Live Oak Lodge No. 304

Live Oak Lodge in beautiful 
downtown Kyle, Texas!

2018-2019 Officers
Worshipful Master
Benny Courtney
Senior Warden
Ricky Hayes
Junior Warden
Marco Pizana
Will Wilkin
Eric Kolb
Senior Deacon - Shawn Moore
Junior Deacon - Anthony Wright
Senior Steward - Steven Cook
Junior Steward - Kyle Cook
Chaplain - Bobby Norris
Tyler - Emilio Martinez
Masters of Ceremony - Ben Hogue
Marshall - Chuck Jones
Musician - Allen Deaver

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Live Oak Lodge #304
107 W. Center Street Kyle, TX 78640

In This Issue

  • Friday March 1 - Fantastic Teeth Delivery - You're invited to breakfast and delivery of Fantastic Teeth Kits. 
  • In Memoriam - We remember PM Boyce "Bob" Oakes and PM Tom Rogers
  • 5th Annual Live Oak Lodge Banquet - It's next month... get your tickets quick.
  • Masonic Education - How many Masons signed the Texas Declaration of Independence? 
  • From The Secretaries' Desk - How to dress for Lodge 
  • Dine With A Brother - You're invited to meet your brothers for a meal, find out where and when.
  • Brothers About Town - Live Oak #304 spotted in the community.
  • District 52 Update - Some key happenings in our district for March 2019

You're Invited! Fantastic Teeth Delivery

On Friday, March 1 2019 the brother's of Live Oak #304 will be making our deliveries for Fantastic Teeth.

8:00a - Breakfast at Garcia's (
575 Ranch to Market Rd 150, Kyle, TX 78640)
9:15a - Meet at Live Oak #304  (107 W. Center Street Kyle, TX 78640)

We will pick up the Fantastic Teeth Kits from the Lodge around 9:15a and deliver them to all of the area grade schools. Rain or Shine. Fantastic Teeth is a program program created by Masonic Children & Family Services of Texas (MCFS) to help children and parents learn to prevent painful dental problems and avoid expensive treatment.

The more brothers who are able to help, the quicker we will be finished.

Hope to see you there.
- Eric L. Kolb, Secretary

In Memoriam

PM Boyce "Bob" Oakes has laid down his working tools to join the supreme architect of the universe on February 14, 2019. Funeral services were held on February 19th. Internment followed at Onion Creek Masonic Cemetery (7491 Circle S Rd, Austin, TX 78745) with a Masonic and Military graveside service.


Johnson City Lodge #561 PM Tom Rogers has also laid down his working tools. A memorial service was held at Zion Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg, Texas on February 27. A Masonic Funeral Service was held on February 26. In attendance was over 65 Masons and over 40 OES members. The Masonic Service was given by Past Grand Master W. M. Mike Gower.


5th Annual Live Oak Lodge Banquet

We are one month away from the 5th Annual Live Oak Lodge Banquet. This is one of our premiere events. In 2018 we raised money for scholarships through our dinner, live auction, silent auction and fun Heads or Tails game.

It will be April 6, 2019, so please mark your calendars! One big change for 2019 is, we have a new venue! It will be held at the Kyle United Methodist Church (408 W. Lockhart Street, Kyle, Texas 78640).

There are a few tickets left. Tickets can be purchased online here (link) at lodge on March 10 or by contacting Steven Cook.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to support Live Oak #304, please consider buying tickets and donating them so we can invite a first responder or a veteran.

To donate live or silent auction items and/or to purchase tickets, please contact brother Steven Cook at 512-262-8012 or e-mail

Masonic Education Moment

"I would say there are three steps in Masonry. The first step is the ritual; the second step would be the fellowship to be taken and enjoyed; and the third step would be Masonic information for enlightenment or education."
– William K. Bailey

In honor of Texas Independence Day, we thought we'd share a fun tidbit about Masonry in Texas.

Masonic historian Dr. James D. Carter counts twenty-two known Masons among the fifty-nine signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, signed at Washington-on-the-Brazos on March 2, 1836.

This information was found on the Grand Lodge of Texas website where they recount the early beginnings of Masonry in Texas. You can see the full article, which is an excerpt from a book entitled Texas Masons by Pete Normand here.

From The Secretaries Desk 

By Brother Eric L. Kolb
Some years back Grand Master T. E. “Gene” Carnes put out a proclamation for all Lodges concerning dress in lodge. It has been adopted and accepted since.

If you are attending an event at the Lodge that is to be a Called or Stated meeting, you are asked to dress for the occasion.
  • Closed toe shoes (no sandals)
  • Long pants (no shorts)
  • Shirt with a collar (no t-shirt)
The Grand Master's thoughts were "dress for the job you want."

We say we are better men who try to live by a higher standard. So, when we gather together for stated or called meetings, let’s dress like it.

Work or practice time wear what you want. Thanks for your time.

Dining With Your Brothers

Where can you meet your brothers for breakfast? 
We get together every Friday and one Saturday a month. Below is our dining plan for this month.

Friday March 1 at 8:00a
Garcia's Mexican Restaurant
575 Ranch to Market Rd 150, Kyle, TX 78640 

Friday March 8 at 8:00a
Garcia's Mexican Restaurant
575 Ranch to Market Rd 150, Kyle, TX 78640 

Saturday March 9 at 10:00a
Los Jaliscienses
1101 Bunton Creek Rd STE 300, Kyle, TX 78640

Friday March 15 at 8:00a
Los Vaqueros Cafe & Grill
804 W Center St, Kyle, TX 78640

Friday March 22 at 8:00a
Dans Hamburgers
610 Old San Antonio Rd, Buda, TX 78610

Friday March 29 at 8:00a
Garcia's Mexican Restaurant
575 Ranch to Market Rd 150, Kyle, TX 78640 

Brothers About Town...

On Saturday, February 16, the brothers gathered at Los Jaliciences for our inaugural Saturday breakfast meet & eat. We hope to see you at the next one which will be Saturday March 10 at 10a.

District 52 Update

There are seven lodges that make up District 52. They are, in alphabetical order:

Stated Meetings:
Blanco #216 - 2nd Thur. 7:30p ( Meal 6:30p )
Buda #800 - 1st Mon. 7:00p (Meal 6:30p)
Johnson City #561 - 3rd Tues. 7:30p ( Meal 6:30p )
Live Oak #304 (Kyle) - 2nd Mon. 6:30p ( Meal 6:30p )
Rambo #426 (Dripping Springs) 1st Saturday
San Marcos #342 - 1st Tues. 7:30p
Wimberley #1445 2nd Tues. 7:00p (Meal 6:00p)

Other Important Dates

March 2019:

3/2: Annual Alamo Masonic Remembrance (Walk to the Alamo) (event flier)
8am - Registration at the Fire House Museum (web) (801 East Houston Street, 78205)
          (Hot coffee, juice, cookies/doughnuts and Fellowship provided)
8:50am - Begin walk to The Alamo
9am - Alamo Observance @ The Alamo (300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205)

3/2 - The Grand Master’s Regional Conference @ San Antonio Shrine w/ Grand Master Terry W. Stogner (901 North Loop 1604, San Antonio, TX 78232). 1pm Registration 2pm Conference (more info)

Info: Conference will be from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and is open to all.

April 2019:
4/6 - Austin Grand Masters' Conference @ Ben Hur Shrine Temple w/ Grand Master Terry W. Stogner (7811 Rockwood Ln, Austin, TX 78757). 2pm Registration 3pm Conference (more info)
Info: This event is coat and tie and is open to all.

4/13 - 2nd Annual Open-Air Degree @ Old Ft. Parker (866 Park Road 35, Groesbeck, Texas 76642)  (more info)

On IHOP Free Pancake Day, visit any IHOP restaurant and get a FREE short stack of our Original Buttermilk Pancakes between 7a - 7p. Then donate to help children battling critical illnesses.
When: March 12, 2019.
Where: Kyle IHOP (or any IHOP near you)
Address: 5401 Kyle Centre Dr, Kyle, TX 78640


Until next month, brothers.
Hope to see you at the March 10 stated meeting. - Brother Claes

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