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!
Join us for Dinner in July!
Our monthly stated communication will be
Wednesday, July 15. WBro. Helmuth Svoboda will be
leading discussion on the cornucopia as a Masonic symbol.
This month we switch from our formal wear to more casual
garments; Hawaiian shirts are most popular in July.
Please make your 6:15pm dinner reservations with the
secretary at (206) 623-0261 or email@example.com by
Friday, July 10, prior to the July 15 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: TBD
2. Introduction and Announcements
Stated Meeting - tiled
1. General business – reports & planning
2. Masonic education: "The Cornucopia -As a Masonic Symbol" -Wbro. Helmuth Svoboda
Kick back, visit, and enjoy a beverage and dessert
St. John's Noble Cause for 2015
Seattle Teachers Autism Symposium
Autism in the classroom: One size doesn’t fit all
The parents and the professionals all agree that it takes
lots of hard work to help a child with autism get the most out
of the classroom experience. It also takes, they say, a good
dose of structure and the understanding that every child with
an autism spectrum disorder is unique. That means each
child has different symptoms as well as styles of learning.
“Autism isn’t like diabetes,” psychologist Kathleen
Platzman says. “With diabetes, we have two or three things
that we absolutely know about every kid who has it. But
since it’s not that way with autism, we need an educational
model wide enough to take in the whole spectrum. That
means it’s going to have to be a fairly broad model.”
On August 12th and 13th, St. John’s in partnership with
the University of Washington Autism Center, will produce a
series of classes to educate Seattle-area teachers on how best
to recognize, teach, and integrate students with autism into
their classrooms. The statistics are staggering how much the
autism spectrum affects our youth in the US and this is our
own grassroots effort to make the teaching force in our area
a leader in giving those challenges associated with autism
the proper amount of attention they deserve.
St. John’s is offering this symposium free of charge as
our contribution to the community. Teachers may register
at the Seattle Teachers Autism Awareness website.
From the East
A Monthly Column in our Trestle Board Publication
by Worshipful Master Russ Johnson
What makes a Mason? I am sure everyone has their own
definition, but a central tenet must be our commitment to learning
and teaching. From the preparatory lecture we commit ourselves
to a life of continuous improvement and continuous learning. We
make a commitment to our candidates to provide them with a
course of instruction, to make good men better; and then we coach
them through the degrees. Yet it is important to remember that a Mason’s learning
doesn't stop at the Master Mason degree, it only begins. A Mason’s entire life is filled
with study and teaching. This is the trademark of a Master Mason.
The writings of pre-twentieth century Masonry and the practices of Lodges
outside the U.S. both consist of a very structured and mandatory learning process for
Master Masons. While still candidates, not permitted to sit in Lodge during a stated
communication, they were given their own structured and rigorous curriculum. They
must be prepared to participate in Masonic learning with a foundation of Masonic
The Masonic learning process is one of the key treasures of Masonry. It consists
of an individual’s research and study followed by introspection and incorporation of
those lessons into his life. The process continues with the sharing and discussion of
those lessons with other Masons gaining new insights and perspectives on those
lessons. This is again followed by introspection and incorporation and the process
begins again creating a circular and never ending cycle.
So what makes a Mason? In my eyes, it is his commitment to learning and
sharing. Sure, living one’s life within due bounds and adhering to Masonic
principles are important aspects of a Mason’s life, but they are also the trademarks of
a good man as well. To me the difference between a good man and a Mason is in the
continuous drive to learn and improve. My quick test of a Mason? Ask him what he
Interestingly enough, it is the promise of this lifelong learning and the
fellowship of the sharing process that attracts many young men to Masonry today.
Unfortunately, for many Lodges, Masonic education ends after the Master Mason
degree. Lodge life falls into a routine of dinner, meetings, pay bills, have coffee.
The result is that the young men relish in the learning provided during candidacy and
in the anticipation of beginning the true Masonic education after being raised only to
be disappointed when it doesn’t happen. We know what happens next, a rather quick
exit from the Lodge.
According to the writings, there was once a treasured curriculum that guided
Masonic education. Starting with the foundation of knowledge required by
candidates; followed by guided and structured programs exploring all aspects of
Masonic knowledge by Master Masons. So where is this curriculum? Has it been
lost? More on this subject next month.
Here’s a final thought; is the Master Mason degree a license to learn?