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

September 2019 Bulletin

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

You are cordially invited to attend the stated meeting on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. for the purpose of receiving petitions and transacting any business that may legally come before the Chapter. This is our Annual Meeting. Sister Officers may wear colored gowns for the meeting.

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

Installation of Officers: You are cordially invited to the Installation of Officers of Pilgrim Chapter #55 for the 2019-2020 Term on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 11am..

Installing Suite:
Installing Past Grand Matron Gretta J Smith, PGM
Installing Past Grand Patron Larry D Gullett, PGP
Installing Past Grand Marshal Jennifer A Taylor-Arnold, PM
Installing Past Grand Chaplain Stacy M Desrosiers, PM

There will be a luncheon consisting of Chicken Broccoli Alfredo, Caesar Salad,  and dessert immediately following the Installation at a cost of $7 per person. Our Rainbow and DeMolay Youth eat free but still need to RSVP. Please RSVP by September 28th 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 9:00am that morning.

Happy wishes: Congratulations and welcome to our new members Sr. Jessica Kellar Stock and Br Stephen M Stock who recently joined our Chapter. Congrats to our Brothers who recently took the plunge off the Brady Sullivan Tower and or raised money (over $6000) for the Children’s Dyslexia Center: Br. Roland ‘Pete’ N Petersen and Br. Robert M Porter Jr PP from Pilgrim Chapter, and Br. Jerome T Becker PP from Rockingham Chapter. Congratulations to Br. Roland ‘Pete’  N Petersen who was given a Grand Representative appointment to Wisconsin. Congrats to all our Sisters and Brothers who worked tirelessly at Grand Chapter 2019- at my last count there were 39 of our members present: thank you to Sr. Lisa K Hollis, Gr Marshal, Shelley M Gullett PGM, Stephen K Bahsler, Gr Treasurer, Joan L Smith AGM- terrific job in your offices; Sr. Nancy E Brooks PM, Stacy M Desrosiers, PM, Phyllis A Lackie PM, Aimee K Busby, Lisa JM Proulx PM as Personal Grand Pages and Srs Tatiana E Fowler and  Jennifer A Pizzi as Grand Page; Br. Brian J Smith PGP, (Nathan Hollis) and Br. Samuel J Varjabedian- Sound System; Tony Zanichkowsky for Photography, Lisa K Hollis PM for Program Book; Sr Lorraine E Thompson PGM and Br Brian J Smith PGP for their call to order; Srs Lisa F Britko PM,, Shelley M Gullett PGM, Jacqueline J Cole, QS,  Stacy M Desrosiers PM, and Allison E Desjardins, and Br Brian J Smith PGP for their participation during Installation Ceremonies; and to all the Sisters and Brothers who assisted with loading, set up, take down and movement of paraphernalia as well as those who assisted and brought foods for the Collation of Friday and Saturday evenings- too many to mention- but so very loved for their service. Congrats to our newly installed officers: Srs Joan L Smith, WGM, Shelley M Gullett PGM, Gr Secy, Lisa F Britko, Grand Martha, and Br. Stephen K Bahsler, Gr Treasurer.

Sickness and Distress:  Prayers go out to Sr. Bertha Stevens who has been going through some health struggles. Get well wishes to Sr. Susan J Whitney PM who had recent knee surgery. To Aaron Jackson Desrosiers who was stricken this summer with a form of Transverse Myelitis and continues to work hard now to get his legs and lower body working again at Spaulding Rehab Hospital in Boston. To some of our Sisters and Brothers who have been privately going through various health struggles and wish not to be named. Thinking about Br Mark Marden PP as he prepares for Hip surgery on Sept 9.

Sympathy: Extended to the family of Sisters Judith S Bausha and Karlyne S Ainsworth at the loss of their stepmother, our Sr.  Jean, and to Noreen, Bobbie, and John Sudsbury on the loss of their mom. To the Hall family (Andy and Heather) at the loss of their dad, our Br. Norm, and to Sister Susan J Whitney PM at the loss of her husband , our Br Bill, Sr Gail W Brown PM at the loss of her father, Br. Jeffrey L Brown PGP at the loss of his father in law, and Sr Gail W Heimbach PM at the loss of her brother in law.

Memoriam:

Norman E Hall
Born 2-11-48
Initiated 3-19-84
Passed 8-20-19
(35 year member)

Jean C Sudsbury, PM, Secy Emeritus
Born 7-18-27
Initiated 5-28-48
Passed 8-21-19
(71 year member)

William R Whitney
Born 6-28-
Initiated 2-25-05
Passed 8-28-19
(14 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.” Anonymous

There will be a Masonic Service and Memorial tribute to Br. William R Whitney on Saturday September 7 from 2-4pm at the Nashua Masonic Temple. We have also heard from the family of Br. G Raymond Palmer who passed earlier this summer. Br. Ray’s Masonic Service will be on Friday September 13 at 5:30pm at Davis Funeral Home. His Memorial Service will be Saturday September 14 in the am at Pilgrim Church in Nashua. Thank you to all who attended both Br. Norman E Hall and Sr. Jean C Sudsbury PM services this past week.

“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.”  Anonymous

There will be a Masonic Service and Memorial tribute to Br. William R Whitney on Saturday September 7 from 2-4pm at the Nashua Masonic Temple. We have also heard from the family of Br. G Raymond Palmer who passed earlier this summer.  Br. Ray’s Masonic Service will be on Friday September 13 at 5:30pm at Davis Funeral Home. His Memorial Service will be Saturday September 14 in the am at Pilgrim Church in Nashua. Thank you to all who attended both Br. Norman E Hall and Sr. Jean C Sudsbury PM services this past week.

Star Anniversary:

Deb Bean            7/22       8 yrs

Wendy Bean       7/22       8 yrs

Jaime Gollob        8/4        2 yr

Julie Marciello      9/24     32 yrs

John McCartney      9/28     18 yrs

Carol Pauling           9/28     40 yrs

Annie LK Rice          9/28     40  yrs

At our last meeting: In June we recommended that the dues/fees structure remain the same for next year however strongly advised to be fiscally responsible on how we spend our money, and how we fundraise. Our current structure is as follows and will be voted on at our September Annual Meeting:

Total Cost per member yearly: $50.00
The breakdown of which is:
Dues from Jan 1, 2020, to Dec 31, 2020 $30.00
Grand Chapter Per Capita fee $10.00
Special Assessment for Nashua Temple Fund $10.00
Fees for membership
Petition for membership $35.00
Affiliation (out of state) $10.00
Affiliation (in state) no charge

In August we held a special meeting and Initiated Sr. Jessica and affiliated her husband Br. Stephen. We also presented certificates of Valor to our 3 rappelers Br. Pete, Bob, and Jerry for jumping off a building for the CDC, and then Br. Pete was given a Grand Representative to Wisconsin appointment.

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:

Sept 5 Rainbow /Pledge mtg- 7pm
Sept 8 OES Grand Officer Reception- 2pm- Nashua
Sept 10 Ancient York Mtg
Sept 14 District 2 LOI Nashua 12 -2pm
Sept 15 Unity Picnic- Wellington State Park- Bristol – 1-5pm
Sept 18 Rising Sun mtg
Sept 19 Rainbow/Pledge mtg -7pm
Sept 20 Full Throttle – a fundraiser at Loudon (contact Bill Rohr PGP if you can assist)
Sept 22 Dream Builders/Circus Stars mtg- Wolfeboro- 12:30 social 1pm start
Sept 26-29 Deerfield Fair Fundraiser for Grand Chapter- contact your Secretary if you can assist
Oct 3 Rainbow /Pledge mtg
Oct 5 Pilgrim Installation (info above)
Oct 6 Labelle Winery Fundraiser – Dream Builders group charities (Shriners, Blessings in a Backpack, Service Dogs)- tickets $40 pp or $70 per couple- (includes luncheon and taste testing) Winery Tour $5 each. Basket raffles and entertainment. 12noon to 3pm. Amherst NH. Contact your WGM /Secretary for tickets
Oct 10-11 Quebec Grand Chapter
Oct 11-12 RI Grand Chapter
Oct 13 Rainbow Grand Officers Day- held at Concord Masonic Temple- 1pm

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We can hardly believe our year is going to be over soon.

It has been an honor and pleasure to serve Pilgrim Chapter as it’s Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron.  We have had a very busy year and except for a few cancellations of our plans, we think we made up for it in other ways.  I was fortunate to be able to give to all of my charities from funds of sales of my 3D Dog bracelets and Cat bracelets on Ebay, donations at chapter and in the general public.  We have initiated a handful of new members and lost some of our dearest members.  All in all, as things move along we know that we will continue to persevere through many changes.  God has blessed us throughout the year by giving us courage, stamina, forgiveness, trust, and loving kindness. I know I have even learned how to HUG better. (Thanks Brian).

Thank you all for your commitments to your office, We could not have chosen a better core of officers, You were Stupendous!

 Stephen and I want to wish Aimee and Brian and their new core of officers the very best year!  Call on me if you need anything. Congratulations to Sister Shelley M. Gullett, PGM and Brother Stephen K. Bahsler on their election and installation to offices of Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer for another year.  Congratulations to Sister Lisa F. Britko on being installed as Grand Martha, we know you will do a fabulous job!  We also want to wish Sister Joan L. Smith, our new Worthy Grand Matron, the very best year, yet! We are so proud of you! Farewell!

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

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