ISSUE 18, July 2006
Editorial
Archbishop Fisher: A Godly man and a Brother
Travel: The train takes the strain
Quarterly Communication: Annual Investiture speech by the Grand Master and Speech of the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech by the First Grand Principal and Report of the Committee of General Purposes Grand Lodge of New York: Speech by the Pro Grand Master
   Specialist Lodges: Keeping their eyes on the ball
Education: Planning ahead for the Chair and Events and New premises for Masonic research
Royal Opera House: A right Royal occasion
Royal opening: Beamish Museum
Digital records: Saving our past for the future
Library & Museum: The hall in the garden
Queen's Birthday: Masons played a prominent part
International: A Mason and the Foreign Legion
Masonic Charities: Grand Charity and NMSF and RMBI and RMTGB
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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    (b) The Master shall within a similar period report any such conviction as is mentioned in paragraph (a) of this Rule relating to any member of his Lodge to the Metropolitan, Provincial or District Grand Secretary or Grand Inspector as appropriate or (if the Lodge be a Lodge administered direct from Freemasons’ Hall) to the Grand Secretary.
    (c) A Brother who comes under a duty to report his conviction as aforesaid, whether or not he has complied therewith, shall not, pending the determination of his case by Masonic authority, attend any Lodge or Chapter without the written permission of the Masonic authority having jurisdiction thereover.
    (d) It is also the duty of the Master similarly to report promptly all such or other cases which are likely to bring Freemasonry into disrepute.
    (e) It is the duty of a Metropolitan, Provincial or District Grand Secretary or Grand Inspector who receives a report of any such conviction as is mentioned in paragraph (a) of this Rule relating to a Brother to transmit it without delay to the Grand Secretary, and also to report to him any other conduct which, in the opinion of the Provincial or District Grand Master or Grand Inspector, is likely to bring Freemasonry into disrepute.
    (f) It is the duty of every Brother to comment or provide information in relation to a complaint or allegation of misconduct (whether such complaint or allegation is made against him or another Brother or a Lodge) if so required by any Metropolitan, Provincial or District Grand Master, Grand Inspector or the Board of General Purposes.
    (iv) That a new paragraph be added at the end of Rule 183A as follows:
    “(f) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (e) a Brother who has resigned at any time under this Rule and thereby avoided being the subject of Masonic disciplinary sanction shall not be entitled to resume any of the rights and privileges of a Freemason but shall be treated for all purposes as though he had been expelled from the Craft at the moment at which his resignation became effective save that it shall not be necessary for his name and the reason for his resignation to be reported to the Grand Lodge. For the purposes of this paragraph a Brother shall have avoided being the subject of Masonic disciplinary sanction if at the time he resigned:
    (i) he had been notified formally or informally that Masonic disciplinary proceedings had been or were likely to be commenced against him and either such proceedings had not been concluded or any period of suspension imposed as a result of such proceedings had not come to an end; or
    (ii) he had a conviction during the period of his membership of the Craft for a criminal offence in respect of which he had not been notified formally or informally either that Masonic disciplinary proceedings had been or were likely to be commenced against him or that it was not intended to take disciplinary action; or
    (iii) he had been disqualified during the period of his membership of the Craft by reason of misconduct from the practice of his profession by the body regulating such profession in respect of which he had not been notified formally or informally that Masonic disciplinary proceedings had been or were likely to be commenced against him or that it was not intended to take disciplinary action; or
    (iv) circumstances existed as a result of which proceedings were subsequently commenced following which he was convicted of a criminal offence or disqualified by reason of misconduct from the practice of his profession by the body regulating such profession.”
    (v) That a new paragraph be added at the end of Rule 232 as follows:
    “(c) The Board of General Purposes may from time to time make rules for the conduct of disciplinary proceedings and for the procedure to be observed and such rules shall be observed by every Masonic authority (other than a Private Lodge) exercising disciplinary authority over any Lodge or individual Brother.”
    (vi) That Rule 277 (a) (i) (A) be amended to read:
    “(A) If the Appeals Court shall be of opinion that the recommendation should proceed it shall direct the Grand Secretary to inform the Master of the Lodge or Brother concerned by letter that after the expiration of the relevant period (as prescribed in sub-paragraph
    (F)) from the date of posting the letter such Lodge shall thereupon be erased or the Brother expelled from the Craft as the case may be, unless within such period the Grand Secretary receives notice that such Lodge or Brother desires to make a plea for clemency, which notice shall include or be accompanied by a written summary of the matters which will be relied on in support of the plea.”
    (vii) That Rule 277 (a) (i) (B) be amended to read:
    “(B) If at the expiration of the said relevant period the Grand Secretary shall have received no such notice as aforesaid, the finding of the Appeals Court shall thereupon take effect as the erasure of the Lodge or the expulsion of the Brother, and the name of the Lodge or Brother and the reason for the erasure or expulsion shall be reported to the Grand Lodge at the next convenient Quarterly Communication.”
    (viii) That Rule 277 (a) (i) (C) be amended to read:
    “(C) If the Grand Secretary shall within the said relevant period receive notice that the Lodge or Brother desires to make a plea for clemency, he shall report the matter to the Panel for Clemency, and if after due consideration they grant the plea they may substitute any penalty authorised by Rule 179.”
    (ix) That a new sub-paragraph be added at the end of Rule 277 (a) (i) as follows:
    “(F) For the purposes of this Rule the relevant period shall be 30 days in the case of a Lodge situated or a Brother resident within a Metropolitan Area or a Province and 90 days in all other cases.”

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