Pilgrim Chapter OES Order Of The Eastern Star – Nashua, New Hampshire

May 2014

Good morning everyone!

The May Bulletin was sent out this week, but unfortunately, it is missing some key items due to my being ill the last week. So I am sending an email out to all of you to supplement the bulletin with information you may need!

First, get well wishes go to Sister Phyllis Lackie who had oral surgery this month. And our heartfelt sympathy is extended to Brother Chris Fowler on the loss of his father, and to his wife, Sister Tatiana, on the loss of her father-in-law.

Second, you will notice that we are planning to have a Game Night on Saturday, June 14, from 3-7pm at the Nashua Masonic Temple. This is a FREE event and open to friends and family! I hope you will all be able to make it and we can show our friends and family how much fun we have in Eastern Star!

I am looking for some extra boardgames to add in to the Game Night. We have Scrabble, Monopoly, Checkers, Chess, Candyland, Chutes and Ladders (all tested and approved by my daughter, Emily!) but would love to have some more boardgames that any age can play! Do you have a favorite board – or card – game that you would love to share? If so, please let me know by June 1!

You can also bring the games to our May Meeting, May 23 – which I hope you will all be attending as we are honoring out Past Matrons, Past Patrons and Longevity Members at this meeting! It is so important for the generations to remember those who have come before us and those who have served our Order for so many dedicated years. I hope you will all come and take some time to meet and talk with these amazing members! A formal invitation will be sent in our June Bulletin, but put it on your calendars today!

Third, in addition to our May Meeting night honoring out Past Matrons, Past Patrons and Longevity Members, we will also be hosting a lovely brunch on Sunday, July 27, from 10am-12pm at the Nashua Masonic Temple. This is a brunch we have talked about having for a long time, and finally were able to get a date that worked for most everyone. Sister Tatiana Fowler, Sister Jennifer Bean, and I will be planning the brunch, and I hope that everyone can make it. If you need transportation to the brunch, or know someone who does, please reach out to myself or Brother Brian, or any of the Pilgrim Officers and members and we will arrange transportation for you. We would love to see as many people there as possible. Please RSVP to myself by July 19 if you are able to go and/or need transportation to and from the brunch.

And finally, we have an Art Contest going on for Grand Chapter! There are so many members out there who are skilled in drawing, photography, painting or graphic design and this is your chance to showcase your abilities on the cover of the Grand Chapter Proceedings book, which is sent to every Jurisdiction in the Order. The submission form is attached, so please send in your pictures, drawings, photos or designs that represent NH or the current Grand Family or Eastern Star in general!  ART CONTEST RULES:  

Thanks every for reading and we hope to see you in May, June and at Grand Chapter in August!

Next Meeting: May 23,2014

At our next stated meeting, Friday, May 23, 2014, we will honor our Past Matrons, Past Patrons, and Longevity Members. Please come and join us in celebrating those who have come before us and those who have served our Order for over 50 Years!

The “fun admission” fee for the meeting is Can Tabs for Nashua Assembly #9!

Past Matron, Past Patron, and Longevity Member Brunch
Save the Date! On Sunday, July 27, Pilgrim Chapter will host a Brunch for our Past Matrons, Past Patrons, and Longevity Members at the Nashua Masonic Temple at 10am.
If you are able to attend, please RSVP to Sister Tracey Thompson by July 19. If you need transportation to the Temple, please let Sister Tracey know and we will arrange for transportation for you.

Separate Invitations will be sent out with the June Bulletin!

At Our Last Meeting

At our April meeting, we had a quick business meeting before we all went upstairs to go over the “OES, Moving Forward” Seminar talking points! Sister Joan and Brother Brian did a great presentation and got us all thinking about how we can be S.M.A.R.T.! Everyone was given some homework to take to come up with different and new ways we can promote ourselves and get more involved in community activities. When you come to our May Meeting, please bring your S.M.A.R.T. ideas with you!!

Upcoming Events!
Contact the WM, WP, or Sec’y for more information!
May 12 Mizpah Eunice Visitation
May 13 Ancient York Stated Mtng
May 14 P-C-T-A Visitation
May 15 Nashua #9 Stated Mtng
May 15-17 MA Grand Chapter
May 17 Grand Lodge
May 18 Grand Rep. Reception, Penacook – 2pm
May 19-21 ME Grand Chapter
May 20 Peabody Mt. Washington Visitation
May 21 SH-V-R-M Visitation
May 21 Rising Sun Stated Mtng
May 23 Pilgrim #55 Stated Mtng
May 24 Rainbow Advisor Training, Nashua, 10am-12pm
May 24 Placing Flags at Edgewood Cemetery, 9am
May 24 Fisher Cats Game
May 30 Father-Daughter Dance Nashua, 7-9pm
May 31 Priscilla Visitation
June 1 Lunar Knights Group Mtng, Claremont, 1:30pm
June 5 Nashua #9 Stated Mtng
June 5-7 VT Grand Chapter
June 8 NH Rainbow GWA Homecoming, Milford
June 10 Ancient York Stated Mtng

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.

•—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 trthomps511@gmail.com. They are $15 each and benefit the 100th Anniversary Fund.

•—Gift Card Raffle: We have our 10 Gift Cards of $25 each from local business/stores to raffle off during the 2014 Christmas Season. We will be printing up raffle tickets to sell during the Summer/Fall season. If you would like to buy/sell tickets, please contact Sister Jenny Taylor-Arnold!

•—Flea Market: Gather up your used or unwanted items during your Spring Cleaning and donate them to Pilgrim Chapter to sell for a Flea Market/Yard Sale to happen over the summer. We will need a chair for this, so if you would like to help, please contact Sister Tracey Thompson.

•— Flower Power Bulbs: We will be selling Flower Power Bulbs for the fall season to raise some funds for the Chapter. We do need a chair for this, so if you would like to help, please contact Sister Tracey Thompson.

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

Get well wishes for Sister Phyllis Lackie who had some oral surgery this past week.

Congratulations to Sister Lois A. Taylor, PM, who was appointed Grand Representative to Quebec in New Hampshire at our April Meeting; to Brother Robert A. Porter, Jr., PP, who will be installed as Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Royal Arch Masons; and to Sister Jennifer H. Bean for obtaining her Masters Degree from SNHU.

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

Happy May 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.

Pilgrim Chapter Longevity Members to be honored at our May Meeting:
50-Years: Richard I. Poole, Sr., PGP
Susan I. Douglas, PM
Jane L. C. Decelle;
60-Years: Luisa A. Pakosky
Dorothy R. Millman
Hope E. Mercer
65-Years: Arleen Osborn, PM
Grace J. Dimatteo, PM

Food for Thought

“Laughter is the brightest where food is best.” – Irish Proverb

Work S.M.A.R.T. But what does that mean? It’s a method for creating goals. In order for #55 to thrive, we need to work S.M.A.R.T. together: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timeliness.

What are your goals for Pilgrim Chapter? What do you want to achieve in 2014 and beyond? What do you want our communities to remember us by?

When you come to Chapter with your ideas for fundraisers or membership growth, community service or fun activities, remember:

– to be Specific (The 5 W’s and How);

– to be Measurable (evaluate the extent the goal has been met);

– to be Achievable (is it action oriented? does it stretch or challenge abilities?);

– to be Relevent (does it tie in with the goal? does it meet the expectations of others?);

– and finally, to be Timely (is it completed by deadline?).

All of these can guarantee a most successful project or program. Anyone – not just the Worthy Matron or Worthy Patron – can propose a function or service to get involved in. If you have an idea, bring it up! If you have a suggestion to make something better, talk about it! As our Most Worthy Grand Patron said at Grand Chapter, “the most important person in the room is YOU!”

Birthdays
Karlyne S Ainsworth – 5/18
Robert S Bean, III – 5/7
Melissa M Beers – 5/30
Robert G Bianchi – 5-29
Jeffrey L Brown – 5/6
Gerald K Classon – 5/22
Jane LC Decelle – 5/10
Susan I Douglas – 5/13
Alison L Lyne – 5/24
Virginia M Norton – 5/23
Natalie Tremblay Prevo – 5/23
Lisa E Strand – 5/6
Tracey L Thompson – 5/11

Anniversaries
Irene Cowen – 5/21 (50 Years)
Harold and Shirley Van Vliet – 5/26 (48 Years)

Star Anniversaries
Jean C Sudsbury – 5/28 (66 Years)
Martha A Spaulding – 5/25 (63 Years)
Doris M Cobb – 5/25 (58 Years)
Virginia M Norton – 5/16 (57 Years)
Cynthia B Covey – 5-23 (56 Years)
Evelyn E Dailey – 5/14 (56 Years)
Shirley E Jolly – 5/24 (46 Years)
Joann Vickery Lister – 5/21 (46 Years)
Harold H Van Vliet – 5/28 (43 Years)
Shirley J Van Vliet – 5/28 (43 Years)
Frederick Duncan – 5/17 (40 Years)
G Raymond Palmer – 5/23 (39 Years)
Constance M Pratt – 5/23 (39 Years)
Allyson J Britko – 5/23 (6 Years)
Jennifer L Anderson – 5/22 (5 Years)

It’s Time to Play! Saturday, June 14, will be a Game Day at the Nashua Masonic Temple, from 3-6pm. There will be board games to play for ALL ages, and the winners from each board game will be teamed up for a final game of Family Feud! This event is free to all family and friends. If you would like more information, please contact Sister Tracey Thompson at trthomps511@gmail.com!

Think Spring

(Written Sister Beverly Burleigh, PM)
Dreary winter now has passed,
Warm spring days are here at last.
Tulips and daffodils grow big and tall
All along the garden walls
Robins have made their return, it’s true;
The air is fresh, the sky so blue.
Mother Nature is doing her best
To bring back the beauty that’s been at rest.
We thank you, Lord, for all you’ve done
To let us know that Spring has sprung!

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