Grand Chapter Articles
A Spring York Rite Festival was held in Jacksonville on March 23 – 25, 2017. Nine new York Rite Masons were exalted and greeted, in the Chapter and Council, and knighted in the Commandery of Knights Templar.
Pictured first were the new Royal Arch. Companions with M. E. Companion C. Robert Cooper, M. E. Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter, R.A.M. of Florida, after the R.A.M. Degree on Friday, March 24, 2017.
In the second picture, the new Sir Knights are pictured with the Commandery officers and cast after the Order of the Temple and knighting on Saturday, March 25, 2017.
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
March 25th 2017
Leesburg Masonic Lodge
200 Richey Road
Spaghetti, meatballs, salads, rolls, soft drinks, water, dessert
eat-in or carry-out
Dress is casual
Cost: $10, kids under 12 pay $5
An Outdoor Festival of the York Rite Degrees and Orders
Honoring M.’.W.’. Stanley L. Hudson
March 3rd & 4th, 2017
7150 Kanner Hwy
Indiantown, FL 34956
$20 includes lite snack Friday & lunch & barbeque dinner on Saturday
The St. Augustine York Rite Bodies installed their new officers for 2017 on January 17, 2017.
Charles Robert Cooper, KYGCH, MEGHP of the Grand Chapter R. A. M. of Florida, was the Installing Officer for St. Augustine Chapter No. 17, R.A.M. and St. Augustine Council No. 15,
R. & S. M. Corbin Elliott, KYCH, PDDGHP, PDDGIM, PDDGC, was Installing Marshal for the Chapter and Council, and Installing Officer for St. Augustine Commandery No. 10, K. T.
Pictured here were the Chapter and Council officers and Companions present after their installation ceremonies.
Pictured in the second group photo were the newly installed officers of St. Augustine Council No. 15, R. & S. M., with Installing Officer Charles Robert Cooper, KYGCH, MEGHP.
The officers of St. Augustine Commandery No. 10, K. T. were also installed. We do not have a picture of the new cadre of Commandery officers. Sir Knight Paul James Mast was installed as Eminent Commander.
Saturday April 1st, 2017
Ramada Jacksonville Hotel & Conference Center
3130 Hartley Road (Just off I-295)
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Registration: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Dinner: 7:00 pm
Men – Business Suits (Red Coat optional)
Ladies – Dressy
Cost: $35 per person
Come celebrate with us in fellowship and fun!
Sunday, May 21 – Wednesday, May 24, 2017.
Location: Orlando Marriott at Lake Mary.
WE DO NOT have information on room rates etc. at the time. We will advise when that information is available.
- Monday: Council
- Tuesday: Commandery
- Wednesday: Chapter
The District 7 York Rite Meeting was held at Jacksonville on Saturday, November 19, 2016. A great turnout of Companions, Sir Knights and ladies welcomed the Grand York Rite officers to the District for fellowship and Instruction.
Pictured here first, were the Commandery Sir Knights, and second, the Chapter and Council Companions assembled after their meeting sessions.
Shown also, M. E. Companion Richard I. Lanier, MEPGHP, was presented with 70 Year Membership certificates in each of the Y. R. bodies by the Grand Presiding Y. R. officers with local Y. R. representatives assisting. M. E. Companion Richard Lanier turned 100 years old in September this year.
Companion Gordon Rehberg, with his wife, received a 50 Year Membership certificate from each of the York Rite bodies.
Also, contribution checks from the local Y. R. bodies were presented to the Grand Presiding Y. R. Officers for the Grand body charities by the local presiding officers or representatives. M. E. Companion C. Robert Cooper, M.E.G.H.P. of the Grand Chapter, and Harry Eisenberg, R.E. Grand P. S., RARA Committee Chairman, received contributions for RARA.
M. I. Companion Benjamin J. Holland, M.I.G.M. of the Grand Council, and Dayle L. Schrock, MIPGM, CMMRF Committee Chairman, received contributions for CMMRF.
R. E. Sir Knight Frederick R. Gerdom, R.E.G.C. of the Grand Commandery received donation checks for the K. T. philanthropies.
A great meeting was held with participation, learning and enjoyment all around.
The Northeast Florida York Rite Fall Festival R. A. M. degrees were conferred in Jacksonville on Wednesday and Thursday, September 21 – 22, 2016. Two new Companions were exalted as Royal Arch Masons.
Pictured here were the new Companions Coley Bagosius and Rodney Housand after the Mark Master and Past Master Degrees on the first evening, with the Grand High Priest and Grand King of the Grand Chapter R. A. M. of Florida, and participating Companions of the 7th and 8th Capitular Districts.
Shown in the first row, left to right, were Rusty Ludlam, KYCH, Dist. Instr., Capitular Dist. 8; Darryl A. D’Angina, KYGCH, MEPGHP of the Grand Chapter R.A.M. of Florida; Jimmy Dorsey, KYCH; PDI, Dist. 7; C. Edward Constant, KYCH, Ex. Grand Sentinel; Coley Bagosius, new Companion; Rodney Housand, new Companion; C. Robert Cooper, KYGCH, M.E. Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter, R.A.M. of Florida; Corey D. Kosciuszko, KYCH, Ex. Grand Master 1st V.; Robert R. Gagnon, KYCH, Dist. Instr., Chivalric Dist. 7; and Herbert Ray, PIM, EHP, Nassau Chapter No. 49, R.A.M.
Shown in the second row, left to right, were: Steve Urban, Jr., Treasurer of the Jacksonville
Y. R. Bodies; Chris Lanham, Jr., M. of 2d V., S.W., Damascus Commandery; Brian Gilvey, Wayne S. Paul; Joseph Wright, Sr., COTH; David Gregory, P.S.; Clifford Baker, Steward, Hallmark Council No. 3; and James Billberry, R.A.C., Jacksonville Chapter No. 12.
Seen, from left, in the last two rows were: Matthew Sweeney, EHP, St. Augustine Chapter No. 17; Robert Gurney Atwell, KYCH PDDGC, Sec./Recorder of the Lawtey Y. R. Bodies; Alex Constant, PHP, PIM, PC, PDDGC; Robert Bullard, PIM, PC, PDDGHP, Dist. 8; Paul James Mast, PHP, PIM; and Ernest Beeman, KYCH.
Also present, but not pictured, were Thomas Olsen, PHP, PIM, PC, PDDGIM, DDGHP, District 7; and Corbin P. Elliott, KYCH, PDDGHP, taking the picture.
Jacksonville Chapter No. 12, Royal Arch Masons, held a Table Festival for all Companions and their ladies and guests on Thursday, August 4, 2016. A nice turnout of Companions, including Most Excellent Companion Bob Cooper, M. E. Grand High Priest, and four M. E. Past Grand High Priests of Florida, were on hand for the festivities.
A number of the Companions, who were able to remain after the dinner activities, are shown in the east, where they assembled for a quick picture. Shown in the first row from left to right, were: Kolen Sawyer, E.H.P. of Jacksonville Chapter No. 12, R.A.M.; Paul James Mast, PHP of St. Augustine Chapter No. 17; Randy Burkett, M. 3rd V.; David Gregory, P.S.; William L. Buck, Jr. (seated) KYGCH, MEPGHP; Wiley Hart; Rusty Ludlam, KYCH, PDDGHP District #8, Bronze Medal Award holder; Darryl A. D’Angina, KYGCH, MEPGHP; Charles Ed Constant, KYCH, PDDGHP #7; Herbie Ray, E.H.P. Nassau Chapter No. 49, R.A.M.; Jimmy Dorsey, KYCH, PDI #7; and James Billberry, RAC.
Seen in the second row, from left, were: Steve Urban, Jr., PHP, Treasurer; Richard A. Wolfe, KYGCH, MEPGHP; Robert Sapitan, King: Corey Kosciuszko, PDDGHP, Ex. Grand M. of 1st Veil; C. Robert Cooper, KYCH, M. E. Grand High Priest, Grand Chapter, R.A.M. of Florida; Ronald C. Newton, R. E. Grand King of the Grand Chapter; Bob Gagnon, KYCH, REPGHP #7; Lloyd Newman, RIDDGM #7, M. 1st V.; and Tom Olsen, REDDGHP #7, Secretary-Recorder of the Jacksonville Y. R. Bodies.
Present, but not pictured, were: Glenn E. Chandler, KYGCH, RIPCW; Cliff Baker; and Corbin Elliott, KYCH, REPGHP, photographer.
Seen in the second picture, the ladies visiting the Table Festival are seated after dinner on the north side of the lodge. Present but not pictured was Angela Baker, who had to leave early with her husband Cliff, to relieve their baby sitter.
Good food and a good time were had by all.
Last night we were able to have a DOUBLE District Deputy visit during our monthly Chapter and Council meetings.
First we had a meal for all and an outstanding cake provided by Companion Jim Angelos (KYCH).
Golden Triangle Council No.28 was opened at 7pm by Illustrious Master David Rosenthal and after business was concluded we received Right Illustrious Companion Erik Anderson (KYCH), District Deputy Grand Master of the 5th District who presented the program of Most Worshipful Benjamin J. Holland, Grand Illustrious Master of Royal and Select Masters of Florida.
Then we reset the lodge room and Eustis Chapter No.33 was opened by Excellent High Priest Dan Hobson and after business was concluded we received Right Excellent Companion Chuck Harper, District Deputy High Priest of the 5th District who presented the program of Most Excellent C. Robert Cooper, Grand High Priest of the Royal Arch Masons of Florida.
The food was good, the cake delicious but the fellowship and programs were incredible for all who attended.
So go out and support YOUR York Rite.
May God lead your path,
Excellent High Priest
Eustis Chapter No.33
Royal Arch Masons