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.
Jimmy Dixon, Worshipful Master