April   2019

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

Warm Fraternal Greetings Brethren,

Can you believe it, April is already upon us!  Guess that means those April showers for those May flowers.  Well, as long as they‘re not snow showers.

February was a good month for Friendship and Brotherly Love at St. John’s lodge and beyond.  Having the Brethren witness their own eyes the history of our Lodge at the February States was inspiring and an early highlight of my year as Master of St. Johns #1 .  We are making strides in a positive direction and I thank you all in advance for your continued help and support.

Additionally, I was fortunate enough to travel with our immediate Past Master Rob Johnson to Attleboro MA to witness one of Rob’s dear friends be raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason, with the first half of the degree delivered by the officers of Ezekiel Bates Lodge, and the second half by the “Silent Majority Degree Team” along with the history and the Canadian Charge; all did a fantastic job.  What a great evening!  Many of us also traveled to St. James #102 for this year’s Four Square Program – consisting of the celebration of our Brother George Washington.  Another excellent evening of fellowship with other lodges near us.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience the Four Square Program, try to make time next year it’s well worth it for many reasons.

On a personal note, special thanks to Worshipful Rob Johnson and all the Brethren that attended the Special Communication on February 20th. As many of you know, I was unable to attend as I had partial knee replacement earlier that day.  It was very comforting to t receive a call from the Lodge during the meeting to wish me well and to later in the week receive the card in the mail.  These gestures mean a great deal and helps cement us as brothers and the positive thoughts and support are helping with my recovery.

Carries over from last month; the Most Worshipful Grand Master, John E. Lobdell will be holding a town meeting in our district on March 28, 2019 at 6:30pm.  Light refreshments will be served, this meeting will be held at St. James Lodge #103 in Hampton.  This is our opportunity to address the Grand Master and his line officers in an unofficial manner.  Please mark your calendars and let’s have a big showing from St. John’s #1.

Lastly,  April 13th, 2019 is the date of our annual Out of Hibernation 5K Road Race.  There is a great deal of work to make this race happen.  Runners are starting a sign up as well as some sponsors!  Any and all help with fundraising, marketing, and logistics is appreciated. Friday evening April 12, 2019, the auditorium will be open for pre-registration and the last minute details, please contact me for additional information.  Lydia’s House of Hope will be the charity benefiting from our efforts, so let’s make this race be as successful as possible.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Worshipful Gregg W. Annis

Contact Information:

Gregg Annis, Worshipful Master
e-mail:  ggg22@comcast.net

Tom  Haslam , Secretary
e-mail:  TomHaslam@comcast.net