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Friday, March 04, 2016

Templars' Grand Encampment 200th Anniversary Celebration and Commemorative Malta Jewel

This was announced in January's Knight Templar Magazine, but in case you didn't see it, I present it here. The Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States Bicentennial Committee has offered a new commemorative Malta jewel for the special occasion. 

The jewel was designed by Sir Knight John Bridegroom, who is well known to the Masonic community as the owner of The Masters Craft, and as the art director of The Journal of the Masonic Society. He designs custom jewels and jewelry for Freemasons all over the world.

From the KT magazine:
The Grand Encampment, as a part of its bicentennial celebration, has minted a unique Malta Jewel to be presented to those who are knighted on or after August 15, 2015, and through December 31, 2016. These jewels will be in the new member packets sent to these Sir Knights based upon input into MMS (YRIS). In some cases they will be presented when the Order of the Temple is conferred at special events or classes. Requests to be considered a special class should be directed to the Grand Master for approval. If the Grand Master designates such a class, it will be coordinated with the office in Houston. 
Those who are already Sir Knights may purchase one of these jewels; however, these will have a slightly different ribbon to distinguish them from the bicentennial candidates’. These jewels with solid black ribbons are available to our Sir Knights as souvenirs and cost $25 each. They may be purchased from Grand Encampment officers including department commanders or directly from the office in Houston. If purchasing from Houston, it is highly encouraged to send an order for a Commandery or Grand Commandery to avoid the excessive cost of sending individual jewels. The Grand Recorder would prefer not to receive 3,000 orders of one jewel each.
Meanwhile, for information, pricing, and a registration form about the 200th Anniversary Celebration in New York on July 22rd, 23th and 24th, 2016, CLICK HERE

Registration deadline is June 1st, so don't procrastinate.

The preliminary program is:

Friday, July 22
Night Cocktail reception, (6:00pm – 7:30pm) Cruise on the east River, or other location (details forthcoming)
Night Cocktail reception, (6:00pm – 7:30pm) Cruise on the east River, or other location (details forthcoming) 
Saturday, July 23
Morning: tiled order of the temple at Grand Lodge of NY in period costume
(Number of Candidates limited to 100). 
Afternoon: Re-enactment of organizational meeting. Location TBD
Guest Speakers: Mr. Mike Neville, London, England; and Mr. Pierrie de Ravel de Esclapon, Vice President of the Chancellor Robert R. Livingston Library in NYC. Brevities from SK Duane Vaught, MEGM and MWGM Jeffrey Williamson. Ladies and Guests invited. 
Sunday, July 24
11:00am Church Service –Church of the Incarnation 35th Street and Madison Ave ( The Church of Ted Harrison, PMEGHP)
Class A uniform 
See the website for registration prices, hotel rooms, and form.
The Bicentennial's hotel is the Martha Washington Hotel (soon to be renamed The Redbury) in New York, and the rate is $221/night. Registration fee for the event is  $50/person. Optional New York area tours are offered.


  1. Finally, I'll get to own one of Brother Bridegroom's creations!

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  3. Kinda late for the party but would love to get one or two of the Bicentennial Jewels with the black ribbon. I am a Past Commander of Plantagenet Commandery #12 in Milledgeville, Ga. I would appreciate the information on how to purchase them. My email is tprosser@putnamcountysheriff.org / cell numbers are 478-288-0191 or 478- 288-7977. Thank you in advance!
    Tim L. Prosser

  4. I realize that I am a little late but... We are celebrating our 200th anniversary in our blue lodge, Benevolent #3 and I would like to order a few of the Bicentennial Jewels with the Black Ribbon for myself and a couple of the Past Commanders of our Commandery (Plantagenent #12). Could you please advise how to make the order.
    I would appreciate a reply to tprosser@putnamcountysheriff.org or 478 288 0191 or 478 2887977.
    Thank you in advance,
    ~Tim L. Prosser


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