This morning stated out with the Annual meeting for our Jesters where we ate, fellowshiped and appointed/elected new officers. After that meeting, I headed down to our Commandery Inspection at Valley in Miamisburg. Since I was a little late and my knee was hurting, I didn't spend the time going home to get my uniform since I knew I would not be able to march. They had a fairly good turnout of members and visitors and our candidate was the High Priest of the Chapter in Miamisburg. With little time to spare, I headed home and picked up Pam so we could attend the Worshipful Master Recognition night sponsored by the Dayton Scottish Rite. It was announced we had nearly 50 Worshipful Masters in attendance and after a great dinner and entertainment each received a recognition pin from the Grand Master for their year of service.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Today was the Most Excellent Master Inspection in Farmersville for Twin Valley Chapter. While MEC George Shell was cruising around the world, the rest of the members held down the fort. MEC Steve Duncan was in attendance along with several other visitors including 13 from Trinity Chapter. I stayed outside for most of the Inspection to help with the attendance as our District Officers were helping out with the ritual for the evening which per the Inspecting Officer was very good and 3 new candidates became Most Excellent Masters.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Tonight I was at an Inspection in the 6th District in thee Past Master Degree. There were several dignitaries in attendance: from Chapter MEC Garis Pugh and MEC Bill Berry; from Council RIC Mike Terry and Josh McDonald; and from Commandery Martin Trent and Alfred Johnson. The parts, however, were all done from members of Urbana Chapter. The meeting moved right along and at thee end the protem candidate actually gave us some education information that was very interesting. He also answered for me something that I've been overlooking for almost 30 years which they have at the top of the Ohio flag which is a quite unique piece and I noticed only as of tonight.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
The day started out with a trip to the Wright Patterson Airforce base where I signed up to be a volunteer for the USO of southwest and central Ohio. They just started a branch on the base around a year ago and are trying to get enough volunteers to staff it almost 24/7. They have many airman who live on the base with very young families and this especially provides a place for them to relax and help them out a little. I got my base pass and initial training and now have some follow up to review to start the volunteer service for them.
After this I headed down to UD arena, where the Shrine Circus will be held next month, to discuss any changes for this year and coordinate what is needed for the parking lot assignment. Collecting the parking fee is my fund raiser for Grand Chapter expenses and is now also helping to fund extra events in our district. To me this is a win-win for us and the Shrine as they need all of their folks to be working inside ushering and doing other necessary jobs.
I then left straight from this meeting and headed up to my Chapter Region this year to attend a stated meeting for Wapakoneta Chapter. To my great surprise, REC Ross Black, our Grand Scribe, was also present. It was nice to just be able to help them out a little with the opening by filling in for a couple of folks who could not make it and then after a short but productive meeting spend some time fellowshiping with them. While I didn't make it home in time for the news, I was able to make it to bed shortly after it finished.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Today the Jesters Club got together and had a few laughs, socialized a while and ate a meal together. It was a great opportunity to see all the fantastic changes at the Antioch Temple and officially get to hear some words from the new Potentate. We also talked about our annual meeting being held this weekend and the number of activities planned by our probable new Director come Saturday. Tonight we headed over to a good friend of ours restaurant which was just recently opened to the public.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
After a day and a half of ice on the roads around us, it finally started to get warmed and we headed off to the Shrine and the Oriental Guide Roast. They started off with a social hour and then moved into a very nice dinner. Afterwards they introduced all the officers including the new Potentate Wes Ramsey. Next the Oriental Guide Todd Rider was Roasted by the prior Oriental Guide and afterwards everyone enjoyed a party/dance. Overall it was a nice and relaxing evening.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Tonight was the Inspection for MEC Alan Hart's Chapter in the Mark Master Degree. He was present along with MEC John Gartrell. This Chapter is located in Newcomberstown just above Cambridge in the 14th Capitular District. RIC Dave Mourer, Deputy Grand Master Grand Council of Ohio, was present and did the Right Worshipful Master part in the degree work and they an actual new candidate who was joining as a courtesy from Warren Chapter in Newark Ohio.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Today was Unity Chapter #16 stated meeting and it would have been hard to tell today that just less than a year ago I was working with them to keep them from closing. We had 16 in attendance and around 5 of them where in attendance because we were meeting during the day and they can no longer drive at night. They received a new petition and were talking about practicing for Inspection. We also continued to work through a few challenges with only meeting officially 4 times per year but I think we are now in good shape to be able to handle those issues. I heard lots of optimism and folks who indicated they would ask some others to attend at the next meeting who they know can no longer get out at night.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Tonight was my Chapters Inspection in Miamisburg in the Past Master Degree. The DDGHP indicated that we had a very nice Inspection and despite some less than ideal weather conditions our Chapter had a nice turnout of our members with 18 present. MEC Steve Duncan was also in attendance. Now the York Rite in our temple can start focusing on the rest of the Inspections in the building. Once again my Chapter made me very proud to be a member.
Monday, January 9, 2017
Tonight Lebanon Chapter was inspected in the Royal Arch degree. While the weather was much warmer, I'm not sure you could say it was much better as they are calling for a potential ice storm on the way home (luckily that held off). PGIM Lynn Alexander was present and helped them out with the work as he is a member of chapter here. They had several new persons helping out with the inspection and have many non Past High Priests in line. It was nice that this inspection was in my own District as it allowed me to get home at a reasonable hour.