January 2016


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Palatine Chapter #206 had its December meeting last night and it was allocated to the Commandery for their Christmas Libations.  Prior to that Palatine Chapter conferred the 4th and 5th Degrees on one candidate on November the 18th, a Mr. Cicinski.  On December 2nd we conferred the Most Excellent Master Degree on the same candidate.  We will be conferring the Royal Arch Degree on the 6th of January in conjunction with Loyal L. Munn Chapter.  See you then.

Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96 participated in the Mark Master and Past Master Degrees on November 18th and the Most Excellent Master Degree on December 2nd.  On our January 6th Meeting we will be conferring the Royal Arch Degree.  See you then.

Cryptic Council #46 has been doing the Full Form Opening at its assigned meetings.  We are getting ready to confer the Royal and Select Master Degrees on January 20th.  Hope the weather holds.  We assisted Forest McDaniel Council with their Royal and Select Degrees last week.  See you in January.

Bethel Commandery #36 had its Annual Christmas Libations last night on the 16th of December.  We had close to 30 people in attendance.  Had a nice dinner and then the Ceremonies.  Our Guest speaker was the Right Reverend Dennis Esposito, D.D. of Holy Trinity Church in Geneseo, IL.  He gave a nice historical talk on the Knights Templar.  A special thank you goes to Cortney and Cathy Newby, the wives of our Generalissimo and Commander respectively.  They really decorated our dinner tables up with a great Christmas theme.  Looked beautiful.  They also led all the Christmas Carols.  Really a great event thanks to them!

Bethel Commandery had a practice for the Order of the Temple recently.  It came off pretty well.  We will look for more of these coming up.  The Inspections will be starting in the First Division in January.  Good place to learn the Work.

First Division Inspections are:

1-23-16    St Bernard #35 and Albertus Magnus #92
1-30-16    Mizpah #53
2-20-16    Evanston 358
2-27-16    Apollo #1
3-12-16    Silangan #93
3-19-16    Austin #84
3-26-16    Joliet #4
4-20-16    Trinity #80
4-9-16      Calvary #25
4-16-16    Bethel #36
4-23-16    St Elmo #64

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 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!

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.  I will help him get started with this task by giving him a list of who does what in our Degrees and Orders.  I told him I would do that and have yet to get it done.  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 56 members.  Cryptic Council about 200 members.  Bethel Commandery now has 206 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 #46-3;
Bethel Commandery #36-5.  Let's get those Petitions

Sickness and Distress:   

1.  Bradley Baker's mother died recently.  She was 91.
2.  Learned that Max Taylor died in 2014.  He was an old friend to many of us.


1.  12-25-15  Merry Christmas!
2.  1-6-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  #96 Opens.  Royal Arch Mason Mason Degree.
3.  1-20-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  #206 Opens Cryptic Mason Degrees.
4.  2-3-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  #46 Opens.  Red Cross and Malta Orders.
5.  2-17-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  #36 Opens.  Commandery Practice or OOT.
6.  3-2-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  #96 Opens.  Commandery Practice or OOT.
7.  3-16-16  Palatine York Rite.  Corned Beef and Cabbage at 5:30 til 7:30 PM.  #206 Opens.
8.  4-6-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  #46 Opens.  Commandery Practice or OOT.
9.  4-16-16  Bethel Commandery Annual Inspection.
10.  4-20-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM. #36 Opens.
11.  5-4-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  #96 Opens.  Annual Convocation of Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96.
12.  5-18-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  #206 Opens.  Annual convocation of Palatine Chapter #206.
13.  6-1-16  Palatine York Rite.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  #46 Opens.  Annual Assembly of Cryptic Council #46 and Annual Conclave of Bethel Commandery #36.
14.  6-15-16  Palatine York Rite.  #36 Opens.  Annual Steak Fry and Installation of Officers.


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