Freemasonry in Vermont

Winter 2011

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Winter 2011 Events

Vermont Preceptory, Legion of Honor, Order of DeMolay meeting at the Stake House, Berlin, Vermont on March 18, 2012. L to R: Bruce E. Pomeroy, Vice Dean, Austin C. Isham, Jr., Deputy Executive Officer, Order of DeMolay of Vermont, Austin C. Isham, Sr., member, John R. Campbell, Dean, Cedric L. Smith, member, Willis J. Morse, Chaplain, Thomas Johnston, IV, Secretary.  Photo submitted by Cedric Smith.

 

 

Brother William Anderson and Nancy attending Vermont Freemasons Day at Sahib Shriners Temple, Sarasota Florida on March 14, 2012.  Photo submitted by Cedric Smith

L to R: Brother Paul N. Ricker, M. W. Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire and a member of Pulaski Lodge No. 58, Wells River, Vermont receiving his 65-year Membership Button from Brother Cedric L. Smith, M. W. Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Vermont.  Taken on March 15, 2012 at Brother Paul's home in Naples, Florida.  Photo submitted by Cedric Smith

Members who attended Vermont Freemasons Day at Sahib Shriners Temple, Sarasota, Florida on March 14, 2012.  Photos submitted by Cedric Smith

L to R: Brother Philip W. Morton, M. W. Grand Master and Brother Cedric L. Smith, Past Grand Master at Vermont Freemasons Day on March 14, 2012 held at Sahib Shriners Temple in Sarasota Florida.  Photo submitted by Cedric Smith.

Brother Philip W. Morton, Grand Master, welcoming all who attended the Vermont Freemasons Day on March 14, 2012 at Sahib Shriners Temple in Sarasota, Florida.  Photo submitted by Cedric Smith.

L to R: Brother Joseph H. Harrington, Past Master, Adoniram Lodge No. 42, Manchester, Vermont, Brother Philip W. Morton, Grand Master of Vermont and Brother Henry W. Bassen, Mount Anthony Lodge No. 13, Bennington, Vermont. Brother Bassen is a Past District Deputy Grand Master, District No. 2 serving in 1971- 1972. Brother Harrington received his 60-year membership button and Brother Bassen received his 55-year membership button.  Photo submitted by Cedric Smith.

Sister Joann Keyler, Past Grand Matron, OES, Vermont and Brother Calvin Keyler, Past Grand Master of Vermont, entertaining at Vermont Freemasons Day on March 14, 2012.  They are ready and are waiting for calls to go onto the road to entertain Star members, Lodge members and anyone else that needs a good laugh.   Photo submitted by Cedric Smith.

L to R:  Brother Paul White, R. W. District Deputy Grand Master, District No. 6 and Brother James Baril, Master of Granite Lodge No. 35, Barre, Vermont.  Brother White made his official visitation to Granite Lodge No. 35 on February 20, 2012.  Photo submitted by Cedric Smith

 

Green Mt. Chapter Nol. 527 who worked the Master Mason Degree on two candidate at Rising Sun Lodge No. 7, So. Royalton, Vermont on December 21, 2011.   Photo submitted by Cedric Smith

 

Taken at Caspian Lake Lodge No. 87 Hardwick, Vermont on the occasion Meridian Sun Lodge No. 20 worked the Fellow Craft Degree Brother Aaron Cornelius, candidate from Meridian Sun Lodge No. 20, Craftsbury and Brother Charles King, Caspian Lake Lodge No. 87, Hardwick on January 18, 2012.  Photo submitted by Cedric Smith

L to R:  Brother Bruce Sweeny, Master of Meridian Sun Lodge No. 20, Brother Charles King, Fellow Craft Candidate Caspian Lake Lodge No. 87, Brother Aaron Cornelius, Fellow Craft Candidate Meridian Sun Lodge No. 20, Craftsbury and Brother Roger L. Crouse, R. W. Deputy Grand Master Grand Lodge of Vermont.  Taken on January 18, 2012. Photo Submitted by Cedric Smith

Officers of Granite Lodge No. 35, Barre, Vermont taken on January 16, 2012. Photo submitted by Cedric Smith

L to R:  Brother James Baril, Master of Granite Lodge No. 35, Barre, Vermont and Brother Cedric Smith, Past Grand Master and Past Grand Secretary, Grand Lodge of Vermont, January 16, 2012. Photo submitted by Cedric Smith

 

The 150th Anniversary of Pulaski Lodge No. 58, Wells River, VT.  January 9, 2012

L to R:  Brother Cedric Smith, PGM – Vermont and Brother Bruce Sweeny, member and Master of Meridian Sun Lodge No. 20, Craftsbury.  Taken on January 9, 2012, the 150th Anniversary of Pulaski Lodge No. 58.  Photo submitted by Cedric Smith

L to R:  Brother Cedric Smith, PGM and Past Grand Secretary, Grand Lodge of Vermont and Brother Roger L. Crouse, R. W. Deputy Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Vermont taken on the January 9, 2012 the 150th Anniversary of Pulaski Lodge No. 58, Wells River, VT. Photo submitted by Cedric Smith

L to R: Brothers Dean T. Rowden, David H. Paye and Robert I. Wilcox, member of Pulaski Lodge No. 58, Wells River, VT – January 9, 2012 at the 150th. Anniversary of Pulaski Lodge. Photo submitted by Cedric Smith

 

L to R:  Brother Cedric Smith, Pulaski Lodge No. 58 and Meridian Sun Lodge No. 20, and Brother Charles B. Smith, Secretary and member of Meridian Sun Lodge No. 20, Craftsbury, taken on January 9, 2012 the 150th Anniversary of Pulaski Lodge No.; 58, Wells River, Vermont. Photo submitted by Cedric Smith

L to R: Brothers Wendell L. Woodward , Past Grand Master New Hampshire, John R. Campbell, Past Grand Master of Vermont, Roderick J. Maclay, Past Grand Master of Vermont, Cedric L. Smith, Past Grand Master of Vermont and Brother Earl J. Washburn, Past Grand Master of Vermont taken on January 9, 2012 at the 150th Anniversary of Pulaski Lodge No. 58, Wells River, VT. Photo submitted by Cedric Smith

Brother Dean T. Rowden, Past Master of Pulaski Lodge No. 58, reading the History of Pulaski Lodge No. 58 at the 150th Anniversary on January 9, 2012. Photo submitted by Cedric Smith

L to R:  Brother Lee Dion, Master of Pulaski Lodge No. 58, Brother Cedric Smith, PGM, Vermont and Brother Philip Morton, Grand Master of Vermont presenting Brother Smith with his 55-year membership button on January 9, 2012.  Photo submitted by Cedric Smith

L to R: Brother Cedric L. Smith, PGM, Vermont and Brother Dean T. Rowden, Past Master of Pulaski Lodge No 58 on the night of the 150th Anniversary of Pulaski Lodge No. 58, January 9, 2012.  Photo submitted by Cedric Smith

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L to R:  Brother Cedric L. Smith, Past Grand Master and Past Grand Secretary, Vermont and Brother Philip Morton, M. W. Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Vermont presenting Brother Smith is 55-year membership button in Freemasonry, January 9, 2012.  Photo submitted by Cedric Smith

 

Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania December 27, 2011.

 Brother Calvin Keyler, PGM VT, Brother Ronald Aungst, Sr., PGM PA, Brother John Marden, PGM, Past Grand Secretary New Hampshire. Taken at the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania December 27, 2011.  Photo by Cedric Smith

LL to R:  Brother and President of the National Sojourners, Inc. William Turner and Brother Calvin Keyler, PGM, Vermont taken at the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania on December 27, 2011.  Photo by Cedric Smith

L to R: Brother/Noble Richard E. Fletcher, PGM, VT and Past Executive Secretary of Masonic Service Association of North America, Brother/Noble Jack Jones, Past Imperial Potentate and present Imperial Recorder, Shrine of North America and Brother/Noble Cedric Smith, PGM, VT and Past Grand Secretary, VT. Taken at the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania on Dec. 27, 2011. Photo by Cedric Smith

L to R:  Judy Fletcher, Vermont, Ruth Marden, New Hampshire, and Sue Mitchum, South Carolina.  The Grandest Ladies you will ever want to meet! Taken at the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania on December 27, 2011.  Photo by Cedric Smith

 

Crouse Receives MAW Award

Bro. Roger Crouse, DGM, was honored at the February 16, 2012 Make-A-Wish Recognition dinner held at The Essex in Essex, Vermont.  He received the first ever "Advisor's Award".

Bro. Roger is a founding member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont® chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America® and the last founding member of this Chapter to step aside.  He has volunteered at both the state and national levels.

Among his remarks at the event,

"I reflect on the following:

  • The first year of existence, 1989-90, and the first three wishes:
    • A young girl who wanted to meet Larry, Darryl and Darryl on the set of the old Bob Newhart Show in California,
    • A little girl who wanted to go to Disneyworld, and
    • A young boy who wanted a computer.
  • The chapter had about 15 volunteers at the time (board members, wish granters and other volunteers combined),
  • There was no staff – and no office, and
  • There was only $147 in the bank.

"Thanks to the work of the volunteers and the donors the volunteers found, all of those wishes were granted in a timely fashion.  And the Chapter never missed granting a wish to a qualified child."

Standing before nearly 500 attendees, he added,

"I look around now and see how this organization has grown, and how it has satisfied its mission for Vermont children with a life threatening medical condition.  I am amazed and deeply pleased at what I see.

"For me, and perhaps on behalf of all the founders of this chapter, thanks to all of you for all that you do in being part of this Chapter's success.  Thanks to you as staff, as a governing board, as an advisory board, as volunteers and as donors!

"Hope, strength and joy to the children we serve.  Good luck to all now and in the future."

 

On 2/2 6 brothers from Adoniram Lodge #42 went to Brother Jack Bell's house to present him his 55 yr pin.
From left to right are R.W.D.D.G.M. David Katz from District 2 reading the certificate, Jackie Bell Sargood ( Jack Bell's daughter who put the pin on), and Brother Jack Bell the recipient of the pin

On 2/2 6 brothers from Adoniram Lodge #42 went to Brother Jack Bell's house to present him his 55 yr pin.

From left to right are Jack's wife, daughter, and Jack Bell.
From, David Katz D.D.G.M. District 2

Masonic Fraternity Warms the Children.

Members of Libanus Lodge #47 F. & A. M. in Bristol donated several items of new clothing to needy students at the Robinson Elementary School in Starksboro as a part of the Grand Lodge of Vermont "Warm the Children" project. Accepting the donations is Amy Johnston (Center) Guidance counselor. Presenting the clothing donation on behalf of the Lodge, are Worshipful Master Ken Goodrich (on left) and Senior Deacon Jim Burt. Thanks also to the community members that have made the funds available by their support of the Lodge monthly breakfast held on the second Sunday of every month.

Brother/Noble Sam Boudle, Sr., center joined Mt. Sinai Shriners January 21, 2012.  His wife is on left and Brother/Noble Pat Sloan, Potentate on right.  Brother Boudle is a member of Island Pond Lodge No. 44, Island Pond and Benton Lodge No. 88, Guildhall, VT.  Brother Sloan is Past Master and Secretary of Island Pond Lodge No. 44. Island Pond, VT.

 

L to R:  Noble Richard Weeks, President of Ianis Shrine Club, presented Noble Pat Sloan, Potentate of Mt. Sinai Shriners No. 3, a check totaling over $2,000.00 for the Shriners Hospitals he raised playing Santa Clause this past Christmas.

L to R: Brother Bruce Sweeny, Master of Meridian Sun Lodge No. 20, Brother Charles King and Brother Aaron Cornelius, Fellow Craft Candidates and Brother Roger Crouse, R. W. Deputy Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Vermont.  Taken on January 18, 2012.

Meridian Sun Lodge No. 20 meeting in the Lodge Rooms of Caspian Lake Lodge No. 87 on January 18, 2012. Front Row: L to R: Brothers Douglas McCarty, Douglas Smith, Charles King, Candidate, Robert McCarthy, Cedric Smith, Charles Smith, Roger Crouse, R. W. Deputy Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Vermont, Russell Slora, R. W. Deputy Grand Secretary, Grand Lodge of Vermont, Second Row: Brothers Aaron Cornelius, Candidate, James Baril, Master of Granite Lodge No. 35, Barre, Vermont, Jeffery Hunsberger, Warren Williams, Back Row: Brothers John R. Campbell, Past Grand Master, Vermont, Stephen Engel, Bruce Sweeny, Master of Meridian Sun Lodge No. 20, Craftsbury, Palmer Martin, R. W. Grand Secretary, Vermont, Eric Ginette and Patrick Perreault, Granit Lodge No. 35, Barre, Vermont.  The purpose of this meeting was to work the Fellow Craft Degree on two candidates, Aaron Cornelius, Meridian Sun Lodge No. 20 and Charles King, Caspian Lodge No. 87.

 

The Officers and Members of Granite Lodge No. 35, F & A M, Barre, Vermont. This was the Regular Communication on Monday, January 16, 2012.

Brother James Baril, Master of Granite Lodge No. 35 and Brother Cedric Smith, PGM.  This was taken at the Regular Communication of Granit Lodge No. 35, Barre, Vermont on January 16, 2012.

College Scholarships Awarded To Sharon Students

Two Sharon students are this year's recipients of The Sharon Masonic Lodge Annual College Scholarships competition. They were selected from applicants from almost all of the schools to which Sharon Students attend to receive $500.00 grants. At the presentation were (left to right) Leon Sheldon, Scholarship Chairman, Hannah LaPlaca, recipient, Julia Robinson, recipient, and Cal Keyler, Secretary of Sharon Lodge.

Hannah LaPlaca is currently attending The Community College of Vermont with a Liberal Arts major and Julia Robinson is attending Lebanon Community College with a major in Early Childhood Education.

This is the tenth consecutive year that Sharon Masonic Lodge , No. 105 has awarded scholarships.

Picture from Bro. Cal Keyler

L to R: Brother/Noble Paul Mosher, Oriental Guide, Mt. Sinai Shriners No. 3, Brother/Noble Errol Hinton, R. W. Grand Senior Warden, Grand Lodge of Vermont, Brother/Noble Pat. Sloan, Ill. Potentate, Mt. Sinai Shriners No. 3, Montpelier, Vermont.  Brother Hinton was a candidate and now a member of Mt. Sinai Shriners, January 21, 2012.

Capt. Bergen Flannigan is in center with the red scarf around her neck and holding the US Flag. Her Husband, Capt. Thomas Flannigan is at her left. 

"On Christmas Eve, December 24, 2011, at the Presbyterian Church in East Topsham, Vermont the members of Pulaski Lodge No. 58, Wells River, Vt.  had the honor of presenting the flag of our country to Captains Thomas and Bergen Flannigan while they were home for the holidays. Capt. Bergen was wounded while on tour in Afghanistan at which time she lost her right leg from a road side bomb. After many months of hard work she is now able to return to work with the US Army. Capt. Thomas Flannigan and his wife, Capt. Bergen Flannigan, are headed to Captains school in Missouri.  Capt. Thomas Flannigan is the nephew of Brother James Stevens, R. W. District Deputy Grand Master, No. 9.  God Bless our troops."

PIcture from Bro. Cedric Smith

Sharon Lodge # 105 welcomes Tom Swahn, our new Entered Apprentice. Left to right, top to bottom: George Deblon, Joe Willis, Tobin Winters, Mitch Holden, Peter Rogers, Gregg Price, Don Lovejoy, Jeff Knudsen, Al Miller, Ron Gaetgeans, Tom Swan, Leon Sheldon, Cal Keyler, Cedric Smith.

Picture from Bro. Tobin Winters

Grand Lodge Trustees Christmas Party, Thursday, December 8, 2011.  Cedric Smith's Grand Master's line.  R to L: Cedric Smith, 1985-86, Roderick Maclay, 1993-94Theodore Corsones, 2001- 02, Thomas Johnston, IV, 2009 -11 and George Deblon, will be Grand Master in 2017.

L to R: Brother Charles B. Smith, Secretary of Meridian Sun Lodge No. 20, Craftsbury and Brother/Rev. Arnold Brown, Chaplain, Meridian Sun Lodge No. 20, Craftsbury.  Brother Brown was 85 year old on November 28, 2011 and Brother Charlie Smith will be 93 on December 11, 2011.

 

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