These are the wise words of Sir Knight George D. Kivett, Jr., who is known far beyond the boundaries of Indianapolis for his long career as the Captain of Raper Commandery No. 1's Drill Team. Raper (named after Ohio Reverend William H. Raper) has been named National Champion more than any other in U.S. Knight Templar history. George has been nationally recognized as the most successful Drill Captain in the history of the Grand Encampment of the Knights Templar of the USA, serving from 1970 through 2007 and winning seven Triennial Drill Competitions out of eight, six of which were won consecutively.
George reaches another distinguished milestone in May:
The Indianapolis York Rite bodies will sponsor a celebration in which our dear friend, brother, companion, and Sir Knight George Kivett will be presented with the Award of Gold from all three York Rite bodies. The presentation will be held on the seventh floor of Indiana Freemasons' Hall in the Raper Commandery Asylum on Friday, May 21 at 7:00 P.M. Indiana Freemasons' Hall is located at 525 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN. A catered dinner will be served in the second floor Reception Hall immediately following the ceremony. Information on the cost of dinner and where to RSVP will come in the next several days. All Freemasons, friends, and family of Sir Knight Kivett are invited to attend. Please plan to join us in honoring George for fifty years of dedicated service to the York Rite.
George has had a very distinguished York Rite career and is well known throughout the United States for having served as Captain of several Raper Commandery Drill Teams that became National Champions. In addition to his many other awards and memberships in invitational bodies, George is also an Honorary Past Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Indiana.
Sincerely and fraternally,
James R. Dillman, Eminent Commander
Raper Commandery #1
Carson C. Smith, High Priest, Illustrious Master
Indianapolis Royal Arch Chapter #5
Indianapolis Council of Cryptic Masons #2
George D Kivett, Jr, was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason at Mystic Circle Lodge No 685 on June 28th, 1958. He was exalted as a Royal Arch Mason at Indianapolis Chapter No 5 and greeted as a Royal & Select Master at Indianapolis Council No 2 on March 18th, 1960. He was dubbed and created a Knight of the Temple at Raper Commandery No 1 on March 23rd, 1960. He has received the Grand Commandery’s Distinguished Service Award. He is a Knight of the York Cross of Honor (KYCH), a Knight Commander of the Temple (KCT), and an Honorary Past Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Indiana.