Changes for National Lodge

At our May 3rd, 2022, stated meeting, we held a discussion concerning the status of our lodge and the Masonic Temple.  It was presented that we currently have close to 220 members, a far cry from the approx.1600 members from back in the 50’s and 60’s.  Back in the early 1920’s, we were fortunate that our predecessors had the foresight to build a Masonic Temple, to help grow masonry in Barberton.  Membership in National Lodge increased to a point where we could sustain our expenses and we flourished to a point that we were the ‘main stay’ within the district.  As time marched forward though, our membership declined, and our partners had to close their doors. 

We must be able to sustain our Lodge within the current membership.  Just as our forefathers made a tough decision in the past, we also find ourselves at point where we must make another tough decision. We need to either improve our facility, to entice more renters to use the building OR find a new home, something that is more suited to our membership and financial condition.

Your lodge has decided to find a new home, move to a facility that offer’s single-story access and modern amenities, like ADA compliant restrooms, Forced Hot Air heat with Air-Conditioned rooms.  A parking lot that holds more than 70 cars and still within the city of Barberton.  As we have a found a new home, we have also secured the sale of our existing building.  A tough decision to make, but in our current financial status, a necessary decision.

With the next few days, you will receive a letter, explaining in more detail the situation that has presented itself. It outlines the process that took place at our June Stated meeting, the visitation date for those who want to review the new facility and the date the membership will vote on these motions to sell and buy the buildings.  We encourage you to review the work dates and keep an eye out for the letter. These are challenging and exciting times for National Lodge.  We feel that by making these changes, we can better fortify our position within Masonry.  To offer a new beginning and make your Lodge more stable for years to come.

Upcoming Events

Monday, July 11th, 2022 – District Awards Night, 6:00P.M. – Walthers Twin Tavern, 430 Applegrove St. NW North Canton, Ohio, 44720.  Menu choices include Smothered Chicken, Glazed Salmon & Beef Sirloin. $30/person.  Reservations must be paid by July 1st, 2022 – No Walk-ins.  Contact W.M. Tyson T. Trammell for details and to get a reservation form.

Saturday, August 27th, 2022 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm National Lodge Annual Corn Roast at Craftsmen’s Park – Grotto Pavilion 4450 Rex Lake Drive, Akron.  Please come and enjoy Corn-on-the-Cob & all the extra’s that come with a picnic.  We’ll also have games for the kids.  National Lodge #568 will provide food, games, and table service.

Saturday, September 17th, 2022, 6:30pm – Jenkins-Stauffer Outdoor Lodge, 4162 Wadsworth Road, Norton Ohio 44203.  A dinner will be served, starting at 4:30pm with Bro Tyson T. Trammell at the helm of the galley.  This is a change from the traditional event.  While the Master Mason degree will start in the daylight, it will finish under the lights of candles and Tiki torches.  Bring a lawn chair, and possibly a jacket, as it will be outside in the fall air.  We’re excited to try this new approach.  Please come out and support this event.

GrandView Membership Portal

In previous bulletins, we showed you how to gain access to the Grand Lodge of Ohio Membership portal; which is called GrandView.  Here are a few more items within the portal that will help you navigate.

When you login into Grand Lodge Masonic Membership Manager (grandview.systems), you will be presented with the dashboard referenced above.  You can select items such as an events page, Grand Lodge information, a Resource page, My Profile and also find other lodges.  For this lesson, we are using the ‘Feed’ selection.
  Once you click on ‘Feed’, you are presented with communications from your Lodge, your District Lodge Officer’s as well as The Grand Lodge of Ohio information.  Other Districts will also post in this area.   They may also contain links to specific forms or flyers for events, such as the Golf Outings and Awards Night.   These are just a few examples.  

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 R. Moore

Walter A. Landals

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

Robert W. Dyser (50-Year Member)..………………………….1972-2022