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.
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 May!
During the dinner hour this month we will hear from Mr. Byron Cregeur, community outreach director of the Washington Masonic Charities. He has a vast library of resources with information on most subjects concerning the issues of aging. Outreach Services provides help at no cost for individuals facing major changes in their lives including loss of spouse, declining health and change in support groups.
During the tiled portion of our evening, Bro. Blair Neumann will lead discussion on William Preston’s Illustrations of Freemasonry – section 8 “Charity: The Distinguishing Characteristics of Masons.” (see page 7) While Preston is remembered as a Masonic scholar, few modern Masons have read his work. Preston’s lasting impact is in drawing the perception of Freemasonry away from the bar and the dining table, and giving it a more cerebral appeal. Preston is also among those associated with the movement of Masonic meetings from taverns into dedicated Masonic buildings.
In less than a couple of weeks following our stated communication, members and their family are invited to enjoy an evening of entertainment on June 2nd with dinner and a portrayal of Bro. Mark Twain by MWBro. Jefferson Jordan. June 12-13, twenty or more from St. John’s will participate in the 158th annual communication of Grand Lodge. June 26, Brothers and their families will be attending the Everett AquaSox game and all-you-can-eat hot dogs, hamburgers and sodas. Before you know it, our annual picnic at the Nile will be here on the 26th of July.
While all these fun social events are going on, St. John’s continues to offer our monthly education sessions with the Master Masons Study Group and the Intenders Masonic Study sessions (see calendar). The Seattle Teachers Autism committee continues its hard work in preparation for the teachers symposium August 12 – 13.
Please make your May 20th dinner reservations with the secretary at 206 623-0261 by Friday, May 15, 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: Appetizer - Mushroom strudel w/ goat cheese and Madeira sauce. Main course: Chicken cordon bleu with lemon beurre blanc sauce, southwestern corn and pinto bean gratin, and mashed potatoes and gravy. Dessert: Chocolate iced brownie.
2. Speaker - Mr. Byron Cregeur community outreach
Stated Meeting - tiled
1. Officer step-up
2. General business – reports & planning
3. Masonic education: “Charity: The Distinguishing Characteristics of Masons”
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
Good Masons have questioning minds. We push the boundaries and advance our knowledge by questioning that which others take for granted. By examining and questioning the fundamental assertions we can break down the barriers of understanding and see the light of truth, or sometimes just confirm what everyone else already knew.
In looking after the future of the Lodge, I have some questions. Starting with the most pressing need, how do we fill the officer chairs next year? Who will do all of the work needed to operate the Lodge? This is a critical need that determines the future success of the Lodge; yet no one is jumping up to volunteer; quite the contrary.
These interesting questions lead to others. Why is it, with a Lodge of over 200 members, we have so much difficulty finding thirteen men to fill the chairs each year? Then, where are those 200 members? I only count around 40 members each month. If we had all 200 members in attendance, or even half that number, St. John’s would have manpower to spare. We currently rely on newer members to fill the officer chairs and staff our committees, with success dependent on recruiting new members.
My next question is why aren’t these members coming to Lodge? I know some are too elderly to attend, others have moved away from the area, but that still leaves over 110 local members. Why aren’t they coming to Lodge? Has anyone asked them? Perhaps we should, we may learn something. While we are asking them questions, we should ask what could St. John’s do to make them come to Lodge every month? What needs and expectations do they have that the Lodge is not fulfilling?
By asking our brothers to tell us what they want out of Lodge, we are building a recipe for the long-term success of the Lodge, setting us on a path for another 150 years of Masonry. Our missing members are not the only ones that can contribute to the recipe. Members that have recently left the Lodge are also missing opportunities and can provide keen insight into unfulfilled expectations. Perhaps we should ask them too?
Finally, we should ask the brothers we see every month if they are happy with the Lodge experience. What do they like about the Lodge, what do they dislike? What would they like to see changed? Another great question, how could the Lodge change the experience so they would encourage their friends, who would be great Masons, to join? Finally, ask our attending faithful, don’t just ask the officers, what would the Lodge need to do so they would participate more or become an officer?
Good questions all. I hope we all think about these questions and even ask a few of them. The key to the future success lies within the answers. Be well Brothers.