Grand Commandery Articles

Palatka Commandery No. 5 Installs New Officers for 2017

The new officers for Palatka Commandery No. 5, K. T. were installed on January 26, 2017. The Installing officers were: C. Robert Cooper, KYGCH, MEGHP of the Grand Chapter, R. A. M. of Florida, Installing Officer; Darryl A. D’Angina, KYGCH, MEPGHP, Installing Marshal; and Corbin P. Elliott, KYCH, KCT, PDDGC, Installing Prelate. Christopher C. Lanham, Jr. was installed as Eminent Commander.

Palatka Commandery Installation

Pictured here were the newly installed officers with the installing officers and other Sir Knights present after the ceremony. Shown in the first row, from left to right, were: Corbin P. Elliott, KYCH, KCT, PDDGC, Installing Prelate; Thomas Olsen, KYCH, DDGHP, PC, Warder; Bobby Niles, KYCH, PDDGC, Prelate; Darryl A. D’Angina, KYGCH, MEPGHP, Installing Marshal; William Hicks, Generalissimo; Christopher C. Lanham, Jr., Eminent Commander of Palatka Commandery No. 5; Kenneth Hinton, Jr., PC, Generalissimo; William L. Buck, Jr., MEPGHP; LeRoy Zetrouer, Sentinel; and C. Robert Cooper, KYGCH, MEGHP, Installing Officer. Seen in the back rows, from left to right, were: Charles G. Sipes, KCT, REPGC of Utah; Mickey Cunningham, Ronnie Holland, S.W.; Paul James Mast, EC, St. Augustime Commandery No. 10, SwB, Palatka Commandery No. 5; Exum “Buddy” Bardin, StB; Frederick L. Piasecki, REPGC; Edward Dunn, PDDGC; Bob Pingle, PHP, PC; Robert Gagnon, KYCH, PDDGHP; Randal Bolen, J.W.; Bobby Owens, PHP, PIM; Henry A. Adams, Ex G.M. of 2nd V., Grand Chapter, R.A.M. of Florida, R. E. Department Commander, S. E. Department, Grand Encampment, K. T. of the USA; and George E. Preston, Jr., PHP, PC, Recorder of Palatka Commandery No. 5. K. T.

The second picture shows a number of the ladies, families and friends present at the open installation to enjoy the fine dinner and socializing, and to support and congratulate the new officers.

Palatka Commandery

St. Augustine York Rite Bodies Install Officers for 2017

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.

St Augustine Installation

Shown in the Chapter picture, from left to right, in the first row, were: Robert Wilson, M. of 2nd V.; Matthew Sweeney, PHP, RAC; J.B. Hunt, PDDGHP, PDDGIM, PDDGC, King; C. Robert Cooper, KYGCH, MEGHP, Grand Installing Officer; Thomas A. Olsen, KYCH, DDGHP, newly installed Excellent High Priest of St. Augustine Chapter No. 17; William L. Buck, Jr., MEPGHP, Grand Chapter R. A. M. of Florida; Richard Aeh, Scribe; Robert Pringle, PHP; Bobby Niles, KYCH, PDDGC; and Paul James Mast, PHP, PIM, EC, Principal Sojourner. Seen in the back row, from left, were: Bobby Owens, PHP, C. of H.; William D. Hicks; Art Holden, PHP, PIM, Treasurer; Robert Gagnon, PDDGHP, Recorder; LeRoy Zetrouer, and Mickey Cunningham, M of 3rd V. Not shown was Corbin Elliott, KYCH, PDDGHP, Installing Marshal, taking the picture.

 

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.

St Augustine Instalation

Shown, left to right, in the first row were: Robert Wilson, Matthew Sweeney, PHP, Deputy Master; Bobby Owens, PHP, PIM, Illustrious Master for 2017; C. Robert Cooper, KYGCH, MEGHP, Installing Officer; and J.B. Hunt, KYCH, PDDGIM, PCW. Shown, in the back rows, from left, were: Thomas A. Olsen, PDDGIM, Steward; Art Holden, PIM, Treasurer; Mickey Cunningham, Sentinel; Robert Gagnon, PIM, Recorder, Installing Chaplain; and Paul James Mast, PIM, Captain of the Guard. Not shown was Corbin Elliott, KYCH, PDDGIM, Installing Marshal, taking the picture.

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.

Port St. Lucie Commandery #17 Installation of Officers

Port St. Lucie Commandery #17 Installation of Officers

M:. W:.  Stanley L. Hudson, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Florida, was installed as Eminent Commander of Port St. Lucie Commandery #17 on Tuesday January 11th, 2017.

 

Front Row – (L to R):   Mike Halfling,  Thomas Bonaminio, R:.E:. Fred Gerdom Grand Commander, M:.W:. Stanley L. Hudson,  R:.E:. Paul Friend PEGC,  E:. C:. Eric Kleinbach / Triangle Commandery No 38, E:.C:. Garry M. Paxinos / Melita Commandery No 35

Second Row – (L to R): Grand Marshal Douglas Ankney, John Pickford PDDGC,  Demetrios C. Kirkiles / Melita Commandery No 35, Thomas Randazzo

 

Grand Commander Homecoming

R.E. Fred Gerdom

Table Commandery in Honor of R.E. Frederick Gerdom

Saturday February 18th, 2017

Time: 6:00pm

Tuscan Lodge No. 6
320 S Florida Avenue
Bartow, FL

Cost $20 (commemorative “cannons” are included)

Registration begins at 5:00pm

Dress:

  • SK – Uniform, no sword
  • Ladies – Casual Dress
  • Men – Business Casual

This is an “Open” event, meaning that all are invited.

Download the flyer here

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.

Dist 3 Christmas Observance  Dist 3 Christmas Observance

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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