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

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

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.


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.


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”.


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)


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?”


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.