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Happy New Year. I hope you all had an enjoyable Holiday Season. And I wish you a joyous and Prosperous New Year.
The start of the New Year means the start of the Inspection Season. Sir Knights, Findlay Commandery will be inspected in the Order of the Temple this year. We have a new candidate who is excited to be a knight. We also have the privilege of having the Right Eminent Grand Commander, Terry Wymer, visiting our Commandery. Please, Sir Knights, help support your Commandery and attend our Inspection on January 27th. I do plan to shake things up this year. We will start at 3pm with the Full Form Opening then move into the Order of the Temple and finish the day with the Banquet around 5:30pm. As always, we need sir knights to help from the lines. Please, Sir Knights, come out and support your Commandery and meet the REGC. I am planning to keep the momentum rolling with the Full Form Red Cross and Malta, which we will walk through in the coming months. Stay Tuned.
Practice dates for the Inspection will be announced at our regular meetings so please attend.
The 1st division inspections are:
Findlay January 27th 3pm
Lima Shawnee Februaray 3rd 2pm
Defiance February 17th 3pm
Bryan March 17th 3pm
Van Wert March 24th 2pm
Our meetings are the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month with a carry-in dinner on the first meeting of each month. Please, Sir Knights support your Commandery and attend when you can. WE need you.
Deputy Division Commander
As hard as it may seem, summer is over and your Commandery is ready to start another year.
The drill team has been practicing every Monday evening during the summer in preparation for the drill competition at Grand Commandery October 7th. I’d like to see a good turnout of Findlay Sir Knights at the Grand Session on October 6th.
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Sir Knights, as I mentioned in the summer news, your Commandery meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday, with a family potluck dinner before the 1st meeting starting at 6:30pm. The meetings start at 7:30pm. All Sir Knights are encouraged to attend each and every meeting. Only the officers are required to wear their uniforms at the 2nd monthly meeting.
Some dates to remember for October thru December:
• Meeting Dates: Oct 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 22, (Also Thanksgiving Eve), Dec. 13, Dec. 27
• Grand Commandery October 6-7
• December 2 Reception for the Rt. Eminent Grand Commander Terry Wymer
• Practice dates for the Inspection January 27, 2018 will be announced later
Sir Knights, the inspection is Saturday, January 27, 2018. Please keep this date available and try to attend your inspection (with or without a uniform)
Our inspection will be full form Order of the Temple. With the permission of the next Grand Commander we will make some changes to the inspection day. 1st we will be starting at 2pm with the Full Form opening, then move on to Order of the Temple, which will be followed by the Banquet. As I mentioned in a previous newsletter our Inspecting officer for January 27 will be Grand Master of the Grand Encampment.
I look forward to a good Commandery year, we have several new Knights in the officers line, and on a personal note, At the grand Commandery session (if all goes as planned) I will be installed as the next Deputy Division Commander for the 1st Division. This next year will be challenging but enjoyable with your help and support.
IN HOC SIGNO VINCES; By this sign thou shalt conquer. By remembering this Motto we will conguer and have a great year. Please support your commandery this year. “WE NEED YOU “
Your fifth time Eminent Commander
Please, someone tell me that 5 is a magical number. And that my fifth time as Eminent Commander, for Findlay Commandery #49 will be magical. (please)
I want to thank the officers that are taking positions for this next year. We have five Sir Knights serving in the lines, who are not Past Commanders, (YEAH) Anyone who is interested in joining the Commandery line or know of someone who would like to become a member, please contact me.
Remember: Every Christian Mason should be a Knights Templar
Summer is upon us and though we may go dark for the summer we will not sit idle. Our State Ranked drill team will be practicing again this summer on the parking lot Monday Nights 6:30pm. We are hoping that we have enough sir knights to have a C15 team and a D7. Contact me or Rick Eakin for details.
Look for drill team in the 4th of July Parade. (summer uniform)
Sir Knighs, we will have our picnic with the ladies of the Beauceant, August 21st 5:30pm at the Lodge prior to our drill practice.
The CTA meeting on July 16th will be held at the Harrison Lake State Park in Fayette, Ohio (4pm picnic 5pm meeting). All sir knights are invited to attend. Call me or sir knight Tom DeFrieze if wishing to attend.
September we will begin the new Commandery year September 13th is the first meeting, Pot luck dinner with our ladies at 6:30pm meeting at 7:30pm. Please attend.
Sir Knights, we had a very good inspection last year in the Full Form Order of Malta. I do not plan to take on such a task this year. Inspection will be Order of Temple with a few twists. Also a teaser, our Inspector is somewhat of a celebrity. Please attend and see who this could be.
Have a great summer. IN HOC SIGNO VINCES “IN THIS WE WILL CONQUER”
HAPPY EASTER HE is a risen, and Alive for you and me!!!
By the time you read this our inspection in the Full Form Order of Melta will have taken place on April 1st and been a Great Success. I am sure that brother Miles Rudder was impressed by the Order. Thank you to all Knights that helped make this a memorable experience for our Candidate.
The Templar year is quickly coming to a close, but there are still several dates of interest:
April 12th Easter Observance-Valley of Toledo Maundy Service, Fostoria Lodge 7pm
April 26th Practice Order of the Temple Dinner before at 6:30pm
May 10th Order of the Temple for our Malta Candidate. Dinner before at 6:30pm
May 13th York Rite Festival 8am start Commandery at 10:30am
May 20th CTA meeting 5pm Van Wert
May 24th Elections for the 2017-2018 Commandery year.
June 21st Installation of Officers
Sir Knights, we did not have a fund raising project this year and this is something we need to do. We may have a summer fish fry, details TBA.
Drill team practice will be starting again soon on Mondy nights 6:30pm-8pm. We will be working on a new Grand Encampment drill. Please join us on Monday nights starting in June.
Sir Knights it has been my pleasure to serve as your Commander. I would like to say thank you for allowing me to serve as Emminent Commander again for this great Commandery.
“Every Christian Mason should be A Knight Templar”
Greetings Sir Knights, Happy New Year.
I hope you all had an enjoyable Holiday season. And I wish you a Joyous New Year.
The start of the New Year means the start of the Inspection season.
As many of you know hopefully by reading the newsletters, our Inspection this year will be in the Full Form Malta. For those of us that have never seen this order, please plan to attend our inspection April 1. (No joke). This order is very impressive in the full form and requires many knights to be able to do it properly. Please plan to join us April first; we will start the degree work at 3pm and have the dinner at 5:30pm. The required full form Commandery opening will not happen on the inspection day, but at our March 8th meeting. We can use your help for that day also, as we always need sir knights to form the lines.
Practice dates for the Inspection will be announced at our regular meetings, so please attend.
The 1st division inspections are:
Van Wert January 28th 2pm
Lima Shawnee February 4th 3pm
Defiance February 18th 3pm
Bryan March 18th 3pm
Our meetings are the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month with a carry in dinner on the first meeting.
Please Sir Knights help support your Commandery and attend when you can WE need you.
Greetings Sir Knights,
As hard as it may seem, summer is over and your Commandery is ready to start another year.
The drill team has been practicing every Monday during the summer in preparation for the drill competition at Grand Commandery October 7-8th. I’d like to see a good turnout of Findlay Sir Knights at the Grand session on October 7th.
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Sir Knights, as I mentioned in the summer news, your Commandery meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday, with a
Family potluck dinner before the 1st meeting starting at 6:30pm. The meetings start at 7:30pm. All Sir Knights are encouraged to attend each and every meeting. Only the officers are required to wear their uniforms at the 2nd monthly meeting.
Some dates to remember for October thru December.
Meeeting dates: Oct. 12th, Oct. 26th, Nov. 9th, Nov. 23rd, (also Thanksgiving Eve) Dec. 14th, & Dec. 28th.
Practice dates for the Inspection February 11th will be announced later.
Sir Knights, the inspection for Findlay Commandery is Saturday, February 11th. Please keep this date available and try to attend your inspection (with or without uniform).
Our inspection will be in the Full form Order of Malta, which is something that our Commandery, has not done in a very long time. Your help is greatly needed to accomplish this feat. There are several parts and non speaking parts availble. PLEASE, contact me or any of the officers if you are willing to help,
IN HOC SIGNO VINCES; By this sign thou shalt conquer. By remembering this Motto we will conquer and have a great year. Please support your Commandery this year. “WE NEED YOU”.
“Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Thee give the gloty”
“Every Christian Mason should be a Knights Templar”
Your four time Eminent Commander,
Steve E. Roth
Greetings Sir Knights,
Don’t change the channel! Yes it is me Steve Roth serving as your Commander AGAIN.
I want to thank, the officers that are taking positions for the next year. We have four sir knight serving on the lines who are not Past Commanders, (YEAH). Anyone who is interested in joining the commandery line or know of someone who would like to become a member, please contact me.
The officers serving this next year will be part of the 200th year of the Grand Encampment.
Remember: Every Christian Mason should be a Knights Templar.
Summer is upon us and though we may go dark for the summer we will not sit idle. Our State Ranked Drill Team will be practicing again this summer on the parking lot Sunday or Monday nights. Contact me or Rick Eakin for details.
The CTA meeting on July 17th will be held at the Teddy Bear parking in Lima (4pm picnic; 5pm meeting).
In August we are planning a Medieval Dinner on the lawn. Details to follow, Bring your appetite and a costume and join the fun.
September we will begin the new commandery year. September 14th is the first meeting, pot luck dinner with our ladies at 6:30pm and meeting at 7:30pm. Please attend.
A special note for those Sir Knights who are proud members of Ohio Priory #18. Please join us in Lima September 10th as two Past Commanders of Findlay will be inducted.
Sir Knights, I plan to take on the challenge of conferring the full form Order of Malta as our inspection degree February 24th 2017. I am sure that this is something you will not want to miss. There are several non-speaking parts which can be filled by any sir knight. Findlay has not conferred the Full Form Malta in 40 years or more.
Please mark the date on your 2017 calenders now.
Sir Knights, have a great summer, remember your commandery and join us for a good time.
IN HOC SIGNO VINCES
Greetings Sir Knights,
The last time I addressed you, we were preparing for our inspection in the Order of The Red Cross. I am thanking all of you that helped in the portrayal of the order. We got good marks for our Commandery for using all our own members.
RT EM Grand Commander Pugh and PGC Dennis Hughes said there are not too many Commanderies that can do either order without help from other Commanderies. Thanks again Sir Knights. We were praised for the use of the new banners since we could not find either one after nearly 35 years without doing the full form.
We are now going to do our best for next year by tackling the Full Form Order of Malta. This may not need any new banners or robes since we have most every item except the octagonal table. We can still use the plywood top on card tables.
We have not given up the Order of the Temple; we just want to be proficient in all the orders so we can maintain our ability to do all the work of Commandery.
After the Defiance Inspection several weeks ago Ken Crouch had back surgery to remove a cancer growth. He is cancer free at the last report. Then several days after Ken had surgery, Jerry Holzer had a stroke (left side) which put him in St. V’s for several days. Jerry is doing fine now but not moving too fast. He told me that he may have to have a substitute for his upcoming inspections since he has been told to rest and recover by his doctor.
On March 23, 2016, Findlay Commandery will use the Scottish Rite Maundy Service as our “Easter Observance” since the Valley of Toledo has claimed our meeting night, to present the first Maundy service in several years.
Findlay will open at 7:00pm in short form and post colors for the opening of the Maundy Service that night. All Sir Knights should wear their uniforms with sword and chapeau.
I have been asked if we are going to have the annual Pancake and Sausage breakfast, well I’m not sure! I have asked several people if we could have the monthly Saturday in April or May for the Commandery. I have yet to hear about the request.
Dave Roth, Sovereign Master and Em Commander
Findlay Commandery No. 49
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Greetings Sir Knights,
Another year is upon us, and we still have much work to do, If you remember 2015 was a year when our Grand Commander mandated the TEN MAN OPENING, now we are actively practicing The Order of Red Cross. It seems Findlay Commandery is in the minority of Commanderies doing the Order of the Red Cross at the Order of Malta for our inspection. We chose The Order of the Red Cross because I’ve been commander before and we have not performed Full Form in such a long time, that there are very few that even remember the work in the “Full Form”. Our biggest problem has been learning new lines and doing the order in costume rather than in uniform.
Trying to get costumes to match the characters has been a challenge since most are gone, worn out, or never replaced.
The Banners we had for the Full Form Red Cross are missing and we suspect misplaced after an early York Rite Festival. We are making Banners, rather than buying new, since they run about $500.00 each. Our banners should be about $200.00 + each.
Lodge and Commandery Inspections are on January 16 at 10:00am and Commandery at 3:00pm. The meal is at 6:00pm. However our noon meal will be with the officers of Findlay Lodge 227. We will have Wilson hamburgers with covered dishes by our members. We will share food and expenses. Evening meal will be Chicken Cordon Bleu, Yellow beans, Tossed Salad, Red skin potatoes, Butter flake rolls, Assorted pies, coffee, tea, water and milk. It will be family style.
The ladies will have a program in the afternoon and a snack table while we put on the Order of the Red Cross.
Saturday, April 2, 6:30pm will be the Awards Dinner with a speaker. All of the York Rite Representatives should be here to make presentations to all who have achieved 25, 40, 50, 60, 65, and more years as a member of the respective organizations.
May 17, will be the Oren L. Goodman Scholarship and Widows Dinner. One of our own will tell about Oren L. Goodman, and motivational speaker, Bruce Brusky.
May 22, a Sunday, will be the Memorial Service honoring all who have laid down their working tools, to enjoy life everlasting. The service will start at 2:01 pm. All family members and friends are invited. Flowers will go to members of the family with refreshments in the dining room after the message.
Commandery will try to have some special programs before we go dark in June.
We are planning to have our Renaissance Meal with some good food of the times so remain hungry and prepare yourself to wear costumes from the armory. We will have the fattest pig, chickens, and fruit with some special pastries of the time.
David Roth, Sovereign Master and Em Commander
Greeting Sir Knights;
It’s me again, I missed the opportunity of stepping back into the sidelines this Spring. But the train caught me from behind and pushed me back on the track for another year. 2015-16 will be a very busy year. It looks like Findlay will be the first out of the starting blocks again.
The change in the inspection schedule is very different if you have served as Commander before, in one of the other Orders; Order of Red Cross or Order of Malta will be the Inspection Order.
These cannot be performed in short form, but in full form only for the Inspection. If we chose the Order of Malta, then we do the Order of Red Cross in short form, and the reverse if we chose the Order of Red Cross. But we will not be inspected in the Order of the Temple.
This suggestion was given by our DGC as a way to have each Commandery start doing the Long Form of the other two Orders, in lieu of the short form which is being performed during the NWOYR Festival each year. The Long form of each Order is not a snap especially if you have not had a cast for many years. During our last CTA meeting we discussed having a Full Form Opening day in December where each Commandery will do the full form opening using members from other Commanderies to fill out the lines only, as we do at the varies times when we did Full Form Inspections. The Full Form Opening day will start on a Saturday after a light lunch when each Commandery using their own platform officers, and Wardens and second division, along with any Sir Knights to do the lines. The last Commandery can select to do the Full Form opening for the Ladies. The end of the day will conclude with a Christmas Observance, a full meal and a Christmas message by a selected Prelate. If we combine our efforts we can be an example to the Grand Commandery of Ohio, that we are the “First Division in Ohio”. We need every Sir Knight that has a uniform and the spirit to help, show up, and work to make the division great, not for me, but for the spirit of the order.
The first meeting in September, we will make the decision as to which Order we will be inspected. We need every members input and helping in doing either Order. The good thing about the Order of Red Cross and the Order of Malta are done in costume, so the black uniform is not used. If you do not have a uniform don’t worry, because we can give you a costume to wear at no cost.
We need your help this next year in so many ways. We work at the Fair driving golf carts to shuttle people around and work at the tractor pull entry gate on Sunday at the Fair, and we get paid.
We still meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from September through June. Come and be a part of the Best Commander in the First Division.
David J. Roth
EC: Tom DeFrieze