Trestleboard - Winter 2018

Manchester Lodge Trestleboard

From the East


I am honored to have been elected once again as your Worshipful Master for 2018. Over the past year, we have hosted several events, a Saint Patrick's Day dinner, Lobster Jam Fest and other activities to strengthen our fraternal bonds. I have increased communications by utilizing the trestle board, email, and the all-call system. I succeeded in sending out a trestle board during each of the four seasons. Although communications were increased last year, I hope to do better at communicating upcoming events.

From the EastThis coming year we will continue to monitor our financial situation. The Temple Corporation and our brothers have done an excellent job over the years of keeping costs down. However, we are at a point where we cannot cut any further. We are exploring the possibility of renting out part or all of the building. Despite our attempts to market the Temple to potential renters over the past year, we were unable to secure any. The main comment that has been made by prospective renters is the lack of accessibility for physically disabled people and adequate parking. I will work with the Temple Corporation to explore all financial opportunities to ensure our lodge stays solvent.

2018 will be a pivotal year for our lodge and the Temple. Our finances continue to dwindle and we continue to lack any significant income. I would challenge all of you to help me find a solution to our financial situation. I hope that with your help, we can bring back our lodge and the Temple to its days of prosperity. It is vitally important that our current and future brothers have the same opportunity to enjoy the rich history of our lodge and the Temple as we did. Our lodge is only as active as its members!

I am always striving to improve our lodge. If you have suggestions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Larry Hokanson
Worshipful Master, Manchester Lodge #73

Lodge Calendar

Stated communications begin at 7:30pm.

2/13 Fellowcraft Degree
2/25 BIA Breakfast, 9-12
2/27 Stated Communication
3/13 Stated Communication
3/17 St. Patrick's Day Dinner
Be at the temple tonight for a terrific corned beef dinner and Irish music. BYOB. Festivities begin at 6pm. $10 donation.

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Brotherhood in Action Breakfast: Feb. 25th, 9-12

The annual Brotherhood In Action breakfast will return to Manchester Temple on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 from 9-12. As always, event proceeds will serve to better the life of an child with health or disability issues. We are asking Lodge #73 Brothers to volunteer a few hours of time to work at this event, and to sell tickets.

For further information and tickets, please contact Bro. Rod Andersen at (860) 644-1383.


Bro. Harry S. Truman

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."

Bro. Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States of America (1884-1972)
Belton Lodge No. 450, Missouri, Grand Master of Masons of Missouri: 1940-41,
Orient Chapter No. 102, Shekinah Council No. 24,
Palestine Commandery No. 17,
Crowned a 33 deg by the Supreme Council, Southern Jurisdiction in 1945.

Update from the Temple Corporation

Timothy Edwards, Temple Corp. Chairman

During the last quarter of 2017, after two and a half years, the repairs to the Main Lodge Room have been completed. The completed room was unveiled to the brothers at our September meeting. Many attendees commented how beautiful the room looked and could not believe the transformation.

Once the Main Lodge Room was completed, brothers started repairs and refreshing of the R. LaMotte Russell Room. This included the floors being refinished and receiving a fresh coat of paint. The next room was The Mather Room. The ceiling had received water damage and as a result, had to be repaired. The ceiling was restored, and the ceiling and walls were repainted.

During the past year, I had the opportunity to provide tours of the Temple to some potential renters. However, we have not had anyone willing to rent the building. One of the main issues, that seem to keep groups from renting the building, is its lack of handicapped accessibility.

A catering company has approached Brother Larry and suggested that if we freshen up our Banquet Room, they would be able to help us market the Temple. These updates would include replacing the broken lovers, which cover the heaters, a fresh coat of paint on the walls, a complete and thorough cleaning. It has been suggested that if we give our Banquet Room a more modern look, we will expand our opportunities to rent it.

In January 2018, the Temple Corporation held a meeting and its officers for 2018 were elected. As a result of the meeting, I was once again elected to serve as President of the Temple Corporation. I am joined by Brother Scott Custer – Secretary, and Brother Randy Hall-Treasurer.

As we start the new year, the Temple Corporation has proposed two major projects to make our Temple more marketable. First, is to refresh the Banquet Room and the second, is to investigate the feasibility of installing a chairlift. I know the issue of the chairlift was studied several years ago and we were told by the then fire marshal that we could not install one. However, technology and laws change, so we will see what the viability is.

We are at a crossroads with our Temple. The lodge is at the point where we need to spend money on the Temple to make it more marketable or prepare the building for its inevitable sale. The Temple Corporation cannot market a building successfully, which lacks essential amenities such as handicapped accessibility air conditioning, and sufficient parking.

It is my pleasure to serve as your President of the Temple Corporation. If you should have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Timothy M. Edwards
President, Temple Corporation

From the West

I am pleased to announce a new initiative to improve Lodge communications. In the coming months, we will launch a new website, and will work to standardize our email and phone notifications and distribution lists. Our aim is to provide timely information and resources in a more efficient manner to our membership and the surrounding community.

As we embark on this plan, we are now asking for feedback from lodge members on a variety of topics. Please take a few minutes to fill out the recently mailed survey and drop it in the mail by March 1st. Your input will be immensely valuable.

If you need a printout of the survey, please contact me at

With deepest gratitude,
Paige Howarth
Senior Warden, Manchester Lodge #73

2018 Manchester Lodge Officers

Worshipful Master Larry D. Hokanson
Senior Warden Paige K. Howarth, PM
Junior Warden Larry Morgret
Treasurer James E. Hammitt, PM
Secretary Barry E. Lazlo, PM
Chaplain Robert W. Ferguson, PM
Senior Deacon Michael Cloutier
Junior Deacon Gary Robinson
Organist Charles Billmyer
Soloist Ronald Erickson

Manchester Lodge #73, AF & AM
25 East Center Street, Manchester Connecticut 06040
Stated Communications:
2nd & 4th Tuesdays, at 7:30pm
except in July and August