MWSA District #108 News - Issue #15

March 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
  • Imperial Chapter Officer Installation
  • Rosenberg Lodge #881 Fantastic Teeth Delivery
  • 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

Brothers,


I hope that you had a great February and that you are looking forward to a wonderful March.


The MWSA Leadership is looking forward to getting our educational program underway for the year. We will be focusing on esoteric and floor work for each Degree as well as parliamentary procedure within our Lodges. Please take a look later in this newsletter for dates and times for our meetings this year. These dates will also be published on the District’s Google Calendar, available on the District website.


Please remember to use the Google Form below to let us know about any upcoming events that your Lodge has so that we can let everyone know and show the proper support to all of our Lodges.


Sincerely and Fraternally,

David C. Berndt, PM

President

Imperial Chapter Officer Installation

On 25 February, Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay held it's Installation of Officers. These young men are doing an outstanding job getting their Chapter off the ground. Brothers, these young men are the future of our Craft. Please continue to help support them in any way that you and your Lodge can. Imperial meets on the second Monday and fourth Tuesday of each month at Sugar Land Lodge at 7:00 PM. Master Masons are welcome to attend! Special thanks to Brothers John Bradley, Kevin McGowen, Cory Fehl, Albert Davis, Wes Switzer, Cody Cockroft, Gavin Swinney, Chris Choat, Matt Woodard, and Paul Wunsche for attending!


A few pictures from the event are below.

Rosenberg Lodge #881 Fantastic Teeth Delivery

On Friday 28 February 2020, Brothers of Rosenberg Lodge #881 delivered approximately 250 Fantastic Teeth kits to Needville Elementary School. Thank you to Brothers Raul Rubalcaba, Charles Hand, Levi Gimmel, Philip Wiggington, Charles Gaviola, and Cody Cockroft for representing Masonry and District #108 in a great program!

MWSA Trestle Board

Please see below for the MWSA ”year at a glance”. Special thanks to PM Sharbrough for putting it together!

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

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 in either March or April. 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. The called meetings will be in the center of the District and will be announced as soon as the meeting is set.

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.


Please see the below attachment from Pleasant Hill Lodge #380. Anyone interested, please contact Brother Carl. Contact information is listed on the flyer.

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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 May 12, 2020.

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 is currently completing the third edition of the book on its history. It is currently under edits and formatting and will be made available once it is ready for purchase.

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.


Mon, Mar 2, 2020- Houston Scottish Rite Degree Study Group - 6:00 PM

Mon, Mar 2, 2020- Park Place Commandery #106 Stated Conclave - 6:30 PM

Tue, Mar 3, 2020- Katy Lodge #1439 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM - Official Visit by R:.W:. Borst

Tue, Mar 3, 2020- Waller O.E.S. Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Wed, Mar 4, 2020- Matagorda Lodge #7 Stated Meeting

Thu, Mar 5, 2020- Brookshire Lodge #1066 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Mon, Mar 9, 2020- Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay Stated Meeting @ Sugar Land Lodge - 7:00 PM

Tue, Mar 10, 2020- Morton Lodge #72 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, Mar 10, 2020- Waller Lodge #808 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM - Official Visit by R:.W:. Borst

Tue, Mar 10, 2020- Sugar Land OES Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Wed, Mar 11, 2020- North Houston Chapter & Council Stated Meeting @ Melrose Lodge - 6:30 PM

Thu, Mar 12, 2020- Richmond Chapter & Council Stated Meeting @ Morton Lodge - 6:30 PM

Thu, Mar 12, 2020- Hempstead Lodge #749 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Fri, Mar 13, 2020- Ruthven Commandery #2 Stated Conclave @ Holland Lodge - 6:30 PM

Sat, Mar 14, 2020- Melrose Commandery #109 Stated Conclave @ Melrose Lodge - 6:30 PM

Mon, Mar 16, 2020- Sugar Land Lodge #1141 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM - Official Visit by R:.W:. Borst

Tue, Mar 17, 2020- Rosenberg Lodge #881 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM - Official Visit by R:.W:. Borst

Thu, Mar 19, 2020- Katy OES Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Fri, Mar 20, 2020- Houston Commandery #95 Stated Conclave @ Conroe Lodge - 6:30 PM

Sat, Mar 21, 2020- Pleasant Hill Lodge #380 STATED MEETING - 11:00 AM - Official Visit by R:.W:. Borst

Sat, Mar 21, 2020- Committee on Work Forum & Exam - Dayton Lodge #825, Dayton, TX - Forum @ 9:30 AM, Exam @ 1:00 PM

Mon, Mar 23, 2020- Fort Bend Commandery #74 Stated Conclave @ Rosenberg Lodge - 6:30 PM

Tue, Mar 24, 2020- Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay Stated Meeting @ Sugar Land Lodge - 7:00 PM

Thu, Mar 26, 2020- Houston Valley Scottish Rite Stated Meeting - 6:00 PM

Sat, Mar 28, 2020- Committee on Work Forum & Exam - John Mitchell Lodge #1401, Hitchcock, TX - Forum @ 9:30 AM, Exam @ 1:00 PM

Mon, Mar 30, 2020- MWSA Called Meeting - EA Forum, Degree Signs, MM Closing - Meal @ 6:30 PM, Meeting @ 7:00 PM

Called from Labor

  • Sugar Land Lodge learned of the passing of Brother Jerl Eugene Blalck on 2 January 2018.
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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