Friday, May 17, 2019

Welcome to Summer!




OK, it isn’t really summer – yet.  But at least the weather has finally made the turn from winter to spring.  The general consensus is that eventually things will dry out enough to remove the pontoons from the mower.  Maybe.

Many things have occurred since we last updated the web site.  To list them all would probably break the internet, but there are some that are very deserving.

Our first-ever raffle went off without a hitch.  It was intended as a fundraiser for Lodge expenses, but turned into more than that.  Through it we became acquainted with more Brothers than we imagined, forming relationships that bridged counties, Districts, and Jurisdictions.  For the drawing we found a Brother who had not purchased a ticket (somehow we missed him!), who participated in a “blind” drawing to select a winner.  The winning ticket had been purchased by a member of Findlay #202.  When contacted he surprised us by donating a portion of the prize to our Lodge in the name of Findlay #202.  What a wonderful gesture!

During Inspection Season it is expected that Brothers will travel to other Lodges.  This year we took that up a notch.  Regular interactions with Latham, Senate, and Sager Lodges have resulted in many shared activities – dinners, meetings, candidate experiences, Education programs, etc.  Interactions such as this are one of the hallmarks of the Fraternity, and are greatly enjoyed.  Long-time members will find many similarities with our relationship with the former Lodge in Marseilles.  One cannot count the number of joint activities we shared with them, but certainly the highlight was the fish fry’s we shared.  It is wonderful that we continue to create similar memories for current members.

Our calendar below has the standard listings of activities.  In addition, we’d like to share a word about our meeting schedule. 

We adhere to the thought that Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer.  No, we aren’t seaside shop owners courting tourists, although that doesn’t sound so bad.  Instead, we are a community closely tied to agricultural pursuits.  One of the byproducts of that reality is a membership unlikely to attend meetings during this period. 

We finished the month of May with two MM degree practices.  Not a bad conclusion to a transitional month, considering the possibilities.  “What comes next?” you ask.  Well, we have answers, but first an explanation.

Masonic Lodges are not permitted to cancel meetings.  This is similar in thought to the unofficial Post Office motto: 

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds

The exception in our case is that we don’t have appointed rounds, only appointed days and times.  When conditions make travel or attendance unsafe, uncomfortable, or inconvenient, we advise members to attend to their necessary vocations and welfare.  “What does this mean to me?”  It means that if you arrive for a Lodge meeting before September 4th, you will most likely be alone – unless you brought a friend.


As always, there are many items on the calendar.  The last of the Inspections has been held for the year, so we are able to concentrate on lighter news and events:


May 27, 2019            Memorial Day
Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.

June 2, 2019            Ohio Masonic Home Day, Springfield, Ohio.  See schedule link on the left side of this page.

June 7-8, 2019          La Rue’s “Oorang Bang”, otherwise known as La Rue’s Village FestivalActivities include a duck race on the Scioto River, music, food, and a parade.  It’s the kind of thing only a small town can do right. See poster below.

June 8, 2019            15th District’s Grand Master’s Reception, noon in Perry Park, East Liberty, OH, USA


June 28, 2019          Opening Ceremonies of the Ohio Special Olympics.  To be held at the OSU campus, Columbus, Ohio, at the Jesse Owens Sports Complex.  Bring a lawn chair and an apron.  Dress is white shirt and dark slacks.  Food will be served before the parade, at 5:30pm.


July 4, 2019              Independence Day.  Celebrate the birth of a nation! 
As of this date, 243 years and counting.


September 2, 2019 Labor Day.  Although many view this as the unofficial “last day of summer”, it was created to celebrate those who do the heavy lifting that keeps our country going.  Whether you are firing up that grill, or muttering under your breath about traffic, don’t lose sight of the effort and dedication it takes to provide us the comforts we enjoy.

September 4, 2019             First meeting of the fall.  MM degree anticipated.

September 7, 2019      15th District Past Presidents Golf Tournament.  Held at Kings Mills Golf Club (2500 Berringer Road, Waldo, OH). 

September 14, 2019           15th District Annual Meeting, held at Mt. Gilead Lodge
@ 9am.

September 15, 2018           15th District Annual Awards Banquet, held at The Plaza Inn, Mt. Victory, OH, at 6pm.

October 14, 2019       Columbus Day

October 2019           Grand Lodge Annual Communication.
To be held in Marietta, Ohio.  Details to come soon.

November 5, 2019              Election Day.
If you are reading this, you have plenty of time to register and be eligible to vote.  Polls are open from 6:30am until 7:30pm.  Vote!

November 6, 2019             Annual Meeting.
In addition to the normal business of the Lodge, this is the meeting where we elect Officers for the coming year.  Come and make your voice heard!

November 11, 2019            Veterans Day
This is the day to celebrate those who have placed their lives on the line for the freedoms we love. Don't take the opportunity just to thank a Veteran. Do take the opportunity to thank all the Veterans you encounter, whether in person or via social media. It will mean more to them than words can describe.

November 16, 2019                        15th District Fall Education Meeting, held at La Rue Lodge at 9am.

December 7, 2019              15th District Past Masters Convocation
                                                           Held at Mt. Carmel #303, starting at 9am.

December 14, 2019                        MM Inspection for La Rue Lodge!
Yes, this is “early”, at least compared to previous years.  Based on the precedent of Marion #70 last year, we discovered earlier dates were permitted, so we took advantage of the opportunity.

In addition to the above, the Deputy Grand Master has issued the schedule for his 2019 presentations.  This is an opportunity to hear "from the horse's mouth" what plans are in store for the coming year.  You will note that all are in August, but the entire State is covered.  The full schedule is below.

This seems to cover our calendar as we know it.  This summer remember to take time to sit back, relax, and savor the warm weather we so desperately longed for all winter.






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!