Report of the Board of General Purposes
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:
(a) verbally in open Lodge whenever a Grand Lodge certificate is presented; and (b) in print once a year in a Lodge's summons.
Brethren should be aware of the Masonic convention that communication 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.
Provincial and District Grand Lodge Accounts
It has been represented to the Board that in a larger Province the size of the funds of Provincial Grand Lodge can be substantial
and it has been suggested that in consequence Provincial and District Grand Lodges might be given power, if they so desire, to
elect a professional firm of auditors to audit their accounts.
The Board sees considerable merit in
the suggestion and recommends that the Book of Constitutions be amended accordingly. Recommendation approved.
The Board has received reports that the following Lodges have resolved to surrender their Warrants:
(a) Acacia Lodge No. 4507 in order to amalgamate with Silver Jubilee Lodge No. 5575 (East Lancashire);
(b) Peace and Goodwill Lodge No. 5801 in order to amalgamate with National Westminster Lodge No. 3647 (London);
(c) Langbourn Lodge No. 6795 in order to amalgamate with Dominicos Lodge No. 5252 (London);
(d) Artificer Secundus Lodge No. 7313 in order to amalgamate with First Artificer Lodge No. 3774 (London);
(e) Marble Arch Lodge No. 7479 in order to amalgamate with Pro Minimis Lodge No. 5180 (London); and
(f) Meliora Sequamur Lodge No. 7483 in order to amalgamate with Fylde Lodge No. 2758 (West Lancashire).
The Board accordingly recommends that the Lodges be removed from the register in order to effect the respective amalgamations. The Resolution was approved.
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