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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.

Seasons Greetings From your 5th District Grand Lodge Officers

James Barber of Wauseon 349 Passed Away

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. 
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.
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!
Darrell Miller, PDDGM
(260) 906-6310


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