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!