Beth and I returned to Alaska late Wednesday the 24 of February, after a very enjoyable visit with family in California.
On Thursday, we traveled to Anchorage to pay our respects to MW Raymond Beaver’s family and participate in is Masonic memorial service. The service was officiated by MW Henry Dunbar, who always does a very nice job. MW Brothers Harry Koenen, Marvin Fitzpatrick, and Charles Corbin, as well as RW Johnnie Wallace, RW Jerry Pinion, and WB John Bishop took part in the service. Sister Alice Chaney was the musician. MW Brother Ray’s son John Beaver gave the eulogy. There was a large crowd of brethren present to help send MW Brother Ray on his final journey.
Friday found me resurrecting my computer, which had crashed just before we left for the Western Conference of Grand Lodges. Fortunately, all of my files had been backed up. I just had to suffer through the tedium of reinstalling all of my applications. I still suffer through a few glitches, but the worst is over for now.
Yesterday, I again traveled to Anchorage to provide moral support to VW Thomas Schram, District Deputy for District No. 3. Tom conducted a session of ‘Lodge Officer Training’ for the brethren in his district. Thirteen members of Glacier Lodge No. 10, Aurora Lodge No. 15, and Anchorage Lodge No. 17 took part in this training. RW Brothers Wallace and Pinion, and W Brother Bishop were also there to provide assistance. This training was well received by those who participated and even Tom actually enjoyed facilitating the discussions. Potentially, there will be another training session for District 3 this coming fall.
Yesterday evening after the Lodge Officer Training session, I visited WB Glen Josey at Providence Hospital. WB Glen went through triple heart by-pass surgery on Thursday and was still in the Critical Care Unit recovering. Glen’s wife Elaine was with him during my visit. Glen appeared tired, so after a brief conversation, I left him in the capable hands of the hospital staff. We are all hoping that Glen has a speedy recovery.