July, 2017


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Palatine Chapter #206, R.A.M., participated with Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96 in conferring the Royal Arch Mason Degree on June 7, 2017, on two candidates;  Gregg Gingerich, Palatine's candidate, and Enrique Ikol Nueve, Munn's candidate.  It was a fine evening.  Palatine's new Elected Officers are:  Kenneth J. Stortz-High Priest; David A. Truax-King; Ralph J. Palmer-Scribe; Louis A. Sands-Treasurer; Russell L. Schlosser-Secretary; William Trey Higgens, III-Chaplain; Scott Dueball-Captain of the Host; Bradley L. Baker-Principal Sojourner; Frank Del Giudice-Royal Arch Captain; Mark D. Nokes-Master of the 3rd Veil; Gene Pratt-Master of the 2nd Veil; Andrew E. Michyeta, III-Master of the 1st Veil; Luciano Azevedo-Steward; John Riggs-Sentinel.  The Officers will be Installed on June 21, 2017, at our Annual Steak Fry.  The Grand Royal Arch Chapter meets on July 14th at Normal, IL.  After our Installation on the 21st of June, we are dark until September.

Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96, R.A.M., just met on the 7th of June and conferred the Royal Arch Mason Degree on two candidates, in conjunction with Palatine Chapter.  They are both listed in Palatine's paragraph (above).  It all worked out fine.  Loyal L. Munn's Elected Officers for this coming year are:  James B. Newby-High Priest; Bradley L. Baker-King; Andrew E. Michyeta, III-Scribe; James N. Newby-Treasurer; Russell L. Schlosser-Secretary. The appointed officers will be reported next month.  L L Munn will also be dark for the rest of the summer.  See you in September.

Cryptic Council #46, C.M., met on June 7th and had its Annual Assembly following the Chapter Degree work.  Elected and appointed are the following Officers:  David A. Truax-Thrice Illustrious Master; Kenneth J. Stortz-Illustrious Deputy Master; Gary S. Berenger-Principal Conductor of the Work; Bradley L. Baker-Chaplain; Louis A. Sands-Treasurer; Russell L. Schlosser- Recorder; Scott Dueball-Captain of the Guard; Gene Pratt-Conductor of Council; Andrew E. Michyeta, III-Marshall; William Trey Higgens, III-Steward; John Riggs-Sentinel.  All will be installed on June 21st, at our Annual Steak Fry.  We still have one un-Greeted candidate.  We will have to catch him in the fall, or have a special Assembly this summer.  The Annual Assembly of the Grand Council will be on July 15th at Normal, IL.  We are dark until September.

Bethel Commandery #36, K.T., met on June 7th and had its Annual Conclave after the Royal Arch Degrees were conferred.  The new Officers are:  Gary Berenger-Commander; David A. Truax-Gerneralissimo; Kenneth J. Stortz-Captain General; Mark D. Nokes-Senior Warden; Andrew E. Michyeta, III-Junior Warden; Russell L. Schlosser-Prelate; Louis A. Sands-Treasurer; Bradley L. Baker-Recorder; Scott Dueball-Standard Bearer; Ralph Palmer-Sword Bearer; Luciano Azevedo-Warder; John Riggs-Sentinel; Gene Pratt-Color Bearer.  We also elected a Finance Board consisting of: Russell Schlosser, John Riggs, James N. Newby, and Mark Nokes.  We also had a Petition for the Commandery only.  Nicholas Wennerstrom was Elected to receive the Order of the Temple.  His Chapter and  Council are in Waukegan.  We also received a nice donation from Richard Stephenson for our paraphernalia fund.  We made a donation to the Job's daughters in Crystal Lake, plus passed the hat to augment that donation.  The Annual Conclave of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar will be on July 13th at Normal, IL.  We have five members of Bethel Commandery that are in the Grand Line for this session.  We will be dark until September.

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 Summer or Fall, 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.

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 169 members.  L L Munn has about 55 members.  Cryptic Council about 166 members.  Bethel Commandery now has 202 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 #206-0;
Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96-0; Cryptic Council #46; 1
Bethel Commandery #36-6.  Let's get those Petitions

Sickness and Distress:   James Burke is ill with kidney problems and Leroy Baumann is ill with liver problems.


1.  7-13-17  Grand Commandery Annual Conclave at Normal, IL.
2.  7-14-17  Grand Royal Arch Chapter Annual Convocation at Normal, IL.
3.  7-15-17  Grand Council of Cryptic Masons Annual Assembly at Normal, IL.

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