Rocky River #703, F&AM

From The East - May 2019

Greetings Brethren,

We have been making progress rebuilding the core of our Lodge with new members and reinstatements. We have an opportunity to bring in additional new members with the Grand Master’s One Day Class in September. Get all three degrees without the proficiency exams in one day September 14th. Our target date for the first reading of petitions is May 23rd. Let’s see if we can get to 10 petitions.

Hear from WB Ted Cutts 33rd about his Scottish Rite experiences together with WB Scott Croxford MSA honoree of the AASR on Thursday about his experiences as well. It is a chance to get a Scottish Rite Petition for the May 4th Ceremonial. No petition fees for this reunion. Dinner at 6:30 pm. Pierogi's and Kielbasa. The dress is Casual.

May 4 - A.A.S.R. Reunion marking 100th Anniversary of DeMolay at 3615 Euclid Ave.

May 9th - Stated Meeting - Bring a petition. Dinner at 630. Casual Dress. FC Exam. Sign up for Ax Throwing on May 30th. $20 per person.

MAY 16TH -MASONS IN SPACE 7:00 pm OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Bring a friend or family member. Presentation by WB Bill Fletcher – District Education Officer. This is a great program. Lasts about 45 minutes. Business attire. No Dinner. Ice Cream Sundaes to follow.

May 23rd – Stated Meeting – bring a petition Dinner at 630. Casual attire. Sign up for Lake Erie Crushers game.

May 27th – Memorial Day Parade - 9:30 am at Rocky River High School. Wear Polo Shirts.

out. Limited to first 12 that sign up. $20 per person.

Valley View at Cleveland AXE. Great night

June 6th – Open in Master Mason Degree. SW Rodger Edwards in the East. Rehearsal MM opening and closing. 6:30 Dinner. Business Attire.

June 13th Stated Meeting. Dinner at 6:30 pm Casual dress.

JUNE 22ND – OUTDOOR MASTER MASON DEGREE at Oberlin Lodge – Rocky River # 703 will be raising a candidate. Breakfast at 10:00 am. Lodge opens at 11:00



Dinner means great food and fellowship. Thanks to Rodger and Larry for Great meals – and no more pizza.


Mark W. Rantala, W.M. 

From The East - April 2019

Greetings Brethren,

With inspection behind us, we have a Spring of activities for the Lodge. We had a very successful FC degree for Inspection and we should be proud of the progress we have made this year. 

Thursday, April 4, is a special meeting Alternative Proficiency presentation. DDGM Jim Hieb and DEO William Fletcher will make a presentation about the new Alternative Proficiency process. Together they will demonstrate this process in the Fellow Craft degree. It should be a very educational program. Dinner will be at 6:30 pm and attire will be business suit 

Thursday, April 11, is a stated meeting with dinner at 6:30 pm. 

Thursday, April 18, we will be dark for Holy Week. Happy Easter! 

Monday, April 22, The Order of Eastern Stars dinner will be prepared and served by the Rocky River Lodge Officers and Brethren It is a great opportunity for us to further strengthen our relationship with River Chapter OES. 

Thursday, April 25, is a stated meeting with dinner at 6:30 pm 

Thursday, May 2, special Meeting to recognize the Scottish Rite members of Rocky River Lodge with a special program. Dinner will be at 6:30 pm. 

Saturday, May 4, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Reunion – 3615 Euclid Ave. 

Thursday, May 16, special meeting open to the public. Please feel free to bring your family. Dinner will be at 6:30 pm. Special Presentation by District Education Officer William Fletcher about “Masons In Space” I have seen this presentation it is out of this world! 

On Thursday, May 30, let’s try our hand at axe throwing at Cleveland Axe Throwing. The cost is $20 per person and we have room for 24 members. Looks like a fun night similar to our range night. Please call Mark Rantala at 440-759-3261 for details. 


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 - 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 - 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.