|Findlay Masonic Bodies
Greetings to all,
First I would like to congratulate Worshipful Brother Drew Charles DeVore on a fine year as Master in which we saw many excellent opportunities for fraternal and familial bonding fulfilled. Following his example, it is my hope that we can do as well or better in the coming year.
I would also like to thank you for electing me to serve Findlay Lodge as its Master for 2023-24. It is truly an honor and a highlight of my Masonic journey. I pray that I will be able to meet and exceed your expectations as a leader. I will be drawing on the lessons learned during the past 2 years here at Findlay Lodge and from my year as Master of Corinthian Lodge #8 TN F.& A.M. I will do my best to apply the wise counsel given to me by those who have traveled the same path before me, and I have great confidence in the fine line of Officers we have just installed to keep the Lodge moving forward.
Moving forward I would like us all to note that, as geometry starts with a point and that point expands to a line and so forth, we need a point to focus on. One point I would like us to focus on for the coming year is simply this, for us as a lodge to continue to provide an environment in which good men can become better men. This is not just for the new brother who is beginning his journey, but for every member of the Lodge. Executive training classes teach us that for a person to improve, they must evaluate their current status, decide on a plan for change, implement the change and re-evaluate to see if that change made a positive difference and then repeat as needed.
I challenge each of you in the coming year to evaluate your progress on becoming a better Man and Mason, and if improvement is desired, create a plan for change. If the Lodge is not providing you with the environment you need to implement your change, ask an Officer to see if we can help to modify the environment. The environment includes but is not limited to; Lodge meeting, gathers, clubs, and groups, as well as the programs and the knowledge of the Brothers providing guidance.
In closing, may the Great Architect of the Universe, who has so inspired the ancient members of our Craft that in the bond of brotherhood they met each other’s needs and first of all men came together in the hidden mysteries handed down to us, give us, we beseech Thee, grateful hearts, that in joyful service we may bring relief to the unfortunate, and in perfect loyalty both preserve our trust and leave behind us an increased inheritance.
W.B. Albert Leonard Centonze
Our year continues to be busy as we continue to bring new brethren into the fraternity. We are currently working in all three degrees which is most certainly exciting.
There are currently no special dates to remember. Our Regular Stated meeting is the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month. Dinner is at 6:30 and Lodge is at 7:30, it would be nice to see some of the brethren who have not been to Lodge. As I have stated in previous newsletters, we want to see more than the usual 12-15 people that attend lodge regularly. If we don’t have the continued membership growth and attendance, then what will happen to this great lodge?
Drew DeVore, WM
Can we assist you in getting you to the meetings for Blue Lodge or the appendant bodies?
If you need a ride to a meeting, please reach out to the temple office or the General Secretary!
We would be happy to help connect you with another member that may be able to pick you up and/or drop you off. We would love to see more members at meetings for fellowship and brotherhood.
Our year is in full swing. We just completed a Master Mason Degree which was a huge success. Thank you to all that attended and helped raise a fine Brother and bring a new one into the fraternity. Our Past Masters Night had a great turn out. 18 of our Past Masters were in attendance for that event. Thank you for all that helped and were there for a great night of fellowship.
Some dates to remember coming up:
June 7, 2023 we will be having an Entered Apprentice degree and inviting our scholarship winners to come to dinner beforehand to receive their award. Dinner will begin at 6:30 pm
The lodge will be holding a trip to the Mud Hens game on July 8, 2023. We will be leaving the lodge around 5:00. Tickets are $40.00 per person and that includes the bus ride up and back and buffet dinner. Please feel free to reach out to me or Brother Jason Darnell at 419-420-5723 if you wish to attend.
As I stated in my previous newsletter in January, we have not seen many of the brothers in lodge over the past couple years. I can not emphasize enough that you have all been missed and I want nothing more than to see many of the members back. We want to hear from you! What can we do to see you come back to lodge? This year has been a fantastic year and I most certainly have been honored to serve as your Worshipful Master.
Drew DeVore, WM
Our year is in full swing. We put on a Master Mason degree on December 7 and an Enter Apprentice on December 21 which both were huge successes and thank you for all that attended and helped raise a fine Brother and bring one into the fraternity. Some dates to remember as we enter January:
January 4 was the annual awards ceremony with dinner at 6:30 with lodge following. The lodge held a trip to the Walleye game on January 14, 2023. We left the lodge around 5:00. Tickets were $45.00 per person and that included the bus ride up and back and buffet dinner.
Our inspection in the Fellowcraft degree will be on January 18, 2023 at 7:30, where dinner will begin at 6:30PM. Please come and support our officers and candidate.
Another date to put in your calendar that we are working on is March 1, 2023. Findlay Lodge will be holding a night to recognize our Past Masters with a degree put on during the regular stated meeting. More information will be presented in Lodge and through other communications.
We have not seen many of the brothers in lodge over the past couple yeas. Some have other obligations, some because of COVID concerns but I can not emphasis enough that you have all been missed and I want nothing more than to see many of the members back. We want to hear from you! What can we do to make you come back to lodge? This year is going fantastic and I’m most certainly honored and excited to serve as your Worshipful Master but we want to see more than the usual 12-15 people that attend lodge regularly. If we don’t have the continued membership growth and attendance, then what will happen to this great lodge?
WM: Al Centonze