Copper Penny Masonic Lodge

The Copper Penny Masonic Lodge was first organized on March 7, 1980, when a meeting of the Vienna/Fowler Masons was held. This meeting was the result of a chat, over coffee, among friends who realized that each was a Mason, but belonged to different lodges. A subsequent search revealed many Masons in the Township, and many of these individual felt a local lodge would be beneficial.

The Vienna Grange building (formerly Vienna School Number 1) on Vienna Township Green was secured as a lodge site, and organizing members were requested to bring pennies as donations in purchasing the building. The land was leased from the Vienna Presbyterian Church. The lodge was designated "Copper Penny."

The Copper Penny Lodge was granted a dispensation by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio on October 17, 1981, and received its charter on October 16, 1982. Glen Wireman was elected as Copper Penny's first Worshipful Master.

Copper Penny Lodge, circa 1985.Image courtesy of John Hinely.

An open house was held on January 23, 1983 at the Lodge after an extensive remodeling. [1]

The Copper Penny Lodge flourished in Vienna for many years. The Grange Hall had been completely refurbished was then referred to as the Copper Penny Lodge #778 Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio. The address for the lodge is 4275 Warren-Sharon Road.

Charter Members of the Copper Penny Lodge appear on this stone tablet, which is located outside of the Lodge.Image courtesy of Christine Novicky
Copper Penny Lodge sign in 2022.Image courtesy of Christine Novicky

The building remained the meeting place of the Vienna Grange until they disbanded.

Members of the lodge organized an annual car show in 2008 the Howard F. Everett Copper Penny Car Show to raise money for a scholarship in memory of Everett. The car show was held in the parking lot near the Vienna Township Green, adjacent to the Copper Penny Lodge. The car show was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVD-19 pandemic, but resumed in 2021 with record high attendance. Despite the high attendance, 2021 was the last year for the car show.

Updated 8/30/2022
This entry is adapted from William Lynn, "Copper Penny Masonic Lodge" in Vienna, Ohio, "Where We Live and Let Live": Town 4, Range 2 of the Connecticut Western Reserve (Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1999), pp. 199-200.
Sapino, Brenda. "Penny Ante: Vienna lodge salvages old meeting hall with small change," Warren Tribune Chronicle, January 5, 1983, pp. B1 & B5.
[1] Vienna Grange #1537 History 1901-1991 by Margaret Mealy and Evelyn Butler