Last night [February 1, 2010], Silangan ceremoniously received its charter and shield at its Stated Conclave.
The principal guest in attendance was Sir Knight Joseph W. Lucas, KCT, Right Eminent Grand Commander, Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the State of Illinois.
The charter and shield was presented by Sir Knight Jesse L. Johns, Sr. Right Eminent Past Grand Commander, Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the State of Illinois. Others in the entourage were the other Grand Commandery officers.
Also came to grace the occasion were the other two highest officers of the other York Right Bodies; Companion Joseph H. Santisteban, Most Excellent High Priest of Royal Arch Masons, Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois; and Companion Earl F. Wys, Most Illustrious Grand Master, The Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of the State of Illinois.
Others in attendance were the following Right Eminent Grand Commanders, Grand Commandery of Knights Templars of the State of Illinois and their years of office:
REPGC John Thomas Riedas, Sr. - 2004-2005
REPGC Pressly Alvin Laird - 2005-2006
REPGC William Howard Brown - 2006-2007
REPGC Howard Wayne Hoffman - 2007-2008
REPGC Jesse L. Johns, Sr. - 2008-2009
Also present was the Representative of the Grand Commandery of the State of Illinois to the Grand Commandery of the Philippines.
Everyone in attendance have lots of fun and enjoyed the fellowship of our senior companions and Grand Officers. Attached are the photos of the event.
SK Rolly, KT
Brethren & all,
Let's all congratulate all our brethren in Silangan Commandery # 93 of the Grand Commandery of the Knights of Templar of the State of Illinois. It's another great accomplishment by our Filipino American brethren from Illinois.
MORE POWER & KEEP UP THE GOOD WORKS.
Sincerely & fraternally,
Angalo # 63 Vigan City
Jose Rizal # 1172 NYC
Naomi # 87 Norfolk, VA
GS Fajardo # 383 Manila
Maynilad UD Washington DC