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Greeting Sir Knights;
It’s me again, I missed the opportunity of stepping back into the sidelines this Spring. But the train caught me from behind and pushed me back on the track for another year. 2015-16 will be a very busy year. It looks like Findlay will be the first out of the starting blocks again.
The change in the inspection schedule is very different if you have served as Commander before, in one of the other Orders; Order of Red Cross or Order of Malta will be the Inspection Order.
These cannot be performed in short form, but in full form only for the Inspection. If we chose the Order of Malta, then we do the Order of Red Cross in short form, and the reverse if we chose the Order of Red Cross. But we will not be inspected in the Order of the Temple.
This suggestion was given by our DGC as a way to have each Commandery start doing the Long Form of the other two Orders, in lieu of the short form which is being performed during the NWOYR Festival each year. The Long form of each Order is not a snap especially if you have not had a cast for many years. During our last CTA meeting we discussed having a Full Form Opening day in December where each Commandery will do the full form opening using members from other Commanderies to fill out the lines only, as we do at the varies times when we did Full Form Inspections. The Full Form Opening day will start on a Saturday after a light lunch when each Commandery using their own platform officers, and Wardens and second division, along with any Sir Knights to do the lines. The last Commandery can select to do the Full Form opening for the Ladies. The end of the day will conclude with a Christmas Observance, a full meal and a Christmas message by a selected Prelate. If we combine our efforts we can be an example to the Grand Commandery of Ohio, that we are the “First Division in Ohio”. We need every Sir Knight that has a uniform and the spirit to help, show up, and work to make the division great, not for me, but for the spirit of the order.
The first meeting in September, we will make the decision as to which Order we will be inspected. We need every members input and helping in doing either Order. The good thing about the Order of Red Cross and the Order of Malta are done in costume, so the black uniform is not used. If you do not have a uniform don’t worry, because we can give you a costume to wear at no cost.
We need your help this next year in so many ways. We work at the Fair driving golf carts to shuttle people around and work at the tractor pull entry gate on Sunday at the Fair, and we get paid.
We still meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from September through June. Come and be a part of the Best Commander in the First Division.
David J. Roth
EC: Tom DeFrieze