Trestleboard – May 2014

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Coming Events | Birthdays | Thoughts of the month

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sqcomp2From the East – May 2014

Hello Brethren,

Last night we had the honor of welcoming a new Brother into our ranks when we conferred the Entered Apprentice upon Kenneth Steinberg, son of Brother Herb Steinberg.  I know there are several of us who have enjoyed the privilege being able to call our fathers, and for some even grandfathers, both Brother and friend. We will continue to be busy as we have a number of candidates working their way through the degrees.

We have a number of activities planned for the coming months, as you can see in our schedule of events.  Our next rubbish pick-up along route 102 in Hudson will take place Sat, May 3. We will meet for breakfast at Cookie’s Chuck Wagon in Hudson at 7:30 am, and assemble at Alvirne High School around 8:30 am. Remember many hands make work light. We need your help.

Our Bikes for Books program is well under way and we will be presenting the bicycles at the first two schools on Tuesday May 6 at assemblies to be held in the morning.  It really is fun to be part of this experience and see the excitement on the winners faces as they receive their bikes. You are all welcome to attend.  It would be nice if the Lodge had a good turnout at the assemblies. For further information you can contact myself or Brother Trachtenberg.

We are planning our tenth annual visit to our Brothers in Nova Scotia for July 17 -20. We are not going to be exemplifying any degrees this year, but will instead be presenting some Scottish Rite plays that are allowed to be viewed by the public. This will give our spouses, significant others, and family some idea of what we do.  The ladies will even be presenting a play. Anyone interested in taking part, or in heading north of the border with us should contact R.W. Brother Larry Gullett for information.

We are going to be holding a Veterans program on Sunday June 1 at 3:00 pm. This will be a time to honor our Masonic members who have earned awards for their years of membership in our Fraternity.  This will be a joint event with our Sister Lodge, Ancient York Lodge. It will be followed by a prime rib dinner at 5;00 pm. There will be no assessment for the honorees and their family, but for the rest of you the assessment is $10.00. The honorees who are eligible for service awards will be contacted and invited to the event. Reservations with myself or the Secretary.

There are a number Brethren who have not as yet paid their 2014 dues. Some of you even owe for two years. Look in your wallet. If your dues card does not say 2014 on it, then you are not current. If you are unable to meet this obligation let me know. Your Lodge would like to help those of you in need. All you have to do is ask.

I would like to extend an invitation to those of you who have Masonic Birthdays in May. Come to our Stated Communication and allow your Brothers to all wish you a Happy Masonic Birthday !!. 

Fraternally,

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

Coming Events

Grand Lodge

Friday, May 16th – Sunday, May 18th Annual Meeting in Manchester.

York Rite

Friday, May 9th – Grand Banquet, 6:30pm-9:30pm  in Manchester.

Saturday, May 10th – Grand Annual Meeting, 8:30am-4:00pm in Manchester.

Scottish Rite

Tuesday, May 27th, 7:30pm-10:00pm, Valley of Nashua – Stated Conclaves & Rendezvous.

Rising Sun Lodge

Saturday, May 3rd  – Rubbish removal along route 102 in Hudson. Breakfast at Cookie’s Chuck Wagon at 7:30am, assembling at Alvirne High at 8:30 am.

Tuesday, May 6th  – Presentation of Bicycles at two local schools, This will be done at morning assemblies at the two schools. Anyone is welcome to attend. For further information contact Brother Trachtenberg or the Master.

Wednesday, May 7th  – Officers meeting on the fourth floor of the  Masonic Temple at 7:00. All are welcome. Come and find out how you can serve your Lodge.

Wednesday, May 14th  – Fellow-Craft Degree at 7:00 pm. There will be no dinner, but refreshments will follow.

Wednesday, May 21st  – Stated Communication. Dinner at 6:15 pm, meeting at 7;30 pm.

Sunday, June 1st  – Joint Veterans Program with Ancient York Lodge. This is a semi-public event so bring along your friends and family. The program will begin at 3:00 pm and be followed by a prime rib dinner at 5;00 pm. There will be no assessment for honorees and their families, but for the rest of you it is $10.00. Reservations with the Master or the Secretary.

Ancient York Lodge

Saturday, May 3rd  -5:00pm Veterans & Past Masters Night.

Tuesday, May 13th -6:30pm Stated Communication.

Bektash Shrine

Friday, May 30th -6:00pm-10:30pm Bektash Smoker.

Rainbow

Thursday, May 1st – Nashua and Pledge Rainbow

Saturday, May 3rd – PGWA  Adviser night for Initiation- Penacook – 7pm. Past Grand Officers will put on degrees for several girls.

Saturday, May 10th – Rainbow Grand Officer “Adopt a Slave”  Davids House Fundraiser – Goffstown Temple-4pm

Thursday, May 15th – Nashua and Pledge Rainbow

Eastern Star

Sunday, May 4th  -Grand Conductress organizational meeting – Bristol

Sunday, May 18th  -OES Grand Rep Reception

Friday, May 23rd  -Stated Communication 7:30pm

Saturday, May 24th  -Fisher Cats Baseball game

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

Brother Years
Mark A. Marden 54
Creighton L. MacKinley 52
Archie S. Mobley Jr 50
John J. McCartney 46
Peter M. Shulkin 45
Stephen   Kolesnik 39
Kenneth W. Juttner 36
Robert G. Bianchi 28
Albert R. Anctil 27
John W. Jackson 20
Matthew H. Hoffman 10
Robert P. Cate 8
Eric A. Fischer 8
Gregory R. Hovagim 8
William R. Chaussee 6
Ryan B. Gartley 6
David O. Hunt 6
Christopher L. Richter 6
Jacob B. Weisberg 6
Christopher J. Busby 5
Brian M. Anderson 3
John B. Burns 1
Michael T. Rhodes 1
Alexander J. Woodrow 1

Stephen K Bahsler, W.M.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.

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

Girl with books
BIKES FOR BOOKS

According to a recent best estimate the Bikes For Books fund has a shortfall of about $900. If you have not yet contributed to this worthy cause NOW IS THE TIME. If you have and can find it in your heart to give a little more NOW IS THE TIME.

Boy on bike
As in years past, the plan is to give out 36 bikes along with helmets, training wheels and locks. But your help is needed NOW.

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.

Wednesday, June 24 – Stated Communication and Hiatus Family Dinner

Thursday, July 17 to Sunday, July 20 – Nova Scotia Trip.

THOUGHTS OF THE MONTH

1. “People reveal far more about themselves when describing other people than they do when describing themselves.”
2. “Many people have lost their way while searching for the truth; and just as many others have found the truth shortly after thinking they had lost their way.”
3. “Women often want men to change, and are disappointed when they stay the same. Men often want women to stay the same, and are disappointed when they change.”
4. “People generally feel the greatest craving for the things they need the least, or the things they don’t need at all.”

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 – April 2014

Your Trestle board for Rising Sun Lodge.  Keep on top of what’s happening at the Lodge!

Coming Events | Birthdays | HIRAM’S ALMANAC

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sqcomp2From the East – April 2014

Greetings Brethren,

The Vernal Equinox was on March 20; the Red Sox first game is April 2nd in Baltimore, and Opening Day at Fenway Park is April 4th.  All well and good you say, but so what?   This means that spring has finally arrived despite the chill that is still in the air, we at least get to see more of the sun these days.   It’s all down-hill from here!!!

We enjoyed a good turnout at our last Stated and welcomed three visitors that evening. We voted favorably on one petition and read one other.  We also exemplified the Fellow-Craft Degree on March 26th.  With the other candidates we are currently working through the degrees we will be very busy in the coming months.  As I try to remind myself during tax season, it’s good to be busy!!!  Our Bikes for Books program is well under way under the stewardship of our Jr Deacon, Brother Trachtenberg.  He has arranged to purchase the bicycles at a substantial discount, directly from the manufacturer, and is negotiating a discount on the freight charges. Between his reduction in costs and our successful fund raising efforts, the program is continuing to enjoy great success.

We have reconstituted our Special Ladies Committee and have even recruited some members to serve on it. This an area that we have fallen short on in the past, but we will be making plans as to how we can remember and honor these Special Ladies in the coming months.  Details on how you can serve your Lodge in this effort will be forthcoming.

Another area that needs improving upon is communication with our Brothers.  As pointed out at our District Two (Second to None!!! ) Lodge of Instruction last year, it is important to keep in touch with all of our members on a regular basis.  Anyone who wishes to help out in this effort can let me know, and I will put you to work.

We will be having an officers meeting on Wednesday, April 30th at 7:00 pm on the fourth floor of the Masonic Temple.  All are welcome to attend.  If you wish to serve your Lodge in some capacity, this is the meeting for you. Remember, you only get out of something as much as you put into it.

Fraternally,

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

Coming Events

Grand Lodge

See Ancient York Lodge April 5th for Nashua event.

York  Rite

No Nashua events.

Scottish Rite

Thursday, April 3rd, Learning Ctr Bd of Governors, Meeting 7:00 – 8:30pm.

Rising Sun Lodge

Wednesday, April 16th   – Stated Communication, dinner 6:15 PM, meeting 7:30 PM (You better have filed your taxes by now!)

Wednesday, April 23rd – Fellow-Craft Degree, 7:00 PM – there will be no dinner but light refreshments will follow

Wednesday, April 30th – Officers meeting, all members are welcome.   7:00 PM, 4th floor.

Ancient York Lodge

Saturday, April 5th, 3rd Annual Evening of Masonic Light, 5:30 -10:00pm.

Tuesday, April 8th, Stated Communication, Dinner at 6:30pm, meeting at 7:30pm.

Wednesday, April 23rd, District 2 Masters Class, 8:00pm.

Bektash Shrine

Saturday, April 19th, Hobo Dinner, Social Hour 5:00pm, Dinner 6:00pm.

Saturday, April 26th, Comedy Night with The Bucky Lewis Show. Doors open 6:30pm,   Showtime 8:00pm, $25.00pp.

Rainbow

Thursday, April 3rd, Rainbow Pledge Meeting, 7:00pm.

Saturday, April 5th, Rainbow Pride Day.

Sunday, April 6th, Rainbow Sunday church service in honor of the start of Rainbow in 1922.

Wednesday, April 16th, Joint Meeting with  Derry Chapter in Derry.

Saturday, April 19th, Backwards Table Lodge-DADS Program at Portsmouth temple 5:00 – 7:00pm.

Eastern Star

Friday, April 11th to Sunday, April, 13th, NH OES Grand Chapter Ball weekend at the Town & Country Inn in Gorham, NH

Saturday, April 19th, OES Legislation Review Meeting, 10:00am in Penacook.

Friday, April 25th, Stated Communication 7:30pm.

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

Brother Years
David R. Crockett 67
Samuel J. Tobias 58
Keith   Vaskelionis 58
William R. Whitney 49
Ernest C. Hiscoe 44
Rollain E. Mercier 39
Raymond C. Powles III 23
Robert E. Pelletier 22
Wilfred G. Caouette 21
Ronald P. Moody 21
Douglas M. Barker 16
Andrew W. Maurey 16
Luther A. McCubrey 16
March O. McCubrey 16
Iouri M. Starosselski 16
Theodore F. Thompson 9
Thomas C. Rizzo 8
Richard W. Lowrance 7
Shawn M. Rafferty 7
Vasilios P. Zaharopoulos 7
Michael A. Demarco 5
Timothy R. Marotte 5
Gregory R. Bean 4
Jon A. Rhan 4
Joseph R. Hoebeke 3
Benjamin J. Langlois 3
David M. Denehy 2

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.

ATTRACTING THIRSTY HORSES

In his message for March our Worshipful Master reminded us of the well-known fact that 5% of the people make things happen, 10% watch things happen and 85% ask, “What happened?” Without quibbling over a few percentage points one way or the other, we can all agree that Worshipful’s delineation of  three types of people as Makers, Watchers and Askers is an accurate characterization of human nature in general and our lodge’s membership in particular. We all seek to subdue our passions and improve ourselves but it is a mistake to think we can change human nature. Rather we should be looking at the numbers and determining how we can make them work to our advantage. Obviously, we need to grow our membership so that the small percentage of Makers becomes a larger number due to our increase in total membership.

How are we perceived by those who don’t know us? Are we a social club, a fraternity or a “secret society?” There is a mystique about Freemasonry. It is attractive to those who are curious about us and might even join just to satisfy their curiosity. Unfortunately, some may be disappointed to learn that our secrets are not all that deep and dark. However, there are things about us that we should share with others and we can accomplish this by becoming a more visible presence in the community. If we are seen to be doing things that benefit more worthy causes Masonic membership becomes an attractive choice for those wanting to affiliate with a worthwhile civic organization. In other words, some thirsty horses who will drink when led to water, willing participants in Lodge activities.

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.

Wednesday, June 24 – Stated Communication and Hiatus Family Dinner

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

QUOTES OF THE MONTH

  1. “You may need to say goodbye to the person you are if you are to become the person you want to be.”
  2. “The past is a nice place to visit, but you don’t want to live there.”
  3. “Childhood doesn’t last, but what is learned does. Often for a lifetime.”
  4. “Few people are as kind as they think they are, and none are as kind as they could be.”
  5. “When it comes to fulfilling our potential, we are all underachievers. Never pass up an opportunity to make a new friend or explore a new friendship. You never know where it might lead.”
  6. “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, there will be peace.”
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.