Volume LIVMay 2007Number 2

Irem Shrine & Masonic Villages Partner on Brand New Clubhouse!

In March, both the Irem Shrine membership and the Committee on Masonic Homes agreed to construct a new clubhouse on the grounds of the Irem Country Club in lieu of renovating the existing clubhouse, which was part of an original plan. Irem Shrine members and residents of the Masonic Village at Dallas would be served by this new clubhouse. A rendering of the future clubhouse is featured on the bottom of the front cover of this issue.

The new 26,868 sq. ft. Irem Shrine Center and Country Club will include offices, storage space and meeting rooms for Irem Shrine members and units, locker rooms, a game room and potentially a wellness center and a bank on the first floor. The second floor will feature a restaurant and a bistro/bar with deck space, a private dining room, a ballroom for special events, lobby area, central kitchen and restrooms.

The new clubhouse will be built behind the existing clubhouse, so that operations can continue throughout the construction process, without interrupting the restaurant services, wedding receptions or other events scheduled at the facility. Expected to open in summer 2008 at the earliest, the clubhouse will offer the same spectacular views to the south of the #1 tee and 18th hole and to the north of the 11th green and 12th tee. The building will be handicap accessible to both floors from the outside, and an elevator will provide access between floors. Parking and road improvements will be included in the plan. Also part of the current improvements for the site is a new driving range, which could be ready for use this fall, as well as a new maintenance building.

"This project is a wonderful way to build upon the excellent reputation the Irem Shrine Country Club has in the community by enhancing their quality services." Said Bro. Joseph E. Murphy, CEO for the Masonic Villages. "We are enthusiastic about the opportunity to grow our partnership in such a mutually beneficial way."

Irem Shrine Potentate Harry L. Wood, III, agrees. "I think it's a great move. I'm glad we voted to move forward with this partnership between the Masonic Villages and the Irem Shrine. I'm anxious to see it get started because it will be a real benefit to both of our bodies."

"Here's a prime example of our Family of Freemasonry working together to create an ideal outcome that benefits many of our brethren and their families," said Ronald A. Aungst Sr., R.W. Grand Master. "As Masons Helping Masons, we can and will always accomplish bigger and better things."

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