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The Houston Scottish Rite Learning Center and the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Texas, Jerry Martin, invite you and your lodge to participate in the 2014 Houston Scottish Rite Sporting Clays event, benefiting the Houston Scottish Rite Learning Center, to be held at the American Shooting Center, in Houston, TX, on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 9:00 AM.
The 2014 Grand Master's Cup, a Sporting Clays Event benefiting the Houston Scottish Rite Learning Center will be held at American Shootinmg Centers, located in the heart of George Bush Park at 16500 Westheimer Pkwy, Houston, TX 77082.
Registration information can be found online at www.houstonritecare.org.
How to Register
Houston Scottish Rite Learning Center
P.O. Box 2348
Bellaire, TX 77402 -2348
Team Entry Fee: $400 per 4-man team
Individual Entry Fee: $100 per person
Mulligans (max 3 tickets): $10 per ticket
Game Tickets: $10 per shooter
Cart Rental: $65 per cart
Gun Raffle Tickets: $25 or $10 each
This will be a fun filled day where brothers may gather and dwell together while raising money for a great cause and have fun shooting sporting clays. In the end, one lodge will walk away with the Grand Master’s Cup, presented by the Most Worshipful Grand Master himself, and the honor of holding the Cup for the entire year until the 2015 shoot.
Only lodge representatives may compete for the Grand Master’s Cup. There is no extra cost for a lodge member(s) to participate in the pursuit of the Grand Master’s Cup. The general public will be invited to participate in our charity shoot but competitors that are not members of a lodge under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Texas may not be scored toward the Grand Master’s Cup. For a lodge to compete for the cup, the lodge must have registered participates in the shoot that are member(s) in good standing with their specific Blue Lodge which they are representing and clearly mark on their registration that they are Texas Masons and provide their lodge number. Only members of a team that are current Blue Lodge members will be scored towards the Grand Master’s Cup. Blue Lodge members may represent and direct The Grand Master’s Cup to their Blue Lodge or Masonic Affiliated Body (York Rite, Scottish Rite, Shrine, etc.).
All participates are eligible to compete towards the normal trophies that will be awarded for the 1st , 2nd ,and 3rd place teams as well as High Over All (HOA-Raw & HOA with MULLIGANS) for Men, Women, and Junior (under 18) divisions. We look forward to a great day of fun, fellowship, and friendly competition
About the RiteCare Program
In the early 1950s in Colorado, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States initiated a program to help children with speech and language disorders. The results obtained from this program led to the establishment of RiteCare clinics to provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders, as well as learning disabilities.
Today, there are 178 RiteCare® clinics, centers, and special programs operating or planned for children and therapists located throughout the United States. Each facility is staffed by speech-language pathologists or other trained personnel. Through the support of Scottish Rite members, these clinics, centers, and programs continue to increase. The value of this philanthropy has long been apparent. Tens of thousands of youngsters across the United States have been helped significantly. With the good work of dedicated clinicians and parents, the Scottish Rite has achieved successes that could only be imagined a few years back. Children who might have remained educationally behind for a lifetime can now talk, read, and lead productive lives.
16500 Westheimer PkwyHouston, TX 77082
Corpus Christi Bay Corpus Christi, TX
In holding with the founding purpose of the Morton Lodge 72 Scholarship Golf Tournament, proceeds from this event will provide the funding for scholarships we will give this coming year to a deserving young person from each of the High Schools in Lamar Consolidated ISD and Needville ISD. These scholarships have assisted in providing an opportunity of higher education to over 76 amazing students from within our communities.
You can check out the details and signup at:
Come on out and enjoy a great day of golf and support a great cause!
Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City, TX 77459
Grand Lodge Temple closed from 18 July - 31 October
The Masonic Grand Lodge Library and Museum of Texas, 715 Columbus Avenue, Waco, Texas, will be closed for construction, Monday, July 18, through Friday, October 31. Only staff members and workmen can enter the building. Business will only be available via telephone (254-753-7395) or internet (email@example.com). The closure dates will be modified based upon construction progress.
Arrangements have been made to hold the Grand York Rite Chapter and Council Annual Communication in the main auditorium on floor 1, October 15-21, if necessary.
Winter 2014 Texas Mason Magazine
In this issue:
Page 1 - Grand Master’s Message
Pages 2 and 3 - 2014 Grand Lodge Officers
Page 4 - Results of the 178th Grand Annual Communication
Page 5 - Grand Master’s Emblem, Sharing Freemasonry
Pages 6 and 7 - 177th Grand Annual Communication
Page 8 - Masonic Children and Family Services Fantastic Teeth Club
Page 9, 10 and 11 - The Masonic Grand Lodge Library & Museum of Texas Messenger
Page 11 - Name Badge Order Form
Page 12 - Message from Grand Secretary
Inside Back Cover - 2014 Merchandise Sales
Outside Back Cover - 2013 Library and Museum Commemorative Coin Order Form
Article 2 now requires a $10 registration fee to attend an annual or called meeting of the Grand Lodge of Texas. Forms without the $10.00 registration fee will not be processed, and the Member will have to go through the regular “walk-in” Registration upon arriving at Grand Lodge.
Being preregistered, you may pick up your packet at the preregistration tables on Wednesday, December 3th, 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, Friday and Saturday during normal Grand Lodge hours. Just show your blue Lodge dues card and a picture I.D. to one of the registration workers and they will give you your packet.
DEADLINE for Preregistration is November 21, 2014
No Preregistrations will be accepted AFTER that date in order to give our volunteers time to prepare the packets—It MUST be in the Grand Secretary’s Office by that date. Please send in these forms with the $10.00 registration fee (check or money order) as soon as possible.
Forms without the fee will not be processed and that Member will not be preregistered.
Mail this form to:
THE GRAND LODGE OF TEXAS
P. O. BOX 446
WACO, TX 76703
Ladies, please join us during the Grand Annual Communication in Waco, December 4 – 6, 2014. As you can see from the schedule below, there is much to do and see in Waco!! Reservation deadline for the Tours is Nov. 24.
Thursday, December 4, 1:30 PM
Pre-Opening Ceremonies & Grand Lodge Awards
Friday, December 5, 9:30 AM
Bus Tour 1 – HOMESTEAD CRAFT VILLAGE TOUR/LUNCH
Join our guided walking tour which includes the pottery house, The forge, the furniture shop, the fiber craft workshop and the Gristmill . Handmade and homegrown products are available For purchase in the barn! The tour will be interrupted for lunch And then resumed. ($35)
10:00 AM Bus Tour 2 - WILDLY POPULAR EXCURSION TO SALADO
Trip to Salado for lunch at the Stage Coach Inn & shopping in the Christmas bedecked town. ($35)
Saturday, December 6, 9:00 AM
Coffee honoring Mrs. Betty Martin, 2014 First Lady and Mrs. Tanya Wiggins, 2015 First Lady
10:00 AM Photographic Safari presentation by Adrienne Dodson, wife of PGM Brian Dodson
2:00 PM Installation of Officers of the Grand Lodge of Texas
All Activities take place at the Grand Lodge Memorial Building, 715 Columbus Avenue, Waco, TX 76701. All tours depart from the 7th Street entrance, lower level of the Grand Lodge Building. Transportation is available for boarding 15 – 30 minutes prior to departure.
Please circle the tour for which you are registering and complete the following information. Make checks payable to the Grand Lodge of Texas. Detach and mail to P.O. Box 446, Waco, TX 76703 (Attention: Doris). Reservation deadline for the Tours is Nov. 24.
Sponsored by The Texas History Committee
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|
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.