R.E. John B. Fletcher, Jr. Passes

Companions and Sir Knights

It is with great sorrow that I inform you that Sir Knight John B. Fletcher Jr. passed on to the Great Architect last evening, April 25th, 2016, around 5PM. Brother John was an active Mason and will be greatly missed by all. John was a Past Grand Commander of Florida and the secretary of the Orlando York Rite Bodies for 35 years. His tenacity and wisdom were, and will continue to be the pillars of the Orlando York Rite. At this time, there are no arrangements.

Olivet Commandery No. 4 Knights Winter Garden Brothers

At last weekend’s York Rite Festival, two brothers from Winter Garden Lodge No. 165 were knighted into our magnanimous order. The Orlando York Rite bodies, having a completely new line of officers from the secretary down are seeing a flux in new interest and younger membership.  If you are a member and haven’t been in a while for whatever reason, you should come out and see the changes and progress we are making.  We need and welcome your support!



L-R: SK Bart Patria, Sentinel, SK Jerry Clark, SK Mike Kilgore and SK Dan Kuhl, Swordbearer


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

Holy Land Pilgrimage Program

Holy Land Pilgrimage Donation Check

Eminent Commander S.K. Edward Smallwood presented a check of $1,000 to S.K. Companion Harry V. Eisenberg, District Leader, for the Olivet Commandery No.4 donation to the Holy Land Pilgrimage Program.

Orlando York Rite Bodies Installations

Sir Knights,
It is a honor and a privilege to be elected Eminent Commander of Olivet Commandery No.4 for 2013. I would like to thank to all of you, and welcome the elected and appointed officers. We have a couple of positions to be covered and        we will be able to use the newer Brothers as we need it.
We had a great Christmas Observance Party on December 20th.
Sir Knight  David Aponte, Right Eminent Past Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of  Knights Templar of Florida. offered Christmas toast  to  Sir Knight David Dixon Goodwin, Most Eminent Grand Master of the Grand Encampment of the U.S.A., and  the Benediction  delivered  by Sir Knight, Rev. Jerry Elmore .
Our thanks to all Sir Knights, Ladies and visitors presents in our Commandery who made our Christmas Observance a success.
According to Eminent SK Harry V. Eisenberg, Deputy Inspector General and District Instructor,  our Commandery will be conferring the York Rite Order of Red Cross, Order of Malta and Order of the Temple on March 23, 2013 at Eola Lodge 207.  Breakfast at 7am, and Degree Work  starting at 8am.
Leibnitz P. Soares,  Eminent Commander

Here are some photos from the York Rite Bodies Installation of Officers for 2013:

Eureka Chapter Installation 2013

Eureka Chapter No. 7

Orlando Council Install 2013

Orlando Council No. 5

Olivet Commandery Install 2013

Olivet Commandery No. 4