MWSA District #108 News - Issue #27

March 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
  • District 108 March Stated Meetings
  • Morton Lodge Past Masters Event
  • Sugar Land Lodge Past Masters Event
  • Charitable Raffles
  • Katy Lodge Entered Apprentice Education Night
  • Kumntakit Grotto
  • Upcoming MWSA Meetings
  • 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
  • From the Grand Master’s Proclamation Regarding COVID Protocols
  • 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

My Brethren,


I pray this message finds you well. The last several days around the country have been a hardship for millions. With Covid–19 still around, the last thing we needed was freezing temperatures. My hopes and prayers for all of you are that you and your families are well. Remember this, help is available if needed. I am available to assist in any way possible as are many other Brethren. If any Brothers are helping currently, please continue to show your Brotherly Love and Affection toward our brethren and yhank you for your kindness.


We have many things going on in the district. Please check the MWSA #108 website for more information.


I want to congratulate Morton Lodge #72 for an outstanding Graded FC Degree with an ending score of 978. This was also a courtesy degree for Sugar Land Lodge #1141 and many thanks to them for letting Morton use their candidate.


The MWSA Officers look forward to seeing all of you at the called meeting at Katy Lodge on March 25th where the educational portion will be very inspirational. We will be discussing “Looking Beyond the East” and we feel this topic to be as much a part of our lodge discussions and in our thoughts at all times. I know you will enjoy it.


Finally, my Brothers, stay safe, stay healthy and continue to be the light for others to follow.


Your Brother in Masonry,

John Bradley

Called From Labor

None reported for February 2021.
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District 108 March Stated Meetings

Morton Lodge No. 72 Past Masters Event

On Thursday 18 March 2021, Morton Masonic Lodge will host a Past Masters Event open to Past Masters of all Texas Lodges or Lodges of other jurisdictions recognized by the Grand Lodge of Texas.


The MM Lodge will be opened at 2:00 PM, then called down to travel to Morton Cemetery to visit the graves of the Past Masters of Morton Lodge buried there and place a small Masonic memento. After the cemetery, we will adjourn to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before returning to the Lodge to honor all Past Masters in attendance. The second part of the program will commence at 6:00 PM. The Worshipful Master of Morton Lodge, R:.W:. Tyksinski, will also be presenting each Past Master in attendance with a small token of appreciation for their service.


If you are planning on attending, please sign up at the link below. If you are a Past Master, please indicate your Lodge and the Masonic Year in which you served. Space will be limited and masks will be required.


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A48ACAB2EA02-morton


**Officers of Morton Masonic Lodge do not need to sign up.**

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

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.

Katy Lodge No. 1439 Entered Apprentice Education Night

Katy Masonic Lodge No. 1439 will be conducting an Entered Apprentice Education Night on Monday 29 March 2021 at 6:30 PM. All Entered Apprentices are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Kumntakit Grotto

Kumntakit Grotto will be instituted, its officers installed, and its new members initiated on Saturday 27 March 2021. The event will be held at Sugar Land Masonic Lodge. A social hour will be held at 5:00 PM, with dinner at 6:00 PM and the ceremonies beginning at 7:00 PM. Please see the flyer below and RSVP if you are planning to attend. Contact Worshipful Master Swinney of Sugar Land Lodge for more information regarding the Grotto at worshipfulmaster@sugarlandmasoniclodge.com.

Upcoming MWSA Meetings

The quarterly Business Meeting held on January 26th was very helpful and informative. Our next meeting will be a Called Educational Meeting held on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at Katy Lodge No. 1439. This meeting will consist of a discussion panel. The topic will be "Looking Beyond the East."


We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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 took 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

From the Grand Master’s Proclamation Regarding COVID Protocols

Please see below for and excerpt from M:.W:. Curry’s proclamation of 27 January 2021.

Upcoming Degrees

Monday 1 March 2021 - Waller Lodge No. 808

Monday 1 March 2021 - Waller Lodge No. 808 - Double Entered Apprentice Degree - 6:30 PM - Light refreshments followed by Degrees

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Monday 1 March 2021 - Sugar Land Lodge No. 1141 @ Morton Lodge No. 72 by Dispensation

Monday 1 March 2021 - Sugar Land Lodge No. 1141 - Fellowcraft Degree by dispensation - 7:00 PM @ Morton Lodge No. 72
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Monday 8 March 2021 - Katy Lodge No. 1439

Monday 8 March 2021 - Katy Lodge No. 1439 - Entered Apprentice Degree - 6:30 PM

Monday 15 March 2021 - Katy Lodge No. 1439

Monday 15 March 2021 - Katy Lodge No. 1439 - Entered Apprentice Degree - 6:30 PM

Monday 22 March 2021 - Katy Lodge No. 1439

Monday 22 March 2021 - Katy Lodge No. 1439 - Entered Apprentice Degree - 6:30 PM

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.


Tue, Mar 2, 2021- Katy Lodge #1439 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM - DDGM Official Visit

Tue, Mar 2, 2021- Waller O.E.S. Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Wed, Mar 3, 2021- Matagorda Lodge #7 Stated Meeting

Thu, Mar 4, 2021- Brookshire Lodge #1066 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM - DDGM Official Visit

Mon, Mar 8, 2021- Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay Stated Meeting 7:00 PM - Virtual

Tue, Mar 9, 2021- Morton Lodge #72 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, Mar 9, 2021- Waller Lodge #808 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM - DDGM Official Visit

Tue, Mar 9, 2021- Sugar Land OES Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Wed, Mar 10, 2021- North Houston Chapter & Council Stated Meeting @ Melrose Lodge - 6:30 PM

Thu, Mar 11, 2021- Richmond Chapter & Council Stated Meeting @ Morton Lodge - 7:30 PM

Thu, Mar 11, 2021- Hempstead Lodge #749 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM - DDGM Official Visit

Sat, Mar 13, 2021- Melrose Commandery #109 Stated Conclave - 6:30 PM - Virtual

Mon, Mar 15, 2021- Sugar Land Lodge #1141 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM - DDGM Official Visit

Tue, Mar 16, 2021- Rosenberg Lodge #881 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM - DDGM Official Visit

Thu, Mar 18, 2021- Katy OES Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Sat, Mar 20, 2021- Pleasant Hill Lodge #380 STATED MEETING - 11:00 AM - DDGM Official Visit

Mon, Mar 22, 2021- Fort Bend Commandery #74 Stated Conclave @ 7:00 PM - Virtual

Tue, Mar 23, 2021- Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay Stated Meeting @ 7:00 PM - Virtual

Thu, Mar 25, 2021- Houston Valley Scottish Rite Stated Meeting - 6:00 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.