To celebrate two of the Lodges in his district who received the Grand Master’s Award at the 2018 Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, Right Worshipful Brother Troy Patoine, District Deputy Grand Master of the 7th Masonic District, presented the officers of Union Lodge No. 79 in Bristol and Meridian Lodge No. in Franklin quarts of his homemade spaghetti sauce on June 14 and June 20, respectively.
Article by Right Worshipful Brother Troy Patoine, DDGM
This year’s recipient for the District 7 Traveling Award is Doric-Centre Lodge No. 20 of Tilton. It was presented by Right Worshipful Brother Troy Patoine, DDGM, at the Grand Master’s Town Hall Meeting for the District. Doric-Centre’s Worshipful Master, Worshipful Brother Steve Bracy, received the award on behalf of the Lodge. The criteria for obtaining the annual award is based on the highest attendance at the Visitations for any particular Lodge. This year, Doric-Centre Lodge set the bar for future winners by having representatives at each of the 10 Visitations in the District. Doric-Centre Lodge prides itself on traveling to other Lodges and this reward truly reflects their accomplishment this year.
On Monday, January 8, 2018, the Officers of Doric-Centre Lodge No. 20 were installed in front of a semi-public audience.
Worshipful Brother Stephen Bracy was installed for his second term by Right Worshipful Brother Troy Patoine, District Deputy Grand Master of the 7th Masonic District and his team of Installing Officers:
Right Worshipful Brother Allen Wright (Inst. Marshal), Worshipful Brother George Baldwin (Inst. Secretary and Chaplain), Worshipful Brother Ronald (Giggles) Parsons (Inst. Organist).
Pictured Front Row: Worshipful Brother Ronald Parsons, R.W. Bro. Troy Patoine, R.W. Bro. Allen Wright, Worshipful Brother George Baldwin.
Pictured Back Row: Worshipful Brother Stephen Bracy.
Content by Bro. Rick Ellis and Right Worshipful Bro. Troy Patoine
Franklin Lodge No. 6’s annual visit with Santa occurred on Saturday and Sunday December 2 and 3. A rough count of 1200 people passed through the lodge to visit Santa and get a gift from the jolly man and Mrs. Claus with his elves assisting. The Lodge gave out over 400 gifts to the kids. In the first image, Worshipful Brother Charles Therriault is flanked by his Tyler, Brother Wayne Aldrich, Mrs. Claus (his wife Cindy) and the big guy himself, Santa Claus (Commander of American Legion Post 22 in Lebanon). The Lebanon Parks and Recreation supplied a photographer and more photos are available at https://lebanonnh.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=413.
Article by Right Worshipful Brother Ken Clay, Jr.
On the evening of September 20, 2017, The Grand Lodge of New Hampshire gathered in central New Hampshire to honor two Masonic Veterans. The ceremony was held in Union Lodge No. 79 in Bristol, NH. Following a delightful meal served in the dining room, brethren, sisters, family and friends convened in the Lodge Room to witness the event.
Following a prayer and salute to the flag, Worshipful Brother MacDougall presented the gavel to Most Worshipful Brother John E. Lobdell. Our Grand Master first recognized Brother Kenneth G. Rogers and presented him with his 50-year Masonic Veteran’s medal. In addition to his wife, Brother Rogers was joined by his daughter Cindy Rogers, Past Worthy Grand Matron for the Order of Eastern Star in New Hampshire.
Our Grand Master then called on Brother John M. Root and presented him with his 60-year Masonic Veteran’s plaque. Brother Root was joined in the East by his wife and took the opportunity to present Most Worshipful Brother Lobdell with a token from Davey Crockett Lodge in Texas where he currently resides.
Union Lodge No. 79 is to be congratulated on conducting a wonderful event!
By Right Worshipful Brother Kenneth Clay, Jr.
Sunday, October 23, 2016:
Today two Lodges came together to celebrate history. Union Lodge No. 79 of Bristol and Kearsarge Lodge No. 81 of Andover (Potter Place) celebrated their 150th Anniversary. Following a delicious luncheon, the Lodge was called to order by Worshipful Kenneth G. Bonenfant. Most Worshipful Grand Master John F. Gordon and his Line Officers then performed an impressive Rededication Ceremony of the Lodge in Bristol. Union Lodge members then shared some Lodge history. Worshipful Brother Kevin S. Sleeper then provided a historical report on Kearsarge Lodge. These two Lodges consider themselves “sister” Lodges, so it was very special to see them recognize this important day together.
Our Grand Master also recognized two Masonic Veterans. Worshipful Brother Kenneth L. Hall, Jr. was presented with his 50-year Masonic Veteran’s medal. Right Worshipful Brother John W. Matthews was presented with his 60-year Masonic Veteran’s certificate.
All-in-all, this was a great day for two Lodges in District No. 7.
Mount Cube Lodge Honors their Masonic Veterans
by Right Worshipful Brother Kenneth Clay, Senior Grand Warden
On Sunday, July 24, 2016, Mount Cube Lodge No. 10 gathered in Orford, NH to honor their Masonic Veterans. The day began by recognizing two local youth who were presented with Mount Cube Lodge sponsored college scholarships. Mount Cube Lodge was able to use Grand Lodge Matching Funds to enhance the value of the scholarships. The Lodge then recognized several Special Ladies who were in attendance. Worshipful Brother Charles Pierce then presented the gavel to our Grand Master, M ∴ W ∴ Brother John F. Gordon. Our Grand Master was honored to present three 50 year Masonic Veteran’s Medals. Recipients were: Worshipful Brother Donald E. Randall, Brother Stuart C. Corpieri and M ∴ W ∴ Brother Wendell W. Woodward, Past Grand Master. On hand to celebrate were: M ∴ W ∴ Brother Jeremy J. Sawyer, M ∴ W ∴ Brother Robert G. Hatfield, M ∴ W ∴ Brother C. Wayne Libby, Jr., M ∴ W ∴ Brother Paul M. Leary and M ∴ W ∴ Brother Stewart L. Aronson. Joining the celebration was M ∴ W ∴ Brother Brother George J. Deblon, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Vermont.
Congratulations to these Masonic Veterans for attaining a very special milestone.
Written by Bro. Richard Ellis
On December 11th to the 13th, 2015, Franklin Lodge No. 6 in Lebanon transformed their lodge into a Winter Wonderland.
The Brethren decorated the room with 15 Christmas trees ranging in size from 2 feet to 10 feet. There was a Polar Express train with conductor amazing the kids with horns and steam as it made its way around the tracks. There were 3 New England villages set up with 2 of them within the confines of the polar express. The other village featured a town park in the center with a giant ceramic Christmas tree. There were displays of young children skating and skiing along the outskirts of the villages. There were reindeer feeding on hay among the trees upon the starry-decked heaven above them.
Best of all was the enjoyment on the faces of the young children as Mr. & Mrs. Claus were seated in the East around a fireplace. Each child received a small gift from the jolly folks as they told their wishes for Christmas. As they left everyone was treated to hot chocolate and goodies with angels dancing on the ceiling above them. Santa greeted over 100 young children.
Plans are under way for next year and the City of Lebanon wants Franklin Lodge to tie this event in with the lighting of the lights on the park. Overall, it was a winning weekend. Please watch for information for next year’s event!
Article by Right Worshipful Brother Dennis Sheridan
On April 22, 2015, the Lodges of the new 8th Masonic District again held their long awaited program titled John Baker Night. Each of the four Lodges in this District gets together and holds a speaker competition which is judged by members from the new Seventh Masonic District.
An award is given to the Lodge whose presentation is chosen and they display it in their Lodge for the following year. Also, an award for the best attendance has the same recognition.
This has been an ongoing custom in this District since 1978. There were 3 years in the 80’s where it was not held, which was then the choice of the District Deputy Grand Master. This evening marked the last chance for our current District Deputy Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Ronald N. Crane, to reign over the ceremonies.
The four Lodges fill the chairs for the opening and closing made up of a composite degree team from all of them. The chairs are drawn by chance and one never knows what chair each Lodge will get to fill.
We were pleased to have Right Worshipful Brother David S. Collins, our Senior Grand Deacon and Most Worshipful Brother Paul M. Leary, Past Grand Master, join us for the evening. It was an enjoyable event.
The Speaker Award was won by Worshipful Brother Dale L. Sollars from Golden Dawn Lodge No. 66 this year and the attendance award was won by North Star Lodge No. 8. Pictured are the members from each Lodge present.
Parker Lodge No. 97 will hold their version of this evening entitled the “Old Man Speaks” on Thursday May 28th with members of the 7th Masonic district participating and judges coming from the 8th District. You are encouraged to attend if within the length of your cable-tow.