Rocky River #703, F&AM

From The East - February 2019

Greetings Brethren,

As February arrives we can look back at a great start to our year.

We’ve raised our first candidate of the year as Wor. Bro. Ted Cutts presided in the East as Brother Trevor Cutts received his Master Mason degree to a nearly full Lodge Room. It was a great evening as over 90 Master Masons were present.

Ted was one of 7 in the room who had raised their son – what a great Masonic Family tradition! Senior DeMolays played an important part in the evening as well.

The Fellowcraft Team was almost all Rocky River Lodge members like the old days. It was great to see so many familiar faces back in Lodge. We hope to see you often.

RWB Heib and WB Fletcher, DEO, were in attendance as we honored WB George Mason on receiving his 60-year pin. It was great to see George in Lodge.

As I write this our 43rd Breakfast in the Park will be Sunday. A perfect day is forecast – 20 degrees.

And our third annual range night with nearly 40 members and guests signed up was to have been held on January 31st.

On February 7th we will have an Officer’s Meeting at 700 pm and an Entered Apprentice degree on the 14th. We are moving toward our goal of 10 new Master Masons this year.

Inspection season has begun and we will be traveling to our neighboring Lodges in February and March.

our goal for the year. 


Mark W. Rantala, W.M. 

From The East - January 2019

Greetings Brethren,

Installation is behind us and as we move into the New Year we have a busy calendar. 

We Had an MM practice on January 3rd. On January 10th WB Ted Cutts will be in the east for a special MM. I know Ted has reached out to many of you about participating in this special degree. It will be an opportunity for many of you to bring back some of the Rocky River magic for Ted’s son. Dinner is 6:30 pm with Roast Beef. Please call Ted (216) 956-8940 or me at (440) 759-3261 to take a part. We would like to fill all the roles with Rocky River members. 

On the 17th we will have our Annual Awards Night. It will be an open meeting so feel free to bring guests. Our award recipients will be WB James LePrevost, Bro. Raymond Ferguson, and WB George Mason 

On the 24th at 6:00 pm we will have an OPEN HOUSE so potential members can Learn the Secrets of Freemasonry. Invite potential members to join us. The Open House will be followed by dinner at 6:30 pm and an opportunity for fellowship with our members. Our regular stated business meeting will be at 7:30. 

Our 43rd Annual Breakfast in the Park will be at the Mastic Road Pavilion on January 27th at 8:30 am . Bring some bacon, sausage or eggs and dress warm. Invite some friends to share in the Fellowship. Rocky River Lodge will provide the cooking utensils, the potatoes, coffee and juice. Dress Warm! 

January 31st will be our Third Annual Range Night. Sign up with WB Russ Kilpatrick at 440-530-0600 to reserve your spot. We have reserved two hours of time beginning at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm for twenty shooters each hour at Select Fire Range on Bagley Road in Berea. Cost is $20.00 per person per hour. 

January is going to be busy. Hope you will enjoy our calendar. We need 9 more petitions for our goal for the year. 


Mark W. Rantala, W.M. 

From The East - April 2018

Greetings Brethren,


Spring time is once again upon us to help ease and lift our spirits. This has been a difficult winter to bear. Our fraternity has suffered great losses and many of us have had personal obstacles to over come. 

There is always hope for the future if you believe and look for it. The hope I feel comes from the support of the Brethren that show up without fail to keep our lodge doors open for all those willing to attend. I am so very proud of our officer line for their dedication to the craft to ensure we passed our annual inspection with flying colors. Loyalty and dedication is a badge of merit in short supply with today's society. 

On April 19th, we will be conferring the rusty nail degree for those who are desirous of rediscovering light in masonry. It is up to you to determine what you would like to receive from being a mason. 

It is not a destination. It is a life long journey. 

William P Ritley, WM

From The East - December 2018

Greetings Brethren,

 I am about to assume my duties as the 91st Master of Rocky River Lodge on November 29th. It is an honor that I never expected to have. 

When I first served as the 75th Master in 2003, both the Fraternity and Rocky River Lodge were stronger than they are today. The demographics of our membership have aged. 

We face the challenge of rebuilding our lodge and the fraternity in a much different environment. Although our membership has changed, we must all work to replace ourselves. According to the Grand Lodge of Ohio’s report, our lodge will lose 10 members this year due to age. My goal is to raise 10 good men this year to meet this loss. 

Make good men better is a worthy goal. For those of you who were members when I served in 2003 you will remember that we had an active program. I hope that this year will be even better! If you haven’t been around for a while, watch our schedule for a reason to share an evening of fellowship. 

We all know good men who would benefit from the lessons of the fraternity and contribute to our lodge and community. 

Among the events this year we will have our 43rd annual Breakfast in the Park on January 27th. Also included this year is our 3rd annual range night on January 31st hockey night, Crushers baseball night, and in June we will be traveling to the Ohio Village to do a degree in an 1800’s era lodge room. 

Together with you, we can restore the greatness to Rocky River Lodge. Please watch the Trestleboard for the programs in the coming weeks! 

If you could offer your help, please call me at (cell #) 440-759-3261. 


Mark W. Rantala, W.M. 

From The East - January 2018

Greetings Brethren,

I hope you has an enjoyable holiday season. The new year is symbolic of  change and reflection. Our lodge has transitioned many changes over the past year. I have been placed in charge of this vessel to navigate a safe passage into the next year. I have poured thru my notes and have read many articles and books to help me prepare for my term. Many Brethren have offered me good counsel to address how our lodge should be operated and I am grateful for their insight. The legacy of Rocky River 703 has been in great jeopardy of being lost given the trends set over the past few years. We all have the same heart and spirit for the institution. It ebbs and flows at times but we are all still proud Masons. Upon reflection fellowship is the most critical piece of our puzzle. I extend an open mind and warm heart to those willing to sacrifice their time to exchange thoughts and history both personally and in open lodge.

The 42nd annual breakfast in the park is soon upon us. We have opened this event to include fellowship from other lodges district wide. I welcome all of our members to attend. This is a great opportunity to bring someone you feel worthy of light in Masonry.

Our Most Worshipful Master Eric R. Schau has initiated the "Replace Yourself" program for his year. This is key to keeping our fraternity and it's celestial other bodies alive. The Blue Lodge is the entrance point of becoming a Mason. I can not impress upon your mind how important it is to keep our doors open to make Masons. It is equally important to confer the quality of degree work message to retain members and build character. There is no reason we can not thrive. There will be many new events posted for this new year including a Rusty Nail degree.

I would like to personally thank our officer line for their dedication to our craft to keep our lodge alive. I also thank all of the past masters for their assistance. Their wisdom is key to our search of perfection. May good health and fortune find you well this new year.

William P Ritley, WM