Eureka Chapter No. 7 Supports R.A.R.A

EHP Craig Frazier presents RE Harry Eisenberg with a check for the R.A.R.A.

At the first stated assembly of Eureka Chapter No. 7 Royal Arch Masons on Thursday, March 9th, 2017, the High Priest, Excellent Companion Craig Frazier presented the Grand Scribe of Florida, Right Excellent Companion Harry Eisenberg with a check for the Chapter's annual contribution to the Royal Arch Research Assistance fund. You can find out more on the R.A.R.A. at this link:

Eminent Commander’s Message

Ervin JanssenMy Fellow Sir Knights! Greetings for March! March come in like a “Lion or a Lamb” may you have the courage of a lion and the gentleness of a lamb.

Thinking about the “Servants Role” that Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ modeled for us, those people in our lives that serve us daily are in need of a great deal of praise and encouragement. They are often in assumed positions, every thing is just expected. Have you ever got their attention and just said? “Thank you for coming to work today!” You will love the response!

Luke 9:23-24 (NIV) “Then He said to all of them: ‘If anyone would come after me he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For who so ever wants to save his life will loose it, but who so ever looses his life for My sake will save it.”

“War is Hell” Thinking back to my time in Viet-Nam I was stationed with the 1st Marine Division, 1st Recon Battalion in DaNang as a Navy Corpsman. We would be out on patrols for 7, 8 or 9 days at a time, in the jungle, in those areas that were not secured. All we had to eat and drink on those patrols was the food and water that we carried with us. The thing we desired most was water, it was so precious! There would be time we would cross a stream and fill up but in most cases not. There would be times we would set up broad leaf plant, leaves and funnel rain water into our canteens.

When I read Rudyard Kipling’s 1892 Poem “Gunga Din” I was impressed with his descriptions of battle field conditions in India as the British Army fought to establish their ways and orders of how things should be done. The the hero of the poem inspired me for he brought water to the men and also was the care giver of the wounded. Describe as a “heathen”, he served and often died on the field. He receives his due in the end for the wounded soldier who watches him die says: “Your a better man than I am Gunga Din!”

As Sir Knights may we strive to serve in every possible way that we can. In our families, with our occupations, in our communities, our country and follow our model Jesus Christ for the world.
Matt: 10:42 (NIV) And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you that person will certainly not lose their reward.”

In Christ’s Name,
Ervin Wm Janssen
Eminent Commander

York Rite Legend – February 2017

Orlando York Rite Bodies Legend

February, 2017

Eureka Chapter No 7

Royal Arch Masons
C. Craig Frazier, Excellent High Priest

Greetings Companions,

Our first official Chapter Convocation for 2017 will be on Thursday, March 9th. I encourage every elected and appointed officer of Eureka Chapter No. 7, Royal Arch Masons, to secure from the Recorder or PHP Jerry Favor a copy of our ritual and begin to memorize your speaking parts and floor work. Many of the officers this year are from Blue Lodges that are known throughout the district for their exemplary ritual work, so the bar has been set pretty high as far as expectations for your performance.
Our Spring Festival in March with the Chapter and Council degrees being conferred on the morning of Saturday, March 11th, and the orders of the Temple being conferred on the morning of Saturday, March 18th. I urge each of you to contact Harry Eisenburg for a part. Not only will this help your learning and understanding of the Chapter, but a well rehearsed performance will more deeply impress upon the candidates the lessons conferred by the Degrees.
I would entertain any ideas for a fundraiser for our charity RARA (Royal Arch Research Assistance). If you are unfamiliar with this charity, please go to and become familiar with it. Some ideas are a bowling tournament as golf seems to be popular with the Blue Lodge and Shrine, we should offer something different. Please send me your ideas!
I will be continuing my educational series with each meeting, but I also welcome any education or interesting articles regarding our craft that we can share and learn from.
We should strive for excellence. There are awards we can win, but most importantly, the more proficient we are, the new companions will feel the energy and want to become a contributing member of our great fraternity!

Sincerely & Fraternally,
Companion C. Craig Frazier
Excellent High Priest
(913) 957-7651

Sickness and Distress

Dale Vied, Anthony Ortner, Judy Fox, Ted Hammond, Miguel Arteaga, Edward R. Davis, Rex Cain, Ottis Erickson, Jack Quesinberry, Edward Smallwood, Heidi Janssen, John Dickinson, Phillip Moffses, Gordon H. Harris, Thomas S. Rice, Michael Hemphill Sam A Smith, Jr. Jesse Williamson M. Valjine McLaughlin Richard Cerezo Paul Tinsley Bobby Tinsley David Colvin

Orlando Council No. 5

Royal And Select Masters
William J. Miller, Illustrious Master

OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW is a well-known phrase and might be applicable to our coming year but a few of us old guys (not mentioning any names) would like to stay around and help make the Orlando Council No. 5 the vibrant thriving organization it should/could be. I mean every chair filled at every meeting and some side-liners would be nice. If you look at the photo (year 1914) mounted on the wall in the hallway of the lodge, you will see thirty seven knights. Assuming at least half of them would also belong to the Chapter and Council, the chairs would all be filled with some side liners left over. With that kind of participation we could have a program to present and even a guest speaker occasionally. We can do that again but it will take a team effort from every member to accomplish. Let’s make 2017 a year of growth for Orlando York Rite Bodies.
The election of officers for 2017 went smoothly as did the installation. We had a shortage of ladies attending but are grateful for those who did attend. A special shout-out to Heidi Janssen (Erv’s wife) who prepared the delicious sandwiches for our enjoyment. Also special thanks to John Gray and Paul Frinde who graciously agreed to be installing officers. It was a team effort and we should follow this example in all our doings with everyone helping to accomplish the task at hand.
The task at hand right now is to recruit more masons to join the York Rite. We are ready to perform the circumambulation at any regular masonic lodge to help advertise the York Rite bodies. If your lodge has not arranged to have this done recently, we now have several companions who have learned the work and are ready to perform. Check with your WM to set a time for us to come out and visit your blue lodge and give a short demonstration of the York Rite ritual. It is the best recruiting tool we have besides the Commandery Knights providing honors when installing the Worshipful Master in various lodges when requested. Several of those will have occurred by the time you read this but start planning for next year.
I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to thank the companions for putting their trust in me by electing me the Illustrious Master of Orlando Council No. 5. I will try to live up to the job that my predecessors did before me. They have set the bar high as it should be and I will do my best to maintain that level of accomplishment.

Fraternally; William J. Miller
Illustrious Master
(407) 331-8692

Olivet Commandery No 4

Knights Templar
Ervin Janssen, Eminent Commander

Sir Knights,

As we start a new year it is a great time to start with our hearts! When we request of Our Creator the wonderful prayer; "Create in me a clean heart Oh God an renew a right spirit with me ... restore in me the joy of Thy Salvation ....!" We are starting fresh, not hard in our ways, open for all of life to show us the joys of a new days and new beginnings. 
Being a member of the York Rite these past 5 years I have enjoyed the "Musical Chairs" as we shift higher in the Leadership roles. May the music never stop as we gain new members and our veterans continue to make awesome contributions.
I am reminded of St. Paul as he was called in the "Damascus Road Experience" to follow Jesus Christ.  He stepped out of the line that would have eventually made him the High Priest. In Philippians he tells us he has given up all things as "The Real Prize" is "A Relationship with God and Eternal Life through Christ Jesus".
We are here by the "Grace of God"  Isaiah 64:8 The "dust of the earth" made in the image of God given a Spirit, Heart and Soul able to love each other and have a "Most Meaningful Relationship with God" through Jesus Christ His Eternal Son. 
Our choices in life are "A Gift From God" and we read in Deuteronomy  30:19 & 20 That there is always a right and a wrong an as we choose we determine our destiny as well as that of our children.
St Paul writes in Romans 7:21 about "the war" that goes on within us as we make choices and thanks be to Jesus Christ that the right choices can prevail.
May you each find a quiet place and time with The Lord!

With Fraternal Love!
Sir Knight Ervin Janssen
Eminent Commander
(407) 702-5702

Casting Call

Companions, Eureka Chapter No. 7, Royal Arch Masons in Orlando, FL will be putting on the Chapter Degrees 'a meeting at a time'. We have a lot of the parts covered but are in need of someone to take on the role of Principal Sojourner for the Royal Arch Degree. This is a big part and will be a challenge. There are only a couple of companions that have been doing it and both are aging and in-firmed and need someone to pick up the torch. Please respond to if you are interested. Thank you! Craig Frazier Excellent High Priest Eureka Chapter No.7, Royal Arch Masons

Congratulations to our 2017 Officers

On Thursday, January 12th at 7 PM, Orlando York Rite Bodies installed their officers for the ensuing year. We want to give special thanks to our installing team: Paul Frinde, John Gray and Edward Smallwood. We were also graced with the presence of our District Deputy Grand Master of the Proud 17th Masonic District of Florida, R.W:. Willie B from Tennessee! Special thanks also go out to our photographer, Rhea Smallwood and to Heidi Janssen and Bill Miller who provided the refreshments. We filled all of our chairs for the first time in a few years and we filled those chairs with mostly non past presiding officers! We have new members getting involved and long time members who haven't been coming getting involved again. 2017 will be a paramount year for the revitalization of this York Rite.


Excellent High Priest: C. Craig Frazier, King: Ervin Janssen, Scribe: Joseph Crumb, Treasurer: Michael Hatcher, Secretary: Erik B. Andersen, Capt. Of the Host: Wendell Tommimbang, Princ. Sojourner: G. Frank Woods, Chaplain: Jimmy Dickensen, Royal Arch Captain: Francisco Lopez, Master 3rd veil: Barton Patria, Master 2nd Veil: Michael Kilgore, Master 1st Veil: Jerry Clark, Sentinel: Scott Penvose


Illustrious Master: William J. Miller, Deputy Master: Nelson Bonet, Princ. Cond. Of Work: Ervin Janssen, Treasurer: Michael Hatcher, Recorder: Erik B. Andersen, Capt. Of the Guard: Wendell Tommimbang, Cond. Of the Council: Joseph Crumb, Steward: Francisco Lopez, Chaplain: G. Frank Woods, Sentinel: Barton Patria


Eminent Commander: Ervin Janssen, Generalissimo: Nelson Bonet, Captain General: Craig Frazier, Treasurer: Michael Hatcher, Recorder: Erik B. Andersen, Prelate: Jimmy Dickensen, Senior Warden: G. Frank Woods, Junior Warden: Wendell Tommimbang, Standard Bearer: William Miller, PEC, Sword Bearer: Edward Smallwood, PEC, Warder: Joseph Crumb, Sentinel: Barton Patria,