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York Rite Day at Manatee York Rite Bodies

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Manatee York Rite Bodies

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Westcoast Lodge No.409
405 30th Ave West
Bradenton, FL

Masonic Questions:

  1. Why are there 3 burning tappers about the altar?
  2. How will the long Master’s word be found?
  3. What is the lost word of a Master Mason?

Find these answers and more when you journey through York Rite Masonry.

You and your lady are cordially invited to attend our York Rite Day presented by Manatee York Rite Bodies. The day is to high lite what is York Rite Masonry and what can it do to advance your Masonic Education. So dress casual and come experience the true extension of Blue Lodge Masonry and explore York Rite Masonry.

  • 10:00 am – Registration
  • 10:30 an – Opening probram for all
  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm – Master Mason Only Meeting & Ladies program
  • 12:00 pm – Free Picnic Lunch, hot-dogs, chips, desert and drinks

We are looking forward to meeting you, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

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District 5 Meeting Cancelled



The MIGM just advised the Grand Office that the District 5 meeting scheduled for Sept 23, 2017has been cancelled for now but will be rescheduled.  The reason for the cancellation is because of Hurricane Irma and its aftermath.  Emails will be posted when the new meeting date is established.


Edward Villiaume III, KYCH
Grand Sec./Rec.
Grand York Rite Bodies of Florida

District 5 Grand York Rite Meeting

York Rite LogoOrlando, Florida
Saturday, September 28th, 2017

The York Rite Bodies of the 5th District Cordially invites all
Master Masons, Companions, Sir Knights and their Ladies,
to attend the Festive Table Chapter and District Meeting of the
Grand York Rite in District No. 5 at
Mokanna Lodge No.329
4925 Clarcona-Ocoee Road
Orlando, FL 32810


  • M.E. Ronald C. Newton, M.E.G.H.P. of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Florida
    M.I. Robert C. St. John, Jr., M.I.G.M. of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Florida
    R.E. Anthony L. Griffon, R.E.G.C. of the Grand Commandery of Knight Templar of Florida


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Registration
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Commandery Full Dress Drill and Sword Instruction in Lodge and Ladies Program
12:00 p.m. Table Chapter Commences

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District 8 Grand York Rite Meeting

York Rite LogoInverness, Florida
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

You and your Lady are cordially invited to attend the
Grand York Rite District 8 Meeting and Table Council
at Citrus Lodge No.118 
located at 301 Hendrix Avenue
Inverness, FL 34451


  • M.E. Companion Ronald C. Newton, M.E.G.H.P of the Grand Chapter of R.A.M. of Florida
  • M.I. Companion Robert C. St John, M.I.G.M. of the Grand Council of R & S Masters of Florida
  • R.E. Anthony L. Giffon, R.E.G.C> of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Florida


Registration: 10:00 am to 11:am
Commandery Full Dress Uniform Drill and Sword Instruction in Lodge Room: 11 am to 12 pm
Ladies Program in Dining Hall: 11 am to 12 pm
Table Council open to all begins at 12 pm

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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

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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

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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