August, 2016

Richard (Pineapple) Pugh and Russell Schlosser our Blues Brothers.
Ralph and Sue Palmer, a beautiful couple.


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Palatine Chapter #206, R.A.M. is dark for the summer.  However, we did attend the Annual Convocation of the Grand royal Arch Chapter of Illinois, which was held at Normal, IL, on the 14th of July.  It was a good Session.  The Grand High Priest, M. E. Companion Sean McBride, did a fine job.  The new Grand High Priest is M. E. Companion James Tome from DeKalb, IL.  The new E. G. Treasurer is M. E. Companion Richard Yena.  The new E. G. Secretary is E. Companion Barry Weer.  The new Royal Arch Captain is E. Companion Charles Robertson.  A new RAM Charitable Foundation Trustee is E. Companion Patrick Robin.  Two new Veil Fund Trustees are M. E. Companion William Hussey and M. E. Companion Robert Wright.  Companion Stuart Eberle, from near St. Louis, received the Lyle R. Melvin Distinguished Service Award.  We resume our Labors again in September.

Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96, R.A.M., is also dark for the summer.  I will not repeat all the Annual Convocation items that are included in the Palatine paragraph since it would be the same.  However, a member of Loyal L. Munn Chapter received the District Deputy Grand High Priest of the Year Award.  Me.  I thank the flour Chapters that I represent for being responsible for that.  They are all good Chapters and made me look good.  See you in September.

Cryptic Council #46, C.M., is also dark for the summer.  Many of us did attend the Annual assembly of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Illinois at Normal, IL.  It was on the 15th of July.  The Grand Council is now back with the other two York Rite bodies for a joint Session after a hiatus of three years.  Glad those guys worked all the bugs out.  The M. I. Grand Master, Companion Larry Raglan, ran an excellent meeting.  His Allocution was the best I have ever heard from a Presiding officer of any body.  The new Grand Master is M. I. Companion Jason Kinsolving of way down, IL.  He was supposed to be the Deputy and Dan Jones was supposed to be the Grand Master, but Dan Jones' wife is seriously ill and he did not want to be Grand Master while his time was committed to his wife.  So, they switched.  Last year the Grand Council shortened their elected Line of Officers by one, so there was no new Companion elected this year.  They now have a six year Line.  The Cryptic Mason of the Year is John Sansone from Oak Lawn.  Our own Lou Sands is the District Inspector for our District again this year.  Way to go, Lou.

Bethel Commandery #36, K.T., is also dark for the summer.  We did go down to the Annual Conclave of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Illinois on Saturday, the 16th.  It was a good meeting.  The Grand Commander, Enrique Unanue, did fine job.  The new Grand Commander is S.K. William Smith from Chicago.  The new Grand Junior Warden is Sir Knight John Sansone from Oak Lawn.  S.K. William Jegen, PGC, challenged the sitting Grand Treasurer, S.K. Gary D. Hermann, PGC, and beat him by one vote.  Many of us participated in an Honor Guard for the entrance of the Grand Commander at the Conclave and for the entrance of the new Grand Commander at the Installation.  It worked out nicely.  The Knights Templar Cross of Honor was awarded to Sir Knight Larry Raglan from Clinton, IL.  Bethel Commandery #36 had a good group of Sir Knights in attendance.  One of whom was our Past Commander from 1977, Robert W. Bigley, who now lives in Texas and runs the Knights Templar Eye Foundation.  Awards were given for Inspection grades in each Division.  Bethel Commandery #36 won the First Division and also won the State of Illinois.  Good for us!  We worked hard.  Bethel Commandery is also fortunate to have four of our Sir Knights as Appointed Grand Officers for 2016/2017.  They are:  Sir Knight Ralph Palmer as Grand Standard Bearer, Sir Knight Andrew Michyeta, III as Grand Sword Bearer, Sir Knight Bradley Baker as Grand Warder, and Sir Knight Richard (Pineapple) Pugh as Assistant Grand Organist.

Illinois Priory #11 had its Annual Meeting on Saturday afternoon.  New members were inducted, one of whom was our own, Gary Berenger.  Congratulations, Gary!  The new Herald (bottom of the Line) is Knight Norman Truesdale from way down, IL.

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!

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.  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.

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!

Our long lost soul, Richard (Pineapple) Pugh popped in for our steak fry and the Installation on the 15th of June.  He had a friend with him.  Pineapple is recovering very nicely from his bad accident this spring. He can now walk without a walker.  Pineapple also came down to the Grand York Rite Session this past weekend.  He expects to be back on the job at United Airlines in September.  Good for you, Pineapple.

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 198 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 #206-2;
Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96-0; Cryptic Council #46-4;
Bethel Commandery #36-6.  Let's get those Petitions

Sickness and Distress:   

1.  Nothing new reported, however Lou Sands is recovering and so is Richard (Pineapple) Pugh.


1.  9-7-16  Palatine York Rite starts meeting again after a Dark Summer.  Hopefully we will be conferring the Orders of Red Cross and Malta.


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