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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)

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About Us

From whence we came…

In March 1835 the first Masonic meeting was held in Texas for the purpose of establishing a lodge in Texas. Six Masons met under an oak tree near the town of Brazoria. They applied to the Grand Lodge of Louisiana for a dispensation to form and open a Lodge. A dispensation was issued and later a charter. This first Texas lodge was called Holland Lodge No. 36. It was named after then Grand Master of Masons in Louisiana, John Henry Holland. Anson Jones was the first Worshipful Master of Holland Lodge No. 36, now Holland Lodge No. 1.

The charter was brought by John M. Allen and given to Anson Jones just prior to the battle of San Jacinto. Two more Texas lodges were formed, also given dispensation and charter by the Grand Lodge of Louisiana. They were: Milam Lodge No. 40 in Nacogdoches, and McFarland Lodge No. 41 in San Augustine. Both were formed in 1837. These two lodges, together with Holland Lodge No. 36, sent representatives to meet in Houston and established the Grand Lodge of the Republic of Texas.

The convention elected Anson Jones the first Grand Master of Masons in Texas. It should be noted that Anson Jones was the fourth and final President of the Republic of Texas, prior to becoming a state. Today there are over 90,000 Masons in Texas and more than 900 lodges. How we have grown since 1837! We look forward optimistically to the future of Masonry in Texas and trust that its proud heritage will be built upon in the years to come in ways that will continue to serve and honor the great State of Texas of which we are a part.

To learn more about Freemasonry, read ahead to “What is Freemasonry“.