Pay it Forward Program gives the Gift of Freemasonry



Pay it Forward Program gives the Gift of Freemasonry

The Pay It Forward program allows a person to donate up to $150 towards the initiation fee of a specifically named individual to be used at any Ohio Lodge or to donate up to $150 to a specific lodge, which can use it for any future petitioner.



For example, the program will allow a Mason to donate towards the future initiation fee of his nephew, who would be able to petition any Ohio lodge with the amount his uncle’s donation going towards the initiation fee, or a Mason may donate to benefit a specific lodge, which will choose which future petitioner should benefit from the gift.



The Process



An individual donates up to $150 through a local lodge and completes the Pay it Forward form, specifying either a specific future petitioner or a specific lodge. The lodge immediately forwards the donation and form to the Grand Secretary. The Grand Secretary will issue to the donor a Pay It Forward certificate in the name of the specified future petitioner or a certificate to the specified lodge for the unnamed future petitioner. Upon notification of the death of the donor or at any other time at the request of the donor, the Grand Secretary will send a letter and a copy of the certificate to the individual named on the certificate, notifying him of the wishes of the donor.



“The Pay It Forward program simply formalizes a very old custom,” explained Grand Master Easterling. My father paid for my initiation fee when I joined National Lodge, and towards the end of his life, he gave me an hundred dollar bill to keep for my brother. I carried that bill in my wallet until he expressed an interest to join. I am very excited that this program has been created, allowing more individuals to benefit”

Ill & Confined Brothers

Ill & Confined Brothers

Our prayers and best wishes to the Brothers whom we know to be ill or confined. To the Brothers listed below, we would appreciate very much hearing from you and bringing us up to date as to how you are doing. At our stated meetings we do report to the Brothers about those of you who are in need of our thoughts and prayers.

Ernest E. Lyons

Richard F. Sutton

Frank F Bischoff

Greg Myers

James W. Weise

James R. Moore

Dewey Jenkins

William E. Swinhart

To the Brothers who are ill and/or confined (who are not listed), we do have you in our thoughts and prayers.

We would truly appreciate a word from you so that your Masonic Brothers could be informed.

In Memoriam
The following brothers have passed to the celestial lodge above and our deepest sympathy is extended to the family and friends of our departed brothers.
Masonic Years

2021- Richard A. Dickerscheid

Most Worshipful Brother, Richard Allen Dickerscheid, was born to Richard Fredrick and Betty Francis Dickerscheid in Hamilton Ohio on February 12, 1964. He attended the Talawanda school system, graduating from Talawanda High School on Oxford Ohio in 1982. Rich married Teresa M. “Teri” Dsuban on December 1, 1984, at St. Mary’s Parrish located in Oxford Ohio. Teri and Rich have two children, Jonathan and Amanda, as well as two granddaughters and a grandson. Since 1988, Rich has been an upstanding employee of John Dsuban Spring Service, a thriving truck and trailer repair business, where he is responsible for inventory control and sales.

Although Mr. Dickerscheid had known many Freemasons in personal and business relationships, it wasn’t until fall of 2002 when he petitioned a Lodge of Master Masons. After submitting the petition to College Hill – Harry S. Johnson Lodge #641, Worshipful Brother Dickerscheid received the Entered Apprentice Degree in November 2002, passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft in December 2002, and raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on January 16, 2003, after which he served as Senior Steward, Senior Deacon, Junior Warden and Senior Warden. Brother Dickerscheid was elected and served as Worshipful Master in 2008.

Worshipful Brother Dickerscheid served as President of the “Wild Bunch Degree Assistance Team”, who supplies various parts of the Fellow Craft Team when a lodge needs help performing such duties. He was then asked to be an officer of the First Masonic District Officers Association, eventually being elected President in 2013. After serving as President of the FMDOA, Rich was asked to serve as a District Deputy Grand Master of the First Masonic District in 2014 by MWB Norman J. Mick.

Brother Dickerscheid served as Most Wise Master of the Cincinnati Chapter of Rose Croix of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Cincinnati from 2016 to 2017, and received the 33rd Degree in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the fall of 2019. He is a member of Cumminsville Chapter of Royal Arch Masons #158, Hubert O. Auburn Chapter of Royal and Select Masons #149, Cincinnati Commandery #3, St. Columba Conclave, and Red Cross of Constantine. Rich is also a member of the Society of Past Masters of Cincinnati and Vicinity, National Sojourners Cleveland Chapter #23, Marvin Chapter #376 Order of Eastern Star and the Syrian Shrine, where he served as a Steward and an Ambassador. In September 2019, Rich received the DeMolay Legion of Honor, which honors those who have actively demonstrated outstanding leadership in some field of endeavor, whether it be a civic, professional, fraternal or spiritual arena.

In October 2014, at the Grand Lodge of Ohio Annual Communication held in Cincinnati, Ohio, Right Worshipful Brother Richard A. Dickerscheid was asked to serve the Grand Lodge of Ohio by MWB Norman J. Mick where he was appointed to the position of Senior Grand Deacon by MWB Steven Cokonougher, Grand Master of Masons in Ohio. He was subsequently appointed as Grand Marshal and Grand Orator. He was elected Junior Grand Warden in Dayton in 2017, Senior Grand Warden in Sandusky Dayton in 2018, Deputy Grand Master at Marietta in 2019, and honored to be elected to serve the Brethren of Ohio as Grand Master, installed in Wilmington on October 23, 2020.

From the desk of the Secretary


As I mentioned in the previous message, we have added the option to access current and previous bulletins which can be downloaded to your computer or phone.  It is password protected so that only those who have requested the password can gain access.  If you want to review that option, please send me a message thru my personal email (listed below) and I will send you the password.

The Grand Lodge of Ohio is implementing Membership Dues Management system for the 2022 dues year.  The dues notices may come via email, text or printed just as before.  We are early in the process, so I hope to have more information soon.


 Richard A. Landals, P.M.