Confirmation of Minutes
Minutes of the Quarterly Communication
of 14 December 2005 were confirmed.
Election of the Grand Master
HRH The Duke of Kent KG was re-elected
as Grand Master for the ensuing year with
Election of members of the Commission
for Appeals Courts (2006 to 2009)
The following Brethren were approved:
Metropolitan members: PM of Lodge
No. 10, W Bro P.R. Griffiths PJGD;
W Bro C.G.A. Aylwin PJGD (No. 6);
W Bro His Hon. Judge R.G. Kaye TD,
QC (No. 2456); W Bro A.R.P. Ullstein
QC, GStwd (No. 2202). Provincial
Members (elected under Rule 275a,
Book of Constitutions): VW Bro M T
Penny, W Bros J R Bevan, A Dunn
and J K McLauchlin.
Report of the Board of General
Grand Lodge of Russia
The President of the Board made a
statement on the Grand Lodge of Russia
‘I wish to bring to the attention of this
Grand Lodge the situation that appears
to exist in the Grand Lodge of Russia.
Rumours and reports have been reaching
us for some time about the manner in
which the Grand Lodge of Russia and its
affairs are being conducted and controlled.
‘It is not proving easy to assess the truth or
otherwise of such reports. Accordingly, until
it has become possible to ascertain the actual
position with some degree of certainty, it is
recommended that Brethren should refrain
from visiting Lodges under the Grand Lodge
of Russia and, further, that Lodges under this
Constitution should exercise extreme caution
before admitting as visitors Brethren from
Lodges under the Grand Lodge of Russia.’
The MW Pro Grand Master, in addressing
Grand Lodge in June 2005, reported that the
Strategic Working Party, set up under the
chairmanship of the Deputy Grand Master,
had made recommendations to improve the
effectiveness of the General Council which
was not functioning successfully.
Those recommendations were circulated
to Provincial and District Grand Masters
and Grand Superintendents for their views
and the Board is now able to bring proposals
before Grand Lodge.
It is proposed that the General Council
should cease to exist and that in its place a
new body, to be called the Rulers’ Forum,
should be constituted. It will be a body,
meeting twice a year, in which issues of
general importance to English Freemasonry
can be discussed with the Rulers of the Craft.
Provinces will be divided among nine
Groups, roughly corresponding with the
Groups in the existing Associated Masonic
Provinces (which it is also intended should
be disbanded), with a tenth Group for
London. A proportion of the members
of each Group will be required to be
below the rank of Grand Officer to ensure
a reasonable spread of representation.
Each of the Groups will elect two
members to the Rulers’ Forum on a twoyear
rotating cycle. The Rulers and certain
members of the Board of General Purposes
will be ex officio members of the Forum and
the Grand Master will have power, if he
so desires, to appoint an additional member
of the Forum in respect of each Group.
Besides discussing issues of general
concern, the Forum will take over from
2007 the election of members of the
Commission for Appeals Courts and
the Panel for Clemency.
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