Grand Lodge of West Virginia severs fraternal relations with Ohio

The Grand Lodge of West Virginia has severed fraternal relations with Ohio.

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3 Responses to “Grand Lodge of West Virginia severs fraternal relations with Ohio”

  1. Nelson King Says:

    The Grand Master of West Virginia, Gregory A. Riley, Sr., issued an edict on April 19, 2010 withdrawing fraternal recognition from the Grand Lodge of Ohio because Steubenville Lodge No. 45 elected Frank Haas to membership and conferred the three degrees of Masonry on him on Saturday, April 17, 2010.

    The Grand Master of Ohio, Terry W. Posey, has explained his position regarding this matter as follows:

    “Frank Haas is a Judge in West Virginia and until several years ago was Grand Master of West Virginia. The story of his being expelled from the Grand Lodge of West Virginia is well-documented in various Masonic and other publications. I have reviewed as many as were available, including West Virginia's Proceedings, the New York Times and http://www.masonic-crusade.com.

    He moved to Ohio last year. After that, he petitioned Steubenville Lodge # 45 for the degrees of Freemasonry.

    I thoroughly researched the Code of the Grand Lodge of Ohio and there is nothing to prevent his receiving these degrees. Inasmuch as he is an Ohio resident, the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of Ohio confers jurisdiction over his membership to the Grand Lodge of Ohio and the lodge's membership.

    He made a full disclosure of the Notice of Expulsion by the Past Grand Master of West Virginia and answered all questions presented to him by the Lodge's Committee of Investigation. The Lodge did the necessary background work, including a home visit. They were assured that he was a good man and true, and he met all requirements, including residency for the requisite time, for membership.

    Steubenville Lodge # 45 gave a unanimous ballot approving his membership.

    On April 17, he received the three degrees of Freemasonry in Steubenville Lodge.”

  2. Torence Evans Ake Says:

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired of waiting,
    Or being lied about, don't deal with lies,
    Or being hated don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

    If you can dream --and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think --and not make thoughts your aim,
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors the same:
    If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out-tools;

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
    And never breath a word about your loss:
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings --nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much:
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,

    -Rudyard Kipling

    Fraternally,
    Torence Evans Ake
    Secretary - Auburn Park Lodge No. 789 - Crete, Illinois
    PM - Arcadia Lodge No. 1138 - Lansing, Illinois

  3. Wes Kretzer Says:

    MWB Posey has made me PROUD to be an Ohio Mason. Having grown up and lived for many years in WV, I'm embarrased at the actions I've seen from MWB Riley, and hope we can all arrive at regularity soon.

    Wes