October 2019 Trestle Board

Rising Sun Lodge #39

F&AM

Making a difference in our community

since 1822

Masonic Trestleboard

~ Oct 2019~

Important Lodge Events

STATED MEETING

WEDNESDAY – OCTOBER 16, 2019

6:15 PM DINNER, 7:30 PM LODGE OPENS.

SALAD, GERMAN POT ROAST BUTTERED, PARSLEY NOODLES BY OUR SW WM JOHNSTON

SPECIAL EVENTS

FELLOWCRAFT DEGREE

OCTOBER 2,2019

ENTERED APPRENCTICE DEGREE

WEDNESDAY – OCTOBER 30, 2019

7:30 PM LODGE OPENS..

If you need a ride to Lodge please contact the Master 603 557-8931

From the East

It has been a busy and action-packed weekend of Masonry in Nashua and I thank every one of you who came out to support our exchange with John Albro and participated in any of this weekend’s events. This weekend started off with a fantastic Ladies at the Table, continued into an exceptional degree to raise 3 new Master Masons and ended with fellowship of the highest order at RW Bro. Gullett’s home. We were joined in Rising Sun by brothers from 8 different jurisdictions, including India and Germany, and we were able to witness ritual and degree performance of the highest caliber from our brothers to the North. I have not always had the opportunity to get time off from work or my other commitments to participate as I should have in past exchanges and my brothers, I will not make that mistake again! What I imagine most of us experienced this weekend is that Masonry that we always talk about, the brotherhood beyond the walls of the lodge where we get to experience the fraternity to its fullest potential.

The important thing to understand about this weekend’s event is that it does not require a busload of brothers driving across international borders. While our exchange with John Albro has built unbreakable bonds between our two lodges there are lodges within our district and our own state that we

should be seeing more often and we shouldn’t need the excuse of the exchange to pursue that fellowship that we experienced this evening. If anything, the overwhelming success of our Masonic exchange with John Albro should impress upon you the strength of our bond and you should experience that bond as often as possible by visiting with our brothers in this district. Visitation season is upon us, take advantage brethren.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Tim Marotte W.M.

From the West Richard L. Johnston PM SW

As I write this, we are spinning up our September Lodge activities. The summer ends in only a few weeks and now we are looking forward to an exceptional and busy Fall schedule that the Worshipful has planned. I am looking forward to seeing everyone again at Lodge – not so much to the approach of Winter! The Trowel is a publication of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. Recently there was an article discussing ‘Internet etiquette’. We are so connected electronically these days it’s hard to find a family that doesn’t participate on the Internet through Facebook, Instagram, instant messaging, emails and Snap. All of these means of communication are new commodities within the past 30

years. As it is with all things new, people adopt and learn how to use them in different ways. Setting aside the technical issues, one cultural challenge is how people conduct themselves when using these media. It is easy for a person to hide behind an electronic screen. There is no eye-to-eye contact, it’s difficult to convey or read feelings, and our self-control mechanisms are blunted. There are good reasons why most companies have social media rules of conduct, among them the specter of legal liability, privacy concerns, and damage to their brand. As Masons, we must also be concerned. Our ‘brand’ is one of high moral character and self-improvement. Because there is essentially no privacy, each Mason owes it to himself and the Fraternity to ensure that what is posted on the internet conveys the best image of their character. None of us are angels (yet), and we have all had times where we have acted out of impulse or anger. But there is a line beyond which many posts cross into questionable territory, and this line is constantly being pushed further. I urge everyone who is a Mason, to listen to the monitor within, temper your on-line conversations, and promote the type of a strong moral man that represents our Craft favorably. I also urge us to self-police each other by whispering good counsel into a Brother’s ear when we see poor conduct on-line. Remember, friends, family, and non-Masons all know that you have it in yourself to improve, and to strive to be an exemplary Freemason at all times!

From the South: John C. Woodrow JW

When I first visited Rising Sun Lodge a brother who was showing me around said that the difference between Masons and other organizations was that was Masons kept their word. That struck me as being something important; simple and profound. The purpose of Masonry is to take a good man and make him better to strive to take a rough ashlar and make it true, square and perfect. It’s the foundation of our Lodge and I would argue a foundation of Free Masons expressed in our oaths and obligations. Are you a man who gives and keeps your word? Are you doing your part? On my way to Lodge this past Wednesday it dawned on me that I had not confirmed, I had not followed up with the brothers who said they would cook at our Stated Communication. My mind was racing as I drove into Nashua, thinking what if no one is there, what back up plan do I have? But my worry was wasted energy and as I got off the elevator on the fourth floor I smelled a delicious meal being prepared and two brothers who promised months before

to cook in the kitchen putting the final touches on our evening dinner. We have to all be accountable to each other as brothers and I am delighted to see this more and more in our Lodge, brothers showing up where they said they would be, when they said they would be there, fully prepared and ready to go, as well as additional brothers showing up just to help out in case they were needed. We can do better but we are making progress. Our Lodge openings and ritual is being performed at a higher level by brothers keeping their commitments to knowing their ritual and helping to set the standard for others. I see new men, potential brothers showing up for dinner, and to find out more about our Lodge and the activities we have are becoming better attended. And yet, we have more work to do as too much of the burden is still shared by too few brothers. We forget sometimes that it’s not about the task itself, not about picking up trash, setting up tables, doing dishes, cooking or cleaning- it’s about the camaraderie, the brotherhood and the shared experience of being part of something bigger than ourselves, an organization that strives to take good men and make them better. As you were told when you first asked about becoming a Mason, you get out of it what you put into it. To get the full benefit of being a

Mason you have to show up, participate, be accountable, make a contribution, and do your part, whatever that means for you. I invite you to join us if you haven’t been to Lodge or a Lodge event in a while-you’ll meet some honorable l brothers, doing good work, who share the same values and are striving to become better men.

The following pictures are from our Ladies of the Table held during our exchange with John Albro Lodge # 122 from Nova Scotia. She said yes.

Masonic Birthdays –October 2019

Happy Masonic Birthday to the following Brethren:


Brother Years




Owen F. Walton 55
Richard J. Thompson 48
Brian J. Smith 37
Brian C. Turner 37
Frederick M. Raban 34
George P. Ivy 28
Steven E. Munzing 28
Dimitrios Katsioulis 24
Robert M. Porter 17
Michael A. Christopher 15
Norman W. Pelletier 14
John J. Dagianis 13
Stanley R. Heinrich 13
Pascal H. Corbinand 9
John C. Woodrow 9
Anthony F. Zanichkowsky 9
Jonathan R. Bibeau 8
Mark E. McLaughlin 8
Robert A. Nolet Jr. 8
Stephen M. Trachtenberg 8

Sept 2019 Trestle board

Rising Sun Lodge #39

F&AM

Making a difference in our community

since 1822

Masonic Trestleboard

~September 2019~

Important Lodge Events

STATED MEETING

WEDNESDAY – SEPTEMBER 18, 2019 6:15 PM DINNER, 7:30 PM LODGE OPENS. ALL ARE INVITED

CULINARY DELIGHT BY

IOURI STAROSSELSKI

If you need a ride to Lodge please contact the Master 603 557-8931

Elected Officers – Rising Sun 2019

Worshipful Master: Timothy Marotte

Senior Warden Richard Johnston

Junior Warden John Woodrow

Secretary Brian Smith

Associate Secretary Larry Gullett

Treasurer Kevin Bailey

Associate Treasurer Steve Bahsler

Trustee: Ed Waible

Grand Lodge Rep: Michael Tebbetts

Lodge Dues are $115 for Rising Sun, combined with the Assessments for 2019 totaling $55 this brings the total to $170. Note that dues are due prior to the ensuing year. 2019 Dues are due on or before December 31, 2018

Brethren we still have a significant number of members who have not paid their Dues.

If you need assistance, please contact the Master or Secretary

2019 ANNUAL DUES ARE PAST DUE

You may pay via check, or electronically via the Rising Sun Website. You may also make donations electronically for specific funds as well.

www.risingsun39.com

From the East

Welcome back from our Summer break! As you all know we have some busy and exciting times coming up in the next month and I hope you are all ready to come back to lodge. Coming up this month we will be visited by our brothers from the North for our annual exchange, we are continuing our visitation season here in District 2, and we will be closing out this year with a number of degrees so please pay attention to the dates on the Trestleboard and come out to support your lodge as we get back to work! I look forward to seeing everyone in the next couple of weeks at our events and hope our visitors, new brothers, and district will see your support in the months ahead.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Tim Marotte W.M.

From the West Richard L. Johnston PM SW

We Past Masters have a reputation for being unpredictably cranky. I assure you, that reputation is well deserved! You may ask yourself, why that is true? I intend to answer this in as Brotherly a way as I can, that is, by whispering good counsel. In a way, this is a personal retrospective that I hope some will take to heart. I remember as a newly-minted young Mason that I

was confused and confounded by many things I observed both in the Lodge, and across our own Grand Lodge. Being an entrepreneur, with a rapidly growing and successful company growing from $0 to $6MM in 3 years, I emulated many behaviors during the booming internet period that

looking back now – were both aggressive, and to a degree disrespectful. I repeated these behaviors because I had a payroll to fulfill, customers to satisfy, vendors, and taxes to pay. And I thought that this was how a business owner should run their business. Hard-nosed, making quick decisions, always seeking the slightest advantage, not caring how people felt about my actions.

One day, my team and I blew off an early morning breakfast at the Windows on the World. Too much work to do! And then that day – 9/11 happened. I was shaken to the core. I remember sitting on the hotel bed, watching the TV, seeing the smoke across the river, and thinking, “Should I grab that night chocolate on the pillow? If this is a war, I might need it later.” My Brothers, what unraveled for the following 2 years after, I would wish on no one. Few Brothers know that my life changed overnight. Company gone, then wife gone, bankrupt, many friends falling away, no income. Standing at the crossroads. One of our Brothers, Warren Pyles, lost his entire company in an instant! Later, he and I would talk

about how we were so lucky but by the grace of a single random decision we were spared. Two years later in January 2003, I stepped into being the Worshipful Master of this great Lodge. I was shaky, to say the least. But here there were strengths and support I found when I sat within the Tiled door. Friends who were always there, support and an ear when it was needed the most – structure, discipline that was crushed after 9/11 and then restored, and a responsibility and authority that I found helped me grow beyond all of my small struggles in the outside world – and beyond what I thought I was capable. What I learned in the succeeding years, was patience. Tolerance. Respect for Grand Lodge and the role that it plays. Charity to others who were worse off than myself. Most of all, I opened myself to the wisdom and advice of those who have gone before me – Past Masters, Grand Masters, friends, who in the continuance of their Brotherly Love would not let me fail, and who

were always there with good counsel. And so, when a Past Master decides a word is needed, even if it is not welcome, I hope you will at least listen and weigh what he says. It is the voice of experience that we hope to pass along to you so that you will not fail. For me, it saved my life, and made me a better man. For you, I hope you find it in the least interesting, but also that you will give it some thought.

Upcoming events

Sept 19th through the 22nd our Brother’s from John Albro Lodge # 122 will be visiting.

Friday September 20th we will be hosting a Ladies of the Table. Tickets are 20.00 each. Please contact Rich Johnston PM for tickets.

Saturday the 21st, John Albro will be conferring the Master Mason Degree on three of their own candidates. Let’s fill the sidelines to welcome these Brother’s on their special day.

Lodge will open at 10am.

Saturday afternoon/evening we will be continuing our fellowship and social enjoyment with a cookout at Brother Gullett’s home. Cost is 10.00. Please contact Larry Gullett PM for tickets.

September 25th

Our Official Inspection by the District Officer’s will be on the Entered Apprentice Degree

October 2, 2019

FELLOWCRAFT DEGREE

Brother Jack Tulley if entitled Lodge will open at 7:30.

October 19, 2019

Statewide Open House

October 23rd 2019

Our Official Visitation by the District

Officer’s will be on the Entered

Apprentice Degree

Masonic Birthdays –Sept. 2019

Happy Masonic Birthday to the following Brethren:

Brother Years

Paul G. Bielawski 8
Christopher H. Fowler 8
Michael F . Rizzo 7
Scott A Smiledge-Farragamo 5
Michael Tibbetts 6
Robert Rashkin 42
Keith Vaskelionis Jr. 33
Michael F . Jean 29
Richard G. Coutoumas 19
Adam J. Freiband 12
Alan J. Sewell 9

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.

Timothy Marotte, W.M.

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

June 2019 Trestle board

Rising Sun Lodge #39

F&AM

Making a difference in our community

since 1822

Masonic Trestleboard

~June 2019~

Important Lodge Events

STATED MEETING

WEDNESDAY – JUNE 19, 2019

6:15 PM DINNER, 7:30 PM LODGE OPENS.

HIATUS FEAST

PULLED PORK, COLE SLAW AND DELI MEAT

ALL ARE INVITED

LARRY GULLETT P.M.

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.

Timothy Marotte, W.M.

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

If you need a ride to Lodge please contact the Master 603 557-8931

pcoming events

June 26th Entered Apprentice

Degree Lodge opens at 7:30

August 10th Deep Sea Fishing Trip,

please see Guy Martineau for more

details.

Sept 19th through the 22nd our

Brother’s from John Albro Lodge # 122

will be visiting.

Friday September 20th we will be

hosting a Ladies of the Table. Tickets

are 25.00 each.

Saturday the 21st, John Albro will be

doing a Master Mason Degree. Lodge

will open at 10am.

Saturday evening will be a night of

fellowship and social enjoyment at

Brother Guy Martineau’s home.

From the East

In this last trestleboard before we go dark for the Summer, I would like to invite you all to join us with your families for the Hiatus Feast on June 19th. The Hiatus Feast is a great opportunity for brothers and their families to come together and enjoy each other’s company before we take our summer break. We had some great visitors at our last meeting who shared some kind words with us about brotherhood and strength of the fraternal bonds in our lodge and I hope that we can all take those to heart. One of the strongest aspects of our lodge is our relationships with each other and our recent outing to Granite State Indoor Range is a great example of the type of event that brings us together outside of lodge so I would like to thank our Senior Warden and Tyler for their organization of that great event. Brethren, please take some time to reach out to your brothers and ask how they are, these are the foundations that we build a lodge around.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Tim Marotte W.M.

From the West Richard L. Johnston PM SW

June brings us to summer, although as of today it does not feel like it. Patience, my Brothers! As of now, the majority of us are far beyond the cabin fever stage, and are already digging out our swim trunks to see if they still fit! With Mother’s Day, we kicked off another black fly season, and it will last through Father’s Day. Not sure why there is a coincidence, but after a sedentary winter, swatting at black flies at least gets us some exercise! May was a busy month for many Brothers – Scottish Rite and Consistory, York Rite degrees and installation of a new Most Excellent Grand Commander, Grand Lodge Annual meeting and installation,

new social events, and a Regional Brotherhood night in Boston. There is a renewed energy in our jurisdiction, and if you have not been to our Lodge in some time, it may be worthwhile to come back and see what has changed. Even though we are on a hiatus until September, keep an eye out for special events that may arise during the summer. Hope to see you soon! cake that fed 400 guests at the celebration for our 150th

Until next month, look to the West!

From the South: John C. Woodrow JW

I attended the 230th Grand Lodge of New Hampshire annual meeting this past Saturday. There were many, speakers, presentations, awards and deserving recognition. What stood out for me however were the poignant comments made by the 95-year-old Most Worshipful Past Grand Master Philip White. Invited to address the gathering (over 200 brothers from all 57 NH Lodges) he rose to speak without notes, but with great passion and conviction. In his remarks he essentially called out entire assembly of brothers for having forgotten a key tenant of Free Masonry, Brotherly Love.

Most Worshipful White said that now, more than ever our country needs to come together and be united as one and we as Masons were not doing enough to spread the brotherly love, we have for one another. He implored us to put down our cell phones, get out of our own Lodges to visit Brothers in other Lodges, not only within our own jurisdiction but to travel outside of our local area as well. He spoke with great fondness of how he and Brothers years ago, would make frequent road trips to other Lodges, and what began as one car filled with brothers quickly became a caravan of cars.

He went on to say that the time spent meeting brothers from other Lodges, some of whom turn into lifelong friendships were one of the most cherished parts of his Masonic experiences over the years. He ended his comments with a raised voice and pointed finger telling us all it was time to ‘get off our butts’ and spread the love we have for each other as Masons. He closed simply saying, our country needs us. He received a standing ovation.

Note: Rising Sun Lodge is in the process of planning trips to visit Lodges in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island in the near future, hope you’ll be able to join us. Also, my Brothers don’t forget that our Brothers from our sister Lodge in Nova Scotia will be joining us in Nashua the weekend of September 20th.

Hope to see you soon.

Happy Masonic Birthday to the following Brethren:


Brother Years
Ronald D. Weiss 60
Stanley J. Brenner 59
Harold F. Bickford 47
Harry M. Willnus 40
John W. Herrholz 38
Raymond G. Ouellette 38
Stephen K . Bahsler 36
Treffley E. Sage 32
Ronald E. Carbary 31
John Callahan 24
Robert D. Jungkman 23
Larry D. Gullett 21
Bruce S. Ricard 21
Dwight V. Cram 16
Gary T. Asselin 12
David W. Tauer 10
Iraklis H. Lazaridis 9
Edward M. Waible 9
Robert A. Hardman 9
Scott A. Smiledge-Ferragamo 5
Michael A. Arnold 5
Darren A. Stanizzi 5
Robert B. Yonaitis 3
Kevin A. Bailey 3
Alastair P. Huntley 2

2019 May TrestleBoard

Rising Sun Lodge #39

F&AM

Making a difference in our community

since 1822

Masonic Trestleboard

~May 2019~

Important Lodge Events

STATED MEETING

WEDNESDAY – MAY 15, 2019

6:15 PM DINNER, 7:30 PM LODGE OPENS.

FAMILIES ARE INVITED

STEAK TIPS DINNER

KEN ZIEHM P.M.

SPECIAL EVENTS

WEDNESDAY – JUNE 19, 2019

6:15 PM DINNER, 7:30 PM LODGE OPENS.

HIATUS FEAST

PULLED PORK, COL SLAW AND DELI MEAT

ALL ARE INVITED

If you need a ride to Lodge please contact the Master 603 557-893

Upcoming events

May 25th will be a Nashua Masonic

cookout at the home of the Gullett’s. From

11am till? To ensure we have enough

vittles, please RSVP to

ldg39fam@comcast.net

August 10th Deep Sea Fishing Trip, please

see Guy Martineau for more details.

Sept 19th through the 22nd our Brother’s

from John Albro Lodge # 122 will be

visiting; additional details will be published

in future Trestleboards.

From the East

At the end of March a number of your officers had the opportunity to attend events outside of the lodge. Your Senior and Junior Wardens attended the New England Brotherhood Night in Boston to meet with brothers from around the region and hear some fantastic speakers. That same night I had the opportunity to attend Ancient York’s 70s/80s themed dance with a number of brothers and their families from Ancient York and Rising Sun. These opportunities are important, developing fraternal relations with brothers outside of our own lodge and outside of the lodge room are fundamental aspects of this organization so I encourage each of you to attend events like this and in the spirit of our Senior Warden’s message, travel and meet with your brothers in other lodges, we will all be better Masons if we learn from those that we don’t interact with regularly. Our lodge is a special place, but our fraternity is deeper and more rewarding when you experience those people and activities outside of those doors.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Tim Marotte W.M.

From the West Richard L. Johnston PM SW

There are many exciting things happening in our Lodge, and my message this month is to bring some of them to light and to encourage you to come back to our Lodge. As you may have heard through other Brothers, our meals have ‘stepped up to bat’ immensely, so to speak. We have several very talented cooks in our ranks. Although it is a bit of extra work to plan, shop, and cook for a crowd, the results are not only satisfying, but brings us together to share ideas, experiences, and values. This month, for instance, we had Chicken Piccata, cavatelli pasta Alfredo Primavera, Caesar salad, and of course – garlic bread. Next month promises to be equally good – steak tips by Past Master Ziehm! Our June Stated will be our hiatus feast, with RW Larry Gullett providing the vittles. September will be Bro. Iouri Starosselski in special guest chef appearance. We are an international cadre of cooks, just like our Fraternity. Remember that these meals are open to everyone – family and friends. Always fun, tasty, and unforgettable. I extend a special thanks to those who show up to assist – very much appreciated!

I have located the Travelling Gavel that was started in 2003. It is currently in possession of Ancient York Lodge in Lowell, having traveled throughout the US and Canada. It is time that we brought it

back to Nashua Rising Sun! Stay tuned for details. We need only 10 Brothers to travel to reclaim it, and the friendships we will renew will be unforgettable. As mentioned at our April Stated, we are also planning a Fall trip to Rhode Island to Rising Sun Lodge #30. At the New England Brotherhood night in Boston, we met some officers of the RI Grand Lodge, and found that the building where the RI Lodge meets is also their Grand Lodge building. We are excited at the thought of visiting because they are named after our own Rising Sun #39. Again, we will make plans

and let you know details as soon as possible. Also, in September I will begin to expose proposed plans for the 200th anniversary of our Lodge. Thanks to everyone – Past Masters, Grand Lodge officers, and many Brethren – for their input! Now the time is to begin settling on the events, nail the high-level planning for financing, setting up responsibilities, etc. This is going to be a gala event, and will have several Grand Lodges involved, as well as the other Nashua Masonic bodies and local community leaders. I am indebted to Roger Gaskill, our Lodge Historian, for writing up the celebrations of the previous celebrations. Very interesting that his wife baked a celebration cake that fed 400 guests at the celebration for our 150th

Until next month, look to the West!

From the South: John C. Woodrow JW

Are You a MINO?

I recently attended an evening of Masonic

instruction with Mike Salisbury, Grand

Lecturer and a down to earth brother that

knows ritual cold, and has the ability to

speak to you not at you. At one point in

the evening he used the term “MINO”

which I had never heard before, MINO-

Mason In Name Only, used to describe our

brothers who perhaps pay their dues but

are not otherwise active in Masonry. It’s

something that I’ve been thinking about

over these past few weeks.

A study of men in the 1980’s found… “almost to a man, the men were so caught up in working, building their careers and being more involved with their children than their own fathers had been, something had to give,” Dr. Schwartz said. “And what gave was connection with male friends. Their lives just didn’t allow time for friendships.”

I invite you to take a minute and think about it, have you fallen into the MINO rut? Everyone is wrestling with life circumstances, commitments and obligations and you can only go so far as your cable tow allows. We were all told as we were working towards becoming

Master Masons “you’ll get out of Masonry

what you put into it-”- like any worthwhile

endeavor it’s an investment.

Are you a MINO? No judgement, just food

for thought.

Hope to see you soon.

Everyone having fun at the 70’s Dance

Masonic Birthdays –May 2019

Happy Masonic Birthday to the following Brethren:

Mark A. Marden 59
Creighton L. MacKinley 57
Archie S. Mobley Jr. 55
John J. McCartney 51
Peter M. Shulkin
Kenneth W. Juttner 41
Robert G. Bianchi 33
Albert R. Anctil 32
John W. Jackson 25
Matthew H. Hoffman 15
Robert P. Cate 13
Gregory R. Hovagim 13
Ryan B. Gartley 11
David O. Hunt 11
Jacon B. Weisberg 11
Brian M. Anderson 8
John B. Burns 6
Michael T. Rhodes 6
Alexander J. Woodrow 6

Elected Officers – Rising Sun 2019

Worshipful Master: Timothy Marotte

Senior Warden Richard Johnston

Junior Warden John Woodrow

Secretary Brian Smith

Associate Secretary Larry Gullett

Treasurer Kevin Bailey

Associate Treasurer Steve Bahsler

Trustee: Ed Waible

Grand Lodge Rep: Michael Tebbetts

Lodge Dues are $115 for Rising Sun, combined with the Assessments for 2019 totaling $55 this brings the total to $170. Note that dues are due prior to the ensuing year. 2019 Dues are due on or before December 31, 2018

Brethren we still have a significant number of members who have not paid their Dues.

If you need assistance, please contact the Master or Secretary

2019 ANNUAL DUES ARE PAST DUE

You may pay via check, or electronically via the Rising Sun Website. You may also make donations electronically for specific f

April 2019 Trestle Board

Rising Sun Lodge #39

F&AM

Making a difference in our community

since 1822

Masonic Trestleboard

~April 2019~

Important Lodge Events

STATED MEETING

WEDNESDAY – APRIL 17, 2019 6:15 PM DINNER, 7:30 PM LODGE OPENS. FAMILIES ARE INVITED

SPECIAL EVENTS

WEDNESDAY – APRIL 17, 2019

6:15 PM DINNER, 7:30 PM LODGE OPENS.

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If you need a ride to Lodge please contact the Master or Secretary

From the East

As Master of the Lodge I have many tasks that I am faced with and one of those that I would like to tackle first is member engagement at meetings. This encompasses a lot of different things, but the two I want to discuss today are how to make meetings valuable and enjoyable for members and how to increase attendance from brothers we don’t see often. Generally, I think these go hand in hand because members will come to meetings if they are engaged and have a reason to be there. In support of this task your officer team and I are focused on bringing engaging discussions, guest speakers, and activities to bring us together outside of Lodge. Our intention is to publish our schedule in the outgoing Trestleboard and promote these activities so everyone knows what is happening and when. Our first of these sessions was last month’s visit from Ryan J. Flynn, world-renowned Masonic artist and the incoming R.W. District Deputy Grand Education Officer.

Communication moving forward will be important. We want to make sure that no one misses upcoming events because they missed a meeting so please read your Trestleboards, you’ll find the menus for upcoming stated dinners, upcoming events both in and out of lodge, events around the district, and important news from your top 3 officers. I’d love to hear from each of you about what you would like to see happening with your lodge and I entertain any suggestions you may have on how we can improve our meetings, activities, or communication.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Tim Marotte W.M.

From the West Richard L. Johnston PM SW

I recently heard the phrase “guarding the West Gate”. I had never heard that phrase before, but immediately thought it must be something to do with the Junior Deacon and Tyler. In truth, it was meant to refer to admitting into the Fraternity only those who are deserving and earnest in pursuing the ideals of Freemasonry. Across the district, each Lodge welcomes applicants and many are admitted. But as happens far too frequently, the candidate fails to progress or stops coming to Lodge. In the as following discussion, it became clear that many times there was a lack of engagement both by the candidate and the Lodge. We owe it to the applicant to set the right expectations and to investigate him thoroughly. They must understand that becoming a Brother requires hard work, personal involvement, and a time commitment for self-improvement. Conversely, the Lodge owes it to the applicant to ensure he receives the best education possible, that there is engagement, support, and encouragement. This is a responsibility shared not only among the top-line signers or officers of the Lodge, but among all members of the Lodge. The next time someone seeks admission – before handing him a petition – ask yourself if you know he will make a solid member? Have you taken the time to understand his motivations? Is this the place for him? Is this just someone who should remain just a friend, or is this someone who will become a serious student of our craft?

Guard the West Gate!

From the South: John C. Woodrow JW

When I was an Entered Apprentice the new Worshipful Master scheduled my Fellow Craft degree on a day that I was out of town on business. I began to hurriedly rearrange my schedule so that I could get back in time for my degree when a trusted brother whispered council in my ear. He said “your priorities need to be your job, your family, and then Masons, in that order”. It’s advice I have heeded over the past several years involved with our craft. We are sometimes torn between conflicting priorities and these words “work, family, and then Lodge” have served as a good reminder of what’s important. At the same time, I’ve found it necessary to balance this with and obligation I took to obey all due signs and summonses. What that means to me is, if I don’t have a work commitment or an existing family obligation, attending Lodge activities should be my next priority. Our Lodge is only as strong as the Brothers who support it, who show up, and who are activity engaged. Food for thought, what are your priorities?

From the Southeast:

Greetings all, I am happy to report that many of the brethren have paid their dues in a timely manner this year. We have just paid our annual assessment to Grand Lodge, so our coffers have taken a bit of a hit. Please check your wallet, and if your dues card does not say 2019 on it, please consider paying your dues, or at least a partial payment to assist the Lodge with our operating expenses.

If you need assistance, please contact the Master or Secretary.

Please save the following dates:

May 25th will be a Nashua Masonic cookout at the home of the Gullett’s.

Sept 19th through the 22nd our Brother’s from John Albro Lodge # 122 will be visiting; additional details will be published in future Trestleboards.

Elected Officers – Rising Sun 2019

Worshipful Master: Timothy Marotte

Senior Warden Richard Johnston

Junior Warden John Woodrow

Secretary Brian Smith

Associate Secretary La rry Gullett

Treasurer Kevin Bailey

Associate Treasurer Steve Bahsler

Trustee: Ed Waible

Grand Lodge Rep: Michael Tebbetts

Lodge Dues are $115 for Rising Sun, combined with the Assessments for 2019 totaling $55 this brings the total to $170. Note that dues are due prior to the ensuing year. 2019 Dues are due on or before December 31, 2018

Brethren we still have a significant number of members who have not paid their Dues.

If you need assistance, please contact the Master or Secretary

2019 ANNUAL DUES ARE PAST DUE

You may pay via check, or electronically via the Rising Sun Website. You may also make donations electronically for specific funds as well.

www.risingsun39.com

Masonic Birthdays –April 2019

Happy Masonic Birthday to the following Brethren:


Brother Years




Keith Vaskelionis Sr. 63
William R. Whitney 54
Ernest C. Hiscoe 49
Rollain E. Mercier 44
Robert E. Pelletier 27
Wilfred G. Caouette 26
Ronald P. Moody 26
Douglas M. Barker 21
Iouri M. Starosselski 21
Theodore F . Thompson 14
Thomas C. Rizzo 13
Vasilios P. Zaharopoulos 12
Timothy R. Marotte 10
Gregory R. Bean 9
Jon A. Rhan 9
Benjamin J. Langlois 8
David M. Denehy 7
Alexander L. Durden 3
Costin Barbu 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.

Timothy Marotte, W.M.

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

Proposed 2019 Amendments to the Bylaws of Rising

Sun Lodge #39, F&AM

Please see attached pdf at the top of page for all highlighted areas

Amendment 1, Article 1, Section 3, Paragraph 1 currently reads:

Stated Communications shall be held on the third Wednesday in each month, except in the months of July and August, when they shall be omitted. Special communications may be held as often as the Worshipful Master may deem proper. In the case of a special emergency, the members shall be notified by written or printed notices, stating the time, place, and business of the communication. The hour for the Stated Communication shall be at 7:30 o’clock p. m.

Amendment 1, Article 1, Section 3, Paragraph 1 will be amended to read:

Stated Communications shall be held on the third Wednesday in each month, except in the months of July and August, when they shall be omitted. The hour for the Stated Communication shall be at 7:30 o’clock p. m.

Special communications may be held as often as the Worshipful Master may deem proper. In the case of a special communication, the members shall be notified by written or printed notices, stating the time, place, and business of the communication.

In the event of dangerous traveling conditions, catastrophic event or other similar reason, the Worshipful Master may postpone the Stated Communication until the next available Wednesday. The Worshipful Master may also postpone for the same reasons a SpecialCommunication, until the next available date. Notice of such postponement must be given at least 24 hours prior to thecommunication, if possible, by all available means including but not limited to phone, email, and posted signage on the doors of the Lodge.

Notes

The intent of this amendment is to provide for the safety of the Brethren and continuity of the Lodge during periods of dangerously inclement weather or other unforeseen emergencies.

Amendment 2, Article 1, Section 6, Paragraphs 2 and 3 currently read:

Except for the Past Masters, the Treasurer, the Secretary, and the Tyler of the Lodge, and those remitted annually by vote of the Lodge for financial or physical distress, or for fifty (50) and more years of membership in good standing, each member of this Lodge shall pay to the Secretary annually, on or before the 31st day of December of the preceding year, the sum, voted by the members at the Stated Communication in September, plus the Grand Lodge per capita dues and any assessment levied by the Grand Lodge.

The Past Masters, Treasurer, Secretary, and Tyler, unless remitted by vote of the Lodge, shall pay on or before the 31st day of December of the preceding year the Grand Lodge per capita dues and any assessment levied by the Grand Lodge.

Amendment 2, Article 1, Section 6, Paragraphs 2 and 3 will be amended to read:

Except for the those remitted annually by vote of the Lodge for financial or physical distress, or for fifty (50) and more years of membership in good standing, each member of this Lodge shall pay to the Secretary annually, on or before the 31st day of December of the preceding year, the sum, voted by the members at the Stated Communication in September, plus the Grand Lodge per capita dues and any assessment levied by the Grand Lodge.

The Past Masters prior to 2016, unless remitted by vote of the Lodge, shall pay on or before the 31st day of December of the preceding year the Grand Lodge per capita dues and any assessment levied by the Grand Lodge.

Notes

The amendment amends the 3rd paragraph. It is the intention that all Past Masters since 2016 officers and members of this Lodge shall pay dues equally as does the membership at large, with the exception of those whose dues are remitted due to longevity of faithful service to the Lodge or members who are in financial or physical distress. It specifically removes the dues remittance for theSecretary, Treasurer, and Tyler. Note that it is always in the power of the members of the Lodge to propose that a member’s dues be remitted for just cause, when presented as a motion at any Stated Communication or by transmission of the request to the Master.

Amendment 3, Article ll, Section 1, Paragraph 2 reads as follows:

The first five officers of the Lodge, the Trustee, and the Representative to Grand Lodge shall be elected separately by written ballot at the Stated Communication in December. The other officers shall be appointed by the newly elected Worshipful Master.

Amendment 3, Article II, Section 1, Paragraph 2 will be amended to read:

The first five officers of the Lodge, the Trustee, and the Representative to Grand Lodge shall be elected in conformance with the provisions of Article XIV in the Grand Lodge Constitution at the State Communication in December. The other officers shall beappointed by the newly elected Worshipful Master.

Notes

The intention of this amendment is to align the Lodge’s balloting of officers to coincide with the procedure stipulated within the Grand Lodge Constitution.

Amendment 4, Article ll, Section 1, Paragraph 3 reads as follows:

The Lodge may also elect separately, by written ballot, an Assistant Treasurer and an Assistant Secretary and the newly elected Worshipful Master may appoint an Associate Chaplain and an Organist.

Amendment 4, Article II, Section 1, Paragraph 3 will be amended to read:

The Lodge may also elect in conformance with the provisions of Article XIV in the Grand Constitution, an Assistant Treasurer and an Assistant Secretary and the newly elected Worshipful Master may appoint an Associate Chaplain, Lodge Historian, and Organist.

Notes

The intention of this amendment is to align the Lodge’s balloting of officers to coincide with the procedure stipulated within the Grand Lodge Constitution and to add the positions of Associate Chaplin, Lodge Historian, and Organist to the roster of officers.

Amendment 5, Article II, Section 1, Paragraph 4 currently reads:

The installation of officers shall be held prior to the Stated Communication in February following the December election.

Amendment 5, Article II, Section 1, Paragraph 5 will be added to section 1 after Paragraph 4 to read:

The installation of officers shall be held prior to the Stated Communication in February following the December election.

No officer, elected or appointed, shall be installed into their office unless all dues and fees are current.

Notes

The purpose of this amendment is to ensure that officers of the Lodge will not suffer themselves to be suspended due to non-payment of the current year’s dues, and that they may be fully enabled to attend Grand Lodge, and be qualified to be admitted to this and other Lodges.

March 2019 trestle board

Rising Sun Lodge #39

F&AM

Important Lodge Events

STATED MEETING

WEDNESDAY – MARCH 20, 2019

6:15 PM DINNER, 7:30 PM LODGE OPENS.

CORN BEEF AND CABBAGE

BY OUR SD BRO. NOLET

SPECIAL EVENTS

WEDNESDAY – APRIL 17, 2019

6:15 PM DINNER, 7:30 PM LODGE OPENS.

From the East

Firstly, I would like to thank you for your support at our installation of officers last month, it is always good to see brethren coming together with their friends and families to support the lodge’s activities and I hope to see that bond strengthen throughout the remainder of my term.

For those of you that were in attendance at our degree inspection, and especially to those who participated, I would like to thank you. The officer team and the ritual teams served the lodge admirably and the comments from the DDGL were mostly positive and indicated a candidate in that degree would have received a good experience. Ritual performance is at the top of my “to -do” list for this year and we are on the right path to meet that goal. As the year progresses there are several ritual workshops coming up in the district, one of which will be hosted by our lodge on May 21st. This is a great opportunity to learn from ritual performers across the district and I encourage all officers and members with an interesting in improving their ritual performance to attend these workshops during this year. Thank you all again for your work in and outside of the lodge, without you we would not succeed.

Sincerely and Fraternally, Tim Marotte W.M.

From the West Richard L. Johnston PM SW

Recently, we have had the sad task of bidding beloved Brothers “goodbye” as

they laid down their working tools and passed to the Celestial Lodge. It gave me the motivation to consider the entire Process and what it means to everyone. When a Brother passes, the family is of course saddened. But another effect is that they may feel the loss of the friendships that surrounded our Brother. If the family was also involved in Star, Rainbow, DeMolay or other bodies they sometimes struggle to find their new normal. By reaching out, we can help them to maintain that continuity of friendship, and take some of the stresses of daily life off of their shoulders. Our Lodge has a Special Ladies committee, chaired by Worshipful Marotte and including Bros. Peter Shulkin and Ken Ziehm PM. The mandate of this committee is to remain in touch with each Lady throughout the year to ensure they are not forgotten or have unmet needs. It is an important obligation we cheerfully discharge via special events, seasonal gifts, and the occasional calls or visits to ‘check in’. Those of us who have been involved with this program know that there is a deep satisfaction when a Special Lady expresses their delight that a familiar face remembers them and has their well-being at heart. It makes it easier for them to reach out when they are in need. As Masons, I encourage each of you to keep our Special Ladies in your thoughts, and to assist the Brothers of the Special Committee with developing new ideas, a helping hand, and your support when asked. A luncheon out, an invitation to a cruise or other semi-public event, or simply a phone call is always

appreciated. These are indeed very Special Ladies, and I assure you, it is time well spent.

From the South: John C. Woodrow JW

As Masons we all are called to attend Masonic funerals for our brothers. It is an honor to which every Master Mason is entitled. I would rather not go. It’s not ever easy, and there is always a concern that we’ll say the wrong thing or not know what to say when we speak to a mourning family, or a bereaved widow. It can be especially difficult when the Brother who has passed, is not only your brother but someone special in your growth as a Mason and a man. I never know what to say at funerals, “I’m sorry for your loss” seems so lame and impersonal as do most of the canned expressions of sympathy that easily roll off our tongues. What I have learned over the years however is that it doesn’t really matter what you say, what really matters is that you are there; present, and in the moment. What matters is you took the time to show up, risking that awkward embrace, that voice unable to speak, embarrassing tears, or a suddenly blank mind. What matters brothers is that we are there, standing tall, fully present, bearing witness to a Brothers passing, honoring his life, validating his principles and representing his values. There to say a final goodbye as our departed brother now moves on to live in that house not built by human hands forever in the heavens. So Mote It Be.

Elected Officers – Rising Sun 2019

Worshipful Master: Timothy Marotte

Senior Warden Richard Johnston

Junior Warden John Woodrow

Secretary Brian Smith

Associate Secretary Larry Gullett

Treasurer Kevin Bailey

Associate Treasurer Steve Bahsler

Trustee: Ed Waible

Grand Lodge Rep: Michael Tebbetts

Lodge Dues are $115 for Rising Sun, combined with the Assessments for 2019 totaling $55 this brings the total to $170. Note that dues are due prior to the ensuing year. 2019 Dues are due on or before December 31, 2018

Brethren we still have a significant number of members who have not paid their Dues.

If you need assistance, please contact the Master or Secretary

2019 ANNUAL DUES ARE PAST DUE

You may pay via check, or electronically via the Rising Sun Website. You may also make donations electronically for specific funds as well.

www.risingsun39.com

Happy Masonic birthdays- March 2019


Brother Years




Davis P. Thurber 70
Charles H. Farwell Jr. 68
Paul K. Geddes 63
Alton M. Hopkins 61
Roland N. Petersen 58
Gerald K. Classon 52
George D. Van Dyke 52
Richard C. Clifton 43
George J. Louzek Jr. 44
C. Wayne Libby Jr. 40
Robert G. Hampton 37
Maurice J. Cloutier Jr. 36
Robert A. Maffee 35
Thomas A. Maffee 35
Roger J. Pellerin 34
Carey L. Wallace 33
Paul F. Matthews 30
William M. Martin 22
Donald J. Campbell 20
Clement G. Hartley 20
William R. Kime 20
Raymond R. Russell Jr. 20
Guy R. Martineau 16
Kenneth E. Ziehm III 15

Installation of Worshipful Master Timothy Marotte and the officers of Rising Sun # 39 February 2019.


Presentation of 50-year medal to Ray Palmer PM Traveling to All American in Londonderry from left to right Rich Johnston PM, RW Robert Porter DDGM District 2, Larry Gullett PM and Dennis Webster PM


February Stated meeting tonight!

Have you been to lodge lately?

We would love to see you. If you need a ride to lodge contact one of your officers http:// https://risingsun39.com/officers/ (yes I know it isn’t updated yet it will be soon). We have a new line come support your brothers.

Also I left something off Feb. Trestle board I will attach it here.

Friendship and Social Enjoyment

In 2018 the brothers of Rising Sun Lodge visited John Albro Lodge. part of our annual exchange. On their way home Brother Guy Martineau’s car had a blowout. While fixing the tire a local resident of Machias stopped to help. After introductions are made both realize that they are brothers. Not only that but Brother Erik Guptill is to be installed as master of Warren Lodge in Jan of 2019. Brother Guy make a simple promise. To thank him for the help he’s coming back in January with a few brothers.

On January 12th, 13 Brothers from Nova Scotia and 7 Brothers from New Hampshire, came to visit Warren Lodge #2. We met our fellow Masons in Machais, ME. The new Brothers we met and made new friends is Masonry at its finest. A selfless act turned into a great event. If that’s not what Masonry is all about, then I don’t know what is.

February 2019 Trestle board

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SATURDAY – FEBRUARY 2, 2019 INSTALLATION OF OFFICIERS. 2 PM, WITH HAM LOAF DINNER TO FOLLOW

WEDNESDAY – MARCH 20, 2019 6:15 PM DINNER, 7:30 PM LODGE OPENS. . If you need a ride to Lodge please contact the Master or Secretary

 

From the East

As I write this message it is January and I am preparing for our upcoming installation. I am honored and humbled by the decision of the brethren to elect me to the position of Worshipful Master and I look forward to serving my lodge. The top 3 officers of your lodge have been working on developing a 6-year plan and we are going to work hard to execute that plan. What the Wardens and I have devised is a plan to improve our lodge’s ritual proficiency, work more within the local community in advance of our upcoming bicentennial celebration, and to make meetings more engaging and interesting for our members.

I would like to thank the members of Rising Sun Lodge for your trust in me, and Past Masters for their continued support in the year ahead. I welcome any member of the lodge to come to me or any of the officers with suggestions; we are here to serve you.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Tim Marotte WM Elect

 

From the West

As we enter February, Rising Sun will install a new slate of Lodge officers. I congratulate each one on their preferment, and know that each office is occupied by a Brother who is dedicated to their Craft. I
thought it would be informative to discuss what it means to be an officer. As was mentioned at our December Stated, ours is a ‘succession’ Lodge – meaning that once placed into line, the expectation is that each officer would advance to the next chair if so elected or appointed. According to our Lodge Bylaws, the term of each office is one year. Our Grand Lodge Constitution (Art. XIV.2) states that once installed, the Brother holds that office until replaced by another election, or by his death, suspension, or expulsion. It’s therefore important that to be considered as an officer, a Master Mason must be judged as to his ability to advance and be a successful Worshipful Master. Good future leadership is a difficult quality to measure, because there are many ways to lead and each person develops his own unique style. Identifying a successful potential leader is therefore more an art than a science and this is not an easy task, as every new Worshipful Master has discovered. While we all meet upon the level, our officers have additional obligations owed to the Lodge. Among them are attendance at all Lodge meetings, learning the ritual associated with their current office, as well as the next office to which they aspire. They will work hard to be ready to ‘step up’ within a few months of being installed, attend all Masonic funerals, special communications, and public events. and share their knowledge of our landmarks and customs. In short, their role is to support our Lodge, spread further Masonic light, and be an example of a
good Mason both within and outside the Lodge. Finally, I am confident that each new officer for the next year will serve our Lodge with distinction, skill, and pride. Congratulations, and I am looking forward to serving every one as your Senior Warden for the next year.

Rich Johnston, PM, SW Elect

 

From the South

I had the honor of attending two Masonic funerals this past week and have been reflecting on what we leave behind when we go to the Celestial Lodge above: how we will be remembered, what legacy will we leave when we are gone? It seems to me that it’s not going to matter how much wealth we have accumulated- we just leave it behind for others to spend and it’s also not going to matter what material possessions we have acquired, those will go to others or be thrown out. What we will be remembered, for will be our service to others. The lasting impressions we have made along the way, the help we have extended to others, a smile, a handshake, a ride, a visit, a call of concern, a warm embrace. You will be remembered for your generosity and what you shared of yourself with others. You ARE a Master Mason. Do you walk the talk or just show the ring and wear the pin? How will you be remembered?
John C. Woodrow, JW Elect

 

Happy Masonic Birthday to the following Brethren

Brother

Years

Roger W. Gaskill

68

Kenneth P. Blanchard

57

G. Raymond Palmer

50

Randy S. McMullen

35

Steven F. Maffee

33

David A. Barker

28

Shawn N. Jasper

28

William Luszey

27

Wayne R. Johnson

24

Anthony F. Phillips, Jr.

23

Gregory W. Chenevert

13

Matthew A. Stanizzi

8

Richard W. Dagenais

4

Joshua P. Baxter

3

Glenn A. Ruhl

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.

Timothy Marotte, W.M. Elect

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

Lodge Dues are $115 for Rising Sun, combined with the Assessments for 2019 totaling $55 this brings the total to $170. Note that dues are due prior to the ensuing year. 2019 Dues are due on or before December 31, 2018

If you need assistance, please contact the Master or Secretary

2019 ANNUAL DUES ARE PAST DUE

You may pay via check, or electronically via the Rising Sun Website. You may also make donations electronically for specific funds as well.

www.risingsun39.com

Elected Officers – Rising Sun 2019

Worshipful Master: Timothy Marotte

Senior Warden Richard Johnston

Junior Warden John Woodrow

Secretary Brian Smith

Associate Secretary Larry Gullett

Treasurer Kevin Bailey

Associate Treasurer Steve Bahsler

Trustee: Ed Waible

Grand Lodge Rep: Michael Tebbetts

January 2019 Trestle board

Rising Sun Lodge #39 F&AM

Masonic Trestleboard

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Important Lodge Events

Stated Meeting

Wednesday – January 16, 2019

Business will include the annual meeting 6:15 pm Dinner, 7:30 pm lodge opens.

Special Events

master mason rehearsal

WEDNESDAY Jan 23, 2018

There will be a rehearsal for the MM degree inspection at 7:00pm. attendance is mandatory for all officers and degree team members.

master mason degree inspection

WEDNESDAY Jan 30, 2019

the ddgl will be visiting lodge to witness our proficiency in the master mason degree.

no dinner. lodge opens at 7:30pm.

installation of officers

saturday february 2, 2019

there will be a semi-public installation of officers for 2019 at 2:00pm, to be followed by dinner

Nashua & Other Masonic Family Dates:

Rainbow Stated – 1s & 3rd Thursdays

Nashua Assembly No. 9, International Order of Rainbow for Girls will meet at 7:00 pm.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019–Ancient York Lodge

Will hold its Stated Communication at 7:30 pm, to be preceded by dinner at 6:30 pm.

Friday, January 25, 2019 – O.E.S.

Pilgrim Chapter No. 55 will host its’ Annual Visitation of Grand Chapter. Business Meeting at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30 Visitation at 7:30 pm. Business will include initiation of a new candidate.

Saturday January 28, 2019–Valley of Nashua

The Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Nashua will hold their degree season kickoff. Social 5;30 – 6:30, followed by dinner.

From the south

My Brothers. I would first like to thank my Brethren for electing me to be your Senior Warden for the upcoming year. It is an honor to serve this Lodge, and I hope I will live up to your expectations.

With each election, a new Worshipful Master takes the reins, and rules the Lodge. The WM, SW, and JW have already met to create forward looking plans for the next 6 years. Among those plans are re-focusing on the basic tenants of Freemasonry, planning on an enhanced social program, more community outreach, increasing membership, and of course our 200th Anniversary. We will have a busy 6 years, indeed!

One important emphasis for the next 2 years is to re-establish our Lodge’s reputation for sterling ritual. Our goal is to not only re-enforce the importance of the ritual as a framework for self-improvement, but also to demonstrate to others in the jurisdiction that they can rely on us to fill in when needed, and to travel when the opportunity presents itself. In the past, we were lucky enough to perform degree work in Nova Scotia, Maine, and Massachusetts – with dispensation, of course – and this created strong new friendships and unbreakable fraternal bonds. We always had a blast, and I hope that everyone who would like to participate in this effort will enjoy the same benefits that we enjoyed in years past. Our Lodge is capable of great energy, and this excitement boils over into every part of our lives outside the Lodge.

I am looking forward to serving our new Worshipful Master, and the Lodge. If at any time I can assist, or provide more light, please don’t hesitate to call on me.

Fraternally, Rich Johnston, PM, SW Elect

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!

This time of year is important for many persons in setting goals and resolutions for the year to come. What kinds of goals have you set for yourself in the lodge? Is there a particular type of ritual that you would like to learn? Are you researching Masonic history to share with your Brothers? Is your goal to become a more active Lodge Member? Is there a non-masonic friend you have who might like to learn more about our great fraternity?

Of course most people don’t follow through on their resolutions and within a couple of weeks they are soon forgotten. But as a Freemason, whatever your particular goal or resolution might be, you have a great advantage; in our Fraternity there is always a trusty Brother waiting to assist you. Perhaps you will be that brother who will be asked to assist. One of our purposes is to make good men better. What better way than to assist a Brother in achieving a goal?

Adopted from Midnight Freemasons

Masonic Birthdays –January 2019

Brother Years

Donald C. Pickering 70

James A. Wood 62

Robert L. Clark 55

Frederick W. Pauling 47

Rodney J. Padmore 42

Malcolm R. Holden Sr. 37

Kurt E. Peterson 37

Dennis Webster 37

Richard L. Johnston 25

Jeffrey S. Stanley 25

Rodney D. Gagnon 22

Paul M. Haskell Sr. 22

Paul A. Sabol 19

Richard F. Hartford 18

Gregory A. Hackney 8

Happy Masonic Birthday to the following Brethren:

December Trestle board 2018

RisingSun Lodge #39 F&AM

From the East

Happy Holidays Brethren

For those of you who were not at the November Grand Lodge meeting you missed out on the presentation of the Jeremy Ladd Cross award to Worshipful Brother Rich Johnston. Please join me in offering Rich congratulations on receiving this high honor.

The annual turkey drive went very well and we delivered a lot of turkeys. Thanks to Brothers Larry Gullett, Bob Bianchi, and Rich Johnston for all of your hard work. The annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Lodge was well attended and well done, as usual. Thanks go out to Brother Larry Gullett and to the other Brothers who made this possible.

Lodge kitchen cleanup is coming up on Sat. Dec 15 at 8:30am, and we can always use a few Brothers. Many hands make work light.

We will be holding our annual election of officers for the coming year at our next Stated Communication on Wed. Dec 19. Try to be there and take part in the selection of officers who will lead your Lodge in 2019.

We will be holding the Master Mason degree inspection by our DDGL on Wed. January 30. In preparation there will be a rehearsal on Wed. Jan 23, at 7:00. If you want to take part, please let our SD, Brother Woodrow know ASAP. Both of these dates are mandatory for the officers and degree team.

Kenneth E. Ziehm II, W.M.

Mobile: 603.315-1157

Email:ken@harmony-re.com

The Holidays

HappyHolidays!!! Whether it is Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa,what do the holidays mean to us? No matter what your personalbeliefs, I think we can all agree that it is a magical time ofyear, with beautiful decorations, and amazing light displays. Anopportunity to give gifts and spend time with friends and family. The warmth of season’s greetings serves to remind us all that thereis still good left in our world. Our simple greeting of “MerryChristmas”, or “Happy Holidays” shows others that we share inthe spirit of the holiday season. Let us not forget that this time ofyear can be very difficult for some. Whether it is due to financialhardship, departed loved ones, illness, or any of a number ofproblems that we all face in our lives, this can be a difficult timeas well. As Masons we value the tenets that we bring to our lodgemeetings and that we live in our daily lives. Brotherly Love,Relief, and Truth, the treasures of Freemasonry, are the foundingprinciples we all share. Let us be especially mindful of these tenetsduring the holiday season.

Important Lodge Events

Stated Meeting

WEDNESDAY Dec 19, 2018

business will include election of officers for 2019. 6:15pm Dinner, 7:30 pm Lodge Opens

master mason rehearsal

WEDNESDAY Jan 23, 2018

There will be a rehearsal for the upcomming MM degree inspection by the ddgl. at 7:00pm. attendance is mandatory for all officers and degree team members.

master mason degree inspection

WEDNESDAY Jan 30, 2018

the ddgl will be visiting lodge to witness our proficiency in the master mason degree.

first section 5:30pm, 6:30pm Dinner, 7:30 pm second section

Nashua & Other Masonic Family Dates:

Rainbow Stated – 1s & 3rd Thursdays

Nashua Assembly No. 9, International Order of Rainbow for Girls will meet at 7:00 pm.

Monday December 10, 2018–York Rite Stated

Meridian Sun Chapter No. 9, R.A.M., Israel Hunt Council No. 8, R.&S.M. and St George Commandery No. 8, K.T. will hold their stated communication at 7:30pm.

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018–Ancient York Lodge

Will hold its Stated Communication at 7:30 pm, to be preceded by dinner at 6:30 pm.

Friday, Dec 28, 2018– O.E.S.

Pilgrim Chapter No. 55 will hold its’ Stated Meeting at 7:30 pm.

Masonic Birthdays –December 2018

Happy Masonic Birthday to the following Brethren:

Brother Years

Edward M. Annis 60

Jack H. Tottel 59

Samuel W. Kouchalakos 42

James F. McLaughlin 42

Jeffrey D. Alexander 24

George P. Brown 20

Norman J. Poisson 20

David J. Proulx 12

Robert S. Paul 11

Jay C. Taylor 10

Michael J. Marotte 9

Stephen W. Dohoney 5

Dominick L. Mandeville 5

DanielW. Leonard 1

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.

Kenneth E. Ziehm II, W.M.

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