From The East

Congratulations to all of our officers for such a beautiful job exemplifying the degrees at our Visitation in March. You did a

Next Meeting: April 25,2014

At our next stated meeting, Friday, April 25, 2014, we will go over the OES: Moving Forward Seminar ideas and see what we can do to improve our Chapter and increase our visibility in our community! Please come and take part in the discussion!!

The “fun admission” fee for the meeting is Huggables and Quilts!

Honoring our Grand Officers! From Left to Right: Shelley Gullett, PGM, GGCCM, Grand Sec.;Larry Gullet, AGP; Lisa JM Proulx, GM; Tracey Thompson, WM; Brian Smith, PGP, WP; Judi Lewis, WGM; Mike Ripberger, WGP; Jenny Taylor-Arnold, Grand Adah. (Photo courtesy of Joan Smith)

Upcoming Events!
Contact the WM, WP, or Sec’y for more information!
Apr 17 Nashua #9 Stated Mtng
Apr 19 Legislation Review, Penacook, 10am
Apr 19 DADS Backward Table Assembly, Portsmouth, 5-7pm
Apr 23 Trinity Visitation
Apr 26 Assoc. Grand Conductress Tea
Apr 28 Ionic-Ragged Mt Visitation
May 1 Crescent Visitation
May 1 Nashua #9 Stated Mtng
May 3 Olive Branch Visitation
May 3 Initiation Degree by PGWA, Penacook, 7pm
May 4 Assoc. Grand Conductress Group Formation Mtng
May 9 Mt. Eustis Visitation
May 10 IORG Adopt a Rainbow Girl, Goffstown -4pm
May 12 Mizpah Eunice Visitation
May 13 Ancient York meeting
May 14 PCTA Visitation
May 15 Nashua #9 Stated Mtng
May 20 Peabody Mt Washington
May 21 Rising Sun Stated Mtng
May 21 SHVRM Visitation
May 24 Fisher Cats Game
May 31 Priscilla Chapter Visitation with DeMolay degree

At Our Last Meeting

At our March meeting, we had a lovely tea honoring our Grand Representatives, and an early meeting before our Visitation of the WGM, WGP and GM. We honored our Grand Officers as well. The Visitation was a success and we were praised for the great work we did on Initiation. Some of our visitors – Cindy Rogers, Susan Ferguson, Gini Mitchell, Janet Thompson, and Barbara Gaskell – won some very special meeting prizes for the night – a lottery scratch ticket! We hope they were winners!

Fundraising Opportunities!

Help the Chapter continue to reach our goals by attending or assisting in these fundraising endeavors! If you would like to volunteer on our Ways + Means Committee, please contact your WM or Secretary. If you have any fundraiser ideas, please let the Chapter know.

•—Pilgrim Chapter Cook-Off: The Cook-Off on 3/15 was a HUGE success and we were able to raise $610 to benefit the Ferguson-Sawyer Fund! Thank you to everyone who participated and made some delicious food!

•—Masonic Family T-Shirts: The “Nashua Masonic Family VOLUNTEERS” T-shirts have arrived! If you would like to purchase one, please contact Sister Tracey Thompson at They are $15 each and benefit the 100th Anniversary Fund.

•—Gift Card Raffle: We are looking for 10 Gift Cards of $25 each from local business/stores to raffle off during the 2014 Christmas Season. If you would like to donate a $25 Gift Card, please contact Sister Jenny Taylor-Arnold!

•—Some other ideas that we’ve had for fundraisers are: Flea Market (so gather up your used or unwanted items!) in June, Flower Power Bulbs for the Fall season, and a “History of Beer” night at a local restaurant. More information to come!

Celebrating 92 years of Fraternal Service

Ongoing Programs/Committees and Chairpersons:
• Tabs for Shriners: Sister Joan L. Smith, P.M. at (603)888-0891
• Labels for Education: Sister Judy Porter at (603)882-5854
• Rainbow Girls: Sister Lisa F. Britko, P.M., Mother Advisor at (603)566-5681
• Pledge/Sparkle Girls: Sister Sharon M. Jackson, P.M. at (603)459-8036 or Sister Stacy M. Desrosiers, P.M. at (603) 579-0519

Celebrations, Sickness, and Sympathy
Congratulations to Bonnie and Ron Carbary on the birth of their grandchild.

Get Well Wishes go out to Richard Poole who was recently hospitalized but is now home; to Jeannette Healey who is now home from rehab and doing well; to Jack Caynon and Elsie Durkee who continue rehabilitation services; to Frank Fenner who had bronchitis but is on the mend; and to Mary Catherine Albenzi who had surgery and is now recuperating at home.

Our Sympathy is extended to Robert and Debra Bean on the loss of their mothers, and to Jenn and Wendy Bean on the loss of their grandmothers; and to Pamella Taylor on the loss of her niece.

So that none may be forgotten, please notify the Worthy Matron or the Secretary or any glad or sad tidings!

Happy April Birthday/Anniversary

Help us to complete our member database by contacting the Secretary to update your information – we would love to recognize everyone on their birthday or anniversary!

If there are any changes in your address/information, please notify our Secretary so that she may correct your information.

Cook-Off People’s Choice Winner for Desserts:

Here is Claire Desrosiers, a Pledge in Nashua #9, and her delicious cupcakes that she made for the Cook-Off on March 15 – and in four different flavors! They won People’s Choice for the category of Desserts. Congratulations Claire!!

Food for Thought

“It’s not the barbecues in my life that count, it’s the life in my barbecues.” – Mae West

Welcome to warmer weather; the chance to dust off the grill and the patio furniture. Don’t wait: Start enjoying the life in your barbecues!

Lisa JM Proulx – 4/3
Judith Trest – 4/3
Tatiana Fowler – 4/7
John McCartney – 4/10
Brian Smith – 4/13
Grace Dimatteo – 4/14
B. Judith Fenner – 4/21
Elizabeth Haskell – 4/23
Deborah Wall – 4/26


No anniversaries this month!

Star Anniversaries
Arleen Osborn 4/11 (65 years)
Donald Clement 4/18 (62 years)
Ellen Clement 4/18 (62 years)
Jacqueline Cole 4/23 (46 years)
Roberta Champagne 4/3 (43 years)
Linda Riggs 4/15 (37 years)
Frederick Pauling 4/26 (29 years)
Jennifer Taylor-Arnold 4/29 (18 years)
Sandra Libby 4/25 (11 years)
C. Wayne Libby 4/25 (11 years)
Judy Porter 4/25 (11 years)
Jeffrey Brown – 4/23 (10 years)
Anthony Zanichkowsky 4/22 (3 years)

D.A.D.S. Backwards Table Assembly Dinner: The D.A.D.S. (Dad Advisors, Doing Service) Dinner will be on April 19 at the Portsmouth Masonic Temple from 5-7pm. Guy Martineau has tickets for purchase. Ticket Prices are $20 each, $10 for Rainbow Girls, and $5 for Pledges and Prospects. It would be great to have many people there to support Rainbow, and all the proceeds will be going to a special fund that will be announced at Grand Assembly!

Celebrating 92 Years of Rainbow Girls: Members of Nashua Assembly #9, Pilgrim Chapter #55, Rising Sun #39 and Ancient York #89 take a quick photo at Immaculate Conception in Nashua, NH on April 6, 2014. (Photo Courtesy of Lisa Britko)