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 November!
Every Masonic Lodge needs to prepare an annual budget. You may not have thought about it, but everyone makes
use of budgets in one way or another. This is true in every aspect of life, whether it be conserving
energy for use in the final minutes of a game, or reducing automobile speed to stretch-out the remaining
gasoline supply until you can reach a gas station.
Budgeting is necessary to attain your desired goals and to keep your planning within the realm of
reality. It requires a systematic evaluation of estimated income and expenditures to ensure that funding
will be available for programs, activities and building maintenance or rental. Oh, yeah, and with
enough resources to support our beloved charities. This month we’ll be acting on our proposed budget.
OK, that’s not all that will be happening in November. We’ll also be electing officers for 2016. Those officers will
be installed next month to lead the Lodge forward. The Installation ceremony will be followed by dinner Thursday
evening, December 10.
Worshipful Master Russ Johnson will be completing the final meeting of his very successful term
as Master of the Lodge. Let’s give WBro. Russ 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. John Murray Louderback is working on his “Proficiency in Lodge
Management” and declares his availability to serve in the East. Bro. Jeffrey Pullen has prepared himself for the West and
Senior Deacon Bro. Seann Maria is available to serve in the South.
Trustee WBro. Hans Wehl is again available to serve
a three-year term on the Board.
Please make your 6:15 dinner reservations with the
secretary at 206 623-0261 or firstname.lastname@example.org
by Thursday, November 12, prior to the November 18
meeting. Invite a brother to accompany you to Lodge.
The evening's schedule is as follows:
Dinner – Guests Welcome
1. Menu: TBA
2. Speaker: TBA
Stated Meeting - tiled
1. Masonic education: TBA
2. Election of officers
3. Business and Good of the Order
Kick back, visit, and enjoy a beverage and dessert
St. John's Noble Cause for 2015
Seattle Teachers Autism Symposium
Teachers from Bellingham to Puyallup praised the
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 Russ Johnson
So what’s next? We have had a good year and
accomplished a lot, but what do we do next? Soon we will need
to start work on our next five-year plan and there are some
weighty issues that need our due consideration before
proceeding. I believe the most significant issue is: change. I
also believe everyone knows change is required for St. John’s to be successful for
the next 150 years. The question is: what are those changes? To begin to
understand this question, let us start with two premises.
The first premise is that Masonry can change, has changed and must continue
to change in order to survive. As examples, consider the changes caused by the
Morgan affair and the expansion during the 1940s and 50s. Conclusion: change is
required to survive. The second premise is: while every Lodge is different, the
general nature of Lodges can be characterized along a spectrum that ranges from
traditional observance to supper club Lodges. Traditional observance Lodges
being those that are highly focused on educating individuals, whereas supper club
Lodges are more focused on fellowship and camaraderie. Neither style of Lodge
has a claim to be the true form of Masonry as there have always been both types of
Lodges within the craft.
My first assumption is that St. John’s wants to be a Lodge that attracts and
retains new members. What needs to be done to accomplish this is not a mystery.
There are many Lodges that are growing, have over 100% participation and one
year waitlists to join. So let us look at these Lodges and try to draw some
inspiration. In the U.S. these Lodges tend to be more on the traditional observance
side of the spectrum and they are attributing their success to having moved that
direction. The second place to look is Lodges outside the U.S. because Masonry
outside the U.S. is healthy and growing. These lodges also tend to be on the
traditional observance end of the spectrum.
Traditional observance, however, is not a guaranteed roadmap for success.
The next step may be to compare these findings with the needs and expectations
expressed by the younger men joining Masonry today. We would find that these
needs seem to be aligned with traditional observance Lodges as younger men are
looking for guidance on improving themselves and on developing those very close
relationships that spring from these efforts. From this limited data, a conclusion
could be drawn that: a more traditional observance style may improve St. John’s
success. This message is not professing understanding this would require a
significant change in the Lodge’s culture. However, therein lays the question. If –
a big if – this is the path to continued success, how badly does St. John’s want to
grow and survive? Is it willing to make the changes necessary to survive for the
next 15-20 years whatever they are?
So what’s next? I don’t know, but we should start talking about it.