John T. Heard Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Ipswich, MA held its Regular Communication meeting last night and it was one of the most enjoyable and inspiring evenings yet for me as a relatively new member of this Fraternity. In addition to general business; Rt. Wor. Eric Frye Bergengren and his Suite were received for the purpose of conducting a Fraternal Visit to the Lodge; the members of the Lodge conducted a vote on Honorary Membership for a Past Master; there was a Masonic Memorial Service for Bro. Gerald W. Blaisdell; Rt. Wor. Bergengren presided in an emotional award presentation to a 25 year member of the Lodge who is being re-deployed to Kuwait for a year of duty, this presentation being conducted with the member’s father, a 50 year Mason, standing by his side; and finally attending members got to experience a flawless piece of work conducted by Wor. John D. Dolliver, performing the Second Section of Fellow Craft degree for a group of seven candidates. A special evening indeed!
Originally published by The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts on Aug 20, 2008
The Manchester Masonic Lodge, 10 Church Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, was chartered by Arthur D. Prince on January 17, 1921. Over the past 97 years many distinguished members of this small town have served the Cape Ann community as Freemasons, cooking and serving meals for the elderly, hosting blood drives, volunteering at local food banks, running scholarship programs and providing food and financial aid to individuals in times of need. This photo, taken in the late 1960’s, features a team of Manchester Freemasons who unselfishly dedicated their time managing the “Holiday Bazaar” fundraising event.