January/February 2010 VOLUME 17, ISSUE 1
A JOINT PUBLICATION OF THE GRAND LODGE OF OHIO AND THE OHIO MASONIC HOME
Congressman Bob Latta Continues
Half Century of Masonic Heritage in Ohio
By George Braatz, PGM
W hen it comes to public service, a member of Wood
Freemasons have been solidly in County Lodge and a
the forefront in one region in 33rd Degree member of
northern Ohio. the Scottish Rite Valley
For nearly 51 consecutive years – of Toledo. At age 89, he
from 1959 to the present – the 5th is a 63-year Mason.
Congressional District has been When the elder
represented in Washington, D.C., Brother Latta decided
by Master Masons. to retire, he endorsed
Robert E. “Bob” Latta, of Bowling his son to replace him.
Green and a member of Wood However, Bob Latta
County Lodge #112, has been a U.S. lost the election to Paul
Congressman since December, 2007. E. Gillmor. Brother
The 5th Congressional District, Gillmor, of Old Fort,
which he represents, is the second was a member of Oliver
largest in Ohio and includes 16 H. Perry Lodge #341 in
counties. Port Clinton and was a
Brother Latta’s father is Delbert 33rd Degree Mason. He
Latta, who served the same District served in Congress for
for 29 years, from 1959 until his nearly 20 years.
retirement in 1988. He, too, is U.S. Congressman Robert E. “Bob” Latta After his unexpected
death in September, 2007, the
younger Brother Latta was elected
Get Caught Up With New, to the Congressional seat.
Improved Web Sites Brother Latta has the utmost
respect for Freemasonry and what
The Ohio Masonic Home it stands for. He learned the respect
and its family of campuses
from his father, “that we should live
and services are starting
the lifestyle of a Freemason, taking
2010 in a fresh way with
redesigned and improved care of others and always doing the
web sites. right thing.”
Continued on page 3
It’s now more convenient
and user friendly to ﬁnd In This Issue:
the latest information from Keeping the Light Burning ...................4
each organization. Writing a New Life Chapter .................5
Hands To Help in All Directions ...........6
Continued on page 8 Masonic Model ...................................7
Bicentennial Prints & Photos ..............11
Debt of Freedom...............................13
We Are the Stewards of Freemasonry
By Terry W. Posey, Grand Master
Occasionally, I will see emails and holding Freemasonry for the next
hear phone calls by uninformed generation. We are improving it,
brethren complaining about “Grand we are making it available, we
Lodge” doing something they are are contributing to it and we are
unhappy with. continuing it.
Who is the Grand Lodge? That Occasionally some Brethren de-
answer is easy. The 511 Ohio Lodges cide not to improve it or contribute
and the 106,500 Ohio Masons are to it, but instead try to take from
Terry W. Posey, Grand Master
the Grand Lodge. The Grand Lodge it. Those brethren have lost their
is not the Advisory Committee way. They have decided to turn You might have heard me
or the Past Grand Masters or the their back on their obligation and speaking of a very smart friend
District Deputy Grand Masters or on their history and on those who of mine, who said in 1997 (when
the Masters of the lodges or the have gone before us. Those brethren he and I were much younger):
Grand Lodge Ofﬁcers. It is our are not “innovators” or the “new “The worst thing about being a
membership. breed” or anyone we should look younger man in an older man’s
Who owns the Grand Lodge? up to. They have left Freemasonry organization is that you bury
Who owns Freemasonry? Who worse than they found it and they your friends.” I have been to way
owns our rituals, our history, our have left their community and too many Masonic funerals for
fraternity? These questions are mankind worse than they found it. Brethren who have kept the faith,
rhetorical. The answer, of course, is They are not heroes. They are, in who have kept their working
no one owns them. some cases, thieves of our heritage. tools clean and sharp and have
We are stewards. We occupy this Disdain them. built the bridge for those to come,
space as stewards of Freemasonry. much as in the poem
An author once said that service to the left.
is the rent we pay for the space THE BRIDGE BUILDER This year, I am trying
we occupy in this world. In our By Will Allen Dromgoole to keep an online
case, we are holding companies, “blog” of the various
An old man, going a lone highway, Masonic events that I
Came at the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast and deep and wide,
blogspot.com) I spend
The Beacon is Through which was ﬂowing a sullen tide.
published bi-monthly The old man crossed in the twilight dim- a considerable amount
Please report all changes of address That sullen stream had no fears for him; of time working on
to your lodge secretary, who, in turn, But he turned, when he reached the other side, Grand Lodge business.
will notify the Grand Secretary, who
maintains the database that produces And built a bridge to span the tide. However, the blog will
The BEACON mailing labels. not include meetings
“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near, of an ordinary nature,
Manager of Marketing and “You are wasting strength in building here. phone calls, emails and
Communications Your journey will end with the ending day; other events that would
The Ohio Masonic Home You never again must pass this way.
2655 W. National Road not be newsworthy. I
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share in some of the
Chad Simpson, The builder lifted his old gray head.
Director of Program Development “Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said, many highlights of this
The Grand Lodge F.&A.M. of Ohio “There followeth after me today Masonic year.
P Box 629 May God continue
Worthington, OH 43085-0629 A youth whose feet must pass this way.
614/885-5318 This chasm that has been naught to me to keep you in the palm
email@example.com To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be. of his hand.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him.”
2 January/February 2010
A Year of Transitions, a Future of Promise
By Worshipful Brother Wm. David Bannerman,
Chief Executive Ofﬁcer, The Ohio Masonic Home
We are proud that The Ohio the most effective ways to care for many of those who retired by pro-
Masonic Home offers some of the future residents and clients. moting from within. Many of our
strongest retirement communities To meet such needs, last year, we leadership positions are ﬁlled with
and in-home care services in Ohio. reduced the size of the Springﬁeld employees who gained experience
Our Foundation is the source of Community skilled nursing under those who’ve retired.
that strength. operations. We also offered an early Those who moved up are excited
We have dedicated retirement option to many of our to continue to serve you and
trustees and employees long-time employees. offer fresh ideas in moving our
working to ensure great Many took advantage of the organization into the future. We
care to our present offer. We appreciate their work still have dozens of employees with
residents and over the years and helping 15 or more years of service with us.
clients. And us provide great care, When you visit, you will ﬁnd many
we are wish them success in familiar faces, in new positions.
looking at their new endeavors. Other changes will allow us
We were pleased to expand our Cornerstone Home
to be able to replace Health and Hospice services and
accept new sources of referrals
for our Helping Hands services.
We encourage you to come visit
us and meet our staff. We
Ohio Masonic Home CEO Dave
Bannerman and wife Anita greet
Springﬁeld Masonic Community
resident Rufus Dickson at the campus
Christmas event in December.
Congressman Bob Latta Continues Half Century
of Masonic Heritage in Ohio continued from page 1
In some of his recent visits across Commissioner from 1991 to 1997. State University graduate, is the
the Congressional District, he said He then was elected to the Ohio interim vice president of university
he sees vividly the “disaster” of Senate, serving from 1997 to 2001. advancement at BGSU. They have
unemployment. While working in He was a member of the Ohio two daughters.
the National Capitol on ways to House of Representative from Brother Latta knows well the
solve this problem, he also suggests 2001 to 2007. While a member of routine of a Congressman –
that there is a role for Masons. “We Ohio’s state legislature, he worked working in the District of Columbia
should look for those in need in our with other Masons in the General during the week and ﬂying home to
communities and do what we can Assembly for passage of tax relief be with family on the weekends. In
to assist them, including ﬁnding or legislation for Lodges in the state. his late teenage years, Bob used to
creating new jobs.” “The lessons learned in be the driver, who took his father,
A native of Bluffton, Brother Latta Freemasonry should have a very Del, to the airport very early on
is a graduate of Bowling Green State important role in each of our lives. Monday mornings, and picked him
University and received his law We should take these tenets to heart up on the weekends.
degree from the University of Toledo. and remember them in our actions It is a father-son tradition that has
Before entering politics, he each day,” he said. continued for a half century.
worked in private legal practice. Brother Latta’s wife, Marcia,
He served as a Wood County who is also a Bowling Green
January/February 2010 3
Keeping the Light Burning
Cornerstone Home Health and The event was rounded out
Hospice celebrated its ﬁrst year as with hot chocolate, cookies and
part of The Ohio Masonic Home’s fellowship in the comfort and
Masonic Senior Services family by warmth of the Cornerstone ofﬁce.
celebrating the memory of those The holidays can be a
who passed away in 2009. tough time for some people,
Cornerstone held its ﬁrst Keep especially those who have
the Light Burning Memorial Service lost loved ones. This inspired
on Dec. 21 outside its ofﬁce in the Cornerstone staff to
Urbana. Despite the chilly evening action.
that ﬁrst day of winter, the glow “We’re proud to serve
of candle light and the memory of families and this is our way
loved ones warmed hearts. of celebrating that and letting
Families and friends them know they aren’t alone
of Cornerstone clients
whose loved ones
passed away during
A Christmas tree was lit to memorialize
the year were invited
those who passed away in 2009.
their lives along with in what they are going through,”
Cornerstone staff. said Mary.
The ceremony As a further gesture of
was led by Joe Flora, remembrance, Cornerstone staff
Cornerstone’s chaplain, plans to plant a blue Spruce
and Mary Lough, Christmas tree in memory of
Cornerstone’s president. former hospice patients on the
It was highlighted by Springﬁeld Masonic Community
the lighting of candles campus in the future.
to commemorate loved
Cornerstone president Mary Lough Cornerstone Home Health and
ones and the lighting of a Christmas
watches as attendees light a candle Hospice offers in-home care needs
tree. Special hand-made ornaments to memorialize their loved one during to people in Clark, Champaign
were given to attendees to mark the Keep the Light Burning Memorial and Logan counties. For more
the occasion as it closed with the Service on Dec. 21 at the Cornerstone information, call 877/684-5710 or go
singing of Silent Night and a prayer. ofﬁce in Urbana. to www.cornerstonehealthcare.org.
Mad River Lodge Thinks Out-of-the-Box for Education
Mad River Lodge #161, West in Marysville, Ohio. The
Liberty, Ohio has recently changed Correctional Treatment Unit (CTU)
its college scholarship program is a 90-day program for chronic
to a ﬁnancial aid program that juvenile offenders. Residents are
assists juvenile offenders at required to attend year-round
the Central Ohio Youth Center to sponsor 12½ students in the GED educational classes.
(COYC) to earn their GED. program. It just might be that this
could be the deciding factor that COYC instituted a General
“Our $500 scholarship was able helps these young people to turn Educational Development (GED)
to buy about a semester’s worth of their lives around. Wouldn’t that Testing component into its school
books for one student,” explained be awesome!” program in October 2003.
Larry Lance, secretary of Mad Juveniles sentenced to the CTU can
River Lodge. “However, with that COYC is a secure, 38-bed district prepare for and take the GED test
same amount, we are now able juvenile detention facility located during their stay.
4 January/February 2010
Writing a New
Antoinette (Toni) Holcomb is
writing her own second act. This
Springﬁeld Masonic Community
garden villa resident is completing
her Master’s Degree thesis in
English and preparing for a new
career – as an author.
Completing her Master’s Degree
at The University of Texas at
Brownsville with her Oral Defense Toni Holcomb works on her master’s thesis in her home ofﬁce at her Springﬁeld
slated for February, Toni began Masonic Community garden villa home. She is completing her master’s this winter.
her graduate education in the Fall
of 2006. Having an active retiree goals and activities with Toni’s the degree, for which she already
lifestyle has helped her to have the involvement with the Clark County has plans – to write books, with the
time to complete her degree. Master Gardeners, her researching ﬁrst aimed at children on Marie de
Toni and husband Bob lived and and socializing with Daughters France. “I’d like to entice young
owned a business in Springﬁeld for of the American Revolution, and ones to believe that they can be
nearly 40 years, spending the last the Red Hat Society on campus. successful in any endeavor that
ﬁve years in Bob’s native Texas. Bob helps with marketing ideas, and they choose. During the 1100s in
They moved to a garden villa home as a ﬁnancial planner/advisor to a militaristic and male dominated
on the Springﬁeld campus last select clients. England, Marie de France, a
May, where they’ve picked up their Whereas some people may be female, successfully wrote, was
energetic pace. intimidated by returning to school published, and is being recognized
Bob is a member of St. Andrews to complete a Masters Degree, as a legitimate author.” Toni would
Lodge #619 and Toni is a member Toni was energized by it. She’s also like to write genealogy books,
of Home City Chapter #258, Eastern enjoyed the convenience of starting with one on her own family.
Star, in Springﬁeld and they were sharing ideas online and doing This marks just part of an exciting
frequent visitors to the Springﬁeld everything outside the conventional time for Toni and Bob, who enjoy
campus. The Holcombs recall classroom setting. bringing their youthful, energetic
watching the ﬁrst villas being built Toni’s thesis is on The Narrative side to their new community.
in the late 1980s, and later, Toni’s Strategies of the Twelfth Century Toni also wants to be a resident
mom was a resident for 10 years. Marie de France, who was an ambassador to share her enthusiasm
With friends already living there, English poet. She’ll present it to of the campus with prospective
Springﬁeld Masonic Community a thesis board of ﬁve PhDs in residents and visitors.
seemed like a natural place to make February and is excited that this is
their next home. For more information on
to be her ﬁrst published work.
Without the concerns of home Springﬁeld Masonic Community,
Some people are surprised Toni
maintenance and upkeep, the call 888/290-2664 or visit us at
is seeking a Masters Degree and
Holcombs can concentrate on their www.springﬁeldmasoniccommunity.org.
ask what she wants to do with
A Thanksgiving morning to enjoy a hearty breakfast
and to raise a new Master Mason
Sixteen other Ohio Lodges, ten
Indiana Lodges, one Michigan
Tradition Since – a tradition observed annually
Lodge and one in Maine were
1948 Fifty seven members of Hicksville This special meeting also
Lodge were in attendance, including provided an opportunity for the
One hundred and ﬁfty Master
Brother Robert L. Stotler, a Past presentation of service awards
Masons gathered at Hicksville Lodge
Master, who has attended every ranging from 35 to 60 years.
#478 at 6 am on Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Day raising.
January/February 2010 5
Hands To Help in All Directions
Alvin and Juanita Harmon are companion Teressica Phillips came
eager to become residents at Spring- to do some general housework.
ﬁeld Masonic Community. As the Having this type of help relieves the
Harmons try to sell their current Harmons of some of their concerns.
home, the Springﬁeld marketing “This is wonderful to have this
team and Masonic Helping Hands Alvin, a member of Champion available to us as we wait to sell our
are working together to make the Lodge #15 of Prince Hall, said the home,” said Juanita.
transition easier. support he and Juanita are receiv- The prospect of not having such
The Springﬁeld couple has ing has kept them upbeat rather a large home and yard to manage
been interested in an independent than upset. is one of the appeals of moving to
lifestyle for a while, touring the With health concerns limiting Springﬁeld Masonic Community
campus, making plans and working some of what they can do for for the Harmons.
toward the move. The economy and themselves, the Harmons needed The similar principles between
slow housing market have slowed some help. Alvin is a retired pastor, the ministry and Freemasonry
the process. and some of his congregation attracted Alvin to join Champion
helped keep up their home Lodge. He sees those values reﬂect-
over the warmer months. ed by Masonic Helping Hands and
Springﬁeld Masonic Springﬁeld Masonic Community.
Community marketing “It’s very clean, everybody is
representative Brian Clayborn friendly, it’s well managed and no
suggested the services of hassles,” said Alvin. “This is the
Masonic Helping Hands, the kind of atmosphere we want to be
in-home, non-medical service a part of. We’ve met a lot of nice
offered to people who want people during this process.”
to remain independent in Helping Hands companions
their own home, to help the have also helped on the Springﬁeld
Harmons’ needs. campus recently with a transition
Juanita and Alvin Harmon learn about
Masonic Helping Hands of some of the skilled nursing
the many options Masonic Helping serves clients in the greater Dayton/ residents to a new building.
Hands offers from companion Teressica Springﬁeld, Cincinnati and Toledo
Phillips. The Harmons are receiving areas. Call 877/564-0210 to get started or for
Helping Hands services in their present The Harmons received an early more information, visit our web site
home as they work toward moving to holiday gift on Christmas Eve when www.masonichelpinghands.org.
Springﬁeld Masonic Community.
Harold Potter Installed Master of
Hart’s Grove Lodge at Age 99
On December 4. 2009, Harold Potter was installed as
Worshipful Master of Hart’s Grove #397. Grand Master Terry
W. Posey, Deputy Grand Master Bradford A. Goebel and Grand
Tyler Clifford P. Koss were present along with approximately
130 Master Masons and guests.
On February 5, 2010, Worshipful Master Potter will turn 100
years old and may be the oldest Freemason to serve as Master
of an Ohio Masonic Lodge.
Additionally, Worshipful Master Potter and his son Howard
Potter were presented their 50 year service pins by the Grand Grand Master Terry W. Posey congratulates
Master. The Potters were raised to the degree of Master Mason Worshipful Master Harold Potter (wearing top hat)
on the same night in 1960. and his son Howard Potter for 50 years of service.
6 January/February 2010
Wood County Lodge Raises Three Master
Masons, Each of a Different Faith
The Entered Apprentice degree
states that “Freemasonry unites
men of every country, sect,
and opinion.” On December
12, 2009, Wood County Lodge
#112 demonstrated that truth by
conferring the sublime degree
of Master Mason on three young
men of different faiths. One was
obligated on the Christian Bible,
one on the Muslim Quran, and
one on the Jewish Tanakh.
Over the last several years,
Wood County Lodge has
welcomed a variety of new
members. Some are college
students, some are area residents,
others are Masons who have
From left: Bashir Handous, Joseph Edens, Worshipful Master David Browning,
moved into the area. Although
Senior Grand Deacon Robert Rill, Jr., Ron Sayre
they vary in terms of age,
profession, faith, and ethnicity, “We have realized our diversity the Brethren of the Lodge were in
they all share a steadfast belief is increasing and when these three complete agreement,” said David
that it is indeed good and pleasant particular men petitioned the Lodge Browning, Master of the Lodge.
for Brethren to dwell together in at almost the same time it seemed Three back to back degrees made
unity. It is important, especially appropriate to demonstrate the for a long but truly delightful day
now, for Freemasons to look principle tenet of brotherhood by of Masonry. Wood County Lodge
beyond superﬁcial differences conferring the sublime degree of is delighted to have these new
and embrace the larger truth: the Master Mason for each of them members and the diversity they
brotherhood of mankind under on the same day. It didn’t surprise bring with them.
the fatherhood of almighty God. us that all three candidates and
Masonic Model Presented at Ohio
Prevention & Education Conference
On November 18, 2009, Dr. school faculty and staff to identify
John Bearoff and Mark Bernardin and intervene with at-risk youth. This
presented the Masonic Model training is provided free of charge by
Student Assistance Program to a the Grand Lodge of Ohio.
room full of Ohio’s prevention
specialists at the Ohio Prevention Masonic Model Training Schedule
and Education Conference. The • January 26-28, 2010 (Columbus)
group was introduced to the • February 23-25, 2010 (Dayton)
Masonic Model, and they were able
to guide one of their schoolchildren • April 13-15, 2010 (Cleveland)
through an abbreviated version of To learn more about the Masonic
the intervention process. Model, including how local
The Masonic Model is a three- schools can participate, visit
day, intensive seminar that trains www.freemason.com/mmsap.
January/February 2010 7
George Washington Masonic National
Memorial Celebrates Centennial
On February 22, 2010, Freemasons including the stone from the Grand
from across the United State will Lodge of Ohio’s museum collection.
gather in Alexandria, Virginia to The exhibit will also include
celebrate the 100th Anniversary minute books from Lodge #8 of
of the founding of the George Edinburgh, Scotland recording the
Washington Masonic National stonemasons’ marks and noting
Memorial Association. those who have “gone to America.”
To commemorate this important A matching Minute Book of Federal
milestone, the Memorial Lodge #1 will show those Scots
Association has fostered the Masons forming a Lodge in 1793 on
Meeting and celebrate the 100th
creation of the White House Stones White House grounds.
Anniversary and Washington’s
Exhibit, which will be inaugurated Also on display will be the
278th birthday at the Memorial.
on February 22. Each stone in the trowel and gavel used at the
Following the Annual Meeting,
exhibit is marked by one of the 1793 cornerstone laying of
the International Order of DeMolay
Scots Masons who helped build the United States Capitol by
will rededicate the colossal bronze
the White House in the 1790s. The George Washington and the 1752
statue of George Washington in
stones were discovered during the Fredericksburg Lodge #4 Bible
Memorial Hall and reafﬁrm the role
restoration of the White House upon which a young Washington
of DeMolay in Freemasonry. The
in 1948, and President Harry S. took upon himself his Masonic
statue was a gift to the Memorial
Truman, Past Grand Master of obligations.
from the DeMolay and 2010
the Grand Lodge of Missouri, In honor of the centennial, the
marks the 60th Anniversary of its
sent one of these stones to each Conference of Grand Masters of
unveiling by President Truman.
U.S. Grand Lodge and other North America will be held in
Masonic organizations. The Exhibit Arlington. Delegates will attend To learn more, visit the Memorial’s
reassembles nearly 50 stones, the Memorial Association’s Annual web site: www.gwmemorial.org.
Get Caught Up With New, Improved Web Sites continued from page 1
In addition to The Ohio Masonic Home, New and convenient features on each site
www.ohiomasonichome.org, you can ﬁnd allow users to ﬁnd out about housing and
individual pages for: service options, key contact information, event
calendars and much more. On the campus
Springﬁeld Masonic Community,
sites, you’ll ﬁnd virtual tours of the villa
homes and apartments, and an interactive
Browning Masonic Community, ﬂoor plan tool to arrange furniture and other
www.browningmasoniccommunity.org amenities that can be printed to share with
Western Reserve Masonic Community, family and friends.
www.westernreservemasoniccommunity.org Find out which I-CARE coordinator serves your area, or
I-CARE, www.mssohio.org the areas Masonic Helping Hands and Cornerstone Home Health
and Hospice are serving and what their latest services include.
Masonic Helping Hands,
www.masonichelpinghands.org The Benevolent Endowment Foundation page shows the many
ways you can make a gift and the advantages of doing so along
Cornerstone Home Health and Hospice,
with the latest campaigns and information on events like the
Jim Perry Legends Golf Classic.
The Benevolent Endowment Foundation,
You’ll ﬁnd the latest news from each organization, see photos from
events and much more. Visit the sites frequently to see what’s new
Each site is easily accessible from the other and different. It’s one of the many ways The Ohio Masonic Home
sites. Icons are located at the bottom of is serving Masons, their wives and widows and those of afﬁliated
each page of every site. organizations and the general public wherever they want to live.
8 January/February 2010
Chimers Ring in First Year
chimers left a movie early because
they didn’t want to miss out on
their rehearsal time.
The Rainbow Chimers had
their ﬁrst concert in December for
families. Roberta admits she didn’t
know what to expect and the result
Families brought cameras and
the response was overwhelmingly
positive according to Roberta.
Western Reserve Masonic
Members of the Rainbow Chimers along with other members of the Western Community president Jay Dettorre
Reserve Masonic Community chimers club, perform their ﬁrst concert for families told Roberta the performance was
in the campus chapel in December.
one of the most moving things
The Rainbow Chimers are adding The process works with a series
Roberta said she’s working with
color to Western Reserve Masonic of ﬂip charts in various colors, the
skilled nursing staff to identify
Community. The recently formed inspiration for the rainbow name.
residents who could beneﬁt from
group is made up of skilled nursing You don’t have to be able to read
playing in the group, as well as
residents playing hand chimes. music, but the colors are a code to
planning the next concert. It will be
Roberta Gifford, executive which notes to play.
in February for the entire Western
assistant at Western Reserve and The process helps keep memories
director of the campus independent and minds active by following
“Seeing our folks waving and
living chime choir, stumbled onto along. Residents with dementia
having a good time makes me
the new program in a prophetic way. would beneﬁt most from such a
grateful I am able to work with
While searching web sites for system, as well as other residents
them and grateful our campus
ideas for her chimers, Roberta came who enjoy music.
provides things like chimes. This
across a site that talked about how Roberta said she’s impressed with
program is a win-win for all.”
hand chimes can beneﬁt people with the great strides the chimers have
Alzheimer’s and dementia issues. made in a short time. Members of For more information on Western
Intrigued, Roberta then contacted a the independent living chime choir Reserve Masonic Community, call
Western Reserve resident’s daughter, assist with the new group. 866/433-1514 or visit our web site
who works as a music therapist She knew the program was a at www.westernreservemasonic
in Cleveland. success recently when some of her community.org.
It’s All in the Family
The raising of Brother Stephen L. Kern to the
degree of Master Mason on December 17,
2009 was very much a family affair at College
Hill Harry S. Johnson Lodge #641. His
grandfathers, Herb Kern and Joseph Unthank;
uncles, Christopher and Jeff Kern; and great
uncle Arthur Haynes all participated in the
From left: Arthur Hayes, Herb Kern,
Stephen Kern, Joseph Unthank.
Back row: Christopher Kern, Jeff Kern
January/February 2010 9
Taking Care of Their Own
One of the most gratifying parts Living alone in a small house in a
of an I-CARE coordinator’s job is vast, remote area with no immedi-
identifying someone who could ate family close, the man learned to
use assistance and watching them be self-reliant. But at an advanced
beneﬁt. There’s an added sense age with health concerns, it was ob-
of satisfaction when there’s a vious he couldn’t continue this way.
challenge involved as South Central He had a small support system in
Ohio coordinator Deb Dunseath his lodge brothers, who checked in
found recently. on him from time to time, but they
An elderly Mason in her area knew he needed more.
who kept mostly to himself had It reached a critical point last fall
fellow lodge members concerned. when the Mason broke his pelvis.
With that type of concern from
Following an I-CARE presentation He was trying to gather ﬁrewood
lodge members and Deb’s frequent
at their lodge, a member on his property and fell. He made
check-ins, the Mason is being taken
approached Deb about the man. it back to his house and waited two
care of and still maintaining his
It was important timing days until someone checked on him
pride. He gladly acknowledges this.
considering many people don’t and took him to the hospital.
“There are three major things that
contact the I-CARE program for The Mason’s physician suggested
I did right in my life: Being born,
help until they reach a crisis point. a nursing facility, but the man
marrying my wife and joining the
The Mason would soon be faced refused, opting to stay in his home
Masons,” he said.
with such a situation. to recover. When his lodge brothers
Deb visited the Mason for an learned, they responded with visits I-CARE is available to senior Masons,
assessment and found him in and food and made sure his needs their wives, widows, Eastern Star
need of help. She offered to make were taken care of. members and members of afﬁliated
referrals for home health, but the “The men at his lodge are doing a bodies. For more information, call
man refused due to pride and great job of making sure this man is 866/286-0010 or visit our web site
ﬁnancial concerns. being looked after,” said Deb. www.mssohio.org.
Ohio Masonic Home Scholarship
Application Deadline Approaching
preceding academic year (if recognized by the Grand Lodge
applicable) as indicated by of F.&A.M.
completion of required credit Beginning this year, Masons
hours and a grade point average who are students may also apply
of at least 2.3 on a 4.0 scale. with proper documentation.
• Be at least 16 but not more Upon meeting the above
than 25 years of age at the time criteria, applicants must
The application deadline for The of application. complete a four-page application
Ohio Masonic Home Scholarship • Be accepted to or currently form. Forms are available at The
Program for the 2010-2011 school enrolled in a college or university Ohio Masonic Home’s web site,
year is April 1, 2010. on a full-time basis. www.ohiomasonichome.org
Applicants must meet the • Have a Masonic membership, under the Resources directory.
following eligibility criteria to or afﬁliation by establishing that Incomplete or late applications
qualify for consideration: the applicant or the applicant’s will not be considered.
• Have graduated from a high father, step-father, grandfather,
school or passed the GED. or step-grandfather is or was For more information or questions,
• Have made satisfactory a Mason in good standing at contact John White at 800/564-9016
academic progress in the the time of death of a body or FAP@ohiomasonichome.org.
10 January/February 2010
A Leader in Several Ways
Dave Subleski’s leadership is Dave sees each can beneﬁt I have learned quite a few things.
evident in many places in 2010. the others. Freemasonry is truly a life-long
He’s the president at Browning Although the smallest of journey.”
Masonic Community in Waterville, The Ohio Masonic Home’s three An opportunity to represent
Master of Rubicon Lodge #237 retirement campuses, Dave is Browning and Rubicon in the
and recently joined the Board of helping Browning transform from community led to Dave’s accepting
Directors of the Waterville Chamber the best kept secret in Waterville. a trustee position with the
of Commerce. “Being smaller has its Waterville Chamber of Commerce.
Although these commitments advantages,” said Dave. “We Dave’s professional experiences will
means a lot of time and dedication, can adapt more readily to help aid him on the two committees
changing consumer needs and he’s on, involving membership
the relationships we develop with and fundraising.
residents and families are special.” While three important duties
Dave credits a dedicated seem like a lot to handle, Dave has
staff, board of trustees and Ohio a lot to keep him grounded. He said
Masonic Home support in helping that stems from a strong work ethic
its success. He has a lot of pride instilled by his dad.
in hearing competitors speak of “I could not accomplish much of
Browning as a well recognized and anything without my faith in God
favorably viewed community. and the support of my bride, Joyce
In becoming the Master of and our four children.” Dave and
Rubicon Lodge, Dave said he was Joyce became grandparents for the
following in the footsteps of great ﬁrst time recently and he said that’s
leaders, encouraging him to add to what puts everything into its proper
the legacy. perspective.
“Most of all, this allows me to
Browning Masonic Community give something back to the lodge For information on Browning Masonic
President Dave Subleski for all it has given me,” said Dave. Community, call 866/878-4055; or go to
“In my six years with the fraternity, www.browningmasoniccommunity.org.
Bicentennial Prints & Photos Still Available
Prints of the painting, Company established the town
“From Whence We Came,” of Marietta, the ﬁrst American
commissioned for the settlement in what would become
Bicentennial are available for the state of Ohio.
order from the Grand Lodge
Ofﬁce, 800/292-6092. The Panoramic photos of the
painting is the creation of reenactment of the cornerstone
Washington, D.C. artist Peter laying ceremony of the Ohio
Waddell. Statehouse are available from the
photographer, Joe Strausbough,
Unsigned prints are available 937/974-4768. The photos
for $100 and signed prints measure 10” x 24” and cost $25
for $200. Matting and each, which includes shipping.
framing services are available Photo #1 shows the Statehouse in
upon request. The prints are the background, and photo #2 is
professionally produced on high Grapes Tavern that lead to the taken from the Statehouse steps and
quality paper, measuring 36” x 24.” formation of the Ohio Company of has High Street in the background.
Associates, four of whose leaders These photos are great mementos of
The painting depicts the March 1, the Bicentennial of the Grand Lodge
1789 meeting at the Bunch of were Freemasons. The Ohio
January/February 2010 11
Akron Beacon Journal Thanks
Summit County Freemasons
(The following is reprinted from a column written by Jewell Cardwell and
published in the Akron Beacon Journal on December 26, 2009.)
Major and endless thanks to more a gallon of milk, a dozen eggs,
than 50 Summit County Freemasons cans of soup, fruit, bread and
and caring community members more – were delivered to families
who assembled and delivered 100 in Summit, Portage, Medina, Freemasons, which are brotherly
food baskets and certiﬁcates to area Cuyahoga, Stark, Wayne and love, relief and truth . . .
families in need last Sunday. Tuscarawas counties. ‘’In addition to food donations,
‘’The effort is part of the Some of the families were the 116,000 Freemasons in Ohio
charitable work of the Grand nominated by myself, others by provide approximately $15 million
Lodge of Freemasons in Ohio,’’ area churches, the Salvation Army, in charitable giving annually. This
said Robert L. Jamison, secretary- social service agencies, members of year they gave $94,000 in college
treasurer, Symbolic Lodge Ofﬁcers the Masonic fraternity and included scholarships, contributed $125,000
Association. military veterans who require to Special Olympics Ohio Summer
‘’The Masonic Assistance assistance. Games, and funded $70,000 in
Program is a year-round outreach ‘’This effort, which began over free training for hundreds of
by Summit County Blue Lodges 19 years ago as a Christmas food Ohio school teachers to recognize
and the Scottish and York Rite basket program – has expanded students at non-academic risk. They
bodies and is designed to assist to a larger year-round helpful also provided $12 million in elderly
those in need.’’ initiative,’’ said Ernie Spencer, care and helped many needy Ohio
Huge holiday food baskets – event chair. ‘’It is consistent families and individuals through
which included a ham, potatoes, with the foundational beliefs of their Charitable Foundation.’’
Opportunities for More Light Founded in 2008, The Masonic
The internet, the History Channel, The Philalethes Society was Society is the newest of the three
and even local books stores seem founded on October 1, 1928 by research organizations. The
to abound with information about Freemasons desirous of seeking goal of the society is not just to
Freemasonry – some accurate and and spreading Masonic light. In look backward at the history of
much that is not. Ohio Freemasons 1946, The Philalethes magazine was Freemasonry but to foster the
have three great opportunities established to publish articles by and intellectual, spiritual and social
to receive vetted information for its members. Each issue includes growth of the modern Masonic
about Freemasonry by becoming articles for Entered Apprentices, fraternity. The society also publishes
members of the Ohio Lodge of a quarterly magazine, The
Research, the Philalethes Society, Journal of the Masonic Society,
and the Masonic Society. which features articles written by
Freemasons and members of the
The Ohio Lodge of Research was academic community. Membership,
created by the Grand Lodge in 1965 including a subscription to the
to foster Masonic study and research magazine, costs $39. Additional
among Ohio Freemasons. The information is available at
Lodge of Research meets three times Fellow Crafts, and Master Masons
a year as the guest of local Lodges. in addition to articles of more
These meetings provide a forum general Masonic interest. The The importance of improving
for members to present research magazine consists of 44 pages and oneself in Masonry is a lesson
papers and to discuss them. The cost is published quarterly. Membership, stressed to every Entered
of membership is $7.50 a year. To which includes the magazine Apprentice. Membership in any
learn more about the Ohio Lodge of subscription, costs $50. Information or all of these Masonic research
Research, contact Norman Lincoln, about the Philalethes Society can be organizations is a reliable means
firstname.lastname@example.org. found at www.freemasonry.org. of accomplishing that goal.
12 January/February 2010
January/February 2010 13
FOUNDATIONS FOR THE FUTURE
Resolve To Make A Difference
By Right Worshipful Brother Timothy B. Strawn, CAE, President,
The OMH Benevolent Endowment Foundation
By this point in a new year, most of to which brethren contributed a year to the campus (for Home
us have either abandoned our New as they passed through the Day, Thanksgiving, the residents’
Year’s resolutions or are working refreshment line after lodge. That Christmas party and the annual
hard to make them a regular part fund, affectionately named the Widows Dinner) to visit with and
of our lives. While everyone has his “Doghouse Fund,” has for each of honor the residents.
or her own list, may I be so bold as those years provided a cash gift to Or the York Rite bodies who visit
to suggest a New Year’s resolution, every resident of The Home (now to annually in the summer with a
even now, that can easily “ﬁt” for all every health care and assisted living worship service and picnic for the
of us: Resolve to make a difference resident), delivered personally by residents.
in someone’s life. members of the lodge on a Sunday Or the Worthy Grand Matron
That, of course, is what The afternoon in December. Not only and OES Grand Chapter Ofﬁcers
Ohio Masonic Home, now the the fund but those personal visits who present her annual tea for the
Springﬁeld Masonic Community, certainly make a difference in many resident members of the Order.
has been doing since 1895: making lives. Just ask the lodge members Or the young men of Ohio
a difference in people’s lives. For who present the gifts to residents DeMolay who, for years, have
many years, only for “…worthy about the impact the gift makes. visited the home on a Sunday in
distressed Master Masons, their Or the brethren of the 2nd May, presenting a worship service
wives, widows and orphaned District who for many years and message showcasing leaders
children.” While we haven’t served provided a similar Christmas- of tomorrow.
children on our campus since the time cash remembrance to our Or the numerous lodges that
mid-1950s, we continue to serve residents, also via personal delivery have brought degree casts to the
Master Masons, their wives and on a December Sunday afternoon. campus over the years to present
widows plus a larger part of the Participants in those visits can also the several lodge degrees for the
Masonic family and now, also, attest to the difference those gifts resident brethren so they wouldn’t
people from the general community. and visits made to our residents. lose touch with the fraternity which
But we could never have begun this Or the Shrine, Eastern Star and made their care here possible.
honorable and humbling task, nor Scottish Rite choruses who made Or the thousands of donors and
continued it, if it hadn’t been for pilgrimages to the campus at supporters over the years who have
individuals, groups and units who different times throughout the year made current gifts and estate gifts
resolved to make a difference in and over the years to perform and to provide the compassionate care
others’ lives. bring cheer to the residents. all our residents receive.
Take, for instance, the Worshipful Or the Grand Masters and Grand All of these, and many more not
Master of York Lodge #563 who, Lodge ofﬁcers who have, for a listed here, have made a difference
sixty plus years ago, created a fund number of years, made several trips in our residents’ lives. We invite
you to resolve to make a difference
Masonic Family holiday cheer and comforts of home in someone’s life this year in any
way you can. And, in so doing, may
in the form of a free breakfast to
Cooks Up Holiday their local police and ﬁreﬁghters you ﬁnd the warmth and blessing
of not only true caring for another
Cheer for First who had to work over the holiday.
Tim is a Past Master of Benjamin
but also fulﬁllment of your fraternal
Responders Franklin Lodge #719 in Hamilton,
and he and his wife are members
For more information about this
The delicious aroma of home
of the Order of the Eastern Star. program or to make a gift to it,
cooking ﬁlled the kitchen and
dining room of the Masonic Lodge Breakfast included eggs, sausage, contact the Foundation toll free
in Hamilton, Ohio on Christmas bacon, potato cakes, donuts, and at 888/248-2664 or write to us at:
Eve night and Christmas morning. coffee. Because their guests were Five Masonic Drive, Springﬁeld,
Kathy and Tim Rork, along with working, the Rorks had to make 45504-3658. Visit us at our new
friends and family, provided some most of the meals “to go.” web site: www.omhbef.org.
14 January/February 2010
Thank You For Your Generosity
We offer our grateful appreciation to the estates, individuals, groups, or other Masonic bodies who have
supported The Ohio Masonic Home with gifts given between October 1 and November 30, 2009.
$10,000 + William H. Hoover Lodge #770, F&AM Loomis, Gilbert R. & Carmela M.
Brister, Charles E. Williams, Frank R. Mariemont Chapter # 234, RAM
Christy, Charles W. McCorkle, Leon M., Jr.
Herd, Doris R. $100 - $499 Mechanicsburg Lodge #113, F&AM
Mueller, Mildred B. 2nd Masonic District Association Miller, Lester Earl
Perry, Walter Edward, Jr. 19th Masonic District Association Monroe Lodge #189, F&AM
Sackett, Floris A. Allen Lodge #276, F&AM Moore, Roger M.
Allen, Richard & D. S. Moscow Lodge #122, F&AM
$5,000 - $9,999 Ambelang, Richard C. & Jo Ann Mowry, David Dee & Kathy
Clow, Bud Anonymous Neeper, Jeffrey R.
Grand Chapter of Ohio, RAM Arcanum Lodge #295, F&AM Nichols, Junior A., U.S.A.F., Ret.
Moss, George K. Augusta Lodge #504, F&AM & Ursaline J.
Pohler, Louise G. Avon-Miami Lodge #542, F&AM Oak Harbor Lodge #495, F&AM
Seifert, Dorothy T. & Myron T. Bethel Lodge #61, F&AM Ohio City Lodge #486, F&AM
Bollmer, Kevin & Donna Ohio Grand Assembly, International
$2,500 - $4,999 Brenneman, Kevin R. Order of the Rainbow For Girls
Bowyer, Dallas W. & Helen B. Bridgeport Lodge #181, F&AM Ohio Hospital Association
Grand Commandery of Ohio, KT Calvary Lodge #700, F&AM Omega Lodge #564, F&AM
Hackett, Gregory P . Capital City Lodge # 656, F&AM Osborn, Robert D.
Hiram Lodge #18, F&AM Carnes, Edward Paramuthia Lodge #25, F&AM
Oberle, Betty H. College Hill-Harry S. Johnson Lodge Parker, James B., IV & Barbara
Schulze, Vivian H. #641, F&AM Penix, Arnold R.
Sheeler, Howard M. Collinwood Lodge #582, F&AM Phelps, Edgar R.
Valley of Columbus, AASR Connell, Jack A. Phoenix Lodge #123, F&AM
Copper Penny Lodge #778, F&AM Pickaway Lodge #23, F&AM
$1,000 - $2,499 Cossler, James W. & Christine T. Pilgrim Lodge #691, F&AM
Arters, George D. & B.J. Creps, Michael R. Posey, Terry W. & Cheryl
Cypress Lodge #604, F&AM Dalton Lodge #578, F&AM Powers, Thomas J.
Davis, Orlando W. DeWolf, Ronald Queen City Lodge #559, F&AM
Groveport Lodge #240, F&AM Duff, Daniel W. & Nicole C. Reisinger, LeRoy
Muntz, Inez M. Eddy, Aaron L., Jr. Robinson Locke Lodge #659, F&AM
National Lodge #568, F&AM Edwin S. Grifﬁths Lodge #749, F&AM Salineville Lodge #348, F&AM
Newark Lodge #97, F&AM Englewood Lodge #743, F&AM Savannah Lodge #466, F&AM
Old Erie Lodge #3, F&AM Esper, Allen W. Schafer, Albert C. & Beatrice S.
Rubicon Lodge #237, F&AM Euclid Lodge #599, F&AM Schneider, Roy E.
Sine, Anna Laura Eureka Lodge #592, F&AM Scio Lodge #587, F&AM
St. Andrews Lodge #619, F&AM Fellowship Lodge #106, F&AM Sebring Lodge #626, F&AM
Wick Lodge #481, F&AM Forest City Lodge #388, F&AM Selinsky, Warren
Fouch, Edward L. & Carol Shank, Harold & Josephine
$500 - $999 Fowler, Morris Shelby Lodge #350, F&AM
Acacia Lodge #651, F&AM French, Roger L. & Kathleen M. Shore, James O.
Anonymous Gibson Lodge #301, F&AM Simpson, William R. & Carol A.
Bolivar Lodge #82, F&AM Green, David D. Stapleton, Mack
Far Hills Lodge #784, F&AM Groff, David T. The Progressive Insurance Foundation
Fielding Lodge #192, F&AM H.S. Kissell Lodge #674, F&AM Valley of Cincinnati, AASR
Johnson, Owen E., M.D. & Joyce Harkins, Daniel C. Valley of Dayton, AASR
Kelly, Floyd Heights-Lion Heart Lodge #633, F&AM Wampler, Jay M. & Amy
McCoy, David Hicksville Lodge #478, F&AM Western Hills - Cheviot Lodge #140,
Nickel, Charles A. Holcomb, J. Robert & Antoinette F&AM
Norwood Winton Carthage Homeworth Lodge #499, F&AM Western Reserve Lodge #507, F&AM
Lodge #576, F&AM Hovan, Richard G. Weyer Lodge #541, F&AM
Scenters, James W., Sr. & Ruth A. Jefferson Lodge #90, F&AM Whitacre, Jo Ann
Shadyside Lodge #724, F&AM Juilliard Lodge #460, F&AM White, John
Shrive, Harold George Karth, Charles E. & Marjorie J. Whitehall Lodge #761, F&AM
Solar Lodge #730, F&AM Kopacka, Jeffrey N. Winchester Lodge #236, F&AM
Sylvania Pyramid Lodge #287, F&AM Kreigh, Robert Wood County Lodge #112, F&AM
Washington Lodge #17, F&AM Lebanon Lodge #26, F&AM Zickefoose, Marshall
Western Sun Lodge #91, F&AM Liberty Center Lodge #518, F&AM
January/February 2010 15
A JOINT PUBLICATION OF THE GRAND LODGE OF OHIO AND THE OHIO MASONIC HOME
2655 W. National Road
Springﬁeld, Ohio 45504-3698
A Natural Place to Serve
Toni P Duncan
With a background in healthcare the care and services offered at The forward,
and involvement in Masonry Home’s campuses. Toni has served set goals
with her husband, Steve, it was as chairman of the Springﬁeld and guide
only natural that Toni Duncan Masonic Community Board of toward those
would gravitate toward The Ohio trustees for the past three years. goals. There
Toni P Duncan
Masonic Home. There have been numerous chang- is a very
With more than 25 years es in that time, including the merger ﬁne line that needs to be traversed
experience as a Registered Nurse of the healthcare and independent maintaining the charitable objective
in a hospital acute care setting and living portions of the Springﬁeld of the Masonic homes, providing
more than 10 years experience in campus; opening the Springﬁeld the care and concern that is evident
long-term care, including obtaining campus to the general public; and and assuring that The Home is
her Nursing Home Administrators the emergence of Masonic Seniors self sustaining, this is the biggest
License, Toni loves being on campus Services and Cornerstone Home challenge facing all board members.”
and interacting with the residents Health and Hospice. Toni lives south of Dayton, where
and staff at Springﬁeld Masonic “Change is an important element she and Steve manage a family-
Community, where she is the in progress and success,” said Toni. owned commercial refrigeration
chairman of the Springﬁeld Masonic “Planning for the future while service and repair business. They
Community Board of Trustees. maintaining valuable experience have three children and four
Toni became involved in The and the heritage of the past is the grandchildren.
Ohio Masonic Home when Steve key to success. Toni has been a member of
was in the Grand Chapter Royal “There is much opportunity Eastern Star for 35 years and is
Arch Masons line. Upon a recom- to expand and build to remain with Miami Chapter #107 Order
mendation by good friend Dale G. marketable and attractive to Eastern Star, Waynesville. She has
Ray, Jr., the chairman of The Ohio our clients, offering on campus also been involved as an auxiliary
Masonic Home Board of Trustees, amenities to our independent clients, member for Clarksville Lodge #323;
Toni was appointed to the Spring- modern and more efﬁcient housing Friendship Chapter #245; Adoniram
ﬁeld Health Care Board in 2003. to our assisted and long-term care Council #131; 3rd Arch, Valley
During Steve’s year as Grand clients, and looking toward our Commandery #80; Valley of Dayton,
High Priest, Toni travelled around future clients. It is important for AASR; and numerous other Masonic
the state with him and spoke about board members to focus and look afﬁliations.
2010 Calendar Events
The following are dates for 2010 signature events for Ohio Masonic Home events. Dates may be subject to change.
Sunday, June 6 – Ohio Masonic Home Day at Springﬁeld Masonic Community
Saturday, July 24 – Classic Car Cruise-in at Browning Masonic Community
Monday, July 26 – Jim Perry Legends Golf Classic in Medina
Monday, September 13 – Jim Perry Legends Golf Classic in Fairborn
September, Dates TBA – Renaissance Family Fair at Western Reserve Masonic Community