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Grandview Member Portal app

Grandview has launched an app (PWA) for access to your member portal data.

PWA or “Progressive Web Applications” are real apps that install through a browser on your device. By installing through a browser the app is regulated by the permissions and restrictions of the browser alleviating the need to go through app stores for distribution. This allows many advantages over traditional apps without the hassle of going through the app store’s approval process.

https://tx.grandview.systems/public_members/app

Grand Lodge of Texas Seat Program

In 1996 a resolution was passed for a “seat honoring” program that would help bolster the financial health of the Grand Lodge Temple maintenance endowment. For a donation of $100, a brass plate would be affixed to a seat of one’s choosing with the following selection of inscriptions:

  1. In Name of _____________
  2. In Honor of ____________ By ____________________
  3. In Memory of___________ By____________________

The Seat Program is on-going, generating the funds as originally intended and giving the opportunity for Lodges to honor past officers, Grand Masters to honor their DDGMs, wives to honor their husbands, and Brethren to honor wives, fathers, brothers, sons and friends. With the auditorium having 3,740 seats, the optimum goal is to gain a total of $374,000 to add to the Temple maintenance endowment fund.

Please join with your Brethren to help in this effort, which was originally proposed by the late Brother Tom B. Johnson of Houston, who was known as one who lived the Masonic ideals to the fullest. Every goal met is an opportunity to have our beautiful Temple remain as a self-sustaining Center for Masonic Education and Fellowship for Texas Masons.

Please fill out the order form below and send it along with your payment to:

The Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas
P. O. Box 446
Waco, Texas 76703

ORDER FORM

2019 Officer Leadership Training

OFFICER LEADERSHIP TRAINING

Summer – 2019

Download the Registration Form Here

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)

Download the Registration Form Here

2019 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 one of the last Grand Lodge Officer Leadership Training Programs of the year.

Come to Corpus Christi to celebrate the 27th anniversary of this floating museum and see some of the best Blue Lodge Ritualists in Texas confer the Master Mason’s Degree.


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 four 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

When

September 7, 2019

8:00 pm: Lodge opens onboard

8:25 pm: Degree begins

Where

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

Your Host

Oso Naval Lodge No. 1282 – Corpus Christi, Texas

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.

Grand Masters Message

My Brethren:

I have been traveling on this road of Service that I was privileged for you to set me on four years ago.

There are not many days left in my account and the hourglass will soon be empty. We have had great times and great tragedies. I was blessed to travel to England to witness the tercentenary celebration of the United Grand Lodge of England where was assembled the greatest number of Grand Masters in one place in the history of the world. As guests of the United Grand Lodge of England, we were treated royally. It was spectacular.

Hurricane Harvey showed us the heights of bravery our Brethren have and their capacity to withstand any tragedy. Their courage in the face of disaster and strength of will to persevere in the face of all problems that assailed them was demonstrated over and over by our brethren. I have never been so proud to be a Mason. Our brethren were foremost in the rescue effort and regardless of the cold, rain, peril or anything else were not deterred is their efforts to brings relief, save lives, and aid their fellow man.

The program of Service has been well taken this year and I am extremely grateful. The impact across our state is truly immeasurable and the attitude about Masonry has changed for the good because more people know what we stand for and what our purposes are.

The Grand Lodge session is drawing close and we have several things to vote on and people to elect. Please attend! The vote and the elections will shape our future.

Finally, I wish to extend my thanks from a grateful heart for the privilege of Service to this Grand Lodge. It has been my way of life for fifty years and will continue to be my way of life. The Privilege you gave me was the achievement of a lifetime dream, and I can never, never, never repay you.

God Bless You and God Bless the Grand Lodge of Texas!

Your Brother,
Jerry Nelson Kirby
Grand Master

2018 Grand Lodge – Pre-registration Form

The DEADLINE for Preregistration is December 28, 2017. 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.

 

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What is the Good of Masonry?

IT IS only right that Masons should be able to answer this question. It would require more space than we can command in this booklet to treat this question exclusively, but we would simply call attention to the following answers:

1. Masonry begets a confidence between individuals that neither party nor sect can accomplish; this is a benefit that extends into every ramification of social life.

2. It confers authority upon its members to speak confidently yet prudently to an erring brother. It will never be known in this world how many dear brethren have been saved from temporal and spiritual ruin by whispered counsel, sympathetic warning and proffered aid. The written and unwritten annals of the Order are full of illustrations of this fact.

3. Masonry possesses an universal language, understood in all countries, by all nationalities, of many tongues, and of all monotheistic creeds. That language is understood as well in the night season, as by day. The deaf, dumb and blind can use it, as Masons can communicate with one another as long as they possess the sense of hearing, seeing, feeling, or speaking; so that it is strictly true, that Masons can communicate without seeing one another, or hearing one another, or feeling one another, or speaking a word; either in the day time or night season, though of course one of these faculties must necessarily be used. There is nothing like this wonderful language for universality, so that amid all the vicissitudes of human life, the Mason feels that only one word of Masonic language is sufficient to call to his aid the good offices of brethren near and dear to his heart.

4. It gives men, irrespective of paltry considerations, a code of life principles, intensifying the noble aspirations. It makes them cosmopolitan, breaking down the petty barriers of country, state, county, town, sect, set, profession, business, family and wealth. The highest of titles is Brother-no other can take its place. The talents of a hod-carrier may place him in the chair. A Grand Master of Ireland, many years ago, the Duke of Leicester, boasted of having risen through every grade, from that of Junior Deacon to the throne of Grand Master. The late President Roosevelt often sat in his Lodge, over which his gardener presided as Master.

5. It unites men in a common work for a common good, as broad and catholic as mankind. It teaches men that sects, parties and side issues never could influence beyond the bounds of petty associations. It sternly refuses to proselytise, as it wants no material untried. If mankind be unworthy of such a beneficent institution, it can wait. It has taken centuries for mankind to arrive at its present state of imperfect moral life; perhaps the time may come when the whole earth shall have become one great Lodge, the ideal of Masonry. Then there will be one government, one faith, one brotherhood, one nation, all brethren, because all the children of the Holy, Blessed and Glorious Supreme Architect of the Universe.

The Grand Lodge of Texas, Ten Short Lessons in Masonic Philosophy , (Pages 23-25) Copyright by The Grand Lodge of Texas 1930 (Reprinted 2008)