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Annual Inspection

On March 23, Mid-Century Lodge was inspected in the Fellowcraft degree. The evening began with a hot dinner and fellowship, and ended with dessert and more fellowship. But the real work of the evening came between, when the Fellowcraft degree was conferred on Bro. Philip Strunk, cousin of our Senior Deacon, Bro. Todd Strunk. The work was conducted on Bro. Strunk by arrangement with his home lodge, Willoughby Lodge #302, which was well represented at the degree.

Bro. Philip Strunk after the degree, with MWB Galyen, WB Wilkinson, RWB Krapf, and the officers and other honored guests.

RWB Jonathan Krapf, District Deputy Grand Master, administered the inspection and gave a favorable report on the work and the health of Mid-Century Lodge. WB Dan Hall, District Education Officer, was also in attendance, as well as MWB Thomas Galyen, Past Grand Master of Masons in Ohio. The lecture was presented by Bro. Tim Elmerick (SW), who received a standing ovation for his work, and the charge was dispensed in perfect form by Bro. Don Lensner (JS).

Annual Installation

On Saturday, December 3, the 2017 elected and appointed officers were installed. RWB Stephen Behm (PDDGM) presided as the Installing Master, with RWB Jonathan Krapf sitting with him in the East, representing MWB Douglas N. Kaylor.

WB David Wilkinson was installed as Worshipful Master of Mid-Century Lodge for the coming year, with Brother Timothy Elmerick serving as Senior Warden and Brother Michael Hendrickson as Junior Warden. To help commemorate the occasion, WB Wilkinson was presented with a wristwatch by Marge Fehlner, widow of WB George Fehlner. The watch had previously been presented to WB Fehlner by Marge when he was installed as Master in 2000. WB Wilkinson also received a lapel pin with deep personal significance from RWB Krapf.


2017 Elected and Appointed Officers

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Magnificient Masonic Motorcars!

sign n carTraditionally, Masonic lodges don’t conduct any business in the summer months. The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) “goes dark” during this time and other Masonic bodies around the world follow suit. While we don’t have any regularly stated business, the summer months can be a great time for fun and fellowship. Continue reading

International Man of Masonry

Each year, residents of Northeast Ohio turn their eyes northward with trepidation as we await the onslaught of Canadian Soldiers. Also known as mayflies, these small insects inundate Avon Lake every year.

Since 1974, the members of Mid-Century Lodge have awaited a Canadian visit of a much more pleasant sort. Continue reading

Master Mason Degree


Worshipful Master Larry Foore with Brother Todd Strunk

In early December, Mid-Century Lodge was able to close out the calendar year with one of the most exciting Masonic traditions. Brother Todd Strunk, after completing his Entered Apprentice and Fellowcraft degrees, was raised to the degree of Master Mason. Continue reading

66th Annual Installation of Officers


Every masonic lodge is governed by a line of officers. These brothers are given, due to the esteem of their fellow members, control of both the symbolic and operative affairs of the lodge. Officers are elected, and every year the lodge hosts a special installation where family members can watch their Mason assume a new officer station for the coming year. Continue reading

In the News: Marion Russell Honored


Marion Russell, wife of Mid-Century member and Past Master Anson Russell, recently received a prestigious honor in our nation’s capitol. Marion has dedicated her life to music and is an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Hear more about Marion’s commitment to service in this article from Drew Scofield of the The Morning Journal.

Hockey Night: Masons at the Monsters


Mid-Century Lodge #725 will be attending the Lake Erie Monsters hockey game this November. Tickets are open to all our Masonic brethren, their families, and friends. Continue reading

Degree Work Update!

Last night, the members of Mid-Century Lodge passed Brother Todd Strunk to the degree of Fellowcraft. For those new to Masonry, here’s some information on what that means, and a little history too. Continue reading

Stated Meeting Spotlight: Lewis Jewel Presentation

What do you do when you need to move a large block of stone? For our operative masonic ancestors, the answer was a Lewis. First, the masons carved a triangular hole into the stone. Then, they placed three pieces of metal into the gap. Each piece of metal fit easily into the stone, but, when locked in place, they were impossible to remove and provided a strong grip to raise the block.

lewis device

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