The Committee has received reports that the following Chapters have resolved to surrender their Charters:
(a) Minster Chapter No. 5581 in order to amalgamate with Chapter of Hope and Charity No. 377 (Worcestershire);
(b) Hundred of Stoke Chapter No. 8345 in order to amalgamate with Dagmar Chapter No. 2262 (Buckinghamshire).
The reports were approved.
The Committee has received reports on three Chapters: Mount Currie Chapter No 2299 (Natal), Star of India Chapter No 3444 (London) and Coopers Old Boys Chapter No. 5211 (London).
The reports were approved.
Election of Officers
In June 2004 the Book of Constitutions was amended to permit the ballot for Master or Treasurer of a Lodge to be dispensed with if the election should be uncontested, subject to the right of any member to demand that a ballot be conducted and certain other safeguards.
The Committee considers that it would be beneficial to make a similar procedure available to Chapters, but stresses that, as in the Craft, the changes would be permissive only and Chapters remain free to continue the current practice if they so wish.
The Notice of Motion to amend the Royal Arch Regulations accordingly was approved.
In accordance with practice in recent years, the Committee recommends that Gift Aid payments be made to each of the four main Masonic Charities and the Heritage and Educational Trust of the London Grand Rank Association of net sums for each of the four Charities of £2,000 and the Heritage and Educational Trust of £1,000.
The recommendation was approved.
A demonstration was given of the proposed changes to the Royal Arch ritual.
Amendment to Motion
E Comp. C.H. Hutchinson (GSupt, Cambridgeshire), moved the following amendments to the Resolution amending the Royal Arch Regulations and changing the General Practice of the Royal Arch of which Notice was given by the President of the Committee of General Purposes on 29 April 2004:
"(1) That in (A) the second note in the amendment to Regulation 44 read:
`¶ Insert as appropriate "First Principal", "Past First Principal", "Second Principal", "Past Second Principal", "Third Principal", "Past Third Principal" or "has served for a full year in the office of" [whichever is appropriate] "Scribe/Principal Sojourner/Assistant Sojourner" '
(2) That in (A) the amendment to Regulation 49 read:
`49. No Companion shall be eligible for election to the Third Principal's Chair unless he has served the office of Scribe, Principal Sojourner or Assistant Sojourner of a private Chapter either for a full year or from the regular period of election or appointment to such office to the period of election as Principal, provided that the First Grand Principal may grant dispensation from compliance with this Regulation on receipt of a petition setting forth the circumstances of the case and the special reasons for seeking his intervention.'
(3) That the words `for the Convocation of 10 November 2004' be added at the end of the Resolution (B) (c)."
Motion Pursuant to Notice
The President of the Committee of General Purposes moved:
(A) Amendments to the Royal Arch Regulations
(i) Regulation 43 be amended to read:
`43. Every application for a Charter to hold a new Chapter must be by petition to the Grand Chapter, signed by not less than nine Royal Arch Masons regularly registered under the Constitution of the Supreme Grand Chapter. Provided that in the case of petitions for Chapters to meet in Districts or abroad not within the territory of any District Grand Chapter, it shall suffice if at least five-ninths in number of the signatories are Companions so registered, but no Companion not so registered shall sign the petition unless he shall have been exalted in a recognised Chapter, and shall at the same time promise in writing strict obedience to the First Grand Principal and to the regulations of the Grand Chapter. The petition must specify every Chapter to which each signatory belongs and every Chapter to which he has at any time belonged, and in respect of each of the signatories must be accompanied by a certificate from every such Chapter giving the information required by Regulation 70.
To such petition must be added a recommendation either:
(a) signed in open Lodge by the Master and Wardens of the regular Lodge under the Grand Lodge to which the proposed Chapter is to be attached with the approval of a majority of the members then present; or
(b) signed in open Chapter by the Principals of a regular Chapter under the Grand Chapter with the approval of a majority of the members then present;
and in either case notice that the petition is to be submitted for approval must have been given on the summons convening the meeting at which it is to be considered. The petition must then be transmitted to the Grand Scribe E. for submission to the Grand Chapter, provided that if the Chapter is proposed to be holden in a Metropolitan Area, Province or District the petition with the certificates and recommendation is in the first instance to be forwarded to the Metropolitan Grand Superintendent or Grand Superintendent who is to transmit the same with his observations thereon to the Grand Scribe E.'
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