Article by Brother Scott Ives
Masons believe in making a difference in their communities…just ask, the Brethren of Horace Chase Lodge No. 72, of Penacook. They held their annual community night on June 18, 2015. This annual event unites people, and groups that the lodge recognizes, rewards, or sponsors throughout the year, as part of its community outreach.
Brother Michael Drotar, Acting Worshipful Master of the Lodge, said of the event, “Masons love working within our community, getting involved, and lending a hand where we can do good, this is our way of extending Masonic goodwill, outside the walls of the Lodge.”
The event began with a good old fashioned cookout. On the menu for the evening, the brothers prepared a delicious combination of cheese burgers, hamburgers, and dogs, followed later by watermelon. The grill was masterly handled by Brothers Bob Maclean, David Case, and Joe Hardy, with kitchen help by Annette Case. In attendance were members of local Boy Scout Troop 247 and their Scout Master, and Troop leaders. The lodge also welcomed the parents, and children, of the Boscawen Elementary School, who annually learn the Gettysburg Address, and keep its spirit alive. The Chief of Boscawen’s Police Department was in attendance, and received a check from the Worshipful Master for $1,200, the money was raised by the lodge, to support the local Dare program. Chief Wyman was very appreciative, and on behalf of the town, thanked the lodge for its support. Also in attendance were the Horace Chase Special Ladies, and winners of various scholarship programs provided by Masonic organizations.
After dinner, the event moved upstairs to the lodge, the Acting Worshipful Master, Michael Drotar recognized the Lodge’s Special Ladies. These women were praised for their service to the Lodge and their continued commitment to Masonic values after having lost their husbands, all who were members of the Craft.
Next up were three students whose academic achievements, and personal initiative, earned them the following awards and scholarships. The Winner of the Charles L. Foote Award was Claire Guimont; the Horace Chase Lodge Award was given to Anna McFarlin; and the Dr. Charles P. MacGregor Award winner was Noah Seltzer. They were presented by the lodge’s scholarship committee headed up by Brother Mark Ciarametaro.
The Lodge was then treated to the recitation of the Gettysburg Address by the winners of a contest sponsored by the lodge, at the Boscawen Elementary School. The funding provided by Horace Chase Lodge supports a contest held by the school to teach the history of the Civil War. The children memorize Lincoln’s powerful speech. The winners receive a special day, in which they are driven by limousine to the Common Man Restaurant, for a luncheon in their honor, and then they make a trip to the New Hampshire State House, where they are recognized for their performance. All competitors are treated to a pizza feast back at the school.
Horace Chase Lodge #72 F. & A. M., located in Penacook, meets on the third Thursday of each month (except in July and August) at the Masonic Temple in Penacook.