June, 2017


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Palatine Chapter #206, R.A.M., met on April 19, 2017, and conferred the Mark Master and Past Master Degrees on Ikol Nueve and Gregg Gingerich.  Gregg is Palatine's candidate and Ikol is Loyal L Munn's candidate.  Then on May 3, 2017, we conferred the Most Excellent Master Degree on the same two candidates.  The Royal Arch Mason Degree is scheduled for June 7, 2017.  On May 17, 2017, Palatine Chapter #206 had its Annual Convocation and Election of Officers for the next year.  The Officers Elected and Appointed will be reported at next month's Temple Topics article, along with the other three York Rite Bodies.  The Installation of Officers will be at our Steak Fry on June 21, 2017, at the Lodge.

Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96, R.A.M., helped confer the Mark Master, Past Master and Most Excellent Master Degrees on April 19th and May 3rd, as mentioned in the Palatine article.  Our next convocation will be on June 7th where we will participate in conferring the Royal Arch Mason Degree on Ikol Nueve and Gregg Gingerich.  Loyal L Munn Chapter had its Annual Convocation and Election of Officers on May 3rd.  We will report on the Officers Elected and Appointed in the next issue of Temple Topics.  The Installation of Officers will be at our Steak Fry on June 21st.  Loyal L. Munn Chapter decided to sell Vidalia Onions again this year.  We purchased 200 bags and sold them in Elgin and South Elgin the first two weekends of May.  We thank our members Drew Michyeta, Jim Newby, James Newby, Josh Newby, and Brad Baker for helping.  In addition, Kathy Newby helped as well.

Cryptic Council #46, C.M., donated the May meeting date to the Royal Arch Chapters for their Degree work.  Cryptic Council will have its Annual assembly and Election of Officers on June 7th, 2017.  The Installation of Officers will be on June 21st, at the Annual Steak Fry.  We still have one candidate to confer the Council Degrees on, Luciano Azevedo.  We will have to catch him in the Fall or on a Saturday in Chicago this summer when the Degrees are being conferred.

Bethel Commandery #36, K.T., met on April 19th, May 3rd, and May 17th.  We donated the meetings to the Royal Arch Chapters for their Degrees and the Annual Convocation of Palatine Chapter.  On May 17th we Opened on the new 10-Man Opening.  We should do that more often.  We received one Petition for the Commandery only on May 17th, from Thomas Greenwich.  He was Elected to receive the Commandery Orders. On April 26th we had an extra gathering of Bethel Commandery to watch the movie of The Illustrious Order of the Red Cross.  Pizza was enjoyed by all.  We are looking to do more of these types of items for fellowship and learning.  Below is a paragraph from Gary Berenger, Past Commander, reporting how the event went.  Last night, on the 17th of May, we watched the Order of Malta after the business of the York Rite Bodies was concluded.  It was well received.  Many of the actors in the Order of Malta were well known to many of us.  On June 7th, 2017, Bethel Commandery will have its Annual Conclave and Election of Officers.  The Installation of Officers will be at our Annual Steak Fry on June 21st.

Bethel Commandery, with the rest of the Palatine York Rite, in order to make our time together more interesting and worthwhile has decided to add a third meeting night each month for fellowship, education and fun.

The first such meeting was held this past Wednesday, April 26, at the Palatine Masonic Temple. After a fellowship meal of some excellent pizza, we adjourned to the projection room for a showing of the full presentation, including opening and closing, of the Illustrious Order of the Red Cross. This was a presentation of over an hour and the actors were fully costumed and performed brilliantly. The film was made even more interesting by a pre film explanation by our own Sir Knight Russ Schlosser of what to expect from the film and a history of the Order. He followed up at the conclusion of the film by explaining more details of the Illustrious Order of Red Cross.

Everyone present agreed that this was a fun, educational and worthwhile evening.

Look for news of the next special meeting.  Best Regards, Gary Berenger

The Past Presiding Officers of all four Palatine York Rite Bodies were honored and our April 19, 2017, dinner prior to the meetings.  We do this every year and heartily congratulate them for all their hard work through the years.

Bethel Commandery #36 was present at St Elmo Commandery #64 Annual Inspection on April 22, 2017.  Present from Bethel were:  Ralph Palmer, Gary Berenger, Andrew Michyeta, Russell Schlosser, and Bradley Baker.  Bethel Commandery was represented at Elwood Commandery #6 in Springfield on April 29, 2017.  That wraps up the Inspection year.

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 204 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 #206-1;
Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96-1; Cryptic Council #46; 1
Bethel Commandery #36-5.  Let's get those Petitions

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


1.  6-7-17  Palatine York Rite.  #96, #46, and #36 meet.  Annual Assembly of Cryptic Council and Annual Conclave of Bethel Commandery.  Royal Arch Mason Degree.  #46 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
2.  6-21-17  Palatine York Rite.  #206 and #36 meet.  Steak Fry and Installation of Officers.  #36 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30 to 8:00.
3.  7-13-17  Grand Commandery Annual Conclave at Normal, IL.
4.  7-14-17  Grand Royal Arch Chapter Annual Convocation at Normal, IL.
5.  7-15-17  Grand Council of Cryptic Masons Annual Assembly at Normal, IL.

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