Dear Sisters and Brothers:

screenshot-2017-02-14-12-28-56You are cordially invited to attend the early stated meeting on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. for the purpose of receiving petitions, balloting, and transacting any business that may legally come before the Chapter. This is our Visitation meeting. Sister Officers, please wear white gowns for the latter meeting.

A Ham dinner for $7.00 will be served after the early meeting, at approximately 6:00 p.m. Reservations should be made by February 18 to Joan Smith, PM, Sec. at 603-888-0891 or JLSPMA@aol.com

There will be at Reception line at 7:00 p.m. for our honored guests of the evening: our General Grand Chapter Committee Members Sister Bonnie L. Carbary, P.G.M., Eastern Star Journal and Sister B. Judith Fenner, P.G. M. Deputy for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, our Grand Officers Sister Shelley M. Gullett, P.G.M., Grand Secretary , Brother Stephen K. Bahsler, Grand Treasurer, Sister Joan L. Smith, Associate Grand Conductress, Sister Jennifer A. Taylor-Arnold, Grand Marshal, And our Grand Representatives Brother Mark C. Murray, Grand Representative of Nevada in New Hampshire, Sister Phyllis A. Lackie, P.M., Grand Representative of New York in New Hampshire, Brother C. Wayne Libby, Grand Representative of Oregon in New Hampshire, Sister Lois A. Taylor, P.M., Grand Representative of Quebec in New Hampshire, and Sister Nancy E. Brooks, P.M., Grand Representative of South Carolina in New Hampshire.

The Official Visitation of Sister Gretta J. Smith, Worthy Grand Matron, accompanied by Brother Brian F. Godfrey, Worthy Grand Patron, assisted by Sister Jennifer A. Taylor-Arnold, Grand Marshal begins at 7:30 p.m.

Rehearsals: Officers rehearsals for the Visitation are February 12 at 6pm and February 19 at 12 noon. Please make every attempt to be present.

Collation: Under the direction of Sister Jennifer H. Bean, Associate Matron, assisted by Sister Judy A. Porter and Brother Robert M. Porter Jr. PP. provided by members of the Past Matrons and Past Patrons Association.

Sickness and Distress: Get well wishes to Brother Larry D Gullett PGP who had recent surgery, to Sister Joyce C Brown PM who has been hospitalized, and Sister Cynthia B Covey who had recent foot surgery and is currently at the Courville Rehab.

Congratulations: To brother C Wayne Libby who was named Grand Representative to Oregon at our recent meeting, congrats to Brother Michael Tebbetts on installation at 1st Ceremonial Master in Bektash Shrine, and to all our Brothers who were installed into various offices at Rising Sun and Ancient York Lodges.

Sympathy: To Brother Wayne Standley Jr. on the passing of his father.

Education Scholarship:
An OES Education Scholarship through Grand Chapter is available for Eastern Star members and their family members. Our Chapter has the ability to nominate one person yearly to apply for this scholarship. If you or a member of your family is interested in being considered to be sponsored by our chapter you must submit a letter to the chapter secretary no later than February 24th meeting. The letters will be read at that meeting, then a vote to choose one candidate t sponsor will happen.

Several other Eastern Star and Masonic scholarships are also available. Please contact your secretary if you need the list of Scholarships available.

Happy Star Anniversary:
Nancy L. Bettencourt 2-27-58 (59 yrs)
Aimee K. Busby 2-20-15 (2yrs)
Christopher J. Busby 2-20-15 (2 yrs)
Ashley E. Conway 2-27-04 (13 yrs)
Allison E. Desjardins 2-27-04 (13 yrs)
Frank H. Fenner Jr 2-8-85 (32 yrs)
B. Judith Fenner 2-8-85 (32 yrs)
Phyllis A. Lackie 2-22-85 (32 yrs)
Guy R. Martineau 2-25-05 (12 yrs)
Shirley G. Nason 2-27-98 (19 yrs)
Roland N. Petersen 2-27-04 (13 yrs)
Leslee E. Steele 2-27-98 (19 yrs)
Lisa E. Strand 2-27-04 (13 yrs)
William R. Whitney 2-25-05 (12 yrs)”

What happened at the last meeting: At our January meeting the Masonic Building Association did a presentation about the structure of their group and how they keep our Temple functioning properly for all to use. We also discussed plans for the visitation in February, placed a nomination for the office of Grand Conductress, and talked about Zumba lessons. We discussed the Grand Chapter History project and suggested names for the upcoming StoryCorps.

OES Ad Booklet: Last chance to get your name in the OES Ad booklet names of which are listed in both the Charity Sock Hop AND in the Grand Chapter program booklet. If you wish to have your name listed for just $1.00 contact your Secretary NO LATER than February 24th.

Nashua Masonic Temple Directory:
Pilgrim Chapter is sponsoring the 2017 Nashua Masonic Temple Directory. Anyone interested in purchasing an advertisement, please contact Lisa JM Proulx, PM at lisajproulx@gmail.com . Individual copies of the directory will be available for a cost of $3.00 each this Spring.

We are looking for many members to support our number one fundraiser: Suppers! Any support you can give from cooking to cleaning would be very helpful! A full list of dinners can be found on the web at either of the following links:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49aba62ca6fb6-dinner – Part 1
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49aba62ca6fb6-dinner1 – Part 2
If you have any questions on how to use these sign up forms, please contact the Worthy Matron who would be happy to assist you!

Nashua Assembly #9 I.O.R.G.:
The Rainbow Girls are actively looking for new members, as well as Majority members and Eastern Star members which they can emulate. If you wish to help out, please feel free to stop in a meeting sometime. They are always looking for new members. If you know of a girl age 11-20 years old who could benefit from the lessons taught therein, please call Sister Lois Taylor, Mother Advisor, at 603-377-6877. Meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month (excluding July and August) at 7:00 pm.

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:
2/17/17 Zumba Night at the ZClub – 7:30pm
2/18/17 Priscilla #51 OV- 10am
2/18/17 Mr. NH Rainbow Pageant- 3pm Portsmouth
2/19/17 Pledge Breakfast – 8am-10am
2/24/17 Pilgrim #55 – 5pm early mtg- dinner at 6pm – Reception at 7pm followed by OV of WGM/WGP
2/25/17 Special Session of Grand Chapter for purpose of election of Grand Trustees – Penacook – 10am
2/28/17 PM/PP meeting- 6pm social- Fratellos
3/4/17 Legislative session
3/7/17 Ruth #16 OV 5pm / 7pm
3/11/17 Taste of Home Fundraiser for the NH Food Bank- Laconia Cong. Church – 11am – 2pm
3/12/17 Memory Makers/Traveling Stars meeting- 1:30pm –Tilton
3/16/17 James Farrington/Pleiades #7 OV 7:30pm
3/18/17 Rockingham #3 OV 2pm
3/19/17 Legion of Honor- Concord – 2pm
3/25/17 Charity Sock Hop – Concord- 6pm social, 7pm dinner followed by dancing- tickets $40 pp or $70 per couple. Contact the Worthy Patron for tickets”

Contact your secretary for more information on any of the above events.

From the East: We are excited to welcome our Worthy Grand Matron and her suite this month to add to our book of memories of this Grand Chapter year! We hope that many of you will be able to join us and celebrate the accomplishments of our officers and members and enjoy the fellowship of our traveling Sisters and Brothers! With Spring just around the corner, we look forward to many more activities in our community to spread the love and service of our fantastic organization! If you have any ideas of service opportunities, please let us know and bring it before the Chapter at an upcoming meeting!

More CAN –AM fun !!!