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)