Over the years one of the things I have pushed to all Masonic groups is they need to change the thought patterns that dues are the only source of income and method of fund raising. It is not just the increase in the cost of doing business that continues to climb but the new features that a building needs to have to stay relevant and useful. How many more now have elevators, WiFi, or Cable; something most didn't even consider (or it didn't exist) but is almost considered a necessity now in most facilities. In addition, with smaller memberships the amount of the overall bills each member is "responsible" for to help keep the buildings open increases. The same is true with the individual organizations to which the costs have to be passed along. Without a change in thought patterns we will cost ourselves out of business. With that in mind, I've tried to "put my money where my mouth is at" and help out a couple of groups as they work the Dayton Dragons games to make money. Last night was a long game with rain delays which caused us to have around an extra half hour to work, today more of the same extra hours to work. I will admit ... I'm kind of glad my next work day isn't for a few weeks.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Tonight was our quarterly meeting and we meet at the Aladdin Shrine where we have meet many times over the years. Since they have recently sold the building, we decided to have one more meeting here as they are no longer accepting reservations for after August of next year. Our immediate Past Most Illustrious Grand Sovereign Burch E. Zehner was present along with Intendent General for Ohio Harvey Lowry. Jack Allen, our current Sovereign, also passed out rituals to all the officers and set up a ritual practice for the statewide meeting to be held in October at the Ohio Masonic Home where we will portray the degrees upon new members.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Tonight was our final Lodge meeting before the summer break. Several years back we decided that this would be a meeting where we had a little fun and be a little more comfortable since it is always really warm upstairs for the meeting. It was our annual Farmers Night. They had beans and cornbread before and pie and ice cream afterwards. We always seem to have a go turnout for the meeting and tonight was no exception. During the meeting we discussed the second phase of the improvement project at the Temple and will be working on the Kitchen this year over the summer. The project last year in the dining room not only made the room look brand new, it also seemed to bring some additional pride and closeness to many in the Lodge.The best part about this meeting though each year has to be that it provides lots of time to fellowship (both before and after the meeting).
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
After several conflicts over the past few months, I was finally able to make it back to one of the Greeters meetings which is my unit. Our new President is Jim Brewer and tonight we talked about the Hospital Fund Drive which the Greeters member Don Hoke is the Chairman. We also discussed the upgrades which have been made on our parade trailer and the upcoming events. We also discussed about two potential members who we are going to actively pursue to join our unit. Our unit is not only one of the larger active units we are consistently the top ad sales for the Circus and top fund raisers for the Hospital Fund Drive.One of the reasons I really like the Greeters is whenever one leader in the unit is unable to perform due to health another will step forward and pick up the void being left.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Tonight I attended two meetings at Antioch. The first was a combined Cabiri and Divan meeting. It was a nice exchange of ideas and thoughts while giving many of the Past Potentates a look into the way Antioch is now run. While much larger memberships and Circus profits in the past (around 5-10 years ago) have made it easier to maintain an ever increasing expense base, today we have to be lean and mean to make ends meet. We are going to try to do these quarterly to help share ideas and utilize the talents of the Past Potentates. After our meeting we held a special meeting which was critical to the future of Antioch Temple. An unsolicited offer to buy our building has been received and we discussed he pros and cons of either accepting or rejecting the offer. When finished, the membership overwhelmingly voted to reject the current offer. But as our Potentate said it doesn't stop here because we need to start a save our temple campaign if we are going to increase our revenue stream while membership has luckily flattened out on the loss/gain side (we've now had two years of positive growth. ... My year followed by John Bull's year.... And maybe this year can be a three-peat). As a side note...we were really glad the roof doesn't leak since it poured buckets while we were in our meeting and we even lost electricity at least once.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Today was the Annual Meeting for our CTA and a picnic which followed. Our Deputy Grand Commander, Tom Gault was present and talked about his program for the next year if elected in October. We also elected new officers and passed out information about the upcoming year. We also had several other dignitaries present with two notable exceptions: Burch Zehner and Dennis Hughes. Burch was taking some time off to enjoy some well deserved rest after just finishing his year as Grand Sovereign for the Red Cross of Constantine. Unfortunately Dennis and his wife need some prayers as they were with their family as his mother-in-law is not doing well at all. After the meeting finished all retired to the shelter house for a covered dish dinner with Valley Commandery serving ts the sponsoring Commandery.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
Tonight was our covered dish dinner and Installation for Valley Commandery, my Commandery, by Past Grand Commander Burch Zehner and assist by Richard Ganion Eminent Grand Sword Bearer. Our new Commander is Claude Siebel, who also served last year as Commander and is a District Education Officer in Chapter. In our line we also have Joe Fair who is a District Deputy Grand High Priest as Generalissimo, Mac Poston Captain General who is also a District Education Officer in Chapter and Jim Potts Junior Warden who is currently our Chapter District Chaplain. Our Recorder is Past District Deputy Grand High Priest John Watkins, Past Grand High Priest George Shell is Treasurer and Past Grand High Priest Steve Duncan is Senior Warden again. Past Prior Lynn Chadbourne is our Prelate. We have a very active Commandery as MIC Bobby Campbell Grand Recorder of Grand Council and Past Grand Illustrious Master, RIC Mike Smith Arch Inspector, REC Wendell Kemper Past District Deputy Grand High Priest and Past Grand Guard, REC Don Wilcox Past Grand Marshal and Past District Deputy Grand High Priest, MEC Jerry Crawford Past Grand High Priest, REC Robert Oldfather Past District Deputy Grand High Priest and Past Deputy Division Commander,along with REC Greg Clatterbuck and REC Fred Gallo our other two current District Deputy Grand High Priests are all members. Needless to say we have a lot of very hard working members at Valley Commandery.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Tonight my Chapter had an open installation and a nice dinner which preceded the installation. Over the past couple of years our Chapter has started getting more involved in the District and through the travel the Chapter is getting much more active. This year we had a new progressing High Priest, King and Scribe. We also have a Principal Sojourner, and Royal Arch Captain who I think will progress through the line. Our new High Priest is a good friend of mine EC Richard Poore. We served in Lodge as President (myself) and Vice President (Richard) of the District and District Deputy Grand Master (myself) and District Education Officer (Richard... he is also a PDDGM). Richard was also my Chaplain when I was Potentate of the Shrine. He started the year off right with great food for dinner, all the officers spots filled, music by our own Stan Brookins who played the organ at the open Installation, held an officers meeting, and passed out an information booklet on the year and then finished up with more food.
Monday, June 9, 2014
I was planning to attend a Shrine activity tonight but got a little sidetracked due to my mom's hospital visit. As I reported yesterday, we took her to the Hospital and they thought yesterday she had some heart issues and wanted to run some tests today. While they still have found nothing severe they are keeping here another night to run some new tests tomorrow as they still can't get her heart regulated and want to make sure they aren't missing any major issues. Mom is starting to get frustrated as she can't see why they are keeping her as she feels as if she is fine. Unless they find something big I'm fairly sure they will let her go home tomorrow though she might have to wear a monitor for a few days after leaving the hospital.... and mom's comment...why are they making such a big deal of nothing.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Monday, June 2, 2014
While it was only a stated meeting, tonight we had lots of things going on at and after the meeting. Past Grand Commander Burch Zehner was present along with Deputy Grand Commandery Tom Gault and Grand Standard Bearer Marty Trent. We had the presentation of two fifty year awards and both were present. The Mayor of Miamisburg Dick Church (who is also a Past Potentate of Antioch Shrine) and Bill Bowman who is a Past High Priest of Trinity Chapter. Both have been active in Masonry since joining and still continue to be active. Don Wilcox was also presented with a 25 year award as it seems they missed presenting this to him several years back. Afterwards we celebrated John Watkins 75th birthday who himself joined lodge 48 years ago and has been an officer in at least one body at the temple since joining including an officer in Commandery for over 40 years.