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)