Dear Sisters and Brothers:
screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-12-39-52-pmYou are cordially invited to attend the stated meeting on Friday, October 28, 2016 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.

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

Sickness and Distress: Sister Susan J. Whitney was recently in hospital but is doing well now.

Congratulations: Congrats to Sister Ashley E. Steele who married Ryan Conway on October 8th. Congrats to proud mom Sister Leslee E Steele and aunt Sister Deborah A Wall.

Sympathy is extended to Sister Lisa F. Britko PM on the passing of her fiancée Brother Wayne A Bartlett PGP.

In Memoriam
Brother Wayne A. Bartlett PGP
Born February 17, 1954
Initiated April 28, 1986
Died September 9, 2016

“When the heart grieves over what is has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left.”

Happy Star Anniversary:
Karlyne S Ainsworth 10/27 55 years
Edna M Anagnost 10/26 65 years
Betty L Andrews 10/23 46 years
Elizabeth C Annis 10/23 57 years
Judith S Bausha 10/23 57 years
Laurie Bettencourt-Ford 10/24 36 years
Henry L Brown 10/19 35 years
David K Bryant 10/26 60 years
Barbara K Buker 10/27 38 years
Irving C Cable 10/28 56 years
Patricia L Clement 10/27 55 years
Katherine Jo Drown 10/16 71 years”
Judith Foley 10/8 50 years
Christopher H Fowler 10/26 4years
Tatiana E Fowler 10/26 4years
Deborah A Hall 10/24 36 years
Edith C Holmes 10/23 71 years
Sally M Smith 10/18 60 years
Hope E Mercer 10/22 64 years
Mary T Richardson 10/27 55 years
Joan L Smith 10/13 40 years
Bertha Stevens 10/25 48 years
June H Sweeney 10/24 36 years
Janet L Thompson 10/9 37 years”

What happened at the last meeting: At our September meeting we had our annual reports and elections. We voted to increase our dues by $2.00 since the per capita has now increased to $7.00 at vote at Grand Chapter 2016, due to increase at General Grand Chapter. Our dues structure includes the per capita payment required by Grand Chapter, and our require Masonic Building Assessment, as follows:

Previous Current
Dues- $30 Dues- $30
Per Capita- $5 Per Capita- $7
Assessment- $10 Assessment- $10
Total dues charged/ year- $45 Total dues charged /year- $47

As per our vote in chapter those who are 50 year members since 2010 are remitted for dues and assessment however will pay per capita only (now $7.00) ; those who are 50 year + members before 2010 are remitted for dues/per capita/ and assessment.
Petition fee remains at $35 and Affiliation fee remains at $10.

Grand Chapter Raffle Fundraiser: This year, Grand Chapter will be hosting a state wide raffle fundraiser in businesses throughout the state.  As a chapter, we are requested to find 5 businesses who would be willing to showcase a raffle item (i.e. gift card for their establishment) where patrons can purchase a chance for $5.  At the end of the raffle time period, all proceeds from the raffle will go toward our state charity, the NH Food Bank.  What a great way to show our work in the community and fundraise for a great charity and if each chapter has 5 businesses participating that each raise $100 each, we could make $10,000!  Wow!  Full details on this great project  are available from Sister Stacy Desrosiers, WM.

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 Stacy Desrosiers, Mother Advisor, at 603-759-3221, or Sister Lois Taylor, AMA, 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:
10/11/16 Ancient York Lodge –stated meeting
10/13-14/16 Quebec Grand Chapter
10/15/16 Masonic Open House0 9am -3pm
10/19/16 Rising Sun Lodge- stated meeting
10/20/16 Rainbow/ Pledge- stated meeting
10/22-23/16 Rainbow Leadership Camp – Meredith
10/23/16 Traveling Stars Meeting- Littleton 1:30pm
10/23/16 Pilgrim OES Rehearsal- 6pm
10/29/16 OES School of Instruction- Penacook – 10am –3pm
11/3/16 Rainbow/Pledge – stated meeting
11/4-6/16 International weekend –New Brunswick
11/13/16 Grand Cross of Color- Banquet 12:30 pm-Degree 2pm
11/13/16 Grand Representatives- annual meeting- Boscawen
11/14/16 Ancient York -Stated meeting
11/15/16 Rising sun –stated meeting
11/19/16 Grand Lodge – Semi-annual Convocation- Manchester
11/19/16 OES Exchange (Ma/ME/NH)- Wakefield, Ma
11/19-27/16 Fez-Tival of trees- Bektash- Concord”

Contact your secretary for more information on any of the above events. Also a full listing of the legislation voted on at Grand Chapter 2016 is now available. Contact your Secretary for that information to be mailed or emailed to you.

From the East:
We would like to thank you for all your thoughts and words of encouragement as we assume the East this term!  We look forward to continuing our works of service in the community mixed in with lots of fun and social enjoyment with our sisters and brothers.  As always, if you need a ride to a meeting or any event, please let us know and we will be happy to arrange that for you!  We look forward to seeing all of you this year!
Just a few of the service / fun projects planned for the next few months:
October, we will be taking up a collection to support Operation Warm which provides warm coats to children in need this winter. This will be our second year supporting this excellent organization!

November, we will be wrapping gifts for a special family through the White Dove program all while being entertained by our Masonic Brothers!

December, we will be hosting a cookie swap following the meeting…bring a dozen or two of your favorite cookie and swap them with other members just in time to greet Santa!!!