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Summer 2010

Valley of Toledo Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite The Valley of Toledo Annual Picnic will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2010 at the Browning Masonic Community in Waterville, Ohio, This is the same day as the Annual Browning Masonic Community Cruise In. Last year's event had over 300 vehicles on display as well as many vendors, and a live broadcast by radio station WRQN 93.5 fm. There is Dinners Members However, must.

no charge for the Chicken and Ice Cream for Valley and their immediate families. advance reservations are a

til 4:00 pm. We will begin serving at 11:30 am and stop serving at 1:30 pm. Please feel free to come and go at your leasure. In order to plan for food quantities please make your reservations as early as possible. You can make your reservations on the Valley website at www.toledoaasr.com or send in the reservation form on the inside of the back page.

Tickets will be mailed upon receipt of your reservation. There will be no Tickets distributed at the picnic. Cut off date for reservations is Monday July 19th. There will be pony rides and other games and activities for the kids and a relaxing atmosphere for everyone to catch up on old times and make some new friends. The event will begin at 9:00 am and last

Deadline For Reservations is Monday, July 19th.


Masonic T i d i n gs

From The Desk of the Executive Secretary

Have you ever wondered or have you ever heard anyone query as to whether or not this great big beautiful world just happened (the big bang theory) or if it is all part of a vast and mighty plan created by one great parent of the universe? You have but to take an early morning walk in the Published by the country or in the woods or by a river or stream to dispel any doubts as to 320 FREEMASONS, how we got here. To feel the warmth of the rising sun, to hear the birds Valley of Toledo sing their notes of joy and praise, to feel a cool breeze on your face and see Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite the dew still on the meadow, to watch all the leaves return to the trees, to see everything greening up, to watch all of Gods creatures big and small Mail Address: 0 going about their daily activities, well it doesn’t get much better than that. 32 Freemasonry AASR Valley of Toledo Nothing has been left to chance and it all makes sense that we are indeed 1720 Indian Wood Circle, Suite E blessed by a Supreme Being. And as inhabitants of this miraculous Planet Maumee, OH 43537 it is incumbent on each of us to take care of it, maintain it, grow it and above all else respect and enjoy it as is intended by our great creator. Phone: 419.893.2942 Our Fraternity is much the same. It didn’t just happen, it was created and Fax: 419.893.2962 formed for a purpose and as members of it we need to take care of it, Email: maintain it, grow it and above all else respect and enjoy it. So I ask you this deputyrep@toledoaasr.com question, are you doing your part to further the cause of the fraternity? Are secretary@toledoaasr.com you working to see that the uninformed are informed and encouraged to karen@toledoaasr.com seek out what we have to offer. Are you living up to your charges as pamela@toledoaasr.com outlined in the Entered Apprentice and Fellowcraft Degrees which state in webmaster@toledoaasr.com part: “At your leisure hours, that you may improve in Masonic knowledge, you are to converse with well informed Brethren who will always be as Editor: ready to give as you will be to receive instruction” and “As you increase in Gary L. McElfresh, 330 knowledge you will improve in Social Intercourse”. Design/Layout/Publisher: 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 Deputy's Representative Clarence L. Hartzell III, 330 Executive Secretary Gary L. McElfresh, 330 Trustees: Christian A. King, 32º Bernard S. Welniak, 32º Larry D. Ellison, 330 Dennis L. Wilhelm, Sr., 330 Christopher J. Hill, 330 Richard J. Herr, 33º Gregory L. Zook, 320 James A. Foote, 330 Gary L. McElfresh, 330

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Are you doing your part to learn more about the Fraternity and more importantly are you doing your part to see that our newer members are learning and getting as much as possible out of our lessons? I have found that by helping communicate our lessons to newer members I also learn something new along the way. I have also found that many of our newer members are already well informed about the fraternity just by using the internet. Not all that they gather there is correct but there is a lot of useful information to be had simply by surfing the World Wide Web. However, it is the personal one on one that will make these newer members better members in the long run. It is up to each of us to make them feel welcome, to make them feel that they are a valued member (because they are) and to share our knowledge with them to help encourage them along their journey in this the world's oldest and largest fraternal organization. I hope to see all of you on Saturday July 24th at the Browning Masonic Community in Waterville for our Annual Picnic. This is a great day for our members and their families and it allows us to renew old acquaintances and make new ones. Make your reservations now while you are thinking of it so you don’t miss out on this wonderful event. And as always my brothers, remember:

SPES MEA IN DEO EST

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Valley of Toledo Awards Scholarships The Valley of Toledo recently held its Annual Scholarships Presentations and Learning Center Graduation. The combined event was held at Gladieux Meadows West. The Valley received $7,000.00 from the Abbott Scholarship fund at Supreme Council and along with $23,000.00 from the Valley of Toledo Scholarship fund, ten $3,000.00 Scholarships were awarded. Receiving Abbott and Valley of Toledo Scholarships were: Nick J. Cherry received his High School diploma from St. John's Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio. Nick will be attending The Ohio State University as a junior majoring in Accounting / Finance

Kati L. Kreais received her High School diploma from Patrick Henry High School in Hamler, Ohio, Kati will be attending Owens Community College as a sophomore majoring in Radiography.

Justin M. Creps received his High School diploma from Maumee High School in Maumee, Ohio. Justin will be attending The Ohio State University as a senior majoring in Mechcanical Engineering.

Zachary D. Maiden received his High School diploma from Whitmer High School in Toledo, Ohio. Zachary will be attending The University of Toledo as a junior majoring in Accounting / Finance.

Rachel E. Duncan received her High School diploma from Lake High School in Millbury, Ohio. Rachel will be attending Blufton University as a freshman majoring in Early Childhood Education.

Ashley K. Parsons received her High School diploma from Whitmer High School in Toledo, Ohio. Ashley will be attending The Ohio State University as a freshman majoring in Chemical Engineering.

Eryk R. Grycza received his High School diploma after homeschooling in Bowling Green, Ohio. Eryk will be attending Bowling Green State University majoring in Music Education.

Danielle S. Rogers received her High School diploma from Sylvania Northview High School in Sylvania, Ohio. Danielle will be attending Owens Community College as a junior majoring in Dental Hygiene.

Adrienne M. Haase received A.J. Sickelbaugh received his her High School diploma from High School diploma from Napoleon High School in Perrysburg High School in Napoleon, Ohio. Adrienne Perrysburg, Ohio. A.J. will be will be attending Adrian attending Owens Community College as a sophomore College as a sophomore majoring in Business / majoring in Physical Therapy. Marketing. Visit our web site at www.toledoaasr.com for event information and registration 3


Learning Center Fund Raising If you are thinking about attending the Jamie Farr Classic any time between June 28th and July 4th, contact Betsy Grubb at 419-340-5418 or Gary Grubb 419-340-4708 to find out how your attendance could benefit the Learning Center.

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"Wisdom From the Past" “All secret Orders, it may be added, are a reminiscence, if not a survival, of the Men’s House of primitive society, a tribal Lodge in which every young man, when he came to maturity, was initiated into the secret law, legend, tradition, and religion of his people. Recent research has brought this long hidden institution to light, showing that it was really the center of early tribal life, the council-chamber, the guest-house, the place where laws were made and courts held, and where the trophies of war were treasured. Indeed, primitive society was really a secret society so far as the men were concerned, and unless we keep that fact in mind we can hardly understand it at all. Every man was an initiate. Methods of initiation differed in different times and places, but they had, nevertheless, a certain likeness, as they had always the same purpose. Ordeals, often severe and frightful, were required—exposing the candidate not only to physical torture, but to the peril of unseen spirits—as tests to prove youth worthy, by reason of virtue and valor, to be entrusted with the secret lore of his tribe. The ceremonies included vows of chastity, of loyalty and secrecy, and, almost universally, a mimic representation of the death and resurrection of the novice. After his “initiation into manhood,” for such it really was, he was given a new name, and a new language of signs, grips, and tokens. No doubt it was this antiquity of the idea and necessity of initiation that our Masonic fathers had in mind when they said that Masonry began with the beginning of history—and, so interpreted, they were right. At any rate the Men’s House, with its initiatory rites and secret teaching, was one of the great institutions of humanity which Masonry perpetuates today.” By J.F. Newton in “The Builders”

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Brothers Ramon M. Butler & Darl D. Waltermire Receive Meritorious Service Award At the Ohio Council of Deliberation held June 4-5, 2010 in Dayton, Ohio two members of the Valley of Toledo were recognized for their untiring efforts and were awarded the Meritorious Service Award. Brother Ramon M. Butler was born in Toledo, Ohio. He attended Bowsher High School and went on to University of Toledo. He was employed at Champion Spark Plug Co. and is currently a self-employed Jeweler and owner of Butler Jewelers on Tremainsville Rd. He married Paula Shonebarger and they have three children. Ray became a Master Mason in Boaz Lodge #659 and is currently Worshipful Master of Robinson Locke Lodge #659 and is also a member of Ft. Meigs Chapter #29 R.A.M.. Ray started helping his father Ralph with the Reception & Registration Committee some years ago; and is currently the Chairman and is always ready for any task requested of him to do. This is true of any task requested or required by any job that comes his way. Ray is proud to be the third member of his family to have the honor of the Meritorious Service Award Honor. Brother Darl D. Waltermire was born in Hancock County, Ohio. He attended Arlington High School and went on to the Northern University Findlay College and Texarkana Jr College. He was employed by Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. for 36 ½ years before retiring. He married Marilyn Hindall and they had four children. Darl was a member of Mt Blanchard Lodge #519 and served as Worshipful Master in 1961 before transferring his membership to Findlay Lodge #227. He is also a member of Findlay Chapter #58 R.A.M. (serving as High Priest in 1989), Findlay Council #50 R. & S.M.(served as Illustrious Master in 1983 and Arch Adjutant in 1993), Findlay Commandery #49 K.T. (served as Eminent Commander in 1987 & Grand Sword Bearer in 2007) Knight Commander of the Temple and Knight of York Cross of Honor.

Elected to receive the Meritorious Service Award in 2011 were Brothers E. Leroy Williams and Richard G. Fries.

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Opening Curtain for the Masonic Cinema The Valley of Toledo Lyceum is very excited to announce the debut of the Masonic Cinema project. In furthering the purposes of the Lyceum, the Lyceum will use the art of film to document historical events relating to Freemasonry and to explore the philosophical and sociological themes upon which Freemasonry in general and Scottish Rite Masonry in particular are based. A short discussion period will follow each film.

2010 Masonic Film Festival

The Masonic Cinema is sponsoring the 2010 Masonic Film Festival, a monthly series of films selected for their Masonic content or references.

Festival Film 1 “The Man Who Would Be King” Friday, July 23, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. The first film is none other than the most famous Masonic film ever made, Director John Huston’s 1975 “The Man Who Would Be King” starring Sean Connery and Michael Caine. Based on a short story written by Brother Rudyard Kipling (played in the film by Christopher Plummer), the story follows the exploits to two 19th century fictional British adventurers who travel to remote Asia in order to make their fortunes by setting themselves up as kings of mythical Kafiristan. Rated PG. The first showing will be on Friday, July 23, 2010 at the Valley HQ in Maumee starting at 9:00 p.m. Weather permitting, the event will be projected outside in the parking lot of the Valley HQ. Popcorn, hot dogs and pop are available. Everyone attending should; 1) bring a lawn chair and, 2) inform the Valley that you will attend so that we can plan accordingly. This event is open to all Master Masons and their friends. Join us as we open the Film Festival, drive-in style!

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Opening Curtain for the Masonic Cinema (cont) Festival Film 2 “The Bridge on the River Kwai” Friday, August 20 at 9:00 p.m. (outside showing) The Festival continues with a dramatic story of conflicting duties in World War II Thailand, “The Bridge on the River Kwai” starring Sir Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins and William Holden. Directed by David Lean, this 1957 Awardwinning film relates the construction of a railway bridge by Allied POW’s under the command of the Japanese. Rated PG. The concept of duty runs throughout the lessons of the Scottish Rite. In our rituals, it manifests itself as military, political and religious duty. But what is the nature of duty? Are there limits to our duty? How do we sort out conflicting duties? And when does devotion to duty transform itself into pride and arrogance? These are some of the questions raised by the film that we will explore. This event is open to all Master Masons and their friends. As an outside showing, everyone attending should; 1) bring a lawn chair and, 2) inform the Valley that you will attend so that we can plan accordingly.

Festival Film 3 “Rob Roy” Friday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Festival Film 4 “The Kingdom of Heaven” Friday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m.

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Sublime Masters Guild Plans Second Assembly

The Valley of Toledo Sublime Masters Guild assembled for the first time on April 8 at Byblos Restaurant in Toledo. Those attending enjoyed a delicious meal and rich and engaging conversation as the Guild explored Part I of Joseph Fort Newton’s classic work, The Builders. Topics discussed were pre-Masonic philosophy, the symbolic meaning of the ancient working tools, and the search for the Lost Word. Discussion also included – as it should - personal experiences and reflections of those attending. The Guild is a study group which borrows from the format of the earliest Masonic lodges – a convivial group assembled over dinner to discuss the nature of Freemasonry and the development of Masons into more noble creatures. The Guild was originally open to all Scottish Rite Masons but it became apparent to the Guild that their light should not be kept under a bushel. The Guild, with the blessing of the Board of Trustees, is now open to all Master Masons whether Scottish Rite Masons or not. This expanded approach ties in with the Valley’s program of placing a copy of The Builders into the hands of all newly-raised Master Masons in the Valley as a means presenting the Scottish Rite as a continuing path to personal development. Of course, the Guild is also aimed at our newest Scottish Rite Masons, each of whom received a copy of the work as part of their new member’s packet. The second assembly of the Guild has been called for Thursday, June 10, at 530 p.m. at The Yoko Restaurant, 465 Dussel Drive, in Maumee. Dinner is from the menu and runs concurrently with the study. The work for the second assembly is Sections 1, 2 and 3 of Part II – History (Pages 89-158) of The Builders. Topics to be covered include pre-medieval and medieval operative masonry, the Old Charges and the rise of accepted masonry. Please RSVP to Guildmaster Ill. Ted Korn at 419-250-1773 so that the Guild can plan accordingly. Remember, the work is selected so that men of all levels of Masonic understanding can participate. If you do not have a copy of the work, please pick up a free copy at the Valley Office.

Among those attending the first meeting where: Chris McKinley, Ted Korn, Mike Lake and Doug King 10

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Reservation Form - Eaglesticks - June 21, 2010 Deadline for Reservations is Monday, June 11th VALLEY:

___________________________________ DATE: _______________________ Team Captain

Telephone

1. ___________________________________ Team Members

Day number: ____________________ Evening Number: ____________________

2. ___________________________________ 3. ___________________________________ 4. ___________________________________ Please enclose check for $300.00. (or $75.00 each) payable to the Valley of Toledo and mail to: All Ohio Scottish Rite Golf Tournament EAGLESTICKS C/O Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite 1720 Indian Wood Circle, Suite E Maumee, Ohio 43537 A check must accompany your reservation. The deadline for reservations is June 11, 2010.

Reservation Form - Annual Picnic - July 24, 2010 Deadline For Reservations is Monday, July 19th Name:

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Number of Meals: _____

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