The Lodges of Lorain County recently sponsored and manned two rest stops for the Buckeye Breakaway bicycle ride, which is a part of the national Bike MS program that raises support for and awareness of multiple sclerosis. The ride was a 150 mile round trip from Brunswick to Ashland and included over 1,300 riders.
The Brethren paid $500 for the naming rights for each of their rest stops. In addition to the refreshments that were provided, the Brethren made sure to have plenty of Masonic information on hand. The stop at the Lorain County Fairgrounds was sponsored by Wellington, Blue Steel, and Stonington Lodges. The one at Grafton was sponsored by La Grange Lodge.
The Brethren received five requests for information about becoming a Freemason while they performed their community serve.
There are two other Bike MS rides that take place in Ohio. The Central Ohio Challenge is held in Franklin County in July, and the Bike to the Bay is held in Northwest Ohio with a round trip from Perrysburg to Port Clinton in June. If a lodge or Masonic District would like information about how to participate in the sponsor a rest stop program, please contact Bob Nilsen at email@example.com.