Volume LVIOctober 2009Number 3

Letter From The Grand Secretary
Philadelphia, October 1, A.D. 2009, A.L. 6009

The Members of the Grand Lodge are requested to attend:

The Quarterly Communication of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania will be held in the Freemasons Cultural Center at the Masonic Village, Elizabethtown, Pa., Saturday, December 5, 2009, at 10:00 o'clock, a.m., at which the Grand Lodge Officers and Committee on Masonic Homes will be elected.

Action will be had upon the following proposed Amendment to the Ahiman Rezon so that the same as amended shall read as follows:

Grand Lodge Dues

Whereas, Grand Lodge dues were fixed at Twenty Dollars ($20.00) by vote of the Grand Lodge on December 3, 2003, and still remain in that amount today; and

Whereas, a careful study and analysis of all Grand Lodge annual receipts and expenditures has been made and which shows the general expenses of Grand Lodge running in excess of anticipated receipts; and

Whereas, it is apparent that the annual income of Grand Lodge must be increased to avoid the operation of the Grand Lodge at a deficit; and

Whereas, after consideration by the Grand Lodge Committee on Landmarks and the Committee on Finance, it has been deemed advisable to amend the Ahiman Rezon.

Now, therefore, be it resolved that Article 10.01, Item 6, of the "Ahiman Rezon" be amended by striking out the amount of $20.00 and substituting in lieu thereof the amount of $25.00, so that Item 6 of Article 10.01 shall read as follows:

"6. Dues and Fees of Subordinate Lodge, viz:
Grand Lodge dues annually for each member who was a life member on December 7, 1955 - $2.00
Grand Lodge dues annually for all other members - $25.00
The subordinate lodge shall be relieved from payment of any Grand Lodge dues for any member whose lodge dues are remitted because of the inability of such member to pay his lodge dues, or where the lodge dues are remitted because he has been a Mason in good standing for 50 or more years, provided such lodge action in either case is by Resolution duly certified as such to the Grand Secretary.
Fee for each initiation, or admission, of a brother from a Lodge of another Jurisdiction - $100.00"

The Members of the Grand Lodge are also requested to attend the Annual Grand Communication in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Boulevard, Pittsburgh, Pa., Monday, December 28, 2009, at 10:00 o'clock, a.m. at which the Grand Lodge Officers will be installed.

Mark A. Haines
R.W. Grand Secretary

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