St. John's Lodge No. 9

Seattle's Oldest Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons

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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!

DEPUTY OF THE GRAND MASTER TO VISIT IN APRIL!

WBro. John Louderback and his officers invite everyone to come out to our April stated communication for a full evening of food, fellowship and Masonic instruction. Our Deputy of the Grand Master, VWBro. Sam Ali, will be making his “official visit” bringing greetings from the Grand Lodge and offering a few inspirational gems of wisdom. VWBro. Ali is concluding his role as Deputy of the Grand Master, and may be introducing his replacement for next term. VWBro. Ali is a Past Master of Daylight No. 232.

Two of our Brothers will be honored for their years of service as members of the Craft. Bro. Harry Arthur, who was raised in Appleton (Wisconsin) Lodge No. 149 in 1956, will receive his 60-year service pin. He has been a member of St. John’s since 1977. VWBro. Charles Brockway, who was raised in Ionic Lodge No. 90 in 1966, will receive his 50-year pin. He presided as Master of Ionic Lodge in 1992 and as Master of St. John’s in 1996.

Brother Michael Fraser will present this month’s Masonic education at Lodge. His topic is “Masonry and technology” – an appropriate topic as VWBro. Ali also serves on the Grand Lodge technology committee! Last month we celebrated in grand style with our annual Table Lodge – a tiled combination of Lodge business and dinner amid an abundance of Toasts. This month we again welcome all guests, ladies and gentlemen, to our dinner and program. “Meet and greet” time generally begins at 5:30pm, followed by dinner at 6:15.

Please make your dinner reservations with the secretary at 206 623-0261 by Friday, April 15, prior to the meeting. If you need a ride, the secretary will be happy to find one for you. Do you know of a brother who has not attended Lodge in a while? Call him and ask if you can pick him up and bring him to Lodge.

St. John's Noble Cause for 2016

Seattle Teachers Autism Symposium

Teachers from Bellingham to Puyallup praised the 2015 Seattle Teachers Autism Symposium conceived, planned, and executed by St. John’s members as an unqualified success. Chairman Bro. Seann Maria reported that while we had fewer teachers actually show up who had preregistered (650 to 700 of 960), solicited and unsolicited comments were very positive. We were blessed with more than enough volunteers for the two days. Our presence helped to build community awareness.

Worshipful Master Russ Johnson was commended for his leadership in creating this event and many thanks go to all who worked on it throughout the year. Brothers at the August stated communication following the symposium voted to advise the Senior Warden and Trustees that it is the sense of the Lodge to again sponsor a STAS for 2016 if fiscally possible.

From the East

A Monthly Column in our Trestle Board Publication

by Worshipful Master John Murray Lauderback

Fear is a major impediment to spiritual growth. Fear restricts an individual’s growth by self-doubt.

When one is in doubt, that person will not take on a challenge. Without courage one will become withdrawn, doubting their abilities, and will not venture forward or risk failure. Our thoughts about ourselves determine our talents, abilities, and our personalities.

Most of us do not need medical intervention or hypnosis to change our thoughts. For most, all we need to do is think positively about ourselves. Much needless suffering is simply due to worry. We Masons have something in common within each of us: That is, our belief and trust in God or “Supreme Creator of the universe.” When our consciousness is not focused on self, but on God, all our fears and doubts will be overcome with courage and faith. Only by the total surrender of self to the will of God working through us do we come to understand “the Tao” or “way” and the total embracing love of God. Total peace and relaxation comes to those who embrace faith and trust, knowing that God is there to guide and protect. Fear not – God is with you.

When Masons are faced with scorn or judgment based on misinformation, we must remain courageous. I can understand some of our fears because of the past history of persecution of Masonry. Brothers, that is in the past and like P.T.S.D. it cannot hurt you today. Have courage and faith in the knowledge that our obligations to ourselves, our neighbors, our country, and the world are full of integrity, that our purposes are pure and good, and that we have nothing to be ashamed of.

When we wear our emblems openly, we allow ourselves to stand in the truth and harmony of who we are.

Given the firm foundation we stand on as Masons, we have every right to be proud of our ancient and honorable Craft, to hold our heads up high and to proclaim, “I am a Freemason!”