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 http://flgyr.org/rara/ 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
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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
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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
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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

Companions,

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.

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