Freemasonry in Vermont

Summer 2007

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August 12, 2007 - Scottish Rite Dinner Cruise


Fred Jackson 33°


Roland Smith 33°


Sunset on Lake Champlain


Brother Matthew Engels 32° and his mother Gail Candido

8th District Events

Lifetime resident of Brattleboro Walter E. Greenleaf was recently recognized at the Masonic Family’s District Picnic at William Young’s home in Vernon. On behalf of the Grandmaster of Vermont Calvin Keyler, District Deputy Grand Master Stephen Farrington presented Mr. Greenleaf with a 50 year service pin and certificate.

Mr. Greenleaf became a Mason in 1957 and has served in every chair in Brattleboro Lodge including Worshipful Master in 1973. He was later appointed District Deputy Grand Master representing the Grand Master in Vermont in District 8 from 1975 to 1976. He is a member of Scottish Rite Valley of Brattleboro, Consistory of Vermont, and Council of Deliberation for Scottish Rite in Vermont and has served as the head of all the bodies of the Rite. He is past member of the Advisory Board for the Brattleboro Assembly of Rainbow Girls, and a Master of the Grand Cross of Colors the highest recognition given to Rainbow Girls and Advisors. He is also a member of the Cairo Shrine and past treasurer of the Brattleboro Shrine Club. For all his work in Freemasonry Scottish Rite presented him with the Meritorious Service Award in 1970. Scottish Rite later presented him with the 33rd Degree in 1984, which is the highest recognition in the Fraternity of Freemasonry.

Right to Left: David Greenleaf (son), Wil Young;Worshipful Master, Walter Greenleaf; award recipient, Steve Farrington, District Deputy, Johan Nortz; Past Master, Stephen Page; Past Master, and Ken Carpenter; Past Master


Ed Fenton, one of the oldest past District Deputies in Vermont receiving his 50 year pin and certificate from Past District Deputy Don Washburn and District Deputy Steve Farrington in April.


Officers and members of Unity Lodge in Jacksonville who posed for a photo to accomodate the Dist. Deputy (April)


Steak Night at Minerva No. 86 on August 21, 2007

Big steaks, corn on the cob, all done on the rock maple fired custom BBQ unit are the order of the day in East Corinth in August. Even the Grand Master gets a chance to checkout the cooking rig! Head chef is John Trombley the man who made the procedure famous.

200 Year Celebration in South Royalton on August 19, 2007

Rising Sun No. 7 in South Royalton recently celebrated 200 years by having an open house and a Lodge Rededication. David Howe, Lodge Historian prepared and read a most complete history and the Grand Officers were on hand to conduct the ceremony.

Shown are some of the participants. John Duby, Grand Tyler, George Deblon, District Deputy for District No. 1, Roger Crouse, Grand Junior Warden, Phil Morton, Grand Senior Warden, Cal Keyler, Grand Master, Albert Knudsen, Master of Rising Sun, and Tom Johnston, Deputy Grand Master.


75  Year Pin

Dwight Palmer received his 75 year pin from MWGM Cal Keyler on August 3rd in Randolph.  Dwight has been a member of Mad River Lodge #77 since his raising in 1932.

Picture of Dwight Palmer

Dwight Palmer  75 year Mason

Dwight Palmer, with Grand Master Cal, Grand Sec Cedric, and District Deputy Joseph Ryan.

Dwight with some of the brothers of Mad River Lodge #77, including WM Marke Englert and Delbert Palmer. 

Farmers First Degree on a Hill in East Wallingford, VT on Saturday, August 11, 2007.

L to R:  Calvin K. Keyler, M. W. Grand Master
and Thomas MacPhee, Master

Masons attending Farmer's Degree

After 60 Years He's still "Proud To Be A Mason"

Brother Wallace J. Farr, (Center) receives his 60-year Service button from Grand Master, Cal Keyler, (left) who is assisted by Brother Glen C. Dow, Sr., District Deputy Grand Master of District No. 9. It happened recently when Charity Lodge, No. 43 of Bradford hosted an awards night. Brother Farr commented on his early days in Masonry living in Rochester, Vermont.


Picture of Brother Farr and Grand Master Keyley


DeMolay Events in Vermont

PGM John “Jack” Campbell’s Legion of Honor Investiture which occurred at Granite Lodge in Barre on Sunday July 29th.

Left to Right:Front Row: Roger Pike, Cal Keyler, Roger Crouse,
John Keshavan, John “Jack” Campbell, Dale F. Pushee, Cedric L. Smith, James Selleck, Michael Cordner

Back Row: Peter Roger, David Cummings, Palmer Martin, Richard Downer, Bruce Pomeroy, Roderick Maclay

Grand Master Calvin Keyler and Dale Pushee, DeMolay Executive Officer after the Grand Master had placed the Executive Officer’s Collar immediately after the Legion of Honor Investiture.


Brother Celebrates 100th Birthday

Brother Samual Svrcek celebrated his 100th Birthday on Friday, July 13, 2007.  Brother Calvin Keyler, M. W. Grand Master presented Brother Svrcek his Centenary Certificate.  Brother Svrcek is a member of Libanus Lodge No. 47, Bristol, Vermont.


Grand Master Calvin Keyler and Sam Svrcek

100 year celebration of Samual Svrcek with Brothers from Libanus Lodge #47, their Master, Grand Master and Grand Secretary.

Heifer Walk, Brattleboro, VT

Heifer Walk

Cooking hot dogs and selling soda for the public in front of Brattleboro Lodge during the Heifer Walk down Main Street in Brattleboro.

Heifer Walk

Past Master Ken Carpenter (sitting), WM Wil Young cooking, and PM Jim Nortz

Grand Lodge Banquet, June 12, 2007

Grand Lodge Banquet Head Table
Grand Lodge Banquet Head Table

GWM Karen Price

Grand Worthy Matron Karen Price addresses the Grand Lodge Banquet

Secret Society of Grand Secretaries

Members of the "Secret Society of Grand Secretaries"?

Cabot, Vermont July 4th Celebration

Every year in the town of Cabot, at the annual July 4th celebration, the members of Green Mountain lodge #68 hold their annual sausage sale. They cook roughly 100 lbs of sausage, served with peppers and onions, and another 50 lbs of hotdogs.

Report and Pictures from Errol Hinton


Brother Todd Jones in his second year making and selling his famous bbq sauce. His secret recipe was our most popular condiment this year


July 4th committee chair Dan Sweet took time from his management duties to check in with Todd


The sausage king of Cabot, R.W. Brother Bob Abbott


Sausage salesmen, close friends and Grand lodge officers posed for a picture in their new "proud to be a Freemason" shirts developed by the Grand Master from the left: W. Bro Errol Hinton, Grand Lecturer. W. Bro. Dale Sweet, Grand Senior Steward. R.W. John Morse, aid to the Grand Master


Dan Sweet committee chairman giving direction..... again


The clown unit for the Shriners were in action as well


Brother Stewart in action


R.W. Brother Stewart Corso, Grand Sword Bearer, gave up his kilt and sword for the day to dress up in another garb. (He didn't sell sausage, but this picture was priceless)

Kilted Thrid Degree Team

Three new Master Masons were raised in Bellows Falls on June 30, 2007 by the Vermont kilted third degree team.   Twenty four kilted masons, including Grand Lodge Piper Don Murray, were present for this spectacular event which drew a large crowd of sideliners.

Thom Guerra, Grandson of Tom MacPHEE became a member of King Solomon’s Temple Lodge #45 in Bellows Falls.    Doug and Jim Walker, sons of Al Walker became members of Granite Lodge #35 in Barre.

Vermont’s Oldest Nonprofits Recognized at a State House Ceremony

Secretary of State Deb Markowitz Honors Vermont’s Centennial
Nonprofit Award Winners Vermont’s Oldest Nonprofits Recognized at a State House Ceremony

Montpelier Secretary of State Deb Markowitz recognized Vermont’s oldest nonprofits in a ceremony held today at the Vermont state house.  The Vermont Centennial Nonprofit Awards program recognizes nonprofit organizations that have operated in Vermont for at least 100 years. 

This year, 17 of Vermont’s oldest nonprofits, along with five nonprofits who are celebrating their centennial year, were presented with a plaque by the Secretary of State.  Jane Van Buren of Noonmark Nonprofit Services was the featured speaker at the event which was attended by members of the nonprofit community as well as several Vermont dignitaries.  Congratulatory letters from Vermont’s congressional delegation were shared with the award recipients.
Secretary of State Deb Markowitz said, “It is important to recognize Vermont’s nonprofits for their longevity.  It takes a tremendous amount of dedication and support to keep a nonprofit active for 100 years.”  Markowitz said, “It is our hope that this program will enhance our understanding of the many ways in which Vermont’s nonprofits have enriched our community life during the last hundred years.”  

According to the Secretary of State’s office, any nonprofit that has been in operation in Vermont for 100 years or more can participate in this awards program.   

A complete list of the 2007 Centennial Nonprofit Award recipients appears below. 

Centennial Honorees

Brown Public Library (Northfield), est. 1906
Gifford Medical Center Auxiliary (Randolph), est. 1906
Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, est. 1906
Morristown Cemetery Association, est. 1907
Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire (White River Junction), est. 1907

2007 Award Recipients

United Church of Chelsea, est. 1789
Charlotte Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, est. 1792
Tunbridge Congregational Church, est. 1792
Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient & Honorable Society of Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Vermont, est. 1794
Trinity Episcopal Church (Rutland), est. 1794
First Congregational Church of Berlin, est. 1798
Universalist Society of Strafford, est. 1798
Richmond Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, est. 1801
First United Methodist Church of Burlington, est. 1823
First Baptist Church of Bennington, est. 1827
Waterbury Center Community Church, est. 1833
Congregational Church of Wells River, est. 1838
Washington Unitarian Universalist Church, est. 1843
Bennington Museum, Inc., est. 1852
Mite Society of Gaysville, est. 1861
Fairfax Cemetery Association, est. 1862
Gaysville Community Church, est. 1864

This press release is available online at

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