Welcome to St. John’s Lodge!
Chartered on September 4, 1860.
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. All Freemasons are welcome, non-Mason visitors are always welcome for dinner!
On your way to Lodge?
Take a minute and see if you can give a Brother a ride to and from Lodge. Some of our Brothers would love to attend but sometimes they are not in physical condition to drive or just don’t have transportation.
Check our Share a Ride section under Lodge Community (share-a-ride) for addresses, and if you can give a ride from that location our Lodge Secretary will give you the contact information to make arrangements.
It’s your chance to be a Knight!
Meet Our Chef – Patrick
Come join us for dinner at our Lodge every 3rd Wednesday of the month with Chef Patrick Frank who has over 30 years of restaurant experience and has been cooking for private clients since 2009.
“I love restaurant work but no single restaurant can please every single person’s appetites every time. That’s where I come in. I want to create meals especially for you and your family or guests.”
St. John’s Noble Cause for 2016 another year another great success.
We would like to thank everyone who participated and donated their time and effort to make of this event a Great Success. Our Communities in Washington State will be the first beneficiaries of your unselfish contributions.
See you next year!!!
Richard Laurens Kirk 6/14/31 – 2/20/16
Lt. Col. Richard (Dick) L. Kirk (Ret.) was born to Edna Laurens and George S. Kirk on July 12, 1923 in Seattle. Bro. Kirk graduated from Lincoln High School in 1940. This was followed by 2 ½ years at the University of Washington, where he always said, “I studied radio broadcasting, rowed on the crew team, and learned enough Japanese to say “I surrender,” because WWII had started.
Our brother was drafted into the Army in January, 1943 and went to Africa and Sicily. He guarded German POW’s on a ship back to the US. He was preparing to go to Normandy when fate intervened. Dick was sent to the Defense Language Institute at the University of Michigan for an intensive two-year Japanese language course. He graduated from the language school in October, 1945. After a 3-year stint in Korea, he returned to the University of Washington to finish college.
Bro. Dick then decided to pursue a career in the Army. In 1950, he returned to Korea as a Forward Observer for what became known as the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. This was a brutal campaign, where 20,000 Americans fought the Chinese with only 3,000 surviving. After Korea, he served in Europe in both intelligence and artillery before returning to teach ROTC at UW.
Bro. Kirk was initiated in St. John’s Lodge No. 9, April 28, 1962, passed to a Fellowcraft May 12, 1962, and raised a Master Mason, May 26, 1962. He joined his father as a member of the Lodge. He was a member of the Fraternity for nearly 54 years.
The end of his military career found him between Hawaii and Saigon during the Vietnam War. Our Bro. Dick retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. His awards included a Silver Star and a Purple Heart. Returning to civilian life, he became a Foreign Trade Specialist for the Washington State Dept. of Commerce. Following this, he served as president of the Washington State Int’l Trade Fair. He ended his career as Parks and Fair Director for Kitsap County. In retirement, he was active in the Chosin Few (survivors of the Korean battle). He served on the board of the WAC, was a member of the WA State Governor’s Veterans Advisory Committee, and was a member of Nat’l Assoc. of Exposition Managers and Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, as well as the Assoc. of Former Intelligence Officers. In retirement, Dick could often be found entertaining at a piano bar in Tacoma, Mazatlan, or wherever a piano could be found. He rejoiced in his family, especially in his 19 grandchildren, as well as his 16 great-grandchildren.
Our brother passed to the Celestial Lodge on February 10, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 38 years Juliann, his two children Christopher and Lisa, and six step-children. He was preceded in death by his sister, June L. Henke.
A Celebration of Dick’s life was held March 4, 2016; interment at Tahoma National Cemetery.