MW John "JJ"
Our Brother was born in Poughkeepsie, New
York December 7,1945. He spent his early years in New York and
Reno Nevada, until relocating to California in 1956. He received his
education in the public school system and attended college at Valley
Brother John worked as a musician, and an actor until finally settling
on a career in the steel industry.
MW Brother John had an illustrious career in both Blue Lodge Masonry
and our Appendant and Concordant Bodies.
He was initiated, Passed and Raised in Arizona Lodge #2, serving as
its Master in 1995. He served on several
Grand Lodge Committees and was a principal in the foundation of the
Arizona Masonic Foundation for Children before being appointed by MW
Bill Jeffers to the progressive Grand Lodge Line, and serving as Grand
Master for the 2002/2003 Grand Lodge term.
Our Brother served as the leader of all three of his York
Rite Bodies, as well as being appointed to several Grand
York Rite positions.
In the Scottish Rite MW John was the director of the
work for the 14th, 19th, and 32nd degrees, and received
his KCCH designation in 2001.
Our Brother also served the following organizations with distinction:
Arizona Research Lodge # 1
El Zaribah Shrine
West Valley High Twelve
Saguaro Council Allied Masonic Degrees
York Rite Sovereign College
Our Brother was a true Mason, both in and
outside the Lodge and will be missed by all who knew him.
Next years FAMILY
be held Labor Day Weekend at the HUB in Marble Falls, AR
Smitty's 2012 Rally
2012 FAMILY REUNION, aka National Rally was in one word. FUN.....The rain on Thursday
night and Friday did not deter the members from having a good time.
Some played pool, visited with old and new friends, some went riding
in the rain and others just relaxed and napped.
morning dawned dry and cool. I believe I heard there were 31 bikes and
several cars and trucks in the procession. As always the ride was
about 15 minutes long and went off without a problem. The report from
the Lodge was $450.00 was donated to help with their scholarship fund.
After breakfast, some went riding and others went shopping in Eureka
Springs, Harrison and other locales.
the FMRC Rally Game Boss, Bro Bobcat called the games and the
competition started. It was an action packed 2 hrs and I will let him
report the winners. Trophies were presented to the winners and it was
a great afternoon. Scooter's prepared the pulled pork BBQ with all the
trimmings, it was good. There was a short member meeting chaired by
Bear, Dano and Glojoe, I will let one of them report on the meeting.
Road, arrived and started setting up for the evenings entertainment.
In my opinion they are getting better every time I hear them. They
played from 8 pm to around midnight and I believe all were entertained
and pleased with the music.
highlight of the Sat night festivities was the crowning and robing of
the Rally King and Queen. As the sitting Queen returned to claim his
throne and extend his reign, Mo continues as Queen. With the absence
of Coolbreeze, a new King had to be found. The Executive Director made
a decision and appointed Roach (Rooster's wife) to fill the position.
was kept top secret until the band took their first break and the Sgt
at Arms was instructed to send his posse out to bring the King and
Queen to center stage. A throne had been procured (wooden chair).
Couple was attired in their robes and had their crowns placed on their
noggins and the royal fanfare was played and they held court for a few
minutes and then partied with their subjects. I believe the King
knighted several (Knights of the HUB) FMRC members during the evening.
Bobcat was appointed to the position of State Captain of Arkansas and
that state is in good hands and congratulations to him. Spiderman
received his new road name and was called to the stage for
congratulations and a round of applause. If you missed his daring
deed, climbing the wall and installing the whitewall motorcycle tire
as the letter O on the HUB MOTEL sign. Being the fact that he was 71
made the feat even more amazing.
morning broke sunny and cool and several departed for home and others
stayed to party another day. I want to thank all that attended and
especially those that helped with the games, crowning of the Royal
couple and especially for those that brought the apple pie, blueberry,
cherry and fruit punch. It was awesome.
This years Rally while light on attendance (prayers all made it thru
Isaac ok) the Rally was a success and a lot of fun. Most in attendance
promised to return next year, so if you want a room, would suggest
calling the HUB as soon as possible.
Ole One Ear (FMRC Traveling Pig) is now riding with Chief from AZ. So
now it becomes his duty to pass Ole One Ear on to a FMRC Bro he meets