John E. Lobdell
Most Worshipful Grand Master
John E. Lobdell joined Masonry at Morning Star Lodge No. 17 in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire taking his Entered Apprentice Degree in December of 1994, his Fellow Craft Degree in February 1995, and his Master Mason Degree in March of 1995. John held each of the chairs in his Blue Lodge and became Worshipful Master in January of 1999 and again in 2001.
He supported his Lodge by filling in at various stations until 2002 when John was appointed as the District Deputy Grand Lecturer for the Sixth Masonic District. In 2004 he was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the Sixth District.
John joined the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Portsmouth Dover in the fall of 1995. He then joined Bektash Temple in January of 1996 and immediately became a member of the Stewards unit where he served for more than fifteen years, the last five of which serving in the role of Secretary/Treasurer. He joined the York Rite bodies in 2006 and affiliated as a dual member of Winnipesaukee Lodge #75 in Alton, N.H. in 2005. John is also a member of the Warren Alpha Unity Fraternal Chapter No. 10, Order of Eastern Star of Wolfeboro. John became a member of Portsmouth Chapter No. 386 National Sojourners in March of 2014 and a member of the New Hampshire College of Societas Rosicruciana In Civitatibus Foederatis in 2015.
In 2005 John received the Major General John Sullivan medal for his distinguished service from the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire. John also received the distinguished honor of being coroneted a Thirty Third Degree Mason in August of 2013 as well as being inducted into New Hampshire Preceptory of the Legion of Honor Order of DeMolay in March of 2015. John was again honored as a recipient of the Jeremy Ladd Cross medal in May of 2016. John was appointed to the Grand Line as Junior Grand Deacon by M.W. Robert G Hatfield in May of 2007 and has continued to progress up through the various positions of the Grand Lodge Line of New Hampshire where he was elected to the position of Grand Master.
John was born September 16, 1959 in Dover NH. He attended Oyster River School in Durham NH through 8th grade then attended Dover High Vocational School and graduated in 1977. John has been employed at Irwin Motors in Laconia for the last 32 years. John feels that although he has been honored with all these accomplishments, he would not have been able to succeed without the love and support of his wife Cindy and his son Corey who they tragically lost in February 2015 at the young age of 18. John’s greatest joy was raising his son as a Master Mason.
John currently resides in Alton with his wife Cindy.