Jim Harbor

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.



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.

2013 Plano Blood Drive

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Oct 142012

This Fall’s Plano Masonic Lodge Blood Drive will take place Saturday, October 26th between 9am and 3pm.

The Blood Drive support the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children by providing credits for the blood bank needs. This supports the children and the hospital directly. Giving blood helps everyone.


By the Plumb

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Oct 132012

There has been several updates to our extra-curricular activities over the past month to report. First, our Fall Festive Board has been tentatively moved to Saturday, December 1st. (no longer Oct 12th).

TMRC fundraiser & picnic is Saturday October 20th, 10am – 4pm. A group will be leaving from lodge early to setup our tent. Contact PM Clay Smith or WM Kevin Main for details on caravanning.

We will be having our Widow’s Honor Night November 8th starting at 5:30pm. We need some volunteers to help that evening. Please let Brother Larry know if you can help chauffeur or
otherwise are able to help. Dress up for this evening too.

Thank you & see you Thursday,
Brian Chaput

From the West – October 2012

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Oct 132012

We have been seeing an increase in interest in petitioning for the degrees in our Lodge which is a good thing. As part of the petition process the Grand Lodge requires that we perform an investigation of the candidate before balloting on his petition. The investigation serves several purposes; it allows the investigation team to form personal face to face impressions of the candidate, it provides an opportunity for follow up questions to clarify answers to the petition, and it allows the petitioner and his family, if applicable, to ask questions of the investigation team. We owe it to the petitioner and to Masonry in general to perform a thorough and fair investigation. To that end, I would like to make the following points:

Each signer of a petition, recommender and reference, should be contacted by each member of the investigating team. It is also important to verify that the signers are regular master masons. I’m aware of instances where petitions have been signed by clandestine masons, EAs, and suspended masons.

Also remember that the petitions are confidential and should not be discussed in detail with non-investigators and the petitions should be given to the Secretary in person or in a sealed envelope. Again, this is to protect the petitioner and masonry in general.

We should give the petitioner a chance to involve his family in the investigation if he desires. We know that he is interested since he has submitted a petition, but his family may have reservations that we could address and gain a candidate with the support of his family.

Bill Goodell