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2019 Officer Leadership Training


Summer – 2019

It takes less than 10 minutes for a visitor to your Lodge to see that your officers have attended an Officer Leadership Training Program.

Participants in our Grand Lodge Officer Leadership Training, lead their Lodges with greater confidence, efficiency, and effectiveness.

We offer two sessions open to all Master Masons.

Officer Leadership 101:

As a result of participating in this program, you will be better prepared to:

  • institute an effective mentoring program for candidates and newly-raised Master Masons
  • fill your term calendar with impactful events
  • interpret Grand Lodge law when necessary to resolve ambiguous situations
  • identify and utilize resources to provide meaningful Masonic Education to the members of your Lodge
  • execute Masonic Parliamentary Procedure for a Stated or Called Meeting
  • follow protocol for presenting and communicating with dignitaries
  • mediate conflicts and maintain harmony within your Lodge
  • run a balloting procedure on a candidate legally and fairly
  • better understand Lodge officer duties and distribute the workload

Officer Leadership 201:

As a result of participating in this program, you will be better prepared to:

  • re-energize the membership and activities of your Lodge
  • assemble an effective annual budget
  • ensure that the required financial forms are completed properly
  • deal with membership challenges in your Lodge
  • produce a successful fund-raising project for your Lodge
  • lead, not manage, your Lodge’s officer team
  • organize your first Officer’s meeting and subsequent Stated and Called meetings
  • establish measurable goals that make an impact for Lodge administration, membership, finance, and community

The Men’s Program will begin on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. and finish at approximately 10:00 p.m. Saturday will begin with breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by the morning session at 8:30 a.m., Lunch at Noon, afternoon session at 1:00 p.m., and conclude with a Q&A session directed to the Grand Lodge Trustees at 5:00 p.m. A short break, and then a sit-down dinner at 6:00 p.m. will follow, with our RWDeputy Grand Master as the keynote speaker.

In addition to the programs listed below, there will be a joint workshop session on Sunday morning after the Devotional, which will be followed by Graduation and a closing message from our Grand Master. The program is scheduled to completed by 12:00 Noon on Sunday.

Officer Leadership 101: If you have a Laptop PC with Microsoft Office Word and Microsoft Office Excel, please bring it fully charged, along with a current copy of the Grand Lodge Constitution and Laws, a Monitor of the Lodge, your Lodge By-laws, Lodge Rules and Regulations, a Notebook and Pen/Pencil.

Officer Leadership 201: If you have a Laptop PC with Microsoft Office Word and Microsoft Office Excel, please bring it fully charged, along with a current copy of the Grand Lodge Constitution and Laws, a Monitor of the Lodge, a copy of last year’s Form 71 and IRS Form 990, 990E, or 990 E-Postcard receipt, a Notebook and Pen/Pencil. Lastly, please meet with your Lodge Secretary and Treasurer to obtain the following information about your Lodge: Membership – Total members, No. of Endowed, Life, 50 year, Income – Annual Dues, Degree fees, Average number of each degree conferred annually, Expenses – Average utilities, rent, etc.…

Officer Leadership 101

  • Mentoring
  • Planning
  • Grand Lodge Law
  • Balloting
  • Masonic Education

Officer Leadership 201

  • Turning the Light Back On
  • Grand Lodge and Lodge Finance
  • Investigations
  • Membership
  • Leadership

The Ladies Program will begin on Friday evening with a short introduction to the program, and an opportunity to meet and visit with each other.

Ladies Program (Saturday Morning 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) Ladies Program (Sunday Morning 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. )

  • The Structure of Freemasonry
  • Masonic Philanthropy
  • Masonic Philosophy
  • Masonic Funeral Planning Guide
  • Inside the Lodge Room
  • Q & A with Grand Lodge Trustees

The Ladies are encouraged to attend all meals, breakfast, lunch, and sit-down dinner on Saturday, as well as breakfast, the Devotional, and Graduation on Sunday morning.

(The dress is business casual for all sessions.However, there will be an opportunity for pictures with the Grand Master during graduation)

2019 Officer Leadership Training Registration

2019 Rio Grande Valley Grand Master’s Official Visit


The Masons of the 40th Masonic District are making big plans for the visit of 2019 Grand Master Terry W. Stogner to the beautiful Rio Grande Valley! We want you to be a part of the festivities that will be held on SOUTH PADRE ISLAND beginning on Friday February 1st and concluding on Saturday night February 2nd. A great place for a winter time escape to the sunny and beautiful beach on South Padre Island.

Accommodations have been reserved at the historic and remodeled Isla Grand Beach Resort, located at 500 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX 78597. The following prices have been secured:

  • Cabanas: $130.00 per night plus tax.
  • Condos: $260.00 per night plus tax. (condos have 2 bedrooms & 2 baths)

The condo and cabana rates include 2 breakfast buffet vouchers.

Reservations may be made by calling 800-292-7704 or via internet at The group code is 1901MASONS.

The Valley is served by Southwest Airlines and Continental/United in Harlingen and by Continental/United in Brownsville. Please remember in making your reservations that it is about one hour from Harlingen to South Padre Island and I would suggest that you arrive no later than 3:00 P.M. on Friday in order to give ample time to attend the banquet. Rental cars are available at both airports. There is also a shuttle service available from Harlingen airport to and from the Island. For reservations call 1-877-774-0050. or at Book early.

The fun will begin on Friday February 1st at 6:00PM. A banquet will be held at the Isla Grand Resort. Social hour and visiting will start at 6:00 P.M. and at 7:00P.M. dinner will begin. Dinner is a Mexican Food buffet and the cost of the ticket is $35.00 per person.

On Saturday morning the agenda is as follows:

  • Registration: 8:30A.M. until 10:00 A.M.
  • Conference: 10:00 A.M. until 12:00P.M.

At 6:00PM on Saturday we will gather for a great time of fellowship and relaxing at the world famous Blackbeard’s Restaurant where we will have a private menu of several choices of seafood or steak. A cash bar will be available at the restaurant. The cost is $25.00 per person all inclusive. Dress should be casual.

This is always a very special time for Masonry in the Rio Grande Valley and we are excited about the opportunity to show you beautiful South Padre Island as well as meet new friends and enjoy old friendships.


Please use the attached registration form.


District 27 MWSA Banquet Honoring Grand Master TERRY W. STOGNER

District 27 MWSA Banquet




At Tarkington Prairie Lodge #498

6 p.m.  February 8, 2019

1209 Southline St. Cleveland, Texas 77327

Advance Tickets only

NO tickets sold at door

Limited seats available

$20 each

Mail ticket request & check payable to:

District 27 MWSA
c/o Charles R. Wilson
288 Ropers Lane
Livingston, Texas 77351

Deadline for tickets is Monday, February 4, 2019

Tickets will not be mailed. You may pick up prepaid tickets at the door.

Master Mason’s Degree Aboard the Historic U.S.S. LEXINGTON

Master Mason’s Degree Aboard the Historic


You are invited to witness the Third Degree in Masonry aboard the U.S.S. Lexington, also known as “The Blue Ghost.”  This degree is held in conjunction with the last Grand Lodge Officer Leadership Training Programs of the year.  Come to Corpus Christi to celebrate the 26th anniversary of this floating museum and see some of the best Blue Lodge Ritualists in Texas confer the Master Mason’s Degree.

When:  Saturday, September 22, 2018 Lodge opens onboard at 8:00pm – Degree begins at 8:25pm

Where:   The U.S.S. Lexington rests in Corpus Christi Bay, just across the ship channel from Downtown Corpus. 

Your Host:  Oso Naval Lodge #1282 – Corpus Christi, Texas

FREE parking is available in the U.S.S. Lexington parking lot.

FREE metered street parking after 6:00pm.

Degree will be held in the air-conditioned Joe Jessel 3D MEGA Theater. The theater contains stadium seating for 193 people including 4 wheelchair spaces.

Please bring your current dues card.  You are welcome to wear your lodge or personal apron.  Aprons will also be provided.

For more information, call Mike King at (361) 696-1585 or

For more information about the U.S.S. Lexington

Please visit the website at

Funeral Arrangements for R.W. David Dibrell, PGM 2001

PGM David Dibrell passed away Saturday afternoon, June 30, after a brief illness. Mrs. Marlene Dibrell was able to complete service arrangements for David around 3 PM yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Dibrell has requested that PGM Tommy Griffin perform the Masonic graveside service, which he has agreed to conduct. She is working on others that she wants to participate in the graveside service.

Visitation will be Thursday, July 5, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Memorial Chapel at Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75243.

Funeral services will be Friday, July 6, at 11:00 AM at First Methodist Church of Richardson, 503 N. Central Expressway, Richardson, TX 75080, with Masonic graveside services to follow at Restland Cemetery.

Pending permission of the Grand Master, a Representation of the Grand Lodge will be opened at 9:00 AM in Richardson Lodge No. 1214, 528 Lockwood, Richardson, TX 75080.