Sunday, February 7, 2010

Texas Reunion

Patty and I attended the 30th annual Minnesota Mason Texas Reunion dinner Saturday night. A wonderful crowd of Masons from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, New Jersey - even Manitoba were there! I was most surprised to see Past Grand Master Ken Butchart of Manitoba and his wife, Mary in attendance. Apparently, they had spotted a little article about the dinner (with my photo) in the local paper and contacted PGM Alyn Dull for tickets.

I was privileged to present widows pins to Mary Lou Learmont and Dottie Martin. That is such a moving presentation. We want our ladies to remember that, even though we are gone, they have assistance in the fraternity.

After a wonderful dinner of chicken and beef, PGM Chuck Baltos favored us with a couple of songs and PGM Alyn Dull introduced me for a few words.

Shown in the group photo are Past District Deputy Grand Master of Texas Mark Schlieper and his wife, Diane; PGM Alyn Dull and his wife, Anna; PGM Chuck Baltos and his wife Ginny; yours truly and Patty; PGM Warren Sonsteby and his wife, Carol; PGM (MB) Ken Butchart and his wife, Mary; and PGM Don Flood.

The warm Texas weather was topped only by the warm hospitality of the brothers and guests at the Rio Grande Valley Shrine Club. Thanks to all!