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 in July!
It’s once again time to pull out that Hawaiian or tropical shirt and dress a little less formally for Lodge on Wednesday,
July 16. WBro. Eric Koteles says “no shorts, sandals or T-shirts” but put away that coat and tie for July and August.
This month WBro. Rich Hawley will speak about the symbolic meaning of the Masonic 24-inch gauge. This tool is one of the veryfirst lessons taught to an Entered Apprentice Mason. The twenty-four inch gage is a rule two feet long, which is divided by marks into twenty-four parts each one inch in length. The Operative Mason uses it to take the necessary dimensions of the stone that he is about to prepare. It has been adopted as one of the working-tools of the Entered Apprentice in Speculative Freemasonry, where its divisions are supposed to represent hours.
WBro. Hawley encourages those in attendance at this month’s
communication to be prepared to tell us how they measure the importance of time in their lives.
Last month we intended to also talk about our new program for petitioners for the degrees called “Meet the Goat.”
Bro. Russ Johnson will present that re-scheduled program at our August communication.
Please make your 6:15pm dinner reservations with the secretary at 206 623-0261 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, July 11, prior to the July 16th meeting. Invite a brother to accompany you to Lodge and bring your Lady!
The evening's schedule is as follows:
Dinner – Guests welcome
1. Menu: Beef Brisket, veggies, cole slaw.
2. Introduction and announcements
Stated Meeting - tiled
1. Masonic education: “24 inch gauge” – discussion led by WBro. Richard Hawley
2. Brief Business
Kick back, visit, and enjoy a beverage and dessert
From the East
A Monthly Column in our Trestle Board Publication
by Worshipful Master Eric Koteles
My Brothers, how would you explain Fellowship? I’m
asking this question because one of our goals is to have
meaningful Fellowship events and while thinking and
meditating about it, to me it’s very hard to put in words what
I have learned and kept within my heart through the years.
Looking back I’m very lucky, my first lesson on
Fellowship was given to me by my mother. Let me explain. I grew up in
downtown Mexico City in an apartment with my mom and her sister. Every
Sunday evening at our home, their friends gathered for dinner; most of their
friends came from so many different countries. If not all, most were war
refugees from different regions of Spain, Germany, Austria, Peru, France, Cuba;
all came to Mexico for a better life. My friends used to call my home the UN.
I remember asking my mom and aunt what was going to be served for
dinner. Every time I got the same answer, “Don’t worry, you’ll find out at
dinner,” and every time during dinner exactly the same thing happened – I
completely forgot I asked that question. Everybody ate what was served at the
table and everybody was grateful.
As the evening progressed, stories from the adults were shared, like how
they survived with little or no food and water, how they saw their loved ones
being killed, sometimes in front of them by the occupying army, how
sometimes they had to beg for their life, how they were able to escape, and to
have a better life. I had no choice but to stay at the table. I was allowed to
retire to my room only when my mother thought it was appropriate (now I’m
glad it was like that).
I was mesmerized by their accounts. I’m not going to lie to you,
sometimes it was boring or repetitive; that poor dinner table witnessed so
many tears, smiles, and laughs. That experience is something that I cherish
and carry with me, I learned that every single person deserves to be listened
to, that every experience we have is important and never to belittle no matter
how we feel or think about it. I learned that we deserve to be listened to, not
because we believe we are grandiose, but maybe because it is one of the ways
we can unload the afflictions in our heart and I have learned firsthand that it
doesn’t matter what is going to be served for dinner because when you are in
good Fellowship a piece of bread and some salt tastes way better than any
sumptuous dinner all alone.
Brothers, I realized it is OK if we can’t explain Fellowship as long as we