Tonight was the 102nd Installation of officers for my home Lodge. The Brethren assembled and closed the 2011 Lodge of Tribute then joined the rest of the guests for an amazing dinner prepared by the incoming Worshipful Master and our re-elected Treasurer. The dinner was served by the young women of Friendship Assembly No.9, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. Afterward, it was time to be installed. I was installed as Marshal of my home Lodge, Worshipful Master of the Idaho Lodge of Research No.1965, and Junior Deacon for Idaho City Historical Lodge No.1863.
The Worshipful Master of my home Lodge asked a Past Master (and current Master of Kadosh of Boise Consistory, AASR) to be the Installing Worshipful Master and another Past Master (and Past Grand Master of Idaho) to be the Installing Marshall.
The newly installed Worshipful Master then had his officers introduce any guests they had brought. He then introduced all Worshipful Master-elects, visiting Worshipful Masters, Past Masters, 50-year members, our District Deputy Grand Master, appointed Grand Lodge officers, elected Grand Lodge officers, Past Grand Masters, and the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Idaho. After some short speeches, it was time for the presentations. As the most junior Past Master present I had the honor of presenting the new Junior Past Master with his Past Master's Certificate, Past Master's Apron, Past Master's lapel pin, and Past Master's jewel (which is worn only in Lodge and then locked up because of its value). The 2011-2012 Miss Idaho Job's Daughter presented her lapel pin to myself and the Worshipful Master.
After all of the remarks, we did a closing procession and exited the Lodge. Once the guest started to leave we entered the Lodge again and opened a Lodge of Tribute for 2012. Once that was done I headed home for some needed sleep. It has been a long day.
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