June 2014


Palatine Chapter #206, R.A.M., had its April Stated Convocation last month.  We conducted a good bit of business.  Discussed the meetings and events for the remainder of the year.  Our Annual Convocation is on May 21st.  Our Installation will be on June 18th, along with our Annual Steak Fry.  We do not anticipate any work until the Fall of the year.  We honored our Past Presiding Officers last night, following a delicious dinner of left-over food.  We had:  roast beef, roast pork, mostaccioli, Italian beef sandwiches, potato wedges, green beans, lemon chicken, and cupcakes and ice cream for dessert.  Following the convocation we participated in the second round of the Keystone Quest.

Our May Stated Convocation and Annual Meeting will be this week on the 21st of May.  Dinner at 6:30.  Convocation at 7:30.

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 names later.  Installation will be on June 18th following our steak fry.

Cryptic Council #46, Cryptic Masons, will have its Annual Assembly on June 4th.  Dinner at 6:30 and Assembly at 7:30.  The highlight of the evening will be the fresh strawberries as furnished by the incoming T.I.M.  I am out of town as I write this, but will be returning for the strawberries.  See you then!  Installation of Officers will be June 18th, following the steak fry.

Bethel Commandery #36, Knights Templar, will hold its Annual Conclave on June 4th.  Dinner at 6:30 and Conclave at 7:30.  Installation is planned for June 18th, following the steak fry.  The highlight of the evening of the 4th will be the Council strawberries!

Bethel Commandery had a good representation at the Grand Lodge Cornerstone Ceremony at Illinois Masonic Medical Center on May 3rd.  Here are who I think wereyou there: Russell Schlosser, Andrew Michyeta, Ralph Palmer, David Truax, Mark Nokes, Richard Pugh, Bradley Baker, and possibly others.  I will try to get a more accurate count for next month.  It was a nice affair, over 500 in attendence, and a joint honor guard with Sir Knights from the Prince Hall Grand Commandery.

On May 10, 2014, The Glenview York Rite Bodies conferres all the York Rite Degrees and Orders.  Several other Y R Bodies, including us, participated with Glenview with this event.  This all atartes with one Petition that Bill Morgan brought in.  We wound up with 19 Royal Arch Masons, 23 Cryptic Masons, and 16 Knights Templar.  The totals were from several York Rite Bodies.

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:  None this month, thank goodness.


1.  5-3-14  Cornerstone Laying by the Grand Lodge at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.  Commandery Honor Guard.
2.  5-7-14  L L Munn, Cryptic, and Bethel meetings.  L L Munn #96 Annual Convocation.  Dinner at 6:30.  L L Munn #96 Opens.
3.  5-10-14  York Rite Degrees at Glenview.  All Degrees and Orders.
4.  5-21-14  Palatine and Bethel meetings.  Palatine #206 Annual Convocation.  Possible Degree work.  Dinner at 6:30.  Bethel #36 Opens.
5.  6-4-14  L L Munn, Cryptic, and Bethel meetings.  Bethel #36 and Cryptic #46 Annual Meetings.  Possible Degree work.  Fresh Strawberries.  Dinner at 6:30.  Cryptic #46 Opens.
6.  6-18-14  Palatine and Bethel meetings.  Annual Steak Fry at 6:30 and Installation of Officers to follow.  Palatine #206 Opens.
7.  7-19-14  Grand Council Annual Assembly in Bloomington.
8.  7-25/26-14  Grand Chapter and Grand Commandery Annual Sessions at Normal, IL.

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