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

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.

Respect
Sir Knight Eric Klienbach

The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is gone

Grand York Rite Convention – Hotel Reservation

Companions & Sir Knights,

Again, please let the members of your bodies know that hotel reservations for the Grand Convention must be made BEFORE Friday April, 22, 2016. Attached is the flyer for the convention hotel and reservations can be made at the phone number listed on the flyer.

The MEGHP has informed me that he has already made his reservations and will arrive on Friday May, 20, 2016.

Fraternally

L. Edward Villiaume III, KYCH
Grand Sec./Rec.
Grand York Rite Bodies of Florida

Orlando Marriott Lake Mary

D.D.G.C. Official Visit

On our last Commandery conclave we were pleased to receive our District Deputy Grand Commander, E. S.K. Michael Hartman and his entourage.

An excellent pulled pork dinner was offered by S.K. Craig Frazier.

At the end we all joined at the Secretary/Recorder’s desk, R.E. S.K. John Fletcher, Past Grand Commander.

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District 5 York Rite Festival

This fall’s York Rite Festival was a great success!  We had 14 new members receiving the various degrees and orders of the rites.  We had a good turnout with many dignitaries from the various bodies present.

The degrees and orders were performed well even with a few last minute replacements who had a very short time to learn their parts.

The meals provided during the festival were delicious and plentiful, we want to thank Comp. Edgar’s wife, Natasha,  for keeping all of us fed and happy.

We would also like to thank Sanford Lodge / York Rite Bodies for allowing the use of their lodge to host the festival due to scheduling conflicts at or home lodge.

Year after year we can see the fellowship of Freemasonry as many Brothers, Companions and Sir Knights from different Lodges, Chapters, Councils and Commanderies come together for these festivals.  It’s a lot of hard work and we appreciate the time and effort that our brothers have dedicated in order to make a good impression on the new members.

If you want to join the Orlando York Rite Bodies, it’s not too late! We will be having another festival in the Spring. Contact us to begin the process.

Comp. Craig Frazier

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