Greetings Companions and Sir Knights:
Attached please find a copy of our 2014 Grand Convention Registration Form and selected Schedule of Events.
This Grand Convention will have all of the normal York Rite meetings, degrees and activities. It is also designed to welcome and entertain our wives and non York Rite visitors. This will not be a working convention for our ladies but one where they and the rest of the family and guests can relax and enjoy themselves. There will be breakfasts, lunches and dinners for their taste buds to enjoy. There will be a full schedule if things for them to do. There will be free activities like a “chick flick night” just for the ladies with the usual movie treats and I promise lots of laughs…this is going to be great…there will be some crafts to entertain….there will be pool time…there will be listings of restaurants….museums to visit….a wonderful zoo…world class amusement parks…several large and beautiful malls for the those who love to shop and lots more. Soooo please let us know what you and your families are interested in. Tampa is a friendly easy to navigate city that has much to offer. All you need do is ask……..And what is so wonderful about the Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport at 4400 West Cypress Street is that you can just sit back read a book, talk with friends and relax in the most beautiful atrium complete with trees, shrubs and a babbling brook
If you have a request or any interests in any special events send it to me or to Merri-Anne (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to Katie (email@example.com)
or Donna (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Make your reservations now….Henry, Dayle and I are looking forward to personally greeting you in Tampa….IT’S GOING TO BE A FUN TIME !!!!
Zealously and Fraternally
John W, MEGHP
Please make your hotel reservations directly with The Sheraton Suites Westshore. Deadline for Reservations is April 2, 2014. Room Rate is $ 89.00 plus taxes. No guarantee of availability after this date. 813-873-8675. Inform them that you are with the Grand York Rite 2014.
NOTE: The Sheraton Suites Westshore is a Non-smoking hotel – only non-smoking rooms are available. A $275.00 charge will be added to the hotel room charge if this rule is abused. There are designated smoking areas on the hotel grounds.
GYR Session Registration 2014
GYR Session Schedule 2014
A Trip To The Holy Land
The distinguished men in military uniforms marched quietly in two columns down the lighted hallway. Their highly polished shoes were barely making a sound on the soft carpet. A chorus of “Joy to the World” being sung in the background gave them an un-noticed entry. They came into the back of a larger room containing a crowd of people singing a Christmas carol. They were moving from the Christmas season and into the New Year. The distinguished men were maneuvering into seats on the back row that had been reserved just for them. The carol came to a stop and before the distinguished men could be seated, the man behind the podium spoke up and announced the presence of his friends and brothers on the back row of the room and asked that they approach the podium. The heads of the congregation turned, and the look of curiosity was clearly seen in their faces. Their eyes followed the men in their sharp looking uniforms as they moved to the front of the room.
The man behind the microphone was Sir Knight Robby Stokes, Music Director of Coastal Baptist Church, and a member of Damascus Commandery No. 2. He was introducing the Grand Commander and his entourage. Sir Knight Robby invited Pastor Paul Steinbach to the podium for a presentation. The crowd was still wondering what was happening when the Imminent Grand Commander spoke. He let the crowd know that we were all members of the Masonic Fraternity and that the Commandery was the Christian portion of the York Rite Bodies. He explained that one of the main charities was the “Holy Land Pilgrimage”. The Pastor of Coastal Baptist Church had been awarded an educational trip to the Holy Land to assist him in his bible studies. He was being given a unique opportunity to walk where Jesus walked. To see landmarks that Christ saw and to visually see with his own eyes, what he had only seen in the written word or in pictures. This would be an asset to his future teachings and Coastal Baptist Church would reap the benefits of this experience.
Suddenly, the expression on the faces of the congregation changed to understanding of what a marvelous gift was presented this Christmas Season and what a wonderful way to start out a new and prosperous year. The congregation came to their feet with a hearty round of applause. This was indeed a great gift, not only for Pastor Paul, but for all of us.
I would personally like to thank Right Eminent Grand Commander Henry Adams and his entourage Very Eminent Deputy Grand Commander Paul Friend and Eminent District Deputy Grand Commander Kurt Moraurer Sr. Present from Damascus Commandery No. 2 were Eminent Commander Jimmy Dorsey, Eminent Commander Elect Of Corey D. Kosciuszko, Junior Warden Gilbert Porter. Attending from Port St Lucie No 17 were James Green Past Commander, and Robert Eisenhardt for taking the time to travel to Jacksonville and make this very special presentation.
One of our goals as Masons is to grow the fraternity. I am sure the vision of these fine men will be implanted in their memories forever. As Christians we are to spread the word. This charity will not only help us to spread the word, but improve how it will be delivered. This charity, more than any other, will reach more people, Masons and Non-Masons, than any other charity we have. I thank you for all your contributions in the past, present, and in the future I encourage you to double your efforts for a better tomorrow.
Sir Knight Robby Stokes
Damascus Commandery No. 2
Dear Companions and Sir Knights:
The members of your Grand York Rite Souvenir Program Committee are pleased to announce that we have begun our
efforts early this year to sell ads for our 2014 Souvenir Program. We have several objectives to accomplish:
1) To increase the ads from previous years,
2) To publish an enticing, professional and informative Souvenir Program in COLOR,
3) To financially help offset a portion of the Grand Convention expenses,
4) To include ½ page ads for the Masonic Youth groups FREE of charge and,
5) To have FREE memorial page(s) for ALL Companions and Sir Knights listing their Mother Blue Lodge and
York Rite bodies only along with their date of birth and the date they passed on.
ReadMore >>> 2014 Souvenir Program Packet
The files below are for the selection when choosing a ministers for the Knight Templar Holy Land Pilgrimage.
Please make as many copies as you need and distribute them to your local Commanderies for their use.
Let’s have a banner year in the service of Our Lord and Savior!
Yours in Christ,
Emmett Mills, KCT, PGC, Chairman
Holy Land Pilgrimage, Inc.
Grand Encampment, Knights Templar
United States of America
Download the flyer by clicking HERE.
For more information please click the link below.
First 2014 stated convocation of Palm Beach Chapter No. 24 and Official Visitation of Right Excellent Companion William Owen, D. D. G. H. P.
Front row: A. Ray Kinser, Thomas Jordan, Mark Shone I. M., William Bates High Priest, Rick Jones E. C., Michael Choman and Pat Seachord
Back row: Malcolm Rhinehart, William Owen D. D. G. H. P., Jim Schmidt D. I. and Alfred Mueller
The Masonic Home of Florida Pilgrimage Day
Talent Show – - – - Pick your Act
SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Presented by: The 21st Masonic District of the Grand Lodge of Free and
Accepted Masons of the State of Florida.
3201 1st Street N.E., St. Petersburg, Florida
Click here for Flyer >>>>>Youth Talent Show 2014
Companions & Sir Knights,
We are in a new year and a new membership effort. Let us make 2014 a much better year than the past year.
Our short and long term degree programs will be in full swing in another month. Now is the time that a
concerted effort needs to be made in our effort to gain new companions and Sir Knights. Read More >>>>>January 2014 Rite Notes