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 January!

Worshipful Master Russ Johnson invites all members of St. John’s to come out and share in the fellowship and business of St. John’s Lodge No. 9 this month. The business meeting will open at 7:30pm, but good fellowship will be shared beginning around 5:30 prior to the scheduled 6:15pm dinner.

Jim Boyle, Senior Director for Philanthropy, UW, will speak to us about fund raising following dinner before we open for business at 7:30pm.

VWBro. Jim Russell, Lodge secretary and a member of the fraternity since 1984, will present this month’s Masonic education topic “How does Freemasonry really work on each Freemason?” followed by discussion on “is this Fraternity really worth my time and why?” Members of the Lodge will be encouraged to answer this question during the discussion period.

Mr. Boyle will bring his expertise on charity fund raising in preparation for our venture to sponsor a Seattle Teachers Autism Symposium this summer. Bro. Seann Maria, project manager, reports that progress is being made toward a successful Symposium. VWBro. Charles Brockway will bring his administrative skills. Bro. Mike Fraser will build a website for project description and pre-registration. Bro. Josh Skinner will spearhead fundraising for this anticipated $50,000 project to educate teachers how to deal with autistic students. We still need additional volunteers for specific projects. We need assistance to set up the event and to sign up participants. We need a teacher invitation team; someone to prepare resources and materials; and a media management team for printing materials, contacting media outlets, etc.

Those who wish to help where they feel most comfortable should contact Bro. Sean Maria or the Master. Either will be available and most eager to help you find your niche in this ambitious project.

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: sliced flank steak w/ creamy polenta, asparagus; roasted beet, goat cheese, and toasted pumpkin seed salad; fresh baked brioche dinner rolls; cheesecake (allergies, vegetarian? Let us know a week before.
2. Know your brother.
3. Speaker Mr. Jim Boyle – charity fundraising

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

It is frequently claimed that our lives are becoming increasingly hurried, harried – even frenzied – they have become a picture of nervous tension and anxiety. But this anxiety is not caused by economic issues. While we have poverty and unemployment, we live in one of the most prosperous times; so why the anxiety?

Some blame the technology age for reducing workers to soul-less cogs and for taking the joy of accomplishment out of labor. Perhaps, when a medieval cobbler made a pair of shoes with his own hands, they were entirely his personal achievement. As a master of his craft, he could take pride in his work and rejoice in it, just as the Lord rejoiced after finishing the work of creation because “He saw that it was good.” But the cobbler had to work from dawn to dusk to ply his trade and survive. Today, machines have eliminated most of the drudgery and the modern workweek has been reduced to thirty-five hours or less.

The frantic rush in one’s life today appears to be more directed towards the pursuit of entertainment rather than to survival. Compulsive actions, be they drink, drugs, or driving around at breakneck speed, indicate an aching void that a person tries to fill by misdirected passions. A man’s soul may be starved in the midst of material comfort and drive him to seek satisfaction elsewhere.

Some who recognize that their restlessness is not due to boredom but to an inner hunger seek knowledge instead of diversion. Such studies can bring various rewards; new jobs, titles and diplomas; and knowledge for its own sake. But these seekers may find that no amount of knowledge appeases their inner hunger – just as Dr. Faustus confessed that his thorough mastery of all arts and sciences left him no wiser than before. The hole is the lack of the joy of accomplishment.

As you choose the way you will live this day, remember this: Accomplishment is truly a joy that’s worth experiencing over and over again. The joy of accomplishment is in the doing. There is nothing that can match the feeling of knowing that you are making a difference. Working to get something done enables you to discover and develop your own unique strengths. It is a highly fulfilling way to spend your time. Accomplishment never gets old or tiresome. For each accomplishment opens the door to a whole new level of exciting possibilities.

Right now, there are all kinds of things that can be done to add value to your world. Decide to be the person who will step forward to do them. Though the outer rewards of accomplishment are many, accomplishment is also its own reward. Choose today to make the effort, to persist with purpose and commitment, and know the special joy that accomplishment brings.