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!

Herb's Night in July! Let's Bring Our Ladies and Share the Fun!

WBro. John Louderback has determined to “restore” Herb’s Night to its once revered evening of fun, a little Masonic education, and v-e-r-y little business! With that in mind, bring your Hawaiian shirt, your lady and her colorful muumuu, and your best singing voice to our July 20th stated communication. Compete for the ugliest looking pair of socks or the wildest shirt or muumuu. “Herb’s Night” was created to honor our members we seldom have the opportunity to meet, and was named after one of our “snow birds” who lived 9 months of the year in Hawaii and three in the Seattle area. For that reason, we encourage all our brothers to dress in Hawaiian shirts and the ladies in muumuu’s or other casual attire. This evening is especially designed to encourage our ladies and guests to join us for an evening of entertainment.

Who is (or was) Herb? When we first began to celebrate Herb’s Night, we presented Bro. Herb Gottschalk with his 50-year pin. Herb was a snow-bird who lived in Hawaii all but a couple of months (or three) out of the year and because we were “dark” during the summer months for a few years, we never got the opportunity to see him. Well, in 2000, we returned to meeting year-round, and Herb and his wife Reinee joined us at our July Stated Communication where we welcomed him in great style – encouraging everyone to dress in their best Hawaiian duds, to bring their ladies, and hear a little bit about Freemasonry.

We encouraged all our snow-birds to make a special effort to be there that evening, and helped a few “rusty Masons” to learn how to get past the Tyler.

Oh, yeah, unfortunately Herb passed away a couple of years later in 2002, but we still honor his memory with our fun-filled Herb's Night!

This month we welcome all guests, ladies and gentlemen, to our dinner and program. Invite a nonMason friend to join you. “Meet and greet” time generally begins at 5:30pm, followed by dinner at 6:15. If you can’t find street parking, parking is available after 6pm on the nearby St. John School grounds.

Please make your dinner reservations with the secretary at 206 623-0261 by Friday, July 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.

The evening's schedule is as follows:

Dinner – Guests Welcome

1. Menu: Caesar salad; oven-roasted prime rib with au jus, roasted garlic white cheddar mashed potatoes and garlic green beans; chocolate cake. (allergies, vegetarian? Let us know a week before.)
2. Happy 90th birthday for David Campbell
3. Introductions and Announcements
4. Presentation of Scholarship winners

Stated Meeting - tiled

1. General business – reports & planning


Kick back, visit, and enjoy a beverage and dessert

St. John's Noble Cause for 2016

Seattle Teachers Autism Symposium

Following last year’s highly successful Seattle Teachers Autism Symposium, WBro. Russ Johnson reports that there will be two symposiums this year: July 27, 28 for secondary educators and August 17, 18 for primary educators. By mid-May 185 had registered for the first session and 337 had registered for the August session. Registration is still open.

Teachers from Bellingham to Puyallup praised the 2015 STAS conceived, planned, and executed by St. John’s members as an unqualified success. Our active presence helps build community awareness of our Craft.

Members are urged to contact their local schools to urge participation. Check with WBro. Johnson or Bro. Seann Maria before directly approaching any of the schools in the area to solicit participation.

From the East

A Monthly Column in our Trestle Board Publication

by Worshipful Master John Murray Louderback

On close examination of the earliest documented history of Freemasonry it is clear that our fraternity was indeed designed as a philosophical and educational organization. As light is a combination of all colors, Masons explore the richness of cultural diversity and comparative religious study as we understand that all people do not share the same experiences. Continuing a diverse liberal arts education may bring new insight and open doors to further study.

In the 2nd or Fellow Craft degree, the candidate is taught that Freemasonry is a philosophical and educational institution and that the principles behind the degree are education and the philosophy of enlightenment. Masonry’s purpose is not as a charitable, social service, dinner club organization. There are plenty of those groups out there. Masonry is not ‘Rotary with Aprons’. Charitable actions are important, but they may detract and divert from the true intended purpose of the Craft – to be a philosophical and educational institution! It is our obligation as Masons to continue to study, learn and diversify our knowledge. We are required to continue to focus on the real essence of Masonry – that of being an educational and philosophical organization – least we continue to be misunderstood as a charitable service organization.

A Mason is a builder of knowledge, philosophy, and truth. Therefore, a Mason may have a destiny of leadership. Masonry is a crucible for leadership training. The esoteric degrees teach the core principles of the Craft. The officer line then provides for those seeking more wisdom and understanding, the opportunity to become constructively involved in worthwhile labor, to advance the health and welfare of the Lodge, which provides the ‘hands on’ application of leadership training. Of the 43 Presidents of the United States, 14 or 32.5 percent have been Freemasons. No other institution of higher learning has trained more world leaders!

Sustaining the status quo is not a plan. Ancient Brethren knew the risk of not having a plan. Legend tells us that there was confusion at the Temple because there was no plan. Every organization needs a plan and purpose for continuity. Last year we set in motion our plan to assure Lodge continuity of purpose - our Noble Cause – The Seattle Teachers Autism Symposium. We can now be proud of our role in educating the educators.

Masonry can in fact aid in making a man a better man, provided he seeks truth and wisdom and continues to immerse himself in the original intended design of education and philosophical understanding.