Freemasonry in Vermont

Spring 2010

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Sharon Students Win Scholarships

Once again this year Sharon Masonic Lodge # 105 has announced its scholarship winners for 2010. Presentations were made this week to J.Wyatt Stulz and Morgan Tracy. Each will receive $500.00 to help in their future studies. James Stulz will attend Ohio Technical College where he will receive a degree in Diesel Technology. Morgan Tracy will attend Lyndon State College with the plan to major in Physical Therapy.

Sharon Masonic Lodge has been awarding these scholarships to Sharon Students for more than twenty years.
Photo: (left to right) Cal Keyler, Sharon Lodge Secretary, J.Wyatt Stulz, Morgan Tracy, Leon Sheldon, Scholarship Coordinator, and Tobin Winters, Master of Sharon Lodge.

Representing Vermont in New Hampshire

Recently Harmony Lodge in NH held a Lady's night to which a number of Brothers and their Ladies from Harmony Lodge in Rhode Island attended. Cal and Joanne Keyler were on hand to represent Vermont.

Left to right, Robert Hatfield, Past Grand Master of NH, Cal Keyler, Past Grand Master of Vermont, Linda Ault, Richard Ault, Past Grand Master of Rhode Island, Joanne Keyler and Peggy Hatfield. This was a ladies at the Table called "Adam's Rib".

Spring Events Around the State

Vermont Sojourners Conduct Building of the Flag Service
At Church of One of The Four Chaplains on Memorial Day

A "Building of the Flag" Team of Sojourners From Vermont Chapter 527,
Heroes of 76 brought their presentation to a very significant location
on Memorial Day 2010. It was the church of one of the famous "Four
Chaplains." George Lansing Fox who along with three other Military
Chaplains went down on the troop ship Dorchester during World War II
was a Vermont Freemason and served as pastor of a small church in East
Concord, Vermont. Fox had served as a Chaplain in World War I and
volunteered to return to duty in World War II. The Chaplains gave their
life jackets to other soldiers so that they could survive. He and the
other three Chaplains were posthumously awarded both the Distinguished
Service Cross and the Purple Heart.
Each year on Memorial Day the East Concord, Vermont Methodist Church
hosts a service commemorating the Chaplains and all veterans past and
present.
The "Building of the Flag" Team was comprised of Bernard (Skins)
Watkins, Evered Hinkley, Thomas MacPhee, Past Commander, and Calvin
Keyler, Past Commander.

The Freemasons and their ladies attending the Vermont Freemasons Day, March 10, 2010 in Sarasota, Florida.

 

L to R: Thomas Johnston, IV, Grand Master of Vermont and Doanld Ross, Grand Master of Quebec, at the 25th. Annual Hands Accross the Border Table Lodge between The Grand Lodge of Quebec and The Grand Lodge of Vermont held at Seventy Six Lodge No. 14, Swanton, VT.

 

 

Four Atwood Brothers, are members of Independence
Lodge No. 10, Orwell, VT.
LtoR: Kenneth Atwood, Alden Atwood, Robert Atwood and Fred Atwood
Taken May 8, 2010 at Independence Lodge No. 10 gala evening at the American Legion Post 50 in Castleton, Vermont.

Brother Alden Atwood and Mrs. Atwood taken at the Independence Lodge's gala evening on Saturday, May 8, 2010. Brother Alden will be 90 years old in just a few months.

Brother Alden Atwood, center, with his two sons, Bruce on left and Douglas on right. All are Past Masters of
Independence Lodge No. 10, Orwell, VT.

Thomas Johnston, IV, Grand Master, presenting Brother Kenneth Atwood with his 55-year membership button on May 8, 2010 at the Independence Lodge No. 10 gala evening.

Brother Thomas Johnston, IV, Grand Master, presented four 60-year buttons and one 55-year button at the Independence Lodge's gala evening on Saturday, March 8, 2010 held at the American Legion Post 50 in Castleton, Vermont on May 8, 2010.
L to R: Grand Master Johnston, Brothers Robert Hall, 60 years, Kenneth Atwood, 55 years, Robert Atwood, 60 years, Fred Atwood, 60 years, Alden Atwood, 60 years and James Selleck, District Deputy Grand Master No. 3. The presentation of these membership buttons represents 295 years of Masonry in Independence Lodge No. 10, Orwell, Vermont.

The Officers of Charity Lodge No. 43, Bradford, Vermont. They were installed by Cedric Smith, PGM, Grand Secretary.

LtoR: Thomas Johnston, IV, Grand Master, Joseph Truss, Master of Minerva Lodge No. 86, East Corinth, Geoffrey Mallett, Master of Charity Lodge No. 43, Bradford, VT and Robert Donnelly, Secretary of Charity Lodge No. 43, Bradford.

Brother Robert Nutting, Charity Lodge No. 43, Bradford, VT receiving his 25-year membership button from
Thomas Johnston, Grand Master.

Brother William Wolf, Past Secretary, receiving a plaque for his 27 years of service as Secretary of Charity Lodge No. 43, Bradford, VT. Brother Robert Donnell is the new Secretary of Charity Lodge No. 43.

The Officers and members of Sharon Lodge No. 105, Sharon, VT. Brother Tobin Winter was installed to the office of Master by Cedric Smith, PGM, Grand Secretary.

Governor James H. Douglas, Governor of Vermont, Ann Winter, Secretary to Grand Secretary, Grand Lodge of Vermont and Owen "Mick" Winter. They were attending a Black Tie Dinner in South Burlington, VT sponsored by the Scottish Rite of Vermont.

 

 

Installation of officers for Adoniram Lodge #42 held on Sunday April 18.
Front row left-right are S.W. Roger Hayes, Treas. David Katz, Chaplain
Howard Sprankle, W.M. Cary Lewis, J.W. Garry Sharon,
S.S. Bob Treat, Installing Master Myron Waite D.D.G.M. District 2.
Back row left-right are S.D. Paul Fisher, Tyler Harvey Brophy, Marshall
Butch Hulett, J.S. John Thompson, Installing Marshall Dick Black, Installing
Chaplain Bob Bryant, and Sec. Jerry Goff.
From, David Katz Treas. Adoniram Lodge #42

Brother Dwight Palmer, Mad River Lodge No. 77, Waitsfield, Vermont, 100 years old on January 25, 2010.

LtoR: Brother Richard Backus, DDGM #6, Brother Dwight Palmer, Mad River Lodge No. 77, Waitsfield, VT. and Brother Thomas Johnston, IV, Grand Master. Brother Palmer was 100 years on January 25, 2010 and was presented his Centenary Certificate. Brother Palmer is in very good health and is very alert to what is going on around him.

Brother Dwight Palmer receiving his Centenary Certificate. Brother Palmer was 100 years old on January 25, 2010. A party was held on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at the Joslin Home in Randolph, Vermont to celebrate Brother Palmer's 100 years.
L to R: Brothers Gerald Maynard, P. M., Kenton Blair, Master, Richard Backus, DDGM #6, Fred Messer, Senior Warden, Thomas Johnston, IV, Grand Master, Bruce Fouler. Front, Charles Kettles, Secretary, seated Dwight Palmer, 100 years old, Frederick Rayfield, PM.

Vermont Masons in Washington D.C.

In February the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia celebrated its Centennial with a massive meeting of Masonic dignitaries.On hand from Vermont were Grand Master, Tom Johnston, Deputy Grand Master, Phil Morton, Cedric Smith, Grand Secretary,
Richard Fletcher, Past Grand Master, representing the MSA, Earl Washburn, Past Grand Master representing the Masonic Foundation for
Youth and Cal Keyler, Past Grand Master now serving on the Board of Directors of the Memorial. Dedicated to George Washington, the Memorial is owned by the Grand Lodges of America.

The George Washington Masonic Memorial

 

 

Wreath laying ceremony at the Statue of George
Washington.

Cal Keyler, Past Grand Master, with the Centennial color guard unit.

Early Spring Events

Brother Thomas Johnston, Grand Master, presenting to Brother Cedric Smith on behalf of the Masonic Service Association, a Certificate Service Award for the completion of his five years as MSA Coordinator for the State of Vermont for the Hospital Visitors Program. March 31, 2010 at a meeting of Meridian Sun Lodge No. 20, Craftsbury over which Brother Smith is Master.
(read more about the Hospital Visitation Program)

L to R: Cedric Smith, PGM, Grand Secretary and Governor/Brother James H. Douglas. Governor Douglas gave opening remarks at the Vermont Freemasons CARE Annual Session for Teachers and others in Education held on March 30th and 31st.

L to R: Governor/Brother James H. Douglas and Brother Earl Washburn, Executive Director of the National Masonic Foundation for Children. Governor Douglas opened the session held in Burlington, Vermont on March 30th and 31st.

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