Article by Brother Scott Ives
The Masons of Horace Chase Lodge No. 72 in Boscawen are pleased to be holding their 15th annual Dare Pancake Breakfast, on April 15, 2017. The Breakfast benefits the Boscawen Elementary School Dare Program! The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program is a kindergarten through high school effort which seeks to educate kids about the dangers of drug use, and making good decisions. It provides the students with factual information about drugs, gangs, and violence, as well as the consequences of becoming involved with them. The program also teaches coping skills to help students resist the pressure to use drugs, or to become involved in harmful activities, and deal with issues like bullying. Presentations are made in their school in an effort to foster a strong relationship with community-based police officers.
The annual breakfast is one of the many ways the Lodge works to help the community, while having fun, and meeting new friends. Brother Scott Nichols, helps organize the event, and enthusiastically endorses it. “This breakfast makes us happy! It is a labor of love for our members, and we feel honored to be able to provide the funds for Boscawen’s Dare program. We have great admiration for the chief and the teachers who make this program work!”
The Lodge has developed a great relationship with local law enforcement, and they believe that building a bridge between the lodge, police officers and students, and the community offer them the best opportunities to make positive change in Boscawen’s schools. The Master of the Lodge, Worshipful Brother Glenn Patterson added, “We enjoy having the families’ visit the Lodge! Our members enjoy kitchen duty, especially making breakfast for the kids! We get great satisfaction knowing that all the money goes to support the Dare Program.” He laughed as he added “You won’t leave hungry! Adults pay only six dollars, children under twelve, pay only three dollars! Breakfast begins at 8:00 AM and goes until 10:30 AM.”