By the Plumb – August 2012

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Aug 062012
 

Brethren,

Calendar of extra-curricular events occurring for Plano Lodge:

  • Fall Festive Board – Friday, October 12th. Details will be forth-coming.
  • Thursday, December 27th – Saint John the Evangelist Feast day.
    • We’ll plan a couples night out. Please let me know if you think you’d like to attend so I can secure an appropriate-sized room. It will be in or near Plano.
    • We are working to keep costs low, but expectations high.
  • Thursday, February 14th – Valentine’s Day – Dark. No excuses! Plan ahead.
  • Spring Festive Board – Saturday, March 2nd.
  • Spring Picnic – Saturday, May 4th.
    • We are hoping to have a picnic with East Fork Lodge. They will confirm in the next few days.
    • Planning for lunch, games & activities.
    • We might challenge each other for softball or volleyball.
    • Chili cook-off will be on order.
    • We’ll have a bounce house, slide or obstacle course for the kids, at least.
    • – Bob Woodruff Park, North Pavilion.

Don’t forget:

  1. Thursdays, 5:30pm practice floor work or degree parts as needed. Just ask.
  2. Meditations

Also, Thursday August 9th, we will meet downstairs in the Museum at 5pm (or when you can get there). We plan to discuss the Museum & Library planning activities for the upcoming grant’s fiscal year. We have a lot of projects and activities to address and we could use volunteers to contribute in concept & execution to accomplish these goals we establish. We have some light refreshments (I’ll provide) until 6pm, when we’ll adjourn upstairs for our always-great dinner followed by our called meeting. Even if you just want to listen and see Masons in action (ahem), join us for some good conversation.

Thursday, August 30th will be a Masonic education night. There is some great material we have to go through on the things a (new) Mason should know.

See you Thursday,

Brian Chaput, JW

From the East – August 2012

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Aug 062012
 

At the end of July, the members of Plano Lodge traveled to Norman, Oklahoma to confer a Master’s degree. During that event, I was earnestly reminded of the profound connection that each of us shares with our brothers, no matter what part of the world in which we might find ourselves. There is something magical about the instant connection of friendship and brotherhood one feels in meeting another Mason for the first time. That feeling of connectedness utterly transcends the barriers that often separate humanity without the door of the Lodge, the very same distinctions of culture, religion, and social status that Freemasonry seeks to overcome in uniting men through the promotion of equality and toleration.

There is something utterly indescribable that connects every Mason through our shared experiences in both becoming a Mason and practicing the teachings of the Order. We are bound to the Fraternity by a strong tie that goes much deeper than the promises we have made to each other. Our own lecture describes this “indissoluble chain of sincere affection”, which for centuries, our brethren in Europe have called the “mystic tie”.

The question that comes to my mind is this. If this bond is so strong that it inspires an instant rapport between two strangers in every other regard, how much greater must its influence be felt between men of the same Lodge, who have known each other for many years? In particular, Freemasonry has a lot to teach us about sincerity, integrity, patience, fidelity, mercy, and justice. Masonry proposes an abiding optimism about human nature, especially where the expectations and judgment of our brothers are concerned.

In an age in which we find ourselves so continuously connected with our fellow humans, constantly communicating through electronic means in both the most meaningful and trivial ways, we are simultaneously losing our ability to discern the intentions and sincerity of those we interact with. It is commonplace now to find that some comment, E-mail, post, or tweet is interpreted in some way that was not intended, and friendships are damaged in the misunderstanding. The increase in the quantity of our communication has placed quality at risk. In this regard, Masonry teaches us to assume that our brothers are acting with sincerity and integrity. In interpreting their words and actions, we must strive to presume that they are acting with the best intentions, and only when we find them truly in error, does one of our ancient changes instruct us to “judge with candor, admonish with friendship, and reprehend with justice”.

This is much easier said than done, my brothers, and that is why Masonry is a progressive science. We must never cease working upon ourselves. As Mahatma Gandhi is well known to have said, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”

Fraternally,
Kevin Main

Conference in the Middle Chamber

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Aug 062012
 

Conference Agenda
Saturday, August 18, 2012 (4PM – 7PM)
Rudyard Kipling
Robert F Pannell

TBD
William R. Goodell

Conference Schedule for 2012:
Saturday, February 11, 2011  1PM – 4PM
Saturday, May 26, 2011  4PM – 7PM
Saturday, August 18, 2011  4PM – 7PM
Saturday, November 17, 2011  4PM – 7PM

Hosted By:
North Texas Masonic Historical Museum and Library
1414 J Avenue
Plano, TX, 75074

The Conference of the Middle Chamber is a great opportunity for Freemasons, young and old, to join
each other in exploring and unfolding the beauties of Masonic philosophy, history, and practice. Each conference hosts presentations, discussions, and panels selected from proposals submitted by Masons.

Topics for presentation and discussion will encompass anything with the exploration and progress of
Freemasonry at its heart, including other philosophies and practices that perhaps bear some relationship
to Freemasonry.