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!

Scholarship Night in June!

When operative masonry began to change its character to speculative Masonry, it was chiefly because men of that era wanted a chance to expand their knowledge, to exchange ideas without the threat of being labeled (and executed) as heretics, and to bring more light into a world of darkness.

With this emphasis on knowledge and education, men of our Craft have always been interested in supporting those with a desire to expand their knowledge. So we in St. John’s continue that tradition by assisting students with financial aid to advance their education. This month we announce and recognize fifteen students and their families at our June 15th stated communication.

Worshipful Master John Louderback encourages all members to make an effort to visit with these families as Chairman Josh Skinner and his scholarship committee welcome this year’s recipients. This year we will be issuing $20,000 in scholastic grants. As is our recent custom, the brothers of St. John’s also look forward to a meaningful message about the importance of personal advancement in knowledge – a message that holds special meaning to all Fellowcrafts.

This month we welcome all guests, ladies and gentlemen, to our dinner and program. Invite a nonMason friend to join you. “Meet and greet” time generally begins at 5:30pm, followed by dinner at 6:15. If you can’t find street parking, parking is available after 6pm on the nearby St. John School grounds.

Please make your dinner reservations with the secretary at 206 623-0261 by Friday, June 10, prior to the meeting. If you need a ride, the secretary will be happy to find one for you. Do you know of a brother who has not attended Lodge in a while? Call him and ask if you can pick him up and bring him to Lodge.

The evening's schedule is as follows:

Dinner – Guests Welcome

1. Menu: Caesar salad; oven-roasted prime rib with au jus, roasted garlic white cheddar mashed potatoes and garlic green beans; chocolate cake. (allergies, vegetarian? Let us know a week before.)
2. Happy 90th birthday for David Campbell
3. Introductions and Announcements
4. Presentation of Scholarship winners

Stated Meeting - tiled

1. General business – reports & planning

Refreshments

Kick back, visit, and enjoy a beverage and dessert

St. John's Noble Cause for 2016

Seattle Teachers Autism Symposium

Following last year’s highly successful Seattle Teachers Autism Symposium, WBro. Russ Johnson reports that there will be two symposiums this year: July 27, 28 for secondary educators and August 17, 18 for primary educators. By mid-May 185 had registered for the first session and 337 had registered for the August session. Registration is still open.

Teachers from Bellingham to Puyallup praised the 2015 STAS conceived, planned, and executed by St. John’s members as an unqualified success. Our active presence helps build community awareness of our Craft.

Members are urged to contact their local schools to urge participation. Check with WBro. Johnson or Bro. Seann Maria before directly approaching any of the schools in the area to solicit participation.

From the East

A Monthly Column in our Trestle Board Publication

by Worshipful Master John Murray Louderback

The first day of May brought our family from St. John’s to our annual Fabulous Family Brunch.

On my recent plane flight to Lexington, Kentucky, I sat next to a man who appeared to be in his forties. During the flight we introduced ourselves. He was a Lt. Colonel in the Kentucky National Guard and flew attack helicopters. He had been away from home for a couple of months and was looking forward to seeing his wife and kids. I explained that I had recently retired from the Seattle Fire Department after 33 years. He asked what I did now that I was retired. I told him that I was a Free Mason and the Master of St. John’s Lodge No. 9 in Seattle. He then told me that he was a Master Mason and a member of Hiram Lodge No. 4 in Frankfort, Kentucky. I knew at that moment that he was a Brother and that I could trust him because he had taken the same obligations that I had in Washington.

My wife Mary had a dream last night where she was in a strange town and had lost her car keys, purse, all I.D. and her phone. In the dream she was alone and stranded in an unfamiliar landscape with no trustworthy support. She felt near panic and lost. Who was she to anyone? Lost and all alone – what was she to do? Now the reality is that this could happen to any of us. We could lose everything at any given moment – tidal wave, hurricane, earthquake, fire. It may only be because of the good will and kindness of strangers that we survive.

We Master Masons, however, have in common the obligations of Brothers throughout the world that we can call on in times of need and peril. I know that most everywhere I go in the world there will be Master Masons that will protect me, give me food, shelter, aid, and comfort. Other than the military, I know of no other organization that will do the same for a member. The obligations of a Master Mason are real, extremely weighty, and can never be laid aside.

Our Ladies may also know that in time of need, any Brother will assist when necessary, any place at any time, throughout the world.

“The trowel is used by operative Masons to spread the cement that unites the building into one common mass. But we as Free and Accepted Masons are taught to make use of it for the more noble and glorious purpose of spreading the cement of brotherly love and affection – that cement which unites us into one sacred band or society of friends and Brothers, among whom no contention should ever exist …”