The District 9 Service Team is honored to host Dr. Rick McCaslin, professor of Texas History at the University of North Texas and a member of Knox-Corinthian Lodge #851 A.F. & A.M. at Plano Masonic Lodge on March 20th for the Spring Educational Workshop.
Professor McCaslin will be lecturing on Freemasons and Texas History in honor of the month of Texas Independence which occurred on March 3, 1836, over 182 years ago. Throughout its history, Freemasons have always been at the forefront of pivotal moments in this history of this state. Many Freemasons who enjoy Texas History are familiar with the Masons that helped shape Texas. However, Freemasonry’s connection to this state is much more than just the famous men who made Texas what it is today.
Professor McCaslin will discuss Freemasonry and its influence on the Lone Star State.
In accordance with the directive of Grand Master Chapman, Bro. Keith Stephens, District Instructor of Masonic District 9-B is pleased to announce the District 9-B School of Instruction on Thursday, October 18th at Farmersville Lodge.
We will have a meal at 6:30pm and begin instruction on the opening and closing of all four lodges immediately following. All Master Masons are welcome to attend.
On October 30, 2018 at Allen Masonic Lodge No. 1435 (101 N Allen Dr, Allen, TX 75013), the members of the Masonic Education and Service Committee and your District Service Teams are pleased to offer the Randall E. Briscoe Fall Workshop Program designed to assist Lodge Officers in the day-to-day operation of their Lodges. 2018 marks the eighth consecutive year that our committee has brought the revived Briscoe Workshop Program to Lodge Officers. The program is an adaptation of the format used by the Committee during the era of the 1960s when its effect upon Lodge leadership was evidenced by well-informed and capable officers in Texas Lodges. Based upon the results of the program since 2011, we believe the Masons of Texas are supportive of the theory that well informed and prepared leadership has a definite impact upon the quality of Masonry in our Grand Jurisdiction.
The first half of the program focuses on Grand Lodge Law, as well as how to deal with difficult and unexpected situations which may occur during the course of one’s tenure as an officer of his Lodge. It is the difficult and unexpected situations that challenge leadership in any organization. Many leaders are “blindsided” by such occurrences. The likelihood is that most Wardens of our Lodges will eventually progress to the East, and that progression “through the chairs” will doubtless lead to several opportunities to deal with tough situations requiring their prompt attention and careful consideration.
The second half of the program is designed to enhance our understanding and prompt discussion related to the symbolism and more esoteric aspects of Freemasonry. Unlike many of the situations outlined in the first section where there is an obvious right or wrong answer, symbolism may have multiple levels of interpretation, and will likely require ongoing study and discussion to fully comprehend the true and intended meaning.
An additional purpose of the Briscoe Workshop series is to complement the weekend Officer Leadership Training Programs, which have proven very popular among Lodges throughout Texas. While the Workshop series primarily concentrates on Grand Lodge Law, dealing with difficult situations while
in the East, and Masonic Symbolism, the Officer Leadership Training Program focuses on Lodge administration and leadership skills. Together these programs seek to prepare officers to effectively manage and guide their Lodges toward a bright and prosperous future.
Although written with the Lodge officers in mind, the Briscoe Workshops are open to all Master Masons.
Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM and the workshop will begin at 7:30 PM.
Bro. Jimmy Lewis is a Past Patron of Farmersville Eastern Star, Past Master of East Fork Lodge, Black Horse Patrol and Knights of Mecca Degree Team. Please help get the word out to help this brother in distress from a serious stroke.
You can just click on the link below which will take you straight to Bro. Jimmy’s GoFundMe page to contribute:
Please keep brother Jimmy in your prayers and if possible any type of donation will do as bills are adding up and his Medicare for rehab care is ending soon.
The next MWSA District 9 meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 24th at East Fork Lodge (508 Parker Rd, Wylie, TX 75098).
This meeting will feature a message from Illustrious Chuck Hudson, the newly-installed Potentate of Hella Shrine, who will give a brief overview of the Shrine, its Mission, and all the ways Masons can contribute to the Shrine’s efforts to help children!
Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM and the meeting starts at 7:30 PM.
The next MWSA District 9 meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 18th at Plano Lodge (1414 1/2 J Ave, Plano, TX 75074). Please join us as we will have a speaker on the Veterans Support Services of Collin County as well as a presentation on the Rainbow organization.
Dinner at 6:30 PM and meeting starts at 7:30 PM.
Plano Lodge will host a Briscoe Workshop on August 16th.
Dinner will be served at 6:00 PM and the meeting will begin at 7:00 PM.
This is a great workshop presenting various scenarios that may come up for a Master of the Lodge and how to handle them. All Master Masons are encouraged to attend!
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Officer Installations are coming up. Email rvaughan93@gmail with your date and time if it is not listed or needs to be corrected.
- East Fork Lodge No. 650 – Wylie, TX – June 24th @ 10:00 AM
- Allen Lodge No. 1435 – Allen, TX – June 24th @ 10:30 AM
- Lee Lodge No. 435 – Prosper, TX – June 24th @ 11:00 AM
- Celina Lodge No. 919 – Celina, TX – June 24th @ 2:00 PM
- Plano Lodge No. 768 – Plano, TX – July 1st @ 1:30 PM
- Saint John’s Lodge No. 51 – McKinney, TX – July 8th @ 11:00 AM
- Lebanon Lodge No. 837 – Frisco, TX – June 24th @ 9:00 AM
The Oklahoma Masonic Indian Degree presented by MWSA9 and East Fork Lodge at the Hella Black Horse Patrol Barn was a huge success. Everyone had a great time and got to witness a great degree.