Trestleboard – February 2014

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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.


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

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


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.


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.