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March Stated Meeting - Plano (Updated 03/10/2016)

The next meeting of TLR will be held in Plano, Texas on March 18 & 19, 2016 at which time we will have our annual election of officers and installation. Should tradition prevail, I will be moving to the east where Brad Billings has so regally reigned for the past year. Thank You Bradly Scott for a job well done.

The host hotel for out of town members is the Hilton Garden Inn located at 1001 West President George Bush Turnpike. Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly at 972-792-9393.

Although the original announcement of this event indicated that a hospitality suite had been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn, Lynda and I would like for those of you that will be attending the hospitality event to meet at our home from 5:00 pm till 6:30 pm for the social event and enjoy an adult beverage or two. Please see the email communication or call for the address. Our phone number is 972-424-3304.

After the social hour we will adjourn to Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant for a family style Italian meal. Lynda and I will be honored for you to be our guest for the meal. After the meal, our Grand Musician, Michael Cote will entertain us. It’s going to be a rocking good time. The address of the restaurant is 6001 West Park Blvd. Plano, TX 75093. While Lynda and I are happy to provide for the meal, there will be a cash bar available for those who wish to partake.

Should you desire to share dinner with us at the restaurant, please RSVP with your headcount (i.e. will your lady be attending?) It is important that I have an accurate headcount for the restaurant. Please RSVP to cemckay@verizon.net or call us at 972-424-3304 no later than midnight March 13, 2016.

The stated meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Plano Masonic Lodge #768. The Lodge is located at 1414 ½ J Ave in Plano. Right in the middle of historic Downtown Plano. Directions to the Lodge can be found on the Plano Lodge Web Site www.planomasoniclodge.org.

During the morning stated meeting, the ladies are invited to assemble in the Museum and Library on the lower floor for a program prepared by Lynda McKay.

The noon meal on Saturday will be served in the Museum and Library located on the first floor of the Lodge Building and will be catered by the great kitchen staff of Plano Lodge. A donation of $8.00 will be appropriate for this meal.

We look forward to seeing you in Plano.

Charles McKay

Adding To Our Body Of Knowledge

For over fifty years, Texas Lodge of Research has been adding to the body of Masonic knowledge through research papers conducted by it members. This information is then published and distributed internationally to Masons and to Masonic Lodges and Libraries. Through quarterly meetings and regular publication, TLR inspires Masons of the Grand Lodge of Texas and other Grand Lodges all over the world to conduct research in the mysteries of Masonry and the history of our Craft, then submitting it for presentation. However, presenting a research paper is not a requirement of membership; many members join just to learn more about Masonry in general and the history of Texas Masonry in specific. Any Master Mason can become a member and our dues are only $35 per year. Click the Petition link for more information.

Ken Cochran

Encouraged To Write A Lodge History

I was asked to write a history of Empire Lodge as an extension of my
experience of writing a brief history of our lodge to present at the
dedication of the historical marker for our lodge. After the
presentation, I was encouraged by Right Worshipful Jerrel Jones, our
District Deputy Grand Master for Masonic District No. 9B (Eastern
Collin County) and a member of our lodge to do a more complete
history and present that paper to the Texas Lodge of Research. That
encouragement was supported by other members of the lodge and I
suppose it was a consensus appointment because so many members
were curious about various events in our history. I am currently
reviewing the minutes of the lodge (interesting task since our charter
was granted in 1884) and have conducted several interviews with
individuals who know certain phases of the history. I have
interviewed two great-great grandchildren of charter members of the

David Stanfield, Full Member