Friday, May 20, 2016

Is it Summer Yet?  YES !!! (Kind of)

We finished the month of May with a pizza dinner and a FC degree.  Not a bad conclusion to a transitional month, considering the possibilities.  “What comes next?” you ask.  Well, we have answers, but first an explanation.

Masonic Lodges are not permitted to cancel meetings.  This is similar in thought to the unofficial Post Office motto: 

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds

The exception in our case is that we don’t have appointed rounds, only appointed days and times.  When conditions make travel or attendance unsafe, uncomfortable, or inconvenient, we advise members to attend to their necessary vocations and welfare.  “What does this mean to me?”  It means that if you arrive for a Lodge meeting before September 7th, you will most likely be alone – unless you brought a friend.

Our calendar has been adjusted, as reflected below.  We anticipate a MM degree on September 21, another two MM degrees at some point during the fall, plus a FC degree.  These will all be good practice for next year’s Inspection, which will be in the MM degree.

One listing usually on our calendar by this time is the Deputy Grand Master’s Rollout Program.  This is the opportunity for the DGM to inform Lodges and Districts of special programs, observances, and events anticipated during the coming year.  Unfortunately this schedule has not yet been posted.  As soon as it becomes available it will be posted here.

With the exceptions noted above, below is our anticipated schedule for the balance of 2016.  Adjustments will be made as necessary, so check back often.

May 30, 2016                        Memorial Day.  Originally called Decoration Day, it is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.

June 12, 2016                      Masonic Home Day, Springfield campus.

June 19, 2016                      Father’s Day.  This isn’t just a day to honor your Father, but all those men who have made a positive impact on your life.  

June 24, 2016                      Opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics, Jesse Owens Sports Complex – OSU Campus, Columbus, Ohio.

July 4, 2016                          Independence Day.  Celebrate the birth of a nation!

September 5, 2016             Labor Day.  Although fun, this isn’t just a day for cookouts.  It is a day to celebrate those who made our country, and continue to do the heavy lifting necessary to keep it great.

September 7, 2016             Stated Meeting.  MM practice.

September 8-10, 2016       Marion Popcorn Festival

September 10, 2016           15th District Annual Meeting, Indian Lake #722, at 9am.

September 11, 2016           15th District Awards Dinner, Plaza Inn, Mt. Victory, at 6pm.

September 21, 2016.          Stated Meeting.  MM degree.

October 10, 2016                Columbus Day.  Celebrate Christoforo Columbo, who “sailed the ocean blue in 1492”, and for years was identified as the person who discovered America.  History buffs generally recognize the land was named for Amerigo Vespucci, who apparently had a better PR Manager.  Both had better PR men than Leif Eriksson, credited with landing here 500+ years earlier than either of them.

October 14-15, 2016           Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, held at the Kalahari Resort, Sandusky, Ohio.

November 2, 2016.             Stated Meeting.  Annual Election of Officers.

November 8, 2016.             Election Day.  Take the time to exercise the privilege secured for you by our ancestors.  Your vote does make a difference!

November 11, 2016            Veterans Day.  Originally called Armistice Day, it signified the end of WW1.  Renamed in 1954, it now celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. 

November 12, 2016            15th District Fall Education Meeting, 9am at Boggs #202.

December 3, 2016              15th District Past Masters Convocation, 9am, held at Chester #238.

December 25, 2016            Christmas. 

That’s what we know for now.  See you at Lodge!