Friday, June 15, 2018

2nd District Chapter Reception

Well whoever decided not to come tonight missed out on a super evening. They held it at the Neil Armstrong Museum in Wapakonetsa and the entertainment was an expert on the space program who talked about the Gemini missions and their importance to U.S. space exploration. In addition, we had a great meal and were able to tour the entire museum in an exclusive after hours setting. They also handed out awards and the Grand High Priest Keith Green finished up with a short talk.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Grotto Supreme Meeting

Since the presiding officer was unable to attend the Supreme session in Indianapolis, I attended today to represent our Grotto. I had to get up around 5:30AM so I could drive over since I was just going for the day.  They had a nice turnout and I also attended the Secretaries luncheon. All the legislation was voted on today and the most controversial pieces were withdrawn. In the evening they bused us over to Sahara Grotto for dinner. They did an outstanding job since they planned to had about 250 come for dinner but had closer to 325. Their members provided what I thought was one of the best meals at a national meeting ever (and the price was also great) and we were able to get back so I could head home much earlier than I expected.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Trinity Chapter Installation

Tonight we had installation and remembrance ceremony for Richard Poore at my Chapter in Miamisburg. Our new High Priest is Denny Fitzgerald. We also had PGHP Steve Duncan in attendance. In addition we had at least 3 more who plan on continuing through line installed. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Another Sad Day

Just before heading the Ohio Masonic Home Day I learned that Merlyn Meredith had passed away. While his Masonic titles and accomplishments were many, his real love was for DeMolay. He was always there for every DeMolay, Advisor, Governor and Executive Officer. He never missed a Conclave from the day he joined DeMolay through the Day he passed. He actually skipped getting a Masonic honor for a DeMolay Conclave and the next year I made sure the date was such for Conclave that he could receive the award. He amazed most everyone with his memory for introductions and his detailed paperwork, keeping track of all Masonic events. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Ohio Masonic Home Day

They had many events planned for today and the Grand Officers also had a meeting to ensure several necessary items where ready for Grand Chapter. Unfortunately the weather didn't completely cooperate and the parade had to be cancelled though most got to enjoy the activities planned for earlier in the day.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

KYCH Meeting

Today was the quarterly KYCH meeting in Marysville where two new members were knighted. In addition the Grand Master General M.E. Bryce B. Hildreth was in attendance. They had a good attendance with 82 present. In addition the members doing the four lectures each did a good job.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Charlemange RCC

Tonight was our quarterly meeting or the Red Cross of Constantine in Columbus at the Brookside Country Club.  It was a nice night to be inside as the weather was not that great outside. We had a very nice dinner with the ladies and a very short meeting to cover any business we had for the future. It was nice to see Jim Buckingham and Robert Crabbs back out and about.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Larry B. Cornett Visitation

Today was a sad day as I attended the viewing for a PDDGM of our District and a Line officer in Scottish Rite who passed away this week at age 43. RWB Cornett was a Clearcreek Township police officer. He had a wife and two small kids he left behind and needless to say the viewing was attend ed by many Masonic and law officers in addition to family and friends.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Ft, Meigs Chapter Stated Meeting

Tonight I attended the Chapter election for this Chapter and also attended the Toledo Council meeting and Toledo Commandery meetings as they all met tonight to elect officers. They had a full slate in each elected and a couple of new potentials to be installed as soon as they complete their work. While I had left early to pick up a package in Michigan, I had to delay this as a two hour delay on the highway closed it on both sides for a long time and they had to route us off the highway. Luckily, I was able to get their in time to attend all three meetings after an extended delay off the highway. Grand Marshall for Grand Lodge, Steve Grindle. was also present as he is a Past High Priest from this Chapter.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Trinity Chapter Stated Meeting

Tonight was our annual meeting and official election of officers. Since our Secretary was going to be out of town for this meeting we had elected a temporary slate of officers at the last meeting but unfortunately one, who was going to serve as King, a Past High Priest, passed away the next day. Luckily, someone who is not a Past High Priest stepped forwarded and indicated he would be willing to assume the position and the best part is that his father also agreed to serve as Scribe since his son was going to be King and both agreed to progress in the line. Originally we were going to have to have a Past High Priest also serve as no one originally was wiling to assume the position. Now we have 3 new officers who have agreed to progress in the line.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Ohio Council of Deliberation

Last night I continued from Mansfield up to Independence Ohio near Cleveland and attended the OCD session for Scottish Rite Red Hat Dinner. A good friend of mine PDDGHP Greg Clatterbuck received it from the Valley of Dayton. Greg has been very active in all bodies which he belongs and in Scottish Rite has worked many years in the Robe Room.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Baku Grotto

Today I went to Mansfield to attend the Grotto Ceremonial. Prior to the event we had a nice dinner. Several Grottoes were present along with State Officers Dave McIntyre Sergeant at Arms and Mike Brumfield Sr. First Vice President. Also present where Grand Captain of the Guard Dave Korb and Executive Secretary Skip Moerch. They performed the full ceremonial on 9 candidates and had us on our way at a reasonable hour.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Herman Lawrence AMD

Tonight was our meeting in Middletown for AMD. When they passed out the roosters I figured out I’ve been a member 3rd longest of living members. We also brought in a new member, Doug Whyte and Joe Fair gave a talk on TAPS. Afterwards we went down and had refreshments.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend

Since Laura came home this weekend we spent most of it doing family activities but yesterday we did attend Greg and Kathy Clatterbuck's 50th anniversary party and vows renewal. While it was definitely very hot it was a nice activity. We also saw the next Star Wars picture this weekend and now have my daughter's dogs to watch for the next month as she studies for school in Sweeden. Four dogs will be challenging and Pam wont be with me much this next month because of it but hoping it is a good experience for her..  

Thursday, May 24, 2018

KYCH Meeting

Tonight we met at Houston’s Restaurant neat Mason for our annual meeting. I, of course, had to have frog legs but got it with the Filet Mignon tonight. They have an outstanding salad bar with lots of chooses a normal bar doean’t Have. I especially like their tapioca pudding on the bar. REC Rick Bielicki was elected President and we voted to meet here the next couple of years so probably more frog legs in the future. This is definitely a throw back restaurant which it is a shame there aren’t more like it.

Monday, May 21, 2018

HI 12 Meeting

Today  I attended my Hi12 club stated meeting. Our speaker for the day after lunch was the investment person we have for our club from Edward Jones. He gave a nice talk and answered all question presented to him after which we all went our separate ways.

ROJ Dinner

Tonight our ROJ Court in Dayton met at Archers in Kettering and had dinner. There were around 25 of us present and after eating we told a few jokes and then were on our way. Except for one guy who will remain nameless for had to return so I could give him his debit card which he accidentally left on the table.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Grotto Secretary Work

Today I spent some time reconciling some records and getting 2nd dues notices ready to send out tomorrow. I'm gaining lots of respect for Secretaries and Treasurer's as I do both jobs and I should mention we only have a small membership.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Irish Council

This morning my Knight Masons council held a stated meeting which I attended. This is usually a hard meeting for me to make as there is usually a home town patade I'm in at the same time but not this year. I almost felt old as there was only one Past Excellent Chief present who served before me. (OK I am old!) The meeting moved along well and afterwards they practiced to be ready for our ceremonies which will be held at our annual meeting in September.

4th District GHP Reception

Tonight Willis Chapter sponsored the GHP Reception and District Awards Night. We started out with dinner music by REC Harless Maynard and his wife and a nice meal after which we headed upstairs for the awards part of the program. There were a number of awards handed out and MEC Green finished with a nice speech after which everyone headed back home.


Friday, May 18, 2018

3 Grotto Ceremonial

Tonight we teamed up with 3 other Grottoes for a full form ceremonial  in Springfield. It was a large class of around 10 for the 3  Grottoes. One was MWB Mike Himes who was made a member at sight in 2007 but wanted to go through the
full ceremonial which he did tonight.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Kismet and Islam Grotto

Well it is a little hard to explain but there are 3 Grottoes from Pennsylvania in the Ohio Association and today we went to 2 of them as one had a lunch meeting Kismet in Saegertown PA and the other a dinner meeting Islam in Pittsburgh. While it was around a 700 mile round trip it still saved about 600 if we had done each on separate trips. This also meant we were in the car for nearly 12 hours. I was definitely wiped out when we got back home.

Good Friend Passed Away

I had to write today about a good friend of mine who passed away yesterday, RWB Richard Poore. He was my go to guy when ever I needed to delegate something to someone a be assured it would be done. I pressed him into service at our Chapter by allowing himself a few years back to be elected High Priest after he said he would never do it. I then talked him into being District President for our Chapter District. When I was Potentate a few years back, I talked him into serving as my Chaplain. He was a great guy who I will definitely miss,

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ormus Grotto Stated Meeting

Tonight was our stated meeting and for a small Grotto we had a good turnout.  We covered everything we should have during the meeting and accepted Dave Williamson as a new (transfer) member. We also covered discussions for our ceremonial being held Friday at Springfield. Unfortunately our new members both are going to be unable to attend.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Trinity Chapter #44 Stated Meeting

Tonight our Chapter had a special visitor, the Grand High Priest Keith Green and Grand Marshall Bill Windnagle. The High Priest couldn't make it so the King filled in for the evening. Everything seemed to run fairly smooth and we were done at a reasonable hour.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Hamilton Chapter Stated Meeting

Tonight our DDGHP Rick Bielicki and myself travelled to Hamilton Chapter for their stated meeting to get some items resolved for their Inspection and also to discuss the upcoming year. They had 7 in attendance and the incoming High Priest agreed to assist the Secretary and Treasurer to get the required items resolved. They also determined a slate of officers for the upcoming year and talked about the current Secretary getting some relief after next year as he is right at 90 years old and the incoming High Priest indicated he will take the job after finishing as High Priest.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

19th District GHP Reception

Today I travelled to East Liverpool Ohio to the 19th District GHP Reception with Doug Whyte from my Chapter in Miamisburg and is also a dual member at East Liverpool. The night stared out with a 70 year presentation and a nice dinner. I sat across from a Past Grand High Priest from Washington DC who now lives in Ohio and we had an interesting conversation. Our Grand High Priest MEC Keith Green helped to give out some additional awards and gave a short talk before we headed back home. I'm glad we got home around midnight since tomorrow we are headed to Laura's for Mother's Day in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Friday, May 11, 2018

14th District Meeting

I travelled to the 14th Capitular District where they held their District meeting in Cambridge. They held a very good meeting getting all the Inspection dates for next year set, presented awards and elected/installed new officers. They accomplished all of this and we were still ready to leave by 9pm.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Kam Ram Grotto Stated Meeting

I went to Mt.Vernon OES Meeting where they held the monthly Stated Meeting for Kam Ram Grotto. They had a good turnout and their deputy was also present. The weather was good so it was a nice easy drive.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Hi12 Meeting

Today was the stated luncheon for Dayton Hi12 and we had a speaker from the local Boy Scout Camp came and spoke to us about upgrades they are making in order for the camp to stay open. It sounded like some good upgrades considering the current set up was in the 1950's and doesn't work well with today's camps.

Yusef Khan Grotto Stated Meeting

I headed up to Tadmor Shrine near Akron to attend the Yusef Khan Grotto meeting. They are the largest Grotto in the state and had a good turnout of members. This was only their second meeting at the facility as they sold their old building and now rent from the Shrine. It should be a win-win for both organizations.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Adoniram Table Council

Today I attended the 1st Table Council held at Adoniram Council in conjunction with our 75th Anniversary. We had a nice lunch and I’m glad I went as this was my first time seeing the ceremony at a Council. While the turnout was a little small, I think all present enjoyed the event.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Finance Committee Meeting and Top 4 Meeting

Well I got up at around 4:30 this morning to head up to the Grand Chapter office for a meeting at 9AM. I must have timed it just right since I was about 10 minutes early. we discussed the entire financial situation and made recommendations for the investments to help maximize efficiency in their investments. We also discussed about the new aprons and jewels for the Grand officers and a long term plan for jewel maintenance and replacement. After the initial meeting, the top four meeting was held to discuss DEO and DDGHP training and working to keep some continuity from one Grand High Priest to the next Grand High Priest.

9th District GHP Reception

Tonight was the GHP reception in Wakeman Ohio and while I had a couple of things which could have made me late I was able to make it on time. While we had a meeting around Cleveland today, I started over immediately after and had some time to spare so I went to a place to enjoy the nice day and rest for a little bit. Unfortunately I fell asleep with the accessories on in the car and when I tried to start if, the battery wouldn't turn over. Luckily, I have AAA so I called them to jumpstart the car. They said it would take 2.5 hrs to get someone there so I thought I would actually end up being late but the driver came quicker and got me on my way/ When I got to Wakeman I got a friendly hello blue light special and again I thought I would be late. Luckily, he gave me a verbal warning on what the speed limit was in Wakeman so I twice was lucky and made it on time. They had a nice dinner and then some good entertainment followed by some remarks by our GHP Keith Green.

Friday, May 4, 2018

3rd District Annual Meeting

Our district held their annual meeting tonight in West Carrollton along with a dinner before the meeting. We also discussed upcoming events and improvements needed within the district. The turnout was not as good as we had hoped but most of the main persons needed were in attendance.  Our new President will be Kent Crager form Trinity Chapter. Alf Butler was thanked for the job he did this past year as the President. It was good to see MEC George Shell back out after his knee surgery.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Painesville Chapter #46 Stated Meeting

Well I was surprised to see REC Ross Black along with DDGHP George Tegner tonight as I walked in the door at Painesville Chapter. in the 20th District. I had intended to attend their Inspection in January but was not allowed to travel at the time so I went tonight. They had elections on the evening and like most Chapters had troubles with officers at the top but 3 PHPs stepped up to help them fill the stations.

LaGrange Chapter #68

Today I travelled to the 5th District in Ironton and attended the meetings for Chapter, Council and Commandery. They were trying to determine who the officers will be for the next year and had 8 present which is the best they have had for attendance in a while per those present. They met around the table since none of the current presiding officers were present. The meeting was somewhat productive as they determine who the officer at the top would be but still have questions as to who will be the Secretary.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

St. Mary's #51 Reconsecration

Today was a great day for St. Mary's Chapter. We did the reconsecration and then they did a nice program on the history of the Chapter and had a great meal afterward. MEC Kermit Zimmerman came up to be with them and the Grand Officers for the reconsecration. Everything was well planned out by the Chapter and they were definitely prepared in addition to doing some good publicity and enjoyed a great turnout for the event.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Ohio Grotto Zone Conference

Today was our Zone Conference (a state meeting) for the Grotto and I attended today in Zanesville. It was a well attended meeting and I was lucky enough to receive my Roadrunner Award for having visited all Grottos in the Ohio Association. I went to 26 different one's to get this award including 1 in Kentucky, 1 in West Virginia and 3 in Pennsylvania. Now I'm starting on the second round which I hope to get by next year as I will probably be too busy with Grand Chapter late next year and the next to do much traveling for Grotto.

Friday, April 27, 2018

10th Capituar District GHP Reception

Tonight in Mansfield was the GHP Reception for MEC Keith Green who along with the Grand Marshal Bill Windnagel, Grand Principal Sojouner Rod Carr, GM1V  Robert Nilsen and PGHP MEC Bob Blankenhorn were also present.  REC Ryan Adams was also trying to attend but was delayed in traffic and couldn't make it. Since I got a few pictures I will let them tell the story.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Miami Valley York Rite College

Tonight was our annual meeting and elections in Lebanon. The meeting was well attended and several topics discussed. We also had elections and installation as I was installed as Deputy Governor. As there are numerous dignitaries in our College who were attending I wont name them all but 3 PGHP's MEC Kermit Zimmerman, MEC Steve Duncan and MEC George Shell were all in attendance. Also another Grand Chapter officer, REC Ron Hart Sr., was also elected to the next position in our College. REC Robert May was elected and installed as Governor.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Achbar Grotto Stated Meeting

Tonight I travelled to Columbus for the stated meeting of Achbar Grotto and to discuss some business I have with the Supreme office since I knew the Executive Director is a member at this Grotto.. I was able to give him the good news that our paperwork for the IRS has been turned in. They had a very good turnout and I saw a few Chapter guys at the meeting. Their DD was also in attendance and gave them some brief comments.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Lebanon Chapter 5 Inspection

Tonight was the last inspection in my district and the last for REC Claude Siebel. We had a first time High Priest this evening which is always nice to see. They needed a little help but did have an actual candidate for the evening. My Chapter again won the traveling award with 8 in attendance. The inspection season is winding down so I will be heading to more stated meetings around the state.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

6th District Meeting and GHP Reception

Today was the GHP Reception for the 6th District in Marysville after they held their District meeting. We had a nice dinner after which they had a program on antique guns and military and some of the Masonic connections. They also presented awards and recognized MEC Bill Berry who is serving as HP for the 8th time and is celebrating over 60 years of service to Capitular Masonry.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Horeb-Wright Dedication

Today was the dedication and 200th Anniversary of Horeb-Wright Chapter. It also turned out to be my first chance to play Grand High Priest for the day as neither Our Grand High Priest or Grand King were able to attend. A short presentation on the history of the Chapter was presented at the end of the ceremony. Our Grand photographer took pictures and got a couple of me in the lead chair.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ormus Grotto Inspection

Tonight was our Inspection at the Grotto with Tom Schliep as our District Deputy. We passed all aspects including the Secretary/Treasurer's book (that's me). We are small in number but still were able to open and close with those present and three who usually come were not able tonight. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Roy Livesay Viewing

Today was the viewing for a lifelong Mason and friend. He helped out Grand Lodge, Scottish Rite and myself when I was Potentate as the money man for events. Roy was always good with the finances and administration part of the job. He was also the Director for the Past Master's Unit in the Shrine for many years including when I was Potentate.

Grotto Work

I hope the paperwork I have filled out is sufficient and we can get the Grotto back in good graces with the IRS. It turned out to be more difficult and more work than I had anticipated and I had to skip the Hi 12 meeting I planned to go to today to finish this up. Well I guess we will see after I send it in with the money if it does the trick!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Potentates Ball

Tonight was the Antioch Shrine Potentates Ball at Austin Landing  near Miamisburg. It was a nice event and this was the first time we held an activity here as it is a newer venue. There was a nice crowd and all seemed to have a good time. Pictures didn't end up turning out well due to the lighting but I did get one from someone else.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Grotto Work

Well I started work on an involved process today to get our Grotto in good standing with the IRS. Unfortunately in years past they slipped on filling out some paperwork and we are now in arrears with them. Hopefully I can recreated all the forms this weekend.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

3rd District School

Well I haven't left the country, we just went to our Daughter's place in Tennessee and spent a little time there. I tried to attend a couple Masonic activities while I was there but unfortunately no one showed up for the meetings.Tonight was our school of instruction for incoming High Priest for the 3rd District in Miamisburg. The turnout was not quite as we had hoped for but the information provided was good. Refreshments were provided for all in attendance and we were able to finish at a reasonably early time.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Khana Sharar Stated Meeting

I visited Springfield tonight to plan a joint ceremonial we need to provide to bring in 5-6 new members. Since they are like our Grotto and go dark January-February and meet during the summer this was their first meeting of the year.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Grand Chapter Tennessee

Over the past couple of days I was at the Grand Chapter of Tennessee. They had around 170 in attendance officially (but my count was more in the 125 range). They hold all their Grand bodies one after another and at the same location (Grand Lodge building Nashville).

Acacia Forest #184 TCL

Tonight our Tall Cedars met at the Farmersville Temple and decided to tr some things to help increase membership. One thing we will be trying is to move a couple months at a time to another Temple and announce we are doing it at the Lodge in which we are meeting. We then will initiate anyone who decides with it being in their back yard they will join.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Jesters Book of Play

Today was our annual play in which we bring in new members. We started out with a Prime Rib and Shrimp dinner and then headed upstairs for the events of the evening. We brought in 5 new members. Afterwards I headed south so that I could go to the Grand Chapter of Tennessee.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Jesters Practice

We went to the Shrine this evening and had a lasagna dinner which the Elissa Guild put on for the Shrine and afterwards went upstairs to have the final practice for our play tomorrow. I'm glad that we were close to home tonight since the next few days is going to be hectic as I leave after the play to take Laura's dog back to Knoxville and them almost immediately head over to Nashville for the Grand Chapter of Tennessee before heading back home on Monday.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Ormus Grotto Stated Meeting

Tonight was our monthly stated meeting for Ormus Grotto and I am happy to say we had a new member join in Kendall Lawson who received the short form ceremonial. We also had a couple extra folks present tonight and a couple indicated they might start travelling with me or at least to the State Zone Conferences.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Hi 12 Dayton

We had a great crowd today taking up two full rows of tables and after lunch and a few administrative items we had a speaker talk to us about Inland in Dayton. Specifically most of it was about the impact they had of WW II and the products they produced. It was very entertaining and enlightening.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

DeMolay Legion of Honor Dinner

Today DeMolay Legion of Honor members from the area met at the Linder Center at the Ohio Masonic home to celebrate DeMolay and break bread with active DeMolays. There were over 30 in attendance including 3 Active DeMolays. We were happy to be able to donate $50 to each Chapter int he District. After dinner everyone gave a little description of how they became a DeMolay and a little of their most memorable moment,

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mystic Lodge #405 Reconsecration

This morning in our Masonic district Mystic Lodge had a reconsecration for their 150th Anniversary. The Grand Lodge officers were present along with PGM Doug Kaylor and PGM Neil Smalley. They had a nice crowd of around 100 and gave each in attendance a memorial coin and a nice luncheon.

2nd District Grand Master's Reception

Tonight was the Grand Masters Reception and we had a nice dinner followed by a short program. To start the program off this evening we had something different which was a 75 year service plaque. (The picture I got could have been better) What was unique was that they also indicated that he was the first High Priest of Palmyra Chapter #235. The Second Masonic District also presented a check to fully fund the Masonic Veterans Memorial being erected at the VA Cemetery which was one of the Grand Masters programs this year.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Adoniram Council #131 SEM Degree

Tonight was a rare occurrence for me as I was able to sit on the sidelines. We now are getting back-ups for parts and tonight my Nebuchadnezzar backup did the part instead of me. We had around 15 PIMs present and all but one part was done by our council as the long time person who did the part recently determined he needed to step aside. Since we have many who have done a major part for over 30 years, the work was done in a very good manner even with a few newcomers who are the backups and we are now alternating years, so every part can be covered with top notch degree work.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Minerva Lodge #98 Inspection

Tonight was my Lodge's Inspection in the Entered Apprentice Degree. We had 37 of our members present (including 14 PMs) and 37 visitors for a nice turnout. We also had in attendance PGM Doug Kaylor, Senior Grand Deacon Paul Weglage and State House Rep Scott Lipps. The officers did a really nice job on the degree work (per the DDGM).