Sunday, December 21, 2014

December Guest Speaker Steve Weldon / Champaign CCW

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Steve Weldon of CCW came to our club to speak about the Illinois Conceal Carry laws.  Steve has started a company that offers training on the topic.   He is certified by the Illinois State Police and is a certified NRA instructor.

Obtaining a conceal carry permit in Illinois requires 16 hours of classroom and range training.  Steve is going to be offering classes at the Champaign Masonic Center in January and February 2015.  More information can be found on the CCW website at:

In other business, Todd Creason distributed some new business cards that can be given out to perspective club members.  Thanks Todd!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

November Meeting Highlights

Illini High Twelve had a fantastic meeting in November.   We had several guests and a full house for lunch!
State High 12 President James Morse

State High Twelve President James Morse came to visit with some of his officers.   Brother Morse gave us an update on what was happening with High Twelve in Illinois.

WDWS/WHMS Mike "in the Morning" Haile

We also had Mike Haile, General Manager of WDWS/WHMS as our guest speaker.  Mike has had a long career in radio in Champaign-Urbana and he brought us up to date on what was happening with the radio stations.   Lot's of lively discussion.
Illini Club President Ray Cummings, presents Charlie Coffey with his membership certificate.

The Club also voted to donate $215 to the University of Illinois Veterans Care Package fund in honor of Lt. Nick Sullivan.   Lt. Sullivan was a guest speaker for the club in 2012 and worked with Illini High 12 to send care packages to Illini alumni serving in Afghanistan.   He was seriously injured in a helicopter crash in early 2014 while serving in Afghanistan himself.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Founder Gives Club History

At our September meeting, our club Treasurer gave a history of the Illini High 12 Club.   WB Todd Creason who helped found Illini High 12 gave the background as to how we became one of the fastest growing clubs in Illinois and the US.  

Brother Creason explained that one of our primary goals was to use the club as a place that members could bring prospective new members of the fraternity and introduce them to others.  The club also wanted a forum where our members could learn about what is happening in our community.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Public Defender Randy Rosenbaum - August Speaker

A big thank you to Randy Rosenbaum the Champaign County Public Defender for being our guest at our August meeting.  Randy gave an excellent talk about what the role of his office is and where it fits into the criminal justice system.  No question that he does an excellent job for the citizens of Champaign County.

Thank you to Steve Guess for arranging Randy's visit.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

RIP - Brother Chalie Etchason

W. Charles Etchason

URBANA – W. Charles "Charlie" Etchason, 86, of Urbana died at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday (July 1, 2014) at the Illinois Knights Templar Home, Paxton.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 7, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, Urbana; Hank Sanford will officiate. Burial with military rites will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with Masonic Rites at 4 p.m., conducted by Urbana Masonic Lodge No. 157 A.F.&A.M.
Mr. Etchason was born Jan. 16, 1928, at Gary, Ind., the son of William Cletus and Mary Alice Meares Etchason. He married Beulah Chapman on Oct. 8, 1949, at Arcola. She died on June 19, 1997.
Survivors include two sons, John D. (Debra) Etchason of Paxton and Mark E. (Wanda) Etchason of Houston, Mo.; one brother, Howard Carl (Siby) Etchason of Mattoon; one sister-in-law, Ilene Etchason of Nashville, Ill.; six grandchildren, Jennifer Etchason of Clinton, Jill Elsey of Paxton, Dawn Etchason of Bolingbrook and Jeremy Stockwell of Tipton, Mo.; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, James Nathan Etchason.
Mr. Etchason was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict.
He retired as an engineer for the Illinois Central Railroad and Amtrak.
Mr. Etchason was a member of First Christian Church, Champaign, Urbana Masonic Lodge No. 157 A.F.&A.M., Edgewood Masonic Lodge No. 484, A.A.S.R. Valley of Danville, Champaign-Urbana York Rite Bodies, Ansar Shrine Temple, Illini Shrine Club, Royal Jesters, Amaranth, True Kindred and the VFW of Urbana.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children.
Condolences may be offered at
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Illini Installs New Officers

Illini High Twelve No. 768 installed our new officers at the June 2014 meeting.  Illinois State High Twelve Association President Ron Tomason was our installing officer and 3rd State VP Charlie Coffey was Marshall.   Congrats to all the new officers and we are off to another great year!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

May Meeting - Officer Elections

Congratulations to the following members who were elected officers for Illini High Twelve No. 768 for the 2014-15 year.

President:  Raymond Cummings
1st VP:  Ron Peyton
2nd VP:  Dale Rascher
Secretary:  Greg Knott
Treasurer:  Todd Creason
Masonic Rep:  Earl Harrison
Wolcott Rep:  Larry Krisher
Seargent at Arms:  Rob Beldon
Chaplain:  Paul F.Noerenberg

We will be holding our June meeting at the Champaign Masonic Center for an installation of officers.  State High Twelve Ron Thomason will be conducting the installation.  The club will be serving lunch.  Please RSVP to Greg Knott or 217-841-6142

Monday, March 31, 2014

March Meeting Recap

After a long hard winter, our March meeting had slightly better weather.  We had Charles Coffey who is 3rd Vice President of Illinois High Twelve Association as our guest and speaker.  Charles talked about the happenings in High Twelve across the state.

The club talked about upcomings meetings:

April - Todd Hitt an Illini High Twelve member will discuss a new charity Friends for Life.
May - election of officers
June - Installation of officers.  This will be held at the Champaign Masonic Center.

Now that the cold winter is over, come out and support your High Twelve Club.  Bring a friend or your spouse.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

February Meeting Recap

Kelly White, Executive Director of 40North/88West which is the Champaign County Arts Council gave us an excellent presentation on all of the happenings in the Arts scene in Champaign County.  Our very own Nick Jones is on the Board of Directors of 40 North and arranged for Kelly to visit with us.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

January Meeting

Special thanks to our special guest and speaker Nichole Millage--two time silver Paralympic medalist in both Beijing and London.  She gave an excellent talk, and the meeting was well attended.