|Findlay Masonic Bodies|
As the summer quickly winds down and we prepare for another year of Masonic Activity, it is my pleasure to update you all on the happenings of your Council. We will be meeting after Chapter on the first Tuesday’s of the month, as per usual. Again this year we will alternate with Chapter as to who provides the main dish for our carry-in dinners prior to the Chapter meetings. Our meals are usually around 6:30. We would love to see you all at the meetings.
This year, our inspection degree will be the Super Excellent Master degree. Our inspection date is October 30th at 7 pm. We like to have this done early, as to avoid conflicts with other Masonic bodies inspections, etc. Findlay Council has a proud history of being one of the few councils able to field its own cast for the SEM degree. If you have portrayed one of the characters in the degree in previous years, we will be contacting you soon to set up practices so we can carry on the tradition of excellent degree work at Findlay. Our first meeting will be held on September 5, after the Chapter meeting. We would love to see you there. At this meeting we will be talking about setting up practices and committee assignments for the year as well as our annual agenda. Let’s have a great year!
James Klausing, Illustrious Master, Findlay Council #50
Your Council held its annual election of officers at the May stated meeting. I wish them and the Illustrious Master Elect the best of luck for the upcoming cryptic year. Also, I would like to thank the officers and companions for the hard work they have done over the course of the previous year. The paperwork for the Grand Master's award has been turned over to the Arch Inspector. Congratulations to all for a job well done! Our installation of officers will be at the June stated meeting.
Here are our upcoming events for Council:
May 26-29 Findlay Rest Area Fundraiser for the Diabetic Kids Camp in Findlay.
July 11th Arch Reunion - School of Instruction 7:00 pm in Lima.
August 20th Arch Picnic, TBA, St. Mary's
Sept. 14-16 Grand Assembly Section, TBA, Dayton
Finally, we had a successful York Festival this year, with several new companions joining our council. I wish everyone a safe and fun summer!
I hope that all of you and your families had a wonderful Holiday season and a Happy New Year! The past Holiday season was an active time for your Council. On November 2nd, we had our annual inspection in the Super Excellent Master degree.
The Companions and officers performed a first rate job and conferred the degree on three candidates. The Most Illustrious Grand Master Michael Terry was in attendance and he was impressed by the degree work presented by your Council. I wish to extend a heartfelt thanks to all those who made the inspection the success it was. Also, in December was the M.I.G.M. in Findlay. Thank you to all those who participated and attended the reception. The reception was a great success and everyone had a wonderful time. Furthermore, at the December meetings, the council voted to raise the annual dues. None of us wanted to do this, but, with per capita being raised to $18.00 per member, we had no choice. Our current dues is $25,00 per member , with per capita increasing to $18.00 per member, we are left at $7.00 per member. The Council has 103 members! We cannot survive on $721.00 a year. The dues increase will go into effect this upcoming annual meeting in June 2023. If you are having financial problems please contact the Council.
Jan. 4th Annual Awards Night with other bodies 6:30pm
Feb. 25 Urbana Inspection SM 7:30pm
Feb. 26 Franklin Dedication 2:00pm Piqua
Mar. 6th Franklin Insp. SM 7:30pm Piqua
Mar. 8th Deputy Masters Roll Out 6:30pm Saint Marys
Remembering our Stated Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month following Chapter. We have a tureen dinner at 6:30pm. Please stop by and attend, your Council misses you.
Findlay Council had its first stated meeting for the cryptic in September. The major issue at the meeting was the Council bylaws, in particular, the subject of annual dues. At the annual session of the Grand Council last year, legislation was passed to increase the per capita charged to the local Council. Per Capita will increase to $18.00 per member. Our current dues are $25.00 per member; with the per capita increase we will be left with $7.00 per member. Our Council currently has 103 members: This leaves our Council with $721.00 dollars left after paying the annual per capita to Grand Council. In light of this, the Companions voted at the September meeting to increase dues charged by Findlay Council. A letter detailing this and any other changes to the bylaws will be mailed to the membership. At the December meeting the Council will take a vote on this issue. Furthermore we have upcoming events scheduled for this fall:
1-Annual Council, Kalahari, Sandusky, Oct. 2-4
2-Findlay Council Inspection in SuperX Degree, Findlay Nov. 22 at 7:00pm, refreshments afterwards
3-Most Illustrious Grand Master’s Reception, Findlay, Hilton Garden Inn 5:30 social, 6:30pm dinner, Dec. 3rd
4-Awards Night, Findlay Masonic Bodies, Findlay Complex, 6:30pm Jan.4th 2023
In Conclusion, I hope all of you have a fun Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. Keep warm and stay safe.
By the time you read this our Annual Installation will have taken place on June 7. Our officers line was installed by our Deputy Grand Master, Right Illustrious Mike Terry. On behalf of Findlay Council I would like to extend thanks to him and everyone else who assisted in the implementation of a successful installation. Also, I extend thanks to my predecessor for having a successful and productive year in Findlay.
In regards to upcoming events this summer/Fall.
1.There will be no Diabetic Kids camp this summer. Hopefully next summer COVID will be in the past and there will be a camp.
2.July 12th, (Tues.) 2nd Arch Reunion and School of Instruction at Kenton Council 7pm.
3.October 2-4, 2022 (Sun-Tue), Ohio Council and Assembly at Kalahari, Sandusky, Ohio.
4.November 22, 2022 (Tues) Findlay Council’s Inspection in the SuperX Degree (7pm). Refreshments afterwards.
5.December 3, 2022 (Fri.), Council Reception for next elected Most Illustrious Grand Master at Findlay, Ohio. (Details TBA)
Furthermore, the Arch picnic scheduled at Saint Mary’s has been postponed and will be rescheduled.
In conclusion, Companions our next stated meeting will be Tuesday 1st immediately after Chapter. As, always there is a tureen dinner at 6:30pm before the meeting. The door is always open and the companions and I would be happy to visit with you. Have a safe summer!
Dear Companion IMs and Recorders of the 2nd Arch,
Please note that due to illness, the currently-scheduled Super Excellent Master (SEM) Degree at Findlay #50 (Findlay, Ohio) currently-scheduled for TOMORROW (Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 7:00 P.M.) has been postponed due to illness.
No further arrangements have been made yet regarding the rescheduling/makeup.
When we work out these details, I will forward info regarding the same.
Thank you. Everyone stay safe and healthy, and have a great week!
George E. Moore
2nd Arch Inspector
By the time you read this our Annual Inspection will have taken place on March 29. I thank all of our officers, appointees, and Companions who were able to assist.
There are a couple of schedule changes to announce. Our portrayal of the Super-Excellent has been moved from April to May 24 at 7:00pm. Within the 2nd Arch, the CELL Al l–Day Course scheduled for May 7 is postponed to a date to be determined.
Our Annual Meeting and election of officers will be May 3rd and installation will be June 7th, both being our regular meeting nights.
The Northwest Ohio York Rite Festival will resume this year May 14. Chapter and Council degrees will be portrayed along with the Knights Templar orders. Our own Illustrious Companion Ken Chamberlain is the class Namesake this year... a well deserved honor Ken!
We have received permission from ODOT to have a fund-raising effort at the 1-75 northbound rest area that is south of Findlay over Memorial Day Weekend. All donations from coffee, soft drinks, and snacks will benefit the Grand Council Diabetic Kids Fund. We will be staffing reduced hours from past years, and will be mostly a Findlay Council effort, partially due to the next event... read on!
The 2nd Arch is sponsoring an Arch-wide fundraiser for the Diabetic Kids Fund on Saturday June 4 at the Celina Moose Lodge 5:00pm to 10:00pm. This will have food, fun, and great fellowship. Open to the public too! Let’s really support this effort.
July 12 will be an Arch Reunion and School of Instruction at Kenton #65 at 7:00pm. The Summer Arch picnic will be Saturday July 30 at St. Marys at 4:00pm (note new date).
The 2nd Arch will be in Findlay with the honor of hosting the Grand Reception for the Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masons of Ohio, 2nd Arch’s own Mike Terry. The reception will be December 3, 2022 in Findlay. Details forthcoming.
I wish to thank this year’s officers and Companions who helped me in a multitude of ways through the year. It was an honor to serve Findlay Council #50. We look forward to seeing our Council Companions at these upcoming events!
Let us all pray that 2022 is a safe and successful year for us all. Many questions are still “in the air”... we will do our best to persevere and have a good Cryptic year.
We will meet Tuesday Jan 4, Feb 1, and March 1 immediately following Chapter. Carry in dinner 6:40pm.
Inspection season is upon us: 1/20/22 Lima #20 at 7:30 pm in Royal Master; 1/25/22 Van Wert #73 at 7:30pm in Royal Master; 2/16/22 Urbana #59 7:30pm in Select Master; 3/8/22 Franklin #14 (Troy) at 7:30pm in Royal Master; 3/21/22 Logan #85 (Bellefontaine) at 7:30pm in Select Master; 3/31/22 Findlay #50 at 7:30pm in Royal Master. Our goal is to have at least three Companions at each inspection. Travelling is fun and rewarding! Let IM Eakin know if you’d like to travel/carpool. As always, confirm dates and times... they can change!
We will have a few rehearsals before our inspection on March 31, and we will continue to have practices in April to prepare for the Super Excellent Master Degree which we will present April 26.
We have begun initial preparations to have the Diabetic Kids Fund effort at 1-75 NB rest area south of Findlay over Memorial Day 2022.
Our Annual Awards night will be 1/5/22 with Blue Lodge, Chapter, and Commandery to honor those who have attained certain service year steps.
Have a safe and prosperous 2022. We look forward to Chapter/Council the first Tuesday of each month except July and August. Support Blue Lodge, and remember that breakfast is the first Saturday in our dining room.
Our Cryptic year has begun and will be a busy one. Grand Council met in October 3-5 at Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio. Information from the session will be shared in November. Findlay #50 was pleased to provide a $100.00 restaurant gift card for a fund-raiser to support RIC Mike Terry in his year (if so elected) as Grand Illustrious Master in 2023. Mike is a member of Urbana Council in the Second Arch. Our own Tom DeFrieze is serving as Arch President this year.
The Super Excellent Master degree will be portrayed by the “New South” Council of the 2nd Arch on November 18 @ Urbana 7p. We plan on carpooling to support our Arch Companions. Council inspections also begin with Matchett #91 (Greenville) on November 3 at 7:30 with the Royal Master degree. Our goal is to have at least 4 Companions from Findlay at each 2nd Arch inspection this year.
On the local scene, we will meet on the first Tuesday each month. Carry-in dinner at 6:40; Chapter and Council meet starting at 7:30p. (October 5, November 2, December 7). Our Annual inspection will be March 31, 2022 in the Royal Master Degree. At 7:30p.
Our portrayal of the Super-Excellent Master Degree will be April 2, 2022 at 7p. As has been our tradition, we will strive to have as many parts portrayed by Findlay Council members. We have speaking parts to cover, (including stage and costume crew) so there IS a way for you to be involved!
The Northwest Ohio York Rite Festival is scheduled for Saturday May 14, 2022. It is always an honor to host one of the oldest and best York Rite Festivals in Ohio.
I encourage you to revisit our Chapter and Council meetings if you’ve been way. We will welcome you!
I am honored to be your Illustrious Master for the coming year. This is a title steeped in history and is not to be taken literally. I’m not particularly “illustrious” , and I’m certainly no one’s “Master”. We all serve the same “Master”, and He is the Creator of All.
I am grateful for these Companions who have consented to be your elected officers for 21-22: Illustrious Master-Rick Eakin; Deputy Master–Tom DeFrieze; Principal Conductor of the Work-John Sponsler; Treasurer–Tim Roth; Recorder-Dave Roth; Captain of the Guard-Tom DeFrieze; Conductor of Council-Steve Horton; Steward-Hugh Boland; Chaplain-Jason Pontious. As we close out a very dysfunctional year, we eagerly look forward to a more "normal" Cryptic year. What will this look like?
In short we will: Portray all three degrees (Royal Master, Select Master, Super-Excellent Master); Fill vacancies in our cast lists with Findlay Companions; Visit Inspections within our Arch; attend and support 2nd Arch events; Support the Diabetic Kids Fund in a visible manner; Have a successful annual inspection; Host at least one social event open to all Findlay Masonic members and families; Support Blue Lodge, Chapter, and Commandery.
All Companions will be receiving a direct mail letter later this summer with all the important dates for the year, including instructions for setting up a Grandview account online (freemason.com then click “member portal” then “sign up). If you would like to receive information via “Dial My Calls”, register here https://www.findlaymason.org/email.html. If it’s been a while since you’ve attended a Council meeting, please do this year. (We promise to NOT put you in a pro-tem spot unless you would like to).
Enjoy your summer! I look forward to seeing you September 7th.
IM: Jim Klausing