New Website for Zaman Grotto

Many years ago, I created the Zaman Grotto website as a labor of love, my way of showing support for Zaman Grotto. Over time, the web has evolved and my webmastering skills have not grown rapidly enough to keep up. So, I’ve never been as happy with our site as I would have liked.

That is one reason that I started this blog — to bring a classier, fresher and more modern look to at least some of the web pages associated with Zaman Grotto.

Even so, our actual website remained very old fashioned and, to my eye, plain.

Thus, it pleases me greatly to announce that we have a brand new website, created from scratch, thanks to wix.com.

A good bit of the content that was on the old website has been left off of our new site. Some of that will be worked back in over time. For now, we have a strong, basic site at http://timgatewood.wix.com/zamangrotto/ although the site is not showing yet — it should be active within the next few hours.

As soon as the dust clears (within the next 24-48 hours), our domain (http://zamangrotto.org) will  take you to the new site. For now, please feel free to use the longer URL seen above.

As with everything done online, your comments here, on our Facebook page, or via email or phone call are welcome — as long as you keep them respectful and constructive.

– Tim Gatewood, webmaster

Grotto Ceremonial (Initiation) & Upcoming Events

This Saturday, May 10, Zaman Grotto will host a breakfast for current & prospective members at 8am followed by the Grotto Ceremonial. This is the initiation for new members. Please contact any Grotto member for an application (Grotto membership is available for all Master Masons in good standing. )

Our Upcoming Events include:

Wed, May 21, monthly Potluck Dinner followed by Stated Meetings of Zaman Grotto and the Ladies Auxilary. NEW TIME: eat at 6pm, meet at 7pm.

Our June Dinner Dance will be on the usual 3rd Saturday & will feature a full dinner and a live band.

Starting in July, the Zaman Volunteer Unit will meet at 8am on the same day as the Dinner Dance.

All of these events will be held at Zaman Grotto on Holmes Road west of Hacks Cross Road, Memphis, Tennessee.

Please check back here for additional details as they become available.

Upcoming Events at Zaman Grotto

At last night’s monthly Stated Meeting, the following upcoming events were announced.

Sat, April 19, 6pm to midnight – Dinner Dance with live band, Shades of Gray. $40 per couple. Please make reservations via the usual methods (call the office, email zamangrotto@gmail.com or use the Reservation form on our website at zamangrotto.org)

Sat, May 10, 8am breakfast followed by Ceremonial. This is the initiation for new members. Please contact Paul Russell to volunteer to be in the cast or contact any Grotto member for an application (Grotto membership is available for all Master Masons in good standing. )

Wed, May 21, monthly Potluck Dinner followed by Stated Meetings of Zaman Grotto and the Ladies Auxilary. NEW TIME: eat at 6pm, meet at 7pm.

Our June Dinner Dance will be on the usual 3rd Saturday. Starting in July, the Zaman Volunteer Unit will meet at 8am on the same day as the Dinner Dance.

All of these events will be held at Zaman Grotto on Holmes Road west of Hacks Cross Road, Memphis, Tennessee.

Please check back here for additional details as they become available.

Monarch’s Ball – TONIGHT

2014 Monarch’s Ball 

Honoring Monarch Gene Gitter & Lady Renee

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Reception 6:30    Presentation 7:00

Dinner and Dance

Music by  The Shades of Gray

$40.00 Couple

RSVP
Charlotte Bannon   901.828.0699
Zaman Grotto         901.756.4430
    or
Email to zamangrotto@gmail.com

Nettie Geneva McCarley, Rest In Peace

Nettie Geneva McCarley, widow of James Clifton McCarley, passed away on the morning of February 18, 2014, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Geneva was a Christian woman, living by the highest standards of her faith. She and JC were Baptists.

She was born on March 23, 1933. She was 80 years old at the time of her passing.

Geneva was very active for many years in the coed groups associated with Freemasonry.

She was a Past Grand Royal Matron of the Tennessee Order of the Amaranth, Past Worthy Matron of Oakville Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Past Worthy Matron of Faith Court of the Order of the Amaranth, a member of the Ladies Auxilary of Zaman Grotto, Past Queen of the Daughters of the Nile (women’s auxilary of the Shrine), and had served as an officer in many other groups.

Geneva and JC were married for over 50 years. JC passed away on December 3, 2011, at the age of 80, the same milestone the Geneva reached. They traveled far & well together.

She is survived by her sister Ann Stanford of Fulton, MS; her children James Michael McCarley and Vickie Lynn Carter, 2 grandchildren & 5 great-grandchildren.

Geneva was laid to rest on Monday, February 24, 2014, at Forest Hill East Funeral home after a service conducted by Rev. Donald Edgar Brooks, an Episcopal priest who has known the McCarley family for over 40 years. His service focused on Proverbs 31 and included many comments about Geneva’s praise-worth qualities.

All those who knew her will miss her. She will be long-remembered.

2014 Officers Elected

At the December 18, 2013, Stated Meeting, Zaman Grotto elected the following officers for 2014:

Monarch – Gene Gitter
Chief Justice – Kirby L. Cate, Sr.
Master of Ceremonies – Tim Gatewood
Venerable Prophet – Arland Eilert
Treasurer – Jim Connor, PM
Secretary – Jim Stewart, PM

Trustee for 3 Years – Chuck Bannon, PM

The following officers were appointed:
Marshall – Jim Scarborough
Captain of the Guard – Bobby Mason

With the exception of Venerable Prophet, all of the above officers were installed by Past Monarch Bob Kermick at this meeting.

(Arland was installed as Venerable Prophet at the next meeting at which he was present.)

Other appointed officers and Committee Chairmen will be announced later.

The Zaman Ladies Auxiliary met & elected the following 2014 Officers:
Renee Gitter – President
Evelyn Shackelford – Vice President
Wanda Cassini – Secretary
Ann Connors – Treasurer

Our next event is the New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance on 12-31-2013.

New Year’s Eve Party

Zaman Grotto is pleased to announce that we will have a New Year’s Eve Party on December 31, 2013, starting at 8pm and running until 12:30am on January 1st.

We will be serving heavy hors d’oeuvers, and champagne & party favors — and, at midnight, black-eyed peas with cornbread.

Live Band for dancing: Shades of Gray

Cost $50/couple or $25/single.

Please make your reservation using the Reservation Form on our website or by calling the Zaman Grotto office.

This event IS open to the public.

Join us in saying goodbye to 2013 and welcome to 2014.

Happy New Year !