JULY 2021

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


Greetings from the East,

Happy July! I hope you are all enjoying your summer thus far. While I set off my year with three important pillars, to recap were : 1. Ritual Excellence, 2. Keep it interesting and 3. Keep it simple and transparent. I would like to encourage us all to hear our new Grand Master’s call for us to travel. It obviously was not a pillar of my own going into a covid-restricted term but now that things have loosened up a bit , we should, as masons, go forth and visit other lodges. Please check the visitation schedule and help St. John’s be represented during those meetings. I know some of you have already heard the call to travel and are making plans to do so.


And if you do intend to travel, be sure to ask another brother if they’d like to join you. They might just be waiting for someone to ask.  I believe this is an important key to member retention. Not everyone has the schedule to jump in line and be a lodge officer, but every mason can participate and likely would, if asked to. There are many ways a brother can actively participate and help the lodge. I have outlined a few examples in the past and I will do so again in this Master’s Message:


  1. As previously stated, any member can attend a visitation. Each lodge has an official visitation from the District Deputy Grand Master. Attendance is taken and credit is given to the lodge for every member that attends.  Those credits typically count toward the Grand Master’s Award annually.


  1. Mentor a candidate. Remember that someone had mentored you when you were going through your degrees. You may think that you are to rusty to relearn that cipher, I assure you, it’s still there and you will shake off that rust in no time at all.  We have an Instruction, Education and Mentoring committee that can advise you along the way.


  1. Special Ladies- We took an oath to take care of our widows and orphans. We need good men with the right talent to come up with ideas and events to let them know we are still thinking of them. 


  1. Degree team- You don’t have to be an officer to take part in a degree. There are lots of roles from playing a Fellowcraft during the third degree to large speaking roles. Just let us know if you’d like to take part.


  1. Christmas decorations- Two opportunities to help. They need to go up…They need to come down.


  1. Kitchen- Phil makes it look easy, but it’s actually a lot of work. Just ask what you can do to help.


  1. Tour guides- When we resume open houses, there is always an opportunity to help at our lodge or at the Pitt Tavern during the tourist season or candlelight strolls.


  1. Programs- If you have an interesting topic or idea that you’d like to speak about at one of our stated meetings, I’d love to hear about it.


And that is just the tip of the iceberg brethren.  We have an array of committees, sick and distressed, ride-sharing and so on. I can’t possibly list them all but together we continue to spread the cement of brotherly love and friendship. I thank you for your ongoing support.



Worshipful Jonathan Neihart,

Worshipful Master

Contact:  (phone)  603 300 9093