Waco Scottish Rite

Ancient Ritual — Modern Brotherhood

A Message from the Sovereign Grand Commander

During these times I ponder the phrase, “in this our dilemma, what shall we do?”

As Scottish Rite Masons, I encourage us all to be true to our obligations, living in the light of our personal faiths and remaining engaged in our communities.

While COVID-19 has brought Masonic activities and so much of our daily routine to an abrupt halt, or at a minimum severely changed our daily routines, we must calmly continue to help, aid, and assist. We must remain true to ourselves.

Perhaps not all of us can be physically out there on the front lines, but we can remain an anchor in our communities, a brotherhood of good men who continue to care and reach out in the methods available to us.

Please consider the following ideas, some of which I borrowed from the Grand Master of Virginia, Most Worshipful Douglas V. Jones, 33° as outlined in a recent letter to his membership:

  • Thank and encourage anyone you know who works on the “front line”: a healthcare worker, a first responder, or the truck driver who keeps the shelves stocked. Remember, our supply chain, from farmer to stock boy, is important. Send a card, an email, or perhaps have a restaurant deliver some food to them.
  • Shop for groceries or pick up prescriptions for Brothers, widows, or neighbors who cannot leave their home due to health considerations. You can simply get what they need and leave it on their doorstep.
  • Assist neighbors with needed yard work or other chores where exposure is limited.
  • Stay in touch by emails, telephone calls, cards, and letters and offer encouragement to your Brethren and those in your community who may not even know about Freemasonry.
  • Valleys may want to consider setting up a phone tree or using an existing one to communicate encouragement to our members.
  • Contact local officials to see if there is anything Scottish Rite Masons can do to help.
  • If your Valley has a message board in front of the building or a Facebook page, post something encouraging and uplifting for the community.

We are not only the oldest Fraternity in the world; we are also the one which has had the greatest impact on humanity.  We have made the world better because of who we are … a Brotherhood of men who have expressed a belief in the Supreme Being, by whatever name we may call Him, and what we do … live up to our promises to help, aid, and assist.

However dark the hour may become, let us share the light of our care, kindness, and compassion with others. We will make a difference. We can improve lives.

Listen to and support health and government officials, stay safe, and be as Masonic as possible. The world needs us.

Sincerely and fraternally,

Jim

SGIG Covid-19 Direcective

The following is from Ill. Michael Wiggins, SGIG for Texas:

Please read the directive linked above as an amendment to the directives that we issued last Monday. I have made the decision to cancel all Scottish Rite meetings of any kind through April 30 including clubs and other social gatherings. I did not make this decision lightly but with the best interests of our membership in mind. Also, be mindful of any orders or declarations made by your local governments. Plus, keep checking for guidance from the CDC regarding your activities. For example, Dallas County has issued a “shelter in place” order that is effective this evening subject to certain exemptions. As a result, we will be closing the Dallas Scottish Rite Cathedral as we are not an essential service. Your city or county may make these special orders and we should adhere to those orders. I will continue to review changes and recommendations by the CDC and follow instructions issued by our governmental authorities. If conditions change in the near future, I will make adjustments as appropriate. I trust that each of you and your family are healthy and taking appropriate action to maintain your health. I appreciate your understanding of these decisions and I look forward to things returning to normal in the near future. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanks.

Michael L. Wiggins, Ph.D., P.E.

SGIG for Texas

Scottish Rite Reunion March 14, 2020

For additional information, contact Ill Rick Trogdon at 325-668-4724

Holly Tucker Concert

Due to the Covid-19 virus, this event has been slipped to May 29th, 2020

Holly Tucker is coming to Lee Lockwood March 28th. Questions? Contact Brenda Light at 254-754-3942 or email Brenda.Light@LeeLockwood.org

Be A Freemason Video

The Sovereign Grand Commander  Illustrious Brother James D. Cole, 33° has sent a message to all Scottish Rite Members asking them to help publicize a new website — http://www.beafreemason.org

If you have not received his email, here it is:

CLICK LINK FOR THE GRAND COMMANDER’S MESSAGE
https://vimeo.com/393968775/db87ee8209

As I mention in the video (link above), I need your help in spreading the word about BeAFreemason.org by sharing it on all your social media pages and mentioning the site to your friends and acquaintances who may be interested in becoming Masons. 

The new website will serve as a guide for men who are interested in becoming Masons and act as a referral service matching interested men with the Grand Lodge in their area.

Below you will find a link to BeAFreemason.org which I encourage you explore.  I would consider it a personal favor if you’d take a moment right now and mention that page on your own social media pages to help me spread the word about BeAFreemason.org.

Thanks for all you do for the Scottish Rite, and for the Craft. 

Fraternally,

2020 Officers of the Waco Scottish Rite Bodies

WACO LODGE OF PERFECTION

Venerable MasterDavid L. Everett, 32°
Senior WardenClinton C. Detlefsen, 32°
Junior WardenRobert E. Bain, 32°
OratorWilliam L. (Rusty) Garrett, 33°
PrelateW. Kermit Brock, 32° KCCH
AlmonerThomas M. Grusendorf, 33°
SecretaryM. L. “Mike” Waldrop, 33°
TreasurerCameron M. Talbert III, 33°
Master of CeremoniesJimmy R. Rumsey, 33°
ExpertEdward M. Brown, 32° KCCH
Assistant ExpertCharles Lewis Ramsey, 32°
Captain of the HostJustin B. Duty, 32°
TilerCharles D. Easter, 32°
Assistant TilerSamuel E. Cryan, 32°

WACO CHAPTER OF ROSE CROIX

Wise MasterChristopher D. DeCluitt, 32°
Senior WardenMichael D. Burton, 32°
Junior WardenGregory L. Holmes, 32°
OratorTroy A. Miller, 32° KCCH
AlmonerThomas M. Grusendorf, 33°
SecretaryM. L. “Mike” Waldrop, 33°
TreasurerCameron M. Talbert III, 33°
Master of CeremoniesBryan R. Daniel, 32°
ExpertAustin C. Parker, 32°
Assistant ExpertT.J. Zawacki, 32°
Standard BearerChad D. Locker, 32° KCCH
Guardian of the TempleFred Duke Shufflebeam, 32°
TilerCharles D. Easter, 32°
Assistant TilerSamuel E. Cryan, 32°

WACO COUNCIL OF KADOSH

CommanderDewey D. “Buddy” Wheat, 32°
First LieutenantJimmy D. Gatlin, 32°
Second LieutenantPeter J. “Trey” Cavezza, 32°
OratorG. Raymond Harper, 32°
AlmonerThomas M. Grusendorf, 33°
SecretaryM. L. “Mike” Waldrop, 33°
TreasurerCameron M. Talbert III, 33°
Master of CeremoniesL. Kevin Wilbourn, 32°
TurcopolierWilliam Shen Thornton, 32°
DraperTaylor T. Keen, 32°
First DeaconC. Chad LaGrone, 32° KCCH
Second DeaconFrank A. Zepp, 32°
Bearer of the BeauseantAnthony D. “Tony” Watson, 32°
Bearer of the White StandardSam Moody, 32°
Bearer of the Black StandardLarry Hawkins, 32°
Lieutenant of the GuardRobert E. Bain, III, 32°
SentinelCharles D. Easter, 32°
Assistant SentinelSamuel E. Cryan, 32°

 WACO CONSISTORY

Master of KadoshKerry R. Kilgore, 32° KCCH
PriorB. C. Lee, 32°
PreceptorRichard Gaiser, 33°
ChancellorLee Goble, 32°
Minister of StateDouglas J. Fitzjarrell, 32° KCCH
AlmonerThomas M. Grusendorf, 33°
RegistrarM. L. “Mike” Waldrop, 33°
TreasurerCameron M. Talbert III, 33°
PrelateThomas J. Levi, 32°
Master of CeremoniesMichael B. Terrill, 32°
ExpertStacy Cranford, 32°
Assistant ExpertDaniel R. Michalek, 32°
Captain of the GuardLarry Molloy, 32°
TilerCharles D. Easter, 32°
Assistant TilerSamuel E. Cryan, 32°

50th Anniversary

 

 

 

Lee Lockwood 50th Anniversary

The 50th Anniversary of the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum is approaching. We at the Scottish Rite Foundation of Texas along with the Waco Scottish Rite Bodies, the Lee Lockwood Library & Museum, and the 50th Anniversary Committee members have been working very hard on the 50th Anniversary, while also working to bring the building into the public eye here in Waco. Over the last three years, we have been renovating and redesigning the Library and Museum. Our goal is to bring the building into the modern age and include ourselves in the Waco tourist circuit.
On September 21, 2019, we will hold a Grand Re-Opening “Golden Gala: A Night at the Museum” 50th Anniversary celebration that will be open to the public and will act as the first event of the new Lee Lockwood Library and Museum. All proceeds from the Gala will go towards the preservation of the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum.
We are asking that everyone participate in the Gala so that we can continue to enjoy this magnificent building for another 50 years as we serve our Fraternity and Community. Please contact us here at Lee Lockwood if you have any questions or you can visit our website www.leelockwood.org for more information. Tickets and sponsorship information is available online.

December 3rd Announcements

Monday Announcements

Brethren,

-Our December Stated Meeting is this evening. The meal starts at 6:30 with the meeting to follow with election of officers.

-No more 4th Saturday breakfast until after the first of the year.

-January meeting will be installation of officers and candidate forum for those running for the Grand South of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas, and will take place on January 7, 2019.

-Next reunion will be April 12 & 13, 2019.

-There will be no Golf in the month of December.

-The Waco Scottish Rite Bodies and the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum will be closed for the Christmas Holiday from December 20 to January 2.

-The 3rd Monday of every month is Scottish Rite degree practice. The 6° practice will be held on December 17th with dinner being served at 6 PM and the degree to follow. We are asking that anyone who is interested in behind the scenes work (sound, lighting, prop work, ect) to come to the practice.

-We are slowly working our way towards the 50th Anniversary. The first of two major events called Robert Burns Night will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019. More information will be coming soon so please stay tuned. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information on the 50th Anniversary please contact either:
Myself (sam.moody@leelockwood.org)
Casey Stanislaw (c.d.stanislaw@gmail.com)
Brenda Light (Brenda.Light@leelockwood.org)
Stan Parker (stanltt@aol.com)
Sonny Juarez (sonny4hrp@aol.com )
You can also keep an eye on our Facebook for more info

-Also feel free to email me with events or announcements I miss each week.

Have a great week,
Sam Moody

Waco Scottish Rite Bodies
Invite you to attend the
December Stated Meeting
Monday, December 3, 2018Dinner 6:30 P.M. with Tiled Meeting to Follow
Lee Lockwood Library & Museum
2801 W. Waco Drive, Waco, Texas

Election of Officers & Regular Business

Dress for the Meeting is Business Casual with Scottish Rite cap
Meal furnished by Foundation Group $10.00 per person
There will be a Silent Auction with proceeds to benefit
the preservation of the Lee Lockwood Library & Museum

(A 501C3 Non-Profit Organization)

Maintained & Operated by the Scottish Rite Foundation of Texas

Monday 11/26/18 Announcements

Brethren,

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and that those who traveled made it back home safe and full!!

A few announcements this week.
-Firstly, thank you to everyone who came to help on Thanksgiving for Meals on Wheels. It was another successful year, and once again we had the pleasure of making sure those less fortunate then ourselves had a good Thanksgiving.

-No more 4th Saturday breakfast until after the first of the year.
-January meeting will be installation of officers and candidate forum for those running for the Grand South of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas, and will take place on January 7, 2019.
-Next reunion will be April 12 & 13, 2019.
-Golf this month will be playing in the Lockwood Golf Tournament which will be on Wednesday, November 28, 2019 at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course, for more information contact Sam Cryan at 254-339-4629 or samcryan@aol.com.
-There will be no Golf in the month of December.
-The Waco Scottish Rite Bodies and the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum will be closed for the Christmas Holiday from December 20 to January 2.
-The 3rd Monday of every month is Scottish Rite degree practice. The 6° practice will be held on December 17th with dinner being served at 6 PM and the degree to follow. We are asking that anyone who is interested in behind the scenes work (sound, lighting, prop work, ect) to come to the practice.

-We are slowly working our way towards the 50th Anniversary. The first of two major events called Robert Burns Night will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019. More information will be coming soon so please stay tuned. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information on the 50th Anniversary please contact either:
Myself (sam.moody@leelockwood.org)
Casey Stanislaw (c.d.stanislaw@gmail.com)
Brenda Light (Brenda.Light@leelockwood.org)
Stan Parker (stanltt@aol.com)
Sonny Juarez (sonny4hrp@aol.com )
You can also keep an eye on our Facebook for more info

Last but not least, we would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

 

 

Waco Scottish Rite Bodies
Invite you to attend the
December Stated Meeting
Monday, December 3, 2018

Dinner 6:30 P.M. with Tiled Meeting to Follow
Lee Lockwood Library & Museum
2801 W. Waco Drive, Waco, Texas

Election of Officers & Regular Business

Dress for the Meeting is Business Casual with Scottish Rite cap
Meal furnished by Foundation Group $10.00 per person
Please contact our office by phone or email for reservations
By Wednesday, November 28, 2018
254-752-1618 or wsrb@wacoscottishrite.org

There will be a Silent Auction with proceeds to benefit
the preservation of the Lee Lockwood Library & Museum
(A 501C3 Non-Profit Organization)
Maintained & Operated by the Scottish Rite Foundation of Texas

3rd Week of November Update

Waco Scottish Rite Bodies
Invite you to attend the
December Stated Meeting
Monday, December 3, 2018

Dinner 6:30 P.M. with Tiled Meeting to Follow
Lee Lockwood Library & Museum
2801 W. Waco Drive, Waco, Texas

Election of Officers & Regular Business

Dress for the Meeting is Business Casual with Scottish Rite cap
Meal furnished by Foundation Group $10.00 per person
Please contact our office by phone or email for reservations
By Wednesday, November 28, 2018
254-752-1618 or wsrb@wacoscottishrite.org

There will be a Silent Auction with proceeds to benefit
the preservation of the Lee Lockwood Library & Museum
(A 501C3 Non-Profit Organization)
Maintained & Operated by the Scottish Rite Foundation of Texas

We are slowly working our way towards the 50th Anniversary. The first of two major events called Robert Burns Night will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019. More information will be coming soon so please stay tuned. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information on the 50th Anniversary please contact either:
Myself (sam.moody@leelockwood.org)
Casey Stanislaw (c.d.stanislaw@gmail.com)
Brenda Light (Brenda.Light@leelockwood.org)
Stan Parker (stanltt@aol.com)
Sonny Juarez (sonny4hrp@aol.com)

You can also keep an eye on our Facebook for more info
Our next 50th Anniversary Committee meeting will be Dec 12 at 6:30

 

Meals on Wheels on Thanksgiving Day.  Start at 6:30 A.M. and finish at 11:00 A.M.
No more 4th Saturday breakfast until after the first of the year.
January meeting will be installation of officers and candidate forum for those running for the Grand South of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas.
Next reunion will be April 12 & 13, 2019.
Golf this month will be playing in the Lockwood Golf Tournament which will be on Wednesday, November 28, 2019 at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course, for more information contact Sam Cryan at 254-339-4629 or samcryan@aol.com.

 

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