Proposed Amendments

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, Wednesday, December 2, 1998 at 10:00 o'clock, A.M., at which the Grand Officers and Committee on Masonic Homes will be elected.

Action will be had upon the following proposed Amendments to the Ahiman Rezon.

Amendment No. 1
Communications of the Grand Lodge

Whereas, the Communications of the Grand Lodge are presently held on the first Wednesday of June and December and others may be held on the first Wednesday of March and September by order of the Grand Master; and

Whereas, it is recognized that meetings in the middle of the week may offer hardship to those who would attend as well as to Grand Lodge in endeavoring to schedule those events;

Now, therefore, be it resolved that Article 8.01 of the Ahiman Rezon shall be amended so that the Article shall read as follows:

"8.01. The Grand Lodge shall hold Communications on the first Wednesday of June and December and may hold Communications on the first Wednesday of March and
September by order of the Grand Master. Communications may be changed to another day of the month at the direction of the Grand Master.

An Annual Communication shall be held on St. John the Evangelist's Day in those years
when Grand Lodge Officers are advanced in rank and a new Grand Master takes office.
When St. John the Evangelist's Day falls on Sunday, the Annual Grand Communication
shall be held on the day following.

The Grand Lodge may meet in Extra or Special Communications by Order of the Grand Master."

Amendment No. 2
The Pennsylvania Masonic Foundation for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Among Children

Whereas, The Pennsylvania Masonic Foundation for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Among Children was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with the Department of State on December 23, 1985 as a non-profit corporation to support organizations in the guidance of children in Pennsylvania dealing with drug and alcohol abuse; and

Whereas, on September 15, 1997, Articles of Amendment were filed with the Pennsylvania Department of State amending the name of the corporation effective on January 1, 1998, 12:01 a.m. to the Pennsylvania Masonic Foundation for Children; and

Whereas, the mission and purpose of the Foundation was not changed and remains the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse among children.

Now, therefore, be it resolved that Article 13.43 of the Ahiman Rezon shall be amended accordingly and shall read as follows:

THE PENNSYLVANIA MASONIC FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN

13.43. The Pennsylvania Masonic Foundation for Children was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with the Department of State as of December 23, 1985, as a non-profit corporation, to support organizations in the guidance of children in Pennsylvania dealing with drug and alcohol abuse which purpose is not by way of limitation and there shall be included other charitable purposes as part of its aims.

The Board of Directors of The Pennsylvania Masonic Foundation for Children shall meet quarterly and shall report all of its proceedings to the Grand Lodge annually at the Quarterly Communication in December.

Amendment No. 3
Treasurer's Service Jewel

Whereas, it has been agreed to produce a Treasurer's Service Jewel which is to be awarded at the completion of six (6) years of service as a Lodge Treasurer, it now becomes necessary to amend Article 16.04 of the Ahiman Rezon;

Now, therefore, be it resolved that Article 16.04 be amended to read as follows:

16.04. The jewels of the officers of Lodges are as follows:

Master - The Square.
A Past Master's jewel shall be a Square and the diagram of the forty-seventh proposition of the First Book of Euclid pendant within it. The sides of the Square to be 2-1/8 and 2-1/2 inches long, respectively, and may have raised borders and be embellished with appropriate Masonic emblems, either engraved or raised upon the Square. The jewel shall be suspended from a blue ribbon or from a hanger or cross bars, the entire jewel and hanger or cross bars to be made of silver only, and no gold, precious or imitation stones shall be used in any part of its construction.

Senior Warden - The Level.

Junior Warden - The Plumb.

Treasurer - The Cross Keys.

Treasurer's Service Jewel
The jewel shall be suspended from a pale blue ribbon with the top supporting bar to have the name of the Lodge, the center bar to contain the name of the Treasurer, the lower bar to indicate the years of service, with the completion of service date to be added to the lower bar at the end of the Treasurer's term of office. There shall be suspended from the lower bar a Square and Compasses against a wreath of olive leaves, all of gold color with cross keys of silver color centered upon them. Secretary- The Cross Pens.

Secretary's Service Jewel
The jewel shall be suspended from a pale blue ribbon with the top supporting bar to have the name of the Lodge, the center bar to contain the name of the Secretary, the lower bar to indicate the years of service, with the completion of service date to be added to the lower bar at the end of the Secretary's term of office. There shall be suspended from the lower bar a Square and Compasses against a wreath of olive leaves, all of gold color with cross quills of silver color centered upon them.

Chaplain - The Open Bible.

Deacons - The Dove and the Olive Branch.

Master of Ceremonies - The Cross Rods.

Pursuivant - The Cross Swords.

Tyler - The Sword, with the Key across the Hilt.

Thomas W. Jackson, Grand Secretary

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