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.
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
From the Masonic Service Association
At MSA’s Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the Conference of Grand Masters of North America, Most Worshipful Brother Stewart L. Aronson, PGM-NH, was elected to succeed retiring Most Worshipful Brother Ray Vanden Berghe, PGM-NJ, as Executive Commissioner for the North Atlantic Division.
Most Worshipful Vanden Berghe was first elected to serve in 1997 and has been re-elected six times. His dedication to the Masonic Service Association is renowned. Brother Ray has promoted our Hospital Visitation Program relentlessly throughout the Northeast at lodges and Grand Lodges. He promises to continue regardless of his official role, and the fine Hospital Visitation Program in New Jersey is a testimony to his efforts.
Most Worshipful Aronson brings a wealth of knowledge to his position. Besides serving as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, 2013-2015, as president and CEO of New Hampshire MasoniCare, Brother Aronson was a principal force behind the transformation of the former Masonic Home into Evergreen Place. His abilities and organizational skills will serve MSA well.
The MSA is on the web at http://www.msana.com/.
Article by Brother Thomas Leblanc
Hiram Lodge No. 9 installed their officers for the 2018 year with Worshipful Brother Scott Whitney taking the helm. The nearly complete slate of officers were installed by Right Worshipful Brother Larry Sprague and his suite at his side we very well at this semi public event. We wish Brother Whitney a successful ensuing year.
Brothers Scott Whitney, Corey Gee, Thomas LeBlanc, Mike Huse, John Hall, Raymond Brown, Gene Jannenga, Ramon Greene, David Kinson, Robert Hamel, Ralph Nichols.
The celebration was further enhanced by the Honorable visit by the Most Worshipful Brother John E. Lobdell, Grand Master of NH who, to the surprise of Brother Mike Huse, Treasurer of Hiram Lodge, presented him with the Major General John Sullivan Award for Brother Huse’s continuous service to the Lodge, Brother Masons, the Community, and Masonry in general.
He is seen here with his family at his side. Hiram Lodge enjoyed the evening and thanked all those that attended.
Email by Brother Brain Nield
“I am an Australian Freemason, twice Past Master of my mother lodge Celtic of Ithaca, No 84 on the roll of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland, Australia. I am also a Past Master (of) Reservoir lodge No 365 in Victoria, now alas not on the roll due to a merger. And that’s enough about me so here is my story.
In 2001 my wife got a job exchange in NH and in August or September I visited St Johns No 1 lodge. The Master was Bill Sawyer and he was standing outside the front door welcoming members and visitors and he welcomed me warmly.
I had a great night and became a regular visitor. I was allowed to do little bits of work in the rituals from time to time and sometimes a final charge from my own rituals.
What a great lesson this was in Freemasonry, 28 hours away from home but amongst people I still call friends today.”
On March 22, 2018, Most Worshipful Grand Master John E. Lobdell traveled to the New Hampshire Veteran’s Home in Tilton to attend the monthly Square and Compasses meeting at the home and to present the Centenarian Award to Brother Robert Craig. Bro. Craig is a resident at the Home and a member of St. John’s Lodge No. 1 in Portsmouth NH.
Bro. Craig’s birthday was actually on February 17th, but the presentation was delayed due to the Veteran’s Home being closed to visitors during that time because of health concerns for residents. Bro. Craig’s family was in attendance as well as several Masons who are residents along with several visiting Masons from local Lodges. Joining Most Worshipful Brother Lobdell for the presentation were Worshipful Brother Rob Johnson, Master of St. John’s Lodge #1, and Right Worshipful Brother David Cumming, DDGM of District 5.
After Most Worshipful Brother Lobdell presented the award, Bro. Craig insisted on standing to express his appreciation for the award, and is seen standing with the support of his oldest son and the Grand Master.
Article by Worshipful Brother Eric Fleck
After a successful summer reading “Bikes for Books” partnership last year with the Jaffrey Public Library and the Ingalls Memorial Library in Rindge, Charity Lodge No. 18 in Jaffrey teamed up once again with both libraries for their winter reading programs. Jaffrey announced their top reader winners on March 16th and Rindge will be announcing theirs at an upcoming “End of Winter Reading” event on Thursday, April 5th.
Jaffrey and Rindge have a joint cooperative school district and children from the two communities have an opportunity to win bikes donated by Charity Lodge through their partnership with both public libraries. Although relatively new to the area, having just started in 2017, the program has already been a great success and is one that Charity Lodge hopes to support for years to come.
Thanks also goes to Walmart in Rindge for their financial donation to support the program.