The Brethren of Horace Chase Lodge No. 72, held their annual community night on June 19, 2014. This annual event unites people, and groups that the lodge recognizes, rewards, or sponsors throughout the year, as part of its community outreach.
Jason Valley, Worshipful Master of the Lodge, said of the event, “Masons play an active role in their communities, and we have a strong tradition of fellowship, this is our way of extending Masonic goodwill, outside the walls of the Lodge.”
The event began with a good old fashioned cookout. On the menu for the evening, the brothers prepared a delicious combination of cheese burgers, hamburgers, and dogs, followed later by ice cream. The grill was masterly handled by Dan Nudd, and David Case. In attendance were members of local Boy Scout Troop 247 and their Scout Master, and Troop leaders. The lodge also welcomed the parents, and children, of the Boscawen Elementary School, who annually learn the Gettysburg Address, and keep its spirit alive. The Chief of Boscawen’s Police Department was in attendance, and received a check from the Worshipful Master for $1,200, the money was raised by the lodge, to support the local Dare program. Chief Wyman was very appreciative, and on behalf of the town, thanked the lodge for its support. Also in attendance were the Horace Chase Special Ladies, and winners of various scholarship programs provided by Masonic organizations.
After dinner, the event moved upstairs to the lodge, the Worshipful Master, Jason Valley recognized the Lodge’s Special Ladies. These women were praised for their service to the Lodge and their continued commitment to Masonic values after having lost their husbands, all who were members of the Craft.
Next up were three students whose academic achievements earned them prestigious awards and scholarships. They were presented by the lodge’s scholarship committee, headed up by Brother Mark Ciarametaro, the Worshipful Master, and Mark Kilmiester awarded scholarships for the Concord Valley of Scottish Rite.
Here are the scholarships:
Charles Foote Scholarship- $2500.00, the winner was Kayla Reilly, she is off to Assumption College this fall to study Biology. The Charles MacGregor Scholarship of $1000.00, was presented to Charles Wright, he is Off to University of Connecticut, to study Biotechnology. The Horace Chase Scholarship of $1000.00 was presented to Meghan Booker who will be attending Ohio State to study Electrical Engineering. Mark Kilmiester on behalf of The Valley of Concord, Scottish Rite , also presented two scholarships. Its AASR scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to Shannon Brown, she will be attending UMASS Dartmouth, to study Nursing! She was a accompanied by her proud grandparents, Ken and Patricia Davis! The Winner of the John & Ethel Pinkham Scholarship was Katherine E. Geffken who is the Granddaughter of Valley Member Ed Geffken. She will be attending the University of Michigan this fall and plans to major in Biology concentrating in Health Care Science. She hopes to pursue a career as an RN or a Physician’s Assistant.
The Lodge was then treated to the recitation of the Gettysburg Address by the winners of a contest sponsored by the lodge, at the Boscawen Elementary School. The grant provided by Horace Chase Lodge supports a contest held by the school to teach the history of the Civil War. The children memorize Lincoln’s powerful speech. The winners receive a special day, in which they are driven by limousine to the Common Man Restaurant, for a luncheon in their honor, and then they make a trip to the New Hampshire State House, where they are recognized for their performance. All competitors are treated to a pizza feast back at the school.