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.”