This weekend I headed up to Toledo Friday morning for the State Grotto Convention. I expected lots of new and fun things and the outgoing president did not let me down. His attitude and prior actions prove that when people think something fun might happen they will be more willing to attend and stay longer. In 10 years of attending these meetings, this is the first time I have stayed overnight and for all activities. We had the Leprechaun Fun Degree on Friday and an outstanding Irish Band. We also had a special menu of corned beef and cabbage. Everything necessary for an Irish themed evening of fun. Saturday we celebrated his year long Baseball theme with a Baseball movie and stadium food. During the evening we had a well planned formal dinner and installation of new officers. Oh and I guess we also had a couple of business meeting. Congrats Josh Anderson on a great year and super fun weekend!
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Well our annual picnic for the shrine greeters started out as normal. We played cards and bingo for a while, socialized and snacked and then held a short meeting. The normal introductions and communicating of activities happened and the week ate. Today again I waited until the end to take pictures but I made sure I had a fully charged phone. What I didn't plan was fr the excitement which occurred when one of our members had what appeared to be a stroke. We called out the ambulance squad and by the time everything settled down many had already left. I guess I need to go back to taking my pictures at the beginning.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Today at Delaware we held our meeting to train new DDGHPs and discuss plans for the upcoming year for the Grand Chapter of Ohio. The meeting stayed on track and we were able to cover all areas in the agenda by shortly after 3 pm. Unfortunately just as I started to take any pictures today my phone died. Guess maybe that old fashion camera does have a purpose.
Monday, August 7, 2017
Tonight was drill practice and they went over and practiced many of the changes for this year, We are also breaking in a new drill captain so he was leading the commands this evening. While the whole team was not able to make it we did have enough to go through the sword manual and some of the marching lines.
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Today was the Annual York Rite Ohio Masonic Home outing with the patients and the York Rite Cooperation meeting. It was head in the beautiful new shelter facility they have at the Home. There were representatives from all 4 York Rite Bodies and the Scottish Rite and Priory. We discussed a few items and went over some dates before heading home.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Tonight we went to the Dayton Dragons Scottish Rite Night with 10 of our family members, It was a fun night despite a late surge by the other team to win the game. Laura and here finance both came home from Tennessee to attend the game with us. The best part as they leave this weekend they are taking their two dogs home with them and while we love them, four dogs for three weeks (especially since they are all still puppies) is a chore.
Friday, August 4, 2017
While this week has been slow from a Masonic standpoint I've actually been as busy as ever getting things done around the house and working extra out at the USO and Hospice. Today, however, I helped out at our annual Hospital Fund Drive for the Shrine Hospital's. I wasn't to thrilled as I headed over to collect as it was pouring down rain, When I got to the location, the rain stopped and we had a good day collecting and even had someone give us $100 donation. Since it all goes to help the kids at the Hospitals for their care it is definitely worth any inconvenience I might have to collect.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Tonight we met at the Marions piazza by the Dayton Mall with the ladies and REC Keith Green came in to present his program for next year. We had 50+ in attendance who we provided food and drinks. After a few announcements on behalf of the District including our Luau on September 30th at the Dayton Elks, he introduces his program and at the end personally greeted each High Priest or their representative. He also introduces REC Bob Neilsen who is being endorsed to start in the Grand Line in October.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Tonight was the stated meeting in Springfield and I had some business that I needed to attend to with their Grotto and Ormus Grotto. While the crowd was small we got done the necessary business. We had a dinner of fried bologna or hamburgers and chips prior to the meeting. It was good to see Paul Thompson out even though he still has several issues he is combating.