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From the East – October 2014
As I write this message it is a beautiful fall day. This has always been my favorite time of the year with the colorful foliage, pleasant, comfortable days, and cool nights. It makes for such great sleeping weather. Amidst all the trouble and chaos in the world today, hopefully this will give you pause to reflect on the wonders of God’s creation and all the many blessings he bestows upon his children. On top of all that we get to put baseball season behind us, and focus on football.
We had a great turnout at our September Stated. All the Brothers were well rested from the summer hiatus and all charged up for a busy period in our Fraternity. I had the pleasure to welcome Brother Steve Trachtenberg’s dad all the way from Lexington Lodge No. 1 in Lexington Kentucky. It was a fine evening of Masonic Fellowship.
The following week we passed to the degree of Fellow Craft Brother Richard Dagenais. He did a great job with his Entered Apprentice lesson. Congratulations to both him and his tutor, Brother Steve Trachtenberg for all the hard work.
Those of you who have gone to any of the Lodges of Instruction this year enjoyed a great program. Grand Lodge has been presenting a talk on each of the seven liberal arts and sciences, focusing on a different one at each LOI. It made me appreciate that after more than three decades in the Craft, I still have only scratched the surface of everything there is to know about our great fraternity. The quest for knowledge and education is a life- long goal. It has always been one of the cornerstones of Freemasonry as well. Never give up on your quest for learning.
At our November Stated Communication we will be opening on the Fellow Craft degree. We will be welcoming Brother Ryan Flynn, the Sr. Deacon of Ancient York Lodge, who will be giving a fascinating presentation of some of the symbols in the second degree. This will be an evening you will not want to miss!!
A friendly reminder Brethren, check your dues card. If it does not have “2014” on it, you are not current. If you are having trouble meeting this obligation, talk to me. The Lodge would like to help. We can remit a portion, or all of your of dues, if you are suffering a financial hardship. The key is, you have to ask. I know this can be a hard thing to do, but we are all Brothers and that’s why we are here.
I would like to extend an invitation to those of you who have Masonic Birthdays in October. Come to our Stated Communication and allow your Brothers to all wish you a Happy Masonic Birthday!!.
October 15 – Stated Communication 7:30 pm, dinner at 6:15 pm
Statewide Masonic Open House – Saturday, October 18, 2014; 9AM – 3PM
October 22 – Officers meeting on the fourth floor of the Masonic Temple 7:00 pm
October 29 – Proficiency Examination and (if entitled) Fellow-Craft Degree
November 19 – Stated Communication 7:30 pm, dinner at 6:15 pm
GLNH – Master Mason Seminar, November 8 – Milford Another very informative seminar for Master Masons of all “ages”! Saturday, November 8, 9 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Your $25 check is your registration and covers handouts, flash drive, coffee, donuts, and lunch.
Ancient York # 89 Stated: Oct 14th At 7:30 PM
November 22nd, at 3pm Ancient York will be offering another Evening of Masonic Light. The night will feature three speakers with Ancient York’s Senior Warden, Brother Chris Busby, discussing the origins of Anti-Masonic sentiment. Following that, Brother Chris Murphy of Fibonacci Lodge No. 112 (GL of VT) will be discussing our ancient Brother Pythagoras and his teachings.
Nashua Rainbow: 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7:00 PM
Pilgrim Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star: October 26th
Scottish Rite Valley of Nashua
I wish each of the above Brethren a
Thank you to all of you who’ve paid your dues for 2014. About 1/4 have not, and the Lodge must pay the assessment to the Building Association next month. Please get your dues payment in, or let us know if you need some help.
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Road Cleanup. Rising Sun #39 Brethren met yet again on Route 102 in Hudson in September on an early Sunday morning and cleaned the road in front of Alverne High School, as has been our tradition for many years. Yes it’s a thankless job, but as Masons, we know
Brotherly Love is Community Service
Rising Sun Lodge #39 working at the Nashua Lil’ Iguanas Children Safety event in Nashua this October. Our Brothers out making a difference in the community, helping out a worthy non-profit organization. Thank you Brethren who worked, you do us proud.
September 1872. First official meeting of Mecca Temple, September 26, in New York. This was the beginning of the Shrine. The guiding spirits were William J. Florence and Dr. Walter M. Fleming