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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

2015 GRAND LODGE AWARDS BANQUET

2015 Grand Lodge Awards Banquet with President Truman’s Grandson, Brother Clifton Truman Daniel!

Thursday, December 3, 2015 at the Brazos Ballroom in the Waco Convention Center
Reception & Cash Bar – 6:00 PM Dinner – 6:45 PM
President Truman’s Grandson, Brother Clifton Truman Daniel, to Highlight Gala Evening! …

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Clifton Truman Daniel is a grandson of President Harry S. Truman and his wife, Bess. He is the son of author Margaret Truman and former New York Times Managing Editor E. Clifton Daniel Jr. Mr. Daniel is honorary chairman of the board of the Truman Library Institute, nonprofit partner of the Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, MO. He is the author of Growing Up With My Grandfather: Memories of Harry S. Truman and Dear Harry, Love Bess: Bess Truman’s Letters to Harry Truman, 1919-1943. He is working on a book on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Brother Clifton Truman Daniel, the grandson of Freemason and President Harry S. Truman, will keynote the 2015 Grand Lodge Awards Banquet on Thursday evening, December 3, 2015. During the evening, the Grand Master will present the W.B. and Brandon Carrell Humanitarian Award, the William Beck award, and the prestigious Sam Houston Medal to deserving individuals.
Tickets are $50 per person for open seating. Reserved tables for eight can be ordered by Lodge or groups for $500. Seating will be limited and tickets must be ordered in advance. Tickets can be obtained by sending a check made payable to Raborn L. Reader, Jr. to his attention at 9502 Sendera Drive, Magnolia, TX 77354. Be sure to include your name, the number of tickets desired with entrée choice, and the names of your party. Contact Brother Reader at 832-421-0888 or rlreaderjr@sbcglobal.net for additional information.
Tickets can be ordered online at www.grandmastersgala.org. Ticket sales will close on November 19, 2015.
Dress – Black Tie Optional.
Tickets – Tickets include live music during the reception (cash bar) with passed appetizers, dinner choice of beef tenderloin or stuffed chicken breast, address by Brother Daniel, and the awards presentation.
PRESIDENT TRUMAN’S GRANDSON TO HIGHLIGHT GALA EVENING
Waco Convention Center
Reception & Cash Bar – 6:00 PM Dinner – 6:45 PM
Tickets can be ordered online at www.grandmastersgala.org
Ticket sales will close on November 19, 2015

We hope to see you there!

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.

2015 GRAND LODGE LADIES EVENTS

See all the activities we have for the ladies at the 2015 Grand Lodge …

Grand Lodge of Texas 2015 Annual Communication – Ladies Activities

Thursday, 3 December

1:30pm Pre-Opening Ceremony
Grand Lodge Auditorium
6:00pm Grand Lodge Awards Banquet (Tickets $50).
Brazos Ballroom ~ Waco Convention Center
Enjoy an evening of fine dining, live music, PLUS hear Brother Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of President and Brother Harry Truman. See Grand Lodge website for additional information.

Friday, 4 December

10:00am Homestead Heritage Craft Village Tour/Lunch
See this wonderful collection of 19th Century reconstructed barns and hand-hewn cabins. Demonstrations will include pottery, spinning and weaving, and furniture making. A farm-to-table lunch is included at Cafe Homestead. Beautiful handmade and homegrown products are available for purchase at the various craft centers and The Barn Gift shop. The bus will return all participants to the Grand Lodge Building at 3:00pm.
(Tickets $40) Bus departs 7th Street entrance (lower level)
4:30PM Reception honoring Grand Secretary Tom Guest
Library and Museum Foyer

Saturday, 5 December

9:00am Coffee honoring Mrs. Michael L. Wiggins and Mrs. Wendell P. Miller.
Lower Level Museum Foyer
2:00pm Installation of 2016 Grand Lodge of Texas Officers
Registration for all ticketed events can be made online at http://www.grandmastersgala.org. or by sending a check made payable to Raborn L. Reader, Jr. to his attention at 9502 Sendera Drive, Magnolia, TX 77354. Be sure to include your name, the event, the number of tickets desired, and the name of your party. Contact Brother Reader at 832-421-0888 or rlreaderjr@sbcglobal.net for additional information.
Ticket sales will close on 19 November 2015.

Travis Lodge Golf Tournament

 
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4 Person Scramble
Cash Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places
Door Prizes
 
Sign in at 7am
First Tee Off at 8am
 
Contact Jasen Davis (903) 357-0769 for more info
 
Location
Bridges Golf Club Gunter, TX
United States
33° 26′ 52.3968″ N, 96° 44′ 50.9784″ W
See map: Google Maps
Date:
Saturday, 22 September 2012 – 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Five Lancaster Masonic Lodge #160 Brothers receive Service Awards

The evening of August 30th at Lancaster Masonic Lodge #160 was indeed a very special occasion.
 
District Deputy Grand Master Larry Powers, District 14H, Grand Lodge of Texas presented Masonic Service Awards to three of our members.  The receipients were Brother Kenneth Neederman who received his 65 year service pin; Brother Joe Rawlinson who received his 65 year service pin, and Brother Billy Ray Dickey who received his 50 year service pin.

Chalk Mountain Fun Run

Join Us for a Scenic Motorcycle  Ride on the Back Roads of Erath County
 

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SIGN UP BEGINNING 9:30 am
FIRST BIKE  OUT at 10:30 am
Chili Dogs and Drinks after the ride back at the Lodge
More information:
Jerry:817-781-6287
Dave:817-447-6908
James: 214-202-6904
Chalkmountainlodge.org
 
Location
Chalk Mountain Lodge
United States
See map: Google Maps
Date:
Saturday, 15 September 2012 – 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Fort Stockton Reenactor's Lodge Meeting

My name is Robert Preston (Sgt. Major of Fort Stockton, Texas), also a PM of Lodge # 1022 Fort Stockton.
 
The City of Fort Stockton is have a “Living History Day” at the Fort on Oct. 20, 2012, and a lot of reenactors/living history will be here for the event.
 
Location
Fort Stockton Mason Lodge # 1022
United States
See map: Google Maps
Date:
Friday, 19 October 2012 – 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm