January, 2017

Cortney Newby sings "The Star Spangled Banner" at Bethel Commandery's Annual Inspection.  Cortney is our Commander's wife.
Commander James B. Newby and Deputy Grand Commander Wendell Walch.
Bethel Commandery #36 at our Annual Inspection Nov. 19, 2016.


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Palatine Chapter #206 is scheduled to confer the Mark Master and Past Master Degrees on January 18th, 2017.  So far we have one candidate for the Chapter, however, it is very possible that we will get another or two before then.  Palatine Chapter will be participating with Bethel Commandery for the Christmas Libations on December 21, 2016.  This is an annual event and we all have a good time and a good dinner.

Loyal L Munn Chapter #96 will hold its next Stated Convocation on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.  Again, we will be letting the Council have that night for their Degree conferral.  We will be celebrating the Christmas Season with the Commandery on the 21st for their Christmas Libations.  Then on January 18th, we will be conferring the Mark Master and Past Master Degrees along with Palatine Chapter #206.  We understand that the Grand High Priest will be there.  We hope to get a candidate or two before then.  Have to beat the bushes a little.

Cryptic Council #46, C.M., did meet on December 7th to confer the Royal and Select Master Degrees on three candidates that we have remaining.  However, all three could not make it due to conflicts with their time.  One had his Wedding Rehearsal dinner that night.  We tried to convince him that his fiancé would understand if he missed the dinner.  That argument did not fly.  Fortunately, for the Slate of Officers for the Degrees, our good friend Bill Poole from Joliet brought a candidate up to get the Degrees.  Therefore, the Degrees went on in fine fashion and Bill's candidate became a Select Master.  Now, we have rescheduled our Council Degrees to January 4, 2017.  We hope all three of our guys can make it.  In the meanwhile we will join with Bethel Commandery for their Christmas Libations on December 21st.  It is always a fun and meaningful event.

Bethel Commandery #36, Knights Templar, had its Annual Inspection on November 19th.  The Deputy Grand Commander, Sir Knight Wendell E. Walch and his Lady, Janet, were in attendance.  Sir Knight Walch was the Inspecting Officer and represented the Grand Commandery in fine form.  We Knighted two Knights of Malta, Don Miller and Christian Lara.  The Officers of Bethel Commandery had worked hard and did a fine job in conferring the Order.  Our Commander, Sir Knight James Newby, did a fine job leading up to the Inspection with coordinating practices and making sure all I's were dotted and T's crossed.  He did a fine job as Commander for the Order, as well.  Our good friend, Micki Schlosser, helped with the Inspection lunch.  It came off real well.  Thank you, Micki.  We still have two candidates that we owe the Order of the Temple to.  We will be figuring this out in short order.

Bethel Commandery has been active in supporting our other First Division Commanderies with Work.  We went down to Joliet Commandery #4 on December 8th, and assisted in an Order of the Temple for them.  Traveling down were Frank Del Giudice, Ken Stortz, Andrew Michyeta, and Bradley Baker.  We also visited Evanston Commandery #58 for their Inspection on December 10th.  Present from Bethel were:  Frank Del Giudice, Ken Stortz, Russell Schlosser, and Bradley Baker.  Evanston had a nice day.  They had a great candidate from M.I.B. Red Chapter in Elmhurst.  Many other Inspections are coming up after the Holidays.  We hope to have a good representation from Bethel at these.

We will be holding our Christmas Libations on December 21st at the Palatine lodge building.  A good dinner will be enjoyed by all and then the program for the evening will be delivered.

On Sunday, the 20th of November, a few of us participated in the Masonic Charities Expo located at the Scottish Rite.  I represented the Knights Templar Eye Foundation and Russell Schlosser represented the Cryptic Masons' Nurses Scholarship Foundation.  We did have some Petitions with us, just in case, but no cigar.

Our own Andrew Michyeta is the Grand Commandery Membership Chairman for the year for the state of Illinois.  He is making a pitch to the lodges about Commandery history and beliefs.  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 Spring on a Saturday, to have a York Rite Day at Palatine.  Something to think about.

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.

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 is now out of Office as Commander and I will get myself into gear and help him with coordinating our Degrees and Orders.

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 168 members.  L L Munn has about 55 members.  Cryptic Council about 166 members.  Bethel Commandery now has 199 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 #206-1;
Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96-0; Cryptic Council #46; 4
Bethel Commandery #36-3.  Let's get those Petitions

Sickness and Distress:   Nothing new other than Russell Schlosser's heart attack.  He is recovering fine.


1.  12-21-16  Palatine York Rite.  #206 and #36 meet.  Christmas Libations.  #36 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
2.  1-4-17  Palatine York Rite.  #96, #46, and #36 meet.  Royal and Select Master Degrees  #96 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
3.  1-7-17  Mizpah #53 Inspection.
4.  1-14-17  Apollo #1 Inspection.
5.  1-18-17  Palatine York Rite.  #206 and #36 meet.  4th and 5th Degrees.  #206 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
6.  1-28-17  Silangan #93 Inspection.
7.  2-1-17  Palatine York Rite.  #96, #46, and #36 meet.  Hopefully 6th Degree.  #46 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
8.  2-11-17  Joliet #4 Inspection.
9.  2-15-17  Palatine York Rite.  #206 and #36 meet.  Hopefully 7th Degree.  #36 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
10.  2-18-17  Aurora #22 Inspection.
11.  2-25-17  Trinity #80 Inspection.
12.  3-1-17  Palatine York Rite.  #96, #46, and #36 meet.  Hopefully RC and M Orders.  #96 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
13.  3-4-17  Austin #84 Inspection.
14.  3-15-17  Palatine York Rite.  #206 and #36 meet.  Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner at 6:30 to 8:00.  #206 Opens.
15.  3-18-17  St. Bernard #35 and Albertus Magnus #92 Inspections.
16.  4-5-17  Palatine York Rite.  #96, #46, and #36 meet.  Hopefully Order of the Temple.  #46 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
17.  4-19-17  Palatine York Rite.  #206 and #36 meet.  Past Presiding Officers Honored.  Degree Work if candidates in queue.  #36 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
18.  5-3-17  Palatine York Rite.  #96, #46, and #36 meet.  Annual Convocation of L L Munn Chapter.  Degree Work if candidates in queue.  #96 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
19.  5-17-17  Palatine York Rite.  #206 and #36 meet.  Annual Convocation of Palatine Chapter.  Degree Work if Candidates in queue.  #206 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
20.  6-7-17  Palatine York Rite.  #96, #46, and #36 meet.  Annual Assembly of Cryptic Council and Annual Conclave of Bethel Commandery.  Degree Work if candidates in queue.  #46 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
21.  6-21-17  Palatine York Rite.  #206 and #36 meet.  Steak Fry and Installation of Officers.  #36 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30 to 8:00.

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