ISSUE 14, July 2005

Editorial
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 Minutes of the Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge of 9 March 2005 were confirmed.
    The Minutes of the Annual Investiture of 27 April 2005 were confirmed.


Grand Inspectors

The Board has considered the position of Grand Inspectors, each of whom has conferred upon him, by his Patent of Appointment, most of the powers enjoyed by a District Grand Master, and who is required by Rule 255 to wear a chain when officially present at any Lodge of his Group, but does not directly have, under Rule 122, Book of Constitutions, the authority to preside in the Lodges in his Group.
    Whilst that authority is customarily conferred upon him in his Patent, the Board considers it desirable that it should be made explicit in Rule 122. The following Notice of Motion for the next Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge to amend the Book of Constitutions accordingly was moved by the President of the Board of General Purposes:

“That Rule 122 be amended to read as follows: ‘122. The Grand Master has full authority to preside in any Lodge, and to order any of his Grand Officers to attend him. His Wardens, if present and so commanded, are to act as Wardens of the Lodge while he presides; but the Grand Master may command the Wardens of the Lodge or any Master Masons to act as Wardens.
    The Pro Grand Master, if the Grand Master be not present, has the same authority. The Deputy Grand Master, if the Grand Master and the Pro Grand Master be not present, has the same authority.
    An Assistant Grand Master, if the Grand Master, the Pro Grand Master and the Deputy Grand Master be not present, has the same authority.
    The Metropolitan, Provincial or District Grand Master has the same authority in any Lodge he visits within his Metropolitan Area, Province or District.
    The Pro Metropolitan, Provincial or District Grand Master, if the Metropolitan, Provincial or District Grand Master be not present, has the same authority.
    The Deputy Metropolitan, Provincial or District Grand Master, if the Metropolitan, Provincial or District Master and the Pro Metropolitan, Provincial or District Grand Master be not present, has the same authority.
    An Assistant Provincial or District Grand Master, if the Provincial or District Grand Master, the Pro Provincial or District Grand Master and the Deputy Provincial or District Grand Master be not present, has the same authority.
    A Metropolitan Group Chairman, if the Metropolitan Grand Master, the Pro Metropolitan Grand Master and the Deputy Metropolitan Master be not present, has the same authority in Lodges within his Metropolitan Group.
    The Grand Inspector has the same authority in any Lodge he visits within his Group. In the case of a Lodge not within a Metropolitan Area, a Province or a District, if neither the Grand Master, nor the Pro Grand Master, nor the Deputy Grand Master, nor an Assistant Grand Master is available to preside in pursuance of this Rule, any one of them may by commission authorise a present Grand Officer of not less than Very Worshipful rank so to preside in his stead.
    A commission issued under this Rule shall be limited in its effect to a named Lodge and for a specified meeting. In all the above cases the Master of the Lodge shall be placed on the immediate left of the Brother so presiding.’”

Grand Lodge dues and Grand Charity contributions

Following representations from various quarters about the level of the Grand Lodge dues fixed at the March Quarterly Communication, the Board has been exploring the possibility of providing some relief for Installed Masters’ Lodges.
    The Board is conscious that such Lodges fulfill an important role in Masonic education and dissemination of information, as well as providing a general forum for discussion, and intends to bring before the September Quarterly Communication, a proposal to exempt Installed Masters Lodges from paying dues to Grand Lodge, except in respect of those members who belong to no other Lodge.
    It believes it likely that such exemption will extend also to the contribution payable to the Grand Charity.


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