Greeting Sir Knights! Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and you are all doing well! As we start 2021, I would like to just take a moment to say THANK YOU to not only the Sir Knights and Ladies that support our Commandery but also to all of the dedicated and hardworking individuals that have made 2020 a successful year in spite of the many challenges for all of our Masonic Bodies. While it is not said very often, you should know your dedication and support is much appreciated! Now with a vaccine available and 2020 behind us I am hopeful for a great year in 2021 and look forward to seeing you all in person to enjoy time together.
The stated conclave will once again be held online or on the phone as a Virtual Meeting since we are not permitted to meet in person. Thanks to our Temple Board at the Warren Masonic Temple we will be using Zoom this month instead of Microsoft Teams. If you are not sure how to join the meeting online or need the information to call in by phone, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 330-367-7614 to get the information. Please do not wait until the day of the meeting to reach out for the information.
The Inspection for St. John’s Commandery, as well as all other January Commandery inspections in Ohio, are being rescheduled. The new date and any necessary details will be shared once they are known. So far, our inspection in February is still planned to take place with the modified inspection format being used this year (for details contact me).
Here is an interesting tradition I think worth sharing. On December 31, 2020, Lake Superior State University released their “2021 Banisher Words List” including words like “COVID-19” and “unprecedented”. “LSSU has compiled an annual Banished Words List since 1976 to uphold, protect, and support excellence in language by encouraging avoidance of words and terms that are overworked, redundant, oxymoronic, clichéd, illogical, nonsensical—and otherwise ineffective, baffling, or irritating. Over the decades, LSSU has received tens of thousands of nominations for the list, which now totals more than 1,000 entries. This year, nominations came from most major U.S. cities and many U.S. states, as well as from Australia, the Czech Republic, England, and Canada.” If interested the list of words can be seen at https://www.lssu.edu/traditions/banishedwords/.
Sir Knights, with a new year comes new opportunity. Let us work together in the new year to improve ourselves, help each other as well as others, and make 2021 a year to remember!
I look forward to seeing you at Commandery!
Sincerely and Fraternally,
George Edmiston, EC