Saturday, November 29, 2014
Tonight was the annual Scottish Rite Lodge of Perfection 14th degree annual Thanksgiving/Christmas (Thanksmas) dinner. The Lodge of Perfection officers, past officers and those who helped in the past in this degree are invited to get together for a dinner each year. Usually it is the weekend of Thanksgiving on Saturday evening. We had a nice turnout tonight at the Yankee Trace Golf Course. I would say we had 50+ in attendance. We had good food, good fellowship and some bad jokes before we all headed back to our homes.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Luckily due to Thanksgiving week, since there are not many other meetings this week, I made it to my Greeters Club meeting. They always have a good percentage turnout of members and tonight was no exception. I think the only ones missing were out of town due to being in other states for the Thanksgiving holiday. We covered lots of different categories and areas of discussion but since the meeting was ran very efficiently, we were done in record time.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Tonight was the final meeting of the year for the Shrine Cabiri (Past Potentates) and my last meeting as President before our Christmas Party. It was nice that the meeting went smoothly and quick as today is our anniversary and I wanted to head home as soon as possible. Twenty four year today on the 24th....I tried to tell Pam next year it would be twenty five on the 25th but she wouldn't go for it so I guess I'll just have to remember how many years on my own!
Saturday, November 22, 2014
This morning I went to Solar's Installation as Bob Deam was Installed as Worshipful Master. A few other from the Shrine were also present as well as some other Solar members. Grand Senior Warden Doug Kaylor was also in attendance. This going to be the start of a busy day including attending my Lodge Installation this evening. While the day was very busy: shopping for our Anniversary on this Monday, Thanksgiving and Christmas for the family (and some needy family's): my phone died sometime this evening and when I figured out it had died and what time it was; it was already around 8:30 so going to my Lodge's Installation was out of the question. The good thing is we got everything we went out to get today. Tomorrow, however, is another day and we will again be shopping but this time for Thanksgiving food to make baskets for the needy.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Tonight was the Lodge Installation for Germantown and while I had planned to go to Wooster's Chapter Inspection, last night I heard our Commandery only had two to post colors so I told them I would help out. Luckily a couple more showed up and we had a decent showing to post colors. Germantown is also one of the closest Lodges to my home Lodge and we have worked with them for many years. It was however my first opportunity to visit their new Lodge which is shared with the IOOF. Since the building has difficult access the two groups are discussing the possibility of building a new Lodge.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Tonight was the Installation in Xenia for the 3rd District Education Officer Bruce Gardner and a new position for the District of Membership Chairman Jim Potts. In addition a couple of officers were installed in their respective stations for Xenia Chapter. We are hoping the new Membership Chairman position will help to create more interest in promoting membership in the 3rd District and promote the usage of the Grand Chapter Membership Manual which when used has already proven successful. In addition, prior to the meeting the District Officers and District Education Officers for the District met to discuss expectations and potential upcoming events.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Tonight was the chapter inspection for West Gate in the 11th District in Columbus in the Most Excellent Master Degree. While the degree work went off well, the High Priest was worried since one of the persons doing one of the parts did not show up. In addition, it was a part no one else in attendance did. As happens in most cases of crisis, someone picked up the book who was a good reader and read the part (it actually indicates the part can be read). Past grand High Priest Most Excellent Companion Don Lossaso was present as was Right Illustrious Companion Grover Manning Grand Marshall Grand Council, who are both members of this chapter. It was also a little interesting in that Right Excellent Companion Dan Smith was helping out the District Deputy by inspecting the ritual work for the MEM degree.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Saturday, November 8, 2014
This morning was the Council Inspection for Blanchester Council and Wilmington Council in the Royal and Select Master Degree followed up this afternoon with the Super Excellent Master Degree. MEC Kermit Zimmerman was present along with the MIGM Lynn Alexander and Arch Inspector Mike Smith. They did an excellent job on the work this morning and the new Arch's they built for the SM degree were fantastic. (I wish I had taken a picture they were so nice and definitely worth a trip to Wilmington to see if you are thinking about replacing your arches).
Friday, November 7, 2014
Well I'm still hoping to be able to make many of the events I scheduled earlier this week but work threw a curve and scheduled a short daily mandatory meeting M-F at 8:30 at night at least through the end of the month starting tonight. Hopefully after I sit in a couple I'll find out if I can do the calls by phone and possibly slip out of the planned meetings for a couple minutes to call in for work. While I need to work to do what I want to do and am glad to have a job sometimes I would agree with those who remind me that work is a four letter word!
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Well originally tonight I was going to the DEO installation in Lodge for Kent Crager. He is the 2nd DEO from our Lodge in the 170+ year existence (I was the first) but our Director in the 12th degree had to be out of town and as the Co-Director I was the fill in. (And Kent couldn't be too upset since he was missing the 12th degree rehearsal in which I had gotten him a part). The rehearsal went well despite some conflicts by people who had parts in the degree unable to attend. This reunion is being named for Nate Pelfrey Jr. and two of his sons are in the 12th degree. I guess the cloning process for humans isn't ready so I'll have to go with the saying "you can't be everywhere".
Monday, November 3, 2014
Well at the last minute work changed my plans to first attend a PDDGM meeting and then go to Springfield but I was able to at least make the Council Inspection in Springfield. There were several dignitaries present in addition to the Arch Inspector Mike Smith which included Marty Trent Grand Senior Warden Grand Commandery, Grand Recorder Grand Council Bobby Campbell, Grand Chaplain Grand Council Bill Jones, Grand Principal Conductor of the Work Grand Council Ed Herrick, and Grand Illustrious Master Lynn Alexander. They did a nice job on the work for the evening and the only unfortunate part was their candidate got stuck in traffic and could not make the Inspection.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Weekly Travels November
While often my travels are dictated by my work schedule, I am going to try keep at a running monthly schedule of potential Chapter related visits/events outside our area (with an occasional Lodge, Council or Commandery Inspection as well). If anyone from my area is interested in traveling with me, contact me and we will see what we can do.
Week of 11/3
• Monday 3 COUNCIL Springfield Inspection
• Saturday 8 COUNCIL Blanchester/Wilmington Inspection at Wilmington
• Sunday 9 1st District Chapter EnSaWocCa Rededication at Defiance
Week of 11/10
• Monday 10 11th District Inspection Walnut Chapter Columbus
• Wednesday 12 11th District Inspection West Gate Chapter Columbus
• Friday 14 COUNCIL S.S. Jewell Inspection at Marysville
Week of 11/17
• Tuesday 18 19th District Inspection New Lisbon Chapter
• Thursday 20 10th District Inspection Wooster Chapter
Week of 11/24 (through the end of the month)
• Saturday 29 COUNCIL Wooster Inspection