As we enter this Labor Day Weekend another summer has past and time continues to march on. Next week we will again start full swing into the regular Masonic schedules so this weekend take some time to slow down and spend some time with your family...that's what I intend to do.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
For the past few years we have been working to get a PDDGHP Association going for the 3rd District and I think we are finally starting to get it going. Our last couple of meetings we had a good turnout of PDDGHP's. We talk about items of interest coming up and important dates in the district. We also discuss how the PDDGHP's can assist with the 3rd District. Tonight one of the main topics was the April 5, 2014 activity and the fact that we need to start working now to put together 3 teams to perform the Peculiar Stone Skit and the Mark Master Degree. Lots of work to get done but before we left there were several PDDGHP's committing to help put a team together to make the event in our area a success.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
I'm hoping for a wildly successful circus in the upcoming year since it will help to benefit the 3rd Capitular District as we have been chosen again to park cars at the circus in 2014. I also want to point out that it never hurts to go over the top to try to get the crowd enthusiastic about selling the ads, tickets and suites for the circus which was done again at this kick-off. The theme of Soar to New Heights in 2014 started out by walking through a dark tunnel into a room decked out as the solar system with space ships all over. All the partners for the circus were acknowledged and each given an opportunity to do their part to excite the crowd. Then at the end several (dressed n Character) space hero's came walking through the tunnel and emerged into the room. Was it over the top...maybe but it was fun...got the crowd into the night and then sent hundreds of people off ready to help make the circus a success.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Every year the Classic Cars at Antioch holds a car show to raise funds to help out with improvements for the building. Maybe this is something we as individual Chapters need to consider (or work with the other York Rite bodies in the building) is to hold an activity to help raise funds for the temple maintenance. I'm aware we all probably pay rent but in most cases the rent we pay is far under the amount being paid per person by the lodge meeting in the buildings. Another thing the Classic Cars will do is look around the building and see projects they would like to see done and designate some of the funds to that project getting completed. Few buildings in the state are without some project that is needed or have enough outside income to maintain the building without regular increases in the temple per capita's and as I'm well aware, few Chapters have excess funds laying around to pay the needed increases.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
This week I attended a couple of Shrine picnics, one for the Past Potentates on Monday and the other for the Gun Club on Wednesday. It was nice to have no responsibilities and just be able to attend the function. Both had big turnouts with around 60+ at each of them. While I had a masonic function on Tuesday and Thursday originally planned, I actually took a couple of days off for family events including my mom's birthday.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
This afternoon I attended the Warren County Shrine Picnic. I always like this one as they really have good food. I spent part of the picnic talking with one of the members about a new idea they had come up with for creating the fire for the Most Excellent Master degree. I also talked to two guys about getting reinstated into the York Rite which in my opinion points out a big reason it is important to attend NON Chapter Masonic events. This is the only place you get an opportunity to talk to non Chapter members about exciting programs and events going on or being implemented in Grand Chapter with the possibility of getting new members or reinstating old members.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Tonight was the annual meeting or Book of the Play in which we bring new members into the Jesters. It is always a fun evening but also a long evening. I thought everything went off fairly well and everyone seemed to have a good time. I was also glad when the evening was over as I have a longer part and only doing it once a year makes it harder to remember.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Tonight the area leadership of the Chapter, Council and Commandery got together to discuss the upcoming year and the schedules for inspection and other dates in the upcoming year. We only had a few conflicts to work out and the meeting was held in record time. We covered twelve months in one hour. Grand Recorder Bobby Campbell, again severed as the host for the meeting while Arch Inspector Mike Smith got his turn in the barrel as the meeting moderator.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
We held Valley #80 drill practice tonight but before practice we went into the temple to see all the improvements that are being made in the dining room. They are really doing a major upgrade (long needed) but since they are doing themselves it is only costing for the materials. We had a decent practice (they are still having trouble teaching me left from right) and seem to be coming along nicely....just don't want to peak too soon! And tonight we had a nice surprise as our Drill Captain John Watkins brought homemade ice cream to "rally the troops" after practice.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Today was nice to have a day in which I could somewhat rest and get an opportunity to talk with various Masons to solve the world's problems at our Shrine Greeters Picnic. They asked me lots of questions about what the Royal Arch Chapter was doing and I took the opportunity to share many of the positive changes we are making to try to retain and increase membership. I also had one prominent Mason jokingly indicate he would like to get more involved to which I quickly indicated "I can make that happen" but then he finished the sentence with but my health will not allow it. Well at least I was ready when he said it!
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Today we held the Grand Family Meeting for Grand Chapter to discuss plans for the upcoming year, train new District Deputies and give reports about how things had been going this year. We held the meeting in Delaware and it took most of the day but overall the discussions flowed well and the information was useful and timely. It seemed as if things are making positive progress and we are headed in the right direction overall. It also helped to point out the importance of planning and then managing the plans created.
Yesterday we held a practice for a play next week which we are putting on at the Shrine. No matter what the organization, it is important to make sure the first time the cast interacts on a performance is on the actual performance night. Another important thing to remember which came out at our practice is the importance of making sure the robes and paraphernalia are available. When we checked for this performance the items have been moved and need to be tracked down prior to next week. If we had waited until the performance night things would not have gone well.
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Friday, August 2, 2013
Today and tomorrow I will be doing something enjoyable which is collecting funds for the Shrine Hospitals. While some see it as work, I see it as a way I can do something to help make money for the Hospitals which are set up to help children. I was originally only scheduled to work today but unfortunately we are a little short on helpers so I stepped up to take another shift tomorrow. Life is good when you can do something to help someone else.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Well tonight was practice for a play we are doing at the Shrine for the Jesters. We have several new cast members and are finally starting to get a few back-ups for parts. Things seem to be looking up. The place is really starting to look nice as we have been able to start renovations in the basement through the funds raised last year and this year in addition to the insurance settlement which finally came thru. We also had the kitchen floor professionally cleaned (we cleaned it professionally before but this was almost a floor stripping and resurfacing) and it really brightened up the kitchen. In addition some significant work is being done to redo the service area off the ballroom (it was gutted and being rebuilt). I think it is going to all pay off in the long run through more rentals and a nicer looking place for all of us to meet.