Thursday, November 16, 2017

Acacia Grotto Visit

Well I made the long travel to Oil City Pennsylvania to visit Acacia Grotto which is part of the Ohio Grotto Association (they are 3 in Pennsylvania and 1 in West Virginia which are part of the Ohio Association ...why because they pay their dues!) We have 25 in the Association and have a travelling award of the Roadrunner if you go to all of them. I was down to 5 left and tonight lowered that number to 4 (1 in Ohio 2 in Pennsylvania and 1 in West Virgina) and I'm trying to finish off the final 4 by 2/1/18.  We started off with a dinner at a local restaurant and then went to the temple for a meeting and initiation on one candidate.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Ormus Grotto Stated Meeting

Tonight was the Stated meeting for our Grotto and as we are trying to rebuild, I went here as the Secretary rather than Middletown's Chapter Inspection. We covered all business including discussions for next years officers. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Seneca Chapter #42 Inspection

Tonight was the Mark Master Degree inspection for Seneca Chapter in Tiffin, Ohio. for two candidates This is also the home Chapter for REC Ken Foy. Our Grand Fraternal Correspondent Tom Ziegler was also present taking several pictures. The night moved right along which was good as I have to get up extra early tomorrow to take my car in to get some damage fixed.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Grand Chapter Future Planning

Today, I went with REC Greg Calatterbuck to secure the venue for the Statewide Grand High Priest Reception in 2019. Since our old standby hotels are long gone and the venues to hold the event are diminishing, we decided to go to a new upcoming area for the activity. It is a beautiful new hotel which appears will be able to accommodate our needs and the date was open. While we still need to sign the contract, the date is penciled in on the hotel schedule which is my main concern. Now I'm headed to Laura's in Knoxville for the weekend to take care of a couple of things down there.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Minerva Lodge Elections

Well my plans for yesterday were changed significantly as I was involved in a car accident. While no one was injured and it appears the damage is not too severe, I decided I had better stay around home when driving the car until I have them look at it and assess all damage. I also changed my plans for today and instead of going to Sandusky Chapter Inspection went to my Lodge elections. They went fairly smooth and I was excited to hear we have several candidates in process (over 5). As I have some thing to do with Laura this weekend, I won't make the Scottish Rite Reunion or any other activities this weekend.

Monday, November 6, 2017

PDDGM Meeting

Tonight I attended the 2nd District Past District Deputy Grand Master meeting. We meet with the current Deputies and Grand Lodge officers to hear about things the new Grand Master is pushing and to get an update on how the lodges are doing. We had several of the PDDGMs present and after our discussions and fellowshipping headed home.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Change of Plans

Well over the past couple of days I have been doing some follow up for the Grand Chapter 2019-20. year. This includes discussions and investigating various venues and hotels along with planning for Grand Family meetings. Today, however, I had intended to head to Bellefontaine for the KYCH meeting. I instead spent a major part of the day helping my daughter with getting new license for her car and some various other things she needed to get done. Tomorrow I’ll be busy with a special recognition for my mother who passed away last year so I can hit the trail again Monday.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Aut Mori Stated Grotto meeting

Well it was back up to Youngstown again today, this time for the Grotto. Their Supreme District Deputy was also present. They held their election and planned a couple of  events. While it would have just been nice to have stayed from Monday, I had some legal papers I needed to get done in between.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Youngstown Chapter #93 Inspection

Today I headed to Youngtown for their Chapter Inspection in the Past Master degree. They had 7 candidates and are planning to complete the work on these candidates this weekend. They had a nice degree, the inspector said it so I can repeat it. Grand Master of 1st Veil Bob Nilsen was also in attendance.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Grand Family and Grand High Priest Reception

Today was a long day. We started out for Perrysburg before 6 this morning to make it up for my first Finance Meeting. We then followed up with several other meetings on various subjects. They were informative and well run. After we finished here the 8th District held the statewide Grand High Priest Reception. While I probably would have normally stayed the night before and tonight, due to some other commitments outside Masonry we had to make the trip up and back today.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Miami Valley York Rite College

Tonight we brought in several new members for the York Rite College in Lebanon. Per the Grand Governor, we did a really nice job on the initiation. Considering you only do the part once for the officers, that makes me happy. Dave Slusher was given the Gold Award for his many years of Ritual work for the College.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Khana Shahar Stated

Tonight I headed to Springfield for the Grotto meeting as I had some Masonic business to attend to and knew the folks I needed to talk with would be present. Luckily they didn't have much business to attend and I was able to be on my way after a short business meeting.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Change in Plans

Tonight I was going to lodge as one of our members was being installed as District President. I got a call, however, and a friend and Mason needed some assistance to get somewhere as he is having troubles seeing at night so I went to get him and take him where he needed to go. I figured my Masonic obligations to help a brother in need trumped all other plans.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Officer Meeting

Tonight I attended a planning meeting for a Masonic group in which I am an officer. From what I know this is the first planning meeting for this group in some time. We covered many subjects and I think have a good direction for the future as everyone in attend was allowed to give their opinions.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Chapter ReAffirmation

Today was our Chapter Reaffirmation Sunday held in Miamisburg and we had a nice program a very good speaker and some fellowship and refreshment afterwards. Over half the Chapters were in attendance while several plan their own observance. Our District Chaplain Dennie Fitzgerld was in charge and did a nice job.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Grand Lodge

For the past couple of days I have been at Grand Lodge in Dayton. MWB Doug Kaylor went out as Grand Master and I was really glad that I was able to attend. MWB Kaylor followed my in the Scottish Rite line and was District Deputy Grand Master a short time after me as well. The DeMolay State Master Councilor did a nice speach (being a Past EO for DeMolay, I have to comment on that!)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Shelby Chapter #178 Inspection

Tonight was the Chapter Inspection for Shelby in the 10th District in the Past Master degree. This is also the home Chapter for MEC Robert Crabbs. While several had already headed down for Grand Lodge tomorrow, they still had a decent number of visitors and members and did a nice job of the degree on a candidate from Bucyrus. I also got a picture of their new DDGHP hard at work making notes during the Inspection.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ormus Grotto Inspection

Tonight was Ormus Grotto's Supreme District Deputy Inspection. I stayed home last night to work on making sure I had everything in order for the Inspection which I could. While we had lots to review, it went well and despite some issues over the past year, we have had were able to give him the needed information.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

King Cyrus #207 Reconsecration

Today the first of our two Reconsecration's was in Loudenville Ohio (Near Mansfield) which required me to leave prior to 6am to make it in time. They had several of their own members along with persons from throughout the District present. MEC Robert Blankenhorn was in attendance as well. 

Marysville #99 Reconsecration

Today the second of our two Reconsecration's was in Marysville Ohio preceded by a light meal. They had several dignitaries present and after the ceremonies there was a very interesting research paper presented on the history of the Chapter. Since this got over relatively early, I was able to get home in time to get some work done before watching the OSU massacre of Nebraska.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Yusef Khan Grotto

Today I went up around Akron to the stated Grotto meeting for Yusef Khan. They had a good number of person there including Dave Kolb their Secretary and a Grand Line officer. The funny part was I thought I was going to be early but when I got to where the GPS took me, it went crazy and ran me down the road about another 5-10 miles which when I got there it told me to take a u-turn and sent me back to the original location. Since this is the first time I have been there and it is a new location in an old strip mall, it originally didn't look like the right place so I ended up getting there just as they were opening. So much for preplanning... I did, however, determine that to get to my destination for our first recon Saturday I need to leave before 6am so it looks like Friday plans are to go to bed earlier than normal instead of heading to a meeting.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pomeroy #80 Chapter Inspection

What a great day for a drive! The night, however, didn't start out exactly as planned for me as I found out somehow my apron case had mositure in it and I had to dry everything off (when I get home I'm laying it all out to make sure it thoroughly dries out). They had their Inspection this evening in the Mark Master degree and had 2 actual candidates for the evening. This was the first Inspection for their new District Deputy Grand High Priest REC Pat King. While most present were from this Chapter, they still had about 25 on the sidelines tonight. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

What a Great Experince Today

As many know, I volunteer at the USO at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Today I had the experience to get to meet a survivor from the Pearl Harbor invasion which began our involvement in WWII. At 94, he is still in good health and has a very good memory. I was able to sit and have a personal conversation with him for about 1/2 an hour. While we talked some about that day, he really wanted to talk military in general which we did and while I never actually served in the military, he also enjoyed some of the stories I've heard throughout the years about others who also were in WWII as well as some of his own stories. I could have spent hours it was so interesting listening to his stories but decided I should give some others a chance as well.  Anyone who thinks older folks are boring hasn't taken the opportunity to talk with them.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Al Sirat Grotto

Tonight was the stated meeting for Al Sirat Grotto in the Cleveland Masonic Temple. Since the temple has been sold, they are looking at a potential new facility. They meeting was very well run and afterwards we had refreshmnets before starting the journey back home. Seven more Grotto's to go for my first Roadrunner Award in this organization.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Officially Closing the Door on 2016-17

Travel totals for 2016-2017 were around 30,000 miles and 280 masonic related activities. And since Grand Chapter is over as promised each year I am allowed to progress in the Grand Chapter line I plan to have a pin designed to provide to the travellers in my district and those traveling within the region I am assigned. My region for this next year will be District 14 & 19. I'm looking forward to hitting the road again as soon as possible.  As I mentioned each year the pin will alternate between a piece of architecture and a mode of transportation through time. This next year will be the Space Shuttle.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Grand Commandery

Today I headed up to Columbus to finish out the York Rite Grand Session week. It has been a long week with lots of excitement and fun but looking forward to getting back to travelling to inspections, meetings and other events. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Grand Chapter

For the past 3 days in Independence Ohio near Cleveland, I have been attending the Grand Chapter session where MEC Jeff Addis went out as Grand High Priest and MEC Keith Green was installed. I was honored by being elected Grand Scribe and installed today. I got several pictures which I will let tell the story....

Monday, October 2, 2017

Grand Council

Most of the Grand Chapter Officer travelled to the Kalahari for the Grand Council session today, The pre-session activities started yesterday and will end tomorrow, I had some other things to attend to to get ready for Grand Chapter so I only could attend this one day. I took a picture here of Bobbie George from Hamilton receiving his 50 year Grand Council Award.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Red Cross Constantine Statewide - Ohio

Today was the statewide gathering for the RCC with the Grand Sovereign Joe Harrison in attendance at the Ohio Masonic Home. All the degree work was portrayed and over 100 members were in attendance. I think they said this was the 24th year of this activity and I think it is a good idea since each local has a max number who can belong and to put the degrees on right takes many persons and some effort for the set-up.  While we had a few more than normal conflicts this year, this activity came off great. I was glad we stayed on time since I had to leave as soon as we finished with our ritual work to head down to set up for the Luau.

Joint Elks & 3rd District Luau

Tonight at the Elks Club in Dayton we had the 3rd District Luau. We had a nice turnout and everything came off nicely. We had plenty of help setting up, prepping and tearing down. While I had several "experts" on Hawaii in the audience the trivia questions were a little tougher than most could handle but everyone got a participation prize for being good sports. Unfortunately I didn't get many pictures as I  forgot to take them until we were busy tearing down.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Royal Order of Scotland

Tonight was the second annual meeting of the Royal Order of Scotland Burns dinner in Ohio. Our speaker for the evening was MWB Doug Kaylor and the Grand Master for the Royal Order was also present. Martin Trent did a great job setting this dinner up and it is nice that an emphasis is now being put into getting the member to understand why they belong and getting them to feel a part of the organization.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

York Rite College Meeting

Tonight we had our meeting in Lebanon to vote on candidates and practice for the degree work next month. I'm really glad we had a practice since you only do the part once and usually are so focused on your part that you rarely think about the next part you will do the following year.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Luau Prep

Well today we went and bought all the items for the Luau and it took the whole evening to get the items and drop them off at the Elks so we have them on Saturday. I still have some remaining prep for the games, decorations etc. but they have all been found and right now I think with maybe a couple exception are ready to go.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Caliph Grotto Stated Meeting

After spending a few days in Knoxville for parents weekend at UT, I travelled to Willoughby Ohio to attend the stated meeting for Caliph Grotto. They gad a good turnout including visitors from 5 different Grotto's. Our Grand Chapter Secretary, MEC Bob Thomas was present, as the is a Past Monarch of this Grotto.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Batavia Chapter and John H. Campbell Council Stated Meetings

Tonight I headed south to Batavia for their Chapter Stated meeting (it just happens the Council meets after them). With tonight's visit, I have been to all but one Chapter since I started in Grand Chapter Line (many multiple time). Tomorrow will mark the final Chapter for the first round and since I already have 91 a second time or greater, I'm hoping to have a second round completed before finishing as Grand High Priest (if I continue to be elected). 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Trinity Chapter Stated Meeting

Tonight we had several absent who normally attend, all with various health issues, but we still had 11 in attendance. We again practiced the opening and closing but more importantly read 3 petitions. Our biggest issue now is getting all the candidates with an open day in which they can attend. What a great problem to have!

Monday, September 18, 2017


First off today I stopped and got good news that REC John Watkins continues to make positive progress. This evening I was going to try to go to Valley Commandery as he was going to try to attend based on how he felt. Unfortunately I didn't make it as I attended a Community Foundation meeting where I was appointed as a trustee.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Future Grand Chapter Planning

Today REC Greg Clatterbuck and myself met to discuss the 2019-20 Grand Chapter year. We covered almost every topic we need to plan out and set some dates to get further information tightened up. Since the hotel and location for Grand Chapter 2020 is already booked we focused on a 2019 GHP reception and several new activities I hope to have during the year.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Irish Council #67

Today was our annual meeting at the Ohio Masonic Home and it was initiation for around 15 candidates and the final meeting for our Excellent Chief who I appointed when I was Excellent Chief several years ago. We had a very good meal prior to the Degree work and the HRAKTP grand presiding officer was present along with Grand Superintendent Dan Conley and Grand Senior Warden Martin Trent. (They had a HRAKTP prior which I was going to before hand but a last minute conflict made that impossible). They also installed Mike Himes as the new Excellent Chief at the end of the meeting.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Well tonight I made a fairly big oops. As our water bed sprung a leak it took up quite a bit of time this week cleaning it up and getting it out to get a new one. I had listed on my calendar to attend Shelby tonight. I got all the way to Shelby by Mansfield when I determined I was supposed to go to SIDNEY CHAPTER in SHELBY COUNTY.  Oh well, I guess I'll be headed back up to Shelby Chapter next Thursday as that is when their stated meeting is scheduled. The nice part is that it was a nice day and evening for a good drive and I also found gas for almost $0.40 cheaper than at home so I guess all was not lost!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Price Hill Chapter Stated

Tonight I headed down to Cleves Ohio in the 4th District for the stated meeting of Price Hill Chapter. This is one of only 3 I have not been to since I stated in Grand Chapter Line and the other two are planned prior to the Grand Chapter session in October. We had an unexpected addition of a meal prior to the meeting tonight and actually voted on a new petition. It was also nice that we finished fairly quickly so I could get back home at a reasonably early timeframe.

Monday, September 11, 2017

ROJ Luncheon and Antioch Stated meeting

Today at lunch was our month Jesters get together where we have lunch discuss upcoming events and tell a few jokes before leaving. This evening was back at Antioch for our quarterly stated meeting. We covered several orders of business but as it was prepared in advance, the meeting flowed well and we were done about as quickly as possible with all we had to cover. It was especially exciting to hear about a new fund raiser which could be a major money maker for us.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Chapter Planning Meeting

Tonight I met with some of the leadership in the 3rd District to discuss plans for our upcoming Luau and the Grand Chapter Hospitality room. Working together were determined who would be doing what and more importantly determined a couple extra items which I had not thought about needing a resolution before the events. We kept the meeting to round a hour and left with very few items needing follow up to resolve.

Friday, September 8, 2017

John Watkins in nursing rehab home

REC John Watkins, PDDGHP from Trinity Chapter, has now been at the Kingston Nursing Home (the same place I go to feed my Grandmother every morning) since he left the hospital last week. I drop by each morning to see his progress. While it will be a long recovery period, he is starting to be getting a little better each day. He is very tired and needs to rest after doing anything. He is on oxygen and his wife Carolyn needs to help him with most anything he does. I'll try to give periodic updates on his progress.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Singara Grotto

Tonight I headed up north to Sandusky to attend the stated meeting for Singara Grotto. Before the meeting, we had a nice ribeye steak dinner. This is the home Grotto for Mark McCombs who just went out as the Grand Monarch. They covered several topics during the meeting but still finished up in time that I was able to leave and make it back home just before midnight. While it rained for a few minutes on the way up the drive was nice and a good way to get back in the grove of the longer trips.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Trinity Chapter Stated Meeting

After spending the majority of last week getting some things caught up at home and spending the holiday weekend with Laura in Tennessee, I'm back on the Masonic travelling trail. Tonight I went to the stated meeting for my Chapter and who was there but a special guest, our own Grand Scribe REC Ross Black. We had several pieces of business to cover tonight and were lucky to have around 15 present as a few were still out of town and sick who normally attend. Two of the 50 year memebrs who are PHP were not doing well as one feel and is recovering at home while REC John Watkins has started on a long journey of rehab for a virus he caught.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Cabiri Picnic

Tonight the Past Potentates got together with the widows of the Past Potentates at Antioch Shrine for our annual picnic. Most of those who were physically able were in attendance. We had a nice dinner and a very short program so we could fellowship for a little before heading home.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

AMD Picnic at OMH

Today was the AMD picnic for Herman Lawrence Council and we invited a couple other AMD Councils to participate with us at the Ohio Masonic Home Shelter. The turnout from our members was less than stellar and several from the other Councils were unable to make it at the last minute.  For those who did attend, we had some good food and fellowship before heading back home.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

ROJ Picnic

Today our ROJ Court in the Jesters had a picnic held at the Antioch Shrine in Dayton. It was an indoor picnic (just in case the weather did not cooperate). We had a few come early but most didn't arrive until dinner time. Unfortunately, I had to leave as the food was being served as I had another commitment to attend to this evening.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

PDDGHP Meeting

Tonight I headed down to the Shrine to attend the Circus kick-off meeting as we have done the parking every year for them and is our major money maker. Unfortunately with several activities going on around the Shrine temple I could find no parking and after 15-20 minutes of trying to find parking, I decided I better skip it and head to the PDDGHP meeting. We have now been actively meeting twice a year since around the time I started  in Grand Chapter line. As with most of our meetings, I lots of ideas from our PDDGHPs.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

John Watkins in Hospital

Today I went to the hospital to see REC John Watkins PDDGHP from Trinity Chapter and while he will probably have a long recovery period is not doing better as they are treating him. They believe it to be a viral infection of the brain. John has been the drill captain for our drill team since the inception in 1972, KYCH of Miamisburg, multiple time PHP of Trinity Chapter and someone I have known even prior to becoming a Mason. 

Mess Hall Madness

Well generally it is usually some Masonic related item which I am writing about but not tonight. As you may know I am a volunteer for both Hospice and the USO at Wright Patterson Airforce base. Last night Robert Irvine from the TV Food Network hosted a USO event called Mess Hall Madness where chefs from various areas of the military competed against either other to determine who was the best chef. The Rockettes were also present and performed. In addition to Robert Irvine judging so also did one of the Rockettes and the Base Commander.  Afterwards, we feed around 500 people. What a great event to get to be a part of as we helped to serve the people and provide support for the event. Oh and getting to meet Robert Irvine was pretty cool as well.
That's me in the back on the left by the door

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Ohio Grotto Association State Convention

This weekend I headed up to Toledo Friday morning for the State Grotto Convention. I expected lots of new and fun things and the outgoing president did not let me down. His attitude and prior actions prove that when people think something fun might happen they will be more willing to attend and stay longer. In 10 years of attending these meetings, this is the first time I have stayed overnight and for all activities. We had the Leprechaun Fun Degree on Friday and an outstanding Irish Band. We also had a special menu of corned beef and cabbage. Everything necessary for an Irish themed evening of fun. Saturday we celebrated his year long Baseball theme with a Baseball movie and stadium food. During the evening we had a well planned formal dinner and installation of new officers. Oh and I guess we also had a couple of business meeting. Congrats Josh Anderson on a great year and super fun weekend!