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Hurricane Harvey Relief Fundraising

Good evening Friends and Brothers!

I generally try to be light-hearted, and see the best in all things, but, in times like these, and after events like those that have happened here in the Texas Gulf Coast area over the past few days, it can become very hard to see the bright side of anything.  It’s almost a guarantee that anyone in the local area knows at LEAST one person that has lost their home, and most of their belongings. Literally THOUSANDS of people have had to take refuge in local large buildings or schools that have graciously opened their doors and volunteer to be makeshift shelters. Maybe worst of all, the flooding is predicted to continue for quite a while even now that the rain has, for the most part, gone…

The one thing that I can say has been a bright light in the wake of all of the gloom and doom over the last week is the kindness, and togetherness of the people of this area… Strangers who we should all gladly call OUR people.  I have always been proud to consider myself a Texan, and times like these remind me exactly why that is. We pull together as much as we can, and do as much as we can for as many people as we can REGARDLESS of how much we may or may not have to give. I’ve seen people in areas that were just recently declared safe, immediately gas up their trucks, hitch up their boats, and take off directly towards flooded areas without having any specific destination in mind at all, just an immense desire to help anyone and everyone they can. Strangers taking in other strangers without a second thought, and taking care of them like one of the family. In spite of all of the tension and strife across the country before Harvey, Southern hospitality has shown through in a BIG way here, and the charity that is shown is nothing short of amazing.

As Master of this lodge, I’ve been making an effort to keep everyone connected, and to keep track of any Brother with needs because of the storm. As such, I’ve been hearing about all of the local Brothers and their families who have been displaced by the storm, or had major financial damages and losses. I’ve also seen the amazing desire to help exhibited by the Brothers and our friends that WEREN’T impacted, and realized that there were probably a lot more people JUST LIKE them across the local, and more distant areas, who would like to help.  In response, I’ve set up the Donation Button below for anyone who would like to make a donation to help with the local relief efforts. Because the vast majority of money that is donated to the LARGER relief efforts is generally earmarked for larger, more encompassing projects, I’ve decided that the money collected here will go directly towards aiding the local residents, and providing relief at the local level in any way we can. Essentially, while the large groups start from the top and work their way down, we’re hoping to do the opposite, and work our way from the bottom, up to meet them somewhere in the middle. For the record: The lodge will not be keeping a single cent of any amount that we raise. All of the money brought in will be redirected towards our efforts in and among the local area. Also, as we ARE considered a charitable fraternity by the IRS, all money donated to us for relief efforts IS tax deductible.

To all of the Brothers in the Texas Gulf Coast area who have been doing their best to serve everyone they can: Thank you! You make me proud to call myself a Mason, and it is a pleasure to be able to call you a Brother!

To ANYONE who chooses to donate to help us in our efforts: THANK YOU for supporting us in our efforts. We COULD NOT do all that we are able to do without the support of those of you behind the scenes.

Please share this link with anyone you can who you think would like to help out!




Brookshire Lodge Supports Royal Elementary

Yesterday, we stopped by Royal Elementary with a load of school supplies to help out the kids. We do a lot to help the graduating seniors every year by providing scholarships with the support of the community through our Annual Fish Fry, but we also try to help out our youngest neighbors who are just starting out in school.

 

(Lodge members Terry Owens, Brandon Kallmeyer, and Royal ES Principal Kerry Kernwein

with some of the supplies donated by Brookshire Lodge)

29th Annual Scholarship – April, 8th 2017

29th Annual Scholarship Fish Fry
The Brookshire Lodge will be hosting the 29th Annual Scholarship Fish Fry & Auction on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from
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29th Annual Scholarship Gun Raffle
The Brookshire Masonic Lodge Scholarship Gun Raffle tickets are benefiting students in Royal ISD and the ticket price to purchase
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29th Annual Scholarship Gun Raffle

The Brookshire Masonic Lodge Scholarship Gun Raffle tickets are benefiting students in Royal ISD and the ticket price to purchase is $20 each ticket.

The drawing will be held on April 8, 2017 at the annual fish fry held at the Pattison Volunteer Fire Department and you do not need to be present to win. The Ticket can be purchased by contacting the Brookshire Lodge, at the door or online.

Below you can buy tickets online. Please enter your Name & Email address which will be used to send you your Gun Raffle ticket numbers and proceed by clicking the button “Add to Cart” that will redirect to PayPal Payment site. You can receive your tickets at the door or if you are not present, you can check wining ticket numbers on this site on Sunday, April 9th.

The drawing will be held on April 8, 2017 at the annual fish fry held at the Pattison Volunteer Fire Department.  You do not need to be present to win.  The following items will be raffled:

SKU 1918760 Beretta A300 Outlander Syn 12 GA (Quantity 1)
SKU 1916004 Ruger 10/22 Takedown Syn/SS 22 LR (Quantity 1)
SKU 1909163 DPMS Oracle AR 5.56/223 (Quantity 2)
SKU 1303005 Glock 17 9MM (Quantity 1)
SKU 1527705 Ruger LCP 380 ACP (Quantity 1)
SKU 2102794 Savage Axis II Syn w/ Scope 22-250 (Quantity 1)
SKU 1194832 Heritage Rough Rider Revolver 22LR&MAG (Quantity 1)
SKU 1192595 Marlin 336W 30-30 (Quantity 1)
SKU 2234132 Mossberg Blaze Syn 22 LR (Quantity 1)
SKU 1393566 Savage 93R17 Camo w/ Scope 17 HMR (Quantity 1)
SKU 2002694 Browning A-Bolt III Stalker 30-06 (Quantity 1)
SKU 1921028 Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9 MM (Quantity 1)
SKU 2126626 Nikon Prostaff 7S Binocular (Quantity 1)
SKU 2280263 PSE Stinger Ready to Shoot Bow Package (Quantity 1)
SKU 2306651 Wildgame Innovations Cloak 8MP Game Cam (Quantity 2)
Gift Card $250 (Quantity 1)

29th Annual Scholarship Fish Fry

The Brookshire Lodge will be hosting the 29th Annual Scholarship Fish Fry & Auction on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 4:00 PM  – 7:00  PM at the Pattison Area Volunteer Fire Department, Highway 359N in Pattison, Texas.

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The menu includes catfish, french fries or potato salad, coleslaw, bread, and a drink.

Tickets are $12 for adults and kids under 12 $6 which can be bought in advance or at the door. Below is an option to purchase tickets online.

This charitable event has generated over $120,000 in college scholarships for Royal ISD students over the last 28 years!

28th Annual Scholarship Fish Fry & Auction

29th Annual Scholarship Fish Fry
The Brookshire Lodge will be hosting the 29th Annual Scholarship Fish Fry & Auction on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from
Read more.
29th Annual Scholarship Gun Raffle
The Brookshire Masonic Lodge Scholarship Gun Raffle tickets are benefiting students in Royal ISD and the ticket price to purchase
Read more.