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Jacksonville R.A.M. Table Chapter Held on August 3, 2017

Jacksonville Chapter No. 12, R. A. M. held an Ancient Craft Table Chapter on August 3, 2017. There was a fine turnout of Companions. We had a delicious steak dinner with all the trimmings, and enjoyed toasts, and remarks from Most Excellent Companion Ron Newton, M. E. Grand High Priest of Florida.


Jacksonville Table Chapter

Shown here are pictures of Ron Newton, MEGHP, addressing the Chapter, and a group of Companions who remained after the meeting for a quick picture. In the picture of M. E. Companion Newton speaking to the Chapter, on the left is Harvey L. Ward, Sr., MEPGHP, and on the right is Robert Sapitan, EHP of Jacksonville Chapter No. 12.

Jacksonville Table Chapter

Seen in the group picture, from the left, were: Danny R. Griffith, PHP, MWPGM; Jeff Starke; Mark Balester; Darryl; A. D’Angina, MEPGHP; Corey Kosciuszko, EGM of 2nd Veil; C. Edward Constant, DDGC, Dist. 7, EGM of 1st Veil; Adam Bryan, EGSW, DDGHP, Dist. 8; Harvey L. Ward, Sr., MEPGHP, seated; Joe Wright, Sr., King, Jacksonville Chapter No. 12, standing behind M. E. Companion Ward; Danny Johnson; Ron C. Newton, MEGHP; Todd Connor; C. Robert Cooper, MEPGHP; Bill Walker, PHP; Robert Sapitan, EHP of Jacksonville Chapter No. 12; Randy Burkett, PS, Jacksonville #12; Jimmy Dorsey, DDGHP, Dist. 7; Ron George; Bob Gagnon, PHP, DDGIM, Dist. 7; John Block; David Gregory, Scribe, Jacksonville #12; Steve Urban, Jr., PHP, Treasurer, Jacksonville Y. R. Bodies; Chris Lanham, Jr., King, Putnam Chapter No. 9; Bob Shellenberger, Sentinel, Jacksonville #12; Cliff Baker, M. of 3rd Veil, Jacksonville #12; Thomas A. Olsen, PHP, Sec./Recorder of Jacksonville Y. R. Bodies, Grand Chapter District Instructor, Dist. 7; and Eric Cole, PHP, PIM, EC of Jacksonville Y. R. Bodies.

Taking the picture was Corbin P. Elliott, PHP, PDDGHP.

Passing of MEGHP Duane Young

It is with a heavy heart I send this note of the passing of MEGHP Duane Young.

I do not have any more information as I read the obituary in the Lakeland paper today.

He passed on July 3. I am trying to contact his family for any other information.

His memorial service will be at a later date.

He is to be laid to rest at Bushnell next to Norma.

I have left a message with MEGHP Floyd to let him know.

REGC Fred Gerdom

Plant City York Rite Festive Table Chapter

York Rite Logo

August 7, 2017

Social Hour — 6:30 pm, Dinner — 7:00pm

Olin S. Wright Lodge No. 79, F. & A. M.
304 Acacia St., Plant City, FL 33563

WHO: Masons, Spouses, girlfriends and friends!
Cost: 100% of all donations will go to the Royal Arch Research

Assistance (RARA). Tickets will be: $15 each
$25 for a couple

Download the flyer here.


Gainesville York Rite Summer Festival

York Rite LogoDear Companions and Sir Knights,

The Gainesville York Rite Bodies are planning a Festival conferring the Degrees and Orders of our Rite, and your Bodies are invited to participate with us.  Your candidates are very welcome to share the instruction that we will attempt to impart.  We will eat prior to each conferring and in many cases, afterward.  The schedule is listed here.

2017 Summer Festival Dates:

Mark Master and Past Master on Tuesday, 7-18-2017. Eat at 6:30 pm and confer the degrees at 7:15 pm.

Most Excellent Master and Holy Royal Arch on Saturday, 7-22-17.  Eat light lunch at 1:00 pm and confer the degrees at 1:45.  With a good supper at closing around 6:00 pm.

Royal Master and Select Master on Tuesday, 8-1-2017.  Eat at 6:30 pm, begin conferring degrees at 7:15 pm.

Illustrious Order of the Red Cross on Friday, 8-11-2017.  Supper at 6:30 pm, conferral at 7:15 pm.

Order of Malta and the Order of the Temple on Saturday, 8-12-2017.  Eat a light lunch at 1:00 pm and begin the Orders at 1:45.  With a good supper at closing around 6:00 pm.

Zealously and Courteously,

Adam M. Bryan, Asst. Sec/Rec
Gainesville York Rite Bodies

General Grand High Priest Louis E. Bartrand at Grand York Rite of Florida

Lewis E. Bartrand, G.G.H.P. of the General Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons International, pictured here, joined us and spoke at the Grand Chapter, R. A. M. of Florida at the Grand York Rite Convention in Lake Mary, Florida on May 24, 2017.

He brought a fine message, and was very well received by all of the Companions present.

Gen.Grnd High Priest

Rt. Ill. Glenn E. Chandler, MEPGHP was honored with the “Ephraim Kirby”

Rt. Ill. Glenn E. Chandler, MEPGHP  was honored with the “Ephraim Kirby” award by the General Grand Chapter International at the Southeastern conference during this past weekend.
The award honors past presiding officers of the several York Rite bodies that continue serving the Craft.  This honor has been bestowed to only 3 others in Florida:  Donald T. Harriott, MIPGM, Steven Q. Steele, MEPGHP and John F. Wermann, MEPGHP.