After the disappointing cancellation of the January 2015 meeting of Ubar Grotto (thanks to Mother Nature), the Prophets of the Realm were itching to get some real Grotting in, regardless of how much snow lay on the ground. Cabin fever had truly set in and Ubarians from far and wide trekked across the tundra of South Central PA for the February meeting of Ubar. The Monarch planned quite a night for them, including some good old fashioned learning.
Wait, what!?! Verily, I say – Grotto and learning make strange bedfellows, but, alas, our most Potent Monarch, in all his glory, sprung a trap on the Prophets by forcing them to get a bit of edumacation. For this feat, he called upon the most educated Prophet in the Realm, the Reverend Doctor and Prophet Christopher D. Rodkey, Chaplain of Ubar Grotto, Chaplain of the Pennsylvania Grotto Association, Chaplain of York Forest of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, and Chaplain of our hearts (well, mostly.) The good Doctor / Reverend spoke about his trip to the Holy Land in 2014, funded by the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar. While Pro. Rodkey droned on, showing slide upon slide of the desert, the Prophets paid close attention (at least that’s what they said.) Chris shared lots of photos and stories of his trip and answered questions following his presentation.
Following this, Pro. David Labagh, the pantless ruler of the Realm of Ubar, called to order the first meeting of his term. While he wasn’t surprised as with the respect he received, it did appear that being on the Throne of Ubar was a bit more difficult than he expected. He persevered, however, and managed to run a decent meeting, which included the reading of more than a dozen petitions for the March Ceremonial! Huzzah!
If you didn’t make out to the February meeting, you really missed a quality night of Grotto. However, we look forward to seeing everyone at the March meeting when we welcome several new Prophets into the Realm!
Until then, Grotto on Prophets!