April, 2017


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Palatine Chapter #206, R.A.M. donated its March convocation to the Commandery for the Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner.  In April we will have two convocations.  The Stated on April 19th and an Extra Convocation for Business on April 5th.  On April 5th we will be voting on the Motion accept the Glenview York Rite Bodies as a merger with us.  Letters or emails have been sent to all members.  The Council and Commandery will vote on the same day.  We expect to be conferring the Chapter Degrees again starting on April 19th, 2017.  On April 19th, we will also honor our Past Presiding Officers during dinner.  Our Annual Convocation will be on May 17th, 2017.

Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96, R.A.M. donated its March Convocation to the Commandery for their Orders.  We were scheduled to have a visit from the Grand High priest, Companion James Tome.  However, Companion Tome had a conflict and had to cancel.  At our April 5th Convocation the meeting night will be used for the Council for their Degrees.  We do have a candidate in queue, so we will be conferring the Chapter Degrees on him starting April 19th, as long as he is available.  We should finish him up in May.  We will also be honoring our Past High Priests during dinner on April 19th.  Loyal L Munn Chapter will have its Annual Convocation on May 3rd.

Cryptic Council #46 will be conferring the Royal and Select Master Degrees on April 5, 2017.  We have two candidates for sure and possibly a third.  We also have a candidate coming to us from Joliet.  On that date we will also be voting on accepting the Glenview York Rite Bodies as a merger with us.  On the 19th of April we will be honoring our Past Masters during the dinner.  Cryptic Council #46 will have its Annual Assembly on June 7th.

Bethel Commandery #36, K.T. conferred the Illustrious Order of the Red Cross and Order of Malta on March 1, 2017.  We had two candidates, Luciano Acevedo and David Koss.  We also had a visiting candidate from Wheaton, but I misplaced his name.  I do remember he was from Albania.  We loaned our candidate Luciano to Austin Commandery #84 for their Inspection on March 4, 2017.  Present at Austin's Inspection from Bethel Commandery were: Gary Berenger, Kenneth Stortz, Russell Schlosser, Andrew Michyeta, III, Bradley Baker, and of course Luciano Azevedo, the candidate.  Luciano brought his own bottle of wine for the ceremony.  It was very good (I understand).  Bethel Commandery will also honor its Past Commanders during dinner on April 19th.  On April 5th we will vote on the proposed merger with the Glenview York Rite Bodies.  If it passes, Austin Commandery will become members of Bethel Commandery.  We will also be electing five Finance Board members for the Commandery.  We missed doing this at our Annual Conclave last year.  Our Commander, James B. Newby, realized this and is going to fix the omission.

Bethel Commandery just had its annual Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner.  It worked out fine.  Thank you to Micki Schlosser for helping serve the dinners and to Jim Newby for helping during the day.

Bethel Commandery was present at Trinity Commandery #80's Annual Inspection on February 25th.  Present were:  Russell Schlosser, Gary Berenger, Kenneth Stortz, and Bradley Baker.  We were also present at St Bernard Commandery #35's Annual Inspection and Albertus Magnus Commandery #92's Annual Inspection.  Present were:  Russell Schlosser, Gary Berenger, and Bradley Baker.

Our own Andrew Michyeta is the Grand Commandery Membership Chairman for the year for the state of Illinois.  He is making a pitch to the lodges about Commandery history and beliefs.  We wish him well in his endeavors.

I cannot talk enough about how the Officers and Sir Knights of Bethel Commandery #36 have demonstrated our principles and beliefs as we have supported our noble Order.  God Bless all of you!

It might be nice, sometime in the Spring on a Saturday, to have a York Rite Day at Palatine.  Something to think about.

Last year we were 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.  However, it was pointed out by the Grand Commander this year, that if we have enough Sir Knights at an Inspection, we should do the Full Form opening.  My two cents, practicing both types of Opening, plus the Order of the Temple, becomes a little much to practice.  But, it can be done.  We will see what next year brings.  Well, as an addendum, we are told that we will be expected to do the Regular Full Form Opening at our Inspection.  So, that is that.  Now we know.  And, we are practicing!  And, in conclusion, we did the Full Form Opening at our Inspection and our Sir Knights did a fine job!

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 2016/2017, 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 is now out of Office as Commander and I will get myself into gear and help him with coordinating our Degrees and Orders.

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 169 members.  L L Munn has about 55 members.  Cryptic Council about 166 members.  Bethel Commandery now has 204 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 #206-1;
Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96-1; Cryptic Council #46; 4
Bethel Commandery #36-5.  Let's get those Petitions

Sickness and Distress:   Nothing new reported.


1.  3-25-17  Calvary Commandery #25 Inspection.
2.  4-5-17  Palatine York Rite.  #96, #46, and #36 meet.  Royal and Select Master Degrees.  #46 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.  Palatine #206 has an Extra Meeting for Business.
3.  4-8-17  Joliet Commandery #4 Inspection.
4.  4-19-17  Palatine York Rite.  #206 and #36 meet.  Past Presiding Officers Honored.  Chapter 4th and 5th Degrees.   #36 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
5.  4-22-17  St. Elmo Commandery #64 Inspection.  Grand Commander's Commandery.
6.  4-29-17  Elwood Commandery #6 Inspection.  Deputy Grand Commander's Commandery.
7.  5-3-17  Palatine York Rite.  #96, #46, and #36 meet.  Annual Convocation of L L Munn Chapter.  Most Excellent Master Degree.  #96 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
8.  5-17-17  Palatine York Rite.  #206 and #36 meet.  Annual Convocation of Palatine Chapter.  Royal Arch Mason Degree.  #206 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
9.  6-7-17  Palatine York Rite.  #96, #46, and #36 meet.  Annual Assembly of Cryptic Council and Annual Conclave of Bethel Commandery.  Possible Red Cross and Malta Orders.  #46 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
10.  6-21-17  Palatine York Rite.  #206 and #36 meet.  Steak Fry and Installation of Officers.  #36 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30 to 8:00.

Bradley L. Baker, PHP, PM, PC, correspondent