Tonight was more of a social event meeting than a working meeting though we did discuss several upcoming events along with some changes/clarifications from the Potentate. I think it is good to have some social meetings, especially during the summer months, when most Masonic groups are not meeting. After a brief meeting (and some bad jokes) everyone dispersed to their homes until our picnic next month.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
The Celina Parade is almost always one of the most well attended parades of the year. I would assume it was again this year despite lots of rain right before the parade. I say that because while I went to Celina for the parade after I got done driving the two hours to get there, we got a call from our daughter indicating they were taking her to the hospital with a potential concussion from being hit in the head. Since we were not sure how severe it might be, we took care of a couple pieces of business we needed in the staging area and headed back to the hospital in Fairborn to get the official notice from the doctors. When we got back we were relieved to find out that she probably didn't actually have a concussion though for the next two days we will need to monitor her closely including waking her up every couple of hours the first night.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
What a beautiful night to work at the Dragons and many people must have thought it was a great night to come to the game since we were swamped with work tonight. (Which is a good thing!) I will admit I was definitely tired after working tonight and the only positive was that since we were working a booth which closes before the end of the game, I was able to get home in time to finish my last 30 minutes of walking on the treadmill (which made me even more tired). I really didn't want to miss my goal today since I'm now on my 3rd month of my daily walking goal and since I'm now up to around 6 miles a day (walking only), it takes some time to make the daily goal.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Tonight was Antioch Shrine's bi-monthly Leadership Meeting. Every other month we have a meeting in which the Leadership of Antioch meets with the Club and Unit Leaders and any other member who wishes to attend. We talk about past events and how to improve them for the future, address concerns from prior events, and discuss how upcoming events will be handled along with any schedule changes. Since the format change started for these meetings to addressed items, the attendance has increased at the meetings and more who are not Directors/Presidents have started to attend as all present have a voice in the working of the organization. These meetings are also kept informal (but structured) so we usually get allot accomplished in under 2 hours (last night it was around an hour for the meeting and several items were addressed).
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Today was the 3rd District/Arch Picnic which is held jointly at Wilson Park in West Carrollton as it has been now for many years. It is a good way to give some brief updates and reminders but more importantly just a time to fellowship and relax together. Our Deputy Grand Illustrious Master, Lynn Alexander stressed the importance of all of us working together especially in the area of membership. After everyone was full (and ready to head home for a nap), the picnic disperse. All of this is put on by our District Officers/DEOs and DDGHPs (with Council taking care of the shelter reservation and buns) who did another great job on the day.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Today I am getting ready to attend the Ohio DeMolay Conclave which starts tomorrow. This year I've been asked to transport a van load of Demolay's to Kent State for the Conclave. When I get back I'll have a full report including pictures and hopefully I'll see the Grand High Priest there as well.
Friday, July 4, 2014
Yesterday, I met with Skip Vanderhorst and we worked on the 12th Degree for the fall Scottish Rite Reunion but today was a day for the family and we plan to go with my sisters to view the fireworks tonight but this morning was a little different twist. For years, Laura has gone to watch me in the parades but this morning, I went to watch her. She was in the parade for Wright State since she is now going there and is on their Cheerleading team (we did, however, have to wait to wave to the Shrine later in the parade). We are also preparing to attend the Imperial Session for the Shrine in Minnesota this next week. This year it will be different as Laura will not be going with us but rather staying home to help take care of her grandmother while we are gone. In addition, she will be preparing for her first real job as a cheerleading coach at a camp in Elyria near Cleveland this coming Thursday. Definitely a time of lots of change at the Shaw household.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
As a little twist our Grotto decided to go dark in January and February since there are so many other activities and to meet in July and August instead. We really covered many items tonight in a very short timeframe as our Monarch Skip Vanderhorst kept the meeting moving along at a good pace. It was also good that it did move along well since we met an hour later tonight due to a funeral and the weather really seemed like at any moment we might lose the electricity.On my way home from Beavercreek, I saw several accidents and just slowed down and let the cars that wanted to pass my up since I figured arriving home in one piece was better than trying to get home quicker.