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February 2010

Valley of Toledo Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite The 56th Annual Maundy Service Returns to the Franciscan Center This is a reminder that the 56th Annual Maundy Service is just around the corner and that it will be held once again at the Franciscan Center at Lourdes College. There will be a private room for the Widows’ Reception prior to the Service. Information on the reception will be sent to all Widows' prior to the event. The Franciscan Center at Lourdes College is a beautiful 800 seat Theater and serves as a nice setting for the Service. The Annual Maundy Service or Feast of the Paschal Lamb is scheduled on Wednesday of Holy Week so as not to conflict with any other religious services. The Service will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and will close at 7:55 p.m. to prevent latecomers from interrupting the

solemnity of the Service. The Service itself will begin at 8:00 p.m. Brother Larry D. Ellison, 33o, Most Wise Master of Fort Industry Chapter of Rose Croix encourages all Masons to support the Service with their attendance. Friends, Relatives and Neighbors are welcome to attend also, as the Service is open to the public. In addition to the religious message, the Service features impressive ceremonies and inspirational music. The inspiring ‘Story of the Cross’ will be portrayed along with the beautiful Tableau scenes which, have become the focal point of the evening. Mark you calendars and plan to attend this most worthwhile event.

Brother Johnny Knorr - A Toledo Musical Icon A recent article in the Toledo Blade extolled the virtues of Brother Johnny Knorr and his Orchestra. The Valley would also like to recognize Brother Knorr for his many years of service. Brother Knorr is a 55 year member of Paragon Lodge #788 and a 53 year member of the Valley of Toledo. Brother Knorr is certainly one of the most well-known music leaders in the Toledo area. Having a particular fondness for Brother Knorr is Illustrious and Most Worshipful Brother George O. Braatz. He recalls that some 70 years ago Brother Knorr directed a small orchestra at Salem United Church of Christ in South Toledo. Johnny was a member of that church and George’s father (who would be 101 years old now) played trumpet for Johnny in that orchestra. George reports that Johnny always said hello to his dad decades later whenever their paths crossed. We should also take note that Brother Knorr is 88 years old and still active with his orchestra. Congratulations and thank you Brother Knorr.

Masonic T i d i n gs

From The Desk of the Executive Secretary

Mail Address: 320 Freemasonry AASR Valley of Toledo 1720 Indian Wood Circle Suite E Maumee, OH 43537

As of this writing 2/3 of our members have paid their 2010 dues. For those of you who have not please take a moment and take care of this most important item.

This is the first issue of our new look Masonic Tidings. Many items went into the deliberation process to take the Tidings in this new direction. Many of our members now receive their Tidings on line; production costs for a two color slick, mailing costs and so much more Published by the 320 were considered. This issue is a start and we are looking for FREEMASONS, Valley of Toledo feedback from our members as to whether or not they like it. Please Ancient Accepted Scotish Rite take a minute to drop us a line as to your thoughts.

Phone: 419.893.2942 Fax: 419.893.2962 Email: Editor: Gary L. McElfresh, 330 Design/Layout: Brage E. Elliott, 320 Contributing Reporters: Gary L. McElfresh, 330 Douglas W. King, 330 Membership Development: Michael A. Lake, 320 Photography: Richard L. Davis, 320, M.S.A. James R. Weyer, 320 Trustees: Robert C. Rill Jr., 330 Nicholas J. Stroh, 330 Larry D. Ellison, 330 Dennis L. Wilhelm, Sr., 330 Douglas W. King, 330 William H. Koon II, 330 Gregory L. Zook, 320 James A. Foote, 330


I should explain the new amount on your dues card. Supreme Council has increased their per capita assessment per member. It was $8.50, which the Valley was able to absorb in the budget. However, by 2015 it will be $30.00 and the Board of Trustees had no choice but to pass along the increase. At our Annual Meeting in September, Legislation to change our By-Laws accordingly was presented to reduce the annual dues from $100.00 to $95.00 and then pass on any and all per capita assessments. The Legislation was again presented at a subsequent meeting in October and approved by the membership in attendance. This year the Supreme Council assessment is $15.00 and the Ohio Council of Deliberation Assessment is $1.00 for a total assessment of $16.00. This amount added to the dues of $95.00 resulted in 2010 dues of $111.00. The Supreme Council assessment will increase $3.00 per year for the next five years and plateau at $30.00. The Board of Trustees will continue to do all it can to hold the line on Valley dues at $95.00. If you have any questions/concerns on this matter please contact me. We had a great Fall Reunion and if you missed it, you missed a good one. We took in 33 new members and recognized our veterans and current military personnel. We also had a Ladies Program, music by Brother Rag Time Rick and the Chefs of Dixieland and we were further entertained by Brother Randy Riggles and his Nostalgia Show. The Knights of St. Andrew portrayed the 29ยบ and each new Sublime Prince was individually knighted. In December we held our Third Annual Christmas Gathering at the Zoo. We had our biggest turnout yet with 150 Valley of Toledo members and their families in attendance. Our next big family event will be the summer picnic. Keep your eyes open for information on it in the near future.


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Scholarship Applications Are Now Available The Valley of Toledo in conjunction with the Supreme Council for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction awards Scholarships each year to students who attend post high school institutions of higher learning. Applications for the 2010-2011 academic year are now available. You may request an application by calling the Scottish Rite Office (419) 893-2942.


The following criteria are used to determine the eligibility of applicants for the program: For the 2010-2011 academic year student will be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university. - A minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. - A child or grandchild of a Scottish Rite Mason in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. - A member of a youth organization sponsored by the Masonic fraternity in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiciton.

- A graduate of one of the 32º Masonic Learning Centers for Children in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.


- A copy of your “2010 FAFSA - Student Aid Report” (SAR) - A letter of recommendation from a current school instructor, advisor, or counselor. - Your current school transcript which shows your cumulative GPA.


All applications must be submitted by April 1, 2010. Applications received after that date will not be considered. Incomplete applications or faxed applications will not be considered.

SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION: Recipients will be invited to a suitable Masonic function where the scholarship award will be presented. Recipients will be required to provide a photograph suitable for publication.

Upon learning that he had been nominated to receive the 33o in Philadelphia in August 2010, Brother Bernie Welniak began to pack his "Trunks". Visit our web site at for event information and registration


Wisdom From the Past “In the Eighteenth Century Lodges the Feast bulked so large in the lodge that in many of them the members were seated at the table when the lodges were opened and remained at it throughout the Communication, even when the degrees were conferred. The result was that Masonic fellowship was good fellowship. In it, as in a warm and fruitful soil, acquaintanceship, friendship, and affection could flourish - there was no grim and silent sitting on a bench, staring across at a wall. “Out of this festal spirit flowered the love which Masons had for their lodge. They brought gifts to it, and only by reading of old inventories can any present day Mason measure the extent of that love; there were gifts of chairs, tables, altars, pedestals, tapestries, draperies, silver, candle-sticks, oil paintings, libraries, Bibles, mementos, curios, regalia and portraits. The lodge was a home, warm, comfortable, luxurious, full of memories, and tokens of affection, and even


if a member died, his presence was never wholly absent; to such a lodge no member went grudgingly, nor had to be coaxed, nor was moved by that ghastly, cold thing called a sense of duty, but went as if drawn by a magnet, and counted the days until he could go. “What business has any lodge to be nothing but a machine for grinding out the work: It was not called into existence in order to have the minutes read: Even a mystic tie will snap under the strain of cheerlessness, repetition, monotony, dullness. A lodge needs a fire lighted in it, and the only way to have that warmth is to restore the lodge Feast, because when it is restored, good fellowship and brotherly love will follow, and where good fellowship is, members will fill up an empty room not only with themselves but also with their gifts.” From H. L. Haywood in “More About Masonry,”

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The Sublime Masters Guild The Valley of Toledo Lyceum is excited to announce the formation of the Sublime Masters Guild. The Guild is a study group comprised of Scottish Rite Masons and will study and discuss Masonic works selected by those participating in the Guild. The Guild is open to all Scottish Rite Masons, regardless of their background and level of Masonic knowledge. Through a conversational approach it is hoped that each member will increase his knowledge and interest in our fraternity. The first assembly of the Guild is on Thursday, April 8, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. at Byblos Restaurant, 1050 S. Reynolds Road, in Toledo. Dinner from the menu will follow the study time. Please RSVP to the Valley Office so that we can estimate the space required at the restaurant.

The first work for study is “Part I – Prophecy” (Pages 1-84) of Joseph Fort Newton’s classic work, The Builders. This work should be familiar to our newest members as they each received a copy at the Fall Reunion. If you do not have a copy of the work, please pick up a free copy at the Valley Office. The Scottish Rite is known as the “University of Freemasonry” in part because it applies Masonic principles to the broad spectrum of mankind’s political, religious and social experience. It encourages its members to pursue an expanding knowledge of the world – present and past – as a means of reference and instruction on how to live our lives now. The Guild will serve as one more method for those who seek knowledge to broaden their understanding of the world and their role in it.

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Fifteen Created Knights of Saint Andrew Fifteen members of the Knights of St Andrew (KSA) recently completed a 13 month journey toward Knighthood. In September of 2008 the Valley of Toledo Chapter of the KSA was formed. Twenty-four Sublime Princes joined the Chapter as Sergeants of the Order. They committed themselves to perform Masonic Service for the Valley including working two Reunions and portraying the 29º. They also completed a rigorous written proficiency on the History and Philosophy of Freemasonry, the Scottish Rite in general and the Valley of Toledo in particular. Their labors having been performed the following Brothers were created Knights of the Order on Saturday, November 28, 2009: James M. Anderson – Michael J. Burkett – Ronald T. Drebert – Sean F. Forrester – R. Eugene Gordon – Christopher G. Gorsuch – Eugene Gray, Jr. – Neil L. Harrison – Michael A. Lake – William R. Markin – Dennis Z. Sharninghouse – Jeremy Z. Sharninghouse – Edwin R. Sturgill – John J. Zettler – Gregory L. Zook After the Annual Meeting of the Chapter held at the Valley of Toledo Headquarters these 15 assembled for a moving Candlelight Knighting Ceremony conducted


by an installing team consisting of Active Regents of the Valley Lyceum and the Executive Secretary for the Valley of Toledo. A Feast of St. Andrew featuring turkey, ham and numerous other dishes awaited the Knights in Club 32 immediately following the ceremony. During the Feast those present enjoyed an edited video of the 29º portrayed by the Chapter on October 31, 2009. It was a great night and set the standard for all future events undertaken by the KSA Toledo Chapter. When a Sublime Prince joins the KSA he joins as a Sergeant and receives the distinctive black Glengarry bonnet. Black is the traditional color of the 32º Mason and the black Glengarry is analogous to the black prayer caps worn in Valleys throughout the United States. When he attains Knighthood, however, he receives no outward token of his new status, no lapel pin, no new “bling”. The message is clear; as a Knight the outward emblem of his privileged status is not what he wears or bears but how he conducts himself and how he serves his fellows. These Knights were enjoined during the ceremony that a Knight can only gain inner nobility by the practice of outward virtue. The Valley looks forward to continued service by the Chapter.

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Illustrious Brother Nicholas J. Stroh, 330 Receives Award Ill. Brother Nicholas J. Stroh, 330 has retired from his position as President of the Lucas County Children Services Board of Trustees. He is the only member who was serving on the Board at the time the agency was located on River Road. He has served for 29 years. The Current Board President Gordon Barry noted that Mr. Stroh may be the longest-serving Board Member in the State of Ohio. Mr. Barry presented Mr. Stroh with a proclamation from the County Commissioners and an engraved clock that noted his service to Children in Lucas County.

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Grand Master’s Classes to be held in 2010 Most Worshipful Brother, Terry W. Posey, Grand Master of Masons of Ohio has announced that Grand Master’s Classes will be permitted between January 1, 2010 and September 30, 2010. A Grand Master’s Class is often a very timely way of bringing a new member into the Masonic fraternity. A minimum of three Blue Lodges up to an entire District may request a dispensation to hold a Grand Master’s Class. Dates and locations will vary across the state, so you should contact your local Blue Lodge for the date(s) selected in your area. A special emphasis is being placed on encouraging members of the uniformed services, such as military, police, fire, or

EMT, as well as members of the clergy to participate as candidates. A promotional petition-brochure has been created to encourage these individuals to join. For your convenience, copies for your friends and family can be printed from Lodges should be aware that the Scottish Rite continues to offer a Clergyman Membership Program that will cover the initiation fees for a clergy member petitioning a Lodge. Forms with instructions for this program are available from all District Deputy Grand Masters or the Valley office.

Crossing the Bar In Memoriam Sunset and evening star. For those of our Brethren who And one clear call for me! have passed away since our And may there be no moaning last publication: of the bar. When I put out to sea. But such a tide as moving seems asleep. Too full for sound and foam. When that which drew from out the boundless deep Turns again home. Twilight and evening bell. And after that the dark. And may there be no sadness of farewell. When I embark. For though from out our bourne of Time and Place The flood may bear me far. I hope to see my Pilot face to face When I have crost the bar. Tennyson


Haskell E. Green Carl R. Hatker Wade J. Huling Robert M. Jackson

Charles C. Anderson

Donald E. Jury

Charles R. Aukland

James M. Kinzer

Harold B. Biggs

Richard B. Lutterbein

Stanley D. Bortel

Ted J. Mann

Robert G. Brace

Dennis C. Marok

Richard D. Brenneman

Richard E. McVay

Wilbur A. Brillhart

Robert L. Phillips

Donald F. Byam

Paul D. Pickering

Thomas R. Collins

Louis K. Robinson

Karl L. Denniss

John K. Sheffer

Vincent E. Devers

Joseph H. Siemens

James R. Didham

Alan D. Skouby

Raymond C. Doran

Edgar J. Smawley

Don E. Elsea

Ralph S. Smith

Edward O. Esser

Frank R. Thomas

Ralph S. Fertig

Claude E. Young, 330

Richard D. Gearig

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Henry County Association Meeting, September 29th, 2009 The Fall Meeting of the Henry County Association meeting was held on Tuesday, Sept. 29th at the Napoleon Presbyterian Church in Napoleon, Ohio. Speaker was Mr. Scott Palmer from the Napoleon Fire Department, with business meeting following Dinner. Those Officers from the Scottish Rite in attendance were: Toledo Consistory S.P.R.S., Dennis L. Wilhelm, Sr., 33o, Commander in Chief, & Kevin Wiseman, Chancellor; Fort Industry Chapter of Rose Croix, Michael A. Lake, Orator, & Stephen E. Roth, Master of Ceremonies, Northern Light Council, P of J, William H. Garrett, Junior Warden and from Mi-A-Mi Lodge of Perfection, Trent T. Dominic, Master of Ceremonies.

Firelands Association Summer Picnic at the Sherman's Great fun at the Summer Picnic at George and Mary Sherman’s. Always a good time. Food galore and everyone brings the nicest dishes to share. Those pictured below are as follows – Ill. Charles R. Murphy, David L. Hawk, Michael E. Shobe, Michael A. Lake, Bernard S. Welniak, Jr., and a very special gentleman, Marvin ‘Pat’ Keller of East Townsend Lodge.

Seneca County Scottish Rite Association Meeting Update October 29, 2009; Seneca County Scottish Rite Association held their Fall meeting to greet and meet new candidates and their wives. The Tiffin Masonic Temple was decked out for Halloween. Dinner was served by the Knight Templar Ladies Club. Program was ‘The Humor of Bill Steinmetz’ and enjoyed by all. Those in attendance were: Association President, James Zellner, 1st VP David A Martien with his lady, Juanita, Sec. David M. Zartman, M.S.A.. Other dignitaries were: Rite Reps: Don Hieber for Seneca Lodge #790 with his lady, Alice and George Rhoad from Tiffin Lodge #77. Two PDDGM of the 16th Masonic District were Gary Keller with his lady, Cindy and David Martien. Past Potentates of Zenobia Shrine were Jeff Kuhn with his lady, Sue and Bernie Welniak with his lady, Dorothy (Bernie Welniak is also High Priest of Northern Light Council for the Valley of Toledo). The First Ceremonial Master of Zenobia, Denny Gable was also present with his lady, Joan. Two Master Masons were present with their ladies to receive their 32nd Degree as Scottish Rite Freemasons at the Fall Reunion; John Brown from Tiffin #77 with his lady Ruth and Butch Ebersole from Seneca Lodge #790 with his lady, Sharon.

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