During the 1970s the old lodge hall located downtown was in bad shape. The roof was leaking and the first floor, then a gift shop, needed repairs. Finances were definitely a problem as the local taxes on the building increased by twenty percent on 11 July 1970. Advertisement in the local newspaper was canceled and the telephone service was disconnected. Amazingly, a committee was appointed to investigate the possibility of building a new ground-floor lodge building. There was plenty of dialogue but no real action was taken until March 1976. At the stated meeting one Mason pledged twelve hundred dollars and before the evening was finished, over four thousand dollars was pledged. With the arrival of September, pledges were in excess of twenty-seven thousand dollars. By now, the project was unstoppable. One brother donated the land and practically the entire building was constructed by the membership. As the building progressed, money poured in steadily. The old hall was sold and in 1977, San Saba Lodge No. 612 now had a new debt free ground-floor building. The completion of the new building was a great feat but it did have its moments. Peace and harmony did not always prevail as tempers sometimes flared and hot words were exchanged but in the end everyone could still smile and joke.
1978 to Present
San Saba Lodge began the 1980s with a new building and steady attendance. On 4 August, 1984, the lodge voted to change the meeting date from the first Saturday evening of the month to the first Thursday evening of the month. This continued four years until 6 October 1988, when the lodge reverted to the prior meeting date of the first Saturday.