Welcome to Fulton Lodge F & AM #248

Serving Free & Accepted Masons in and around Fulton County since 1854, our lodge is located in the heart of Delta, OH and part of the Fabulous 5th District. We meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm. Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely recognized fraternal organization in the world. Thirteen signers of the Constitution and fourteen presidents of the United States, including George Washington, were Freemasons. Today, there are more then 2 million Freemasons in North American alone, 75,000 of which are Ohio Freemasons.

Obituary for Glen Lee Tappan

Glen Lee Tappan, age 57, of Wauseon, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at the Lakes of Monclova in Maumee. Prior to his illness Glen had worked as a Registered Nurse and Supervisor at the Fulton County Health Center and as a Flight Nurse for Mercy Health Life Flight in Toledo for many years.

Glen was born in Wauseon, Ohio on January 28, 1963, the son of Roger and Nancy Lee (Crosby) Tappan. He enjoyed riding motorcycle and playing Guitar and Mandolin. He even crafted his own Mandolins. Glen was well known and loved by all local fire and rescue departments.

Surviving is his son, Justin Tappan of Swanton; daughter, Kristin Sheller of Wauseon; grandchildren, Lauren, Taylor, Morgan, and Makenzie Sheller; brother, Michael (Kathy) Tappan of Dayton; and sister, Barbara (Greg) Frankforther of Sylvania. He was preceded in death by both parents.

UPDATE 2021: A visitation for Glen will take place Friday, April 30, 2021 at the Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home from 4pm-8pm. A memorial service for Glen will take place Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 11 am at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Winameg Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.grisierfh.com. Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home in Wauseon has been entrusted with arrangements. 

https://www.grisierfh.com/obituary/GlenLee-Tappan

Fulton Lodge Listed In the National Register of Historic Places

For all of the brothers of our lodge not aware, several of our members have been working very diligently to get the Fulton 248 Lodge building on the National Register of Historic Places, something Fulton County only has a few of. Their efforts have come to fruition at the end of February when the word came down that we are now listed on the Registry by the National Park Services. This is a huge deal, and wouldn't have happened without the tireless efforts of one brother in particular (you know who you are). More will be coming out of this as we work to secure funding for a plaque and possibly have and event this year to dedicate it. Well done brothers of Fulton Lodge 248 Free & Accepted Masons!

This is an excerpt from the submitted registration:

The Fulton Lodge # 248 is a three story brick building constructed in 1894. The Lodge is located on the south side of Main Street at its intersection with Lincoln Street in the center of the village of Delta in Pike Township, Fulton County, Ohio. A rural county, Fulton County is west of Toledo, Ohio and its northern border is shared with Michigan.  The Fulton Lodge is the most prominent building in Delta. The building exhibits characteristics of the Italian Renaissance architectural style through the low pitched hipped roof, widely overhanging eves with decorative brackets, small upper story windows and prominent round arched doors and windows. The interior of the Masonic Lodge retains its physical characteristics of the multi-function Masonic Lodge: commercial space on the ground floor with the open dining area and kitchen on the second floor and the Masonic meeting area and associated spaces above on the third floor. The building retains historic integrity through exterior design elements, historic fenestration, and interior floor plan and with its original woodwork, floors, cabinetry and many original Masonic symbols such as the Alter, seating, light fixtures and punched tin ceiling. With the exception of the boarded third story windows, the building's exterior and interior have changed very little and still coveys its significance as a late nineteenth century multi-function Masonic Lodge.

Grand Lodge Edict 2021-3 suspends in person Masonic events through end of year

The Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons has instructed all subordinate lodges to conduct activities as though their county was under "purple" conditions as layed out by the State of Ohio. This means cancellation of in-person functions with the exception of funerals.  Please refer to Edict 2021-1 and 2021-3 for instructions on conducting virtual sessions and direct questions to out DDGMs and DA.

Fulton Lodge Recognized at 5th District Awards

Several of us had an opportunity to attend the Fifth Masonic District 2020 Awards ceremony on Saturday.  The purpose is to recognize the achievements of lodges and brothers in the district in the past Masonic year.  I wanted to stop and thank our lodge for some of the recognitions handed out.  Among these were:

  • Perfect Inspection Attendance: Rick McKibben and Bill Pacak
  • Best First Time Charge: John Seabolt
  • Bee Hive Award: Craig Szczublewski
  • George O. Braatz Award: Fulton Lodge 248

 

A word on the Braatz award: this is to recognize a lodge who had the most members present at their inspection.  We are certainly not the biggest lodge in the district in terms of membership, but I wanted to say thank you to all of you who came to our inspection, it has been quite a few years since our name has graced this plaque, and it is good to see us appear on the roll of lodges again.

The remaining awards going out to the district were well deserved:

  • Lewis Hackett Award - Dedicated to all 50 year traveling masons: Bryan Lodge
  • Best Attended Inspection: BryanLodge
  • Traveling Trophy: BryanLodge
  • Best Inspection: EdonLodge
  • Master of the Year: Josh Chapin (Edon)
  • Education Award: Doug Parker (Wauseon)
  • Hiram Abiff Award: Todd Evans (Wauseon)
  • Mason of the Year: Rick Snyder (Bryan)
  • Total Perfect Attendance: 22

DGM Rollout Program Cancelled

Brethren All,
To say that this has been a difficult year for all of us would be an understatement, especially your Grand Lodge Officers. Due to many event cancellations by many organizations and the mandates set by the Governor and the State of Ohio, I feel it would be in the best interest of Ohio Masonry to cancel my in-person Deputy Grand Master rollouts.
 
This is not a decision I take lightly and with the group size of many rollout meetings, we cannot meet the guidelines set by the state. We cannot as an organization afford the bad publicity if we were the possible cause of brethren getting sick, or God forbid a fatality. The rollout will be accomplished by other means.
 
As always, please stay tuned in Grand View, email and other platforms for the latest information. I hope by deed and action my plans as Grand Master, if so elected, will leave our institution a better organization for having served.
 
Respectfully,
Richard A. Dickerscheid
Deputy Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Ohio

Grand Lodge of Ohio Cancels all Masonic Activity through May 10, 2020

Brethren All

Effectively immediately, I declare all Lodge activities, including but not limited to Stated Meetings, Annual Inspections, Ceremonies, Grand Master Receptions, the Grand Masters Class event and Special Meetings of all Ohio Lodges holding allegiance under the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio to be CANCELLED through May 10, 2020. The following directives will support continued business during this period where meetings are restricted:

All usual and customary bills for utilities, taxes, and services acted upon by the Lodge can be approved with consent of the Worshipful Master, Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Secretary and Treasurer during this period. Phone or email are acceptable modes of communication and should be recorded by the Secretary.

No Lodge will be disciplined for not meeting the minimum required meetings according to our Code this Masonic year due to this national pandemic.

"Step Into The Light" Brethren. I suggest you use your time now to promote and care for each other. Call your Lodge brethren and widows to lend a hand. Even if we are not able to visit with each other, we can drop off any needed groceries or prescriptions where needed. The time is now more than ever to live our tenets of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.

This letter applies to all masonic lodges, their craft clubs, committees, Temple Companies, social events, and district associations. These guidelines and directives apply to all Ohio Masons including appendant Ohio Masonic orders.

We will continue to provide regular updates to these guidelines as changes develop. Meetings and events will be rescheduled at a future time.

Fraternally

Keith W. Newton

Jiggs Dinner & Masonic Movie Night!

As indicated in the Minutes, we are having our annual Jiggs Dinner on Tuesday, March 10.  Dinner will be 6:00pm, dress is casual. After dinner, we are going to screen a copy of TerraMasonic: Around the World in 80 Lodges.  I had a chance to see this documentary a few weeks ago and was very impressed. I acquired a copy and want to share it with you.  There are no Masonic secrets in this film, it is open to everyone, so I do hope you bring your spouse or significant other along.  It is also a great evening to bring an friends who you think might be interested in the craft. 

If you are planning to attend dinner, please RSVP to the our lodge secretary, Tim Churchill (tkchurchill@roadrunner.com) We really need to know how much food to prep.  If you are only coming up for the movie, please drop him a line anyway so we know where to best setup to view it.  As usual, plan on dinner to be around $10/person to cover costs.

You can see the trailer for the documentary here: http://terramasonica.com/

I hope you find it as exciting and intriguing as I did.

Fulton Lodge Inspects in MM

A heartfelt thank you to the brothers of Fulton 248. You all put so much effort into making this an amazing inspection night. We gave our very own brother a third degree I am sure he will remember for years to come. I will be traveling to Wauseon Friday night for their EA inspection, please join me if you can. We can sit back, relax, and let another lodge do the degree!

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