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 In February!

At St. John’s, there’s so much on our plate that sometimes we can’t even get through the main course, much less ask for dessert. Such was the case last month. You know – memorials, reading of petitions, electing a new member, and introduction of a proposed change to the design of our long-established identification logo.

One of the things that was dropped from our agenda last month was our monthly approach to Masonic education. VWBro. Jim Russell, Lodge secretary and a 30-year Mason, was prepared to present “How does Freemasonry really work on each Freemason?” followed by discussion on “is this Fraternity really worth my time and why?” He’ll have another go at it, with members of the Lodge encouraged to answer this question during the discussion period.

VWBro. Russell says, “In Masonry, like many other things, you get out of it what you put into it. Fraternities encourage and thrive upon fraternal brotherhood. If you participate in such a way to foster such things, you’ll get a TON out of it. If you just join and then only go once in a while, you probably will not feel that it’s ‘worth it.’ For me, it has been worthwhile because of the lifelong friends I’ve met, because it has provided me more opportunities to be serviceable to my fellow man, and because it gives me an opportunity to expand my horizons by dealing with individuals from all walks of life.”

Please make your dinner reservations with the secretary at 206 623-0261 or stjohns9@seattlemasons.org by Friday, January 16, prior to the January 21 meeting. Invite a brother to accompany you to Lodge.

The evening's schedule is as follows:

Dinner – Guests welcome

1. Menu: Salmon w/lemon-dill sauce, green beans w/ blistered tomatoes and caramelized onions; mashed potato, creamy tomato bisque soup; profiterole cream puff w/chocolate sauce (allergies, vegetarian? Let us know a week before.)
2. Know your brother.
3. Speaker to be announced

Stated Meeting - tiled

1. Masonic education: How does Freemasonry really work on each Freemason?
2. Ballot on petitioner

Refreshments

Kick back, visit, and enjoy a beverage and dessert

From the East

A Monthly Column in our Trestle Board Publication

by Worshipful Master Russ Johnson

Habits are useful because they keep us from having to think about certain tasks that we repeat over and over again. Remember when you first learned to drive a car. How you really had to concentrate on your driving. Now driving is a habit that you don’t have to think about it as much. However, habits have their negative side, too. They can stifle your creativity, prevent you from taking advantage of new opportunities, and waste a lot of time and money.

As the compasses teach us to circumscribe our actions, we need to learn to control our habits – purge our lives of the harmful ones and let the good habits help us attain our goals. Most great accomplishments are achieved because of consistent efforts over a long period of time. The right habits will help with the “consistent efforts” part.

Getting rid of a bad habit takes a conscious and focused effort. Although it may not be easy, it is absolutely possible with enough energy and desire. To say that your habits control you is admitting defeat. Developing good habits is equally difficult work. A parent knows how much effort and patience it takes to teach a child to brush his teeth, look both ways before crossing the street, wash his hands before eating, etc. Not easy and requires determination. But it’s critical to their development.

Sometimes, people can take a shortcut to success. They get lucky, win the lottery, invest in a once-in-a-lifetime business deal, be in the right place at the right time. It can happen, but planning and relying on it is not the most reliable path to success. Many people spend their whole lives just waiting for that lucky break, their ship to come in. They buy their lottery tickets week after week, never, ever winning. I am sure you know people like this leading their lives of quiet desperation. They never end up being in the right place at the right time. Yet our culture promotes the “get rich quick” mentality by making a sensation about it when it happens. That is unfortunate.

For the majority of successful people, accomplishment comes one day at a time, little by little, day after day, month after month, year after year. That is the guaranteed way to success. It is the result of making a decision to abandon the harmful habits and replace them with the habits of success and accomplishment.