Trestleboard – December 2014

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sqcomp2From the East – December 2014

As I write this message another Thanksgiving is almost here. Let’s take a moment to reflect upon all the good things in our lives and give thanks to our Divine Creator. It is also a time to help those around us who are less fortunate. In this light 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 web site, which is continually undergoing improvements. You now have the ability to pay your 2015 dues on line, using Pay-Pal. There is also the ability to make donations to various charitable activities the Lodge does, using the same feature. We have many upgrades and other features that will be added early next year. I would like to extend a special thanks to Jon Bibeau who has worked so hard on this important project. If you have any suggestions or would like to help with the monthly up-keep of the site, let me or Brother Bibeau know.

The Lodge has started up our Special Ladies Program again. This is to show the widows of Lodge Brothers that we still remember them. We recently invited them and a guest to a performance of Dr Marigold by Gerald Charles Dickens, Great Grandson of Charles Dickens, at the Nashua Senior Center. Those who attended had a nice time. My thanks go out to our Sr. Warden, Brother Guy Martineau who was instrumental in this effort, as well as to Worshipful Robert Porter , who had the idea for this event. Honorable mention goes out to our Secretary RW Brian Smith who compiled the list of Special Ladies and their contact info (no small task) and especially to Brother John Woodrow who volunteered to be Chairman of the Committee. We will need volunteers in December to help us make a special holiday delivery to the Special Ladies who live in the area.

We will be holding a Joint Table Lodge with Ancient York Lodge on Saturday Dec 13 at 5:00 pm. Tickets are $25.00 and we will be serving a prime rib dinner. You can also buy your tickets on line at our web site. Hope to see you there.

Look at your dues card Brethren. If it does not say 2014 on it, then you are not current. The 2015 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

Steve Bahsler, W.M.
Cell phone: 603-759-8279

Coming Events

December 17th Stated Communication 7:30 pm, dinner at 6:15 pm. Election of Officers

December 13th Joint Table Lodge with Ancient York # 89 See officers for tickets

Ancient York Lodge Installation of 2015 Officers
Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:00pm

Rising Sun Lodge #39 Installation of 2015 Officers
Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2pm, Dinner at 5pm


Ancient York # 89 Stated Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 PM

Nashua Rainbow: 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7:00 PM

Pilgrim Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star: 4th Friday at 7:30pm December 26th

York Rite Visitation Israel Hunt Council #8 on Dec 22nd

Stated Meeting Election of Officers, Dec 17th.
At our stated meeting on Dec 17th, Rising Sun Lodge will hold its election of officers. Wor. Bro. Bahsler has had a very active and accomplished two year term. Let’s all thank him for his service

Masonic Birthdays
for December 2014.
Happy Masonic Birthday
to the following Brethren.
Stephen K Bahsler, W.M.

Brother Years
Edward M. Annis 56
Jack H. Tottel 55
Samuel W. Kouchalakos 38
James F. McLaughlin 38
James L. Cate 31
Robert A. Grogg 24
Jeffrey D. Alexander 20
George P. Brown 16
Norman J. Poisson 16
David J. Proulx 8
Robert S. Paul 7
Jay C. Taylor 6
Michael J. Marotte 5
Dominick L. Mandeville 1
David R. Curran 1
Stephen W. Dohoney 1
David A. Lewis 1

Attest: Brian J Smith, P.M. Secretary,
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.

(603) 821-5196 a.m.


Rising Sun Visitation – A Great Job. Our Visitation with the District Grand Officers was held on Dec 2nd and was well attended. Of particular note was Wor. Bro. Bahslers history of the Entered Apprentice degree, which was outstanding. He chose Wor. Bro. Mike Henry, Master of Ancient York Lodge to portray the candidate, and it was a sight to behold two presiding Masters “Strutting the Stuff”. Congratulations!

Christmas_Party_News_TreeChristmas_Party_News_SantaChristmas Party News. The annual Rising Sun breakfast and Christmas party was well attended on Dec 7th, with multiple types ofpancakes (Blueberry, choc chip, and even M&Ms) and lots of kids. The children (and all) were entertained by a great Magician act with amazing tricks keeping everyone laughing. Santa showed up and all the young ones received gifts from St Nick assisted by Wor. Bro Henry, and everyone was reminded to be good, as Christmas was coming very soon.

Remember Brethren, keep the joy and love of this season in your hearts so that it will sustain us, our friends, neighbors, and the world throughout the year.

When Brothers Meet:
In China, about 300 B.C., Mencius wrote “A master Mason, in teaching his apprentices, makes use of the compasses and the square. Ye who are engaged in the pursuit of Wisdom, must also make use of the compasses and the square.”

Spread some Masonic Brotherhood.
Our Brother, Russ VanderHorst of Goffstown NH is undergoing Chemo and is house bound. This is, as we could all expect, driving him stir-craze. If any of the Brethren are in the Goffstown area and could stop in and chat, Russ would be quite appreciative. Spread some Masonic Brotherhood today

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Need a Ride?
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Dues Notices have been sent out for 2015. Along with the traditional method of paying dues via check, Rising Sun #39 has added the capability to use PayPal to electronically pay dues, make donations and catch up on prior years dues. Please see the Rising Sun Web site for details: