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2017 Annual Grand York Rite Sessions

The tentative schedule for the upcoming Annual Grand York Rite Sessions can be viewed at:  2017-annual-grand-sessions-agenda

 

Arizona Announces 2015 Four Corners Festival

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Companions & Sir Knights please see the following webpage for details on the 2015 Four Corners Festival

 

 

Grand Commandery Communications

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Sir Knight Recorders, Commanders, Generalissimos, and Captains General, linked is information provided for our benefit by Right Eminent Grand Commander T. J. Robertson. Please review these data and govern yourselves accordingly.

 

Chuck Warren, Sr.
Charles E. Warren, Sr., KCT
Grand Secretary/Recorder
Grand York Rite of Utah

 

 

Grand Commander’s Circular No. 2

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To all Knights Templar Owing Allegiance to the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Utah: To be read at the foot of the lines at the first Stated Conclave following receipt.

 

Social Media- I understand you are all tired of hearing about the social media issues in this Jurisdiction, but bad manners on Social Media outlets continue to plague the Masonic Fraternity as well all Masonic related organizations.

The use of the many types of social media like Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. can be a double-edged sword. It can be a good communication tool, but it can also be a detriment. You have identified yourself as a mason and Sir Knight to the world through these social media outlets. Now you must promote the highest standards of morality and integrity. Posting a comment related to the Fraternity and then posting a negative comment about social or political views can easily be misunderstood that your views are representative of Masons or Masonry. Politics are not discussed in lodge, neither should your views be posted in a place where it can make another mason or Sir Knight feel uncomfortable, or pass on to the public that these views are the accepted views of the fraternity.

A Mason and Sir Knight should never use Social Media to obtain any personal advantage. Also, you should not use Social Media to contact other Grand Jurisdictions unless you are a member or representative of that Jurisdiction. Remember all communication from Jurisdiction to Jurisdiction is, by Masonic protocol, conducted by and between Grand or Jurisdictional offices. With the use of the internet, it is almost as if our asylums are open to the public. Post the Sentinel and instruct him to guard the Asylum with Dignity and Respect.

Courteously, Attest:

TJ Robertson, KTCH, KYCH

Grand Commander

 

Charles E Warren Sr., KCT, KYCH

Grand Recorder

Grand Commander Circular No. 1

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To all Knights Templar Owing Allegiance to the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Utah: To be read at the foot of the lines at the first Stated Conclave following receipt.

 

GRAND COMMANDERS OBJECTIVES 2015-2016:

Visitations – The visitations for the Grand York Rite of Utah are changing this year. The Grand York Rite will be making “Social” visits to each of the constituent bodies in the State. These replace the joint visitations. These may be held separately or combined. They will be on a “Casual” scale and will include some type of social function, such as a barbeque, dinner or other type of social gathering. We will also be holding some round-table discussions as well as some officer training at these “Socials.” I will then be visiting each Constituent Commandery on a Stated Conclave and making my “Official Visitation.”

 

Communication – The successful operations of our Commanderies depend upon making sure our Sir Knights are well informed of our upcoming activities. It is of the utmost importance that the Sir Knights are well informed in advance so they can plan accordingly. This is very important, especially where many travel long distances in this jurisdiction to attend functions. Almost everyone has email. Use it. If they don’t, make sure they are notified by a card or a telephone call. The Grand Commandery has a website that can be used, and also some Constituent Commanderies have their own websites. This information can be sent to The Grand Recorder to post on the Utah Grand York Rite Website. Again, all information listed on websites needs to be kept up to date. Officer’s lists need to be updated promptly when there is any changes as well as any events scheduled, or old events removed. Along with normal communication within the Constituent Commanderies, I also task each Constituent Commander, and Recorder to report At A Minimum, once each month to the Grand Commander, and Grand Recorder any events, Orders, or social functions, as well as a report of the previous months completed events.

 

Membership – The Grand Encampment has the motto of; “Every Christian Mason Should Be A Knight Templar”. It is our duty to insure the continued success of Templar Masonry and each of us needs to take the steps to preserve our organization whose prime mission is the “Support and Defense of the Christian Religion” which we all vowed to in the “Order of the Temple.”

 

Uniform – The uniform instills pride in all of us, but it must be worn properly. The Uniform Code is posted on the Utah Grand York Rite Website under Resources. Become familiar with it, and make sure your new members are instructed in the proper wearing of the Knights Templar Uniform. In this small jurisdiction we don’t have inspections, so the Constituent Commanderies need to take this on themselves. The Grand Commandery will assist you as needed. In this jurisdiction, only four medals are authorized to be worn on the uniform coat at any one time, and one must be the Order of Malta Jewel. The only authorized medals described to be worn on the Knights Templar Uniform of the State of Utah consists of the following as of May 1990. Worn on top of left breast pocket from wearers left to right are:

  1. Order of Malta Jewel
  2. Past Commander Association or Past Prior of PCA.
  3. Past Eminent Commander Jewel
  4. Jewel of Office Constituent Commandery
  5. Jewel of Office Grand Commandery
  6. Past Grand Commander Jewel
  7. Knight Templar Cross of Honor Jewel

As a note, the Red Cross Jewel is not authorized to be worn in this jurisdiction. Also the Order of Malta Jewel is meant to be worn on the uniform. If it is desired to be worn on a suit coat, there are different pins available from various vendors that can help show your pride in the Commandery. The Knight Templar Cross of Honor Award may be worn suspended from a red ribbon around the neck with the award jewel resting upon the tie. The Knight Commander of the Temple Award may be worn in a similar manner suspended from a purple ribbon. Section 257 Grand Encampment Code gives permission for other jewels also. Surmounting the medals may be worn the Meritorious Service pin, and the Veteran’s Service pin. Above this may be worn the “Utah” badge, in gold. On the right side of the uniform opposite the medals is worn the name badge. Other than that, the right side is reserved for Grand Encampment. It has also been noted that some officers are wearing the improper shoulder straps and sleeve crosses. The Templar Cross is reserved to be worn only by Grand Commandery Officers in Red, and Past Grand Commanders in Purple. Past Grand Commandery Officers are not authorized to continue wearing the Templar Cross, unless they are a Past Elected Officer.

 

Instruction – During each Official Grand Commander’s Visitation this year, some of The Grand Commandery officers will demonstrate the proper ways of giving salutes, commands, handling of the sword, etc. These are also in the “Manual of Knights Templar Tactics and Asylum Ceremonies of the Grand Encampment of the United States of America”, which was adopted at our 2014 Annual Sessions. Each Commandery should purchase these and have them available for their members. Also each Commandery needs to hold schools of instruction, not only to get everyone executing the proper commands and tactics, but to aid in the training of the new Sir Knights.

 

Courteously,

 

TJ Robertson, KTCH, KYCH

Grand Commander

 

 

Attest:

Charles E Warren Sr., KCT, KYCH

Grand Recorder

 

General Order #3

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To all Knights Templar Owing Allegiance to the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Utah:

To be read at the foot of the lines at the first Stated Conclave following receipt.

 

Whereas it is prudent to continue with previous Grand Commanders decisions and Orders, when found to be in the best interest of Templary, it is my order for the following:

106th ANNUAL CONCLAVE

The 106th Annual Conclave of the Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Utah will be held in Salt Lake City, UT on May 12 – 14, 2016. These Sessions will be held in conjunction with the Grand

Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Utah and the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Utah. Each Commander, Generalissimo, and Captain General are required to be in attendance unless requests

are made to The Grand Commander.

 

Respectfully Ordered:

TJ Robertson, KTCH, KYCH

 

Attest:

Charles E Warren Sr., KCT, KYCH

Grand Commander Grand Recorder

General Order # 2

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To all Knights Templar Owing Allegiance to the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Utah:

To be read at the foot of the lines at the first Stated Conclave following receipt.

 

Whereas it is prudent to continue with previous Grand Commanders decisions and Orders, when found

to be in the best interest of Templary, it is my order for the following:

 

STANDING DISPENSATIONS:

Dispensation is hereby granted to all Constituent Commanderies to visit a Lodge in Templar uniform (without sword and chapeau) and to form an Honor Guard in full Templar uniform for the public installation of Officers of any Masonic or Masonic affiliated body.

Dispensation is also granted for all Constituent Commanderies of this Grand Jurisdiction, to wear their uniform in support of patriotic and civic activities. Summer Uniforms will be allowed for all

parades and all functions where the Dress Uniforms are not called for, beginning from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year.

These Standing Dispensations expire at the installation of the successive Grand Commander of Knights Templar of The State of Utah.

 

Respectfully Ordered:

TJ Robertson, KTCH, KYCH

 

Attest:

 

Charles E Warren Sr., KCT, KYCH

Grand Commander Grand Recorder

General Order # 1

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May 15, 2015

 

To all Knights Templar Owing Allegiance to the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Utah:

To be read at the foot of the lines at the first Stated Conclave following receipt.

 

Whereas it is prudent to continue with previous Grand Commanders decisions and Orders, when found

to be in the best interest of Templary, it is my order for the following:

Christmas Observance……………………………………………………………….December 25, 2015

Easter Sunday…………………………………………………………………………….March 27, 2016

 

Every constituent Commandery is required to observe the above two services, or, in the alternative, by attending church as a Commandery. If the above dates are not practical for your  Commandery, alternate dates may be used.

 

Respectfully Ordered:

TJ Robertson, KTCH, KYCH

 

Attest:

Charles E Warren Sr., KCT, KYCH

Grand Commander Grand Recorder

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