The end of last week was a little crazy. On Thursday, we had a first degree at my home lodge (Tuscola No. 332) in Tuscola, Illinois. On Friday morning, I helped my wife and son finish packing for DeMolay’s Illinois State Conclave, held at Eureka College, saw them off, and then took off for Bloomington, Illinois, for the York Rite Grand Sessions, where I gave a presentation on leadership. On Saturday at 6:45 am, I piled into a car with four other Brethren to drive to Danville for a Blue Lightning, where, with about ninety other Brothers in the space of six hours, we helped fifteen Entered Apprentices receive their second and third degrees. Then on Sunday morning, I drove out to Eureka for DeMolay’s installation of officers. By the time I got home on Sunday, I was a little tired.
R.W.B. Michael H. Shirley is the Assistant Area Deputy Grand Master for the Eastern Area for the Grand Lodge of Illinois A.F. & A.M. He is the Past Master of Tuscola Lodge No. 332 and Leadership Development Chairman for the Grand Lodge of Illinois. He's also a member of the Illinois Lodge of Research, the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, Eastern Star, and the Tall Cedars of Lebanon. He's also a member of the newly-chartered, Illini High Twelve No. 768 in Urbana-Champaign. The author of several articles on British history, he teaches at Eastern Illinois University.A Cr