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Sunday, March 31, 2013


I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter and are ready for the very busy month of April!!  It all begins this Saturday with the Parrot Head Party!  Doors open at 5:00.  Come and enjoy BJ & BILLIE as they entertain us to some great music & FUN!!  Tickets are only $15.00 per person and include Cheeseburgers and fixings, along with frozen margaritas!!

Saturday, March 30, 2013


Thursday night we were blessed to have long time member and co-founder of the Champaign Co. S.C. can collection Jack Tullis attend the meeting.  Jack has been fighting health issues but he is fighter and looked in good spirits.  Jack once again gave his FAMOUS can report.  Here, Jack receives a special jacket noting that they had exceeded the $700,000 mark in dollars raised by collecting cans.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Your Divan held a special meeting last night with P.P. Gary Blackford and Hank Gladney to review the initial plans for the Ohio Shrine Meeting in 2014.  Gary and Hank have a detailed program planned for the first weekend in May next year.   Good to see Antioch will be well prepared for this important meeting. 
We also began the planning for the Circus Report meeting on Friday, April 19.  Make your reservations early by calling the office at 461-4740.
Mark your calendars for the Dayton Sharks game on Sunday, April 14, at 4pm.  Tickets are available beginning Friday morning for $5.00 each.  What a great way to spend the afternoon with your family & your Antioch Family!  Help support our Circus partner the Sharks, as they supported us!!

Monday, March 25, 2013

We leave town for a couple for a couple of days and winter is back!!!  Actually our planned weekend of RACING action turned out as well as the weather here. 
The good thing about the weekend was your Divan spreading FUN and fellowship with our neighbors to the south.  They attend Syrian’s Potentates Ball.  Looks like they had a GREAT time and as usual, Antioch was noticed!!  Good Job!

Friday, March 22, 2013


It's time to enjoy a wonderful SPRING weekend???  Since we didn't get enough snow during the winter it's catch up time....The week comes to an end with the replacement of the beer cooler in the Oasis. The 30+ year old one died.  I will be out of town the weekend, but most of the Divan will be attending the Potentates Ball in Cincinnati.....Attended  Springfield/Clark Co. Shtine club installstion this week.  They along with all of us are in need of new mrmbers.   April 20 will be a great opertunity to look for that new member.  With almost 300 potential new Master Masons we need get them excited about joining the Shrine.

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

Thursday, March 21, 2013


Having been gone a week it takes a few days to play catch up.  Tuesday night we had a large turnout for the Leadership & Training meeting.  Good to see the large group.  We discussed insurance for the upcoming year.  Our new carrier has required us to have everyone who drives an Antioch owned vehicle, or drives any type of vehicle in a parade to fill out the insurance questionnaire.  
We are also required to have anyone who serves alcohol under the Antioch name to attend bartending class. This means if you have any at your meetings, or afterglows in which you are responsible, you must attend this class. The class will be held on SUNDAY, April 21, noon to 4pm.  Antioch will cover the cost and we will have lunch available.  Please call Pam at the office to reserve your spot.  This sounds like a lot of requirements, but we saved over $10,000 on our insurance cost for 2013!!

Monday, March 18, 2013

One Last look at sunset from the ship as we said goodbye!!
Well day one after returning from our trip and getting back to NORMAL life.  I am preparing for the Leadership & Training meeting on Tuesday night.  Everyone who drives a vehicle in a parade or an Antioch owned vehicle needs to be there.  This is insurance night!
I began planning the day’s events for the 275th Ceremonial on June 2.
Then I received a call from Bill, that we lost one of the coolers in the Oasis.  It was only 30+ years old. So I will begin looking for a replacement. 
Glad we are back!!

Sunday, March 17, 2013


What a week we had away from home.  Memories we will all have of our week Cruising!  Here we are as we arrived back in Tampa Saturday night..  Watch for a special cruise photo Crier in the upcoming weeks.  When Antioch plans again for a cruise don’t miss it! 
But now back to real life and that dreaded 4 letter word WORK! 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

SUNSHINE, Sunset!!
As we continue to head back to Tampa we finally had a day of Sunshine! We had a great relaxing day at sea just laying out, hearing all the different stories about what was “supposedly” was happening with the ship.

THEN!!!! Last night my son Eric asked Amber to be his wife! What a sight on deck when they posed for sunset pictures.

We are on out last day at sea and it looks to be another beautiful day in the sun!

Friday, March 15, 2013


One thing no one can control is Mother Nature.  We have again experienced a day of rain.  Now with heavy winds planned, and still some mechanical issues, we are skipping Grand Cayman and are heading directly back to Tampa.   The party still continues though.  Here is the dining room staff dancing for us at dinner last night!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Another first on our trip!  Some may have heard we had some engine trouble after leaving Cozumel. Only running on one all night, we had to make a unplanned stop in Costa Maya.  Repairs were made and we left to continue our trip.  At the end of the day, I think we all had a better time there then we would have in Belize.
Last night after dinner we attend the MARRIAGE show.  Our very own Dwayne & Shirley Jones were the stars of the show!  When we get back just remember to ask Shirley what “Faster Faster” means

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


We are all looking forward to an exciting day in Belize.  Most everyone was talking not about the sunburn they got on Tuesday, but stories of how they tried to stay dry. We were in monsoon type rain most of the day.  Most all of the excursions went on as scheduled.    We did hear funny stories about ATV’s running into trees, broken axels, mud.  Sounds like everyone still is having fun!! Hopefully a little dryer today!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


What a great day we had just playing around and relaxing at sea.  Some of us have even been chosen for some of the events on board.   We even found out we have one of OUR children on board.  Last night was the formal dress night and Bill Garlow will have some exciting pictures from this event.   

Here are pictures from our Antioch welcome aboard party. 

And Mister Heizer....Enough Said!!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Your Antioch Cruisers being their first day at sea. Crystal blue waters as we head to Mexico.   Here we are as we are leaving the port of Tampa passing under the Sunshine Skyway bride. 

Of course the partying has begun.

Sunday, March 10, 2013


We have 72 on board the Carnival Legend and we are about to set sail.  What a beautiful day in Tampa as we begin our vacation!
We began our trip with the Gator Club Party on Saturday.  Everyone had a great time UNTIL the mechanical SHARK appeared.  Of course some need to try to tame the shark.  Those who tried will always remember how the Shark WON!  Valerie Sweeney had the best chance and the longest but in the end we all know who wins!!
Now we are off for a week of FUN in the SUN.  More to come!!


Saturday, March 9, 2013

It’s almost 7am on a Saturday and we have 74 members of Antioch on our way to the Caribbean for a week of fun in the sun!  It all begins today in Tampa meeting our “local” Antioch family members at the Gator Club.  Watch for updates throughout the week from the ship!!

Friday, March 8, 2013

            CLOWING AROUND!
Last night I filled in for OG Wes Ramesy (off to OG School) at the Funsters Meeting.  Pickles prepared some good road kill before the meeting.  “OUR CLOWNS” had a list of appearances that was requested of them. Along with their upcoming mid-winter meeting we asked them to help at the Sharks games. With all the “EXTRA” work they do, they are very busy group.  
Brian Kennedy, and Ed Peters are off to Pittsburgh to be judges for the Mid Atlantic clown competition.  A great honor for our Funsters and Antioch. 
Another group that we are very proud of and was  recognized by the Funsters is Aug-Mer S.C.   Ambassador JIM MAY, who is always at the Funsters meetings, and also Aug-Mer S.C., received a plaque recognizing AUG-MER’s donation from their annual car show to the SNEAKER FUND which goes directly to Cincinnati’s Burn Hospital.  
GREAT JOB, AUG-MER, Jim May, and “our clowns” for all you do!!
Finally, please help support the Funsters.  They have a charity basketball game coming up on April 7th with some of the Cincinnati Bengals.  The proceeds help with maintaining their building in Huntsville!
Now back to packing as we begin our Antioch Cruise.  I will try to send updates from the trip!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

This week begins with Dancing with the Shriners Class Monday night.  Kevin and Val looking GOOD!
Since the instructors and most of the class will be gone next week we moved it up.  Our Instructors have a LOT of patience with us as we continue to learn steps so we look good at the Pote’s Ball.
 As I sit here and look out the window I am thinking this is NOT the same white stuff we will be seeing next week on the trip!!   If only mother nature would have had this snow a couple of weeks ago when it was still winter, it would have been more enjoyable.  BRING ON SPRING!!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

With a weekend off, some of the Divan and Past Potentates Bill Garlow, Jeff Shaw and our ladies went to a Murder Mystery Dinner fund raiser.  Our own Scott (Waldo) Lipps was one of the lead characters until he too was murdered off!!   You don’t piss off the FAMILY, or your BIG brother!!  What a fun night to kick back for a little fun.  Antioch will again have a mystery dinner in August. 
Next up the Gator Club and Cruise!  A few meetings this week along with a quick short form in Huntsville Thursday night.  Always a good night when we bring in new members.

Friday, March 1, 2013


We should be past the worst part of what winter has to offer, and we will begin to look towards SPRING!  This week the Divan has been attending unit & club meetings.  We began cleaning out the old mail room in anticipation of moving the storage cabinets from the NEW activity area in there.  Hopefully we will begin on the floor replacement this month.  When at the Temple check out new items for sale. The 2013 items all have proceeds going to the lower level project!
The Gator Club party on March 9, and the Cruise highlight this month’s activities.   Pariott Head Party tickets are on sale for the BIG party on April 6.
 Don’t forget to attend your Blue Lodge.  A GREAT place to look for, and talk to new potential nobles!!