This past Sunday, members of the Masonic Family of NH (Blue Lodge, Grand Lodge, York Rite, Scottish Rite, Shrine, Eastern Star, DeMolay and Rainbow) gathered at the Lodge in Concord to celebrate the Grand Commandery of New Hampshire’s Annual Christmas Observance. A wonderful time of celebration and remembrance of the Christmas spirit was enjoyed by all.
This event is held annually by all of the Grand Commanderies in the USA under the jurisdiction of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar.
One of the great privileges of the Grand Master is to make special Lodge Award presentations and this was done recently at the Annual Meeting of Jerusalem Lodge No. 104 in Keene.
Most Worshipful Brother John E. Lobdell presented the Major General John Sullivan Distinguished Service Award in Silver to Worshipful Brother Robert Smith. Brother Smith is a 50+ year member of the Lodge, a Past Master and present Marshal of Jerusalem Lodge. He received this Award due to his longtime dedication and active participation in the Lodge.
We are holding a Masonic Night Candlelight Stroll Dinner Evening at Strawbery Banke to Kick off the Christmas Season. The evening, being hosted by the Scottish Rite Valley of Portsmouth Dover included a five-course authentic colonial tavern meal, beer, wine, and mulled cider, and entertainment. The regular tickets for this year’s 6 nights of this year’s Candlelight Stroll were sold out as soon as ticket sales opened. Pickwick’s Mercantile is the sponsor that puts on the dinners and they are holding an extra night strictly for Masons on Thursday, December 6.
If you are planning to take advantage of this evening of food and fun, please call or email Jeff Brown, the Secretary of the Valley of Portsmouth Dover Scottish Rite, and make reservations with him
immediately (followed by a check for $75 per person in the mail immediately after). We require reservations by THIS FRIDAY. Please, email Jeff ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation and send your check to Valley of Portsmouth Dover S.R., mail to: Sec. Jeff M. Brown, PO Box 1992, Seabrook, NH 03874-1992.
On Thursday, November 15th, Most Worshipful Brother John Lobdell along with is wife Cindy, and Tammy Clay, the wife of Right Worshipful Kenneth A Clay Jr., presented 22 Teddy Bears dressed in tuxedos to the Shriners Childrens Hospital in Springfield, MA, so that they can bring smiles and find new homes.
On Sunday, October 27th, the Deputy Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Ken Clay, and several Grand Lodge Line Officers attended a Masonic Veterans’ and Special Ladies Program for Jerusalem Lodge #104 in Keene. Our Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother John Lobdell, wasn’t able to attend due to another Masonic commitment but sent his heart felt congratulations to all.
One 50 year Veterans Medal was presented to Brother Jonathon Schor. Brother Schor recounted the many great friends he’s made in Masonry, having visited Lodges all over the world and was proud and honored to receive his medal.
There also were two 60 year awards presented. One to Brother Frederick Ide who spoke fondly of his many Masonic experiences over the last 60 years. The other was to Right Worshipful Richard Doble who said his greatest joy in Masonry was mentoring others, from new candidates to up and coming line officers, teaching them both their ritual as well as the floor work. Another 60 recipient, Brother Louis Bakos, wasn’t able to attend due a family commitment.
The Lodge honored their Special Ladies with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a delicious meal was enjoyed by all.
Brother Roy Newton, a member of Gorham-Sabatis Lodge No. 73 in Gorham, had a passion for supporting and giving to Toys for Tots. Since his father’s passing in 2013, Brother Scott Newton also a member of Gorham-Sabatis, has endeavored to keep his legacy alive by his diligent work in contributing to Toys for Tots.
Earlier this year Scott proposed that his ATV club, Presidential ATV Club, run a toy drive in support of their effort. A few weeks ago the club asked Scott to chair this toy drive. Brother Newton reached out to his Lodge for their help and his Brothers answered the call. On Saturday, October 27th, the club, assisted by the Brothers of Gorham-Sabatis Lodge, had their first ever ATV toy drive from Gorham to Berlin.
A special Grand Lodge Award was presented recently at Horace Chase Lodge No. 72 Veterans & Special Ladies event.
Worshipful Brother Peter Crouch, a Past Master of Horace Chase Lodge, has been a very active adult leader in the local Boy Scout Group. To his surprise, he was called up to receive the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award.
Right Worshipful Brother Alan Lugg, chair of the Grand Lodge Committee on Scouting, and District Deputy Grand Master for the 4th Masonic District, spoke about the efforts Brother Crouch has and continues to make for the Boy Scouts. In honor of that service he received this prestigious award.
Pictured are Right Worshipful Brother Ken Clay, Deputy Grand Master; Worshipful Brother Peter Crouch and Right Worshipful Brother Alan Lugg.
North Star Lodge No 8 has been a long-time supporter of local charitable causes. This was shown recently with a presentation at their Veterans and Special Ladies program.
The Caring Quilters of Northern NH is a group who began sewing and sending quilts to people in need after a large tsunami hit Japan in 2011. This went so well that the group continued their work and to date they have sent over 900 quilts to people in need around the USA and into Canada. In 2017, then Master Worshipful Brother Paul Bouchard, became aware of their cause and had the Lodge make a small donation to assist them with supplies. In 2018 the Lodge wished to continue this support at a larger level so they had a Yard Sale specifically earmarked for this group. Using the assistance of the Grand Lodge Matching Funds Program, the Lodge was able to present a check for $662.67 for purchase of quilting supplies so this charitable work can continue.
Pictured are Most Worshipful Brother John Lobdell, Grand Master; Worshipful Brother David Howe, Master of North Star Lodge; Ginny Haines & Gretchen Muzzey of the Caring Quilters and Worshipful Brother Paul Bouchard, Past Master of North Star Lodge.
On Saturday, October 13th, the Deputy Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Kenneth Clay, Jr, and several other Grand Lodge Officers traveled to Horace Chase Lodge #72 for a Special Ladies and Masonic Veterans’ Program. The Deputy Grand Master was received along with the Past Masters of Horace Chase Lodge. Our Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother John E. Lobdell, wasn’t able to attend due to another commitment and our Deputy Grand Master passed along his heart felt congratulations to all the recipients along with his apologies for not being there himself. The Lodge honored each of their Special Ladies with a gift. Right Worshipful Brother Clay then presented Brother Ed Lewis, who was accompanied by his wife and sister, with his 50 year Veterans’ Medal. There were additional Masonic Veterans who were not able to attend but were recognized, Brother Ronald C. Fuller and Borther John R. Bresaw ll, both 50 year recipients, and Brother Richard D. Jones, a 70 year recipient. There were a few surprises as well as Worshipful Peter Crouch was presented with the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouting Award and the afternoon culminated with Worshipful Joseph Hardy being very surprised to receive the Major General John Sullivan Distinguished Service Award in bronze. Lite snacks and good fellowship followed in the dining room.