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5th District 2021 Inspection Schedule

Lodge Number Date Time Dinner Refresh/After Degree DDGM DEO
Fulton 248 1/28 7pm 6pm   EA Lyne Lawrence
Wauseon 349 1/29 7pm 6pm   FC Lyne Lawrence
Bryan 215 2/5 7pm   Yes MM Lyne Lawrence
Sherwood 620 2/12 7pm   Yes FC Pacak

Lawrence

Hicksville 478 2/19 7pm     FC Lyne Parsons
Omega 564 2/26 7pm   Yes EA Lyne Parsons
Liberty Center 518 3/5 7pm   Yes MM Pacak Lawrence
Edon 474 3/12 7pm     FC Pacak Parsons
Napoleon 256 3/19 7pm 6pm   MM Pacak Parsons
Sycamore 520 3/27 10am   Yes EA Pacak Parsons

 

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. 

Thanks to the brothers of the 5th District

WOW! A heartfelt THANK YOU comes from the officers and brethren of Napoleon Lodge to the Napoleon community and especially the brothers of the 5th District. Brothers from at least four of our lodges traveled to Napoleon last evening to support our drive thru lasagna dinner. Over $1000 was cleared on this event with 50 percent going to Christmas Cheer, a food distribution community project to help needy families better enjoy the Christmas season and 50 percent to the lodge scholarship fund.
 
Most Worshipful Grand Master Dickerscheid permitted this community project to happen providing certain conditions were being met, one of those being that it occurred under the umbrella of the Napoleon Temple Company and not Napoleon Lodge #256. Another condition was that it not be shared on social media. We thank him as well for allowing us to serve the residents of Henry County. 
 
Bob Rettig, DA
 

The Illustrious 11th launches The 300 Club

The 300 Club is planned as the primary fundraising program to help support the Grand Master for the 2023 Masonic year and future Grand Masters as well.  If they are from Northwest Ohio, Funds raised will be used for district expenses related to Grand Lodge and to help the Grand Master with the costs of special programs and to defray various expenses during the year.
There can only be 300 members of the 300 Club. Provided the Grand Master for the 2023 year is from the Northwest Ohio, members will have an opportunity to meet to discuss Grand Lodge 2023, contribute to planning, keep informed, see the program develop over time, and be recognized during the Grand Lodge Session.
 
Why do it? To help your district.  To make it a little easier on the men who work every day to promote Freemasonry in the region. The district officers and lodge leaders work very hard to plan and implement Masonic activities each year and adding the challenge of additional fundraising on top of the daily duties in one burden we can help to minimize by contributing to The 300 Club.
 
Membership in The 300 Club simply requires a $300 donation. For those who wish to offer their support but need to spread payments over time, The 300 Club will offer an installment plan.
 
In anticipation of this continued honor, The 300 Club was established to manage and raise funds for local expenses connected to hosting Grand Lodge and supporting the expenses related to Masonry for Grand Masters or current and future progressive Grand Lodge Officers from Northwest Ohio, now and well into the future.
 

Seasons Greetings From your 5th District Grand Lodge Officers

James Barber of Wauseon 349 Passed Away

Brother,
 
It is with a heavy heart that I announce Brother James "Judge" Barber passed away last evening. James was a 47 year member of the fraternity and Treasurer of our lodge since 1985. Please keep Sandy, Mathew, and the rest of his family in your thoughts and prayers.
 
James was a true pillar of our lodge. Besides being Treasurer of the lodge for 35 years and being present at nearly every meeting during those years, he was a wonderful human being and a true friend and brother to all of us. For these reasons and more, he was nominated by our lodge to receive the 2019 Ohio Grand Lodge Medal of Honor. A copy of the letter which accompanied the nomination form can be found below.
 
This announcement was sent out early because this news is traveling fast and I have had several calls already asking about it. I will send out details regarding any services and the obituary when they have been made available. 
 
Fraternally,
Steve Miller, Secretary
Wauseon 349
 
Medal of Honor Nomination Letter
May 14th, 2019
 
To whom it may concern,
 
It is with great enthusiasm that Wauseon Lodge No. 349 would like to nominate Brother James Earl Barber for the prestigious “Medal of Honor” award. Brother Barber has been a pillar of our lodge since before most of us were even members and without his unending support, our lodge would not be the same place that we all know and love.
 
Brother Barber was born May 16th, 1946 to a local family with a facinating heritage which he has honored though all of his life's achievments. Brother Barber, like his father, grandfather, and great grandfather, is an attorney and Judge, a US Army Veteran, and an active Freemason within Wauseon Lodge. We have actually been able to find records of his family holding officer positions within Wauseon Lodge dating all the way back to our very first meetings.
 
Brother Barber was raised a Master Mason on April 24th, 1974 in Wauseon Lodge No. 349 and has been coronated a 33rd Degree Mason by the Valley of Toledo, AASR. Though he has never served as a progressive line officer with-in Wauseon Lodge, beginning in 1985, James agreed to accept the position of Treasurer, a position he has held ever since. For the 34 years since, he has been one of the best attending and most supportive of all the brethren to have come and gone during that time. He has donated his time outside of meetings to serve as Master Craftsman for new candidates and has maintained the lodge grounds longer than any of us can remember.
 
Outside of the lodge, Brother Barber has been a tremoundous supporter the Boy Scouts of America, The American Legion, Gideons International, and the community of Wauseon. Every year, James plays a key role in the organization of our local Memorial Day Program, including cooridinating the parade and the speakers for the ceromony following the parade. He is also very involved in the Methodist Church and a member of the choir.
 
If there is to be found one mason that is a member of Wauseon Lodge, who exhibits all of the virtues of Freemasonry, who is a true beacon of light to all of his brothers and his community, we need look no further than Brother James Earl Barber, 33°. We at Wauseon Lodge No. 349 are excited and proud to submit his name for consideration of this highest honor.
 
Fraternally,
WB Steve Miller, Secretary

Grand Lodge Edict 2021-3 suspends in person Masonic events through end of year

The Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons has instructed all subordinate lodges to conduct activities as though their county was under "purple" conditions as layed out by the State of Ohio. This means cancellation of in-person functions with the exception of funerals.  Please refer to Edict 2021-1 and 2021-3 for instructions on conducting virtual sessions and direct questions to out DDGMs and DA.

 

Hicksville Thanksgiving MM & Breakfast Cancelled for 2020

Warm Fraternal Greeting to one and all...
 
On behalf of Hicksville Lodge's WMBro Richard Evans, Jr., please take notice that Ohio Grand Master Richard Dickerscheid has issued an Edict which cancels all in-person Masonic meetings, stated or special meetings, until January 2021. 
 
Of course this includes our planned 75th Thanksgiving Morning Master Mason Degree and Pancake / sausage Breakfast. Please note that sausage packages will still be available for sale as well as our commemorative challenge coins.
 
Please relay our apologies to all the Brethren that you may know if they were planning to come to Hicksville.If anyone wants to confirm these changes, please have them call my phone shown below.
Happy Thanksgiving and stay SAFE, Brethren!
 
Sincerely,
Darrell Miller, PDDGM
(260) 906-6310

Calling All Speakers

Brothers All,
 
The District Education Officers of the Fabulous 5th Masonic District have launched the creation of a district wide Speakers Bureau. This Speakers Bureau will consist of both masonic and non-masonic speakers that can give presentations on a variety of interesting topics. Topics that will not only provide a source of knowledge but will undoubtedly provoke thought and discussion amongst the Brethren and all in attendance. These presentations, depending on their content, can be given in a variety of settings. Open lodge, table lodges, virtual lodges, lunches and banquets to name a few. This bureau is intended to be a valuable resource for our district’s education program. In fact, a presentation given in open lodge can be used as a lodge education presentation for that lodge meeting. I’m sure many of our Brethren have interesting topics they can talk about. Others may know someone in their community who has something interesting to say. A page is being designed that will be added to our district website. All we need to complete this wonderful addition to our district education program is a list of speakers who will, when asked, attend an event and provide a short 10-20 minute presentation. If you or someone you know would like to be a member of the 5th Masonic District Speakers Bureau please contact one of your District Education Officers for addition information. We look forward to hearing from you!
 
Fraternally,
WB Marty Lawrence, DEO email: mllawrence520@gmail.com
WB Jim Parsons, DEO email: jparsons51@gmail.com

IMPORTANT information regarding Thanksgiving Morning at Hicksville

Warm and Fraternal Greetings to all, On behalf of Hicksville Lodge's newly elected WM Bro Rick Evan, Jr., PLEASE note the following information related to this year's Thanksgiving Morning Master Mason Degree with regard to the recent Covid-19 restrictions:
 
1) the 75th Annual Thanksgiving Morning is still being planned to happen and we are looking forward to your visit;
2) if you are coming, we invite you to bring along an UNWRAPPED child's toy as we are sponsoring the Hicksville Fire Department's Kid's Toys for Christmas drive;
3) if you are uncomfortable regarding attending this year OR, if you have respiratory issues, fever, or other symptoms, please DO NOT come this year. PLEASE bring a face mask for yourself. There will be hand sanitizer and other PPE available as well.;
4) Please feel free to contact me (Darrell Miller (260) 906-6310) to confirm the planned meeting, just in case the restrictions from the Governor require us to cancel.
 
We look forward to your visit to commemorate this historic event happening at Hicksville Masonic Lodge. Remember, we open Lodge at 6:00AM, Thursday, November 26, 2020, with pancakes and sausage to follow in the Lodge dining room.
 
There will be commemorative challenge coins and whole hog sausage as usual for you to take home.
 
Fraternally,
Darrell Miller, PDDGM
Secretary
Hicksville Masonic Lodge
(260) 906-6310

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District Deputy Grand Masters
R.W.B. William "Bill" Pacak
Fulton Lodge #248
 
R.W.B. Larry Lyne
Napoleon Lodge #256
District Education Officers
W.B. James E. Parsons
Liberty Center Lodge #518
 
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
 
President
W.B. Luis Rivera
Omega Lodge #564
 
1st Vice President
Jaz W. Bluhm
Wauseon Lodge #349
2nd Vice President
W.B. Walter Harper, Jr.
Sycamore Lodge #520
 
Secretary
W.B. Craig Szczublewski
707 Main St
Delta, OH 43515
Fulton Lodge #248
 
Treasurer
R.W.B. Douglas W. Eis
Napoleon Lodge #256
 
District Membership Chairman
R.W.B. Paul Kelly
Bryan Lodge #215
Webmaster
W.B. Craig Szczublewski
Fulton Lodge #248