April, 2016


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Richard (Pineapple) Pugh at the DeMolay Legion of Honor.
   Richard (Pineapple) Pugh at the DeMolay Legion of Honor.

Russell Schlosser presenting the Grand Encampment Membership Award to William Poole of Joliet Commandery #4, and a good friend to Bethel Commandery #36.
Russell Schlosser presenting the Grand Encampment Membership Award to William Poole of Joliet Commandery #4, and a good friend to Bethel Commandery #36.

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Palatine Chapter #206, R.A.M., has conferred the Chapter Degrees twice this Capitular Year.  We are getting set to start another group of candidates on April 20, 2016.  We now have three new candidates in queue for the Work.  This is great!  We just need to get someone to learn Principal Sojourner and we will have all parts covered.  This is in conjunction with Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96.  We always work together in conferring the Degrees.  Stay tuned for further developments.  This has been an exciting year so far.  On February 17, we received the District Deputy Grand High Priest for his Official Visit.  The O.V. went fine and the District Deputy (myself) had some pretty good words for Palatine Chapter #206.  We are all looking forward to the Annual Grand York Rite Sessions in Normal, IL, in July.  Should be fun.

Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96, R.A.M., has been active this year in working with Palatine Chapter in conferring the Chapter Degrees.  We have gone through the Degrees twice.  We did get a Petition for our Chapter recently and will begin the Work on April 20, 2016.  Palatine Chapter has three Petitions in process, so we should have a good group for the Spring.  We expect to have a reinstatement of a former member this Spring, as well.  Loyal L. Munn will be having a fundraiser this Spring.  We will be selling Vidalia Onions in May.  We can use an influx of cash, so that should help.  We had our Official Visit of the District Deputy Grand High Priest on March 2nd.  Our Annual Convocations for both Chapters are in May.  Just around the corner.  Both of our Chapters should start to make some visitations to local Symbolic Lodges.

Cryptic Council recently conferred the Cryptic Degrees on February 3rd.  We have more Petitions coming in.  If I am counting right we will have six Candidates ready by June.  If that all works out, we could confer the Royal and Select Master Degrees on June 1st.  That would be a great evening!  Maybe we could get a Grand Officer or two to be present.  That is the night for our Annual Assembly.  Would be a full, but fun, evening.  Our District Inspector, Companion Louis Sands, is slowly recovering from his broken ankle.  He hopes to have his cast off soon.  We wish you well, Lou.

Bethel Commandery #36, K.T., conferred the Illustrious Order of the Red Cross and Order of Malta on Jason Kicinski and Art Sladek February 17th.  I hope I remembered that right.  We then conferred the Order of the Temple on Art Sladek on March 2nd.  It was a good dry run to see how we would do.  It came off real well.  Art got a good Order.  It looks like we are ready for our Inspection as far as the Order of the Temple goes.  We are scheduled to confer another Order on April 6th.  By the time we finish that we should be in great shape for our Inspection.  If I am counting correctly, we have four people ready, or almost ready, for the Order of the Temple.  Then we have three more Petitions that are coming in, so that makes seven in queue.  Good problem to have.

Bethel Commandery had its annual Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner on March 16th.  Our turnout was smaller than hoped for.  We had plenty of food.  I guess we have enough for our next Commandery meeting.  Rumors are we will have cabbage soup with corned beef mixed in.  Sounds great.  Our Commander, Jim Newby, will be preparing it.  I can't wait.  I love cabbage soup.

Sir Knights from Bethel Commandery have been continuing to visit other Commanderies' Inspections.  Russell Schlosser, Ralph Palmer, Ken Stortz, Gary Berenger, and Bradley Baker visited Austin Commandery #84 on March 19th.  All had parts in the Order of the Temple.  Bradley Baker, Andrew Michyeta, and Ralph Palmer visited Silangan Commandery #93 on March 12th.  Brad did Senior Warden, Drew did Warder, and Ralph did Generalissimo.  Boy, was their lunch outstanding.  The food they bring in is unbelievably good.  On February 27th, Bradley Baker, Frank Del Giudice, and Russell Schlosser visited Apollo Commandery #1.  On February 20th Bradley Baker and Ken Stortz visited Evanston Commandery #58.  Brad did Generalissimo and Ken did Junior Warden.  I sure hope all these Commanderies visit us for our Inspection.  We have the Stations covered, but it would be nice for a good crew of sideliners.  The year is winding down, but we still have five Inspections coming up in the First Division.  This year is has been a little unbalanced with the Inspection scheduling.  But, they are still fun.

First Division Inspections for the remainder of the year are:

3-26-16    Joliet #4
4-2-16    Trinity #80
4-9-16      Calvary #25
4-16-16    Bethel #36
4-23-16    St Elmo #64

We are all enjoying the new 10 man Opening for Commandery.  We did it in Templar Uniform (as we all should have been doing forever).  The key to this is that we can open with 10 men (or 9 if necessary).  The Grand Encampment Full Form Opening takes about 16-18 Sir Knights to accomplish.  Most Commanderies do not have that many at their conclaves.  This is a workable way to get back to the basics of our chivalric fraternity.  It is our understanding that this Opening will be used again this year. It is being slightly revised and updated and will be labelled 10-Man Opening 2015.  The latest Version is dated 11-15-15.

The Grand Commandery has come out with a new award, called the Cross and Crown Award.  This is available to a Commander who performs certain functions and reaches certain goals during the year.  It is our understanding that this Award will be available in 2015/2016, as well.  This past year our own Gary Berenger won that Award.  The only recipient in the State of Illinois.  Congratulations, Gary!

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
Templar 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 had volunteered some time ago to coordinate the Degree work.  I really did not give him what he needed to get started on this.  However, I will work on getting that done.  Jim will be going out of the office of Commander in a couple months.  He will need something to do and I will give him what he needs to do that.  So Mote it Be!

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 about 176 members.  L L Munn has about 56 members.  Cryptic Council about 200 members.  Bethel Commandery now has 206 members.  Of these, 94 are life
members and 13 are 50-year members and are exempt from Dues.

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 chair lift

Our backlog of work is:  Palatine Chapter #206-3;
Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96-1; Cryptic Council #46-6;
Bethel Commandery #36-6.  Let's get those Petitions

Sickness and Distress:   

1.  Lou Sands is getting better by the day.  Let's drop him a card or give him a call.
2.  Richard (Pineapple) Pugh is healing.  I saw him last night at the DeMolay Legion of Honor dinner.  He has lost quite a bit of weight, but is able to get around with a walker.  Give Pineapple a call when you can.  He would love the company.


1.  4-6-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  #46 Opens.  Commandery OOT.
2.  4-16-16  Bethel Commandery Annual Inspection.
3.  4-20-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM. #36 Opens.  Possible Chapter Degrees (4 & 5).
4.  4-30-16  Possible York Rite Day at Medinah Temple.  Stay tuned.
5.  5-4-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  #96 Opens.  Annual Convocation of Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96.  Chapter Degree (#6).
6.  5-18-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  #206 Opens.  Annual convocation of Palatine Chapter #206.  Chapter Degree (#7 Royal Arch).
7.  6-1-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  #46 Opens.  Annual Assembly of Cryptic Council #46 and Annual Conclave of Bethel Commandery #36.  Possible Council Degree Work.
8.  6-15-16  Palatine York Rite.  #36 Opens.  Annual Steak Fry and Installation of Officers.  No Degree Work.


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