January 2015


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Palatine Chapter #206, R.A.M., will be having its December convocation tonight, the 17th.  It is the event of Bethel's Christmas Libations so we will not be doing any Chapter work.  On January 7th we will be conferring the Royal Arch Degree on our three Candidates.  See you then.

Loyal L. Munn Chapter # (6, R.A.M. had is December convocation on the 3rd.  We had planned to confer the Royal Arch Degree on our three candidates at that time, but due to some members being ill and having to work, we postponed the degree until January 7th.  See you then.

Cryptic Council #46, C.M. will be conferring the Royal and Select Master Degrees on January 21st, if all goes well.  We have three Candidates in work.  See you after the Holidays.

Bethel Commandery #36, K.T. is hosting its Annual Christmas Libations tonight, December 17th, at Palatine.  We have a nice speaker lined up and our friend Pineapple will be leading our Christmas Carols.  We will have the traditional Readings, one from Russell Schlosser our Grand Commander.  We will report next month how all this worked out.  We expect to be conferring the Illustrious Order of the Red Cross and Order of Malta on February 4th, 2015.  Stay tuned.

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.

The Grand Commandery has come out with a new award, called the Cross and Crown Award.  The details were read at our last conclave.  This is available to a Commander who performs certain functions and reaches certain goals during the year.

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 about 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 #206-2;
Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96-1; Cryptic Council #46-3;
Bethel Commandery #36-3.  Let's get those Petitions

Sickness and Distress:   Your correspondent is recovering from the shingles.  Wish I had gotten that shot!


1.  1-7-15  L L Munn #96, Cryptic #46, and Bethel #36.  Royal Arch Degree  #96 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
2.  1-21-15  Palatine #206 and Bethel #36.  Royal and Select Master Degrees  #36 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
3.  2-4-15  L L Munn #96, Cryptic #46, and Bethel #36.  Red Cross and Malta Orders  #46 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.


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