From the East
Hello Brothers of 92. I am truly writing this “from the East” this time as I sit in Baltimore Harbor on the east coast where I have been seeing some early American and Masonic history this week. Just outside my window is Maryland’s historic Grand Lodge building which contains a replica room based on Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland. If I try hard enough, I can almost hear the cannon shots which once echoed across the harbor while Brother Francis Scott Key wrote the national anthem right up the street.
At the start of the week, a Masonic funeral was held near here for John Paul Jones, American Revolution hero. It seems that the Brothers determined his Masonic services never took place. Of particular interest to 92, I visited the Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia.
In 1932, it was our own Past Master Alva Bryan who made his way out here for the purpose of conducting a special masonic ceremony that dedicated the building. I must stress that if any of you find yourselves in the D.C. area in the future, you must find the time to visit the Washington Masonic Memorial. You will remember that a portion of your degree fees was given to the upkeep of this building. In it, Washington’s lodge continues to meet regularly and there are such treasures as his personal desk, a chair from his office sitting in the East, and various Masonic tools and regalia from his collection. When you walk into the main hall, there are three large stained glass windows on the right, each dedicated to an important figure in the Revolution. Centered is early American hero Joseph Warren, for whom our own Joseph Warren Speight was named. Upstairs, an entire booth displays artifacts from when Past Master Alva Bryan was here. Indeed, the mark of Waco 92 reaches far and wide, especially here in our nation’s capital.
Back in Waco, we are staying busy. Three investigation committees will report at the next stated meeting and based on my communication with the candidates, I expect that we will be conferring three EA degrees in May. We also have two Master degrees coming up fast so contact me, Brother Senior Warden, or the Secretary and sign up for degree work! Please make it to the stated meeting as we are expecting a couple of special guests. One is a Brother traveling from a historic lodge in Louisiana who has personal ties to Waco 92 and the other is Nick Coker, a Baylor student who will present the essay on symbolism and allegory that caused us to award him with this year’s Pat Neff Masonic Memorial Scholarship.
I would like to give a shout out to Jon Spann. On behalf of the lodge, he made sure that our beloved Pat Smith received the necessary attention in regards to her backyard fence. Also, he has successfully paved a new and remarkable parking lot at our longtime home in downtown Waco. Go by and see the beautiful symbols carved into the face of the parking structure at just a block away from the Grand Lodge where Waco 92 met from 1912 to 1969. It is neat to see our former home brought to life while we begin to update our current one on Cobbs. Masonry is alive and well.
I hope to see you all very soon.
From the Secretary’s Desk
daughter and son-in-law that live in the Dallas area. The first pitch was delivered by a
stated meeting, several of the members had the honor of visiting with Br. Fred Khoury in his home. He was unable to attend the April stated meeting for the lodge to present his 60 year Service Award Pin. It was an honor to visit with Br. Khoury. We asked him to reflect on his 60 years in Masonry. Some of the stories that he told about Waco 92 were heartwarming to say the least.