Friday Nov. 12
7:00 P.M.
Review Grand Lodge Law proposed changes (S.R. Hospital)

Monday Nov. 15
7:00 P.M.
Confer the Entered Apprentice Masons’ Degree
Meal: corney dogs & chips

Monday Nov. 22
7:00 P.M.
Confer Master Masons’ Degree
Meal: sloppy joe's & chips

Monday Nov. 29
7:00 P.M.
Confer Master Masons’ Degree
Meal: chili dogs & chips

Thur. – Dec. 2, 1:30 PM
Fri. – Dec. 3, 9:00 AM
Sat., Dec. 4, 8:00 AM - GRAND LODGE OF TEXAS

Monday Dec. 06
7:00 P.M.
Confer Fellow Craft Degree
Meal: sandwiches & chips

Saturday Dec. 11
Noon-6PM “Gift of Life” Blood Drive (Irving Mall)
6:30 P.M. Past Master, Officers and Ladies Xmas Party

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

Tuesday Dec. 14
6:30 P.M. Light Meal: beef stew, salad, & rolls

Wednesday Dec. 15
8:30 A.M.
Pack & Deliver Widow’s Fruit Baskets

Saturday Dec. 18
6:30 P.M.
Meal: turkey, rolls & drinks

Monday Dec. 20
7:00 P.M.
Confer Master Mason’s Degree
Meal: turkey sandwiches & chips


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

Monday Jan. 10
7:00 P.M.
Examinations & bulletin mailing

Tuesday Jan. 11
6:30 P.M. Light Meal

(Notice: This bulletin covers parts of 3 months and has a busy schedule . Please read this carefully and make additional notes of dates and times of interest.)


The Grand Lodge of Texas will hold the Annual Communications in Waco, Texas on first Thursday, Friday and Saturday in December. Those dates are December 2, 3, & 4 , 2010.

Pre-registrations now cost $10.00 but no charge at the registration desk at Grand Lodge. Pre-formal Ceremonies start at 1:30 P.M. on Thursday and will be awards and entertainment at 7:00 PM and all of which is open to everyone. Friday morning at 9:00 AM Grand Lodge will open for business. Saturday morning Grand Lodge will open at continue with business at 8:00 AM and will hopefully be recessed around noon. The Installation is planned for Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM. The City of Waco will provide vans to shuttle from the Hilton, Courtyard, and Shuttle Parking lot to the Grand Lodge.


This will be a busy December 11 Saturday for those involved in these two activities. The “Gift of Life” Blood Drive at the Irving Mall will start at noon and last until 6 PM. We may need help to relieve any Officer or Past Master at the Mall so that they may arrange to get to the Officer/ Past Master’s Party by 6:30 P.M. This Party will enjoy (?) the usual Chinese Auction which will be held again this year. Each one attending is asked to bring a gift of a value of about $10.00. No other gifts are exchanged. The gifts will be distributed by the Chinese Auction process. (Good Luck!)


Annually, a group of Irving Lodge members meet a week or so before Christmas and enjoy a day of packing and delivering a fruit basket to each of our Masonic Widows who live in the Irving area.

For the ones who live away from the Irving area, a Christmas Card and a small present is mailed to each. Any member who wishes to participate in the packing and delivery of the fruit baskets is invited to join us on Wednesday morning, December 15 at 8:30 A.M. We want to get all the baskets out of the lodge building as soon as possible. So, if you have a list of widows for delivery, please pick up your baskets pronto.


On December 18, 2010 at 6:30 P.M. Irving Lodge will have their annual Christmas Dinner.
This will be the usual covered dish dinner with the lodge providing the meat, bread and drinks. All others are asked to bring your favorite dish of vegetable, salad, or dessert. We expect about 100 to attend as this is open to family, friends and relatives. Santa will probably show up and the ever popular Shady Grove Ramblers will certainly be there to entertain.


Annual Dues in Irving Lodge are $75.00 and are due each year by December 31 to pay for the next years dues. To make it simple, we pay the dues for 2011 by December 31, 2010. Our dues are set at the amount which the lodge has voted them to be. There might come a time, before long, when we will be required to raise the amount of our dues. Nobody likes that idea, but reason and requirements must prevail. As we start our third year of no income from our 219 Endowed Memberships, we are denied more than half of our expected income. We are asking the Endowed Members to consider paying the amount of their regular dues until the economy rewards our endowments.


“Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter.” (I wonder if the jury will try him in person ?)

“Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Experts Says” (The passengers would probably agree)

“Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers” (Something needs to be done about jaywalkers)

“Miners Refuse to Work after Death” (Their wages will probably be stopped at that time too)

“Red Tape Holds UP New Bridges” (That must be stronger than duct tape)

“War Dims Hope for Peace” (I can see where it might have that effect)

“Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead” (Were they all just lately buried ?)

Fantastic Teeth Fan Club

(Fantastic Teeth Fan Club launch party)

Masonic Children & Family Services partnered with Irving Masonic Lodge to introduce a pilot program called the Fantastic Teeth Fan Club.

Through the program, Dean Alexander, Butch & Linda Murden and David Gisler presented free dental care kits to more than 160 children in elementary schools served by Irving Lodge.

We know children suffer with tooth aches. Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. The MCFS Fantastic Teeth Fan Club gives children and parents the basic tools for good dental habits. This helps stop pain, cuts missed school days, and reduces cost for expensive dental services.

MCFC welcomes your questions about MCFS services or your referral of those in need.

Masonic Children & Family Services

Fantastic Teeth Presentation Dates

We just received confirmation from Davis School that we can do the Fantastic Teeth presentation to 160 kids on Wednesday October 27th at 9 AM.

We will be putting the packages together on Tuesday the 26th at 6:30 PM.

John Thalacker


Saturday Oct. 16
6:30 P.M.
50 Masonic Service Awards & covered dish dinner

Monday Oct. 18
7:00 P.M.
Confer Entered Apprentice Degree

Monday Oct. 25
7:00 P.M.
Confer Master Masons’ Degree

Wednesday Oct. 27
6:30 P.M.
MWSA Joint Meeting with Ft. Worth Districts

Monday Nov. 01
7:00 P.M.
Confer Fellow Craft Degree

Monday Nov. 08
7:00 P.M.
Bulletin mailing and Examinations

Tuesday Nov. 09
6:30 P.M. Light Meal

Note: On Friday evening, November 12 at 7:00 P.M., the proposed By-Law changes will be reviewed at the Scottish Rite Hospital. All masons are invited to attend.


Brother James B. Scott was born on June 20, 1921. He was made a Mason in Sunflower Lodge #86, in Wichita, Kansas on January 16, 1953. He Affiliated with Irving Lodge #1218 on March 9, 1993. Brother Scott was presented with the Grand Lodge 50 Year Masonic Service Award on January 16, 2003. He Passed into the arm of his Savior on September 20, 2010.

“Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.” (Psalm 62:1)

This bulletin is dedicated to the memory of Brother James B. Scott. May God ease the hearts of his loved ones in their sorrow.


Irving Lodge is pleased to announce the presentation of Masonic Service Awards at a covered dish dinner on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 6:30 P.M. as we honor those who are due the 65, 60, & 50 Year Awards.

Brother Bill Schultz is due for his 65 Year Award. 60 Year Awards will be presented to Brother Guy H. Hudson and Past Master Phillip D. Baker. Irving Lodge will also present the 50 Year Award to the following Brothers: Richard C. Mahan, William C. Busbee, John C. Vincent, Wendell D. Jones, and W. O. “Bill” Giddens. Other Brothers who are due the award but could not attend are Luther Foshee, Orban M. McCoy, Joe Miliara, Royce H. Kirby, and Joel Blackwell .

The covered dish dinner will be served at 6:30 P.M. with the ceremonies to follow. The Lodge will provide the meat, drinks and bread. All other are invited to bring their favorite vegetable, salad or dessert. We honor these Service Award Brethren and wish them well for the future years.


An always enjoyable evening is had when the Masters, Wardens and Secretaries Assoc. of the Dallas and Ft. Worth Districts join together to meet, eat, and enjoy an evening fellowship.

This is the meeting that was once the outstanding event held at the Masonic Home and School of Texas in Ft. Worth. At the closing of the Home & School the joint meetings were moved to the Texas Masonic Retirement Center in Arlington. A good meeting to attend for Masonic education too.


The Masonic Laws by which the masons and lodges operate are constantly being adjusted to meet the current needs of the Fraternity. The proposed changes to be considered at the Grand Lodge Convocation in December, 2010 will be reviewed at a meeting of the Masters Wardens and Secretaries Association to be held at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. A Reviewer will discuss each of the 23 proposed changes and attempt to explain the intent of the Resolutions. Some are duplications and some are minor adjustments. But some are important law changes which should be the concern of every mason in Texas. This is a good time to become familiar with the proposed changes and then plan to attend Grand Lodge to find out the how they are rejected, amended or accepted.


Once a year we come to the time in a year when Dues to Irving Lodge #1218 are due and payable. That time is here. Dues in Irving Lodge are $75.00 per year and are due by the last day of December for the ensuing year. In plain words, this means you need to pay your dues for the year 2011 by December 31, 2010. Again, we are receiving no money from the Endowed Memberships. Ordinarily, our 219 Endowed Memberships would pay about half of our yearly income. That loss puts Irving Lodge in a severe cash flow condition again this year. The Lodge is therefore asking each of the Endowed Members to please consider paying their regular dues of $75.00. Better yet, come to lodge and bring that payment with you. We’ll be happy to greet you and shake your hand, and give you a big “THANK YOU” for the $75.00.


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

Mark Twain: “If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.”

Mark Twain: “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself.”

Unknown: “Talk is cheap….except when Congress does it.”

Periccles (430 B.C.): “Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you !”

Mark Twain: “The difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the shin.

Past Masters, Officers and Ladies - Dinner Locations

The Past Masters, Officers and Ladies dinner is held on the 4th Thursday of each month at 6:30PM.
Monthly locations are announced in the Work Schedule.  

Upcoming Meals


John and I have discussed what the kitchen will serve over the next several weeks.

Monday, Oct 4th
Corny dogs or sandwiches. We are trying to use up all of the lunch meat remaining so we may choose the latter.

Monday, Oct 11th
Corny dogs or Chili dogs unless we do not work.

Tuesday, Oct 12th - Stated meeting
Brisket, green beans and rolls.

Saturday, Oct 16th - 50 -55 60 year dinner
Pork tenderloin and rolls.

We will take the leftover brisket and make BBQ sandwiches and depending how much we have left use for a called or possibly stated meeting .

We are thinking ham for November and turkey for December. We will firm up November before bulletin printing.

if you have any comments or concerns please free to bring them up Monday night.


Carl Roberts
Junior Steward
Irving Masonic Lodge 1218


Saturday Sept. 18
6:30 P.M.
Honor Widows & Funeral Committee

Monday Sept. 20
7:00 P.M.
Confer Master Masons’ Degree

Tuesday Sept. 21
6:30 P.M.
Irving Scottish Rite Club meets and eats

Monday Sept. 27
7:00 P.M.
Confer Fellow Craft Degree

Wednesday Sept. 29
6:30 P.M.
MWSA meets and eats

Monday Oct. 04
7:00 P.M.
Confer 2 Fellow Craft Degrees

Saturday Oct. 09
Texas Masonic Family

Monday Oct. 11
6:30 P.M.
Bulletin mailing & Examinations

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

Saturday Oct. 16
6:30 P.M.
Presentation of 65, 60 & 50 - Year Masonic Service Awards
(P.M. Bill Giddens request all the members he has taught to be present as he receives the 50 Yr. Award. He has asked those who cannot be present on October 16, to please call him on 972-790-5049)


How much do you know about the man who was elected to serve as Worshipful Master of Irving Lodge during the current Masonic Year? Michael “Mike” Steven Shrum graduated from Nimitz High School in Irving. His father Richard, was a Master Mason in Irving Lodge. As a teenager Mike joined Irving DeMolay Chapter and served his chapter and the State DeMolay Assoc. in many offices of leadership. He attended Tyler Jr. College and North Lake College. His current family consist of his wife Dianne and his Masonic Widowed mother Vlasta . He also has two grown children; a daughter Summer and a son Chris. Mike Shrum was Raised a Master Mason in Irving Lodge on April 16, 2004. He was immediately appointed to serve as Junior Steward for the Masonic Year 2004-05. After serving through the progressive line of officers, he was installed as Worshipful Master of Irving Lodge #1218 for the Masonic Year 2010-11. Mike completed almost every training course that the Grand Lodge of Texas has to offer.

Hats Off to Mike for his devotion and dedication to Masonry in general and Irving Lodge in particular. We dedicate this bulletin to Michael Steven Shrum. Each of us should let Mike know how much we appreciate him by giving him a hug; a hand shake; or a pat on the back, or all of the same.


The Grand Lodge of Texas has proclaimed Saturday, October 12, 2013 (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) as Texas Masonic Family Day. Festivities will be enjoyed at the Texas Masonic Retirement Center at 1801 West Division Street in Arlington, Texas.

There will be food and drink concessions; a free Antique & Classic Car Show; a Bar-B-Q Cook Off; & Live Music. Children’s activities include a hay ride; jump house; pumpkin patch and a dunkin’ booth.  If you can’t have fun at this, you must have a lasso on the wrong calf.

Visit the Texas Masonic Family Day page:


Irving Lodge is pleased to announce the Honor Night for our Masonic Widows and the dedicated Funeral Committee on Saturday, September 18, 2010 with a covered dish dinner at 6:30 P.M.

As usual for our covered dish dinners, the Lodge will provide the meat, bread, and drinks. All others are asked to bring a vegetable, salad or dessert. We grieve at the death of our Brothers in Masonry and we hold their widows close in our hearts.


The Irving Scottish Rite Club will hold their monthly meeting at the Irving Lodge on Tuesday evening at 6:30 P.M. They will enjoy a covered dish dinner before they conduct the business of the club. The meal and meeting is open to all masons and friends.

The Master, Wardens, and Secretaries Assoc. will meet and eat on Wednesday September 29 at 6:30 P.M. in the Trinity Valley Lodge #1048 in the Scottish Rite Temple at 500 South Harwood St, Dallas.
The host lodge, Trinity Valley, will provide the courtesy meal before the meeting. Our own Jr. Warden, Mike Jones serves this Association as the Treasurer. The meal and meeting is open to all masons, ladies and friends.


• “ Get 50 % off or half price, whichever is less.” (sounds like a bargain)

• “Statistics show that teen pregnancy drops off significantly after age 25.” (that’s amazing)

• “Fish need water; Feds say.” (everybody needs something)

• “Alton attorney accidentally sues himself.” (I hope he wins and collect a large sum)

• “Utah Poison Control Center reminds everyone not to take poison.” (gee, thanks)

• “Federal Agents Raid Gun Shop, Finds Weapons.” (I bet there were guns there too)

• “For Sale: collection of old people. Call 253XXXX (I’m not putting my name on this newsletter)

• “HUMAN SKULL, USED ONCE only. Not plastic. $200 OBO Dr. Scott Tyler, 6xxxxxx” (Ugh!)

• “1995 NISSAN, green, leather, loaded, CD, auto start, sunroof, 4-door, good condition, $4500.
Not for sale.” (a wasted ad)

• “Debra Jackson said she likes shopping at the Dollar Palace because it is convenient and casual. ‘ I don’t have to get all dressed up like I’m going to Wal-Mart of something’.” (What did she say?)

Masonic Service Bureau to host Masonic Children and Family Services at Irving Lodge

Brethren & Ladies,

The Dallas Area Masonic Service Bureau will hold its regular quarterly meeting this Monday, August 23, 2010, at Irving Lodge No. 1218, located at:

132 E. Second St.
Irving 75060 map

The Lodge phone number is: 972-253-5600.

The evening will begin at 6:30 for a meal, provided by the Stewards of Irving Lodge, and the meeting will begin at 7:15 pm. After the program presentation, which will include a very heart-warming video presentation, there will be ample opportunity to ask questions of the staff.

The program will be led by Sharon Fulcher-Tatom, the Executive Director of the Texas Masonic Children and family Services, which encompasses the former Masonic Home and School, along with a wide range of additional services not previously offered. She will be accompanied and ably assisted in the program by two of the other staff members.

I have had the pleasure of attending a presentation from these wonderful people, and I am very excited to be able to invite them to speak to the Dallas Area Masonic Service Bureau.

Kindest Fraternal Regards,
Harold Collum
Dallas Area Masonic Service Bureau


Friday Aug. 13
7:00 P.M.
Confer Master Masons’ Degree

Monday Aug. 16
7:00 P.M.
Confer Fellow Craft Degree

Wednesday Aug. 18
7:00 P.M.
Candidate Orientation

Friday Aug. 20
7:00 P.M.
Confer 2 Entered Apprentice Degrees

Monday Aug. 23
6:30 P.M.
Meal and Dallas Masonic Services Presentation

Friday Aug. 27
7:00 P.M.
Confer 2 Entered Apprentice Degrees

Monday Aug. 30
7:00 P.M.
Confer 1 Entered Apprentice Degree

Monday Sept. 06

Saturday Sept. 11
Noon to 5 PM
Gift of Life Blood Drive at Irving Mall

Monday Sept. 13
7:00 P.M.
Examinations and bulletin mailing

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

7:30 P.M.


Paul Wilson Willis was born April 22, 1918. He was made a Master Mason in Irving Lodge #1218 on March 15, 1943. He was recognized as a 50 Year Member by Grand Lodge in March, 1993. After 67 plus years as a Master Mason, Brother Willis answered the call of the Death Angel on July 2, 2010.

E. H. “Ed” Waldrum, Jr. was born June 2, 1927. He was Raised a Master Mason on January 30, 1953 in Faith Lodge #1158 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He affiliated with Irving Lodge #1218 on June 11, 1957. Brother Waldrum was presented the 50 Year Masonic Service Award in Irving Lodge on October 16, 2002. He joined his Savior in Heaven on July 22, 2010.

“All the pain and grief is over, Every restless tossing passed; I am now at peace forever, Safely home in heaven at last.”
(excerpt from poem “Safely Home”, author unknown)

We dedicate this bulletin to the memory of Paul W. Willis and Ed H. Waldrum. Their souls have gone to heaven but their memory remains in our hearts.


Here we are with a work schedule that will be remembered by some of the old folks. We are scheduled to have one Master Masons Degree, one Fellow Craft Degree, and five Entered Apprentice Degrees. If you have been wanting to work in a degree; watch a degree; or learn to work in a degree, now is your chance. We always need workers. We always like to have watchers, and we always appreciate those who will learn to work in the degrees. Due to the heavy work load we are forced to go back to the old Monday/Friday night format for the degrees. On two Friday nights we will confer two degrees on each night. Come to one or come to all the degrees, but please come and enjoy the degrees and the fellowship.


Do you ask the question, “What is the Dallas Masonic Service Bureau and what does it do ?” Now your questions will be answered, plus a nice meal will be served. On Monday evening, August 23rd, at 6:30 P.M. the Stewards will serve a meal to be followed with a program by a representative of the Dallas Masonic Services Bureau. Free to bring your wife and friends.


An orientation for the newly elected candidates for the degrees and their ladies is scheduled for Wednesday evening at 7:00 P.M. on August 18, 2010. This orientation is required for the candidate before the degree is conferred and it is recommended that we invite the ladies. The degree will be conferred at a later date but on the degree date the ladies cannot attend the meeting. Certainly, we want the ladies to get to know what Masonry is and what it’s about. Any member and his lady is invited to attend the orientation if they so desire.


(A 1ST grade teacher provided each of her 26 students with the first half of a well-known proverb and ask that they fill in the rest. We selected these answers as the best of 26.)

1. Strike while the
1. Bug is close

2. Never underestimate the power of
2. Termites

3. Don’t bite the hand that
3. Looks dirty

4. A miss is as good as a
4. Mr.

5. If you lie down with dogs, you’ll
5. Stink in the morning

6. Love all, trust
6. Me

7. The pen is mightier than the
7. Pigs

8. A penny saved is
8. Not much

9. Children should be seen and not
9. Spanked or grounded

10. If at first you don’t succeed
10. Get new batteries

11. A bird in the hand
11. Is going to poop on you.

12. When the blind leads the blind
12. Get out of the way.

13 Don’t change horses
13. Until they stop running

14. No news is
14. Impossible

15. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and
15. You have to blow your nose.

Junior Warden Mike Jones Elected Treasurer of Masters Wardens Secretary's Association


Thank you to everyone who came out to the MWSA elections and everyone in Irving lodge for your support in my running for MWSA treasurer. I look forward to serving district 14 and I also look forward to representing Irving Lodge in MWSA leadership.

Brother:. Mike Jones

Masters Wardens Secretaries Association - Meetings Schedule

2010 – 2011 MWSA Meetings Schedule
Programs are open to all. Dinner at 6:30 PM with
The program to follow unless otherwise noted. (Please check the MWSA Website for last minute changes)

August 25, 2010
Kiest/Zavala Lodge
Gift of Life

September 29, 2010
Trinity Valley Lodge
Texas Navy

October 27, 2010
Texas Masonic Retirement Center, Arlington
The 14th Masonic District will host a joint meeting with the 64th District.
Speaker: R: W: James Manley

November 12, 2010
Scottish Rite Hospital
A review of the Proposed Resolutions and Grand Master’s Recommendations to be voted on at Grand Lodge will be presented. (No meal, meeting at 7pm)

December 2010 (Dark)

January 26, 2011
James Ladd Burgess Lodge
Introduction of the newly installed 2011 District Deputy Grand Masters for the 14th Masonic District.

February 23, 2011
Carrollton Lodge
Speaker: Louis Hopkins

March 30, 2011
Scottish Rite Cathedral
Lamar Awards Dinner

April 27, 2011
Hella Shrine
The Official Visit of Grand Master to the 14th Masonic Districts.
Dinner will be at 7PM. Program will follow. Tickets to be made available through the 14th Masonic District Lodges.

May 25, 2011
Roy Stanley Lodge
Speaker: Richard E. Schlaudroff

June 29, 2011
Oak Cliff Lodge
Masonic Children & Family Services of Texas

July 27, 2011
Edwin J. Kiest Lodge
Election and installation of new officers.


Monday July 19
7:00 P.M.
Confer Entered Apprentice Masons’ Degree

Monday July 26
7:00 P.M.
Confer Master Masons’ Degree

Wednesday July 28
6:30 P.M.
MWSA Officer Election & Installation

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

Monday Aug. 09
7:30 P.M.
Examination & bulletin mailing

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

7:30 P.M.


Harold E. Morris was born March 22, 1934. He was Raised a Master Mason on November 03,1969 in Irving Lodge #1218. He served as Worshipful Master of Irving Lodge during Masonic Year 1986-’87. Brother Morris entered the Celestial Lodge Above on June 30, 2010.

George G. Susat was born December 30, 1926. He was Raised a Master Mason in Constantia-Lessing Lodge #577, Chicago, Illinois on November 26, 1951. He affiliated with Irving Lodge #1218 on January 11, 1966. Irving Lodge presented Brother Susat with the Grand Lodge 50 Year Masonic Award on October 20, 2001. He answered his Master’s call on June 30, 2010.

Harry H. Feuerbacher was born December 09, 1930. He was Raised a Master Mason in Irving Lodge #1218 on February 24, 1995. He purchased an endowed Membership on December 14, 2000. He went to sleep in his Savior’s arms on July 03, 2010.

“I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.” (Psalms 3:5)

We dedicate this bulletin to Harold E. Morris, George G. Susat and Harry H Feuerbacher. Our prayers are with their loved ones during this trial of tears.


As we close the book on Masonic Year 2009-2010 it appears we will celebrate in October this year the Masonic Birthdays under the Grand Lodge 50 Year Masonic Service Award Program We have not had the opportunity to verify all of these but it appears that we will have one 65 Year member, four or five 60 Year Members and about seven 50 Year Members. When the Grand Lodge approves the awards, we will publish the names in our bulletin.


(A fifth Grade teacher asked her students to look at TV commercials and see if they could use them in some 20 ways to communicate ideas about God. Here are some of the results.

God is like BAYER ASPIRIN. He works miracles.
God is like COKE. He’s the real thing.
God is like HALLMARK CARDS. He cares enough to send the very best.
God is like SCOTCH TAPE. You can’t see Him, but you know He’s there.
God is like SEARS. You’re in good hands with Him.
God is like DIAL SOAP. Aren’t you glad you have Him? Don’t you wish everybody did ?
God is like FORD. He’s got a better idea.
God is like TIDE. He gets the stains out that others leave behind.
God is like GENERAL ELECTRIC. He brings good things to life.
God is like SEARS. He has everything.
God is like ALKA-SELTZER. Try Him, you’ll like Him.
God is like DELTA. He’s ready when you are.
God is like MAXWELL HOUSE. Good to the very last drop.
God is like BOUNTY. He is the quicker picker upper, can handle tough jobs, and He won’t fall apart on you.

Little Larry’s Kindergarten class was on a field trip to their local police station where they saw pictures tacked to a bulletin board of the 10 most wanted criminals. One of the youngsters pointed to a picture and asked if it really was the photo of a wanted person. “Yes” said the policeman, “ The detectives want very bad to capture him.” Larry asked, “Why didn’t you keep him when you took his picture.

Larry watched, fascinated, as his mother smoothed cold cream on her face. “Why do you do that, Mommy?” he asked. ‘To make myself beautiful’ said his mother. After a few minutes she began removing the cream with a tissue. ‘What’s the matter are you giving up?’ asked Larry.

Saint George lodge #1152 (Singapore) Visit

During a recent business trip Junior Warden Mike Jones was invited to attend Saint George lodge #1152 of Singapore which operates under the auspice of the United Grand Lodge of England.

Brother Rusty Smith designed and created a presentation gavel and sounding block to be presented to the Worshipful Master. In return brother Jones was presented with a Saint George medallion and a neck tie decorated with the lodge insignia.

While attending their monthly stated meeting brother Jones had the honor of being present during an Entered Apprentice degree.

Stewards Picnic 2010 Pictures

View the picnic pictures

Officers of Irving Lodge 2010 - 2011

Irving Lodge is pleased to announce the officers for the Masonic Year 2010-2011:

Michael Shrum, Worshipful Master

John Thalacker, Senior Warden

Michael Jones, Junior Warden

Mike Woolsey, Treasurer

Dean Alexander, Secretary

Butch Murden, Chaplain

Bill Adra, Senior Deacon

David Gisler, Junior Deacon

John Samuel, Senior Steward

Carl Roberts, Junior Steward

Vetis Davis, Master of Ceremonies

Tony Head, Tiler

Please welcome these new officers and pledge your support.


Tom Uhr, Dean Donaldson, Butch Murden

Bill Adra, David Gisler, Kevin Kaskey

John Thalacker, Dean Alexander, Bill Revis

LIFE Counselor
Mike Woolsey

Certificate / Floor Work
Dean Donaldson, Dean Alexander

Golden Trowel
Jimmy Walters, Ray Marr, Clayton Shores

Charity and Arbitration
Mike Shrum, John Thalacker, Mike Jones

Telephone / Hospitality / Transportation
Jimmy Walters, Bill Adra, Kevin Kaskey

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

Special Events
Rusty Smith, David Gisler, Tony Head

Financial Advisory
Mike Woolsey, Dean Alexander, John Thalacker

Candidate Information
Bill Adra, Kevin Kaskey, David Gisler, Bill Giddens

Public Schools Week
Dale Fulencheck, Dean Donaldson, Rusty Smith

Candidate Instruction
Butch Murden, Bill Adra, Tony Head, John Samuel

Butch Murden, James Brandenburg, Vetis Davis

Dale Fulencheck, Mike Woolsey, Dean Alexander, Vetis Davis, Tom Uhr, John Parish, Loyd Hinch, Bill Connell, Butch Murden

Public Service
John Samuel, Dean Alexander, Rusty Smith

Community Builder
John Samuel, Jimmy Walters, John Tower

Fundraising Committee
John Thalacker, Mike Jones, Carl Roberts


Saturday June 12
Noon to 5P.M.
“Gift of Life” Blood Drive at Irving Mall

Monday June 14
7:00 P.M.
Confer Master Mason’s Degree

Tuesday June 15
6:30 P.M.
Irving Scottish Rite Club meets and eats

Saturday June 19
10AM to 2PM
Steward’s Picnic (Fritz Park)

Monday June 21
7:00 P.M.
FC Degree

Thursday June 24
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST DAY (First Day of New Masonic Year)

Friday June 25
7:00 P.M.
Installation Practice (all officers should be present)

Saturday June 26
7:00 P.M.

Monday June 28
7:00 P.M.
FC Degree

Wednesday June 30
6:30 P.M.
MWSA meeting(light meal – Oak Cliff Lodge #705)

Saturday July 03
9:00 A.M.

Monday July 5
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Floor Work

Monday July 12
7:00 P.M.
Examination & bulletin mailing

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

7:30 P.m.


Paul Kern Baker was born June 29, 1930. He was Raised a Master Mason in Hillcrest Lodge #1318, Dallas, Texas on September 21, 1965. He moved his membership to Athens Lodge #165, Athens, Texas and then moved it to Irving Lodge #1218 on July 12, 1977. Brother Baker flew on the wings of the Death Angel to that Celestial Lodge Above where the Supreme Grand Master forever presides.

“Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free. I’m following the path God laid for me.

I took His hand when I heard Him call. I turned my back and left it all.”
(Verse from Poem “I’M FREE” author unknown)

We dedicate this bulletin to the memory Paul Kern Baker. We mourn his passing, but we revere his memory. We pray God’s comfort and consolation will abide in the hearts of those loved ones left behind.


The Second Annual Steward’s Picnic for Irving Lodge has been scheduled for Saturday,
June 19, 2010 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. This may be a little presumptuous referring to this picnic as annual. However, we do hope that we can gather together with friends and family each year to continue this picnic provided by the Stewards. Fritz Park is the location and the young can run and play while the young at heart can settle back to visit and/or listen to music from our more talented members. It will be jam session time so bring your guitar or other musical instrument and
join the fun.


Irving Lodge #1218 is pleased to invite you and your friends to the Installation of Officers of Irving Masonic Lodge for the Masonic Year 2010 – 2011. On Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. the Installation will begin in the Lodge Room. All members and friends of masonry are cordially invited to attend. A reception will follow downstairs in the C. J. Range Memorial Hall.


Are we about to loose you? A few members have not remitted their annual dues to Irving Lodge. At midnight, June 23, the book of Irving Lodge will be closed for the past Masonic Year’s business. We hope that we do not lose you from our membership due to being suspended. If there are problems that the lodge can help with, please get in touch with a lodge officer or the Secretary.


The “Gift of Life” blood drive will be on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at the Irving Mall from Noon to 5:00 P.M. This blood is intended for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Blood cannot be manufactured, and can only be gotten as a donation from someone like you. If you think you might not be able to give blood, let the Carter Blood Care attendants decide. Don’t give money, give


(These are true answers from kids to tricky questions.)
Q) What did Mahatma Gandhi and Genghis Khan have in common.
A) Unusual names.

Q) Name one of the early Romans’ greatest achievements.
A) Learning to speak Latin.

Q) Name six animals which live specifically in the Arctic.
A) Two polar bears and four seals.

Q) Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
A) At the bottom.

Q) What happens during puberty to a boy?
A) He says goodbye to childhood and enters adultery.

Q) Why would living close to a mobile phone mast cause ill health?
A) You might walk into it.

Q) What is a vibration?
A) There are good vibration and bad vibrations. Good vibrations were discovered in the 1960s.

Leroy gets in line, and when it’s his turn, the preacher asks: ”Leroy, what do you want me to pray about for you?” Leroy replies: “Preacher, I need you to be praying for my hearing”. The preacher puts one finger in Leroy’s ear, and places the other hand on top of Leroy’s head, lifts his eyes and head to the heavens and prays and prays and prays. After a few minutes, The preacher removes his hands, stands back and asked Leroy: “Leroy how is you hearing now?” Leroy says, “I don’t know, Reverend, it ain’t til next Wednesday.”

“Take Time To Read” program at M. C. Lively Elementary

Here are some pictures taken at the “Take Time To Read” program at M. C. Lively Elem. School in Irving on May 12,2010.

Brother Carl Jones presented the wonders of magic to 165 students and teachers.

Irving Lodge presented a bicycle to Noah Perez who was selected by the school.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children had donated book marks, rulers, pencils, etc. This program was a reward for the members of the school’s reading program.


Wednesday May 12
1:45 P.M.
“Take Time To Read” at M. C. Lively Elem. School

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

Tuesday May 18
6:30 P.M.
Irving Scottish Rite Club meets & eats.

Saturday May 22
6:30 P.M.
Present Community Builder Award & covered dish dinner

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

Wednesday May 26
6:30 P.M.
MWS Assoc. meets and eats at Oak Cliff Lodge 705

Thursday May 27
6:30 P.M.
Officer, Past Masters and Ladies at Spring Creek Bar-B-Que

Monday May 31

Thursday June 03
7:00 P.M.
Educational Workshop for Officers and members

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

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

Saturday June 12
noon to 6 PM
“Gift of Life” Blood Drive at Irving Mall

Saturday June 26
7:30 P.M.


As we end the Masonic Year of 2009-2010 we want to take time to thank Worshipful Master Jimmy Walters, whose term of office will come to a close. Worshipful Jimmy Walters has dedicated 6 years to serving as an officer of Irving Lodge #1218. It is not always an easy job, nor is it always convenient to do those things which a man is called on to do as an officer of a Masonic Lodge. Jimmy Walters was Raised a Master Mason on August 21, 2000. In 2004 he started in the progression of offices which brought him to this closing of his year as Master. As a single man , his Mom (Jackie) answered a lot of his telephone calls and took messages when he was not available. To her we express our thanks. To Worshipful Master Jimmy Walters we dedicate this bulletin. Thank you Jimmy.


Irving Masonic Lodge is please to announce the presentation of the prestigious Community Builder Award to Mr. Dick Lear on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at a cover dish dinner at 6:30 P.M. Mr. Lear has served the community of Irving in many ways. Although he has never been initiated into Masonry, he has followed the same precepts, ideals and standards that have been established for Masonic behavior. He has quietly and without fanfare, shown his devotion to his community and its people without expectation of awards or honors.

The Lodge will provide the meat, drinks and bread. All others should bring their favorite salad, vegetable or dessert.


The last month, to get you annual dues paid to Irving Masonic Lodge without being suspended, is here. We still have a few who have not paid this years dues. If the Lodge is required to suspend a member for non payment of dues, it means that all accordant bodies are required to suspend him also.

June 23 is the last day before a suspension is issued. Contact the worshipful Master or Secretary if a problem exist in which we can help.


A Special Educations Meeting has been called for Officers and Members for the purpose of further understanding our Masonic Laws and Traditions. Part of the responsibilities of the Worshipful Master is to see that the brethren are properly informed on these items. If you have questions, make a note and bring it to the meeting. This meeting will be like a Town Hall meeting where everybody gets to speak if they so desire. The purpose is to educate. Most of us could use a little of that.

June 3, 2010


Brethren, that title tells it all. This is a Blood Drive where you make a gift and that gift may save a life of a child at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, or some other hospital if the need is there. Blood can not be manufactured, and can only be acquired as a gift from some one who gave blood for someone in need. Without understanding the complications which covers all the way in which the blood is used, we can be assured that some person is very, very grateful to you for making this gift to them possible.


1. The Fasting & Prayer conference includes meals.
2. The Sermon this morning: ‘Jesus Walks on the Water.’ The sermon tonight: ‘Searching for Jesus.’
3. Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring you husbands.
4. Don’t let worry kill you off – let the Church help.
5. Miss Charlene Mason sang ‘I will not pass this way again,’ giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
6. For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
7. Next Thursday will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
8. A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.

Golden Trowel Award Photos - Vetis Davis

Brother Vetis Davis received the prestigious Golden Trowel Award for his devoted service to Irving Masonic Lodge during the covered dish dinner held in his honor at Irving Lodge on Saturday, April 24, 2010.

Texas Stadium seating

Vetis and Dean posing at the Treasurer & Chaplain's place in seats taken from Texas Stadium.


Monday Apr. 19
7:00 P.M. Degree or Floor work Practice

Tuesday Apr. 20
6:30 P.M.
Irving Scottish Rite Club meets and eats (covered dish)

Thursday Apr. 22
6:30 P.M.
Officer, Past Masters and Ladies dinner (Angelo’s )

Saturday April 24
6:30 P.M.
Golden Trowel Award (covered Dish Dinner )

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

Wednesday April 28
6:30 P.M.
Grand Master visits Dallas Area (dinner by ticket only)

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

Thursday May 06
8:30 A.M.
“Take time to Read” at J. O. Davis School

Monday May 10
7:00 P.M.
Examinations and bulletin mailings

Tuesday May 11
6:30 P.M.
Light Meal

7:30 P.M.

Wednesday May 12
1:30 P.M.
“Take Time To Read” at M. C. Lively School


Irving Masonic Lodge is pleased to honor two men who deserve to be honored. Congratulations go to Brother Vetis Davis on being elected to receive the prestigious Golden Trowel Award for his devoted service to Irving Masonic Lodge and the principles of our fraternity in general. This award is intended for the Brother who actively demonstrates his devotion to the teachings of Masonry without thought of recognition or special honors. This award will be presented at a covered dish dinner at Irving Lodge on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 6:30 P.M..

Congratulations also go to Mr. Dick Lear who has distinguished himself for his active service in our community. The Community Builder Award is intended for those who are not Masons, but who have followed the same precepts, ideals and standards that have been established for Masonic behavior.

Mr. Dick Lear has, year in and year out, quietly and without fanfare, shown his devotion to his community and its people without the expectation of award or honors. This award will be presented at a covered dish dinner in Irving Lodge on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 6:30 P.M.


Most Worshipful Orville Lee O’Neill will make his official visit to the Dallas Area on Wednesday evening, April 28, 2010 at 6:30 P.M. at the Hella Shrine Temple in Garland. Masons of all degrees, their wives and friends, are invited with tickets being purchased in advance for $15.00 each. This is a special, once a year event. Make plans now if you would like to be included.


As the school year nears it’s close, Irving Lodge again plans for the annual magic show for those students in various schools who have met their reading assignments during the year. Irving Lodge does the coordination and donates a bicycle to a student selected by the school. Brother Carl Jones donates his world of magic to fascinate and entertain those special students who read. The Scottish Rite Hospital donates “Take Time To Read” stickers, pencils, bookmarks, rulers, etc.

On the Thursday morning of May 6, 2010 at 8:30 A.M., the “Take Time To Read” Show goes to J. O. Davis Elementary School. Principal John Ringhauser reports there are about 700 students at the Davis School and expects about 200 to qualify to attend the show.

At 1:45 P.M. on the afternoon of May 12, 2010 the “Take Time To Read” Show moves to M. C. Lively where Teacher Kerron Dobbs bring her Bluebonnet Reading Club of about 160 students to see the mysteries of magic as brought by Brother Carl Jones. The Scottish Rite Hospital will furnish the handouts and Irving Lodge will donate the bicycle.

Masonic Lodge members are invited to each show but must present a valid drivers license to enter the schools. Please join Irving Lodge, Carl Jones and the Scottish Rite Hospital in their efforts to encourage our children to read.


If, for some reason, you have not paid your Lodge dues, now is the time to make that special effort.


(excerpts from speech by Norman Buecker, PGM, Illinois)

“There are many definitions of Freemasonry. Perhaps the one most often quoted is that it is an association of men believing in the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man. It impresses on the minds of its members the cardinal virtues of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth which they should apply in their everyday activities. Freemasonry does not deal with the mass media. It works with and through the individual. Before an individual enters a Lodge, he is asked “Do you believe in the existence of God?” to which he must give an affirmative answer. In many places God is forgotten, even denied. Many of the “isms” consider God and religion as old-fashioned, “out-of-date” superstition, an opiate of the mind. Freemasons consider God as the very foundation of Freemasonry. It does not concern itself with doctrines or the theology of any church or form of worship.

A member can feel pride in belonging to the oldest, largest and greatest Fraternity in the world; he can serve a vital function by serving as an officer; he can do charitable work; he can visit the sick and shut-ins, all of which gives a member a feeling of knowing that he is important to others and to Freemasonry. But here again, we stress the importance of the individual, not the group.”

To sum up Brother Buecker’s understanding of Freemasonry we would stress that this fraternity does not accept, nor teach, partisan politics or religion. Neither is it acceptable for its members to use Masonry to further their business or political ambitions. The purpose of Freemasonry is to improve an individual by teaching him and other individuals, the moral lessons of life.


Saturday Mar. 13
Noon to 6
Gift of Life Blood Drive (Irving Mall)

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

Tuesday Mar. 16
6:30 P.M.
Irving Scottish Rite Club meets and eats at Irving Lodge

Monday Mar. 22
7:00 P.M.
Confer Degree or Practice Floor Work

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

Wednesday Mar. 31
6:30 P.M.
MWSA meets and eats at R. C. Buckner Lodge

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

Monday Apr. 12
7:00 P.M.
Examinations and bulletin mailing

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

7:30 P.M.
Stated Meeting

(NOTICE: Please mark your calendars for Saturday, April 24 for the presentation of the Golden Trowel Award to Brother Vetis Davis. Covered Dish Dinner will precede the presentation.)


Milton B. Hood was born on January 15, 1935. He was Raised a Master Mason in Irving Lodge on November 02, 1959. We have been informed that he passed into Heaven on September 28, 2009.

Gilbert “Gil” W. White was born on January 12, 1949. He was made a Master Mason on
March 13, 1992. Brother White accepted the call of his Lord on February 23, 2010.

“I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”(Psalms 34:4)

This bulletin is dedicated to the memory of Milton Bailey Hood and Gilbert “Gil” Wayne White. May God’s love and comfort abide with their loved ones.


Irving Masonic Lodge #1218 is pleased to join with other Lodges in the Dallas Area in the Lamar Awards Program on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 6:30 P.M. in the Dallas Scottish Rite Temple. We didn’t vote to participate in this program this year until our February Stated Meeting. Meal tickets and reservation must be arranged must be arranged by March 4 which was too soon to notify everyone in this bulletin. Irving Lodge was happy to elect Miss Hailey Hodgkiss to receive the Mirabeau B. Lamar Award and Medal. Miss Hodgkiss is a 17 year old Senior at Irving High School. She is a recovering cancer patient who is now the President of the Student Council, a member of the National Honor Society and is one of the top ten students academically, in her Senior Class. Irving Lodge will also present Miss Hidgkiss with a $200.00 Scholarship award. Congratulation Hailey !


The Monitor of the Lodge that have been backordered have come in. We now have a supply on hand but 4 are due to the Entered Apprentice Masons who have been initiated during the waiting period. The Monitors are loose leaf in a 3 ring binder. The price for these new monitors is $ 14.00 each and may go up in May, 2010. They aren’t nearly as handy as the previous ones. However, the new Monitors have more detail in the instructions, especially in procedures during balloting, receiving honored guests, and etc. If you desire one of the new loose leaf Monitors please contact the Secretary.


We feel we must make the usual notice that dues are past due. Annual Dues are due and payable by December 31 each year for the following year. Please look at your Dues Card and check if the date on it is for the year 2010. If not you should remit the $75.00 dues as soon as possible. Irving Lodge has been having a cash flow problem since the Endowed Memberships are not paying anything.

We also ask the Endowed Members to consider donating the $75.00 which would have been their dues payment if they had not been in the endowment program. As an aside to the dues we would ask every member to consider including the Lodge in their will or other bequeath.


Andrew McNair, a Philadelphia Mason, rang the Liberty Bell in Independence Hall on July 8, 1776 to call the people together to hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence. The bell developed a crack when it was rung for the death of Chief Justice Marshall, a Past Grand Master of Virginia.

Hiram Abiff Boaz was the first Vice – President of Southern Methodist University. He was born on Dec. 18, 1866 in Murray, Ky. and was made a Mason in 1922 before an unusually large crowd. He served as Grand Chaplin of the Grand Lodge of Texas in 1953.

Between 1890 (when it became a state) and 1951, every Governor of Wyoming, except one, was a Mason. The one, Mrs. William A. Ross, was the wife of a Mason and a member of the Eastern Star.

In some Grand Jurisdictions, the Grand Master has the authority to make “a mason at sight” which means the Grand Master can do away with the formalities such as filing a Petition, waiting periods, etc. Some famous people who were made a Mason in that manner were William H. Taft, General George Marshall, and General Douglas MacArthur. They were still required to go through the ceremonies. Lyndon Johnson took the first degree in Masonry on October 30, 1937 but never progressed any further. Also, Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House for many years, took the first degree on August 7, 1922. He died in 1961 without receiving the second.

A bit of lodge history

Ellen (Rae Goode) now Crane, granddaughter of Harlan & Inez Goode, step-granddaughter of A.H. Trotter grew up as a child of the lodge.
Ellen writes...

Hi Dean..
I've had some old pictures packed away and just got them out the other day when I realized the lodge had a website. These are from when Granddaddy was Master of the Lodge when the Irving Lodge building was built. I think it was 1947. I scanned them in for the website if you want to use them, I thought a bit of the lodge history might be nice. I really only recognize Granddaddy in the pics and John Brandenburg in the picture in the lodge room.
I also have some newspaper clippings, other memorabilia, pictures, etc. from that time, I don’t know if you have any of them or not. Does the lodge have a lot of that kind of stuff in the records/library?
Thanks so much.
Ellen Crane
Lake Dardanelle, Arkansas

Many thanks to Ellen, here are those pictures.

*Hat tip to Carl Roberts for his part in this post.

Birth Announcement

Congratulations to Senior Deacon Mike and Leslynn Jones on the birth of their new baby Boy!

Sebastian Luke Jones was born Thursday, February 18th. He weighed in at a healthy 4lbs and was 16 ½” inches long. Mom and baby are doing great!


Saturday Feb. 13
9:00 A.M.
Grand Secretary’s School (at Oak Cliff Lodge)

6:30 P.M.
Honor Masonic Widows & Funeral Committee
(Irving Lodge covered dish dinner)

Monday Feb. 15
7:00 P.M.
Confer Entered Apprentice Degree

Tuesday Feb. 16
6:30 P.M.
Irving Scottish Rite Club meets and eats.

Monday Feb. 22
7:00 P.M.
Confer Entered Apprentice Degree

Moved to next Monday, March 1st, 2010

Wednesday Feb. 24
6:30 P.M.
MWSA meets & eats (R.C. Buckner Lodge)

Monday Mar. 01
7:00 P.M.
Confer Entered Apprentice Degree

Monday Mar. 08
7:00 P.M.
Examinations & bulletin mailing

Tuesday Mar. 09
6:30 P.M.
Light Meal

7:30 P.M.

Notice: The “Gift of Life” Blood Drive will be held at Irving Mall on Saturday, March 13, 2010
from noon to 6:00 P.M.


James Elliott Rider was born on August 18, 1923. He was Raised a Master Mason on June 19, 1953. He was recognized for 50 Years in Freemasonry by the Grand Lodge of Texas. On July 23, 2002. He flew to his Lord and Savior on the wings of the Death Angel on the 30th day of January, 2010.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

We dedicate this bulletin to the memory of James Elliott Rider. We pray that God’s peace and comfort will abide with his loved ones.


(Photos credit Michael, Rusty)

Irving Lodge will Honor two groups who are near and dear to the hearts of the members of our lodge. On Saturday, February 13, 2010 we will host a covered dish dinner as we Honor our Masonic Widows and Funeral Committee. It is appropriate that we join these two groups in this Honor Night. As our members pass into the Grand Lodge Above our Funeral Committee braves the sun and heat of summer or the rain and cold of winter in an effort to offer a measure of our loved for his memory and our compassion and love for the widow.

We will enjoy the covered dish dinner at 6:30 P.M. and offer our best regards as we recognize those who have participated in a Masonic Funeral during the past year. Our Masonic Widows will be offered a small token of our love and concern during their lonely years. The Lodge will provide the meat, bread, and drinks. All others are asked to bring their favorite salad, vegetable or dessert. Entertainment will follow the dinner and recognitions.


On the morning of February 13, 2010, the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Texas will conduct a seminar on the proper duties and procedures for Masonic Lodge Secretaries. The Seminar will begin at 9:00 A.M. in Oak Cliff Lodge #705 at 1309 Newport Ave., Dallas, Texas. All Master Masons who are interested in pursuing the mystery of the Secretary’s desk and office should make a note of this date.


Brethren, don’t overlook the degree work scheduled for February. If you are wanting to brush up on the work or start a study toward conferring degrees, here are two good times to begin. There is always the opportunity also to enjoy the fellowship, renew old friendships and establish new ones. Attend on the two Mondays of February 15 and 22, 2010.


At the exercise class I was told to wear loose-fitting clothing. If I Had loose-fitting clothing, I wouldn’t have signed up in the first place.

I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.

Two young boys were arguing about their fathers. One little boy said, “Your daddy is a creep.” The second little boy said, “Your daddy is a creep too.” The third little boy, not wanting his daddy to be left out, said, “My daddy is a creep too.”

A police recruit was asked, “What would you do if you had to arrest you own mother?” He answered, “I would call for backup.”


Teacher: Glenn, how do you spell ‘Crocodile?’ Glenn: ‘K-R-O-K-A-D-I-A-L’
Teacher: ‘No that’s wrong!’ Glenn: ‘Maybe it’s wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.’

Teacher: ‘Mary, name me one important thing that we have today that we didn’t have 10 years ago.’
Mary: ‘Me.’

2010 Grand Master’s Conference

Irving brothers attending the 2010 Grand Master’s Conference at Dallas Scottish Rite Cathedral and further qualifying for the Vanguard Award.

Coats for Kids

After receiving a request to help the students at Sally B.Elliot school, members of Irving Masonic Lodge # 1218 and JAMES v.Callen Da-Lite Lodge #1422 teamed up and provided 61 coats in less than a week. Mrs Davis asked for our help and it was given.

The photo's are of teachers, vice principal Hood and members of both Lodges. Lodge members present are O.L. "Butch" Murden, Billy J Davis, Don Overly, and Shorty Lambbright.


Monday Jan. 18
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Tuesday Jan. 19
6:30 P.M.
Irving Scottish Rite Club meets and eats

Monday Jan. 25
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Wednesday Jan. 27
6:30 P.M.
MWSA introduces DDGMs for year 2010
(a meal at Dallas Scottish Rite Temple)

Saturday Jan. 30
10:00 A.M.
Grand Master’s Regional Conference
(at Dallas Scottish Rite Temple – coffee & donuts)

Monday Feb. 01
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
(Receive R:.W:. Mike Biddler, D.D.G. M. for Dist. 14B)

NOTICE: Irving Lodge is pleased to Honor the Masonic Widows of Irving Lodge and the Funeral Committee with a covered dish dinner on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 6:30 P.M.


The Masters, Wardens and Secretaries Assoc. meets each month, except for special occasions, on the last Wednesday each month.

On Wednesday evening, January 27 at 6:30 P.M. they will host a dinner meeting at the Scottish Rite Temple in Dallas to introduce the newly appointed District Deputy Grand Masters who will serve in the 14th Masonic Districts. The DDGMs are the Personal Representatives of the Grand Master for the year. Please attend and meet the Honored Brothers.


Herbert “Leon” Smith was born on February 13, 1937. He was Raised a Master Mason in Irving Lodge #1218 on August 29, 1958. We were recently informed that Brother Smith has answered the call of his Lord and Savior in July, 2009.

George Oliver Harmon was born on May 17, 1932. He received the Master Masons Degree on May 7, 1965. He was called by the Death Angel on December 14, 2009.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

We dedicate this bulletin to the memory of Leon Smith and George Harmon. May God’s love abide with their loved one during this time of sorrow.


The Grand Master’s Conference is scheduled for the Dallas Area on January 30, 2010 at the Dallas Scottish Rite Cathedral at 10:00 A.M. Registration will probably open at 9:00 A.M. This is an opportunity to meet the Grand Master and hear his plans for the year. This should be a must for the newer members and Officers.


There are still a few who have not paid their dues for the year 2010. Dues in all Lodges in the Jurisdiction of Texas are due and payable on or before December 31 for the following year. This means that the dues for the year 2010 were due by December 31, 2009. If not paid by then, those members will be listed as members in arrears and the Secretary will send notices of that effect before issuing a suspension on June 23. Please take note that, if you are a member in arrears of Irving Lodge #1218, this bulletin is informing you that you are indebted to Irving Lodge #1218 for the dues amount of $75.00. Now is the time to make a remittance.


( by John Hohenstein, Zerubbabel Lodge #15, Savannah, Georgia.)
It was a time not long after Fort Sumter and The War of Northern Aggression was well under way. The Yankees, as they are still wont to do, had promptly flocked to Hilton Head and Tybee Islands, the barrier islands on opposite sides of the mouth of the Savannah River. It seemed that the Yankees had among them a young fellow who had passed the Fellow Craft Degree before shipping out. The Yankees were just sitting around slapping gnats when it occurred to one of them that, just maybe, there was a nearby lodge that could test him in the Fellow Craft Degree and raise him to that of a Master Mason. The Yankees on Hilton Head sent out a messenger under a white flag.

As luck would have it, there was indeed a lodge in Savannah that would soon be having a Masters Degree. One morning, not too many days later, a detail of Confederate Cavalry slipped across the Savannah River into South Carolina and traveled through Bluffton to the shore opposite Hilton Head Island. From there they escorted one Fellow Craft Mason, and I believe, a number of Yankee Masons of the Northern Persuasion, safely through the Confederate Lines and back through about 35 miles of Confederate Defenses to Savannah where the candidate and his witnesses were delivered into the lodge. The records note that this Brother was indeed proficient in the Fellow Craft Degree an d he was raised to the Degree of a Master Mason. That night another detail of Confederate Cavalry, no doubt Brothers to a man, slipped back across the Savannah River and safely escorted their Brothers back to Hilton Head.

The lesson learned from this story clearly demonstrates that, at the darkest period in our nations history, when brothers were killing brothers, Brothers could still be Brothers.

A 4 year old prayed, “And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets.”

Fifty Year Pin Presentation

Fifty Year Pin Presentation

Worshipful Master, Distinguished Brother, Brethren and Friends of___________ Lodge, we have heard the reading of the Masonic Record of our Brother we are honoring at this time!

My Brother, within the Sacred Book of Law, which always rests upon our Holy Altar, it is written that length of life is an award bestowed by the Grand Architect of the Universe upon the righteous. The Psalmist has declared that “the days of our years be as three score and ten” and “if by reason of strength they be four score years” the additional days are the heritage of those who fear the name of the Lord!

It has been your blessed privilege to be a Mason for fifty years. For half a century, you have given of your time and substance!

Therefore, my Brother, in recognition of your record as a Mason for fifty years, the Grand Lodge of Texas has seen fit to prepare for presentation to you a gold emblem as a fitting award for your years of Masonic service! (WM-CALLS UP THE LODGE)

My brother, by virtue of the authority in me vested, it is now my happy privilege, for and on behalf of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Texas, to present to you this Texas Grand Lodge award, as a visible token of its fraternal love and grateful appreciation!(invests the brother with the pin)
May you wear this emblem in Health, Happiness and Prosperity: with much pleasure to yourself and with honor to your Grand Lodge, your Lodge and all of the Craft wheresoever dispersed!
We congratulate you upon this high and distinguished recognition. Brother Senior Deacon, conduct our Honored Brother to a seat in the East, upon the left of the Worshipful Master! (WM---SEATS THE LODGE)