WORK SCHEDULE FOR AUGUST / SEPTEMBER, 2014

Saturday August 16
2:00 PM
Memorial honoring PM Bill Giddens @ Irving Masonic Lodge

Monday August 18
7:00 PM
Confer Master Mason Degree

Wednesday August 20
7:05 PM
Lodge baseball outing @ AirHogs Stadium

Monday August 25
7:00 PM
Confer Master Mason Degree

Thursday August 28
6:30 PM
Officers and Past Masters Dinner @ Arturo’s Mexican Restaurant

Monday September 1
DARK
Labor Day

Saturday September 6
12:00 PM
Blood Drive @ Irving Mall

Monday September 8
6:00 PM
Candidate Examinations and Bulletin Preparation

Tuesday September 9
6:30 PM
STATED MEETING

Looking ahead
Saturday September 20
6:30 PM
Honor Masonic Widows and Funeral Committee Members

IN MEMORIAM

Past Master and Brother William “Bill” O. Giddens was born in Clarksville, Texas on December 4, 1925. Brother Giddens was initiated into Freemasonry on May 13th 1960.  He passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on April 17th, 1961.  On May 26th, 1961 Bill was made a Master Mason.  Bill is our most celebrated instructor of Masonic teachings in recent history.  He served as an Officer of the Lodge from 1962 to 1969 when he became Worshipful Master of Irving Masonic Lodge.  Then again in 1976 when he served as Chaplain of the Lodge.
Bill was made a Life Member by the Lodge in 1982.  In 1999 Irving Masonic Lodge elected Brother Giddens to receive our highest honor, the Golden Trowel Award.  In 2010 Past Master Bill Giddens was recognized by the Grand Lodge of Texas with the 50 Year Masonic Service Award.  Both Bill and Ruby made significant contributions as long-time members and Officers of the Eastern Star.  A memorial honoring Brother Giddens is planned for August 16th at 2:00 PM at Irving Masonic Lodge.  Friends are invited to bring a covered dish.

Brother Wendell D. Jones was born in Bardwell, Texas on February 27, 1920.  Brother Jones petitioned Irving Lodge for the Degrees in Freemasonry and on June 12, 1959 he was Initiated an Entered Apprentice Mason.  On April 22, 1960 he passed to the degree of Fellowcraft Mason.  On March 31, 1961 Irving Lodge opened in order to confer three Master Mason Degrees; Brother Jones and two others were made Master Masons in separate ceremonies.  On October 16th, 2010 Brother Wendell D. Jones was recognized by the Grand Lodge of Texas with the 50 Year Masonic Service Award.

Brother Charles F. Turrentine was born in Hale County, Texas on May 4th, 1927.  We only recently learned of Brother Turrentine’s passing on November 10th, 2013.  Brother Turrentine petitioned Irving Masonic Lodge for the three Degrees and was initiated on October 17th, 1952.  He passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on December 19th, 1952.  Quickly demonstrating his proficiency as a Fellowcraft Mason Brother Turrentine was made a Master Mason in due and ancient form on January 26th, 1953.  Brother Charles F. Turrentine was recognized by the Grand Lodge of Texas in 2002 with the 50 Year Masonic Service Award, and again in 2012 with the 60 Year Masonic Service Award.

We dedicate this bulletin to the memory of Bill Giddens, Wendell Jones, and Charles Turrentine.  Our prayers are for peace and consolation for their families.

BLOOD DRIVE

Irving Masonic Lodge #1218 will host the “GIFT OF LIFE” blood drive on Saturday, September 6th at the Irving Mall between Noon and 6:00 PM. (next to Los Lupes restaurant)  Helpers are always welcomed.  Your donation of blood at our blood drive serves the needs of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.

BASEBALL OUTING

Join us for AirHogs minor league baseball at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie AUGUST 20, 2014 07:05 pm.  Butch Murden has free vouchers.  Redeem for tickets at the box office.
Reserve yours – By text message: 214-532-9499, By email: butchmurden@verizon.net
See you at the game!  Our thanks to Kevin Kasky for suggesting the event and getting the vouchers for us.

PUNS

I did a theatrical performance about puns.  It was a play on words.

They told me I had type A blood, but it was a type-O.

What does a clock do when it’s hungry?  It goes back four seconds.

I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger.  Then it hit me!

I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.

My friend's bakery burned down last night. Now his business is toast.

I couldn't quite remember how to throw a boomerang, but eventually it came back to me.

The other day I held the door open for a clown. I thought it was a nice jester.