Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Deputy Grand Master - Rollout Programs for 2022

 As sure as the sun rises and sets, things change.

We thought we had our calendar full already, as indicated in our previous post.  Today we were alerted to the full schedule for the Deputy Grand Master Rollout Programs for 2022.  To borrow from the announcement, we've copy-and-pasted the following:

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Deputy Grand Master Rollout Program Dates - 2022
11 Locations Scheduled
August 7, Huber Heights Lodge #777; 1 p.m.
August 7, Amelia Lodge #590; 7 p.m.
August 8, Scioto Lodge #6; 7 p.m.
August 9, Paramuthia Lodge #25; 7 p.m.
August 10, Guernsey Lodge #66; 7 p.m.
August 11, University Lodge #631; 7 p.m.
August 13, Lima Lodge #205;1 p.m.
August 13, Ashland Lodge #151; 7 p.m.
August 14, Canton Lodge #60; 1 p.m.
August 14, Quarry Lodge #382; 7 p.m.
August 17, Toledo-Ft. Industry Lodge #144; 7 p.m.

 

The Deputy Grand Master, RWB Steven M. Grindle, has planned to hold several meetings this summer to roll out plans for the 2022-2023 Masonic year.

All Ohio Masons are invited to attend, especially those anticipating serving as Worshipful Master or Warden of their lodge. DDGMs, DEOs, District Advisors, Grand Lodge Officers, and Past Grand Masters are encouraged to attend a session.

These meetings are scheduled for the month of August, so
the Brethren should feel free to attend comfortably dressed, for
example Polo Shirt and Dockers, etc.

While a planned agenda will be followed, these sessions are
to allow the Deputy Grand Master to hear your concerns as well as
the Lodges to hear of his planning and expectations for the next
Masonic year.

A tiled meeting will not be opened. All members and their ladies are invited to attend, especially lodge officers.

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You will note that the above schedule does not include stops in every District.  It does, however, provide ample opportunity to attend one relatively close to your area.  Having attended many of these presentations, this is an excellent opportunity to speak to and learn from one of the leaders of the fraternity.  And what better way to "pull aside the curtain" so your spouse has an appreciation for what you do on so many evenings?   

That's all we know for now.  Till next time, 


See you in Lodge!




Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Is it summer yet?

 

 

We’ll admit it - we are ready for warm(er) weather.  Not the "100+ degrees in Texas" version, but the warm days and cool nights of Ohio.  And what will this summer bring for us?  Considering all the possibilities, right now we'd settle for "average", whatever that is. 

With Inspection season finally over (yes, it seems to take years to squeeze in 11 Inspections), we are turning our attention to other activities.

First is a reminder of the calendar as we currently know it:

 

May 30th - Memorial Day.  Yes, it is a holiday, but a somber one.  It is an opportunity for us to honor those who gave their lives for our country.

June 11 @ noon is the 15th District Grand Master's Reception Picnic at West Liberty Lyon's Park.  Contrary to the image of pomp and circumstance usually associated with a Grand Master's Reception, this one is casual - like a picnic!  It is a great opportunity to interact with Grand Lodge Officers, getting to know the person, not just the title.

July 4th - Independence Day.  This commemorates the passing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.  Parades, fireworks, cookouts, and draping everything in red, white, and blue is how we think of it now.  In 1776, it was a day that changed the world. 

August 20 @ 7:30am is the 15th District Golf Outing.  Held at Kings Mills Golf Club, Waldo, Ohio.  You don't have to play golf to enjoy the day.  Reportedly, there are those who walk the course with the players, occasionally coughing (yelling!) during a putt, kicking a ball into a water hazard, or stepping on a ball in a sand trap.  It's all about fun and fellowship!

September 5th - Labor Day.  Becoming a federal holiday in 1894, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of the American worker.  Those who do the heavy lifting to keep things working have earned this recognition. 

September 7 @ 7:30pm is our first meeting of the fall.  It is anticipated that we will have petitions to review, and the EA degree to practice.  Refreshments?  We'll know closer to the date.

September 17 @ 9am will be the 15th District Annual Meeting at Boggs #292.  Among other things discussed will be finalization of the 2023 Inspection schedule.  Will there be doughnuts?  Possibly.  Will it be exciting?  Depends on your definition of exciting.  Will a recap be made available on the 15th District site for those who can't attend?  Holding your breath on this is not recommended.

September 18th @ 6pm will be the 15th District Awards Dinner.  It will be held at The Plaza Inn, Mt. Victory, Ohio.  Even if your Lodge didn't win something (after all, this isn't youth soccer), the food and fellowship are enough to justify attending.

November 11th - Veterans Day.  This a day to express gratitude to America's service members, past and present, who served in both war and peace. 

November 19th @ 9am is the 15th District Fall Education Meeting, to be held at Palestine #158.  This is usually a fun, exciting, and informative session.  Yes, doughnuts are usually involved.  

November 24 - Thanksgiving Day.  Observed in North America, this is meant to celebrate the harvest season, as well as the other blessing of the year.  Yes, that means there is more to the holiday than turkey and football.

December 3 @ 9am will be the 15th District Past Master's Convocation, to be held at Marion #70.

 

The last topic is one that pops up every spring - What do we do during summer?  That answer is much longer than the question might indicate.

Lodges traditionally "go dark" (don't meet) during the months of July and August.  In our particular location, with a largely agrarian populous, June also poses challenges.  For years we have not had sufficient attendance in June to conduct business.  It is clear that our necessary vocations are not to be neglected, and just as clear that we are not permitted to "cancel" meetings.  Where does that leave us?  Call before you come, unless you are bringing lots of friends.


That summarizes what we are looking at for the present.  As additional information becomes available we will post it.  Till next time, 

See you in Lodge!


 

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

We Passed !!!

 

OK, we’ll admit it.  We were pretty sure we would pass our FC Inspection, but at the conclusion of the evening it is always nice to hear those words from the Inspecting Officer.  There were 2 comments that summarized the evening:

- We were organized and well prepared.

- Our Education program excels.

To say that we are pleased is an understatement.

 

Looking back at our last post, there are some topics that deserve updates.

- We had an attendance of 19 for Inspection.  While that is comfortably less than the Fire Marshall’s limit of 45 for our location, we had anticipated more.  Our members counted for 11 of that total.  Sadly, 7 Lodges of the 15th District were not represented.

- Our location has neither kitchen nor dining facilities, which is why “snacks” were listed instead of a dinner.  Had it been permitted, we would have preferred providing popcorn and a Big Gulp for those on the sidelines.  And maybe dumping a cooler of Gatorade on the WM after Inspection was over.  It’s never too late to start a tradition!

- We have apparently been released from Double Secret Probation, and restored to full membership in the 15th Masonic District.  According to the 15th District web site we exist (again!).  Our listed address is our former haunt (56 ½ S. High), but clicking on the map icon displays our correct location (350 N. High).  It was suggested this might have led to the low attendance, but that is doubtful.  Fifty Brothers in suits and ties standing on the sidewalk would have generated considerable conversation.

 

Now What?

We have several irons in the fire, so to speak, both locally and regionally.


On Monday, April 25, the Aladdin Shrine is holding a MM night in Grove City.  Their Past Master Unit will be conferring the MM degree.  Literally, this is an opportunity to see how it should be done.  Doors open at 6pm, Lodge opens at 6:45pm.

June 11 @ noon is the 15th District Grand Master's Reception Picnic at West Liberty Lyon's Park.  Contrary to the image of pomp and circumstance usually associated with a Grand Master's Reception, this one is casual - like a picnic!  It is a great opportunity to interact with Grand Lodge officers, getting to know the person, not just the title.

August 20 @ 7:30am is the 15th District Golf Outing.  Held at King’s Mill Golf Club, Waldo Ohio.  You don’t have to golf to enjoy the day.  Reportedly, there are those who walk the course with the players, occasionally coughing (yelling) during a putt, kicking a ball into a water hazard, or stepping on a ball in a sand trap.  It’s all about fun and fellowship!

September 17th @ 9am will be the 15th District Annual Meeting at Boggs #292.  Among other things discussed will be finalization of the 2023 Inspection schedule.  It’s every bit as exciting as it sounds, but at least there’s (usually) doughnuts.

September 18th @ 6pm will be the 15th District Awards Dinner.  It will be held at the Plaza Inn, Mt. Victory, Ohio.  Even if your Lodge didn’t win something (after all, this isn’t youth soccer), the food and fellowship are enough to justify attending.

November 19th @ 9am is the Fall Education Meeting, held at Palestine #158.  This is usually a fun, exciting, and informative session.  And yes, doughnuts are usually involved.


That's summarizes what we are looking at for the present. As additional information becomes available we will post it. Till the next time,

 

See you in Lodge!