MAY 2021

The Master’s Message    Portsmouth Freemasons | St. John’s


Greetings Brethren,

At our April stated meeting we said farewell to Brother Louis Dow who passed from labor to refreshment on April 5th, 2021. Several members spanning generations stood up to share some heart-warming stories about the man and his character. This has caused a fair amount of introspection and has left a lingering memento mori. I did not know Louis very well but I believe he served as a shining example of how to act and walk as an upright Mason. My takeaway is that no matter what our upbringings entailed, or whatever character we have been endowed with, there is always room for improvement, at least for me.


Despite the somber news, I am happy to report that our ranks are growing. Whether it is by affiliation, reinstating or petitioning by degree, St. John’s is experiencing a growth spurt. It’s not just us. We’re seeing some travel from new members of other lodges that want to see a live degree from the sidelines. It’s great to see.


Speaking of travel, the district is encouraging it. If any of our brothers want to rove about the district or state, let me know. I’m sure you are not alone and we can certainly find a band of us to represent St. John’s #1. It sounds like a lot of fun.


I’d like to book-end this message by thanking the line of 2021 officers for taking the call for ritual excellence to heart. I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved so far and continue to take pride in our work as Masons. I know if I don’t personally call for a rehearsal, one of our Deacons or Wardens will. It’s a great feeling and I’m proud to be able to serve you as Worshipful Master.


Thank you and Happy May!





Worshipful Jonathan Neihart,

Worshipful Master

Contact:  (phone)  603 300 9093