Thursday, January 23, 2020

It's Winter Time!




Is it:

Cold? Rainy? Snowy? Warm? Sunny? All of these?

Yes, that means it is winter in Ohio. This is the time of year when weather prognosticators make their real $. Snow overnight? Check. Torrential rains in the afternoon? Check. Anyone can predict spring rain, summer warmth, and bright colors in the fall. Real experts can handle whatever Ohio has in store during January and February.

Since our last post we have resumed our regular meeting schedule. Along with that, we have continued the pre-meeting dinner schedule which has become so popular. Menus are varied, frequently determined that morning. If you have a favorite food you'd like to see included, say so!  Not every meeting has to be preceded by prime rib and baked potato.

Our last post noted our 2020 Inspection requirement was completed in December. The popular phrase is “It's all over but the shouting”. In our case, it's all over but the paperwork. When the final report hits, it will be official. In the mean time, Inspection season continues. A link to the 15th District web site will reveal the entire schedule, so it won't be duplicated here.

We have some dates below as a reminder. As additional details are available they will be posted.

 
May 9, 2020                Grand Master’s Class.
GM Keith Newton has announced his plan to hold a Grand Master’s Class in each District in Ohio on May 9th.  Details to follow.

June 7, 2020                Ohio Masonic Home Day, Springfield, Ohio.

June 26, 2020                Ohio Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies.

August 29, 2020                Grand Master’s Motorcycle Ride for Charity,

September 18-20, 2020         GLO Fellowship, Fun, and Family Retreat.
GM Keith Newton has announced his plan to hold a family retreat at a state park.  More information to follow. 


This seems to cover our calendar as we know it.  For the remainder of your winter, remember to take time to sit back, relax, and stay warm.


See you in Lodge!





Friday, November 29, 2019

Welcome to the Holidays!



Yes, that is the time of year when diets are suspended, every day seems to have a party scheduled, and “good cheer” isn’t just a phrase in a book.  To say it is our favorite time of year would be pretty accurate.

Since our last post many things have happened.  Most notable is the scheduling of our 2020 Inspection.  It will be in the MM degree, but on December 21, 2019, not in 2020.  The reasons for this are many, and it has been the subject of much discussion within the 15th District.  Curiously, it is one week LATER than Marion 70’s Inspection last year, which raised no concern at all.  As the calendar below indicates, Lodge will open at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:30pm, and Lodge will resume approximately 7:30pm.  It should be an interesting evening.

On November 6th, at our Annual Meeting, a full slate of officers was elected, selected, appointed, etc.  (The full list can be found under the “Officers” tab on the left.)  A Closed installation was held on November 20th, with RWB Matt Pollock presiding. 

November 20th was also the occasion of RWB Pollock’s official Pre-Inspection Visit.  For those who have not gone through this process, this is the evening the Inspecting Deputy goes through the books, including financial statements, inventory and minutes, reviews the activities of the Lodge, and reviews reports submitted by the Worshipful Master, Treasurer, Secretary, and Audit Committee.  We are pleased to say our operation and related paperwork was found to be in good order.

Our calendar below has many listings.  For additional events we recommend consulting the 15th District web site, which maintains a list of activities for the entire District.


December 4, 2019                Regular Stated Meeting.
       Practice in the MM degree


December 7, 2019                15th District Past Masters Convocation
                                                           Held at Mt. Carmel #303, starting at 9am.

December 11, 2019                Special Meeting.
                                                Practice in the MM degree.

December 18, 2019               Regular Stated Meeting.
       Practice in the MM degree

December 21, 2019              MM Inspection for La Rue Lodge!
Yes, this is “early”, at least compared to previous years.  Based on the precedent of Marion #70 last year, we discovered earlier dates were permitted, so we are taking advantage of the opportunity. 
Lodge will open at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:30pm, and Lodge will resume approximately 7:30pm.  
 
May 9, 2020                Grand Master’s Class.
GM Keith Newton has announced his plan to hold a Grand Master’s Class in each District in Ohio on May 9th.  Details to follow.

June 7, 2020                Ohio Masonic Home Day, Springfield, Ohio.

June 26, 2020                Ohio Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies.

August 29, 2020                Grand Master’s Motorcycle Ride for Charity,

September 18-20, 2020         GLO Fellowship, Fun, and Family Retreat.
GM Keith Newton has announced his plan to hold a family retreat at a state park.  More information to follow. 


This seems to cover our calendar as we know it.  For the remainder of your summer, remember to take time to sit back, relax, and savor the warm weather we so desperately longed for all winter.


See you in Lodge!


Friday, August 23, 2019

Where has summer gone?



OK, that is mostly rhetorical, but not in a sense.  It seems like just yesterday we were suffering through the downpours of spring.  We had some 90+ degree days, and we are now back to highs of 72 and lows of 56.  (Insert your favorite Ohio weather joke here.)

Despite our thoughts on the weather, the calendar shows that our traditional summer break is quickly drawing to a close.  As this is being typed objects at every hand assure us that is the case.  Pre-season football has started, local schools are back in session, and Labor Day is coming up quickly.  That means one additional thing – our first Lodge meeting of the fall will soon be upon us.

For the record, our first meeting following our break will be on Wednesday, September 4.  Our WM has assured me that in keeping with tradition, there will continue to be a meal prior to each meeting this fall, including the 4thDinner will be served at 6:30pm, and Lodge will open at 7:30pm.

We have a number of events planned and anticipated.  Below is a list that has significance to both our Lodge and the 15th District.


September 2, 2019            Labor Day.  Although many view this as the unofficial “last day of summer”, it was created to celebrate those who do the heavy lifting that keeps our country going.  Whether you are firing up that grill, or muttering under your breath about traffic, don’t lose sight of the effort and dedication it takes to provide us the comforts we enjoy.

September 4, 2019             First meeting of the fall.  Possible MM degree anticipated.

September 7, 2019            15th District Past Presidents Golf Tournament.  Held at Kings Mills Golf Club (2500 Berringer Road, Waldo, OH). 

September 14, 2019           15th District Annual Meeting, held at Mt. Gilead Lodge
@ 9am.

September 15, 2018           15th District Annual Awards Banquet, held at The Plaza Inn, Mt. Victory, OH, at 6pm.

October 14, 2019               Columbus Day

October 2019                     Grand Lodge Annual Communication.
To be held in Marietta, Ohio.  Details can be found online at https://www.grandlodge2019.com/.

November 5, 2019              Election Day.
If you are reading this, you have plenty of time to register and be eligible to vote.  Polls are open from 6:30am until 7:30pm.  Vote!

November 6, 2019             Annual Meeting.
In addition to the normal business of the Lodge, this is the meeting where we elect Officers for the coming year.  Come and make your voice heard!  Maybe even take an office!

November 11, 2019            Veterans Day
This is the day to celebrate those who have placed their lives on the line for the freedoms we love. Don't take the opportunity just to thank a Veteran. Do take the opportunity to thank all the Veterans you encounter, whether in person or via social media. It will mean more to them than words can describe.

November 16, 2019              15th District Fall Education Meeting, held at La Rue Lodge at 9am.  If you decide that learning more about our fraternity isn’t enough to get you up early on a Saturday morning, come for the doughnuts!

December 7, 2019                15th District Past Masters Convocation
                                                           Held at Mt. Carmel #303, starting at 9am.

December 21, 2019              Proposed MM Inspection for La Rue Lodge!
Yes, this is “early”, at least compared to previous years.  Based on the precedent of Marion #70 last year, we discovered earlier dates were permitted, so we hope to take advantage of the opportunity.

This seems to cover our calendar as we know it.  For the remainder of your summer, remember to take time to sit back, relax, and savor the warm weather we so desperately longed for all winter.


See you in Lodge!