Today was the stated meeting for our Hi 12 Club in Dayton. We had a very informative speaker and it was nice to see several of the folks after the summer break.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Welll I was supposed to be in Florida with my daughter's fiance at a Softball Tournament this past weekeend but when those plans changed I decided to take Pam for a weekend out. I had alreadty cleared my schedule and while I had plenty to fill it back up Masonically, I decided since the next couple of years are going to be focused on Masonic activities this weekend off might be nice. Back at it again tomorrow.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Tonight was the first stated meeting for my Lodge of the Fall and we had one candidate to return his FC degree and one to receive his EA degree. We had 35 in attendance and I was very proud of how well the work was done in returning the FC degree by the new Fellowcraft. The work in the EA degree was also very good.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Today I went to the Greeters stated meeting in conjunction with a meal for the Seniors. Since combining the two activities the Seniors have added about 10 to their list of folks eating and we have added several who are attending at the Greeters meetings. Our biggest issue in the Greeters is most of our members are much older and it is touch for them to get out as much due to health concerns.
Monday, September 10, 2018
Over the past couple of days I've been working to get the Grotto books ready for Inspection next week and more importantly doing preparations for the next couple of years in Grand Chapter. Between planning dates, getting paperwork ready, planning out schedules and lining up helpers for various tasks, it is more like a full time job. I'm not complaining just pointing out there is allot of behind the scenes work that goes on by all Grand Officers.
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Today was the first annual Sportsman Raffle and by all indications they did fairly well today. It was a good day to be inside as it rained all day. They had plenty of help for the event and as far as I could tell it was well planned and executed. It was definitely an all hands on deck type event and they seemed to have sufficient help.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Tonight our AMD met with the ladies at the Middletown Olive Garden restaurant for dinner. We had a good turnout and it was a nice evening of fellowship. They made a couple of announcements and declared all other business suspended to the next meeting so we were able to get home at a reasonable time.
Monday, August 27, 2018
Tonight the Chapter, Council and Commandery leaders got together and discussed the schedules for the upcoming year. As much as possible we tried to avoid major conflicts and minimize minor conflicts. Luckily the schedules we had coming into the meeting actually had very little conflict and we were able to finish within an hour.
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Tonight we started our new monthly meetings within our District to talk about District activities and upcoming Grand activities which the District will be heavily involved with helping out. It progressed well and we covered a lot of ground on laying out who was doing what and backups for each. As I am trying to keep the meetings short each month, we discussed District activities for the first hour by individual positions and then discussed where we stood on the statewide reception for next year for the next half hour.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Well it may sound a little strange but I was in Pittsburgh the past couple days at our Ohio State Convention. We elected new officers and the Grand Monarch was also in attendance, We had a breakout meeting which was informal and everyone was free to ask any question or give any suggestions. It seemed to work very well and several questions were answered and new ideas explored.
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Today my general Chairman REC Greg Clatterbuck, his wife Kathy and myself were formulating more details for the Grand Reception next year and determining who was going to be doing which tasks. I think we have a fairly detailed outline for the activities of the day and how we expect them to progress.
Sunday, August 19, 2018
I will be out of town for a few days to attend the Little League World Series. This is something I've always wanted to do but never had made it. As my wife said when my daughters finance' ask if I'd like to go with him, "you'd better go while you can" so I guess I'm headed to Williamsburg PA.
Saturday, August 18, 2018
This afternoon I attended the viewing for REC Aaron Crawford. He was DDGHP a few years ago and currently was the Secretary for Friendship Chapter. He recently had a liver transplant but unfortunately he had complications with the surgery and was not able to fully recover.
This morning I attended the DEP/DDGHP school of instruction in Delaware Ohio. Most all who were to be there were able to make it and the morning session was a joint training while the afternoon was to be specialized training. I had to leave a little to head back for a funeral.
Friday, August 17, 2018
Today was our annual ROJ Picnic at the palatial estate of Brad Middlestead). Those were his words not mine). We had several games going on during the day and ended it up with a nice pulled pork dinner. Clean up was quick as we had several helping to clean up. Over, I think all in attendance had a nice time. And we didn't run out of shrimp.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Today was our stated Grotto meeting. I went a little early and with the help of the guy I took to the meeting, we were able to get a good start on cleaning out our cabinet in the temple. The meeting moved along fairly quickly as the business for the evening was minimal. We did however stay for a while after the meeting and discuss how we could increase membership.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
This morning we lost one of our PDDGHPs. REC Aaron Crawford passed away after a serious surgery and complications from the surgery. He was also Secretary for Friendship Chapter. Please help us to pray for the family in this time of grieving.
Monday, August 13, 2018
Today MEC George Shell and I got together to update the bylaws for our PDDGhP s organization and updating our DDGHP job descriptions. This is something we started a while back but now is ready for adoption by the PDDGHP organization. I’m glad it is finally done..
Sunday, August 12, 2018
My plan was to get up early this morning and head north to the Memorial for Merlyn Meredith. Unfortunately When I got up this morning my side felt like someone was sticking a knife in it. I’m not really sure what the problem was but I was definitely in no shape to drive ... especially not 4 1/2 hours. Luckily the pain has finally gone away but not until after drinking lots of fluids. So I guess my final thank you to Dad Meredith is this thanks for your guidance and assistance to me as a DeMolay, as EO, as a Mason and as a friend. You motivated many young men to exceed what they thought they could achieve and was always there for them when they needed it.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Today in Delaware Ohio the Grand Officers, Past Grand High Priests and District Deputy Grand High Priests met to discuss plans for the next year. I was really exited that instead of just talk it was a communication of things that are being done. Almost every area is working on ideas which are being implemented. I'm really looking forward to see the progress as we are now implementing those ideas we had talked about over the past couple of years.
Friday, August 10, 2018
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Yesterday, I headed up for the Grand Chapter of Michigan this morning along with our Grand High Priest Keith Green and our Grand King Ross Black.The had most of the Chapters present and the person I sat next to had as far to go as I did to get there and he was from Michigan. I got out of that state up north as soon as the meeting recessed for lunch before they found out I had dogs named Scarlett and Gray.
Monday, August 6, 2018
Tonight our Commandery had drill practice and I was there to try to decide if I'll be able to drill this year. After the first practice. I'm still not sure but I was able to do it this evening which was hot and muggy. Since I'm doing the Standard Guard this year it makes it a little easier but the standing part is what concerns me more than the marching.
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Today the officers of the York Rite along with a few other invited guests were present at the Ohio Masonic Home for a church service and lunch with the residence followed by a discussion with the leaders of the various Grand Masonic Bodies. We discussed several topics and broke out with the folks who will most likely be serving together to discuss schedules and ideas.
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Thursday, August 2, 2018
This week I continued to spend a lot of time on future Grand Chapter activities and programs. I had also planned to attend a possible reformation meeting for Dayton DeMolay tonight but had a couple of items which needed to be completed tonight which didn't allow me to attend.
Monday, July 30, 2018
Tonight I attended a special meeting of AMD held in Beavercreek with the Sovereign Grand Master David Dixon Goodwin present as the guest speaker. The room was packed with around 75 total in attendance. Our Grand High Priest, Keith Green, was also present He gave a talk about the York Rite and some additional information about the Knights Templars. PGM Mike Himes, Superintendent of the South for Ohio, was present along with several former Grand Presiding Officers.
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Today we went to Greenville Ohio for their Annie Oakley Days parade. They had a good turnout and everyone there seemed to have a good time. I also have been doing a lot of Grand Chapter planning this month/ Luckily after a couple of failed tries to negotiate a deal, we have a contract now for the Grand Chapter Reception next year and the Grand Family meeting the same day.
Monday, July 23, 2018
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Today was the installation of new officers and it was slightly unique for Ohio as the EO's sons were' installed as State Master Councilor and State Scribe after being elected by the DeMolay's. Our new SMC is Brady Woodworth and the new State Scribe is Brock Woodworth. In addition, the new State Deputy Master is Ryan Cope who was the outgoing elected State Scribe.
Friday, July 20, 2018
Well finally home from Shrine Imperial and got a new phone so I can once again be connected. Since my old phone is dead and any pictures I took at Imperial are gone with the phone, no pictures from Florida. In addition my car is in the shop being fixed but my sister loaned me one of hers so I could head to DeMolay Conclave at Kent State. I’ll probably be driving it the next few days since not sure how fast the car will be fixed.
Monday, July 16, 2018
It seems as though my phone decided to go for a swim so until I get a new one, email me instead of texting or calling since I won't be able to get text or calls with no phone. And just to be extra nice and timely my brakes are giving me problems on my car which just had the air conditioning go out and needs fixed. I'm glad problems only come in threes and then you get three good things to come your way....I'm waiting for those three good things ...maybe one could be winning the lottery.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Today was our Shrine Greeters meeting. Since they changed the time to coincide with a breakfast they are having at the Shrine, I was able to attend. Like most groups we are in the process of trying to regroup, get new leaders and new members. This changed helped out this month as we had several members present.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
While it might not outwardly appear it was a busy week, I’ve had lots of behind the scenes work going on. Everything from setting dates for Grand Kings Programs, to dates for Grand High Priest Receptions in 2020, to making Grand Family and Grand Reception plans to actually working on the program for the Grand Kings presentations. In addition I’ve been finalizing Grand High Priest pin designs and distributing DEO information I obtained.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Tonight I was in Springfield so I attended the stated meeting for the Grotto in Springfield as they were meeting tonight. The covered the activities which occurred at the recent Supreme Meeting and discussed the Special Olympics. It was nice to hear a discussion on a subject which in Chapter we need to also be discussing which was how to increase publicity for the organization.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Today was the closing activities all day for the 200th Miamisburg Celebration starting off with a parade. Our Lodge and several Shrines were involved along with a few hundred other participants. It was a nice day finished off with fireworks in the evening.
Definitely a couple of very long days over the past couple days. Thursday, I started out before 6 AM headed to DeMolay International in Alexandria Virginia. As an Active Board member you are required to attend the yearly session. We had the opening session on Thursday and Friday was the business and voting session. After the meetings concluded on Friday around 5, I started the journey back home so I could be back for the closing activities of our cities 200th anniversary.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
From this past Saturday through this coming Saturday our Lodge is very involved with the activities of the 200th anniversary of Miamisburg. The mayor is even a member of our Lodge. The city is expecting well over 100,000 people for the events of the week. Pam and I are attending as many events as possible. Tonight we had candidate to vote on and an event with over 300 planned to attend sponsored by our Lodge at the same time, so we called a special as we have petitions to vote on.
Friday, June 15, 2018
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
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
Sunday, June 10, 2018
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Saturday, May 19, 2018
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.
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
Thursday, May 17, 2018
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.
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
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
Monday, May 14, 2018
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
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
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
Monday, May 7, 2018
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Tonight I travelled to Defiance for the stated meeting and 1st District Meeting in Defiance Ohio, The stated meeting went as most and they also discussed who was going to be officers for the upcoming year. After the meeting they held a well run District meeting and got all of the 2018-19 Inspection dates decided.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
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.