The membership of Krucible Lodge is a very diverse cross-section of goal-oriented, energetic and active Masons, whose combined involvement and participation in the Craft represents all the branches of the Masonic family tree. The Charter Members of Krucible Lodge No. 318 are active Scottish and York Rite Masons.
Krucible Lodge has its origination in its Mother Lodge – Esoterika Lodge No. 316 in Seattle, WA. Before Esoterika existed, many of their members were Founding Members of the Everett, Seattle, and Tacoma Chapters of the Knights of Saint Andrew. The idea of creating a new “Blue” Lodge began to form during the development of the Everett Chapter of the Knights of Saint Andrew.
While developing the Everett Chapter of KSA, Esoterika members began discussions about some of the organizational problems that we faced as officers of our various Craft Lodges. The same old story of not being able to find enough people for our Degree work, of not having very much Lodge Fellowship, and not having access to the “further Light in Masonry” that we were promised would be ours when we completed our Degrees.
It was this unique opportunity of Scottish Rite Masons coming together to form a new Scottish Rite service organization in the Everett Valley, and discussing the challenges we were facing in doing so, that laid the foundation for developing our own Craft Lodge: an ideal Lodge that we could create and mold, where we could focus on our shared interests, a new kind of Lodge that would perhaps import some of the dramatic flare of the York and Scottish Rites, best practices learned from our mother-lodges and meld that into a unique presentation of the Degrees of Masonry.
A Lodge that will prepare its candidates to receive ongoing Masonic education and promote more of the esoteric concepts that is found in the Rites of Freemasonry. All of this while ensuring that any Master Masons, such as Lodge would produce are proficient, active and dedicated members of the Fraternity, ready to embrace the Rituals & traditions of Craft Masonry and participate as future leaders in our great fraternity.
It was during the same time frame that this special Reunion Class of future 32° Scottish Rite Masons and Masters of the Royal Secret were receiving their Scottish Rite Degrees, that the opportunity to explore and discover further light in Masonry was laid at our feet.
The “Grand Master’s York Rite Class” was held during the month of March 2005. The Degrees of the Chapter, Council, and Commandery were presented at various Masonic Temples throughout the Puget Sound, and conferred by the officers of the Grand Bodies of each, upon the Most Worshipful Grand Master. Many of the future Founding Members of the Everett Chapter of KSA and Esoterika Lodge No. 316 were selected to receive the Degrees of the York Rite of Freemasonry, with the Grand Master of Masons of Washington.
Since so many of the members of the future Everett Chapter of the KSA were going to receive our York Rite Degrees together, we decided to wear our KSA uniform as a symbol of solidarity, and in an effort to promote more fraternalism between the Scottish and York Rites of Freemasonry in our region. The uniform of the Everett Knights of Saint Andrew is that of a black suit, black shirt, and black tie.
During the course of the Grand Master’s Class, the brothers who would become Esoterika Lodge had the opportunity to discuss the future of Freemasonry in the Grand Jurisdiction of Washington and beyond, with MWGM Saturo “Sat” Tashiro, when he approached our group and asked us why we were all dressed in black.
The principal point of discussion with the Grand Master was the fundamental need for Masons to find new ways to come together and promote our Craft. The MWGM made our group an offer we couldn’t refuse, if we assembled 15 Master Masons in good standing and requested a “Petition for Dispensation” to form a new Lodge; he would give us his endorsement.
MWB Tashiro encouraged us to use this opportunity to create a new type of Blue Lodge, one that would explore and pursue new ways of revitalizing our Fraternity by appealing to the broad interests of our generation and that of future Master Masons.
Our conversations with the MWGM turned into a concerted and organized effort to form our Lodge, with a mandate to identify new ways of generating more interest in the Masonic fraternity.
On April 20th, 2005, a proposal asking for the sponsorship of Esoterika Lodge, and a letter attesting to the ability of the Officers of Esoterika Lodge, to confer the three degrees of Masonry proficiently, was made to St. John’s Lodge No. 9. St. John’s Lodge No. 9 voted unanimously to support the proposal to create Esoterika Lodge. A letter of support and endorsement was written on behalf of Esoterika Lodge by WB D. Joseph Lund, Master of St. John’s Lodge No. 9, and presented to the Grand Lodge of Washington.
The “Petition for Dispensation” needed to gain official status as a probationary Craft Lodge, was signed by 26 Master Masons, from 9 different Lodges in 5 different districts throughout the Puget Sound region of Washington.
MWGM Saturo “Sat” Tashiro (2004-2005) signed the “Petition for Dispensation”. Esoterika Lodge, U.D. (Under Dispensation) came to be May 27th, 2005. Esoterika Lodge, U.D. was granted a Charter to work and was Consecrated and Constituted on Saturday July 15th, 2006 at the Greenwood Masonic Center in Seattle, Washington.
VWB Donald Wertman, WB Paul Rekcamp and WB Michael Smithson inspired by the success of Esoterika Lodge wished to create a similarly focused Lodge in the South Puget Sound area. An organizational meeting was held on July 7th, 2007 and finding that there were an ample number of Master Masons willing to create a new Lodge, they approached Esoterika Lodge No. 316 seeking their approval and sponsorship.
Several members of Esoterika Lodge immediately lent their support by becoming plural members of this newly forming “Krucible” Lodge. Both Lodges drew up the necessary documents, forms and letters Petitioning the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Washington to allow “Krucible” to form as a new Lodge.
MWGM Wayne I. Smith (2007-2008) signed the “Petition for Dispensation” on April 14, 2008 at Pyramid Masonic Center and Krucible Lodge, UD immediately began the long process of becoming a Lodge. We established By-Laws on April 19th; started a Web Site; and began the process of acquiring the many various implements used within the Lodge and for degrees. Originally, a very old bible from Steilacoom Lodge No. 2 was lent to Krucible until we received our Charter and was return to Steilacoom.
The first petition for the degrees of Masonry to Krucible Lodge, UD was received in April 2008 from Mr. Kevin Robert Blakeway. Since Krucible met on a quarterly basis, we would be able to interview and vote upon his application - but not until our July Stated meeting. Our UD status would only allow is to work until the Annual Communication of Grand Lodge in June. Therefore, Krucible petitioned the Grand Lodge during the Annual Communication to allow us to continue working UD. Krucible was granted permission until the next Annual Session since we had been so recently formed and had not had sufficient time to prove ourselves as a Lodge.
Krucible conducted stated meetings, performed the three degrees for Bro. Blakeway and demonstrated their overall Masonic proficiency. During the 153rd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Washington, Krucible Lodge No. 318 was granted a Charter. MWGM Gale H. Kenney performed the Chartering Ceremony on July 25, 2009 at the Tacoma Valley Scottish Rite Center, consecrated and constituted Krucible Lodge. RWB G. Santy Lascano was Deputy Grand Master, RWB Michael Sanders was Senior Grand Warden, and RWB Dean Heinemann was the Junior Grand Warden. RWB David Owen was Grand Secretary. Many of the Grand Lodge appointed officer line and other appointed officers were present.
After the ceremony was competed; Grand Lodge was closed; and the Installation of Officers were completed; Krucible Lodge No. 318 was closed for the very first time. There was a joyous reception afterwards! Our Lodge was born!