Thursday, May 21, 2015: Dover, NH: On a beautiful New England spring evening, members of Moses Paul Lodge No. 96 in Dover, NH celebrated their 125th Anniversary. The program, hosted by Worshipful Brother Robert Corsetti, was joined by Most Worshipful Brother John F. Gordon. The evening began with a delightful meal served by the Rainbow Girls. The program included a history of the Lodge. Local officials from Dover were also in attendance and joined brethren and guests in the evening’s festivities. Congratulations to Moses Paul Lodge on this historic milestone!
Looking For Further Light as a Newly Raised Master Mason?
The Grand Lodge of New Hampshire Education Committee proudly presents:
Master Mason Education Seminar
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Masonic Temple, 8 Church St.
9:00 am to 3:30pm (Breaks Included)
- History of Freemasonry: Where did Masonry begin and how has it has evolved in New Hampshire.
- How the system of Freemasonry functions and what it means to you.
- How the ritual developed in New Hampshire
- Lodge Protocol and Etiquette: Understanding how to conduct yourself at a Lodge meeting.
- What is Grand Lodge and how it relates to the Master Mason in his own Lodge.
Why Should I Attend?
This is an ideal opportunity to begin to develop the foundation of your Masonic knowledge. My Brother, you came knocking on our door seeking light and this program has been developed to provide you just that. This seminar is open to all Master Masons.
Cost: $25.00 per person, NO Cost to Master Masons Raised within the Past Year
Registration Deadline: June 1
Dress is Casual: Polo or collared shirt, and slacks. NO suit or tie
Coffee and donuts in the morning. Lunch is provided.
Handouts & Flash Drive provided which include information from many Masonic writers such as Preston, Webb, Anderson.
To secure your seat, please mail your check to:
EdCom MM Education Seminar
PO Box 128
Bradford, NH 03221
You are hereby notified that the Two Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Annual Communication of the M.W.Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, F. & A.M., will be held in the Masonic Temple, 1505 Elm Street, City of Manchester, Saturday, May 16, 2015, opening at nine-thirty o’clock in the forenoon.
Lodges without representation will be subject to the Constitutional penalty. Each Lodge must be represented at both the opening and closing of Grand Lodge. Masters and Wardens, clothed in regalia of office, are expected to attend. Masters, Wardens, and elected Representatives must be provided with credentials. Proxies for Masters, Wardens, and elected Representatives MUST have credentials to be registered.
All DELEGATES from the LODGES, all MEMBERS OF GRAND LODGE and all GRAND REPRESENTATIVES are required to REGISTER at the Credential Table, and pick up their ballot cards. LUNCHEON TICKETS, a donation of $10.00 to New Hampshire Rainbow, should be purchased in the Library upon arrival; and this must be done BEFORE the 9:30 A.M. opening of Grand Lodge.
All credentials must be presented no later than 10:30 A.M., at which time the Credentials Committee will close the registration of Lodges.
IMPORTANT NOTICE – Admission to the Annual Communication will be by presenting a current dues card.
9:30 A.M. Opening of Grand Lodge
Reception of Distinguished Guests
12:00 P.M. Lunch
1:15 P.M. Resumption of Labor, if necessary
At 5:00 P.M. there will be the Installation Ceremony of the Grand Lodge Officers in Due and Ancient Form. Dress for the Grand Lodge Officers will be Tuxedo. All interested Master Masons and their ladies are invited to witness this ceremony.
Following the Installation, a Banquet will be served at the Masonic Temple, Manchester, New Hampshire at 6:45 P.M. and will be open to all Master Masons and their ladies and guests. Tickets for this dinner will be $22.00 per person, and reservations are required and will be accepted no later than Thursday, May 7, and will be limited to 250 persons. For those who have not already done so, reservations may be made with the Grand Secretary using the form attached below.
PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS WELL IN ADVANCE ACCOMPANIED BY PAYMENT.
Cordially and Fraternally,
Thomas S. Lowe, Grand Secretary
Article by Right Worshipful Brother Dennis Sheridan
On April 22, 2015, the Lodges of the new 8th Masonic District again held their long awaited program titled John Baker Night. Each of the four Lodges in this District gets together and holds a speaker competition which is judged by members from the new Seventh Masonic District.
An award is given to the Lodge whose presentation is chosen and they display it in their Lodge for the following year. Also, an award for the best attendance has the same recognition.
This has been an ongoing custom in this District since 1978. There were 3 years in the 80’s where it was not held, which was then the choice of the District Deputy Grand Master. This evening marked the last chance for our current District Deputy Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Ronald N. Crane, to reign over the ceremonies.
The four Lodges fill the chairs for the opening and closing made up of a composite degree team from all of them. The chairs are drawn by chance and one never knows what chair each Lodge will get to fill.
We were pleased to have Right Worshipful Brother David S. Collins, our Senior Grand Deacon and Most Worshipful Brother Paul M. Leary, Past Grand Master, join us for the evening. It was an enjoyable event.
The Speaker Award was won by Worshipful Brother Dale L. Sollars from Golden Dawn Lodge No. 66 this year and the attendance award was won by North Star Lodge No. 8. Pictured are the members from each Lodge present.
Parker Lodge No. 97 will hold their version of this evening entitled the “Old Man Speaks” on Thursday May 28th with members of the 7th Masonic district participating and judges coming from the 8th District. You are encouraged to attend if within the length of your cable-tow.
Written by Bro. Scott Ives.
The Masons of Horace Chase Lodge, their guests, and families, were treated to a visit by New Hampshire’s Secretary of State, William Gardner. The audience listened with rapt attention, as one of the most well-known, fixtures in New Hampshire government spoke about the important role New Hampshire played in the founding of our country, and other notable moments in which the state made a difference, in our country’s direction.
“Many people would be surprised at just how influential New Hampshire has been throughout our history” said Gardner. The revolution started in New Hampshire, at Fort William and Mary, he asserted. Paul Revere rode to Portsmouth to warn them of Britain’s intent to seize weapons and gun powder. That warning gave patriots in New Hampshire time to seize the fort and hide precious weapons, ammunition, and powder. These same items would be an integral part of the Bunker Hill engagement, two years later. He also told the audience about Abraham Lincoln’s visit with his lifelong friend Amos Tuck. Lincoln made several speeches in New Hampshire, but the one delivered in Manchester, in 1860, propelled him into the national spotlight, making him a credible candidate for He offered a brief history of the New Hampshire primary, and why it is to this day first in the nation. He asserted “that there is a reason; the first primary is here. New Hampshire since its birth as a state has a very close relationship with self-governance. It’s part of our DNA” Said the popular Secretary of State, “the Primary will remain first in the nation, as long as, the people of New Hampshire want it. The people’s will to make it so will determine whether we keep it or not!“
From Right Worshipful Brother Larry Sprague:
On Saturday March 28, Brother Jeremy Brooks was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Cheshire-Mt Vernon Lodge No. 23 in Cornish, NH. The next day Brother Brooks was installed as the Master Councilor of Upper Valley Chapter, Order of DeMolay in Cornish. Brother Brooks was raised at the annual inspection of the DDGL and received an outstanding degree, and on Sunday there were nearly 40 people there to support him as he started his journey as Master Councilor. Worshipful Brother and Dad George Baldwin, the Executive Officer of NH DeMolay, was present for both events and offered many kind words of support and pride for Jeremy. Brother Brooks is currently serving NH DeMolay as the State Marshall and inspires the young and old alike everywhere he goes.
Jewell lodge is hosting the Sword of Bunker Hill. (See explanation below. ) to be held in the dining area of Jewell lodge on May 17th.
Lunch will start at 1pm with the initiation into the order beginning at 2pm.
The cost for this “one time degree” is $25.00, payable to Sword of Bunker Hill. (you will pay the day of the event).
We will have a lunch that will be by donation starting at 1pm.
This event is strictly by RSVP and is open to the first 50 who sign up. So don’t wait until the last minute. We only have room for 50.
Please RSVP to this email
or call me at 603-496-9269
Hope to see you there,
Jewell lodge Secretary
The Order of the Sword of Bunker Hill is a Historical and Patriotic Order; founded to perpetuate the principles of American liberty, and to indelibly impress upon the minds of each generation the sacrifices made by our Masonic forefathers in forming and establishing the United States of America.
Picture Purpose: “To promote the interest of Masonry by encouraging a more regular attendance at its meeting. To form a social and fraternal organization to perpetuate the principles of American liberty. To instill into the minds of each generation the sacrifices of our Masonic forefathers in forming our great republic. To forever inspire patriotism and loyalty by administering to every candidate for our Order the oath of allegiance to state and nation. To provide a time and place for good clean fun. To further
cement our friendship and brotherly love by providing social entertainment. To contribute a portion of our initiation free to a worthy Masonic charity.”
Ancient York Lodge No. 89 is proud to be hosting our 4th Annual Evening of Masonic Light on Saturday, April 18 starting at 4:00PM. We will have three Masonic speakers with an Agape banquet meal to follow. Tickets are $25. Please note: the event is limited to Master Masons only.
Our speakers include:
Bro. Rick Jones
“Earning the Degree”
Bro. Jones is the sitting Junior Warden of Ancient York Lodge No. 89 and Secretary of Pulpit Rock Lodge No. 103 in Pelham, NH. He is also Secretary of the New Hampshire Grand Council of the Widows Sons.
Bro. Chris Murphy, Masonic Scholar
“The Tavern Myth”
Bro. Murphy is a published Masonic scholar. He is a Charter Junior Warden of Fibonacci Lodge No. 112, the first Traditional Observance Lodge in the Grand Lodge of Vermont, F. & A.M. He is a full member of the Vermont Lodge of Research No. #110, a member of the Philalethes Society, and a contributor to that body’s Journal.
Our Keynote Speaker:
W ∴ Robert G. Davis, Masonic Researcher & Author
“The Concealed Meaning of the Hero’s Journey in the Myth of Hiram”
Author. W ∴ Davis, is a fellow of the Scottish Rite Research Society and author of “The Mason’s Word” and “Understanding Manhood in America”. He is well known in the areas of Masonic research and renewal. He is a Past Master of three Oklahoma Lodges and serves on the steering committee of the Masonic Information Center of the United States.
You may purchase a ticket via PayPal here:
Article by Right Worshipful Brother Dennis Sheridan
On Sunday, March 1st, at 1:00 p.m., North Star Lodge No. 8 sponsored a luncheon for the Brethren and invited guests which was catered by members of Olive Branch Chapter No. 1, Order of the Eastern Star of Lancaster, N.H.
The Lodge was opened at 1:30 p.m. and called to refreshment. At 2:00 p.m., all in attendance were invited into the Lodge Room to witness the semi-public Installation of Officers.
The Worshipful Master, Worshipful Brother Jeremy W. Allin, assumed the Oriental Chair to give his thanks to the brethren for all the support given the Lodge under his administration. He then introduced Right Worshipful Brother David A. Rich, District Deputy Grand Lecturer of the 8th Masonic District, to assume the duties of Installing Officer; who with the assistance of Worshipful Brother John A. Loven, Master of Gorham-Sabatis Lodge No. 73. as Installing Chaplain and Right Worshipful Brother Dennis A. Sheridan, PDDGM as Installing Marshal, proceeded with the Installation.
Brother Robert J. Paradis was escorted to the East and Installed as Worshipful Master of North Star Lodge No. 8. This was his first time in the Oriental Chair. All other Officers were installed in due form with a good turnout of family and friends present. It is always nice to see so many visitors for this annual occasion.
Worshipful Brother Allin was installed as Tyler that afternoon, and jokingly told he had to go through the Line again for the second time.
Included is a picture of the brethren present with the exception of one Officer who had to leave early to go to his place of employment. Worshipful Brother Paradis could not find a top hat his size, but did find a hat to utilize for the picture.