August 2017

Ralph Palmer receiving the Knights Templar Cross of Honor from Grand Master Duane Vaught.
Ralph and Sue Palmer


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Palatine Chapter #206, R.A.M., Officers were installed on June 21st, 2017.  The steak fry worked out fine.  Companion Russell Schlosser installed us all.  Listing all the Officers again this month.  Palatine's new Elected Officers are:  Kenneth J. Stortz-High Priest; David A. Truax-King; Ralph J. Palmer-Scribe; Louis A. Sands-Treasurer; Russell L. Schlosser-Secretary; William Trey Higgens, III-Chaplain; Scott Dueball-Captain of the Host; Bradley L. Baker-Principal Sojourner; Frank Del Giudice-Royal Arch Captain; Mark D. Nokes-Master of the 3rd Veil; Gene Pratt-Master of the 2nd Veil; Andrew E. Michyeta, III-Master of the 1st Veil; Luciano Azevedo-Steward; John Riggs-Sentinel.  Palatine members were present at the Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter at Normal, IL, on July 14th.  It was a fine convocation.  The new Grand High Priest is M.E. Companion Jerry Starks.  Russell Schlosser was elected a Trustee for the Grand Chapter Veil Fund.  We remain dark for the summer.  We will meet again on September 20, 2017.  We are now merged with Oracle Chapter #180 from Glenview.

Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96, R.A.M., Officers were also installed on June 21, 2017, at our annual steak fry.  Companion Russell Schlosser installed the Chapter.  Loyal L. Munn's Elected and Appointed Officers for this coming year are:  James B. Newby-High Priest; Bradley L. Baker-King; Andrew E. Michyeta, III-Scribe; James N. Newby-Treasurer; Russell L. Schlosser-Secretary; Ronald A. Fraser-Chaplain; Joshua Newby-Captain of the Host; Mark J. Kapusta-Principal Sojourner; Benjamin Gates-Royal Arch Captain; Morris B. Quick-Master of the 1st Veil; Enrique Nueve-Master of the 2nd veil; Christian Lara-Master of the 1st Veil; Richard B. (Pineapple) Pugh-Steward; Daniel S. Tice-Sentinel.  L L Munn will also be dark for the rest of the summer.  See you in September, on the 6th.  We were also present at the Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Illinois at Normal, IL, on July 14th.

Cryptic Council #46, C.M., Officers were installed on June 21, 2017, at our annual steak fry.  Companion Russell Schlosser installed us all.  Elected and Appointed are the following Officers:  David A. Truax-Thrice Illustrious Master; Kenneth J. Stortz-Illustrious Deputy Master; Gary S. Berenger-Principal Conductor of the Work; Bradley L. Baker-Chaplain; Louis A. Sands-Treasurer; Russell L. Schlosser- Recorder; Scott Dueball-Captain of the Guard; Gene Pratt-Conductor of Council; Andrew E. Michyeta, III-Marshall; William Trey Higgens, III-Steward; John Riggs-Sentinel.  We still have one un-Greeted candidate.  We will have to catch him in the fall, or have a special Assembly this summer, or take him to Geneva where they are conferring the Work this summer.  Cryptic Council attended the Annual Assembly of the Grand Council on July 15th at Normal, IL.  It was a good session.  M.I. Companion Daniel Jones is the new Grand Master.  Grand Master Jones did not re-appoint any of the District Inspectors.  He is going to have Grand Officers fulfill that function this year.  We are dark until September and will meet again on the 6th of that month.  Cryptic Council #46 is now merged with Forest C. McDaniel Council #115 of Glenview, IL.

Bethel Commandery #36, K.T., Officers were installed at our annual steak fry on June 21, 2017.  Sir Knight Russell Schlosser installed us all.  The new Officers are:  Gary Berenger-Commander; David A. Truax-Gerneralissimo; Kenneth J. Stortz-Captain General; Mark D. Nokes-Senior Warden; Andrew E. Michyeta, III-Junior Warden; Russell L. Schlosser-Prelate; Louis A. Sands-Treasurer; Bradley L. Baker-Recorder; Scott Dueball-Standard Bearer; Ralph Palmer-Sword Bearer; Luciano Azevedo-Warder; John Riggs-Sentinel; Gene Pratt-Color Bearer.  We also elected a Finance Board consisting of: Russell Schlosser, John Riggs, James N. Newby, and Mark Nokes.  We attended The Annual Conclave of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar on July 13th at Normal, IL.  Bethel Commander got First Place in the 1st Division and Second Place in the State.  The new Grand Commander is Sir Knight Wendall Walch from Springfield.  We have four members of Bethel Commandery that are in the Grand Line for this Templar Year: Ralph Palmer-Standard Bearer; Andrew Michyeta, III-Sword Bearer; Bradley Baker-Warder; and Gary Berenger-Sentinel.  We will be dark until September, and will meet again on the 6th of that month.  Bethel Commander is now merged with Austin Commander #84 of Glenview, IL.

Our Annual Steak Fry came off on Wednesday, July 21, 2017, at our Stated Meeting and Installation of Officers.  All had a good time and a good steak.  We thank our helpers: Frank Del Giudice, Gene Pratt, David Lee, David Truax, Louis Sands, James N. Newby, and Micki Schlosser.

Our own Ralph J. Palmer was awarded the Knights Templar Cross of Honor on Awards Night, July 12th, at Normal, IL.  It is the highest honor in Templary that a Sir Knight can receive.  Well deserved, Sir Knight Palmer!  Bradley Baker got lucky and was named Companion of the Secret Vault and York Rite Mason of the Year.  Not sure if he deserved all that but he is not giving it back.

On May 28th, 2017, Bethel Commandery #36 and Calvary Commandery #25 participated in an Escort for the Wedding of Sir Knight James Regelin of Calvary Commandery.  The Wedding was in Marengo.  It all came off very well.  Present in the Escort were:  Gary Berenger; Russell Schlosser; Bradley Baker; Andrew Michyeta; Darren Phipps; David Truax; and Ralph Palmer.

Our own Andrew Michyeta is the Grand Commandery Membership Chairman for the year for the state of Illinois.  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 Summer or Fall, on a Saturday, to have a York Rite Day at Palatine.  Something to think about.

I am repeating this because it will be the same for this year, we are told.  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.

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 314 members.  L L Munn has 53 members.  Cryptic Council has 311 members.  Bethel Commandery now has 366 members.  There will be some minor adjustments as we deal with plural members from the mergers.

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 #206-0;
Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96-0; Cryptic Council #46; 1
Bethel Commandery #36-7.  Let's get those Petitions

Sickness and Distress:   

1.  James Burke and Leroy Baumann are both still ill.  We pray for their recoveries.

2.  With sadness we report that our Sir Knight Ralph Palmer lost his daughter, Angela, to a traffic accident on I-39 on June 21st.  Please extend your sympathies and prayers to Ralph and Sue.


1.  9-6-17  Our York Rite fires up again.

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