Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award Presented

Worshipful Scot Newbury receiving Daniel Carter Beard AwardAt the annual visitation of St. Mark’s Lodge, Rt. Worshipful Joseph Beaumont (pictured at left) presented Worshipful Scot Newbury (right) the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award in recognition of his service to both the Fraternity and Scouting.

From the Scouting BSA website:

The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award is an honor due to members of the Masonic Lodge who act as role models and provide dedicated service to the young men in the BSA.   The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Award not only supports the Masonic relationship through the man who brought Scouting to America, but proclaims the integrity of the recipient who is honored by receiving the award.

You can read more about this award at their website.

Wor. Newbury is the first recipient of this award from St. Mark’s.

St. Mark’s welcomes its newest Brother

St. Mark's newest Brother - Gary Dupres

Pictured here, from left to right, our Senior Deacon, Bro. Fred Davila, our newest Brother, Bro. Gary Depres, our Senior Warden Bro. Jeremy Ledoux, and our Worshipful Master, Worshipful Frank Garcia.

It was a memorable night as Bro. Depres is the cousin of our Senior Warden, Bro. Ledoux, who sat the East for the first time that evening.

Congratulations to both on a memorable night, be sure to welcome Bro. Depres the next time you see him.

DeMolay returning to Derry

New Hampshire DeMolay Logo

St, Mark’s Lodge is happy to announce that DeMolay is returning to Derry.

Founded in 1919, DeMolay is a fraternity for young men from 12 to 21 years of age and have a belief in a Supreme Being.

DeMolay provides practical, hands-on experiences to develop civic awareness, personal responsibility, and leadership skills. To accomplish this serious mission we combine a variety of diverse and interesting activities that can be enjoyed by the young men.

For more information please stop by during the Open House at the Masonic Temple on Saturday, October 17th, from 9am to 3pm. We will have members of DeMolay there, along with some of the Derry Chapter Advisors there to answer your questions.

We are also holding a Halloween themed party on October 24th from 2:30-4:30pm where you can also meet and speak to members of DeMolay and our Chapter Advisors.

We look forward to seeing you!

St. Mark’s honors its Past Masters

St. Mark's Past Masters and Special LadiesSt. Mark’s returned to labor this week by honoring its Past Masters at their Stated Communication. Pictured above are just some of the many men that served the Lodge as Master since 1826, and as some have passed to the Celestial Lodge above their Special Lady stood in their stead to be honored.

2015 St. Mark's Past Master DinnerThe evening started off with a wonderful meal and a great time of fellowship. While dinner was being prepped and enjoyed the opportunity was taken to have new photos taken of our Past Masters to fill in some of the holes in our collection.

After dinner the program moved up to the Lodge Room where Rt. Worship Brother Joseph Beaumont was received along with his suite of Past Masters.

The first order of business was the presentation of the Letters Temporary to St. Mark’s Lodge from Dad George Baldwin, Executive Officer for the Order of DeMolay.

2015 Advisory Council for Derry Chapter DeMolay

Pictured above are just some of the members of the Advisory Council who recently completed their training and will be working with Dad Baldwin to plan a number of activities to help get the word out and generate interest about Derry Chapter, Order of DeMolay.

Honorary Past Master Richard NelsonPictured above is one of the many highlights of the evening. Long time member and Lodge stalwart Bro. Richard Nelson being announced as an Honorary Past Master of St. Mark’s Lodge and receiving his apron from Rt. Worship Brother Beaumont.

Worshipful Nelson’s family was in attendance including his son and grandson (both members of St. Mark’s as well).

Opening the Past Masters' LoungeTo close out the program our Senior Past Master at the event, Worshipful Brother Robertson, and our Junior Past Master, Worshipful Brother Richard Nelson, removed the ribbon and officially opened the Past Masters’ Lounge.

The room had been used as office space while the Community Care Givers had occupied part of the building, and thanks to the work of Worshipful Brother David McClane and Brother Guy Joyce, it is now a fitting tribute to our Past Masters.

The Past Masters Lounge

Pictured above is Worshipful George Chapman, checking out the interior.

Following the unveiling Lodge members returned to the Lodge room for a short business meeting while guests were invited to return to the dining hall for dessert and a presentation on Eastern Star.

Worshipful Garcia and the members of St. Mark’s Lodge would like to thank all those that helped to make the event a success.

Photo credit: Brother Joseph Rubin and Wor. Brother McClane. Be sure to check out additional pictures on our facebook page.