Summons

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  1. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    Brother Joey and I were looking through many old documents at the Lodge and ran across a blank "Summons" document. I assume back in the day summons were sent out. The date was around 1900. Are Summons still used today? If so, what circumstance are they used?
     
  2. xxxxxxl

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    I would think called meetings, funerals or matters of charity.
     
  3. Wingnut

    Wingnut Premium Member

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    I know of one lodge that was having trouble putting together degrees so they sent out summons to get participation.
     
  4. owls84

    owls84 Moderator Premium Member

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    My uncle tells me of a story that when he was Worshipful Master of our Lodge a few years back he had to hold a Masonic Trial at his Lodge. He sent summons to some of the members and they actually decided to go golfing instead. He goes on to tell me that when the Lodge was opened, the Grand Lodge official that was there noticed the men were not present he ordered the Worshipful Master to go get them. He and a member of the lodge, who happened to be a police officer, jumped in his police car and went and got all 3 men off the golf course. So I guess the point is if you get one of those in the mail you better show up.

    I believe those are still used today, although I am not sure, hope this helps.
     
  5. js4253

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    Form 52 is the special summons form available online @ the GLOT forms menu. Only secretaries have access to the database.
     
  6. Wingnut

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    There is also an example in the back of the GL Law book on page 290.
     
  7. david918

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    Here is a summons I received from a good friend and brother for one of his Royal Arch chapters
    I.T.N.O.T.T.A.L.G.M.H.

    TEA TREE GULLY R.A.C. No.45

    SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTION












    CONSECRATED 16TH NOVEMBER 1986

    FIRST PRINCIPAL (Z)
    E.COMP. R.A.R. WESLEY
    15 Batley Street,
    Para Vista, S.A. 5093
    Telephone: (08) 8264 9746






    OFFICERS FOR THE YEAR 2005-06

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    2. F..L. (Frank) Matthews, P2ndGP
    7. T.G. (Terry) Kavanagh, PGLect
    9. J.M. (John) Stubbs, AM, CSM, OStJ, PGSN, IPZ
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    R.E.COMP. J.E. ACLAND
    14 Church Street,
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    1 Dearman Avenue,
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    Comp. M.J. Mann
    Comp. E.T. Purdie
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    TEA TREE GULLY ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER NO.45
    Dear Companion,
    You are requested to attend the Regular Convocation of your Chapter, to be held at the RIDGEHAVEN MASONIC CENTRE, RIDGEHAVEN, at 7:30pm, on Thursday, 9TH FEBRUARY 2006.
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    20 Fairfield Road,
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  8. Brother Senior Steward at Robert Burns Lodge sends out a summons for every stated meeting.
     
  9. Wingnut

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    email or snail mail?
     
  10. snail, of course. Like a wine list on a tablet PC (fine wine looses something when integrated with the Microsoft Windows operating system) a summons in a tangible form with a photo of Burns on the front and a poem on the back is significantly more impressive than an email.
     
  11. scottmh59

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    the idea has been kicked around to use summons to get more "local" members to lodge for at least the stated meeting...i think it is a great idea,and tool for the wm.
     
  12. Joey

    Joey Co-Founder Staff Member

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    I agree..... But, how forceful must we be just to get members to come for a stated meeting?
     
  13. TCShelton

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    As forceful as is needed, unless a particular member has a legit reason for not being there.
     
  14. scottmh59

    scottmh59 Registered User

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    drastic times call for drastic measures
     
  15. rhitland

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    I say summons em' all and let God sort em' out. :45:
     
  16. scottmh59

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    :23:yep..thatll do it
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2009
  17. JBD

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    Check the proceedings for the Grand Chapter session just completed - or if you have it the Grand High Priest's report will give you all you want to know
     
  18. Bill Lins

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    Re: summonses- from Art. 235: "The Secretary may be ordered to issue summons for such
    meetings when the circumstances are deemed such as to warrant it; such summons must be in writing and under the seal of the Lodge."

    Re: Joey's question: "how forceful must we be just to get members to come for a stated meeting?"

    Art. 343, Regulations to Enforce Attendance

    "Lodges are authorized to make such regulations as may be necessary to enforce the attendance of their members."

    Apparently, the answer is "as forceful as is necessary"! Pretty open-ended, it seems. I would think that it would be better to entice Brethren to attend by providing a good meal, fellowship, and an interesting meeting than to send the cops or National Guard out after them- YMMV. ;)
     
  19. RedTemplar

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    I remember back in the 1980's, we had a King Solomon who also happened to be the District Judge of our county. After scheduling a couple degree team practices in which about half of the members showed up, he had the constable and deputy sheriff to hand deliver a court summons to the awol brothers to be present at the lodge or face a show cause hearing. It was all in fun, but he only had to do it once.
     
  20. Wingnut

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    I thought Id mentioned it but maybe not in this thread. One of my lodges sent out summons recently and not attending was very frowned upon and needed explaination
     

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