Saturday, February 18, 2017

Not Exactly According to Plan

Well I had a big day planned today: Chapter School, Scottish Rite, Commandery Inspection and Lodge Inspection but all were cancelled not by them but by me. I first woke up this morning to head to the Chapter School and even got up to try to get ready but was so exhausted I just went back to lay down for a couple minutes. The next thing I knew it was 11:30. So much for Chapter and Scottish Rite. I then went outside and did a couple of things before I needed to get ready for Commandery Inspection. When I cane back in to get ready for Commandery Inspection in Norwood I sat down to rest a minute and fix some lunch but never got back up to fix lunch and must have fallen asleep again as I awoke after I would have needed to leave for the Lodge Inspection north of Columbus. As Pam said when she got home, sometimes maybe you just need to take a day to rest. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Antioch Past Potentates Fish Fry

Tonight around 250 folks came down to Antioch to enjoy our first Fish Fry of the year. For the past couple years the Past Potentates have hosted this evening. The main issues was for folks was to find enough parking. They had plenty fixed for all in attendance and afterwards some went upstairs to play our own Antioch version of the newlyweds game. We had a tie for winners but one team was a brother sister twins. Maybe there is something to the wonder twin powers. The saddest part of the game was two guys who decided to be a couple for the game and have their wives sit on the sidelines who won the first round!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Silver Creek #144 Chapter Inspection

Tonight was the Chapter Inspection in Garrettsville in the Mark Master Degree in the 17th district. MEC John Gartrell was the visiting Inspector for  the evening and REC Ross Black was also present. For anyone who hasn't been here, it is a must to go to this Chapter as the business under them (in the next building over) is a saloon with a jukebox. Tonight as is with most times I have been there they have played it. Without giving away anything too much from the ritual work I was wondering if this would correspond to music for the work of the evening as the jukebox started playing a few times. When they went to the Senior Warden the first time it played "Drunk On A Plane"; during the obligation when they were finishing it played "Drink On It" and when searching for something lost it played "Another One Bites The Dust". Ok no correlation....

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Bucyrus Chapter #160 Inspection

Tonight I went to the Inspection in Bucyrus (yes I know it is Valentines Day but Pam was working so I got a free pass) in the Past Master Degree. This is in the 10th District which is part of my region. Due to several conflicts, the turnout was small and I got the opportunity to be the candidate for the evening. I was sweating all evening the question they would give to me but luckily they must have had pity on me as they gave me an easy question. It was also nice that I got to spend some time with the Companions after the Inspection and was still able to be on the road by 9:30.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Senca Chapter #42 & Clinton Council #47 Stated Meetings

Tonight I headed up to Tiffin Ohio and attended the stated meeting for their Chapter and Council. There is something special about randomly showing up at a stated meeting and getting to know the members. (It kind of reminded me of my old DeMolay days when we would randomly show up at stated meetings of other Chapters on a regular basis). It was obvious they are a working Chapter as they were setting up for both to meet in the Lodge room despite only having limited business for both groups. It was nice that after the meetings we could go downstairs and share refreshments and fellowship and be on the road back home by 9 PM.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

2 more shows of parking at the Circus

Today we had two more shows of collecting money at the circus. We had plenty of help and the weather was fairly nice today. Per a couple of folks, yesterday while we were at the Grand Family meeting the weather was so nice they didn't have to wear coats. I guess that makes up for the times we have been collecting in weather below zero. The best part is that we are now done raising money for another year. I guess it also means I can meet up again with Willie Nelson and be "on the road again...."

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Grand Family and Heights Chapter #206 Inspection

Today, we had two Chapter events at the Lyndhurst Temple near Cleveland. First we had the Grand Family meeting where we discussed several Grand Chapter items among the DDGHP's Grand Officers and PGHPs. We also worked between the DDGHPs and the Regional officers to help see if we could resolve some problems. After the meeting our GHP MEC Jeff Addis' Chapter held their inspection in the Past Master Degree. There were a number of distinguished guests in attendance and the DeMolay posted colors. Since Pam and I had to leave before 6AM and didn't return home until around 11 PM, it made for a very long day.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Circus Parking

Tonight was day one for our Shrine Circus parking effort for the 3rd District. This is our one and only fund raiser for the year our District has a Grand High Priest and to help our our District. We also have 2 shows tomorrow and 2 on Sunday. The weather was fairly nice tonight (nice as can be expected for February). Several brave souls from our District come out to help me out this evening. We had to dig a little deeper this year as around 25 I normally count on were tied up with a Council Inspection, at my Council. With the District officers out in force and a few others we made it through tonight. REC Greg Clatterbuck will be heading up the work crew on Saturday as I have to go to Cleveland for the day for a Grand Chapter meeting but will be back for more on Sunday for both shows.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Sidney Chapter and Council

Tonight we met to discuss the long term future of Sidney Chapter and Council. The Grand Illustrious Master along with Arch Inspector were present for Council and for Chapter we had the DDGHP, PGHP Keith O'Dell and myself as Regional Officer. Right away it went in a positive direction as the members thought if they could survive over the next 4-5 years, with several younger members joining the Lodge they could survive if they got them into the York Rite. We discussed several creative ideas outside of the traditional thoughts and finally they decide they would move the Chapter and Council meetings on the same night as Blue Lodge only starting at 6 PM for a while. They also discussed the possibility of having light refreshments and inviting the lodge. The good part with this would be at least 3 officers in Blue Lodge agreed they would start coming to Chapter if they met prior to the Lodge meeting. So we ended up that we will be trying out some new ideas and getting some help from the District and Arch to hopefully save both groups.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Unity Chapter Special & Wakeman #177 Chapter Inspection

Today was a busy day after heading to Knoxville Saturday after the OGA meeting to see and help out our daughter and just returning back to Dayton late last  night. Today Unity Chapter called a special meeting to vote on several petitions. Some were for Dual membership and some for Reinstatement along with a new petition but all noted meeting during the day was their reason for becoming a member of Unity Chapter. After our meeting today, I headed north to Wakeman Ohio which is up by Lake Erie. We had snow, which at times seemed like a blizzard it was blowing so hard, but I safely made it for their Royal Arch Degree on 3 candidates. REC Ross Black was the guest Inspector and a couple other appointed Grand Officers were also in attendance and traveling with our Grand High Priest MEC Jeff Addis. MIC Bill Laughlin was present as well. They did a nice job on the work and as always had some good refreshments afterwards. I tried to get started back as soon as possible as the snow was still blowing hard and the roads were icing over so I wanted to make it to the highway and home safely (which I did).