From The Worshipful Master

May   2018

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

 

Greetings Brethren,

Mother nature was finally kind enough to allow us to hold a full stated meeting. For any brethren that were not in attendance, you missed a fantastic heartfelt presentation by Lydia’s house of hope. The ladies put together a fantastic slide show that included slides from St. John’s Sunday, the Lydia’s House of Hope toy drive, a visit from Santa Clause with his helpers, and many others. Three of the women chose to write brief essays on some of our most sacred tenants. One of women chose “faith”, another chose “hope”, and the last was “charity”. They each included what the definition of the word means and what it meant to them to have us as masons show how we practice that in our community. At the end of the presentation, St. John’s lodge was presented with a plaque of appreciation. It was a wonderful experience for all who attended.

 

While attempting to embrace this lovely “Spring,” it was a beautiful day for a road race! Our “Out of hibernation 5k road race” was once again a great success! We had over 200 participants register spanning from individuals to companies and groups. Excellent to see the participation was so wide spread. While totals are still being tallied for donations, I am hopeful we will have solid numbers for our next stated meeting. I would like to thank everyone involved for making this years race the success that it was!

 

An extremely humbling moment occurred On March 22nd . I had the pleasure of joining the Grand Master at the Tilton Veterans Home to present Brother Robert Craig with his centenarian award. Carrying on in their masonic roots, there is a group of masons at the Tilton Veterans Home called the “Square and Compass” club. Once a month, they meet to review and discuss masonic communications publications, share stories and participate in general masonic discussion. We were fortunate enough to be able to present Brother Craig with his award during the club’s monthly meeting. Brother Craig also had his 3 sons in attendance. I was honored and humbled to be a part of that day. To note, these guys do not receive many visitors, so traveling brothers are always welcome and encouraged to stop by for a visit if you ever want a good story. An ongoing discussion that has been at the forefront of the last couple months has been the topic of charity donations. Last month we approved quite a few donations to worthy charities. However, to ensure that we don’t exhaust our funds faster than they can be replenished, all future motions (short of an emergency) will be put to the Charity Committee for review and voted on at the following stated meeting. If any of the brethren becomes aware of something in advance, please reach out to myself, the Senior or Junior Wardens.

 

Mark your calendars! The program for this month’s stated meeting will be an EA degree. Come hungry, as dinner that evening will be chicken cordon bleu. 5/9 and 5/16 @ 6:30 PM – We will hold a rehearsal for the Fellow Craft

 

Sincerely and Fraternally,

            Wor. Rob Johnson

Contact Information:

Wor. Rob Johnson ,  Master:   e-mail –   st.johnsrob@gmail.com

RW Floyd Caron ,  Secretary:   e-mail –  floyd.stjohns@yahoo.com         tel.  207-577-3028

RW Robert L. Sutherland Jr., Asst. Secretary:  e-mail –  rlsjr42@comcast.net     tel. 603-828-5246