QUARTERLY COMMUNICATION 12 JUNE 2002
Report of the Board of General Purposes
Provincial and District Grand Ranks/London and Overseas Grand Rank
In November 1999, the Grand Master's Council appointed a committee, of which the Deputy Grand Master was chairman, to consider the basis on which appointments to Grand Rank were allocated to London, Provinces, Districts, Groups and unattached Lodges and Chapters overseas.
The committee also reviewed the basis of appointments to London and Overseas Grand Rank (and their Royal Arch equivalents) as well as Provincial and District Grand Ranks.
The committee has now
submitted its final report and its recommendation that appointment to Grand Rank be based on the number of
Freemasons in the relevant Masonic area have already been implemented. The
remaining principal recommendations are:
The number of acting ranks and first appointments to
past ranks in a Province or District should be based on the number of Craft Freemasons
in the Province or District. A similar ratio
should apply for appointments to London or Overseas Grand Rank.
New schedules of appointment to acting ranks in Provinces and
Districts should be introduced.
A limit should be placed on the number of promotions made in Provincial and District
A Provincial or District Grand Master should be allowed to appoint such
number of Assistant Provincial or District
Grand Masters as the Grand Master may authorise.
The Grand Master should have power to confer London or Overseas Grand Rank on Brethren who are already Provincial or District Grand Officers or holders of Overseas or London Grand Rank.
The recommendations of the Deputy Grand Master's Committee were approved by the MW The Grand Master.
Report of Library and Museum Trust
The Annual Report of the Trust revealed that in October 2001 it had been awarded the status of a registered museum. Excellent progress was made on its project to map its own collections of regalia, artefacts and documents relating to friendly and fraternal societies, which has been supported by Supreme Grand Chapter.
The scope of a searchable database has now been defined and the Library and Museum will be seeking funding during the year to implement its publication.
The transfer of the existing Library catalogue to computer format and to international MARC standard is now underway.
A schedule for cataloguing the museum
and archive collections on
to compatible databases
and also the relevant international standards has been prepared and will
begin to be implemented during 2002.
The Library and Museum has completed the
purchase of Letchworth's from the Grand
Charity, which will act as a trading subsidiary and develop retail activities to
raise awareness of the Library and Museum collections.
As at 31 January 2002, net assets of the Library and Museum Charitable Trust were £711,934 (2001: £782,056), which included £327,571 (2001: £440,000) received as Gift Aid from United Grand Lodge to support the ongoing activity and expenses of the Library and Museum.
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