WILMINGTON — Wilmington’s own Keith W. Newton, Grand Master of Masons in Ohio, enjoyed a horse-drawn carriage ride at the front of this year’s HomeTown Holidazzle Parade along with his wife Lady Sharon and four generations of the Hewitt family.
Van Hewitt was coachman of the brightly decorated carriage drawn by his favorite carriage horse Chester. Van was joined by his father Max, his two sons Colt and Wes, and his grandson Little Max.
Newton is essentially the chief executive officer of the Grand Lodge of Ohio and leader of over 70,000 Ohio Freemasons in 450 Masonic Lodges. He is an active member of Wilmington Masonic Lodge #52, a 33° Scottish Rite Mason in the Valleys of Dayton and Cincinnati, a York Rite Mason and a member of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (Shriners).
Helping those in need is a core principle of Freemasonry and Grand Master Newton and Lady Sharon have selected Sleep In Heavenly Peace as their philanthropic focus for 2020. This nonprofit organization, with Ohio county chapters in Clinton County as well as in Akron, Butler, Lake/Geauga, Lorain, Maumee Valley, Warren and Youngstown, has built and delivered over 4,000 beds to children who don’t have one.
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