May 092011
 

Meeting Notes from May Stated Meeting, 2011

  • 31 Members were in attendance, including 8 Past Masters.
  • Scripture discussion was regarding brotherly love as the cement of the fraternity.
  • Remembering Brother David Lotz by our Resolutions of Respect.
  • Minutes were read
  • One (1) new petition was received this month.
  • Brother SW Clay Smith is now a board member of the Plano Mutual Cemetery Association.
  • Cornerstone Ceremony on May 21st– at Mendenhall Elementary.
    • W.M. has implored everyone within length of their cable-tow to attend the ceremony (2pm).
    • P.G.M. Elmer Murphy will lead the ceremony, so it should be really good.
    • It has been 50 years since we have had this opportunity in Plano.  We want to continue this, and desire a great turnout for this Saturday’s event.
    • Timing:
      • Noon: Lunch at Plano Lodge
      • 12:45 we will open our Lodge
      • 1:00pm we will open a representation of Grand Lodge.
      • 1:30pm we will proceed to Mendenhall.
      • 2:00pm – Ceremony at the new school entrance.
    • The actual cornerstone is in the Museum & Library now until the ceremony.  Please stop by during the M&L hours of operation to see it, or after any Lodge meeting.
    • We will be judging the art contest from the school for what will be included in the time-capsule to be sealed behind the cornerstone.  Talk with W.M. Adam if you would like to help with this too.
  • Museum & Library (continued):
    • May 21st, after the Cornerstone Ceremony – there is a Conference of the Middle Chamber event in the Museum & Library (4pm – 7pm).
    • At least two topics will be discussed regarding Egypt & Pythagoras.
    • Dinner will be available to those who wish to continue the day after 7pm.  Please let Br. JW Kevin Main know if you would like to attend so reservations can be more accurately made.
  • Museum & Library (continued):
    • Monday, May 9th, 7:30pm.  Br. Kevin Main will lecture on the Master’s Degree and the differences between the Modern & Ancient ceremonies.  This is the first of a two-part lecture.
    • Location is at the Museum & Library located below Plano Lodge: 1414 J Ave.
  • Voting occurred on 3 candidates.  Check the calendar.
  • The Widow’s list needs to be updated for recent contact information.
  • Texas Masonic License Plates are now available.
    • $30 extra for the plate, but $22 of that goes to G.L.
  • Report any charitable activity you do to Br. Shaun Henry.
  • Blood Drive: We collected 24 units on Saturday, April 30th.  Thank you to those who helped & donated.
  • Family Picnic is Saturday, May 7th at Bob Woodruff, North Pavilion.
    • 10am – 4pm
    • Lots of fun activities.
  • Master’s Proficiency was conducted.
  • We paid our bills.
  • We read an excerpt from the Texas Masonic Law.
  • Brother Marshall presented a small program on Unity as we hear of in the EA degree, and its ability to similarly foster growth & prosperity.
  • Calendar Highlights:
    • May 5th: Stated Meeting for May
    • May 7th: Plano Lodge #768 Picnic.  See ‘Events’.
    • May 9th: Museum & Library will have Part 1 of the Masters Degree discussion regarding differences between the Modern & Ancient ceremonies (aka: French & English or Scottish Rite & York Rite).
    • May 12th: EA Degree
    • May 19th: EA Degree
    • May 21st: Corner Stone Ceremony, Noon – 3pm.
    • May 21st : Conference of the Middle Chamber, 4pm – 7pm.  See M&L for more details.
    • May 26th: Rum Tasting Night at Museum & Library.
    • June 2nd: Stated Meeting for June.
  • Every Wednesday evening at 6:30pm, there are scheduled practices for the lectures and various degrees.  It is open and encouraged for anyone to attend to prepare for parts in the degrees.
  • New by-laws are ready to be distributed.  Please try to attend and get your copy this month.
  • Closed in Harmony.

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