Saturday, May 8, 2021

Pizza Dinner, FC degree, EA Inspection Results, New Dues Procedures

 

Greetings!

 

It has taken a few days to recover from our EA Inspection.  The good news was three-fold. 

- RWB Matt Pollock, DDGM, described our degree work as “great”, and reported that our paperwork was in order. 

- RWB Steve Markley, District Advisor, praised us for overcoming the many challenges we have faced. 

- WB Don Broadwater, DEO, noted that we have an excellent Education program, guided by an imaginative LEO.

 

Some of the challenges we anticipated.  A new location, unfamiliar surroundings, and more things in storage containers than most Lodges own each presented unique challenges.  The various virus cautions and restrictions have been inconvenient, but we learned how to operate within the guidelines.  Other challenges were not anticipated.  Our SW and JW had to work, and our SD was in the hospital.  As one might expect, other Brothers stepped up to assist.  The result was that our candidate was treated to an excellent degree experience.  Not the way we would have drawn it up, but in this situation it was the result that counted most.

Courtesy of the Grand Secretary, we have received news that changes are coming to the annual dues process.

The past several years have seen a national trend toward using credit or debit cards more often for purchases.  Due to the COVID-19 situation, this trend became even more pronounced with the desire for cash-less transactions.  Lodges attempted to embrace that trend, as more and more members don’t carry cash or have checkbooks.  Smaller Lodges, like ours, quickly learned that the processing fees to pay annual dues via a card would be a significant additional expense.  Grand Lodge is stepping in to make the dues process both simpler and cheaper for everyone.

This year annual dues notices will be sent by Grand Lodge rather than the individual Lodge.  These will be sent by the communication method marked as your preference in the Grandview system.  For example, those who are marked for preferring email or text notifications will receive their dues notices that way.  Those who have marked USPS mail as their preference will receive their notice by mail.  All of these methods of notification will have the option of paying by credit or debit card.  This obviously includes annual dues, but also includes contributions to the Ohio Masonic Home, donations to the Lodge, or any other listing customarily found on your dues notice. 

The exact mechanism for directing payments to the appropriate Lodge is being fine-tuned.  It is our guess that it may resemble the process used to provide per diem payments for attendance at the Grand Lodge Annual Communication.  For our part, we are excited to be able to offer alternatives for taking care of your dues.

For those who do not yet have a Grandview account, it is easy to set up.  Using the link to the left on our web site (http://larue463.blogspot.com/ ), click on Grand View System Access.  On the next screen click on Member Registration.  That will lead you to a screen which requests your Lodge number (as in La Rue 463), membership number (found on your plastic dues card), and last name.  The site will verify your membership, then lead you through the rest of the registration process.  FYI – You will be asked to provide a password to access your account in the future.

After registering with Grandview you will be able to make adjustments to your contact information and preferences, read Lodge notices and meeting minutes, and a host of other things.

We are excited about this new process, and hope you find it more convenient than what we’ve used in the past.  As always, should you have any questions about this process, or anything else, give us a call or send us an email.  If we don’t know the answer we’ll try to find it for you.

 

Before closing, we have some reminders.

Wednesday, May 19, we will be having pizza before our Stated Meeting.  Pizza will be available at 6:30pm, with the meeting starting at 7:30pm.  At this time we are anticipating a FC degree, depending on the progress of our candidate.

 - Due to Ohio restrictions regarding the COVID-19 virus, the 2021 Masonic Home Day has been cancelled.  They are hopeful the event can be reintroduced in 2022.

 - The Grand Lodge of Ohio has been informed that the 2021 Special Olympics Ohio State Games have been cancelled for 2021.

 

 

As additional information becomes available it will be posted.

See you in Lodge!

 

 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

“The Only Constant in Life Is Change.”- Heraclitus

This Greek philosopher lived some 2,600 years ago, and is credited with being the first one to use this phrase.  The truth is that he probably just had a better publicist than the first guy.  Whether he was the first or not, the thought is as true today as it was then.

2021 ushered in a unique period of change for our Lodge.  After occupying the second floor at 56 ½ S. High for the past 95 years, today we officially relocated to 350 N. High.  The background and specifics aside, this was a monumental undertaking.  Many Brothers jumped in to assist as they were able, and community members provided both tangible and emotional support.  All this was needed and appreciated, as we had a limited period to locate a new meeting place, and get things there.

If you’ve moved after living in the same space for a number of years, you are aware of the amount of “stuff” that accumulates because you don’t know what to do with it.  Now imagine living 95 years in the same space, and you have some insight into our task. 

With the help of 3rd Generation Moving, everything necessary was conveyed to our new digs – two rooms in the La Rue Village Building.  There we will resume our customary meeting schedule – 1st & 3rd Wednesdays each month at 7:30pm.  The Lodge room is fully set up, although further unpacking is a work in progress.  For those with mobility or comfort concerns, the building is a single-floor structure, with A/C, and handicap-accessible rest room facilities.

As we look forward to starting this new chapter in our community presence, there are some adjustments and announcements to be noted.


- Our 2021 EA Inspection has been scheduled and rescheduled several times.  It is now scheduled for Wednesday, April 28, at 7pm, with RWB Matt Pollock, DDGM, presiding.  Current restrictions permit only members of our Lodge and Inspecting Officers to be present.

*** NOTE:  This date is not currently reflected on the 15th District web site, but will be shortly.

 - Due to Ohio restrictions regarding the COVID-19 virus, the 2021 Masonic Home Day has been cancelled.  They are hopeful the event can be reintroduced in 2022.

 - The Grand Lodge of Ohio has been informed that the 2021 Special Olympics Ohio State Games have been cancelled for 2021.

 

This sums up what has occupied our attention for 2021.  Until we cross paths again, stay safe!

 

Monday, March 15, 2021

Changes, and then more changes

 

 

To say the past 12 months has presented challenges doesn’t begin to describe our situation.

 

The purpose of this post is to confirm what our membership has already heard – we are moving.  This is the result of an out-of-court settlement, which permits us to remove our belongings and furnishings, to be accomplished by 8am on April 7, 2021. 

 

Instead of occupying the space over the grocery, we will be conducting meetings in the La Rue Village building, 350 North High Street, La Rue, OH.

 

For those who have ever moved, you probably recall boxing up more things than you recalled owning, making difficult decisions what to keep and where, and how to get it there.  The last part is already covered – 3rd Generation Movers will be taking care of that on March 22nd.  They will be transferring our essential items to the Village building.  The balance will be stored on the 4th floor of Marion #70.  That will give us an opportunity to dispose of unnecessary items at a comfortable pace.

 

Our meeting schedule will remain the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, September through June, at 7:30pm.  We have submitted the appropriate materials to Grand Lodge to support this move and designate this space as our regular meeting location.  Due to the move, our EA Inspection, initially scheduled for March 17th, has been postponed to a date yet to be determined.

 

In considering our history, we have “only” been at 56 ½ North High Street since the building was erected in 1926.  We are pleased to be able to continue our stay in La Rue, where we’ve been situated since 1872.  Much like that summer rainstorm which stranded some Brothers on a covered bridge on their way back from Richwood, we view this as an opportunity to reconnoiter, and start something new.  You are welcome to join us on this journey