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									           `        The Commander of each Commandery is hereby ordered to read this general Order at the first Conclave following receipt



                                 Grand Commandery, Knights Templar
                                                                     of the

                                                             State of New York




James R. MacConnell                                                                                           13 Parkview Drive

  Grand Commander                                                                                             Bergen, New York 14416

   2010 – 2011                                                                                                ph 585-494-1815

                                                                                                              Jmac13p@aol.com

General Order No. 1

                                                       Templar Plan 2010-2011

To the Grand Line Officers, Past Grand Commanders, and all Sir Knights of the Constituent Commanderies of
the Grand Commandery, Knights Templar, State of New York

Knightly Greetings:

                                                       “Family, Faith, and Fun”

                                                Who you are makes a Difference!



       I am humbled and honored to serve as Grand Commander of this Grand Commandery for the ensuing
year. My Lady Marsha and I pledge to serve this Grand Commandery to the best of our abilities. Our theme is
“Family, Faith, and Fun” and “Who you are makes a Difference!”

The goals we have set for the upcoming year are:

       1. To increase the Pilgrimage Fund by $3000.

       2. To increase the Endowment Fund by $10,000 ($5 per member).

       3. To establish an award for the “OUTSTANDING COMMANDERY of the YEAR”.

       4. To establish an award for the “OUTSTANDING ZONE COMMANDER AWARD.
Why these the goals, and how can YOU help make a difference using Family, Faith, and Fun, you ask?

        Number 1 - By increasing the Pilgrimage Fund by $3000 will enable the Grand Commandery to send a
minister to the Holy Land without dipping into our savings. We have 42 Commanderies across our grand
jurisdiction. If each Commandery held a Christmas Toast, or an Easter Sunrise service or an Ascension Day
service and took up a collection to benefit the Pilgrimage Fund, they would only need to raise $75 per
Commandery to meet this goal. As a side benefit you can ask your ladies and neighbors to participate. It can
be uplifting and a way to recruit your friend to join our ranks. You can plan to have a get-together after the
service. Your Commandery would also earn points for the Outstanding Commandery Award as well. I have
asked the Rev. Mark Isaacs to chair this endeavor. He was last year’s recipient to the Holy Land and is available
as a guest speaker for a program for your Commandery.

        Number 2 - To increase the Endowment Fund by $10,000 ($5 per member), at first this seems like a lot
of money? One way is for the Grand Commanderies to assess their members $500 over time with installment
payments. One thought was maybe we should bring back the collection boxes and collect our loose change
after every meeting and quarterly send in the collection. Another would be to sell Dirks, Hats, Shirts, etc. Bob
Winterhalter has donated a lot of money to the Eye Foundation every year just supplying products that Knight
Templars are looking for. RAM is doing the Zerubbabel Award. We need to be creative in our commanderies to
reach this goal. This year my committee is committed to selling ball caps, shirts with our logos, and light
weight coats as a fund raiser to support the Endowment Fund and Pilgrimage Fund as well as advertising
Knight Templar to the public. We have had several inquiries already as to where they can buy our hats. What a
great tool to attract new members!

        Number 3 - The “OUTSTANDING COMMANDERY of the YEAR” award, what qualities do you think
would define an Outstanding Commandery? Is it opening and closing by reading the tactics? Is it a
Commandery that has no trestle board? Is it a Commandery where the officers meet between meetings and
practice the ritual to become proficient? Is it a Commandery that uses its Officer’s Reference and Training
Manual as a guide on a regular basis? Is it attracting new members, having programs, and supporting Grand
Commandery and Grand Encampment goals? Each Zone Commander will receive a packet at the Grand
Commander’s reception with guidelines and a score sheet for the Recorder of each Commandery to send in so
we can keep track of the progress on a quarterly basis. We will use the Grand Commandery web site
(grandcommanderyktny.org) to keep track of the points on a quarterly basis for the entire State so you can
track your progress as well as seeing how well you are doing in respect of others. We have weighted the points
as to make it fair for all commanderies to win the award.

         Number 4 - The “OUTSTANDING ZONE COMMANDER AWARD” will be judged by the Grand Line. Each
Zone Commander will be rated on leadership, organizational skills, effectiveness in promoting Freemasonry,
the York Rite and Templary in particular and seeing that the commanderies under his direction have quarterly
trestle boards and promoting Grand Commandery and Grand Encampment goals.

Ladies of the Temple

          Marsha and I both feel in order move Templar to the next level, we need to make Templary a way of
life or lifestyle. We need to get our ladies involved and feel part of our great fraternity and let them bring the
rest of the family with them. This year let us make it a Commandery goal to get the ladies more actively
involved to help accomplish our collective goals, while earning points for the “Outstanding Commandery
Award”. Like Pot Luck Suppers, Thanksgiving Feast, Christmas Toast, Valentine Dinner dance, Easter
Celebration, or Ascension Day Service are suggestions to get started.

Special Project

       This year the Grand Commander has designed a Scavenger Hunt for some FUN and interest.
Throughout the year we are going to give clues that will lead you into a direction that will enable you to find
the Templar Treasure and/or further clues. Some may lead you on a merry chase so be careful. We hope that
you will find this to be educational as well as fun. During this scavenger hunt, we are planning a trip to
Scotland and England to visit some Templar sites, Rosslyn Chapel, a Military Tattoo, Grand Lodge of England,
Temple Church, St. Paul’ s Cathedral and other interesting sites. We are looking at a 2 week time frame in late
August of 2011 with side trips available. At the Grand Commander’s reception in October, more details will be
presented and an opportunity to talk directly with the travel agent to assist you in making your plans.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership should be our number one focus. All bodies of Masonry are still seeing a 10% loss per year. We
need to have more visibility in our communities and at our churches, lodges, chapters and councils. The more
we can be seen with our uniform, fund raisers and activities, the better chance we have in recruiting new
members. We should use our history and great charities to convince others to join our ranks to fight the
oppressors of our cause. It is a battle worth winning! The Grand Line is supporting 5 pilgrimages again this
Templar year: Zone 11 in Palmyra or Hornell on the first Sat. in Nov.; East Aurora in Jan. or Feb; St. George in
March; and Nassau Commandery in June. The Royal Arch, the Cryptic Council and the Grand Commandery
leaders are looking into a collaborative York Rite Membership recruitment program where we would present
all aspects of York Rite Masonry designed to educate and recruit new members. We are also working with our
Sister Grand Commandery in Pennsylvania to set up a pilgrimage in the Binghamton area or the Erie area as a
bonus, a tri-state pilgrimage. So ritualists, get ready and sign up for parts! Commanders, get your petitions and
investigation committees organized. This should be an exciting year for the York Rite.

Zoning

The Royal Arch is currently on the verge of completing a re-districting and the Cryptics are also looking into
making changes. It has been a number of years since we have seriously looked at our infrastructure. I am
charging the Zoning Committee to take a serious look at what the other York Rite and Scottish Rite groups are
doing, what criteria they use and offer suggestions to the Grand Commandery of possible changes. We have a
core of 15 to 18 commanderies that are functioning with reasonable success. We have another 20 to 23 that
are works in progress, and we have at least three commanderies that have been on life support for more years
then I wish to count.

Regional Seminars and Zone Schools of instruction

The last few years we have combined the Regional Seminars and Zone Schools with reasonable success. We
will continue this for another year. S.K. Don Berry and S.K. Ken Sussman have added some wrinkles to the
program for this year. The schedule will be printed in the Red Book and published on the Web page.
Grand Commander’s Reception

Batavia Commandery #34 extends a cordial invitation to all the fraters of New York and sister Grand
Commanderies to attend a Casual Attire Reception at the Batavia Holiday Inn at exit 47 just off the New York
State Thruway. The Reception’s theme will be an Oktoberfest with German entrees from 2 pm to 6 pm. Room
are available at the rate of $75 per night. There will be a hospitality suite, a live band with German music and a
dancing group performing German dances. A surprise visit by Brinkley and Jazz may reveal scavenger hunt
clues or treasures. The cost is $30 per person. Room reservation can be made at the hotel directly and meal
reservations can be made thru Harry Tyson, 12 Winterberry Lane, Bergen, N.Y. 14416 or email at
HLTYSON@hotmail.com.

Easter Sunrise Service

This year Grand Encampment is organizing two Easter Sunrise services, one in Arlington, Virginia and one in
California. We will be going to the Arlington Virginia Service and have reserved a bus for 40 people leaving
western New York on Friday April 22 and returning on April 24. S.K. Geo Emmons will be the point person for
organizing this year’s trip. More details will follow!

The 198th Annual Conclave of the Grand Commandery

The 198th Annual Conclave of the Grand Commandery Knights Templar of the State of New York will be held at
the Batavia Holiday Inn, 8259 Park Rd. Batavia, N.Y., 585-344-1200, on September 16, 17, 18, 2011. Please
mark your calendars and plan to attend. You might just find some Templar treasure!

Conclusion

Finally my fraters, “Who you are does make a Difference” by every random act of kindness you do will
encourage every Christian Mason to become a Knight Templar and join the ranks of those who fight against
the opposers of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and remember that we must keep the Faith so
that we may receive his blessings on Judgement Day!

I ask you this question:      If it is not Fun why are we doing it???
Given under my hand and Seal of the Grand Commandery, Knights Templar, State of New York, at Bergen,
New York, this 18th day of September, 2010.

Yours in Christ;                                                            Attest

James R. MacConnell                                                  Steven L. Wing

James R. MacConnell                                                 Steven L. Wing, PGC, KCT

Grand Commander                                                     Grand Recorder

2010-2011
Exhibits A thru E are found in the Roster of the Grand Commandery (Red Book)

Exhibit A          Officers for 2010-2011

Exhibit B          Standing Committees

Exhibit C          Special committees

Exhibit D          Special Assignments

Exhibit E          Zone commanders, Deputy Zone Commanders and Commanderies

                                     Inspection Requirements
       The Inspection Schedule is found in the roster of the Grand Commandery (Red Book) in accordance
with the Regulations of the Grand Commandery of the State of New York. Grand Line Officers are directed to
inspect the Commanderies of this jurisdiction on the dates as listed in the Red Book. It is the duty of the
Inspecting Officer to inspect the following items: Paraphernalia-Equipment- Charter-Books of record and
Treasurer-Recorders worksheet-Quarterly trestle boards and Annual returns. These are to be presented to the
Inspecting Officer upon demand. He should also receive a copy of the most recent audit report.

        The Inspecting Officer will forward the original of the Inspection Report to the Zone Commander within
10 days. The Zone Commander will then review the report and make his comments and share the results of
the inspection with the Commander at a stated Conclave. The Inspecting Officer will also send a copy of the
report to the Grand Commander. The Zone Commander is responsible for his Zone and serves at the pleasure
of the Grand Commander. Zone Commanders will submit a Quarterly report of the Commanderies to the
Grand Commander on Dec. 1, March 1, and June1.

Commanders will open and Close his Commandery as per Tactics. He will receive the Inspecting Officer
through the lines per Tactics and have a brief business meeting.

Ritual Requirements

            The Ritual requirements this year will be as follows: Page 126 starting with the Commander:

C.: Pilgrim, having gained admission into our Asylum, what declaration have you to make in testimony of your
fitness to become a Knight among us?

{The Senior Warden ask all side liners to assemble in the West and then proceeds}

S.W.: {Raising right hand} Pilgrim, do as I do, and repeat after me: “Eminent Commander, I now declare in
truth and soberness that I entertain no enmity nor ill will against a soul on earth, which I would not freely
reconcile, should I find in him a corresponding disposition.”

You may end the ritual requirements here or you have an option to proceed with inspecting the lines and
Sword Manual. Each Sir Knight that stands Personal Inspection and Sword Manual will earn 10 points per Sir
Knight towards the “Outstanding Commandery Award”.

The Inspecting Officer will then present his comments.
Exhibit G                                 Material

Rituals…………………………………………………………………………………………….$7.00

Tactics…………………………………………………………………………………….…….$15.00

Statues and Regulations, State of New York………………………………….$10.00

Proceedings………………………………………………………………………………….. $8.00

Installation Book…………………………………………………………………………….$7.00

50 year or more Certificate…………………………………………………………….$5.00

50 year Lapel Button (Green for a Sir Knight)……………………..…..……$12.00

50 year Lapel Button (Red for Past Commander)………………..…..……$12.00

25 year Certificate of Membership……………………………………………..….$5.00

25 year Lapel Button (Green for a Sir Knight)……………………..…..……$12.00

25 year Lapel Button (Red for Past Commander)………………..…..……$12.00

Past Commanders Certificate……………………………………………………….$5.00

Honorary Past Commander Certificate…………………………………………$5.00

Meritorious Service Award………………………………………………………… $5.00

Send orders for the above materials with a check payable to the Grand Commandery, K T, State of New York to
Sir Knight Steven Wing, 4689 Route 39, Bliss, New York 14024-9712. Sales Tax and shipping charge will be
added when appropriate, and required. Please send checks or money orders only.



“Family, Faith, and Fun”    Remember Who You Are Makes A Difference!! God Bless!

								
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