Brian Richard Dodson - Grand Master 2006
Grand Master Dodson was born in Bryan, Texas on March 3, 1951, to Carl Elton Dodson, Sr. and Frances Ellen Willis Dodson. Brian's young life was soon to be shattered by the death of his father when Brian was only ten years of age. His mother, however, remarried six years later to A. M. Anderson who would become a very important part of Brian's life.
He moved to Old Ocean, Texas when he was three months old and at age sixteen to Sweeny, Texas with his mother, Frances, and stepfather, A. M. Anderson. A. M. was a prominent person in Sweeny, who owned the local lumberyard and served as Mayor of Sweeny for twenty-three years. Brian's mother still lives in Sweeny, but his stepfather, A. M. Anderson passed away several years ago. Brian was the third of three brothers; the other two were Carl Elton Dodson, Jr. a resident of Lake Jackson, Texas and Jack Arthur Dodson, deceased.
Brian is the father of Kimberly Dodson, a student at the University of Houston and Mary Frances Dodson, a student at Condit Elementary School in Bellaire, Texas.
Most Worshipful Dodson's formal education began in the Sweeny Independent School District where he attended all twelve years of public school. He graduated from Sweeny High School in 1969, Summa Cum Laude. He later attended Southwest Texas University, now known as Texas State University, where he majored in math. He graduated from Southwest Texas University with a BS degree in 1973. He used his math background to go into the Information Technology field and he has been involved in this field ever since, with the last 27 years being in the marketing of many different types of computer software.
He is very active in area organizations and church groups. He is a Life Member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo where he annually spends his time helping the youth in the FFA and Four-H Clubs by volunteering his services as a Committeeman. He has served on Corral Club Committee since 1985, serving as Captain, 1997-2000, and Assistant Club Chairman, 2001-2005. He also served on the Speakers Committee from 1985-1989, serving as Captain in 1989. He also is a member of the Cowboy Lodge at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Brian is a Life Member and Past President of the Alief Jaycees. He also was an Instructor for Dale Carnegie for twenty-four years. He is also a Life Member of Theta Xi Fraternity.
Brian is a member of St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal Church in Missouri City, Texas where he is very active. He has served or is currently serving as a Member of Bishops Committee, 2003-2005, Junior Warden, 2003-2004, and Bishop's Warden 2005. He frequently conducts Sunday Morning Service in the absence of the Pastor. He has been a member of the Episcopal religion all his life and was the Vice-President of the Diocese of Texas Episcopal Young Churchmen in 1969. He was licensed as a Layreader at the age of 17 years.
Most Worshipful Dodson's Masonic Career began at Bellaire Lodge No. 1336. He was Raised a Master Mason on April 1981. He worked hard and served Bellaire Lodge in the following offices: Tiler 1981-1982, Senior Steward 1982-1983, Junior Deacon 1983-1984, Senior Deacon 1984-1985, Junior Warden 1985-1986, Senior Warden 1986-1987, and Worshipful Master 1987-1988. The Lodge honored him with a Life Membership in 1988 when he went out as Worshipful Master. He later purchased an Endowed Membership in Bellaire Lodge. Brother Dodson has since served on several committees at Bellaire Lodge and they further honored him in 1998 by giving him the Golden Trowel Award.
Brother Dodson has also expanded his Blue Lodge affiliations and is currently an Endowed Member of Gray Lodge No. 329, Post Oak Island Lodge No. 181, Sugar Land Lodge No. 1141, Milam Lodge No. 11, and (Charter Member) Tranquility Lodge No. 2000.
He is also a member of the Texas Lodge of Research, having served as its Tiler in 1994, its Master of Ceremonies in 2002.
Most Worshipful Dodson's service to Grand Lodge began in 1992, when he served as the District Educations Officer of Masonic District 30-B. He was later appointed District Deputy Grand Master, Masonic District 30-B, for 1993 by Grand Master Schnell. He also served Grand Lodge as District Masonic Relations Officer in 1998, as State Coordinator in 2000 for Grand Master Burke, as Regional Coordinator Grand Masters Conference 1995, a member of the Memorials Committee in 1990, the Grand Officers Report Committee 1995-1999, and its Chairman in 1999, on the Masonic Education and Service Committee 2000-2002 Warden Retreat Team, Chairman, Special Project Comm. -'Take Time to Read' 1999-2001, and a member the Grand Masters Conference Teams - 1996, 1999, 2000.
He served on Grand Master Planning Committees for Grand Master's Walker, Regian, Gower, Burke, Dibrell, and Patterson. He became a member of the Sam Houston Hall of Fame in 2003, appointed as the Grand Representative to the Grand Lodge of Indiana in 2005, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Masonic Home and School for 2004 and 2005. He was also one of the founding Trustees of the Texas Masonic Charities Foundation and serves as president this year.
Most Worshipful Dodson has further served the Grand Lodge of Texas as its Grand Junior Deacon in 1997, Grand Orator in 2000, Grand Pursuivant in 2002, Grand Junior Warden in 2003, Grand Senior Warden in 2004, Deputy Grand Master in 2005, and was installed as Grand Master of Masons in Texas on December 3, 2005.
Companion Dodson is also an active York Rite Mason. He is a Past High Priest and an Endowed Member of Washington Chapter No. 2, RAM in 1992-1993. He served as District Deputy Grand High Priest in 2004. He has also served the Grand Royal Arch Chapter as Grand Senior Steward 1995, Grand Orator 2001, and as Grand Royal Arch Captain in 2005. He has further distinguished himself by serving on the New Chapters Committee as Chairman in 1998, and as a member 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002, member of the Fraternal Relations Committee 2005, appointed as Grand Representative to the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts in 2005.
He served as the State Coordinator in 2001 for Most Excellent Robert P. Walker and Most Illustrious Mark Meyer.
He is a Past Thrice Illustrious Master and Endowed Member of Houston Council No. 1, R.&S.M., 1992-1993. He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Council in 1996. He has served as a member of the New Council Committee 1997-1998, Director of the York Rite Development Fund 1996-2001, and as its Secretary in 1999 and as President in 2001.
He also served as Treasurer of Houston Chapter (merged with Washington Chapter) and Sam Houston Council (merged with Houston Council.) He is a member of the Order of the Silver Trowel, and the Order of High Priesthood.
Sir Knight Dodson is a Past Commander and Endowed Member of Houston Commandery No. 95. He also holds memberships with Ruthven Commandery No. 2, Park Place Commandery No. 109, Melrose Commandery No.106, and Fort Bend Commandery No.74. Houston Commandery honored him in 2003 by presenting him with the Excalibur Award.
Sir Knight Dodson has also served Templar Masonry as an Aid to the Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America in 2000 and 2003. He was awarded the Knight Companion of the Temple, 2004.
Sir Knight and Driller Dodson has been a Drill Team Member for several Commanderies over the past several years. He has participated with the Drill Teams for Ruthven Commandery No. 2, Melrose Commandery No. 109, Park Place Commandery No. 106, and Houston Commandery No. 95.
He served as President of Ruthven's Drill Team and Captain for Houston Drill Team.
He is a Past President of Ruthven Commandery's Drill Team. He also has or is drilling on Drill Teams at Houston Commandery No. 95, Captain, Park Place No. 106, and as a member of the Grand Commandery of Texas Field Drill Committee in 2000, 2001, and 2002.
He is a member of Thomas H. Ridout, Jr. Chapter No. 75, Knight York Cross of Honor, The Knights Preceptory, a Member of Resurrection Temple No. XXI, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priest (serving as the 3rd Pillar, 2005), an Endowed Member and Past Pre-Eminent Governor (1998-1999) of Gulf Coast York Rite College No. 106. The York Rite Sovereign College of North America also honored him with the York Rite Purple Cross in 2001.
Brian joined the Houston Valley of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in 1982, and is an Endowed Member of that body. He has served the Houston Valley as Venerable Master of the San Jacinto Lodge of Perfection 2003, Wise Master of the Houston Chapter of Knight Rose Croix 1996, and is the Marshal of Ceremonies in the Houston Consistory (2006.) He also serves on the 33rd Degree Team, Renewal and Remembrance Degree Teams, and Reunion Director 1997-2006.
The Scottish Rite honored him by conferring him with the distinction of Knight Commander Cross of Honor (KCCH) in 1987, and coroneted him with the 33rd Degree Honorary Inspector General in 1997. He is a member of the Royal Order of the Ducks, the Scottish Rite Speakers Bureau, a Trustee on the Scottish Rite Benevolent Association (2003-2009) and the Scottish Rite Foundation of Texas (2005-2007). He is also an Endowed Member of the Scottish Rite Research Society.
Noble Dodson is a member of El Mina Shrine Temple, at Galveston, Texas, an Associate Member of Arabia Shrine Temple in Houston, Texas, and an Honorary Life Member of Joppa Shrine Temple at Biloxi, Mississippi.
Brian is Past Sovereign Master (1995) of Sam Houston Council No. 275, Allied Masonic Degrees and has received the Order of the Red Branch of Eri. He is a Past Excellent Chief (1997) of Anson Jones Council No. 47, Knight Masons of the United States of America, currently serving as Senior General (2005) of San Jacinto Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine. He served as Worthy Patron (1999-2000) of Blue Bell Chapter No. 856, Order of the Eastern Star and served as Chaplain in 2000-2001.
He is a member of Texas College, Masonic Societas Rosicruciana In Civitatibus Foederatis, Chinar Grotto, Amaranth, Royal Order of Scotland (Life Member), and The Masonic Order of the Bath (2003). He served as Chaplain of the 30th Masonic Districts Masters, Wardens, and Secretary's Association for 2001-2001. He is also a member of the Institute on Masonic Proficiency (2001-2006).
Dad Dodson served as a member of the Advisory Council of Sam B. Cantey, Jr, DeMolay Chapter No. 89, and received the Honorary Legion of Honor in 1998. He served on the Staff of the Executive Officer of Texas, Order of DeMolay 2001-2005, and was the District Governor in the Houston area in 2002.
In 2003, Dad Dodson was selected to be the Charter Treasurer and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the newly formed Texas Masonic Youth Foundation. His term on the Board expires in December of 2005.
Grand Master Brian Dodson brings to the table with him, as head of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas, a well-rounded personal life with a multitude of civic and church experiences to enhance his abilities to lead this great Fraternity. His Masonic knowledge is very versatile and includes detailed experiences in all facets of Masonry. His ability to make sound and sensible decisions is based upon his vast background, and he is not hesitant to offer good counsel wherever and whenever he can.
Most Worshipful Dodson is a true believer and practitioner of the five points of Fellowship, which are the main focus of his year as Grand Master. He sincerely believes that if all Masons follow the precepts of the Five Points of Fellowship, we would have a more harmonious and more prosperous fraternity.
By J. Weldon Clampitte, MEGHP, 2005