Today was a great day for a parade and we had standing room only on the Greeters trailer as all seats were full. It was good after the parade to see Beecher Vaughn who was in the area and stopped by to say hi to everyone. I actually had Chapter business to take care of at the parade as there were several present who I know would be interested in attending a 50 year membership pin in Chapter being given to our Potentate's father, Kenny Lipps, on the first Tuesday in November at Miamisburg. After a good meal, Pam and I headed back home so we could get some much needed work done around the house after a couple stops to pick up some items to help out with the work.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Tonight we looked like a team with half of it on the disabled list. Our Presiding Officer, Governor Robert Oldfather, is laid up with several broken bones. A couple other officers had last minutes emergencies to attend to but we still got in a practice for our degree work next month as the Degree Director John Donohoo stepped in to help out. We also voted on several potential new members as pro-tem Governor, Richard Holcombe, gave us a new twist on voting. This is one of the harder bodies to learn a part in as the officers normally only do it once a year and then the next year more up a station. When all was said and done it didn't look too bad and we left Lebanon to head home at a decent hour.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Tonight was the Greeters meeting at the Shrine. At every meeting we take attendance on who is present and tonight of our 26 active members, 22 were present and the other 4 excused. I wish we had that type of participation in all our organizations. Most of the time we are lucky to have that type attendance from our OFFICERS. We discussed several pieces of business but the entire meeting only lasted around one hour. including dignitary comments. There are some lessons to be learned here,,,stick to the program agenda, don't allow a lot of side conversations and make sure you cover the necessary items. Probably doing these things will help attendance and keep the meetings short and relevant.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Well tonight was the stated meeting for Valley Commentary. Unfortunately we heard about several of our members who are temporarily out of commission due to health concerns.It was nice to see a good turnout last night despite all the health issues keeping members away. We started making plans to handle the CTA meeting we are responsible for and started talking about degree work and Inspection. The best part was last night thought that we heard the temple has received there tax exception notice and hopefully part of that will be coming back to us in the form of reduced rent...something we desperately need.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Tonight was the first meeting back for the fall and it was also move up night so the Senior Warden presided as well as the other officers moving up one spot for the meeting. They really did a nice job considering it was the first time for many in these spots. We had 3 return their obligations for the EA. They also covered lots of business but kept the meeting running smoothly and finished up with all business prior to 9 PM.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Tonight I visited the Dayton Red Cross of Constantine group per invitation by my good friend Bobby Campbell who is the current Soveriegn. I know most of their members as they are active in most of the local York Rite and Scottish Rite groups. They had a nice meal followed by a short meeting and their Recorder Burch Zehner Immediate Past Grand Sovereign thanked everyone for their support and assistance in the past year while he served. The Intendent General Harvey Lowry was also present.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
The old thinking in Masonry of living within your income with your income just being dues is just that old thinking. No Masonic group can continue to live solely on their dues and still provide a nice place to meet and activities for the their membership. So as I have been suggesting to every body I belong, this weekend we participated in a Lodge fund raiser. Since I had been pushing this I felt I needed to "put my money where my mouth was" and helped them out as we parked cars at the Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg. It really wasn't that difficult of a job and the Lodge members turned out in force to make it happen. In addition, I think it helps to build a bond of fellowship and a sense of pride in helping out your Lodge. Everyone seemed to be willing to do it again in the future and in fact were talking about doing it again next year.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Early on in life I was told in order to be successful study those around you who are successful and read about how others in the past who became successful if you want to be successful yourself. Wise council I will have to admit but I will also share one additional item which the Brother we did the service for tonight proves just as important. Tonight was the Lodge Service for Brother Leon Brewer. Now some of what I say folks may think is insensitive but I only say it to prove a point and as an important lesson to all. Leon was a very good Mason and a man but he often had difficulty expressing what he wanted to say to folks so they understood him. He had difficulty learning the ritual and wasn't always the most organized but Leon taught me something that was as important as all the advice I every received from the smartest and most learned men and women. Leon taught me that putting your whole heart into all you do is just as important as the training and intelligence you bring to the table. I don't think anyone could every say Leon didn't do everything he could to help out. In the Tall Cedars, Leon proved that heart and not taking no for an answer could some times be more important than "doing things the normal way". He helped raise more money to give to the kids than probably anyone else every did from our local. As High Priest of our Chapter, he struggled with the ritual but it didn't stop him from trying to put on activities which were fun for the members. He made those around him want to help him to be successful. I don't think Leon ever did anything to promote Leon but rather as a selfless way to help out others around him. This is a lesson which can't be taught in classes, books and training but rather you have to experience it to understand the importance.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
After a few days off to catch up at home and enjoy the holiday weekend (I finally got a chance to camp and we even went out on the lake on a nice boat ride)with the family, it was back to work as Ormus Grotto held their stated meeting. We covered lots of items of business including the upcoming degree work and Monarch's Ball. Our numbers are small in this group but we have a very loyal following of members. Unfortunately, I did hear of the passing of a long time member of my Lodge, Leon Brewer. He is a Past High Priest of our Royal Arch Chapter from a couple year back before I was High Priest. I've cleared my calendar on Friday evening to attend his service and also to help out my Lodge this weekend with a fund raising opportunity on Sunday.