Tonight was our quarterly AMD meeting in Middletown. Our Sovereign Master was out of town visiting one our members who is not doing too well so Greg Clatterbuck filled in tonight. We went through the communications and announcements along with a small amount of business. Since their were no papers to be given this evening the meeting was short and everyone went downstairs for fellowship and refreshments.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Tonight was the annual KYCH meeting for the Miami Valley KYCH group held at Houston's Restaurant near Lebanon. We had several distinguished KYCH's present from all of the York Rite Bodies. I had the Frog Legs which is one of their specialities along with their old time salad buffet bar which includes deviled eggs, pickled eggs, beets, and so on in addition to salad. We held a short meeting, announced dates, ate way too much and fellowshipped for a while and then all headed home at a relatively early hour.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Well you know it is a good night when you have 15 in attendance for a stated meeting, at least 3 who regularly attend unable to make it and 2 candidates show up because they were confused and had marked the wrong date to receive their next degree. In addition to a good turnout, the discussions stayed focused and we were able to complete the stated meeting in a reasonable amount of time after which we went down and had some good refreshments where many stayed for a while and fellowshipped.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Over the past few days, I've been pulled from Masonic activities for several work related items, but even more than anything High School Senior activities. Friday was the track league meet and as I've mentioned, Laura is set to graduate on May 31st but this weekend was her cousin Brian's graduation on Saturday. What I thought was an hour or two activity ended up being most of the day and on Sunday we spent most of the day planning for Laura's party. Tonight was the Cabiri Meeting at the Shrine (moved up a week due to Memorial Day) and as President I thought it would be nice to attend and preside. One thing for sure about life ....just when you think you have it under control, you learn you really don't understand much about being in control.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
I knew Joe Worthington probably longer than most other persons in Masonry who I have known. I first met Joe way back when I was an active DeMolay and he was an advisor for CR Wilson DeMolay in Ada Ohio around 35 years ago. Joe always left an impression on anyone who met him as Joe wouldn't let anything slow him down. He was going to have a good time at whatever he did. He ultimately became and Active Member of DeMolay International and become and Emeritus member while I was Executive Officer for Ohio. I travelled north a couple of times to an outdoor initiation his District did while he was going through Grand Chapter Line. I also remember the special jewel he passed out at his Grand Chapter session and really wanted and intended to be there but unfortunately my Grandfather had a bad stroke and I stayed with him at the hospital until he passed away so I didn't make Joe's Grand Chapter session (probably the only one I have missed since joining Chapter). I would have really loved to be able to say one last good bye to Joe this evening coming up but unfortunately work is standing in the way as I have a mandatory meeting with upper management and the customer to attend for a project I am leading and the project is to be implemented this week. So I guess I'll say the last good-bye here...to a fun loving guy who loved DeMolay, loved Chapter but I think most of all just loved life and getting to laugh.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Tonight I went to the viewing for John Weyrauch who was a KYCH, was Secretary of many Lodges, Chapters, Councils, Commanderies and other Masonic bodies often being Secretary of more than one local in each body at a time. (At one time I know he was Secretary for at least 4/5 Lodges, 2 Commanderies, a Council and 2 Chapters. John was also the Commander of Valley Commandery right prior to me and when my Generalissimo dropped out on the night of elections, he served a second time right after me. I believe he was the first repeat Commander at our Commandery (and this was out of a definite necessity). John was a unique individual who always was working crossword puzzles as he had a problem with narcolepsy and by keeping his mind active at all times it kept this problem at bay most of the time. The funniest moment though for John had to be the year he was Standard Bearer for us in the drill. The Drill Captain called for John who was in the west holding the flag and John did not respond...and why because he was sound asleep standing holding the flag. Another hard working Mason who has left us.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
On Thursday, I had two masonic activities to attend and unfortunately an important non-Masonic event, ran late enough the other two were over before I could attend. Thursday was Laura's Senior School Award Night and it lasted until almost 10 PM. I am not complaining though since she was recognized for several things and even got a special scholarship from the Graduating Miamisburg Class of 1962. On Friday, I attended a Senior Athletics Awards Ceremony where she again got an award. Unfortunately here I took a little spill and fell a few feet as I missed a step on the bleachers. I was busy most of the night Friday and all day Saturday trying to recover from the fall. My knee is still very stiff and I'm having some difficulty walking but at least the pain isn't that bad (most of the time). Tomorrow is Mother's Day and I'm going to be busy with several family activities. I hope everyone is able to share this special day with their mother whether in person or spirit.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Well after two nights where all my Masonic activities got cancelled by work related meetings held at night, I attended the SEM at Eaton and did the Nebuchadnezzar part for them. I think I've been doing it for around 10 years now. This is the home council for REC Norm Lincoln Grand Historian for the Grand Chapter Ohio and Jim Hodge, PGHP of Indiana, was also present. It is always fun to work with this cast and I always feel as if they really appreciate my helping them out. I'm now up to around 7 council's where I do the part for them on a regular basis and probably have another dozen I help out periodically doing the part.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
I was proud to attend the Ohio Shrine Association being held at Antioch Shrine in Dayton. The President Gary Blackford of Antioch held an activity with a very full agenda over the weekend. Imperial Sir Tad Claypool PIP was present along with Imperial Representative Bill Bailey was present. All Ohio Shrine Centers were present. There was a lot of information provided and after some additional socialization everyone headed home.
Friday, May 2, 2014
We held the Annual Meeting for the 3rd Capitular District and elected new officers. Our current President Bruce Garner was pleased when his successor Rick Bielicki was elected. Bruce did a nice job as President and helped chair the April 5 activities for Grand Chapter in the 8th Masonic District with MEC Steve Duncan. All 3 living PGHPs from our District were present and we we glad to see REC Fred Gallo was able to join us. he has had a long journey back after his fall last year and still has a way to go on his recovery. We wish him the best in his recovery ... REC Gallo is truly a great mason with the best interest of our District in mind.