Grand Commander Directive No. 3

The Recorders of the Constituent Commanderies shall ensure that the Records of Membership shall be identical with those of the Grand Recorder of the Grand Commandery of Florida and that of the Grand Encampment of the United States of America. The Constituent Commandery shall pay per capita on the highest number of members recorded with the Grand Encampment or the Grand Commandery of Florida. The Constituent Recorder shall ensure that Regulation 26.06 will be enforced, that only 2% of the membership may be on Emeritus status. Also, Constituent Recorders shall pay to the Grand Commandery on all deceased perpetual members as per Regulation 26.04. This Directive to be executed, under my hand this 17th day of December 2014 Paul W. Friend, KTCH Right Eminent Grand Commander Download the PDF here....

Florida Grand York Rite 2015 Souvenir Program

The members of your Grand York Rite Souvenir Program Committee are pleased to announce that we have begun our efforts early this year to sell ads for our 2015 Souvenir Program. We have several objectives to accomplish: To increase the ads from previous years, To publish an enticing, professional and informative Souvenir Program in COLOR, To financially help offset a portion of the Grand Convention expenses, To include 1⁄2 page ads for the Masonic Youth groups FREE of charge and, To have FREE memorial page(s) for ALL Companions and Sir Knights listing their Mother Blue Lodge and York Rite bodies only along with their date of birth and the date they passed on. In order for us to meet our objectives, we need the help and assistance of all our Companions and Sir Knights. How can you help? Here are some ways. First: Have your York Rite Bodies purchase an ad. Second: Have the Companions become boosters and purchase a name line which will be included in the program. (2015 Gold Supporters) Third: Go out and sell, sell, sell and sell some more. Sell ads to your local Blue Lodges, Appendant Bodies, Masters & Wardens Associations, Masonic brethren that are business owners and local businesses in your area. Target businesses with which you may have some influence. Don’t forget the Ladies organizations! Fourth: Check your spelling especially, if you are mailing your ad. This year there will be special recognition at our Grand Convention for the Companion or Sir Knight that sells the most ads and they will be listed in the program. Our success depends on you. We...

Damascus Commandery Christmas Observance

Damascus Commandery No. 2, Knights Templar, held its Christmas Observance on December 7, 2014 in the Jacksonville York Rite Temple.  A goodly number of Sir Knights, families and guests attended. The speaker was R. W. Brian R. Poole, D.D.G.C., District 8, R. R. Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge, F. & A. M. of Florida. Pictured here were the Sir Knights, families and friends around the festively decorated tables before the observance.  Some of the Sir Knights recognized, generally left to right, around the cross were: Eric Cole, S.W.; Corey D. Kosciuszko, E.C., District Leader, District 7; Logan Miano, J.W.; Charles R. Cooper, KYCH, PGSWB, R. Ex. Grand Scribe, Grand Chapter, R. A. M. of Florida, Recorder; Richard J. Gibaja, Henry Webb, Jr., Sen.; Christopher Lanham, Jr., SwB; Thomas A. Olsen, Gen., Asst. Recorder; and Brian R. Poole, D.D.G.C., R. R. Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge, F. & A. M. of Florida. Taking the picture was Corbin P. Elliott, KYCH, KCT, PDDGC.  Refreshments were served after the observance.  A nice time was enjoyed by...

Companions from Hallmark Council No. 3 Receive Proficiency Awards

Two Companions from Hallmark Council No. 3, R. & S. M., received Grand Council of Florida ritual proficiency awards on December 4, 2014. Shown here, Corey D. Kosciuszko, District Instructor of District 7 of the Grand Council Royal & Select Masters of Florida (center), presented Certificates of Proficiency to Thomas A. Olsen, DM, Hallmark Council No. 3 (left), and Lloyd D. Newman, PCW, Hallmark No. 3 (right), in Jacksonville, at the December Stated Assembly. Seen in the background were Jimmy A. Dorsey, IM, left; and Charles R. Cooper, KYCH, Recorder,...

Council No. 51 of Knight Masons Initiates Five, and Installs New Officers for 2015

Gateway Council No. 51 of Knight Masons met in Jacksonville on November 22, 2014, and initiated five new Knights of the East and West, and also elected and installed new officers for 2015. The newly elected and appointed Council Officers for 2015 are: George Arnau, Excellent Chief; Robert Gurney Atwell, KYCH, PDDGC, Sr. Knight; Glenn E. Chandler, KYGCH, MEPGHP of the Grand Chapter, R.A.M. of Florida, I.G.C.C. of the Grand Council, R.&S.M. of Florida, Jr. Knight; Thomas Olsen, Scribe; Darryl A. D’Angina, KYGCH, MEPGHP of the Grand Chapter, R.A.M., PEC, Treasurer; Brian R. Poole, DDGC, R. R. Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge, F. & A.M. of Florida, Sr. Warden; Corey Kosciuszko, PDDGIM, DDGHP, Jr. Warden; Wiley Hart, Priest; Robert Bullard, Director of Ceremonies; Logan Miano, Steward; Jimmy Dorsey, PHP, PC, IM, Sentinel; and Mark Balester, Tyler. The Grand Installing Officer was Charles Robert Cooper, KYCH, PGSwB, R. EX. G. S. of the Grand Chapter R.A.M, PEC. The Grand Installing Marshal was Darryl A. D’Angina, KYGCH, MEPGHP of the Grand Chapter, R.A.M., PEC, Treasurer.   Pictured here were the new officers and Sir Knights who remained after the meeting and installation for a picture. Standing in the first row, from left to right were: Corey D. Kosciuszko, PDDGIM, DDGHP, J.W.; Darryl A. D’Angina, KYGCH, MEPGHP, PEC, Treasurer; Logan Miano, Steward; George Arnau, Excellent Chief; William F. Ellis, PC, new Knight Mason; Robert R. Gagnon, KYCH, new Knight Mason; and J. B. Hunt, K.Y.C.H., PDDGHP, PDDGIM, PDDGC, new Knight...