May, 2017


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Palatine Chapter #206, R.A.M., met in an extra convocation on April 5th.  A vote was taken to accept Oracle Chapter #180 from Glenview as a merger with Palatine.  Palatine Chapter #206 will be the surviving chapter.  This will have to be approved by the Grand Royal Arch Chapter in July at Normal, IL.  On April 19th we will be conferring the Mark Master and Past Master Degrees on two candidates, Ikol Nueves and Gregg Gingerich.  Ikol is joining Loyal L Munn Chapter and Gregg is joining Palatine Chapter.  We should finish their Chapter Work in May.  We will also honor our Past High Priests at dinner on the 19th.  The Annual Convocation for Palatine Chapter will be on May 17th.  Installation of Officers will be at the Steak Fry on June 21st.

Loyal L Munn Chapter #96. R.A.M., met on April 5th.  The Work for the night was Council Degrees.  There was also business to be taken care of.  On April 19th our candidate Ikol Nueves will receive his Mark Master and Past Master Degrees along with Palatine Chapter, who has a candidate as well.  We should finish their Chapter Work in May, at the two meetings.  The Past High Priests of Loyal L Munn Chapter will be honored at the dinner before the meeting on the 19th.  Loyal L Munn Chapter will have its Annual Convocation on May 3rd.  Installation of Officers will be at the Steak Fry on June 21st.

Cryptic Council #46, C.M., met on April 5th.  We voted to accept Forest C. McDaniel Council #115 from Glenview as a merger with Cryptic Council.  Cryptic Council #46 will be the surviving Council.  This will have to be approved by the Grand Council at the Annual Assembly in July at Normal, IL.  We also conferred the Royal and Select Master Degrees on Ikol Nueves and Gregg Gingerich.  It was a nice evening.  The Past Masters of Cryptic Council will be honored at the dinner on April 19th, prior to the meeting.  The Annual Assembly of Cryptic Council will be on June 7th.  The Installation of Officers will be at our Steak Fry on June 21st.

Bethel Commandery #36, K.T., met on April 5th.  We elected a Finance Board for the Commandery, consisting of five of our members.  We also voted to accept Austin Commandery #84 from Glenview as a merger with Bethel Commandery.  Bethel Commandery will be the surviving Commandery.  This will have to be approved by the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Illinois at its Annual Conclave in July at Normal, IL.  The meeting on the 5th of April was used by the Council for its degrees.  On the 19th the two Chapters will confer the Mark Master and Past Master Degrees on their candidates.  The Chapters should finish their Work in May.  If all gets coordinated we can confer the Red Cross and Malta Orders on June 7th on these two individuals.  That will get them ready for their Order of the Temple in the Fall or Winter.  The Past Commanders of Bethel Commandery will be honored at our dinner on April 19th, prior to the meeting.  On June 7th Bethel Commandery will have its Annual Convocation.  The Installation of Officers will be at the Steak Fry on June 21st.

Bethel Commandery was present at Austin Commandery #84 Annual Inspection on March 4th.  Present were: Gary Berenger, Kenneth Stortz, Russell Schlosser, Andrew Michyeta, and Bradley Baker.  We also provided a candidate for Austin, Luciano Azevedo.  On March 25th we were present at Calvary Commandery #25 Annual Inspection.  Present from Bethel were:  Andrew Michyeta, Ralph Palmer, Bradley Baker, David Truax, Kenneth Stortz, and Russell Schlosser.  On April 8th we were present at Joliet Commandery #4 Annual Inspection.  From Bethel were:  Bradley Baker, Andrew Michyeta, Gary Berenger, Ralph Palmer, and Kenneth Stortz.

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.

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; 1
Bethel Commandery #36-4.  Let's get those Petitions

Sickness and Distress:   Nothing new reported.


1.  4-19-17  Palatine York Rite.  #206 and #36 meet.  Past Presiding Officers Honored.  Chapter 4th and 5th Degrees.   #36 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
2.  4-22-17  St. Elmo Commandery #64 Inspection.  Grand Commander's Commandery.
3.  4-29-17  Elwood Commandery #6 Inspection.  Deputy Grand Commander's Commandery.
4.  5-3-17  Palatine York Rite.  #96, #46, and #36 meet.  Annual Convocation of L L Munn Chapter.  Most Excellent Master Degree.  #96 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
5.  5-17-17  Palatine York Rite.  #206 and #36 meet.  Annual Convocation of Palatine Chapter.  Royal Arch Mason Degree.  #206 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
6.  6-7-17  Palatine York Rite.  #96, #46, and #36 meet.  Annual Assembly of Cryptic Council and Annual Conclave of Bethel Commandery.  Possible Red Cross and Malta Orders.  #46 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
7.  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.
8.  7-13-17  Grand Commandery Annual Conclave at Normal, IL.
9.  7-14-17  Grand Royal Arch Chapter Annual Convocation at Normal, IL.
10.  7-15-17  Grand Council of Cryptic Masons Annual Assembly at Normal, IL.

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