Friday, October 1, 2010

Autumn in Ohio

It seems like just last week it was 93 degrees in the shade (91 considering wind chill), and we were in the middle of a drought. Come to think of it, that was just last week! This week managed to bring more seasonable weather and activities. Farmers harvesting crops were stirring dust clouds in the fields, the first of the hunting seasons was in full swing, and morning walkers started to experience a nip in the air. As Halloween pumpkins are set out, we are reminded that autumn is not only in the air, but in the stores too.

With the harvest, farmers play out a familiar adage, literally reaping what they sow. After harvest, although some fields lay fallow until spring, much happens behind the scenes in preparation for the coming year. As our Lodge year winds to a close, we experience much of the same. This year we were pleased to raise three MM candidates, welcome back another, and plant the seed of our fraternity with many others. We helped recognize achievements of a high school youth, now enrolled in the Air Force Academy, and assisted others with special activities and recognition.

Now, we are doing the behind-the-scenes work to carry us through the coming year. On each post we include up-coming dates and events of significance to our Lodge. This month we invite you to look at this list with a different thought in mind. Instead of meetings and activities to attend, look upon these as the steps we are taking to ensure a successful harvest next year.

October 15 & 16, 2010. Grand Lodge Annual Communication, held in Dayton, Ohio.

November 2, 2010. Ohio’s general election. They don’t call it participatory government for nothing. Make your vote count!

November 3, 2010, @ 7:30pm. Our Annual Meeting gives you the chance to make your thoughts clear on the future of our Lodge leadership. You don’t have to accept an office to enjoy the evening, so we’ll count on seeing you.

November 13, 2010, @ 9am. District Secretary Meeting at Palestine #158.

December 4, 2010, @ 9am. 15th District Past Master's Convocation, held at Indian Lake #722.

December 16, 2010 @ 5-8pm. Tentative date for the annual Christmas in the Village celebration in downtown La Rue. In conjunction with this, we plan to have a Lodge Open House. Bring your friends and family, and show them where you’ve been spending those Wednesday evenings.

January 8, 2011 @ 9am. The 15th District J.C. Musser Work Day will be hosted by our Lodge. This is an excellent opportunity to see ritual work done properly in preparation for our Annual Inspection.

March 11 & 12, 2011. State Secretary's Association Meeting, Worthington, Ohio.

April 2, 2011 @ 10am. Annual Inspection for the pleasure of DDGM Paul Robinson, in the MM degree.

June 12, 2011. Ohio Masonic Home Day.

October 14 & 15, 2011. Grand Lodge Annual Communication, held in Cleveland, Ohio.

That brings us up to date with events and activities for the near future. For this next section, we thought we’d play some La Rue-style Masonic Trivia. Grab a sheet of paper out of the printer, and hold it up to the screen. Leaving only the dates visible on the left, see how many birthdays and Masonic anniversaries you can get right. No peeking!

Birthdays for October:

10-11……….Ron Phillips
10-19……….Leroy Harder
10-19……….Cedric Radcliffe
10-26……….Robert Everly
10-28……….Gene McMahan

Masonic Anniversaries for October:

10-21-64……Phillip Winslow
10-21-70……Phillip Weist
10-2-74……..Robert Lee
10-5-77……..Rick Sigrist
10-20-93……William Bennett
10-31-09……Dave Allman

If you correctly answered 0 to 3, you need to get out more.
If you correctly answered 4 to 7, you’re pretty well informed.
If you correctly answered 8 to 10, you know our membership well.
If you correctly answered all 11, you may claim your prize at the Secretary’s desk

See you at Lodge!