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June 21 Parade, Ceremony, Picnic All Part Of Grand Lodge Bicentennial Celebration S

aturday, June 21 in Downtown Columbus will be the focus of the largest celebration planned for the Bicentennial of the Grand Lodge of Ohio. The day will begin at 10 a.m. with a parade down High Street to the Statehouse. All Masonic organizations are invited to participate in the parade, as are veterans and historical reenactment groups. Registration forms and information are available from the Grand Secretary’s Office, 800-292-6092. The registration deadline for the parade is May 15. “It is my hope that we will have floats and marching units in the parade from the entire family of Freemasonry,” said Grand Master Ronald L. Winnett. “I’ve also invited our Brothers from Prince Hall to participate with us.”

Immediately after the parade, approximately 11 a.m., the Grand Lodge officers will publicly reenact the cornerstone ceremony for the Statehouse in full and ancient form. Following the conclusion of the reenactment, the Grand Master will host a family picnic at the Ohio Historical Society’s Ohio Village. Food and entertainment will be provided free of charge as will bussing from the Village to the parade and back again. “The Grand Lodge has been a major supporter of the Village since it first opened in the 1970s. The Lodge hall above the hardware store gives every visitor a look at what Freemasonry in the 1860s was like,”

Charles Eichensehr, Grand Lodge historian, said. The Ohio Village will be open for exploration, and an 1860s-style baseball game between the Village Muffins and the Masonic Rough Ashlars is being planned. June 21 should prove to be fun for the whole family and a great way to celebrate the Bicentennial. It may be the largest Masonic event in Ohio in a generation.

Ohio Statehouse to be site of June 21st event.

Golf Classic Coming to Cleveland Area Spend the day with a sports

Former Indians star Jim Perry will lead his sports legends for a day of golf this summer in Medina.

legend on July 28 in Medina! The Jim Perry Legends Golf Classic is coming to northeast Ohio! with a special one-day event at the Blue Heron Golf Club, one of the country’s premier public golf courses. The Jim Perry Legends Golf Classic places foursomes with sports figures for a day of golf

and fun. The event, presented by the Endowment Foundation, has been held in the Springfield area for five years, with proceeds most recently benefiting Alzheimer’s care services on the Springfield campus. Participating sports figures have included major league baseball players, NFL players, professional boxers, Continued on page 5

Grand Lodge Officers 2007-2008 Grand Master Ronald L. Winnett Reynoldsburg Deputy Grand Master Charles R. Murphy Rossford Senior Grand Warden Terry W. Posey Tipp City Junior Grand Warden Bradford A. Goebel Willoughby Grand Treasurer Thomas H. Galyen, P.G.M. Olmsted Falls Grand Secretary George O. Braatz, P.G.M. Westerville Grand Chaplain Ralph E. Crossan Somerset Grand Orator Kevin B. Todd New Waterford Grand Marshal James F. Easterling, Jr. Norton Senior Grand Deacon Norman J. Mick Harrison Junior Grand Deacon Steven E. Cokonougher Westerville Grand Tyler Joseph B. Phillis Carrollton

The Beacon is published bi-monthly Please report all changes of address to your lodge secretary, who, in turn, will notify the Grand Secretary, who maintains the database that produces The BEACON mailing labels. Paul Quinn, Director of Marketing and Communications The Ohio Masonic Home 2655 W. National Road Springfield, OH 45504-3698 937/525-3074 George Braatz, P.G.M., Grand Secretary at The Grand Lodge F.&A.M. of Ohio P.O. Box 629 Worthington, OH 43085-0629 614/885-5318


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Terrific Time to be a Freemason By Ronald L. Winnett, Grand Master

Our Bicentennial celebration is well underway and I want to thank the nearly 6,000 persons who attended the Founders Day dinners around the state in January. Plans are being finished for our largest celebration day, June 21, in Columbus. One newspaper reported there will be 20,000 Masons in attendance for the parade and Statehouse Cornerstone Reenactment. (See details of event on Page 1.) Brethren, let’s make this happen! There are three things you can’t take back once they have been given: Time, Words, and Opportunity. The time is now to

tell the public about who we are and what we do for humanity. This is our opportunity to let everyone know that Freemasony is alive and well! It is my belief that we are seeing a revival of Freemasonry in Ohio. A lot of our lodges are seeing an increase in candidates and many of them are younger men. To continue this trend, we have to do much the same as in the 1800s. We have to go out into our communities and talk about Freemasonry. Brethren, this is a terrific time to be a Freemason. Our enthusiasm is high and our energy level is building. We need to open our doors and greet today’s world as a team. I have said many times, there is nothing that we can’t accomplish as long as we work together in this Wonderful World of Freemasonry.

Ohio Mason Elected President of SVR Robert E. Grim, a Past Master of New Holland Lodge #392, has been elected national commander of the Sons of Veterans Reserve, during the group’s 51st annual Remembrance Day in Gettysburg, PA. Right Worshipful Brother Grim, a Past District Deputy Grand Master in the 8th Masonic District, is a retired American history teacher for Miami Trace High School, a U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran, and a member of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. The SVR is the uniformed military element of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, whose membership consists of descendants of Union Civil War veterans.

Long-Term Care for the Price of a Cup of Coffee By Worshipful Brother Wm. David Bannerman, Chief Executive Officer, The Ohio Masonic Home


it that way, it includes the assistance that you and your family may provide to help your spouse, sister, brother, aunt or neighbor to stay at home. Many people assume long-term care is provided in facilities. Yet 80 percent of care giving, such as meals, transportation to doctor appointments, help with a shower, and trips to the grocery, are provided in the home. The average family spends $5,000 annually Ohio Masonic Home CEO Dave Bannerman speaks out of pocket for carewas a recent speaker at a meeting of The Ohio related expenses for a Masonic Home High 12 Club. loved one. The irony is that encourages self-imposed poverty we have known for decades that and welfare. Medicare and health long-term care is an insurable set insurance don’t pay for long-term of circumstances in your life – just care. The two biggest payers are like you insure your car or home. Medicaid – which pays for those AAHSA decided to solve the who are impoverished – and you! problem. During an election year, As former First Lady Rosalynn you may think action is untimely. Carter said, “There are only four kinds of people in this world – those The truth is it’s precisely the right time to make your concerns known. who have been caregivers, those One of my roles as CEO of who are currently caregivers, those The Ohio Masonic Home is to who will be caregivers and those advocate for older adults, needed who will need caregivers.” That’s services and healthcare. I do this all of us! Even if you don’t think of

ur current long-term care system is a national tragedy. It is a system that drains family resources and

Ohio Observes Month at the George Washington Memorial January was selected by the George Washington Memorial as Ohio month in recognition of the Grand Lodge of Ohio’s Bicentennial. The Bicentennial Timeline displays were shown at the Memorial during January, and the Ohio flag was flown. Information about the George Washington Memorial is available at

in Washington, D.C., through an association called “AAHSA,” which stands for American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. This association helps to create the future of aging services, and we need your help. AAHSA set out to study every conceivable way to finance long-term care. They looked at worldwide approaches that could work. Their conclusion? We need a national insurance trust charged with providing affordable, flexible, accessible long-term care. And they discovered it could be done in a fiscally sound way – for the same cost as a daily cup of coffee. This new solution allows individuals to decide what kind of care they need and to use the cash benefit to pay and receive services in a place they call “home.” The plan is based on choice, responsibility and fairness. Every adult who becomes disabled is eligible for the benefits. All working, able adults pay into the insurance trust. All who can pay, pay. All who need, receive. We know this works, but we need your help. We ask of you: Call 1-202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your member of Congress. Tell them: “I need a financial system for long-term care that makes it affordable for me to care for my loved ones. I need a system that allows me and my loved ones to plan for the kind of care needed in a way that we can afford. There is no more time for delay. AAHSA (they’ll know the Association) has a plan that makes long-term care possible for all Americans for the price of a cup of coffee. I’d like to know what you are doing about this issue.” (Let them tell you here). March/ April 2008


Estate of Royal Scofield Launches Charity Endowment Fund R

oyal C. Scofield, Past Grand Master and nationally known for his promotion of Masonic education, left a gift in his estate designated for a charitable program in the Grand Lodge of Ohio. Most Worshipful Brother Scofield died on November 27, 2006, at the age of 93. With the estate gift, the Grand Lodge of Ohio has created the Royal C. Scofield Charity Endowment Fund to support the Masonic Model Students Assistance Program in Ohio. The goal of the new Endowment Fund will be, by increasing its size, to finance the Masonic Model Program, without the need of using Grand Lodge administrative funds. The Grand Lodge has already received $125,000 from the estate and more may be coming. In the past year, Lodges have also contributed money to assist the Masonic Model effort and these will be added to the Endowment Fund. Only the interest from the fund may be used; the principle must remain invested. A fund-raising campaign has also been launched, to give many brethren and Lodges, who want to honor the memory of Most

Worshipful Brother Scofield, to contribute to the Charity Endowment Fund he created in his will. (See attached coupon for details.) “Sco,” as his friends called him, was a member of Sebring Lodge #626 for 63 years, and served as Grand Master of Ohio in 1973-74. For many years, he served as Chairman of the Grand Lodge Education Committee, and helped develop a successful series of Masonic education correspondence courses. For years, he graded every test paper personally, and was known and loved by literally

thousands of Masons for his famous red-pen notes on the test papers. His determination and tireless efforts to spread Masonic education inspired other Grand Lodges to begin correspondence courses. He was active in the Midwest Conference of Masonic Education and was national president of the Philalethes Society in 1995. For many years, he was Fraternal Correspondent for the Grand Lodge of Ohio. “The use of his estate gift to support the Masonic Model Student Assistance program would be heartily endorsed by Sco as a positive method of promoting educational success in a young generation,” a longtime Masonic associate said. The Masonic Model Student Assistance Program is a gift from the Freemasons of Ohio to the schools in Ohio communities. The program consists of a three-day intensive training seminar that enables core teams of school faculty and staff members to effectively identify and refer at-risk youth. The professional trainers, manuals, overnight accommodations, and meals are all provided at no cost to participants.

I wish to honor the memory of M.W. Brother Royal C. Scofield By contributing to the Royal C. Scofield Charity Endowment Fund Supporting the Masonic Model Student Assistance Program in Ohio _____________________________________________ Name (Please Print)

________________________ Lodge and Lodge #

$____________________ Amount of Gift

For gifts of $100 or more, the contributors will receive a specially designed certificate, suitable for framing, recognizing their generosity to the Royal C. Scofield Charity Endowment Fund. Send to: Grand Lodge of Ohio, P.O. Box 629, Worthington, Ohio 43085-0629


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Six Original Ohio Lodges Meet Again in Chillicothe

Golf Classic Coming to Cleveland Area Continued from page 1

These Putnam family members, who attended the January 4 meeting in Chillicothe, are descendants of our first Grand Master, Rufus Putnam. From left are Philip, Eric and Brian Putnam.

Representatives from five of the original Lodges in Ohio made a special trip to Chillicothe on January 4, 2008 to attend the annual inspection of Scioto Lodge #6 – the 6th original Ohio Lodge. The purpose of this gathering was to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the first session of the Grand Convention held in Chillicothe at the Old Statehouse on January 4, 1808. The Grand Convention met for four days and voted to form the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio. “Our Lodge hall is just about a half block from where the old Statehouse stood,” said William

Bennett, Secretary of Scioto Lodge. “It was great that the Brothers from the other Lodges took the time to share this anniversary with us.” Also present at Scioto Lodge on January 4, were descendants of Rufus Putnam, Ohio’s first elected Grand Master. Brother Philip W. Putnam of Scioto Lodge was presented his 50-year pin by his sons, Worshipful Brother Brian J. Putnam and Brother Eric D. Putnam. All three are members of Scioto Lodge #6. Worshipful Brother Brian Putnam bears a striking resemblance to the portrait of Rufus Putnam painted by James Sharples, Sr.

70-Year Pin Awarded In Argus Lodge Robert Lloyd, seated, was presented his 70-year pin and certificate by Right Worshipful Brother Donald E. Butream, District Deputy Grand Master in the 24th Masonic District in January. The annual awards night in Argus Lodge #545 also honored Edward Dickson and Robert Bayne with 50-year awards and Mark Stoval and Joseph Fekety with 25-year pins.

NCAA referees and more. The event is led by former Cleveland Indians pitcher and 1970 Cy Young Award winner Jim Perry. The Foundation is working with a committee of dedicated brethren who’ve volunteered to bring the event to northeast Ohio. “We’re excited to bring this opportunity to northeast Ohio,” said Illustrious Brother Glenn Beaver, 33°, event chairman. “The Jim Perry Legends Golf Classic allows you to spend a day with a prominent sports figure while raising funds for The Ohio Masonic Home.” Assisting Brother Beaver are: Worshipful Brothers Alan Jones, Ron Runion, Eric Schau, Joe Orosz, John Youngblood, Dave Czocher and Marlene Beaver. Benevolent Endowment Foundation President, Right Worshipful Brother Tim Strawn said the proceeds from the event will go to support Western Reserve Masonic Community’s Alzheimer’s program. “You can have a great time with a unique golf partner and be helping a great cause,” Strawn said. The Blue Heron Golf Club was recently named one of the best new public courses in America by Golf Digest. “In addition to the great food, company and cause, you’ll enjoy a meal and the chance to bid on great items in a silent and live auction,” Strawn said. The sixth annual Jim Perry Legends Golf Classic Springfield area event will be held Sept. 15-16 at Greene Country Club in Fairborn. For more information on either event, call The Ohio Masonic Home’s Benevolent Endowment Foundation toll free at: 888/248-2664.

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Secure and Confident Leonard and Rowena Lindh have their own clubhouse on 200 acres! That’s what they tell their friends about their garden villa home on the campus of the Western Reserve Masonic Community. The Lindhs’ villa home has a spacious living room, a large basement, and a sunroom overlooking one of the lakes in front of the main campus building. When they came to Western Reserve Masonic Community to visit, they were impressed by its cleanliness inside and out and the friendliness of the staff. The clincher was being able to move in with their dog, Mollie, a Sheltie. “We wouldn’t have considered moving in if we couldn’t bring our dog,” said Rowena. The Lindhs have found Western Reserve Masonic Community to be a perfect place for them and their pet. Rowena takes Mollie on a 1.1-mile loop around the campus for exercise at least three times a day, no matter the weather. So both are able to stay fit right in their own back yard. This has also led to a bond with other Community residents who own dogs. The Lindhs even took care of a fellow resident’s dog when the owner was ill.

Another consideration for the Lindhs was the excellent reputation of Western Reserve Masonic Community and its parent company, The Ohio Masonic Home. “We felt this was a financially secure institution,” Rowena said. “That made us confident.” Being secure in where they are living has given the Lindhs time to focus on their Leonard and Rowena Lindh live comfortably with their interests. While RoSheltie dog Mollie in their Western Reserve Masonic wena enjoys spendCommunity garden villa home. ing time with Mollie, Leonard, a 50-plus year Mason with They are joining the Resident AmProspect Lodge #578 in Pennsylvabassador Program and want to join nia, likes working on his computer. the campus resident choir. Rowena He is also involved in the Medina said she’s looking forward to helpcommunity. A former Marine and ing with the gardening around the veteran, Leonard serves on a board building. that supports wounded Marines Choosing from the many and their families. available activities is probably the “We had no idea of the assets of toughest thing the Lindhs have Medina,” Leonard said. “It’s quite faced since moving to Western impressive.” Reserve Masonic Community. But They are also discovering all it’s one they enjoy having. there is to do on the Western Re“On a scale of 1-10,” Leonard serve Masonic Community campus. said, “this place is a 12.”

100th Birthday Celebration For Delta Lodge Past Master A special 100th birthday party was held for William Gorsuch, a Past Master of Delta Lodge #207, in January at the McArthur Firefighter’s Hall, attended by many friends and community members. In addition to being a 76-year member and Past Master of Delta Lodge, Worshipful Brother Gorsuch is the oldest living World War II veteran in Vinton County. He is a former Mayor of the Village of McArthur and a respected citizen in the community. Until age 95, he would still help his friend, David Allen Gill, at the pharmacy and enjoyed greeting and working with all customers.


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Lodge Gives a Taste of I-CARE T

here’s an old saying about the way to a man’s heart being through his stomach. One lodge used that same logic to support its I-CARE committee. Huber Heights Lodge #777 in Huber Heights, wanted to move forward with its I-CARE efforts. What better way to draw attention than through a tasty meal? The committee recently held a chicken noodle dinner with side dishes and desserts at the temple social. Free will donations were taken as payment for the dinner. Worshipful Master Mike Cromer really wanted the event to succeed, using the lodge’s Trestleboard newsletter to talk about the dinner and build interest. “We wanted to be proactive on this rather than just waiting for a phone call,” said I-CARE committee member Ron Clement.

The Huber Heights Lodge ICARE committee began in 2007 after a presentation by Diane Shober, the area’s coordinator. Diane said their focus on I-CARE is commendable. “Huber Heights Lodge has embraced the I-CARE committee concept and taken it a step beyond,” said Diane. “I think having this dinner really made a statement to the entire lodge that they are committed to the work and investing in future success. I see this lodge as a great example of what an I-CARE committee can do when you have creative and dedicated members who want to make a difference.” The committee has helped its brethren with things such as rides to places, visits and other general tasks. Its focus is doing more. Ten volunteers helped with preparing the chicken and noodles

along with side dishes such as salads and several desserts, all of which came from lodge brethren. The date worked well on the lodge’s schedule. They spend several weekends raising funds at local sporting events and this one was open. About 70 people enjoyed the meal and fellowship as the committee raised $270. Several lodge members and their families trickled in as the night went on, and take-out service was offered to those who couldn’t stay, which some members took advantage of. The extra food was shared with local firefighters. “This committee helps fulfill our obligations to relieve our brethren,” said Mike. For more information, contact 888/286-0010 or go to

Springfield Masonic Community Ranks High

The quality of the physical therapy program is among the reasons Springfield Masonic Community ranked high in a recent state resident satisfaction survey.


pringfield Masonic Community received high marks from its residents in a recent survey conducted by The Ohio Department of Aging. Springfield Masonic Community’s skilled nursing area received the highest rating in the area, receiving a 92.1, well above the state average of 86.3. Springfield Masonic Community ranked in the top three in the area for overall resident

satisfaction and for referral to friends and family members. Nursing home and residential care residents and their families were surveyed regarding their satisfaction with facilities and services they receive. Residents of the Springfield Masonic Community were asked to rate a number of factors, including activities, choice, care and services, employee relations, employee responsiveness, meals and dining, laundry and general satisfaction. Springfield Masonic Community also scored well in the nation’s first resident satisfaction survey for residential care facilities, commonly called “assisted living.” In that survey, 100 percent of residents said

they were satisfied with the community. And more than 97 percent said they would refer friends and family members to the community. Springfield Masonic Community’s nursing home and resident care facilities were recognized in 2007 for 100 percent compliance and no citations during a state inspection. Springfield Masonic Community is a subsidiary of The Ohio Masonic Home, which has served the area since 1892. Springfield Masonic Community offers independent living options in garden villas and apartments, assisted living, skilled nursing care and dementia/ Alzheimer’s care for people ages 55-older. March/ April 2008


Founders Day Dinners Photos show some of the fun and excitement at the 25 district Founders Day Dinners held in January. Nearly 6,000 attended.

Covering the Future Part of this year’s Bicentennial celebration is the creation of time capsules by all 25 Masonic Districts as well as the Scottish Rite, York Rite and the Home. The capsules will be deposited in a location at the Home during a special ceremony on Masonic Home Day on September 7 in Springfield.

sizes and the number of lines of text and characters per line (including spaces) are indicated below. Prices include engraving.

A special “covering” will be created above the area in which the capsules are deposited to mark it for future generations and those who will ultimately retrieve the capsules many years from now. Commemorative granite stones are being created especially for this area and are available for purchase. To secure your place…or that of your lodge, chapter, council, commandery or other body…in this specially marked area, purchase one or more of these stones. Their

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8”x 4” gray or black granite

$ 50


12”x 12” gray or black granite



24”x 24” gray granite



24”x 24” black granite $700


A limited number of stones are available. Orders will be processed on a first come, first served basis. We reserve the right to determine order of receipt and designate location. Orders received after July 1st may not be included in the covering.

For more information and an order form, contact the Foundation toll free at 888/248-2664 or go to, click on the Foundation tab and then Covering the Future.


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Bicentennial Proclamation From Mayor of Dayton The Grand Lodge received a special proclamation certificate in January from Rhine McLin, Mayor of Dayton, recognizing the Grand Lodge for its Bicentennial. “Please accept my warm wishes on this special celebration,” the document read, “in recognition of your 200th Anniversary and Founder Dinner.”

Bicentennial Logo Earns NASCAR Status The Grand Lodge of Ohio’s Bicentennial logo has made its racing debut. It rode along with Brother Blake Feese, of North Carolina, in a NASCAR ARCA series race at the Daytona Speedway on February 9. Brother Feese drove car number 8. His car was sponsored by DeMolay International, Encompasses Inc., and FPC International, which is owned by Brother George Riegel of Minerva Lodge #13, Barbersville, WV.

Brother Riegel’s company produces a fuel additive, which reduces fuel consumption by 5 to 8% as well as lowers harmful emissions. He dedicates 25% of sales from their webpage, to support the racing program. It was Brother Riegel who To learn more about Brother Blake made it possible for the Feese visit his official website at Grand Lodge’s logo to be used.

More information about Ohio Freemasonry and its Bicentennial celebration can be found at

Pickaway County Masons Publicize Bicentennial The three Pickaway County Lodges together created a display of pictures and artifacts at the Pickaway County District Public Library in Circleville that was shown all during the month of January to help celebrate the Grand Lodge Bicentennial. Pickaway Lodge #23, New Holland Lodge #392, and Heber Lodge #501 pulled together such items as old Masonic aprons, pictures of Lodge rooms and buildings, biographies, and original minutes. In addition, the Lodge gave two Masonic books to the Library to enhance the public’s knowledge of Freemasonry. March/ April 2008


Bicentennial Lantern Passed in 6th District Members and Officers of Milford Lodge #54 passed the 6th Masonic District Lantern to the Brethren of Bethel Lodge #61 on February 14. Following the passing of the Lantern, the Brethren enjoyed a traditional, pioneer dinner of beans and cornbread that just “hit the spot” on a rather cold evening in Clermont County. In spite of the weather, the turnout was better than anticipated with several brothers presenting themselves in period dress (obtained through Castle Costumes in Miamiville). Much fun and

camaraderie was had by all as the special Bicentennial Lantern made its way to the next stop in its journey to the 199th Communication of the Grand Lodge in October.

Bicentennial Banners and Flags are available For Lodges to Join in 200th Celebration Flag

As Ohio Freemasons celebrate the Bicentennial of the Grand Lodge of Ohio in 2008, Lodges can demonstrate their Masonic pride by displaying specially designed Bicentennial Flags and Banners. 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 the banners 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 $______________________ Checks should be made out to Grand Lodge of Ohio, and mailed to:


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Bicentennial Flag Grand Lodge of Ohio P. O. Box 629 Worthington, OH 43085-0629

Name______________________________________________________ Lodge______________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________ City________________________________________________________ State_______________________ Zip____________________________ Telephone___________________________________________________

Delivery will be in six to eight weeks.

The Invisible Lodge Blends Masonry and Magic Magic and Freemasonry have several things in common. Both are ageless, and both have always been associated with secrets.

Paintings on the walls in Egyptian pyramids show a magician performing “the oldest trick in the book” – Cups and Balls. Magician organizations such as the Society of American Magicians (SAM) or the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) promote the secrecy of the art by stressing the importance of keeping the secrets of magic from the public while encouraging and teaching those who are interested in performing. The Invisible Lodge joins both Masonry and magic. Founded in 1953 by Brother Brewerton H. Clarke of New York (a.k.a. Sir Felix

Korim), the Invisible Lodge is not a Lodge, but rather an international organization of Masons who are interested in magic. Several famous magicians were Masons, including Brothers Harry Houdini, Howard Thurston, Harry Kellar, Harry Blackstone, Sr., and Harry Blackstone, Jr. Most famous Masonic magicians predate the Invisible Lodge, but there are several famous members, such as Billy McComb, Carl Ballantine, and Okito (Theo Bamberg). A leading Masonic author and researcher, S. Brent Morris, is a member of the Invisible Lodge, as well. The Invisible Lodge has its own ceremonies that make use of elements of both the world of Freemasonry and the world of magic. They typically meet at magic conventions worldwide, where the Brethren assemble to discuss and perform magic and initiate new members. There was a time that membership in the IBM or SAM was required to join the Invisible Lodge, but now a Brother just needs to have an interest in magic as a performer or collector, show his current dues card, and complete a petition.

Nearly half of the International Presidents of the Invisible Lodge International have been Ohio Masons. These include Ronald Haines, founder of world-famous Haines House of Cards in Norwood (which is currently owned by Brother Bill Winzig), and Bill Joy, who established the Invisible Lodge’s newsletter. The last surviving International President from Ohio is Brother Joe Elliott, of Reynoldsburg. International meetings are held annually at the Columbus MagiFest, but there are some regional Invisible Lodge organizations that meet more frequently to initiate members, exchange ideas, and enjoy the social atmosphere. Initiation fees are $60, and dues for the international Invisible Lodge are $10 per year. The Invisible Lodge does not have any official charities, but its members are encouraged to perform free of charge at Masonic Homes and orphanages. For more information on the Invisible Lodge, visit and read the Spotlight article.

Mt. Carmel Lodge Presents Ceremonial Bugle The members of Mt. Carmel Lodge #303 have presented a Ceremonial Bugle to The North Union Veterans Honor Guard. The Ceremonial Bugle is a dignified method of playing Taps at a military funeral when a live bugler is not available for military funeral ceremonies. It was developed in order to provide a solemn visual image and as an alternative to the playing of a recorded version of Taps on a CD/cassette player. The people present were, from left, front row, Larry Nibert, Gail Degood-Guy, Jerry Belt, Dick Cooper, Jeff Carlson; back row, John Crabbe, Gene Mosier, and John Willis.

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Elder Care 101 – First Steps By Mike Magee, M.D


aregiving for an aging parent, spouse, domestic partner or close friend presents tough challenges, especially when a crisis hits and responsibility descends upon you suddenly. Maybe your mother has fallen and is hospitalized with a broken hip. Or your spouse has wandered off and gotten lost. Caregiving descends upon us in all sorts of ways – through sudden crises or a series of small but unsettling mishaps and warning signs. You may be the only person to step in or you may simply be

the linchpin of a large network of family members and friends willing to help. Whatever the situation, you are not sure of the next step. Or even the first step. Does your loved one need help? Here are warning signs: • Difficulty walking – unsteady when standing – recent fall(s) • Poor grooming and personal hygiene – soiled clothing • Loss of appetite – changes in eating / cooking habits • Spoiled or outdated food in fridge – little nutritious food in home

The Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Mich. is one of the destinations for the Browning Travel Club this spring.

Browning Launches Travel Club There’s a lot to see and do! With the new Browning Masonic Travel Club, it’s easy and affordable.

and world-class sculpture park. Expect to see exhibitions and other special features during the visit.

The club is planning day-long bus trips where you can relax and enjoy the company of others to various points of interest in and around Ohio. There is no club fee or package to buy; you take as many or as few of the trips as you’d like. It’s designed to be affordable and trips are open to people ages 21-older.

A summer tour is also being planned for right here in Ohio. One of the tentative attractions is Put-InBay on Lake Erie’s western basin.

You never know where the club may take you. Its first outing was a trip to see a musical production at Detroit’s Gem Theater. The next scheduled trip, Wednesday, April 23, will be to Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Mich. This will be highlighted by its botanical garden


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Anyone with a sense of adventure, interested in meeting new people and just getting out for a day is welcome to join in. For more information, call Carleen Sweet at Browning Masonic Community at 419-878-1819. Browning Masonic Community is located at 8883 Browning Drive, Waterville. It offers the finest in retirement living for ages 55-older with independent living garden villa homes and apartments and assisted living options.

• Diminished driving skills – recent accidents – near misses • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed • Reluctance to socialize • Difficulty concentrating – poor judgment • Memory loss – forgetfulness – confusion • Mishandled medication(s) • Persistent fatigue – lack of energy • Personality changes – irritability – sudden mood changes • Unopened mail – past due bills – mishandled finances • Poor housekeeping / home maintenance – unsafe conditions What kind of help does your loved one need? Are the problems undiagnosed but correctable? For example, prescription drugs interactions and other side effects, Vitamin B12 deficiency, dehydration and other treatable conditions are mistaken for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia more frequently than most people realize. According to Consumer Reports on Health, “Any new health problem in an older person should be considered drug induced until proven otherwise. If your loved one’s problems are not correctable, what living arrangements and nursing care plans are most appropriate? If they are able to remain in their own home, how do you figure out what kind of home care to arrange? Is assisted living preferred over nursing homes? What particular challenges does your loved one’s disability pose? What is the best way to access community resources? How will you manage it all – and still maintain a life of your own? This will be discussed in the next issue of the Beacon. Mike Magee, M.D., is a recognized leader in the health care arena. He strives to help people understand the big picture of health and how our health care system works. Dr. Magee shares his views on these topics at


Growth and Challenges: The Home in the Early 20th Century This third in a series celebrating the 200th anniversary of Freemasonry looks at expansion and how life at The Ohio Masonic Home was affected by the changing times.

Following its start-up in the 1890s, The Ohio Masonic Home faced a new century. By 1904, a second building was planned and a cornerstone laying took place on Oct. 26. The Grand Chapter, Order of Eastern Star raised $14,000 for a “cottage” for those needing special brief or extended physical care. The building was dedicated May 10, 1905. For a resident of The Home, there was always something going on. Picnics were common in warmer months. There were overnight outings around the state and in Springfield. The YMCA, opera house and theater were popular destinations. Through the generosity of fraternal organizations, youth residents enjoyed trips to the Cincinnati Zoo and Cedar Point.

A new form of transportation, the motorized vehicle, made it easier for Masonic groups to visit, helped employees get to and from work and gave residents a chance to get to town for shopping trips or other outings. The second decade of the 20th century brought two historical events that impacted The Home. A disastrous flood that leveled Dayton also affected The Home, where waters from the nearby Mad

River surrounded The Home on the hill. For a time, residents and staff were marooned. The other was World War I, which saw 23 alumni of The Home serve in the armed forces. Entertainment became somewhat limited due to the country being at war, but it didn’t slow the progress of campus expansion. Additional buildings included cottages for boys and girls in 1915 and a power house the next year. The Grand Lodge and Eastern Star combined for a gift to build a hospital in 1918. A bequest from Ralph R. Rickly in 1921 helped push the project forward. Ground was broken March 1, 1922, and the building was dedicated on Oct. 17, 1923, to serve as a residence and a hospital for physically disabled residents. Still in existence today, the building carries the name Rickly Commons. The very first alumni homecoming of former residents of the childrens home was held the weekend of July fourth in 1925, with 72 former residents returning. The reunions continue today, every other year. The next reunion will be held the weekend of July fourth in 2008. The growing number of children at The Home in the late 1920s prompted the construction of a new building. The Cunningham Building opened in 1928. It was expanded in 1930 with 220 total rooms. After being renovated in the late 1990s, The Apartments at Cunningham Place now serves as an independent living residence for seniors. One current resident, Jim Zeigler, had lived there in the 1930s as a youngster and now lives there as a retiree.

Students study Freemasonry at OSU Worshipful Brother Jose Diaz, a Past Master of York Lodge #563 and an Associate Professor of History, is currently teaching a freshman seminar course entitled, “From National Treasure to The Da Vinci Code: Freemasons, Fact, and Fiction” at The Ohio State University. “I was really surprised by the number of students who wanted to take the class,” said Diaz. “At one point, this class had the longest waiting list of any at OSU. I will teach it again in the Spring quarter, and I already have 10 students enrolled.” The course syllabus states that by the end of the seminar, students will be able to: • Understand the origins and history of Freemasonry • Understand Freemasonry’s role in American popular culture • Search and locate information resources that are helpful in conducting more advanced research in Freemasonry and other fraternal orders • Understand arguments for and against Freemasonry The course will meet once a week for nine weeks. Each week will focus on a different topic. The three main textbooks for the course are S. Brent Morris’ The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Freemasonry, Christopher Hodapp’s Freemasons for Dummies, and Mark Tabbert’s American Freemasons. Worshipful Brother Diaz will take his class on a tour of the Grand Lodge Museum in Worthington and will conclude the 9th week with a viewing of the Stonecutters episode of “The Simpsons.” March/ April 2008



Achieving a Lifetime of Goals By Right Worshipful Brother Timothy B. Strawn, CAE, President, The OMH Benevolent Endowment Foundation In this issue of the Beacon, we feature Worshipful Brother Ray Burkhart, a longtime supporter of The Home. His dedication to the fraternity and interest in The Home resulted in a significant gift which named the Springfield campus auditorium in honor of Ray and his late wife, Jean.

in operating the family business. They all gathered recently to celebrate Ray’s 80th birthday. A former basketball player, Ray admires the coaching acumen of Texas Tech basketball coach Bob Knight. “He really understands the game,” Ray said. These days, Ray’s leisure time activities include euchre and travel. He recently visited Alaska, Jamaica, Switzerland and Australia with Mrs. Lynn Porter, his companion the last three years. Many people know the Burkhart name for the Springfield Masonic Community auditorium which bears that name. Working with the Home’s Benevolent Endowment Foundation, the auditorium in Rickly Commons was dedicated to Ray and Jean. “It’s an honor to have our names on the auditorium,” Ray said. “I’m quite proud of it. I was already in the One Grand Club, but we wanted to do something more. The Ohio Masonic Home is the best possible use of those assets. I’ve received thanks for our contribution from a countless number of people. It’s a pleasure to be able to help others. I just wish it could have happened in my wife’s lifetime.”

Brother Jerry Rasor.Worthington Chapter #287, Order of Eastern Star. While he has always maintained his lodge membership at Masterton, he became a frequent visitor to and good friend of New England Lodge #4. “My mentors and the people I admired were Masons,” Ray said. “You don’t have to be a Mason to be a good person, but it certainly helps!” Ray said he has tried to live in accordance with the Masonic teachings. “It has served me well in business as well as my personal life,” he said. Ray is an active member and leader of Worthington Shrine Club. He also belongs toScottish Rite and York Rite. Jean, Ray’s wife of 54 years before she died in 2004, was Worthy Matron of Worthington Chapter. From left, Lynn Porter, Tim Strawn, President of the Ohio Masonic Home Benevolent Endowment “Eastern Star was great for us because it allowed us to enjoy Foundation, and Brother Ray Burkhart. Masonry together.” Ray and Jean joined Eastern Star together in early 60 years ago, Worshipful 1960 and served as Worthy Matron Brother Ray Burkhart identified his To find out how you can support and Patron in 1973. Ray went on to life’s goals: buy a new Ford, become The Ohio Masonic Home, please serve as Worthy Grand Patron of a sailor, get married and have four contact Right Worshipful Brother Tim the Grand Chapter of Ohio, Order children, and become a Mason. Strawn, President of the Benevolent of Eastern Star, in 1995-96. He has reached all his goals. He Endowment Foundation,toll free at Ray is proud of his children: Doug, bought a car, joined the Navy, had 888-248-2664. Dave, Darla and Debbie, and his nine four children with his late wife Jean, grandchildren. They succeeded Ray and joined Masterton Lodge #429. “I’ve had a good life,” Ray said. Ray was raised on a farm in Noble County. As a young man, he became a member of Masterton Lodge in 1952 and later served as its James Hieb, Junior Steward of Stonington Lodge Worshipful Master in 1959. Later, #503 in Amherst, Ohio, has authored a book about he moved from the Marietta area to the Amherst (Lorain County) region, which has long Worthington and became a member been known as the “Sandstone Center of the World.” of Horace W. Wright Chapter #226, The book explores the rich history of quarry life, RAM where he served as High and the dozens of companies that quarried sandstone in Priest in 1968. He also served as Lorain County during the past 160 years. Several charter members of President of the 11th Capitular Stonington Lodge were influential quarry owners. District and was a charter member For more information on the book, “Sandstone Center of the World,” of Aladdin Shrine’s Past Masters visit Unit, founded by Most Worshipful


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Chandler Lodge Helps London Library Chandler Lodge #138 in London, Ohio, collected used books from its members and at yard sales for six months. Lodge members then participated in a book sale at the London public library, which raised funds to benefit the library. The Lodge also collected financial donations from its members, which

enabled the Lodge to buy 6 books about Freemasonry and two on U.S. history for the library. Prior to the Lodge’s donation, the library had no books on Freemasonry.

In the picture, from left, are Gary Branson, London Public Library Director; Brian Knoll, Master of Chandler Lodge; and Paul Thompson, Senior Deacon.

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 29, 2008. Brookville Chapter #526, OES Carroll F. Clapp Lodge #655, F&AM Clifton-Gaston Allen Lodge #664, F&AM Cortland Lodge #529, F&AM Coy, Richard L. Fairborn Lodge #764, F&AM Goff, Martha J. Grove City Lodge #689, F&AM Kelly, Floyd Kilwinning Lodge #356, F&AM $5,000 - $9,999 Buckholtz, Kenneth O. & Faye R. Melrose Lodge #671, F&AM New Carlisle Lodge #100, English, Walter F&AM Moss, George K. Nova Caesarea Harmony Lodge Roberds, Russell F. & Phyllis L. #2, F&AM Seifert, Dorothy T. & Myron T. Reisinger, LeRoy Sterrett, Kenneth R. Sackett, Floris A. Solar Lodge #730, F&AM $2,500 - $4,999 Victory Lodge #649, F&AM Gevedon, Helen William H. Hoover Lodge #770, High Twelve of Dayton Ohio, F&AM Inc., No. 69 Wilmington Lodge #52, F&AM Oberle, Betty Valley of Cleveland, AASR $100 - $499 Waddell, Harry D. 24th Masonic District Association $1,000 - $2,499 Acme Lodge #554, F&AM Blendon Lodge #339, F&AM Adams, Edward G., Jr. Brookville Lodge #596, F&AM Adams, Leroy Davis, Orlando W. Adoniram-Joppa Lodge #517, Fleckner, Elsie B. F&AM Gooding, Mabel Akers, James Grover Hoffner Lodge #253, F&AM Albany Lodge #723, F&AM Kissel, Neal L. Allen Lodge #276, F&AM Ralph R. Rickly Lodge #670, Ambelang, Richard C. & Jo F&AM St. Andrews Lodge #619, F&AM Applebee, William L. Avery Lodge #493, F&AM Third Protestant Memorial Bacon, Lester J. Church Endowment Fund Barnes, Jack Thirteenth Masonic District Bayley, Ruth E. Association Beaver, Glenn L. Williams, Frank R. Bish, Thomas W. Black, Boyd C. $500 - $999 Black, Ross R., II Amelia Lodge #590, F&AM Bluffton Lodge #432, F&AM Arters, George D. & B.J. $10,000 + Apple, Marion L. Cameron, Janis E. Fleischman, Robert Carlton Frank, Walter Gibson, Curtis A. Kelly, William H. Miles, Louise C. Mueller, Mildred B. Parsons, Marion

Brown, Gordon P. Buckeye Lodge #150, F&AM Byesville Lodge #654, F&AM Caliburn Lodge #785, F&AM Canton Lodge #60, F&AM Carson, Terry M. Chaplain, Milton F., Jr. Charity Lodge #530, F&AM Clarksville Lodge #323, F&AM Clinton Lodge #47, F&AM Coventry-Akron Lodge #83, F&AM Creps, Michael R. Dalton Lodge #578, F&AM Delta Lodge #207, F&AM Dickey, Joe, Jr. Dircks, Lehr L. Emery Lodge #258, F&AM Evergreen Lodge #222, F&AM Felicity Lodge #102, F&AM Fenton, Craig B. Flasher, Eric A. Forest City Lodge #388, F&AM Fulton Lodge #248, F&AM Garrett Wykoff Lodge #585, F&AM Geese, Clarence D. Harrisville Lodge #137, F&AM Hazlett, Jack C. Heights-Lion Heart Lodge #633, F&AM Holcomb, J. Robert & Antoinette Isaac, George Jacobs, Eric Todd Jasper, Elbert B. Karr, Thomas W. & Diana Karth, Charles E. & Marjorie Kellem, Craig W. King Hiram Lodge #88, F&AM Kopacka, Jeffrey N. Ladies Fostoria Shriners Club Linwood Lodge #567, F&AM Logan Elm Lodge #624, F&AM Lone Star Lodge #175, F&AM Mayberry, William P., Sr. & Delores

McCorkle, L. M., Jr. Mount Akra Lodge #680, F&AM Mt. Vernon Chapter #23, RAM Muskingum Lodge #368, F&AM Mystic Tie Lodge #194, F&AM Ohio City Lodge #486, F&AM Oliver H. Perry Lodge #341, F&AM Oola Khan Grotto Peerless Lodge #591, F&AM Pfeifer, Carl E. & Norma Poland, Michael H. Quarry Lodge #382, F&AM Radican, Joseph Edward Reid, John T. Rus, Ronald Schram, Gene E. Seneca Lodge #790, F&AM Shade River Lodge #453, F&AM Sikora, Michael W. Smithfield Lodge #182, F&AM Social Lodge #217, F&AM Soller, Fred E. Stafford Lodge #300, F&AM Stands, Robert D. Steubenville Lodge #45, F&AM Stock, Edwin L. Stokes Lodge #305, F&AM Strait, Wilbur C. Taylor, Dan & Kay Triangle Lodge #748, F&AM Trinity Lodge #710, F&AM Valley of Dayton, AASR W.K. Ricksecker Lodge #606, F&AM Walden, Douglas F. Warren Lodge #24, F&AM Webb, James W., M.D. & Betty Wigger, John W. Young, Todd D.

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Prepared for Change Illustrious Brother Clarence L. Hartzell, III, 33˚

Illustrious Brother Clarence “Jack” Hartzell, III, 33˚, can often be found these days aboard his tractor or combine, following his retirement from Toledo Edison, farming 200 acres of corn and soybeans in Fulton County. “It’s just a hobby,” Jack said. “With the technology that’s available now, farming isn’t the hard work it used to be.” Jack is a Past Master of Wauseon Lodge #349; Past Thrice Potent Master of Miami Lodge of Perfection in the Valley of Toledo, AASR; Past High Priest of Wauseon Chapter #111, RAM and Past Illustrious Master of Wauseon Council #68, RSM; Past Commander of St George Commandery #76, and Past Worthy Patron of Fulton Chapter #67,

OES. He became interested in Freemasonry when a co-worker invited him to an open Lodge Installation ceremony. “I noticed that the Masons were all pillars of the community,” he said. “I knew then I had to learn more about the fraternity.” He’s glad he did. “Masonry has given back to me more than I could ever give to the fraternity,” he said. “It has taught me lessons I can apply in my everyday life.” Jack’s wife of 38 years, Charlene, saw the value of the fraternity and joined Eastern Star, ultimately serving as Worthy Matron of Fulton Chapter #67. Jack’s son, Clarence IV, joined Wauseon Lodge and served as Worshipful Master. “He knew Masonry was an important part of my life,” Jack said. “When he turned 21, he asked me for a petition.” Jack values the friendships he has developed within the fraternity. “You can’t get these types of friendships anywhere else,” he said.


March/April 2008 • VOLUME 15, ISSUE 2

In This Issue: Golf Classic Coming to Cleveland Area...........Page 1 Scofield Estate Launches New Charity..............Page 4 Springfield Masonic Community Ranks High....Page 7 Founders Day Dinners recap........................Page 8-9 Browning Launches Travel Club.....................Page 12 Students Study Free Masonry at OSU.............Page 13

Brother Hartzell serves as Chairman of the Board at the Browning Masonic Community in Waterville, a position he enjoys. “Browning Masonic Community serves an important role in providing assistance to the elderly,” he said. “The services provided by The Ohio Masonic Home and its subsidiaries is one of the best features of Ohio Freemasonry.” Jack takes very seriously his role on the Board. “The Brethren have entrusted us with their support,” he said. “We owe it to them to be ready for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.” He is confident The Ohio Masonic Home and its subsidiaries will respond appropriately. “The staff is excellent,” he said. “And Board members are generous with their resources.” He looks forward to adapting to the inevitable changes coming within the long-term care industry. “The expectations of the Baby Boomers will be dramatically different,” he said. “We will be prepared to change.”

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