The North Carolina Mason

July/August 2017

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Michael Harding photo The Mason Official Publication of e Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina Volume 142 Number 4 Oxford, North Carolina July/August 2017 NORTH CAROLINA ■ see ANNUAL page 2 Principal officers of each lodge plus officers of the Grand Lodge and others are eligible to vote during the Annual Communication. See the list on Page 2. By Beth Grace Mason Editor When NC Masons gather for Annual Communication next month, they will select new leader- ship, celebrate excellence, and tackle some issues critical to the very future of the Craft. e 230 th Annual Communica- tion opens Sept. 22 at the Twin City Quarter in Winston-Salem. On the agenda: a baker's dozen code amendments ranging from a proposal to open lodge on the First Degree to an increase of the per capita amount to $25 per member to a pair of amendments that would end future endowed memberships and create a new legacy membership in its place. One amendment clari- fies that the Board of Publications maintains editorial control over news published in the Mason and via other media, print and online. (See the list of all amendments on page 3.) "is has been a busy year with many changes for the good," says Grand Master Gene Cobb. "We have asked much of this brother- hood and they have responded in ways I could not have dreamed. "I plan to spend some time at this meeting thanking them from my heart … and then reminding them that as we have roared already this year, we need to keep roaring. Our work is not yet done." One of the ways lodges will feel those thanks is when the first Lion & Pillar awards are announced. e five-point program launched by GM Cobb focuses on education, patriotism, philanthropy, Masonic membership and affiliated connec- tions. e program is expected to continue in 2018. GM Cobb also said this year's Necrology service will be a special one. For years, as chair of the Necrology Committee, he presented the service. is year, as Grand Master, he has worked with Deputy GM Speed Hallman and Senior Masons to 'get to work' at 2017 Annual Communication A GRAND GATHERING

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