Reconsecration of Warpole Lodge # 176

Center-Most Worshipful Grand Master Douglas Brenneman

Left-Worshipful Master Richard A. Williams II

Right -Right Worshipful Jack Allen Senior Grand Warden

(Not in order) Grand Officers: Thomas Reynolds, Junior Grand Warden; David Dresser, Grand Secretary; Lyle Peterman, Grand Chaplin; William Mayberry Sr., Grand Orator; Steven Krekus, Grand Marshall; Jim Deyo, Senior Grand Deacon; James Williamson, Junior Grand Deacon and Richard Anderson, Grand Tyler.

Past Masters of Warpole Lodge: Clarence Racheter, S. Craig Swihart, Robert Stansbery, Steve Cheney, James Evans, Don Jury, Thomas Zeigler, Lynn Yeater, John Clinger, Irven Kieffer, Joel Kin, Addison Gene Plott, Gene Loose and Andrew Loose.

Other Past Masters present: John Miller, James McDonald, Kurt Harper, Ellis Helge, Tom Kimmel and Ronald Pool.

A special meeting of Warpole Lodge 176, F&AM was opened on May 22, 1999, for the purpose of the 150th-year celebration and reconsecration of the lodge. The ceremony was performed by 10 grand officers of the Grand Lodge of Ohio and several past masters of the lodge , serving as grand officers for the event.

Most Worshipful Grand Master Douglas Brenneman

After the lodge was opened, the reconsecration participants were admitted and introduced by the grand marshall, and the grand officers assumed their respective stations. Most Worshipful Grand Master Douglas Brenneman declared the Grand Lodge of Ohio open for the purpose of the reconsecration ceremony. The ceremony was then performed and the building and members were rededicated to the principles of Freemasonry.

Those taking part along with the grand officers were Warpole Past Masters: Lynn Yeater, Donald Jury, S. Craig Swihart, Addison Gene Plott and Steve Cheney grand officers pro tem; Thomas Zeigler, PM with corn, Irven Kieffer, PM with oil, Joel Kin, PM with symbolic wine, James Evans, PM with carpet, R. Eugene Loose, PM with the three great lights, Clarence Racheter, PM with first lesser light, Andrew Loose, PM with second lesser light and John Clinger, PM with third lesser light.

Twenty past masters of Warpole Lodge were introduced. Right Worshipful Brother Deyo gave a speech, asking if Warpole Lodge will be in existence in 25 or 50 years and noted the necessity of being involved in the community. Mayor and Brother Kenneth Richardson presented a framed proclamation to the lodge from the city of Upper Sandusky in recognition of its longevity and involvement in the community. The Grand Master presented a plaque and the piece of carpet used in the ceremony from the Grand Lodge.

Charles Barnes and Gary Keller, District Deputy Grand Masters of the 16th Masonic District; and Racheter, Murrel Riley and Glenn Hudson, 50 year members of Warpole Lodge, were also introduced.

Most Worshipful Brother Brenneman then closed Warpole and the Grand Lodge.

A catered lunch of soup, sandwiches, chips and beverages was served to 60 Brothers and their ladies. During the ceremony, 14 ladies toured the Wyandot County Museum.


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