Article by Bro. Scott Ives
The Masons of Horace Chase Lodge held their 14th annual D.A.R.E. Pancake Breakfast, on Saturday, April 16, 2016, to benefit the Boscawen Elementary School D.A.R.E. Program! The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten, through high school grade, how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives. It provides the students with factual information about drugs, gangs and violence, and the consequences of becoming involved with them. The program also teaches coping skills to resist the pressure to use drugs, or to become involved in harmful activities. It offers this in their school in an effort to foster a strong relationship with community-based police officer.
“This breakfast brings joy to our lodge! We love having the local families, and especially the kids, visit us,” said Brother Michael Drotar, Worshipful Master of Horace Chase Lodge. Members of Horace Chase Lodge, with financial support from local businesses like The Smoke Shack Southern Barbeque, and the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, were able to raise $1,100 for Boscawen’s D.A.R.E. program! Brother Rodney Sewall, breakfast organizer, for Horace Chase Lodge, said “the event was a huge success. They came hungry and they left happy!” Master, Michael Drotar added, “We’ll present the check to Chief Kevin Wyman at the June stated meeting. We also want to give a huge thank you to all the servers, the kitchen volunteers, and the Boscawen Police Department for all their help!