Following the announcement made in Grand
Lodge on 13 September by the Pro Grand
Master, the Marquess of Northampton (see
page 18), a new Grand Secretary is now being
sought. The necessary qualifications are:
It is not initially intended to advertise the
position in the national press.
- Must be an Installed Master – preferably
a few years through the Chair;
- Must be a Royal Arch Mason –
preferably an Installed First Principal;
- Good communications and social skills;
- Proven experience of organisational skills;
- Able to think and plan strategically;
- Correspondence and speechwriting skills;
- Proven experience of management
of human resources;
- Must be a team player.
Applications should be made in writing
and addressed to: Private Office, Freemasons’
Hall, Great Queen Street, London wc2b 5az,
accompanied by a personal and Masonic CV.
Also in his address to Grand Lodge last
month, the Pro Grand Master referred to
the Universities Scheme, led by the Assistant
Grand Master, David Williamson, which
is aimed at encouraging younger men into
Details of the scheme are also outlined on
pages 50-51, but the overall message of the
need to encourage younger Masons into the
Craft, whether undergraduates or not, is one
of major importance as younger brethren are
the lifeblood of Freemasonry and its future.
Check those visitors
Visitors are often the lifeblood of Lodges,
but are you sure that all your guests are
legitimate? Each year Grand Lodge, through
its Quarterly Communication, gives strict
guidance on ensuring that only brethren
from Grand Lodges recognised by the
English Constitution attend our meetings.
Moreover, Rule 125(b) Book of
Constitutions puts the responsibility for this
on Masters, so Master’s should take note
that they should not leave this issue to the
However, secretaries do receive a copy
of the Masonic Year Book, which lists the
Grand Lodges recognised by the United
Grand Lodge of England. The Master
should consult this book if in any doubt.
It is particularly noted that the hazard
of admitting a member of an unrecognised
constitution arises not only in connection
with overseas visitors – or individuals
resident in this country who belong to
an unrecognised constitution overseas.
This is because there are Lodges of
unrecognised constitutions meeting in
England, and care must be taken that their
members are not admitted to our meetings.
The Board of General Purposes, as the
governing body of the Craft, recommends
that the terms of this warning about visitors
should be repeated verbally in open Lodge
whenever a Grand Lodge Certificate is
presented, and in print once a year in
a Lodge’s summons. The full statement
of the Board can be found on page 19.
Craft and Royal Arch
In the editorial in Issue 16 (January 2006)
in commenting on Royal Arch membership
statistics I said that “anyone who aspires
to be a ‘full’ Mason should be in the Royal
Arch”. This has given offence to a number
of brethren, and for that I unreservedly
It was an unfortunate choice of words
and there was certainly no intention to
suggest that the 63% of the Craft who are
not Royal Arch Masons are in any way
incomplete or second class Freemasons.
To assist MQ in keeping its database up to
date, there is a form which can be filled in
on page 37. This will enable those brethren
entitled to receive MQ free of charge, but
who do not currently receive a copy, to do
so. It will also mean we can avoid sending
duplicate copies, and ensuring that those
who do not wish to receive a copy for
other reasons, such as the death of a reader,
can be deleted.
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