July, 2012

RECENT HAPPENINGS: 

Palatine Chapter met on 5-16-12 and 6-6-12, and had its Annual Convocation.  Elected as High Priest for the next year is Ralph Palmer and Scott Doniger as King.  The rest of the Officers will be reported in the next issue of Temple Topics.  The Installation of Officers will be on June 20th, 2012, after our Annual Steak Fry.


Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96 met on 5-2-12 and 6-6-12.  At its Annual Convocation James N. Newby was elected High Priest and James B. Newby as King.  The rest of the Officers will be reported in the next issue of Temple Topics.  The Installation of Officers will be on June 20th, 2012, after our Annual Steak Fry.
 
 
Cryptic Council #46, met on 6-6-12 and had its Annual Assembly.  Elected as Thrice Illustrious Master is Ralph Palmer.  Deputy Master is Gary Berenger.  The rest of the Officers will be reported in the next issue of Temple Topics.  The Installation of Officers will be on June 20th, 2012, after our Annual Steak Fry.
 
  
Bethel Commandery #36, had a Stated Conclave on Wednesday, June 6, 2012.  It was the Annual Conclave and Robert Prinzing was elected as Commander for the upcoming year.  Ralph Palmer was elected Generalissimo.  The Installation of Officers will be on June 20th, 2012, after our Annual Steak Fry.

Two Sir Knights from Bethel Commandery have been helping Silangan Commandery #93 with their floor and ritual work.

Bethel Commandery #36 attended Apollo Commandery #1 Annual Inspection on May 5, 2012.  SKs Andrew Michyeta and Bradley Baker had parts.  Others were in attendence.

Past Presiding Officers were recognized at the 5-16-12 dinner prior to the meeting.

Dieter Dethloff, Gary Berenger, and Frank Del Giudice, worked on building a storage rack for garments in our new storage closet at the Palatine Lodge.  It turned out great.  Dieter did all the construction work and this rack will support all the stuff we have.  Very strong.  Thank you, Sir knights!  All we have to do now is find our missing Pawl, and our books.  It will work out.  One step at a time.


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
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.  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
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 chairlift
needed.

Our backlog of work is:  Palatine Chapter #206-1;
Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96-0; Cryptic Council #46-2;
Bethel Commandery #36-2.  Let's get those Petitions
in.

Sickness and distress:  None Reported

 
UPCOMING EVENTS:

1.  6-20-12  Installation of Officers and Annual Steak Fry.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.
2.  7-26/28-12  Annual Meetings of the Grand York Rite in Springfield.
3.  8-11/15-2012.  Grand Encampment Triennial in Alexandria, VA.
4.  9-5-12  Resume Meetings in the Fall after being dark for the summer.

Fraternally,

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