|Findlay Masonic Bodies|
First, I would like to thank Excellent Companion Eakin for the stellar job he did this year as Illustrious Master of Findlay Council. I hope that my performance as your Illustrious Master will measure up to the job, he, and all
my other predecessors have performed. Also, I would like to thank all the companions who have taken officer positions for the upcoming year. The major upcoming event this summer is the Diabetic Kids camp at Camp Berry Friday
August 3rd thru Sunday August 5th. Excellent companion Eakin will be contacting individuals to see if they are interested in assisting at the camp. Please let him or me know if you are able to help out I am certain that you will
find the experience very rewarding. Also August 18th, will be the annual Arch picnic in Delphos at 12pm (noon). Our first stated meeting will be Tuesday night, September 4th, following the chapter meeting. Before the meetings
we will have our usual Tureen dinner. Please come and enjoy the fellowship with your fellow companions. Our annual inspection will be November 19th at 7:00pm in the Super Excellent Master degree. If you, or any other council
member you know, have not received this beautiful degree, please consider being a candidate. Notification of cast and practice dates will be mailed out.
I hope you have a wonderful and enjoyable summer. I look forward to seeing you at our first meting in September.
Congratulations for a fine annual inspection on February 26. The Select Master degree was portrayed in excellent form for our companion Michael Barringer. Grand Steward Micheal Terry and Grand King Steve Hill were in attendance. A sincere thank you to all companions who participated or witnessed this degree.
We will meet the first Tuesday of each month (April 3, May 1, and June 5) before going dark in July and August. Election of officers for 2018-19 will be at the May meeting.
The Diabetic Kids Fund will receive the benefits of our efforts hosting the I-75 NB rest stop south of Findlay over Memorial Day Weekend. Please sign up for a 4-hour shift starting Friday May 24th. Shifts are 2p-6-p:6p-10p: 6a-10a-10a-2p. We will work until 6p on Memorial Day. Our camp will be the first weekend of August at Camp Berry just south of Findlay. Please help in this most worthy cause.
The Northwest Ohio York Rite Festival will be at the Findlay Complex, May 12. If you know a Mason who would be a worthy candidate for Chapter, Council or Commandery membership please approach and encourage him to fill out a petition for one, two, or all three!
The inspection season is winding down. April 7 Delphos & St. Mary’s (both @ St. Mary’s) Delphos 9a RM: St. Mary’s 10a SM April 28 South Multi Council SEM, Franklin (Troy)9a.
The North Multi Council SEM Review has been changed from Saturday April 21 to May 8th at 7pm at Lima Masonic Temple.
Happy New Year! Every turn of the calendar provides opportunities for the future. We hope to see each Companion at our monthly meetings on the first Tuesday, immediately following the Chapter #58 meeting.
Congratulations to all Companions who participated in our portrayal of the Super Excellent Master Degree on November 20. We received a very positive report from Illustrious Companion J. Michael Lenhart, 2nd Arch Adjutant who reviewed our work.
We will be preparing for our inspection at our January and February meetings. We will portray the Select Master degree on Monday, February 26, 2018. Please review your part and be ready to rehearse on January 2 and February 6.
Looking ahead, the Northwest Ohio York Rite Festival will be Saturday May 12, 2018 at the Findlay Masonic Complex. This is a great time for every Master Mason who is not yet a member of Chapter, Council, or Commandery to receive the degrees/orders on the same day.
We will once again provide refreshments to travelers at the 1-75 rest area south of Findlay over Memorial Day weekend to help fund the Diabetic Kids Fund, which supports the Diabetic Kid’s Camp at Camp Berry in August.
Have a prosperous and safe 2018.
Autumn is upon us! Our first meeting was Tuesday, September 5 at 8:30pm (right after Chapter) with the installation of these companions as officers for the year.
DM: Boyd Durain , PCW: Linnville Taggart, Trea: J. Avery Evinger, Rec: David J. Roth, Cof G: Thomas DeFrieze, CofC: Steve Horton, Steward: Charles Insley, Sentinel: Robert Grandbois, Chaplain Steve Roth.
Thank you to everyone who was able to help serve meals at the Diabetic Kids Camp at Camp Berry the first weekend of August. MIC Jim Buckingham and I represented Findlay at the 2nd Arch picnic in Greenville Aug. 26.
All Companions are encouraged to attend the Grand Council session October 1-2-3 at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky. See me or Secretary Dave Roth for further details or at http://ohio-council-masons.org on line.
Findlay companions serving the Second Arch this year are: Steve Roth, First Vice President: Tom DeFrieze: Third Vice President: Ron Drebert Organ Donor Committee member.
We will be hitting the ground running this year with our Super Excellent Master Degree scheduled for Monday, November 20, 2017. We have a candidate also! The month of May has been very hectic in the past, so we are trying the SEM early before the rush.
Our Annual Inspection will be Monday, February 26, 2018 in the Select Master Degree.
Findlay Council dates:
Monthly meetings September-June first Tuesday 8:30pm. (immediately after Chapter) carry in dinner at 6:30 pm
Oct.1-3 Grand Council Session in Sandusky, Ohio
Nov. 20: Findlay Council Super Excellent Master Degree at 7:00pm
Feb. 26: Findlay Council Select Master Degree Annual Inspection 7:00pm.
Check the findlaymason.org website frequently for important news and updates.
All Companions are cordially invited to attend.
The summer is upon us, but fall isn’t far away. Our first meeting will be Tuesday, September 5 at 8:30 pm (right after Chapter). Our first Order of business will be installation of remaining officers for the year, who are: Richard Eakin IM, Boyd Durain DM, Linville Taggert P.C.W., John Evinger Treas., David Roth Recorder, Tom DeFrieze Capt. Of Guard, Steve Horton Cond., Chuck Insley Steward, and Robert Grandbois Steward.
Our immediate PIM, Tom Defrieze, has received his Past Master’s apron for a job very well done last year.
The Memorial Day weekend roadside rest fundraiser on I-75 was successful in every measure: 6 Second Arch Councils helped out, over $2,000,00 in profit was raised to benefit Grand Council Diabetic Kids Fund (of which over $300.00 was sent directly to our local Diabetic Kids Camp held at Camp Berry. A huge thank you to everyone who helped. Companions are encouraged to help out during the Camp during the first weekend of August.
All Companions are encouraged to attend the Grand Council Session October 1-2-3 at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky.
Findlay companions serving the Second Arch are Steve Roth, First Vice President, Tom DeFrieze, Third Vice President, and Ron Drebert, Organ Donor Committee Member.
We will be hitting the ground running this year with our Super Excellent Master Degree scheduled for Monday, November 20, 2017. We have a Candidate also! This month of May has been very full in the past, so we’re trying the SEM early before the rush.
Our Annual Inspection will be Monday, February 26, 2018, in the Select Master degree.
FINDLAY COUNCIL DATES:
Monthly Meetings September-June first Tuesday 8:30pm (immediately after Chapter)
Aug. 26 2nd Arch Annual Picnic-Greenville at 1:00pm
Sept. 5 Findlay Council first meeting and installation at 8:30pm
Oct. 1-3 Grand Council Session in Sandusky, OH
Nov. 20 Findlay Council Super Excellent Master Degree at 7:00 pm
February 26, Findlay Council Select Master Degree Annual Inspection 7:00pm
SECOND ARCH dates (as of this printing):
Nov. 22 Urbana SEM degree
Jan. 23 Van Wert Inspection
Feb. 21 Urbana Inspection SM
Mar. 18 Franklin Inspection RM
Mar. 25-Apr 1 HOLY WEEK
Apr. 21 Multi County SEM (location tbd)
Check the Findlaymson.org website for important news and updates.
All Companions are cordially invited to attend. We look forwad to seeing you at the Diabetic Kids Camp at Camp Berry and at our next meeting Sept. 5.
I have realized that this is the best newsletter to be written for this York Rite season. It has been a good year learning, working and sharing the Royal and Select Mason degrees and I encourage all members to do the same now and in the future. Thanks to all who have helped, especially for our inspection. Having been to all the Arch Inspections this year, Findlay Council #50 is the only Council to have its own members fill all parts of the Royal Master degree. I give an "At“a Boy” to all Companions.
There are a few more inspections coming up April 1st at St. Marys is theirs and Delphos starting at 9am. Also on this date is Findlay Commandery Inspection and I would encourage all Sir Knights of our Council to support our Commandery. April 8th is Findlay’s Chapter inspection and I encourage all to support our Chapter as well. May 19th is our Super Excellent Master Degree with more details to follow.
Other dates of importance: The NOW York Rite festival is May 13th, our Arch is doing the Royal Master Degree. If you know a brother wishing to continue his journey in Masonry here’s an opportunity. The 2nd Arch reunion is June 15th at Findlay and the Arch picnic is August 26th at Greenville, Ohio. The times will be announced later.
In closing: Thanks for allowing me to serve as the Illustrious Master. This opportunity has enriched my continued journey in Masonry while striving to emulate the path of my Father in the Findlay York Rite bodies.
Tom DeFrieze, IM
Cell # 567-208-7691
Another Holiday season is upon us and a new year knocking on the door. With the New Year comes inspections for The Blue Lodge and York Rite bodies. Findlay Council #50 is on Feb. 17, 2017 at 7:30 PM in the Royal Master degree. As of this writing, most of the speaking parts are covered but I’m looking for Giblites. If interested please call me.
Our next meeting is on Jan. 3, 2017 at 8:30 pm opening in the Royal Master degree. If time allows, I would like to practice for our inspection. There is also a tureen dinner before the meeting starting at 6:30 pm. It is Council’s turn to provide the meat, so in keeping a family tradition, we will have pork and sauerkraut. I’m sure there will be other things to eat so don’t let the sauerkraut keep you away.
Hope all Companions enjoy the Holiday season with family and friends. I’ll be looking forward to seeing all in the New Year.
Tom DeFrieze, IM
Cell # 567-208-7691
We have started the 2016-2017 Masonic season. Our first meeting was Sept. 6th. Our tureen dinner, shared with Chapter, had a good turn out with plenty of food and companionship. However, more companions and family would be great. So on the first Tuesday of the month come share your favorite dish and enjoy the experience of York Rite Masonry.
The meetings for the following months are October 4th, November 1st and December 6th. Also on October 2nd - 4th is the Grand Assembly of Royal and Select Masons. It will be held at Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky, Ohio. I will give a report of the Grand Assembly at October’s meeting.
Our Inspection is April 14, 2017 at 7:30pm in the Royal Master Degree. Our Council will need help in filling the parts of the degree. I’m asking for your help. There are non speaking parts. Giblites for example. Helping with degree work is a good way to learn the meaning of York Rite Masonry.
In closing, please come and enjoy the rich spoils of Freemasoney.
Thank you for electing me as Illustrious Master for Findlay’s Council No. 50. This is the best council in the 2nd Arch and with your participation this tradition will continue. Tradition is evident by our Councils participation at Roadside Rest Fundraiser for the Diabetic Kids Camp. I do thank all those companions of the 2nd Arch that helped. Manning such an event over the Memorial Weekend is a group effort. The Arch raised over $2,100.00 dollars.
The next event for the 2nd Arch is the Diabetic Camp at Camp Berry. It is August 5-7. We need help with the meal prep, serving and cleaning. Help is needed Friday evening, three meals Saturday and Sunday morning. Please call me if you can help.
August 27th is the 2nd Arch picnic held at Troy, Ohio.
The next meeting is September 6th. The High Priest and I would like to continue having the potluck meal at 6:30pm followed by the stated meetings starting at 7:30pm. We will have hamburgers, brats and dogs cooked on charcoal. This meal is open to families. Come enjoy the companionship of old friends and make some new ones.
The yearly Inspection will be in the Royal Master degree on April 14, 2017. Findlay Council is one of the few Councils in the Arch to conduct inspections with our own membership, hopefully we will continue this. There will be more information to follow.
SEM degree will be May 19, 2017. Again, more information to follow.
If you have any questions, ideas or comments about the coming year please contact me.
First of all, I would like to extend my thanks to EC Steve Roth for the excellent job he did in putting together the cast for the Super Excellent Master Degree. Those of you who were not there missed an excellent degree! Thanks Steve for a job well done. The following is a list of the upcoming events:
April 2 – Inspection at St. Mary’s for Delphos 72 in the Royal Master Degree at 9am, followed at 10:30am by St. Mary’s 81 is being inspected in the Select Master Degree. We will leave Findlay at 7:30pm.
April 2 – 6:30pm dinner and awards for all Findlay Bodies at Findlay Temple
April 5 – 8:30pm stated meeting for Findlay Council 50
May 3 – 8:30pm stated meeting of Findlay Council 50 Nomination and election of officers
May 14 – All day York Rite Festival at Findlay
May 27 – 6:00pm to Monday May 30 6:00pm man road side rest on Northbound I-75 south of Findlay. Please call me to schedule when you will help
June 7 – 6:30pm dinner followed by Chapter and Council Installation of Officers
August 5-8 – Diabetic Camp at Boy Scout Camp
It has been my pleasure to have again served Findlay Council 50 as Illustrious Master. I appreciated the opportunity, and thank you for your confidence. Now, each of you need to become more active and resolve to attend one meeting at least once a quarter.
Richard J. Herr
Findlay Council No. 50
Due in June
IM: Linnville Taggart