Knight Templar

 HISTORY OF THE

COLORADO GRAND COMMANDERY

    OF KNIGHTS TEMPLAR

P.H.A.

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

KT

Very Eminent Grand Deputy Commander

PEC Bruce Williams

KT

VE Grand Generalissimo

PGEC William C. Hardy Jr.

EC William Turner

VE Grand Captain General

PEC William F. Turner

KT

VE Grand Prelate

PEC George A. Coleman Jr.

KT

VE Grand Senior Warden

PEC Jesse Buckmon

KT

VE Grand Junior Warden

PEC Jerry Bowen

KT

VE Grand Treasurer

MEPGC Leroy Wright

VE Grand Recorder

PGEC Arturo V. De Los Reyes

Eminent Commander

EC Marshall Swanson

Ira C. Meadows Commandery #1

4200 East Colfax Street

Denver, Colorado 80220

7 PM

2nd Friday

Feb/Apr/Jun/Oct/Dec

Eminent Commander

EC Stanley H Brooks Jr.

Prince of Peace Commandery #2

513 North Prospect Street

Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

4 PM

3rd Sunday

Feb/Apr/Jun/Oct/Dec

EC William Turner

Eminent Commander

EC William Turner

William B.S. Harris Commandery #3

650 Billings Street

Aurora, Colorado 80011

7:30 PM

2nd Friday

Jan/Mar/May/Jul/Sep/Nov

MOST EMINENT PAST GRAND COMMANDERS OF COLORADO

Robert “Bob” Phillips 1985 – 1987 (1) (2) (*)

 

Franklin Stewart

 

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

 

Arthur Sweeney

 

Oct 2000 – Oct 2002
Fredrick D. Blue

 

Oct 2002—Oct 2004

 

Terence Jackson

 

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
Charles Tate 2007
William Hardy 2013

(1) Casa Del Sol New Mexico Grand Commandery

(2) Past ME Grand Master Grand Encampment of Knights Templar, PHA, USA Inc.

(3) (*) Deceased