Wishing All the Very Best this Joyous Season!

Brethren, Family and Friends – May you experience this joyous season by being surrounded by those you love.

Special MM Degree Program

On December 13th a Special Communication for the Masters Mason’s Degree will take place at 7:00 p.m. (preceded by dinner at 6:oo p.m.).  The that evening Degree will be performed by a Military Degree Team.  All Masonic members attending, who are current member’s of the U.S.Armed Forces (active and reserve),  Veterans, and Retirees are asked to wear their uniforms and /or the decorations they received in service to the United States of America.

Annual Meeting

Please keep in mind the December 6th Stated Communication includes the Annual Meeting of St. John’s Lodge No. 1.  The SJMA Annual Association Meeting will also be held the same evening immediately following the Stated Communication.

Annual Joe Manai Memorial Toy Drive,

Last year the joint Christmas toy drive conducted by St. John’s and St. Andrew’s Lodges was given the name The Annual Joe Mania Memorial Toy Drive in memory of Brother Joe Mania who passed away unexpectedly in October of 2016.  The Toy drive was special to Joe and he put in an all-out effort every year , for those few short years he was with us, to be sure  enough toys were collected to fill the front of the Portsmouth Masonic Temples auditorium stage.   As October 1 we have begun the toy drive and will be donating toys to two organizations:  Lydia’s House of Hope and the Seacoast Toy Bank.   We ask all brothers to donate at least one new unwrapped toy to this year’s drive.  If you prefer, cash donations can be given to either brother Nick Pesarik, Tim Neihart, or Rod MacDonald: they will purchase toys on your behalf.  Last year more than $1,500 in toys were donated: we would love to beat that figure this year.  See the November 2017 Trestle Board for a special families gift list from Lydia’s House of Hope. If your preference is to fill one of the family gift lists this year, please contact Dale Sprague  at –    Dale.sprague11@gmail.com – and let him know on behalf of which family you or  a “team”of brothers  will be “acting as Santa”.

New toys  (for ages ranging from toddlers up to 14) can be dropped off at the designated “collection boxes”  at the Portsmouth Masonic Temple.  If you wish to call to arrange a cash donation towards the purchase of toys – contact Rod MacDonald at  rodmstjohnsno1@comcast.net or call 603-436-4071 or 603-828-9093.

Annual Statewide Open House

All Masonic Lodges in New Hampshire will be holding an Open House on October 21, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  All are welcome.  Members of St. John’s and St. Andrew’s  Lodges will be conducting tours of and explain the history of the Portsmouth Masonic Temple.  In addition, the Whalley Museum section of the Portsmouth Masonic Temple will also be open to visitors.


Please RSVP for October’s Dinners


If you plan to attend dinner the evening of our October stated (Weds. October 4th) please click here to make your dinner reservation.

If you plan to attend dinner the evening of our October E.A. Degree (Weds. Oct 18th) please click here to make your dinner reservations.

Out Hibernation Awards Night


During the St. John’s Lodge Stated Communication of September 6, 2017.  St. John’s Lodge No. 1 presented donations to two seacoast charities selected to receive the proceeds from this year’s annual “Out of Hibernation 5K Road Race”: Lydia’s House of Hope and the Seacoast Family Food Pantry.  Recognition Awards were also given to the major sponsors of this year’s race.  Pictured above are the key officers of St. John’s Lodge, members of the road race committee, representatives of Lydias House of Hope and the Seacoast food Pantry , and sponsoring  representatives from Atlantic Grill, Edward Jones, Sprague Energy, Loco Coco Tacos, and the Natural Care Wellness Center.  In total $20,000 was raised for charities by this year’s road race.