Volume LIIINovember 2006Number 4

December Quarterly Communication

The Members of the Grand Lodge are requested to attend:

The Quarterly Communication of the Grand
Lodge of Pennsylvania in the Masonic Temple,
One North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA
Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, at 7 o'clock p.m.

For more information, call (215) 988-1901.

Experience first-hand the many wonderful
upgrades our Brethren have made possible
in our Masonic Temple!
Proposed Amendments to the
Ahiman Rezon

In accordance with Article 5.01 of the "Ahiman Rezon," there will be no election of Grand Officers and Committee on Masonic Homes this year.

However, action will be had upon the following proposed Amendments to the Ahiman Rezon so that the same as amended shall read as follows:

Amendment No. 1
Collar of the Junior Grand Warden

Whereas, Article 16.01 provides requirements for the collars of Grand Officers; and

Whereas, it has been determined that the collar of the Junior Grand Warden should allow for four stars rather than the three presently afforded to him.

Now, therefore, be it resolved that Article 16.01 should be amended to read as follows:

16.01.The jewels of the Grand Officers are of gold, and shall be suspended from collars of purple velvet (with a narrow edging of gold lace, or cord), on which stars are embroidered. The Grand Master's collar shall have seven stars, the Deputy Grand Master's six stars, the Senior Grand Warden's five stars, the Junior Grand Warden's four stars, the Grand Treasurer's and the Grand Secretary's, each three stars. The jewels of the Past Grand Masters and Past Deputy Grand Masters are of gold, and shall be suspended by a purple ribbon, to be worn on the left lapel (or suspended from the left breast pocket) of the coat. The jewels of the other Officers of the Grand Lodge are of gold and shall be suspended from collars of purple ribbon.

Amendment No. 2
Plural Membership

Whereas, dual membership was permitted in Pennsylvania after December 1993 when changes were made to Article 19.09 of the "Ahiman Rezon" and Article 64.1 of the "Digest of Decisions" whereby membership was permitted in two lodges at the same time and no more; and

Whereas, many members who now hold primary and secondary membership in lodges either in this Jurisdiction or in another Jurisdiction desire to hold membership in additional Pennsylvania lodges; and

Whereas, permission to hold membership in more than two lodges requires introduction of plural membership in the Jurisdiction of Pennsylvania.

Now, therefore, be it resolved, that Article 19.09 be amended to allow for plural membership, so that, as amended, Article 19.09 will read as follows:

19.09. A member of a lodge in this Jurisdiction is permitted to be at the same time a member of more than one lodge either in this or in another Jurisdiction. A member of a lodge in another Jurisdiction may be at the same time a member of one or more lodges in this Jurisdiction, if dual or plural membership is permitted by the other Jurisdiction. Members of subordinate lodges in this Jurisdiction may accept honorary membership from any Grand Lodge with which this Grand Lodge is in fraternal correspondence.

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