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 November!

Every Masonic Lodge needs to prepare an annual budget. You may not have thought about it, but everyone makes use of budgets in one way or another. This is true in every aspect of life, whether it be conserving energy for use in the final minutes of a game, or reducing automobile speed to stretch-out the remaining gasoline supply until you can reach a gas station.

Budgeting is necessary to attain your desired goals and to keep your planning within the realm of reality. It requires a systematic evaluation of estimated income and expenditures to ensure that funding will be available for programs, activities and building maintenance or rental. Oh, yeah, and with enough resources to support our beloved charities. This month we’ll be acting on our proposed budget. OK, that’s not all that will be happening in November. We’ll also be electing officers for 2016. Those officers will be installed next month to lead the Lodge forward. The Installation ceremony will be followed by dinner Thursday evening, December 10.

Worshipful Master Russ Johnson will be completing the final meeting of his very successful term as Master of the Lodge. Let’s give WBro. Russ a big send-off and thank-you for the tremendous year he’s given us!

We will be electing officers for next year. The offices of Master, Senior and Junior Wardens, Secretary and Treasurer will be selected for next year, as well as one representative to the Board of Trustees. Senior Warden Bro. John Murray Louderback is working on his “Proficiency in Lodge Management” and declares his availability to serve in the East. Bro. Jeffrey Pullen has prepared himself for the West and Senior Deacon Bro. Seann Maria is available to serve in the South. Trustee WBro. Hans Wehl is again available to serve a three-year term on the Board.

Please make your 6:15 dinner reservations with the secretary at 206 623-0261 or by Thursday, November 12, prior to the November 18 meeting. Invite a brother to accompany you to Lodge.

The evening's schedule is as follows:

Dinner – Guests Welcome

1. Menu: TBA
2. Speaker: TBA
3. Announcements

Stated Meeting - tiled

1. Masonic education: TBA
2. Election of officers
3. Business and Good of the Order


Kick back, visit, and enjoy a beverage and dessert

St. John's Noble Cause for 2015

Seattle Teachers Autism Symposium

Teachers from Bellingham to Puyallup praised the 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 Russ Johnson

So what’s next? We have had a good year and accomplished a lot, but what do we do next? Soon we will need to start work on our next five-year plan and there are some weighty issues that need our due consideration before proceeding. I believe the most significant issue is: change. I also believe everyone knows change is required for St. John’s to be successful for the next 150 years. The question is: what are those changes? To begin to understand this question, let us start with two premises.

The first premise is that Masonry can change, has changed and must continue to change in order to survive. As examples, consider the changes caused by the Morgan affair and the expansion during the 1940s and 50s. Conclusion: change is required to survive. The second premise is: while every Lodge is different, the general nature of Lodges can be characterized along a spectrum that ranges from traditional observance to supper club Lodges. Traditional observance Lodges being those that are highly focused on educating individuals, whereas supper club Lodges are more focused on fellowship and camaraderie. Neither style of Lodge has a claim to be the true form of Masonry as there have always been both types of Lodges within the craft.

My first assumption is that St. John’s wants to be a Lodge that attracts and retains new members. What needs to be done to accomplish this is not a mystery. There are many Lodges that are growing, have over 100% participation and one year waitlists to join. So let us look at these Lodges and try to draw some inspiration. In the U.S. these Lodges tend to be more on the traditional observance side of the spectrum and they are attributing their success to having moved that direction. The second place to look is Lodges outside the U.S. because Masonry outside the U.S. is healthy and growing. These lodges also tend to be on the traditional observance end of the spectrum.

Traditional observance, however, is not a guaranteed roadmap for success. The next step may be to compare these findings with the needs and expectations expressed by the younger men joining Masonry today. We would find that these needs seem to be aligned with traditional observance Lodges as younger men are looking for guidance on improving themselves and on developing those very close relationships that spring from these efforts. From this limited data, a conclusion could be drawn that: a more traditional observance style may improve St. John’s success. This message is not professing understanding this would require a significant change in the Lodge’s culture. However, therein lays the question. If – a big if – this is the path to continued success, how badly does St. John’s want to grow and survive? Is it willing to make the changes necessary to survive for the next 15-20 years whatever they are?

So what’s next? I don’t know, but we should start talking about it.