandery has come out with another belt
buckle for sale for benefit of the Knights Templar Eye
Foundation, Inc.  This one is a Royal Arch
Chapter buckle, with the triple tau, and with the
infamous words "Holiness to the Lord"
emblazoned thereon.  This buckle has been commissioned
in honor of Brother, Companion,
and Sir Knight David P. Miller, Past Grand High Priest
and member of the Palatine
York Rite.  It will sell for $50, just as the Knights
 buckle did last year.  We also we able to
obtain a few more Knights Templar buckles since we
had more orders than we could fill.  Let me know if
you are interested.

Our loyal Companion and Sir Knight Jim Newby has volunteered to coordinate the degree work going forward.  Thank you, Jim. He will also work with the Officers of the four respective bodies.  The following is what we have printed for some time.  "As a reminder, at our planning meeting on April 4,
2007, we tentatively decided to appoint one member as
a "Degree Czar" for each of the Palatine York Rite
Bodies.  That would be four individuals.  The thought
was that the number two man in each body would fill
that need.  We need to get more people trained in our
Degree Ritual so we have a backup for each part. 
Right now, if certain people are out of town, we are
stuck.  This will also get some of our newer members
actively involved in the affairs of our four York Rite
Bodies.  This will also get the number two man in each
group more prepared for his year as Presiding Officer.
Planning and Preparation.

The York Rite offers many opportunities for us to
serve our fellow man and our communities.  Each of the
Bodies has a charity or several charities that we
support.  Membership in our York Rite Bodies allows us
to fulfill our Obligations and Vows to help those who
are less fortunate.  Let us keep this in our minds as
we go about our daily endeavors.  There is a cloud
surrounding us, that has been built up over the
centuries, that we are a secret organization.  Now is
the time to let those on the outside know who we are. 
We should not keep our lamps under the bushel, but
should let our Light so shine before men, that they
may see our good works, and glorify our Father, which
is in Heaven.

Palatine Chapter currently has 176 members.  L L Munn has about 75 members.  Bethel
Commandery now has 201 members.  Of these, 94 are life
members and 13 are 50-year members and are exempt from

As a reminder, the new Palatine Masonic Temple is all on one floor and at
ground level.  Therefore it is wheelchair accessible.  No ramp or chairlift

Our backlog of work is:  Palatine Chapter #206-0;
Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96-0; Cryptic Council #46-3;
Bethel Commandery #36-4.  Let's get those Petitions

Sickness and distress:  None Reported.


1.  3-29-14  Medinah Temple Potentate's Ball.  Also, St. Bernard Commandery and Albertus Magnus Commandery Annual Inspections.
2.  4-2-14  L L Munn, Cryptic, and Bethel meetings.  Order of the Temple.  Dinner at 6:30.  Cryptic #46 Opens.
3.  4-4/5-14  Scottish Rite Reunion Chicago (Bloomingdale).
4.  4-9-14  Bethel Commandery practice at Medinah.
5.  4-12-14  Bethel Commandery #36 Inspection (That's Us!).
6.  4-16-13  Palatine and Bethel meetings.  Past Presiding Officers honored.  Possible Council Degrees.  Dinner at 6:30.  Palatine #206 Opens.
7.  5-7-14  L L Munn, Cryptic, and Bethel meetings.  L L Munn #96 Annual Convocation.  Dinner at 6:30.  L L Munn #96 Opens.
8.  5-21-14  Palatine and Bethel meetings.  Palatine #206 Annual Convocation.  Possible Degree work.  Dinner at 6:30.  Bethel #36 Opens.
9.  6-4-14  L L Munn, Cryptic, and Bethel meetings.  Bethel #36 and Cryptic #46 Annual Meetings.  Possible Degree work.  Fresh Strawberries.  Dinner at 6:30.  Cryptic #46 Opens.
10.  6-18-14  Palatine and Bethel meetings.  Annual Steak Fry at 6:30 and Installation of Officers to follow.  Palatine #206 Opens.
11.  7-19-14  Grand Council Annual Assembly in Bloomington.
12.  7-25/26-14  Grand Chapter and Grand Commandery Annual Sessions at Normal, IL.


Bradley L. Baker, PHP, TIPM, PC, Correspondent