It is my hope that this message finds you all well as we enter the final quarter of 2021. The last 18 months have created some of the most unprecedented challenges we have ever faced. I am happy to report that our Ohio Masonic Home weathered the pandemic very well and we continued to stay focused on the support and care for our Brethren, their families, our community members, and the team of people providing that support.
We are proud to share that 2021 marked the 126th anniversary of our Ohio Masonic Home’s opening and our journey to serve Ohio Masons. For 126 years we have maintained that same support and care, and we look forward to the future with enthusiasm!
We have remained laser-focused on the future of our Ohio Masonic Home and how best to continue to deliver high quality care and support, in the most efficient and effective ways. As we discussed in our last issue, the trustees of our Ohio Masonic Home and Foundation board members have been very busy working with us on cementing that pathway well into our future.
You will see in this issue that we are in the ground on our expansion/repositioning project at our Western Reserve Masonic Community. We are in the planning stages of repositioning our Springfield Masonic Community to move similar services to a single space and to be able to offer additional service offerings. At our Browning Masonic Community, we are in the process of updating the corridors, dining room, adding a small pub area, and evaluating the market for additional villas on the campus.
Additionally, we are doing a great deal of research and outreach in Southeast Ohio. Members of our Foundation and Ohio Masonic Home boards have been working together with the Ohio Masonic Home team to assess the needs of our brethren in Southeast Ohio and how best to provide services in the area. I would like to thank DeAnna Kinney, SE Ohio Community Outreach Coordinator, and Brother Joe Mathews (former Mayor of Marietta) for all of their hard work, time, and dedication in assisting us with our endeavors. We have a great deal of work to accomplish but are well on our way.
In closing I wish you all well as we enter the holiday season and hope to see as many of you as possible in our travels in the coming months.
Brother Scott Buchanan
CEO, The Ohio Masonic Home