Irving Freemason Newsletter JUNE / JULY 2016



INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS — Irving Masonic Lodge #1218 is pleased to invite you and your friends to the Installation of Officers for the Masonic Year 2016 - 2017 on Saturday, June 25, 2016.  Installation will begin in the Lodge Room at 7:00 P.M.  Following the usual course of progression, Brother Carl Roberts 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 and Past Master David Gisler will be the Installing Marshall.  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.

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.

PASSING THE BATON (again) — In 1980 Past Master Dean Alexander was elected and installed as the Secretary. Brother Alexander famously held that role for 33 years.  Brother Alexander then trained Past Master John Thalacker to accept the duties of Secretary of Irving Masonic Lodge which he has done for the past three years.  But time moves on, and there always becomes a time to make a change.  With training, Past Master and current Chaplain Jimmy Walters is preparing himself to accept the duties of Secretary of Irving Masonic Lodge.  Just as the Worshipful Master deserves the pledge of your support, so does a new Secretary, as he faces the many unfamiliar situations that will come his way.  Be sure to shake the hand of and congratulate Brother Jimmy Walters and all the Lodge Officers stepping up into their new positions.

OUTDOOR LIGHTING INSTALLED — The Building Committee lead by chairman Jackie Martin and assisted by many volunteers installed outdoor lights covering the rear parking lot and front sidewalk.  This greatly improves the safety and security of our Lodge.  Thank you Brothers.

4th ANNUAL MASTER'S WEEK — The 14th District MWSA is proud to announce the 4th Annual Master’s Week.  All Master Masons are encouraged to attend all events with the exception of the Virtual Past Master’s Degree which is open only to PMs and current Masters and Wardens.  The events are as follows:
Day 1 • Monday June 20th • Matchbox  7859 Walnut Hill - Dallas, TX• 6:30pm • Open to all Masons
Event 1 - Goose and Gridiron Night – This event is simply a social night which allows Brethren from different Lodges to fraternize without an agenda.  If you are planning on coming please let Kyle Wahlquist know via
Day 2 • Tuesday June 21st • James A Smith Lodge • 6:30pm • Open to all Master Masons
Event 2 – Incoming Master’s Workshop
Event 3 – Virtual Past Master’s Degree hosted by Love Field Chapter #478.  This Degree is open to all PMs, sitting WMs and Wardens for a one-time fee of $15.
Day 3 • Wednesday June 22nd • Irving Lodge • 6:30pm • Open to all Master Masons
Event 4 – Just a Mason – A 15 minute presentation on the suggested state of mind as one ascends to the East.
Event 5 – Locating Lost Brothers
Event 6 – What the MWSA can do for YOU – benefits the MWSA can offer you and your Lodge.
Day 4 • Thursday June 23rd • Scottish Rite Cathedral • 7:00 pm • Open to all Masons, Family and Friends
Event 7 – St. John’s Day Festive Board – We strongly encourage everyone to attend this celebration of the ‘Changing of the Masonic Guard’  The ticket price is $20 per person and will include a BBQ buffet, a transition of leadership ceremony and Key Note Speaker R:.W:. G. Clay Smith, Grand Orator of the Grand Lodge of Texas!  To RSVP to the St. John’s Day Festive Board please contact Chris Livingston via email at by June 21st.