Friday, October 19, 2018

Grand Commandery

Today I went to Columbus for the Grand Commandery session. I only could stay for part of it as I have another commitment later today. They had several out of state visitors and a good representation from the Grand Encampment. They tried out some new things with introductions, some worked and some not so well.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Grand Chapter Planning

Pam and I had another meeting with my General Chairman for 2020 and his wife. We spent most of the time discussing Grand Chapter, while it is fresh in everyones mind, and what changes we might like to see altered and what we want to keep the same. It seems like we are making progress but keep finding new tiny thing we need to address.

Grotto Meeting

Tonight was my Grotto meeting but after a short amount of business we moved into a conference call on membership. They discussed an event being held across the country next March in which they will focus on bringing new members into thee organization. The Supreme Council is supporting this task and talked about the details of the event.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Trinity Chapter Stated Meeting

I went to the stated meeting tonight for my home Chapter which was practicing for their Inspection on the 23rd of this month. They still need a little work on the opening but I think the degree work will be fine. Most all of the degree work parts are being done by folks who have done them before, some just need to "brush up" a little on the parts. They were also trying to make sure they knew the "fin print" items as well and also practiced the introductions.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Officially Closing the Door on 2017-18

Travel totals for 2017-2018 were around 35,000 miles and 260 masonic related activities. This year I was kept a little closer to home for an extended period on time and actually out of commission with the heart attack at the beginning of the year. 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 travelers in my district and those traveling within the region I am assigned. 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 Washington Monument and the final pin in the Journey Through Time series.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Grand Lodge

We finished up the week at the Kalahari with Grand Lodge and Jess Raines getting installed as Grand Master. With all the excitement this week, tomorrow I'm headed to the Ohio State football game (first time at the Ohio State Stadium for a game). Sunday, we have a family outing to a dinner theater in our area. I'll be glad for Monday to have a one day rest before heading back out on the travelling trail.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Grand Chapter

Still at the Kalahari but now at Grand Chapter were I was honored to be elected and installed as Grand King while Ross Black was installed as Grand High Priest.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Grand Council

The past couple of days I have been at the Kalahari Resort near Sandusky for the Grand Council session. Our new Grand Illustrious Master is Steve Hill who is from the Toledo area. Originally Steve and I were going to be serving togther next year but due to his moving up in line due to a vacancy, he is serving this year.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Statewide RCC Day

Today at the Ohio Masonic Home we held the statewide gathering of members of the Red Cross of Constantine. Our group did the final degree for the day but to start the day off I received a degree which is necessary for me to be installed as Viceroy which is the second officer from the top. I took a picture of my new jewel for the station.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Valley Vineyards Outing

Tonight our Grotto had an outing to the Valley Vineyards near Morrow for a social outing. Our DD Tom Schliep attended with us. All who attended had a good time as our ladies also joined us for the evening.