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!
DEPUTY OF THE GRAND MASTER TO VISIT IN APRIL!
WBro. John Louderback and his officers invite everyone to come out to our April stated
communication for a full evening of food, fellowship and Masonic instruction. Our Deputy of the
Grand Master, VWBro. Sam Ali, will be making his “official visit” bringing greetings from the Grand
Lodge and offering a few inspirational gems of wisdom. VWBro. Ali is concluding his role as
Deputy of the Grand Master, and may be introducing his replacement for next term. VWBro. Ali is a
Past Master of Daylight No. 232.
Two of our Brothers will be honored for their years of service as members of the Craft. Bro. Harry
Arthur, who was raised in Appleton (Wisconsin) Lodge No. 149 in 1956, will receive his 60-year service
pin. He has been a member of St. John’s since 1977. VWBro. Charles Brockway, who was raised in
Ionic Lodge No. 90 in 1966, will receive his 50-year pin. He presided as Master of Ionic Lodge in 1992 and as Master of St.
John’s in 1996.
Brother Michael Fraser will present this month’s Masonic education at Lodge. His topic is “Masonry and
technology” – an appropriate topic as VWBro. Ali also serves on the Grand Lodge technology committee!
Last month we celebrated in grand style with our
annual Table Lodge – a tiled combination of Lodge
business and dinner amid an abundance of Toasts. This
month we again welcome all guests, ladies and gentlemen,
to our dinner and program. “Meet and greet” time
generally begins at 5:30pm, followed by dinner at 6:15.
Please make your dinner reservations with the secretary
at 206 623-0261 by Friday, April 15, 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.
St. John's Noble Cause for 2016
Seattle Teachers Autism Symposium
Teachers from Bellingham to Puyallup praised the 2015
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 John Murray Lauderback
Fear is a major impediment to spiritual
growth. Fear restricts an individual’s growth by
When one is in doubt, that person will not
take on a challenge. Without courage one will
become withdrawn, doubting their abilities, and
will not venture forward or risk failure.
Our thoughts about ourselves determine our
talents, abilities, and our personalities.
Most of us do not need medical intervention or hypnosis to change
our thoughts. For most, all we need to do is think positively about
ourselves. Much needless suffering is simply due to worry.
We Masons have something in common within each of us: That is,
our belief and trust in God or “Supreme Creator of the universe.” When
our consciousness is not focused on self, but on God, all our fears and
doubts will be overcome with courage and faith. Only by the total
surrender of self to the will of God working through us do we come to
understand “the Tao” or “way” and the total embracing love of God. Total
peace and relaxation comes to those who embrace faith and trust, knowing
that God is there to guide and protect. Fear not – God is with you.
When Masons are faced with scorn or judgment based on
misinformation, we must remain courageous. I can understand some of
our fears because of the past history of persecution of Masonry.
Brothers, that is in the past and like P.T.S.D. it cannot hurt you today.
Have courage and faith in the knowledge that our obligations to
ourselves, our neighbors, our country, and the world are full of
integrity, that our purposes are pure and good, and that we have nothing
to be ashamed of.
When we wear our emblems openly, we allow ourselves to stand in
the truth and harmony of who we are.
Given the firm foundation we stand on as Masons, we have every
right to be proud of our ancient and honorable Craft, to hold our heads
up high and to proclaim, “I am a Freemason!”