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April 2017 Trestleboard


Of Harris Lodge #91, Warner, New Hampshire, Stated Meeting, Calendar, Dates to Remember


Greetings from the East


The 2017 annual meeting and election of officers is now behind us. I extend my humble thanks to the lodge for electing me Worshipful Master for another year. Over the last year efforts have been made to stabilize our lodge and now we can begin to chart our future course. To that end I ask two questions; what do you expect from your Masonry and is Harris Lodge everything you want it to be. These topics will be raised for discussion in future meetings.

We have brothers who need to progress in Masonry and I intend to hold a Fellow Craft degree in conjunction with our April communication. Our DDGM Larry Sprague will deliver the middle chamber lecture (schedule permitting). I will be posting notice of the rehearsals to the officers.
Things to begin to think about include fund raising ideas for the lodge, how we want to commemorate the 300th celebration of St. John’s Sunday in June and what additional activities we might like to try.

We have been informed of the passing of two brothers, Gordon Heddeng and Victor Wright. There are no details about services for these brothers yet, we will let you know when we know more.

I am excited that you will soon see changes to our trestleboard. We are going to try to include more color and more information about Harris Lodge and its members past and present.

I hope to see you all at one of our upcoming functions.
Karl R. Olson,

New Officers Elected

Our New Junior Warden Bro. Andy Bennett
Our New Junior Warden Bro. Andy Bennett

At our Annual meeting, we elected our officers for 2017. First time elected officers were Bro. Andy Bennert as Junior Warden and Bro. Robert B. Yonaitis as Secretary. For a complete list of officers elected and appointed please visit our website:
We have all watched Bro. Bennert pass through his lessons, ritual and all Lodge work with devotion and hard work.
It is great to see this advancement along with Bro. Zanes advancing to Senior Warden and Bro. Dearborn stepping up to Senior Deacon. Of course, thanks to all the officers continuing in their roles from last year. You can view photos from the event on our blog and Facebook.

Official 2017 Officer Photo
The official 2017 officers photo will be taken at the next stated meeting, make sure you look dapper, this will be used for our social media; Facebook, Twitter, Website and next month’s Trestleboard.

Social Media – You Can Help
In case you did not know we have social media presence on the internet through Facebook, Twitter, our Website and our own blog.


All Photos that are posted on Facebook by the Secretary will also be posted on the blog.

Also, please feel free to submit your own stories or photos for the blogs or Facebook. We will proofread and edit your stories for you. Please send your photos or stories to the secretary.
Reminder: If you have not sent in your 2017 dues they are due, please remit them ASAP. If you have questions about your dues or dues card please e-mail,

Know someone in sickness or distress call Fred 224-6892 or Louie 746-3160

A Special Thanks

Bob and Lynne Lawrie
Bob and Lynne Lawrie

This is the first Trestleboard that I have helped to put together as Secretary. I follow in the footsteps of Harris Lodge’s Past Master, and Past Secretary, Worshipful Bro. Robert W Lawrie. Bob will be a hard act to follow and I am sure all brethren will join me in extending our thanks for all he has done for the Lodge. While Bro. Lawrie will no longer be our Secretary, we hope to see him and Lynne around the Lodge as often as possible.


April Masonic Birthdays
Gary J. Gross — 4-29-2009
William D. Chapin, Sr. — 4-11-1962
Lee M. Brewster — 4-04-1998
Donald H. Wheeler, Jr. — 4-16-1986
Justin H. Dearborn — 4-29-2009

  • Dates to Remember:
    Sat     Apr 8th     4:30 PM     New England Brotherhood Night, East Providence RI More information:
  • Wed     Apr 12th     7:30 PM    Harris Lodge Stated Meeting and FC degree, Dinner at 6:30pm
  • Mon     Apr 17th     7:00 PM    Masters and Wardens Class (4th District) – St. Peter’s Lodge (Bradford) or King Solomon’s Lodge (Elkins)
  • Wed     May 10th     7:30 PM   Harris Lodge Stated Meeting, Dinner at 6:30pm

Please remember the Harris Lodge Calendar is now Online:

“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” Bro. George Washington. Read more about George Washington as a Mason at this Website:

Worshipful Master
Karl R. Olson
Tel: 603.361.5533


Robert B. Yonaitis
Tel 603.496.7414

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December 14 Stated and EA Degree

Last night was our final stated before going dark for the winter and a EA Degree for three new brothers. We hope you enjoy the pictures.  Remember you can click on a picture to view it full size


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Continued Fellowship

dscn9890In my lasts two posts I discussed my work and practice in the Fraternity since joining. In this last short post, I wanted to share some of my thoughts and hopes going forward.  You might not know this but there are many opportunities to participate in Masonry beyond your lodge.  However, you must be careful with how many commitments you take on and manage your time. As an engineer, I can usually find gems of wisdom in the popular TV and Movie Series Star Trek. For example, here is a conversation between two chief engineers, Scotty and La Forge, that speaks to time commitments:

Lt. Commander La Forge: Yeah, well, I told the Captain I’d have this analysis done in an hour.

Scotty: How long will it really take?

La Forge: An hour!

Scotty: Oh, you didn’t tell him how long it would really take, did ya?

La Forge: Well, of course I did.

Scotty: Oh, laddie. You’ve got a lot to learn if you want people to think of you as a miracle worker.

In this conversation is a helpful rule of thumb; if you commit yourself to do something you must do it, do your best to be on time for any commitments, and it is always better to be seen as a miracle worker versus a person that is late or fails to perform up to commitments that they take on. Scotty’s message is to give yourself some time for the inevitable life happenings that may impact your plans.

As for myself, in my first very active year, I have taken this to heart. While I try to help and offer myself, my time, and my abilities to my Lodge, I take the commitment very serious and I want to be successful, not just for myself or personal pride, but for the lodge and the fraternity. I have taken several rolls onto myself with my Blue Lodge:

  • I create, maintain, and upgrade the Lodge web presence, including but not limited to; Blogs, Website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WordPress.
  • I have had the privilege to stand in as Chaplain
  • I have had the privilege to stand in as a Steward
  • I have tried to help in degree practices as needed
  • I even offered to be Secretary when one was needed, given my experience in life running several companies, I thought I could help, My W.M. Informed me that I was not qualified and not a Mason for a sufficient period – but I tried!

Beyond my Lodge, I have become a member of the Scottish Rite, an Appendant body of the Masons, in the Valley of Concord, NH.  I have completed a set of degrees including the 32nd Degree .  I have found myself volunteering again with the Scottish Rite, where I have volunteered to be an editor of the Valley of Concord Newsletter, and I agreed to take a part in what is known as the 14th Degree. It is a different responsibility. When you take a part in the line or chairs you are committing that you have the time to take learn and perform the role as once accepted the fraternity is counting on you. Life gets busy as does work and family, but if you make the commitment to learn and do a task for your lodge or the Rite you must follow through and after some conversation with my family I accepted the commitment.
What is perhaps most exciting to me can be expressed by the Scottish Rite Passport.  When you become a member, you receive a passport book with Pages describing each degree. When completing a degree, you get a stamp – like a passport stamp! This made me think of my US Passport. I added pages twice and have many pages and many stamps, they are emblematic of my travel and my collected experience, understanding, and new friends on six of the seven continents. I do have friends that go to the seventh (Antarctica), but none of them live there!  One may view the Scottish Rite Passport in the same way. As you go through degrees you learn some things, you reinforce the fraternity’s values and you make friends.  I look forward to travelling all over the USA to experience all of the degrees. I look forward to meeting new friends and reconnecting with other brothers along the way.

As in any other organization, this fellowship requires work- but do not worry – the oaths and obligations that you will take upon yourself do provide guidance on getting along with other brothers, and truly accepting people who you might not know outside of the lodge.  If you can live up to those principals, you will do just fine with any Mason that you meet. At the very least, you are living up to your oath and obligations.

There is a huge benefit as well, in that the discipline that I believe is required for managing your commitments as a Mason can help you in other areas of your life. As an example, I will share a story. As an engineer I have come up with many processes. One process, that I’ve used professionally, for all of my teams, has been specifically around managing tasks and the progress towards completion of them. I’ve used status reports to communicate this kind of regular progress. In my experience, it was a good way to manage teams of Scientists, Sales People, Marketing, or any type of person.  One day, one of my sales managers came into my office to talk to me.  He said “I wanted to thank you.”  I responded, “For what?” He then told me that his son had been having problem managing schoolwork and sports and his grades were falling to the point of concern. He said that he implemented the Status report that we used in the company to manage tasks, and it relieved all the pressures for his family and his son improved in both grades and sports.

I share this story because it illustrates for me, how practicing the values of the fraternity has not only improved me not only in the different roles I have performed in lodge, but also it has improved me in my non-related activities. We all can be better; we all have room to improve but sometimes we forget to set goals. The fraternity can help bring focus to what you value and therefore you can adjust your actions to better achieve your goals.  And more importantly, you can have some fun and help your community. I look forward to the Continued Fellowship with fellow Masons and to receive more light.

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Reflections on the Master Mason Seminar Held Yesterday in Nashua

14753245_1144292265649938_4224914160183795063_oYesterday was the Master Masons Seminar, put on by The Grand Lodge of NH, for newly raised Masons or Masons that just wanted to attend the seminar. The seminar was quite interesting and many topics were covered. Topics ranged from the First Mason noted in history to current day Masons and their practices.

The first lecture dealt with the start of the Fraternity in 1717 when Anthony Sayer (1672-1741) was made the first Grand Master on John the Baptist Day, June 24th, of the same year. The talk was given by Bro. Malcolm A. Wooff, District Education Officer for District No. 2. Of mention we were in the Masonic Building in Nashua, NH, which is home to the Rising Sun Lodge which is part of District No. 2.

This talk was quite interesting but, as any newly raised Mason knows, as well of those that have been in the Fraternity for a while, nothing is straight forward in masonry. A good example of this is that not long after reviewing the detail mentioned above Bro. Wooff then discussed Elias Ashmole (1617-1692) who is the first recorded English Mason, raised in the year 1646, In Warrington by nine Brothers – none of whom were Operative Masons.

A moment for a bit of clarification – “Operative” is referring to the stone masons that built the Temple of King Solomon and the Great Cathedrals of Europe and “Speculative” is referring to the masons that embraced the principles of these masons but were not “Operative” stone masons. This distinction is very important in looking closely at what Bro. Wooff said. Remember it is stated that Elias Ashmole was raised (made a Mason) in 1646 by people whom none were Operative Masons rather they were practicing Speculative Freemasonry. But wait, didn’t Masonry start in 1717?  There you have a large part of the seminar, understanding that not all answers regarding Freemasonry are to be seen as black and white.

A bit of housecleaning: For more information on Operative versus Speculative Freemasonry please see page 7 in the Public Domain book, Introduction to Freemasonry, which is recommended reading by the New Hampshire Grand Lodge. Please note that all writing on Freemasonry may not be complete or entirely accurate, that is why when you have a question regarding Freemasonry it is best to Ask a Mason, or if none are available you can always refer to the Grand Lodge Website and look for a list of recommended reading.

After Bro. Wooff’s lectures we had discussions from other Grand Lodge Officers including Deputy Grand Master, Bro. John E. Lobdell. Brother Lobdell gave several lectures on expectations and on lodge practices and before lunch we moved down to the Lodge Room where District Deputy Grand Lecturer, Bro. Paul S. Gross (District No. 4) gave an excellent lecture on protocol in the lodge, including the proper way, both where and how, to give the Due-Guard and sign when entering and leaving the lodge as well as tips on how to enter a meeting after it has been started. There was also discussion on the use of smart phones in the Lodge during a meeting as to whether it was appropriate. This topic was brought up by a Brother who had come from a lodge in Texas and was commenting throughout the day related to the differences, NH vs TX, in the lodge practices.

Another topic of conversation that was covered was how one Mason should address another outside of the lodge.  This topic was addressed by the Senior Grand Warden Bro. Kenneth A. Clay Jr.  Bro. Clay said that outside of the Lodge he was “OK” with having a brother just call him Ken, there was no need to bring the title of the lodge outside of the lodge and address him as R.W. Brother Clay or Just R.W. For me, this is something that was good to hear and there was lots of good discussion around this topic. After this we broke for lunch.

Lunch, which consisted of cold cuts, chips and a nice warm chicken soup prepared and served by our Junior Grand Warden Bro. David S. Collins. One thing I like in Masonry is that everyone is willing to pitch in and help, from setting up a room to serving soup, during lunch I had the opportunity to meet many new brothers as well as Chat with brothers that I already knew. An example is a brother from Horace Chase Lodge (Bro Tom – I did not get his last name) was present, I first met Tom when I had attended his Fellowcraft Degree at Horace Chase the day after I  received my own Fellow Craft degree at Harris Lodge. I also had the chance to speak again with the District Deputy Grand Master (District No. 2) Bro. Joe Beaumont, who I had last seen on a Deep Sea fishing trip with the Rising Sun Lodge Members and Family this summer, I was quite sea sick during most the fishing trip but recalled our conversation at the end of the trip. To the best of my Knowledge Bro. Beaumont was the first 33rd Degree Mason that I had met. I learned that Bro. Beaumont was also a private pilot and we discussed the different types of planes that we flew in the past (I am a pilot as well).

After Lunch we went back to the Lodge room where the District Education Officer (District No. 8) Bro. John A. Loven discussed more lodge protocols including how to verify a visiting mason is a Mason. Bro, Loven’s talk was quite good and it convinced me that I need to keep fresh with all my degrees for seeing other lodges in other areas of the world! When the talk was over we went back up to the room set up adjacent to the dining area where more talks took place. Our Junior Grand Warden Bro. David S. Collins gave great discussions on the Grand Lodge constitution and more. At this point, many of the conversations included all the NH Grand Lodge officers that had come to present at the Seminar.

There was one part where the question asked the Seminar attendees related to what did the degrees mean to individuals. I had spoken up that I felt that the third degree was a big responsibility that I taken onto myself and that it made me stop and think, because the commitment was clear and I took it seriously.

In closing, there is no way that I covered every conversation that I had or every lecture that was given at the seminar. However, I do hope that if you have not been to a Master Mason Seminar that is put on by Grand Lodge that you will go next year. I know that I will go back.

Additionally, for those on the Harris Lodge mailing list I will be sending a link in email later that will allow you to download the material that was handed out on the thumb drive yesterday. Including:


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Harris Lodge e-mail subscriptions

You can now sign up for Harris Lodge e-mail updates;
Trestleboard, Website Updates, Events, or General news online. Just click on the below link and then complete the subscription form. If you are not a Harris Lodge Member or Affiliate please indicate your lodge name in the Other Field, if not a Mason please select “Web Site Follower, not a Mason”

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A Visitor from the netherlands

A Visitor from the Netherlands came in during the Warner Fall Foliage Festival and talked to our Senior Warden Bro. Edwin J. Geffken to discuss the Differences between Masonry in the USA versus his home in the Netherlands!


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Setup: Warner Fall Foliage Festival

They are starting to set up for the Warner Fall Foliage Festival ( ) around our lodge

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Please do stop by, say hello and have a respite during the Warner Fall Foliage Festival. – please see #14 on the attached map The Festival runs Oct 7-9 2016


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Video from New Hampshire Statehouse cornerstone re-dedication

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New Hampshire Statehouse Corner Stone Re-Dedication

For those of you not on Facebook here are some photos taken at today’s NH Statehouse Cornerstone re-dedication  ceremony.

Remember to see the picture ful size just select it with your mouse (Click on it)


Governor and the Most Worshipful Master of the NH Grand Lodge


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Harvey, Justin, and Ron in Eagle Square


Gathering for a group photo


Ron and the Gov


Looks like Ron giving the Gov some Advice =)



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Harvey and the Gov


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Watching the dedication


Grand Lodge members


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Checking the stones properties


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Arch to enter the statehouse grounds


Awaiting the entry




All Lined up



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Eagle Square (Ron, Harvey, Worshipful (Karl) and Justin


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Eagle Square (Harvey, Justin, Ron, Rob)


Group Photo


Harvey, Rob and Ron with the cornerstone


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