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The location for the Houston Warden's Retreat has changed due to a water leak at the Shrine Center.
Here are the details for the new retreat location:
August 1, 2, and 3
New Retreat Location: Houston Marriott North
255 N. Sam Houston Parkway East, Houston, TX
RETREAT & HOTEL CUTOFF DATE is 18 July 2014
For Reservations: 1-800-228-9290, group name "Grand Lodge of Texas"
Check-in: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m, Fri. Aug. 1, 2014. Retreat begins Fri. Aug. 1, 2014 7 p.m. ends 10 p.m. For Hotel Accommodations call 800-228-9290, Houston Marriott North, 255 N. Sam Houston Parkway East, Houston, Texas , mention Grand Lodge of Texas for discount rate.
Attendees will need to bring a laptop computer, current law book, Monitor of the Lodge, their lodge 990 and Audit Report (Form 71), copy lodge of By-Laws, Rules and Regulations.
Retreat will conclude before noon on Sunday.
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
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.
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.
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.