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 April!
WBro. Russ Johnson and his officers invite everyone to come out to our April stated communication for a full
evening of food, fellowship and Masonic instruction. Our Deputy of the Grand Master, VWBro. Sam
Ali, will be making his first “official visit” bringing greetings from the Grand Lodge and offering a
few inspirational gems of wisdom. VWBro. Ali is just getting his “feet wet” in his new role as
Deputy of the Grand Master, only appointed to this position in February following the resignation and
departure to the East Coast by VWBro. Franklin Donahoe.
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. (Because of very full
business agendas, this will be the third attempt to hear VWBro. Russell’s thoughts on this subject.)
VWBro. Ali is a Past Master of Daylight Lodge No. 232. He was the winner of the Grand Lodge Senior Warden’s
ritual competition in 2013.
Last month we celebrated in grand style with our
annual Table Lodge – a tiled combination of Lodge
business and dinner amid an abundance of Toasts. This
month we again welcome all guests, ladies and gentlemen,
to our dinner and program. “Meet and greet” time
generally begins at 5:30pm, followed by dinner at 6:15.
Please make your dinner reservations with the secretary
at 206 623-0261 by Friday, April 10, prior to the meeting.
If you need a ride, the secretary will be happy to find one
for you. Do you know of a brother who has not attended
Lodge in a while? Call him and ask if you can pick him
up and bring him to Lodge.
The evening's schedule is as follows:
Dinner – Guests Welcome
1. Menu: Minestrone soup; beef tenderloin with
bordelaise sauce; season roasted vegetables and potatoes;
deep fried apple pie a la mode. (allergies, vegetarian? Let
us know a week before.)
2. Know your Brother (tentative)
3. Committee Chairman Reports
Stated Meeting - tiled
1. Masonic Education - How does Freemasonry Really work on Each Freemason?
2. Deputy of the Grand Master visits
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
By his sixteenth birthday, George Washington had
written, copied actually, “110 Rules of Civility & Decent
Behavior in Company and Conversation.” Although attributed
to our beloved brother, French Jesuits may actually have
composed these rules in the 1500s. Some of these rules sound
a little stuffy but they show a character that is becoming very
difficult to find in today’s society: these rules focus on other people rather than on
our own self-interests. More than just manners, they teach us to make small
sacrifices for the good of everyone and the sake of harmony.
So why did Brother George select the following as the First Rule: “Every
Action done in Company ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are
Present.” Perhaps Brother George believes that respect is the keystone to the
success of civility.
First of all, what is respect? Respect is a feeling of esteem given to a person
or group. It relates to one’s positive ethics and attitude towards other people and
entities. Respecting others is a way to express our feeling for them. It’s a method
of communication, which can build strong relations between people by respecting
each other. When a person shows respect for someone, it means that the person has
some value for him. Some people, often the younger generation, think that
showing respect means that they are degrading their own selves. They take respect
as a sign of weakness or inferiority that could harm one’s self-respect. However,
this concept is very wrong at its core. Respect is a basic trait or emotion, which
makes us real human beings.
The best benefit of showing someone respect is getting it back. As is often
said, respect is not something that you get by asking for it or demanding it but
rather by earning it. To be able to earn the respect of others, one must also show
respect to them.
In Lodge, we are expected to conduct ourselves with the proper decorum; to
show respect to our Brethren, the Lodge, Ritual and Masonry. While every Brother
professes a respect for the Lodge, etc., we must all be diligent to guard against
unintentional disrespectful behaviors. Minor and offhand actions can actually be
disrespectful. Actions such as: talking during the ritual, laughing or jibing when
officers make mistakes, not doing what you say you will do and being
unappreciative of the work of others are all signs of disrespect to others. Although
unintended, these actions can cause significant hard feelings among the Brothers. In
this area we all can work to improve.
Parson Weems got this right; when he wrote that it was “no wonder
everybody honored him who honored everybody.”