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 Pizaña
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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JUNE 2019

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

In This Issue

  • Dine With A Brother - You're invited to meet your brothers for a meal, find out where and when.
  • Masonic Education - The Worshipful Master
  • From The Secretaries' Desk - The Closing of a Year
  • TRAVEL: Mason On The Move - Marco Pizaña is visiting neighboring lodges/events. Join him this month?
  • Brothers About Town - Live Oak #304 spotted in the community.
  • Lamar Scholarship - Awarding the Mirabeau B. Lamar Scholarships
  • Remind - Sign up for text reminders of Masonic happenings
  • District 52 Information - Who are the lodges in our neighborhood and when do they meet?

Dining With Your Brothers 

We get together every Friday and one Saturday a month. Below is our dining plan for this month.

Friday June 7 at 8:00a
Kyle VFW 
103 S Front St, Kyle, TX 78640

Friday June 14 at 8:00a
Garcia's Mexican Restaurant
575 Ranch to Market Rd 150, Kyle, TX 78640 

Saturday June 15 at 10:00a

Kyle VFW 

103 S Front St, Kyle, TX 78640

Friday June 21 at 8:00a
Dans Hamburgers
610 Old San Antonio Rd, Buda, TX 78610

Friday June 28 at 8:00a
Los Vaqueros Cafe & Grill
804 W Center St, Kyle, TX 78640

Saturday May 11 at 10:00a
Los Jaliscienses
1101 Bunton Creek Rd STE 300, Kyle, TX 78640


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

The Worshipful Master

Masters Emblem
The senior officer of a Masonic Lodge is the Master, normally addressed and referred to as the "Worshipful Master" The Worshipful Master sits in the East of the lodge room, chairs all of the business of his lodge, and is vested with considerable powers without further reference to the members. He also presides over ritual and ceremonies.

The office of Worshipful Master is the highest honor to which a lodge may appoint any of its members. As they say the "buck" stops here.  The Worshipful master is the leader of the lodge and if he so desires, the dictator, as long as he does not violate any laws of the Grand Lodge of Texas.  Most do not and serve with honor and respect to the fraternity.

The honorific "Worshipful" does not suggest that the Master is worshiped, but is used in its original meaning, "worthy of respect". (Mayors and magistrates in parts of England and the Commonwealth are also traditionally called "Worshipful" or "Your Worship"). Analogues are used in other languages (for example, in France the Master of a lodge is referred to as "Vénérable").

At the conclusion of his limited term of office, a Worshipful Master is termed a Past Master. The duties and privileges of Past Masters vary from lodge to lodge and jurisdiction to jurisdiction. A past master is now a voting member of the Grand Lodge of Texas.

Past Master Emblem

This information is shared here by brother Will Wilkin and found in Wikipedia under "Masonic Lodge Officers." See more here: link

From The Secretaries Desk 

The Closing of A Year 

By Brother Eric L. Kolb

In June we elect a new Worshipful Master and officers. With that comes changes and a new vision for the betterment of our lodge. It can also be a time for YOU to recommit to the Lodge and the brothers. As in every Lodge you can count the ones who do much of the work on one hand. 

I put it to you to try to make our lodge the one with the most certificates (maybe even get certified In a Degree). It takes less time than you think.

Thanks Brothers.

Masons On The Move

Brother Marco Pizana has always enjoyed traveling. Each month he plans on visiting a neighboring lodge and/or attending a Masonic Event and he'd love for you to join him.

June 2019:

Tuesday June 4
San Marcos Lodge #342
3024 TX-123
San Marcos, Texas 78666
Meal at 6:30pm
Meeting at 7:30p

If you'd like to join him let Marco know 1-956-560-1219.

Brothers About Town...

The brothers met for lunch at Pho Thaison on May 19. Pictured are brothers Kolb, Pizaña, Heineman, Wilkin, Taylor and Guajardo.

Awarding the Lamar Scholarships

Mirabeau B. Lamar, who served as the second president of the Republic of Texas from 1838-1841, was a Freemason and is known by some as “The Father of Texas Education”, or “The Father of the Texas Public School System”. His work while President resulted in the passage of the first law mandating public education. Additionally, Lamar convinced the legislature to set aside 3 leagues, more than 13,000 acres of land for each Texas county, for the benefit of public schools, and an additional 50 leagues for the support of two universities. These land set-asides, along with the founding of the Texas State Library, laid the foundation for a statewide public school system in Texas.

The Lamar Award of Excellence was established in 1988, under the leadership of Grand Master Graham Childress. The Lamar Medal is awarded to students and educators in recognition of outstanding personal achievement.

In 2019 four students, two from Hays High School and two from Lehman High School, were awarded the Lamar Scholarship by members of the Live Oak and Buda Masonic Lodges.

Pictured: Eric L. Kolb and Marco Pizaña award the Lamar Scholarships to Hays High School students on May 19.

Pictured:Marco Pizaña, Michael Guajardo, Will Wilkin and Curtis Taylor award the Lamar Scholarships to Lehman High School students on May 19.

Photos by brother James Heineman

Sign Up For Text Reminders

With Remind, you will receive text reminders of happenings at Live Oak Lodge #304. It's incredibly easy to sign up.

Sign up for the Remind App.

1. Take out your phone.
2. Open up a new text message.
3. In the "to" section type 81010
4. Text this message: @liveoak304
5. You should receive a text confirming your subscription to Remind.

If you would rather receive your communication via e-mail, send a message to
(leave subject blank.)

District 52 Information

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)

Until next month, brothers.
Hope to see you at the May 13 stated meeting. - Brother Claes

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The Texas Master Mason
In 2017 Live Oak #304 produced a 15 minute video describing what it's like to be a Master Mason and a Mason in Kyle, Texas. Brothers Steve Cook, Eric L. Kolb, Joe Bostwick, Will Wilkin, Pete Krug, Richard Sirmons, Ben Hogue, Clifton Turner, Allen Deaver, Shawn Moore, Ricky Hayes, James Fowler, Ben Courtney, Marco Pizaña, James Ray and Hubert W. Cook were all interviewed and included in this video.
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