Here is a link to a great article published about Winnipisaukee Lodge No. 75 and the Statewide Masonic Open House on October 18 in The Baysider. This article was published on October 23, 2014.
Article and photos by Right Worshipful Brother Ken Clay.
October 5, 2014: On a beautiful autumn Sunday in Dover, NH, brethren, family and friends gathered to enjoy the Strafford Lodge No. 29 Veteran’s Program. The event began with a tribute to our Military Veterans. Pictured are members of Strafford Lodge who have served in the United States Armed Forces, accompanied by Right Worshipful Brother John Gordon, Deputy Grand Master.
Following the presentation by the Worshipful Master of Lodge Veteran pins for 5 to 45 years of service, the Master then turned the gavel over to Right Worshipful Brother Gordon who was representing Grand Lodge while our Grand Master Most Worshipful Brother Stew Aronson is attending an out-of-state Grand Lodge function. Before concluding his presentation, Right Worshipful Brother Gordon presented Worshipful Brother Anthony M. Induisi with the Major General John Sullivan Distinguished Service Medal in Silver. Pictured are Worshipful Brother Induisi and his proud family.
Article originally published in Fosters Daily Democrat on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Article written by Liz Markhlevskaya. Photo credit: Foster’s Daily Democrat.
ROCHESTER — The local Free Masons lodge on Saturday presented its first Community Builders Award in 205 years.
The honor went to Tracy Hayes, a patrol officer in Rochester who has become one of the most recognizable faces in the city, according to lodge members.
Hayes, who joined the Police Department in May 2010, said she was “completely surprised and totally honored” to be the recipient of the award.
Free & Accepted Masons, Humane Lodge #21, in Rochester, presented the award to Hayes at the Masonic Temple on Hanson Street on Saturday.
Masons lodge member Daniel Gilbert said although the Masons are typically a “behind-the-scenes organization,” recently lodge members have been trying to get more involved in the community. This year, they joined the Chamber of Commerce.
Gilbert said although the Masons have always been involved in the community, they haven’t advertised their involvement in the past.
According to Gilbert, members of the lodge decided to present the Community Builders Award to Hayes after they heard her name mentioned throughout the community.
Hayes serves multiple charitable organizations in the city, and organizes the annual Wings and Wheels event at Skyhaven Airport, which benefits Gerry’s Food Pantry.
“I just felt that she’s the type of person that exemplifies this particular award,” said Gilbert. “(We) decided she should be recognized for her efforts.”
The Community Builders Award has not been presented to anyone by Rochester’s Humane Lodge #21 in the 205 years of its existence.
Criteria for the award is to be a non-Mason who goes above and beyond in working to benefit the community without expecting anything in return.
On Monday, Hayes said that through her work she always tries to get a feel from people about what they need and how they feel.
“They are the ones living it … I really take in what they tell me,” said Hayes. “They are the eyes and ears for the Police Department.”
Members of Lodge #21 say Hayes’ tireless efforts helped build relationships among citizens and businesses of Rochester to help fight crime in the city.
Police Chief Michael Allen said he is proud of Hayes and her efforts to improve the community. He noted that in her short time with the department she has received several commendations, including the prestigious Red Hayes Community Ambassador Award.
Allen also recognized Hayes for her creativity and innovative work to fight crime.
Master of Humane Lodge #21 Dave Nason, who presented Hayes the Community Builders Award on Saturday, recognized Hayes’ efforts in improving Rochester.
Humane Lodge #21 was formed on Feb. 1, 1810, and currently has approximately 200 members.
It is located at 31 Hanson St.
Original article available here: http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20140930%2FGJNEWS_01%2F140939981%2F-1%2FROCNEWS01&template=RochesterRegion
Submitted by Bro. John T. Pond, Jr.:
The Officers and Brothers of Moses Paul Lodge #96 held a memorial service for Most Worshipful Past Grand Master Moses Paul on July 10th. Since PMWGM’s death on July 9, 1860 it had been a tradition of St Paul’s Commandery, Strafford Lodge No. 29, and after their charter, Moses Paul Lodge No. 96, to visit the gravesite and hold a memorial service every ten years. The last known service occurred in 1990. Worshipful Bro. William Carswell II, Past Master of Moses Paul Lodge brought this former tradition to the attention of the current officers of the Lodge.
After researching the format of these services, and a newspaper article provided by Worshipful James Miller, Past Master of Moses Paul Lodge #96, who was in attendance at this last known service, a complete copy of the original 1880 service was obtained.
From these records, a service using excerpts was arranged by Brother David Akridge, Moses Paul’s Historian and Junior Warden.
On the evening of July 10, 2014 the brethren of Moses Paul Lodge were assembled at Pine Hill Cemetery, in Dover NH, and as in 1880, lined up two by two to form the processional to the gravesite. Upon arriving at the site under the direction of the acting Marshal, Worshipful Donald Merserve, Past Master of Moses Paul Lodge #96 the Brethren formed a “hollow square” whereupon a wreath of acacia was adorned with pinecones, and red roses were laid at the headstone. After the laying of the wreath, a prayer was offered up by our Chaplain, Worshipful Bro. Kristopher Furtney, Past Master of Moses Paul Lodge #96. Worshipful Robert Corsetti, current Master of the Lodge, then delivered key excerpts from the 1880 and 1990 memorial services recounting PMWGM Moses Paul’s accomplishments as both a revered citizen of Dover, NH, his time as Master of Strafford Lodge #29, and as the 29th Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire. Upon the conclusion of Worshipful Corsetti’s remarks, the Masonic Roll was read and as the sun was setting in the west just as in 1880, Echo Taps were played. The Brethren then retired to the Lodge for reflection and collation.
The Lodge then recognized their 25 and 40 year members. Worshipful Brother Nick Dullinger then turned the gavel over to Most Worshipful Brother Stew Aronson, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, for Grand Lodge recognition of 50 and 60 year Masonic Veterans. Prior to concluding the evening, MW Brother Aronson presented W Brother Dullinger with the Major General John Sullivan Award for distinguished service to his Lodge.
The evening began with a delightful meal served by the Lodge brethren.