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2008 Archives - Letter From the Lodge
Welcome to St. John's Lodge No. 9
People think that because we are Freemasons, we don't
know how to have fun. That all we do is work and are serious all the time. Well,
are serious about the good work we do - but we also know how to have a good time.
This year we have many exciting outings planned for the lodge, the member's families,
and also prospective candidates for Freemasonry (which could be you).
We have a special committee designed to set up outings
with fun in mind. We also have our annual outdoor picnic, held at
Temple picnic grounds, our Annual Sunday Brunch held at Ivar's Salmon House on
Lake Union, and our annual
On a multi
Lodge, or District, level we attend Hockey games, fellowship
nights, A Texas Holdem Tournament for charity, public ceremonies, and community parades.
Working with our community neighbors,
such as the Phinney
Neighborhood Association, we have Art walks, Street of Dreams tours, wine and
beer tasting and other outside venues.
Freemasonry and St. John's Lodge in particular - We are not a
secret society but a society with a few secrets.
The solemn rituals that we use are meant to be special
and impress upon the mind of the initiate the importance of truth, friendship, morality and
These rituals would not be
special or important if everyone knew what they contained. Everyone who has
gone through the degrees of Masonry has had the same experience. Some
jurisdictions have changed the wording of the fraternity's rituals slightly, but the meaning remains the same.
The other secret to
Freemasonry is this. Can you keep a secret? It sounds easy. In truth, it is
difficult. You want to share what is good, what is honest, what is moral. You
can share, with your fellow brothers. It is the bond that ties us together, it is
There you have it, the
secrets of Freemasonry revealed. As you can see, we have a lot of fun while taking care of
the normal business of the lodge.
If this sounds like the type of thing you would like to become involved with
and would like to contact the Lodge, please
take a moment and fill out the
form provided for that purpose,
and Invite us to meet with you. You are always welcome at our stated dinners to
meet the members and have a good meal, provided we know you are coming. We
meet on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:15 pm at the Greenwood Masonic
Center 7910 Greenwood Ave. North in Seattle.
Remember that, like the Marine
Corps, we are always in need of "A Few Good Men." We, however, cannot ask you to
join. You will have to request a petition from a Lodge member to do that.
Now that is out of the way,
lets get down to why we find Freemasonry to be a good organization to be part of
and why you should consider asking to join us.
people we can trust with our wallet, with our wives, and with our kids. We
want to become better individuals, better husbands, and better friends. We
want to make a difference in the community we live in and the world, as a
In Washington State Freemasonry, the Holy
Scriptures are found on the altar of every Lodge and it is the rule and guide of our faith. One must believe in a Supreme Being
to be accepted into our fraternity. We accept people of all ethnic backgrounds
and religions. All we ask is that you believe in a Supreme Being.
Freemasonry teaches us
that we are all brothers and to treat each other and act as such.
There are many
more reasons why men want to join our
Fraternity. I have addressed only a few reasons above. We enjoy that special bond of
friendship, knowing that we have all been through the same rituals. We have been
given obligations to memorize. It took us some time to learn them, but we did it
and we enjoyed it. We enjoyed the enlightenment we received when given our
We enjoy meeting other men
from dissimilar backgrounds who we would never otherwise have the chance to meet.
And, we enjoy the feeling we
get in our hearts and in our spirits when we go out into our communities and
make a difference with our charitable contributions and the giving of our time.
As you can
see, we are busy on many different fronts. And we would welcome you to join us and
help us continue the good works that we do. We have room for more good men like
you. Make an investment in yourself, in your future happiness and help us
reshape the world around us. You have greatness in you and we can help you
to realize its fulfillment. Fill out the form and ask us to
meet with you.
St. John's Lodge No. 9 F&AM of Washington