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 June!
In June We honor students, re-visit square & Compasses
Eager high school graduating seniors and previous recipients of scholarships from St. John's Lodge
will be accompanied by their families at dinner leading into our June 17 stated communication.
Scholarship committee chair Bro. Josh Skinner will introduce his hard working committee members
and the scholarship recipients will be invited to tell a little about their plans for next fall.
Continuing our tiled Masonic education, VWBro. Fred Eastman will present a program on the
Masonic Square & Compasses. While not unique to Freemasonry, the interlaced Square and
Compasses are almost universally recognized as the emblem of Freemasonry. However, the Square
and Compasses have not always been linked in Masonic ritual and it appears the symbolism of these two emblems
developed separately. Over the years, these two symbols of Freemasonry have become inextricably linked as a public
symbol of the Fraternity and are even protected by copyright.
Our Past Master (2005) and Executive Secretary of the Masonic Service Bureau WBro. Joseph Lund will speak to us
about the current efforts of the Masonic Service Bureau.
Working with teachers, counselors and individuals, our
scholarship committee of Bros. Erik Koteles, Blair
Neumann and Chairman Josh Skinner received
recommendations and interviewed students who have
demonstrated industry, character and high moral standards.
They focused on students who, without our assistance,
would be unable to continue higher education. This marks
the 18th consecutive year our Lodge has made continuing
education possible to the young people of our Seattle area
Please make your June 17th dinner reservations with the secretary at 206 623-0261 by Friday, June 12, prior to the meeting. If you need a ride, with a couple days’ notice, the secretary will be happy to find one for you.
The evening's schedule is as follows:
Dinner – Guests Welcome
1. Menu: Vegetarian 3-bean hash; braised short-rib,
baked potato w/deep-fried onions and sour cream; banana
nut cake w/crème fresh frosting (allergies, vegetarian?
Let us know a week before.)
2. Introduction and Announcements
3. Presentation of Scholarship Winners
Stated Meeting - tiled
1. General business – reports & planning
2. Ballot on Petitioner
3. Masonic education: “The Masonic Square and Compasses” -Wbro. Fred Eastman
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
Multiple research programs show that men are joining
Masonry in search of education in how to become a better
man. This educational opportunity is unique to Masonry and
is provided by no other organization. It is in fact the
keystone of Masonic value proposition.
This same research also shows not meeting the expectations of new Masons is
the primary reason for low retention rates. This research leads to the prudent
conclusion that the key to a Lodge’s long-term success lies within retention and
hence its educational programs. Perhaps a few questions are in order.
If men are coming to Freemasonry looking for knowledge, then how well are
we providing it? How much effort do we expend and how effective are we in
teaching the many Masonic lessons? Are we meeting the expectations and needs
of new Masons? Our retention rates suggest we are not or that our effectiveness
is spotty at best.
Looking deeper, is our candidate education program the very best it can be?
Are we fully teaching the fundamental tenets of each degree; building a
foundation in each candidate to not only continue his education but also further
the knowledge within the craft? What about our new Master Masons, do they
have the tools, direction and inspiration to continue their studies or are they just
left to their own devices after being raised?
If the future of the Lodge is heavily dependent on the quality of our education
programs, shouldn’t we be spending a significant portion of our efforts and
resources on improving it? As an indication of our commitment consider that
this year we allocated 40% of our budget to charity and 7% to fellowship as
compared to one quarter of one percent to education. Are our priorities in the
In helping corporations define and execute on strategies for their futures, I
often ask them to dream of a utopian world and let their imaginations run wild.
Step outside the bounds of their perceived constraints and dream about what the
future could be. From these dreams the seeds to their future success are often
So let’s play - what would be the utopian Masonic education program? If we
look beyond the constraints of budgets and manpower, what would that ideal
Masonic education program look like? Here is my homework assignment to
ponder: what if we used half a million dollars to develop modern education
programs? What would that program look like? What would the curriculum
include? What technologies would be utilized? What programs would we
develop? How would we maintain that which is best of Masonic tradition yet
become engaging and relevant to the current and future generations? Not that I
am recommending we change the budget, just asking everyone to start thinking
outside the box.
Brothers, I ask you to think about these questions and remember from the
nucleus of dreaming may come a practical path forward.