Welcome to the 19th Masonic District of Ohio

Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely recognized fraternal organization in the World. Founded in London, England in 1717, its current worldwide membership totals 3.6 million members, 1.6 million of which are in North America. With over 97,000 Masons and 503 Chartered Lodges, Ohio has one of the largest Masonic memberships of any state in the country.

The Nineteenth Masonic District of The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio represent 22 Masonic Lodges consisting of Coshocton, Knox, Licking as well as a portion of Tuscarawas and Muskingum counties. The District serves as a regional layer of support for our member lodges.

The 19th Masonic District Communications are conducted by the 19th Masonic District Officers Association for the purpose of uniting the Blue Lodges throughout the District. Other organizational and planning meetings for the officers and representatives are conducted throughout the year.

 

 
Property Tax Exemption

Ohio Masonic lodge properties that are used primarily for administrative and fraternal purposes and that receive less than $36,000 annually in rental income are now eligible for exemption from property taxes.

This exemption must be applied for as it will not be awarded automatically.  The Grand Lodge has established the following procedure for the owners of lodge property to apply for the exemption.

There are three basic steps to apply for the property tax exemption.

1.  Complete the following:

  1. Form DTE 23 - Application for Real Estate Exemption.  Click here for a electronic, fillable copy of this form.  Click here for a guide to answer all the questions on the form.
  2. Provide a copy of the property owner's most recent 990 IRS long form or receipt for the 990 N electronic postcard.
  3. Provide copies of the last two year's of property tax bills.
  4. The property owner (the Lodge or Temple Company) should complete either a Lodge Financial Report (for a template click here) or a Temple Company Financial Report (for a template click here) as is appropriate.
  5. Provide copies of all lease/rental agreements if portions of the building are rented.
  6. Provide a basic floor plan of the building with an explanation of what is used for fraternal purposes verses what is used for rental income (commercial, residential, etc.)
  7. Provide copies of the "property record card" and deed from the County Auditor.

2.  Mail or email copies of all the items listed above in Step 1 to the Grand Secretary's Office, 1 Masonic Drive, Springfield, Ohio  45504 - attention Chad Simpson, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for review.  Upon review of the documents, Chad Simpson will contact the applicant and provide copies of the necessary supporting documentation from the Grand Lodge.

3.  Turn in the property owner's information from Step 1 and the Grand Lodge's supporting documentation from Step 2 to the County Auditory  and Country Treasurer for processing by December 31, 2013.  All tax year 2012 taxes and assessments payable in 2013 must be paid.

Please inform the Grand Secretary’s Office once the Lodge has received a response from the County.  Brother Chad Simpson is prepared to assist with the process so feel free to contact him with any questions at 800-292-6092 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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Upcoming District Events

19th District Assoc. Meeting

When: Wednesday, Apr 9, 7:30pm

Where: New Home No. 338 - Hanover, Ohio

 

Frazeyesburg No. 490 EA Inspection

When: Friday, Apr 11, 7:30pm

Where: Frayzeysburg, Ohio

 

Jackson No. 85 FC Inspection

When: Saturday, Apr 12, 7:00pm

Where: Brownsville, Ohio


"Be sure to check the calendar link regularly for any upcoming local lodge events"

2014 Important Deadlines

Community Service Award

January 15, 2014 - forms to DDGM

 

Excellence in Youth Awards

January 15, 2014 - forms to DDGM


Grand Lodge Scholarship

March 1, 2014 - forms to DDGM


P. Dean Gerber Scholarship

April 30, 2014 - forms to P. Dean Gerber Selection Committee


Grand Master's Award Program

August 8, 2014 - forms to DDGM

 

Grand Master's Education Award Program

August 8, 2014 - forms to DEO

 

Special Olympics Donations

June 1, 2014 - Grand Lodge Charitable Foundation

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Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio

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