September, 2016

Grand Commander William Smith at Mt. Vernon, IL.

New Royal Arch Masons and Grand High Priest James Tome at Mt. Vernon, IL.

Richard (Pineapple) Pugh, Dorothy Brown, and Jack Hall at the Grand Commandery Installation.  Jack is Grand Organist and Pineapple is Assistant Grand Organist.


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Palatine Chapter #206, R.A.M., will be meeting again in September on the 21st.  We do have some Work to catch up on so I expect we will be starting that on the 7th of September.  Stay tuned.  Andrew Michyeta and I traveled down to Mt. Vernon, IL, on the 13th of August for their semi-annual York Rite Day.  There were twelve new Royal Arch Masons, eight new Cryptic Masons, and eight new Knights Templar Exalted, Greeted, and Knighted that day.  They do that twice a year in Mt. Vernon, August and February.  Something to think about for the rest of us.

Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96, R.A.M., is also dark for the summer and will be meeting again on September 7th.  We expect to get another Petition shortly.  That should give us plenty to work on this Fall with some of the hold-over from last spring.  Looks to be an active Fall.  I am excited.

Cryptic Council #46 will begin meeting again this Fall on the 7th of September.  We also have some candidates held over from the Spring.  Looks like plenty of Work for all the Bodies up to the Holidays.  Then hopefully we can start over with a new batch of candidates.  These are exciting times!

Bethel Commandery #36, K.T., will begin meeting again this Fall on the 7th of September.  We also have some clean-up Work from the Spring.  We should be doing the Illustrious Order of the Red Cross and Order of Malta soon this Fall.  Our Inspection is on November 19th this year.  That means we have to do a lot of practicing this Fall.  All Officers are new in their Stations so all the Work will be new to all of them. The up side is that we will be done before Thanksgiving and can turn our attention to other York Rite Degrees and Programs in the Winter and Spring.  As mentioned earlier, Andrew Michyeta, III, and myself traveled to Mt. Vernon for their York Rite Day.  With us was our Grand Commander, Sir Knight William Smith.  We had a nice trip and a nice day with all the York Riters present.  We had a great dinner Friday night at a Lone Star Steak House in Mt. Vernon.  Five different waitresses served us.  Not sure why that was, but it was fun for us.

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!

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.  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.

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!

Our long lost soul, Richard (Pineapple) Pugh popped in for our steak fry and the Installation on the 15th of June.  He had a friend with him.  Pineapple is recovering very nicely from his bad accident this spring. He can now walk without a walker.  Pineapple also came down to the Grand York Rite Session this past weekend.  He expects to be back on the job at United Airlines in September.  Good for you, Pineapple.

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 will be going out of the office of Commander in a couple months.  He will need something to do and I will give him what he needs to do that.  So Mote it Be!

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 56 members.  Cryptic Council about 200 members.  Bethel Commandery now has 198 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 #206-2;
Loyal L. Munn Chapter #96-0; Cryptic Council #46-4;
Bethel Commandery #36-6.  Let's get those Petitions

Sickness and Distress:   

1.  Nothing new reported, however Lou Sands is recovering and so is Richard (Pineapple) Pugh.


1.  9-7-16  Palatine York Rite starts meeting again after a Dark Summer.  We should be conferring some Degrees that knight.  Hope to have it figured out in a week or so.


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