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 November!

This month we’ll be hosting Ms Robin Talley, Director of Training & Outreach with the University of Washington Autism Center. She’ll give us an insight into the work that goes on to help youngsters with autism as well as the training of professionals to deal with all these related issues.

St. John’s is preparing to take a major leap into a leadership role to provide training for our regional school teachers to serve autistic students. We hope to be partnering with the UW Autism Center to offer teachers a relatively “expense-free” opportunity for accredited training to work with youngsters in their classrooms.

OK, that’s not all that will be happening in November. We’ll be adopting our 2015 budget (a major undertaking) and electing officers. The officers of 2015 will be installed next month to lead the Lodge forward. Installation of officers will be followed by dinner Thursday evening, December 11. Worshipful Master Eric Koteles will be completing the final meeting of his very successful term as Master of the Lodge. Let’s give WBro. Eric 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. Russ Johnson has indicated his availability to serve in the East. Bro. John Louderback has prepared himself for the West and Senior Deacon Bro. Jeffrey Pullen is available to serve in the South.

VWBro. Charles Brockway, currently the longest serving elected member of the Trustees (since 2000), is again available for a three-year term.

Please make your dinner reservations with the secretary at 206 623-0261 or by Friday, November 14, prior to the November 19 meeting. Invite a brother to accompany you to Lodge.

From the East

A Monthly Column in our Trestle Board Publication

by Worshipful Master Eric Koteles

Our November meeting will be a busy one. We’ll be voting for our 2015 budget and very importantly for the 2015 line of officers. I can tell you that I’m confident that our officers will continue driving and massaging our Long Range Plan. Continuity is a key to our success but also to constant improvement in all areas from ritual to education to meaningful fellowship activities.

In this year that I served as Master one of my main goals was to send a clear message that we will not become obsolete or archaic, that we will always strive to move forward and to do so takes every single one of us and sometimes requires serious changes. Let’s remember that we are not only competing with the idiosyncrasies that life throws in our way, but also against a busier world where social media dictates that immediate satisfaction is the rule.

We cannot and will not fall behind. We are relevant because we are the guardians. We inherit a marvelous and beautiful system hundreds of years old that prepares its serious students to live a more noble and moral life – a Craft that teaches us that we are the masters of our present and our future, and not victims of some obscure destiny. We are charitable not because we like to write checks but because we know that we are brothers of all humankind and we cannot ignore pain or suffering.

My Brothers, I learned that a Lodge is not a building or an address or a zip code. The Lodge is every single one of us coming together to learn to teach and hopefully better ourselves and by that to better our community wherever we go. Every one of us is a Column of the Temple and only our noble efforts will define how Strong, Beautiful and Virtuous we may be.