From March 5 to 9, I was in Tampa, FL, to attend the Oriental Guide (OG) Seminar put on by Shriners International. Since I skipped being OG, the Potentate had me attend the said Seminar as he and other Officers and Nobles deemed it will be beneficial to me and the Temple to do so. On Wednesday, I joined a tour of Shriners International Headquarters. They had some new items on display.
It was great to meet a few old friends and make new ones while there. There was a lot to learn and a lot more to do in preparation for higher positions on the Divan. It was, as I expected, an excellent Seminar.
On March 17, Monday, the Royal Ark Mariner Degree was conferred on Companion Ken Cox at Lake Winnipeg Lodge No 4, Royal Ark Mariners of Western Canada. We had the usual dinner prior to the Meeting. We then held the Installation of the 2014 Officers of Cyrus Council No 2, Cryptic Rite of Western Canada. It was a wonderful evening of ritual of fellowship.
On March 20, Thursday, the Manitoba Sovereign Consistory, Valley of Winnipeg, Scottish Rite, communicated the 19° to 29° and portrayed the 30°. It was the first Meeting of the Consistory for this Scottish Rite Year 2013-2014. The Illustrious Commander-in-Chief, Illustrious Brother Al Hadley, 33°, did an excellent job presiding over the Meeting.
In the afternoon of March 22, Saturday, we attended the 100th Birthday celebration of Sister Daisy Tooth, a Member of Queen Winnipeg Chapter No 1, OES. Her family, friends and OES Sisters & Brothers were there to celebrate her being 100 years old. It was a lovely afternoon with warm fellowship.
On March 26, another exemplary Freemason, WB Nathan Fenton of Winnipeg River Lodge No 154, was called to the Grand Lodge Above. He will be missed but never forgotten. WB Nathan, it was Happy to Meet. Sorry to Part. Happy to Meet Again.
On March 27, Thursday, Queen Winnipeg Chapter, OES, held its Regular Meeting. It was a typical Chapter Meeting with great ritual and warm fellowship.
Imperial Sir Jeff is one of, if not, the best salesman for Freemasonry and Shrinedom, I have ever met. He was very insightful and able to identify Membership opportunities and tap these using some of the Membership tools. He will send us a list of his recommendations when he gets back home to Toronto, Kansas.
In the morning of March 29, Saturday, we held the General and Wrap-Up Sessions of the Pace Program Kickoff Meetings.
Later, in the evening of March 29, Saturday, we attended a Thanksgiving Dinner for the recent safe travels of Mr Nante Vergara and his family. There was a lot of food and very warm fellowship. From there, a number of us went to Logan Corner Restaurant for congee to celebrate Sis Aries' birthday (March 30).
When I got up on March 30, Sunday, I learned of the passing away of RWB Wally Roth. We will include him and Lady Christine in our thoughts and prayers. RWB Wally was very active in a number of Masonic Bodies, including the York Rite, Shriners and OES. He will be missed but never forgotten. RWB Wally, it was Happy to Meet. It is Sorry to Part. It will be Happy to Meet Again.
On March 31, I attended the Regular Meeting of the Past Masters Club of Khartum Shriners. The food at Canad Inns Windsor Park was very tasty. I had two (2) servings of chicken noodle soup because I had colds (hopefully, not the flu). I felt a lot better after having the soup. After dinner, we held the Meeting, which went on very well. I was "railroaded" into becoming the 1st VP, replacing the late RWB Wally Roth. Congratulations to RWB Rico Villarin who was elected to replace me as the 2nd VP.