Trestleboard – December 2013

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sqcomp2From the East – December 2013

Greetings Brethren

As I write this message Thanksgiving is almost upon us. Let’s all take a moment to reflect upon all the good things we have in our lives, and give thanks to our Divine Creator, from whom all blessings flow. It is all too easy to take the good for granted and focus instead on all the negative aspects of our lives and the world around us. The Lodge had another successful Turkey Drive, in which we raised over $700.00 to provide turkeys and other food items to the Tolles Street Mission, the Nashua Children’s Home, and other local charities. By the time you read this, we will also have served dinner at the Lodge on Thanksgiving Day. As is our custom, we did not charge for the meal which is open to Masons their families and friends. At present, we expect over 50 people to attend.

When you get a chance, check out the Lodge’s new web site, which recently went on line. We hope you will all like the design and functionality of the new site. We have many upgrades and other features that will be added in the coming months. I would like to extend a special thanks to Jon Bibeau and the other Brothers who assisted in this effort. If you have any suggestions or would like to help with the monthly up-keep of the site, let me or Brother Bibeau know.

As you may know, last month several members of the Lodge volunteered to assist at the Salvation Army’s Apple-fest, their largest annual fundraiser. We were in charge of operating the food concession. We recently received a letter from Jennifer Horn, the event Chairperson, thanking us for our help. Despite the drizzly, overcast day, it was the largest grossing event they have ever held. You should all be proud of your Lodge for being part of this important fundraising effort and for the good work it enables the Salvation Army to do in our area.

At our November Stated we tried something new that Grand Lodge has been encouraging all Lodges to do. We held an informal, 15 minute round table type discussion, and asked the following questions: What originally attracted you to Masonry and what has kept you coming back? This lead to an interesting and thought provoking discussion in which nearly all participated. This is something that will be part of all of our Stated Meetings. If you have a Masonic related topic that you would like to bring up in the future, let me know.

Look at your dues card, Brethren. If it does not say 2013 on it, then you are not current. The 2014 dues notices will soon be going out as well. There are several of you who owe one or more years’ dues and are in danger of suspension. If you are having trouble paying your dues, contact me or any of the Lodge officers. We would like to help. That’s what Brothers are for.

I would like to extend a special invitation to all those who have Masonic Birthdays in December. Come to Lodge and enjoy the fellowship with your Brothers, and allow us all to personally extend to you birthday greetings.


Stephen K. Bahsler, Master

Cell phone: 603-759-8279

E-Mail to:


Coming Events

Grand Lodge

No events scheduled.

York Rite 

Monday, Dec. 9 – Stated Communication at 7:30pm.

Monday, Dec. 16 – Rehearsal 7:00pm.

Scottish Rite 

Friday, Jan. 17 – Social Night 7:00pm.

Saturday, Jan. 25 – Masonic Work Day at Scottish Rite Museum & Library,

Lexington, Massachusetts from 9:30am to 4:00pm. Volunteers wanted.

Rising Sun Lodge

Sunday, Dec. 8 – Christmas Party, 8:00am -11:00am.

Wednesday, Dec. 11 – Proficiencies & Master Mason Degree. First section 5:30 pm, dinner 6:30 pm, second section 7:30 pm.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 – Family Dinner at 6:30pm. Stated Communication at 7:30pm. Election of Officers.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 – Stated Communication at 6:30pm.

Ancient York Lodge

Tuesday, Dec. 10 – Stated Communication at 6:30pm. Election of officers.

Tuesday, Jan. 14 – Stated Communication at 6:30pm.

Bektash Shrine

Saturday, Dec. 7 – Annual holiday party at the Concord Shrine Center. For details go to

Monday, Dec. 16 – Stated communication and election of officers at the Concord Shrine Center at 6:00pm.


Nashua Assembly No. 9 meets on the first amd third Thursday of each month (except July and August) at

7:00pm at the Nashua Masonic Temple.

Thursday, Dec. 12 – Rehearsal 6:30pm.

Sunday, Dec. 15 – Pledge Breakfast 8:00am.

Thursday, Jan. 9 – Rehearsal 6:30pm.

Sunday, Jan. 19 – Pledge Breakfast

Eastern Star

Saturday, Dec. 7 – Member Orientation 2:00pm.

Sunday, Dec. 15 – Rehearsal 12:00 noon.

Sunday, Dec. 15 – Old Fashioned Degree Rehearsal


Friday, Dec. 27 – Stated communication

Sunday, Jan. 19 – Basket Weaving.

Masonic Birthdays
for December 2013.
Happy Masonic Birthday
to the following Brethren.

Brother Years
 Edward M  Annis 55
 Jack H Tottel 54
 Warren S Pyles 43
 Samuel W Kouchalakos 37
 John R MacDonald 34
 James F McLaughlin 33
 James L Cate 30
 David K Barnes 29
 Robert A Grogg 23
 Jeffrey D Alexander 19
 George P Brown 15
 Norman J Poisson 15
 David J Proulx 7
 Robert S Paul 6
 Jay C Taylor 5
 Michael J Marotte 4

 I wish each of the above Brethren a

very happy Masonic Birthday, and
invite them to join us at Lodge this
month, so that I may personally
extend my hand and best wishes.

Stephen K Bahsler, W.M.
Attest: Brian J Smith, P.M. Secretary,
(603) 821-5196 a.m.



In December the Brotherhood of Song will celebrate the holiday season with some popular Christmas carols and we’ll ring in the new year with a rousing chorus of Auld Lang Syne. It’s lots of fun and a good reason to come and enjoy our Lodge.

Wit and Wisdom

“Quotations of the Dalai Lama”

1. “If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.”

2. “Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.”

3. “Judge your success by what you had to give up to get it.”

4. “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”

5. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

6. “Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.”

“Quote of the Month”

“A major source of personal misery comes from trying to be something you are not.”


Don’t forget the holiday family dinner, 6:30 at the December Stated. Please RSVP with the number of your guests.

Dues 2013
Many thanks to all who’ve paid their dues for 2013. About one-third have not, and the Lodge must pay the assessment to the Building Association next month.Please get your dues payment in, or let us know if you need some help.
Need a Ride?
It’s nicer when you’re there. Need a lift to Lodge?  Give the Master or Secretary a call.  We’ll get you a ride.Call Steve at 603-759-8279 or the temple at 603-821-8196.