ISSUE 2, July 2002
Editorial
Brothers in endurance: Sir Ernest Shackleton
Travel: Florida
Jack the Ripper: Exploring the Masonic link
Quarterly Communication: Annual Investiture address by the Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes and Report of the Library and Museum Trust
Masonic News: Order of Service to Masonry; Grand Lodge deficit; Alvin Coburn pioneer photographer; Royal Masonic Variety Show
   Royal Arch News: Concern over falling exaltations
Charity News: Masonic relief grants launched; New RMBI video; Help is at hand through the NMSF; RMBI challenges and change; Update on RMBI projects; RMBI resident Jessie is Britain's oldest person; Grand Charity grant to National Asthma Campaign; TalentAid
Masonic Homes: Proud and independent
Library and Museum news: Recent library acquisitions
Letters
Gardening
Book reviews

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QUARTERLY COMMUNICATION 12 JUNE 2002

Report of the Board of General Purposes

Provincial and District Grand Ranks/London and Overseas Grand Rank

In November 1999, the Grand Master's Council appointed a committee, of which the Deputy Grand Master was chairman, to consider the basis on which appointments to Grand Rank were allocated to London, Provinces, Districts, Groups and unattached Lodges and Chapters overseas.
    The committee also reviewed the basis of appointments to London and Overseas Grand Rank (and their Royal Arch equivalents) as well as Provincial and District Grand Ranks.
    The committee has now submitted its final report and its recommendation that appointment to Grand Rank be based on the number of Freemasons in the relevant Masonic area have already been implemented. The remaining principal recommendations are:
  • The number of acting ranks and first appointments to past ranks in a Province or District should be based on the number of Craft Freemasons in the Province or District. A similar ratio should apply for appointments to London or Overseas Grand Rank.
  • New schedules of appointment to acting ranks in Provinces and Districts should be introduced.
  • A limit should be placed on the number of promotions made in Provincial and District Grand Rank.
  • A Provincial or District Grand Master should be allowed to appoint such number of Assistant Provincial or District Grand Masters as the Grand Master may authorise.
  • The Grand Master should have power to confer London or Overseas Grand Rank on Brethren who are already Provincial or District Grand Officers or holders of Overseas or London Grand Rank.

  • The recommendations of the Deputy Grand Master's Committee were approved by the MW The Grand Master.

    Report of Library and Museum Trust

    The Annual Report of the Trust revealed that in October 2001 it had been awarded the status of a registered museum. Excellent progress was made on its project to map its own collections of regalia, artefacts and documents relating to friendly and fraternal societies, which has been supported by Supreme Grand Chapter.
        The scope of a searchable database has now been defined and the Library and Museum will be seeking funding during the year to implement its publication.
        The transfer of the existing Library catalogue to computer format and to international MARC standard is now underway.
        A schedule for cataloguing the museum and archive collections on to compatible databases and also the relevant international standards has been prepared and will begin to be implemented during 2002.
        The Library and Museum has completed the purchase of Letchworth's from the Grand Charity, which will act as a trading subsidiary and develop retail activities to raise awareness of the Library and Museum collections.
        As at 31 January 2002, net assets of the Library and Museum Charitable Trust were 711,934 (2001: 782,056), which included 327,571 (2001: 440,000) received as Gift Aid from United Grand Lodge to support the ongoing activity and expenses of the Library and Museum.

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