October, 2014


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Palatine Chapter #206, R.A.M., will have its first Stated Convocation tonight, September 17th.  I expect we will be doing business since we have not met since June.  We are in need of some new blood, so let's scour the Lodges and see if there are some potential Royal Arch Masons.  We heard that there will be a Chapter Day at DeKalb on October 4th.

Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96, R.A.M., had its first Stated Convocation of the year two weeks ago on the 3rd of September.  We opened on the Chapter and had a good business meeting.  We reviewed all the happenings at Grand Chapter in July.  We are in need of some new blood, as well.  Let's shake the bushes a bit and get some Petitions in here.  We are chomping at the bit to confer our wonderful Degrees.  Next meeting is on the 1st of October.  The Grand High Priest's Reception is coming up on September 27th, down in Effingham.  Be a good time to greet Bill Hussey, Grand High Priest.

Cryptic Council #46 had its first Stated Assembly for the year two weeks ago.  We talked about getting our couple of candidates that we missed last spring through the Council Degrees shortly.  I expect that will happen on the 1st of October.  Stay tuned.

Bethel Commandery #36, KT, will meet tonight.  I have heard that a practice will be had for the Opening.  There is a new 10 man Opening that has been created by our new Grand Commander, Russell Schlosser.  It is intended to allow Commanderies who do not get a lot of sir Knights out to actually Open in Full Form.  We have been experimenting with it at Commanderies and the people seem to like it.  We went through this at Grand Commandery Schools of Instruction on August 23rd.  Our Inspection will be  on April 18th, 2015.  Our Commander, Gary Berenger, would like to have all Stations filled by the Officers of Bethel Commandery, as we did last year.  So, we have about 7 months to get ready.  That 7 months will fly by.  The Commandery had a practice at Medinah Temple last week.  In December we will have our Annual Christmas Libations.  More to come later on that.

Bethel Commandery #36 was first in the State of Illinois for the 46th Voluntary Campaign for the Knights Templar Eye Foundation.  Congratulations, Sir Knights.

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.

On August 28th the Illustrious Order of the Red Cross and Order of Malta were conferred in Glenview.  Six Sir Knights from Bethel Commandery went over and assisted in this work.  They were:  Frank Del Giudice, Gary Berenger, Ken Stortz, Ralph Palmer, Mark Nokes, and Brad Baker.  All of us memorized our parts and did a great job.  Bethel Commandery was well represented.

We had fun at Russell Schlosser's Reception in August.  It was a Mediterranean/Mid-Eastern theme with great Kabobs, rice, and other food.  There were also belly dancers to liven up the crowd.  They did a great job!  Our own Richard "Pineapple" Pugh was the DJ.  Russ and Micki were dressed appropriately for the theme.  I will try to include a photo of Russ in action.

I talked to Drew Michyeta the other day, and he was passing through Gallup, New Mexico, on his way to Phoenix, AZ.  Hope he has a nice time on his well-deserved vacation.

On September 4th, there was a new Scottish Rite movie of the 29th Degree presented at the Scottish Rite, Valley of Chicago.  Several Palatine York Rite members are in this movie.  I saw the movie and it was done very well.  I will try to get all their names for the next issue.

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.  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 60 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 #206-0;
Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96-0; Cryptic Council #46-2;
Bethel Commandery #36-0.  Let's get those Petitions

Sickness and distress:   Memorial Commandery and Symbolic Lodge Services for Charles R. Neumann will be on Sept 22, 2014, at Living Lord Lutheran Church in Bartlett, at 7:00 PM.

Our member, Trey Higgins, had a new hip put in recently.  We understand he is recovering just fine.

We were informed that John Deetz, Past Grand Commander, passed away in Decatur, IL, recently.


1.  9-17-14  Palatine #206 and Bethel #36 Stated Meetings.  #36 Opens Dinner at 6:30.
2.  10-1-14  L L Munn #96, Cryptic #46, and Bethel #36.  Council Degrees probably.  #46 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
3.  10-15-14  Palatine #206 and Bethel #36  #206 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
4.  11-5-14  L L Munn #96, Cryptic #46, and Bethel #36.  #96 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
5.  11-19-14  Palatine #206 and Bethel #36.  #36 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
6.  12-3-14  L L Munn #96, Cryptic #46, and Bethel #36.  #46 Opens.  Dinner at 6:30.
7.  12-17-14  Palatine #206 and Bethel #36.  #206 Opens.  Probable Christmas Libations.  Dinner at 6:30.


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