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Fifth District Lodges Hold Outdoor MM Degree

Thanks to the brothers of Fulton, Liberty Center, Napoleon, and many others for a wonderful MM degree last Saturday Morning.

Lee E Kallsen of Edgerton, Ohio | 1936 - 2021 | Obituary

Lee E. Kallsen, age 84, of Edgerton, Ohio, passed away at 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 17, 2021, in his home after an extended illness. Mr. Kallsen was a veteran of the United States Navy serving from 1955-1959 as an electrician. Throughout his work career Lee worked for B.F. Goodrich, was a manager of special projects at Automation Devices Incorporated, sold life insurance for Prudential, was a manufacturers representative, and then started his own business, Kallsen Associates, which he retired from in 2014. He was active in Masonic life as a member of Hicksville Lodge #478, Zenobia Shrine of Toledo, and Bryan Chapter of Royal Arch Masons. He loved music and played guitar at Roosters in Butler, Indiana and later with the Tuesday Night Jammers for a number of years. He attended Emanuel United Methodist Church near Edgerton.
Lee E. Kallsen was born on September 26, 1936, in Cumberland, Wisconsin, the son of Leonard R. and Hazel M. (Smith) Kallsen. He married Mary Lou Kelley on January 13, 1962, in Hicksville, Ohio, and she survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, David (Janet) Kallsen, Tony (Jennifer) Kallsen, and Wesley Kallsen; three grandchildren; one brother, Carl Kallsen; two half brothers, Leonard Kallsen, and Jack Kallsen; and two half sisters, Eva and Carol. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Cindy Lou Kallsen, two sisters, Jean Friend and “Ronnie” Shipman; and a half sister, Florence Foust.
Visitation will be held on Monday, June 21, 2021, from 3:00-7:00 P.M. in the Krill Funeral Home, 114 East Hull Street, Edgerton, followed by masonic services at 7:00 P.M. Services will be held on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. in the Krill Funeral Home, Edgerton, with Pastor Tom Ketzler officiating. The family will also receive visitors for one hour prior to the service beginning at 10:00 A.M. in the funeral home.
Following services all are invited to the Knight of Columbus Hall in Edgerton for a time of food, fellowship and music.
Memorials are requested to Community Health Professionals Home Heath and Hospice
Hospice Care, Shiner’s Hospitals or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Calling all Masonic Ham Radio Operators!

This contest is still very much in the early planning stages, but the brothers of Fulton Lodge 248 have marked a date they want to attempt this on. September 25, 2021 will be the first ever (that we know of) Masonic Lodges on the Air contest, a.k.a. CQ More Light!

The goal is simple, activate (e.g., set up a temporary HAM Radio station and antenna) as many Masonic Lodges as possible and try to log a QSO/Contact with them.  More rules and scoring will be forthcoming, but for now, know that the date for this is intended to be the Saturday of (or immediately following) the Autumnal Equinox. You do not need to be a Freemason to participate in this contest, in fact, we would encourage any Masonic Lodge to open their doors (or property) to host an event with local HAMs or maybe even coordinate an Open House for the same day. 

Keep checking back as we expand into Social Media and provide further content related to the upcoming contest.

Grand Master First Responder Challenge Coin

Brothers all, MWB Dickerscheid has created a commemorative challenge coin as a fundraiser for the Veterans and First Responders Fund. These Challenge Coins are 1 ¾” dia. and feature Military and First Responders on one side and our Grand Master’s theme “Use the Tools” on the other. The cost is $20 and your DDGMs have a limited supply of them! Be sure to contact Bill Pacak or Larry Lyne for yours while their supplies last.  This goes to a good cause.

Fifth District Awards Night Winners

Thanks to all who attended the awards night in Bryan Ohio Friday night.  The DDGMs and Fifth District Officers put together a nice casual evening to recognize the district lodges and brothers for their achievements this past year.  Some of the award meanings were altered slightly due to the pandemic, but the DDGMs did a good job of being creative when we were limited in our travels.  All Lodges were issued a "Pandemic Survival Award" plaque as well. The Award recipients for last night are:

  • Lewis Hackett Award: Edon Lodge
  • Best Inspection: Omega Lodge
  • Bee Hive Award: Matt Gloor (Liberty Center)
  • George O. Braatz Award: Edon Lodge
  • Master of the Year: Chase Williams (Omega) and Jarod Jacques (Napoleon)
  • Education Award: John Seabolt (Fulton) and Bob Morrison (Napoleon)
  • First Time Charge: Edon Lodge
  • Hiram Abiff Award: Jim Parsons (Liberty Center) and Martin Lawrence (Sycamore)
  • Mason of the Year: Shawn Griffin (Fulton)
  • GMR Attendance: Sycamore Lodge
  • Perfect Attendance: 5

Deputy Grand Master Rollout Program

Right Worshipful Brother Timothy S. Wheeland, Deputy Grand Master, has announced his schedule of rollout programs for the summer of 2021.
RWB Wheeland’s rollout programs will be presented across the state starting on July 19, 2021. The rollout program presentation is designed to inform the Brethren and their ladies across the state regarding the details of the plans that will be implemented during to the 2021 – 2022 Masonic year.
July 19, 2021 - Huber Heights Lodge #777 - 7778 Wildcat Road, Huber Heights, Ohio 45424-1942
July 20, 2021 - Guernsey Lodge #66 - 730 Wheeling Avenue, Cambridge, Ohio 43725
July 21, 2021 - University Lodge #631 - 2436 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43235
July 26, 2021 - Milford Lodge #54 - 32 Water Street, Milford, Ohio 45150
July 27, 2021 - Findlay Lodge #227 - 303 Osborn Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840
July 28, 2021 - Scioto Lodge #6 - 57 East Main Street, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
August 2, 2021 - Star Lodge #187 - 2307 Sackett Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223
August 3, 2021 - Paramuthia Lodge #25 - 12 West Carpenter Street, Athens, Ohio 45701
August 4, 2021 - Mansfield Masonic Complex - 1250 Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44904

District Awards Night

5th District Awards Banquet
Where: Bryan Masonic Temple 
Patriotic Theme!
When: May 14, 2021
Dinner : 6:30PM
Full Catered Event this year.
Cost: $15.00 per person.
Deadline for reservations is May 7, 2021
This is a firm date.
Let your Lodge Mastersor the District Secretary know ASAP.

Omega Lodge 3 Gun Raffle

Omega Lodge No. 564 will be holding a three gun raffle, including:
- Ruger American 6,5 Creedmore Bolt Action Rifle
- CVA Scout .450 Bushmaster Single Shot Rifle
- Savage 93 .17HMR Bolt Action Rifle
3 winner drawing with 1st & 2nd getting choice
Proceeds to benefit the Omega Lodge Charity Fund
$10 each - 250 tickets sold
Must be 18 & Pass a Background Check
Contact Chase WIlliam for details


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.


District Deputy Grand Masters
R.W.B. Martin Lawrence
Sycamore Lodge #520
R.W.B. James E. Parsons
Liberty Center Lodge #518
District Education Officers
W.B. Dennis Richardson
Wauseon Lodge #349
W.B. Craig Szczublewski
Fulton Lodge #248
District Advisor
R.W.B. Robert R. Rettig
Napoleon Lodge #256
District Education Chair
R.W.B. Robert "Joe" Stotler
Hicksville Lodge #478
W.B. Josh Chapin
Edon Lodge #474
1st Vice President
W.B. Dennis Richardson
Wauseon Lodge #349
2nd Vice President
James Hanna, Jr
Omega Lodge #564
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. Larry Kujawa
Wauseon Lodge #349
W.B. Craig Szczublewski
Fulton Lodge #248