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 July!

It’s once again time to pull out that Hawaiian or tropical shirt and dress a little less formally for Lodge on Wednesday, July 16. WBro. Eric Koteles says “no shorts, sandals or T-shirts” but put away that coat and tie for July and August.

This month WBro. Rich Hawley will speak about the symbolic meaning of the Masonic 24-inch gauge. This tool is one of the veryfirst lessons taught to an Entered Apprentice Mason. The twenty-four inch gage is a rule two feet long, which is divided by marks into twenty-four parts each one inch in length. The Operative Mason uses it to take the necessary dimensions of the stone that he is about to prepare. It has been adopted as one of the working-tools of the Entered Apprentice in Speculative Freemasonry, where its divisions are supposed to represent hours.

WBro. Hawley encourages those in attendance at this month’s communication to be prepared to tell us how they measure the importance of time in their lives.

Last month we intended to also talk about our new program for petitioners for the degrees called “Meet the Goat.”
Bro. Russ Johnson will present that re-scheduled program at our August communication.

Please make your 6:15pm dinner reservations with the secretary at 206 623-0261 or stjohns9@seattlemasons.org by Friday, July 11, prior to the July 16th 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: Beef Brisket, veggies, cole slaw.
2. Introduction and announcements

Stated Meeting - tiled

1. Masonic education: “24 inch gauge” – discussion led by WBro. Richard Hawley
2. Brief Business

Refreshments

Kick back, visit, and enjoy a beverage and dessert

From the East

A Monthly Column in our Trestle Board Publication

by Worshipful Master Eric Koteles

My Brothers, how would you explain Fellowship? I’m asking this question because one of our goals is to have meaningful Fellowship events and while thinking and meditating about it, to me it’s very hard to put in words what I have learned and kept within my heart through the years.

Looking back I’m very lucky, my first lesson on Fellowship was given to me by my mother. Let me explain. I grew up in downtown Mexico City in an apartment with my mom and her sister. Every Sunday evening at our home, their friends gathered for dinner; most of their friends came from so many different countries. If not all, most were war refugees from different regions of Spain, Germany, Austria, Peru, France, Cuba; all came to Mexico for a better life. My friends used to call my home the UN.

I remember asking my mom and aunt what was going to be served for dinner. Every time I got the same answer, “Don’t worry, you’ll find out at dinner,” and every time during dinner exactly the same thing happened – I completely forgot I asked that question. Everybody ate what was served at the table and everybody was grateful.

As the evening progressed, stories from the adults were shared, like how they survived with little or no food and water, how they saw their loved ones being killed, sometimes in front of them by the occupying army, how sometimes they had to beg for their life, how they were able to escape, and to have a better life. I had no choice but to stay at the table. I was allowed to retire to my room only when my mother thought it was appropriate (now I’m glad it was like that).

I was mesmerized by their accounts. I’m not going to lie to you, sometimes it was boring or repetitive; that poor dinner table witnessed so many tears, smiles, and laughs. That experience is something that I cherish and carry with me, I learned that every single person deserves to be listened to, that every experience we have is important and never to belittle no matter how we feel or think about it. I learned that we deserve to be listened to, not because we believe we are grandiose, but maybe because it is one of the ways we can unload the afflictions in our heart and I have learned firsthand that it doesn’t matter what is going to be served for dinner because when you are in good Fellowship a piece of bread and some salt tastes way better than any sumptuous dinner all alone.

Brothers, I realized it is OK if we can’t explain Fellowship as long as we practice it.