Friday, August 14, 2009
37th Annual Session of the Grand Court of Alaska
Yesterday evening, Beth and I attended the opening ceremonies for the 37th session of the Grand Court of Alaska, Order of the Amaranth. We were the guests of H.L. Bette Gutcher, Grand Royal Matron and S.K. Norm Gutcher, Grand Royal Patron. This year’s theme was “North to Alaska” and the Alaskan Grand Court enjoyed the presences of several guests from throughout the lower 48 states and Canada who came to share in the beauty of our great state.
During the opening ceremonies, I shared the Grand Throne with several distinguished guest, where I brought greetings from the Grand Lodge of Alaska. Those distinguished guests included Illustrious Sir Kenneth Krasselt (Potentate of Al Aska Shrine), Lt. General Craig E. Campbell (Lieutenant Governor of the State of Alaska), S.K. Dwight Cosgrove (Supreme Royal Patron), and H.L. Barbara Lee Overton (Supreme Royal Matron).
The Order of the Amaranth is a primary supporter of Diabetes research. Michelle Cassano, Executive Director of the American Diabetes Association, Alaska shared some information and remarks about this dreaded disease. Although, the Grand Court of Alaska, which comprises three Courts, is small in number, it is big in heart. For 13 years in a row, they have been recognized for the highest dollar amount per member contributed to Diabetes research. This year was no exception, as the 136 members of the Grand Court of Alaska have contributed over $22,000 for Diabetes research.
I wish the Grand Court of Alaska all the best for a very successful 37th Annual Session.