Grand Council Articles

Gateway Council No. 51, Knight Masons Initiates Five, and Installs New Officers

Gateway Council No. 51 Knight Masons held its Annual Meeting in Jacksonville on November 4th and initiated five new Knight Masons. The Council also elected and installed new officers for 2018.


The new Knight Masons are pictured blow. From the left, they are: Thomas Metcalfe, Jr., Todd Connor, David Gregory, Randall Burkett, and Don Cadrain.

Shown in the second picture were the new officers and Knight Masons present for the meeting, who were able to remain afterward for a picture. Seen in the first row, from left to right, were: Robert Gagnon, Tom Olsen, J.W.; Brian Poole, incoming Excellent Chief; Rusty Ludlam, Jr. Knight; Jimmy Dorsey, S.W.; Paul James Mast, Sr. Kt.; Paul Matthew, Jr., Tyler; Steve Barnett, Priest; and Harvey L. Ward, MEPGHP, Past Ex. Chief.

Seen in the 2nd and 3rd rows, left to right, were: Joseph Wright, Charles Robert Cooper, MEPGHP, P. Ex. Chief; Eric Cole, Sentinel; V.E. Darryl A. D’Angina, MEPGHP, P. Ex. Chief, P. Grand Superintendent, Treasurer; H. Wiley Hart, Dir. of Ceremonies; Randall Burkett, J. B. Hunt, David Gregory, Don Cadrain (front); Stephen Urban, Jr., Scribe (back row): Thomas Metcalfe, Jr., Todd Connor, and Corey D. Kosciuszko, retiring Excellent Chief.


Not pictured was Corbin Elliott, taking the photo.


Holiday Schedule for Grand York Rite Office

York Rite LogoOffice Closed:

  • Friday, November 10, 2017 – in observance of Veterans’ Day
  • Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24, 2017 – Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Friday and Monday, December 22 and 25, 2017 – Christmas Holiday
  • Monday, January 1, 2018 – New Year’s Day

The Grand York Rite Office Staff wishes you season’s greetings and hopes that “every one of you” has a safe and happy holiday season.

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

Tyler Council No.4 Festive Table

Tyler Council No.4

Cordially invites you to attend a



Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation

Monday, November 6th, 2017

7:00 pm Meal and Toast

Olin S. Wright Lodge No.79
304 Acacia Street
Plant City, FL 33566

This event is opent to all Masons, non-Masons, relatives, friends, neighbors and their ladies.

The Meal is $15.00 per person, $25.00 per couple.

Make checks payable to: Tyler Council No.4 or CMMRF (if they are already tracking your donations)

RSVP M.’. I.’. Larry Gillespie

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York Rite Day at Manatee York Rite Bodies

York Rite LogoHosted by
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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M.I. Companion Robert C. St. John, Jr. Visits Palatka Council No. 18

Robert C. St. John, Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council, Royal & Select Masters of Florida, visited Palatka Council No. 18, R. & S. M., on Thursday, August 10, 2017. There was a nice dinner, and a good turnout of members for the Grand Master’s visit.

Pictured here were several of the Companions with M. I. Companion St. John in the east after the dinner and assembly. Shown in the first row, from left to right, were: Robert C. St. John, Jr., MIGM of the Grand Council; Robert Pringle, I. M. of Palatka Council No. 18; and William L. Buck, MEPGHP of the Grand Chapter. R.A.M. of Florida.

Palatka Council

Seen in the second row, from left, were: Edward Dunn, PIM, St. Augustine Council No. 15; Mickey Cunningham, St. Augustine Council No. 15; and C. Ronnie Holland, PIM, Palatka Council No. 18. Seen in the third row, from left, were: Jason Lang; Bill Hicks, and Ken Hinton, PIM, Palatka Council No. 18.  Not pictured were: Paul J. Mast, PIM; and LeRoy Zetrouer.