Dear Sisters and Brothers:

You are cordially invited to attend the following stated meetings for the purpose of transacting any business that may legally come before the Chapter. Officers may wear colored gowns/tuxes or suits for the stated meeting, unless initiation or installation.

Note meeting time change which is a bylaws change!

Friday, September 22, 2023 at 7:00 pm: Annual Meeting and Election of Officers

Friday, October 27, 2023: Early meeting at 5:00 pm, Potluck dinner at 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm Installation of Officers Collation –Cheerful Companionship and Social Enjoyment (under the direction of Sister Lisa K Hollis, PM, AM, assisted by Sister Judy A. Porter and Brother Robert M. Porter Jr. PP) will be held after the meeting. Officers be sure to donate to Sister Lisa for purchase of refreshments.

Suppers: We have been asked to do the following Scottish Rite Suppers: Mondays: Oct 2, Oct 9, Oct 16, Oct 23, Oct 30, and a Lodge of Instruction Supper on September 16. Arrival time for all is 5:00 pm, and you are usually done by 8:00 pm. Supper fundraisers are the main source of our general fund money, so the more help we get on these suppers, the better we are. Thank you to so many who have been stepping up to work the many suppers these past few months. Please contact Sister Tatiana at  or at 603-809-8357 to learn more about helping this aspect of the Supper committee.

Congratulations: To Brother Robert S Bean, III, PP on receiving his 33 degree in Louisville, KY; to Lois A Taylor, PM on receiving Scottish Rite Youth Advisor of the Year award at Supreme Council in Louisville, KY; to Sister Jackie M Desrosiers on a successful term and Grand Assembly as GWA in NH

Thinking of You: Well wishes go out to a few of our members who have had recent health challenges: Mark A Marden, PP: Casey L Rainey, PM; Joan L Smith, PGM, and Alyson Gagnon, all of which have had recent health issues or surgeries.

Sympathy: Our condolences are conveyed to Sister Joanne Soucy on the loss of her mother; to Brother Irving C Cable, PP on the loss of his wife, our Sister Mae F Cable; to Sister Julie Marciello on the loss of her father-in law. To the family of Brother John J McCartney who lost both Brother John and his wife Claire, to Covid earlier this year.


John J McCartney born 4-10-34, initiated 9-28-01, passed away 1-21-23 in Pennsylvania at age of 88. A 21 year member

Mae F Cable born 10-21-25, initiated 3-20-59, passed away 7-6-23 in Goffstown at age of 97. A 64 year member

Michael F Ripberger, PGP passed away 7-28-23 Loyal Stark PMWGP passed away 5-25-23

Dues Recommendation from Finance Committee: The Finance Committee gave their recommendation at our June meeting for Dues and fees structure in 2024: The Finance Committee recommends the dues be increased by $5 to cover our future budgeted operating costs. This will bring the total for dues, per capita, and assessment to $65.

Important Dates:

Sept 7- Rainbow and Pledge -stated mtg 7pm

Sept 8-10 -OES Gathering of 13 Colonies- Philadelphia

Sep 12-Ancient York -stated

Sept 15-Lodge of instruction Nashua and Milford

Sept 17-Pledge- Fraternal Breakfast 8-10am

Sept 17- Unity Picnic 1-5pm Wellington State Park- Bristol

Sept 20- Rising Sun- stated

Sept 21- Rainbow and Pledge -stated mtg 7pmSep 22- pilgrim

Sept 23- IORG Leadership Camp- Concord

Sept 23- OES Reception 2pm – Candia

Sep 24- Navigators- group mtg and SOI – Candia

Sept 28- Oct 1 -Deerfield fair- fundraiser

Sept 30- Queen of South degree- Connecticut

Oct 5- Rainbow and Pledge -stated mtg 7pm

Oct 8 – IORG Grand Officers Day- Penacook (Boscawen) 1-5pm

Oct 10- Ancient York- stated Oct 13-14 RI – Grand Chapter

Oct 15 Pledge- Fraternal Breakfast 8-10am

Oct 18- Rising Sun- stated

Oct 19- Rainbow and Pledge -stated mtg 7pm

Oct 21- Star Pens and Keys Mtg Penacook (Boscawen)

Oct 28 –Official Visitations- Serenity 26 and PHA 14-Hillsboro

Oct 30- OES School of Instruction-Tilton

Star Anniversary:

Jaime Gollob 8/4 -6 yrs

Jess Kellar 8/9- 4 yrs

Debra Bean 7/22- 12 yrs

Wendy Bean 7/22- 12 yrs

Kevin Burns 7/23- 2 yrs

Randall Perkins 7/23- 2 yrs

Joanne Soucy 7/23- 2 yrs

Eric Thing 7/23 -2 yrs

Linda Casey Rainey 7/27- 20 yrs

Joan Smith 10/13- 47 yrs

Robert Weidner 10/15- 18 yrs

Sally Smith 10/18- 67 yrs

Henry Brown 10/19 – 42 yrs

Elizabeth Annis 10/23- 64 yrs

Judith Bausha 10/23 -64 yrs

Laurie Bettencourt-Ford 10/24- 43 yrs

Deborah Hall 10/24- 43 yrs

June Sweeney 10/24- 43 yrs

Chris Fowler 10/26 -11 yrs

Tatiana Fowler 10/26- 11 yrs

Patricia Clement 10/27 – 62 yrs

Mary Richardson 10/27-62 yrs I

rving Cable 10/28- 63 yrs

Judith Foley 10/8 – 57 yrs

Janet Thompson 10/9- 44 yrs

Julie Marciello 9/24- 36 yrs

Carol Pauling 9/28 -44

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. 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, Asst Mother Advisor 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: Welcome back from a hot and wet summer. Looking forward to the beautiful weather in fall including the fall foliage. In June we had two meetings. First, we had our December makeup meeting “Christmas in June” where we all wore our Christmas best. Our June Stated meeting was with a Hawaiian/tropical dress. It was fun to see everyone in this comfortable themed attire. We had a very tasty potluck dinner before the meeting. Thank you to Lisa Hollis for organizing it. And thank you to all who brought food. If you left hungry, it was your own fault as there was plenty of food. Jackie Cole was honored with a 55-year pin. We raised $138 in our badge fundraiser.

The Past Matrons and Past Patrons of Pilgrim Chapter put on an Old Fashion Degree (OFD). Thank you to Lisa Hollis for coordinating the degree. It was awesome. The tea before the OFD was such a success. Thank you, Lisa Proulx for coordinating the Tea, and a big thank you to Janet Thompson and Laura Fowler (from Acacia Chapter #80) for the decorations, making all the sandwiches and many desserts. It was an honor to use Shelley Gullett’s teacups, it made the event extra special.

It was an honor for Steve and me to speak at Grand Assembly as the Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron of the sponsoring Chapter. August brought us to a very nice Grand Chapter. Congratulations to our new Grand Officers especially to include those from Pilgrim Chapter: Joan Smith – Grand Secretary, Stephen Bahsler – Grand Treasurer, Lisa Hollis – Grand Trustee to Grand Secretary, and Aimee Busby – Grand Adah. Our September (Annual) meeting will start at 7:00 pm per our Bylaw changes. We will hear from our Conductress regarding Grand Chapter as well as many annual reports will be given. We will also have an election of officers. We will receive information from our Associate Matron on her term and officers. We hope you will join us. We would like to thank all our officers for a job well done this year. We especially want to thank those who stepped up and substituted when we needed a station filled. Thank you to Tatiana and Eric for coordinating the fundraising dinners this year.

Star Love with hugs, Linda “Casey” Rainey, PM, WM

Stephen K Bahsler, PP, WP

Joan L Smith, PGM, Secy 

The incoming Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron, Brother Richard Thompson and I are very much looking forward to serving Pilgrim Chapter as your Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron for the upcoming term (if elected). This will be Rick’s first time as a Worthy Patron in New Hampshire and my second time in Pilgrim Chapter. My first time was from 2007-2008. I will be sending a separate email to the membership looking for those who would like to serve as officers next term. Most importantly the Chapter needs a Conductress and Associate Conductress. If you have never gone up the line, if you have been a Worthy Matron in another Chapter, or if you have been a Pilgrim Past Matron, please consider going up the line and serving, in my opinion, one of THE BEST Chapters around. Recently, the members of Pilgrim Chapter present voted to change our bylaws changing our meeting time to 7:00. Brother Rick and I proposed this in an effort to get more of you to attend our meetings. If we start earlier and have efficient meetings, it will allow more time for social enjoyment upstairs during collation. We would also like to have honor and fun programs either during the meeting or during collation. Please mark your calendars for Friday, October 27 for the Installation of Officers. We hope to see many of you there!

In Star Love and Service,

Lisa Hollis and Rick Thompson Lisa Hollis, PM

Rick Thompson, PP

Pilgrim Chapter Website: NH Grand Chapter Website: If there are any changes to 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.