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About Ohio's 5th Masonic District

Covering Fulton, Williams, Defiance, and Henry Counties in Northwest Ohio, the Fabulous Fifth Masonic District exists for the benefit of the blue lodges in the district, their members, and guests. 

2020 Inspection Schedule


Friday, January 10
Hicksville No. 478
Inspection in EA Degree, Refreshments After
DDGM: Pacak, DEO: Lawrence
Friday, January 17
Sherwood No. 620
Inspection in EA Degree, Refreshments After
DDGM: Stotler, DEO: Hall
Thursday, January 23
Fulton No. 248
Inspection in MM Degree, Refreshments After
DDGM: Stotler, DEO: Hall
Friday, January 24
Wauseon No. 349
Inspection in EA Degree, Dinner at 6:00pm
DDGM: Pacak, DEO: Hall
Friday, January 31
Edon No. 474
Inspection in EA Degree, Refreshments After
DDGM: Stotler, DEO: Lawrence
Friday, February 7
Bryan No. 215
Inspection in FC Degree, Refreshments After
DDGM: Pacak, DEO: Hall
Friday, February 21
Omega No. 564
Inspection in MM Degree, Refreshments After
DDGM: Pacak, DEO: Lawrence
Friday, March 6
Liberty Center No. 518
Inspection in FC Degree, Refreshments After
DDGM: Pacak, DEO: Lawrence
Friday, March 20
Napoleon No. 256
Inspection in FC Degree, Jiggs Dinner @ 6:00pm
DDGM: Stotler, DEO: Lawrence
Saturday, March 21
Sycamore No. 520
Inspection in MM Degree, Refreshments After
DDGM: Stotler, DEO: Hall



RWB Paul Kelly finishes his term as DDGM for the Fabulous Fifth

To the Brothers of the 5th Masonic District of Ohio, thank you all so very much for all of the support that you have shown me for the last 3 years. Sadly, I surrendered the jewel of my office this morning at Marietta Ohio at the 210th communication of the Grand Lodge.

I sincerely hope and pray that I have lived up to the expectations of the District. It was a bitter sweet day as I sit here in our hotel room this evening realising that I have actually retired twice this year, the first time at the end of January from my regular vocation after 40 years of service, now today, after serving as your District Deputy Grand Master for three years, however, I will stay active in my Masonic life!

Brothers, it was my pleasure to have served you!
Good luck to my replacement, RWB Bill Pacak!


William Pacak appointed to DDGM for the 5th

At the 210th Annual Grand Lodge Communications for the Grand Lodge of Ohio Free & Accepted Masons, WB William "Bill" Pacak of Fulton #248 was appointed to District Deputy Grand Master for the Fifth Masonic District.  Bill is a past master of Fulton Lodge (several times) as well as a former District Association President and District Education Officer for the Fifth Masonic District.

Join Fulton Lodge #248 on November 9th, 2019 at 7:00pm for Bills official installation to this position.  The ceremony is "open" so all masons, spouses, and families are welcome to attend.  We will have refreshments to follow.

  • Installing Officer: MWB Robert C Rill, Jr
  • Installing Marshal: RWB Robert R Rettig
  • Installing Secretary: RWB Christian A King
  • Installing Chaplain: RWB Richard McKibben

WB Jay L. Jimison Appointed to DDGM for the 11th

To the Worshipful Masters, Wardens, and Brethren of the 5th Masonic Dist.
It is my honor to accept an appointment as one of Most Worshipful Brother Keith W. Newton District Deputy Grand Masters for the 11 th Masonic District of Ohio. My installation will occur on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM.
The installation will be held at a special meeting of Grand Rapids Lodge #289 F&AM, 24185 Front St, Grand Rapids, Ohio. Dinner will be served before the ceremony at 6:00 PM. RSVP to Jay 419-575-7350 or email . The installation team will be as follows:
Installing Officer: MWB George O. Braatz
Installing Marshall: RWB Stephen M. Grindle
Installing Secretary: WB Robert Bachman
Installing Chaplain: WB Gary Bell
The installation is open, so ladies and non-masons are invited to attend. It would be my pleasure if you were able to attend.
Jay L. Jimison

Wardens & Deacons Workshop

The 5th District Wardens & Deacons workshop will be on January 4, 2020 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Defiance Masonic Temple. Dress is business casual.  All wardens and deacons for the 2020 year are expected to attend.  Contact our DEOs with any questions.

Date Change for LEO Workshop

WB Hall and I have changed the date and venue for the LEO Workshop this year.  The workshop is currently scheduled to be held with the PM Convocation in Wauseon.  Due to a scheduling conflict we will be holding the workshop on December 14th from 1:pm - 3pm. at the Defiance Masonic Temple.  
Thank you,

Martin L. Lawrence

DEO 5th Masonic District

Request for information or assistance regarding the death of Bro. James Schafer's wife

On September 2, 2019 at around 5:30 P.M., Victoria Schafer was fatally injured when a log became dislodged at the Old Man’s Cave area in the Hocking Hills and fell on her.  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources feels that this was not a natural occurrence.
Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers, Inc. has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.  If you were in the area and may have information or pictures of the area that day, you are encouraged to call Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers at 740-773-TIPS or 1-800-222-8477.  Information can be given to Crime Stoppers anonymously if you choose.  Information can also be given to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources at 614-779-9538. 
Mrs. Schafer was the wife of Brother James “Fritz” Schafer of Scioto 6 Lodge Chillicothe and the mother of four teenaged children.  Please share this request and follow the case progress on Friends of Victoria Schafer page on Facebook.

Deputy Grand Master Roll-Out Program

The following are some brief notes from DGM Keith Newtons Roll-out Program for 2019-2020.

Theme: Step into the Light

Major Objectives Include:

  1. Live your Charter - Know what your lodge charter states, maybe organize a read the charter night. Reach out to the 20% of your oldest members who don't attend by January Reach out to widows (try an get info updated in Grand View)
  2. Communicate - All brothers should login to Grand View and verify their information. Grand Lodge wants to have better communication direct to the brothers.
  3. Grand Lodge Charities - Spend some time reviewing all of the charities supported by the GLO and the OMH.
  4. Public Awareness - The GLO will continue their marketing campaign for awareness.  Encourage lodges to participate in community events and "tell your story".
  5. Veterans Pin - Newly designed veterans pin will be available this year also.


  • The charity of choice for Brother Newton will be the Masonic Model Student Assistance Program.
  • The charity chosen by his wife Sharon will be the Sleep in Heavenly Peace beds for kids (

Grand Masters Award:
Minimal changes from last year, but a renewed focus on outreach to our lodge brothers and their widows.

Dates to Remember:

  • The 210th Annual Grand Lodge Communications is October 18-19, 2020 in Marietta.
  • November 23 will be another Tri-State degree in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The GLO will be performing the EA portion.
  • May 9th will be the Grand Master's One Day Class.  The incoming GM will leave it up to the Districts if they decide to hold an event or not.  Districts can combine efforts as well, but the class must be held May 9, 2020.  All current rules regarding the candidate returning to Lodge with 60 days applies.
  • September 18-20, 2020 will be a Family Fun Retreat with the Grand Lodge, hosted at Deer Creek State Park.  More information as that date gets closer.
  • Grand Lodge 2020 will be October 23-24 a the Robert Cook Center in Wilmington, OH.


Dear District Advisor –
With the knowledge and permission of Most Worshipful Brother Jess Raines, Grand Master, we are asking for your assistance in promoting a special upcoming event. Your help in spreading the message of a Grand Lodge coordinated Southern Caribbean Cruise is urgently needed. My wife Kathy, and I are working as the Cruise Coordinators at the request of Right Worshipful Brother Rich Dickerscheid, Senior Grand Warden on this project. While the cruise is not until January 2021, the need to announce this event is now. The best time for cabin availability and pricing is at hand. As in the past, NO Grand Lodge funds will be used for this cruise. All travel and cruise expenses will be the responsibility of those booking passage aboard the CARNIVAL HORIZON cruise ship. We are using “VACATIONS TO GO” as our booking agents as noted on the flyer. Any earned credits will be converted into dollars and those dollars will be divided equally among the cabins that are booked – most probably as “on-board” cruise credit.
This cruise is NOT limited to Masons. New and veteran cruisers, Masons, their families and friends are encouraged to join us. We feel confident that the weather in the Southern Caribbean in January 2021 will be warmer than in Ohio and most other States.
Plans are pending to perform one of Ohio’s Masonic Degrees while at sea. Degree selection, planning, coordination and degree officer parts for the degree event will be made later.
Attached is a flyer for this event that I would ask that you assist with distribution to the Masonic Brothers in your District. Please consider having this flyer sent via an electronic distribution or mailing list you may have on file or posting the flyer (or a link) on your District and Lodge web sites. The more that know of this cruise, the better!
In January 2018 we had (92) people cruise the Western Caribbean. We are hopeful for (100) guests for this cruise. As of today (June 29, 2019) we already have (29) people with confirmed   reservations in (15) cabins. There are presently many choice cabins still available, but they will become limited as others book their reservations - so now is the best time for this promotion.
Any questions should be directed to Brad ( – 440-488-1091) or Kathy Goebel ( – 440-488-1092). If we do not have an answer, we will work to get one as soon as possible. The success of any event such as this is timely promotion and communication. We are asking for your support and assistance in getting the word out on this special event. Please be one of the first to spread and post details of this event to the Masons of your district.

Thank you for your support and help.
Brad and Kathy Goebel 2021 Cruise Coordinators






District Deputy Grand Masters
R.W.B. Robert "Joe" Stotler
Hicksville Lodge #478
R.W.B. William "Bill" Pacak
Fulton Lodge #248
District Education Officers
W.B. Dan Hall
Omega Lodge #564
W.B. Martin L. Lawrence
Sycamore Lodge #520
District Advisor
R.W.B. Robert R. Rettig
Napoleon Lodge #256
District Education Chair
R.W.B. Darrell Miller
Hicksville Lodge #478
W.B. Todd Evans
Wauseon Lodge #349
1st Vice President
W.B. Luis Rivera
Omega Lodge #564
2nd Vice President
W.B. David Downs
Bryan Lodge #215
W.B. Craig Szczublewski
707 Main St
Delta, OH 43515
Fulton Lodge #248
R.W.B. Douglas W. Eis
Napoleon Lodge #256
District Membership Chairman
R.W.B. Paul Kelly
Bryan Lodge #215
W.B. Craig Szczublewski
Fulton Lodge #248