HISTORY OF THE
COLORADO GRAND COMMANDERY
OF KNIGHTS TEMPLAR
The Colorado Grand Commandery Knights Templar was constituted after a schism from Casa Del Sol Grand Commandery in April 1995 (there are many theories as to the exact cause of the schism).
In April 1995 the annual Conclave of Casa Del Sol Grand Commandery was held in Denver, Colorado with Ira C. Meadows Commandery #55 as the host Commandery. Commanderies present were Ira C. Meadows #55 (Denver) and Prince of Peace #33 (Colorado Springs). Commanderies from New Mexico were absent as were their representatives and no communications were tendered to explain the absenteeism.
At that point, Grand Eminent Commander protem, Tommy R. Kennedy, appraised the body concerning the discussion held with the MW Grand Master of New Mexico, and the insistence of the later that they (i.e. New Mexico) did not want any association with Colorado. Note: this is one of the theories.
For lack of a quorum to hold the Grand Conclave, and the pre-requisite towards becoming a Grand Commandery, Grand Eminent Commander, Tommy R. Kennedy, granted dispensations to form Commanderies in Aurora, Colorado (William B.S. Harris UD) and in the Republic of South Korea (James H. Herndon UD).
The Casa Del Sol Grand Conclave recessed at 12:00 noon.
At 1.00 pm labor began for the Colorado Grand Commandery Knights Templar, PHA.
William B.S. Harris Commandery UD was chartered in 1996 as William B.S. Harris Commandery #3 and James H. Herndon UD (Korea) was chartered in 1999 as James H. Herndon Commandery #4.
Thus Ira C. Meadows (Denver) became #1, Prince of Peace (Colorado Springs) became #2, William B.S. Harris (Aurora) became #3 and James H. Herndon (Korea) became #4.
“By the Power of Truth”
Prepared by: MEPGEC Eji I. Nwuke
Most Eminent Grand Commander
MEGC Gary B Thomas
Very Eminent Grand Deputy Commander
PEC Bruce Williams
VE Grand Generalissimo
PGEC William C. Hardy Jr.
VE Grand Captain General
PEC William F. Turner
VE Grand Prelate
PEC George A. Coleman Jr.
VE Grand Senior Warden
PEC Jesse Buckmon
VE Grand Junior Warden
PEC Jerry Bowen
VE Grand Treasurer
MEPGC Leroy Wright
VE Grand Recorder
PGEC Arturo V. De Los Reyes
EC Nathaniel Richardson
Prince of Peace Commandery #2
513 North Prospect Street
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
EC William Turner
William B.S. Harris Commandery #3
650 Billings Street
Aurora, Colorado 80011
MOST EMINENT PAST GRAND COMMANDERS OF COLORADO
|Robert “Bob” Phillips||1985 – 1987 (1) (2) (*)
|1988 – 1990 (1) (*)
|Chester Hall||1992 – 1993 (1)
|Calvin Crowell||1995 (*) Died in office (1)
|Tommy R. Kennedy||Apr 1995 – Apr 1997 (1) (*)
|Roy Ward Jr||Apr 1997 – Oct 1998 (*)
|Eji I. Nwuke||Oct 1998 – Oct 2000
|Oct 2000 – Oct 2002|
|Fredrick D. Blue
|Oct 2002—Oct 2004
|Oct 2004—Oct 2006
|Willie L. Winfield
|Oct 2006—Oct 2008
|Garland A. Osborne||Oct 2008—Aug 2010
|Thomas J. Powell||Aug 2010—Jun 2012
|Leroy K. Wright||Jun 2012—Oct 2014
|Stefon Atmore||Oct 2015—Oct 2016
HONORARY PAST GRAND EMINENT COMMANDERS
|Claude W. Gray Sr.||1996|
|John L. Westbrook||1998(*)|
|William K. Wooden||1998(*)|
|Arturo V. De Los Reyes||2006|
(1) Casa Del Sol New Mexico Grand Commandery
(2) Past ME Grand Master Grand Encampment of Knights Templar, PHA, USA Inc.
(3) (*) Deceased