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November/December 2007

VOLUME 14, ISSUE 6

BEACON A JOINT PUBLICATION OF THE GRAND LODGE OF OHIO AND THE OHIO MASONIC HOME

200th Anniversary of Grand Lodge Launched By New Grand Master Ronald L. Winnett With a festive environment for launching the 200th anniversary of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, Ronald L. Winnett was installed as Grand Master on October 20 in Cincinnati. Most Worshipful Brother Winnett embarked upon the landmark year with a variety of special events during the installation: • The Grand Master-elect and his wife, Linda, entered through an Arch of Steel, provided by a full complement of Knights Templar in uniform. The flag was presented by a delegation from the Sons of the American Revolution, who also provided 130 historical flags as a backdrop for the ceremony. • The District Deputy Grand Masters were commissioned, wearing newly designed, purple and white aprons,

with rounded corners, reminiscent of 19th Century aprons. (See picture on page 9.) • A Bicentennial picture was unveiled, depicting the first meeting in Boston, when a group of pioneers, several of them Masons, decided to settle in Ohio. (See story and picture on page 8.) • A Lantern ceremony was conducted, with a replica lantern given to each Masonic District in Ohio, for visitations to each Lodge in the state during the coming year. (See story and picture on page 10.) Using as his Grand Master’s theme for the year, “The Wonderful World of Freemasonry,” the new Grand Master said he is seeking involvement and cooperation from all organizations and

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PIONEERS TO ASTRONAUTS

Many Activities Slated For 200th Year T

he Grand Lodge Bicentennial Committee, after five years of planning under the leadership of Most Worshipful Brother Ronald L. Winnett, has developed a broad celebration of numerous activities, hoping to encourage maximum participation by Ohio Masons.

Key events include: • On Saturday, June 21, following a gala parade in downtown Columbus, the Grand Lodge Officers will reenact the Cornerstone Ceremony for the Ohio Statehouse. A huge picnic is planned afterwards at the

Ohio Historical Center’s Ohio Village. • All during January, each of Ohio’s 25 Masonic Districts will host a Founders Dinner and celebration, to commemorate the month when the Grand Lodge was founded in 1808. (Story continues on page 9)


Message from the Grand Master By Ronald L. Winnett, Grand Master

Since the 1800s, Masonry has enjoyed a position of great respect in the public’s eye, but for the last 30 years has been a sleeping giant. We need to wake up that giant and rebuild our image in the mind of the public that Freemasonry is a great institution and a valuable asset to our communities. Next year, we will be celebrating our Bicentennial and several events have been planned throughout the year. In January, there will be dinners held in every district to celebrate the forming of your Grand Lodge, when six lodges met in Chillicothe. These dinners would be a perfect time to bring non-Masons and show them “The Wonderful World of Freemasonry.”

Brethren, no matter what body we are active in, whether it is Scottish Rite, York Rite, or Shrine, we are one family and must work together. Today, we live in a troubled world and Masonry is just as relevant in today’s society as it was in 1808. We all need to show the pride we have in Masonry and talk about it. Let everyone know what

Freemasonry stands for, what we do for humanity, and most of all, let them know how proud you are to be a Mason. Your Grand Lodge Officers are committed to rebuilding our image, but most importantly we need every Brother to make the same commitment. There’s a need to change things around, and what a better time than now.

Grand Master To Meet Ohio Masons in Florida in January Grand Master Ronald L. Winnett is planning three visitations in Florida in January to share the Bicentennial message with Ohio Masons and their ladies who live or vacation there. The Ohio Masonic Home has agreed to share the cost of the luncheons this year, thus reducing the cost to $6 per person at each location. A special program has been planned with the opportunity for the Grand Master to present veteran’s emblems to deserving brethren. Here is the schedule:

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 pquinn@ohiomasonichome.org George Braatz, P.G.M., Grand Secretary at The Grand Lodge F.&A.M. of Ohio P.O. Box 629 Worthington, OH 43085 614/885-5318 gbraatz@freemason.com

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Monday, January 21, 2008 Sarasota Luncheon at noon in the Sahib Shrine Center, 600 N. Beneva Road. For reservations, contact Kenneth Gavin at 5710 Doral Court, Sarasota, FL 34238; 941-925-4586.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 Ft. Myers Luncheon at noon in the Araba Shrine Center, 2010 Hanson St. For reservations, contact Richard Scobie, 3153 Old Farmhouse Drive, N. Fort Myers, FL 33917; 239-995-6872.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Tavares Luncheon at noon at Lack County Shrine Club, 424 N. Duncan Road (Rt. 19), Tavares. For reservations, contact George R. Young, 6229 E. Rector St. Inverness, FL 34452; 352-341-3006.


Freemasonry is Gaining Steam By Worshipful Brother Wm. David Bannerman, Chief Executive Officer, The Ohio Masonic Home

We live by the railroad tracks. There are between 15 and 25 trains each day that pass by our house. Sometimes we can feel the rumble of a train long before it passes our house. But, most of the time, we don’t even notice the trains. We’ve become accustomed to them. We’ve adapted to the change in our environment. We’re also adapting to changes in Ohio Freemasonry. In the last several years, the image of Ohio Freemasonry is being recognized by the general public. Early this year, I sat at a Masonic meeting and heard members talk about how our membership is declining and that their lodge wasn’t getting new members. Since then, I have been around the state and in other states and I have seen a different story. The Ohio Masonic Home is a tool for you to use to boast about Freemasonry. You know we have villas and apartments and health services for you and your friends.

Come live in our communities. You will wonder why you didn’t move sooner. You know our I-CARE coordinators and I-CARE committees are available to help you anywhere in Ohio, and probably anywhere you live, if you ask. Our scholarships have helped seven students this year with $3,000 each. Our future is even brighter. We have launched a companion and home services program in the Springfield area. Eventually, we will expand around the state. We have other ideas to help you stay at home. Our Foundation is one of the largest among aging service providers in Ohio. You make it all possible. What have I seen around Ohio? In every gathering of Masons in public, there are citizens standing by who have asked about membership. Most Worshipful Brother Himes reported that at least two people approached officers at the Grand Chapter meetings

and were directed to local lodges for membership. I have referred five people in Ohio, Kansas, and Iowa for Masonic membership. One candidate was so impressed with the values of Masonry, he introduced me to his employee who was a Mason instead of trying to sell me something at a trade show. Is Masonry dying? Not if you believe change is possible. Not if you believe that your Ohio Masonic Home is a great selling point. Not if you can tell others what you like about Masonry. I met a man recently who asked about Masonry. He had just spent the weekend reminiscing about his grandfather and the great legacy of giving and service through Masonry and the Shrine organization. I asked him if he had considered carrying on that legacy. He just wrote back, asking for more information. This is our bicentennial. What a great opportunity to talk about The Ohio Masonic Home. Tell your story about what we do in the name of Ohio Freemasonry. Ask people to carry on our legacy of charity and service to others. You will be glad you did. That rumble you hear? It may be the changing face of Freemasonry in Ohio.

Tax Free Gifting Opportunity It’s not too late, yet. The Charitable IRA Rollover provision of last year’s Pension Protection Act expires on December 31st. Don’t miss this opportunity to make tax free gifts up to $100,000, including your mandatory withdrawal, from your traditional or Roth IRA. If you’re 70 ½ and have an IRA, you qualify.

Dave Bannerman (far right) speaks with Representative Jon Peterson (left) and AAHSA Executive Director Larry Minnix at the recent AOPHA Conference in Columbus.

For more information, call the Foundation office at 888/248-2664. November / December 2007

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Freedom Found L

ois Rubright is up early to make breakfast in the kitchen of her garden villa home at Browning Masonic Community. She eats and reads the Wall Street Journal in her spacious dining room before meeting with Browning Masonic Community’s Activities Committee to help plan the next month’s tours and outings for her fellow campus residents. “Activities Director Laurel McCullough goes out of her way to plan things the residents enjoy,” Lois said. “I have my own car, but Browning Masonic Community provides transportation to about anywhere you want to go.” After the meeting, Lois returns to her villa home and waters the flowers around her patio. “The maintenance staff takes care of all the yard work, but I like to garden,” she said. Lois works with the League of Women Voters, the Perrysburg Arts Council, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Waterville Historical Society. “Waterville is a great town,” she said. “I try to help where I can. And I believe in being involved in your community.” This day, Lois will make the short walk to the main building on the Browning Masonic Community

campus for lunch. “For the most part, I do my own cooking,” she said. “But the food in Browning’s dining room is very appealing. And the staff is very polite and well-trained.” After lunch, Lois participates in a meeting with a committee studying the possibilities for future development at the campus. “We need to understand the possibilities,” she said. Later, Lois makes the brief trip across the road for a tranquil walk along the Maumee River. “I like the water,” she said. “And there are nice trails and paths along the river. It’s right here! That’s one of the reasons I came here.” Lois also enjoys the lake on the grounds of the Browning Masonic Community. “I enjoy the ¾-mile walking path around the lake,” she said. “I can fish there. There are nice areas to sit and a gazebo where you can relax and enjoy the breeze.” Although Lois has no Masonic affiliation, her father was a member of the fraternity in Hammond, Indiana, and her son Kent Rubright is a member in Eaton, Ohio. “I like how the Masonic fraternity helps people that need it,” she said. Lois is glad she decided to move to Browning Masonic Community.

“After spending my life mowing lawns and shoveling snow, I wanted something better,” she said. “I wanted the freedom to come and go and to do what I want. I found it here at Browning Masonic Community.” For more information on Browning Masonic Community, call 1-866-878-4055 or go to www.ohiomasonichome.org.

Thrall Lodge Assists Fredericktown Celebration

January is Ohio Month at G. Washington Memorial

Thrall Lodge #170 has donated half of the proceeds from its second annual Fredericktown Car Show to the Fredericktown Bicentennial Committee, which has been planning a variety of events to celebrate the town’s 100th birthday. The check presentation was covered in their local news media.

January, 2008, has been declared “Ohio Month” a the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, VA.

The Lodge uses the car show and other activities as a public relations tool to present a strong Masonic presence in the community. While some of the proceeds help pay Lodge expenses, Thrall also donated some of the funds to the Fredericktown Interchurch Council.

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Participating in the Waterville American Legion Auxiliary is one of the many activities in which Browning Masonic Community resident Lois Rubright engages.

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During the month, the Ohio flag will be flown at the Memorial, and other recognitions and visits will be planned. The recognition is in honor of the Bicentennial of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, whose founding occurred in January, 1808.


Grand Lodge Awards 25 Scholarships The Grand Lodge has awarded 25 scholarships of $2,000 – one in each Masonic District. Applications were processed by local District Committees, which in turn made their recommendations to the Grand Lodge Scholarship committee.

In previous years, Grand Lodge scholarships were awarded through a partnership with local colleges and universities. This year marks the first time that scholarships have been awarded using the new process of local committees.

Applications for the 2008 Grand Lodge Scholarships are currently available at www.freemason.com. The scholarships are awarded based on a combination of need and merit. The applications must be turned in to the local committees by March 1, 2008.

The 2007 recipients, by District, are: 1st - DeAsha Vaudine Long 2nd - Lauryn M. Buschhaus 3rd - Rebekah J. Smith 4th - Sarah E. Ralsten 5th - Krystal K. Gunn 6th - Eric T. Schweinhart 7th - Brittany A. Grate

8th - Scott E. Grennell 9th - Erich V. Stolz 10th - Thomas W. Seeley 11th - Lauren M. Shaffer 12th - Megan E. Stanley 13th - Kyle S. Norton 14th - Cameron J. Ditty

15th - Zachary L. Fissel 16th - Benjamin T. Dunn 17th - Amy J. Rinard 18th - Justin A. Bates 19th - Michael B. Gregg 20th - Marjorie A. Reed 21st - Ashley L. Jones

22nd - Eric J. Geyer 23rd - Stephan F. Hicks 24th - Sarah L. LaCroix 25th - Emma L. Huth

Pursuing Her Passion “

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ridays are my time to howl,” said Peggy Dunkel, Western Reserve Masonic Community’s Volunteer Choir Director. Each Friday, Peggy leaves her Cleveland home and travels 28 miles to Western Reserve Masonic Community to work with 20 singing residents. “After 30 years as an educator, I enjoy spending a day each week making music with the residents,” she said. Peggy started the choir about ten years ago and later started recorder and chime choirs. “The residents are fun and faithful,” she said. “And I enjoy them. They’re like my second family!” Although Peggy’s husband Alan is a member of the Masonic fraternity, her affinity for Western Reserve Masonic Community is not tied to his affiliation. “Western Reserve Masonic Community is a classy place,” Peggy said. “The Masons really know how to run a

retirement community.” Peggy is particularly impressed with the opportunities given to residents. “Residents function independently,” she said. “They like to learn and they want to stay active. They’re vibrant and young in spirit. They’ll take on any challenge. That is the quality of person I want to be around!” In fact, Peggy hopes to eventually move to Western Reserve Masonic Community from her Cleveland home. “I love it here,” she said. “You can pursue passion and share it with others. And my children will have peace of mind, knowing I’m in good hands.” For more information regarding Western Reserve Masonic Community, call 1-866-433-1514 or visit www.ohiomasonichome.org.

Peggy Dunkel accompanies Jan and Ray Bubsey in song at Western Reserve Masonic Community.

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Honoring Our Veterans O

ur country has always prided itself on its citizens answering the call to defend it. The Ohio Masonic Home has proudly served many of these heroes over the years, including veterans of The Civil War and World War I. On the Springfield Masonic Community campus, resident military veterans meet monthly to talk about their military experiences and share information. Attendees’ experiences cover World War II, the Korean War and stateside services in the Vietnam/Cold War era. “A veteran is a veteran, whether he served a day, a week or 35 years,” said independent living resident John Primm, the campus veteran coordinator and organizer of the sessions. The sessions follow the monthly residents’ men’s breakfast. The format calls for an introduction by John, followed by information about veterans events, Veterans Administration clinic information, trips to the World War II Monument in Washington, D.C., and more. Then, resident veterans have the floor to share their personal experiences. The stories range from the humorous to the serious where these men risked their lives

at some of Community has lost 21 the hot spots veterans since January. of the day. Some veterans Some bring still take an active mementoes part in keeping the they’ve kept spirit of service alive. Springfi eld Masonic Community over the Springfield Masonic years, such residents and veterans Stanley Turton Community resident as paintings and Fred Morgan post colors during Gene Shay was a a Veteran’s Day ceremony on the of their Prisoner of War and Springfield campus on Nov. 12. battles, gear is an officer of the and awards. American Ex-Prisoners The sessions are helpful in several of War. World War II veteran and ways. They build up camaraderie Springfield campus villa resident as some of these men shared similar Chuck George is active with Honor experiences. Some good-natured Flight, an organization that flies ribbing goes on between the Army veterans to Washington, D.C., to and Navy veterans. And it helps see the World War II Memorial. some come to terms with what they Chuck also recently traveled to did so long ago and its place in the the Toledo area to meet one of lives we lead and the freedoms we the few surviving World War I enjoy today. veterans. Others volunteer their “Hopefully, it results in us being time at nearby the Wright-Patterson better informed,” said John. “Some Air Force Base hospital and The of our fellows have already found a National Museum of the United common interest, like people being States Air Force. stationed at the same place.” John keeps records of all the The sessions are not just for military veterans who have stayed the men. Springfield Masonic at the Springfield campus, helps lay Community also has several wreaths on remembrance days and women veterans on its campus. coordinates Veterans Day tributes. With World War II veterans He looks forward to preserving passing on daily, it’s important to the stories and contributions of recognize that Springfield Masonic veterans here for years to come.

Dayton Lodge Honors Police, Fireman With Awards In its third annual Community Service Awards program, Dayton Lodge #147 recognized Dayton police officers and firefighters. Officers Rod E. Roberts, left, and Christopher M. Malson, center, received an award for their joint effort in reducing neighborhood crime by 57 percent in north Dayton. Known as the Phoenix Project, they have worked over the past year with residents of the area to attack the crime rate. Lt. Larry Ables, right, initiated the Dayton Firefighters Christmas Project. This began as a way for firefighters to “adopt” families who were “down on their luck” during the Christmas season. Last year, as the project grew, they provided Christmas for nine families in the area. Initially the brainchild of Worshipful Brother Earl Lutz, the Community Service Awards program has become a Lodge tradition.

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I-CARE

A Tremendous Relief When Betty Wise lost her husband, Charlie, to Parkinson’s Disease, her friends and family rallied around her. They visited her and helped her maintain her 14-acre farm in Morrow, Ohio. But, as time went by, Betty struggled to manage

Betty Wise explains her needs to Mason Lodge I-CARE committee chair Brother John Cavallaro.

routine maintenance of the farm and the log cabin her husband had built. “My family and friends were a great help to me for a while,” Betty said. “For them, it passes over time. But, for me, it didn’t pass. My needs became greater.” Betty was faced

with a dilemma. “If I couldn’t figure out a way to take care of my home and farmland, I would have to give it up.” She found the answer she was looking for when she attended a Widow’s Dinner at Mason Lodge #678 and learned they had formed an I-CARE Committee. I-CARE Committees consist of Lodge volunteers, families and friends who donate time to provide assistance to Brethren and widows who need it; anything from changing batteries in a smoke detector to arranging a ride to a Lodge meeting. Headed by Committee Chair Brother John Cavallaro, Mason Lodge committee members made a couple of trips to Betty’s farm to install storm windows, change lightbulbs, mend a fencepost, replace ceiling tiles, move furniture and do some landscape work. Their work has made the difference for Betty. “They probably think ‘anybody could do this,’” Betty said. “But I couldn’t do them.” “Sometimes, a little volunteer work on our part is the difference between someone staying in their home or going to a nursing home,”

said Brother Mike Mullinger, one of Mason Lodge’s I-CARE Committee members. “Most people want to stay in their home as long as possible.” Brother Cavallaro said the I-CARE Committee has been a source of energy for their Lodge. “It provides an opportunity for brotherhood,” he said. “We have fun working together,” Brother Mullinger said. “And our I-CARE work has generated some inquiries about membership in the fraternity.” “It’s a great feeling to know you’re helping people who need it,” said Worshipful Brother Dennis Lynch, Master of Mason Lodge. “Every Lodge should be doing it. It doesn’t take a lot of time.” “I-CARE helps us deliver on our Masonic oath,” Cavallaro said. “If you can spare one hour, you can do amazing things.” “It’s a tremendous relief to me,” Betty said. “I want to stay on my farm.” For more information on I-CARE Committees, call Masonic Senior Services at 888/286-0010.

Sale of Cancer Bracelets Proves Very Successful S

ales of Breast Cancer Bracelets and donations from around the state to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, have resulted in more than $54,000 in contributions to this cause. Brenda Himes, wife of Michael A. Himes, Grand Master in 2006-07, started the campaign when she was diagnosed with the disease in August, 2006. A limited number of the bracelets are still available, according to June Galyen, designer of the bracelets and wife of Grand Treasurer Thomas H. Galyen. Use the coupon at right to order.

Order form for Breast Cancer Bracelets No. of bracelets ______ @ $10.00 each

$_______________

Shipping charge

$_______________

(1-3 bracelets, shipping is $2.00; 4 or more bracelets, shipping is $4.00)

Total amount

$_______________

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:____________________________________________________________ November / December 2007

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Howie Damron Records Bicentennial Song O

hio Mason and country music artist, Howie Damron, has written a special song entitled, “Ohio’s Grand Masonic Pride Bicentennial,” which is featured on his new CD, “The Masonic Touch.” The song came out of a conversation between Brother Damron and Grand Master Ronald L. Winnett about the Grand Lodge’s 200th anniversary, and was played for the first time publicly after the installation of the Grand Lodge Officers in Cincinnati. Brother Damron gave the first live performance of the song at a reception for the Grand Master. More information about Brother Damron and his latest CD is available at www.howiesmasonicpride.com.

Bicentennial Painting Commissioned O

n March 1, 1786, eleven pioneers met at the Bunch of Grapes Tavern in Boston, Massachusetts, to plan what has become the State of Ohio and what ultimately led to the formation of the Grand Lodge of Ohio. The scene of this meeting in 1786 is depicted in the new painting,

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titled, “From Whence We Came – Pioneers plant the seeds of the Buckeye State,” created by Washington, D.C. artist Peter Waddell and commissioned by the Grand Lodge of Ohio. That meeting in Boston created the Ohio Company of Associates, four of whom were Freemasons. One of those in the picture was General Rufus Putnam, who later became the first Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ohio in 1808. This Association founded the

city of Marietta, the first American settlement in what would become the state of Ohio. Artist Peter Waddell, known for his research in depicting historical scenes, recently completed a set of 21 pictures for the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, which will be on display in Ohio next October. The cost of the picture was donated by Right Worshipful Brother David L. Collins, in memory of his father, Brother Arnold Collins, a 50-year member of William Farr Lodge #672. Prints of this picture will be made available in the future. The caption that will be used on the bottom of the prints concludes, “Since this humble beginning, Freemasons have worked with their fellow citizens to help nurture the destiny of the Buckeye State.”


Pioneers to Astronauts: Many Activities Slated For 200th Year continued from page 1 • On Sunday, September 7, at Ohio Masonic Home Day in Springfield, time capsules from each Masonic District will be deposited in a special new memorial location. • At the annual Grand Lodge Communication in Columbus, on October 16-18, an exposition of some of the most treasured artifacts in American Freemasonry will be on display. This will include the St. John’s Bible, on which George Washington took his oath of office as President, and the gavel Brother Washington used to lay the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol Building.

New DDGM Apron For 200th Year Right Worshipful Brother Calvin E. Giusto, District Deputy Grand Master in the 24th Masonic District, models the new DDGM apron, created for the Bicentennial Year. The purple and white apron has rounded corners, reminiscent of 19th Century aprons.

Future issues of the Beacon will provide more information, or check details www.freemason.com.

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.

Banner

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

Telephone___________________________________________________

Delivery will be in six to eight weeks. November / December 2007

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HISTORY OF OHIO FREEMASONRY - PART 1

Home’s Roots Traced to 1834 T

he beginnings of The Ohio Masonic Home can be traced back to 1834. Steubenville Lodge #45 proposed to establish “a manual labor school for the education of the orphans and indigent sons of Masons” and was approved by the Grand Lodge. Reports claimed few lodges had responded to this and the effort was dropped until 1846, when the proposal arose again. Though talk continued for several years, it was still geared toward children and education. The Civil War set efforts back even further, but the effects of the war brought the subject to the forefront after its end. Many widows and orphans of Masons killed in the war were left behind and a home for them was sought through a per capita tax. Again, it would take years for action. In an 1888 meeting of the Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons in Springfield, William B. Hillman, Most Excellent Grand High Priest, succeeded in moving the Brethren

to action on this front, suggesting a committee meet with the Grand Commandery and Grand Lodge to pursue the collection of a fee of 50 cents per member to fund a home. It was approved by Grand Council and Grand Lodge in 1889. As a tribute to Brother Hillman, a building on the Springfield campus bearing his name would be established. Hillman Manor currently serves as an assisted living building and houses the campus ice cream parlor, gift shop, chapel and fitness center. Masons grew enthusiastic about a home as funds grew. Brother J.W. Iredell of Cincinnati was elected the first president of the Board of Trustees. His name is yet another familiar one to visitors of the Springfield campus. Its newest building, the independent living apartments opened in 2003, is known as Iredell Gardens. Having accumulated $26,000, the next step was to find a place to

Founders Dinners Share the Light Grand Master Ronald L. Winnett has requested that each Masonic District hold a special dinner in January to honor the founders of the Grand Lodge of Ohio. January was chosen because it was on January 4, 5, 7 and 8, 1808 that the

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delegates met in Chillicothe to form the Grand Lodge of Ohio. Each District has planned its own special evening, which will include an address by the Grand Master, either in person or on DVD. Information on the Founders Dinner in each District can be obtained from the Lodge secretaries. The schedule is on the Grand Lodge web site. Commemorative tin lanterns have

build The Home. One of the key players was Asa Bushnell. Although not a Mason, he was instrumental in securing 154 acres of land in Springfield for a home to be built. Bushnell would later go on to serve two terms as governor of Ohio and got the rare honor of being made a Mason for his dedication. Bushnell is immortalized by the original building on the Springfield campus, named Bushnell Hall, known to many as “the castle.” The Ohio Masonic Home is proud to join in celebrating the 200th anniversary of Freemasonry in Ohio. Since its establishment in 1890, The Home has served thousands of Masons, their wives and widows and even children. Over the next several issues of The Beacon, we’ll take a look back at how the fraternity and The Ohio Masonic Home have worked together through the years. In the next issue, the Beacon will review how The Ohio Masonic Home was established and look at its early days and residents.

been handcrafted for each District and were presented to the District Deputies at Grand Lodge in October. The lanterns will be presented at the Founders Dinner to the oldest Lodge in each District. It will be the task of the oldest Lodge to pass on the Lantern and symbolically the fraternal flame of Freemasonry to the next oldest Lodge in the District and so on until the lanterns have passed through all the Lodges in each District. The newest Lodge in each District will bring the lanterns to the Grand Lodge Session in 2008. By passing the lanterns from Lodge to Lodge, each has an opportunity to participate in the Bicentennial celebration and in reenacting the spread of Freemasonry throughout Ohio.


Mortgage Burning Creates Special Event for Augusta Lodge In September, Augusta Lodge

the smallest Lodge room in the state to a much more modern edifice. #504 burned the mortgage on “This is an extremely positive its building, and completed the development and the brethren process of moving from possibly involved can be really proud of their accomplishment,” Grand Master Ronald L. Winnett said. “I was pleased to be part of the process, almost from start to finish.” In 2001, with a membership of just 65, Augusta Lodge made plans to move from Augusta to a new building in Pattersonville, about two miles away. A loan was On a very hot evening in Northeast Ohio, Right Worshipful Brother Clemens, left, shakes hands with Most Worshipful acquired and the Brother Winnett at the mortgage burning, surrounded purchase made. by officers and friends of the Lodge. Please note the fire On October 9, burning in the pail on the floor. 2001, with many

Book On Defunct Amusement Parks Brother Dale Pierce, who serves as Lodge Education Officer in New Philadelphia #177, has released another book, this one dealing with defunct amusement parks, including several from Ohio such as Mother Goose Land, Meyers Lake, Chippewa Lake, Euclid Beach, Fallon’s Playland, the old Cleveland Zoo Kiddyland and Idora Park. The book, “When The Laughter Dies Away,” costs $13 and may be found by running a search for the title or the author at www.lulu.com for orders.

dignitaries present, Augusta Lodge opened and conducted its old business. Then, the Lodge was called to refreshment, and Most Worshipful Brother Winnett, then serving as Junior Grand Deacon, carried the Bible from the old Lodge to the new Lodge where the Lodge was called back to labor, and new business was conducted. “This was definitely a very memorable evening for all in attendance,” said Right Worshipful Brother Jerry Clemens, currently Worshipful Master of Augusta Lodge. With the support of many Masons across the state and the dedication and continuing work of the brethren of Augusta Lodge, the mortgage was paid off in just six years. To bring the action full circle, on September 9, 2007, Most Worshipful Brother Winnett, then serving as Deputy Grand Master, assisted in the mortgage burning ceremony. Augusta, now mortgage-free, has 110 members and is looking ahead to a bright future.

Special Letter Presented To 109-Year-Old Mason Brother Coffey, born in 1989, an World War I Army veteran, a long time professor at Bowling Green State University, and a 62-year Mason, was 109 years old on September 1. Among the State Representatives signing the letter was Worshipful Brother James Hughes, of Columbus. Findlay Lodge #227 presented a special letter from the Ohio House of Representatives to Brother James Russell Coffey, recognizing his service to the US and being the oldest living veteran of World War I.

The delegation to honor Brother Coffey included, from left, Robert E. Newell, Worshipful Master Mark A. Lewis, John Wheeler, and Past Grand Master Thomas E. Reynolds. November / December 2007

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New Grand Master Launches Year continued from page 1

individuals in this great Fraternity to come together this year to celebrate Freemasonry’s traditions and use this momentum as a bridge to future success. Most Worshipful Brother Winnett, a native of Wheeling, West Virginia, became an Ohioan while in high school when his family moved to Columbus. He had been a DeMolay in West Virginia and soon became active in Aladdin Chapter of DeMolay in Columbus. After high school, he worked at Bowman Pharmaceutical Company while attending Columbus Business University at night, taking business law and accounting. He later was promoted to sales representative, calling on doctors and hospitals in a three-state area.

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He joined the U.S. Army in 1964, and in his 32 years of active and reserve service, he attended several schools for education in the medical field, finance and leadership. The last 16 years of his service were spent working with the Director of Civilian Marksmanship in Washington, D.C., assisting in the running of the National Rifle and Pistol Championships at Camp Perry. At the same time, he was the Sergeant Major of a Medical Battalion (Dental), retiring in 1997. All the while, in keeping busy with his military duties, our Grand Master worked for Western Electric, later known as ATT and Lucent Technologies, from which he retired in 2002. Ron and Linda were married in 1993. They have four children between them, Michele, Jonathan, Douglas, and Gregory, and eight grandchildren. He is a member of the Episcopal Church. Most Worshipful Brother Winnett was raised in Grove City Lodge #689 in 1981, served as Worshipful Master in 1990, and was president of the Fourteenth District Officers Association in 1995.

He is a member of Westgate Chapter, RAM; Westgate Council, R&SM; Willis Commandery, Knights Templar; Thomas Smith Webb York Rite College, Andrew J. White Council, Allied Masonic Degrees; Royal Order of Scotland, and St. Jerome Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine. He joined the Scottish Rite, Valley of Columbus, in 1983, and has been elected to receive the 33rd Degree in 2008. He is a member of Aladdin Shrine and its Past Master unit, and the Royal Order of Jesters. He is also a member of Columbus Chapter of the National Sojourners and Grove City Chapter, Eastern Star. Most Worshipful Brother Winnett served as a District Deputy Grand Master in the Fourteenth Masonic District in 1997, 1998, and 1999. He was appointed into the Grand Lodge line in 2000 by Most Worshipful Brother Jack L. Allen. He subsequently served in all the Grand Line positions until his election as Grand Master in October.

70-Year Pin Presented

Estate of Claude Foley Helps Foundations

Lloyd Herman, of Charles T. Raymer-Covenant Lodge #683, was presented his 70-year Masonic pin at age 96. The pin was presented by, from left, Right Worshipful Brother Richard Davis, Lodge Secretary, and current District Deputy Grand Masters Charles E. Cole and Donald R. Van Horn. Brother Herman has been active for 26 years in the Lyndhurst Masonic Senior Citizens Club.

The Grand Lodge Charitable Foundation and the Grand Lodge Scholarship Foundation are sharing a generous gift from the estate of the late Claude O. Foley, of Lima, who died in 2006.

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Brother Foley was a 54-year member of Fort Amanda Lodge #706 in Lima. His gift to the Grand Lodge is in memory of his father, Brother Jacob A Foley, a member for 43 years of Rufus Putnam Lodge #364 in Columbus Grove, who passed away in 1967. The total gift of more than $72,000 will help Grand Lodge charitable and scholarship programs reach many deserving persons in our communities.


Charity of Ohio Masons is Second to None By Terry W. Posey, Chairman, Charitable Foundation

After completing our 14th year of aiding Ohioans in distress, two very important items are abundantly clear to the Trustees of the Foundation. First, there are many of our neighbors and friends who are financially, physically and emotionally hurting, some temporarily and some permanently. In all of these instances, this pain is not of their doing and they have found themselves in the unfortunate situation of having to ask for assistance. These are good people – our friends and family. Second, the charity of Ohio Masons is second to none and their assistance is making a real difference in the lives of our fellow man. I would like to give you a partial list of those we have aided this past year. As you can tell, each of these families had a real need that you, as Masons, helped. A brother of a Lodge was 58 years old, with three school age children. He suffered a debilitating stroke and needed a van that his wife could drive. The Lodge held a dinner and raised money and the Charitable Foundation gave $2,000 to this cause. One request told of husband who was retired and a type II diabetic and the wife suffering from congestive heart failure and respiratory failure. They needed immediate assistance. One man, unmarried and supporting his aging parents, contracted leukemia and was in need of a bone marrow transplant. Due to his severe illness, he and his parents needed the assistance of the Charitable Foundation. One gentleman had ulcerative colitis and was given the drug Remacade to assist in the symptoms and reduce bleeding. The yearly

cost for these treatments is $8,000 to $12,000 with a co-pay of $4,500 by the family. With the assistance of the home lodge, the Eastern Star and the Charitable Foundation, some relief was given to the family. A nine-month old child was born seven weeks premature with an undeveloped intestine. She spent six weeks in the Allegheny General Hospital recovering. Two lodges came together to raise funds through a dinner and the Charitable Foundation assisted. A beautiful, 19-month old little girl in the 22nd District was born with Lymphangioma, an uncommon malformation of the lymphatic system. She underwent surgery at 4 days old and at the time of the request in need of continued specialized treatment. These are just a few of the 27 requests the Trustees of the Charitable Foundation considered and approved in 2007, The need in each of the other remaining requests is just as great for the families facing tragedy. The Trustees disbursed a total of $41,000. I would like to thank the Lodges who made the requests, those District Deputy Grand Masters who investigated the requests and those

Trustees who with great dispatch approved these requests. I would hope that none of you might find yourself in the difficult situation these recipients did, but would urge that if you know of a person in need of help to contact your local Lodge for a referral to the Charitable Foundation. I would encourage every Ohio Mason to make a donation to the Grand Lodge Charitable Foundation, so this work can continue and grow. To relieve the distressed is a duty incumbent on all men, but particularly on Freemasons, who are linked together by an indissoluble chain of sincere affection. To soothe the unhappy, to sympathize in their misfortunes, to compassionate their miseries, and to restore peace to their troubled minds, is the great aim we have in view.

Sarah Brozak is a 16-year-old ninth grader with severe cerebral palsy. She is a bright, sensitive and fun-loving girl with a great sense of humor. She uses a power wheelchair to get around, but his mobility was restricted by the lack of a van to haul her and her chair. A community effort was launched to provide a van for Sarah. The Grand Lodge Charitable Foundation provided $2,000 to help the effort and Savannah Lodge #466 staged a spaghetti dinner to assist. The entire community responded and Sarah now has her van.

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FOUNDATIONS FOR THE FUTURE

Lady Linda’s List By Right Worshipful Brother Timothy B. Strawn CAE President, The OMH Benevolent Endowment Foundation

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n recent years, it has become customary for the wife of the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge to adopt a charitable organization for the year of her spouse’s service as Grand Master. Throughout the year as individuals, organizations and districts seek guidance as to appropriate ways to express thanks and appreciation to the “First Lady of Ohio Freemasonry,” they are advised to make a gift in support of the identified organization. We are pleased and proud to announce that Linda Winnett, wife of the Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Ron Winnett, has indicated her choice of The Ohio Masonic Home as that organization to which gifts may be made during the 2007-2008 year! To assist those who are interested in making such gifts, we have prepared a list of items, in a range of prices, which would be of assistance to each of our campuses: Springfield, Waterville and Medina. Typically, these items are ones which wouldn’t be funded in the regular budgetary

process yet have a positive impact on resident activities, programs, and quality of life. To view Lady Linda’s List and the procedure for obtaining an item on the list, go to The Home’s web site, www.ohiomasonichome.org, click on the Foundation button and select Lady Linda’s List from the pull down menu. Several initial items are listed there for each campus. As items are chosen by donors, they will be replaced by other needed items. If you want to acquire an item for presentation to Linda, please contact RWB Tim Strawn in The Home’s Foundation office (888/248-2664) to make arrangements to buy it; please do not purchase it yourself. While similar items may be available in local retail outlets, because of various regulations and code requirements for items used in senior residential facilities and existing purchasing arrangements, we will actually make the purchase for you and provide the item to you.

If you prefer to simply make a cash gift to Lady Linda’s List, which will be used at the conclusion of the year to enable Linda to choose one or more gifts from the list, please make your check payable to: OMH Foundation. Mail it to the Foundation office: Five Masonic Drive, Springfield 45504-3658, in care of Lady Linda’s List. Please also indicate Lady Linda’s List in the memo section of your check. We hope many of the brethren and friends of The Home will participate in this wonderful program in support of our residents, activities and programs. We offer our thanks and appreciation to Linda and the Grand Master for their longtime interest in and support of The Home and, especially, this exciting program! For more information about Lady Linda’s List, return the coupon accompanying this story to the Foundation office as indicated.

Please … remember The Ohio Masonic Home in your will.

Learn More About Lady Linda’s List To receive information about how you can participate in Lady Linda’s List, please complete this form and return it to: Benevolent Endowment Foundation Five Masonic Drive, Springfield, OH 45504-3658 Please send me information about Lady Linda’s List. Please call me about a personal visit. I’ve named The Ohio Masonic Home in my will, trust or other planned gift. Please send me information about the Rickly Society, the Foundation’s honor recognition program for those making such gifts.

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Name______________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________ City________________________________________________________ State_______________________ Zip____________________________ Telephone___________________________________________________ Email_______________________________________________________ Lodge______________________________________________________

You may also call the Endowment Foundation toll-free at 1/888/248-2664.


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 September 1 and October 31, 2007. $10,000 + Anonymous Brister, C. E. Disser, John M. English, Walter Scofield, Royal C. Valley of Cincinnati, AASR Wenzel, Irvin E. $5,000 - $9,999 Gower, Margaret J. Moss, George K. Seifert, Dorothy T. & Myron T. Sheeler, Howard M. $2,500 - $4,999 Bannerman, Wm. David & Anita Grand Commandery of Ohio, KT Old Erie Lodge #3, F&AM Schulze, Vivian H. York Lodge #563, F&AM $1,000 - $2,499 Acacia Lodge #651, F&AM Davis, Orlando W. Foley, Claude Golden Gate Lodge #245, F&AM Grand Chapter of Ohio, OES Groveport Lodge #240, F&AM Hanzl, Henry J. Hosler, Bessie V. Humboldt Lodge #476, F&AM Mason Lodge #678, F&AM Masonic Veterans Association Miltenberger, Warren E. Sine, Anna Laura St. Andrews Lodge #619, F&AM Star Lodge #187, F&AM $500 - $999 Armstrong, Eugene A. Arters, George D. & B.J. Bethel Lodge #61, F&AM Conrad Lodge #271, F&AM Cypress Lodge #604, F&AM Elyria Lodge #787, F&AM Galion Lodge #414, F&AM Guernsey Lodge #66, F&AM Hallman, James A. Helman, Charles W. Houtz, A. G. & Patricia Isreal, Rick Jones, Lynn A. Kelly, Floyd Koker, Daniel N. & Mary Luther B. Turner Lodge #732, F&AM Meridian Sun Lodge #69, F&AM Pilgrim Lodge #691, F&AM Rubennacker, Larry G., Sr. Rubicon Lodge #237, F&AM Shrive, Harold George St. Johns Lodge #13, F&AM Summit Lodge #213, F&AM Williams, Frank R. Woodard, David A., Sr. $100 - $499 Abend, Richard G. Adams, Hildred F. Adkins, Lawson Adoniram-Joppa Lodge #517, F&AM Albertson, Charles R. Albon, Harry L.

Amanda Lodge #509, F&AM Andronis, Frank J. Armor, John D., Sr. Arnold, E. Glenn & Patricia Augusta Lodge #504, F&AM Axthelm, Charles E. Azallion, Donald M. Baltimore Lodge #475, F&AM Bartlett Lodge #293, F&AM Bloomingburg Lodge #449, F&AM Bluffton Lodge #432, F&AM Bosley, Robert H. Bostleman, Fred W. Boughner, Charles W. Boyd, Dan E. Bozman, Julius R. Brown, Gordon P. Brown, Nolan W. Brubaker, John Buchs, Bernard H. Butler, Jerry Wayne Caldwell, Andrew W. Calvary Lodge #700, F&AM Camp, Ferdinand W., Jr. Chang, John S. Christopher, Robert A. Cincinnati-Lafayette Lodge #483, F&AM Cisco, Galen Clarington Lodge #597, F&AM Cline, Thomas E. & Marjorie Cochran, Paul M. Condon, Stanley E. Cookson, Benjamin Craven, John R. Creps, Michael R. Crews, Donald I. Curry, Jay M. Cushing, Thomas D. Davis, Willard L. & Norma Denig, Robert W. Dieckhoner, Craig R. Dill, Wayne S. & Kay Dodderer, Frank E. & Elsie Douglas, Gary E. Ducker, Nicholas E. Dutro, Kenneth R. Easton, Elwin C. Eisiminger, Thomas I., Jr. Englewood Lodge #743, F&AM Faeth, Clifford C. Fannin, Frank Faulkner, Billy G. Ferguson, Ralph K. & Helen Flat Rock Lodge #580, F&AM Forrester, Sean F. Foster, Don W. & E. Virginia Freeland, Megan Frost, Ira E. Fudge, Robert Gable, Howard E. Gadd, Benjamin A. Gantz, R. Howard Garrett, David A. Gayhart, Thomas A. Gerrie, Michael D. Gibson Lodge #301, F&AM Gompf, R. Dean Grammer, William R. Green, David D. Griest, Edwin K. Grigsby, Robert C. & Harriet Grimm, John William Grisso, James H. Grove City Lodge #689, F&AM

H.S. Kissell Lodge #674, F&AM Harbrecht, Joseph W. Harley, Ben W. Hartley, David L. Hart’s Grove Lodge #397, F&AM Heon, Jean - Guy Hight, Myron E. & Shirley Holcomb, J. Robert & Antoinette Homeworth Lodge #499, F&AM Honeycutt, William Edwin Hovan, Richard G. Huff, Forrest W. Hunt, James R. Hurley, Richard L. J. B. Covert Lodge #437, F&AM Jenkins, Daniel C., Jr. Jenkins, Wilbur D. & June Johnson, Owen E., M.D. & Joyce Karr, Thomas W. & Diana Karth, Charles E. & Marjorie Kettle, Dean F. Kimmel, Carl Kirby, Jerry L. & Lynne Kopacka, Jeffrey N. Kuffner, John F. Lang, Kevin W. LaRocco, Gary A. & Joyce Layman, Samuel Layne, D. Edward & Elizabeth Lemon, Howard G. Lilienthal, C. William Lilly, Hanson C. & Harriett Lindsey, Connie Lindsey, Jack W. Manchester Lodge #317, F&AM Maxson, Vernon E. McMillan Lodge #141, F&AM McNutt, Robert E. & Jean Mechanicsburg Lodge #113, F&AM Mercer Lodge #121, F&AM Mid-Century Lodge #725, F&AM Miller, Harry Moran, Marvin Moscow Lodge #122, F&AM Mull, Hubert H. Mulligan, Edwin F. Nauvoo Lodge #769, F&AM Neuhart, Philip J. New Holland Lodge #392, F&AM New Home Lodge #338, F&AM Nickel, Charles A. Niles-McKinley Lodge #794, F&AM Northcraft, Julian O. & Suzanne Noth, Gary W. Oakley Lodge #668, F&AM Ohio Masonic Home High 12 Club Ohio State White Shrine Association Ott, Franz B., II Overly, Owen D. Parma Lodge #721, F&AM Pfeifer, Carl E. & Norma Phillips, Kevin S. & Judith Pifer, James W. Post, C. Keith Primm, John R. & Joan Proctorville Lodge #550, F&AM Purdin, Audleigh W. Rajkovich, Nick R. Reese, J. Gilbert Rome Lodge #535, F&AM Ropp, Judson R. Rufus Putnam Lodge #364, F&AM Runyan, Harold S. & Anna Ruth Sardinia Lodge #254, F&AM Say, Chester E., Jr.

Scala, Michael G. Scally, Paul J. Schafer, Albert C. & Beatrice Scheutzow, Paul C. & Karen Schiesswohl, Robert C. Scio Lodge #587, F&AM Sebring Lodge #626, F&AM Sekosky, James A. Shaffer, Terry L. Shank, Harold & Josephine Shiloh Lodge #544, F&AM Shumate, Carlos K. & Ann Smedley, Vernon C. Smith, T. W. Snyder, E. Eugene Stafford Lodge #300, F&AM Stuard, Charles D. Sutphin, Thomas Tackett, Andrew J., Jr. Tapogna, Stephen R. & Susan; Tapogna, Michael & Angie; Tapogna, Anne; Tapogna, Catherine; Tapogna Dave & Diane; Bostick, Christa Temperance Lodge #73, F&AM The Grand Chapter of Ohio, RAM State Golf Tournament Thompson, Herman S. Tiffin Lodge #77, F&AM Timmermeister, William C. Toth, Donald R. Trapp, Robert L. Turner, David Turvy, John T. Valley of Dayton, AASR Van Hoozen, Barry & Hallie Vinton Lodge #131, F&AM Von Kamp, Harold Wade, Donald R., Sr. Ward, Ashley Ware, Robert F. Warren, Richard D. Waynesville Lodge #163, F&AM Weghorst, Thomas O. Wehrman, A. C. Weibley, James E. Wellington Lodge #127, F&AM Western Star Lodge #21, F&AM White, Edwin H., II Whitehall Lodge #761, F&AM Williams, Dale Edwin Williams, Leonard & Leona Williams, Robert Willis, Jimmie D. Wilson, Eugene Woltz, Clifton W. Wood County Lodge #112, F&AM Wood, John D. Woods, Herschell R., Jr. & Betty Woolaver, Philip A. & Henrietta Woolley, William E. Xenia Lodge #49, F&AM Zervos, Chris G. Zickefoose, Marshall

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Engaged in the Fraternity Most Excellent Companion Wayne S. Dill, 33º

When he’s not at work or participating in his many Masonic activities, Wayne Dill is usually fishing. “Whenever I have time, I’m on the lake,” he said. Most Excellent Companion Dill, 33º, (Oak Harbor Lodge #495) said he frequently takes his three daughters and 10 grandchildren out on his boat, which is named “Oh-Kay” for his wife of 41 years, Kay. “Kay is the only member of my family who doesn’t care much for boating and fishing,” he said. Instead, Kay, a member of Easter Star Fremont chapter, spends her time knitting hats and outfits for premature infants. Meanwhile, Wayne keeps busy with assorted fishing trips around the world. Most of his fishing buddies are fellow Masons. The non-Masons who go on Wayne’s fishing trips typically become members of the fraternity when they return. “We’re talking Masonry

throughout the trip,” he said. “Every friend I have is a Mason.” Brother Dill is passionate about Freemasonry. “It has changed my life,” he said. “It’s a brotherhood of man under the fatherhood of God.” Wayne first became interested in Masonry through his father, who was active in Royal Arch Masonry. “My father always carried a copper coin from his chapter,” Wayne said. “He always said he would never be poor as long as he had that special coin.” Since then, Wayne has become active in virtually every branch of Freemasonry, including Zenobia Shrine, The Valley of Toledo AASR, Council, Commandery and the York Rite. “I hold many Masonic titles,” Wayne said. “But the most important title I hold is ‘Trustee of The Ohio Masonic Home.’” Wayne has been a member of The Ohio Masonic Home Board of Trustees for seven years and serves on the Strategic Planning and the Recruitment Committees of the Board, as well as the Browning Masonic Community Board. “It’s an important job,” Wayne said of his work on the board. “It’s incredible how rapidly changes are occurring in the long-term care field. When

BEACON A JOINT PUBLICATION OF THE GRAND LODGE OF OHIO AND THE OHIO MASONIC HOME

November/December 2007 • VOLUME 14, ISSUE 6

In This Issue … Introducing the New Grand Master......Page 1 & 12 200th Bicentennial Painting and Song .........Page 8 Home’s Roots Traced to 1834....................Page 10 Founders’ Dinners Set...............................Page 10

you look at the possibilities for telehealth, in-home health care and I-CARE committees, it’s exciting.” Dill is impressed with the work being done at The Ohio Masonic Home and its subsidiary operations. “We have a great Board,” he said. “And Ohio Masonic Home CEO Dave Bannerman is doing an outstanding job. His professional and Masonic backgrounds make him the perfect person to lead the organization.” Wayne is particularly proud of his role as President of the Royal Arch Foundation, The Foundation, formed five years ago as the charitable arm of the Grand Chapter, has worked closely with the Adopt America Network, headquartered in Toledo. Adopt America Network finds permanent loving homes for physically and mentally challenged children currently in foster care. Wayne likes that the Foundation’s work with Adopt America helps people regardless of Masonic affiliation. “There are great opportunities to engage people beyond the fraternity,” he said. “There are more than nine million non-Masons in Ohio. We need to involve them in our charitable work.”

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