For over twenty-five years the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire has been supporting the DARE Program. DARE, short for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is a program where local law enforcement officers work with school children to educate them about the dangers of drugs. At the recent DARE Class #30 Graduation, Right Worshipful Brother Ken Clay, Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, was pleased to present a donation in the amount of $5,000.00 to Richard Perrault, the Director of the New Hampshire Program. These funds will assist the local DARE officers in purchasing the items needed to run these local programs.
On a recent bright and sunny Sunday afternoon nearly 180 members of the Masonic Family gathered together for a late summer outing at Wellington State Park in Bristol, New Hampshire.
This was a change from the past as for many years the Masonic Family in New Hampshire traditionally gathered together during the holidays. However, the difficult New England weather and ongoing holiday conflicts had the group look at this new alternative.
A delicious barbecue was enjoyed by all along with socializing, water sports, and sunning on the beach. The group is already looking forward to next year.
Masonic Lodges around the Granite State will open their doors on Saturday, October 20, 2018 to provide the public an opportunity to learn more about our centuries-old Fraternity.
The goal of our statewide Open House is to heighten public awareness of Freemasonry’s members, beliefs, history, and community work.
Masonic Lodges across the state will open promptly at 9 a.m. and remain open until 3 p.m. Masons will be on-hand to answer questions and give guided tours of our beautiful and meaningful meeting rooms.
Members of organizations affiliated with Masonry including the Scottish Rite, York Rite, Shrine, Order of the Eastern Star, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, and DeMolay International will also be in attendance in many locations.
Freemasonry is a system of morality and ethics that transcends political, social, and religious boundaries. It is a voluntary association of men who actively seek to improve themselves according to the principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
To find a local Masonic Lodge, visit http://www.nhgrandlodge.org/find-a-lodge.
You will find our event page for the Open House on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/events/1139720719518696/.
More About Freemasonry
Freemasonry is the world’s oldest Fraternity with documented origins dating back to “Operative” guilds of Masons in Europe in the late 16th Century. Freemasonry provides men a framework upon which to improve themselves and their world. Freemasonry is not a religion but requires its members to have a belief in a Supreme Being. Freemasonry has existed in New Hampshire since 1735.
Through the diligent efforts of Brother Nate Fuller and his fellow Brethren of Chocorua Lodge No. 83 in Holderness, the Annual Special Ladies Brunch and Cruise was held this past Sunday. Over 90 Brethren and significant others hosted 34 Masonic Special Ladies from around the State for a wonderful two hour lunch and cruise aboard the M.S. Mount Washington. This is the fourth year that Chocorua Lodge has hosted the event, which was open to all of the Lodges within the State. A wonderful time was had by all and they are already looking forward to next year.
On August 29, 2018, Brethren, family and friends gathered at the Masonic Lodge Building in Portsmouth, NH for a joint Masonic Veteran’s Program, co-hosted by St. John’s Lodge No. 1 and St. Andrew’s Lodge No. 56.
Following a delightful meal served in the dining hall, we ventured upstairs to the Lodge Room where the Worshipful Masters of both Lodges greeted guests, and then formally welcomed our Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother John E. Lobdell and his distinguished suite.
The Worshipful Masters then introduced those brethren eligible to receive their 25 and 40 year pins. The program was then turned over to the Grand Master. The following honors were bestowed.
50 Year Veteran’s Medals:
Frank E. White – St. Andrew’s Lodge
Leo J. Axtin – St. John’s Lodge
60 Year Veteran’s Plaque: Knute H. Lundgren, Jr. – St. Andrew’s Lodge
Jerusalem Lodge in Keene recently put on two fun events, keeping their Masonic families busy this summer.
From Seacoast Online, July 26, 2018
By Jesse Migneault / email@example.com
Original article at http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20180726/masons-hold-cornerstone-ceremony-for-hampton-academy
HAMPTON — School officials and Masons laid the ceremonial cornerstone to Hampton Academy’s addition and renovation Saturday, officially marking the project’s half-way point.
More than 30 Masons, including Grand Master John Lobdell of New Hampshire Masons, turned out for the cornerstone ceremony, as well as about 100 residents. The $25.9 million project started in July 2017 and is currently on track for completion to open for the 2019-20 school year.
Masons have held cornerstone ceremonies since George Washington, a Mason himself, laid the cornerstone for the US Capital. On the Seacoast, the Masonic cornerstone ceremony has been a tradition for public buildings for hundreds of years, including most recently the Dover Police Station.
Masonic members in attendance saw the ceremony not only as a chance to don aprons, coats, staffs and regalia, but also to share and educate the public about the historic ceremony.
“With us, education is king,” said Lobdell.
The Masonic cornerstone ceremony was conducted by the members of Saint James Lodge No. 102 in Hampton, who also donated the engraved cornerstone as a testament to their support of students and schools. Mason Richard Douillette said the ceremony is a chance for the Masons to make their presence known in the community, where they participate in several fundraising efforts each year.
Those present to witness the ceremony watched members of the lodge as they symbolically squared, leveled and plumbed the cornerstone, culminating with the grand master proclaiming the foundation stone was “well-formed, true and trusty.” Then three members took a silver chalice and blessed the stone with corn, wine and oil.
The actual installation of the stone was done by craftsmen on site from the construction company Bonnette Page and Stone, who with trowel in hand spread the mortar and placed the rectangle into the school’s new brick facade.
SAU 90 Superintendent Kathleen Murphy said the ceremony’s theme was one of combining the past with the present, as the renovation is designed to maintain the building’s historic appearance.
“This week we connected the old with new,” said Murphy to more than 100 people who gathered to witness the event.
As the Masonic cornerstone ceremony brought history to life on the outside, there were workers present inside the building crafting the still unfinished project. Earlier that same week construction crews had broken through a wall from the girls’ locker room, in the school’s original 1935 building, into the cafeteria.
As evidenced by the rising facades and new structures at the Academy, the construction process has seen significant progress this summer. The school’s new art wing will feature band and chorus rooms as well as art rooms and a kiln.
“There’s a lot of parts of this building that we tried to accentuate,” said Murphy. “Kids are going to have opportunities they hadn’t had in the past.”
Also, underway is the construction of new classrooms, which will include fully equipped science rooms. There’s also a unique semi-enclosed outdoor area that will provide students with outdoor access and safety for after lunch and before school.
The project experienced a small delay due to winter storms in March and the discovery of an unexpected burn dump. Murphy said that delay has been overcome and the Academy’s renovation and construction is now fully on track.
“It feels good. Very good,” she said.
Construction is expected to move into the old section of the Academy by September of this year, so there could still be more past meeting the present to come.
“Now that we’re going into the old section we got our fingers crossed we don’t find any more surprises,” said Murphy, “but you know, (the building was built in) 1935.”
Brother Stephen Hankard, Sr., past Worshipful Master and current Marshall of the Union Lodge No. 79 in Bristol, NH was recently honored by the Grand Lodge of NH with a Jeremy Ladd Cross Award for his volunteer work at the NH Veteran’s Home in Tilton, NH.
This award is given to Freemasons in the state of NH who have distinguished themselves as being dedicated to the Masonic Principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth and who have tirelessly served the community. Brother Hankard and his wife Carol have volunteered weekly for twelve years by visiting and assisting residents at the Veteran’s Home. He also started a monthly Square and Compass Club for those residents who are also Freemasons and each month presents a program of interest to the group. “I’ve never considered our visits work,” said Hankard. “I’ve always considered them a joyful pleasure.”
On Saturday, July 14th the members of Cheshire Mount Vernon Lodge No. 23 gathered at the Lodge in Cornish to celebrate their Masonic Veterans and to recognize a Community Builder. Our Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother John E. Lobdell and members of the Grand Line were on-hand to join in the celebration.
The afternoon opened with Worshipful Brother David Haseman asking for an opening prayer and pledge of allegiance to our country’s flag. He then recognized Margaret Drye who provides medical services to the community. Our Grand Master presented her with the Community Builder’s Award. The Master then introduced our Grand Master to an attending Special Lady who was presented with a floral decoration. The Grand Master then honored Worshipful Brother Michael C. Shklar by presenting him with the Major General John Sullivan Distinguished Service Medal in Bronze. Congratulations Mike on a job well done!
Congratulations to Worshipful Haseman and the members of Cheshire Mount Vernon Lodge on conducting a delightful event.
To celebrate two of the Lodges in his district who received the Grand Master’s Award at the 2018 Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, Right Worshipful Brother Troy Patoine, District Deputy Grand Master of the 7th Masonic District, presented the officers of Union Lodge No. 79 in Bristol and Meridian Lodge No. in Franklin quarts of his homemade spaghetti sauce on June 14 and June 20, respectively.