From the East
I hope you all take some time this month to remember the men and women that made the Texas Revolution a success. George Bernard Erath, a charter member of Waco 92, was one such man. He came from Austria and became a Texas Ranger in 1835 and as such, he would go on to serve our region valiantly for many decades. In 1836, he joined Burleson’s Regiment of Texans and this led to Erath fighting at the Battle of San Jacinto, which was as important as any battle in the road to victory for the new Republic. Afterwards, Erath became well known as a land surveyor and innovator. He laid out the original street maps for Caldwell, Stephenville and of course, Waco. It was Brother Erath’s idea to name Waco after its native tribes. Erath was also a State Congressman for many years. If you have time this month, pay our old 92 Brother George Erath a visit in Oakwood Cemetery across Lasalle from Baylor.
There will be an Entered Apprentice degree at our lodge on the Thursday evening of March 3 and a Fellowcraft degree on Friday March 11. Please join us. At the upcoming stated meeting on March 10, we have quite the agenda. We will make a final report on the state of our building and our options moving forward. The intent is to move forward with a decision in some direction at the April stated meeting. We will also be reconsidering a piece of our lodge bylaws, considering the possibility of selling home-made, masonic-themed soaps and beard oils through our website, and discussing a new opportunity to support promising Baylor students while securing a regular guest-speaking program from the Honors College there.
Thanks to those of you who have purchased shirts and/or paid your dues online recently. Also new to the website are some more biographies about past masters which can be seen at www.wacomasonic.org/past-masters as well as an in-progress map of cities named after some of our early members which is here: http://www.wacomasonic.org/cities-named-after-our-members
That is all for now. Please send me your email addresses if you have not already done so. See you at the stated meeting!
In Light and Harmony,
From the Secretary’s Desk
From the Secretary’s Desk
Before I forget, I need to let everyone know that the email address for the lodge secretary will be changing as of 01 March 2016. The new email address for the secretary will be email@example.com. Please make that change when you are emailing the lodge.
It was great to see everyone at lodge last month. We were privileged to honor the Widows of Waco 92. Several of the ladies were able to attend. Our Worshipful Master presented a very informative program for the ladies. It is always an honor to have our widows in attendance. We want the widows to know that you will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
We have seen several new members in the past few months. This is not only great for our lodge, but it is great to see that Masonry is alive and making a difference in the lives of many young and old men alike. We have several degrees coming up, so if you would like to work in one of those degrees, I would urge you to attend our practice nights.
Brethren, we still have a few members that have not paid their 2016 lodge dues. A Second Notice will be going out on March 15, 2016. Just a reminder that you can go on our website at the store and pay your dues online by using Paypal. While on the subject of lodge dues, this is just a friendly reminder that the lodge dues will be increasing to $100 starting January 1, 2017.
Hope to see everyone at the March stated meeting.
Tom Waden, Secretary