The Sun is at high-twelve, and it is truly beautiful and glorious! I hope you are happy and healthy after the “dark” winter & spring we have experienced. There are many things to do. Please come back to your Lodge where your Officers are excited to go back to labor. They need your help and support.
I keep saying this, but we still have a lot of men inquiring about our organization and we need to answer their alarm. It is my recommendation that we guard our gates by supplementing your Lodge investigation process for these inquiries using the new background check offered by the Grand Lodge of Ohio. The website address is www.freemason.com/background-check/. I feel this should be implemented as a Lodge policy for all applicants, further protecting our institution.
I hope you had the opportunity to view one or more of my “Grand Master Traveling Masonic Roadshow” online events this year. With the help of the Education Committee, this effort came from the necessity of virtual meetings in December. This project was and continues to be a resounding success. They are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month; the link being shared through email and social media.
Your Grand Lodge Officers are looking forward to a full, in-person Annual Communication on October 15, to be held at the Sharonville Convention Center, just North of Cincinnati. We will continue some of the processes instituted last year like online voting for Grand Lodge Officers, a livestream of both the session and the installation of the new Grand Lodge Officers. All will be authenticated and secured through our Grand View membership management system.
It is still imperative that your Lodge be represented in-person during the live session as we have business to complete. I hope you can be there in-person, or at least sign into Grand View and watch. Make sure you are signed up and have access!
In January, we were determined to make this year a fun one, and in doing so we made several trips to each of the 25 districts for many types of events. I said to myself “since I cannot travel outside our jurisdiction, I will use my time traveling in it”! That, I have to say was the best decision I made.
It has truly been an honor to serve you this year. The night I was voted “proficient” in 2003, I became an “elder statesman of the Lodge” by being elected to trustee of my home Lodge, College Hill – Harry S. Johnson No.641. I never dreamed that I would be elected to serve as Grand Master in a short 17 years later. It is my hope that my service to our fraternity has been viewed with approval so far, and may God bless You, our Fraternity, and the United States of America.
See you at Grand Lodge!
Richard A. Dickerscheid