Lodge Calendar

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We, the Brothers of Union Lodge No. 31, celebrate the hour before every meeting as an open house. We enjoy a light meal, refreshments and camaraderie with brothers and non-brothers alike. If you are not a mason and are interested in our fraternity you are welcome to visit our lodge and share in the food and friendship the first and third Thursday of every month from 6:30 – 7:30pm.


October 20th: Fellow Craft Degree. Our Open House Dinner will begin at 6:30pm with the meeting to follow starting promptly at 7:30pm. The degree will be conducted by a team of Senior DeMolay.




Remember Brothers, calendar events and times are subject to change. Please check often.



Calendar Search Tool:

 A calendar search tool has been installed at the bottom of every lodge website calendar.Put in a date in the future and all events throughout the state will result. Search for a particular event from sixteen different categories and all the events of that category will appear. Results up to one year in the future are displayed.For example, looking for a Fellowcraft Degree in the state? Look no further than the website calendar search tool. Want to go to a Table Lodge? Do a search. Have nothing to do tomorrow night? Search for all events on that date.




Another Pierpont for a Union Lodge No.31 Member
   Congratulations RWB William Perkins PDD-8B!
Blue Lodge Council Meetings 2016
November 28th @ Union No. 31
Dinners begin at 6:30pm with the meeting to follow at 7:30pm



Who says girls are not admitted...

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Three Birds and a Beer

Andrew Birdsall, WB Mike Schafer, WM Andy Birdsall and Secretary Bro. John Birdsall were the newest Sisters initiated into the Order of Rainbow Girls during the Fun Degree hosted by Union Lodge No.31 on April 7th. Thank you to the Norwich Chapter of Rainbow Girls for conducting a truly   "Fun Degree".










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From the East

Good day, Brethren.  All this nice, warm weather… summer is coming…

May wasn’t terribly busy, but nonetheless, was eventful

  • On the 5thCinco de Mayo – the Table Lodge was great!  Thank you to all the brethren that came, I hope you had a good time.  Our Junior Warden did an EXCELLENT job with the food and our Stewards were awesome in making sure everyone was cared for.  The brethren from around the 8th District participated to make the evening quite enjoyable.

  • On the 12tha few of us paid a visit to Bay View Lodge #120 for a Fellow Craft Degree, it was a very nice night, and nice to visit another Lodge.

  • The 19th, was a Fellow Craft Degree of our own.  Senior Warden, Jason Dolce stepped in to preside over the degree, RWB Art Richards filled in for the Letter G and other were moved around to various places and parts, some even on the fly – all did a great job.

Coming up in June:

  • The 2ndTONIGHT!is the 8th District’s Master’s Night, hosted by Union Lodge.  MM Degree to be performed – we expect 4 candidates and an excellent performance with a cast from the Lodges in the 8th District.  Dinner at 6:30pm.

  • The 5th will be the 8th District’s Ladies Dinneradvanced reservations were required by May 25th.  The event will start with Social Hour at 2pm at the VFW in Uncasville.

  • The 16th will be the start of our Lodge Summer Picnics.  We’ll get hamburgers and hot dogs, please bring a side dish or dessert and BYOB.  Picnic will start at 6:00pm.  Lodge will open at 7:30pm.  Dress will be casual – come celebrate as it will be our Senior Steward’s 21st birthday!

  • The 17th Wooster Lodge is hosting St. John’s Day in Colchester.  We’ll be marching up the street in a parade with the Grand Master, and there will be a dinner at the Lodge.  The event kicks off at about 6pm.  Seating is limited, please get a reservation into WB Mike Schaeffer.

  • June 27th is the 8th District Blue Lodge Council, hosted by Purity Lodge #150 at the campus of the new Masonicare in Mystic.  No dinner.  Meeting at 7pm.

Summer Reminder:

  • During the summer, we only meet on the 1st Thursday of July and August – July 7th and August 4th.  Those meetings will be casual picnics, same as our June 16th Picnic.  Dinner at 6:00pm, Lodge meeting at 7:30pm.

One of the primary functions of a Lodge is to create Masons.  I ask that if any Brother knows of a man who would benefit from, and conform to, our Masonic teachings, please recommend him.  Or suggest that he visit us for our Open House Dinners at 6:30pm before each or our Stated Communications.

If you should need anything from the Lodge, your brothers, don’t be afraid to ask.




J. Andrew Birdsall

Worshipful Master 2016








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Welcome Brothers and Guests
Photo is from the dining hall at the "Old Union Lodge"


The Bridge Builder is a poem written by Will Allen Dromgoole around the turn of the 20th Century. This poem is used by many fraternal societies to teach the importance of building for future generations.

Please take a moment to read this humble poem and reflect. What bridges have you built in your life?

The Bridge Builder

"An old man, going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.

The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned, when safe on the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.

"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim, near,
"You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again will pass this way;
You've crossed the chasm, deep and wide-
Why build you this bridge at the evening tide?"

The builder lifted his old gray head:
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"There followeth after me today,
A youth, whose feet must pass this way.

This chasm, that has been naught to me,
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him.


Union Lodge No. 31 meets on the first and third Thursdays of every month at 7:30pm. July and August meetings are the first Thursday only.



Modern Massonic Tracing Board by Greg Stewart Above



Tracing Board from 1882 titled "Light and Truth" Below

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From I-95 North or South, Take EXIT 74. At end of ramp take a RIGHT onto Rt.161 Flander's Road.

Proceed South on Flander's Road approximately 1 mile. At traffic signal turn RIGHT onto Society Road.

Proceed approximately 1/4 mile on Society Rd. Bay View Masonic Temple is on LEFT across from Middle School and Town Library

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is the oldest fraternal organization in the world. It is dedicated to promoting improvement in the character of its members. A Mason is taught to be a good citizen. To be of good character. To care for those less fortunate, and to give back to his community.

Freemasonry is not a religion. This is not to say that Masons do not have religious beliefs. One of the tenets of the Masonic Fraternity is that its members are free to express their beliefs in the religion of their choice. However, it is also a condition of membership that each recognize that the wonders of the universe are not here as a result of our doing. But rather as a result of a Supreme Being, who brings order and purpose to our existence.

Membership in the Masonic Fraternity is an act of free will. A man must ask for the opportunity. The potential member must be at least eighteen years of age, of sound moral character, and able to express his belief in a Supreme Being.

The Masonic Fraternity believes that its members have an obligation to give back to their communities, and to benefit others. It is an important point to emphasize that Masons are taught to go about these tasks in a quiet, unassuming fashion. This is meant to impress upon our members that it is the work, and not the individual, that is of importance. It is also to preserve the dignity of those for whom the work is performed.

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