MWSA District #108 News - Issue #28

April 2021

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District Service Team

Your District Service Team is here to assist our Lodges in any way they can. Pictured from left to right:

  • Past Master Albert Davis, District Education Officer
  • R:.W:. David Berndt, District Deputy Grand Master
  • Past Master Cody Cockroft, District Instructor
  • Past Master Carter Sharbrough, District Communications Officer

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Newsletter 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!

MWSA Vision

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

MWSA 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
  • Called from Labor
  • Upcoming Golden Trowel Award - 4/3/21
  • District 108 April Stated Meetings
  • Upcoming Lodge and Grand Lodge Awards Presentations
  • Sugar Land Lodge Past Masters Event
  • Rosenberg Lodge EA Education Program - 4/29/21
  • Katy Lodge Fish Fry - 5/1/21
  • Pleasant Hill Lodge Annual Chili Cookoff & Car Show - 5/8/21
  • Rosenberg Lodge Scholarship Presentations - 5/18/21
  • Waller Lodge Sporting Clays Tournament - 5/22/21
  • Rosenberg Lodge MM Education and Re-Obligation Event - 5/26/21
  • Upcoming Cornerstone Events
  • Charitable Raffles
  • Kumntakit Grotto
  • Upcoming MWSA Meetings
  • Fun Facts
  • District Deputy Grand Master Spring 2021 Official Visit Schedule
  • L.I.F.E. Program - 22 May 2021
  • New app from the Grand Lodge of Texas
  • Grand Master's Proclamation - 25 March 2021
  • Upcoming Degrees
  • Degree Team/Esoteric Survey
  • MWSA Business Meeting Rotation Schedule
  • Committee on Work, Southeast Texas - Forum & Exam Schedule
  • Lodge Fundraisers
  • Other Upcoming Events
  • Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay
  • Newsletter Archive
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President’s Message

Brethren,


I pray this message finds you well. I just want to mention a couple of things and I promise to keep it short.


First of all, thank you to Katy Lodge No. 1439 for hosting the MWSA Called Educational Meeting on 27 March 2021. It was such a great success with a very large group of Brethren. We couldn't have done it without you.


Secondly, thank you to those who prepared and assembled the panel of Past Masters for the program.


Thirdly, thank you to the four Past Masters who sat on the panel and gave all of us their great knowledge. The panel of Past Masters was: Past Master Otto Carl, Past Master Larry Arnold, Past Master Cody Cockroft, and Past Master Steve Orlando. Fantastic job!


I have heard so many great comments concerning the education this program provided and how well it was presented. I am so proud of the MWSA No. 108 Officers who orchestrated this program and made it easier for me to present the panel questions.


This type of education is exactly what we, the MWSA of District 108, should present for all of you and I assure you all, we will continue to do so in the future. We, the MWSA No. 108 Officers, would love to hear from you concerning any topic(s) you would like to have presented. So please, don't be shy!


Last but not least, thank you to Past Master Sharbrough for his hard work keeping us up to date with events in our district as well as others. You are a great asset to all.


Don't forget our next Business Meeting is scheduled for 27 April 2021 at Pleasant Hill Lodge. See you all there! God Bless.


Your Brother in Masonry,

John Bradley

Called From Labor

Past Master Leonard O. Pierce - 19 March 2021 - Katy Lodge No. 1439 (Grand Commander, Knights Templar of Texas, 1999)


Past Master William “Bill” Sturtz - 25 March 2021 - Sugar Land Lodge No. 1141
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Upcoming Golden Trowel Award

Rosenberg Lodge No. 881 will present the Golden Trowel Award to Past Master Bob Duncan on Saturday 3 April 2021 at 3:00 PM. The presentation will take place at his home in Orchard, TX. Please contact Past Master Cockroft for additional details at cmc@freese.com. Pulled pork sandwiches will be provided during the event.
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District 108 March Stated Meetings

Upcoming Lodge and Grand Lodge Awards Presentations

Katy Lodge will be presenting multiple 50-Year Service Awards on Monday 12 April. 2021. We hope that we have many Brothers able to attend and show gratitude to these Brothers for 50 years of service to our Fraternity!
Rosenberg Lodge will present multiple Service Awards on Tuesday 16 June 2021 at their Stated Meeting. We hope that you will join us to show support for these Brothers who have given of their time and substance to our Fraternity!

Sugar Land Lodge Past Masters Event

On Wednesday 21 April 2021, Sugar Land Lodge will be honoring Past Masters of Sugar Land Lodge and all recognized Lodges under the Grand Lodge of Texas. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP at the link below. At this time, a meal is not planned. If that changes, we will update everyone.


If you are a Past Master, please indicate that status along with the year and Lodge in the “Public Comment” box when you RSVP.


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B084EAEA82BA0FF2-past

Rosenberg Lodge EA Education Program - 4/29/21

Rosenberg Lodge No. 881 will host an Entered Apprentice Education Program on 29 April 2021 beginning at 6:30 PM. All Masons are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Katy Lodge Fish Fry - 5/1/21

Katy Lodge will hold it’s Fish Fry fundraiser on 1 May 2021. More information will be forthcoming.

Pleasant Hill Lodge Annual Chili Cookoff & Car Show - 5/8/21

See below for information and the packet for Pleasant Hill Lodge’s Annual Chili Cookoff & Car Show taking place on 8 May 2021.

Rosenberg Lodge Scholarship Presentations - 5/18/21

Rosenberg Lodge No. 881 will present their Scholarship Awards at their Stated Meeting on Tuesday 18 May 2021. We hope you will be able to join us!

Waller Lodge Sporting Clays Tournament - 5/22/21

See below for information and the packet for Waller Lodge’s 1st Annual Sporting Clay Tournament on Saturday 22 May 2021.

Rosenberg Lodge MM Education and Re-Obligation Event - 5/26/21

Rosenberg Lodge No. 881 will host a Master Masons Education and Re-Obligation Event with R:.W:. Kenneth Young of the Committee on Work on 26 May 2021. This program will cover the history and development of the Texas Ritual and go over "changes" over the years.


We hope that all Master Masons can join us! Dinner will be at 6:30 PM with the program starting at 7:15 PM.

Upcoming Cornerstone Events

Rosenberg Lodge will be conducting two Cornerstone Events, most likely in June. Once the date is finalized, we will let everyone know!

Charitable Raffles

Brookshire Masonic Lodge is holding a charitable raffle to benefit their scholarship fund for Royal ISD. For information, please contact Chad Peschke at 713-725-7612 or chadpeschke@gmail.com.

Kumntakit Grotto

Kumntakit Grotto was instituted on Saturday 27 March 2021 at Sugar Land Lodge No. 1141 and began by initiating nearly 40 new members and installing it’s new Officers. The Officers and members of the new Grotto represent several of our District Lodges, bringing our Lodges closer together.
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Upcoming MWSA Meetings

Our next Business Meeting will be held on Tuesday 27 April 2021 at Pleasant Hill Lodge No. 380. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Fun Facts

District Deputy Grand Master Spring 2021 Official Visit Schedule

R:.W:. Berndt will be making his official visits on the dates listed below. He looks forward to seeing everyone there!

L.I.F.E. Program - 22 May 2021

R:.W:. Tyksinski will be offering the L.I.F.E. Program to anyone who needs it. The class will be held on Saturday 22 May 2021 at a location yet to be determined. Capacity will be limited to maintain social distancing. The class will begin at 8:30 AM and be finished around 5:00 PM. Be ready for a full day of training!


Please click below to sign up for this class. Sign up will end on 1 April 2021 to allow time to gather the necessary materials.

New App from the Grand Lodge of Texas

The Grand Lodge of Texas has just launched a new app! It contains copies of the current law book and monitor, as well as several years worth of Briscoe Workshops. It can also serve as a communication tool between Brothers. You may find the links to the app below:


Apple App Store - https://apps.apple.com/au/app/tx-mason/id1532889175


Google Play Store - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gltx.app

Grand Master's Proclamation - 25 March 2021

Please see below for and excerpt from the latest proclamation from the Grand Master of 25 March 2021. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Upcoming Degrees

Monday 5 April 202 - Master Mason Degree - Morton Lodge No. 72 - 6:00 PM Meal, 6:30 PM Gavel
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Degree Team/Esoteric Survey

We are attempting to aggregate the esoteric abilities from around the District to provide a common resource to help find Brothers to help in Degrees and Burial Services when needed. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey below regarding your esoteric abilities in regards to those goals. Your information will be kept secure and only made available to members of our District in need of it.

MWSA Business Meeting Rotation Schedule

Brothers,


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

Committee on Work, Southeast Texas - Forum & Exam Schedule

Brothers, please see below for the complete 2021 schedule of R:.W:. Ken Young, Committee on Work. The Forum & Exam for District 108 will take place on Saturday 2 October 2021 at Katy Lodge.

LODGE FUNDRAISERS

Morton Lodge History Book

Morton Lodge has completed the third edition of the book on its history. Copies may be purchased from Past Master Cody Cockroft for $20.

Lodge Study Nights

Are you interested in attending a Study Night? Please join us for the following evenings of fellowship and study:


Mondays - 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Morton Lodge No. 72

Mondays - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Waller Lodge No. 808

Mondays - 6:30 PM - Katy Lodge No. 1439

Mondays - 7:00 PM - Sugar Land Lodge No. 1141

Wednesday - 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Rosenberg Lodge No. 881

Wednesdays - 7:00 PM - Sugar Land Lodge No. 1141


If your Lodge holds a Study Night that is not listed, please let us know so that we may include it here and get the word out to more Brothers!

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 AND WHETHER OR NOT A MEAL WILL BE SERVED.



Thu, Apr 1, 2021- Brookshire Lodge #1066 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Mon, Apr 5, 2021- Houston Scottish Rite Degree Study Group - 6:00 PM

Mon, Apr 5, 2021- Park Place Commandery #106 Stated Conclave - 6:30 PM

Tue, Apr 6, 2021- Katy Lodge #1439 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, Apr 6, 2021- Waller O.E.S. Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Wed, Apr 7, 2021- Matagorda Lodge #7 Stated Meeting

Thu, Apr 8, 2021- Richmond Chapter & Council Stated Meeting @ Morton Lodge - 6:30 PM

Thu, Apr 8, 2021- Hempstead Lodge #749 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Fri, Apr 9, 2021- Ruthven Commandery #2 Stated Conclave @ Holland Lodge - 6:30 PM

Sat, Apr 10, 2021- Melrose Commandery #109 Stated Conclave @ Melrose Lodge - 6:30 PM

Mon, Apr 12, 2021- Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay Stated Meeting @ Sugar Land Lodge - 7:00 PM

Tue, Apr 13, 2021- Morton Lodge #72 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, Apr 13, 2021- Waller Lodge #808 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, Apr 13, 2021- Sugar Land OES Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Tue, Apr 13, 2021- Westside Assembly No. 233, International Order of Rainbow for Girls @ Katy Loge - 7:00 PM

Wed, Apr 14, 2021- North Houston Chapter & Council Stated Meeting @ Melrose Lodge - 6:30 PM

Thu, Apr 15, 2021- Katy OES Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Fri, Apr 16, 2021- Houston Commandery #95 Stated Conclave @ Conroe Lodge - 6:30 PM

Sat, Apr 17, 2021- Pleasant Hill Lodge #380 STATED MEETING - 11:00 AM

Mon, Apr 19, 2021- Sugar Land Lodge #1141 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, Apr 20, 2021- Rosenberg Lodge #881 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Thu, Apr 22, 2021- Houston Valley Scottish Rite Stated Meeting - 6:00 PM

Mon, Apr 26, 2021- Fort Bend Commandery #74 Stated Conclave @ Rosenberg Lodge - 6:30 PM

Tue, Apr 27, 2021- Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay Stated Meeting @ Sugar Land Lodge - 7:00 PM

Tue, Apr 27, 2021- Westside Assembly No. 233, International Order of Rainbow for Girls @ Katy Loge - 7:00 PM

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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MWSA Newsletter Archive

Need to refer back to a past issue of the newsletter? Click below to go to the newsletter archive on our District website.