ISSUE 17, April 2006
Editorial
Historic: The Brother who designed the Spitfire
Travel: The charm of Kerala
Grand Lodge: Pro Grand Master's speech and Quarterly Communication
Public Relations: Hottest spot in town
International: Emulation in Bulgaria and Mauritius takes a leap forward and Hungary's Royal Arch library
Library & Museum: Recent acquisitions
Masonic Bibles: Lodges and their Bibles
    Royal Masonic Girls' School: My thanks to the Freemasons
Holocaust: The Count of Auschwitz
Education: International conference on the history of Freemasonry and Events
Specialist Lodges: Masonry universal - via radio
Masonic Charities: Grand Charity continues to help those in need and New Masonic Samaritan Fund and Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution and Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys
Grand Charity: The Tsunami - one year on and Important Gift Aid information
Letters, Book Reviews, and Gardening

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Notice of Motion to amend the Book of Constitutions was tabled for the next Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge as follows:

The President of the Board of General Purposes to move:
Amendment to the Book of Constitutions:

“That Rules 216 to 222 under the heading “The General Council” be deleted and there be substituted under the heading “The Rulers’ Forum” the following:

‘216. The Rulers’ Forum shall consist of the Grand Master, Pro Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, Assistant Grand Master, the President and Deputy President of the Board of General Purposes, the President of the Committee of General Purposes of Supreme Grand Chapter, and not more than thirty-six additional members.

217. (a) Of the additional members not more than twenty-four shall be elected by the Rulers’ Forum Groups constituted under paragraphs (e), (f) and (h) of this Rule and not more than twelve may be appointed by the Grand Master in accordance with paragraph (d) of this Rule. No member of the Board of General Purposes shall be eligible for election to the Rulers’ Forum.
(b) One member shall not later than 31 March in each year be elected by the Rulers’ Forum Group representing the Metropolitan Area of London from among the members of that Rulers’ Forum Group (who shall be the Master or a Past Master of a Metropolitan Lodge eligible to attend Grand Lodge) to serve for a term of two years from the next Annual Installation of the Grand Master. At any one time not more than one of the members so elected shall be the holder of the office of Metropolitan Grand Master or Deputy Metropolitan Grand Master.
(c) One member shall not later than 31 March in each year be elected by each of the Rulers’ Forum Groups representing Provinces from among the members of that Rulers’ Forum Group (who shall be the Master or a Past Master of a Provincial Lodge eligible to attend Grand Lodge) to serve for a term of two years from the next Annual Installation of the Grand Master. At any one time not more than one of the members so elected from each Rulers’ Forum Group shall be the holder of the office of Provincial Grand Master.
(d) The Grand Master may at any time and from time to time appoint to the Rulers’ Forum in respect of each Rulers’ Forum Group not more than one member (who shall be the Master or a Past Master of a Lodge comprised within the respective Rulers’ Forum Group eligible to attend Grand Lodge) to serve until the next Annual Installation of the Grand Master. Such Brother on appointment to the Rulers’ Forum shall immediately thereon become an additional member of the respective Rulers’ Forum Group, if not already a member.
(e) The Rulers’ Forum Group representing the Metropolitan Area of London shall consist of the Metropolitan Grand Master, Deputy Metropolitan Grand Master and three Brethren, of whom at least one shall be below the rank of a Grand Officer, nominated by each Metropolitan Group Chairman and appointed by the Metropolitan Grand Master.
(f) Each of the Rulers’ Forum Groups representing Provinces shall consist of four Brethren, of whom at least one shall be below the rank of a Grand Officer, from each Province represented on that Rulers’ Forum Group appointed by the Provincial Grand Master, which four shall include the Provincial Grand Master.
(g) Not more than one member of any Lodge shall be eligible, as such, for appointment to a Rulers’ Forum Group; but this shall not prevent a duly qualified Brother, being a subscribing member of another Lodge, from being appointed in respect of his membership of such other Lodge.
(h) The Board of General Purposes shall allocate Provinces to the respective Rulers’ Forum Groups and shall make rules for the period for which the members of Rulers’ Forum Groups shall serve, the filling of casual vacancies amongst the members, and the procedure for the conduct of the proceedings of Rulers’ Forum Groups, and shall have power from time to time to amend any such rules. The Board shall also have power to make transitional rules for the election of members to the Rulers’ Forum during the period from the date of the coming into effect of this provision until the Annual Installation of the Grand Master in 2008.
(i) Any casual vacancy among the elected or appointed members of the Rulers’ Forum or a Rulers’ Forum Group shall be filled for the unexpired remainder of the term in the manner provided in paragraphs (b) to (f ) of this Rule as the case may be.
(j) For the avoidance of doubt any reference in this Rule or Rule 218 to a Metropolitan or Provincial Grand Master shall apply equally to a Pro Metropolitan or Pro Provincial Grand Master.

218. (a) Any member of the Rulers’ Forum, other than an ex officio member, who shall have served on the Rulers’ Forum for three terms shall not be eligible for re-election or reappointment except by a dispensation of the Grand Master.
(b) Any member of the Rulers’ Forum or any Rulers’ Forum Group who shall cease to be eligible to attend Grand Lodge or to satisfy any other qualification from which he derives his membership of the Rulers’ Forum or the Rulers’ Forum Group (as the case may be) shall thereupon cease to be a member of the Rulers’ Forum or the Rulers’ Forum Group; and any elected member of the Rulers’ Forum who shall be appointed to the Board of General Purposes shall thereupon cease to be an elected member of the Rulers’ Forum.

219. The Rulers’ Forum shall meet on the day immediately preceding the Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge in June and December of each year, and when convened by command of the Grand Master, or failing him the Pro Grand Master, or failing him the Deputy Grand Master, or failing him the Assistant Grand Master.

220. The Grand Master, or failing him the Pro Grand Master, or failing him the Deputy Grand Master, or failing him the Assistant Grand Master, or failing him a Brother chosen for the occasion by those present shall preside at meetings of the Forum.

221. The Rulers’ Forum shall consider such matters as the Grand Master or the Pro Grand Master or the Grand Lodge or the Board of General Purposes may from time to time refer to it and may consider any matter that is requested by a Rulers’ Forum Group. Any matter specially referred to the Rulers’ Forum by the Grand Master shall have precedence of all other business.

222. Minutes of the Rulers’ Forum shall be kept.’”

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