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Grand Bethel 2012 – Drums, Dragon & Rickshaw

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July 4, 2012

 On Thursday, June 21st, members of the Grand Lodge Family, including the Grand Master Frank Loui and his wife Jeanie, gathered for the opening sessions of California Grand Bethel, for Job’s Daughters, at the Visalia Convention Center.  The Daughters in attendance were very exuberant even before the session began with cheers and one side of the room challenging the other with “Who’s Got Sprit?” Judy Hooper even encouraged the Grand Lodge Officers and their wives to stand up and show their sides spirit.

 After many escorts and introductions the Grand Master of Masons in California, Most Worshipful Frank Loui was presented for introductions. The Grand Bethel room was suddenly filled with the pounding of a dozen Chinese drums setting the stage for the Grand Master to be brought out in his own personal rickshaw.  A VERY spirited white Chinese dragon then entertained us. He danced, jumped, raised himself up and shook his tail, to the delight of all those in attendance.  The Grand Master also introduced the Grand Lodge officers and their wives.

At the end of the evening, Past Grand Master, Richard Wakefield Hooper, presided over the Miss California Job’s Daughter pageant.  The Grand Master and the Worthy Grand Matron were among the dignitaries that presided over the final question given to the three finalists. Hearing from the 16 finalists and reading their stories was very impressive. The new Miss California Job’s Daughter for 2012-13 is Jessica Anthony PHQ, from Dublin Bethel #1.

After the sessions closed for the evening, everyone was treated to chocolate ice cream. It was a welcome treat after the warm evening. The Grand Family enjoyed being able to visit with the Daughters, their adult advisors, and to support the Jobs Daughters, one of our hard working youth groups.

Friday was a full day. The morning session had all of the Honored Queens and Princess introductions, a memorial service for all those who had passed away, the drill team competition, variety show, and selection of the next Grand Bethel lineup. Most of Saturday was ritual and music competition, then out-to-eat, followed by the installation of the Grand Bethel girls, then the big dance and fun after which ran until midnight.  Many sleepy and happy girls went  to their respective homes on Sunday.

Frank Lee AGL Division 8 and John Channon , PABG, for  D8 Today


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