|Findlay Masonic Bodies|
As I write my final newsletter article as Worshipful Master, I wish to express my humble thanks for the opportunity to serve. Even with a few extra months, the time has gone by very quickly, and I am grateful for the assistance and support of so many Brothers. We have a terrific officer line in place and I look forward to supporting our next Worshipful Master and his officers.
Please pay careful attention to the following information provided by our Senior Warden Casey Zechman.
Greetings Brothers! Summer is rusting into fall. The days are getting noticeably shorter and more mild. School is back in session. We have many exciting events around the corner.
September 21 is the 10th District’s One Day Class and will be held in Lima at 8:00am. Please congratulate Findlay’s 8 Masons in attendance. We are excited to see you in Lodge of Master Masons.
On October 6th the Sir-Koffs-A-Lot Fundraiser. Dinners will be available for pick up between 11:30 – 2:00 at the Lodge. Tickets are $12:00 and must be purchased. They are available until September 30th. See any of our officers for purchase. The dinner is from Texas Roadhouse. Your choice of pulled pork or chicken breast includes baked potato, corn, and dessert. Proceeds help fund teddy bears for patients of open heart surgery at Blanchard Valley Hospital. They are delivered in person by our brothers. What a wonderful way to give back to the people of our community. Excellent work Brothers.
November 6th at 7:30pm is our Annual Meeting. Dinner will begin at 6:30pm. Election of officers will be held that evening, along with other items on the agenda. Look forward to seeing you.
November 16th we will have another bus trip to Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton for a tour. We have around 50 seats available. More information will be mailed out. Hope to see you in attendance.
November 23rd at 3:00pm, Installation of new officers will take place. This event is one of the few events open to everyone. So bring your significant other to watch as this is a wonderful ceremony to observe.
December 27th at 6:30pm Table Lodge The Feast of the St. John the Evangelist. This has traditionally been held around June 24th The Feast of St. John the Baptist. This will be a fun twist of tradition. The final Table Lodge of Senior Warden Casey Zechman. This will be an event NOT to miss and will be sure to please!!! Special guest speaker.
January 27th at 6:30 Findlay Blue Lodge Inspection. The inspection will be in the Fellowcraft degree. Please help represent Findlay Blue Lodge with your attendance. Strengthen the brotherly love and help us to fill the Blue Room.
Senior Warden Casey Zechman
Summer is finally here! While we’ve had entirely too much rain, let’s hope that more normal weather is on the way. Our Community involvement has been very busy, having done concessions at a recent swim meet at Riverside Park and served a delicious spaghetti dinner to our local first-responders June 22nd.
Our bus trip to the Mud Hens on June 21 was great fun, the Hens won, and we had a full bus. Many thanks to Jim Buckingham and SW Casey Zechman for heading up this event. Plans are in the works for a fall trip to the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton.
We hosted a Red Cross Bloodmobile Friday June 21, and will host another in August. We are striving to get our petitioners through their degrees, whether through a One-Day Class (10th Masonic District is Sat. Sept. 21 at Lima Masonic Center), or with us in Findlay. It can be challenging to get our candidates schedules to work with the schedules of the cast, but we will strive to get everyone through!
A reminder that the Grand Communication of the Grand Lodge of Ohio will be October 17-19 in Marietta Ohio. Contact me or Secretary Ken Chamberlain for further information.
A reminder that our annual meeting and election will be first meeting in November. As we are very pleased with the number of new petitions we have received in the past ten months, it would be great to have YOU at our next meeting! Whether you’ve been absent a month, or many, you are a Brother and are always welcome. (We promise not to notice anything you may have “forgotten”!)
One of the greatest gifts of being a Mason is the connection between men of every station, age and background, all standing shoulder-to-shoulder. Enjoy the summer months! I hope to see you at Lodge very soon.
Springtime is finally upon us! The renewal of nature is contagious. We have a very busy three months ahead. We have five new petitioners, with several candidates yet to receive either their Fellowcraft or Master Masons degrees.
We will target the second meeting each month as a degree night for EA or FC, and will probably schedule specials to confer the Master Mason degree. It’s terrific to have so many new members heading our way... one was a direct result of our participation with Cancer Patient Services Chili Cook-Off in February.
We will participate in the 2019 Backyard Mission Trip on Saturday, April 27. We will contact our most “senior” members and widows to create our work list for that day (and into the summer if we can’t finish on the 27th). This will be a meaningful opportunity for us to fulfill our Masonic obligation to “assist worthy distressed Master Masons, their widows and orphans”. Volunteers can sign up online at https://findlaybmt.com. Those who have work for us to do can also sign up online, or leave a message at the Complex at 419-422-5016 to receive a call from our team.
Our Annual awards night will be Wednesday April 3 at 6:00pm. Dinner at 6:00 and awards at 6:45 for members who have reached membership milestones in Blue Lodge, Chapter, Council, and Commandery.
Jim Buckingham is working on a Mud Hens Baseball game for June 21. We have 40 tickets reserved! Always a fun time! Anyone is welcome!
We will host the Oran Goodman Scholarship and Widow’s Night on Wednesday May 15 with a dinner at 6:00pm. We will announce our Scholarship recipients that evening and will honor the widows of our Brothers who are no longer with us.
We will host the Annual Memorial Service at 3:00pm Sunday May 19 as we remember our Sisters and Brothers who have gone to their heavenly home during the past twelve months.
If you haven‘t subscribed to the electronic message system (either mails or text message) you can do so at www.findlaymason.org. You will find this system to be a handy way to receive reminders and timely updates when events are added or deleted to our calendar.
Happy New Year! I trust you enjoyed a meaningful Christmas holiday and that 2019 started well! It will be a very busy year for the Lodge! We have several new brothers moving through the degrees-a few special meetings will be needed for the Fellowcraft and Master Mason degrees for them. It is exciting to have so many candidates who are eager to join us.
Congratulations to Worshipful Brother Eric Wilkins who was installed District Education Officer at our Dec. 5 meeting by RWB Keith Manbeck, District Advisor. DDGM Kevin Ridgeway, PDDGM Robert Newell, and DEO John McEntee were also in attendance.
Also on Dec. 5, I had the honor of being present as Richard P. Barchent Jr. (33rd) was presented his 50-year pin and certificate from DDGM Kevin Ridgeway. Also attending was Worshipful Brother Jim J. Buckingham (33rd, PIGM Grand Council Royal and Select Masons of Ohio). Thank you, Richard, for your years of devoted service to Boy Scouts of America and Masonry.
January meetings will be on the 2nd and 17th. You will notice a “take away” at the sign-in book, and a supply of Blue Lodge Petitions. Please take a petition and bring it back filled out for a new candidate!
Our Annual inspection will be the Entered Apprentice degree on Monday, January 21 at 7:00pm. We expect to have a “live” candidate and would appreciate every Brother to attend.
Many of you will be asked to serve on one of a variety of committees this year. The committees will have a specific item to study and provide recommendations to the Lodge. Most committees will only meet three times! The recommendations of these committees will be vital in charting our course forward.
Upcoming events within the 10th Masonic District are:
Jan. 3 Inspection Dunkirk @ Dunkirk EA 7pm
Jan. 14 10th District Meeting @ Hamer (Wapakoneta) 7pm
Jan. 17th Inspection Sager @ Harrod EA 7pm
Jan. 21 Inspection Findlay @ Findlay EA 7pm
Feb. 9 Inspection Senate @ Kenton MM 11am
Feb. 9 Inspection Wayne @ Wapakoneta MM 4pm
Feb. 20 Inspection Mercer @ St. Marys MM 7pm
Feb. 21 Inspection Mt. Cory @ Mt. Cory FC 7:30pm
Feb. 23 Reconsecration @ Mercer @ St. Marys
Feb. 23 GRAND MASTER RECEPTION @ Celina Eagles Club 6pm $25.00
Mar. 4 Findlay Temple Association Annual Meeting @ Findlay
Mar. 11 10th District Meeting Lima @ Lima 7pm
Mar. 18 Inspection Lima @ Lima 7pm
Mar. 20 Inspection Hope @ Delphos FC 7pm
March 26 Inspection Hamer @ Wapakoneta FC 7:30pm
Mar. 27 Latham @ Kenton MM 7pm
Apr. 3 Annual Awards Night for all Findlay Masonic Bodies
The Grand Master’s Reception on Feb. 23 is at Celina Eagles Club. This reception is jointly hosted by the 4th and 10th Districts. Please attend for a night of great food and better fellowship! Several awards and scholarships will be presented as well. See Senior Warden Casey Zechman for tickets.
Everyone should attend the Annual Temple Association Meeting March 4, and the Annual Awards Ceremony April 3.
In closing, I am honored to serve as Worshipful Master this year. I am surrounded by terrific officers and past masters who provide good counsel. Together with you, Brethren, we will continue our legacy of exemplary degree work; fraternal charity and care of our Brother Masons, their widows and children; and devoted practice of our Masonic principles every day.
If you haven’t been to Lodge for a while, please come! You will receive a warm welcome.
WM: Casey Zechman