July, 2013


Palatine Chapter had its Annual Convocation on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Elected were:  High Priest-Mark Nokes; King-Frank Del Giudice; Scribe-David Lee; Treasurer-Andrew Michyeta; Secretary-Russell Schlosser.  The appointed officers will be named in the August Newsletter.  Installation of Officers will be at our Annual Steak Fry on June 19, 2013.  Looking forward to the Grand Royal Arch Chapter Annual Convocation at Bloomington on July 19th, 2013.  Palatine Chapter is dark until September 18th, 2013.

Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96 had its rescheduled Annual Convocation on June 5th.  Elected to High Priest was James B. Newby, King-Bradley Baker, Scribe-James N. Newby, Treasurer-Andrew Michyeta, and Secretary-Russell Schlosser.  The appointed Offers will be reported in the August Temple Topics.  We are looking forward to the Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter on July 19th, 2013 at Bloomington.  L L Munn Chapter is dark until September 4th, 2013.

Cryptic Council #46 held its Annual Assembly on June 5th, 2013.  Elected TIM was Gary Berenger, IDM-James N. Newby, PCW-James B. Newby, Treasurer-Andrew Michyeta, Recorder-Russell Schlosser.  The rest of the Officers will be reported in the August Temple Topics.  The newly elected TIM, Gary Berenger, upheld the long-standing Cryptic tradition of bringing strawberry shortcake for dessert.  We are looking forward to the Annual Assembly of the Grand Council of IL at Bloomington on the 13th of July.  Cryptic Council is dark until September 4th, 2013.

Bethel Commandery had its Annual Conclave on June 5th.  Elected Commander was Ralph Palmer, Generalissimo-Gary Berenger, Captain General-David Lee, Senior Warden-James N. Newby, Junior Warden-James B. Newby, Prelate-Bradley Baker, Treasurer-Louis Sands, Recorder-Mark Nokes, Standard Bearer-??????, Sword Bearer-???????, Warder-Charles Reed, Sentinel-????????, Color Bearer-????????.  I was not at the meeting and am not sure who is at what station in the West.  I will report these in August.  I do not want to wing it and goof them up.

The Illinois Knights templar Home had its Annual Picnic at Paxton, IL, on the 9th of June.  There were some from Bethel in attendance.

Many members from Bethel Commandery, I believe there were 13, attended the Grand Commandery's tri-state Commandery Day on May 18, 2013, at the Scottish Rite.  The Illustrious Order of the Red Cross was conferred by Wisconsin, the Order of Malta by Illinois, and the Order of the Temple by Indiana, in chain mail.  It was a fine day with 40 candidates.  Bethel had three candidates.

As a result of Ralph Palmer's idea, we have been sending Birthday Cards to the residents of the Illinois Knights Templar Home at Paxton, IL, for the last three months.  We are continuing each month.  Thank you, Ralph.  We also sent Christmas Cards to all the residents in December, also at Ralph's suggestion.
A big thank you to Frank Del Giudice for being our Armorer.  He is doing a fine job of handling our paraphernalia,
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.

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 201 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 #206-0;
Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96-0; Cryptic Council #46-1;
Bethel Commandery #36-1.  Let's get those Petitions

Sickness and distress:
1.  None reported.


1.  7-12/13-13  Grand Council Annual Assembly, Bloomington, IL
2.  7-18/21-13  Grand Chapter and Grand Commandery Annual Session at Normal, IL.
3.  9-4-13  L L Munn, Cryptic, and Bethel meetings.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.
4.  9-18-13  Palatine #206 and Bethel Meetings.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.


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