IRVING FREEMASON NEWSLETTER - DECEMBER / JANUARY 2015


WORK SCHEDULE

Wednesday December 9
8:30 AM Pack and deliver Masonic Widow’s Fruit Baskets

Saturday December 12
Noon – 6:00 PM Blood Drive benefiting Scottish Rite Hospital for Children @ Irving Mall
6:30 PM Past Masters, Officers & Ladies Christmas party (covered dish, bring a small gift for Chinese Auction)

Monday December 14
7:00 PM Fellowcraft degree

Saturday December 19
6:30 PM Lodge Christmas Family Night & Covered dish dinner

LODGE WILL BE DARK FROM DECEMBER 21 - REOPENING MONDAY JANUARY 4, 2016

Monday January 4
6:00 PM Monday Social Hour
6:30 PM Order of the Eastern Star chapter meeting (dinner served)

Monday January 11
6:00 PM Candidate examinations & bulletin preparation

Tuesday January 12
7:30 PM Stated Meeting + light meal at 6:30 PM



IN MEMORIUM —  Brother William Harrison Brantley was born November 24th, 1919.  Brother Brantley received the three degrees in Freemasonry at Randolph Lodge #1268.  He was Initiated on February 21st, 1963. He Passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on April 5th, 1963 and was Raised a Master Mason on May 4th, 1963.  Brother Brantley affiliated with Irving Masonic Lodge in December 1988.
On December 2nd, 2015 Brother Brantley entered the Celestial Lodge above.

Brother Albert P. Dirla was born October 19th, 1937.  Brother Dirla received the three degrees in Freemasonry at Acacia Lodge #20 in Dover, New Jersey.  Brother Dirla was Initiated on April 4th, 1959.  He passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on April 30th, 1959 and was Raised a Master Mason on June 4th, 1959.  Brother Dirla affiliated with Irving Masonic Lodge in January 1977.
On November 22nd, 2015 Brother Dirla laid down his working tools.

We dedicated this bulletin to the memory of Brothers William H. Brantley and Albert P. Dirla.  May their memories remain fresh in the minds of their loved ones and may God comfort and console them in their sorrow.



IRVING LODGE CHRISTMAS PARTY — On Saturday, December 19th at 6:30 PM Irving Lodge will host our annual Christmas family night.  This will be the usual covered dish dinner with the Lodge providing the meat, bread and drinks.  All others are asked to bring your favorite dish of vegetable, salad, or dessert.  We expect about 100 to attend as this is open to family, friends and relatives. The ever popular Shady Grove Ramblers will be there to entertain.  All friends of Masonry are invited.  Merry Christmas!



PACK AND DELIVER THE WIDOW’S FRUIT BASKETS — Annually, a group of Irving Lodge members meet a week or so before Christmas and enjoy a day of packing and delivering a fruit basket to each of our Masonic Widows who live in the Irving area.  For the ones who live away from the Irving area, a Christmas card and a small present is mailed to each.
Any member who wishes to participate in the packing and delivery of the fruit baskets is invited to join us on Wednesday morning, December 9th at 8:30 AM.  We want to get all the baskets out of the lodge building as soon as possible.  So, if you have a list of widows for delivery, please pick up your baskets pronto.



IT'S DUES PAYING TIME AGAIN — Annual Dues for the year 2016 are now due by December 31, 2015.  Endowed, Life and 50 Year Members are exempt from the payment of dues.  All others should look at your dues card.  If it states your dues have been paid to December 31, 2015, then you should make a payment to your lodge this December month.  Dues in Irving Masonic Lodge are $125 per year.  We thank those who have already remitted the 2016 year’s dues.  We also send a special message of thanks and appreciation to those who have made donations during this, and former years.

Irving Masonic Lodge #1218
P.O. Box 170397
Irving, Texas 75017



IRVING MASONIC LODGE “GIFT OF LIFE” BLOOD DRIVE — There is no substitute for blood when needed. It is indeed a “GIFT OF LIFE” to someone when you donate.  On Saturday, December 12, Carter Blood Care will join with Irving Lodge in the collection of blood at the Irving Mall.  Age is not a factor.  Only your health and/or medication may prevent you from giving.
Hours: Noon to 6:00    Location: next to Los Lupe’s Mexican Restaurant.



OFFICER / PAST MASTER CHRISTMAS PARTY — This will be a busy December 12th Saturday for those Past Masters and Officers working the “Gift of Life” Blood Drive at Irving Mall.  We may need help to relieve any Officer or Past Master at the Mall so that they may arrange to get to the Officer/ Past Master’s Party by 6:30 PM.  This Party will include the usual Chinese Auction. Each one attending is asked to bring a gift of a value of about $10.00.  No other gifts are exchanged.  The gifts will be distributed by the Chinese Auction process. (Good Luck!)


IRVING FREEMASON NEWSLETTER - NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2015

WORK SCHEDULE — 

Saturday November 21
6:30 PM
Masonic Service Awards  50, 60, 65 Years (covered dish)

Monday November 23
6:00 PM
Confer the Entered Apprentice Degree

Tuesday November 24
6:30 PM
Study Club – Masonic ritual class

Thursday November 26
HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Monday November 30
7:00 PM
Candidate Examinations (date change due to Eastern Star meeting)

Tuesday December 1
6:30 PM
Study Club – Masonic ritual class

Wednesday December 2-5
Grand Annual Communication - 715 Columbus Ave, Waco, TX 76701

Monday December 7
6:00 PM
Bulletin Preparation

6:30 PM
Order of the Eastern Star chapter meeting (dinner served)

Tuesday December 8
7:30 PM
Stated Meeting + light meal at 6:30 PM

Wednesday December 9
8:30 AM
Pack & Deliver Fruit Baskets

Save the date …
Saturday December 12
Noon – 6
“Gift of Life” blood drive benefiting Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
@ Irving Mall

6:30 PM
Past Masters, Officers & Ladies Christmas party (covered dish) Bring $10 gift for Chinese Auction

Saturday December 19
6:30 PM
Lodge Christmas Party (covered dish)

LODGE WILL BE DARK FROM DECEMBER 21 - REOPENING MONDAY JANUARY 4, 2016


IN MEMORIUM —  Brother Willie O. Poteete was born December 1st, 1930.  Brother Poteete was Initiated on September 18th, 1972. He Passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on November 11th, 1972 and was Raised a Master Mason in Irving Lodge #1218 on March 23rd, 1973.  At the time of Brother Poteete’s initiation he was employed by Transcon Lines Inc. as a Line Driver.  On October 8th, 2015 Brother Poteete entered the Celestial Lodge above.  We dedicated this bulletin to the memory of Brother Willie O. Poteete. May his memory remain fresh in the minds of his loved ones and may God comfort and console them in their sorrow.


50, 60, 65 YEAR MASONIC SERVICE AWARDS — Irving Lodge is pleased to solicit your attendance at the Annual Presentation of the 50, 60 and 65 Year Masonic Service Awards on November 21ST at a covered dish dinner at 6:30 P.M.
These presentations will be made for members who have served our gentle fraternity for half a century or more. 

Receiving the 65 Year Award are Brothers Phillip D. Baker, Guy H. Hudson, and Orban M. McCoy.  

For the 60 Year Award Charles M. Caster, Carl H. McCutcheon, Troy L. Rice and James C. Sills, III.  

These brethren are joined by the following 50 Year Members: Jesse D. Beard, Larry R. Bellah, Vaughn Sidney Heard, Donald E. Hines, Marlin Marshall, Jr., H. Douglas McHam, William M. Phillips, and Thomas D. Spink.

The dinner and ceremonies are open to all our families, friends and neighbors. We invite the whole group to attend and join in congratulating the Honorees and wishing them the best in the years to come.


ANNUAL DUES — Another year is coming to an end and that means another year is about to begin. Irving Lodge voted to increase the amount of our annual dues to $125.00. Lodge dues are payable in advance. This means that your year 2016 dues of $125.00 should be paid by December 31, 2015. We look forward to seeing you in the lodge meetings during this coming year.


WORKER BEES — Worker Bees and any other Brother who wants to be a Worker Bee: Nov. 14th we will clean the lodge.  The carpeting upstairs and downstairs needs vacuuming, the bathrooms need cleaned and mopped, the kitchen floor needs sweeping and mopped.  Dust wherever needed.  Those of us that want to eat breakfast together will meet at PJ’s at 8am.  
We meet at the lodge at 9am to clean. We can usually get the job done in less than 2 hours if we all pitch in.


PILL BOTTLE CHANGE — We are doing great with regard to the collection of empty pill bottles.  One change would be helpful.  Please bring only empty Prescription bottles (the orange ones are the best).  Remember to try and remove any labels with your personal information.  Please don't bring any of the large bottles like the vitamin or over the counter "drug" bottles.  Thanks.  We have made three trips to the Scottish Rite Hospital in the last two weeks with large bags of empty bottles.


THE BAD BELT — Q: Why did the belt get locked up?
A: He held up a pair of pants.


Irving Masonic Lodge
(972) 253-5600


OFFICERS FOR MASONIC YEAR 2015 - 2016

Brethren, please get to know your officers and lend them your support as they provide leadership during this Masonic Year.  Recognize their hard work and the time they spend in order to assure that we can always be proud of this Irving Lodge of ours.


John Samuel, Worshipful Master
(Judy)

Carl Roberts, Senior Warden

Ron Coats, Junior Warden
(Audrey)

Bill Adra, Treasurer

John Thalacker, Secretary

Jimmy Walters, Chaplain

Larry Gammill, Senior Deacon
(Vicki)

Ron Cox,  Junior Deacon
(Kathy)

Felipe Rodriguez,  Senior Steward
(newlywed)

Kevin Kasky, Master of Ceremonies
(Tammie)

Mark Tilley,  Tiler
(Patrice)


SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2015 WORK SCHEDULE
Masonic Ritual Instruction - Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
(excluding 2nd Tuesday)

Monday September 14
7:00 PM
Candidate Examinations (make-up date)

Saturday September 19
8:00 AM Worker Bees – Breakfast at PJ’s at 8am, clean lodge at 9am
6:30 PM Honor Past Masters (covered dish dinner)

Monday September 21
6:30 PM Social Hour
7:30 PM Order of the Eastern Star – Monthly meeting (Labor Day make-up date)

Thursday September 24
6:30 PM
Officers, Past Masters & Ladies dinner @ PJ’s Cafe

Monday September 28
6:30 PM
Social Hour

Monday October 5
6:30 PM Social Hour
7:30 PM Order of the Eastern Star – Monthly meeting (1st Mondays)

Wednesday October 7
6:30 PM
Randall E. Briscoe Masonic Education Workshop @ Hillcrest Lodge

Saturday October 10
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Texas Masonic Family Day @ Texas Masonic Retirement Center
1501 W. Division, Arlington, Texas

Monday October 12
7:00 PM
Candidate Examinations + bulletin preparation prior to

Tuesday October 13
7:30 PM
Stated Meeting + light meal at 6:30 PM


Save the date …
Monday October 19
6:30 PM
Eastern Star honors the Masons (dinner & program)

Saturday November 21
6:30 PM
Masonic Service Awards (50, 60, 65 year Freemasons)


ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR RETURNS TO IRVING —  We are happy to announce that
Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 219 lead by Worthy Matron: Jakie Spinks and Worthy Patron: Max Perry is coming home to Irving Masonic Lodge.  Monthly meetings are held each 1st Monday at 7:30 PM.  When 1st Monday falls on a holiday, meetings are then held on 3rd Monday.

The Order of The Eastern Star is a fraternal organization composed of women with Masonic affiliation and Master Masons. Members share a belief in the existence of a Supreme Being and promotion of the principles of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth.  The degrees of the Order of the Eastern Star teach lessons of fidelity, constancy, loyalty, faith and love. These degrees are presented in a beautiful ritualistic ceremony designed to not only teach the lessons, but also to provide insight for future study and understanding.  This year’s Chapter charity is Patriot Paws Service Dogs. (visit www.patriotpaws.org for more info)

The Eastern Star is also a social organization with frequent formal events and ceremonies. Being a member is a wonderful and a fulfilling way of life.  Please ask an Eastern Star to tell you more about it!  Secretary: Donna Terlisner (214) 789-6690


WORKER BEES —  We will clean up Lodge on Sept 19th,   Breakfast at PJ’s at 8am, clean lodge starting at 9am.  We will need to clean and mop bathrooms, vacuum carpets upstairs and downstairs, and dust.    We can use all the help we can get so we can get through by 10 or 10:30.  See you there.


IRVING POLICE DEPARTMENT MASONIC CHAIR AT LODGE —  The Irving Masonic Lodge has 181 chairs within the Lodge Room. 179 of those chairs bare the name of a Master Mason of the Lodge. Those Masons paid $100 to have a small brass emblem with their name placed on "their" chair. This event occurred about 12 years ago.  One of those chairs was purchased in the name of "IPD Masons". There is no name of an IPD Mason on that chair. Recently it was approved by the Lodge that any former, current or retired member of the Irving PD could have their name on a small brass emblem affixed to the "IPD" chair. This is a permanent fixture to the chair.  What is the cost?  Just $50! That is a savings of $50. A Brother Mason has already bought the chair several years ago and it just awaits your name. I believe that each of the 33 IPD Masons would be honored to have their name on "our" and will want to participate in this to show their support of the Irving Masonic Lodge.  If you can't come by the Lodge to write your check, just drop it into the mail addressed Irving Masonic Lodge, 132 E. Second, P O Box 170397, Irving TX 75017. Make the check payable to the Irving Masonic Lodge and indicate that it is for the "IPD Masons".  — Hon. Jerry Wicker


TEXAS MASONIC FAMILY DAY — The Grand Lodge of Texas has proclaimed Saturday, October 10, 2015 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) as Texas Masonic Family Day. Festivities will be enjoyed at the Texas Masonic Retirement Center at 1501 West Division Street in Arlington, Texas.  There will be food and drink concessions; a free Car & Motorcycle Show, a Bar-B-Q Cook Off & Live Music. Children’s activities include Games, Pony rides, Jump house; Petting zoo and a Dunkin’ booth.  If you can’t have fun at this, you must have a lasso on the wrong calf.


PUNNY — Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!  •  Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.  •  England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.  •  Jokes about German sausages are the wurst.  •  I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.  •  This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore.  •  What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary?
A thesaurus.  •  Velcro - what a rip off !              

                                 

AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2015

WORK SCHEDULE 

Saturday  August 15
6:30 PM
Remember Masonic Widows & Honor Funeral Committee Members
(covered dish dinner)

Monday August 17
6:00 PM
Social Hour

Tuesday August 18
6:30 PM
Masonic ritual instruction (Study Club)

Monday August 24
6:00 PM
Social Hour

Tuesday August 25
6:30 PM
Masonic ritual instruction (Study Club)

Thursday August 27
6:30 PM
Officers, Past Masters & Ladies dinner @ Spring Creek BBQ

Monday August 31
6:30 PM
Social Hour

Tuesday September 1
6:30 PM
Masonic ritual instruction (Study Club)

Saturday September 5
Noon – 6PM
“Gift of Life” blood drive supporting Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Monday September 7
6:30 PM
Labor Day - Dark
Skeleton crew to do newsletter preparation

Tuesday September 8
7:30 PM
Stated Meeting + light meal at 6:30 PM
Official reception of RW:. DDGM:. JDarrell Kirkley

Monday September 14
7:00 PM
Candidate Examinations make-up date

Save the date …
Saturday September 19
6:30 PM
Honor Past Masters (covered dish dinner)


HONOR WIDOWS AND FUNERAL COMMITTEE —  Irving Lodge is always pleased to recognize and honor our Masonic Widows.  A night has been set aside on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 6:30 P.M. when a covered dish dinner will be shared as we honor two special groups.  It is always a special night as we honor our Masonic Widows.   Honoring the Funeral Committee at the same time is a natural.  The Widows are close to our hearts and the Funeral Committee is so close to our emotions when we lose another friend and brother.  This meeting is open to each and all of our families, friends and those interested in the Masonic Family.  The lodge will provide meat, drinks, and bread.  All others are asked to bring a vegetable, salad, or dessert.


THE DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTER VISITS —  Texas Masonic year 2015-2016 is in full swing.  This includes the pleasure of honoring the District Deputy Grand Master for District 14B, R:. W:. JDarrell Kirkley.  He is making his Official Visit at this Stated Meeting of Irving Lodge on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

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.  Officers are asked to dress in coat and tie.


COME AND GIVE OR HELP!! —  Our next Gift of Life Blood Drive will be Saturday, September 5, from noon to 6:00pm at Irving Mall.  The Carter Blood Care bus will be parked just out from Los Lupes Restaurant and our table will be set-up just inside the south entrance door.  Do your part and come and give or help us ask shoppers to donate blood after they finish shopping.


UNUSUAL FACTS ABOUT GEORGE WASHINGTON — Our first President, an active Master Mason, had a number of unusual quirks.  Here are a few as published in the “Trestleboard,” the newsletter of Washington Daylight Lodge #14 in the District of Columbia.

George Washington joined the British Navy at the age of 14.

His education was provided by his father and his brother Lawrence.

His father owned 10,000 acres of land in Virginia and was also part owner of an iron mine.

George Washington was the only President to be elected unanimously.

He never wore a powdered wig, which was the fashion of gentlemen at that time.

George Washington never shook hands with anyone.

George Washington was the first to travel to a foreign country as President (Barbados).

George Washington had all of his teeth removed at age 57.

He was employed  by Lord Fairfax as a surveyor in Culpeper County, VA.

His favorite foods were pineapple and Brazil nuts.



“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what the day may bring.” Proverbs 27:1



Irving Masonic Lodge #1218
Ancient Free & Accepted Masons

132 E. Second
P.O. Box 170397
Irving, TX 75017

(972) 253-5600
irving1218@verizon.net

http://www.irving1218.org/

https://www.facebook.com/IrvingMasonicLodge


JULY / AUGUST 2015

IRVING MASONIC LODGE #1218 WORK SCHEDULE

Monday July 20
7:00 PM
Social Hour

Tuesday July 21
6:30 PM
Masonic ritual instruction (Study Club)

Thursday July 23
6:30 PM
Officers, Past Masters & Ladies dinner at Angelo’s

Monday July 27
7:00 PM
Confer Master Mason degree

Tuesday July 28
6:30 PM
Masonic ritual instruction (Study Club)

Wednesday July 29
7:30 PM
Election and Installation of MWSA officers @ Garland Lodge #441
M:. W:. Michael Wiggins Grand Master of Masons to install officers

Monday August 3
6:00 PM
Confer EA Degree

Tuesday August 4
6:30 PM
Masonic ritual instruction (Study Club)

Monday August 10
7:00 PM
Examinations + bulletin preparation prior to

Tuesday August 11
6:30 PM
Stated Meeting

Save the date …
Saturday August 15
6:30 PM
Remember Masonic Widows & Honor Funeral Committee Members  (covered dish dinner)



IN MEMORIAM — Brother James F. Hayes was born in Deport, Texas on December 12th, 1922.  Brother Hayes was presented the Grand Lodge of Texas 50 Year Masonic Service Award at Gus Garrison Lodge #1273 in Winnsboro.  Brother Hayes petitioned Irving Masonic Lodge for the Degrees in Freemasonry and was Initiated on July 16th, 1954.  He passed to the Degree of Fellowcraft on October 22nd, 1954.  He was then raised to the degree of Master Mason on December 6th, 1954.  Brother Hayes laid down his working tools on May 31st, 2015.

We dedicate this bulletin to the memory of Brother James F. Hayes.  Our prayers are for peace and consolation for his family.  “I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.” (Psalms 3:5)



MASONIC SERVICE AWARDS — As we close the book on Masonic Year 2014-2015 it appears we will celebrate in November this year several Masonic Birthdays under the Grand Lodge 50 Year Masonic Service Award Program. We have not had the opportunity to verify all of these but it appears that we will have three 65 Year members, six 60 Year Members and about seven 50 Year Members. When the Grand Lodge approves the awards, we will publish the names in our bulletin.



WE HONOR — John Cornell Samuel was born in 1943 in New Hanover County, North Carolina. He is employed by El Centro College in Dallas, Texas. He is married to Judy and served in the United States Air Force.

John Cornell Samuel petitioned Irving Masonic Lodge #1218 and on June 27th 2005 he was Initiated an Entered Apprentice Mason. He received the Fellow Craft Degree on October 24th, 2005 and was Raised a Master Mason on November 21st, 2005. He has served in every office except Tiler and on June 27, 2015 he was Installed as Worshipful Master of Irving Lodge #1218.

Worshipful Brother Samuel 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 its members. We honor Worshipful John Cornell Samuel, Worshipful Master of Irving lodge #1218 during this Masonic Year 2015-’16.



NOT AN AUTOCRAT — 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 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)

WORK SCHEDULE - JUNE / JULY 2015

Saturday June 13
11:00 AM
3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament  (rescheduled)

Monday June 15
7:00 PM
Confer Fellowcraft Degree

Tuesday June 16
6:30 PM
Study Club ritual instruction

Friday June 19
6:30 PM
AMBUCS Mixer – covered dish dinner (Lodge to present AmTryke)

Saturday June 20
9:00 AM
Worker Bees lodge cleaning party (meeting for breakfast at PJ’s CafĂ© at 8am)

Monday June 22
6:00 PM
Social Hour

Tuesday June 23
6:30 PM
Study Club ritual instruction

Thursday June 25
6:30 PM
Officers, Past Masters and Ladies dinner @ Babe’s Chicken Carrollton  

Friday June 26
6:30 PM
Practice installation of Officers

Saturday June 27
6:30 PM
Installation of Officers and Reception

Monday June 29
7:00 PM
Confer Fellowcraft Degree

Tuesday June 30
6:30 PM
Study Club ritual instruction

Saturday July 4
9:00 AM
Independence Day Parade

Monday July 6
6:00 PM
Social Hour

Tuesday July 7
6:30 PM
Study Club ritual instruction

Monday July 13
6:00 PM
Examinations and bulletin preparation

Tuesday July 14
6:30 PM
Stated Meeting



IN MEMORIAM — Brother Travis G. Dixson was born in Alvin Texas on August 15th 1933.  A veteran of the Korean War and Sales Representative for Champion International Corp., Brother Dixson petitioned Irving Masonic Lodge for the Degrees in Freemasonry and was Initiated on September 26, 1988 at the age of 54.  He passed to the Degree of Fellowcraft on December 8, 1989.   And was raised a Master Mason on April 30, 1990.  Brother Dixson laid down his working tools on May 9th, 2015.  
We dedicate this bulletin to the memory of Brother Travis G. Dixson.  Our prayers are for peace and consolation for his family.


INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS — Irving Masonic Lodge #1218 is pleased to invite you and your friends to the Installation of Officers for the Masonic Year 2015/2016 on Saturday, June 27, 2015.  Installation will begin in the Lodge Room at 7:00 P.M.  Following the usual course of progression, Brother John Samuel will be installed as the Worshipful Master.  In addition, other brethren will be installed into their newly elected and appointed offices.  The ceremony is enlightening for those who are not familiar with the intent and purposes of this ancient Order of Freemasonry.  Past Master Dean Donaldson will be the Installing Officer.  The principles and ideals of Freemasonry are enumerated during the ceremony.   A cordial reception with refreshments will be held in the C. J. Range Memorial Hall downstairs after the Installation Ceremonies.


THE LAST CALL FOR ANNUAL DUES — On June 23 the Lodge must close the book and those who have not paid their 2015 dues will be subject to automatic suspension.  We hope that we do not lose you from our membership due to being suspended.  If you are facing this and have a serious problem paying your dues, please contact the Worshipful Master or the Secretary.  (972) 253-5600    2015 Dues remain $100.00.

3rd ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT — Irving Masonic Lodge hosts our annual 4 man best ball scramble golf tournament benefiting Masonic Charities on Saturday June 13, 2015. (rescheduled for weather) Registration begins at 11:00 AM.  GRAND OAKS GOLF CLUB — 3502 Country Club Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052       Walk-on day of tournament allowed for $125/golfer
For more information call  (972) 438-8792 or Email  slabdancer43@reagan.com


4th OF JULY PARADE — Everyone loves a parade!  The Worshipful Master has promised that the downstairs of the Lodge building will be open for a break from the heat.  Please do not take the chairs of the lodge outside.  Bring your lawn chair.  The coke box will be open but remember that this is an honor system and the lodge requests a donation of $ .50 for all drinks taken.  Please help us keep down the cost to the lodge for providing these conveniences.


WORKER BEES: — June the 20th at 8 AM we will meet at PJ’s for breakfast, then at the Lodge at 9am to clean lodge for the installation of Officers.  We will be vacuuming the upstairs and downstairs, cleaning bathrooms and sweeping and mopping the kitchen.  We need all the help we can get.


LAUGHING MATTERS — If you ever get cold, just stand in the corner for a bit.  They’re usually around 90 degrees.    Did you hear the one about the two guys that stole a calendar?  They each got six months.
I think I want a job cleaning mirrors.  It’s just something I could really see myself doing.
What’s orange and sounds like a parrot?  A carrot.
What do you call a sleep walking Nun?  A roaming catholic.
What’s blue and smells like red paint?  Blue paint.



Irving Masonic Lodge #1218
Ancient Free & Accepted Masons

132 E. Second
P.O. Box 170397
Irving, TX 75017

(972) 253-5600
irving1218@verizon.net

http://www.irving1218.org/

https://www.facebook.com/IrvingMasonicLodge


MAY / JUNE 2015

Monday May 18
7:00 PM
Degree or practice floor work

Saturday May 23
Noon
3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament  (rescheduled to June 13th)

Monday May 25
DARK – MEMORIAL DAY

Thursday May 28
6:30 PM
Officers, Past Masters, and Ladies Dinner at Fish City

Saturday May 30
5:00 PM
BBQ Picnic Dinner in the Park

Monday June 1
6:00 PM
Social hour

Saturday June 6
Noon – 6:00 PM
Blood Drive – Irving Mall outside Los Lupe’s

Monday June 8
6:00 PM
Examinations and bulletin preparation

Tuesday June 9
6:30 PM
Stated Meeting and Election of Lodge Officers

Save the date: Annual installation of Lodge Officers is on Saturday June 27th at 6:30 PM


DEDICATION TO OUR WORSHIPFUL MASTER — As we end the Masonic Year of 2014-2015 we want to take time to thank Worshipful Master Anthony “Tony” C. Head, whose term of office will come to a close.  Worshipful Tony Head has dedicated 6 years serving as an officer of Irving Lodge #1218.  It is not always an easy job, nor is it always convenient to do those things which a man is called upon to do as an officer of a Masonic Lodge. Tony Head was Raised a Master Mason on November 19, 2007.  In 2009 he started in the progression of offices which brought him to this closing of his year as Master.  Brother Head’s wife Sandy has been a great supporter of Lodge life and its many events.  To her we express our thanks.  To Worshipful Master Tony Head we dedicate this bulletin.  Thank you Tony.


THE LAST MONTH IS HERE —The last month, to get your annual dues paid to Irving Masonic Lodge without being suspended, is here. We still have many who have not paid this year’s dues. If the Lodge is required to suspend a member for non-payment of dues, it means that all appendant bodies are required to suspend him also.  June 23rd is the last day before a suspension is issued. Contact the worshipful Master or Secretary if a problem exist in which we can help.  Irving Masonic Lodge annual dues remain $100.00 for 2015.
Irving Masonic Lodge — PO Box 170397, Irving, TX 75017


3rd ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT — Irving Masonic Lodge hosts our annual 4 man best ball scramble golf tournament benefiting Masonic Charities on Saturday May 23rd, 2015. (rescheduled for weather) The putting contest begins at 12 Noon.  Tournament Shotgun start at 1:00PM at GRAND OAKS GOLF CLUB — 3502 Country Club Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Walk-on day of tournament allowed for $125/golfer
For more information call (972) 438-8792 or Email slabdancer43@reagan.com


MEMORIAL DAY — There are many things we enjoy in this great country which we take for granted. These were won by the sacrifices and courage of many, from the time when our forefathers fought for independence for a great nation being born.  Even until today, as we face the fears and deaths imposed by those terrorists who would destroy all we hold dear.  Let each of us take a moment on this Memorial Day to bow our head in prayer and in grateful remembrance of those who have lost their lives that we may live in a continuing fight against fear.  God Bless America! And God Bless those we remember on this Memorial Holiday!


“GIFT OF LIFE” BLOOD DRIVE — Brother, you may save the life of a child at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.  Blood can only be acquired as a gift from YOU.  Be assured that some person is very grateful to you for making this gift to them.  Look for the Bloodmobile at Irving Mall Saturday June 6th Noon – 6:00 PM.


BBQ PICNIC DINNER IN THE PARK — All members, their families and friends are invited to join us Saturday May 30th, 2015 at 5:00 PM at Fritz Park in Irving.  There will be lots of fellowship and good fun. Our BBQ pit masters are planning a big feed and the kids can run and play.  You don’t have to bring anything except a good appetite.  Fritz Park is at 312 E Vilbig St, Irving, TX 75060.


ELECTION OF OFFICERS — The five elected Officers are: Worshipful Master, Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer, and Secretary.  Irving Lodge has been blessed in the past by having a long line of capable and dedicated Officers.  Attend the Stated meeting on June 9th at 7:30 PM to cast your votes.


FAMOUS MASONS COMMENT ON NEWS COVERAGE — The late Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States and Past Grand Master of California: “I always turn to the sports section first.  The sports page records people’s accomplishments; the front page has nothing but man’s failures.”

The late Rudyard Kipling, author and English Freemason: “I keep six honest serving men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who.”

IRVING MASONIC LODGE #1218 NEWSLETTER - APRIL / MAY 2015

APRIL / MAY WORK SCHEDULE

Saturday April 18
Noon
3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Monday April 20
7:00 PM
Degree or practice floor work

Thursday April 23
6:30 PM
Officers, Past Masters and Ladies dinner at Spring Creek

Saturday  April 25
6:30 PM
Golden Trowel Award Presentation (covered dish)

Monday April 27
6:00 PM
Social hour

Monday May 4
6:00 PM
Social hour

Monday May 11
6:00 PM
Examinations and bulletin preparation

Tuesday May 12
6:30 PM
Stated Meeting



IN MEMORIAM
Brother Horace L. Boyd Sr. born on August 28, 1935 in Newman, Texas received his Masonic initiation on October 25, 1976 at Irving Masonic Lodge.  At that time brother Boyd worked as a mechanic.  He passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on March 18, 1977 and on April 15, 1977 Brother Horace L. Boyd Sr. was made a Master Mason.  Brother Boyd passed from this world on March 14, 2015.

Brother Frank J. Maykus Jr. was born on June 11, 1934 near Pilot Point, Texas.  Brother Maykus was initiated into Freemasonry on October 24, 1958 at Irving Masonic Lodge.  He passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on October 23, 1959 and was Raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason on December 4, 1959.  In 2009 Brother Maykus was recognized by the Grand Lodge of Texas with the 50 Year Masonic Service Award. Brother Maykus entered the door of the Celestial Lodge Above on 3/29/2015.

Brother Paul D. Peavy was born in Madisonville, Texas on January 15, 1932.  Brother Peavy was initiated into Freemasonry on July 31, 1961 at Martin McClanahan Lodge No. 384.  He passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on August 21, 1962 and on September 29, 1962 Brother Paul D. Peavy was made a Master Mason.  Brother Peavy transferred his membership to Irving Masonic Lodge in January of 1986.  Irving Masonic Lodge has learned that our brother laid down his working tools on February 8th, 2015.

We dedicate this bulletin to the memory of Brothers Horace L. Boyd Sr, Frank J. Maykus Jr, and Paul D. Peavy.  Our prayers are for peace and consolation for their families.



GOLDEN TROWEL AWARD
Irving Masonic Lodge is pleased to recognize and celebrate the election of Brother Jimmy Walters for the prestigious Golden Trowel Award.  Share this special occasion with him on Saturday evening, April 25th at 6:30 P.M.  The Golden Trowel Award is the highest award a lodge can bestow upon an individual member.  Please join us as we unite together and honor one who deserves to be honored.  The lodge will provide the meat, bread, and drinks. Others are asked to bring their favorite dish of salad, vegetable, or dessert. The dinner and presentation are open and we invite all masons, their families, and friends.



HELP WANTED
Every Masonic Lodge elects and appoints Masonic Lodge Officers to execute the necessary functions of the lodge's life and work.  Events leading to the upcoming Masonic year (June 27) require that two new Lodge Officers be appointed by the incoming Worshipful Master John Samuel.  Any man, regardless of his social, business, or economic position outside the lodge room, may aspire to be Master of his Lodge.  Consider serving your Masonic lodge as an Officer.  You will be glad that you did.

Brother John Samuel is happy to answer any questions you have.  (972) 252-5623



3rd ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Irving Masonic Lodge hosts our annual 4 man best ball scramble golf tournament benefiting Masonic Charities on Saturday April 18th, 2015.  The putting contest begins at 12 Noon.  Tournament Shotgun start at 1:00PM at GRAND OAKS GOLF CLUB — 3502 Country Club Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Walk-on day of tournament allowed for $125/golfer
For more information call (972) 438-8792 or Email slabdancer43@reagan.com



2015 DUES
There are still some who have not paid the 2015 dues and we ask them to please remit as soon as they can.  We will send out notice letters but a prompt remittal by our members can save the lodge the cost of mailings.  Irving Masonic Lodge annual dues remain $100.00 for 2015.

Irving Masonic Lodge — PO Box 170397, Irving, TX 75017



WORKER BEES
We will be cleaning the downstairs part of Lodge Saturday morning April 25.   Those that want to eat breakfast together, meet at PJ’S at 8am.  We will meet at Lodge at 9am, vacuum downstairs, sweep and Clean rest rooms and dust as needed. Then set up chairs for Golden Trowel presentation that evening.



"STUDY SAYS SNORING DRIVERS HAVE MORE ACCIDENTS" 



Irving Masonic Lodge #1218
Ancient Free & Accepted Masons

132 E. Second
P.O. Box 170397
Irving, TX 75017

(972) 253-5600
irving1218@verizon.net

http://www.irving1218.org/

https://www.facebook.com/IrvingMasonicLodge



Irving Freemason Newsletter MARCH / APRIL 2015

IRVING MASONIC LODGE #1218

Saturday March 14
Noon – 6:00 PM
‘Gift of Life’ Blood Drive at Irving Mall    (near Los Lupes)

Monday March 16
7:00 PM
Confer Fellowcraft Degree

Tuesday March 17  
St. Patrick’s Day

Monday March 23
6:00 PM
Monday evening get-together

Tuesday March 24
6:30 PM
Study Club - Masonic Ritual Instruction

Thursday March 26
6:30 PM
Officers & Past Masters dinner at Angelo’s Italian

Monday March 30
6:00 PM
Monday evening get-together

Tuesday March 31
6:30 PM
Study Club - Masonic Ritual Instruction

Sunday April 5    HAPPY EASTER

Monday April 6
6:00 PM
Monday evening get-together

Tuesday April 7
6:30 PM
Study Club - Masonic Ritual Instruction

Monday April 13
6:00 PM
Candidate Examinations and Bulletin preparation

Tuesday April 14
6:30 PM
Stated Meeting

Saturday April 18
Noon
3rd Annual Charity Golf Scramble @ Grand Oaks Golf Club

Saturday April 25
6:30 PM
Golden Trowel Award honoring Jimmy Walters (covered dish dinner)



HELP WANTED — Every Masonic Lodge elects and appoints Masonic Lodge Officers to execute the necessary functions of the lodge's life and work.  As the new Masonic year (2015 – 2016) approaches Brother Senior Warden John Samuel prepares to be elected Worshipful Master of this Lodge.  Events leading to the upcoming Masonic year require that two new Lodge Officers be appointed by the incoming Worshipful Master.

The structure of the progressive "line" of officers is for a Brother to spend one year in each position learning the position's duties and a portion of the Masonic ceremonies.  Advancing through "the chairs", until he is elected as Worshipful Master.

Tradition allows no politicking or campaigning for an officer's position.  Any man, regardless of his social, business, or economic position outside the lodge room, may aspire to be Master of his Lodge.

The annual installation of Lodge Officers will be upon us soon.  Make your wish to serve as an Officer known to Brother Senior Warden John Samuel.  (972) 252-5623  He will be happy to answer any questions you have.



3rd ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT — Don’t delay / We need your Foursome
Irving Masonic Lodge is happy to host our annual 4 man best ball scramble golf tournament benefiting Masonic Charities on Saturday April 18th, 2015.  The putting contest begins at 12 Noon.  Tournament Shotgun start at 1:00PM.
GRAND OAKS GOLF CLUB — 3502 Country Club Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
FOURSOME … $360     SINGLE ENTRY … $90     Walk on day of tourney allowed for $125/golfer

Deadline for entry is March 15, 2015 or $25 Late fee will be added.
CALL (972) 438-8792 or Email slabdancer43@reagan.com



DO YOU HAVE YOUR 2015 DUES CARD? — If you’re not sure, check the date on your dues card.
Irving Masonic Lodge annual dues remain $100.00 for 2015.
Mail to: Irving Masonic Lodge — PO Box 170397, Irving, TX 75017
We thank those who have already remitted the 2015 year’s dues.  We also send a special message of thanks and appreciation to those who have made donations for Lodge needs and remittances during this, and former years.



REMEMBER HOLLYWOOD SQUARES?
Q: If you’re going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be?
A: Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.

Q: Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older?
A: Charley Weaver: My sense of decency.

Q: When you pat a dog on its head he will wag his tail.  What will a goose do?
A: Paul Lynde: Make him bark?

Q: Back in the old days, when Great Grandpa put horseradish on his head, what was he trying to do?
A: George Gobel: Get it in his mouth.

Q: As you grow older, do you tend to gesture more or less with your hands while talking?
A: Rose Marie: You ask me one more growing old question Peter, and I’ll give you a gesture you’ll never forget.



Irving Masonic Lodge #1218
Ancient Free & Accepted Masons

132 E. Second
P.O. Box 170397
Irving, TX 75017

(972) 253-5600
irving1218@verizon.net

http://www.irving1218.org/

https://www.facebook.com/IrvingMasonicLodge