Friendship and brotherhood, independent of formal lodge procedure, is the main objective of the forming of High Twelve Clubs. The one requirement to be a member in Ohio is membership in a Masonic Lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge of Ohio.
It has been said that the accumulation of donations in all of Masonry in the United States totals two million dollars a day. The International High Twelve project is providing scholarships for use at the George Washington University at the graduate level in the fields of Foreign Service and Government Administration. Locally we have presented United States flags for schoolroom use, assisted families at Christmastime through the Helping Hands organization, and contributed to the Miamisburg Youth Center.
We have had six members who have been President of the Ohio Association of High Twelve Clubs: Lawrence L. Baver, Dr. Clarence J. Bradbury, U. Herbert Garlaugh, Albert Libecap, Donald L. Stupp, and Evan W. Young. Brothers Baver, Bradbury, Garlaugh, and Libecap have passed from this life. Brother Bradbury was also our first and only state chaplain until his retirement in 1989. He was also International Chaplain for two years. He was named the International and State High Twelve for the year 1985.
We have two Knights of the York Cross of Honour [correct spelling]: Donald L. Stupp and James L. Church. A requirement for this is to have presided for one year over a Lodge of Master Masons, a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, a Council of Royal and Select Masons, and a Commandery of Knights Templar and are invited to join. (Commandery is the Christian organization of Masonry.) We also have two Honorary Thirty-Third Degree Masons: Richard C. Church (who is presently the Mayor of Miamisburg) and Edward F. Schultz (who is also secretary of Minerva Lodge No. 98, Free and Accepted Masons). Two other members were Mayor: Robert H. Mears, Sr., and Donald E. Lucas.
High Twelve International was founded by a minister, E.C. (Wally) Wolcott, in Sioux City, Iowa on May 17, 1921. He passed from this life in 1975 at the age of 94. Mound Club was chartered on April 10, 1953. Founder "Wally" Wolcott presented this charter at the Peerless Pantry (later known as the Peerless Mill Inn) on this date
Mound Club presently meets at the Days Inn Dayton South each Thursday at noon (except during July and August).