Installation of Joseph C. Radocy as Deputy's Representative for the Valley of the Firelands
About 70 members and their wives, along with several Masonic dignitaries, attended and participated in the installation of Joseph, C. Radocy as the third Deputy's Representative for the Valley of the Firelands. Four new members were initiated into the Valley at a 4th degree exemplification before the installation. A dinner followed, and the evening was concluded with the installation by Illustrious 33rd and Deputy for Ohio D. Richard Heldman, along with Ill. Phillip Elliot, Active for Youngstown, and Ill. James Easterling, Active for Akron and Past Grand Master. Other notables present included Ill. Martin R. Woodworth, Deputy's Representative for the Valley of Cleveland, William Carter III, Grand Orator for the Grand Lodge, Ill. Eric R. Schau, Past Deputy for the Valley of the Firelands and Past Grand Master, and Ill. Charles R. Murphy, Past Grand Master
Mt. Vernon Lodge Received the Benjamin Franklin Award of Distinction
The Ben Franklin Award of Distinction celebrates a milestone anniversary (every 25 years starting at 50 years) for the lodge. The Valley of the Firelands celebrated 200 years of Masonry in Mt Vernon Lodge No. 64. Platt Benedict was the first permanent white settler of Norwalk, Ohio. Born in 1775, in Danbury, Connecticut, he traveled to the region with Elisha Whittlesey in 1815 and built a log cabin in 1817 on what would become the Norwalk. He eventually opened a gristmill and a paper mill and served in numerous positions, including a town trustee and postmaster. A dispensation was granted to Brothers Timothy Baker, W. M.; Platt Benedict, S. W., and John D. Hoskins, J. W., in April, 1821, for the formation of a lodge at Norwalk. At the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge in on December 12th, 1821, a charter was granted to Mt. Vernon Lodge No.64. The Chapter of Rose Croix in The Valley of The Firelands is named after Platt Benedict.
Illustrious Brother Steven Hessler 33°, Chairman of The Valley of The Firelands Board of Trustees (left), and Worshipful Brother Charlton Summers, Worship Master of Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 64 (right).
Illustrious Brother Steven Hessler 33°, Chairman of The Valley of The Firelands Board of Trustees (left), Worshipful Brother Charlton Summers, Worship Master of Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 64 (center), and Illustrious Brother Joseph Radocy 33°, Valley Deputy’s Representative (right)
The 25th Degree, Brother of Achievement, was presented on Thursday, October 28, 2021, in West Salem, Ohio and repeated on Saturday, October 30, 2021, in Milan, Ohio. A combined total of over 90 members and 3 candidates (in white collars) attended the two degree presentations, both of which filled the lodge rooms to capacity.
More than 100 brethren and their families attended the third annual Oktoberfest in the Mansfield Liederkrantz, Mansfield, Ohio, on October 24, 2021. A polka band and several members in lederhosen added a distinctly Bavarian touch to the festivities. The attendees enjoyed chicken and plate-size slices of snitzel along with a variety of German beers and other refreshments. This has become the annual fundraising event for the Valley, and over $9,000 was raised for Valley needs.
Special Degree Conferral
September 10, 2021
Staff Sergeant Wyatt J. Cooke (left), received the 4th and 26th Degrees in a special session called to accommodate his leave time between Incirlik Air Base, Turkey and Lakenheath Base in England. Wyatt is the son of Robert Cooke (right), Senior Warden of Platt Benedict Chapter of Rose Croix in The Valley of The Firelands.
20th Degree at Ashland, Ohio
August 17, 2021
Forty-seven brethren gathered at the Ashland Lodge building to receive the 20th degree, Brother Ad Vitam. Frank Schumacher, a new plural member from the Valley of Columbus, received his cap from Ill. Duane Kemerley, 33o. Cody Noon, Junior Warden in the Platt Benedict Chapter of Rose Croix, then presented the introduction to the video produced by the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction and guided the discussion afterward.
Masonry Challenges Program
August 14, 2021
More than 50 brethren enjoyed a presentation by R. W. B. William Carter III, Grand Orator of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, on the many challenges to Masonry. Listed as a program on anti-Masonry, it detailed a number of challenges faced by the fraternity and its members both from inside and outside the fraternity. More than 50 brethren gave rapt attention to the presentation that lasted more than five hours with a dinner break in the middle. That so many brethren stayed through the entire presentation is a testament to the skill of R. W. B. Carter in leading the give and take of ideas during this highly worthwhile discussion.
10th Degree - Master Elect
May 20, 22, 2021
Twenty-five brethren and visitors from other Valleys attended each of the two offerings of the 10th Degree in the Bucyrus Temple on May 20 and the Vermillion Temple on May 22. Scottish Rite caps were presented to several brethren who had recently joined as plural members. The members were then presented the introductory educational material, and most participated as characters in the table format of the degree.
Hector Kilbourne Lodge of Perfection
Elected: Michael J. Cooley, Thrice Potent Master; William Bevens, Deputy Master; Eric Young, Senior Warden; Appointed: Daniel J. Harr, Sr., Junior Warden; Robert Lemaster, Orator; Austin Norville, Master of Ceremonies; Will Mitchell, Captain of the Guard
Seneca-Green Springs Council of Princes of Jerusalem
Elected: Jeffrey Ingersol, Sovereign Prince; Shaun Taylor, High Priest; Edward Andres, Jr., Senior Warden; Appointed: Tony Wise, Junior Warden; Scott O. Nave, Master of Ceremonies; Joseph Anthony, Master of Entrances
Platt Benedict Chapter of Rose Croix
Elected: Gail Reeder, Most Wise Master; Robert Cooke, Senior Warden; Cody Noon, Junior Warden; Appointed: Tom Hilton, Orator; Daniel Brake, Master of Ceremonies; Kirk Miller, Captain of the Guard
Sandusky and the Firelands Consistory
Elected: Douglas A. Kranch, Commander-in-Chief; Alan Bacon, 1st Lt. Commander; Russel Beach, 2nd Lt. Commander; Appointed: Robert Weber, Jr., Orator; Lawrence Palmer, Chancellor; Max Rowe, Master of Ceremonies; David Dauterman, Captain of the Guard
Tyler of the Valley: Arnold Humphrey
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