ISSUE 19, October 2006
Historic: Rabbi and Mason
Travel: Morocco's exotic charm
Quarterly Communication: Address by the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Working with Youngsters: The Grand Master goes fishing
Community Relations: Saying it with flowers
International: Spanish Freemasonry under the microscope
   Events: Grand Lodge Award; Royal Masonic Variety Show
Specialist Lodges: Masonry on the canal
Freemasonry and Society: A Churchman's view of Masonry
Education: Toast of the town and Events
Young Masons: The Universities Scheme
Library & Museum: The Freemasons's Tontine
Masonic Charities: The Grand Charity and NMSF and RMTGB and RMBI
Book reviews

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Grand Secretary
Following the announcement made in Grand Lodge on 13 September by the Pro Grand Master, the Marquess of Northampton (see page 18), a new Grand Secretary is now being sought. The necessary qualifications are:
  • Must be an Installed Master – preferably a few years through the Chair;
  • Must be a Royal Arch Mason – preferably an Installed First Principal;
  • Good communications and social skills;
  • Proven experience of organisational skills;
  • Able to think and plan strategically;
  • Correspondence and speechwriting skills;
  • Proven experience of management of human resources;
  • Must be a team player.
It is not initially intended to advertise the position in the national press.
    Applications should be made in writing and addressed to: Private Office, Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London wc2b 5az, accompanied by a personal and Masonic CV.

Younger Masons
Also in his address to Grand Lodge last month, the Pro Grand Master referred to the Universities Scheme, led by the Assistant Grand Master, David Williamson, which is aimed at encouraging younger men into Freemasonry.
    Details of the scheme are also outlined on pages 50-51, but the overall message of the need to encourage younger Masons into the Craft, whether undergraduates or not, is one of major importance as younger brethren are the lifeblood of Freemasonry and its future.

Check those visitors
Visitors are often the lifeblood of Lodges, but are you sure that all your guests are legitimate? Each year Grand Lodge, through its Quarterly Communication, gives strict guidance on ensuring that only brethren from Grand Lodges recognised by the English Constitution attend our meetings.
    Moreover, Rule 125(b) Book of Constitutions puts the responsibility for this on Masters, so Master’s should take note that they should not leave this issue to the Lodge secretary.
    However, secretaries do receive a copy of the Masonic Year Book, which lists the Grand Lodges recognised by the United Grand Lodge of England. The Master should consult this book if in any doubt.
    It is particularly noted that the hazard of admitting a member of an unrecognised constitution arises not only in connection with overseas visitors – or individuals resident in this country who belong to an unrecognised constitution overseas.
    This is because there are Lodges of unrecognised constitutions meeting in England, and care must be taken that their members are not admitted to our meetings.
    The Board of General Purposes, as the governing body of the Craft, recommends that the terms of this warning about visitors should be repeated verbally in open Lodge whenever a Grand Lodge Certificate is presented, and in print once a year in a Lodge’s summons. The full statement of the Board can be found on page 19.

Craft and Royal Arch
In the editorial in Issue 16 (January 2006) in commenting on Royal Arch membership statistics I said that “anyone who aspires to be a ‘full’ Mason should be in the Royal Arch”. This has given offence to a number of brethren, and for that I unreservedly apologise.
    It was an unfortunate choice of words and there was certainly no intention to suggest that the 63% of the Craft who are not Royal Arch Masons are in any way incomplete or second class Freemasons.

MQ distribution
To assist MQ in keeping its database up to date, there is a form which can be filled in on page 37. This will enable those brethren entitled to receive MQ free of charge, but who do not currently receive a copy, to do so. It will also mean we can avoid sending duplicate copies, and ensuring that those who do not wish to receive a copy for other reasons, such as the death of a reader, can be deleted.

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