District 3 Spring Festival Postponed

Dear Companions and Sir Knights, It is with great regret that I inform you that the District 3 Spring Festival to be held April 14th & 21st at the Tampa York Rite Bodies, is being postponed until the fall. Due to the change in dates from our usual first two Saturdays in March to April, some degree teams are having difficulty in filling key parts. After conferring with several degree masters, it was felt that the degrees and orders could not be done correctly. Rather than try to confer the degrees and orders without major parts being read, it’s was felt that the Spring Festival should be postponed until the fall (October 6th and 13th). This will not only give the degree teams time to fill those key roles, but also allow us to have a bigger class than the 8 candidates currently scheduled. Degree masters, please notify your degree teams of this postponement. Secretary/Recorders, please contact your candidates and inform them of this change. Courteously and fraternally, Scott McAlister,...

1st Annual Sporting Clays Shoot

Presented by the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Florida February 2nd, 2019 FishHawl Sporting Clays 13505 Hobson Simmons Road Lithia, FL 33547 (813) 689-0490 To benefit the Knights Templar Holy Land Pilgrimage Price: $100.00/person (Includes light breakfast, lunch, 50 rounds of 12 or 20 gauge ammunition, 50 clays and golf cart per 4 people) For more information, contact Robert Phillips at...

Ronald Bertie, REPGC, Drill Master General, Visits Damascus Commandery No. 2

Damascus Commandery No. 2, K. T., welcomed Sir Knight Ronald Bertie, PGC, Drill Master General of the Grand Commandery of Florida, to its Conclave on March 13, 2018. Sir Knight Bertie was there to promote the Drill Exhibitions/Competition at the upcoming Grand Conclave of the Grand Commandery K. T. of Florida at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, at the Grand York Rite Convention on May 21, 2018. A group of Sir Knights practiced their drill moves at the meeting, under the watchful eye of Drill Master General Bertie.   Present, but not pictured, were James Billberry, C.G.; Tom Olsen, P.C., Recorder; and Corbin Elliott, KYCH, KCT, PDDGC, taking the...

Palatka Commandery No. 5, K. T. Installs Officers for 2018

The Palatka Commandery No. 5, K. T. officers were installed on Thursday, January 25, 2018. The Installing Officer responsibilities were shared by Henry A. Adams, R. E. Department Commander, Southeastern Department of the Grand Encampment USA, and Anthony L. Griffon, R. E. Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Florida. S. K. Henry Adams installed the three top elected officers of the Commandery. S. K. Anthony Griffon, Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Florida, installed the remainder of the line. S. K. Frederick Piasecki, PGC, served as the Installing Marshal. Sir Knight C. Ronald Holland, was installed as Commander of the Commandery. Pictured here were the new officers, installing Officers and other Sir Knights present for the grand occasion. Seen in the first row, left to right, were: Mickey Cunningham, from St. Augustine Commandery No. 10; LeRoy Zetrower; Henry A. Adams, R. E. Department Commander, Southeastern Department of the Grand Encampment, USA; C. Ronald Holland, new Commander of Palatka Commandery No. 5; Anthony Griffon, R. E. Grand Commander, Grand Commandery, K. T. of Florida.; Frederick L. Piasecki, PGC; Bobby Niles, PC; and Kurt R. Morauer, PC from Pilgrim Commandery No. 7, Gainesville, in the Knight Templar chain-mail costume. Seen in the second row, left to right, were: William Hicks, PC, Recorder; Bob Pringle, PC; Jason Lang, incoming Generalissimo; Anthony Gedris, Prelate; Kenneth Hinton, PC, C.G.; and Thomas A. Olsen, KYCH. Seen in the top row, from left, were: George Preston, KYCH; Randy Bolen, PDDGM; James F. “Robby” Robertson, Aide De Camp to Grand Commander Anthony Griffon; and Paul James Mast, PC. Shown in the second picture were S....

Damascus Commandery No. 2 Receives D.D.G.C. Constant on Official Visit

Sir Knight Charles Edward Constant, District Deputy Grand Commander of the 7th Chivalric District, made his official visit to Damascus Commandery No. 2, K. T., on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. A nice turnout of Sir Knights greeted and welcomed Sir Knight Constant. Sir Knight Ed Constant, D.D.G.C. spoke to the Commandery about the Grand Commandery’s vision and plans for the Grand Commandery of Florida this year, and answered questions relative to Commandery work. Pictured here were S. K. Ed Constant, D.D.G.C., with officers and Sir Knights of Damascus Commandery and others who came to assist and support the Commandery and District. Shown standing in the first rows, left to right, were: Randy McCorvey, Randy Burkett, J.W.; C. Robert Cooper, KYGCH, MEPGHP, PGSWB; Mark Balester, Eminent Commander of Damascus Commandery No. 2, K. T.; Todd Connor, Prelate; C. Edward Constant, K.Y.C.H., E. D.D.G.C., 7th Chivalric District; James Billberry, C.G.; Robby Stokes, S.W.; and Bob Shellenberger. Seen in the back rows on steps, from left, were: Jeff Starke; Steve Urban, KYCH, Treasurer; Eric Cole, PHP, IM, PC; Darryl A. D’Angina, KYGCH, MEPGHP, PDDGC; Alex Constant, KYCH, PDDGC; Tom Olsen, KYCH, Recorder; and Joe Wright, Sr., Sentinel. Not pictured was Corbin Elliott, KYCH, KCT, PDDGC, who was taking the...