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

November 2020 Bulletin

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

You are cordially invited to attend the following stated meeting(s) for the purpose of receiving petitions, balloting, and transacting any business that may legally come before the Chapter. Updates on the attire for the meetings will be conveyed to the officers and members prior to the meeting(s), via email and Facebook.

Friday, November 27, 2020 at 7:30 pm, regular stated meeting. We will be Initiating three new members! Officers participating will wear white gowns/tuxes.

THURSDAY December 17, 2020, at 7:30 pm** stated meeting (please note change of date due to Christmas falling on the 4th Friday of the month)**,
This will be our 100th Anniversary Kick-Off ( on the exact 100th anniversary of our Institution!) and we will hear some plans for recognizing this milestone.

Collation –Cheerful Companionship and Social Enjoyment as soon as we can resume serving food after the meetings will be under the direction of Sister Tatiana Fowler, A.M., assisted by Sister Judy A. Porter and Brother Robert M. Porter Jr. P.P.

Rehearsals for new term- There will be rehearsal(s) for Opening, Closing, Balloting, and a review on how Initiation will work on Saturday November 14th at 2 pm, and Sunday, November 22nd (Time TBA), and Sunday December 13th at 1 pm.

Need Help Getting to a Meeting?
If at any time you would like to come to a meeting and are unable to drive, or need help getting to and from the Nashua Temple, please do not hesitate to contact the Worthy Matron, Worthy Patron, or the Secretary and we will arrange for transportation for you!

Sympathy: To the families of Sister Barbara M. Bona PGM on her passing.

Important Dates:
November 5, 19 – Nashua #9 IORG Stated Meeting, 7 pm
November 14 – Pilgrim Chapter Officers-rehearsal 2 pm
November 15 – Grand Cross of Color, Nashua-details to come
November 22 – Pilgrim Chapter Officers-rehearsal 1 pm
November 26 – HAPPY THANKSGIVING
November 27 – Pilgrim Chapter State Meeting with Initiation 7:30 pm
November 28 – Holiday Stroll (? Unsure if City having this year)
December 3 – Nashua #9 IORG Stated Meeting, 7 pm
December 13 – Pilgrim Chapter Officers-rehearsal 1 pm
December 17 – Pilgrim Chapter Stated Meeting, 7:30 pm
**Note change of date due to Christmas**
Kick-Off of the 100th Year Anniversary
December 25 – MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!
January 1, 2021 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

From the Secretary:

Enclosed in your November Bulletin is your 2021 Dues statement. Have you ever asked yourselves why our dues and fees are what they are for our non-profit subordinate Chapter? Much consideration goes into the decision of our dues amount, and you will see that we give a breakdown for the $55 annual amount, separating into subcategories to help you to understand where the money goes in our accounts. Here is a little more information regarding why you are paying your dues and fees, and why it needs to be into the Chapter a timely manner. I hope it might be helpful:
Each year every member of Pilgrim Chapter (150 in all) must pay $10.00 to the Grand Chapter of NH for the per-capita payment that is due by February 15th. This fee gets paid regardless if received from the members. Just as a reminder, paying this Per Capita allows each member in NH to attend NH Grand Chapter for free with their current dues card
Each member not remitted by the Chapter for financial reasons must pay the $10 Masonic Building Association Assessment, which has helped and will continue helping to make needed and many costly improvements to our Masonic Temple. Repairing the walls, roof, and the improvements in the kitchen and Chapter Room come out of the effort. Even if the Brother is a member and pays this Assessment in their local lodge- they still need to pay as an OES member, as we are required to pay for them. Currently the Masonic Building Association is amid a huge undertaking of roof repair which is quite costly but in desperate need to be done!
Longevity Members, those members with 50 years membership, were voted years ago to be remitted after they reached 50 years. Before 2009 we did not collect any money from these members. In 2010 it was voted by the chapter to collect only the per-capita fee from new Longevity members (previous members before 2010 were grandfathered and still do not need to pay Per Capita). Thus anyone reaching 50 years as of 2010 and after are kindly asked to pay the $10 Per Capita yearly.
We currently have 40 members who have dues that remitted by the Chapter for Longevity or for financial/medical hardship. This leaves the bulk of our costs to run the Chapter to the 110 members who hopefully pay dues yearly and on time. In a real world that would be wonderful to be the case, but not everyone pays yearly or on time. Quarterly our Chapter must pay rent (now approx. $850 quarterly) to the Masonic Building Association – meaning that $3400 gets paid yearly. Insurance for the temple also needs to be paid and that runs approximately $950 yearly, and bonding is of your Secy./Treas.(required) is $145 yearly. To cut down on postage costs, we have moved to mailing bulletins every 2-3 months and only mailing those who do not have email, except for annual dues mailing.
COVID has hit our Chapter extremely hard in that our suppers, which was our main fundraiser to pay for that Per Capita, Rent, and Insurance, were cancelled. We lost out on a lot of revenue! Our very lean budget allows for a small amount of our fundraising and dues to go toward charitable contributions, community giving activities, and to assist our members in need. However, this year especially will be a tough time to realize any of these charitable practices without your assistance in paying your dues and Per Capita fees as requested. Some of our Longevity members have opted to pay a portion of their dues or at least their Per Capita yearly to help the Chapter, even though they owe nothing. The Chapter definitively appreciates all donations- especially now! That $10 in Per Capita that we owe for everyone is a small amount- just the cost of a few cups of coffee at McDonalds or Dunkin Donuts when you think about it. But your donation helps the Chapter immensely! We sincerely thank our members who donate yearly to help the Chapter with its financial needs. We also understand Covid has hit many members hard with loss of personal revenue, and it that is the case you are urged to contact the Secretary regarding your hardship in paying your dues, or needing assistance in financial relief at this time.
We hope this explanation has given you some insight as to where your dues/fees go. As we look to the 100th Birthday of our Chapter in 1920-21, we hope that you will agree that our dues payments are worth every penny that helps to sustain our Organization, keeping our Pilgrim traditions alive, and provides our Chapter the chance for cheerful companionship and social enjoyment for our members.

Star Anniversary:
Keven A Bailey- 12/2/16- 4 yrs
Donna L Barnaby- 12/28/01-19 yrs
Jennifer H Bean-12/28/07-13 yrs
Gail F Brown-12/18/92-28 yrs
Charlotte A Callahan-12/17/99-21yrs
John Callahan-12/17/99-21 yrs
Ursula B Classon-11/7/52-68 yrs
Patrisha A Corleto-11/19/97-23yrs
Iren M Cowen-11/21/70-50 yrs
Lisa M Creeden-12/2/16-4yrs
Doreen T Going-11/23/13-7yrs
Shelley M Gullett-12/18/98-22yrs
Larry D Gullett-12/18/98-22 yrs
David H Henry-12/18/98-22yrs
Lisa K Hollos-12/28/01-19yrs
Nykola A Isaia-12/27/19- 1 yr
Andrew Lane-12/27/19-1yr
Tara L Lane-12/27/19-1yr
Pauline B Laawrence-12/22/50-70yrs
Charleen B Lord-12/27/96-24 yrs
Maureen E Lund-12/27/19-1yr
Victoria JH Markarian- 12/28/12-8yrs
Elizabeth G McPhee-11/2/50-70 yrs
Nancy J Molnar-11/6/99-21 yrs
Christine AH Mulcahy-11/2/76-44yrs
Katherine M Norcross-11/6/60-60yrs
Joyce E Pelletier-11/19/77-43yrs
Carolyn L Phinney-12/18/53-67yrs
Wayne Standley Jr-11/4/02-18yrs
Diann G Steinberg-11/23/13-7yrs
Catherine M Tebbetts-12/2/16-4yrs
Michael J Tebbetts-12/2/16-4yrs
Deborah A Wall-12/28/01-18yrs

Nashua Assembly #9 I.O.R.G. and Pledge & Sparkles:
Meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7:00 pm. OES and Masonic members are encouraged to attend ALL events. The next meetings November 5th & 19th, and December 3rd. The Rainbow Girls will be joining us for the kickoff of our 100th Year Anniversary of Pilgrim Chapter on Thursday December 17th.

Please feel free to contact Sister Lois Taylor, M.A. for more information regarding any Rainbow events at (603) 377-6877.

For Pledges and Sparkles, please call Tatiana Fowler, Pledge Mother at (603) 809-8357, if you know of a girl between 6-11 years old (for Pledge) and 4-6 years old (for Sparkle) who would like to join.

From the East:

In Star Love and Hugs,

If there are any changes in your address, please notify our Secretary so that she may correct her records.

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

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