August 2014


Palatine Chapter #206, R.A.M., has been dark in July for the summer.  In June we had our Installation of Officers at our Annual Steak Fry.  The new Officers are:  High Priest-Frank Del Giudice; King-Gordon Colditz; Scribe-David Lee; Treasurer-Andrew Michyeta, III; Secretary-Russell L. Schlosser; Chaplain-Louis A. Sands; Captain of the Host-Charles Reed; Principal Sojourner-David Truax; Royal Arch Captain-Ken Stortz; Master of the 3rd Veil-William Trey Higgens, III; Master of the 2nd Veil-Mark Nokes; Master of the 1st Veil-Philip Robbins; Steward-Gene Pratt; Sentinel-John Riggs.  The Steak fry went over real well I understand.  This is the first one I have ever missed and the new crew did a great job!

Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96, R.A.M., has also been dark in July.  Summer vacation.  In June we had our Installation of Officers in June at our Annual Steak Fry.  The Officers are:  High Priest-James B. Newby; King-Bradley Baker; Scribe-Abdrew E. Michyeta, III; Treasurer-James N. Newby; Secretary-Russell L. Schlosser; Chaplain-Ronald A. Fraser; Captain of the Host-Milen Ivanov; Principal Sojourner-Mark J. Kapusta; Royal Arch Caotain-Ben Gates; Master of the 3rd Veil- Francesco Francone; Master of the 2nd Veil-James E. Burke, Sr.; Master of the 1st Veil-Donald Marquardt; Steward-Richard Pugh; Sentinel-Daniel Tice.  We are getting set for for the Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter in Normal, IL, last weekend of July.

Cryptic Council #46, C.M., has also been dark this summer.  In June we had our Installation of Officers at our Annual Steak Fry.  The Officers are:  Thrice Illustrious Master-James N. Newby; Illustrious Deputy Master-James B. Newby; Principal Conductor of the Work-Mark Nokes; Treasurer-Andrew E. Michyeta, III; Recorder-Russell L. Schlosser; Chaplain-Frank Del Giudice; Captain of the Guard-Charles Reed; Conductor of Council-Gordon Colditz; Marshal-David Truax; Steward-Joshua  A. Newby; Sentinel-David Lee.  Several of us are attending the Annual Assembly of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons at Bloomington, IL, this coming weekend.  We will let you know how it goes.

Bethel Commandery #36, K.T., has also been dark this summer.  In June we had our Installation of Officers at the Annual Steak Fry.  The Officers are: Commander-Gary Berenger; Generalissimo-David Lee; Captain General-James N. Newby; Senior Warden-James B. Newby; Junior Warden-Frank Del Giudice; Prelate-Bradley Baker; Treasurer-Louis A. Sands; Recorder-Mark Nokes; Standard Bearer-David Truax; Sword Bearer-Charles Reed; Warder-Ken Stortz; Sentinel-John Riggs; Color Bearer-William Trey Higgens, III.  Many of us are attending the Annual Conclave of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Illinois the last weekend of July at Normal, IL.  Our own Russell L. Schlosser will become the Grand Commander for this coming year and our own Andrew Michyeta, III, will become the Grand Senior Warden.  Many of us will be present at the Conclave and the Installation.  We will report next month on the events of this Conclave.

Russ Schlosser's Reception will be on August 24th, at Medinah Shrine Temple.  Pick up a flyer and plan to attend.  I am sure one will be on the web site shortly.

We fire up again in September.  We hope to start degree work right off the bat.  If you have a Petition for someone, bring it in post haste.

I had the opportunity to visit with Elizabeth Ellis yesterday in Northbrook.  She is doing fine and is up here for a short visit with a lady she used to work with at Walgreen's.  She now resides in Tucson, AZ.

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 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 60 members.  Bethel
Commandery now has 206 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 #46-2;
Bethel Commandery #36-0.  Let's get those Petitions

Sickness and distress:  Past Grand Commander J. Robert Stockner recently passed away.  Let us keep his Lady, Pat, in our hearts.


1.  7-18/19-14 Grand Council Annual assembly
2.  7-24/26-14 Grand Chapter and Commandery Annuals.
3.  8-24-14  Russell Schlosser Reception.
4.  9-3-14  L L Munn, Cryptic Council, and Bethel Commandery Stated Meetings.  Dinner at 6:30.
5.  9-17-14  Palatine #206 and Bethel #36 Stated Meetings.  Dinner at 6:30.


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