The Traveling Gavel is a friendly and brotherly competition designed to encourage and stimulate inter-lodge visitations from Brethren across the 14th District.

The Current Location of the Traveling Visitation Gavel

Current Holder:

July 11th, 14 members of Carrollton Lodge retrieved the Traveling Gavel right after installation of new WM of Pentagon Lodge

Carrollton Lodge #1400 meets at 1617 Kirby Rd, Carrollton, TX 75006, on the First Thursday of each month, dinner at 6:30 p.m. and meeting at 7:00 p.m.

As a reminder, there must be at least 8 visitors, and also that it is courteous to call ahead so that the Steward can be better prepared.

The 14th Districts Visitation Gavel was initially presented to Richardson
Masonic Lodge #1214 at their 1999 Installation of Officers by Brother Arthur Karl
“Dino” Dean of Cedar Creek Lodge #300, Kurten, TX.

It is now used to encourage visitation between the Lodges of the 14th Masonic Districts in the hope of fostering Brotherly Love and the sharing of ideas, lodge methods, and fellowship.

The “rules” for the Visitation Gavel are as follows:

The current holder of the Gavel will keep it until another Lodge from the 14th Districts brings at least 8 of it’s members to one of the current holder’s stated meetings or degrees. In the interest of fairness, if a member of a visiting lodge is also a member of the lodge currently holding the gavel, he should not be considered a visitor and his attendance should not be included in any visiting lodge’s total.

That visiting Lodge then is allowed to take the Gavel and remain the holder until it is taken from them in the same manner.

Every time the Gavel is taken, the new holder should:

  1. Log into the Record Book their Lodge’s name, the number of members that visited the prior holder’s Lodge, and the date taken.
  2. Call the current President of the MWSA and let him know that they are now the new holder of the Gavel so he can inform the other Lodges of the Districts.

Should 2 or more Lodge’s with equal number of members of 8 or more visit the current gavel holder at the same stated meeting, a coin flip, or other method agreeable to the Lodges, will be used to determine the new holder.

Current and Previous Gavel Holders Date Received No. Visitors
Pentagon Lodge # 1080 June 1st, 2017 10
Thomas B Hunter Lodge # 1356 November 1st, 2016 14
Sam R. Hamilton Lodge # 1031 October 17th, 2016 9
Knox-Corinthian #851 August 30th, 2016 10
Roy Stanley #1367 August 4th, 2016 10
Mesquite #928 February 9th, 2016 9
Aubrey Hope #1446 June 16th, 2015 15
Metropolitan #1182 May 5th, 2015 11
Richardson #1214 April 14th, 2015 8
Garland #441 March 3rd, 2015 10
White Rock #234 N/A N/A
Garland #441 July 1st, 2014 13
Richardson #1214 March 14th 2014 11
Metropolitan #1182 February 18th, 2014 13
Knox-Corinthian #851 October 29th, 2013 12
Roy Stanley #1367 October 1st, 2013 8
George B. Dealey #1312 May 14th, 2013 13
Mike H. Thomas #1314 April 11th, 2013 8
Oak Cliff #705 December 11th, 2012 9
Metropolitan #1182 October 30th, 2012 14
Roy Stanley #1367 October 8th, 2012 9
Duck Creek #1419 September 11th, 2012 8
Garland #441 June 5th, 2012 10
George B. Dealey #1312 May 14, 2012 12
Trinity Valley #1048 April 10, 2012 9
Garland #441 March 12, 2012 8
Duck Creek #1419 February 14th, 2012 8
Garland #441 November 3, 2011 11
Washington #1117 September 13th, 2011 9
Garland #441 August 30, 2011 25
Roy Stanley #1367 August 2, 2011 15
Kiest #1310 June 8, 2011 8
Zavala #1059 May 31, 2011 9
Roy Stanley #1367 May 9, 2011 8
Sam P. Cochran #1335 November 11, 2010 9
John C. Pelt #1321 August 31, 2010 12
Roy Stanley #1367 August 3, 2010 15
White Rock #234 February 9, 2010 12
John L. DeGrazier #1349 September 14, 2009 10
Trinity Valley #1048 August 6, 2009 19
Washington #1117 July 7, 2009 10
Richardson #1214 May 7, 2009 11
Washington #1117 August 12, 2008 15
Mike H. Thomas #1314 July 10, 2008 8
Oak Cliff #705 March 4, 2008 10
George B. Dealey #1312 October 30, 2007 13
Roy Stanley #1367 September 10, 2007 12
Duck Creek #1419 September 6, 2007 10
Hillcrest #1318 August 11, 2007 13
James V. Callan #1422 October 3, 2006 8
Richardson #1214 January 31, 2006 13
Roy Stanley #1367 July 12, 2005 14
Tannehill #52 June 21, 2005 10
Lancaster #160 June 20, 2005 10
Hutchins #1154 May 12, 2005 8
Seagoville #654 March 21, 2005 10
Trinity Valley #1048 May 6, 2004 10
Cedar Hill #1380 March 13, 2004 9
Mountain Creek #511 September 2, 2003 12
Sam R. Hamilton #1031 June 5, 2003 11
Thomas B. Hunter #1356 May 6, 2003 17
Sam R. Hamilton #1031 April 3, 2003 14
Thomas B. Hunter #1356 March 13, 2003 19
DeSoto #1409 February 11, 2003 9
Mike H. Thomas #1314 April 9, 2002 13
Pentagon #1080 February 12, 2002 15
Garland #441 January 14, 2002 16
Duck Creek #1419 November 13, 2001 24
Garland #441 September 8, 2001 15
James V. Callan #1422 August 9, 2001 14
Alexander C. Garrett #1216 February 13, 2001 11
Aubrey Earl Hope #1446 November 21, 2000 11
Lancaster #160 November 13, 2000 10
Keystone #1143 October 3, 2000 13
Richardson #1214 Original Holder