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January 2012 News

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
January, 2012 Issue
The Veiled Prophet Press
Monarchs Message
Greetings Prophets,
Thank you for your support and faith in installing me as the ABACA Monarch for 2012, truly an honor. This position is but an empty title without the support of members, officers and committees. No mans year should be a comparison to the past nor a prediction of the fu-ture: rather a real time “snapshot” of current happenings and fellowship. Too often man gets caught up what was and what should be; missing what is. What this „IS” is a group of like minded Masons who want to further fellowship beyond their Respective Blue Lodge, and to have a LOT of fun!
My main goal is simple – to go back to the quarry, look at the rocks, shore up the mortar, strengthen the foundation and continue the grand design. This will not happen by the end of my year, I too am a realist. While this is a tall order, if approached in small pieces it will be attained over time. The vision is to have each year‟s Monarch pass down a tiny legacy of moving forward – even if but an inch! I do not feel going backwards is an option if the Grotto is to remain viable
One means to this end is to involve as many as possible, even if it is a very singular and specific task – such as coordinator of Bring „Em Back. There are some other articles in the newsletter that outline what 2012 can be. I say can because no man rules absolutely, unless it‟s absolutely alone! This is OUR Grotto, one of few, filled with many of the best!
The January meeting will be on the 5th, at Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge #4 - 803 Princess Anne Street. On behalf of the officers and myself please accept this personal invitation to dine and share some fellowship on the 5th. (We are Grillin’ burgers & Nathans Dogs)
Fraternally yours,
David J. Pompilio
ABACA Monarch 2012

Officer Line Up – 2012
ABACA Grotto is proud to present the following men as installed or appointed officers for 2012.
Monarch – David J. Pompilio
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Chief Justice – Bob Melvin
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Master of Ceremonies – Tony Rudder
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Secretary - Dennis Berry
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Treasurer - Chip Palmer
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Marshal - Dennis David
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Captain of the Guard - Terry Duvall
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Chaplain - Mike Hayden
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Sentinel - Dick Klehm
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Venerable Prophet – Ken Crampton
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Bring ‘Em Back
I really want to see at least one face from the past at each meeting in 2012. If this means we have to solicit a prophet to go pick up a member, help him into the Grotto, break bread with him, have him see the opening and the polished job the officers are doing and then retire home – then the goal is met. This may be a tall order, but I really feel we need to reach out to the way-ward prophets and let them know we are still here and we are active and welcome them. This may require a dedicated person or committee to handle requests – so Prophets – whom can ABACA count on to coordinate this effort? Until we get a chair/coordinator I will serve in this role. I may be reached at 540-850-1157 (cell) or 540-361-1125 (work).
Prophets – please consider this a personal invitation for you to come back for some fellowship and if you need a ride –
WE are here for YOU!
Monarch

Newsletter
I sincerely hope this newsletter finds you in good health with family and loved ones around you. It is the intention to provide a newsletter on a monthly basis, usually about a week before our monthly meeting. The length may vary from time to time but it will be sent. Staying in touch with members, Sister Grottos, blue lodges and other appended bodies are essential for good fellowship. If you want to submit articles for consideration in the newsletter please have all submission sent directly to myself at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me for address no later than the 15th of the month. The newsletter must go through an editing process for content and grammar before printing and distribution and we need a few days!
Monarch
Committees
The Monarch has given some general guidance on what the ABACA Grotto can be for the upcoming year. Much of this will not be attainable without the support of membership. All of us are very busy with work, career and life in general – and it is easy to overextend our-selves within those parameters, let alone our Masonic commitments! To continually ask or rely on few to do a lot is neither uncommon nor unusual, and those few sincerely like doing it. In order to keep those from burning out, we need to help them out from time to time, or take on a small project. A good example that falls under the purview of the Membership Chairman is the Bring “Em Back coordinator, which can be done independent of that chair.
Many prophets have excellent ideas; after all we are Prophets of the Enchanted Realm! One such prophet recently had an idea to update the photo album, get a picture frame and start placing some photos in it…outstanding. Another prophet agreed to singularly take care of the refrigerator. Neither requires a committee and they “WANT” to do it, and they own that project. The Monarch wishes projects to have 100% ownership and responsibility as-signed.
There are certain committees that must be filled as per the Grand Council, outlined below. We need to submit names by the January meeting.
Membership Chairman – VACANT
Suspension Chairman – VACANT
Doctor of Smiles – Mike Hayden (Looking for an assistant)
Public Relations Chairman – Chip Palmer (Looking for assistant)
Chairman of Toothbrush Program – VACANT
Chairman of Enchanted Lanterns – Dennis Berry
Youth Coordinator – VACANT
In addition to the required committees – the following communities, functions or events need a neophyte to be point of contact.
Fraternal Visit Coordinator VACANT
Refrigerator Czar – Allen Clark
Ritual Coordinator - VACANT
May Ceremonial Coordinator - VACANT
May Fish Fry Coordinator - David Pompilio
July Convention Coordinator - David Pompilio
Summers End Prophet Appreciation Party Coordinator - VACANT
October Ceremonial Coordinator - VACANT
Grotto “Bling” Coordinator - VACANT
Please contact the Monarch with questions about specific duties or if YOU want to head up another event or item within our Grotto!
Once again ABACA was visited by the “Official Fredericksburg Christmas Parade
Santa”. The kids and adults loved the enthusiasm and joy shared with the children.
Santa read stories and handed out personalized gifts to all the kids that attended. A
special thanks to Chip Palmer for the coordination of this event; Denis Berry who
took the photos, developed them and gave to each family before they left; and to all
those who made the evening special!
Meeting Reminder
The next meeting will be on January 5th, 2012
Dinner is at 6:30 and Fellowship around the grill starts at 6:00
(“Winter Cookout” with burgers and Nathans dogs)
Officers Convene at 7:10
ABACA Grotto Monthly Meeting – 7:30
Post meeting “Fellowship” at location to be announced
“If you need a ride – call me at 540-850-1157”
HEAR YE!
HEAR YE!
HEAR YE!
In an effort to keep costs down AND provide timely communication with all prophets
and friends, we want to send as much electronic communication as possible. Please,
please, send/confirm your email address with the secretary, Dennis Berry.
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If you do not have an email address please call Dennis or myself so we can be sure to
keep you on the regular mail list. Thank you!