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.
We have 5 ritual competition dates coming up for the Grand Lodge Ritual Award. If you wish to participate, sign up and get more information and requirements by visiting http://www.nhgrandlodge.org/grand-lodge-ritual-award-information-form/.
Monday 07/30/18 in Portsmouth
Saturday 08/04/18 in Gorham
Monday 08/27/18 in Jaffrey
Monday 09/29/18 in Wolfeboro
Tuesday 10/16/18 in Northwood
Right Worshipful Brother Mike Salisbury
By Right Worshipful Brother Ken Clay, Deputy Grand Master
On Sunday, June 24, 2018, Freemasons from throughout New Hampshire gathered at various places of worship to celebrate Saint John’s Sunday. In Portsmouth, 56 Masons formed a procession and marched from William Pitt Tavern – where our Grand Lodge was formed in 1789 – to St. John’s Episcopal Church. There we joined in the Sunday service. The brethren then re-formed and marched back to William Pitt Tavern under the escort of bagpipers.
The History behind the tradition of the Mason’s annual visit to St. John’s Church
At an early date in England, the Masons chose as their patron saints, St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist. The corresponding feast days were chosen by Masons as holidays to be observed by attending a religious service followed by a banquet, and the rest of the day was to be spent in “Brotherly Love and Innocent Mirth.” On Tuesday, June 24, 1755, the members of St. John’s Lodge No. 1 formed a procession from the lodge to Queen’s Chapel where a sermon was preached by The Rev. Arthur Browne, and then the Masons returned to the lodge room to feast and enjoy one another in social conversation.
Starting in 1826 there was a period of time called the Anti-Masonic Era, which caused great upheaval throughout the Eastern United States. Priests and ministers who had been Masons were forced to resign or leave the church and for 47 years the Masons were not invited back to St. John’s Church. However, in 1886 The Rev. Henry Hovey, already a Mason when he arrived in Portsmouth, became Rector of St. John’s and officially invited the Masons back to participate in Sunday services once a year during the week of the Feast of St. John the Baptist. After Fr. Hovey’s death in 1909, there was another hiatus until The Rev. Nelson Kellogg, also a Mason, became Rector in 1916. Although Fr. Kellogg was not affiliated with St. John’s Lodge, he did extend the invitation to the Masons to renew their annual visit to the church. The Masons accepted the invitation and from 1916 have returned every year since.
On Saturday, June 16, Charity Lodge No. 18 in Jaffrey once again partnered with the Jaffrey Public Library to kick off their summer reading program. This is the second summer in a row that the Lodge has provided bikes to the children of Jaffrey through the “Bikes for Books” program. In just over two hours, 216 children signed up for the program Saturday morning; while enjoying ice cream donated by Hayward’s Ice Cream of Milford, meeting and reading with “Pete the Cat,” and learning about (and playing on) a great assortment of vehicles on display for the “Touch a Truck” event.
New this year, the Lodge and Library also came together to bring the Child Identification Program (ChIP) to area families. The library enthusiastically helped promoted the event through social media, press releases in local papers, and flyers that went home with every Jaffrey Grade School child before the last day of school. The Jaffrey Police also threw their support behind the program. Charity Lodge has held successful ChIP events in Jaffrey previously, but this was the first at this venue.
From 10 o’clock in the morning until shortly after noon, 33 children came through the space generously provided by the library. It was a truly family focused event, with several Brothers’ wives and adult daughters lending a smiling face and a friendly hand to guide children and parents through the ChIP registration process and where to go next, while the Brethren operated the equipment and conducted video interviews. At one point the Brethren even had to set up a third station to keep the line moving. Feedback from the community and event organizers was overwhelmingly positive and Charity Lodge hopes to be back again next year to continue bringing this important service to the community, with the assistance of the Grand Lodge.
Brother Roy R. Kincade was recognized Wednesday for his 60 years of service to Freemasonry.
Master of Mt. Lebanon Lodge No. 32, Worshipful Brother Pat Tierney discussed the honor of being a Mason and recognized Brother Kincade’s service to the Craft. He then introduced Right Worshipful Brother David Bennett, District Grand Lecturer of the Sixth Masonic District. Brother Bennett also commented on how 60 years is a remarkable experience to achieve. He then introduced our Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother John E Lobdell.
The Grand Master gave Brother Roy Kincade a plaque recognizing his 60 Years of Masonic Service to the community. In a conversation with Brother Kincade during the event, M ∴ W ∴ Lobdell Brother Kincade said had served in the US Army and been stationed in China, Burma, and India. After leaving the Army, he worked for the telephone company, from which he retired.
Brother Kincade’s family includes two daughters that live in the South with their families.
Brother Kincade was presented with a 200 year anniversary pin, coin, and medallion from Mt. Lebanon Lodge No. 32 where he is still an active member.
In attendance were John Lobdell (Masonic Grand Master for the State of NH), David Bennett (Deputy Grand Lecturer for NH District #6), Patrick Tierney (Worshipful Master for Mount Lebanon Lodge #32 at Laconia), David Emberley (Senior Warden at Mt. Lebanon Lodge #32), Rick Pickwick (Secretary at Mt. Leb), and several friends.
By Right Worshipful Brother David Cumming, DDGM, District 5
A family member contacted the New Hampshire Grand Lodge Office to inquire about how to obtain a Masonic Funeral Service for her father, who was a resident of Alton NH, but a member of a Lodge in Massachusetts. The office reached out to Winnipisaukee Lodge 75 to see if we could provide assistance.
After contacting the daughter, it was determined that she would like the service to be at the Lodge, along with a Celebration of Life. Quick coordination was made with Most Worshipful Brother John E. Lobdell, and a dispensation was granted. The time of the event was established, and the Lodge contacted members to see who could attend. Of course, the month of June can be a difficult time with other family activities going on and having sufficient Brothers available.
The Lodge would have had a minimal number of Masons present to do the service, so they reached out to other Lodges in the District to see if any other Brethren could attend, and the response was heart-warming. Rather than having six or seven at the service, there were fourteen Brethren in attendance, with four Brothers acting as Stewards and Deacons, holding crossed rods for most of the service. The service was done very well, the family and friends were deeply moved, and a Mason of 48 years was remembered in a way that does Masonry proud.
Two Masons in attendance were well acquainted with the deceased Brother. The others had never met him, but we all knew him well; He was a Mason, like us.
Brethren, when you hear of a Masonic service being held, at your Lodge or another, and you can offer your assistance to the Lodge conducting the service, please offer to help. This is what sets our Fraternity apart from so many others and shows others that we are committed to the tenets of our profession. Remember, you do know him well; he was a Mason.
Article by Right Worshipful Brother Dave Akridge
On Wednesday evening, June 13, 2018, Worshipful Orman Hall, Strafford Lodge #29 called upon Right Worshipful Brother David Cumming, DDGM District 5 to present the Lewis Jewel to Brother Griffin Brock Hanson. Right Worshipful Cumming noted the dates that each Grandfather and Brother Griffin Hanson were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. Brother Griffin Hanson is the grandson of Worshipful Brother Tony Induisi, Past Master of Strafford Lodge No. 29 and Brother Dan Hanson, Moses Paul Lodge No. 96. Right Worshipful Cumming made the presentation with Brother Hanson being flanked by both of his proud and still very active Masonic grandfathers.
We know that Brother Griffin Hanson will proudly wear his three-bar Lewis Jewel bearing the names of both his paternal and maternal grandfathers. In addition to his grandfather’s, it was observed that Brother Hanson’s extended family includes Worshipful Brother Stanley “Stubb” Merrill, Past Master of Libanus Lodge No. 49 and that his middle name came from the last name of Lester Brock, a member of Moses Paul Lodge # 96. Truly a deep and rich Masonic heritage consisting of relatives in three different Lodges in the Strafford County, New Hampshire area.
Following the presentation, Right Worshipful Brother David Akridge, DDGEO District 5 presented an education program titled “The Operative and Speculative Significance of the Lewis” and concluded with the speculation that all who wear “The Lewis Jewel” “hold it as an outward sign of the Masonic lineage of the generations.”
By Brother Frank Bartoszak, Junior Deacon, Humane Lodge #21
On May 5, 2018, Humane Lodge No. 21 opened its doors to the public for the second year in a row for Free Comic Book Day in Rochester. Hundreds of people gather in downtown Rochester dressed up as their favorite characters from comics, anime, cartoons, and movies. The Downtown Rochester Committee puts on events like this to help revitalize the downtown area. As part of the event, local businesses can be put on the scavenger hunt map so the patrons can collect the free comics.
For two years now, Humane Lodge has participated is this local event. We opened the doors of the lodge to public, gave tours of the lodge and answered all the questions visiting patrons had. The tours were provided by current master, Worshipful Brother Pat Gaudette, and Past Masters, Worshipful Brother Arthur Trahan and Worshipful Brother Bill Taylor. We invited the Rainbow Girls and Demolay to attend to show that there are programs for everyone in the family. The young ladies and gentlemen of the youth groups had a blast interacting with the customers.
Throughout the day, patrons had mentioned that they didn’t know the temple was there. Some even asked how long we had been in Rochester and was surprised to hear that we have been in Rochester for over 200 years. A few patrons even mentioned that they had relatives who were Masons and were interested in joining but didn’t know where the local lodge was.
This year, we had one of the daughters of a Brother dress up as Lois Lane and one of our Fellow Crafts, Brother Darren Codling, as Jimmy Olson taking pictures of patrons in front a green screen to transpose them on to a backdrop of their choice. The Senior Warden of Humane Lodge, Brother John Bartoszak Sr, dressed up as Jim Carey’s character form The Mask and Senior Deacon, Brother Marc Auclair, as Marvel’s Winter Soldier which helped patrons find the lodge for the free comic books.
Everyone that helped during the event had a good time and look forward to doing it for years to come.
There will be Special Communications of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, F&AM, on Sunday, June 24, 2018 to honor Saint John’s Day. The Grand Master, M ∴ W ∴ John E. Lobdell, will declare the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, F&AM, and all Lodges in New Hampshire open at 8:30 AM.
The purpose of the Special Communication in Portsmouth will be to march to and attend the Sunday services at St. John’s Episcopal Church, an old tradition of St John’s Lodge No. 1 of Portsmouth, in which the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire has been participating. Brethren should assemble at the William Pitt Tavern, 416 Court Street, Portsmouth, NH, no later than 8:45 A.M. The march to the church will commence at 8:50 A.M., and the service will be at 9:30 A.M. The Grand Master will declare Grand Lodge and the Constituent Lodges closed at noon.
The purpose of the Special Communication in Rindge will be to attend the 69th Annual Saint John’s Day Service at the Cathedral of the Pines, 10 Hale Hill Rd., Rindge, NH. Church service at 10:00 AM will be hosted by Altemont Lodge No. 26 of Peterborough, NH. It is suggested that the Grand Lodge Officers of District No. 3 attend. Ending time is approximate and depends on the flow of the service and speaker. Charity Lodge No. 18 will be hosting a breakfast and it’s on your way to the Cathedral of the Pines and they hope you can stop and enjoy between 7:00 and 11:00 A.M., cost $8.00 per adult and $5.00 for children younger than 13 years. Charity Lodge No. 18 is at 40 Charlonne St., Jaffrey, NH.
Dress for either event for the Grand Line Officers will be morning suit with regalia; for Grand Lodge Officers, tuxedo with regalia; for Lodge Officers, tuxedo or dark suit with regalia; and for members, a dark suit. It is hoped that all Constituent Lodges will attend one of these Special Communications. As above, the Grand Master will declare all Lodges open and no Dispensation is required to attend a church service as a Lodge.
Cordially and fraternally,
Thomas S. Lowe, Grand Secretary
Article by Right Worshipful Brother David Cumming
On April 22, 2018, Winnipisaukee Lodge celebrated the Masonic anniversaries of several Brethren. After receiving Most Worshipful Brother John E. Lobdell and his suite, three special ladies in attendance were introduced. Worshipful Brother Jim Matarozzo then presented 25 year pins to Worshipful Brother Danny Johnson and Brother Tom Alden, and a 40 year pin to Brother Franklin Alden Jr. The presentations then moved to the 50 year Veterans, and Most Worshipful Lobdell presented 50 year medals to Brother David Hayden, Brother Wendell Beck, and Worshipful Brother Robert Witham.
There are 7 Brethren in Winnipisaukee Lodge who share the surname Alden, and all are related. Bros. Tom and Frank Alden had already received their medals, and M ∴ W ∴ Lobdell asked all those who were part of the Alden Clan to assemble in the East, which included Worshipful Brother John Alden, Chaplain. M ∴ W ∴ Lobdell spoke of all the Aldens over the years, and how Bro. Tom Alden’s father had received a Major General Sullivan Award in the past. He then said there would now be two of those awards in the name of Alden, and presented Bro. Tom Alden with the Major General John Sullivan award.
The last award given out was a 60 year certificate to Brother Roger Leighton Jr., who is related to Bro. Tom Alden through marriage.
After M ∴ W ∴ Lobdell closed the Lodge, all retired down to the dining hall for a collation and good conversation.