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)