By the Plumb – August 2012

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Aug 062012


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

By the Plumb – July

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Jul 102012

It is GREAT to be a Texas Mason! We still say this nearly every lodge. I can’t remember it not happening. I love it. What do you remember? Have you been to lodge in a while? We would certainly like to see you more often. I know our necessary vocations can take us away, but remember that Masonry will return what you put into it. Please make an effort to join us. There are lots of new members to meet and we are still diligent in our degree work. There is lots of fun to be had and its always good to be seen (not viewed)!

So, as we begin a new Masonic year, I am going to make three points I’d like for you each to think and act upon.

I’m going to be at lodge 30 minutes before Called Meeting’s dinners. The intent is to offer a few options for those who join in: 1. socialize, 2. practice degree parts or esoteric work, and 3. call lodge open to perform proficiency work, as needed, until dinner. The primary intent is to offer some time prior to our normal activities to break into smaller groups to prepare ourselves for the evening’s activities or whatever may be the most pressing need that day. So, joint us at 5:30 every Thursday!

We need support for our degree teams, primarily for those who are willing to learn or teach a speaking part. This effort is two-fold. First, we need those who are willing to act and learn some of the various roles. This effort has a long and strong tradition in Plano Lodge. We have many who are competent in most of the degree work. However, we need more help in the charge, lectures, and various presentations in addition to the standard degree parts.  Second, we need those who can mentor and aid during the degrees. The intent is to have someone teach and support one-on-one so expertise is passed down. Many new members are willing to perform, but require more than a 5 minute day-of instruction. Those who are willing could aid before and during the degree to offer support and instruction.

We are going to be adding a small “meditation” to the end of our degree nights. This short program will attempt to bring out some of the symbols and allegories that are inculcated into that Masonic degree. If you have an item or a list of items you find particularly revealing during any of the degrees and would like to share them in a 5 minute talk after its respective degree, please let me know. I’ll definitely schedule the time in. I plan to start in the first month, but am positive that everyone will have some insight they’d like to share. I’d be happy to have others talk, but would be willing to share your observations at a minimum. I believe this program will add to the value of our work for everyone.

Well that is a mouth-full for this month. I hope to see you at lodge soon!


Brian Chaput