March, 2017


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Palatine Chapter #206, R.A.M., conferred the Royal Arch Mason Degree on our candidate Luciano Azevedo and Waukegan Chapter's candidate Michael Blasius.  It was a fine evening.  We had a guest for Captain of the Host, since our Russell Schlosser was tied up with medical rehab.  Companion Terry Hartl, from Waukegan Chapter #41, came down and did a fine job as Captain of the Host.  Russell showed up later after his doctors turned him loose.  We were fortunate to have Companion James Tome, Grand High Priest, in attendance.  We received him as Grand High Priest.  Companion Tome gave a nice talk to all of us.  We presented him with one of our Royal Arch belt buckles.  We still have another Petitioner who will be presenting his Petition shortly, we understand.

Loyal L Munn Chapter #96, R.A.M. helped confer the Most Excellent Master Degree on candidate Luciano Azevedo on February 1st and the Royal Arch Degree on February 15th.  He is Palatine Chapter's candidate, but we helped.  Our next convocation will be on March 1st.  The Grand High Priest, M.E. Companion James Tome, will be visiting us for an Official Visit.  The night will be used to confer the Illustrious Order of the Red Cross and Order of Malta by the Commandery.  It is our understanding that we will have a Petitioner for Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96 shortly.  I expect we will be conferring the Chapter Degrees again this year in the April, May, and June time frames.  This will be in conjunction with Palatine Chapter #206.

Cryptic Council #46, C.M., will have its next Stated Assembly on March 1st.  The Commandery is using that night for their Orders.  Cryptic Council has two candidates in queue and should have a third shortly.  It is expected that we will confer the Council Degrees in the April/May time frame.

Bethel Commandery #36, K.T., has let the Chapters use the meeting nights for the Chapter Degrees.  We are scheduled to confer the Illustrious Order of the Red Cross and Order of Malta on March 1st.  We have two candidates, Luciano Azevedo and David Koss.  We understand that there are two more Petitions (Gingerich and Nueve) coming in so we will have Work coming up in the future.  After the Red Cross and Malta Orders, we will have four candidates ready for the Order of the Temple.  With the two new Petitioners, that will give us two more.  Our Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner will be coming up on March 15th.  Come on out for that and bring some friends.

Bethel Commandery continues to be active in supporting local Commanderies at their Inspections and other Work.  We recently helped at Silangan Commandery #93 on January 28th.  Present from Bethel were:  Andrew Michyeta, Gary Berenger, Ken Stortz, Russell Schlosser, and Frank Del Giudice.  Last Saturday, the 18th of February, we helped at Aurora Commandery #22.  Present from Bethel Commandery were: Gary Berenger, Ken Stortz, Ralph Palmer, Russell Schlosser, and Bradley Baker.  Several of us went to the Two Brothers Round House in Aurora for dinner afterward.

The York Rite Bodies reinstated a member this week.  That is good.  We also understand that Gary Berenger has been appointed Grand Sentinel of the Grand Commandery to finish out the year, with the demise of Sir Knight Stuart Stone.  That gives Bethel Commandery five Grand Officers this year: Ralph Palmer; Andrew Michyeta; Richard Pugh; Gary Berenger; and Bradley Baker.

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 Spring 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.

Our loyal Companion and Sir Knight Jim Newby had volunteered some time ago to coordinate the Degree work.  I really did not give him what he needed to get started on this.  However, I will work on getting that done.  Jim is now out of Office as Commander and I will get myself into gear and help him with coordinating our Degrees and Orders.

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; 4
Bethel Commandery #36-6.  Let's get those Petitions

Sickness and Distress:   Sir Knight Stuart Stone, Grand Sentinel of the Grand Commandery, died on February 4th.  He was a fine man and a friend to all.  He will be missed.


1.  3-1-17  Palatine York Rite.  #96, #46, and #36 meet.  RC and M Orders.  #96 Opens.  GHP visits and Dinner at 6:30.
2.  3-4-17  Austin #84 Inspection.
3.  3-15-17  Palatine York Rite.  #206 and #36 meet.  Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner at 6:30 to 8:00.  #206 Opens.
4.  3-18-17  St. Bernard #35 and Albertus Magnus #92 Inspections.
5.  3-25-17  Calvary Commandery #25 Inspection.
5.  4-5-17  Palatine York Rite.  #96, #46, and #36 meet.  Order of the Temple.  #46 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
6.  4-8-17  Joliet Commandery #4 Inspection.
7.  4-19-17  Palatine York Rite.  #206 and #36 meet.  Past Presiding Officers Honored.  Council Degrees.   #36 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
8.  4-22-17  St. Elmo Commandery #64 Inspection.  Grand Commander's Commandery.
9.  4-29-17  Elwood Commandery #6 Inspection.  Deputy Grand Commander's Commandery.
10.  5-3-17  Palatine York Rite.  #96, #46, and #36 meet.  Annual Convocation of L L Munn Chapter.  Degree Work if candidates in queue.  #96 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
11.  5-17-17  Palatine York Rite.  #206 and #36 meet.  Annual Convocation of Palatine Chapter.  Degree Work if Candidates in queue.  #206 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
12.  6-7-17  Palatine York Rite.  #96, #46, and #36 meet.  Annual Assembly of Cryptic Council and Annual Conclave of Bethel Commandery.  Degree Work if candidates in queue.  #46 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
13.  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.

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