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Upcoming “Forum and Certificate Exam”

Posted by Bro. Zabinsky on Aug 31, 2014 in Lodge News

An important date for all Master Masons – Forum and Certificate Exam on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Donuts and coffee at 8:00 am, forum starts at 9:00 am. There will be a lunch break and the exam will be after lunch.

This is a great thing to just come and watch even if you do not want to take the exam for a certificate.

Hope to see you there.

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Masonic #611 installs new officers

Posted by Bro. Zabinsky on Jul 21, 2012 in Lodge News, Masonic Articles

The installation of officers for Masonic year 2012-2013 is now complete. Mineral Wells Masonic lodge #611 owes a debt of gratitude to Brother Davis and Brother Boswell for doing such a fine job at the installation. This past year was a successful one under the care and guidance of Brother Randy Warren. We are due for a repeat with Brother James Lusk taking the reins. Best of wishes and congratulations to all officers for the upcoming year.

The following officers were installed during the ceremony:
Worshipful Master – James Lusk
Senior Warden – John Lusk
Junior Warden – Joe Lipe
Treasurer – Bob Steele
Secretary – Donnie Hoover
Chaplain – Mark Medlin
Senior Deacon – Eric Zabinsky
Tiler – Jerry Stafford

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Golden Trowel presented to Jerry Stafford

Posted by Bro. Zabinsky on Jul 6, 2012 in Lodge News

The Mineral Wells Masonic lodge #611 presented the Golden Trowel Award to Jerry Stafford on June 22nd, 2012. It was a well deserved award bestowed upon a very dedicated mason.

Golden Trowel Presentation
Pictured – WM Randy Warren on left, and recipient Jerry Stafford and his family.

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A Mason

Posted by Bro. Zabinsky on Mar 3, 2012 in Masonic Poetry

Masonic PinI met a dear old man today,
Who wore a Masonic pin,
It was old and faded like the man,
It’s edges were worn quite thin.
I approached the park bench where he sat,
To give the old brother his due,
I said, “I see you’ve traveled east,”
He said, “I have, have you.”
I said, “I have, and in my day
Before the all seeing sun,
I played in the rubble, with Jubala
Jubalo and Jubalum.”

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Masonry in Texas

Posted by Bro. Zabinsky on Mar 2, 2012 in Masonic Articles, Masonic History

article posted on the Grand Lodge of Texas website -By Erik X BriseƱo

Freemasonry is a fraternity. Its membership is restricted to men, but there is no hazing as is found in some college fraternities. The Masonic Order is a serious group. It exists to take good men and help them to become better men. Thus, it is not a reform society. It does not exist to reform criminals, nor would such persons benefit from its teachings.

Masonry developed from lodges of operative or stone masons. The Masonry of today is distinguished from the stone masonry of old by being referred to as “Speculative” Masonry. Speculative or FREEmasonry does not work with stone but instead works on the lives of men. Its teachings take the imagery of carpentry and architecture and use that imagery to teach by symbols about building a good character.

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I Am Freemasonry

Posted by Bro. Zabinsky on Mar 2, 2012 in Masonic Poetry

I was born in antiquity, in the ancient days when men first dreamed of God. I have been tried through the ages, and found true. The crossroads of the world bear the imprint of my feet, and the cathedrals of all nations mark the skill of my hands. I strive for beauty and for symmetry. In my heart is wisdom and strength and courage for those who ask. Upon my altars is the Book of Holy Writ, and my prayers are to the One Omnipotent God, my sons work and pray together, without rank or discord, in the public mart and in the inner chamber. By signs and symbols I teach the lessons of life and of death and the relationship of man with God and of man with man.

My arms are widespread to receive those of lawful age and good report who seek me of their own free will. I accept them and teach them to use my tools in the building of men, and thereafter, find direction in their own quest for perfection so much desired and so difficult to attain. I lift up the fallen and shelter the sick. I hark to the orphans’ cry, the widows tears, the pain of the old and destitute. I am not church, nor party, nor school, yet my sons bear a full share of responsibility to God, to country, to neighbor and themselves. They are freemen, tenacious of their liberties and alert to lurking danger. At the end I commit them as each one undertakes the journey beyond the vale into the glory of everlasting life.

I ponder the sands within the glass and think how small is a single life in the eternal universe. Always have I taught immortality, and even as I raise men from darkness into light, I am a way of life.


– Ray V. Denslow. 1933

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