Burns Lodge Corner Stone and Dining Room Dedication Ceremony
On May 14, 2013, Most Worshipful Grand Master Brother Paul M. Leary, made a trip up to Littleton, NH for the purpose of performing a Lodge Corner Stone Ceremony. Assisting him in this endeavor were RW Brother Darrell A. Louis, DDGM, RW Brother David S. Collins, Junior Grand Deacon, RW Brother Ronald N. Crane, DDGL, W. Brother Paul C. Smith, Grand Steward, W. Brother Bruce D. McLaughlin, Grand Steward, W. Brother George Papadimatos, WM of Burns Lodge, W. Brother Robert D. Steel, P.M.,
Secretary of Burns Lodge, W. Brother John E. Bigelow, H.P.M., Brother Dale L. Sollars, Junior Warden of Burns Lodge and Dennis A. Sheridan, PDDGM.
The Lodge opened at 6:00 p.m. by declaration by the M.W. Grand Master, who then declared the Grand Lodge opened in ample form. The Corner Stone Ceremony was conducted followed by the Dedication of the Dining Room. The Grand Master declared the Dining Room as proper for the Lodge to use for Lodge Meeting purposes, and its usages up to the discretion of the Master.
Following the Ceremony, the group gathered at the local Ninety-Nine Restaurant for dining and conversation. An excellent evening was enjoyed by all present. This occasion will probably mark the last appearance of the Grand Master in the North Country while serving in Office. We certainly appreciate his dedication to the northern part of our fair state, and thank him for performing this last service for us up here in Littleton.
Most Worshipful, it has been a pleasure for us to assist you in this capacity.
Submitted by Dennis A. Sheridan, PDDGM
GLNH – Social Media Policy
ATTN: Past Grand Masters, Grand Lodge Officers, Past Grand Lodge Officers and Permanent Members; Constituent Lodge Masters, Secretaries, and Members
Since the turn of a new century in 2000 the way we communicate as Brethren has changed. Many of us could not have realized how the World Wide Web would link us together as individuals, allowing us such rapid and immediate communications with persons from 10 miles to 1 Million miles away. If that wasn’t enough to digest, the development of Social Media sites such as Facebook or Twitter, just to name a few, have over the past few years allowed us to showcase our individual selves. The technology is being developed faster than many of us are able to keep up with.
It has become apparent to me as Grand Master that we need to be reminded of how anything we post on these Social Media sites becomes a permanent record that could reflect poorly on each one of us. This becomes more problematic when we promote ourselves as Masons and others assume these comments are representative of Masonry in general. It only takes a few seconds to post a comment, but it is very difficult to retract it.
I feel the time has come to set an official policy of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire on Social Media. The Grand Lodge Line Officers have worked with me to craft a policy that provides some guidance for the Brethren in their use of Social Media. The Grand Lodge continues to support the brethren in using all methods of communication but I am reminding the Brethren to take a moment and think about what you post on these sites BEFORE you post them.
We as Masons all took an obligation to Honor ourselves and the Craft, let us continue to do that.
Paul M. Leary, Grand Master
JOHN WOOD BAKER NIGHT APRIL 24, 2013
Another successful evening of Lodge presentations and fellowship was shared in the Lancaster Masonic
Temple on this date by brethren from the Fifth Masonic District. This is our last District event sponsored
under the current Grand Lodge Administration.
The RW DDGM, Brother Darrell A. Louis, acted as host for this event. The Five Lodges currently residing
in the North Country were all represented by five Brothers who spoke on different subjects, although
the title of two of them were on the same topic-Brotherhood.
Over 40 Masons showed for the event. There was a Pot Luck Type Supper served at 6:30 p.m. All
food dishes were donated to the event. Donations were solicited to go to the Fifth Masonic District
Association’ Treasury for whatever they decide to do with it.
Worshipful Brother Paul Bouchard from North Star Lodge was the final speaker, relating about several
personal experiences which occurred to him at different times until the formally mentioned title of
Brotherhood. This talk was chosen by the three visiting judges from District Eight to be the winning one
and North Star Lodge gets the Presentation Award for this year.
Evening Star Lodge No. 37 came out in force with some fifteen brothers present to claim the Attendance
Award. As you can see from the picture, we opened in the Entered Apprentice Degree and shared the
evening with those who are not yet Master Masons.
The Eighth District announced their intentions of hosting a similar event in Parker Lodge No. 97 of North
Woodstock on May 23, 2013 which will be called “The Old Man Speaks.” The Fifth District will act as
Judges for their event. I hope they have as much success with their meeting as we have had with ours.
Richard Smith and Julie Adams Visit Horace Chase Lodge
Beautiful music filled the room at Horace Chase Lodge in Boscawen, as the Lodge was transformed into a music hall, for an evening of entertainment, with renowned guitarist Richard Smith, and his wife Julie Adams. The couple performed to a packed house, as Masons, their friends and family spent an amazing evening with these two brilliant musicians. Richard Smith is an accomplished guitar player, recognized by guitar greats like Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, as one of the most talented players in the world. Richard has a unique style; coupled with his equally talented wife, they make music which sounds larger than the two people on the stage. The crowd applauded wildly after each of the couple’s musical selections. From Cole Porter, to the Beatles they performed flawlessly!
The concert was made possible by the hard work of Brother Karl Olson, who arranged the booking. He also helped coordinate the event with a great deal of help from a number of lodge members who transformed the Lodge room into a perfect music venue. Worshipful Master, Joseph Hardy said, “They say music is a universal language, so we decided that bringing music to the Lodge was an excellent way to reach out to the community, and bring people to a masonic lodge, who might otherwise never have visited. It was such a success that we will be doing this again!”
It was a true family event with children and grandchildren in attendance. And everyone was having a great time. Brother John Moore helped coordinate a buffet style pot luck supper…and the food was delicious. Said Moore, One thing you never need to worry about at our lodge is food…we just don’t want anyone to leave hungry.”
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 Boscawen. Worshipful Master Joseph Hardy reminds all who have an interest in joining the fraternity…to be one, ask one! For more information on the Lodge or membership, please visit our Web Site at www.horacechase.org
Charity Lodge#18 F & A M Donates to Local Food Pantries
On March 14th, 2013, Charity Lodge #18 Free and Accepted Masons of Jaffrey New Hampshire sold
Christmas Wreaths to raise money for the Rindge and Jaffrey Food Pantries. With matching funds from
the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, the Wor. Master John Britton was able to present a check for $300
to each Food Pantry. This is the third year they have been able to make this donation. Pictured above
from left to right be the Wor. Master John Britton, Ellen Ostrescher of the Rindge Food Pantry and Sandy
Carland and Karen Morris of the Jaffrey Food Pantry.
North Star Lodge No. 8, F & AM Hold Annual Installation
North Star Lodge No. 8, F & AM held their annual Installation of Officers Ceremony on Sunday February 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. This was preceded by a chicken pot pie luncheon supplied by the members of Olive Branch No. 1 Order of the Eastern Star.
Worshipful Master Jeremy W. Allin is serving his second year in that capacity. The other Officers moved up one station with the exception of Brother Robert Herman who is remaining as Chaplain. Brother Mark Blodgett assumed the duties of the West and Brother Robert Paradis in the South. Recent members Brother Philip Beiner is the new Senior Deacon, Brother Wesley Cookson in the new Junior Deacon with one of our newest Members, Brother Derek Myers as Senior Steward.
Yours truly has been appointed as the first Master of Ceremonies of the Lodge in a number of years, a position I have never had the privilege of doing previously. It will be my job to act as Director of the Work when requested, and to assist the Master with any other duties he may need. I hope this will not only give us an opportunity to properly train the new Officers, but give us uniformity in performance.
Pictured are most of the Officers who were installed on the occasion.
Dennis A. Sheridan, Past Master
Winnipesaukee Masons Welcome Alton Police Chief Ryan Heath
The evening started with a prayer and a Prime Rib dinner with all the fixings. After the meal the group went upstairs and Chief Heath discussed with the group information on Home safety, Firearms safety, and motor vehicle safety. Heath advised the group that everyone should lock their homes and motor vehicles. He advised Burglary’s and theft’s are up because of the economy and offered several suggestions on how to protect your property. The Chief also provided the group with informational hand outs and locks to secure firearms. The Chief then had a question and answer session. The group then retired to the dining area where the kitchen staff had prepared apple crisp and ice cream. For more information about the Winnipesaukee Masons visit www.winnipesaukeemasons.com
Brother Steve Hurst
Winnipesaukee Lodge # 75
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District 7′s, Franklin Lodge # 6 Hold Open House
On December 15 and 16th Franklin Lodge #6 open our doors to the communities of the Upper Valley. Several brothers spent hours decorating the hall into a festive wonderland. The fans of Santa was greeted at the door by members of the lodge to the the sight of a 8 foot tree fully decorated with a model training running around the tree. They were then entered into the lodge room fully decorated with trees model villages and lights and plenty of garland. When they arrived in the East they were greeted by Santa and Mrs Claus.
They youngsters had their picture taken with the jolly old man and received a gift from him. The y would then view the room and on their way out they were offered hot chocolate with goodies. On Saturday the 15th we entertained about 30 young children with their parents and family. On Saturday the 16th with a storm in the area we felt if we got 15 kids we would consider it a winner., Little did we know that around 100 people would show up to enjoy the beauty and fellowship. The lodge received several compliments and a desire for us to do it again in 2013. The Brothers of Franklin Lodge are brainstorming how to improve and also enlarge the program. There is even talk of a Christmas table lodge. Stay tuned for further information and the happenings of Franklin Lodge #6 in Lebanon NH.
To view the photos go the following: https://www.facebook.com/nh.masons
Brethren of Franklin Lodge #6
Moses Paul Lodge Installs Its Officers for 2013
On Sunday, January 6th the Officers of Moses Paul Lodge #96 were installed into office for the 2013 year. The installing suite composed of; the Deputy Grand Master, the Grand Senior Warden, the current DDGM of District One as well as two other First District Past DDGMs, provided superb ritual as Worshipful Vincent Puleo and his Officers were installed.
Well over 60 brothers, family and friends filled the lodge room on 32 Pearl St, in Dover to experience the pomp and circumstance of the ceremony. Music was provided, courtesy of Brother John Moulton, Grand Organist of the Grand Lodge of Maine, a member of Naval Lodge, Kittery Maine, and Honorary member of Moses Paul, who was installed as lodge organist.
Worshipful Puleo was presented with his own Traveling Jewel by his Grandmother and Father, Worshipful Richard Puleo Jr. He Learned how his Grandfather had worn the jewel in the early eighties and was first worn by his Great Grandfather in the 1920’s. In his comments, Worshipful Puleo thanked the 2012 officers for their support as well as all the brothers for their confidence in electing him for a 2nd term. Additionally, he noted that it was the first time in recent memory that every officer in the line was not a past master, which speaks volumes to the vibrancy and future of Moses Paul.
The Grand Master, the Most Worshipful Paul M. Leary was also in attendance and provided some brief motivational words concerning Masonry in general as well as words of wisdom to the newly elected and appointed officers as they begin their work for 2013.