Friday, September 8, 2017

Where has summer gone!

We have some quick revisions to announce for our upcoming candidate schedule.

**  On September 20, 2017 we will be having a MM practice.
**  On October 4, 2017, we anticipate TWO MM degrees. 

Is that ambitious, or what?

The truth is that everyone’s schedule is busy.  Finding the right “open” dates that match everyone’s schedules is about like finding a needle in a haystack.  After several discussions, some longer than others, this seems to be the best fit for everyone’s situation. 

Is it ambitious?  Yes.  Is it doable?  Yes.  Do we need your help?  Yes!
You know what is needed, so we won’t waste space with that description.  For the MM degree meeting we anticipate two things:
1 – To start the evening off early, we may call a Special Meeting to start at 7pm, rather than starting at 7:30pm.  You know why.
2 – A meal prior is being considered, so we can be ready to start by 7pm.  In addition to the customary reasons, a good meal ups our attendance by 20%.

It should be an exciting time for us as well as the candidates.  We are sure you’d rather be part of the experience than just hear the stories later.

We have an update on our roof repair issue.  It’s fixed!  At a cost of $3270.00, that’s the good news.  As Paul Harvey might say, the rest of the story is on page 2. 

The circumstances of the leak (placement, duration, etc.) means we are now ready for the inside repair to begin.  Those who look closely will notice the braces for the suspended ceiling are bowed across the front of the Lodge.  This roughly approximates a line from overhead the Chaplain, over to the Worshipful Master, and on to the Secretary.  This is the result of plaster that has fallen from the “real” ceiling onto the ceiling panels.  After some time to dry, those panels will have to be removed to take care of the fallen plaster and dirt.  Afterwards, we will need to examine and possibly replace some of the bracing, as well as the damaged ceiling panels.  It promises to be a messy and time consuming job, but necessary to maintain the Lodge in an appropriate manner. 

As you are reading this, of you are wondering “what can I do?”, the answer is basic – contribute.  Some members have already made contributions.  As you might hear elsewhere, any size donation will be put to good use to finally bring this issue to a full resolution.

As noted above, we’ve made some adjustments to our calendar.  As future adjustments are received, they will be added,

September 16, 2017           15th District Annual Meeting. 
Held at Mad River #161 at 9am.

September 17, 2017           15th District Awards Banquet. 
Held at the Plaza Inn, Mt. Victory, OH, at 6pm.  (

September 23, 2017           15th District Past President’s Golf Tournament
Held at Kings Mill Golf Club, Waldo, OH. Sign-in at 7:30am, Shotgun Start at 8:30am. $60 per player covers golf, cart, lunch, and prizes.  Contact District Treasurer, Larry Lance, PO Box 52, West Liberty, 43357  (937-465-6560).  

October 4, 2017                   Lodge meeting @ 7:30pm.
                                                TWO MM degrees anticipated.

October 9, 2017                   Columbus Day

October 18, 2017                Lodge meeting @ 7:30pm

October 20-21, 2017           Grand Lodge Annual Communication.
                                                Held at the Dayton Masonic Center.

November 1, 2017             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!

November 7, 2017              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 11, 2017            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 18, 2017            15th District Fall Education Meeting. 
Held at La Rue #463 at 9am.

November 23, 2017            Thanksgiving
In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. Take time to give thanks for what you hold dear.

November 25, 2017            The Game.
Since 1897 The Ohio State University has played the University of Michigan. Between them they have won 79 Big Ten Championships, and 19 National Championships. Long considered the country’s best college football rivalry, it is considered “must see TV” in both states. This chapter takes place at That School Up North.  How can shopping possibly compare?

December 2, 2017              15th District Past Master Convocation. 
Held at Oliver #447 at 9am.

December 25, 2017            Christmas

December 31, 2017            New Year’s Eve.
                                                Be sure to pick your Designated Driver first!

January 1, 2018                  New Year’s Day

January 13, 2018                15th District Annual Workday
                                                Held at Marion #70, starting at 9am.

February 10, 2018              Inspection in the EA degree.
Refreshments will be served at 9am, with Lodge opening at 10am for Inpsection.

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