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2015 Spring Bulletin - Click to download

June Stated Meeting & Anson Jones Lecture - Grapevine

Please join your officers and I on June 19th and 20th for our Annual Anson Jones Lecture and what is promising to be a full weekend in Grapevine Texas!

Friday night will kick off the festivities with a meal at 6:30 at ‘Love and War in Texas’ in Grapevine; a restaurant “…created to promote Texas, Texans, Texas food and Texas Herritage.” If you have never been to this unique restaurant I highly recommend joining us! I have already spoken with the manager and you will receive your bill right after you order which will help us to get out of the restaurant in a timely manner!

The restaurant is basically in the same parking lot as the hotel which is the Hyatt Place Grapevine. A group rate has been secured for $119 a night and includes free breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free airport shuttle (please contact the hotel for shuttle arrangements.)

Afterwards, we will retire to the Grapevine Lodge No. 288 for a play based on the Taylor Hamilton Monitor and what a MM Degree would have been like in the 1880’s. The ladies will have the option of retiring to our hospitality room or going to Messina Hof Winery (one block from the Lodge) for a wine tasting ($10). Afterwards we will all meet up in the hospitality room at the hotel.

Saturday morning the Lodge will open at 9 a.m. for coffee and donuts and the meeting will begin at 10 a.m. with an educational talk presented by Fellow and Full Member of TLR – Brent Morris. Afterwards the ladies will rejoin us for a meal at the lodge at noon. At 1 p.m. we will commence with the open portion of the meeting and the reading of the papers.

The Main Event

Saturday Night we have secured the Lancaster Theatre in downtown Grapevine Texas for our 2015 Anson Jones Lecturer – ARTURO DE HOYOS! Tickets need to be purchased in advance for $50 per person and includes: Cesar or Garden Salad, Prime Rib (or Chicken – must specify if you want chicken), Mashed Potatoes, Tea & Coffee, Dessert and a World Class Lecturer!!!

An electronic RSVP form will be coming soon from the Technology Chairman & Senior Steward, Charles Maddox.

***You must pay in advance to insure your RSVP for this event! You can mail a check to the Secretary.***

Hotel Accommodations

For reservations your guests can call Hyatt Place reservations directly at 972-691-1199 and request the Texas Lodge Research group rate or go to our website at www.hyattplacedallasgrapevine.com , in the space for CORPORATE or GROUP code use code G-LODG to book the rate.

You can also use this booking link:

Please make your reservations by 6/5/15 to be guaranteed the rate and availability.

Tiled events are printed in Black - Open events are printed in Blue - Ladies events are printed in Red

FIRST DAY – FIRST SESSION Friday, June 19, 2015
4 – 6:30 p.m. Check in at Hyatt Place Grapevine – Hospitality Suite open
6:30 p.m. Dinner at ‘Love and War in Texas’ (Grapevine) – Alamo Room
8 p.m. ‘The Taylor Monitor’ play at Grapevine Lodge No. 288
  Wine Tasting at Messina Hof (one block from the Lodge)
9 p.m. Hospitality Room reopens

SECOND DAY – SECOND SESSION Saturday, June 20, 2015
9 a.m. Grapevine Lodge No. 288 opens – Coffee and Donuts
9:30 a.m. Ladies depart hotel for Main Street Shopping (optional shopping at Grapevine Mills Mall)
10 a.m. Texas Lodge of Research Stated Meeting
12 a.m. Lunch provided by Texas Lodge of Research (donation requested)
1 p.m. Open portion of TLR Meeting – Reading of Papers
3 p.m. Closing of TLR Stated

SECOND DAY – THIRD SESSION Saturday, June 20, 2015
6 p.m. Reception at Lancaster Theatre
6:30 p.m. Anson Jones Lecture – Arturo de Hoyos
9 p.m. Hospitality Room reopens

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