Ubar Grotto is an organization for members of the Masonic fraternity. It is a constituent body operating under the Supreme Council of the Mystic Order of the Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm, having been constituted on July 23, 2011. The Grotto is officially located in Elizabethtown, PA, and meets on the fourth Sunday of each month, at the Spring Garden Conference Center in Middletown, PA. Meetings start at 6 pm. Questions and comments can be sent using the Contact page.
That’s right – the official Ubar Grotto Lapel Pins are in! And boy, are they stylish!
How do you get your grubby mits on one of these finely cast pieces of fraternal awesomeness? It’s simple, really. First, you have to be a member of Ubar Grotto (check your dues card… if it says 2014, you’re good.) Next, you have to show up at a Stated Meeting of the Grotto, usually held on the 4th Sunday of each Month. Once there, you’ll be directed to the proper officer to get your pin. It’s that easy!
Wear your Grotto spirit right on your lapel and show off just who Ubar really is!
What a year Ubar has been having. We’re just three meetings into 2014 and we’ve had the Grand Monarch visit, hosted the Inaugural Installation of the Colonial Grotto Association, and now, after our March stated meeting, the Grotto has welcomed 9 new Prophets into the Realm! The Grotto is at half of its membership goal for the year already, with a total of 96 Prophets on the rolls.
After an unseasonably warm weekend, the Prophets of Ubar gathered on Sunday, March 23, 2014, for a meeting filled with sympathy and good fellowship. Unforunately, several of the officers were unable to be present due to family commitments and a strange bout of Non-Grotto flu. But, those who could make it out, were treated to one heck of a Ceremonial and a fine dinner of Italian morsels dubbed “Sweaty Pete’s Italian Buffet.” It was even more special because most recent Past Monarch George Hindson wasn’t present. A toast!
Once again, Pro. Tim Settlemyer, the Tyrant of Ubar, ruled over his Grotto with his wooden stave of idignation. In an effort to bring the Master of Ceremonies and Chief Justice to his side, he offered them their own implements of terro – the Wooden Spoon of Horrendous Spooning to the Master of Ceremonies and the Stark Fist of Unspeakble Terror to the Chief Justice. Much was had with these staves, to say the lest. Tim further scorned the Prophets whenever they voted against any motion and disregarded their wishes as every motion passed without question (although, it should be noted, that this is the same way every Monarch has been treated. Tim just thinks he’s special. Shhh, don’t tell him.) The most important motion of the evening was for the Grotto to purchase a large paver stone to be placed at the new Eternal Flame Monument at Veteran’s Grove at the Masonic Villages at Elizabethtown. The business of the Grotto having been conducted with dispatch, the Ceremonial capped off the night in a hilarious and fun filled way.
Once again, welcome to all of the new Prophets and we hope you find what you’re looking for at Ubar Grotto!
Recently, members of Ubar’s Lancaster County Grotto Club met up at D&S Cigar Lounge for sympathy and good-fellowship. Prophet David Goss of Elizabethtown has been on a difficult journey battling cancer and will be leaving for two-months of intense treatment in Chicago so the Ubar Prophets wanted to show their support the Ubar way.
Over a month ago the club started the process of making a barrel-aged cocktail, a ‘Lower Manhattan’, in a small oak barrel. On this night the Club cracked it open and enjoyed the beverages and cigars. As usual, the ceremonial first toast was to impeach Prophet Tim “the Tyrant” Settlemyer, the Potent Monarch, which was quickly followed by a toast to Prophet Dave.
This just goes to show, Ubarians know how to Grotto!
A little over a year ago, we published some memes of “Failed Units of Ubar Grotto.” Recently, we got a second wind on this idea and produced some additional images. Enjoy!
The anticipation had been building for months. Prophets were excited and enthralled. Hours of planning and work were to be paid off. And the best part? It had nothing to do with George!The weekend of February 22 and 23, 2014, was a big one for Ubar Grotto. Where to begin? Well, let’s start chronologically, because that’s normal, right?
First up, on Saturday the 22nd, members of Ubar’s Lancaster County Grotto Club gathered at D&S Cigar Lounge in Lancaster for a Master Mason night. More than a dozen Prophets were in attendance and a contingent of Master Masons joined them to learn what Grotto is all about. Sympthay and Good Fellowship prevailed as Brothers and Propehts united and built a fraternal bond over good eats, good smokes, and liquid refreshment. A total of two petitions were garnered from the event, making it well worth while.
Then, on Sunday then 23rd, Ubar had a momentious occasion. First, the Grotto was pleased to host the Inagurual Installation of Officers for the Colonial Grotto Association, which was performed by Pro. Otto Thiergart, Grand Monarch, of Zelica Grotto, and Pro. David Chambers, President of the Ohio Grotto Association, acting as Chaplain. Newly formed, the CGA brings together Grottoes from the Mid-Atlantic region to offer intervisitation, joint activities, and even more Good Fellowship. Prophets from as far away as Richmond, VA, and Columbus, OH, came to Ubar for the occasion. No less than seven Grottoes were represented, hailing from four states. Ubar has two men serving as officers in the CGA – Pro. George “Yes, that George” Hindson will be serving as First Vice President, and Pro. Seth “he can’t say no” Anthony will be acting as Secretary – Treasurer. We wish the best of luck to these officers and look forward to working with the new Association.
Following the Installation, Ubar welcomed all to a Convivial Meal of Prime Rib with all the trimmings. While Ubarians dined free, along with the dignitaries, the Azimian contingent was forced to pay for their meals, as noted by Pro. Eric Fritsch, Chief Justice of Azim Grotto. His complaints were met with derision, contempt, and little sympathy, just as they should be.
With full bellies, it was time for the meeting of Ubar Grotto to begin. Pro. Tim “the Tyrant” Settlemyer took charge of Ubar and welcomed the Grand Monarch to the East. Even Tim’s bearded glory could not outshine the brilliant fez of our Grand Monach and he demured, surrendering his station to our national president. Pro. Otto thanked the Grotto for their courtesies and spurred the Grotto to continue to do what it takes to grow our beloved fraternity. Travelling with Pro. Otto was Pro. Ray Suarez, our Supreme Council District Deputy, who also performed his official visit the same evening. A total of 11 new petitions were received, all of which will be initiated at our Ceremonial next month. Ubarians can also be proud of the amount of money donated to our charity, the Humanitarian Foundation. In total, the Grotto donated $1250 to the cause, along with several Prophets who pledged individual donations at the same time. As of this writing 61% of Ubarians are holders of the Enchanted Lanterns, of which the Grotto is quite proud.
It was an amazing evening of Sympthay and Good Fellowship for all. Ubar was happy to welcome all of the visitors and we look forward to bringing cheer throughout the Realm for years to come!
On Sunday, January 26, 2014, Pro. Tim “the Tyrant” Settlemyer took the throne of Ubar to lead his first meeting as Monarch. Prior to the meeting, the Prophets enjoyed a delicious meal and a talk by Pro. Dan Loughin, regarding home brewing. The most important lesson presented by Dan was the you should never clean your equipment with soap. Duly noted. Pro. Settlemyer also installed the two remaining officers – Pro. Shaun “Spooner” Sponagle as Captain of the Guard and Pro. Jeff “el Duce” Fulton as Marshal.
With the other business out of the way, the meeting of the Grotto was called to order, or what passed for it at the time. Pro. George Hindson, PM, was especially rowdy, with several Prophets talking about investing in a muzzle for him. Instead, they just told him to pipe down… alot. The Monarch, carrying a large pronged stick, ruled over his meeting with vitriol and disdain, ensuring that no Prophet would contemplate rising up against his awesome bearded visage. Business was discussed and plans made for the visitation of Grotto Otto – our Grand Monarch, Otto Thiergart, who is coming to visit Ubar in February. As it was too cold for Pipes Papers, the Monarch forced Pro. Brent Richards to sing the Barley Mow, to the enjoyment of the Prophets present.
We hope to see all the members in February for our Convivial and the Installation of the Colonial Grotto Association! Until then, down with the Tyrant Tim!
It was the “End of an Error” and the beginning of a “Reign of Terror,” for on December 21, 2013, the officers of Ubar Grotto were Installed for the coming year. George is out – Tim is in. The king is dead, long live the king… and all that rot.
The Prophets gathered at 6 PM at the Spring Garden Conference Center for social time and light refreshments prior to the Installation. Many took this opportunity to get their final jabs in at George before the end of his reign. The mood was festive as everyone was looking forward to the holiday season.
At 7 PM, the officers declared the Grotto open and the ceremonies began. Pro. Hindson delivered his final remarks, many of which were very heartfelt. The Prophets, however, were not swayed by this showing of emotion, finding it a sign of weakness instead. Calls for George’s impeachment were loud, but short lived.
The first item on the docket was the presentation of the newest Sheik of Ubar. The officers of the Grotto chose Pro. Russell W. Baker for his outstanding service and spirit of good fellowship. Many remarked that choosing Russ was the best decision the Monarch had made all year and everyone was pleased with the selection.
The Installing team then took the floor, comprised of Pro. Seth C. Anthony, PM, Installing Officer; Pro. George H. Hindson, PM, Installing Marshal; and Pro. Kimber D. Smith, PM, Installing Chaplain. Using the proscribed ceremony, the officers were each installed in solemn form, presented with their fezzes and jewels, and escorted to their seats. The Grotto was now under the control of the dictator known as Potent Monarch Timothy Ralph Settlemyer, the “Tyrant Tim,” and the Prophets were fearful for the future.
In a show of great humility, Tim let the retiring Monarch make a few special presentations, known as the Monarch’s Award of Distinction, which were well received by the crowd. His final duty being performed, Pro. Settlemyer presented George with his Past Monarch’s fez and jewel, telling him to go sit on the sidelines, where he belongs.
The formal ceremony being concluded, the Prophets enjoyed a time of refreshment, including cigars in the gazebo and good fellowship inside.
The year of George is at an end and the year of Tim is just beginning. A toast, to the future of Ubar Grotto!