WORK SCHEDULE FOR NOVEMBER/DECEMBER, 2011

Monday Nov. 14
7:00 P.M.
Confer Entered Apprentice Degree

Monday Nov. 21
7:00 P.M.
Confer Entered Apprentice Degree

Thursday Nov. 24
HOLIDAY HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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

Wednesday Nov. 30
6:30 P.M.
Review Proposed Grand Lodge Law changes (at Scottish Rite Hospital)

Monday Dec. 05
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor work

Saturday Dec. 10
Noon to 6 P.M.
“Gift of Life” Blood Drive (Irving Mall)
6:30 P.M.
Officers & Past Masters Xmas Party (covered dish)
(bring $ 10 gift for Chinese Auction)

Monday Dec. 12
7:00 P.M.
Examinations

Tuesday Dec. 13
6:30 P.M. Light Meal
7:30 P.M. STATED MEETING

Wednesday Dec. 14
8:30 A.M.
Pack & Deliver Fruit Baskets

Saturday Dec. 17
6:30 P.M.
Irving Lodge Christmas Covered Dish Dinner

Monday Dec. 19
7:00 P.M.
Tentative for confer E.A. Degree

LODGE WILL BE CLOSED FROM DECEMBER 20, 2011 UNTIL MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012)

Monday Jan. 09
7:00 P.M.
Examinations and mail bulletins

Tuesday Jan. 10
6:30 P.M. Light Meal
7:30 P.M. STATED MEETING

Notice: After the 9th of January, Past Master Dean Donaldson will conduct ritual instructions on Friday Nights at 6:30 P.M. and should be over no later than 8 P.M. This will be every Friday Night when no lodge work has been scheduled and when Brother Donaldson is in town. Participation is encouraged, but sitting on the sideline is allowed for any who have received the degree being studied.

IN MEMORIAM

Brother Richard D. Grove was born October 4, 1927. He was Raised a Master Mason in Irving Lodge #1218 on August 3, 1959. He affiliated as a Plural Member with Red Oak Lodge #461. The Grand Lodge of Texas approved him for the 50 Year Masonic Service Award on August 7, 2011. On October 6, 2011 he took the hand of his Savior who led him into the Celestial Lodge Above.

“Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.” (Psalm 16:1)

We dedicated this bulletin to the memory of Brother Richard D. Grove. May his memory remain fresh in the minds of his loved ones and may God comfort and console them in their sorrow.

IRVING LODGE CHRISTMAS DINNER

The Annual Christmas Dinner and Family Night is scheduled for Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 6:30 P.M. Our own Shady Grove Ramblers (we claim them) will again provide the entertainment and Santa Claus will probably make an appearance for kids and pictures. All friends of Masonry are invited. The Lodge will provide the meat, drinks and bread. All others are asked to bring a vegetable, dessert or salad.

PACK AND DELIVER FRUIT BASKETS

The fruit will be delivered on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 8:30 A.M. ready for packing and delivery to our Masonic Widow’s who live in Irving. A gift will be mailed to our widows who live out of town. All members who want to assist in this part of our Widow’s Program, by packing and delivery of the baskets, will be appreciated.

DON’T FORGET YOUR DUES

Another year is coming to an end and that means another year is about to begin. Irving Lodge voted to increase the amount of our annual dues to $100.00. Lodge dues are payable in advance. This means that your year 2012 dues of $100.00 should be paid by December 31, 2011. We look forward to seeing you in the lodge meetings during this coming year.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

1. “I have never understood why it is ‘greed’ to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.” (Thomas Sowell, author of Basic Economies: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy

2. (A true story) A man was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, “Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?” To which the man replied, “If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?” The employee smiled knowingly and nodded, “That’s why we ask.”

3. If a man yelled “You lie!” in a room full of politicians, how do they know who he’ talking to?

4. A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan. She asked the class, “If you saw a person lying on the roadside, all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?” A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, “I think I’d throw up.”

5. During a game of Trivial Pursuit a lady rolled the dice and it landed on “Science and Nature.”
Her question was “If you are in a vacuum and someone calls your name, can you hear it?” The lady thought for a time then asked, “Is it turned on or off?”

MASONIC COMMITTEES 2011 - 2012

Audit
Tom Uhr, Max Perry, Butch Murden

Building
Bill Adra, Jackie Martin, Kevin Kasky

Bulletin
Dean Alexander, John Thalacker, Bill Revis*

Life Counselor
Mike Woolsey

Certificate / Floor Work
Dean Donaldson, Dean Alexander

Golden Trowel
Michael Shrum, Jimmy Walters, Clayton Shores

Charity and Arbitration
John Thalacker, Bill Adra, David Gisler

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

Gift of Life
David Gisler, James Brandenburg, Max Perry, Butch Murden, Ron Coats

Special Events
Rusty Smith, David Gisler, Tony Head

Financial Advisory
Mike Woolsey, Dean Alexander, Michael Shrum

Candidate Information
Bill Adra, Kevin Kasky, David Gisler, Mike Briscoe

Public Schools Week
Dale Fulenchek, Dean Donaldson, Rusty Smith

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

Community Builder
John Samuel, Jimmy Walters, John Tower

Sickness
Kevin Kasky, James Brandenburg, Vetis Davis

Funeral
Dale Fulenchek, Mike Woolsey, Dean Alexander, Vetis Davis, Tom Uhr, John Parrish, Loyd Hinch, Bill Connell, Butch Murden, Dean Donaldson

Public Service
John Samuel, Dean Alexander, Rusty Smith

Fundraising Committee
Carl Roberts, Chris Harvey, Jason Secord

WORK SCHEDULE FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER, 2011

Saturday Oct. 15
6:30 P.M.
Presentation of 50 & 60 Year Masonic Service Awards
(covered dish dinner)

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

Friday Oct. 21
7:00 P.M.
Examine F.C. & confer Master Masons’ Degree

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

Wednesday Oct. 26
6:30 P.M.
MWSA Joint Meeting with 14th & 64th Districts
(at the Texas Masonic Retirement Center in Arlington)

Thursday Oct. 27
6:30 P.M.
Off. & P.M. with ladies dinner at Thai Chili (397 E. Las Colinas)

Friday Oct. 28
7:00 P.M.
Confer Master Masons Degree

Monday Oct. 31
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Monday Nov. 07
7:00 P.M.
Examinations & mail bulletins

Tuesday Nov. 08
6:30 P.M. Light Meal
7:30 P.M. STATED MEETING

Notice: Past Master Dean Donaldson now conducts ritual instructions every Friday Night at 6:30 P.M. and should be over no later than 8 P.M. This will be every Friday Night when no other lodge work has been scheduled. Participation is encouraged but sitting on the sideline is allowed for any who have received the degree being studied on that night.

IN MEMORIAM

We are pleased to inform you that there have been no reports of deaths in our membership during the past month. However, we do have some sick and confined, and we would ask each member to remember them during your prayers.

FIFTY (50) AND SIXTY (60) YEAR AWARDS

Irving Lodge is pleased to solicit your attendance at the Annual Presentation of the
50 and 60 Year Masonic Service Awards on October 15, 2011 at a covered dish dinner at 6:30 P.M.

These presentations will be made for members who have served our gentle fraternity for half a century or more. Expected to receive the 60 Year Awards are Brothers Allen B. Cray, Harold S. Kite and Raymond L. Valenta.

These brethren will be joined by the following 50 Year Members: Earl M. Ayles, John H. Parrish and Kenneth F. White. Other members approved for the 50 Year Awards, but who are unable to attend are James A. Acree, J. Frank Allen, John H. Bradford, Gerald Don Phariss and Don L. Pollard.

The dinner and ceremonies are open to all our families, friends and neighbors. We invite the whole group to attend and join in congratulating the Honorees and wishing them the best in the years to come.

RE-DEDICATION OF MASTER MASONS

This is not an event on our Irving Lodge calendar but due to the importance of it, it is added to our bulletin to inform every Master Mason member that he is invited to participate in the Re-dedication.

The event is in James A. Smith Lodge #395 on October 27, 2011. Before the Re-dedication a dinner will be served at 6:30 P.M. (donation $8.00) with the Tiled Meeting in a Master Masons Lodge to be opened at 7:30 P.M.

The Re-dedication Ceremony will be something that you will never forget. You should bring you white leather apron presented to you when you were Raised. If you want to attend, you should RSVP to Bob Bull by email at chem.crew81588@yahoo.com or phone 972-247-5601. The address for James A. Smith Lodge is 12823 Demetra, Farmers Branch, Tx.

A LITTLE BIT OF MASONIC ETIQUETTE

Sometimes, someone asks what is proper dress when attending a Masonic Lodge meeting. This often prompts an answer that has been handed down through the years. The early advice excluded the wearing of walking or sports shorts to a tiled meeting. So a trip to the lodge library might be in order.

The book published in 1978 entitled “Freemasonry and its Etiquette” was pulled from the shelf. It spends a page relating to dinner meetings and the practice of promoting the wearing of evening dress as far as may be done without wounding the susceptibilities of any individual member who, from any cause may deviate from the general rule.

In our present society, that would probably mean a coat and tie. It goes on to address the fact that due to the early hour of some meetings, some members have acquired the habit of attending Lodge in the habiliments of ordinary every-day life.

In this respect each Lodge is, as a rule, governed by its own custom and usage; but members should strive to attain to a higher standard of propriety in the matter of dress rather than to a lower level.

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE

A recent study found the average American walks about 900 miles per year. Another study found that Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol per year. That means, on average, Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon.

A Sunday school teacher asked her little children, as they were on the way to church service, ‘And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?’ One bright little girl replied, “Because people are sleeping.”

A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments. As they finished the teacher asked if anyone could tell her what the last one said. Little Susie raised her hand and quoted, “Thou shall not take the covers off the neighbor’s wife?”

WORK SCHEDULE FOR SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER, 2011

Saturday Sept. 17
6:30 P.M.
Honor Masonic Widows & Funeral Committee (Covered Dish Dinner)

Monday Sept. 19
7:00 P.M.
Confer Entered Apprentice Degree

Thursday Sept. 22
6:30 P.M.
Off./PM and Ladies Dinner (Golden Corral – 1701 N. Beltline)

Monday Sept. 26
7:00 P.M.
Confer Entered Apprentice Degree

Monday Oct. 3
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Saturday Oct. 8
All Day
Texas Masonic Family Day (Tex. Masonic Retirement Center)

Monday Oct. 10
7:00 P.M.
Examinations & Mail Bulletins

Tuesday Oct. 11
6:30 P.M. Light Meal
7:30 P.M. STATED MEETING


LOOKING AHEAD: Fifty (50) & Sixty (60) Year Awards to be presented Saturday,
Oct. 17, 6:30 P.M.

IN MEMORIAM

Charles Raymond Elliott was born on January 23, 1935. At the young age of 21, he petitioned his home town Mantua Lodge #209 in Van Alstyne, Texas. Employment carried him to Richmond, Virginia where he affiliated as a Plural Member with Joppa #40. Then, after coming back to Texas, he established his home in Irving and affiliated with our Irving Lodge #1218 on August 12, 1997 as a Plural Member. Brother Elliott was approved by the Grand Lodge of Texas to receive the distinguished 50 Year Masonic Service Award on August 21, 2006. On August 28, 2011 Brother Charles Raymond Elliott took God’s hand in his and joined The Celestial Lodge Above.

“Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto Thy name: the upright shall dwell in Thy presence.”
(Psalms 143:12)

We dedicated this bulletin to the memory of Charles R. Elliott. May his family and loved ones be comforted by God’s compassion and love. And his memory will always touch our hearts as we refer to our Lodge of Sorrow.

HONOR MASONIC WIDOWS & FUNERAL COMMITTEE

Each year we would like to Honor our Masonic Widows and our Funeral Committee with a covered dish dinner. As stated in last month’s bulletin, we have planned for this year’s event to be on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 6:30 P.M. If you have not planned to attend, now is the time to include this event on your calendar. Our Masonic Widows are a special group of people and are very dear to our hearts. It is natural that as we honor the Masonic Widows, we would honor the Funeral Committee at the same time. Their functions tie the hearts of the two groups together. Brother Carl Jones has promised to joined us and entertain with his world of magic.

For our covered dish dinner the lodge will provide meat, bread, and drinks. Others are invited to bring a salad, vegetable or dessert.

TEXAS MASONIC FAMILY DAY

The Annual Texas Masonic Family Day will again be held at the Texas Masonic Retirement Center in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 10 AM to 4 PM. This is an all day fun thing. A chance for family, neighbors and all friends of Freemasonry to come together in the beautiful pecan grove at the Center to enjoy a day of fellowship and entertainment. There will be stands where you can get information about masonry and stands where you can get a delicious meal. There will be a stage where outstanding bands will provide entertainment to all the music lovers. On top of all that, there will be a Petting Zoo, hay ride, Jump Houses, Pumpkin Patch and Kid’s Games. It’s a real family affair.

ACTUAL SENTENCES IN MEDICAL RECORDS

1. The patient has no previous history of suicide.

2. Patient has left her white blood cells at another hospital.

3. Patient has chest pains if she lies on her left side for over a year.

4. On the second day the knee was better and on the third day it disappeared.

5. Discharge status: Alive, but without my permission

6. She is numb from her toes down.

7. Between you and me, we ought to be able to get this lady pregnant.

8. The patient was to have a bowel resection. However, he took a job as a stock broker instead.

9. The lab test indicted abnormal lover function.

10. When she fainted, her eye rolled around the room.

11. She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life until she got a divorce.

12. Patient was alert and unresponsive.

13. Occasional, constant infrequent headaches.


A MOTHER HOLDS HER CHILD’S HAND FOR A WHILE, BUT SHE HOLDS HER CHILD IN HER HEART FOR LIFE TIME.

WORK SCHEDULE FOR AUGUST/SEPTEMBER, 2011

Monday Aug. 15
7:00 P.M.
Confer Master Masons’ Degree

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

Thurday Aug. 25
6:30 P.M.
Off., P.M.s and Ladies Dinner (Crystal’s, 930 Hwy. 183)

Friday Aug. 26
7:00 P.M.
Examine E. A. and Confer the F. C. Degree

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

Monday Sept. 05
DARK
LABOR DAY HOLIDAY (BE SAFE)

Saturday Sept. 10
Noon to 6 P.M.
“Gift of Life” Blood Drive at Irving Mall

Monday Sept. 12
7:00 P.M.
Examinations and mail bulletins

Tuesday Sept. 13
6:30 P.M. Light Meal
7:30 P.M. STATED MEETING

Note: On Saturday, September 17 at 6:30 P.M. Irving Lodge is planning a covered dish dinner to Honor our Masonic Widows and Funeral Committee. This sounds pretty regular, BUT (!!!) there will be nothing regular about the Magic show that will follow. Brother Carl Jones (a.k.a.) Topper The Clown will bring the world of magic to mystify and entertain. His magic program is always outstanding and is free, but he would like to see donations made to the lodge’s charitable Fruit Basket Program.

IN MEMORIAM

Brother Robert J. Bacak was born on February 12, 1928. He was made a Master Mason
in Irving Lodge #1218 on August 17, 1970. He was accepted into the Celestial Lodge Above on
July 15, 2011.

Brother William “Bill” Edward Revis, Jr. was born on October 23, 1924. He became a Master Mason in Trinity Valley Lodge #1048, Dallas, Tx. on April 27, 1951. He transferred his membership to Irving Lodge #1218 on May 10, 1955. Brother Bill went to sit at the knee of his Savior on July 28, 2011.

Billy E. Stevens was born on December 1, 1921. He was Raised a Master Mason in Irving Lodge #1218 on February 24, 1967. He became an Endowed Member in Irving Lodge in 1997 and later in the two lodges in Denison, Tx. He served as Worshipful Master of Irving Lodge in 1976-’77 as well as the President of the Masters, Wardens & Secretary’s Assoc. for the 14th Masonic Districts during that time. He was elected a Life Member in Irving Lodge in 1981. He served in 2005-‘06 as the Tiler of Lone Star Lodge in Denison, Texas. He was presented with the Golden Trowel Award in 2005. Brother Billy Stevens was prepare to meet his Lord and Savior on August 1, 2011.

“My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.” (Psalm 7:10)

We dedicate this bulletin to the memory of Brothers Robert J. Bacak, William “Bill” Revis and Billy E. Stevens. Their seats may be vacant but their memories are always present in our hearts. May God bless their loved ones.

“GIFT OF LIFE”

Irving Lodge #1218 will host the “GIFT OF LIFE” blood drive on Saturday, September 10,2011 at the Irving Mall. Acceptable blood can only be manufactured by the human body and can be used in different ways to save the life of a person, or even someone who may be dear to you. Your donation of blood at our blood drive is to serve the needs of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.

Your donation may save the life of a child. Please make a gift to that child through the “Gift Of Life”.

PRACTICE FREEMASONRY

An eminent Masonic scholar has declared that no man has any right to claim to be a Freemason unless he has endeavored to put into practice some of the teachings of the Fraternity. “It is not necessary,” he asserted, “to go up to the lodge room to practice Masonry.” “The place to practice Masonry is in the busy marts of the world where men meet each other in their daily affairs and where human kindness and helpfulness and honesty are so needed.” (copied from Helena Masonic News)

HOW CHILDREN RELATE

The famous actor Paul Newman founded the “Hole in the Wall Gang Camp” for children stricken with cancer, AIDS, and blood diseases. On afternoon, he and his wife, Joanne Woodward, stopped by to have lunch with the kids. A Counselor at a nearby table, suspecting the young patients wouldn’t know Newman was a famous movie star, explained, “That’s the man who made this camp possible. Maybe you’ve seen his picture on his salad dressing bottle?” Blank stares. “Well, you’ve probably seen his face on his lemonade carton.” An eight year old girl perked up. “How long was he missing?”

INTERESTING ITEMS

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 Eastern Star.

Francis Stephens, the Duke of Lorraine, received the first two Masonic Degrees in 1731 in a special lodge convened at The Hague, Holland, becoming the first known Royal Freemason. Later he received the third degree in England. In 1735 he renounced his title.

Angelo Soliman, was born in Africa in 1721 and brought to Europe as a slave at the age of ten. He was educated, married, and became a favorite in the royal court in Vienna. Somewhere before 1771 he became a mason. When he died in 1776, the Emperor had his body stuffed and mounted in the natural history museum, becoming not only the first black of African birth to become a mason, but also the first mason to be stuffed, mounted, and displayed.

Theodore Parvin was Grand Secretary for Iowa from 1844 to 1901 except for 1852-’53 when he was Grand Master.

WORK SCHEDULE FOR JULY/AUGUST, 2011

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

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

Wednesday July 27
6:30 P.M.
MWSA Eat and Meet (Edwin J. Kiest Lodge #1310)

Thursday July 28
6:30 P.M.
Officers/ P.M. and Ladies eat (IHOP 1801 N. Belt Line)

Monday Aug. 01
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

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

Tuesday Aug. 09
6:30 P.M. Light Meal
7:30 P.M. STATED MEETING
(OFFICIAL VISIT OF DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTER)

WE HONOR

John Robert Thalacker, Jr. was born in 1967 in Barberton, Ohio. After attending Robert Morris College in Pennsylvania he was employed by Techium in Chicago, Ill. Then by EMSE, United Insurance Co. and Trinity Industries. He is single and served in the United States Air Force before coming to the Dallas Area and Irving where he now earns his living with financial investments.

John R. Thalacker, Jr. petitioned Irving Masonic Lodge #1218 and on April 26, 2004 he was Initiated an Entered Apprentice Mason. He received the Fellow Craft Degree on July 19, 2004 and was Raised a Master Mason on August 16, 2004. He has served in most of the appointed office and on June 25, 2011 he was Installed as Worshipful Master of Irving Lodge #1218.

Worshipful Brother Thalacker has been a dedicated mason with a willingness to serve masonry in general and Irving Lodge in particular. As the titular head of Irving Lodge he asked for dedication and service from each of the members. Every member should shake his hand and tell him you support him. Express your appreciation and thank him for his service to Irving Lodge and it’s members. We honor Worshipful John R. Thalacker, Jr., Worshipful Master of Irving lodge #1218 during this Masonic Year 2011-’12.

NOT AN AUTOCRAT

This should be required reading by every mason who aspires to be the Master of a Masonic Lodge.

“The Master of a Masonic Lodge is no more an autocrat than any other holder of delegated power. The Master is chosen by the members of his Lodge, but he gets his power from the constitution of the Grand Lodge and the laws and usages of the Fraternity. He is not only bound by these as fully as any other member but is under peculiar obligations to respect them because of his office. He cannot be installed without giving his assent to a number of propositions which a private member is required to agree to in detail. In Masonry every increase in power is accompanied with increased duties and wider obligations. It may flatter the vanity of some Masters to be looked on as autocrats, but the well-informed are aware that there are no autocrats in Masonry and that those who set themselves up as such are liable to come to grief, and that suddenly. The successful Master does not rule ‘by force and power’ but by affection and esteem, good will and courtesy. Thus he is able to rule ‘wisely and well and never in the cause of injustice or oppression.’ ” (copied from the Oklahoma Masonic Review dated 1960)

DISTRIC DEPUTY GRAND MASTER VISITS

R:.W:. Gilbert T. Swift, Jr., District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District 14B will make his Official Visit to Irving Lodge on Tuesday evening, August 9, 2011 at out Stated Meeting. He is serving this year as the Personal Representative of the Grand Master, and all recognition and honors due the Grand Master should be accordingly extended during his visit. His message to Irving Lodge will be the last order of business and the Lodge will then close without further speeches or comments. Brethren, extend a warm welcome to our District Deputy Grand Master and invite him to return.

MWSA MEETING

The Masters, Wardens and Secretaries Association will meet on Wednesday evening, July 27, 2011 at 6:30 P.M. in Edwin J. Kiest Lodge # 1310 at 10210 Hermosa Dr. in Dallas. A meal will be served prior to the business meeting. The order of business will include the election and Installation of new Officers for the ensuing year.

It is expected that the Grand Master of Masons in Texas will be present to install the officers. If you have not met M:. W:. T.E. “Gene” Carnes, here would be a good time to shake his hand and get acquainted with your Grand Master.

A DRIVER’S PRAYER

As many of our members will be traveling during this vacation period, we thought a prayer to keep us safe would be in order. It should also be a reminder to each of us that safety driving is a safe driver every day. We saw this prayer and realized how much it might be needed in our lives.

“Our Heavenly Father, we ask this day a particular blessing as we take the wheel of our car. Grant us safe passage through all the perils of travel; shelter those who accompany us and protect us from harm by thy mercy; steady our hands and quicken our eye that we may never take another’s life; guide us to our destinations safely, confident in the knowledge that Thy blessings go with us through the darkness and light …. Sunshine and shower …. Forever and ever. Amen” (T.P.A. Bulletin, Okl. City)

WORK SCHEDULE FOR JUNE/JULY, 2011

Monday June 20
7:00 P.M.
Confer Fellow Craft Degree

Thursday June 23
6:30 P.M.
Off./P.M./& Ladies dinner at Rancho(1210 E. Irving Blvd.)

Friday June 24
7:00 P.M.
Installation Practice (all officers should be present)

Saturday June 25
7:00 P.M.
Public Installation of Officers

Monday June 27
7:00 P.M.
Confer Master Masons’ Degree

Tuesday June 28
7:00 P.M.
Confer Entered Apprentice Degree

Wednesday June 29
6:30 P.M.
MWSA Dinner & meeting (Oak Cliff Lodge)

Monday July 04
9:00 A.M.
4th of July Parade (Lodge Building will be open downstairs)

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

Tuesday July 12
6:30 P.M. Light Meal
7:30 P.M. STATED MEETING

NOTE: We have scheduled an unusual night for Irving Lodge to confer a degree but due to the number of degrees to confer and the blocking out of the Holiday Week-End, we have scheduled an Entered Apprentice Degree on Tuesday evening, June 28 at 7 P.M. We need your help on that evening.

IN MEMORIAM

Fred W. Grant was born October 11, 1953. He was Raised a Master Mason in Irving Lodge #1218 on April 21, 1978. He became an Endowed Member on November 11, 1986. He established Plural Membership with James V. Callan Da-Lite Lodge #1422 and served that Lodge as Worshipful Master
in 1993-’94. Brother Grant went to be with the Lord on May 6, 2011.

William G. Squier was born on November 20, 1938. He was made a Master Mason on January 4, 1965. Brother Squier went to sit at the knee of his Savior on April 23, 2011. Irving Lodge was informed on June 6, 2011.

“He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.”
(Psalms 24:5)

This bulletin is dedicated to the memory of Fred W. Grant and William G. Squier. Our prayers are with the loved ones in this, their hour of sorrow.

INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS

Irving Lodge #1218 A.F. & A.M. is please to announcement the Open Installation of Officers on Saturday Evening, June 25, 2011 at 7:00 P.M. This Ceremony is open to all Masons, their friends, family, and all who are interested in our Lodge and the Masonic Fraternity. The ceremony is enlightening for those who are not familiar with the intent and purposes of this ancient Order of Freemasonry. Refreshments and a reception will be held downstairs in the C. J. Range Memorial Hall after the installation. Be sure and invite your friends and neighbors.

4th OF JULY PARADE

Although Irving Lodge does not have a float in the 4th of July Parade this year, the Worshipful Master has promised that the downstairs of the Lodge building will be open for a break from the heat. Please do not take the chairs of the lodge outside. Bring your lawn chair. The coke box will be open but remember that this is an honor system and the lodge is asking that a donation of $ .50 for all drinks taken. Please help us keep down the cost to the lodge for providing these conveniences.

ANNUAL DUES TO THE LODGE

The Masonic Year is coming to a close and there are still a few who have not paid the Annual Dues for the Year 2011. On June 23 the Lodge must close the book and those who have not paid their 2011 dues will be subject to suspension. If you are one of those and have a problem with paying your dues, contact the Worshipful Master or the Secretary.

On May 10, 2011, Irving Lodge voted to approve the Resolution to increase the annual dues from $75.00 to $ 100.00. This will become effective for dues for the year 2012. As dues in Texas Lodges are due and payable in advance by December 31 each year. The new dues in Irving Lodge will be due by the 31st day of December, 2011.

RESPONSE TO SITUATIONS

A woman rolled an elderly man in a wheelchair into the Doctor’s waiting room and went to the receptionist’s desk. After a few moments a little boy slipped off his mother’s lap and walked over and placed his hand on the arm of the elderly man and said, “I know how you feel. My mom makes me ride in the stroller too.”

The Grandmother of eight-year-old Carolyn wistfully said, “In ten years you’ll want to be with your friends and won’t go walking, biking, and swimming with me like you do now.” Carolyn shrugged “In ten years you’ll be too old to do all those things anyway.”

A young son said to his father, “Dad, I know how babies come from mommies’ tummies, but how do they get there in the first place?” After the father hemmed and hawed awhile, the young son finally spoke up in disgust, “You don’t have to make up something, Dad. It’s okay if you don’t know the answer.”

A father was being deployed by the Army to Iraq. He sat his eight-year-ole son down and broke the news to him. He said, “ I’m going to Iraq.” “Why?” the son asked. “Don’t you know there is a war going on over there?”

Then there was a man who sat at the graveside of his recently deceased wife when there was a massive clap of thunder, followed by a tremendous bolt of lightning, accompanied by even more thunder. He calmly said, “Well, she’s there.”

WORK SCHEDULE FOR MAY/JUNE, 2011

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

Satuday May 21
10 AM/3 PM
Annual Lodge Picnic at Fritz Park

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

Wednesday May 25
6:30 P.M.
MWSA Meeting & dinner (Roy Stanley Lodge)

Thursday May 26
6:30 P.M.
Officers/PM & Ladies Dinner(Vito’s, 2000 Esters Rd)

Monday May 30
DARK
MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY

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

Saturday June 11
Noon/ 6P.M.
“Gift of Life” Blood Drive at Irving Mall

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

Tuesday June 14
6:30 P.M. Light meal
7:30 P.M. Stated Meeting & Election of Officers

NOTE: The Secretary’s office will be closed from May 20 until June 6, 2011. Need help? Call Sr. Warden John Thalacker on 972-259-8081.

WE HAVE BEEN BLESSED

Irving Lodge has been blessed as we have not had a report of a member’s death during the past month. However, there are many we need to pray for and to whom we should extend our help. Visit the sick and let them know we have not forgotten them.

MEMORIAL DAY

There are many things we enjoy in this great country which we take for granted. These were won by the sacrifices and courage of many, from the time when our forefathers fought for independence for a great nation being born, even until today, when we face the wars and battle for freedom against the fears and deaths imposed on our nation by those terrorist who would destroy all we hold dear. Let each of us take a moment on this Memorial Day to bow our head in prayer and in grateful remembrance of those who have lost their lives that we may live in a continuing fight against fear. God Bless America! And God Bless those we remember on this Memorial Holiday !

PROPOSED DUES INCREASE

The ballot on the Resolution to increase dues to $125.00 was rejected at the Stated Meeting in April, 2011. A new Resolution was then entered and read at the April stated Meeting. The new Resolution proposes that the dues in Irving Lodge #1218 be increased to $100.00 per year. It will be voted on during the Stated Meeting on May 10, 2011. If passed, it will become effective for the Annual Dues for the Year 2012 which will be due and payable by December 31, 2011.

LODGE STEWARDS PICNIC

This will be the third Annual Lodge Stewards Picnic at Fritz Park. The Stewards are planning a big feed and the musicians are planning an enjoyable jam. The kids can run and play and the mothers and fathers can chase them down. The fat and lazy can sit in the shade and remember the time when they could catch the kids. This is a day for relaxation and fellowship. You don’t have to bring anything except a good appetite and what you want for your own comfort, unless you want to bring a flute or some other musical instrument to pick or play or keep time with the musicians.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Tired of the old Officers? Want new ones? Now is your chance to vote on a new slate of officers.
To be elected as the Worshipful Master you must have served at least one term as a Warden. Irving Lodge lost Junior Warden Mike Jones as an Officer when his work carried him to the Houston area. The five elected Officers are: Worshipful Master, Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer, and Secretary. Irving Lodge has been blessed in the past by having a long line of capable and dedicated Officers.

CHURCH SIGNS

“THE PARTY IN HELL IS CANCELED DUE TO THE FIRE”
“YOU GIVE GOD THE CREDIT, NOW GIVE GOD THE CASH”
“WHEN LOOKING FOR FAULTS USE A MIRROR, NOT A TELESCOPE “:
“TODAY’S HEAVENLY FORECAST, YOU WON’T BURN IN THE SON”
“FEELING UGLY? COME IN FOR A FAITH LEFT”
“HE WHO WALKS WITH GOD WILL NEVER BE LATE FOR SPIRITUAL MEALS”
“LIFE STINKS ! WE HAVE A PEW FOR YOU”
“IF YOU LOVE JESUS, LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR! ANYONE CAN HONK”
“ A WISE MAN NEVER PLANTS MORE GARDEN THAN HIS WIFE CAN HOE”
“FORBIDDEN FRUIT CREATES MANY JAMS”
“DUSTY BIBLES LEAD TO DIRTY LIVES”
“IF GOD IS YOUR CO-PILOT, SWAP SEATS”

WORK SCHEDULE FOR APRIL/MAY, 2011

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

Saturday Apr. 23
6:30 P.M.
Present Golden Trowel (Covered Dish Dinner)

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

Wednesday Apr. 27
6:30 P.M.
Grand Master visits Dallas Area (Shrine Temple)

Thursday Apr. 28
6:30 P.M.
Off./PM & Ladies (dinner out at East buffet)

Monday May 02
7:00 P.M.
Degree or Practice Floor Work

Monday May 09
7:00 P.M.
Examination & mail bulletin

Tuesday May 10
6:30 P.M. Light Meal
7:30 P.M. STATED MEETING

NOTE: (The Annual Irving Lodge Picnic is planned for Saturday May 21 beginning at noon)

IN MEMORIAM

Brother James Edwin Williams was born March 10, 1935. He was made a Master Mason in Irving Lodge on January 2, 1967. The Death Angel called him to Heaven on March 3, 2011.

Brother Jack Hammond Thomas was born on July 16, 1930. He was Raised a Master Mason in Irving Lodge on June 3, 1960. He was presented the 50 Year Masonic Service Award on September 18, 2009. On February 26, 2011 he went to sit at the knee of his Lord in Heaven.

Brother Bennie Max Boone was born on May 10, 1930. He was Raised a Master Mason on February 3, 1958 in Irving Lodge. He was presented with the 50 Year Masonic Service Award on October 27, 2007. Brother Boone was accepted through the Golden Gates of Heaven on March 23, 2011.

Brother James Edward Richards was born on January 12, 1921. He was Raised a Master Mason in John G. Slayter Lodge #1198, Dallas, Tx. on February 20, 1947. He affiliated with Oak Cliff Lodge #705 and then moved his membership to Irving Lodge on August 11, 1992. He received the 50 Year Award on October 26, 1996 and the 60 Year Award on October 28, 2006. Brother Richards went to sleep in the arms of his Lord on April 1, 2011.

“I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way, I found that peace at the close of the day.”
(Excerpts from the poem “I’M FREE”, Author unknown)

We dedicate this bulletin to the memory of Brothers James E. Williams, Bennie M. Boone, James E. Richards and Jack H. Thomas. We treasure their memories and pray for God’s Blessings for their loved ones.

GRAND MASTER’S VISIT

Most Worshipful T. E. “Gene” Carnes Grand Master of Masons in Texas will make his Official
Visit to the Dallas Area on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at the Hella Shrine Temple in Garland. A meal will be served at 6:20 P.M. An advance purchased meal ticket cost $ 15.00. Tickets for $ 20.00 may be bought at the door. The Secretary has a supply of tickets until April 18 when purchase of advanced tickets closes. A meeting at 7:30 P.M. will follow the meal. This is an opportunity to meet the Grand Master and hear his plans for this year.

GOLDEN TROWEL PRESENTATION

Irving Lodge #1218 A.F. & A.M. is pleased to present the Golden Trowel Award to Past Master and Chaplain O. L. “Butch” Murden at a covered dish dinner at 6:30 P.M. in the C. J. Range Memorial Hall on Saturday, April 23, 2011. This is a special award which can only be given to one recipient a year. This prestigious award is presented only to one who has, year after year, quietly, but actively demonstrated his devotion to the teachings of Masonry without thought of recognition or reward. Others may deserve to be recognized, but only one can be given. Please join us on this occasion as we unite together in the bonds of fellowship, and honor one who deserves to be honored. Doors will be open to all our families, friends and neighbors. Brother Murden will appreciate your attendance.

DUES !

There are still a few who have not paid their dues for the year 2011. Those dues are $75.00 and were due by December 31, 2010. A Resolution was read at the Stated Meeting in March, which proposed the increase of dues in Irving Lodge to $125.00 per year. If passed by vote of the lodge at the Stated Meeting in April the dues will become the rule after June 23, 2011, payable by December 31, 2011 for the year 2012. Donations from our members will be accepted to help offset the cash flow problem due to no Endowment money.

TAILLIGHT DECALS ARE AVAILABLE

The Secretary has ordered a supply of Masonic taillight decals. If you would like to make a donation to the lodge, contact Mike Woolsey or the Secretary and they can arrange for a taillight decal for your car or truck.

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE

When the going gets tough, the tough take a coffee break.

Why don’t they call moustaches, “mouthbrows” ?

You can’t teach an old mouse new clicks.

Everyone is gifted. Some just open the package sooner

Smile and the world smiles with you. Frown and you get credit for thinking.

Phonesia: That’s the affliction for dialing a phone number and forgetting who you were calling just as they answer

WORK SCHEDULE FOR MARCH/APRIL, 2011

Saturday Mar. 12
Noon to 6 PM
“Gift of Life” Blood Drive at Irving Mall

Monday Mar. 14
7:00 P.M.
Confer Entered Apprentice Masons Degree

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

Saturday Mar. 26
6:30 P.M.
Community Builder Award & Covered Dish Dinner

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

Wednesday Mar. 30
6:30 P.M.
Lamer Award Presentation at S. R. Hospital

Monday Apr. 04
7:00 P.M.
Confer Degree or Practice Floor Work

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

Tuesday Apr. 12
6:30 P.M. Light Meal
7:30 P.M. STATED MEETING

NOTE: (Most Worshipful Grand Master Gene Carnes will make his Official Visit to the Dallas Area on April 27, 2011 at the Hella Shrine Temple. There will be a $15.00 advance charge for meal tickets.)

BLESSINGS FOR IRVING LODGE

Irving Lodge has been blessed. No member has been reported to have died during the past two months. However, we do have many who are on our sick list and we are sure there are many more that we don’t know about. Please inform the Sick Committee or a lodge officer or member, if you know of any sick or deaths that should be reported. Pray for those in need.

COMMUNITY BUILDER AWARD

Irving Lodge is pleased to present the Community Builder Award to Mr. John De Young at a covered dish dinner on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 6:30 P.M. in the Irving Masonic Lodge C. J. Range Memorial Dining Room. Although he is not a Mason Mr. De Young is known and much appreciated in Masonic circles. Along with his many services to his Plymouth Park Methodist Church, Baylor Irving Hospital, and Irving Senior Citizen’s Center, he has found time to whittle and donate wooden toys for children at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children and the Dallas Children’s Hospital.

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

DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD RAISE OUR DUES ?

In last months bulletin that question was asked, “Should we raise the amount of our dues?”
At the March Stated Meeting the question will again be asked. Everyone will be permitted to ask questions and state their opinion. If there is a favorable consensus, a resolution will be read to raise the annual dues by a change in the By-Laws of Irving Lodge, and be open for discussion and amendment if necessary. At the next Stated Meeting of this lodge following, the resolution shall again be read and voted upon without further amendments. If approved by a majority of two-thirds of the votes of the members present, it shall become a part of the By-Laws of Irving Lodge.
If you have not paid your dues for year 2011, please do so as soon as possible. We do not anticipate
any appreciable return on the Endowed Memberships again this year. Any donations by our members to offset that shortfall in our income will be greatly appreciated.

THE APRON

“In all fraternal work, no particular symbol is indispensable – yet none are useless. The amount or degree of available usefulness usually depends on our sincerity – our desire to impress, and above all, to avoid a complexity that may be devoid of the simplest teaching in portrayal, enhancing and understanding.

Every symbol in our Masonic endeavors should and does represent, without any equivocation, an individual’s clear rational factor in living. Some may differ in appearance, yet they augment the simplest truth. Probably, the most important and unalloyed of all Masonic symbols – is the Apron. The Apron is white - it is impressed one’s mind as a character of purity, charitableness and Fraternal love.

It cannot be denied that the Apron, down the centuries of practice and legends in any language, is indeed older than the Golden Fleece or Roman Eagle – more honorable than any other covering or adornment. Well can it be said that its adornment on a Mason, indeed denotes a common level of good morals not to be laid aside.

Whether you or I should ever care or merit a laurel wreath to be laid across our coffin, our brethren would not forget the white Apron, that we are remembered as endeavoring to build and labor well in life

To the Great Fraternity of Masons, let it be remembered that the soul travels through all paths, and there is found the revelation of truth, brotherly love, and charity which is the protective apron of the virtues we strive for.”
(excerpts from an article by Gilbert C. Lamb in Masonic Review 1960)

An Atheist is not acceptable as a member in Masonry. But no matter what path you believe your soul may take to reach it’s acceptance into heaven, certainly a good moral character, truthfulness and charity will be judged.

A BETTER TOMORROW

“I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.” (Maya Angelou)

WORK SCHEDULE FOR FEBRUARY/MARCH, 2011

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

Saturday Feb. 19
6:30 P.M.
Honor Past Masters - Covered Dish Dinner

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

Wednesday Feb. 23
6:30 P.M.
MWSA Meeting and Meal (James A. Smith Lodge)

Saturday Feb. 26
8:00 A.M.
Grand Masters Conference - Hella Shrine Center

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

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

Tuesday Mar. 08
6:30 P.M. Light Meal
7:30 P.M. STATED MEETING

IN APPRECIATION

There are some jobs which are a part of an officer responsibilities in a Masonic Lodge. An accepted chore for the Stewards is to provide refreshments at our meetings. Over the past 20 years that chore has evolved into one of major responsibilities. It is now expected by the membership of Irving Lodge that on Stated Meeting nights, a satisfying meal will be provided prior to the meeting. On Degree nights they provide the same after the Meeting and on Monday evenings when no degrees are scheduled, a snack bar is supplied. This is more than just a minor chore for the Stewards and deserves a show of appreciation from the members to the Stewards. Shake their hands and thank them for their extra efforts to satisfy you.

In like manner, the Chaplain leads us with prayers at the meeting and visits the sick, and now has taken on extra chores. At the loss of C. J. Range who, with his wife Joyce, had maintained the records of our Masonic Widows and provided, on behalf of the lodge, Birthday Cards and presents on the birthday of each widow. Also as Christmas approaches each year, they sent, on behalf of the lodge, a present and card to show our appreciation of the widows of our deceased Brothers. Also, C. J., with the help of Joyce, headed up the Widow’s Fruit Basket Committee. But with the passing of C. J., Joyce passed these chores of love to Brother Chaplain and Past Master Butch Murden and his wife Linda. They took up the responsibilities and are due a word of thanks for this time consuming job, for which we all receive credit. Let them know how much we appreciate Butch and Linda.

THE DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTER VISITS

Texas Masonry now enters a new year. This includes the pleasure of honoring the new District Deputy Grand Master for District 14B, R:. W:. Gilbert T. Swift, Jr. He is making his Official Visit at this Stated Meeting of Irving Lodge on Tuesday, February 8, 2011.

The District Deputy Grand Master is a representative of the Grand Master and on his Official Visit is to be accorded the same recognition and honor due the Grand Master. A proper reception will be made near the first of the meeting and his message from the Grand Master will be delivered at the end of business. After his speech, no other business will be conducted and no other speeches or comments from the membership will be accepted. Time to visit with our honored guest will be before or after the meeting.

DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD RAISE OUR DUES ?

It has become increasingly difficult for the lodge to operate on the income of our dues at the present level. Dues in Irving Lodge are $75.00 per year. We currently have 440 members in all.

Of these, we have 220 Endowed Members from which no income as been received from the endowments going on the third year now. But yes, some of those endowed member have passed on and are not counted on our active roster.

Then let’s look at the next page. We have about currently 80 members who have been masons for 50 year or more and are not required to pay dues.

Is an increase in annual dues the answer? If so, how much increase should we consider? Let us hear your opinion.

Worshipful Master Mike Shrum will open the floor for discussion on this subject at the Stated Meeting on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. This is your lodge. Your opinion and thoughts on this subject are solicited. Be sure to ATTEND THE MARCH STATED MEETING.

MASONIC FACTS AND FIGURES

In 1872 the Commissioner of Patents held that the Masonic Emblem could not be used in a trademark or trade name for commercial purposes.

In 1860 in Limerick, Ireland, there is found a stone in a small chapel, dated 1517, with the following inscription: “I will serve to live with love and care, upon the level, and by the square.”

In 1789 Dr. Edward Jenner discovered the vaccination process against smallpox. He was Worshipful Master of Faith and Friendship Lodge #270 in Berkeley, England at the time.

The first Confederate Capitol in Missouri was in the Masonic building in Neosho, Missouri. From here the State Legislation passed the Act of Secession.

Winnedumah Lodge #287 in Bishop, California holds its meetings at 270 feet below sea level, the lowest lodge in North America.

In 1892, the tallest building in the world was the Masonic Temple at Randolph and State Streets in Chicago, Illinois.

OBSERVATIONS

You can say what you want about the South, but you never hear anyone retiring and moving North.

Clarence Darrow said, “I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.”

Til next time, remember, a smile adds face value!

WORK SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY/FEBRUARY, 2011

Monday Jan. 17
7:00 P.M.
Practice Floor Work

Monday Jan. 24
7:00 P.M.
Practice Floor Work

Monday Jan. 31
7:00 P.M.
Practice Floor Work

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

Tuesday Feb. 08
6:30 P.M. Light Meal
7:30 P.M. STATED MEETING & D.D.G.M. VISIT

IN MEMORIAM

It is not intended to take anything away from our announcements of other members who pass away. But due to the character and service rendered by Past Master Robert C. Dunn, we will share a few more things about his life as a man and as a Master Mason. He was born Waurika, Oklahoma on December 29, 1925 and became known to most people, simply as Bob Dunn.

Brother Dunn was a veteran of World War II. He then became employed by Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Co. He served for several years as a Reserve Police Officer in Irving. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Irving. He was always active in service to the Irving Community.

Bob was Raised a Master Mason in Irving Lodge #1218 on April 30, 1962. He was a dedicated man and that extended into his service as a Mason. He spent hours in Masonic study to earn a certificate in the esoteric work. He became active in the work of Scottish Rite Masonry. He headed the Irving Lodge Committee on the “Gift of Life” blood drives. He was elected by his brethren to receive the Golden Trowel Award in 2005.

Brother Bob Dunn always said that he was ready to meet his Lord and Savior whenever he was called. That time came on January 1, 2011 as he went to rest in the arms of his Savior.

“But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Se’lah.”
(Psalms 49:15)

We dedicate this bulletin to the memory of Robert C. “Bob” Dunn. Our prayers are with his family and loved ones. His memory will live forever in the hearts of those who knew him.

A BUSY TIME

Irving Lodge has been very busy during the Christmas and New Year Seasons. With parties and dinners, we still found time to Raise 4 Master Masons along with 4 other Degrees. We hosted a “Gift of Life” blood drive. Then we added shopping for a needy family and wrapping the gifts for the family of two adults and 3 kids 5 years old and under. With that we made sure there were Santa gifts under the tree for the children on Christmas Morning. I once heard the question asked, “Does doing something like this made you feel good?” The answer is a definite YES! A busy month but a good time was had by all.

THE DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTER TO VISIT

Texas Masonry now enters a new year. This includes the pleasure of honoring the new District Deputy Grand Master for District 14B, R:. W:. Gilbert T. Swift, Jr. He will make his Official Visit at the Stated Meeting of Irving Lodge on Tuesday, February 8, 2011.

The District Deputy Grand Master is a representative of the Grand Master and on his Official Visit is to be accorded the same recognition and honor due the Grand Master. A proper reception will be made near the first of the meeting and his message from the Grand Master will be delivered at the end of business. After his speech, no other business will be conducted and no other speeches or comments from the membership will be accepted. Time to visit with our honored guest will be with refreshments after the meeting.

DON’T FORGET YOUR DUES

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. There are still some who have not paid the 2011 due and we ask them to please remit as soon as they can. We will send out notices but a prompt remittal by our members can save the lodge the cost of mailings.

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.

ACTUAL QUOTE BY A CELEBRITY

Brooke Shields:
“Smoking kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life.”

Winston Bennett (basketball player):
“I’ve never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body.”

Al Gore:
“It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that’s are doing it.”

Department of Social Services:
“Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992 because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances.”

Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman:
“ If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as they go to bed and it will monitor their heart through the night. And the next morning, when they wake up dead, there’ll be a record.”

Heather Whitestone, Miss America 1995:
Question: “ If you could live forever, would you and why?”
Answer: “I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever.”