ISSUE 14, July 2005

The King and the Craft
Quarterly Communication: Speech of the Grand Master and Speech of the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech of the Pro First Grand Principle and Report of the Committee of General Purposes Grand Lodge dues: Message from the President of the Board of General Purposes
    Masonic Housing: Major changes Finance: Choosing an investment manager Travel: Tantalising Tunisia Goose and Gridiron: Historic Masonic unveiling Extravaganza: Hollywood comes to Grand Lodge Masonic Events: Day of Fun and Medical, University and Legal Lodges' Festival Education: Sheffield Masonic Library and Forthcoming events and The Entered Apprentice Specialist Lodges: Revving up to success and where eagles dare International: The horror of Phuket and Grand Charity team visit disaster area Library and Museum: Fraternal societies Masonic Charities: NMSF and RMBI and RMTGB and Grand Charity
Obituaries, Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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The committee recommended, in accordance with Regulation 98, that the fees for Registration, Replacement Certificates, Certificates for Serving Companions, and Dispensations for 2006 should be increased by approximately 6% to keep pace with the costs of providing the services concerned.
    A Resolution to this effect was approved.

Charges for Patents and Charters

In accordance with Royal Arch Regulation 99, the Charges for Patents and Charters are reviewed annually and are based on the cost of producing the documents.
    The committee recommended that the charges (exclusive of vat) for the year commencing 1 May 2005 be as follows:


Charter for a new Chapter
Charter of Confirmation
Charter for a Centenary Jewel
Charter of Confirmation for a Centenary Jewel
Charter for a Bi-Centenary Bar
Charter of Confirmation for a Bi-Centenary Bar
Certificate of Amalgamation
Enfacement (Alterations) Fee

Contributions to Grand Chapter

2006: The committee recommended, in accordance with Regulation 100, that the contributions (exclusive of VAT) payable annually to Grand Chapter in respect of each member of a Chapter in a Metropolitan Area or a Province for the year 2006 should remain unchanged at £3.15.
    A Resolution to this effect was approved.
    The Committee believed that it would be able to recommend next year that contributions remain unchanged in 2007.

Statement of Accounts

The operating results for the year ended 31 December 2004 showed a surplus after tax of £103,300 (2003: £75,600). In 2004 donations were made to the Library and Museum Charitable Trust of £50,000 (2003: £50,000) and to the Trust for Research into Freemasonry at Sheffield University of £50,000 (2003: £50,000).
    The Income and Expenditure Account for this year includes the realised and unrealised gains/losses on the investment portfolio, which amounted to a net gain of £192,500 (2003: £363,400). This performance reflected the state of financial markets, particularly during the first half of the year.
    In August it was agreed with our Investment Advisors, Cazenove Fund Management Limited, that up to 30% of the investment portfolio is to be invested in Hedge Funds, with a view to reduce the volatility in valuations which have been seen over the last few years.
    The overall increase in funds at the year end was £295,800 (2003: £439,000) to £3,621,800. Your committee has recognised that, in addition to contributing the agreed apportionment of the costs of Grand Lodge, Supreme Grand Chapter should make a contribution towards the costs of removing asbestos from Freemasons’ Hall.
    Notwithstanding this, your committee is satisfied that the finances of Supreme Grand Chapter continue to be in a healthy state and it is hoped to continue the dues at their present level for the foreseeable future.
    The audited accounts of Supreme Grand Chapter for the year ended 31 December 2004 were adopted.


The President of the Committee of General Purposes moved:

(A) Fees 2006:

‘That in pursuance of Regulation 98, from 1 January 2006 the fees payable to the Fund of the Grand Chapter (exclusive of vat) shall be as follows:
the registration of:
a Grand Officer, present or past, on first appointment
a Deputy Metropolitan Grand Superintendent (under Regulation 26(c) (iii), Deputy Grand Superintendent (under Regulation 28a (iii)), 2nd or 3rd Metropolitan Grand Principal (under Regulation 26(j)) or 2nd or 3rd Provincial or District Grand Principal (under Regulation 31 (h))
a holder of Overseas Grand Chapter Rank (under Regulation 42)

a Royal Arch Mason, inclusive of Grand Chapter Certificate (on exaltation or joining from a Chapter not under the Grand Chapter):

in a Chapter in a Metropolitan Area or a Province

in a District Chapter

in a Chapter abroad not under a District
the replacement or amendment of a Grand Chapter Certificate
a Certificate for a Serving Companion
a Dispensation by the First Grand Principal (No fee is payable for the registration of a Companion who joins a Chapter from another under the Grand Chapter.)’

(B) Contributions 2006:

“That in pursuance of Regulation 100, the Contributions (exclusive of VAT) for the Year 2006 payable by every Chapter in a Metropolitan Area or a Province in respect of each of its members shall be £3.15.”
    The Resolution was approved.

Motion pursuant to notice

Amendment to the Royal Arch Regulations

The President of the Committee of General Purposes moved: “That Regulation 48 be amended by deleting the third paragraph and substituting the following:
    ‘The officers shall be elected by ballot on the regular day of election prescribed by the by-laws of the Chapter, provided that, except for the Principals and Treasurer who must be elected, it shall be in order for the Chapter on the day of election to resolve that they may be appointed by the Principals so elected.
    ‘Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Principals shall be of the opinion that in the case of any officer who falls to be elected by ballot in accordance with this Regulation there is only one Companion who is likely to be a candidate for election to the office, they may direct that the summons for the Convocation at which the election to take place shall state that such is their opinion (together with the name of the Companion concerned), and that unless any member of the Chapter demands that a ballot be taken for the office, the named candidate will be declared elected; when the election of officers takes place any candidate so named on the summons shall be declared elected unless a ballot be demanded for that officer.
    ‘The installation of the Principals, if present, shall take place in accordance with the by-laws of the Chapter and shall be followed by the investiture of the officers. Any Principal not so installed shall be installed at the next Convocation of the Chapter at which he may be present or as provided by Regulation 53.’”
    The Motion was approved.

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