Jerusalem Lodge in Keene recently put on two fun events, keeping their Masonic families busy this summer.
From Seacoast Online, July 26, 2018
By Jesse Migneault / email@example.com
Original article at http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20180726/masons-hold-cornerstone-ceremony-for-hampton-academy
HAMPTON — School officials and Masons laid the ceremonial cornerstone to Hampton Academy’s addition and renovation Saturday, officially marking the project’s half-way point.
More than 30 Masons, including Grand Master John Lobdell of New Hampshire Masons, turned out for the cornerstone ceremony, as well as about 100 residents. The $25.9 million project started in July 2017 and is currently on track for completion to open for the 2019-20 school year.
Masons have held cornerstone ceremonies since George Washington, a Mason himself, laid the cornerstone for the US Capital. On the Seacoast, the Masonic cornerstone ceremony has been a tradition for public buildings for hundreds of years, including most recently the Dover Police Station.
Masonic members in attendance saw the ceremony not only as a chance to don aprons, coats, staffs and regalia, but also to share and educate the public about the historic ceremony.
“With us, education is king,” said Lobdell.
The Masonic cornerstone ceremony was conducted by the members of Saint James Lodge No. 102 in Hampton, who also donated the engraved cornerstone as a testament to their support of students and schools. Mason Richard Douillette said the ceremony is a chance for the Masons to make their presence known in the community, where they participate in several fundraising efforts each year.
Those present to witness the ceremony watched members of the lodge as they symbolically squared, leveled and plumbed the cornerstone, culminating with the grand master proclaiming the foundation stone was “well-formed, true and trusty.” Then three members took a silver chalice and blessed the stone with corn, wine and oil.
The actual installation of the stone was done by craftsmen on site from the construction company Bonnette Page and Stone, who with trowel in hand spread the mortar and placed the rectangle into the school’s new brick facade.
SAU 90 Superintendent Kathleen Murphy said the ceremony’s theme was one of combining the past with the present, as the renovation is designed to maintain the building’s historic appearance.
“This week we connected the old with new,” said Murphy to more than 100 people who gathered to witness the event.
As the Masonic cornerstone ceremony brought history to life on the outside, there were workers present inside the building crafting the still unfinished project. Earlier that same week construction crews had broken through a wall from the girls’ locker room, in the school’s original 1935 building, into the cafeteria.
As evidenced by the rising facades and new structures at the Academy, the construction process has seen significant progress this summer. The school’s new art wing will feature band and chorus rooms as well as art rooms and a kiln.
“There’s a lot of parts of this building that we tried to accentuate,” said Murphy. “Kids are going to have opportunities they hadn’t had in the past.”
Also, underway is the construction of new classrooms, which will include fully equipped science rooms. There’s also a unique semi-enclosed outdoor area that will provide students with outdoor access and safety for after lunch and before school.
The project experienced a small delay due to winter storms in March and the discovery of an unexpected burn dump. Murphy said that delay has been overcome and the Academy’s renovation and construction is now fully on track.
“It feels good. Very good,” she said.
Construction is expected to move into the old section of the Academy by September of this year, so there could still be more past meeting the present to come.
“Now that we’re going into the old section we got our fingers crossed we don’t find any more surprises,” said Murphy, “but you know, (the building was built in) 1935.”
Brother Stephen Hankard, Sr., past Worshipful Master and current Marshall of the Union Lodge No. 79 in Bristol, NH was recently honored by the Grand Lodge of NH with a Jeremy Ladd Cross Award for his volunteer work at the NH Veteran’s Home in Tilton, NH.
This award is given to Freemasons in the state of NH who have distinguished themselves as being dedicated to the Masonic Principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth and who have tirelessly served the community. Brother Hankard and his wife Carol have volunteered weekly for twelve years by visiting and assisting residents at the Veteran’s Home. He also started a monthly Square and Compass Club for those residents who are also Freemasons and each month presents a program of interest to the group. “I’ve never considered our visits work,” said Hankard. “I’ve always considered them a joyful pleasure.”
On Saturday, July 14th the members of Cheshire Mount Vernon Lodge No. 23 gathered at the Lodge in Cornish to celebrate their Masonic Veterans and to recognize a Community Builder. Our Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother John E. Lobdell and members of the Grand Line were on-hand to join in the celebration.
The afternoon opened with Worshipful Brother David Haseman asking for an opening prayer and pledge of allegiance to our country’s flag. He then recognized Margaret Drye who provides medical services to the community. Our Grand Master presented her with the Community Builder’s Award. The Master then introduced our Grand Master to an attending Special Lady who was presented with a floral decoration. The Grand Master then honored Worshipful Brother Michael C. Shklar by presenting him with the Major General John Sullivan Distinguished Service Medal in Bronze. Congratulations Mike on a job well done!
Congratulations to Worshipful Haseman and the members of Cheshire Mount Vernon Lodge on conducting a delightful event.
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/.