Genoa Lodge History

The following Lodge History is the result of the tireless efforts of WB Paul L. Wyatt, WB Ellsworth F. Bittner, WB Richard L. Nolte, RWB Donald R. Gardner, RWB Michael W. Driver, MWB Charles R. Murphy and RWB Mark P. Allred, Jr.  Since this is a work in progress, please be sure to check back often to view updates.

1860s

1867-1868 Masonic Year

In the year 1868, the Village of Genoa, Ohio was incorporated.  It is located in the southwestern corner of Ottawa County in northwest Ohio, and was determined to be an ideal location for east/west, as well as north/south commerce.  It had good proximity and direct routes to Toledo in the west, Cleveland to the east, Columbus to the south, and Lake Erie to the north.

Residents began to inhabit the area, and it soon became a bustling village.  Almost immediately it was determined that the new population center needed a place where the leaders of the village could congregate, and meet in a social and congenial atmosphere.  There also needed to be a place where charitable endeavors could be launched, and plans could be laid down to help those in the community who needed assistance.  

As so frequently happened during that era, plans were made to start up a Masonic Lodge in the Village to address these needs and spread Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth throughout the community.  These well-laid plans soon came to fruition, and the very next year, 1869, saw the beginning of Genoa Lodge #433, Free and Accepted Masons.

1868-1869 Masonic Year

June 26th, 1869

A dispensation was granted by The Grand Lodge of Ohio to form Genoa Lodge, sponsored by Rubicon Lodge #237 of Toledo (currently situated at Browning Masonic Community in Waterville, OH).  Our first meeting hall was on the second floor of the Habbeler Building (later the Skilliter Hardware Building).

August 3, 1869: First Meeting of Genoa Lodge

Acting under their new dispensation, Genoa Lodge was opened by Worshipful Brother R. E. Richards, Worshipful Master of Rubicon Lodge #237, assisted by Brother Hiram Warriner as Senior Warden, and Brother Alexander McMillan as Junior Warden.  The Dispensation from Most Worshipful Brother Howard Matthews, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons was read.  It declared that Joshua E. Curtice would be the first Worshipful Master of Genoa Lodge, Brother Warriner the first Senior Warden, and Brother McMillan the first Junior Warden.  The other officers appointed were T. P. Taylor, Treasurer, L. D. Gregg, Secretary, Hugh A. Bowland, Senior Deacon, P. C. Jackson, Junior Deacon, and John Stevens, Tyler.  The By-Laws Committee presented the newly written By-Laws of Genoa Lodge, which were read and approved.

September 25th, 1869: Stated Meeting

While operating under dispensation from the Grand Lodge, the Brethren conferred the Master Mason degree on Brother John Tiplady, making him the first to be raised by the Brethren of Genoa Lodge.  There were sixteen Brethren in attendance, with three visitors.

October 20, 1869: Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge

The Grand Lodge of Ohio convened and assembled in Cleveland, Ohio.  MWB Howard Mathews, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, granted a Charter to Genoa Lodge and assigned the number 433.  He appointed Joshua E. Curtice as Worshipful Master, Hiram L. Warriner as Senior Warden, and Alexander McMillan as Junior Warden.

November 2, 1869: First Annual Communication of Genoa Lodge

Most Worshipful Brother Alexander Newcomb, newly elected Grand Master of Ohio, installed the officers of Genoa Lodge #433 and constituted us a regular Lodge.  The Entered Apprentice Degree was then conferred upon Mr. John Moses, making him the first initiated into the newly constituted Genoa Lodge.

Beginning membership of the Lodge numbered 13 Brethren.  

1870s

1869-1870 Masonic Year

December 21, 1869: First Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed by WB Henry Gales, Past Master of Portage Lodge in Elmore, Ohio, to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Joshua E. Curtice

Senior Warden:                     Hiram Warriner

Junior Warden:                     Alexander McMillan

Treasurer:                              T. P. Taylor

Secretary:                              L. D. Gregg

Senior Deacon:                     Hugh A. Bowland

Junior Deacon:                     P. C. Jackson

Senior Steward:                    Sherman G. Ford

Tyler:                                     John Stevens

 

September 6, 1870: Stated Meeting

A motion was made and carried that the members be "taxed" in the amount of fifty cents to enable the Lodge to pay some of its pressing debts, which, with rent, insurance, and several bank notes, were threatening to close the Lodge.

October 15, 1870: Special Meeting

Once again it was brought up that financial issues were threatening to close the young Genoa Lodge.  The Brethren were called to a special meeting where the newest problem was presented.  The Lodge was finding itself unable to pay the per capita to the Grand Lodge of Ohio.  Two members stepped up to help, Brothers Conrad Geiger and E. S. Richards, who together loaned the Lodge $5.50 so they could pay the Grand Lodge.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 28 Brethren.  

1870-1871 Masonic Year

December 20, 1870: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed by Most Worshipful Brother Alex Newcomb, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio, to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Joshua E. Curtice

Senior Warden:                     Alexander McMillan

Junior Warden:                     Sherman G. Ford

Secretary:                              L. D. Gregg

Treasurer:                             No Treasurer was elected this year

Senior Deacon:                    H. M. Williams

Junior Deacon:                    P. C. Jackson

Senior Steward:                   Conrad Geiger

Junior Steward:                   E. S. Richards

Tyler:                                    John Parker

 

March 7, 1871: Stated Meeting

Worshipful Master Josua E. Curtice read to the Lodge the ancient Charges of Masonry, as well as a paper written by him on how to apply these Charges to life.  The Secretary, Brother Gregg, remarked that it was a wonderful speech on being a good Mason.  Brother Gregg also remarked that the paper would be on file with the minutes, but no such paper has been found at this time.

July 18, 1871: Stated Meeting

The Lodge held a trial for one of the Brethren, who had been accused of spreading a slanderous story about the Worshipful Master, Joshua E. Curtice.  The Brethren examined the evidence, and found the Brother on trial guilty of spreading false information about Curtice, and the man was subsequently expelled from Masonry.

September 19, 1871: Stated Meeting

The Lodge voted on a petition for a Mr. Henry Randcamp, who was originally rejected as a member.  He was subsequently elected to membership on January 2, 1872.  Brother Randcamp would eventually go on to become Worshipful Master of Genoa Lodge in 1877.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 33 Brethren.  

1871-1872 Masonic Year

December 19, 1871: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Joshua E. Curtice

Senior Warden:                    H. M. Williams

Junior Warden:                    Conrad Geiger

Secretary:                             L. D. Gregg

Treasurer:                            T. P. Taylor

Senior Deacon:                    John Parker

Junior Deacon:                    Samuel Williams

Senior Steward:                   G. V. Wood

Junior Steward:                   T. E. Wight

Tyler:                                   William Huffman

 

January 16, 1872: Stated Meeting

A ballot was had on the petition for initiation of Mr. William Humlong, who was subsequently elected to membership.  Brother Humlong would go on to become Worshipful Master of Genoa Lodge in 1875.

 

The 1871-72 Masonic Year was a busy year for candidates for Genoa Lodge, and, as a result, not much else of noteworthiness was recorded in the minutes.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 36 Brethren.  

1872-1873 Masonic Year

December 17, 1872: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Alexander McMillan

Senior Warden:                     H. M. Williams

Junior Warden:                     John Parker

Secretary:                              Henry Rancamp

Treasurer:                              T. P. Taylor

Senior Deacon:                     William Humlong

Junior Deacon:                     Samuel Angus

Senior Steward:                    W. H. Pierson

Junior Steward:                    Frank Holt

Tyler:                                      H. Gernhardt

May 20, 1873: Stated Meeting

A communication was read from the Worshipful Master of Portage Lodge asking the Brethren of Genoa Lodge if they would sell their ritual for the Masonic Funeral Services, as Genoa Lodge was considered to have one of the finer Funeral Rituals in the state.  The Worshipful Master would not sell his Funeral Ritual, but rather informed the Brethren of Portage Lodge that they may make as many copies of it as they would like free of charge.

July 1, 1873: Stated Meeting

A communication was read from Brother G. A. Kramer, asking permission to establish a Lodge in Oak Harbor.  Permission was granted, and the ultimate result was the beginning of Oak Harbor Lodge #495.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 40 Brethren.  

1873-1874 Masonic Year

December 16, 1873: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               John Parker

Senior Warden:                     William Humlong

Junior Warden:                     Henry Rancamp

Secretary:                              L. D. Gregg

Treasurer:                             T. P. Taylor

Senior Deacon:                     John Stevens

Junior Deacon:                     John Hall

Senior Steward:                    Frank Holt

Junior Steward:                    E. S. Richards

Tyler:                                      L. W. Gaddis

At the same stated meeting, Worshipful Brother Alexander McMillan, having just finished his term serving as Worshipful Master of Genoa Lodge, demitted to another Lodge.  The minutes do not specify which, and Worshipful Brother James P. Taylor, Lodge Education Officer, is still trying to track down information about WB McMillan.

April 21, 1874: Stated Meeting

The Brethren were welcomed with a visit from Brother Edward Raymond of St. Andrew Lodge #500.  Currently, there is a St. Andrew Lodge #518 under the Grand Lodge of Scotland, but I was unable to find any link between #500 and #518.  Perhaps the Lodge Secretary at the time confused the numbers, or Lodge #500 may not be in existence any more.  During this meeting, the Brethren raised Brother C. G. Ruck to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

June 2, 1874: Stated Meeting

A communication was read by the Secretary, Brother L. D. Gregg.  The communication was from Most Worshipful Brother Asa H. Battin, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio, remarking on the destitute situation of the Brethren in certain locations in the Southern United States still suffering from the aftermath of the Civil War.  The Lodge Raised $6.05, which was sent to these Brethren in need.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 44 Brethren.  

1874-1875 Masonic Year

December 15, 1874: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               William Humlong

Senior Warden:                     Samuel Angus

Junior Warden:                     G. V. Wood

Secretary:                              T. J. White

Treasurer:                              T. P. Taylor

Senior Deacon:                     John Stevens

Junior Deacon:                     L. W. Gaddis

Senior Steward:                    J. S. Calkins

Junior Steward:                    C. G. Brown

Tyler:                                      Wilson Shannon Bowland

August 17, 1875: Stated Meeting

Genoa Lodge finally came up with enough money to pay off some increasing bank notes, as well as continuing the insurance on the building for another year.

November 2, 1875: Stated Meeting

The Lodge discussed a proposal to start having public installations of officers.  This had never been done by Genoa Lodge before, and the Brethren were for the proposal, and a motion was carried.  Worshipful Master Humlong appointed a committee to investigate possible places to install the officers.  Additionally, the officers and Brethren of Portage Lodge #351 in Elmore were invited to join the Lodge as the officers of Genoa were installed.  The Brethren ultimately had a public installation in their Lodge room, and a small group of singers were on hand.  Currently, the incoming Worshipful Master usually decides on whether to have a public or private installation.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 43 Brethren.  

1875-1876 Masonic Year

December 21, 1875: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Conrad Geiger

Senior Warden:                     E. S. Richards

Junior Warden:                     John Stevens

Secretary:                              Henry Bruning

Treasurer:                             T. P. Taylor

Senior Deacon:                     Nathan F. Pierson

Junior Deacon:                     Henry Geiger

Senior Steward:                    L. W. Gaddis

Junior Steward:                    W. S. Bowland

Tyler:                                      Frank Rogers

March 29, 1876: Emergent Communication

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge gathered for an Emergent Communication for the purpose of conducting Masonic Funeral Services for Brother Hiram Warriner.  Brother Warriner was one of the original members of the newly formed Genoa Lodge, serving as its first Senior Warden.  It is noted in the minutes that some of the Lodge members had their differences with Brother Warriner (he was briefly expelled from the Lodge at one point), but that Brother Warriner redeemed himself in their eyes, and they held him in the utmost respect among members of the community.  The Worshipful Master, WB Conrad Geiger, ordered that the Altar be draped in mourning for a period of thirty days out of respect for the memory of their fallen Brother.

September 19, 1876: Stated Meeting

In 1850, Most Worshipful Brother William B. Hubbard, Grand Master of Masons in Ohio, declared all "Negro Lodges to be clandestine."  This meant that a member of a Masonic Lodge could be suspended or expelled from Masonry if he had affiliated with these Lodges.  At this meeting in 1876, a resolution was read from Most Worshipful Brother Charles A. Woodward, Grand Master of Ohio, that, for the first time, recognized the African Grand Lodge of Ohio.  African Grand Lodge of Ohio would later change its name to The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio, which still exists to this day, and has shared joint recognition with the Grand Lodge of Ohio since 1995.

November 21, 1876: Stated Meeting

A communication was read from a Brother G. Helbing, asking the consent of Genoa Lodge to set up a new Lodge in the town of Pemberville, Ohio.  The consent was granted, and eventually a charter was granted to this new Lodge, called Pemberville Lodge #516.  This Lodge still exists today, and is very active in the 11th Masonic District.  They also continue to maintain a great relationship with Genoa Lodge.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 37 Brethren.  

1876-1877 Masonic Year

December 19, 1876: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Henry Rancamp

Senior Warden:                     E. S. Richards

Junior Warden:                     John Stevens

Secretary:                              William Humlong

Treasurer:                             T. P. Taylor

Senior Deacon:                     Nathan F. Pierson

Junior Deacon:                     L. W. Gaddis

Senior Steward:                   J. S. Calkins

Junior Steward:                   G. V. Wood

Tyler:                                     Frank Rogers

 

The 1876-1877 Masonic Year was filled with problems for the Lodge, and so the topics of discussion of nearly every meeting that year revolved around only a few subjects; namely, suspension/expulsion of Brethren for Non-Payment of Dues, and trying to procure a new Lodge Hall.  Many Brethren were unable to pay dues, and the Lodge was forced with difficult decisions.  At that time, the By-Laws of Genoa Lodge stated that a member would be suspended for six months for not paying dues on time.  If the Brother had still not paid his dues after the six month suspension, he was to be expelled.  The Lodge tried to prevent this as much as possible, but had to conform to the By-Laws.  Secondly, the Lodge was making attempts to obtain its own Hall instead of renting it from Brother Habbeler.  Several Building Comittees were appointed throughout the year, but no action was taken, and the Lodge continued to meet in the Habbeler building.  There was only one candidate in this year.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 36 Brethren. 

1877-1878 Masonic Year

December 18, 1877: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Conrad Geiger

Senior Warden:                     John Stevens

Junior Warden:                     J. S. Calkins

Secretary:                              Sherman G. Ford

Treasurer:                             T. P. Taylor

Senior Deacon:                     Nathan F. Pierson

Junior Deacon:                     W. S. Bowland

Senior Steward:                    Frank Rogers

Junior Steward:                    L. W. Gaddis

Tyler:                                      Fred Bruning

 

The 1877-1878 year was another difficult year for the Lodge.  More Brethren were becoming in arrears for dues, and the Lodge remitted the dues of many Brethren who were unable to find steady work.  The trend of having little or no candidates continued, and by the end of the year, they had only initiated one candidate, finishing his other degrees in the following Masonic year.  The Lodge finances were very low, and the Lodge could only afford the necessities and often had to vote down aesthetic purchases in favor of paying rent and insurance first.  The Lodge attendance was also down, and the officers often were absent.  None of the other officers in line could continue to become Worshipful Master, and WB Conrad Geiger had to take the position for a second time.  This trend continued, and WB Joshua Curtice, who had already served as Worshipful Master four times, would serve again for the next three consecutive years.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 38 Brethren. 

1878-1879 Masonic Year

December 17, 1878: Annual Installation of Officers

The Following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Joshua E. Curtice

Senior Warden:                     Nathan F. Pierson

Junior Warden:                     W. S. Bowland

Secretary:                              Sherman G. Ford

Treasurer:                              T. P. Taylor

Senior Deacon:                     H. A. Bowland

Junior Deacon:                      H. Gernhardt

Senior Steward:                    L. W. Gaddis

Junior Steward:                    Frank Bruning

Tyler:                                      Frank Rogers

May 19, 1879: Emergent Communication

19 Brethren of Genoa Lodge, with 6 visitors, gathered for the purpose of conducting Masonic Funeral Services for Brother Henry Geiger.  The Worshipful Master, Joshua E. Curtice, appointed Brother Frank Holt as Funeral Marshal for the day's service.  The visiting Brethren represented Western Phoenix Lodge #296, Phoenix Lodge #123, Tecumseh Lodge #69 (Michigan), Sylvania Lodge #287, and Bigelow Lodge #243.  The Master also ordered the Altar be draped in mourning for a period of thirty days.

December 2, 1879: Stated Meeting

A petition for initiation was read on behalf of James E. Curtice, son of the current Worshipful Master.  The Investigating Committe reported favorably at the next stated meeting, and the Lodge subsequently elected him to membership.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 39 Brethren. 

1880s

1879-1880 Masonic Year

Note: The minutes from January 1880 to January 1883 were written in a green ink, which has almost completely faded from the pages of the minutes.  In some spots, it is nearly impossible to read, and in others it is still legible.  Therefore, some important events may be skipped over.

December 16, 1879: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Joshua E. Curtice

Senior Warden:                     Nathan F. Pierson

Junior Warden:                     F. Bruning

Secretary:                             Sherman G. Ford

Treasurer:                             T. P. Taylor

Senior Deacon:                     H. A. Bowland

Junior Deacon:                     T. J. Sadler

Senior Steward:                    L. W. Gaddis

Junior Steward:                    W. S. Bowland

Tyler:                                    C. Braunschweiger

January 6, 1880: Stated Meeting

A motion was carried that stated that Spittoons be barred from being in the Lodge Room during meetings.  It was further stated that the Brethren wishing to use them should clean them afterwards, as some of them had gotten quite filthy, otherwise, they would be banned from the Hall altogether.

September 7, 1880: Stated Meeting

WB William Humlong, chairman of the Hall Committee, reported that he had raised fifteen dollars for the purpose of redecorating the Hall.  The Lodge then moved to redecorate the Hall, for the purposes of having a dedication ceremony at a later date.  The Lodge does not specify a date, but the Lodge had recently moved from the Habbeler building, where it had been meeting since the Lodge was started, to a building owned by brother H. A. Bowland.

October 5, 1880: Dedication of the Lodge Room of Genoa Lodge #433

24 Brethren of Genoa Lodge, with 8 visitors, gathered in the Lodge building for the purpose of dedicating Genoa Lodge's Lodge Room.  Most Worshipful Brother Reuben C. Lemmon, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio (also a Toledo native, being a member of Toledo Lodge #144) was also on hand to handle the ceremony.  Many Lodges in the area were represented, including Rubicon #237 (Toledo), Portage #351 (Elmore), Western Phoenix #296 (Parkman, OH), Sanford L. Collins #396 (Toledo), Phoenix #123 (Perrysburg), Tecumseh #69 (Tecumseh, MI), and Oak Harbor #495.  This was a public dedication ceremony, and the members were invited to bring their wives and families to witness the ceremony, which went extremely well.

November 2, 1880: Stated Meeting

A petition for affiliation was read on behalf of Wesley Shaner, who, at that time, was a member of Phoenix Lodge #123 in Perrysburg, OH.  Brother Shaner would later be elected to membership, and serve as Worshipful Master of Genoa Lodge four times.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 41 Brethren. 

1880-1881 Masonic Year

December 21, 1880: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Joshua E. Curtice

Senior Warden:                     William Humlong

Junior Warden:                     Joseph W. Catlin

Chaplain:                                Wesley Shaner

Secretary:                              Sherman G. Ford

Treasurer:                             Conrad Geiger

Senior Deacon:                     Joshua E. Curtice, Jr.

Junior Deacon:                     W. E. Sadler

Senior Steward:                    L. W. Gaddis

Junior Steward:                    W. S. Bowland

Tyler:                                      R. M. Guilford

This marked the first year that the Master had appointed a Chaplain.  This position is an integral part of the officer's line in the present time, but during the early parts of the Lodge, it was often unfilled (or neglected from being mentioned in the minutes).

 

This was an up and down year for Genoa Lodge.  They had several candidates for membership this year, but constantly had to attend to the matter of members not paying their dues.  Several Brethren were suspended for non payment of dues, and others were given extra time to pay.  The Lodge could not assist as many Brethren having trouble paying dues, as they were having financial difficulties as well.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 45 Brethren. 

1881-1882 Masonic Year

December 20, 1881: Annual Installation of Officers

The following brethren were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               John Stevens

Senior Warden:                     Nathan F. Pierson

Junior Warden:                     Joseph W. Catlin

Secretary:                              Sherman G. Ford

Treasurer:                             Conrad Geiger

Senior Deacon:                     H. A. Bowland

Junior Deacon:                     John Elkington, Jr.

Senior Steward:                   W. S. Bowland

Junior Steward:                    Frank Rogers

Tyler:                                      C. Bowland

May 16, 1882: Stated Meeting

The Lodge ordered a purchase for a lantern for the outside door of the Lodge, to be lit the nights of stated meetings, that Brethren might be notified thereby.  Masonic Lodges still use this technique, although in place of a lantern, we usually have light boxes with the square and compasses that are lit when meetings are taking place.  Other orders that meet in the same building have their own light box, the better to inform members of what body is meeting on what night.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 47 Brethren. 

1882-1883 Masonic Year

December 19, 1882: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               John Stevens

Senior Warden:                     T. J. Sadler

Junior Warden:                     H. A. Bowland

Secretary:                              L. D. Gregg

Treasurer:                             Conrad Geiger

Senior Deacon:                     Wesley Shaner

Junior Deacon:                      James M. Gallup

Senior Steward:                    W. S. Bowland

Junior Steward:                     L. W. Gaddis

Tyler:                                     Samuel Williams

May 15, 1883: First Recorded Inspection of Genoa Lodge

24 Brethren of Genoa Lodge, with 5 visitors, gathered in the Lodge room for the Inspection of Genoa Lodge, and to raise Brother W. R. Harpster to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.  The Lodge was inspected by Right Worshipful Brother R. E. Richards, Grand Lecturer of the 3rd Masonic District (of which Genoa Lodge then was a member; it has since been changed to the 11th district), and Past Master of Rubicon Lodge #237, Toledo, who reported that the degree was done well, but also had several points of improvement that he wanted Genoa Lodge to work on.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 46 Brethren. 

1883-1884 Masonic Year

December 18, 1883: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               John Stevens

Senior Warden:                     Nathan F. Pierson

Junior Warden:                     Samuel Angus

Secretary:                              L. D. Gregg

Treasurer:                             Conrad Geiger

Senior Deacon:                      Wesley Shaner

Junior Deacon:                      W. R. Harpster

Senior Steward:                     W. S. Bowland

Junior Steward:                     E. S. Richards

Tyler:                                     Samuel Williams

June 1, 1884: Emergent Communication

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge, along with visitors, gathered for the purpose of conducting Masonic Funeral Services for the departed Brother John Gordon.  The Brethren formed a procession from the Lodge and marched to the residence of the late Brother Gordon, where Services were performed in due and ancient form.  They then accompanied the body to the place of interment, where graveside ceremonies were performed.  Acting as pall bearers were Brothers T. E. Wight, N. F. Pierson, J. S. Calkins, Samuel Angus, S. G. Ford, and Samuel Williams.

June 25, 1884: St. John's Day Celebration

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge held a public entertainment for the purpose of celebrating St. John's Day.  Many Brethren from Genoa Lodge, with their families, turned out in support of this event which was a huge success.  Coincedentally, a celebration in the year 1884 cost approximately $4.83.

July 1, 1884: Stated Meeting

Brother Samuel Williams, Tyler of Genoa Lodge, gifted to the Lodge a large Masonic Square and Compasses, which was hung on the front of the Hall.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 34 Brethren. 

1884-1885 Masonic Year

December 16, 1884: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               John Stevens

Senior Warden:                     Wesley Shaner

Junior Warden:                     W. R. Harpster

Secretary:                              Sherman G. Ford

Treasurer:                             Conrad Geiger

Senior Deacon:                     H. A. Bowland

Junior Deacon:                     W. E. Wood

Senior Steward:                    W. S. Bowland

Junior Steward:                    James M. Gallup

Tyler:                                     Samuel Williams

June 2, 1885: Stated Meeting

Brother H. A. Bowland, the current Senior Deacon, owned the building in which the Lodge was currently meeting.  He reported to the Lodge that the building could be purchased for the cost of $1,200.00.  The Master appointed a committee to investigate the possibility of purchasing the Hall from Brother Bowland.

July 7, 1885: Stated Meeting

The Lodge voted in approval of purchasing the Hall from Brother Bowland, as long as the Finance Committee could come up with the funds to purchase it.

August 4, 1885: Stated Meeting

The Finance Committee reported that it could not find a way to come up with the appropriate funds to purchase the Hall.  The Master discharged the committee, and the Lodge continued to pay rent to Brother Bowland for the use of the Hall.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 37 Brethren. 

1885-1886 Masonic Year

December 15, 1885: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Wesley Shaner

Senior Warden:                     W. R. Harpster

Junior Warden:                     L. W. Gaddis

Secretary:                              Sherman G. Ford

Treasurer:                             T. P. Taylor

Senior Deacon:                     H. A. Bowland

Junior Deacon:                     James M. Gallup

Senior Steward:                    W. E. Wood

Junior Steward:                    J. Cook

Tyler:                                      Samuel Williams

May 18, 1886: Stated Meeting

The Lodge was still having many difficulties with Brethren being suspended for non-payment of dues, and a motion, having been held over from a previous meeting, was on the table to reduce the annual dues to $2.00 per year in hopes of making it more affordable for Brethren to keep their membership in Genoa Lodge.  This motion was carried, amending the By-Laws of the Lodge.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 37 Brethren. 

1886-1887 Masonic Year

December 21, 1886: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Wesley Shaner

Senior Warden:                     W. R. Harpster

Junior Warden:                      W. E. Wood

Secretary:                               Sherman G. Ford

Treasurer:                              T. P. Taylor

Senior Deacon:                      H. A. Bowland

Junior Deacon:                      John Elkington, Jr.

Senior Steward:                     Samuel Angus

Junior Steward:                     J. S. Calkins

Tyler:                                       Samuel Williams

April 23, 1887: Special Meeting

The Entered Apprentice Degree was conferred on Mr. H. H. Fassett.  The Lodge had been hurting for membership in the last few years, and Mr. Fassett was the first candidate in quite some time.

June 7, 1887: Stated Meeting

A petition was presented for first reading on behalf of Mr. Charles E. Baker.  Brother Baker would go on to be a prominent member of Genoa Lodge, serving as Master six times between the years of 1890-1913.

July 5, 1887: Stated Meeting

A petition was presented for first reading on behalf of Mr. Phillip E. Manner.  Brother Manner would go on to be a prominent member of Genoa Lodge, serving as master five times between the years of 1900-1906.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 43 Brethren. 

1887-1888 Masonic Year

December 20, 1887: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Wesley Shaner

Senior Warden:                     L. W. Gaddis

Junior Warden:                     Charles E. Baker

Secretary:                              Sherman G. Ford

Treasurer:                             T. P. Taylor

Senior Deacon:                     H. A. Bowland

Junior Deacon:                     Phillip E. Manner

Senior Steward:                    C. Braunschweiger

Junior Steward:                    W. L. Habbeler

Tyler:                                      E. Meyers

 

After a great year the previous year in which the Lodge added several new candidates, each of them very promising (many of those candidates would go on to be Master), the Lodge had another difficult year.  No new candidates had petitioned the Lodge, and the Lodge again was faced with suspending many Brethren for non-payment of dues.  In addition, the Hall ownership had passed from Brother H. A. Bowland to Brother C. Braunschweiger, and the Lodge was doing its best to pay its quarterly rent.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 44 Brethren. 

1888-1889 Masonic Year

December 18, 1888: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Wesley Shaner

Senior Warden:                     Charles E. Baker

Junior Warden:                      W. L. Habbeler

Secretary:                               Sherman G. Ford

Treasurer:                              T. P. Taylor

Senior Deacon:                      H. A. Bowland

Junior Deacon:                      Joseph Long

Senior Steward:                     W. S. Bowland

Junior Steward:                     B. J. Harford

Tyler:                                       E. Meyers

This is the first mention of there being Oyster Stew at the Annual Installation of Officers.  Oyster Stew being served at the annual meeting is a tradition of Genoa Lodge, one that continues to this day.

March 5, 1889: Stated Meeting

A petition for initiation was presented for first reading on behalf of Mr. George S. Richards.  Brother Richards would go on to be a prominent member of Genoa Lodge, serving as Master five times between the years of 1895-1904.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 44 Brethren. 

1890s

1889-1890 Masonic Year

December 17, 1889: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Charles E. Baker

Senior Warden:                      W. L. Habbeler

Junior Warden:                      James M. Gallup

Secretary:                               Sherman G. Ford

Treasurer:                              T. P. Taylor

Senior Deacon:                      George S. Richards

Junior Deacon:                      Volney E. Shaner

Senior Steward:                     W. S. Bowland

Junior Steward:                     E. Meyers

Tyler:                                       Samuel Williams

May 20, 1890: Stated Meeting

WB Wesley Shaner stood in as Master and reported that the current Worshipful Master, Charles E. Baker, had been taken seriously ill recently.  WB Baker would miss several weeks of meetings, and the Lodge voted to employ a nurse to take care of WB Baker until he saw fit to return.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 49 Brethren. 

1890-1891 Masonic Year

December 16, 1890: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Charles E. Baker

Senior Warden:                     H. A. Bowland

Junior Warden:                      John Stevens

Secretary:                               Phillip E. Manner

Treasurer:                              Conrad Geiger

Senior Deacon:                      George S. Richards

Junior Deacon:                      W. R. Harpster

Senior Steward:                     W. S. Bowland

Junior Steward:                     L. W. Gaddis

Tyler:                                       Samuel Williams

This meeting also saw an amendment added to the By-Laws of the Grand Lodge of Ohio Code, which required each district to have a District Lecturer.  These Lecturers had been in use prior to this change in Code, but no provision in the Grand Lodge Code had been made until now.  These Lecturers served as the first officers to inspect Lodges to make sure they were not in violation to the Grand Lodge Codes and Rituals.  These officers are still used by the Grand Lodge of Ohio, but they are now titled District Deputy Grand Masters (DDGMs).

June 2, 1891: Stated Meeting

A communication was read from the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, regarding New England Lodge #4 (Worthington, OH).  The Lodge's charter was temporarily taken by the Grand Lodge of Ohio, and a list of all its members was sent to every Ohio Lodge, forbidding Lodges to accept any of these men into their memberships until such a time as the conflict was resolved.  There are no details on this situation in the minutes, nor could I find any on the internet, but the charter of New England #4 was eventually reinstated.  New England #4 is one of the oldest Lodges west of the Allegheney Mountains.

June 20, 1891: Emergent Communication

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge gathered for the purpose of performing Masonic Funeral Services for their departed Brother and Senior Warden, H. A. Bowland.  Brother Bowland, in addition to serving many years as an officer, also once owned the building where the Lodge met.  He was reportedly well liked by all the Brethren of Genoa Lodge.  The position of Senior Warden was filled in by others for the remainder of the year, mainly by WB Wesley Shaner, as the Lodge did not want to elect another Senior Warden for the remaining few months of the Masonic Year.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 54 Brethren. 

1891-1892 Masonic Year

December 8, 1891: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Charles E. Baker

Senior Warden:                     George S. Richards

Junior Warden:                      E. F. Gregg

Secretary:                               Phillip E. Manner

Treasurer:                              Conrad Geiger

Senior Deacon:                      W. F. Truman

Junior Deacon:                      John Busch

Senior Steward:                     L. W. Gaddis

Junior Steward:                     John Stevens

Tyler:                                       W. S. Bowland

January 27, 1892: Emergent Communication

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge assembled and marched to the home of their late Brother J. S. Calkins, who passed away at the age of 73, for the purpose of conducting Masonic Funeral Services.  The services were performed at the residence of Brother J. S. Calkins, and the Lodge accompanied the body to its final resting place.  Brother Calkins was a very active member of Genoa Lodge, serving as an officer on several occasions.  Also, Brother John Tiplady, 64 years of age, also passed away in the same week, and although Masonic Services were not conducted, he was also an active member of the Lodge, having been the first candidate to be raised to the degree of Master Mason by Genoa Lodge.

May 17, 1892: Stated Meeting

Two communications were read from Most Worshipful Brother Levi C. Goodale, Grand Master of Masons in Ohio.  The first ordered all subordinate Lodges in Ohio to drape the altar in mourning for sixty days in memory of the late Right Worshipful Brother William F. Baldwin, Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge, who had passed away around that time.  The second communication warned Brethren to vouch for any visiting Brother, or to have them prove themselves as Masons before admitting them into Lodge.  Men had been admitted into Lodges after they claimed they were Masons of "Franklin Lodge" of Columbus, Ohio, but were in fact not Masons.  The Grand Master also created a Test Oath, which Masons were supposed to recite before being admitted as a visitor to any Lodge.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 51 Brethren. 

1892-1893 Masonic Year

December 20, 1892: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Conrad Geiger

Senior Warden:                     George S. Richards

Junior Warden:                      E. F. Gregg

Secretary:                               Phillip E. Manner

Treasurer:                              W. R. Harpster

Senior Deacon:                      John Stevens

Junior Deacon:                      John Busch

Senior Steward:                     L. W. Gaddis

Junior Steward:                     B. T. Harford

Tyler:                                       W. S. Bowland

August 17, 1893: Annual Inspection

20 Brethren of Genoa Lodge, with one visitor, gathered in the Lodge room for the purpose of the Annual Inspection of Genoa Lodge.  The District Lecturer, Clifford G. Ballou of Wakeman Lodge #522, reviewed the Secretary's and the Treasurer's books, as well as inspecting the Lodge's exemplification of the Master Mason Degree, which was reported on favorably.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 53 Brethren. 

1893-1894 Masonic Year

December 19, 1893: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               John Stevens

Senior Warden:                     E. F. Gregg

Junior Warden:                     Joseph Ling

Secretary:                              Phillip E. Manner

Treasurer:                              H. R. Harpster

Senior Deacon:                     George S. Richards

Junior Deacon:                      John Busch

Senior Steward:                    John H. Bowman

Junior Steward:                     John W. Doty

Tyler:                                       W. S. Bowland

September 18, 1894: Stated Meeting

A petition was presented for a new Lodge to be located in East Toledo.  The petition asked the Brethren of Genoa Lodge for permission to create this new Lodge, and one of its sponsors was WB Henry Randcamp (PM, 1877).  WB Randcamp demitted from Genoa Lodge the same meeting, in order to become a member of this new Lodge, along with brother D. E. McIntyre.  Genoa Lodge eventually granted permission and a new Lodge was set up.  A year later, the Grand Lodge of Ohio granted a Charter to Yondota Lodge #572, the first of three Lodges to meet in East Toledo (Lotus #625 and Port Lawrence #685 would later meet in the same building as Yondota).  These three Lodges had a rich history in Toledo, and in 2004, the three merged and became Paragon #788 and now meet in Millbury.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 49 Brethren. 

1894-1895 Masonic Year

January 1, 1895: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               George S. Richards

Senior Warden:                      B. T. Harford

Junior Warden:                      Joseph Ling

Secretary:                               Phillip E. Manner

Treasurer:                               H. R. Harpster

Senior Deacon:                      Wesley Shaner

Junior Deacon:                       D. J. Black

Senior Steward:                      W. S. Bowland

Junior Steward:                      George Green

Tyler:                                        John W. Doty

June 4, 1895: Emergent Communication

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge gathered at the residence of their late Brother L. W. Gaddis, for the purpose of conducting Masonic Funeral Services.  Brother Gaddis was a very active member of Genoa Lodge, serving as a Steward for many years.

September 17, 1895: Stated Meeting

After several years of relative financial success, the Lodge was faced again with Brethren who were unable to pay dues.  During this year, several Brethren were suspended for non-payment of dues, including Brothers Joseph Ling (the Junior Warden) and J. W. Doty (the Tyler).  They were eventually reinstated after their dues were paid.  The Lodge also was having some difficulty, and contacted the new owner of the Hall to see if their rent could not be reduced to relieve some of the financial burden.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 42 Brethren. 

1895-1896 Masonic Year

December 17, 1895: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               John Stevens

Senior Warden:                     B. T. Harford

Junior Warden:                      John Busch

Secretary:                              Phillip E. Manner

Treasurer:                              H. R. Harpster

Senior Deacon:                     Charles E. Baker

Junior Deacon:                      Sherman G. Ford

Senior Steward:                     S. G. Stage

Junior Steward:                     George Green

Tyler:                                       John W. Doty

July 21, 1896: Stated Meeting

It was with much sadness that the Master reported the death of WB William Humlong, who was a Past Master of Genoa Lodge in 1875.  WB Humlong was very active in Genoa Lodge throughout his life, serving as an officer many times, in addition to being Master.  WB John Stevens appointed a committee to draft resolutions on his death, and ordered a copy to be delivered to the family, as WB Humlong's family did not request Masonic Funeral Services.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 44 Brethren. 

1896-1897 Masonic Year

December 15, 1896: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               John Stevens

Senior Warden:                     Sherman G. Ford

Junior Warden:                      John Busch

Secretary:                              Phillip E. Manner

Treasurer:                              George S. Richards

Senior Deacon:                     S. H. Ralph

Junior Deacon:                      J. Henry Bahnsen

Senior Steward:                    Volney E. Shaner

Junior Steward:                     W. S. Bowland

Tyler:                                      George Green

 

There were no major events to speak of in the 1896-1897 Masonic year.  Genoa Lodge was busy with conferring degrees on candidates, and the finances were on an upswing.  There were some disputes throughout the year, however, on several candidates.  It used to be that Lodge's had set jurisdictions, and candidates could only join the Lodge in whose jurisdiction they lived.  Therefore, the Lodge had to make sure the candidates lived in the jurisdiction of Genoa Lodge.  Also,  there were no meetings between September 7 and December 7.  There is no reason given in the minutes for this absence.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 42 Brethren. 

1897-1898 Masonic Year

December 21, 1897: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               George S. Richards

Senior Warden:                     Phillip E. Manner

Junior Warden:                     J. Henry Bahnsen

Secretary:                              Sherman G. Ford

Treasurer:                              B. J. Harford

Senior Deacon:                     S. H. Ralph

Junior Deacon:                     W. S. Bowland

Senior Steward:                    John Stevens

Junior Steward:                    John W. Doty

Tyler:                                      George W. Green

March 1, 1898: Stated Meeting

The ownership of the Hall in which Genoa Lodge met had changed hands once again, and the new owner was Clay Lodge #584, International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF).  The Odd Fellows had been sharing the hall with Genoa Lodge for quite a few years, but in this past year, they had purchased the building, but kept Genoa Lodge's rent low, as a gesture of fraternal relations.  The International Order of Odd Fellows is a fraternal and social organization that still exists today, but Clay Lodge has since closed.

June 7, 1898: Stated Meeting

The District Lecturer, RWB J. M. Bessey, was on hand to inspect the Lodge's records, and to give the Lodge a short lecture, followed by a short speech from WB Joshua E. Curtice.

July 15, 1898: Emergent Communication

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge gathered for the purposes of conducting Masonic Funeral Services for their late Brother Samuel Angus, who had passed away the previous day at the age of 69.  Brother Angus was a very active member of the Lodge, serving as an officer many times.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 41 Brethren. 

1898-1899 Masonic Year

December 20, 1898: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               George S. Richards

Senior Warden:                     Phillip E. Manner

Junior Warden:                     J. Henry Bahnsen

Secretary:                              Sherman G. Ford

Treasurer:                              Benjamin T. Harford

Senior Deacon:                     Conrad Geiger

Junior Deacon:                      Wilson S. Bowland

Tyler:                                      George W. Green

No Stewards were appointed this year.

December 31, 1898: Emergent Communication

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge gathered at the home of their late Brother Samuel Williams, who had passed away two days earlier.  They performed Masonic Funeral Services at his home, and then accompanied the body to the cemetary where it was interred with Masonic Honors.  Brother Williams was an active member of the Lodge, serving as Tyler for many years.

April 4, 1899: Stated Meeting

Having laid over from a previous meeting, a motion was presented before the Lodge proposing to raise Lodge dues from $2.00 to $3.00 per year.  The Lodge had been struggling to pay its various bills, and it was deemed necessary to raise dues.  The motion was defeated by a close vote, however.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 41 Brethren. 

1900s

1899-1900 Masonic Year

December 19, 1899: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Phillip E. Manner

Senior Warden:                     J. Henry Bahnsen

Junior Warden:                      John Stevens

Secretary:                              L. D. Gregg

Treasurer:                              B. T. Harford

Senior Deacon:                     George S. Richards

Junior Deacon:                      John Busch

Senior Steward:                     W. S. Bowland

Junior Steward:                     George W. Green

Tyler:                                       Sherman G. Ford

February 20, 1900: Stated Meeting

A petition for initiation was presented for first reading on behalf of Mr. James L. Stevens, son of WB John L. Stevens.  Brother Stevens would become an active member of the Lodge, serving as Master in 1907.

June 19, 1900: Stated Meeting

The Master was saddened to announce the death of WB John Stevens, who had served Genoa Lodge as Master seven times, most recently in 1897.  Masonic Services were not recorded in the minutes.  His death occured as his son, James L. Stevens, was taking his degrees in the Lodge.

October 16, 1900: Stated Meeting

The Master was saddened to announce the death of Brother L. D. Gregg, the Lodge's current Secretary.  Brother Gregg was extremely active in the Lodge, serving as the first Secretary of Genoa Lodge, and also serving in the same station off and on for the next thirty years.  WB Manner appointed Brother S. G. Ford as Secretary to replace him until the next election, and Brother George Green as Tyler to replace Brother Ford.

November 4, 1900: Emergent Communication

The sad trend of losing important members continued for the Lodge, and the Brethren gathered at the home of the late Worshipful Brother, Joshua E. Curtice, to conduct Masonic funeral services.  WB Curtice was instrumental in setting up Genoa Lodge, serving as its first Worshipful Master, and serving as Master a total of seven times, most recently in 1881.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 42 Brethren. 

1900-1901 Masonic Year

December 18, 1900: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Phillip E. Manner

Senior Warden:                     Stephen H. Ralph

Junior Warden:                     Henry Bahnsen

Treasurer:                              B. T. Harford

Secretary:                              George S. Richards

Senior Deacon:                     Conrad Geiger

Junior Deacon:                      John Busch

Tyler:                                      John W. Doty

February 19, 1901: Stated Meeting

The Worshipful Master announced the death of WB Conrad Geiger, who passed away in Florida on January 22, 1901 at the age of 66.  WB Geiger was currently serving the Lodge as Senior Deacon, and had served the Lodge as Worshipful Master three times.

July 2, 1901: Stated Meeting

Due to lack of attendance, there were very few meetings during this year.  The Master ordered a discussion to be taken up as to whether the Lodge should continue meeting or disband.  The Brethren voted to continue meeting.

September 3, 1901: Stated Meeting

Adding to the financial woes of the Lodge, the owners of the Lodge building (Clay Lodge, International Order of Odd Fellows) doubled the quarterly rent from $16 to $32 per quarter.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 34 Brethren. 

1901-1902 Masonic Year

December 17, 1901: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were duly installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Phillip E. Manner

Senior Warden:                     B. T. Harford

Junior Warden:                     A. C. White

Treasurer:                              Wesley Shaner

Secretary:                              J. Henry Bahnsen

Senior Deacon:                     James L. Stevens

Junior Deacon:                     John Busch

Tyler:                                      John W. Doty

January 18, 1902: Emergent Communication

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge gathered to mourn the death of Brother Nathan F. Pierson, who had been a very active member of the Lodge, serving in various offices throughout his life.  Masonic Memorial Services were conducted, and Brothers John Elkington, John Busch, Henry Bahnsen, and WB's George S. Richards and Charles E. Baker served as pall bearers.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 34 Brethren. 

1902-1903 Masonic Year

January 20, 1903: Annual Installation of Officers

Acting under a dispensation from MWB William A. Belt, Grand Master of Ohio, Genoa Lodge held elections and installations later than normal, and the following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               George S. Richards

Senior Warden:                     James L. Stevens

Junior Warden:                     W. S. Bowland

Treasurer:                              Wesley Shaner

Secretary:                               Phillip E. Manner

Senior Deacon:                     John Busch

Junior Deacon:                      John W. Doty

Tyler:                                      George Green

The Lodge membership continued to decline, and meetings were often only held once per month due to lack of attendance.  The Lodge also continued to struggle financially.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 35 Brethren. 

1903-1904 Masonic Year

December 1, 1903: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               George S. Richards

Senior Warden:                     B. T. Harford

Junior Warden:                      John Busch

Treasurer:                              Wesley Shaner

Secretary:                               Phillip E. Manner*

Senior Deacon:                      Emmit Bowland

Junior Deacon:                      Ewalt Hansen

Tyler:                                       John W. Doty

* E. A. Powers was originally elected Lodge Secretary, but declined to serve, so WB Manner was elected in his place.

September 20, 1904: Stated Meeting

A petition for initiation was presented for first reading for Mr. Charles F. Coleman.  Mr. Coleman would be elected to membership the following meeting, and would go on to serve Genoa Lodge as Master in 1908, 1909, and 1910.

Genoa Lodge made a substantial turnaround this year, with many petitions for membership coming in (all of which were accepted).  The finances also improved, and several improvements to the Lodge room were made.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 41 Brethren. 

1904-1905 Masonic Year

January 17, 1905: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Phillip E. Manner

Senior Warden:                     Ralph S. Sloan

Junior Warden:                     Walter Camper

Treasurer:                              E. A. Powers

Secretary:                              Arb Null

Senior Deacon:                     Emmit Bowland

Junior Deacon:                      Wallace Gallup

Tyler:                                      John W. Doty

October 26, 1905: Annual Communication of The Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star of Ohio:

A charter was granted to Gertrude Chapter #219, Order of the Eastern Star, and they were permitted to meet in the Lodge Hall.  According to the original authors of the Genoa Lodge History, the Brothers and Sisters of Gertrude Chapter were of great assistance in their early years, and continued to be until they eventually merged with Greenville Chapter, Pemberville, in 1997.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 46 Brethren. 

1905-1906 Masonic Year

December 5, 1905: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Phillip E. Manner

Senior Warden:                     B. T. Harford

Junior Warden:                     Charles F. Coleman

Treasurer:                              E. A. Powers

Secretary:                              George S. Richards

Senior Deacon:                     R. Sloan

Junior Deacon:                     Rolla W. Whitinger

Tyler:                                      John W. Doty

January 2, 1906: Stated Meeting

A petition for initiation was presented for first reading on behalf of Mr. Ralph H. Utoff.  Brother Utoff quickly became active in Genoa Lodge, serving as Master in 1918.

December 5, 1906: Stated Meeting

The Lodge voted to purchase a gas stove for five dollars to replace the coal and wood stoves they had been using.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 41 Brethren. 

1906-1907 Masonic Year

January 8, 1907: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               James L. Stevens

Senior Warden:                     Charles F. Coleman

Junior Warden:                      Charles D. Dodge

Treasurer:                              B. T. Harford

Secretary:                               Ralph H. Utoff

Senior Deacon:                      L. K. Chambers

Junior Deacon:                      Rolla W. Whitinger

Senior Steward:                     James M. Gallup

Junior Steward:                     John Busch

Tyler:                                       John W. Doty

March 7, 1907: Emergent Communication

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge gathered to mourn the death of Brother Sherman G. Ford, who was a very active member of Genoa Lodge, serving as secretary off and on for many years.  The Brethren accompanied the body from Brother Ford's home to Methodist Episcopal Church where Masonic Services were performed.

March 19, 1907: Stated Meeting

A petition for initiation was presented for a first reading on behalf of Mr. Bertram (Burt) A. Bell.  Bell would go on to become very active in Genoa Lodge, serving as Master in 1920.

April 2, 1907: Stated Meeting

A communication from MWB Horace A. Irvin, Grand Master of Ohio, was read in which he ordered all Lodges in Ohio to drape their Altars for a period of sixty days in memory of MWB Charles A. Woodward, Past Grand Master of Ohio, who had recently passed away.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 45 Brethren. 

1907-1908 Masonic Year

January 23, 1908: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Charles F. Coleman

Senior Warden:                     James M. Gallup*

Junior Warden:                      Henry Bahnsen

Treasurer:                              B. T. Harford

Secretary:                              Phillip E. Manner

Senior Deacon:                     George S. Richards

Junior Deacon:                      L. K. Chambers

Tyler:                                      John W. Doty

*Charles D. Dodge was originally elected to Senior Warden, but he declined to serve, so a second election was ordered, and Brother Gallup was elected.

September 15, 1908: Stated Meeting

A petition for initiation was presented for first reading on behalf of Mr. Albert F. Camper.  During his tenure as a member of Genoa lodge, he was extremely active, serving as Master on three separate occasions.  He also rented us a Lodge room above his store, and Genoa Lodge still meets there to this day (the Lodge now owns the building).  He is also credited with raising 105 Master Masons during his lifetime, a record number that still stands to this day.

October 20, 1908: Emergent Communication

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge gathered to mourn the death of Brother W. S. Bowland, who had passed away two days prior.  Brother Bowland was a very active member of the Lodge, serving as Senior Deacon for many years.  Masonic Services were performed at his residence.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 54 Brethren. 

1908-1909 Masonic Year

December 29, 1908: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Brethren were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Charles F. Coleman

Senior Warden:                     Henry Bahnsen

Junior Warden:                     Charles Powers

Treasurer:                              B. T. Harford

Secretary:                              Phillip E. Manner

Senior Deacon:                     Ralph Utoff

Junior Deacon:                     John Werner

Senior Steward:                    Albert F. Camper

Junior Steward:                    Fred Whitinger

Tyler:                                      Walter Camper

 

January 19, 1909: Stated Meeting

A communication was read from Portage Lodge #351 in Elmore, OH inviting the Brethren of Genoa Lodge to a Dedication Ceremony of their Lodge Room.  The ceremony was presided over by MWB Charles S. Hoskinson, Grand Master of Ohio, and was well attended by the Brethren of Genoa.  On an unrelated note, MWB Hoskinson, during his year as Grand Master, was responsible for making the then President of the United States, William Howard Taft, a Mason at sight.  Brother Taft went on to join Kilwinning Lodge #356.  MWB Hoskinson also mysteriously vanished around 1926 and was never found.  For more information on MWB Hoskinson, see the Past Grand Masters section on www.freemason.com.

 

March 10, 1909: Annual Inspection

Genoa Lodge was inspected by RWB T. S. O'Hara, District Lecturer, and a Past Master of Rubicon Lodge #237, who reported favorably on the meeting. 

 

May 15, 1909: Stated Meeting

A committee was formed to discuss leasing options with Brother Albert F. Camper, who had recently purchased a two story building and opened a store on the ground floor.  These plans would lead to fruition, and Genoa Lodge would move into Camper's building.  As of today, Genoa Lodge still meets in the same building, and the Lodge currently owns it.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 51 Brethren. 

1910s

1909-1910 Masonic Year

January 11, 1910: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Brethren were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Charles F. Coleman

Senior Warden:                     Ewaldt Hansen

Junior Warden:                     Walter Camper

Treasurer:                              B. T. Harford

Secretary:                              George S. Richards

Senior Deacon:                     Phillip E. Manner

Junior Deacon:                     James M. Gallup

Steward:                                Burt A. Bell

Tyler:                                      Albert F. Camper

 

February 15, 1910: Special Meeting

This was the first meeting in which Genoa Lodge met in Albert F. Camper's building, although it was not in a good enough condition to hold stated meetings. Genoa Lodge has continuously met in this building for over 100 years. 

 

March 10, 1910: Stated Meeting

A petition for initiation was read on behalf of Mr. John E. Brunner.  WB Brunner was an integral part of Genoa Lodge, serving as Master twice in 1914-1915.  He was also an important member of the Genoa Community, and Brunner Elementary School was named in his honor.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 57 Brethren. 

1910-1911 Masonic Year

December 10, 1910: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Charles E. Baker

Senior Warden:                     Ewaldt Hansen

Junior Warden:                     John E. Brunner

Treasurer:                              Rolla W. Whitinger

Secretary:                              Ralph H. Utoff

Senior Deacon:                     Phillip E. Manner

Junior Deacon:                     Albert F. Camper

Senior Steward:                    W. A. Gallup

Junior Steward:                    John Bush

Tyler:                                      J. Henry Bahnsen

 

May 16, 1911: Annual Inspection

The Brethren gathered for the purpose of the Annual Inspection, and to raise Brother O. C. Gall to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.  The Lodge was inspected by RWB H. F. Meiling, District Lecturer of the 11th District, who reported favorably on the evening.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 55 Brethren. 

1911-1912 Masonic Year

January 2, 1912: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Charles E. Baker

Senior Warden:                     John E. Brunner

Junior Warden:                     J. E. Frazier

Treasurer:                              James M. Gallup

Secretary:                              Ralph H. Uthoff

Senior Deacon:                     Albert F. Camper

Junior Deacon:                     J. Henry Bahnsen

Senior Steward:                    John Bush

Junior Steward:                    Charles F. Coleman

Tyler:                                      W. A. Gallup

 

January 16, 1912: Stated Meeting

A petition for initiation was read on behalf of Mr. James A. Hennen.  Mr. Hennen would later be elected to membership, and would serve Genoa Lodge as Master in 1919.

 

April 12, 1912: Special Meeting

A Special Meeting was called for the purpose of conferring the Master Mason degree upon Brother James A. Hennen.  The officers of Genoa Lodge presided in the First Section of the Degree, whereupon the Brethren of Portage Lodge #351 of Elmore, OH stepped in for the Second Section of the Degree.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 60 Brethren. 

1912-1913 Masonic Year

December 3, 1912: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Charles E. Baker*

Senior Warden:                     J. E. Frazier

Junior Warden:                     L. E. Hesser

Treasurer:                              James M. Gallup

Secretary:                              Ralph H. Utoff

Senior Deacon:                     Albert F. Camper

Junior Deacon:                     R. M. Strohl

Senior Steward:                   James A. Hennen

Junior Steward:                   James L. Stevens

Tyler:                                     W. A. Gallup

*Note: John E. Brunner was originally elected Worshipful Master, but due to unexplained cirucumstances, he was unable to serve.  WB Charles E. Baker was elected and installed in his place.

 

March 18, 1913: Stated Meeting

A petition for initiation was read on behalf of Bernard B. Gardner.  Mr. Gardner would later be elected, and would serve Genoa Lodge as Master in 1922.

 

May 20, 1913: Annual Inspection

19 Brethren of Genoa Lodge, with 2 visitors, gathered in the Lodge for the purpose of the Annual Inspection, and to witness the raising of Brother Bernard B. Gardner to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.  The Lodge was inspected by RWB Brocklebank (no first name given), District Lecturer of the 11th District, who reported favorably on the Degree work and gave a short talk about Masonry.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 67 Brethren. 

1913-1914 Masonic Year

December 11, 1913: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               John E. Brunner

Senior Warden:                     Albert F. Camper

Junior Warden:                     W. A. Dolph

Treasurer:                              L. E. Hesser

Secretary:                              Bernard B. Gardner

Senior Deacon:                     James A. Hennen

Junior Deacon:                     W. A. Burgoon

Senior Steward:                    Ralph H. Utoff

Junior Steward:                    James M. Gallup

Tyler:                                     John Bush

 

March 3, 1914: Stated Meeting

A petition for initiation was read on behalf of Mr. James H. Hesser. He would later go on to serve Genoa Lodge as Master in 1921.

 

October 20, 1914: Stated Meeting

A petition for initiation was presented for first reading on behalf of Mr. Charles A. Taylor.  He would later be elected to membership, and go on to serve Genoa Lodge as Master in 1924.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 79 Brethren. 

1914-1915 Masonic Year

December 15, 1914: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               John E. Brunner

Senior Warden:                     Albert F. Camper

Junior Warden:                     W. A. Dolph

Treasurer:                              L. E. Hesser

Secretary:                              Bernard B. Gardner

Senior Deacon:                     James A. Hennen

Junior Deacon:                     H. Vine

Senior Steward:                    Ralph H. Utoff

Junior Steward:                    James M. Gallup

Tyler:                                      John Busch

 

January 5, 1915: Stated Meeting

A petition for initiation was presented for first reading on behalf of Mr. John Clyde Doty.  Mr. Doty would quickly become active in Genoa Lodge, serving as Master in 1923.

 

May 18, 1915: Stated Meeting

A petition for initiation was presented for first reading on behalf of Mr. Harvey A. Tank.  Mr. Tank would later be elected to membership, and would go on to serve Genoa Lodge as Master in 1930 and 1931.

 

July 13, 1915: Emergent Communication

The Brethren of Genoa gathered to conduct Masonic services at the home of their late Brother John W. Doty.  Brother Doty was very active in Genoa Lodge, serving as Tyler for many years.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 99 Brethren. 

1915-1916 Masonic Year

January 4, 1916: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Albert F. Camper

Senior Warden:                     Ralph H. Utoff

Junior Warden:                     James A. Hennen

Treasurer:                              L. E. Hesser

Secretary:                              Bernard B. Gardner

Senior Deacon:                     H. Vine

Junior Deacon:                     James McLargin

Senior Steward:                    James M. Gallup

Junior Steward:                    J. Strohl

Tyler:                                      John Busch

 

September 5, 1916: Stated Meeting

Resolutions of Respect were read in open Lodge in memory of their late Brother W. A. Dolph.  Brother Dolph was a very active member of Genoa Lodge, serving in various offices for many years, most recently as Junior Warden in 1915.  The Worshipful Master ordered the Altar to be draped in mourning for a period of thirty days.

 

December 6, 1916: Special Event

The Officers and Brethren of Genoa Lodge attended the Annual Installation of Officers of Gertrude Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, which also met in the same building as Genoa Lodge.  The Brethren enjoyed the installation, and the program was well attended by Genoa Lodge.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 106 Brethren. 

1916-1917 Masonic Year

December 26, 1916: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Albert F. Camper

Senior Warden:                     Ralph H. Utoff

Junior Warden:                     James A. Hennen

Treasurer:                              L. E. Hesser

Secretary:                              Bernard B. Gardner

Senior Deacon:                     H. Vine

Junior Deacon:                     C. M. Agler

Senior Steward:                    James M. Gallup

Junior Steward:                    J. Strohl

Tyler:                                      John Busch

 

January 16, 1917: Stated Meeting

A petition for initiation was presented for first reading on behalf of Mr. George I. Cheney.  Mr. Cheney would later be elected to membership, and would serve Genoa Lodge as Master in 1933.

 

February 6, 1917: Stated Meeting

A petition for initiation was presented for first reading on behalf of Mr. Chester A. McLargin.  Mr. McLargin would later be elected to membership, and would serve Genoa Lodge as Master in 1940.

 

May 15, 1917: Stated Meeting

The Master appointed a Temple Building committee consisting of Brothers John Brunner, L.E. Hesser, Charles E. Baker, John Sorby, and P. Mortice.  On the advice of Brother L.K. Chambers, an attorney, a stock company was formed and incorporated under the state of Ohio, and it was named The Genoa Masonic Temple Company, with shares of its stock selling for $25.00 per share.  It fell by the wayside, and records are void as to what became of it as well as the money invested.

 

July 3, 1917: Stated Meeting

After many years of having dues set at $2.00 per year, the Brethren voted to raise dues to the sum of $4.00 per year.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 119 Brethren. 

1917-1918 Masonic Year

Note: The minutes for the 1917-1918 Masonic Year are very difficult to read.  As a result, some names may be misspelled on this page.

 

December 18, 1917: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Ralph H. Utoff

Senior Warden:                     James A. Hennen

Junior Warden:                     Howard Vice

Secretary:                              Bernard B. Gardner

Treasurer:                              Walter D. Skilliter

Senior Deacon:                     James H. Hesser

Junior Deacon:                     J. Clyde Doty

Tyler:                                      John Busch

 

January 19, 1918: Emergent Communication

An emergent communication was had to confer the last rites on Worshipful Brother Charles E. Baker, Past Master of Genoa Lodge in 1890, 1891, 1892, 1911, 1912, and 1913.  Eighteen Brethren formed a procession and marched from the Lodge to WB Baker's residence and conferred the Masonic Last Rites.  They then accompanied the body to its resting place in Woodville Cemetery.  Acting as pall bearers were Brothers John E. Brunner, J. Strohl, J. A. Hennen, Albert F. Camper, C. A. Powers, and L. Chambers.

 

January 22, 1918: Emergent Communication

The members of Genoa Lodge gathered with members of Pemberville Lodge #516 to confer Masonic Last Rites on Brother James S. Frazier, who was a member of Pemberville Lodge.  Brother Frazier's name appears numerous times in the records of Genoa Lodge, as he was a very frequent visitor.

 

November 7, 1918: Emergent Communication

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge gathered to mourn the passing of the current Worshipful Master, Ralph H. Uthoff, who had recently passed away.  Resolutions of Respect were read in open Lodge.  The current Senior Warden, Brother James A. Hennen, would serve out the rest of the Masonic year as Worshipful Master Pro Tem, until his election as Worshipful Master for the next Masonic year.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 125 Brethren. 

1918-1919 Masonic Year

Note: The minutes of the 1918-1919 Masonic Year are very difficult to read.  As a result, some of the names may be misspelled.

 

January 14, 1919: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               James A. Hennen

Senior Warden:                     Burt A. Bell

Junior Warden:                     James H. Hesser

Secretary:                              John Sorby

Treasurer:                             Walter D. Skilliter

Senior Deacon:                    J. Clyde Doty

Junior Deacon:                    Charles A. Taylor

Senior Steward:                   James M. Gallup

Junior Steward:                   George I. Cheney

Tyler:                                     John Busch

 

March 25, 1919: Annual Inspection

18 Brethren of Genoa Lodge gathered for the Annual Inspection, and to Initiate Mr. George Gillard Powers as an Entered Apprentice.  The Lodge was inspected by RWB Halley (no first name given) District Lecturer of the 11th Masonic District, who reported favorably on the business of the meeting.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 126 Brethren. 

1920s

1919-1920 Masonic Year

December 2, 1919: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year (no Stewards were appointed):

Worshipful Master:               Burt A. Bell

Senior Warden:                     James A. Hesser

Junior Warden:                     Bernard B. Gardner

Secretary:                              Earl F. Camper

Treasurer:                              Walter D. Skilliter

Senior Deacon:                     Charles A. Taylor

Junior Deacon:                     George I. Cheney

Tyler:                                      Ralph E. Camper

 

May 4, 1920: Stated Meeting

A petition for initiation was presented for first reading on behalf of Mr. Ralph Hugh McOuat, who would later be elected to membership.  Brother McOuat was one of the most active Masons from Genoa Lodge, becoming the only member of Genoa Lodge to serve as an officer of the AASR - Valley of Cleveland, and the first to receive the 33rd Degree from the Supreme Council, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.  He also served as Potentate of Al Koran Shriners in the Cleveland Area, and was an Honorary Member of dozens of Shrine Temples across the nation.  All of his honorary membership certificates, as well as his 33rd Degree certificate, are still on display at Genoa Lodge.

 

December 7, 1920: Stated Meeting

A communication was read from MWB John R. Flotron, Sr., Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, ordering Lodges to drape the Altar for a period of sixty days in memory of MWB Lewis Philip Schaus, Past Grand Master of Ohio, who had recently passed away.  MWB Schaus served as Grand Master in 1905.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 135 Brethren. 

1920-1921 Masonic Year

December 7, 1920: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               James H. Hesser

Senior Warden:                     Bernard B. Gardner

Junior Warden:                     J. Clyde Doty

Secretary:                              Earl F. Camper

Treasurer:                              Walter D. Skilliter

Senior Deacon:                     Charles A. Taylor

Junior Deacon:                     George I. Cheney

Senior Steward:                    James M. Gallup

Junior Steward:                    Burt A. Bell

Tyler:                                      Ralph E. Camper

 

February 1, 1921: Stated Meeting

After having been rejected for membership only weeks previously, Genoa Lodge elected Burt M. Dart to membership of Genoa Lodge.  Brother Dart would go on to serve Genoa Lodge as its Master in 1926.  During the same meeting, Mr. Dale S. Bumpus was elected to membership.  Worshipful Brother Bumpus would go on to be Master of Genoa Lodge in 1934.

March 15, 1921: Stated Meeting

46 Brethren were on hand to confer the Fellow Craft Degree on eleven candidates.  Brothers Burt M. Dart, Earl S. Britton, Albert F. Sahr, Thomas L. Scott, Ernest Riedeman, Walter Riedeman, Dale Bumpus, Andrew Young, Arthur Miller, Leroy Ford, and Ralph Meyers all received their Fellow Craft Degrees that night. (Note: In going through the minutes of Genoa Lodge, this is the single largest degree conferral I've ever come across.  It was common practice to confer 4 or 5 degrees in one day, but never have I seen 11 degrees in one meeting.  -Brother Mark Allred)

May 3, 1921: Stated Meeting

A ballot was had on Mr. Otto F. Camper, who was subsequently elected to membership.  Worshipful Brother Camper would go on to become Master of Genoa Lodge in 1925.

May 3, 1921: Annual Inspection

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge, with 2 visitors, gathered in the Lodge room for the Annual Inspection, and to witness the raising of Brother Joseph S. Mizner to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.  The Lodge was inspected by Otto H. Hohly, District Lecturer of the 11th Masonic District, who reported favorably on the business of the evening.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 163 Brethren. 

1921-1922 Masonic Year

December 6, 1921: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Brethren were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Bernard B. Gardner

Senior Warden:                     J. Clyde Doty

Junior Warden:                     Charles A. Taylor

Secretary:                              Earl F. Camper

Treasurer:                             Walter D. Skilliter

Senior Deacon:                     George I. Cheney

Junior Deacon:                     Charles Bailey

Senior Steward:                    Burt M. Dart

Junior Steward:                    Thomas L. Scott

Tyler:                                     John Reuman

 

April 4, 1922: Annual Inspection

The Lodge was inspected by the District Lecturer, RWB Otto H. Hohly, who reported favorably on the business of the evening.  68 Brethren of Genoa Lodge and 8 Visiting Brethren were in the Lodge room to witness Brother Gordon W. Skilliter being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.  As an interesting side note, Otto H. Hohly (of Rubicon Lodge #237, Toledo, OH) would go on to become Grand Master of Ohio in 1928.

August 24, 1922: Special Function

Genoa Lodge teamed up with Gertrude Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star to have a summer picnic.  The members reported that it was a great success.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 169 Brethren. 

1922-1923 Masonic Year

November 21, 1922: Annual Installation of Officers 

The following officers were installed to lead Genoa #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:              J. Clyde Doty

Senior Warden:                    Charles H. Bailey

Junior Warden:                    George I. Cheney

Treasurer:                             Walter D. Skilliter

Secretary:                             Earl F. Camper

Senior Deacon:                    Howard E. McLargin (later, Otto F. Camper elected)

Junior Deacon:                    Emil Johnson

Senior Steward:                   Thomas L. Scott

Junior Steward:                   Neill McDougal

Tyler:                                     Burt M. Dart

 

December 5, 1922: Stated Meeting

The committee investigating the petition of Samuel Floyd Angus reported favorable.  A ballot was had and Mr. Angus was declared elected to membership.  Brother Angus would later go on to become Worshipful Master of Genoa Lodge in 1928 and again in 1929.

February 3, 1923: Emergent Communication

An emergent communication of Genoa Lodge was opened to conduct Masonic Funeral Rites for Brother John Busch.  Brother Busch was a Tyler for Genoa Lodge in previous years.  The Lodge formed a procession and marched to St. John's Evangelical Church where the funeral oration was delivered by Brother Carl W. Sperling.  The body was then conveyed to Woodville Cemetery where the grave ceremony was given by Brother Sperling.  Acting as pall bearers were Brothers William Riedeman, A. F. Sahr, Charles Bailey, Oscar Stewart, Charles Taylor, and Peter Martin.

February 20, 1923: Stated Meeting

Senior Deacon Howard E. McLargin regularly resigned his office, being unable to regularly attend meetings.  A special election was had, and Brother Otto F. Camper was elected to Senior Deacon.

May 15, 1923: Annual Inspection

The Lodge was inspected by District Lecturer Leroy E. Eastman who reported favorably on the business of the evening.  54 Brethren of Genoa Lodge with 13 visiting Brethren witnessed Brother John Wesley Marshall being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 173 Brethren. 

1923-1924 Masonic Year

December 4, 1923: Annual Installation of Officers 

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Charles A. Taylor

Senior Warden:                     Otto F. Camper

Junior Warden:                      Thomas L. Scott

Secretary:                               Earl F. Camper

Treasurer:                              Walter D. Skilliter

Senior Deacon:                      Burt M. Dart

Junior Deacon:                      Valie C. Miller

Senior Steward:                     S. Floyd Angus

Junior Steward:                     Harry Nelson

Tyler:                                       Neill McDougal

 

January 15, 1924: Stated Meeting

Motions were made, seconded, and carried that the Lodge make some renovations to the club room as well as the Lodge room.  The Worshipful Master appointed a team to wallpaper the club room, and another to carpet the Lodge.  Carpet was purchased for around $300, and the Lodge had to sell their Liberty Bonds in order to pay for the renovations.

May 6, 1924: Annual Inspection

The Lodge was inspected by Brother Karl R. Irwin, representing Leroy E. Eastman, District Lecturer for the 11th Masonic District, who reported favorably on the business of the evening.  51 Brethren of Genoa Lodge and 6 Visiting Brethren were in the Lodge to witness Brother Voight N. Martin being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

October 7, 1924: Emergent Communication

65 Brethren of Genoa Lodge with 6 visiting Brethren, held an Emergent Communication for the purposes of holding Masonic Services for Worshipful Brother James L. Stevens, who was Past Master of Genoa Lodge in 1907.  The minutes from the meeting state that the Masonic funeral service oration was delivered by Brother Carl W. Sperling, and the grave ceremony given by Judge Sperling.  Brothers John E. Brunner, C. F. Coleman, H. E. Wight, Ewald Hansen, J. E. Frazier, and James McLargin acted as pall bearers in the service.  The following Resolutions of Respect accompanies the minutes for this meeting: "Once again a brother Mason, having completed the designs written for him on life's trestle board has passed through the portals of Eternity and entered the Grand Lodge of the New Jerusalem and hath received as his reward the white stone with the new name written thereon;  And, whereas the All-wise and Merciful Master of the Universe has called from labor to refreshments our beloved and respected brother, and he having been a true and faithful member of our Order, therefore be it resolved, that Genoa Lodge No. 433, F. & A.M. in testimony of her loss drape her charter in mourning for thirty days and that we tender to the family of our deceased brother our sincere condolence in their deep affliction.  Upon the wings of our sorrow there comes to us the sublime truth that Death is not the enemy of mankind, since He holds the Key to There.  In the midst of our pain 'Low in the heart faith singeth still her song,' and we are brought to know that behind the hill there lies the peace valley." 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 180 Brethren. 

1924-1925 Masonic Year

December 2, 1924: Annual Installation of Officers 

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Otto F. Camper

Senior Warden:                     Burt M. Dart

Junior Warden:                     Thomas L. Scott

Treasurer:                              John E. Brunner

Secretary:                              Earl F. Camper

Senior Deacon:                     Valie C. Miller

Junior Deacon:                     S. Floyd Angus

Senior Steward:                    Harry E. Nelson

Junior Steward:                    John W. Marshall

Tyler:                                      Walter D. Skilliter

 

February 17, 1925: Stated Meeting

Gertrude Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, was allowed by the Lodge to replace the gasoline stove in the kitchen for an updated oil stove, with the Chapter paying the difference from the trade in.

May 5, 1925: Annual Inspection

65 Brethren and 7 visitors gathered at Genoa Lodge for the Annual Inspection to witness Brother Paul O. David being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.  Brother Leroy E. Eastman, District Lecturer for the 11th Masonic District, Inspected the Lodge and reported favorably on the business for the evening.

May 18, 1925: Emergent Communication

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge met at the home of departed Brother John Elkington to conduct Masonic Services for their fallen Brother.  The funeral oration was delivered by Brother Carl W. Sperling, whereupon they took the remains to Woodville Cemetery, where the grave ceremony was given by Brother Sperling.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 184 Brethren. 

1925-1926 Masonic Year

December 1, 1925: Annual Installation of Officers 

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Burt M. Dart

Senior Warden:                     Thomas L. Scott

Junior Warden:                     Valie C. Miller

Treasurer:                              John E. Brunner

Secretary:                              Earl F. Camper

Chaplain:                               Paul O. David

Senior Deacon:                     S. Floyd Angus

Junior Deacon:                     John W. Marshall

Senior Steward:                    Walter Riedeman

Junior Steward:                    Leroy C. Grant

 

March 16, 1926: Annual Inspection

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge assembled for the Annual Inspection.  The Lodge was inspected by Worshipful Brother G. L. Frederich, Past Master of Damascus Lodge, who reported favorably on the business of the evening.  Brother Harley B. Kemp was passed to the degree of Fellow Craft in fine manner.

October 5, 1926: Stated Meeting

A special request was made of Genoa Lodge on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky that Genoa Lodge examine Brother J. S. Offut in the Entered Apprentice degree.  Brother Offut was initiated in Mt. Vernon Lodge #14, Georgetown, Kentucky.  Brother Offut successfully passed his examination, and due report was sent to the Grand Lodge of Kentucky.

October 19, 1926: Stated Meeting

The Lodge was visited by Brother Blatt from Perserverance Lodge #329, Sandusky, Ohio, and Brother Lewis from Mendon Lodge, Mendon, Ohio.  Both Brothers gave a few good remarks on the proceedings of Genoa Lodge that evening.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 185 Brethren. 

1926-1927 Masonic Year

Note: The Lodge minutes from the 1926-1927 Masonic year are very incomplete, with large gaps of months not being present.  This could be for a number of reasons.  The Lodge may have misplaced the minutes over the years, or they could have been kept in a separate book now lost, or there could have been a lack of attendance, making having meetings impossible (8 or more Brothers must be in attendance for a Lodge to be opened).  We can only speculate on the reasons for these gaps.

 

December 21, 1926: Annual Installation of Officers 

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Albert F. Camper

Senior Warden:                     S. Floyd Angus

Junior Warden:                     Valie C. Miller

Secretary:                              Earl F. Camper

Treasurer:                             John E. Brunner

Senior Deacon:                     Walter Riedeman

Junior Deacon:                     Lester H. Coleman

Senior Steward:                    B. W. Porter

Junior Steward:                    Ernest Riedeman

Tyler:                                      James A. Angus

 

May 17, 1927: Annual Inspection

36 Brethren from Genoa Lodge, along with 9 visitors, gathered in the Lodge for the Annual Inspection to witness Brother Otto W. Zunk being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.  The Lodge was inspected by RWB Louis Bartlett, who reported favorably on the business of the night.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 182 Brethren. 

1927-1928 Masonic Year

December 6, 1927: Annual Installation of Officers 

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year.

Worshipful Master:               S. Floyd Angus

Senior Warden:                     Valie C. Miller

Junior Warden:                     Harvey A. Tank

Treasurer:                              John E. Brunner

Secretary:                              Earl F. Camper

Senior Deacon:                     Lester H. Coleman

Junior Deacon:                     Harry E. Young

Senior Steward:                    Ernest Riedeman

Junior Steward:                    Fred N. Paulsen

Tyler:                                      James A. Angus

Chaplain:                               Rev. Paul O. David

 

December 20, 1927: Stated Meeting

RWB Louis Bartlett, District Lecturer for the 11th Masonic District, representing Most Worshipful Brother B. Frank Thomas, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio, gathered the Brethren of Genoa Lodge for the purpose of dedicating the Lodge Room of Genoa Lodge.  RWB Bartlett took the station of Acting Most Worshipful Grand Master, with Brethren from Genoa Lodge filling the stations of other Grand Lodge Officers.  The Lodge was dedicated in fine manner.

February 21, 1928: Stated Meeting

Brother Thomas L. Scott moved and Brother Andrew Young seconded that the Lodge purchase a gas heater for the Lodge.  The motion was carried and the Lodge, which had been operating on a coal furnace since moving to its present location, was now switched over to gas heat.  At that time, the monthly gas bill for the Lodge amounted to $1.90, which was much cheaper than having to purchase coal for around $15 dollars every two or three months.

Also, Brother Elwood Arthur Pinniger was elected to membership of Genoa Lodge.  Worshipful Brother Pinniger would later go on to become Worshipful Master of Genoa Lodge in 1939, as well as receiving a 50-year award on May 15, 1978.

May 1, 1928: Annual Inspection

42 Brethren of Genoa Lodge with 2 visitors gathered in the Lodge room for the Annual Inspection to witness Brother Ralph Riedeman being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.  The Lodge was inspected by RWB Louis Bartlett, District Lecturer for the 11th Masonic District, who reported favorably on the business of the evening.

October 16, 1928: Stated Meeting

In a previous meeting, Worshipful Brother Burt M. Dart proposed the Lodge dues be increased from $4.00 annually to $6.00.  A compromise was made and the Lodge raised the dues to $5.00 annually.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 184 Brethren. 

1928-1929 Masonic Year

December 4, 1928: Annual Installation of Officers 

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               S. Floyd Angus

Senior Warden:                     Harvey A. Tank

Junior Warden:                     Thomas L. Scott

Secretary:                              Earl F. Camper

Treasurer:                             John E. Brunner

Senior Deacon:                     Harry E. Young

Junior Deacon:                     Minor W. Buehler

Senior Steward:                    Ralph C. Riedeman

Junior Steward:                    Lawrence O. Tank

Tyler:                                      James A. Angus

 

February 19, 1929: Stated Meeting

A petition for membership from Harold David Lusher was read and he was subsequently elected to membership.  Worshipful Brother Lusher would go on to become Worshipful Master of Genoa Lodge in 1942.

May 7, 1929: Annual Inspection

47 Brethren of Genoa Lodge, with 5 visitors, gathered in the Lodge room for the Annual Inspection to witness Brother Harold D. Lusher being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.  The Lodge was inspected by RWB Louis Bartlett, District Lecturer for the 11th Masonic District, who reported favorably on the evening.

May 21, 1929: Stated Meeting

An investigation committee reported favorably on the petition of Mr. Theodore K. Lorenzen, who was subsequently elected to membership.  Worshipful Brother Lorenzen would go on to become Worshipful Master of Genoa Lodge in 1935, and received his 50-year award on May 15, 1979.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 191 Brethren. 

1930s

1929-1930 Masonic Year

December 3, 1929: Annual Installation of Officers 

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Harvey A. Tank

Senior Warden:                     Walter R. Samsen

Junior Warden:                     Lester H. Coleman

Treasurer:                              John E. Brunner

Secretary:                              Earl F. Camper

Senior Deacon:                     Minor W. Buehler

Junior Deacon:                     Dale S. Bumpus

Senior Steward:                    Henry J. Krukemyer

Junior Steward:                    Lawrence O. Tank

Tyler:                                      Walter D. Skilliter

 

March 18, 1930: Stated Meeting

Brothers L. C. Grant and Emil Hrbac moved that the Lodge room be enlarged and that the Lodge and the Gertrude Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, pay more rent to Worshipful Brother Albert F. Camper for the use of the second floor of his building.  The Brethren were all in favor of this proposal and the motion carried.  A month later, the Brethren voted to approve a plan by WB Camper for the enlargement of the Lodge room and to renew their lease with him for ten more years at $350.00 per year.

May 20, 1930: Annual Inspection

40 Brethren from Genoa Lodge, with 2 visitors, gathered in the Lodge room for the Annual Inspection, and to witness Brother Harry R. Johnson being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.  The Lodge was inspected by Worshipful Brother Burt Decker, Past Master of Rubicon Lodge, acting on behalf of the District 11 Lecturer Louis Bartlett, who reported favorably on the business of the evening.

October 19, 1930: Emergent Communication

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge traveled to the home of late Brother James A. Angus, who was called to the Celestial Lodge on October 16, 1930.  Masonic Funeral Services were delivered by Brother Carl W. Sperling.  The Brethren then drove to Woodville Cemetery, where the body was placed in a mausoleum.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 194 Brethren. 

1930-1931 Masonic Year

December 2, 1930: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year

Worshipful Master:               Harvey A. Tank

Senior Warden:                     Walter R. Samsen

Junior Warden:                     Lester H. Coleman

Secretary:                              Earl F. Camper

Treasurer:                             John E. Brunner

Senior Deacon:                     Dale S. Bumpus

Junior Deacon:                     Theodore Lorenzen

Senior Steward:                    Harold Lusher

Junior Steward:                    Lawrence Tank

Tyler:                                      Joseph Mizner

 

December 16, 1930: Stated Meeting

A petition was voted on for Mr. Edwin E. Digby, who was subsequently elected to membership.  Worshipful Brother Digby would go on to be Worshipful Master of Genoa Lodge in 1936.

May 19, 1931: Annual Inspection

42 Brethren of Genoa Lodge, with 9 visitors, gathered in the Lodge room for the Annual Inspection, and to witness the raising of Brother Edward Schnee to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.  The Lodge was inspected by a representative of the 11th Masonic District Lecturer, but no name or report is given.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 184 Brethren. 

1931-1932 Masonic Year

November 17, 1931: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Walter R. Samsen

Senior Warden:                     George I. Cheney

Junior Warden:                     Dale S. Bumpus

Secretary:                              Earl F. Camper

Treasurer:                              John E. Brunner

Senior Deacon:                     Theodore K. Lorenzen

Junior Deacon:                     H. J. Krukemyer

Senior Steward:                    Fred Paulsen

Junior Steward:                    Clarence A. Krouse

Tyler:                                      Albert F. Camper

 

January 19, 1932: Stated Meeting

The Investigating Committee for the petition for initiation for Mr. Ernest G. Vorce reported favorable, and he was subsequently elected to membership.  Worshipful Brother Vorce would later go on to become Worshipful Master of Genoa Lodge in 1938.

March 8, 1932: Annual Inspection

27 Brethren of Genoa Lodge, with 8 visitors, gathered in the Lodge room for the annual inspection.  The Lodge was inspected by Brother Nels Swanson, representing RWB George F. Sprunk, District Lecturer for the 11th Masonic District.  There being no candidate for degrees, a substitute candidate was used and the Lodge portrayed the Master Mason Degree.

April 22, 1932: Special Meeting

As per an order by Most Worshipful Brother Harvey F. Ake, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio, the Brethren of Genoa Lodge gathered to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington.  A talk on George Washington's Masonic career was given by Brother Harry Young.  The brethren then, led by Brother Arthur in singing the "Star Spangled Banner."

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 174 Brethren. 

1932-1933 Masonic Year

November 15, 1932: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               George I. Cheney

Senior Warden:                     Dale S. Bumpus

Junior Warden:                     Theodore K. Lorenzen

Secretary:                              Earl F. Camper

Treasurer:                              John E. Brunner

Senior Deacon:                     Henry J. Krukemyer

Junior Deacon:                     Clarence A. Krouse

Senior Steward:                    W. G. McLargin

Junior Steward:                    John Johnson

Tyler:                                      Albert F. Camper

 

May 2, 1933: Annual Inspection

61 Brethren of Genoa Lodge, along with 53 visitors, for a total of 114 Brethren, crowded into the Lodge room for what was one of the largest Inspections ever had at that point in time.  The Lodge started off with Brother James M. Gallup being honored for being a 50 year member of Genoa Lodge.  The Brethren then witnessed the raising of Brother Ralph W. DeWitt to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.  The Lodge was inspected by RWB George F. Sprunk, District Lecturer for the 11th Masonic District, who reported favorably on the business of the evening.

May 16, 1933: Stated Meeting

In years before the Great Depression, it was standard practice to immediately suspend Brothers who had not paid Lodge dues in the appropriate time.  However, given the circumstances, Brother George A. Claus and Brother W. D. Skilliter moved that the Lodge communicate with all members delinquent in dues and see if they could pay at least part of their dues.  The motion carried, and Brothers W. D. Skilliter and E. G. Vorce were placed on a committee to contact the Brethren who had not paid dues.  This committee became known as the Brotherly Love Committee, and because of it and the two brothers who comprised it, many Brethren were saved from suspension.

October 3, 1933: Stated Meeting

A petition for affiliation of membership was accepted for Brother Burnett Henry Poggemeyer.  Brother Poggemeyer had belonged to another Lodge (the minutes do not specify which one) and was accepted into Genoa Lodge.  He would go on to be Worshipful Master of Genoa Lodge in 1937.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 157 Brethren. 

1933-1934 Masonic Year

Note: The 1933-1934 Masonic Year marked the first time that Trustees of the Lodge were elected.  Generally, in Genoa Lodge at the present time, the outgoing Master is elected to a term of three years as a Trustee of the Lodge.

 

December 5, 1933: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Dale S. Bumpus

Senior Warden:                     Theodore K. Lorenzen

Junior Warden:                     Edwin E. Digby

Secretary:                              Earl F. Camper

Treasurer:                             John E. Brunner

Chaplain:                               Rev. E. L. Arthur

Senior Deacon:                     Bert Poggemeyer

Junior Deacon:                     Ernest G. Vorce

Senior Steward:                    W. G. McLargin

Junior Steward:                    Archie E. Wight

Tyler:                                      Albert F. Camper

Trustees:                               George I. Cheney, Burt A. Bell, Albert F. Camper

 

January 2, 1934: Stated Meeting

Owing to the financial difficulties felt by nearly every American at this time, the Lodge was having difficulty paying its expenses.  A motion was carried that made the resolution that the Lodge would continue to pay the janitor to clean the Lodge, and they would attempt to pay as much of the rent as they possibly could to Worshipful Brother Albert F. Camper, who owned the building.

March 6, 1934: Annual Inspection

31 Brethren of Genoa Lodge gathered in the Lodge room for the Annual Inspection and to witness the initiation of Reverend Harold M. McAdow as an Entered Apprentice.  The Lodge was inspected by Right Worshipful Brother George F. Sprunk, District Lecturer of the 11th Masonic District, who reported favorably on the business of the evening.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 139 Brethren. 

1934-1935 Masonic Year

Note: Due to economic hardships, there were no candidates for membership during this year.

 

December 4, 1934: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Theodore K. Lorenzen

Senior Warden:                     Edwin E. Digby

Junior Warden:                      Burnett H. Poggemeyer

Treasurer:                              John E. Brunner

Secretary:                              Earl F. Camper

Chaplain:                               Rev. Harry M. McAdow

Senior Deacon:                     Ernest G. Vorce

Junior Deacon:                     W. G. McLargin

Senior Steward:                    Elwood A. Pinniger

Junior Steward:                    Otto R. Hartman

Tyler:                                      Albert F. Camper

Trustee:                                 Walter D. Skilliter

 

March 5, 1935: Stated Meeting

A communication was read from Most Worshipful Brother Carl W. Ellenwood, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio, ordering the Altar to be draped for 60 days in respect for the death of Right Worshipful Brother Asa Queen, Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge.

March 19, 1935: Annual Inspection

23 Brethren of Genoa Lodge gathered in the Lodge room for the Annual Inspection.  Due to there being no candidates this year, a substitute candidate was used and the Entered Apprentice Degree was put on for the Inspecting officer.  Inspecting the Lodge was Right Worshipful Brother George F. Sprunk, Lecturer for the 11th Masonic District, who reported favorably on the business of the evening.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 137 Brethren. 

1935-1936 Masonic Year

November 19, 1935: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Edwin E. Digby

Senior Warden:                     Burnett H. Poggemeyer

Junior Warden:                     Ernest G. Vorce

Secretary:                              George Weis

Treasurer:                             John E. Brunner

Chaplain:                               Rev. Paul O. David

Senior Deacon:                     Elwood A. Pinniger

Junior Deacon:                     Chester A. McLargin

Senior Steward:                    Otto R. Hartman

Junior Steward:                    A. E. Miley

Tyler:                                      Albert F. Camper

Trustee:                                 Burt A. Bell

 

March 3, 1936: Stated Meeting

A communication from Most Worshipful Brother Elmer R. Arn, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio, notifying the Lodge of the death of Most Worshipful Brother Charles L. Minor, Past Grand Master of Ohio in 1926-1927.  Out of respect for the death of this prominent Mason, Genoa Lodge resolved to drape the altar in mourning for a period of sixty days.

April 7, 1936: Stated Meeting

A ballot was had on the petition of Mr. C. Willard Rice and found clear.  Worshipful Brother Rice would later go on to be Master of Genoa Lodge in 1941.

May 5, 1936: Annual Inspection

43 members of Genoa Lodge and 25 visitors gathered in the Lodge room to witness Brother Clyde G. Hederman being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.  The Lodge was inspected by Right Worshipful Brother George Sprunk, District Lecturer for the 11th Masonic District, who reported favorably on the business of the evening.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 157 Brethren. 

1936-1937 Masonic Year

November 17, 1936: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to lead Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Burnett H. Poggemyer

Senior Warden:                     Ernest G. Vorce

Junior Warden:                     Elwood A. Pinniger

Secretary:                              George C. Weis

Treasurer:                             John E. Brunner

Senior Deacon:                     Chester A. McLargin

Junior Deacon:                     William Clark

Senior Steward:                    A. E. Miley

Junior Steward:                    C. Willard Rice

Chaplain:                               Edwin E. Digby

Tyler:                                      Albert F. Camper

 

March 16, 1937: Annual Inspection

At the beginning of the meeting, a notice from the Grand Lodge of Ohio was read.  It pertained to the recent passing of Most Worshipful Brother Frank M. Ransbottom, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio in 1921.  In token of respect, all Lodges in Ohio were ordered to drape the Altar for a period of sixty days.

60 Brethren of Genoa Lodge with 22 visitors, gathered in the Lodge room to witness the raising of Brother Harold Ellsworth Crookton to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.  Brother Crookton became very active in the affairs of the Lodge, and served as Secretary for many years.  The Lodge was inspected by Right Worshipful Brother Milton C. Boesel, who reported favorably on the business of the meeting.

April 15, 1937: Special Meeting

1300 Brethren from the 33 Blue Lodges in the 11th Masonic District (14 were present from Genoa Lodge) gathered in the Civic Theater in Toledo, Ohio.  Each Master from each Blue Lodge declared his Lodge open.  Acting on a dispensation granted by Most Worshipful Brother John Phillip Perry, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, the Brethren from the District met for the purpose of conferring the Master Mason Degree on Brother Frederick J. Groll.

June 25, 1937: Special Meeting

23 Brethren from Genoa Lodge and 29 visitors from 8 different Lodges met at Genoa Lodge to raise Brother Edward C. Pohlman to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.  The Lodges represented at the meeting were: Calumet #612, Lotus #625, Port Lawrence #685, Portage #351, Northern Light #40, Bryan #215, Yondota #572, and Middleburg (Pennsylvania) #619.  Worshipful Master Burnett H. Poggemeyer handed the gavel to Worshipful Brother Max J. Wood, Worshipful Master of Yondota Lodge, who presided over the meeting.  Many Brethren from Genoa and other Lodges reported excellent degree work for the evening.

September 16, 1937: Constitution Night

Genoa Lodge met for the purpose of celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States of America.  The evening started with Patriotic music, followed by the Reading of the Costitution and what it stands for.  The Brethren then listened to an address from Senator William Borah (R-Idaho) on the National Broadcast System.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 157 Brethren. 

1937-1938 Masonic Year

November 16, 1937: Annual Installation of Officers

The following officers were installed to serve Genoa Lodge for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Ernest G. Vorce

Senior Warden:                     Elwood A. Pinniger

Junior Warden:                     Chester A. McLargin

Secretary:                              Harold E. Crookton

Treasurer:                             John E. Brunner

Senior Deacon:                     C. Willard Rice

Junior Deacon:                     Donald Johnson

Senior Steward:                    Edward Pohlman

Junior Steward:                    C. Johnson

Chaplain:                               Burnett H. Poggemeyer

Tyler:                                      Albert F. Camper

Trustees:                               Walter Samsen, Burt A. Bell, Earl F. Camper

 

January 18, 1938: Past Master's Night

53 Brethren from Genoa Lodge and 14 visitors gathered in the Lodge room for Genoa Lodge's First Annual Past Master's Master Mason Degree.  During these annual nights, the Past Masters of Genoa Lodge assume the stations of officers to confer the Master Mason degree on one candidate.  WB Theodore K. Lorenzen acted as the Worshipful Master, WB Dale Bumpus as Senior Warden, WB George Cheney as Junior Warden, WB Burnett H. Poggemeyer as Senior Deacon, WB Walter Samson as Junior Deacon, and WB S. M. Taylor as Chaplain.  Together, they raised Brother Perry W. Buchanan to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in a fine manner.

March 15, 1938: Annual Inspection

78 Brethren of Genoa Lodge with 27 visitors gathered in the Lodge room for the Annual Inspection, and to witness the raising of Brother D. Roe Davis to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.  The Lodge was inspected by Right Worshipful Brother Milton C. Boesel, District Deputy Grand Master for the 11th Masonic District, who reported favorably on the evening, and who also gave a talk on the condition of Lodges in the 11th District, reporting that Genoa Lodge was doing very well.  This was the first year that the inspecting officer was titled District Deputy Grand Master, as inspecting officers had previously been called District Lecturer.  The title of DDGM is still used to this day.

April 5, 1938: Stated Meeting

A ballot was had on the petition of Mr. Van Buren Evans, who subsequently was elected to membership.  Worshipful Brother Evans would go on to be the Master of Genoa Lodge in 1943.

April 19, 1938: Stated Meeting

A ballot was had on the petition of Mr. Ross W. Kreager, who subsequently was elected to membership.  Worshipful Brother Kreager would go on to be Master of Genoa Lodge in 1944.  He also would go on to become the Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Ohio, receiving the awards of Knight of the York Grand Cross of Honour, Order of the Purple Cross of York, and Knight Commander of the Temple.  He served the Scottish Rite Valley of Toledo as Commander-in-Chief of Toledo Consistory from 1967-1969 and was a recipient of the 33rd Degree, AASR - Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 162 Brethren. 

1938-1939 Masonic Year

November 15, 1938: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:         Elwood A. Pinniger

Senior Warden:               Chester A. McLargin

Junior Warden:               C. Willard Rice

Treasurer:                        John E. Brunner

Secretary:                        Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                         Burnett H. Poggemeyer

Senior Deacon:               Harold D. Lusher

Junior Deacon:               Bernard F. Mittendorf

Senior Steward:              Van Buren Evans

Junior Steward:              Ross W. Kreager

Tyler:                               Alfred F. Camper

Trustee:                          Ernest G. Vorce

January 3, 1939: Stated Meeting

To aid in the preparation of meals, the Lodge voted to purchase 2 - 18 quart double boilers for the kitchen. Total cost for both was $5.50.

February 3, 1939: Special Event

The Father and Sons Banquet was a successful evening, and involved many Brethren.  The Entertainment Committee consisted of four Brethren, the Table Committee consisted of two, the Games Committee consisted of five, and the Receiving Committee consisted of four.

October 27, 1939: Special Celebration

Genoa Lodge had a 70-Year birthday party, with many in attendance. All Masons were invited to bring their wives, and all Eastern Stars were invited to bring their husbands. Brother Leon C. Smith was the Chairman of this special event. Ticket sales totaled $51.90.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 168 Brethren. 

 

1940s

1939-1940 Masonic Year

November 21, 1939: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:             Chester A. McLargin

Senior Warden:                   C. Willard Rice

Junior Warden:                   Harold D. Lusher

Treasurer:                           John E. Brunner

Secretary:                            Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                             Elwood A. Pinniger

Senior Deacon:                   Van Buren Evans

Junior Deacon:                   Ross W. Kreager

Senior Steward:                  Radcliff F. Robinson

Junior Steward:                  Paul A. David

Tyler:                                   Albert F. Camper

Trustee:                              Burnett H. Poggemeyer

February 22, 1940: Friendship Event

To facilitate friendship among the members and show appreciation for fathers and sons, the Lodge again sponsored a successful Father & Son Banquet. The cost of the tickets was $0.50 per father and $0.50 per son, except that any additional sons were only $0.25 apiece.

April 13, 1940: Special Meeting

98 Brethren were present at the George Washington Memorial in Alexandria, VA. to confer the Master Mason Degree on Brother John W. Messimore. Brethren from various jurisdictions participated, including the New York City Square Club Fellow Craft Team and Brethren from Starr King Lodge of Massachusetts.

May 14, 1940: Special Meeting

Ninety Brethren crowded the Lodge Room for the conferral of the Master Mason Degree on Brothers Milo L. Cowles and James R. Brinley. The second section of the degree was conferred by the New York City Square Club officers.

September 24, 1940: Special Meeting

The Lodge Stewards, Brothers Radcliff F. Robinson and Paul A. David chaired a Rededication Night at Genoa Lodge. The evening included a Ceremony of Rededication, and concluded with a Circle of Friendship about the Altar. Opening and Closing Prayers were offered by Reverend Brother Paul O. David.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 168 Brethren. 

 

1940-1941 Masonic Year

November 19, 1940: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               C. Willard Rice

Senior Warden:                     Harold D. Lusher

Junior Warden:                      Van Buren Evans

Treasurer:                              John E. Brunner

Secretary:                              Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                               Burnett H. Poggemeyer

Senior Deacon:                     Ross W. Kreager

Junior Deacon:                     Harold R. Sherk

Senior Steward:                    Joseph S. Mizner

Junior Steward:                    Thomas A. Hummel

Tyler:                                      Albert F. Camper

Trustee:                                 Earl F. Camper

January 21, 1941: Annual Past Master's Night

The Past Master's Night was in conjunction with a Stated Meeting night.  Sixty Brethren were present to see the Past Masters raise Brother Harry A. Mizner to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

February 25, 1941: Father & Son Banquet

The Father & Son Banquet once again was a great success.  To insure the smooth planning and execution there were many committees, including Ticket Committee ($0.50 for fathers and $0.25 for sons), Decorations Committee, Dinner Committee, Reception Committee and Tables & Chairs Committee.  Brother Radcliff F. Robinson was the Master of Ceremonies for the event.

April 1, 1941: Annual Inspection

65 Brethren attended the Annual Inspection to share in the initiation of Mr. Howard H. Harpel to the degree of Entered Apprentice. A dinner was prepared and served by the ladies of the Eastern Star before the commencement of the meeting.  They charged the Lodge $0.50 per meal.

September 16, 1941: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Wayne L. Cowles.  Brother Cowles went on to achieve many Masonic honors, including Master of Genoa Lodge, Knight of the York Cross of Honour and Order of the Purple Cross of York.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 166 Brethren. 

  

1941-1942 Masonic Year

November 18, 1941: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                  Harold D. Lusher

Senior Warden:                        Van Buren Evans

Junior Warden:                        Ross W. Kreager

Treasurer:                                 John E. Brunner

Secretary:                                 Burnett H. Poggemeyer

Chaplain:                                  Ernest G. Vorce

Senior Deacon:                        Harold R. Sherk

Junior Deacon:                        Thomas A. Hummell

Senior Steward:                       Milo L. Cowles

Junior Steward:                       Lee Robinson

Tyler:                                         Albert F. Camper

Trustee:                                    Burnett H. Poggemeyer 

December 2, 1941: Stated Meeting

The Superintendent of Walbridge Schools, Brother Olen Slough and 16 other Brethren from Walbridge surprised WB Lusher by showing up and presenting him with a top hat.  Brother Slough, it is said, "gave a very interesting talk" in conjunction with the presentation.

January 20, 1942: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Earl Ray Warnke. Brother Warnke had a very long tenure at Genoa Lodge, and received an award for 70-Years of Service to the Lodge in the 2011-2012 Masonic year.

June 9, 1942: Special Meeting

35 members of Genoa Lodge and 28 visitors were in attendance for the conferring of the Master Mason Degree on Brothers Charles Harpel and Edward Berger.  The Degree Team of O-Ton-Ta-La Grotto was in attendance, and portrayed the second section of the Master Mason Degree for both Candidates.

September 23, 1942: Supreme Council, AASR - NMJ

Brother Ralph H. McOuat was crowned an Honorary 33rd Degree Member of the Supreme Council, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.  He is the first member of Genoa Lodge to receive this honor.

October 20, 1942: Stated Meeting

As with many Masonic Lodges during this period, Genoa Lodge struggled because many of its members were deployed overseas during World War II.  At this meeting the Brethren voted to remit the dues of all the Brethren who were members in the Armed Services of the United States.  The Lodge would, however, accept the $1.50 per capita of the Grand Lodge of F&AM of Ohio

Membership of the Lodge numbered 166 Brethren. 

1942-1943 Masonic Year

November 17, 1942: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                      Van Buren Evans

Senior Warden:                            Ross W. Kreager

Junior Warden:                            Harold R. Sherk

Treasurer:                                     John E. Brunner

Secretary:                                     Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                                      S. Floyd Angus

Senior Deacon:                            Paul A. David

Junior Deacon:                            Harry M. Drayton

Senior Steward:                           Paul M. Johnson

Junior Steward:                            Wayne L. Cowles

Tyler:                                              Albert F. Camper

Trustee:                                         Edwin E. Digby  

January 19, 1943: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Glenn A. Marsh.  Brother Marsh went on to achieve many Masonic honors, including Master of Genoa Lodge.

February 2, 1943: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Alvin W. Felbinger.  Brother Felbinger also went on to achieve many Masonic honors, including Master of Genoa Lodge.

March 2, 1943: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Dewey M. Widmer.  Brother Widmer went on to achieve many Masonic honors, including Master of Genoa Lodge and Knight of the York Cross of Honour.

October 5, 1943: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. John W. Sherk.  Along with Brothers Marsh, Felbinger and Widmer above, Brother Sherk also went on to be elected Master of Genoa Lodge.  

November 2, 1943: Annual Meeting

Amidst all the other business of the Annual Meeting, a petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Roger C. Hesselbart.  Brother Hesselbart joined the ranks of all the other Brethren who petitioned the Lodge this year and went on to later become Master of Genoa Lodge. 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 176 Brethren. 

1943-1944 Masonic Year

November 16,1943: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                     Ross W. Kreager

Senior Warden:                           Harold R. Sherk

Junior Warden:                           Paul A. David

Treasurer:                                    John E. Brunner

Secretary:                                    Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                                      Ernest G. Vorce

Senior Deacon:                           Paul M.Johnson

Junior Deacon:                           Wayne L. Cowles

Senior Steward:                          Glenn A. Marsh

Junior Steward:                           Alvin W. Felbinger

Tyler:                                             Albert F. Camper

Trustee:                                        Earl F. Camper

December 7, 1943: Stated Meeting

WB Kreager appointed the following committees for the Lodge year: Finance Committee; Grievance Committee; Lunch Committee; Masonic Home Endowment Fund Committee; Masonic Instruction Committee; Music Committee; Past Masters' Night Committee; Service Men Committee (this being the second anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor); Sick Committee and Tickets Committee.

December 21, 1943: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Fred P. Byers. Brother Byers was one of six brethren who petitioned the Lodge in 1943 and later went on to be elected Master of Genoa Lodge. 

May 9, 1944: Special Meeting

The Secretary read a card from A. Townsend, the Secretary of Peal Harbor Lodge #598 of Honolulu, HI regarding the recent visitation to their Lodge of Genoa Lodge Brother Russell E. Rice, who was serving in the Armed Forces in Hawaii at the time.

June 6, 1944: Stated Meeting

The Master reported that on May 24th he received word that Mr. Robert Martin Tank was home on leave from the military, and was prepared to receive his Entered Apprentice Degree.  Because there wasn't enough time to call a Special Meeting for the purpose, the Master contacted the Master of Boaz Lodge #669 in Toledo, and Boaz Lodge conferred the Entered Apprentice Degree on Brother Tank on May 26th as a courtesy candidate.  WB Kreager was on hand to present the E.A. Lecture to our newest Brother.

November 3, 1944: Special Celebration

The brethren of Genoa Lodge gathered to celebrate the Lodge's 75th birthday.  The Committee consisting of Chairman WB Elwood Pinniger, and Brothers Harold Sherk, Macy Smith and WB George Cheney made quite a production of the event, and it was well attended and very well received.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 186 Brethren. 

1944-1945 Masonic Year

November 21,1944: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                          Harold R. Sherk

Senior Warden:                                Paul M. Johnson

Junior Warden:                                Wayne L. Cowles

Treasurer:                                         John E. Brunner

Secretary:                                         Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                                          Ross W. Kreager

Senior Deacon:                                Glenn A. Marsh

Junior Deacon:                                 Alvin W. Felbinger

Senior Steward:                                John W. Sherk

Junior Steward:                                Macy W. Smith

Tyler:                                                  Albert F. Camper

Trustee:                                             Ernest G. Vorce

February 2, 1945: Special Event

The annual Father & Sons Banquet, which has been a tradition at the Lodge for many years now, is again a great success.  The Chairman, WB Elwood Pinniger and Brothers Wayne Cowles and Paul Johnson did a great job with the event, as it paid for itself and no bills were read into the minutes. 

March 20, 1945: Annual Inspection

Frederic M. Williams was the Inspection candidate this year, which was conducted in the Fellow Craft Degree.  The District Deputy Grand Master RWB Vernon S. Amos reported very favorably on the event as well as on the administration of Genoa Lodge.  In particular he mentioned the importance of the Masonic Home and Masonic Service Men Committees, and the good work they were doing to help others.

June 19, 1945: Stated Meeting

85 brothers were present for the evening's events, which included a dinner followed by two Master Mason degrees.  Additionally, a petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. James E. Ryan. Brother Ryan later went on to be elected as Master of Genoa Lodge. 

November 6, 1945: Annual Meeting

The Audit Committee Report showed that the total expenditures for the year were $1,708.19.  The biggest expense item was Lunches and Entertainment, which totaled $608.07.  The next biggest expenditure was Grand Lodge dues (per-capita) which totaled $378.00, closely followed by rent at $350.00.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 196 Brethren. 

1945-1946 Masonic Year

December 5, 1945: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                    Paul M. Johnson

Senior Warden:                          Wayne L. Cowles

Junior Warden:                          Glenn A. Marsh

Treasurer:                                   John E. Brunner

Secretary:                                   Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                                    Ross W. Kreager

Senior Deacon:                          Alvin W. Felbinger

Junior Deacon:                          John W. Sherk

Senior Steward:                         Macy W. Smith

Junior Steward:                          Roger C. Hesselbart

Tyler:                                           Albert F. Camper

Trustee:                                      Theodore K. Lorenzen

January 15, 1946: Stated Meeting

62 brethren were in attendance this evening, which the Master had declared to be Past Masters Night.  Instead of portraying the Master Mason degree, the Past Masters took part in portraying 2-Fellow Craft degrees instead; different officers for each candidate.  Candidates were Brother Howard A. Layman and Brother Russell R. Layman.  It was a long meeting that evening, as all three degrees were opened and closed in due form for various reasons, and the regular business had to be attended to as well.  In addition to everything else, four petitions were presented for first reading and assigned to committees.

February 5, 1946: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Albert J. Cairl. Brother Cairl went on to achieve many Masonic honors, including Master of Genoa Lodge. 

February 19, 1946: Stated Meeting

This was a busy time for the Lodge, with new petitions coming in rapidly.  Due to all the membership activity, other events had to be postponed or skipped.  In addition to all the regular business at this meeting, the Master postponed the annual Fathers & Sons Banquet, and conferred four Fellow Craft degrees.

October 1, 1946: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Spencer J. Stewart. Brother Stewart later was elected Master of Genoa Lodge, and served the Lodge as Chaplain in the latter part of the century. 

October 30, 1946: Special Event

The Brethren of the Lodge came together to celebrate the 77th Birthday of Genoa Lodge with their annual Birthday Party.  The Committee consisting of Brother John Sherk and WBs Ernest Vorce and Ross Kreager was commended on a job well done, and the event was very well attended.

November 5, 1946: Annual Meeting

In addition to the other regular business of the evening, a petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Max F. Geldine.  Brother Geldine is the third brother who petitioned the Lodge in 1946 and went on to become Master of Genoa Lodge.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 211 Brethren.  

1946-1947 Masonic Year

December 3, 1946: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                  Wayne L. Cowles

Senior Warden:                        Glenn A. Marsh

Junior Warden:                        Alvin W. Felbinger

Treasurer:                                John E. Brunner

Secretary:                                Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                                 Elwood A. Pinniger

Senior Deacon:                       John W. Sherk

Junior Deacon:                       Macy W. Smith

Senior Steward:                      Roger C. Hesselbart

Junior Steward:                       Fred P. Byers

Tyler:                                        Albert F. Camper

Trustee:                                   Ross W. Kreager

January 21, 1947: Stated Meeting

79 Brethren were on hand for this Past Masters' Degree Night.  Because it was a Stated Meeting there was much business to conduct.  Nevertheless, Brother Spencer J. Stewart received the Master Mason Degree in very fine manner.

March 11, 1947: Special Meeting

Brother Max F. Geldine was rasied to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason by the Square Club of the Erie Ordinance Depot.  Brother Rollie McCloud presided over the degree, and the 22 visitors swelled attendance for the evening to a total of 57 brethren.

October 21, 1947: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. John F. Werner. Brother Werner was very active over the years with the establishment of a Temple Company, and also served Genoa Lodge as its Master.  In 2013, he received a Service Award from the Grand Lodge of Ohio honoring his 65-years of membership.

October 22, 1947: Special Event

In keeping with a long-established tradition, the Brethren celebrated the Lodge's Birthday with a birthday party to commemorate 77 years of service to the community and to mankind.  The Committee consisted of Brothers Glenn Marsh, Robert Pohlman and Dewey Widmer.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 223 Brethren. 

1947-1948 Masonic Year

November 18, 1947: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                    Glenn A. Marsh

Senior Warden:                          Alvin W. Felbinger

Junior Warden:                          John W. Sherk

Treasurer:                                   John E. Brunner

Secretary:                                   Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                                    Ross W. Kreager

Senior Deacon:                          Macy W. Smith

Junior Deacon:                          Roger C. Hesselbart

Senior Steward:                         Fred P. Byers

Junior Steward:                         Dewey M. Widmer

Tyler:                                           Albert F. Camper

Trustee:                                      Harold D. Lusher

February 24, 1948: Special Event

A long-standing tradition continued, with another Fathers' & Sons' Banquet evening.  Once again it was very well received, thanks to the hard efforts of its Chairman this year, Brother John W. Sherk.

April 6, 1948: Annual Inspection

94 Brethren were on hand to see Genoa Lodge initiate Brother Charles E. Connor as an Entered Apprentice.  Brother Robert W. Pohlman was in charge of the dinner preceding the degreework, and it was greatly appreciated by everyone in attendance.  Total cost to the Lodge for the dinner that evening: $8.34.

April 20, 1948: Stated Meeting

The Annual Inspection report by RWB James W.Long was read in Lodge and was very complimentary.  It stated that "The ritualistic work of the officers of this Lodge is among the best.  The work of the Lodge and social activities are well thought out....  This is a live and going Lodge.  It shows in the work of the officers and the cooperation of its members."  The tradition of excellence in Genoa Lodge continues to be a long-standing one which endures to this day.

As additional business to come before the Lodge, Brother Spencer J. Stewart moved that photos of all Past Masters of the Lodge be framed and hung in the Club Room.  WB Marsh appointed him Chairman of the Committee, along with WBs Alvin Felbinger, Ross Kreager, Elwood Pinniger and Brother Emerson Marsh.

Also at this meeting, a petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Gordon A. Claus. Brother Claus went on to achieve many Masonic honors, including Master of Genoa Lodge. 

June 1, 1948: Stated Meeting

24 visitors and 17 members were present for this meeting to see Brother Clarence R. Smith receive the Master Mason Degree.  The degree was portrayed by the Toledo Scale Fellow Craft Team.

September 21, 1948: Stated Meeting

Brother Macy Smith moved and Brother Dewey Widmer seconded the motion that the Lodge procure and offer 25-year pins to all Brethren who have achieved that many years of service to the Lodge.  This practice continues today, and has since expanded to include additional service award pins as well.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 230 Brethren. 

1948-1949 Masonic Year

December 7, 1948: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                    Alvin W. Felbinger

Senior Warden:                          John W. Sherk

Junior Warden:                          Macy W. Smith

Treasurer:                                   John E. Brunner

Secretary:                                   Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                                    Ross W. Kreager

Senior Deacon:                          Roger C. Hesselbart

Junior Deacon:                          Fred P. Byers

Senior Steward:                         Dewey M. Widmer

Junior Steward:                         Spencer J. Stewart

Tyler:                                          Albert F. Camper

Trustee:                                     Glenn A. Marsh

February 22, 1949: Special Event

The Fathers & Sons Banquet hosted by the Lodge continues to be an important part of the Masonic year for the Lodge, and all the Brethren look forward to it.  This year the committee responsible for its success consitied of Macy Smith, John Werner and Ervin Schimmer.

April 5, 1949: Annual Inspection

At the Annual Inspection this year, two Brethren were on hand to receive their respective Fellow Craft Degrees.  After receiving their Degrees, Brothers Eugene Rice and Richard Crookton were addressed by the District Deputy Grand Master RWB Henry G. Stahl, and informed that they had joined one of the premier Lodges in the area.  RWB Stahl went on to report very favorably on the events of the evening.

April 19, 1949: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Robert G. Widmer. Brother Widmer went on to achieve many Masonic honors, including Master of Genoa Lodge.   In the 2008-2009 Masonic year, he received his 60Year service Award from Grand Master Charles R. Murphy.      

June 7, 1949: Stated Meeting

Due to the large number of candidates petitioning the Lodge, the brethren had to do multiple degrees some evenings.  This evening was a good example, with three Master Mason Degrees conferred on Brothers Robert Widmer, Dwight Slater and Lester Henningsen after the regular business of the Stated Meeting had concluded.

September 6, 1949: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Walter C. Boday. Brother Boday was active in several Masonic bodies, and also served as Master of Genoa Lodge. In the 2008-2009 Masonic year, he received his 60Year service Award from Grand Master Charles R. Murphy.  

October 18, 1949: Stated Meeting

103 Brethren were present for the raising of two Brethren, Brothers Howard A. Grabow and Cameron E. Bridgeman to the sublime degree of Master Mason.  Brother Ackerman presided, and brethren of the New York City Square Club joined him in taking part.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 233 Brethren. 

1950s

1949-1950 Masonic Year

November 15, 1949: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                  John W. Sherk 

Senior Warden:                        Macy W. Smith 

Junior Warden:                        Roger C. Hesselbart 

Treasurer:                                John E. Brunner

Secretary:                                Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                                 Harold R. Sherk

Senior Deacon:                       Fred P. Byers 

Junior Deacon:                       Dewey M. Widmer 

Senior Steward:                      Spencer J. Stewart 

Junior Steward:                      John F. Werner

Tyler:                                       Thomas L. Scott

Trustee:                                   Alvin W. Felbinger  

November 18, 1949: Special Celebration

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge celebrated the Lodge's 80th Birthday party with much fanfare.  Brother Macy Smith Chaired the event, and in conjunction with the events of the evening "passed the hat" to raise money for Masonic Charity.

December 6, 1949: Stated Meeting

Brother Roger Hesselbart announced the formation of  a Lodge Fellow Craft Club on December 4th.  He invited any other brothers who were interested to join the club as well.  He proposed that the Lodge purchase a "Fellow Craft Club Jewel" for every Brother who works on the Fellow Craft Club and has 80% participation.

March 21, 1950: Emergent Communication

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge conducted Masonic Funeral Services for their Tyler, Brother Thomas L. Scott.  He had passed away on March 18, while preparations were being made for his 64th birthday 9 days later.  The office of Tyler was occupied on a pro-tempore basis for the remainder of the Masonic year.

April 18, 1950: Stated Meeting

In addition to the regular business of the evening, five Brerthren received their Fellow Craft Degrees at this meeeting.  Brothers Lawrence Peterson, Robert White, Russell Yackee, Richard Keller and Donald Bennett all received their degrees in proper form, then were presented the Degree Lecture by Brother Dewey Widmer.

September 5, 1950: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Gerald E. Spurgeon. Brother Spurgeon later became Master of Genoa Lodge, and ultimately received an award from the Grand Lodge of Ohio commemorating 60 years of service to the fraternity. 

October 3, 1950: Stated Meeting

WB Ross Kreager, as Chairman of the By-Laws Revision Committee, presented a proposal for second reading of new By-Laws for the Lodge.  He also recommended that the Lodge receive approval of the Grand Lodge that 400 copies be made. This would allow each of the members to have a copy, as well as each new member to receive one as he joins.  The By-Laws were approved, and the motion for extra copies was passed.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 245 Brethren. 

1950-1951 Masonic Year

November 21, 1950: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                 Roger C. Hesselbart    

Senior Warden:                       Fred P. Byers  

Junior Warden:                       Dewey M. Widmer 

Treasurer:                               John E. Brunner

Secretary:                               Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                                Clarence C. Hesselbart

Senior Deacon:                      Spencer J. Stewart  

Junior Deacon:                      James E. Ryan 

Senior Steward:                    Gordon A. Claus 

Junior Steward:                     Max F. Geldine

Tyler:                                      John F. Werner 

Trustee:                                  John W. Sherk 

February 20,1951: Stated Meeting

44 Members and 52 visitors, for a total of 96 brethren crowded the Lodge Room for an official visitation from Fort Industry Lodge #630 of Toledo.  Fort Industry Lodge conferred the Master Mason Degree on Brother David E. Sidner, with Brother Paul B. Doren presiding.  

March 6, 1951: Annual Inspection

Much time and preparation went into the dinner preceding the Entered Apprentice Degree, and was provided by Brothers Fred Byers, John Werner and James Ryan.  Mr. Norman D. Hughes received the Entered Apprentice Degree, and the evening was applauded by the District Deputy Grand Master, RWB Charles H. Strayer.

March 20, 1951: Stated Meeting

The pool table in the Club Room was in a state of disrepair, and there was much discussion about either repairing it or removing it altogether.  Brother Eugene Rice offered to repair the table and cues at cost, and the brethren voted to accept his kind offer.

May 15, 1951: Stated Meeting

The Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, RWB Thomas A. Reber was on hand for the Master Mason Degree conferral on Brother John L. Chambers.  RWB Reber and the District Deputy Grand Master RWB Charles Strayer were there to honor WB Alfred F. Camper with a plaque commemorating his raising his 100th candidate this evening.  In honor of WB Camper, the Master proclaimed this to be WB Albert F. Camper night at Genoa Lodge.

September 18, 1951: Stated Meeting

Fellow Craft robes needed to be replaced, and Brother Spencer J. Stewart peresented a cost structure to replace them.  The Lodge voted to disburse a total sum of $225.00 to purchase 16 new robes.

October 2, 1951: Stated Meeting

Having been properly prepared and laid over, a By-Laws change was presented for vote of the Brethren.  Heretofore the Stated Meetings were scheduled to occur at 8:00pm on the first and third Tuesdays of every month, and the brethren present voted to change the official time of assembly to 7:30pm on the same evenings.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 250 Brethren. 

1951-1952 Masonic Year

November 20, 1951: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                  Fred P. Byers    

Senior Warden:                        Dewey M. Widmer   

Junior Warden:                        Spencer J. Stewart    

Treasurer:                                John E. Brunner

Secretary:                                Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                                 Roger C. Hesselbart

Senior Deacon:                       James E. Ryan    

Junior Deacon:                       John F. Werner 

Senior Steward:                      Max F. Geldine 

Junior Steward:                      Albert J. Cairl

Tyler:                                       Gordon A. Claus 

Trustee:                                   Roger C. Hesselbart   

February 19, 1952: Stated Meeting

The Brethren had a long discussion regarding the purchase of leather aprons for the Fellow Craft Team.  Ultimately they elected to purchase fifteen of them despite the cost; they were $1.00 apiece.

February 26, 1952: Special Event

The tradition of the Fathers & Sons Banquet continued, and once again was very well attended and very well received.  The committee members, Brothers Gordon Claus, Spencer Stewart and Max Geldine were commended for all their hard work to make it such a success.

March 18, 1951: Stated Meeting

WB Ross Kreager, Chairman of the Building Committee, reported on the progress of the Committee for the Lodge to purchase and own its own building.  He indicated that there were several options under review, and the Brethren agreed that the Committee should continue its work in that regard.  

May 6, 1952: Stated Meeting

WB Ross Kreager reported that he was able to procure the Past Masters' frame/board from The Valley of Toledo - AASR at no cost.  It will hold the photographs of 100 Past Masters, and was very well received by the Brethren.

July 20, 1952: Special Event

Brother Spencer Stewart was charged with coordinating a picnic and Chaired a committee to conduct a "Fellow Craft Picnic."  Held at Bay Point, it was a resounding success. 

November 4, 1952: Annual Meeting

Brother Irwin M. Johnson presented a demit request to Genoa Lodge.  He petitioned Ernest W. Schaefer Lodge #739 of Akron, Ohio, where he will become a Charter member of that Lodge.  He was wished well by the Brethren.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 260 Brethren. 

1952-1953 Masonic Year

November 18, 1952: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                   Dewey M. Widmer     

Senior Warden:                         Spencer J. Stewart    

Junior Warden:                         James E. Ryan   

Treasurer:                                 John E. Brunner

Secretary:                                 Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                                  Ross W. Kreager

Senior Deacon:                        John F. Werner      

Junior Deacon:                        Gordon A. Claus 

Senior Steward:                       Albert J. Cairl 

Junior Steward:                       Robert G. Widmer

Tyler:                                        Max F. Geldine 

Trustee:                                   Fred P. Byers   

December 2, 1952: Stated Meetng

Brother James Ryan announced that the Fellow Craft Team would paint the kitchen if the Lodge would purchase the paint.  It was approved by the brethren.  Soon thereafter it was reported that the flooring needed to be replaced as well, and that expenditure was approved at the next Stated Meeting on December 16.

February 24, 1953: Special Event

With the ever-rising costs due to infolation, the Chairman of the Fathers & Sons Banquet Brother Spencer Stewart reported that the cost of the event this year would be increased to $1.10 per person.

March 17, 1953: Stated Meeting

Barton Smith Lodge #613 made an official visitation to Genoa Lodge with 46 members of their Lodge in attendance.  Their Fellow Craft Team was in attendance, and performed the Fellow Craft degree on Brother Robert J. Cramer in due form.

August 4, 1953: Stated Meeting

Chairman of the Building Committee, WB Ross Kreager reported on the Committee's recommendations.  Property at the corner of 8th and Main Streets, known as "The Taylor Property" had become available at a cost of $18,750.  Rental income was $125.00 per month, and Genoa Bank would finance $11,250.00.  The Membership of the Lodge would need to come up with the remaining $7,500.00.  After much discussion, the Master ordered the Committee to have a detailed report on the cost to each member at the first meeting in September.

September 1, 1953: Stated Meeting

After much discussion on the matter, the motion was passed that the Building Committee keep looking at options other than the one proposed at the previous Stated Meeting.  A further recommendation was made by several brethren that the Master appoint a "Building Finance Committee," which he indicated he'd take under advisement.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 269 Brethren. 

1953-1954 Masonic Year

November 17, 1953: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                 Spencer J. Stewart     

Senior Warden:                       James E. Ryan     

Junior Warden:                       John F. Werner    

Treasurer:                                John E. Brunner

Secretary:                                Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                                 Ross W. Kreager

Senior Deacon:                       Gordon A. Claus       

Junior Deacon:                        Max F. Geldine 

Senior Steward:                      Robert G. Widmer 

Junior Steward:                      Gerald E. Spurgeon

Tyler:                                       Albert J. Cairl  

Trustee:                                   Dewey M. Widmer   

 November 24, 1953: Special Meeting

Five candidates received their Entered Apprentice Degrees on this evening, each from a different presiding officer.  Brother Alton Moritz received his degree from WB Spencer Stewart, Brother Joseph Latham received his from Brother H. F. Fleitcher of Lotus Lodge #625, Brother Rolla Ludwig from Brother James Ryan, Brother William Knowles from WB Roger Hesselbart, and Brother George Bowland from WB Dewey Widmer.  It was a full evening, and by all accounts a fullfilling one as well.

January 19, 1954: Stated Meeting

There were 78 brethren in attendance for the Past Masters Degree Night his year.  Brother George Bowland received a great degree, and WB Albert Camper was recognized for raising his 102nd candidate.

February 16, 1954: Stated Meeting

Two Master Masons received their degrees, and the Degree Lecture was given to seven Brethren.  WB Spencer Stewart presented the Master Mason Lecture, and it was dramatized by the Vacationland Fellow Craft Team, which consisted of Members of Oliver H Perry Lodge #341 of Port Clinton.

April 20, 1954: Stated Meeting

30 members and 56 visitors were present to see Brother Robert Haack receive his Master Mason degree.  The Zenobia Craftsmen were on hand to do the degree work for the evening, and Brother Haack received a great degree in the style of the Craftsmen Unit.  Brother Carol N. White, Past Potentate of Zenobia Shrine also gave a talk on the meaning and aims of the Shrine, which was very well accepted.

May 4, 1954: Stated Meeting

For this evening's Master Mason degree, the Army Square Club conducted the work of the evening.  Brother Junior Bauman received a very good degree, and the Brethren present agreed that there were a number of benefits from having visiting groups portray the degrees on occasion.

October 19, 1954: Stated Meeting

A petition was presented on behalf of Mr. Donald C. Mallett.  Brother Mallett was a long time member of Genoa Lodge, then demitted to Oak Harbor Lodge #495, where he served as Worshipful Master in the 2002-2003 Masonic  year.

November 9, 1954: Special Event

Brother James E. Ryan was the Chairman of the celebration of Genoa Lodge's 85th Birthday Party.  The event was a great success, and a great way for him to transition into the position of Master of the Lodge.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 278 Brethren. 

1954-1955 Masonic Year

November 16, 1954: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                    James E. Ryan       

Senior Warden:                          John F. Werner     

Junior Warden:                          Gordon A. Claus     

Treasurer:                                   John E. Brunner

Secretary:                                   Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                                    Ross W. Kreager

Senior Deacon:                          Max F. Geldine        

Junior Deacon:                          Albert J. Cairl   

Senior Steward:                        Gerald E. Spurgeon  

Junior Steward:                         Walter C. Boday

Tyler:                                          Robert G. Widmer  

Trustee:                                      Spencer J. Stewart  

January 4, 1955: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. William T. Walters. Brother Walters went on to achieve honors in his Masonic career, including Master of Genoa Lodge. 

January 18, 1955: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Ellsworth F. Bittner. Brother Bittner went on to achieve many Masonic honors, including Grand Marshal of the Grand Chapter, RAM of Ohio, Knight of the York Cross of Honour and Master of Genoa Lodge.  

Also at this meeting, WB Dewey Widmer gave a talk on the Toledo Masonic Bulletin, and recommended that Genoa Lodge make application for a column when space becomes available.  The Lodge voted to participate in the Bulletin, and this long-standing relationship continues today.

March 15, 1955: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Roy W. Dombrowski. Brother Dombrowski went on to become very active in his Masonic career, and later served Genoa Lodge as its Master.  

April 19, 1955: Stated Meeting

Brother James C. Taylor was raised to the degree of Master Mason by his father, WB Charles A. Taylor.  Brother James C. Taylor afforded Genoa Lodge many years of service, and received a 50-Year Service Award in the 2004-2005 Masonic Year.

May 3, 1955: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Wesley V. Teems. Brother Teems became very active Masonically, and ultimately was elected Master of Genoa Lodge.  

October 12, 1955: Special Event

Genoa Council #138, Royal and Select Masons, was granted a Charter by the Grand Council of Ohio and given permission to hold meetings in the Lodge Hall.  Worshipful Brother Ross Kreager was the first to serve as its Illustrious Master.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 292 Brethren. 

1955-1956 Masonic Year

November 15, 1955: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                    John F. Werner         

Senior Warden:                          Gordon A. Claus     

Junior Warden:                          Max F. Geldine      

Treasurer:                                  John E. Brunner

Secretary:                                  Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                                   Ross W. Kreager

Senior Deacon:                         Albert J. Cairl         

Junior Deacon:                         Robert G. Widmer   

Senior Steward:                        Walter C. Boday   

Junior Steward:                        Wesley V. Teems

Tyler:                                         Gerald E. Spurgeon  

Trustee:                                     James E. Ryan  

 

November 15, 1955: Annual Meeting

Upon his installation as Worshipful Master, WB John F. Werner appointed a Temple Building Fund Committee consisting of WB Ross Kreager, Chairman, WB Spencer Stewart and WB Roger Hesselbart.  WB Kreager proposed that $50.00 made from a Fathers & Sons Banquet be taken from the Lodge Funds and be placed in a separate account to be called The Genoa Lodge Building Fund.  Motion was made and carried.

November 19, 1955: Special Event

Genoa Assembly #107 - Order of Rainbow for Girls was officially instituted, and co-sponsored by Gertrude Chapter Order of the Eastern Star and Genoa Lodge #433.  The Lodge granted permission to use the Lodge Room, and to split all the immediate costs 50%-50% with Gertrude Chapter.  The Brethren also voted to buy the new Assembly 100 wrist aprons, their own American Flag, and a Rainbow Girls flag.

February 21, 1956: Stated Meeting

A difficult issue was addressed at this meeting, where the Brethren voted on UnMasonic Conduct charges against a Past Master of the Lodge.  During this period Lodges were empowered to conduct trials against Bethren of their Lodge, with the penalties being either reprimand, suspension or expulsion.  The brother pleaded guilty of the charges preferred, and the Brethren voted to suspend him from membership for a period of one year.  On April 17, by order of Grand Master MWB Frank W. Nicholas the matter was revisited, and this Past Master was expelled from Freemasonry.

March 20, 1956: Stated Meeting

After investigating a number of options, the Lodge voted to purchase a new Altar, Pedestals and Lights from WB Frank J. Stamm of Oak Harbor Lodge #495.  These pieces of furniture are still used by the Lodge today, and the previous pedestals and Altar were donated to the Knights of Columbus, Genoa Council. 

April 17, 1956: Stated Meeting

Lodge dues were increased to $10.00 per year, with $4.00 to be appropriated to the Genoa Lodge Building Fund.

April 21, 1956: Special Meeting

98 Bethren were on hand for a visitation from Tyrian Lodge #500 of Detroit, Michigan.  Dispensations were read from the Grand Masters of Ohio and Michigan, and Tyrian Lodge exemplified the Michigan Ritual to confer the Master Mason Degree on their Brother Steve Drzyzga.  The event was so well received that a return visit to Tyrian by the Brethren of Genoa Lodge was planned, where they would confer the Ohio Ritual to exemplify the Master Mason Degree on one of their candidates. 

September 18, 1956: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Lawrence E. Widmer. Brother Widmer went on to achieve many Masonic honors, including Master of Genoa Lodge and Knight of the York Cross of Honour. 

October 13, 1956: Special Meeting

Acting under dispensations of the Grand Masters of Ohio and Michigan, Genoa Lodge traveled to Tyrian Lodge #500 of Detroit, Michigan, and conferred the Master Mason on their own candidate Brother Robert E. Samsen.  To make the event even more special, Brother Samsen was raised to the degree of Master Mason by his father, WB Walter R. Samsen.

November 6, 1956: Annual Meeting

In addition to the regular business of this annual meeting, petitions for degrees were read on behalf of Mr. Robert W. Spurgeon and Mr. Leo E. Garey.  Both of these Brethren went on to long distinguished careers in Freemasonry.  Both received awards for fifty years of service to Genoa Lodge, and Brother Spurgeon went on to serve as Master of Genoa Lodge.  Brother Garey moved to Findlay, Ohio and ultimately became a plural member of Findlay Lodge #227.  In addition to serving as Master of Findlay Lodge, he also received the honors of Meritorious Service Award from the Valley of Toledo - AASR, and Knight of the York Cross of Honour.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 292 Brethren. 

1956-1957 Masonic Year

November 20,1956: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                   Gordon A. Claus          

Senior Warden:                         Max F. Geldine       

Junior Warden:                         Albert J. Cairl       

Treasurer:                                 John E. Brunner

Secretary:                                 Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                                  George A. Claus

Senior Deacon:                        Robert G. Widmer         

Junior Deacon:                        Gerald E. Spurgeon     

Senior Steward:                      Wesley V. Teems    

Junior Steward:                       Calvin S. Barrett

Tyler:                                        Walter C. Boday   

Trustee:                                   John F. Werner  

December 18, 1956: Stated Meeting

56 Brethren were on hand to share the conferral of the Master Mason Degree on Brother Arthur R. Peth.  The degree was exemplified by The Army Square Club of Port Clinton, Ohio, which drew its membership primarily from Camp Perry Military Outfit.

February 5, 1957: Stated Meeting

Due to the rising costs of electricity, heat, telephone and janitorial services, it was determined that the other bodies meeting in the building would need to pay rent to help defray these expenditures.  As a result, Gertrude Chapter Order of the Eastern Star and Genoa Council R&SM were asked to pay a per-capita amount of $0.75 per member per year (or $75.00, whichever is greater), and the Genoa Assembly Rainbow for Girls was asked to pay a flat fee of $50.00 per year.

March 12, 1957: Special Event

Brother Albert J. Cairl conducted the Fathers & Sons Banquet, which was reported in the minutes as a "very successful evening."  Although the event lost almost $5.00 this year (receipts were $144.75 and disbursements were $149.60), it still was regarded as well worth the time, effort and expenditure.

April 15, 1957: Stated Meeting

A letter was read from the Deputy Grand Master of Ohio, RWB Andrew J. White, congratulating the Brethren of Genoa Lodge on the Lodge's Inspection.  He indicated that "In every respect, this is a splendid report, and the reading of it has given me such pleasure.  Genoa Lodge has my best wishes for its continued success."  Once again, proof that the excellence of the Lodge has remained consistent throughout its history.

May 21, 1957: Stated Meeting

Mr. Robert Spurgeon was Initiated an Entered Apprentice, and his brother, the Junior Deacon Gerald Spurgeon acted as Senior Deacon for the degree.  Brother Gerald Spurgeon also presented his brother Brother Robert Spurgeon with his apron.

October 11, 1957: Emergent Communication

45 Brethren were present for the Masonic Funeral Service for the Lodge's long-time Treasurer, WB John E. Brunner.  WB Brunner had passed away the day before, October 10, 1957.  A long time servant of the Lodge, he had served Genoa Lodge as its Master in 1914 and 1915, later followed by a tenure as its Treasurer for over 30 years.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 302 Brethren. 

1957-1958 Masonic Year

November 19, 1957: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                    Max F. Geldine          

Senior Warden:                          Albert J. Cairl        

Junior Warden:                          Robert G. Widmer        

Treasurer:                                  Albert F. Camper

Secretary:                                  Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                                   Ross W. Kreager

Senior Deacon:                         Gerald E. Spurgeon          

Junior Deacon:                         Walter C. Boday      

Senior Steward:                        Calvin S. Barrett     

Junior Steward:                        William T. Walters

Tyler:                                         Wesley V. Teems    

Trustee:                                     Gordon A. Claus

February 4, 1958: Stated Meeting

Five visitors joined the fifty members for this Past Masters' night, bringing the total attendance to 55 for the conferring of the Master Mason Degree on Brother Raymond I. Wenzel.  The visitors were from Port Lawrence Lodge #685, and their Past Masters present were invited to participate in the degree.

April 1, 1958: Stated Meeting

Two candidates received their Master Mason degrees, Brothers Leonard Wicks and Wayne Bittner.  The Master conferred the Master Mason Degree on Brother Wicks, but passed the gavel to Brother Ellsworth Bittner to raise his son Wayne E. Bittner to the degree of Master Mason. 

April 15, 1958: Stated Meeting

Due to the cost of the materials presented to the candidates, a vote was taken to increase the fees of Initiation.  This amendment to the By-Laws passed, increasing the fees from $40.00 to $55.00.  this fee is in addition to the $20.00 Ohio Masonic Home fee.  The new fee of $75.00 would be effective immediately.

April 29, 1958: Special Event

104 members of Genoa Lodge, 21 visitors and 26 members of St Omer Commandery #59 crowded the Lodge Room for a total of 151 Brethren.  The purpose of the meeting was to present 3 50-Year service awards, and welcome the Junior Grand Warden, RWB Charles Strayer, who was on hand to make the presentations on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Ohio.  The recipients were Brothers Fred E. Werner, John C. Werner and WB Albert F. Camper.  St. Omer Commandery posted the colors, and many dignitaries were present.  The recipients of the awards all were very pleased to provide informative and insightful remarks on their tenure in Genoa Lodge.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 307 Brethren. 

1958-1959 Masonic Year

November 18, 1958: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                      Albert J. Cairl           

Senior Warden:                            Robert G. Widmer         

Junior Warden:                            Gerald E. Spurgeon         

Treasurer:                                     Albert F. Camper

Secretary:                                     Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                                      Spencer J. Stewart

Senior Deacon:                            Walter C. Boday           

Junior Deacon:                            Wesley V. Teems       

Senior Steward:                           Lawrence J. Petersen     

Junior Steward:                           Junior E. Bauman

Tyler:                                             William T. Walters    

Trustee:                                        Max F. Geldine 

January 6, 1959: Stated Meeting

The Brethren received information from Mr. Paul Wyatt regarding oil painting of signs for each of the bodies that meet in the building.  The signs, consisting of eight separate panels, would cost $87.50 for materials and labor.  They voted to purchase the signs, and then bill the various bodies for their respective portions.

January 20, 1959: Stated Meeting

In conjunction with Past Masters' Degree Night, the Chaplain WB Spencer J. Stewart conducted a memorial service for all deceased Past Masters of Genoa Lodge.  For each name read, there was a white carnation placed on the Altar as a token that their presence was missed by all the Brethren.

February 24, 1959: Special Event

The annual Fathers & Sons Banquet has now been renamed the Fathers, Sons & Daughters Banquet, and once again it was a great success.  This year's Chairman, Brother Gerald Spurgeon reported that the total attendance for the evening was 135 brothers and guests.

June 16, 1959: Stated Meeting

The Senior Grand Warden of Ohio, RWB Charles Strayer was in attendance along with 58 other Brethren, for the presentation of a 50-Year Service Award to Brother Richard M. Strohl.  In conjunction with the event the Lodge hosted a fish fry, and the entire evening was very well received by all who were able to attend.

August 19, 1959: Emergent Communication

A Masonic Memorial Service was conducted for WB George I. Cheney, who served Genoa Lodge as its Master in 1933.  A 42-Year member of the Lodge, his funeral service was very well attended by the Brethren.

November 10, 1959: Special Event

Brothers Robert Widmer and Gerald Spurgeon were the hosts of this year's Birthday Party for the Lodge, which celebrated 90 Years of continuious service to the Genoa, Ohio community.  It was a very successful event, and had great attendance from the members of the community at large, as well as the Lodge Brethren and their families.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 305 Brethren. 

1960s

1959-1960 Masonic Year

November 17, 1959: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                    Robert G. Widmer           

Senior Warden:                          Gerald E. Spurgeon         

Junior Warden:                          Walter C. Boday          

Treasurer:                                   Albert F. Camper

Secretary:                                   Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                                    Dewey M. Widmer

Senior Deacon:                          Wesley V. Teems            

Junior Deacon:                          William T. Walters        

Senior Steward:                         Lawrence J. Petersen

Junior Steward:                         Junior E. Bauman

Tyler:                                          Lawrence J. Petersen     

Trustee:                                      Albert J. Cairl  

February 20, 1960: Special Meeting

There were 98 Brothers present for a visitation of Tyrian Lodge of Detroit, MI to confer the Master Mason Degree on a Brother utilizing the Michigan ritual.  Dispensations from the Grand Masters of Michigan and Ohio were read, and the degree was presented in due and proper form according to the rutual of the Grand Lodge of Michigan.

March 8, 1960: Annual Inspection

104 Brethren packed the Lodge room for the Lodge's Inspection in the Entered Apprentice Degree.  The newest member of Genoa Lodge Brother Walter F. Knudson was welcomed by RWB L. Burge Smith, who was pleased to report on the very fine work of the evening, and on the wonderful administration of the Lodge records.

March 29, 1960: Special Event

The Fathers Sons & Daughters Banquet once again was a very successful, and spurred discussions of the possibility of establishing a DeMolayChapter at the Lodge.  As a result at the next Stated Meeting on April 5th, the Master appointed a committee consisting of WB Dewey Widmer and Brother Wesley Teems to investigate the matter. 

May 3, 1960: Stated Meeting

At this meeting, the Brethren voted to sponsor a Chapter of DeMolay.  Shortly thereafter, the Lodge received a letter from the International Supreme Council, Order of DeMolay thanking the brethren of Genoa Lodge #433 for their willingness to sponsor a Chapter.

August 8, 1960: Emergent Communication

52 Brethren were on hand to pay their last respects to WB Gordon A Claus, who passed away on August 6, 1960.  Having just served as Master of the Lodge in 1957, his death was a particularly hard blow to many of the brethren.

September 6, 1960: Stated Meeting

After the conclusion of the Stated Meeting, Henry Stanz Chapter Order of DeMolay conferred the Initiatory Degree on three candidates in the lodge Room.  After the degree work, they were thanked by the Master for sharing the degree with the Brethren of the Lodge.

October 4, 1960 Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. John F. Wilhelm. Brother Wilhelm went on to achieve many Masonic honors, including Master of Genoa Lodge; recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Ohio and District Deputy Grand Master of the 11th Masonic District of Ohio. 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 303 Brethren. 

1960-1961 Masonic Year

November 15, 1960: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                 Gerald E. Spurgeon             

Senior Warden:                       Walter C. Boday          

Junior Warden:                       Wesley V. Teems          

Treasurer:                                Albert F. Camper

Secretary:                                Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                                 Spencer J. Stewart

Senior Deacon:                       William T. Walters             

Junior Deacon:                       Lawrence J. Petersen         

Senior Steward:                      Lawrence E. Widmer    

Junior Steward:                      Ellsworth F. Bittner

Tyler:                                       Junior E. Bauman     

Trustee:                                   Robert G. Widmer   

December 3, 1960: Special Event

29 members of Genoa Lodge traveled to Tyrian Lodge in Detroit, Michigan to protray the Ohio ritual for the 55 members of Tyrian Lodge who were present for the occasion.  Dispensations were read from the Grand Masters of Ohio and Michigam pertaining to the event, after which Brother Roger D. Traver was raised to the degree of Master Mason in due and proper form.

December 6, 1960: Stated Meeting

A petition for degrees was read on behalf of Mr. Rodney J. Wilhelm. Over the years Brother Wilhelm maintained plural memberships in Genoa Lodge as well as Oak Harbor Lodge, and went on to serve as Master of Oak Harbor Lodge in the year 2010.

February 14, 1961: Special Event

For the first time, the Fathers, Sons & Daughters Banquet was opened up to interested DeMolay boys as well as to the traditional attendees. The only requirement was that in order to attend they must have procured a Masonic Sponsor.

June 5, 1961: Special Event

The very first Inspection of Ottawa Chapter, Order of DeMolay was conducted in the Initiatory Degree in the Lodge Room.  The Brethren of Genoa Lodge supported this new chapter with great pride that evening.  The great tradition of DeMolay still has a strong presence in Genoa to this day.

November 14, 1961: Special Event

Brother Walter Boday was the host of the Lodge's Birthday Party this year, and it was well received.  It was a great evening with "dinner and entertainment."

Membership of the Lodge numbered 305 Brethren. 

1961-1962 Masonic Year

November 21, 1961: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                      Walter C. Boday              

Senior Warden:                            Wesley V. Teems            

Junior Warden:                            William T. Walters          

Treasurer:                                     Albert F. Camper

Secretary:                                     Harold E. Crookton

Chaplain:                                      Clarence E. Mallett

Senior Deacon:                            Lawrence J. Petersen             

Junior Deacon:                            Junior E. Bauman          

Senior Steward:                           Ellsworth F. Bittner     

Junior Steward:                           Francis J. Magrum

Tyler:                                            Lawrence E. Widmer     

Trustee:                                       Gerald E. Spurgeon    

December 5, 1961: Stated Meeting

Brother Harry Reuss was raised to the degree of Master Mason by Brothers visiting from other Lodges.  All the degree work of the evening was presented by the Sun Oil Acacia Club, which consisited of brethren from many different Lodges, all of whom happened to work at the Sun Oil Company.

March 13, 1962: Annual Inspection

The Lodge was opened at 6:00pm, the colors were posted by Toledo Commandery #7, introductions were conducted, and then the Brethren went to refreshment at 6:30pm for the purpose of dinner prepared by the Eastern Star Ladies.  71 were present to enjoy the dinner.  Brother Alphonsus L. Barron received a very fine Master Mason degree, and the evening was very well done according to the Inspecting Officer, RWB Robert D. Sager.

March 27, 1962: Special Event

Brother William T. Walters organized the annual Fathers Sons and Daughters Banquet, and the cost for everyone, regardless of age was $1.10 per plate.

May 18, 1962: Emergent Communication

69 Brethren were present at the Masonic Service conducted for the long-term Secretary of the Lodge, Brother Harold E. Crookton, who passed away suddenly the day before, May 17, 1962.  He was a 25 year Mason, and was to receive his 25-year Award at the Awards Night on May 26.  Brother Crookton had served Genoa Lodge as its Secretary for nearly his entire tenure as a Mason.

September 18, 1962: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. E. LeRoy Williams.  Brother Williams went on to achieve honors in many different Masonic bodies, including Master of Genoa Lodge, President of the International Shrine Recorders Association and Meritorious Service Award from the AASR - Valley of Toledo.  WB Williams also served Zenobia Shriners as their Recorder for almost 20 years, receiving the designation of Recorder Emeritus in the year 2011.  In 2013, he received a Service Award from the Grand Lodge of Ohio honoring his 50-years of membership. 

September 24, 1962: Emergent Communication

Masonic Services were conducted to honor our Past Master, Otto F. Camper, who passed away September 22, 1962.  He was a 41-year Mason at the time of his death, and had served Genoa Lodge as its Master in 1925.

November 7, 1962: Emergent Communication

Masonic Services were conducted to honor our Past Master, Paul M. Johnson, who passed away November 5, 1962. He was a 20-year Mason at the time of his death, and had served Genoa Lodge as its Master in 1946.

 Membership of the Lodge numbered 305 Brethren. 

1962-1963 Masonic Year

November 20, 1962: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                          Wesley V. Teems                

Senior Warden:                                William T. Walters             

Junior Warden:                                Lawrence E. Widmer            

Treasurer:                                        Ross W. Kreager

Secretary:                                        Walter C. Boday

Chaplain:                                          Kenneth W. Farrell

Senior Deacon:                               Junior E. Bauman              

Junior Deacon:                               Ellsworth F. Bittner           

Senior Steward:                              John F. Wilhelm    

Junior Steward:                              Evert Suydam

Tyler:                                                Francis J. Magrum    

Trustee:                                           Albert J. Cairl    

January 15, 1963: Stated Meeting

The Lodge received a framed portrait of Brother George Washington as a   as donation from Brother William F. Smith.  The Brethren were very appreciative of this generous gift, and promptly hung it on the wall - where it still remains to this day.

February 17, 1963: Emergent Communication

Masonic Services were conducted to honor our Past Master, Charles A. Taylor, who passed away February 14, 1963. He was a 45-year Mason at the time of his death, and had served Genoa Lodge as its Master in 1924.

February 23, 1963: Emergent Communication

Masonic Services were conducted to honor our Past Master, Burnett H. Poggemeyer, who passed away February 21, 1963. He had served Genoa Lodge as its Master in 1937. 

March 26, 1963: Annual Inspection

The Lodge held its annual inspection, under dispensation of the Grand Master MWB Ralph M. Francisco, in the Fellowship Hall of St. Johns United Church of Christ in Genoa.  105 Brethren joined in this special event, and the church proved to be a good venue for the degree work as well as for the dinner.

August 20, 1963: Stated Meeting

Haing been given an air conditioning unit by the bank, a committee was appointed at the Stated Meeting on July 2 to investigate the matter of contracting to have it connected.  The committee made their report at this meeting, and the brethren voted to move forward with having the air conditioning unit installed.  The total price was not to exceed $225.00.

September 3, 1963: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Ronald A. Spencer. Brother Spencer went on to achieve many Masonic honors, including Master of Genoa Lodge and Knight of the York Cross of Honour .

Membership of the Lodge numbered 305 Brethren. 

1963-1964 Masonic Year

November 19, 1963: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                 William T. Walters               

Senior Warden:                       Lawrence E. Widmer            

Junior Warden:                       Junior E. Bauman             

Treasurer:                                Ross W. Kreager

Secretary:                                Walter C. Boday

Chaplain:                                  Max F. Geldine

Senior Deacon:                       Ellsworth F. Bittner              

Junior Deacon:                       John F. Wilhelm             

Senior Steward:                      Roy W. Dombrowski    

Junior Steward:                      E. LeRoy Williams

Tyler:                                        Evert Suydam    

Trustee:                                   Wesley V. Teems     

January 7, 1964: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Richard D. Boltz, Jr.. Brother Boltz went on to achieve many Masonic honors, including Master of Genoa Lodge .

January 21, 1964: Stated Meeting

It was determined that Genoa Lodge #433 needed to express its pride and presence in the Genoa Community.  As a result the Brethren voted to purchase road-side sign to place at the entrance to the Village Limits.

March 25, 1964: Special Event

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge traveled as a group to the Maundy Service, sponsored by the AASR - Valley of Toledo.  There was a good turn-out at the event, which was held at the Toledo University Field House.

May 2, 1964: Special Event

Tyrian Lodge #500 of Detroit, Michigan once again visited Genoa Lodge to raise a Brother to the degree of Master Mason according to the Michigan Ritual.  Proper dispensations were read from the respective Grand Masters, and after raising Brother Donald Malone to the degree of Master Mason, the Master of Tyrian Lodge invited the Brethren of Genoa Lodge back to visit them.  All the Brethren agreed it would need to be scheduled for the near future.

July 4, 1964: Emergent Communication

Masonic Services were conducted to honor our Past Master, Harold R. Sherk, who passed away July 1, 1964.  He had served Genoa Lodge as its Master in 1945.

October 20, 1964: Stated Meeting

Due to the the large number of Bethren of the Lodge who had passed away during the year, WB Max Geldine and Senior Deacon Ellsworth Bittner prepared and presented a memorial service in honor of all who had passed away during the previous year.  It was said to have been "most impressive."

Membership of the Lodge numbered 309 Brethren. 

1964-1965 Masonic Year

November 17, 1964: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                   Lawrence E. Widmer               

Senior Warden:                         Junior E. Bauman             

Junior Warden:                         Ellsworth F. Bittner              

Treasurer:                                  Ross W. Kreager

Secretary:                                  Lawrence F. Hoyt

Chaplain:                                   Dewey M. Widmer

Senior Deacon:                         John F. Wilhelm               

Junior Deacon:                         Roy W. Dombrowski              

Senior Steward:                        Robert W. Spurgeon   

Junior Steward:                        Milton M. LaPlantz

Tyler:                                          E. LeRoy Williams    

Trustee:                                     William T. Walters      

February 2, 1965: Stated Meeting

There was a discussion regarding the Fathers & Sons Banquet, and how it had transitioned over the years to be a Fathers & Sons & Daughters Banquet, and then an event with the youth groups invited as well.  The brethren voted to chage it back to its original form, a Fathers & Sons Banquet only.

February 23, 1965: Annual Inspection

Brother Thomas D. Penny received the Master Mason degree with a record-setting attendance of 118 Brethren - 45 members and 73 visitors.  The District Deputy Grand Master RWB E. Roger Kirk was very complimentary, indicating that the excellence for which Genoa Lodge had become known continued on.

June 5, 1965: Special Event

A long-standing tradition continues.  John Jacob Camper was the candidate this year who received the Master Mason Degree in Detroit, Michigan, where Genoa Lodge was hosted by Tyrian Lodge #500.    After the respective Grand Masters' Dispensations were read, WB Lawrence Widmer conferred the degree accordng to the Grand Lodge of Ohio ritual.  The Brethren shared refreshments with their hosts after the Lodge was closed.

June 8, 1965: Special Meeting

Two Master Mason Degrees were conferred, both under special circumstances.  Brother Rodney J. Wilhelm had both sections of the degree conferred on him by Brother John F. Wilhelm.  Immediately thereafter, Brother Thomas Paul David received his degrees, with the second section being conferred by his Grandfather, WB Albert F. Camper.  It was noted that his Grandson was the 105th Mason raised by WB Camper in his Masonic career.

November 2, 1965: Annual Meeting

Prior to the annual ballot for the election of officers, Brother Junior Bauman informed the Brethren that he would not be able to serve the coming year as Worshipful Master, due to work commitments.  As a result, there were several Brethren who missed the opportunity to serve in all the progressive line chairs while serving the Lodge as Officers.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 310 Brethren. 

1965-1966 Masonic Year

November 23, 1965: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                Ellsworth F. Bittner                 

Senior Warden:                      John F. Wilhelm              

Junior Warden:                      Roy W. Dombrowski                

Treasurer:                               Ross W. Kreager

Secretary:                               Walter C. Boday

Chaplain:                                William T. Walters

Senior Deacon:                      E. LeRoy Williams                

Junior Deacon:                      Robert W. Spurgeon               

Senior Steward:                     Richard D. Boltz, Jr.   

Junior Steward:                     Glenn D. Sondergeld

Tyler:                                       Milton M. LaPlantz    

Trustee:                                   Lawrence E. Widmer        

December 21, 1965: Stated Meeting

The Master indicated that some remodeling was necessary on the Lodge Room.  Brother Glenn Sondergeld repaired and updated the Altar lights, and a committee of six was appointed to investigate rebuilding the officers' platforms in the East, West and South sides of the Lodge Room.

January 13, 1966: Emergent Communication

A Masonic Memorial Service was conducted for WB Walter R. Samsen, who served Genoa Lodge as its Master in 1932. He had passed away two days earlier, January 11, 1966.

January 18, 1966: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. T. Dale Brandt.  Brother Brandt went on to serve the Lodge as Master, as well as Secretary of Genoa Lodge.  Also at this meeting, the Master drew attention to the new stage built in the Lodge Room, and thanked all the Brethren for their efforts.

February 1, 1966: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Ronald E. Cashen.  Brother Cashen went on to achieve many Masonic honors, including Master of Genoa Lodge three times, and Grand Aide to the Grand Master of Royal & Select Masons of Ohio. 

March 15, 1966: Stated Meeting

Standing Resolutions pertaining to Ottawa Chapter, Order of DeMolay were read and adopted.  They read in part as follows: 1) that the Lodge will contnue to sponsor, encourage and assist the Chapter, 2) that the Lodge will continue to furnish the Lodge Hall rent free, and 3) that the total fees paid to the Chapter may be used as cash credit for the three degrees of Freemasonry in the Lodge, providing the petitioner is a member in good standing of Ottawa Chapter, and that he presents his petition to the Lodge before his 24th birthday.

April 5, 1966: Stated Meeting

Apetition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Edsel W. Burkholder.  Brother Burkholder later moved to Pennsylvania and ultimately became a dual member of Henry M. Phillips Lodge #337 in Monongahela, Pennsylvania.  He went on to serve Henry M. Phillips Lodge as its Master in 2006. 

April 12, 1966: Special Meeting

A number of Brethren from from Jefferson Lodge #533 were in attendance for the conferring of the Master Mason Degree on Brother Wayne F. Hamilton.  Among the visitors in attendance was WB Harry Hasmilton, the Master of Jefferson Lodge, who also was Brother Wayne Hamilton's brother.

May 7, 1966: Special Event

The Brethren of Tyrian Lodge #500 of Detroit, Michigan joined the Brethren of Genoa Lodge for a fish fry, followed by the conferral of the Fellow Craft Degree - Michigan form.  After the proper dispensations were read, Tyrian Lodge conferred the degree on their member Brother Ted James.  The members of Ottawa Chapter, order of DeMolay served the dinner, as well as pie and coffee after the conclusion of the evening's meeting.

November 1, 1966: Annual Meeting

WB Walter C. Boday, Lodge Secretary, annouonced that he would not be able to serve as Secretary of the Lodge for the coming year due to the pressures of his job.  He was thanked and commended by the brethren for his commitment and work over the past few years.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 319 Brethren. 

1966-1967 Masonic Year

November 26, 1966: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                John F. Wilhelm                 

Senior Warden:                      Roy W. Dombrowski                

Junior Warden:                      E. LeRoy Williams                

Treasurer:                               Ross W. Kreager

Secretary:                               William L. Hammye

Chaplain:                                William T. Walters

Senior Deacon:                      Robert W. Spurgeon                 

Junior Deacon:                      Richard D. Boltz, Jr               

Senior Steward:                     Rodney J. Wilhelm   

Junior Steward:                     George E. Gerkensmeyer

Tyler:                                      Glenn D. Sondergeld    

Trustee:                                  Ellsworth F. Bittner          

February 11, 1967: Annual Inspection

100 Brothers gathered under dispensation of Grand Master Ben R. Evans for the Inspection of the Lodge at St. John's United Church of Christ in Genoa.  Brother Dennis F. Wilhelm was raised to the degree of Master Mason in proper form by his father, WB John F. Wilhelm, and the District Deputy Grand Master, RWB Maurice J. Edgington praised the officers of the Lodge for their continued fine work.  To thank the Church for allowing the Lodge to use their facility, they appropriated $25.00 to be given to the church.

February 28, 1967: Special Event

Once again the Fathers & Sons Banquet was a tremendous success.  It was reported that the entertainment was great, so the Brethren voted to send them a monetary thank you - in the amount of $25.00.

March 7, 1967: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Paul L. Wyatt. Brother Wyatt went on to become quite active in the affairs of the Lodge, and served as its Master in 1975. 

April 4, 1967: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. William E. Rost. Brother Rost also became quite active in the affairs of the Lodge, and served as its Master in 1974.

May 6, 1967: Special Event

The Lodge Room was filled by Masons, ladies and guests for the presentation of Service Awards, as well as for a Memorial Service to honor our Brethren who passed away during the year.  RWB C. Robert Smith, the District Deputy Grand Master, was in attendance and very impressed with the events of the evening.

September 5, 1967: Stated Meeting

The Master reported on the remodeling which took place during the summer months.  The kitchen was completely revamped, with cabinets, new paint, new tile on the floor, etc.  The cost of materials was $142.65.  The Brethren pitched in and donated the labor.

  

Membership of the Lodge numbered 337 Brethren. 

1967-1968 Masonic Year

November 11, 1967: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                      Roy W. Dombrowski                  

Senior Warden:                            E. LeRoy Williams                 

Junior Warden:                            Robert W. Spurgeon                  

Treasurer:                                    Ross W. Kreager

Secretary:                                    William L. Hammye

Chaplain:                                     William T. Walters

Senior Deacon:                           Richard D. Boltz, Jr                   

Junior Deacon:                           Rodney J. Wilhelm               

Senior Steward:                          T. Dale Brandt  

Junior Steward:                          William H. Cable

Tyler:                                           George E. Gerkensmeyer     

Trustee:                                      John F. Wilhelm   

December 5, 1967: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Charles H. Brick. Brother Brick became active in Genoa Lodge, and went on to serve as Worshipful Master in 1973.     Several years later, he transferred his membership to Oak Harbor Lodge #495.

March 12, 1968: Annual Inspection

Brother Edward Bowman was the Inspection Candidate this year, where he received his Fellow Craft Degree.  The Lodge was honored to have a special Guest Inspector, the Junior Grand Deacon, RWB Robert D. Sager.  RWB Sager and the DDGM RWB Maurice J. Edgington both reported very favorably on the evening.

April 2, 1968: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Richard N. Ousky. Brother Ousky went on to achieve several Masonic honors, among them, Master of Genoa Lodge. 

May 11, 1968: Special Meeting

During the visit of Tyrian Lodge #500 to Genoa Lodge this year, WB Ralph Black of Tyrian Lodge confered the Entered Apprentice degree in Michigan ritual on Mr. Robert Radclift of Detroit.  There were 54 Brethren present for the event, and it was very well received.

August 11, 1968: Special Event

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge gathered at the Michigan summer cottage of WB Roy W. Dombrowski for a Fellow Craft Picnic.  It was a great event by all accounts, and everyone had a great time.

November 5, 1968: Annual Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Donald L. Ruthsatz.  Brother Ruthsatz went on to achieve numerous Masonic honors, including Meritorious Service Award - AASR Valley of Toledo, he was a prominent long time member of the Genoa Temple Company and served as Master of Genoa Lodge.  

Membership of the Lodge numbered 339 Brethren. 

1968-1969 Masonic Year

November 19, 1968: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                      E. LeRoy Williams                   

Senior Warden:                            Robert W. Spurgeon                   

Junior Warden:                            Richard D. Boltz, Jr                    

Treasurer:                                    Ross W. Kreager

Secretary:                                    Lowell L. Hartman

Chaplain:                                     Arthur F. Haack

Senior Deacon:                           T. Dale Brandt                     

Junior Deacon:                           William H. Cable                

Senior Steward:                          Charles H. Brick 

Junior Steward:                          William E. Rost

Tyler:                                           Lowell D. Peppers    

Trustee:                                      Roy W. Dombrowski   

January 7, 1969: Stated Meeting

The death of Past Master Van Buren Evans was reported to the Brethren; he had passed away on December 21, 1968.  There was no Masonic Service, but the brethren stood for a moment of silence in his honor and memory.

January 21, 1969: Stated Meeting

Whereas this is the 100th year of existence of Genoa Lodge #433, this year's birthday party would be an extra special one.  As a result, WB Williams appointed eight Lodge leaders to serve on the Committee for the event, under the leadership of WB Gerald E. Spurgeon, Chairman.  The date of the celebration was set for August 30, 1969, and confirmed by Grand Master MWB Robert A. Hinshaw.

March 4, 1969: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. James M. Baum. Brother Baum went on to achieve many Masonic honors, including Master of Genoa Lodge, President of the 11th Masonic District Association, District Education Oficer and Knight of the York Cross of Honour. 

April 19, 1969: Special Event

Women were included in the bus trip to Tyrian Lodge #500 in Detroit this year.  While Genoa Lodge conferred the Master Mason Degree on Brother Charles J. Noftz after the dinner, the ladies of Genoa Lodge and Tyrian Lodge enjoyed entertainment together.

September 16, 1969: Stated Meeting

A revision to the By-Laws was properly presented to increase the dues and the fees structure.  The proposal read that the dues be increased from $10.00 to $15.00 annually, and that the fees for conferring the degrees be increased from $75.00 to $90.00.  The revision was subsequently voted on and passed at the Stated Meeting on November 18th.  The change was scheduled to become effective November 1, 1970.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 342 Brethren. 

1970s

1969-1970 Masonic Year

November 25, 1969: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                 Robert W. Spurgeon                    

Senior Warden:                       Richard D. Boltz, Jr                    

Junior Warden:                       T. Dale Brandt                     

Treasurer:                                Ross W. Kreager

Secretary:                                E. LeRoy Williams

Chaplain:                                 Arthur F. Haack

Senior Deacon:                       William H. Cable                      

Junior Deacon:                       Lowell D. Peppers                 

Senior Steward:                      William E. Rost 

Junior Steward:                      Paul L. Wyatt

Tyler:                                       Charles H. Brick     

Trustee:                                  Ellsworth F. Bittner    

December 30, 1969: Special Meeting

The meeting was called specifically for the purpose of examining Brother John Ruthsatz as to his proficiency in the Master Mason Degree.  Due his being at home on leave from the Navy for a very brief period of time, he was very appreciative for this accommodation.  He was presented a Masonic ring by his father, Brother Donald L. Ruthsatz.

January 13, 1970: Special Event

The Annual Past Masters and Officers Association dinner meeting was conducted at Latham's Country House Restaurant, because the assemblage was too big for the Lodge's dining room.  As usual, the business at hand included assignments for the Annual Past Masters' Degree Night, which this year was scheduled for January 20th.  The Master Mason candidate was to be Brother Loren Lau.

March 3, 1970: Stated Meeting

Due to the business-related relocation of the Junior Deacon to Alabama, he had to resign his position in the Lodge.  As a result, a special election and installation was conducted under dispensation of the Grand Master.  The newly installed officers were:

Junior Deacon:                   Charles H. Brick                 

Senior Steward:                  Paul L. Wyatt 

Junior Steward:                  Donald L. Ruthsatz

Tyler:                                    William E. Rost         

March 10, 1970: Annual Inspection

After all the introductions were completed, the Master called the Lodge from Labor to Refreshment and invited the boys of Ottawa Chapter, Order of DeMolay to enter and post colors.  This special touch was very well received by the Brethren, and the boys received a hearty round of applause.

May 21, 1970: Emergent Communication

A Masonic Memorial Service was conducted for WB Dale Bumpus, who served Genoa Lodge as its Master in 1934. He had passed away two days earlier, May 19, 1970. 

October 13, 1970: Special Meeting

The Master Mason Degree was conducted on two candidates, Brother Marvin D. Harrell and Brother Tyrone L. Cairl.  WB Albert J. Cairl, the father of Brother Cairl was very pleased to be able to preside when his son received the Master Mason Degree.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 345 Brethren. 

1970-1971 Masonic Year

November 21, 1970: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                 Richard D. Boltz, Jr                      

Senior Warden:                       T. Dale Brandt                    

Junior Warden:                       William H. Cable                      

Treasurer:                                Ross W. Kreager

Secretary:                                William L. Hammye

Chaplain:                                 Arthur F. Haack

Senior Deacon:                       Charles H. Brick                      

Junior Deacon:                       William E. Rost                  

Senior Steward:                      Donald L. Ruthsatz 

Junior Steward:                      Richard N. Ousky

Tyler:                                       Paul L. Wyatt      

Trustee:                                  Robert W. Spurgeon        

December 15, 1970: Stated Meeting

Having received proper approval from the Grand Lodge Temple Committee , the Lodge's Building and Planning Committee recommended to the brethren that they purchase approximately 18 acres of land at the corner of Washington Street and Route 51 from Mrs. Laura Humlong Kingham of Chicago, granddaughter of Past Master WB William Humlong.  The Brethren voted to utilize the services of Brother George Bowland during a 60-day option period to verify all the legal issues.

January 5, 1971: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Robert A. Prahl.  Brother Prahl became very active in the Lodge affairs; he was a prominent long time member of the Genoa Temple Company, and served as Master of Genoa Lodge both in 1979 and in 1991. 

February 2, 1971: Stated Meeting

Of the 42 Brethren present, the vote was overwhelmingly in favor of purchasing the property at the corner of Washington Street and Route 51 for a site on which to build a Lodge Building.  As a result of this vote, a vote also was taken to form a non-profit corporation to manage the property, named "Genoa Masonic Temple Company."  That vote passed unanimously.

May 10, 1971: Special Event

The purchase of the land was finalized and the deed closed.  The Brethren also learned that the house on the property rented for $75.00 per month, rather than the $65.00 per month as originally reported.

October 5, 1971: Stated Meeting

108 Brethren were in attendance for this meeting which was held by dispensation in the Quarry at the Lodge's new property on Washington Street.  After introducing dignitaries, the Lodge was called from labor to refreshment for the purpose of enjoying fellowship over bean soup, johnny cakes and coffee.  After going back to labor, Brother Ralph DeShilter received the Master Mason degree in proper form.  All the tools were hand made, and the benches and tools were logs.  It was a wonderful and memorable event.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 339 Brethren. 

1971-1972 Masonic Year

November 9, 1971: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                  T. Dale Brandt                      

Senior Warden:                        William H. Cable                 

Junior Warden:                        Charles H. Brick                    

Treasurer:                                 Ross W. Kreager

Secretary:                                 William L. Hammye

Chaplain:                                  John F. Wilhelm

Senior Deacon:                        William E. Rost                    

Junior Deacon:                        Paul L. Wyatt                

Senior Steward:                       Richard N. Ousky 

Junior Steward:                       James E. Sheahan

Tyler:                                        Donald L. Ruthsatz       

Trustee:                                    Richard D. Boltz, Jr.

Also at this meeting, WB John F. Wilhelm was installed by RWB Robert D. Sager, Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, as District Deputy Grand Master of the 11th Masonic District of Ohio.  This was a singular occasion, as Genoa Lodge had never before had a District Deputy Grand Master come from its ranks.  RWB John F. Wilhelm went on to distinguish himself as a strong and effective leader for the Grand Lodge of Ohio.

January 4, 1972: Stated Meeting

The long-time janitor for the Lodge, Alice Haar had submitted her resignation effective October 1, 1971, resulting in the need for a replacement.  As a result, the Trustees entered into an agreement with Mrs. Ellsworth (Viola) Bittner to serve as janitor for the fee of $6.00 per week, payable monthly, and renewable on an annual basis.

February 15, 1972: Stated Meeting

Due to the resignation of the Secretary for health reasons on January 18th, a special election was held under dispensation of the Grand Master to fill the vacant office.  WB Wesley V. Teems was regularly elected to fill the office of Secretary, and was duly installed into the position by RWB John F. Wilhelm.

June 3, 1972: Special Event

At the annual visitation of Tyrian Lodge, the Lodge voted to to have entertainment, and to pay for the dinners of all the visiting Tyrian Brothers and their ladies.  In addition to the price of the dinners for the 24 visitors, the entertainment cost $50.00.

June 13, 1972: Special Meeting

91 Brethren were present this year to once again confer the Master Mason Degree on a candidate in the quarry on the Lodge's property.  Under dispensation of the Grand Master, Brother Vincent J. Egidi was raised to the degree of Master Mason by an all-star cast from across the District, and it was a very successful and memorable event.  Ham and bean soup was served to all the Brerthren between the two degree sections.

November 7, 1972: Annual Meeting

WB John Werner presented a recommendation for staggered terms for the members of the Board of the Temple Company.  This will insure continuity, but at the same time allow for change and new ideas.  The motion passed.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 339 Brethren. 

1972-1973 Masonic Year

November 28, 1972: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:             Charles H. Brick                   

Senior Warden:                   William E. Rost                  

Junior Warden:                   Paul L. Wyatt                    

Treasurer:                           Ross W. Kreager

Secretary:                           Wesley V. Teems

Chaplain:                            Arthur F. Haack

Senior Deacon:                  Donald L. Ruthsatz                      

Junior Deacon:                  Richard N. Ousky                  

Senior Steward:                 James M. Baum

Junior Steward:                 Robert A. Prahl

Tyler:                                  James E. Sheahan        

Trustee:                             T. Dale Brandt

December 19, 1972: Stated Meeting

It was determined by the brothers that the officers aprons and jewels were not in good shape.  A commmittee had been appointed, and they reported that the cost for new aprons and jewels would be $326.00.  They asked to see samples at an upcoming meeting.  The Brethren voted to purchase them at the January 16, 1973 Stated Meeting.

February 8, 1973: Emergent Communication

A Masonic Memorial Service was conducted for WB Albert Camper, who served Genoa Lodge as its Master in 1926. He had passed away two days earlier, May 19, 1970.  WB Camper also served as Tyler for Genoa Lodge for nearly twenty years. 

May 1, 1973: Stated Meeting

The Board of Trustees for the Genoa Temple Company was again amended by a vote of the Lodge.  It was now to consist of six Lodge Officers and five aditional trustees, with an annual vote to rotate the members.

May 15, 1973: Stated Meeting

The Master informed the Brethren that the annual meeting with Tyrian Lodge #500 in Michigan had been canceled this year "due to lack of interest."

June 12, 1973: Special Meeting

The meeting was called from Labor to Refreshment for the purpose of of inviting the girls of the Genoa Chapter, #107 Order of the Rainbow into the Lodge Room for a presentation.  They gave a talk on the flag, and then sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic.  There were 10 girls and 3 Advisors present for the event.

September 11, 1973: Emergent Communication

103 Brethren were on hand for the Masonic Funeral Service of the Lodge's Treasurer, WB Ross W. Kreager.  In addition to serving Genoa Lodge as Master in 1944, he also was a presiding officer of the AASR - Valley of Toledo, and served the Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Ohio as Grand High Priest.  His impact to Ohio Freemasonry was great, and his loss was deeply felt.

October 16, 1973: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Dale R. Brandt.  Brother Brandt quickly become very active in Genoa Lodge, and served as Master in 1981. 

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 344 Brethren. 

1973-1974 Masonic Year

November 13, 1973: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                William E. Rost                    

Senior Warden:                      Paul L. Wyatt                   

Junior Warden:                      Donald L. Ruthsatz                     

Treasurer:                               T. Dale Brandt

Secretary:                               Fred P. Byers

Chaplain:                                Arthur F. Haack

Senior Deacon:                      Richard N. Ousky                       

Junior Deacon:                      James E. Sheahan                  

Senior Steward:                     Robert A. Prahl 

Junior Steward:                     Donald D. Dazley

Tyler:                                      James M. Baum         

Trustee:                                 Charles H. Brick 

December 2, 1973: Special Meeting

The first meeting of the Genoa Lodge Historical Committee convened at the home of WB Ellsworth Bittner.  Its purpose was "...to lay out and make plans to display and preserve articles and documents of historical value, (and) to research and compile a brief history of the highlights of the Lodge...."  The committee was formed as a result of the artifacts left to the Lodge by WB Ross W. Kreager.

January 29, 1974: Special Meeting

49 Brothers were present for this year's Past Master Degree Night.  The Master Mason Candidate was Dale R. Brandt, son of Past Master and Treasurer WB T. Dale Brandt.  By all accounts it was a great evening.  In addition, at this meeting the Historical Committee made a formal report regarding the wall-mounted display case in the Club Room.  The report indicated that "It is to be used only for Genoa Lodge Masons who have been honored by the fraternity and their Masonic history, such as Past Grand Officers, 33rds and Knights of the York Cross of Honour."

April 2, 1974: Stated Meeting

The subject of the Temple Company was broached, and its specific duties.  Specifically, the minutes state that "A lengthy discussion was held on what the duties of the Trustees of the Lodge were and what the duties of the Temple Company were, no conclusion was reached."

May 7, 1974: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Darrell L. Hanely.  Brother Hanely quickly become very active in Genoa Lodge, and served as Master in 1983.  

June 11, 1974: Special Meeting

This meeting was called for the purpose of a visitation from Genoa Rainbow Girls Assembly #107.  The girls gave a very well prepared patriotic program.  As a part of the program they also sang "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "How Great thou Art."  They then joined the brethren for refreshments after the Lodge closed.

September 3, 1974: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Lyle E. Clapsaddle. Having relatives in the Lodge  and a history with the Order of DeMolay, Brother Clapsaddle was already very familiar with Genoa Lodge and Masonic protocol. He served as Master in 1985.  

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 343 Brethren. 

1974-1975 Masonic Year

November 5, 1974: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                  Paul L. Wyatt                      

Senior Warden:                        Donald L. Ruthsatz                   

Junior Warden:                        Richard N. Ousky                    

Treasurer:                                 T. Dale Brandt

Secretary:                                 Fred P. Byers

Chaplain:                                  Arthur F. Haack

Senior Deacon:                        James E. Sheahan                         

Junior Deacon:                        James M. Baum                   

Senior Steward:                       Ronald A. Spencer 

Junior Steward:                       Dale R. Brandt

Tyler:                                        Robert A. Prahl           

Trustee:                                    William E. Rost   

February 6, 1975: Special Event

A number of Brethren from Genoa Lodge traveled to Port Lawrence Lodge #685 to present them with the District Traveling Gavel, along with a ceremonial apron.  The gavel was an initiative started by the District to encourage brethren to visit other Lodges, and couldn't be in the possession of a Lodge for more than a couple of weeks.  Genoa had received it from Lotus Lodge #625 several weeks earlier, and the Brethren of Genoa decided to take it to Port Lawrence where they were very well received.  The Brethren of both Lodges adjourned to the Dining Room after the meeting for refreshments and fellowship. 

March 11, 1975: Special Event

The Fathers and Sons Banquet was again a success; however; the bills reflect that the costs continued to increase from year to year.  This year the cost to the Lodge for holding the event was $123.75.

June 14, 1975: Special Event

The young men of DeMolay held a ritualistic event in the Lodge's Quarry property, and it went over very well.  The attendance was great, and there were a lot of visitors.  In general terms the DeMolay Chapter was doing very well at this time; in fact, it was reported at one of the Stated Meetings of the Lodge "that the (DeMolay) movement is really snowballing."

September 16, 1975: Stated Meeting

It was reported that for personal reasons, the Senior Deacon Brother James Sheahan had decided not to remain in the Lodge's progressive line.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 346 Brethren. 

1975-1976 Masonic Year

November 11, 1975: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:              Donald L. Ruthsatz                        

Senior Warden:                    Richard N. Ousky                   

Junior Warden:                    James M. Baum                       

Treasurer:                             T. Dale Brandt

Secretary:                             Fred P. Byers

Chaplain:                              Arthur F. Haack

Senior Deacon:                    Robert A. Prahl                            

Junior Deacon:                    Ronald A. Spencer                   

Senior Steward:                   Ora D. Skaggs

Junior Steward:                    Darrell L. Hanely

Tyler:                                     Dale R. Brandt          

Trustee:                                 Paul L. Wyatt      

February 10, 1976: Annual Inspection

109 Brethren were at the Annual Inspection this year to witness Brother Ray Fredrickson receive the Fellow Craft Degree in fine form.  Many dignitaries were present, and the District Deputy Grand Master RWB F. Fredrick Fether gave a wonderful report on the administration of the Lodge and on the evening's work.

May 18, 1976: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Michael W. Driver.  Brother Driver went on to achieve many Masonic honors, including Master of Genoa Lodge, District Education Officer, District Deputy Grand Master and 33rd Degree Mason of the AASR - Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. 

July 4, 1976: Special Event

In honor of the 200th Birthday of the United States of America, WB Ellsworth Bittner and Brother Rober Prahl Co-Chaired a Pot-Luck/Picnic Celebration with the Knights of Columbus to celebrate together.  They joined together at the Veterans' Memorial Park in Genoa, and everyone had a great time.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 340 Brethren. 

1976-1977 Masonic Year

November 6, 1976: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                  Richard N. Ousky                         

Senior Warden:                        James M. Baum                    

Junior Warden:                        Robert A. Prahl                        

Treasurer:                                 T. Dale Brandt

Secretary:                                 Fred P. Byers

Chaplain:                                  Arthur F. Haack

Senior Deacon:                        Ronald A. Spencer                            

Junior Deacon:                        Dale R. Brandt                     

Senior Steward:                       Darrell L. Hanely

Junior Steward:                        Lyle E. Clapsaddle

Tyler:                                         Ora D. Skaggs  

Education Officer:                    William T. Walters

Trustee:                                     Donald L. Ruthsatz      

December 7, 1976: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Earl R. Kleage, Sr.  Brother Klaege quickly became active in the affairs of the Lodge, and served as Master in the year 1982.

February 8, 1977: Annual Inspection

The Lodge was opened at 6:00pm, for the purpose of the Annual Inspection.  The formalities taken care of, the Brethren went to refreshment for dinner, and then back to labor at 7:30 for the degree work.  Brother Eugene Potter received the Master Mason degree that evening, and the District Education Officer, WB James E. Olmstead and the District Deputy Grand Master, RWB George O. Braatz both commented very favorably on Genoa Lodge.

May 10, 1977: Special Event

Once again, it appears that the annual Fathers & Sons Banquet has had its name changed.  Having reverted its name from "Fathers Sons & Daughters Banquet" to "Fathers & Sons Banquet" a few years ago, the brothers now again refer to it as the "Fathers, Sons & Daughters Banquet."  The cost was $1.50 for those under 12 years of age, and $3.25 for adults.

July 4, 1977: Special Event

Once again the Lodge held a pot luck picnic at Veterans Park in Genoa with the members of the Knights of Columbus.  It was a success, and now is billed as an "annual picnic."

September 28, 1977: Emergent Communication

The Masonic funeral service for the Lodge Education Officer WB William T. Walters generated an attendance of 72 Brethren.  Having served as Master of Genoa Lodge in 1964, his death two days earlier, September 26, 1977 came as quite a shock to the brethren.  Just the week before on September 20, he had presented a very well-received educational presentation to the Brethren in Lodge.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 340 Brethren.  

 

1977-1978 Masonic Year

November 5, 1977: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                   James M. Baum                          

Senior Warden:                         Robert A. Prahl                      

Junior Warden:                         Ronald A. Spencer                         

Treasurer:                                  T. Dale Brandt

Secretary:                                  David C. Baker

Chaplain:                                   Arthur F. Haack

Senior Deacon:                         Dale R. Brandt                             

Junior Deacon:                         Darrell L. Hanely                      

Senior Steward:                        Robert Stanton

Junior Steward:                        Robert Hosley

Tyler:                                         Earl R. Klaege, Sr. 

Education Officer:                    Donald L. Ruthsatz

Trustee:                                     Richard N. Ousky  

January 17. 1978: Stated Meeting

Genoa Lodge always had very good fraternal relations with Portage Lodge #351 in neighboring Elmore, Ohio.  The Lodges often visited and supported each other.  At this meeting Genoa Lodge welcomed the Brethren of Portage Lodge and raised one of their candidates, Brother Frank Porkorny to the degree of Master Mason.

February 7, 1978: Stated Meeting

Up to this point, the Lodge had not owned a flag of the State of Ohio.  The Grand Master of Ohio urged all the Lodges in the State to consider purchasing one, and at this meeting one was presented as a gift to the Lodge from  the Senior Steward, Brother Robert Stanton.

March 7, 1978: Stated Meeeting

The Grand Lodge was supporting a new charity this year, the Ohio Special Olympics.  The Brethren of the Lodge voted to support the endeavor, with a donation of $25.00 to the cause.  Since that time, the Lodge has faithfully donated to the Ohio Special Olympics on an annual basis. 

September 19, 1978: Stated Meeting

The motion was presented to modernize the lecture program presentations, and purchase a slide projector and slides.  The motion carried.

November 7, 1978: Annual Meeting

As a result of the resignation of the Janitor, Mrs. Viola Bittner in September, the DeMolay boys had acted as janitors of the Lodge since that time.  At this meeting the Brethren voted to donate $50.00 to Ottawa Chapter, Order of DeMolay as a way of saying thank you to them.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 335 Brethren. 

1978-1979 Masonic Year

November 17, 1978: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                  Robert A. Prahl                          

Senior Warden:                        Ronald A. Spencer                       

Junior Warden:                        Dale R. Brandt                           

Treasurer:                                 T. Dale Brandt

Secretary:                                 David C. Baker

Chaplain:                                  Arthur F. Haack

Senior Deacon:                        Darrell L. Hanely                             

Junior Deacon:                        Earl R. Klaege, Sr.                       

Senior Steward:                       Michael W. Driver

Junior Steward:                       Lyle E. Clapsaddle

Tyler:                                        John C. Ruthsatz

Education Officer:                  Donald L. Ruthsatz

Trustee:                                   James M. Baum  

February 6, 1979: Stated Meeting

Sylvania Masonic Lodge was preparing a time capsule to be placed in the cornerstone of their new building.  A copy of the recently completed Lodge history was sent.

March 6, 1979: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Douglas A. Habegger.  Brother Habegger went on to achieve many Masonic honors, including Master of Genoa Lodge, Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal & Select Masons of Ohio and Knight of the York Grand Cross of Honour. 

May 5, 1979: Special Event

Under proper dispensations from the Grand Masters of Ohio and Indiana, the Lodge welcomed Brethren from Wayne Lodge #25 to raise one of their candidates to the degree of Master Mason according to the Indiana Ritual.  The Master of Wayne Lodge, WB George Diamond had been raised in Genoa Lodge, and expressed his pleasure of being back.  He then invited the Brethren of Genoa Lodge to visit Wayne #25, so they could reciprocate.

September 4, 1979: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Dr. Keith A. Norwalk.  Brother Norwalk became very active in Freemasonry, serving as Master of Genoa Lodge, Monarch of O-Ton-Ta-La Grotto, and receiving the 33rd Degree, AASR - NMJ.  

October 13, 1979: Special Event

The brethren of Genoa Lodge traveled to Wayne Lodge #25 in Indiana, to portray the Master Mason Degree via the Ohio ritual.  After the proper dispensations were read and the degree conferred, the Master of Genoa Lodge, WB Robert A. Prahl presented WB Diamond of Wayne Lodge with a set of Masonic Working Tools.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 335 Brethren. 

1980s

1979-1980 Masonic Year

November 10, 1979: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                  Ronald A. Spencer                           

Senior Warden:                        Dale R. Brandt                       

Junior Warden:                        Darrell L. Hanely                            

Treasurer:                                 T. Dale Brandt

Secretary:                                 John W. Tapley

Chaplain:                                  Harry A. Spencer

Senior Deacon:                        Earl R. Klaege, Sr.                               

Junior Deacon:                        John C. Ruthsatz                        

Senior Steward:                       Lyle E. Clapsaddle 

Junior Steward:                       David C. Baker

Tyler:                                        Michael W. Driver 

Education Officer:                  Donald L. Ruthsatz

Trustee:                                   Robert A. Prahl  

February 5, 1980: Stated Meeting

The Grand Master of Ohio was seeking nominations for a new award, the "Excellence in Youth Award."  Because Genoa Lodge is one of the few Lodges with both a DeMolay Chapter and a Rainbow Girls Assembly, the brethren voted to refer the nominations to the respective advisory boards for recommendations.

February 12, 1980: Annual Inspection

Unfortunately the Senior Deacon, Brother Earl Klaege was in the hospital, so all the junior officers were forced to move up for the inspection to confer the Master Mason Degree on Brother Larry R. Everhardt.  Nevertheless in typical Genoa Lodge style, the District Deputy Grand Master, RWB George Christopher reported that the Inspection was enjoyable, and that Brother Everhardt received a great degree.  He would be submitting a very good report to the Grand Master. 

February 19, 1980: Stated Meeting

Brother Arthur Haack fell and fractured his hip, and was having difficulties with his recovery.  In honor of his tenure as Lodge Chaplain, the Brethren voted to present him an apron recognizing him as "Chaplain Emeritus."

April 12, 1980: Emergent Communication

A Masonic Memorial Service was conducted for WB Ellsworth F. Bittner, who served Genoa Lodge as its Master in 1966.  Fifty Brethren were on hand to honor his memory, and RWB John Wilhelm conducted the funeral service.

July 6, 1980: Special Event

The annual Independence Day picnic this year was to be hosted by the Lodge; the Knights of Columbus and the Masonic brethren had agreed to rotate responsibility for the event each year.  Brother Darrell Hanely was Chairman of the picnic this year, and it was very well received.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 328 Brethren. 

1980-1981 Masonic Year

November 8, 1980: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                 Dale R. Brandt                             

Senior Warden:                           Earl R. Klaege, Sr.                       

Junior Warden:                           Darrell L. Hanely

Treasurer:                                    T. Dale Brandt

Secretary:                                    John W. Tapley

Chaplain:                                     Harry A. Spencer

Senior Deacon:                           John C. Ruthsatz                               

Junior Deacon:                           Michael W. Driver                         

Senior Steward:                          Douglas A. Habegger

Junior Steward:                          Keith A. Norwalk

Tyler:                                           Lyle E. Clapsaddle  

Education Officer:                     Donald L. Ruthsatz

Trustee:                                      Ronald A. Spencer    

November 18, 1980: Stated Meeting

MWB Edgar L. Miller, Grand Master of Ohio showed up to give his respects to WB James M. Baum.  WB Baum was installed as District Education Oficer, the first Brother of Genoa Lodge to be honored with this great responsibility.  The great and widespread respect felt for WB Baum was illustrated by all the additional dignitaries which showed up to honor him from both the 5th and the 11th Masonic Districts.

February 3, 1981: Stated Meeting

The subject of the property owned by the Lodge was brought up.  The Lodge was pleased to accept $50.00 for the use of 3 acres of land owned by the Lodge.

February 17, 1981: Stated Meeting

The brethren voted to purchase a trophy cabinet for the Rainbow Girls and Demolay boys to share.  The idea was to give them the opportunity to display the trophies they have earned.

June 2, 1981: Stated Meeting

The Brush-Wellman Fellowcraft Team was on hand to confer the Master Mason degree on Brother Melvin M. Hoeft.  There were Brethren from a number of lodges participating as a part of the Fellowcraft Team, and the degree was conferred by WB Paul E. Tornow of Gibsonburg Lodge #575.

June 23, 1981: Special Event

The Master opened a Lodge of Entered Apprentices for the purpose of table instruction in conjunction with "The Feast of St. John."  This Table Lodge was well attended, and very well received by the brethren.

August 30, 1981; Emergent Communication

A Masonic Memorial Service was conducted for WB Dewey M. Widmer, who served Genoa Lodge as its Master in 1953.  Brethren were on hand from several different Lodges to honor his memory, and RWB John Wilhelm conducted the funeral service.

September 15, 1981: Stated Meeting

Having been properly presented, a By-Laws change to increase the Initiation Fees was voted upon.  The amendment passed, which set the new fee structure at a total of $110.00, plus the Ohio Masonic Home contribution.

October 24, 1981: Special Meeting

The officers and Brethren of Wayne Lodge #25 from Fort Wayne, Indiana again visited under proper dispensations from both Grand Masters, and this time they conferred the Fellow Craft Degree on one of their candidates according to the Indiana ritual.  After the degree, the brethren shared a number of interesting comparisons noted between the ritual and customs of the neighboring jurisdictions.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 331 Brethren. 

1981-1982 Masonic Year

November 6, 1981: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                  Earl R. Klaege, Sr.                                

Senior Warden:                        Darrell L. Hanely                        

Junior Warden:                        Michael W. Driver                              

Treasurer:                                 T. Dale Brandt

Secretary:                                 Dale R. Brandt

Chaplain:                                  Ronald A. Spencer

Senior Deacon:                        Lyle E. Clapsaddle                               

Junior Deacon:                        Douglas A. Habegger                         

Senior Steward:                       Frank L. Duncan

Junior Steward:                       Carl R. Gordon

Tyler:                                        Keith A. Norwalk  

Education Officer:                  Donald L. Ruthsatz

Trustee:                                   James M. Baum   

December 1, 1981: Stated Meeting

The boys of Ottawa Chapter, Order of DeMolay were invited to the Lodge meeting to portray ritual work for the Masonic Brethren.  The Lodge went to refreshment, and the young men portrayed the Initiatory Degree for the Lodge members.  The event led to numerous favorable comments from the Brethren.

April 20, 1982: Stated Meeting

The brethren determined that the Lodge needed to be remodeled, and Brother Norwalk reported on its progress.  Unfortunately there were repairs which needed to be completed first, so the process was taking a bit longer than originally anticipated.

May 19, 1982: Emergent Communication

The brethren of the Lodge gathered to honor the memory of WB Elwood A. Pinniger, who passed away two days earlier, May 17th.  He had served Genoa Lodge as its Master in 1939, and RWB John Wilhelm did his usual great job of conducting the service.

June 15, 1982: Stated Meeting

The meeting was called to order and conducted completely in candlelight, due to a spring storm that turned off the electricity in the Village of Genoa.  Among other items of business, two new members, Brothers George Wagner and Robert Winniger presented their proficiencies by candlelight.  Undaunted by the unusual circumstances, they both did a good job.

October 23, 1982: Special Event

A bus was rented to transport the Brethren to Wayne Lodge #25 in Fort Wayne, Indiana for their visitation.  Brother Dean L. Schwamberger was the candidate, and he received the Fellow Craft Degree in proper form according to the Ohio Ritual.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 316 Brethren.  

1982-1983 Masonic Year

November 6, 1982: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                    Darrell L. Hanely                                 

Senior Warden:                          Michael W. Driver                        

Junior Warden:                          Lyle E. Clapsaddle                               

Treasurer:                                   T. Dale Brandt

Secretary:                                   Dale R. Brandt

Chaplain:                                    Charles H. Brick

Senior Deacon:                          Douglas A. Habegger                                 

Junior Deacon:                          Keith A. Norwalk                          

Senior Steward:                         Carl R. Gordon 

Junior Steward:                         Jeffrey A. Bryan

Tyler:                                           Frank L. Duncan  

Education Officer:                     Donald L. Ruthsatz

Trustee:                                      Earl R. Klaege, Sr.  

December 7, 1982: Stated Meeting

After the conclusion of the meeting, the DeMolay boys from Ottawa Chapter were welcomed into the Lodge Room, where they portrayed the DeMolay Degree for the Brethren.

March 15, 1983: Stated Meeting

Brother Keith A. Norwalk presented to the Lodge a set of handmade symbolic implements, a square, level, plumb and Letter G for use at the various officer stations.  The Lodge still uses them to this day.

March 29, 1983: Emergent Communication

The Genoa Lodge brethren assembled to pay their final respects to Brother Arthur F. Haack, Chaplain Emeritus who passed away two days earlier, March 27th.  He served the Lodge as Chaplain for many years, and his years of service were highly regarded.  During his funeral service the following day, the Lodge Officers and Past Masters wore tuxedoes out of respect to serve as pall bearers.

April 5, 1983: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. James A. Essman.  Brother Essman quickly became active in the affairs of the Lodge, and went on to serve as its Master. 

May 3, 1983: Stated Meeting

At this meeting, the death of WB Roger Hesselbart was reported by the Secretary.  He had served as Master of Genoa Lodge in 1951.  Also at this meeting, the Brethren voted on and passed a By-Laws change to increase the annual Lodge dues to $20.00.

October 4, 1983: Stated Meeting

Brother Lyle E. Clapsaddle announced that the project he had undertaken to update the Past Masters Board was now complete, and several new and updated photos had been added.

October 18, 1983: Stated Meeting

Brother Michael W. Driver had undertaken the project of refurbishing the Fellowcraft Pillars.  He was acknowledged and congratulated for a job well done.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 310 Brethren.  

1983-1984 Masonic Year

November 5, 1983: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                      Michael W. Driver                                   

Senior Warden:                            Lyle E. Clapsaddle                         

Junior Warden:                            Douglas A. Habegger                                

Treasurer:                                     T. Dale Brandt

Secretary:                                     Dale R. Brandt

Chaplain:                                      Wesley V. Teems

Senior Deacon:                            Keith A. Norwalk                                  

Junior Deacon:                            Frank L. Duncan                            

Senior Steward:                           James A. Essman

Junior Steward:                           Ronald E. Cashen

Tyler:                                            Carl R. Gordon 

Education Officer:                       Donald L. Ruthsatz

Trustee:                                        Darrell L. Hanely

 

December 6, 1983: Stated Meeting

 A petition for affiliation was presented on behalf of Brother Wayne G. Duez, who had been a member of Boaz Lodge #669 in Toledo.  Brother Duez became quite active in the affairs of the Lodge, and later served as Master four times: 1990, 2001, 2002 and 2004.  

December 27, 1983: Special Event

This year's Table Lodge ceremony was celebrated in honor of St. John the Evangelist.  The proceeds from the box of fraternal assistance was slated to benefit both the Ohio Special Olympics, and the DeMolay Christmas baskets for the needy.

March 31, 1984: Special Event

The Grand Master, MWB C. Rolland Lattanner and the other Grand Lodge officers were present to conduct a ceremony of Reconsecration for the Lodge.  Many brethren participated in the event, and it was memorialized with commemorative plates which the Lodge presented to all the Grand Lodge Officers.

May 15, 1984: Stated Meeting

Brother Edward L. Albright received his Master Mason degree, and his father, Lewis E. Albright participated in the degree.  The Master read a poem entitled "When I raise my son."

June 8, 1984: Special Event

Under proper dispensation of the Grand Master, the Lodge participated in Genoa's Community Homecoming Parade.  The brethren wore their Masonic regalia, and the boys of Ottawa Chapter, Order of DeMolay joined them in the event.

September 4, 1984: Stated Meeting

Brother Dennis M. Traver was presented by the Senior Deacon, and specifically thanked by the Master.  He had donated 96 pairs of white gloves to the Lodge for use in the Masonic Memorial Services.

October 23, 1984: Special Event

For only the second time in its history, the Lodge had a Brother elevated to the position of District Education Officer.  WB Michael W. Driver was installed into this position by the Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, RWB George O. Braatz, with James M. Baum, Past District Education Officer serving as Installing Chaplain.

November 6, 1984: Annual Meeting

Among all the other business associated with the Annual Meeting, a letter was read by WB Theodore Lorenzen, who served as Master in 1935.  It read, in part: "Fifty years ago on this election night, I received the highest honor a Blue Lodge can bestow upon a member.  I was elected to be Master of your Lodge."   He went on to conclude the letter with the following: "...in memory of my 50 years as a Past Master, I am enclosing a Gift Check in the amount of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00)....  I also want to thank the Supreme Commander of the Universe for letting me live to make this donation possible."

Membership of the Lodge numbered 305 Brethren.  

1984-1985 Masonic Year

November 10, 1984: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                  Lyle E. Clapsaddle                                     

Senior Warden:                        Douglas A. Habegger                         

Junior Warden:                        Keith A. Norwalk                                 

Treasurer:                                 T. Dale Brandt

Secretary:                                 Wesley V. Teems 

Chaplain:                                  Gene J. Clapsaddle

Senior Deacon:                        Frank L. Duncan                                   

Junior Deacon:                        James A. Essman                             

Senior Steward:                      Wayne G. Duez

Junior Steward:                      Edward L. Albright

Tyler:                                        Ronald E. Cashen 

Education Officer:                  Donald L. Ruthsatz

Trustee:                                   Michael W. Driver   

November 28, 1984: Emergent Communication

Forty brethren assembled to honor and pay their last respects to WB Wesley V. Teems, the Lodge Secretary, who served as Master of Genoa Lodge in 1963.  He had passed away unexpectedly two days before, on November 26, 1984.  The service was conducted by the previous Secretary, Dale R. Brandt, PM.

January 15, 1985: Stated Meeting

Under proper dispensation from the Grand Master, MWB Richard M. Wilson, a special election was conducted to fill the office left open by the untimely death of the Lodge Secretary.  WB Dale R. Brandt was elected to complete the unfinished term, and was immediately installed by WB Clapsaddle.

June 4, 1985: Stated Meeting

Due to the resignation of the Senior Deacon on May 7, 1985, a dispensation was granted by MWB Wilson to elect a Senior Deacon, as well as any other office that may become vacant as a result of this election.  The results of the special election and resultant appointments necessitated by vacancies are as follows: 

Senior Deacon:         James A. Essman                                   

Junior Deacon:         Ronald E. Cashen                              

Senior Steward:        Edward L. Albright 

Junior Steward:        Eric W. Barker

Tyler:                          Wayne G. Duez 

The Master installed all the new officers of Genoa Lodge in due and proper form.

September 11, 1985: Emergent Communication

Twenty brethren were on hand to honor the memory of Brother William L. Hammye, who served as Lodge Secretary during the late 1960s and early 1970s.  He had passed away the day before, September 10, 1985.  The service was conducted by the current Secretary, WB Dale R. Brandt.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 296 Brethren.  

1985-1986 Masonic Year

November 9, 1985: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                  Douglas A. Habegger                                      

Senior Warden:                        Keith A. Norwalk                           

Junior Warden:                        James A. Essman                                  

Treasurer:                                 T. Dale Brandt

Secretary:                                 Dale R. Brandt

Chaplain:                                  Lester Henningsen

Senior Deacon:                        Ronald E. Cashen                                      

Junior Deacon:                        Wayne G. Duez                               

Senior Steward:                       Eric W. Barker

Junior Steward:                       *Jon A. Schwandner

Tyler:                                        Henry B. Dale 

Education Officer:                  James M. Baum

Trustee:                                   Lyle E. Clapsaddle  

*Brother Schwandner was Installed as Junior Steward on March 4, 1986

February 15, 1986: Special Event

The Brethren and their ladies enjoyed a dinner and entertaining evening together at the Chadwick Inn.  They dubbed it "Sweethearts Night" due to the proximity of Valentines Day, and everyone had a great time.

August 24, 1986: Special Event

The annual Knights of Columbus and Freemasons Picnic was again a success.  The Genoa Lodge Brethren and their ladies won the attendance award.

October 21, 1986: Stated Meeting

The Secretary reported the death of WB Frank Stamm, Past Master of Oak Harbor Lodge and Honorary Member of Genoa Lodge.  The brethren voted to send a monetary memorial donation to Oak Harbor Lodge in his honor.

November 4, 1986: Annual Meeting

Among all the other business of the Annual Meeting, it was announced that Past Master of Genoa Lodge Michael W. Driver had been appointed as District Deputy Grand Master of the Eleventh Masonic District at the Grand Lodge Session in October.  The Master called a Special Meeting for November 18 for the purpose of the official Ceremony of Installation.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 290 Brethren.  

1986-1987 Masonic Year

November 8, 1986: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                Keith A. Norwalk                                        

Senior Warden:                      James A. Essman                            

Junior Warden:                      Ronald E. Cashen                                    

Treasurer:                               T. Dale Brandt

Secretary:                               Dale R. Brandt

Chaplain:                                Lyle E. Clapsaddle

Senior Deacon:                      Wayne G. Duez                                       

Junior Deacon:                      Eric W. Barker                                

Senior Steward:                     Richard B. Austin

Tyler:                                       Henry B. Dale

Education Officer:                 Douglas A. Habegger  

Trustee:                                  Douglas A. Habegger   

November 18, 1986: Stated Meeting

65 Brethren were in attendance, including numerous dignitaries.  In addition to the regular business of the evening, Past Master of Genoa Lodge Michael W. Driver was installed as District Deputy Grand Master of the Eleventh Masonic District by the Deputy Grand Master of Ohio, RWB George O. Braatz.  RWB Driver was congratulated by Brethren from throughout the 11th and 5th Masonic Districts.

December 13, 1986: Special Meeting

Ninety brethren from 26 different Lodges attended a ritual conference hosted by Genoa Lodge.  Under the guidance of the District Depty Grand Masters, the entire Fellow Craft Degree was conducted and critiqued in accordance with the Grand Lodge Typewritten Ritual.  A luncheon and session of fellowship followed in the Dining Room.

March 3, 1987: Stated Meeting

In order to further Masonic relations, and to reciprocate an official visitation, the meeting was abbreviated so the brethren could attend the Inspection of Portage Lodge #351 in Elmore.  Portage Lodge had brought a large number of Brethren to Genoa's Inspection, and declared an official visitation just two weeks earlier.

March 28, 1986: Special Event

At the Annual Grand Master's Reception, the Grand Master MWB Robert E. See presented the Excellence in Youth Award to Genoa Lodge's nominee, Darrell R. Wagner.  Considering the large number of exceptional youth nominated for this award, Genoa Lodge was very proud of this young man.

May 5, 1987: Stated Meeting

In honor of his many years of Masonic Service to the Lodge, Brother Archie Wight was presented a 70-Year Award by the District Deputy Grand Master, RWB William Rusch.  Among his comments, he informed the Brethren that he had attended Lodge in Genoa, Italy during World War 1.

October 6, 1987: Special Event

A number of brethren attended the Installation of WB Ray L. McLargin as Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal & Select Masters of Ohio.  A Past Master of Port Lawrence Lodge #685, he was the first member of Genoa Council, R&SM ever to be elected to such a high honor.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 285 Brethren.  

1987-1988 Masonic Year

November 3, 1987: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                   James A. Essman                                         

Senior Warden:                         Ronald E. Cashen                            

Junior Warden:                         Wayne G. Duez                                     

Treasurer:                                  T. Dale Brandt

Secretary:                                  *Douglas A. Habegger

Chaplain:                                   Keith A. Norwalk   

Senior Deacon:                         *Lyle A. Clapsaddle                                        

Junior Deacon:                         Jeffrey A. Smarkel  

Senior Steward:                        **Ronald E. Dickey                             

Tyler:                                         Henry B. Dale

Education Officer:                   Robert A. Prahl 

Trustee:                                    Keith A. Norwalk  

*These brothers were installed at a later date, April 5, 1988

**Brother Dickey was installed as Senior Steward on June 7, 1988

February 14, 1988: Special Event

The Lodge continued the annual tradition of the Sweethearts Dinner at Chadwick Inn in conjunction with Valentines Day.  This year 14 couples shared the special evening together, and as always, they had a great time.

April 19, 1988: Stated Meeting

Many dignitaries were in attendance for the Master Mason Degree conferral on Brother Dennis McLargin.  His father, WB Ray L. McLargin, Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of R&SM of Ohio and Past Master of Port Lawrence Lodge #685 was on hand to raise him, and it was a very meaningful event for all.

May 17, 1988: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Edward L. Draper. Brother Draper went on to achieve many Masonic honors, including Master of Genoa Lodge, District Deputy Grand Master and Grand Tyler of the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio.  He was the first member of Genoa Lodge ever to serve as Grand Tyler.

September 6, 1988: Stated Meeting

For the third time this year, the Grand Master of Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio, MWB George O. Braatz was in Genoa Lodge for the Masonic degree of his Brother-In-Law, Brother Edward L. Draper.  He had presided over Brother Draper's Entered Apprentice Degree, and also presided in both sections of the Master Mason Degree.  Needless to say, many visiting brethren and dignitaries were in attendance for these special events. 

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 281 Brethren.  

1988-1989 Masonic Year

November 12, 1988: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                  Ronald E. Cashen                                         

Senior Warden:                        Wayne G. Duez                             

Junior Warden:                        Robert A. Prahl                                     

Treasurer:                                 T. Dale Brandt

Secretary:                                 James A. Essman

Chaplain:                                  Robert W. Spurgeon 

Senior Deacon:                        Jeffrey A. Smarkel                                         

Junior Deacon:                        Ronald E. Dickey 

Senior Steward:                       Dennis J. McLargin

Junior Steward:                       Edward L. Draper                            

Tyler:                                         Eugene Potter 

Education Officer:                   Douglas A. Habegger  

Trustee:                                    E. LeRoy Williams

February 7, 1989: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. John P. Sigurdson.  Brother Sigurdson quickly became very active in the affairs of the Lodge, serving as Master twice, and as Treasurer for eight years. 

February 21, 1989: Stated Meeting

The Secterary announced the death of Past Master Fred P. Byers, who served the Lodge as Master in 1952.  The Master called for a moment of silence in his honor.

February 28, 1989: Annual Inspection

91 brethren and dignitaries were present for the annual Inspection, where the Master raised his son, Robert E. Cashen to the degree of Master Mason.  WB Ronald E. Cashen considered himself fortunate to be able to preside over all three of his son's degrees that year.  The Inspecting Officer, RWB William L. Rusch reported favorably on the evening and on the administration of the Lodge.

May 16, 1989: Stated Meeting

The Secterary announced the death of Past Master Roy W. Dombrowski, who served the Lodge as Master in 1968. The Master called for a moment of silence in his honor. 

September 19, 1989: Stated Meeting

The meeting was called from Labor to refreshment for the purpose of going to the funeral home to conduct a Masonic Memorial Service for in honor of Past Master Max F. Geldine.  WB Geldine served as Master of the Lodge in 1958.  On returning, the Brethren concluded the meeting with the remainder of the regular business.

September 21, 1989: Special Event

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge and Sanford L. Collins Lodge went together to host a banquet honoring RWBs Driver and Rusch.  As third year District Deputy Grand Masters, they both would be retiring that year.

September 26, 1989: Special Event

The Lodge conducted a Friendship Night at the Lodge building, to introduce good prospects who aren't Masons to the Brethren and to the Lodge.  Brother Duez reported that there were eight potential candidates as a result.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 272 Brethren.  

1990s

1989-1990 Masonic Year

November 11, 1989: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                    Wayne G. Duez                                          

Senior Warden:                          Robert A. Prahl                              

Junior Warden:                          Jeffrey A. Smarkel                                     

Treasurer:                                  Keith A. Norwalk

Secretary:                                  Michael W. Driver

Chaplain:                                   Spencer J. Stewart 

Senior Deacon:                         Ronald E. Dickey                                           

Junior Deacon:                         Edward L. Draper  

Senior Steward:                        Dennis J. McLargin

Junior Steward:                        John L. Dickey                            

Tyler:                                          Eugene Potter

Education Officer:                    Douglas A. Habegger

Trustee:                                     Ronald E. Cashen  

November 21, 1989: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Donald R. Gardner.  Brother Gardner went on to achieve many Masonic honors, including Master of Genoa Lodge twice, President of the 11th Masonic District Association, District Education Officer, District Deputy Grand Master, Knight of the York Cross of Honour and the P. Dean Gerber Award of Distinction from the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio. 

January 6, 1990: Special Event

Many brethren from Genoa Lodge traveled to Toledo to support WB Keith Norwalk at his installation as Monarch of O-Ton-Ta-La Grotto.  He was the first brother of Genoa Lodge ever to be elected and installed to this position. 

February 20, 1990: Stated Meeting

The Chaplain reported the death of Past Master John W. Sherk, who served the Lodge as Master in 1950.  The Master called the brethren up for a moment of silence in his honor.

March 6, 1990: Stated Meeting

WB Spencer J. (Benny) Stewart presented a case to the Lodge for the purpose of containing all the Officers' collars and the jewels of their offices.  It was handcrafted, and lined with blue velvet to protect them for many years to come.  The case is still used by the Lodge today, and is still in beautiful condition.  The brethren expressed their sincere appreciation to WB Stewart.

March 10, 1990: Special Meeting

Three Brothers were initiated as Entered Apprentices, and their Father served as Senior Deacon for the event.  WB E. LeRoy Williams was very proud to participate in the degree on his sons Daniel E. Williams, David R. Williams and Donald L. Williams.  The new brothers' Grandfather also was in attendance for the event, Brother Robinson G. VanWormer of Collingwood Lodge #457.

April 28, 1990: Special Meeting

Many Bethren were in attendance for the Raising of Daniel, David and Donald Williams to the degree of Master Mason by their father, WB E. LeRoy Williams.  Also in attendance for the event was RWB Thomas E. Reynolds, who was serving as District Deputy Grand Master of the 11th Masonic District at that time.  It was noted that RWB Reynolds was the Williams' cousin.

November 6, 1990: Annual Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Charles R. Murphy.  Brother Murphy went on to achieve many Masonic honors, including Master of Genoa Lodge and Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio.  

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 270 Brethren.  

1990-1991 Masonic Year

November 17, 1990: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                 Robert A. Prahl                                          

Senior Warden:                       James M. Baum                             

Junior Warden:                       Jeffrey A. Smarkel

Treasurer:                                Keith A. Norwalk

Secretary:                                Michael W. Driver

Chaplain:                                 Spencer J. Stewart

Senior Deacon:                       Edward L. Draper                                            

Junior Deacon:                       John P. Sigurdson  

Senior Steward:                      Donald R. Gardner                           

Tyler:                                        Eugene Potter

Education Officer:                  Douglas A. Habegger

Trustee:                                   Wayne G. Duez  

Also present and participating in the Installation of Officers was WB Wilfred E.Preston, Past Provincial Grand Registrar of the Province of Staffordshire, England.  The cousin of WB Prahl, he was a regular visitor to Genoa Lodge whenever he was able to come to the United States.

January 15, 1991: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Gene E. Draper.  Brother Draper quickly became active in Genoa Lodge, and went on to serve as Worshipful Master in 1997.  Several years later, he transferred his membership to Oak Harbor Lodge #495 

February 12, 1991: Annual Inspection

It was announced that the Junior Warden, Brother Jeffrey A. Smarkel would not be in attendance, as he was called to active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, and ordered to report to Camp LeJeune by February 10th.  He and his wife Cheryl also learned they were expecting their first baby.  He was sent a letter of appreciation from all the brethren present thanking him for his sacrifice, and for his participation in Operation Desert Storm.

May 7, 1991: Stated Meeting

Brother Jeff Smarkel was back from having served our country overseas, and was presented a plaque by RWB Thomas E. Reynolds, District Deputy Grand Master on behalf of the 11th Masonic District, in recognition of his service during Operation Desert Storm.  He was warmly and appreciatively applauded by the brethren.

May 30, 1991: Emergent Communication

63 Brethren gathered to honor the memory of WB Wayne L. Cowles, who passed away the previous day, May 29, 1991.  WB Cowles served Genoa Lodge as its Master in 1947, and was honored by being elected to become a Knight of the York Cross of Honour, and to receive the Order of the Purple Cross of York.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 269 Brethren.  

1991-1992 Masonic Year

November 9, 1991: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                    James M. Baum                                           

Senior Warden:                          Ronald E. Cashen                             

Junior Warden:                          Edward L. Draper                                      

Treasurer:                                   Robert A. Prahl

Secretary:                                   Michael W. Driver

Chaplain:                                    Spencer J. Stewart

Senior Deacon:                          John P. Sigurdson                                             

Junior Deacon:                          Donald R. Gardner  

Senior Steward:                         Gene E. Draper                          

Tyler:                                           Eugene Potter

Education Officer:                     Darrell L. Hanely 

Trustee:                                      James A. Essman  

December 22, 1991: Special Event

A number of brethren of the Lodge, along with the District Deputy Grand Master RWB Rolland I. Huss and Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Ohio RWB James E. Olmstead, met with Brother Archie E. Wight at his residence at the Browning Masonic Home in Waterville.  Brother Wight was the senior Mason in the Lodge, and was honored by receiving his 75-Year Award from the Grand Lodge of Ohio.

January 28, 1992: Annual Inspection

The Inspecting Officer, RWB Rolland I. Huss gave special recognition to two Lodge Officers this year, Brother John Sigurdson the Senior Deacon, and Brother Edward Draper the Junior Warden.  Brother Sigurdson was congratulated for his Master Mason Lecture portrayal, and Brother Draper was recognized for completing the Grand Lodge Education Correspondence Course.  He added that Brother Draper would be further recognized at the Grand Master's Reception.

May 5, 1992: Stated Meeting

WB Habegger, having done research on the origin of the name of the Village of Curtice, gave an educational report on his findings.  He was able to report that the supposition was in fact true that the village was named in honor of our first Worshipful Master, Joshua E. Curtice.

June 2, 1992: Stated Meeting

The Secretary announced the death of the Lodge's 75-Year Member, Brother Archie Wight.  He was raised to the degree of Master Mason on December 9, 1916, and passed away May 22, 1992.  The Master called the Brethren up for a moment of silence in his honor and in his memory.

November 3, 1992: Annual Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Robert J. Piasecki, Jr.  Several years later he transferred his membership to Wood County Lodge #112 in Bowling Green, and soon thereafter went on to serve as its Master in 2003.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 254 Brethren.  

1992-1993 Masonic Year

November 7, 1992: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                     Ronald E. Cashen                                            

Senior Warden:                           Edward L. Draper                              

Junior Warden:                           John P. Sigurdson                                        

Treasurer:                                    Robert A. Prahl

Secretary:                                    Michael W. Driver

Chaplain:                                     Spencer J. Stewart

Senior Deacon:                           Donald R. Gardner                                             

Junior Deacon:                           Gene E. Draper   

Senior Steward:                          Virgil N. Bryan

Junior Steward:                          Donald L. Williams                         

Tyler:                                           Eugene Potter

Education Officer:                      Darrell L. Hanely

Trustee:                                      James M. Baum   

February 9, 1993: Annual Inspection

There were 76 Brethren in attendance for the annual Inspection in the Entered Apprentice degree.  The candidate was Mr. Douglas R. Shank, the Son-In-Law of the Lodge Secretary.  The District Deputy Grand Master, RWB Reinhold N. Wuwert reported very favorably on the evening as well as on the administration of the Lodge. 

March 12, 1993: Special Event

The District sponsored a a Euchre Tournament at Oak Harbor Lodge to raise funds for Grand Lodge 1995, and Genoa Lodge was asked to assist Oak Harbor Lodge as co-host.  The event was very well received, and the brethren of Genoa Lodge were credited as an integral part of its success.

March 16, 1993: Stated Meeting

Among the Service Award recipients on this evening were two Past Masters, both of whom received awards from RWB Reinhold N. Wuwert congratulating them on fifty years of service to Genoa Lodge.  WB Glenn A. Marsh served Genoa Lodge as Master in 1948, and WB Alvin W. Felbinger served as Master the following year, 1949.

April 20, 1993: Stated Meeting

The Master Mason degree was conferred on Brother Douglas R. Shank by his proud Father-In-Law, RWB Michael W. Driver.  RWB Driver presided on both sections of the degree.  He was then pleased to be able to make a personal presentation to the Lodge's newest Master Mason.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 252 Brethren.  

1993-1994 Masonic Year

November 6, 1993: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                     Edward L. Draper                                             

Senior Warden:                           John P. Sigurdson                              

Junior Warden:                           Donald R. Gardner                                         

Treasurer:                                    Robert A. Prahl

Secretary:                                    Michael W. Driver

Chaplain:                                     Douglas A. Habegger

Senior Deacon:                           Gene E. Draper                                               

Junior Deacon:                            Virgil N. Bryan    

Senior Steward:                          Donald L. Williams 

Junior Steward:                          Roger A. Shope                        

Tyler:                                           Eugene Potter

Education Officer:                     Keith A. Norwalk 

Trustee:                                      Ronald E. Cashen  

MWB George O. Braatz, Past Grand Master served as Installing Officer, as the new Master WB Edward L. Draper was his Brother-In-Law.  The new Junior Warden, Brother Donald R. Gardner presented the new Master with a gavel he made from a walnut tree on WB Draper's property.

December 7, 1993: Stated Meeting

41 members and visitors from across the District, including the Deputy Grand Master, RWB James E. Olmstead came to Genoa Lodge to listen to a presentation by Past Master WB James A. Essman.  WB Essman is a noted authority on Civil War history, and particularly on the role that Freemasonry played in events of the era.  His presentation was very well received, and was followed by a number of questions and answers.

March 26, 1994: Special Event

WB Draper opened a Lodge of Master Masons for the purpose of inviting the Grand Master of Ohio and the Grand Lodge Officers to perform a Ceremony of Reconsecration in honor of Genoa Lodge's 125 years of serving the Genoa community.  The Grand Master, MWB Thomas D. Zahler then reconsecrated and rededicated the brethren of Genoa Masonic Lodge in due form.

The Master presented the Grand Master and all the Grand Lodge officers a beautiful painting entitled "At Refreshment," which was hand painted by his talented wife, Joan.  The numbered pieces of art were made available after the conclusion of the event, and have become treasures to any who were fortunate enough to procure them.

April 19, 1994: Stated Meeting

After the conclusion of the meeting, RWB Russell Herner, author of the book entitled: "Stonehenge, an Ancient Masonic Temple" presented a program about Stonehenge, and the cathedrals of Eurpoe.  In conjunction with the presentation, RWB Herner presented a number of ancient Masonic tools and implements from his vast collection.  Everyone agreed that it was an inspiring and thought provoking evening.

June 21, 1994: Stated Meeting

The Secretary announced the death of WB Richard N. Ousky, who had served Genoa Lodge as its Master in 1977.  He had passed away ten days earlier, on June 11, 1994.  The Master asked the Brethren to rise for a moment of silence in his honor.

September 24, 1994: Special Event

The Master and his wife Joan hosted a Widows' Luncheon for Masonic widows who lived in the Genoa area.  It was quite successful, with 20 widows in attendance.  The honored guests were very thankful for this kind gesture on behalf of the Lodge.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 250 Brethren.  

1994-1995 Masonic Year

November 5, 1994: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                        John P. Sigurdson                                              

Senior Warden:                              Donald R. Gardner                                

Junior Warden:                              Gene E. Draper                                          

Treasurer:                                       Robert A. Prahl

Secretary:                                       Michael W. Driver

Chaplain:                                        Edward L. Draper

Senior Deacon:                              Virgil N. Bryan                                               

Junior Deacon:                              Roger A. Shope    

Senior Steward:                             Charles R. Murphy 

Junior Steward:                             Jeffrey B. Ford                        

Tyler:                                               Eugene Potter

Education Officer:                         Keith A. Norwalk

Trustee:                                          Edward L. Draper    

December 6, 1994: Stated Meeting

A petition for affiliation was received on behalf of WB Harold D. Padley, who had served Yondota Lodge #572 as its Master in 1966.  He subsequently was elected to membership in Genoa Lodge, and welcomed to membership in the Past Masters' and Officers' Association.

January 25, 1995: Emergent Communicaiton

More than 70 Brethren were in attendance to pay their last respects at a Masonic Memorial Service for WB Darrell L. Hanely, who had passed away unexpectedly the day before, January 24, 1995.  WB Hanely had served Genoa Lodge as its Master in 1983.

May 16, 1995: Stated Meeting

As an educational presentation, WB James A. Essman gave a program regarding the confederate soldiers held prisoner at Johnson's Island during the Civil War.  WB Essman received his degrees in history, and is considered an expert in the area of American history.

June 6, 1995: Stated Meeting

The educational presentation was given by WB Wilfred Preston, Past Provincial Grand Registrar of the Province of Staffordshire in the U.K.  His presentation focused on the similarities as well as the differences between Lodges in the United Kingdom and Lodges in the United States.

September 19, 1995: Stated Meeting

The Chariman of the Remodeling Committee, Brother Gene Potter thanked the Brethren for their efforts over the summer.  Due to their hard work, the Dining Room and Club Room were completely redone, including new built-in storage cabinets along the western Dining Room wall, as well as carpeting to cover the hardwood floor.

November 7, 1995: Annual Meeting

In addition to the business of the Annual Meeting, it was announced that Past Master Edward L. Draper had been appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the 11th District for the ensuing year.  RWB Draper was duly recognized by the brethren in attendance with Grand Honors.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 247 Brethren.  

1995-1996 Masonic Year

November 18, 1995: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                   Donald R. Gardner                                              

Senior Warden:                         Gene E. Draper                                 

Junior Warden:                         Ronald E. Cashen                                          

Treasurer:                                  Robert A. Prahl

Secretary:                                  Michael W. Driver

Chaplain:                                   Spencer J. Stewart

Senior Deacon:                         Charles R. Murphy                                               

Junior Deacon:                          John P. Sigurdson    

Senior Steward:                         Douglas R. Shank 

Junior Steward:                         Arnold P. Sutter                       

Tyler:                                          Eugene Potter

Education Officer:                    *Douglas A. Habegger

Trustee:                                     John P. Sigurdson     

* due to a move to Wisconsin, WB Habegger was unable to complete the year as Lodge Education Officer.  Brother Thomas H. Hodges was Installed into the position on January 16, 1996

November 28, 1995: Special Event

MWB George O. Braatz was on hand to install Edward L. Draper, Past Master of Genoa Lodge as District Deputy Grand Master of the Eleventh Masonic District.  Numerous brethren and Masonic dignitaries were in attendance to congratulate RWB Draper on this distinct honor, including the Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of F&AM of Ohio, RWB Thomas H. Galyen and the Senior Grand Deacon, RWB Thomas E. Reynolds.

December 5, 1995: Stated Meeting

Among others, WB Albert J. "Pete" Cairl was present to receive a Fifty-Year Award from the District Deputy Grand Master, RWB J. Keith Green.  WB Cairl served Genoa Lodge as its Master in 1959.

May 21, 1996: Stated Meeting

During the meeting, there was an alarm at the door, and three Master Masons from Boaz Lodge #669 dressed in traditional Fellowcraft costumes sought admission.  They had been sent out, three east by the Master of Boaz Lodge.  They presented a scroll to the Master, certifying that they were in search of Brotherhood, Degree Work and Refreshments.  The Master of Boaz Lodge, WB Donald O. Harrington was in attendance, and all the visiting Brethren were appreciatively greeted by the Brethren of Genoa Lodge.

September 24, 1996: Special Event

Now an annual event, the Brethren of Genoa Lodge held their annual Community Builders' Award Night.  This year's honorees were the members of the Clay Center Volunteer Fire Department, and in attendance was the former Chief of the Department, Brother Roland I. Hansen.  Brother Hansen received the award on behalf of all the others who were present, as well as those who were unable to attend.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 244 Brethren.  

1996-1997 Masonic Year

November 16, 1996: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                      Gene E. Draper                                                

Senior Warden:                            Ronald E. Cashen                                  

Junior Warden:                            Charles R. Murphy                                          

Treasurer:                                     Robert A. Prahl

Secretary:                                     Michael W. Driver

Chaplain:                                      Donald R. Gardner

Senior Deacon:                            Donald L. Ruthsatz                                               

Junior Deacon:                            Douglas R. Shank      

Senior Steward:                           Arnold P. Sutter  

Junior Steward:                           Thomas H. Hodges                       

Tyler:                                             Eugene Potter

Education Officer:                       Thomas H. Hodges   

Trustee:                                        Donald R. Gardner  

The officers of the Lodge were installed by Past Grand Master, MWB George O. Braatz.

January 21, 1997: Stated Meeting

WB Spencer J. (Benny) Stewart was recognized for fifty years of service to Genoa Lodge, and it was noted that it was exactly fifty years to the day since he received his Master Mason Degree.  WB Stewart was very active in the Lodge his entire tenure as a member, serving as Chaplain for many years, and as Master in 1954.

February 11, 1997: Annual Inspection

Brother Gregory A. Jennison of Phoenix Lodge #123 was a courtesy candidate for this year's Inspection in the Fellowcraft Degree.  He later became a plural member of Genoa Lodge, and served as its Master in 2005.  In his Inspection Report, the District Deputy Grand Master, RWB J. Keith Green reiterated what the Brethren of Genoa already knew, when he indicated that "You have a strong and active Lodge that is truly one of the best in the 11th District.  Keep up the good work."

March 18, 1997: Stated Meeting

The Brethren voted to enter the "Adopt A Highway" clean up program on a stretch of Highway 163 along with the members of Ottawa Chapter, Order of DeMolay.  The State of Ohio, as a result, erected a sign with the Lodge's name and the Chapter's name on it.  The Brethren were very active in this endeavor, picking up debris next to the highway four times a year for several years.

April 1, 1997: Stated Meeting

The death of WB Glenn Marsh was reported.  WB Marsh had been a very active member of the Lodge for over fifty years, and had served as Master in 1948.  The Master had the Brethren rise for a moment of silence in his honor.

April 5, 1997: Special Event

The Grand Master's Reception in honor of MWB Thomas H. Galyen was a great success, due in part, to the support of the Brethren of Genoa Lodge.  The event was the responsibility of the President of the 11th Masonic District, Donald R. Gardner Past Master of Genoa Lodge.

May 6, 1997: Stated Meeting

Under proper dispensation from the Grand Master, MWB Thomas H. Galyen, a special election was held to fill the office or offices vacated as the result of the resignation of WB Donald L. Ruthsatz from the position of Senior Deacon.  The following were either elected or appointed and duly installed:

Senior Deacon:          Douglas R. Shank                                                

Junior Deacon:          Arnold P. Sutter      

Senior Steward:         Thomas H. Hodges   

June 6, 1997: Special Event

Under proper dispensation of the Grand Master, the brethren of the Lodge once again participated in the Genoa Homecoming Parade, after a lapse of several years.  They all agreed that it was a good community public relations event.

October 8, 1997: Emergent Communication

The brethren of Genoa Lodge gathered to honor the memory of WB Alvin W. Felbinger with a Masonic Memorial Service.  He had passed away two days earlier, on October 6, 1997.  WB Felbinger had been a very active member of the Lodge for over fifty years, and served as its Master in 1949.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 237 Brethren.  

1997-1998 Masonic Year

November 4, 1997: Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                     Donald R. Gardner                                                

Senior Warden:                           Charles R. Murphy                                   

Junior Warden:                           Douglas R. Shank                                            

Treasurer:                                   Robert A. Prahl

Secretary:                                    Michael W. Driver

Chaplain:                                     Ronald E. Cashen

Senior Deacon:                          Thomas H. Hodges                                                

Junior Deacon:                          *Donald C. Mallett   

Senior Steward:                         *Todd A. Marsh                         

Tyler:                                           Eugene Potter

Education Officer:                     *Frank J. Hlubik  

Trustee:                                      Gene E. Draper  

*Brothers Mallett, Marsh and Hlubik were installed at a later date.

Also at this meeting, the Secretary reported the death of the Lodge's most senior Past Master, WB Theodore K. Lorenzen, who passed away at his home in Florida.  He had served Genoa Lodge as its Master 62 years earlier, in 1935.  The Master had the brethren rise for a moment of silence in his honor.

February 3, 1998: Stated Meeting

The Master presented hand-crafted gavels to the Lodge, to be used at each of the top three officers stations.  The Master's gavel had the Master's jewel embedded thereon, and the Wardens' gavels had their respective jewels embedded on them as well.  WB Spencer J. (Benny) Stewart and WB Albert J. (Pete) Cairl accepted the Master's gavel on behalf of the Master's Station, and the Senior and Junior Wardens accepted the gavel on behalf of their respective stations as well.  The Master was applauded by the Brethren for his artistic abilities and his generosity.

February 10, 1998: Annual Inspection

Brother Todd A. Marsh was the Master Mason candidate, and was raised by his father, Brother Dale L. Marsh and WB Keith A. Norwalk, who co-signed his petition.  Before closing the Lodge for the evening, the Master presented the Inspecting Officer, RWB J. Keith Green an engraved plaque recognizing his six years of serving Genoa Lodge; first for three years as DEO,and the last three as DDGM.  He was applauded by the Brethren.

March 17, 1998: Stated Meeting

The Bethren voted to purchase carpet squares for the dining room, with the understanding that the ease of maintenance would be beneficial into the future.

Additionally, WB John F. (Jack) Werner was on hand to receive a 50-Year Award of appreciation from the Grand Lodge of Ohio.  Making the presentation on behalf of the Grand Master were RWB Thomas E. Reynolds, Grand Orator of the Grand Lodge of F&AM, RWB Edward L. Draper, DDGM, Michael W. Driver, PDDGM and the Master, WB Donald R. Gardner.

June 5, 1998: Special Event

The Lodge brethren hosted an Open House in conjunction with the Homecoming Parade this year, and it was quite well received.  Mrs. Joan Draper, wife of RWB Edward L. Draper made a sign announcing the refreshments, which was posted outside the entrance to the Lodge building.

October 24, 1998: Special Event

RWB Michael Driver was recognized by the Valley of Toledo for receiving the 33rd Degree in September.  The Brethren came to the event in force to support him, and presented him with his 33rd degree hat as a gift from the Lodge.  He was very appreciative, and expressed his sincere thanks to the brethren.

November 3, 1998: Annual Meeting

In addition to the other business of the Annual Meeting, a petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Richard L. Nolte, a Senior DeMolay.  Brother Nolte went on to become quite active in the affairs of the Lodge, later serving as Secretary, and then as Master in 2008.

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 240 Brethren.  

1998-1999 Masonic Year

November 7, 1998: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                       Charles R. Murphy                                                

Senior Warden:                             John P. Sigurdson                                   

Junior Warden:                             Douglas R. Shank

Treasurer:                                      Robert A. Prahl

Secretary:                                      Michael W. Driver

Chaplain:                                       Ronald E. Cashen

Senior Deacon:                             Donald C. Mallett                                                

Junior Deacon:                             Todd A. Marsh                            

Tyler:                                              Eugene Potter

Education Officer:                        Frank J. Hlubik

Trustee:                                         E. LeRoy Williams   

After the Installation of Oficers, WB Michael Burkett, Past Master of Fort Industry Lodge #630 presented each of the officers a pin for their office, to be worn while in office, and then passed down to their successors.  The officers expressed their appreciation to WB Burkett for his generosity and thoughtfulness.

November 10, 1998: Special Event

38 members and numerous distinguished visitors were in attendance for the installation of WB Donald R. Gardner as District Education Officer of the 11th Masonic District.  The installation ceremony was conducted by the Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of F&AM of Ohio, RWB Thomas E. Reynolds.

November 17, 1998: Stated Meeting

A petition for affiliation was presented on behalf of Brother James M. (Jimmy) Snetz.  Brother Snetz became quite active in the Zenobia Shriners, and went on to receive recognition from the Grand Master of Ohio for his fifty years of service to Freemasonry.

January 19, 1999: Stated Meeting

A special guest speaker, WB Peter Dickson of Yondota Lodge #572 presented a program regarding his Masonic visits to the Grand Lodges of Scotland and England.  He discussed the differences in the work between those two jurisdictions and Ohio, and passed around materials he had procured from England and Scotland.  He was dressed in the kilt and plaids of the "Keith Clan," and was very well received by the Brethren.

February 2, 1999: Stated Meeting

A petition for affiliation was presented on behalf of Brother Danny D. Bullock.  Brother Bullock became quite active in the affairs of the Lodge, and served as its Master in 2010.  He also was recognized for his achievements at the District level, and served as President of the 11th Masonic District Association in 2011. 

February 4, 1999: Special Event

A large number of Brethren traveled to Barton Smith Lodge #613 for their Inspection in the Master Mason Degree.  Genoa Lodge Fellowcraft Nicholas C.Lange had agreed to be their inspection candidate, and the Master Mason Degree was conferred on him in black light format.  He remarked that it was a very impressive and memorable evening.

April 21, 1999: Special Event

Genoa Lodge again took the attendance gavel, this time at the inspection of Oak Harbor Lodge #495.  Many Brethren from the Lodge were at the Oak Harbor Inspection to support Genoa Brother Richard Nolte as he received the Fellow Craft Degree as their Inspection Candidate.

May 4, 1999: Stated Meeting

Brother Stan Hoffman, Chairman of the Fraternal Relations Committee, reported that Genoa Lodge had been represented at every inspection in the 11th District this year.  He was applauded by the Brethren for his efforts.

May 25, 1999: Special Event

The Lodge hosted a dinner to honor the local veterans, and invited the members of the American Legion and VFW as their guests.  The speaker for the evening was General David Einsel, who had been an advisor to President Reagan, and was a 33rd Degree Mason in the Valley of Toledo.  The Dining Room was full, and the entire evening was very well received by the honorees.

June 11, 1999: Emergent Communication

Among the Brethren attending the Masonic Memorial Service of WB Spencer J. Stewart were 13 Past Masters of Genoa Lodge.  WB Stewart had been very active in the affairs of the Lodge for over fifty years, and served as its Master in 1954. 

October 19, 1999: Stated Meeting

Eight other Lodges were represented to hear a special guest speaker, WB Richard L. Speer of Oliver H Perry Lodge #341.  WB Speer was very well known and highly regarded both Masonically, as Grand Warder of the Grand Commandery of Ohio, and professionally as Federal Bankruptcy Judge.  He presented a program entitled "Freemasonry During World War II," which was very well received by the Brethren. 

October 29, 1999: Special Event

Genoa Lodge sponsored a visitation of Syria Lodge of Detroit, at the Masonic Complex in Toledo.  The Entered Apprentice ritual was portrayed completely in Arabic, and it was preceded by an authentic arabic meal.  The event was co-sponsored by Boaz Lodge #659, and several hundred brethren were in attendance.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 244 Brethren.  

2000s

1999-2000 Masonic Year

November 16, 1999: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                     Ronald E. Cashen                                                

Senior Warden:                           John P. Sigurdson

Junior Warden:                           Douglas R. Shank

Treasurer:                                   Robert A. Prahl

Secretary:                                   Michael W. Driver

Chaplain:                                    Donald R. Gardner

Senior Deacon:                          Todd A. Marsh                                                 

Junior Deacon:                          Charles R. Murphy                            

Tyler:                                           Kenneth L. Fish

Education Officer:                     Frank J. Hlubik

Trustee:                                      Charles R. Murphy    

November 20, 1999: Special Event

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge traveled to Oak Harbor Lodge for a Friendship Breakfast.  The featured speaker was Genoa Brother RWB Edward L. Draper, who was a dynamic and sought-after speaker.  The event was an unqualified success.

December 7, 1999: Stated Meeting

Referenced in the minutes as an "historic night in the life of Genoa Lodge," the matter of purchasing the Genoa Savings & Loan Building, in which the Lodge had been meeting since 1910 came before the Brethren.  Having laid over a requisite amount of time and being properly presented, the Master called for a vote after much discusson.  WB Cashen ordered a written ballot, and the matter passed overwhelmingly.  As a result, the Secretary was asked to seek final approval of the Grand Lodge of Ohio.  That approval was granted by Grand Master MWB Ronald R. Rogers, and was read into the minutes of the Stated Meeting on January 15, 2000.

December 21, 1999: Stated Meeting

A petition for affiliation was received on behalf of WB Thoedore G. Rarig, who had served Portage Lodge #351 as its Master in 1976 and 1994.  He subsequently was elected to membership in Genoa Lodge, and welcomed to membership in the Past Masters' and Officers' Association. 

March 21, 2000: Stated Meeting

The Master had declared this as the official Past Masters' Degree Night, and the candidate for the degree was Brother Michael G. Cassis, III.  Brother Cassis was greeted by his uncle, RWB Michael W. Driver, who presided over the degree, and raised him to the degree of Master Mason.

April 29 - May 13, 2000: Special Event

Numerous brethren of Genoa Lodge joined other members of the 11th Masonic District to build a home for Habitat for Humanity in Holland, Ohio.  WB Charles R. Murphy, Past Master of Genoa Lodge and President of the 11th Masonic District Association was on hand for the official dedication ceremony of the home, and presented the keys to its new owner, Mary Alice Weber.

June 24, 2000: Special Event

At the Grand Assembly, Order of Rainbow for Girls, Miss Amanda Roadarmel of Genoa Assembly was installed as Grand Worthy Advisor of the State of Ohio.  This was a singular honor for Miss Roadarmel, and a source of pride for Genoa Assembly, as well as for Genoa Masonic Lodge. 

September 5, 2000: Stated Meeting

After the meeting, Brother James M. Snetz and his wife Jenny displayed a beautiful Masonic quilt she had made by hand, and which took nineteen months to make.  All the working tools of the craft were displayed, and the brethren marveled at its quality.

October 3, 2000: Stated Meeting

A petition for affiliation was received on behalf of Brother Chester G. Bulen, who had been a member of Portage Lodge #351.  He subsequently was elected to membership in Genoa Lodge, and became very active, serving as its Tyler for many years.

October 13, 2000: Emergent Communication

The brethren of Genoa Lodge gathered and performed a Masonic Memorial Service to pay their last respects to RWB John F. Wilhelm, who had passed away two days earlier, October 11, 2000.  RWB Wilhelm had served as Master of Genoa Lodge in 1967, and was the first Brother of Genoa Lodge ever to serve the Grand Lodge of Ohio as District Deputy Grand Master, a duty he ably performed from 1970-1973.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 242 Brethren.  

2000-2001 Masonic Year

Note: The minutes from November 14, 2000 to October 15, 2001 are missing.  We are trying to locate our records from this time period, but in the meantime are attempting to reconstruct records by other means.  As a result some information may be inadvertently omitted until such time as the minutes can be located. 

November 7, 2000: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                     Wayne G. Duez                                                

Senior Warden:                           John P. Sigurdson

Junior Warden:                           Douglas R. Shank

Treasurer:                                    Robert A. Prahl

Secretary:                                    Michael W. Driver

Chaplain:                                     Frank J. Hlubik 

Senior Deacon:                           Edward L. Draper                                                 

Junior Deacon:                           Richard L. Nolte  

Junior Steward:                          Robert E. Cashen                          

Tyler:                                           Ronald E. Cashen 

Education Officer:                      Donald R. Gardner  

Trustee:                                       Ronald E. Cashen      

Also at this meeting, a petition for affiliation was received on behalf of WB Lyle J. Oberhaus, who had served Portage Lodge #351 as its Master in 1986. He subsequently was elected to membership in Genoa Lodge, and welcomed to membership in the Past Masters' and Officers' Association. 

It also was reported that at the Grand Lodge of Ohio session two weeks before, Genoa Past Master Charles R. Murphy was appointed to the position of District Deputy Grand Master of the 11th Masonic District of Ohio.  RWB Murphy was duly congratulated by the Master and by the Brethren of the Lodge.

October 15, 2001: Stated Meeting

A petition for affiliation was received on behalf of WB Leon C. Rader, who had served Portage Lodge #351 as its Master in 1969.  He subsequently was elected to membership in Genoa Lodge, and welcomed to membership in the Past Masters' and Officers' Association.   In 2011, he bacame an Endowed Member of the Lodge.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 241 Brethren.  

2001-2002 Masonic Year

November 6, 2001: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                     Wayne G. Duez

Senior Warden:                           John P. Sigurdson

Junior Warden:                           Douglas R. Shank

Treasurer:                                    Robert A. Prahl

Secretary:                                    Richard L. Nolte

Chaplain:                                     Frank J. Hlubik

Senior Deacon:                           Edward L. Draper

Junior Deacon:                           Robert E. Cashen                            

Tyler:                                           Ronald E. Cashen   

Trustee:                                       Michael W. Driver     

RWB Michael Driver thanked the Brethren for the opportunity to serve as Sectretary for the previous twelve years, and indicated how he was grateful for their support.  The brethren responded appreciatively to his many years of dedication to the Lodge.

Also at this meeting, it was announced that three Past Masters of Genoa Lodge had been appointed to positions of prominence by the new Grand Master, MWB Thomas E. Reynolds at the annual Grand Lodge Session in October.  RWB Edward L. Draper was appointed Grand Tyler, RWB Charles R. Murphy was appointed Junior Grand Deacon, and WB Donald Gardner was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the Eleventh Masonic District.  RWB Draper and RWB Murphy were installed into their respective offices at the Grand Lodge Session, and RWB Gardner was installed at a Special Communication of Genoa Lodge on October 30th.

December 18, 2001: Stated Meeting

Genoa Lodge had a special visitor, District Deputy Grand Master RWB Michael J. Olmstead.  RWB Olmstead presented information about a new Grand Lodge initiative, called the "CLS Program," or "Concurrent Lodge System."  This program was a departure from the way meetings had been held in the past, and focused on more of a Group meeting concept with the Lodges participating together once a month.  He announced that Genoa Lodge was part of the "East Group," who's next meeting would be at Oak Harbor Lodge on January 23rd. 

Feburary 5, 2002: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Roy J. Whitehead.  Brother Whitehead quickly became active in the Lodge, and served as its Master on two occasions, in 2009 and 2011. 

March 5, 2002: Stated Meeting

A petition for affiliation was received on behalf of Brother James P. Taylor, who had been a member of Calumet Lodge #612 (later merged with Northern Light Lodge #40).  He subsequently was elected to membership in Genoa Lodge, and became very active, serving as its Master in the years 2006-2007, and then again in 2013.

April 27, 2002: Special Event

A controversial, yet historic event took place in the State of Ohio, with the first ever "Grand Master's One-Day Class."  Throughout the State of Ohio thousands of new members joined, and Genoa Lodge had a fair share as well.  Several of these new Brethren shortly thereafter assumed leadership roles in the Lodge.

May 7, 2002: Stated Meeting

Two Past Masters were among those who received 50-Year Awards at this Awards Night.  WB Gerald E. Spurgeon, who served as Master in 1961, and WB Walter C. Boday who served as Master in 1962 were presented their awards by RWB Donald R. Gardner on behalf of the Grand Master, MWB Thomas E. Reynolds.  Both brothers expressed their appreciation for the presentation, and offered pertinent and insightful remarks.

September 17, 2002: Emergent Communication

Sixty Brethren gathered to honor the memory of Brother Frank J. Hlubik, the Lodge's Chaplain at a Masonic Memorial Service.  He had achieved many honors, including the Meritorious Service Award of the AASR Valley of Toledo, and numerous honorary symbolic Lodge memberships.  He was universally highly regarded.

September 24, 2002: Special Event

A special recognition dinner was held by Genoa Lodge to recognize RWB Edward L. Draper, for his tenure as Grand Tyler of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio.  The brethren were very proud of RWB Draper, and wanted to express their appreciation for all he had done on behalf of Freemasonry.  The Grand Master, MWB Thomas E. Reynolds, the Grand Chaplain, RWB Tobe N. Riedel and the Junior Grand Deacon, RWB Charles R. Murphy also were in attendance to honor and congratulate him as well.

October 1, 2002: Stated Meeting

A petition for affiliation was received on behalf of WB Lloyd N. Gamertsfelder, who had served Portage Lodge #351 as its Master in 1973. He subsequently was elected to membership in Genoa Lodge, and welcomed to membership in the Past Masters' and Officers' Association. 

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 256 Brethren. 

2002-2003 Masonic Year

November 6, 2002: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:              John P. Sigurdson 

Senior Warden:                    Michael W. Driver 

Junior Warden:                    Edward L. Draper 

Treasurer:                            Robert A. Prahl

Secretary:                            Richard L. Nolte

Chaplain:                             Ronald E. Cashen 

Senior Deacon:                   Wayne G. Duez 

Junior Deacon:                   James P. Taylor

Senior Steward:                  Brian K. Golden

Junior Steward:                 Roy J. Whitehead                            

Tyler:                                   Kenneth L. Fish  

Trustee:                              Wayne G. Duez      

L.E.O:                                  David A. Jensen

 

December 18, 2002: Table Lodge

Twenty-five Brethren were present for the Feast of St. John, which included five visiting Brethren from other Lodges.  The box of fraternal assistance was passed, and all the monies raised went to support the AASR - 32nd Degree Learning Center.

May 12, 2003: Emergent Communication

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge gathered at Eggleston Meinert Funeral Home to perform a Masonic Memorial Service and pay their last respects to WB Dale R. Brandt, who had passed away on May 8, 2003.  WB Brandt had ably served as Master of Genoa Lodge in 1981.

May 20, 2003: Stated Meeting

It was reported that our Senior Steward, Brian Golden relocated to Texas to take a new job with Harley Davidson.  The Brethren decided that they would pro-tem the position for the remainder of the Masonic year, rather than appointing and installing another brother at this time.

August 9, 2003: Emergent Communication

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge gathered at Robinson-Henn-Brossia Funeral Home in Genoa to perform a Masonic Memorial Service and pay their last respects to WB Albert J. (Pete) Cairl, who had passed away on August 7, 2003.  WB Cairl was raised to the degree of Master Mason in 1946, and served as Master of Genoa Lodge in 1959. 

October 21, 2003: Stated Meeting

A petition for affiliation was received on behalf of WB Clarence R. Rice, who had served Port Lawrence Lodge #685 as its Master in 1987. Additionally at this same meeting, a petition for plural Membership was received from Brother Greg Jennison of Paragon Lodge #788.  They both were subsequently elected to membership in Genoa Lodge, and WB Rice was welcomed to membership in the Past Masters' and Officers' Association.  Brother Jennison immediately became active in the affairs of Genoa Lodge, and served as its Master in 2005, then as Secretary until 2009.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 260 Brethren.  

2003-2004 Masonic Year

November 15, 2003: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:             Wayne G. Duez 

Senior Warden:                   Gregory A. Jennison 

Junior Warden:                   James P. Taylor 

Treasurer:                            John P. Sigurdson

Secretary:                            Richard L. Nolte

Chaplain:                             Ronald E. Cashen

Senior Deacon:                   Stanley J. Hoffman 

Junior Deacon:                   Roy J. Whitehead

Senior Steward:                  Timothy A. Austin

Junior Steward:                  Brandon R. Macklenar                            

Tyler:                                    Kenneth L. Fish

Trustee:                               John P. Sigurdson     

L.E.O:                                   David A. Jensen

 

December 16, 2003: Stated Meeting

The educational presentation this evening was given by Brother Gerald Weigle of Paragon Lodge #788.  A Financial Advisor by profession, his program on investing, REITs and real estate investment trusts was very well received.  It was proposed that the information be used by the Lodge in attempting to obtain higher rates of return on investments.

February 24, 2004: Annual Inspection

The Inspection this year was in the Entered Apprentice Degree, and the District Deputy Grand Master RWB John F. Wilson reported very favorably on the events of the evening.  In particular he commented on the Lectue by the Junior Warden Jim Taylor, the Charge by the Senior Warden Greg Jennison and the music by Brother Herb Marsh.  He then gave a very informative history of Genoa Lodge, which he had researched at the library.

April 20, 2004: Annual Awards Night

RWB William Jones and RWB Charles Murphy joined the Master in presenting several service awards. Among them were 25-year awards to Past Masters Douglas Habegger, Keith Norwalk and Lyle Oberhaus, as well as a 50-year presentation to Brother Alvin Moritz and a 60-year presentation to Brother Henry Moyer.

May 29, 2004: Emergent Communication

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge gathered at Robinson-Henn-Brossia Funeral Home to perform a Masonic Memorial Service and pay their last respects to WB William E. Rost, Sr., who had passed away the previous day, May 28, 2004.  WB Rost was raised to the degree of Master Mason in 1967, and served as Master of Genoa Lodge in 1974.

June 29, 2004: Special Event

The Grand Master, MWB Steven J. Krekus and his wife Carol were guests of the Lodge at Genoa's Firendship Night this year.  Seating was limited to 70 reservations for the event, and it was well attended by Lodge brethren as well as several Masonic guests.

August 8, 2004: Special Event

The Summer picnic this year was held at Victorian Inn in Marblehead, hosted by the Master, Wayne and his wife Ann Duez.  There was a tremendous turnout by the members and their families.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 250 Brethren.  

2004-2005 Masonic Year

November 6, 2004: Annual Installation of Officers

This year's Installation of Officers was held at Genoa Christian Church in Genoa, under dispensation of the Grand Master, MWB Jim S. Deyo.  The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                     Gregory A. Jennison 

Senior Warden:                           James P. Taylor  

Junior Warden:                          *T. Dale Brandt

Treasurer:                                   John P. Sigurdson

Secretary:                                    Donald R. Gardner

Chaplain:                                     Ronald E. Cashen

Senior Deacon:                           Richard L. Nolte 

Junior Deacon:                           Roy J. Whitehead

Senior Steward:                          Donald G. Claus

Junior Steward:                          Steven D. Claus                            

Tyler:                                           Kenneth L. Fish

Trustee:                                      Wayne G. Duez      

L.E.O:                                          David A. Jensen

*WB T. Dale Brandt was installed as Junior Warden at a later date.

December 14, 2004: Table Lodge

This year's Feast of St. John included five visiting Brethren from other Lodges, RWB James Wagner of Paragon #788, RWB Leland Waltz of Findlay #227, WB Thomas Logan from Paragon #788 as well as Brothers Ben Croley and Tim Wolf, also from Paragon #788.  Brother Ben Croley was the featured speaker, and addressed the issue of raising enthusiasm within the Lodges.  The box of fraternal assistance was passed, and all the monies raised went to support the Ohio Special Olympics. 

February 22, 2005: Annual Inspection

Sixty-six brethren were in attendance for the Annual Inspection in the Fellow Craft degree this year, which included visiting Brethren from five Masonic Districts.  In addition to the numerous dignitaries, fifteen Past Masters were recognized.  The District Deputy Grand Master, RWB James C. Wagner reported very favorably on the events of the evening, and informed all in attendance that the evening was the 273rd Anniversary of WB George Washington's birthday in 1732.

April 9, 2005: Special Event

The Heatherdowns Masonic Complex in Toledo was the location of this year's Grand Master's Class for Northwest Ohio.  There were 217 gentlemen who received their Masonic degrees at the venue, including eight new Masons from Genoa Lodge #433.  This was the third time that a one-day format occured within the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, and state-wide, it is reported that 2,750 new members received their degree that day.

May 24, 2005: Special Event

This year's Family Friendship Night was entitled "Hawaiian Luau," which included a Hawaiian theme.  The featured speaker for the evening was District Deputy Grand Master RWB John F. Wilson, who was very well received by all the Brethren and guests.  In addition, there was a very informative presentation on the Shrine by the Illustrious Potentate of Zenobia Shrine, WB Bryan L. Waggoner, III.

October 18, 2005: Stated Meeting

A petition for affiliation was received on behalf of WB Ray L. McLargin, who had served Port Lawrence Lodge #685 as its Master in 1973, and had served the Grand Council of Royal & Select Masters as Grand Illustrious Master in 1988.  In addition to these achievements, he also had been honored as a 33rd Degree Mason of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite - Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.  He subsequently was elected to membership in Genoa Lodge, and welcomed to membership in the Past Masters' and Officers' Association.  

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 253 Brethren.  

2005-2006 Masonic Year

November 5, 2005: Annual Installation of Officers

This year's Installation of Officers was held at Genoa Christian Church in Genoa, under dispensation of the Grand Master, MWB James M. Williamson. The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:          James P. Taylor 

Senior Warden:                Donald R. Gardner  

Junior Warden:                Richard L. Nolte 

Treasurer:                        John P. Sigurdson

Secretary:                        Gregory A. Jennison  

Chaplain:                          Ronald E. Cashen

Senior Deacon:                Roy J. Whitehead 

Junior Deacon:                Steven D. Claus                            

Tyler:                                 Vance H. Champion  

Trustee:                            Gregory A. Jennison      

L.E.O:                                Joseph L. Everhardt, Jr. 

Upon his installation as Master of Genoa Lodge, WB James P. Taylor announced his theme for the coming year as: "The ties that bind us."  He presented all the brethren with calendars of upcoming events for the year, including tie themes for every month.

November 15, 2005: Stated Meeting

Brethren from three Masonic Districts were in attendance for a special presentation by RWB Russell Herner.  A noted author and Masonic Scholar, RWB Herner's presentation was entitled "Cathedrals Built by Masons."  His program was very informative, and greatly appreciated by all in attendance. 

February 7, 2006: Stated Meeting

It was reported that the original Charter of Genoa Lodge #433, now over 135 years old, had been officially transferred to the Grand Lodge of F&AM of Ohio for professional restoration.  Additionally, the Grand Lodge of Ohio will store it for the Lodge in a proper climate-controlled environment until such time as the Lodge wishes to have it returned to our possession.

April 22, 2006: Special Event

The Lodge's annual Widows' Luncheon this year was held at Cafe Marie in Oregon, Ohio.  In addition to five widows of brethren from Genoa Lodge, we also had the widow of a brother from Paragon Lodge #788 attend for the first time.

June 20, 2006: Stated Meeting

This meeting featured a special presentation regarding the Daniel Carter Beard Scouter Award and its history, as well as its significance to Freemasonry and to the Boy Scouts organization.  After making this presentation, WB Charlie Horn of Green Springs Lodge #427 joined the Master west of the Altar.  They then asked Brother Vance Champion to join them, and presented the Award to him on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Ohio and the Boy Scouts of America.  Brother Champion was surprised and honored to be the first brother from Genoa Lodge ever to receive this prestigious honor.

July 17, 2006: Emergent Communication

25 brethren convened at the Eggleston-Meinert-Pavley Funeral home for the purpose of a Masonic Memorial Service for Brother Kenneth Lewis (Spike) Fish.  Brother Fish had served Genoa Lodge as its Tyler in the early 2000s, and was a very active member of the Lodge at the time of his death.

September 19, 2006: Stated Meeting

Acting in his capacity as President of the Grand Lodge Charitable Foundation, RWB Charles Murphy thanked the brethren of Genoa Lodge for thinking of the Foundation in the matter of a local family who hed been devastated by a fire in their home.  Due to the Lodge's request, the Foundation was able to help the Genoa family with a gift of $1,500.00 to help with their expenses.

Also at this meeting, a petition for affiliation as a Plural Member was received on behalf of WB Donald O. Harrington, who had served Boaz Lodge #669 as its Master in 1996.  He subsequently was elected to membership in Genoa Lodge, and welcomed to membership in the Past Masters' and Officers' Association.  In 2012 he served Genoa Lodge as its Master, becoming the first member of Genoa Lodge ever to have served as Master of another Lodge and also serve Genoa Lodge as its Master.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 241 Brethren.  

2006-2007 Masonic Year

Note: The minutes from December, 2006 to June, 2008 are missing. We are trying to locate our records from this time period, but in the meantime are attempting to reconstruct records by other means. As a result some information may be inadvertently omitted until such time as the minutes can be located.  

November 10, 2006: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                    James P. Taylor

Senior Warden:                          Richard L. Nolte   

Junior Warden:                          Roy J. Whitehead 

Treasurer:                                   John P. Sigurdson

Secretary:                                   Gregory A. Jennison

Chaplain:                                    Ronald E. Cashen

Senior Deacon:                          Donald R. Gardner 

Junior Deacon:                          John P. Niefer

Senior Steward:                         Gary R. Haas      

Junior Steward:                         Paul A. Perry                      

Tyler:                                          Vance H. Champion

Trustee:                                      E. LeRoy Williams      

L.E.O:                                         Donald R. Gardner 

 

November 21, 2006: Stated Meeting

A petition for affiliation as a Plural Member was received on behalf of WB Gary L. Golden, who had served William Farr Lodge #672 as its Master in 2006.  He subsequently was elected to membership in Genoa Lodge, and welcomed to membership in the Past Masters' and Officers' Association.  

 

Membership of the Lodge numbered 250 Brethren.  

2007-2008 Masonic Year

Note: The minutes from December, 2006 to June, 2008 are missing. We are trying to locate our records from this time period, but in the meantime are attempting to reconstruct records by other means. As a result some information may be inadvertently omitted until such time as the minutes can be located.  

February 12, 2008: Annual Inspection

Fifty-five brethren attended the Annual Inspection of Genoa Lodge.  RWB Jeremy Sharninghouse reported very favorably on the evening and the administration of the Lodge.  In particular, he commended the Brethren on an increase of membership with a net gain of nine members.

July 22, 2008: By-Laws Revision

Having laid over the prescribed amount of time and being properly presented before the Brethren, a dues increase was approved by the Brethren at the last Stated Meeting in June.  This rasied the annual dues from $35.00 to $65.00.  On July 22, 2008, the revision was approved and signed by Grand Master MWB Ronald L. Winnett.

September 2, 2008: Stated Meeting

It was reported that MWB Thomas E. Reynolds, Past Grand Master passed away on June 28, 2008.  His Masonic Memorial Service was conducted on July 1st on behalf of North Baltimore Lodge #561 by Genoa Lodge member RWB Charles Murphy, Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ohio.  MWB Reynolds had appointed RWB Murphy into the progressive line of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, and was scheduled to install him as Grand Master of Ohio in October.  He was a good friend of Genoa Lodge and all Ohio masons, and his loss will be deeply felt.

October 17 & 18, 2008: Grand Session of the Grand Lodge of F&AM of Ohio

At the 199th Session of the Grand Lodge Session held in Columbus, Ohio, Past Master of Genoa Lodge Charles R. Murphy was elected and installed as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio.  He was installed by MWB George O. Braatz, Past Grand Master and good friend of Genoa Lodge.  The new Grand Master announced the theme "REACH" for the year, and and will be leading the 110,000 Masons of Ohio in an energetic and ambitious program of outreach and improvement as Freemasonry enters its third century in Ohio. Many Brothers from Genoa Lodge and the 11th Masonic District were in attendance at the Session to support Freemasonry in general, and MWB Murphy in particular.

In addition, the new Grand Master reappointed RWB Donald R. Gardner as District Deputy Grand Master for the Eleventh District, as he had only served the Grand Lodge of Ohio in that capacity for one year in 2002.  RWB Gardner once again served the Grand Lodge of Ohio well, and made Genoa Lodge very proud.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 238 Brethren.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

2008-2009 Masonic Year

November 8, 2008: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                    Roy J. Whitehead

Senior Warden:                          Danny D. Bullock

Junior Warden:                          Donald O. Harrington

Treasurer:                                   John P. Sigurdson

Secretary:                                   Gregory A. Jennison

Chaplain:                                    Ronald E. Cashen

Senior Deacon:                          Gary R. Haas

Junior Deacon:                          Ryan R. Hartman

Senior Steward:                         John P. Niefer

Junior Steward:                         David J. Mechel

Lodge Education Officer:         James P. Taylor

Tyler:                                          Chester G. Bulen

Trustee:                                      Richard L. Nolte

November 18,2008: Stated Meeting

The Grand Master of Ohio, MWB Charles Murphy was in attendance and participated in the Master Mason degree for Brother Matthew A. Weaver.  Brother Weaver subsequently became an Endowed Member of Genoa Lodge.

December 9, 2008: Special Awards Night, and EA Degree

The Grand Master was on hand to make awards presentations to deserving Brethren, as well as to initiate his son as an Entered Apprentice.  He presented Brother James M. Snetz with his 50-Year Award, and thanked him for his distinguished service to Genoa Lodge as well as to the Zenobia Shriners.  He also presented a 60-Year Award to WB Robert G. Widmer, and they reminisced about how MWB Murphy also had presented him his 50-Year Award when WB Murphy was the Master of Genoa Lodge.  Finally he presented a 60-Year Award to WB John F. Werner, who was Master of the Lodge over 50 years ago, in 1956.  The Brethren of the Lodge extended their resounding appreciation to these Brethren for their many years of dedicated service.

MWB Murphy then assumed the seat of the Master to Initiate his son, Price H. Murphy as an Entered Apprentice.  WB Donald Harrington, the candidate's grandfather served as Senior Deacon.  Among the many dignitaries present that evening were the Grand Chaplain, RWB Gary L. McElfresh, the Junior Grand Deacon RWB Robert C. Rill, Jr., and the Grand Tyler, RWB Timothy L. Jolliff.

March 17, 2009: Stated Meeting

In conjunction with the Stated Meeting on March 17, the Past Master's Board in the Lobby was dedicated.  Noting that it needed a great deal of attention, WB James Taylor took it upon himself to see that the previous Past Master's Board was competely redone, including reconfiguration, re-painting and all new name plates for our Past Masters.  The beautiful Board on display today is a result of his labors; he was commended for all his efforts.

March 21, 2009: Special Event

For the first time, the Grand Master of Ohio ordered that every Lodge in the State of Ohio hold an Open House for the community.  MWB Murphy had a number of radio spots across the State, and every Lodge was to hold their own open house on their own terms.  The brethren of Genoa Lodge got together to ensure the building looked great for any visitors who stopped by, they had refreshments available, and those who participated had a good time.

March 31, 2009: Annual Inspection

136 Brethren signed the attendance roster on the occasion of Genoa Lodge's Annual Inspection. Due to the large number of members present, closed circuit access was required in the dining room for additional Brethren to observe the evening's events from outside the Lodge Room.  Fifteen District Deputy Grand Masters and Past District Deputy Grand Masters were in attendance from 8 Ohio Districts as well as the Grand Lodge of Ontario, and the Grand Lodge officers of the Grand Lodge of F&AM of Ohio also were present.  All the Brethren present saw a great degree, and were pleased to see the Grand Master of Ohio raise his son, Price H. Murphy to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.  Nineteen Past Masters of Genoa Lodge also were on hand to share the events of the evening.

May 19, 2009: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Timothy D. Williams.  Brother Williams, Past Master Councilor of Ottawa Chapter Order of DeMolay, quickly became active in the Lodge and served as its Master in 2014.  At the time of his installation as Master in November 2013, he was 23 years old, the youngest brother ever to serve Genoa Lodge in that capacity.

May 29, 2009: Genoa Homecoming Parade

The Brethren of the Lodge showed up in force to ride a float and march in the Annual Parade. As part of MWB Murphy's "REACH" initiative, the Brethren wore their Masonic regalia as proof of their pride in Freemasonry, and of their active presence in the community. 

June 2, 2009: Stated Meeting

The Master ordered that the Altar be draped in honor and in memory of WB Walter C. Boday, who passed away on May 31, 2009. Having been raised to the degree of Master Mason in 1950, he served Genoa Lodge as its Master in 1962. 

July 4, 2009: Woodville Community Parade

The Brethren of the Lodge had a great showing to support the Village of Woodville and to march in the Annual Parade.  As in the Genoa Parade, the Brethren wore their Masonic regalia as proof of their pride in Freemasonry, and of their active presence in the Village of Woodville. 

August 30, 2009: Special Event

A number of brethren from Genoa Lodge went to Perrysburg, Ohio, where MWB Murphy and the Grand Lodge officers conducted a Cornerstone Laying Ceremony for the new Zenobia Shriners building.  The cornerstone was laid in accordance with ancient tradition, and the Grand Master included all the local Brethren who were interested in processing to the ceremony.  It was a tremendous event for all.

September 1, 2009: Stated Meeting

The Master ordered that the Altar be draped in honor and in memory of WB Richard D. Boltz, who passed away on July 22, 2009.  Having been raised to the degree of Master Mason in 1964, he served Genoa Lodge as its Master in 1971.

September 26, 2009: Special Events

The Grand Master conducted two local ceremonies in Ottawa County, and the brethren of Genoa Lodge joined all the Grand Lodge Officers and lended their enthusiastic support.  Both Oak Harbor Lodge #495 and Oliver H. Perry Lodge #341 had recently moved into new buildings, so MWB Murphy scheduled both Ceremonies of Dedication for the same day.  The Brethren all started in Oak Harbor to dedicate the new Lodge Room for Oak Harbor Lodge, and then traveled to Port Clinton to dedicate the Lodge Room of Oliver H. Perry Lodge.  Everyone agreed that the day was very successful, and that the ceremonies were very impressive and meaningful for everyone involved.

October 16 & 17, 2009: 200th Annual Grand Session of the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio

The 200th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Ohio was opened by the officers of Genoa Lodge #433 in Toledo, Ohio.  RWB Michael Driver escorted the Grand Lodge officers except the Grand Master into the Session and introduced them.  Brother Price H. Murphy then introduced the Grand Master and escorted him to the East, where he was honored and presented the gavel by WB Roy J. Whitehead to preside over the Grand Session.  Genoa Lodge figured prominently in this session, as the Lodge was a recipient of the 2009 Grand Master's Award.  Additionally, RWB Donald R. Gardner, Past Master of Genoa Lodge was awarded the P. Dean Gerber Award of Distinction by the Grand Master and MWB C. Michael Watson.  At the conclusion of the Session, MWB Terry W. Posey, the new Grand Master of Ohio, declared the 200th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, and Genoa Lodge #433 to be closed.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 237 Brethren.  

2010s

2009-2010 Masonic Year

  

November 3, 2009: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                              Danny D. Bullock

Senior Warden:                                    Roy J. Whitehead

Junior Warden:                                    Donald O. Harrington 

Treasurer:                                            John P. Sigurdson

Secretary:                                            Charles R. Murphy

Chaplain:                                             Ronald L. Cashen

Senior Deacon:                                   Ryan R. Hartman

Junior Deacon:                                   Ricky G. Lynn, II

Senior Steward:                                  Dustin N. Cashen

Junior Steward:                                  Aaron C. Welling

Lodge Education Officer:                  James P. Taylor

Tyler:                                                   Chester G. Bulen

Trustee:                                               Roy J. Whitehead

December 15, 2009: Stated Meeting

Having been properly presented for consideration, a By-Laws change was presented to the Brethren for a vote.  The proposed change was to amend the meeting time from the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 pm to the first and third Tuesdays at 7:00pm.  The By-Laws revision did not pass, so the Stated Meetings of the Lodge will remain at 7:30pm.

January 26, 2010: Annual Inspection

Eighty Brethren shared fellowship at Genoa Lodge on the occasion of the Lodge's Annual Inspection.  Many dignitaries were present for the occasion, and RWB Gary L. McElfresh, Associate Grand Chaplain and RWB Timothy L. Jolliff, Past Grand Tyler, both of whom served as Grand Lodge Officers with MWB Murphy last year made a special appearance. The Entered Apprentice Degree was conferred on Brother Denny Saldusky in fine manner, and RWB Jeremy Sharninghouse reported very favorably on the evening. 

February 19, 2010: Emergent Communication

117 Brethren joined together to mourn the death of RWB Donald R. Gardner, who passed away after a long fight against leukemia.  RWB Gardner was highly regarded for all his Masonic activities throughout the State of Ohio, and even the Grand Master, MWB Terry W. Posey was represented at his service.  Don contributed greatly to the success of Genoa Lodge, and his positive influence will be felt for many years to come.

June 1, 2010: Stated Meeting

Having been properly presented for consideration, a number of changes to the By-Laws were presented to the members for a vote.  The proposal reflected alterations which were designed to bring the document up-to-date, and the provisions were individually approved.  The Grand Master, MWB Terry W. Posey subsequently approved the new By-Laws on June 3, 2010.

June 8, 2010: Annual Past Masters & Officers Association Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Association was conducted by WB Taylor, and WB Whitehead announced several community outreach initiatives for the coming year.  WB Bullock recapitulated the various successes of the year, which proved the Lodge to be a vital and active part of the community, as well as very charitable.   WB Bullock was congratulated by the association members for a great year.    

July 3, 2010: Woodville Community Parade

The Brethren of the Lodge showed up in force to support the Village of Woodville and march in the Annual Parade. This was after another successful appearance in the Genoa Parade in June.  Due to a dispensaton from our District Deputy Grand Master Jeremy Sharninghouse, the Brethren wore their Masonic regalia on both occasions as proof of their pride in Freemasonry, and of their active presence in the communities.  

October 5, 2010: Annual Past Masters' Degree

The Past Masters of Genoa Lodge once again performed a fine Master Mason Degree, as has become their annual custom.  The degree this year was conferred on Brother David J. Loken, who expressed his appreciation to the Past Masters of Genoa Lodge for the time and energy they expended to make it such a success.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 232 Brethren.  

2010-2011 Masonic Year

November 6, 2010: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                 Roy J. Whitehead

Senior Warden:                       Donald O. Harrington

Junior Warden:                       Ryan R. Hartman 

Treasurer:                               John P. Sigurdson

Secretary:                               Charles R. Murphy

Chaplain:                                Ronald L. Cashen

Senior Deacon:                      Ricky G. Lynn, II

Junior Deacon:                      Dustin N. Cashen

Senior Steward:                     Aaron C. Welling

Junior Steward:                     Donald T. Hunter

Lodge Education Officer:     James P. Taylor

Tyler:                                      Chester G. Bulen

Trustee:                                  Danny D. Bullock

November 30, 2010: Service Awards

Grand Lodge Service Awards were presented by the District Deputy Grand Master, RWB William G. Windnagel, with the assistance of the Master, WB Roy Whitehead.  Brother Roger Traver was presented a 50-year Service Award, and Brother Wilbur Hesselbart was presented a 60-year Service Award.

December 21, 2010: Stated Meeting

The Master ordered the Altar to be draped in honor and memory of WB Harold D. Padley, who had passed away December 10, 2010.  Having served Yondota Lodge #572 as Master in 1966, WB Padley had been a faithful member of Genoa Lodge since 1995.

December 28, 2010: Emergent Communication

Brethren from Paragon Lodge #788 joined the brethren of Genoa Lodge to perform a Masonic Memorial Service in honor of WB Clarence R. Rice, who passed away Christmas Day, December 25, 2010.  Having served Port Lawrence Lodge #685 as Master in 1987, WB Rice had been a faithful member of Genoa Lodge since 2003. 

February 22, 2011: Annual Inspection 

79 Brethren attended Genoa Lodge on the occasion of the Lodge's Annual Inspection. Many dignitaries were present for the occasion, and the Brethren were treated to Brother Jimmy Snetz' famous bean soup dinner prior to the degree. The Fellow Craft Degree was conferred on Brother Lucas Cooley, who was a courtesy candidate from Green Springs Lodge #427.  Brother Cooley is the son of RWB Steven Cooley, District Deputy Grand Master of the 16th District, and the 16th District was very well represented for the event.  In all, five different Masonic Districts were represented for the evening.

March 1, 2011: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Mark P. Allred, Jr.  Brother Allred quickly became involved in the affairs of the Lodge as well as the 11th Masonic District, and served as the Lodge's Master in the 2015 Masonic year.  Subsquently he was elected to lead the 11th Masonic District as its President in 2015-2016, and appointed to serve as a District Deputy Grand Master in 2016-2017.

March 29, 2011: Annual Past Masters & Officers Association Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Association was conducted by WB Whitehead, and the members in attendance voted to have the Association purchase lecture bars for all Genoa Lodge Brethren from this point forward who learn a lecture.  A collection was taken, and the members agreed to make Brother Dustin Cashen the first official recipient of the award due to his fine portrayal of the Entered Apprentice Degree Lecture.

June 3, 2011: Genoa Community Parade

The Brethren of the Lodge showed up in force to support the Village of Genoa and march in the Annual Parade.  Due to a dispensaton from our District Deputy Grand Master William Windnagel, the Brethren wore their Masonic regalia as proof of their pride in Freemasonry.

July 31, 2011: Annual Lodge Picnic

The Summer Picnic at Trailmarker Park in Woodville was our biggest one to date, and was a tremendous success.  In addition to all the members of the Lodge, postcards had been sent to the advisors of DeMolay and Rainbow Girls.  The communication appeared to have a positive impact on the attendance.

September 21, 2011: Emergent Communication

Thirty Brethren joined together to mourn the death of Brother Ricky G. Lynn, II, who was serving Genoa Lodge as its Senior Deacon at the time of his death.  Just 37 years of age, Brother Lynn tragically passed away after a valiant battle with cancer.  Diagnosed in June, the disease progressed quickly and he passed away on September 18, 2011.  WB Gary Golden hosted a reception for Brother Lynn's family and friends at the Zenobia Shriners building in Perrysburg Township immediately following the Masonic Memorial Service.

October 4, 2011: Grand Council, Royal & Select Masons of Ohio

A good number of Brethren of Genoa Lodge traveled to Columbus, Ohio to support and congratulate WB Douglas A. Habegger on the occasion of his installation as Grand Illustrious Master of Royal & Select Masons of Ohio.  At that session, he also announced that he was appointing WB Ronald Cashen as Grand Aide to the Grand Master.  As a result, Genoa Lodge #433 was very well represented in the Grand Council for 2012.

October 11, 2011: Stated Meeting

A petition for first reading was presented on behalf of Mr. Jeffrey M. Sime.  Brother Sime became very quickly involved in the activities of the Lodge, and spearheaded the renovations in preparation for our 150th Anniversary celebrations in 2019.  He also served Genoa Lodge as its Master in the 2016 Masonic Year.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 232 Brethren. 

2011-2012 Masonic Year

November 1, 2011: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                        Donald O. Harrington

Senior Warden:                              Ryan R. Hartman

Junior Warden:                              Timothy D. Williams

Treasurer:                                      John P. Sigurdson

Secretary:                                      Charles R. Murphy

Chaplain:                                        Danny D. Bullock

Senior Deacon:                              Mark P. Allred

Junior Deacon:                              Aaron C. Welling

Senior Steward:                             Donald T. Hunter

Junior Steward:                             Jason J. Palmer

Lodge Education Officer:             James P. Taylor

Tyler:                                              Chester G. Bulen

Trustee:                                          James P. Taylor

November 8, 2011: Special Event

As this was the annual Awards Night, many Brethren were on hand to receive Service Awards for Lodge tenure.  Among them was WB Lloyd N. Gamertsfelder, who was presented a 50-Year Award by District Deputy Grand Master RWB George W. Wagner on behalf of the Grand Master of Ohio.  WB Gamertsfelder served Portage Lodge #351 as its Master in 1973.

November 27, 2011: Emergent Communication for Award Presentation

Several Brethren met Brother Earl R. Warnke in his home to congratulate him on Seventy Years of Masonic Membership, and present him a special Service Award from the Grand Lodge of Ohio on behalf of Genoa Masonic Lodge.  Brother Warnke has been a faithful member since he was raised to the degree of Master Mason in 1942.  On hand to participate in the presentation were the Master WB Donald O. Harrington, the Secretary MWB Charles R. Murphy,  the Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Royal & Select Masons of Ohio WB Douglas A. Habegger,  the District Deputy Grand Master RWB George W. Wagner, and the Grand Orator of the Grand Lodge of F&AM of Ohio, RWB Robert C. Rill, Jr.  In conjunction with the event, he also was presented a 60-year award from the Grand Council, Royal & Select Masons by the M.I.G.M, WB Habegger.

January 10, 2012: Annual Inspection

84 Brethren crowded the Lodge Room of Genoa Lodge on the occasion of the Lodge's Annual Inspection.  Many dignitaries were present for the occasion, and the Brethren were treated to Brother Jimmy Snetz' famous bean soup dinner prior to the degree.  The Master Mason Degree was conferred on Brother Jeffrey M. Sime in fine manner, and four different Masonic Districts were represented for the evening.  The Lodge was inspected by RWB Steven Grindle, District Deputy Grand Master of the 11th Masonic District, who reported favorably on the evening.

February 7, 2012: Stated Meeting

A petition for affiliation was received on behalf of WB Rodney J. Wilhelm, who had served Oak Harbor Lodge #495 as its Master in 2010.  He subsequently was elected to membership in Genoa Lodge, and welcomed to membership in the Past Masters' and Officers' Association.  

February 21, 2012: Stated Meeting

Operating under Dispensation of the Grand Master, the Lodge continued its annual tradition of opening and closing the Stated Meeting early, then traveling together to the Inspection at Pemberville Lodge #516.  Fifteen Genoa Brethren participated in the visitation at Pemberville, resulting in Genoa Lodge being awarded the 11th Masonic District's traveling gavel once again.

March 12, 2012: Emergent Communication

Brethren from Genoa Lodge gathered for the purpose of conducting a Masonic Memorial Service for Brother Earl R. Warnke, who had passed away March 2, 2012.  Brother Warnke was a 70-Year member of the Lodge, having received his three degrees in 1942.  He was 91 years old at the time of his death.

April 10, 2012: Annual Past Masters' MM Degree

The Past Masters and Officers Association along with the Brethren of Genoa Lodge gathered for the purpose of conferring the Master Mason Degree on Brother Joshua L. Laston.  In this annual event the Past Masters, assisted by the officers, take various positions in the Lodge to confer the degree.  This year, WB James P. Taylor (2006,2007) presided, WB Donald O. Harrington (1997,2012) served in the west, and WB John F. "Jack" Werner , Jr. (1956) took the South.  Assisting them were WB Leon C. Rader (1969) as Junior Deacon, MWB Charles R. Murphy (1999) who presented the Lecture, WB Danny D. Bullock (2010) who served as Chaplain and presented the Bible and RWB Michael W. Driver (1984) who presented the Apron.  WB Roy J. Whitehead (2009,2011) presided in the second section.  This Association is the oldest of its kind in Northwest Ohio, and Brother Laston recieved a fine degree.

April 27 - April 29, 2012: Special Event

As President of the Midwest Conference on Masonic Education, MWB Murphy brought the annual session of its delegates to Ohio, and the sessions were held in Toledo.  The leaders of eleven Grand Lodge jurisdictions from all over the United States and Canada were represented, including the Grand Lodge Officers and numerous other attendees from the Grand Lodge of Ohio.  This conference is the oldest and most prestigious of its kind, and meets annually to discuss and promote topics of Masonic Education.  The next time the conference is scheduled to be in Ohio will be the year 2025.

August 4, 2012: Special Event

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge scheduled a visit to a family with a special needs child in our community, and presented a check on behalf of the Grand Lodge Charitable Foundation.  Through the generosity of the Lodge brethren and the Foundation, the Lodge was able to help the family with a donation of $1,800.00.  The gift was greatly appreciated.

August 26, 2012: Special Event

Brothers Donald Hunter and Mark Allred were welcomed into Turkeyfoot Hillbilly Clan #75, a unit of Zenobia Shriners.  Genoa Lodge has an active membership in the Hillbillies, and on hand to welcome the new members were MWB Charles Murphy, WB Donald Harrington, Brother Chet Bulen, Brother Dale Wax, Brother Stanley Hoffman, WB Leon Rader (Keeper of the Quill), and Brother Jim Snetz (Raban of the Clan, and a 50-year member of Genoa Lodge).

September 4, 2012: Stated Meeting

The Master ordered that the Altar be draped in memory of three Brethren whose deaths were reported to the Lodge over the summer months.  Among them was WB Edsel W. Burkholder, a 46 year member of the Lodge who had served as Master of Henry M. Phillips Lodge #337 in Monongahela, Pennsylvania in 2006.

September 27, 2012: Special Event

It was a tremendous night for Genoa Lodge at the annual District Awards Banquet.  The brethren of the Lodge were very proud of their Senior Deacon, Brother Mark Allred, who was awarded the prestigious Rookie of the Year Award.  It is awarded to the 11th Masonic District's most promising newer officer.  As if that weren't enough, Genoa Lodge then went on to receive the Deputies Distinction Award.  This is the District's most prestigious award, and is presented to the Lodge which in the eyes of the District Deputy Grand Masters, finished the year as the number one Lodge in the District.  Brother Allred and Genoa Lodge had their names permanently affixed to these respective awards as a perpetual reminder of their achievements.  Congratulations to all the brethren of Genoa Lodge for fostering excellence in all they do.

Membership of the Lodge numbered 231 Brethren. 

2012-2013 Masonic Year

 November 10, 2012: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                James P. Taylor  

Senior Warden:                      Timothy D. Williams 

Junior Warden:                      Mark P. Allred, Jr. 

Treasurer:                               Douglas A. Habegger*

Secretary:                               Charles R. Murphy

Chaplain:                                 Danny D. Bullock*

Senior Deacon:                       Jason J. Palmer 

Junior Deacon:                       Donald T. Hunter* 

Senior Steward:                      Richard L. Henry

Junior Steward:                      Jeffrey M. Sime

Lodge Education Officer:      Roy J. Whitehead

Tyler:                                        Chester G. Bulen

Trustee (two year):                 Roy J. Whitehead 

Trustee (three year):               Donald O. Harrington

*These officers were installed at a later date.

Also at this meeting, several presentations were made. First, the Lodge presented WB Donald Harrington, the outgoing master, with an apron case and a $100 donation in his name to the Genoa Lodge Renovation Fund. WB Harrington thanked the Brethren for these gestures, and let them know that he appreciated his time as Master. WB Harrington then presented the previous year's officers with Masonic themed wall clocks in appreciation for their hard work during his year as Master. These gifts were very much appreciated by the Brethren, and he was given a large round of applause. WB James P. Taylor, newly installed Master, then admonished the newly installed officers to always look up to WB Harrington's example, as he has shown his tremendous leadership skills during his time as an officer of Genoa Lodge.  

November 17, 2012: Special Event

Genoa Lodge was well represented at the Fall Ceremonial for Zenobia Shriners.  Brother Heath Sekinger was initiated into the Shrine, and on hand to welcome him were Brothers Jeff Sime, Keith Tuttle, Jim Snetz, Stan Hoffman, Mark Allred, Price Murphy, Pinky Traver, WB Donald Harrington, and MWB Charles Murphy.

December 18, 2012: Stated Meeting

The Lodge's Junior Steward, Brother Jeff Sime, announced the completion of Phase I of the Lodge Renovation Plan.  Phase I included the retexturing and repainting of the Lodge dining room, as well as moving the display cases and dozens of items of memorabilia into the dining room to be displayed for all to see.  An 8'x8' sculpture of the square and compasses was also hung on the dining room hall.  The sculpture was created and funded completely by Brother Sime.  Brother Sime was applauded by the Brethren for all his hard work and dedication to Genoa Lodge.

January 1, 2013: Special Event

For the third year in a row, Bethren of Genoa Lodge joined Northern Light Lodge #40 in a "Polar Plunge" into the Maumee River on New Year's Day to benefit the charitable endeavors of Maumee Rainbow Assembly #30.  Genoa Brothers attending and supporting the event were Brothers Mark Allred, Don Hunter, John Niefer, Sam Niefer (Ottawa Chapter Order of DeMolay), WB Don Harrington and MWB Charlie Murphy.  The Grand Master and many Grand Lodge officers were in attendance as well, and more than $3,000 was raised to benefit "Operation Thank-You" through the Rainbow Girls.

January 22, 2013: Annual Inspection

Over 70 Brethren from 16 different Lodges gathered into the Lodge room for the purpose of Genoa's Annual Inspection.  An hour before the inspection, the Brethren were treated to Brother Jim Snetz's famous bean soup.  Then, the Entered Apprentice Degree was conferred in fine manner on Mr. James D. Posey.  The Lodge was inspected by RWB Isaac Demarest, DDGM for the 11th District who reported favorably on the evenings events, and on the administration of the Lodge.

February 19, 2013: "Special" Stated Meeting

Acting under dispensation from our Grand Master, Genoa Lodge continued the tradition of opening and closing its stated meeting early so that the Brethren could travel to Pemberville Lodge for their annual inspection and dinner.  There were fifteen members of Genoa Lodge present at the inspection: MWB Charles Murphy, WB's James Taylor, Roy Whitehead, and Don Harrington, and Brothers Rich Henry, Jason Palmer, Don Hunter, Tim Williams, Chet Bulen, Aaron Welling, Mark Allred, Jeff Sime, Wilbur Hesselbart, Jim Snetz, and Dale Wax.  This tremendous turnout resulted in Genoa Lodge being awarded the Traveling Gavel for the first time this inspection season.  The Master, WB James Taylor, thanked the Brethren for coming out in support of both Genoa and Pemberville Lodges.

March 5, 2013: Awards Night and EA Degree 

The Annual Awards Night was a great success.  The Brethren started out the evening with the Entered Apprentice degree on Brother Rob Krienbihl, and rounded out the evening with five awards presentations.  A 25-Year Award was presented to Brother Denny McLargin along with his Past Illustrious Master's Apron on behalf of Genoa Lodge and Genoa Council respectively, and 40-Year Awards were presented to Brothers Stan Hoffman and Chet Bulen by WB Jim Taylor on behalf of Genoa Lodge.  Additionally, MWB Charlie Murphy presented two awards on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Ohio:  Brother Darryl Bittner was honored for 50-Years of membership, and WB Jack Werner for 65-Years of Membership.  It was noted that WB Werner was Master of Genoa Lodge in the 1955-1956 Masonic year.

March 19, 2013: Stated Meeting

Before the meeting, the Brethren were treated to a wonderful dinner prepared by the Senior Steward, Brother Rich Henry.  The meeting was then called to order, and WB Leroy Williams, who served as Master in 1969, was presented his award for 50 years of membership by RWB Bill Windnagel, DDGM of the 11th District, after which he was pinned by his grandson Brother Tim Williams, Genoa's Senior Warden.  WB Williams gave several insightful remarks about his time at Genoa Lodge, as well as having served Zenobia Shrine as recorder for many years.  The Brethren accorded him a round of applause in appreciation of his hard work and dedication.  An educational presentation was then given on the symbolism of the Entered Apprentice Degree by WB Steven Hessler, Master of Bellevue Lodge #273.  The Brethren remarked that it was a very interesting and impressive presentation, and WB Hessler was given many thanks by the Master and Brethren of the Lodge.  There were many Brothers in attendance from around the District to hear this wonderful presentation.

April 6, 2013: Special Event

Already known for its excellence, Genoa Lodge is recognized again - this time, however, in the form of recognition for members of its youth groups.  At the Grand Master's Reception in Bowling Green, 21 members and guests of Genoa Lodge were present to see both of the Grand Lodge Excellence in Youth Awards, presented by the Grand Master, awarded to members of Genoa's Youth Groups.  These were the only such awards presented this year in this District, and they went to Amanda Bergman of Genoa Assembly Order of the Rainbow for Girls, and Thomas Martin of Ottawa Chapter Order of DeMolay.  The members of Genoa Lodge are very proud of these young leaders.

April 14, 2013: Special Event

A number of brethren of Genoa Lodge participated in an official visitation to support the young men of Ottawa Chapter, Order of DeMolay as they conferred both degrees for their Annual Inspection.  Fallen Timbers Chapter joined them in a joint effort, and they all did a terrific job.  In all, thirteen Lodges from the 11th District were represented at the event. The Executive Officer of Ohio DeMolay, RWB Martin Woodworth, gave some insightful and positive remarks about the degree work done by the two Chapters, and expressed his appreciation of all of their hard work.  The Masonic brothers who attended were very impressed by the young men, and all the brethren of Genoa Lodge are very proud of Ottawa Chapter.

April 30, 2013: Annual Past Masters and Officers Association MM Degree

Genoa Lodge continued it's annual tradition of having the Past Masters work with the officers of the Lodge to confer the Master Mason Degree.  This year, Brother Rob Kreinbihl was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, and many Past Masters were active in the degree.  Past Masters involved with the degree were WBs Donald Harrington, Dan Bullock, Ron Cashen, Doug Habegger, Ray McLargin, Wayne Duez, Bob Prahl, Rodney Wilhelm, Jim Taylor, and Lyle Oberhaus.  Genoa Lodge has one of the oldest Past Masters and Officers Associations in the state, having met contiunally since 1938.

May 11, 2013: Grand Master's Class

Genoa Lodge had a big day at the Grand Master's Class event this year.  We started with a breakfast together at 6:00am, and were busy all day long!  We welcomed six new Master Masons into our membership, and members of the Lodge figured prominently in the work throughout the day in the Grand Lodge Degrees, as well as in the Scottish Rite and Shrine initiations.  Brothers participating during the day were Brothers Bill Alcorn, Allen Allred, Mark Allred, Jason Metzger, Jim Posey, Jr., Jim Posey, Sr., Randy Ruby, Jim Snetz, Keith Tuttle, Tim Williams, Worshipful Brothers Ron Cashen, Doug Habegger, Don Harrington, Jim Taylor, Rodney Wilhelm and MWB Charlie Murphy.  It was a great event for all who participated.

August 17, 2013: Special Event

At the Ohio DeMolay Statewide Initiation, it was announced that MWB Charles R. Murphy had been appointed to fill the position of First District Governor of Ohio DeMolay.  The First District encompasses Fallen Timbers (Perrysburg) and Ottawa (Genoa) Chapters of DeMolay, and the Brethren of Genoa Lodge are proud and excited to have one of their own fill this important position.

September 3, 2013: Stated Meeting

The Master ordered that the Altar be draped in honor and in memory of WB Lawrence E. Widmer, who passed away in Tennessee on August 20, 2013.  Having been raised to the degree of Master Mason in 1957, he served Genoa Lodge as its Master in 1965 and received the Knight of the York Cross of Honour in 1971.

September 30, 2013: Special Event

Genoa Lodge hosted the District Awards Banquet and ceremonies, with a near-record crowd.  The DeMolay brothers served a delicious steak dinner to a completely full dining room.  During the following Awards ceremony in the Lodge Room, Brother Jeff Sime was awarded the "Rookie of the Year Award," which honors the most promising newer officer in the District.  With Brother Mark Allred having received the award the previous year, Genoa Lodge achieved a first for the District, with recipients two years in a row.  All agreed that it is a great testament to the bright future ahead of Genoa Lodge!

Membership of the Lodge numbered 225 Brethren. 

2013-2014 Masonic Year

November 12, 2013: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:               Timothy D. Williams  

Senior Warden:                      Mark P. Allred, Jr. 

Junior Warden:                      Jeffrey M. Sime 

Treasurer:                               Douglas A. Habegger

Secretary:                               Charles R. Murphy

Chaplain:                                 E. LeRoy Williams

Senior Deacon:                       John P. Niefer 

Junior Deacon:                       Donald T. Hunter 

Senior Steward:                      Dustin N. Cashen

Junior Steward:                      Heath J. Seckinger

Lodge Education Officer:      James P. Taylor

Tyler:                                        Chester G. Bulen 

Trustee:                                   James P. Taylor

With over 100 brethren and visitors in attendance, the officers were duly installed and Service Awards were presented. After installing all the officers from memory, the new Master presented the following longevity service awards:

25 years: Brother Rod C. Ramsey; 35 years: WB Douglas A. Habegger, WB Lyle J. Oberhaus, Brother John P. Niefer and Brother James H. Reed Sr.; 40 Years: Brother Carl R. Gordon and Brother James R. Hill.  Also presented were 50 Year Awards to Brother Lester H. Evans and WB Ray L. McLargin with the Master assisting RWB Timothy L. Larimore and RWB Mark E. Bowlick respectively.  Finally, RWB Bowlick and WB Timothy D. Williams presented a 65 Year Award to Brother Johnson M. Irwin, who drove from Holland, Michigan to receive the presentation.  WB Williams also presented an engraved gavel on behalf of Genoa Lodge to Cy Wagner, Master Councilor of Ottawa Chapter, Order of DeMolay for his service to the Order.  All present agreed it was a great evening.

December 14, 2013: Special Meeting

Genoa Lodge hosted the Eleventh Masonic District's Table Lodge at the Zenobia Shriners building in Perrysburg. Despite terribly snowy weather conditions, forty brethren from across the District came to share the event with us and with the Grand Master.  MWB Norman J. Mick was in attendance as were many dignitaries, and the warmth inside more than made up for the bad weather outside.  Also in attendance were Senior Grand Warden RWB Robert Rill, District Deputies RWB Isaac Demarest and RWB Mark Bowlick, District Education Officer WB Dan Slavin and most of the Divan of Zenobia Shriners.

January 9, 2014: Special Event

Genoa Lodge was singularly honored by the installation of one of its Plural Members, Brother and Noble Keith Tuttle to the office of Potentate of Zenobia Shriners.  This is the first time a member of Genoa Lodge has served Zenobia in this capacity, and the following Genoa Lodge Brethren and Nobles were on hand to congratulate him: Brothers Elmer Emch, Stan Hoffman, Pinky Traver and Jimmy Snetz, Worshipful Brethren Don Harrington and Leon Rader, and MWB Charlie Murphy.  We are proud that Brother Tuttle's strong leadership will be put to good use benefitting Zenobia throughout 2014.

January 14, 2014: Annual Inspection

Despite large amounts of snow just a week earlier, coupled with very frigid temperatures, nearly sixty Brethren gathered at Genoa Lodge for the purpose of the annual inspection and to witness the passing of Brother Cameron Rice, of Phoenix Lodge #123, to the degree of Fellowcraft.  The Lecture was given by Brother Jeff Sime and the Charge was given for the first time by Brother Heath Seckinger.  They were congratulated for their ritualistic talents.  The Lodge was inspected by RWB Mark Ellis Bowlick, District Deputy Grand Master for the 11th Masonic District, who commented very favorably on the events of the evening, as well as on the administration of the affairs of the Lodge.

February 16, 2014: Special Event

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge made an official visitiation to Ottawa Chapter, Order of DeMolay for their inspection in the DeMolay Degree.  The young men of Ottawa made the Lodge proud by putting on one of the finest degrees they had ever seen and the inspecting officer, Brother Joe Kwiatkowski (of Phoenix Lodge #123) stated that he couldn't remember ever having seen such a fine degree.  All who were in attendance agreed that Ottawa has a bright future ahead.

February 20, 2014: Annual Inspection of Paragon Lodge #788

The Brethren of Genoa were honored to be presented with the 11th District's Traveling Gavel Award for the first time this year at the Inspection of Paragon Lodge.  In attendance to receive the award were MWB Charlie Murphy, WBs Don Harrington and Greg Jennison, and Brothers Mark Allred, John Niefer, and Keith Tuttle.

February 26, 2014: Annual Inspection of Gibsonburg Lodge #575

For the second time this year, the brethren of Genoa were presented with the 11th District's Traveling Gavel award at the Entered Apprentice Inspection of Gibsonburg Lodge.  In attendance to receive the award were MWB Charlie Murphy, WB Don Harrington, and Brothers Mark Allred, Dale Wax, Robert Wax, Chester Bulen, and Wilbur Hesselbart.

March 4, 2014: Annual Inspection of Pemberville Lodge #516

After having been rescheduled due to weather, the Brethren of Genoa Lodge attended the annual inspection of Pemberville Lodge #516.  This has been a tradition for many years, and Genoa's Master, WB Tim Williams, was honored to be presented with the Traveling Gavel, making this the third win for Genoa this year.  Representing Genoa Lodge were MWB Charlie Murphy, WBs Tim Williams, Jim Taylor, and Don Harrington, and Brothers Mark Allred, Jeff Sime, John Niefer, Heath Sekinger, Chester Bulen, Keith Tuttle, and Dale Wax.

May 6, 2014: Special Presentation

Brothers gathered at the Lodge building along with District Deputy Grand Master RWB Mark Ellis Bowlick, then walked to the home of WB Robert G. Widmer to present him with an award honoring his 65-Years of membership in Genoa Lodge. Serving as Master of the Lodge in 1960, WB Widmer has given it many dedicated years of service.  Genoa brothers joining RWB Bowlick for the presentation were WB Tim Williams, Brother Mark Allred, Brother Jeff Sime, MWB Charlie Murphy and Brother John Niefer.  Also in attendance to celebrate the occasion were WB Widmer's wife Jean and daughter Jackie. It was an enjoyable event for all who participated.

September 7, 2014: Emergent Communication

Among the 24 Brethren attending the Masonic Memorial Service of WB T. Dale Brandt were 11 Past Masters, and several area Lodges were represented.  WB Brandt had been very active in the affairs of the Lodge for many years, having served the Lodge as Treasurer from 1973-1989 and as its Master in 1972.

September 29, 2014: Special Event

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge were honored to be presented with the Deputies' Distinction Runner-Up Award at the 11th Masonic District's Annual Awards, hosted by Paragon Lodge #788.  This places Genoa Lodge, in the District Deputies' eyes, as one of the top 2 Lodges in the 11th District.  On hand to receive the award were Brothers Mark Allred, Ernest McCarthy, WB Don Harrington, and MWB Charlie Murphy.

2014-2015 Masonic Year

November 11, 2014: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                 Mark P. Allred, Jr.  

Senior Warden:                       Jeffrey M. Sime 

Junior Warden:                       John P. Niefer 

Treasurer:                               Timothy D. Williams

Secretary:                               Charles R. Murphy

Chaplain                                Rodney J. Wilhelm

Senior Deacon:                       Heath J. Seckinger 

Junior Deacon:                       Price H. Murphy 

Senior Steward:                      Kevin P. McComas*

Junior Steward:                      Ernest D. McCarthy*

Lodge Education Officer:       James P. Taylor

Tyler:                                       Chester G. Bulen 

*These officers were installed at a later date.

With approximately 65 brethren and visitors in attendance, the Master was duly installed by the Deputy Grand Master of Ohio, RWB Robert Rill.  After installing the remaining officers, the new Master presented 25-Year Service Awards to the following brethren in honor of their long term commitment to the Lodge:

Brothers Michael Sondergeld, Daniel Williams, David Williams and Donald Williams.

The Master then joined the Deputy Grand Master and District Deputy Grand Master RWB Hayward Evans in presenting 50-Year Service Awards to:

Brother Thomas P. David and WB Leon C. Rader with the assistance of their  ladies. 

All present agreed it was a great evening.

December 2, 2014: Stated Meeting

In the first of five planned educational presentations, the Master invited RWB Isaac Demarest, District Deputy Grand Master of the 11th District, to give a program on his many Masonic travels throughout Europe.  He highlighted his trip to England, Scotland, and Ireland, and paid particular attention to the Masonic practices in those countries, as well as the Masonic and Templar connections to Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland.  He also highlighted his trip to Malta, explaining how Masons are highly persecuted on that island, and that membership is much more secretive than in many other countries.  His presentation was extremely well received by those in attendance.

January 6, 2015: Stated Meeting

In the second educational presentation, the Master invited the Advisory Council and Members of Ottawa Chapter, Order of DeMolay, to give a presentation to the members of the Lodge, explaining the Order of DeMolay.  There were many members of Ottawa Chapter present, and after calling the Lodge from Labor to Refreshment, the Master invited the members into the Lodge room, where Brother Troy Hawkins (of Northern Light Lodge #40), Chapter Advisor of Ottawa Chapter, gave a brief talk about the purposes of DeMolay, as well as introducing the members of the Advisory Council.  He then turned the program over to Curtis Buser, the Master Councilor of Ottawa, who performed the Ceremony of Light for the Brethren of the Lodge.  The program was well received, and many members commented positively on the excellent work being done at Ottawa Chapter.  In all, five other Lodges from the 11th Masonic District were represented.  Visiting that evening were Brothers Troy Hawkins (Northern Light #40), Ty Stout (Brainard #336), WB David Webb (Harbor Light #740 and Paragon #788), Eric Erickson (Rubicon #237) and RWB Isaac Demarest, DDGM (Robinson Locke #659).

February 10, 2015: Annual Inspection

Around 80 Brethren from several Masonic districts attended our annual inspection.  Dinner was prepared by the Lodge's Senior Warden, Brother Jeffrey Sime, and then all gathered in the Lodge room to witness the raising of Brother Curtis Buser to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.  The Lodge was inspected by RWB Hayward T. Evans, DDGM, who reported very favorably on the state of Genoa Lodge as well as its ritual work.

March 3, 2015: Stated Meeting

In the third of the planned five educational presentations, the Brethren welcomed Brother Mark Harris, Junior Deacon of Rubicon Lodge #237, and employee of the Ohio Masonic Home Foundation, who gave the Brethren a very informative talk on the charitable operations of the Ohio Masonic Home and the options available to the members of the Masonic Fraternity.  The Brethren in attendance were impressed with Brother Harris's presentation and, at its conclusion, gave him a resounding round of applause.  The Master then announced that he was appointing Brother Kevin McComas to the position of Senior Steward, and Brother Ernie McCarthy to the point of Junior Steward.  He then proceeded to install them into those stations.  The Brethren congratulated them by giving them a hearty round of applause.

April 11, 2015: Special Event

Several Brothers and their ladies were in attendance at the 11th Masonic District's Grand Master's Reception at Central Park West Hall in Toledo to welcome MWB Steven E. Cokonougher into the 11th District.  Attending this event were MWB Charlie Murphy, WBs Don Harrington, Rodney Wilhelm and Mark Allred, and Brothers Jeff Sime, John Niefer, Price Murphy, Kevin McComas, and Ernie McCarthy.  Once again, a youth from Ottawa Chapter, Order of DeMolay, which Genoa sponsors, was recognized with the Grand Master's Excellence in Youth Award, continuing the excellent reputation of the youth from Genoa.  The Brethren of Genoa were extremely proud of Cy Wagner, a Past Master Councilor from Ottawa Chapter, for being recognized with this award.

May 5, 2015: Stated Meeting

In the fourth of the planned five educational presentations, the Brethren welcomed WB Steve Hessler, Past Master of Bellevue Lodge, and District Education Officer of the 16th Masonic District, who gave an interesting and informative discussion about the symbols of the Master Mason Degree Lecture, particularly paying attention to the symbols on the Master's carpet, tracing their origins as far back as ancient Egypt.  He also discussed at length the confusion about the history of the Pythagorean Theorem.  The Brethren were appreciative of his insight, and after the presentation, gave WB Hessler an enthusiastic round of applause.  WB Hessler thanked the Brethren for having him and looked forward to being on the schedule again next year.  The Lodge also had many visitors that evening including Brother John Dierkes of Paragon #788, and five visitors from Monticello Lodge #244: WBs Greg Avery, Jim Avery, and Tom Carothers, and Brothers Randy Snyder and Rich Ulman.  The Master thanked the visitors for attending that evening.  He also thanked Genoa's Stewards, Brothers Ernie McCarthy and Kevin McComas, for preparing a fine dinner for the evening.

May 12, 2015: Special Event

Once again the leadership of Genoa Lodge brethren was recognized by others.  At the annual Installation of Officers for the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite - Valley of Toledo, three Genoa Lodge brethren were installed as officers of the Valley.  All present congratulated WB Timothy Williams, the new Captain of the Guard for Ft Industry Chapter of Rose Croix, WB Mark Allred, the new Engineer and Seneschal for Toledo Consistory, and MWB Charles Murphy the Valley Hospitaler.  This singular accomplishment is a testimony to the Lodge's strength of leadership, both now and into the future.

May 21, 2015: Emergent Communication

The Lodge brethren came out in force for the Masonic Funeral Service of our Senior Past Master, WB John Frederick Werner.  WB Werner was Worshipful Master of Genoa Lodge in the 1955-1956 Masonic year, and contributed greatly to the success of the Lodge over the years.  Having passed away on May 16, 2015, the brethren presented a token of appreciation to his family.

August 23, 2015: Special Event

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge and their families traveled to Oak Harbor Lodge for the joint Lodge summer picnic between Genoa, Oak Harbor, and Oliver H. Perry Lodges. The Lodge dining room was packed with Masons and their families, and all who attended had an enjoyable time.

September 1, 2015: Stated Meeting

For the fifth and final education presentation of this Masonic year, the Master and Brethren welcomed several members of the Royal Arch 8th Capitular District who presentend information about Royal Arch Masonry as well as performing a short skit to illustrate the teachings of the Royal Arch.  Although the Lodge room was very warm and uncomfortable due to an unusual heat wave, there were many Brethren in attendance.  Representing the 8th Capitular District were RWB Steve Grindle and WB David Kevorkian (both of Toledo Ft. Industry #144), WB John J. Zettler (DEO for the 11th District from Sylvania-Pyramid #287), and WBs J. Thomas Foor and Cliff Hiestand (of Barton Smith #613).  Also visiting that evening was WB Dan E. Slavin, District Education Officer and Past Master of Barton Smith #613.  Genoa Lodge has a proud history of involvement in Royal Arch Masonry and was proud to welcome this presentation.

September 28, 2015: Special Event

Genoa Lodge once again rocked the Eleventh Masonic District Awards ceremony.  The Lodge was the recipient of the prestigious Reynolds Raider Award, which signifies the Lodge that best exemplifies the concept of working together toward common goals.  As if that weren't enough, the Lodge also was a repeat recipient of the Deputies' Distinction Award, which is awarded to the Lodge deemed by the District Deputy Grand Masters to be the best in the District for the Masonic year.  As in past years, these trophies will be displayed in the Lodge building until next year's District Awards ceremony.

October 31, 2015: Special Event

At a special meeting of Oak Harbor Chapter #162, Royal Arch Masons, five Brethren of Genoa Lodge were welcomed into Capitular Masonry.  Brothers Heath Seckinger, Ernie McCarthy, Price Murphy, Greg Hurst, and Paul Nicholson all were initiated into Oak Harbor Chapter.  On hand to assist in welcoming them were MWB Charlie Murphy, WBs Don Harrington and Mark Allred, and Brothers Kevin McComas and Jeff Sime.  It was noted that all of the officers of Genoa Lodge were now members of Oak Harbor Chapter.

November 5, 2015: Special Event

At the annual meeting of the 11th Masonic District, WB Mark Allred was elected to serve the 11th District as its President.  WB Allred thanked the Brethren of Genoa Lodge and of the 11th District for the confidence and support he had received from them over the past several years and promised them that this year would be an excellent year for the 11th District.

2015-2016 Masonic Year

November 10, 2015: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                 Jeffrey M. Sime  

Senior Warden:                       John P. Niefer

Junior Warden:                       Heath J. Seckinger 

Treasurer:                               Timothy D. Williams

Secretary:                               Charles R. Murphy

Chaplain                                Douglas A. Habegger

Senior Deacon:                       Price H. Murphy 

Junior Deacon:                       Kevin P. McComas 

Senior Steward:                      Ernest D. McCarthy

Junior Steward:                      Gregory T. Hurst

Lodge Education Officer:       Mark P. Allred, Jr.

Tyler:                                       Chester G. Bulen 

With approximately 75 brethren and visitors in attendance, the Lodge Officers were duly installed by the Grand Master of Ohio, MWB Robert C. Rill, Jr.  Joining him on the Installing Team were RWB Steven M. Grindle, Junior Grand Deacon as Installing Marshal, RWB Gary L. McElfresh, Grand Chaplain as Installing Chaplain and RWB Robert G. Sickelbaugh, Grand Tyler as as Installng Secretary.

After the officers were duly installed, the new Master presented the Charge to the Brethren, then presented Lodge service awards.  A 25-Year Service Award was presented to MWB Charles R. Murphy, followed by a 35-Year Service Award to Brother Melvin Hoeft.  Each of these brethren expressed his appreciation for the many benefits they've experienced over the years as members of Genoa Lodge.

The Master then joined the Grand Master and Junior Grand Deacon in presenting 50-Year Service Awards to Brother George E. Gerkensmeyer, Brother Robert A. Weaver and WB Ronald E. Cashen.  These Brothers expressed their gratitude to the brethren of the Lodge, and each shared their lifetime of Masonic commitment and experiences.

Brother Ora D. Skaggs was then greeted by the Grand Master, who presented him with a 60-Year Service Award, along with the thanks of all the brethren of the Grand Lodge of Ohio.  Brother Skaggs shared some wonderful insights regarding his activities and participation in the Lodge over the years, and recounted some activities in which he participated in the past.

Finally the Grand Master presented a 65-Year Service Award to Brother Wilbur F. Hesselbart along with his heartfelt appreciation for his many years of dedicated service.  Brother Hesselbart traced his Masonic experiences from when he first joined Portage Lodge 65-years ago to his present experiences at Genoa Lodge.

All these brethren contributed greatly to the success of the event, and all present agreed it was a great evening.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015: Stated Meeting

The Master welcomed in Masons and their guests from all over the district to a presentation on Medieval Cathedrals presented by RWB Russ Herner, PDDGM of the 16th Masonic District.  He gave a fascinating visual presentation on medieval architecture and how Freemasonry relates to the medieval stone masons who built these impressive cathedrals.  Afterwards, he signed copies of his book, "Cathedrals Built by the Masons."

Saturday, December 19, 2015: Special Event

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge held their first annual Breakfast with Santa to benefit Ohio Special Olympics.  Area grocers and restaurants donated supplies, and after the event was over, the Lodge raised $575 to benefit Ohio Special Olympics.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016: Stated Meeting

The Lodge was once again filled with visitors, this time to hear a presentation by WB Duane Kemerly of Carey Lodge who gave a presentation called "Secrets of the Temple Mount" based on information and photos he gathered on his many trips to the Holy Land.  All in attendance were in agreement that it was a very wonderful and informative presentation, and the Master thanked WB Kemerly for coming to Genoa.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016: Annual Inspection

The Lodge's Stewards treated all in attendance to a wonderful chicken paprikas dinner, and then over 100 Brethren crowded into the Lodge room to witness Brother William Cannon initiated as an Entered Apprentice.  The Lodge was inspected by RWB John J. Zettler, DDGM of the 11th District, who gave a glowing report about the state and future of Genoa Lodge.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016: Special Meeting

The Brethren received a Dispensation from the Grand Master to open Lodge at 5:00 p.m. so that they could then travel to Pemberville Lodge #516 for their Entered Apprentice inspection and "three-legged" chicken dinner.  The outstanding attendance from the Brethren of Genoa Lodge led them to receive the 11th Masonic District's Traveling Gavel Award for the first time this year.  The Gavel was presented to the Worshipful Master by WB Mark Allred, President of the 11th District.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016: Stated Meeting

Genoa Lodge sponsored a reunion of Ottawa Chapter, Order of DeMolay.  The evening started at 5:30 with a dinner at Rayz Cafe.  The Brethren and some visitors then retired to the Lodge room where Ottawa Chapter performed the DeMolay Degree for all in attendance.  In all, there were around 50 people in attendance and over 20 current and senior DeMolays.  All in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

Saturday, April 2, 2016: Special Event

Many Brethren of Genoa Lodge and their guests attended the 11th Masonic District's Grand Master's Reception, held at the Radisson Hotel on the Campus of University of Toledo Medical Center.  This reception honored our current Grand Master, MWB Robert C. Rill, Jr., who hails from Northern Light Lodge #40 in Maumee.  WB Mark Allred, President of the 11th District, served as Master of Ceremonies for the event. In all, there were nearly 300 people at the reception.

Thursday, September 15, 2016: Emergent Communication

The Lodge brethren came out in force for the Masonic Funeral Service of our Senior Past Master, WB Robert Glen Widmer.  WB Widmer was Worshipful Master of Genoa Lodge in the 1959-1960 Masonic year, and contributed greatly to the success of the Lodge over the years.  Having passed away on August 24, 2016, the brethren presented a token of appreciation to his wife, Jean and their family.

Friday/Saturday, October 14-15, 2016: Grand Lodge of Ohio Communication

Several Brethren attended the 207th Annual Grand Lodge of Ohio Communication at Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky. Attending the Communication were MWB Charlie Murphy, WBs Don Harrington, Mark Allred, and Jeff Sime, and Brothers Heath Sekinger and John Niefer. The Brethren were very proud to be the only Lodge in the 11th Masonic District to receive the Grand Master's Education award.  It was also announced that WB Mark Allred was appointed by the newly installed Grand Master, MWB Douglas N. Kaylor to serve as a District Deputy Grand Master for the 11th Masonic District. The weekend proved to be a great weekend for Genoa Lodge.

2016-2017 Masonic Year

November 19, 2016: Annual Installation of Officers

The following Officers were duly installed to lead Genoa Lodge #433 for the ensuing year:

Worshipful Master:                 John P. Niefer  

Senior Warden:                       Heath J. Seckinger

Junior Warden:                       Price H. Murphy 

Treasurer:                               Jeffrey M. Sime

Secretary:                               Charles R. Murphy

Chaplain                                Keith A. Norwalk

Senior Deacon:                       Kevin P. McComas 

Junior Deacon:                       Ernest D. McCarthy 

Senior Steward:                      Gregory T. Hurst

Junior Steward:                      Paul E. Nicholson, III

Lodge Education Officer:      Jeffrey M. Sime*

Tyler:                                       Richard L. Waldron 

*Installed at a later date.

With 84 brethren and visitors in attendance, the Lodge Officers were duly installed by Past Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio, WB Wayne S. Dill.  Joining him on the Installing Team were WB Douglas A. Habegger, Past Grand Illustrious Master of the Grand Council of R&SM of Ohio as Installing Marshal, RWB Mark P. Allred, Jr., DDGM as Installing Chaplain and RWB Michael W. Driver, PDDGM as as Installing Secretary.

After the officers were duly installed, RWB John M. Worcester, Jr., Past Grand Tyler presented the Charge to the Brethren from memory.  The new Master then presented Lodge service awards.  A 25-Year Service Award was presented to WB Danny D. Bullock, followed by a 35-Year Service Award to Brother Mark D. Collins.  There also were three 40-Year Service Awards presented, to Brother Chester G. Bulen, RWB Michael W. Driver and WB Wayne G. Duez.  Each of these brethren expressed his appreciation for the many benefits they've experienced over the years as members of Genoa Lodge.

The Master then joined District Deputy Grand Master, RWB Dan E. Slavin in presenting 50-Year Service Awards to Brother Lowell L. Hartman and Brother Warren E. Moritz.  These Brothers expressed their gratitude to the brethren of the Lodge, and each shared their lifetime of Masonic commitment and experiences.

Finally WB Leo E. "Skip" Garey was then greeted by the Master and RWB Slavin, who presented him with a 60-Year Service Award, along with the thanks of all the brethren of the Grand Lodge of Ohio.  WB Garey shared some wonderful insights regarding his activities and participation in the Lodge over the years, and recounted his first impression of our organization, as well as some of the brethren he met when he first joined.

All these brethren contributed greatly to the success of the event, and all were singularly applauded by the brethren. Everyone present agreed it was a great evening.

March 21, 2017: Special Installation

Whereas Genoa Lodge had a vacancy in its officer line at the position of Lodge Education Officer, WB Jeffrey Sime was duly appointed and installed as Lodge Education Officer for the remainder of the Masonic Year.

August 4-6, 2017: Camp Masonry

The second annual Camp Masonry event was held on behalf of the Eleventh Masonic District, and Genoa Lodge #433 was its Sponsoring Lodge.  Commencing on Friday evening at Camp Miakonda Boy Scout Camp in Sylvania Township, the event featured a DeMolay Officer Installation and DeMolay Degree portrayed by the Ohio State Officers and local DeMolay members, an O-Ton-Ta-La Grotto Initiation, numerous educational presentations, and the raising of our Brother David Riegle to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.  The event was lauded as the best event in Ohio Masonry for 2017, and the attendees from across the State of Ohio plan to encourage others to support the event in 2018.

September 28, 2017: 11th Masonic District Awards

The Brethren of Genoa Lodge were extremely proud of their Treasurer and Lodge Education Officer, WB Jeffrey M. Sime, who was acknowledged as the 11th Masonic District's Lodge Education Officer of the Year at the 11th Masonic District Awards Ceremony. WB Sime was acknowledged for taking the helm of Lodge Education late in the year and quickly making Genoa's education program one of the best in the district, and being only one of two LEOs in the district who qualified their Lodges for the Grand Master's Education Award. WB Sime is a shining example of dedication to Masonic Education.