(past) April 30, 2011 Blood Drive

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Apr 252011

Blood Drive for Plano #768 Masonic Lodge

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Saturday April 30, 2011

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

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North Texas Masonic Museum and Library

1414 Ave J

Plano, Texas 75074

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Please contact Bill Goodell @ 214-288-1838 to volunteer or donate.  Walk-ins accepted.

April 2011 – Notes from Stated Meeting

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Apr 082011

Family Night Dinner at 5:30pm.  Meeting at 7pm.

  • 37 Members were in attendance, including 12 Past Masters.
  • Scripture discussion was regarding oaths and the consequences for violating them.
  • Gene R shared a very interesting copy of an official Summons from ~100 years ago.
  • New by-laws are here!  They will be handed-out at each meeting through the month to save on mailing fees.  Please try to attend and get your copy this month.
  • Three (3) new petitions were received this month.
  • Voting occurred.
  • We talked of our Brother David Lotz & Tom Carroll.  We wish them well and speedy recoveries.
  • May 21st– Mendenhall Cornerstone Ceremony.  Do you need a summons to come?  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.
    • We will have lunch at Plano Lodge at Noon.
    • We will open a representation of Grand Lodge at 1pm.
    • We will be at the school at 2pm.
    • 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.
  • Texas Masonic License Plates are now available.
    • $30 extra for the plate, but $22 of that goes to G.L.
  • Grand Masters conferences are being conducted now.
  • Plano Rainbow Assembly has many activities and fund-raisers going on.  Here are a few:
    • Collecting “pink” lids from food items.
    • Collecting ink cartridges and old mobile electronic devices for recycling (box is in the lodge).
    • RoughRiders Baseball night – May 13th, Buy group tickets through May 1st.  Forms are in the lodge.
  • Calendar Highlights:
    • April 14th: Presentation on new Museum & Library building by JJ Miller.
    • April 20th: MWSA in Farmersville.
    • April 21st: TBD
    • April 28th: EA proficiency and FC degree
    • April 30th: Blood Drive at Plano Lodge building, 9am – 2pm.  Come give blood (or time) to support the Scottish Rite Hospital and save lives.
    • 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 14th: Conference of the Middle Chamber, 1pm – 4pm.  See M&L for more details.
    • May 21st: Corner Stone Ceremony, Noon – 3pm.
    • May 26th: Rum Tasting Night at Museum & Library.
  • Closed in Harmony.

(past) Plano Lodge #768 Picnic, Saturday May 7th

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Apr 072011

We are having our Masonic family picnic on Saturday May 7th at the North
Pavillion of Bob Woodruff Park in Plano.  The picnic will be come and go from 10
to 4.  We will have games, music and fellowship.  The event is open to all
friends, family and guests.

  • Date: Saturday, May 7th
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm (or later)
  • Location: Bob Woodruff Park in Plano (off of Park Blvd), North Pavilion.
  • Food: Grill food provided
  • Drink: Bring you own…

We are trying to get an idea of the amount of food we need to buy.  Please let
Adam DeMasellis (master@planomasoniclodge.org) know if you plan on attending, so we can estimate how much food to buy.

Degree practices, every Wednesday at 6:30PM

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Apr 072011

Beginning in April, Plano Lodge is conducting degree practices every Wednesday at 6:30PM.  This is the best way to learn the degree work or to refresh and improve upon what you have already learned.  Each week, we will be focusing on a specific degree or on practicing all three lectures.

These practice nights are also open to new Masons learning the catechisms for any of the degrees.  We will have instructors reserved each week to teach the catechisms in the dining area or down in the library.

This is also a good way to prepare for the certificate exam in the Fall.

Important: We still need additional volunteers who can be consistently available one designated Wednesday per month to teach the degree work or the catechisms.  If you are interested in helping us out, please let me know at kmain@ti.com.

Here is the practice schedule for April:

  • 4/6 – Lectures
  • 4/13 – FC Degree
  • 4/20 – EA Degree
  • 4/27 – MM Degree

The practice schedule is maintained on the Lodge calendar each month.  You can always find that here:



Kevin Main

(past) Thursday, March 24th – AKA Br. Gene Reynolds Night

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Mar 242011


Plano Lodge is having a night honoring Gene Reynolds this Thursday, March 24th, with dinner at 6:00 and program at 7:00.  As Gene has been a very involved mason in the area for a long time, we would love for any and all friends to please come and celebrate our good friend and wish him well on his new adventure in Seguin, TX.  This is an open meeting.

We look forward to seeing you as we celebrate our friend and brother.  After we are done, we will retire to a nearby establishment for other refreshments.


Adam DeMasellis
Worshipful Master, Plano Lodge #768

(past) New Date – Cornerstone Ceremony, now May 21st

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Mar 162011


Since we are at the mercy of many other people, the cornerstone has been
re-scheduled for May 21st at 2:00 p.m.  I received a call from Grand Lodge on
Friday saying that since the event at the Masonic oak is on Sunday the 15th, the
Grand Lodge Officers were now going down on 14th and would be unavailable.

Thus after checking with the school district and the back with Grand Lodge, the
ceremony will be on the 21st at 2:00 p.m.

On March 31st, after dinner, we will be having a large planning meeting where we
will plan the details of the cornerstone, our picnic on May 7th, and the Blood

Please let me know if you would like an role in any of the upcoming events.


Adam DeMasellis
Worshipful Master, Plano Masonic Lodge #768

March 2011 Notes from Stated Meeting

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Mar 092011

March stated meeting started with a great dinner by the Stewards.  Thank you for all your efforts to keep hunger amongst the brethren at bay!

March was also our official visit by the DDGM to Plano Lodge.  We always welcome our DDGM, Right Worshipful Gerald Jones.

The meeting started in the usual manner.  There were 38 members in attendance, including 10 past masters.

We missed February’s stated meeting, so minutes were read from January.

In February we presented Br. Larry Kester with the Golden Trowel award from Plano Lodge.  A very deserving brother indeed!

Monday, March 28th is our next scheduled Morals & Dogma study night at the Museum & Library.

May 14th is our scheduled Corner Stone Ceremony at Mendenhall Elementary.

  • Time is TBD.
  • We will have the stone in the Museum for a month prior to the ceremony.
  • April 25th is a contest judge from the School where the kids are presenting original creations for inclusion in a time capsule.  If you’d like to help judge, please talk with WM Adam.

East Fork will have a Corner Stone ceremony in April at the Achieve Academy.

Scottish Rite & Shrine have activities in March & April.  Watch for more dates.

March Calendar (preliminary):

  • March 10th: One or more Master’s proficiencies.
  • March 17th: TBD
  • March 24th: Brother Gene Reynolds night!  (he is moving)
  • March 31st: Master’s proficiency

Upcoming Events:

  • April 7th: Stated Meeting
  • April 9th: Shrine initiation
  • April 30th: Blood Drive at Plano Lodge – Donate! (time or blood…)

Wednesday night practices.  We are planning to make Wednesday nights a practice night whether for degrees, proficiencies, or certificates.

DDGM relayed the message from the Grand Master.