"To preserve the reputation of the Fraternity unsullied must be your constant care."

Monday, January 14, 2008

Busy Week

Doctors told me to take it easy over the last couple of weeks. I cooperated by getting reelected to the Indianapolis Masonic Temple Board, appointed as Sword Bearer in Raper Commandery No. 1, Knights Templar, and elected as Sovereign Master of Allied Masonic Degrees Imhotep Council No. 434.

So much for cutting back.

Saturday was tremendous fun, as the Grand Lodge of Indiana hosted its annual Founder's Day program. The weather was great for possibly the first time in the nine years I've been going, and the programming was outstanding. Congratulations to Grand Master Duane Vaught, DGM Jeff Zaring and SGW Chuck Marlowe for their roles in putting together the perfect combination of information, entertainment and education.

MWBro. Roger Van Gordon's skit about misconceptions in Grand Lodge rules, and especially his role as "Old Timer" to SGD Greg Walbridge's Young Whippersnapper was a high point of the day. ("Old Timer, I'll bet you've seen a whole lotta changes over the years." "Yep, and I've been against every one of 'em!")

As a side note, I have to say it was a great thrill to at last be able to say Freemasons' Hall was finally accessible to my friend and brother, WBro. Chris Kimmell, thanks to our new ramp.

I had the very distinct honor of speaking to the January meeting of the Masonic Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis (MSRICF), Indianapolis College on Saturday night at the Murat Shrine. The meal was outstanding and the assembled Fratres were most warm and generous. Many, many thanks to George Proctor, Chief Adept of the College, for his kind invitation, and to all of the Fratres.

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