July 2014


Palatine Chapter #206, R.A.M., had its May Stated Convocation last month.  It was our Annual Convocation and Election of Officers.  Frank Del Giudice was Elected High Priest for the ensuing Chapter year.  The Installation of Officers will be after our Steak Fry on June 18, 2014.  I will report on all the Officers Elected and Appointed in the next article of Temple Topics.  I am out of state and have no resources at my disposal.

Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96, RAM, had its Annual Convocation on May 7th.  Reports were given and the elections held.  Elected were:  HP-James B. Newby; King-Bradley L. Baker; Scribe-Andrew E. Michyeta, III; Treasurer-James N. Newby; Secretary-Russell L. Schlosser.  The appointed Officers will be named later.  Installation will be on June 18th following our steak fry.

Cryptic Council #46, Cryptic Masons, had its Annual Assembly on June 4th.  James N. Newby (the Father) was elected Thrice Illustrious Master.  As is our tradition, we had strawberry shortcake for dessert, compliments of Jim.  The Installation of Officers will be after the Steak Fry of June 18th.  The remainder of the Officers will be announced next month after I am back in Illinois.

Bethel Commandery #36, Knights Templar, held its Annual Conclave on June 4th.  Gary Berenger was elected Commander, David Lee Generalissimo, James N. Newby Captain General, James B. Newby Senior Warden, Frank Del Giudice Junior Warden, Bradley Baker Prelate, Louis Sands Treasurer, Mark Nokes recorder, David Truax Standard Bearer, Charles Reed Sword Bearer, The Warder, Sentinel, and Color Bearer will be announced next month.

The Annual Grand York Rite Sessions will be in July, Council the third weekend at Bloomington and Chapter and Commandery the fourth weekend at Normal.  Russell Schlosser will elected Grand Commander and Andrew Michyeta Grand Senior Warden.  Let's all of us that can come on down to Normal that weekend to support Russ and Drew.

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, this past year.  We are continuing each month.  Thank you, Ralph.  We also sent Christmas Cards to all the residents in December, also at Ralph's suggestion.

In conjunction with our end-of-year events, Annual Meetings, etc, if we have more candidate Petitions, we may confer Chapter Degrees to get a running start on next fall.  No sense dragging our feet.

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 176 members.  L L Munn has about 75 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 #206-0;
Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96-0; Cryptic Council #46-2;
Bethel Commandery #36-0.  Let's get those Petitions

Sickness and distress:  Past Grand Commander William Brown passed away recently.  He had been quite ill for some time following a stroke.


1.  6-18-14  Palatine and Bethel meetings.  Annual Steak Fry at 6:30 and Installation of Officers to follow.  Palatine #206 Opens.
2.  7-19-14  Grand Council Annual Assembly in Bloomington.
3.  7-25/26-14  Grand Chapter and Grand Commandery Annual Sessions at Normal, IL.


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