Eagles to roost at lodge; New Scouters Lodge created.
HOLDEN - What started as a presentation of certificates from the Masons at Eagle Scout ceremonies has become a Masonic Lodge dedicated to helping young men become Eagle Scouts.
The Scouter's Lodge, formally known as The Scouters Lodge A.F. & A.M., received its official charter at a ceremony held at the Holden Senior Center, 1130 Main St., on July 26, when its first officers were installed.
Jay Jolicoeur, Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 175, served as the Worshipful Master of the Lodge during the past year, as the lodge was being established.
"The title `Worshipful' actually is an old English term meaning `Honorable,'" Mr. Jolicoeur explained.
Mr. Jolicoeur said the concept for The Scouters Lodge came after The Massachusetts Masonic Eagle Scout Association was formed by M.W. Roger W. Pageau in 2009. The purpose of the association is to present certificates from the Grand Master to Eagle Scouts who have a connection to Freemasonry at Courts of Honor.
The 50 MMESA members have made presentations at Eagle ceremonies at all 11 Boy Scout councils, and the four masons involved in the organization of the association - Geoffrey Kromer, Craig Erickson, Adam Jolicoeur and Jay Jolicoeur - thought it would be a good idea to form a lodge and expand on what they could offer to young men working toward the rank of Eagle Scout.
Membership in the lodge is limited to Eagle Scouts and to Masons who have received the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award, which is presented to Masons who make a significant contribution to their local units, districts or councils.
The lodge currently has 34 members, including Worshipful Master Adam Jolicoeur and Senior Warden Thadeus J. Owoc Jr., both of Holden. Most members are from Massachusetts, but three hail from Connecticut.
Other officers in the lodge include Chaplain Stuart G. Schoenly of Northboro and Senior Steward Matthew A. Neidermeier of Shirley. Jay Jolicoeur serves as marshal.
PHOTOG: T&G Staff Photos/PAUL KAPTEYN
CUTLINE; (1) Officers of the new Scouters Lodge stand during the installation of officers for the lodge at the Holden Senior Center on July 26. (2) Jay Jolicoeur, left, and chaplain Robert D. Knowlton talk before the the start of the ceremonies.