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From the East – November 2013
The fall is usually a busy time in our Fraternity and your Lodge is no exception. We recently hosted the annual Visitation of Grand Lodge. We had a good turnout and enjoyed an evening of Masonic fellowship and education. Thanks go out to RW Brother Bianchi who presented a talk on famous Nashua Masons, many of whom were Past Masters of Rising Sun Lodge, and Past Grand Masters. We can certainly be proud of our Masonic heritage. We also have some BIG shoes to fill.
Thanks go out to all of the Brothers and family members who volunteered to help out at the Salvation Army’s annual “Applefest”. This is their biggest fundraiser of the year and goes a long way toward supporting the good work they do in our community. They had appealed to us for help and we answered the call. We really had a great turnout. You can all be very proud of your lodge.
Those of you who were unable to attend our October Stated missed a fine meal prepared by our JD and his mom. It was outstanding and a real treat. We also had a large group of October Masonic Birthday boys with, us who enjoyed being serenaded by their Brothers.
We are currently in the process of raising money for our annual Turkey fund drive. This allows us to support the Tolles St Mission, Nashua Children’s Home, and other local charities so that they can assure that those who are less fortunate than ourselves can enjoy a happy thanksgiving too. You can help by donating at any of our meetings, or by sending our Secretary a check payable to Rising Sun Lodge # 39, with the notation “Turkey Fund”. Last year we raised over $1,000, and we hope to exceed that this year.
Veterans Day is just around the corner, so let’s take this time to reflect upon the many sacrifices that the past and present members of our armed forces and their families have made, and continue to make, to keep our nation free. Freedom is not free; it was paid for with their blood. To honor our Veterans, Rising Sun Lodge will be marching in the Veteran’s Day parade in Nashua, on Monday Nov 11. We will be assembling at Holman Stadium between 9:15am – 9:30am with a 10:00am start time. All Masons are invited to join us, as well as the other members of the Nashua Masonic Family. Veterans are certainly welcome to wear their military uniforms if they wish. Let’s have a good showing and let the community know that our veterans are not forgotten.
Check your dues card Brethren. If it does not say 2013 on it, you are not current. The 2014 assessment will soon be going out and we have a number of members who are not current. If you are unable to meet your dues commitment, whether due to financial hardship or other factors, we would like to help. I know it can be hard to ask for assistance, but we are your brothers and that’s why we are here. You can contact myself or any lodge officer.
I would like to extend a special invitation to those Brothers who have Masonic Birthdays in November. Come to lodge and allow me to greet you in the East, and allow your Brothers to extend their best wishes to you personally.
Stephen K. Bahsler, W.M.
Cell phone: 603-759-8279
Saturday, Nov. 16- Semi-Annual Stated Communication 9:00am in Manchester.
Saturday, Nov. 2– NH Consistory Fall Reunion 8:00am to 1:30pm.
Rising Sun Lodge:
Monday, Nov. 11- Veteran’s Day Parade. Rising Sun Lodge will be marching in the Nashua Veteran’s Day parade. See Master’s Message for details.
Ancient York Lodge
Tuesday, Nov. 5 – Master Mason Degree to be performed by Shriners at 5:30pm.
Saturday, Nov. 23 to Sunday, Dec. 1 – 13th Annual “Fez”-tival of Trees. For details go to www.bektashshriners.org.
Nashua Assembly No. 9 meets on the first and third Thursday of each month (except July and August) at 7:00pm at the Nashua Masonic Temple.
Friday, Nov. 15 – Moving Forward Seminar at 7:00pm in Rochester.
I wish each of the above Brethren a
Stephen K Bahsler, W.M.
The Brotherhood of Song has been
OCTOBER 9th VISITATION
R.W. David W. Smith, 2nd District D.D.G.M. with officers and members from throughout the district were welcomed by W. M. Stephen K. Bahsler along with officers and members of Rising Sun Lodge.
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Quote of the Month
“You cannot improve your circumstances without first improving yourself.”