MWSA District No. 108 - Issue No. 39

March 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

  • Vanguard Award Application

  • Morton Lodge Graded Entered Apprentice Degree

  • Morton Lodge Past Masters' Event - Saturday 12 March 2022

  • Rosenberg Lodge BBQ

  • 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

"To enlarge the sphere of social happiness is worthy of the benevolent design of a Masonic institution; and it is most fervently to be wished, that the conduct of every member of the fraternity, as well as those publications, that discover the principles which actuate them, may tend to convince mankind that the grand object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race." - George Washington

President's Message

This Masonic Year is coming to an end, and lodges are entering the final stretch of completing the many duties planned back at the beginning of the 2021-2022 year. This often includes such undertakings as scholarship and teacher honorariums, community awards, Past Master’s recognition, and the honoring of our special ladies whose husbands have laid down their working tools in days gone by. After going through many years in officer lines, I know this period can be stressful. You are not alone. I encourage the officers of our lodges to persevere through strength toward the finish line knowing that the work you do is important and meaningful.

In finishing your year strong, I encourage the officers of all eight District 108 lodges to consider pursing this year’s Vanguard Award. The Vanguard Application is now available on Grandview under Resources, and you can also download the application from this MWSA 108 newsletter. The word “vanguard” refers to a group of people leading the way in the development of ideas. It also refers to the foremost part of an advancing army or naval force that represents the best-of-the-best. What an appropriate name for this prestigious award.

The Vanguard Award is a worthwhile venture. It should be viewed as a tool to help guide officers through a masonic year to ensure the right things are being done to make lodges productive and healthy. It is broken down into generally required and elective elements in the following six major categories:

1. Lodge Administration – Items that should be done to keep the lodge in good order.

2. Community Involvement – Activities that demonstrate community presence and commitment driven by HEARTS, HEADS, and HANDS of caring lodge members.

3. Member Service – Efforts that continually inform, honor, and uplift members and their and families especially during times of necessity.

4. Masonic Education – Lessons to strengthen the knowledge through a variety of topics including masonic ritual, decorum and etiquette, history, laws and statutes, philosophy, symbolism, and self-improvement.

5. Fraternalism – Events that promote fellowship and strong social interactions that span across the entire masonic spectrum.

6. Grand Master’s Emphasis – Undertakings in support of our Grand Master’s priorities for his time leading our great fraternity.

Although a significant portion of the year has transpired, there remains sufficient time to complete the necessary activities to achieve the award. Start by assembling the officers the lodge together and review the requirements to determine what has already occurred and what remains to be undertaken. Develop a written plan identifying each requirement or elective to be pursued, assign responsibilities, and set deadlines for completion. Once there is agreement, set the plan in motion and do not forget to monitor and report results at your stated meetings. Monitoring and reporting are critical to staying focused for achieving the desired outcome.

Ultimately, know that you are not on your own. Half of the lodges in District 108 were Vanguard recipients in 2021, and I am confident that the brothers of these four lodges (Morton No. 72, Rosenberg No. 881, Sugar Land No. 1141, and Katy No. 1439) are willing to share their knowledge and experience. We are also blessed to have a District Instructor (Brother Cody Cockroft) who is the Chairman of the Grand Lodge’s Education and Masonic Service Committee that is responsible for encouraging “participation in the Lodge Vanguard Program, and to establish the rules suitable for recognition of Lodge achievement in the program.” Finally, the officers of MWSA No. 108, including myself, would love to be of assistance. In fact, our April 26, 2022 meeting at Brookshire Lodge No. 1066 will have a presentation to reinforce these opportunities. We hope you will take advantage of one or more of these avenues for assistance, and all stand ready to support the lodges of our outstanding district.

Have a great month, and I hope to fellowship with you at some point in the near term.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Chris Choat


Mobile: (713) 206-4242

Called from Labor

Vanguard Award Application

Link to download the application:


Morton Lodge Graded Entered Apprentice Degree

On Thursday 17 February, Morton Lodge conferred an Entered Apprentice Degree that was graded by R:.W:. Kenneth Young of the Committee on Work. The Brothers of Morton Lodge did an outstanding job, earning a score of 973 out of a possible 1,000 points! The new Brother got a very good Degree. Congratulations Brothers!

Morton Lodge Past Masters' Event - Saturday 12 March 2022

Morton Lodge will be hosting a Past Masters' event on Saturday 12 March 2022. We will convene at the Lodge at 9:00 AM then travel to Morton Cemetery to honor the Past Masters buried there. We will then return to the Lodge for a brief program, followed by lunch.

RSVP's are highly encouraged to help plan for the meal. Please email Worshipful Master Beane at to let him know that you plan to attend and how many people you will be bringing with you.

Rosenberg Lodge BBQ Cook-Off

Rosenberg Lodge's BBQ Cook-Off Fundraiser is returning! The event is tentatively scheduled for 3-5 June 2022 at the Needville Youth Fair Parking Lot. The maximum number of teams is currently capped at 35.

Entry fees:

  • $50 for Fajitas and Margaritas on Friday Night (or $25 for each event)

  • $150 for Brisket, Chicken, Pork Spareribs, and Pinto Beans on Saturday.

IBCA judging rules will be followed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mon, Mar 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

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