CORRECTED – Trestleboard – March 2014

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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.


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

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.


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.


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.


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
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.