MWSA District #108 News - Issue #18

June 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
  • MM Degree Competition - Postponed
  • 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
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President's Message

Greetings Brothers,


I hope that this message finds you and your families doing well. As we have been given permission to resume Stated Meetings, I hope that you will return to your Lodges ready to work and practice the lessons of Masonry, while making the decisions that you feel are best for you and your family with regards to attendance.


We are still tentatively scheduled to hold our next MWSA Called Meeting on 24 June 2020 at Brookshire Lodge #1066. As we get nearer to that date, we will make changes if they are necessary.


As before, I urge everyone to take this time of less Masonic activity and grow in your own understanding of our ritual and it’s meaning. Our District Instructor, Past Master Cockroft is always willing to help in that area.


Finally, our Master Masons Degree Competition, scheduled for 1 August 2020, needs to be postponed due to some unforeseen circumstances. We will work to reschedule it once Officer Installations have been completed and once we have a little more normalcy back in our lives.


Your MWSA remains here to support your Lodges. If your Lodge needs anything, please reach out to us.


Fraternally,

David C. Berndt, P.M.

MWSA President

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.

Next MWSA Meeting (Tentative)

We are still tentavly planning to meet on June 24, 2020 for a Called Meeting to go over the 2nd Section of the FC Degree. This, of course, depends on the situation that that time. We will keep everyone updated as we get closer to the meeting date.

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.

R:.W:. Borst’s Official Visit Schedule

MODIFIED DDGM RECEPTION TO BE USED DUE TO COVID VIRUS CONCERNS

1. All participants should attempt to maintain 6 ft. Social Distance. There should not be any handshakes or other physical touching.

2. The DDGM exits the Lodge room in the usual manner….

3. Tiler gives the alarm and makes the announcement the JD does the same….in the ordinary manner.

4. Using only one escort, the DDGM is received by the escort and follows him to the Altar in single file.

5. Being there is only one escort and the DDGM is “alone”, I think the Deacons and the DDGM will have sufficient distancing between them. One escort goes to the door and says “Right Worshipful Sir __________ Lodge number ____ is ready to receive you”. OPTIONAL – Do not use the Deacons if there is not ample space to allow 6 ft. between individuals.

6. The DDGM is centered at the Altar and the escort makes his ordinary presentation of the DDGM. The DDGM is given private grand honors. The WM will instruct the escort to conduct the DDGM to the East. The DDGM follows the escort to the East, single file. The WM will extend the gavel to the DDGM (the WM and DDGM shall do their best to maintain social distancing), the DDGM seats the Lodge and sits in a chair in the East however not next to the WM.

We hope this helps with any decision making.

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!

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

M:.W:. Underwood will be making a visit to Morton Lodge #72 at their July Stated Meeting. Morton Lodge will develop an RSVP method to assure that they do not exceed occupancy and that enough food is prepared. More details will be forthcoming.

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 is holding a raffle for a beautiful handmade Masonic quilt. Tickets are $1.00 each. Please contact Brother John Bradley if you are interested.

Handmade 46 inch by 48 inch Masonic Theme Lap Quilt

100% of the proceeds will go to Morton Masonic Lodge #72 Scholarship Fund

Raffle Tickets

$1.00 each

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

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

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.


Mon, June 1, 2020- Houston Scottish Rite Degree Study Group - 6:00 PM

Mon, June 1, 2020- Park Place Commandery #106 Stated Conclave - 6:30 PM

Tue, June 2, 2020- Katy Lodge #1439 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, June 2, 2020- Waller O.E.S. Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Wed, June 3, 2020- Matagorda Lodge #7 Stated Meeting

Thu, June 4, 2020- Brookshire Lodge #1066 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Fri, June 12, 2020- Ruthven Commandery #2 Stated Conclave @ Holland Lodge - 6:30 PM

Sat, June 13, 2020- Melrose Commandery #109 Stated Conclave @ Melrose Lodge - 6:30 PM

Mon, June 8, 2020- Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay Stated Meeting @ Sugar Land Lodge - 7:00 PM

Mon, June 8, 2020- Rosenberg OES Stated Meeting – 6:30PM

Tue, June 9, 2020- Morton Lodge #72 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, June 9, 2020- Waller Lodge #808 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, June 9, 2020- Sugar Land OES Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Wed, June 10, 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, June 10, 2020- North Houston Chapter & Council Stated Meeting @ Melrose Lodge - 6:30 PM

Thu, June 11, 2020- Richmond Chapter & Council Stated Meeting @ Morton Lodge - 6:30 PM

Thu, June 11, 2020- Hempstead Lodge #749 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Fri, June 12, 2020- Houston Commandery #95 Stated Conclave @ Conroe Lodge - 6:30 PM

Sat, June 13, 2020- Pleasant Hill Lodge #380 STATED MEETING - 11:00 AM

Mon, June 15, 2020- Sugar Land Lodge #1141 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, June 16, 2020- Rosenberg Lodge #881 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Thu, June 18, 2020- Katy OES Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Mon, June 22, 2020- Fort Bend Commandery #74 Stated Conclave @ Rosenberg Lodge - 6:30 PM

Tue, June 23, 2020- Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay Stated Meeting @ Sugar Land Lodge - 7:00 PM

Thu, June 25, 2020- Houston Valley Scottish Rite Stated Meeting - 6:00 PM

Called from Labor

None reported for May 2020.
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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