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The Annual meeting for Findlay Lodge 227 will be at 7:30pm on Wednesday, November 7th with Worshipful Master William Wenner presiding. End-of-year reports and election of officers will be the highlight of the meeting.
Installation of Officers will be the following Saturday, November 10th at 10:30am with a luncheon following. Please join us to thank WM Wenner for his year of service as Master and to greet and welcome the incoming officers for the ensuing year. The Installation is open.
The annual children’s Christmas Party will be Saturday, December 22 from 2-5pm in the dining room. Children of all ages are welcome, and we will enjoy cookie decorating, ornament making, games, songs and a visit from Mr. and Mr. Claus. This party is open to all!
An Adult Christmas Gathering for all Masonic members will be held at 6:30-8:00pm on December 22nd featuring hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages. RSVPs will be needed by December 19th.
The Annual Inspection of Findlay Lodge will be in the Entered Apprentice degree on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 7:00pm
A full schedule of Inspections in the 10th District will be available after the Annual Communication in October.
Rick Eakin S.W.
WOW! Fantastic things have been happening at the Lodge these past few weeks and summer will not be the lazy days that we have had in the past. We have had ballgames, blood drive, table lodges, picnics and now eight candidates.
We had no petitions the first seven months of this Masonic year, but then, seemingly all at once, we have eight candidates! The lodge will be very busy these next four months getting these candidates started on their Masonic
journey and bringing them into the lodge as Brothers. We have already had one special meeting where the Past Masters put on the Entered Apprentice degree and initiated three of our candidates. But the craft has more work ahead.
Looking back a little, we had a great time at the Mud Hens game where thirty of us piled into two limos and rode up to Toledo for a great Friday night game. Too bad they lost, but we all had fun. The comments I heard were
positive and most said they would like to do more of these outings. Thank you, WB Buckingham, for putting this together.
By the time you receive this newsletter, we will have had our table lodge, with a great meal prepared by our Stewards, Brothers Malhoit and Walters and overseen by our Warden, Brother Zechman. The lodge hosted its Red Cross Blood
drive in as many years and it is hoped that it becomes a tradition. We also had our Fourth (third) of July picnic and watched the fireworks being shot off at the Fairgrounds. Another activity that has become a tradition.
By this time also, I will be living in Kechi, KS. This, too, happened quite quickly and not exactly the way Beth and I had planned it. I am grateful to all the Brothers who have supported us in this move, and it is certainly with
mixed emotions that we left Findlay and this lodge. As most of you know, we will be living fifteen minutes from our son, John, and two days closer to our grandchildren. We hope that with our move we are able to fill our lives
with the joy of family. I have promised that I would be in lodge for election and installation in November, so I will be able to see many of you then.
Our Senior Warden will be taking my place in the East, as provided for in the Grand Code and will be setting the craft labor getting our candidates and new Brothers started on their Masonic path. Don’t forget, we still have our
Family Corn Roast coming up, so keep your “ears” open for more details.
Have a great summer and I will see you in the Fall.
I wanted to pass along some information about the current happenings at the Lodge. First, I would like to thank all the Past Masters who helped with Monday night’s degree. All officers were Past Masters and did an excellent job conferring the EA degree on three candidates!
This Friday, July 29, the Lodge will host another Red Cross blood drive. We are looking for two volunteers to assist during the 12-3 and two more volunteers to help from 3-6 (if you can asset please contact me at 419-306-1155). We’re also looking for donors so if you can help with that please sign up with the Red Cross online or call the Findlay office to schedule your donation.
Next Tuesday, July 3, the Lodge will host a picnic in the south parking lot from 6-10pm before the Findlay fireworks show. The Lodge will provide burgers and dogs, so bring a side to share!
Finally, we will be conferring the EA degree again on three more candidates on July 10 at 7pm. Please join us this evening to welcome these newly initiated Brothers to Lodge.
After a long, cold and gray winter, there are signs that Spring is here! The birds are out and driving my dog nuts. Looking back, we had a terrific Party in December, followed by an excellent inspection and raising of Brother Bame in January. February was our first Cancer Patient Services Chili Cookoff and Brother Pina’s chili recipe was a hit. Inspection season continues through March with Mt. Cory and Dunkirk’s inspection the end of the month. A special MM degree at the Dayton Masonic Temple was put on by a lodge from Canadian Mounted Police.
Looking forward to April there are three more inspections through the middle of the month, and we will be having our awards luncheon Saturday, April 21st at noon.
Tuesday, May 15th will be the Orwin Goodman Scholarship Award/Widow’s night dinner; the District will be holding an outdoor MM degree Saturday, May 19th at Camp Berry, and Sunday May 20th will be the afternoon Memorial Service at the lodge.
WB Buckingham is organizing a 28 passenger bus trip to Toledo for a Mudhens game on Friday, June 8th against the Norfolk Tides. Tickets are $20.00 per person and are limited to the first 28 who sign up. This event is open to brothers, their family and friends. So, come and be one of the 28 to sign up and enjoy an evening of fellowship and baseball. Don’t miss the bus on this one.
We originally had a blood drive scheduled for June 1st, however, the Red Cross has called and asked us if we can reschedule due to a conflict with another Findlay blood drive, so stay tuned and we will get the word out when we have a new date.
We hope to have better attendance at our Table Lodge this year by having it on our regular lodge night of Wednesday, June 20th with dinner being served at 6:00pm. Brother Weiker, who recently returned from China after working there for two years, will be our program speaker on his family’s life in China.
So, the beginning of the year has been busy and as you can see, the lodge continues to remain active. We are having great fellowship during dinner before lodge and after, so if you have not been to lodge for a while, drop in either the first or third Wednesday for dinner at 6:30pm, renew old acquaintances and make some new ones. If you can’t make lodge night, stop in the first Saturday of every month from 7:00am to 9:00am and have some breakfast with your brothers
WM: Rick Eakin