June 10, 2013
I would like to start off this letter by introducing myself to the brethren that I have not had the pleasure to meet. My name is Jonathan Book, and I am the Worshipful Master of George A. Sentel Lodge #764 for the 2013 year. I became a Master Mason in 2010 and have enjoyed every opportunity I have had with our great fraternity. As a young mason, I am filled with excitement about the future of our lodge.
As I have not had the opportunity to meet many of you, I want to tell you about some of the exciting things that we have accomplished as a lodge, as well as some of the improvements we have made to the building over the past few years. In December of 2011, we were able to replace all the carpeting in the temple building through the generous gift from a departed brother. This gift also left us enough funds to replace the flooring in the men’s restroom as well as the kitchen area and back hall way.
In 2010, we started an annual golf outing as a way to bring the brothers together outside the lodge. The golf outing is open to the public to play as well. Our first year, we had 15 golfers play in the outing. We had a great time, and gained a new member out of it. The second year, we jumped up to nearly 40 golfers, and last year we had over 60 people play. It was decided last year to have the gold outing proceeds used to start a scholarship fund. This year’s golf outing will be August 17th at Timberlake Golf Course outside Sullivan starting at 9am. We would love to have even more this year.
As I mentioned the scholarship fund, I should say that we awarded a $500 scholarship to a graduating Senior of Sullivan High School, and one to a graduating Senior of Okaw Valley (Bethany and Findlay) High School.
One project that we could use the help of the member ship on though is the front façade of our temple building. Through the Sullivan Chamber of Commerce Façade program, we have had an architect come out and give us an estimate to update the front of the building to make it look better and be more energy efficient. The glass block front is causing us to lose heat in the winter, and gain it in the summer. Our front doors are single pain glass doors that have seen better days, and all of the windows have rotting frames and are not energy efficient as well. There has also been identified some issues with the brick front that need addressed.
The total cost to completely update the front façade of the building is estimated to be around $45,000. While we do have some money in CDs and the building fund, I am reaching out to each of you asking for your help. There is the possibility of getting up to a $20,000 matching grant from the Sullivan Chamber of Commerce Façade program, if every member of our lodge were to donate $235.00 we could be assured of making our building attractive and sustainable for many more years.
I understand that we are in tough economic times, and not everyone has the ability to give. I implore you to remember the great times you had in lodge, during degrees, and the many other events you have attended through your years of being a Freemason. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
Jonathan J. Book
George A. Sentel Lodge #764