Proposed Resolutions to be Considered at our Grand Annual Communication 2012

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  1. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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  2. tmcguire

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    Dang it! Nothing about what I wanted to see. Oh well.. I guess we wait another year.
     
  3. JJones

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    Neat, I like one or two of em.
     
  4. Frater Cliff Porter

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    This has bad idea and over reaching authority written all over it.
     
  5. LukeD

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    Yep...this could get messy.
     
  6. chrmc

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    Thanks for sharing that is quite interesting. Could anyone elaborate on how the voting etc. works at Grand Lodge? And also especially how the outcomes are distributed? Assume they are mailed to the secretaries?
    Lastly what is the easiest way to get an electronic copy of the GLoTX laws? (know a 2010 version was posted here recently, but would be good to get an updated one)
     
  7. JJones

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    Easiest way I know of would be through your secretary, but I don't know if that's the fastest or cheapest way.
     
  8. Bill Lins

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    Not the only one, either.
     
  9. NickGarner

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    Hey, at least we might get to change the Grand Organist title to Grand Musician. :huh:

    That has to count for something :001_rolleyes:
     
  10. ess1113

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    Regarding Resolution 26:
    What is the esoteric significance of the differing arrangements of the lesser lights? I may be more inclined to vote favorably if there was a reason for the arrangements.

    ESS
     
  11. ess1113

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    Grand lodge laws are available on CD and those include the changes. Id post them here but not sure if thats proper.
     
  12. JJones

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    I'd be very interested in learning more about this one as well.

    As far as over-reaching authority goes, I seem to recall there were a few proposed resolutions last year that could have been over reaching if they had been accepted as well. I've been a mason for several years but I've only really started paying attention to GL last year. Is this kind of thing the norm?
     
  13. eduag

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    Does anyone have handy footnotes for lodge distribution?
     
  14. Blake Bowden

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    Who plans to attend Grand Lodge?
     
  15. S.Courtemanche

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    I will be there Blake Friday and Saturday with Belton 166 (JW)
     
  16. JJones

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    I'll likely be there the 2nd day.
     
  17. Blake Bowden

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  18. dhouseholder

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    So here are some footnotes I have gathered from the Proposed Resolutions. I am not a lawyer and I'm not all that smart, so if anyone gets a different take on any of these, please speak up.

    1. Allows MWSAs to become 501c3 Non-Profits
    2. Allows the GM to suspend a WM as opposed to only removing, also makes it a Masonic Violation to recognize and announce three protests against a candidate, and allows the GM to suspend a WM if he finds allegations meritous
    3. Makes Masons convicted of a felony (and are expelled) are not eligible for reinstatement
    4. Requires All Masonicly affiliated organizations must submit information about its Masonic purposes, governance, expected financial support and structure to GL annually
    5. Makes the LG Finance Committes' report the first item of business on the last day of Grand Annual Communication as opposed to any other time on the last day
    6. Makes changes to what an "edict" is. Basically an edict has no power until Grand Lodge votes on it
    7. Changes the title of Grand Organist to Grand Musician
    8. Suggests a few changes
    ...A. protests against a candidate can only be made before he is elected to receive the degrees, as opposed to any time before he is Raised
    ...B. protests must be submitted in writing to the WM as opposed to just orally
    .......1. if the protestor is not a member of the lodge, the lodge can vote to accept or reject the protest
    .......2. if the protestor is a member of the lodge, his protest will be read before the lodge and his vote will count as a blackball
    ...C. After a brother receives the EA degree, Masonic charges can be issued for misconduct
    9. Exempts PM's from the mandatory L.I.F.E. training to be officers
    10. Reduces the amount of money from Texas Mason's per capita goes to the Masonic Youth Foundation from $1.00 to $0.10 given that the MYF seldom informs Texas Masons of the status of the foundation and their disbursements AND this $.90 balance shall be given to the Directors of the GL Masonic Library and Museum and NOT the Trustees of GL
    11. Changes disbursement dates of endowment earnings to lodges from June 23rd to June 30th saving man hours on calculation
    12. Charges a $10 fee for Texas Masons to attend Grand Lodge
    13. Makes it to where deceased Masons, living 50 year Masons, or Life Members of a lodge may purchase an endowment for $500
    14. Requires dues to be refunded to suspended Masons as opposed to only upon request
    15. Basically allows brothers who purchased Endowments to transfer them even after the 12 month period
    16. Requires petitioners to pay for a criminal background check to be conducted by the lodge
    17. Basically the same as Resolution 16
    18. Also basically the same as Resolution 16
    19. Removes the "moral turpitude" language from the petitions and adds "have you ever been charged with a Class A or B misdemeanor"
    20. Requires Grand Secretary to respond to a lodge's request to buy property within 30 calendar days
    21. Places a handicap ramp at the 8th street entrance of Grand Lodge
    22. Changes some language to GL law pertaining to when the GM removes a lodge official
    23. Recognizes the Ruffians Riding Club - open to Masons only
    24. Makes it to where lodges cannot apply for a waiver of jurisdiction for rejected candidates from that rejected candidate's jurisdiction
    25. Allows Texas Masons to belong to other Grand Jurisdictions even if they don't reside in that Grand Jurisdiction
    26. Allows lodges to rearrange the Representatives of the Three Lesser Lights as per Lightfoot's Monitor from the 1930's as opposed to the current standard triangle on the south side of the altar
     
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  19. James Silva

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    I'm here at the lodge waiting on the results of resolution 2...
     
  20. Brother JC

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    I find it interesting that the Ruffians are being considered for recognition, when the Widow's Sons are forbidden.
    Anyone know the politics behind that one?
     

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