Submitted by the Frank W. Thompson Lodge of Masons
Frank W. Thompson Lodge of Masons recently held its annual installation of officers at the First Church of Christ, Congregational where the Lodge routinely meets.
Bedford resident Gordon Huggins was installed as Worshipful Master and will lead the Lodge in the coming year. The term “Worshipful” is an old English term meaning one being worthy of respect or honorable. Huggins grew up in Concord where he met his wife Laurel in Concord-Carlisle Regional High School; he is employed by Tufts Medical Center.
Robert DiCesare of Holden, who owns and operates Bedford Vision, was installed Senior Warden and Christopher Beck of Bedford was installed Junior Warden. In addition, a line of officers were appointed including Carmen Langthorne, a resident of Chelmsford, and Gyasi Burks-Abbott from Bedford. Presiding over the installation ceremony was Kenneth Pfeiffer, who grew up in Bedford, and other Past Masters of Frank W. Thompson Lodge.
Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts was established in 1733 and is the third oldest Grand Lodge in the world. Grand Master Harvey J. Waugh is the latest in a succession of distinguished Massachusetts Freemasons to hold that office. Previous Grand Masters include Revolutionary War patriots Paul Revere and Joseph Warren. Freemasons in North America contribute nearly $3,000,000 each day to philanthropic works including the Shriners Burns Hospital in Boston where more than 750 severely burned children are admitted each year and treated at no charge. Some 3,700 children are treated each year in the hospital’s clinic, at no charge. Freemasons also operate the Shriners Orthopedic Hospital in Springfield where children are treated, again at no charge.
Locally Frank W. Thompson Lodge sponsors the Annual Danny Oates Road Race held on Bedford Day, the proceeds for which together with donations provided by the Lodge funded 15 scholarships to worthy college bound students in 2015. The Lodge also provides donations to needy children from their Masonic Angel Fund in conjunction with the Bedford Schools. The purpose of this fund will be to anonymously provide a winter coat, boots, shoes, or field trip funding to any needy child in the Bedford schools. Additional Lodge activities include two blood drives collected by the Red Cross and a child identification program (MYCHIP) each spring.
Frank W. Thompson Lodge A.F.& A.M. meets on the third Tuesday each month at the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Bedford and membership is open to all men, aged 21 and over, regardless of race or religion.
For more information, contact Gordon Huggins at (781) 929-4625 or by email at email@example.com