Scottish Rite Ladies At The Table Evening

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The Scottish Rite Valley of Portsmouth-Dover  will be hosting a “Ladies at the Table” evening at the Portsmouth Masonic Temple (351 Middle Street) on Friday January 27 from 6:30p.m. – 9:00 pm.. This dinner event is open to  potential and current Scottish-Rite candidates, lodge ambassadors, VPD officers and committees, valley members and their spouses. A “social hour” will precede dinner (6:30 p.m. 7:00). Dinner will be prime rib.

Reservations* can be made with the V.P.D. Secretary Jeff L. Brown 603 320 7010 or send a check (payable to the Valley of Portsmouth-Dover) to: Jeffrey Brown, 32 Embassy Ave., Hooksett, NH 03106.  Cost is $25 per person $40 per couple.

*Payment must be made at the time reservations are made)

Master’s Class For January 2017

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When?:  January 28, 2016;  9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

Where?: Saint James Lodge No. 102, Hampton NH

This class will discuss the “Funeral Service for Masonic Brethren” and how to conduct a proper service to remember our brother and pay respects to his family.

The Master’s Class is designed for those who will, or might, work their way to the East but also contains important information for any MM. All are welcome to join the circle for an open and free discussion. This is not a class room setting with a lecture. It promises not to be boring !

If you are traveling to the East one of your best resources is the feed back from these Master’s Classes. We all learn from a discussion.
What if the weather is bad and we can’t get to the Lodge to open on the degree ?
We have several new Brothers who have never seen a service ? Can they attend and be part of the group paying respects ?
What if the WM is out of town on vacation, can we postpone the Memorial Service for a few days until he returns ?
Can the Trestleboard be used to alert the Brethren of the time and date ?
We normally do not use that Funeral Home and are not familiar with the room layout. How do we handle that problem ?
What about the proper attire for the Officers. How about the regular Lodge members ? Can I come in casual clothes if coming from work ?
Does each member bring his own apron ? What about the Evergreen ? Where does that come from ?
And the questions go on. The program is set in a round table format with comments from all.

Please join us in Hampton on Saturday, January 28th from 9 to 11. Coffee and donuts will be provided.

 

This class is highly recommended for any Master Masons who think they may someday be called upon to be help with a  Masonic Funeral Service 

A Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season to all

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Master’s Class for December 2016

10ebfda2-3e91-4311-ad7c-a3b4d345cd81Masters Class for this month will be at Tucker Lodge in Raymond
Saturday, December 17th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

This months class is on “How to conduct a Masonic Meeting” and is coming at the right time for those going into the Oriental Chair next year or might in the future.

The Masters Class is designed for those who will, or might, work their way to the East but also contains important information for any MM. All are welcome to join the circle for an open and free discussion. This is not a class room setting with a lecture. It promises to keep you awake ! We all learn from a discussion.
Should the Master have an agenda so that all will know what is going to take place that evening ?
Should the Master allow any question from the Brethren at any time ?
How are the Brethren recognized before asking the question ?
Can the Master, ask the question, second the motion and vote on the question ?
What if the vote is not acceptable to the Master ? Can he stop the action once the vote has happened.?
Can he delegate part of the evenings work to others ?
Can he skip reading the minutes from the previous meeting ? Can he skip the Treasurer report ?
What about scheduling the vote for the new candidate ? Does it have to be done ASAP after the 28 day waiting period ?
How should the Master handle those odd things that happen from time to time ?
What about a Brother who does not “take no for an answer” ? How should he handle that situation ? What about a Brother who does not stop talking when asked ?
Is the Master required to have Masonic Educational as part of the meeting ?
Stated meeting are required as part of your by-laws. How can the time of those meeting be changed ?
Should I plan for meetings over the next 6 months or is planning only needed for the next month ? What if my plans are altered by events beyond my control ?
How long should my Masonic meetings last ? Is there a cut off time for the meetings to end ?
And the questions go on. The program is set in a round table format with comments from all.

Please join us for the Masters Class in Raymond on Saturday the 17th of December starting at 9 am with coffee and donuts. Come on by, you won’t be disappointed.

Annual Toy Drive Dedication

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On December 7th, the brothers attending the Annual/Stated meeting of St. John’s Lodge No. 1 voted to permanently name the December toy drive in honor of brother Joseph Minai who suddenly and unexpectedly passed from labor to refreshment several moths ago.  Joe, as most every brother in Saint John’s knows, was passionate about the annual  collection for the Portsmouth Toy Bank.  He put his all into making sure a large number of toys were available for distribution to children of the greater Portsmouth area during the Christmas Season.  Our annual joint effort with our sister  Lodge, St. Andrews No. 56,  will from this point on be known as the Joseph Michael Minai Annual Toy Drive.

Joe’s efforts last year along with those of the brothers of St. John’s  and St. Andrews Lodges put over $1,100 worth of new toys “under the tree for area children”.  This year the brothers of both lodges along with members of the Scottish Rite raised donations to the $1,500* mark – a fitting tribute to “Brother Joe”.

 

*(at the time this post was published, donations were still coming in).

Tis’ the Season……

Brethren of St. John’s and St. Andrews Lodges,

One Wednesday December 14, we are going to try to organize a morning and a late afternoon group to decorate the the Portsmouth Masonic Temple for the Christmas Season.  We are looking for anybody who can help with a 9:00 a.m. start (or anytime after) and a “second shift” that could come in to finish up from 5:00 p.m. (or after).  We are late on getting decorations up this year and could use as much help as possible to make the job go quickly.

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Veteran’s Day Observance

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We have usually observed Veterans Day on the Stated or Special Communication nearest the actual holiday.  This year our observance will take place the evening of our Special Communication for Fellow Craft, November 16th.  The W.M. is asking that as part of this years observance all brethren who are veterans, retired, or current members of the U.S. armed forces to wear either their full medals, “mini” medals, or the ribbons they were awarded while in service to their country.