Hempstead - Waller Masonic
Lodges Joint Fund Raiser 2002

Why Fundraisers?

In a Small Town Texas Lodges like the Hempstead and Waller Masonic Lodges, fundraisers have become a way of life for the Lodges. With small membership lists, Endowed Memberships and 50 year members exemptions the annual dues only bring in part of the funds needed just to operate the Lodge. Therefore additional sources of income must be found, not only to help operate the Lodge, but to support Masonic and local charities.

The Liendo Civil War Reenactment,
A Real Texas Style Money Maker

Hempstead and Waller Lodges join together in November to sell food at the Liendo Plantation Civil War Reenactment near Hempstead, Texas. The 2002 show had very good weather, though a little nippy early in the morning and late in the evening. We sold bar-b-que brisket sandwiches, stuffed baked potatoes, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, candy bars and peach cobbler with Blue Bell ice cream. We also had chips and drinks.

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The battle rages with the artillery firing.
1. People milling around on the front Lawn2. Kenneth, Jimmy and Kelly cooking.
3. Waiting for the enemy to get within range. 4. Looking down the 'Midway' from our site.
5. John and Bob cooking hamburgers and getting ready to start selling them. 6. Our next door neighbor who sells foot long corn dogs, cotton candy and snow cones.
7. This was our food booth looking at it from the front8. On Saturday the line waiting for food looked just like this for three straight hours.

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