Applications now being accepted for the Ward-Day Scholarships


Applications for the St. John’s Lodge Ward-Day Scholarships are now being accepted. Copies of the application may be picked up at the Portsmouth High School Guidance Office.  All  interested students must have their applications, along with required supporting information and recommendations, completed and  in by April 30, 2017.

Congratulations to our newest “Fellow Craft”



Congratulations to brothers Dan Hunt and Michael Moriarty who were passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft on Wednesday evening February 16, 2017.  Pictured (from left to right) are Senior Deacon Jason DeStasio, Dan Hunt, Michael Moriarty, and Floyd Caron, Worshipful Master of St. John’s Lodge.

Annual 4-Square Celebration


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Our Annual 4-Square Celebration of Washington’s Birthday will be taking place on Monday February 20th at the Portsmouth Masonic Temple.  Diner (TBD) will be served at 6:00 p.m. ($10 per person) and the program will begin at 7:00 p.m.  For lodge officers attending dress is “business suit”.  As usual this is a semi-public event and masonic members are welcomed to bring guests.  This year “4-Square” is being hosted by St. Andrew’s Lodge No. 56.

Think Spring: The Out Of Hibernation 5K is coming!!!


Out of Hibernation Post for 2017

A sure sign Spring is on its way….. St. John’s Lodge annual “Out of Hibernation 5K”.  This year the race will be held on April 8, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.  This is a “run-no-matter-what-the-weather” (Snow, Rain, or Sun) event.


The First 175 runners to pre-register will receive T-Shirts.  You may also register the day before the  Race (Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m) or the morning of the Race (before 8:45 a.m.) at the Masonic Lodge [351 Middle Street in Portsmouth,N.H.].

Proceeds from this years Race will go to Lydia’s House of Hope, and The Portsmouth Food Pantry.


Master Mason’s Class for February 2017: Trestleboards

Where and When:  St. John’s Lodge (Portsmouth Masonic Temple), 351 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH.  at 9:00 a.m.  masonictemple-2

                                      So, is it the Trestleboard or Tracing Board ?
                                     Is there a difference and if so, what ?

This class will discuss Trestleboards (TB) which will answer those questions and much more.

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 !

If you are traveling to the East one of your best resources (outside the other PM’s and the Secretary) is the Trestleboard .

Do we only send the TB to active M M’s ? If not, then who else should receive one ?
Is only the information about the next Stated meeting included in the TB ?
Can we mention names in the TB ? Who is o.k. and who is not ?.
If a Special Meeting is needed, what does “Sufficient Notice”: state about the time before the meeting date ?
With the cost of postage rising (and now no Saturday delivery) can we just send by email ?
Can we list the Officers and their Ladies names in the TB ? Is it a good idea ?
Can this task be assigned to a new Brother or should it be done by a committee of old timers ?
Bulk rate postage is cheaper but slower. Is this o.k. ?
Since it is the main means of communication with the members of the Lodge, can we include other items in the TB. Maybe the minutes of the last meeting but would that be allowed ?
What about changes to the Lodge By-laws. Can they be included in the TB ?

A trestle board is a framework consisting of (usually 3) vertical, slanted supports with one or more horizontal crosspieces on which to hang or display an item.

Today, it is better known as an “easel”.

Some jurisdictions around the world call it a tracing board. It would be somewhat of a “circular logic” task to argue the difference, as, while neither can be fully proven (in historical writings), the “Tracing board” may very well have predeceded the use of the word “Trestleboard” because lodges in Europe (which pre-date American lodges), use the word “Tracing Board”.

Hiram’s Tracing Board: Hiram Abif’s tracing board is believed to have been made of wood, covered with a coating of wax. Each day he would draw his Master architect’s measurements and symbols into the wax in order to instruct his Master Masons of the work that was to be accomplished.

At the end of the day, he would simply scrape off the wax and pour a new layer of hot wax onto the board to ready it for the next day’s work.

The program is set in a round table format with comments from all.

Please join us for the Master’s Class in Portsmouth, Saturday the 18th of February starting at 9 am with coffee and donuts.

St. Andrews Annual Super Bowl Party

St. Andrews Annual Super Bowl Party 2017

St. Andrews Lodge will be holding their Annual Super Bowl Party in the “Pub Room” of the Portsmouth Masonic Temple on Sunday, February 5, 2017. All brothers of St. John’s Lodge and guests are welcomed to attend. “Kick-Off “time is 6:30 p.m.  Refreshment are “Pot Luck”, if you wish to bring a dish or beverage, please do!  This is always a fun time so we hope you will join us.

Scottish Rite Ladies At The Table Evening

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The Scottish Rite Valley of Portsmouth-Dover  will be hosting a “Ladies at the Table” evening at the Portsmouth Masonic Temple (351 Middle Street) on Friday January 27 from 6:30p.m. – 9:00 pm.. This dinner event is open to  potential and current Scottish-Rite candidates, lodge ambassadors, VPD officers and committees, valley members and their spouses. A “social hour” will precede dinner (6:30 p.m. 7:00). Dinner will be prime rib.

Reservations* can be made with the V.P.D. Secretary Jeff L. Brown 603 320 7010 or send a check (payable to the Valley of Portsmouth-Dover) to: Jeffrey Brown, 32 Embassy Ave., Hooksett, NH 03106.  Cost is $25 per person $40 per couple.

*Payment must be made at the time reservations are made)