Freemasonry’s legacy can be seen all around us – and not just through our monuments and lodge buildings. In this article we explore the history of three common sayings that are derived from our fraternity.
Over The Edge!Read Now
A great video from the Nashua United Way about their Over The Edge 2021 event coming up August 17th!
Don't forget to support the OTE Scottish Rite team: Adam Freiband, Amanda White, David Smith, Paul Bielawski, Bob Porter, and Teressa Corson.
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Norris Henry Cotton (May 11, 1900 – February 24, 1989) was born in Warren, New Hampshire, and was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and Wesleyan University in Connecticut. While in college, he served as a clerk to the New Hampshire State Senate. He also served as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1923 as one of the youngest legislators in history. He became a lawyer after attending The George Washington University Law School and practiced law in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Cotton was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives again in 1943, and served as majority leader that year and as Speaker from 1945 to 1947. In 1946, Cotton was elected to the United States House of Representatives from New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district for the first time. He served until 1954, when he ran for a seat in the United States Senate from New Hampshire in a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of incumbent Senator Charles W. Tobey. He was elected to a full term in 1956, reelected twice and served in the Senate until 1975.
He was a prominent leader of his party in the Senate, chairing the Senate Republican Conference from 1973 to 1975. He did not run for reelection in 1974. Three days before his final term ran out, Cotton resigned to allow the governor to appoint Louis C. Wyman. Cotton returned to the Senate in August 1975 after the election of his successor was contested.
Cotton died on February 24, 1989, in Lebanon, aged 88.
The Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon is named for him, and a federal building in Manchester also bears his name. There is a New Hampshire historical marker (number 231) in Warren, unveiled in 2012, which says that his rise from humble beginnings "embodied an American way of life.”
Additionally, The Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital is the main charity of The Knights of the York Cross of Honour.
Deputy Rep Meeting 7/19/2021Read Now
Last night, the New Hampshire Council of Deliberation's Deputy Representative meeting was held at the Concord Masonic Temple on Ironworks Road.
There was a light supper consisting of hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad with corn on the cob and a delicious cake!
This meeting was Illustrious Mark C. Roth's, 33° (Valley of Concord) last COD meeting as Deputy for the State of New Hampshire. We wish him well!
"Masonic labor is purely a labor of love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in gold and silver will be disappointed. The wages of a Mason are in the dealings with one another; sympathy begets sympathy, kindness begets kindness, helpfulness begets helpfulness, and these are the wages of a Mason."
~ Benjamin Franklin
New Leadership Resource CenterRead Now
Check out the new Leadership Resource Center at Supreme Council.
Log into your Member Center and look at the resources available to new Valley Officers or even check it out if you may be contemplating a leadership role in the future.
Expand your knowledge and grow your leadership skill set with our online assets here: https://bit.ly/2S53NhQ
Have you already checked out the resource center? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments!
Feast of the Valley (VC)Read Now
Brother Dennis A Tuttle Jr, TPM of the Valley of Concord, has challenged the Members of NH Scottish Rite, along with their friends and family, to join their "Feast of the Valley Night" Friday July 16th at 6:30pm at Buffalo Wild Wings (8 Loudon Rd Concord). Members of all the bodies are invited to join in on the Wing Eating Competition fun!
If interested, please RSVP direct to Brother Dennis at 603-969-9284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCOTTISH RITE CUSTOMSRead Now
SCOTTISH RITE CUSTOMS
Many visitors from foreign jurisdictions are surprised at the ease with which candidates become 32° Masons. Some of their customs are just as surprising.
In Columbia, it takes at least six years to reach the 32°.
In England, the candidate cannot petition but must be nominated by a member.
In the Netherlands, a candidate may petition up to the 18°. The 30°, 32° and 33° are honorary. There is a waiting period of 5 years between the 18° and 30°.
In Australia, it takes several years to attain the 30°. The 32° is conferred on a few 30° Masons. The 33° is rare.
In Belgium, at least 12 and sometimes 20 years are required to complete the degrees. There are very few 32° or 33° members.
In Chile, if a petitioner has not served as Master of his Lodge, he must have been a Mason for at least 10 years before he can petition the Scottish Rite. It then requires some 14 years to reach the 32° after presenting a written thesis on each degree during his progression
Supporting New Hampshire's Youth
Congratulations are in order to Sister Cindy Lobdell (Warren-Alpha-Unity-Fraternal Chapter, Wolfeboro) and Brother Dennis A Tuttle, Jr (Crescent Chapter, Northwood as well as The Valleys of Concord & Nashua) on their Appointments and Installation as State Mother Advisor and State Dad Advisor for the 2021-2022 year at this year's NH Grand Assembly.
Fourth of JulyRead Now
In advance of #IndependenceDay, Sovereign Grand Commander David A. Glattly, 33°, Executive Director Michael Russell, 32° and Grand Lieutenant Commander Peter J. Samiec, 33° took a trip to a historic monument dating back to the early days of our nation's independence.
Learn more about this fascinating piece of #AmericanHistory and stay tuned until the end for some #FourthofJuly fun facts from each of our Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction leaders.
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