September 5, 2018

Dear Sisters and Brothers:
You are cordially invited to attend the stated meeting on Friday, September 28, 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. This is our Annual meeting and Election of Officers.

Collation: Under the direction of Sister Nancy E. Brooks, P.M., Associate Matron, assisted by members of the Chapter.

Installation of Officers: You are cordially invited to the Installation of Officers of Pilgrim Chapter #55 for the 2018-2019 Term on Saturday, September 29th, 2018 at 2:00 PM.

Installing Suite:
Installing Past Grand Matron Jean E. DeSisto, PGM, MA
Installing Grand Patron Robert M. Porter, Jr. PP
Installing Grand Marshal Sandra E. Osten, PM, CT
Installing Grand Chaplain Caroline V. Maselli, Grand Chaplain, CT
Installing Grand Organist Rhoda W. Hardy, PM, PGO, NH
Installing Grand Soloist Jennifer C. Messina, PGWA, NH

There will be a Luncheon at 1:00 PM. Please RSVP by September 15th to Joan L. Smith, PM, Secretary at jlspma@aol.com or 603-888-0891 if you plan to attend. There will be a rehearsal for Installation at 11:30am that morning.

Sickness and Distress: Get well wishes continue to go out to Sister Cynthia B Covey, Sister Lil Calloway, Sister Elaine Strand, and Brother David C Thompson Jr PGP who have been ailing and could use many prayers. Well wishes went out over the summer to Sister Janet L Thompson PM who had neck surgery and is doing well now, and to Sister Lisa J Proulx PM on her recent surgery. We are sending good vibes and well wishes to Brother Jeffrey L Brown PGP who will be having his aortic Valve Replacement done on September 6 at CMC, and to Sister Tracey L Thompson PM who will be having L4/L5 Back Fusion surgery done to correct potentially crippling stage 4 Pars Defect brought on by Chemotherapy at the end of September.

Congratulations: A hearty congrats to Sister Joan L Smith, Associate Grand Matron, Sister Shelley M Gullett, PGM, Grand Secretary, Brother Stephen K Bahsler, Grand Treasurer, and Sister Lisa K Hollis, Grand Marshal, on their Installation into Grand Offices for the 2018-2019 year. Congrats to Sister Kimmie Maier who received the Albert D Miner Scholarship, and Madeline Going, daughter of our Sister Doreen Going, for receiving the Mabel Temple Newton OES Scholarship (sponsored by Pilgrim), and to the grandson of Brother Ron and Sister Bonnie Carbary who also received a scholarship, sponsored via Ellacoya. Congrats to Sister Joan L Smith who received first place in the travel award category for Grand Officers at Grand Chapter.

In Rainbow News: Earlier this summer at NH Grand Assembly Nashua Assembly was honored to have Miss Madeline Going become it’s 7th Grand Worthy Advisor. The assembly also received many awards and has currently 4 Grand Officers and 3 Grand Representatives. At Supreme Assembly IORG in Hampton VA Mrs. Joan L Smith, Supreme Inspector in NH was named Supreme Confidential Observer for the 2018-2020 term, and serves as chair of the Disaster Relief Committee, as well as a member of the Ritual Committee.

Sympathy: Sadly it has been a difficult few months of personal losses for so many of us. To Sister B Judith Fenner, PGM, we extend our deepest sympathy at the loss of her husband and our Brother Frank H. Fenner Jr. PGP. To Sister Judy A and Brother Robert M Porter Jr- we extended sympathy at the loss of Sister Judy’s brother-in-law. To Sister Mary T Richardson who just recently lost her husband, Brother Bob, of 65 years

In Memoriam:
We will be draping the altar in loving memory of our Sisters and Brothers who passed this summer:
Shirley Jolly PM
Born: May 2, 1930
Initiated: May 24, 1968
Passed: June 20, 2018
A 50 year member

Frank H Fenner Jr PGP
Born: Feb 9, 1924
Initiated: Feb 8, 1985
Affiliated: June 29, 2006
Passed: July 27, 2018
A 33 year member

Luisa A Pakosky
Born: Jan 10, 1927
Initiated: June 16, 1954
Affiliated: April 25, 1980
Passed: August 29, 2018
A 64 year member

“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, Unseen, Unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear.”

Grand Chapter: Synopsis of what happened at our 2018 Grand sessions- Pilgrim Chapter was represented by 32 members in attendance with the following participating in various crucial parts: besides our Grand Officers( Shelley, Steve, Joan, and Lisa ), we had Tony Zanichkowsky, Photography; Lisa Hollis, Program Book; Brian Smith and Tracey Thompson, Sound System; Aimee Busby, Phyllis Lackie, Stacy Desrosiers, and Lisa Proulx -Personal Grand Pages; Nancy Brooks- General Page/Teller; Ron Carbary- Asst. Grand Sentinel/Teller/Addendum; Bonnie Carbary, GGCCM Response; Lisa Proulx assisted as Installing Marshal. Several members assisted with set up for collation at the end of the Installation of the Grand Officers, as well as donating to the Grand Representative Hospitality Room

Legislation voted in was as follows: Article V Section 3C ‘or spouse ‘ of NH Eastern Star members was added to those eligible to be awarded an Eastern Star Scholarship; Article VIII Section 2 added Registration to the Credentials Committee and further defined added duties; Article VIII Section 8 brought the ESTARL committee in line with other GC Committees and provided for succession of members; Article XIV Section 4 addition allowed for assistance to officer performing work during courtesy candidate visitation; Article XVIII Section 3A allowed for Installations to be on or before October 31; Article XIX Section C added at Official Visitation the allowance of 2 copies of the Secret Work to be open at one time; and finally presented under new business per Article VI Section 2 Fees it was moved, with second and passed that the Grand Chapter per capita be $7.00 (in addition to the General Grand Chapter per Capita) and that NH members in good standing pay a registration $0 for Grand Chapter sessions, and that visiting Eastern Star members in good standing in other jurisdictions pay a registration fee of $12 for Grand Chapter sessions. This takes effect 1-1-19. Please contact your Secretary if you wish to have the full legislative report mailed /emailed to you.
Over $15,000 was given to the Crotched Mt Rehabilitation Center which was this past years WGM/WGP charity

Happy Star Anniversary:

Deb Bean            7/22       7 yrs

Wendy Bean       7/22       7 yrs

Jaime Gollob        8/4        1 yr

Julie Marciello      9/24     31 yrs

John McCartney      9/28     17 yrs

Carol Pauling           9/28     39 yrs

Annie LK Rice          9/28      39 yrs

Its supper time and our biggest fundraiser for the Chapter! Many hands make light work! We need not only helpers in kitchen but sometimes also people willing to cook/chair the dinner for the night. It is easy work and fun to do together. If you can assist on any dates please contact Sister Shelley Gullett at 603-533-9028 or smg55oes@comcast.net. The dates are as follows:
Sat Sep 15 – need 2-3 people in kitchen, possible servers
Mon Sep 17 – need 2 people in kitchen
Mon Sep 24 need 2 people in kitchen
Mon Oct 1 – need 2 people in kitchen
Mon Oct 8 – need 2 – 3 people in kitchen
Fri Oct 12 – need 2 – 3 people in kitchen
Mon Oct 15 – need 3 people in kitchen
Mon Oct 22 – need 2 people in kitchen, possibly servers

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:
9/8/18 OES Grand Officer Reception- Hopkinton High School- 297 Park Ave Contoocook, NH. From 1-5pm . Assistance is needed with set up and clean up by our chapter – please notify your Worthy Matron or Secretary if can assist.
9/11/18 Ancient York Lodge -stated
9/16/18 Unity Picnic- Wellington State Park -650 W. Shore Rd Alexandria NH (Bristol area) from 1-5pm. Tickets on sale through Grand Lodge until September 5th.
9/19/18 Rising Sun Lodge – stated
9/20/18 Nashua Rainbow and Pledge- stated
9/23/18 Circus Stars Group Mtg- Penacook- 1:30pm
9/30/18 Dream Builders Group Mtg – Bristol- 1:30pm
10/4/18 Nashua Rainbow and Pledge – stated
10/6/18 OES School of Instruction – Hillsboro
10/7/18 Rainbow Grand Officers Day- Nashua 1-5pm
10/14/18 Officer rehearsal – 6:30pm
10/19/18 Special Meeting for Conferring of Degrees- 7:30pm

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

From the East:
With summer almost over we can embrace Fall with the cool weather, family gatherings and the start of another year with our Masonic Family. This past year we’ve been able to raise awareness for Pilgrim Chapter, brought in new members, helped Anne Marie House and came together for cheerful enjoyment. I thank you for a great year even if it was a bit rocky at the start. I look forward to having many at our last meeting and to welcome Sister Nancy into the East for her upcoming term.
Thank you.


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