December, 2012


Palatine Chapter #206 will have its November Convocation this coming week on the 21st of November, 2012.  There will probably be a business meeting and maybe the Keystone Quest will be conducted.  Since that has to be done by the  end of December, we might as well do it now.  Our High Priest, Ralph Palmer, will see that all is in order.  Of course, we will have a dinner prior to the meeting.

Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96 had its recent Convocation on November 7, 2012.  We enjoyed a dinner prior to the meeting.  We did some business and then dedicated the meeting to the Cryptic Council for its use in conferring the Council Degrees.  Our next Convocation will be on December 5, 2012.  Not sure if we will be doing degree work or not.  There are rumors of some Petitions coming in.  Perhaps we will do the Keystone Quest, since it is due to be turned in by the end of the year.  Our High Priest, Jim Newby, is working hard on the various Chapter Programs for the year.  We should get our name in the limelights.  We will have a dinner prior to the next Convocation, at 6:30 PM.
Cryptic Council #46 had its November Assembly on November 7, 2012.  We did some business and then conferred the Royal and Select Master Degrees on David Truax.  We did all the work with Cryptic Council people.  It worked out nicely.  We enjoyed a dinner prior to the Assembly and all had a good time.  Our Master, Ralph Palmer, enjoyed doing the Opening of Council.  Our next Assembly will be on December 5, 2012.  Dinner at 6:30 and Assembly at 7:30.

Bethel Commandery had its Annual Inspection on Saturday, October 20, 2012.  It just happened to be the 142nd Anniversary of our being Chartered.  We were Chartered on October 20, 1870, in Elgin, IL.  Our Commander, Bob Prinzing, was a happy man that day.  He did his part for the Opening.  His son Erik Prinzing is also the Color Bearer.  We borrowed a candidate from Silangan Commandery #93 in Chicago.  Our candidate had to go to California for work, so we Knighted him three days before.  Our Inspection was a good day, with a nice lunch and dinner.  Our new meeting place worked out well.  A special thanks to Frank Del Giudice for working hard on our paraphernalia and closet for storage.  We are a little cramped for space, but are getting a handle on things.  Now that our Inspection is done we can focus on the other York Rite bodies.  We appreciate their allowing us to monopolize the meetings in preparation for our Inspection.  We have a candidate who needs the Red Cross and Malta, so we should be doing that soon.

On October 23rd, 2012, six Sir Knights from Bethel Commandery traveled to the Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton, IL, and sponsored the October Banquet for the residents of the Home.  Those in attendance that day were:  Louis Sands, David Lee, Jim Newby, Drew Michyeta, David Truax, and Brad Baker.  I will try to include a picture of the six of us.

Our own Sir Knight Andrew Michyeta, III, attended Grand Lodge on October 5th and 6th and manned an information table for the Grand Commandery.  There were 16 inquiries for York Rite membership.  Great job!  We should make sure to do this each year.

Next year our Grand Sessions will be in Bloomington, IL.  The other change will be that the Grand Chapter and Grand Commandery are meeting together.  The Grand Council is meeting separately on a different date.

One additional note.  Our good friend, Companion and Sir Knight James W. Patton, has been Elected and Installed as the Chancellor General of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America.  This happened at the Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, the first weekend of August.  Jim will spend six years in that Line.  Congratulations, Jim!

I have added some upcoming dates that are obvious, however, we will be letting the Presiding Officers of the four Palatine bodies set the schedule for the rest of the year.  It is really their job and they will feel more as owners of the schedule if they actually do it.

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
 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.  That is it!  This all
sounds good on paper, but we really have to make this
work.  Ahem!  We really have to work on this.  Yours
truly is getting tired."

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 173 members.  Bethel
Commandery now has 197 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 #206-1;
Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96-0; Cryptic Council #46-2;
Bethel Commandery #36-1.  Let's get those Petitions

Sickness and distress:
1.  Correction.  Last month I reported that Bob Hoeckelberg had passed away, which is true, he did (unfortunately).  However, I mentioned his wife's name as Darlene.  That was my error.  His wife's name is Dolores.  Chuck and Karla Neumann straightened me out on this.  Karla's mother is Darlene (who is doing well in Barrington) and I guess the two ladies have been getting their names crossed for years.  We certainly express our sorrows to Dolores Hoeckelberg.


1.  12-5-12  Meetings of L L Munn #96, Cryptic #46, and Bethel #36.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.
2.  12-8-12  St Elmo Commandery #64 Inspection in Chicago.
3.  12-19-12  Meetings of Palatine #206 and Bethel #36.  Christmas Libations.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.
4.  1-2-13  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30.
5.  1-16-13  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner 6:30.
6. 1-19-13  St. Bernard Commandery #35 and Albertus Magnus Commandery #92 Inspections in Chicago.
7.  1-26-13  Mizpah Commandery #53 Inpsection in Oak Lawn.
8.  2-6/10-13  AMD week in Reston, Virginia.
9.  2-16-12  Calvary Commandery #25 Annual Inspection, Cary, IL.
10.  4-7-13  Grand Chapter Reception, Bloomington, IL.
11.  4-13-13  Apollo Commandery #1 Inspection.


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