Monday, December 16, 2013

December Meeting Reminder

This a reminder that our monthly lunch meeting is this Thursday, December 19th, at noon at the Urbana Garden Restaurant.  Our speaker this month is Mark Johnson from the YMCA, and he is also the former U of I wrestling coach.  It should be an interesting meeting.  Hope everyone can attend!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

October Meeting: Ray Cummings

Past DDGM Ray Cummings (Photo by Ron Peyton)

We had a great meeting this month. Our very own Past DDGM, Ray Cummings gave a great talk to our group about his recent trip to Scotland. He visited and talked about a number of places he visited there, including his visit to the Mother Lodge of Scotland, Kilwinning Lodge, and shared the photos he took there. He also visited Rosslyn Chapel while he was there and talked about that amazing place as well and shared more pictures of that remarkable structure. In the photo, he's talking about the Master's column and the Apprentice column, and how they seem to relate to Masonry.

Thank you, Ray, for your great presentation!

Next month, we'll have the President of the Illinois High Twelve visiting, and he'll be our featured speaker. Hope to see you there!



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Join us Thursday

Illini High Twelve will be meeting Thursday October 17, 2013 at the Urbana Garden Restaurant.  This month Raymond F. Cummings Jr., who was recently chosen Grand Steward by the Grand Lodge of Illinois will be talking about his trip to England.

Friday, September 20, 2013

U of I President Easter Visits Illini High 12

President Bob Easter at Illini High Twelve (photos by Ron Peyton)

We had the great privilege at our September meeting of having University of Illinois President Bob Easter as our guest speaker. We had a great turnout, and several of our members brought guests along which is always encouraged. It's not every day you have the opportunity to hear about the great things the University of Illinois is doing from the unique perspective of the man that runs it. And our members had some great questions for him as well.

President Easter seemed to enjoy himself a great deal--told some very funny stories. We hope he'll come back and talk to us again.



Monday, September 16, 2013

September Meeting Reminder

This is a reminder that our monthly luncheon is on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 at noon at the Urbana Garden Restaurant.  We've got an excellent speaker lined up this month--the President of the University of Illinois, Dr. Robert Easter.  We hope to see you there!


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

August Meeting

Special thanks to Past Regents Carol Castellon and Julie Woller of Alliance Chapter for coming and talking to us about the Daughters of the American Revolution. We had a very good turn out, and everyone enjoyed learning something about this great organization, and a few things about history.

Remember, next month we've got the President of the University of Illinois, Dr. Robert Easter, coming to speak to us. Should be a very memorable meeting. Hope to see you all there.



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

August Meeting Speakers

Carol Castellon and Julie Woller, post Past Regents of the Alliance Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be our guest speakers for our next meeting on August 15th.  They'll tell us a little about their organization and the kinds of work DAR does. 

Hope to see everyone there.

Friday, July 19, 2013

July Meeting Recap

Champaign County Auditor John Farney (photo by Ron Peyton)
Had a great turnout for our July luncheon.  Special thanks to John Farney, the Champaign County Auditor, for coming in and talking to us about the work his office does.  I think everyone enjoyed his presentation.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

June Meeting Recap

Jayne DeLuce, President & CEO
We sure had a good time today at the Illini High Twelve meeting.  Jayne DeLuce, the President and CEO of the Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau was our guest today.  And our new Illini High Twelve No. 768 President, Brad Cronk, rang the bell for the first time today and brought our meeting to order.

Jayne did a great job reminding all of us just how much there is to see and do in Champaign County.  She passed out some literature, including a Champaign County Visitor's Guide, and a booklet about the upcoming Corvette Show in Champaign June 28-30.  The visitor's guide is a great resource even for those of us who live here.  It's got everything in there.  Restaurants.  Events.  Theaters.  Museums.  It's easy to forget just how much there is right here in our own neck of the woods.  If you'd like a copy I'm sure the Visitor's Bureau can tell you where to get one if you call them at 800-369-6151.

Thanks for coming today, and remember, it's always appropriate to come exactly as you are, bring your spouse, or a guest (friend, relative, co-worker). And if you're coming from work, feel free to come in late, and leave when you need to.

Thanks again to Jayne, for sharing so much good information.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Speaker for June 2013 Meeting

We're pleased to announce that Jayne DeLuce, who is CEO of the Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau, will our invited speaker at our June meeting.  Jayne will talk about some the great events coming to our community this summer.  Should be a very interesting talk.  Look forward to seeing everyone there.

And remember--bring a guest along!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Congratulations To Our New 2013-14 Officers

We held our elections at our May meeting today, and our new officers for 2013-14 are:
President - Brad Cronk
1st Vice-President - Fred Morrisette
2nd Vice-President - Ray Cummings
Secretary - Greg Knott
Treasurer - Todd Creason
Chaplain -Larry Krisher
Seargent at Arms - Keith Harrington
Wolcutt Representative - Ron Peyton
Masonic Representative -Earl Harrison
Youth Representative - Todd Burmeister 
 Congratulations to our new President, Brad Cronk.

It's been my great pleasure having been the Charter President of the Illini High Twelve No. 768.  I brag about our group all the time.  From the very beginning, we've been different.  We've grown quickly.  We've had excellent speakers (and I've seen a few of the speakers coming up, and let's just say we've got a couple names on that list that are pretty remarkable for a small venue like ours).  We even have our own logo!  And I think in some ways, because we've been so successful right out of the gate, everyone is watching us. 

Thank you all, it's been a real pleasure.  I stand relieved.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Todd E. Creason
Past President

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May 2013 Meeting Reminder

This is a reminder that we won't have a speaker at our May meeting.  We're going to be electing new officers for 2013-14.  That shouldn't take very long, so the nature of the next meeting will be mostly social in nature.

I'm also working with Weiscamps on the logo.  By the May meeting, I should have it set up, and you will be able to order hats and jackets, and whatever else you might like with the Illini High Twelve logo on it. If all goes well, I should have all of that for the members as well.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

March Meeting Notes

Sheriff Dan Walsh (photo credit Ron Peyton)
We had a terrific meeting today!  I'd like to thank Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh again for attending, and giving our members such a terrific presentation.  Greg Knott said afterwards he thought the Sheriff could have continued that presentation for another hour--I think he's right.  Dan gave our group a lot to think about.

Our next meeting is April 18th, 2013.  We'll announce the speaker later this month.  Look forward to seeing you then.


P.S.  Bro. Secretary Knott mentioned today that dues will be coming up again soon.  If you'd like to make things easier on our Secretary and bring them with you to the meeting next month, I'm sure he would greatly appreciate it.  The annual dues are $20. 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

March 21 Meeting

At our March 21 meeting we will have Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh as our guest speaker.   Dan has served as Champaign County Sheriff since 2004.

We look forward to seeing all of you.  Bring a friend!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

February Meeting Summary

Tim Manard, Prairielands Council Exec, BSA
 We had an excellent turn-out today which included two guests.  Our speaker, Tim Manard is the Scout Executive/CEO of the Prairielands Boy Scout Council and he gave a terrific presentation about what's going on with scouting in our area.  I think everyone enjoyed that presentation--Scouting and Freemasonry have always had a close relationship with one another, especially in this part of the Midwest. 

DDGM Ray Cummings only had about 70 announcements about work and events in the area--I think he took us through Fall 2015.  He may very well still be there at the restaurant . . .

I'm glad to see that everyone enjoys these meetings as much as I do--it's something I look forward to each month.  And we continue to grow. 

And remember--bring a guest!


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

February Meeting Reminder

Just a reminder that tomorrow (February 21, 2013) is our monthly meeting--hopefully the weather will cooperate.  Our speaker for tomorrow is Tim Manard, the Scout Executive/CEO for Prairielands Council, Boy Scouts of America.  Should be an interesting presentation.

Hope to see you all there.


Friday, January 18, 2013

January Meeting Summary

Patty Walters from DSC
We had a very well attended meeting on Thursday.  We'd like to thank Patty Walters from Developmental Services Center in Champaign for being our guest speaker.  I don't think most of us realized the range of services that DSC provides our area and what some of their challenges are.

Next month--that's February already--Tim Manard, Scout Executive from the Prairielands Boy Scouts Council will be our guest speaker.  

And hopefully by then, I'll have a few items to show you with our embroidered logo on them that members can order. 


Monday, January 7, 2013

Announcements Since December Meeting

I thought I'd share a little news with you since the last meeting:

1.)  Secretary Greg Knott reports our membership is up to 42 members!  That's excellent.  I think we were shooting for a hundred members in the first year, so we're well on our way.

2.)  Tim Manard, Scout Executive from the Prairielands Boy Scouts Council will be our guest speaker in February.

3.)  Greg Knott also mentioned that he will be going on a shopping trip with Nick Sullivan from the ROTC to spend the $300 the Illini High Twelve raised on supplies for the care packages to our troops overseas.  Thanks again for everyone's generous contributions--it's a great effort, and I think we were all happy to assist.

4.)  I found a company right here in Champaign (Weiscamps) that will set up our logo for jackets, sweatshirts, etc.  I'll be talking to them this week.  Once I get it set up, you'll be able to order whatever you want (whether it's a hoodie or a sweatshirt) directly from Weiscamp's website.

Hope to see you at our January Meeting on January 17th.