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Ohio Freemasonry

Interview with 2024 Grand Marshal

Read our recent interview with Brother Jeffrey Sime, the 2024 Grand Marshal.

Please introduce yourself. Tell us your name, title, home lodge, and how long you’ve been a Freemason. 

My name is Jeffrey M. Sime and I have the esteemed honor of holding the office of Grand Marshal for the Grand Lodge of Ohio. I am married to my lovely wife Stacie, and am the father to 2 beautiful daughters Zoie (19), Jadyn (16), and our dog, Rubie (12).  My home Lodge is Genoa #433 in the 11th Masonic District where I was raised a Master Mason on January 10th 2012.

Tell us about how and why you joined the Grand Lodge Officer Line? When did you join?  

Like most things in life, some life changing events come at a surprise. Being asked to be appointed as a Grand Lodge Officer was one of them. Stacie and I received a call from the Senior Grand Warden who at the time was RWB Steven M. Grindle. He asked us to join him and his wife Jane-Anne for dinner. Honestly there aren’t many days in my life where something has caught me completely by surprise; leaving me in shock and without words.  That evening was one of them. As the dinner progressed, I was asked what my thoughts were about taking on the role of Junior Grand Deacon. Needless to say, I didn’t eat another bite.  

As the week progressed, Stacie and I had many discussions before a decision was made.  Focusing on our two girls who would be a freshman and senior in high school as we would begin this journey, and my job as an Airline Captain. After some mindful consideration, we happily agreed. 

You asked why I decided to join the Officer Line. Well, joining our fraternity was a decision that profoundly impacted my life in ways I never could have imagined. The bonds that were created, my personal growth, and the opportunity to share this positive impact with my Brethren throughout our 25 Districts is why I decided to join the Line. I joined the Grand Lodge Line when I was installed Junior Grand Deacon at the 213th Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ohio, the evening of October 28th, 2022.

What is the role of the Grand Marshal? What are your responsibilities?

My role as Grand Marshal is a challenging, yet exciting role as a Grand Lodge Officer.  I essentially act as a liaison between the Grand Master and the Grand Lodge Officers in coordination with our fraternity, as we travel around the State for our ceremonies, visitations, and receptions. I am the eyes and ears of our Grand Master and our Grand Lodge Officers.  I plan and direct ceremonies, develop itineraries for our travels, and work closely with the Grand Master and the other appointed Grand Lodge Officers. I also have the privilege of working with many Lodges directly while we travel around the State throughout the year.  It’s a team effort and I am grateful for this opportunity to work with such amazing leadership.

What does it mean to you to be part of the Grand Lodge of Ohio leadership?

As I reflect on my journey so far within the Grand Lodge of Ohio leadership, I am filled with a sense of honor and responsibility. Being part of this group is so much more than a title, it’s a commitment to not only uphold the principles of our Craft, but to represent our fraternity, with integrity, service, and respect. It means upholding the tenets of brotherly love, relief, and truth, in all aspects of my life, both within and outside of our fraternity. Most importantly, it means being part of something greater than oneself.

What do you hope for the future of Ohio Freemasonry?

First and foremost, I hope to see Ohio Freemasonry continue to thrive as a vibrant community of like-minded Brothers, united by a shared commitment of our tenets. I envision a future where every member feels valued, supported, and empowered to contribute to the betterment of our fraternity and society as a whole. We can set an example of integrity, honor, and compassion that resonates far beyond the walls of our lodges for generations to come.

Can you share your favorite moment from your time as an Ohio Freemason?

Wow, that’s a hard one to pinpoint. There have been many favorite moments throughout my journey so far. From being the candidate for my Lodge’s inspection in the Master Mason Degree, to joining and presiding over my Lodge and other appendant bodies. The one moment which resonates as my favorite, has to be when I was first introduced to the Craft.  There was a conversation I had between my father and my neighbor, Past Master and Most Illustrious Brother Douglas Habegger, I didn’t know he was a Freemason at the time. The conversation  involved me learning not only that my Grandfather was a Freemason, but realizing right then and there that I had found something I knew was missing in my life.

Do you have any advice for members looking to get involved? 

My advice to anyone who is thinking about becoming a member of our Craft is to ask a member. Seek out and ask a Freemason not only what is Freemasonry, but more importantly ask why they joined. I’ve found that it’s a unique opportunity to embrace our timeless principles, the ability to cultivate meaningful relationships, and make a positive impact on ourselves internally, and in the world.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Freemasonry has instilled in me a deeper sense of purpose, integrity, and compassion that transcends all aspects of my life. As a friend, Freemasonry has taught me the true meaning of brotherly love and friendship. As a husband, Freemasonry has strengthened my commitment to my wife Stacie and deepened our bond of love and mutual respect. As a father, Freemasonry has provided me a framework for instilling values of morality, virtue and compassion with our daughters. I am truly blessed to have found what was missing in my life, and found a community of Brothers who have enriched my life in ways I never thought possible.

Want to learn more about other 2024 Grand Lodge Officers? Read our interviews with the Senior Grand Deacon and Grand Tyler!