MWSA District #108 News - Issue #23

November 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
  • Sugar Land Masonic Lodge Centennial Celebration
  • Called from Labor
  • District #108 Upcoming Events Google Form
  • MWSA Business Meeting Rotation Schedule
  • Committee on Work, Southeast Texas - Forum & Exam Schedule
  • Lodge Fundraisers
  • Masonic Education
  • Other Upcoming Events
  • Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay
  • Upcoming Degrees
  • Lodge Google Calendars
  • Newsletter Archive
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President's Message

Greetings Brethren,


I hope that this newsletter finds you all doing well and staying safe.


I would like to thank everyone who came out and attended the Forum & Exam on 3 October at Morton Lodge. We had 28 Brothers in attendance and 12 Brothers sat for esoteric certificates. Congratulations to those Brothers who earned or renewed their certificate!


I would also like to thank everyone who attended the final MWSA meeting of 2020 at Rosenberg Lodge on 27 October. We had a great presentation and education with the Briscoe Workshop, gained information on the Grotto, and held our elections for the 2021 MWSA officers. Congratulations to the MWSA leadership team for 2021:

  • President - John Bradley
  • Vice-President - Chris Choat
  • Deputy to the President - David Berndt, P.M.
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Eric Beane
  • Chaplain - Jason Vance
  • IT Liaison - Carter Sharbrough, P.M.


I have complete confidence that this leadership team will work hard to continue the forward momentum that our organization has gained.


Lastly, I hope that you all remain safe as we continue enjoying some of the activities that help strengthen our bonds as Masons with Stated Meetings, Called Meetings, and study groups happening around our District. Let us ever remember that our obligations, shared experiences, and common belief in the betterment of mankind through the lessons of Masonry are what allow us to work in peace and harmony in and out of our Lodges.


Sincerely and Fraternally,

David C. Berndt, PM

MWSA President

Sugar Land Lodge Centennial

Our Centennial Event will take place on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at 7 PM. The event is a public event to celebrate our 100 years and will take place at the Imperial Sugar Factory where our lodge started. The event location is at the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation at 198 Kempner St. Bldg B, Sugar Land, TX 77498. Due to COVID guidelines, the event will be a no meal event and limited to 125 people. If you would like to come to the event, please purchase a ticket for $10/attendee.


To reserve your ticket please email Worshipful Master Swinney or Past Master Berndt at the following emails:


worshipfulmaster@sugarlandmasoniclodge.com

secretary@sugarlandmasoniclodge.com


We ask that you pay your tickets upfront by sending the money in or come to the lodge to pay. All tickets will be available to be picked up at the lodge anytime before the event or at the event.

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Called from Labor

None reported for this month.

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.

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 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

Houston has been rescheduled for October 16-18 and Dallas rescheduled for November 6-8

STUDY NIGHTS

Come and join us for Study Nights on Mondays at Morton Lodge #72 and Wednesdays at Rosenberg Lodge #881 from 5:30 to 8:30. During both nights, we are currently concentrating on performing the EA Degree to keep up on our esoteric skills and knowledge. Monday night is led by Brother Eric Beane and Rosenberg night is led by Brother John Bradley and Proctored by Brother Cody Cockroft, District Instructor #108. Hope to see you there. Don't forget your mask.

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

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

Tue, Nov 3, 2020- Katy Lodge #1439 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

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

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

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

Thu, Nov 5, 2020- Committee on Work FORUM ONLY - Park Place Lodge #1172, Houston, TX - 6:30 PM

Sat, Nov 7, 2020- Committee on Work Forum & Exam - Temple Lodge #4, Houston, TX - Forum @ 9:30 AM, Exam @ 1:00 PM

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

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

Tue, Nov 10, 2020- Waller Lodge #808 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mon, Nov 16, 2020- Sugar Land Lodge #1141 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, Nov 17, 2020- Rosenberg Lodge #881 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Thu, Nov 19, 2020- Houston Valley Scottish Rite Stated Meeting - 6:00 PM

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

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

Sat, Nov 21, 2020- Pleasant Hill Lodge #380 STATED MEETING - 11:00 AM

Sat, Nov 21, 2020- Committee on Work Forum & Exam - Tomball Lodge #1096, Tomball, TX - Forum @ 9:30 AM, Exam @ 1:00 PM

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

Tue, Nov 24, 2020- Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay Stated Meeting @ Sugar Land Lodge - 7:00 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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Upcoming Degrees

The following degrees have been scheduled in our District:


  • Morton Lodge No. 72 will be conferring a Fellow Craft Degree on Saturday 21 November 2020. The gavel will drop at 0930 am. This is a tentative date and time. Will update asap.

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

Need to refer back to a past issue of the newsletter? Click below to go to the newsletter archive on our District website.