Newtown resident Patricia Hubert, an officer and matron of the Mirah Chapter of the Eastern Star in Sandy Hook, and of the combined Mirah Chapter and Lady Martha Chapter of Monroe, received an unexpected surprise Sunday, April 12. Following a talk to members of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Masons in Connecticut, at the Crown Plaza in Cromwell on her recently published book, Major Philip M. Unger: Hero of the American Revolution, Thomas Maxwell, Most Worshipful Grand Master, presented Ms Hubert with the General David Wooster Medal in Bronze.
This medal, presented by the Masonic Grand Lodge only two other times in the past 40 years (former Governor M. Jodi Rell and Grand Lodge of Wallingford secretary Marjie Chick were the other recipients), is a humanitarian award. Ms Hubert received it for her years of dedication to the Newtown community.
“It just blew me away. I was so surprised,” said Ms Hubert.
Ms Hubert, a 38-year resident of Newtown, has served the community in many ways. A retired elementary school teacher, she stayed at home to raise her family, but remained active in education as a substitute teacher and reading consultant. She was chairperson of the board of directors for Trinity Day School when it was an informal preschool, converting it to the early childhood school program it remains today.
Ms Hubert is a member of Newtown Congregational Church, where she has served as a deacon, sings in the choir, serves on the flower committee, is active in the women’s circle group, and serves with Cornerstone Thrift Shop, among many church activities. She was a church youth group leader, and has conducted many fundraising events.
For several years, Ms Hubert was a Girl Scout leader and a Cub Scout leader, building up Pack 370 in Dodgingtown. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and currently serves as regent for the Mary Wooster Chapter of the DAR in Danbury.
Ms Hubert holds a state wildlife rehabilitator license, and was a contributor to the construction of the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks. She is also a member of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, and works with the Lincolnville and Waldoboro Historical Societies in Maine, as well as the Danbury and Newtown Historical Societies.
In addition to her activities with the Order of the Eastern Star, Ms Hubert has supported Hiram Lodge #18 in Sandy Hook for many years, and is a member of the Amaranth and the Daughters of the Nile.