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01/25/10

Mount Holyoke & Chicopee Masonic Lodge’s to Reform - General Westover Square Club

 In the early 1940’s a group of Mason’s from Westover Air Force Base formed the Westover Square Club. The name from the group comes from the General for whom Westover Air force base is named, Oscar M. Westover.

The purpose is to allow networking, information transfer, and general "chit-chat" between friends worldwide who share common threads. We are a group of Free and Accepted Masons from around the world who share a desire in Masonry. We feel it is important to all Master Masons who are away from their mother lodges, stationed or working on Westover Air Reserve Base, to have the opportunity to meet members of local lodges and work together at being Masons.

We discuss all aspects of the Gentle Craft, including Ethics, Morality, and Rectitude of Conduct. To learn more about the history of the General Westover Square Club and plans for its reactivation, all you have to be is a Master Mason in good standing of a lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, and join us at the South Hadley Masonic Building, 15 North Main Street, South Hadley on Saturday, February 20, 2010 from 10:00 Am to 12:00 PM. Dress is casual.

If you know of anyone who may have been a member of the Westover Square Club, we would love to here from them.

To find out more you can contact Ronald E. Jackson @ 413(532-0132) rejackson39@juno.com

Joseph Zajac @ 413(530-6642) (joezajac@charter.net)

 

11/10/09


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Mount Holyoke Lodge Makes Donation to Children’s Learning Center’s for Dyslexia  

Mount Holyoke Masonic Lodge, 15 North Main St. South Hadley recently made a presentation to the Scottish Rite Valley of Springfield on behalf of The Children’s Learning Centers for South Hadley and Granby. 

Master of Mount Holyoke Lodge Ralph G. Lamy presented a check for $4000 to help support the Learning Centers. Robert Clark 33degree Mason who was representing the Children’s Learning Centers at the event, accepted the generous donation.  

Children are eligible regardless of economic status, race, religion, or Masonic affiliation. The positive impact of early intervention on the lives of these children and their families is enormous. This positive affect in our community inspires our commitment to this program. 

The curriculum used as the basis for tutoring and tutor training at all Children’s Learning Centers integrates principles of two of the leading Orton-Gillingham approaches. The Orton-Gillingham approach, developed in the 1920’s uses a sequential, multi-sensory phonetic approach. Thus, a variety of sensory data and multi-model strategies are used to help students understand the written and spoken word.   

School teachers receive training and continuing education credits to become certified Children’s Learning Centers tutors. Children are tutored one-on-one twice a week after regular school hours. This allows for the curriculum to be tailored to each individual child as necessary. Progress is made in small, readily quantifiable steps.strong>  The tutoring process equips children with the skills and the confidence they need to approach the difficult task of learning curriculum based knowledge while battling Dyslexia.  This challenging learning disability affects about 20% of our population – more than 2 million school – age children in the United States.

Although these children typically have average or above-average intelligence, the diagnosis of dyslexia and the “stigma” of having a learning disability, can create difficulties not only with reading, and writing language, but also with listening, talking and arithmetic among other higher thinking skills. These academic challenges can lead to emotional traumas and poor self-esteem throughout their entire lives.

With early diagnosis and appropriate intervention, these children can change their perspective on learning to a more enjoyable one.  The children receive individualized instruction designed appropriate to their chronological age and academic grade level.  

The 32 Degree Masonic Learning Centers for Children Inc., is proud to state our mission of providing professional treatment - free of charge to children with dyslexia.

It costs approximately $5,000 to tutor one child per year. Typically, children require an average of two years of tutoring in order for them to exhibit substantial progress towards their disability. If you would like to contribute, your tax free contribution would be greatly appreciated. Please make checks payable to 32 degree Masonic Learning Centers for Children

Scottish Rite Valley of Springfield, P.O. Box 1223 , Holyoke, Massachusetts 01041-1223, Attn: Robert Clark
(413) 533-1119

Submitted: Paul A. Cataldo

02/25/09

Freemasons Celebrate “Square & Compasses Day” by Welcoming the Public

March 28th Open House to Enlighten, Educate, and Inform 9:00 AM till 3 PM

South Hadley Massachusetts March 28, 2009 – Have you ever wondered who the Freemasons are and what they do?  You will soon have the chance to find out.  Mount Holyoke Lodge Masonic Building, 15 North Main Street, South Hadley will open its doors to the public from 9 AM till 3PM as part of “Square & Compasses Day,” a state-wide celebration of Freemasonry. 

In conjunction with the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts , approximately 250 Lodges throughout the Commonwealth will be hosting open houses to raise awareness of the organization and the positive impact it has on its members and their community.  Members will be on hand to provide tours of their building, talk about Freemasonry’s history, discuss its ritual, signs, and symbols, and explain what they do.

“’Square & Compasses Day’ is a wonderful opportunity for the public to learn more about the Masons, although many have heard of our organization, few are aware that we are part of an unbroken tradition of great men who have changed our world in ways both big and small.  Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thurgood Marshall, and John Glenn , for example, all joined the Masons prior to achieving the successes we recognize them for.  There are countless other great men, whose names are not widely known, that made their communities a better place; many of these men are the fathers, grandfathers, friends, and co-workers of the people we hope will visit one of our Lodges.  I warmly invite the public to join us on “Square & Compasses Day.”

Freemasonry, the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world, traces its roots to the stonemason guilds that built Europe ’s cathedrals and castles during the early part of the last millennium.  As construction of these buildings declined, they began accepting members from outside their trade.  These new members, influenced by the “Age of Enlightenment,” transformed the organization from a group for builders to one focused on developing the character of its members.  Freemasonry was formally organized in London , England in 1717. In 1733 the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts was formed, making it the oldest in the Western Hemisphere and the third oldest in the world.

Dedicated to the singular purpose of “making good men better,” Freemasonry provides opportunities for fellowship, charity, education, and leadership.  It is open to adult men 18 years of age, of any color, religion, nationality, or social standing.  North American Masonic philanthropies contribute more than $2,000,000 every day, 70% of which benefits the general public.  The Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts includes 45,000 members and 250 Lodges throughout the Commonwealth.  For additional information,

www.AskaFreemason.org or www.massfreemasonry.org.

02/09/09

Two Mount Holyoke Lodge Members Receive Masonic
Distinguished Service Medal

Mount Holyoke Lodge and the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts recently honored Mark C. Mueller and Raymond J. LeClair by awarding them the Joseph Warren Medal. The medal, the highest award given to Masons in Massachusetts , was presented by Paul A. Cataldo, District Deputy Grand Master of the 27th Masonic District, on behalf of Roger W. Pageau Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts .

Mark Mueller lives in Chicopee and is retired from the Postal Service; Ray LeClair is a native of South Hadley and retired from W.T. Grant Company where he was involved in Advertising.  Both Mark and Ray are Past Master’s of Mount Holyoke Lodge and member’s of other Masonic bodies: The Scottish Rite, York Rite to name a few.

The award, the Joseph Warren Medal, is given for distinguished service. Recipients must meet a three-way test in order to be eligible. They must be exemplary not only as a Mason, but be particularly involved in community and church activities. The award is named after Joseph Warren, a Revolutionary War patriot, who received his degrees in the Lodge of St. Andrew, Boston , in 1761, and was elected Master of the Lodge November 30, 1768 . On May 30, 1769 , George Earl of Dalhousie, Grand Master of Scotland, granted him a Commission as Provincial Grand Master of Mason’s in Boston and New England . December 27, 1769 , he organized the Provincial Grand Lodge of Massachusetts (Ancients) at the Green Dragon Tavern, Boston , and continued as its Grand master until his death at the battle of Bunker Hill , June 17, 1775 .

Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts was established in 1733 and is the third oldest Grand Lodge in the world. Today, there are 50,000 Freemasons in Massachusetts that meet in 200 individual Lodges in cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth. Grand Master Jeffrey B. Hodgdon is the latest in a succession of distinguished Massachusetts Freemasons to hold that office. Previous Grand Masters include Revolutionary War patriots Paul Revere and General Joseph Warren.

01/02/09

District Deputy of the 27th  -  Masonic District Appointed

Local South Hadley resident Paul A. Cataldo was recently appointed the District Deputy Grand Master for the 27th Masonic District by the Grand Master of Massachusetts, M.W. Roger W. Pageau. Paul was the Past Master of Mount Holyoke Lodge; his installation was December 29, at Grand Lodge in Boston during the Feast of St. John celebration. His duties will be the personal representative of the Grand Master to the lodges in the 27th  Masonic District. They are Hampshire Lodge, Jerusalem Lodge, Chicopee Lodge, Mt. Tom Lodge, Mt. Holyoke Lodge, Pacific Lodge and Vernon Lodge. Along with Paul’s appointment he has appointed Mark C. Mueller of Chicopee as District Deputy Grand Marshal, Joseph Zajac of Chicopee District Deputy Grand Secretary, Raymond  S. Frenkle of Amherst as District Awareness officer and Raymond  J. LeClair of South Hadley District Service Officer and Bro. Tyler Seavey District Ambassador.

The District Deputy Grand Master is the personal representative of the Grand Master of Massachusetts and it is his duty to visit the lodges in his district at least twice each year. His duties include, inspect the certificate of charter, by-laws, records and mode of working, and report to the Grand Master and Grand Secretary immediately after each inspection on such forms in a manner required by Grand Lodge. He will communicate to the lodges all such edicts and regulations of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts as received from the Grand Secretary.

Paul will also attend the Lodge’s of Instruction in the district, aid the Grand Lecturer, conduct district meetings, assist lodges in presenting fifty-year medals of service awards, any other duties requested by the Grand Master, along with assisting any lodge with challenges they might face.

Paul is married to his wife of many years South Hadley native Alice ( Logan ) Cataldo. He has two children, a son in Bozeman Montana and a daughter in San Antonio Texas along with four grandchildren. Started work with the Motts Supermarkets, then A&P Super FoodMarts and Bozzutos. After 35 years in the supermarket industry as a Grocery Category Manager, he owned Cataldo’s Fine Cigars in Granby Before closing in 2007.

While Master of Mount Holyoke Lodge, Paul’s accomplishments were numerous. The biggest fund raiser he chaired for the Lodge was their annual golf tournament at Westover CC. With this the Lodge was able to support the Adopt a Family program, Keep the Lights on and many other local charities, school scholarships, etc. During his term at Mount Holyoke Lodge, they also supported blood drives, CHIP program just to name a few. Not only is Paul a member of Mount Holyoke Lodge, but is an officer in York Rite, York Rite College , Springfield Commandery #6 as well as Melha Shriners and Scottish Rite. While Master of Mount Holyoke Lodge he lead the Lodge forward in achieving the goals set for winning the Grand Master’s Award, the lodge won the prestigious Grand Master’s Award for 2007 and 2008 one of six awards given each year.

Mount Holyoke Lodge was chartered on March 30, 1869 , by Most Worshipful William Gardner, Grand Master of the Massachusetts Grand Lodge, with the Reverend George E. Fisher as its first Worshipful Master.  Prior to the granting of this charter, Masons residing in South Hadley were obliged to attend meetings at the Mount Tom Lodge in Holyoke by crossing the Connecticut River by boat, sometimes under the worst possible weather conditions, due to the fact that there were no bridges connecting the two towns at that time.  The new lodge was first organized in an old school building on School Street , and has since been in six locations over the past 139 years. On September 5, 1886 , meetings were held at " Dudley 's Hall" at the corner of Main and Bridge Streets, when the building and most of its contents were destroyed by fire, except for the lodge jewels, which fell off the wall face down, and were thus protected from the enveloping fire.  Soon after that the lodge was moved to the " Carey Building " which it continued to use until 1913 when the Mount Holyoke Masonic Association was formed and bought a building on land previously held by the Carew heirs and the Congregational Church.  The corner stone for the present building on North Main Street was laid in September, 1914, and the following March the first meeting was held at this present home. Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world.

The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts was established in 1733 and is the third oldest Grand Lodge in the world. Today, there are 50,000 Freemasons in Massachusetts that meet in 150 individual Lodges in cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth. Grand Master Jeffrey B. Hodgdon is the latest in a succession of distinguished Massachusetts Freemasons to hold that office. Previous Grand Masters include Revolutionary War patriots Paul Revere and General Joseph Warren.  


12/07/08

Mount Holyoke Mason Receives 50 Year Award  

South Hadley , Massachusetts : In 1958 Have Gun — Will Travel became a Radio series. Auntie Mame won the Academy Award as the best motion picture of 1958. “Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu” (Volare), Domenico Modugno was picked the best record of the year. It was also an important year in the life of Charles Ferguson of Granby Massachusetts, Charles joined the Mount Holyoke Lodge of Masons in South Hadley. He was recently honored by Mount Holyoke Lodge and the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts by being awarded the 50-Year Veteran's Medal. It was presented by Ronald E. Jackson Past Deputy Grand Master on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. Charley who is the Chaplin at Mount Holyoke lodge also has two sons that are Masons, Peter Ferguson who is Secretary of Vernon Lodge in Belchertown and Karl Ferguson Senior Deacon  of Mount Holyoke  Lodge.

Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts was established in 1733 and is the third oldest Grand Lodge in the world. Grand Master Roger W. Pageau is the latest in a succession of distinguished Grand Masters.

Mount Holyoke Lodge was chartered on March 30, 1869 , by Most Worshipful William Gardner, Grand Master of the Massachusetts Grand Lodge, with the Reverend George E. Fisher as its first Worshipful Master.  Prior to the granting of this charter, Masons residing in South Hadley were obliged to attend meetings at the Mount Tom Lodge in Holyoke by crossing the Connecticut River by boat, sometimes under the worst possible weather conditions, due to the fact that there were no bridges connecting the two towns at that time.  The new lodge was first organized in an old school building on School Street , and has since been in six locations over the past 139 years. Now located at 15 North Main Street, South Hadley where it has been since 1914.

Massachusetts Freemasonry membership is open to all men, age 18 and over, regardless of race or religion and offers a wide range of opportunities for community service, personal improvement, leadership and fun.  

07/18/08

Mount Holyoke Lodge Celebrity Chefs for Buttery Brook Park Cruise Night  

Members from Mount Holyoke Lodge of South Hadley on July 18, 2008 were once again the celebrity chefs for the antique auto cruise at Buttery Brook Park in South Hadley . Among those that were serving were many of the members of Mount Holyoke Lodge. They were serving burgers, hot dogs as well as cool refreshments.  

Buttery Brook Park is a local park where people come to lay their blankets on the lawn for picnics, tennis, taking a walk, concerts, car cruises and many other events. The 30 year old park was once a reservoir that was drained and turned into a park. The friends of Buttery Brook are a group of volunteers that raises money to make improvements at the town-owned park. Buttery Brook was able this year to construct the first phase of the children’s play ground by installing the slide and climbing bars from the previous donation Mount Holyoke Lodge presented last year. The park welcomes all donations to support things such as this for the children.  

The program for weekly celebrity chefs at the car cruises has been going on for most of this summer every Friday evening and has had many business and organizations lending a hand each week.  The Vintage Auto unit from Melha Shine has also been guest chefs. 

5/29/08

Mount Holyoke Lodge Presents Scholarships to Students

South Hadley Massachusetts : Mount Holyoke Lodge A.F. & A.M., Presented scholarships to three students this month.

Mount Holyoke Lodge awards annual scholarships to outstanding students for Leadership through school extra – curricular activities, Demonstrate good citizenship: high moral standards and friendly attitude, Scholastic standing: Top 35% of graduating class

Robert Calhoun of South Hadley, Sarah Beaudoin of Chicopee and David W. Shaw Jr. of Windsor Locks Ct. each received scholastic scholarships.

Robert D. Calhon of South Hadley received one of the Lodges scholarships and is planning on attending UMass where he was accepted into the Isenberg School of Management where he plans on receiving his Batchelor’s Degree.

Sarah Beaudoin of Chicopee , will major in Physical Therapy at American International College in Springfield and the third recipient David W. Shaw Jr. of Windsor Locks CT will be attending Central Connecticut to major in Civil Engineering.  

5/17/08

 

Mount Holyoke Lodge Holds Annual Golf Tournament

Mount Holyoke Lodge held their 6th Annual Golf Tournament at Westover Golf Course in Ludlow Massachusetts . For the Lodge it was a day to remember for many reasons. The weather turned out fantastic, we had a large group of players and sponsors but most importantly the number in attendance of new and local Masons to the Lodge in the past two years was very significant.  

The new brothers were involved in all aspects of the tournament. On the golf committee, players, sponsors or volunteers they were there along side with that inner core of masons that have always keep the lodge going. It truly was a good day. 

The lodge holds this event as well as several tags sales throughout the year as fund raisers for our phalarope as well as maintaining the lodge. To keep on supporting the community and lodge they are always thinking of new ways to earn funds.

In the past four years the Mount Holyoke has been rising from a quite little country lodge to a lodge that is well known in the Western part of the state. Old members as well as new are working together to bring the lodge back to being the lodge to join. Many improvements in the building have been happening (with the help of the members) to make it a more inviting place to gather.  

Mount Holyoke Lodge of South Hadley is now the new home to Robert Morris Number 51 Eastern Star as well as Chicopee Lodge.  With these two new groups joining us the lodge has become a beehive of activity.

Mount Holyoke Lodge was chartered on March 30, 1869 , by Most Worshipful William Gardner, Grand Master of the Massachusetts Grand Lodge, with the Reverend George E. Fisher as its first Worshipful Master.  Prior to the granting of this charter, Masons residing in South Hadley were obliged to attend meetings at the Mount Tom Lodge in Holyoke by crossing the Connecticut River by boat, sometimes under the worst possible weather conditions, due to the fact that there were no bridges connecting the two towns at that time.  The new lodge was first organized in an old school building on School Street , and has since been in six locations over the past 128 years.

3/28/2008

Chicopee Brothers become Masons  

Mount Holyoke Masonic Lodge AF & AM of South Hadley recently raised eleven new Master Masons. The work of the evening was performed by the Melha Shriners Highlander’s Degree team. The ceremony was outstanding and impressed all who attended.  

Two of the new Masons were Donald J. Kiely and his brother John F. Kiely. Donald and John are the brothers of Gerard K. Kiely Senior Steward of Mount Holyoke Lodge. Not only are they brothers biologically but Masonic brothers as well.

Gerard Kiely has been the originator of Mount Holyoke Lodges web sight (www.mountholyokelodge.org) with his short time as a mason and has helped move the lodge into the 21st century via the net.  

The other nine new masons come from both Chicopee and South Hadley many are involved in the inner workings of their towns, industry or self employed.

The lodge has been more then honored with these new masons and continues to grow its membership base on a steady basis when many other organizations are slowly declining. There is a growing Masonic Renaissance in Massachusetts as well as elsewhere around the country. Mount Holyoke Lodge alone in the past several years has gained many new members, which in turn will become involved in our philanthropy in the community. The growing membership will hopefully get more people involved in our fund raisers, golf tournaments, tag sales etc. All these funds go back into the community and help support the lodge.  

Many young men who would like to join the Melha Shriners do not realize that you must be a Mason to be a Shriner, all Shriners are Masons.

Massachusetts Freemasonry membership is open to all men, age 18 and over, regardless of race or religion and offers a wide range of opportunities for community service, personal improvement, leadership and fun. For more information, contact Paul Cataldo, Master of Mount Holyoke Lodge or the Lodge Secretary, Ronald E. Jackson at (413)533-5414 (www.mountholyokelodge.org)
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3/09/2008

 

Mount Holyoke Lodge will be hosting an ‘open pitch night’ 

Mount Holyoke Lodge will be hosting an ‘open pitch night’ on Wednesday evenings from 7:00PM – 10:00PM. The Pitch Nights will begin on March 19th and run through June 25th. All pitch players (18 and older) are welcome, male or female. The entry fee is $3.00 per night. All monies collected will be paid out the top three point scorers each Wednesday evening. If you are interested simply show up at the Mount Holyoke Lodge on Wednesday evenings or call Gerry Kiely at (413) 533-9299 for more information. The rules for tournament style play will be available at the Lodge. Come on down and make some new friends.  Click here to print out a copy of the rules.

 

2/22/2008

Local Masons invite you to learn more about Freemasonry in Massachusetts “Square and Compass Day”

Massachusetts Masons in the 27th Masonic District as well as all Masonic Lodges in all of Massachusetts are inviting the communities to learn more about Freemasonry at an open house to be held from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM , Saturday, March 8, 2008 at Mount Holyoke Lodge. The open house is sponsored by Mount Holyoke Lodge and Chicopee Lodge of South Hadley Massachusetts .  

Recently The Order of the Eastern Star Robert Morris Chapter # 51 of Holyoke and Chicopee Lodge of Masons from Chicopee has moved into the Mount Holyoke Masonic Building on South Main Street . Each body meets on different nights and is independently run.   

Chicopee Lodge was instituted by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts on December 22, 1848.In 1848 a group of Chicopee Masons called a meeting for the purpose of forming a Masonic Lodge in Chicopee . The first meeting was held at the Odd Fellows Hall on Exchange Street in Chicopee . On December 4, 1848 Rufus Whittier was elected the first Master of Chicopee Lodge. The current Master of Chicopee Lodge is Lewis E. Prentiss, they meet on the second Tuesday of the month.  

The Order of The Eastern Star Robert Morris Chapter meets the second Monday of the month. Carol Houlle is secretary and anyone interested in the Eastern Star can contact her at 413-534-7504.

Mount Holyoke Lodge was chartered on March 30, 1869, by Most Worshipful William Gardner, Grand Master of the Massachusetts Grand Lodge, with the Reverend George E. Fisher as its first Worshipful Master.  Prior to the granting of this charter, Masons residing in South Hadley were obliged to attend meetings at the Mount Tom Lodge in Holyoke by crossing the Connecticut River by boat, sometimes under the worst possible weather conditions, due to the fact that there were no bridges connecting the two towns at that time.  The new lodge was first organized in an old school building on School Street , and has since been in six locations over the past 128 years.

Massachusetts Freemasonry membership is open to all men, age 18 and over, regardless of race or religion and offers a wide range of opportunities for community service, personal improvement, leadership and fun. For more information, contact Paul Cataldo, Master of Mount Holyoke Lodge or the Lodge Secretary, Ronald E. Jackson at (413)533-5414 

 

02/11/2008

 

Mount Holyoke Lodge Celebrated their annual Valentine Brunch  

Mount Holyoke Lodge AF&AM of South Hadley celebrated their Valentine Brunch at Adelfiia’s Restaurant in South Hadley Sunday February 10, 2008  

This has been an annual event to honor the widows of departed Masons. Over fifty people attended an all you could eat brunch and the widows were presented a red rose at the end. It was a time for old and new Mason’s to together with their wives and the widows to celebrate Valentines Day and talk about old times.  

Among those in attendance was M.W. Albert T. Ames, Past Grand Master for the state of Massachusetts and D.D.G.M Edward L. Alford, District Deputy Grand Master for the 27th Masonic District, D.D.G.M John White of the Greenfield District.  The committee of Wor Henry Fusari Wor Paul A. Cataldo put together this years brunch. They are hoping that next year will even get bigger due to the amount of new Masons joining Mount Holyoke Lodge. Just recently 16 new members took their first degree in Masonry all at once, the biggest class the Lodge has ever had.   

Massachusetts Freemasonry membership is open to all men, age 18 and over, regardless of race or religion and offers a wide range of opportunities for community service, personal improvement, leadership and fun. For more information, contact Paul Cataldo,

Master of Mount Holyoke Lodge or the Lodge Secretary, Ronald E. Jackson at (413)533-5414

02/03/2008

Mount Holyoke Lodge Makes Lodge History

Mount Holyoke Lodge A.F. &A.M. recently made lodge history by conferring the first degree or entered apprentice degree on 16 new candidates. The candidates were South Hadley and Chicopee residents. This was the largest amount of local men taking their degree at one time at the lodge. They will complete their next two degrees by the end of March 2008.  

Fellowship attracts many of the new candidates; they meet extremely interesting people outside of their normal daily lives with whom they would have never crossed paths with otherwise. One new member said with himself and others there is an outcry for old fashioned fellowship and betrays a need to belong to something great. Others were interested in the history and symbolism.    

Some of the brothers thought early on the great mysteries of Freemasonry would suddenly be revealed to them upon joining, like a basket of fruit delivered to the door, or that an experienced Mason might explain to them the true meaning of the symbols as if it were a simple manner like translating a text from Latin to Greek. It soon became apparent understanding takes continual work, personal work, and that there is no one answer or translation but rather the lessons of our noble teachings must be re-inspected continually in our daily lives.  

Masonry allures different people for different reasons. An intense feeling pervaded nearly all new members, best characterized as a mix of excitement, wonderment and enthusiasm. A common reason members joined was to be part of something greater than themselves, in order to learn how to make themselves greater and, in turn, to have a great impact on the community. Historically, the fraternity was at the core of social and philanthropic needs of the community.  

These new masons and the masons within the past years and years to come will be the insurance that Mount Holyoke Lodge will continue to survive in our community to do the things we do to assist our community and make South Hadley a better place to live.

On March 8th 2008 from 9:00 AM to 3 PM Mount Holyoke Lodge as well as all other lodges across the state will be having another open house. This is to celebrate the 275th anniversary of Massachusetts Masons.

01/21/2008

Mount Holyoke Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons Donates Gifts to Families in Need

Mount Holyoke Lodge of South Hadley , Massachusetts in conjunction with the South Hadley Council on Aging again donated toys and essential items to families in need in South Hadley as part of the Masons Adopt–a–Family program. This program has been in effect for several years in conjunction with The South Hadley Senior Center and has been very successful.

The South Hadley Masons also yearly donate food to senior citizens. This year the Masons have donated additional monies to South Hadley’s Council on Ageing along with Granby council on aging, ” Keep The Lights On” campaign. This program will assist some South Hadley and Granby seniors with heating and electricity, anyone wishing to make a donation can contact the South Hadley Senior Center Council on Aging or Granby Council on ageing.

Mount Holyoke Lodge has several events throughout the year, such as the Masons Golf Tournament, tag sales, etc. with the proceeds again supporting local and other charities.

Freemasons in North America contribute more than $2,000,000 each day to charity. Freemasons operate the Shriners Burns Hospital in Boston where more than 750 severely burned children are admitted each year and treated at no charge. Some 3,700 children are treated each year in the hospital's clinic, again at no charge. Freemasons also operate the Shriners Orthopedic Hospital in Springfield as well as other Shriners Hospitals throughout North America where children are treated at no charge.

There will be a an open house at Mount Holyoke Lodge March 8, 2008 from 9 till 3 PM . If you would like to know more about Mount Holyoke Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, they meet on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Masonic Building on North Main Street in South Hadley . Membership is open to all men, age 18 and over, regardless of race or religion. For more information, contact the Lodge Secretary, Ronald E. Jackson at 413-533-5230.

 

01/01/2008

Mount Holyoke Lodge Honored by Grand Master Award

On December 12th, 2007 , Mount Holyoke Lodge was honored by receiving the Grand Master's Award for Outstanding Achievement at the December Grand Lodge Quarterly Meeting at Grand Lodge in Boston . This award was given to only 6 Lodges statewide this year. This honor is a testament to the hard work and support of the Brethren, the dedication of the officers of 2006-2007, and to the sense of unity and affection for Montgomery Lodge that distinguish our membership that make Mount Holyoke Lodge such a special place to gather, work, and enjoy the good fellowship and camaraderie that are the hallmark of our Lodge. Special thanks and appreciation go out to Wor. Paul A. Cataldo, RW Mark C. Mueller and RW Edward L. Alford and all those who’s hard work and attention to the particular programs which helped bring this award to Mount Holyoke Lodge paid off in this most prestigious accolade. Congratulations to all.

12/26/2007

 

Father Presents Son with Jewel Honoring Thy Father 

It is a heart-warming day when a young man first shows interest in Freemasonry and asks his father how he might become a Mason, and it is a proud day when that son, in the fullness of time, is admitted a member of his father's lodge by Initiation. This is what recently happened to two South Hadley residents. Henry Fusari Past Master of Mount Holyoke Lodge presented the Lewis Jewel to his son Joseph Fusari at a recent lodge meeting. This is the first time this Jewel was awarded at Mount Holyoke Lodge. The "Lewis Jewel" has been in use in England and other jurisdictions under the United Grand Lodge of England for many decades to honor a new Mason's father. Recently it has been adopted throughout Canada, as well as Vermont, Connecticut, and Texas (and maybe others). At the June Grand Lodge Quarterly, M.W. Jeffrey B. Hodgdon ruled under Section 808 of the Grand Constitutions that the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts recognizes and adopts the usage of the jewel in our jurisdiction. The Lewis Jewel may be worn by a Mason; if at the time of his Initiation, his father was a Mason in good standing (an initiate of a deceased father - in good standing at the time of his passing - also qualifies). The Lewis Jewel is suspended from two chains, with two bars - the upper bar contains the name of the father and date of his Initiation. - The lower bar, the name of the son and date of his Initiation. A Lewis is a simple, but ingenious device employed by operative masons to raise heavy blocks of stone into place. It consists of three metal parts - two wedge-shaped sidepieces and a straight centerpiece - that fit together as a tendon in a dovetailed recess or mortise cut into the top of a stone block. The two outer pieces are inserted first and then spread by the insertion of the centerpiece. The three parts are then bolted together, a metal ring or shackle is attached, and the block is hoisted by hook, rope and pulley. Once set in place, the Lewis is removed, leaving the upper surface smooth with no clamp or chains protruding to interfere with the laying of the next course of stones.

12/02/2007

Mount Holyoke Lodge 2008 Annual Children's Christmas Party 

A great time was had by all when Mt. Holyoke Lodge had its annual Christmas Party on December 2, 2007 at the lodge on North Main Street. This year's turnout was around a hundred parents, grandparents and excited children. Charlie Allard contributed his famous deviled eggs and the kids enjoyed pizza, soda, and cookies served by this year's Master, Wor. Paul Cataldo, Wor. Henry Fusari,. Soon after the kids were seated, Santa (Bro. Peter Wintheiser of Mount Tom Lodge) arrived and the joy on the faces of the children lit the room. Santa greeted the kids and went to his chair to receive the children and pass out presents. This year Santa again had a special stage created for him by Wor Ray (Cricket) LeCLair. In addition to the Christmas tree surrounded by presents, Santa was seated among a menagerie of Disney-type character renderings made by Wor LeClair. The whole event was a magical event for the younger children. As with all great and important undertakings, much work was done behind the scenes by Bro. Robert St George and Bro. Mike Nelson, who bought and wrapped most of the presents, The party lasted about 2 ½ hours and was enjoyed by all who attended. As everyone knows, these events don't just happen. Their success depends on careful planning and the dedication of all involved. Clearly, this year's event was beautifully staged. Each year's party seems to get better and better. Thanks to everyone involved and to all who attended. Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year.

10/13/2007

Mount Holyoke Lodge presents Awards to Buttery Brook & Cub Pack 301 

Mount Holyoke Lodge A.F. &A.M presented checks to Friends of Buttery Brook Park and Cub Pack 301 at their 139th officer installation of officers. A 30 year old park Butter Brook was once a reservoir that was drained and turned into a park. The friends of Buttery Brook are a group of volunteers that raises money to make improvements at the town-owned park. Mount Holyoke Lodge recently this summer presented a check to the Friends of Buttery Brook to help support the park. Grand Lodge of Massachusetts recently awarded additional funds to Buttery Brook and the check was presented to Linda & Doug Young members of the Park Committee. This past summer Cub Pack 301 which meets at Mount Holyoke Lodge was also presented a check from the Lodge. These young boys have been an asset to the Lodge and the community. It has been wonderful to have them meet ing in the lodge. Hopefully one day some may become Masons. Receiving the Grand Lodge matching funds for the Cub Scouts was Edward & Laurie McCarron and their son Cub Scout Ryan McCarron. Ryan McCarron is the grandson of our own Past Deputy Grand Master R.W. Ronald E. Jackson. The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts also gave additional funds to The DeMolay and Scottish Rite Dyslexia Center at Moiser School in South Hadley.

10/13/2007

 

Mount Holyoke Lodge Of Masons in South Hadley Installs Officers for the 2007 - 2008 year.

Mount Holyoke Lodge held its annual installation of officers at the Masonic building in South Hadley Saturday October 13th. This was the 139tth instillation of officers at Mt. Holyoke Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons. Paul A. Cataldo of South Hadley was installed as Worshipful Master and will lead the Lodge in the coming year. The term “Worshipful Master” is an English term meaning one being worthy of respect.

In addition, the following elected and appointed officers were also installed. Robert St.George of Easthampton Senior Warden, Michael Nelson of Easthampton Junior Warden, Ronald Jackson of South Hadley Secretary, Peter Fusari of Chicopee Treasurer, Raymond LaClair of South Hadley Marshal, Henry Beaudoin of Chicopee Chaplin, Mark C. Mueller of Chicopee Senior Deacon, James Collins of South Hadley Junior Deacon, Gerard Kiley of Chicopee Senior Steward, Ronald Zissell of South Hadley Tyler, Edmund Jackson of South Hadley Organist. Ronald Jackson along with Mark C. Mueller and Henry Fusari conducted the installation ceremony with Ron Zissell playing the bag pipes at the Masonic Lodge on North Main Street South Hadley .Officiating at the ceremony was the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts representative District Deputy Grand Master, Edward L. Alford of South Hadley .

Mount Holyoke Lodge was chartered on March 30, 1869 , by Most Worshipful William Gardner, Grand Master of the Massachusetts Grand Lodge, with the Reverend George E. Fisher as its first Worshipful Master.  Prior to the granting of this charter, Masons residing in South Hadley were obliged to attend meetings at the Mount Tom Lodge in Holyoke by crossing the Connecticut River by boat, sometimes under the worst possible weather conditions, due to the fact that there were no bridges connecting the two towns at that time.  The new lodge was first organized in an old school building on School Street , and has since been in six locations over the past 139 years.

On September 5, 1886 , meetings were held at " Dudley 's Hall" at the corner of Main and Bridge Streets, when the building and most of its contents were destroyed by fire, except for the lodge jewels, which fell off the wall face down, and were thus protected from the enveloping fire.  Soon after that the lodge was moved to the " Carey Building " which it continued to use until 1913 when the Mount Holyoke Masonic Association was formed and bought a building on land previously held by the Carew heirs and the Congregational Church.  The corner stone for the present building  on North Main Street was lain in September, 1914, and the following March the first meeting was held at this present home.

In 1969, on the 100th anniversary of the lodge, a large celebration was held by the lodge members which was presided over by Worshipful Wilfred O. Hatch as Worshipful Master of the lodge.

Upon the retirement of Bro. Samuel J. Somerville as Secretary of the lodge, a number of different brothers served in this post until it was stabilized by the election of R. W. Ronald E. Jackson, who is still serving as our present lodge Secretary. 

The following year, 1971-1972 under Wor. Richard B. Scott, Master, there was a fraternal visit to the lodge by R. W. Robert H. Edwards, who had planned to talk on "Lack of Candidates and Attendance", however, he had to change his subject matter for the address when he found to his agreeable surprise that the meeting was held before 48 members in attendance and three new candidate applications were read and balloted upon.

While in 1979-1980 under Wor. Robert W. Tucker, Master, Wor. Ronald E. Jackson presented a Masonic Road Sign which was placed on Memorial Drive to inform visiting brethren and potential members of our lodge location.  This sign is still in place.

During Masonic year 1984-1985 Wor. Eugene G. Anderson, Master, announced that R. W. Ronald E. Jackson of the Mount Holyoke Lodge was appointed Deputy Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts.  The Scholarship Fund was established during the term of Wor. Eugene G. Anderson.

It was during the 1991-1992 Masonic year under Wor. Henry A. Fusari, Master that the Thanksgiving Food Basket Program started.

On  Thursday, April 5, 2007 the Worshipful Master Paul A. Cataldo announced the launching of the newly designed Internet web site. The new web site features Brethren only information as well as a wide variety of community service information along with photos of events which the lodge is involved with.  (www.mountholyokelodge.org)

       Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts was established in 1733 and is the third oldest Grand Lodge in the world. Today, there are 50,000 Freemasons in Massachusetts that meet in 200 individual Lodges in cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth. Grand Master Jeffrey B. Hodgdon is the latest in a succession of distinguished Massachusetts Freemasons to hold that office. Previous Grand Masters include Revolutionary War patriots Paul Revere and General Joseph Warren.

       Freemasons in North America contribute more than $2,000,000 each day to charity. Freemasons operate the Shriners Burns Hospital in Boston where more than 750 severely burned children are admitted each year and treated at no charge. Some 3,700 children are treated each year in the hospital's clinic, again at no charge. Freemasons also operate the Shriners Orthopedic Hospital in Springfield as well as other Shriners Hospitals throughout North America where children are treated at no charge.

        Freemasons are responsible for collecting more than 80% of the blood collected by the Red Cross in Massachusetts-more than 20,000 pints annually. They also provide more than $200,000 in scholarship assistance annually. Masonic Lodges promote child safety through statewide Child Identification Programs. To date, more than 100,000 children have participated in this highly successful program supported by the Massachusetts Crime Prevention Officers Association.

Mount Holyoke Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Masonic Building on North Main Street in South Hadley . Membership is open to all men, age 18 and over, regardless of race or religion. For more information, contact the Lodge Secretary, Ronald E. Jackson at 413-533-5414.

9/25/2007

Local Masons invite you to learn more about Freemasonry in Massachusetts  

Massachusetts Masons in the 27th Masonic District are inviting the community to learn more about Freemasonry at an open house to be held from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM , Saturday, October 13, 2007 at Mount Holyoke Lodge. The open house is sponsored by Mount Holyoke Lodge of South Hadley Massachusetts ..

Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts was established in 1733 and is the third oldest Grand Lodge in the world. Today, there are almost 50,000 Freemasons in Massachusetts that meet in some 200 individual Lodges in cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth.  

Freemasons in North America contribute more than $2,000,000 each day to charity. Freemasons operate the Shriners Burns Hospital in Boston where more than 750 severely

Burned children are admitted each year and treated at no charge. Some 3,700 children are treated each year in the hospital's clinic, again at no charge.  

Freemasons also operate the Shriners Orthopedic Hospital in Springfield where children are treated at no charge.

Mount Holyoke Lodge was chartered on March 30, 1869 , by Most Worshipful William Gardner, Grand Master of the Massachusetts Grand Lodge, with the Reverend George E. Fisher as its first Worshipful Master.  Prior to the granting of this charter, Masons residing in South Hadley were obliged to attend meetings at the Mount Tom Lodge in Holyoke by crossing the Connecticut River by boat, sometimes under the worst possible weather conditions, due to the fact that there were no bridges connecting the two towns at that time.  The new lodge was first organized in an old school building on School Street , and has since been in six locations over the past 128 years.

On September 5, 1886 , meetings were held at " Dudley 's Hall" at the corner of Main and Bridge Streets, when the building and most of its contents were destroyed by fire, except for the lodge jewels, which fell off the wall face down, and were thus protected from the enveloping fire.  Soon after that the lodge was moved to the " Carey Building " which it continued to use until 1913 when the Mount Holyoke Masonic Association was formed and bought a building on land previously held by the Carew heirs and the Congregational Church.  The corner stone for the present building on North Main Street was lain in September, 1914, and the following March the first meeting was held at this present home.

In 1969, on the 100th anniversary of the lodge, a large celebration was held by the lodge members who were presided over by Worshipful Wilfred O. Hatch as Worshipful Master of the lodge.

Upon the retirement of Bro. Samuel J. Somerville as Secretary of the lodge, a number of different brothers served in this post until it was stabilized by the election of R. W. Ronald E. Jackson, who is still serving as our present lodge Secretary. During the lodge year of 1970-1971 under Wor. Albert D. J. Asprey, Master, the lodge voted to sponsor a DeMolay Chapter.

The following year, 1971-1972 under Wor. Richard B. Scott, Master, there was a fraternal visit to the lodge by R. W. Robert H. Edwards, who had planned to talk on "Lack of Candidates and Attendance", however, he had to change his subject matter for the address when he found to his agreeable surprise that the meeting was held before 48 members in attendance and three new candidate applications were read and balloted upon.

While in 1979-1980 under Wor. Robert W. Tucker, Master, Wor. Ronald E. Jackson presented a Masonic Road Sign which was placed on Memorial Drive to inform visiting brethren and potential members of our lodge location.  This sign is still in place.

During Masonic year 1984-1985 Wor. Eugene G. Anderson, Master, announced that R. W. Ronald E. Jackson of the Mount Holyoke Lodge was appointed Deputy Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts.  The Scholarship Fund was established during the term of Wor. Eugene G. Anderson.

It was during the 1991-1992 Masonic year under Wor. Henry A. Fusari, Master, that the Thanksgiving Food Basket Program started.

On  Thursday, April 5, 2007 the Worshipful Paul A. Cataldo announced the launching of the newly designed Internet web site. The new web site will feature Brethren only information as well as a wide variety of community service information. http://www.mountholyokelodge.org/

Freemasons are responsible for collecting more than 80% of the blood collected by the Red Cross in Massachusetts-more than 20,000 pints annually. They also provide more than $200,000 in scholarship assistance annually. Masonic Lodges promote child

safety through statewide Child Identification Programs. To date, over 100,000 children have participated in this highly successful program.  

Massachusetts Freemasonry membership is open to all men, age 18 and over, regardless of race or religion and offers a wide range of opportunities for community service, personal improvement, leadership and fun. For more information, contact Paul Cataldo,

Master of Mount Holyoke Lodge or the Lodge Secretary, Ronald E. Jackson at (413)533-5414 On October 8, 2007 the Lodge will be holding there Columbus Day Tag Sale 9 till 2

7/27/2007

Mount Holyoke Lodge Celebrity Chefs for Buttery Brook Park Cruise Night

Members from Mount Holyoke Lodge of South Hadley on July 27, 2007 were the celebrity chefs for the antique auto cruise at Buttery Brook Park in South Hadley . They were serving burgers, hot dogs as well as cool refreshments. Buttery Brook Park is a local park were people come to lay their blankets on the lawn for picnics, tennis, taking a walk, concerts, car cruises and many other events. The 30 year old park was once a reservoir that was drained and turned into a park. The friends of Buttery Brook are a group of volunteers that raises money to make improvements at the town-owned park. Along with the lodge members joining in to support the event, Mount Holyoke Lodge also presented a check donation to the Friends of Buttery Brook to help support the park.  

The program for weekly celebrity chefs at the car cruises has been going on for most of this summer and has had many business and organizations lending a hand each week.  The Vintage Auto unit from Melha Shine was the guest chefs for the previous week. Among those that were serving were RW Ronald Jackson, RW Edward Alford, RW Mark Mueller, Wor Paul Cataldo as well as many of the brethren of the lodge. Every auto that was in attendance got brochures on masonry and pass it on forms, which inspired many questions asked about masonry in which it is hoped that several new members may be inspired.  

If you would like to know more about Mount Holyoke Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, they meet on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Masonic Building on North Main Street in South Hadley . Membership is open to all men, age 18 and over, regardless of race or religion.  

4/28/2007

Former Westover Airman Honored by Masons in his community. Albert McCann of Union City, Washington, was recently awarded the Grand Master’s Achievement Award for District 3 in Washington by the Grand Lodge of Washington. Click here to read the entire release

 

Mount Holyoke Lodge Holds Table Lodge. Mount Holyoke Masonic Lodge A.F/A.M. recently held a Table Lodge in South Hadley . Members of the lodge were in attendance along with members from Mountain Lodge in Shelburne Falls , Mount Tom Lodge of Holyoke and Mount Moriah Lodge of Westfield.

Prime Rib dinner was prepared by Wor. Henry Fusari and Donald Upton and served by Bro.’s Peter Fusari, Chuck O’Connor and Gerald Kiely. The dinner was dedicated to Bro. Edmund Jackson of South Hadley who will be celebrating sixty-one years as a member of Mount Holyoke Lodge.  

The District Deputy Grand Master of the 27th Masonic District Edward L. Alford of South Hadley was presented a Past District Deputy Jewel by Wor. Paul A. Cataldo.  

Table Lodges began in the late 17th Century. They were developed with the belief that “whenever men of like purpose break bread together, a spirit of oneness and a sense of well being are enjoyed.”  The Table Lodge is a special lodge function having a ceremony, formalities, and special terminology—all of which make the evening more fun.

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