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From the East – January 2014
Happy New Year everyone!! I find it hard to believe that a year has gone by since I was first elected Master of your Lodge. I guess time really does fly when you are having fun. With the support of the Officers, Past Masters and especially you Brethren, I would like to think that the past year was a successful one. Our Masonic Fraternity, much like ourselves, is always a work in progress. We are all rough ashlars, striving to become the perfect ashlar. This is a lifelong process. We still have a lot of work to do, and I look forward to what we can achieve together in the coming year. Anyone interested in becoming more involved in their Lodge or in helping with planning for 2014 can contact me any time. You are also welcome to attend the officer’s meeting scheduled for later this month.
Last month we raised four Brothers to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.
I would like to congratulate these Brothers (you know who you are) and welcome them as members of Rising Sun Lodge. It is certainly exciting to be starting your journey in Freemasonry.
At our December Stated Communication we tried something new that Grand Lodge is encouraging all Lodges to make a part of their Stated Communications. We held an informal round-table type discussion and asked the questions why did you join Freemasonry and what keeps you coming back? As you might imagine, there were as many answers as there were participants and the discussion was very interesting. Since this was so well received, it will be a part of our future Stated Communications. Anyone who has a suggestion for future topics let me know. We will try to limit the time to about 15 minutes.
Last month we held our annual breakfast with Santa. Old Saint Nick and one of his elves were there with presents for all of the good girls and boys. The event was well attended and a good time was had by all. Thanks go out to the Brothers who made this possible.
As was announced at our last Stated our new web-site is now live. If you have not seen it yet, check it out. Thanks go out to all the Brothers who worked on this, and particularly to Brother Bibeau for all of his efforts. We have many improvements and additions that will be made in the coming months. Anyone interested in helping or with any suggestions please feel free to contact either myself or Brother Bibeau.
If you or any of our Brothers or their family are in sickness or distress, or have some other need, let us know. Your Lodge is here to help!! Whether it is a ride to meetings, a friendly face to talk to, or anything else, your Brothers are here for you. Don’t be afraid to reach out. That’s what Freemasonry is all about.
I would like to extend a special invitation to all of our Brothers with January Masonic birthdays to attend our next Stated. Allow me to greet you in the East, and along with all the Brethren, to wish you a Happy Birthday.
Stephen K. Bahsler, Master
No Nashua events scheduled.
No Nashua events scheduled.
Tuesday, Jan. 7 – Executive Committee Meeting at 6:00pm
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
Wednesday, Jan. 8 – E.A. Degree – if entitled at 7:00pm
Wednesday, Jan. 15 – Stated Communication & Annual Meeting-dinner 6:15pm /Meeting 7:30pm
Wednesday, Jan. 22– Officer’s Meeting – 7:00pm, 4th floor.
Ancient York Lodge
Tuesday, Jan. 14 – Stated Communication at 6:30pm.
Sunday, Jan. 19 – Installation of Officers at 2:00pm
Saturday, Jan. 18 – Installation of Officers, time to be announced.
Nashua Assembly No. 9 meets on the first amd third
Thursday, Jan. 9 – Rehearsal 6:30pm.
Sunday, Jan. 19 – Pledge Breakfast
Saturday, Jan. 11– Sawhegenit visitation – 2:00pm
Thursday, Jan. 16 – James Farrington-Pleiades visitation – 7:30pm.
Friday, Jan. 24 – Stated Communication.
I wish each of the above Brethren a
Stephen K Bahsler, W.M.
Are You The Missing Mason?
Has it been six months or more since you last attended a Stated Communication? If so, your brothers want you to know that you are missed. Your Lodge values your attendance and participation.
Meetings are different now. Some new features have been added including a lively discussion period on subjects of interest and importance to all the members of Rising Sun Lodge. Another new feature is the Brotherhood of Song during which we all join in and sing along to some timely and inspirational songs.
So things are changing and if you have some ideas on how to improve your Lodge and its meetings our Master welcomes your input. So come to the next meeting and give us your thoughts.
1.“Success is a man who has the love and trust of a woman, a job he likes, and an abiding sense of humor. Success is a man whose children love him and have made him proud of them. Success is a man who dies at home in his sleep after a good life.” David Brown
2.“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between does what he wants to do.” Bob Dylan.
3. “I personally measure success in terms of the contribution an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.” Margaret Mead
4. “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much bythe position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” Booker T. Washington
5. “Success is to be measured not by wealth, power, or fame, but by the ratio between what a man is and what he might be.” H.G. Wells