Dear Masons of Texas

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Bob (RAF), Apr 25, 2011.

  1. Bob (RAF)

    Bob (RAF) Registered User

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    Dear Masons of Texas,

    I write to you during this time darkness and light, Renewal and Enlightenment. I understand in my journey through life that power, position and coffers, can not quench the thirst for truth and to know oneself and the Divine.

    As I give thanks for all the blessings I have received, I know that there is more to this life. As I have been given, I must give back or pass along hope to my fellow man and generations to come. Of all the literature I have read on the Masons, I am respectful of the fraternity of Freemasons and the path of Good, Truth and compassion. I am humbled that in what appears to be dark days, there are good people dedicated to the betterment of ourselves and mankind.

    I would be humbled and honored to be part of such a noble society if you would find me worthy and acceptable. I do not know of any masonic ties within my lineage. I am seeking the steps to take toward beginning my journey. I thank you all for your time and consideration of response.

    The Texas Hill Country just outside of Johnson City (Pedernales Falls area) is where I call home.
    Respectfully,
    Robert A. Flores
     
  2. Beathard

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    Welcome to the site. There are some very good lodges in your area.

    Johnson City #561 has people there almost every Tuesday for practice or a meeting

    You might want to drop by and introduce yourself.

    You can get more information on that lodge at the Grand Lodge site: http://www.grandlodgeoftexas.org/lodgelocator
     
  3. Bro. Stewart P.M.

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    Welcome to the Community!
     
  4. MikeMay

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    Welcome to the community!!!
     
  5. JTM

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    welcome to the boards.
     
  6. Bob (RAF)

    Bob (RAF) Registered User

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    To the most honorable Brother Beathard:

    A word of thanks to you for giving me the gift of a welcome. In these uncharted waters, I will always remember those first beacons that helped show me the way.

    Respectfully
    Bob (RAF)
     
  7. Bob (RAF)

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    To the most honorable Brother Stewart:

    A word of thanks to you for giving me the gift of a welcome. In these uncharted waters, I will always remember those first beacons that helped show me the way.

    Respectfully
    Bob (RAF)
     
  8. Bob (RAF)

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    To the most honorable Brother Mike:

    A word of thanks to you for giving me the gift of a welcome. In these uncharted waters, I will always remember those first beacons that helped show me the way.

    Respectfully
    Bob (RAF)
     
  9. jwhoff

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    Welcome friend. Seek and ye shall find.
     
  10. Bob (RAF)

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    To the most honorable Brother JTM:

    A word of thanks to you for giving me the gift of a welcome. In these uncharted waters, I will always remember those first beacons that helped show me the way.

    Respectfully
    Bob (RAF)
     
  11. Bob (RAF)

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    To the most honorable Brother jwhoff:

    A word of thanks to you for giving me the gift of a welcome. In these uncharted waters, I will always remember those first beacons that helped show me the way. My wife and I love the beautiful part of Texas that Tomball is. We find our way there once a year as we celebrate our wedding anniversary at the Texas Renaissance Festival.

    Respectfully
    Bob (RAF)
     
  12. Michaelstedman81

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    Bob, I am originally from that area as well. From the Burnet/Marble Falls area actually. What side of Johnson City are you on? Once you become a Master Mason, you ought to go sit in lodge with the Brothers over in Marble Falls and at the lodge in Burnet. Got some great Brothers at both places. I was initiated in Burnet and recieved my Master Mason in Copperas Cove.

    Welcome to the forum and I hope you find what you seek.
     
  13. Bob (RAF)

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    To Brother Michael:

    Thank you for your kind words and insight into the lodges in Burnet and Marble Falls. I reside on the eastern side of Johnson City, just off of 3232. We are 2 miles from Pedernales Falls State Park. We absolutely love the Texas Hill Country. Solitude and Reverence are all through these valleys and hilltops that frame a morning Venus and the artist Maxfield Parrish's kind of Sunsets. Being an amateur astronomer, I find it thrilling to focus my telescope up to a canopy of stars and actually see the Milky Way.

    Even though Texas is experiencing drought conditions, this part of the Hill Country is dry but green. Spring is still trying to hold on. I thank you for your service to our Country as I shall try to be a responsible steward to this land we call home. I have a niece that is studying pediatrics at the University of North Texas. I'd be honored to at least give you a hello when I'm up in the Denton area.

    Respectfully
    Bob (RAF)
     
  14. Beathard

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    Bob, have you had a chance to contact a local lodge yet? If yes, what is going on...keep us updated. If no, what are you waiting for?
     
  15. Tony Siciliano

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    Bob - allow me to add my welcome to those above. Make yourself at home.
     
  16. Michaelstedman81

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    Yea, for sure. Let me know when you are coming up. I have been here for a little over a month now and still don't know anyone at all from the area. So it would be pretty neat to meet you if you came up here. Would really be a good break from the mundane and boring days that I have hahah. That is cool that she goes to UNT as well. I plan to start there pretty soon. Make sure you get a hold of me if you are coming up this way. I also come down to the Burnet/Marble Falls area at least every couple of weeks as my family is still there. We can maybe link up there as well. I have wanted to check out the lodge there in Johnson City anyhow.
     
  17. Bob (RAF)

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    Good evening Brother Beathard:

    Thank you for the check-up. I have been gathering and sorting through lots of files to prepare my petition. At this point, my first choice, with no disrespect to any other fine lodge is the Rambo Lodge in Dripping Springs. I did not see a phone number for this lodge in the lodge locater. Being a novice, I would ask you if there is someone I can call, or what might be the proper protocol for stopping by for a visit?

    If I might trouble you for one more question? I used to know a Master Mason where I work. With all the woes that American companies are going through, he is no longer there and I have lost touch with him. I have not been able to locate him on this site. I would be honored to have his reference if he wills it. He was the first Masonic encounter I ever knowingly had back in June of 2000. A small inconspicuous lapel pin was all the adornment he showed, but his reputation and stature spoke volumes. This Master Mason is Robert Ted Flores. He is of no blood relation to me and I never knew with which lodge he was affiliated. He did mention that he was a 32 Deg.

    I thank you for you time and assistance.
    Respectfully,
    Bob (RAF)
     
  18. Michaelstedman81

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    I just looked on my Masonic Traveler App for the iPhone and it did not list a phone number to lodge either. As for stopping in for a visit, I normally tell folks one of two things. Either just stop in if you see some cars parked in the lot and someone there might be able to get them in contact with someone, or just stop by on the night of thier stated meeting.

    So, I was going to tell you the night and time of the stated meeting so you can try to stop by and I found something really interesting on the Masonic Traveler App. It says the stated meetings are at "7:30 PM Saturday on or after full moon of every month"...lol I just found that really interesting as I had never seen that before. I don't have a list in front of me when the full moons are, but maybe you can look that up haha..... Sorry I couldn't be of more help, but just wanted to share this..lol
     
  19. Bob (RAF)

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    To Brother Tony:

    A sincere thanks for the long reach across America welcome. I am feeling better knowing that the brotherhood of kindness and good will is strong all across this land. I shall learn from your generosity and extend a hand to all those who are new and starting where I am now.

    Respectfully,
    Bob (RAF)
     
  20. Bob (RAF)

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    Thank you Brother Michael:

    I just looked in my pocket universe APP and according to the Lunar phase chart, the full moon for April was on the 17th. That would have put the meeting on the 21st. The Lunar full moon for May occurs on the same day as well. Thank goodness for IPhone apps. Have a good night and I will talk to you soon.

    Thanks
    Bob (RAF)
     

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