Veteran’s Day Observance


We have usually observed Veterans Day on the Stated or Special Communication nearest the actual holiday.  This year our observance will take place the evening of our Special Communication for Fellow Craft, November 16th.  The W.M. is asking that as part of this years observance all brethren who are veterans, retired, or current members of the U.S. armed forces to wear either their full medals, “mini” medals, or the ribbons they were awarded while in service to their country.

November SJMA Meeting Cancelled





The SJMA November meeting scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday the 2nd is cancelled so as  to allow brothers to attend calling hours for Brother Joe Manai.

We are Just Trying to Drum up some Volunteers


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We need as many brothers as possible to volunteer an evening to the William Pitt Tavern Museum during Strawberry Banke’s  annual Candlelight Stroll taking place the first three weekends in December.  Dates include December 3(Sat. 5-9 p.m.), 4 (Sun. 4-8 p.m.), 10 (Sat. 5-9 p.m.), 11(Sun. 4-8 p.m.), 16 (Fri. 5-9 p.m.), 17 (Sat. 5-9 p.m.), 18 (Sun. 4-8 p.m.). We need a minimum of five volunteers per night to open, or a total of 35 volunteers over the duration of the “Stroll”.   This opportunity is open to all N.H Master Masons. If you can help us out, please contact R.W. Rod MacDonald at (home) 603-436-4071, (cell) 603-828-9093, or by e-mail


1st Dist. Master Masons Class October 29th

76c2c6c3-8b14-4077-88cd-41ea6a1aef20This month’s class will discuss Masonic Potocol which will answer those questions and much more.
Gideon Lodge in Kingston on Saturday October 29th starting at 9 am with coffee and donuts.

The Master’s Class is designed for those who will, or might, work their way to the East but also contains important information for any MM. All are welcome to join the circle for an open and free discussion. This is not a class room setting with a lecture. It promises to keep you awake !

What does it mean by Style ?
Do we use the Style of the Brother or his position when in the Lodge ?
What is the use of the Top Hat in open Lodge ?
If the DDGM or GM is visiting, is it appropriate for the Master to remain covered ?
How do you receive the DDGM or GM ?
If there is a suite, who introduces the members of the suite ?
Who selects the members of the suite ?
Can the Master keep notes relating to Masonic Protocol with him in the East ?
Beside the Master and Chaplain, who else should be invited to sit in the East ?
How many can sit in the East ?
Who should the Master rely on for giving advise pertaining to Protocol ?
Who would give the final closing comments ?
If several closing comments are given by visitors, what is the correct order of presentation ?
And the questions go on. The program is set in a round table format with comments from all.
Please join us for the Master’s Class in Kingston on Saturday October 29th starting at 9 am with coffee and donuts.

October Annual Open House

portsmouth-nh-wallace-hackett-house-masonic-temple-middle-street-miller-avenue-2013The Portsmouth Masonic Temple will be holding its annual open house on Saturday, October 15th,  from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  All members of the public are welcome.

Toys for Tots Drive

toys-for-tots-posterSt. John’s and St. Andrews Lodges had a banner year last year with their joint annual Toys-For-Tots Drive .  It is hard to believe we could ever repeat our 2015 success, but the challenge is being issued!!!!  We are asking the brothers of both lodges to at the very least match last years overwhelming response.  You can drop off new toys* at the Portsmouth Masonic Temple from now through the first week of December.   Although Toys-for-Tots does not accept cash directly, cash  donations can be made to the St.John’s-St. Andrews toy drive, and “volunteer shoppers” will purchase toys on the donor’s behalf.

  • Please note:  used toys cannot be accepted.  Toys donated must be new and unwrapped.

1st District Annual Lodge of Instructions


Brethren please keep in mind that the 1st District annual Lodge of Instruction will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening on October 7, 2016, at the the Portsmouth Masonic Tmasonic-coin-2emple.  The L.O.I. is open to all first district Master Masons.  All Master Masons, in the district, raised since October of 2015,  should plan on attending this meeting.