Dec 122013

Nelson Mandela Knight of MaltaAccording to Joseph Walkes’ book “The History of the M.W. Prince Hall Grand Lodge of North Carolina and Jusrisdiction, 1864-2000″, pages 268-272, Nelson Mandela was made a mason “at sight” by the Grand Master William C. Parker Jr, in June 28th 1990, while Mandela and his wife were touring the United States.

Immediately after Mandela vein made a mason, the Grand Master Parker, in the terms of his authority as the Conservator of the Freemasonry in North Caroline Jurisdiction, made Mandela’s wife, Winnie, a member of the Eastern Star. Also, according to Walkes on the book mentioned above, there was an article in the Masonic Journal at the endo of 1990, announcing the constitution of the Lodge Nelson Mandela and the Nelson Mandela Eastern Star Chapter in Soweto, South Africa.

So, with that explained above, yes he was a mason, but he was not initiated as we normally were, he was “made a mason” by the Grand Master that had such authority, and yes, he had great influence in taking Freemasonry to South Africa but he was not a 33rd degree Scottish Rite member since he received the York Rite degrees and not the Scottish Rite ones.

It is circulating on the internet a photo of Mandela wearing a Knight of Malta costume, which although it is a masonic degree, he received that honor from the Queen of England, so it is not the Masonic Malta degree but a British Honor Title.

Cesar GonçalvesBy Cesar Luis Bueno Gonçalves, PM
Internet Lodge 9659 – UGLE
United Grand Lodge of England
Masonic Province of East Lancashire, England

Nov 272013

KYCHThe York Rite Sovereign College congratulates Sir Knight Harry V. Eisenberg, M.D. for having completed the five exams of its Education Program, and therefore having been awarded the honorific title and certificate of a “Companion Adept of the Temple.”

Sir Knight Eisenberg is one of only 2 Sir Knights in the State of Florida, and 20 Sir Knights in the entire country who have been so honored. Companion Knight Eisenberg is currently serving as the Chancellor of the John B. Phelps College and Prelate of the Florida Priory, K.Y.C.H.

Nov 252013

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We extend an invitation for you and your Lady to attend our York Rite Knights Templar Christmas Observance — that time of year when we pause to rejoice in the “Reason for the Season.”

Our Observance this year will be on Thursday, December 19 at Eola Lodge on Grant Street in Orlando.  We will begin with a full dinner at 6:00 PM,  followed by our special program at 7:15 PM.

Dinner will include:
Turkey, Ham, Green Beans, Yams, Corn, Dressing, Salad, Rolls and a Variety of Homemade Pies

Knight Templar Officers will be in uniforms while other Knights can wear uniforms or business attire.  All guests can wear business attire or seasonal attire.

We request that you RSVP (so we can prepare the necessary food) no later than Monday, December 16 to Sir Knight Edward Smallwood, Commander Elect of Olivet Commandery No. 4, or the Recorder Sir Knight John B. Fletcher Jr.

This evening of dining, fellowship, and observance of Christmas will be one that you will want to be a part of while seeing old friends and making new acquaintances.  Please join us as Masons and members of Appendant Bodies for an observance of the “Reason for the Season”.

We are looking forward to seeing you Thursday, December 19, for the dinner beginning at 6:00 PM at Eola Lodge, 3200 East Grant Street, Orlando, FL 22806.

For Olivet Commandery,

S. K. Edward Smallwood, Commander-Elect

Nov 222013

Olivet Commandery

Olivet Commandery No. 4 was honored tonight with the visit of the R.E. Grand Commander, S.K. Henry Adams and his commitive, the E. District Deputy Grand Commander S.K. Patrick Velasques and the E. Grand Standard Bearer S.K. Robert F. Ramieh.

We also had the visit of Sir Knights from Taylor Commandery of Sanford York Rite Bodies.

Here is the result for the election of the Olivet Commandery Officers for 2014:

  • Eminent Commander: S.K. Edward Smallwood
  • Generalissimo: S.K. Theodore Hammond
  • Captain General: S.K. William Miller

Here is a group picture.

R.E. Grand Commander Visit

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