Matthew A. Rumer, of Washington Court House, has been elected and installed as Master of Fayette Masonic Lodge No. 107.
Rumer was installed by David Hartley and Cecil Seaman, Past Masters of the Lodge. The 168th-annual installation of officers was held Dec. 9 at the Fayette Lodge.
In his position as Master, Rumer is the presiding officer and head of the Lodge. The title of “Master” instead of “President” reflects the Masonic tradition of using ceremonies and titles from the stonemasons of the Middle Ages. When the great cathedrals of Europe were being built, the Mason in charge of a building site was referred to as a “Master of the work.”
Other officers installed during the ceremony were Chaplain- David Carr, Senior Warden- John Coffman, Worshipful Master- Matthew Rumer, Junior Warden-Brent Garringer, Secretary- Charles Crutcher, Tyler- Leonard Sines, Senior Steward- Terry Gruber, Senior Deacon- Anthony Cooper, Treasurer- Paul Sands, Junior Steward- Jeffery Michael and Junior Deacon- Justin Coffman. Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely-recognized fraternal organization in the world. Today, there are more than two million Freemasons in North America alone.
Charity is an important tenet of the Masonic fraternity. The 90,000 Freemasons in Ohio provide approximately $15 million charitable giving annually, including college scholarships, support of the Special Olympics Ohio Summer Games, and free training for Ohio school teachers to recognize students at non-academic risk.
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