Sunday, March 3, 2019

We passed!


If it seems like a long time since we’ve updated the site, you are correct!  It seems like life, both Masonic and otherwise, took some major detours which resulted in our attention being focused elsewhere. 

Among those distractions was the weather.  Ohio can have severe everything – snow, cold, heat, rain, tornados, and the rare hurricane.  Yes, even a hurricane.  After several mild winters, this one has thrown most of the book at us.  Thankfully we are a hardy lot with a sense of humor.  Why else could we station reporters at ODOT salt barns using phrases like “snow warrior” with a straight face?

Our most recent news is our FC Inspection, which happened on March 2nd, for the pleasure of RWB Matt Pollock.   We’d love to brag (the word “excellent” was used in describing our degree work), but our real accomplishment was found in other comments.  In particular, our long-term positive relationship with other Lodges, and other Districts, was mentioned as examples of fellowship and mutual aid that are at the heart of Masonry.

By now our membership is getting used to the approach of our WM.  He has scheduled a dinner prior to each meeting since being installed in November.  This includes those Special Meetings, called for both practices and Inspection.  His opinion is that it promotes fellowship, increases attendance, and is just fun.  Those are hard things to argue against.  As a result, it would be safe to plan on dinner at 6:30pm prior to each Lodge meeting.  Yes, our Secretary will still send email reminders.

We are currently in the middle of Inspection Season.  Rather than attempt to recreate the entire 15th District Inspection schedule here, please use the link at the left to check the 15th District web site.  They will have posted the most current information available, which might take a while to filter down to us.

As a result, our calendar has a single listing at this point:


                                                June 8, 2019                        15th District Grand Master’s Reception, starting at 11am in East Liberty.  The meal will be a picnic, open to the entire family at no cost.  Dress will be informal.


As a reminder, we are repeating the following information:

The 15th Masonic District Grand Master’s Reception will be considerably different for 2019.  It will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the park outside of East Liberty.  It will be a cookout with casual dress (shorts, t-shirt, sandals, etc.), and will start at 11am, with all food and beverages provided.  Attendance is open to all members, spouses, and kids, with no cost to attend.  There will be the customary awards presented, it will just be accomplished in a picnic setting.  Closer to that date they will want an RSVP to make sure they have sufficient supplies. 


That brings us up to date for now.  Stay safe, and take care of yourself and loved ones while we await the arrival of spring!


See you in Lodge.



Saturday, December 22, 2018



Welcome to Winter !!!


OK, the calendar finally reflects it.  By itself that doesn’t make it fun, but as with all things there are positive aspects.  For one, the amount of daylight grows with each passing day.  Yes, that means on a clear day in Ohio there will be daylight past 4:30pm.  As this is being typed, it also places us smack dab in the middle of the holiday season.  If bright lights and Christmas carols don’t perk you up, then possibly presents will?  One additional seasonal word represents a multitude of blessings and concerns:  Resolutions. 

Making and breaking them are the first thoughts after hearing that word, but it has a much deeper meaning.  Although spring is thought to symbolize rebirth, it is the New Year that really offers a new beginning.  It is a chance to reexamine, reinvent, or change direction that, although available throughout the year, garners additional attention during the holidays.

Our preference isn’t to look at what to avoid, but what you’d like to enjoy.  Would you like to learn to paint?  Sign up for one of the popular “cup and canvas” sessions.  Would you like to learn an instrument?  Any musician or music store can be contacted about lessons.  Would you like to learn a lecture or charge?  Any Lodge member would be pleased to help you.  No matter the activity, the important thing is to enjoy the process while keeping the goal in mind. 

Our calendar has had its ups and downs lately.  Changes occur everywhere with everything:  seasons, Lodge leadership, community activities, and Lodge events.  Each has shifted since the seasonal chill has settled in.  We’ll take a short stroll through the most changed items on our list.

Lodge leadership supposedly changes every year.  In reality, the changes are gradual, as officers “move up”, usually one office at a time.  This year we have had more of a shuffle, with an injection of fresh faces.  There have been the usual hiccups getting used to new roles, but it has injected a new energy into our gatherings. 

Communities change, and so do their activities.  Our friend Jim Lynch is easing toward retirement, with the pending sale of his grocery.  La Rue’s Christmas in the Village, a popular event since its inception, has given way to a similar event at Pine Acres reindeer farm.  Still, we occupy the same structure we’ve called home since 1926.

Lodge events have changed, although some would say they actually returned to past custom.  We now have dinners prior to each Lodge meeting.  The menu varies, but as with all Lodge meals, if you go away hungry it’s because you wanted to.  With the new faces in new places, we are also spending more time teaching what to do, when, and why.  Things that we took for granted (everybody knew, didn’t they?) have caused us to reflect and refocus – both of which have helped us.

That brings us around to our calendar listings.  The 2018-19 Inspection schedule is available through the 15th District web site, so we won’t duplicate it here.

December 25, 2018            Christmas.  Even though the atmosphere might feature wrapping paper gently falling, or photos of jolly old guys in red suits, we know the real reason for the season.

December 31, 2018            New Year’s Eve.  For many, this is a night of wild parties, falling crystal balls in a far-off city, and making/announcing resolutions.  Before the fun starts, make sure to pick a designated driver!

January 1, 2019                  New Year’s Day.  For those party folks about, this is a day to sleep in and recover.  For some of us it is a day of parades and sports.  For others, it is the make and/or break day for resolutions.

January 2, 2019                  Our first Lodge meeting of 2019.  Dinner at 6:30pm will feature pork and sauerkraut, and an assortment of beverages.

January 12, 2019                15th District Annual Work Day, 9am at Bellefontaine #209.

January 19, 2019                Grand Master’s One Day Class, 8:30am, Ohio Masonic Home, Springfield, Ohio.

March 2, 2019                      Our Inspection in the FC degree.  Pastries and beverages available at 9am, Lodge opens at 10am.

June 8, 2019                        June 8, 2019                        15th District Grand Master’s Reception, starting at 11am in East Liberty.  The meal will be a picnic, open to the entire family at no cost.  Dress will be informal.


As a reminder, we are repeating the following information:

The 15th Masonic District Grand Master’s Reception will be considerably different for 2019.  It will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the park outside of East Liberty.  It will be a cookout with casual dress (shorts, t-shirt, sandals, etc.), and will start at 11am, with all food and beverages provided.  Attendance is open to all members, spouses, and kids, with no cost to attend.  There will be the customary awards presented, it will just be accomplished in a picnic setting.  Closer to that date they will want an RSVP to make sure they have sufficient supplies. 


That brings us up to date for now.  Have a wonderful and safe holiday season, and we’ll see you in Lodge next year!


Wednesday, November 28, 2018





Welcome to Winter !!!


The calendar doesn’t reflect it, but stepping outside to pick up the paper will fill your slippers with snow and send a chill down your back.

Since our last post things have been pretty hectic.  We’ve had our Annual Meeting, election of Officers for 2018-19, and Installation of those Officers.  That was a good start, but there is much more yet to come.

Already we are looking toward our Inspection, reflected in the calendar below as being on March 2 in the EA degree.  To borrow an old reference, as one might suspect, our operation is “inspected” to make sure it is up to snuff.  Multiple reports are completed, distributed, filed, and emailed, finances examined, and inventories adjusted.  Making sure that doesn’t take forever on the actual day of Inspection, we have a Pre-Inspection visit!  Ours is scheduled for December 19th, giving us (probably) just enough time to gather everything under one roof.

As a reminder, we are repeating the following information:

The 15th Masonic District Grand Master’s Reception will be considerably different for 2019.  It will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the park outside of East Liberty.  It will be a cookout with casual dress (shorts, t-shirt, sandals, etc.), and will start at 11am, with all food and beverages provided.  Attendance is open to all members, spouses, and kids, with no cost to attend.  There will be the customary awards presented, it will just be accomplished in a picnic setting.  Closer to that date they will want an RSVP to make sure they have sufficient supplies. 


As you might suspect, we have additional listings to report.  Below is the list as we know it at this time.





December 1, 2018              15th District Past Masters Convocation
                                             Held at Boggs #292, starting at 9am.

March 2, 201                        March 2, 2019          Our Inspection in the FC degree.  With refreshments (coffee & pastries) at 9am, Lodge will open at 10am. 

June 8, 2019                        June 8, 2019            15th District Grand Master’s Reception, starting at 11am in East Liberty.  The meal will be a picnic, open to the entire family at no cost.  Dress will be informal.

We'll see you in Lodge!