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.
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!
St. John's in the Community
St. John's Lodge No. 9 is active in the Community. We have something in which every member can become
involved which will help others. We find these things to be personally rewarding and continue to look for
new opportunities to help. Our Secretary has put together an excellent treatise on which charities, organizations,
and educational programs we support at the present time. Find
out what the Lodge does to help our city and our community - Read his report here
From the East
A Monthly Column in our Trestle Board Publication
by Worshipful Master David Flood
FRIENDSHIP! Friendship is something a lot of us are looking for – but true close friendships are hard to come by. Amidst all the pressures and job demands of 21st Century life here in the Seattle area where can we look?
A useful guide to our search comes from the ancient Greek Philosopher, Aristotle, who thought deeply about friendship. Aristotle observed that, as humans, we are attracted to whatever is good or pleasant or useful; and friendships likewise fall into the same three categories. We form friendships because they are useful, or because we enjoy sharing some interest in common, or because we are attracted to the good character of someone.
Useful – Friendships among coworkers are like this. It is easier to exchange information and get things done among a network of friends; but when the work relationship that underpins the friendship ceases so does the friendship. That is why office friendships so often fade away after one leaves a job.
Pleasant – These kinds of friendship are based on interests that friends enjoy together like sports or a hobby. Only as long as these pleasant activities continue to be shared does the friendship continue. So friendships based on usefulness or shared pleasurable interests seldom last.
Good – In friendships of this type friends love each other for what or who they are in themselves. Aristotle believed that the better individuals are as people the better the quality of their friendships will be. Freemasons seek to attract men of good character as members, so membership in a Masonic Lodge offers a rich opportunity to develop deep and true friendships. This type of friendship is rare compared to the other two types of friendship. Aristotle observed “What is quick to rise is the desire for friendship, what is not quick to rise is friendship itself.” To be a Masonic brother opens the door to a lifetime of opportunities to move from acquaintance to the deeper bonds of trust and friendship.