MWSA District #108 News - Issue #22

October 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
  • Called from Labor
  • District #108 Forum and Exam
  • Next MWSA Business Meeting - 27 October 2020
  • Morton Lodge Graded EA Degree
  • 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 start by reminding 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. There will not be any meals served, so grab breakfast before arriving and bring something to eat in the short break between the forum and the exam.


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.


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.


Per the Grand Master’s Proclamation from 21 September 2020, we may now confer degrees and hold called meetings. As your Lodge starts holding these meetings again, please let us know about your upcoming events so that Brothers may attend and support your Lodge’s activities. You may use the Google Form below to let me know of the event and I will gladly pass that information along to all of the Lodges.


I hope that you all remain safe as we begin to enjoy some of the activities that help strengthen our bonds as Masons. 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

Called from Labor

Brother Burienne Stuart, PM of Rosenberg Lodge #881 laid down his working tools on Thursday, September 24, 2020. Brother Stuart was raised to the Degree of Master Mason on March 12, 1974.



May the blessings of heaven rest upon their families.

MWSA Officer Elections

Our MWSA Officer Elections for 2021 will take place at our Business Meeting on 27 October 2020. The available positions are President (one-year term), Vice-President (one-year term), Chaplain (two-year term), and IT Support (two-year term).


If you are desirous of making yourself available for one of these positions, please send your Masonic resumé to David Berndt. Resumés may be send to david@karateclarinet.com. Please also include the positions for which you are making yourself available.


Brothers, your MWSA does not run without the help of Brothers from around your District. You do not have to be a Master, Warden, Secretary, or Past Master to make yourself available for any of these positions. The current leadership team would love to see wider participation in the leadership team from around District 108.

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 No. 72 will be conferring a Graded EA Degree on Wednesday 21 October 2020. The gavel will drop at 7:00 PM.
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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.

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.



Thu, Oct 1, 2020- Brookshire Lodge #1066 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Sat, Oct 3, 2020- **Committee on Work Forum & Exam - Morton Lodge #72, Richmond, TX - Forum @ 9:30 AM, Exam @ 1:00 PM**

Mon, Oct 5, 2020- Houston Scottish Rite Degree Study Group - 6:00 PM

Mon, Oct 5, 2020- Park Place Commandery #106 Stated Conclave - 6:30 PM

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

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

Wed, Oct 7, 2020- Matagorda Lodge #7 Stated Meeting

Thu, Oct 8, 2020- Richmond Chapter & Council Stated Meeting @ Morton Lodge - 6:30 PM

Thu, Oct 8, 2020- Hempstead Lodge #749 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Fri, Oct 9, 2020- Ruthven Commandery #2 Stated Conclave @ Holland Lodge - 6:30 PM

Sat, Oct 10, 2020- Committee on Work Forum & Exam - Pasadena Lodge #1155, Pasadena, TX - Forum @ 9:30 AM, Exam @ 1:00 PM

Sat, Oct 10, 2020- Melrose Commandery #109 Stated Conclave @ Melrose Lodge - 6:30 PM

Mon, Oct 12, 2020- Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay Stated Meeting @ Sugar Land Lodge - 7:00 PM

Tue, Oct 13, 2020- Morton Lodge #72 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, Oct 13, 2020- Waller Lodge #808 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, Oct 13, 2020- Sugar Land OES Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Wed, Oct 14, 2020- North Houston Chapter & Council Stated Meeting @ Melrose Lodge - 6:30 PM

Thu, Oct 15, 2020- Katy OES Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Fri, Oct 16, 2020- Houston Commandery #95 Stated Conclave @ Conroe Lodge - 6:30 PM

Sat, Oct 17, 2020- Pleasant Hill Lodge #380 STATED MEETING - 11:00 AM

Mon, Oct 19, 2020- Sugar Land Lodge #1141 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Tue, Oct 20, 2020- Rosenberg Lodge #881 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM

Thu, Oct 22, 2020- Houston Valley Scottish Rite Stated Meeting - 6:00 PM

Mon, Oct 26, 2020- Fort Bend Commandery #74 Stated Conclave @ Rosenberg Lodge - 6:30 PM

Tue, Oct 27, 2020- MWSA Business Meeting - Briscoe Workshop and Elections - Meal @ 6:30 PM, Meeting @ 7:00 PM

Tue, Oct 27, 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 Graded EA Degree on Wednesday 21 October 2020. The gavel will drop at 7:00 PM.

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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