Plate Update

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by nick1368, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. nick1368

    nick1368 Registered User

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    So I have been driving around with expired tags because I didn't want to renew my specialty plates last month to turn around and order the new Texas Masons plate. But I was finally noticed by the local PD and got a ticket. I email TXDoT and this is the response I got about the long awaited Texas Mason Licence plates:

    "The Texas Department of Motor Vehicle (TxDMV) February Board meeting was canceled due to inclement weather, so the Texas Masons plate will be reviewed instead at the upcoming March 10, 2011, TxDMV Board meeting. If the Texas Masons plate is approved in March, it should be available for purchase by the end of May 2011.

    We appreciate your interest. Let us know if we can provide any more information.
    Thanks,"
    Looks like a few more months <sigh>
     
  2. owls84

    owls84 Moderator Premium Member

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    Thanks for the update. Sorry about the ticket.
     
  3. relapse98

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    That is interesting because the plate is a bill (HB180). Wouldn't it have to be passed by the House and Senate and signed by Governor before its available.. unless they are attacking this from 2 angles and trying to go the old route of having one sent through as a bill which is offered by the DMV and the new way which is to have http://www.myplates.com/ offer it. I bet 2 Southern Maid donuts thats whats happening and its a race to see which one happens first.
     
  4. MikeMay

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    Tell me where I can find a Southern Maid Donut shop and you're on...(just so I can get the other 10):thumbup: There hasn't been a Southern Maid in the Austin area for years and those are the best!.

    As to the plate, whichever way it gets done as long as it gets done, I'm good with it...
     
  5. Dave in Waco

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    I think the one going through TXDoT is better for us. Best I remember that is the one GL is putting forward with part of the revenue going back to GL while HB180 I believe has renevue going back into the state General Fund.
     
  6. relapse98

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    It looks like there are some up in the Dallas area, I always eat them when in Shreveport.

    The only commercial Elvis made was for Southern Maid.
     
  7. MikeMay

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    I see a road trip in my future...hopefully with the new Masonic plates on my vehicle!
     
  8. Robert G

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    You know, in some parts of the world masons don't advertise themselves. The lodges are not obvious and masons don't wear rings, ties; put bumper stickers or masonic plates on their cars. In some places being a mason can get you arrested or at least you can become suspect and subject to surveillance. We are very fortunate in this country to be able to be so integrated into the fabric of society as to be respected for our good works and reputation. Personally, I won't put a masonic plate or emblem on my car. The reason? Every driver sometimes makes mistakes or does things for which he or she becomes ashamed. I'm afraid that if I inadvertently do something stupid on the road others will see a masonic emblem or plate and then associate what I did with masonry.
     
  9. Beathard

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    I can't wait to Order mine.
     
  10. jwardl

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  11. Beathard

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    Yippee! Where do I order mine.
     
  12. eagle1966

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    any idea when we can order?
     
  13. MikeMay

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  14. Bro. David F. Hill

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    Since no one else has asked, will these be available for use by ALL Texas Masons (Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons)?
     
  15. jwardl

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    Good question... don't see why they shouldn't be.
     
  16. relapse98

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    As it sounded like these will be for sale through http://myplates.com/, they're not available for ALL Texas Masons, but in fact ALL Texans.
     
  17. jwardl

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    Which might bring to mind the old question of, "Well what if a non-Mason puts one of their vehicle?"

    My answer to that is, who cares? It would be further publicity... and besides, few outsiders would want to pony-up the additional fee. Any thoughts?
     
  18. Beathard

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    The grand lodge treasurer was asked this question in our lodge. His answer was the grand lodge doesn't care who buys them. $22 goes to the grand lodge each year you have the license. They need the money.
     
  19. Bro. David F. Hill

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    Maybe this will help facilitate the mending of the relationship between the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas, AF&AM (GLoTx) and the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas, F&AM (PHGLoTx). I would love to interact with GLoTx members and beleive that we are all Brothers and have no problem with the $22 going to the GLoTx as they suggested it but there may be PHGLoTx bretheren who may feel funny about funding an organization that they can not visit. There is an article posted on the main page titled "They lied on their knees" and if you are against both affiliations being able to interact then you need to examine your committment to Masonry. This goes for people of both affiliations.

    My .02 cents
     
  20. Beathard

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    The question that was asked in Lodge was not Blue Lodge vs Prince Hall, it was what happens if a non-Mason buys the plate. The answer stated that it wasn't much different than a non-mason buying Masonic jewelry. The difference is the Grand Lodge gets $22 per plate.
     

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