NL40 History

Northern Light Masonic lodge located in Downtown Maumee, Ohio was started as Freemason Lodge #24 (Army Lodge) in 1813 at Fort Meigs. When the troops were disbanded after the war of 1812 the lodge was discontinued.  A new lodge was petitioned by Lieutenant Almon Gibbs of Fort Meigs and a new charter was received on December 21 1818.  The current lodge resides on that original location.  Northern Light Lodge #40 is located in Northwest Ohio and is part of a proud Masonic community. It is often called the Mother Lodge because so many Masonic lodges in Northwest Ohio and Southeastern Michigan started through Northern Light.  Northern light merged with Calumet Lodge #612 1997 and Sanford L. Collins Lodge #396 in 1995. Northern Light is also home to Royal Arch Chapter, Grotto, Eastern Stars, and Cryptic Council.

The first building (center), circa 1837, Maumee Ohio. Purchased from the Sons of Temperance in 1854.

"The East" circa 1854. Much of the original furniture shown in this photo is still in use today as is the hand-carved letter "G". 

Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely recognized fraternal organization in the world. Founded in London, England in 1717, its current worldwide membership totals 3.6 million members, 1.6 million of which are in North America. With 120,000 Masons and 530 local Lodges, Ohio has one of the largest Masonic memberships of any state in the country.


As a fraternal organization, Freemasonry unites men of good character who, though of different religious, ethnic, or social backgrounds, share a belief in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of mankind.


The traditions of Freemasonry are founded upon the building of King Solomon’s Temple, and its fraternal ceremonies use the working tools of the stonemasons to symbolize moral lessons and truths. For example, Masons are reminded at Lodge to “meet upon the level of equality, act by the plumb of uprightness, and part upon the square of virtue.”


Like most organizations, one will get out of Freemasonry what he is able to put into it. However, membership in Freemasonry is not meant in any way to interfere with an individual’s commitment to his faith, family, or occupation. Freemasonry is not and never can be a replacement for these important institutions, but rather it is a positive environment that reminds every Mason of his duty to God, his community, his family and himself.


Freemasonry provides opportunities for sincere, honest, forthright men who believe in God and desire to contribute to the improvement of their communities and themselves. Through our Masonic Fraternalism, we reaffirm our dedication and unity to become involved citizens who have a strong desire to preserve the values that have made and continue to make America great.

"A beautiful system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols". 

Behind every closed door there is a mystery "Knock and the door shall be opened unto you".

Home Lodge of Most Worshipful Brother Robert Rill Jr. Past Grandmaster of Ohio

Most Worshipful Brother Robert Rill Jr. was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Northern Light Lodge No. 40 on February 23, 1993.  He served his Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1997. And is also a member of the York and Scottish Rite as well as the Eastern Star and the Shrine. Most Worshipful Brother Rill served the Grand Lodge of Ohio as a District Deputy Grand Master for the 11th Masonic District from 2006-2008. He was appointed by Most Worshipful Brother Charles R. Murphy as Junior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge of Ohio in 2009. He was subsequently appointed as Senior Grand Deacon, Grand Marshal, and Grand Orator and was elected Junior Grand Warden, Senior Grand Warden, and Deputy Grand Master. On October 23, 2015, Most Worshipful Brother Rill was elected to serve the Grand Lodge of Ohio as its Grand Master and installed into that office on October 24, 2015 during the 206th Annual Communication, held in Columbus.

Lodge Officers

Elected and Appointed Officers 2017- 2018

Mark Christian Worshipful Master

Max Sikorski Senior Warden

Michael Weeks Junior Warden

Nick Thompson Secretary

Douglas Towslee Treasurer

Gerry Steiner Senior Deacon

William Clayton Junior Deacon 

Senior Steward

Paul Jensen Junior Steward 

Christopher Gorsuch Chaplin

Ronald Hindman Tyler 

James French LEO


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Northern Light Lodge #40

119 W Wayne St, Maumee, Ohio 43537, United States

(419) 740-5931

Our Stated Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday‘s of every month at 7:30pm. Except during the summer months when our lodge goes dark.