Dear Sisters and Brothers:
You are cordially invited to attend the following stated meeting for the purpose of transacting any business that may legally come before the Chapter. This will be our Annual Meeting and Election of Officers. Officers may wear colored gowns/tuxes or suits.
Friday, September 24, 2021 at 7:30 pm: Regular Stated Meeting – Annual Meeting, Election of Officers
If you are uncomfortable joining us at this time, we all understand, please know that your health and welfare, and comfort level are most important! We will have a Zoom link for the business section of these meetings for those persons unable to attend in person which can be gotten from the Secretary, Joan Smith, PGM, by emailing her at JLSPMA@aol.com. Please contact her ahead of the time of the meeting for the link.
Collation –Cheerful Companionship and Social Enjoyment (under the direction of Sister Tatiana Fowler, A.M., assisted by Sister Judy A. Porter and Brother Robert M. Porter Jr. P.P.) will be held after the meeting.
Installation of Officers: Installation for the new term -2021-2022 will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 10 am. Officers arrive at 9 am. White gowns and tuxes please.
Installing suite is as follows:
Installing Grand Matron Lisa K Hollis PM and Lisa JM Proulx PM
Installing Grand Patron
Installing Grand Marshal Shelley M Gullett PGM
Installing Grand Chaplain Robert S Bean III PP
Installing Grand Organist Jacqueline J Cole QS
Rehearsals: Upcoming Rehearsals for the new term are as follows: Inst. Rehearsal September 30th 6-8pm, October 8th– 6-8pm, November 12th 6-8pm, December 10th 6-8pm
Suppers: We have several supper dates coming up besides the kick-off dinner on Sept 7: the date available are Sept 21, Sept 27, Oct 4, Oct 11, Oct 18, Oct 25, Oct 26, Nov 1, Nov 14, Nov 16. Contact Sister Shelley Gullett if you can assist (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thinking of You: Well wishes go out to Sister Toni Freeman PM and Brother Walt Freeman PP who were in a serious Motorcycle accident while vacationing in Michigan. Sister Toni is now at Bedford Hills Rehabs facility in Bedford NH for another month until she can return home, Brother Walt is continuing his recovery at their home in NH. Continued well wishes to Brother Henry L Brown PP as he continues to recover from surgery. Thinking of you to Sisters Jacqueline J Cole QS, and Evelyn Dailey and Brother David C Thompson Jr PGP,GTE, who need continued thoughts and prayers during their health struggles.
Congratulations: Congrats to Brother Roland N “Pete” Petersen on receiving his 33rd degree at Cleveland , Ohio, Scottish Rite Supreme Council Northern Jurisdiction Convocation,. Congrats and best wishes to Sister Victoria JH Markarian who recently was wed to Mr. Noah Aubin; and congrats to mother- of the- bride Sister Lisa JM Proulx PM. To Sister Jenny A Taylor Arnold PM who was at our June meeting to receive her 25 year pin/cert. To Sisters Joann Soucy, Madeline Weidner, PM, and Brothers Kevin Burns, Randall Perkins, Eric Thing, and Robert Weidner, PGP, who were all initiated and affiliated at our July Special meeting. Congrats to Sisters Joan Smith, WGM, Shelley Gullett, PGP, Gr Secy, Lisa Britko, Gr Martha, and Brother Stephen Bahsler, Gr Treas., on a job well done serving at Grand Chapter for the 2019-2021 term, and to Sisters Shelley Gullett, PGM, Gr Secy, Nancy Brooks, Gr. Esther, and Jenn Bean Gr. Electa, and Brother Stephen Bahsler, Gr Treas. On their Installation at Grand Chapter into the Mad Hatter Grand Family for 2021-22. Congrats to Sister Stacy M Desrosiers PM for her award as he first honoree from NH Scottish Rite for the Youth Advisor of the Year. Finally a HUGE congratulations to the members of Nashua Assembly #9 on a fantastic Grand Assembly session with several awards , and a beautiful job done by all the young ladies of the FINE Nashua #9. We are indeed proud to have the new 2021-2022 GWA Miss Caitlyn Edwards, and GWAA Miss Jackie Desrosiers (also a member here in Pilgrim) both Nashua #9 members as well as Miss Katy A, the new Gr Hope, Miss Claire D (our new pilot) the new GDL, Miss Sera F, the new Gr Immort/Ambassador to GR, Miss Grace D, the new Gr. Fidelity/Honored Station, Miss Abbie B, the new Gr Service/Historian. We were very pleased to have Miss Nykola Isaia (our Sister here in Pilgrim ) who presided at sessions in July 2021 so well as GWA for the past 2 years!
Sister Susan D Ferguson PGM 2014-2015
November 20, 1954 – July 9, 2021
~ “Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.” ~
Grand Chapter 2021: We were finally able to have a Grand Chapter session this year after missing last years session. At last count I believe we had a total of 43 Pilgrim Chapter members attending and participating in many facets of the event, from Grand Officers, Hall Co-chair, Photographer. Hosts at Banquets, Tributes at Memorials, Sound System coordinator and assts, Asst Gr Sentinels, Grand and Personal Grand Pages, Grand Representatives, assisting with Flag Tributes, Responses, Tellers, Reports, Legislative session, helping with Paraphernalia set up and take down, assisting with various raffle and information tables, and supplying a wonderful Collation for Friday night. Most importantly I would personally like to thank the Chapter for their support over these past few years: it was not all what was expected but I do hope and pray that I served you all well.
Update on 100th Activities! Save the date for October 16, 2022 for our Gala Celebration! It will be held at the Alpine Grove. More information will follow as the date comes closer. Now that the Pandemic is waning we are starting to get back on schedule with the myriad of activities we had planned in 2019-2020 before things got shut down. Please watch for more special programs during and after meetings highlighting happenings of our 100 years and watch for new dates on the following special programs:
The Old Fashioned Degree
Pilgrim Famous Fashion Show
Pilgrims Pink Ladies degree
Our Murder Mystery dinner theatre
On-line Baby photo fundraiser: A fun way to raise money as we Celebrate the birth of our Chapter- by submitting your baby photo and having members guess who’s who! Send your pictures and fee to Judy Trest, PM ( JThrest@twc.com) – or visit the Pilgrim website (www.pilgrimchapter-oes.org ) Send photos in by May 15th 2022. Guessing starts May 31st 2022. Contest ends on August 31st 2022.
Fall Bulb Fundraiser:
Its that time again to look to fall planting and that means time to order your Dutch Bulbs! Nancy Brooks, PM is in charge of the terrific fundraiser again. Got to: https://groups.dutchmillbulbs.com/shop/?affiliates=pilgrimchapter55oes
And be sure to place your order soon! Any questions- contact Sister Nancy at email@example.com
100 for the 100th Our 100th Anniversary celebration of the start of Pilgrim Chapter has just begun. As we prepare to have our final celebratory party of our Chartering we invite interested members to contribute to the One Hundred Dollar Club for the 100th Anniversary. If you contribute (or have contributed thus far) a straight monetary donation of $100 toward the Anniversary fund, your name will go on a plaque commemorating your donation. Those interested please send your check payable to Pilgrim Chapter #55, to Sister Joan Smith, PGM, Secy, 16 Cliff Rd. Nashua, NH 03062 by the deadline of October 28, 2021 our official Chartering date.
September 6- Labor Day
September 7- SR Kick off Dinner- 5:30 set up
September 11- 20th Anniversary Memorial Service 9/11 and Ham/Bean Supper-Grand Officer Reception -Holderness – 4:30pm -7pm
September 14- Ancient York Mtg- stated 7:30pm
September 15- Rising Sun Mtg -stated 7:30pm
September 16 – Nashua Rainbow &Pledge – 7pm
September 19- Dream Builders/Mad Hatters Joint Group Mtg – at Penacook Masonic Temple- 1pm
September 26- Unity Picnic at Wellington State Park- 1-5pm
Debra Bean- 7/22- 10 yrs
Wendy R Bean- 7/22- 10 yrs
Casey L Rainey, PM- 7/27-18 yrs
Jessica Kellar- 8/9- 2yrs
Jaime Gollob- 8/4- 4yrs
Julie I Marciello- 9/24- 34 yrs
Carol A Pauling- 9/28- 42 yrs
Annie LK Rice- 9/28-42 yrs
John J McCartney-9/28-20 yrs
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. Masks are required as we meet under COVID guidelines. Please feel free to contact Sister Aimee Busby, M.A. for more information regarding any Rainbow events at (603) 320-9486. 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.
In Honor and Remembrance – the 20th Anniversary of 9/11
The Day the Nation Changed
It was the day the nation changed.
New York’s horizon blurred by smoky ash.
Washington’s heart backstabbed, with no repair.
Helplessly, we stood and watched and stared thinking of the ways we could have changed the past.
It was the day the nation changed.
A city wrought with fear, but not consumed
by these horrific acts of faceless names.
“We will search endlessly for one to blame and stand weeping, but not to fall or fume.”
It was the day the nation changed.
Our spirits flying high and soaring fast through many colors bright and flags unfurled.
We may stand weeping, before all the world but never faithless, holding to the last.
It was the day the nation changed.
A patriotic hue of white, so free.
The red, in memory of those we’ve lost through mourning, and to count such a heavy cost,
so with blue, silent prayers for victory. 911.
The day the nation changed. God bless this country, home of the brave.
From the East: Brother Sam and I would like to thank Pilgrim Chapter for allowing us the honor of serving as your Worthy Patron and Worthy Matron. While these have been “interesting” times, we very much appreciate all of the support from our Sisters and Brothers in Zoom meetings and finally in-person meetings, messages through Facebook and email, calls and cards. Our hearts are full with the love for the devotion you give to our Order. As always, Brother Sam and I wish each and every one of you health and happiness, and if anyone of you needs assistance, you have but only to ask. Sister Tatiana and Brother John, we wish you and your officers a wonderful term, full of fun and excitement. We can’t wait to be a part of the festivities! In Star Shamrocks, Love, and Hugs,
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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