September, 2012

Since we are dark for the summer, I will leave the below new Officer report intact so you can refer to it again.  I will add the new Grand Line Officers that were elected after the four individual York Rite Body Reports.


Palatine Chapter #206 had its Installation of Officers on June 20, 2012, following our Annual Steak Fry.  The new Officers for 2012-2013 are:  High Priest-Ralph Palmer; King-Scott Doniger; Scribe-Mark Nokes; Treasurer-Andrew Michyeta, III; Secretary-Russell Schlosser; Chaplain-Louis Sands; Captain of the Host-William (Trey) Higgins, III; Principal Sojourner-Frank Del Giudice; Royal Arch Captain-Robert Schultz; Master of the 3rd Veil-Michael Confort; Master of the 2nd Veil-Josue Barrios; Master of the 1st Veil-Charles Reed; Steward-Robert Nielsen; Sentinel-David Lee.  The Installing Officer was Companion Russell L. Schlosser. The Chapter is dark until September, 2012.  Several of us will be traveling to Springfield in July for the Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Illinois.

Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96 had its Installation of Officers on June 20, 2012, following our Annual Steak Fry.  The new Officers for 2012-2013 are:  High Priest-James N. Newby; King-James B. Newby; Scribe-Bradley Baker; Treasurer-Andrew Michyeta, III; Secretary-Russell Schlosser; Chaplain-Ronald Fraser; Captain of the Host-Milen Ivanov; Principal Sojourner-Mark Kapusta; Royal Arch Captain-Benjamin Gates; Master of the 3rd Veil-Francesco Francone; Master of the 2nd Veil-James Burke; Master of the 1st Veil-Donald Marquardt; Steward-Richard Pugh; Sentinel-Daniel Tice.  The Installing Officer was Companion Russell L. Schlosser.  The Chapter is dark until September 2012.  Several of us are traveling to Springfield in July for the Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Illinois.
Cryptic Council #46 had its Installation of Officers following our Annual Steak Fry on June 20, 2012.  The new Officers for 2012-2013 are:  T. I. Master-Ralph Palmer; I. Deputy Master-Gary Berenger; Principal Conductor of the Work-James N. Newby; Treasurer-Andrew Michyeta, III; Recorder-Russell Schlosser; Chaplain-James B. Newby; Captain of the Guard-Scott Doniger; Conductor of the Council-Mark Nokes; Marshal-Frank Del Giudice; Steward-William (Trey) Higgins, III; Sentinel-David Lee.  The Installing Officer was M. I. Companion Russell L. Schlosser.  The Council is dark until September, 2012.  Several of us are  traveling to Springfield in July for the Annual Assembly of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Illinois.

Bethel Commandery #36 had its Installation of Officers on June 20, 2012, following our Annual Steak Fry.  The new Officers for 2012-2013 are: Commander-Robert Prinzing; Generalissimo-Ralph Palmer; Captain General-Gary Berenger; Senior Warden-David Lee; Junior Warden-James B. Newby; Prelate-Bradley Baker; Treasurer-Louis Sands; Recorder-Mark Nokes; Standard Bearer-James N. Newby; Sword Bearer-Frank Del Giudice; Warder-David Truax; Sentinel-William (Trey) Higgins, III; Color Bearer-Erik Prinzing.  The Installing Officer was SK Russell L. Schlosser, GCG.  The Commandery is dark until September, 2012.  Several of us are traveling to Springfield in July for the Annual Conclave of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Illinois.

New Grand Line Officers:

At the Grand York Rite Session at Springfield the following were elected to the bottom of the respective York Rite Lines:

Grand Council:  Joseph Santisteban.  Joe is one of our own and a Past Master of Cryptic Council #46.  He also a member of Lake Council in Waukegan.

Grand Chapter:  Gerald Starks.  Gerald is a Grand Lecturer in Chapter and hails from the Bloomington area.

Grand Commandery:  Wendell Walsh.  Wendell is from Springfield and has been around Commandery Inspections for quite a while.

The three new presiding officers are:

Grand Royal Arch Chapter:  Grand High Priest, Robert Wright from Bloomington

Grand Council of Cryptic Masons:  Grand Master, Jim Grimm from Normal

Grand Commandery of Knights Templar:  Grand Commander, William Jegen from Wheaton.  We should also mention that our own, Russell Schlosser, is now the Grand Generalissimo.  Also, our own Andrew Michyeta, III, is now the Grand Standard Bearer.  Bethel Commandery #36 is well represented.

An additional note.  Our good friend from Joliet, Sir Knight William Poole, received the Knights Templar Cross of Honor this year.  Well deserved, Bill!

At the Grand Banquet on Friday Night, there was a great Country and Western Band from Kankakee that entertained.  Grand High Priest Dale Cyrier lined them up.  The Kielbasa Kid, from Palatine, was present.  I wonder if the hotel ever found the kielbasa he left there?

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.

We have been informed that our Annual Inspection is October 20, 2012.  That happens to be the 142nd Anniversary of our Charter.  We were Chartered on October 20, 1870, in Elgin, IL.  I believe the assignment of that date is merely a coincidence.  However, we will be happy to proudly celebrate it.  With that in mind, we have to make sure we are ready, with a candidate and with our Officers' proficiency.

Two Sir Knights from Bethel Commandery have been helping Silangan Commandery #93 with their floor and ritual work, Andrew Michyeta and Bradley Baker.  Silangan Commandery conferred the Order of the Temple on August 6th.  there were two candidates, one from Silangan and one from Calvary.  It was a nice evening.  The newly elected Grand Commander, Bill Jegen, was present, and did the Generalissimo part.  The Grand Generalissimo, Russell Schlosser, was present, and did Prelate.  The Grand Standard Bearer, Andrew Michyeta, was present, and did the Commander's part.

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.

Bethel Commandery is having a practice on Saturday, August 18th.  We will report next time on how it went.  Organized by Andrew Michyeta, III.

These guys did such a fine job, I will leave this paragraph in for this month so you can read it again.  "Dieter Dethloff, Gary Berenger, and Frank Del Giudice, worked on building a storage rack for garments in our new storage closet at the Palatine Lodge.  It turned out great.  Dieter did all the construction work and this rack will support all the stuff we have.  Very strong.  Thank you, Sir knights!  All we have to do now is find our missing Pawl, and our books.  It will work out.  One step at a time.  A little later Frank Del Giudice, Louis Sands, and Ralph Palmer, rearranged the locker so that everything fit.  Great job!"

As a heads up, we will be going to the Illinois Knights Templar Home in October to sponsor the October Banquet.  We will establish a date at our meeting in September, or possibly a little earlier.  Will keep you posted.  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 #46-2;
Bethel Commandery #36-2.  Let's get those Petitions

Sickness and distress:  Joan Rogers is doing better, per George.


1.  9-5-12  Meetings of L L Munn #96, Cryptic #46, and Bethel #36.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.
2.  9-19-12  Meetings of Palatine #206 and Bethel #36.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.
3.  9-22-12  Grand Council Reception, Bloomington, IL
4.  10-3-12  Meetings of L L Munn #96, Cryptic #46, and Bethel #36.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.
5.  10-5/6-12  Grand Lodge of Illinois.
6.  10-14-12  Grand Commandery Reception, Lombard, IL.
7.  10-17-12  Meetings of Palatine #206 and Bethel #36.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.
8.  10-20-12  Bethel Commandery #36 Inspection.
9.  10-?????   October Banquet at the Paxton Home.  Date to be announced.
10.  10-27-12  Trinity Commandery #80 Inspection.
11.  11-7-12  Meetings of L L Munn #96, Cryptic #46, and Bethel #36.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.
12.  11-8/11-12  Sciots Supreme Session, Addison, IL.
13.  11-10-12  Austin Commandery #84 Inspection.
14.  11-17 12  Ivanhoe Commandery #33 Inspection.
15.  11-21-12  Meetings of Palatine #206 and Bethel #36.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.
16.  12-5-12  Meetings of L L Munn #96, Cryptic #46, and Bethel #36.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.
17.  12-19-12  Meetings of Palatine #206 and Bethel #36.  Christmas Libations.  Dinner at 6:30 PM.
18.  4-7-13  Grand Chapter Reception, Bloomington, IL.
19.  4-13-13  Apollo Commandery #1 Inspection.


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