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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ft. Wayne, Indiana Masonic Temple Making Great Improvements

Paul Calloway, Scot Deckard, Dennis Weimer and Dave Groholski
formed the Freemasons Hall Building Management Group of Fort Wayne to manage their Temple.

The brethren of Ft. Wayne, Indiana are working hard to preserve and improve the downtown Ft. Wayne Masonic Temple. They made the local paper again today, as they announced great strides in recent weeks. See Masonic Temple Reborn by Paul Wyche in the Journal Gazette.

According to a post by Brother Paul Calloway on Indiana's Hiram's Forum, the Temple's new management group's business plan had three main areas of focus - (1) Increase Rental Income, (2) Increase Fundraising and (3) Decrease Expenditures:

With regard to increasing rental income - in 2009 we rented the building approximately 12 times. For 2010, we have already booked 28 events with room on the calendar for more. We expect we will far exceed our goals for rental income.

With regard to increasing fundraising - we have resuscitated the Preservation Ball which earned the building about $18,000 in 2007 but which had not been repeated since. A 2009 Preservation Ball is planned for October 23, 2010 and the committee in charge of that event has already met three times in January. We're also working to double our income generated from our second annual Brewfest event. Furthemore we've arranged a temple-wide fundraiser for car-wash tickets which could net the building over $5,000 if all tickets are sold.

With regard to decreasing our expenditures - this is where it really gets pretty exciting. We just got our heat bill from January. Are you ready for this? Remember, our annual heat bills usually reach $40,000 for this building.
Dec-Jan 2007 ($11307.21 heating & 103 cooking)
Dec-Jan 2008 ($9080.39 heating & 136.51 cooking)
Dec-Jan 2009 ($1548 for heating & $78 cooking)

Yeah, really.... and no plaster isn't falling off the walls (except where it already was). We kept the building about 55 degrees and only heated rooms to 70 when absolutely necessary.

If you're a member of a Fort Wayne lodge - take heart, we've all had to make some sacrifices, and while it's still early in the year - it promises to be the first year in a long time where we've actually turned a profit.

Great job, brethren. Keep up the good work!


  1. My lodge was built in the 1970s, so it will never really have that kind of splendor without major demolition and rebuilding. I am extremely jealous of these old lodges, especially these up north that you have been posting. But we do what we can with what we have.

    Wayne Middleton, Community Lodge 292 Tampa, FL

  2. I had my wedding yesterday at the free masons hall at 216 east washington street and would just like to say i will NEVER recommend this place to anyone. Everything was fine until 1 member (Roger Swisher) decided to babysit over the reception, we had multiple complaints from guests about him. I was unaware when I signed the contract that he was going to be there the whole time complaining about what we could and couldnt do. This morning we went to pickup a table we had left there and were verbally assaulted by the janitor (Roger Swisher). I will do everything within my power to make sure as many people know about our experience.


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