Grand Commandery Articles

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

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

District 10 Meeting

Grand York Rite Logos

District 10 Meeting

Saturday, July 1st 2017


You and your lady are cordially invited to attend the Grand York Rite District No. 10 Meeting at the Pensacola Masonic Center

189 West Airport Boulevard
Pensacola, FL 32505


  • Registration at 10:00 am
  • Commandery Drill and Sword Instruction (in uniform) at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Lunch and Table Council at 12:00 pm
  • Meeting at 1:00 pm
  • Ladies Program at 11:00 pm to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
  • Follow-up question and conversations: 2:00 pm


  • M.E. Companion Ronald (Ron) Clayton Newton, Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Florida
  • M.I. Companion Robert C. St. John Jr., Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal & Select Masons of Florida
  • R.Em S.K. Anthony L. Griffon, Grand Commander of The Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Florida

Dias Officers, Secretaries and Recorders from tje Crestview, Ft. Walton and Pensacola York Rite Bodies should attend, along with other officers and members interested in improving the York Rite throughout District 10.

Motel suggestions:

La Quinta Inn
7750 N Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL 32514
(850) 474-0411

Twenty (20) rooms reserved.
Rooms have two (2) double beds for $89/night
Use the organization name: York Rite Masons when requesting reservation


Spring York Rite Festival Held in Jacksonville

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.

Shown in the first picture, front row, left to right were new Companions: James R. Baade, Jr., Jeffrey Starke, Thomas Marschall, M. E. Companion Robert Cooper, MEGHP; Randall McCorvel, Dusty L. Lewis, Matthew Spence, and C. Edward Constant, KYCH, Ex. Grand Sentinel of the Grand Chapter of Florida. Seen from left in the second row, were: D. Rodney Moody, John Block, Darryl A. D’Angina, KYGCH, MEPGHP of the Grand Chapter of Florida; Gene Hall, Jason Canl, Anthony Gediis, Robert Gagnon, KYCH; Corey D. Kosciuszko, KYCH, Ex. Grand Master of the 1st Veil; and Corbin P. Elliott, KYCH, PDDGHP.

The second picture shows the following new Sir Knights, officers, cast members and other Sir Knights after the Orders on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Shown in the front row, left to right, were new Sir Knights: Randall McCorvel, James R. Baade, Jr., Jason Canl, Thomas Marschall, Matthew Spence, Dusty L. Lewis, Anthony Gediis, Gene Hall, and Jeffrey Starke. Seen in the second row, from left, were: Randall Burkett, Clifford Baker, C. Robert Cooper. KYGCH, PGSWB, MEGHP; William Hicks, Kenneth Hinton, KYCH; Robby Stokes, and Thomas A. Olsen, KYCH, DDGHP, Sec.-Recorder of the Jacksonville Y. R. Bodies. Seen in the third and fourth rows, from left, were: Darryl A. D’Angina, KYGCH, MEPGHP, PDDGC; Unrecognized Sir Knight, Todd Connor, D. Rodney Moody, Corey D. Kosciuszko, KYCH, Ex. Grand Master of the 1st Veil, Grand Chapter, R.A.M., DDGC; Eric Cole, E.Commander, Damascus Commandery No. 2; Paul James Mast, E.C., St. Augustine Commandery No. 10; Charles Matthew Smith, KYCH; Mark Balester, Gen., Damascus No. 2; and Corbin P. Elliott, KYCH, KCT, PDDGC.

Masons pay tribute to those buried at historic Evergreen

Historic Evergreen Gainesville

Right Worshipful Kurt Morauer, Sr., with the local Knights Templar, thanks everyone for attending a Templar Funeral Memorial Ceremony during Masonic Recognition Day at Evergreen Cemetery in Gainesville Saturday March 1, 2014. Evergreen Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Gainesville and has many Masons buried there.
Photo by Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun

Right Worshipful Kurt Morauer, a freemason, stood wearing his Templar uniform, a black military-like outfit adorned with golden shoulder boards and medallions featuring red crosses across the breast.

Atop his head he wore a white-feathered chapeau, and across his waist lay a gold-striped belt that held a gold-hilted sword, which he unsheathed with a white-gloved hand and held up in front of him as Right Worshipful Frederic Latsko began the Knights Templar Memorial Ceremony.

Morauer’s elaborate attire was all part of Masonic Memorial Appreciation Day, which was held Saturday in the historic Evergreen Cemetery in southeast Gainesville.

Our departed knights were taught that the sword, in the hands of a true and courteous knight, was endowed with three excellent qualities: it’s hilt, with justice impartial; it’s blade, with fortitude undaunted; and it’s point, with mercy unrestrained, Morauer said to the crowd.

He could never grasp it without being reminded of the attributes it symbolized.

And to these attributes, with their deep significance, we renew our pledge. And inspired and heartening hope leads up to the comforting belief that they met their trying hour with fortitude undaunted. And walking in the dawn of a new day, have received justice tempered with mercy unrestrained, which is the glorious attribute of the Son of God.

With a focus on York Rite freemasonry, which includes the Knights Templar, this year’s Masonic appreciation day featured a recognition of the fraternal order’s grand masters and grand high priests who have been buried at Evergreen and a Knights Templar memorial ceremony.

The history of masonry in Gainesville is as old as the city itself, said Grand Commander Henry Adams; Gainesville was founded in 1854 and incorporated in 1869, while the Gainesville Masonic Lodge was founded in 1857.

Between then and now, he said, the lodge has served the community, and he gave the example of when the lodge housed military troops during World War II.

He also pointed out that Evergreen Cemetary’s founder James Thomas was one of the founding members of the local Masonic lodge.

So, masonry here in Gainesville has a long history and a long tradition, and its families have been aided in their grief by Evergreen Cemetery, which (is the burial grounds for) many, many of our brothers” , he said during a speech.

Morauer said the lodge is the oldest nonreligious building in Gainesville that is still owned by the original owners and used for its original intent and that masons have had a hand in shaping the area.

If you go back through the history of the whole area (you’ll find that) the Chesnut family, the Zetrouer family and the Hailes, which are the old families that established (here) — they had the original plantation(s), they were all masons,

And, over time, the significant business owners, politicians, past presidents of UF (were masons).

The event began with a Knights Templar procession, which had the knights marching toward the lectern from behind while carrying an American flag and banners called beauceants that each symbolized a commandery in North Central Florida.

Once the flag and beauceants were planted, Morauer welcomed those in attendance and explained that the memorial, which was held for its first time last year, is a product of happenstance that resulted from his attending an American Legion Post ceremony where he met Jimmy Brown, the cemetery’s historian. Morauer asked how many masons were buried on the grounds, to which Brown replied that the cemetery was actually trying to determine just that and was looking for someone to help them identify Masonic symbols.

It was one of those timing-cosmic things that has just turned out very well, said Morauer.

He then explained that they have discovered that more than 300 masons are buried within the grounds, and spoke of plans to hold such an event annually.

Shortly after, Henry Adams, grand commander, recognized past grand masters and grand high priests who lay buried in the cemetery, which was followed by County Commissioner Lee Pinkoson, who officially proclaimed the day as Masonic Appreciation Day in Alachua County.

Finally, the memorial ceremony was held in tribute to all those masons who lay beneath the soil at Evergreen.

The event was open to the public, which may run counter to what many think of when they think of freemasons.

The reality is that outside of the secretiveness of what we do — and we’re not a secret society, although we have secrets in our degree work that we don’t let out to the public. But if you’ve seen the History Channel, you’ve seen most of them anyway — we do a lot of public work, both locally and nationally, said Morauer. We’re known a lot for our charity work.

Morauer explained that to be a mason, one has to simply believe in a supreme being of any denomination and that they are not allowed to talk about religion, politics or have alcohol in their lodges.

Meanwhile, he said, the Knights Templar are the only distinctly Christian part of masonry.

For me, masonry is about doing studies and having a fraternal support network that makes me a better person, which in consequence makes me a better father, a better husband and a better participant in my community, he said. A lot of it really is taking a higher moral ground and a higher ethical ground.

By Christopher Baldwin, Correspondent

Original article here.

100 Knight Conclave – Triangle Commandery No.38

Triangle Commandery No.38
of Lake Sumter York Rite

1st Annual
100 Knight Conclave

Join us for a celebration of Knighthood

May 6th 2017

Leesburg Masonic Lodge
200 Richey Rd
Leesburg, FL

Registration: 5pm
Dinner: 6pm
Program: 7pm

Cost: $20 per person

This is an open event – all are welcome

S.K.: Full Uniform, including sword
Ladies/Guests: Business dress

Notable S.K. Attendees:
MW Stanley L. Hudson
REGC Frederick Gerdom
RE Dept Cmdr Southeast Henry A. Adams

Download the flyer here