Dear Sisters and Brothers:
Our May ‘in person’ meeting is cancelled due to the COVID 19 Stay at Home 2.0 restrictions. We invite you to attend the Open Meeting Zoom Conference call – stated meeting on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.. We will not be physically meeting at the Masonic Temple in May as it is still closed.
A link to join the Zoom meeting will be sent out to all Pilgrim Chapter members for which the Secretary has emails. If you do not get the link, and wish to join, please contact our Worthy Matron, Aimee Busby, at email@example.com or 603-320-9486 to sign up to “Join the Open Meeting”. This is a great way for us to connect as members and see how we are all fairing during these troubled times, to provide encouragement and support so needed. I hear there will be more fun and games this month so please join us!
The Membership Committee is looking to celebrate our Sisters and Brothers who are of service to the Community during this most difficult time. Please let the Secretary know your good deeds!
Are you a crafter? Looking for donations for the Grand Chapter craft table. Please contact Sister Jen Pizzi at firstname.lastname@example.org
Blessing messages- are you willing to write short “blessing messages on cards for the school kids to include in their Blessings backpacks? Contact Sister Nancy Brooks PM at email@example.com
Lap Quilts- we are still looking for Lap Quilts for our Shriners Hospital patients at Springfield Unit. While you are stuck at home, consider making a Lap quilt and donating it to the cause. Contact our Secretary: Joan Smith – JLSPMA@aol.com
Thinking of You: Get well wishes to Sister Carol Pauling who recently had a fall and fractured her arm. Continued prayers to Sisters Annie LK Rice, Lillian A Calloway, Cindy D Covey and Anne M Senter PM and Brother David C Thompson. PGP.
Eastern Star opportunities:
OES Educational Scholarships- The OES Educational Scholarship, Albert D Miner Scholarship, and Mabel Temple Newton Scholarship have been combined – one application is used for all 3 scholarships. There is no longer any requirement for nomination per chapter, so several applications can be submitted from one Chapter. See chapter Secretary or NH OES website for eligibility requirements and applications. The deadline has been extended to July 1.
The ESTARL Award Scholarship is given to candidates who are seeking to continue their education in the religious field, either as a minister, lay person, director of church music, director of youth leadership, director of religious education or any other study related to religion. ESTARL recipients do not need to have Eastern Star or other Masonic Fraternal relations. If anyone knows a minister or youth group leader who seeks to further their studies, please get an application for them. Due date for applications is June 1
A Ball for the Ages, 2020 Charity Ball – has been moved tentatively-depending on the COVID restrictions- to a one day event on July 11th at the Doubletree in Nashua. Sister Lisa Proulx PM (firstname.lastname@example.org) can be contacted for new forms and hotel/meals information.
The SOLD OUT ‘Pirates of Tortuga Isle -Curse of the Dead Mans Chest’ Murder Mystery Dinner event has been moved -tentatively -depending on COVID restrictions- to Saturday August 15th ; contact Jenny Taylor-Arnold PM Jennifer.email@example.com for more information.
This year there will be no Visitation at Pilgrim due to COVID 19. The WGM will visit to check books hopefully at the June 26th meeting- if we are allowed to meet at that time.
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. 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. Meetings are only virtual at present due to COVID 19.
Rainbow Pledge Group: The pledge girls are actively looking for new members! Please call Sister Jessica Kellar at 978-228-0059 if you know of a girl between 6 & 10 years old who would like to join. Our Sparkles- a group for girls age 4-6 years old- also meet at that time.
Dues are due:
Dues notices were included in the December mailing by first class mail. If you are suffering from financial hardship and unable to pay dues -please contact your Sister Secretary so work out payment plan or solution. You can use PayPal to pay dues online http://blog.pilgrimchapter-oes.org/dues/ . NOTE: There is a convenience charge associated with online payment to cover the PayPal surcharge.
As always please update your Secretary with changes to you address, phone number and email. Please advise family members to update the Secretary or Worthy Matron in times of illness or distress and consider returning Past Matron or Patrons jewels to the Chapter. We love and appreciate our Pilgrim Chapter history and like to hand down those jewels to our future Matrons and Patrons so that your legacy may continue.
From the East:
Brothers and Sisters,
I hope you are all keeping well. I can’t wait to see everyone in person again when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, please check in on your neighbors and our members in need. If you are in need of anything- groceries, errands, someone to socially distance with on your front porch, please reach out to either Brian or myself. Remember, we are family!
Aimee K Busby, WM
Brian J Smith, PGP, WP