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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Yeoman of York

I had the honor yesterday of being made a member of the Indianapolis Yeoman of York Preceptory No. 4.

The organization exists to recognize those who have contributed extraordinary service to the Blue Lodge and to the bodies of the York Rite.

Members of the Yeoman of York are distinguished by a black beret, with a combined York Rite bodies patch. (The image above is a stylized version by Indiana's talented WBro. Steven McKim.)

Thanks especially to Brother Carson Smith for proposing me for this honor.

I previously posted incorrect information about the qualifications for this group. while Yeomen of York is an invitational body, you do NOT have to be a Past-Presiding of the Blue Lodge, Chapter, Council or Commandery. But you cannot be an officer in the Yeomen of York unless you have received the KYCH (Knight of York Cross of Honor).


  1. Brother Chris,

    Congratulations a well deserved honor! I had not heard of the Yeoman of York. Is there a website for this organization?

  2. Not that I've been able to find. (Dan Pushee, where are you?) I don't know how widespread a group it is.

  3. It's primarily an Indiana organization. I know there are some outposts elsewhere, but it's mainly here.

  4. I'm not sure if they're referred to as a Council, Conclave, Lodge, or what, but I know that one was recently chartered in Southern Illinois. Mt Vernon area, I believe. I have looked without success to find some information about this group on the web, so I'll keep looking back to see if anyone else has had any luck. Congratulations on your admittance. Fraternally, Michael McDorman

  5. They are also very active in Missouri.

    Spencer Riley 32
    Knight Templar
    Sword of Bunker Hill

  6. A second Preceptory (Chicago Preceptory #13) was just initiated today (June 9th, 2012) in Batavia, Illinois and serves the northern part of the State at this time.

    It is an invitational body and to be a member, you must be active in all four York Rite bodies. In addition, you must meet at least one of the following qualifications:
    1 - Be a KYCH member
    2 - Be a past-presiding officer in at least one of the York Rite bodies
    3 - Be an active York Rite member in all 4 bodies for a period of at least 5 years

    At some point in the near future I plan on creating a website for this Preceptory and hopefully it will help provide more insight on the organization.

  7. I just got an invite to join as well, sweet.


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