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Freemasonry in Troubled Times – Douglas N. Kaylor

One of the things I value about Freemasonry is the idea that our Masonic lessons are built upon insights and enlightenment that are truly timeless. An example is the cardinal virtue of fortitude, which is an important part of our Entered Apprentice Degree. We can trace our Masonic teaching of this virtue back to the Greek philosophers, including Aristotle.

Aristotle taught that virtue, as a right behavior, is the middle point between two extremes, which become vices. With the virtue of fortitude, Masons are taught that it is a noble and steady purpose of mind that allows us to face danger when necessary and that it is at an equal distance (the middle point) between rashness and cowardice.

In this health emergency, I try to act and approach each day with fortitude. I recognize that there are dangers, but I try to continue living and doing what needs to be done with reasonable care and caution. I don’t ignore the danger (rashness), but I don’t let it paralyze me with fear either (cowardice). Yes, I wash my hands a lot more than I used to. I practice social distancing. I eat right, get plenty of sleep, and try to get in a good walk each day.

And finally, I work on improving my patience each day, knowing that with time, patience, and perseverance, we will get through this.

Freemasonry in Troubled Times- Terry W. Posey

On February 17, 1978, I walked into the center lodge room of the Dayton Masonic Center.  The Master of John W. Durst Lodge asked me a question, “In times of difficulty and danger…”  You know the rest.

This pandemic of 2020 is difficult and dangerous. 

I saw a young man on the news arguing that this virus was not going to stop him from having fun in Florida.  He sounded like the old Beastie Boys song, “You Gotta Fight.. for Your Right.. to Party.”  He had heard the early news that this illness particularly affected those over 60 years of age or those with a compromised immune system.

Well, we find now that such a prediction was early and ill-advised.  Ohio has residents from one year of age to 91 suffering from coronavirus.

In earlier days, I might have wished a pox on his house or someone to punch him in the mouth.  From 42 years of Freemasonry, I realize that youth is sometimes wasted on the young. Relief is one of the tenets of our profession and perhaps he might learn from our Masonic teachings.

In 1978 I gave the correct answer.  If I were asked the question today, I would most certainly give the same answer.

COVID 19 Tips – Virtual Activities During Stay-at-Home Orders

Brother Scott Buchanan, CEO of the Ohio Masonic Home, suggested Link-age create a list of virtual activities that seniors could do while their activities and visitors are limited. I am sure you will agree that you don’t need to be a senior to enjoy these great ideas for virtual visits!

ARTS & THEATRE

New York’s Metropolitan Opera will be offering free digital shows every night at 7:30 p.m. from March 16 through March 22. 

The Kennedy Center

Ford’s Theatre

AERONAUTICS AND SPACE

Wright Patterson National Air Force Museum

NASA Glenn Research Center

NASA’s 4K virtual tour of Earth’s moon

GARDENS

Portland Japanese Garden

Highgrove Gardens, UK

Kew Gardens, UK

North American Gardens

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Garden

Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania

TRAVEL

Aerial Tours Around the World

Yellowstone Tours

Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

The Cotswolds, England

View from Empire State Building

Wales, UK from the Sky

Mount Vernon – George Washington’s home

360 View of Stonehenge

Visit Greece

MUSEUMS 

Smithsonian Natural History Museum

British Museum, London

This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies.

Guggenheim Museum, New York

Google’s street view feature lets visitors tour the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase without ever leaving home. From there, you can discover incredible works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

This famous American art museum features two online exhibits through Google. The first is an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras. The second is a collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

You can virtually walk through this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

One of Korea’s popular museums can be accessed from anywhere around the world. Google’s virtual tour takes you through six floors of Contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe.

Pergamon Museum, Berlin

As one of Germany’s largest museums, Pergamon has a lot to offer – even if you can’t physically be there. This historical museum is home to plenty of ancient artifacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and, of course, the Pergamon Altar.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. Google offers a Street View tour of this iconic museum, so you can feel as if you’re actually wandering its halls.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Anyone who is a fan of this tragic, ingenious painter can see his works up close (or, almost up close) by virtually visiting this museum – the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters.

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

European artworks from as far back as the 8th Century can be found in this California art museum. Take a Street View tour to discover a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs.

Uffizi Gallery, Florence

This less well-known gallery houses the art collection of one of Florence, Italy’s most famous families, the de’Medicis. The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 specifically for Cosimo I de’Medici, but anyone can wander its halls from anywhere in the world.

MASP, São Paulo

The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is a non-profit and Brazil’s first modern museum. Artworks placed on clear perspex frames make it seem like the artwork is hovering in midair. Take a virtual tour to experience the wondrous display for yourself.

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

Built in 1964, this museum is dedicated to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic heritage. There are 23 exhibit roomsfilled with ancient artifacts, including some from the Mayan civilization.

The Louvre, Paris

The Louvre offers virtual tours on its website.

The Vatican, Vatican City, Rome

Google Arts & Culture

online experience for exploring famous historic and cultural heritage sites.

Baseball Hall of Fame

The Baseball Hall of Fame offers 360 degree tours.

COVID 19 Tips – Instacart (Grocery Delivery Service)

This post is authored by Ill. & MWB Terry W. Posey, 33°, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Valley of Dayton.

Instacart

Are you concerned about going outside?  Is it recommended that you stay in your home?  There is an answer as to how you are going to get fresh food and supplies.

Food delivery, once a thing of indulgence, may now be a necessity in the age of coronavirus, as people are being instructed to shelter in place, cut physical ties to other people in workplaces and communities, and practice self-isolation and social distancing. Officially called COVID-19, coronavirus is highly contagious, potentially deadly, and at a pandemic level, with thousands of deaths already reported worldwide.

Despite this insanely sad state of affairs, the one thing people still have to do is eat, and for that, they may be forced to leave their homes and interact with others to shop for food and other necessities. These days, a home delivery meal service app can function as a safety precaution so that if you suspect you are infected or are feeling sick, you do not expose others.

What is Instacart?

Instacart allows you to shop your favorite grocery stores from the comfort of your home, using your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Select the items you want and schedule a delivery. The groceries can be delivered to your doorstep in as little as an hour, but you can also request for them to be delivered later in the day, or even in a few days (you can schedule a delivery up to six days ahead of time). You also have the option of picking the groceries up yourself in store, which still saves you the hassle of walking the aisles in search of your desired items. Simply shop for what you want on Instacart, select a pickup time, and show up to the grocery store later to pick up your items. Only select locations of some grocery stores offer the option of pick-up.

Stores in the central Dayton area include:

Kroger

TARGET

Aldi

Meijer

Costco

CVS

Petco

Sams Club

Gordon Food Service

Who shops for you?

A personal shopper will choose all your produce for you, carefully selecting fresh items on your behalf. You can also leave a note for your shopper, specifying the level of ripeness you’d prefer for your fruits and vegetables. For example, if you’re planning to make banana bread tomorrow, you’ll want very ripe fruit, but if you’re preparing avocado toast next week, you may want to specify less ripe produce. Instacart shoppers are also attentive to expiration dates, so you don’t have to worry about receiving items that expire tomorrow. Shoppers handle fragile items such as eggs and glass jars with care, and if an ordered item is out of stock, the shopper will find you a close replacement, verifying it with you before purchasing it.

Where is Instacart available?

Instacart is available in regions all over the country. If you’re curious to find out whether you can use Instacart where you live, enter your zip code here. Although Instacart may not be delivering in your area just yet, the company could be expanding to your neighborhood soon. Click “Get notified when we expand to your area” if you want to receive an update when Instacart becomes available to you.

Delivery hours

Their delivery windows start as early as 9am and run as late as midnight, depending on your local store hours. Delivery hours are subject to store operating hours, including holidays.

You can view available delivery times for your store from the store page and shopping cart.

How quickly can they deliver to you?

Many customers choose to have delivery in the next 2 hours, while others opt to schedule their delivery up to 6 days in advance.

To find out the stores from which Instacart offers delivery, enter your zip code here

Create your account

You can create an account by visiting instacart.com! Use your email address, Google, or Facebook authentication to sign up.

You can also download the Instacart app on iOS or Android devices.

How many accounts can I have?  
Only one personal account is permitted per person or household. Secondary accounts used for business purposes are acceptable.

Accounts are not limited to one delivery address, or even one area! Entering a new delivery address when you log in will provide you with store options for that area.

Instacart Express

Instacart Express is a membership option for customers who want to use Instacart regularly. For a flat annual cost or a low monthly fee, you can enjoy unlimited free deliveries* on all orders over $35.

Instacart Express benefits

Instacart Express members enjoy exclusive benefits on every order—

  • $0 delivery fees on orders of $35 or more (typically $3.99-$7.99 for non-Express)
  • Reduced service fees (typically 5% for non-Express)*
  • No busy pricing fees during peak delivery hours
  • Shop at a variety of stores with free delivery on the entire order

*The service fee covers a broad range of operating costs including shopper operations, insurance, background checks, and Instacart Care.

Instacart Express membership and renewal

You can enjoy an Instacart Express membership and pay either monthly or annually. Terms for both membership types are shared when you sign up. Memberships automatically renew year to year or month to month (depending upon your membership term), unless you make changes in your account.

  • Annual memberships are billed each year on the same date. 
  • Monthly memberships are charged each month on the same day.

*Note: This membership does not give you faster delivery or earlier time slots than other customers. Likewise, membership with Instacart Express does not guarantee that specific delivery slots will be available for a given delivery. Service fees, special handling fees, and/or tips may still apply.

The Valley is providing you this information strictly as a service and neither receives any compensation from, nor takes any responsibility for the use of Instacart. 

Spring Reunion, Chapter of Sorrows, and Other Events Postponed or Canceled

Governor Mike DeWine issued directives on March 12, 2020, banning most social gatherings of 100 or more people.

Our Grand Master followed this announcement with a letter to the same effect for all fraternal activity in Ohio. The priority of the Valley of Dayton and Dayton Masonic Center is the health and well-being of our members and guests.

  • The Spring Reunion (April 4) will not take place. We will review our options when the ban is lifted and hope to reschedule the reunion for a later date.
  • The Chapter of Sorrows (April 6) is canceled.
  • The Veterans Luncheon (April 27) is likewise postponed until further notice.
  • 17th Degree Dinner and Degree Night (April 29) is postponed until after the ban is lifted.
  • Rehearsals for degrees and other activities are likewise canceled until further notice.

Decisions about other meetings and activities will be handled as they arise. We appreciate your understanding and patience in this evolving and uncertain situation.

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