MWSA District #108 News - Issue #19

July 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
  • Grand Master's Visit to Morton Lodge - 14 July 2020
  • District 108 Installation Schedule
  • Next MWSA Business Meeting - 28 July 2020
  • MM Degree Competition - Postponed
  • MWSA Trestle Board
  • District #108 Forum and Exam
  • Upcoming Graded Degree - Morton Lodge #72
  • 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,


As we enter July, I hope that you and your families are doing well. I also hope that you have been able to get back to your Lodge and enjoy fellowship and receive more light at Lodge meetings.


We are still on for our 28 July 2020 MWSA Business Meeting to be held at Sugar Land Masonic Lodge No. 1141 at 6:30 PM. The address is 421 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land, TX 77478. There will not be a meal served at this meeting. This will be a very special meeting, and I hope that you will all be able to join us.


We will be having a presentation on Masonic youth groups, which are extremely important and do very good work for the youth of our society. After the presentation and business portion of our meeting, we will be joining Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay for their Stated Conclave. These young men have been working hard to get this new DeMolay Chapter up and running and are doing a great job of it.


As we are in the midst of Installation season, I hope that each and every one of you finds a way to be an active participant in your Lodge and in Masonry in general. If there’s a need, try to help fill it. If there’s a committee that needs help or a task that needs doing, try to help with it. Masonry, like any great organization, does not do well with just a few sets of hands trying to run it. It takes many hands to run this ship the best that it can be run.


If you haven’t attended a Lodge meeting in a while, please make an effort to attend your Lodge’s next Stated Meeting. If you know someone who hasn’t attended a Lodge meeting in a while, invite them to come with you. Offer to pick them up and drop them off at home if they need help with transportation. Our great Craft does it’s best work when we are all at labor, not just the officers of any given Lodge.


Lastly, to the incoming officers, please send us your calendar of events that you have scheduled already for your year, except Stated Meetings. We will work to keep everyone updated on all of the events happening around our District.


As always, if you would like some help on any of the ritual or floor work, reach out to our District Instructor, Past Master Cockroft, or any knowledgeable Brother in the work, for help. We are always here to improve ourselves and others in the Craft.


Fraternally,

David C. Berndt

MWSA President

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

M:.W:. Underwood will be making a visit to Morton Lodge #72 at their 14 July 2020 Stated Meeting. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP using the Sign Up Genius below.

District 108 Installation Schedule

Next MWSA Meeting

The next MWSA Business Meeting will take place on Tuesday 28 July 2020 at Sugar Land Masonic Lodge No. 1141 at 6:30 PM. We will have a special presentation on Masonic youth programs, then join Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay for their Stated Conclave. We hope you will be able to join us!

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.

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.

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!

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

Winner of the Handmade Quilt


Due to the Covid19 concern, I was unable to travel as before to many of our lodges to sell raffle tickets. Since scholarships were coming quickly, the drawing was completed at the recent Morton Lodge Stated Meeting and Brother Jason Vance of Morton Lodge #72 was the winner of quilt.
The second raffle raised $250.00 and another $500.00 was donated.
The overall total from both raffles raised $1,550.00 for the Morton Lodge #72 Scholarship Fund.


Congratulations to Brother Vance!

Thank you to all who supported Morton Lodge #72.
Brother John Bradley

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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.


Wed, July 1, 2020- Matagorda Lodge #7 Stated Meeting

Thu, July 2, 2020- Brookshire Lodge #1066 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, July 7, 2020- Katy Lodge #1439 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, July 7, 2020- Waller O.E.S. Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Wed, July 8, 2020- North Houston Chapter & Council Stated Meeting @ Melrose Lodge - 6:30 PM

Thu, July 9, 2020- Richmond Chapter & Council Stated Meeting @ Morton Lodge - 6:30 PM

Thu, July 9, 2020- Hempstead Lodge #749 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

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

Mon, July 13, 2020- Rosenberg OES Stated Meeting – 6:30PM

Tue, July 14, 2020- Morton Lodge #72 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, July 14, 2020- Waller Lodge #808 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, July 14, 2020- Sugar Land OES Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Thu, July 16, 2020- Katy OES Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Mon, July 20, 2020- Sugar Land Lodge #1141 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, July 21, 2020- Rosenberg Lodge #881 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, July 28, 2020 - MWSA Business Meeting - Masonic Youth Programs - Sugar Land Lodge No. 1141 - 6:30 PM

Tue, July 28, 2020- Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay Stated Meeting @ Sugar Land Lodge - 7:00 PM

Called from Labor

Pleasant Hill #380

Brother Paul Theodore Kendrick, Jr.

Laid down his Working Tools on June 13, 2020

76 years of age and 32 years of service


May the blessings of heaven rest upon his family.

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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