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.
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.


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 ( 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:

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!

Movie Night at the Lodge Returns

We are getting back to it! With as busy as January is for the lodge, I wanted to hold off movie night until February 1, which actually turns out to be a happy serendipity.  You see, February 2 is Groundhog Day, so what better film for movie night than the 1993 Bill Murray  classic "Groundhog Day", followed by a double feature of the 2014 SciFi movie "Edge of Tomorrow".  Seriously, this movie is Groundhog Day, but with Aliens and explosions...kind of like if Michael Bay decided to direct it instead of Harold Ramis.  Anyhow, we get started at 6pm, bring your favorite snacks!

Have you traveled as a Master Mason?

Call it an obsession, but part of my vacation planning usually includes research into Freemasonry where I will be visiting.  I won't bore you with details of my process of traveling and visiting other grand lodge jurisdictions, I have an educational talk complete with PowerPoints that I can put you to sleep with. My latest vacation to Edinburgh, arguably the cradle of Freemasonry, was no exception to this planning. 

Having bribed my wife into letting me sit with several Lodges while we were there, I turned my attention to finding historic Masonic sites I could include her in. Looking for Masonic history in Edinburgh is far easier than most places.  There are many museums and monuments, such as the Scott Monument (known as the gothic rocket by locals) which were designed and constructed by Masons.  Walter Scott himself was a brother of this degree, as was the architect and the Lord Provost who laid the corner stone (you can still find the masonic trowel at the monument). 

With such an active Masonic community, finding gems like Victoria Regalia, a Masonic store proudly displaying the square and compasses, was also an unexpected treat (much masonic merchandise was acquired). We also took time to tour the Grand Lodge of Scotland’s museum and library at Freemasons Hall in New Town where we were hosted by the deputy Provincial Grand Master of the Edinburgh. Of course a visit is not complete without a stop at their gift shop for a bottle of Grand Master Mason's Reserve 10 year Scotch.

I had the pleasure of sitting lodge with two of the oldest lodges in Scotland, Edinburgh Lodge No 1 and Canongate Kilwinning Lodge No 2.  Both Lodges were conferring Mark Master degrees, something that can routinely happen in their “Blue Lodge”, so always best to check ahead of time!  Both lodges have a rich history, with Edinburgh Lodge laying claim to the oldest Masonic lodge in the world (official records going back to 1598). Canongate Lodge has been meeting in the same location since 1735, which is the oldest purpose built lodge room in the world and has changed very little since then. Do not worry that the due guard and signs might not always be what you expect, or that the opening and closings of degrees might be different from your home lodge, it’s all part of the fun of traveling and meeting new brothers.  Do also make plans to stay for the Harmony after lodge, it’s a fraternal bonding experience you should not miss.

With a full schedule the week we were there, I barely scratched the surface on the fraternities’ origins in Scotland.  There remains a number of places I want to go back and visit, and more bothers I would like to make the acquaintance of.