Plural membership process

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  1. tmcguire

    tmcguire Premium Member

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    I understand the process for requesting a plural membership involves getting a certificate of good standing from your home lodge Secretary and then filling out the form 39, Petition for affiliation by certificate of good standing. But I don’t know what happens after that. Will I be investigated again? Will I receive another dues card? Can anyone shed some light on this?
    Thanks.
     
  2. David Duke

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    Bro. Tom, here is what is in GL Law, with important sections in red, hope this helps. Red, bold, and italics added by me. Also you will get another dues card and be subject to dues from both lodges.

    Title III – Chapter 7 384-387
    [FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk]The petition for affiliation must be in writing and signed by the petitioner personally; be recommended by two members of the Lodge petitioned; and be presented at a stated meeting.[/FONT]
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    [/FONT][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk]It must state the name, age, date and place of birth, and domicile of the petitioner, and must be accompanied by his Certificate of Dimission from the Lodge of which he was last a member, or a certificate of good standing as provided for in Art. 392 or satisfactory reasons shown for the absence of either of such certificates. A certificate of life membership in a Lodge of another recognized jurisdiction will be accorded the same effect as a Certificate of Dimission, when accompanied by a certificate of present good standing in the Lodge which issued such life certificate.[/FONT]
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    [/FONT][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk]Art. 386. (423). [/FONT][/FONT][/FONT]Committee of Inquiry[FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk]. A petition for affiliation or advancement may be referred to a committee or voted upon at a stated meeting where petition is read. The petition will be referred to committee if any member makes a verbal request for such action. If no request is made and all requirements are met, a vote will be held at the time of original reading. This vote may be held by voting box or show of hands at the discretion of the Lodge. If referred to committee, the committee shall consist of three members who will make inquiry and report thereon, which report shall be made at a subsequent stated meeting; but no ballot shall be taken thereon in less than one month from date of presentation of petition to committee. [/FONT]
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    [/FONT][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk]Art. 387. (424). [/FONT][/FONT][/FONT]Ballot[FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk]. If a petition for affiliation or advancement is referred to a committee of inquiry, as provided in Article[/FONT][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk]163 [/FONT]

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    [FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk]386, the ballot shall be taken after the report of the committee is made. If the petitioner is elected, his certificate of dimission, or his certificate of good standing, as the case may be, shall be filed by the Secretary and no fee shall be charged for his affiliation. If the petition is rejected, the certificate of dimission shall be returned to the petitioner. The certificate of good standing shall be returned to the issuing Lodge as provided in Article 392. [/FONT][/FONT][/FONT][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk](Revised 2004)[/FONT][/FONT][/FONT]
    [FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk]Art. 388. (425). [/FONT][/FONT][/FONT]Who May Vote. [FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk]Only members of the Lodge petitioned may vote on a petition for affiliation.[/FONT][/FONT][/FONT]​

    [FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk]Art. 389. [/FONT]
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    Protest Not Allowed.[FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk][FONT=NewCenturySchlbk,NewCenturySchlbk]A petition for affiliation can be rejected only if more than 3 of the members present cast black balls. If 3 or less black balls are cast, the petitioner shall be elected. A protest against affiliation shall not be entertained. If more than 3 black balls are cast, the petitioner shall be rejected, but for no definite period. He may present a new petition at any time.[/FONT][/FONT][/FONT]​
     
  3. tmcguire

    tmcguire Premium Member

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    Very good! Thank you. And...I wish I had an electronic copy of the GLOT Law book.

    -Tom
     
  4. Michaelstedman81

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    Good point. Is there a place in particular to an electronic copy of this? Or are there any Brothers that have a copy they could share? If so, I can provide my email address. If we aren't allowed to pass it around like that, no worries.
     
  5. David Duke

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    Your lodge secretary can order the CD from GL, I think it was $13.00.
     
  6. Michaelstedman81

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    Ah, right on. Thanks, I will try to go that route.
     

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