Author Archives: Ron Blaisdell

DCS Thesis Complete

So, I have completed the thesis, which summarizes my 4 year project on analyzing the data from the BSA’s Unit Visit Tracking System. The thesis was reviewed by the doctoral committee, and accepted, and I will be receiving my Doctorate of Commissioner Science at the Central Florida Council College of Commissioner Science, on Saturday, April […]

Remembrance and Renewal

During this ceremony, we hear the names of our departed Brethren. These individuals are our Brothers with whom we have shared the beauty and grandeur of Masonry. The reading of these names is reminiscent of an ancient Sanskrit injunction: “Lead us from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light, from death to immortality.” […]

More jQueryMobile

A handy and familiar tool set is an always welcome addition to the arsenal. And I guess that’s the way it is for me and jQueryMobile. A “quick” (and I do mean quick – less than 4 hours of development time) mobile web site for my Church, combined with the SAAS provided by HandSetDetection has […]

Michigan York Rite Consolidated Calendar

Found another great jQuery plug-in called FullCalendar which I have used to create a “combined” calendar for a number of Masonic groups here in Michigan. (First off, I needed to establish Google Calendar accounts for each group, since none of them seemed to have one, even for publishing to their own members!) Someone asked me […]

Sermon for June 30th

I was quite fortunate to be asked to be the “pulpit supply” for my own church, Ann Arbor West Side UMC, on the 5th Sunday of June. This just happened to be the Sunday between our last Pastor’s final sermon, and our new Pastor’s first sermon … kind of like being a MLB middle-relief pitcher. […]

Long time, no post

So, I have been quiet lately. But things have been very busy for me. Back in February, I started the process of becoming a Certified Lay Servant, and a Lay Speaker, once again. I was a Certified Lay Speaker from 1981 – 1995, and stopped when my wife became pregnant with our daughter (since I […]

Leadership Notes #74 – Stewardship

(This series of “notes” first appeared in the YahooGroup “VenturingList” and are written by Michael Brown. I thought that they were worth sharing with the Commissioner Corps.) Peter Block’s work, “Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest” (1993) is his take on the servant leadership concept. He’s not unaware of the concept, contributing to the “Insights on […]