Chamber of Commerce

Discussion in 'Masonic Jurisprudence' started by HKTidwell, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. HKTidwell

    HKTidwell Premium Member

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    Is there a GLoT law which would prohibit the joining of a Chamber of Commerce? For fund raising and community activities these are the people we need to get involved IMHO. Most local business would support Scholerships, Masonic Christmas(program we started at our lodge), Hospitals, etc.... Also if you get these people involved in one aspect then they have a possibility of joining.

    I know, I read of a lodge out in CA who joined their local Chamber and has seen some good things come about.
     
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  2. Wingnut

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    We have been approached by the Rotary to work together on fund raising events... good idea I think
     
  3. Gerald.Harris

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    Brother Tidwell, I am not aware of any GLOT Law that would prohibit you from joining the Chamber of Commerce. Like Brother Wyndell said above, our lodge has been approached by the Lions Club, to work a fundraiser together. I have been asking around, but have not been told by anyone yet that this sort of project would be taboo.
     
  4. HKTidwell

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    So tonight I have been going through the laws of the GLoT and ran across this article. Would this prohibit it and can anybody clarify the intent of this? Ie can a lodge donate money to a local organization, join an organization such as the chamber, etc..?


    Art. 339. Lodge Shall Not Sponsor Other Organizations. No
    lodge shall stand as sponsor for any other organization, even though
    such organization be composed exclusively of Master Masons or of
    the wives, sister, sons, or daughters of Master Masons. Provided that
    this article shall not apply to the Chapters of the Order of DeMolay
    for Boys, Assemblies of the Order of Rainbow for Girls, and Bethels
    of the International Order of Job’s Daughters. (Revised 1989)

    BTW 468 pages, holy smokes!!!
     
  5. TCShelton

    TCShelton Founding Member Premium Member

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    I don't know that any other organizations are recognized as "masonic," which are able to be sponsored.
     
  6. Wingnut

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    The way Ive been told on that article is that it prevents us from being a sponsor for say a kids baseball team. Removes the liability from us (blue lodge) and Grand Lodge. Working with another group to maximize your fundraising events shouldnt be effected. ie. Blue Lodge selling hamburgers at a Rotary Carnival for example.
     
  7. Gerald.Harris

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    I am not certain that joining a Chamber of Commerce, and sponsering another onganization have any relevance to each other. I am going to forward the question to one of the members of the Jurisprudence Committee and see if we can get an answer.
     
  8. HKTidwell

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    Sweet thank you!
     
  9. JTM

    JTM "Just in case" Premium Member

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    a letter from the secretary to the commit. on jurisprudence would find a good answer to this one, i think.

    i would imagine it would be a good idea, but i do know that we can't do things like "sponsor a baseball team" and things like that from experience.
     
  10. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    :biggrin: It goes better with a few:beer: :beer: :beer:!
     
  11. HKTidwell

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    :D *throws the :beer: out the window. Give me a bottle of Jack it might help if it is big enough! lol
     
  12. Gerald.Harris

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    Still awaiting a reply from the Jurisprudennce committee on this issue.
     

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