From The East:

Many thanks to everyone from Pilgrim Chapter for helping to put on a fantastic Exchange with Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont! From the Registration Desk to the Trivia Games, from taking photos to performing the Work, members from every Jurisdiction commented on how awesome you all were and how smooth the day went.

We are PROUD of you! Way to thrive, #55!

Next Meeting – Dec 27, 2013

Join us at our next stated meeting at 7:30pm! We will have a Pot Luck Dinner at 6pm to welcome our 5 new members – Sisters Diann, Kristine, Melissa, Doreen and Brother Herb. Please bring a tasty dish to share!

Since we will have a Pot Luck Dinner, there will be no fun “admission fee” this month. However, to make the meeting fun, please wear red or green colored gowns and tuxes, and break out your best Fuzzy Slippers!

Pilgrim Chapter Officers and new members after the Grand Family Exchange on November 23 (photo courtesy of Tony Zanichkowsky)

At Our Last Meeting

Our November Meeting was a success! After opening, reading abbreviated minutes, and then closing, seven of us carpooled over to Wal-Mart with $350 (collected by passing the hat) to shop for a family of three (a mom and her two daughters) for the White Dove Project, while the rest stayed behind to wrap presents and set up for the Exchange the next day! What GREAT Teamwork and a great example of putting our lessons into practice! The White Dove Gifts will be delivered on December 22.

Upcoming Events!
Contact the WM, WP, or Sec’y for more information!

Dec 8 Nashua Masonic Family Holiday Party, 8am-11am
Dec 10 Ancient York Stated Mtng
Dec 15 Pledge Breakfast, 7:30am- 10am
Dec 15 Old Fashioned Degree Rehearsal, 2pm
Dec 18 Rising Sun Stated Mtng
Dec 19 Rainbow/Pledge Stated Mtng, 7pm
Dec 25 Merry Christmas!!
Dec 27 Pilgrim Chapter Stated Mtng, Pot Luck at 6:00pm
Jan 1 Happy New Year!!!
Jan 4 DeMolay/Rainbow Dance, Bektash Shrine Center, 7-10:30pm
Jan 11 Sawhegenit Visitation, 2pm
Jan 11 Nashua #9 Rainbow Installation, 11am
Jan 16 James Farrington-Pleiades Visitation, 7:30pm
Jan 19 Family Game Night

Due by the January 24 Meeting!!

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.

•—Mason Jar Recipes: The fundraiser is over and we raised just over $150 for the 100th Anniversary Fund!

•—Masonic Family T-Shirts: Order your “Nashua Masonic Family VOLUNTEERS” short-sleeve T-shirts today! Sizes S – XXXL, $15/Shirt. First order should be available by 12/20. Order through Sister Tracey L. Thompson, WM, at (603)261-5277 or

•—Family Game Afternoon: January 19, from 2-4pm, we’ll be holding a Family Game Afternoon at the Nashua Masonic Temple. They’ll be plenty of board games to choose from for all aged, and a game of Family Fued at the end of the afternoon! Bring your entire family and enjoy some great fellowship, food, and fun!

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 all Pilgrim Chapter Officers and Members who helped to make the Exchange a HUGE Success!; to our new members Sisters Diann, Kristine, Melissa, Doreen and Brother Herb for joining our Chapter; to Sister Judy M. Porter on her recognition for her work with the Nashua Senior Activity Center; to Brother Richard J. Thompson, PP, on his commendation from the Mayor of Nashua for the Lung Cancer Alliance Vigil on November 14, and his 10-Year milestone of being in remission!

Get Well Wishes go out to Sister Jean Sudsbury who was recently ill; to Brother William R. Whitney, PP, who is still recovering at home; to Brother Jack Caynon who is still recuperating at Greenbriar; to Brother Henry and Sister Joyce Brown who have had some recent health issues; and to Sister Lillian Calloway who recently had a fall.

Sympathy is extended to Sister Doreen Going and her family on the passing of her father-in-law.

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

Happy December 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.

Brother Richard J. Thompson receiving recognition for his work with the Lung Cancer Alliance from the Mayor of Nashua, Mrs. Donnalee Lozeau, on November 14 at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Nashua, NH (photo courtesy of Tracey Thompson)

Food for Thought

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” Mother Teresa

A plate of cookies for the teachers at daycare. Christmas cards everyone we know. Small gifts for family and friends. Dinner parties with friends and coworkers. Sometimes the holidays may seem frantic and overwhelming with shopping sales and travel plans. It’s easy to lose sight of what is really important in this season.

It’s the small things that we do for one another, unprompted – a phone call to say hello, carrying groceries, shoveling a sidewalk, holding the door open – that renews Hope. And bringing Hope to someone’s life is one of the most important things we can do as human beings.

Be strong, have faith in the little things and bring Hope back this season and every day.


Larry Gullet – 12/10
Mary Yannetti – 12/12
Jennifer Bean – 12/13
Nikia Quesnel – 12/14
Meryon Miner – 12/14
Lisa Hollis – 12/16
Judy Porter – 12/17
Jacqueline Cole – 12/17
Kelly Bemis – 12/19
Karen Bianchi – 12/29
Lillian Calloway – 12/29
Edna Dooley – 12/30

Irving & Mae Cable – 12/11
Henry & Joyce Brown – 12/5
Gail Heimbach – 12/7

Star Anniversaries

Mildred Kirkland – 12/22 (63 years)
Pauline Lawrence – 12/22 (63 years)
Carolyn Phinney – 12/18 (60 years)
Dorothy Millman – 12/17 (59 years)
Frances Ward – 12/28 (57 years)
Gerald Classon – 12/22 (46 years)
Gail Brown – 12/18 (21 years)
Linda Maynard – 12/18 (21 years)
Susan Canupp – 12/18 (21 years)
Stephanie Southworth – 12/17 (20 years)
Charleen Lord – 12/27 (17 years)
David Henry – 12/18 (15 years)
Larry Gullett – 12/18 (15 years)
Shelley Gullett – 12/18 (15 years)
Charlotte Callahan – 12/17 (14 years)
John Callahan – 12/17 (14years)
Deborah Wall – 12/28 (12 years)
Lisa Hollis – 12/28 (12 years)
Donna Betz – 12/28 (12 years)
Elizabeth Robinson – 12/26 (10 years)
Jennifer Bean – 12/28 (6 years)
Kelly Bemis – 12/28 (6 years)
Elizabeth Haskell – 12/28(1 year)
Paul Haskell – 12/28 (1 year)
Rosa Fowler – 12/28 (1 year)
Victoria Markarian – 12/28 (1 year)

Chapter Happenings

Get involved! The Member Outreach Program will allow you to work with another Sister or Brother who may be a “Shut In” or need some extra care. Make a visit, offer a ride to a meeting or event, and send cards to check in on them and make sure any immediate needs are addressed by the Chapter. You can also work directly with Sisters Sandi Libby and Sherry Jackson on scheduling visits, or Sister Judi Porter on sending out cards.

If you would like to sign up for the Outreach Program, please reach out to Sister Tracey and Brother Brian!

If there is any change in your address, please notify our Secretary so that she May correct her records. So that none May be forgotten, please notify the Worthy Matron