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					January/February 2010                                                                                   VOLUME 17, ISSUE 1




BEACON
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,
                                                                                                     attend. (http://gmohio.
                                              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,
     Brett Turner,
     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
     Springfield, OH 45504-3698                You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide,             do hope you will
     937/525-3025                             Why build you the bridge at the eventide?”
     bturner@ohiomasonichome.org                                                                     follow my blog and
                                                                                                     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.
      .O.
     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
     csimpson@freemason.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
                                                                                 welcome you.

                                                                                  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.
    to commemorate
    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
Life Chapter
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
                                       since 1948.
                                                                                 Lodge and one in Maine were
                                                                                 also represented.
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
    www.springfieldmasoniccommunity.org
                                                 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
    www.cornerstonehealthcare.org
                                                 Jim Perry Legends Golf Classic.
    The Benevolent Endowment Foundation,
                                                  You’ll find the latest news from each organization, see photos from
    www.omhbef.org
                                                  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
                                                                                  was amazing.
                                                                                     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
                                                                                  he’d seen.
                                                                                     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
                                                                                  Reserve campus.
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.


Freemasonry –
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
degree work.
               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
                                                                              of 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
                                                                                      http://themasonicsociety.com.
 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
 nlincoln@woh.rr.com.                        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
                                                                                  obligation.

                                                                                  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
 BEACON
  A JOINT PUBLICATION OF THE GRAND LODGE OF OHIO AND THE OHIO MASONIC HOME



2655 W. National Road
Springfield, Ohio 45504-3698
www.ohiomasonichome.org
www.freemason.com




                            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

				
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