MWSA District No. 108 - Issue No. 38

February 2022

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District Service Team

Your District Service Team is here to assist our Lodges in any way they can.

R:.W:. Chris Ryland - District Deputy Grand Master (Brookshire No. 1066)

Past Master Cody Cockroft - District Instructor (Morton No. 72)

Past Master Carter Sharbrough - District Communications Officer (Katy No. 1439)

Past Master Stan Kitzman - District Education Officer (Brookshire No. 1066)

MWSA Vision

EXCELLENCE BY VIRTUE: Lead with our HEARTS; Think with our HEADS; Work with our HANDS

MWSA Mission Statement

Through education and in consequence of our streamlined focus in pursuit of Masonic excellence, Masonic District No. 108 will work in harmony as a common mass to reinforce our District Lodges in support of the Grand Lodge of Texas.

Contained in this Issue

  • President's Message

  • Called from Labor

  • Lamar Day at Morton Cemetery

  • Degree at the Park - Wednesday 16 February 2022

  • Pleasant Hill Car Show & Auction - Saturday 19 February 2022

  • Waller Lodge Clay Shoot - Saturday 2 April 2022

  • Ritualistic Certificate Presentations

  • Upcoming Degrees/Proficiency Exams

  • District 108 Upcoming Stated Meetings

  • DDGM Official Visits

  • Lodge Suspense Dates

  • Kumntakit Grotto

  • Grand Lodge of Texas App

  • MWSA Business Meeting Rotation Schedule

  • Morton Lodge History Book

  • Other Upcoming Events

  • Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay

  • Newsletter Archive

"The Society or Fraternity of Freemasons is more in the nature of a system of Philosophy or of moral and social virtues taught by symbols, allegories, and lectures based upon fundamental truths, the observance of which tends to promote stability of character, conservatism, morality and good citizenship." - William Howard Taft

President's Message


Your Masters, Wardens and Secretaries Association (MWSA) No. 108 last met on Tuesday, January 25th at Waller Lodge for its quarterly business meeting. I regret that I was not able to attend due to illness, which turned out to be COVID-19. I am doing well and have since tested negative, but it reminds us that the pandemic remains a factor in our daily lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all as we continue to fight the impact of this lingering virus.

From the feedback I received, this meeting was well attended and received. Thank you, Vice President Michael Spencer, for leading in my absence. Brother Albert Davis also completed his series on masonic funerals by providing an overview and discussion of the Masonic Funeral Guide. This is a great resource for brothers to prepare for the inevitable but unknown departure from this life. It is a resource that can be used by family and a mason’s fraternal network to ensure that a brother’s final wishes are honored. Copies of the guide are available at the following link:, and we stand ready to answer any questions that may arise in its use. As always, thank you Past Master Davis for a job well done in educating us.

Regarding our 2021 District Service Team, let me first congratulate them on a job well done. Former District Deputy Grand Master, David C. Berndt, District Education Officer Albert Davis, District Communication Officer Carter Sharbrough, and District Instructor Cody Cockroft deserve our praise, and we wish them well on their continued work in our great fraternity.

Looking forward, I extend a hearty congratulations to our 2022 District Service Team. Right Worshipful Christopher Bradley Ryland, District Deputy Grand Master, has been appointed by M:.W:. Billings to represent him in our District. For those of you who do not know him, he is a two-time Past Master of Brookshire and San Felipe Lodge and is currently serving as Junior Warden at Waller Lodge. This is not his first “rodeo” as a District Deputy Grand Master for Masonic District 108, and in speaking with him he is once again honored to serve in this capacity. M:.W:. Billings also appointed Stan Kitzman as our District Education Officer and Carter Sharbrough as our District Communications Officer. Cody Cockroft will continue to support our District with duties fitting of our Masonic Ritual as District Instructor. Brother Cockroft was also appointed by the Trustees to be the Chairman of the Grand Lodge's Education and Masonic Service Committee and was voted in to act as a Director of the Texas Masonic Charities Foundation. We know these are big commitments, and we wish all of you a superb and rewarding year as you serve in these important capacities.

On another note, I would also like to congratulate another District 108 brother on his appointment as District Deputy Grand Master at Large, Right Worshipful Aaron Wayne Tyksinski. This is an amazing fifth consecutive year as a DDGM, and it all began in District 108. Right Worshipful, we thank you for your ongoing service to Grand Masters of Texas and to our beloved craft.

As this changing of the guard begins, one of the important duties that face all Lodges is the reception of the District Deputy Grand Master and his service team. These visitations will begin in March, and Worshipful Masters are encouraged to begin to prepare their lodges for this important duty. As your MWSA strives to provide education in pursuit of Masonic excellence, I reached out to our District Instructor Cody Cockroft for some helpful guidance on this topic. Portions of the ritual are not included; however, he offered the following information for this reception:

  • After Lodge is opened, DDGM will approach the altar and give the MM Sign. He will remove himself from the Lodge Room. Junior Deacon will open and close the door for the DDGM.

    • Note: timing of this is per the discretion of the DDGM.

  • From outside, Tiler will knock three times on the outer door

    • Note: timing of this is per the discretion of the DDGM.

  • JD will knock three times and open the door.

  • Tiler will say, “Right Worshipful Christopher Bradley Ryland, District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District No. 108 of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas, is in waiting”.

  • JD will close the door and report the following to the WM: “Right Worshipful Christopher Bradley Ryland, District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District No. 108 of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas, is in waiting”.

  • WM will stand and gavel three times (to raise the Lodge).

  • WM will direct the SD and JD to the door with their respective rods (in due form).

  • WM will direct the SW and JW to remain in their stations and the Brethren to form two lines (in due form).

  • WM will direct the Sr Escort and Jr Escort to receive the DDGM.

    • Note: Sr Escort is on the north side (facing the door)

  • With no knocks, the Sr Escort opens the door and says, “Right Worshipful Sir, Lodge No. XXX is ready to receive you.”

  • Sr and Jr Escorts conduct the DDGM to the altar. SD and JD follow behind with their rods in due form.

    • Note: SR Escort on DDGM’s left; Jr Escort on the DDGM’s right.

  • DDGM, Sr and Jr Escort give the MM Sign. WM returns the MM Sign.

  • Sr Escort then says, “Worshipful Master, it is my privilege to present to you and through you to the brethren here assembled, Right Worshipful Christopher Bradley Ryland, District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District No. 108 of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas.

  • WM directs the brethren to extend the Private Grand Honors.

  • WM then asks the Sr Escort to conduct the DDGM to the East. At the altar, DDGM shakes the hand of the Jr Escort. In the east, DDGM shakes the hand of the Sr Escort.

  • WM welcomes the DDGM to Lodge No. XXX and tenders him the gavel. No one sits until the DDGM gavels.


Our District Instructor truly has a servant’s heart, and is ready to assist if needed; however, it is imperative that you reach out to him and give him ample time to plan. He is planning to hold no less than two District Forums in 2022.

In closing, if you have topics you would like to have covered this year, please reach out to us for further discussion. We are here to Lead with our HEARTS; Think with our HEADS; Work with our HANDS. I hope to see you soon, and may God bless your work.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Chris Choat


Mobile: (713) 206-4242

Called from Labor

Brother Jim Prewett - Pleasant Hill Lodge No. 380 - Called from Labor Tuesday 25 January 2022

Past Master Johnny Hillhouse - Brookshire Lodge No. 1066 - Called from Labor Friday 28 January 2022

Lamar Day at Morton Cemetery

On Tuesday, January 26th, District 108 was well-represented at the Lamar Day Celebration held at Morton Cemetery. Several Masons were in attendance, and photos and the video can be viewed below.

Degree at the Park - Wednesday 16 February 2022

Bellaire Lodge and Garden Oaks Lodge will be hosting the Degree at the Park. This will be Master Mason's Degree at George Ranch Park. Details are on the flyer below. Members of District 108 are participating in this Degree, as well as helping to provide equipement for the event. Let's have a great showing!

Pleasant Hill Car Show & Auction - Saturday 19 February 2022

Pleasant Hill Lodge will be hosting it's annual Car Show and Auction on 19 February 2022. Click the flyer and registration forms below for more information.

Waller Lodge Clay Shoot - Saturday 2 April 2022

Waller Lodge will be hosting a clay shoot on Saturday 2 April 2022. For more information, click on the flyer to the left or see the folder below.

Ritualistic Certificate Presentations

Our District Instructor, Past Master Cody Cockroft, will be coordinating an event to be held to present esoteric certificates to all Brothers in District 108 who earned one in the previous year. More information will be forthcoming as becomes available.

Upcoming Degrees/Proficiency Exams

District No. 108 Upcoming Stated Meetings

DDGM Official Visits

Lodge Suspense Dates

January – Worshipful Master should appoint a Committee on Members in Arrears (Article 319a).

May 31 – W. B. and Brandon Carrell Award nominations may be submitted to the Grand Lodge committee on Public Education for evaluation and recommendation to the Grand Lodge Trustees (Article 14b).

Mid-June – Look for Annual Returns Format from GL. (Downloaded from the Grandview System after June 24th. Notify the GS staff if you need the returns mailed as a printout).

June 23 – Lodge elections must be completed at the last stated meeting prior to midnight of June 23 (Art. 292). Notify us of new Lodge Officers immediately so they can be printed in the Directory of Constituent Lodges (do not wait for installation). Submission will be available on the Grandview System from May 24 through midnight June 23.

June 23 – Endowed Membership checks must be in the Office of the Grand Secretary by June 23 to start earning interest in order to receive returns by the next year (Art. 318a). Changes to the amount of endowments must be voted on at the same meeting as the Lodge elections, and notification to Grand Lodge must be before June 24th. Endowed Membership applications received at the Grand Lodge on or after June 24 must be for the amount that the Lodge reported.

July 15 – Statements of Availability due GS Office. (6a).

July 31 – Lodge installations must be performed from June 24 to prior to midnight July 31 (Art. 298).

August 15 – Annual Returns Report due to Grand Lodge (Art. 493).

August 15 – Resolutions due in GS Office (Art. 172).

August 15 & August 31 – Vanguard Applications are due to the DDGM NLT August 15 and to the Grand Secretary NLT August 31 (refer to Vanguard Application Instructions).

September 1 – Lodge By-Laws that must be reviewed by the GL Committee on By-Laws due the GS Office NLT September 1 (Art. 219).

September 15 – Lodge Minimum Audit Report 71 are due to the GS Office NLT September 15 (Art. 284).

November 15 – Form 990-N, Electronic Notice (e-Postcard), must be filed with the IRS by Lodges that have gross receipts of $50,000 or less, or do not meet the requirements for filing the IRS 990 or IRS 990EZ. (Lodges must file the appropriate Form 990 no later than the 15th day of the fifth month following the close of the organization’s fiscal year.)

December 28 – Proxy Certificates are due the GS Office NLT December 28 (Art. 4). You should always appoint a Proxy (in case of an emergency) but he would not vote if any of the top three officers were available. Remember, each brother can have no more than four votes. Therefore, a sitting Worshipful Master cannot be proxy for another Lodge.

Kumntakit Grotto

Kumntakit Grotto was instituted on Saturday 27 March 2021 at Sugar Land Lodge No. 1141 and began by initiating nearly 40 new members and installing its new Officers. The Officers and members of the new Grotto represent several of our District Lodges, bringing our Lodges closer together.

Grand Lodge of Texas App

Do you have the Grand Lodge of Texas app? It contains copies of the current law book and monitor, as well as several years worth of Briscoe Workshops. It can also serve as a communications tool between Brothers. You may find the links to the app below:

Apple App Store -

Google Play Store -

MWSA Business Meeting Rotation Schedule

Please click the image to see the rotation schedule for MWSA Business Meetings through 2022.

Morton Lodge History Book

Morton Lodge has completed the third edition of the book on its history. Copies may be purchased from Past Master Cody Cockroft for $20.

Lodge Study Nights

Are you interested in attending a Study Night? Please join us for the following evenings of fellowship and study:

Mondays - 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Morton Lodge No. 72

Mondays - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Waller Lodge No. 808

Mondays - 6:30 PM - Katy Lodge No. 1439

Mondays - 7:00 PM - Sugar Land Lodge No. 1141

Wednesday - 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Rosenberg Lodge No. 881

Wednesdays - 7:00 PM - Sugar Land Lodge No. 1141

If your Lodge holds a Study Night that is not listed, please let us know so that we may include it here and get the word out to more Brothers!

Other Upcoming Events

Below you will find dates for upcoming events around Masonic District #108, along with other Masonic events in our area. Full calendars for events around District #108 may be found at the District #108 website by clicking the button below this list.

**Tue, Feb 1, 2022 - Katy Lodge #1439 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM**

Tue, Feb 1, 2022 - Waller O.E.S. Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Wed, Feb 2, 2022 - Matagorda Lodge #7 Stated Meeting

Wed, Feb 2, 2022 - North Houston Chapter & Council Stated Meeting @ Melrose Lodge - 6:30 PM

**Thu, Feb 3, 2022 - Brookshire Lodge #1066 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM**

Mon, Feb 7, 2022 - Park Place Commandery #106 Stated Conclave - 6:30 PM

Tue, Feb 8, 2022 - Westside Assembly No. 233, International Order of Rainbow for Girls @ Katy Loge - 7:00 PM

**Tue, Feb 8, 2022 - Morton Lodge #72 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM**

Tue, Feb 8, 2022 - Sugar Land OES Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

**Tue, Feb 8, 2022 - Waller Lodge #808 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM**

**Thu, Feb 10, 2022 - Hempstead Lodge #749 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM**

Thu, Feb 10, 2022 - Richmond Chapter & Council Stated Meeting @ Morton Lodge - 6:30 PM

Fri, Feb 11, 2022 - Ruthven Commandery #2 Stated Conclave @ Holland Lodge - 6:30 PM

Sat, Feb 12, 2022 - Melrose Commandery #109 Stated Conclave @ Melrose Lodge - 6:30 PM

Mon, Feb 14, 2022 - Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay Stated Meeting @ Sugar Land Lodge - 7:00 PM

**Tue, Feb 15, 2022 - Rosenberg Lodge #881 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM**

Thu, Feb 17, 2022 - Katy OES Stated Meeting - 6:30 PM

Fri, Feb 18, 2022 - Houston Commandery #95 Stated Conclave @ Conroe Lodge - 6:30 PM

**Sat, Feb 19, 2022 - Pleasant Hill Lodge #380 STATED MEETING - 11:00 AM**

**Mon, Feb 21, 2022 - Sugar Land Lodge #1141 STATED MEETING - 6:30 PM**

Tue, Feb 22, 2022 - Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay Stated Meeting @ Sugar Land Lodge - 7:00 PM

Thu, Feb 24, 2022 - Houston Valley Scottish Rite Stated Meeting - 6:00 PM

Mon, Feb 28, 2022 - Fort Bend Commandery #74 Stated Conclave @ Rosenberg Lodge - 6:30 PM

The full Google Calendars for District No. 108 may be found on the MWSA website.

Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay

Imperial Chapter, Order of DeMolay was set to work on Saturday 31 August 2019. DeMolay is a wonderful organization for young men from 12-21 years of age. It strives to teach virtues and help young men grow into responsible and committed members of society.

You can learn more about DeMolay here:

If you know anyone who may be interested in membership at Imperial Chapter, please have them contact Matt Woodard, Chapter Advisor at

MWSA Newsletter Archive

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