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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   The Minutes of the Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge of 14 June 2006 were confirmed.

Meetings in 2007
In accordance with Rule 225, Book of Constitutions, the dates on which the Board of General Purposes will meet in 2007 are: 13 February, 20 March, 15 May, 17 July, 18 September and 13 November.

Attendance at Lodges under the English Constitution by Brethren from other Grand Lodges
The Board considers it appropriate to draw attention to Rule 125 (b), Book of Constitutions, and the list of Grand Lodges recognised by the United Grand Lodge of England, which is published in the Masonic Year Book, copies of which are sent to Lodge secretaries.
    Only Brethren who are members of Lodges under recognised jurisdictions may visit English Lodges. They must produce a certificate (i.e., a Grand Lodge certificate or other documentary proof of Masonic identity provided by their Grand Lodge), should be prepared to acknowledge that a personal belief in TGAOTU is an essential Landmark in Freemasonry, and should be able to produce evidence of their good standing in their Lodges. It is the Master’s responsibility to ensure that the requirements of Rule 125 (b) are met.
    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).
    There are Lodges of unrecognised constitutions meeting in England, and care must be taken that their members are not admitted to our meetings.

Attendance at Lodges overseas
The continuing growth in overseas travel brings with it an increase in visits by our Brethren to Lodges of other jurisdictions, and the Board welcomes this trend.
    From time to time, however, Brethren become involved with Masonic bodies which Grand Lodge does not recognise, e.g. in visiting a jurisdiction which, quite legitimately so far as it is concerned, accepts as visitors Brethren from Grand Lodges which are not recognised by the United Grand Lodge of England.
    In this connection, Brethren are reminded that it is part of their duty as members of the English Constitution not to associate Masonically with members of unrecognised constitutions, and should such a situation occur, they should tactfully withdraw, even though their visit may have been formally arranged.
    To avoid this danger, and potential embarrassment to hosts, Brethren should not attempt to make any Masonic contact overseas without having first checked (preferably in writing) with the Grand Secretary’s Office at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London wc2b 5az, that there is recognised Freemasonry in the country concerned and, if so, whether there is any particular point which should be watched.
    The Board recommends that the terms of this warning 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.
    Brethren should also be aware of the Masonic convention that communications between Grand Lodges be conducted by Grand Secretaries. They should therefore not attempt without permission to make direct contact with the Grand Secretary of another Constitution. This does not preclude direct contact on a purely personal level between individual Brethren under different Grand Lodges.

Masonic discipline
The Committee under the chairmanship of RW Bro. His Honour Sir Lawrence Verney, has recommended changes to the booklet Masonic Conduct – a Guide to Investigations to reflect the changes to the Book of Constitutions. The Board has accordingly approved a revised version of the booklet, incorporating the Committee’s recommendations.
    Copies of the revised booklet will be made available to Metropolitan, Provincial and District Grand Masters, their respective Secretaries, Grand Inspectors, their respective Royal Arch counterparts and others concerned in the disciplinary process as soon as practicable after the Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge.
    The Board wishes to express its thanks to Brother Verney and the other members of his Committee and once again looks forward to receiving further recommendations in due course.
    The changes were approved.

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