James A. Smith Masonic Lodge No. 395


What is Freemasonry?

Founded in justice and benevolence… The grand object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race.

George Washington

It is organized as a fellowship of men, a system of morals, a philosophy taught by degrees through the use of symbol, story, legend, pictures, and drama. It has served as a center of union among differing backgrounds, cultures, and countries. It serves as the means of conciliating true friendship among persons, who, because of differences, must have otherwise remained at a perpetual distance.

Harry Truman.

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Just what is a Lodge?

Many men wonder how trustworthy their friends are, or whether they are dependable in a crisis. In most cases, they won’t be. Brothers are different. Brothers live by a code. And, deep down, most men want to live by a code.

The basic purpose of any Masonic Lodge is to make "better men out of good men", better fathers, better husbands, better brothers and better sons. We try to place emphasis on the individual man by strengthening his character, improving his moral and spiritual outlook and broadening his mental horizons.

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Lessons of the Beehive

It’s no wonder that operative masons came to see bees as beings of similar spirit, culture and intent. Bees have long been symbols of industry, stability, regeneration, wisdom and obedience. The bee works hard and tirelessly, not for herself, but for the benefit of the hive. She has a knowledge of material and process and works in cooperation with others. She is protective of her leader or Queen, opposes the admittance of enemies to the hive and lives in a society governed by law and order.

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Lessons of the Hourglass

by Chad Bockius
In college and pro basketball, they use a shot clock to limit the amount of time a team can hold the ball without trying to score. This keeps the team from holding onto the ball and slowing the game down. Same goes for the play clock in football. As soon as the play is whistled dead, they start the clock and give the offense a limited amount of time to get set, and run the next play. Shot clocks, hour glasses, and timers are unrelenting. They keep moving, even though we want to stop and take a breath. There’s no turning the clock back or flipping the hourglass over. You play, you finish, and the game moves on. Basketball and football players are going to make the most of their time and not waste it, if they want to win. .

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Fiat Lux

Knowing others is Wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.

When a man makes the commitment to, and is appointed or voted to hold a Chair in a Lodge, he makes a determimed commitment, atleast in a temporary sence, that he will be a source of positive support and encouragement to it's members.

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So, just who was this Giant in Texas Freemasonry? Many would agree that the lives of many hundreds of men were greatly improved because of the charactor and decades of commitment of this "salt-of-the-earth" Soul of a man.

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We are located 12823 Demetra Dr. Farmers Branch, Texas.

We received our Lodge Charter in June of 1874 from the Grand Lodge of Texas.

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Texas Shriners

by Walter Fleming and William Florence

In 1870 a group of Masons gathered frequently for lunch at the Knickerbocker Cottage on Sixth Avenue in New York City. At a special table on the second floor a particularly fun-loving group of men met regularly. Among the regulars were Walter M. Fleming, M.D. and William J. “Billy” Florence, an actor. The group frequently talked about starting a new fraternity for Masons – one centered on fun and fellowship, more than ritual. Fleming and Florence took this idea seriously enough to do something about it.

Knickerbocker Cottage on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan Billy Florence had been on tour in France, and had been invited to a party given by an Arabian diplomat. The exotic style, flavors and music of the Arabian-themed party inspired him to suggest this as a theme for the new fraternity. Walter Fleming, a devoted fraternity brother, built on Florence’s ideas and used his knowledge of fraternal ritual to transform the Arabian theme into the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (A.A.O.N.M.S.).

With the help of the Knickerbocker Cottage regulars, Fleming drafted the ritual, designed the emblem and costumes, formulated a salutation and declared that members would wear the red fez.

The first meeting of Mecca Shriners, the first temple (chapter) established in the United States, was held September 26, 1872. As word got out about the fledgling organization, membership grew rapidly, spreading across the U.S. In the early 1900s, membership spread into Canada, Mexico and Panama. Today, Shriners International is a fraternity with nearly 200 temples in several countries, thousands of clubs around the world and hundreds of thousands of members dedicated to the principles of brotherly love, relief and truth.

to find out more, contact the local Shriners in this area.

Hella Shrine, Garland, Texas

Moslah Shrine, Ft Worth, Texas

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