With hurricane Irene behind us, the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire has gone into “full speed ahead” with the annual Lodges of Instruction. These important meetings bring the Grand Lodge to each District in the state for a combination of fun, friendship, food, and education.
First up was District No. 5, held at Gorham-Sabatis Lodge #73 in Gorham, on Friday, September 9. Total attendance was 44 Masons, with 44% of required Officers (the Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardens) present. This was held in the evening, and it was also reported that 4 Grand Lodge Ladies dined out, while the men had a great supper and their meeting.
The format of the Lodges of Instruction is all similar. Books, DVDs, and other items of Masonic themes are for sale before and after the Lodges of Instruction (see your District Education Officer if you have any questions). A sumptuous meal precedes the meeting, which also provides ample time to meet and catch up with friends. Be sure to bring your current dues card, because it is required to gain admission. Meetings usually last two and one half hours.
The emphasis of the Lodges of Instruction is indeed “Instruction and Education”. The Grand Master, Paul Leary, also greets newly raised Master Masons and presents them with his Grand Masters pins. Our Grand Historians have a presentation – they have been emphasizing recording “current history”, because what we do today will become tomorrow’s history. The Grand Lecturer and/or his Deputy usually lecture us about ritual and/or floor work. And the Grand Lodge Line Officers put on a detailed presentation on “Investigations and Balloting”, the all important process that is vital to the growth and integrity of all Lodges.
Next up was District #7, held at Meridian Lodge #60, West Franklin, on Saturday September 10. This was preceded by a breakfast, a first for our Grand Lodge. Total attendance was 63 Masons, with 62% of the required Officers present. This was followed on the same day by District #8, held at Doric-Centre Lodge #20, Tilton, preceded by a luncheon, also with attendance of 63 Masons, and with 54% of required Officers present.
There are five Lodges of Instruction remaining. If you have not already attended one, you are highly encouraged to do so, and “feel that … fervency and zeal” of a Master Mason! If you are a newly raised Master Mason, or a Lodge with a newly raised Master Mason, please make sure they attend. Books with a masonic theme are on sale, so you may bring cash or a check and build up your “Masonic Library”.
Ample opportunities abound to learn about Freemasonry. The Lodge of Instruction is a great way to do just this…. have a great meal, good friendship, and sit back, relax and learn!!! We hope you will attend a Lodge of Instruction near you!
Bruce Kominz, D.E.O. , 8th Masonic District of NH
Photos by William Sawyer, PDDGM