Dear Sisters and Brothers:

You are cordially invited to attend the stated meeting on Friday, November 23, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. for the purpose of receiving petitions, balloting, and transacting any business that may legally come before the Chapter. Officers may wear colored gowns.

During the meeting we will have a special presentation by Linette Handschumaker CEO of Evergreen Place. REMINDER to bring in NEW puzzles 500 pc or less for Evergreen Place presentation. After the meeting Sisters Aimee Busby,AM and Joan Smith, AGM will do a brief presentation regarding what tools the Membership Committee has to offer as we move forward on Membership “One X One by 2021”

Collation: Under the direction of Sister Aimee K Busby, Associate Matron, assisted by members of the Chapter.

Officer Rehearsal Dates:
Nov. 11, 2018- Sunday- 12noon -1:30pm Only new officers/new positions and anyone who feels they need it.
Dec 16, 2018- Sunday- 12-2pm- all work (open/ballot/initiation/close)-all officers
Jan 13, 2019- all officers all work-practice for OV- assuming directly after Circus Stars meeting
Our Official Visitation this year is Friday January 25, 2018.

Sickness and Distress: Get well wishes continue to go out to Sister Cynthia B Covey, Sister Lil Calloway, Sister Susan J. Whitney PM who have been ailing and could use prayers. Get well wishes to Sister Anne M Senter PM who recently was in an auto accident with Brother John G Senter and fractured her ankle, ribs, and shoulder. Both of the Senters could use prayers and visits. Prayers to Brother Gerald L Valcourt PP who was recently hospitalize for abdominal surgery- many thoughts and payer are need at thus time. Sister Tracey L. Thompson PM continues to make a swift recovery after her back /emergency vascular surgery and thanks all for the thoughts, prayers and assistances during those first few difficult weeks. Thinking of you to Sister Jean C Sudsbury, PM, and all of or Shut ins!

Congratulations: Welcome to Sister Kathryn and Brother Brett Fagan our newest members to Pilgrim #55. Congrats to Brother Larry D Gullett, PGP, who was recently installed as General Grand Chapter Committee Member for Scottish Rite Charities at the GGC Triennial Assembly 2018 n Orlando, Fl. Congrats to Brother Robert S Bean III who recently received,the MSA for Distinguished Service from NH Consistory -Scottish Rite.

From your Secretary
At our September meeting the Dues amount for 2019 was approved by voted of the Chapter. There was an increase of $3.00 to cover the increase on the per Capita as voted at Grand Chapter this year. Please note that the increase at Grand Chapter now allows for New Hampshire members to attend Grand Chapter in NH without paying a Registration fee. Their NH dues card (thus showing they have paid their per capita through their Chapter) allows them to attend Grand Chapter. You still need to pick up a registration packet upon entering Grand Chapter and show dues card, but you do not need to pay a fee as long as you have a current NH Chapter 2019 card.

Dues notices will be included in your December mailing by first class mail (later this year due to General Grand Chapter and thus the lateness of the Dues cards). Reminder that those who attain 50 year membership on/after the year 2011 are remitted their dues portion but the Chapter asks that they pay their per capita portion. If you are suffering from financial hardship and unable to pay dues -please contact your Sister Secretary so work out payment plan or solution. The Paypal ability will be up and running by December 2018 and you can pay on line. NOTE: There is an additional fee accrued that happens when you pay on line which is the cost of the convenience of on line Paypal usage.

Your dues notice also has area to update records for changes to our membership database. It is also crucial to keep our mailing records up to date, so if you have a change of address please do not delay at sending the Secretary a change of address as soon as possible.

Finally  – it is very important that you make sure your family members know that if you should pass away or become incapacitated that they should let the Secretary or the Worthy Matron of the Chapter know.

Happy Star Anniversary:
Krissy Bechard 11/23 – 5 years
Ursula Classon 11/7 – 66 years
Irene Cowen 11/21 – 48 years
Doreen Going 11/23 – 5 years
Elizabeth McPhee 11/2 – 68 years
Nancy Molnar 11/6 – 19 years
Christine Mulcahy 11/2 – 42 years
Katherine Norcross 11/6 – 58 years
Joyce Pelletier 11/19 – 41 years
John Senter 11/10 – 39 years
Wayne Standley 11/4 – 16 years
Diann Steinberg 11/23 – 5 years

A HUGE THANK YOU to all of those who helped out with the suppers this Fall. This is a big fundraiser for our Chapter and many hands make light work. It is easy work and everyone can take a turn at chairing and working a supper event. Consider helping out when the Spring schedule comes up…it is lots of fun!

At our last meeting: We had two meetings this past month- a special meeting to initiate Kat and Brett (and the officers did a beautiful job) and then a regular business meeting. At our stated meeting we voted to donate to the Scholarship Fund that Nashua #9 had been working to increase and promote this month as part of the GWA initiative ( “Hope for the Future Scholarship Fund”). We also accepted the date for Visitation for 2020. We passed around our Jar for Maddie – our GWA- as we collect monthly to help her with her needs. Our Worthy Matron reminded us to continue to collect puzzles for Evergreen Place, Blankets for Humane Society, Toiletries for Bridges. It was mentioned that our date for our Bowl-athon January 5 may need to change as the Circus Stars Monarch Charity event is now same date/time- but no change has been made yet.

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:
11/10/18 OES Exchange in Fryeburg, Maine with MA, VT, NH, ME- 1:30pm
11/10/18 Rainbow/Pledge- Places Flags at Edgewood Cemetery for Veterans Day 9-10:30am-Star welcomed to help
11/10/18 DeMolay Chevalier event at Keene-7pm
11/11/18 Star Pens and Keys- 2pm Penacook Masonic Temple
11/13/18 Ancient York stated mtg
11/13/18 PM/PP -Annual mtg/elections -Lilac Blossom- exit 1-social at 5:30pm dinner and meeting at 6:30pm
11/15/18 Nashua #9- Rainbow Pledge stated mtg
11/17/18 Grand Lodge -Semiannual Convocation
11/17/18 Rainbow/Pledge -Pick up flags at Edgewood Cemetery at 9am- Star welcomed to help
11/18/18 Pledge Breakfast- 8-10am- all welcomed
11/18/18 Grand Cross of Color at Nashua- 12:30 luncheon -RSVP to Stacy Desrosiers; 2pm degree
11/21/18 Rising Sun stated mtg
11/22/18 Thanksgiving
11/24/18 Holiday stroll on Main St- starts at 5pm
12/1/18 SOI at PMW #35-Tilton
12/5/18 WAKS #26 -Official Visitation
12/16/18 Nashua #9 Rainbow Pledge stated mtg

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

From the East:
As November rolls along Stephen and I want to be thankful for our veterans who served our great nation at our most vulnerable of times. We are fortunate to have so many willing to lay down their lives for our freedom. We also want to wish everyone a Most Happiest of Thanksgiving. May you all Thank God who has Blessed us with so much bounty in food, family and friends.

As always, so that none shall be forgotten, please contact the Worthy Matron or Secretary as to any sad or glad tidings!