Two significant happenings in the life of Texas Prince Hall Masonry bring news that should be shared with all.
First, the Grand Lodge has reactivated its Newsletter/Magazine. It used to have one of those glossy printed magazines that became a hassle to publish and a burdensome cost. Slowly over time the Texas Prince Hall Newsletter just faded away and was no more.
This year it has been reactivated in a new format under the superb leadership of Brother Burrell D. Parmer with yours truly as one of his assistants.
Brother Parmer has put together a publications committee team with members from various parts of the state.
The Newsletter called The Texas Prince Hall Freemason is in PDF format and published on the Grand Lodge website. No longer will this be a printed handout with cumbersome, costly mailing processes. It will be viewable by anybody who would like to visit the Grand Lodge website and any individual could print out their own hard copy if they so desired.
This format makes more sense and costs less cents and is easier to put together. Brother Parmer believes in the liberal use of pictures in all the stories printed in The Texas Prince Hall Freemason.
Although the first edition will not be out until November, a sample of this quarterly publication, a story on the June 2010 Grand Session, can be viewed by going to the Texas Prince Hall website – and then selecting Texas Prince Hall Freemason Publication.
The second Texas two step or happening is the progress made in the construction of a new Masonic building for my Lodge, Pride of Mt. Pisgah #135, Dallas, Texas. The land is now in our hands, materials purchased and the contractors have been lined up. Right now we are waiting for city approval and permits. We hope to break ground next month.
Our new building will be a steel framed structure with most of the inside work being done by Lodge members. The grounds, pictured here, stretch far back from the road, so we have plenty of room to accomplish our objectives.
Saturday 8/7/10 Pride of Mt. Pisgah #135 held a BBQ get together on the property. This was our first event held on the property and a good time was had by all. Junior Warden and chef extraordinaire Thomas Crump, pictured here, cooked up a meal fit for Kings and Queens. Eastern Star and Heroines of Jericho members joined our celebration as well as members from other Lodges.
As a small, struggling Lodge in not the best of economic times, this undertaking is not taken without some sacrifice.
If anyone would like to contribute to the raising of Mt. Pisgah’s new building, contributions would be thankfully received at:
Pride of Mt. Pisgah #135, F & AM
P.O. Box 226111
Dallas, TX 75226