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Consolidated Masonic lodges drive car show for community

CORTLAND — For many years, the Gustavus Masonic Lodge in Kinsman hosted an annual summer car show fundraiser.

That tradition will continue now that the lodge, which includes members from Kinsman and Gustavus, has joined with the Cortland Masonic Lodge, which has taken over hosting the car show as well other community events.

Chris Mott, a member of the car show committee, said the two lodges merged about two years ago, but the coronavirus pandemic did not allow many events to take place in 2020.

“It was a lack of membership that made us look at merging with the Cortland Masonic Lodge, which had more members. Many of the members of the Gustavus Masonic Lodge had other things going on in their lives with work and family,” he said.

Mott said many members joined with Cortland, while others went to other area Masonic lodges.

“The car show and the other fundraisers are held to raise funds to help local charities in the area. The car show is always popular and receives a lot of support from the local community,” Mott said.

Mott said even after merging, it was decided to keep the car show in Kinsman with the Cortland Masonic Lodge as host.

“It’s a nice community event that many people from all over the area attend,” he said.

While the car show was canceled in 2020, more than 300 cars were part of this summer’s event. The show features antique, specialty, novelty, and hot rod cars and motorcycles.

Mott said the Masonic Lodges are active with Ohio Special Olympics and raising funds to help the athletes.

“Cortland Masonic Lodge does a lot of community outreach. We host blood drives and help the local veterans. We were at the Trumbull County Fair holding fundraisers. People come to us with a need and we try to fulfill it,” Mott said

He said the Cortland Masonic Lodge helps raise funds for the Veterans Memorial in Cortland, donating $30,000 for additions to the memorial.

Tim Bauer said each month the lodge holds a fundraiser pancake breakfast with the proceeds helping a local charity, such as Angels for Animals, TNR, Job’s Daughters Rainbow Girls, and many Boy and Girl Scouts troops.

“We hold the charity pancake breakfast once a month, and the organization being helped comes and helps and gets the proceeds from the event,” Bauer said.

The pancake breakfasts usually are held the first Saturday of the month at the lodge off Everett Hull Road, Fowler.

“It was great when the Kinsman and Gustavus members came over. There are now more people helping at the events,” Bauer said.

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