As I reflect on the last ten months I am amazed by your investments in Ohio Freemasonry and I am so grateful. This issue of the Beacon highlights a few of the various investments happening across our great state. The new initiatives implemented by Lodges to invest in their communities are heartwarming to see. It also brings a smile to my face seeing Ohio Masons stepping forward to share their story, their "WHY I am a Freemason." Your actions combined with our successful “This Is Ohio Freemasonry” public awareness campaign is why Ohio Freemasonry is thriving!
We have raised nearly 1,700 Master Masons since August 1, 2018, many in response to the series of Grand Master’s classes being held throughout the state. There are still opportunities into the future if you know of a man interested in joining. I appreciate all of you who made these classes a success and welcome our new Master Masons. If I were to provide one sentiment of advice it would be to continue investing yourselves in the Craft, for he who invests will experience the rewards of our wonderful Fraternity.
Kelly and I are so thankful for the investments so many of you have made in the Masonic Model Student Assistance Program. These investments will undoubtedly provide positive support for our youth for many years to come. We are also appreciative of the gifts we received during the receptions but most especially we are thankful for the friendships we have made while traveling. The hospitality extended by the Brethren and their ladies certainly made our journey better. A Mason’s friendship is the greatest gift you can receive.
I also express my appreciation to the Grand Lodge Officers and their ladies who continue to travel our state for the betterment of the fraternity. They invest countless hours and personal resources to keep moving Ohio Freemasonry forward. The next time you greet one of your Grand Lodge officers, be sure to thank him for his service.
Finally, I thank you for the opportunity to lead this great fraternity. When I joined Valley Lodge in 1998, I never imagined I would one day be the Grand Master. I appreciate the men who helped to make me the Mason I am today and those who continue to have an impact on my life. To say I am enjoying this temporary elevation amongst the Craft is an understatement. I am having the time of my life sharing my passion for our great Fraternity. In closing, I share this quote from Ronald Reagan, “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” Thank you for all you are doing, keep investing in yourselves, your Lodges, your communities, and our Fraternity!
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Jess N. Raines, Grand Master