Tonight our PDDGHP association got together in Brookville at K's restaurant to meet as a group and discuss ideas to help out the 3rd district and make it better. The President REC Jim Stephens lead the meet and REC Harless Maynard took the minutes. All three of the PGHPs from our District MEC's Crawford, Duncan and Shell were present. We discussed items of concern and exchanged ideas on how to address various situations. Our Current DDGHP's Clatterbuck and Fair gave an update of the Statewide April 5th Grand Lodge/ Grand Chapter event our District is assisting with in the 2nd, 3rd, and 8th Masonic Districts.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Tonight I travelled north to Marshall Chapter Inspection in the Royal Arch Degree in Elyria Ohio. The weather was not the best but I can't complain since I made it safely up and back. The 9th District, where this Chapter is located, is part of my region this year. I was also happy to be able to say that after visiting this Chapter I had attended an event at all the Chapters in my Region (Districts 1, 8, & 9). To me, getting to travel around the state and meeting the various members at the various locations around the state is the best part of being a Mason. REC Ross Black, Grand Royal arch Captain, was also present. I was also glad to hear the District is making arrangements for the April 5th Grand Master's Class in which the 9th Capitular District will be working with the 16trh Masonic District to perform the Peculiar Stone Skit and the Mark Master Degree. After the Inspection they had a Chili cook off where several members brought various types of Chili to sample.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Tonight was the viewing for another long time Masonic Brother WB EC Pelfrey who passed away last week. He was a Past 2nd Masonic District Education Officer, Past Sovereign Price Valley of Dayton, 33rd, Knight York Cross of Honor and Past Prior for Ohio Priory KYCH. There was a nice turnout of Past Potentate's who stood Honor Guard and guests as his widow is Barb Pelfrey who was Grand Worthy Matron last year. EC was glad he had the opportunity to travel with her last year. EC was also the Potentate when I joined the Shrine in 1987 and I have know him since that time. Tonight I was able to stand honor guard for him. As was Jim Elliott who I attended the viewing for last night both were super active Masons for more than 60 years.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Tonight was the viewing for Worshipful Brother Jim Elliott of Vandalia. Jim has been active in the PM Club at the Shrine for more than 40 years. He was the President in 1973 and was the Director for many years including in 2003 when I was the President of the Club. For the Masonic Services the PM Club were dressed in their formal dress with over 30 in attendance and nearly 50 in total. Anything you asked Jim to do for the PM Club he did it including times when he was not really in good enough physical condition to accomplish the task. He was equally active in his Lodge and in 2012 the Vandalia Temple was renamed the James Elliott Center. So long to a good man.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Today was Solar Lodge #730 inspection in Dayton in the EA degree. It was obvious that they had spent some time practicing for the inspection and the lodge did a good job on the work of the morning. RWB Doug Kaylor the Junior Grand Warden was present along with several Past District Deputies and the current Grand Officers from the Second Masonic District. Bob Deam who is a Past Potentate of Antioch is now the Senior Warden for Solar lodge. This is the home lodge of EC Pelfrey who passed away yesterday and was a Past District Education Officer, 33rd and Past Prior for Ohio Priory KYCH. A short moment of silence was held for him at the beginning of the meeting.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Tonight was inspection in the Royal Master degree for Robert Blankenhorn's council. While he is long since a Past Illustrious Master, he offered to help out when a person came down sick but another officer filled in the station. While the weather wasn't ideal, it wasn't that bad since I took my time both up and back to be safe. It also kept the attendance down especially those who would have been coming from locations which did get a significant snowfall amount. The meeting moved right along and after refreshments I was headed back home so I can get up early in the morning for Lodge inspection in Dayton.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Tonight was the planning meeting for the Shrine Circus in which we in the Chapter are helping with the parking as our fund raiser.We discussed the various parts of the circus and how some of the areas would be slightly different than in the past including the parking detail.Since there are several; new leads on the side of the venue (University of Dayton) and also on the Shrine side, some of the discussions went a little longer but at the end I think everyone is on the same page and knows what is happening....now I'm just hoping for good weather that weekend.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Tonight I went to a Lodge inspection in my Masonic district at Middletown. They had a good crowd present with right at 100 in total and over 50 of their own members. One of the good things is that even though Jefferson Lodge is a merger of a total of 3 Lodges which met in the Temple at Middletown, the other two Lodges have been accepted in with Jefferson and their were members of the MM work from all three Lodges. They did a nice job on the evening and it was kind of neat that the Worshipful Master used his daughter's gavel from when she presided as Worthy Advisor of the Rainbow Assembly at Middletwon. I was glad to hear they were promoting Grand Master's Class in addition to the York Rite Mark Master after the Lodge degrees on April 5th.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
There was a nice attendance today at the Commandery Inspection for Reed as the Grand Commander Dennis Hughes (from our 2nd Division) was in attendance. The number of dignitaries is more than I will take the time to mention. Unfortunately as was the case at the inspection for Commandery in Dayton last week they were running seriously behind schedule. While I had planned to stay throughout the entire full form opening I has to leave a little early (since they were running so far behind) to make it over to the OG Roast being held at Antioch.
Today at Loveland the 4th Capitular District held an all day 4 inspection day. Morrow, Wyoming, Loveland, and Blanchester all held their inspections at Loveland and by the end of the day two new Royal Arch Masons were exalted. Grand King Keith O'Dell was also present. It was nice to see REC Robert Benton in attendance and in much better health than over the pas two years. Luckily they started early as I had to head back up north to Dayton in the afternoon for a Commandery inspection.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Tonight we tried something new at Antioch Shrine and held the state meeting and installation the night prior to the OG Roast. Tonight Scott Lipps was being installed as our Potentate. Scott and I were officers in Lodge together and I was Junior Warden when he was Worshipful Master. (Guess it was appropriate I was Potentate when he was 3rd in line this time around.) It was announced tonight that for the second consecutive year we have had positive membership growth and the room was full for a stated meeting. I think we are doing something right. It also excites me that many of the ideas we spent the entire year working on during 2011 as a group to start implementation in 2012 are still being implemented.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Today was the start of Comamndery Inspection season. There were several dignitaries present including Past Grand Commander Burch Zehner, Past Grand High Priest Steve Duncan, Past Grand Master Neil Smalley and from the Grand Commandery Eminent Grand Generalissimo Gerald Pugh (who was inspecting) Very Eminent Deputy Grand Commander Tom Gault, Eminent Grand Standard Bearer Marty Trent, Eminent Grand Sword Bearer Richard Ganion, and Eminent Grand Warder John Christman to name a few. The work went well during the Order of the Temple and I would expect the same from the Full Form opening though I had to leave to get on the road as I was heading to a Chapter Inspection in Stuebenville this evening.I was also glad I went as I saw a couple of changes that have been made which I was unaware which in COmmandery happens often so attending other Inspections is a must to keep up with the changes.