Pioneer Lodge  A.F. &  A.M.
Instituted March 9th 1863
Constituted March 21st 1864

145 Pleasant Street - Somerset, MA 02726 - (508)644-0757

Worshipful Charles A. Oldham, Master

Pioneer Lodge A.F. & A.M.
145 Pleasant Street
Somerset, MA 02726
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This page was last updated: July 6, 2020
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Worshipful Master Charles A. Oldham

Brother Michael Rezendes, Secretary 
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Grand Lodge has increased their dues by $5.00. Pioneer dues will remain at last years amount until next year. Dues are now $142.
Lodge of Instruction

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What it means to be a Freemason.
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Officers of Pioneer Lodge 
2019 - 2020
​(L-R, front row) Bro. John Costa, Bro. Mark Guillemette, Bro. Alan Buckless, Wor. Master Charles Oldham, Bro. John Bell, Wor. Jack Bowden, Bro. Andrew DaSilva
(L-R, back row) Wor. Thomas Gallucci, Bro. James Charrette, Wor. Riley Sanders, Bro. Michael Rezendes, Bro. David Polak, Wor. Mark Maclagan
What's Happening at Pioneer
This and that from Pioneer........
For Failing to Prepare, is Preparing to Fail

Brother Benjamin Franklin
Preparedness and survival are not just a fad – they are a mindset from our not so distant past.  All we are doing is trying to make up for the time lost when we started relying on technology and government for our daily needs.  Let’s use today’s technology and blend with the skills of the past to achieve a greater level of preparedness.

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Coronavirus Update - Emergency Alerts
In an effort to bring talented musicians to our town, SPL Concerts was created in 2011.  After a few other locations - it has grown into it's final home at Pioneer Hall. Since the beginning, SPL Concerts has had a simple core tenet - to provide high quality musical entertainment at affordable ticket prices. Please support the arts and help Pioneer to fund charitable Masonic endeavors. Click here for past concerts.
DeMolay and Rainbow Girls Events

Rainbow Cookbooks are available to order on-line at
Contact DeMolay - 

Middleboro Chapter
46 South main St.
Middleboro, MA 02346
Chapter Dad Advisor - Dad Winston Joseph
Chapter Chairman - Dad Wayne Vinton
Contact Rainbow Girls - 

Middleboro #58
46 South main St.
Middleboro, MA 02346
Susan Nichols

Taunton #13
66 Winthrop St.
Taunton, MA 02870
Catherine Alegria
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August 18, 2020 - Pioneer Lodge Annual Cigar Night
The annual Cigar Night will be held on Tuesday August  18th at 6:00 PM at the Portas Da Cidade restaurant, 231 State Rd. in Westport, MA. The cost of the event, which includes a great dinner and after dinner cigars, is $75 per person. Please contact Jim Keighley at 508-965-5134 for tickets and information.
July 6, 2020 - 7:00 Regular Communication - Cancelled
Due to current circumstances the Regular Communication for July has been cancelled. The Pioneer Election of Officers will be held remotely this year. You will be able to ballot via USPS, via email, or through the Pioneer Lodge website "Members" page.
Go to for all the latest updates.  

For all the latest medical information go to the CDC.

Updates, Emergency Orders, and Guidance:

The Re-Opening of Pioneer Lodge

     Brethren - plans are in the works as to when and how Pioneer Lodge will once again open its doors. Meanwhile here are some guidance documents from Grand Lodge. In the meantime, familiarize yourself with details from MW Richard Maggio.
     As of now, the Worshipful Master is planning on having Lodge on August 3rd at 7:00 PM. We will not be having dinner prior to the meeting. All our plans are dependent on state and local guidance as to the phase we are in and how many people can meet together.
     Due to the rules required to meet in person and the “at risk” Brothers who might attend a meeting, Pioneer Lodge will suspend our Lodge meeting until August 3, 2020. 

Pioneer Lodge Re-opening time-line is as follows:

June 1
     Guidance and directives received from Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and State Officials.
June 09
     Nomination of Officers for the 2020 – 2021 Masonic year received from the Nominating Committee.
June 10
     Nominations recommended by the Nominating Committee mailed and emailed.
June 22
     Members would have until July 5 11:59 PM, to cast their ballot for the nominated Brothers for their respective positions. This ballot can be sent by US Mail, email, or through a ballot form posted on If needed, a member wishing to vote through the website should email the Secretary at to request a password for the secure page. All ballot communications should be sent to the Secretary (see below). 


Michael Rezendes 41 Davis Street Somerset, MA 02726

If a Brother wishes to nominate someone other than the Nominating Committee recommendation for a 
position, he may do so by indicating the person(s) name and chair position in the correspondence of 
choice to the Secretary. 

July 6
     The results of the election will be announced via email and on the Pioneer Lodge website. We will also hold a 30 minute Zoom meeting at 7 PM to give the results and discuss our upcoming schedule for reopening. 
July 18
     Regular Communication notice will be mailed and emailed to Brothers with details of the August 3 Regular Communication.
August 3
     Pioneer Lodge will meet at 7 PM (at the will of the Worshipful Master).
Sept. 9
     Due to the Labor Day holiday on September 7th – Pioneer will hold its Regular Communication on September 9th.

July 6, 2020 - Election of Officers for Pioneer Lodge A.F.& A.M.

With 28 ballots cast in the affirmative - the Pioneer Lodge Officers for 2020 - 2021 are:

Worshipful Master             Wor. Charles Oldham
Senior Warden                    Bro. Alan Buckless
Junior Warden                    Bro.   John Bell
Treasurer                              Bro. Jim Charrette
Assistant Treasurer             Bro. Jim Keighley
Secretary                               Bro. Michael Rezendes
Assistant Secretary              Bro. Chris Carpenter
Senior Deacon                      Bro. Mark Guillemette
Junior Deacon                      Bro. Steve Bulygo
Proxy to Grand Lodge         Bro. Mark Guillemette
Board of Trustees                 Brother Keith Lassonde (2020 – 2023)