Upgrades to the Lodge!

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Feb 052014

If you haven’t been to Lodge recently, come by and see the improvements we’re making!

Brothers Trey Odom and Barry Parrish repainted the hall and stairway to the Lodge.  They carpeted the stairs, landings and Lodge Room Stations and replaced the rotted threshold wood at the door and covered it with a non-slip aluminum entry landing.

New window artwork on our main door displays our updated contact information and phone number.  Electrical upgrades include a receptacle and switch so we could proudly display our “100 Years” stained glass sign for public view.  It is illuminated on meeting nights in addition to the traditional light in the window as a sign that we are in session.

Recording Charitable Service Hours

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Sep 152013


As Chaplain of Plano Lodge, it is also my duty to keep track of the volunteer work we do as Masons.  Do you do any volunteer work for the Lodge?  If you do, we need to report that to the Grand Lodge of Texas.  Please keep track of your hours, mileage, any out of pocket expenses (some may be reimbursable by the Lodge or Grand Lodge) and any time spent by non-Masons that may be helping you.

You need to report this to me at the end of the month in which you did the volunteer work, so if you’re volunteering ever month (in the Library and Museum, for example), I will need it ever month.  If you volunteer for an event, such as the blood drive coming up in October, then I only need it at the end of October.

There is a form you can fill out and give to me at a Lodge meeting.  If you would like the form electronically, send me an email at sbuck@smu.edu and I will sent it to you.

If you have any questions please let me know.


Jonathan Buck
Chaplain, Plano Lodge #768

Blood Donation Instructions for those unable to attend at Plano Lodge on October 26th

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Jul 122013


Several members have expressed concern that the Blood Drive is being held on the same weekend as the third day of the Fall Reunion. I was told, “I’d give, but I’ll be at the Scottish Rite all day.”

Well, here’s your chance to support your lodge, the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital – and not miss out on the events of Reunion Day 3.

Three Simple Steps:

1. Visit the Plano Donor Center page and schedule your appointment from this link: https://ww2.greatpartners.org/donor/schedules/center/21

Click on one of the links in the calendar to make an appointment – NOTE: You may donate on a SATURDAY or SUNDAY!

2. When you arrive for your appointment, provide the following information to the receptionist upon registration:


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3. Contact me when you have made your donation and I will add your numbers to the final tally of pints.

Finally brethren, please let me know if you have any friends or family members who are interested in giving on the day of the event (October 26th). I will add them to the list and notify them of an appointment time for their convenience.



Plano Lodge #768 Scholarship Application

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May 022013


Plano Lodge #768 Scholarship Application



Plano Lodge #768 in conjunction with the North Texas Masonic Historical Museum & Library is awarding two, $1000.00 scholarships to local students towards higher education.    The decision will be based upon qualification and merit of the Essay focused on Masonic history in Texas or its historical territories.

  • Applications will be accepted any time.  Our due date is February 1st, 7pm, for the following school year (Fall-Spring) by mail (PO Box) or in-person to:

Plano Masonic Lodge #768

P. O. Box 860282

Plano, TX 75086


Plano Masonic Lodge #768

1414 ½ J Ave

Plano, TX 75074

  • Attention should be made to the Scholarship Committee.  We will accept applications & essays anytime throughout the year leading to the Feb. 1 deadline.
  • Plano Lodge #768 with the North Texas Masonic Historical Museum & Library will have the scholarship committee review, rank, and approve the received applications.  The best two essays will be awarded the scholarships.
  • In May we will announce decisions
  • In July we present awards
  • The lodge will pay the college or university upon enrollment by the scholarship recipient.

Your submitted application should include these items (1-8):

  1. Full Name
  2. Address
    1. You must live within Collin County or a county adjoining it
  3. Contact information
    1. Phone
    2. Email
  4. College or Institution’s Name & Address, if known
  5. Past semester(s)’s transcript with GPA minimum of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  6. Interest or Degree plan
  7. Personal paragraph
    1. While the scholarship is based upon the historic essay, we would like to know about you, your situation, your plans, and any circumstances that you feel we should know.
    2. Masonic affiliation is not a prerequisite to apply, but is definitely allowed.
  8. Essay
    1. Subject: Fraternal or Masonic History in Texas
    2. Qualification: (at least) 3 full pages (double-spaced, 1” margins, 12-pt Times New Roman font) in addition to proper referencing of source material.
    3. Notes:
      1. Masonry can be interpreted to include other Fraternal or appendant bodies.
      2. Suggestions: Personal biographies, Masonic functions, Social functions, Educational functions, Charitable functions, Masonic places, Eras and local fraternal impact, Fraternal organization history or other similar.
      3. Texas history may be Plano, Dallas, Peter’s Colony, Republic of Texas, State of Texas, or other geographical or historical tie to our community.
      4. Essays will become property of the North Texas Masonic Historical Museum & Library collection.
        1. The Essay may be re-published or publicly displayed with credit assigned to author.

The North Texas Masonic Historical Museum & Library will be open for research.

  • M / W / F 1 – 4pm, or other arrangements may be made.


Certificate Examination Practice

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Apr 292013


Ricky Brown with the Grand Lodge Committee on Work is scheduled to conduct the Certificate Exam at Plano No. 768 on Monday, 9 September 2013 – 600 pm .

Lecture practice sessions for ALL CERTIFICATE CANDIDATES will be held each Wednesday evening beginning at 6:30 PM in the Lodge Room.

Contact Jim Harbor at jim.harbor@gmail.com or 469-744-6028 for more information.

“Dress Rehearsal” will be held at the lodge on Saturday, September 7th beginning at 8:00 AM.