Grand Lodge musing and other notes to pass along

Greeting Brothers,
 
I had an opportunity to spend the past couple of days at the 209th Annual Communications of the Grand Lodge of F & AM of Ohio.  The years proceedings were held at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky.  I was joined on Friday by WB Bill Pacak for the election of Grand Line officers and voting on proposed legislation.
 
MWB Jess N. Raines gave a great presentation on the 2019 membership initiative called "This is Ohio Freemasonry".  I would encourage all brothers to visit the www.freemason.com website which was just rebranded this morning with messaging relevant to drawing in new membership, and is a great resource for anyone interested in joining the fraternity.
 
I have a copy of the Annual Address and Committee reports which I will bring along to the Lodge meeting on Tuesday, and will forward the URL for the PDF version when it is published.
 
Regarding Legislation:
2018-1 Changes to Election requirements for Honorary membership: Failed
2018-2 Changes to the use of alcohol in a lodge building: Passed
2018-3 Inclusion of Membership Committee description and purpose: Passed
2018-4 Renaming Committee for Fraternal Relations to Membership: Passed
2018-5 Moving endowments when lodges close or merge: Passed
2018-A Resolution regarding Goose & Gridiron Lodge 1717: Passed
 
Further reading can be found here: https://grandlodge2018.com/docs/Legislation.pdf


Elected Grand Line Officers:
Grand Master: Jess N. Raines
Deputy Grand Master: Keith W. Newton
Sr Grand Warden: Richard A. Dickerscheid
Jr Grand Warden: Timothy S. Wheeland
Secretary: C. Michael Watson
Treasurer: Steven E. Cokonougher
 
The experience of attending Grand Lodge Communications and being able to sit lodge with hundreds of other masons from around the state, and from other jurisdictions around the world, is something every brother should try to experience.  I have been fortunate enough to be able to attend the past four Communications and each one brings new experiences to take away.  Like other years in the past, I had opportunity not only to connect with brothers from our own district, but to meet and establish friendships with brothers who would have otherwise "remained at a perpetual distance".  
 


Grand Lodge Communications 2019 will be on the campus of Marietta College in Marietta, OH on October 18-19, 2019.

 

Masonic Funeral Services for WB Jerry Enyart

Brethren,

It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that Worshipful Brother Jerry Enyart has laid done the working tools of life and is now at the right hand of the Supreme Architect of the Universe. As most of you know, WB Enyart was a 50+ year Master Mason. His guidance in our Lodge has been influential in keeping our standards high when performing ritual work. He had been a great resource for all Masons. He lived his life by the teachings that he believed in. Please plan on attending the Masonic Services for this great man and great Mason. Service will be held at the Barnes Funeral Chapel, 5825 State Hwy 109 in Delta, OH, on Saturday September 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM.
 
Fraternally Yours,
John Seabolt
Worshipful Master Fulton Lodge 248

January Newsletter

January-February 2018
 
Dear Brethren,
 
A new year is about to begin, and with it will come a lot of excitement. We are sending this out early for a couple of reasons:
 
  1. Our regular January meeting has been moved to January 9 at 7 p.m.; we expect a MM exam;
  2. Dues are due December 31 to avoid suspension for non-payment.
 
Also, in February we have our regular meeting on the 6th (it will be pre-Inspection), with our annual Inspection on February 23 at 7 p.m. It will be in the EA degree, with refreshments to follow.   As you can see, things are heating up in a hurry and your participation is really needed and wanted. Hope to see you at Lodge soon.
 
Fraternally yours,
TMC
Tim M. Churchill, Secretary

Grand Lodge Communications 2017

Hello brothers,
 
I have returned home from two days at the 208th Annual Grand Lodge Communications at the Dayton Masonic Center.  We had a great time during the proceedings and I really enjoyed touring this incredible building.  If you have not had the opportunity to see the Masonic Center, you can get a glimpse of it online and a brief history here: http://daytonmasonicfoundation.org/
 
Proposed legislation was minimal this year, with only three items up for consideration.  The first being 2017-1, asking to reinstate the phrasing in Section 11.05 which was a previous ban on all gambling, raffles, etc,.   This was overwhelming voted down. Proposed legislation  2017-A, asking to make changes the wording for Honorary and Plural Memberships in Sec 29.03 and 29.04 was held over until 2018 after a vote was cast to remove the request for immediate consideration.  Proposed legislation 2017-B, changing chapter 34.02 on the use of alcohol in the building, was held over until 2018 as the request for immediate consideration encountered 25 "no" votes.   I will bring a copy of the published proceedings to Lodge during our November meeting if anyone cares to review the committee reports.  I expect that the Grand Lodge of Ohio will make them available online as well.
 
Your new Grand Lodge Officers for 2018 are:
 
Eric R. Schau / Grand Master
Jess N. Raines / Deputy Grand Master
Keith W. Newton / Senior Grand Warden
Richard A. Dickerscheid / Junior Grand Warden
Steven E. Cokonougher / Grand Treasurer
C. Michael Watson / Grand Secretary
Robert D. Stands / Grand Chaplain
Timothy S. Wheeland / Grand Orator
Steven M. Grindle / Grand Marshal
Paul A. Weglage / Senior Grand Deacon
William M. (Bill) Carter III / Junior Grand Deacon
Ronald L. Runion / Grand Tyler
 
Closer to home, your Grand Lodge appointed district officers for 2018 are:
 
Paul Kelly (Bryan) / D.D.G.M.
Robert "Joe" Stotler, Jr (Hicksville) / D.D.G.M.
 
Dan Hall (Omega) / D.E.O.
Marty Lawrence (Sycamore) / D.E.O.
 
Matt Gloor (Liberty Center) / District Adviser
 
The next Grand Lodge Communications date is set for October 12-13, 2018, at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky.
 
On a fun note, there was an art exhibit that just opened at the Dayton Art Institute, which is located right next to the Masonic Center.  It features the works of Alphonse Mucha, a popular name in Art Nouveau in the early 1900's.  He was also the Grand Master of Freemasons in Czechoslovakia and had Masonic influences in some of his work. The irony is that everyone I talked to at Grand Lodge seemed to have no knowledge it was going on right next door.  My wife and I really enjoyed the exhibit though.  More information on the artist can be found here:
 
 
Best Regards, and I hope to see you at our November stated meeting for Officer elections.
 

Lodge Outing: University of Toledo Homecoming Football

Brother McKibben is organizing a group outing to the University of Toledo Homecoming game against Eastern Michigan at the Glass Bowl.  The date is October 7, game time TBD.  We would like to get a group of 15 or more of us to come out to the game.  If you are interested RSVP by July 15 by contacting Rick via email at rahfmckibben@windstream.net

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