Freemasonry in Vermont

Fall 2009

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Around the State

 Kilted Degree Team

L to R: Brother David S. Campbell and Brother Thomas Johnston, IV, Grand Master. The Saint Andrews Society Kilted Degree Team worked the Master Mason Degree on Brother David Campbell at Seneca Lodge No. 40, Milton, Vermont on Tuesday, December 1, 2009.

Entered Apprentices

October 14, 2009 Mount Vernon Lodge No. 8 worked the Entered Apprentice Degree on three new candidates.

Isaac Merriam, 18, of Elmore, a 2009 Graduate of Peoples Academy High School in Morrisville and newest member to achieve the honored rank of Eagle Scout from Troop 876 in Morrisville. Isaac has enlisted with the USMC and will ship-out in January of 2010. Nathan Baker, son of Bryan Baker, a member of Mount Vernon, and William Coslett, 89, of Morrisville. William said one of his biggest regrets was not becoming a Freemason. His father, uncles and grandfather were all Masons and he decided it was high time he joined. He noticed a Masonic Vermont license plate and inquired of the owner, Dan Sweet, his interest in joining the fraternity. Sweet of Barton directed him to Mt. Vernon. Mr. Sweet was in attendance for the E.A. Degree as were R.W.G.S.W. Roger L. Crouse and R.W.D.D. Ed Andrus. The 3rd Degree is scheduled for December 15th at Mt. Vernon with a potluck supper at 6:00 p.m.


In the picture L to R; Kevin Newton P.M., Isaac Merriam, William Coslett, Nathan Baker, Roger L. Crouse Roger L. Crouse R.W.G.S.W. and Ed Andrus R.W.D.D.

Building the Flag Team

Recently the Building of the Flag Team of (left to tight) Tom MacPhee, Cal Keyler, Evered Hinkley, Bruce Pomeroy and Bernard (Skins) Watkins, all members of John Stark Camp of the Heroes of 76 of The National Sojourners participated in the Annual Veterans Day Celebration in Charlestown, NH. Nearly 300 were on hand at the local High School to see the Building of the Flag, listen to the high school band, and to honor veterans. The Flag Team received many rounds of applause and thank yous.


Clothe the Children/Warm Hands Warm Hearts Program

The Vermont Grand Lodge in partnership with Warm Hands, Warm Heart, Inc. presents the Clothe the Children Program. The objective: Through the participation of every Vermont Masonic Lodge, children’s clothing will be gathered and then disbursed to designated distribution points. The program ran from the end of August until the end of September.  For details of the program, download the PDF Operations Manual.


Myron Waite and Grand Master Johnston, IV with clothes for the Warm Hands Warm Hearts
program at Morning Flower Lodge No. 72 in Pawlet.


Visitor to Vermont

Brother Paul Curran, Grand Master, American Canadian Grand Lodge, A F & A M of Germany made a visit to The Annual District Meeting, District No. 6, held in Barre, Vermont on Friday, October 9, 2009. Brother Curran was received into the District Meeting by Brother Thomas Johnston, IV, Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Vermont and given the Private Grand Honors. Below are of all the Grand Lodge Officers, Past and Present, that we in attendance.




Brother Paul Curran, Grand Master, American Canadian Grand Lodge, A F & A M of Germany


Around the State

Left to Right: Nick Burdick, District Deputy Grand Master, District No. 10, Burton Hilton, Island Pond Lodge No. 44, Island Pond, Vermont and Thomas Johnston, IV, Grand Master, Masons of Vermont. Brother Hinton receive the Citizen of the Year Award for 2009 for District No. 10. The meeting was held at Central Lodge No. 62, Irasburg, Vermont.

50 Year Pin

Brother Warren S. Sweet is
a member of Minervea Lodge No. 86, East Corinth, Vermont.



Brother Warren S. Sweet receives his 50 year pin

"Clothe the Children" Donation

Members of Libanus Lodge #47 F. & A. M. in Bristol donate $500.00 worth of new clothing to needy students at Bristol Elementary School as a part of the Grand Lodge of Vermont "Clothe the Children" project. Pictured left to right are Ted Pilon, Past District Deputy Grand Master, Betty Soneria, School Nurse, accepting the donation, Steve Jarvis Worshipful Master, Dick Merrill, Past Master.  Picture taken by Brother Mike Orvis Master Mason.

Vermont Freemasons Welcome Center Building Plaque is Now Installed

Thanks to the donations of Vermont Freemasons across Vermont, the Welcome Center is now installed and operating at Vermont's National Veterans Cemetery in Randolph Center. Recently the plaque commemorating our donation of the building was installed. All Masons should take the time to visit this beautiful Cemetery and see the building that you made possible. It will make every Mason "Proud to be a Mason" in Vermont. We all have Brother Barry Duquette of Summit Lodge, No. 104 in Williamstown for donating this beautiful granite plaque showing our respect for the contributions of all veterans.  See the pictures of the installation in the Spring.

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