Thursday, September 5, 2013

It's been almost a year since my last post

It has been almost a year since I last wrote a post. The past 11-1/2 months have been, as usual, quite busy.
In my last post, I failed to mention that in June 2012, I humbly accepted an appointment by Illustrious Sir Harry Rosenbaum, 2012 Potentate, as Captain of the Guard of Khartum Shriners. At the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba, MWB Al Hadley appointed me as Chairman of the Youth Service Committee to make sure that I remained active in Grand Lodge. And I thought the tradition was for the IPGM to have a year's rest after his term.
There were a number of offices in the various Masonic Bodies which I was honored to take on.
Sometime in the fall, I had to move up as 2nd Lieutenant Commander of the Manitoba Sovereign Consistory, AASR, due to a vacancy. In September 2012, I affiliated with Cyrus Council No 2, R&SM and was constituted as a Knight Companion of Selkirk Conclave No 6, Red Cross of Constantine. At Winnipeg Conclave No 4, OSM, I was appointed Scroll Bearer for 2012/2013. Along with MWB Al Hadely, I was coroneted as a Knight of the Royal Order of the Red Branch of Eri in Keystone Council No 172, AMD, of which I was also installed as the Senior Warden for 2013. MWB Al was installed as the Junior Warden for 2013. Our Venerable Master is RWB Ron Church.
In September 2012, I was surprised by WGM Jean Hutchison with an appointment as the Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of Oregon. In November 2012, I receive an appointment as the Grand Representative near the Grand Lodge of Manitoba for the MW Grand Lodge of AF&AM of the State of Illinois.
As I said earlier, I was busy as usual.
Following are pictures taken at various events from August 2012 to December 2013.

Dressed up as a clown at the Gimli Icelandic Festival on August 6, 2012.

BBQ and swimming party at the home of Bro Raymund Dignadice in Selkirk after the Gimli Parade.

On August 11, 2012, we attended the Annual Meeting of the International Peace Garden in Boissevain.

Although it was showering, we had the usual picnic after the Meeting.

Celebrating Mae's birthday at one of our favorite Japanese/Korean restaurants
 On August 18, 2012, I stood as one of the sponsors at the wedding of Darmi (Kuyang Darwin Agustin's daughter) and Arwin.
On Augst 25, 2012, the Brethren of Fil-Can Cabletow Lodge No 189 and other Filipino-Canadian Brethren participated in the 1st Manitoba Filipino Street Festival in Garden City.

The politicians had a photo opp with us after the parade
At the 2012 Masonic Family Round-Up, L to R:
Sis Carol Hadley, MWB Al Hadley, Ill Sir Harry Rosenbaum and Lady Hope Rosenbaum

Celebrating Anna's birthday at a South American restaurant - excellent food. We'll go back there.

2012 Ceremonial of Khartum Shriners
Fun Night of Khartum on Sept 28, 2012

Potentate's Ball on Sept 29, 2012

Khartum Pioneers' Lunch on October 6, 2012
The Ate's at the Thanksgiving Dinner at the home of RWB Junn Manalang
At the HQ of Shriners International, where Noble Rick Wells (then High Priest & Prophet) and I attended the Membership Seminar from Oct 10 to 14, 2012. He and I have been really fired up about Membership since then.
Noble Rick and I at the office of the Imperial Potentate
Shrine International HQ
October 28, 2012 organizational Meeting of PinoyMasons of Manitoba held in Steinbach, hosted by Kuyang Rommel Gallego
Majority Service for Mikey Uson on Nov 10, 2012 at Winnipeg Chapter, Order of DeMolay

At the same Meeting, we conferred the Legion of Honor (LOH) on Bro Erik Bardal.
L to R are all LOH; Bro Erik Bardal (LOH), Dad Dave English (LOH), Bro Richard Rosen (LOH), Dad Chibu Uson (LOH Honorary)
After the Raising of four (4) new Master Masons at Fil-Can Cabletow Lodge No 189 on Nov 23, 2012
Open Installation of Winnipeg Chapter, Order of DeMolay, on Nov 24, 2012. Bro Jared LapiƱa was installed as the Master Councillor.
Nov 29, 2012 Stated Meeting, Khartum Shriners

Then Chief Rabban, Noble Andrew Skene receiving the raffle door prize he "won" during the 50th Anniversary and Annual Dinner of the Khartum Komedians on Dec 7, 2012. It was a door (drivers side) of a Volkswagen Beetle.
Ill Sir Harry Rosenbaum sitting on Santa Claus' lap at the Khartum Divan Christmas Hanukkah Party on Dec 8, 2012
At the Keystone Council No 172, AMD, with MWB Al Hadley (L) and RWB Ron Church (R)
At the 6th Annual Christmas Party of Fil-Can Cabletow Lodge No 189 on Dec 15, 2012.
Here is a picture of the Brethren/Kuyangs.
Here are the Sisters/Atengs
And the children
Our annual picture taking on Christmas Eve at home
Dec 29, 2012 Christmas get-together of the PinoyMasons of Manitoba held in Steinbach. Here are the Kuyangs.

And, of course, the beautiful Atengs of PinoyMasons of Manitoba.
This covers the key events of the balance of 2012.
My next post will cover 2013 from January to the summer.

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