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Port St. Lucie Commandery #17 Installation

M.W. Stanley L. HudsonSir Knights,

I am requesting your presence on January 10, 2017 at 6pm for the installation of our MWGM Stan L. Hudson as Eminent Commander of Port St. Lucie Commandery #17.

The address is

4590 Oleander Ave
Fort Pierce, FL 34982

This is an excellent opportunity to show our MWGM Stan how much we appreciate his support for the York Rite and Masonry.

I look forward to seeing all Sir Knight in Uniform there.

Thank you

R.E. Frederick Gerdom
Grand Commander

Sir Knights and Ladies Gather for Christmas Observance in Jacksonville

Sir Knights and Ladies Gather for Christmas Observance in Jacksonville

Several Sir Knights and their ladies gathered for the traditional Knights Templar Christmas Observance at the York Rite Temple in Jacksonville on Sunday, December 11, 2016.

Seated around the tables in a cross before the ceremony were clockwise from left: Steven Persinger, Generalissimo, Pilgrim Commandery No. 7 and Mr. Persinger; Randy Burkett, Sword Bearer, Damascus Commandery No. 2; Corbin Elliott, KYCH, KCT, PDDGC, Damascus No. 2; James Mast, Generalissimo, St. Augustine No. 10 and Mrs. Mast; Joseph Wright, Sr., Sentinel, Damascus No. 2 and Mrs. Wright; Christopher Lanham, Gen., Palatka No. 5, and Mrs. Lanham; and on the left at the head of the cross was Mrs. Eric Cole. Sir Knight Eric Cole, Gen., Damascus No. 2, is shown standing in the right, rear, with Steve Urban, Jr. EC, St. Augustine No. 10, acting as Prelate. Sir Knight Urban gave a very interesting, history-related story of how the birthdate of Christ came to be accepted as December 25th, and how the festival and holiday of Christmas developed into what it is today.

Present, but not pictured were: Kolen Sawyer, EC, Damascus No. 2, and Thomas Olsen, KYCH, Recorder of Damascus No. 2, taking the picture.


District 3 Christmas Observance

District 3 Christmas Observance

District 3 York Rite of Florida held its Annual Christmas Observance ceremony at the Masonic Home on December 14, 2016.

There were 21 Sir Knights in uniform and 20 other members and guests present.  Right Eminent Grand Commander Frederick Gerdom was part of the ceremony and delivered his response to the Grand Prelate’s toast.

After the Observance, light refreshments were held in the Masonic Homes Ice Cream parlor and the Sir Knights visited with the residents of the home who were present for the ceremony.

The Observance was also attended by several Grand Commandery Officers as well as one Past Grand Commander from Massachusetts/Rhode Island.

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District 7 York Rite Meeting Held at Jacksonville on November 19, 2016

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.

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Triangle Commandery #38 Christmas Observance

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Triangle Commandery #38

Invites All Sir Knights, Family and Friends to Join Us in the Annual Christmas Observance

16 December 2016


Leesburg Lodge No.58
200 Richey Road, Leesburg, FL

6:30pm – Reception and Dinner (Traditional Ham Dinner)
7:30pm – Program Observance – Lodge Room

Music, Caroling and Toasts from the Commandery Christmas Message provided by Rev. Jerry Elmore, KYCH

Full Uniform for all Sir Knights, Business Dress for all others.

Please RSVP by 10 Dec to:
SK Robert Welch at 352-323-0934

Download the flyer here.

Miami York Rite Bodies Christmas Observance

Commandery LogoSunday, December 11, 2016 at 8 am
at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 14260 Old Cutler Road, Palmetto Bay, Fl. 33158.

After the service we will go to the Parish Hall where I shall perform a Knights Templar Christmas Observance at about 9 am

We hope to be done by 10 am.

At 11 am all attendees (and their wives) are invited to 95 Aero Squadron 1395 NW 57th Avenue, Miami, Fl. 33126 for Sunday Brunch.

I need to know the numbers. Please ask anyone who is coming to e-mail me so I know the correct numbers. The first 25 coming will be free. They must attend the church service at 8 am, which is arranged by Rev. George Ronkowitz.

RSVP Solomon Goldenberg

Council and Commandery Degrees and Orders Conferred at Jacksonville Festival

The Cryptic Degrees and Chivalric Orders were conferred upon four new Select Masters and Sir Knights on Friday night and Saturday, September 23 & 24, 2016 at the Jacksonville Fall York Rite Festival. The new Companions and Sir Knights were Coley Bagosius, Rodney Housand, Ron Baxter and Hal Scott Inglis.

The Council Degrees were conferred by Athelstan Council No. 46. The Commandery Orders were conferred by a Barnett/Calahan Lodge team, Crusader Commandery No. 44, and Damascus Commandery No. 2.

Shown in the first picture under the “Holiness to the Lord” arch, and seated from left, were new Select Masters: Coley Bagosius, Ron Baxter, Hal Scott Inglis, and Rodney Housand.

Seen standing, from left to right, were: Corbin Elliott, C. Robert Cooper, KYGCH, MEGHP; Mark Balester, Steve Urban, Jr., C. Edward Constant, Kevin Rentz, Darryl D’Angina, KYGCH, MEPGHP; Brian Gilvey, Robert Gagnon, Danny Johnson, Charles Matt Smith, Alex Constant, Randy Burkett, Ernest Beeman, Rodney Moody, Lloyd Newman, DDGIM, Dist. 7; Corey Kosciuszko, DDGC, Dist. 7; Robert Gurney Atwell, Robert Bullard, Robert Shellenberger, and Robert Wilson.

Shown in the second picture were the Knights Templar who conferred the Order of the Temple, with the newly created Sir Knights on Saturday, September 24th. Shown seated from left were new Sir Knights: Coley Bagosius, Ron Baxter, Rodney Housand and Hal Scott Inglis

Pictured standing, left to right, in the first row were: Rusty Ludlam, Darryl D’Angina, MEPGHP; Chris Lanham, Jr., Mark Balester, Robert Gagnon, Dist. Instr. Dist. 7; Joe Wright, Sr., Charles Matt Smith, C. Robert Cooper, MEGHP of the Grand Chapter, R. A. M. of Florida; Daniel Cooper, Corbin Elliott, Robert Shellenberger, and C. Edward Constant.

Seen standing in the second row, from left, were: Steve Urban, Jr., St. Augustine Commandery No. 10; Todd Connor, Jimmy Dorsey, Sam Hope, Alex Constant, Paul James Mast, Brian Gilvey, Corey Kosciuszko, DDGC, Dist. 7; and Randy Burkett.

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Southeastern Department Commander Adams Visits Damascus Commandery No. 2.

On September 13, 2016, Southeastern Department Commander Henry A. Adams visited Damascus Commandery No. 2, K. T. in Jacksonville at its Stated Conclave. Department Commander Adams brought words of wisdom, and related to the Sir Knights his experiences at the Bicentennial Celebration of the Grand Encampment, K. T. of the U. S. A. in New York City on July 22 – 24, 2016.

Pictured here were the Sir Knights of Damascus Commandery No. 2 with Sir Knight Adams, REPGC of Florida, Southeastern Department Commander, after the Conclave. Shown in the first row, from left to right, were Steve Urban, Jr., Treasurer, Darryl A. D’Angina, KYGCH, MEPGHP, PDDGC; Henry A. Adams, REPGC, Southeastern Department Commander; Kolen Sawyer, Commander of Damascus Commandery No. 2, K. T.; Mark Balester, C.G.; Joe Wright, Sr., Sentinel, partially hidden behind Jim Billberry; Jim Billberry, J. W.; and Jimmy Dorsey, KYCH,

Shown in the second (middle) row, was Christopher Lanham, Jr., S. W., between Sir Knights Darryl D’Angina and Henry Adams in the first row.

Seen in the third row, from left, were: Todd Connor, Prelate; Eric Cole, Gen.; William F. Ellis, P.C.; Tom Olsen, PC, PDDGIM, DDGHP, Dist. 7, Sec.-Recorder of the Jacksonville Y. R. Bodies; Randy Burkett, SwB; and Robby Stokes, StB.

Not pictured was Corbin P. Elliott, KYCH, KCT, PDDGC, taking the picture.

H. Adams visits Damascus Commandery

H. Adams visits Damascus Commandery