Dear Sisters and Brothers:

You are cordially invited to attend the stated meeting with Official Visitation by the Worthy Grand Matron and her suite on Friday, February 26, 2016. An early meeting will start at 5:00pm, with a dinner at 6:00pm, receiving of distinguished guests at 7:00pm, Visitation to start at 7:30 p.m. Sister Officers must wear white gowns to the latter meeting.

There will be a tea at 3:00pm to honor our Grand Representatives:

Brother Anthony F. Zanichkowsky Grand Representative of Delaware in New Hampshire
Sister Joan L. Smith, P.M. Grand Representative of Italy in New Hampshire
Sister Phyllis A. Lackie, P.M. Grand Representative of New York in New Hampshire
Sister Janet L. Thompson, P.M. Grand Representative of Nova Scotia/ P.E.I. in New Hampshire
Sister Lois A. Taylor, P.M. Grand Representative of Quebec in New Hampshire

Supper will be a ham loaf dinner and the cost will be $8.00 per person, please be sure to make your reservations with Sister Joan L. Smith, Telephone: 603-888-0891 or via email: jlspma@aol.com by February 20th.

A Reception for the following Grand Officers will commence at 7pm, followed by the exemplification of Grand Officer Reception at 7:30. Honorees are the following:
Sister Bonnie L. Carbary, P.G.M., Eastern Star Journal
Sister B. Judith Fenner, P.G. M. Deputy for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sister Shelley M. Gullett, P.G.M., Grand Secretary
Brother Stephen K. Bahsler, P.P., Grand Treasurer
Sister Lois A. Taylor, Grand Martha
Sister Gail F. Brown, Grand Electa
Sister Jennifer A. Taylor-Arnold, Deputy Grand Marshal

Collation – Under the direction of Sister Stacy M. Desrosiers, Associate Matron, PM, assisted by Sister Judy A. Porter and Brother Robert M. Porter Jr PP.

Congratulations: To our Brothers at Ancient York and Rising Sun Lodges who were installed in offices this past January: Chris Busby, Guy Martineau, Brian Smith, Larry Gullett, Chris Fowler, Mike Henry, Steve Bahsler, Rich Thompson. To Miss Maddie Going , daughter of Sister Doreen Going who was installed for her seventh term as WA in Nashua #9, To Sister Deborah Wall whose daughter our Sister Phyllis Wall attained her Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University, To Sister Sally Smith for completing her Chaplaincy Training Program in Farmington, Maine.

Sickness and Distress: Keep the following in your prayers- Bill Whitney, Jeannette Healey, John and Anne Senter. Get well wishes and good cheer messages to Brother Tony Zanichkowsky, who has had recent health concerns, Brother Skip Bryant who had a slight fall last month, to Brother Frank Fenner who awaits knee surgery next month.

Sympathy: Is extended to our Sister Judith L Trest PM whose Mother recently passed away.

So that none may be forgotten please let the Worthy Matron or Secretary know of any sad or glad tidings to convey to the membership.

Happy Star Anniversary:
Nancy L. Bettencourt 2-27-58
Nancy E. Brooks 2-1971
Aimee K. Busby 2-20-15
Christopher J. Busby 2-20- 15
Allison E. S. Desjardins 2-27-04
B. Judith Fenner 2-8-85
Frank H. Fenner 2-8-85
Phyllis A. Lackie 2-22-85
Guy R. Martineau 2-25-05
Roland N. Petersen 2-27-04
Ashley E. Steele 2-27-04
Leslee E. Steele 2-27-98
Lisa E. Strand 2-27-04
William R. Whitney 2-25-05

What happened at the last meeting: Last meeting we attempted to participate in collecting for the Nashua Animal Shelter by bringing in paper products, old towels, cleaning supplies, kitty litter, cat and dog treats. We will be continuing with this project again this month.

Nashua Assembly #9 I.O.R.G.:
The Rainbow Girls are actively looking for new members, as well as Majority members which they can emulate. If you know of a girl age 11-20 years old who could benefit from the lessons taught therein, please call Sister Stacy Desrosiers, Mother Advisor, at 603-759-3221. Meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7:00 pm. OES members are encouraged to attend any event. If you missed the Installation of Officers, it was a lovely day and a joy to see that Nashua 9 now has a full top five officers, how exciting for these wonderful girls. The girls will be holding a Parent’s Night out and offering babysitting on February 12, 2016 on the 4th floor of the lodge, time from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

Rainbow Pledge Group:
The pledge girls are actively looking for new members! Please call Sister Tatiana Fowler at 603/809-8357 if you know of a girl between 6 & 11 years old who would like to join. Our Sparkles- a group for girls age 4-6 years old- also meet at that time.

Important Dates:
2/5-7/16 CAN/AM Exchange, in Connecticut
2/7/16 Rehearsal for Official Visitation – 12:00 noon
2/12/16 Parent’s Night out – babysitting by Nashua #3 – from 6 – 9pm, $5.00 per child – $10.00 per family.
2/13/16 Rising Sun Valentine Dance, Nashua Masonic Lodge – Has been cancelled
2/13/16 NH IORG Membership Day at Fun Spot in Laconia – 11-4pm, $13.00 per person
2/14/16 Rehearsal for Official Visitation – 12:00 noon
2/15/16 Supper for Scottish Rite
2/16/16 PM/PP Meeting- 6:30pm – Valentinos (social at 5:30pm)
2/20/16 Rockingham #3 – Official Visitation
2/21/16 Pledge Breakfast – 7:30 – 10:00am
2/21/16 If needed – Rehearsal for Official Visitation – 1:00pm
2/22/16 Supper for Scottish Rite
2/24/16 Supper for Rising Sun Lodge – 3rd Degree
2/26/16 Pilgrim Official Visitation – 3pm – Tea for Grand Representatives, early meeting 5pm, supper – 6pm,
Official Visitation to start at 7:30pm
2/27/16 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – Bektash Shrine Center – see Jennifer Taylor-Arnold for tickets.
2/29/16 Supper for Scottish Rite
3/4/16 Supper for Scottish Rite
3/5/16 Backward Table event hosted by the D.A.D.S fundraiser – Bektash. See Lisa Britko for Tickets,
$20.00 for Adults, $10.00 for Rainbow Girls, $5.00 for Prospects
3/11/16 Supper for Scottish Rite

From the East:

Dear Sisters and Brothers, This year, we have decided to “Give it Back” to our communities. Again this month we ask that you please help our local Animal Shelter by bringing in goods, such as paper towels, old towels, and cleaning supplies, kitty litter, cat and dog toys and treats.

We extend our heartfelt thank you to the Officers and members who came to the Memorial for Sister Susan I Douglas. Especially to Sister Joan L. Smith and Brother Brian J. Smith, for without your support the day would not have had such a loving tribute to our dear departed Sister. Words cannot express my gratitude to all who assisted in making the day so very special, I cannot name everyone personally in fear that I would slight anyone. To the Officers and members of Billerica #212, thank you for all of your love, support and assistance with the day. We are fortunate to be associated with such loving and devoted Chapters. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Should anyone need a ride to the meeting, please feel free to contact the Worthy Matron and she will do her utmost to see that you are picked up and driven home.