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Fifth District Race Night (take 2)

When - Since the race on July 22 was rained out, this Saturday, August 5, is now family night. Gates open at 4:00pm, Qualifying at 6:00 pm, racing at 7:00. As before, if you arrive by 5:00 pm, WB Dave Gunn's wife Mary Kay and daughter Crystal will meet us at the gate to show a few attractions as well as good seating.

Where - Fremont Motor Speedway (fairgrounds) Take US Route 6 to Exit 101 (St. Rt. 53), go south thru stoplight, entrance to parking on left.

Ticket Prices - Adults $14, Seniors $12, Ages 11-16 $8, 10 and under free.

WB Gunn informs me that some of the sponsors are providing some promo items for this family night. Once again, you are encouraged to wear Masonic apparel and to invite family and friends to join us for an evening of racing. A good contingent of brothers attending will show our support of WB Gunn's son, Tyler and further the cause for Freemasonry.

Please let me (419-784-6364) or RWB Doug Eis (419-438-5786) know of your intentions, so that, in the event of inclement weather, once again we can contact you should the race be cancelled

Testimonial Dinner to Honor Trent Dominique and Kevin Weisman

Two brothers well known to the Fifth District are being honored by the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Toledo, by being coroneted 33 Degree Masons late in August.
A Testimonial Dinner to honor these worthy brothers RWB Trent Dominique and WB Kevin Weisman is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Northwest State College, Archbold, Ohio.
In addition to there service to the Scottish Rite, RWB Dominique has served the 5th District as District Advisor and DDGM. While WB Weisman is not a member in the 5th District, he is more familiar to us in the York Rite, particularly the Commandery where he has held several Division Offices.
With respect to their accomplishments and honor to their service, all are invited to their Testimonial Dinner. A good showing of support will be much appreciated.
Please see the attached for more info and reservation forms.

Masonic Services for Ron Gunn

The Great  Architect the Universe has called WB Ron Gunn, PM Napoleon Lodge # 256 home to be with Him on July 3, 2017. He has achieved that for which we all seek, Eternal Rest! Masonic services will be Friday July 7 2016, at 7:30 pm at Walker-Honing Mortuary, 333 W. Main St. Napoleon Ohio 43545.

Please join us, if you can.
Doug Eis

Funeral Services for Ora Dell Stayner - July 2 4:00pm

WB Jeff Mills from Edon lodge asked me to forward a notice for a Masonic Funeral Service for Ora Dell Stayner, a 50+ year member of Edon Lodge who passed away recently. The family has asked for a Masonic Funeral at Krill Funeral Home in Edon at 4:00pm on Sunday (tomorrow). If you can make it on short notice, please plan on being there at 3:45pm.

Ora Dell Stayner, age 85, of Edon, Ohio, went home to be with his Savior, surrounded by his family on June 29, 2017. Ora retired from Fidler Concrete , of Angola, Indiana in 1992 after 42 years of service. He served in the US Army in 1951. He was a member of the Edon Church of Christ, Edon Masonic Temple, Edon American Legion Post #664 and the Bryan Moose Lodge.

He enjoyed his free time by mowing lawn, spending time at his family cottage at West Otter Lake, swinging in his front porch swing, and stepping in to fix whatever his friends or family needed. He made everyone he met feel welcome and made sure they had “something to eat”.
He was loved and will be missed and remembered by many. We know we will see him again one day up in heaven dancing to Proud Mary! 

Born July 4, 1931 in Steuben County, Indiana, he was the son of Ora T. and Naomi (Patterson) Stayner. He graduated in 1949 from Orland High School in Orland, Indiana. He went on to marry the love of his life, Betty Marlene Wolff on July 26, 1953 and she survives.

Also surviving are his children, Gail (Kenny) Reitzel, and Douglas T. (Mindy) Stayner, both of Edon; seven grandchildren, Josie Reitzel, Jimmy (Jessica) Reitzel, both of Edon, Braye (Cory) Miller, of Fort Wayne, Bradley Fremion, of Eugene, Oregon, Kaitlyn Manahan, of Blakeslee, Shaylee Manahan, of Edon and Riley Manahan, of Edon; seven great-grandchildren, Sky and Stormlin Osborn, Clara and Carson Reitzel, all of Edon, Phynnigan, Navie and Oliver Dell Miller, of Fort Wayne and sister, Hazel Kain, of Orland, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law, Cleon Kain and nephew, Rick Kain.

Visitation for Ora D. Stayner will be held on Sunday, July 2, 2017, from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. in the Krill Funeral Home, Edon. Services will be held on Monday, July 3, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. in the Edon Church of Christ with Pastors David LaDuke and Cliff Graves officiating. Interment will follow in Edon Cemetery with graveside military rites by the American Legion.

Memorials may be given to the Edon Lions Club or Community Health Professionals Hospice.

Fifth District Race Night

The Fifth District is Goin' Racin' on Saturday July 22, 2017.
Where - Fremont Motor Speedway
Gates open at 4:00 pm, Qualifying at 6:00 pm, racing at 7:00pm.
Ticket prices - Adults $14, Seniors $12, Ages 11-16 $8, 10 & under free. Get your tickets at the gate.
The district officers are planning a night out at the races as a social event during the summer. You are encouraged to wear masonic apparel (shirts and caps) and to invite family and friends to join us for an evening of racing. Tyler Gunn, the son of WB Dave Gunn of Napoleon Lodge is a strong contender at the track and we hope a good contingent of brothers attend this race in support of him.

District Lecture Conference

Our Second Lecture Conference will be on June 17th 2017, at Fulton Lodge.
We will begin with a Master Mason Degree at 10 am (breakfast at 9am), Come join in the Raising of a Fulton lodge Brother. Full sidelines make a lasting impression!
Then at noon we will begin our second lecture conference, building on our May 20th meeting. It was great to see the brethren taking the initiative to further their masonic knowledge by diving into the ART of lecturing! Even if you missed the first one, don't let that discourage you from attending! "Anytime" is a good time to start!
We all owe it to our new brothers to present good, meaningful lectures for all future generations! Check for calendar updates!
Hope to see you there!
Doug Eis

PGM Richard M. Wilson

Richard M. Wilson
Born June 3, 1932—Died May 25, 2017
Richard Moore Wilson was born June 3, 1932, in Jerusalem, Monroe County, Ohio, one of three children born to Charles and Alice Wilson. He graduated from Beallsville High School in 1950.
He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1952-56 beí ng stationed in New York State for two years and then in Japan for two years.
On July 9, 1960, he married Eleanor Elaine William-son. They are the proud parents of two children, Bradley (Jeri) Wilson, Cathy (Scott—Deceased) Christy. Bradley and Jeri are the parents of Nicole and Anessa, Cathy is the proud parent of Michaela , Faith, and Morgan.
Brother Wilson was a retired electrician having worked 37 years at Ormet Corporation, Hannibal, Ohio. He had served the United Methodist Church as a pastor for 43 years. He was ordained in June of 1973 as a Deacon by the late Bishop Francis E. Kearns. Brother Wilson was an active pastor at age 83.
He was a Monroe County Park District Board Member, also on the Board of Directors, Ohio Valley Community Credit Union, having served as Secretary, Vice-president and President. He served on the Board of The Monroe Metropolitan Housing Authority. He had also served on various others Boards in the area of Southeast-ern Ohio.
Brother Wilson was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Sunsbury Lodge No. 362, Beallsville, Ohio, on October 23, 1956, and served as Worshipful Master in 1966. He has since served as Master on three other occasions and was Secretary of his lodge for 18 years. He is a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Cambridge; Grand Council Royal & Select Masons, Guernsey Council No. 74, Cambridge, Ohio; Royal Arch Masons, Cambridge Chapter No. 53, Cambridge, Ohio; Cambridge Commandery No. 47, Knights Templar.
He served the 18th Masonic District as District Deputy Grand Master in 1974, 1975, and 1976. In 1977 Most Worshipful Brother Jerry C. Rasor appointed him as Grand Chaplain for the Grand Lodge of Ohio. In 1978 Most Worshipful Brother Daniel F. Iceman appointed him to the office of Junior Grand Deacon. He was subsequently ap-pointed Senior Grand Deacon and Grand Marshal. Brother Wilson was elected Junior Grand Warden in 1981, Senior Grand Warden in 1982, Deputy Grand Master in 1983. On October 13, 1984, at Columbus, Ohio, he was elected and installed as Grand Master of The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio.
Brother Wilson was a member of Beallsville Chapter No. 24, Order of the Eastern Star, where he served as Worthy Patron four times. In 1998 he served as the Worthy Grand Patron, Grand Chapter of Ohio along with Worthy Grand Matron, Eloise Wise.
M. W. Brother Wilson and his wife Eleanor reside in Jerusalem, Ohio (Monroe County).

Fifth District 300 Year Celebration

Fifth District 300 Year Table Lodge Celebration 
300 Years of Modern Masonry
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Defiance Masonic Temple
Gavel drops at 8:30 AM
This is a Table Lodge, open to all Masons
Breakfast will be served, Dress is business casual

Keep checking back for details.


District Awards Night 2017

The 5th District Awards night was held in Delta, OH at Memorial Hall. There were 63 in attendance, and everyone enjoyed the Hawaiian Themed evening and buffet. Many thanks to our DDGMs and most especially to their wives for putting this evening together.  Award recipient follow:

  • Hackett Award: Hicksville 478
  • Grand Masters Reception Award: Sycamore 520
  • Traveling Trophy: Bryan 215
  • Best Attended Inspection: Wauseon 349
  • Best Inspection: Fulton 248
  • Bee Hive: Jeffrey Odenkirk, Fulton 248
  • Education Award: Tom DeFrieze, Sycamore 520
  • George O. Braatz Award: Sycamore 520
  • Perfect Attendance: Doug Parker, Doug Eis, John Carlston, Ken Crouch, Ken Snyder, Chris Rohrbaugh, Steve Brunn, Dan Hall, Bill Pacak, Dick Bocik, Gery Ries, Gaylord Proxmire, Jim Manning, Larry Lyne, Bruce McKibben, Jay Jimison, Richard Snyder, Richard Evans Jr., Paul Kelly, Marty Lawrence, and Bob Rettig
  • Best First Time Lecturer: Jeffrey Odenkirk, Fulton 248
  • Master of the Year: Luis Rivera, Omega 564
  • Hiram Abif Award: Craig Szczublewski, Fulton 248
  • Mason of the Year: Tim Churchill, Fulton 248

Passing of WB August C. (Jerry) Holzer

Yesterday afternoon, Tuesday, WB Jerry Holzer laid down his working tools and entered the celestial lodge above as the result of a mowing accident.
The family will receive visitors on Sunday, May 21, at St John's United Church of Christ, Holgate, OH from 1:00-3:00 pm. The church is located 3 miles north of Holgate on St. Rt. 108 at the corner of Co. Rd. J. Masonic services will be at 3:00 with a Commandery service to follow. Funeral service will be at 4:00 with a lunch after.
WB Holzer was a Past Master of Napoleon Lodge #256, a member of the AASR, Valley of Toledo, active in all the York Rite Bodies but most especially the Commandery where he served as Grand Commander in 2011-12.
If using GPS to locate the church, use the address 13039 Co Rd. J. This is actually the address of the parsonage which is across the road from the church. Using the actual church address seems to confuse GPS and will many times not get you to the correct location.


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. 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
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