CORRECTED – Trestleboard – March 2014

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Coming Events | Birthdays | What are Paraprosdokians?

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sqcomp2From the East – March 2014

Greetings Brethren

I am sure that by now you are as sick of the winter as I am. Well take heart, pitchers and catchers have already reported for spring training.

Your lodge has a number of projects underway and we need your help. As reported last month our annual Bikes for Books program is ramping up and we need volunteers. You can assist in many ways, such as in fundraising (bring any ideas you have to the table), or helping to purchase or assemble bikes.  You might also want to be present at the assemblies at the schools when we award the bicycles. It was gratifying to see the look on the children’s faces when they found out they won. Anyone interested in assisting can contact either myself, or Steve Trachtenberg.

We are also working to rebuild our Special Ladies Program. These are the widows of departed Worthy Brothers. We used to remember them in so many ways, but over the years this fell by the wayside. We are working on building a Special Ladies Committee and Brother John Woodrow has agreed to chair it. We need volunteers to help him. Committees of one are no fun, as many of you know. If you are interested in helping, you know what to do.

Brethren, you will only get as much out of Masonry as you are willing to put into it. You can serve your Lodge and your Brethren in so many ways. All you have to is ask how can I help?  I have heard it said that 5.00% of the people make things happen; 10.00% of the people watch things happen, and the other 85.00% say what happened?  Which group are you going to be in?

I would like to extend a special invitation to all of our Brothers with March 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.

Fraternally,

Stephen K. Bahsler, Master
Cell phone: 603-759-8279
E-Mail to: sbahsler@mccaffertycpa.com

Coming Events

Grand Lodge

No Nashua events scheduled.

York  Rite

Monday, Mar. 10th – 7:30pm, Meridian Sun Chapter No. 9, R.A.M. -Israel Hunt Council No. 8, R.& S.M. and Saint George Commandery No. 8, K.T. Will hold their Stated and Annual Communication at the Nashua Temple. Business will include annual reports as well as election and installation of officers.

Saturday, Mar. 22nd-Commandery Inspection Coffee at 8:00am. Work 9:00am-Noon, lunch to follow.

Scottish Rite

Tuesday, Mar. 18th Stated NH Consistory & VN 7:30pm

Friday, Mar. 21st Social Night 7:00pm

Rising Sun Lodge

Wednesday, Mar. 12th – Fellow Craft Degree Rehearsal

Wednesday, Mar. 19th-Stated Communication, dinner at 6:15pm, meeting at 7:30pm

Wednesday, Mar. 26th – Lesson proficiency and Fellow Craft Degree if entitled.

Ancient York Lodge

Thursday, Mar. 6th-Masters & Wardens Meeting 6:30pm

Friday, Mar. 7th-EA Degree 6:30pm

Tuesday, Mar. 11th-Stated Communication. Dinner at 6:30pm, meeting at 7:30pm

Bektash Shrine

Monday, Mar. 17th – Stated Communication at 6:00pm at Concord Shrine Center.

Rainbow

Saturday, Mar. 1st -Charity Ball 7:00pm to 11:00pm in Franklin.

Thursday, Mar. 6th – Rainbow Pledge Meeting, 7:00pm.

Sunday, Mar. 9th – Mr NH Rainbow Pageant, Portsmouth Temple, 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

Thursday, Mar. 20th- Rainbow Pledge Meeting, 7:00pm.

Saturday, Mar. 29th – Official Visit of GWA – Nashua Masonic Temple, 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Eastern Star

Saturday, Mar. 15th – Cook-Off  Noon to 5:00pm.

Friday, Mar. 28th Stated Communication, 5:00pm Meeting,

6:15pm Hamloaf dinner, 7:30pm Visitation

Masonic Birthdays
for March 2014.
Happy Masonic Birthday
to the following Brethren.

Brother Years
Carl B. Cudhea 65
Davis P. Thurber 65
Charles H. Farwell Jr 63
Paul K. Geddes 58
Alton M. Hopkins 56
Roland N. Petersen 53
Gerald K. Classon 47
George D. Van Dyke 47
Courtney R. Sargent 46
Roland F. Young Jr 46
Richard F. Clifton 38
George J. Louzek Jr 36
Clement W. Libby Jr 35
Robert G. Hampton 32
Maurice J. Cloutier Jr 31
Thomas E. Spencer 31
Robert A. Maffee 30
Thomas A. Maffee 30
Harry E. Keefer Jr 28
Roger J. Pellerin 28
Carey L. Wallace 28
Kurt M. Markarian 26
Paul F. Matthews 25
William M. Martin 17
Donald J. Campbell 15
Leonard J. Dobrowski 15
Clement G. Hartley 15
William R. Kime 15
Robert H. Norman III 15
Raymond R. Russell Jr 15
Russell S. VanderHorst 15
Guy R. Martineau 11
Kenneth E. Ziehm II 10
Paul    Retey 7

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.

THIRSTY HORSES WANTED

It’s a true saying that you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. This applies to organizations like ours with voluntary membership and participation. It follows that members who regularly attend meetings and participate in lodge activities represent a percentage of total membership. A percentage that will tend to remain the same from year to year. So the best way to increase attendance and participation is to increase membership. In other words, find some more thirsty horses and give them plenty of water to drink.

NEXT MONTH: FINDING THIRSTY HORSES

Hiram’s almanac

This new feature, inserted by popular demand, will attempt to list our Lodge’s events for this calendar year beyond the current month so that brethren can plan ahead. In some cases dates and times may only be approximate. For more exact information please refer to the monthly Trestleboard ‘Coming Events’ column.

Additional information will be added as it becomes available.

Saturday, March 8 – District Table Lodge

Wednesday, June 24 – Stated Communication and Hiatus Family Dinner

Thursday, July17 to Sunday, July 20 – Nova Scotia Trip

What are Paraprosdokians?

A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the end of a sentence is unexpected:

1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

2. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until they speak.

3. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

4. War does not determine who is right- only who is left.

5. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

6. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

7. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.

8. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

9. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

10. I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder now to find any.

Nova Scotia
We will be leaving for John Albro
Lodge #122 in Nova Scotia on
July 17th and returning on July 20th.
On Saturday the 19th we will perform
two Scottish Rite public plays.
Come join us! Click here for more
information!
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 603-821-5196.

Trestleboard – February 2014

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Coming Events | Birthdays | The Philosophy of Ambiguity

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sqcomp2From the East – February 2014

Greetings Brethren,

As of the writing of this message the officers of your lodge have been officially installed for 2014 and most are beginning their second year in their current position. We started off the new-year by welcoming two new Entered Apprentices into our ranks.  The degree was exemplified in outstanding fashion under the direction of Brother Guy Martineau who traded seats with me for the evening. I have to say that I found the degree more relaxing sitting in the West.

It is the time of year when we kick off our annual Bikes for Books program.  For those of you who are not familiar with it, this is a program that we use to promote reading among children.  We hold a competition in which children grades 1-6 are encouraged to read, and whoever reads the most books is given a bicycle, with a helmet and lock. Last year we gave out 36 bicycles (two per grade) at three local schools.  It was very gratifying to see the look of joy on the faces of those who won.  Anyone interested in helping out, whether in fundraising, assembly of the bicycles, or who wish to be present at the assemblies when the bikes are presented can contact myself, or the program chairman, Brother Steve Trachtenberg.  Further details will be forthcoming.

I know it’s hard to look ahead to July while we are in the middle of winter, but we are currently planning the trip to visit our Brothers of John Albro Lodge in Halifax Nova Scotia.  This will mark the tenth anniversary of our annual visitations. The program will be a little different this year, in that we will not be exemplifying any Blue Lodge degrees. Instead we will be performing two Scottish Rite public plays.  All are invited to watch.  For further details and for booking hotel reservations see the enclosed flyer. For more information – contact Larry Gullett, PM, Rising Sun Lodge #39 – 603 582-7233.

I would like to extend a special invitation to all of our Brothers with February 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.

Fraternally,

Stephen K. Bahsler, Master
Cell phone: 603-759-8279
E-Mail to: sbahsler@mccaffertycpa.com

Coming Events

Grand Lodge

No Nashua events scheduled.

York Rite

No Nashua events scheduled

Scottish Rite

Monday, Feb. 3rd-Nashua Rehearse 4th & 7th, 6:15pm

Monday, Feb. 3rd-Rehearse 15th in Candia, 6:30pm

Monday, Feb. 10th-Nashua Rehearse 4th & 7th, 6:15pm

Monday, Feb. 10th-Rehearse 15th in Candia, 6:30pm

Monday, Feb. 17th-Nashua Rehearse 4th & 7th, 6:15pm

Tuesday, Feb. 18th-Rehearse 15th in Candia, 6:30pm

Monday, Feb. 24th-Nashua Perform 4th & 7th, 6:15pm

Wednesday, Feb. 26th-Nashua 6th & 15th, 6:15pm

Rising Sun Lodge

Wednesday, Feb. 12th – Officers’ Meeting, 7:00pm

Wednesday, Feb. 19th – Stated Communication, dinner at 6:15, meeting at 7:30.

Ancient York Lodge

Tuesday, Feb. 11th-Stated Communication, dinner at 6:30, meeting at 7:30.

Tuesday, Feb. 25th, Officers Meeting, 6:30pm

Bektash Shrine

Sunday, Feb. 2nd-Super Bowl Party, Shrine Center

Saturday, Feb 15th-Valentine’s Dinner and Dance,

Shrine Center

Rainbow

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.

Eastern Star

Saturday, Feb. 15th-Murder Mystery Dinner Theater,    Cocktail hour at 5:30pm

Friday, Feb. 28th-Stated Communication, 7:30pm.

Masonic Birthdays
for February 2014.
Happy Masonic Birthday
to the following Brethren.

Brother Years
Ellsworth G. Vadney Sr. 67
Roger W. Gaskill 63
Philip L. Hall 60
John G. Senter 59
Kenneth P. Blanchard 52
George R. Palmer 45
David B. Molnar 39
George W. Adams 32
Randy S. McMullen 30
Steven F. Maffee 28
David A. Barker 23
Shawn N. Jasper 23
William   Luszey 22
Rock W. Romeo 21
Wayne R. Johnson 19
Anthony F. Phillips Jr 18
Thomas V. Mullen 13
Jason F. Ruimerman 11
Gregory W. Chenevert 8
Matthew A. Stanizzi 3

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.

“You’re a Mason, aren’t you?”

Many of us who wear our Masonic rings or square and compasses lapel pins have heard that question before. After answering proudly in the affirmative we are usually told that the person who asked the question has a grandfather, father, uncle and/or brother who are or were Masons. But when we, in turn, ask if this person with such a wonderful family tradition plans to continue it, we are frequently given any number of reasons why they can’t or won’t. One of the most common reasons is that they are just too busy! We can’t help wondering if George Washington or Ben Franklin had that much spare time on their hands. Building a nation, after all, was a time consuming task and we never hear about how they spent their leisure time or where they went on vacation. And yet they found time for The Craft as did so many other famous Masons and millions of their not-so-famous brethren. We may be busier than they were but we also have more leisure time. Carving out some of that leisure time for the worthwhile activities of Freemasonry is a wise investment in personal growth and service to the community.

HIRAM’S ALMANAC

This new feature, inserted by popular demand, will attempt to list our Lodge’s events for this calendar year beyond the current month so that brethren can plan ahead. In some cases dates and times may only be approximate. For more exact information please refer to the monthly Trestleboard ‘Coming Events’ column.
Additional information will be added as it becomes available.

Saturday, March 8 – District Table Lodge
Wednesday, June 24 – Stated Communication and Hiatus Fanily Dinner
Thursday, July 17 to Sunday, July 20 – Nova Scotia Trip

The Philosophy of Ambiguity

1. Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?
2. Why do they put braille on the drive-through bank machines?
3. What was the best thing before sliced bread?
4. Does the little mermaid wear an algebra?
5. How is it possible to have a civil war?
6. If you ate both pasta and antipasto, would you still be hungry?
7. Whose cruel idea was it for the word ‘lisp’ to have ‘s’ in it?
8. Why is it called tourist season if we can’t shoot at them?

Nova Scotia
We will be departing on July 17th and returning on July 20th for John Albro Lodge #122 in Nova Scotia. On Sat the 19th, we will perform two Scottish Rite public plays. Come join us! Click here for more information!
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.