MWSA District #108 News - Issue #5

May 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

  • Installation Dates & Times
  • President's Message
  • Upcoming Events
  • Morton Lodge E.A. Education Night - April 29, 2019
  • Upcoming Degrees
  • MWSA Strategic Plan
  • MWSA Upcoming Educational Meetings
  • Lodge Google Calendars
  • MWSA April Business Meeting - June 23, 2019 - Katy Masonic Lodge
  • District Deputy Grand Master's Traveling Schedule
  • Hempstead Lodge Raffle Sale
  • Katy Lodge Fish Fry - May 4, 2019
  • Newsletter Archive
  • Newsletter Material Submission
  • Suggestion Box
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Installation Dates & Times

CALLING ALL LODGES!


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 put together a comprehensive list and keep the District informed so that everyone can attend each other's Installations. Thank you!

President's Message

Honorable Brethren of MWSA 108:


Greetings. The month of April was busy and positive for our District. Following is a list of District 108 brags: Successful Past Master’s Event hosted by Sugar Land Lodge on April 8, tremendous turn-out for Brookshire Lodge’s Scholarship Fish Fry on April 13, Sugar Land’s Fellowcraft Degree on April 17, MWSA 108 Business Meeting and Education Program at Pleasant Hill on April 23 (special thanks to Pleasant Hill’s Leadership for hosting the event), Entered Apprentice Education Programs at Katy and Morton Lodges. I am excited to report that Morton Lodge has nearly completed its kitchen remodel project. The project kicked off week ending April 19 and is anticipated to conclude the first week of May. The aesthetics and functionality of the new kitchen will be inspiring. Also, many thanks to Brother Sammy Larbi for assembling the Widow’s Information Packages. A plan is in the works to deliver the booklets and Blue Slippers to the nine (9) fine ladies who attended the Special Ladies Event in March.


I believe it is proper to recognize Katy Lodge and its leadership in the planning, attendance, and conduct at the Masonic burial services of one of their members. Brother Sharbrough performed the service exceptionally and I was astonished by the number of brothers who showed for the ceremony (I believe there were 17). Katy Lodge left a positive impression on the family and the attendees of the service. In speaking of Katy Lodge, their Fish Fry is scheduled for May 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. I encourage our District Brethren to stand beside Katy Lodge on this laudable undertaking.


There are only two months left in this Masonic year. I trust that appropriate planning is in order and the goals for your respective lodges is under serious consideration. I am considering hosting an opportunity to meet with the elected 2019 – 2020 Worshipful Masters in the July/August timeframe as a token of celebration and collaboration. This will be a discussion point in the near future. SPECIAL REQUEST: please send to me and Brother Vice President Berndt the date and time of your Lodge’s installation. We will coordinate this with Brother Sharbrough and post on the District Calendar.


In closing, if you have not perused the MWSA 108 website, I encourage you to do so: https://www.mwsa108.com. Brother Sharbrough has performed exceptionally in the interface and functionality of the information contained therein. The website is a great platform to share information with the District about happenings in your lodge. Simply email the information to Brother Sharbrough, or me, and we will get it uploaded. Also, if you are desirous of being included in the District 108 Degree Team for the EA, FC, MM, or Masonic Burial Service, please communicate to me your interest, e.g., position(s) you are proficient in, phone number and email. I will work with the District Leadership and we will update the reference document and include it in the resource tab of the website. This will be an important tool for any lodge who may come up a little short in assembling a degree team (especially on short notice). For those lodges pursuing the Vanguard Award: Suspense Date 1 = August 3 (form due to me); Suspense Date 2 = August 31 (form due to Grand Lodge). Let us exceed our own expectations!


Let us close this Masonic year in spectacular form. Consider our Guiding Principles!

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.


Monday, April 29, 2019 - Morton Lodge #72 E.A. Education Night - 6:30 PM


Thursday, May 2, 2019 - Brookshire Lodge Stated Meeting


Saturday, May 4, 2019 - Katy Lodge Annual Fish Fry & Auction - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Katy Lodge


Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - Katy Lodge Stated Meeting


Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - Waller OES Stated Meeting - 7:30 PM - Waller Lodge


Thursday, May 9, 2019 - Hempstead Lodge Stated Meeting


Thursday, May 9, 2019 - Richmond Chapter RAM #467 Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM - Morton Lodge


Monday, May 13, 2019 - Rosenberg OES Stated Meeting - 7:30 PM - Rosenberg Lodge


Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Waller Lodge Stated Meeting


Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Morton Lodge Stated Meeting


Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Sugar Land OES Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM - Sugar Land Lodge


Thursday, May 16, 2019 - Katy OES Stated Meeting - 7:30 PM - Katy Lodge


Saturday, May 18, 2019 - Pleasant Hill Lodge Stated Meeting


Saturday, May 18, 2019 - Committee on Work Forum & Exam - Tarkington-Prairie Lodge # 498 - 1209 Southline St., Sleveland, TX 77327 - 10:00 AM


Sunday, May 19, 2019 - Masonic Oak Observance - 9:00 AM - Masonic Oak Park - 100 W. Pleasant St., Brazoria, TX 77422


Monday, May 20, 2019 - Sugar Land Lodge Stated Meeting


Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - Rosenberg Lodge Stated Meeting


Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - Sugar Land Lodge Community Awards Night


Monday, May 27, 2019 - Fort Bend Commandery #74 Stated Conclave - 6:30 PM - Rosenberg Lodge


Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - Brookshire OES Stated Meeting - Brookshire Lodge


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


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


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

Morton Lodge E.A. Education Night - April 29, 2019

Morton Lodge #72 will hold an E.A. Education Night on Monday, April 29, 2019, at 6:30 PM. All E.A.'s are welcome and encouraged to attend and learn more about the E.A. work and the Degree itself. All F.C.'s and M.M.'s are welcome, as well!

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!

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.

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.

  • Friday, May 24, 2019 - Called Meeting - Future Officer Opening & Closing Forum - Katy Lodge - Meal @ 6:30 PM, Meeting @ 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - Called Meeting - Mock Committee on Work Esoteric Forum - Brookshire Lodge - Meal @ 6:30 PM, Meeting @ 7:00 PM
  • 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

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 April Business Meeting

At the January MWSA meeting, we voted to go to a quarterly business meeting schedule with educational meetings scheduled between the business meetings.


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.

Katy Lodge Fish Fry - May 4, 2019

Katy Lodge will hold its Annual Fish Friday on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM at Kay Lodge. Fish, fries, hush puppies, & dessert. Plates are $15 each. There will also be a silent auction. All are encouraged to attend and bring a friend!
Full calendars for events around District #108 may be found at the District #108 website by clicking the button below.

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.

Newsletter Material Submission

Brothers,


If you or any Brother of your Lodge wishes to submit an announcement, event, or other blurbs for our monthly newsletter, please submit those materials below.

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