With 2012 behind us, the Prophets of Ubar Grotto were excited to get back into the swing of things with the January 2013 stated meeting, held Jan. 27, 2013. Prior to the meeting, members enjoyed an Italian Feast prepared by Commonwealth Caterers and arranged by Pro. Pete Ruggieri, Venerable Prophet, the best Amish Italian we know!
Joining the members for dinner were several representatives from Harrisburg Area Roller Derby (HARD for short.) The ladies and gentlemen from HARD mixed and mingled with the Prophets and then did a short presentation on their sport and what they do at a roller derby bout. Following their presentation, they were presented a check for $500 by Pro. Bryan Gembusia, HARD Coordinator for Ubar Grotto, and Pro. George Hindson, Monarch, for sponsorship of their 2013 season.
With the ladies cleared out, no one quite knew what to expect when Pro. George Hindson took the position of Monarch to open the meeting. It should be noted that the Secretary and several members have taken to referring to Pro. Hindson as Monarch – Pro Tem, as they refuse to recognize a fezless Monarch. However, George took all of this in stride, performing an outstanding opening and running a very smooth meeting. Pro. Horace Mason, Sentinel, was presented with an Enchanted Lantern for his service to the Grotto. He was asked to give a speech, which he did using a singular word. Much applause ensued. Other highlights included the Installation of Prophet Tim Settlemyer as Chief Justice (since he was too busy packing for his move to come to the real Installation) and discussion of several upcoming events.
If you missed the meeting, you truly missed out on an experience – especially to heckle the Potent Monarch – Pro Tem!