The North Carolina Mason

July/August 2018

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Page 2 The North Carolina Mason July/August 2018 ANNUAL, from page 1 Who is the Grand Lodge? YOU are the Grand Lodge! • Principal officers of each lodge (only Lodges may proxy votes; all others must be present) • Boards • Commissions • Committees • Past Grand Masters • Grand Lodge Officers • District Deputy Grand Masters • District Deputy Grand Lecturers • All board members get a vote • All Commission members get a vote • All Committee members get a vote • Living elected Past Grand Officers get a vote (27) • Grand Lodge Officers (15) • DDGMs (41) • DDGLs (41) •373 lodges at three votes apiece = (1,119) WHO VOTES? VOTING BREAKDOWN vertently removed from e Code: Members appointed to the Code Commission must be a past master or lodge secretary. 4. Would allow a lodge master to order a peti- tion or application withdrawn and returned if he discovers, after it has been received, that the peti- tioner or applicant falsely answered any question in the petition or application. 5. Would automati- cally suspend a Mason criminally charged with a felony in any state court, U.S. District Court, or under U.S. Uniform Code of Military Justice. 6. Would increase the per capita to $25. 7. Requires a lodge master to make certain the Treasurer makes a full and complete report at least quarterly to the lodge of its receipts, disbursements, account balances, and finan- cial condition. 8. Allows the Grand Master, in cases of inclement weather, to permit a lodge to hold its annual election at a time other than a stated communication. 9. Gives a lodge the option to open lodge on the First Degree and conduct business. 10. Further defines obstructive motions. During the breaks, take some time to learn about our three charities. Drop by for a visit with repre- sentatives of MHCO, WhiteStone and the North Carolina Masonic Foundation. Each table will have information and goodies to give away. And keep the holidays in mind. MHCO will offer T-shirts, hats and other logo gear for sale, while you can buy your favorite brother or family member a copy of the original "G" poster – featuring the lodge G from more than 70 lodges that contributed – at the NCMF table. Plans also tentatively call for the debut of a new coffee table book called Sacred Retreats, produced by NCMF and featuring gorgeous photos of some of North Carolina's most historic and beloved lodges. Watch for price and ordering information on the North Carolina Mason and North Caro- lina Masonic Foundation Facebook pages. Proceeds from all sales in the charity area go to our charities and their important work. And while we're talking about charity … Don't forget to bring 10 cans of food or $10 to partici- pate for a third year in the annual Masons Can food drive. Last year, brothers donated more than 2,200 cans of food and gave about $3,000 in cash. ANNUAL COMMUNICATION When: Sept. 28-29, 2018 Where: Twin City Quarter, 425 N. Cherry St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 SCHEDULE Thursday, Sept. 27 • Committees, various times • Secretaries' Seminar, 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 • DDGL Meeting, 8 a.m. • Grand Lodge opens, 10 a.m., Grand Pavilion • Grand Lodge reconvenes, 1:30 p.m., Grand Pavilion • Grand Master's reception, 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 • Grand Lodge opens, 9 a.m., Grand Pavilion Celebrate a Decade of Mutual Recognition By Giving Life! Let's celebrate! Ten years ago our Grand Lodge and the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of North Carolina signed a Mutual Compact of Recogni- tion, and a team representing both grand lodges is planning an anniversary celebration for this fall. Look for details soon and hold the date for a gala dinner in Raleigh on Oct. 27. "is decade of mutual work and fellowship with our Prince Hall brethren has been joyful and rewarding," Grand Master Speed Hallman said. "Brethren and lodges across the state have formed bonds based on friend- ship, morality and brotherly love, and we are looking forward to an even brighter future together in the quarries." Because Masons strive to be a visible and positive presence in their communities, and wish to serve in as many ways possible, the anniversary planners devel- oped a simple and effective way for us to collaborate with Prince Hall brethren and demonstrate our impact on the state. We're asking every eligible Mason to donate blood to the American Red Cross between now and Sept. 9. We also ask lodges to report on units given by brethren and units collected through lodge blood drives since Jan. 1. Here's how to participate and report your life-giving efforts: 1. Lodges can report the number of units collected through their Red Cross blood drives held between Jan. 1 and Sept. 9 to Past Grand Master Gene Cobb at by Sept. 10. 2. Lodges can ask their members to report how many units they have given through Red Cross blood drives between Jan. 1 and Sept. 9, and report to PGM Cobb by Sept. 10. Take care to not double-count units given through your lodge's drive. 3. Eligible Masons are encour- aged to give blood through a Red Cross blood drive held anywhere in North Carolina, and report their donation to the lodge secre- tary by Sept. 9, for the secretary to report to PGM Cobb by Sept. 10. We want to the people of North Carolina to know that Masons are committed to saving lives as well as sharing light. Please give blood this summer and let your light shine for someone in desperate need.

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