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MOST WORSHIPFUL JERRY L. MARTIN
GRAND MASTER 2013-2014
Jerry Lee Martin was born on September 5, 1942 in Brown County, Texas near Lake Brownwood. He was the youngest of three boys and three girls born to George and Addie Martin. Jerry lived in the Brownwood area until he was four years old, at which time the family moved near Longview, in Northeast Texas. He graduated from East Mountain High School and then from Stephen F. Austin State University where he received a B. B. A. in Business Administration with a minor in Economics. He was Vice-President of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity that contributed many services to the University and the community.
In 1998 Jerry lost his wife Carol after a courageous two year battle with cancer. Sometime later he met Betty Capps, a Masonic widow, at an Eastern Star function. There was only one seat left in the dining room and it was next to Betty. Jerry took the seat next to Betty and a close friendship developed that quickly grew into more than just friendship. They were married a year later. Jerry had one son, and Betty had two daughters. Jerry’s son Brent joined the Army shortly after graduation from high school. He was a Crew Chief on attack helicopters, and saw combat in Desert Shield. He is now employed by a contractor that provides maintenance for helicopters at Fort Rucker in Alabama. Betty’s daughter Theresa is a Marketing Representative for a healthcare provider, and her daughter Sandra is a homemaker. Betty and Jerry are members of the Schertz United Methodist Church where they actively serve as greeters, ushers, and anywhere else they are needed.
After graduation from college in August of 1966, Jerry began his professional career in the J.C. Penney Regional Accounting office in Dallas, Texas that performed the accounting functions for hundreds of stores in six states. Three years later he was employed by Zale Corporation as an Internal Auditor, and one year later was promoted to Controller of the Sporting Goods Division. He later was promoted to Vice President of Administration in addition to serving as Controller. A major accomplishment during his employment at Zale Corporation was replacing conventional cash registers with data terminals that could collect information on items sold for automatic reorder and inventory control, transmit the day’s sales and bank deposit to speed the drafting of the funds, transmit payroll data and other information that was usually sent via US Postal Service. While this is common practice today, in the early 1970’s this was the first use of this kind of technology in Texas and the second in the United States.
After leaving Zale Corporation, he was employed by Chromalloy American Corporation where he worked on a campaign that ended in the successful election for the passage of a sales tax increase to create and fund a public transportation authority in Austin, Texas. After the election he helped create the Finance and Accounting departments, and served as Assistant Director of Finance and Director of Accounting for the new Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Later he was employed by the State of Texas Department of Human Resources where he was the Director of Information Technology Procurement and Contract Management Department that awarded and managed many multi-million dollar contracts that served not only his agency, but all of the Health and Human Service agencies. He retired in October 2002.
Jerry petitioned Parsons Lodge No. 222 in Austin in 1996, where he was initiated, passed, and raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason. He held many offices during the next few years, and served as Master in 2002-2003. He is an endowed member of Parsons Lodge and also is the recipient of the Golden Trowel. He is a charter and endowed member of Tranquility Lodge No. 2000, an endowed member of Blanco Lodge No. 216, an endowed member of Randolph Lodge No. 1268, a charter member of Point Isabel Lodge No. 33, and a member of the Texas Lodge of Research No. 1999.
He served this Grand Lodge on the Masonic Family Convention Team in 2004 and 2005, the Masonic Education and Services Committee from 2006 through 2010, District Deputy Grand Master in 2008, State Coordinator 2009, Grand Orator 2009, and Chairman of the Special Assignments Committee 2009. He is a member of the Sam Houston Hall of Fame, and is the Grand Representative to the Grand Lodge of Illinois. In an effort to give back to the fraternity he loves, he made himself available and was elected Grand Junior Warden at the Grand Annual Communication in December 2010, Grand Senior Warden in 2011, Deputy Grand Master in 2012, and Grand Master in 2013.
Brother Martin is a member of the Austin Scottish Rite Valley and is a 33rd Degree IGH. He is a member of Austin Council No. 2 R.&S.M., Lone Star Chapter No. 6 R.A.M., Colorado Commandery No. 4, Texas York Rite College No. 14, St. Austin Conclave Red Cross of Constantine, Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis, and the Commemorative Order of St. Thomas of Acon Fort Worth Crusader Chapel No. 62. He also is a Member in Perpetuity of Anson Jones Chapter No. 507 National Sojourners, Ben Hur Shrine, and Omala Grotto. He served as Worthy Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter of Texas, Order of the Eastern Star in 2005, and is an endowed member of Travis Chapter No. 472. He served the General Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star as Ambassador to Hawaii 2009-2012, and as a General Grand Chapter Committee member for Scottish Rite Charities 2012-2015. He received the Grand Cross of Color in 2005 from the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, and the Honorary Legion of Honor from the International Supreme Council Order of the DeMolay in 2012.
His love for our fraternity has led him to dedicating himself to the service of the Grand Lodge of Texas with aspirations of laying the ground work to aid in the preservation of our Grand Lodge for future generations. May God bless his leadership of the Masons of Texas.
W. David Counts, Jr.
Floresville Lodge #515 with be presenting a Community Builders Award. Meal at 6:30 pm with presentation to follow.
1507 1st StreetFloresville, TX 78114
Date:Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 6:30pm
Shiloh Lodge will host 2 fellowcraft degrees. Dinner will be at 6:30pm with the Degrees to follow.
Shiloh Lodge #307 Lone Oak, TX
Date:Monday, February 3, 2014 - 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Past Grand Masters, 1838 - Present
|Past Grand Master||Year||Parent Lodge|
|2012||Oak Cliff #705|
|2010||White Rock #234|
|2008||Winnie Stowell #1377|
|2004||Albert Pike #1169|
|2000||St. Johns #5|
|1997||Trinity Valley #1048|
|1993||Adobe Walls #1355|
|1990||Iowa Park #713|
|1987||Blue Bonnet #1219|
|1985||J. H. Gurley #337|
|1983||Park Place #1172|
Tom Land *
|1979||Cedar Bayour #321|
|1967||Panther City #1183|
|1966||H. A. McFarland #1338|
|1961||Saint John's #51|
|1959||Anson Jones #1313|
|1958||Julian Feild #908|
|1957||Dee Ora #715|
|1954||Albert Pike #1169|
|1953||Trinity Valley #1048|
|1952||Sul Russ #1300|
|1949||Fort Worth #148|
|1944||A. C. Garrett #1216|
|1941||Julian Feild #908|
|1938||El Paso #130|
|1937||St. Johns #53|
Alva Bryan *
James W. McClendon *
|1931||Hill City #456|
Hiram F. Lively *
Frank Hartgraves *
|1929||Ft. San Saba #784|
G. R. M. Montgomery *
|1928||Ft. Worth #148|
Marvin A. Childers *
Edwin R. Bryan *
Guinn Williams *
Gus A. Brandt *
Michael H. Thomas *
David F. Johnson *
Andrew L. Randell *
|1920||Five Points #1137|
|1915||Frank Sexton #206|
|1908||Wichita Falls #635|
Stephen M. Bradley *
|1901||Fort Worth #148|
|1895||Sulphur Springs #221|
|1893||San Gabriel #89|
|1878||Robert E. lee #413|
|Thomas R. Bonner *||1875||St. John's #53|
|James F. Miller *||1874||Gonzales #30|
|1872||St. Paul #177|
|1863||Sam Houston #32|
|J. M. Hall *||1859||Lothrop #21|
|1849 - 50||Orphan's Friend #17|
|1845||Sam Houston #32|
|1843 - 44||Austin #12|
Branch T. Archer *
|1839||St. John's #5|
Field Store Rodeo Arena
30628 FM 1488TX
Date:Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
|Chili Cook-Off Flyer 2014.pdf||386.59 KB|
|Car Show flyer 2014.pdf||386.41 KB|
Faith Lodge # 1158 in Wichita Falls will be conferring 2 EA degrees tonight at 7pm. All Masons are wellcome and encouraged to attend. For more information contact Brother Jerry Sypert at email@example.com
Faith Lodge # 1158
3503 Kemp Blvd.Wichita Falls, TX 76308
Date:Monday, January 27, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
This “Between Friends” production was produced on behalf of the Masonic Education and Service Committee of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas.
This “Between Friends” production was produced on behalf of the Masonic Education and Service Committee of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas, and at the request of Most Worshipful Jerry L. Martin, Grand Master 2014. This video is entitled "Becoming a Mason" and as the title suggests, is geared toward those members of the community who are interested in learning more about, and potentially joining the Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Freemasons. This is a four part series comprised of an Introduction to Texas Masonry and the Grand Lodge, an overview of Texas Masonic History, a segment of Masonry and the Family, and How to Pursue Masonry. After watching the video, if you have an interest in joining the Ancient Free and Accepted Fraternity of Freemasons in Texas, please call or visit a local Masonic Lodge in your community.
If you are unaware of local Lodges in your area, please use our Lodge Locator. This will allow you to search all Lodges in Texas by Name, Number, City, County, or District. Once you have identified the Lodge(s) in your area, click on the ‘Details’ button in the far right column, which will lead you to the Lodge’s contact information.
The first section of this four-part video introduces the Grand Lodge of Texas and its structure. It introduces some key concepts of Masonry and illustrates what Masons believe. “Meeting on the Level” is discussed as a unique component of the Masonic Fraternity. The Interviewee for this section is Right Worshipful Elmer Murphey, Past Grand Master 2005.
The second section of the “Becoming a Mason” video focuses on Texas History and its ties with Freemasonry. In it you will find information on the first Lodge in Texas, learn how the Grand Lodge of Texas was formed, and hear about some of the Heroes of Texas who were Masons. Brother Dick Brown is interviewed in the segment; he is a Past Master and recent Chairman of the Texas History Committee for the Grand Lodge of Texas.
The third section explains how Freemasonry relates to the Family, from Masonic Organizations that wives and kids can join, to family activities sponsored by the individual Lodges and Grand Lodge. It also touches on the world-wide Brotherhood of Freemasons and talks of the time constraints of Masonry in the modern world. This interviewee is Brother Harold Brown, a Past Master and recent District Deputy Grand Master in 2013.
The conclusion of this four part series speaks to the individual interested in pursuing Masonry, from finding a Lodge, through the petition process, and up to the point of initiation. It explains some of the ways Masonry teaches candidates, and alludes to a basic understanding of the Masonic Experience. The interviewee is Brad Billings, a Past Master and current member of the Purposes and Policies Committee of the Grand Lodge of Texas.
For more information on the Process and general steps that a man seeking membership in Freemasonry may consider, please visit this page. Lodges will likely have their own procedures, but this will help you get started and give you a better understanding of the process. Non-Masons are urged to use our Lodge Locator to find a Lodge near you, or send in questions by using the "Ask A Mason" form on our website.
The Grand Lodge of Texas A.F. & A.M. Masonic Library & Museum 2013 Commemorative Coin
The Masonic Library and Museum Commemorative Coin will be released on an annual basis. The reverse of the coin will change to commemorate events, places and people, that are significant in the history of Masonry in Texas. Quantities of this coin are limited to less than 5,000 total.
2012 coins are still available in antique silver finish. All proceeds from this coin will support the Masonic Library and Museum.
Morton Lodge No. 72 in Richmond will hold its First Annual Gumbo Roundup on April 12, 2014, at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. Proceeds will benefit Behind the Badge Charities in support of first responders of Fort Bend County. See details at gumboroundup.com.
Fort Bend County Farigrounds TX
Date:Saturday, April 12, 2014 (All day)
In this issue:
Page 1 Grand Master’s Message
Page 2 Message from the Deputy Grand Master;
Reminders for the Grand Annual Communication
Page 3 Horses4Heroes
Page 4 Timing of Events During Grand Lodge, Ladies Activities
Page 5 Summary of 2012 Resolutions
Pages 6 through 9 Statements of Availability
Page 10 and 11 2013 Photo Contest Winners
Page 12 Message from Grand Secretary
Inside Back Cover 2013 Merchandise Sales
Outside Back Cover 2013 Grand Master’s Homecoming Banquet