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Grand Lodge membership and a vote was taken to approve the report. Unfortunately, because the brother’s names were not mentioned in the report or the Grand Master’s Address, there was confusion on how many were intended to be restored. I discovered the problem when our then-Grand Secretary informed me that he had not sent letters of restoration and demits and that before he could do so, he needed clarification. A subsequent discussion evolved around exactly how many were there, some remembered three, other’s remembered four. We knew that there were certainly three, the question was if the fourth was included. I directed the then-Grand Secretary to send out the restorations for the three we knew for sure. We checked but the Official Proceedings did not record a number. I then asked for a transcript of the Grand Lodge Session so that a decision could be made on the fourth. There was no number recorded so we asked to review the tape recording and it had been erased. I therefore turned the information over to the 2014-2015 Appeals and Grievances Committee for a recommendation, and it ultimately recommended that the fourth brother, Randy Berger, should be restored. After careful consideration I accepted the recommendation, but then I mistakenly sent a restoration letter to the District Deputy Grand Master, the Lodge Secretary and to Randy Berger without remembering that the ultimate decision to restore a brother lies with you, the members of the Grand Lodge. I respectfully ask that the acceptance of my Address also serve to approve the Report of the Appeals and Grievances Committee. As provided in Section 32.070 of the By-Laws, approval of this Address in this manner will allow Randy Berger to be restored and to receive a dimit without privileges from the Grand Lodge office, in turn permitting him to petition any subordinate lodge of his choice for reinstatement. If the petition is approved by the lodge, he would then be reinstated to full membership. 5. Unauthorized solicitation: An email from Dr. John Rogers from the University of Central Missouri to many of the lodge secretaries was received requesting contributions for their speech and debate club. Since my approval had NOT been given in advance to solicit the lodges, the University was contacted and the solicitations stopped. 6. 990s: In October of last year it was brought to my attention that a significant number of our lodges had not filed their 990 cards or forms. In many cases the IRS had revoked the lodge’s tax status. This prompted me to send a firm letter to each Lodge who according to the IRS had not filed. I received responses of thanks for reminding them to file and notifications when they filed. However, I also received two letters from one irate lodge who had filed, but remained on the IRS list for months beyond their filing. Remember, we sent the letters to the list of Lodges given us by the IRS and if it was incorrect, I apologize. Brethren, the tax laws have become very complicated in recent years. These are not Grand Lodge rules, they are the law. Having your lodge’s or temple association’s tax exemption revoked can have some very serious consequences to your lodge and perhaps the Grand Lodge. I cannot urge you strongly enough to make sure your lodge and temple association is and remains in good standing as a tax exempt organization with the IRS. The responsibility lies with you, but if you are having problems, contact the Grand Lodge office and we will do what we can to assist you. 7. Computer Server: Prior to last year’s Annual Communication, I was told that the server was failing and that we needed to be replaced. I

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Official Proceedings - Grand Lodge MO Communication 2015  

Official proceedings of the One Hundred Ninety-Fourth Annual Communication Columbia Sept 28-29 A.D. 2015 A.L. 6015

Official Proceedings - Grand Lodge MO Communication 2015  

Official proceedings of the One Hundred Ninety-Fourth Annual Communication Columbia Sept 28-29 A.D. 2015 A.L. 6015

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