Help, Aid & Assist

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Dec 132010
 

Brethren,

We are taking up collections at our meetings on December 16th, December 30th,
and January 6th to assist in medical bills as well as pay for a bathroom remodel
to make it wheelchair accessible which has become necessary.  For those who do
not know, Tiny fell while getting into the tub to take a shower and broke his
arm.  This makes standing difficult as he really used this arm to stand up and
support himself when walking.

Like I mentioned, we are taking up collections at our next 3 meetings as well as
giving out of our distressed brother relief fund.  We will be submitting the
funds and forms to the Grand lodge for whatever matching assistance that they
can provide.  If you would like to donate, please bring it by the lodge, the
library, or you can mail it to our P.O. Box.

P.O. Box 860282
Plano, TX 75086

If you live in the Dallas area and would like for us to come by and pick
something up, please let me know and either myself or one of the officers of the
lodge will come by and save you a trip.  My cell phone is 214-244-7830, or just
reply to this e-mail.

Tiny is currently at Reliant Rehabilitation Hospital
3351 Waterview Parkway
Richardson, Texas 75080
His Cell Phone is 972-742-7433.  If you have the chance, please stop by and see
him(call first) or at least give him a call and let him know that he is loved
and not forgotten.

Tiny has been and still is an institution here in Plano as well as throughout
Collin County.  Please, if you know of another lodge that might want to help
Tiny out, please forward this message to them.

Fraternally,

Adam DeMasellis
Worshipful Master, Plano Masonic Lodge #768

December Notes from Stated Meeting

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Dec 102010
 

Family Night Dinners are a great success.  Many thanks to our Brother Stewards Barry & Jim for all their efforts to make all the members and their families and friends welcome and well-fed.

  • Chaplain Br. Bob Pannell had an excellent reading regarding brotherhood and fidelity.   These are worth hearing every month.
  • Eagle Scout project in the Plano Municipal Cemetery looks very well done.  There is more work the Lodge needs to perform to take advantage of this terrific start.  We are planning a work day at the Cemetery in march.  Manpower will be needed.
  • We have two new candidates elected to receive the degrees!  December 16th is the date.  Come watch, participate, and be brotherly for these two excellent candidates.
  • Planned building repairs have been completed.  Sealing and painting are done.  Everything looks great.  Thank you to those who helped ensure our building will continue to serve our needs (Scott & Barry for starters).
  • IRS – is there ever any good news?  Yes, according to Br. WM Adam.
  • Charity & Sickness: Keeping our thoughts and prayers with Brothers Tiny, David, Lewis, Joe, and Gordon.
  • Also, Tiny needs our help.

Tiny & Ethel are needing to remodel so Tiny can get around his house easier & better (especially the bath).  We estimate it could be near $10,000 to install the necessary updates to the house to make life much easier for him and his wife.  We are and are trying to raise money through lodge relief, individual members donations, GLoT matching, & masonic services bureau.   If you have any thoughts or abilities to help in relief, it would be greatly appreciated.  The list of reasons to help, on merit of contributions to the fraternity alone, are countless.  Let alone our obligation.

  • Table Lodge planned for late January.  We should have the schedule firmed by next stated meeting (Jan. 6th).
  • Golden Trowel committee will meet in January.
  • Cornerstone plans for Mendenhall Elementary is firming-up.  We are thinking March / April time-frame.  Its been 50 years in Plano since our last one… !
  • George Washington Dinner is changing this year.  Instead of a February dinner, we will be having an outdoor picnic at Bob Woodruff Park (Plano) in April.
  • January 19th will be a meeting of MWSA
  • We are dark Dec. 23rd, and plan for an FC prof / MM degree on Dec. 30th.

We look forward to seeing you at Lodge!

ps. How many Grand Masters have we had in Plano? (Come to Lodge to find out – the answer may surprise you.)

(past) Dallas Masonic Services Bureau

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Nov 172010
 

Dallas Masonic Services Bureau will hold their next event at Plano Lodge on Nov. 22nd.

6:30 dinner, 7:15 lecture.

State Senator Florence Shapiro will speak on education.

(This is the first time DMSB has held an event in Plano.)

November Events for Plano Lodge

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Nov 172010
 

Two Fellowcraft degrees in November: one on Nov. 11th & one on Nov. 18th.  Come watch or participate!

Degree practice to be held the Wednesday’s before each at Lodge.

Cornerstone – look for a Plano ceremony in April.

Conference of Middle Chamber – downstairs of lodge, 1-4pm on Sat. Nov. 20th

Dallas Masonic Services Bureau – Plano Lodge – Nov. 22nd.  6:30 dinner, 7:15 lecture.  State Senator Florence Shapiro will speak on education.

Ghost Tours have been conducted at Plano Lodge.  Ask for the stories on Thursday.

Interior painting is still being planned, but probably not until January 2011.

Two petitions were received.

Grand Lodge of Texas will hold its annual meeting December 2nd-4th. ALL PAST MASTERS ARE STRONGLY REQUESTED TO ATTEND THE VOTING. Ask any Master if you are unsure why.

November 25th and December 2nd dates are dark (Thanksgiving and Grand Lodge respectively).

(past) Conference of the Middle Chamber

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Nov 122010
 

The next meeting of the Conference of the Middle Chamber will be Saturday, November 20th between 1 and 4pm.   There will be three lectures giving on various topics.  Please refer to www.northtexashistory.org for more details!

See you there.

(past) Museum & Library – Great Speaker!

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Oct 082010
 

This event will be terrific.

On Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 2-4PM the North Texas Masonic Museum & Library invites you to hear Dr. Steven C. Bullock speak about his book, Revolutionary Brotherhood: Freemasons and the Transformation of the American Social Order, 1730-1840. His presentation will reveal the legacy of Freemasonry before, during, and after the Revolutionary War, which continues to make America the land of the free.

Come find out why Masonry was so important to the founding of our country.

He will be explaining the important roll Freemasonry played in the success of the Revolutionary War and the Founding of America. We all know that without Freemasonry, the Continental Army would have failed miserably as would have the U.S. Constitution, but you will be surprised to discover the reason “why.” Don’t miss this opportunity to also learn about the founding of American Freemasonry.

This is the first of three forums about the roll Masonry has played in founding our country.

Tickets are a $25 donation to the 501(c)3 Charitable North Texas Masonic Historical Museum & Library.

  1. In advance, from a member of the Board of Directors.
  2. At the door.
  3. Please RSVP by calling JJ Miller at 214-733-1814 or e-mailing him at jjmiller768@yahoo.com

The book is superb & the information being presented is historical and insightful. The lecture is OPEN to all who wish to listen and participate: Masons, non-masons, families, and friends.

(past) Upcoming Events for Plano Lodge

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Oct 082010
 

Widow’s Night is being planned. If you’d like to help, please ask Larry or Clay.

Oct. 23-24: We have 2 work days dedicated to completing our Lodge From 990. Please help at Lodge. Ask Adam for any details on this.

Lodge Facelift: Brian Cook is trying to organize a facelift to our Lodge interior. He is coordinating with Rainbow on some ideas, but would welcome extra ideas and manpower.

Lodge Volunteering: Clay indicates that if anyone is looking to donate Money or Time to help Plano Lodge, he has a list of many tasks and ideas of how you can help us. Please speak with Clay.

Blood Drive: October 30th between breakfast and lunch – donate blood or help setup / tear-down. (See our other announcement on this). Blood Donations are welcome by anyone (not just Masons). All our donations are blood contribution credits for the Dallas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children which significantly reduces how much blood they would need to buy otherwise.

Halloween / Kids Night Out Event – we are cancelling our participation this year due to lack of volunteers. However, if you’d like to help solicit donations or participate in handing-out candy for next year, speak-up so we can plan this sufficiently when the time is right for next year.