Texas Stadium seating


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


WORK SCHEDULE FOR APRIL/MAY, 2010

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.
STATED MEETING

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

CONGRATULATIONS

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.

GRAND MASTER VISITS DALLAS AREA

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.

“TAKE TIME TO READ”

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.

TAKE TIME TO PAY YOUR DUES

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

UNDERSTANDING MASONRY

(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.