November, 2012


Palatine Chapter #206 had its second Convocation for the Fall last night, October 17, 2012.  We all enjoyed a dinner prior to the meeting.  The Commandery used the night for an Order of the Temple.  A few weeks ago a few of us travelled out to Cary and helped with a 4th and 5th Degree at that Chapter.  It was a nice evening.  Then on the 13th of October we travelled to DeKalb, IL, and helped with the 6th and 7th Degrees there.  They had about 21 candidates from various Chapters.  

Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96 had its second Convocation of the Fall on October 3, 2012.  We enjoyed a dinner prior to the meeting, prepared by David Lee.  Great cook!  The Commandery used the night to practice for the Inspection, which is coming up on October 20th.
Cryptic Council #46 had its second Assembly of the Fall on October 3, 2012.  We discussed upcoming York Rite work and events.  Most of the evening was allocated to the Commandery for practice for their upcoming Inspection on October 20th.  We enjoyed a delicious dinner prior to the meeting.  We should be getting into our Cryptic Degrees later this Fall.

Bethel Commandery had its fourth Conclave of the Fall on October 17, 2012.  We enjoyed a delicious dinner and then conferred the Order of the Temple on Phillip Leone.  It was a very nice evening.  Our Annual Inspection coming up happens to be the exact date of our Anniversary of the Charter of Bethel Commandery, which was October 20, 1870, in Elgin, IL.  This will be our 142nd Anniversary.  Wow! We have also had several extra practices on off-nights as well as weekends.   In a few days our Inspection will be over and we can then focus on Royal Arch and Cryptic Work.

Nine Sir Knights from Bethel Commandery, and many of their ladies, attended the Reception for the Grand Commander, Sir Knight William Jegen, at the Greek Islands Restaurant in Lombard, IL, on Sunday, October 14, 2012.  It was a nice event.

Three Sir Knights from Bethel Commandery attended a Grand Commandery School of Instruction at Princeton, IL in September.  Russell Schlosser, Andrew Michyeta, and Bradley Baker.

Our own Sir Knight Andrew Michyeta, III, attended Grand Lodge on October 5th and 6th and manned an information table for the Grand Commandery.  There were 16 inquiries for York Rite membership.  Great job!  We should make sure to do this each year.

Next year our Grand Sessions will be in Bloomington, IL.  The other change will be that the Grand Chapter and Grand Commandery are meeting together.  The Grand Council is meeting separately on a different date.

Four Sir Knights from Bethel Commandery are participating in the Drill Competition as a part of the Austin #84 Drill Corps at the Grand Encampment Triennial Conclave in August in Alexandria, VA.  They are Andrew Michyeta, III, Russell Schlosser, Ralph Palmer, and Bradley Baker.  as a follow up.  We went to Alexandria and competed in the Drill Competition.  We had a great time.  Did pretty well in our routine.  We did not win, but came in 10th place.  We learned a lot for the next time.  The 2015 Triennial will be in Buffalo, NY, in August.  We all hope to be a part of that, and with a larger Drill Team, and possibly several Drill Teams from Illinois.

As a heads up, we will be going to the Illinois Knights Templar Home in October to sponsor the October Banquet.  Our date is Tuesday, October 23,  2012.  If you have a day to kill, it is well worth the trip to visit the only Knights Templar Home in the world.  Our own Sirs Knights Russell Schlosser and Andrew Michyeta are on the Board of Directors of the Home this year. 

One additional note.  Our good friend, Companion and Sir Knight James W. Patton, has been Elected and Installed as the Chancellor General of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America.  This happened at the Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, the first weekend of August.  Jim will spend six years in that Line.  Congratulations, Jim!

I have added some upcoming dates that are obvious, however, we will be letting the Presiding Officers of the four Palatine bodies set the schedule for the rest of the year.  It is really their job and they will feel more as owners of the schedule if they actually do it.

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
 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.  That is it!  This all
sounds good on paper, but we really have to make this
work.  Ahem!  We really have to work on this.  Yours
truly is getting tired."

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 173 members.  Bethel
Commandery now has 197 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 #46-3;
Bethel Commandery #36-2.  Let's get those Petitions

Sickness and distress:
1.  Our good friend and long-time member of the Palatine York Rite bodies, Robert Hoeckelberg, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2012, in Green Valley, AZ. He was a past presiding officer of all three York Rite bodies.  He was a former Prelate of Bethel Commandery #36, Knights Templar.  It is our understanding that the service will be in Arizona and he will be buried there.  If you would like to send a card to his wife Darlene, let me know and I will give you their address.
2.  Another good friend and long-time supporter of the York Rite, and especially Bethel Commandery, Connie Meyers, passed away on October 3, 2012.  She had been in a nursing home in the Sycamore area.  Connie was the wife of Paul Meyers, who was a Grand Chapter elected officer and died in office many years ago.


1.  11-1/3-12  Scottish Rite Reunion, Valley of Chicago.
2.  11-7-12  Meetings of L L Munn #96, Cryptic #46, and Bethel #36.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.
3.  11-8/11-12  Sciots Supreme Session, Addison, IL.
4.  11-10-12  Austin Commandery #84 Inspection.
5.  11-17 12  Ivanhoe Commandery #33 Inspection.
6.  11-21-12  Meetings of Palatine #206 and Bethel #36.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.
7.  11-22-12  Thanksgiving
8.  12-5-12  Meetings of L L Munn #96, Cryptic #46, and Bethel #36.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.
9.  12-19-12  Meetings of Palatine #206 and Bethel #36.  Christmas Libations.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.
10.  2-6/10-13  AMD week in Reston, Virginia.
11.  2-16-12  Calvary Commandery #25 Annual Inspection, Cary, IL.
12.  4-7-13  Grand Chapter Reception, Bloomington, IL.
13.  4-13-13  Apollo Commandery #1 Inspection.


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