Freemasonry in Vermont

Spring 2005

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Memphremagog Lodge #65 Iinstallation ceremony in Newport, Vermont
on May 7, 2005.

Memphremagog Lodge #65 of the Free and Accepted Masons held an installation ceremony at their Masonic Temple on the Bluff road in Newport on May 7, 2005. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year at the April annual meeting: Edwin Newton - Worshipful Master; Paul Jordan - Secretary; Colin Brock - Treasurer; George Jepson - Marshal; Dick Hodge - Chaplin; Paul Lucas - Sr. Warden; Bill Smith - Jr. Warden; Steve Barrup - Sr. Deacon; Ken Canning Jr. - Jr. Deacon; Kenny Canning III - Sr. Steward; Chuck Newton - Jr. Stewart; Ron Benson - Tiler and Sidney Lambert - Organist.

After the opening of the Lodge the brothers broke for refreshment and were treated to a delicious meal prepared by Mr Benson’s daughter. When the lodge returned to labor, a memorial service was held for our dear departed bothers who have passed on during the year. Brother Don Austin of Masonic Union Lodge #16 in Troy once again graciously agreed to serve as installation officer. After installation of the new officers the group was entertained by brother Richard Cook of Central Lodge #62 in Irasburg who performed his rendition of “The Master’s Hand” with the aid of a violin and various hats depicting different characters. The story uses the allegory of an old dusty violin that appears to have little or no value until its true quality is revealed by the skilled hand of the master. Brother Don Austin recited the
poem “Ode to the Mother Lodge” written by brother Rudyard Kipling. The evening’s ceremonies were all the more enjoyable with the accompaniment of brother Sid on the organ.

The Masons (also known as Freemasons) are men of good character who strive to improve themselves and make the world a better place. They belong to the oldest and most honorable fraternity known to man. The Masons sponsor many charities and philanthropies and perform public service activities in their communities. Memphremagog Lodge #65 meets the first Tuesday of every month (except July and August) and hosts an inexpensive community breakfast on the last Saturday of every month (except November and December).

Photo: from left to right: Ron Benson, Sid Lambert, Bill Smith, ColinBrock, Ken Canning, Ed Newton, Don Austin, Paul Lucas, Paul Jordan,George Jepson, Bill Graham, Kenny Canning.
(missing from photo: Dick Hodge, Steve Barrup, Chuck Newton)

Spring Events Around Vermont

L-R: Members of the Hinton Family, the MWGM, Bro. Ellie Hinton-recepient of the 65-year button, Bro. Errol Hinton, RWGSD, and Bro. Douglas McCarty, RWDDGM Dist. 10. Meeting took place at Island Pond Lodge #44 in Island Pond on May 9, 2005.

Bro. G. Harvey Blakmer, MWPGM receiving his 55 Year Pin from the MWGM at White River Lodge #90 in Bethel on Thursday, May 12, 2005.  L-R: The MWGM, MWPGM Harvey Blackmer, RWDDGM Jim Dolan and in the rear keeping an eye on things, WM Frank Pratt.

Recent ceremony at Chipman Lodge in Wallingford where Mrs. Shirley Graves, received her widow's pin and certificate from the MWGM.

Bro. Bill Bowen, WPM, receiving his 50-year pin and certificate, flanked by members of his family, the RWDDGM, Bro. Jim Dolan and the MWGM, Bro. Bruce Pomeroy. 3 other long service awards were presented to members of Rural Lodge #29 in Rochester on the same evening after a great dinner furnished by members of the lodge to a large group of members and families. There's a program for getting members out that is hard to beat.

Cribbage Finals

All proceeds from entrants fees from the tournament, which is open to all Vermonters, benefit the Vermont Freemasons Scholarship Fund. This fund provides local Masonic Lodges in towns throughout Vermont with matching funds for scholarships to high school age students. In 2004 more than forty scholarships were presented to Vermont students.

"Concentration"

"Fun"

Big Board for the big game

The game is the thing

Chairman of the Day Tom MacPhee with
GSW Cal Keyler

DGM Jack Campbell congratulates Champion Leon Maynard

DGM Jack congatulates Runner-up Wilma Maynard
(no relation to Leon)

 

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