Today we handed out a 70 year award for Sam Andrews of my Chapter (Trinity) along with Grand Council who presented a 70 year award as he is also a member of my Council. Our Grand High Priest Robert Blankenhorn did a nice job with the presentation and he related a few comments to us about the Chapter. A big thanks to Pam Blankenhorn who was also present and took the picture for us.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Tonight was our monthly stated meeting for the Grotto (we meet in July/August instead of Jan/Feb). As the Monarch this year, I opened the meeting and we went through the regular order of business. We tried to keep the meeting short as a bad rainstorm was headed our way but accomplished all our business including discussions for the upcoming outing to Valley Vineyards in September..
Monday, August 15, 2016
Today was our monthly get together for the Jesters and as always we told a few bad jokes, introduced a few guests, played a few games of cards and ate before heading out. Our attendance this month was fairly good as we met after work instead of during the day.
We held another drill practice tonight but I mainly talked with a guy who stopped by the Lodge to out in a petition to join. He was very interested in the Comamndery drill so I explained to him what we were doing. We had a fairly good practice and the team seems to be improving even with several new members participating this year.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Well after spending the last week in Knoxville helping Laura get ready to start of the University of Knoxville and attending the Parents week activities at the school, we are finally back and today headed to Delaware Ohio for the Grand Family meeting. We also elected a new Grand Treasurer in Garis Pugh as William McCarty is retiring at the end of the fiscal year as of August 31. We discussed the upcoming year for Jeff Addis if he is elected Grand High Priest. We also trained the new DDGHP's and discuss potential legislation being presented. Overall it was a very productive day and we were able to get home at a reasonable hour which is good as tomorrow is slated to be a very hectic yet fun day as we get our now puppy tomorrow.
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Today in Delaware Ohio the Lodge, Chapter, Council, Commandery and Scottish Rite got together for a meeting on Masonic Cooperation to discuss what each of the groups are doing, Upcoming dates and special events for each were also shared. While it is impossible to avoid all conflicts this will allow for the major activities to have minimal conflict. In addition it gives us an opportunity to work together on ideas and work as a common group to improve all organizations with a membership predicated on being a Mason. Afterwards several of the Chapter Grand Officers went over to Buns for a meal.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Tonight was the Grand Kings program which we held at Marion's Pizza. It was an event in which we invited the ladies and the District picked up the tab for the pizza and pop. It was very attended with around 50-60 in attendance. MEC Steve Duncan and MEC Jerry Crawford were also in attendance. He greeted each of the new High Priests and presented his program for the year. I think it was nice the ladies were able to hear it as it helped to answer some questions they had about what would be happening in the next year. (I added a few of the pics from the evening)
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Today we had an indoor picnic at Antioch for the ROJ group this afternoon. It was probably a good thing that it was indoors as it was definitely very hot outside. There were games of Euchre and Cornhole along with snacks and liquid refreshments. After a brief meeting to go over upcoming activities and acknowledge a few in attendance, we had a great dinner provided by Rick and Theresa Maynard. It was nice to see Steve Maynard present today a s he has been unable to join us for a while due to health concerns.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Tonight was Doug Kaylor's roll out program for if he is elected Grand Master at the next Grand Lodge session. It was held at Huber Heights and was very well attended. There were persons from several additional district in addition to the Second Masonic District. After listening to the program I am especially excited to know about what he as Grand Master will be doing. He is going to continue to focus on the items which have been identified as basic Masonic Values which after all is hopefully the reason we all remain Masons.