GLoTX Resolutions

Discussion in 'Freemasonry In Texas' started by Blake Bowden, Jan 15, 2017.

  1. dfreybur

    dfreybur Premium Member

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    My mother lodge in California has a lot of members who are current or retired police officers. The current ones have their piece in a bag under their chairs, always have. The directions in the lecture are only explicit about the preparation of the candidate so the directions do not refer to the Brothers who are already members. We are all bound by stronger ties now that we are no longer candidates.

    The rules in California are silent on the topic other than the directions in the lecture so each lodge gets to decide if those directions apply to more than just the candidate. Some lodges never consider the possibility that the directions don't apply to everyone in the room, but there is no mention of that in the lecture. My mother lodge had to consider it many decades ago because of the high percentage of police officers in our membership.

    Last year a lunatic broke into a meeting at my mother lodge. He barged past the Tiler and came through the closed door. He was escorted out and sent to jail. First time in living memory anything remotely like that had happened.
     
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  2. Bloke

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    You know, if we had members who brought firearms to lodge, I'd almost expect them to have them in the lodge room where they would be under their control rather than with Tyler who might go for a leak etc..
     
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  3. Bro. Stewart P.M.

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    Without speaking for everyone and every circumstance, the idea or suggestion of leaving a firearm "with the Tiler" has different meaning than suggested. At my Lodge when weapons are checked prior to the meeting (per Lodge Bylaws), the weapons are stored in locked and secured areas, not in the personal hands of the person serving the duty of Tiler.



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  4. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

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    Thanks for the clarification
     
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  6. JJones

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    Oh boy, it's getting close to that time again.

    Finding out what's being proposed is always like Christmas morning. Except everybody is so out of touch with you that they have no idea what you really want so you cross your fingers and hope you get one or two good ones. It's the thought that counts, after all.
     
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  7. Benjamin Baxter

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    Surely we must be getting close. Does anyone have them yet?


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  8. David Duke

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    They are available on the Secretary’s database but haven’t been mailed to he Lodges or at least we haven’t gotten ours.


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  9. Bill Lins

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    I emailed them to Blake a while back- mebbe, if you ask nicely, he'll post them. ;)
     
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  10. Benjamin Baxter

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    Oh ok. I know Brother Blake is a busy guy. I will wait the time with patience.


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  11. Benjamin Baxter

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    Blake, can you post them? Please.


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  12. David612

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    I’m so glad we don’t have to deal with these issues in my neck of the woods
     
  13. Ripcord22A

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    Your GL doesn’t make changes?
     
  14. David612

    David612 Registered User

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    They do but things like firearms in lodge arnt an issue
     
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  15. chrmc

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    I just saw that the latest Tx Masons magazine is up, and on page 10 there is an abbreviated version of the resolution, but they don't say much.
    http://grandlodgeoftexas.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Tx-Mason-2018.pdf

    2018 RESOLUTIONS ANDS RECOMMENDATIONS
    HOLD OVER RESOLUTION # 4—2017
    This Resolution was voted on and passed at the 2017 Grand Annual Communication, it being a Constitutional
    change must be voted on in the 2018 Communication.
    RESOLUTIONS 2018
    Resolution # 1—This is to change Dist. 60-A and 60- B into one District. As several Lodges in this
    District have merged. It would be better served as one District. Submitted by Joseph R. Bailey, Five
    Points # 1137, John E. Wood, El Paso # 130, and Thomas E. Jenkins, Omar Bradley # 1028. ( P&P)
    Resolution # 2-- Art. 272 and Art. 273 be amended to read. If the Master has to leave the east, the
    Past Master who takes over the East, may keep his Past Master Jewel on. Submitted by Thomas F.
    Boone, Anson Jones # 1416. (P&P—MJC)
    Resolution # 3-- Amend Art. 380, as to the visiting process of Texas Lodges. Submitted by James K.
    Scales, Italy # 647. (Fin. – MJC)
    Resolution # 4 -- Delete Art. 417, who may vote, and Replace with new Art. 417. Submitted by
    Charles D. Gaulden, Greenville # 335. (P&P)
    Resolution # 5—Amend Art. 512 of the Laws of the Grand Lodge of Texas to provide suspension of
    Masonic activity when accused of a disciplinary violation
    Involving the abuse of children. Submitted by Leonard P. Harvey, Keystone # 1143. Orville L. O’Neill,
    White Rock # 234. (P&P—MJC)
    Resolution # 6-- Amend Art. 512. Status of a Mason under allegations of a Masonic Disciplinary
    Violation. Submitted by Robin W. Winslett, Danbury # 1432. Jay H. Hicks, Tucker # 297. (P&P—
    MJC)
    Resolution # 8—Delete Art. 401 and Form # 27. Submitted by Roger A. Jacobsen, St. Johns # 51.
    (P&P—MJC)
    Resolution # 9 – Amend Art. 236. Who may preside while conferring Degrees. Add new Art. 226-
    A.Submitted by William (Bill) Lins, Wharton # 621. (P&P—MJC)
    Resolution # 10— Finance Committee Change Art. 122 Thru Art. 126. Submitted by Ronald Wise,
    Roy Stanley # 1367. (FIN.)
    Resolution # 11 – Amend Art. 412. Committee Duties and Report. Adding information to second
    paragraph. Submitted by Terrence A. Maxwell, Carrollton # 1400. (P&P—MJC)
    Resolution # 12 – Amend Art. 163. Fees, Dues and Contributions. To repeal paragraph # 9, and
    Amend paragraph # 10. Submitted by Thomas W. Ellison, Milam # 2. (FIN)
    Resolution # 13—Amend Art. 53, as the Grand Lodge has changed their fiscal year to end on
    December 31st. Submitted by Thomas W. Ellison, Milam # 2. (P&P— MJC)
    Resolution # 14 – Amend Art. 311 by adding paragraph # 2,about credit and debit cards. Submitted
    by Thomas W. Ellison, Milam # 2. (MJC)
    Resolution # 15 – Amend Art. 361. Who may conduct ceremony. Having all deceased Brethren
    during that Masonic year be read and entered in the minutes of that date. Submitted by C. D. Siems,
    Gary Krzysicki, Bellaire # 1336 (P&P)
    Resolution # 16 -- That the Golden Trowel Award forms be included in the Masonic Forms section of
    the Laws of the Grand Lodge of Texas. Submitted by
    C.D. Siems, and Gary Krzysicki, Bellaire # 1336 (P&P)
    Resolution # 17 – Amend Art. 319. Automatic Suspension to February 1st and Art. 320 Notice of
    Suspension by March 1st .
    Resolution #18— Merge Lodges in Masonic District 120 with District 37A and Masonic District 120
    be abolished – S. B. Mosser Lodge 912
    GRAND MASTER RECOMMENDATION # 1—Amend Art. # 129, paragraph # a,( by adding the
    sentence or brothers who are proficient in the esoteric work and lectures of the first three degrees in
    Masonry.)
     
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  16. dfreybur

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    As to districts - Doesn't the MWGM have the authority to reorganize them? DDGM does stand for District Deputy Grand Master after all. Having these reorganizations happen by vote seems like a lot more work than just informing the next MWGM to include it in his planned. Voting on the floor works and is binding, but it isn't the method I'd want to use.

    As to jewels while sitting pro tem - Texas is more fussy than that detail compared to other jurisdictions I know. In my other jurisdictions, the few times I wanted to speak on a topic I've put my hat on the chair and stepped to the floor to speak. Though I don't recall ever doing that the year I was in the east in California. My very foggy crystal ball predicts this one will not be approved.

    I'll now download the file. I figure the hard copy will arrive in my mailbox in a few days.
     
  17. chrmc

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    I agree. And hopefully it's more districts that are up for revision than just the ones mentioned. I believe both Houston and Dallas have some districts that are fairly out of wack.
     
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  18. Glen Cook

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    There is now the temptation for an Okie to make a comment about Dallas and Houston generally being out of whack. I wouldn’t do so, of course. :).
     
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  20. dfreybur

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    None of these entries have enough context for discussion on the floor. Of course GL delegates will get a packet that contains complete documentation.

    There isn't much discussion on you gets to vote. Visitors don't vote and I doubt that's the issue. I figure this one is to switch back to the world wide standard of charging EAs dues and allowing them to vote. I'm for that in general votes. I have not considered if this includes the ballot box and am on the fence on that bit.
     

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