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.
On Sunday, October 19, 2014, several Ubarians were honored by being created members of the Legion of Honor of the Order of DeMolay.
For those who don’t know, DeMolay is an organization dedicated to preparing young men to lead successful, happy, and productive lives. It opens doors for young men aged 12 to 21 by developing the civic awareness, personal responsibility and leadership skills so vitally needed in society today. The Legion of Honor is given to Senior DeMolays and Master Masons in recognition of their achievements in some field of endeavor, whether civic, fraternal, or philanthropic.
In a ceremony at the Masonic Villages at Elizabethtown, four Ubarians were eleveated to this distinction – Pro. Tim Settlemyer, Potent Monarch, Pro. Chris Fry, Pro. Brian Shaffer, and Pro. Jay M. Laser. Participating in the conferral were several Ubarians as well, including Pro. Russ Baker, Sheik of Ubar; Pro. Tom Labagh, Sheik of Ubar; Pro. Seth Anthony, Past Monarch; Pro. Mike Larkin; and Pro. Ed Stumm. Many more Prophets were in the audience as well.
Congratulations to these men for this well deserved honor!
The Prophets of Ubar Grotto would like to extend a warm welcome to our newly appointed Supreme Council District Deputy, Pro. Victor Mann, PM, of Azim Grotto in New York, NY.
Pro. Mann is no stranger to the members of Ubar Grotto, having visited and Grottoed with the Prophets on many, many occasions. Pro. Mann is a standup, well, man, and we look forward to working with him the future to better the our Grotto and the Realm.
Plus, we can now say that we’re being kept down by the Mann. That’s worth its weight in gold right there!
Ubar Grotto has only been in existence about 3 years. In that time, we’ve been witness to the rule of three Monarchs – Pro. Seth Anthony (styled “The Portly”), Pro. George Hindson (styled “The Disheveled), and our current ruler Pro. Tim Settlemyer (known as “The Tyrant.”) Two of these rulers have now gone to further leadership positions outside of Ubar. Earlier this year, Pro. Hindson was installed as the second Honorable President of the Colonial Grotto Association. Then, on Saturday, October 4, 2014, Pro. Seth Anthony was installed as the 41st President of the Pennsylvania Grotto Association at its annual meeting held in Meadville, PA.
Yes, that’s right – Ubar Grotto is home to Presidents of two separate Grotto Associations at the same time (which is quite the rare occurrence in the Realm!) Pro. Anthony was also pleased to announce that two Ubar Prophets will join him as officers; Pro. Jay Laser is appointed Marshal and the Rev. Dr. and Pro. Chris Rodkey is appointed as Chaplain for the Association for the ensuing year.
On April 17-19, 2015, Ubar Grotto will host a joint meeting of the Colonial Grotto Association and the Pennsylvania Grotto Association in Gettysburg, PA, to celebrate this unique occurrence. Registration information can be found by clicking here. Mark your calendars now and join us in celebration!
For the fourth year in a row, Ubar Grotto participated in the annual Autumn Day festival held at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown on Saturday, September 20, 2014. This year’s event was bigger than ever, thanks to the dedication of the Eternal Flame monument in honor of veterans. Ubar Grotto purchased a paving stone to assist with the construction and we are always proud to support our veterans, especially those that enjoy sympathy and good fellowship with us today.
Well over a dozen Prophets spent some time at the Grotto booth throughout the event, with the beautiful weather helping to draw a record breaking crowd. If you had passed by the booth, you’d have noticed at least four Prophets who were there most of the day – Pro. Russ Kratzer, Fraternal Relations Coordinator; Pro. Jay Laser, Kazoo Instructor Extraordinaire; Pro. Chris Young, Chief Cowbell Ringer; and Pro. Tim “The Tyrant” Settlemyer, everyone’s most hated Monarch.
The Ubar stand was especially popular with kids (and kids at heart) as the Grotto distributed kazoos, noise makers, whistles, and more. These were used by the Prophets to conduct impromptu concerts for passers by, to the entertainment of most (but not all!)
If you missed out on Autumn Day, we send our condolences, as this event was one that the Freemasons of Pennsylvania will look back on with pride for years to come!
On Thursday, September 18, 2014, Royal Arch Chapter No. 43, located in Lancaster, PA, conferred the Royal Arch Degree on five candidates. Three of those five candidates are members of Ubar Grotto – Prophets “John” Jack Harley, Shaun “Spologle” Sponagle, and John Morris. In a show of support for these men, five additional Prophets attended the event and assisted in the conferral by filling in chairs and doing parts. Many of the Royal Arch Masons present asked why the turn out was so much higher than usual. The Most Excellent High Priest, Pro. Chris Gibson, was proud to tell them it was because Ubar Grotto wanted to be at there to support their soon to be Companion Prophets. It was an excellent conferral that truly showed Sympathy and Good Fellowship!
“Picking up the trash here Potent Monarch.”
“Picking up the trash there Prophet.”
These were the words echoing along Rte. 283, between Snyder Road and the Elizabethtown / Rheems exit, on the morning of September 13, 2014. Ten Prophets of Ubar Grotto, united by Sympathy and Good Fellowship (and also by a delicious breakfast) met to perform the bi-annual cleanup of the highway, which was adopted by the Grotto. It’s hard to write an article about picking up other people’s trash on the side of the road, so we decided to let the Prophets speak for themslves regarding their experience.
“We have to go how far? I don’t even see that bridge yet!” – Pro. Jack Harley
“Don’t pick up the pee bottles.” – Pro. Galen Klienfelter
“This section of guardrail must be sponsored by the Eagles!” – Pro. Allen Moyer
“I found six hubcaps, do I win a prize?” – Pro. Steve Park
“Just what chain of events leads to one throwing a bra out of the window?” – Pro. Mike Riggi
“These vests are quite stylish.” – Pro. Matt Stolnis
“Aren’t these signs supposed to be break-away?” – Pro. Abe Shaffner
“Why does everything smell like skunk?” – Pro. Seth Anthony, PM
“If you ever want to be reminded of how disgusting the average person is, just come clean up the highway.” – Pro. David Labagh, Chief Justice
“Hey look at this disgusting old piece of trash. I heard it was a big deal once.” – Pro. Tim “the Tyrant” Settlemyer
Until next time, enjoy your clean highways, Pennsylvania!