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,

York Rite Legend – January 2017

Orlando York Rite Bodies Legend

January, 2017

Eureka Chapter No 7

Royal Arch Masons
C. Craig Frazier, Excellent High Priest

Greetings Companions,

I am deeply honored to have been elected to the office of High Priest of Eureka Chapter No. 7. Royal Arch Masons. I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity to serve my companions in this role. With the support of the elected and appointed Officers, it is my goal to breathe new life into our York Rite and to keep the business meetings structured, organized, and meaningful while attempting to be expeditious.
This year we will be revisiting different portions of the ritual that were key points of interest during our initiations, so that we may all benefit from the knowledge of that which was lost. It is my hope that this will be interesting to both the new as well as the seasoned companions. I also hope this will bolster meeting attendance and ignite a revitalization in our membership.
We will also be planning some events both curricular and extracurricular in the hopes of strengthening the bond of fellowship amongst our members. We see a lot of new faces with each festival but rarely see them again. It is my hope that together we can provide the atmosphere and knowledge of the rites that the initiates are so hungry for.

Sincerely & Fraternally,
Companion C. Craig Frazier
Excellent High Priest - Elect
Eureka Chapter No 7 Royal Arch Masons

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


2017 is upon us and with it a new year.  I started 2016 as EC of the Commandery and in the first legend I asked for a new commitment to increasing our membership.  I again take up that torch to preach about our need for new members, not only in the Council but in all three bodies of the Orlando York Rite.  I believe that if we can all recruit one new member each we will double in size.  The Orlando York Rite has a proud tradition of being a strong vibrant fraternity that we can all help restore to a healthy institution of Masonic brotherly love.  Stop for a moment and look at the pictures on the wall outside the sanctuary of the Orlando Commandery back in day.  Wouldn't it be wonderful to see that again as well as a Chapter and Council with a multitude of sideliners.
That was my Christmas wish and was my New Year Resolution as well.  You or I by ourselves cannot accomplish this but as I said, if each member recruits a new member, we double our size quickly and we definitely need some new (young) blood to begin advancement toward the leadership positions.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a joyous New Year.  

Fraternally; William J. Miller
Illustrious Master, - Elect
Orlando Council No 5
Royal and Select Masters

Olivet Commandery No 4

Knights Templar
Ervin Janssen, Eminent Commander

Sir Knights,
Greetings form the East! and Happy New Year!
I am looking forward to serving you, as your Eminent commander this year! I am filled with thankfulness that you have honored me with this position.
I have been a member of the York Rite for five years and have had the pleasure of the friendship and companionship of all who have attend. The degrees and Orders that are the York Rite are some of the greatest piece of literature ever written and as we study and become more familiar with the teachings our lives are abundantly enriched. I am thankful for the Commanders and Officers that have gone before me as they have been excellent examples. Knowing many of our members I know I can rely on you for guidance and council and therefore feel confident in assuming this roll. I will make it my priority to make our conclaves interesting, fun, short and always lifting up the name of Our Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I want to say a word about two Sir Knights who have gone ahead to be with Our Lord Jesus. John B. Fletcher Jr. and Richard I. Fox. These two men were great friends, mentors and teachers to me. They have shown all of us what it is like to leave a legacy. May Each Of You Be Tremendously Blessed In This New Year.

Sir Knight Ervin Janssen
Eminent Commander—elect
Olivet Commandery # 4
Knight’s Templar

Triangle Commandery No.38 Christmas Observance & Installation

Knights Templar LogoHello companion, just wanted to share with you that I am the new commander elect for Triangle Commandery no. 38 and would like to invite you and your fellow companions to both are Christmas Observance December 16th and our Installation of Officers January 13th.

Sir Knight Eric Klienbach

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