MWSA District #108 News - Issue #20

August 2020

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Distribution

Lodge Leadership,


Please distribute this newsletter to the members of your Lodge so that all Masons of District 108 may keep up with the happenings of our great District.


Thank you!

Vision

EXCELLENCE BY VIRTUE: Lead with our HEARTS; Think with our HEADS; Work with our HANDS

Mission Statement

Through education and in consequence of our streamlined focus in pursuit of Masonic excellence, Masonic District #108 will work in harmony as a common mass to reinforce our District Lodges in support of the Grand Lodge of Texas.

Contained In This Newsletter

  • President's Message
  • Grand Master's Visit to Morton Lodge - 14 July 2020
  • Next MWSA Called Meeting - 19 August 2020 (Tentative)
  • Next MWSA Business Meeting - 27 October 2020
  • MM Degree Competition - Postponed
  • MWSA Trestle Board
  • District #108 Forum and Exam
  • District #108 Upcoming Events Google Form
  • MWSA Business Meeting Rotation Schedule
  • MWSA Strategic Plan 2020
  • Committee on Work, Southeast Texas - Forum & Exam Schedule
  • Lodge Fundraisers
  • Masonic Education
  • Other Upcoming Events
  • Called from Labor
  • Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay
  • Upcoming Degrees
  • Lodge Google Calendars
  • Newsletter Archive
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President's Message

Greetings Brothers,


I hope that you and your families are staying safe and doing well as we enter August. I also hope that everyone had a successful season of installations, and that you were able to enjoy a little bit of fellowship. If, for some reason, you were unable to be installed as planned, remember that in accordance with the Grand Master’s Decision No. 4 of 8 July 2020, all elected and appointed officers were considered duly installed on 31 July 2020.


We held our quarterly business meeting via Zoom on 28 July 2020. The members of Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay, as well as some of their guests were able to be in attendance as Brother Gary Krzywicki made a presentation on DeMolay and the Ceremony of Light. Imperial Chapter then welcomed the MWSA into their virtual business meeting. We are proud of the work these young men continue to put into their organization.


As we continue through these trying times, we will continue to hold our quarterly business meetings (hopefully in person), and we will continue to make the decision regarding called meetings in the weeks prior to the meeting, staying in line with the Grand Master’s orders. Since our called meetings are esoteric in nature, we cannot hold them virtually.


Our next quarterly business meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday 27 October 2020 at Waller Masonic Lodge. One of the items on the agenda for that meeting will be the election of MWSA officers for 2021. I would love to see a wider participation in the MWSA leadership from around our great District. If you are desirous to make yourself available for a leadership position, please send me your Masonic resumé along with the position for which you are making yourself available by 19 October 2020. I will compile the information and send it to the district so that our Brothers can make informed decisions. The positions available are: President (one-year term), Vice-President (one-year term), Chaplain (two-year term), and IT/Support (two-year term).


I hope that the Great Architect sees each of you through this month with safety and happiness. As always, remember that the MWSA is here as a support system for your Lodge. Please let us know if you need anything.


Fraternally,

David C. Berndt

Grand Master's Visit to Morton Lodge - 14 July 2020

Morton Lodge enjoyed a wonderful visit by our Grand Master M:.W:. Underwood on July 14th. The Grand Master toured Morton Cemetery and attended Morton's Stated Meeting.

Next MWSA Called Meeting - 19 August 2020 (Tentative)

We are tentatively scheduled to hold a called MWSA meeting for the purpose of reviewing the 2nd section of the MM Degree on 19 August 2020. We will keep you updated if this date needs to be changed or canceled due to the current circumstances.
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Next MWSA Business Meeting

The next MWSA Business Meeting will take place on Tuesday 27 October 2020 at Waller Lodge No. 808 at 7:00 PM.
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MM Degree Competition - Postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the MM Degree Competition, originally scheduled for 1 August 2020, will need to be postponed. As we are nearing the election and installation of new officers and slowly opening back up, the MWSA leadership has decided to hold off on choosing a new date for the competition until things return a little more to normal. Thank you for your patience.

MWSA Trestle Board

Please see below for the MWSA ”year at a glance”. Special thanks to PM Sharbrough for putting it together! You may click on the photo to access a full size PDF version.

District #108 Forum and Exam

This year, the District #108 Forum and Exam by R:.W:. Kenneth Young of the Committee on Work will be held on Saturday 3 October 2020 at Morton Lodge #72. Even if you do not plan on sitting for an exam, it is still important to attend the event. Everyone will learn something through observing and taking part in the forum as well as observing the exam if you do not plan to sit for a certificate. District #108 should have a very strong showing at the event.

Upcoming Graded Degree - Morton Lodge #72

Morton Lodge is currently coordinating with R:.W:. Young of the Committee on Work to schedule a graded EA Degree as soon as possible. Details will be sent out once it is scheduled. Let's be sure to support our Lodges as they take on the excellent undertaking of graded degrees!

District #108 Event Announcements

Brothers,


Please use the Google Form below to let us know of any events that your Lodge has coming up. These may be entered as far in advance as you know them. Stated Meetings do not need to be entered.


Thank you for helping to keep all the Brethren of District #108 up to date on events!

MWSA Business Meeting Rotation Schedule

Brothers,


See below for the rotation of business meetings for the next few years.

MWSA Strategic Plan 2020

Brothers, the MWSA Leadership has been working hard on a strategic plan to continue moving our district forward. That plan is pictured below. Clicking on any of the pictures will take you to the entire document.

Committee on Work, Southeast Texas - Forum & Exam Schedule

Brothers, please see below for the complete 2020 schedule of R:.W:. Ken Young, Committee on Work, for 2020. The dates of the forums and exams in the Greater Houston Area have also been added to the Other Upcoming Events section below.

LODGE FUNDRAISERS

Morton Lodge History Book

Morton Lodge has completed the third edition of the book on its history. Copies maybe purchased from Worshipful Master Davis for $20.

Masonic Education

2020 Officer Leadership Training 101/201

Houston and Dallas Training has been cancelled.

STUDY NIGHTS

Come and join us for Study Nights on Mondays at Morton Lodge #72 and Wednesdays at Rosenberg Lodge #881 from 5:30 to 8:30. During both nights, we are currently concentrating on performing the EA Degree to keep up on our esoteric skills and knowledge. Monday night is led by Brother Eric Beane and Rosenberg night is led by Brother John Bradley and Proctored by Brother Cody Cockroft, District Instructor #108. Hope to see you there. Don't forget your mask.

Other Upcoming Events

Below you will find dates for upcoming events around Masonic District #108, along with other Masonic events in our area. Full calendars for events around District #108 may be found at the District #108 website by clicking the button below this list.


AS MEETING ARE SLOWLY ALLOWED TO TAKE PLACE, PLEASE CHECK WITH EACH ORGANIZATION TO BE SURE THAT THE SCHEDULED MEETING WILL BE TAKING PLACE.


Sat, Aug 1, 2020- Committee on Work Forum & Exam - Cedar Bayou Lodge #321, Baytown, TX - Forum @ 9:30 AM, Exam @ 1:00 PM

Tue, Aug 4, 2020- Katy Lodge #1439 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, Aug 4, 2020- Waller O.E.S. Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Wed, Aug 5, 2020- Matagorda Lodge #7 Stated Meeting

Thu, Aug 6, 2020- Brookshire Lodge #1066 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Thu, Aug 6, 2020- Committee on Work EXAM ONLY - Garden Oaks Lodge #1306, Houston, TX - 6:00 PM

Mon, Aug 10, 2020- Rosenberg OES Stated Meeting - 6:30PM

Tue, Aug 11, 2020- Morton Lodge #72 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, Aug 11, 2020- Waller Lodge #808 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, Aug 11, 2020- Sugar Land OES Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Wed, Aug 12, 2020- North Houston Chapter & Council Stated Meeting @ Melrose Lodge - 6:30 PM

Thu, Aug 13, 2020- Richmond Chapter & Council Stated Meeting @ Morton Lodge - 6:30 PM

Thu, Aug 13, 2020- Hempstead Lodge #749 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Sat, Aug 15, 2020- Pleasant Hill Lodge #380 STATED MEETING - 11:00 AM

Sat, Aug 15, 2020- Committee on Work Forum & Exam - San Jacinto Lodge #106, Willis, TX - Forum @ 9:30 AM, Exam @ 1:00 PM

Mon, Aug 17, 2020- Sugar Land Lodge #1141 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, Aug 18, 2020- Rosenberg Lodge #881 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Wed, Aug 19, 2020- MWSA Called Meeting - MM 2nd Section Forum - Meal @ 6:30 PM, Meeting @ 7:00 PM (Tentative)

Thu, Aug 20, 2020- Katy OES Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Sat, Aug 22, 2020- Committee on Work Forum & Exam - Sul Ross Lodge #1300, College Station, TX - Forum @ 9:30 AM, Exam @ 1:00 PM

Called from Labor

Sugar Land Lodge #1141

Past Master Andrew "Buddy" Blair

Laid down his working tools July 30, 2020.


May the blessings of heaven rest upon his family.

District #108 MWSA Website

The full Google Calendar for District #108 may be found on the MWSA website, about halfway down the page.

Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay

Brothers,


Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay was set to work on Saturday 31 August 2019. DeMolay is a wonderful organization for young men from 12-21 years of age. It strives to teach virtues and help young men grow into responsible and committed members of society.


You can learn more about DeMolay here: http://www.texasdemolay.com/what-is-demolay/#


If you know anyone who may be interested in membership at Imperial Chapter, please have them contact David Berndt, Chapter Advisor at chapteradvisor@imperialdemolay.com.

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Upcoming Degrees

The following degrees have been scheduled in our District:


  • None scheduled at this time.

Lodge Google Calendars

Brothers,


Please work to keep your Lodge's Google Calendar that is linked to the District #108 Google Calendar up-to-date. With everyone's calendar up-to-date, Brothers from other Lodges will be able to plan to attend more events and meetings around our District. This will take some work on the part of whoever controls the individual Lodge's Google Calendar, but it will be well worth the time investment.


Thank you!

Newsletter Archive

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