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Charles R. Murphy New Grand Master Using a theme of “Reach,” Most Worshipful Brother Charles R. Murphy, the new Grand Master of Masons in Ohio, has announced an energetic program of outreach in the communities throughout the State of Ohio. Grand Master Murphy was installed near the end of the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge on October 18 in Columbus. Although the Grand Lodge’s Bicentennial year of 2008 is nearly over, the coming term will feature the 200th annual session of the Grand Lodge. A native of Toledo, the new Grand Master is a 1979 graduate of Maumee Valley Country Day School in Toledo, and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1983 from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Most Worshipful Brother Murphy’s professional life has always involved sales and marketing. He was in the commercial furniture business for many years, receiving numerous awards. In 1999, he switched career paths and has been in the insurance industry since. He is employed by the Andres O’Neil and Lowe Agency in Northwest Ohio as a commercial insurance specialist. The Grand Master spent many years breeding, training and showing dogs. He was one of the first importers of the Chinese

Shar-Pei breed to this country from China, in an attempt to help keep them from extinction. Additionally, he has bred, owned and shown nationallyranked Bullmastiffs in both the United States and Canada. Over the years, he also judged both breeds at special events all over the U.S. He and his wife, the former Zoellen D. Harrington, are very proud of their three children, Cassie (Scott) Braithwaite, and Price and Sydney Murphy. Cassie and Scott have a daughter, Stacey, and Price and Sydney are in the process of completing their education. Price is a Freshman at the University of Toledo, and Sydney is a Senior at St. Ursula Academy in Toledo. Grand Master Murphy also enjoys music, and in his younger years sang with the All Ohio State Fair Youth Choir, and was selected to go with the group to represent Ohio on a concert tour through Europe. He and Zoellen still enjoy singing, and do so whenever they have the opportunity.

Charles R. Murphy, Grand Master

He is an ordained Elder of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and currently is serving Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Toledo as a member of the Governing Session Board. Most Worshipful Brother Murphy is a Past Master (1998-99) of Genoa Lodge #433 in Genoa, Ohio, and is a Past President (1999-2000) of the Eleventh Masonic District Officers Association. Continued on page 8

Grand Master Issues Challenge to Ohio Masons to ‘Reach’ By Charles R. Murphy, Grand Master

I would like to begin this message by saying, “Thank you.” I appreciate the confidence you Brethren have reposed in me by electing me as your Grand Master, and will do my best to live up to or exceed your expectations. We all know that our busy Bicentennial year soon will be coming to a close. By all accounts it has been a very successful year,

Most Worshipful Brother Murphy and his wife, Zoellen, enjoy a casual moment.

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as it has built enthusiasm among the Brethren, and harnessed excitement about our Freemasonry. For many, it even revitalized their love of the Fraternity, as its vibrancy became apparent. As we reach into our third Century of Freemasonry here in Ohio, let us build on our various successes, and continue to build our excitement and enthusiasm at the same time. Let us each strive toward excellence in all we do. The theme I plan to live by this year, and I hope you will too, is simply one word: REACH. When I first mentioned this theme, a lot of people asked me “reach for what?” or “REACH – is that all?” The answer is yes – that is all. It’s all there needs to be. Freemasonry is a very personal experience for each of us. I daresay that if you considered every one of the 110,000 Ohio Freemasons, you’d see 110,000 different reasons for loving Freemasonry. You’d also see just as many different and varied reasons for joining our fraternity in the first place. That’s why the word REACH is all there is. Just like

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Grand Master Charles R. Murphy, left, assisted in the Master Mason Degree for new member Russ Davies, by giving the degree lecture. The degree took place in Bryan Lodge #215 on Nov. 10.

Freemasonry, the word REACH is very personal, and means something different to every single member. To some, the word REACH might mean extending the hand of friendship to a stranger. To others, it might mean reaching out to Brethren they haven’t spoken to in years, to the youth in our communities, or to the widows of our departed Brethren. Whatever personal meaning the word REACH may have for you, I encourage you to express it whenever possible. Every time we REACH toward improvement in some way, when we REACH out to help others or REACH into our own hearts to examine and improve our relationship with Almighty God, we also improve ourselves at the same time. Brethren, we need to start our third century right, so let’s all join together this year and REACH for the stars – each of us in our own personal way. As we see the great things we can accomplish in the name of Freemasonry, we will continue to build the excitement and enthusiasm for our Fraternity which already is being experienced and expressed by our Brethren. May the Supreme Architect of the Universe bless you and your families throughout the holiday season, and continue to guide, counsel and provide for each and every one of you for many years to come.

In difficulty and danger By Worshipful Brother Wm. David Bannerman, Chief Executive Officer, The Ohio Masonic Home


hose words mean a lot to Masons. We know in whom we put our trust. That assurance allows us to move ahead, even though we cannot see the future. We are in difficult times. How bad will the future be? How will we go on? The answers come from within ourselves and from our ability to bounce back. Bounce back was the ability of a prisoner of war to recover from torture and regain a realistic assessment of the future, not limited by their present conditions. They would recover and be able to be supported by others who had experienced the same conditions. Often they would go deep inside themselves and find inner strength, or take psychological nurturing from someone they might not be able to see. You know someone who is facing difficult times. You can reach out

to them and offer support. Maybe they would accept help from The Ohio Masonic Home. We have places to live and services to offer those who may need our help. We can talk with them through our I-CARE coordinators, helping assess what service is needed and who can help. Our Masonic Helping Hands can provide Ohio Masonic Home CEO Dave Bannerman congratulates companion and chore Springfield Masonic Community employee Brandi Murphy services in Cincinnati, at an employee recognition event. Dayton and Toledo. Our campuses provide places to In these times, call on us to be live where we can relieve some of your guide. the burdens of home ownership. In times of difficulty you will We provide relief to distressed older bounce back when you put your adults in many ways. trust in a friend. Call us.

Lady Linda’s List total tops $37,000 Following a very successful September dinner/auction to benefit Lady Linda’s List, the program topped out at just over $37,000. The Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Ron Winnett and his Lady, Linda, presented a check for $35,614.67 to WB Dave Bannerman, CEO of The Ohio Masonic Home, and RWB Tim Strawn, President of the OMH Endowment Foundation, at the Grand Lodge banquet on October 17th. Gifts received at and after Grand Lodge took the total to its final amount. In accepting the giant check, RWB Strawn thanked Linda and the Grand Master for their long time devotion to and support of the Home. He also expressed the appreciation of the residents, trustees

and staff for the wonderful items, all geared to improving quality of life for the residents, which the funds will purchase and the great interest in the Home which the program sparked. Several donors chose specific items to fund, others made gifts to the Lady Linda List fund from which other gifts will be chosen. The dinner/auction brought more than 200 people to Aladdin Shrine Center for an evening of entertainment, by Brother Howie Damron, and a fun-filled auction which brought more than $14,000 to the program. Items auctioned included more than 50 wonderful gift baskets prepared by wives of the District Deputy Grand Masters. In reflecting on the project at Grand Lodge, Lady Linda said,

“We were so pleased and proud to undertake this project to provide for the brethren and their wives and widows who live at our three beautiful campuses. In this bicentennial year, it was important that we focus on the importance of our Home and how much it means to the brethren. And I was so proud of the Districts and Deputies Wives who were so creative with their baskets and supported this program so well! Our thanks to all of them and to the Home for its wonderful support and assistance this year.” A complete list of donors and the items that will be purchased with the project’s funds will be posted on our website, November/December 2008


Highlights of Grand Lodge Session Grand Lodge Officers 2008-2009 Grand Master Charles R. Murphy Rossford Deputy Grand Master Terry W. Posey Tipp City Senior Grand Warden Bradford A. Goebel Willoughby Junior Grand Warden Kevin B. Todd New Waterford Grand Treasurer Thomas H. Galyen, P.G.M. Olmsted Falls Grand Secretary George O. Braatz, P.G.M. Westerville Grand Chaplain Gary L. McElfresh Toledo Grand Orator James F. Easterling, Jr. Norton Grand Marshal Norman J. Mick Harrison Senior Grand Deacon Steven E. Cokonougher Westerville Junior Grand Deacon Robert C. Rill, Jr. Swanton Grand Tyler Timothy L. Jolliff Kenton


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John Glenn Selected For Rufus Putnam Award Former Astronaut and U.S. Senator John H. Glenn, Jr., an Ohio Mason, was selected to receive the Rufus Putnam Distinguished Service Award, the highest award of the Grand Lodge of Ohio. The plaque describes Brother Glenn as a “Distinguished Military Aviator, Astronaut, Senator, Civic Leader.” The award was announced by Grand Master Ronald L. Winnett and he read a citation of the recipient’s long and meritorious career. Brother Glenn was not able to be present, but sent a personal note, explaining that a conflicting schedule would not permit him to attend. Senator Glenn became Brother Glenn on August 19, 1978, at a special observance of the Grand Lodge in Chillicothe. Grand Master Jerry C. Rasor opened the Grand Lodge for the purpose of conferring all three degrees on Glenn, who had been elected to receive the degrees

in New Concord Lodge #688. Following a merger, he is now a member of Malta Lodge #118. He subsequently received the 33rd Degree in Scottish Rite Masonry and his 33rd Degree ring, which he took on a Shuttle mission, is now housed in the Scottish Rite Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts. In making the announcement, Most Worshipful Brother Winnett concluded his remarks: “Brother Glenn continues his closeness to historic events, and in 2007, was the banquet speaker at the first-ever joint meeting of the Northern and Southern Jurisdictions of Scottish Rite in Washington, D.C. At age 86, he gave a strong, patriotic, and inspiring message. “In a life of service to mankind, Brother John H. Glenn, Jr., is truly a role model for others who believe in the Masonic virtues of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth, and is a deserving recipient of this, the highest and most honorable award of the Grand Lodge F&AM of Ohio.”

The pictures on this and the facing page give a sample of the many historic displays that were part of the Exhibit of American Masonic Treasures that visitors to the Grand Lodge Session viewed.

Exhibit was Outstanding Success

Special Visitors for Bicentennial Year

Iraq Veteran Presents Flag to Grand Master

Several thousand brethren from across the U.S. and from Ohio, as well as non-Masonic visitors, gave rave reviews to the Exhibit of American Masonic Treasures, held in conjunction with the Grand Lodge Session, and celebrating the Bicentennial Year of the Grand Lodge. Among items on display were the St. John’s (or George Washington) Bible, on which Brother Washington took his oath of office as first President of the United States; the George Washington gavel and trowel, used by our first President; 21 Masonic related paintings from Artist Peter Waddell; a ladle created by Brother Paul Revere; and other items of national and Ohio Masonic historical importance.

For the first time that anyone can remember – perhaps the first time ever – two official representatives from the United Grand Lodge of England – the Mother Grand Lodge for worldwide Freemasonry – attended the Annual Communication to congratulate Ohio in its 200th year. Attending were R.W. Brother David Williamson, Assistant Grand Master, and R.W. Brother Alan Englefield, Grand Chancellor. Right Worshipful Brother Williamson presented an enlightening description of current efforts in the United Grand Lodge of England during the Session, and then gave a toast to “worldwide Freemasonry” at the Grand Lodge Banquet.

U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sergeant Eric T. Leonard was welcomed with an enthusiastic standing ovation from the delegates at the Grand Lodge Session when he stepped onto the stage in full uniform. He is a member of Linden Lodge #637 and has completed two tours of duty in Iraq. He presented to the Grand Master Ronald L. Winnett a flag that had been flown over Camp Bucca, a prisoner of war camp in southern Iraq. Brother Leonard is the son of Right Worshipful Brother Ronald H. Leonard, a Past District Deputy Grand Master of the 14th Masonic District and Secretary of Linden Lodge.

Welcome Given by Ohio Legislator Jon M. Peterson, a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, gave the official welcome to the delegates of Grand Lodge. In November, he was elected Delaware County Treasurer. Brother Peterson is a member of Hiram Lodge #18 in Delaware.

Above, the famous St. John’s (or George Washington) Bible merited center attention. Behind the Bible are three representatives of St. John’s Lodge in New York City, who accompanied the Bible to Ohio. November/December 2008


I-CARE and Masonic Helping Hands: Assistance in Two Forms T

here are many ways The Ohio Masonic Home’s Masonic Senior Services programs may help senior Ohio Masons, their wives and widows. Following is a guide to help understand these services.

A Coordinator can assist with: • Obtaining home delivered meals • Arranging transportation • Arranging home health care • Advanced directives – Living wills, Power of Attorney for Health

A Service Coordinator is not: What is the I-CARE Program? The I-CARE Program is available to Ohio senior Masons their wives or widows, senior Ohio Eastern Star members and any senior member of an appended body. The program utilizes service coordinators throughout the state who are Licensed Social Workers and have a thorough knowledge of senior services in their respective areas. The coordinator refers clients to what’s available in their area. There is no charge for this service coordination. Additionally as part of this program some lodges have volunteer committees to assist the coordinator by providing those services which may be difficult to secure such as yard work, heavy lifting, brief trips to the store or a doctors’ appointment. The I-CARE program does not provide direct services of any kind.

• An activities director. The coordinator may provide informational/educational programming, but does not schedule client activities such as card club, bingo, etc. • A service provider. The coordinator will assist clients in obtaining needed services but does not provide direct service. For example the coordinator may assist in finding appropriate transportation, but cannot drive residents in his/her car.

Which lodges have volunteer committees? As of this writing there are 21 committees throughout Ohio. You can contact the service coordinator in your area or your local lodge to ask about local committees. It is important to note that all committees are not the same. Some members are better able to provide more physical assistance.


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How Masonic Helping Hands works: Masonic Helping Hands matches a client with a “caregiver” based on their specific needs. The caregiver will go to a client’s home to help with whatever non-medical services they require. The program likes to follow up with the clients to make sure their needs are being met to their satisfaction. The program is available for not just seniors, but to adults with disabilities who may need assistance. Staff members are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

What services does Helping Hands provide? • Cooking and meal preparation • Light housekeeping • Laundry • Companionship • Transportation assistance • Assistance with bathing, grooming and dressing • And more

Is there a fee for Helping Hands?

What is a Service Coordinator? • Assists clients and families in obtaining any services which may be necessary to maintain a self-reliant lifestyle. • Acts as a link between community services and clients. Services include PASSPORT, In Home Services, Home Health Care Agencies, Department of Jobs and Family Services, Human Services, Visiting Nurse etc.

Helping Hands is a service that can be utilized by any member of the general public. Currently, Helping Hands is located in the following areas: Greater Dayton, Greater Cincinnati and Greater Toledo with future offices to open in other locations.

What is the difference between I-CARE and Masonic Helping Hands? Both I-CARE and Masonic Helping Hands are programs offered by Masonic Senior Services of Ohio Corp. Unlike I-CARE,

Unlike I-CARE, Helping Hands charges an hourly rate regardless of Masonic affiliation. Rates vary depending on utilization – more hours used the less cost per hour. For more information on I-CARE, contact Faith Kiger at 888/286-0010. For more information on Masonic Helping Hands, contact Natalie McDonald at 937/207-5039.

Conservation Project to Beautify Campus B

rowning Masonic Community isn’t falling back this autumn in beautifying its grounds. A new long-term project will make the entrance to the Waterville campus attractive for years to come. The Lucas County Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program is working to spruce up eight acres on the campus. The program is

for fixing up otherwise unusable “farmland” to make it useful for wildlife. Maintenance Supervisor Bob Boldman is excited about the opportunity. A variety of plans were offered and Browning officials chose the Oak Savanna plan, which includes the planting of several oak trees and wild grass. Several other flowers and plants will also be included in the work. Another big feature is an American Plum tree that Bob said will help act as a windbreaker. Western winds often cause problems and this will aid in blocking them. The project is scheduled to be ongoing for 15 years.

The organization helps maintain the process over that time. “We will win, win, win with this project,” said Bob. “It will be good since we won’t be using this area for development. It will make a great place for the residents to walk to and it will help block those west winds.” The trees were planted in late October and decorative grass will be added next spring. The new scenery will make the country setting of Browning Masonic Community even more attractive to visitors. The grounds host several activities such as high school and middle school lacrosse programs, a youth soccer league and the annual Browning Cruise-in event each July. For more information on Browning Masonic Community, call 866/878-4055 or go to

Smiles Greet Grand Lodge Charitable Foundation Gift Cory Boyer, a 9-year-old boy from Somerset, Ohio, received a mosquito bite last summer, which sent him into severe seizures. Doctors said he contracted an encephalitis virus, and was put into a coma until the virus could be brought under control. His parents have not been working and medical bills have soared. Somerset Lodge #76 contributed to assist the family and asked the Grand Lodge Charitable Foundation for help too. A grant was approved and $1,500 was presented to the family to help in paying the bills. Cory is out of the coma and is now getting better. His parents, Steve and Leslie Boyer, and his grandparents, Worshipful Brother Jack and Connie Miller, were very appreciative of the Grand Lodge’s efforts to help in this financial burden.

From left are Worshipful Master Tom McKown of Somerset Lodge, the grandparents, Cory’s parents (standing in center), Past Grand Master Ronald L. Winnett, and Past District Deputy Grand Master Dennis Kessler, all surrounding Cory. November/December 2008


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In York Rite, he served as High Priest of Oak Harbor Chapter, RAM, in 2002; and is a member of Genoa Council, R&SM; and St. Omer Commandery, Knights Templar. He recently received the Knight Commander of the Temple designation from Commandery. He is a Past Sovereign Master of Key To The Sea Council, Allied Masonic Degrees, and is a member of the Blackstone College, York Rite College, in which he is to be honored by having the Order of the Purple Cross of York conferred on him in July, 2009. In Scottish Rite, he is a member of the Valley of Toledo, and served as Thrice Potent Master of the MiA-Mi Lodge of Perfection in 20042006. In 2007, he was appointed Hospitaler of the Valley of Toledo. He was coroneted a 33rd Degree Mason in 2005. Brother Murphy, a proponent of Masonic Education, currently serves as a Vice President of the Midwest Conference on Masonic Education, which encompasses 13 States and

Hamby Receives York Rite Award James T. Hamby, center, receives the Gold Honor Award of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America from its Governor Mark Bruns, left, and Secretary Curtis Jackson, of Thomas Smith Webb College. Right Worshipful Brother Hamby is a Past Master of New Home Lodge #338, where the award was presented. He is also a past president of the 19th Masonic District, a Past District Deputy Grand Master in the 19th Masonic District, and a recipient of the Meritorious Service Award from Grand Commandery.


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Provinces, and meets annually to and subsequently as state officers. promote ideas and share successes Furthermore, his son, Price, has in Masonic Education. He is served Fallen Timbers Chapter, planning to bring this Conference DeMolay, as Master Councilor, and to Ohio as its as an Officer of the President in 2012. State Council. He is a member of Brother Murphy Palestine Chapter, was appointed a Order of the District Deputy Eastern Star; the Grand Master for Downtown Toledo the 11th Masonic High Twelve Club; District by Most O-Ton-Ta-La Grotto; Worshipful Brother Grand Master’s pin Charlemagne Jack L. Allen in Conclave, Red 2000. In 2001, Cross of Constantine; and Zenobia Most Worshipful Brother Thomas Shrine, where he is a member of the E. Reynolds appointed him to Hillbillies Unit. the position of Junior Grand He is currently on the Advisory Deacon, and he was subsequently Council for Ottawa Chapter, Order appointed Senior Grand Deacon, of DeMolay, and is a recipient of the Grand Marshal and Grand Honorary Legion of Honor. He also Orator. He was elected Junior is serving on the Advisory Board Grand Warden in 2005, Senior of the Maumee Assembly, Order Grand Warden in 2006, and of the Rainbow for Girls, and has Deputy Grand Master in 2007. received the Grand Cross of Color. On October 18, 2008, he was He was able to support both of his installed as Grand Master of daughters as they served Maumee Masons in Ohio. Assembly as Worthy Advisor,

Grand Master’s ‘Reach’ Program T

his year’s Grand Master’s program is intended to continue the enthusiasm of the Bicentennial by reaching out to the public in a number of ways. • Masonic Square and Compasses Clubs are being formed at six Ohio colleges and universities to encourage fellowship among Master Masons, Eastern Stars, DeMolay, Rainbow Girls, and Job’s Daughters, who are members of the student body, faculty or staff . • In November, a letter was mailed to every Ohio Mason from the Grand Master. Included with this letter were two Lodge petitions. • Also begun in November and lasting until June, six advertising billboards around the state will display the Masonic square and compasses emblem, as well as the Grand Lodge webpage,, and the question, “Know the Secret?”

Grand Master Charles R. Murphy, center, receives his emblem of authority, the gavel, from George O. Braatz, Grand Secretary and Past Grand Master, who served as Installing Officer. At right is Past Grand Master C. Michael Watson, who served as Installing Marshal.

• On Saturday, March 21, every Masonic Lodge in Ohio will host a public open house to share the secret of brotherhood with their communities. • On Saturday, June 13, every Masonic District will hold a Grand Master’s Class.

This is an exciting time for Ohio Freemasonry, and it is hoped that Ohio Masons will “reach” out and share the secret of brotherhood with their family and friends by supporting the Grand Master’s program.

Grand Master to Meet Ohio Masons in Florida Grand Master Charles R. Murphy is planning three visitations in Florida in January to share his message with Ohio Masons and their ladies who live or vacation there. The Ohio Masonic Home has again agreed to share the cost of the luncheon this year, thus reducing the cost to $6 per person at each location. To make registration simpler this year, all reservations will be coordinated through the Home. To make a reservation, write to: Grand Master’s Florida Luncheon, Attn. Barbara Maurer, OMH Foundation, Five Masonic Drive, Springfield, OH 455043658 or call Barbara toll free at 1/888-248-2664.

Be sure to include your check, made payable to: OMH Foundation ($6 per person) and indicate the location and date (see list below) of the luncheon you will attend. The deadline for all reservations is close of business, Tuesday, January 14th. A special opportunity is available for the Grand Master to present 50 and 60 year service pins to brethren who have achieved those milestones. Representatives of the Home and Foundation will be on hand to update attendees on happenings at all three campuses back home and answer questions.

Schedule: • Monday, January 20, Sarasota, luncheon at noon at Peridia Golf and Country Club, 4950 Peridia Boulevard, Bradenton, 34203. Our host will be Right Worshipful Brother Ken Gavins, 941/925-4586. • Tuesday, January 21, Ft. Myers, luncheon at noon at Araba Shrine Center, 2010 Hanson Street, Ft. Myers, 33901-7222. Our host will be Right Worshipful Brother Dick Scobie, 239/995-6872. • Wednesday, January 22, Tavares, luncheon at noon at Lake County Shrine Club, 424 North Duncan Road (Route 19), Tavares, 32778-3157. Our host will be Worshipful Brother Alan Blevins, 352/753-0716.

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The 16th Century Comes to Life at Third Annual Renaissance Faire A

s Ohio Freemasonry finishes its bicentennial celebrations, Western Reserve Masonic Community went even further into the past to celebrate its annual signature event this fall.

Western Reserve Masonic Community’s Antiqua Ensemble, made up of residents and a staff member, entertained at the Renaissance Faire.

The Medina-based facility hosted its third annual Renaissance Faire the weekend of October 4-5 on its campus. Kings, queens, knights, fire breathers, the world’s tallest elf, a dragon, jousters, musicians and others mingled with visitors at the Western Reserve campus on Nettleton Road. The event prides itself on offering something for everyone in the family, from youngsters to grandparents. The younger kids enjoyed puppet shows, dragon theaters, jumping castles and pony rides. Older kids could participate in archery and interactive games. Everyone could thrill to fire breathing and jousts or the excitement of a scavenger hunt. A few lucky people were knighted by King Henry VIII himself. One new item this year was a costume contest judged by Jousting knights on horseback was one of the highlights of the Faire.


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Cleveland television legend Fred Griffith. Prizes were awarded to the best children’s and adult costumes. The Royal Market Place offered decorative items for the home, jewelry and other items. You could even get your own renaissance costume or accessories. If all the activity and shopping made you hungry, you could have a turkey leg, shepherd’s pie or Scottish egg and wash it down with a cup of “grog” in Ye Olde World Café. The Western Reserve staff gets into the spirit of the event dressing in their own period costumes, as did some of the residents, who helped run some of the events and entertained with music and a theater production. “We have a very active group of residents here,” said Western Reserve Masonic Community president Jay Dettorre. “They love being able to be a part of something like this and we’re glad to offer it to them.”

Western Reserve Masonic Community offers independent living garden villa homes and apartments, assisted living and skilled nursing care. Jay said being interactive with the community is one of the priorities at Western Reserve, which also hosts the SeniorNet Learning Center, an annual Breakfast With Santa and the Medina County Art League each year. One of the best parts of the annual Renaissance Faire is the admission price, free. But like a certain commercial’s tagline, the memories are priceless. “We enjoy knowing that for a weekend we can give back to the community that means so much to us,” said Jay. “I hope others will see what we do here and what we may do for them.” The fourth annual Western Reserve Masonic Community Renaissance Faire will be next year at a date to be announced. For more information on Western Reserve, call 330/721-3000.

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he Masonic Helping Hands program is celebrating its first anniversary with another first – the addition of a northwestern Ohio branch. A new office to serve the greater Toledo area will open in December. Masonic Helping Hands serves seniors and disabled adults who want to stay in their homes through direct assistance. The organization hires “companions” whose personality and skills are best suited to a client’s needs. Companions can aid with things such as light housekeeping, meal preparation, personal care, companionship and more. An LPN can also help do medication set-up and administration. Several things set Masonic Helping Hands apart from other non-skilled home care services. For one, it has the backing of the Masonic name. Another is that it is a Veterans Administration Preferred Provider, being recommended when it comes to assisting those who served when their country called. All companions are given a thorough screening process before

joining including, criminal background check, fingerprinting, alcohol and drug testing, physical exam and driving record verification. “Masonic Helping Hands can provide the services needed to maintain productive independence in the comfort of your own home,” said Natalie McDonald, Director. Masonic Helping Hands differs from I-CARE. For more information, please see the article on page 6. The new office will be located at 135 Chesterfield Lane, Suite 102 in Maumee. Brooke Butler will be the office manager and Katherine Cherolis is the assistant manager. Contact the office at 419/340-0730 or 866/229-0907. Masonic Helping Hands opened its first office in December 2007 in the Springfield/Dayton area, followed by a Cincinnati area branch in July. Plans call for more Helping Hands offices to open in 2009. For more information on Masonic Helping Hands, go to

Cemetery Restoration Begun by Gustavus Lodge A group of members of Gustavus Lodge #442 in Kinsman, Ohio, has been working to restore one of the oldest cemeteries in the northeastern part of their county. According to Right Worshipful Brother Ken Stafford, Lodge Secretary and Past District Deputy Grand Master, one of the Lodge’s newest members lives across the road from Vernon Pioneer Cemetery. As he was walking through it, he noticed a Masonic emblem on one of the headstones laying on the ground. He brought the idea of fixing the stone to the Lodge, and the members got excited about the idea and expanded it to work on repairing many headstones in the cemetery. Even the local newspaper was impressed and did a feature story on the Lodge’s efforts to preserve history and respect for those buried in the old cemetery.

Renaissance Faire Earns National Award Western Reserve Masonic Community has received the 2008 National Mature Media Award in the special events category for the Renaissance Faire. It earned the prestigious Merit Award and was one of only four senior housing organizations in the nation to be so honored. The National Mature Media Awards, sponsored by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, honors the best in marketingrelated programs and materials

produced for older adults. Gold, silver, bronze and merit awards were given in 33 categories and chosen from nearly 1,000 entries, competing against organizations like AARP, the Veteran’s Administration and the National Institute on Aging, which made a local program like Western Reserve’s win that much more special. “We’re humbled to receive this national recognition knowing that there are so many other wonderful events held around the country,”

said Jay Dettorre, Western Reserve Masonic Community president. “As a Masonic organization, our mission is to serve and the Renaissance Fair is just another way to give something back to our community,” said Dettorre. November/December 2008


Helping Maintain Active Minds T

o be physically fit, one needs to exercise the body. To be mentally fit, it means working the brain. With the rising numbers of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease cases, it’s become important for seniors to focus

Springfield Masonic Community resident Sally Gifford enjoys the new [m]Power Cognitive Fitness System with campus activities director Paula Burgstaller.

on mental stimulation. Springfield Masonic Community is doing its part with a new computer program, the Dakim [m]Power Cognitive Fitness System. The system is beneficial in helping active seniors maintain their brain health and

for those at risk or suffering from mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease. According to Alzheimer’s Association estimates, Alzheimer’s is the fastest growing disease in the developed world, and one in eight Americans is afflicted. What’s more, by age 85, half the population is afflicted. The system has six areas of cognitive activity including long-term memory, shortterm memory, critical thinking, visiospatial, calculation and language. Part of the appeal of the [m]Power system is it makes things fun for the user with stimulating mental exercises through colorful images and generational specific references, such as movie clips, historical references or musical interludes from the 1930s and ‘40s. The system offers encouragement and positive

reinforcement if a user misses a question. Several levels of play are available, from easy to hard. While many seniors are computer savvy, some are still intimidated by them. The interactivity makes that less intimidating by eliminating computer basics such as a mouse or keyboard in favor of a touch screen. The system is being made available for all campus residents. It is portable, so it can be used in any area of the campus. Currently, there is just one system available, but campus officials say they’d like to see more. The [m]Power system was obtained through a gift given to the Endowment Foundation to provide/support technology for our residents. Financial gifts to the Endowment Foundation may be directed to this area and others which support quality of life improvements for the residents. The [m]Power system along with the Wii video game system are two ways technology is helping residents stay fit in body and mind. And have fun at the same time. For more info on Springfield Masonic Community call 888/290-2664.

Charitable Foundation Helps Obtain Special Dog Kelly Randall, 24, of Newark, was diagnosed with epileptic seizures and was seeking to purchase a specially trained K-9 companion that detects the onset of these seizures. This would also allow Kelly to live on her own and perhaps even operate a vehicle. Friends and family through Licking County helped raise funds for the effort and the Grand Lodge Charitable Foundation presented her with $1,500 to assist in the effort. Now, with Jake at her side, many new vistas in living will open for Kelly. Her father, John Randall, is a Past Master of Center Star Lodge #11. In the picture are, from left, Worshipful Master Drew A. Bourne; John and Kelly Randall, parents; Kelly and Jake; Lodge Secretary Douglas Kullman, and Arthur G. Crim, District Deputy Grand Master in the 19th Masonic District.


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Eating Smart - Your Way to Better Health E

ating smart holds the key to living a better and healthier life by eating good foods and a variety of foods. Eating smart refers to identifying specific steps to improve eating habits and managing your weight as well as adopting habits for a healthier and longer life.

Planning Your Diet It is important to eat foods of all kinds as each provides specific nutrients necessary for good health. To maintain good health, all things should be taken in a balanced amount and eaten according to the needs of the body. To perform different functions, our body needs different food items which help it to function normally.

How Much Food Should Be Taken? A meal that contains all kinds of food stuffs can be called a balanced diet. Proteins and calcium are very important for bones and muscles, while carbohydrates and vitamins are necessary to provide energy to the body. Proteins and calcium are the building blocks of the body and resist all kinds of illnesses if taken in proportion,

while carbohydrates and minerals are the working force that give strength to the body.

Tips to Eating Smart • Start the day with breakfast • Start meals with low calorie foods such as soups or salads • Drink water throughout the day and before meals • Use vegetables with meat • Use cereals and whole grain foods to provide carbohydrates to fuel the body • Cook in non stick pots and pans as they need less oil and reduce risk of burning • Try to boil or bake food instead of frying Source:

Food Groups Food stuff can be divided in 5 groups which provide different kinds of nutrition value needed to make a healthy diet. Meat Group It provides iron, zinc, proteins and vitamin B. Vegetable Group It contains vitamin C, A foliate and fiber. Fruit Group It is the source of vitamin A, C, potassium, foliate and fiber. Milk Group It provides calcium, protein, vitamin D and vitamin A. Bread group It is needed for carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin B.

70-year Membership Award Presented At Summer Picnic William L. Bantz, center, received his 70-year membership award at the annual summer picnic of National Lodge #568. Assisting in the presentation of the pin were, from left, Lodge Secretary Richard Landals, Grand Marshal James F. Easterling, Jr., Worshipful Master Michael Bailey, and District Deputy Grand Master Dewey Jenkins. Brother Bantz, who is 93 years old, jumped out of an airplane on his 90th birthday, and says he will again parachute from a plane on his 95th birthday.

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Something Good from the Bailout Bill By Right Worshipful Brother Timothy B. Strawn, CAE, President, The OMH Benevolent Endowment Foundation

We all watched with some astonishment as Congress quickly passed the recent legislation (which came to be known as the “bailout bill”) addressing our financial crisis. As you’re probably aware, ultimately a number of items were added to that bill in its final version. One which can be very helpful to The Home and to you is the reestablishment of the Charitable IRA provisions, originally implemented in 2006 which ended in 2007. This legislation enables traditional or Roth IRA-holders who are at least 70 and ½ years of age to make tax free gifts of any

Bullfighting Book Authored by Ohio Mason While bullfighting is not for everyone, for Dale Pierce, Lodge Education Officer for New Philadelphia Lodge #177 and author, the topic became a major subject of interest. Brother Pierce grew up in Arizona, near the Mexican border. The book, “Matadores,” offers a history of the now defunct Plaza Monumental bull ring in Juarez, across from El Passo, Texas. The book can be ordered from numerous book store chains, or get more details on the Internet at


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amount, up to $100,000, to charities such as The Home or Foundation. A couple with separate IRAs could each give up to that amount. Restrictions are: gifts must be made directly to the charity, they can’t be used to create a another charitable giving vehicle (such as a Charitable Gift Annuity or Charitable Trust); they may not be made to a private foundation, donor advised fund or supporting organization. Also, donors may make as many gifts to as many charities as they like as long as the combined total of the gifts does not exceed $100,000 per donor. These provisions are in effect for 2008 and 2009. Individuals who are required to take unneeded IRA withdrawals, and others who have experienced limitations on tax benefits in the past, will find the new law of particular interest. Unchanged is the fact that assets held in Individual Retirement

Accounts are not only subject to income tax when withdrawn during one’s lifetime or by survivors, but they may also be subject to estate tax if left to loved ones other than a spouse. For that reason, IRAs may be a good choice for some when deciding how to fund charitable gifts. If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful giving opportunity, please call the Foundation 888-248-2664, and ask to speak with Brother Ken Hershberger or Right Worshipful Brother Tim Strawn. They’ll be happy to assist you in any way they can. To find out how you can support The Ohio Masonic Home, please contact Right Worshipful Brother Tim Strawn, President of the Benevolent Endowment Foundation, toll free at 888/248-2664.

Area Couple Named Heroes In Fight For Mental Illness Advocacy Tom and Margaret Quinn, of Zanesville, know firsthand how difficult it can be for families to understand mental illness and its treatment. Their son, Pat, first manifested signs of schizophrenia when he was a teenager. The Quinns became advocates for those families with mental illness. In September, at a luncheon in Columbus, the Quinns were named Heroes in the Fight, an award co-sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company, which “celebrates dignity, courage, hope and recovery in the ongoing treatment of people with serious and persistent mental illness.” Tom and Margaret are founders of NAMI Six County, an affiliate of the National Alliance of Mental Illness serving Coshocton, Guernsey, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, and Perry counties. Over the years, they have achieved a long list of successful efforts with many groups working on related issues. Tom Quinn is a member of New England Lodge #4 in Worthington and became a Mason less than a year ago at age 80.

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 July 1 and September 30, 2008. $10,000 + Brister, C. E. Evans, Florence M. Evans, Morgan L. Frank, Walter Linn, Fairy Power, Donald E. & Virginia Raymor, Willard Sheeler, Howard M. Sturdivant, Webster Valley of Cincinnati, AASR $5,000 - $9,999 Bowyer, Dallas W. & Helen B. Cameron, Janis E. Moss, George K. Seifert, Dorothy T. & Myron T. $2,500 - $4,999 Davis, Orlando W. Oberle, Betty Rammelsberg, Allen A. Schulze, Vivian H. $1,000 - $2,499 13th Masonic District Association Arters, George D. & B.J. Bales, Blenn Barner, Walter G. Beaver Valley Lodge #753, F&AM Collins, David L. Connelly, Ronald L. & Elaine Crocker, Alfred James Crosthwaite, Noveal Easterling, James F., Jr. & Jill Fouch, Edward L. & Carol Grand Chapter of Ohio, OES Hiram Lodge #18, F&AM Hosler, Bessie V. Losasso, Donald L. & Theda Main, James M. Mason Lodge #678, F&AM Satterfield, Michael Science Lodge #50, F&AM Shrive, Harold George 3rd Masonic District Association Valley of Youngstown, AASR $500 - $999 19th Masonic District Association 2007 - 2008 Grand Lodge Family Anderson, Rodney R. Argus Lodge #545, F&AM Bellville Lodge #376, F&AM Black, Ross R., II & Linda Braatz, George O. & Marilyn Brenneman, Douglas O. Damascus - Collingwood Lodge #643, F&AM Dayton Lodge #147, F&AM DeVassie, Terry L. Ebenezer Lodge #33, F&AM Farmersville Lodge #482, F&AM Finch, Helen Guernsey Lodge #66, F&AM Harding-Concordia Lodge #345, F&AM Humboldt Lodge #476, F&AM Karth, Charles E. & Marjorie Kelly, Floyd Magnolia Lodge #20, F&AM Mentor Lodge #772, F&AM Mercer Lodge #121, F&AM Mowry, David Dee & Kathy Nicholson, Gary, M.D. & Shirley Nickel, Charles A. Ohio Masonic Home Alumni Association Ohio State Council Order of DeMolay Perseverance Lodge #329, F&AM Puskarich, Michael T. & Judy Quarry Lodge #382, F&AM

Valley of Dayton, AASR Wayfarer Lodge #789, F&AM Williams, Frank R. Williams, Gary B., M.D. & Pamela $100 - $499 12th Masonic District Association 1990 Grand Family OES In Honor of Mary Porter 24th Masonic District Association 2nd Masonic District Association 4th Capitular District, RAM AT&T Bacon, Alan W. & Michelle Bailey, Michael J. Bannerman, Wm. David & Anita Bartlett Lodge #293, F&AM Bellevue Lodge #273, F&AM Belmont Lodge #16, F&AM Belpre Lodge #609, F&AM Benline, Joseph & Diana Bogart, Robert Brookey, Robert Brown, Gordon P. Bryan Lodge #215, F&AM Butream, Donald & Jeanne Carpenter, Harry C. Carson, Terry M. Cartwright, Stephen & Elizabeth Chester Lodge #238, F&AM Clime, John R. & Mary Cokonougher, Steven E. Conkle, Ray E. Cox, Nelson L. Crossan, Ralph E. & Rita Denig, Robert W. Dieckhoner, Craig R. Dill, Wayne S. & Kay Dodderer, Frank E. East Palestine Lodge #417, F&AM Elam, Neil, D.D.S. Euclid Lodge #599, F&AM Fabb, David M. Fairclough, David Flat Rock Lodge #580, F&AM Fort Amanda Lodge #706, F&AM Frost, Jeffrey Garner, Ralph G. Garrett Wykoff Lodge #585, F&AM George A. Holly Lodge #745, F&AM Gettysburg Lodge #477, F&AM Gibson Lodge #301, F&AM Gier, Ronald M. Giusto, Calvin & Lynelle Goldsmith, Danny Guess, Jerral Franklin & Louise Hamer Lodge #167, F&AM Hanselmann Lodge #208, F&AM Harkins, Daniel C. Harrisonville Lodge #411, F&AM Hartzell, Clarence L., III & Charlene Heights-Lion Heart Lodge #633, F&AM Herr, Richard J., D.O. Hess, Sharon Hildbold, Richard L. Hoffner Lodge #253, F&AM Holcomb, J. Robert & Antoinette Indian Lake Lodge #722, F&AM Johnson, Owen E., M.D. & Joyce Johnston, Carolyn R. Kaplan, Harold & Mary Karr, Thomas W. & Diana Kelly, William H. Kile, Fred S. Kirby, Jerry L. & Lynne Krams, Adolph & Marion Ladies of the 19th Masonic District Lambert, Harvey J. Lattanner, C. Rolland & Joy Lima Lodge #205, F&AM

LoBell, Norm Lockbourne Lodge #232, F&AM Loveland Chapter #211, RAM Lowry, Frederick Lon & Barbara Masonic Square Residents Council Maumee Rainbow Assembly #30 Mayberry, William P., Sr. & Delores McCorkle, Leon M., Jr. Melick, Gary W. Michael L. Finnell Lodge #711, F&AM Mid-Century Lodge #725, F&AM Mowrey, Michael A. & Doris; Mowrey, Matt & Allison; Rodriguez, Jen & Damian; Mowrey, Nancy; Mowrey, Doug & Linda Mulligan, Edwin Napoleon Lodge #256, F&AM Nauvoo Lodge #769, F&AM Niles-McKinley Lodge #794, F&AM Novosel, Joseph Offutt, Carl T. Ohio Grand Assembly, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls Ohio State White Shrine Association Patwardhan, Pat R. & Laury Peebles Lodge #581, F&AM Pfeifer, Carl E. & Norma Phillis, Joseph B. & Lisa Phillis, Shirley Poland Lodge #766, F&AM Posey, Terry W. & Cheryl Puskarich, Michael T. Raab, Jarold A. Rannebarger, Jeff L. Ray, Dale G., Jr. & Jacqueline Regenos, Terry L. Rettig, Elizabeth May & Robert Richards, Janelle M. Roloson, George W. Rubicon Lodge #237, F&AM Rufus Putnam Lodge #364, F&AM Sackett, Floris A. Salmond, James R. Sardinia Lodge #254, F&AM Schlfoose, Bryan L. Schreck, Paul A. & Karen Schurdell, Melvin C. Shank, Harold & Josephine Sharninghouse, Jeremy Z. Shiloh Lodge #544, F&AM Sikorski, Randolph R. Silver Trowel Lodge #776, F&AM Sparrow Lodge #400, F&AM Spriggs, Donald C. & Hope Standeford, Brenda R. Stanford, Christopher J. Sunrise Lodge #783, F&AM Sylvania Pyramid Lodge #287, F&AM Taylor, Dorothy Temperance Lodge #73, F&AM Thornville Lodge #521, F&AM Todd, Kevin B. & Pam Toledo Ft. Industry Lodge #144, F&AM Trinity Lodge #710, F&AM Urie, Robert A. & Charleen Vargo, John J. Vaughn, Glen, M.D. Walnut Chapter #172, RAM Walthour, Charles D. Waltz, Jeffrey P. Waynesville Lodge #163, F&AM Weber, H. J. Wellington Lodge #127, F&AM Whitacre, Jo Ann White, Lloyd E. & Margaret Williamson, James M. & Sherry Winnett, Ronald L. & Linda Wolfe, William V. Womh Family Trust York, Thomas P. & Deborah November/December 2008


Board Feature Right Worshipful Brother Dr. Gary Nicholson


ight Worshipful Brother Gary Nicholson’s more than 30 years of experience as a physician in the Dayton area is helping in his position as a member of Springfield Masonic Community’s Board of Trustees. He joined the Masonic Health Care board in 2005, when major changes were coming. At that time the campus was divided into Masonic Health Care, dealing with nursing, and Masonic Retirement Village, dealing with independent and assisted living. The two boards joined when Springfield Masonic Community was created, uniting the two organizations in early 2007. “I came in at a very interesting and challenging time,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed seeing the progress and look forward to where the campus is going.” Dr. Nicholson said it has been exciting to see a change in emphasis

from institutional care only to development of programs such as I-CARE and Helping Hands. He is looking forward to seeing Springfield Masonic Community grow. “The future looks bright, but in order to serve a modern clientele, we need to look at the way we do things and make revisions in some areas. Current plans will produce a Springfield campus that is more attractive, more home-like, and more efficient to operate. I enjoy working with everyone and meeting people.” Since joining the fraternity as part of the first ever one-day class in 2002, Right Worshipful Brother Nicholson has made the most of what Masonry offers. In that relatively short time he has served as an Officer in several Masonic bodies, including Scottish Rite, Antioch Shrine, Royal Arch Masons, and Eastern Star. He is also a member of Council and Commandery. He is a Past Worshipful Master of Alpha Lodge #729; and is now serving as a


November/December 2008 • VOLUME 15, ISSUE 6

In This Issue:

New Grand Master............................Page 1 Highlights of Grand Lodge.................Page 4 I-Care and Masonic Helping Hands...Page 6 Grand Master’s ‘Reach’ Program .......Page 9 Renaissance Faire............................Page 10

District Deputy Grand Master of the Second Masonic District. “Masonry has added a whole dimension to my life,” said Brother Nicholson. He was born in New Mexico and he grew up in Celina, Ohio. As a youngster, Brother Nicholson first discovered Masonry by joining DeMolay. In Dayton he practiced at the Greater Dayton Cancer Center, where he had a large clinical practice and was involved in clinical cancer research. Although he is semi-retired, Dr. Nicholson still works part time for his group and works as a Medical Director at Hospice of Dayton. He has done several mission trips to countries such as Nicaragua and Mexico. “The principles of Masonry – brotherly love, relief and truth – go hand-in-hand with what I do.” He and wife Shirley still find time to enjoy their three grandchildren, who live nearby. Dr. Nicholson added he is proud that his son and son-in-law are members of Alpha Lodge.

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