JULY 2017 NEWS
Pictured above are members of Columbus 79 of Ohio on occasion of the official visit of (Mrs. Joseph L.) Barbara Bongiovi. The worthy president is (Mrs. Kevin) Julie Gilbride. Also present was Ms. Kimberly Burnet, supreme worthy 2nd vice president.
Above are Pawtucket 217 members on occasion of the official visit of (Mrs. Joseph L.) Barbara Bongiovi. Their worthy president is (Mrs. Robert) Jean Allen.
JUNE 2017 NEWS
Supreme Worthy President Mrs. Joseph L. Bongiovi was welcomed to Hawaii for her official visit.
Left to right, S.K. Cletus Ching; (Mrs. Cletus) Sylvia Ching, Supreme Examining Committee;
(Mrs. Joseph) Barbara Bongiovi; Ms. Beverly Mau, president; and (Mrs. John) Dorothy Mau, member
MAY 2017 NEWS
Fredericksburg Celebrates Tenth Anniversary
On Saturday, January 7, 2017, Fredericksburg Assembly 266, Virginia, held their Installation of officers despite a very cold and snowy day.
After the Installation, they held a catered dinner to celebrate their 10th birthday.
They were constituted on January 20, 2007, also a cold snowy day, at the George Washington Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. (Mrs. Mrs. David E.) Sonja Alcon was the supreme worthy president at that time, and (Mrs. Howard L.) Clara McClure, past supreme worthy president, was the supreme organizer. It has been a fantastic ten years, and they are looking forward to at least ten more. The Fredericksburg members were pleased to have many Sir Knights in attendance.
Worshipful Mike Moses, master of Fredericksburg 4, is pictured with (Mrs. Leslie J.) Sandra Loomis, past supreme worthy president; (Mrs. Charles) Barbara Doyal, newly installed president of Fredericksburg Assembly 266; and (Mrs. Joseph L.) Barbara Bongiovi, supreme worthy president
The commander of Fredericksburg Commandery 1, William Searce is pictured with (Mrs. Joseph L.) Barbara Bongiovi, supreme worthy president
APRIL 2017 NEWS
(Mrs. Joseph L.) Barbara Bongiovi, supreme worthy president, was pleased to honor twenty-five year members (Mrs. James) Jeanne Karnegis; (Mrs. Richard) Janet Moore; Supreme Worthy President Mrs. Bongiovi; (Mrs. Charles) Anita Sohm, worthy president; and (Mrs. Don) Elaine Kemper at her official visit to Omaha 91. Two other twenty-five year recipients, (Mrs. Gale) Carolyn Cook and (Mrs. James) Evelyn Peck, were unable to attend.
Mrs. Joseph Bongiovi, supreme worthy president, was pleased to visit Indianapolis Assembly 90, Indianapolis, Indiana, on occasion of the initiation of Mrs. William Short.
Left to right, (Mrs. Randy) Mary Beth Spaulding, worthy president, Indianapolis 90, Indianapolis, Indiana; (Mrs. William) Sharon Short, new member; and (Mrs. Joseph) Barbara Bongiovi, supreme worthy president.
MARCH 2017 NEWS
FEBRUARY 2017 NEWS
96th Annual Supreme Assembly
JANUARY 2017 NEWS
Omaha Assembly 91 in Nebraska; with (Mrs. Charles) Anita Sohm, worthy president, presiding; welcomed Supreme Worthy President (Mrs. Joseph L.) Barbara Bongiovi on the occasion of her first official visit. Also present were (Mrs. William F.) Dolores Reinhold, supreme director of music; (Mrs. Ronald) Tami Stites, supreme standard bearer; and (Mrs. Edwin R., Jr.) Sharon Carpenter, chairman of the Supreme Credentials Committee. Omaha 91 was proud to initiate a new sister, (Mrs. George) Deb McMullin.
Omaha 91 initiated a new sister (Mrs. George) Deb McMullen at the official visit of the supreme worthy president. Left to right, (Mrs. Joseph L.) Barbara Bongiovi, supreme worthy president, (Mrs. George) Deb McMullin, new sister, and (Mrs. Charles) Anita Sohm, worthy president.
DECEMBER 2016 NEWS
SUPREME OFFICERS 2016-2017
| Front row, lft to rt || Back row, lft to rt |
| (Mrs. Charles) Susan Thames - Supreme Marshal || (Mrs. Joe E.) Debra Kier - Supreme Chaplain |
| (Mrs. Richard) Linda Roblee - Supreme Recorder || (Mrs. William F.) Dolores Reinhold - Supreme Director of Music |
| Ms. Kim Burnett - Supreme Worthy 2nd Vice President || (Mrs. Gale D.) Clydene Young - Supreme Courier |
| (Mrs. Thomas R.) Lynda Derby - Supreme Most Worthy Oracle || (Mrs. Leeland) Sharon Duffin - Supreme Historian |
| (Mrs. Joseph L.) Barbara Bongiovi - Supreme Worthy President || (Mrs. Ronald) Tami Stites - Supreme Standard Bearer |
| (Mrs. Dean) Edie Rein - Supreme Worthy 1st Vice President || Miss Tara B. Shulas - Supreme Color Bearer |
| (Mrs. Carl W.) Yvonne Wunsche - Supreme Worthy Preceptress || (Mrs. John) Ruth Ann Staton - Supreme Mistress of the Wardrobe |
| (Mrs. Daryl R.) Michele Burt - Supreme Treasurer || (Mrs. Howard) Patricia Anderson - Supreme Daughter of the Household |
| (Mrs. Rudolph E.) Barbara Griffith - Supreme Assistant Marshal || (Mrs. Earl) Charmaine Olson - Supreme Inner Guard |
| || (Mrs. Herbert) Debbie Kennedy - Supreme Outer Guard |
LIVING PAST SUPREME WORTHY PRESIDENTS
PRESENT at 96th ANNUAL SESSION
| front row lft to rt || back row lft to rt |
| (Mrs. Fred H.) Carole Buxton || (Mrs. R. D.) Diane Moore |
| (Mrs. Jay U.) Nancy Ipsen || (Mrs. Jack L.) MaryAnn Edwards |
| (Mrs. Milton F.) Coy Baker || (Mrs. Richard B.) Jeanette Rife Cotton |
| (Mrs. Howard L.) Clara E. McClure || (Mrs. John A.) Velma Kleinfelder, |
| (Mrs. Keith W.) Sandra S. Dean || (Mrs. W. Joe) Kathryn “Katie” Ryland |
| (Mrs. William) Lois J. Chant || (Mrs. John A.) Mary Brogan |
| (Mrs. Paul E.) Shirley Case || (Mrs. Joe) Lei Lani Cortez |
| || (Mrs. T. Michael) Debhra Fegan |
| || (Mrs. Leslie J.) Sandra C. Loomis |
NOVEMBER 2016 NEWS
Members of Denver Assembly 1 in Colorado gathered with Sir Knights, family, and friends to share wonderful food and fellowship at their annual picnic!
Invited guests, Past Supreme Worthy President (Mrs. T. Michael) Debbie Fegan and her Sir Knight T. Michael had the opportunity to enjoy the warm hospitality and the pleasant Colorado weather!
Members of Columbus Assembly 79 and Columbus Commandery 69 in Ohio came together to celebrate summer by holding a joint picnic. The highlight of the picnic was celebrating the 89th birthday of (Mrs. Arthur) Patricia Glass, a 29 year member of the Social Order of the Beauceant. Mrs. Glass is the mother of Supreme Preceptress Ms. Kimberly Burnett and Supreme Necrology committee member (Mrs. James) Karen Baughman.
OCTOBER 2016 NEWS
(Mrs. Joseph L.) Barbara Bongiovi was installed as supreme worthy president of the Social Order of the Beauceant on Friday, September 23, 2016, at the 96th Annual Supreme Assembly held in Topeka Kansas. She will preside at the 97th Annual Supreme Assembly on September25-29, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Mrs. Bongiovi became interested in the Social Order of the Beauceant when her Sir Knight, Joe, was the commander of Fredericksburg Commandery and was approached about the Commandery sponsoring a new Beauceant Assembly. She became a charter member of Fredericksburg Assembly 266 when it was constituted at the George Washington Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia, on January 20, 2007. Her love for the order continued to grow.
Mrs. Bongiovi was born and raised in College Point, Queens, New York. She has two sisters. Mrs. Bongiovi graduated from Mary Byers Business School and worked as an administrative assistant for a publishing company. After living in Reading, Massachusetts, and Denver, Colorado, with her three children, she settled in Buffalo, New York. She worked in the Buffalo General Health System in administration for 14 years. She met her Sir Knight, Joe, while serving Lenten meals at Calvary Episcopal Church. They married in 2001, adding three more children to the fold.
After retiring, they moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia, where they now reside. They have six children and 11 grandchildren.
Mrs. Bongiovi and Sir Knight Joe are excited about their upcoming travels and meeting new friends as well as reconnecting with past friends. She will emphasize
our main charity, The Knights Templar Eye Foundation, as well as her theme, “Spreading the Joy and Beauty of Beauceant Love.”
SEPTEMBER 2016 NEWS
Waco Assembly 199, Texas, welcomed Ms. Jacqueline Spann into their assembly as a third generation Beauceant member! Ms. Spann is the daughter of Sir Knight Jon Spann and Supreme Chaplain, (Mrs. Jon) Melissa Spann and granddaughter of Sir Knight William Matyastik and (Mrs. William) Maggie Matyastik. Also pictured is Ms. Spann's aunt, Dr. Margaret Baier.
Wichita Assembly 8, dual with Salina Assembly 229, Kansas, presented Mrs. N. L. (Nan) King with a special certificate and picture of Supreme Worthy President,(Mrs. Thomas) Lynda Derby and her celebrating sixty years of loving service to the Social Order of the Beauceant! Mrs. King was initiated on December 23rd, 1955, into Wichita Assembly 8 and serves as Chaplain for both of her assemblies, the station she has held for many years!
AUGUST 2016 NEWS
Social Order of the Beauceant
Past Supreme Worthy President
Mrs. Esther Offen
| Sadly, on April 19, 2016, the past supreme |
worthy presidents’ “Circle
of Friendship” was broken with the
passing of Mrs. Esther Offen.
Mrs. Offen served as supreme worthy
president 1998-99 and presided at the
seventy-ninth annual Supreme Assembly
held at Colorado Springs, Colorado. Mrs.
Offen’s motto was “Some Of Our Business,”
her emblem was the scimitar inscribed
with SOOB, her symbol was the Mount of
the Holy Cross, and her chosen flowers
were the columbine and the iris, a symbol
of Christianity. Her scripture was Psalms
121:1, “I will lift up mine eyes to the hills
from whence cometh my help.”
Mrs. Offen was a third generation member
of Denver Assembly 1 in Colorado and
dual with Pueblo Assembly 11 in Colorado.
Mrs. Offen was excitedly planning the
SOOB 100th Anniversary Supreme Assembly
which will be held in 2020. Mrs. Offen was
continually serving her Beauceant sisters
and will be deeply missed by all!
Services were held on Monday, May 2, 2016,
at Evergreen Memorial Park, Evergreen,
“Quietly sleep beloved one
Rest from thy toil, thy work is done,
Rest till the trump from the open skies
Bids thee from dust to glory rise.”