York Rite District No.7 Meeting in Jacksonville

The 2015 York Rite District 7 Meeting was held at the Jacksonville York Rite Temple on Saturday, November 21, 2015. A great turnout of Companions, Sir Knights, and ladies welcomed the Grand York Rite officers and ladies for a fine meeting, lunch and fellowship.

Pictured here were a number of the Companions and Sir Knights in the east after the meeting. Most Illustrious Grand Master John Horne, M.I.G.M., Grand Council R. & S. M. of Florida and a number of his Grand Council officers had to leave after their portion of the meeting to be back in their district for a Grand Lodge District Meeting later in the day. However, a picture of those Companions is shown after the picture of the larger group in the east of the Lodge Room.

Shown in the first row, left to right, in the larger group, were: Henry A. Adams, REPGC, R.E. Department Commander, S.E. Department, Grand Encampment, K.T., Ex. Grand Sentinel, Grand Chapter R.A.M. of Florida; Sheldon Arpad, E. Grand Sentinel, Grand Commandery, K.T. of Florida; Anthony L. Griffon, E. Grand Generalissimo, Grand Commandery K.T. of Florida; Glenn E. Chandler, MEPGHP, I. Grand Capt. of the Guard, Grand Council, R. & S. M., DDGC, Dist. 7, Grand Commandery; Thomas A. Olsen, IM, PC, DDGIM, Dist. 7, Grand Council; Robert R. Gagnon, DDGHP, Dist. 7, Grand Chapter, R.A.M.; Eric B. West, R.E. Grand Commander, Grand Commandery, K.T. of Florida; Richard A. Wolfe, M. E. Grand High Priest, Grand Chapter, R.A.M. of Florida; Harry Eisenberg, MD, Ex. Grand P.S., Grand Chapter; Larry Bilka, Sr., COTH, Jacksonville Chapter No. 12; Charles Jones, DDGHP, Dist. 8, Grand Chapter; William F. Ellis, P.C., Damascus Commandery No. 2; Herbie Ray, IM, Athelstan Council No. 46, R. & S. M.; Monroe Royal, Athelstan Council No. 46; and Richard I. Lanier, MEPGHP, Grand Chapter, R.A.M. of Florida, 1975.

Other Grand officers, Companions and Sir Knights, too many to name, are seen in the back two rows. Also present but not pictured, was C. Robert Cooper, R. Ex. Grand King of the Grand Chapter, R.A.M. of Florida, who was tending to the food, and looking after the ladies as the meeting adjourned for lunch, and the Companions gathered for the picture.

Pictured secondly were M. I. Companion John L. Horne, M.I.G.M. of the Grand Council,
R. & S. M. of Florida with his Grand Council officers present for the District 7 Meeting, before some had to leave early to get back to their home district. M.I. Grand Master John Horne is shown on the right in the front row, in the picture.

Several checks for the York Rite Charities were presented to the Grand Presiding Officers of the Grand York Rite Bodies at the meeting. For example, some pictures of the presentations are included here, as follows:

Thomas Olsen, IM, Hallmark Council No. 3, DDGIM, Dist. 7, center, presents a check to Dayle L. Schrock, MIPGM, left, with John L. Horne, current M. I. Grand Master of the Grand Council, R. & S. M. of Florida, on the right.

Christopher Lanham, PCW, Palatka Council No. 18, right, presents a check to Dayle L. Schrock, MIPGM, CMMRF Committee Chairman.

Robert Gagnon, Sec./Recorder, St. Augustine Y. R. Bodies, DDGHP, Dist. 7, right, presents a check to Richard A. Wolfe, MEGHP, Grand Chapter, R.A.M. of Florida, center, and Harry Eisenberg, MD, Ex. Grand P.S., RARA Committee Chairman.

Eric Cole, EHP, Jacksonville Chapter #12, R.A.M., right, presents a check to Richard A. Wolfe, MEGHP, Grand Chapter R.A.M., center, and Harry Eisenberg, MD, Ex. Grand P.S., RARA Committee Chairman, left.

Donald G. Gay, E.C., Crusader Commandery No. 44, right, presents check to Eric B. West,
R. E. Grand Commander, Grand Commandery, K.T. of Florida.

Eric B. West, R. E. Grand Commander, Grand Commandery, K.T., left, receives check from Kolen W. Sawyer, E.C., St. Augustine Commandery No. 10, K. T.

Eric B. West, R. E. Grand Commander, Grand Commandery of Florida, left, receives a check from Christopher C. Lanham, of Palatka Commandery No. 5, K. T.

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