Call for Honor Guard at Lodge Installations

Erik AndersenOlivet Commandery

Sir Knights

This year we have only 3 Worshipful Masters Elect from the Lodges in the 17th District requesting York Rite Honors.  All Sir Knights who have uniforms are requested to participate if possible.

This gives us great visibility in the District to all the non- York Rite Brothers.  The installations we have be requested for are:

  1. St. Cloud 221  Sat. Jan 3rd at 4:00PM.  There will be a reception and meal after the installation.  S. K. Wendell Tomimbang one of our newest Sir Knights will be installed as Worshipful Master and has requested York Rite Honors.
  2. South Seminole Lodge 364:  Sat Jan 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM.  Breakfast will be served at 8:00AM before the installation.
  3. Memorial Lodge 17  Sat Feb 2, 2015.  S.K. Frank Woods will be installed as Worshipful Master of Memorial Lodge this year and has requested York Rite Honors.  This installation will be held immediately after Masters and Wardens meeting (Approx 10:00AM)  at Winter Garden Lodge 165.

If you have any questions call, text or e-mail me.

We like to see 6 to 7 S.K.s to look good.  The more the better.  I hope to see you there.

S.K. Erik Andersen, KYCH

Knights Templar Christmas Observance

Olivet Commandery

We had an excellent evening with more than 100 guests at our Olivet Commandery Christmas Observance.

The Ladies of the Order of Amaranth prepared us a delicious a turkey/ham dinner.

Brother Dennis Ickes delivered the Christmas Message.

S.K. Erik Andersen and S.K. David Colvin filled our ears with great music.

Many authorities present, like:

  • R.E.S.K. Robert E. Burleson, Past Southeastern Department Commander
  • R.E.S.K. Paul Friend, Grand Commander of Knights Templar of Florida
  • E.S.K. James Hawkins, District Deputy Grand Commander
  • E.S.K. Harry V. Eisenberg, District Leader
  • M.W. James W. Ford, Grand Master of Florida Masons
  • M.W. William J. Thomas, Grand Master of New York Masons
  • R.W. Johnny Brock, District Deputy Grand Master
  • R.W. Michael McCool, Grand Marshall
  • R.W. Steve Boring, Deputy Grand Master
  • M.W. Dale G0ehrig, Sovereign Grand Inspector General Scottish Rite Southern Jurisdiction
  • R.W. Chet King, Personal Representative to the Sovereign Grand Inspector General Scottish Rite

Also present many members of Taylor Commandery from Sanford.

Here are some pictures:

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Olivet Commandery Christmas Observance

Olivet Commandery

Olivet Commandery No. 4 will have its Christmas Obesrvance on December 18th, 2014 at

Eola Lodge 207
3200 E. Grant Street

5:30 pm – Reception
6:30 pm – Dinner
7:30 pm – Program

Special Guests:

  • M.W. James W. Ford, Grand Master of Masons of Florida
  • M.W. William J. Thomas, Grand Master of Masons of New York

It is an open celebration, bring your relatives and friends.

Download the PDF here.


Grand Illustrious Master Official Visit

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Last Orlando Council Assembly on November 13th we had the official visit of Most Illustrious H.Warren Almand, Grand Illustrious Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Florida.

We had an excellent meal provided by our Companion Michael Rudd and his lovely wife.

The Grand Illustrious Master talked about the proposed legislation for the next Grand Council Assembly and talked about the current financial situation of the grand bodies.


M.I.G.M. H Warren Almand Official Visit


Official visit for James W. Ford Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons of Florida

Erik AndersenCompanions and Sir Knights

A quick flash to let everyone what events and coming up.  Tomorrow evening, Friday Oct. 31  (Halloween) is also the official visit for James W. Ford Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons of Florida in the 16th masonic district.  This will take place at the First Baptist Church, 725 N. Woodland Blvd, Deland

(SR. 17-92 just north of Stetson University).  Registration is at 5:30PM, Supper at 6:30 PM and the meeting will be at 7:30PM.  Taylor Commandery is presenting Colors and has asked Olivet Commandery for help.  They helped us out at ours with 5 or 6 SK,s.  It would be nice to return the favor.  Anyone wanting to car pool, call text or email me and we will set it up.  We need to be there by 6:PM.  Dinner is FREE   FREE   FREE  and you don’t have to stay for the meeting if you don’t want to.

Next event coming up…..  every year the Chapter is required to have a public religious observance day.  The idea is to go out into the community, to one of the local churches or parishes as a unit and attend their service and worship with the congregation.  This is to demonstrate faith as Christians and let the people see that we worship as they do.  This year we will be attending services at the Hyland Baptist Church on 47oo Silver Star Road, Orlando, FL.  The Pastor is Brother Dennis Ickes Chaplin from Mokanna Lodge. Many of you know Brother Dennis and know how well he serves our fraternity whenever anyone is sick, in the hospital or just needs some help or someone to talk to.    We will be attending services there on Sunday November 9th at 11:00 AM.  Come worship with us.

Lastly, I want to remind everyone of our Christmas Celebration presented by Olivet Commandery.  EM Ed Smallwood  did a terrific job organizing this event last year and is working just as hard on this years to make it an even better event.  It is on the 18th of December at 6:30.  There is no cost for the dinner (although donations are always gladly accepted).  Afterwards there will be a short religious service , caroling , the Traditional Toasts by the Sir Knights of the Commandry and lots of good Christmas cheer and fraternizing.  Everyone is invited to come, wives, kids friends relatives and yes even your enemy’s.  This is a special time of the year and a great time to join together in friendship and to celebrate the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ.

This bulletin has been requested and endorsed by none other than your High Priest, Companion Ed Smallwood, your Illustrious Master, Companion Theodore Hammond, and your Eminent Commander, Sir Knight Ed Smallwood.

Thank You and I look forward to seeing you at these events.

Erik B. Andersen KYCH, PEHP,PIM,PEC
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