On January 23rd 2020, the officers and members of Hiram #1 performed an Entered Apprentice Degree in colonial costume for three new brothers. The degree team, lead by WM Fred Marotti, dimmed the lights and performed much of the degree by candle light.
Another Colonial EA degree is scheduled for Feb 27th. Congratulations to our newest members, Dan Casella, John Murray and Rommell Noche who received thier degree. Hiram Lodge #1 was chartered in 1750 and is proud of our colonial heritage. The early degrees were held in taverns and halls, but our beautiful building is an appropriate space for this wonderful re-enactment. Thanks to all who attended and worked hard to make the night a success.
On January 4th 2020, approximately 160 brothers and friends assembled at the New Haven Masonic Temple for the Annual Installation of Officers at Hiram Lodge #1. The big room was full of commotion as all the guests and participants witnessed the ceremony of installing WB Frederick Marotti and his corps of officers. In attendance was MW Brother Melvin Johnson, Grand Master in CT and many of his GL officers. WB Glenn Jacques gave his year end report for 2019 and was ceremonially escorted from the lodge room as he relinquished his chair after a fantastic year as Master. Once the chairs were proclaimed vacant, by Presiding Officer Steve Allinson, the new officers were installed and the new year began. (Pictured is WB Michael Calderone presenting the Bible Charge to WB Fred Marotti under the watchful eye of WB Glenn Jacques.)
We were back at Life Haven once again for our Annual Christmas Party on December 16th. Brothers, wives and friends helped prepare a big holiday meal for the residents and the kids enjoyed a visit from Santa. Santa had something for everyone and the day proved to be rewarding to all who attended. WM elect, Fred Marotti said he looked forward to the lodge's continued support in 2020.
Holiday greetings to all....
(Pictured are Bob and Josee Moon, Max Thomas, Fred Marotti and Chris Ochman)
On November 24th, Brothers of the lodge assembled in our kitchen to create a turkey dinner for the folks currently staying at the Life Haven facility in New Haven. A big thanks to all the brothers who cooked and helpded in many ways to get the wonderful food over to the Moms and kids at the shelter. We're a proud sponsor of the "Life Haven" and are very happy to help out a few times a year, to give the folks there a happy and rich holiday experience. (pictured are Mike Calderone, Tom Mele and Dan Kerstead.)
At our stated meeting on November 14th, the short story and play, "Martin and Max" was presented to the lodge and guests assembled. Narrator and director, M.W.B. Gary Arseneau along with W.B. Larry Baker, who plays Martin Schneider and W.B. Robert R. Buntin who plays Max Arnold performed a memorable rendition of the story. The play, written by Bro. Raymond G. Schuster follows the two men as they meet and then after, through their Masonic journey. It describes how their lives intertwine over many years. The two become great friend and roles are reversed as the older begins as mentor and then in old age becomes the one who needs assistance. It's a wonderful story of friendship and brotherhood. Thanks for coming and the meaningful performance.