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


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.


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)


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.


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.


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)