Rocky River #703, F&AM

From the East - December 2014

Greetings from the East, 

Greetings for the first time from the East. My name is Jimmy Dixon and it is my honor and privilege to serve as the 87th Worshipful Master of Rocky River Lodge #703. I would like to thank the brethren and the Past Masters who voted for me and I want to assure all the brethren that I will do my utmost to preserve the honor and reputation of Rocky River Lodge and that I will do my very best as your Worshipful Master in the coming year. 

I’d like to give a brief background on myself. I was born in Lakewood, Ohio September 27, 1962 and was raised in the City of Cleveland, on the East and West side. All my experiences in this city have been vast, from the culture, to the neighborhoods I’ve lived in, to the places I’ve worked. 

I spent a very rewarding career in the US Army from April of 1980 to my Honorable Discharge in July of 1994. I’ve been many things in my life, from a soldier, to a husband and father of six children and have worked in a host of professions which I found exciting, rewarding and very instructive to becoming the man that I am today. 

I was an accomplished landscaper for many years and that piqued my interest to return to school at 28 to become a certified carpenter. That I did for more than 15 years covering all aspects from residential to commercial. In the off season, I was a tow truck driver, in which I saw many seasons, especially winter ones, come and go. It was that experience that heightened my desire to become an over-the-road truck driver, learning my craft from such professionals as CR England and US Express. I saw almost every state in this wonderful country of ours and still share some of the travel experience with my brother who is also a professional truck driver. 

My interest in the lodge has been a long one which really took off in 2009 when I was deemed medically disabled to work. That is why I put my full effort into the lodge and, ironically, it was Worshipful Brother Sid Solomon who gave me my start. 

Once, when I drove tow truck with Madison Towing, I picked up Sid in his car after an accident and while helping out, I saw his license plate and Masonic ring. He informed me that he was a member of #703 and I then asked him how I could become a member as well. He said, “You just have to ask.” I also informed him that #703 was the lodge of my grandfather, N. Truman Detherage. He was a member from April of 1956 until his death in June of 1972. And then Sid said, “Very cool. I will send you a petition,” and the rest is history! 

Since then, I have done my best to be involved in the lodge and excel in my education from the degrees that made me a Master Mason to the chairs I’ve occupied in my ascent to the Master’s chair. Along with my successful work with many of the candidates of whom I’ve helped achieve the level of Master Mason, I have attended all of the other classes and leadership forums as well. I’ve also taken many courses on Freemason University.com and have passed the examination for the Ohio Masonic Code. I feel that my education is only beginning and I will do my very best, along with my officers, my mentors, and with the help of the Past Masters. 

I’m confident that the events and programs I have in mind for this upcoming year will bring us all closer as family and as brothers. Again, thank you. I’m looking forward to the coming year.

Fraternally Yours, 

 

Jimmy Dixon, Worshipful Master 

From the East - November 2014

Greetings from the East, 

Amazing! The peak of autumn in mid-October – golds and yellows, crimson red, bright burnt orange, faded greens. I had the opportunity to experience a kaleidoscope of these colors while driving south on I-71 to Cincinnati for the 205th Annual Grand Lodge communication. Brethren, take the time to experience and enjoy each and every season. Every season reveals God’s glorious works and wonderful creations! 

An important proposal passed at Grand Lodge allows for Ohio lodges to have gambling on the premises that is permitted according to the laws of the State of Ohio. This is a step in the right direction for our fraternity. The proposal to allow alcohol consumption (beer, wine and champagne) received significant support, but did not achieve the required majority to pass. I believe this issue should be decided by individual lodges and, hopefully, there will be a proposal to do this in the near future. 

Another point of importance at Grand Lodge was our Worshipful Brother, Jonathan Krapf, was appointed as a District Educational Officer for the 22nd District. In my travels, there is no better lecturer in the District. He reflects all the principles and lessons that are taught in the lectures and is truly a Mason to emulate. Congratulations and good luck to Worshipful Brother Krapf! 

I want to thank my primary officers, Senior Warden Jimmy Dixon and Junior Warden Steve Pominville. In the leadership forums, they stress that if you have a successful year it is because of your officers but if you don’t then it’s a fault of the master! I believe we had a successful year and a lot of that success is because of these brothers and by the work of the other officers. Thanks for your efforts and hard work. I will be supportive and assist you in your journey to the East. I hope and challenge all Past Masters and brethren to do the same. 

This is my last article written by me as your Worshipful Master. Our editor told me to write with some substance. I tried to touch on the teachings and principles of Masonry and the importance of education and proficiency and the work the Craft. I tried to be insightful and meaningful and it my hope that the brethren took something back from these articles. I have my notes on when I was first installed as Master from our Past Master’s breakfast. Being an operative mason, I talked of the restoration and rebuilding of our lodge. My main goal was to establish a solid foundation for our future officers and our lodge as a whole to build on. I hope to some degree I have accomplished this role. Once again, thanks to everybody who has aided and assisted me this past year. It was a pleasure and an honor to serve you as the 86th Worshipful Master of Rocky River 703. Thank you and God bless. 

Fraternal regards, 

 

Michael Goldbach, Worshipful Master 

From the East - September 2014

I hope that everybody had a wonderful summer! We – being myself, SW Jimmy Dixon and JW Steve Pominville – had a busy Masonic summer, even though we were dark. In June, we attended awards night at Quarry Lodge. Our Lodge received three awards. The first was an attendance award for District 22 Leadership Forums, which your officers attend. The second was Most Improved Website. Our WB Brian Spooner has done a great job improving our website. Hats off to you! Check it out at www. rockyriver703.com. This will become our main source of communication in the near future. Our third certificate was for the Circa 1300 Operative Fellowcraft Degree that we will be presenting on October 2nd. This is a 22nd District Education event based on a Fellowcraft Ritual of the Operative Masonic Guilds of that time. The following week, we headed down to Columbus for the Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies. Ohio Masons in attendance were 300 or so strong. We marched in and as we turned by the main grandstands, the people shouted in unison “Thank You, Masons!” Their appreciation really made us proud to be Masons! Most Worshipful Brother Norman J. Mick submitted a check for $175,000. Impressive dollar amount. Thank you to all who donated. The whole event was well done and it was a humbling and heartfelt experience to watch the parade of participants. My wife and I were teary-eyed at the lighting of the torch. 

In July, our Lodge joined Lakewood and Clifton Gaston Allen and the Job’s Daughters to march in Lakewood’s 4th of July parade. The Masonic Fraternity was well represented. The lodges have invited us to Lakewood’s Winterfest parade in December. We have become more active with our neighbor lodges and within the District. Also in July we joined with the Grotto and had a picnic in the Metroparks. Everyone had a great time. It was all about family, food, fun and fellowship. The main events were the egg and balloon toss and we had some fun competitive corn hole games. We’ve had events outside our meetings for the benefit of our members and families. Try to attend these meetings and become involved with your lodge. 

We have some candidates waiting in the wings from EAs to MMs but nothing on the books as of yet. We do have a tentative special on Saturday, September 20th for an Entered Apprentice Degree, watch the website. Candidates, let’s hit those exam books so you become more educated and proficient in Masonry and its teachings and become involved with your lodge and its future. 

We are going to have a busy month of October. Our lodge is hosting the 13th Century Fellowcraft degree for the 22nd District. The play’s script is based on a history and initiation of a Fellowcraft operative, followed by discussion of its correspondence to the ritual of modern day speculative masons. The main roles played by myself as the Master and Brother Chuck Lawther as the Senior Deacon. WB Jon Krapf will be the MC of the event. 

The hourglass – oh how quickly the sands run. My year is rapidly coming to an end. Before you know it, we will have our Annual Meeting in November and our fish fry and the installation of officers in December. I am ready to pass the torch. I would like to make a preliminary, hearty THANK YOU! to all Brethren who have assisted me this past year. 

Fraternally, 
Michael Goldbach, Worshipful Master

From the East - October 2014

Some of Mason’s best and simplest teachings are that of the exploration of our working tools. In the Compagnon Degree that we presented, the “Tools” are the Square, the Level and the Plumb. With them we try, square and prove. With them we learn the faculties of judgment, what is true and what is real. What is truth? What is reality? Do we, as Masons, have a better idea of truth and reality?

On Saturday, October 11th, we have a special called meeting for an Entered Apprentice Degree. On October 16th, we have a tentative Entered Apprentice Degree that will be done by the past masters. This is due to the absence of the primary officers who will be attending Grand Lodge in Cincinnati that week. Watch for updated announcements on our web site.

October 30th will be a very, very special meeting for our lodge and district. Mark your calendars and try to attend this special meeting!

Once again I would like to thank everybody that helped, consulted and assisted me this past year. Much appreciated.

Fraternally, Michael Goldbach, Worshipful Master

From the East - May 2014

“All Candidates and Mentors, please stand.  Say I Pronounce your name in full and repeat after me….”  Imagine 45 Candidates doing this in unison for all these degrees.  Imagine hearing this.  It was quite an experience for me and all the candidates at the one-day class.  It was very compelling, especially the repeating of the obligations.  They went through all degrees from opening to closing lectures charges an educational summary of the degree, as I said it was compelling.  There is so much information and teachings of each degree that the candidates had to be on sensory overload!  The whole event presented by the 22nd District was very well done, with the exception of the $12 Sloppy Joe lunch – LOL.  It is every Master Mason’s obligation to help guide and assist candidates in the work of the craft.

We will be busy until we go dark.  We have a Master Mason’s Degree on May 1st. It is quite possible that we will also have a Fellowcraft Degree and an Apprentice Degree before summer.  We will keep you posted.

Our Spaghetti Dinner is May 3rd at 4:30 and the fee is $10 with proceeds going to the Special Olympics.  If this is supported by all members and groups within our temple, it will be a success.  Mark your calendars.  Help make it a success.  Correction Note:  Opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics will be June 27th (not the 21st as was incorrectly stated last month – my bad).  

Rocky River Bethel 11Job’s Daughters are honoring Master Masons on May 5th. Let us honor them attending this event.  It is guaranteed that you will be honored by their appreciation.  Our youth groups are important and are taught the same lessons, values and morals as us Masons.  Let us support our work groups.

On May 15th we will have a special event.  My father, Walter Goldbach, illustrated the 1948 Chief Wahoo, will be speaking.  This is an open event.  All are invited.  I have never heard my dad give his presentation and am looking forward to it.  Hot dogs and other baseball fare food will be on the menu.  Worshipful Brother Mark Rantala will do a Podcast at the event and it should be fun.  Hopefully, no protestors will be on Lake Avenue!  Ha-Ha.  A sign-up sheet will be posted on the board for anyone interested in attending a Tribe game and/or Crushers game – dates to be announced.  I‘m in!

This is my last article before we go dark.  How about in your summer leisure time you read a book on Masonry – time well-spent!  We will be having movie nights, possible ball games and gatherings this summer.  Check the website for postings and information.  Brethren, have and make it a great summer for you, your family and your friends.  Cheers!

 

Fraternally yours,

Michael Goldbach, Worshipful Master