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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.


January 19th: Business Meeting.There will be our usual Open House Dinner beginning at 6:30pm with the meeting to follow starting promptly at 7:30pm. Working Tools lecture to be presented by RWB Roger Cole.


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



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                                    FROM THE EAST



            On December 15, 2016, I was installed as Worshipful Master

of Union Lodge No. 31 for the year 2017. In my opinion, being

elected, installed, and serving as Master of the Lodge is both a great

honor and privilege, and certainly one of the highlights of my life.

            For any brothers I haven’t yet met, please allow me to tell you

a little about myself. I’m originally from Stonington and currently live

in Niantic with my wife (Bree) and two year old son, Andrew. In

2013, my grandfather, WB Andrew W. Perry, raised me to the

Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. I’ve worked as a law

enforcement officer for almost nine years, and this month I’ll finish

my bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. In my free time I enjoy

conducting genealogy research.

            My goal for this year is to strengthen the membership of Union

Lodge. I hope to achieve this by setting the craft to work, bringing

various speakers to lodge, and reconnecting with our elderly brothers

and widows. I know there are brothers who live in the area that want

to come back to lodge but are unable to do so for reasons beyond their

control (lack of transportation, etc.).

            I also believe we can strengthen our membership by becoming

more active in our community. As you all know, Union Lodge meets

in Niantic, a coastal New England village that hosts countless events

throughout the year. Many of these events look for sponsors, while

others provide opportunities to volunteer. Both of these avenues are

great ways for Union Lodge to advertise, but more importantly to get

involved in the community.

            This year we have a great line of young officers, many of

whom are military veterans. If we work together as a lodge and as

brothers, there’s no doubt in my mind that we will strengthen our

membership and inevitably grow in numbers. I look forward to

serving you and welcome information from the brethren that they’d

like to include in future trestleboards.



Jason A. Dolce, Worshipful Master


      Trestle Board for January and February 2017


January 19, 2017 – Stated Communication

Open house dinner @ 6:30pm

Lodge opens @ 7:30pm

Agenda: Lodge business, update with committees, 8th district news, and a masonic educational program by R.W.B. Roger Cole titled “The Working Tools of a Master Mason.”

February 2, 2017 – Stated Communication

Open house dinner @ 6:30pm

Lodge opens @ 7:30pm

Agenda: Lodge business, update with committees, 8th district news, discussion on community involvement projects, and possibly a speaker (availability pending)

February 16, 2017 – Stated Communication

Open house dinner @ 6:30pm

Lodge opens @ 7:30pm

Agenda: Lodge business, 8th district news, updates with committee and community projects, and a presentation from Norman Bender, President of the East Lyme Care & Share program. Norman will provide a 15 to 20 minute talk on what the organization does, what kind of services the community is in need of, and how we can help.







Blue Lodge Council Meetings 2017
February 27th @ Sommerset St. James No. 34
April 25th @ Coastal No. 57
June 26th @ Brainard No. 102
September 25th @ Oxoboxo No. 116
November 27th @ Bay View No. 120

Dinners begin at 6:30pm with the meeting to follow at 7:30pm




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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