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BEACON July/August 2009



Record Contribution To Special Olympics Once again, there was electricity in the

air as the hundreds of Ohio Freemasons streamed onto the track at the Jesse Owens Stadium on The Ohio State University Campus, to launch the opening ceremonies of the Ohio Special Olympics Summer Games. While the standing ovation from the audience as the Masons entered was inspiring, it was not as rewarding as the applause a few minutes later that greeted Grand Master Charles R. Murphy, when he announced a record contribution to Special Olympics of $205,000. This marks the third consecutive year that the Grand Lodge has given at least $200,000 to the Summer Games, and over the years, Ohio Masons have exceeded $2.8 million in donations to this effort.

Grand Master Charles R. Murphy, left, leads parade of Ohio Freemasons in front of grandstands to open Special Olympics ceremony.

Grand Master’s Class Rated as ‘Another Astounding Success’ With approximately 2,340 new Master Masons in one day in Ohio, the Grand Master’s One-Day Class on June 13 proved to be another great success story. All three degrees in Symbolic Masonry were conferred in each of the 25 Masonic Districts in Ohio, as the Grand Lodge conducted the fifth Grand Master’s Class in its history. Previous one-day classes were held in 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2007. Continued on page 8

Jim “Spudd” Sasak, an ambassador for Freemasonry and member of Lake Shore Lodge #307 – to promote the Ohio Special Olympics and Freemasonry’s support – completed a 26-day, 37-county bicycle ride around the perimeter of Ohio. During his journey, he was met and hosted by Freemasons and local Special Olympics supporters in many towns and cities. He arrived at the Opening Ceremonies and helped lead the Grand Lodge proceeding into the stadium. This picture was taken during a stop in Belmont County.

In This Issue: We Can Make it Affordable to Care ..Page 3 Scholarships Awarded .......................Page 5 Magic Show to Support Charity .........Page 7 Masonic Senior Services: A Guide ...Page 10 Jack Allen’s 50-Year Award ............Page 12

Time to Reflect, Prepare for 200th Annual Communication By Charles R. Murphy, Grand Master

With the Summer months upon

us, we have the opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the first half of the year as we prepare for the second. By all accounts this has been a very successful year so far, as it has continued to build enthusiasm among the Brethren and generate excitement about Freemasonry. The billboard program and college campus clubs have been well received, and helped to show many non-Masons that we still are a vital and vibrant fraternity. Furthermore, the Open Houses in March gave us great press throughout the State, and confirmed to many that we are an integral part of our respective communities. Finally the success of the Grand Master’s Class, the pocket watch program benefiting the MMSAP, and the Special Olympics demonstrate that we continue to find ways to succeed in our endeavors every single year. The economy has presented challenges

The Beacon is published bi-monthly Please report all changes of address to your lodge secretary, who, in turn, will notify the Grand Secretary, who maintains the database that produces The BEACON mailing labels. Brett Turner, Manager of Marketing and Communications The Ohio Masonic Home 2655 W. National Road Springfield, OH 45504-3698 937/525-3025 bturner@ohiomasonichome.org George Braatz, P.G.M., Grand Secretary at The Grand Lodge F.&A.M. of Ohio P.O. Box 629 Worthington, OH 43085-0629 614/885-5318 gbraatz@freemason.com


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for many of our members, yet you all continue to come through in true Masonic fashion to help others. I am so very proud to be counted among you – Brethren who exhibit the true tenets of Freemasonry: Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth in everything you do. So with that having been said, where do we go from here? The Summer and Fall months are full of family events like picnics and parades, and additional events for the Brethren like outdoor raisings and charity fundraisers. Continue to reach for success in all these endeavors, and I assure you that the success will continue to come your way. October promises to be a big month, as it will be the occasion of the 200th Session of the Grand Lodge in Ohio. This bicentennial communication will be held in Toledo on October 16 and 17, and the committee is working diligently to ensure that this historic event will be one to remember. There will be commemorative items for those who attend, as well as a fireworks display over the river on Friday evening. The ladies will have their own special experience as well, with a program at the renowned Glass Pavilion, and free reign of the

famed Toledo Art Museum. It will be an event they will never forget. Culminating with the 200th Installation of Officers on Saturday, this weekend will be one you won’t want to miss. Whatever your plans for the upcoming months, my Brethren, be certain to make the most of them. Enjoy your fraternal bonds, take time to experience the Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth only Freemasonry can offer, and be thankful to God for giving you the opportunity to live in the greatest country on Earth, one that allows you the freedom to improve yourself with Masonry. May the Supreme Architect of the Universe bless you and your families throughout the remainder of 2009, and continue to guide, counsel and provide for each and every one of you for many years to come.

New Liberty Masonic Complex Dedicated Grand Master Charles R. Murphy, with Thomas A. Redmond, Sr., (left) Worshipful Master of Niles McKinley Lodge #794, and Carl A. Crites (right) Worshipful Master of William Farr Lodge #672 are pictured at the dedication ceremony for the new Liberty Masonic Complex in Girard, Ohio, where both Lodges now meet.


We Can Make it Affordable to Care By Dr. William L. Minnix, Jr., President and CEO, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging These are extraordinary times. Health care is being debated and discussed in Congress and board rooms and living rooms across the country. The decisions being made will affect The Ohio Masonic Home and its future. I have asked Dr. William L. (Larry) Minnix, Jr. to discuss the national issues of aging and national health plans. Larry is the President and CEO of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) our national trade association. He has testified before Congress on these issues that are so important to us. — Worshipful Brother Wm. David Bannerman

There are about 38 million

Americans over 65. By 2029, thanks to the rapidly aging baby boomer generation, that number will double. That’s why long-term services and supports must be part of health reform. Our current system makes caring for seniors and disabled adults fragmented, difficult and expensive. It affects not only individuals and their families, but government programs, the medical profession, and the economy as a whole. Picture an older brother from your lodge – let’s call him James – who breaks his hip. He receives a hip replacement in a hospital, recovers in a nursing home, gets therapy at home and hires an aide to drive him to the grocery store, help him get dressed and eventually recover.

James would see this scenario as one event, not several. But our health care payment system doesn’t see it that way. Health insurance would cover James’ hospital stay and rehabilitation, but not the help he needs at home. For that, he would have to drain his savings and ask his children to help before public assistance would step in. Many of us assume that Medicare pays for all the help James would need. It doesn’t. Long-term services and supports are covered by Medicaid, and only for those who’ve exhausted all other resources. Medicaid is skewed toward institutional care, but wouldn’t most people want to receive help at home? What we need, in my opinion, is a national insurance trust whose premiums provide cash benefits to

Dr. William L. Minnix, Jr.

pay for these expenses. When we are well, we would pay premiums as we do for car or health insurance. When people need help, they could use the benefit to hire an aide, pay a family member to help them or order groceries to be delivered. This approach would provide more choice and control. Working together, we can make it affordable to care.

Deputy Grand Master of Israel Visits Ohio Ohio had a visit from a distinguished Brother from the Grand Lodge of Israel on June 20. Right Worshipful Brother Nadim Mansour (second from left), Deputy Grand Master, attended an outdoor Master Mason Degree at William McKinley Lodge #431. Also pictured, from left, are Right Worshipful David W. McClenahan, Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of Israel near the Grand Lodge of Ohio; Grand Master Charles R. Murphy, and Worshipful Brother Souheil Mansour, Past Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Israel.

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All Aboard For Fun at Browning Station Browning Masonic Community

residents have added even more fun to the Waterville community with the addition of Browning Station. A resident-led committee developed an idea to take a converted storage space and create a recreation center. Browning Station will feature a big screen television, video tapes and DVDs, Wii video games, puzzles, comfortable chairs and more. That’s just the beginning. Browning Masonic Community independent living residents Chuck Lucas and Ginnie Whitten compare how pictures would look on the walls of Browning Station, a new recreation center the residents created on the campus.

Independent living residents Chuck Lucas and Ginnie Whitten were the project leaders. The process took about a month to complete. “This was a very resident driven project,” said Dave Subleski, president of Browning Masonic Community. “We like that our residents take an interest in their home and are motivated to make it better in all ways.” They saw an opportunity in a dusty storage area. Things were moved and cleaned and the residents got to work painting and putting in new carpet. The big screen television was brought down

Browning Station is a nice complement to the nearby train room, which has railroad and trainrelated memorabilia. The new area is another outlet on the campus for residents to use to get away from their villa homes and apartments, to spend time with fellow residents or whatever helps them relax. “That’s what I love about this place, you feel free,” said Ginnie. Chuck said Browning Station is a work in progress. He hopes to also add additional games such as ski ball, a pinball machine or whatever else can be donated or purchased at a reasonable price. Fundraisers help raise money to purchase goods for the room. Chuck added that lodges are invited to use the space to host meetings or to congregate after lodge and enjoy socializing together. For information on Browning Masonic Community, call 866/878-4055; or go to www.ohiomasonichome.org.

from the main lounge area along with games and other items in storage or in other rooms. The newly acquired Wii video game system, provided through last year’s Lady Linda’s List fundraiser, is in the room along with a new foosball table. Wii bowling is one of the favorite activities at Browning, and a league is being formed. Other plans call for decorating with pennants from area high schools as well as college teams such as Ohio State and Michigan.


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Ohio Masonic Home Scholarships Awarded To Twenty Students A record number of students

received scholarships from The Ohio Masonic Home Scholarship Fund for the 2009-2010 school year. The program awarded $33,000 among 20 students, representing all regions of Ohio. “We were excited to receive almost 60 applications this year and the committee had to narrow that down to 20, which is more than we’ve ever awarded before,” said John White, Ohio Masonic Home Director of Financial Assistance. “It’s always rewarding for us to be able to give back.” The scholarship program was created in 2002, and has awarded more than $100,000 total to more than 40 students in that time. Four students have received the award multiple times. Elizabeth Freshley of Lancaster received

the award for the third consecutive year. Elizabeth is the daughter of Jim Freshley, Ralph R. Rickly #670. Second-time awardees included Annaliese Butterbaugh of Wooster, granddaughter of Charles Butterbaugh, Ebenezer #33; Ryan Morris of Cincinnati, son of Eric Morris, McMakin #120; and Kristin Ford of St. Clairsville, stepdaughter of John Cramer, Weyer #541.

Gwendolyn Ohlemacher, Canton,

granddaughter of Ronald Suciu, William McKinley #431. Caitlin Patrick, Cincinnati,

granddaughter of Gerald Picklesimer, Oakley #668. Barbara Hubler, Dublin, granddaughter

of Lloyd Hubler Jr., Mystic #405. Brynn Hamann, Hilliard, daughter of

Duane Hamann, Community #684. Kaylin Hunsaker, Springboro, daughter

of Timothy Hunsaker, Eastern Star #55. Christopher Davis, Beavercreek, son of

Richard Davis, Millennium #779. Racquell Harrah, Strongsville, daughter

of Glenn Harrah, Ashlar #639. Kayla Harrah, Strongsville, daughter

of Glenn Harrah, Ashlar #639. Shelby Kretz, Toledo, granddaughter

of Richard O’Donnell, Toledo-Fort Industry #639. Paige McElroy, Rogers, daughter of

Terry McElroy, East Palestine #417.

For more information on the Ohio Masonic Home Scholarship Program and who is eligible, see the sidebar.

To be eligible for consideration for The Ohio Masonic Home Scholarship an applicant must meet the following criteria: • Have graduated from a high school or passed the GED. • Have made satisfactory academic progress in the preceding academic year (if applicable) as indicated by completion of required credit hours and a grade point average or at least 2.3 on a 4.0 scale. • Be at least 16 but not more than 25 years of age at the time of application. • Have a Masonic affiliation, by establishing that the applicant, the applicant’s father, grandfather or step-grandfather is or was a Mason in good standing at the time of death, of a body recognized by the Grand Lodge of F.&A.M. of Ohio including, but not limited to, Blue Lodges and Prince Hall Lodges of Ohio. • Must be accepted or enrolled as a full-time student. Preference will be given to applicants with financial need due to a father’s or step-father’s death or disability. For a copy of the scholarship form, go to www.ohiomasonichome.org, click on the Ohio Masonic Home dropdown tab and select scholarship form. For more information, call 800-564-9016 or go to FAP@ohiomasonichome.org.

25 Grand Lodge Scholarships Awarded

First-time award recipients included: Anthony King, North Olmstead, stepson

of Thomas Green, Ashlar #639. Sara Woodrum, Marion, granddaughter

of Robert Ferguson, Madison #70. Samantha Searls, Findlay,

granddaughter of Howard Wymar, North Baltimore #561. Cody Pierce, Dublin, granddaughter of

James Cecil, Delta #207. Justin Robb, Dover, grandson of Ken

Robb, Caldwell #330. Richard Godby, Goshen, grandson of

Robert Blankenship, Gerard #228.

This year, the Grand Lodge Scholarship Foundation approved 25 scholarships of $2,000 each, one being distributed in each of the 25 Masonic Districts in Ohio. Contributions to the Grand Lodge Scholarship Foundation by individuals and Lodges help to make this program possible. In the 17th District, the presentation proved to be a family affair. From left, are Worshipful Brother Wayne Sharpe, Senior Warden of Constitution Lodge #426 and father of recipient; Corey J. C. Sharpe, the awardee; Chris Sharpe, Junior Warden of the Lodge and brother of the recipient, and Nina Sharpe, mother. July/August 2009


The Whole Clan Participated Eli Osborn, seated center, received his Master Mason Degree at an outdoor raising by Lynchburg Lodge #178. His deceased grandfather, Wayne Osborn, several years ago put aside funds for Eli’s initiation and the purchase of a Masonic ring. Eli’s father, John Osborn, is seated, left, and his brother, Zachery, is seated right. Standing are uncles and cousins, who all participated in some way in the degree work. The outdoor degree took place at Uncle Ralph Osborn’s farm.

Show Your Masonic Pride With Plumb Line Wearables

The Grand Lodge’s line of wearables and accessories, the Plumb Line, is featuring items to help you enjoy the summer. Summer Plumb Line items include polo shirts, T-shirts, shorts, caps, and golf towels. All items are available with either the Plumb Line logo or the Grand Lodge Bicentennial logo. Profits from all items go to the Grand Lodge Charitable Foundation. To order any of the Plumb Line items, go to www.freemason.com and click on Marketplace.

Worthington Mason Hits Century Mark In Age, 65-Year Level in Membership William Robert Oden, (second from left) at age 100, was presented his 65-year membership pin and certificate in Capital City Lodge #656. Harold Howison received his 60-year awards at the same time. Gary L. Fortner, District Deputy Grand Master, left, and Worshipful Master William K. Daniels, right, assisted in the presentations.

Past First Ladies Group Organized in Ohio The Past First Ladies Group had its first reunion in early May at the Buxton Inn in Granville, Ohio. The 15 ladies present – wives and widows of Past Grand Masters – enjoyed dinner and sharing stories. Attendees included, from left, seated, Joy Lattanner, Jeannette Musser, Wilmer Gerber and Thelma Miller; and those standing, Brenda Watson, Marilyn Braatz, Marge Reynolds, Evelyn Gorrell, Brenda Himes, Shirley Olmstead, June Galyen, Eleanor Wilson, Yvonne Allen, Patsy Brenneman, and Zoellen Murphy.


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Charity Magic Show to Benefit Masonic Model Program The Grand Lodge announces

a night of magic and comedy with world-famous magician Angela Funovits. The event will be held at the Makoy Center in Hilliard, OH, on September 27, 2009. Angela, a resident of Avon Lake, OH, has engaged the mind, captivated the heart, and inspired the spirit of millions of faithful fans with her unique brand of esoteric thought reading and theatrical illusion. Launched into the international spotlight by her starring role on NBC’s primetime series Phenomenon as well as TV specials in France, Germany, and Japan, Angela’s astonishing

demonstrations are reaching out to more people today than ever before. Ranked among the “Best of 2009” by Corporate Entertainer Magazine, Angela is a professional, dependable performer who delivers a gripping and unforgettable experience. “Mentalism is about the infinite possibilities that I aim to create in the mind of my audience. It’s not about ego, and it’s not about trickery… it’s about creating a memorable experience that elevates and inspires every person in the room. That’s the power that we have in this rare art form, and it’s my responsibility to share that feeling of bliss and empowerment with the world.”

Clinton County Lodges Provide Added Special Olympics Support In 2009, for the third consecutive

A motorcycle fun ride is held annually as a joint event among the five county Lodges, Wilmington #52, Blanchester #191, Clarksville #323, Sabina #324, and Dalton #578. On May 16, Dalton Lodge held its third annual 5K/1 Mile walk, prior to the annual Clinton County Track and Field Event. Checks presented this year totaled $31,000, bringing the amount to $6,900 given since the program began. The funds help in Clinton County for Special Clinton County Masons present Special Olympics check. From left are Jenny Adkins, for Clinton County Olympics bowling, Special Olympics, receiving check from Masons Mike winter basketball, Hibbs, Doug Cooper, Gary Cooper, Bob Erwin, Keith track and field, and Newton, Mike Roever, and Jack Walker. other activities.

year, Clinton County Lodges have supported the Clinton County Special Olympics program – in addition to their support of the annual summer Special Olympics games, supported by Grand Lodge of Ohio.

Angela’s unique skill set and unwavering devotion to the lives she touches have earned her great respect among many notable individuals, including famed paranormalist Uri Gellar and illusionist Criss Angel. Magic Magazine, the leading industry periodical, writes that Angela is “an original mind-bending mentalist… a performer on the mentalist scene whose meteoric rise to prominence has been nothing short of phenomenal.” Gellar called her “the first female mystifier to conquer the world.” Tickets are $25, and seats are limited. All proceeds will go to benefit the Royal C. Scofield Foundation for the Masonic Model SAP. For more information about the show, or to order tickets, visit www.freemason.com.

Friendship and Steaks – a Good Combination Twenty-one-ounce ribeye steaks were the feature of the Third Annual Friendship Night Steak Fry of Frazeysburg Lodge #490. A total of 91 Masons were present, representing 17 different Lodges in 6 different Masonic districts. After dinner, the Lodge conferred two Entered Apprentice Degrees. July/August 2009


Numerous Views from Grand Master’s Classes around the State continued from page 1

Grand Master Murphy signs Bibles for candidates.

“I am absolutely humbled by the experience we shared,” John M. Laux, District Deputy Grand Master in the 11th Masonic District said. “The spirit of cooperation was amazing and, once more, made me proud to be a Mason.” Right Worshipful and Dr. Laux is an associate professor at the University of Toledo. The one-day class format allows candidates to receive all three degrees in Freemasonry, without the necessity of examinations between the degrees. The ability to become a Master Mason in one day appeals to the fast-paced time schedules in the 21st Century and has become a popular option. A variety of interesting highlights and special situations were reported across the state, including: • In the 7th Masonic District, Gregory M. Grant, Senior Warden of Highland Lodge #38, assumed the Worshipful Master’s station in the Entered Apprentice Degree and obligated his brother, Richard, who was the working candidate.

A new Master Mason in Hicksville Lodge #478, Craig A. Andrews, left, is greeted by Hicksville Lodge Secretary William L. Metz, who is also a District Deputy Grand Master in the 5th District.


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• Worshipful Brother Robert E. Ellis, of Shelby Lodge #350, gave the Master Mason lecture in the 20th District, on a day which was

also his 80th birthday. He did not need to be prompted. The officers in the Master Mason degree were all Past District Deputy Grand Masters from the 20th District. • In the 21st District, one Brother flew in from California to be the mentor for his son-in-law. Also, a 95-year-old Brother mentored his nephew. • The Fellowcraft Degree was conferred in the 13th District by a team composed mostly of previous one-day class members. • In the 11th Masonic District, Worshipful Brother Patrick Jordan returned from an overseas work assignment to Washington, DC, and flew into Toledo in time to raise his father as a Master Mason. Brother Jordan is a Past Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council, R&SM, of Kentucky. • Four U.S. Army Recruiters from Delaware, Ohio, were candidates in the class in the 15th District. One of them, Staff Sergeant Justin Belt, was the working candidate in the Master Mason Degree, and his father, Past District Deputy Grand Master Jerry Belt, raised him.

With dignitaries posed in the center, the more than 200 candidates in the one-day class in the 2nd Masonic District are pictured in the Dayton Masonic Center.

Nearly 150 strong, the members of the Grand Master’s Class in the 1st Masonic District are photographed in the Cincinnati Masonic Center.

Matthew D. Kern, center, became a fifth generation Mason on both sides of his family during the one-day class in the 14th Masonic District. He was raised by his father, David J. Kern, left, a Past Master of Capital City Lodge #656, and assisted by his grandfather, Past Grand Master Steven J. Krekus, right. Grand Master Charles R. Murphy, together with Past Grand Masters Richard M. Wilson and Jack L. Allen and three District Deputy Grand Masters, are pictured with the 62 members of the 18th District one-day class in Lafayette Lodge #79.

A portion of the candidates in the Performing Arts Center of the University of Rio Grande listen attentively to degrees in the 12th Masonic District.

Paul Quinn (second from left) helped bring in and welcome four young men to Masonic membership in New England Lodge #4 at the one-day class. Others, from left are Anthony “Eli” Pierce, Brother Quinn’s sons, Joey and Andy, and Donnie Garrett. July/August 2009


Masonic Senior Services: A Guide One of the visions of The Ohio Masonic Home is serving people where they want to be. The Masonic Senior Services Corporation of Ohio is the parent corporation to several programs designed to meet the needs of those who want to remain independent in their homes by offering a variety of options. The following is a guide to recognizing the various programs available, who is eligible, fees if any and what these what these programs offer. For further questions, please refer to the contact information at the end of each entry.

I-CARE stands for Independence Coordination Assistance Referral and Education. The program has nothing to do with optometry or actual eye care. The program utilizes Licensed Social Workers, known as service coordinators, who can act as a link in helping obtain services to maintain a self reliant lifestyle. This program does not supply actual services. Who is eligible? Senior Masons,

their wives and widows and Eastern Star members or members of any appendant body.

Cornerstone offers home health and hospice right in your home. Health services include skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, home health aide. Who is eligible? Open to the general

public. Qualifications for home health include a skilled nursing need; homebound status; physician orders. Qualifications for hospice service include a terminal illness or prognosis of less than six months as determined by a physician.

Is there a fee for using this service?

Medicare and Medicaid cover both Home Care and Hospice services 100 percent, no deductible or copays. Most insurance companies cover these services 100 percent, but in rare incidents a co-pay may apply, if a patient lives outside of an insurance company’s contracted area. Where currently available?

Cornerstone is currently based in Urbana and serves Clark, Champaign and Logan Counties. What is available through Conerstone? Skilled nursing, physical

therapy, occupational therapy, wound care, injections, catheter insertion, post-surgery follow-up and more. Contact Information:

Call 877/684-5710 for general information.


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Is there a fee for using this service? No. Where currently available?

Throughout Ohio. The state is divided into seven regions, each with its own individual service coordinator. In addition, some lodges have volunteer committees which may be able to offer some assistance. Note this is only where available and on a discretionary basis. What can I-CARE help with?

Coordinators can help as a link with community services, obtain home-delivered meals, transportation and health care, medical transportation or medical equipment, as determined by client eligibility. Coordinators may also assist with completing applications and answer questions about Medicare and Medicaid. What is not available? I-CARE coordinators do not schedule client activities or offer direct assistance. They are a reference point. This is also not a financial assistance program. Contact Information:

Call 866/286-0010 for more information or go to www.ohiomasonichome.org and look for the Masonic Senior Services/I-CARE subsection.

Masonic Helping Hands offers non-medical in-home care. A prospective client contacts the local office with an identified need and an LPN meets them to perform a free initial evaluation. Each client is matched with a caregiver based on a client’s specific needs. Staff members are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Who is eligible? Seniors and adults

with disabilities who may need assistance. Open to the general public.

Is there a fee for using this service? Yes. Fees are based on

hourly rates. Certain discounts apply based on the number of hours required. Financial assistance is available for those who quality.

Where currently available?

Masonic Helping Hands currently serves three areas – Dayton-Springfield (serving Clark, Greene, Montgomery and southern Miami Counties); Cincinnati (serving Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Clermont Counties); and Toledo (serving the greater Toledo area). What Helping Hands can help with? Cooking and meal

preparation; light housekeeping; laundry; companionship; transportation; bathing, dressing and grooming assistance; pet care; and much more.

What is not available? Medical

assistance or hospice care.

Contact Information:

Dayton-Springfield area office 877/564-0210; Cincinnati area office 877/401-8653; Toledo office 866/229-0907. Or go to www.masonichelpinghands.org.

Grand Treasurer, Grand Secretary Plan Retirement Thomas H. Galyen, Grand

Treasurer, and George O. Braatz, Grand Secretary, both Past Grand Masters, have announced their retirements from those positions, effective at the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge in October. Most Worshipful Brother Galyen, of Olmsted Falls, Ohio, who served as Grand Master in 1997, has been Grand Treasurer for 12 years, and is completing 20 consecutive years as a Grand Lodge Officer. Most Worshipful Brother Braatz, of Westerville, who was Grand Master in 1988, has been Grand Secretary for 9 years, and has been employed by the Grand Lodge, first as Director of Program Development, for nearly 10 years. He has been a Grand Lodge Officer for 16 years.

George O. Braatz, Grand Secretary and Thomas H. Galyen, Grand Treasurer

Assistant Grand Treasurer and Secretary Named In an effort to bring about an orderly transition in both positions, Grand Master Charles R. Murphy has appointed Ronald L. Connelly, of Centerville, as Assistant Grand Treasurer, and C. Michael Watson as Assistant Grand Secretary.

Right Worshipful Brother Connelly is a Past District Deputy Grand Master of the Second Masonic District, and currently serves as Treasurer for the Valley of Dayton, Scottish Rite, and the Ohio Council of Deliberation. He is the General Manager/Chief Financial Officer of Dayton Manufacturing. Most Worshipful Brother Watson, who served as Grand Master of Ohio Masons in 1998, is currently Fraternal Correspondent for the Grand Lodge of Ohio. He is employed Ronald L. Connelly, newly appointed by Hewlett Assistant Grand Packard. Treasurer

DeMolay Leadership at National Meeting C. Michael Watson, center, completed his term as Grand Master of DeMolay International at the organization’s Supreme Council session in Kansas City in June. Pictured with him are Brian Hare, of Lakewood County, Ohio’s DeMolay State Master Councilor (right), and Sean Carr, of Butler County, State Senior Councilor. Brother Carr impressed the international audience by presenting in an excellent manner Ohio’s Tribute to Motherhood at the concluding Hall of Fame Induction Dinner. Most Worshipful Brother Watson recently was appointed Assistant Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Ohio.

20th District Golfer Tee Off A multitude of golfers participated in the Annual 20th Masonic District Golf Outing and are pictured on the Deer Pass Golf Course, with the Grand Lodge billboard in the background. The bill board could be seen by vehicles passing on either Interstate 71 or 76. July/August 2009


Family Fun the Focus at Fourth Renaissance Faire Experience the excitement when

you combine the 16th Century with the 21st Century as Western Reserve Masonic Community in Medina presents its fourth annual Renaissance Family Faire on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday October 11. See 16th century spectacles such as jousting knights on horseback, a firebreather, royalty and more. Eat and be merry in the “Old Worlde Café.” There’s even more to add to the family fun atmosphere this year. You’ll find a new area just for the kids to explore and find several activities. There will be many more shopping choices in the market area. You’ll also find three stages of entertainment each day. And don’t forget to take a tour of the campus to see the finest in independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care options. Hours both days will be noon to 6 p.m. Sunday Brunches are every

five weeks at 12:30 p.m. There is no cost to come to the Renaissance Family Faire and parking is free. Western Reserve is located at 4931 Nettleton Road, easily accessible at Interstate 71 and Route 18. For more information, call 330/721-3000 or 866/433-1514.

Sunday Brunch Program Continues Learn about Western Reserve Masonic Community and enjoy camaraderie and good food as Western Reserve Masonic Community presents its Sunday Brunch program. The program begins with a tasty brunch with staff and residents. Then tour the campus to discover the many living options, from garden villa homes and variety of apartments, to assisted living and health care. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required. To make a reservation or for more information on dates, call 330/721-3000 or 866/433-1514.

70-Year Member Honored in Orrville C.T. “Tom” Woodruff, center, received his 70-year pin and certificate from Cedar Lodge #430, in a presentation at the Dalton United Methodist Church on May 5. Assisting in the presentation, from left, were James F. Easterling, Jr., Grand Orator of the Grand Lodge; David Snyder, District Deputy Grand Master; Michael Woodward, Past Master and Richard Smith, Senior Warden.

Jack Allen Receives 50-Year Award Past Grand Master Jack L. Allen, left, was presented his 50-year member award by Grand Master Charles R. Murphy at a meeting of Sunrise Lodge #783 in Westerville. Most Worshipful Brother Allen presided as Grand Master of Ohio in 2001 and he continues to serve as Secretary of Sunrise Lodge. His family and many distinguished visitors attended the award ceremony.


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Worth The Wait Becoming a Mason has been in the

back of Clifford “Kip” McKinney’s heart and mind for years. He fulfilled the goal June 13 during the Grand Master’s One-Day Class, becoming one of the oldest new Master Masons in the state at age 81. It was even more meaningful for Kip, an independent living resident at Springfield Masonic Community, as his son Terry and grandson Chris also joined. The trio petitioned St. Andrews Lodge #619 in Springfield. Kip said he always felt destined to become a Mason, admiring his mom’s five brothers who were all in the fraternity. Kip’s first priority was to his family, limiting the time he wanted to spend outside of it and work, but the signs of Masonry still got his attention. “I used to work with men who were Masons and I never heard them say bad things about anybody,” said Kip. Kip worked as an electrician and, ironically, his work took him to Springfield Masonic Community, years before he became a resident. Moving there renewed his interest in becoming a Mason.

From left, grandson Chris McKinney and son Terry McKinney along with grandfather and father Clifford “Kip” McKinney all joined St. Andrew’s Lodge in Springfield during the Grand Master’s one-day class. Kip and Terry’s mentor was Chris Ziegler, who works at Springfield Masonic Community.

He couldn’t have come to a better place for it and at the right time. Kip learned of the upcoming one-day class from Chris Ziegler, who works in housekeeping. Kip got more encouragement from Carol Tanner, a fellow resident, and he was convinced. Kip also interested his son and grandson in petitioning. Chris Ziegler agreed to be Kip and Terry’s mentor for the class, which added confidence in the decision. “Chris has been a lot of help,” said Kip. Chris replied that he was honored to be a mentor for both.

The McKenzies found the oneday class to be a lot at one time. But the end result, earning the title of Master Mason, made it worthwhile. That combined with a new home at Springfield Masonic Community has enlivened Kip. “I didn’t want to mow grass or shovel snow and didn’t want to stay where I was. Here at Springfield Masonic Community, I get good food and have new friends I eat together with, and I can come and go as I please.” For more information on Springfield Masonic Community, call 888/290-2664.

1st District Donates to Shrine Transportation Fund In lieu of gifts this year, Ohio’s First Lady, Zoellen Murphy, asked that each district contribute to a local charity. In the 1st Masonic District, they “passed the hat” in each Lodge and collected a total of $1,592. Here, Herbert L. Kern, Past District Deputy Grand Master and chairman of the charity campaign, presents the gift to Worshipful Brother Richard Manifold, director of Hospital Hosts for the Shrine’s Cincinnati Burns Hospital. The money was donated to the Transportation Aid Fund of the Hospital. July/August 2009



‘Your will…Your choice’ By Right Worshipful Brother Timothy B. Strawn, CAE, President, The OMH Benevolent Endowment Foundation

The recent untimely death of the

King of Pop, Michael Jackson, has again focused the world’s attention on the importance of a will. And rightfully so…as educated as we are in this country, it is estimated that at least 50% of US citizens do not have a will! By not having a will, of course, an individual permits the state to determine what will happen to his treasured possessions…who will get what… and the assets he has spent a lifetime accumulating. Is that the way it should be? Is that the way YOU want it to be? We have total control over comparatively few things in our lives but our will is one thing over which we have total control. It is the basic instrument by which we determine and declare the disposition of our estate following our death. And, yes, everyone has an estate…the only difference between yours and your neighbor’s is the size and extent of the estate. Everyone needs a will; those with larger estates may need additional

Ohio Lodge Presents 65-Year Award Herman Willie is presented his 65-year pin and certificate by Harry J. Dutton, III, Worshipful Master of Ohio City Lodge #486 in Martins Ferry, OH. The presentation was made in the assisted living center, where Brother Willie resides in St. Clairsville.


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instruments, such as a trust…but everyone needs a will. A will, prepared with the assistance of an attorney, is a document which should be reviewed regularly and, as life changes permit or require, revised from time to time. People, properties and interests come and go during our lives. To assure this important document properly and accurately reflects your wishes and intentions, be sure to review yours every several years and/or after major life events to keep it updated. Think of your will as your voice, guiding those who survive you as to how you want your possessions to be distributed. Through it, you can provide several different types of gifts (bequests) to loved ones and organizations which have been meaningful to you during your life. You can make specific gifts (grandma’s heirloom lamp to cousin Sue), specific amounts ($1,000 to my brother Bob) or percentages (20% of my estate to my daughter, Jane). You can also

leave the residual…the amount remaining after all expenses and other bequests have been paid… to an individual or a properly qualified (501 (c)(3) ) charitable organization (such as the Home or Foundation). It’s important to remember that some assets, such as IRA’s, are best left to charitable organizations rather than individuals as they may be significantly depleted by taxes or present tax challenges when left to individuals. It’s also important to remember that every woman should have a will as part of her financial/estate plan. Whether single, married, divorced or widowed…a woman should have a will. While she may be provided for in a spouse’s will, she should still make and maintain her own will. Done properly, with the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney, a woman’s will and estate plan can greatly reduce or even eliminate the potential estate taxes she might otherwise be subject to following the death of a spouse. For more information about how to make a will that works, contact the Foundation toll-free at 1/888-248-2664 or write us at Five Masonic Drive, Springfield, 45504-3658. You and your loved ones will be glad you did!

Please remember The Ohio Masonic Home in your will.

Zulch Brothers Preside in Northwest Ohio Tom Zulch, center, is a proud father. He is a Past Master of Weston Lodge #560. Both of his sons are currently serving as Worshipful Masters of Lodges in Northwest Ohio. Shad Zulch, left, is Master of Edon Lodge #474 in the 5th Masonic District, while Matthew Zulch is Master of Weston Lodge in the 11th Masonic District. Both Masters were in the first one-day class in 2002. Also, their paternal and maternal grandfathers were also Past Masters – Harlan Zulch at Weston Lodge, and Ronald Lance at Wood County Lodge in Bowling Green.

Thank You For Your Generosity We offer our grateful appreciation to the estates, individuals, groups, or other Masonic bodies who have supported The Ohio Masonic Home with gifts given between April 1 and May 31, 2009. $10,000 + Bixler, Charity Mae Breece, George Crawford, Calvin Mueller, Mildred B. $5,000 - $9,999 Moss, George K. Seifert, Dorothy T. & Myron T. Veinott, Cyril $2,500 - $4,999 Arters, George D. & B.J. Oberle, Betty H. Schulze, Vivian H. $1,000 - $2,499 Buckholtz, Kenneth O. & Faye R. Connelly, Ronald L. & Elaine Dale E. & Bernice E. Mansperger Foundation Davis, Orlando W. Deyling, Kenneth M. Drain, Richard E., U.S.A.F., Ret. & Helen Kettlewell, Kenneth La Grange Lodge #399, F&AM Scioto Lodge #6, F&AM Sine, Anna Laura University Lodge #631, F&AM Valley of Cleveland, AASR $500 - $999 Brookville Lodge #596, F&AM Celina Lodge #241, F&AM Cross, Stephen E. & Susan Fairborn Lodge #764, F&AM Fouch, Edward L. & Carol Grand Court, Order of Amaranth

Heath Lodge #771, F&AM Humboldt Lodge #476, F&AM Kelly, Floyd North Star Lodge #638, F&AM Paragon Lodge #788, F&AM Patriot Lodge #496, F&AM Quarry Lodge #382, F&AM Temple Lodge #28, F&AM Tippecanoe Lodge #174, F&AM Venus Lodge #152, F&AM Williams, Frank R. $100 - $499 2nd Masonic District Association Adoniram-Joppa Lodge #517, F&AM Baltimore Lodge #475, F&AM Beacon Chapter #593, OES Belpre Lodge #609, F&AM Black, Ross R., II & Linda Brenneman, Douglas O. Camden Lodge #159, F&AM Carey Lodge #420, F&AM Center Star Lodge #11, F&AM Charity Lodge #530, F&AM Charles T. Raymer-Covenant Lodge #683, F&AM Cincinnati-Lafayette Lodge #483, F&AM Citi Foundation Columbus Court #58, Order of the Amaranth Creps, Michael R. Doric Lodge #172, F&AM Eller, Ralph T. Fahringer, Richard Fairfield Lodge #261, F&AM Fort Black Lodge #413, F&AM Fostoria Lodge #288, F&AM Garfield Lodge #528, F&AM

George A. Holly Lodge #745, F&AM Harrisville Lodge #137, F&AM Hart’s Grove Lodge #397, F&AM Heber Lodge #501, F&AM Holcomb, J. Robert & Antoinette Ionic Lodge #438, F&AM Johnson, Owen E., M.D. & Joyce Karth, Charles E. & Marjorie Lech, Mary Beth LoBell, Norm Mantua Lodge #533, F&AM Mason Lodge #678, F&AM Mid-Century Lodge #725, F&AM Minerva Lodge #98, F&AM Moriah Lodge #105, F&AM Mowry, David Dee & Kathy Nichols, Junior A., U.S.A.F., Ret. & Ursaline Northcraft, Julian O. & Suzanne Oberlin Lodge #380, F&AM Pickett, Kenneth D. & Bonnie Probert, William E. & Mildred Puskarich, Michael T. & Judy Railey, David C. Rogers, David Stephen Sackett, Floris A. Shank, Harold & Josephine Shelley, Jack E. Somerset Lodge #76, F&AM South Gate-Potter Lodge #782, F&AM Springfield York Rite Association Stafford Lodge #300, F&AM Sullivan Lodge #313, F&AM Superior Lodge #179, F&AM Taubler, Charles University Heights Lodge #738, F&AM Valley of Dayton, AASR Waltz, Jeffrey P. Wright Patterson Air Force Base Co-Workers July/August 2009



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Board Feature Terry W. Posey, 33°

He’s one of the busiest and

most high profiled men in Ohio Freemasonry. Deputy Grand Master Terry Posey has a lot of demands for his time, and one of the causes he finds closest to his heart is The Ohio Masonic Home. He joined The Ohio Masonic Home Board of Trustees earlier this year, inspired by the care his mother received as a resident of the Pathways Center for Alzheimer’s Care. “I saw the absolute commitment of those caregivers who helped her in her final years and felt it was important to give back what I could to the Masonic Home,” he said. “I have observed the commitment of the board members who are volunteering their time, talents and treasury and would hope to emulate them.” Terry grew up in Springfield, home city of The Ohio Masonic Home. He was aware of it, but not really its significance. Terry recalls going by the Home on visits to his grandparents. “It always appeared huge, but inviting. I didn’t know then the significance the Home would have in my life in later years.” Ohio Masonic Home Trustees bring a variety of professional experience. Terry served as a Dayton police officer for several years, earning many honors. He

later earned degrees from the University of Dayton and Capital University Law School. Terry is the member of a private law practice, Posey and Caspar, in Dayton, specializing in personal injury, domestic relations and representing injured employees before Ohio pension funds. He meets people daily who experience real life problems and tries to approach the issues the Board of Trustees faces with that background. Right Worshipful Brother Posey was raised a Master Mason in 1978 at John W. Durst #716 in Dayton and served as its Worshipful Master in 1990. He is a plural member of Millennium Lodge #779. He served the 2nd District as District Education Officer from 1999-2001 and District Deputy Grand Master from 2001-2002. He is a member of Victory Chapter #210, Royal Arch Masons; Silver Trowel Council #141, Royal and Select Masons and Reed Commandery #8, Knights Templar. He is a plural member of St. George’s Commandery #76 which he served as Eminent Commander in 2008 and has been awarded the rank and dignity of Knight Commander of the Temple. A member of the Valley of Dayton, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, he served as Sovereign Prince

Terry W. Posey of Miami Council, Princes of Jerusalem from 1996-1998. He was coroneted a 33rd degree Mason in 1997 and has served as a Trustee of the Valley since 1998. He also serves as General Counsel of the Valley. Among his other Masonic affiliations, he is a member of: Antioch Shrine and a member and officer of Irish Council #67, Knight Masons of the USA; Holy Grail Conclave and Charlemagne Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine. He is also a Past Sovereign Master of Thomas Smith Webb Council #57, Allied Masonic Degrees. He and his wife, Cheryl, are members of DaytonVictory Chapter #594, Order of Eastern Star. He is currently the Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio. Earlier this year, he was elected to the Planning and Agenda Committee of the 2010 Conference of Grand Masters of North America.

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