November 2020

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


Hello Brethren,

We’re closing in on the end of a very challenging year. The year started off great and the lodge was busy working with candidates and then, of course, the pandemic happened. We had a few months where we could only have 3 officers present—which we did to preserve our status as the oldest continuously operating lodge in the Western Hemisphere. As we started to open, we had protocols in place like mask wearing and social distancing and these protocols will be in place for the foreseeable future. There are many brothers who would love to attend lodge but can’t due to being in a high risk category. We certainly miss you brethren and if there is anything we can do for you, or if you would like a visit, please let us know.


Grand Lodge officers conduct their annual visitation of the Master Mason degree on October 14th. Pictured (from left to right), RW Brother Joseph Rella (DDGEO), RW Brother Floyd Caron (DDGM), Worshipful Master Jason DeStasio, Worshipful Brother Rob Johnson (District Grand Marshall) and RW Brother Steve Welch (DDGL)



For those of you that are able to attend lodge, please note that the Annual Meeting and Election of officers of the St. John’s Masonic Association is taking place at our Stated meeting in November. It would be great to see as many of you as possible in attendance.


It’s hard to believe that I am looking at just one month left as Worshipful Master. As mentioned, it was a challenging year and I look forward to handing the gavel to the next Worshipful Master who I’m sure is well on his way in planning a successful 2021. It has been an honor to serve you brethren.

Fraternally, Worshipful Jason DeStasio


Stay well brethren,

Worshipful Jason DeStasio