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Grand Master Michael L. Wiggins

MOST WORSHIPFUL MICHAEL L. WIGGINS

GRAND MASTER 2015

 

 

 

A seventh generation Texan, Grand Master Michael L. Wiggins was born on October 5, 1956, in Liberty, Texas. He is the oldest child of Dempsey and Glenda Reid Wiggins. All four of his grandparents were descendants of settlers coming to Texas prior to statehood. The earliest, William Ponton, arrived with his family in DeWitt Colony on December 17, 1829, from Boonesville, Missouri. William was later killed by Comanches in 1834. Grand Master Wiggins is quick to point out that while one ancestor was killed by Comanches, another ancestor was related to the last Comanche chief, Quanah Parker.

The Grand Master attended public schools in Liberty, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Liberty High School in 1975. While a high school student, he began working summers and holidays in the oilfield. Many of his early co-workers were Freemasons and he often speaks of the positive influence they had on him. In the Fall of 1975, he enrolled at Texas A&M University in College Station to pursue a degree in Petroleum Engineering. During his first four years at A&M, he was elected to the Petroleum Engineering Honor Society Pi Epsilon Tau and served as an officer in the student chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He graduated in 1979 with honors and began his professional career with Sun Oil Company in Lafayette, Louisiana.

From 1979 through 1987, Grand Master Wiggins worked for various oil and gas producers along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana. In what one of his professors referred to as the “four, eight, and four plan,” the Grand Master returned to Texas A&M in June 1987 to pursue advanced degrees in Petroleum Engineering. He completed Master of Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in 1988 and 1991, respectively.

From 1991 through 2005, the Grand Master taught at the University of Oklahoma, receiving tenure in 1997 and full professor status in 2003. In this role, he taught courses and conducted research related to reservoir engineering, production operations, and petroleum project evaluation. He has authored numerous papers in his areas of expertise and received research funding from various governmental agencies, national oil companies, and international oil companies. In addition, he has conducted short courses in the areas of reservoir management, reservoir engineering, waterflood design and evaluation, well completions, production operations, and petroleum project evaluation.

In January 2006, the Grand Master joined William M. Cobb & Associates, Inc. as Vice President and in January 2011 he was named President of the company. While at Cobb & Associates his expertise in petroleum reservoir management and improved oil recovery took him to every continent but Antarctica. In March 2013, he joined the Mid-Con Energy Companies where he was named Executive Vice President of Mid-Con Energy Partners, LP. On August 1, 2014, Grand Master Wiggins was named President of all Mid-Con Energy entities.

During his career, Grand Master Wiggins has been active in his professional society. He has served on several program committees for SPE technical meetings and served as the General Chairman for the 2003 SPE Production and Operations Symposium. He has served as a technical editor for SPE since 1991, receiving the Peer Apart award in 2007 for reviewing over 300 papers. He was the Executive Editor for the journal SPE Production and Facilities from 2001 to 2004. The Grand Master was elected a Distinguished Member of SPE in 2003. With over 80,000 international members at the time, he was elected to the SPE Board of Directors for the years 2004 to 2006.

On January 5, 1980, Grand Master Wiggins and Tanya Nannette Steed, a majority member of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls, were married in Liberty. Their daughter Jordan Michael was born in 1983 and son Joel Daniel Ponton was born in 1984. Jordan and Joel were no strangers to Freemasonry as they attended open Masonic events with their parents from birth. Jordan is married to Donelo George Lopez, Jr., a member of Bellaire Lodge No. 1316. Joel is a Past Master of St. Alban’s Lodge No. 1455 and is married to Melinda Ann Colin. The Grand Master and Tanya are the proud grandparents of two grandsons and three granddaughters. The legacy of Texas Masonry continues in the Wiggins family.

Grand Master Wiggins has applied the lesson of Masonic participation in local activities serving as an Adult Leader of the Boy Scouts of America from 1994 to 2006 and assisting with Thanksgiving Day deliveries for Meals on Wheels from 1995 to 2005. In addition, he served on the Liberty County Historical Commission from 1985 to 1987, being cited for distinguished service in 1988. A member of the Church of Christ, he has served as Bible class leader and deacon in several congregations where he and his family have worshipped.

The Grand Master’s Masonic journey began on Texas Independence Day in 1978 when he received the Entered Apprentice degree in Liberty Lodge No. 48. His father, a member of Liberty Lodge No. 48, conferred all of his degrees, a fact of which the Grand Master is most proud. In addition, Tanya’s father Warren B Steed, also a member of Liberty Lodge No. 48, gave the charge for all three of his degrees. Grand Master Wiggins was raised to the degree of Master Mason on June 8, 1978.

After working in Lafayette, the Grand Master and Tanya returned to Liberty at the end of 1980 and he quickly became involved with his home lodge. He was elected Treasurer in 1981 and Junior Warden the following year. He progressed through the chairs and served as Master of Liberty Lodge No. 48 during 1984 to 1985, the youngest Master of the Lodge. He became an Endowed Member in 1985. Notwithstanding the heavy demands upon his time and energy, he found opportunities for study in Freemasonry and held a Certificate of Proficiency for several years. In 2007, Liberty Lodge No. 48 awarded the Grand Master the Golden Trowel award for his contributions to Masonic education.

A Charter Member of the Masters, Wardens, and Secretaries Association of Masonic District 107 formed in 1983, the Grand Master served as its second President in 1984 to 1985. He is also a plural member of St. Alban’s Lodge No. 1455 in College Station.

While serving as a Lodge officer, Grand Master Wiggins became interested in the history of Liberty Lodge No. 48. From his research, he prepared a narrative for a Texas Historical Marker for Liberty Lodge. This application was approved and the marker was dedicated by Grand Master Kelly in 1987. This interest led him to Texas Lodge of Research (TLR). After three years as an associate member, he was elected to membership in TLR in 1989 after presenting his paper, “The Role of Freemasonry in the Development of Liberty County, Texas 1826-1848.” For this effort, he received the James D. Carter Award for Literary Excellence.

The family’s move to Norman, Oklahoma in 1991 did not prevent the Grand Master from continuing his involvement in TLR. He served as an appointive officer from 1991 through 1993 and in March 1993 was elected Junior Warden. This culminated in his March 1995 election and installation as Master of Texas Lodge of Research. His installation was attended by thirteen Past Masters of TLR. In 2007, Grand Master Wiggins was elected a Fellow in Masonic Research, only the sixteenth member to be elected to receive that honor since 1961 when the first Fellow was recognized.

Grand Master Wiggins was a Charter Member of Guildhall Lodge No. 555 when it was set to work by the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma in 2002, serving as Charter Senior Deacon. He was elected and served as Junior Warden in 2005, Senior Warden in 2006, and Worshipful Master in 2007. As a Past Master of both a Texas Lodge and an Oklahoma Lodge, he is a plural member of the Grand Lodge of Texas (1985) and the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma (2007).

The Grand Master’s involvement in Texas Grand Lodge activities began with his appointment in 1987 by Grand Master John E. “Jack” Kelly as District Deputy Grand Master for District 107. In 1999, Grand Master William M. “Mike” Gower appointed him to a seven-year term on the Committee on Masonic Education and Service, serving as Chairman of the Committee from 2002 through 2005. In 2005, Grand Senior Warden Donny W. Broughton appointed him to serve as Grand Pursuivant. Grand Master Broughton appointed the Grand Master to a seven year term on the Committee on Purposes and Policies in 2007, where he served until his election as Grand Junior Warden in December 2011.

The Grand Master was named Grand Representative to the Grand Lodge of New South Wales in 2007. In addition, he served on Grand Master planning teams for the Grand Lodge years of 2002, 2004, and 2007. Grand Master Reese L. Harrison, Jr. presented him with the John Sayles Award in 2004 for his contributions to Masonic education and in 2007 Grand Master Broughton presented him the Grand Master’s Cup for outstanding service during the 2007 Grand Lodge year. Grand Master Wiggins strongly believes in the mission of the Grand Lodge Library and Museum of Texas. He is a member of the Sam Houston Hall of Fame (2005) and is a Patron of the Library and Museum (2008).

Grand Master Wiggins is an endowed member of the Houston, Guthrie, and Dallas Scottish Rite Valleys. He has served as Venerable Master of the Lodge of Perfection in both the Guthrie and Dallas Valleys and is President of the Guthrie Scottish Rite Educational and Charitable Foundation. He was honored with the Knight Commander of the Court of Honor in 1995 and received the 33o Inspector General Honorary in 2005. He currently serves as the Personal Representative for Education of the Sovereign Grand Inspector General in Texas and is a charter member of the Scottish Rite Research Society. He is a member of Dallas Chapter No. 47 of Royal Arch Masons, Dallas Council No. 18 of Royal and Select Masters, and Dallas Commandery No. 6 of Knights Templar.

The Grand Master is also a member of Arabia Shrine, Chinar Grotto, and Caddo Mills Chapter No. 82, Order of the Eastern Star. He holds dual memberships in the Oklahoma and Texas Colleges, Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis. In addition, he is a member of Saint Mark Conclave, Order of the Red Cross of Constantine; Holy Grail Council No. 287, Allied Masonic Degrees; Trinity Chapel No. 12, Order of St. Thomas of Acon; and, Southwest Lodge of St. Andrew, Great Priory of America CBCS.

Grand Master Wiggins is a man of close family ties, strong and enduring friendships, and decided beliefs. His careers in engineering and education as well as his Masonic service have been marked by drive, determination, and unalterable integrity. Well-grounded by past experience with attainable plans for the future and a heart for Freemasonry that throbs with sincerity, the Masons of Texas can look to the leadership of Michael L. Wiggins with confidence.

Leonard P. Harvey
Past Grand Master – 1989

 

Grand Master's Gala - 2015

A true gala in Texas fashion held in Houston with a catered meal, dancing, live music and more! Come join the Grand Master and his wife Tanya at a one of a kind event celebrating Texas Masonry and honoring our Grand Master.

When
Saturday March 14, 2015
Reception at 6:30PM (Cash Bar)
Dinner 7:15PM (Assigned Seating)

Venue:
The Corinthian
202 Fannin Street, Houston, Texas 77002

Please vist the Gala's website for reservation details.


 

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Grand Master's Gala - 2015

Honoring Michael L. Wiggins, 2015 Grand Master of Masons in Texas!

A true gala in Texas fashion held in Houston with a catered meal, dancing, live music and more! Come join the Grand Master and his wife Tanya at a one of a kind event celebrating Texas Masonry and honoring our Grand Master.

When
Saturday March 14, 2015
Reception at 6:30PM (Cash Bar)
Dinner 7:15PM (Assigned Seating)

Venue:
The Corinthian
202 Fannin Street, Houston, Texas 77002

Please vist the Gala's website for reservation details.


 

2015 Grand Master's Workshops

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Grand Master Michael L. Wiggins

Congratulations Grand Master, Michael L. Wiggins! Grand Master of Masons of Texas for 2015.

MOST WORSHIPFUL MICHAEL L. WIGGINS

GRAND MASTER 2015

 

 

 

A seventh generation Texan, Grand Master Michael L. Wiggins was born on October 5, 1956, in Liberty, Texas. He is the oldest child of Dempsey and Glenda Reid Wiggins. All four of his grandparents were descendants of settlers coming to Texas prior to statehood. The earliest, William Ponton, arrived with his family in DeWitt Colony on December 17, 1829, from Boonesville, Missouri. William was later killed by Comanches in 1834. Grand Master Wiggins is quick to point out that while one ancestor was killed by Comanches, another ancestor was related to the last Comanche chief, Quanah Parker.

The Grand Master attended public schools in Liberty, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Liberty High School in 1975. While a high school student, he began working summers and holidays in the oilfield. Many of his early co-workers were Freemasons and he often speaks of the positive influence they had on him. In the Fall of 1975, he enrolled at Texas A&M University in College Station to pursue a degree in Petroleum Engineering. During his first four years at A&M, he was elected to the Petroleum Engineering Honor Society Pi Epsilon Tau and served as an officer in the student chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He graduated in 1979 with honors and began his professional career with Sun Oil Company in Lafayette, Louisiana.

From 1979 through 1987, Grand Master Wiggins worked for various oil and gas producers along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana. In what one of his professors referred to as the “four, eight, and four plan,” the Grand Master returned to Texas A&M in June 1987 to pursue advanced degrees in Petroleum Engineering. He completed Master of Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in 1988 and 1991, respectively.

From 1991 through 2005, the Grand Master taught at the University of Oklahoma, receiving tenure in 1997 and full professor status in 2003. In this role, he taught courses and conducted research related to reservoir engineering, production operations, and petroleum project evaluation. He has authored numerous papers in his areas of expertise and received research funding from various governmental agencies, national oil companies, and international oil companies. In addition, he has conducted short courses in the areas of reservoir management, reservoir engineering, waterflood design and evaluation, well completions, production operations, and petroleum project evaluation.

In January 2006, the Grand Master joined William M. Cobb & Associates, Inc. as Vice President and in January 2011 he was named President of the company. While at Cobb & Associates his expertise in petroleum reservoir management and improved oil recovery took him to every continent but Antarctica. In March 2013, he joined the Mid-Con Energy Companies where he was named Executive Vice President of Mid-Con Energy Partners, LP. On August 1, 2014, Grand Master Wiggins was named President of all Mid-Con Energy entities.

During his career, Grand Master Wiggins has been active in his professional society. He has served on several program committees for SPE technical meetings and served as the General Chairman for the 2003 SPE Production and Operations Symposium. He has served as a technical editor for SPE since 1991, receiving the Peer Apart award in 2007 for reviewing over 300 papers. He was the Executive Editor for the journal SPE Production and Facilities from 2001 to 2004. The Grand Master was elected a Distinguished Member of SPE in 2003. With over 80,000 international members at the time, he was elected to the SPE Board of Directors for the years 2004 to 2006.

On January 5, 1980, Grand Master Wiggins and Tanya Nannette Steed, a majority member of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls, were married in Liberty. Their daughter Jordan Michael was born in 1983 and son Joel Daniel Ponton was born in 1984. Jordan and Joel were no strangers to Freemasonry as they attended open Masonic events with their parents from birth. Jordan is married to Donelo George Lopez, Jr., a member of Bellaire Lodge No. 1316. Joel is a Past Master of St. Alban’s Lodge No. 1455 and is married to Melinda Ann Colin. The Grand Master and Tanya are the proud grandparents of two grandsons and three granddaughters. The legacy of Texas Masonry continues in the Wiggins family.

Grand Master Wiggins has applied the lesson of Masonic participation in local activities serving as an Adult Leader of the Boy Scouts of America from 1994 to 2006 and assisting with Thanksgiving Day deliveries for Meals on Wheels from 1995 to 2005. In addition, he served on the Liberty County Historical Commission from 1985 to 1987, being cited for distinguished service in 1988. A member of the Church of Christ, he has served as Bible class leader and deacon in several congregations where he and his family have worshipped.

The Grand Master’s Masonic journey began on Texas Independence Day in 1978 when he received the Entered Apprentice degree in Liberty Lodge No. 48. His father, a member of Liberty Lodge No. 48, conferred all of his degrees, a fact of which the Grand Master is most proud. In addition, Tanya’s father Warren B Steed, also a member of Liberty Lodge No. 48, gave the charge for all three of his degrees. Grand Master Wiggins was raised to the degree of Master Mason on June 8, 1978.

After working in Lafayette, the Grand Master and Tanya returned to Liberty at the end of 1980 and he quickly became involved with his home lodge. He was elected Treasurer in 1981 and Junior Warden the following year. He progressed through the chairs and served as Master of Liberty Lodge No. 48 during 1984 to 1985, the youngest Master of the Lodge. He became an Endowed Member in 1985. Notwithstanding the heavy demands upon his time and energy, he found opportunities for study in Freemasonry and held a Certificate of Proficiency for several years. In 2007, Liberty Lodge No. 48 awarded the Grand Master the Golden Trowel award for his contributions to Masonic education.

A Charter Member of the Masters, Wardens, and Secretaries Association of Masonic District 107 formed in 1983, the Grand Master served as its second President in 1984 to 1985. He is also a plural member of St. Alban’s Lodge No. 1455 in College Station.

While serving as a Lodge officer, Grand Master Wiggins became interested in the history of Liberty Lodge No. 48. From his research, he prepared a narrative for a Texas Historical Marker for Liberty Lodge. This application was approved and the marker was dedicated by Grand Master Kelly in 1987. This interest led him to Texas Lodge of Research (TLR). After three years as an associate member, he was elected to membership in TLR in 1989 after presenting his paper, “The Role of Freemasonry in the Development of Liberty County, Texas 1826-1848.” For this effort, he received the James D. Carter Award for Literary Excellence.

The family’s move to Norman, Oklahoma in 1991 did not prevent the Grand Master from continuing his involvement in TLR. He served as an appointive officer from 1991 through 1993 and in March 1993 was elected Junior Warden. This culminated in his March 1995 election and installation as Master of Texas Lodge of Research. His installation was attended by thirteen Past Masters of TLR. In 2007, Grand Master Wiggins was elected a Fellow in Masonic Research, only the sixteenth member to be elected to receive that honor since 1961 when the first Fellow was recognized.

Grand Master Wiggins was a Charter Member of Guildhall Lodge No. 555 when it was set to work by the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma in 2002, serving as Charter Senior Deacon. He was elected and served as Junior Warden in 2005, Senior Warden in 2006, and Worshipful Master in 2007. As a Past Master of both a Texas Lodge and an Oklahoma Lodge, he is a plural member of the Grand Lodge of Texas (1985) and the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma (2007).

The Grand Master’s involvement in Texas Grand Lodge activities began with his appointment in 1987 by Grand Master John E. “Jack” Kelly as District Deputy Grand Master for District 107. In 1999, Grand Master William M. “Mike” Gower appointed him to a seven-year term on the Committee on Masonic Education and Service, serving as Chairman of the Committee from 2002 through 2005. In 2005, Grand Senior Warden Donny W. Broughton appointed him to serve as Grand Pursuivant. Grand Master Broughton appointed the Grand Master to a seven year term on the Committee on Purposes and Policies in 2007, where he served until his election as Grand Junior Warden in December 2011.

The Grand Master was named Grand Representative to the Grand Lodge of New South Wales in 2007. In addition, he served on Grand Master planning teams for the Grand Lodge years of 2002, 2004, and 2007. Grand Master Reese L. Harrison, Jr. presented him with the John Sayles Award in 2004 for his contributions to Masonic education and in 2007 Grand Master Broughton presented him the Grand Master’s Cup for outstanding service during the 2007 Grand Lodge year. Grand Master Wiggins strongly believes in the mission of the Grand Lodge Library and Museum of Texas. He is a member of the Sam Houston Hall of Fame (2005) and is a Patron of the Library and Museum (2008).

Grand Master Wiggins is an endowed member of the Houston, Guthrie, and Dallas Scottish Rite Valleys. He has served as Venerable Master of the Lodge of Perfection in both the Guthrie and Dallas Valleys and is President of the Guthrie Scottish Rite Educational and Charitable Foundation. He was honored with the Knight Commander of the Court of Honor in 1995 and received the 33o Inspector General Honorary in 2005. He currently serves as the Personal Representative for Education of the Sovereign Grand Inspector General in Texas and is a charter member of the Scottish Rite Research Society. He is a member of Dallas Chapter No. 47 of Royal Arch Masons, Dallas Council No. 18 of Royal and Select Masters, and Dallas Commandery No. 6 of Knights Templar.

The Grand Master is also a member of Arabia Shrine, Chinar Grotto, and Caddo Mills Chapter No. 82, Order of the Eastern Star. He holds dual memberships in the Oklahoma and Texas Colleges, Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis. In addition, he is a member of Saint Mark Conclave, Order of the Red Cross of Constantine; Holy Grail Council No. 287, Allied Masonic Degrees; Trinity Chapel No. 12, Order of St. Thomas of Acon; and, Southwest Lodge of St. Andrew, Great Priory of America CBCS.

Grand Master Wiggins is a man of close family ties, strong and enduring friendships, and decided beliefs. His careers in engineering and education as well as his Masonic service have been marked by drive, determination, and unalterable integrity. Well-grounded by past experience with attainable plans for the future and a heart for Freemasonry that throbs with sincerity, the Masons of Texas can look to the leadership of Michael L. Wiggins with confidence.

Leonard P. Harvey
Past Grand Master – 1989

 

Morton 72 Masters Charity Golf Tournament

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:

http://mortonmasters.com/Morton_Masters_Golf_Tournament/Welcome.html

 

Come on out and enjoy a great day of golf and support a great cause!

Location

Quail Valley Golf Course Missouri City, TX 77459
United States
 

2014 Texas Mason Magazine - Issue I

Winter 2014 Texas Mason Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View the 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
 

 

 

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2014 Grand Lodge Ladies' Activities

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.

Download the Registration Form

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.

Download the Registration Form

 

Past Grand Masters

Past Grand Masters, 1838 - Present

Past Grand Master Year Parent Lodge

Jerry L. Martin

2014 Parsons #222

Walter W. Rogers

2013 Bedias #651

James F. Brumit

2012 Oak Cliff #705

T.E. "Gene" Carnes

2011 Harlandale #1213

Orville L. O'Neill

2010 White Rock #234

W. David Counts, Jr.

2009 Orient #905

Thomas F. Griffin

2008 Winnie Stowell #1377

Donny W. Broughton

2007 Caddo #581

Brian Richard Dodson

2006 Bellaire #1336

Elmer Murphey, III

2005 Hillcrest #1318

Reese L. Harrison, Jr.

2004 Albert Pike #1169

M. Boyd Patterson, Jr.

2003 Washington #1117

Michael D. Nanny

2002 Gray #329

David B. Dibrell

2001 Richardson #1214

W. Vernon Burke, Jr.

2000 St. Johns #5

W. M. "Mike" Gower

1999 McAllen #1110

Harry. G. Cunningham *

1998 Somerset #1205

Joseph W. Regian *

1997 Trinity Valley #1048

Robert P. Walker

1996 Cosmopolitan #872

Farris L. Benham

1995 Odessa #995

Billy W. Tinsley *

1994 Houston #1189

R. O. "Bob" Schnell *

1993 Adobe Walls #1355

J. P. Vogel

1992 Vidor #1286

Fred E. Allen

1991 Temple #70

A.D. Hanna *

1990 Iowa Park #713

Leonard P. Harvey

1989 Keystone #1143

Graham H. Childress

1988 Sanderson #988

John E. "Jack" Kelly *

1987 Blue Bonnet #1219

Perry M. Parker *

1986 Cosmopolitan #872

George R. Scott *

1985 J. H. Gurley #337

R. H. "Bob" Waters

1984 Sunset #1388

J. D. "Buddy" Baccus *

1983 Park Place #1172

J. M. Willson, Jr.

1982 Floydada #712

Tom Land *

1981 Polytechnic #925

Sam E. Hillburn *

1980 Midland #623

W. P. Lamb *

1979 Cedar Bayour #321

R. Furman Vinson *

1978 Matador #824

Herman Vinyard *

1977 McAllen #1110

Thomas C. Yanits *

1976 Brownwood #297

Robert B. O'Connor *

1975 Anchor #424

Dan B. Jordan *

1974 Houston #1189

Duncan C. Howard *

1973 Fidelis #1127

Jack Hightower

1972 Vernon #655

Joe W. Steed *

1971 Temple #70

Hal Burnett *

1970 Apline #766

J. Guy Smith *

1969 Tyler #1233

J. W. Chandler *

1968 Reagan #1037

J. D. Tomme, Jr. *

1967 Panther City #1183

H. W. Fullingim *

1966 H. A. McFarland #1338

J. Carroll Hinsley *

1965 Austin #12

John R. Collard, Jr. *

1964 Hansford #1040

Jim W. Weatherby *

1963 Kerrville #697

Robert L. Dillard, Jr. *

1962 Dallas #760

William G. Proctor *

1961 Saint John's #51

John T. Bean *

1960 Ysleta #1333 

Randall E. Briscoe *

1959 Anson Jones #1313

John G. Kemmerer *

1958 Julian Feild #908

Paul Turney *

1957 Dee Ora #715

William W. Boothe *

1956 Pairs #27

George C. Moffett *

1955 Chilicothe #876

W. B. Jack Ball *

1954 Albert Pike #1169

John McKee *

1953 Trinity Valley #1048

Gibb  Gilhrist *

1952 Sul Russ #1300

William J. Burris *

1951 McAllen #1110

Albert J. Delange *

1950 Houston #1189

Hugh M. Craig *

1949 Fort Worth #148

Horace K. Jackson *

1948 Gatesville #197

R. Bruce Brannon *

1947 Hillsboro #196

Pat Morris Neff *

1946 Levelland #1236

Bascom Giles *

1945 Austin #12

Claud L. Austin *

1944 A. C. Garrett #1216

Rogers C. Kelly *

1943 Hidalgo #1036

Ernest M. Wood *

1942 Anson #575

Sam B. Cantey, Jr. *

1941 Julian Feild #908

Leo S. Hart *

1940 Bethesda #142

Lee Lockwood *

1939 Fidelis #1127

John Temple Rice *

1938 El Paso #130

Galloway Calhoun *

1937 St. Johns #53

W. M. Weatherred *

1936 Coleman #946

John G. Crooker *

1935 Gray #329

William S. Cooke *

1934 Cooke-Peavy #1162

Wallace Hughston *

1933 Plano #768

Alva Bryan *

1932 Waco #92

James W. McClendon *

1931 Hill City #456

Hiram F. Lively *

1930 Dallas #760

Frank Hartgraves *

1929 Ft. San Saba #784

G. R. M. Montgomery *

1928 Ft. Worth #148

Marvin A. Childers *

1927 Sinton #1012

Edwin R. Bryan *

1926 Midland #623

Guinn Williams *

1925 Decatur #447

Gus A. Brandt *

1924 Holland #1

Michael H. Thomas *

1923 Dallas #760

David F. Johnson *

1922 Brownwood #279

Andrew L. Randell *

1921 Travis #117

Geoge F. Morgan *

1920 Five Points #1137

Alonzo A. Ross *

1919 Lockhart #690

John R. Arnold *

1918 Clinton #23

Frank C. Jones *

1917  Holland #1

Dan S. McMillin *

1916 Whitewright #167

Jewel P. Lightfoot *

1915 Frank Sexton #206

A. W. Houston *

1914 Alamo #44

Joseph J. Mansfield *

1913 Caledonia #68

Samuel P. Cochran *

1912 Dallas #760

Walter L. Ackers *

1911 Waxahachie #90

Thomas C. Yantis *

1910 Brownwood #279

James J. Davis *

1909 Harmony #6

W. Lee Moore *

1908 Wichita Falls #635

John P. Bell *

1907 Bellville #223

Stephen M. Bradley *

1906 Stanfield #217

A. W. Campbell *

1905 Tannehill #52

William James *

1904 Cleburne #315

W. Madden Fly *

1903 Gonzales #30

William Clark *

1902 Jefferson #38

Nathan M. Washer *

1901 Fort Worth #148

Robert M. Lusk *

1900 Constantine #13

Sam R. Hamilton *

1899 Farmersville #214

John L. Terrell *

1898 Artesia #406

Albert B. Watkins *

1897 Athens #165

B. R. Abernethy *

1896 Gonzales #30

H. A. Garrison *

1895 Sulphur Springs #221

B. F. Frymier *

1894 Wharton #621

Thomas B. Cochran *

1893 San Gabriel #89

John Watson *

1892 Friendship #16

George W. Tyler *

1891 Salado #296

A. S. Richardson *

1890 Gray #329

W. S. Fly *

1889 Gonzales #30

Anson Rainey *

1888 Waxahachie #90 

A. J. Rose *

1887 Salado #296

Z. E. Coombes *

1886 Tannehill #52

Benjain A. Botts *

1885 Holland #1 

W. H. Nichols *

1884 Harmony #6

Charles Stewart *

1883 Gray #329

T. M. Matthews *

1882 Pine #203

James H. McLeary *

1881 Alamo #44

Edwin G. Bower *

1880 Tannehill #52

John B. Jones *

1879  Corsicana #174

Norton Moses *

1878 Robert E. lee #413

Marcus F. Mott *

1877 Harmony #6

Joseph D. Sayers *

1876 Gamble #224
Thomas R. Bonner * 1875 St. John's #53
James F. Miller * 1874 Gonzales #30

William Bramlette *

1873 Pairs #27

T. J. H. Anderson *

1872 St. Paul #177

Clinton M. Winkler *

1871 Corsicana #174

Philip C. Tucker, Jr. *

1870 Harmony #6

Peter W. Gray *

1869 Holland #1

John R. Fretwell *

1868 Lavaca #36

Richard Duglass *

1867 Lothrop #21

Robert M. Elgin *

1866 Austin #12

J. D. Giddings *

1865 Graham #20

W. P. Brittain *

1864 Euclid #45

Samuel Mather *

1863 Sam Houston #32

George W. VanVleck *

1862 Woodville #62

John B. McMahon *

1861 Gonzales #30

James F. Taylor *

1860 Marshall #22

Henry Sampson *

1859 Holland #1
J. M. Hall * 1859 Lothrop #21

William Stedman *

1858 Clinton #23

Franklin B. Sexton *

1857 Redland #3

E. B. Nichols *

1856 Harmony #6

W. M. Taylor *

1855 Lothrop #21

Andrew Neill *

1854 Holland #1

John Sayles *

1853 Graham #20

W. B. Ochiltree *

1852 Redland #3

Thomas J. Hardeman *

1851 Bastrop #58

George M. Patrick *

1849 - 50  Orphan's Friend #17

E. W. Taylor *

1848 Milam #11

A. S. Ruthven *

1847 Holland #1

Barry Gillespie *

1846 Matagorda #7

N. H. Darnell *

1845 Sam Houston #32

James Webb *

1843 - 44 Austin #12

John A. Greer *

1842  Redland #3

Anthony Butler *

1841 Milam #11

S. M. Williams *

1840 Harmony #6

Branch T. Archer *

1839 St. John's #5

Anson Jones *

1838 Holland #1
 

 

 

Becoming a Mason

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.

Becoming a Mason (Part 1 of 4)

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.

Texas Masonic History (Part 2 of 4)

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.

Masonry and Family (Part 3 of 4)

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.

Pursuing Masonry (Part 4 of 4)

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.