MWSA District #108 News - Issue #17
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EXCELLENCE BY VIRTUE: Lead with our HEARTS; Think with our HEADS; Work with our HANDS
Contained In This Newsletter
- President's Message
- Virtual Business Meeting
- Next MWSA Meeting (Tentative)
- MWSA Trestle Board
- District #108 Forum and Exam
- R:.W:. Borst’s Official Visit Schedule
- Upcoming Graded Degree - Morton Lodge #72
- Grand Master's Visit to Morton Lodge - 14 July 2020
- 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
- Morton Lodge History Book
- Masonic Education
- Other Upcoming Events
- Called from Labor
- Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay
- Upcoming Degrees
- Lodge Google Calendars
- Newsletter Archive
As I write this, we have gone over five weeks without conducting any Masonic meetings in the traditional sense. I hope that you and your families are doing well during this crazy time in our world. I also hope that, even though we are unable to meet as we normally do, everybody is practicing the lessons of Masonry in your daily lives as we all go through this together.
Some of our District Lodges have conducted fellowship meetings via Zoom over the past few weeks. While we may not study ritual over Zoom, it is a wonderful platform for checking in with everyone and keeping up with the happenings in the lives of our Brothers. If any of your Lodges will be holding Zoom meetings, please let us know. Virtual meetings are a good way for some of us to “visit” Lodges that we may not normally be able to be at. You may use the Google Form below for letting us know about upcoming events.
Regarding ritual practice, I urge everyone to take this time to work on learning a new part. The Grand Master has authorized ritual practice over the phone, so long as both parties are as sure as is possible that the other is a Brother. Now is the time to find a knowledgeable Brother to work with to learn new parts. Past Master Cockroft, as the District Instructor, is always willing to help with ritual, as are many others. Please reach out to them.
As of right now, all Masonic meetings are still canceled. When we do come back, we will need to be careful to not take it too quickly as not to put our vulnerable Brothers at risk. As such, we will not hold the called MWSA meeting on Wednesday May 13, 2020. We will tentatively plan to meet again on June 24, 2020 for our called educational meeting at Brookshire Lodge #1066. We will communicate if those plans need to change as we get closer to June 24th.
Again, I hope that each of you is doing well and staying healthy. Your MWSA is here to support the Lodges in our District in any way that we can. If you or your Lodge need anything, please let us know.
David C. Berndt
Virtual Business Meeting
Next MWSA Meeting (Tentative)
MWSA Trestle Board
**Please note that the May 13th Called Meeting has been cancelled.**
District #108 Forum and Exam
R:.W:. Borst’s Official Visit Schedule
Upcoming Graded Degree - Morton Lodge #72
Grand Master's Visit to Morton Lodge - 14 July 2020
District #108 Event Announcements
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
See below for the rotation of business meetings for the next few years.
MWSA Strategic Plan 2020
Committee on Work, Southeast Texas - Forum & Exam Schedule
Handmade 46 inch by 48 inch Masonic Theme Lap Quilt
100% of the proceeds will go to Morton Masonic Lodge #72 Scholarship Fund
For tickets contact Brother John Bradley at 979.264.5384
or email JRLLB1717@GMAIL.COM
Drawing will be held during Morton Lodge’s Stated Meeting
on a date to be determined.
You do not need to be present to win.
Thank you to Brother Mark Herzog of Grey Lodge
for donating this quilt back to raise additional funds
for Morton Lodge Scholarship Fund.
Morton Lodge History Book
2020 Officer Leadership Training 101/201
Other Upcoming Events
ALTHOUGH THE SCHEDULED DATES ARE LISTED BELOW, ALL DATES/ACTIVITIES ARE CURRENTLY CANCELED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Mon, May 4, 2020- Houston Scottish Rite Degree Study Group - 6:00 PM
Mon, May 4, 2020- Park Place Commandery #106 Stated Conclave - 6:30 PM
Tue, May 5, 2020- Katy Lodge #1439 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM
Tue, May 5, 2020- Waller O.E.S. Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM
Wed, May 6, 2020- Matagorda Lodge #7 Stated Meeting
Thu, May 7, 2020- Brookshire Lodge #1066 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM
Fri, May 8, 2020- Ruthven Commandery #2 Stated Conclave @ Holland Lodge - 6:30 PM
Sat, May 9, 2020- Melrose Commandery #109 Stated Conclave @ Melrose Lodge - 6:30 PM
Mon, May 11, 2020- Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay Stated Meeting @ Sugar Land Lodge - 7:00 PM
Tue, May 12, 2020- Morton Lodge #72 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM
Tue, May 12, 2020- Waller Lodge #808 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM
Tue, May 12, 2020- Sugar Land OES Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM
Wed, May 13, 2020- MWSA Called Meeting - Opening & Closing Forum - Meal @ 6:30 PM, Meeting @ 7:00 PM - All current Wardens, Deacons, and future Tilers are highly encouraged to attend.
Wed, May 13, 2020- North Houston Chapter & Council Stated Meeting @ Melrose Lodge - 6:30 PM
Thu, May 14, 2020- Richmond Chapter & Council Stated Meeting @ Morton Lodge - 6:30 PM
Thu, May 14, 2020- Hempstead Lodge #749 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM
Fri, May 15, 2020- Houston Commandery #95 Stated Conclave @ Conroe Lodge - 6:30 PM
Sat, May 16, 2020- Pleasant Hill Lodge #380 STATED MEETING - 11:00 AM
Mon, May 18, 2020- Sugar Land Lodge #1141 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM
Tue, May 19, 2020- Rosenberg Lodge #881 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM
Thu, May 21, 2020- Katy OES Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM
Mon, May 25, 2020- Fort Bend Commandery #74 Stated Conclave @ Rosenberg Lodge - 6:30 PM
Tue, May 26, 2020- Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay Stated Meeting @ Sugar Land Lodge - 7:00 PM
Thu, May 28, 2020- Houston Valley Scottish Rite Stated Meeting - 6:00 PM
Called from Labor
- Past Grand Master Orville O'Neill
The full Google Calendar for District #108 may be found on the MWSA website, about halfway down the page.
Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- None scheduled at this time.
Lodge Google Calendars
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.