St. John's Lodge No. 9

Seattle's Oldest Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons

Seattle Freemasonry for the 21st Century 2015 Lodge Officers 2014 Principle Officers and Board of Trustees Fraternal Bonds Mentoring Young Masons Masonic Ceremonies and Traditions

Welcome to St. John's Lodge!

As Seattle's oldest Masonic Lodge, St. John's offers a tried and true system to create society leaders and give men working tools to enable positive change around them. This Lodge provides an environment of friendship where men of all trades mentor and help each other grow. This is what Freemasonry is all about.

Our Vision: St. John's Lodge No. 9 will be a recognized Masonic leader in personal growth through association, ritual excellence, education, and charity.

Our meetings are held every 3rd Wednesday of the month. Visitors are always welcome!

Join us for Dinner in June!

In June We honor students, re-visit square & Compasses

Eager high school graduating seniors and previous recipients of scholarships from St. John's Lodge will be accompanied by their families at dinner leading into our June 17 stated communication. Scholarship committee chair Bro. Josh Skinner will introduce his hard working committee members and the scholarship recipients will be invited to tell a little about their plans for next fall.

Continuing our tiled Masonic education, VWBro. Fred Eastman will present a program on the Masonic Square & Compasses. While not unique to Freemasonry, the interlaced Square and Compasses are almost universally recognized as the emblem of Freemasonry. However, the Square and Compasses have not always been linked in Masonic ritual and it appears the symbolism of these two emblems developed separately. Over the years, these two symbols of Freemasonry have become inextricably linked as a public symbol of the Fraternity and are even protected by copyright.

Our Past Master (2005) and Executive Secretary of the Masonic Service Bureau WBro. Joseph Lund will speak to us about the current efforts of the Masonic Service Bureau.

Working with teachers, counselors and individuals, our scholarship committee of Bros. Erik Koteles, Blair Neumann and Chairman Josh Skinner received recommendations and interviewed students who have demonstrated industry, character and high moral standards. They focused on students who, without our assistance, would be unable to continue higher education. This marks the 18th consecutive year our Lodge has made continuing education possible to the young people of our Seattle area

Please make your June 17th dinner reservations with the secretary at 206 623-0261 by Friday, June 12, prior to the meeting. If you need a ride, with a couple days’ notice, the secretary will be happy to find one for you.

The evening's schedule is as follows:

Dinner – Guests Welcome

1. Menu: Vegetarian 3-bean hash; braised short-rib, baked potato w/deep-fried onions and sour cream; banana nut cake w/crème fresh frosting (allergies, vegetarian? Let us know a week before.)
2. Introduction and Announcements
3. Presentation of Scholarship Winners

Stated Meeting - tiled

1. General business – reports & planning
2. Ballot on Petitioner
3. Masonic education: “The Masonic Square and Compasses” -Wbro. Fred Eastman

Refreshments

Kick back, visit, and enjoy a beverage and dessert

St. John's Noble Cause for 2015

Seattle Teachers Autism Symposium

Autism in the classroom: One size doesn’t fit all

The parents and the professionals all agree that it takes lots of hard work to help a child with autism get the most out of the classroom experience. It also takes, they say, a good dose of structure and the understanding that every child with an autism spectrum disorder is unique. That means each child has different symptoms as well as styles of learning.

“Autism isn’t like diabetes,” psychologist Kathleen Platzman says. “With diabetes, we have two or three things that we absolutely know about every kid who has it. But since it’s not that way with autism, we need an educational model wide enough to take in the whole spectrum. That means it’s going to have to be a fairly broad model.”

On August 12th and 13th, St. John’s in partnership with the University of Washington Autism Center, will produce a series of classes to educate Seattle-area teachers on how best to recognize, teach, and integrate students with autism into their classrooms. The statistics are staggering how much the autism spectrum affects our youth in the US and this is our own grassroots effort to make the teaching force in our area a leader in giving those challenges associated with autism the proper amount of attention they deserve.

St. John’s is offering this symposium free of charge as our contribution to the community. Teachers may register at the Seattle Teachers Autism Awareness website.

From the East

A Monthly Column in our Trestle Board Publication

by Worshipful Master Russ Johnson

Multiple research programs show that men are joining Masonry in search of education in how to become a better man. This educational opportunity is unique to Masonry and is provided by no other organization. It is in fact the keystone of Masonic value proposition.

This same research also shows not meeting the expectations of new Masons is the primary reason for low retention rates. This research leads to the prudent conclusion that the key to a Lodge’s long-term success lies within retention and hence its educational programs. Perhaps a few questions are in order. If men are coming to Freemasonry looking for knowledge, then how well are we providing it? How much effort do we expend and how effective are we in teaching the many Masonic lessons? Are we meeting the expectations and needs of new Masons? Our retention rates suggest we are not or that our effectiveness is spotty at best.

Looking deeper, is our candidate education program the very best it can be? Are we fully teaching the fundamental tenets of each degree; building a foundation in each candidate to not only continue his education but also further the knowledge within the craft? What about our new Master Masons, do they have the tools, direction and inspiration to continue their studies or are they just left to their own devices after being raised?

If the future of the Lodge is heavily dependent on the quality of our education programs, shouldn’t we be spending a significant portion of our efforts and resources on improving it? As an indication of our commitment consider that this year we allocated 40% of our budget to charity and 7% to fellowship as compared to one quarter of one percent to education. Are our priorities in the right place?

In helping corporations define and execute on strategies for their futures, I often ask them to dream of a utopian world and let their imaginations run wild. Step outside the bounds of their perceived constraints and dream about what the future could be. From these dreams the seeds to their future success are often born.

So let’s play - what would be the utopian Masonic education program? If we look beyond the constraints of budgets and manpower, what would that ideal Masonic education program look like? Here is my homework assignment to ponder: what if we used half a million dollars to develop modern education programs? What would that program look like? What would the curriculum include? What technologies would be utilized? What programs would we develop? How would we maintain that which is best of Masonic tradition yet become engaging and relevant to the current and future generations? Not that I am recommending we change the budget, just asking everyone to start thinking outside the box.

Brothers, I ask you to think about these questions and remember from the nucleus of dreaming may come a practical path forward.