Waco Bound

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by BroBill, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. BroBill

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    Will I be seeing some of my "forum brethren" in Waco this Friday? I'll be arriving between 4:00 - 5:00 Thursday afternoon from San Antonio.

    Hope to meet and greet you guys!
     
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  2. Classical

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    Our lodge secretary will be there. Wave to him for me.
     
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  3. Bill Lins

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    Planning on making it.
     
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  4. relapse98

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    I'll be there, along with about 6 others from our lodge. Hope to be there around 1:30pm tomorrow so I can watch our immediate Past Master receive the Vanguard Award for our lodge.
     
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  5. JJones

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    I plan to attend this Friday.
     
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  6. Bro. Stewart P.M.

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    Heading down this morning to get all registered, and staying for the Vanguard presentation. I will also be down Friday and Saturday.

    Not staying, driving back and forth from DFW...
     
  7. BroBill

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    Lots of driving, to be sure! I'll be there until noonish on Saturday. Hope to run into you!
     
  8. BroBill

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    Sounds like a good turnout of forum brethren! I hope to see you all!
     
  9. Warrior1256

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    Have a great time brother.
     
  10. crono782

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    I'm driving both Friday and Saturday. I'll be there early tomorrow morning for the 64th district breakfast.
     
  11. JJones

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    Just ran into Bro. Steward this morning. :)
     
  12. crono782

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    Correction. The 64th district breakfast is tomorrow. I am still driving down now
     
  13. BroBill

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    I'm sitting in the front row on the balcony, straight behind the west (corrected).
     
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  14. Bill Lins

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    Well, I saw Bro's. Kenneth Lottman, H.K. Tidwell, & Bruce Hammond from the forums.
     
  15. BroBill

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    I was disappointed that I didn't get a chance to "mill about" more; car pooled on Friday and I was tied to the driver and his schedule, and Friday I took off just after Orville was elected Secretary because I didn't want to get caught trying to get on IH-35 as the Baylor game let out.

    To me it was a very "trying" GL Communication; it seemed a little dis-organized and the team that ran the new electronic voting didn't seem practiced or prepared.

    On the good side, I was glad to see Orville O'Neill elected Grand Secretary. Orville is a great guy who was a critical connection when I did my year as District Deputy for the Royal Arch Chapter. I think he's going to do great things for us as our Grand Secretary. On a personal note, when our Secretary/Recorder for our Chapter and Council retired here in San Antonio, Orville drove all the way down from Waco to thank him for his service and companionship. I think the brethren will be very pleased with Bro. Orville as our Grand Secretary! (Since the election is over, this isn't really "electioneering", just personal thoughts).

    I also learned that Jake's has the best burgers in Texas.... worth waiting until 12:50 for a table to eat when GL was calling back to labor at 1:30 (my schedule was THAT hectic!)

    I hope at the next major gathering I can organize my time better to meet more brethren- ironic since it was me that started this thread.... sigh...

    I hope everyone made it home safely!
     
  16. JJones

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    I carpooled on Friday so I didn't get to linger around either. I'll also agree that it was somewhat disorganized and frustrating enough that I had no interest in returning Sat.

    I had a gut feeling that the building repairs were going to be brought up again. Everyone wants to keep the building, it seems, but nobody wants to pay for it. Hopefully we'll find a way to have our cake and eat it too before the structure is too far gone to repair. Or maybe we can find a means to build a newer GL that's more sustainable with smaller membership...which would be smarter in the long run, IMO.

    The only forum member I came across was Bro. Stewart, he was literally one of the first people I saw when I arrived in fact. :)
     
  17. chrmc

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    Anyone have the results of the votes on the various propositions they can share?
     
  18. Bro. Stewart P.M.

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    It was my pleasure to meet you, even if for a short while!

    I drove down and back each day so I also didn't linger long after closing the first days. I was also frustrated with the lack of composure of some in the GL line. I don't think sarcastic statements and jokes belong in a meeting format with other dignitaries present. -- I did not return Saturday for this very reason.

    I also felt like the building issue wasn't finished after Friday's vote. The issue is important I agree, however not brought before the membership in the right way or fashion. The membership made a statement to the GL at this point Friday during the first of many electronic ballots.

    On a positive note, the electronic balloting is going to make for a greater accuracy in voting. I believe that too much discretion has been levied in the past for "hand ballots". I also believe we learned that no matter what is being discussed, 300 are voting against! LOL!!

    Now if the handful of Brethren that can't timely cast electronic votes could just speed up a bit...


    See y'all next year!
     
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  19. BroBill

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    I may be able to help, but I have to dig into my notes and organize them for my Stated Meeting on Tuesday. I don't think I'm going to do a laundry list of "adopted" or "not adopted"; I'm inclined to address the topics & discussions so my lodge knows the points/counter-points. I'll see if I can put together a pass - fail list.
     
  20. crono782

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    From my notes:

    HO19 pass
    HO8 pass
    PP10 amended, pass
    PP11 amended, pass
    PP18 withdrawn
    1 pass
    2 fail
    3 pass
    4 fail
    5 pass
    6 amended, fail
    7 pass
    8 fail
    9 pass
    10 fail
    11 amended, pass
    12 withdrawn
    13 fail
    14 amended, pass
    15 pass
    16 pass
    17 pass
    GMR1 amended, pass
    GMR2 pass
    GMR3 pass
    GMR4 pass
     
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