Here’s what’s Happening at Ormazd Grotto
On Tuesday, March 7th, the Orlando Food Trucks came to College Park, FL (a suburb of Orlando) for the first Food Truck Social at the Ormazd Grotto back lot located at 1700 Edgewater Drive next to Dollar Tree and across the street from the U.S. Post Office. There were eight food trucks present including French Fry Junction, Cousins Maine Lobster, Twisted Plates, Lees Famous Cheese Steaks, Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, German Grill, Tamale Co. and bem bom.
There were an estimated 700 people in attendance and everyone seemed to be having a great evening as the weather was perfect. The Grotto opened up their building and setup tables and chairs both inside and outside and made their restrooms available to the food truck patrons. The Grotto provided drinks for the event in lieu of donations towards their official charity, The Grottoes of North America Humanitarian Foundation, which provides free dental care to special needs kids.
The good news is that the College Park Food Truck Social will be a weekly event going forward and will be held every Tuesday from 6 – 9 pm at the Grotto back lot located at 1700 Edgewater Drive. You can reach out to Orlando Food Trucks or Ormazd Grotto for further information and details.
Here is the Food truck lineup for the remainder of March
(trucks are subject to change without notice)
Chicken Waffle Grill
Camel Tow Taco
Cheesecake By Design
French Fry Junction
Up in Smoke
French Fry Junction
Munchies Coney Island
All Fired Up
Ice Cream Social
French Fry Junction
Uncle Eddies BBQ
At a stated meeting of Ormazd Grotto M.O.V.P.E.R. held on Friday, March 3rd, representatives from the DeMolay, Rainbow, and Job’s Daughters visited and made presentations about their organizations. We had a nice turnout to support the youth and all officers were present. In the spirit of moving these Masonic Youth groups forward, Ormazd Grotto made donations to each group present. We had kid friendly food and a good time was had by all.
*Note – the 17th District Master & Warden’s Fellowship Ball has been pushed out to April 22nd. Details to follow.
Blaine Hensley, 91, passed away peacefully on December 26. Born May 25, 1925 in Bar Creek, Kentucky, in 1962 he moved his family to Orlando where he lived for the remainder of his life. He served as a gunners mate in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946. Blaine served as the Union Representative for Bakery & Confectionery Union and Industry. He was a dedicated life-long member of the Orange County Sportsmen’s Association and served as a member of the board for over 40 years. The clubhouse building was named in his honor. Blaine was an active Mason and Shriner as a member of Bahia Shrine Temple and Ormazd Grotto for 39 years. Blaine was preceded in death by his first wife, Arena Faye Richardson Hensley, and son Michael Wayne Hensley. He is survived by his wife Irma A. Hensley, his son James “Jimbo”, grandsons Michael (Michelle), David (Inga), great grandchildren, Gavin, Willow, and namesake Blaine and his daughter in-law Sharon. He is also survived by his sister Rosemary (Jack) Davis. A memorial service will be held on July 9, 2017 at the Hensley family cemetery in Red Bird, KY
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Jan. 8, 2017
At a regular stated meeting of Ormazd Grotto M.O.V.P.E.R. that was rescheduled from Friday, Oct. 7th to Friday, Oct. 14th due to The hurricane curfew, we welcomed our Masonic brother Bart Patria as a Veiled Prophet of The Enchanted Realm. Bart is a Past Master of Winter Garden Lodge No. 165 and currently serves as the Tyler there, He is also an active member of the Orlando York Rite Bodies. Please join us in congratulating Bart on his newest endeavor!
Due to the impending weather associated with hurricane Matthew, We will not be having the Grotto meeting scheduled for tomorrow night. Please attend to your property and personal safety and that of your loved ones and pets. I pray that we weather this storm unharmed and with minimal loss. If you need help in any way, please do not hesitate to call me.
Chief Justice – Ormazd Grotto
The 1st Annual Ron Bisson My790AM “Reel in 4 Autism” to Support Pals and their families
FACT: Autism affects thousands of children in Lake County, and shows an alarming growth rate of between 6 and 15% every year. According to CDC statistics, 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism. Autism is a lifetime disability.
FACT: Children with autism benefit greatly from socialization and activity. (So do their families!) PALS seeks to optimize social opportunities so that these individuals with autism are integrated into the local communities as contributing members of society.
FACT: WLBE’s Ron Bisson has a long history in Central Florida of raising awareness (not to mention money) for a list of charitable causes, including an annual six-figure amount for Orlando’s Ronald McDonald House.
Ron has turned his philanthropic interests toward Cards and Pals at the University of Central Florida, and with the support of the Leesburg and Lake County civic and governmental agencies, is hosting the First Annual “Reel in 4 Autism”. This event allows business leaders in Leesburg/Lake County the opportunity to:
Show their support of a great cause
Directly interact with hundreds of guests on this ground-floor opportunity
When: October 29, 2016
Where: Venetian Gardens, Ski Beach-201 E Dixie Ave, Leesburg 34748
What: Family Fishing Fun Day and Picnic
Reserve Your Seat Now!
office (407) 850-9000 or Cell (321) 230-2000
It is with heavy heart we inform the Enchanted Realm of Ormazd, that our own Past Monarch and Past Grand Monarch of the National M.O.V.P.E.R. has crossed over the river to the other side. Please attend his services if within your cable-tow.
Calling All Prophets, Calling All Prophets, Calling All Prophets
Prophets – Our Prophet Monarch, Randy White scheduled a work day at the Grotto in an effort to clean up the property and make it more appealing for future rentals. At the Grotto Saturday morning 11/14/2015, we will gathered at 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM for coffee & donuts. Please make a note of it. So lets try to be there in force. Remember, many hands make light work.
The goals for the day were:
1. Cleaning the new appliances to get them ready to place in the kitchen. These were donated from the World Food Championships and they were used by the chefs in this competition.
2. Clean the walls and cabinets in the kitchen area. We really need to clean the kitchen area before we clean the floors and place the new appliances in the kitchen.
3. Discuss and consider options for fixing or replacing the ceiling tiles in the kitchen area.
4. Clean the walls in the dining area. We need to do this before we attempt to paint the dining room and hallways.
5. Address the electrical outlets in the dining area and kitchen. Do we have anyone with electrical experience that can replace the receptacles and plate covers in these areas? We also need someone that can check out our electrical breakers as well.
6. We need someone that can replace one of the florescent light fixtures in the dining area?
7. Anything else Jim Gillespie, Bud Delong or Randy White desire.
Cleaning cloths, sponges, cleaners, etc. were used on this project. Does anyone happen to own a steam cleaner that we can use on the walls and cabinets? Google steam clean walls and you will see what I am talking about.
We want to thank everyone for their fundraising ideas for this project, lets try to get some of these put into action as we need to do some fundraising for your Grotto.
Updating the appliances, and cleaning the area will go a long way to improving the Grotto and our building. We hope everyone gets onboard with our cleaning efforts. If we all pull together and work real hard over the next month, we can really make a dent into improving and beautifying the Grotto to the point were we can hopefully obtain more rentals and even at increased rental rates.
Here’s a quick look at what was donated:
If you have any other ideas on what we can do for our kitchen, then by all means make sure you are at the Grotto this Saturday to share your ideas and thoughts on how we can improve this area. I am really looking forward to cooking on these appliances.
Prophets, I almost forgot, your ladies are welcome to assist us in these endeavors, so please bring them with you. In fact, without a woman’s supervision on cleaning, us men will really screw up this job. At least that’s what happens in my house, if my wife Laura does not supervise me. Ladies, PLEASE come out and guide and help us with this!
Hope to see everyone there.
2015 Chief Justice and 2016 Monarch Elect
At a stated meeting of Ormazd Grotto M.O.V.P.E.R. on Friday, Sept. 4th, OLENA “ALONA” VALENTINA TURRI who is the granddaughter of our Past Monarch Jim Dickenson, along her parents and little brother and Jim’s wife treated the Grotto to supper. It was a home cooked meal of chicken & yellow rice. Alona was adopted by Jim’s daughter on December 14, 2015. With the help of Ormazd Grotto, Alona had her teeth fixed. Also, she has had open heart surgery. The next thing she will have fixed is the limp in her right leg and right hand which will be done by the Shriners. There is no better joy and sense of ‘being’ than to be able to witness the progressive happiness of a child and know that you played a part in creating that happiness. Thank you Alona for making our evening a bright and cheerful one!
Per Big Rick Overbee – “Our Brother Phillip Moffses has informed us that Sandra’s Honorarium Memorial is scheduled for October 24th at the First Presbyterian Church, downtown Orlando at 10:00AM in the Chapel. This date is their anniversary and the place where they got married. If you can be there, the many appendant bodies, including Eastern Star, Amaranth, and Daughters of White Shrine have been asked to participate. Please mark your calendars accordingly.”
EVERYONE IS INVITED!!
Hear Ye…Hear Ye…Hear Ye…
(I guess this is Navy talk). Well, now that I have your attention, allow me to tell you that it is a must that you honor us with your presence at Ormazd Grotto (1700 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL) on October 4, 2014 when we will be hosting an OKTOBERFEST (check flier for details below). We are not kidding when we tell you that your presence will make the difference. You don’t even have to speak German! But if you do, our secretary is fluent in about seventeen difference languages. Join us and put him to the test.
Greetings Prophets and Ladies,
Please be advised that due to many other scheduled events by our apendant bodies, and a few other Lodge events in conflict with us, on the same date here in Orlando, the Annual Ormazd Grotto Spring Fling will be rescheduled to a later date, yet to be announced. With low ticket sales, Prophet Monarch Ted Hammond felt it would better benefit the Grotto, since this is our major Fund Raiser, having expenses that could not be recovered, that we not proceed forward with this Saturday’s plans. We will reorganize to a date later in the year, pending the Realm’s approval…. See you Friday at our Monthly meeting!!
Fellow Prophets and Friends!
Ormazd Grotto is inviting each of you to our
ANNUAL SPRING FLING!
DETAILS ARE LISTED BELOW
Contact Prophet Monarch Theodore Hammond, Secretary Dayrl Spagenburger
or any Ormazd Prophet for Tickets and more info!
This Saturday, the clown unit will be holding their meeting at the Grotto on Saturday, March 15 at 2:00 PM at the Grotto.. We urge all members make every effort to attend. If you wish to become a member of our Clown unit, and share some “Good Times and Fellowship” then the annual dues are only $5.00. That’s nearly 83% less than your Grotto annual dues of being a M.O.V.P.E.R. Prophet and a real bargain. Know that you are welcome to bring your significant other with you, and they can also become a member. We will be discussing this current year, planning,, and what events you will like to do.
LET’S GET TOGETHER AND HAVE A LAUGH, OR TWO!!
2014 Ormazd Grotto Officer Installation
Prophet Monarch Ted Hammonds
Daryl Spangenberg our 2013 Prophet Monarch shares this GOOD NEWS with us!
Ormazd Grotto will be having their installation of new officers on
Dec. 7 at 1:00PM at
1700 Edgewater Drive in
The following nominees are pending for election at the regular Stated Meeting Dec 6th:
2014’s pending nominations are:
Prophet Monarch is Ted Hammonds,
Chief Justice is Randy White,
Master of Ceremonies is David Aponte,
Venerable Prophet is Ken Mueller,
Secretary is Daryl Spangenberg,
Treaurer is Phil Moffsess.
Ted Hammonds will contact, if he has not already, the prophets to be appointed for Marshall, Chaplain, Captain of the Guard, and Sentinel.
Once the elections are held on Friday, those named will become the officers for 2014, along with the appointed ones.
Clayton Symonds and his team will be the installing officers.
Dr. Ellis Hormats is passing the torch of Secretary to a new one. Between John Carroll and Ellis, one or the other had been the Secretary for the last quarter century. Ellis, at 94, will still be around to offer his guidance, and we are honoring him at this installation for his great contribution.
The unit officers most likely will retain their positions are:
Dr. of Smiles-Dr. Ellis Hormats
Cast President-Bud Bud DeLong
Clown President-Daryl Spangenberg
Temple Association-Bud Delong
Past Monarch President-Outgoing Monarch of 2013-Daryl Spangenberg.
The public is welcome to attend, but please give Ted Hammonds or Pedro Arroyo a call at 407-739-3861 or 407-977-2447 so we have an idea on how much food to have for refreshment after the installation.
Ted Hammonds is preparing an ambitious agenda for this upcoming year, which looks like it be very productive and successful.
Ormazd Grotto is an non-profit organization that raises money to help repair mentally handicap children teeth.
Honoring Prophet Ellis Hormats
for devotion and service to the
AUGUST 3RD – CLICK LINK BELOW FOR DETAILS
Our new look! Prophets across the realm have asked for a easier to read website, without all the dark colors…. Well, here it is!. Like it! Make a comment!
Fellow Prophets ! ALL HAIL!
SYMPATHY AND GOOD FELLOWSHIP!
Please attend! Regular meeting this Friday 4/5/13 @ 7:00 PM – with Dinner being served at 6:00 PM….
REMINDER!! YOU ARE NEEDED! PLANNING FOR GROTTO SPRING FLING THIS MONTH!
BROTHERS AND PROPHETS!
Below, you will find a link to an OPEN LETTER
to all MASONS in the GRAND LODGE OF FLORIDA!
Most Worshipful Jorge L. Aladro has scheduled the “Honorable M∴W∴ Jorge L. Aladro Grand Master’s Class 2013” Installation Ceremonial during Grand Lodge sessions this year. Open to all Masons in good standing, and paid 2013 Blue Lodge dues cards, if you ever have considered becoming a GROTTO member, by all means…… NOW IS THE TIME!
Please open the pdf document below for detailed information, and an application to print and present to your respective GROTTOS. Maps are also attached to get specific local contacts and the GROTTO serving your District:
13 Grand Master’s Grotto Class at the Grand Communication <<<—- click here
Adding a comment from the Florida State Grotto Association’s Secretary:
“When you hand these out and solicit new members please leave the top line UNSIGNED on any Petition. If one is received pre-signed, we will NOT allow it to be processed. The Brother is to show up at the FSGA registration table at Convention with his unsigned petition and check/cash/credit card to be allowed into the Grand Masters Class. FSGA will handle all monies collected and special MOVPER dues cards for new initiates. Loads of information has already been distributed to all 14 FSGA Grottoes, our Supreme Council office. and the Grand Lodge of Florida.”
Keep looking here for news about an new and exciting event for Masons in Florida! Once all is confirmed, and it looks good, we will post the details here!
In the meantime for your reading pleasure and entertainment:
Our Spring Newsletter “RAG!” courtesy of Past Monarch Pedro Arroyo is available HERE:
And the Fall GROTTO Magazine is found here:
ENJOY “FUN & GOOD-FELLOWSHIP!” WISHES TO YOU ALL!
LESS THAN 2 WEEKS TO THE SPRING FLING, TOO!
GOT YOUR TICKETS??
I have recently stumbled upon a site that I have long sought, friends and Prophets, and wish to share with you……. if you are interested in Freemasonry, and wish to keep current on events in our Central Florida Masonic community and beyond, then check out this recently offered site from a well established webpage on Facebook below:
You are cordially invited to the forthcoming Installation of Officers on 8 December 2012 at 1:00p.m. Please copy and post this flyer.
ALL PROPHETS AND FRIENDS ALIKE!
Here, There, and EVERYWHERE!
Here we are!!
In Orlando, Florida and the AMAZING Ormazd GROTTO M.O.V.P.E.R.!!!
THE MYSTIC ORDER OF VEILED PROPHETS OF THE ENCHANTED REALM!
Where FUN, SYMPATHY and GOOD FELLOWSHIP prevail,
and we invite all Master Masons to consider the advantages of joining us
on our extended journey into the ENCHANTED REALM.
DARE YOU LOOK FURTHER??!!
Log in using the page link above and create your unique user name. If you are a Prophet of any GROTTO, we want to greet you properly, use the title Prophet before your initials, or use your 1st name to be included on our special ORMAZD GROTTO links upcoming soon!