On February 18, Tuesday, Illustrious Sir Rick Holberg, Potentate/CEO of Khartum Shriners presided over this year's Divan's first Meeting. The 2013 financial statements were discussed and later presented at the Executive Meeting with the Past Potentates. The 2014 budget was also discussed and adjustments were made for Membership expenses.
On Feb 19, Wednesday, I joined my first Oriental Band practice after I agreed to play the Derbakki, a beautiful Lebanese drum. However, when I play with them at the parades or circus, I will most probably be in clown makeup and costume.
It was a shock to hear of his passing away. He was an exemplary Freemason and I am fortunate to have known him and be one of those whose lives he touched. He will be missed but never forgotten.
VWB Roy, it was Happy to Meet. Sorry to Part. And it will be Happy to Meet Again.
On February 24, Monday, I presided over my first Assembly as the Venerable Master of Council No 172, Allied Masonic Degrees. It was the Official Visit of Rt Ven Bro Richard Hobbs, the District Deputy Grand Master of District 3 of the Allied Masonic Degrees of Canada. He drove in from Assiniboia, SK, to be with us that very cold evening. However, the reception for him and the fellowship after the Assembly was very warm. We had very tasty pizza prepared by the Junior Warden, Bro Mason Jardine.
Khartum Shriners held a Stated Meeting on February 27, Thursday, the first one presided by Illustirous Sir Rick Holberg, Potentate/CEO. Before the meeting, we had a dinner of sloppy joes, coleslaw salad and dessert. The Nobles generally liked the new meeting format but based on some of the feedback, we will make some adjustments to the arrangements. The 2013 financial statements were presented and the 2014 budget was proposed and approved. At the Meeting, we presented Certificates of Membership to the new Nobles. L to R: Noble Bert Manalang, Captain of the Guard; Noble Rico Villarin; Noble Alan Gomez; Illustrious Sir Rick Holberg, Potentate; Noble Kelvin Carrothers; Noble Efren Ramirez; Noble Lito Culanag; and Noble Chibu Uson, High Priest & Prophet.
On February 28, Fil-Can Cabletow Lodge No 189 held its Meeting. It was the Official Visit of the Grand Master, MWB Doug Webster, to the Lodge that evening. We also had Lodges of the 1st Masonic District, along with their District Deputy Grand Master, RWB Tim McIsaac, who was our Special Guest. Our new FC, Bro Richard Belmonte, impressed everyone in the Lodge with his proficiency in the FC Degree. We then conferred the MM Degree on Bro Richard. Congratulations, Bro Richard, on your Raising to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. We all look forward to Bro Richard's serving the Lodge and his active participation in the various activities of our Lodge.