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PGM Gene Carnes Health Update

For those of you who may not have heard as of yet, PGM Gene Carnes was in a car accident on his way home from Graham Childress’s funeral Tuesday afternoon September 18 in Junction, TX.

As of today he has shown great improvement and is able to breath unassisted.  Surgeries have been successful and he is on the road to recovery.

We will keep you updated with more information as soon as we receive it. Please continue to keep him in your prayers.

2019 Grand Annual Communication Registration

Attached is the pre-registration form for the 2019 Grand Annual Communications, which will be held from January 17th to January 19th, 2019.

2019_pre-registration_form

DEADLINE for Preregistration is December 28, 2018

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 $25.00 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

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

Master Mason’s Degree Aboard the Historic

U.S.S. LEXINGTON

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 kingmedia2014@gmail.com

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

Please visit the website at http://usslexington.com

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.

2018 Officer Leadership Training

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.

(Graduating this program satisfies the requirement to complete a Grand Lodge approved course in Lodge Administration as outlined in Art., 276a No. 2)

We offer two sessions open to all Master Masons.

2018 Dates and Location:

  • August 3-5 – Houston
  • August 10-12 – Dallas
  • August 24-26 – Waco
  • September 21-23 – Corpus
  • September 28-30 – Midland

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 R∴W∴ Deputy 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.…

Click below to download the OLT Registration Form.

2018 OLT Leadership Registration Form

Passing of Suzanne Kirby

It comes with great sorrow to inform you of the passing of PGM Jerry Kirby’s beloved wife, Suzanne.

Family Visitation will be Friday, February 16th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Wayne Boaz Funeral Home – 1826 US 287 (Business), Waxahachie, Texas (Phone: 972-923-2700)

Funeral Services will be Saturday, February 17th at 2:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church, Red Oak, Texas – 600 Daubitz Drive, Red Oak, Texas  (Phone: 972-617-9100)  

Interment following services will be at Hughes Cemetery, Avalon, Texas

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked donations be made in Suzanne’s name to:

  • Rainbow Girls International
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • First United Methodist Church (Red Oak)

Cards for the family can be sent to P.O Box 354, Red Oak, Texas 75154

Please keep the Kirby family in your thoughts and prayers.

Obituary for Past Grand Master Bob Waters

Past Grand Master Robert Henry “Bob” Waters – 1983-1984

Robert Henry Waters, 88, born on May 11, 1929 to Ruth Bell Avery Waters and Albert Henry Waters in Honey Grove, Texas.  He passed away on January 31, 2018.  Robert will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.

Visitation for Robert will be on Monday, February 12, from 6-8 PM at Restland Funeral Home.  Funeral service will be on Tuesday, February 13 at 2:30 PM in the Memorial Chapel at Restland Funeral Home.  Graveside service will follow in Restland Cemetery.

Robert H. Waters is survived by his wife, Sondra L. Shiver – Waters, one daughter, Tracey Richerson and husband Dennis Richerson of Missouri, three granddaughters, 1 grandson, 1 great granddaughter & two great grandsons.

Preceded in death by first wife, Minnie Waters and one son, Jeffery Clay Waters and nephew Gary Spann.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery, 13005 Greenville Avenue, at Restland Road, Dallas, Texas 75243.

A Native Texan, Brother R. H. Bob Waters was born in Honey Grove, Texas on May 11, 1929, attended Paris Junior College, Southern Methodist University, North Texas State University and Dallas Bible College.  He served in the U. S. Merchant Marine. 1945-1946. He served in the U. S. Navy, Pacific Theater during 1946-1950, was an active Navy Reservist 1958-1981, receiving the First Reserve Seabee Brigade Certificate of Achievement in 1974 and the 22nd Reserve Seabee Battalion “Seabee of the Year” in 1976. He retired from the Naval Reserve Service on February 1, 1981.

Brother Waters and Minne Salazr of Bellville, Texas were married on August 20, 1949. They have two Children, four Grandchildren and four Great Grandchildren. They are members of First Baptist Church, Garland, Texas. Brother Waters was a Sunday School Teacher and superintendent for many years.

Brother Waters’ Civic Activities, have included service   with the Lions Club, Junior Chamber of Commerce, Garland Police Monitor and Garland Optimist Club, where he served four years as Secretary.

Brother Waters retired after 31 years of service with Lever Brothers on March 1, 1988 where he was District Manager, Dallas District, managing company affairs within an eight state area. His District was, for several years at the top in sales achievements, and at his retirement, was ranked number 4 out of a total of 18 Districts in the United States.

MASONIC BACKGROUND

  • Raised a Master Mason in Honey Grove Lodge No. 164 AF  & AM on September 7, 1951
  • Member of Trinity Valley Lodge No. 1048, 1960-1967
  • Member of Anchor Lodge No. 424, 1968-1972
  • Past Master & Life Member of Sunset Lodge No. 1388.
  • Life Member of Garland Lodge No 441.
  • Life Member of Allen Lodge No. 1435
  • Endowed Member of Mesquite Lodge No, 928.
  • Endowed Member of R. C. Buckner Lodge No. 1176
  • Endowed Member of Chalk Mountain Lodge No. 894.
  • Endowed Member of Venus Lodge No. 804.
  • Endowed Member of Aubrey E. Hope Lodge No. 1446, Secretary 1990-1993.
  • Past Master & Endowed Member of Honey Grove Lodge No. 164.
  • Member of Royce City Lodge No. 663
  • Past Master & Endowed Member of Roxton Lodge No. 543.
  • Past Master & Endowed Member of Constantine Lodge No. 13, Secretary 2009 – present
  • Golden Trowel Award – 2010
  • Member of Ashley Lodge No. 681
  • Member of Excelsior Lodge No. 505
  • Past High Priest & Life Member of Garland Chapter No. 451, RAM
  • Secretary Garland Chapter No. 451 RAM 1960-1964 & 1972-1980
  • Life Member of Dallas Chapter No. 47, RAM
  • Past Thrice Illustrious Master & Life Member of Garland Council No. 118 R&SM.
  • Life Member of Dallas Council No. 18, R&SM.
  • Past Commander & Life Member of A.C. Garrett Commandery No. 103, K.T.
  • Life Member of Dallas Commandery No. 6, K.T.
  • President of the InterimBoard of Directors, Texas Retirement Center, 1977.
  • District Deputy Grand Master, Cryptic District No. 51-A, Grand Council R&SM of Texas, 1977.
  • District Deputy Grand Master, Masonic District No. 14-D, Grand Lodge of Texas, 1979.
  • Served as Grand High Priest, Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas, RAM, 1978-1979.
  • Served as Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Texas, AF&AM 1983-1984.
  • Served as Master of Kadosh, Master of the Royal Secret, Dallas Consistory, 1987
  • Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of Alabama, RAM, near Texas.
  • Grand Representative of the Grand Council of New Jersey, R&SM, near Texas
  • Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of Florida, F&AM, near Texas
  • Credentials Committee, Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas RAM 1972-1975
  • Public Relations & Membership Committee, Grand Chapter/Grand Council of Texas 1980-1984
  • Grand Officers Reports Committee, Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas 1981-1985.
  • Purposes & Policies Committee, Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas, RAM 1985-1989, Chairman 1988-1989.
  • York Rite Festival, Liason & Coordinating Committee, Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas, 1989-1991
  • By-Laws Committee, Grand Council of Texas, R&SM, 1980-1984
  • Finance Committee, Grand Council of Texas R&SM, 1985-1989
  • Chairman, Memorials Committee, Grand Council of Texas, R&SM, 1991.
  • Purposes &Policies Committee, Grand Council of Texas, R&SM, 1992-1997, Chairman, 1992, 1994, 1995.
  • Chairman, Membersahip Committee, District One, Grand Commandey of Texas, 1979-1983
  • Printing Committee, Grand Commandery of Texas, K.T. 1992
  • Fraternal Relations Committee, Grand Lodge of Texas, AF&AM 1987-1989
  • Grand Officers Report Committee, Grand Lodge of Texas , AF&AM 1990-1991
  • Purposes and Policies Committee, Grand Lodge of Texas, AF&AM, 1992-1998. Chairman, 1992, 1995, and 1998.
  • Grand Lodge Library and Museum Board of Directors, 2008 to present
  • Life Esoteric Certificate, Class A. Grand Lodge of Texas, AF&AM
  • 20 Year Esoteric Certificate, Grand Chapter, RAM & Grand Council, R&SM.
  • 33rd Degree Inspector General Horoary & Life Member, Dallas Scottish Rite Bodies
  • Past Sovereign, Ascension Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine.
  • Past Preceptor of Tabernacle No. IX, Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests, Registrar, 1992 to Present.
  • Member of Texas College, Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis.
  • Super Excellent Master.
  • Member of Order of High Priesthood.
  • Member of Order of the Silver Trowel.
  • Member in Perpetuity, Waco-Connally Chapter No. 482, National Sojourners.
  • Member of Hella Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S.
  • Life Member, Knights of Mecca, Hella Temple.
  • Member of Texas York Rite College No. 14.
  • Member of North Texas York Rite College No. 118.
  • Member of Royal Order of Scotland.
  • Member of Texas Priory No. 23, K.Y.C.H., Two Quadrants.
  • Member of North Texas Priory No. 73, K.Y.C.H., Two Quadrants.
  • Member of York Rite Esoteric Association of Texas.
  • Life Member of Chinar Grotto, Houston, Texas.
  • Charter Monarch of Alla Grotto, Dallas, Texas, Chartered 273 Prophets, 1st Lined 111 Candidates.
  • Life member, V.I.P., Grottoes of North America.
  • Secretary, Alla Grotto, Dallas, Texas, 1988-1990.
  • Fraternal Relations Committee, Grottoes of North America 1988-1990. Vice-Chairman, 1989-1990.
  • Zone Director, El Texa Grotto 1988-1990.
  • Distribution & Credentials Committee Grottoes of N. A., 1989.
  • Grievances & Appeals Committee, Grottoes of N.A., 1990.
  • Grand Line Aide, Grottoes of N.A. 1989-1990.
  • Life Member of Garland Chapter No. 156, Order of Eastern Star.
  • 20 Year Advisory Board Member, Order of DeMolay.
  • Cross of Honor, Order of DeMolay, 1963.
  • Legion of Honor, Order of DeMolay, 1973.
  • Colonel, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.
  • Member of the Sam Houston Hall of Fame.

Further Points of Interest

Brother Waters, during his four years of Service to the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas, attended over 800 tiled meetings, and traveled some 85,000 miles. He attended 135 of the 197 Royal Arch Chapters of Texas and during his year as Grand High Priest attended 250 tiled meetings and traveled 30,000 miles by automobile.

During Brother Waters’ four years of service to the Grand Lodge of Texas, he attended 921 tiled meetings, and during his year as Grand Master he attended 321 tiled Masonic Meetings, Leveled 14 Cornerstones, Dedicated 10 Buildings, Opened a Special Representation of the Grand Lodge of Texas in the Senate Chamber, at the State Capital in Austin, Texas, (the Second time in the History of the Grand Lodge of Texas; Brother Sam Houston was privileged to open the Grand Lodge in the Senate Chamber)  for the first Masonic Awareness Day (over 5,000 present), and attended 4 other Grand Jurisdictions, traveling some 42,566 miles by car and thousands and thousands of miles by air. He wore his apron to some 200 meetings a year until it was presented to Honey Grove Lodge No. 164 to hang in the Lodge Room as a memento.

Truly, Right Worshipful Brother Waters was and has continued to be one of the most traveled and best known Grand Lodge Officers and Mason in the history of this Grand Lodge, having visited, during his service, as a Grand Officer, 622 of the Texas lodges, 137 of the Texas Chapters & Councils, 81 of the Commanderys, all 9 of the Scottish Rite Bodies, 14 Sister Grand Lodge Jurisdictions and 5 of our Sister Grand Chapter & Grand Council Jurisdictions.

Funeral arrangements for Past Grand Master Bob Waters

Past Grand Master Bob Waters

A visitation will be held on Monday, February 12th from 6pm to 8pm at the Restland Funeral Home located at:

13005 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75243

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, February 13th in the Memorial Chapel of the Restland Funeral Home at 2:30pm. There will be a representation of Grand Lodge before the funeral.

Instead of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Cornerstone Baptist Church at:

Cornerstone Baptist Church
PO BOX 158
Trenton, TX 75490