The North Carolina Mason

March/April 2021

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AMENDMENT GROUP 1 (Held over from the 2020 Annual Communication) Submitted by the Board of General Purposes This amendment would require lodges to fully insure their property as per North Carolina law. Failure to do so would disallow any lodge to seek assistance from other lodges. AMENDMENT GROUP 2 (Held over)
 Submitted by Cannon Memorial Lodge #626 This amendment would allow a lodge to vote on petitions for the degrees collectively. AMENDMENT GROUP 3 (Held over)
 Submitted by the Grand Secretary This amendment would allow a lodge, if it wanted to, to open on the First Degree and conduct its business. AMENDMENT GROUP 4 (Held over) Submitted by Eagle #19 This amendment proposes to resolve a conflict in The Code concerning motions to close debate in a subordinate lodge. AMENDMENT GROUP 5 (Held over) Submitted by the Grand Secretary This amendment would require consolidating lodges to deed its property to the consolidated lodge. It would also allow the lodge Trustees to fulfill their roles as executors of the lodge's property until all property is sold or transferred. AMENDMENT GROUP 6 (Held over) Submitted by William G. Hill #218 These amendments would allow the estate of a deceased member to purchase an endowed member- ship for the member. It also increases the Veteran's and Memorial Endowed memberships cost. AMENDMENT GROUP 7 Submitted by Past Grand Master P. Shaun Bradshaw This amendment would raise the minimum initiation fee in order to keep up with inflation as the current minimum initiation fee was set more than a century ago. AMENDMENT GROUP 8 Submitted by Past Grand Master P. Shaun Bradshaw This amendment would remove certain outdated and poorly phrased Masonic offenses from the Code. AMENDMENT GROUP 9 Submitted by Past Grand Master P. Shaun Bradshaw This amendment would make obsolete sections of The Code deeming professional gambling, legal gambling, or operating a business where legal gambling takes place a Masonic offense. It would also make it a Masonic offense to cast a negative ballot against a petitioner due to his race, color, creed, or nation of origin. AMENDMENT GROUP 10 Submitted by Semper Fidelis #680 The amendment states that all service awards shall be presented by the Grand Master or his representative. AMENDMENT GROUP 10 SUBSTITUTE Submitted by the Grand Secretary This amendment aligns the process of creating, delivering, and presenting service awards to lodges and members into current practice. AMENDMENT GROUP 11 Submitted by the Grand Secretary This amendment creates a Grand Lodge Committee on Philanthropy to review and report all aspects of the Grand Lodge's charitable and phil- anthropic endeavors to the Grand Lodge. The amendment also consolidates the Grand Lodge and subordinate lodge committees on the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford and the Committee on WhiteStone into this one committee, and further makes the subordinate lodge committee on DeMolay optional. AMENDMENT GROUP 12 Submitted by Allen Graham #695 This amendment permits any Mason to object to the passing or raising of a candidate in any lodge. AMENDMENT GROUP 13 Submitted by Lux Libertas #772 This amendment establishes rules and regulations governing lodges' ability to hold virtual communica- tions during times of emergency. AMENDMENT GROUP 13 SUBSTITUTE Submitted by the Grand Secretary This amendment simplifies a lodge's ability to hold virtual communications. Page 8 The North Carolina Mason March/April 2021 Ò _ $ Ï & & $ $ z „ 9 ü ü ? Ä Proposed Code Amendments for 2021 Here is a quick review of amendments to the Code being proposed for consideration at the 2021 Annual Communication. Several amendment groups initially offered for the 2020 meeting were delayed due to the pandemic's impact on the schedule and format. ose amend- ments are indicated with the label (Held over). Masons: Make your mom proud Our mothers were our first and best friends. ey guided, inspired and loved us into adulthood. ey taught us to abide by the Golden Rule, to help others and to leave the world better than we found it. How can we thank our moms – and women who have been like moms to us? As mom used to say … how about doing a good deed for someone? For Mother's Day 2021, consider honoring your mother – and other special women in your life – with a gift in her honor. You can make your gift and provide recognition information here: campaign-for-whitestone. It just takes a minute! If you make your gift by April 30, we can send a note to your honoree in time for Mother's Day on May 9. If your special honoree is deceased, you can designate a gift in her memory. Questions? Email Dee Blake, NCMF Western Region Devel- opment Director, at or call her at 919-395-0959. So listen to your mom. Send her a little love for Mother's Day!

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