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Gift of Life

Blood is a Gift of Life

The Gift of Life Program is one of the most exciting and beneficial programs sponsored by the Masons of Texas. Masons are focused on providing the one resource essential to patient-care in the fraternal hospitals and in all health care facilities – and for which there is no substitute. It is human blood.

Every 90 seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion. Blood transfusions are never given without a prescription from a doctor; and without volunteer blood donors, patients cannot receive life-saving transfusions. Volunteer blood donors are the essential link between the ordering physician and the transfusion-dependent patient.

The Gift of Life Program’s emphasis is on hosting frequent blood drives so patients receive the lifesaving gift they need. Gift of Life benefits the two fraternal hospitals: Scottish Rite for Children, Shriners Children’s Texas in Galveston, as well as community hospitals throughout the state. The program encourages the Masonic Lodges of Texas to hold community blood drives and to direct the blood and blood products from these drives for the benefit of the two fraternal hospitals or a local community healthcare facility.

Masons’ blood drives benefiting Scottish Rite Children collected thousands of unit of blood since inception. That action allowed physicians to provide needed surgery and other treatments to the children and resulted in a cost-savings to the hospital.

Texas Masons began the Gift of Life Program over 25 years ago in the North Texas area, and today, regional committees have expanded to Houston, San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley. The program sponsors blood drives, mostly held within Masonic Lodges. Any annual surplus collected can be used in emergencies, both public and fraternal. The Gift of Life Program is part of a rich Masonic tradition of helping to meet healthcare needs.

History of Caring

Freemasonry and Masons historically demonstrate a commitment to relief services for anyone who needs it – Masons and non-Masons – and especially for children through the treatments provided in our fraternal hospitals.

The hospitals epitomize the extended hand of fraternal kindness by providing crucial medical care without billing patients and their families for the treatment received. Masons step in when a hospital need occurs – even special needs. Texas Masons have provided new equipment, additional space, upgraded facilities, volunteer workers and much more. Texas Masons contributed to the success of these hospitals and each of us shared in that success.

Blood Drives Boost Masonic Image

Not only does the Gift of Life Program meet an essential need for our hospitals and help our communities maintain a quality and sufficient blood supply, but it also makes giving blood convenient for the community to participate. In almost every community, large and small, urban and rural, there is a Masonic Lodge nearby. By holding a blood drive in a Masonic Lodge, the public is introduced to the Lodge facilities, learns who Masons are, and hears about the variety of community oriented projects that Masonry supports. When provided with the opportunity and a convenient location, like a Lodge, experience tells us people will donate blood – especially when children can benefit.

In some areas, local Lodges have held highly effective Gift of Life blood drives in shopping malls, local Wal-Mart stores, and in parking lots of local employers. The Gift of Life Program is also designed to secure donations from people other than members of our fraternity. Potential donors include:

Masons and their families
Neighbors
Friends
Co-workers
Church members
Employees of corporate sponsors
General public

Involving the Community in Blood Donation

Corporate sponsors can be asked to help offset the cost of blood drives and encourage participation by their employees. In the North Texas area, several sponsors donated money for T-shirts, with the sponsors’ logos and names on the back, which are given to each donor. The shirts made a great advertising tool in promoting blood donation. Some Lodges say their membership is too old to give blood. In truth, there is no upper age limit for blood donation. However, if members cannot donate, they can give an hour or two once a year to help with a blood drive to ensure the success of the program in a particular Lodge.

Younger members who have limited time can participate on an infrequent basis to help. In addition, women have provided data processing support for registration and record-keeping, making an immeasurable contribution to the Gift of Life Program.

Gift of Life Program Results

Thousands of units of blood have been collected.

Our Masonic Lodges have been visited by many non-Masons.

Lodge members have come together in fraternal fellowship for a worthwhile cause.

Numerous petitions for membership have been received by local Lodges.

Local communities have witnessed the viability and involvement of the Masonic fraternity, thus enhancing the presence of Masonry in those cities and towns.

 

 

Why Participate in the Program?

By unifying all of the Masonic Lodges in Texas under the common Gift of Life banner, the Masons of Texas can accomplish extraordinary results, and our fraternity will receive community and state-wide goodwill.

For this to happen, your Lodge’s involvement is needed. Together we can change the future for our hospitals and improve the lives of the children while demonstrating the positive message of Masonry. You and your Lodge can take pride in being a part of this worthwhile program. Again, we can all win.

Why not sponsor a Gift of Life Blood Drive this coming year? If you need further assistance or explanation, call George Coon (817-925-0902) or Joseph French (214-934-0621). Literature, including a Blood Drive Manual, is available upon request. The members of the State Committee and the regional committees are available to visit your Lodge, meet with your members and provide support.

The need is immediate, the rewards are life-changing and the time to act is now.

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

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

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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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Becoming A Mason

This “Between Friends” production was produced on behalf of the Masonic Education and Service Committee of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas.

This “Between Friends” production was produced on behalf of the Masonic Education and Service Committee of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas, and at the request of Most Worshipful Jerry L. Martin, Grand Master 2014.  This video is entitled “Becoming a Mason” and as the title suggests, is geared toward those members of the community who are interested in learning more about, and potentially joining the Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Freemasons.  This is a four part series comprised of an Introduction to Texas Masonry and the Grand Lodge, an overview of Texas Masonic History, a segment of Masonry and the Family, and How to Pursue Masonry.  After watching the video, if you have an interest in joining the Ancient Free and Accepted Fraternity of Freemasons in Texas, please call or visit a local Masonic Lodge in your community.

If you are unaware of local Lodges in your area, please use our Lodge Locator.  This will allow you to search all Lodges in Texas by Name, Number, City, County, or District.  Once you have identified the Lodge(s) in your area, click on the ‘Details’ button in the far right column, which will lead you to the Lodge’s contact information.

Becoming a Mason (Part 1 of 4)

The first section of this four-part video introduces the Grand Lodge of Texas and its structure.  It introduces some key concepts of Masonry and illustrates what Masons believe.  “Meeting on the Level” is discussed as a unique component of the Masonic Fraternity.  The Interviewee for this section is Right Worshipful Elmer Murphey, Past Grand Master 2005 from Hillcrest Masonic Lodge in Dallas, TX.

Texas Masonic History (Part 2 of 4)

The second section of the “Becoming a Mason” video focuses on Texas History and its ties with Freemasonry.  In it you will find information on the first Lodge in Texas, learn how the Grand Lodge of Texas was formed, and hear about some of the Heroes of Texas who were Masons.  Brother Dick Brown is interviewed in the segment; he is a Past Master and recent Chairman of the Texas History Committee for the Grand Lodge of Texas.

Masonry and Family (Part 3 of 4)

The third section explains how Freemasonry relates to the Family, from Masonic Organizations that wives and kids can join, to family activities sponsored by the individual Lodges and Grand Lodge.  It also touches on the world-wide Brotherhood of Freemasons and talks of the time constraints of Masonry in the modern world.  This interviewee is Brother Harold Brown, a Past Master and recent District Deputy Grand Master in 2013.

Pursuing Masonry (Part 4 of 4)

The conclusion of this four part series speaks to the individual interested in pursuing Masonry, from finding a Lodge, through the petition process, and up to the point of initiation.  It explains some of the ways Masonry teaches candidates, and alludes to a basic understanding of the Masonic Experience.  The interviewee is Brad Billings, a Past Master and current member of the Purposes and Policies Committee of the Grand Lodge of Texas.


For more information on the Process and general steps that a man seeking membership in Freemasonry may consider, please visit this page. Lodges will likely have their own procedures, but this will help you get started and give you a better understanding of the process. Non-Masons are urged to use our Lodge Locator to find a Lodge near you, or send in questions by using the “Ask A Mason” form on our website.

The Meaning of Freemasonry

Access some of the materials that were reviewed at the Grand Masters Conferences …

Click the image below to watch the video.

Grand Master Michael Wiggins has also provided two presentations from this year’s conferences.

Masonic Education
This presentation, provided by Brother Charles McKay, discusses the importance of understanding our fraternity.

Creating the Lodge Culture
This presentation, provided by Grand Master Wiggins, discusses how we must offer a Masonic experience that appeals to today’s man if we are to grow and prosper.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding Texas Freemasonry, please contact our Grand Secretary’s office.

Physical Address:
The Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas
715 Columbus Avenue
Waco, Texas 76701

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

E-Mail: gs@grandsecretaryoftx.org
Phone:  254-753-7395
Fax: 254-753-2944

If you have any questions regarding our website or need assistance with your account, please open a ticket with the Grand Lodge of Texas’ Internet Committee.

Recommended Guidelines For Lodge Websites

The following guidelines should be used when considering the establishment of a Lodge website.

Web pages should enhance the image of the fraternity and never detract from it. Website content should be both informative to the non-Mason as well as its membership. Page design is up to the individual lodge, as long as it is in good taste.

The Lodge webpage must not link to or be linked to by any website where a conflict with the principles of Freemasonry, could be assumed, suggested, or perceived.

Linking to a non-Masonic entity should not be permitted.

Linking to a Masonic entity not recognized by the Grand Lodge of Texas should not be permitted.

The use of a “Free Website” where that provider has the option to insert their commercial advertisements, at will and without approval, into the Lodge’s web page is strongly discouraged.

The use of a link to the Grand Lodge of Texas is strongly encouraged.

Names, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, etc. of Grand Lodge Officers, committee members, or District Officers will not be published in Lodge websites.

Information displayed on the Lodge webpage should be accurate and current. All names, addresses, locations, activities and dates, must be checked regularly to ensure recent changes have been posted. In no case should a Lodge website to refer to past activities as though they were yet to occur.

Activities that are listed as “OPEN TO THE PUBLIC” are appropriate to announce Lodge Officers Installation, Ladies nights and other related activities. However, listings as “OPEN TO ALL MASONS”, or any other wording that may be construed as such, should not be used. Instead, these should be listed as “OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE GRAND LODGE OF TEXAS”.

Web pages should not show Lodge members’ Internet URL addresses that refer to business websites. The Lodge webpage should never be used for the financial gain or interest of a member.

The images of the Seal of The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas can not be used for any purpose.

Names of Entered Apprentice and Fellowcraft Masons can not be published, per Grand Lodge law.