Word is trickling out that the Grand Lodge of Ohio F&AM has just approved legislation that will permit renters of Masonic facilities to serve alcohol at events.
Doubtless there will still be restrictions involved, but this will be excellent news for lodges struggling with raising funds to protect and maintain their buildings, especially historic ones. Far too many event planners pass our facilities by because of restrictive alcohol bans, even for outside renters and caterers with proper permits.
Legislative Ballot 2016-1 was passed and is now officially Ohio Masonic law. I don't have the exact wording, but it reportedly permits a lodge to allow alcohol to be served in non-consecrated areas of the lodge building only IF a caterer with a liquor license is used for the event. It does not allow a temple to apply for or obtain its own liquor permit.