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The Masonic Home is an “instrumentality” of the Grand Lodge, performing certain functions that the Grand Lodge cannot or has elected to not perform for itself. Due to tax laws, donations to the Masonic Home for the most part are tax deductible; donations to the Grand Lodge for the most part are not. All of the four “Crown Jewels” (Masonic Home, Missouri Lodge of Research and its new Foundation, Masonic Children’s Foundation, and Masonic Scholarship Fund of Missouri, Inc.) operate “under the umbrella” and are affiliates of the Grand Lodge, but they are legally separate and distinct organizations.

The Masonic Home must operate in compliance with federal and state laws that dictate what the Masonic Home may and may not do and how it must conduct its operations. These laws prohibit the co-mingling of funds and certain types of transactions with the Grand Lodge, which while tax exempt, is a different type of corporation classified by the IRS as a 501(c)(10) organization.

The Masonic Home cannot, does not, and has no desire to attempt to control the internal or external operations of the Grand Lodge or any other Grand Lodge entity. Each organization has its own separate governing body.

The Masonic Home, not the Grand Lodge, owns and is in all respects legally responsible for the Masonic Complex. It was decided many years ago that the Masonic Home would build, own, maintain, and operate the Masonic Complex using Masonic Home—not Grand Lodge—funds.

In 2003, it was decided that the Grand Lodge Office would be relocated and was offered space at the Masonic Complex under the terms of a Conditional Charitable Gift/Donation Agreement that allows the Grand Lodge Office to occupy space in the Complex without paying rent to the Masonic Home.

As part of that agreement, $640,000 of Grand Lodge funds were invested in a restricted account with any interest earned to be used to offset the Grand Lodge Office’s share of utilities. Only in the last three years did the interest earned cover the Grand Lodge Office’s share of utilities and that does not include additional costs relating to building maintenance, repairs, and insurance. The $640,000 or “corpus” of the restricted account must be returned to the Grand Lodge in the event of a default of the Agreement.

The Masonic Home has not “taken over” the Missouri Freemason magazine. Pursuant to an arrangement made in 1985 under then Grand Master Dille, the Masonic Home has been paying for one-half the cost of publishing the Missouri Freemason magazine in exchange for receiving one-half of the space in the magazine. The Grand Lodge, through its Publications Committee, controls the content of the magazine—not the Masonic Home. Over time, less and less space in the magazine had been devoted to articles submitted by the Masonic Home. The original

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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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