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.