MWSA District #108 News - Issue #6

June 2019

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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

  • District 108 Installations
  • Other Area Installations
  • President's Message
  • MWSA Upcoming Educational Meetings
  • Other Upcoming Events
  • Upcoming Degrees
  • MWSA Strategic Plan
  • Lodge Google Calendars
  • MWSA July Business Meeting - July 23, 2019 - Katy Masonic Lodge
  • District Deputy Grand Master's Traveling Schedule
  • Hempstead Lodge Raffle Sale
  • Morton Masters Golf Tournament
  • Newsletter Archive
  • Newsletter Material Submission
  • Suggestion Box
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District 108 Installations


  • Friday, June 28, 2019 - Sugar Land Lodge #1141 - Meal @ 7:00 PM, Installation to follow
  • Saturday, June 29, 2019 - Morton Lodge #72 - Meal @ 8:00 AM, Installation to follow
  • Saturday, June 29, 2019 - Rosenberg Lodge #881 - Meal @ 12:00 PM, Installation to follow
  • Saturday, June 29, 2019 - Katy Lodge #1439 - Awards Ceremony @ 11:00 AM, Meal to follow, Installation to follow the meal
  • Saturday, June 29, 2019 - Waller Lodge #808 - Meal @ 6:00 PM, Installation to follow
  • Saturday, July 13, 2019 - Hempstead Lodge #749 - Meal @ 1:00 PM, Installation @ 2:00 PM
  • TBD - Pleasant Hill Lodge #380 & Brookshire Lodge #1066


Please email Brother President Cody Cockroft (pr@mwsa108.com) and Brother Vice-President David Berndt (vp@mwsa108.com) with the date and time of your Lodge's Officer Installation so that we may update this list and keep the District informed so that everyone can attend each other's Installations. Thank you!

Other Area Installations

  • Friday, June 28, 2019 - League City Lodge #1053 - Meal @ 6:00 PM, Installation @ 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, June 29, 2019 - Anson Jones Lodge #1416 - Installation @ 10:00 AM, Meal to follow
  • Saturday, June 29, 2019 - Texas City Lodge #1118 - Meal @ 12:00 PM, Installation to follow
  • Saturday, June 29, 2019 - Dickinson Lodge #1324 - Installation @ 4:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 6, 2019 - Tucker Lodge #297 - Installation @ 12:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 13, 2019 - C.F. Spencer Lodge #1384 - Installation @ 10:00 AM, Meal to follow
  • Saturday, July 13, 2019 - Alvin Lodge #762 - Installation @ 11:00 AM, Meal to follow
  • Saturday, July 20, 2019 - Angleton Lodge #829 - Meal @ 8:30 AM, Installation to follow

President's Message

Honorable Brethren of MWSA 108:


Greetings. As the previous months have made it so, May was yet another busy month for our District. Following is a list of District 108 brags: Rosenberg Lodge hosted a successful Awards Banquet consisting of a Community Builder Award, seven (7) scholarships to deserving seniors from Terry, Needville, Lamar, Fulshear, Foster and George Ranch High Schools, and R:.W:. Cody Cockroft presented a 50-yr pin on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Texas. On May 4th Katy and Morton Lodges were busy as Katy Lodge conducted a very successful fish fry on behalf of the scholarship program and many Morton brethren assisted the City of Richmond with the Art Walk by opening the remodeled Lou Payton Fellowship Hall to the public for biological relief and offered a cool place for the vendors. Morton Lodge also conducted more than 30 tours of the Lodge Room as part of its Open House Program (of which three have been conducted this year). Brookshire Lodge and Katy Lodge conducted very successful EA Degrees on 13 May, and if that is not enough, Katy Lodge conducted two additional EA Degrees on May 20. On May 18, Sugar Land Lodge executed an outstanding MM Degree and Morton Lodge had a Called Meeting for the purpose of an EA turning in his work (in less than two months’ time). Afterward, various brethren from around the District showed at Katy Lodge to the West Side Assembly in their fundraiser. Special thanks to Katy Lodge for hosting the event! On May 19, District 108 was well represented in Brazoria as much fried fish was eaten at the Masonic Oak Observation with Grand Master Terry Stogner. Sugar Land Lodge hosted a successful Awards Banquet at their Lodge on May 22. A Called Education Meeting was had at Katy Lodge on May 24 for the purpose of Lodge Opening and Closing. Seventeen brothers were present, and seven of the eight lodges were represented.


Election of Officers should be at each of our next Stated Meetings. I trust all those brothers making themselves available for office have been preparing appropriately. I would ask that those brothers review the summary of qualifications and the current Worshipful Masters ensure compliance. Please provide me a copy of the completed Form 101 for the 2019-2010 WM, SW, and JW by July 31, 2019. Send also, the names, phone numbers, email, and station/place of the officers of your lodge within two weeks of elections.


In recognition of the Worshipful Masters of District 108 during the 2018 – 2019 timeframe, I thank you for your investment to the Craft. As Leaders, you are expected to do more. And you have done it. We are stronger today than we were yesterday – and that is reputable. I hope that your ascension to the East was not for a title only. Each of you has more to give. Your Lodge needs you as much, if not more, as a Past Master as it did while you sat upon the Oriental Chair.


Waller Lodge will be conducting a MM Degree on June 10. As we all know, the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason is a very special occasion. If you can make it, please do. Various District Lodges will be participating in this degree.


Morton Lodge will be conferring a FC Degree in the very near future. As history would hold, a Morton FC Degree is a special degree for reasons that can be explained only by observation.

On October 5, Duane Anthony will be conducted a forum and exam at Brookshire Lodge. This will be one of his last. Last year, we had over 40 Master Masons present! Let us squash this number this year. There is always something to learn and I encourage as many as possible to sit for a Certificate. I do know that Morton has made a commitment of at least five brothers who will sit for a certificate.


I will be attending the DDGM mid-year update on June 1, 2019, in Dallas, Texas. I trust I will learn a few things and it will be my pleasure to bring them home. I will coordinate with the newly elected WM’s in July concerning my official visits. These will likely initiate in August/September.


In closing: Let us remember Brothers Sharbrough with the loss of their wife and mother. It is never easy to lose a loved one, even when we know it is for a higher purpose. But we are Masons, charged to offer a hand as described in the Five Points of Fellowship. Our brothers need our strength in numbers.


May God Bless You All.

MWSA Upcoming Educational Meetings

Below are the dates of the various Business and Called Meetings and their educational components. Times and locations of these meetings will be added as soon as they are confirmed.

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - Business Meeting - Duties of the Investigation Committee - Katy Lodge - Meal @ 6:30 PM, Meeting @ 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 14, 2019 - Called Meeting - Mock Committee on Work Esoteric Exam - Brookshire Lodge - Meal @ 6:30 PM, Meeting @ 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 5, 2019 - Committee on Work Forum & Exam - Brookshire Masonic Lodge #1066 - 10:00 AM
  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - Business Meeting - Education TBD - Rosenberg Lodge - Meal @ 6:30 PM, Meeting @ 7:00 PM
  • Date TBD - Called Meeting - Master Mason Degree Competition - Katy Lodge
  • Date TBD - Called Meeting - Mock Committee on Work Esoteric Forum - Brookshire Lodge - Meal @ 6:30 PM, Meeting @ 7:00 PM

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.


Saturday, June 1, 2019 - Committee on Work Forum & Exam - Trinity Lodge #14 - 1907 N. Washington Ave., Livingston, TX 77351 - 10:00 AM


Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - Katy Lodge Stated Meeting


Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - Waller OES Stated Meeting


Thursday, June 6, 2019 - Brookshire Lodge Stated Meeting


Saturday, June 8, 2019 - Pleasant Hill Lodge Master Mason's Degree - 9:00 AM


Saturday, June 8, 2019 - Melrose Commandery #109 Stated Conclave - 6:30 PM


Monday, June 10, 2019 - Waller Lodge #808 Master Mason's Degree - 6:30 PM


Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - Morton Lodge Stated Meeting


Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - Waller Lodge Stated Meeting


Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - Sugar Land OES Stated Meeting


Thursday, June 13, 2019 - Hempstead Lodge Stated Meeting


Thursday, June 13, 2019 - Richmond Council Stated Meeting @ Morton Lodge


Friday, June 14, 2019 - Ruthven Commandery Stated Conclave @ Holland Lodge


Saturday, June 15, 2019 - Pleasant Hill Lodge Stated Meeting - 11:00 AM


Saturday, June 15, 2019 - Committee on Work Forum & Exam - St. Johns Lodge #5 - 313 W. Jackson St., West Columbia, TX 77486 - 10:00 AM


Monday, June 17, 2019 - Sugar Land Lodge Stated Meeting


Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - Rosenberg Lodge Stated Meeting


Thursday, June 20, 2019 - Katy OES Stated Meeting @ Katy Lodge


Friday, June 21, 2019 - Houston Commandery Stated Conclave @ Conroe Lodge


Saturday, June 22, 2019 - Committee on Work Forum & Exam - San Felipe Lodge #239 - 1224 Eagle Lake Rd., Sealy, TX 77474 - 10:00 AM


Monday, June 24, 2019 - Fort Bend Commandery Stated Conclave @ Rosenberg Lodge


Friday, June 28, 2019 - Sugar Land Lodge #1141 - Meal @ 7:00 PM, Installation to follow


Saturday, June 29, 2019 - Morton Lodge #72 - Meal @ 8:00 AM, Installation to follow


Saturday, June 29, 2019 - Rosenberg Lodge #881 - Meal @ 12:00 PM, Installation to follow


Saturday, June 29, 2019 - Katy Lodge #1439 - Awards Ceremony @ 11:00 AM, Meal to follow, Installation to follow the meal


Saturday, June 29, 2019 - Waller Lodge #808 - Meal @ 6:00 PM, Installation to follow


Thursday, August 1, 2019 - Committee on Work Exam (No Forum) - S.P. Waltrip Lodge #1328 - 1415 Campbell Rd., Houston, TX 77055 - 6:00 PM


Saturday, August 3, 2019 - Committee on Work Forum & Exam - Cedar Bayou Lodge # 321 - 2850 Ferry Rd., Baytown, TX 77520 - 10:00 AM


Saturday, August 17, 2019 - Committee on Work Forum & Exam - Conroe Lodge #748 - 311 Simonton St., Conroe, TX 77301 - 10:00 AM


Saturday, September 28, 2019 - Committee on Work Forum & Exam - B.W. Tinsley Lodge #1458 - 151 West Road, Houston, TX 77037 - 10:00 AM


Saturday, October 5, 2019 - Committee on Work Forum & Exam - Brookshire Lodge #1066 - 819 Purdy St., Brookshire, TX 77423 - 10:00 AM


Saturday, October 19, 2019 - Committee on Work Forum & Exam - South Houston Lodge #1295 - 1112 Dallas Street, South Houston, TX 77587 - 10:00 AM


Saturday, November 2, 2019 - Committee on Work Forum & Exam - Holland Lodge #1 - 4911 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006 - 10:00 AM


Thursday, November 7, 2019 - Committee on Work Forum (No Exam) - Park Place Lodge #1172 - 6820 Tipperary Ln., Houston, TX 77061


Saturday, November 16, 2019 - Committee on Work Forum & Exam - Spring Lodge #1174 - 26514 Preston Ave., Spring, TX 77373

Upcoming Degrees

If any Lodge has any upcoming degrees, we'll be happy to list them here so that we can get the word out and get more Brothers to the degrees. Just let us know!


Saturday, June 8, 2019 - Pleasant Hill Lodge #380 Master Mason's Degree - 9:00 AM


Monday, June 10, 2019 - Waller Lodge #808 Master Mason's Degree - 6:30 PM

MWSA Strategic Plan

Brothers, please see below for our current progress on our Strategic Plan. You may click on the picture below to enlarge it.

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!

District #108 MWSA Website

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

MWSA July Business Meeting

The next business meeting of the District 108 MWSA will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at Katy Lodge #1439 located at 3158 Katy Hockley Road in Katy, TX. Our education segment for this meeting will be a great presentation on the duties of the investigation committee.

District Deputy Grand Master's Traveling Schedule

This section will be used to communicate Right Worshipful Cockroft's traveling schedule. Please note that this will not include various area and District Lodge degrees/events.

Hempstead Lodge Raffle Sale

Hempstead Lodge is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win one of several firearms or a Louis Vuitton gift card. To purchase a raffle ticket for $10, see any member of Hempstead Lodge, or call WM Rodney Crosby at 281-831-4523.

Morton Masters Golf Tournament

Brothers, please see the attached file for the sponsorship brochure for Morton Lodge's Mortons Masters Golf Tournament. We are working to get the word out about the fundraiser.

Newsletter Archive

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Newsletter Material Submission

Brothers,


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