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Proceedings of the Grand Commandery Knights Templar State of New Jersey One Hundred Fifty-Fifth Annual Conclave HELD AT SOMERSET, NEW JERSEY March 7, 2015 This book is the property of the Grand Commandery of New Jersey and is loaned to its Grand Officers and Constituent Commanderies or exchanged with other Grand Bodies.

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Proceedings of the Grand Commandery

Knights Templar State of New Jersey

One Hundred Fifty-Fifth Annual Conclave

HELD AT

SOMERSET, NEW JERSEY March 7, 2015

This book is the property of the Grand Commandery of New Jersey and is loaned to its Grand Officers and Constituent Commanderies or exchanged with other Grand Bodies.

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PROCEEDINGS

of the

GRAND COMMANDERY

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR STATE OF NEW JERSEY

at its

ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIFTH

ANNUAL CONCLAVE

MARCH 7, 20154

held in

SOMERSET, NEW JERSEY

SIR KNIGHT JOHN D. BARNES

Right Eminent Grand Commander

SIR KNIGHT DENNIS L. STEWART Eminent Grand Recorder

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INDEX

Page

The Grand Commander’s Masonic Memberships ---------------------------------- 1-2

2013-2014 Schedule ----------------------------------------------------------- 3 Grand Encampment Officers ---------------------------------------------------------- 4-5

Grand Encampment Committees ----------------------------------------------------- 6

Minutes of the 154th, Stated Grand Conclave ---------------------------------- 7-23

Roll Call ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 7 Necrology ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 9-10

Committee Reports ------------------------------------------------------------ 23-26 Grand Commanders Address / Report -------------------------------------- 12-15 Grand Recorders / Treasurers Report --------------------------------------- 16-18

2014 Grand Commandery Budget ------------------------------------------ 22 2014 Education Fund Budget ------------------------------------------------ 20 Election of Officers ------------------------------------------------------------ 21-22

Minutes of Special Grand Conclaves -------------------------------------------- 21

Historian Report ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 27 Grand Commanders Banquet/ Installation of Officers ---------------------------- 28 Divine Service -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 28 General / Special Orders / Letters ----------------------------------------------------- 31-39 Knight Templar Cross of Honor ------------------------------------------------------ 30 Grand Encampment Honors ---------------------------------------------------------- 29-30 Grand Representatives ----------------------------------------------------------------- 50-53 Masonic Calendar / Ancient Order of the Temple Grand Masters----------------- 54

Constituent Commanderies Officers 2014 ----------------------------------------- 40-49 Constituent Commanderies 2013 Activities ----------------------------------------- 55-56 2013-2014 Officers of the N.J. Grand Commandery ------------------------------ 57 Inactive Constituent Commanderies ------------------------------------------------- 60 Living Past Grand Commanders ----------------------------------------------------- 4 REGC’s from 1860-2014 -------------------------------------------------------------- 58-59

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The Right Eminent Grand Commander S.K. John D. Barnes

2014 - 2015

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S.K. John D. Barnes Masonic Resume

Personal Biography

Born January 26, 1951 to W.B. Benjamin and Laura Barnes, the fourth of their five children. Raised in Maplewood, NJ. Graduated from Rutgers in 1976, completing my BA degree at night while working for the Prudential Insurance Company in Newark. Spent 35 years in the Pension Administration field. Retired in 2008. Served my church as Treasurer and as President. I enjoy travel and photography. Married Lady Cynthia in 1985. We currently live in Lakewood, NJ.

Symbolic Lodge

Raised in 1972 in Maple Lodge, No. 196. Served as Worshipful Master in 1979, 1985 and 1986. Served the Grand Lodge as District Ritual Instructor in 1994, 1995, 1996, 2006, and 2007. Currently a member of Durand Lodge, No. 179. Favorite memories: Having my father present me his gavel when I was first installed as Master, and presenting my father with his 50 Year Pin while serving as Master in 1985.

Capitular Masonry

Exalted in Maple Chapter, No. 55 in 1978. Served as High Priest in 1982, 1984, 1991, 2006 and 2007. Served as Secretary/Treasurer in 2004 and 2005. Currently a member of Goodwin-Hiram No.1 and Corinthian No. 57. Grand Representative to the District of Columbia. Received Anointed High Priest Degree in 1996. Served as Grand Marshal in 1995. Served as Grand High Priest in 2004. Awarded the Junius C. H. Schmidt Service Award in 2010. Earned the General Grand Chapter Ritual Jewel in 2011. Served as Grand Lecturer in 2012 and 2013 and as Grand Advisor in 2014. Favorite memories: Attending the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland’s Annual Convocation while Grand High Priest.

Cryptic Masonry

Greeted in Adoniram Council, No. 9 in 1984. Served as Thrice Illustrious Master in 2008. Currently a member of Adoniram, No. 9 and Field, No. 12. Speaker at the NE Regional Conference in 2009, talking on communications and the Internet. Served as Grand Chaplain in 2008. Assumed the duties of M.I.

Grand Master in August 2011, upon the Death of M.I. Kenneth Orner while in office. Served as

Grand Master in 2012. Received the Order of the Silver Trowel in 2008. Awarded the Order of Ish Sodi in 2009. In the first class of recipients of the Harold D. Elliot II Service Medal in 2013. Chaired Committee to restate the Constitution and By-Laws 2011. Prepared an Operational Manual for the Officers of the Grand Council 2012. Grand Representative to Connecticut. Honorary member of Gebal Council, No. 3. Serving as Grand Treasurer since 2013. Favorite memories: Writing a monthly bulletin with a message and calendar of events since 2011, which I am still doing each month.

Knights Templar

Knighted in Delta-Damascus Commandery, No. 5 in 1986. Served as Commander in 1992, 1993, 1997, 1999, and 2000. Currently a member of St. Johns, No. 9, Corson No.15, and Trinity, No. 17. Received Order of Knight Preceptor in 1994 and Connecticut’s Knight Crusader of the Cross in 2011. Awarded the Master of the Sword in 2013 by St. Johns Commandery. Appointed Grand Representative to Kentucky.

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Served as Grand Warder in 1995. Prepared an Operational Manual for the Officers of the Grand Commandery, 2012. Awarded Knight Commander of the Temple in 2011. Chaired Committee to restate the Constitution, By-Laws, and Uniform Code 2013. Served as Grand Commander 2014. Served as Preceptor of NJ Chapter Knights Preceptor 2013 and 2014. Served as Advisor to the Grand Commander 2015. Favorite memories: Still making them!

Eastern Star

Joined Maplewood Chapter, No. 196 in 1979. Served as Worthy Patron in 1980. Currently a member of Lincoln Chapter, No. 95.

Other Affiliations

Masonic Kilties of New Jersey: 1976, a Symbolic Lodge Degree team. Sword of Bunker Hill: 1977 Haggai Lodge of Mark Master Masons: 2005, a Capitular Degree Team. Currently serving as an elected officer. Convention of Anointed High Priests: 1995, currently serving as an appointed officer. Council of Thrice Illustrious Masters: 2008, currently serving as an elected officer. Knight Masons: 2008, member of Northern New Jersey Council, No 10 and Charter Member of Jersey Shore Council, No. 107. Received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Grand Council in 2012. Served as first Excellent Chief of Jersey Shore 2012; currently serving as Scribe/Treasurer. Received Knight

Commander of Zerubbabel Medal in 2013. Red Cross of Constantine: 2008, currently serving as an elected officer. Knight York Cross of Honor: 2009, received Red, Purple, and White Quadrants. Royal Order of Scotland: 2009. Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priest: 2010, currently serving as an appointed officer. York Rite College: 2011, currently serving as an elected officer. Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis: 2011, currently serving as an appointed officer and as Degree Master. Grand College of Rites: 2013. Royal Society of Knights Occidental: 2013.

Mission Statement

I am a Christian Mason. My faith and my Masonry complement and complete each other. The lessons of one reinforce the lessons of the other. One cannot be a good man of Faith in Christ and not be a good Mason, nor can a true Mason be a false Christian: the two are incompatible. My hope and goal, as a leader within the York Rite, is to continue to expand my own Masonic education while sharing the Light that I have gained over the years with my Companions and Sir Knights. I have been blessed with good teachers in my church and in my Masonry. Although my father and the other men who helped to mold me into a Mason are now members of the Celestial Lodge on High, their words still resound in my head and in my heart. One of my uncles was my Lodge’s Ritual Instructor when I was working my way through the Chairs, and his simple reminder about ritual is still good advice about how to live your life today:

Say it, and then do it!

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REGC Schedule 2014-2015

2014

York Rite Weekend OV Feb 28 - Mar 2, 2014 Somerset, NJ Corson Commandery #15 O/V April 10, 2014 Red Bank, NJ

Easter Sunrise Service PV Apr 19-20, 2014 Washington, DC Hugh de Paynes Commandery #1 O/V April 28, 2014 Ridgefield Pk, NJ Ascension Day/ Top-3 Meeting /O/V June 1, 2014 Burlington, NJ Crusade Commandery #23 O/V June 3, 2014 Haddonfield, NJ TrinityCommandery #17125th Ann P/V July 26, 2014 Scotch Plains, NJ GCRAM%NJ Annual Festival PV Aug 16, 2014 A&ASR, Burlington, NJ Have a safe and happy 4th of July enjoy your summer off

N E York Rite Dept. Conf September 6-7, 2014 Concord, NH Trinity Commandery #17 O/V September 15, 2014 Westfield, NJ GCR&SM Cryptic Festival P/V September 20, 2014 Freehold, NJ Melita Commandery #13 O/V September 24, 2014 Morristown, NJ Grand Commandery Knighting Festival O/V October 11, 2014 Plainfield, NJ Cyrene Commandery #7 O/V October 16, 2014 Clarksboro, NJ Olivet Commandery #10 O/V October 21, 2014 Vineland, NJ Atlantic Commandery #20 O/V November 12, 2014 Ocean City, NJ GCKT%NJ Christmas Observance (sing-a-long) December 7, 2014 Burlington, NJ

2015

Helena Commandery #3 O/V January 15, 2015 Mt. Holly, NJ St. Johns Commandery #9 O/V February 26, 2015 Union, NJ York Rite Annual Weekend Mar 6-9, 2015 Somerset, NJ 3

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LIVING PAST GRAND COMMANDERS

Maurice S. Keirstead (1970) Thurman C. Pace, Jr. PDC (1976) Robert E. Schultz (1990) Owen R. Henry (1993) Alvin L. Zach, Jr. (1996) Frederick J. Berenbroick (2001) Frank L. Blades, Sr. (2002)

Emil P. Busko (2004) William C. Godfrey (2005)

William E. Sharp (2006) Ronald J. York (2007)

Michael F. Lakat (2008) William J. Berenbroick (2009)

John J. Corrigan (2010) Robert J. Sheridan (2011) Douglas R. Policastro (2012) Herbert R. Wood (2013)

LIVING HONORARY PAST GRAND COMMANDERS Eugenio Melendez

Edward A. Hesley, Sr. M. Edward Verdi II 4

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GRAND ENCAMPMENT OFFICERS

2013 – 2015

David Dixon Goodwin ………………………………………...…… M. E. Grand Master 1509 Campus Drive, Vestal, NY 13850-4036 (607) 723-8072 Duane Lee Vaught ………………………………………… R. E. Deputy Grand Master 7850 North Thames Drive, Bloomington, IN 47408 (802) 935-7852 Jeffrey N. Nelson …….……………………………………….… R. E. Grand Generalissimo 3112 Tyler Pkwy, Bismarck, North ND 58503 (701) 255-5762 Michael Burke Johnson ..………………………………………… R. E. Grand Captain General PO Box 575 Crowheart, WY (307) 468-2268 James McCrorry …………………..………….………………………… R.E. Grand Treasurer P.O. Box 666 Floydada, TX 79235 (806) 983-3114 Lawrence Eugene Tucker ……………………………………………… R. E. Grand Recorder 5909 West Loop South, Suite 495, Bellaire, TX 77401 (713) 349-8700 William D. Hartman ….………………………………………..………… R. E. Grand Prelate 951 Bridge St. Phila. PA (215) 519-5810 Thomas X. Tsirimokos ……………....………… R. E. Northeastern Department Commander 2395 Elm St. Manchester, NH 03104 (603) 6248245

LIVING PAST GRAND MASTERS

Ned E. Dull 1982 – 1985 Donald H. Smith 1985 – 1988 Blair C. Mayford 1994 – 1997 James M. Ward 1997 – 2000 William J. Jones 2000 – 2003 Kenneth B. Fischer 2003 – 2006

William H. Koon II 2007 – 2012 5

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KNIGHTS TEMPLAR EYE FOUNDATION

David Dixon Goodwin, MEGM, President 1509 Campus Drive, Vestal NY

(607) 723-8072

GRAND ENCAMPMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS FROM NEW JERSEY

Thurman C. Pace, Jr., Honorary Past Grand Master,KGC, PDC Member of Advisory Council

Member of College of Honors for New Jersey Chairman Emeritus of Committee on Finance

Douglas R. Policastro, REPGC Chairman Templar Advancement

Robert J. Sheridan, REPGC Aide-de-Camp to the Grand Prelate

Member of the Advisory Committee

William J. Berenbroick, REPGC Grand Commandery Coordinator for New Jersey

Eugenio Melendez, REHPGC Aide-de-Camp to Honorary Past Grand Master Thurman C. Pace, Jr.

Member of the Advisory Committee

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GRAND COMMANDERY KNIGHTS TEMPLAR STATE OF NEW JERSEY ONE HUNDERD FIFTY-FIFTH STATED CONCLAVE

1860-2015 The One Hundred Fifty-fifth Conclave of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the State of New Jersey was convened at the Holiday Inn, Somerset, NJ on Saturday, March 7th , 2015 at 1:00 PM, the Grand Commander; Sir Knight John D. Barnes, presiding.The Grand Commander called upon Sir Knight Mark E. Megee, Eminent Grand Prelate to lead us in prayer. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America was given by all present. Right Eminent Grand Commander Barnes, made his welcoming remarks. The Grand Commander asked the Grand Recorder for a roll call of the Grand Officers and Constituent Commanderies.

ROLL CALL of GRAND OFFICERS and CONSTITUENT COMMANDERIES

John D. Barnes (9) ………...……………………………………………….. Grand Commander Richard Robins, Sr. (20) ..……....………………...………………. Deputy Grand Commander Richard Hammill (17) ….…………...…………………..…………...….. Grand Generalissimo Scott A. Gothe (13) …………..…………………..…………...………... Grand Captain General Richard C. Amme (23) ….……….………………..…..…………..…….. Grand Senior Warden Mark E. Megee (23) ……..………..……………………...……………... Grand Junior Warden William F. Drapczak (15) ……….………………………………………..…… Grand Treasurer Dennis L. Stewart (15) ….………………………….………………………….. Grand Recorder Dennis W. Lacey (3)...…………….…………………………...…..………...…… Grand Prelate John J. Keating (15) ………………………………………...………… Associate Grand Prelate Matthew Macready (20) ………………………………………………. Associate Grand Prelate David Tucker (20) ………………………………………...…...……….. Grand Standard Bearer Jeffrey L. Alexander (3).…….....……………...………………………….. Grand Sword Bearer Bruce E. Campbell, Sr. (7) .……………..……………………………….……… Grand Warder George Saunders (23) ..…............…...…………………………………….…… Grand Sentinel Michael Shepherd (13) ……….……...………………………………………...... Grand Marshal

The Grand Recorder SK Dennis L. Stewart reported that all Grand Officers were present or excused and that all ten of the Constituent Commanderies were represented.

The Right Eminent Grand Commander asked SK Charles Runyan, Eminent Grand Inspector General, To form the lines for the Reception of our N.J. Masonic Leaders, and instructed SK Michael Shepherd, Eminent Grand Marshal to present the Distinguished Guests, and our visiting Delegations

for reception.

The following Officers were presented for Grand Line reception:

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Red Cords and their Entourage

SK William A. Mackey, REGC, of the State of Connecticut; SK Getts, GCG, SK Charles A. McCollum, GSW, SK Stuart Kenneth Drost, REPGC

SK Thomas A. Emery, REGC of the State of Maine SK Richard W. Seychew, REGC, of States of Mass/RI; SK Eugene A. Capobianco, REPGC SK Robert M. Porter, REGC of the State of New Hampshire SK Charles M. Roberts, REGC of the State of New York; SK George Harrison, REPGC SK Nicholas Vaccarello, REGC of the State of Pennsylvania; SK Wilmer E. Hall, REPGC SK E. Lawrence Douglas, Jr., REGC of the State of Vermont S.K. J. B. Walsh, REGC of the State of Delaware S.K. Martin Trent, EGSW of the State of Ohio New Jersey Past Grand Commanders: SK Thurman C. Pace, Jr. MEHPGM, (1976); SK Alvin L. Zach, (1996); SK Emil P. Busko, (2005)

SK William E. Sharp, (2007): SK Ronald J. York, (2008); SK William J. Berenbroick, 2010): SK John J. Corrigan (2011): SK Robert J. Sheridan, (2012) SK Eugenio Melendez (Hon.) SK Edward Hesley, Sr. (Hon.)

Holders of the Knights Templar Cross of Honor:

SK Donald W.Burdick, 1997; SK Eugenio Melendez, 2004; SK Robert Thornborugh, 2005; SK Jeffrey R. Chan, 2009; SK M. Edward Verdi II, 2010; SK Robert Maynard, 2011;

SK Richard A. Hammill, 2012; SK Scott A. Gothe, 2013; SK Alfred A. Chiappa, 2014

Holders of the Knight Commander of the Temple

SK Thurman C. Pace, Jr.; SK Alvin L. Zach, Jr.; SK Eugenio Melendez; SK Emil P. Busko; SK Edward A. Hesley, Sr.; SK Robert Thornborough; SK Michael F. Lakat; SK Douglas R. Policastro;SK Robert Maynard; SK John J. Corrigan: SK John D. Barnes; SK Robert J. Sheridan;

SK Richard C. Amme; SK Herbert R. Wood

Grand Royal Arch Chapter

SK & Most Excellent Newlin R. Williams, Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of New Jersey.

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Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters

SK & Illustrious Maxim G. Marcille, Jr., Grand Master of the Most Puissant Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of the State of New Jersey.

Scottish Rite Supreme Council

SK & Illustrious Robert J. Sheridan, 33 rd, Active for the State of New Jersey Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America

Northeast Department SK Thomas X. Tsirimokos, Right Eminent Department Commander, of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America. SK Thurman C. Pace, Jr. Most Eminent Honorary Past Grand Master of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America. SK David Dixon Goodman, the Most Eminent Grand Master of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America.

They were escorted to the East by the Grand Commander of Knights Templar of the State of New Jersey, SK John D. Barnes through an Arch of Steel, the Grand Commander then thanked the Ambassadors Honor Guard for their service to the Grand Commandery of NJ and dismissed them. The Grand Commander, Sir Knight John D. Barnes, asked the Grand Prelate Sir Knight Dennis

W. Lacey to proceed with the Necrology Service.

NECROLOGY SERVICE REPORT FOR THE YEAR 2014

Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” We as Christian Knights try to follow the teachings of Jesus, and as such we believe in the immortality of the soul and life everlasting. During the year 2014, we were saddened by the loss of seventeen (17) Sir Knights from our jurisdiction. S.K. John Brenner Cyrene No. 7 S.K. Thomas A. Dunlap Cyrene No. 7 S.K. Richard Ernst (Slim) Faller, PEC Corson No. 15 S.K. Robert Field, PEC Atlantic No. 20 S.K. K irtland Flynn, PEC Hugh de Payens No. 1 S.K. Charles H, Grenot Melita No. 13 S.K. Sam Haspel Atlantic No. 20 S.K. William J. Heim Hugh de Payens No. 1 S.K. Daniel Lavagna Hugh de Payens No. 1

9 S.K. Wallie Pfeiffer Trinity No. 17

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S.K. Anthony P. Schiavo Cyrene No. 7 S.K. Samuel C. Scott, PEC Crusade No. 23 S.K. Robert Searle Hugh de Payens No. 1 S.K. Robert Thomas Shannon Olivet No. 10 S.K. Verdon R. Skipper, PEC Trinity No. 17 S.K. Philip T. Sproul Trinity No. 17 S.K. Henry Way Hugh de Payens No. 1 We had no REPGC’s pass away this year. May all these Sir Knights rest in your eternal peace. Lord God, please watch over all our Fraters who have gone before us, protect and guide us in our Earthly endeavors, so that when it is our time we may be reunited with them and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. Yours in Christ’s love, S.K. Dennis W. Lacey Grand Prelate S.K. John D. Barnes, REGC concluded the Necrology Service reporting of the recent passing of S.K. Wylie Clark, Jr. of Trinity No. 17 and S.K. William Lee Morris, Jr., PEC, Trinity No. 17 and MWPGM of the Grand Lodge of Masons of New Jersey. The Grand Commander, requested the Ladies and Non-Templar guests to retire at this time, and

informed them that the Ladies program begins at 2:00 PM in the Concord Room and the Boutique is still open. He also thanked them for their continued support of this grand assembly of valiant Knights Templar and their goals.

The Grand Commander announced there is a box on the Grand Reorder’s desk for all nominations for the Office of Director of the Endowment Fund (Grand Trustee) for a three (3) year term. Nominations for all other offices were received before the December 31st filing deadline; however no names were placed in nomination for Endowment Fund Director. Nominations are now open, and will close no later than 30 minutes from now.

The Right Eminent Grand Commander asked the Grand Recorder to read the Minutes of the 154th Grand Conclave of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of New Jersey, held in Somerset, NJ on March 1, 2014 and all Special Conclaves that occured since that Conclave. The Grand Recorder, reported that the minutes of the 154th Stated Grand Conclave and the Special Conclave held on November 1, 2014 at 110 Highway 37 West, Toms River, NJ have been published in the Proceedings, and made a motion that they be accepted as written. The motion was seconded and passed by the members present.

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The Grand Commander then ordered that all reports other than the Education Fund Budget, the Grand Recorder's, the Grand Treasurer's, and the Grand Trustees’ Endowment Fund are hereby accepted as submitted. Those reports may be edited without affecting their content, and will be printed in the proceedings. Copies of the Budget adopted at our Special Conclave on 11/01/04 will also be included in the Proceedings. The legislation approved at that Conclave has already been posted on our website, and copies mailed to each Commandery.

The Grand Commander asked the Grand Recorder for a roll call of the Eminent Commanders, and that they remain standing when their name was called. The Grand Recorder reported that all were present. The Grand Commander thanked the Commanders for their hard work and dedication and called on the Sir Knights of the Conclave to give them a round of applause. The Grand Commander asked the Grand Recorder for a roll call of the Grand Representatives, and that they remain standing after being called. The Grand Recorder reported that there were 9 absent, 3 vacant and 39 present or excused out of a possible 51 Representatives. SK Thurman C. Pace Jr. spoke for the Grand Representatives. The Right Eminent Grand Commander asked for a few comments from Sir Knight and Most Illustrious Companion Maxim G. Marcille, Grand Master of the Most Puissant Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of the State of New Jersey, and Sir Knight and Most Excellent Companion Newlin R. Williams, Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of New Jersey. The Grand Commander thanked these Sir Knights for their service.

At this time the Grand Commander asked to hear from the visiting Grand Commanders (“Red Cords”) one of which who has been democratically selected by his peers to represent them. The Grand Commander than asked that they be made Honorary Members of this Grand Commandery. The Grand Recorder , SK Dennis L. Stewart moved to make the visiting Red Cords Members of this Grand Commandery the motion was seconded by the Grand Treasurer SK William F. Drapczak and passed in a vote by the members in attendance. The Grand Commander then asked the Past Grand Commanders of New Jersey to please present themselves in the East, Facing East, in order of senility. Those with the longest service to his right, and most recent service to his left. As your name is called, please about face. Appearing in order were SK’s. Thurman C. Pace, Jr.; Alvin L. Zach, Jr.; Frank L. Blades, Sr.; Edward A. Hesley, Sr.; William E. Sharp; Ronald J. York; John J. Corrigan; Robert J. Sheridan; Douglas R. Policastro; and Herbert R. Wood. Addressing the Grand Commandery, the Grand Commander stated Sir Knights of New Jersey, these valiant and magnanimous Knights have served this Grand Commandery as our leaders, not just in the distant past, but in the here and now. I have been able to call on them for advice or action at any time, knowing that their love of Templary in general and of this Grand Commandery in particular would spur them on to do their best for us all. Sir Knights of the Purple Cord, we salute you. May we have a few very short remarks from one of you? S.K. Thurman C. Pace, Jr., HPGM remarked that this was his 52nd Annual Grand Conclave and spoke briefly on his association with these Past Grand Commanders and their zeal for Templary and Masonry in general.

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Sir Knight John D. Barnes, R.E.G.C., then appointed S.K. Douglas R. Policastro, REPGC as Chairman of the Committee on the Grand Commanders Address and turned command of the Grand Commandery over to Sir Knight Richard G. Robins, Sr., V.E.D.G.C. for the presentation of his Grand Commanders Address to the Grand Commandery.

GRAND COMMANDERS ADDRESS Most Worshipful Grand Master, Most Eminent Grand Master, SK. Tsirimokos, our Department Commander, Most Excellent Grand High Priest, Most Illustrious Grand Master, and Sir Knights All: Good Afternoon. I bring you all good news – this is my last elocution as the head of a Grand Body. So please stop

looking down at your watches: I want to see the great big smiles on your faces as you contemplate that glorious fact. I can assure you that the only person who is happier that I am at this moment is my wife, Lady Cynthia. She especially deserves my thanks for everything she has done, everything she has done without, and all the support that she has given me on my Masonic journey. As a wise husband should, I will repeat that at dinner, so that she can hear me.

Special thanks go to SK Dennis Stewart, our Grand Recorder, who has also been there when I needed him; SK Robins, I advise you to heed his wise council. Also pay attention to SK Richard Hammill, whose knowledge of where the bodies are buried will come in handy – this is New Jersey, after all. To the rest of the Elected Line: “Thank you” for all your support, advice, and hard work this past year. A Grand Commander does nothing on his own. He must have others following him, or he is not a leader. Thank you for thinking I was worth following. To my fellow Red Cords: I’ll try not to be a stranger. The friendships we have shared are valued here in my heart and I hope that Lady Cyndi and I can continue to visit your Annual Conclaves.

S.K. Tsirimokos, I thank you for your help and guidance this past year. Happily, nothing happened here in New Jersey that required your intervention, but I appreciate your advice on the legislation we enacted last November. This past Templar Year felt good to me. We held our annual Festival in October, and everything ran on time and under budget. My thanks to Sir Knights Gothe and Hammill for handling all the behind-the-scenes details and to SK Charles Runyon for dealing with the three Degree Teams.

We had a Special Conclave in November, to handle the business of this Grand Commandery. We managed to adopt a restated Constitution, a restated Laws and Regulations, amend the Uniform Regulations, and adopted a budget for this next year – all in about an hour and a half!

I am particularly proud that this Grand Commandery chose to adopt the new award that I came up with, the Color Guard. For those who are not aware of it, it is a service award granted at the pleasure of the Grand Commander; only two may be granted each year from now on. The ensign of the award is a black and white shoulder cord, emblematic of the Beauceant that the Color Guard protects with their lives. It is my hope that this award will become as respected and as selective as the Junius C. H. Schmidt and Harold D. Eliot II awards. The three recipients

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will be recognized tonight at the banquet. During this past year, I visited every Commandery once officially, and several I got to visit personally. On one of those Visits I had the honor of presenting S.K. M. Edward Verdi II his Honorary Past Grand Commander’s Jewel. I also had the pleasure of visiting each of our sister jurisdictions of the Northeast Department, as well as the NE Regional Conference and the Easter Sunrise Service in Arlington. I also represented us at Grand Lodge, and in Lodges, Chapters, Councils, DeMolay, Rainbow, and other groups within the Masonic Family. All those visitations will be listed in the Proceedings. There was a need for every few General and Special Orders this past year. We started the year with a Special Order concerning the 700th anniversary of the death of Jacque DeMolay, but after that most of the Orders were housekeeping ones. They too will be listed in the Proceedings.

The Points program continues to be a useful tool for the Commanderies, showing them the things they can do as Sir Knights to make their Commanderies better, to make this Grand Commandery better and by doing so make this world better. Sir Knights, continue to have programs, to be Ambassadors, and in general don’t just sit around reading the minutes and paying the bills. The winners of this Program will be announced at the banquet tonight; the Chair of the Committee has told me that the total number of points submitted by the ten Commanderies totaled more than 5,000. Well done, Sir Knights. Keep up the good work! The top three Commanderies will be awarded their certificates at the Banquet this evening.

I have only two regrets for this year. One is that I don’t think we did enough to help the young men of the DeMolay, given the milestone anniversary last March. Please try to do as much as you can for them, if only out of enlightened self-interest. Those young men, nicely trained to attend meetings and accustomed to memorizing and conferring ritual, can grow from DeMolay to Lodge if we nurture them properly. Once we get them into a Lodge we can continue their Masonic education within the York Rite. My other regret is the quality of the messages I read this year, and, yes, I did read every one that was sent to me. As I reminded the new Commanders at our January Top Three meeting, dispensing Masonic Light and Knowledge is one of a Commander’s duties. With the Bible, our ritual and tactics, and your own experiences to draw from, you do not need to fill your message with “thankyous” and “save the dates”. Govern yourselves accordingly.

To my successor, S.K. Richard G. “THE Rick” Robins, I have no suggestions that you haven’t already heard when we sat at your kitchen table, going over your plans for next year. I believe I’ve handed you a Grand Commandery in somewhat better shape than I received it. I expect you to do the same a year from now.

To the Sir Knights of this Grand Commandery, thank you not just for this year but for every day, every hour, and every minute that I have enjoyed as Mason and as a Knight. I do not have a laundry list of recommendations or actions to be taken. I have tried to put into action the things I thought needed to be done. I ask only that you continue your Masonic education, and that you continue to share that education with others. There’s a story about a knight who never took off his armor. He wore it day and night, so that he would be ready when he was needed.

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But he lost his wife and children, his family and friends, because he never shared in their lives. His armor grew weak and rusty, because he never cleaned it, never improved it. When the time came for him to act, he was too old, too weak, and unable to move in his rusted armor. Do not be like that! Being a Knight doesn’t take place only within an Asylum during a Conclave. It is what you do out there in the world that shows others what it really means to be a Knight Templar. So I leave you with the motto of my year, which I have tried to teach, to preach, and to live: Onward, Christian Soldiers.

After the conclusion of the address, Sir Knight Richard G. Robins, VEDGC, called upon Sir Knight Douglas R. Policastro, REPGC to present his report on the Elocution.

Report of the Committee on the Grand Commanders Address

To the Right Eminent Grand Commander, Officers and Members of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the State of New Jersey, in session at the 155th Annual Grand Conclave.

Your committee on the Address of the Grand Commander, has reviewed the allocution and report of the Grand Commander, his stewardship of the Grand Commandery as well as his general conduct

and demeanor over the past year.

Sir Knight Barnes, we acknowledge with honor and pride both you and your elected and appointed officers for the year. Your officers supported you well in carrying out their duties as well as being with you on your visitations, in visiting Commanderies, and representing you upon your request. We note with pride and appreciation your extensive visitations to the Annual Conclaves of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as well as the Easter Sunrise Service in Arlington Virginia and the Grand Encampment Northeast Regional Conference. We also recognize that you had an Official Visit in each of our Commanderies, and that they were all attended by both your Staff and the members of those Commanderies. You have stressed to your Elected Line the importance of visiting and of building a networking system that will only enhance the effectiveness of our great Order; we trust that your Elected Line will follow your example. You also represented us well in your visitations to our other Masonic bodies that make up our extensive family. We are also pleased that you continued with the Ascension Day Service and Christmas Church Service with the sing along at the Masonic Home. It is always a joy for the residents to be able to participate with the Grand Commandery Officers. Your Grand Festival was a success as you were able to welcome those knighted into our Order and urge them to become positive contributors to the Commanderies they joined. Your Dispensations and Orders, being few in number, are referred to the By-Laws and Dispensation Committees for them to review and approve. It is noted that, instead of making any recommendations to this Grand Commandery, you enacted upon any issues that you thought needed our attention immediately; therefore leaving this Grand Commandery in better shape than that in which you received it. We fervently hope all future Grand Commanders will do likewise, and for that we say,

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thank you. We do note that there is some personal pride in things that were accomplished this year and among those were the honor of presenting Sir Knight Edward Verdi his Honorary Past Grand Commanders Jewel and the addition of the Grand Commander’s Color Guard Award. You ran a Top Three Meeting on a Saturday morning, immediately followed by an Emergent Special Communication of this Grand Commandery, where you managed to adopt a restated Constitution, a restated Laws and Regulations document, amend the Uniform Regulations, and adopt the 2015 Annual Budget, all before noon. One would begin to wonder what those in the Elected Line will do in the future as it appears you have tied up all the loose ends. Sir Knight John Davis Barnes, REGC. We congratulate and complement you on the performance of your duties this past year. Your conduct and demeanor have been without reproach and you have certainly left your mark in a very positive way. You are a credit to yourself and this Grand Commandery and we welcome you as Past Grand Commander. May your Purple Cord continue to be well-traveled. In closing: well done thy good and faithful Sir Knight. May the blessing of Our Father in Heaven attend you and may you continue to wield your sword in support of the Christian Faith and this Grand Commandery ; and yes, Onward Christian Soldiers.

Respectably submitted, Douglas R. Policastro, REPGC, KYGCH, KCT Chairman

I move this report be received and spread in full upon the minutes and printed in the proceedings of this Grand Commandery. Sir Knight Richard G. Robins, VEDGC, asked for a second to the motion to accept the Grand Commanders Elocution. The motion was seconded by Sir Knight Richardt C. Amme, and passed in a vote by the membership. Sir Knight Richard G. Robins, VEDGC returned command of this Grand Commandery to Sir Knight John D. Barnes, REGC. The Grand Commander, Sir Knight John D. Barnes then announced that Nominations are about to be closed, Nominations are about to be closed, Nominations are closed! He then requested the Grand Recorder to review the nominations and announce the names in nomination for all positions. The Grand Recorder announced for the Office of Grand Commander, S.K. Richard G. Robins, Sr.; for the Office of Deputy Grand Commander, S.K. Richard A. Hammill; for the Office of Grand Generalissimo, S.K.Scott A. Gothe; for the Office of Grand Captain General, S.K. Richard C. Amme; for the office of Grand Senior Warden, S.K. Mark E. Megee; for the office of Grand Junior Warden, two names; S.K. Barry R. Ballurio, Sr. and S.K. Matthew R. Macready; for the office of Grand Treasurer, S.K. William F. Drapczak; for the office of Grand Recorder, S.K. Dennis L. Stewart; and for office of Director of the Endowment Fund for 3 years, S.K. John D. Barnes. The Grand Commander asked for a motion to have the Grand Recorder cast a unanimous ballot for all those running unopposed. The motion was made by S.K. Scott Gothe, seconded by S. Richard Amme and carried in a vote by the members in attendance.

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The Grand Commander, Sir Knight John D. Barnes then requested all of the elected officers to please rise and then to signify their acceptance by sitting down. He congratulated them. Sir Knight John D. Barnes, REGC introduced the candidates for Grand Junior Warden S.K. Barry R. Bullurio, Sr. and S.K. Matthew R. Macready allowing each time to speak briefly of their Templar accomplishments and goals. The Credentials Committee reported 6 Commanders, 6 Generalissimos, 7 Captain Generals, 55 Past Commanders & 2 Proxy’s eligible to vote; for a total of 76, making 39 a majority ballot. At the conclusion of the candidates’ biographical presentations the Grand Commander appointed S.K. Blades as Judge of Elections and S.K.’s. Sheridan and Policastro as Tellers. At the conclusion of the balloting S.K. Barry R. Ballurio, Sr. received 34 ballots and Sir Knight Mathew R. Macready, Sr. received 42 ballots and was declared elected as Grand Junior Warden He was congratulated. The Grand Commander, Sir Knight John D. Barnes asked the Eminent Grand Recorder to read his report for the Chivalric year of 2014.

GRAND RECORDER’S REPORT for 2014

Almost all of the ten Constituent Commanderies submitted their Council Officers Report by the deadline of January 31, 2015.

Almost all of the ten Constituent Commanderies submitted their Annual Report by the deadline of January 31, 2015. The Fiduciary Report deadline was extended due to changes in the reporting format introduced by the Finance Committee. This will be noted in the Treasurer’s Report as items not calculated.

Most of the Commandery Recorders were persistent at maintaining the Grand Encampment YRIS data base and in keeping me informed of the changes in their membership during the past year.

The Proceedings of the 154th Stated Conclave were published and posted on the Grand Commandery of New Jersey York Rite Website (www.knightstemplar.org/gckt/nj) and will be distributed to the Constituent Commanderies and Past Eminent Commanders, of New Jersey, Grand Encampment Officers and Grand Commanderies in the United States of America, plus Italy, Portugal, Philippines, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Two copies were sent to all Grand Recorders, one copy being designated for the Grand Representative from that state to New Jersey.

MEMBERSHIP

We started the year 2014 with 890 members.

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Knighted = 27 Demitted = 12 Affiliated = 10 Suspended = 57 Restored = 7 Deceased = 17 Total Additions = 44 Total Losses = 86 Membership: 01/01/2014 = 890 Membership: 12/31/2014 = 848

For a net loss in 2014 of 42 Total membership, January 1, 2015 = 848

For a 4.7 % Loss in membership in 2014 up from the 1% loss of last year.

FINANCIAL

Operating Checking Account Balance as of January 1, 2014 = $11,130.05

Monies forwarded to the Grand Treasurer for the 2014 Chivalric year = $23,084.83

Orders drawn on the Treasury during the 2014 Chivalric year = $22,469.60

Reflecting a net profit/gain of $615.23 for fiscal year 2014.

Checking Account Balance as of December 31, 2014 of $10,690.28

The monies forwarded to the Grand Treasurer represent only the funds passing through the Grand Recorders office, and do not include any other monies or interest, that may have been received.

General The membership statistics show we have a Loss of three point four per cent (3.4%) of our total members during this past Chivalric year. We do know that our Constituent Commanderies have been actively promoting membership by presenting YorkRite Unity Programs and attendance at Blue Lodge functions. This approach has begun to pay off with our Blue Lodge Brethren displaying interest in our Illustrious Order and more Sir Knights joining our ranks. Unfortunately it has not been sufficient in keeping our numbers up as we have suffered losses amounting to fifty seven (57) suspenions; twelve (12) dimits and sixteen (16) deceased thispast Chivalric year. We have an even longer way to go to bring our numbers up to the totals we had just ten years ago. There are still many of our Blue Lodge Brethren who are unaware of our magnanimous and valiant order, we must continue to make a concerted effort through attendance at Blue Lodge functions, by wearing Class C Uniforms, and promoting York Rite Unity presentations to make these prospective Knights Templar more informed of our precepts, concepts and comradery. I would like to take this opportunity to properly thank all the Sir Knights and Officers of this Grand Commandery for their aid and comfort to the Grand Recorders Office this past year.

Respectively submitted, S.K. Dennis L. Stewart Grand Recorder

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Motion was made by S.K. Scott A. Gothe, GSW ; seconded by S.K. Richard C. Amme, GJW and carried in a vote by the members attending.

The Grand Commander thanked the Grand Recorder and asked the Eminent Grand Treasurer to present his report for the year of 2014.

GRAND COMMANDERY OF N .J. TREASURERS REPORT 2014

The following is a summary of the expenses and income for the Grand Commandery of

Knights Templar of New Jersey for the Fiscal year 2014.

GRAND COMMANDERY OF KNIGHTS TEMPLAR OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY

GRAND TREASURER’S REPORT FOR THE FISUAL YEAR 2014 ANNUAL STATEMENTS:

OPERATING ACCOUNTS:

CHECKING ACCOUNT T.D. BANK #4270920254

January 1, 2014 Balance $ 11, 130.05

Accounts Receivable 22,029.83

Total Revenue $33,159.88

Accounts Payable 22,469.60

December 31,2014 Balance $ 10,690.28

SAVINGS ACCOUNT T.D.BANK #0000476850352

Holy Land Fund $16,289.77

150/175 Anniversary fund 1,302.06

Triennial Fund 1,100.31

Cows (holding for future) 237.81

Unaccounted Fund 4,220.00

Endowment Fund (initial investment) 3,046.85

December 31, 2014 Balance $ 26,219.80

Endowment Fund - Wells Fargo Account #5985-6357

January 1, 2014 Balance = $152,613.00

December 31, 2014 Balance after Net Gain/ $8,752.00 (5.7%) $161,365.00

Gr. Commandery Knights Templar of NJ net worth as of December 31, 2014 $198,275.08 Respectfully submitted: William F. Drapczak Grand Treasurer

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carried in a vote by the members attending.

The Grand Commander asked the Grand Recorder, to present the Grand Trustees Report for the past year. The Trustees reported our Endowment fund opened the year with a balance of $152,613.00 with a net gain during the year of $8,752.00 reflecting a 5.7% growth ending the year with a balance of $161, 365.00. The Grand Recorder moved to accept the report, a second was made by S.K. Scott Gothe and carried in a vote by the members attending.

The Grand Commander asked the Grand Recorder, to present the Educational Foundations 2014 Budget. The Budget was presented. The Grand Recorder entered a motion to accept the report, a second was made by S.K. Scott Gothe and carried in a vote by the members attending.

The Grand Commander, Sir Knight John D. Barnes asked for a few words from Sir Knight Richard G. Robins, Sr. while announcing your appointed officers for next year. S.K. Robins REGC elect, listed his Appointed Grand Officers line for the ensuing Chivalric Year. They will be posted in the forthcoming 2015 General Order No. 1. The Grand Commander announced that after the close of this session, and before the Banquet and Installation this evening the outgoing and in-coming officers are to exchange jewels of office and any other paraphernalia. The Order of Knight Preceptor will be conferred in the room across the hall in about a half hour, followed by a leadership class given by S.K. William M. Krzewick, III. While that class is in session, a meeting of the Past Commanders and Grand Encampment officers will be held in the Hospitality Room. Adult beverages will be available. The Ladies Boutique will be open for another half hour, at which time they will be drawing the winning tickets. The Banquet and Installation will be held in this room, beginning at 7:00 P.M. The attitude adjustment starts at 6:00 P.M. No chapeaus, gloves or swords, except for the incoming officers and Honor Guard. There will be a 50/50 at the Banquet, with the proceeds to go to the Holy Land Pilgrimage Fund. The Grand Commanders’ Church Service will begin at 8:00 A.M. tomorrow morning. Clocks ahead one hour tonight. S K Barnes called S K Jeffrey Alexander to the East and presented him with the Grand Commandery Color Guard Award for his exemplary service to this Grand Commandery and Templary in General.

S.K Barnes, REGC called for a few words from S.K Thomas X. Tsirimokos, Northeast Department Commander; S.K. William H. Koon, II, P.M.E.G.M. , S.K. David Dixon Goodwin, M,E.G.M., KTUSA, and M.W. Gerald Sharpe, G.M. of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey. All had brief encouraging remarks. S.K. John D. Barnes, REGC addressed the Conclave, as the business of our Grand Commandery has been completed, I will now adjourn this Grand Conclave. S.K. Grand Warder, so inform the Grand Sentinel. Grand Commandery – Attention. Un-cover. Excellent Grand Prelate, lead our devotions. Sir Knights re-cover. I now declare the 155th Stated Conclave of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of New Jersey adjourned. Sir Knights you are dismissed.

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Grand Commandery Special Conclave

October 18, 2014 Plainfield Masonic Temple

SK John D. Barnes, REGC: Convened a Special Conclave of the Grand Commandery of New Jersey at 9:00 AM, In the Masonic Temple, Park Avenue & 7th Street, Plainfield..After welcoming everyone, he proceeded to turn the Asylum over to the Sir Knights that were presenting the Orders, as it is going to be a long day. There were twenty-three (23) Candidates present to receive the Orders as well as fifty-six (56) active Sir Knights in support of this valiant and magnanimous Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of New Jersey.

Order of the Red Cross The Order of the Red Cross began at 9:20 a.m. and was completed at 9:40 a.m. followed by a brief recess to set up for the next order.

Order of Malta The order of Malta started at 10:00 a.m and was finished at 10.35 p.m. After the Order of Malta was completed, S.K. Barnes, REGC asked the Grand Marshal, S.K Michael Shepherd, to introduce the Gr.Officers past & present now assembled. Sir Knight Barnes, REGC, spoke on how the Orders were moving along in a timely manner, and that those not involved in the Orders could retire and have lunch to keep everything on schedule. The Chamber of Reflection was completed before lunch was served to the candidates. The Sir Knights and Candidates, retired to the lunchroom for a very fine lunch, provided by Lady Sharon Lutz and assistants.

Order of the Temple

At 12:30 PM, the Grand Commandery Special Conclave was reconvened and the Order of the Temple was conferred beginning at 12:50 p.m. and was completed at 2:45 p.m. After the Orders were complete the Grand Commander S.K. John D. Barnes, thanked the Sir Knights for doing a very find presentation of the Orders and welcomed the twenty-three (23) new Sir Knights into our magnanimous order. The Grand Commander, thanked everyone and Adjourned the Emergent Grand Conclave at 3:00 p.m. A $150 donation was made to the Trustees of Jerusalem Lodge No. 23 for the use of their buildin and $240 was ollected for the Holy-Land Pilgrimage Fund, after all luncheon bills were paid.

Attest:- S.K. Scott A. Gothe

Grand Captain General

Grand Commandery Special Conclave November 1, 2014

Harmony Lodge No. 18, Toms River, NJ

A Special Conclave of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the State of New Jersey was convened by SK John D. Barnes, REGC at 9:00 hrs. on November 1, 2014 in Harmony Lodge No. 18, 110 Route 37 North, Toms River for the stated purpose of the presentation, discussion, and adoption of the proposed amendments to the Constitution, Laws and Regulations, Uniform Regulations also a proposed Grand Commandery Operating Budget for the 2015-2016 Chivalric year and a Top-Three Meeting for normal business germane to this Grand Commandery. All items on the agenda were approved in a ballot by the voting members in attendance. Copy of Budget follows;

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Committee Reports 2014

To the Grand Commander, Officers and members of this Grand Commandery of New Jersey: Greetings: Membership Committee: The Commandery still continues to promote Templary through out the State. A program suitable for presentation in a Masonic Lodge has been put together by S.K. Mark Megee and others that exposes the Brothers to the other three bodies of the York Rite and has produced some petitions. Also, the Knights of Corson Commandery continue making presentations in Lodges, which have also resulted in new petitions. Although we take in members they are off-set by losses through various reasons, however we are in a positive state. More progress needs to be made, but we are moving in the right direction. York Rite Unity Committee: There has been no active meeting between the York Rite Bodies this past year although personal contact is still on-going. As noted in the Membership report, programs have been instituted which promote all three York Rite bodies to the Brothers of the Symbolic Lodges, in an effort to increase the membership of all the bodies. To my knowledge, the schedules of ME Grand High Priest, MI Grand Master, and the RE Grand Commander did not conflict, allowing the Companions and Sir Knights to attend any Official Visit that their Cable-tow permitted. By-Laws Committee: There has been By-Law changes submitted for approval. The Constitutional changes were approved and posted. Respectively Submitted SK Richard A. Hammill, VEDGC

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Asylum and Tactics Committee Report

To the Grand Commander, Officers and members of this Grand Commandery of New Jersey: Greetings: There were no changes to be made to Asylum Tactics for this Chivalric Year. All activates were under the direction of the Grand Inspector General, S. K. Charles Runyon. S.K. Runyon, assisted by S. K. M. Edward Verdi, II, the Grand Captain-General, conducted an excellent Festival this past October. Any other details concerning Tactics will be covered in the Grand Inspector General’s Report. I continue to urge the Sir Knights to adorn their Asylums with appropriate Templar material. We are our own Order, and should represent ourselves to all visitors as such. Show your pride in Templary! The Grand Encampment has issued an up-dated Tactics manual, and all Constituent Commanderies should obtain copies as soon as possible. Please disregard the old manuals. Respectfully Submitted, S. K. Scott A. Gothe Grand Captain General Chairman

Holy land Pilgrimage Committee Report

To the Grand Commander, Officers and members of this Grand Commandery of New Jersey: Greetings: No Commandery nominated a clergy member to travel to the Holy Land this past year. I urge all the Sir Knights and all the Commanderies to support this worthy cause. It is a direct application of our duty to be charitable, and a clear demonstration of our faith. All monies for this charity are handled by the Grand Recorder, and will be included in the financial portion of his report. Respectfully Submitted, S. K. Scott A. Gothe Grand Captain General Chairman

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Eye Foundation Committee Report

To the Grand Commander, Officers and members of this Grand Commandery of New Jersey: Greetings: Charity is one of the tenets of our Order, and what better way to show it than by helping others! I urge all the Sir Knights, and all the Commanderies, to support this very worthy endeavor. All monies for this charity are handled by the Grand Recorder, and will be included in the financial portion of his report. Respectfully Submitted, S. K. Mark Megee Grand Senior Warden Chairman

Points System Committee Report

To the Grand Commander, Officers and members of this Grand Commandery of New Jersey: Greetings: All ten Commanders submitted a Points Report for the 2014 Chivalric year. The top three Commanderies will be announced by the RE Grand Commander during the Annual Conclave and/or Banquet, at his pleasure. I urge the Commanders to track the points earned by their Commanderies every month, and report them regularly to the Grand Generalissimo. I recommend that they provide their Sir Knights, especially their Officers, with a copy of the report form. That should serve as a reminder for the members to tell their Commander what they’ve been doing to represent Templary both within the Craft and in the world at large. These points are not being tallied to see how good a job an individual Commander is doing, but to see how much their Commanderies are participating in Templary. It provides the next Commander with a sense of what areas need improvement and what areas merely need to be fine-tuned. Respectfully Submitted, S. K. Scott A. Gothe Grand Generalissimo, Chairman

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Report of the Committee on Patriotic and Civic Activities

To the Right Eminent Grand Commander and the Sir Knights of the Grand Commandery of New Jersey;

Greetings;

Only two Commanderies reported on their activities for the past Templar Year. Helena Commandery #3 scheduled a food drive at the Acme Super Market. It went well considering the mini-blizzard they experienced. They garnered 13 shopping carts filled with food donations and they emotionally overwhelmed the Volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul’s local food bank when they brought several pick-up trucks filled with food to the Church Outreach Center. Flyers were handed out containing the names of our York Rite Bodies. Crusade Commandery #23 reported that they participated in several Community Events, such as NJ Polar Bear Plunge (for the Special Olympics) as well as visits to the NJ State Veteran’s Home, donating a wheelchair to a Veteran at the Home and participating in Honor Guards throughout the State. I am certain that other Commanderies took action, such as participating or assisting at ARC, or Special Olympics events; but they were not reported. Please remember the old axiom: If it’s not written down, it never happened. Please take time to report all activity. Respectfully submitted, SK and Rev. Mark E. Megee Grand Junior Warden

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Grand Historians Report

“The perfect historian is he in whose work the character and spirit of an age is exhibited in miniature.” Far from being the perfect historian and there being absolutely no written criteria or job description for the position of Grand Historian of the Grand Commandery, I have taken it upon myself to give my perceptions and interpretations of the current state of both the Profane and Masonic world. A very brief contemporary account to give a bird’s-eye view of our times to future Masonic Historians. The year 2014, one hundred years after the beginning of World War I, “the war to end all wars.” Well, we’re still at war. We call this era “the age of information.” Unfortunately, most of the information is erroneous. Technology meant to simplify life, has made it more complicated. Of course, average life expectancy has increased, and there are a lot of really good shows on TV. Culturally and sociologically we are about to enter the “Dark Ages.” When people finally tear them-selves away from their communication devices, they talk to fast. Airplanes are consistently landing at the wrong airports and people driving cars seem to have forgotten how to use their turn signals. Terms like “excuse me” or “I beg your pardon”, are met with looks of bewilderment and non-comprehension. During the height of the Roman Empire, ignorance was fed with bread, and circuses, today its credit cards and the internet. Cornwallis, after his defeat, marched out of Yorktown to the tune of “The World is Turned Upside Down.” Freemasonry in New Jersey is turned upside down today. Instead of the Fraternity influencing the profane world, the opposite is true. Here’s a familiar contemporary quote circulating throughout our state, “If we don’t change our ways, we’re out of business!” I guess when we incorporated, we became a business. We have allowed the profane world to cross our thresholds and enter our lodge rooms. It’s easy to keep tobacco and alcohol out, you can see them. Originally lodges of Speculative Freemasons were formed to encourage open liberal secular discussions. Three hundred years later, I’ll probably be on somebody’s list for using the “L” word. Freemason used to mean “free thinker.” In 2014 we have two situations; the first one, a declining number of initiations. This is caused by a self-inflicted lobotomy. Every successful organization has a recruiting program to get the best people. We have none. The second situation confronting us is poor attendance. This is a very interesting phenomenon. We’ve had this problem for a generation or approximately 25 years. I see two reasons for this. Previously the fraternity experienced a post-World War II surge in membership, sort of like the Economic Bubble that exploded in 2008. Our membership bubble exploded and what we now have is statically closer to normal. That doesn’t explain all of it. When I first joined the Fraternity over 20 years ago, I did a lot of research on my own, just like most of our new members do today. There was a true spirit of brotherly love that seems to have gone sour particularly in the last decade. I call it the “Profane Invasion.” Whether in the banquet hall or even in open lodge, these new guys are bombarded by political or religious dogma, which is often inaccurate. They joined to get away from that stuff. That’s one reason they don’t come back. The conversation is no different than around the water cooler at work. The Lodge is meant to be a sort of “neutral zone”, a place to hone the intellect, expand the circle of our acquaintances, sit down with each other and have a good meal, get away from the outside world for a little bit, recharge our batteries, go forth and practice freemasonry in our communities. This is not happening. This is why the new guys don’t come back. We don’t practice what we preach. This is what they discover after just a few meetings. So there you have it my future brother historian. I leave you my brief perceptions and interpretations for the year of our Lord 2014, hoping that by 2114 people can still read. One thing I know will not change; no institution was ever founded on a better principle or raised on a more solid foundation. Fraternally submitted, Michael J. Maslanik Grand Historian

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Area (District) Realignments Grand Commander’s Banquet

and Installation of Officers

Saturday, March 6, 2015

The banquet was attended by 120, Sir Knights, their Ladies, Family and Friends.

At 7:00 PM, the Grand Commander Sir Knight John D. Barnes, welcomed everyone and asked S.K. Dennis Lacey, Grand Prelate to lead our invocation. After the Flag Salute, Sir Knight Barnes called on the representatives of DeMolay and Rainbow who each spoke briefly on their organizations aims and goals. Following them S.K. Barnes, REGC asked MI Companion Marcille, GM and ME Companion Williams, GHP to speak for their York Rite bodies. SK John D. Barnes took this time to honor our Ladies for allowing us to participate in Masonry and spoke briefly on the new Grand Commandery Award the Color Guard Award for service to this Grand Commandery asking the three recipients; SK’s Marshall Pelz, William Krzewick, III and Edward Hesley to rise and be recognized with a hearty round of applause. At this REGC Barnes asked SK Tsirimokos, NEDC for a few words, followed by a request of SK Goodwin, MEGM to hear from him as our Grand Master and concluding with the Grand Master of Masons of NJ speaking. SK John D. Barnes, REGC gave a short exit speech thanking everyone closing with a toast to the Grand Commandery of NJ. SK Robert Sheridan was requested to assume command as the Installing Grand Commander and the Ceremony of Installation was performed. SK Richard G. Robins, Sr., Thanked everyone for attending and reminded them of the Church Service tomorrow at 8:00 AM. and of the 45ers Meeting and that the Hospitality Room will be open until 11:30 PM. SK Dennis Lacey, Grand Prelate gave the closing prayer. SK John D. Barnes exited the Asylum at 9:00 PM under the customary Arch of Steel.

Grand Conclave of New Jersey Divine Church Service

Sunday March 8th , 2015

A Divine Service was held on Sunday Morning, conducted by S.K. Dennis Lacey,Grand Prelate. There were 24 Sir Knights and their Ladies in attendance. The collection offering amounted to $100.00, to be deposited into the Holy-Land fund.

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GRAND ENCAMPMENT HONORS

The Grand Encampment has a program of Honors which has two levels. Knight Grand Cross of the Temple and Knight Commander of the Temple. This program gives the Grand Encampment a way for honoring Sir Knights who have distinguished themselves in their field of endeavor. It does not limit itself to Masonry alone, but to qualify, a person must be a KnightTemplar. The recipients receive an engraved Patent and Jewel. The jewel may be worn on the uniform or on a tuxedo. The recipients may also use the letters KGC or KCT after their names; they should be introduced along with the Knights Templar Cross of Honor holders.

The following Sir Knight from New Jersey has been honored by being designated a,

Knight Grand Cross of the Temple.

Thurman C. Pace, Jr.

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The following Sir Knights from New Jersey have been honored by being designated a,

Knight Commander of the Temple

Richard C. Amme Eugenio Melendez John D. Barnes Donald D. Miller

Frederick J. Berenbroick Francis R. Mitchell William J. Berenbroick Thurman C. Pace, Jr.

Brian H. Blades Makia L. Pai Frank L. Blades, Sr. Douglas R. Policastro Richard L. Bruyer Richard G. Robins, Sr. Emil P. Busko Robert E. Schultz John J. Corrigan William E. Sharp Owen R. Henry Robert J. Sheridan

Richard Hammill Robert Thornborough Edward A. Hesley, Sr. Herbert R. Wood Michael F. Lakat Ronald J. York Robert Maynard Alvin L. Zach, Jr.

NEW JERSEY RECIPIENTS OF THE

KNIGHT TEMPLAR CROSS OF HONOR

“The award shall be made for exceptional and meritorious service rendered to the Order, far beyond the call of Duty, and beyond the service usually expected of an officer or member.” 1997 Donald W. Burdick Trinity No. 17 2000 John E. McDowell Crusade Mo. 23 2002 John F. Driscoll Atlantic No. 20 2004 Eugenio Melendez Trinity No. 17 2005 Robert Thornborough Olivet No. 10 2006 John B. Kulik Helena No. 3 2007 Robert W. Bates Cyrene No. 7 2008 Frederick E. Schlosser Corson No. 15 2009 Jeffery R. Chan Hugh dePayens No. 1 2010 M. Edward Verdi II Melita No. 13 2011 Robert M. Maynard Trinity No. 17 2012 Richard A. Hammill Trinity No. 17 2013 Scott A. Gothe Melita No. 13

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HUGH de PAYENS COMMANDERY NO.1 Masonic Temple, 129 Main St.

Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660 Meets the Fourth Monday of each month, except July and August

and December and Legal Holidays

2014 OFFICERS

Comm. Edward R. Kotwica Treas. Klaus Angermueller Gen. Robert E. Thompson Rec. Jeffrey R. Chan C.G. George Cameron St. B. Patrick N. Ben S.W. Robert D. Opicci Sw. B. Thomas M Rensvold J.W. Manuel Lizarazouribe War. John A. Driscoll Prel. Roy L. Lehmann Sen. Michael D. Costello

LIVING PAST COMMANDERS

Kirtland Flynn, Jr. John W. Terhune Harold B. Johnson Robert F. Wright Joseph A. Peloso Lyle Badger John A. Driscoll Frederick J. Eilert Hansel F. Asmar William C. Ennis, Jr. Frederick J.Berenbroick Frederick I. Waldron Roy L. Lehmann Thomas M Rensvold Peter Skerchock Herbert Henn William J. Berenbroick Paul M. Ferreira

Marchall J. Pelz Klaus Angermeuller Jeffrey R. Chan Patrick N. Ben Michael D. Costello

2014 Statistics

KNIGHTED: 3- Manuel Lizarazouribe – Scott Pinnix – Robert D. Opicci AFFILIATED: 0 – REINSTATED: 0 – DEMITTED: 3 – John H. Bautz – Javier F. Better – Omid J. Bayati SUSPENDED: 4 – Angelo A. Caprio – Jack J. Janssens – Michael C. Sarpa – Miguel E. Tersey DIED: 5- William J. Heim – Kirtland Flynn – Robert J. Searle – Henry Way – Daniel Lavagna PRESENT MEMBERSHIP: 114 12/31/2014

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HELENA COMMANDERY NO.3

Mt. Holly Masonic Temple, 15 Garden Street Mt. Holly, Burlington County

Meets the Third Thursday of Odd numbered months, except July and August & Dec.

2014 OFFICERS

Comm. Maki L. Pai Treas. Robert S. Middleton Gen. Jeffrey L. Alexander Rec. Daniel C. Adamo C.G. Roy Plummer, Jr. St. Bearer KennethT. Rafferty S.W. Paul Rivas Sw. B. Robert T. Dyson J.W. John L. Huber, Jr. War. Shaun C. Bozarth Prel. Robert N. Stutz Sen. Paul D. Loveland, Jr.

LIVING PAST COMMANDERS

Maurice S. Keirstead Clifton R. Morgan John T. Tomkinson, Sr. Donald D. Miller Paul D. Loveland, Jr. Robert S. Middleton Francis G. Spence John B. Kulik Charles William Gray Daniel C. Adamo Dennis W. Lacey Robert A. Bowen, Jr. Jeffrey L. Alexander

2014 Statistics

KNIGHTED: 1 - Steven E. Martin AFFILIATED: 5 – Frank L. Blades, Sr. – Derek M. Colquhoun – Edward T. Clifford, III – Thomas W. Stubbs – Lawrence W. Craver REINSTATED: 0 - DEMITTED: 2 – Roy Plummer, Jr. – James C. McDougall SUSPENDED: 3 – Raymond R. Doyle, Sr. – Keith T. Rafferty, Jr. – Perry M. Sutton

DIED: 0 –

PRESENT MEMBERSHIP: 56 12/31/2014

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CYRENE COMMANDERY NO. 7 Clarksboro Masonic Temple, 181 W. Cohawkin Road

Clarksboro, Gloucester County Meets the Third Thursday of each month, except July and August

2014 OFFICERS

Comm. Bruce E. Campbell, Sr. Treas. William E. Sharp, PC Gen. Steven M, Smereglia Rec. Edward A. Hesley, Sr. PC C.G. Daryll J. Slimmer St. Bearer Daniel Feldman, III S.W. Michael Cefaratti, II I Sw. B. Harry May III J.W. Robert Ford War. Bruce E. Campbell, Sr. Prel. Edwin E. Beaver, PC Sen. Harry May III

LIVING PAST COMMANDERS

Thomas A. Dunlap Owen R. Henry Robert W. Bates Richard Sowers James McFarland, Jr. Edwin E. Beaver Charles P. Runyan Emil P. Busko Edward A. Hesley, Sr. William E. Sharp Van R. Powely Harry S. May,III Bruce E. Campbell Sr.

2014 Statistics

KNIGHTED: 3 – Robert C. Murray, II – Joseph D. Sauro – Frank E. Vit AFFILIATED: 0- REINSTATED: 0- DEMITTED: 0 - SUSPENDED: 2 – Herbert Egberts– David F. Spaeth

DIED: 3 – John Brenner – Thomas A. Dunlap – Anthony P. Schiavo

PRESENT MEMBERSHIP: 49 12/31/2014

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ST. JOHNS COMMANDERY NO. 9 1515 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ

Meets the Fourth Thursday of each month, except July and August

2014 OFFICERS

Comm. Victor Moschella Treas. Maxim G. Marcille, Jr. Gen. John T. Lindson, Jr Rec. C. K Leverett C.G. Antonio Abano St. B. James R. Galarza S.W. John Dziedzic Sw. B. Edmund E. Agatep J.W. Steven C. Young War. Ronald D. Hunte, Jr. Prel. Emery A. Enz Sen. Mark S. Enz

LIVING PAST COMMANDERS

Richard E. Yard Alvin L. Zack, Jr. Brian H. Blades Soren J. Thomsen Joseph F. Musil, Jr. Robert G. Woods Emery A. Enz Herbert R. Wood Mark S. Enz Robert E. Schultz Emil W.Habeeb Alfred Chiappa Thomas Cornell Maxim G. Marcille, Jr. George Petranponakis

2014 Statistics

KNIGHTED: 4 – Travis E. Davis – Michael J. Hitchner – Russell Mead – Joseph G. Wyse AFFILIATED: 1 - Richard A. Hammill REINSTATED: 0 - DEMITTED: 1 - David A. Reed SUSPENDED: 7 - William A. Anderson, II – Douglas A. Patrick – Raymond E. Weaver – Michael B. Anderso – Anthony M. Correra – James A. Gordon DIED: 0 – PRESENT MEMBERSHIP: 91 12/31/2014

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Olivet COMMANDERY NO.10 Masonic Temple, 1550 Landis Ave. Vineland, Cumberland County

Meets the Third Tuesday of each month, except July, August and December

2014 OFFICERS

Comm. David Madera Treas. Robert Thornborough Gen. Charles Dewoody Rec. Thomas Riggio C.G. Charles Taylor St. Br Justin Falciani S.W. George Loper. III Sw. B. Frank Kovaks J.W. Vincenzio Macreano War. Paul Stevens Prel. Barry R. Ballurio, Sr. Sen. Michael Maslanic

LIVING PAST COMMANDERS

Edward Abbott Richard Westergaard Robert Thornborough

Thomas Riggo Paul Stevens David Wheaton, Sr. Barry R. Ballurio, Sr. Newlin R. Williams Dennis Huey Michael Maslanik David Madera

2014 Statistics

KNIGHTED: 1 - Josef L. DeKovacs AFFILIATED: 0 - REINSTATED: 0 - DEMITTED: 1 – Ronald B. Secchiutti SUSPENDED: 5 – Frederick Gross – George Jamison – John C. Partington – William P. Sutton – Richard Wycoff

DIED: 1- Robert T. Shannon

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MELITA COMMANDERY NO. 13 Masonic Temple, 39 Maple Ave. Morristown

Morris County Meets the Third Wednesday of each month, except, July, August and December

2014 OFFICERS

Comm. Tony Shakkour Treas. Scott Gothe Gen. Michael F. Shepherd Rec. M. Edward Verdi II C.G. Vincent Gruccio St. B. Marco A. Ruiz-Perez S.W. John H. Thomas Sw. B. Gary Stoess J.W. David A. Reed War. Charles F. Cheetham Prel. Joseph Hodgkins Sen. Joseph Dumanov

LIVING PAST COMMANDERS

GeorgeJ. Sanderson Paul A. Werner Harry R. Pool, Jr. Carl J. Carlson Samuel H. Morgan Charles J.Cheetham John R. Margroff Douglas A. Houskeeper Suhail Jarrousch James Vander Veer Gary A. Stoess Scott A. Gothe M. Edward Verdi, II Glenn C. Cheetham Michael F. Shepherd Richard Forman Tony Shakkour

2014

Statistics

KNIGHTED: 0 – AFFILIATED: 2 - David A. Reed – Marco A. ruiz-Perez REINSTATED: 0 - DEMITTED: 1- Terrence Gellner SUSPENDED: 0 -

DIED: 0- PRESENT MEMBERSHIP: 103 12/31/2014

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CORSON COMMANDERY NO.15 Masonic Temple, 152 Maple Ave.

Red Bank, NJ Meets the Second Thursday of each month, except July, August and December

2014 OFFICERS

Comm. Daniel E. Terry Treas. Willian F. Drapczak Gen. Neal E. Bottomley Rec. Dennis L. Stewart C.G. Denis Johnson St. B. Christopher M. Heale S.W. Edward Stawicki Sw. B. Sean T. Moroney J.W. John W. Lord War. John D. Koratzanis Prel. Darren Gibson Sen. Richard Crosby

LIVING PAST COMMANDERS

Douglas R. Policastro Michael L. Hawks Dennis L. Stewart William F. Drapczak Robert T. Bell, Jr. Clifford D. Heller Francis S. Rutkowski Lawrence R. Jacobs John J. Keating Joseph C. Mc Cann Robert J. Crawford Neal E. Bottomley

2014 Statistics

KNIGHTED: 6 – Nicholas F. Ferrara – W. Thomas Fulton – Joseph N. Heaton – John G. Koratzanis – John W. Lord – Sean T. Moroney AFFILIATED: 1 - Mickey Guarduci REINSTATED: 0 - DEMITTED: 0 - SUSPENDED: 8 - Wayne R. Buchanan – Robson A. Francisco – George E. Gosney – Andrea C. Maieta – Thomas E. Moran – Robert J. Perry – Todd J. Styles – Arno H. weber DIED: 1 – Richard E. Faller, EPC PRESENT MEMBERSHIP: 116 12/31/2014

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Trinity COMMANDERY NO.17 Stationed at 1011 Central Avenue, Westfield, NJ 07090

Warrant Dated: June 26, 1889 Meets the Third Monday of each month, except July and August

2014 OFFICERS

Comm. Lawrence D. Thoma Treas. Richard L. Bruyer Gen. John A. Braun Rec. William M. Krzewick, III C.G. Richard D. Forman St. B. Richard Flanagan S.W. Michael L. Canavan Sw. B. Colin A.F. Gaskin J.W. Nicholas L. Paone War. Raymond Ortiz, II Prel. Brian H. Blades Sen. Barry J. Cummings

LIVING PAST COMMANDERS

Thurman C. Pace, Jr. Robert A. Tilkey Donald W. Burdick Frank L. Blades, Sr. Peter Yurecko John D. Barnes Robert Wegner Eugenio “Mel” Melendez Ronald J. “Bud” York Scott Wiese William L. Morris, Jr. Paul M. Ferreira John J. Corrigan Robert B. Maynard Richard W. Brewster William M. Krzewick, III Piers A. Vaughan M. Edward Verdi II Richard A. Hammill Robert J. Morton Lawrence R. Jacobs Mario J. Bolanos, Jr. Richard L. Bruyer Moises I Gomez John A. Braun Lawrence D. Thoma

2014 Statistics

KNIGHTED: 4 - Jay M. Amore – Csaba J. Gal – Jeffrey Boland – Michael R. Stigliano AFFILIATED: 0 - REINSTATED: 1 – Robert D. Wills DEMITTED: 1 - Lawrence R. Jacobs SUSPENDED: 8 - Jack A. Browamy – Jack N. Chekjian – Mohamad B. Chenawi – Charles H. Hoens, III – Dean Horrocks – Roger R. Mussa – Richar P. Stokes – Steven D. Zamouzakis

DIED: 4 – Richard E. Faller – Wallie Pfeiffer - Verdon R. Skipper – Philip T. Sproul

PRESENT MEMBERSHIP: 128 12/31/2014

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ATLANTIC COMMANDERY NO.20 Masonic Temple, 401 Parkertown Dr.

Little Egg Hrbr. Twp., NJ Meets the Second Wednesday of each month, except July and August

and December

2014 OFFICERS

Comm. David Bruner Treas. Matthew Macready Gen. Darren Gibson Rec. Donald Franks C.G. Robert J. Sheridan St. Br. Albert Davenport S.W. Joseph Avanti Sw. B. Paul Best J.W. Albert Davenport War. Jack Lanorith Prel. Frank Rotkowski Sen. Richard Robins

LIVING PAST COMMANDERS

Robert S. Uhl Jay Arabia Robert J. Sheridan William Bateson(Hon) Robert Schiffer William E. Sharp Richard Robins Donald E. Franks Matthew Macready David Tucker Paul Best

2014 Statistics

KNIGHTED: 1- Scott Rivera AFFILIATED: 0 - REINSTATED: 0 - DEMITTED: 2 – Kenneth Parker – Jack Ruch SUSPENDED: 10 - Dana Baird – Brian Giles – Wayne Liberty - Joseph Maillet – Joseph Mezzina – Edward Mobray – Frank Palmisano – John Quinn – Charles Robinson – Peter Saunders DIED: 2- Robert Field, EPC – Samuel Haspel PRESENT MEMBERSHIP: 40 12/31/2014

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CRUSADE COMMANDERY NO. 23 Haddonfield Masonic Temple, 16 Kings Hwy

Haddonfield, Camden County Meets the First Thursday of each month, except July, August and December

2014 OFFICERS

Comm. Frank Bogdzio Treas. Lee A.Grimes Gen. John W. Bernhardt Rec. David M. Berkey C.G. Joseph A. Buono St. B. John R. Corliss S.W. John Zioance Sw. B. Ronald Herzog J.W. Vincent L. Baehr War. Lawrence W. Craver Prel. Richard C. Amme Sen. Jay Belis

LIVING PAST COMMANDERS

Samuel G. Scott Ronald W. Brining Richard H. Williamson Robert W. Bates John E. McDowell Earnest E. Fricks Emil P. Busko William C. Godfrey Charles A. Castley John F. Daugherty Raymond C. Thorne Russell T. Carvin, Jr. Albert C. Hann Richard C. Amme Peter M. Destefano David M. Berkey Lee A. Grimes David R. Saunders William E. Stockum George R. Saunders Mark Megee 2014

Statistics KNIGHTED: 4 – Gregory J. Adams – James L. Candelora – Mark S. Juchniewitz – John P. Leech AFFILIATED: 0 - REINSTATED: 1 - Edward C. Fletcher DEMITTED: 2- Ronald W. Brinning – Joseph H. Rival, Jr. SUSPENDED: 16 - Eugene O. Bathurst – Robert A. Buck – Mathew A. Calo – Kenneth F. Carpenter – John F. Daugherty – Peter M. Destefano – Mickey Guarduci – Greg Guerina – Alex LeCroce – Dale A, Lynth – Todd Mertz – Carlos G. Morales – Clarence E. Musselman – Brian J. Read – Dean F. Rutle – Kenneth L. Ruter, III – Mathew D. Toth DIED: 1 - Samuel G. Scott PRESENT MEMBERSHIP: 6 8 12/31/2014 49

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GRAND REPRESENTATIVES TO NEW JERSEY FROM: State/Country Representative Residence Alabama James David Glenn 1311 Stuart Ave. SW Decatur, AL 35601 Arizona Frank Belluardo 4731 Calle Chico Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 Arkansas Carl M. Phillips 1015 West Semmes Avenue Osceola, 72370 California Howard W. Ramsey 5160 Poston Dr. San Jose, CA 95136-3320 Colorado Stanley A. Gardner 1629 Garwood Dr. Pueblo, CO 81005 Connecticut Charles D. O’Neil 23 Forty Acre Mountain Rd. Danbury, CT 06811 Delaware Rev. James R. Herrington 324 Stamford Dr. Newark, DE 19711 District of Columbia John C. Werner, II 8907 Southwick Street Fairfax, VA 22031 Florida Harry A. Rosenthal, Jr. 329 Bradock Avenue Daytona Beach, FL 32018 Georgia Storey A. Tate 1545 Storey Lane Jefferson, GA 30549 Idaho James G. Cox 11327 N. Friar Dr. Hayden, ID 83835 Illinois Earl F. Wys 2625 N. Woodland Dr. Peoria, IL 61604 Indiana LarryE. Gray 2250E.CR 550N. Greenfield, IN 46140 Iowa Marion L. Reinhardt 6601 Bowman Court, NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 Italy Aurelio Salsi Via Vespucci 22 10128 Torino, Italy Kansas David F. Snyder 820 N. Old Manor Road Wichita, KS 67208 Kentucky Raymond Swanson 2403 Elcler Pic Rd. La Grange, KY 40031 Louisiana Roy B. Tuck 3378 Savage Forks Road Leesville, LA 71446 Maine Robert W. Ferguson P.O. Box 97 Springvale, ME 04043 Maryland Thomas Heimiller 12702 Lee Ben Road Kingsville, MD 21087 Mass. & R.I. Richard W. VanDoren 53 Wintergreen Way Groton, MA 01450 Michigan William J. Dover 2257 N. Vassar Road Burton, MI 4850 Minnesota George A. James 11751 West River Hill Dr. #315 Burnsville, MN 55337 Mississippi Robert L. Davis 2238 Wood Street Tupelo, MS 38801 Missouri Blair C. Mayford 14 Duffy Court St. Peters, MO 63370

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GRAND REPRESENTATIVES TO NEW JERSEY FROM: State/Country Representative Residence Montana Earl A. Martin, Jr. 3600 American Way #236 Missoula, MT 59808-1377 Nebraska William K. Stone 11809 S. 53rd St. Papillion, NE 668133 Nevada David J. Baba 1290 Westwood Reno, NV 89509 New Hampshire Edward M. Younker 49 W. Broadway Derry, NH 03038 New Mexico Dickerson R.Watkins 602 Mesilla Street NE Albuquerque, NM 87 108-2048 New York George Alvin Harrison 187-05 Williamson Ave. Springfield Gardens, NY 11413 North Carolina Roger L. Cook 2509 Torbay Ct. Raleigh, NC 27613 North Dakota Martin R. Bless 1833 N. Washington Street Bismark, ND 58501 Ohio Charles L. Paine 51304 SR 26 Beallsville, OH 43716-9407 Oklahoma Charles L. Stuckey 6099 Rustic Road Ponca City, OK 74604 Oregon Raymond A. Ruff, Jr. 5040 SW 175th Avenue Aloha, OR 97007 Pennsylvania Douglas M. Rowe Masonic Temple, 1 N. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19014 Philippians Eliseo B. Fajardo, Jr. 30 St. Peregrine St. Barangka, Marikina, City Philippians Portugal Antonio G. Lebre Rua Joao Saraiva, 34-1 Portugal South Carolina R. Butler Satterfield P.O. Box 38 Laurens, SC 29360 South Dakota Richard M. Lother 124 Gilly Avenue S. Brookings, SD 27006 Tennessee Bob F. Stephenson 300 Maple View Street Smyma, TN 37167 Texas Richard R. Jernigan 1200 Darbyton Dr. Hewitt, TX 76643 Utah John C. Liley 7079 Brent Ln. Cottonwood Hgts., UT 84088 Vermont Palmer E. Martin 84 Washington St. Bane, VT 05641 Virginia Joseph P. Westfall, Jr. PO Box 665 Colonial Heights, VA 23834-2702 Washington Ace James 605 Columbus Ave. Moxee, WA 98936 West Virginia Gene Ray Baker 11 Snedeker Road Wheeling, WV 26003-7328 Wisconsin Frederick Goering N6446 Emery Ansorge Rd. # 155 Cecil, WI 54111 Wyoming Donald A. Heiser 119 S. Cleveland St. Laramie, WY 82070

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GRAND REPRESENTATIVE FROM NEW JERSEY TO: Alabama Thurman C. Pace, Jr. Westfield Alaska William C. Godfrey Lawnside Arizona Eugenio Melendez Spotswood Arkansas Richard E. Faller Atlantic Highlands California Van R. Powley Glassboro Colorado Alvin L. Zach, Jr. East Brunswick Connecticut Robert E. Schultz Maplewood Delaware Stephen Lutz Rahway District of Columbia William M. Krzewicki III North Brunswick Florida Lee Grimes Bellmawr Georgia; Jeffrey R. Chan River Edge Idaho Donald W. Burdick Easton, PA Illinois William E. Sharp Williamstown Indiana John J. Keating Manahawkin Iowa Marshall Pelz Bogota Italy Richard Williamson Medford Kansas Michael J. Maslanik Greenwich Kentucky John D. Barnes Maplewood Louisiana Victor C. Moschella New Providence Maine Emil P. Busko Clementon Maryland Douglas R. Policastro Toms River Mass/R.I. Frederick J. Berenbroick Leonia Michigan John A. Driscoll Belleville Minnesota Brian H. Blades Somerset Mississippi Charles J. Cheetham Wayne Missouri E. Eugene Fricks Blackwood

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GRAND REPRESENTATIVE FROM NEW JERSEY TO: Montana Rob Maynard Summit Nebraska Donald E. Franks Absecon Nevada Dennis M. Huey Linwood New Hampshire M. Edward Verdi III Wayne New Mexico Michael F. Lakat Ringoes New York Robert J. Sheridan Absecon North Carolina John F. Daugherty, Jr. Barrington North Dakota John Corrigan Parlin Ohio Joseph A. Peloso New York Oklahoma Newlin Williams Bridgeton Oregon Richard Robins Parkertown Pennsylvania Mark E. Megee Heightstown Philippines Francis S. Rutkowski Manahawkin Portugal Richard A. Hammill Westfield South Carolina Lawrence D. Thoma Chatham South Dakota Edwin E. Beaver Pennsauken Tennessee Edward A. Hesley, Sr. Mantua Texas Herbert R. Wood Whitehouse Station Utah Dennis L. Stewart Beachwood Vermont William J. Berenbroick Leonia Virginia Scott A. Gothe Morris Plains Washington Charles P. Runyan Sewell West Virginia Robert Thornborough Millville Wisconsin Thomas Riggio Vineland Wyoming Emery A. Enz Cranford

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MASONIC INFORMATION SECTION

MASONIC CALENDAR

Ancient Craft Masons – Commencing their era with the creation of the world, calling it Anno Lucis (A.L.), “In the year of light” Add 4000 years to the common era: Thus 2008 and 4000 = 6008

Royal Arch Masons – Date from the year the second temple was commenced by Zerubabbel, Anno Inventionis (A.I.),

“In the year of discovery” Add 530 years to the common era: Thus 2008 and 530 = 2538

Order of High Priesthood – Date from the year of blessing of Abram by the High Priest Melchizadek, Anno Benefacio (A.B.), “In the year of Blessing” Add 1913 years to the common era: Thus 2008 and 1913 = 3921

Royal and Select Masons – Date from the year in which the Temple of Solomon was completed, Anno Depositions (A.Dep.), “In the year of deposit” Add 1000 years to the common era: Thus 2008 and 1000 = 3008

Knights Templar – Commence their era with the organization of their Order, Anno Ordinis (A.O.), “In the year of the Order”. From the Christian era take 1118: Thus 2008 and 1118 = 890

Scottish Rite – Same as Ancient Craft, except that the Jewish Chronology is used, Anno Mundi (A.M.),

“In the year of the world”. Add 3760 years to the common era: Thus 2008 and 3760 = 5768

THE ANCIENT ORDER OF THE TEMPLE

GRAND MASTERS FROM THE ORIGIN TO THE DEATH OF DE MOLAY

1. Hugh de Payens ………….…. 1113 12. Gilbert Horal ………………….. 1194 2. Robert de Burgundy ……….… 1136 13. Philip Duplessies ……………. 1201

3. Everard de Barri …………,….. 1146 14. William De Chartres ………….. 1217 4. Bernard de Trenelay ……,……. 1151 15. Peter De Montaigu …………… 1218 5. Bertrand de Blanquefor ..…… 1154 16. Herrmann De Perigord …………. 1233

6. Philip de Naplou ………….… 1169 17. William De Sonnac …………….. 1247 7. Odo de St. Amand ……….….. 1171 ` 18. Reginald Vichier ………………. 1251 8. Arnold Dc Torroge ……….…. 1180 19. Thomas Berard ………………… 1257 9. Gerard DeRiderfort ……… …. 1183 20. William De Beaujen ……………. 1273

10. Walter …………………….…. 1189 21. Theobald Gaudin ………………. 1291 11. Robert De Sable ………….…. 1191 22. Jacques De Molay ………………. 1295

(De Molay died in 1313)

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Constituent Commanderies’ Top Three Officers & Recorders

Location and Meeting Schedule

Hugh de Payens Commandery No. 1 -2013 Masonic Temple, 129 Main Street, Ridgefield Park, NJ Meets: Fourth Monday each month, except for July and August and December E.C. – Edward R. Kotwica, 230 Summer Ave., Unit 66B, Roselle Pk., NJ 07204-1260 (973)766-5643 Gen. – Robert E. Thompson, PO Box 356, River Edge, NJ 07661-0356 C.G. – Geeorge Cameron, 205 Seaview Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07305-2412 Rec. – Jeffrey R. Chan, 220 Oak Ave., River Edge, NJ 07661 (201) 487-7524

Helena Commandery No. 3 - 2014 Mt. Holly Masonic Temple, 15 Garden St. Mt. Holly NJ, Burlington County Meets: Third Thursday odd months; January, March, May, September, November E.C. – Derek M. Colquohoun, 120 Ulmer Ave., Oreland, PA 19075 (267)975-6199 Gen. – Lawrence W. Craver, 16 Maple Av., New Egypy, NJ 08533 (609) 286-3331 C.G. – Paul Rivas, 604 Trenton Rd., PO Box 25, Browns Mills, NJ 08015 (609) 8936-8210 Rec. – Jeffrey L. Alexander, 49 Nottingham Way, Eastampton, NJ 08060 (609) 261-1760 Cyrene Commandery No. 7 -2014 Clarksboro Masonic Temple, 181 W. Clarksboro Rd. Clarksboro, NJ Gloucester County Meets, Third Thursday, except July and August E.C. – James N. Earle 1762 Crown Point Rd. Unit 568, Thorofare, NJ 08086 (856) 845-1216 Gen. – Steven M. Smereglia 337 Allen Ave. Salem, NJ 08079 (609) 420-6127 C.G. – D a r y l l J. Slimmer,58 Country Club Rd., Pine Hill, NJ 08021 (609) 202-7467 Rec. – Edward A. Hesley, Sr., 185 Cardinal Ave. Mantua, NJ 08051 (856) 468-7812

St. Johns Commandery No. 9 - 2014 Masonic Temple, 1550 Irving St. Rahway, Middlesex County Meets Fourth Thursday, except July and August and November E.C. – Victor Moschella, 906 Springfield Ave. New Providence, NJ 07974 Gen. – John T. Lindson, Jr., 254 Morgan Av.,S. Amboy, NJ 08879 C.G. – Antonio Albano, PO Box 1235, Piscataway, NJ 08855 Rec. –C.K. Leverett, 18 Buttonwood Ave. Eatontown, NJ 07724 (732) 578-0748

Olivet Commandery No. 10 - 2014 Masonic Temple, 1065 Landis Ave. Vineland, Cumberland County Meets, Third Tuesday, except July, Aug. and December E.C. - David W. Madara,, 6678 Harding Hwy., Mays Lndng, NJ 08330 Gen. – Charles DeWoody, Jr., 1090 Strwberry Av., Vineland, NJ 08360 C.G. – Charles E. Taylor, Jr., 10600 W. Buckshutem Rd., Millville, NJ 08332 (856) 455-2458 Rec. – Thomas Riggio, 591 N. West Ave., Vineland, NJ 08360 (856) 305-1860

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Constituent Commanderies’ Top Three Officers & Recorders

Location and Meeting Schedule

Melita Commandery No. 13 - 2014 Morristown Masonic Center, 39 Maple Ave. Morristown, NJ Passaic County Meets Third Wednesday, except April, July, August and December E.C. – Tony Shakkour , 194 McDonald Dr. Wayne, NJ 07470 (973) 305-8289 Gen. –Michael F. Shepherd, 24 Rhea Run. Newton, NJ 07860 (201) 788-3969 C.G. – Vincent Gruccio, 36 Walnut Valley Rd., Columbia, NJ 07832 (201) 400-2427 Rec. – M. Edward Verdi II, 189 Berdan Ave. # 136 Wayne, NJ 07470 (201) 404-0888

Corson Commandery No. 15 - 2014 Masonic Temple, 152 Maple Ave. Red Bank, Monmouth County Meets, Second Thursday, except July and August and Holidays E.C. – Daniel E. Terry, 613 Burnside St., Toms River, NJ 08757 (732) 244-1253 Gen. – Neal E. Bottomley, 1058 Manner Ave. Manahawkin, NJ 08050 (609) 978-0980 C.G. – Denis W. Johnson, 932 Lincoln Ave., Pine Bch., NJ 08741 (732) 286-7970 Rec. – Dennis L. Stewart, 1421 Longboat Ave. Beachwood, NJ 08722 (732) 244-2639 Trinity Commandery No. 17 - 2014 Masonic Temple, 1011 Central Ave. Westfield, Union County Meets, Third Monday, except July and August E.C. – Lawrence D. Thoma 420 River Road #H 1 Chatham, NJ 07928 (908) 531-4181 Gen. – John A. Braun, 664 Summit Ave. Kenilworth, NJ 07033 (908) 298-1230 C.G. –Richard D. Forman, 406 Tall Oak Ln., Hillsborough, NJ 08844 (908) 359-6501 Rec. –William M. Krzewick, III, 2127 Excelsior Ave. North Brunswick, NJ 08902 (732) 421-2402 Atlantic Commandery No. 20 -2014 Masonic Temple, 563 Zion Rd., Egg Hrbr. Twp., 08205, Cape May County Meets, Second Wednesday, except July, August and December E.C. - David Bruner, 4222 Fairway Dr., Mays Lndg, NJ 08330 (609) 437-4432 Gen. – Darren Gibson, 242 Keller St., Bayville, NJ 08721 (7329) 604-9779 C.G. – Robert Sheridan, 403 Breaker Dr., Galloway, NJ 0205 (609) 652-5390 Rec. – Donald E. Franks, 252 Marlin Rd., Absecon, NJ 08201 (609) 383-8348 Crusade Commandery No. 23 - 2014 Masonic Temple, 16 Kings Hwy Haddonfield, Camden County Meets, First Tuesday of each month, except July, August and December E.C. – John Bernhardt 1618 S. Broad St. Apt. 1, Trenton, NJ 08610 (609) 695-6331 Gen. – Joseph A. Buono, 636 Montclair Av., Wenonah, NJ 08090 (856) 464-79357 C.G. – John M. Zioance, 13 Mulray Ct., Deptford, NJ 08096 (856) 458-5724 Rec. – David M. Berkey, 11 Dunham Lane, Mt. Holly, NJ 08060 (215)416-7323

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Grand Commandery Officers 2014 – 2015 John D. Barnes (17) (Cyndi)……………..……………………………………..…….……...…..… Grand Commander 67 Jumping Brook Drive, Lakewood, NJ 08701 (732) 961-2054 Richard Robins, Sr. (20) (Cookie)…………….………..…………………………….... Deputy Grand Commander 401 Parkertown Dr. Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087 (609) 618-6433 Richard A. Hammill (17) …………………………………………….…..……….……………… Grand Generalissimo 211 Park Ave. Westfield, NJ 07090 (908) 232-9503

Scott A. Gothe (13) ………………………………………………...……….………………… Grand Captain General 11 Hawthorne Ave. Morris Plains, NJ 07950 (973) 292-2942 Richard C. Amme (23) ..…… ………….....…………………………………...……………… Grand Senior Warden 140 Hampshire Ave. Audubon, NJ 08106 (856) 546-6892 Mark E. Megee (23) …….……..….…………………………………………………..…..……… Grand Junior Warden PO Box 966,. Hightstown, NJ 08520 (609) 301-8811 William F. Drapczak (15) ………..……………………..………………….…….…..……….… Grand Treasurer 21 Oxford Ct. Bordentown, NJ 08505 (609) 292-2942 Dennis L. Stewart (15) ………………………...…………..…………………………...…...…..…. Grand Recorder 1421 Longboat Ave. Beachwood, NJ 08722 (732) 244-2639 Dennis W. Lacey (3) …..….…..……………………………………………………………………..…….. Grand Prelate 319 Carleton Ln., Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054 (856) 235-1536 John Keating (15) ………………………………………………………………………….….. Associate Grand Prelate 1 Timber Ln., W. Creek, NJ 08092 (609) 661-0236 David Tucker (20) ………….. …..……….….………………….……………..….….……….... Grand Standard Bearer 218 Lincoln St., Hammonton, NJ 08037 (609) 277-1158 Jeffrey L. Alexander (23) ………….…………………….……………………………..………… Grand Sword Bearer 49 Nottringham Wy., Easthampton, NJ 08060 (609) 261-1760 Bruce E. Campbell (17) …….…...……………………………………….…....………..…….……… Grand Warder 31 N. Stumpy Rd., Carneys Pt.,, NJ 08069 (856) 299-6222 George Saunders (23). ……………………….………………...……………….……...………………. Grand Sentinel 6 Edgemont Rd., Gibbsboro, NJ 08026 Michael Shepherd (13) ..……………………..……….…………….....……...…………………... Grand Marshal 24 Rhea Run Newton, NJ 07860 (201) 788-3969 Marshal Pelz (1) …….……………………………………….…………………………………………. Aide-de-Camp 73 E. Ft. Lee Rd., Apt. 3, Bogota, NJ 7603 (732) 736-6560 All Past Grand Commanders ………………………..…………………………..…………………… Protocol Aides

The next Grand Conclave of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the State of New Jersey will be held March 7-9, 2015, at the Holiday Inn, Somerset, NJ

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