On October 18th 1870 the Grand Lodge of Ohio Granted a Charter to
J. B. Covert Lodge, #437
Our Year of Celebration Starts Now!
Blacktop Party Saturday September 21st
Huge Success
A special thank you to all of the Brothers and friends who came out to help spread the 425 gallons of black top sealer!

The fellowship was great and the parking lot looks amazing!
56% of our dues have been collected already!
Please pay your dues today!
Please pay your dues ASAP
Q: If our 2020 dues are required to be paid by the November Stated meeting why do we start receiving notices in August?

A: Our dues make up the majority of our income and since we receive these funds once a year cash flow gets tight in August & September without prompt payment. We pay the Grand Lodge Per Capita fee in August which for this year was $4,445.25. If you divide that by the 245 members we have you'll see that is just over $18 per member. That leaves less than $60 of your dues available for lodge operations.

Q: But if we have 245 dues paying members plus other income we should have plenty of funds available.

A: We have 245 members, but not 245 dues paying members. We have nearly 15% of our Brothers who have served Masonry for more than 50 years and who are therefore exempt from paying dues as you will be when you reach that benchmark.

We also have 6% of our members who have paid for endowed memberships, These Brothers have paid past their years, so that when they pass to the celestial lodge above J. B. Covert will still receive a dividend from the funds they provided which are managed by the Grand Lodge of Ohio Endowment Committee. Several of these Brothers donate significantly more than their fair share throughout the year on top of having paid their endowed member fees. (If you're interested in learning more about the endowed members click here to email the Secretary. )

Q: When will we get new plastic dues cards?

A: We're expecting the Grand Lodge to issue new plastic dues cards sometime in the 2021-2022 period.
100% of your 2019 Grand Lodge Per Capita has been paid already on your behalf, so please pay your dues soon!
You can pay your dues online and donate to any of our active campaigns by clicking here!
If you prefer to mail a check you can send it to:

J. B. Covert Lodge, 437 c/o
Dave Olmstead, Secretary
3 Glenpark Ct
Amelia, OH 45102
Annual Meeting, Election of Sesquicentennial Officers & Monthly Education Session November 19th, 2019
On Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 J. B. Covert Lodge #437 will conduct its Annual Meeting.

A period of food and fellowship will begin at 6 pm. The meeting will begin at 7 pm.

Only Members in Good Standing (2020 Dues Paid) are eligible to vote in the election of this historic corps of officers. Your dues MUST be paid prior to the opening of this meeting.

Any Mason in good standing is welcome at our monthly stated meetings. If you have an idea for the lodge to consider or a question these meetings are where we address those items and then we enjoy a fantastic educational session.

Don't be a stranger! Food & Fellowship at 6 pm. Meeting starts at 7 pm.
Installation of Officers
December 14th, 2020
Plan now to attend our Installation of Officers on Saturday, December 14th! We'll share more details in the next few weeks.

The officers installed at this public ceremony will lead us through our 150th Anniversary Year!

Members attending will also be issued their J. B. Covert Anniversary Challenge Coin!
Annual Holiday Toy Drive Starts at Annual Meeting!
For the last several years J. B. Covert Lodge has collected toys for needy children and this year we're continuing with the tradition.

Please bring an unwrapped toy or two to the lodge throughout November and December.

We will deliver the toys to Inner Parish Ministries on the Wednesday after our December Stated Meeting.

You can also donate to the Toy Fund by Clicking Here!
Save The Date!
Our Inspection is January 28th, 2020

Food & Fellowship 6 pm
Inspection Begins 7 pm

Entered Apprentice Degree
Lunch Bunch
Meets Every Tuesday

11:30 am until around 1 pm

Bring your lunch and enjoy the fellowship!

Save the date - September 26th, 2020 Reconsecration of the J. B. Covert Lodge as part of our year-long Sesquicentennial Celebration
We want to have as many members of J. B. Covert Lodge as possible present for what promises to be a once in a lifetime event. The Grand Lodge of Ohio will be on hand to perform the ceremony along with a crew of Past Masters from J. B. Covert and our 2020 officer corps.

The ceremony will begin promptly at 11 am and will be followed by food and fellowship in the dining room.

Who was "Uncle Joe"
and why is the lodge named after him?
Joseph Benham Covert was born February 6, 1798 near the town of Lebanon, Ohio. Little history of his early youth has been obtained but it is known that part of his boyhood was spent driving teams that conveyed supplies to the troops on our Western and Northwestern Frontiers. When he was about twenty years of age, he relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio and made his home there until his death. On the morning of November 8, 1876, Masonic funeral services were held in the Scottish Rite Hall followed by Knights Templar Services and by Scottish Rite Services. His remains were then escorted to the depot of the C. & N. Railroad, from thence by train; the escort went to Spring Grove Cemetery for interment.

He was raised a Master Mason in N.C. Harmony Lodge #2 on December 5, 1828. And from that date, those who have recorded the history of Freemasonry in Cincinnati are obliged to record the history of Joseph Benham Covert, so closely is one identified with the other. Learn More Click Here
Do you own a business that our members should know about?
Business Directory
The economy is changing and doing business with companies we know and trust is more important today than ever before. If you own a business you should send your information to the Secretary by clicking here .

We'll be developing a J. B. Covert Business Directory to share with our members and the 6th District.
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