Thursday, October 19, 2017

Shelby Chapter #178 Inspection

Tonight was the Chapter Inspection for Shelby in the 10th District in the Past Master degree. This is also the home Chapter for MEC Robert Crabbs. While several had already headed down for Grand Lodge tomorrow, they still had a decent number of visitors and members and did a nice job of the degree on a candidate from Bucyrus. I also got a picture of their new DDGHP hard at work making notes during the Inspection.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ormus Grotto Inspection

Tonight was Ormus Grotto's Supreme District Deputy Inspection. I stayed home last night to work on making sure I had everything in order for the Inspection which I could. While we had lots to review, it went well and despite some issues over the past year, we have had were able to give him the needed information.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

King Cyrus #207 Reconsecration


Today the first of our two Reconsecration's was in Loudenville Ohio (Near Mansfield) which required me to leave prior to 6am to make it in time. They had several of their own members along with persons from throughout the District present. MEC Robert Blankenhorn was in attendance as well. 

Marysville #99 Reconsecration


Today the second of our two Reconsecration's was in Marysville Ohio preceded by a light meal. They had several dignitaries present and after the ceremonies there was a very interesting research paper presented on the history of the Chapter. Since this got over relatively early, I was able to get home in time to get some work done before watching the OSU massacre of Nebraska.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Yusef Khan Grotto

Today I went up around Akron to the stated Grotto meeting for Yusef Khan. They had a good number of person there including Dave Kolb their Secretary and a Grand Line officer. The funny part was I thought I was going to be early but when I got to where the GPS took me, it went crazy and ran me down the road about another 5-10 miles which when I got there it told me to take a u-turn and sent me back to the original location. Since this is the first time I have been there and it is a new location in an old strip mall, it originally didn't look like the right place so I ended up getting there just as they were opening. So much for preplanning... I did, however, determine that to get to my destination for our first recon Saturday I need to leave before 6am so it looks like Friday plans are to go to bed earlier than normal instead of heading to a meeting.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pomeroy #80 Chapter Inspection

What a great day for a drive! The night, however, didn't start out exactly as planned for me as I found out somehow my apron case had mositure in it and I had to dry everything off (when I get home I'm laying it all out to make sure it thoroughly dries out). They had their Inspection this evening in the Mark Master degree and had 2 actual candidates for the evening. This was the first Inspection for their new District Deputy Grand High Priest REC Pat King. While most present were from this Chapter, they still had about 25 on the sidelines tonight. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

What a Great Experince Today

As many know, I volunteer at the USO at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Today I had the experience to get to meet a survivor from the Pearl Harbor invasion which began our involvement in WWII. At 94, he is still in good health and has a very good memory. I was able to sit and have a personal conversation with him for about 1/2 an hour. While we talked some about that day, he really wanted to talk military in general which we did and while I never actually served in the military, he also enjoyed some of the stories I've heard throughout the years about others who also were in WWII as well as some of his own stories. I could have spent hours it was so interesting listening to his stories but decided I should give some others a chance as well.  Anyone who thinks older folks are boring hasn't taken the opportunity to talk with them.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Al Sirat Grotto

Tonight was the stated meeting for Al Sirat Grotto in the Cleveland Masonic Temple. Since the temple has been sold, they are looking at a potential new facility. They meeting was very well run and afterwards we had refreshmnets before starting the journey back home. Seven more Grotto's to go for my first Roadrunner Award in this organization.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Officially Closing the Door on 2016-17

Travel totals for 2016-2017 were around 30,000 miles and 280 masonic related activities. And since Grand Chapter is over as promised each year I am allowed to progress in the Grand Chapter line I plan to have a pin designed to provide to the travellers in my district and those traveling within the region I am assigned. My region for this next year will be District 14 & 19. I'm looking forward to hitting the road again as soon as possible.  As I mentioned each year the pin will alternate between a piece of architecture and a mode of transportation through time. This next year will be the Space Shuttle.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Grand Commandery

Today I headed up to Columbus to finish out the York Rite Grand Session week. It has been a long week with lots of excitement and fun but looking forward to getting back to travelling to inspections, meetings and other events.