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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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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

Hurricane Harvey Grand Lodge of Texas Masonic Relief Fund

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Please donate to the Official Grand Lodge of Texas A.F. & A.M. Hurricane Harvey Masonic Relief Fund.  All funds will go to the Lodges that have been effected by this tragedy.  Many, many Lodges are suffering damages from this once in a 500 year disaster, and can use all the aid and relief you can provide to get them, their Brethren, and their families back on their feet.  Please donate what you can today!  We thank you for your charity!

 

 

 

Texas Mason Magazine – Summer 2016

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Texas Mason Magazine – Summer, 2016

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Page 2-3 — L&M Historic Bible
Page 4— GL Construction
Page 5 — Good search
Page 6—7 — Leadership Conference
Page 8 –10 —The Texas Masonic Ritual
Page 11 — Family Day Activities
Page 12 –16 — Is Freemasonry Really worth the effort
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Texas Mason Magazine – Spring 2016

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Texas Mason Magazine – Spring, 2016

[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”Full Width Line”][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_column_text]Page 1 – Grand Masters Message
Page 2-5 – L&M Focus on Lodges.
Page 6-7 – Leadership Training
Page 8-9 – Seven Virtues
Page 10 – 2016 Photo contest
Page 11 – Family Day
Page 12 – Cover of January 1949 cover
Page 13 – Masonry as an Investment Jan. 1949
Page 14 – The Faithful Few
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Texas Mason Magazine – Winter 2016

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Texas Mason Magazine – Winter, 2016

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Page 2 and 3 – 2016 Grand Lodge Officers
Page 4 – Grand Lodge Officer Leadership Training Program
Page 5 – Results of the 180th Grand Annual Communication
Pages 6 and 7 – 180th Grand Annual Communication
Pages 8 and 9 – Photo Contest Winners, New Donations to the Library & Museum
Page 12 – Message from Grand Secretary, Good Search
IMPORTANT NOTICE: A Called Special Session of the Grand Lodge
Inside Back Cover –  2016 Merchandise Sales
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Announcing The 2015 Photo Contest Winners

BEST OF SHOW WINNER

Tim Richardson – Cowboy on Bicycle

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SNAPSHOT CATEGORY

1st Place – A.G (Tony) Smith – Bumble Bee on Flower

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2nd Place – Cliff Smith – George Bush Library

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3rd Place – Kevin Whitely – Halftime with God’s Canvas

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Honorable Mention – Jonathon Ratliff – 70 year Masonic Pin to Great-Grandfather

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Honorable Mention – Loretta Reader – Cat wearing Masonic Cap

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LANDSCAPE CATEGORY

1st Place – Kenneth E. Lottman – Rainbow

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2nd Place – Michael G. Ethridge – Ballpark with Texas “Aggie” baseball”

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3rd Place – A.G. (Tony) Smith – Sun Glittering on the water

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Honorable Mention – W. Eldridge Custer – At Refreshment” Birds on Pond

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Honorable Mention – Ana M. Reynolds – After the Morning Rain” Flowers with dew

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PORTRAIT CATEGORY

1st Place – Tim Richardson – Cake Smash

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2nd Place – Howard Larsson, Jr.- Jaguar

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3rd Place – Mark Mendieta – Demolay group photo

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Honorable Mention – Laurel Richardson – Graduates

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Honorable Mention – TIm Richardson – Granddaughter Savanah

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TEXAS FLAG CATEGORY

1st Place – Scott Brosi – Tools on top of Flags

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2nd Place – Marshall Doke, Jr. – Texas Capital with Flag

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3rd Place – Mark Mendieta – Grimes – County Courthouse

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Honorable Mention – Howard Larsson, Jr. – Texas Flag

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Honorable Mention – Cliff Smith – Ft. Worth Stockyard Flags

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LODGE ALTAR CATEGORY

1st Place – Christopher Crane – Lodge Altar with Bible/Checkered floor

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2nd Place – David J. Mead – Yellowhouse Lodge

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3rd Place – Cliff Smith – Lodge room

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Honorable Mention – Gary Blair – Lodge Altar

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Honorable Mention – Alberto Lozada – Lodge Altar

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2015 JUDGES

Bruce Hammond, Chairman

Dick Brown – Founder

Jeff Haven – W. Grand Photographer

Roger Bell – Calculating judge

JDarrell Kirkley – Director of Photography