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!

Join us for Dinner in July!

Our monthly stated communication will be Wednesday, July 15. WBro. Helmuth Svoboda will be leading discussion on the cornucopia as a Masonic symbol. This month we switch from our formal wear to more casual garments; Hawaiian shirts are most popular in July.

Please make your 6:15pm dinner reservations with the secretary at (206) 623-0261 or stjohns9@seattlemasons.org by Friday, July 10, prior to the July 15 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: TBD
2. Introduction and Announcements

Stated Meeting - tiled

1. General business – reports & planning
2. Masonic education: "The Cornucopia -As a Masonic Symbol" -Wbro. Helmuth Svoboda

Refreshments

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

What makes a Mason? I am sure everyone has their own definition, but a central tenet must be our commitment to learning and teaching. From the preparatory lecture we commit ourselves to a life of continuous improvement and continuous learning. We make a commitment to our candidates to provide them with a course of instruction, to make good men better; and then we coach them through the degrees. Yet it is important to remember that a Mason’s learning doesn't stop at the Master Mason degree, it only begins. A Mason’s entire life is filled with study and teaching. This is the trademark of a Master Mason.

The writings of pre-twentieth century Masonry and the practices of Lodges outside the U.S. both consist of a very structured and mandatory learning process for Master Masons. While still candidates, not permitted to sit in Lodge during a stated communication, they were given their own structured and rigorous curriculum. They must be prepared to participate in Masonic learning with a foundation of Masonic knowledge.

The Masonic learning process is one of the key treasures of Masonry. It consists of an individual’s research and study followed by introspection and incorporation of those lessons into his life. The process continues with the sharing and discussion of those lessons with other Masons gaining new insights and perspectives on those lessons. This is again followed by introspection and incorporation and the process begins again creating a circular and never ending cycle.

So what makes a Mason? In my eyes, it is his commitment to learning and sharing. Sure, living one’s life within due bounds and adhering to Masonic principles are important aspects of a Mason’s life, but they are also the trademarks of a good man as well. To me the difference between a good man and a Mason is in the continuous drive to learn and improve. My quick test of a Mason? Ask him what he learned today.

Interestingly enough, it is the promise of this lifelong learning and the fellowship of the sharing process that attracts many young men to Masonry today. Unfortunately, for many Lodges, Masonic education ends after the Master Mason degree. Lodge life falls into a routine of dinner, meetings, pay bills, have coffee. The result is that the young men relish in the learning provided during candidacy and in the anticipation of beginning the true Masonic education after being raised only to be disappointed when it doesn’t happen. We know what happens next, a rather quick exit from the Lodge.

According to the writings, there was once a treasured curriculum that guided Masonic education. Starting with the foundation of knowledge required by candidates; followed by guided and structured programs exploring all aspects of Masonic knowledge by Master Masons. So where is this curriculum? Has it been lost? More on this subject next month.

Here’s a final thought; is the Master Mason degree a license to learn?