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


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


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

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

7:30 P.M.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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’.”