VALLEY OF THE MERRIMACK

Scottish Rite Masons

NEWS

Name Badges Now Available

Members of the Valley of the Merrimack are entitled to wear the official Valley name badge. The badge is black with white lettering and fits neatly into the breast pocket of your suitcoat or tux. It contains your name and degree and, in larger letters, your nickname or the name you like to be called. It is adjustable, so will look sharp no matter how deep your pocket is.

Badges will be made and mailed to you at cost. Please send check for $12 payable to Valley of the Merrimack to Rick Nowell, 7 Johnson Rd., Andover, MA 01810 and specify

  • first name, middle initial, last name, suffix (Jr, III, etc.)

  • nick name or name you like to be called

  • 32° , 33° , MSA, as appropriate

Tri-Valley Degree

  Cast and candidates, Fourth Degree, Valley of the Merrimack, October 11, 2018. Steve Corthell Photo

Cast and candidates, Fourth Degree, Valley of the Merrimack, October 11, 2018. Steve Corthell Photo

October 14, 2018. Members of the Scottish Rite Valleys of The Merrimack, Lowell, and Nashua conferred the Fourth Degree, Master Traveler, on a class of five Master Masons at the October Reunion of the Valley of the Merrimack on October 11.  The conferral in Haverhill was the second of three presentations that began in the Valley of Lowell on October 5 and will conclude in the Valley of Nashua on October 22. 

Our Brothers who have been working together on the Fourth Degree have found it a great opportunity to make some new Scottish Rite friends and see how things are done in other valleys.

Director Rick Thompson 32, of the Valley of Nashua, deserves great credit for making the degree flow nicely, so that the vignettes followed each other at an even and agreeable pace.

The candidates in our October 11, class will receive the Council, Chapter, and Consistory Degrees in the Valley of Boston on November 17. Additional candidates who would like to join the Valley of the Merrimack will also be accommodated in Boston in November. They, or their sponsors, should make arrangements with our Secretary, Brother Kevin J. Buckley, Jr., 32.

“The Interview” Moved to Haverhill

Owing to the lack of gas service at Andover, “The Interview” has been moved Freemasons Hall, 111 Merrimack St., Haverhill. See Calendar

"The Interview" Happens on September 20

Save the date for our annual guest and introduction night. The Valley of the Merrimack Players will perform "The Interview" on Thursday, September 20, at the Masonic Temple, 7 High Street, Andover. “The Interview" is a one-act Masonic play starring Solomon, King of Israel, Hiram King of Tyre, and Hiram Abif. This play is a must-see for Master Masons who would like to know more about the legendary early days of Masonry. Don’t miss this year’s performance. The evening’s program will include a brief introduction to the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, sometimes referred to as the graduate school of Freemasonry. This event is open to Master Masons only.  Suggested dress is coat and tie. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are a must to ensure all are properly accommodated. 

Scholarship Winners

Haverhill, Mass., July 4, 2018. -- The Scottish Rite Masons of Massachusetts recently announced the names of four $1,000 Abbott Scholarship winners affiliated with the Valley of the Merrimack. They are Jack Richard (family), Richard Wildes (family), Grace Giannatsis (family), and Brother Richard Poor, 32.  Learn more about Abbott Scholarships here. Congratulations to all. 

Valley Publishes 2018-2019 Catalog

Haverhill, Mass., May 19, 2018 -- The Valley of the Merrimack has published its 2018-2019 Catalog for the use of its members. Published every year since 2004, the Catalog contains a complete list of officers, past heads,  MSAs and 33rds.  Also included are the Valley's calendar,  fees and dues information, and the organization of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation. The Catalog can be found in the Member Resources area of the Member's Section. The password required to access the catalog is available from the Secretary.

Valley Announces 2018 - 2019 Reunion Program

Haverhill, Mass., May 18, 2018 -- The Valley of the Merrimack, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, has announced its reunion program for the 2018-2019 year. 

A Prospective Member Event will be held on September 20, 2018

On October 11, 2018 the Fourth Degree, Master Traveler,  and the Eighth Degree, Intendant of the Building will be conferred. [This was later amended to The Fourth Degree, Master Traveler, presented live by the Valleys of Lowell, Nashua, and The Merrimack.]

At our reunion of December 13, 2018 we will confer the Fourth Degree and the Fifteenth Degree, Knight of the East.

The first reunion of 2019 will be held on February 14 at which time the Fourth Degree and the Ninth Degree, Master of the Temple, will be presented.

The Fourth and the Sixteenth Degree, Prince of Jerusalem will be conferred at the reunion of March 14, 2019.

Our May reunion will take place on May 9, 2019 at which time officers will be installed.

A complete schedule of degrees and rehearsals is available here.

Report on Reunion of May 10

  Installation of Officers, May 10, 2018. Rick Nowell photo.

Installation of Officers, May 10, 2018. Rick Nowell photo.

A delicious dinner and an enjoyable evening of fellowship was the feature of our May Reunion

The proposed changes to the Valley's Rules and Regulations were adopted.

Officers for the 2018-2019 year were elected and appointed.  See "Valley Publishes 2018-2019 Catalog" above. The installing suite consisted of

  • Convening Officer. Illustrious John A. Torrisi, 33, MSA

  • Installing Officer. Illustrious Frederick N. Nowell, III, 33, MSA

  • Orator. Illustrious C.E. "Bud" Crowninshield, 33

  • Marshal. Illustrious Thomas H. Hargreaves, 33, MSA

  • Organist. Illustrious Allan M. Zecchini, 33, MSA

Our Next Reunion Scheduled for May 10

Members of the Valley will gather at Freemasons Hall in Haverhill on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Changes to the By-Laws will be discussed and voted. Officers for 2018-2019 will be elected, appointed, and installed. Good fellowship will be enjoyed. 

Brother James Edward Bradley 32°

Brother James Edward Bradley, 32°  passed away in Haverhill on April, 10, 2017. He was 93.

Born in Lawrence on August 1, 1924 Jim was the son  of Hugh and Lillian (Cormier) Bradley.  He was educated in the Haverhill public schools and in 1943 graduated early from the Haverhill Trade School and enlisted in the U. S. Navy.

During World War II he served in the 69th Construction Battalion “Seabees”. He served in the European Theater of Operation until the surrender of Germany, then sailed through the Panama Canal and served in the Pacific Theater of Operation until the surrender of Japan. He was awarded the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal. 

Jim was appointed to the Haverhill Fire Department where he served his community for 32 years. During that time, he also joined the Saggahew Lodge of Masons where he was a member for more than 55 years, and served as Master of the Lodge in 1992 . He was also a member of Haverhill Commandery and the York Rite Bodies, as well as Valley of the Merrimack, Scottish Rite Bodies. He was also a proud member of Aleppo Shriners of Boston where he sang with the Aleppo Chanters. Following his retirement from the the H.F.D., he worked as a machinist at Aris Engineering in Ward Hill.

Jim was a member of the former First Congregational Church in Haverhill where he and Nadine worshipped, and he sang in the choir and participated in various ministries of the church. More recently, he was a member of the Groveland Congregational Church where he also sang in the the choir for a number of years. 

Jim celebrated 56 years of marriage with his wife, Nadine (McLaughlin) Bradley. Also among his survivors are daughters, Cynthia Stevens Senical and her husband David of Winooski, VT, Denise Stevens Wolf and her husband Richard of Worcester, Suzanne Bradley Torrisi and her husband John of Haverhill, and son, David Bradley and his wife Anne of Lawrence; grandchildren, Michael Bradley of Haverhill, Kevin Senical of FL, Kristin Quiet and her husband Justin of VT, Stephanie Gaudette and her husband T.C. of Worcester, Jonathan Wolf of NH, Kalya Torrisi of Amesbury, Patrick Bradley and his girlfriend Kelly Fawcett of Bradford, and Elizabeth Bradley of Lawrence; his great-grandchildren, Ian, Grace, Kaelie, Vivienne, Sophie and Maeve, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and other extended members of his family. He was predeceased by his daughter, Linda Bradley Genna, his great-granddaughter, Sabine Lillian Gaudette and his siblings, Elaine Fitzgerald, H. Paul, Freddy and William Bradley, and his Goddaughter, Sr. Paula Bradley, S.C.O. 

Visiting hours will be held Friday, April 20, 2018 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Monument Square Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 334 Main St., Haverhill, with Masonic services conducted by Saggahew Lodge  at 7:30 p.m. Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018 at at 1 p.m. at the Groveland Congregational Church, 4 King St., Groveland.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Boston Development Office, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114. 

Adapted from the Eagle Tribune

March 8, reunion rescheduled to April 12

The approach of a nor'easter has caused the March 8, reunion to be postponed until April 12, 2018.  Dinner reservations will be held over until then; please notify one of the Junior Wardens if you need to cancel. If you hadn't made reservations for much but would like to partake of the April dinner, please contact one of the Junior Wardens.

Our next Reunion is on March 8, 2018

Mark your calendar. Join your Brethren from across the Merrimack Valley for an evening of fellowship and inspiration. We will enjoy a chicken pot pie dinner. The Fourth Degree, Master Traveler and the Sixteenth Degree, Prince of Jerusalem will be conferred. To view the evening's schedule click here.

Abbott Scholarship Deadline is March 31, 2018

This year children and grandchildren of Scottish Rite Masons are eligible and both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. Contact Bro. Kevin Buckley, 32 for an application. Learn more about Abbott Scholarships here

Hurricane Relief

Haverhill, September 14, the Valley of the Merrimack has donated $750 to be used by the Supreme Council for the relief of distressed brothers and their families.

Valley Catalog Now Available

Haverhill, July 4, 2017 -- The 2017-2018 edition of the Valley of the Merrimack Catalog is now available for download in the Members' Section. The Catalog includes the calendar of the year's upcoming activities, a complete list of officers, information about fees and dues, a list of past heads of the bodies going back to 1892, and much other useful and informative material. Members of the Valley may obtain the password to access this page by contacting the Secretary.

Abbott Scholarships

Haverhill, Mass., June 26, 2017 -- Congratulations to the following students who received Abbott Scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year: Angela Antonopoulos, Benjamin Crowninshield, Jack Richards, and Richard Wildes.

Children of Scottish Rite members may apply for Abbott Scholarships named for Illustrious Leon Abbott, 33°, Sovereign Grand Commander of our Supreme Council who instituted the program in 1922.  Read more about Abbot Scholarships.

The Valley's Scholarship Committee consists of Brothers George H. Kopps, 32°, Chairman and Brothers Edward Paul Felker, 32°, Scott Alexander Reid, 32°, and Richard Poor, 32°.

Valley Announces 2017 - 2018 Degree Program

Haverhill, Mass., June 25, 2017 -- The Valley of the Merrimack, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, has released its degree program for the 2017-2018 year. 

On October 12, 2017 the Fourth Degree, Master Traveler,  and the Seventh Degree, Provost and Judge will be conferred.

At our reunion of December 14, 2017 we will confer the Fourth Degree and the Fifteenth Degree, Knight of the East.

The first reunion of 2018 will be held on February 8 at which time the Fourth Degree and the Eighth Degree, Intendant of the Building will be presented.

The Fourth and the Sixteenth Degree, Prince of Jerusalem will be conferred at the reunion of March 8, 2018.

A complete schedule of degrees and rehearsals is available here.

George Kopps to Receive Meritorious Service Award

 Brother George H. Kopps,32°

Brother George H. Kopps,32°

The Massachusetts Council of Deliberation has elected Brother George Harold Kopps, 32° of the Valley of the Merrimack to receive the Meritorious Service Award. The election was made by the Council at its annual meeting on June 21, 2017 in Needham, Massachusetts.

Brother Kopps is a Past TPM of Merrimack Valley Lodge of Perfection, having served from 2013 to 2015. He is presently HP in Zion Council.

George has been active in the Valley for several years. He makes regular appearance in the degrees. He is the Chairman of the Scholarship Committee and has been active in membership development.

The Meritorious Service Award is conferred upon members of the Rite in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction who have attained the 32°  for meritorious service of a Masonic character. George is one of only three brethren to receive the award in Massachusetts this year.

Recipients are nominated by the presiding officers of the Valley. Nominations are submitted to and approved by a committee appointed by the Deputy and are confirmed by the Council of Deliberation by a vote of the Council.

The award ceremony will be scheduled for the fall.

Junior ROTC Award

 Stephen A. Corthell, 33°, Deputy's Representative, presents the Scottish Rite Americanism Award to Cadets Brent Gary (left) and John Wizboski

Stephen A. Corthell, 33°, Deputy's Representative, presents the Scottish Rite Americanism Award to Cadets Brent Gary (left) and John Wizboski

Methuen, May 13, 2017 -- The Supreme Council of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry today recognized two local Junior ROTC cadets with an award for their scholastic excellence and demonstrated ideals of Americanism. Stephen A. Corthell, 33°, the Deputy's Representative to the Valley of the Merrimack presented the award to cadets Brent Garey and John Wizboski at the cadet battalion's annual award ceremony held in the Methuen High School field house. The award consists of a medal and ribbon to be worn on the JROTC uniform and a commemorative certificate.

2017 Installation

 Michael Thomas Hargreaves, 32°  TPM, Merrimack Valley Lodge of Perfection

Michael Thomas Hargreaves, 32°

TPM, Merrimack Valley Lodge of Perfection

 Dana A. Wildes, 32°  SP, Zion Council, Princes of Jerusalem

Dana A. Wildes, 32°

SP, Zion Council, Princes of Jerusalem

Haverhill, May 12, 2017--The Valley of the Merrimack held its annual election and installation of officers last evening at Freemasons Hall, Haverhill. After a social hour the business meeting was convened and the election of officers was held. Since the incumbent officers had served the customary two years, "move up" was the theme of the evening.  Brothers Michael T. Hargreaves, 32° and Dana A. Wildes,  32° were elected as Heads of the Lodge and Council respectively. After a brief recess the meeting was reconvened and the elected and appointed officers and lodge ambassadors were installed according to the prescribed ceremony. Click here to see a copy of the complete officer list for 2017-2018.

Brother George H. Kopps, 32° spoke of the August 10, Lowell Spinners baseball game which the Valley would attend as a group with their friends and families. George has tickets and the price of admission  is $10. Illustrious Stephen A. Corthell, 33°  Deputy's Representative, congratulated the new officers and the installing suite, and mentioned that on the following day, May 12, he would be at Methuen High School to participate in the awarding of the Scottish Rite Americanism award to two cadets in the Junior ROTC program.  

Lodge and Council then closed and the Brethren and Ladies adjourned to the banquet room for refreshments.

Reunion of April 9, 2017

The Valley held a special educational program for its members on April 9, at historic Freemasons Hall, 111 Merrimack St., Haverhill, Mass. The program entitled, “Exploring the Degrees” explored the origins, development, and evolution of the degrees conferred in the Lodge and Council.

The Lodge and Council opened with a full-form ceremony based on the ceremonial traditions of those bodies.

The program the began with a survey of the thirteen Lodge and Council degrees, led by Ill. Rick Nowell, 33°, MSA. This was followed by a discussion of the philosophy of the degrees, contrasting Scottish Rite and Blue Lodge degrees, and tying them in to the core values of the Rite: Reverence for God, Integrity, Justice, Toleration, Devotion to Country, and Service to Humanity. This section was prepared by Bro. John McIntyre, 32°, MSA and presented by Ill. John A. Torrisi, 33°, MSA.

 

Old Friends Meet in Florida

 Most Worshipful Thomas E. Pulkkinen Grand Master of Masons in Maine (left), was on hand at the Shrine Temple in Sarasota, Florida to greet Nancy and Ill. Lloyd E. Smith on February 12, 2017. Lloyd is the dean of 33rd Degree Masons in Massachusetts, having received the degree on September 30, 1970. Both Tom and Lloyd are members of the Valley of the Merrimack.

Most Worshipful Thomas E. Pulkkinen Grand Master of Masons in Maine (left), was on hand at the Shrine Temple in Sarasota, Florida to greet Nancy and Ill. Lloyd E. Smith on February 12, 2017. Lloyd is the dean of 33rd Degree Masons in Massachusetts, having received the degree on September 30, 1970. Both Tom and Lloyd are members of the Valley of the Merrimack.

Valley to Confer the Sixth Degree on February 9

Brethren of our Valley will confer the Sixth Degree at our February 9, reunion. This interesting drama, like many others conferred in the Lodge of Perfection, is based upon an Old Testament story. It involves themes of faith and trust and exemplifies two of our Core Values, Reverence for God and Integrity. We hope you will be able to join us in the friendly atmosphere surrounded by your friends and brothers. We have room for some walk-ons to take part as members of an angry mob. So come to the reunion and let it be known you’d like to take part. See how the degree looks from the cast’s point of view.

Scottish Rite offers us the chance to step out of our daily routines and look at the big picture of life and how we want to live it. The degrees are a teaching and learning experience that can give us direction and guidance as we go about the business of living. The degrees build on the rich foundations of symbolic Masonry and build temples in the hearts of men.  

"Scottish Rite Across the Globe" Program at December Reunion

The Valley of the Merrimack Reunion on December 8, will feature a talk on "Scottish Rite Across the Globe."  Illustrious Rick Nowell will take us on an armchair trip that explores the worldwide fraternity of Scottish Rite Masonry. Over two hundred years the Scottish Rite has expanded into most nations, but there is a surprising variation as to how the Rite is organized and how the degrees are conferred in various jurisdictions.  Join us as we uncover the similarities and differences as we survey our Fraternity across the Globe.

"Exploring the Degrees" Program Announced for April

Did you ever wonder how old our degrees are or where they came from? Would you like to know more about the teachings of the degrees?

Plan now to join with us in our special program, “Exploring the Degrees” on Thursday Evening, April 13, 2017 at historic Freemasons Hall, 111 Merrimack St., Haverhill, Mass.

This event, open to all Scottish Rite Masons will be preceded by a delicious dinner under the direction of our Junior Wardens. We will then adjourn to the lodge room for a look at the degrees of the Rite.

The Lodge and Council will be opened with a full-form ceremony based on the ceremonial traditions of those bodies.

The program will begin with a survey of the twenty-nine Scottish Rite degrees, led by Ill. Rick Nowell, 33°, MSA, exploring such questions as where they came from, who wrote them, and how they have changed through the centuries.

Then there will be a discussion of the philosophy of the degrees, contrasting Scottish Rite and Blue Lodge degrees, and tying them in to the core values of the Rite: Reverence for God, Integrity, Justice, Toleration, Devotion to Country, and Service to Humanity. This section will be led by Bro. John McIntyre, 32°, MSA.  See the Calendar for more details.

ride to Valley of Boston on October 29

Carpools will be available for Valley members and candidates who would like to attend the Valley of Boston meeting on Saturday, October 29.  Reservations and details can be obtained from TPM Adam Puchalski, 32° adampuchalski@yahoo.com or SP Fred Corthell, 32° massmasterhiram@aol.com.

Brother John Robert Hay 32°

Brother John Robert Hay, 32° passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at his camp on Little Island Pond. He was 85.

Born in Methuen, he was the son of James and Molly (Coombs) Hay. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Arlene (Goller) Hay. The ninth child in the Hay family, John was lovingly raised by Annie (Hay) and her husband, Adam Murray of Lawrence. John was a 1948 graduate of Lawrence High School. In 1949 he joined the U.S. Navy where he served as a physician's assistant during the Korean conflict. John retired from New England Telephone after 30 years of service.

An active member of Christ Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, he was the leader of Cub Scout Pack 2 for many years. He ran the commissary patrol at the annual Troop 2 Boy Scout Mountain Trip to the White Mountains for nearly 40 years.

Brother Hay was a Past Master of Grecian Lodge, Lawrence, a Past District Deputy Grand Master of the Lawrence Eleventh Masonic District, a Past Master of the Nineteenth Lodge of Instruction, and a Past Sovereign Prince of Zion Council Princes of Jerusalem (1994-1995).

He is survived by his sister, Eleanor (Murray) West of Maryland and also by his four children, son, Stephen Hay and his wife, Nancy of Berwick, Maine; daughters, Susan and her husband, James W. Clarke of Windham, N.H., Cindy Hay of Pelham, her companion John Hanson of Merrimack, N.H., and Jennifer and her husband, David Matthews of Charleston, S.C; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral Service was held Monday, August 15, 2016 at Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home Salem, N.H, and burial was at Bellevue Cemetery, Lawrence. Donations can be made in memory of John Hay to: Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.

Adapted from the Eagle Tribune

Heads of the Bodies Announce Fall Program

August 23, 2016 -- Brother Adam Puchalski, 32°, T.P.M of Merrimack Valley Lodge of Perfection and Brother Frederick A. Corthell, 32°, S.P. of Zion Council Princes of Jerusalem, take pleasure in announcing the Fall 2016 Program of the Scottish Rite Bodies of the Valley of the Merrimack.

The Valley year kicks off on Thursday, September 29, with a Meet and Greet Night for Scottish Rite Masons and Master Masons who want to learn more about the Rite and meet some of the members.  Dress for this after dinner event is casual.

The October Reunion on Thursday, October 13, begins with the traditional dinner at 6:00. The Fourth Degree will be conferred on candidates before dinner and at 7:00 the Fifth Degree, Perfect Master, will be conferred by a cast from the Valley.  Collation and social to follow.

On Saturday, November 12, 2016 the Valley will celebrate National Scottish Rite Day, to be observed by Scottish Rite Valleys of both the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction and the Southern Jurisdiction.  A program for rusty brothers is planned.

The December Reunion will be held on  Thursday, December 8. The Fourth Degree will be conferred on candidates before dinner and the Sixteenth Degree, Prince of Jerusalem will be conferred following the meal.

For further information consult the Calendar. Additional information about the degrees is available in the Members' Section.

New Deputy's Representative Appointed

 Illustrious Stephen A. Corthell, 33°, MSA

Illustrious Stephen A. Corthell, 33°, MSA

June 16, 2016 -- Illustrious Stephen A. Corthell, 33°, MSA was appointed and installed as the representative of Ill. Donald M. Moran, 33°, Deputy for Massachusetts,  to the Valley of the Merrimack at the 146th annual convocation of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation held at Needham on the evening of June 15th. Brother Corthell succeeds Ill. Frederick N. Nowell, III, 33°, MSA who completed a two year term as Deputy's Representative.

Deputy's Representatives have been appointed since 1996. They are the liaisons of the Deputy to the valleys, counsel the Deputy when requested, and accompany him on visitations to the various valleys.

Brother Corthell is a Past Master of St., Matthew's Lodge, Andover and a Past District Deputy Grand Master of the Eleventh Masonic District. He is a member of the DeMolay Legion of honor. He served our Valley as Sovereign Prince of Zion Council Princes of Jerusalem from 2009 to 2011. He received the Meritorious Service Award in 2012 and was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°,  Honorary Member of our Supreme Council on August 20,  2013 in Washington, D.C.

Steve and his wife Patty reside in Haverhill.

Brother Michael Pappas, 32°

Michael Pappas (Pappadopoulos) passed away on June 2, 2016 at the Wingate Nursing facility in Andover. He was 88 years old.

Born in Lawrence on February 10, 1928, Mike was the only child of Peter and Mary Pappadopoulos who emigrated from Kalamata Greece in the early 1900s. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII on the USS Springfield (CL-66) in the South Pacific where he developed a love for the ocean and sailing. He was married to Lena (Tarquinio) Pappas for 50 years until her passing in 2008. Mike, Lena and their family served in the Peace Corps (1970-72) where he helped bring electricity to remote areas of Ecuador, Brazil and Peru. Michael was an electrical engineering consultant focusing on industrial power distribution.

Mike was a member of the Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Andover. He was a Past Masterof Grecian Lodge, Lawrence and of Lawrence United Lodge, a member Pulpit Rock Lodge, Windham N.H., and a member of the Valley of the Merrimack and Aleppo Temple.

He is survived by his three sons and their wives, six grandchildren,  his six grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  

A Masonic memorial service was held at the Farrah Funeral Home, Lawrence, on June 6. The funeral service was held on June 7,  at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Andover. Donations may be made to Beacon Hospice 13 Branch St., Suite 100, Methuen, MA 01844, or Shriners Hospitals for Children Boston, 51 Blossom St. Boston, MA 02114.  [The Eagle Tribune]

Illustrious Thomas Pulkkinen, 33° Installed as Grand Master of Masons in Maine

 Illustrious Thomas Pulkkinen, 33°

Illustrious Thomas Pulkkinen, 33°

Ill∴ Thomas Pulkkinen, 33°, was installed as Grand Master of Masons in Maine on May 4, 2016. Tom was raised in St. John's Lodge in Newburyport, Mass. and was Master in 2004 and 2009. He was Junior Grand Warden in the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts in 2004. Tom is a Past S∴P∴  of Merrimack Valley Council of Princes of Jerusalem (now Zion Council), a Past Deputy’s Representative to the old Valley of Haverhill, and received the Thirty-Third Degree in Indianapolis in 2001.

Before returning to Maine, he was active in Massachusetts Freemasonry where he served in many Grand Lodge offices including that of Junior Grand Warden. He was editor of the Trowel magazine, and chaired or served on many committees including those engaged in strategic planning, leadership identification and development, membership, and education.

He has also served on many committees for the Grand Lodge of Maine. Brother Pulkkinen and his wife Sharon enjoy living on the Maine coast in East Boothbay. Their daughter, Dr. Wendy Pulkkinen Loomis, resides in Seattle, Washington, where she is a microbiologist at the University of Washington and her husband Jeff works for Microsoft. [Adapted from http://www.mainemason.org/grandlodge/grandmaster.asp]

 

Degree Program Released for 2016 -2017 Year

Haverhill, Mass., May 30, 2016. The Valley of the Merrimack, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, has released its degree program for the 2016-2017 masonic year.  The Fourth Degree, Master Traveler, will be conferred at the October, December, February, and March Reunions. The Fifth Degree, Perfect Master, will be conferred in October, the Fifteenth Degree, Knight of East, in December, the Sixth Degree, Master of the Brazen Serpent,  in February, and the Sixteenth Degree, Prince of Jerusalem, in March.  A complete schedule of degrees and rehearsals is available here.

Valley of the Merrimack Installation

 The officers of the Valley of the Merrimack were installed at the Masonic Temple, Haverhill, on the evening of May 12, 2016

The officers of the Valley of the Merrimack were installed at the Masonic Temple, Haverhill, on the evening of May 12, 2016

Haverhill, Mass., May 12, 2016 -- The officers of Merrimack Valley Lodge of Perfection and Zion Council Princes of Jerusalem were installed at the Masonic Temple, Haverhill this evening. A good turnout of officers and lodge ambassadors was on hand. Brother Adam J. Puchalski, 32° was installed for a second term as T∴ P∴ M∴  of the Lodge and Brother Frederick O. Corthell, 32°, was installed for a second term as S∴ P∴ of the Council.  The Brethren and their ladies enjoyed a collation of deli sandwiches after the ceremony. The bodies, having concluded their work for the 2015-16 year, are now in recess until the fall.

Valley Presents Scottish Rite Americanism Award

Methuen, Mass., May 13, 2016. On behalf of our Supreme Council,  Scottish Rite Americanism Awards were presented to two members of the Junior ROTC program at Methuen High School. The award, consisting of medals and a certificates, were presented to Cadets Nick Obando and Nicholas O'Neil, members of the junior class at Methuen High. The young men were recommended for the award by their commanding officer.  The award is given for outstanding scholarship and for demonstrated support of American ideals.  The awards were presented by our Deputy's Representative, Ill∴ Frederick N. Nowell, III, 33°, MSA with the assistance of Ill∴ John A. Torrisi, 33°, MSA. Congratulations, Cadets Obando and O'Neil.

Recovering From Appendicitis

Brother Christopher Gugger, 32°,  underwent laparoscopic surgery for appendicitis on the evening of April 12, and was  home resting by noon of the following day.  Chris is the Worshipful Master of St. Matthew's Lodge, Andover.

Ambassador to Lawrence United Lodge Appointed

Ill. James Antonopoulos, 33°, was appointed ambassador to Lawrence United Lodge by the Valley's Executive Committee on May 12.  The principal duty of a lodge ambassador is to attend the meetings of his blue lodge and keep the Brethren apprised of Valley activities. Jim is also ambassador to Charles C. Dame Lodge, Georgetown, and St. Mark's Lodge, Newburyport

Installation of Officers Planned for May 12

Brethren, their ladies, and guests are cordially invited to attend the Valley's Installation of Officers on Thursday, May 12, 2016. Lodge and Council will open at 7:00 P.M.  Sandwiches and other refreshments will be served after the installation.

Valley witnesses sixteenth degree

Haverhill, March 12, 2016.   A good crowd was on hand to witness the Sixteenth Degree at our March 10, Reunion at Freemasons Hall, Haverhill. T∴P∴P∴ Adam J. Puchalski, 32 ° and S∴P∴ Frederick O. Corthell, 32° convened Merrimack Valley Lodge of Perfection and Zion Council of Princes of Jerusalem at 6:15 PM. A short business meeting was held after which the Brethren adjourned to the banquet room for a delicious corned beef and cabbage dinner prepared by Ms. Lisa Blackburn and served by members of the John Greenleaf Whittier Chapter Order of DeMolay, all under the direction of Junior Wardens Kevin J. Buckley, 32°and James F. Fergola, 32°.

The Lodge and Council re-convened promptly at 7:45 PM and the Brethren were treated to a splendid rendition of the Sixteenth Degree, Prince of Jerusalem. New features added for this performance by the Director Illustrious John A. Torrisi, 33°, MSA,  included a live trumpet fanfare and realistic crowd noise provided by Brothers Andrew J. and Matthew J. Joyal, 32°, who along with Brother Richard J. Poor, 32°, still qualify for rookie status in our cast.

Illustrious Roy J. Leone, 33°, Commander-in-Chief of Massachusetts Consistory was on hand to greet the Brethren and to emphasize the importance of the Valley of the Merrimack and the other partner valleys to the Consistory. After a reminder about Abbott Scholarships by Brother George H. Kopps, 32° and remarks by the Deputy's Representative the Reunion was adjourned about 8:30 PM. Dessert and other refreshments were taken by the Brethren following the meeting.

Our next Reunion will take place on Thursday, May 12, details to follow.

Cast and Staff of Sixteenth Degree Announced

Haverhill, March 9, 2016. Director of the Work John A. Torrisi, 33°, MSA has announced the cast for this week's presentation of the Sixteenth Degree, Prince of Jerusalem.  View thecast and staff list here.

Dinner Reservation Policy Codified

Haverhill, February 18. The Executive Committee updated the Valley's dinner reservation reservation policy as follows:

Dinner reservations at all Valley events are required.  Contact Junior Wardens Bro. Kevin J. Buckley, Jr. kbuckleyjr@gmail.com or Bro. James Fergola jfergola@gmail.com  In the event of there being insufficient servings to accommodate all who have appeared for dinner, those with reservations will be entitled to priority seating. Cast members must make reservations unless they are officers. Officers have standing reservations and must call to cancel to avoid dinner charge.

VALLEY OF THE MERRIMACK TO CONFER FOURTH AND SIxteenth DEGREES ON March 10

Contact potential candidates now and help them become members of Scottish Rite at our reunion of March 10, 2016 that will feature presentations of the Fourth and Sixteenth Degrees.

Candidates should arrive at Freemasons Hall, 111 Merrimack St., Haverhill, at 5:30 P.M. Lodge and Council will open at 6 o’clock. The Fourth Degree, Master Traveler, will be conferred.

Dinner will be served at 6:45 PM. Reservations Required.  Contact Junior Wardens Bro. Kevin J. Buckley, Jr. kbuckleyjr@gmail.com or Bro. James Fergola jfergola@gmail.com.  Brethren with reservations are guaranteed a dinner.

 Following our meal an outstanding cast of old and new players will present the Sixteenth Degree, Prince of Jerusalem, a timeless story about what power has the strongest sway over men.

 Master Masons who wish to become Scottish Rite Masons at this meeting should contact the Secretary no later than March 8. Need an application? No problem. Click here

March Reunion Details

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Location: Freemasons Hall, 111 Merrimack St., Haverhill, Mass.

Open to Members, Scottish Rite Masons from Other Valleys, and Candidates.

Master Masons may join the Scottish Rite at this meeting. Advance notice to the Secretary is required.

Tentative Time Table

5:30 PM     Registration of Candidates

6:00 PM     Opening of Merrimack Valley Lodge of Perfection and Zion Council

6:00 PM     Business Meeting

  • Conferral of the Fourth Degree Master Traveler

  • Communication of the Degrees from the Fifth to the Sixteenth

6:45 PM     Dinner. Reservations Required contact Junior Wardens Bro. Kevin J. Buckley, Jr. kbuckleyjr@gmail.com or Bro. James Fergola jfergola@gmail.com

7:45 PM     Conferral of the Sixteenth Degree, Master of the Temple

8:30 PM     Close and Collation

Master Masons who wish to become Scottish Rite Masons at this meeting should contact the Secretary or a Scottish Rite friend.

VALLEY OF THE MERRIMACK TO CONFER FOURTH AND NINTH DEGREES ON FEBURARY 11

Contact potential candidates now and help them become members of Scottish Rite. Our spring reunions kick off on February 11, with presentations of the Fourth and Ninth Degrees.

Candidates should arrive at Freemasons Hall, 111 Merrimack St., Haverhill, at 5:30 P.M. Lodge and Council will open at 6 o’clock. The Fourth Degree, Master Traveler, will be conferred.

 Dinner will be served at 6:45 PM. Reservations Required contact Junior Wardens Bro. Kevin J. Buckley, Jr. kbuckleyjr@gmail.com or Bro. James Fergola jfergola@gmail.com

 Following our meal an outstanding cast of old and new players will present the Ninth Degree, Master of the Temple. This one was presented last in 2013. Dig out your passport and spend a convivial evening with your brothers.

 Master Masons who wish to become Scottish Rite Masons at this meeting should contact the Secretary no later than February 9. Need an application? No problem. Click here

New Arrival

Congratulations to Bro. Kevin J. Buckley, 32°, and wife Lindsay on the birth of a son, Kevin J. Buckley, III.

February Reunion Details

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Location: Freemasons Hall, 111 Merrimack St., Haverhill, Mass.

Open to Members, Scottish Rite Masons from Other Valleys, and Candidates.

Master Masons may join the Scottish Rite at this meeting. Advance notice to the Secretary is required.

Tentative Time Table

5:30 PM     Registration of Candidates

6:00 PM     Opening of Merrimack Valley Lodge of Perfection and Zion Council

6:00 PM     Business Meeting

  • Conferral of the Fourth Degree Master Traveler

  • Communication of the Degrees from the Fifth to the Fourteenth

6:45 PM     Dinner. Reservations Required contact Junior Wardens Bro. Kevin J. Buckley, Jr. kbuckleyjr@gmail.com or Bro. James Fergola jfergola@gmail.com

7:45 PM     Conferral of the Ninth Degree, Master of the Temple

8:30 PM     Close and Collation

Master Masons who wish to become Scottish Rite Masons at this meetiing should contact the Secretary or a Scottish Rite friend.

Valley Honors Past Heads and Our Newest 33rd Degree Brother

Haverhill--December 12. Historic Freemasons Hall in Haverhill was the setting on December 10, to honor three brethren who have faithfully served our Valley.

Thrice Potent Master Adam J. Puchalski, 32°, presented a Past TPM jewel to Brother George Harold Kopps, 32°, Past Thrice Potent Master of Merrimack Valley Lodge of Perfection.

Sovereign Prince Frederick O. Corthell presented a Past SP jewel to Brother Robert Norval Heinlein, Jr., 32°, Past Sovereign Prince of Zion Council Princes of Jerusalem.

Ill. John A. Torrisi, 33°,  MSA presented a Sovereign Grand Inspector General jewel will be presented to Illustrious James Antonopoulos, 33°, who received the Thirty-Third degree in Indianapolis, Indiana this past September.

The gathering of ladies and Brethren then adjourned to the fourth floor for an extensive collation of delectable items contributed by the attendees.

  Thrice Potent Master Adam J .Puchalski, 32 , congratulates Past TPM George H .Kopps, 32. and wife Joan

Thrice Potent Master Adam J .Puchalski, 32 , congratulates Past TPM George H .Kopps, 32. and wife Joan

 Sovereign Prince Frederick O. Corthell, 32 prepares to present Past SP jewel to Bro. Robert Norval Henlein, Jr. 32 as Bob's wife Nancy looks on

Sovereign Prince Frederick O. Corthell, 32 prepares to present Past SP jewel to Bro. Robert Norval Henlein, Jr. 32 as Bob's wife Nancy looks on

 Illustrious James Antonopoulos 33, accepts his Thirty-Third Degree jewel. Ill. Rick Nowell, 33, MSA, Jim's son, Stella Antonopoulos, Ill. John A. Torrisi, 33, MSA and Ill. Thomas H. Hargreaves, 33, MSA look on

Illustrious James Antonopoulos 33, accepts his Thirty-Third Degree jewel. Ill. Rick Nowell, 33, MSA, Jim's son, Stella Antonopoulos, Ill. John A. Torrisi, 33, MSA and Ill. Thomas H. Hargreaves, 33, MSA look on

Albert Pike Visits Charles C. Dame Lodge

Haverhill--November 18, 2015. The Valley of the Merrimack Players presented a stirring rendition of "A Visit With Albert Pike" at Charles C. Dame Lodge, Georgetown, on November 17.

Tom Hargreaves gave the welcome and introduction. John Torrisi played himself, the modern day mason. Rick Nowell played the title role.

Mike Hargreaves provided sound; he and TPM Adam Puchalski furnished very atmospheric lighting effects.

Following the play Adam summarized the benefits of belonging to Scottish Rite.  SP Fred Corthell offered his thoughts about the teachings of our Order. Don Moran, the Deputy for Massachusetts also spoke and added his congratulations to the cast.

Wedding

Congratulations to Brother James F. Fergola, 32° and Laura Siebert who were married on Oct. 31, 2015 in Newburyport. Jim is Junior Warden in Zion Council.

Valley Members Take Free Express Bus to Consistory

An enthusiastic group of sixteen members and candidates from the Valley of the Merrimack gathered at the How Street parking lot in pre-dawn hours of Saturday, November 7, where a comfortable, 24-passenger bus awaited to take them to the Fall Reunion of the Valley of Boston.

Upon arrival the members enjoyed breakfast before the Valley's degree program began. The Brethren were able to add the Seventh, Sixteenth, Eighteenth, Twentieth, Thirty-First, and Thirty-Second Degrees to their Scottish Rite passports. Following the Eighteenth Degree the gathering broke for lunch. Lighter fare of sandwiches and salads or a complete turkey dinner were available. We were joined by other members and the total representation from the Valley of the Merrimack was twenty-five Brethren--a great showing.

After lunch the Thirty-First and Thirty-Second Degrees were conferred after which the Brethren moved from Gothic Hall to Corinthian Hall to witness an inspiring performance of the Twentieth Degree, better known as the George Washington Degree.

At the conclusion of the Degree, Consistory was closed, the Merrimack Brethren straggled their way to the bus, and the group arrived back in Haverhill about 6:30 PM.  All agreed that the free transportation--arranged by Ill. James Antonopoulos, 33, and financed by Massachusetts Consistory through the kindness of its Commander-in Chief, Ill. Roy J. Leone, 33--was a hit, and we hope this trip will become a regular part of our program.

Brother David Britt Trombly, 32° 

Brother David Britt Trombly, 32°,  who served as the first Sovereign Prince of Zion Council in the newly merged Valley of the Merrimack, died in Boston on November 4, 2015.  Dave was born in Port Charles, N.Y. on October 21, 1928. He graduated from North Andover High School in 1956 and enlisted in the Navy in the following August. He was an air traffic controller at Millington Field Naval Air Station (Tennessee) before his honorable discharge in 1959. He remained active in the Naval Reserve and graduated from Merrimack College in 1963 with a B.S. in Economics. He was a member of Sigma Beta Kappa Fraternity. After a short time working for Blue Cross Blue Shield in Colorado where he met his wife Barbara, Dave worked with his father and brothers at Trombly Brothers, Inc. in North Andover until retirement.

In Freemasonry, Dave was a Past Master of St. Matthew's Lodge, Andover in 1995 -1996 and Past Sovereign Prince of Zion Council Princes of Jerusalem in 2003-2005. He belonged to St. Matthew's Lodge AF &AM, Merrimack Valley Lodge of Perfection, Zion Council, Mt. Calvary Chapter of Rose Croix, and Massachusetts Consistory and a number of other community and fraternal organizations.

Barbara pre-deceased him. He leaves three children, eleven grandchildren, and two brothers and their families.

A Masonic Service was held on November 10. A funeral service was held the following day at Marsh Corner Community Church. Burial was in Ridgewood Cemetery, North Andover.