May, 2015


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Palatine Chapter #206, R.A.M., had its most recent Convocation last night on April 15, 2015.  We did a little business, but the entire night was used by the Commandery for an Order of the Temple on a live candidate.  On April 1, 2015, we had an extra Convocation to complete the Keystone Quest.  It was a tough game this year.  The month before, in March, we had our Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner.  So, we are due to have a lively meeting sometime soon.  Our next Convocation is on May 20, 2015.  It is our Annual Convocation and Election of Officers.  I do believe we have a Petition in the hopper, so there is no reason we cannot to some Chapter Work that night.  The Annual Convocation should not take more than 15 or 20 minutes if we have all our ducks lined up.  Dinner beforehand at 6:30.

Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96, R.A.M., met last on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.  The Commandery used the evening for a practice.  We did do the Keystone Quest after the practice and the business meeting was over.  The Keystone Quest was probably the toughest one we have seen to date.  We will see how we did on that.  We may have a Petitioner coming in for our Chapter.  I received a call from a guy that has talked to us before, but never submitted a Petition.  We will see if he can get off the fence.  Our Annual Convocation and Election of Officers is coming up on May 6, 2015.  If our Petitioner comes through we could start some Work that night.  We will see.  I think I will hound him a little.

Cryptic Council #46, C.M., donated its April 1st Assembly to the Commandery for their practice.  We do have a couple candidates in the mill, so we could do the Royal and Select Master Degrees on April 1st.  We will see what everybody thinks.  Cary-Grove Council #36 is planning on the Royal and Select Master Degrees on May 18th.  We may be asked to help them with a couple parts and maybe we can combine our candidates and together, do the Degree once.  We will see what the Thrice Illustrious Master decides.  He is the boss.  Cryptic Council will have its Annual Assembly and Election of Officers on June 3, 2015.  We could also do Degree Work that night as well, Chapter, Council, or Red Cross and Malta.

Bethel Commandery #36, K.T., has been busy.  We have had many practices.  We visited Calvary Commandery #25 and assisted them with their Order of the Temple for their Annual Inspection on April 11, 2015.  They had three candidates and it worked out very well.  Attending were:  Gary Berenger, Ralph Palmer, James N. Newby, James B. Newby, and Bradley Baker.  On March 28, 2015, several of us from Bethel Commandery attended Joliet Commandery #4's Annual Inspection.  They had a fine day.  Attending were:  Gary Berenger, Ralph Palmer, Bradley Baker, Frank Del Giudice, and Ken Stortz.  We had a practice on April 1, 2015.  And then on April 15, 2015, we did a real Order of the Temple on a live candidate, Knight of Malta, Matthew Prokop.  It worked out fine and all the Officers did a very good job on their parts.  we completed it in 2 hours and 25 minutes.  Perfect!  On Saturday, April 18, 2015, we are having our Annual Inspection.  We have one candidate for that day.  Should work out fine.  Russ Schlosser, our Grand Commander, and also a member of Bethel Commandery, will be present for the day.  Russ and Micki are also hosting an Afterglow at their house.

Our Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner worked out just fine.  We served 30 dinners and made a profit of over $150, which will be donated to the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc.  We could not get a good deal on the corned beef, so we did not cook a lot extra like we usually do.  The meat turned out fine.  No left-overs for a second meal.  We did get the cabbage at $0.09 per pound.  That was a good price.  Thank you to Micki Szego for her helpful assistance.

Several of us from Bethel Commandery attended the Grand Encampment Easter Sunrise Service at Kansas City, MO.  Attending were:  Russ and Micki Schlosser, Ralph and Sue Palmer, and Bradley Baker.  There were also several other Sir Knights from Illinois in attendance.  It was an impressive Service and  was held at the WW-I Memorial in Kansas City.  It was cold and windy, but we stuck it out.  There was a nice banquet on Saturday evening.  Sir Knight Duane Vaught, Deputy Grand Master, presided.  We toured the WW-I Memorial on Saturday afternoon.  That place is magnificent!  Seeing it was worth the trip alone.

The 47th Voluntary Campaign of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation is coming to a close on May 15, 2015.  Bethel Commandery, at the present, is number one in the state of Illinois for contributions in this campaign.  And, we just reached the level of $10 per member.  Outstanding!  Keep up the good work, Sir Knights.

We are 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.

The Grand Commandery has come out with a new award, called the Cross and Crown Award.  The details were read at our last conclave.  This is available to a Commander who performs certain functions and reaches certain goals during the year.

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.  I will help him get started with this task by giving him a list of who does what in our Degrees and Orders.  I told him I would do that and have yet to get it done.  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 about 176 members.  L L Munn has about 50 members.  Cryptic Council about 180 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 #206-1;
Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96-0; Cryptic Council #46-2;
Bethel Commandery #36-3.  Let's get those Petitions

Sickness and Distress:   None new reported.


1.  5-2-15  Elwood Commandery #6 Inspection at Springfield.
2.  5-2-15  Evanston Commandery #58 rescheduled Annual Inspection.
3.  5-6-15  Annual Convocation L L Munn #96.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  L L Munn #96 Opens.
4.  5-20-15  Annual Convocation of Palatine #206.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  Bethel #36 Opens.
5.  6-3-15  Annual Assembly of Cryptic #46 and Annual Conclave of Bethel #36.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.  Cryptic #46 Opens.
6.  6-17-15  Annual Steak Fry and Installation of Officers.
7.  7-17/18-15  Grand Chapter and Grand Commandery Annual Meetings at Normal, IL.
8.  8-8-15  Grand Council Annual Assembly at Bloomington, IL.
9.  8-8/12-15  Grand Encampment Triennial at Buffalo, NY.


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