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 November!
This month we’ll be hosting Ms Robin Talley, Director of Training & Outreach with the
University of Washington Autism Center. She’ll give us an insight into the work that goes on to
help youngsters with autism as well as the training of professionals to deal with all these related
St. John’s is preparing to take a major leap into a leadership role to
provide training for our regional school teachers to serve autistic students.
We hope to be partnering with the UW Autism Center to offer teachers a
relatively “expense-free” opportunity for accredited training to work with youngsters in their
OK, that’s not all that will be happening in November. We’ll be adopting our 2015 budget
(a major undertaking) and electing officers. The officers of 2015 will be installed next month to
lead the Lodge forward. Installation of officers will be followed by dinner Thursday evening, December 11.
Worshipful Master Eric Koteles will be completing the final meeting of his very successful
term as Master of the Lodge. Let’s give WBro. Eric a big send-off and thank-you for the
tremendous year he’s given us!
We will be electing officers for next year. The offices of Master, Senior and Junior Wardens,
Secretary and Treasurer will be selected for next year, as well as one representative to the Board of
Trustees. Senior Warden Bro. Russ Johnson has indicated his availability to serve in the East. Bro.
John Louderback has prepared himself for the West and Senior Deacon Bro. Jeffrey Pullen is
available to serve in the South.
VWBro. Charles Brockway, currently the longest
serving elected member of the Trustees (since 2000), is
again available for a three-year term.
Please make your dinner reservations with the secretary
at 206 623-0261 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday,
November 14, prior to the November 19 meeting. Invite a
brother to accompany you to Lodge.
From the East
A Monthly Column in our Trestle Board Publication
by Worshipful Master Eric Koteles
Our November meeting will be a busy one. We’ll be
voting for our 2015 budget and very importantly for the 2015
line of officers. I can tell you that I’m confident that our
officers will continue driving and massaging our Long Range
Plan. Continuity is a key to our success but also to constant
improvement in all areas from ritual to education to
meaningful fellowship activities.
In this year that I served as Master one of my main goals was to send a clear
message that we will not become obsolete or archaic, that we will always strive
to move forward and to do so takes every single one of us and sometimes
requires serious changes. Let’s remember that we are not only competing with
the idiosyncrasies that life throws in our way, but also against a busier world
where social media dictates that immediate satisfaction is the rule.
We cannot and will not fall behind. We are relevant because we are the
guardians. We inherit a marvelous and beautiful system hundreds of years old
that prepares its serious students to live a more noble and moral life – a Craft that
teaches us that we are the masters of our present and our future, and not victims
of some obscure destiny. We are charitable not because we like to write checks
but because we know that we are brothers of all humankind and we cannot ignore
pain or suffering.
My Brothers, I learned that a Lodge is not a building or an address or a zip
code. The Lodge is every single one of us coming together to learn to teach and
hopefully better ourselves and by that to better our community wherever we go.
Every one of us is a Column of the Temple and only our noble efforts will define
how Strong, Beautiful and Virtuous we may be.