Monroe Chapter 15 News

Companions of Monroe Chapter 15,
We have had two meetings for 2016, the installation and our March assemblage. I am going to try to send out reminders before each meeting to include discussion topics if they are known. The plan is to have Chapter education at every meeting, come and learn.
Things that happened at our March meeting:
A bylaws change was presented to change our meeting time to “The second Tuesday of odd numbered months at 7:30PM“. We will vote this change at our May communication, please plan on attending.
Our Religious Affermation Ceremony is scheduled for May 15, 2016 at LifeWay in Sanford. Please put it on your schedule to attend, you can bring your family too.
We are scheduling our Opening and Closing Competition for our September 13, 2016 meeting. Hopefully by then we can do it without the books.
In closing Companions, thanks for your kind assistance to your High Priest. For those of you who wish not to be on my email list, please let me know. If you would like to present some Chapter or Masonic education, tell me and I put you on the schedule.
Thanks again Companions,
See you in Lodge,
Yours in brotherly love,
Sam Loper

2016 Chapter School of Instruction

The District Instructor of the 5th District of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Florida….Excellent Companion Edgar Ortiz will hold a district wide “School of Instruction” on 27 February at Sanford Masonic Lodge starting at 8am.

Some topics to be reviewed are:
– the proper opening and closing of the Chapter
– floorwork
– correct signs and words

This training will be invaluable to new Companions, new officers and extremely helpful to those Companions who may need a gentle reminder.

So come out and support YOUR Chapter by being an educated Companion.

2014 York Rite Spring Festival Culmination

Last Saturday, March 29th, the Commandery Degree: The Order of the Temple was conferred by Olivet Commandery No.4, with assistance from Taylor Commandery No.28, at Eola Masonic Temple No.207.

The event was well attended and the Degree was put on beautifully.

A Big Congratulations and Welcome to our newly dubbed Sir Knights:

Michael G. Hindley
Thomas Boldon
Richard H. Cerezo, Sr.
Davide D. Colvin
Frederick B. Delarosa
Richard S. Gonzalez, Sr.
William E. Neary III
Gaston A. Texier

Thank you to all the Sir Knights who attended and made this Degree very memorable for the new Sir Knights.

NEW knights

Holy Land Experience

Companion Sir Knights,

As we start thinking about the summer, I need for you to mark your calendar and plan to attend our Taylor Commandery pilgrimage to the Holy Land Experience.  By your vote, we agreed that we will make this trip on Thursday, 12 September 2013 so that we can take advantage of the group senior citizen rate.  This means that we need a minimum of ten participants of age 65 or older.  The trip is open to all Sir Knights; our families, (to include our ladies, our children, and grandchildren); our Brother Masons who are not in the York Rite, and any other friends and relatives we may wish to invite.  The park is open from 10 AM to 5 PM that day.  We will plan to meet up in Sanford at 9 AM so we can arrive at the park for the 10 AM opening.  Plan to spend the entire day because one of the requirements for receiving the discounted rate is that we all attend the Passion Play at 4 PM.

The cost for the event is $25 for adults 19 and, $10 for youth ages 6 to 18, and $7 for children ages 3 to 5. Children 4 and under are free.  It is recommended that each of the attendees purchase the $10 box lunch with their ticket.  To get this rate, I must purchase all the tickets in a single transaction at least 30 days in advance.  For this reason, the Recorder will need your reservation commitment and money not later than our 23 July conclave (read that “meeting” for those of you who forgot that the Commandery has “conclaves” in the “asylum,” not “meetings” in the “lodgeroom”).

As homework in preparation for our trip, I encourage all of you to read the book: “Born in Blood” by Robinson. It will give you new insights when you visit the exhibit on the history of the Bible and how it first became available to the average man.


Henry I. Jehan, Jr.

Eminent Commander

Most Illustrious Grand Master, Dayle L. Schrock Visits Sanford Council

Dayle Visits Sanford Council

Front Row: Companion Patrick X. Velasquez P.I.M, DDGC, Companion Henry Jehan P.I.M.,Companion John M. Bowers III I.M., DDGHP, Companion Dayle L. Schrock M.I.G.M., Companion David Hendrick C.G., Companion Al Keeth P.I.M., K.Y.C.H.

Back Row: Companion Jim Hawkins P.I.M, P.D.D.G.H.P, K.Y.C.H, Companion Edgar Ortiz P.I.M, Companion Tommy Turlington P.I.M., DDGM 16th Masonic District, Companion J. Michael Hartman P.I.M, P.D.D.G.M, P.D.D.G.H.P, P.D.I. of the Council, K.Y.C.H

Congratulations to three of our own!!!!

At the Florida Grand York Rite Convention the following Brothers and Sir Knights were Appointed to serve in their Respective Bodies:

John M. Bowers III, District Deputy Grand High Priest for District 5 for the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Florida.

Patrick X. Velasquez,  District Deputy Grand Commander for District 5 for the Grand Commandery, Knights Templar of Florida.

John Michael Hartman, District Instructor for District 5 for the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Florida.

I am sure they will all do Sanford York Rite Proud!!!