2013 Ocoee Lodge Official Visit for Grand Master, Lonnie Jones

White Roses, chosen flower of the GM and President.

White Roses, chosen flower of the GM and President.

About 65 members and guests joined together on Saturday, September 14th, 2013 at Ocoee Lodge Hall in downtown Cleveland as we honored Lonnie Jones, Grand Master and his staff of Officers, of which, most were present. The theme of the Grand Master and President is to “Tee Up to Plant the Seed of Friendship, Love and Truth.” Lonnie’s golf theme along with Karen’s acorn theme was cheerfully displayed throughout the room. Ocoee Lodge was glad to have all in attendance!!! We sincerely appreciate the support of the Rebekah Assembly: Karen Hamilton, President; Scott Hilgadiack, Vice-President and Emily Brummit, Warden as well as other elected and appointed officers of the Rebekah Assembly as well. We appreciate all Karen and Lonnie are doing jointly to promote Odd Fellowship across the state! They have made a great team in their leadership!
Donation to the Holston Home for Children to Keith Hinkle. Presented by Lonnie Jones, Grand Master, with Roy Climer, Noble Grand.
Donation to the Holston Home for Children to Keith Hinkle. Presented by Lonnie Jones, Grand Master, with Roy Climer, Noble Grand.
Gift presented by Roy Climer, Noble Grand to Lonnie Jones, Grand Master. Even his gift was golf balls! :)

Gift presented by Roy Climer, Noble Grand to Lonnie Jones, Grand Master. Even his gift was golf balls! 🙂

 

After an invocation by Dr. Charles Worrell, we had fine fellowship and good food with dinner music. After dinner, we had a time of announcements. We joined together in song to sing the chosen hymns of the President (Amazing Grace) and Grand Master (Blessed Assurance); and heard from Mitch Kinder, Grand Patriarch; General Barbara Rogers, Department Commander and Karen Hamilton, Rebekah Assembly President, whose closing sentence was quite unexpected! We all had a good laugh! 🙂  A gift to the Grand Master and Assembly President’s special project, the Holston Home for Children, was presented by Lonnie Jones, GM to Ambassador to the Holston Home, Keith Hinkle with Roy Climer, Noble Grand. Mr. Hinkle then spoke of his experiences of working with the Holston Home for many years as an Adoptions Coordinator. “While I’m Waiting,” the Grand Master’s chosen song, was sang by Sherra Kinder .  Master of Ceremonies, Mitch Kinder, kindly introduced Lonnie as his brother and friend. The thoughtful keynote speech was given by Grand Master, Lonnie Jones, who shared what Friendship, Love and Truth means to him. Friendship – how he and others in July, 1999, were befriended by so many across the state on the day they joined at the Oceee Lodge degree rally held in the Elks Lodge in downtown Cleveland. Love – how his love for the Order has grown through experiences and gained friendships in the Order. And, Truth – His appreciation for the truth of the Biblical teachings contained in the Order. He shared inspiring Scripture with all three of the points as well. We were dismissed in the benediction by Dr. Charles Worrell, PSGM and Grand Secretary of TN.

Lonnie Jones, Grand Master, giving his keynote speech of what Friendship, Love and Truth mean to him. Thoughtful!

Lonnie Jones, Grand Master, giving his keynote speech of what Friendship, Love and Truth mean to him. Thoughtful!

Ocoee Lodge is glad to have Lonnie as a friend and Brother and congratulate him on his work in the Order as he leads our Jurisdiction as our Grand Master!

Robbie Cody, Pianist

Robbie Cody, Pianist

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Food & Fellowship

Food & Fellowship

Dr. Charles Worrell, PSGM, Grand Secretary of TN; Keith Hinkle; Holston Home Ambassdor; General Barbara Rogers, Department Commander; Karen Hamilton, President of the Rebekah Assembly; Roy Climer, Grand Warden and Scott Hilgadiack; Vice President.

Dr. Charles Worrell, PSGM, Grand Secretary of TN; Keith Hinkle; Holston Home Ambassdor; General Barbara Rogers, Department Commander; Karen Hamilton, President of the Rebekah Assembly; Roy Climer, Grand Warden and Scott Hilgadiack; Vice President.

Lonnie Jones, Grand Master and his wife Lisa, and their children, Nicholas and Haley; with Mitchell Kinder, PGM and Sherra Kinder, DGM.

Lonnie Jones, Grand Master and his wife Lisa, and their children, Nicholas and Haley; with Mitchell Kinder, PGM and Sherra Kinder, DGM.

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4 Responses to 2013 Ocoee Lodge Official Visit for Grand Master, Lonnie Jones

  1. Lisa says:

    Great article!

  2. Megan Minor says:

    SO glad you created a webpage so others like me who are unable to attend still feel like I was there. I miss my lodge family back at home, but I know great things are going to happen this year! Best of luck to Grand Master Lonnie Jones and President Karen Hamilton!

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