Irving Masonic Lodge “Gift of Life” Blood Drive



Irving Lodge again joins Carter Blood Care in conducting a “Gift of Life” blood drive at Irving Mall.

The collection vehicle is parked near the Barnes & Noble Book Store at the Southeast corner of the Mall.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital uses the blood collected to help a needy children.

Saturday March 12, 2011
Noon to 6 PM

WORK SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER ‘09/JANUARY ‘10

Grand Lodge 2009 Annual Communication

Wednesday Dec. 09
9:00 A.M.
Pack Widow’s fruit baskets & deliver

Friday Dec. 11
6:30 P.M.
Irving Scottish Rite Club Christmas Party

Saturday Dec. 12
Noon/5 PM
Blood Drive (Irving Mall)

Monday Dec. 14
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Friday Dec. 18
6:30 P.M.
Officers/Past Masters and Ladies Christmas Party

Saturday Dec. 19
6:30 P.M.
Irving Lodge Christmas Party.

Monday Dec. 21
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

IRVING LODGE WILL BE DARK FROM DEC. 22 TO JAN. 11, 2010

Monday Jan. 11
7:00 P.M.
Examinations & bulletin mailing

Tuesday Jan. 12
6:30 P.M.
Light Meal

7:30 P.M.
STATED MEETING

CHRISTMAS PARTIES

The Christmas Parties planned for the Irving Lodge building will be at 6:30 P.M. A covered dish dinner is scheduled for each.

The Irving Scottish Rite Club with their Ladies will hold their party on Friday, December 11 and the Officers of Irving Lodge will join with the Past Masters and Ladies for their Christmas Party on December 18. The Scottish Rite Party and the Officers & P.M. Party will be covered dish dinners with everyone bringing food. A Chinese Auction is planned for each. Each person should also bring a gift for these two parties with no names on it for the Chinese Auction.

The Irving Masonic Lodge Christmas Party will be on Saturday, December 19, 2009. This will be a covered dish dinner with the Lodge providing the meat, drinks and bread. All others should bring a vegetable, salad or dessert. There will be no Chinese Auction at this party. Please don’t bring gifts. However, entertainment is planned. Please invite all your family and friends. Even Santa might make a visit and hang around for pictures.

SICK REPORT

We need help in trying to keep track of the sick and bereaved among our members and their families.

If you know of any that the Lodge should be informed about, please let Chaplain Ron Cox know on telephone 972-253-2060 or Worshipful Master Jimmy Walters on 972-401-1240. Please remember them in your prayers.

DUES ARE DUE

Every year we find we must remind the membership to pay their annual dues. Unless you are exempt from dues, or unless you have very recently paid you dues, you should remit as soon as possible. Dues in Irving Lodge are $75.00 payable by December 31 each year. They should be mailed to Irving Lodge #1218 at the address listed on bulletin. For those who have promptly responded to last months notice, we thank you and your dues card has been mailed.

DID YOU KNOW?

We know everyone is tired of hearing that we will not get any return on our investments for the Endowed Memberships, but it is, what it is. When the $100.00 value of the endowment gets below $100.00, the endowment will not make any disbursements. For the past several years the endowed memberships have not returned to the lodge a sum equal to half the annual dues. We agree that the endowment entitles the endowed member to be exempt from dues payment. So, for the past several years we have managed to meet our financial obligations without a severe problem. Since early in 2009, we have known that we were destined to not receive a return on the endowed investments this year. We have 219 Endowed Memberships who are not required to pay dues and about 80 who are 50 Year members and don’t pay dues. We have requested the endowed member to forego the exemption and donate the amount of their annual dues which is $75.00. If we can make it through another year with these donations the economy may improve. We pray and hope this is the case. We thank those members who have been very generous with donations to help us get through this bad time. But by this time in 2010, or sooner, if the financial outlook hasn’t improved, the Lodge must make decisions to overcome these financial problems. Some may be pretty drastic, but if we continue to operate we must pay the expenses.

JUST FOR FUN

I was having trouble with my computer. So I called Richard, the 11 year old next door whose bedroom looks like Mission Control, and asked him to come over. Richard clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem. As he was walking away, I called after him, “And, what was wrong?” He replied, “It was an ID ten T error.” I didn’t want to appear stupid, but nonetheless I inquired, “an ID ten T error? What’s that? In case I need to fix it again.” Richard grinned …. “Haven’t you ever heard of an ID ten T error?” “No” I replied. “Write it down,” he said, “and I think you’ll figure it out.” So I wrote it down: I D 1 0 T … I used to like the smart little b#%@ !

A lady told this story about her visit to the doctors office. “As I sat in the reception area of my doctor’s office, a woman rolled an elderly man in a wheelchair into the room. As she went to the receptionist’s desk, the man sat there, alone and silent. Just as I was thinking I should make small talk with him, a little boy slipped off his mother’s lap and walked over to the wheelchair. Placing his hand on the man’s, he said, ‘I know how you feel. My mom sometimes makes me ride in the stroller too’.”

WORK SCHEDULE FOR NOVEMBER/DECEMBER, 2009

Monday Nov. 16
7:00 P.M.
Confer 2 Entered Apprentice Degrees

Tuesday Nov. 17
6:30 P.M.
Irving Scottish Rite Club meets & eats.
(at Spring Creek Bar-B-Q, 183 At Beltline)

Saturday Nov. 21
6:30 P.M.
Masonic/Scouter Awards (covered dish dinner)

Monday Nov. 23
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor work

Monday Nov. 30
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor work

Monday Dec. 07
7:00 P.M.
Examinations & bulletin mailing

Tuesday Dec. 08
6:30 P.M.
Light Meal

7:30 P.M.
STATED MEETING

SPECIAL ATTENTION

Brethren, we have been blessed with no deaths of our members being reported for the last two months. However, there are many who are sick or need attention. If you know of a member and his family, or one of our Masonic Widows who are sick and/or need attention, please let the lodge know. All the officers names and telephone numbers are listed on the face of the bulletin.

MASONIC SCOUTER AWARD PRESENTATION


(photo credit Irving Rambler)
Irving Masonic Lodge #1218 held a covered dish dinner on November 21, 2009, at 6:30 P.M. and presented the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award for the first time in Irving Lodge. This award is for Masons who exemplify the Scout Law, and Masonic virtues in service to the Scouting Program. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, in cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America created the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award. The Grand Lodge of Texas has recently authorized the presentation of this award to Texas Masons. Irving Lodge is proud to recognize in this manner, two of our members who deserve to be so honored.

Irving Lodge provided the meat, bread and drinks. All others were asked to bring a dish of their special dessert, vegetable or salad.

DUES ARE DUE

Every year at this time, we find it necessary to remind the brethren that dues are now due. The annual dues in Irving Lodge #1218 are $75.00 payable in advance by December 31, for the following year. In plain words, that means that the year 2010 dues are now due before December 31, 2009. We know everyone is tired of hearing that we will not get any return on our investments for the Endowed Memberships, but it is just the way it is. Any Endowed Member who would help us meet our financial needs could mail in the regular $75.00 dues to cover our loss. The Lodge would greatly appreciate any of our members who might remember Irving Lodge in their wills or other forms of donations.

IRVING SCOTTISH RITE CLUB - Third Tuesday

Again, we would remind you that the Irving Scottish Rite Club has been meeting in Irving Lodge on the 4th Tuesday each month at 6:30 P.M. Please make a note that a change has been made. They will now meet on the Third Tuesday each month at 6:30 P.M. at Irving Lodge, unless special arrangements are made. The meetings at the Lodge will include a covered dish dinner. Such a special arrangement has been made for November as plans are to eat at Spring Creek Bar-B-Q- at Hwy. 183 & Beltline Road. Dutch treat is in order for this dinner. All Scottish Right Masons and their Ladies as well as all Master Masons and their Ladies are always invited to attend the Irving Scottish Rite Club dinners and meetings.

KIDS ARE GREAT !

(actual letters as written by Second Graders, spelling as was written)
Jane: dear God, Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones why don’t you just keep the ones you got now?

Jennefer: Dear God In bible times did they really talk that fancy?

Elliott: Dear God, I think about you sometimes even when I’m not praying.

Robert: I am Amearican What are you?

Nan: I bet it is very hard for you to love all of every body in the whole world There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it.

Mickey D.: Dear god, If you watch in church on Sunday I will show you my new shoes.

Donna: We read Thos. Edison made light. But in Sun. School they said you did it. So I bet he stoled you idea.

Peter: Dear God, Please Send Dennis Clark to a different camp this year.

Denise: Dear – God - if – we – come – back - as – something - don’t – let – me – be Jennifer – Horton because – I – hate her.

Chris: God, I would like to live 900 years like the guy in the bible.

Larry: Dear God Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each so much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother.

WORK SCHEDULE FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER, 2009

Monday Oct. 19
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Tuesday Oct. 20
6:30 P.M.
Irving Scottish Rite Club meets & eats
(at IHOP)

Saturday Oct. 24
6:30 P.M.
50/60 Year Awards and covered dish dinner

Monday Oct. 26
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Monday Nov. 02
7:00 P.M.
Confer Master Masons’ Degree

Monday Nov. 09
7:00 p.m.
Examinations & bulletin mailing

Tuesday Nov. 13
6:30 P.M. Light Meal

7:30 P.M. STATED MEETING


NOTE: Mark your calendar for the presentation of The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award.
Irving Lodge will make the presentation to two of our deserving members on November 21, 2009. This is a first for Irving Lodge as the award is relatively new in Texas Masonry.

SPECIAL ATTENTION

Brethren, this is a call for special attention to be given to the sick or disabled among our members and their families. Please give a special attention to our Masonic Widows. Their names and problems are too numerous to list here. They often need help or assistance. The Sick Committee Report is given at each Stated Meeting. If you know of someone among our Widows or members, let the Sick Committee know. We have a hard time keeping up with those who are sick or need a little attention. If you know of a change of address, let the Secretary know. Keep all of these cherished ones in your prayers as well as keeping them on your visitation list.

50/60 YEAR AWARDS

Irving Lodge #1218 is blessed with many 50 Year (and more) Members, and we add to that list each year. On August 5, 2009 the Grand Lodge of Texas approved the presentation of the 50/60 Year awards to the following members. 60 Year Award: Dick Wadsworth, Jackie Norris and Vetis Davis. For the 50 Year Award: Richard Grove, Lames Lawrence, Frank Maykus,Jr. and Jack H. Thomas. Except for Brother Jack Thomas who could not make the public presentation, these Brothers will be present to receive the Award in Irving Lodge #1218 on October 24, 2009 at a covered Dish Dinner. Family, relatives and all the friends of Masonry are invited and welcome to this evening of honors, fellowship, fun and a good meal. Please make a special effort to attend to Honor these brethren.
Invite someone to join with us on this special occasion.

YOU GUESSED IT. IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN

With the failure of any income from our Endowed Membership investments, it very important that Irving Lodge members respond to the call for help. Our Dues for the year 2010 are due by December 31, 2009. The annual Dues are the primary source of Income to tide us through the bills and other expenses of year 2010. Your early payment of Dues will be a help in meeting our responsibilities.

If you are an Endowed Member, the Lodge still needs your help with any donations you can afford. It would be with great appreciation you would remember Irving Lodge in your will.

Don’t you remember the excitement and enthusiasm for Masonry when you were Raised a Master Mason. ? Pay your Dues promptly and/or make a donation, then attend Lodge to help us share these same emotions with others.

IRVING SCOTTISH RITE CLUB

The Irving Scottish Rite Club has been meeting in Irving Lodge on the 4th Tuesday each month at 6:30 P.M. Please make a note that a change has been made. They will now meet on the Third Tuesday each month at 6:30 P.M. at Irving Lodge, unless special arrangements are made. For the month of October, their meeting will be held on the third Tuesday at IHOP at Hwy. 183 & Beltline.

“TAKE TIME TO READ”


Irving Lodge #1218 has started a popular program to encourage Elementary School students in Irving to take time to read. Irving Lodge has joined with Magician Carl Jones and the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in a program aimed toward this goal. Brother Carl Jones brings the world of Magic to the kids, and the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children provides bookmarks, pencils, rulers and other items, while Irving Lodge provides the coordination and donates a bicycle to a student named by the school. Only students who meet the assigned reading requirements are accepted to the program.

J. O. Davis School was the first in May, 2008 and again in May 2009. J. O. Schulze School followed with a show in May 2009. The first program to reward kids for meeting summer time reading requirements was M. C. Lively School on September 23, 2009. A good time was had by all. The comedy and magic brought by Brother Carl Jones was a hit. The hand-out items were appreciated and the bicycle was won by Third Grade Student Fatima Hernandez and that brought tears to the eyes of her mother who wishes to thank all the masons for what they do.

KEEP SMILING

Dear God, Thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy.
Signed, Joyce, six years old.

Dear God, I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that OK?
Signed, Neil, six years old.

Dallas Valley, Scottish Rite Fall (3 day) Reunion

17 Oct 2009, Saturday
6:30 AM
Registration and Breakfast then Degrees

24 Oct 2009, Saturday
6:30 AM
Registration and Breakfast then Degrees

31 Oct 2009, Saturday
6:30 AM
Registration and Breakfast then Degrees

Dallas Scottish Rite Temple
500 S. Harwood
Dallas, Texas 75201
214-748-9196

Outdoor MM Degree - Brisket Dinner - this Saturday

An Invitation from Thomas B. Hunter Lodge #1356 A. F. & A. M.

Saturday, October 03, 2009
6:00 PM

All master masons are invited to the Thomas B. Hunter OUTDOOR MM Degree

Brisket Dinner $10 with all the fixins.

Bring your Apron, Chair’s and Dues Card (strictly tiled)
See ya at Rock Creek Barbeque
502 Wildlife Parkway, G.P. Texas


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Officer/Past Master & Ladies dinner

The Irving lodge officers, past masters and ladies dinner will be held on

Thursday September 24th at 6:30 pm at

Arturo's Mexican Restaurant
1810 W Irving Blvd
Irving, TX 75061

WORK SCHEDULE FOR SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER, 2009

Saturday Sept. 12
12/5:00 P.M.
“Gift of Life” Blood Drive (Irving Mall)

Monday Sept. 14
7:00 P.M.
Practice Floor work or Degree

Monday Sept. 21
7:00 P.M.
Practice Floor Work or Degree

Tuesday Sept. 22
6:30 P.M.
Irving Scottish Rite Club meets & eats

Wednesday Sept. 23
1:45 P.M.
“Take Time to Read” M. C. Lively School

Monday Sept. 28
7:00 P.M.
Practice Floor Work or Degree

Monday Oct. 05
7:00 P.M.
Practice Floor Work or Degree

Monday Oct. 12
7:00 P.M.
Examination and bulletin mailing

Tuesday Oct. 13
6:30 P.M.
Light Meal

7:30 P.M.
STATED MEETING

IN DEDICATION

Getting to know the Worshipful Master of your Irving Lodge #1218. As you know Jimmy Walters, do you know the real Jimmy Walters? James A. Walters II was born on August 4, 1962.

He was born in Sweetwater, Texas to parents James A. and Jackie Walters. He graduated from Monterey High School in Abilene, Texas. He attended Texas Tech University. He is single and moved to Irving in 1987. He is employed as a Legal Assistant. Jimmy was Raised a Master Mason in Irving Lodge #1218 on August 21, 2000. he was appointed as a Steward of Irving Lodge in 2004 and has progressed through the offices of the Lodge to be the Worshipful Master in this Masonic Year 2009-’10.

IRVING SCOTTISH RITE CLUB

Back in business! The Irving Scottish Rite Club has been on Summer vacation but is now open for business. They meet on the 4th Tuesday each month from September thru’ May at 6:30 P.M. at the Irving Masonic Lodge’s C. J. Range Memorial Hall dining room. A covered dish dinner is served at 6:30 and their meeting starts after that. The club supports the Scottish Rite programs and other Masonic and charitable causes. If you are a Master Mason they will accept you at their dinner meeting.
Ladies are welcome at all activities of the Scottish Rite Club.

“GIFT OF LIFE”

Irving Lodge #1218 again joins Carter Blood Care in conducting a “Gift of Life” blood drive at Irving Mall on Saturday, September 12, 2009. BUT, the location at the Mall has changed. The collection vehicle will now be parked near the Barnes & Noble Book Store at the Southeast corner of the Mall. Don’t just guess whether you could give blood. Volunteer and see if they want it. They will not take blood that doesn’t meet strict requirements. The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital uses that blood to help a needy child. Some child might not get that help if you don’t donate on September 12.

“TAKE TIME TO READ”

Irving Lodge #1218 has started a popular program to encourage Elementary School students in Irving to take time to read. Irving Lodge has joined with Magician Carl Jones and the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in a program aimed toward this goal. Brother Carl Jones brings the world of Magic to the kids and the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children provides bookmarks, pencils, rulers and other items, while Irving Lodge provides the coordination and donates a bicycle to a student named by the school. Only students who meet the assigned reading requirements are accepted to the program.

J. O. Davis School was the first in May, 2008 and May 2009. J. O. Schulze School followed with a show in May 2009. The first program to reward kids for meeting summer time reading requirements will be M. C. Lively School on September 23, 2009 at 1:45 P.M. Any adults wishing to attend the program must provide a valid drivers license or other acceptable identification.

GO AHEAD, ENJOY A LAUGH

An elderly couple had dinner at another couple’s house, and after eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen. The two gentlemen were talking, and one said, “Last night we went to a new restaurant and it was really great. I would recommend it very highly.” The other man said, “What’s the name of the restaurant?” The first man thought and thought and finally said, “What’s the name of the flower you give to someone you love? You know… the one that’s red and has thorns.” “Do you mean a rose?” “Yes, that’s the one,” replied the man. He then turned towards the kitchen and yelled, “Rose, what’s the name of that restaurant we went to last night?”

Children’s science exam answers
Q. How is dew formed?
A. The sun shines of the leaves and makes them perspire.

Q. How can you delay milk from turning sour?
A. Keep it in the cow.

Q. What are steroids?
A. Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.

Q. Name a disease associated with cigarettes.
A. Premature death.

Q. What is a fibula ?
A. A small lie.

Q. What does ‘varicose’ mean ?
A. Nearby.

Q. What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
A. He says good-bye his boyhood and looks forward to adultery.

WORK SCHEDULE FOR AUGUST/SEPTEMBER, 2009

Monday Aug. 17
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Monday Aug. 24
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Thursday Aug. 27
6:30 P.M.
Off., PMs & Ladies Dinner (Angelo’s, 1330 W. Pioneer)

Saturday Aug. 29
6:30 P.M.
Honor Past Masters (covered dish dinner)

Monday Aug. 31
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor work

Monday Sept. 07
7:00 P.M.
Examinations & bulletin mailing

Tuesday Sept. 08
6:30 P.M.
Light meal

7:30 P.M.
STATED MEETING

IN MEMORIAM

Brother Presley G. Miller was born on August 26, 1930. He was made a Master Mason in Irving Lodge #1218 on July 26, 1957. He had moved to Ennis in later years and Affiliated with Ennis Lodge #369 on January 14, 2003 as a Plural Member. He accepted God’s decree to become one of his Angels on July 3, 2009.

Brother Garald J. Burns was born on March 14, 1933. Irving Lodge Raised Garald as a Master Mason on September 27, 1963. He Passed from this world to a better place in Heaven on July 12, 2009. Irving Lodge conducted Masonic Services on July 16, 2009.

“Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you.” (Isaiah 35:4)

We dedicate this bulletin to the memory of Presley G. Miller and Garald J. Burns. Our hearts will be heavy but our memories will be proud that we were able to share a small part in their lives.

HONOR PAST MASTERS


Irving Masonic Lodge #1218 will be pleased to Honor Past Masters with a covered dish dinner on Saturday evening, August 29, 2009 at 6:30 P.M. Past Masters in Irving Lodge have served for many years in the line of Officers prior to being elected to the important Office of Worshipful Master. The honors on this occasion are not a reward, but are a show of admiration and respect for the years of sacrifice and service they have so generously given to the Lodge and it’s members. A member is appointed to the Line of Officers in Irving Lodge after proving himself as deserving. It usually takes seven years before he is then elected to be the Leader and Worshipful Master of this Lodge. After a tense and happy year, he is returned to the fold as a member. He is then called a Past Master in recognition and respect. He has freely given of his time and talent to this Lodge and Masonry in general.

Irving Lodge invites all members, their friends and family to join us as we share this evening of fellowship and entertainment. The Shady Grove Ramblers have so often provided the joys of Blue Grass music, and they will be with us again on this evening. You are going to miss some great fellowship, fun and entertainment if you don’t make it to this event.

As usual, the Lodge will provide the meat, bread and drinks. Others are asked to bring their favorite vegetable, salad or dessert.

BASIC FREEMASONRY

(copied in part from the Masonic Services Assoc. of North America)
“Essentially, Freemasonry is a fraternity which stresses self development of the individual’s intellectual and spiritual nature. It teaches self-control and the development of insight. It teaches primarily through the use of symbols and allegory. It is the tradition in the fraternity that no one may speak officially for Masonry so far as its meanings and interpretations are concerned. Each man interprets the symbols for himself, although Masonic scholars write books tracing the history of the Craft and providing such interpretations of the symbols and lessons as they can. Still, this is an opinion, and not to be considered, in any sense, official.”

“It, like any of the systems of initiation from ancient Mesopotamia to the present, is a quest in which the candidate seeks self-awareness and self-understanding. Its ritual and ceremonies are designed to further that quest.”

JUST A LITTLE HUMOR AND PHILOSOPHY (copied)

Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forget about the one’s who don’t. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. No one said life would be easy, they just promised it would, most likely, be worth it.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.

A grandmother decided to teach her granddaughter the different colors. She would point out something and ask what color it was. The child would always tell her correctly. It was fun for the grandmother and she continued. At last, as the granddaughter was leaving, she stopped at the door and sagely said, “Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these yourself.”

Grand Lodge of Texas Annual Golf Tournament


Grand Lodge of Texas Annual Golf Tournament
Inaugural Game
October 21, 2009
Texas City Bayou Golf Course
2800 Ted Dudley Dr.
409-643-5850

Entry Fees
Tee Box Sponsor I: $500.00
Tee Box Sponsor II: $300.00
Tee Box Sponsor III: $100.00
Golfers: $60.00
All Other Donations Accepted
Cut-Off Date is October 15, 2009

Make Checks Payable To:
RW Thomas F. Griffin
Winnie-Stowell Lodge #1377
P.O. Box 437
Stowell, TX 77661
Attn: Golf Tournament 2009
409-296-2796
Email: griffins2@alltel.net

Mulligans 2-$5.00
Prizes for
1st, 2nd, and 3rd
Lowest Score
Longest Drive
Closest to the Pin
4 Man Scramble
TEE Time 1:00pm
October 21, 2009

Additional Information:
Contact your D.D.G.M.
Or at gloftexas.golf@gmail.com
Cliff Guidry……………….. 409-935-3825
Gerald Harris……………... 281-830-0075
Mike Nelson………………..409-771-9183
Mike Osteen………………..409-771-8726
RW Tommy Griffin………. 409-296-2796
Charles McKay…………….972-977-7576
Fred Foreman……………...409-256-3743
Glenn Gregory……………..214-696-1462
James Gillenwaters……….. 979-354-3077
Herbert L. Johnson……….. 281-332-1386
Don Reasonover……………409-833-6260

Planning Guide For Officers (2004 - 2005)

Past Master Butch Murden created a planning guide for his 2004-2005 officers. Butch has shared his helpful and informative guide with each of the incoming Worshipful Masters since that time and has agreed to share it here with you.

This great read is divided into these sections:
  • Officers and Wives Outing Sequence
  • Lodge Officer Duties
  • A Mason and a Man (poem/song)
  • Masonic History of Irving Lodge #1218 A.F & A.M.
  • Epilogue




WORK SCHEDULE FOR JULY/AUGUST, 2009


Wednesday July 15
7:00 P.M.
Practice Floor Work

Monday July 20
7:00 P.M.
Confer Entered Apprentice Degree

Wednesday July 22
7:00 P.M.
Practice Floor Work

Monday July 27
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Wednesday July 29
6:30 P.M.
MWSA meets & eats (Installs Officers)

Monday Aug. 03
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Wednesday Aug. 05
7:00 P.M.
Practice Floor Work

Monday Aug. 10
7:00 P.M.
Examination & bulletin mailing

Tuesday Aug. 11
6:30 P.M.
Light meal

7:30 P.M. STATED MEETING

IN MEMORIAM

Brother Raymond C. O’Brien was born on December 14, 1921. He affiliated with Irving Lodge #1218 on June 10, 2008. He retired from the US Air force as a Lt. Colonel) He went to be with his Lord on April 25, 2009.

“He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best.” (verse from a poem, author unknown)

We dedicate this bulletin to the memory of Raymond Charles O’Brien . In our prayers, we ask for God’s kindness and comfort for his loved ones.

Officers of Irving Lodge 2009 - 2010


For those of you who might have missed the Officer Installation on June 27, Irving Lodge #1218 is pleased to announce the newly elected and appointed officers for the Masonic Year 2009-2010 as follows:

Jimmy A. Walters, II, Worshipful Master

Michael Shrum, Senior Warden
(Dianne)

John Thalacker, Junior Warden

Right Worshipful Mike Woolsey, Treasurer
(Carol)

Dean Alexander, Secretary
(Katherine)

Ronald Cox, Chaplain
(Kathy)

Michael Jones, Senior Deacon
(Leslynn)

Bill Adra, Junior Deacon

Tony Head, Senior Steward

John Samuel, Junior Steward
(Judy)

Vetis Davis, Master of Ceremonies
(Dorthy)

David Gisler, Tiler
(Jill)

Brethren, please get to know your officers and let them know you support them.


MWSA MEETING

The Masters, Wardens and Secretaries Assoc. of the 14TH Masonic Districts will hold the Annual Election and Installation of Officers on Wednesday the 29th day of July, 2009. The meeting to be held at Edwin J. Kiest Masonic Lodge #1310 in Dallas. A meal will be served 6:30 P. M. prior to the meeting. All Masons and guests are invited to attend.

4th OF JULY PARADE

It has become a custom for Irving Masonic Lodge to open the kitchen and dining area for masons and their families and friends during the annual Irving Parade to celebrate the 4th of July Holiday. As the lodge is on the downtown route for the parade it can afford a meeting opportunity for parade watchers. Coffee, donuts, and cold drinks are available along with air conditioning relief from the hot July day. The 2009 parade was a great success and consisted of more than 100 entries. About 50 people enjoyed the hospitality of Irving Lodge during this year event.

OUR MONTHLY BULLETIN

Each month as the bulletin is published, we are reminded of an observation by Robert E. Lee in 1863. “It appears we have appointed our worst generals to command forces, and our most gifted and brilliant to edit newspapers! In fact, I discovered by reading newspapers that these editor/geniuses plainly saw all my strategic defects from the start, yet failed to inform me until it was too late. Accordingly, I’m readily willing to yield my command to these obviously superior intellects, and I’ll in turn, do my best for the Cause by writing editorials -- after the fact.” Now, I might stand corrected, but it seemed to me that General Lee was a pretty witty old boy. His remarks are applicable to more that just a war or a monthly bulletin.

SO MOTE IT BE

SO MOTE IT BE
(What it mean to me by Worshipful Brother Paul Weathers)

“So Mote It Be. So sweet is the sound. It has such a strong meaning to the true Mason.
The word ‘mote’ is an Anglo-Saxon word meaning ‘may’. But the meaning to the Mason should be much more personal. Whether at the end of one’s prayer, at the pronouncement of the sacred union of marriage, at the blessed birth of a child, or at the solemn bidding good-bye to one who is loved and respected, we say those meaningful words, So Mote It Be.”

“When I say those words, So Mote It Be, I’m not speaking to those mortal beings around me, I’m speaking directly to The Supreme Deity of all existence. I’m asking God to look into my heart and know what is there that I may not know the words to express. I’m asking God to recognize my needs, even those I don’t know exist and provide them, to know my weaknesses and frailties of life, to know all that my humble existence cannot comprehend. I’m yielding to His will and implore His mercy.”

WORK SCHEDULE FOR JUNE/JULY, 2009


Tuesday June 09
7:30 P.M.
STATED MEETING (election of Officers)

Monday June 15
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Saturday June 20
Noon/5:00
“Gift of Life” Blood Drive at Irving Mall

Monday June 22
6:30 P.M.
Dallas Masonic Services Bureau meets & eats (Mike H. Thomas Lodge, 2710 Pierce, Dallas)

7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Wednesday June 24
6:30 P.M.
MWSA meets & eats (Tex. SR Hospital)

Friday June 26
7:00 P.M.
Practice for all Officers to be installed

Saturday June 27
7:30 P.M.
Irving Lodge Installation of Officers

Monday June 29
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Monday July 06
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Monday July 13
7:00 P.M.
Examination & bulletin mailing

Tuesday July 14
6:30 P.M.
Light meal

7:30 P.M.
STATED MEETING

IN MEMORIAM

Brother Leonard D. Langston was born November 21, 1921. He was Raised a Master Mason in Tannehill Lodge #52 on February 22, 1955. He Affiliated with Irving Lodge #1218 on January 12, 1965. Brother Langston was approved by the Grand Lodge of Texas for the 50 Year Masonic Service Award on August 9, 2004. He took the hand of the Death Angel on May 9, 2009 as he joined his Lord in Heaven.

Brother Richard O. Campbell, Sr. was born on April 12, 1939. He was made a Master Mason in Irving Lodge #1218 on November 17, 1980. He passed through the Gates Of Heaven on May 10, 2009.

“It broke our hearts to lose you, But you did not go alone. For part of us went with you. The day God called you home.” (excerpt from a poem, author unknown)

We dedicate this bulletin to the memory of Brother Leonard D. Langston and Richard O. Campbell, Sr. May God’s mercy and comfort be with their beloved families.

INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS

Irving Masonic Lodge will Install newly elected and appointed officers for the Masonic Year 2009/2010 in the Irving Lodge Room on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at 7:30 P.M. Following the usual course of progression, Brother Jimmy A. Walters II will be installed as the Worshipful Master. In addition, other brethren will be installed into newly elected and appointed offices. P:M: Dean Alexander will be the Installing Officer and P:M: W. O. “Bill” Giddens will be the Installing Marshall. The principles and ideals of Freemasonry are enumerated during the ceremony. All masons with their families and friends are encouraged to attend. All friends of Masonry are invited to attend. A Reception with refreshments will be held in the C. J. Range Memorial Hall after the Installation Ceremonies in the Lodge Room..

“TAKE TIME TO READ”

Irving Masonic Lodge has been active in the Grand Lodge program “Take time to Read”. In 2008 the Lodge sponsored the program at J. O. Davis Elementary School in Irving. Brother Carl E. Jones (aka “ Topper The Magic Clown”) brought the world of magic to about 200 students, from an enrollment of 700 plus, who had accomplished all their reading assignments. The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for children provided bookmarks, pencils, rulers, etc. and Irving Masonic Lodge provided a bicycle to a student in this group who was selected by the school staff.

In 2009, Irving Lodge has again sponsored the “Take Time To Read” program to J. O. Davis School on May 6 and added J. O. Schulze School on May 14. In September, 2009 a tentative scheduled program is planned for M. C. Lively School. The intent of your Irving Lodge in sponsoring these programs are to encourage kids to actually take time to read.

KIDS AND RELIGION

A LITTLE BOY WAS OVERHEARD PRAYING: “Lord, if you can’t make me a better boy, don’t
worry about it. I’m having a real good time like I am.”

A SUNDAY ACHOOL TEACHER asked her little children, as they were on the way to church service. “Why is it necessary to be quiet in church?”
One bright little girl replied, “Because people are sleeping”

ONE LITTLE BOY, under the tutelage of his grandmother was becoming quite knowledgeable about the bible. Then one day he asked, “Which Virgin was the mother of Jesus ? The Virgin Mary or the King James Virgin?”

A SMALL BOY WAS LOOKING through the old family bible when something fell out. He picked it up and studied it for a minute. It was a leaf from a tree which had been pressed between the pages.
“Mama, look what I found” he called out. “What have you got there, Dear ?” his mother asked.
He slowly answered, “I think it’s Adam’s suit.”

A THREE YEAR OLD GIRL and her Father were discussing what the clouds might look like. They saw a tree, a snowman, and a horse. Then the father said, “Look, there is a dragon in the sky.” The little girl jumps up and starts shouting, “Run Jesus! Run!”

Stewards Picnic 2009 photo gallery


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Stewards Picnic 2009 photo gallery

Take Time to Read program in the news


Irving Masonic Lodge #1218 sponsored the second annual "Take Time to Read" program at J.O. Davis Elementary School in Irving, Texas on May 6, 2009.

The purpose of the program is to encourage students to take time to read.

The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital provided bookmarks, pencils, rulers, etc. with "The Magic Clown" Carl E. Jones providing the world of magic to approximately 200 students out of a student body of 700 plus as a reward for meeting all their reading assignments for the school year.

Out of that group, the school staff selected one student to receive a bicycle provided by the Irving Masonic Lodge #1218. The winner for the 2008-'09 school year was Jorge Cacique pictured above with his bicycle and Carl Jones the "Magic Clown".

WORK SCHEDULE FOR MAY/JUNE, 2009

Thursday May 14
8:00 A.M.
“Take Time to Read” Program at J. O. Schulze School

Saturday May 16
6:30 P.M.
Honor Funeral Committee and Masonic Widows

Monday May 18
7:00 P.M.
Confer Master Mason’s Degree

Wednesday May 20
7:00 P.M.
Practice Floor Work

Monday May 25
7:00 P.M.
Confer Entered Apprentice Mason’s Degree

Tuesday May 26
6:30 P.M.
Irving Scottish Rite Club meets and eats (covered dish)

Wednesday May 27
6:30 P.M.
MWSA meets and eats at Seagoville Lodge

Saturday May 30
10AM/3PM
Irving Lodge Steward’s Picnic at Fritz Park in Irving

Monday June 01
7:00 P.M.
Confer Entered Apprentice Mason’s Degree

Monday June 08
7:00 P.M.
Examinations and bulletin mailing

Tuesday June 09
6:30 P.M.
Light meal

7:30 P.M.
STATED MEETING AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS

IN MEMORIAM

Nelson William Seeber, Jr. was born October 21, 1924. He was Raised a Master Mason in Irving Lodge #1218 on March 22, 1946. He was approved for the 50 Year Masonic Service Award
On June 24, 1995 and for the 60 Award on August 01, 2005. Brother Seeber was Called to the Celestial Lodge Above on April 20, 2009.

“If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joys. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Oh yes, these things I too will miss”. (An excerpt from the poem “I’M FREE”)

We dedicate this bulletin to the memory of Nelson W. Seeber, Jr. May his loved ones be blessed with the comfort of God’s love.

HONOR FUNERAL COMMITTEE AND MASONIC WIDOWS

Irving Lodge will Honor the Funeral Committee and our Masonic Widows at a covered dish dinner at the Lodge on Saturday, May 16, 2009 with dinner at 6:30 P.M. and the program to follow. Please spread the word to our Widows. It appears to be appropriate to join these two occasions as they are related in a common bond. At the loss of a Brother we find a Widow with whom we share this loss. Irving Lodge is happy to share this night of love and affection with these two groups.
The lodge will provide the meat, bread and drinks. Others are asked to bring their favorite serving of salad, vegetable, or dessert. All friends of Masonry and guests are invited to attend.

STEWARD’S PICNIC

The Steward’s of Irving Lodge send all our friends and members a special invitation to attend this outdoor picnic at Fritz Park in Irving on May 30, 2009 from 11 AM to 2 PM. Bring lawn chairs and an instrument to play or something to play with. And don’t forget to bring the kids. I suspect there will be plenty of hot dogs and hamburgers, or whatever the Steward’s will provide. This will be a happy time music, games and eating.



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Stewards Picnic 2009 photo gallery

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Don’t forget the Election of Officers to be held at the June Stated Meeting. Show your support for the Lodge and the newly elected officers as we plan for a new Masonic Year.

RECIPE

This bulletin doesn’t usually run recipes but after a serving of Jr. Steward David Gisler’s Sloppy Joe dinner in April, a number have asked for his recipe. Well, here are the ingredients and you can serve when you feel it’s ready.
IN A POT---brown the following – 1 TBS of butter, 1 cup of celery (chopped fine), 1 green pepper (chopped fine), 1 onion (chopped fine). Add 2 lbs of ground beef and brown. Then add 1 cup of water, 1 32oz. bottle of ketchup (or to taste), ¼ TSP chili powder, 1 TSP sugar, 1 TSP white vinegar. If you think it’s ready, eat it.

FAMOUS PEOPLE SAID

In my many years I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress. --- John Adams

Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. – Ronald Reagan

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. – Thomas Jefferson

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. – P. J. O’Rourke

I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. –Will Rogers

The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. – Ronald Reagan

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. – Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw

Talk is cheap …. Except when Congress does it. -- Anonymous

WORK SCHEDULE FOR APRIL/MAY, 2009

Monday Apr. 20
7:00 P.M.
Confer the Master Mason’s degree

Wednesday Apr. 22
7:00 P.M.
Practice Floor Work

Saturday Apr. 25
6:30 P.M.
Golden Trowel Award to Willie Wilburg (covered dish)

Monday Apr. 27
7:00 P.M.
Practice Floor Work

Tuesday Apr. 28
6:30 P.M.
Irving S. R. Club meets & eats (covered dish)

Wednesday Apr. 29
6:30 P.M.
Grand Master Visits with Dinner (Hella Temple)

Monday May 04
7:00 P.M.
Practice Floor Work

Wednesday May 06
8:00 A.M.
“Take Time To Read” (J. O. Davis Elem. School)

Monday May 11
7:00 P.M.
Examinations and bulletin mailing

Tuesday May 12
6:30 P.M.
Light meal

7:30 P.M.
STATED MEETING

“Take Time To Read”

The “Take Time To Read” Program on May 6, 8:00am, at J. O. Dave Elem. School is open to our members without further security check as long as they remain with the program.

GRAND MASTER VISITS THE DALLAS AREA

Most Worshipful W. David Counts, Jr., Grand Master of Masons in Texas will make his Official Visit to the Dallas Area at Hella Shrine Temple on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 6:30 P.M.

A dinner will be served to be followed by the program and reception of the Grand Master. Tickets for the dinner are $12.00 and can be purchased from the Lodge Secretary before April 15. Some tickets will be for sale at the door for $15.00 as long as they last. If you have never been to the Official Visit of a Grand Master, this should be a must. He will discuss the Endowed Membership and other problems for Grand Lodge. This is an important meeting for you to attend.

GOLDEN TROWEL AWARD


Irving Lodge is pleased to announce the presentation of the Golden Trowel Award to Brother Willie Wilburg on this special occasion. A covered dish dinner will be served at 6:30 P.M. on Saturday evening, April 25, 2009. The presentation will be made to one deserving this award and the evening will be topped of with Brother Phillip Gardner and his key board providing entertainment.


IT TAKES ALL KINDS

(actual engravings on tombstones)
1. “Here lies an Atheist, all dressed up and no place to go”
2. “Here lies Ann Mann, Who lived an old Maid but died an old Mann”
3. “Here lies Johnny Yeast… Pardon him for not rising”
4. “Sir John Strange. Here lies an honest lawyer, and that is Strange”
5. “Under the sod and under the trees, Lies the body of Jonathan Pease.
He is not here, there’s only the pod. Pease shelled out and went to God”
6. “Remember man, as you walk by, As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now, so shall you be. Remember this and follow me” (someone wrote the following on his tombstone) “To follow you I’ll not consent, Until I know which way you went”

WORK SCHEDULE FOR MAR./APR., 2009

Saturday Mar. 14
Noon/5PM
“Gift of Life” Blood Drive at Irving Mall, South Entry

Monday Mar. 16
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Monday Mar. 23
7:00 P.M.
Confer Fellow Craft Degree

Tuesday Mar. 24
6:30 P.M.
Irving Scottish Rite Club meets (covered dish dinner)

Wednesday Mar. 25
6:30 P.M.
MWSA meet & eat (at Roy Stanley Lodge)

Thursday Mar. 26
6:30 P.M.
Officer/Past Master & Ladies dinner
(El Comal Restaurant, 1411 N. Beltline Rd. at Pioneer)

Monday Mar. 30
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Monday Apr. 06
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Monday Apr. 13
7:00 P.M.
Examinations & bulletin mailing

Tuesday Apr. 14
6:30 P.M.
Light Meal

7:30 P.M.
STATED MEETING

IN DEDICATION


We are pleased to dedicate this bulletin to Past Master C. Michael Woolsey who is serving this 2009 year as the District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District 14 B. He was appointed by Grand Master W. David Counts, Jr. and installed at the Annual Communications of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas on Saturday, December 6, 2008.

Michael Woolsey was born in Dallas, Texas on November 26, 1951. He is married to Carol B. Strong Woolsey but they have not been blessed with children. He is employed by Glasfloss Industries as the National Sales Manager, ARW Division. Brother Woolsey was Raised a Master Mason in Irving Lodge #1218 on June 20, 1988. He was first appointed as an Officer in Irving Lodge as the Jr. Steward in 1990. He served as Master of Irving Lodge in 1997-’98. He was presented with the Grand Lodge Golden Trowel Award in 2006. After serving on many committees and in many offices and always available for service, he was asked to serve as the Grand Master’s Representative for District 14B for the year 2009.

We congratulate our friend and Brother on his appointment. We should all let him know how much we appreciate all he does. Shake his hand and thank him for all he does..

“GIFT OF LIFE”

Irving Masonic Lodge will join with Carter Blood Care and the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in asking you to join us in our efforts to provide the actually “GIFT OF LIFE” for those in need of blood. This effort to provide blood to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and other hospitals is a serious problem that can only be answered by people such as you. Will you help a child in need of blood ?

FLOOR WORK CLASSES

Dean Donaldson, Past Master of Irving Lodge and Past District Deputy of Masonic District 14B is now holding classes on Monday and Wednesday at 7 PM on evenings when no degrees are scheduled. He invites those who wish to learn the proper opening and closed of a lodge and the various stations in the conferral of the degrees.

PROBLEMS WITH DUES

Brethren, each month we have noted in this bulletin that the annual dues for Irving Lodge are $75.00 payable in advance by December 31, for the following year. To be specific, the 2009 dues were due by December 31, 2008. We still have a few who have not paid. This creates a problem as our dues are almost the only source of income Irving Lodge has. To complicate the problem we have been informed that the Endowed Membership is in trouble with the current economy and will probably not be paying anything this year. To offset that loss of income, it was suggested at our last Stated Meeting that if the Endowed Members would remit the usual dues to cover the loss our Endowments, it would certainly be a great help to the Lodge.

KEEP SMILING

A pastor places his order at the pet store. “I need at least 50 mice, 2,000 ants and as many of those little silverfish as you can get.” The clerk replies, “We can probably do that, but it may take some time. Mind if I ask why you are placing such an unusual order ?” The pastor replies, “I’ve accepted a call to another church and the Pastor’s Council told me to leave the parsonage the way I found it.”

NEW CHURCH SIGNS

1. Best vitamin for a Christian is B1.
2. Try our Sundays, they are better than Baskin-Robbins.
3. Come in and have your faith lifted
4. This is a ch—ch. What is missing?
5. You are not too bad to come in. You are not too good to stay out.
6. Can’t sleep ? Try counting your blessings
7. Try Jesus. If you don’t like Him, the devil will always take you back.
8. Life is Hard. Afterlife is Harder.
9. Aspire to inspire before you expire.
10. Where will you be sitting in eternity? Smoking or non-smoking?
11. Under same management for over 2,000 years.

Cornerstone Ceremony at Masonic Retirement Center



--- Update ---
The cornerstone dedication was well attended. Most Worshipful Grand Master Counts and his fellow Grand Lodge Officers delivered a magnificent ceremony. Attending from Irving lodge were Right Worshipful Mike Woolsey, Treasurer Butch Murden, Senior Deacon John Thalacker, Senior Steward Bill Adra and Bro. Tony Head.

Afterward the Irving brethren met at an Irving coffee shop and shared coconut cream pie, coffee and fellowship.

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A cornerstone ceremony for the new Texas Masonic Retirement Center expansion building will be conducted by Grand Master W. David Counts, Jr. on Saturday, February 28th, 2009.

9:00 am
A representation of the Grand Lodge of Texas will be opened
Arlington Lodge #438
1415 West Abram
Arlington, Texas

10:00 am
Cornerstone Ceremony @ TMRC
1501 West Division
Arlington, Texas 76012-3818
Contact: Kirby Rudisill
817-275-2893

Past DDGM Mike Woolsey

12/08/2009

Brother Mike Woolsey, of Irving lodge #1218, has just completed his term as District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic district 14B. His broad experience and years of service more than qualified him to represent the Grand Master in his district, a responsibility Brother Woolsey fulfilled with honor, distinction and humility. His service to our fraternity has earned him our respect and gratitude and we say to Right Worshipful Michael Woolsey “thank you”.

Jimmy Walters, Worshipful Master 2009-2010
Irving Lodge #1218

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First let me say what an honor it is to be chosen as the District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District 14B and I am looking forward to great year for all of us. As you all know, part of my duties are "official" visits to the six lodges in district 14B and if anyone is interested in attending these with me I would welcome the company and support. The following is a list of my official visit dates and locations and few other Masonic events you may be interested in. Again let me express what an honor and a privilege this is for me and if there is anything I can do to be of assistance in your lodge please do not hesitate to give me a call.

Sincerely,

Mike Woolsey D.D.G.M. 14B








January 13, 2009
Irving Lodge #1218
132 E. Second Street
Irving, TX 75017
6:30pm

February 5, 2009
Love Field Lodge #1274
8525 Midway Road
Dallas, TX 75209
6:30pm

February 14, 2009
James V. Callan Da-Lite Lodge #1422
8525 Midway Road
Dallas, TX 75209
7:00am

February 17, 2009
Highland Park Lodge
507 S. Harwood
Dallas, TX 75238
6:00pm

February 28, 2009
Cornerstone Ceremony
Masonic Retirement Center
1501 West Division
Arlington, Texas 76012-3818
9:00am
Grand Master Counts will be conducting the ceremony

March 5, 2009
Hillcrest Lodge #1318
5019 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75205
6:30pm

April 2, 2009
Vickery Lodge #1351
5300 Forest Lane
Dallas, TX 75244
6:30pm

WORK SCHEDULE FOR FEB./MAR, 2009

Monday Feb. 16
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Thursday Feb. 19
6:30 P.M.
Off. & P.M. Dinner(BlackEyed Pea-361 N. Beltline)

Monday Feb. 23
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Tuesday Feb. 24
6:30 P.M.
Irving Scottish Rite Club eats and meets

Wednesday Feb. 25
6:30 P.M.
Dinner & MWSA meeting at Richardson Lodge

Monday Mar. 02
7:00 P.M.
Degree or floor work practice.

Monday Mar. 09
7:00 P.M.
Examinations and bulletin mailing

Tuesday Mar. 10
6:30 P.M.
Light Meal

7:30 P.M.
STATED MEETING

IN MEMORIUM

Malcolm Beal Dean was born in Lovington , New Mexico on December 7, 1928. He was Raised a Master Mason in Lovington Lodge #46 in that city on April 9, 1957. He affiliated with our Irving Lodge #1218 on February 13, 2001. The trumpet was sounded and Brother Dean entered the Gates of Heaven on January 26, 2009.

“So when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me, I’m right here, in your heart.”
(verse from poem ‘If Tomorrow Starts Without Me” author unknown)

We dedicate this bulletin to the memory of Malcolm Beal Dean. May God’s comfort and consolation abide with his loved ones.

A PROBLEM FOR IRVING LODGE

To the members of Irving Lodge #1218 this means a problem for each member. Irving Lodge has Endowed Members which annually generates a large portion of our annual income. In 2006 we received from that fund $6442.05. In 2007 we received $7790.00 but in 2008 we received only $4639.80. In this 2009 year we have been inform by Grand Lodge that in all probability there will be no distribution. The fund is set up in increments of $100.00 shares and the rules for distribution is specific that no distribution will be made if the value of each share drops to less than $100.00. This is to protect the principal of the investment. The current is less than $100. Our problem is that a large part of our annual income is cut off for the year 2009. The Lodge is open for any suggestion or help that you, the members, can provide. This is our Lodge and the problems are ours, every members, to solve. We have realized all along that the Endowments did not pay in equal value to our dues. But we have advocated that if we bite the bullet for now, then our future finances would be solid. That concept is still a good one. But we never dreamed that about half of our members would provide no income from the endowments during a year. Your help is solicited. The Lodge needs your help.

FLOOR WORK CLASSES

Dean Donaldson, Past Master of Irving Lodge and Past District Deputy of Masonic District 14B is now holding classes on Monday and Wednesday at 7 PM on evenings when no degrees are scheduled. He invites those who wish to learn the proper opening and closeing of a lodge and the various stations in the conferral of the degrees.

KIDS ARE FUNNY, PARENTS TOO

(These are real notes from parents. Spelling left intact)

1. My son is under a doctor’s care and should not take PE today. Please execute him.
2. Please excuse lisa for being absent she was sick and I had her shot.
3. Please excuse roland from p.e. for a few days. Yesterday he fell out of a tree and misplaced his hip.
4. John has been absent because he had two teeth taken out of his face.
5. Carlos was absent yesterday because he was playing football. He was hurt in the growing part.
6. Please excuse ray from school. He had very loose vowels.
7. Please excuse tommy for being absent yesterday. He had diarrhea, and his boots leak.
8. Please excuse jimmy for being. It was his fathers fault.
9. Sally won’t be in school a week from Friday. We have to attend her funeral.
10. Please excuse Jason for being absent yesterday. He had a cold and could not breed well.

SOME TIMES IT GETS CONFUSING

A preacher said to a farmer, “Do you belong to the Christian family?” 
“No” said the farmer, “I think they live two farms down.” 
“No, I mean are you lost?” 
“No, I’ve been here thirty years.” 
“I mean, are you ready for Judgment Day?” 
“When is it?” 
“Could be today or tomorrow.” 
“Well, when you find out for sure when it is, you let me know. My wife will probably want to go both days.”

A pastor put sanitary hot air hand dryers in the rest rooms at the church and after two weeks, took them out. When asked why, he confessed that they worked fine, but when he went in there he saw a sign that read, “For a sample of this week’s sermon, push the button.”

WORK SCHEDULE FOR JAN./FEB., 2009

Monday Jan. 19 
7:00 P.M. 
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Monday Jan. 26 
7:00 P.M. 
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Tuesday Jan. 27 
6:30 P.M. 
Irving Scottish Rite Club eats and meets

Wednesday Jan. 28 
6:30 P.M. 
Dinner ( $9.00 each Hella Shrine Temple)

7:30 P.M.
MWSA meeting to Introduce new DDGMs

Saturday Jan. 31 
9:00 A.M. 
Grand Master’s Conference (Dallas S.R. Temple)

Monday Feb. 02 
7:00 P.M. 
Degree or Practice Floor work

Monday Feb. 09 
7:00 P.M. 
Examinations & bulletin mailing

Tuesday Feb. 10 
6:30 P.M. 
Light Meal

7:30 P.M. 
STATED MEETING

MWSA INTRODUCE DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS

The Masters, Wardens and Secretaries Assoc. for the 14th Masonic Districts will hold their January meeting at the Hella Shrine Temple in Garland. Each District Deputy in the 14th Districts will be introduced. Other District Deputies from any District are invited to attend and will be introduced. Dinner fee is $9.00 per person. The meeting will conclude at 8:30 P.M. after which a Past Master’s Degree will be conferred upon any sitting Masters and/or Wardens who are interested.
(Degree fee $15.00)

GRAND MASTER’S CONFERENCE

Most Worshipful W. David Counts, Jr. will conduct the Grand Master’s Conference for the Dallas Area on Saturday Morning, January 31, 2009 starting at 10:00 A.M. and will last about 2 hours. Registration starts at 9:00 A.M. with coffee and doughnuts and a get together. The conference will cover subjects which are special to the Grand Master and other subjects which he feels are important for the Masons of Texas to know relating to Grand Lodge and the subordinate lodges. Please attend and get to meet and know your Grand Master.

IN MEMORIAM

Gene Bruce Moyer 
was born May 27, 1921. He was made a Master Mason in Irving Lodge #1218 on November 30, 1953. He was approved for the Grand Lodge 50 Year Masonic Service Award on July 22, 2003. He joined his loved ones in Heaven on November 26, 2008. 

Floyd F. ”Bear” Bryant 
was born July 29, 1939. He was Raised a Master Mason in Irving Lodge #1218 on June 17,1983.  He went to sit at the feet of his Lord and Master on December 12, 2008 

“I know how much you love me, As much as I love you, And each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me to. But when tomorrow starts without me, Please try to understand, That an angel came and called my name, And took me by the hand. And said my place was ready, In heaven far above, And that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love.” 
(excerpt from poem “If Tomorrow Starts Without Me”) 

Our prayers are for their loved ones is the peace at heart and consolation which can only come from God.

A RETIREE’S THOUGHT

My wife said, “Whatcha doin today?” 
I said, “Nothing.”

She said, “You did that yesterday!” 
I said, “But I didn’t finish !!!”

I LOVE KID’S JOKES !

Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, “Why is the bride dressed in white?” The mother replied, “Because white is a color of happiness, and today is the happiness of her life.” The child thought for a moment then said, “So why is the groom wearing black?”

Two boys were walking home from Sunday School after hearing a strong preaching on the devil. One said to the other, “What do you think about all this Satan stuff?” The other boy  replied, “Well, you know how Santa Claus turned out. It’s probably just your Dad.”

A Sunday School teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to ‘honor thy father and thy mother,’ she asked, “Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?” Without missing a beat, one little boy answered, “Thou shall not kill.”

Irving Past Masters

1925-26 J. M. Popplewell *
1926-27 S. H. Elliott *
1927-28 Chris Johnson *
1928-29 J. C. Allen *
1930-31 William S. Johnson *
1931-32 Charles H. Lucas *
1932-33 Lynn B. Lemmons *
1933-34 Henry S. Pollard *
1934-35 George H. Knight *
1935-36 J. Franklin Williams *
1936-37 Ernest L. Bennett *
1938-39 John L. Brandenburg *
1939-40 J. Clyde Kirkpatrick *
1940-41 J. Daniel Caster *
1941-42 Richard M. Hatfield *
1942-43 Luthor J. Branon *
1943-44 Walter Brashear *#
1944-45 Jere H. Hayes *
1945-46 John D. Leggett *
1946-47 Joe Chandler *
1947-48 Harlan T. Goode *
1948-49 Thomas M. Bynum *
1949-50 Luthor F. Newman *
1950-51 Verner A. Taylor *
1951-52 Earl E. Palmer *
1952-53 Gerald D. Morton *#
1953-54 Floyd C. Williams *
1954-55 Roscoe L. Christy *
1955-56 Marvin H. Doss *
1956-57 Robert H. Haymes *
1957-58 Lloyd L. Jones *
1958-59 Jabe C. Morris *
1959-60 R. Sam King *
1960-61 M. Doyle Inge *
1961-62 Johnnie P. Shafer *
1962-63 W. G. Cunningham
1963-64 Ollie Smith *
1964-65 John A. Sanders *
1965-66 A. H. Trotter *
1966-67 Fred Studer *
1967-68 D. D. Alexander #
1968-69 C. J. Range *
1969-70 W. O. Giddens *
1970-71 Lamar Jones *
1971-72 J. C. Waller *
1972-73 Jack E. Winfrey *
1973-74 Victor Cassano *
1974-75 Charles Coats
1975-76 Charles Yarbrough *
1976-77 Billy E. Stevens
1977-78 Newman Palmer *#
1978-79 Charles Hartford *
1979-80 Ray Wall *
1980-81 James Vaughan *
1981-82 Jan Dillon *
1982-83 Robert Wrinkle *
1983-84 Don McConathy #
1984-85 Carl Weant *
1985-86 Bruce Wilson
1986-87 Ivan Alexander *
1987-88 J. Roland Jeter #
1988-89 B. W. Ike Junell
1989-90 Harold E. Morris *
1990-91 Phillip Baker
1991-92 Dean Donaldson #
1992-93 Frank C. King #
1993-94 Bob A. Barnes
1994-95 Jim R. Wilson *
1995-96 Randall Wilson *
1996-97 Tom Uhr #
1997-98 Mike Woolsey #
1998-99 J. L. Rusty Smith
1999-00 Max L. Perry
2000-01 Robert C. Dunn *
2001-02 Nicky King
2002-03 Norman Millican *
2003-04 Douglas Brock
2004-05 O. L. "Butch" Murden
2005-06 Dale Fulenchek
2006-07 Loyd Hinch
2007-08 Clayton Shores
2008-09 Ray Marr
2009-10 Jimmy Walters
2010-11 Michael Shrum
2011-12 John Thalacker
2012-13 Bill Adra
2013-14 David Gisler
2014-15 Tony Head

# District Deputy Grand Master (district 14-B)
* Deceased

Affiliated Texas Past Masters

J. Carlton Easter *
W. C. Underwood *
Fred W. Grant
George H. Webb #*
J. J. Rhodes *
Evan B. Jones #*
Tommy J. Caviness
Dewitt T. Mayo *
C. C. Davis *
George P. Ridgeway *
Leahmon F. Chambers #*
Jack Windom *
O. D. Bates *
B. O. James *
Ken Bryant
Joe F. Millican *
William Schultz
Willie C. McKinney *
T. J. Davis *
Roelean Anderson
Harrell W. Chism
R. G. "Dick" Jerman *
Floyd E. Hall #
Ed Graham #
Scott Brosi #
Ricky Mitchell
Glenn Reid

# DDGM * Deceased


Permanent Committees 2008-2009

Audit
Mike Woolsey, Dean Donaldson, Doug Brock

Building
Ron Cox, Duane Bower, Bill Adra

Bulletin
Bill Revis, Dean Alexander, John Thalacker

Life Counselor
Mike Woolsey

Certificate / Floor Work
Dean Alexander, Dean Donaldson

Golden Trowel
Clayton Shores, Douglas Brock, Loyd Hinch

Charity and Arbitration
Raymond Marr, Jimmy Walters, Mike Shrum

Telephone / Hospitality / Transportation
Bill Adra, Matt Lewis, Mike Jones

Gift of Life
Bob Dunn, James Brandenburg, Bill Revis, David Gisler, Max Perry, Butch Murden

Special Events
Rusty Smith, John Thalacker, Mike Woolsey, Keith Murden, Andy Fulenchek

Financial Advisory
Dean Alexander, Butch Murden

Candidate Information
John Thalacker, Matt Lewis

Public Schools Week
John Thalacker, John Samuel

Candidate Instruction
Butch Murden, Rusty Smith, Michael Shrum

Sickness
James Brandenburg, Vetis Davis, Ron Cox

Burial
Dean Alexander, Dale Fulenchek, Vetis Davis, Loyd Hinch, John Perrish, Tom Uhr, David Gisler, Mike Woolsey, Bill Connell

Public Service
Butch Murden, Dean Alexander

Officers of Irving Lodge 2008 - 2009



Raymond Marr, Worshipful Master
214-507-2890
(Lisa)

Jimmy Walters, Senior Warden

Michael Shrum, Junior Warden
(Dianne)

Butch Murden, Treasurer
(Linda)

Dean Alexander, Secretary
(Katherine)

Ron Cox, Chaplain
(Kathy)

John Thalacker, Senior Deacon

Matthew Lewis, Junior Deacon

Bill Adra, Senior Steward

David Gisler, Junior Steward
(Jill)

Vetis Davis, Master of Ceremonies
(Dorthy)

Michael Jones, Tiler