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Sir Knight Stephen E. Alderete, KYGCH
Right Eminent Grand Commander
Grand Commandery Knights Templar of California

“Stand Firm and Hold Fast”

I was born in Baldwin Park, California and raised in the town of El Monte, and attended school in the El Monte Union School system before attending Humboldt State and Cal. State Los Angeles Universities. I have been employed for over 33years with the City of Los Angeles. I am now married to my high school sweetheart Susan and together we have six children, Jennifer, Renee, Jake, Nick, Kyle and Emily and five Grandsons. My participation in civic and professional organizations include, being a Soccer and Football coach for 20 years and am a member of the Football Coaches Professional Growth Association. I am a long time member of the Association of Facility and Plant Operating Engineers, as well as a Union Stewart for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 501 for 25 years. In addition I serve as an Ordained Deacon at Large for the Celtic Catholic Church.

I was raised September 11th 1999 as a Master Mason in Inland Empire Lodge #306, serving twice as Master and being honored with the Hiram Award 2006. In 2000 I joined the Valley of San Bernardino, Serving as Chieftain of the Knights of St. Andrew, Commander of Kadosh and also twice as Venerable Master. In 2007 I was invested with the Knight Commander of the Court of Honor (KCCH). I became a member of the York Rite in 2001 serving twice as High Priest of Keystone Royal Arch Chapter #56, receiving the Chapter Meritorious Service Award. Also Illustrious Master of Valley Council #27 three years, as well as Commander of St. Bernard Commandery #23 being awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

I have also been honored to serve as Sovereign Master of St. Bernard-St. John AMD Council #100, Chief of Kilkenny Knight Masons Council #33 (NV), Charter Chief of Hill of Tara Knight Masons Council #116, Governor of Southern California York Rite College #110. In addition I serve as an officer in Inland Empire Conclave Red Cross of Constantine, Los Angeles Priory #27 KYCH and St. John the Baptist LVXI Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priest

My Bible verse is 2 Thessalonians 2:15, "Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours”.

I chose it because I believe that it is more than just the ritual that makes us Templars, it is our traditions. As Knights Templar we need to hold on to and pass on the traditions of our Order and our Christian faith. Those traditions that we learned from our senior members that make us distinctly different not only in our Masonic fraternity but from Commandery to Commandery. It was by those traditions we learned how to let precept and example go hand in hand ensuring our success as Templars.

In Christ
Stephen E. Alderete
Right Eminent Grand Commander
Grand Commandery
Knights Templar California
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