MWSA District #108 News - Issue #21

September 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
  • Next MWSA Business Meeting - 27 October 2020
  • MWSA School of Instruction - 26 September 2020
  • MWSA Trestle Board
  • District #108 Forum and Exam
  • 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
  • Called from Labor
  • 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.


Our next quarterly business meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday 27 October 2020. The location has been changed to Rosenberg Lodge No. 881 to allow for better social distancing so that more Brethren can participate. One of the items on the agenda for that meeting will be the election of MWSA officers for 2021. I would love to see wider participation in the MWSA leadership from around our great District. If you are desirous to make yourself available for a leadership position, please send me your Masonic resumé along with the position for which you are making yourself available by 19 October 2020. I will compile the information and send it to the district so that our Brothers can make informed decisions. The positions available are President (one-year term), Vice-President (one-year term), Chaplain (two-year term), and IT/Support (two-year term).


We will also hold the 2020 Briscoe Workshop. This educational workshop is incredibly helpful for all Master Masons, especially those who wish to assume leadership positions within their Lodges. This program is being put on by our District Service Team. R:.W:. Borst and Past Master Cockroft are working hard to coordinate and put on an informative and worthwhile workshop.


Due to the continued hold on called meetings, we are canceling the MWSA called meeting scheduled to be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020. However, our DI, Past Master Cockroft, will be hosting a school of instruction on Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 8:00 AM at Rosenberg Lodge No. 881. We will go over many aspects of our esoteric and floor work. This event is being held at Rosenberg Lodge for social distancing.


Lastly, I would like to remind you about the Committee on Work Forum and Exam scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2020, at Morton Lodge No. 72. R:.W:. Kenneth Young will conduct the event. All Master Masons are encouraged to attend, even if you do not plan on sitting for a certificate exam. It will be a wonderful learning opportunity. The event is scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM.


We hope to see many of our Brethren at these events.


Sincerely and Fraternally,

David C. Berndt, PM


MWSA President

Next MWSA Business Meeting

The next MWSA Business Meeting will take place on Tuesday 27 October 2020 at Rosenberg Lodge No. 881 at 7:00 PM.

MWSA School of Instruction - 26 September 2020

Past Master Cody Cockroft, District Instructor, will host a School of Instruction for Master Masons on Saturday 26 September 2020 at Rosenberg Lodge No. 881 beginning at 8:00 AM. We hope you will be able to make it!
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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.

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 and Dallas Training has been cancelled.

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.



Tue, Sep 1, 2020- Katy Lodge #1439 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, Sep 1, 2020- Waller O.E.S. Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Wed, Sep 2, 2020- Matagorda Lodge #7 Stated Meeting

Thu, Sep 3, 2020- Brookshire Lodge #1066 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Mon, Sep 7, 2020- Houston Scottish Rite Degree Study Group - 6:00 PM

Mon, Sep 7, 2020- Park Place Commandery #106 Stated Conclave - 6:30 PM

Tue, Sep 8, 2020- Morton Lodge #72 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, Sep 8, 2020- Waller Lodge #808 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, Sep 8, 2020- Sugar Land OES Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Wed, Sep 9, 2020- North Houston Chapter & Council Stated Meeting @ Melrose Lodge - 6:30 PM

Thu, Sep 10, 2020- Richmond Chapter & Council Stated Meeting @ Morton Lodge - 6:30 PM

Thu, Sep 10, 2020- Hempstead Lodge #749 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Fri, Sep 11, 2020- Ruthven Commandery #2 Stated Conclave @ Holland Lodge - 6:30 PM

Sat, Sep 12, 2020- Melrose Commandery #109 Stated Conclave @ Melrose Lodge - 6:30 PM

Mon, Sept 14, 2020- Rosenberg OES Stated Meeting - 6:30PM

Mon, Sep 14, 2020- Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay Stated Meeting @ Sugar Land Lodge - 7:00 PM

Tue, Sep 15, 2020- Rosenberg Lodge #881 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Thu, Sep 17, 2020- Katy OES Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Fri, Sep 18, 2020- Houston Commandery #95 Stated Conclave @ Conroe Lodge - 6:30 PM

Sat, Sep 19, 2020- Pleasant Hill Lodge #380 STATED MEETING - 11:00 AM

Mon, Sep 21, 2020- Sugar Land Lodge #1141 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, Sep 22, 2020- Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay Stated Meeting @ Sugar Land Lodge - 7:00 PM

Thu, Sep 24, 2020- Houston Valley Scottish Rite Stated Meeting - 6:00 PM

Sat, Sep 26, 2020- MWSA Called Meeting - Mock Esoteric Exam - Breakfast @ 8:00 AM, Meeting @ 9:00 AM

Sat, Sep 26, 2020- Committee on Work Forum & Exam - Aldine Lodge #1412, Houston, TX - Forum @ 9:30 AM, Exam @ 1:00 PM

Mon, Sep 28, 2020- Fort Bend Commandery #74 Stated Conclave @ Rosenberg Lodge - 6:30 PM

Called from Labor

Brother Ryan Allen, EA, member of Katy 1439.


Brother Frank Pryor, Past Master of Morton Lodge No. 72

Blessed our Fraternity with 57.83 years of service.


May the blessings of heaven rest upon their families.

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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