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.
For the second year in a row, Ubar has been awarded First Place in its Division for its website, http://www.ubargrotto.com. The Prophets of Ubar work hard and the information that goes out on the website really helps members and visitors alike to understand the pride that each of us has in being a Prophet at Ubar. We look forward to continuing to publish articles and information of interest to all.
Also for the second year in a row, Ubar has won First Place in its Division for its newsletter, The Pillar. Started at the beginning of 2013, The Pillar has quickly grown to be a key method of communciation for our Prophets. It is e-published nine times a year and continues to grow in readership. Each month, we get compliments about the quality and content of this publication and we thank those who take time out of their busy schedule to peruse it.
Lastly, Ubar was recognized with an Honorable Mention for the number of new members that we initiated. While we did lose out to our mortal chimp-enemies, the Azimians, the Prophets of Ubar remain proud of the Grotto and organization they have built.
Thank you to the Supreme Council and the Contest Committee for this recognition. It is much appreciated!
A toast, to a fantastic year with many more to come!
The members of Ubar Grotto have a long history of involvement with the DeMolay program. Many of our Prophets were members of DeMolay when they were younger, while several more serve on Adivsory Councils and in other other capacities with the DeMolay program today. Either way, the Prophets of Ubar have continuously given unflinching support of Masonic Youth in the Commonwealth. Recently, at their annual meeting, the members of DeMolay International recognized several Ubarians for these contributions.
- Pro. Timothy Settlemyer, Monarch of Ubar Grotto
- Pro. Brian Shaffer
- Pro. Jay Laser
- Pro. Edward Stumm
The Legion of Honor is the highest honor conferred by DeMolay International. It’s conferred on a Senior DeMolay for outstanding leadership in some field of endeavor or for success in fraternal life, including adult service to DeMolay. No one may apply for this distinction, and a nominee, or the membership of a Chapter, must have no knowledge of the recommendation by the Advisory Council.
Also being honored was Pro. Thomas R. Labagh, Sheik of Ubar, who was made an Honorary International Master Councilor by Bro. Bob Laing, of Ohio, then International Master Councilor. Pro. Labagh provided much support and mentoring to Bro. Laing throughout his year and his efforts did not go unnoticed.
Two other Ubarians were elected to membership in the Supreme Council of DeMolay International. Pro. Russ Baker, Sheik of Ubar, was made an Honorary Member, while Pro. Seth Anthony, Past Monarch, was elected a Deputy Member.
Congratulations to all and thank you for supporting our Masonic Youth!
Last week, we told you about how Ubarians respond to a call for assistance (with ribald humor and bad puns, mostly.) Well, we’ve done it again, as several Ubarians heard a second call and responded in like kind.
On Monday, June 23, 2014, Pro. Jeff “Il Duce” Fulton, Marshal of Ubar Grotto, had the pleasure of seeing his father raised to the degree of a Master Mason in Riverside Lodge No. 503, in Wrightsville, PA. Pro. Jeff asked Ubarians to attend the event and several came out to support him, including Pro. Tim “The Tyrant” Settlemyer, Potent Monarch; Pro. George “Thinks He’s a Big Deal” Hindson, PM; Pro. Abe “The Lebanon County Bologna King” Shaffner; and Pro. Ed “The Grand Tyler” Stumm.
From all accounts it was a fanastic evening of good fellowship, creating memories that won’t soon be forgotten. A toast – to Il Duce and Big Jeff!
On Sunday, June 22, 2014, Ubar Grotto celebrated the summer season with a Hawaiian shirt night at the June stated meeting. Pro. Tim “the Tyrant” Settlemyer, wielding his massive stick of power, tried to wrangle the members, with little to no avail. With more than 35 Prophets in attendance, the occasion was festive and joyous as the final business was transacted before the summer season. Highlights included sponsorship of several charitible projects, including golf tournaments, ad books, and of course, more Enchanted Lanterns!
The real highlight of the night, however, was the Ceremonial of the Order, wherein Ubar welcomed 8 new Prophets to the Realm. Being Hawaiian night, the new members were given extra special treatment, enjoying the grass skirts issued to them by the Monarch for the occasion. Pro. Brent Richards reprised his award winning role as His Majesty, while several other members of the Grotto took up their stations to help fill out the Ceremonial cast.
It was a great night for the Grotto and one that will surely go down in the history books! Enjoy the summer break and we look forward to seeing everyone back in September!
When a member of Ubar puts out the call for assistance, the Prophets of the Grotto are quick to respond. This was the case when Pro. Chris Gibson put out the call for assistance at his Royal Arch Chapter, where he is serving as Most Excellent High Priest. His Chapter needed some help with the conferral of the Degrees and Ubar didn’t fail to respond!
On Thursday, June 19, 2014, several members of Ubar Grotto attended Chapter No. 43, Royal Arch Masons, meeting in Lancaster, PA. The group assisted in the conferral of the Mark Master Mason Degree and the Most Excellent Master Mason Degree upon three candidates (of which one is a member of Ubar and the other is a candidate.) Assistance was provided by Pro. George Hindson, PM, as Senior Overseer; Pro. Seth Anthony, PM, as Senior Master of Ceremonies; and Pro. Pete Ruggieri, Master of Ceremonies, as Pursuivant. Of course, Pro. Gibson was in attendance with his officers, which also included Pro. Mike Riggi, who acted as Junior Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Congratulations are also due to Pro. Jack Harley and (soon to be Pro.) John Morris, who received the degrees.
As the meeting finished, Pro. Anthony remarked to the members present just how unique this occasion was. It was 128 years ago, when after a meeting of Cyrus Chapter No. 50, Royal Arch Masons, seventeen members planned for conferring the Royal Arch Degree. This evolved into monthly meetings. These monthly meetings would turn into the Grotto, the organization we love today.
Thank you to the Companions of Chapter No. 43 for their warm welcome and Ubar looks forward to returning this Fall for the Royal Arch Degree.