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.


 May 19th:  Business Meeting. Our Open House Dinner will begin a 6:30pm with the meeting to follow starting promptly at 7:30pm.



June 2nd:  Master's Night. The Master's of the 8th District will be conducting a MM Degree at the Bay View Temple. Our Open House Dinner begins at 6:30 with the degree to follow starting promptly at 7:30pm.

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
June 27th @ Purity 150 Note: The start time for the meeting hosted by Purity No.150 has
been changed to 7:00pm. Also there will be no dinner available at this meeting.
September 26th @ Wooster No. 10
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. I hope this notice finds you in good health. It’s May, let’s not forget about our mothers, and the ladies in our lives.

April was busy:

  • On the 7th the young ladies of Norwich Assembly #30, of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls came down and presented the fun degree, in which yours truly, our Secretary, John Birdsall, our Senior steward Andrew Birdsall, and Worshipful Brother Mike Schaeffer, form Wooster #10 were all initiated as Honorary Rainbow Girls into the Assembly. It really was a lot of fun, and the girls did a great job.
  • On the 10th I attended the Grand Lodge Banquet, and socialized with many brothers in the various hospitality suites – if anyone has the opportunity to do this it’s highly recommended.
  • The 11th, was the Annual Grand Lodge Communication, several Lodge brothers were in attendance as MWGM Charles W. Yohe completed his term and MWGM Gail N. Smith began this current year. Of note, our own, Craig E. Pedro was installed as our District Deputy.
  • The 19th was Senior Warden’s Night for the 8th District. Coastal Lodge #57 hosted the Fellow Craft Degree, it was a packed house, and the candidate was from Somerset-St. James #34, and it was a very nice night.
  • The 21st was an Entered Apprentice Degree. We had 1 of our own candidates and 2 courtesy candidates for Bay View Lodge #120. I was very pleased with the overall performance of the degree – well done Brothers.
  • The 25th was the 8th District Blue Lodge Council, hosted by Bay View Lodge #120. Items of note that were discussed were:The 27th was a merger meeting, due to conflicts, I was unable to attend, and have no news to report at this time.
    • Thanksgiving Breakfast on 11/20
      • All Lodges are being asked to contribute $50 for seed funds for purchasing the food required.
      • The Niantic Masonic Building is the ideal location, unless a Lodge really wants to host it.
      • Based on the rotation, since Wooster Lodge #10 hosted last year, Union Lodge #31 will be hosting this year?
      • Lodges are expected to vote to decide on their participation AND if they will contribute the $50 requested.
    • A new DeMolay Chapter for the 8th District.
      • The ideal location is the Niantic Masonic Building.
      • While the District can sponsor a DeMolay Chapter, the overall situation of the District is not ideal for a sponsor.
      • Bay View Lodge / Niantic Masonic Temple Association to vote on sponsorship.
      • Hoping to have Advisors in place and to initiate new young men at DeMolays Conclave July 8-10, 2016.
    • Ladies Dinner (formerly Widows Night) will be Sunday June 5, 2016 at 2pm at the VFW in Uncasville – flyer to be sent out.
  • The 30th was the District Deputy Presentation for our new District Deputy, right worshipful Craig E. Pedro, and his Associate Grand Marshal, Worshipful Brother James A. Moran. Deputy Grand Master Theodore J. Nelson presided over the program and Grand Master Gail N. Smith was in attendance. This was a great night for Union Lodge, as one of our own was elevated with this distinctive honor.
  • On the 4th, Somerset-St. James Lodge #34 will be performing the Master Mason Degree. The Scottish Rite Valley of Norwich will be performing the dramatic section in full costume – sounds to be a performance not to be missed.
  • The 5th is our Stated Communication. We will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo Table lodge for the 8th Masonic District beginning at 6:30pm. $10 per person. We are looking for items to raffle off, proceeds to provide seed funds for a new DeMolay Chapter in the 8th District.
  • On the 12th, Bay View Lodge #120 will be performing the Fellow Craft Degree and has offered to host our candidate. Let’s make sure we have a good showing of support for our sister Lodge and moreso for our new Brother.
  • The 14th is the Masonicare Quality of Life Walk at the Great River Park in East Hartford. This is to help provide over the top services to residents of Masonicare for items not covered by insurance or Medicare. I am captain of a team for York Rite, we are looking for walkers and/or donations, to do either please visit here.
  • The 19th is our Stated Communication, at 7:30pm. Open house dinner will be at 6:30pm.
  • The 2nd is the 8th District’s Master’s Night, hosted by Union Lodge. MM Degree to be performed. Dinner at 6:30pm.
  • The 5th will be the 8th District’s Ladies Dinner – more info to follow.

In May:

In June:

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


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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