|Volume LIX||November 2012||Number 4|
December Quarterly Communication
The Members of the Grand Lodge are requested to attend:
The Quarterly Communication of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania to be held at the Lancaster County Convention Center and Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, 25 South Queen Street, Lancaster, Pa., on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at 10 a.m.
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
Honorary and Life Memberships
Whereas, on Dec. 3, 1997, Grand Lodge adopted Amendments to the "Ahiman Rezon" for Honorary Membership and Life Membership classifications; and
Whereas, the monies derived from these classifications were invested in the permanent fund of the lodge, the income of which could only be used for the general operations of the lodge; and
Whereas, it has been determined that such income from the principal was insufficient to cover the members' lodge dues, and the lodges were burdened with subsidizing these dues.
Now, therefore, be it resolved that Article 17.04 (Honorary Membership) and Article 17.04A (Life Membership) are hereby eliminated and are to be deleted in their entirety.
Be it further resolved that dues remain unchanged at $25.50 for those who held Life Membership as of Dec. 27, 2011.
Amendment No. 2
Grand Lodge Dues
Whereas, item 6 under Article 10.01 provides for dues and fees of subordinate lodges; and
Whereas, Life Membership has been eliminated and their dues would be fixed at $25.50.
Now, therefore, be it resolved that Article 10.01, Item 6, of the "Ahiman Rezon" be amended by inserting the dues for Life Members as of Dec. 27, 2011, so that Item 6 of Article 10.01 shall read as follows:
The subordinate lodge shall be relieved from payment of any Grand Lodge dues for any member whose lodge dues are remitted or excused because (i) such member is unable to pay his lodge dues and the lodge resolves to remit dues on his behalf, (ii) such member has been a Mason in good standing for fifty (50) or more years, or (iii) such member has satisfied the requirements of the Senior Recruitment Program during 2010 and 2011. In each event, the Secretary of the lodge shall certify to the Grand Secretary the reason why such member's dues have been remitted or excused."
Be it further resolved that all other items under Article 10.01 remain unchanged.
Amendment No. 3
Election of the Grand Officers and the
Board of Directors of the Masonic Villages
of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania
5.01. The Grand Officers and the Directors of the Masonic Villages of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania shall serve for two-year terms. The initial election to an office shall be by ballot at the Quarterly Communication next preceding St. John the Evangelist's Day. A reaffirmation ballot shall be held at the succeeding December Quarterly Communication which is prior to the second year of an officer's term; however, a voice vote as opposed to written or printed ballot may be used to reaffirm such election.
Amendment No. 4
THE MASONIC VILLAGES OF THE GRAND LODGE OF PENNSYLVANIA13.32. The Masonic Villages of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania (formerly known as The Masonic Home of Pennsylvania) was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on May 6, 1871. From its formation until Jan. 1, 2004, The Masonic Home of Pennsylvania operated a retirement living facility and orphanage for Pennsylvania Masons and their families un-affiliated with the Grand Lodge. On Jan. 1, 2004, the Grand Lodge acquired the assets, liabilities and operations of The Masonic Home of Pennsylvania, and assumed control of the corporation. At the December 2011 and June 2012 Quarterly Communications of the Grand Lodge, the Grand Lodge resolved that (x) all the assets used or held for use in the operation of its unincorporated charitable unit known as the Masonic Villages, and (y) all the liabilities of Grand Lodge and the Masonic Villages in connection with the operation of the Masonic Villages be transferred to The Masonic Home of Pennsylvania, effective Jan. 1, 2013, and that all the business and activities of the Masonic Villages be thereafter conducted by and through The Masonic Home of Pennsylvania, provided that (i) the Grand Lodge is and shall be the sole member of the corporation, and (ii) the Board of Directors of The Masonic Home of Pennsylvania (the "Board") shall consist of the Grand Officers ex officio together with seven members elected by the Grand Lodge in accordance with the terms and subject to conditions of Article 5.01 of the "Ahiman Rezon." The name of the corporation was thereafter changed to The Masonic Villages of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.
13.33. The Masonic Villages of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as being a tax-exempt charitable organization as defined in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
13.34. The Board shall be elected by the Grand Lodge in accordance with the terms and subject to the conditions of Section 5.01 of the "Ahiman Rezon" and shall manage the corporation on the terms and subject to the conditions of the corporation's bylaws, as the same may be amended in accordance therewith from time to time. The Board shall report its proceedings to the Grand Lodge whenever required by the Grand Master.
Mark A. Haines
R.W. Grand Secretary
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