VOLUME 14, ISSUE 2
BEACON A JOINT PUBLICATION OF THE GRAND LODGE OF OHIO AND THE OHIO MASONIC HOME
Ohio Mason Charles E. Spahr Now 93, Made Significant Contributions Toward Solving Energy Crisis
With all the attention given to high gasoline prices, it is comforting to know that the efforts of one Ohio Mason has had perhaps the greatest impact in relieving the energy crisis in the U.S. over the past 30 years than those of any other individual in the world. Excelled at the highest ranks
He is Worshipful Brother Charles E. Spahr, of Shaker Heights, a 46-year member of Heights-Lion Heart Lodge, #633, in Lyndhurst. Worshipful Brother Spahr is one of the few individuals who have risen to the top of the corporate ladder and also excelled at the highest ranks in Freemasonry. He is a retired chairman of the board of the former Standard Oil Company of Ohio Charles Spahr (Sohio). Retired Sohio Executive It was under his leadership that the oil fields in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, were unlocked and that the Trans-Alaska pipeline was constructed.
He also served in the important role as chairman of the American Petroleum Institute during the years immediately following the 1973 oil embargo. Worshipful Brother Spahr, now 93, retired from Sohio in the late 1970s, and then served as Worshipful Master of Heights Lodge in 1982. He is a 33rd Degree Mason and served for several years as an Active Member of the Scottish Rite Supreme Council in Ohio. During the 1970s, Worshipful Brother Spahr made numerous trips to Alaska related to his company’s projects there. “Early in 1974, I visited Prudhoe Bay,” he said. “At that time, the great construction forces required for the pipeline had not been employed, but considerable men and women were working on oil field development. “One of those men was a Mason and leader of a small group of perhaps 30 Masons who were meeting from time to time. They felt that active practice of Masonry and diligent attention to its principles would be beneficial to the men at Prudhoe Bay, isolated as they were a good part of the time.” Brother Spahr encouraged the brethren to be more active
The efforts of the brethren were successful. A Prudhoe Bay Masonic Club, a Scottish Rite Society, and a Shrine club were formed. These groups raised
substantial amount of money for philanthropic purposes. Encouraged Masonic activity in Northern Alaska
In 1976, during a return visit, Brother Spahr was presented an unusual and unique sculpturing, showing the outline of the State of Alaska, supported by a piece of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline pipe. The map has brass inserts which show the route of the pipeline and various significant man-made and geographic features of the state. It was presented by the brethren there to the Standard Oil chairman to recognize his encouragement of Masonic activity in northern Alaska. A veteran of World War II, Worshipful Brother Spahr was active in many civic and professional organizations, and in his church. He initially joined Standard Oil in 1939 and was elected executive vice president in 1955, after serving as vice president and assistant to the president. In 1957, he was promoted to president, and in 1970, was advanced to chairman of the board. In 1987, he was presented the Rufus Putnam Distinguished Service Award by the Grand Lodge of Ohio, the highest recognition for service the Grand Lodge can give.
Breast Cancer Awareness By Brenda Himes Wife of Grand Master
As many in Ohio know, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August, 2006. As a result, Michael and I chose the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation as a charity I would promote in 2007. In doing some research on the subject, I found that 1 out of 7 women will have some form of breast cancer sometime during their lives. I also realized that 4 of the 12 current Grand Lodge Officers wives have had it, plus some of the Past Grand Lodge Officer wives. I felt that perhaps this was an opportunity to bring a message that could make a difference in someone’s life as well as raise money for research and education that could help many ladies for years to come. The Susan G. Komen Foundation is celebrating its 25th year in 2007. The foundation was started by Susan’s sister after Susan died of breast cancer. Susan was 33 when she was diagnosed with the disease. At that time, there were few specialists, no one talked about it, and there was very little information available to the general public.
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In the past 25 years, the Komen Foundation has donated more than $1 billion in (1) research to find a way to prevent breast cancer, (2) research for more effective treatments, and (3) education and awareness. Unfortunately there is still no cure, but scientists are still working on that. There are new and more effective treatments being tested and delivered as “Standards of Treatment” every year. It is the education and awareness part of the Komen work that may be the most important. The first message is self-examination – this is something that every lady should start by the age of 20. The second is getting a professional examination every year and talking to your doctor about any history of breast or ovarian cancer in your family. The third message – when you reach 40 – you should start getting mammograms every 2 years until you are 50, at which time you should get one every year. Following these three steps should catch the cancer early and can save your life. Please pass this message on to all your family and friends, it could help save a life.
June Galyen, left, examines breast cancer bracelet on Brenda Himes.
I have asked the districts to make a donation to the Komen Foundation in lieu of a gift to me. In addition, June Galyen suggested that we sell Pink Ribbon bracelets to help raise awareness as well as money for the foundation. We will be selling them at all year by mail orders and at a booth we will have at the Ohio Masonic Home Day in Springfield on June 3. The bracelets are $10 each (plus shipping if ordered) and ALL the profit (approximately 70%) of each sale goes to the foundation. I would like to thank everyone who has said prayers for Michael and me or sent cards during these past most difficult months. We can never tell you how much it means to us or how much we appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness. Thank you.
Order form for Breast Cancer Bracelets No. of bracelets ______ @ $10.00 each
(if you order 1-3 bracelets, shipping is $2.00; 4 or more bracelets, shipping is $4.00)
Make check payable to: Grand Lodge Charitable Foundation Return order form and check to: Mrs. June Galyen, 9112 Fern Cove East, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138-3700 All proceeds will be donated to: The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Name:_____________________________________________________________ Address:____________________________________________________________
Making a Difference By Worshipful Brother Wm. David Bannerman, Chief Executive Officer, The Ohio Masonic Home
ou can make a difference. Look at Bill and Caryl Kiser. The couple started a scholarship foundation that helps nursing students in Logan, Ohio. Worshipful Brother Bill is a 32º Mason and Past Master of his lodge. Bill runs the Masonic Home for Children in Illinois. Caryl runs a skilled nursing home. The Kisers come from Gallipolis, a small community in Gallia County in southeast Ohio. They now live in the Chicago area. But their story is back home in small towns and villages around Ohio where financial adversity makes going to college a challenge for many.
“They struggled to pay for their educations. This scholarship honors these great women.” The Gunther-Kiser-Johnston Scholarship Foundation was initiated with financial support from the Kisers’ extended family. The Foundation provides $250 every quarter to a student entering the Registered Nursing Program at Hocking Technical College in Logan. The scholarship money did not come from a wealthy endowment. Instead, the money was chipped in by members of a family who believe their support will make
Nursing Scholarship honors two great women
“Our mothers, Virginia Guinther and Rita Kiser, and Caryl’s grandmother, Gertrude Johnston, were registered nurses,” Bill said.
Ohio Masonic Home CEO Dave Bannerman meets with Ohio Mason Ken Gavins in Sarasota during the Grand Master’s trip to Florida in January.
a difference in this world. “Good nurses are needed,” Bill said. “We want to help.” The scholarship foundation has already assisted six students. Ultimately, they hope to build up enough funds to endow a scholarship. “We’d like to expand the scholarship so we can help more people,” Bill said. Commitment and Determination
All it takes is a commitment to make a difference and determination to see it through. Think of the difference every lodge, every family, could make if we each took on a challenge like the Gunther-KiserJohnston Foundation. If five people set aside $5 every week (less than the cost of an Arby’s “Deal Difference”!), they would generate $300 a quarter. In a year, they could give $1,200 to a needy student. The Gunther-KiserJohnston Scholarship Foundation is the type of charitable undertaking for which Masons are recognized. That’s what we do. How are you making a difference? Tell us your story. If you’d like to share how you are making a difference, contact Brett Turner at 937-525-3025 or email@example.com. For more information on the Gunther-Kiser-Johnston Scholarship Foundation, contact Bill Kiser at 708352-4240 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations are tax deductible and can be made to Barbara Kemper, Secretary/ Treasurer, G-K-J Scholarship Fund at 5263 St. Rt. 160, Kerr, OH 45643. March/April 2007
U.S. President and Brother Gerald R. Ford Called to Eternal Rest on December 26 at Age 93 Brother Gerald R. Ford was the 14th Master Mason to serve as President of the United States of America. He shared this distinction with George Washington, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, James Garfield, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, Warren Harding, Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. Brother Ford was initiated an Entered Apprentice on September 30, 1949 in Malta Lodge No. 465, Grand Rapids, Michigan. His brothers, Thomas Gardner Ford and Richard Addison Ford were also made Entered Apprentices in Malta Lodge on that same day. Brother Ford was passed to the degree of Fellow Craft on April 20, 1951 and raised to the degree of Master Mason on May 18, 1951. Both of these degrees were conferred by Columbia Lodge No. 3
in Washington, D.C. as a courtesy to Malta Lodge. On February 17, 1975, President Ford said the following about his Masonic experience: “When I took my obligation as a Master Mason, I recalled the value my own father attached to that Order. But I had no idea that I would ever be added to the company of the Father of our Country and 12 other members of the order who also served as Presidents of the United States. “Masonic principles U.S. President and Brother Gerald R. Ford – internal, not external – and our Order’s vision of duty to “Masonic precepts can help country and acceptance of God America retain our inspiring as a Supreme Being and guiding aspirations while adapting to a light have sustained me during my new age. It is apparent to me that years of government service. Today the Supreme Architect has set especially, the guidelines by out the duties each of us has to which I strive to become an upright perform, and I have trusted in His man in Masonry give me great will with the knowledge that my personal strength. trust is well-founded.”
75-Year Jewel Presented by Grand Master Five Grand Lodge Officers and a delegation from Canton Lodge #60 helped make the presentation of a 75-year jewel and certificate to Brother James H. Gribble in Smithville Western Assisted Living Center in Wooster in January. Standing, from left, are Raymond T. Clark, Grand Tyler; Norman J. Mick, Junior Grand Deacon; Michael A. Himes, Grand Master; Robert S. Callahan, Grand Chaplain; and James F. Easterling, Jr., Senior Grand Deacon. Brother Gribble, 98 years old, proudly holds his certificate, and Dorothy, his wife of 77 years, admires flowers she was presented.
Senior Services Brightens Holidays Masonic Senior Services and the I-CARE program recently helped a Master Mason and his family enjoy the holiday season a little more. It also boosted the spirit of this brother’s lodge by being able to help. The Mason, a Past Master of a Northwestern Ohio lodge who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and extreme dementia, was living with his daughter and her family and was reaching the point where she could not help him in the ways he needed. She contacted the lodge secretary to see what he could do. He recalled an informational session at the Past Masters Convocation given by Right Worshipful Brother Don Dunkle on
the Masonic Senior Services program. Brother Dunkle is a member of The Ohio Masonic Home’s Board of Trustees. Senior Services links senior Ohio Masons, their wives and widows and Eastern Star members with community-based services that will allow them to remain in their homes longer. Despite the daughter residing in Pennsylvania, Liz Witter, Northwest Ohio Masonic Senior Services Coordinator, was on the case and contacted the daughter with the information she sought. “It is a privilege to work with family members who are as
committed to getting the best care available for their loved ones and are as devoted and tireless in this pursuit as this family was,” Liz said. The senior Mason was placed in a hospital and improved dramatically during his short time there. The daughter said his mind is mostly clear through the day, but that he is taking new medication that has helped him. The other pleasing note is other lodge members sent in Christmas cards and other cards wishing a fast recovery, making it a more festive holiday season in many ways. Just another example of a lodge taking care of its own. For more information on I-CARE Committees, call Masonic Senior Services at 888/286-0010.
Ohio Masonic Congressman Sponsors Resolution Honoring Fraternity Brother Paul E. Gillmor, a U.S. Congressman from Old Fort, Ohio, is sponsoring a Resolution in Congress that honors the Masonic Fraternity.
Nation and honoring them for their many contributions to the Nation throughout its history.
For Brother Gillmor, a 15-year member of Oliver H. Perry Lodge #341 in Port Clinton and a 33rd Degree Mason, this is the third such resolution he has sponsored over his years as a Congressman that has brought positive attention to the Fraternity.
Whereas the Founding Fathers of this great Nation and signers of the Constitution, most of whom were Freemasons, provided a well-rounded basis for developing themselves and others into valuable citizens of the United States;
Here is the wording: RESOLUTION Recognizing the thousands of Freemasons in every State in the
Whereas Freemasons, whose long lineage extends back to before the Nation’s founding, have set an example of high moral standards and charity for all people;
Whereas members of the Masonic Fraternity, both individually and as an organization, continue to make invaluable charitable contributions of service to the United States;
Whereas the Masonic Fraternity continues to provide for the charitable relief and education of the citizens of the United States; Whereas the Masonic Fraternity is deserving of formal recognition of their long history of care-giving for the citizenry and their example of high moral standards; and Whereas Freemasons have always revered and celebrated St. John’s Day, June 24th, as dedicated to their patron saints: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives recognizes the thousands of Freemasons in every State in the Nation and honors them for their many contributions to the Nation throughout its history.
Singer John Legend’s Influence Felt at Springfield Campus R
aymond Lloyd’s influence can be heard through the music of one of the top up-and-coming singer-songwriters today. His grandson, John Legend, won two Grammy Awards in February for his second album. These days, Mr. Lloyd’s influence is being felt at the Springfield campus of The Ohio Masonic Home. A resident of Pathways Center for Alzheimer’s Care, he is using his experience as a retired minister. Mr. Lloyd served as minister at Springfield’s El Bethel Temple for 40 years. It was there his maternal grandson, John Stephens, became interested in gospel music and joined the choir. Three Grammy Awards
John’s music career began to blossom a few years ago, resulting in a strong debut album that captured three Grammy Awards. His songs are mainly in the style of rhythm and blues and soul, but often they harken back to the gospel music he was raised on. When the cable television network Black Entertainment Television (BET) decided to do a documentary on John Legend, one of the stops
Singer John Legend’s grandfather, Ray Lloyd with Phyllis (John Legend’s mother) at Pathways.
was Pathways to interview Mr. Lloyd along with his daughter, John’s mom, Phyllis Stephens. Mr. Lloyd admitted he’s not a singer. “I can barely carry a tune,” he said, laughing. Added Inspiration
While he hasn’t been able to keep up with John’s rise to fame, what Raymond is able to do at age 86 should only add inspiration. Mr. Lloyd came to the Springfield campus of The Ohio Masonic Home about two years ago and used his preaching experience to inspire residents there. Due to his health condition, he moved to Pathways, but it
Ottawa Lodge Decorates Tree with Masonic Trimmings “Freemasonry: Lighting the Way,” is the title of this Christmas tree decoration, which was designed by Ottawa Lodge #325 and displayed in the 19th Annual Christmas Tree Festival in December at the Putnam County District Library. The Lodge’s tree was lit by blue LED lights, decorated with glittering Masonic emblems, and used the Grand Master’s theme as its title.
hasn’t robbed him of helping others. He is proud of being able to do so. Live the Life
“This is where I live,” he said. “I am rich in understanding and dealing with people. I live the life.” He proudly talks about going to work for a jeweler at age 16 in Port Huron, Michigan and how became a minister soon after. Along with Pathways Activities Assistant Kathy Young, Raymond helps conduct Bible study and Bible quizzes on Thursday mornings for the residents in all of the villages at Pathways, not just his own. Dawn Suchland, clinical manager for Pathways said Raymond’s comfort with speaking to other residents is a credit. “He is a social model and he helps our residents meet their spiritual needs.” Raymond said he is glad for the care he receives at Pathways and the opportunity he has to do something for others. “I’m not empty here,” he said. “This is something. If you only realized all I can do.” For information regarding the Pathways Center for Alzheimer’s Care in Springfield, call 1-888-243-2664 or visit www.ohiomasonichome.org.
Life is Good “A utopia for seniors”
innie Whitten is going through her second childhood, she said of her life at Browning Masonic Community in Waterville near Toledo. “It’s like utopia for seniors here,” said Ginnie. “I keep listening for angel harps.” Although she has been at Browning for just a month, Ginnie wasted no time getting involved in her new community. From the food, the library, the fitness center and the lounge areas to activities such as Scrabble games and social interaction with fellow residents and staff, she’s found everything to her liking. “I’ve attended everything,” she said. “It’s no fun being alone.” Ginnie’s late husband, Frank, was a Past Master at what is now Wick Lodge #481 in Youngstown. She was an Eastern Star member. Despite having several friends at another retirement community, there were several reasons she was drawn to Browning. Ginnie’s interest was sparked by hearing marketing representative Carleen Sweet speak at a club meeting. After hip surgery, Ginnie wanted to go from rehab to a retirement community. Her association with the Masonic fraternity and the
Ginnie Whitten, left, plays Scrabble with friend Barbara D. Shoemaker at Browning Masonic Community. Those are two of Ginnie’s favorite things about independent living – playing games and being with friends.
treatment by the marketing staff made Browning a natural choice. “Their efficiency and compassion expedited my move,” said Ginnie. “Everyone treats you like they care about your situation, right down to the cooks and servers.” Ginnie said she was impressed during the recent Valentine’s Day celebration that many staffers still came in despite very bad weather conditions to give the residents the party they’d planned. She also appreciated that those with special diets got sugar-free treats. Attention to those kinds of details make Browning special to its residents.
When she recovers from her hip problems, Ginnie hopes to continue her volunteer work with Interfaith Hospitality Network, a churchbased group that helps homeless families. She also looks forward to doing volunteer work with her own church in the future. Until then, she has plenty to do at her new independent living apartment and community. “I feel free here,” she said. For more information regarding Browning Masonic Community, call 1-866-878-4055 or visit www.ohiomasonichome.org.
2 Ohio Masons Honored by Veterans Hall of Fame Two active Ohio Masons have been inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. Robert E. Grim, of Sabina, a Past District Deputy Grand Master in the 8th Masonic District and active in other Masonic activities, was cited for being instrumental in restoring several veterans
memorials, thus paying honor to those who have perished for our nation. He has been a member of the American Legion for 23 years and is a retired high school social studies teacher. Joseph W. Johnston, of Williamsburg, is a current District Deputy Grand Master in the 6th Masonic
District and active in other Masonic bodies. He has been active in numerous veteran organizations and is currently 1st Junior Vice Commander of the Disabled American Veterans for the State of Ohio. Among his other activities are service as a voluntary fireman and 35 years with the Boy Scouts of America. March/April 2007
Don’t Wait! Consider a Move While You Are Still Healthy
Moving to a new place sight unseen after living 53 years in one state sounds like a hard decision. It was an easy one for Brother Dick Shetler. When his doctor said he couldn’t live alone in his Miami, Florida, home anymore due to Parkinson’s disease, the 63-year Mason knew where he wanted to live – Western Reserve Masonic Community in Medina. An Ohio native, he picked Western Reserve without having visited it. “I looked around but didn’t find anything that suited me (in Florida) and I still have family in Ohio,” said Dick. “Most of all, I’m a Mason. This was where I wanted to come to.”
While Parkinson’s has slowed him physically, Dick has made strides to deal with it and he credits Western Reserve Masonic Community for his improvement. On doctor’s orders, he began a fitness program and he’s convinced it has helped him feel more fit
Although Dick was never a fitness enthusiast before, he is now. He said people should keep exercising while they are still healthy, which could lead to a better life later on. Being more physically fit has enabled Dick to play his
Live a Masonic Life
Dick said he was inspired to join the fraternity by his role model, big brother Harold. “The oath you take and what you learn is bound to move anyone to be a better man,” said Dick. “I’ve always wanted to live a Masonic life.” In appreciation of the fraternity and Western Reserve, Dick has taken an active role in his new community. He joined the resident ambassador program and is proud to promote the campus.
Dick Shetler, right, plays euchre with fellow residents at Western Reserve Masonic Community. It’s one of many activities Dick is involved in at the campus.
mentally and physically. Dick’s apartment is a quarter mile from the fitness center and he makes the trip there two to three times a day with his walker at least five days a week to keep up with his program for nearly two years now.
Zanesville Mason in Florida Receives GM Visit Robert G. Sever, seated, a 40-year member of Zanesville Lodge, No. 5, received a surprise visit from Grand Secretary George O. Braatz, left, and Grand Master Michael A. Himes, in January at the Palm Garden of Pinellas nursing home in Largo, Florida, where he lives. The Grand Master was speaking at 3 luncheons for Ohio Masons, and was able to make this side trip to salute an Ohio brother. Standing at right is Brother Sever’s son, Dean, who is a member of the Lodge in Leesburg, Florida.
accordion again for the first time in more than 20 years. He’s even given performances for fellow residents. Dick has also been able to help the euchre program expand, which is another of the interests he’s been able to pursue since moving to Western Reserve. His leadership skills led to his being named vice president of Resident Council. Dick’s advice to anyone interested in retirement living is “don’t wait.” People thinking about moving to such a community should do so while their health is still good. “I’ve told my kids it’s like I’ve died and gone to heaven. I’ve never been so happy. Everyone is truly friends here and there are so many activities and so much to do.” For more information regarding Western Reserve Masonic Community, call 1-866-433-1514 or visit www.ohiomasonichome.org.
Help When You Need It H
e retired more than 30 years ago, thinking he had saved more than enough money for himself and his wife to live their golden years. He might live another ten years, he thought, and would leave plenty of money for his wife. However, things didn’t work out as planned for this 60-year Mason. Let’s call him “Joe.” Plans Changed
Joe’s plans changed. First, his wife became ill, temporarily requiring round-the-clock nursing care in their home. In a short period of time, Joe could see the expense of caring for his wife Mary could quickly drain most of their assets. That’s when Joe called a Masonic Senior Services I-CARE Coordinator. I-CARE was developed by The Ohio Masonic Home to assist Masons their wives or widows in the aging process while remaining in their homes as long as possible. In Joe’s case, the I-CARE Coordinator in his area helped him find services in his community that provided affordable quality services for Mary in their home while preserving their assets. Peace of Mind in a Worry-Free Environment
However, Joe and Mary lived beyond the ten years they had planned. Ultimately, they decided they would benefit from having ready access to the full continuum of long-term care services in a secure and stable environment. Being a Mason, Joe always knew The Ohio Masonic Home was there if he needed it. The idea of moving to one of the Home’s three campuses had come to him before but he had not previously thought he was ready for such a move. But now he could see that the peace of mind that he and Mary would gain from living in a worry-
free environment was just what they needed. Joe visited the Springfield campus of The Ohio Masonic Home and liked what he saw: more than 400 acres of beautiful landscape with a variety of villa homes and apartments, as well as the availability of assisted living and skilled nursing services, should he and Mary need them. Financial Assistance
However, with limited financial resources, Joe was not sure whether they could pay their way. Joe and Mary were able to apply for fraternal financial assistance through the Home’s Masonic Financial Assistance Program. The Financial Assistance Program is available to assist senior Ohio Masons with at least five years of service, their wives and widows to live on one of the three retirement communities operated by The Ohio Masonic Home. I never thought I would need it
Thanks to the charity of Ohio Masons, Joe was able to obtain
John White, MFAC director, assists with financial assistance questions.
financial assistance and move to the Springfield campus. “I never thought I would need it,” Joe said. But when he needed it, the Financial Assistance Program and The Ohio Masonic Home was there for him, just as it has been there for so many members of the fraternity. “You can’t imagine how much this means to Mary and I,” Joe said. “It makes me proud to be a member of the Masonic fraternity. Through the services of The Ohio Masonic Home, the fraternity demonstrates its values of brotherly love, relief and truth.” For more information on the Financial Assistance Program or how to make gifts to support this program, call 1-888-248-2664.
Financial Assistance Available to Masons
The Ohio Masonic Home formed a new subsidiary corporation in late 2006. The Masonic Financial Assistance Corporation (MFAC) was formed to manage the Home’s financial assistance programs. The former “Asset Surrender” program was discontinued in 1995. “Now, residents pay as they go,” said John White, MFAC Manager. “When individuals
are unable to pay, they can seek fraternal financial assistance through an application process.” Financial assistance is available for qualifying Ohio Masons and their wives or widows who are residents or are applying for residency at The Ohio Masonic Home campuses in Springfield, Waterville or Medina. For more information on eligibility and how to apply for financial assistance, contact the MFAC office at 937-525-4985 or toll-free at 800-564-9016, or via e-mail at FAP@ohiomasonichome.org. March/April 2007
32º Masons Begin NASCAR Racing Team
Half-Century Award Presented To Past Grand Master Charles Neff
A Scottish Rite Racing Team (Southern Masonic Jurisdiction) has been created and has entered a car in the full 35-race NASCAR Busch Series. The driver is Brian Conz, a Michigan Mason, and the Scottish Rite #34 Chevrolet he will drive will prominently display Scottish Rite emblems. Brother Conz is a veteran driver, who began his career in 1988, and is part of the Frank Cicci Racing Team. Brother Conz is a member of Thomas Hughes Lodge in Livonia, Michigan, and the Scottish Rite Valleys of Detroit and Charlotte, N.C., as well as the Detroit Shriners. The new Scottish Rite Racing Team was introduced in January in Washington and the car was displayed near the steps of the House of the Temple, the Southern Jurisdiction’s headquarters. From left in the picture are Brothers James D. Cole, Hans R. Wilhelmsen, and driver Conz.
(Dupont Circle Photographers)
A 50-year pin and certificate were presented to Past Grand Master Charles K. Neff in January at Luther B. Turner Lodge #732. Most Worshipful Brother Neff presided over the Grand Lodge of Ohio in
1991. His family, who attended the presentation, includes, from left, granddaughter Madison, wife Mary, grandson Steven, Most Worshipful Brother Neff, daughterin-law Kathy, and son, Greg.
Grandfather Raises 5th Generation Family Member
A fifth generation in the Butterfield family was welcomed into Theodore Breck Lodge #714, Brecksville, in September. The picture shows, from left, William, the father; Bill, the new Master Mason and fifth generation; Alan, the grandfather, who as a Past Master raised his grandson, and Tom, a cousin. Alan presented his grandson a Masonic ring, which had belonged to the new Master Mason’s great-great-grandfather.
Golf with a Legend Annual event returns in September
Most Districts in Ohio regularly hold one or more “ritual” meetings each year at which the Grand Lodge typewritten ritual is available for Brothers to review.
The excitement of the Jim Perry Legends Golf Classic features a new twist when the fifth annual event moves to a Monday-Tuesday format, September 17-18, at Greene Country Club near Dayton. The event, presented by the Benevolent Endowment Foundation of The Ohio Masonic Home, gathers 25 former professional athletes to team up with foursomes for a day of golf, food and fun. Proceeds raised go to the Pathways Center for Alzheimer’s Care on the Springfield campus. The biggest difference in this year’s event will be a change in days of play – a Monday and a Tuesday. Past classics had been played on Fridays and Saturdays. Event officials said the shift in days was to better accommodate participants and sponsors. Legends expected to return will be Cincinnati Reds broadcasting legend and pitcher Joe Nuxhall and former Ohio State head football coach Earle Bruce, along with a core of other returning players from a variety of sports. Each day is a separate event, with golfers receiving 18-holes of golf with a Legend, a gift bag, lunch and dinner. Attendees will also have the
Ritual Learning Continues In Ohio
One recent ritual meeting in the 19th District attracted 95 Masons from Knox, Licking and Coshocton counties. Many pressing questions were answered, and some Brothers were even surprised by what they thought they knew but did not. Some 20 to 25 ritual meetings are held each year around Ohio. Popular Cincinnati Reds broadcaster and pitcher Joe Nuxhall is one of the longtime participants in the Legends Golf Classic.
chance to bid each day on many unique auction items. As always, the event will be supported by volunteers, including Springfield campus residents, along with staff members from Springfield and the Browning and Western Reserve campuses as well. For more information on the Jim Perry Legends Golf Classic, call the Foundation 1-888-248-2664, or go to www.ohiomasonichome.org.
The typewritten ritual was created in 1956 under the direction of the Ritual Committee and is a copy of the original “ink and pen” ritual adopted by the Grand Lodge in 1891. Rather than being in cipher, the typewritten ritual is in full text, which makes it the final answer on all those sticky questions regarding what the ritual actually does or does not say. For information about when the typewritten ritual will be in your area, please contact your local District Deputy Grand Master.
At 96, Brother Roy Woolridge Keeps Entertaining, Inspiring The use of pleasing notes and harmonies is very familiar for Brother Roy Woolridge, who at age 96 continues to serve as Chaplain for Bradford Lodge #593 and organist for the Christian Eastern Star Chapter in Bradford. He has been a Lodge member for 35 years. A U.S. Navy veteran, he was a musician and bandmaster in the 14th Naval District Band, and the band has played at the Officer’s Club at Pearl Harbor. He frequently shares his writings, poetry, and music with his Lodge and Chapter. March/April 2007
LIFE PLANNING Have a Healthy Heart
Reduce your risk of heart disease by following these guidelines: • Quit smoking. Smokers have more risk of heart disease than nonsmokers.
• Improve your cholesterol levels. Keep your total cholesterol level less than 200, HDL (good) greater than 40, and LDL (bad) less than 130. A natural way to improve your levels would be to eat oatmeal daily. Eat a healthy diet low in fat and cholesterol. Five servings of fruit daily. • Control high blood pressure. Keep your blood pressure less than 140/90. If you take blood pressure medication, take then as directed.
Do not stop taking them unless told to do so by your doctor. Following a diet low in sodium or don’t add salt to cooked foods can help control your blood pressure. • Control your diabetes. Take your diabetes medication as directed. Monitor your blood glucose levels. Follow your diabetes eating plan given to you by your doctor. • Get active & control your weight. Mild to moderate physical activity. Check with your doctor before starting a program. Walking, regular use of exercise equipment and friendly visits with neighbors may help lower your risks for heart disease.
Muskrat is the Meat of Choice in Bolivar For many years, the Grand Master has been the guest of honor annually at the Muskrat Dinner at Caldwell Lodge #330 in Bolivar, Ohio. Several hundred Masons each year gather for the feast and enjoy a light-hearted meeting. Traditionally, the Grand Master receives a special apron, decorated around the sides with muskrat fur and on the flap with a muskrat head. Far right, Grand Master Michael A. Himes displays his new apron, presented by Worshipful Master Gene Robinson.
Enjoying the delightful dinner are, from left James F. Easterling, Jr., Senior Grand Deacon; Norman J. Mick, Junior Grand Deacon; Raymond T. Clark, Grand Tyler; and Michael A. Himes, Grand Master.
Bicentennial Flags and Banners are available For Lodges to Join in 200th Celebration
hio Freemasons will celebrate the Bicentennial of the Grand Lodge of Ohio in 2008. As this happy anniversary rapidly approaches, it is time to start showing our Masonic pride in our Lodges and in the public. Flag To assist in this, Bicentennial Flags and Banners have been specially designed and are now available for order. Flags are 2’x3’ and made of nylon and show the full color Bicentennial Logo on a light blue background, and are perfect for outdoor display. The cost of a flag is $30, which includes shipping and tax. Banners are 2’x2’ and made of white satin with gold fringe and tassels. The Bicentennial Logo is again in full color, and they are designed for enhancing an indoor Lodge Room or dining room setting. The cost of a banner is $85, which includes shipping and tax. A banner and a flag can be purchased as a set for $100.
Order Form For Bicentennial Flags and Banners I would like to order: ___ Flag(s) at $30 each for a total of $__________ ___ Banner(s) at $85 each for a total of $__________ OR ___ Set(s) of 1 Flag and 1 Banner at $100 per set for a total of $__________ I have included a check for the total amount of $______________________
Name______________________________________________________ Lodge______________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________ City________________________________________________________ State_______________________ Zip____________________________
Checks should be made out to Grand Lodge of Ohio, and mailed to:
Bicentennial Flag Grand Lodge of Ohio P. O. Box 629 Worthington, OH 43085-0629
Delivery will be in six to eight weeks.
3 Father-Son Combinations Contribute Three father-son combinations played roles in the inspection in January of Northern Light Lodge #40 in Maumee. From left are: District Deputy Grand Master Robert G. Sickelbaugh, who was inspecting officer, and his father, Robert B. Sickelbaugh; Worshipful Master Robb A. Slusser and his father, Ralph E. Slusser; and Right Worshipful Brother James C. French, chaplain, and his son, Joseph C. French, a Past State Master Councilor for Ohio DeMolay. March/April 2007
Foundations for the Future By Right Worshipful Brother Timothy B. Strawn CAE President, The OMH Benevolent Endowment Foundation In this issue of the Beacon, we feature Brother Clyde and Sister Marguerite Wooley, longtime supporters of The Home. Their dedication to the fraternity and interest in The Home resulted in a significant gift which named the Springfield campus chapel in their honor.
rother Clyde E. Wooley of New England Lodge #4 is a 60-year Mason who has traveled the world with his wife Marguerite. “We’ve been on many cruises and trips,” Clyde said. “We’ve been to St. Thomas nine times!” As a sales representative for Bloomer Candy Co., Clyde has frequented all corners of Ohio. “I was never in any one place long enough to be an officer in the lodge,” Clyde said, “but I’ve been very active in Masonry.”
2007 Events Planned The Ohio Masonic Home and its subsidiary and affiliated corporations have announced dates for key events on their campuses for 2007. All Masons are invited to attend and participate. The events include: • June 3 – Ohio Masonic Home Day, Springfield • July 28 – Browning Masonic Community Cruise-In, Waterville (Toledo) • Sept. 8/9 – Western Reserve Renaissance Faire, Medina • Sept. 17/18 – Jim Perry Legends Golf Classic, Fairborn (Dayton) To learn how you can participate in and support these events, contact The Ohio Masonic Home at 888-679-4869 or go to www.ohiomasonichome.org.
Clyde has served as Lodge Education Officer for New England Lodge in Worthington. He is a frequent visitor to Hiram #18 in Delaware. He is also member of Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus and Horace Wright Chapter #226 of Royal Arch Masons. Marguerite has been active in Eastern Star. “We’ve had the pleasure of knowing very good people through the fraternity,” Clyde said. Clyde’s father was a charter member of Lakewood Lodge #601 in Cleveland and a 50-year Mason. His mother was Eastern Star and Marguerite’s parents were members of the fraternity. “The Masonic teachings are wonderful,” Clyde said. “But, for us, the social connections have been every bit as important.” Clyde has been a passionate bridge player for much of his adult life. “Bridge is fun because it requires that you develop an effective partnership,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate to have some really good partners.” These days, Clyde spends much of his time studying Civil War history. “It’s fascinating,” he said. “The leaders of that era were extremely interesting individuals.” Over his 60 years in the fraternity, Clyde has noticed some changes. “We need to make the public more aware of the good work we do,” Clyde said. “We can tell people more about Masonry without
Please … remember The Ohio Masonic Home in your will. giving away any secrets. We need to do that.” The Wooleys have demonstrated their support of the fraternity by supporting The Ohio Masonic Home. “The Ohio Masonic Home
Clyde Wooley, right, receives his 60-year Masonic pin from Charles Neff.
provides an important resource to the fraternity,” Clyde said. The Wooleys contribute to many charitable causes, including Grady Memorial Hospital and the Salvation Army. “But the Ohio Masonic Home is our primary charity,” Clyde said. Working with The Home’s Benevolent Endowment Foundation, the Wooleys are the named sponsor of the Springfield campus chapel in the Hillman building. “We were honored to be recognized with our name on the chapel,” Clyde said. “We are fortunate to be in a financial position where we can serve our Brethren.” To find out how you can support The Ohio Masonic Home, please contact Right Worshipful Brother Tim Strawn, President of the Endowment Foundation at 888/248-2664.
New Advertisement Features Grand Master Michael Himes A new advertising “slick” has been created by the Grand Lodge, for Symbolic Lodges to place in local newspapers, if they choose. This “ad” features our Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Michael A. Himes. The ad slick is part of a public relations program, now in its third year, in which the Grand Lodge provides public relations and advertising tools to all 530 Lodges in Ohio to help them improve awareness of Freemasonry in their communities. This new ad slick may also be viewed on the Grand Lodge web page www.freemason.com.
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 January 1 and February 28, 2007. $10,000+ Dunbar, Roger G. Frank, Walter Lindner, Carl H. and Edyth Mueller, Mildred B. Nash, Lawrence $5,000 - $9,999 Gifford, Crystal C. Moss, George K. Seifert, Dorothy T. & Myron T. Sterrett, Kenneth R.
Oliver H. Perry Lodge #341, F&AM Paramuthia Lodge #25, F&AM Phelps, Edgar Sharonville Lodge #204, F&AM Shroyer, Dale & Florence Strait, Wilbur C. Wilmington Lodge #52, F&AM
$100 - $499 Adams, Leroy Albertson, Charles R. Alturas Lodge #537, F&AM Amato, Michael E. Amity Lodge #5, F&AM $2,500 - $4,999 Anthony, Gregory Dean Kuss, Richard L. Axthelm, Charles E. Oberle, Betty Ayash, M. Sami Valley of Cleveland, AASR Bane, John R. Jr. Waddell, Harry D. Batchelor, Kenneth H. Bebee, Ruth Emily Lemon $1,000 - $2,499 Bednarz, Dale R. & Donna Argus Lodge #545, F&AM Blanchester Lodge #191, F&AM Bates, Alyce Bluffton Lodge #432, F&AM Davis, Orlando W. Brenneman, Doug Gooding, Mabel Brewer, Pinckney J. Hilditch, Richard Harold Bridge, Wendell F. Kulle, Clarence L. Brookins, Gary J. Millennium Lodge #779, F&AM Brown, Bradley Third Protestant Memorial Church Brown, Gordon P. Endowment Fund Brown, Nolan W. Williams, Frank R. Buehler, Donald W. Camden Lodge #159, F&AM $500 - $999 Camp, Ferdinand W. Jr. Arters, George D. & B.J. Canton Lodge #60, F&AM Conrad Lodge #271, F&AM Carrender, Harold D. & Virgilia Cortland Lodge #529, F&AM Carson, Terry M. Coventry-Akron Lodge #83, F&AM Case, Floyd Jr. Delta Lodge #207, F&AM Charity Lodge #530, F&AM Dover Lodge #489, F&AM Constitution Lodge #426, F&AM Ebenezer Lodge #33, F&AM Cooper, Robert H. & Donna Fielding Lodge #192, F&AM Corning Lodge #584, F&AM Findlay Lodge #227, F&AM Corson, Barry L. & Frances Harding-Concordia Lodge #345, F&AM Cox, Nelson L. Highland Lodge #38, F&AM Creps, Michael R. John W. Durst Lodge #716, F&AM Curtin, John V. Kelly, Floyd Dalton Lodge #578, F&AM Koker, Daniel N. & Mary Davis, John D. Moriah Lodge #105, F&AM Nova Caesarea Harmony Lodge #2, F&AM Davis, Willard L. & Norma
De Vries, Edythe H. Denig, Robert W. Derr, Kenneth R. Dersham, Theron J. Emery Lodge #258, F&AM Engle, Wilbur E. Frick, Wallace H. Fricke, Howard A. Friess, Jeffrey C. Fulton Lodge #248, F&AM Gadd, Benjamin A. Gantz, Ralph Howard Glasgow, Frederick Goff, Martha J. Graham, Claude Green, Earl M. Grigsby, Robert C. & Harriet Grivna, Joseph M. Hanover Lodge #115, F&AM Harbor Light Lodge #746, F&AM Hatch, Leonard P. Heights-Lion Heart Lodge #633, F&AM Henderson, Dean & Virginia Hensley, Steve Herd, Walter A. Hochradel, Carl J. Jr. Hoinke, David C. & Sherry Horeb Chapter #3, RAM Huret, David Norman Hurley, Richard L. Jackson, Mark Ashley Karth, Charles E. & Marjorie Kellum, Jesse B. & Mary Lake County Shrine Club Lawson, Dennis L. Lawton, Charles Thomas & Jean Leesburg Lodge #78, F&AM Lynchburg Lodge #178, F&AM Mason Lodge #678, F&AM Masonic Square Residents Council Matthews, Clifford H. Jr. Matthews, James A. McGuire, Kenneth Ray McIlvaine, James W. & Janice Mertz, Robert Middleport Lodge #363, F&AM Mill, Robert S.
Miller, William Henry Moesle, Frank J. & Evelyn Myers, Richard E. New Harmony Lodge #435, F&AM Nickerson, James A. Jr. Noble, Craig A. & Lisa Ohio City Lodge #486, F&AM Oola Khan Grotto Palmer, Dale M. Pekarek, Edward L. & Margaret Pequignot, Gene R. & Dolores Peters, Robert M. & Olive Poxon, Samuel T. Prine, Lewis E. & Gayle Quaker City Lodge #500, F&AM Riddle Lodge #315, F&AM Rising Sun Lodge #22, F&AM Sackett, Floris A. Schneider, Edward K. II Shank, Harold & Josephine Shumate, Carlos K. & Ann Simpson, William R. & Carol Skinner, Garry N. Slattery, Dana D. Smalley, Neil M. & Willa Jean Smith, Kenneth Roger Steib, Louis H Jr. Stewart, Joseph II Stout, Donald E. Strauss, Philip Street, C. Clark Sturgess, William B. Tapper, Richard E. Taylor, Arthur S. Jr. Thomas, Betty J. Tyson, Thomas Valley of Dayton, AASR Venus Lodge #152, F&AM Waite, Ralph E. Walters, Edward D. Wayfarer Lodge #789, F&AM Weyant, Carl R. Whitacre, Jo Ann White, John Williams, Robert Wilson, Eugene Young, Todd D.
All About Family Right Worshipful Brother Ronald Connelly, 33º
Right Worshipful Brother Ron Connelly, 33°, (Millennium Lodge #779, Dayton) is proud of his heritage as a third generation Freemason. “Even my father-in-law was a Mason,” he said. But perhaps his most proud moment was when his son joined the fraternity in 2000. “I was Master of the lodge and he was the very first inspection candidate for the newly formed lodge,” he said. “I had no idea he had submitted a petition.” It turns out Ron’s boss, Worshipful Brother Bob Davis (Millennium #779), had received the petition from Ron’s son, Chris. “That was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received,” Ron said. Chris is one of three offspring from Ron and his wife, Elaine, all of whom reside in Columbus. Ron and Elaine live in Centerville, a suburb of Dayton. Chris is an attorney at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease; daughter Jennifer, a nurse at Riverside Hospital; and daughter Becky, a graphic designer with Bath and Body Works. “We’ve always been about family,” Ron said.
With their kids grown, Ron spends most of his time on Masonic activities when he’s not busy with his work as Chief Financial Officer of Dayton Manufacturing Company. “Most of our friends and their families are Masons,” he said. “Elaine and I enjoy the camaraderie of people with the same moral values.” Ron joined the fraternity shortly after completing his college career. “It seemed that all the people I respected were Masons,” he said. “I wanted to surround myself with good people. Freemasonry recognizes people for who they are, not what they are.” Ron was Master of the lodge in which he was raised (Stillwater #616) and was the first master of his current lodge, Millennium #779. He is currently serving his second year as District Deputy Grand Master in the Second District, is a member of Tau Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, Scottish Rite in the Valleys of Dayton and Cincinnati, Antioch Shrine and is a Past Thrice Potent Master of Gabriel Lodge of Perfection, Valley of Dayton. He currently serves as Treasurer for both the Valley of Dayton and The Ohio Council of Deliberation. “I’ve been fortunate
BEACON A JOINT PUBLICATION OF THE GRAND LODGE OF OHIO AND THE OHIO MASONIC HOME
March/April 2007 • VOLUME 14, ISSUE 2
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to have been able to get involved,” he said. In 2000, he joined the Board of The Ohio Masonic Home Benevolent Endowment Foundation and now serves as its Chairman. Last year, he joined The Ohio Masonic Home Board of Trustees. “The Ohio Masonic Home is about providing quality, cost effective services,” he said. “The I-CARE Committees are a great way to serve our Brethren and their families in an efficient and cost effective manner.” Still, The Ohio Masonic Home needs the support of the fraternity to be able to continue its service to the Brethren. “The Home can do a lot of good with more resources,” he said. More than anything, Ron said, “We need to make sure the Home is there to support our Brethren when they need it.” Ron is confident The Ohio Masonic Home has the right people aboard to build on its legacy. “I respect the people on the Ohio Masonic Home boards,” he said. “They’re outstanding professionals and outstanding Masons. We have the right people. We’ll always strive to do the right thing.”
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