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GRAND LODGE Ancien( Free and Accepted

Masons of the State of Missouri

Official Proceedings One Hundred Fifty-Sixth Annual Communication • ST. LOUIS September 26 and 27. 1977. A.t. 5977


BIOGRAPHICAL FIELDING ASHLEY POE Grand Master, 1976-1977 Fielding Ashley Poe, Jr., the descendent of a pioneer family of Southeast Missouri, was born September 13, 1926, in St. Louis, Missouri, the first child of the late Dr. and Mrs. Fielding A. Poe, Sr., of Paragould, Arkansas; his education began in the public schools of Normandy, Missouri, and continued in the public schools of Paragould, Arkansas; after graduation from the Paragould High School in 1944, he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Education in 1949 from Arkansas State Teachers College, his Master's Degree in Education from Missouri University in 1951; and his professional education was continued in Peabody College, Nashville, Tennessee. May 16, 1945, Fielding, or "F. A." as he is frequently called, and Miss Frances L. Cartwright were united in marriage; their daughter, Judith Ann, was born December 6, 1946, now the wife of Flight Lieutenant James Harding, Royal Air Force; their son, Fielding A. Poe, III, was born July 8, 1952, married Miss Cheryl Metz. The "Ranking" member of the Deputy Grand Master's family is Miss Frances Mary Ashley Harding, born March 16, 1974. Our Deputy Grand Master served as Seaman First Class in the United States Navy aboard the U. S. S. Takanis Bay C.V.E. 89 from 1944 to 1946. The training and discipline in this experience brought maturity and restraint to a young lad, which remains evident in the man we know today. F. A.'s career began as a Principal and Teacher in the Airport School, Sikeston, Missouri, in 1949 and continued until 1954, at which time he became the Principal and Teacher in the Airport and Springdale Schools, Berkeley, Missouri; in 1954 he was transferred to the position of Principal in the Frostfield School, Berkeley, Missouri. He presently serves as Principal of the Commons Lane S~hool in the Ferguson-Florissant District of St. Louis County, Missouri. In addition to his duties as a teacher and administrator, Fielding has served as President of the Sikeston, Missouri Community Teachers Associ路 ation, President of the Southeast Missouri Elementary Principals Association, Secretary of the St. Louis Suburban Elementary Principals Association, Member of the Berkeley Community Teachers Association, Member of the Missouri State Teachers Association, Life Member of the National Education Association, Life Member of the National Elementary Principals Association, Member of the Missouri State Elementary Principals Association, and Member of the St. Louis Suburban Elementary Principals Association. The Poes are members of the Ferguson Methodist Church; from 1956 to 1965 Fielding served as a member of the Official Church Board; and while residing in Sikeston, he served in the Sikeston Methodist Church as a Sunday School teacher and as the local youth leader.


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Community service includes participation in the Sikeston American Legion Post, Cub Master of the Sikeston Cub Pack, Member and Secretary of Sikeston Kiwanis Club, Member of Ferguson, Missouri Kiwanis Club, and Charter President of the Berkeley-Hazelwood Kiwanis Club. Masonic Membership came in Berkeley Lodge No. 667, where he was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason March 29, 1956; he was appointed Chaplain in December, 1956, installed as Master of his Lodge in 1962; and appointed as District Deputy Grand Master of the 57th Masonic District of Missouri in 1967. In 1968 he was appointed Junior Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, advancing through the Grand Lodge Line to Deputy Grand Master in 1975. During 1976, as Deputy Grand Master, he served as President of the Masonic Home of Missouri. On September 28, 1976 he was installed as the 131 st Grand Master of Missouri. He is a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, designated as a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor in 1975. Masonic affiliations of the Deputy Grand Master also include: Member Wellston Chapter No. 138, R.A.M.; Member York Council No. 40, R. & S.M.; Member Ivanhoe Commandery No.8, K.T.; Member Missouri Lodge of Research; Member Square Club of S1. Louis; former member of the Guardian Council Bethel No.4, Job's Daughters; former member Advisory Council Berkeley Chapter, Order of DeMolay; and member of Honorary Legion of Honor of DeMolay. Right Worshipful Brother Poe is a member of Phi Alpha Zeta Social Fraternity, Arkansas State Teachers College, former member of the Sikeston Country Club, former member and Commander of Flotilla 4, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, S1. Louis, Missouri, member Bogey Hills Golf and Country Club, S1. Charles, Missouri, and is also a member of St. Louis Genealogical Society. His hobbies include golf (with a stated handicap of seven, which Mrs. Poe -Fran-suggests should be 12), family history and research, inland boating and history. E. M.


GRAND LODGE Ancien~

Free and Accepted

Masons of the State of Missouri •

Official Proceedings One Hundred Fifty-Sixth Annual Communication •

September 26 and 27, 1977, A.t. 5977


OFFICERS

Grand Lodge of Missouri 1976·1977 FIELDING A. POE .....• '. • . • . • . . . . • . . . • • • . • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . • • . . •• Grand Master 6616 Pepperidqe Dr.. Berkeley 63164 '

Deputy Grand Master Hermitage 65668 THE REV. J. C. MONTGOMERY, JR., Senior Grand Warden P.O. Box 574, Mexico 65265 , , junior Grand Waf'den GUS O. NATIONS 448 lV. Swon Ave., Webster Groves 63119 WILLIAM H. UTZ, JR. Grand Treasurer 1208 Corby Bldg.• St. Joseph 64501 DR. JAMES A. NOLAND, JR.,

FRANK A. ARNOLD

Grand Secretary

713 Dix Rd.. Jefferson City 65101

Grand Lecturer Route 1, Box 225, Buckner 64016 DR. J. EDWARD BLINN Senior Grand Deacon P.O. Box 14, Marshfield, 65706 WILLIAM J. HILL junior Grand Deacon 1717 Traders Bank Bldg., 1125 Grand Avenue, Kansas City 64106 EARL K. DILLE Senior Grand Steward 10258 Butterworth Lane, St. Louis 63131 ROBERT J. CREDE junior Grand Steward Route 2, Jefferson City 65101 VERN H. SCHNEIDER Senior Grand Marshal 4 Exmoor Dr., St. Louis 63124 WILLIAM F. JACKSON... . .. junior Grand Manhal 8033 Audrain Dr., St. Louis 63121 EDWIN BENNETT, JR '" Grand Sword Bearer 3520 Birchbark Dr., Florissant 63033 HOWARD E. WARD Grand Pursuivant Masonic Home of Missouri, 5351 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis 63112 THE REV. CARL L. RADFORD Grand Chaplain 2334 S. Dollison, Springfield 65807 THE REV. CECIL H. HURT Grand Chaplain 204 Ash, Senath 63876 Grand Chaplain DR. FRANK B. KELLOGG 108 Conway Cove Dr., Chesterfield 63017 RABBI ALVIN D. RUBIN Grand Chaplain 512 S. Meramec, St. Louis 63105 THE REV. W. TRIBBEY NICKERSON Grand Chaplain 1601 N.E. 72nd St., Kansas City 64118 THE REV. BRIAN J. PACKER Grand Chaplain 1902 E. Elm St., Harrisonville 64701 THE REV. MURRELL T. CUNNINGHAM Grand Chaplain 6354 Wydown Byvd., Clayton 63105 WILLIAM H. BILLINGS . . . . . .. Grand Orator 2123 S. Meadowview, Springfield 65804 THE HONORABLE RICHARD H. ICHORD Grand Orator 2429 Rayburn Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20515 GEORGE W. WHITWORTH Grand Tiler 8123 Rector Dr., Berkeley 63134 STANTON T. BROWN


One Hundred Fifty-Sixth Annual Communication ORGAN SELECTIONS Emil E. Corte, Organist

The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri convened in the 156th Annual Communication on Monday, September 26, 1977 in the auditorium of Scottish Rite Cathedral, 3633 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri. M.W. Past Grand Master Elvis A. Mooney called the Grand Lodge to order at 10:00 a.m. for the presentation of Most Worshipful Grand Master Fielding A. Poe and other Grand Lodge Officers. M.\\7. Brother Mooney made one statement about the advancing line in this organization: "Each Grand Master in his year appoints another Mason who takes the position at the lower part of the line and each year progresses until he eventually becomes Grand Master. And that accounts for the reason why M.W. Brother Grauel and I are participating in the introduction of the Grand Lodge Officers. My beloved colleagues, we all have a rather close knit, warm fraternity among ourselves within your Fraternity. Even within our organization there are lines that start a long way back many times and come on down. And the one who appointed you, and the one you appoint, and the one he appoints, and so on down the line, so long as life lasts, there is a special relationship between those people. Each separate line in the Grand Lodge of Missouri has its own peculiar things about which it is proud. The Grand Lodge line of the present Grand Master looks back to the fact that the President, M.W. Harry S Truman, was in the line in which the Grand Master now serves. We are proud of that. Dr. Grauel is an appointee in that line. He appointed me, and it was my good fortune to appoint the present Grand Master. The gentleman who will lead in the Grand Honors is the appointee of the present Grand Master and this has been happening as time goes on. "In case you don't know me, I am from the misnamed section of this state; they call it the bootheel territory; we prefer to call it the bootleg territory in Southeast Missouri. My name is Mooney. I am not altogether comfortable in front of these microphones; my section of the state does not have microphones. Most of us don't need them, and even if we didn't have them. what we say is not important anyway." M.W. Brother Mooney presented the Grand Officers of the Grand Lodge of Missouri: Grand Tiler-R.W. Bro. George W. Whitworth Grand Chaplain-R.W. Bro. W. Tribbey Nickerson Grand Chaplain~R.W. Bro. Frank B. Kellogg

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Grand Chaplain-R.W. Bro. Cecil H. Hurt Grand Pursuivant-R.W. Bro. Howard E. Ward Grand Sword Bearer-R.W. Bro. Edwin Bennett, Jr. Junior Grand Marshal-R.W. Bro. William F. Jackson Senior Grand Marshal-R.W. Bro. Vern H. Schneider Junior Grand Steward-R.W. Bro. Robert J. Crede Senior Grand Steward-R.W. Bro. Earl K. Dille Junior Grand Deacon-R.W. Bro. William J. Hill Senior Grand Deacon-R.W. Bro. J. Edward Blinn Grand Lecturer-R.W. Bro. Stanton T. Brown Grand Secretary-R.W. Bro. Frank A. Arnold Grand Treasurer-R.W. Bro. William H. Utz, Jr. Junior Grand Warden-R.W. Bro. Gus O. Nations Senior Grand Warden-R.W. Bro. J. C. Montgomery, Jr. Deputy Grand Master-R.W. Bro. Dr. James A. Noland, Jr. Not in attendance at the 156th Annual Communication: R.W. Grand Chaplain Carl L. Radford R.W. Grand Chaplain Alvan D. Rubin R.W. Grand Chaplain Brian J. Packer R.W. Grand Chaplain Murrell T. Cunningham R.W. Grand Orator William H. Billings R.W. Grand Orator Richard H. Ichord M.R. Brother Mooney requested that M.W. Bro. Harold O. Grauel present the Grand Master. M.W. Brother Grauel escorted Most Worshipful Grand Master Fielding A. Poe into the auditorium and to the East. M.W. BROTHER GRAUEL: "Most Worshipful Past Grand Master Elvis A. Mooney, it gives me a great deal of happiness, and it is an honor, to present to you and through you to the Brethren of this Grand Lodge Most Worshipful Brother Fielding A. Poe, the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri." Under the direction of the Senior Grand Marshal, the Grand Lodge accorded the Grand Master the Grand Honors. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: "M.W. Brother Mooney and M.W. Brother Grauel, very seldom in the last several years have I been able to tell you two gentlemen anything. I know that your program calls for you to retire, proudly and having accomplished great things in your lifetime and in your tenure as Grand Masters. You will remain here for a few minutes because I order it so. "Brethren, it has been a great year. And to say that I am nervous is to put it mildly. I walked out of my motel room this morning and noticed that I had left my lapel pin. I went back to get my lapel pin and found that I had left my apro~ and jewel. I am not nervous. I am just kind of like the fellow that was pacing up and down in a hotel room and a lady stood there watching him and she said, 'You are the speaker at the banquet this evening.' He said, 'That's right.' She said, 'Are you always this nervous before you speak?' He said, 'Nervous? What do you mean? What makes you think I'm nervous?' And she said, 'If you're not nervous, what are you doing in the ladies' powder room?'


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"1'vf.\V. Brother Mooney and M.W. Brother Grauel, needless to say, the debt that lowe you and the appreciation that I have for you, and that my family has for your family, cannot be equaled in any way whatever. I feel that in. my journey through the line it has been most .gracious and our friendship and our association has warmed and grown as all such associations should in the workings of our Masonic Order. My sincere appreciation for all of the things that you have rendered to me, not only this past year and the other past years but all the years that I have been around to enjoy them. Thank you so very much." M.W. Grand Master Fielding A. Poe with the Officers of the Grand Lodge opened the Annual Communication in accordance with Missouri ritual. R.W. Bro. Frank A. Lewis led in the singing of the opening ode, accompanied by Bro. Emil Corte at the organ. R.W. Bro. ''\T. Tribbey Nickerson, Grand Chaplain, led the Grand Lodge in prayer. PRAYER

Almighty God-Supreme Architect of the Universe-You have set fire to the sun in the heavens. As we enjoy the warm sunshine we would ask that You ignite the little candles of our lives. The ray of your sun gives warmth and light-and nourishes growth for the whole earth. Let us, as Master Masons learn how to brighten dark corners . . . to give warmth to cold hearts . . . and to produce harvests of kindness and friendship in barren places of our little world. Help us create little rainbows after the storms of daily living. Teach us how to line all dark clouds with silver. Show us how to melt the cold snows of cruelty and to open into fullflower the lives of persons that we come into contact with by our concern and loving care. Today as we begin the 156th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Ancient, l'~rec and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri focus the warmth of your sunshine upon us and then help us to learn how we too can light other little candles in a darkened world of need. Amen. CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE-INTERIM REPORT

M.vV. Bro. Harold O. Grauel, member of the Committee on Credentials, presented the interim report: To the Grand Lodge of A.F. if A.M. of the State of Aiissouri: BRETHREN: Your Committee on Credentials begs to report that a constitutional number of subordinate lodges is present. CARL E. ETZ, JR., Chairman. INTRODUCTION OF PAST GRAND MASTERS OF MIf:SOURI

R.W. Bro. J. Edward Blinn, Senior Grand Deacon, introduced the Past Grand Masters of Missouri who were present. Grand Master Poe asked the distinguished Past Grand Masters to face the audience a~; they were intra-


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duced in order that the brethren might see those who had served them in the past. Morris E. Ewing (1947-48) Homer L. Ferguson (1951路52) James M. Sellers (1953-54) Orestes Mitchell, Jr. (1954-55) Frank P. Briggs (1957-58) Harold O. Grauel (1959-60) Bruce H. Hunt (1960-61) Martin B. Dickinson (1962-63) George F. Morrison (1964-65)

A. Basey Vanlandingham (1965路66) William R. Denslow (1967-68) Elvis A. Mooney (1968.69) J. Morgan Donelson (1969路70) William H Chapman (1970-71) Thomas.J. Davis, Jr. (1971-72) Walter L. Walker (1973-74) Herman A. Orlick (1974-75) Lewis C. Wes Cook (1975-76)

GRAND MASTER POE; Brethren, to say that this group is our most distinguished group of Masons would be putting it mildly. For them I have the highest esteem, and I am certainly pleased to see that we have such a long line with us this year. The Grand Lodge accorded the Past Grand Masters the Grand Honors. M.W. BRO. MORRIS' E. EWING responded for the Past Grand Masters: Most WorshipfUl Grand Master, I believe our number is all present except two, M.W. Brother Rumer and M.\,y. Brother Donnell. I think they are two of the greatest men in this state ill my 56 years of time that I have had the pleasure of working with. I certainly miss them, and I am sorry t.hat t.hey cannot be with us today. Bernard Baruch made the st.atement once that a man was never old until he was 15 years older than himself. It has been quite a time since I have had the pleasure of visiting with an old man. My son gave me a jolt not long ago. They were having a testimonial meeting, and the minister asked if there was anyone present that didn't hold an enmity or ill-will towards one of his fellowmen. An elderly man in the back of the audience rose; the minister stood aghast awhile and then said, "Brother, I am afraid you misunderstood my proposition." To which the old man responded, "No sir, I understood what you said." The minister asked him a second time to see what it was. "How do you account for it, my good brother?" "I outlived all the old ones." It may be an honor to be old; but as the years pass by, sometimes I wonder if it is. I know that I am old; I hear them say it many times. There is a difference, you know, in growing old and becoming old, whether you ever thought about it or not. It is all right to grow old through the accidents and tragedies that we cannot help. But there are pleasures in old age, if we will accept them. Yesterday is gone and is now recorded history. Tomorrow, none of us knows what it holds; today is here; let us use it to the best of our ability. It was 30 years ago when I was selected for this position, and almost one-third of the men who followed me in office have already been called to give an account of their stewardship-something we are all going to have to do. A thought that I would like to leave with you is the text of my father's last sermon. He preached for about 50 years, and I remember this sermon very well. For many years I took him to his charges. I had the pleasure a few times, when he conducted a funeral, of giving the funeral oration, and he seemed to appreciate that very much. But the text is this: "And he asked 'What is good? What more can the Lord require of thee


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than to do good, love worship, walk humbly with the Lord thy God?' " Grand Master Poe thanked IVf.W. Brother Ewing for the most appropriate response. He asked that the distinguished members of our Grand Lodge be escorted to the East in order that the Deputy Grand Master and he might greet them in Grand Lodge. INTRODUCTION OF GRAND MASTERS OF OTHER GRAND LODGES

R.W. Bro. William J. Hill, Junior Grand Deacon, introduced the Grand Masters of other jurisdictions: M.W. M.W. M.W. M.W.

Grand Grand Grand Grand M.\V. Grand

Master Master Master Master Master

William F. McIntosh of Kansas John E. Moyers of Kentucky R. Harry Muellich of Iowa James D. Penley, Jr. of South Carolina Gus J. Vlasis of Tennessee

GRAND MASTER Pm:: On behalf of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, we are very pleased to grect you distinguished guests from our sister jurisdictions at our grand session. We fcel quite honored to have you here. We hope that your visit will be as pleasurable to you as it is for us to have you here. The Grand Lodge accorded the Grand Masters of othcr Grand Lodges the Grand Honors. M.W. BRO. WILLIAM F. McINTOSH gave the response for the visiting Grand Masters: Most Worshipful Grand Master, Distinguished Guests, and Brethren all, I am very happy to respond on behalf of the visiting Grand Masters. I think it is significant because ]25 years ago the State of Missouri chartered three lodges in the great State of Kansas. Now we do not recognize your work cntirely; I am sure that if you could see our work you would deny that you ever gave it to us. We are delighted to be here today to enjoy your hospitality. You know there are those who decry the loss in membership of our Masonic Order; they bemoan the fact that we can't have good attendance. They say that Masonry has failed because we are not attracting youngsters, that our ritualism needs to be changed. I ask: "Why this confusion in the temple?" Masonry is as endless as time itself. Perhaps it is ourselves that need changing, rather than our institution. \Ve have ignored the tenets of our profession, we have not lived up to all of our teachings. I suggest that, whether we live in the jurisdiction of Kansas or Missouri or wherever, we should try "Masonry." I leave with this story that was told of Horace Greeley, the famed editor of the New York Tribune. "A lady of a church out in the Midwest that was having trouble with its membership wrote a letter to Horace Greeley saying, 'We have tried everything; we have tried box suppers and church socials and benefits; and we can't seem to grow. What do you suggest?' Horace Greeley very quickly replied, 'Dear Madam, why don't you try religion?' " I suggest that we Masons ought to try Masonry. Most Worshipful Sir, we are very impressed with your line-up, and we believe that Masonry in Missouri will be in good hands for many years to come. Thank you for your hospitality and the very entertaining way in which you are presiding. Grand Master Poe thanked M.\V. Brother McIntosh, and added that it i~


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quite evident to us that Masonry is undoubtedly in very strong, good hands in our Sister Jurisdictions. The Grand Masters were greeted in the East by R.W. Brother Noland andM.\V. Brother Poe. INTRODUCTION OF GRAND OFFICERS OF OTHER GRAND LODGES

R.W. Bro. Earl K. Dille, Senior Grand Steward, introduced the Grand Lodge Officers of other grand jurisdictions: R.W. R.W. R.W. R.W. R.W. R.W.

Junior Grand Warden Raymond H. Bachman of Illinois Senior Grand Warden Charles O. Riddle of Indiana Grand Secretary Charles T. Jackson of Iowa Grand Secretary Albert O. Arnold, .II'. of Kansas Deputy Grand Master Gcorge H. Powers of Oklahoma Grand Secrctary John R. Stracener of Tennessee

GRAND MASTER POE: My distinguished brethren from the other grand jurisdictions, we are very pleased to receive you, as we were your predecessors. Again, we hope that you find your visit as pleasurable to yourselves as it is to us to have you here. Most of you will very soon be assuming the station which I am now holding in your own jurisdiction; the other two of you have that great honor of guiding and directing and advising those of us who ascend to that station. And Brother Charlie, I know you and your good friend to your right have had that experience many times with many Past Grand Masters. The response for the Grand Officers of other Grand Lodges was given by R.W. BRO. GEORGE H. POWERS, Deputy Grand Master of Oklahoma: Most Worshipful Grand Master, Distinguished East, my Brothers, it is a real pleasure for us to be here this morning. \Ve appreciate this greeting and reception. We have been treated royally in this Grand Jurisdiction. We hope for you, Most Worshipful Grand Master, a very harmonious and successful Grand Lodge Session. You have made us feel most welcome. We appreciate it. The Grand Lodge welcomed the Grand Officers of other Grand Lodges with hearty applause. M.W. Brother Poe and R.'V. Brother Noland received them in the East. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, I must correct an oversight. The Brother from Tennessee reminded me of what Tennessee presented us a little over 150 years ago. I can assure you, sir, we are quite mindful of our Mother Grand Jurisdiction, and we are most appreciative for the start that you gave us. INTRODUCTION OF REPRESENTATIVES OF OTHER MISSOURI ORGANIZATIONS

R.W. Bro. Robert J. Crede, Junior Grand Steward, introduced the representatives of the Appendant Bodies of Missouri: R.W. Bro. Walter C. Ploeser, Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the Ancient an'd Accepted Scottish Rite, Orient of Missouri M.E. Camp. Paul F. Sitze, Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Missouri M.I. Camp. Dudley C. Barnes, Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of the State of Missouri


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R.E. Sir Knight Walter F. Ruestman, Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the State of Missouri Wor. Bro. I. Lee Ratcliff, Worthy Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter of Missouri, Order of the Eastern Star Bro. Robert W. Cockerham, Deputy State Master Councilor of Missouri of the International Order of DeMolay R.W. Bro. Ronald M. Compton, Executive Officer of Missouri, International Order of DeMolay

GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, these are your representatives of our Appendant Bodies. There have been times when we had various and sundry ones who have been reluctant to consider the work of our Appendant Bodies as 100 per cent Masonic related. In my travels over the state this year, when I have attended Appendant Bodies, I have been most graciously and courteously received. And there is no question among all of them that they recognize the supreme body of Masonry as your Blue Lodge organization. I feel that I can say without equivocation that Masonry is as strong in our Appendant Bodies as it is in our Blue Lodges because I feel that they all consider themselves first Blue Lodge Masons and then members of their other various organizations, to which nearly all of us belong. We are delighted to have you with us here this morning; we consider you a most integral part of our organization; and we hope that you find the session pleasurable to yourselves. SOVEREIGN GRAND INSPECTOR GENERAL WALTER C. PLOESER responded for the Representatives of the Appendant Bodies: Most Worshipful Grand Master, I can assure you with all modesty that we are glad to be here, and we are grateful for the cooperation from you. We have all attempted to give you in return everything we possibly could to help strengthen or build the entire Masonic Fraternity. May I say for us, we feel that way about your predecessors and we feel confident in the insurance of those who will succeed. Let me say again for us, you have our complete loyalty and cooperation. The Grand Lodge greeted the leaders of the Appendant Masonic Organizations of Missouri with applause. Grand Master Poe and Deputy Grand Master Noland received them in the East. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, there are two distinguished groups in this Grand Lodge without whose assistance, work, cooperation, and endeavors the workings of not only the Grand Lodge but of Masonry over the State of Missouri would be seriously hampered. INTRODUCTION AND RECOGNITION OF DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS

R.W. Bro. Vern H. Schneider, Senior Grand Marshal, presented the brethren who were standing in the several parts of the auditorium who have served the past year as District Deputy Grand Masters. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, I am pleased to greet you in Grand Lodge. I could talk at length, but never cover our appreciation for the great work that you do. . Brethren, would you join me in showing your appreciation to our District Deputy Grand Masters? (Standing applause.)


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INTRODUCTION OF DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND LECTURERS

R.'V'. BRO. STANTON T. BROWN, Grand Lecturer: With distinct honor and pleasure I present the hardest working Masons that I have ever had the privilege of working with. I feel that their work, without doubt, is the greatest work we could have. I appreciate the opportunity of introducing the District Deputy Grand Lecturers. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, we again would desire to show our appreciation to these brethren who are charged with the responsibility of seeing to the proficiency of our ritual. I think, as R.W. Brother Brown said, that they are probably the hardest working group that we have in our Fraternity. They have the biggest challenge; I will say that without qualification. Let's give them our appreciation officially. (Applause.) INTRODUCTION OF PAST GRAND LECTURER

R.W. BRO. STANTON T. BROWN: M.W. Grand Master, it also affords me a great deal of pleasure to introduce the one man who held this thing, to my way of thinking, in such a fashion over the State of Missouri for the years, the last 22 years, before I was a part of it. It gives me a great deal of pleasure to present and introduce R.W. Bro. Freelon K. Hadley, our Past Grand Lecturer. (Applause.) GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, let me say this. When I started through this line, the ritual just wasn't what it was this morning. It took me a lot of work to change Freelon Hadley around. INTRODUCTION OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS. ADMINISTRATOR. AND SECRETARY OF THE MASONIC HOME OF MISSOURI

Dr. James A. Noland, Jr., R.W. Deputy Grand Master and President of the Masonic Home Board, introduced the members of the Board and the officials of the Home: W. Bro. Virgil Abbett R.W. Bro. John E. Adams R.W. Bro. Robert H. Arnold W. Bro. John Wetzel R.W. Bro. Ray Hilton R.W. Bro. Charles E. Scheurich R.W. Bro. Howard E. Ward, Secretary to the Board of Directors R.W. Bro. J. Edward Blinn R.W. Bro. Gus O. Nations R.W. Bro. J. C. Montgomery, Jr. M.W. Bro. Fielding A. Poe, Honorary Chairman of the Board

In his presentation of members of the Masonic Home Board, Dr. Noland explained that W. Bro. John Wetzel was appointed to serve the unexpired term of Bro. Leo Riney, who died last December. He also informed, that if he had the good fortune to be elected, R.W. Bro. Charles E. Scheurich would be his appointment to the Advancing Line of Grand Lodge Officers. The Grand Lodge recognized those of the Masonic Home Board with applause.


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GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, I would announce that it is our plan that any resolutions to be presented for enactment at this session are to be presented after our election of the Masonic Home Board this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. MESSAGES AND GREETINGS

The Grand Secretary read the message of M.W. Bro. Conrad Hahn, Executive Secretary of the Masonic Service Association of the United States, and the good wishes and fraternal greetings of the Grand Chapter of Missouri, Order of the Eastern Star. PRESENTATION OF RESOLUTION

M.W. Past Grand Master Frank P. Briggs introduced the following resolution, which was read by the Grand Secretary. RESOLUTION WHEREAS, This Grand Lodge has learned of the illness of Mrs. Marian Jayne, wife of Past Grand Master Harold M. Jayne; and WHEREAS, Both Mrs. Jayne and Most Worshipful Brother Jayne are held in high esteem, deep appreciation and fraternal devotion by this Grand Lodge; and 'VHEREAS, Her illness has caused the Jaynes to miss this communication; and WHEREAS, ,\Ve are deeply and sincerely grateful for the many efforts of both of them for the good of our order; now therefore be it Resolved, That this Grand Lodge pause for a moment of silent prayer for them and that the Grand Chaplain ask the Great Physician for His divine help for them today; and be it further Resolved, That the G}'and Secretary be instructed to wire Most Worshipful Brother Jayne at his office in Memphis, Missouri, telling him of this action, and offering them every help, aid or assistance in our power at this time of distress and need. Fraternally submitted, I'RANK P. BRIGGS, P.G.M., BRUCE H. HUNT, P.G.M., A. BASEY VANLANDINGHAM, P.G.I\L, '\VILLIA:\1 R. DENSLOW, P.G.M. M.W. Brother Briggs moved the adoption of the Resolution. The motion was seconded and approved by the vote of this Grand Lodge. The Grand Lodge stood for silent prayer. R.vV. BRO. FRANK B. KELLOGG, Grand Chaplain, led the Grand Lodge in prayer: Father in Heaven, we have communicated with you from the depths of our hearts, individually. "'\V'e thank you that you have assured us that you hear our every prayer and that you are ready to respond to our every need. And so we lift our voices, united now, that you would draw nigh these that have been mentioned with a special need. We are aware that you are the God of all mercies; we are aware that yours is the gift of love. We are mindful that you have given to man great wisdom and many abilities; but we are mindful above all that your divine hand of healing and your presence is the grace that is sufficient and the source of strength that is urgently needed. And so we commit to your care and keeping these friends who have been


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mentioned and ask that you would anoint them with the balm of your healing, of your love. Grant, Heavenly Father, that your will, supreme, might be done in their lives and in every circumstance of life that each of us face. This is our humble prayer at this time. Amen. NOMINAnONS FOR MASONIC HOME BOARD

The following were placed in nomination (or the two four-year tenus as members of the Board of Directors of the Masonic Home of Missouri: R.W. Bro. W. Marion Luna, nominated by M.W. Bro. William II Chapman Wor. Bro. John Wetzel, nominated by M.W. Bro. Herman A. Orlick

The motion was made that nominations cease and the nominees be elected by acclamation. The motion was seconded and approved by the vote of the Grand Lodge. Grand Master Poe announced the election of R.W. Bro. Marion Luna and War. Bro. John Wetzel to the Board of Directors of the Masonic Home Board by acclamation. ANNUAL REPORT OF GRAND MASTER

Grand Master Pac invited R.W. Deputy Grand Master James A. Noland, Jr. to preside during the reading of the report.


Address of the Grand Master To the Most Worshipful Grand LodgeJ Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri: BRETHREN: Truly how good and how pleasant it is to greet you in this the 156th Annual Communication of our Grand Lodge. This has been a most pleasant and rewarding year for your Grand Master and, I cannot describe to you in words, an honor that can only be appreciated by actually experiencing it. My great-great-grandfather, in this distinguished lineage of Past Grand Masters, Harry S. Truman, elevated the pleasure of such above the Presidency of the United States and he had experience in both. It is my expectation that this Grand Lodge Session will be a fitting conclusion to the past 364 days, and I ask that you actively join with me to bring it to fruition. To those of you who are visiting us from other Grand Jurisdictions, we extend a most hearty and fraternal welcome. It is our sincere hope that your visit will be as pleasurable to you as it is to us. We look forward to hearing greetings from each of you at a convenient time during this session. May I extend a special greeting to those Past Grand Masters who are with us today. Your record of accomplishments in the past has been a most challenging goal to maintain. Your help, guidance, and advice has been greatly appreciated this past year and I trust that you will stay close by during this session as your expertise is always needed and appreciated. I would welcome, particularly, our District Deputy Grand Masters and District Deputy Grand Lecturers. What a team each of you make in your particular district; you are truly the backbone of our Fraternity and I salute you for the enormity of your tasks and the myriad of duties you perform. Without your contributions and services, the effectiveness of the Masonic Order would be greatly reduced, and our unity and conformity would be in dangerous peril. My admiration and appreciation of your achievements is held in the highest esteem. To all brethren here assembled, I bid you a particular welcome of fraternal greetings. You are the body of this fraternal order. You are, in essence, the heart and soul of Masonry, and on your shoulders rest the future of this association, the direction it travels, and the ultimate influence it will hold in the affairs of humanity. Yours is an awesome responsibility and your decisions must be seriously and judiciously made without thought of personal or regional interest, but to those judgments which in your estimation will best serve this Fraternity as a whole in the years to come. This Grand Lodge Assembly is composed of its members who attend by virtue of their offices in the subordinate lodges or as Past Masters of Missouri lodges; in this capacity you attend by right and not by invitation. You are the host, the body. Your active participation in the discussions and activities of this session is paramount to its success or failure. There will betimes when you cannot shirk your duty to the Fraternity. There will be

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times when you cannot have that cup delivered from you, times when you must stand on principle and not regional interest, when you must cast aside personal preferment for the good of the order. I have full faith that at such times you will think and act courageously and Masonically. STATE OF THE CRAFT In preparing this report, it came to my attention that nearly every Past Grand Master in his report stated in effect, "That when I assumed the office of Grand Master I found the state of the Craft to be generally good, with harmony and favorable relations with all subordinate and appendant bodies," When I assumed the office of Grand Master, so did I find it generally to be such as well. In my visits over the state, I was always received most graciously and given the most courteous consideration. However, it is evident that oftentimes what the Grand Master views on the surface does not necessarily reveal underlying problems within. Membership in our order continues to decline. Attendance at our stated meetings continues to decrease. Dissension and dissonance continues to present itself where there should be harmony and brotherly love. There are lodges that do not conform to Grand Lodge law, that do not hold the required number of stated meetings, that do not have proficiency of the ritual and do not enjoy the leadership expected of a Masonic organization. There are lodges that do not have active programs of charity or practice the tenets of our brotherhood. There are lodges that should, in the best interest of Masonry, consolidate or surrender their charters. We deceive ourselves when we declare that all is well. It lies within reason that our problems could well reflect the changing social customs of our culture. Ours is no longer an agricultural society with its stableness and dependability of realistic ideals, but rather a transient, urbanized society given more and more to pragmatic or expedient philosophies. Masonry is not an expedient organization, but one based on the tradition and solidarity of proven values. Never have the virtues of Western morals been endangered as they are today, due primarily to a reluctance of those who believe in such values to defend them. Such reluctance has resulted in changing modes and customs and, therefore, presents the strongest of reasons for a vigorous united Masonic Order that will form the examples for others to emulate and present guidelines by which they will be enabled to conduct their lives as living sacraments to one living and true God. vVhilc the state of the Craft is good, it could be better and, if路 we arc going to increase in membership, if our truths and virtues are going to be influential in the affairs of men and communities, I am convinced that we must again become an active part of those communities. We must become an involved organization. Our members must become not only concerned citizens, but active in civil affairs as well. 'Ve must inculcate Masonic principles in every aspect of our lives. We must consolidate the principles of Freemasonry, not only with our brethren in the Fraternity, but with all mankind. I am convinced also that we need to lose our shyness about letting others know what they have to do to become Freemasons and what this organization represents. In short, I feel more than ever that we need to display our proudness of being Masons and, if we consolidate that pride


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with a strict observance of our tenets, the world will beat a path to our door and men will more readily seek to connect themselves with an organization that not only teaches, but practices, those tenets of brotherly love, relief, and truth. RITUAL One big factor that separates the Masonic Order from all other fraternal orders, undoubtedly, is our ritual. Its lessons and its proficient use certainly make us unique among fraternal organizations. Our ritual is considered of such importance that we employ a Grand Lecturer to travel over the state and see that it is correctly and uniformly used in all areas and at all levels of our brotherhood. To say that our ritual is perfect would, of course, be a misnomer. However, it is my personal opinion that through the efforts of our Grand Lecturer and his appointed deputies the ritual of most Missouri Lodges is such as to be envied by many other grand jurisdictions; While our ritual is generally good, it still would behoove each of us to continue all efforts to the direction of ultimate perfection in every aspect of its use. The Grand Lecturer, by virtue of his position, occupies a unique place in our Grand Lodge. His reappointment each year provides one of the rare instances of continuity in the ranks of our Grand Lodge officers. His constant travels over the state and his close association with constituent lodge officers and members presents him often with information and knowledge that is invaluable to not only the Grand Master, but to other Grand Lodge officers as well. We, in Missouri, are indeed fortunate to have a Grand Lecturer of the caliber of R.W. Bro. Stanton T. Brown. R.W. Brother Brown has been most cooperative and helpful this past year. The many instances when he sacrificed his own time to assist in area meetings and to attend other functions with the Grand Master have been greatly appreciated. GRAND SECRETARY AND GRAND SECRETARY'S OFFICE At last year's communication, a hastily prepared resolution was introduced to move the Grand Lodge Office from St. Louis, where it has been based far longer than anyone can remember, if it was ever located anywhere else. The resolution also provided for a new Grand Lodge Office building to be built with funds voluntarily donated by the brethren over the state. The Grand Lodge office was moved to temporary quarters in Jefferson City before January I as required by the resolution. Your Grand Master and the officers of the Grand Lodge have made every effort to conform to the fifth charge in our ceremony of installation, that part which says, "You agree to submit to the awards and resolutions of your brethren in lodge convened." However, the resolution presented several obstacles to its complete adherence: (I) The original plot of land to be accepted has proved unsatisfactory for our purpose. (2) The voluntary donations fell woefully short of that expected and needed. Many lodges in all sections of the state have submitted no donations at all. (3) No provisions were included for the cost of moving the office from St. Louis to Jefferson City. To expedite the matter of permanent location of this office, I appointed the following Ad Hoc Committee composed of R"'V. Bro. J. C. Montgomery,


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Chairman; R.W. Bro. Frank Arnold; R.W. Bro. Robert Crede; R.W. Bro. William Hill; and R.W. Bro. Earl Dille to investigate alternate sites, to suggest a program of finance, and to contact an architect to begin forming plans for the construction of said building. That committee's report will be presented during this communication. Brethren, I would only hope that the hasty action at last year's communication will be a lesson to this august body for many years to come of what confusion can result when we permit emotion and personal interest to replace reason and logic. Hasty action is not always expedient. I must state that with all of the upheaval, moving, new personnel, unrest and confusion of new surroundings, your Grand Lodge Office and Grand Secretary have continued to function admirably and with little disruption in the routine business necessary to the efficient operation of your Grand Lodge. R.W. Brother Arnold continues to be most dedicated and devoted to his profession and has never refused any request of your Grand Master or to be of assistance in any manner whenever it was within his realm to do so. His experience and knowledge of the many trivial but necessary functions of the successful operation of a Grand Lodge Office and a Grand Master arc amazing as well as invaluable to one who leaves this office at about the time he begins to feel comfortable with it. The Past Grand Masters on my right will be knowledgeable of what I speak. Thank you, Brother Grand Secretary, for your many assists this past year. GRAND LODGE COMMITTEES There are many components necessary to the successful operation of your Grand Lodge. The multitude and variety of problems, activities, programs, plans, preparations, and functions would defy the imagination and be impossible for one man or group of men to regulate or perform. It is necessary, therefore, that we appoint each year Grand Lodge committees to resolve the details and make recommendations to the Grand Lodge. The members of these committees are not only outstanding Masons, but generally are leaders in their chosen profession. They contribute many hours of service and work for the Fraternity without recompense, honor or title. If we were to pay even a fraction of the price these brothers command on the labor market, we would deplete all of our reserves and no telling how much more. Brethren, their contribution is priceless. As each committee's report is a vital part of your Grand Lodge communication, you will, therefore, have opportunity to judge for yourself of their contribution and service. Each committee has functioned faithfully and diligently this past year and I would be remiss if I did not express my gratefUl appreciation and gratitude for the fine work they have contributed to the successful operation of your Grand Lodge. GRAND TREASURER Brethren, may I comment briefly on our Grand Treasurer. He is the third person in your staff of Grand Lodge Officers that stays on year after year. He serves with only a token remuneration. Increases in his honorarium have been proposed but sitting on the Ways and Means Committee, he always sees that


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they are passed over. In Grand Lodge Officers' meeting he does not frequently address himself to the group but when he does his words are spoken with great wisdom and are weighed carefully by all in attendance. R.W. Brother Utz, my personal thanks for your sage advice to which I have been privileged to share these past eight years.

THE FREEMASON MAGAZINE In October of 1976, your Committee on Masonic Education appointed Bro. Ray Hilton of Springfield as editor of The F,'eemason magazine. Brother Hilton set to work immediately with the vim and vigor that characterizes his actions in any endeavor in which he engages himself. The result was that by December The Freemason was again rolling off the presses and even more remarkably, it was of the same high quality it had enjoyed in the past. The Freemason is a vital link in the communication of our Grand Lodge. I ts effectiveness in disseminating information to our members is unequalled by any other means at our disposal. Its continuation and growth is of extreme necessity. Its success depends upon the support and contribution of all Masons. Brethren, it is our magazine. One man can edit it, but it can only be as successful as we make it. It is a good magazine now, but with your support and under the guidance and leadership of Brother Hilton, I predict it will become one of the truly great Masonic publications of our time. MASONIC HOME Your Masonic Home continues in the grand tradition that it has established in the past. It has had challenging leadership this year under the direction of your Deputy Grand Master, Dr. James Noland, who has served so ably as president and who will give you a more complete report this afternoon. Brother Noland has enjoyed the assistance of a Board of Directors composed of outstanding and dedicated Masons, along with the excellent supervision of Bro. Dave Thomas, Administrator, assisted by R.W. Bro. Howard Ward as Secretary to the Home Board. The Home Board suffered an untimely loss this year by the death of Bro. Leo Riney of Hannibal. Brother Riney had been very devoted in his services on the Board and maintained a lively interest of all events at the Home. His loss was deeply felt by guests at the Home as well as members of the Board. Brethren, this is truly one of the outstanding institutions of its type in the United States. You have made it so. Only by your support in the future can we keep it as such. Our expansion to the building of a home on our site in Western Missouri will be accomplished only with your full support and we must begin in that direction as soon as possible. I am sure that your Home Board will be announcing plans for progress in this area in the near future. AREA MEETINGS Continuing the established procedure of previous Grand Masters, initiated


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by M.W. Bro. Elvis A. Mooney, 17 area meetings were again held this year over the state. Worshipful Masters, Wardens and Secretaries of all lodges were invited to attend. While attendance was good, there were still a number who were invited that did not attend, and in a few instances there were situations where a lodge had no representation at all. A spot check revealed that usually where this happened it was a situation of weak lodges with poor attendance records at Grand Lodge as well. As in many other situations in life, those who missed or those lodges not represented were the ones most in need of the infOlmation and instructions presented at the meetings. Each meeting started with registration, followed by a dinner provided by the Grand Lodge. After dinner the meeting was opened in the lodge room of the host lodge. This year all Grand Lodge Officers were not only invited to attend, but given assignments of presentation at each meeting. May I inject a comment here, not only on the cooperation I have received from the Grand Lodge Officers at these meetings but to extend my appreciation for the support I have received from them throughout the year. I cannot emphasize too strongly that if all Masonry were as united as your line of Grand Lodge Officers, there would be no problems in this Fraternity. Subjects discussed this year were: Masonic education, upcoming Grand Lodge legislation, financing the Grand Lodge, a Grand Lodge liability insurance program, ritual, the Masonic Home, and concluded with ideas for increasing membership and improving lodge attendance. Time for questions and answers was provided, which at times proved interesting and stimulating. While these meetings are time-consuming in a busy schedule, the benefits derived, unquestionably, outweigh any inconvenience and should continue as they provide the one opportunity for the Grand Master and Grand Lodge Officers to meet and know the greatest number of brethren over the state. The contact and communication it provides is second to none in our unique organizational structure. DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTER AWARDS The connecting link in our Grand Lodge chain is our District Deputy Grand Master. He has the pulse of the local situation. He enjoys the confidence and trust of the Grand Master and Grand Lodge Officers. He is, in essence, the key to the success or failure of our organizational system. In recognition of this importance, the Grand Lodge Officers felt that those deputies who achieved particular success in bringing their district to desired standards should receive a special commendation and did, therefore, originate the District Deputy Grand Master Achievement Award for those who attained the following criteria: 1. Visit every lodge in the district at least once during the year. 2. Conduct four district or association meetings during the year. 3. Attest that every lodge in the district holds at least the minimum num路 ber of stated communications as required by Grand Lodge law (Section 7.060) . 4. Qualify at least one third of the lodges in the district for the Grand Lodge Achievement Award.


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5. Have representation of every lodge in the district at the (an) area meeting. 6. Have representation of every lodge in the district at the annual com路 munication of the Grand Lodge. The aforementioned criteria are not difficult, but they are challenging. The important point is that by such achievement, officers will perform their required duties better, lodges will be stronger, districts will be better organized and our brotherhood noticeably more effective. Your Grand Master looks forward to presenting a number of these awards this evening at our banquet. DECISIONS Fraternal Lodge No. 363, Robertsville (Members of Temple Association No. 363) In 1975, it was brought to the attention of this association that they would have to comply with Section 9.110 of Grand Lodge By-LaWS before their building could be dedicated and used as a lodge. This approval was overlooked during the past two years. As the building was nearing completion, R.W. Bro. Melvin Gordon finally impressed upon these brethren the importance of complying with Section 9.110 and, as a result, the required documents were submitted to the Building Supervisory Board. However, the Board felt that the erection of the Temple had progressed beyond their authority to approve until the previous construction had been healed. After conferring with R.W. Brother Gordon, D.D.G.M. 32nd District, Bro. Harold Thornton, Chairman, Building Supervisory Board, and by phone with members of Fraternal Lodge No. 363, and upon petition of George L. Mosley, President, and Reggie Rector, Secretary, for members of Temple Association No. 363, I did rule that since the building had not been completed, the Building Supervisory Board might consider the plans and construction already accomplished. Subsequently, the Building Supervisory Committee did approve the plans of Temple Association No. 363 and the previous construction. We in the Masonic family look forward with the members of Fraternal Lodge No. 363 to the completion and dedication of their new temple in the very near future. Ingomar Lodge No. 536 In a request from Ingomar Lodge No. 536 in reference to investment of lodge funds, I ruled that Section 3.070 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws applied only to investment of Grand Lodge funds and not necessarily to subordinate lodge funds, and that investments of subordinate lodge funds should be at the discretion of the proper officers of the lodge in compliance with regulations contained in the subordinate lodge by-laws. Marceline Lodge No. 481 Marceline Lodge No. 481 received a petItIOn for the degrees of Anthony J. Palazzo. A committee of investigation was appointed and reported unfavorable. The lodge, therefore, for some reason did not ballot on the petition, but returned it to Mr. Palazzo. Grand Lodge By-Laws, Section 13.060, states that once a petition is received, it must be balloted. Since his original petition did not receive the action to which, according to our By-Laws, every petition is entitled, I ruled that said Mr. Palazzo is entitled to repetition Marceline Lodge for the degrees or to petition any other lodge that would obtain a waiver of jurisdiction from the lodge having jurisdiction of the place where he lives, in compliance with Section 21.040. .


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Knob Noster Lodge No. 245 In balloting on a petition, the Junior and Senior Wardens declared the ballot clear, but the Worshipful Master declared the ballot dark, causing some confusion in the lodge. The D.D.G.L. and the D.D.G.M. happened to be present and both reported their opinion was that the Junior and Senior Wardens had not been quite as observant as the Master in the displaying of the ballot (which is why, brethren, Wardens are Wardens and Masters are Masters). It was my ruling, nevertheless, that in lodges, Masters are the Master of the lodge and their decision the final decision-subject, of course, to appeal to the Grand Lodge. In this matter, I ruled the Master's decision to be the final decision. Subsequent information proved this to be correct and I did. as a result of that information, order the Master at the next communication to read aloud to the lodge from the Grand Lodge Constitution and By-Laws, Section 14.030 on page 56. (This section refers to the Masonic offense of discussing or relating how one voted on a petition.) Phoenix Lodge No. 136 Intermittently since 1961 Phoenix Lodge No. 136 undertook to either elect or appoint trustees who thereupon took various actions with respect to the lodge's property. In January 1977, it was pointed out that the lodge's by-laws contained no provision for the election or appointment of trustees nor did the lodge's records indicate that an amendment to the lodge's by-laws to that effect had ever been adopted. Therefore, I ruled that the legal trustees of the lodge were the Masters and Wardens as provided by Section 9.011 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws. Subsequently, the following ruling in this regard was also made: "Previous actions by acting trustees acting as representatives of the lodge in regard to leases and other agreements, while not Masonically legal, must be allowed to stand for the present time. However, the legal trustees for the lodge should, in the future. see that all such actions conform to lodge and Grand Lodge ByLaw provisions." McDonald Lodge No. 324 Bro. Jessie C. Davis had been suspended for nonpayment of dues on June 2, 1974. On September 24, Brother Davis submitted a second check, informing the Secretary that he had sent a check on April 21. He has paid his dues regularly each year since. A letter was delivered to the Secretary on January 3, 1977 containing Brother Davis' original check and postmarked April 12, 1974. I, therefore, declared Brother Davis' membership to be corrected to show continuous membership in good standing. The three-year delay of mail was certainly not the fault of Brother Davis as he had made timely payment of dues. Second Section of Third Degree On receipt of a request from R.W. Bro. Norman Coleman, D.D.G.M., 57th District, Division A, and upon similar request from Stanton T. Brown, Grand Lecturer, I did rule the following in regards to a resolution adopted at the 1976 Communication of the Grand Lodge. The proper time for this resolution to be read prior to the Second Section of the Third Degree should be just before the Junior Warden calls the Craft from labor to refreshment. The reading of this resolution should be included as part of every Third Degree and should be read by the Worshipful Master of the lodge conducting the degree, or, in his absence, by the person acting as Master. As this resolution starts with the statement, "as Master of this lodge" it would be improper for the Master to designate someone else to perform his responsibility unless they were presiding over the lodge and acting as Master in his路 absence.


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I am sure I need not emphasize that in all degree work, regardless of who is performing the work, the Master and his officers should always be present in the lodge. Jackson Lodge No. 82 On request from Jackson Lodge No. 82 regarding use of income derived from farming land owned by the lodge, I made the following ruling: 1. The lodge may sponsor a trip for grade school children to the Shrine Circus at Kansas City, the expenses to be paid from the farmland income. 2. The lodge may use sums from the farmland income to provide a scholarship to the local school. 3. The lodge may spend from the farmland income the amount of the average of $2.00 per member toward the fund for the erection of the Grand Lodge Office Building at Jefferson City. These decisions were made in full knowledge of previous decisions rendered in Fast years and this is not in conflict with Resolution 1951-122 on page 106 of the Constitution and By-Laws. It is my strong feeling that our benevolence must extend to our local communities if we are to survive and I shall always give my full approval for such action as long as it is conducted in a positive manner and brings no disrespect to the lodge or Fraternity. Rolla Lodge No. 21) I ruled that Rolla Lodge may, at their discretion, provide a list of members of their lodge who had been suspended for nonpayment of dues to a brother, for the purpose that he might contact these brethren in regards to their bringing their dues up to date. Such names are frequently listed in Trestleboards, newsletters and bulletins, and since the brother was not making this contact for any vested interest, but rather a Masonic purpose, I would not feel that it conflicted with the Grand Lodge laws related to distribution of membership lists. Philadelphia Lodge No. 502 A brother who received his Second Degree in 1902 petitioned for advancement. I ruled that this brother was not disqualified as being in his dotage as long as he could intelligently understand the work and learn the lectures, Section 13.110, and I further ruled that his petition must comply with Section 13.130.

HEALINGS Healing No.1 On receipt of a letter from William Riley, Secretary of Gate of the Temple 'Lodge No. 422, stating that four brethren were passed to the degree of Fellow Craft and five brethren raised to the degree of Master Mason in less than the minimum time specified by Section 15.010, I did heal the following Fellow Crafts: Mike L. COmstock, Jerry C. Huffman, Dwite C. Russell, and Jimmy D. Schuler and did heal the follOWing Master Masons: Harley Clutter, Donald C. Epperson, George L. Mattox, David Reeves, and Don Strouse, since this was an oversight on the part of the officers of the lodge and not of the brethren being passed and raised. Healing No.2 A brother of Wellington Lodge No. 22 received his First Degree but did not receive the Lecture as none was present that evening who could give said lecture. This, of course, was in violation of Section 15.020, Grand Lodge By-Laws. Since this was in no way the fault of the candidate, I did order him healed and the Lecture given so that he might receive further light in Masonry.

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Section 25.110 of Grand Lodge Constitution and By-Laws by using a Masonic emblem on their stationery. Telephone call later confirmed con路 formance with this request. TRIALS AND MASONIC DISCIPLINE It has been necessary this year to appoint only one trial commISSIOn involving charges that two brethern in a lodge of the 33rd District were guilty of electioneering. A trial commission was appointed and rendered a verdict of guilty with a sentence of reprimand. There were several other instances of violation of our Masonic code; however, in each instance, the offender submitted a letter requesting expulsion and negated the necessity of trial, saving the lodge and all concerned extensive time and money. DISPENSATIONS Included in Grand Secretary's Report. DEDICATIONS AND CORNERSTONES Included in Grand Secretary's Report. CONSENTS AND PERMISSIONS Included in Grand Secretary's Report. VISITATIONS On assuming the office of Grand Master, I was quite aware of the expectations made upon one holding such high position. To fulfill all requests is, of course, humanly impossible. However, I made it a policy to attend where I was invited with preference to smaller lodges and to outlying areas of the state. I regret those instances where I found it necessary to turn down requests because of conflicting dates or where distance to be traveled was not compatible with the demands of my employment. October 2 Berkeley Kiwanis Club. 3 25th Anniversary Dinner, Berkeley Chapter, Eastern Star. 4 Recognized by City Council and given Proclamation in my honor, Berkeley City Hall, Berkeley. 7 Official Visit, Berkeley Lodge No. 667. 9 Private dinner in recognition of Grand Master. 10 Banquet, Grand Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. 12 Address, Grand Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. 14 Speaker, Feast of Tishri, Scottish Rite Valley of St. Louis. 15 Grand Lodge Officers Meeting, Ramada Inn, St. Louis. 16 Home Board Meeting, St. Louis. Fielding A. Poe DeMolay Class, Scottish Rite, St. Louis. Fielding A. Poe Dinner, Scottish Rite, St. Louis. Grand Lodge Officers Meeting. 17 Deputies Meeting, Eastern Missouri, St. Charles. 20 Lodge of Instruction, 57th District, Ferguson. 23 Speakers at Dinner, St. Joseph Lodge No. 78, St. Joseph.


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24 D.D. Conference, Kansas City. 26 Past Masters' Night, California Lodge No. 183, California. 28 Masonic Home Night, Wellston Lodge No. 613. 29 Goats Club, St. Louis Secretaries. 30 Grand Master's Breakfast, Louisiana. Special Masonic Home Board Meeting.

November 5 Carondelet DeMolay Dinner. Installation, Erwin Lodge No. 121, St. Louis. 6 Installation Speaker, Kirkwood Lodge No. 484-. 8 Presented 50-Year Jewel to Past Master Jacob Bierman, Cosmos Lodge No. 282. 9 Speaker at night honoring R.W. Bro. Vern Schneider, Tuscan Lodge No. 360. 10 M.M. Night, Berkeley Bethel No. 46, Job's Daughters. 12 Jennings Chapter, 0.E.5. Reception for Grand Adah, Jacqueline Setchfield. 13 Committee Meeting, Masonic Education, Grand Lodge Office. Shrine Ceremonial, Moolah Temple. 17 Committee Meeting-Entertainment of Distinguished Guests. 18 135th Anniversary, Jefferson Lodge No. 43, Jefferson City. 19 Purchased Christmas cards for Grand Lodge, Wellston. 20 John Black Vrooman Night, Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 40, Clayton. Masonic Home Board Meeting. 22 Made Honorary Member, St. Johns High Twelve. Installed Officers, Theodore Roosevelt Lodge No. 661. 30 Grand Master's Breakfast Committee, South St. Louis. December 1 Grand Lodge Planning Committee for Grand Lodge Officers Meeting, Grand Lodge Office. 2 Christmas Party, South Side High Twelve, Brentwood. 4 Installation of Officers, Berkeley Lodge No. 667, Berkeley. 5 Grand Masters of Mid-America Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 6 Installation, York Council, Royal and Select Masters. 9 Official Visit and presentation of four 50-Year Jewels, Trinity Lodge No. 6'41. 10 Allied Masonic Degree, Ray Denslow Chapter. 16 Official Visit, Berkeley Lodge No. 667, Berkeley. 18 Home Board Meeting. Installation, Bethel No. 46, Job's Daughters. 19 Christmas Dinner for employees of Grand Lodge Office. Masonic F'uneral, Rolland Foskett. 29 Inspect Home repair projects, Masonic Home. Committee meeting to plan Grand Lodge Officers' 1\feeting.

January 6 Committee meeting to plan Grand Lodge Officers' Meeting. S Installation, Joplin Lodge No. 335, Joplin, and Fellowship Lodge No. 315, Joplin. Presentation of 50-Year Jewel to Bro. Ernest M. Hutchinson. II Installation Speaker, Wellston Chapter, Royal Arch Masons. 12 40th District Lodge of Instruction. 14 Installation of Officers, Dexter No. 532, Dexter. 15 Home Board Meeting. 21 Grand Conclave, True Kindred. 22 Presentation of 50-Year Jewel to my father-in-law, \Vor. Bro. Nelson P. Carl-


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wright, Paragould Lodge, Paragould, Arkansas, by invitation from Grand Master of Arkansas. 25 Special Meeting, Masonic Home Board, St. Charles. 26 Speaker-Official Visit, Boone County Association, 26th District, Columbia. 27 Presentation of four 50-Year Jewels, Meridian Lodge No.2. 29 Speaker, Wardens and Masters Club of St. Louis. February 1 Administration Meeting, Lodge of Instruction, 57th District. 4-6 Grand Lodge Officers' Meeting, Columbia. 13 Allied Masonic Degree, Ramada Inn, St. Louis. 14 Official Visit, Cooper Lodge No. 36, Boonville. 17 Official Visit, Ivanhoe Commandery. 19 Home Board Meeting. 20-23 Grand Masters' Conference of North America, Washington, D.C. 24 Official Visit, Ladies Night, Naphtali Lodge No. 25. 25 Area Meeting, Rolla. 26 Speaker, St. Louis Square Club Banquet. March 2 Speaker, Mineral Area Scottish Rite Club, Flat River. 3 Official Visit, Shaveh Lodge No. 646. 4 Area Meeting, Palmyra. 5 Area Meeting, Kirksville. 11 Area Meeting, Boonville. 14 Lodge of Instruction, 33rd District. 17 Beacon Lodge No.3-Berkeley Lodge No. 667. 18 Official Visit, Ferguson Lodge No. 542. 19 Home Board Meeting. Area Meeting, Springfield. 21 St. Louis Police Craft. 3rd Degree, Tom Nations, Purity Lodge No. 658. 25 Speakers, Union Electric Compass Craft. 26 Area Meeting, Sikeston. 29 Area Meeting, St. Louis (Scottish Rite) . 30 Area Meeting, Flat River. 31 Area Meeting, Mexico.

April 1 Area Meeting, West Plains. 2 Speaker, Wagner Electric Square Club. 5 Presentation of 50-Year Jewel, Fayette Lodge No. 47. 6 Maplewood Lodge of Instruction, 57th District-Grand Lecturer pi ('sent. Speaker, Scottish Rite Men's Club. 9 Area Meeting, Carrollton. 11 Area Meeting, Carthage. 12 Area Meeting, Clinton. 13 Area Meeting, Chillicothe. 14 Area Meeting, Maryville. 15 Area Meeting, St. Joseph. 16 4:30 Breakfast and Official Visit, Buckner Lodge, Buckner. Fielding A. Poe DeMolay Class, Independence Lodge Hall. Area Meeting, Independence. 18 Presentation of two 50-Year Jewels, Harmony Lodge No. 499.


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19 Official Visit, Maplewood Assembly, Rainbow. 20 Official Visit, 57th District Lodge of Instruction. 21 Official Visit and Dinner, Samaritan Lodge No. 424, Bonne Terre. 23 Home Board Meeting. Grand Lodge Officers' Meeting, Masonic Home. Grand Master's Breakfast Committee Dinner. Speaker, Grand Master's Breakfast Committee Dinner. 24 Grand Master's Breakfast, St. Louis. 28 Official Visit, Overland Lodge No. 623. 29 Grand Council, Royal and Select Masters, Official Representative. Grand Council and Grand Chapter Banquet. 30 Official Representative, Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons. Cornerstone Laying, Municipal Building, California. Speaker, Masters and Wardens Club, Kansas City.

May 4 District Association Meeting, Official Visit, Desloge. 5-7 Midwest Conference, Masonic Education, Springfield, Illinois. 10 Moolah Drum and Bugle Corps. I I Official Visit, Audrain Masonic Association, 27th District, New Bloomfield. 13 Monsanto Chemical Craft, Belleville, Illinois. 14 125th Anniversary Lodge Dinner, Rising Sun Lodge No. 13, Kansas City. 20 Grand Commandery, Columbia. 21 Past Masters' Night, Grandview Lodge No. 618, Grandview. 27 Speaker, Third Baptist Church, St. Louis. 28 125th Anniversary Speaker, Meridian Lodge No.2. June 4 Grand Master's Class, Scottish Rite, Valley of Kansas City. 6 Presentation of 50-Year Jewel to Elmer Wagner, Past Grand Secretary, Harmony Lodge No. 499. 7 Official Visit, Jennings Lodge No. 640. 9 Official Visit, Joachim Lodge No. 161, Hillsboro. 14 Official Visit, Hope Lodge No. 251, Washington. 16 Official Visit, Stoc.kton Lodge No. 283, Stockton. 17 Moolah Shrine Circus Parade. 18 Home Board Meeting. Meeting, Committee on Masonic Education. Official Visit, Eminence Lodge No. 607, Eminence. 20 Committee Meeting, Grand Lodge Committee on Entertainment of Distinguished Guests. 23 Berkeley Chapter, O.E.S. 24 St. Johns High Twelve, Speaker. 25 Official Visit, Tyro Lodge No. 12, Caledonia. 26 Square Club Picnic, St. Louis. 27 Presentation of 25-Year Pins; observance of W.B. Robert Bovie's 50th Anniversary as Past Master, Kirkwood Lodge No. 484. July 7 Meeting of Committee for Site of Grand Lodge Office Building, Jefferson City and Columbia. 8 Official Visit, Brotherhood Lodge No. 269, St. Joseph. 12 Official Visit, Composite Lodge No. 369, Doniphan. 15 Official Visit, Salem Lodge No. 225, Salem. 21 Committee for Preservation of New Masonic Temple, Clayton


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Grand Lodge Officers' Meeting, Branson. Masonic Home Board Meeting, Branson. Grand Lodge Officers' Meeting, Branson. Mortgage Burning Ceremony at Branson Lodge No. 587. 24 Laying of Cornerstone for Community Center, Mountain Grove Lodge No. 158. 25 Official Visit, Versailles No. 320. 28 South Side High Twelve. 30 Meeting at Jefferson City with Committee on Ways and Means. 31 St. Louis Square Club Picnic, Sylvan Springs Park, Jefferson Barracks.

August 4 Masonic Funeral, Overland Lodge No. 623. 7 Dedication of lodge furnishings, Berkeley Lodge No. 667. 11 Meeting of Committee on Public Education, Scottish Rite, St. Louis. 12 Meeting with Chairman of Jurisprudence Committee. ]9 Speaker, Texas County Scottish Rite Club, Licking. 20 Masonic Home Board Meeting. 24 Speaker, 49th District Association, Zalma. 25 Meeting with Entertainment of Distinguished Guests Committee. 27 Dedication of school, Chaffee, Chaffee Lodge No. 615. 28 Cornerstone Ceremony, California Lodge No. 183. 30 Bloomfield Lodge No. 153. September 1 Bridgeton Lodge No. 80. 2 Good Hope Lodge No. 218. 4 Pleasant Grove Lodge No. 142, Otterville, presentation. 5 Ferguson, DeMolay. 8 Beacon Lodge No.3. Central State Shrine Reception. 9 Official Visit, Union Lodge No. 593, Union. 10 Central State Parade. 12 Euclid Lodge No. 505. 14 Installation National Sojourners, St. Louis. ]5 Herculaneum Lodge No. 338. 17 Reception of White Shrine of Jerusalem, Kansas City. 18 Cornerstone Ceremony, Jefferson Lodge No. 43. Install Officers, Twilight Lodge No. 114 and Acacia Lodge No. 602, Columbia. 23 Preservation of New Masonic Temple Committee. 24 Masonic Home Board Meeting. Grand Lodge Officers' Meeting. 25 Entertainment of Distinguished Guests to Grand Lodge Communication. 26-27 Grand Lodge-156th Annual Communication. 28 Finis.

NECROLOGY The grim reaper continues to take its toll and our brotherhood is no exception to his ever-increasing list of statistics. As John Donne so effectively wrote, "No man is an island unto himself, each of us is a part of the whole, if a part of the continent falls into the sea, the whole continent is that much less. If a man dies, a part of each of us dies also, therefore, send not to know for whom the bell tolls ... it tolls for thee." So it is, my brethren, that the passing of friends and brothers leaves each of us that much less. Your


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Committee on Necrology will make a full report later during this communication. However, I would make particular mention of the following: R.W. Bro. Melvin S. Cordon, D.D.C.M., 32nd District R.W. Bro. Porter J. DeLine, D.D.C.L., 145th District R.W. Bro. James W. Clark, D.D.C.M., 46th District

The loss of these three brothers came suddenly and unexpectedly. Such loss of dis.tinguished and dedicated brethren, whenever it comes, cannot help but make us conscious that those struck down in the prime of life, to suffer untimely completion of their earthly journey, leaves us particularly saddened and we share the sorrow of their passing with the bereaved members of their families. Our consolation is that while their journey was short, they distinguished themselves beyond comparison by giving of themselves to the tenets of the one living and true God. \

RECOMMENDATIONS The following l"ecommendations are my thoughts that, if put into effect, would result in positive benefits to the Fraternity. Suspended Nonpayment of Dues Our loss in membership each year is reflected in the number of our brethren who are suspended for nonpayment of dues. This may not be eliminated, but it can be reduced. My proposal is every lodge should form the policy of not suspending any member for nonpayment of dues until that member has been personally contacted by a member of the lodge to determine: (1) If the brother has financial problems and his dues should or need to be remitted. (2) If he really does not plan to pay dues or has he merely overlooked their payment. Brethren who live some distance from the lodge would or should be worth a person-to-person telephone call, paid for by the lodge. My brethren, our need is to increase, not decrease. In this modern-day world we will not increase unless we work to keep those members that we already have. Dual Memberships Serious consideration needs to be given to our sanctioning dual membership. Times are far different than they were 100 years ago. Masonry is a traditional organization. No one wants to drop his membership from the lodge where he served as Master or the lodge to which his father and/ or his grandfather belonged. Many brethren who have these traditions behind them have retired to other states or to other areas of the state. Many have, by virtue of their employment, been forced to move great distances from their home lodge. This is a transient society. These people want to maintain membership in the home lodge where ties are still strong, yet at the same time they wish to participate in Masonic activities or hold Masonic office where they now reside. They could, by virtue of their experience, offer much to the needs of Masonry in the area where they now reside if they were members of that local lodge. There are many brethren who belong to lodges in other jurisdictions that could offer the same contributions to Missouri Lodges if we would let them become members of our lodges and still maintain their traditional ties.


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In this transient world of today, the Masonic Order could profit in many ways by dual membership.

Public Relations Our public relations is, at present, a catch-as-catch-can proposltIon. As much as possible, the Grand Master's itinerary should be published in The Freemason magazine. The Grand Lodge Office should send to area news media, a week in advance of the Grand Master's visit, pictures and news articles pertaining to his appearance in that particular area. Constituent lodges should contact and invite news media coverage of a Grand Master's appearance or any other special activity in which the lodge is engaged. As an organization, we have waited too long for others to recognize our activities and contributions. Masonic virtues and values can have a great impact upon this state. If we believe in them as much as we profess that we do, let's promote them. In light of recent developments in our society, it is quite evident that no one else will. If necessary, it would be profitable to add one person to the Grand Secretary's staff to handle public relations and/ or to serve, perhaps, as Administrative Assistant to the Grand Master and assist in consolidating the enormous correspondence, dates, requests, appointments, and appearances required of one holding our highest office. Public Schools The necessity of a system of free public education is so important that this body has a standing resolution in its support. Our system of public education is a unique institution unrivaled in any other nation, society or culture. For generations, it has been the battleground in the constant struggle to maintain separation of church and state and its preservation is paramount to the continuance of a free society. The time has come when we must support our words with actions. Those forces that seek to control our institutions spare no money or effort in their constant attacks. It is imperative, therefore, that our standing Committee on Public Schools become even more vigorous in its efforts to preserve this vital institution. I would recommend that pamphlets and letters from this committee be placed in the hands of every Mason, not only informing them of what is happening, but outlining what they, as individuals, can do to actively support this committee and its work. It should behoove every Mason to take a pledge to know our position, to know the value of public education, to know the value of religious freedom, and to know what his legislator is doing or not doing to serve him. In no way do I intend that this organization should become political, but supporting and preserving one's fundamental beliefs is not politics; it is survival and we had better get active in the preservation of those beliefs or they are not going to be around much longer. Proceedings A method of speeding the completion and distribution of the GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS should be pursued. These PROCEEDINGS should be distributed no later} than February 15 of the year they take place. Under our present system, these PROCEEDINGS, as printed, are lengthy, bulky and filled with superfluous information all of which contribute to a laborious task of


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production by the Grand Secretary. Such time could well be spent on more effective effons of Grand Lodge business. It would be my recommendation that future editions of the PROCEEDINGS be edited to contain only that infonnation that would be pertinent and useful and that priority be given to their early distribution.

Community Participation I have been made aware that the members of our association over the state of Missouri are confused as to what their lodge can do in regards to being a contributing organization to their community. I would recommend, therefore, that at an early date, this body consider legislation to change our present By-Laws to enable lodges to participate more easily in their local activities and contribute to worthy charitable programs in their local community. YOUTH It was Abraham Lincoln who said, "A child is a person who is going to carry on what you have started. He is going to sit where you are sitting and when you are gone, attend to those things which you think are important. You may adopt all the policies you please, but how they are carried out depends on him. He will assume control of your cities, states, and nations. He is going to move in and take over your churches, schools, universities, and corporations. The fate of humanity is in his hands." On the basis of that statement, which is so undeniably true and has been proven in every generation, I cannot too strongly plead the case for our youth organizations. In a world filled with irresponsible, promiscuous and wayward youth, those groups affiliated with our Masonic Order are like a breath of fresh air in an August heat wave. Their values are Masonic values, their truths Masonic truths . . . they are the freshness of today, the hope of tomorrow. With our active guidance and influence, DeMolay boys and the girls of Job's Daughters and Rainbow could well be the core of tomorrow's leadership. Their record of the past is outstanding and warrants our active support to insure a nucleus of quality leadership, not only for the future of our brotherhood, but of our nation as well.

SPECIAL EVENTS AND APPRECIATIONS Every Grand Master finds himself the honored guest or major participant of numerous events during his tenn as Grand Master. Space and time will not permit mention of all; however, there are a few that I must acknowledge.

Berkeley Lodge, St. Louis Square Club, Scottish Rite Valley of St. Louis On October 18, these august groups took a very difficult subject and turned it into a most enjoyable evening when they conducted a dinner on my behalf here at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. These three groups have always been special and, needless to say, will always remain so in this person's heart. Berkeley Lodge, particularly, will always hold a particular place, not just because that is where it all started, but more particularly for the wonderful brethren and officers who composed the greatest little lodge anywhere.


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Grand Master's Breakfast, Louisiana One of the unique events in each year's Masonic calendar is the Grand Master's Breakfast at Perseverance Lodge No. 92 at Louisiana. The lodge is opened at 4:00 a.m. after which the Grand Master is received officially. Lodge closes at 5:00 a.m. that all may adjourn to the dining area for biscuits, ham, eggs, and fellowship. There is no charge for the breakfast but all donations are deposited in a tub, the contents of which are given to the Grand Master as a donation to the Masonic Home. This year's contribution amounted to $1,175. This truly is a remarkable event, produced with great expense to Perseverance Lodge, with remarkable results. Many Masons, over the state, look forward each year to this event and enjoy it as one of the highlights of the Masonic year. Grand Master's Breakfast, St. Louis On April 24, nearly 1,500 Masons gathered in the dining area of Scottish Rite Cathedral in St. Louis for the 25th annual Grand Master's Breakfast. The enormity of this event becomes quite significant when one realizes that it is attended by several hundred more Masons than attend our Grand Lodge sessions. The committee for this affair is again to be commended for the fine organization and efficiency of operation with which it is conducted. This year's speaker, Bro. Chet Lauck, or Lum of Lum and Abner, was not only entertaining, but soul-searching as well; and his words, as well as the events, will be remembered for years to come by all who were fortunate to be present. These two events point out to me that Masonry is not dead and that our members will turn out when a little effort is made to get them to do so. I would also mention several other events of particular notice. Moolah Temple for their reception and presentation of the special Grand Master's fez. This is truly the greatest charitable organization of our Fraternity. I have found them most observant of their Masonic obligation and most courteous to your Grand Master. Special appreciation also to Ivanhoe Commandary for the beautiful handprinted plaque and evening in my honor. To the York Rite Grand Bodies, Grand Chapter of the Eastern Star, and True Kindred for the honored reception I received at each of their sessions. To the St. Louis Square Club for its plaque and support through the year. To the Wardens and Masters Club of Kansas City and St. Louis for their reception on my behalf. To the DeMolays, particularly in the St. Louis and Independence areas, for naming classes in my honor. To the Scottish Rite of Kansas City for the class they named in my honor. To the St. Louis Police Craft, St. J olms High Twelve, Moolah Drum and Bugle Corps, Joplin Masonic Bodies, Kansas City "Vardens and Masters Club, all of which made me an honorary member of their organizations. As you see, many groups compose our Masonic family and I can personally attest to the high esteem with which your Grand Master, whoever he is, is held by each. Nowhere did I receive any but the greatest of receptions.


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Truly we can be proud of our appendant bodies and it would behoove us to lend each our full support. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT To the Scottish Rite, Valley of St. Louis, for their cooperation throughout the year, and particularly to Bros. Ronald Compton, Executive Secretary, Ray Brueckner, manager of the dining room, and to ''''alter Ploeser, S.G.I.G., do I express not only my appreciation, but that of the Grand Lodge, for their cooperation in making these facilities available for this communication. Brethren, what their generous hospitality saves this body in expenses when we meet here is no small amount and I am sure you join with me in expressing our appreciation. One does not serve this Grand Lodge without experiencing a feeling of appreciation for a tremendous number of people. I hope each of you who have presented me with mementos, received me in lodges, ceremonies, meetings and social events know that your hospitality was greatly appreciated and will be ever remembered. I must give thanks to Harry Ploetze,his wife, Connie, and his committee for their generous time and help in arranging for the events of this communication. To the now "nonexistent" school district of Berkeley and the survlvmg Ferguson-Florissant School District Administrators, parents, teachers, secretary, and children who have been most cooperative, helpful and understanding of the absences, early departures and, at times, preoccupation of a limited mind, I give a special note of appreciation. I always felt that we in the Berkeley School District were grossly underrated; now that we are a part of the larger Ferguson-Florissant School District there is no doubt that this is the best educational system to be found anywhere. At the close of our Grand Lodge Communication last year, I was presented with the keys to a new 1977 Chevrolet Caprice for my use during the coming year. I was not given any names as to who was so generous on my behalf other than it was provided by brethren in the 33rd and 57th districts. Brethren of the 33rd and 57th districts, there are no others like you anywhere ... your thoughtful gift has been most appreciated throughout the year. I feel I can safely say that the use of this gift has been exceeded only by the appreciation of the one privileged to drive it. In 1968 I was appointed to the advancing line of this august body by M.W. Bro. Elvis A. Mooney. Truly a very remarkable person in his own right. Our families have known one another for generations. M.W. Brother Mooney has served his community in various capacities over the years as school teacher, administrator, in the Armed Forces and State Legislature, but most importantly as friend and neighbor. The "Sage of the Southeast" is ever ready to serve wherever there is a need. Neither I nor my family can ever repay the Mooney family the debt of appreciation that we feel for the support, heIp, advice, and counsel that. we have received over the years. Our gratitude for this person and his family knows no bounds and I look


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forward to the ties becoming even stronger in the progress of time. Finally, to the greatest wife and children that one could have, may I extend my most special appreciation. For years, their activities have centered around and were secondary to Grand Lodge functions. Understanding, patience, and consideration are undoubtedly among their greatest virtues; I shall be ever grateful for the myriad of sacrifices made by them on my behalf. This afternoon you will elect a new Grand Master to serve you this coming year. I extend to him now my congratulations and my pledge of complete support. R.'-V. Bro. Dr. James Noland brings an approach to this office that will be remembered for many years to come, and I know that under his leadership the progress of this Fraternity will continue to new heights. Brethren, a final thought. There is an alarming concept sweeping across mankind today, and that is the rejection we are experiencing of tradition and authority along with a reluctance to defend our morals and virtues. Logic and consequence are cast aside for the expediency of convenience. In reference to our flag or our government, we no longer hear the term "we or our"; it has become "they." "They" are going to do this or that. It has crept into our brotherhood. Over the state, I continually hear such remarks as this, "I hear the Grand Lodge is going to do this or that. I hear they are going to build a home in Western Missouri. I hear they are going to build a new office in Jefferson City. I hear they are going to try to preserve the new Masonic Temple." There can be no "they" if we are to survive as a nation or as a fraternity. "They" did not build the greatness of our nation or fraternity; "we" built it. It must be "we." It must always be "we" if we are going to advance the principles and tenets of this brotherhood. Let us debate; let us express our viewpoints; let us vote; but when we adjourn our meetings, let us leave united, 100,000 strong. "They" cannot do very much, but "we" can accomplish whatever we set out to do. Let's start now by using the unity of Freemasonry as a starting point to lead the ,vay back to American ideals and virtues. There is no question in my mind that we have the greatest brotherhood known to man if we will but support it. If there is any weakness in this mystic order of friends and brothers, it can only be the weakness of human frailties. The concept of this brotherhood can be faulted in no way. It is the divine lesson of brotherly love, relief, and truth. It is an undying ideal, this spirit of companionship ... this paragon of virtue, this personification of faith. It is truly the brotherhood of man under the Fatherhood of God. It has e\ier stood as the cornerstone of Liberty, the embodiment of Fortitude and Justice. . . . This fraternal organization cast in a world of secularism, this ancient rite of symbolic faith, this lesson of integrity sur路 rounded by a sea of deception and irresponsibility. . . . This haven of brotherly love.... This ... This Masonic Order. May I enjoin you, therefore, that we live our lives, exemplifying and teaching the tenets of our brotherhood, so that in the timeless realm of eternity men will reflect that it rose to such prominence that no force


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could diminish it, no power could intimidate it, no ideology could prevail against it.... That it alone stands supreme in the rolls of fraternalism. May we each, therefore, wherever we go, whatever we do, stand proud and supportive of this Masonic Order, proud to be a Mason.... Together, brethren, together we can do it. Fraternally submitted, FIELDING A. POE, Grand Masler. The Grand Lodge responded to the Address of Grand ~/faster Fielding A. Poe with a standing ovation. DEPUTY GRAND MASTER NOLAND: The report of the Most vVorshipful Grand Master was excellent, as noted by the applause. It is received and referred to the Committee on Grand Master's Address. The Grand Master announced that a group photograph would be taken on the front steps of the Scottish Rite Cathedral immediately after the Grand Lodge is called from labor. CALL FROM LABOR

The Grand Lodge was called [rom labor. R.W. Grand Chaplain Frank B. Kellogg offered prayer.


Monday Afternoon 1:30 p.m.

ORGAN SELECTIONS

Emil Corte, Orqanlst CALL TO LABOR

The Grand Lodge was called to labor. R.W. Grand Chaplain Cecil H. Hurt offered prayer. J GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, one of the most important parts of your Grand Lodge, one of the most important programs of your Grand Lodge, is our Masonic Home, an institution in which all of us take great pride, not only for the support that we render to it but for the great things that have taken place over the years at that home-the years when we have taken care of our own. I know that you have looked forward with great anticipation to the report of that Board, and now it is my esteemed pleasure to present to you the President of that august group, R.\V. Bro. James A. Noland, Jr., for the report of the Masonic Home. R.W. DEPUTY GRAND MASTER JAMES A. NOLAND, JR., President of the Masonic Home Board: M.W. Sir, this morning when the introductions were made there were two Board members that were in another committee. I would like to ask your permission to make the introduction of those two, and ask them to stand in place: R.W. Bro. Roy W. McGhee, Sr. and R.\tV. Bro. \t\rarren R. Maichel. Also the Administrator of our Home, Bro. H. David Thomas. (Applause.) DOCTOR NOLAND presented the report of the Masonic Home Board: The first part of the report has to do with statistical information. There is something I would like to call to your attention, and that has to do with the guest census. You notice in your report the census that was shown for July 1, 1976. vVe had a meeting this past weekend; the census as of September 21, 1977 was 317; there were 328 on July 1, 1976. In view of the time, M.W. Sir, we will dispense with the first part of the report, which has to do with statistical information. R.W. Brother Noland read the portion of the report entitled "Comments and Suggestions."

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MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIIU:CTORS-MASONIC HO~-OF 'MISSOUIUMEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY BOARD-ORDER OF

Fielding A. Poe, Grand Master Robert H. Arnold John E. Adams Virgil Abbett Ray Hilton J. C. Montgomery Wan-en R. Maichel J. Edward Blinn Charles Schuerich Leo W. RineyDr. James A. Noland, Jr., President

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H. David Thomas. Administrator

Howard E. Ward,iSecretary David R. Hensley: Legal Counsel Richard D. Jacobs~ Financial-Advisor' Mrs. Vera Sappington, President, O.E,s. Advisory Board Mrs. Velma Mischon, Secretary, O.E.S. Advisory Board_ Mrs. Geraldine Molander, Treasurer, O.E.S. Advisory. Board

- Leo Riney served until December 1976 when he was called to Eternal Rest. President Noland appointed John Weuel to serve the un~pired term. Others not shown are: Gus <,>. Nations, Jr. and -Roy W. Mc;Ghee. --


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omCERS Dr. James A. Noland, Jr., President Robert H. Arnold, Treasurer John E. Adams, Vice· President Howard E. Ward, Secretary Fielding A. Poe, Honorary Chairman

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Fielding A. Poe, Grand Master, St. Louis Dr. James A. Noland, Jr., Deputy Grand Master, Osage Beach Rev. J. C. Montgomery, Senior Grand Warden, Mexico Gus O. Nations, Jr., Junior Grand Wax:den, St. Louis Dr. J . .Edward Blinn, Senior Grand Deacon, MarShfield Virgil Abbett, St. Joseph

John E. Adams, St. Louis Robert H. Arnold, Kansas City Ray ~ilton, Springfield Roy W. McGhee, Piedmont Warren R. Maichel, St. Louis Charles E. Schuerich, Columbia John Wetiel, Louisiana (Served unexpired term of Leo Riney)

ADVISORY BOARD-ORDER OF EASTERN STAR . Mrs. Vera Sappington, President, St. Louis Mrs. Velma Mischon, Secretary, Lexington

Mrs. Geraldine Molander, TreasUrer, North Kansas City Mrs. Juanita Mauss, Emeritus, Elgin, Texas

ADMINISTR-ATIVE STAFF H. -David Thomas. Administrator Mrs. Lou ~,,~etary Mrs. BettyeNewiofi, A«ountant Mrs. Flofll. Mesloh•.~ookkeeper Mrs. Evelyn Presser, Personnel Recorl1S Clerk Miss Marion Gall, Payroll Clerk Mrs. Henrietta Bade/Receptionist Ben Ragan, Director of. Maintenance and Engineering Service Emil' E. ·Corte, Director of Purchasing

Mrs. Dorinqa Abeln, .Director of:Housekeeping Service . Birney-Ponder, Director of Dietary Service Miss RcW-na Wurthmann, Director of Social Service Miss Ch~yl Sebaugh, Director of Activities Mrs. Joan Lagage, Matron David R. Hensley, Legal Counsel' Richard D. Jacobs, Financial Advisor

MEDICAL· STAFF Harold E. Walters,. M.D., Medical Director . Charles Kilo, M.D., Staff Physician Charles R. McAdam, M.D., Charge of Clinic Mrs. Bel!trice Whittemore, R.N., Director of Nursing Service . Ml'$. Dorothy Randazzo, R.N.Mrs. Esther Heyn, R.N. Mrs. ~elen Pigg, R.N. Mrs. Joan Young, R.N. A. H. Conrad, Jr., M.D., Dermatology Gerald J. Fivian, M.D., Ophthalmology

Lee A. Hall, M.D., Gynecology Oscar P. Hampton, M.D., Orthopedic Sux:gery Frank W. Jaeger, D.D.S., Dentistry Phillip S. Luedde, M.D., Ophthalmology Sidt).ey B.. Maughs, M.D., Neurology Mary Elizabeth Moms, M,b., GyneCQlogy Paul PaImb«g.1.;f,l)., ophthalmolQgy E. H. Paulsmeyer. D.D.S., Dentistry A. J. Steiner. M.D' 1 Cardiology George R. Swartz, M.D., Neuropsychiatry Henry P. Thym. M.D., Sux:gery Roy A. Walther, Jr., M.D., Gynecology


Report of the Masonic Home

To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient, F,-ee and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri: BRETHREN: The annual report of the Board of Directors of the Masonic Home of Missouri is submitted in compliance with requirements of Grand Lodge.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS The Board of Directors is composed of 13 members. eight elected by the Grand Lodge-two each year for four-year terms, and five Grand Lodge officers serve by virtue of their office. All are voting members. The Grand Master is Honorary Chairman. The Deputy Grand Master is President. The Board met at the close of the 1976 Annual Communication of Grand Lodge as required in the By-Laws of the Masonic Home for the purpose of organizing and electing officers for the ensuing year. Those officers are listed on page 3. Committees appointed to assist in the study, review, investigation, and evaluation of the business of the Home included the following: Executive Committee: James A. Noland. Jr., and all members of the Board of Directors. Admissions and Discipline Committee: J. Edward Blinn, Chairman; all members of the Board of Directors. Administration Committee: Roy W. l\JcGhec, Chairman; Robert H. Arnold; Charles E. Schucrich; John Wetzel; J. Edward Blinn. Finance Committee: Warren R. Maichel, Chairman; Virgil Abbett; John E. Adams; Ray Hilton. Legal Committee: Gus O. Nations, Chairman; Roy W. McGhee; Warren R. Maichel. Gifts, Wills and Bequests Committee: J. C. Montgomery, Chairman; Robert H. Arnold; John "E. Adams; Charles Schuerich; J. Edward Blinn. Relief and Charity Committee: (This is a Grand Lodge Committee appointed by the Grand Master but limited to members of the Masonic Home Board) Virgil Abbett, Chairman; Ray Hilton; J. C. Montgomery; James A. Noland, Jr.; Howard E. Ward, Secretary.

APPENDIX APPLICATIONS Carried over from previous year R.eceived durtng year

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Rejected because of ineligibility Died before application passed on by Board Died after application passed on by Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. Withdrawn by Lodge/Chapter before action by Board. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Withdrawn by Lodge/Chapter after action by Board. . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. Pending 6/30/77

4 0 5 1 4 4 81

MEMBER STATISTICS

Women Members in Home July 1, 1976 260 58 Arrived during year Died during year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 51 Discharged during year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 2 265 Members in Home June 30, 1977

Men 54

Boys 4

Girls 2

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MASONIC HOME HOSPITAL Total number of patients in Hospital-July 1, 1976 Total number of patients admitted during year Total number of patients discharged during year Average number of patients in Hospital per day during year Total number of deaths during year . .. Total number of patients in other hospitals during year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. Total number of surgeries in other hospitals during year ... ... Total number of patients in Hospital June 30, 1977

209 252 190 205 64 82 6 201

OUT路PATIENT DEPARTMENT Total number of patients seen by Clinic physician 1,092 Total number of patients treated in Clinic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 4,817 Total number of treatments (including shots) 16,388 72 Average number of baths given per month. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

GIFTS FROM THE ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR August 1, 1976 to June 30, 1977 Christmas and Entertainment Fund Snack Parlor Wheel Chairs Geriatric Chairs Repair of Van ; Hospital Camp Fund 75 9 4 7 44 34 1 2 3

Handmade lap robes Walker pockets Bags of clothing Handmade quilts Pairs of handmade booties Handmade purses Case of fresh eggs Blankets Large boxes assorted cookies and candies

. $3,850.24 . 733.25 . 1,329.20 . 750.00 . 195.20 . 60.00 . 5.00 100 22 35 30 12 6 199 2 10 2

Dozen cookies Christmas gifts Jars homemade jelly Bingo prizes Gallons of apple butter Boxes of apples and oranges Hospital gowns Watch fobs Wallets Pairs of cuff links and tie bar


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1 Pair of sunglasses Handkerchiefs Costume jewelry 5 Boxes of dusting powder 3 Bottles of toilet powder 10 Skeins of crochet yarn 1 Dressing comb and mirror set 1 Box of bubble bath 2 Leather notebooks 1 Bottle of men's after-shave lotion 1 Man's silk-wool-scarf 1 Right Guard for men I Old Spice men's cologne

1 2 I 1 I

1 1 1 1 3 1 4

Man's hat cleaning sponge Teabag holders Box of mascara Miniature Bible Bottle of Coty's Paris perfume , Avon pin Avon spray mist Coty's lipstick 100-piece jigsaw puzzle Bath towels Face towel Washcloths

CONTRIBUTIONS-July 1, 1976-June 30, 1977 CHRISTMAS AND ENTERTAINMENT FUND Dono7'S

160 Contributions , ' ' Response to Grand Master's Letters 126 Contributions ' .. , ..... ' .. ' 295

$

8,811.06

2,501.00 $ 11,312.06

ADDITIONS TO THE ENDOWMENT FUND 16 Contributions .. ' ' . Response to Grand Master's Letters 165 Contributions ,.,

$

147.00

ill

$

2,247.05 2.394.05

ADDmONS TO THE BUILDING FUND 11 Building Contributions

,.' 46 Children's Building Contributions . 250 Western Missouri Building Contributions ., . 123 Western Missouri Building Site Contributions 420 Response to Grand Master's Letters 149 Building Contributions . 372 Children's Building Contributions , 1,192 Western Missouri Building Contributions 1,713 2,143

185.65 494.00 11,227.11 30,000.00 $ 41,906.76 $

$ 15,742.14 4,836.17 15,023.02

35,601.33 $ 77,508.09

ADDITIONS TO THE RESERVE FUND 274 Tributes 292 Undesignated Contributions "" 566 Response to Grand Master's Letters 102 Tributes _. , . 13,660 Undesignated 13,762 14,328

'.,

.,_

, ..

,

7,823.35 14,403.43 $ 22,226.78 $

$

1,859.15 133,174.40 135,033.55 $157,260.3~


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REPORT OF THE SECRETARY July I, 1976 to June 30, 1977 GENERAL FUND

Income Grand Lodge Per Capita Tax Grand Chapter, O.E.S. Per Capita Tax. Interest Income-General Fund Securities Dividends on Endowment Fund Stocks Interest on Endowment Fund Bonds Interest on Endowment Fund Real Estate Notes Members of Home hmily Pensions General Fund Contributions.. . Miscellaneous Income Income from Special Fund Income from Gussie L. Grenner Estate Income (rom Reserve Fund Transfer from Reserve J.<'und Income Rental Property-5335-37 Delmar GENERAL FUND-INCOME

.

$ 215,154.32 37,083.50

. . 289,828.65 . 277,553.67 315.89 . ----. . . . . . . . . .

Expenses Wages and Salaries Food Service Dry Goods and Clothing Laundry Fuel Repairs and Maintenance

~~~J~~~~ty

.

. . . . . .

. : : : : : : : : : : : : : :': : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : Water and Sewer Tax . Insurance . Barber and Beauty Shop . Outside Medical Service . M.edical ~upplie.s . Directors Meetmgs . Social Security Taxes . Education . Children's Allowances . Health and Welfare,' . Telephone . Legal and Auditing . Printing, Postage and Stationery . Maxi Wagon . Newspapers . Miscellaneous . Administrative Travel Expense . Burial Expenses . Security . Group Life Insurance .

$1,301,266.23 392,758.87 2,148.23 22,001.11 98,606.47 122,783.69 52,405.93 61,199.27 6,691.32 24,906.47 2,749.23 54,816.90 90,915.72 7,232.48 77,124.24 7,348.92 620.50 54,362.56 7,636.18 14,276.91 12,017.63 871.95 3,536.06 17,515.55 595.68 34,003.56 69,170.02

7,523.71

$ 252,237.82 9,760.94

567,698.21 383,376.19 713,333.25 50,656.25 2,623.51

56,713.66 25,044.75 436,851.70 480,000.00 (4,246.46) $2,974,049.82


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10,783.39 972.98 1,200.00 . 42,719.51 . . $2,602,761.27

Pension Plan Convention Expense Retirement Annuity Promotion Expense TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES

. .

Other Expenses Taxes and Expenses on Estates . $ 118.70 26,734.33 Unemployment Taxes , . 17,112.16 Trustee's Collection Fees . 2,023.85 Payroll Charges . 57,707.04 Equipment Purchases . Real Estate Taxes, New Site .. 307.68 St, Louis County Non-Budget Items-Net 80,348.72 Rosene Service Co.Extraordinary Renovation 264,853.65 . Excess of Expenditures over Income Balance in General Fund, July 1, 1976 .; . . Balance, June 30, 1977

449,206.13

3,051,967.40 77,917.58 278,409.82 $ 200,492.24

$

BUlLDING FUND Income Children's Building Fund Kansas City Building Fund Bequests and Donations Interest on Bonds

;

$

.

5,330.17 26,204.93 95,999.79 7,914.80 $ 135,449.69

. . . Expenses

Building Expense Collection Fees on Agency Account Excess of Income over Expense Balance July I, 1976 Balance June 30, 1977

. $ .

29,136.69 215.40

. . .

29,352.09

$ 106,097.60 158,150.89

$ 264,248.49

SPECIAL FUND Income Interest on Securities

.

$

57,034.01

Expenses Collection Fees on Agency Account Income Transferred to General Fund Excess of Expenses over Income Balance, JUly I, 1976 Balance, June 30, 1977

. $ . .

322.80 56,713.66

57,036.46 2.45 922,112.34 $ 922,109.89 $

. .

RESERVE FUND Income Dividends on Stocks

$ 130,906.1 9


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321,729.50 30,330.00 1,270,786.37 22,556.26 $1,776,308.32

Interest on Bonds . Grand Lodge Initiation Fees Bequests and Donations Profit on Sales of Securities .... Expenses Agency Collection Fees . Excess of Income over Expenses Excess of Income over Expenses .... Balance July I, 1976 . Balance, June 30, 1977

$

15,783.99 916,851.70

.

932,635.69 843,672.63 6,689,706.19 $7,533,378.82

JACOB AND SALLIE SIMON MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT FUND

Income Dividends on Stocks Interest on Bonds

.

$ .

$

22,633.98 84.35 22,718.33

Expenses Agency Collection Fees Income Transferred to General Fund .. , Excess of Income over Expenses .. Received in 1977 from Estate of Julian Simon Balance June 30, 1977 .

$

907.31 21,811.02

22,718.33

-0716,254.33 $ 716,254.33

.

ENDOWMENT FUND

Income Bequests and Gifts . Income for Twelve Months Ended June 30, 1977. . Balance, July 1, 1976 Balance June 30, 1977 .

$ 2,542.95 $ 2,542.95 6,900,712.90 $6,903,255.85

CHRISTMAS AND ENTERTAINMENT FUND

Income Contributions

.

11,312.06

Expenses Entertainment and Gifts Excess of Income over Expenses . Balance, July 1, 1976 Balance, June 30, 1977

.

$ $

. .

$

6,305.28 5,006.78 878.44 5,885.22

REPORT OF AUDITOR To the Board of Directors Masonic Home of Missouri Saint Louis, Missouri GENTLEMEN:

Pursuant to engagement, I have prepared this report prelimi-


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nary to my formal report of the Masonic Home of l\Jissouri, to be submitted to the Board of Directors at a later date. I examined the books and records of the secretary for the period July 1, 1976 to June 30, 1977. The examination covered the following: General Fund, Building Fund, Special Fund, Reserve Fund, Jacob and Sallie Simon Memorial Endowment Fund, Endowment Fund, and Christmas and Entertainment Fund. The assets and liabilities of the various funds at June 30, 1977 are sum路 marized as follows: GENERAL

FU~D

Assets Cash in Mercantile Bank Cash in Mercantile-Commerce Trust Co.Payroll Account Cash in Petty Cash Fund Due from Fixed Assets Jnventories~'ill pplies Investmcn ts . Cncxpired Insurance Due from SL Louis Union Trust Co. Trustee Gussie L. Grenner Estate Inventory-Cemetery Lots

$128,836.77 6,000.00 200.00 $ ]35,036.77 66,995.06 43,855.46 80,510.33 12,380.00 6,414.46 491.00 $ 345,683.08

I.iabilities Accounts Payable . Accrued Real Estate Taxes Accrued Payroll Taxes and Deductions Accrued Payroll ... Suspense Account-Donations Not Allocated Due to Reserve Fund Due to Endowment Fund Balance in General Fund

.$ 55,104.26 812.73 11,232.01 17,259.23 30,243.71 30,330.00 ]78.90

115,190.84 $ 200,492.24

BUILDING FUND Cash in l'vlcrcantile Bank Securities.-A t Cost ... Due from Mercantile Bank, Agent Balance in Building Fund

32,716.59 228,185.15 3,346.75 $ 264,248.49

$

SPECIAL FUND Due 拢rom Mercantile Trust Company, Agent Securities . Balance in Special Account

402.28 921,707.61 $ 922,109.89

$

.

RESERVE FUND Due from Mercantile Trust Company, Agent '" Due from General Fund . Securities . , .. , Balance in Reserve Fund

$

, ..

578.62 30,330.00 7,502,470.20

$7,533,378.82


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JACOB AND SALLIE SIl\lON MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT FUND Assets $ 71.03 Due from Mercantile Trust Company, Agent . 716,183.30 Securities . $ 716,254.33 Balance June 30, 1977 ENDOWMENT fUND Assets Due from Mercantile Trust Company, Agent United States Bonds Other Bonds Real Estate Loans Stocks Due from General :Fund

. . . . . .

Liabilities Reserve for Loss on Investments Wm. F. Kuhn Library Fund Balance in Endowment Fund

. $533,953.19 2,989.14 536,942.33 . $6,903,255.85 .

$

2,264.64 226,538.13 4,131,529.78 9,979.08 3,069,707.65 178.90 $7,440,198.18

CHRISTMAS AND ENTERTAINMENT FUND Cash in Boatmen's National Bank Balance in Christmas and Entertainment Fund

.$ $

5,885.22 5,885.22

The balances appearing in these funds were confirmed by reconciling certificates, received directly from the depositaries, with the stated book balances. The securities in the General Fund were examined or confinned by correspondence. On the other funds, statements were examined as of June 30, 1977 from the Mercantile Bank, Agent. The inventories of provisions and supplies are stated as shown on the inventory sheets prepared by the management. Securities acquired prior to June 30, 1976 are stated at values listed in the report for June 30, 1976. Securities acquired during the current fiscal year are listed at cost on purchases and market value at date of acquisition by bequests, etc. The cemetery lots we listed at $1.00 per grave. If you desire any additional information relative to this report, I shall be pleased to have you call upon me. Respectfully submitted, ROBERT C. WAGENER, Certified Public Accountant.

MASONIC HOME CHEER COMMITTEE August Il, 1971 James A. Noland, Jr., President Masonic Home of Missouri 5351 Delmar Boulevard Saint Louis, Missouri 63112 Dear R.W. Brother Noland: The Masonic Home Cheer Committee held its annual fall meeting on


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September 15, 1976. The election of officers was held during the meeting resulting in the election of Bro. Harlan B. Owens, President; Sister Violet Whitworth, Vice President; and R."V. Bro. George 'V. Whitworth, SecretaryTreasurer. The Committee feels honored to have one of its long-time members appointed to the Grand Lodge of Missouri line of officers. R.W. Bro. George W. 'Whitworth was appointed as Tiler of the Grand Lodge at the September, 1976 Communication. Religious services sponsored by the Masonic Home Cheer Committee were conducted by the Bethels of the State of Missouri, International Order of Job's Daughters, on October 24. An overflow attendance again this year inspired all of us with the devotion to God and country of these lovely young women. Services were also conducted by Alhambra Grotto with the able assistance of the members of the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, the Shrine and the Order of the Eastern Star, also the commanderies. The principal speaker was R.'V. Bro. Al Frager, Reader of the Divine Science Church. The Officers of the Masonic Home Cheer Committee were invited to attend a very special event held by Job's Daughters of Bethel 43 at Fenton, Missouri, on March 12, 1977. It was termed a "Rock-Around-the-Clock," a 24-hour vigil by these young ladies for a charitable cause. The proceeds of their time and efforts are to be presented to the Masonic Home Cheer Committee on September I, 1977. This fine organization has as its Guardian, State of Missouri Grand Guardian, Virginia Goedde. Our heartfelt thanks and I know the guests at the Home thank them for their unselfish gift of their time and energies. May we pause to thank the many Masons, their lodges, the Shrine, the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, the commanderies, the many chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star and many others who have joined with us in our efforts to bring as many moments of pleasure to our "Home folks" as possible to let them know we care. A list of the contributors is made a part of this report. 'Ve also wish to acknowledge the outstanding support given us by Bro. H. David Thomas, Administrator, and his fine staff of "Home" employees. Their devoted help has been invaluable in our many projects and visits. Fraternally, HARLAN B. O'VENS, President. Following is our Financial and Activities Report for the fiscal year August I, 1976 through July 31, 1977: Balance in Bank July 31, 1976 Petty Cash on Hand In Escrow for Boat Excursion Total Cash on Hand and on Deposit Receipts Per List Attached

. $1,757.15* . 57.13 125.00 . . $1,939.28 . 3,985.00 $5,924.28 â&#x20AC;˘ Opening Balance $25.00 less than shown on last year's report due to accounting error in preparing 1975-76 Report.-G.W.W.


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Disbursements Per List Attached Balance on Hand July 31, 1977 Recapitulation: Balance in Mercantile Trust Co. . Balance on Hand in Cash

3,932.61 $1,991.67 . $1,836.78 . 154.89 $1,991.67

RECEIPTS AND DEPOSITS Meridian Lodge No.2 $ 100.00 100.00 Beacon Lodge No.3 •••••......... 25.00 St. Louis Lodge No. 20 . 25.00 Naphtali Lodge No. 25 . 50.00 Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 40 . 100.00 Bridgeton Lodge No. 80 •.•....... 25.00 Pomegranate Lodge No. 95 . Occidental Lodge No. 163 •........ 10.00 75.00 Pride of the West Lodge No. 179 KeyStone Lodge No. 243 •.•....... 50.00 25.00 Paul Revere Lodge No. 330 . 100.00 Tuscan Lodge No. 360 . 50.00 Westgate Lodge No. 445 .••....... 50.00 Lambskin Lodge No. 460 •........ 35.00 Kirkwood Lodge No. 484 •........ 20.00 Harmony Lodge No. 499 .•........ Clifton Heights Lodge No. 520 .,. 100.00 25.00 Apollo Lodge No. 529 . 50.00 Ferguson Lodge No. 542 . 30.00 Algabil Lodge No. 544 . 50.00 Maplewood Lodge No. 566 . 50.00 Forest Park Lodge No. 578 . 25.00 Clayton Lodge No. 601 ..••....... 50.00 Wellston Lodge No. 613 •......... 25.00 Brentwood Lodge No. 616 •........ 25.00 Magnolia Lodge No. 626 •........ 50.00 Triangle Lodge No. 638 ..•....... 50.00 Jennings Lodge No. 640 . 25.00 Ben Franklin Lodge No. 642 . 50.00 Pilgrim Lodge No. 652 ..•........ 30.00 Gardenville Lodge No. 655 . 25.00 Progress Lodge No. 657 •......... 10.00 Purity Lodge No. 658 . 40.00 Berkeley Lodge No. 667 . 10.00 Florissant Lodge No. 668 . 10.00 Crestwood Lodge No. 669 . St. Francois Lodge No. 234, 10.00 Libertyville .....•.•............ 75.00 Alhambra Grotto . 500.00 Moolah Shrine •.................. 150.00 Scottish Rite •................•... 50.00 Square Club ••••.••.•..•......... Missouri Chapter No. I, R.A.M••. 10.00 St. Charles Chapter No. 111, 22.60 R.A.M•..•.................•... 26.00 Wellston Chapter No. 138, R.A.M. 26.00 Cabany Chapter No. 140, R.A.M.•• 10.00 Hiram Council No. I, R. & S.M.•• 50.00 St. Louis Commandery No.1, K.T. Webster Groves Chapter No. 64, 25.00 O.E.S....•....•.•••.•.......... 10.00 Crestwood Chapter No. 82, O.E.S. 10.00 Fenton Chapter No. 152, O.E.S••. 26.00 Florissant Chapter No. 161, O.E.S. 10.00 Mehiville Chapter No. 187, O.E.S.• 10.00 Friendship Chapter No. 214, O.E.S. 60.00 Martharae Chapter No. 221, O.E.S. 25.00 Alexander Chapter No. 242, O.E.S. Maplewood Chapter No. 264, 50.00 O.E.S•••••.•...•.•.....•..•....

Bridgeton Chapter No. 266, O.E.S. 200.00 Rob Morris Chapter No. 328, 10.00 O.E.S.•.•..•............•...... Rose Croix Chapter No. 372, O.E.S. 25.00 Benjamin Franklin Chapter No. 10.00 393, O.E.S.•.•..•..•........•.. Algabil Chapter No. 409, O.E.S. . . 10.00 Euclid Chapter No. 425, O.E.S. '" 10.00 Pyramid Chapter No. 460, O.E.S. 10.00 Berkeley Chapter No. 503 . 15.00 Iota Chapter No. 506, O.E.S. . . 5.00 Mizpah Chapter No. 515, O.E.S . 10.00 Crown Chapter No. 535, O.E.S.•.. 10.00 Warder's Club, 33rd and 57th 100.00 Districts ...•....•.........•.... Clayton Chapter No. 304, P.M. and 5.00 P.P. Club •....................• R. W. Bro. Earl Dille, Clayton Lodge 50.00 No. 601 .................•..... RW. Bro. Alfred Frager, St. Louis 10.00 Lodge No. 20 . Wor. Bro. R. H. Giltner, Bridgeton 25.00 Lodge No. 80 . Wor. Bro. W. E. Krenning, West50.00 gate Lodge No. 445 ..•..•...... Bro. Chester Cook, Wellston Lodge 6.00 No. 613 . Wor. Bro. Henry Busch, Jennings 10.00 Lodge No. 640 .....•........... Tuscan Lodge No. 360, Benevolent 250.00 Fund •..•..........•........... Members, Tuscan Lodge No. 360: 10.00 Bro. Robert S. Craig . 20.00 Wor. Bro. Carl F. Gast . 10.00 Wor. Bro. Forest E. Head . 20.00 Wor. Bro. Otis Light . 10.00 Bro. S. Douglas McCready . 25.00 Wor. Bro. Geo. H. Merrymon 100.00 Bro. William F. Nolker . 25.00 Bro. Harlan B. Owens . Bro. M. H. Scherzer . 10.00 50.00 Wor. Bro. C. G. Schott . 25.00 Bro. Andrew T. Smith . 10.00 Wor. Bro. Guy Turner . 2.00 . Misc. Cash Donations 50.00 Berkeley Trowel Club . 44.50 Alco Square Club •....•.......... Memorials: Pomegranate Lodge No. 95, In 15.00 Memory of Bro. Wm. Kress .. In Memory of Gladden Kinkead: Rt. Wor. Bro. P. Vincent Kinkead and Family 10.00 Rt. Wor. Bro. Olin S. McDaniel 10.00 Anonymous '..:..'..:..'_ _-=-5'.:. ,:0-,-0 Total Receipts ..•...•............ $3,985.00 _.---;:-:,....."..."4,...,,.5....,.0-:-0 Misc. Cash Redeposited Total Receipts and Deposits .....• $4,030.00

ACTMTIES AND DISBURSEMENTS OF THE MASONIC HOME CHEER COMMITTEE Auqust 1. 1976 Throuqh July 31, 1977 1976 August 1

Account Payable from 1976 Transportation

$

50.00


1977 August 11 November 20 December 17

December 18 May 7 June 18 June 29 July 17 July 30

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450.07 Outing on S.S. Admiral . 644.00 Thanksgiving Cash Distribution . Christmas Party, Sister Violet Whitworth, Chairperson; Entertainment, Santa Claus, Refreshments, Music 145.40 courtesy Bro. Ben St. Onge and his Orchestra . 624.00 Christmas Cash Distribution . 1977 628.00 Mother's Day Cash Distribution . Father's Day Cash Distribution . 636.00 Moolah Band Concert . 26.26 Letter Carrier's Band Concert . 54.78 Outing to Bridgeton Fish Fry and Barbecue. Transportation furnished by representatives and other members of the Masonic Family. One bus required (ale Payable) 150.00 Cash to Boys Attending (Per agreement with Berkeley Trowel Club in accepting contribution of $50.00 in lieu of Annual Fishing Trip.) . 20.00 Advance for Tickets for 1977 Boat Excursion . 125.00 Printing, Postage, Cards, Stationery, etc . 379.10 Total Disbursements . $3,932.61

The above is in balance with checkbook, cash ledger, and bank statement as of July 31, 1977. HARLAN B. OWENS, President. Attest: GEORGE W. WHITWORTH, Secretary.

COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS Questions have been raised from time to time about the justification of the cost of printing these reports in advance, since they are to later appear in the PROCEEDINGS. The PROCEEDINGS are not available for considerable time after Grand Lodge. I therefore feel the cost of printing the statistical portion of this report in advance can be justified. My remarks, which constitute the remainder of this report, shall be brief. First, let me express my heartfelt thanks to the many individuals and groups for their tireless efforts in bringing joy and happiness to our guests at the Masonic Home. There have been many changes taking place over the past nine years at the Masonic Home. Change, a universal law of nature, makes necessary continuous adjustments in every walk of life. Certainly the Masonic Home is no exception. For the past nine years I have had opportunity to serve' the Masonic Home as a Board member. I have witnessed many changes during that time. I have seen guests come to the Home and observed the adjustments they make adapting to the new life. It has been the policy of each of the Boards with which I have served to minimize the anxiety of our new guests as much as possible during this transitional period. Most of our guests have adapted to the environment of the Masonic Home very well, and I feel are well cared for and happy. All Missouri Masons can be proud of their contributions that make possible the high quality care the Home provides. Though the quality of care of the Home as provided is excellent, each new Board should have as


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its number one priority the continuous improvement of conditions. During the past nine years I have seen the annual expenditures of the Home triple, while at the same time we have experienced a sizeable reo duction in the number of guests. A partial explanation of this fact is due to the additional cost resulting from the unionization of our employees. Although our endowment and reserve funds appear to be sizeable, yet it behooves each new Board to keep an eternal vigilance on the pursestrings of the Home, while at the same time they need to be ever watchful for new sources of income. I feel it would be valuable to the Home if there could be greater continuity provided for Board members, possibly brought about by reelection of former members. The reason I make such a sugg'estion comes about as a result of the vast amount of money spent during the past two years on projects that supposedly had been neglected for many years. "VeIl over onehaH million dollars was paid to one contractor and a sizeable portion of that amount was spent on retubing the boilers. The Board was informed that the boilers had not been retubed in many years. I stated at the time this was not a fact, that we had retubed at least one boiler within the last six or eight years. No other member had been on the Board that long and therefore did not have the benefit of remembering this or many other projects that have been done in rather recent years. Also, the administrators had been changed twice in that period of time and we did not have the benefit of their knowledge of knowing what work had been done in recent years. I am not sure I ever convinced the Board members that the boiler had been retubed, but to verify this fact to them and to the Craft, I refer you to the 1970 PROCEEDINGS, page 54, third paragraph. Here you will see that only six years previous M.\V. Bro. Bill Chapman in his report is explaining the retubing costs for that year, which was in excess of $16,000. I would also suggest to future boards that they receive contracts in writing before projects arc started. To do otherwise has proven very costly. Much effort has gone into studies and plans for new facilities, yet no new buildings have been constructed. It appears almost an insurmountable task for the Masonic Home Board. I have seen site committees charged with the duty of finding new sites. They have worked diligently and come before the Board with recommendations for a new Masonic Home facility to be located in out-state Missouri, only to see their efforts stimed by resolutions that would restrict any move to within a 30-mile radius of the Arch in downtown St. Louis. Other committees have proposed buildings within this 30-mile radius and sizeable amounts of money have been spent for plans, even to the extent of letting contracts for constructing the buildings, only to find that the St. Louis County Zoning Board would not issue permits. Therefore, it might be well for the Grand Lodge to offer some guidelines to the Board of Directors in the direction they should pursue regarding new facilities. Finally, I therefore recommend that the Board, before making any move, look at long-range projections involving every facet of the Masonic Home operation; that consideration be given to the possibility of providing care for those who have need for a lesser degree of care than the institutional type which we now offer. I feel a group type cottage arrangement for aged


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couples, with possibly a central prepared food facility, would be much in demand. I want to express my gratitude to the many fine, dedicated Masons and Eastern Star members with whom I have served on the Board during my tenure of office. This past year we lost a wonderful brother and an outstanding member of the Board, Bro. Leo Riney. Brother Riney was called to eternal rest last December. Bro. John Wetzel has served since Brother Riney's death. He has been an outstanding member, his knowledge in the building trades is invaluable, and his contributions to the Administration Committee have been exemplary. Also, we shaH forever be indebted to Bro. Roy McGhee for his tireless efforts as chairman of the Administration Committee. M.W. Grand Master Poe has attended Board meetings regularly and has exercised a keen interest in its undertakings. These three members shall be sorely missed as they leave the board. I take this opportunity to thank the Craft of Missouri for electing me Deputy Grand .l\laster and affording me the privilege of being President of the Masonic Home of Missouri this past year. The experience has been a hig'hlight in my Masonic career, and I am proud to have served in this capacity of our greatest Masonic charity-The Masonic Home. Fraternally submitted, JAMf:S A. NOLAND, JR., President. R.W. Brother Noland moved that the report of the Masonic Home be received and printed in the PROCEEDINGS. GRAND MASTER POE: Thank you, R.\V. Brother Noland. Brethren, you have heard the motion the report be received and printed. If there is no objection, it shall be so ordered. REPORT OF GRAND LODGE OFFICE BUILDING COMMITTEE

GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, this committee is an Ad Hoc Committee that I appointed regarding the Grand Secretary's Office in Jefferson City. I will call upon R.\V. Bro. J. C. Montgomery for that repon. He did have some visual slides to show you in regard to the site and in conjunction with thc report. If thcy are received in time, we will include them as part of the report. If not, we will show them at a latcr time. R.''\'. Bro. J. C. Montgomery, Jr., Chairman of the Committcc on Grand Lodge Office Building, presented the committee report. R.\'V. BROTHER MONTGOMERY: M.W. Grand Master and members of the Grand Lodge, especially lVfost Worshipful, with your love of Scotch gall and your Scottish spirit, you would understand, Sir, that we have tried to get a visual presentation herc this day. I have so often heard you quote that Scottish poet Robert Burns: "That the best laid plans of mice and men aft gang agley," which if translated into language that the rest of us can understand means that things are going to be, as we used to say in the Army "snafu"-situation normal. All fouled up. So I hope those slides will be here. I think you will find them of interest.


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REPORT OF THE GRAND LODGE OFFICE BUILDING COMMITTEE

It is our privilege to make a report to and request further action by the Grand Lodge concerning the proposed Grand Lodge Office Building authorized by the 155th Annual Communication meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, September 27-28, 1976. Like Caesar's Caul or the initiate's work in the First Degree, we want to make this report in three parts. First will be a review of where we have been and are now. Second, wc shall have a brief visual presentation of the proposed plans. Last, we shall present resolution for future action, both modifying and augmenting our original action. Your courtesy in allowing me to present all three of these together will be appreciated. After the resolution is before you, our Committee would be happy to respond to your questions and invite your discussion.

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I want to say a personal word which may help the perspective of all of us as we make our decisions. Many of you know that I was opposed to the original resolution. Once the resolution was adopted, however, it became the program of my Grand Lodge and yours. In my more than 35 years in the Masonic Fraternity and the nearly 20 years I have spent being associated with the Grand Lodge, I have seen again and again the wisdom of that noble teaching that among us there should no contention exist but "that noble contention, or rather emulation, of who can best work and best agree." It has been difficult for me to put aside my prejudices and convictions to work on this, but it has been a growing experience. I hope that you will be manly enough, I know that you will be possessed of enough Masonic spirit, that we might bring reason and openness to the decisions we make together.

• • • First, a review. The resolution adopted last September consisted of three parts, the general substance of which was: 1. That the Grand Lodge accept property from Jefferson Lodge No. 43 for the location of a new office building; 2. That the Grand Lodge office be moved to temporary quarters in Jefferson City not later than January I, 1977; and, finally, 3. That a voluntary fund-raising drive secure an average $2.00 contribution to underwrite a building program costing not more than $200,000. Let me review these chronologically rather than in the order written. By the diligcnt effort of our Grand Secretary the move from the old quarters at 3681 Lindell, St. Louis, to the new quarters at 713 Dix Road, Jefferson City was made by the first of the year. He had some assistance from mcmbers of the Masonic Education committee, certain brethren in Jefferson City and others: but the major responsibility rested with the Grand Secretary. None of this was as easy as it might appear. Limitations of time, finances, and rClllal arrangements madc it difficult for us to secure largcr quarters. Obviously we were hampered hy the amount of rent money allowed in the budget. Many prospective lessors wanted a long-term lease which we were not authorized to execute. R.lV. Bro. Boh Crede rendered ycoman service in the search. Finally we were able LO fix upon the present location with a satisfactory, renewable lease approved by the Grand Lodge officers and Committec on Jurisprudence. Other problems should be mentioned. The action of the Grand Lodge last year made no provision for moving expenses. This was not foreseen in the Grand Lodge budget. ''''eo were fortunate indecd that we were able to make the move in as


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orderly a fashion and reasonable a cost as we did. A second problem had to do with office help. None of Brother Arnold's St. Louis staff wished to move to Jefferson City. their homes and families being here. This necessitated the recruitment and training of a new office force: and, no matter what secretarial skills new workers might bring, the terminology and procedures of the Grand Lodge office require time and training to master. Likewise there were such matters as fair severance pay for the St. Louis employees. Our present quarters are cramped, and the location is not prestigious: but it is a tribute to the Grand Secretary and his helpers that the office continued to function as well as it did. Hopefully we will not stay there indefinitely. Second, let us review the finances. Special thanks is due those Masonic leaders, brother Masons and Blue Lodges who, regardless of their personal feelings, actively participated in the program. Nonetheless the fact remains that the so-called "voluntary fund-raising" had produced only $64,613.62 from 397 constituent lodges. There seems evidence that even the mere information has not been transmitted to the rank and file of some of the lodges where the brethren might have the opportunity to make a free-will and good-will gift. Probably less than one-third of the Masons in the state have contributed thus far. Obviously it will be impossible for the program to succeed unless some plan is devised and authorized whereby funds become available. The Constitution and By-Laws has no provision wherehy the Grand Lodge may borrow money; likewise there is no prohibition against it. The Grand Lodge officers have discussed this and sought opinions from some of our legal authorities. Presently we have no recommendation on the possibility of borrowing money although it could be seen readily that the increase in the petition fee might offer a fund for paying back such financing. This method, however, would be inequitable because it would make the new members rather than all members pay for the building. In the meantime spiralling building costs rise about 1 per cent per month. The adequate structure which we could erect for $200,000 now will cost us around $225,000 a year from now. I have confidence that we will complete this program, but there will be no easy or cheap way unless the entire Grand Lodge pulls together. On the other hand it is within the reach of the 100,000 Masons of the State of Missouri. The money raised thus far is invested and bearing interest along with the other investment funds of the Grand Lodge. Early in the Grand Lodge year Most Worshipful Brother Poe appointed an Ad Hoc Building Committee composed of R.W. Bros. Frank A. Arnold, Robert J. Crede, Earl K. Dille, William J. Hill, and myself. This committee proceeded to develop some building plans. We secured the service of Bro. David M. Breyof Kansas City, a member of the Craft and the architect of the new Jefferson Temple whose corner路 stone our Grand Master laid last Sunday, September 18. Brother Brey is not under contract, but we have paid for his professional services. He has spent a great deal of time working with us, sharing his counsel, and inspecting sites with us. as well as lending his considerable talent to the drawing of these plans. Later you will see these plans. Let me preface that visual presentation by saying what the building should not be as well as what it should be. It is not a place to hold Grand Lodge, neither is it a structure to contain dining, social or lodging facilities save for space which might accommodate Grand Lodge officers' or committee meetings. It is first and foremost an office building. There will be adequate facilities for vault storage, inactive storage, room for files and office machines, a large library room which by means of a folding door might allow two small committees to meet at the same time. The Committee gave much th()ught and time to determining needs, planning traffic patterns, energy zoning, the possibility of expanding, as well as the esthetic appeal of


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the building. We think you will like the stained glass window even though the artist put that "G" in the square and compass. The plans which we have developed will give us aJinost 50 per cent more space than we had in the New Masonic Temple and may easily be augmented. This structure would have been within our reach at the current building cost in Jefferson City had we been able to leap the financial hurdle. But let me urge you to inspect these plans which will be on display later today in the vestibule, or you may see them tomorrow. The third part to be considered from last year's resolution is that of location. Jefferson Lodge No. 43 generously offered land; indeed we could have had one of two locations on their 13-acre site. California Lodge No. 183 also graciously offered a lot on property they own on Highway 50 on the eastern outskirts of that community. We thank both of these lodges for their thoughtfulness. The Grand Lodge officers as well as the Committee have struggled all year with the problem of location. Let me try to present this as fairly as I can. Probably not one in ten who attended Grand Lodge last year had ever seen the Jefferson City site. The Jefferson Lodge property consisted of 13 acres off Ellis Boulevard, a major thoroughfare intersecting Highway 54 just south of Ramada Inn. Those of you familiar with Jefferson City know that it is a community of hills and valleys as well as being the state capital. Certainly there are both high ,and low places on the Jefferson Temple site. As the topographical map I have here indicates, there is a drop of some 70 feet below street level in the middle of the location. Of the entire location the site of Jefferson Temple itself is probably at the most felicitous spot. Being close to the street and also being an imposing edifice costing some four to five hundred thousand dollars, it is already showing up in lovely fashion and will be a credit to the community as well as the Craft. For ourselves to have built on the location first offered would have been to have put our much smaller building 30 feet below street level down the slope. Filling would have been difficult and costly, and the perspective would have made quite a contrast. The leaders of Jefferson Lodge No. 43 graciously offered us another location at the rear of their property. This was much higher, and one could see the state capitol from that elevation. But what gave a majority of the Committee and of the Grand Lodge officers such hesitation was that this second site would be some 600 feet beyond (or behind) Jefferson Temple. On the other side of it would he multifamily dwellings and apartments. Recently Jefferson Lodge No. 43 received a handsome offer for the back seven acres of their site, including this one-acrc lot. '\Ve could not deny them, working as they are under a heavy financial burden, the right to dispose of this property. Incidentally it was bought by a construction company and probably will reflect that industry. In all of this we have had to ask: Is this where we want the Grand Lodge office building to be for the next 25-50 years or more? Without rejecting the offer, the Grand Master and the Grand Lodge officers directed the Committee to look elsewhere. '\Ve have inspected numerous pieces of property, both in Jefferson City and Columbia. In the former community R.W. Brother Crede and Bros. 'Wendell Kerner and Leonard McKinney have been of great assistance; in the latter we owe thanks to R.W. Bro. Charles Scheurich. In Jefferson City we have looked at other locations near the Ramada Inn, on Missouri Boulevard, a beautiful location on Highway 50 West (which unfortunately has some access problems) . In expanding its search to Columbia, the Committee has inspected a site near the new Regional Hospital, one off Highway 63, another off Business 70, and still another beyond Nickerson Farms. We have had private conversations about another location in Columbia, but, since this involves some discretion in working with another group, we are not at liberty


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to talk ahout it now. In addition to all this there have been contacts with developers or other interested parties. In SOme cascs the price was outrageously high; in other cases the surroundings did not seem the best. As the Grand Master indicated in his address, this docs not mean that the present Building Committee or the Grand Lodge officers arc seeking to subvert the action or edict of the Grand Lodge. By a majority vote the Grand Lodge officers neither approved nor withheld approval of the Jefferson Temple location. However, realizing that the Grand Lodge can and does change or modify its decisions, it was felt you should have these additional facts. The ultimate decision rests in your handsbe it financial, abollt location, or organization of the building program. I said a moment ago that there will be a Resolution coming from the Grand . Lodge officers pertaining to that. But I am certain that other members of the Committee, other Grand Lodge officers, or I will at an appropriate time be glad to respond to your questions and to invite your discussion. It does seem to us that the resolution which will be presented, even though it may cost some more, the building in the long run, will answer many of the questions and objections made last year and hopefully pave the way for a happy solution to our present dilemma. Respectfully submitted, ROBERT

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CREDE,

FRANK A. ARNOLD, EARL

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'VILLJAM

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DILLE,

J.

HILL,

C. MONTGOl\lERY,

JR., Chairman.

R.W. BROTHER MONTGOMERY: M.W. Sir, it is my understanding that we will not have discussion at this time, that that will come when this resolution comes out of the Jurisprudence Committee. Therefore, M.vV. Sir, I would move that at this time this report simply be received and filed. The motion was seconded and approved by the vote of the Grand Lodge. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON GRAND MASTER'S ADDRESS

M.W. Bro. Lewis C. Wes Cook, Chairman, presented the report of the Committee on Grand Master's Address. To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri: BRETIIREN: We know that we share with you the joy and satisfaction that is reflected in the accomplishments that marked the Grand Lodge Year 1976-77 under the able leadership of our Grand Master, M.W. Bro. Fielding A. Poe. The record he has presented to you in his address is distinguished by its genuine concern for the present and future well being of our beloved Craft in Missouri. We commend his observations on the state of the Craft in Missouri and encourage each member present to especially review page 16. Examine your own lodge and honestly address those questions to yourself and your lodge, concerning membership, attendancc, dissension, adherence to Grand Lodge law, proficiency, and charity. Do we individually and collectively measure up to the ideals and principles? He has challenged each of us and our lodges. What is our future? We are pleased to note the continued success of the A~ea Meeting-s. These meetings can and do provide a unique communication between Lodge officers and the Grand Lodge that we have never enjoyed before. \Ve sincerely hope that the example of those meetings will serve as an inspiration for all who follow. We refer to the Jurisprudence Committee the Grand Master's record of decisions,


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dispensations, healings, trials, and Masonic discipline. We refer his recommendations to the incoming Grand Master and his corps of officers for further study and con路 sideration. It must be noted路 that Grand Master Poe has served this Fraternity, while at the same time continuing to serve his profession as an educator. It has imposed a great burden. Each of us should be grateful for the time, for the attention, and for the devotion he has demonstrated. And while we recognize that without doubt,. on many, many days and nights he was tired and ready for a long rest, he never allowed his humor to disappear. He retained that joy of brotherly feeling, of brotherly love, in all of his dealings with the members of this Fraternity. And his work was for the benefit of each of us. Finally, each of us in attendance here shares a great sense of pride in the leadership and devotion to Freemasonry exemplified by Grand Master Poe. We are all in his debt for an outstanding year, for a year in which the lights of Freemasonry burned brightly and with promise of fulfillment. Fraternally submitted. LEWIS C. WES COOK, Chairman.

and signed by all Past Grand Masters in attendance LEWIS

A.

C.

WES COOK

BASEY VANLANDINGHAM

ORESTES MITCHELL, JR. WILLIAM HERMAN

R. DENSLOW A. ORLICK

BRUCE H. HUNT THOMAS

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DAVIS, JR.

WALTER L. WALKER GEORGE F. MORRISON FRANK

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MARTIN B. DICKINSON

HOMER L. FERGUSON

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M.

MORGAN DONELSON

JAMES M. SELLERS ELVIS

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MOONEY

E. EWING

HAROLD O. GRAUEL \VILLIAM H

CHAPMAN

M.W. Brother Cook moved the acceptance of the report. The Deputy Grand Master presided for the seconding of the motion and for the approval by the vote of the Grand Lodge. GRAND MASTER POE: May I extend my personal appreciation to Wes for that most gracious report. Thank you. REMARKS OF M.W. GRAND MASTER JOHN E. MOYERS OF KENTUCKY

M.W. BROTHER MOYERS: M.W. Grand Master, Grand Lodge Officers, Delegates and friends of this Grand Jurisdiction, I bring you greetings from the Bluegrass State of Kentucky. M.W. Sir, I congratulate you on a fine Grand Lodge Session, the tremendous job that you personally have done with your corps of officers for Masonry in your state. Brethren, Masonry is universal. We hail from various grand jurisdictions. But in the realm of Masonry there are the brotherly love, the fellowship that we enjoy. I have had the distinct pleasure this year of traveling to a number, or within a number, of grand jurisdictions. I have found the wann hand of fellowship; I have been greeted by the brotherly love that we as Masons always enjoy. To be a member of this great Fraternity, to have the privilege to be called a Brother Master Mason, this is a heritage that you and I have had given us. Brethren, let us protect this heritage. Let's protect this heritage and hand it to generations in the future. Again, M.W. Sir, I appreciate the many courtesies and the hospitality that ..

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you and your Grand Lodge have extended to me and the visitors to your grand jurisdiction. Brethren, may I leave these few words with you. The happiest business in the world is that of making friends. And no investments on the streets pay greater dividends. Friendships are worth more than stocks and bonds, and more than rate percent. And he who deserves friendship's name shall reap what he has spent. PARTIAL REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON JURISPRUDENCE

R.W. Bro. Warren R. Maichel, Chairman of the Committee on Jurisdiction, presented a partial report as follows: To the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and AccejJted Masons of the Slate of Missouri: Your Committee on Jurisprudence respectfully reports as follows: DlSPENSAnONS

We have examined the dispensations issued by order of the Grand Master as set forth in the Report of the Grand Secretary and we approve the same as within the discretion of the Grand Master. CONSENTS AND PF.Rl\flSSlmI/S

'Ve have examined the consents and permissions pertaining to the activities and operations of subordinate lodges granted by the Grand Master as set forth in the Report of the Grand Secretary and we approve the same as within the discretion of the Grand Master. HEALING ORDERS

lVe have examined the healing orders of the Grand Master as set forth in the printed address of the Grand l\laster and approve the same as within the discretion of the Grand Master. DECISIONS

I. The Temple Association of J'raternal Lodge No. 363 had commenced, but not yet completed, construction of a building to be used as the lodge hall withou t seeking the permission of the BUilding Supervisory Board for the plans for financing the project. When the plans were submitted to the Board it expressed doubt whether it could consider them after construction had commenced. The Grand Master ruled that, although as provided in Section 9.110 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws the plans should have been submitted to the Building Supervisory Board before construction was begun, the Board might nevertheless consider and approve the plans when submitted prior to the completion of construction so that the building could he dedicated as a Masonic lodge hall following its completion. The Committee approves the decision in this particular instance but admonishes the lodges that the provision of Section 9.1 IO requiring advance approval is mandatory and must be complied with in all future instances.

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Grand Master ruled that Section 3.0i0 is not applicable to investment of the funds of subordinate lodges and that such funds may be invested hy the proper officers thereof in accordance with any applicable provisions contained in the subordinate lodges' by-laws or resolutions. This decision is approved. 3. A committee of investigation of Marceline Lodge No. 481 reported unfavorably upon a petition received by it. Instead of balloting upon the petition, the lodge returned it to the petitioner. The Grand Master ruled that Section 13.060 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws requires that all petitions presented must be halloted upon and that since the lodge had failed to take the appropriate action the petitioner was entitled to repetition Marceline Lodge No. 481 or to petition any other lodge entitled to receive the petition in accordance with Section 21.040 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws. This decision is approved. 4. In balloting upon a petition in Knob Noster Lodge No. 24.1, the Junior and Senior Wardens declared the ballot to be dear but the Master declared the ballot to be dark. The Grand Master ruled that the result of the ballot as declared by the Master in accordance with Section 14.090 is final and conclusive. This decision is approved. 5. Intermittently since 1961 Phoenix Lodge No. 136 undertook to either eJect or appoint trustees who thereupon took various actions with respect to the Lodge's property. In January 1977 it was pointed out that the lodge's by-laws contained no provision for the election or appointment of trustees nor did the lodge's records indicate that an amendment to that effect had ever been adopted. The Grand Master ruled that since Section 9.010 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws provi(lcs that the master and wardens are trustees of the lodge unless the lodge has, by hy-Iaw, provided for the election or appointment of the trustees, the master and wardens were in fact the trustees rather than the persons who were purported to have been elected or appointed. The Grand Master further ruled that as a practical matter prior actions taken by the persons believed in good faith to be the trustees in dealing with third parties should he allowed to stand but that henceforth only the duly constituted trustees of the lodge were empowered to act. This decision is approved. 6. A member of McDonald Lodge No. 324 was suspended for nonpayment of dues on June 2, 1974. On September 24, 1974, the brother submitted a check for his dues, informing the secretary of the lodge that he had already forwarded a check in April, 1974. On January 3, 1977, a letter postmarked April 22, 1974, was delivered to the secretary containing the member's check dated April, 19i4. The Grand Master ruled that the brother's membership record be corrected. to show his continuous membership in good standing. This decision is approved. 7. With respect to the standing resolution adopted at the 155th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge pertaining to a statement to be read at the beginning of the Second Section of the Third Degree, the Grand Master ruled that the proper time for the statement to he read is immediately prior to when the Junior 'Varden calls the Craft from labor to refreshment, that the reading


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of this statement should constitute a part of every Third Degree, and that it should be read by the master of the lodge conducting the degree or, in his absence, by the person acting as master. This decision is approved. 8. In connection with the use of income derived by Jackson Lodge No. 82 from farm land owned by it, the Grand Master ruled that such income might be used: a) To sponsor a trip for grade school children to the Shrine Circus; b) To provide a scholarship to the local school; and c) To contribute an average of $2.00 per member to the fund for the erection of a Grand Lodge office building. No provision of the Grand Lodge By-Laws deals with the purposes for which a subordinate lodge may expend its funds. However, a standing resolution adopted in 1951 provides in part that "The Grand Lodge . . . has disapproved all proposals to sponsor, or to donate lodge funds to, non-Masonic organizations," Also a standing resolution adopted in 1972 although encouraging a lodge to solicit its members to contribute to special funds for charitable contributions to needy persons and to agencies functioning to administer emergency or temporary relief provides "but no lodge shall expend any of its other funds nor assess dues therefor." Decisions reported at the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge held in 1965 disapproved the use of lodge funds for a community Christmas charity and relief program; for a scholarship fund to be administered by a committee of lodge members; for a community hospital; and for a site for a Cerebral Palsy Association Building. Clearly the contribution by a subordinate lodge to assist in the erection of a Grand Lodge office building is use of lodge funds for a Masonic purpose and the part of the Grand Master's ruling (i.e. part C above) approving such use is approved. Although use of a lodge's funds for such worthy projects as a scholarship and sending children to attend the Shrine Circus violates no express provision of the Grand Lodge HyLaws and is not literally covered by the standing resolutions adopted in 1951 and 1972, such use docs appear to be in conflict with the policy expressed in, and the spirit of, said resolutions. Moreover, the use of lodge funds for a scholarship was expressly disapproved in a decision of a previous Grand Master reported at the 1965 Annual Communication. Accordingly, although the individual members of the Committee on Jurisprudence have varying views regarding the wisdom of the previously expressed policy of prohibiting the use of lodge funds for worthwhile community endeavors, the Committee is constrained to decline to approve those portions of the Grand Master's ruling sanctioning the use of lodge funds to sponsor a trip for grade school children to the Shrine Circus and to provide a scholarship to the local school. The fact that the funds used were derived from income upon an asset of the lodge, rather than from dues, is immaterial. Of course, funds VOluntarily contributed by a member or another for a specifically designated purpose would not constitute lodge funds and thus would not be restricted as to use for non-Masonic purposes. The Committee recommends an amendment to the Grand Lodge ByLaws to deal with these matters. 9. The Grand Master ruled that Rolla Lodge No. 213 might provide a list of its members who had been suspended for nonpayment of dues to one of its memo


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bel's for the sole purpose of enabling him to contact the delinquent brethren in an effort to obtain their reinstatement. The Grand Master stated that such action did not violate Section 25.080 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws prohibiting the supplying of a list of members for a non-Masonic purpose since use of the list to induce suspended brethren to pay their dues is a Masonic purpose. This decision is approved. 10. A brother who received his Second Degree in Philadelphia Lodge No. 502 in 1902 delayed seeking advancement for approximately 75 years. The Grand Master ruled that if this Fellowcraft has remained physically and mentally qualified he may petition for advancement in accordance with Section 13.130 of the By-Laws. This decision is approved.

R.W. Brother Maichel moved the approval of this portion of the Committee on Jurisprudence report. The motion was seconded. The partial report of the Committee on Jurisprudence-as to Decisions, Consents and Permissions, Healing Orders, Decisions-was adopted by the vote of the Grand Lodge. ELECTION

M.W. Grand Master Poe called for the election of the Officers of the Grand Lodge at 2: 30 p.m. GRAND MASTER POE: We shall proceed with the election. You have the ballots. You will write on the ballot that was given you for the Office of Grand Master, for the Office of Deputy Grand Master, for the Office of Senior Grand Warden, for the Office of Junior Grand Warden, for the Office of Grand Treasurer, and for the Office of Grand Secretary. The Grand Secretary announced the Chairman of Election-R.W. Bro. Harold J. McIntosh, District Deputy Grand Master, District 33B, and the Tellers: Dale C. Motter, D.D.G.M., District 2; Marvin H. Arnote, D.D.G.M., District 4; Harold J. Richardson, D.D.G.M., District 6; C. O. Husing, D.D.G.M., District 8; R. C. Eichler, D.D.G.M., District l2; LeRoy W. Ahlbom, D.D.G.M., District 14; Norman K. Atkinson, D.D.G.M., District 16; E. Wayne Milam, D.D.G.M., District 18; Dennis L. Watson, D.D.G.M., District 22A; Robert D. Jenkins, D.D.G.M., District 22B; Thomas W. Lingle, D.D.G.M., District 24; Raymond E. Lee, D.D.G.M., District 26; Verle T. Naughton, D.D.G.M., District 28; Percy H. Gillette, D.D.G.M., District 30; John .J. Darcy, D.D.G.~., District 32; Robert L. George, D.D.G.M., District 31; 1. Lee Ward, D.D.G.M., District 36; C. Nolen Miller, D.D.G.M., District 40; Larry G. Ehrsam, D.D.G.M., District 42; Joseph A. Norris, D.D.G.M., District 44; Salvatore Forte, D.D.G.M., District 46; P. Vincent Kinkead, D.D.G.M., District 48; Albert J. ElÂŁrank, D.D.G.M., District 50. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, after you have finished casting your ballot, will you pass it to the aisle closest to you. And will those Tellers who were appointed proceed from wherever you are to collect the ballots and take them to the candidate's room. Will the Tellers please collect the ballots as rapidly as possible? Brethren, are there any ballots that have not been collected? I declare the ballot closed.


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PRESENTATIONS TO R.W. BRO. FREELON K. HADLEY AND R.W. BRO. STANTON T. BROWN

The Grand Master asked R.W. Bro. Stanton T. Brown to present R.W. Bro. Freelon K. Hadley and himself at the altar. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, your Grand Master is going to make a presentation while we are getting ourselves back to order. Brethren, it has been brought to our attention that we have two distinguished brothers who have served the Grand Lodge for several years that do not路 have lapel pins. One of my programs has been that we need to take pride in this organization, and not hesitate to show that we are Masons and proud to be Masons. All the Grand Masters and Past Grand Masters have a very handsome lapel pin which they take great pride in wearing. We have a lapel pin for Grand Lodge Officers. We had none for the Grand Lecturer or Past Grand Lecturer. I authorized the Grand Lecturer to see what he could do about obtaining a proper lapel pin. He did something; he went out and got one that is exactly one-fourth inch larger in diameter than the Grand Master's (laughter and applause by delegates) . That is not all, Brethren. It contains 22 per cent more gold, and the diamond in it is exactly one-half carat larger than the one in mine. Nevertheless, rather than give them mine and take one of theirs, it gives me great pleasure to present this little bit of recognition for the service that these Brethren do, because I know that they are going to wear them wherever they go all over the State. The Grand Master pinned the buttons on the lapels of R.W. Grand Lecturer Stanton T. Brown and R.W. Past Grand Lecturer Freelon K. Hadley, respectively. REPORT OF GRAND LECTURER

R.vV. Bro. Stanton T. Brown stated that the report of the Grand Lecturer was printed in the booklet "Reports of Officers and Committees." He moved the acceptance of the report to be printed in the PROCEEDINGS. The motion was seconded and approved by the vote of the Grand Lodge.

To the Grand Lodge, A.F. if A.M. of Missouri: BRETHREN: Herewith is submitted my fifth annual report as your Grand Lecturer, as required by the Constitution and By-Laws. One of the duties of the Grand Lecturer is to make a written report to the Grand Lodge regarding the general condition of the Jurisdiction, work, and other matters of interest connected with his office. As a matter of record, this report is important, for by it, and those presented in the past 100 plus years, we are able to follow the progress of our ritual. I have held schools of instruction in every district of the state at least once, and路 in many districts where I felt my services were needed, a second time. The attendance at these meetings, with few exceptions, has been greater than a year ago. The interest and enthusiasm in the ritual continues to grow in spite of the many other activities that are to路 be found in every community. Although there are still those lodges which require oU:tside help to put on their degree work, the feeling is that these are fewer than in the


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past and most of the work in the opening and closing is better than in the last visit. It was my pleasure to visit in some of our lodges on their regular meeting nights. I found they were making an honest effort to conform to the ritual in every respect. The condition of the ritual statewide is excellent and is due primarily to the efforts of the District Deputy Grand Lecturers. The reports submitted by these brethren indicate that we are holding our own with regard to attendance at the schools held by them over the last year. This is encouraging when we consider a slight decrease in memhership. Hundreds of hours of work and thousands of miles of travel are involved for these deputies in conducting the work of the Grand Lodge. All this is done by the lecturers with no thought other than being of service to their brethren and maintaining the high level of proficiency we now enjoy in Missouri. The work of the Grand Lecturer would be next to impossible without this dedicated group of deputies. My interest in the "Four Card Club," which was instituted three years ago in the 33rd and 57th districts, has grown as I have watched the membership increase from its beginning of 32 members to the present 60. From these brethren have come some of the new deputies in that part of the state. There has been some interest in a similar club shown in other parts of the state. I would encourage such an action by the brethren since it would enhance and enrich the quality of work in the ritual and membership in such a club is certainly a singular honor. A great deal of interest has been shown by many lodges in the Grand Lodge Achievement Award, which was adopted two years ago. One of the requirements for receiving this award is that four of the five line officers: namely, Junior Deacon through WorshipfUl Master, attend one of the district meetings held by the Grand Lecturer. Since illness or work prohibited several of the brethren from attending the meeting in their own or adjoining districts, I began a new program this year that I believe was successful. We brought together three districts at a central location in order to hold a school of instruction for the brethren unable to attend the regular district meetings. Our attendance varied from one location to another but there seemed to be enough interest to carry on this program for at least another year. This, of course, will only take place after the 60 districts in the state have been visited at least once. The 20 sectional meetings held during the past year for the District Deputy Grand Lecturers, officers and interested brethren have continued to show growth and display the interest of the brethren in the work. From this group of interested brethren we have been able to find proficient instructors who will be able to replace these deputies wishing to retire. Without these repeated refresher sessions, our source of competent men to fill the deputy positions would be depleted and the perpetuation of truth and light throughout the Fraternity would be greatly hampered. It is my sad duty to report the death of R.\t\T. Bro. Porter J. DeLine,


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District Deputy Grand Lecturer of the 14th district. R.W. Brother DeLine was a dedicated and devoted member of the Craft. His death occurred while on a Rhine River Excursion with Ararat and Moila Shrines on Saturday, August 6, 1977. His presence shall surely be missed. His death is a reminder of the uncertainties of human life and that none of us has a promise that he will have the opportunity to complete his unfinished work tomorrow. In working with the District Deputy Grand Lecturers I have come to know each of them personally. It would be impossible for me to find the words to express the feelings I have toward these brethren who have done so much for' Masonry in general and the Grand Lecturer in particular. As occurs each year there will be a number who will be retiring-some with many years of service to their Grand Lodge and brethren. Each has promised to be ready to help in any way he can. Thanks to each and may you continue to be active and give your Fraternity the benefit of your wisdom and experience. The opportunity to have served this year under M.W. Bro. Fielding A. Poe has been a very memorable experience. The support he has given me, the opportunity he afforded me to attend the area meetings and those other special occasions have been most rewarding. I want to thank him and his good wife, Fran, for those special occasions when I have had the pleasure of their company. They have been particularly gracious and considerate of me. I also wish to thank the Grand Lodge officers for their continued support and understanding. Fraternally submitted, STANTON T. BROWN, Grand Lecturer. R.W. Bro. Stanton T. Brown, Chairman, moved that the Report of the Committee on Ritual as printed in the booklet "Reports of Officers and Committees" be accepted and printed in the PROCEEDINGS. The motion was seconded and approved by the vote of the Grand Lodge. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RITUAL

To the Grand Lodge, A.F. r/:r A.M. of Missouri: BRETHREN: Your Committee on Ritual met on July 16, 1977, at Columbia with all but one member present. Your Committee considered sending a large certificate to those brethren who become certified in Subdivision II, parts J, 2, and 3, as is now sent with the Subdivision I card, and whether a card or certificate be added for a four card holder. In lieu of certificates, it was recommended that space be sought in The Freemason magazine and a list of all current four card holders be published annually. It was the consensus of the Committee that the Grand Master and Grand Lecturer should recognize a four card holder by' personal mail.


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Several questions were asked of路 the Grand Lecturer in his travels among the brethren and were discussed so there might be a record of these in the future. One dealt with the Secretary of a subordinate lodge, one with the lights of a lodge and one with changing the officers between the first and second sections of the third degree. These answers will be discussed and taught at the schools held by the Grand Lecturer. Your Committee also considered whether the Worshipful Master and Wardens should be required to qualify for a Proficiency Certificate on Subdivision I before being installed. It was the consensus of the committee that such a requirement be implemented. We are indeed grateful to R.W. Bro. Frank A. Arnold, our Grand Secretary, for his fine work with the certificate plan. The names of the brethren who have received certificates this past year in Subdivisions I and II will be listed in the PROCEEDINGS as a part of this report. Fraternally submitted, STANTON T. BROWN, Chairman) FREELON K. HADLEY, H. DALE DEWEESE, '-VILLIAM F. JACKSON, CARROLL R. MOORMAN, RONNIE L. HOUSE.

SUBDIVISION I-ORIGINALS

5214 R. Edward Ceries, Crestwood Lodge No. 669 5215 James Michael Murphy, Brotherhood Lodge No. 269 5216 Phillip David Rendon, East Gate Lodge No. 630 5217 Chester Lee McDaniel, East Gate Lod~e No. 630 5218 George Allen Morgan, Liberty Lod~e No. 31 5219 Robert Charles Sessler, Trinity Lodge No. 641 5220 Robert L. Fry, Independence Lodge No. 76 5221 Howard R. Childress, Branson Lod~e No. 587 5222 John P. Grisham, Branson Lodge No. 587 Francis Hays, Henderson 5223 Richard Lodge No. 477 5224 Kevin John Kaegel, Paul Revere Lodge No. 330 5225 Steven Duane Isbell, Paul Revere Lodge No. 330 5226 Don H. Meagher, Wentzville Lodge No. 46 5227 James Keith Haun, Stockton Lodge No. 283 5228 Louis Sidney Berry, Lambskin Lodge No. 460 5229 Richard Alex Behr, Euclid Lodge No. 505 5230 Terry Lee Steward, Mount Olive Lodge No. 439 5231 Donald E. Wacaser, Independence Lodge No. 76

5232 Timothy Matthew Shaw, Paul Revere Lodge No. 330 5233 William Robert Evans, Richland Lodge No. 385 5234 Loyd Andrew Stockton, Ada Lodge No. 444 5235 Ronald Wayne Cummins, Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 5236 Larry James Chancellor, Buckner Lodge No. 501 5237 Jackie Ray Baldridge, Trinity Lodge No. 641 5238 Theodore Leslie Graue, Eolia Lodge No. 14 5239 Albert Henry Champ, Grandview Lodge No. 618 5240 Jerry Wayne Coleman, East Gate Lodge No. 630 5241 Allan Paris, Jr., Fellowship Lodge No. 345 5242 Virgil Ray Bradsher, Linn Creek Lodge No. 152 Wayne Barlett, Fellowship 5243 George Lodge No. 345 5244 Dennis Ray Herndon, Hebron Lodge No. 354 . 5245 Robert Earl Jinkerson, Joachim Lodge No. 164 5246 James Allen Johnson, Independence Lodge No. 76 5247 George Litchfield Hickman, Independence Lodge No. 76 5248 James C. Stanley, Alpha Lodge No. 659 5249 Ronald E. Wilson, Friendship Lodge No. 89


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5250 Sidney Arthur Ferguson, Joplin Lodge No. 335 5251 Cecil Aaron Tinin, Joplin Lodge No. 335 5252 James Wesley Clark, Mansfield Lodge No. 543 5253 Dale Scott Drew, Moberly Lodge No. 344 5254 Stanley Marcus Sager, Non PareH Lodge No. 372 5255 William J. VanVelzen, Independence Lodge No. 76 5256 Paul Maddux, East Gate Lodge No. 630 5257 Charles Bratton, Trinity Lodge No. 641 5258 John Eugene Mirgaux, Trinity Lodge No. 641 5259 Robert Emanuel J olliff, Grandview Lodge No. 618 5260 Von Ray Berry, Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 5261 Clarence Lee Hardison, Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 5262 Gary Steven Trenholm, Herculaneum Lodge No. 338 5263 Kelley Lyndell Elder, Poplar Bluff Lodge No. 209 5264 Jack Lee Lambrich, Arnold Lodge No. 673 5265 Richard Henry Palone, Criterion Lodge No. 586 5266 Henry Solomon Harmon, Ionic Lodge No. 154 5267 James Laurence Daft, Rising Sun Lodge No. 13 5268 James R. Paul, Wakanda Lodge No. 52 5269 Mark Clyde Keaton, Neosho Lodge No. 247 5270 James A. Baker. Adair Lodge No. 366 5271 Jerry Dale Williams, Mansfield Lodge No. 543 5272 Bobby L. Jones, Mansfield Lodge No. 543 5273 Elmer Steven Moody, Norwood Lodge No. 622 5274 Frederick Allen Troxel, Jr., Blue Springs Lodge No. 337 5275 Jack Clarence Weaver, Pyramid Lodge No. 180 5276 Albert Lloyd Bloch, Arnold Lodge No. 673 5277 Howard Lee Dobbs, Neosho Lodge No. 247 5278 David Michael Steffenella, Raytown Lodge No. 391 5279 William Ralph Euler, Zeredatha Lodge No. 189 5280 Virgil Edward Cutter, Olive Branch Lodge No. 576 5281 Charles Eugene Coffman, Neosho Lodge No. 247 5282 Charles Henry Shupp, Criterion Lodge No. 586 5283 David Van Laningham, Raytown Lodge No. 391 5284 Robert L. Wright, Columbia Lodge No. 534 5285 Michael Ray Lane, Ionic Lodge No. 154 5286 Bobby Dean ~iram, Plato Lodge No. 469 5287 Jesse Paul Matthews, Plato Lodge No. 469 5288 Robert M. Barrett, Adair Lodge No. 366 5289 Pinckney Eli Rhodes, Maplewood Lodge No. 566 5290 Sanford R. Sutfin, Pride of the West Lodge No. 179 5291 Galen Eugene Streeter, Charity Lodge No. 331 5292 Edward L. House, Cornerstone Lodge No. 323

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5293 Lanny Douglas Overall, Pyramid Lodge No. 180 5294 Ronald E. Patterson, Cornerstone Lodge No. 323 5295 Curtis Calhoun, Mansfield Lodge No. 543 5296 Howard Albert Dixon, Arnold Lodge No. 673 5297 Bobby Ray O'Dell, Friendship Lodge No. 89 5298 Norman Jean Tackett, Sheffield Lodge No. 625 5299 William Grey Barnett, Ancient Landmark Lodge No. 356 5300 Randolph R. Davis, Lambskin Lodge No. 460 5301 Robert Dale Hart, Hornersville Lodge No. 215 5302 David Edward Powell, Hornersville Lodge No. 215 5303 Melvin G. Myrick, Sr., Palestine Lodge No. 241 5304 Jackie Donald Crawford, Poplar Bluff Lodge No. 209 5305 Ronald E. Hudson, East Gate Lodge No. 630 5306 John Harmon McVay, Adair Lodge No. 366 5307 Austin Oscar Gamble, Wellston Lodge No. 613 5308 Claude Ray Johnson, Barnesville Lodge No. 353 5309 James J. Downey, Jr., Fraternal Lodge No. 363 5310 David Wesley Dugger, Good Hope Lodge No. 218 5311 Sanford LaVerne Ritter, Columbia Lodge No. 534 5312 Donald J. Myers, Corinthian Lodge No. 265 5313 Darrell Eugene Palmer, Northeast Lodge No. 643 5314 Eugene Granvel Ritz, Pyramid Lodge No. 180 5315 Richard Ray Cordell, Xenia Lodge No. 50 5316 Edward Wayne Hutchings, St. Francois Lodge No. 234 5317 Irvin M. Sprous, Naphtali Lodge No. 25 5318 Lloyd Glen Lyon, Wakanda Lodge No. 52 5319 Thomas Allen Walden, Jr., Wakanda Lodge No. 52 5320 James Edward Marsden, Acacia Lodge No. 602 5321 Roy Allen Davis, Hallsville Lodge No. 336 5322 Louis J. Solari, Branson Lodge No. 587 5323 Cecil B. Tippin, Galena Lodge No. 515 5324 George Richard Farrow, Independence Lodge No. 76 5325 Evin Burke, Morley Lodge No. 184 5326 Warren Wallace Bergman, Florissant Lodge No. 668 5327 Glenn Rhine, Florissant Lodge No. 668 5328 Harold Eugene Gregory, McDonald Lodge No. 324 5329 Dale Collins, Raytown Lodge No. 391 5330 John Alston Miller, Brotherhood Lodge No. 269 5331 Bryce J. Morris, Carthage Lodge No. 197 5332 Vernon Leroy Dunham, United Lodge No.5 5333 David Ronald Julian, FentoD Lodge No. 281 5334 Walter Mark Perkins, Arnold Lodge No. 673


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SUBDIVISION I-FIRST RENEWALS

A2371 James Estel Isbell, Paul Revere Lodge No. 330 A2372 Vern Harry Gordon, Independence Lodge No. 76 A2373 Roy Joe Perkins, Richland Lodge No. 385 A2374 Claude O. Pering, Jr., Galena Lodge No. 515 A2375 Joseph Marvin Osburn, McDonald Lodge No. 324 A2376 Richard Bryan Aue, McDonald Lodge No. 324 A2377 Frank Blair Curry, McDonald Lodge No. 324 A2378 Harold James Harding, McDonald Lodge No. 324 A2379 Richard Lee Burgen, Alpha Lodge No. 659 A2380 Walter Edward Nichols, Valley Park Lodge No. 629 A2381 Norman Seldon Stites, Valley Park Lodge No. 629 A2382 Alfred Sheridan Black, Summit Lodge No. 263 A2383 Otis Edward Riggs, Lambskin Lodge No. 460 A2384 Emmett Womack, Lambskin Lodge No. 460 A2385 James W. Taylor, Columbia Lodge No. 534 A2386 James Wilton Foster, Trinity Lodge No. 641 A2387 Jerry Don Hamrick, Hornersville Lodge No. 215 A2388 John Ed Chipman, Valley Park Lodge No. 629 A2389 Hobart Michael Poyser, Grandview Lodge No. 618 A2390 Gerald Melvin Delaney, Charity Lodge No. 331 A2391 Herman Oby Pogue, Poplar Bluff Lodge No. 209 A2392 Danny Eugene Rhodes. Poplar Bluff Lodge No. 209 A2393 Willie D. Reynolds, Purity Lodge No. 658 A2394 James Robert Lindley, Cass Lodge No. 147

A2395 Ronnie L. Crawford, Kennett Lodge No. 68 A2396 Hardee Hoyt Richey, Cowgill Lodge No. 661 A2397 William D. Everhart, Brotherhood Lodge No. 269 A2398 Larry Laverne Diggs, Maitland Lodge No. 112 A2399 Lewis George Hollingsworth, Fenton Lodge No. 281 A2400 Dale C. Motter, Adair Lodge No. 366 AM01 Dana Gerald McDowell, Adair Lodge No. 366 A2402 Laymon A. Allgood. Harold O. Grauel Lodge No. 672 A2403 Robert Goza, Excelsior Lodge No. 441 A2404 Jerry Paul Sturgeon, Kennett Lodge No. 68 A2406 Jim H. Rooks, Jr•• Liberty Lodge No. 31 A2406 Jesse James Brown, Jr., Wayne Lodge No. 526 A2407 Robert A. Fitzpatrick, Independence Lodge No. 76 A2408 Jearld Shirkey, Galena Lodge No. 516 A2409 Kenit W. Inman, Friend Lodge No. 352 A2410 Dennis Earl Justice, Compass Lodge No. 120 A2411 Wayne H. Branson, Overland Lodge No. 623 A2412 Gene Ray Stone, Overland Lodge No. 623 A2413 Larry Dean Peugh, Cainsville Lodge No. 328 A2414 Billie Lee Bird, King Hill Lodge No. 376 A2415 Thomas Glenn Beck, Alpha Lodge No. 659 A2416 Carl Eugene Herbert, Maplewood Lodge No. 566 A2417 Verble L. Johnson, Aurora Lodge No. 267 A2418 Larry Dean Bridges, America Lodge No. 347 A2419 Herald E. Schaper, Moscow Lodge No. 658

SU8DIVISION I-SECOND RENEWALS

B1270 Harley Wayne Merideth, Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 B1271 William M. Clark, Jr., Gray Summit Lodge No. 173 B1272 Walter Lee Brewster, Jonesburg Lodge No. 457 B1273 Merlin Lewis Bowman, Vincil Lodge No. 62 B1274 Victor Loren Ford, Raytown Lodge No. 391 B1275 Stanley Harry Bremer. Lambskin Lodge No. 460 B1276 Stanley Lester Cooksey, Wakanda Lodge No. 52 B1277 John Paul Jones, Hebron Lodge No. 854 B1278 Wilfred George Soutiea, Jr., Freedom Lodge No. 636 B1279 George Ralph Patton, Grandview Lodge No. 618 B1280 Harry J. Eckert, Friendship Lodge No. 89 B1281 Kenneth Lee Cushman, East Gate Lodge No. 630 B1282 Gayle Don Bedell, Fellowship Lodge No. 345

B1283 John Barthol Moss, Jefferson Lodge No. 43 B1284 Eddie K. Gillihan, Skidmore Lodge No. 511 B1285 Charles W. Leach, Arnold Lodge No. 673 B1286 Eric Clinton George, Jr., East Gate Lodge No. 630 B1287 Nodas Lewis, Temple Lodge No. 299 B1288 Adolph Glenn. Sedalia Lodge No. 236 B1289 Richard Giles Thornton, Charity Lodge No. 331 B1290 Ray E. Dees, Paul Revere Lodge No. 330 B1291 Clarence Leo Busch, Sullivan Lodge No. 69 B1292 Virgil Haskell Perkins, Fenton Lodge No. 281 B1293 John D. DeClue, Valley Park Lodge No. 629 B1294 Lloyd Earl Sites, Rolla Lodge No. 213 B1295 Roy Lynn Barnes, Columbia Lodge No. 534 B1296 Don E. Baker, Branson Lodge No. 587


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B1297 Willis E. Harding. Corinthian Lodge No. 265 B1298 Warder Magee Shotwell, Swope Park Lodge No. 617 B1299 Billy Joe Schneider, Owensville Lodge No. 624 B1300 Ralph Franklin Dunn, Valley Park Lodge No. 629 B1301 Billy Joe Crawford, Grain Valley Lodge No. 644 B1302 Willard E. Chilton, Barnesville Lodge No. 353 B1303 Coleman L. Lackey, Liberty Lodge No. 31 '

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B1304 Arthur L. Zeis, Jr.â&#x20AC;˘ Pyramid Lodge No. 180 B1305 Herbert W. Crowder, Temple Lodge No. 299 B1306 Harold Veneer Brown. Rising Sun Lodge No. 13 B1307 Hugh Edward Shubert. Sheffield Lodge No. 625 B130S Homer Guffey, Jr., Equality Lodge No. 497 B1309 Paul Kawakami, Heroine Lodge No. 104 B1310 Charles Clinton Bybee, Solomon Lodge No. 271

SUBDIVISION I-THIRD RENEWALS

C740 Edward Albert Overby, Maplewood Lodge No. 566 C741 Ronnie J. Sharp, Mendon Lodge No. 628 C742 Norman Kent James. Herculaneum Lodge No. 338 C743 George Victor McDougall, McDonald Lodge No. 324 C744 James Dallas Lollar, Western Star Lodge No. 15 C745 Claude T. Rippeto, Lambskin Lodge No. 460 C746 Arthur E. Bush, Lambskin Lodge No. 460 C747 Lyle Robert Byrns, Beacon Lodge No.3 C748 Louis Daniel Gust, Montgomery Lodge No. 246 C749 Virden Leon Daugherty, Cass Lodge No. 147 C750 Bradie Leeroy Paschall, Independence Lodge No. 76 C751 Paul Turner, Solomon Lodge No. 271 C762 Rolland G. Foskett, Shaveh Lodge No. 646 C753 William Francis Nell. Charity Lodge No. 331 C754 John Douglas Atkins, Anchor Lodge No. 443 C755 Ronald Eugene Smith. Hartford Lodge No. 171

C756 Darrell Lowell Jonre, Fairfax Lodge No 483 C757 Harry Dayton McPherson, Independence Lodge No. 76 C758 Raymond Westley Cate. Shaveh Lodge No. 646 C759 James Robert Floyd, Alpha Lodge No. 659 C760 Leo Harold Pitts, Hermitage Lodge No. 288 C761 Carnell E. Cutbirth, Galena Lodge No. 515 C762 Arthur Gene Page, Friend Lodge No. 352 C763 Ernest C. Cottle, Twilight Lodge No. 114 C764 John William McBride, Twilight Lodge No. 114 C765 William Jameson Smith, Orient Lodge No 546 C766 Paul Cutler, Westport Lodge No. 340 C767 Henry W. Busch, Jennings Lodge No. 640 C768 Herbert Carl Ort. Euclid Lodge No. 505 C769 Walter Henry Ort, Euclid Lodge No. 505 C770 William Earl Weese. Temperance Lodge No. 438 C771 John L. Lorenz, Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422

SUBDIVISION I-FOURTH RENEWALS

D474 Richard Wayne Calvert, Platte City Lodge No. 504 D475 Glen Patterson Adams, Rolla Lodge No. 213 D476 Thomas Eugene Thurman, Troy Lodge No. 34 D477 Glen D. Patton, Kennett Lodge No. 68 D478 Harris Maupin, Jr., Hebron Lodge No. 354. D479 Dwight Leyon Pickinpaugh, Raytown Lodge No. 391 D480 Willard Benard McFarland. Horners~lre Lodge No. 215 D481 George H. Davis, Easter Lodge No. 575 D482 James Junior Montgomery, Neosho Lodge No. 247 D483 Jimmie Lee Moreland, Neosho Lodge No. 247 D484 George R. Johnson, Liberty Lodge No. 31 D485 Eugene Spencer Harris, Ionic Lodge No. 154

D486 R. Franklin Avery, Hope Lodge No. 251 D487 Paul William Kittle, Rolla Lodge No. 213 D488 George O. Scobee, Galena Lodge No. 515 D489 Charles Edward Scheurich, Acacia Lodge No. 602 D490 Lloyd Pershing Branum, Hornersville Lodge No. 215 D491 Jackson C. Spiking, Ancient Craft Lodge No. 377 D492 Ted Horowitz. Cornerstone Lodge No. 323 D493 Hugh Monroe Peterson, Sullivan Lodge No. 69 D494 Willard Norman Druart, Joplin Lodge No. 335 D495 Thomas Cee Moore, Joplin Lodge No. 335

SUBDIVISION I-FIFTH RENEWALS

E312 Ray Hilton, Gate of the Temple Lodge No 422 E313 Martin Edward Brummond, Lambskin Lodge No. 460

E314 John E. Wirth, Lambskin Lodge No. 460 E315 Maurice Mayberry, Lebanon Lodge No. 77


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E316 Hoyt Young, Macks Creek Lodge No. 433 E317 James Derrel Buzzard, Neosho Lodge No. 247 E318 Jess H. Easley, Laclede Lodge No. 83 E319 Aron Owen Smith, Joplin Lodge No. 335 E320 Floyd Hogan Buckner, Ionic Lodge No. 154 E321 Arvin Earl Critchfield, Northeast Lodge No. 643 E322 Daniel Christopher Ray, Howard Lodge No 4 E323 Willis R. Hunt, Alpha Lodge No. 659

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E324 Frank Edgar Hagner, Alpha Lodge No. 659 E325 Claude F. Stephens, Advance Lodge No. 590 E326 Edward T. Neely, Jr., Wellston Lodge No. 613 E327 Charles Naaman Alcorn, Wentzville Lodge No. 46 E328 Thomas Lynn Dawson, Aurora Lodge No. 267 E329 Ardell Osmer Kennedy, Poplar Bluff Lodge No 209 E330 George Pritchard Grahl, Liberty Lodge No. 31 .

SUBDIVISION I--SIXTH RENEWALS

F198 Gilbert Ray Rose, Mokane Lodge No. 612 F199 Erwin Henry Witthaus, Mokane Lodge No. 612 F200 Clarence Edward Sadler, Sikeston Lodge No. 310 F201 Robert Willard Jones, Montgomery Lodge No. 246 F202 Tom J. Collier, Brotherhood Lodge No. 269 F203 William C. Gruber, Joachim Lodge No. 164

F204 John IvaI Grecn, New Hampton Lodge No. 510 F205 Othar K. Rowlett, New Hampton Lodge No 510 F206 Roy Harry Rude, Howard Lodge No.4 F207 Lewis C. Wes Cook, Weston Lodge No. 53 F208 Arthur Ralph Zellmer, Crescent Hill Lodge No. 368 F209 Elmer James Chrisman, Livingston Lodge No. 51 F210 Donald L. Fulk, Platte City Lodge No. 504

SUBDIVISION J--5EVENTII RENEWALS

GIl7 Tommy Curbow, Branson Lodge No. 587 GIlS Walter A. Powell, Puxico Lodge No. 596 GIl9 Ray Frank Begole, Hebron Lodge No. 354 'GI20 Leo B. Kennedy, Edina Lodge No. 297 G121 Hart Dittemore, Mount Washington Lodge No. 614 G122 Willie Robert Koelling, Howard Lodge No.4

GI28 George Hayes, Sullivan Lodge No. 69 G124 Walter Lee Shelton, Friend Lodge No. 352 G125 Steven D. Lundy, New Hampton Lodge No. 510 G126 Leroy Paul Lewis, Van Buren Lodge No. 509 G127 Eugene E. "Pat" McFarland, Hermon Lodge No. 187 G128 Walter C. Niehaus, Paul Revere Lodge No. 330

SU'BDIVISION I-EIGHTH RENEWALS

H62 William W. Forrester, East Gate Lodge No. 630 H63 Gus T. Fischer, Jonesburg Lodge No. 457 H64 Charles Wilford Hall, King Hill Lodge No. 376

H65 Claude Walker Dunnaway, Versailles Lodge No. 320 H66 Reuben Y. Hume, Fayette Lodge No. 47 H67 Stanford M. Burge, Lincoln Lodge No. 138 H68 Paul Victor Raney, Potosi Lodge No. 131

SUBDIVISION I-NINTH RENEWALS

130 Everett Leslie Ogle, Richland Lodge No. 385 131 Charles Smith Hicks, Monroe Lodge No. 64 132 Lloyd C. Kennon, Granite Lodge No. 272 133 Claud T. Foster, Four Mile Lodge No. 212

134 Wilburn Scott Christie, New Hampton Lodge No. 510 135 Harley r. Whaley, Xenia Lodge No. 50 136 Jesse Sylvester Cass, Ivanhoe Lodge No. 446 137 Charles Otto Winkler, St. Joseph Lodge No. 78

SUBDIVISION I-TENTH RENEWALS

J12 John E. Adams, Ferguson Lodge No. 542 J13 Solomon Byron Christian IV, Maitland Lodge No. 112 J14 Charles Samuel Rutt, Bogard Lodge No. 101

J15 T. Frank Wright, Tyro Lodge No. 12 J16 Charles Goodman, Polar Star Lodge No. 79

SUBDIVISION I-ELEVÂŁNTH RENEWALS

K2 Bruce H. Hunt, Adair Lodge No. 366 K3 Vernon Vane Goslee, Skidmore Lodge No. 511

K4 Walter M. Rayburn, Sikeston Lodge No. 310


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GRAND LODGE OF MISSOURI SUBDIVISION II-PART I-ORIGINALS

303 Ezra Franklin Williams, Wentzville Lodge No. 46 304 William James Clapson, Fellowship Lodge No. 345 305 Euell Jesse Sweeten, Wentzville Lodge No. 46 306 Henry Eugene Sneed, Meridian Lodge No.2 307 Larry Clinton Hanna, Raytown Lodge No. 391 308 James Daniel Fink, Lambskin Lodge No. 460 309 John Ed Chipman, Valley Park Lodge No. 629 310 Phillip David Rendon, East Gate Lodge No. 630 311 Robert Charles Sessler, Trinity Lodge No. 641 312 Larry James Chancellor, Buckner Lodge No. 501 313 Robert Joseph WangeIin, Anchor Lodge No. 443 314 Robert Anthony WahIig, Fenton Lodge No. 281 315 Jack Clarence Weaver, Pyramid Lodge No. 180 316 Rex Martin Williams, Henderson Lodge No. 477

317 Edward L. House, Cornerstone Lodge No. 323 318 Richard Sidney Gobble, Bridgeton Lodge No. 80 319 Richard William Goff, Clifton Heights Lodge No. 520 320 John Dave DeClue, Valley Park Lodge No. 629 321 James Richard Paul, Wakanda Lodge No. 52 322 Michael D. Ballard, Henderson Lodge No. 477 323 George Alfred Duey, Branson Lodge No. 587 324 Duane Eiserman, Branson Lodge No. 587 325 Ronald Wayne Cummins, Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 326 John W. Stoneking, Palestine Lodge No. 241 327 Virgil Edward Cutter, Olive Branch Lodge No. 576 328 Billy Ray Abbott, Ferguson Lodge No. 542 329 James Bert Thacker, Mizpah Lodge No. 639 330 Austin Oscar Gamble, Wellston Lodge No. 613

SUBDIVISION II-PART I-FIRST RENEWALS

A197 J. Edward Blinn, Webster Lodge No. 98 A198 Lee Roy Grizzell, East Gate Lodge No. 630 A199 Lee Oliver King, Columbia Lodge No. 534 A200 George Victor McDougall, McDonald Lodge No. 324 A201 Frank Blair Curry, McDonald Lodge No. 324 A202 Peter John Jackson, Stockton Lodge No. 283 A203 James Nelson Hamilton, Fellowship Lodge No. 345 A204 Conley Eugene DePriest, Pauldingville Lodge No. 11

A205 John R. Asher, Forest Park Lodge No. 578 A206 Marvin Kenneth Mann, Purity Lodge No. 658 A207 Gerald Vernon Noble, Ivanhoe Lodge No. 446 A208 Arvid E. Critchfield, Northeast Lodge No. 643 A209 Willie Dallas Reynolds, Purity Lodge No. 658 A210 Stephen Blaine Givens, Charity Lodge No. 331 A211 Robert A. Fitzpatrick, Independence Lodge No. 76 A212 Ned A. Donovan, Rising Sun Lodge No. 13

SUBDIVISION II-PART I-SECOND RENEWALS

B132 Jo Maurice Fisher, Raytown Lodge No. 391 B133 Bernard M. W. Seiarone, Pyramid Lodge No. 180 B134 Elwood Joseph Chancellor, Buckner Lodge No. 501 B135 Edgar Franklin Coonrod, Florissant Lodge No. 668 B136 Donald Edwin Hayes, O'Sullivan Lodge No.7

B137 Carl Eugene Herbert, Maplewood Lodge No. 566 Fullerton Denney, Webster B13S Leslie Groves Lodge No. 84 B139 Paul Turner, Solomon Lodge No. 271 B.140 Clarence Leo Busch, Sullivan Lodge No. 69 B141 Albert Hugh Miller, Wentzville Lodge No. 46 B142 Joe Melvin Glasscock, Miller Lodge No. 567

SUBDIVISION II-PART I-THIRD RENEWALS

C99 Stanley Earl Massey, Competition Lodge No. 432 C100 Joseph Thomas Miner, Ferguson Lodge No. 542 C101 Billy Joe Crawford, Grain Valley Lodge No. 644 Cl02 Clarence Lee Alumbaugh, Buckner Lodge No. 501

Cl03 Tom J. Collier, Brotherhood Lodge No. 269 C104 Charles Marvin Benedict, Wellston Lodge No. 618 Cl05 John Douglas Atkins, Anchor Lodge No. 443

SUBDIVISION II-PART I-FOURTH RENEWALS

D74 James Derrel Buzzard, Neosho Lodge No. 247

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E56 Thomas Joseph Lehmann, Paul Revere Lodge No. 880 E57 William Franklin Jackson, Shaveh Lodge No. 646

E58 Edward T. Neely, Jr., Wellston Lodge No. 618 E59 T. Lynn Dawson, Aurora Lodge No. 267

SUBDIVISION II-PART I--SIXTH RENEWALS

F81 William W. Forrester. East Gate Lodge No. 630 F32 Elmer James Chrisman, Livingston Lodge No. 51

F33 Clifford Irvin Carter, Swope Park Lodge No. 617

SUBDIVISION II-PART l--SEVENTH RENEWALS

GIG Nathan William Glazer, Franklin Lodge No. 642

Benjamin

SUBDIVISION II-PART I-EIGHTII RENEWALS

H8 Charles Goodman, Polar Star Lodge No. 79 SUBDIVISION II-PART 2-0RIGINALS

289 Robert Charles Sessler, Trinity Lodge No. 641 290 Peter Cavic, Jr., Lambskin Lodge No. 460 291 David Edward Greco, Trinity Lodge No. 641 292 Earl T. Sowell, Meridian Lodge NO.2 293 Theodore R. Brown, Freedom Lodge No. 636 294 Robert Lee Patton. Orient Lodge No. 546 295 Michael Dean Smith, Albert Pike Lodge No. 219 296 Billy Joe Crawford, Grain Valley Lodge No. 644 297 James Ellis Spencer, Grandview Lodge No. 618 298 Billy Ray Abbott, Ferguson Lodge No. 542 299 Donald R. Jett. Wentzville Lodge No. 46 300 Glenn Hart Oliver, Montgomery Lodge No. 246

801 Robert Anthony Wahlig. Fenton Lodge No. 281 302 Michael D. Ballard, Henderson Lodge No. 477 808 Robert Joseph Wangelin, Anchor Lodge No. 443 304 John Robert Mullins, Canopy Lodge No. 284 805 Lloyd Glen Lyon, Wakanda Lodge No. 52 806 Austin Oscar Gamble, Wellston Lodge No. 618 807 John W. Stoneking, Palestine Lodge No. 241 308 Charles Brent Mallin, University Lodge No. 649 309 Marechal Ervel Koch, Hopewell Lodge No. 239 310 Tommy Curbow, Branson Lodge No. 587 311 Larry James Chancellor, Buckner Lodge No. 501 312 Raymond Arlen Phipps. Jennings Lodge No. 640

SUBDIVISION II-PART 2-FIRST RENEWALS

A176 James Daniel Fink. Lambskin Lodge No. 460 A177 John Francis Garrett, Lambskin Lodge No. 460 A178 Henry Eugene Sneed, Meridian Lodge No.2 A179 James Edward Brown. Fellowship Lodge No. 345 A180 Floyd Elmer Williams, Fellowship Lodge No. 345 A181 Peter John Jackson, Stockton Lodge No. 283 A182 John Lee Lorenz, Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 AlBa Frank Blair Curry, McDonald Lodge No. 324 AIB4 Lee Roy Grizzell,. East Gate Lodge No. G30 A185 Delcia O. Head, Forest Park Lodge No. 578 A18G Stephen Blaine Glvens, Charity Lodge No. 331

A187 William Eugene Goggin, Ferguson Lodge No. 642 A188 Joseph Thomas Miner, Ferguson Lodge No. 642 A189 Conley Eugene DePriest, Pauldingville Lodge No. 11 A190 Willie Dallas Reynolds. Purity Lodge No.65B A19l Larry Dean Bridges, America Lodge No. 347 A192 Verble Leo Johnson, Aurora Lodge No. 267 A193 Richard Lemuel Tarpley, Ferguson Lodge No. 542 A194 Melvin John Sanders, Marlborough Lodge No. 569 A195 Kenneth Lee Cushman, East Gate Lodge No. 630 A196 Bobby Lee Hackworth, Florissant Lodge No. 668

SUBDIVISION II-PART 2--SECOND RENEWALS

BI24 Bernard M. W. Lodge No. 180

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Pyramid

BI25 Joseph George Lodge No. 618

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B126 Claude Sparks, Berkeley Lodge No. 667 B127 Carl Eugene Herbert. Maplewood Lodge No. 566 B128 Albert Hugh Miller, Wentzville Lodge No. 46

B129 John Douglas Atkins, Anchor Lodge No. 443 B130 William A. Gamblian, Vandalia Lodge No. 491 B131 Lecil Ulry, Lick Creek Lodge No. 302

SUBDIVISION II-PART 2-THIRD R£NEWALS

C92 Stanley Earl Massey, Competition Lodge No. 432 C93 Ray Hilton, Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 C94 Arthur Stanley Wehmeyer, Paul Revere Lodge No. 330

C95 Marvin Gene Shull, Rising Sun Lodge No. 13 C96 Stanton T. Brown, Buckner Lodge No. 601

SUBDIVISION II-PART 2-FOURTH RENEWALS

D67 James Derrel Buzzard, Neosho Lodge No. 247 D68 Thomas C. Hurt. East Gate Lodge No. 630 D69 T. Lynn Dawson, Aurora Lodge No. 267

D70 Charlie Smith Hicks, Monroe Lodge No. 64 D71 George H. Strother, Vandalia Lodge No. 491

SUBDIVISION II-PART 2-FIFTH RENEWALS

E57 Clifford Irvin Carter, Swope Park Lodge No. 167

E58 Emmett Broombaugh, Lodge No. 616

Jr.,

Brentwood

SUBDIVISION II-PART 2---SIXTH RENEWALS

F32 WiIllam W. Forrester, East Gate Lodge No. 630 F33 Tom J. Collier, Brotherhood Lodge No. 269

F34 Arthur Richard Cullor, Unionville Lodge No. 210 F35 Elmer James Chrisman, Livingston Lodge No. 51

SUBDIVISION II-PART 2-SEVENTH RENEWALS

G15 Charles Goodman, Polar Star Lodge No. 79

G16 Nathan William Glazer, Benjamin Franklin Lodge No. 642 G17 J. Earl Landes. Shekinah Lodge No. 256

SUBDIVISION II-PART 2-EIGHTH RENEWALS

H8 John S. Stillwell, Putnam Lodge No. 190 SUBDIVISION II-PART 3-0RIGINALS

286 James Daniel Fink, Lambskin Lodge No. 460 287 Robert Charles Sessler. Trinity Lodge No. 641 288 Robert Anthony Wahlig, Fenton Lodge No. 281 289 Walter Henry Ort, Euclid Lodge No. 505 290 Virgil Edward Cutter. Olive Branch Lodge No. 576 291 Peter Cavic, Jr., Lambskin Lodge No. 460 292 'Theodore R. Brown, Freedom Lodge No. 636 293 Eugene Granvel Ritz, Pyramid Lodge No. 180 294 Harry Edmond Briggs. Sr., Fellowship Lodge No. 345 295 R. Edward Ceries, Crestwood Lodge No. 669 296 Ray E. Dees. Paul Revere Lodge No. 330

297 Pinckney Eli Rhodes, Maplewood Lodge No. 566 298 Charles Edward Whitehead. Willard Lodge No. 620 299 Frederick Robert Kaucher, Jr., Berkeley . Lodge No. 667 300 Donald Ray Jett, Wentzville Lodge No. 46 301 Raymond Arlen Phipps, Jennings Lodge No. 640 302 John W. Stoneking, Palestine Lodge No. 241 303 Harley Leroy Monroe, Sullivan Lodge No. 69 304 Billy Joe Crawford. Grain Valley Lodge No. 644 305 Ezra T. Lalik, Independence Lodge No. 76 306 Robert Edward Lee Shelton. Macks Creek Lodge No. 433

SUBDIVISION IJ-PART 3-FIRST RENEWALS

A180 Owen Willtrout, Jr.• Shaveh Lodge No. 646 A181 Frank Blair Curry, McDonald Lodge No. 324 A182 Richard Sidney Gobble, Bridgeton Lodge No. 80

A183 Elwood Joseph Chancellor, Buckner Lodge No. 501 A184 James J. Montgomery, Neosho Lodge No. 247 A185 William Kyle Johnson, Jefferson Lodge No. 43


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A186 Stephen Blaine Givens, Charity Lodge No. 331 A187 James Edward Brown, Fellowship Lodge No. 345 A188 Norman Seldon Stites, Valley Park Lodge No. 629 A189 Woodford Leroy Tilley, Jr., Plato Lodge No. 469 A190 Peter John Jackson, Stockton Lodge No. 283

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A19l Arthur Richard Cullor, Unionville Lodge No. 210 A192 Conley Eugene DePriest, Pauldingville Lodge No. 11 A193 Willie D. Reynolds, Purity Lodge No. 658 A194 Russell B. Ward, Purity Lodge No. 658 A195 Albert Hugh Miller, Wentzville Lodge No. 46 A196 Bobby Lee Hackworth, Florissant Lodge No. 668

SUBDIVISION II-PART 3--sECOND RENEWALS

B126 Joseph George Wehner, Grandview Lodge No. 618 B127 Bernard M. W. Sciarone, Pyramid Lodge No. 180 B128 Carl Martin Holcomb, Troy Lodge No. 34.

B129 Bruce Franklin Donaldson, Overland Lodge No. 623 B130 Edgar Franklin Coonrod, Florissant Lodge No. 668

B13l Harley Wayne Merideth, Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 B132 Carl Eugene Herbert, Maplewood Lodge No. 566 B133 Joseph T. Miner, Ferguson Lodge No. 542 B134 Charles Naaman Alcorn, Wentzville Lodge No. 46

SUBDIVISION II-PART 3-THIRD RENEWALS

C98 Stanton Thayer Brown, Buckner Lodge No. 501 C99 Ray Hilton, Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 ClOO William r. Mosburg, East Gate Lodge No. 630

ClOl Stanley Earl Massey, Competition Lodge No. 432 Cl02 Charles Otto Winkler, St. Joseph Lodge No. 78 Cl03 John Douglas Atkins, Anchor Lodge No. 443

SUBDIVISION II-PART 3-FOURTH RENEWALS

D69 James Derrel Buzzard, Neosho Lodge No. 247 D7() Maurice Mayberry, Lebanon Lodge No. 77

D71 Charles R. Savage, Shaveh Lodge No. 646 D72 R. Franklin Avery, Hope Lodge No. 251 D73 Claude F. Stephens, Advance Lodge No. 590

SUBDIVISION II-PART 3-FIFTH RENEWALS

E55 Claud T. Foster, Four Mile Lodge No. 212 E56 William F . .Jackson, Shaveh Lodge No. 646

E57 Elmer James Chrisman, Livingston Lodge No. 51 E58 T.Lynn Dawson, Aurora Lodge No. 267 E59 Clifford I. Carter, Swope Park Lodge No. 617

SUBDIVISION II-PART 3-SIXTH RENEWALS

F32 William W. Forrester, East Gate Lodge No. 630

F33 Morris S. Sheeks, Triangle Lodge No. 638 F34 Ralph Otto Kolb, Anchor Lodge No. 443

SUBDIVISION-PART 3-SEVENTH RENEWALS

G14 Charles Goodman, Polar Star Lodge No. 79 GI5 Nathan William Glazer, Benjamin Franklin Lodge No. 642

GI6 John I. Williams, Rising Sun Lodge No. 13 G17 J. Earl Landes, Shekinah Lodge No. 256 G18 James Woodrow Dougan, Rosendale Lodge No. 404

SUBDIVISION II-PART 3-EIGHTH RENEWALS

H8 John S. Stillwell, Putnam Lodge No. 190

REMARKS OF MoW. BRO. GUS J. VLASIS

M.W. GRAND MASTER Gus J. VLASIS of Tennessee: M.W. Grand Master, Officers, Distinguished Guests, Brethren all, being a Mason is a wonderful thing. This is the first time I have ever been to Missouri, and particularly


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to attend this Communication and I must say that I have received a warm welcome. In fact I have been received very cordially. I feel like the fellow who walked into the post office and saw his picture on the wall. It is good to know that you are wanted. I have heard many discussions in regard to loss of membership, some of the weaknesses in our Order. But I haven't heard what was right with our Order and what is right with our Order. I have great faith in our Order surviving in spite of many changes in our social order and especially with the competition TV gives us. You know we will survive because it has been written that any group of men, organization-city, town, or county-that meets for the sake of Heaven or for the purpose of doing that which is pleasing in the sight of our Divine Creator shall endure and shall survive. As long as we as men and Masons continue practicing the precepts of the Order, which are Charity, Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth, we shall and will endure throughout the ages. You know as the Almighty gives longevity to the individual who walks humbly with his God, for it is written in the glowing pages of the Book which rests on our altar: "For by me their days shall be multiplied, and the years of their life shall be increased." So it is with our Order, because we do walk humbly with our God, because we practice that which is pleasing in His sight. And so, my Brethren, I have no worries about the Order surviving and in fact increasing. All we have to do is continue doing that which we have been doing and ignoring some of the outside cracks that are taken at us. You know, if we continue to do the things that we are supposed to do, we will survive any onslaught from the outside because we have on our side the Almighty. You know, if we get up every morning and pray, "Dear Lord, there is not a thing that You and I together cannot handle," we shall survive and carry through. And we must also, I feel, look after our younger brethren that are born into this family of Masons. We must give them that fellowship, love, and affection that they are led to expect, because in the final analysis the two most beautiful words to me in the English language are this: My Brother. Thank you for the privilege. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, I think that we all can take stock in M.W. Brother Vlasis' remarks. He comes from a jurisdiction that has shown increases in membership for some 36 straight years. CONTINUATION OF REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON JURISPRUDENCE

R.W. Bro. Warren R. Maichel, Chairman, proceeded to present the portion of the report of the Committee on Jurisprudence pertaining to the proposed Amendments of the Grand Lodge By-Laws. PROPOSED AMENDMENTS OF THE BY-LAWS

I. As indicated in the路 report of the Special Committee on Jurisdiction, printed beginning at page 45 of the "Reports of Officers and Committees," proposals for the amendment, revision and repeal of certain Sections of Article 21 of the By-Laws have been pending since 1972 and are printed in the 1975 pocket part for the


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1958 edition of the Annotated Constitution and By-Laws. The Special Committee has presented a resolution dealing with these matters which, at the suggestion of the Committee on Jurisprudence, varies somewhat from its proposals set forth beginning on page 49 of the Reports of Officers and Committees. The. resolution submitted by the Special Committee which will be introduced by its Chainnan for action by the Grand Lodge later in this session is as follows: Be It Resolved, That in lieu of the amendments to Article 21 now pending before this Grand Lodge the following By-Laws changes shall be made: a. Until the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Missouri, to be held in 1979, or until such later time as the Grand Lodge may hereafter determine by action taken by it at any Annual Communication, the following By-Law changes shall be effected: (1) Sections 21.010, 21.020, 21.030, 21.040, 21.050, 21.060, 21.070, 21.090 and 13.020 shall be repealed; and (2) A new section to be known as Section 21.011 shall he adopted in lieu of Section 21.010 and shall provide as follows:

"Section 21.011. Territorial Jurisdiction. "Lodges in the State of Missouri have concurrent jlll'isdiction over the State of Missouri with respect to petitions." and (3) A new section to be known as Section 21.021 shall be adopted in lieu of Section 21.030 and shall provide as follows:

"Section 21.021. Power to Receive Petitions for Degrees. "A lodge may receive the petition for the degrees of any otherwise eli路 gible petitioner who lives within the State of Missouri." and (4) A new section to be known as Section 13.021 shall be adopted in lieu of Section 13.020, and shall provide as follows:

"Section 13.021. Notification to the Gmnd Secretary. "Promptly after a lodge receives a petition for restoration, or after any rejection, suspension, expUlsion or reinstatement, the secretary of the lodge shall send written notice to the Grand Secretary. The notice shall state the full name, birth date, occupation and residence address of the petitioner or member. The notice shall be open to inspection by any Master Mason who is a member of any Missouri lodge and qualified to vote therein." and (5) In order to facilitate the orderly administration of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Grand Lodge during the effective period referred to hereinabove with respect to the By-Law changes referred to in Paragraphs (]) to (4) inclusive, in the event of any inconsistency, conflict or incongruity between other provisions of the By-Laws then in effect and any provisions of Sections 21.011,21.021, or 13.02], such other provisions of the By-Laws shall be construed and applied as if they were amended to the extent necessary to bring them into hannony with said Sections 21.011, 21.021, and ]3.02] in order to facilitate the administration of the rule of statewide concurrent jurisdiction with respect to petitions.


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b. Unless prior to the close of the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge

to be held in 1979 the Grand Lodge shall take action with respect to the sections of the By-Laws hereinabove repealed and enacted, effective at the close of the Grand Lodge to be held in 1979 alI of the By-Law changes referred to above shall be of no further force or effect so that Sections 21.011, 21.021, and 13.021 shall be repealed and all of the provisions of Sections 21.010, 21.020, 21.030, 21.040, 21.050, 21.060, 21.070, 21.090 and 13.020 as the same were in effect immediately prior to the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, which convened in St. Louis, Missouri, on September 26, 1977, shall be re-enacted and restored in fuII force and effect as a part of the ByLaws of the Grand Lodge, A.F. Be A.M. of Missouri; provided, however, that such re-enactment of said By-LaWS shall not affect the validity of any petition which shall have been lawfully received but not voted upon by any lodge in Missouri prior to the said Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge to be held in 1979. The Committee approves the foregoing resolution both as to form and substance and recommends its adoption.

R.W. BROTHER MAICHEL: Brethren, I am happy to say that R.W. Bro. Vern Schneider will explain to you later on what all that meant. I am not charged with that obligation and can merely report that this Committee approves the foregoing resolution both as to form and substance and recommends its adoption. I am not moving its adoption. GRAND MASTER POE: Brother Maichel is not moving the adoption. That move will come at the end of Brother Schneider's report. R.W. BROTHER MAICHEL: Brethren, the Jurisprudence Commitlee has approved it for your consideration. GRAND MASTER POE: That is what we want to point out, Brethren, to make clear, that the Jurisprudence Committee has examined it and they do find it in order and that they have put their approval on it. The final approval, of course, will be up to you to vote at the end of R.W. Bro. Vern Schneider's report on jurisdiction. R.W. BROTHER MAICHEL: Most Worshipful Grand Master and Brethren, we have various other By-Law changes pending. 2. A proposed amendment to Section 15.020 is pending which could be con路 strued as requiring the master and wardens of a lodge to cause a physical examination of a candidate to be made since it would make them responsible for ascertaining his physical condition. Accordingly, with the concurrence of the Grand Lodge officers, the Committee offers the following slightly revised substitute resolution: Be It Resolved, That in lieu of the pending resolution to amend Section 15.020 by adding a sentence thereto, said section be amended by adding the following sentence thereto: "The master shall be responsible for causing inquiry to be made of the can路 didate whether he has any physical condition requiring any caution or care in the conferring of the degrees."

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called路 for. By the vote of the Grand Lodge, the substitute amendment of Section 15.020 was adopted. 3. The following resolution is pending: Be It Resolved, That Section 10.040 of the By-Laws be amended to read in its entirety as follows: "Each lodge pays six dollars to the Grand Lodge for- each Master Mason (except those whose dues have been remitted and those exempted under subsection (a) of Section 18.050) reported in the annual return which dues includes a subscription to The Freemason magazine. The Grand Lodge, promptly as collected, pays two dollars and fifty cents for each Master Mason to the Masonic Home of Missouri." The effect of this amendment is to increase the annual remittance per member to the Masonic Home from $2.25 to $2.50 and to increase the annual fee to the Grand Lodge per member from $2.50 to $3.50. The Grand Lodge officers favor adoption of this amendment and the Committee approves it as to form and substance and recommends its adoption.

R.W. Brother Maichel moved the adoption of the amendment to -Section 10.040. The motion was duly seconded. R.W. Bro. Roy W. McGhee, Sr. requested to be heard in favor of the amendment. The Grand Master gave consent. R.W. BR.OTHER MCGHEE: M.W. Grand Master' and Brethren, I had to promise not to tell any of those "Old Blue" stories in order to get to have a minute or two of your time. No finer thing in Masonry has ever been done than the establishment and maintenance of our Masonic Home. The Home needs this extra 25 cents from each of you each year. And the Home needs, if I may refer to the next amendment that is going to be presented-they are almost identical. so far as purpose is concerned-the Home needs the extra ten dollars, making 20 dollars for each new Master Mason (sic) that is made during the year. All of you know that food prices are up, and if you don't believe this all you have to do is ask your wife about it. Labor costs have sky-rocketed. Major repairs at the Home have been unusually heavy this last year. The outgo at the Home has increased annually by large amounts. And if this continues~ in a short time it could equal the income. This could render it impossible to operate the Masonic Home, and we must never let this happen. The Home needs your increased support, and I urge that you vote for this amendment, as well as 10.030. Thank you. The Grand Master called for any other discussion. GRAND MASTER POE: Are you ready for the Question? All in favor of the motion signify by saying "Aye." Those opposed "Nay." Brethren, I declare the motion carried. The amendment of Section 10.040. Grand Lodge Dues. was ADOPTED by vote of the Grand Lodge. R.W. Brother Maichel continued with the report of the Committee on Jurisprudence.


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A proposal to amend Section 10.020 of the By-Laws as set out on page 158 of the of the 1976 Annual Communication is pending. The material offered as an amendment to Section 10.020 actually deals with the material in Sections 10.010, 10.020 and 10.030. The intent of the resolution is to provide that with respect to each initiation fcc $20.00 (instead of the present $10.00) go to the Masonic Home, that a new assessment of $10.00 be provided for the Grand Lodge, and that as at present $1.00 continue to be provided for the George Washington Memorial and the lodge retain a minimum of $20.00 for itself. Thus the minimum possible initiation fee would be $51.00. The amendment is also intended to provide how the lodge's own portion of the fee is to be apportioned among the degrees in the absence of a specific provision ih the lodge's own by-laws. Since the proposal as presented would create, ambiguities and conflicts between Section 10.020 and Sections 10.010 and 10.030, the Committee considers the proposal as a proposed amendment to all three of said sections and, with the concurrence of the Grand Lodge officers, offers the following substitute resolution' designed to properly correlate these three sections: Be It Resolved, That Sections 10.010, 10.020 and 10.030 of the By-Laws be amended to read in their entirety as follows: PROCEEDINGS

Section 10.010. Fees for the Degrees. A lodge shall not confer the three degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry for a sum of less than $51.00, which shall consist of the fees aggregating $31.00 provided in Section 10.030 plus such amount (which shall be not less than $20.00) as the bylaws of the lodge shall prescribe. The amount prescribed by the lodge's by-laws in excess of said $31.00 shall constitute the lodge's fees for the degrees. Section 10.020. Payment of Fees. Each petition for the degrees shall be accompanied by $31.00 plus not less than one-half of the lodge's fees for the degrees. The balance of. the lodge's fees for the degrees shall be divided as the lodge may direct, and no degree shall be conferred until the sum required therefor has been paid. If the lodge by-laws do not fix the fee for each degree then the lodge's fees for the degrees shall be divided as follows: One-half of the total fee for the Entered Apprentice Degree, onefourth for the Fellow Craft Degree, and one-fourth for the Master Mason Degree; provided, however, a lodge may by its by-laws require the entire amount to accompany the petition. Exemption from the payment of fees shall not be made in favor of any candidate, under any circumstances, by the return of all or part of said fees, as donations, loans or otherwise. Section 10.030. Masonic Home, Gmnd Lodge and George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association Fees. A. Masonic Home Fee Twenty dollars of the sum accompanying the petition for the degrees shall be for the use and benefit of the Masonic Home of Missouri. If the petitioner shall be rejected, or an objection be made to conferring the :First Degree or should the petitioner refuse to have the First Degree conferred within a reasonable time of his election, said sum shall be returned路 to him. If it shall be determined that the fee shall not be returned to the petitioner, said $20.00 shall be remitted to the Grand Lodge with the annual return reporting the petitioner's initiation and bY,it paid over to the Masonic路 Home of Missouri. B. Grand Lodge Fee Ten dollars of the sum accompanying the petition for the degrees shall be for


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the use and benefit of the Grand Lodge of Missouri. This amount shall be handled in like manner as the Masonic Home fee in paragraph A above except that upon its receipt by the Grand Lodge it shall become a part of the General Fund of the Grand Lodge. C. George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association Fee One dollar of the sum accompanying the petition for the degrees shall be for the use and benefit of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Asso路 ciation. This amount shall be handled in like manner as the Masonic Home fee in paragraph A above except that upon its receipt by the Grand Lodge it shall be paid over to the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association.

R.W. BROTHER MAICHEL: Brethren, the revision submitted by the Committee in no way changes the substance of the proposal. We have simply redrafted all three of those sections, because we think they were already a little confused. The proposed changes would have made it, we think, completely ambiguous. And therefore, we have submitted this redraft of those three sections, purely as a matter of form and what we hope will be clarification for those of you out there who are trying to interpret these sections. A substantial majority of the Grand Lodge Officers favor the substance of these proposals. Accordingly, M.\V. Grand Master, I would move the adoption of the Committee's substitute resolution which would provide for the amendment of Sections 10.010, 10.020, and 10.030. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, you have heard moved the motion to approve the Committee's substitute in regard to Sections 10.010, 10.020, and 10.030 of the By-Laws. This, of course, refers to the fees for petitions in which the fees would be $20.00 from each petition to the Masonic Home, $10.00 to the Grand Lodge, and $1.00 to the George Washington Memorial. That has been moved. Is there a second? The motion was duly seconded. The Grand Master asked if there was any discussion. The Grand Master asked that those who wished to speak to the motion come to the rostrum or go to one of the microphones and give their names and lodge name and number. M.W. BRO. WALTER L. WALKER, Stella Lodge No. 538: Grand Master, I hope that I do not add to the confusion here, but I know that there are a lot of lodges out there, mine included, that if this is passed will need time to amend its by-laws. Could we possibly set an effective date on this, say the first of January, or six months from now, in order that we will have an opportunity to get our by-laws amended? M.W. Grand Master Poe: Brethren, the Chairman of the Committee feels that he can speak for the Committee and that that would be included-that amendment would be included in their proposed change-that it become ef路 fective January 31, 1978. R.W. BRO. JOHN E. ADAMS, Ferguson Lodge No. 542: M.W. Grand Master, being a member of the Masonic Home Board, I am in agreement with R.W. Brother McGhee in that the expenses at the Masonic Home for the last two years, or the last three years, since I have been on the Board have been .tremendous. . . . Now I am a little confused about all these amendments,


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as to what section, but I am sure that the one I want to see you please pass is 10.030, which provides another ten dollars on each initiate to the Masonic Home. This will not affect the lodge treasury at all; it simply means you must raise your dues (sic) to take care of it (comments of correction from delegates). Raise your fees. I beg your pardon-change your by-laws to raise your fees. I am sorry. And being an old broken-down Secretary, I agree with M.W. Brother Walker-that the lodges need time to do this. But I hope you will pass this resolution to increase the fee because remembering back in 1944 when I petitioned the lodge, if they would have told me-at that time our fees were $61.00-if they had told me $261 I would have paid it. And I think each initiate, each petitioner I should say, for the Degrces in Freemasonry today, once they make up their mind to petition Freemasonry, I do not believe the fecs make a lot of difference. The Masonic Home sorely needs this additional revenue. Thank you, Brethren. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, the Committee has agreed to the amendment to be amended to read "takes effect January 31, 1978." R.'V. BRO. FRANK A. LEWIS, Ivanhoe Lodge No. 446: I want to say this. I am thoroughly sold on the Masonic Home. It is one of my pets, personally. And I think that we all as Masons should definitely support the Masonic Home. But on the othcr hand, on this matter of increasing fees and dues, with a declining membership, I think we are asking for trouble. I think we are just kind of pricing the lodge out of business, because all the expenses in all the lodges have also increased. The matter of increasing the dues for the membership, I think, is a very questionable thing to do. I think that we ought to think twice about this raising both fees and dues, for the good of the order. (Applause.) M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Is there any other discussion, Brethren? Is there anyone else that wants to speak to the proposed change-resolution? BRO. ERWIN J. ROESEL, Freedom Lodge No. 636: The first Section-lO.OlOI listened very carefully and I am not sure of what it says. I wonder if Brother Maichel would read it again, either that or give it to us in writing, becausc it is pretty difficult to understand it. He said something about half the ducs going to somebody and it wasn't too clear. I want to know what that is all about. And then, secondly, would it be possible for some of the brethren who feel so strongly about the Masonic Home and not so strongly about an increase in dues to the Grand Lodge to split this votc-vote on each of them? I ask for a division of the second. (Applause.) M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, a motion has been made to separate this motion and vote on it in parts. That would mcan further study by the Jurisprudence Committee to bring it in line with legal procedure. Is there a second to that motion? M.W. GRAND MASTER Pm:: What is the Point of Order? Was it seconded? You seconded? The chair did not hear a second, sir. BROTHER IN THE AUDIENCE: I second the motion. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: All right. The chair has heard a second. It has been made and seconded. I do not believe that is debatable. All in favor of dividing the motion signify by saying "Aye." Those opposed "Nay." Brethren, the "Ayes" have it. The motion will be divided.


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R.W. BRO. WARREN MAICHEL: M.W. Grand Master, if I may comment. I think that probably, although there is some other language that would have to be cleaned up as it winds up being printed in the Grand Lodge By-Laws, I think that could be best accomplished by Brother Roesel, or someone else if he wanted to, offering an amendment to our proposed amendment before the entire amendment is voted on. The simplest way to get at that point is to move that subsection B of Section 1O.030-subsection B refers to the $10.00 for the Grand Lodge-be deleted from the proposed amendment prior to its being voted on. BROTHER ROESEL: M.W. Grand Master, I am at a disadvantage, because I don't have a printed copy in front of me. We really need a printed copy in front of us to make an intelligent amendment. I am really in no position to make an amendment unless I know-that's as you remember I told you I had difficulty in following it. I really need a printed copy in front of me. BROTHER MAICHEL: Brother Roesel, maybe if I may corne back and respond to your first request by paraphrasing and also reading again .010. The problem was there is a lot of technical business in these three sections to make them come out right. So somebody sitting out in the field trying to read the three of them and know what he is supposed to do so that they don't conflict and that they are clear and that is the only purpose we rewrote this. But unfortunately they all hang together. Let me state the substance of what we are talking about here, and I think we can handle then the technicalities. What is proposed are two changes. Right now it is required that there be a fee of $10.00 provided for the Masonic Home, S1.00 for the George ''''ashington Memorial Association, and that the lodge itself retain at least $20.00 as its own initiation fee-a total of $31.00. The substance of what is proposed here, although there are some other technical things which I will mention in a moment, is that, instead of $10.00, $20.00 goes to the Masonic Home of Missouri and that also $10.00, instead of no dollars as it is now, goes to the Grand Lodge, which of course is adding a total of $20.00 and saying that if a lodge wants only to impose its own minimum initiation fee of $20.00, the total initiation fee would necessarily be $51.00 so that $31.00 would be provided for these other purposes. That is basically all this is all about. There is one other thing we have in there. (Consultation by Grand Master, R.W. Brother Maichel, and R.W. Bro. William H. Utz, Jr.) R.W. Brother Utz has just said that the real changes arc the additional $10.00 for the Masonic Horne and a new $10.00 for the Grand Lodge. R.W. BROTHER Urz: The other language that he is talking about is already in the law. R.W. BROTHER MAICHEL: vVith one technical addition and this isn't really all that important-this is that one-half business that if the lodge itself, with respect to its own $20.00 or whatever its fee is-$100.00-doesn't say how much of that lodge's own fee is applicable to each of the three degrees-I don't know whether most subordinate lodges cover this in their own By-Laws or not-but if they fail to cover that situation, this says that automatically


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one-half of the lodge's own fee is applicable to the Entered Apprentice Degree, one-fourth to the Fellow Craft Degree, and one-fourth to the Master Mason Degree. BROTHER ROESEL: I think I understand. My purpose, primarily, and the reason I got up, is in one of the remarks you made. I can't amend this. because I don't know what to amend, what words to take out, what words to put in. R.W. BROTHER MAICHEL: May 1 make a suggestion for you then, because I understand your purpose is to raise separately the proposition, before we vote on the entire resolution, to delete from the resolution as it might be voted that there be the $10.00 provided for the Grand Lodge. That is your objective, is it not: What you would like is to put to a vote whether the $10.00 for the Grand Lodge is going to be in there, right? BROTHER ROESEL: I want it separated so that if these people out here decide they don't want $10.00 for the Grand Lodge we won't lose the $10.00 for the Masonic Home. (Applause.) R.W. BROTHER MAICI-IEL: All right. Fine. And I think there is a very simple way to do this. Brother Roesel, if you will stay at the microphone, because I am going to suggest an amendment that you may want to make, if you will. We have to do this in the form of submitting an amendment-this is all really very simple. Brethren, if you will stay with me now. We will have two votes. We submit an amendment to the proposed amendment. If Brother Roesel would move that subsection B, which deals with the $10.00 for the Grand Lodge Fee, .be deleted from Section 10.030 as it is to be considered for the vote of this Grand Lodge. And then if the Grand Lodge votes in favor of his amendment, he will have eliminated the $10.00 for the Masonic Home from this set of resolutions. (Expressions of dissatisfaction by delegates.) (Consultation among those on the platform.) BRO. JOHN TRAINER, New PareH Lodge No. 372: I think we are failing to understand here that what we are asking is our candidates, our initiates, to raise their fee. And, I don't think that anybody has denied that a total of $51.00 is too much money for a candidate for our Fraternity. I am sure that .in every lodge in this state the initiation fee varies somewhat, from the smaller to the large. But coming from a small lodge, and I consider our fee to be probably lower than most, $51.00 is not too much money. I think this puts it in proper perspective; I don't think we are asking too much of our candidates to spend $51.00 to become a member of our organization. I would like the Brother over here to withdraw his motion and that we vote on this as it was originally proposed. ("Noes" from audience.) M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren; you have just seen what a schoolteacher, and what position he. isin when h.e stands between two lawyers. My most worthy adviser has been telling me we can't do it. I am going to try to do it anyway. I think what you want to vote on this 路is 路in parts. I think what you want to do is to vote whether you want to give $10.00 of the proposed petition fee to the Grand Lodge. I think that what you want to do is whether you want


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to vote to increase the fees to the Masonic Home from the present $10.00 to $20.00. And I think you would probably want to vote, and I hope, to keep the $1.00 for the George Washington Masonic Memorial. Brethren, all those in favor of keeping the present $1.00 donation to Masonic Memorial signify by saying "Aye." Those opposed "Nay." That part will stay. (Applause.) By the favorable "Aye" vote, the Grand Lodge provided that the Initiatory Fee for the Degrees shall include $1.00 for the George Washington National Masonic Memorial Association. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, those who favor that the petition fees be increased from at least the present $10.00 which is given to the Masonic Home to the proposed $20.00 for the Masonic Home signify by saying "Aye." Those opposed by saying "Nay." That is a clearcllt voice and that part will stand. By the majority "Aye" vote, the Grand Lodge provided that the Initiatory Fees for the DegTees shall include $20.00 for the Masonic Home of Missouri. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, we are to the lonely ones of us in the Grand Lodge. Those who favor that the petition fee be raised to include $10.00 of each petition to be given to the Grand Lodge General Fund signify by saying "Aye." Those opposed by saying "Nay." Brethren, it is too close. I will call for a standing vote. Those who favor giving $10.00 of the petition fee to the Grand Lodge will please rise. It was not a conclusive vote on the last one, Brethren. All right, Brethren, you may be seated. Those that are opposed to contributing $10.00 of each petition to the Grand Lodge please stand. Brethren, may I hear a call for a paper ballot. (Voices of delegates called for a paper ballot.) A paper ballot has been called for. You will take the ballot that you have -Ballot No. 1. If you are in favor of increasing the petition fee $10.00, which $10.00 is to go to the Grand Lodge General Fund, put "Yes" on that ballot. If you are opposed to it, you will put "No" on that ballot. Brother McIntosh, the same tellers will collect the ballots and count them and report. Brethren, we may not resolve this the Grand Lodge way, but we will do it the Berkeley Lodge way. BRO. MARK WHITAKER, Fellowship Lodge No. 345: M.W. Grand Master, regardless of which way this vote goes, I would like to be enlightened as to what the Grand Lodge proposes to use the $10.00 for. (Applause.) M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Well, Brethren, I think that is out of order at this present time. That will come in the report of the Ways and Means Committee. RESULT OF ELECTION OF OFFICERS

The Grand Secretary read the report of the Committee on Election on the ballots路 cast for election of Grand Lodge Officers: For the Office of Grand Master

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The Grand Master announced the election of Dr. James A. Noland, Jr. to the office of Grand Master for the year 1977-78. R.W. Brother Noland accepted the election, with his thanks to the brethren. For the Office of Deputy Grand Master

The Rev. Scattered

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C. Montgomery, Jr. ..,

987 votes 9 votes

The Grand Master announced the election of the Rev. J. C. Montgomery Jr. to the Office of Deputy Grand :Master. R.W. Brother Montgomery accepted the election. For the Office of Senior Grand Warden

Gus O. Nations Scattered

988 votes 9 votes

The Grand Master announced the election of Gus O. Nations to the Office of Senior Grand Warden. R.W. Brother Nations accepted the election with gratitude and appreciation of the vote. For the Office of Junior Gmnd Warden

Dr. J. Edward Blinn Scattered

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935 votes 32 votes

The Grand Master announced the election of Dr. J. Edward Blinn to the . Office of Junior Grand Warden. R.W. Brother Blinn accepted the election. For the Office of Grand Treasurer

William H. Utz, Jr. . Scattered

953 votes 11 votes

The Grand Master announced the election of William H. Utz, Jr. to the Office of Grand Treasurer. R.W. Brother Utz accepted the election with his thanks to the brethren for their confidence. The Grand Master read the report of the Committee on the votes cast for the Office of Grand Secretary: For the Office of Grand Secretary

Frank A.Arnold Scattered

977 votes 13 votes

The Grand Master announced the election of Frank A. Arnold to the Office of Grand Secretary. R.W. Brother Arnold accepted the election, with his pledge to serve as well as he can during the ensuing year. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON MASONIC EDUCATION

R.W. Bro. Earl K. Dille, Chairman, presented the report of the Committee on Masonic Education. R.'V. BROTHER DILLE: M.W. Grand Master and Brethren, the principal part of the report of your Committee on Masonic Education appears in the printed "Reports of Officers and Committees." I would like to move that that particular part of my report be accepted. The motion was seconded and approved by the vote of the Grand Lodge.


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To the Grand Lodge) A.F. &- A.M. of !l1issouri: BRETHREN: Masonic education has continued to move ahead in Missouri during this past year. Your Committee has endeavored to put before the brotherhood a good selection of worthwhile educational materials at reason路 able cost. We do fear that a relatively small proportion of the members in the state actually are exposed to our publications and we submit that it is the responsibility of individual lodge leadership to broaden the distribution of these books and pamphlets which you are sponsoring. The Freemason magazine is back on track with its new editor, R.W. Bro. Ray Hilton, and we hope you have enjoyed the last few issues. This is your magazine, and the only contact with every Master Mason of our jurisdiction. Suggestions for its improvement are always most welcome. The Handbook of Freemasonry) one of our best sellers, has been reissued in a beautiful new edition. Copies are available from the Grand Secretary by mail. Use the standard order form, which lists all of our current offerings. At this Grand Lodge session, you may purchase any of our publications at our traditional display table in the lobby. A new brochure entitled Freemasonry is now available at no charge. It is intended to supplement, and eventually replace, the small booklet This Is Freemasom路y. It is an excellent means of helping explain our Fraternity to family and friends. A manual for District Deputy Grand Masters is being prepared by the Committee and will be ready later this year. Other possibilities for new material are continually being reviewed, and again, we invite your input. The Midwest Conference on Masonic Education was held in Springfield, Illinois, this past May. Brothers Hilton, McDaniel, Warden, and Dille represented the Committee, and we were honored by the attendance of our Grand Master, and Deputy Grand Master, as well. Bro. Daniel F. Cole, one of our fine young Missouri brethren, gave an excellent paper on our relationship to youth. It is to be reprinted in The Freemason magazine. R.W. Bro. John Black Vrooman, a past editor of The Freemason) also attended the conference. Your Committee Chairman was elected Vice President of the Midwest Conference. The Grand Lodge Achievement Award program is booming right along. At this writing, nearly 40 lodges have qualified or requalified, just since last year's Grand Lodge session. We are very proud of them. Recognition of these lodges will again be made by the Grand Master at Grand Lodge. The up-to-date listing of Honor Lodges will be made at that time. The Committee again thanks R.W. Bro. Frank A. Arnold and his staff, without whose aid and cooperation we could not function. Fraternally submitted, WILLIAM H CHAPMAN, RONALD M. COMPTON, RAY HILTON, OLIN S. McDANIEL, THOMAS C. WARDEN, EARL K. DILLE, Chairman.


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R.W. BROTHER DILLE continued: Brethren, I have a couple of additional parts of the report. First, upon registration you should all have received a blue booklet entitled "Six Hundred Years of Craft Ritual" by 'Vor. Bro. Harry Carr. If any of you did not receive this booklet, please get your copy from the Committee on Credentials. Extra copies are on sale at 25 cents each at the Education Committee display table. Brethren, please read this booklet; it is a wonderful lecture. Brother Carr traveled this country, giving this lecture; it was well received; it is highly thought of. Your Education Committee has dedicated this particular edition to R.W. Bro. Stanton Brown, your Grand Lecturer. Next and last, Brethren, I would like to call out the names of those lodges who have attained the Grand Lodge Achievement Award over the past year. Since our Grand Lodge Session in Kansas City 54 lodges have qualified for the Achievement Award. I will call out the names of those lodges; I would like a single representative of each of these lodges to gather to the West of the altar for proper recognition by the Grand Master. I will read the name of the lodge, followed by the name of the Worshipful Master who applied for and actually qualified for, as Master of his lodge, this award. Bridgeton No. 80-Donald R. Wagner St. Louis No. 20-Charlcs N. Goldstein . Summit No. 263-Alfrcd Sheridan Black Saline No. 226-ÂŁ. Buren Pope Lincoln No. 138-Robert Newberg Benjamin Franklin No. 642-Arthur A. Silverman Branson No. 587-Jacob F. Seiler Kirkwood No. 484-Kenneth Everett Bisso Liberty No. 31-Larry Dunklin Wellston No. 613-Daniel R. Cross Meridian No. 2-J. R. Ketchum Rising Sun No. 13-Marvin G. Shull Union No. 593-David R. Hatcher Bonhomme No. 45-.James V. Sellers, Jr. Mansfield No. 543-James W. Clark Overland No. 623-Bruce F. Donaldson Raytown No. 391-Robert K. Lynn Angerona No. 193-Howard E. Killion Charity No. 331-Gordon E. Hopkins, Sf. Rockbridge No. 435-B. J. Miller Vandalia No. 491-Robert E. Bland Cowgill No. 56I-Hardee Richey Fairfax No. 483-Alan Ray Trauernicht Temperance No. 438-James A. McKown Lick Creek No. 302-Charles G. Cole Xenia No. 50-Garland M. O'Riley Trinity No. 641-Charlcs A. Brace Cainesville No. 328-Alva G. Fish

Cooper No. 36-Eugene .Jacob Toennes Sheffield No. 625-Rohert B. Elden Clay No. 207-Bill D. Davis Tyro No. 12-Marshall D. Frakes Gate of the Temple No. 422- James S. West Buckner No. 501-Burnice Lee Johnston Charity No. 33I-Stephen B. Givens Twilight No. II4-James V. Lamb Windsor No. 29-Wilmer F. Duncan Rushville No. 238-Theodore K. Johnson East Gate No. 630-Arthur O. Andrews Palestine No. 241-Robert G. Pikey North Star No. 157-Clifford L. Peck Columbia No. 534-Rex R. Wright Jefferson No. 43-Wm. K. Johnson California No. I83-Frank M. Bauer Freedom No. 636-John E. Brueggeman Fairfax No. 483-Danny Kemerling Meridian No.2-Lewis L. Krehmeyer Northwest No. 358-Lyle L. Brown Acacia No. 602-James E. Marsden Ronhomme No. 45-Dave Witcher Florissant No. 668-James R. (Russ) Tinker, Sr. Mansfield No. 543-G. A. Dedmon Good Hope No. 218-David W. Dugger Branson No. 587-Aubrey O. Pittenger

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who have not, mostly the last ones that I have read, will receive them within a week or two. Most Worshipful Grand Master, these are the 54 Honor Lodges for this past year. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, on behaH of the Grand Lodge, may I compliment you on the fine work you have accomplished this year. This represents no small amount of work. To attain this signal honor means that you have made quite an extreme effort during your year as Master of the lodge. This represents 52 lodges. Brethren, if we had the other 515 lodges equally as active, I think and wonder of what a tremendous organization we have. I don't mean that we don't have a great organization now; but I do want to commend you for the fine work and the efforts that you have given this year. I would like to come down and greet each of you personally. I hope maybe during the Grand Lodge that I can. I hope you will understand that we are running tremendously behind time and for the sake of expediency I would like to move on. But, Brethren, will you give them a standing ovation for this honor that they have achieved? (Applause.) R.W. BROTHER DILLE: Thank you, Most ,.vorshipful Grand Master. Brethren, I believe our Honor Lodge program is catching on. We had less than 20 Honor Lodges last year, and as I say 54, counting the two repeats, for this year. For those of you who would like to get a copy of the requirements, they are availablc from the Grand Secretary. They arc also printed in the publication "Planning for the East," which is available at the display table out in the hall. I would personally like to thank our Grand Master for his intense interest in this program. He attended those sessions of the Masonic Education Committee two and three years ago when the requirements for this award were being developed, and he has had a personal interest in this all along. Thank you very much, Brethren. R.W. Brother Dille moved the last part of the report of the Committee on Masonic Education be accepted. The motion was seconded and approved by vote of the Grand Lodge. RESULT OF VOTE ON THE MATTER OF $10.00 OF THE INITIATION FEE FOR THE GRAND LODGE

M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, your vote on the proposed amendment in regard to the $10.00 addition on fees to the Grand Lodge on petitions was defeated by a vote of 527 "No" votes, 4.13 "Yes" votes. Brethren, since that changes the complexion of the entire amendment, I will call on R.W. Bro. Warren Maichel from the Jurisprudence Committee, who will introduce an amendment. R.W. BROTHER MAICI-IEL: If I may, Most Worshipful, if we can interpret what was just voted, just so that we can gct the record straight for future generations, Brethren, what you did was you adopted amendments to the proposed resolutions, which I read, which have the effect of providing that the minimum initiation fee for a lodge will be $41.00 instead of $51.00 as proposed, consisting of the $20.00 for the lodge itself, the $20.00 for the Masonic Home, and the $1.00 for the George Washington Memorial. And


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that by your amendment you eliminated all reference from these sections to a fee to go to the Grand Lodge. And accordingly, Most Worshipful Grand Master, I would move the adoption of the three sections, as I read them, amended by your series of votes which you just took, which sets the minimum initiation fee at $41.00 and eliminates the $10.00 fee for the Grand Lodge which had been proposed. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Is there a second to that? The motion has been seconded. Is there any discussion on that proposal? All in favor of that proposed amendment signify by saying "Aye." Opposed "Nay." The "Ayes" have it, and I think we have finally got it arranged. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, we are running late, but we shall have the introduction of proposed amendments and resolutions at this time. The Grand Secretary has several. If you have a proposed amendment to the By-Laws or a proposed resolution that you wish voted on at this session, which will be tomorrow, will you please come to the podium? PRESENTATION OF RESOLUTIONS

The Grand Secretary read the following resolutions: I. IN RE: TWENTY-FIVE CENTS PER CAPITA TO PAY FOR SITE, BUILDING AND FURNISHING GRAND LODGE OFFICE BUILDING RESOLUTION Be It Resolved: That 25 cents per capita of the increase of the per capita tax just approved by this Grand Lodge. Be and is hereby appropriated annually as collected to be paid to the General Fund to replace the money withdrawn from said Fund to pay for a site, building and furnishing of an office building for the Grand Lodge. That this resolution remain in full force and effect until all of said money has been repaid to the General Fund, together with simple interest at the rate of 7 per cent per annum paid on all unreplaced balances until the entire amount has been replaced with interest. That the Ways and Means Committee in making up the Annual Budget for the Grand Lodge make all necessary arrangements to set aside said funds from that total annual per capita tax collected and that said funds be deposited in the General Fund and this direction is continued until all of the money withdrawn for the procuring of a site, building and furnishing of said Grand Lodge office building had beCD replaced, together with simple interest at the rate of 7 per cent pcr annum as herein above set amount. FIELDING A. POE, P.M., Berkeley No. 667, JAMES A. NOLAND, JR., P.M., Macks Creek No. 433, FRANK A. ARNOLD, P.M., Cooper No. 36, ]. C. MONTGOMERY, JR., P.M., Ionic No. 154, WILLIAM H. UTZ, JR., P.M., Zeredatha No. 189, GEORGE W. WHITWORTH, P.M., Berkeley No. 667, EDWIN BENNETT, JR., P.M., Jennings No. 640, WILLIAM J. HILL, P.M., Ivanhoe No. 446, VERN H. SCHNEIDER, P.M., Tuscan No. 360.


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M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, that resolution is received and will be referred to the Committee on Jurisprudence.

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To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, A.F. & AM. of Missouri: Resolved, That the Grand Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, State of Missouri, move the Grand Lodge Administrative Office to the Masonic Temple, 3681 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63108 by January 1, 1978. WILLIAM L. WEISS, P.M., Tuscan No. 360, HUESTON M. SMITH, P.M., Tuscan No. 360, RAY ADAMS, P.M., Meridian No.2 ARTHUR C. YEHLER, P.M., Meridian No.2, GEORGE J. GROSSIUS, P.M., Missouri路Commonwealth No.1, O. WESLEY KONERING, P.M., Mt. Moriah No. 40, ELMER W. WAGNER, P.M., Harmony No. 499, JOHN E. ADAMS, P.M., Ferguson No. 542, ALLEN C. SODEMAN, P.M., Tuscan No. 360, EDWARD McMURRY, P.M., Webster Groves No. 84, GEORGE R. SPINDLER, P.M., Cache No. 416, ELMER L. FOWLER, P.M., Algabil No. 544, ERNEST J. THACKER, P.M., Algabil No. 544, JOHN W. ALVERSON, P.M., Webstcr Groves No. 84, HAROLD J. McINTOSH, P.M., Anchor No. 443, HAROLD C. SMITH, P.M., West Gate No. 445. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, that resolution is received and will be referred to the Committee on Jurisprudence.

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IN RE: VOTE ON LOCATION OF GRAND LODGE OFFICE BUILDING

To the Grand Lodge, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, State of Missouri: 1977 GRAND LODGE SESSION The undersigned representatives of tcn lodges demand a vote by lodges as set forth in the Constitution, Article 2, Section 3, and the By-Laws, Section 1.050, on any resolution to move the Grand Lodge Office from its present location in Jefferson City, Missouri. We request the Grand Master to determine that the method of voting be by paper ballot. Prepared by WALTER L. WALKER, Past Grand Master MILTON HINKLE, Sheldon No. 371 RALPH L. HOWREY, Lamar No. 292 JAMES H. SMITH, Rural No. 316 FLOYD E. WILLIAMS, Fellowship No. 345 CARL BREWER, Osage No. 303 E. E. GODDARD, Unity No. 495 JIM MORELAND, Neosho No. 247 JOHN H. SPENCE, Montevallo No. 490 DONALD A. BOYER, Anderson No. 621

NED C. BARKLEY, Sarcoxie No. 293 RICHARD EAsTER, Noel No. 647 T. L. LANDRETH, Carterville No. 401 DOYLE S. COOMBES, Joplin No. 335 LOGAN HATFIELD, Southwest No. 466 RICHARD R. MCCRERY, Walker No. 605 PETER J. JACKSON, Stockton No. 283 ELWIN WILSON, Jerusalem No. 315 FORREST DORMAN, Western Light No. 396


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M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: The chair recognizes that it is duly introduced, and it is received and will be duly honored.

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IN RE: LOCATION OF GRAND LODGE OFFICE BUILDING

WHEREAS, A resolution adopted by the 155th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge provided that the Grand Lodge office be moved to temporary quarters in Jefferson City, Missouri, by January I, 1977, and that has been done; and WHEREAS, Said resolution also provided that a voluntary fund-raising drive be instituted to provide the costs of a Grand Lodge administrative building and supporting facilities and approximately $65,000 has been raised by the Grand Lodge as the result of said drive; and WHEREAS, Said resolution also provided that the Grand Lodge accept the generous offer of Jefferson Lodge No. 43, A.F. & A.M., for the site of a Grand Lodge administrative building at Jefferson City, Missouri, but because substantial questions have arisen regarding the feasibility and suitability of the sites which might be available from Jefferson Lodge No. 43, said portion of the resolution has not been implemented; and WHEREAS, California Lodge No. 183, A.F. & A.M., has also indicated that it might make available a site for a Grand Lodge administrative building but substantial questions also exist regarding the feasibility and suitability of the site which might be available from California Lodge No. 183; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, 1. That the Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M., of the State of Missouri expresses its appreciation to Jefferson Lodge No. 43 and to California Lodge No. 183, respectively, for their gracious offers of possible building sites: 2. That the portion of the resolution adopted at the 155th Annual Communication providing for the acceptance of the offer of property from Jefferson Lodge No. 43 be rescinded and considered of no force or effect; 3. That the Grand Master elected at the 156th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge appoint a Grand Lodge Office Building Committee consisting of seven Master Masons representing Freemasonry in the State of Missouri, no more than two of whom shall be Grand Lodge Officers, and that the Grand Master designate one of said persons as Chairman of said Committee; 4. That the Committee be charged to study the feasibility of locating the Grand Lodge office in a building owned by the Grand Lodge in Jefferson City or some other mid-Missouri city and, if it determines that a suitable site is available for donation to the Grand Lodge, to take the necessary steps to accept the donation and conveyance to the Grand Lodge of such suitable building site or alternately with the approval of the 'Ways and Means Committee that the Committee arrange for the purchase by the Grand Lodge of a suitable building site.


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5. That the Committee actively pursue those steps necessary or appropriate for the completion of a successful building program including, if necessary, furtherappeals or further drives to raise the funds necessary for the construction of a Grand Lodge office building and its supporting facilities; and 6. That if a suitable building site shall have been acquired by the Grand Lodge, and if the Committee shall have'determined that sufficient funds will be available to finance the total costs of a Grand Lodge administrative building and its supporting facilities, including parking, landscaping and architectural fees, and that said total costs will not exceed $300,000. The said Committee acting together with the Grand Master, after obtaining the approval of the Committee on Ways and Means, shall be and is hereby authorized to take any and all steps which it may deem necessary or appropriate to cause the construction of an appropriate Grand Lodge office building upon said building site, including, by way of enumeration and not of limitation, the entry in the name of and on behalf of the Grand Lodge into contracts with third parties providing for such construction. FIELDING A. POE, P.M., Berkeley No. 667, J. C. MONTGOMERY, JR., P.M., Ionic No. 154, WILLIAM J. HILL, P.M., Ivanhoe No. 446, EARL K. DILLE, P.M., Clayton No. 601, ROBERT J. CREDE, P.M., Hickory Hill No. 211, J. EDWARD BLINN, P.M., Webster No. 98, Gus O. NATIONS, P.M., Purity No. 658, JAMES A. NOLAND, JR., P.M., Macks Creek No. 433.

M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, that proposed resolution is received and will be referred to the Committee on Jurisprudence for their study. It will be voted on tomorrow morning. V.

IN RE: AMENDMENT OF ARTICLE

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To the Most Worshipful G1'and Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Missouri: Brethren: The nature of the organization of our Grand Lodge is such that it places a tremendous amount of power and authority in the hands of a Grand Master. The only time members of the Grand Lodge have an opportunity to object to a decision or opinion of the Grand Master is at the Grand Lodge session in which he makes his formal report of his year as required by our Constitution and By-Laws. Whenever the Grand Master makes a decision he is required to deliver copies to the Chairman of the Committee on Jurisprudence as soon as possible. It is the duty of the Jurisprudence Committee to determine whether that decision conforms with our Law and is, in effect, a legal and valid decision. If they agree that it is, and their report to the Grand Lodge is accepted, a decision of the Grand Master becomes Law. Because of the fact that a decision of a Grand Master can become Law, the members of Grand Lodge should be enabled to study those decisions to see whether or not they have objection. If they have, that objection can be stated to the members present at the Grand Lodge Session prior to the time the vote on the report of the Jurisprudence Committee is taken. It, therefore, becomes imperative that decisions of the Grand Master be available to the brethren, in writing, on the first day of each Grand Lodge Session. In view of the above; be it therefore Resolved, That Article 2, Section 2.010 of the By-Laws of the Grand Lodge be amended by changing section (j) so that the following new sentence be added. "The


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Grand Master's address shall be available to the brethren on the first day of the session in writing, including all decisions made during his term of office. Any decision not included in writing, and distributed to the brethren on the first day of the session, shall not be reported on by the Jurisprudence Committee. Fraternally submitted, W. H. CHAPMAN, P.M., Webster Groves No. 84, HERMAN A. ORLICK, P.M., Anchor No. 443, GEORGE R. SPINDLER, P.M., Cache No. 416, LOUIS J. COLVIS, P.M., Keystone No. 243, FRED A. TEPLEY, P.M., Pyramid No. 180, EARL K. DILLE, P.M., Clayton No. 601, OLIN S. McDANIEL, P.M., Samaritan No. 424, THOMAS C. WARDEN, P.M., Owensville No. 624, RAY HILTON, P.M., Gate of the Temple No. 422, ELVIS A. MOONEY, P.M., Bloomfield No. 153, Gus O. NATIONS, P.M., Purity No. 658, M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: This is a resolution for the change of the ByLaws; it will come up for action next year. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, are there any more resolutions? 'Ve will defer until tomorrow the further reading of any proposed changes in the By-Laws, as those will have to lie over a year anyway. Those resolutions that you have just heard read will be referred to the Committee on Jurisprudence, will be presented by them tomorrow morning for the action of this body at that time. The Grand Master announced that buses were outside to take delegates to the Masonic Home. He also announced that R.W. Bro. J. C. Montgomery, Jr. had the visuals of the proposed site and of the proposed plans for the Grand Lodge Office Building, to be shown immediately after the close of the session. GRAND LODGE CALLED FROM LABOR

The Grand Lodge was called from labor at 4:00 p.m. R.W. Bro. Cecil H. Hurt, Grand Chaplain, offered prayer. The Grand Master reminded the brethren of the Grand Lodge Dinner and of the program to be presented in the Auditorium by "The Collegians Chorus" and the Drum and Bugle Corps of Moolah Shrine Temple. PRESENTAnON OF PICTURES OF PROPOSED GRAND LODGE OmCE BUILDING

R.W. Bro. J. C. Montgomery, Chairman of the Committee on the Grand Lodge Office Building, had the pictures of the plans for the building shown and gave explanations of the various features and specific details. MISSOURI LODGE OF RESEARCH

Missouri Lodge of Research held the Annual Communication after the close of the session of the Grand Lodge in McKinney Hall of the 81. Louis Masonic Temple, 3681 Lindell Boulevard. MONDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 26, 1977 6:30 p.m.

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Organ Selections in Scottish Rite Auditorium, Emil E. Corte 8:00 p.rn.

Open Meeting-Scottish Rile Cathedral Auditorium M.W. Grand Master Fielding A. Poe, presiding Introduction of Grand Lodge Officers and their ladies Welcome-Grand Master Fielding A. Poe Rcmarks--Grand Master-Elect James A. Noland, Jr.

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CALL TO LABOR

The Grand Lodge was called to Labor at 9:00 a.m. R."V. Grand Chaplain Cecil H. Hurt offered prayer: Very quietly God speaks through our thoughts and our feelings. So listen. Listen to the voice of your own conscience. And listen for this and you' will never be disappointed in the result of your life. For the Voice of God comes to us as strength, as well as tenderness; as power, as well as serenity. Our moral strength derives its effectiveness from the power that comes to us when we listen patiently for that still, small voice within. Today as we begin another session, may each one of us here pause for just a moment of silence and listen. Amen. REMARKS OF M.W. BRO. JAMES D. PENLEY. JR.

M.W. GRAND MASTER JAMES D. PENLEY, JR. of South Carolina and Chairman of the Conference of Grand Masters in North America: IVLW. Brother Poe, members and Officers of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, in this your 156th Annual Communication, let me say that it is indeed a pleasure for me to be here and to bring you the greetings of the Grand Lodge of South Carolina, one of the fastest-growing Grand Lodges in our nation. I noticed yesterday morning, as I was introduced by your Junior Deacon, that he had a little difficulty in the latter part of it, as we are the only Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons. Most of them you will find are a little bit different from that. This came about because we were just a little bit French in South Carolina; and way back in the late 1700s, we had two Grand Lodges operating in our state. They were called the "moderns" and the "ancients." So they had the joining of the two together in 1817, and since that time we have been known as the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons-A.F.M. So this straightens that little matter out. And also I notice that your Grand Secretary was a little confused as to what my title is. In the distinguished list, he didn't have me listed as anything. Let me give you a little explanation of why that. Last year he knew me as an Acting Grand Master. I don't know how many of you know what an Acting Grand Master is. But I was Acting Grand Master for ten months of last year. Our Grand Master passed away; he served less than two months in office. So no one knew what an Acting Grand Master was. I went to the Grand Lodge of Tennessee, where they have a Past Grand Masters Association. They didn't know whether to let me attend or not, because they told me

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when I first walked in that they didn't know if I would ever be a Grand Master. My Brethren, as you know, for many years one of the distinguished members of your Grand Lodge was the Grand Representative of South Carolina, none other than the Most Worshipful and Honorable President of the United States Harry S Truman. For this we are very thankful to you here in Missouri. I noticed over to your left, if you Brethren will look at the portrait that is painted there-some of you who are perhaps not Scottish Rite won't recognize what that building is. That building was located in Charleston, South Carolina, and it was referred to as Shepherd's Tavern. It has had many other names during its lifetime. It went through several fires and an earthquake. Then in the late 1920s the building was torn down. And now on the corner where that building stood is a bank building. But there is a bronze plaque which says that in the year 1737 the Grand Lodge of South Carolina was founded in that building, and in the year 1801 the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, was founded in that building. My Brethren, we have thought in South Carolina that this building had been completely destroyed when it was torn down. We have discovered something this past year unexpectedly-we were looking for portraits of Past Grand Masters and we were visiting the different museums in Charleston. We found, while we were looking for these portraits, the interior of this building that you see here: Shepherd's Tavern. My Brethren, I think this is the greatest find in South Carolina, or in Masonry, since Masonry was founded in South Carolina. We have talked with them in Charleston, and they are going to build a new building, and they are going to supply a room in that building where we can have the interior of this building reconstructed as it was originally. We think that this is .lust something wonderful-that we have lucked upon something like this and we arc going to keep it in South Carolina. \Ve are not going to let it get to Washington, I assure you. You know, I have heard our Grand Master talking about his golf game, and it reminded me of the story told about Arnold Palmer. All of us know Arnold Palmer as a good golfer; he probably has made the game of golf as we know it today. He was invited down to Florida to present the award to the winner of a blind men's tournament. And while he was presenting this award-you know that Arnold is very gracious; I don't know how many of you have met him, but he is a very gracious fellow-the winner challenged him to a match. And Arnold said, "Well, you know that I am professional. Are you sure that you really want to play me?" The winner responded, "Yes I do. I would like to play you for $1,000 a hole." This seemed like an awful lot of money for a blind man to be playing Arnold Palmer. But the winner said "This is what I want to do." And Arnold asked. "Are you sure?" And the winner said "Yes, I am." Arnold said, "If you want to play and are that determined, we'll play. When would you like to play?" The blind man said, "Any night next week." One of the privileges of the Grand Master of South Carolina is to sit in on the board sessions of the Shrine Hospital in South Carolina. This year,


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as I was sitting there, I overheard three physicians as they were talking. As the three who were surgeons kept talking, my ear kept getting a little bit closer to try to understand what they were saying. The conversation was going something like this: The first one said, "1 prefer to operate on people of German nationality; they are so powerful that the parts of their bodies are numbered." The second one said, "I prefer to operate on people of Japanese ancestry; they are so color-conscious that the parts of their bodies are color-coded." The third one said, "I prefer to operate on attorneys; there are only two parts of them-rear ends and mouths. You know that they are interchangeable." My Brethren, at the Grand Masters' Conference this year we have something planned that is going to be a delightful occasion; it is going to be somewhat different from what we have had before. I am sure that you who will attend it are going to be real surprised in what you see at the Grand Masters' Conference of this year. I would like to say that in behalf of South Carolina-I noticed yesterday that Tennessee has had a net gain now for some 37 years.--I tell you that South Carolina is right behind; ours is 35. This past year we had a net gain of over 1,400 members, and we led the nation. South Carolina is also one of the original thirteen states, and during the year 1976 we celebrated it in the finest style that we could. We had a coin which we gave each member of the Grand Lodge. We have 75,000 members now, and we had 75,000 medals struck. We did not let them get out of the State of South Carolina; only the members of our Grand Lodge could have one of these medals. Some way, by hook or crook, I ended up with one extra one. Most Worshipful Sir, on behalf of the Grand Lodge of South Carolina, I would like to present you with one of our Bicentennial Coins as a memento of the occasion when I was here at your Grand Lodge. M.W. Grand Master Poe accepted the gift of the Bicentennial Coin of the Grand Lodge of South Carolina. M.W. BROTHER PENLEY: My Brethren, when I come into a Grand Jurisdiction where I have known someone for a number of years, it is always a privilege to greet and see him again. At this time, as I am making this little preparatory talk, I would like for Bruce Hunt, if he will, to please come to the East. My Brethren, we in South Carolina have had the distinction of having one of the most famous Masons that this country has ever knownAlbert Gallatin Mackey. Brother Mackey was Grand Secretary of our Grand Lodge for 20 plus years; he was the General Grand High Priest of the General Grand Chapter for six years; he was Secretary General of the Scottish Rite for 20 plus years. And as many of you know and have read, he published many, many books on Masonic subjects, jurisprudence, etc. We in South Carolina felt that something should be done to honor Albert Gallatin Mackey. Many, many years ago we set up what we call the "Albert Gallatin Mackey Medal." This is the highest award that South Carolina gives to any Mason. It is with distinct pleasure on my part and the highest privilege as Grand Master to present this award, which is presented for distinguished service to Masonry, to M.W. Bro. Bruce H. Hunt. (Applause.)


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M.W. BRO. BRUCE H. HUNT: Most Worshipful Grand Master, M.W. Grand Master Penley, I am speechless, almost. Just enough to say "Thank you" from the bottom of my heart. Of course we all know of the great contributions of Albert Gallatin Mackey to Freemasonry and how often his name appears in the annals of our history. To have this particular medal is a great honor, and I am sensible of it. Thank you so much, Jim. M.W. BROTHER PENLEY: Brethren, we are often asked in South Carolina, "How is it that you continue to have net gains in membership?" It is really hard to explain a situation like this, and I generally knock on wood when the question is asked. I can assure you that it is by hard work, perseverence, and anything else that you can think of-motivative, innovative ideas that we can come up with from year to year that kept this net gain in membership true. I think that it can be best said by a poem in which the poet tells us something like this: There is room for all of us; no matter what our age or what we do, there is still a place for us to work in Masonry. M.W. Sir, let me say that it has been a pleasure to be with you. I have enjoyed being in the Grand Lodge of Missouri very, very much. It has been an ideal pleasure. May I wish for you and your Grand Lodge every success. M.W. BROTHER POE: Thank you so much. M.W. Sir, we thank you for your remarks and take great pride that you have selected one of our Missourians as the recipient of your honor medal this year. M.W. BROTHER PENLEY: My Brethren, that is the 66th medal that has been presented in the some 50 years since its founding. We do not give very many of them out. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON CORRESPONDENCE

M.W. Bro. Bruce H. Hunt presented the report of the Committee on Correspondence. M.W. BROTHER HUNT: M.vV. Grand Master, the result of the efforts of the Committee on Correspondence has been on the registration desk, and I assume that all of you have received a copy. This year we attempted to condense the material as much as possible, and to select those things which we believe would be of most interest to you. We hope that you gain something from this review and that it will be accepted in the spirit in which it was prepared. vVith that, M.vV. Grand Master, I would move that it be received and printed in the annual PROCEEDINGS. The motion was seconded and approved by the Grand Lodge. REPORT OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON THE GEORGE WASHINGTON MASONIC NATIONAL MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION

M.W. Bro. Bruce H. Hunt, Chairman, presented the report of the Special Committee on the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association. M.W. BROTHER HUNT: The chairman of this Committee was in attendance at the last annual meeting of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association at Alexandria, Virginia, on February 21, 1977, held


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in the Memorial. Missouri was represented by a number of Grand Officers and brethren. At the appropriate time a check from the Grand Lodge of Missouri was presented to the President of the Memorial Association. Through the years the Grand Lodge of Missouri has supported the Memorial. This year was no exception. In the Spring issue of The f,-eemason magazine there was an article about the Memorial, with an accompanying application for Life Membership. We are happy to report that at this time Missouri now has at least 15 Life Members, and the Grand Lodge itself is a Bicentennial Contributor by reason of a special gift of $] ,000. For this contribution the Grand Lodge will be listed on a bronze plaque in the Memorial Hall; this plaque will be unveiled at the annual meeting in February 1978. Each year for the past several years this Committee has outlined the financial condition of the Memorial and the need to build the endowment fund so that the Memorial will be self-supporting. Again we emphasize the need to continue our contributions in this direction. It is a worthy cause in which Freemasons across the land unite in a common goal. The members of this Committee are: M.W. ~ros. Forrest C. Donnell, Morris E. Ewing, Homer L. Ferguson, Harold M. Jayne, James M. Sellers, and myself.

To the Grand Lodge, A.F. &- A.M. of Missouri: BRETHREN: The chairman of this Committee was in attendance at the last annual meeting of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association in Alexandria, Virginia, on February 21, 1977, held in the Memorial. Missouri was represented by M.W. Bro. Fielding A. Poe, R.'\V. Bro. James A. Noland, Jr., R.W. Bro. John C. Montgomery, Jr., and R."\V. Bro. Frank A. Arnold. At the appropriate time a check from the Grand Lodge of Missouri was presented to the President of the Association. Through the years, the Grand Lodge of Missouri has supported the Memorial. This year was no exception. In the spring issue of The Freemason there was an article about the Memorial, with an accompanying application for life membership. 'Ve are happy to report that at this time Missouri now has at least 15 life members, and the Grand Lodge itself is a Bicentennial Contributor by reason of a special gift of $1,000. For this contribution the Grand Lodge will be listed on a bronze plaque in the Memorial Hall. This plaque will be unv'eiled at the annual meeting in February 1978. Each year for the past several years this Committee has outlined the financial condition of the Memorial and the need to build the Endowment Fund so that the Memorial will be self-supporting. Again, we emphasize the need to continue our contributions in this direction. It is a worthy cause in which Freemasons across the land are united in a common goal. Fraternally submitted, BRUCE H. HUNT, Chairman, FORREST C. DONNELL, MORRIS E. EWING, HOMER L. FERGUSON, HAROLD M. JAYNE, JAMES M. SELLERS.


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M.W. Brother Hunt moved that the report of the Special Committee on the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association be received and printed in the PROCEEDINGS. The motion was seconded and approved by a vote of the Grand Lodge. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RECOGNITION ON FOREIGN GRAND LODGES

R.W. Bro. John Black Vrooman, member, stated that the report of the Committee on Recognition of Foreign Grand Lodges was printed and distributed in the booklet "Reports of Officers and Committees." He moved that the report be accepted and printed in the PROCEEDINGS. The motion was seconded and approved by the Grand Lodge.

To the Grand Lodge, A.F. 6- A.M. of Missouri: BRETHREN: Your Committee has received a request from the Grande Oriente de Brasil, whose see is at Rio de Janeiro, for recognition by the Grand Lodge of Missouri. At the present time there has been been indicated some dissention and lack of harmony between the Grande Oriente and several Grand Lodges, especially those state Grand Lodges in Brazil. It is the opinion of your committee at this time, that, because of the uncertainty of jurisdiction and other important matters resulting in serious charges placed against the Grande Oriente by numerous other Grand Lodges, we recommend that recognition BE NOT GRANTED by the Grand Lodge of Missouri to the Grande Oriente de Brasil. Fraternally submitted, FRANK A. ARNOLD, JOHN BLACK VROOMAN, "VILLIAM R. DENSLOW, Chairman. REMARKS OF R.W. BRO. CHARLES O. RIDDLE

R.W. BRO. CHARLES O. RIDDLE, Senior Grand 'Varden of Indiana: Most \Vorshipful Grand Master, Distinguished Brethren, and Brothers all, I bring you the fraternal greetings of the Grand Lodge of Indiana and the personal best wishes from M.W. Bro. Roy O. Turner, the Grand Master of Indiana. I know that your time is short, and I will take just a few moments. My wife and I boarded a plane in Kansas City a few weeks ago and our seat assignment was together. My wife took the seat next to the window and I took the center seat. After we had gotten in the air, a lady sitting next to me on the aisle, who was working a crossword puzzle, turned to me and said, "I am stuck on a word. I want a four-letter word that ends with the letter t and you find this object on the floor of a bird cage." I thought for a moment and I said, "You might try the word 'grit.''' I closed my eyes and started to take a nap. The lady said to me, "Excuse me, Sir. Do you have a pencil with an eraser on it?" That story has no purpose, except that it happened over Missouri. In Indiana we are doing a great work in Freemasonry. We are proud of our


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548 lodges, numbering some 155,000 members. \Ve arc proud of our Indiana Masonic Home in the central part of the state, where路 we have 450 guests receiving our loving care. In the past few years the Indianapolis Valley of Scottish Rite purchased a building at Madison, Indiana, where our Grand Lodge was founded in 1818. With the help of the brethren of Indiana, some funds have been collected and that building has been completely restored. It is a great place for Masons to visit, those that are interested in the heritage of Masonry in Indiana. I will not take more of your time, because I know that your schedule is very tight this morning. It has been a great pleasure for me to be at this 156th Convocation. We have been welcomed and treated royally; we appreciate it very much. I hope that you can visit us on another occasion. Thank you so much. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON MASONIC BOARDS OF RELIEF

R.W. Bro. Albert H. Van Gels, Chairman, moved that the Report of the Committee on Masonic Boards of Relief, as printed in the booklet "Reports of Officers and Committees" be accepted and printed in the PROCEEDINGS. The motion was seconded and approved by vote of the Grand Lodge.

To the Grand Lodge) A.F. 6- A.M. of Missouri: BRETHREN: Your Committee on Masonic Boards of Relief received reports from the Boards of Relief in St. Joseph, St. Louis and St. Louis County, and Joplin. In reviewing the individual reports we note that the requests for financial assistance are nil. However, the many other services rendered by these boards, with the assistance and cooperation of the various lodges, deserve recognition. The expenditures of these boards are held at a minimum as noted in their individual reports. The St. Joseph Board, with the generous assistance of the Scottish Rite, showed no expenditures and a cash balance of $290.79. St. Louis and St. Louis County Board, with office expenditures of $748.02 reported a balance of $15,341.44 in cash, bonds, and certificates of deposit. The Joplin Board reported no cash disbursements or services during the year. None of the Boards of Relief made any assessments for funds during the year. We compliment the Secretaries and members of these boards for their fine management, cooperation, and devoted service to Freemasonry. Respectfully submitted, IVAN G. ABRAHAMS, WILLIAM NALL, EDGAR E. MARTIN, SHERMAN F. KNORR, WILLIAM PARMENTER, ALBERT H. VAN GELS, Chairman. St. Joseph To the Grand Lodge, A.F. &- A.M. of Missouri: The following is the report of the St. Joseph Masonic Board of Relief which is


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composed of six lodges in St. Joseph. They are St. Joseph No. 78, Zeredatha No. 189, Brotherhood No. 269, Charity No. 331, King Hill No. 376, and Saxton No. 508. All funds for the operation of the Masonic Board of Relief are derived from assessments of the member lodges. No assessments have been made for several years. The annual meeting of the St. Joseph Board of Relief was held on Thursday, January 22, 1977, and the following officers were elected: J. Frank Gerber of St. Joseph No. 78, President; Robert Dearing of King Hill No. 376, Vice President; Kenneth L. McNeal of Zeredatha No. 189, Secretary-Treasurer. As usual, the requests for assistance have dwindled each year. This past year has been no exception. Our main function is to assist out-of-town lodges in locating members, arranging funerals, reporting and visiting the ill, and extending Masonic courtesies to sojourners. We serve as the liaison between the various Masonic organizations in our area. The Board wishes to acknowledge with deep appreciation the courtesies of the St. Joseph Scottish Rite for providing office space, secretarial assistance and the assuming of the administrative expense connected with the operation of the Board. Respectfully, KENNETH L. McNEAL, Secretary. FINANCIAL REPORT FOR.PERIOD

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J. :Frank Gerbeth, St. Joseph No. 78, President; Bob Dearing, King Hill No. 376, Vice President; Kenneth L. McNeal, Zeredatha No. 189, Secretary-Treasurer. Finance Committee: V. E. Donaldson, Saxton No. 508, Chairman; Orestes Mitchell, Jr., Charity No. 331; Glenn Swails, Brotherhood No. 269. AUditing Committee: L. A. Donaldson, Saxton No. 508, Chairman; Clyde Miles, King Hill No. 376. Visiting Committee: L. C. Seaman, Zeredatha No. 189, Chairman; Bob Dearing, King Hill No. 376; William Cole, Brotherhood No. 269.

Joplin Dcar Brother Van Gels: Your recent letter to Walter Pickering of this City concerning a report from the Masonic Board of Relief in Joplin has been handed to me for reply. I have conferred with the other members of the Board inclUding the secretaries of both lodges here in Joplin and they advise that there have been no Masonic services conducted for sojourners during the past 12 months. Also, there have been no financial disbursements or other charitable activities during the past year. Fraternally submitted, JAMES E. BROWN, Secretary.

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To the Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Missouri: G.REETINGS: This Board met four times during the 12路month period ending June 30, 1977. Our attendance averages out to about 30 per cent of the lodges in our jurisdiction being represented at each meeting. During the year we received 10 requests for Masonic funeral services for deceased transient brothers. As is our custom we assigned these to the several lodges in numerical order. All lodges cooperated excellently. No requests for relief were received. No requests for interment in the cemetery lots owned by the Grand Lodge in Bellefontaine and Valhalla Cemeteries were received. These lots were placed in charge of this Board in 1914 (see PROCEEDINGS for that year, page 195) . A number of communications were received from other jurisdictions. All were handled as speedily and as thoroughly as possible. For the 13th consecutive year we find our finances in good shape, with no need for an assessment, Our financial report is attached. Fraternally, LEONARD H. BALLMAN, President, JACK ETHERIDGE, Vice President, PHILIP WALDMAN, Treasurer, CHARLES COLEMAN, Treasurer. As instructed we have checked the records of this Board for the year. ended June 30, 1977. A statement showing the receipts and disbursements for the year then ended follows. Auditing Committee, LEE

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REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON CHARTERED LODGES

R.W. BRO. JOHNE. ADAMS, Chainnan, presented the Report of the Committee on Chartered Lodges: Most Worshipful Grand Master, Past Grand Masters, Distinguished Guests, and Brethren, I am not going to read this report; it is printed for your convenience. I would, however, like to stress a few points: The late returns--I cannot urge the Secretaries too much to get these Returns in on time. I think there is plenty of time between June 30 and August 1 to get the reports in on time. Be sure that the Secretary and the Master sign them and apply the Lodge Seal. These are important, Brethren. These reports cannot be processed until they are in. We cannot tell the Grand Lodge the condition of Masons in Missouri until these reports are in. Please attend to this. Also, be just a little more careful in filling them out. I think 243 Returns have to be corrected before they can be processed; I think this is too many. We are all human and we are liable to make mistakes, now and then; but not 243 reports having to be returned. Brethren, as you know, yesterday we increased the fees to the Masonic Home. It is going to be necessary for 173 lodges to increase their fees. The Grand Lodge law says that $31.00 this year was the minimum. But there were six lodges that did not have this, unless the Secretaries are reporting the wrong amount. The Secretaries should apply the amount including the George Washington National Memorial Fee and the fee that goes to the Masonic Home; include everything that you collect from the candidate. Also the District Deputies on their reports should include the same thing. We had six lodges that did not have $31.00. vVe had 167 lodges that had be路 tween $31.00 and $40.00. Those are going to have to be increased, Brethren. Please attend to this immediately. To the District Deputies who did not submit the reports on 38 lodges. I cannot urge the District Deputies to get these reports in to the Grand Secretary as soon as you make your visits; that is when you should file your reports, not wait until the end of June. Another thing that I cannot urge the District Deputies too strongly on is to get these 301 lodges who did not have a budget-to check on your visitation to see that the lodge has a budgetto adopt a budget for that year. This is part of your duties. Brethren, I am not going to take up any more of your time. But these things are important for your Grand Lodge, not only for your Chartered Lodges Committee. But this poor Grand Secretary is stymied until you get your report in, both the District Deputies and the Secretaries. Please do so, Brethren. Thank you, Brethren. Most Worshipful, it has been a pleasure to serve the Grand Lodge.

To the Most WOTshipful Gmnd Lodge, A.F. &- A.M. of MissoUTi: Your Committee on Chartered Lodges met in the office of the Grand Secretary August 19, examined the lodge returns, and makes the following report: Late Retums-On August I there were 101 lodges late in sending in their returns to the Grand Secretary. This is in violation of Section 10.505 of the Grand Lodge Constitution and By-Laws which reads as follows: "The return is sent to the Grand Secretary on or before August 1." When lodge Secre路


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taries are so lax and don't file their return on time, it prevents the Grand Secretary, this Committee, and others who may need them from making a complete report to this Grand Lodge. On the date we met, August 19, the following lodges were still missing: 41, 65, 105, 133, 199, 206, 208, 232, 244, 265, 302, 324, 397, 419, 466, 467, 481, 487, 502, 506, 532, 565, 64.6, and 658. Errors-We urge the Secretaries to exercise a little more care in preparing their returns, particularly the 243 of the 546 reporting, whose errors had to be corrected before they could be processed. On 16 lodge reports either the Secretary or the Master failed to sign, and there were eight lodge returns which did not have the lodge seal affixed. Membership-The returns reflect 348 lodges reporting a decrease of 2,284 members, 153 lodges reporting an increase of 761 members, and 49 lodges reporting the same as in 1976. Raising Candidates-There were 146 lodges of those reporting which did not raise a candidate during the year, and 51 of these lodges have not raised a candidate for five years or more. Attendance-There were 478 lodges, of the 546 reporting, which reported an average of 25 or less in attendance at their meetings, and much to our surprise 309 lodges reported an average attendance of 15 or less each meeting. Budget-The District Deputy Grand Masters' reports, of the 532 reports, reflect 301 lodges not having a budget, and 139 lodges' disbursements exceeded their income. Section 9.050 states "Not later than the second stated communication after the installation of the Master, the Budget Committee, consisting of the Master, Secretary, Treasurer, and two Master Masons, prepares and reports a budget of the revenues anticipated to be available for the operation of the lodge for the next year, and of the itemized expenditures required, appropriated, or recommended for the period, including the per capita tax due the Grand Lodge." This is for the protection of the lodges and should be adhered to, and the District Deputy Grand Master should see that it is done. Rejections-The lodge reports indicate a total of 122 petitioners for the degrees were rejected this year. Dues and Fees-A recapitulation of the fees for the degrees, as reported on the returns, were as follows: Fees $ 30.00 or 31.00 to 41.00 to 51.00 to 61.00 to 7I.00 to

No.ot Lodges less . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 $40;00 167 50.00 103 60.00................. 97 70.00................. 57 80.00................. 43

Fees $ 81.00 to 91.00 to 101.00 to 111.00 to 161.00

90.00 100.00 110.00 120.00

No. of Lodges , 20 46 12 8 1

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District Deputy Grand Master's Reports-At the time this report was made the Grand Secretary had not received the D.D.G.M. reports for the following lodges: First District Queen City Lodge No. 380 Greentop Lodge No. 635 Fifth District Lodge of Light Lodge No. 257 Ninth District Agency Lodge No. 10 Wellington Lodge No. 22 Helena Lodge No. 117 Lincoln Lodge No. 138 Birming Lodge No. ISO Whitesville Lodge No. 162 Rushville Lodge No. 238 King HilI Lodge No. 376 Rosendale Lodge No. 404 Valley Lodge No. 413 Tenth District Jameson Lodge No. 500 Thirteenth District Cypress Lodge No. 227 Bucklin Lodge No. 233 Marceline Lodge No. 481 Thirty-Fifth District Hume Lodge No. 130 Crescent Hill Lodge No. 368

Thirty-Eighth District Macks Creek Lodge No. 433 Conway Lodge No. 528 Forty-First District FairPlay Lodge No. 44 Modern Lodge No. 144 Bolivar Lodge No. 195 Hogles Creek Lodge No. 279 Hermitage Lodge No. 288 Riddick Lodge No. 361 Western Light Lodge No. 396 Forty- Third District Lamar Lodge No. 292 Forty-Sixth District Pilot Knob Lodge No. 182 Plato Lodge No. 469 Summersville Lodge No. 555 Fifty-First District Parma Lodge No. 650 Fifty-Second District Greenville Lodge No. 107 Composite Lodge No. 369 Naylor Lodge No. 568

It was noted on the D.D.G.M. reports that many of the lodges didn't hold their meetings regularly. One report said that he visited a lodge on April 26, 1976, and the lodge did not have another meeting the rest of the year, and another said the lodge did not meet regularly at all. This is in violation of their charter and by-laws.


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Small Lodges-VIe have 94 lodges with a membership of 50 members or less, 19 had an increase of 35 members this year, 20 lodges stayed the same as last year, but the 55 remaining lodges had a decrease of 109 members this year. Your Committee recommends that if these smaller lodges are not going to hold their meetings regularly as they should, can't get officers, don't get their reports in to the Grand Secretary on time, and continue to show a decrease, they should give some consideration to consolidation where everyone will be better served. Most Worshipful Grand Master, your Committee appreciates the opportunity of serving you and the Grand Lodge, and we would like to thank R.W. Bro. Frank A. Arnold, Grand Secretary, for his splendid cooperation. Fraternally submitted, EDWIN BENNETI, JR., K. ROGER PENNEL, MAURICE E. VOTAW, JOHN E. ADAMS, Chairman. R.\V. Brother Adams moved the acceptance of the Report of the Committee on Chartered Lodges as printed in the booklet and the printing of the report in the PROCEEDINGS. The motion was seconded and approved by the vote of the Grand Lodge. REMARKS OF M. W. BRO. R. HARRY MUELLICH

M.W. GRAND MASTER R. HARRY MUELLICH of Iowa: M.W. Grand Master, Grand Lodge Officers. Distinguished Guests, and the most important brothers in this room-the Delegates of this Grand Lodge-it gives me a great deal of pleasure to bring to you the greetings from the Masons of Iowa. I am delighted with the reception I have received here these last three days. I have been Grand Master only five days. I have been on three visitations; I have expelled no one; I have made no official opinions; I have had three arguments with my Grand Secretary; I have made 14 mistakes; I think that I am right on course. I come from a community called Dubuque, which is just north of Sioux City. I have always felt that Dubuque contributed much to the economy and the culture of St. Louis. Back in our early history we had a man by the name of Julian Dubuque who ran the mines of Spain in and around Dubuque and he sold every ounce of lead to St. Louis. As far as your culture is concerned, I might add that we have contributed something to that, because how many of you have heard from your superiors, "Come on, Joe, let's get the lead out." I run a small business in Dubuque and it is awfully close to being like a general store. All of you know there are fixtures in general stores, and one of them has to be a philosopher. I had mine. He was one of those types of person who was always expounding bits of wisdom. When he would catch me wishing just a little bit and saying that everything is going to be just fine when my ship comes in, he would put his arm around me and say,


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"Harry, let me tell you something. Your ship will never come in until you send one out." You know, Brethren, Masonry is like that today. If we refuse to send a ship out, believe me nothing will come in. We must have goals and ob路 jectives, if we are to improve the knowledge of our brethren. As I see it from here, Brethren, it is the Masters and Wardens of your lodges who are the skippers of this ship that we must send out. It is you who have the responsibility to do the things that will improve Masonry throughout this whole jurisdiction. I leave you with this thought, Brethren: Get the lead out and send out ships. It has been a pleasure being here. Thank you. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RELIEF AND CHARITY

R.W. BRO. VIRGIL ABBETT, Chairman, presented the report of the Committee on Relief and Charity: Brethren, yesterday morning M.W. Bro. Elvis Mooney was up here and he stated that he was uncomfortable before the microphone. Well, I am going to make it one step further-I am most uncomfortable.

To the Grand Lodge) A.F. &- A.M. of Missouri: BRETHREN: The Committee on Relief and Charity is composed of five members of the Masonic Home Board. It meets monthly at the Masonic Home and on call of the chainnan to consider requests properly submitted to it by a subordinate lodge for financial assistance and relief to worthy eligible cases. The Grand Lodge, at the annual meeting last year, appropriated $5,000. for use for this Committee. During the year it was necessary to request an additional amount of $6,000 through the Ways and Means Committee in order to meet the requests for assistance during the year. These amounts, together with cash in the bank, constituted the total funds available for the work of the Committee from which we .have disbursed assistance to 13 cases as follows: Polar Star Lodge No. 79 Granby Lodge No. 514 St. James Lodge No. 230 Olive Branch Lodge No. 576 Gardenville Lodge No. 655 Richland Lodge No. 385 Lambskin Lodge No. 460 Wentzville Lodge No. 46 Bonhomme Lodge No. 45 Charleston Lodge No. 407 Irondale Lodge No. 143 Versailles Lodge No. 320 Macks Creek Lodge No. 433 Balance in Bank July 1, 1976 Received from Grand Lodge Received Interest on Savings

. $ 900.00 . 1,200.00 . 700.00 . 375.00 . 225.00 . 1,500.00 . 200.00 . 750.00 . 2,400.00 . 750.00 . 1,040.00 . 300.00 . 200.00 $10,540.00 . $ 4,863.23 . 11,000.00 . 140.58 $16,OO3.8i


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. 10,540.00 . $ 5,463.81

Checks Issued for Relief Balance in Bank June 30, 1977

RespectfUlly submitted, VIRGIL ABBEIT, Chairman, JAMES A. NOLAND, JR., J. C. MONTGOMERY, RAY HILTON, HOWARD E. WARD, Secretary. R.W. Brother Abbett moved that the report of the Committee on Relief and Charity be accepted and made a part of the PROCEEDINGS. The motion was seconded and approved by the Grand Lodge. REMARKS OF R.E. SIR KNIGHT WALTER F. RUESTMAN

R.E. GRAND COMMANDER 'J\7ALTER F. RUESTMAN of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Missouri: M.'J\7. Grand Master, Grand Officers of this Grand Lodge, Brethren, it is a pleasure for me to be here today to address this Grand Lodge and to be a guest of the Grand Lodge. I want to thank you, M.W. Grand Master, for all the courtesies you have extended to me and my wife. And I want to thank you for our associations in the past. I received this office four months sooner than I normally would have; consequently, I will preside at two annual meetings. It has been a pleasure to receive you in the Grand Commandery. I want to thank you again for all the courtesies. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, they did receive me most courteously in their Grand Conclave this May. Let me only say this on their behalf; they have a charitable program in reference to their Eye Foundation that would behoove the full support of each of us and we wish them well in that program. REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON LODGES UNDER DISPENSATION

The Grand Secretary moved that the report of the Committee on Lodges under Dispensation be accepted as printed in the booklet "Reports of Officers and Committees" and printcd in the PROCEEDINGS. The motion was seconded and approved by the Grand Lodge.

To the Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Missouri: BRETHREN: No new lodges were formed or started during this year 1976-77, nor were any othcr matters referred to this Committee's attention. Respectfully submitted, CHARLES HUMPHREY, Chairman, MAX E. BRETSCHNEIDER, EDWARD LEWANDOSKI. REMARKS OF WOR. BRO. I. LEE RATCLIFF

Wor. BRO. I. LEE RATCLIFF, vVorthy Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter of Missouri, Order of the Eastern Star: M.W. Grand Master, Brethrcn all,


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I bring you greetings from the sister organization of this wonderful Fraternity that we all belong to. We believe throughout in the principles that Masonry teaches; we believe in the principles of charity and relief. With this in mind, we are proud to contribute everything most graciously and freely to the assistance and welfare of Masonry, the Home, the children, and the hospital. Thank you very much, M.W. Grand Master, for this privilege and honor. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Lee, thank you for your greetings from the land of the Eastern Star. Brethren, I guess the greatest reception I had this year was at their Grand Session here in this building. And I can assure you they outdid us. They not only had the seats on this floor filled, but up in the balcony as far as you can see. Thank you so much. REPORT OF THE BUILDING SUPERVISORY BOARD

Wor. Bro. Harold E. Thornton, Chairman, presented the Report of the Building Supervisory Board as printed in the booklet "Reports of Officers and Committees."

To the Grand Lodge, A.F. &- A.M. of the State of Missouri: Your Building Supervisory Board submits herewith its report of activities and decisions of the past Masonic year. It has been a pleasure and privilege to serve the Grand Lodge on this Committee and we thank our Grand Master, M.W. Bro. Fielding A. Poe, both for his advice and assistance and for the appointment. All cases brought before the Board have received our prompt attention, and it is our fervent hope the lodges who contacted this Board with their plans for new buildings and/ or remodeling and financing have been helped to the end that the Masonic Order in Missouri may grow and prosper in the future. Listed below are all cases received and considered by your Building Supervisory Board (not necessarily in the order of reception or approval), for the year 1976-77. Unless otherwise indicated, the action taken had the unanimous approval of all members of the Board. Fraternally submitted, FRED C. HEUERMANN, C. V. BUCHHOLZ, HAROLD E. THORNTON, Chairman. Beacon Lodge No.3, St. Louis The Board approved plans for a new temple, without the incurrence of debt. Shamrock Lodge No. 585, Auxvasse The Board approved a lease agreement for new location of the lodge, after some minor changes in the agreement. Jefferson Lodge No. 43, Jefferson City The Board denied permission to increase their debt at this time. Paulville Lodge No. 319, Hurdland The Board was contacted in regard to moving from one location to another on a rental basis in the same jurisdiction. No approval was necessary.


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Members Temple Association, Robertsville With healing order from our Grand Master, Fielding A. Poe, the Board approved plans for their ncw temple, without the incurrence of debt. Mount HojJe Lodge No. 476, Odessa The Board approved the articles of a not-for-profit corporation for Mount Hope Temple Association. Cleveland Lodge No. 651, Cleveland The Board approved plans for basement portion of a new temple, without the incurrence of any debt. New Bloomfield Lodge No. 60 The Board approved a buy-and-sell agreement between the owners and the lodge with a sewer hookup for the lodge. No debt to be incurred. LaPlata Lodge No. 237, La Plata The Board gave advice in regard to inquiry about letting Rebekah Lodge use their temple building for two meetings a month. Composite Lodge No. 369, Doniphan The Board approved plans of the lodge to refinance their debt. Hale City Lodge No. 216 The Board approved the construction of a new temple on donated land, without the incurrence of any debt. Anderson Lodge No. 621 The Board approved plans to lease a building. purchased by a group of members with option of title transfer when paid for. No debt incurred. Mountain View LOdge No. 637 The Board approved the acceptance of a church building. donated to the lodge by a group of members who purchased the building, without the incurrence of debt. Latimer Lodge No .. i45, Licking The Board gave advice in regard to using a metal building as the basic structure for a new ternpIe. Granby Lodge No. 514, Granby The Board answered inquiry in regard to building plans for new temple. We await developments. Marlborough Lodge No. 569, Kansas City The Board approved the articles of incorporation and by-laws for a not-for-profit temple association. . Miller Lodge No. 567, Miller The Board answered inquiry and sent copies of suggested forms for Building Association and instructions for application to this Board. Van Buren Lodge No. 509 The Board answered inquiry of the District Deputy Grand Master in regard to pending sale of the present building. SUPPLEMENT TO REPORT OF BUILDING SUPERVISORY BOARD

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for construction of a new temple with the incurrence of a limited debt.

Fraternally, FRED C. HEUERMANN, C. V. BUCHHOLZ, HAROLD THORNTON, Chairman. Wor. Bro. Thornton moved that the report as printed in the booklet, as well as the supplement, be accepted and printed in the PROCEEDINGS. The motion was seconded and approved by the Grand Lodge. WOR. BROTHER THORNTON: M.W. Sir, with your indulgence I would like to make one additional remark. Is R.W. Bro. Fred C. Heuermann in the audience this morning? (Brother Heuermann stood at his place in the auditorium.) Brethren, this brother has asked that he not be included on this Committee for this next year. He has assisted the Grand Lodge on this Committee, in addition to all his other duties over the past 16 years, and he is removing himself only for health reasons. I think that he deserves a hand. (Applause) M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, the reason that so many of our lodges over the State of Missouri are in as good a shape as they are in, structure-wise and building-wise, is due in no small amount to the efforts and work of this committee who perform their task most diligently and most carefully. I think that we should give them due consideration because they are a 12-month working committee; I can vouch for that. We thank you so much, Brother Thornton. REPORT OF THE GRAND TREASURER

RoW. Bro. William H. Utz, Jr. presented the report of the Grand Treasurer. R.W. Brother Utz moved that the Report of the Grand Treasurer, which had been filed with the Grand Secretary, be received and printed in the PROCEEDINGS. Basically the report shows a somewhat smaller balance on current funds, but that difference is more than reflected in the increased amount in securities in the General Fund. Roughly there are about $300,000 in the General Fund in securities and $225,000 in the Permanent Fund in securities. Those securities can be found listed in detail in the Auditor's Report, which is printed in the booklet "Reports of Officers and Committees." The motion was seconded and approved by the vote of the Grand Lodge. To the Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Missouri: I charge myself with the receipts, disbursements, balance securities as follows for the period July 1, 1976 to June 30, 1977. Total Income Receipts Transfers from Agency Account Grand Lodge Office Fund Total Receipts Disbursements Excess of Disbursements over Receipts .... 0

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Balance, July 1, 1976 Balance, June 30, 1977 $ Consisting of Balance in Commerce Bank of St. Joseph, Missouri $ Balance in Exchange National Bank of Jefferson City, Missouri-. Imprest Fund Balance in Banks-General Fund, June 30, 1977 $

III 52,954.70 29,639.22 19,639.22 10,000.00 29,639.22

SECURITIES-GENERAL FUND

Carrying Value Market Value $224,836.78 $229,647.50 26,129.81 25,734.37 100,000.00 100,000.00 $355,381.87 $350,966.59

United States Treasury Notes Common Stocks Corporate Bonds Total Securities-General Fund

SECURITIES--PERMANENT FUND

Federal National Mortgage Association Debentures United States Treasury Notes Corporate Bonds Common Stocks Total Securities-Permanent Fund Uninvested Cash

Carrying Value Market Value $ 40,014.80 $ 40,000.00 128,568.17 131,884.10 4,000.00 4,000.00 40,263.89 49,575.00 $212,832.06 $225,533.90 16.06 $212,848.12

Respectfully submitted, William H. Utz, Jr. Grand Treasurer. REMARKS OF R.W. BRO. RAYMOND H. BACHMAN

R.\V. JUNIOR GRAND WARDEN RAYMOND H. BACHMAN of Illinois: M.W. Grand Master, Grand Lodge Officers, Distinguished Guests, and my Brethren, it is a pleasure and a privilege for me to bring you greetings from the Grand Lodge of Illinois and from our Most Worshipful Grand Master Albert W. Gylden, who will be out of office in about two more weeks. I have enjoyed your courtesies; I want to thank you for them and for your hospitality. I do not know whether you are far enough South or not for it to be called "Southern hospitality." But I have a story about southern hospitality. It seems as though that a man from New York went down to Virginia for a vacation. He was so impressed with their hospitableness, their courtesy, that he decided this is where he wanted to spend the rest of his life. So he ..: moved down and bought himself a service station, thinking that the nice people he had met would all rush to buy his products. But they were conspicuous by their absence and he was rapidly going broke. He confided in one of his good friends and told him that it was something like hemorrhoids; If you come down and go back up, it is all right; but if you come down and stay down, you are a pain in the you know what. One of the definitions of Freemasonry tells us that the purpose of Free-


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masonry is to make good men better. There is a little story that is perhaps a little humorous, but I think it illustrates a point. A young father one Sunday morning was trying to read his Sunday paper. His little four-year-old daughter kept asking one question after another; and he wasn't getting anywhere. Finally in the paper he came to a full-page map of the world. So an idea was born. He took the page and laid it on the table and cut it up in a bunch of zigzag pieces to make a jigsaw puzzle of it. He gave it to his little daughter and said, "You cannot ask me another question until you get this jigsaw puzzle put together correctly." She started in on it; he sat down and hoped to have several hours of peaceful reading. In about ten minutes the little girl came in and said, "I am all through with the puzzle." He was amazed; he went in; there was the puzzle correctly put together. He asked her how she did it. She said, "I noticed when you were holding the paper up that on the back of this page there was a large picture of a man. I knew that if the man were put together right the world would be all right. So I merely turned the pieces over, put the man together, and it was put together correctly." I think that is the business of Freemasonry: To put men together right. Thank you, M.W. Grand Master. REPOR,T OF COMMITTEE ON APPEALS AND GRIEVANCES

R.W. Bro. Lloyd L. Schainker, Chairman, presented the Report of the Committee on Appeals and Grievances. To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Missow"i: BRETHREN: The Committee on Appeals and Grievances herewith respectfully submits the following account of its activities during the year 1976-77: 1. Your Committee is happy to report that it received no appeals or grievances during the year for its consideration under the provisions of Section 5.060 of the Constitution and By-Laws, as amended. 2. Your Committee further reports, however, that it did receive for its consideration a petition for restoration in the form of a letter from one, Joe Wayne Storey, dated September 28, 1976 which was received by this Committee on September 29, 1976. A complete investigation of the facts and circumstances involved in this matter reveals the following: a. That Joe Wayne Storey, a member of Triangle Lodge No. 638, had been suspended by his lodge on June I, 1963 because of nonpayment of dues. b. That on June 17, 1964, the said Joe Wayne Storey pleaded guilty to the commission of a felony in the S1. Louis Circuit Court, 51. Louis, Missouri, said felony being "Stealing Over $50.00 by Deceit" and that said felony involved the swindling of elderly victims, including widows, in a "home repairs-mortgage racket." c. That on October 2, 1964 he was sentenced to serve a period of five years in the Missouri State Penitentiary, but was placed on probation by the Judge. d. That as a result of the foregoing, charges were filed against him in his lodge of "conduct unbecoming a member of the Masonic Order:' e. That by his written plea dated April 10, 1965, the said Joe Wayne Storey requested expulsion from the Masonic Fraternity. f. That his expulsion from the Fraternity was approved by the then Grand Master, M.W. Bro. George F. Morrison, on May 10, 1965.


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g. That by written petition dated May 3, 1976, he petitioned Triangle Lodge No. 638 for restoration as a member of that lodge, said petition indicating that he had for the past 40! or five years been residing in Senath, Missouri, and that he was, and continues to be, actively engaged in the real estate business there. h. That all of his correspondence in connection with his petition for restoration was on printed stationery inscribed as follows: "STOREY REAL ESTATE, Joe Storey, Realtor, 101 Gately, Box 191, Senath, Missouri 63876." i. That at a stated communication of Triangle Lodge No. 638 on September 9, 1976, of the 19 members present and voting, the ballot on his petition for restoration resulted in 18 unfavorable votes and one favorable vote. j. That consequently, his restoration to Masonic membership was not accomplished. k. That the matter then came before this Committee under the provisions of Section 5.060 of the Constitution and By-Laws, as amended, by reason of his aforementioned letter dated September 28, 1976. After an exhaustive investigation of the subject petitioner for restoration, which investigation included, among other things, a painstaking review of the criminal court's file concerning his felony prosecution and conviction, and of the various and voluminous news articles which appeared in both of the S1. Louis, Missouri, newspapers describing the devious methods and means implemented by the petitioner to defraud elderly persons, some of whom were elderly widows; and coupled with the fact that the various acts of fraud were committed by the use of real estate deeds of trust which he had the unwitting elderly victims sign, all things and matters being fully considered, it is the recommendation of this Committee that the petition for restoration to Masonic membership of Joe Wayne Storey be not approved. Respectfully submitted, LLOYD L. SCHAINKER, Chairman, HARRY GERSHENSON, SR., HAROLD J. TONER, ORESTES MITCHELL, JR., P.G.M., WALTER L. WALKER, P.G.M.

R.W. Brother Schainker moved the adoption of the report and that it be printed in the PROCEEDINGS of this Grand Lodge Session. The motion was seconded. M.vV. GRAND MASTER Pm:: Brethren, I make it clear that by adopting this report and voting "Aye," you reject the petition of this brother for restoration. The motion was carried by the vote of the Grand Lodge. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON BY路LAWS

M.W. Bro. J. Morgan Donelson, Chairman, presented the Report of the Committee on By-Laws. To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, A.F. &- A.M. of Missouri: The Committee is pleased to report that a new volume of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Grand Lodge of Missouri is now reprinted and incorporates all amendments and annotations adopted and made through the 1976 annual communication. The volume will be available about the middle of October 1977. The work on this project prevented the preparation of the pocket part for this year, and the Committee hopes you were not too greatly inconvenienced by this


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omission. The pocket part for the new volume for use in 1977 and 1978 will be promptly prepared for distribution after this communication. The Committee hopes this second edition or volume which is the result of almost two years' effort will be easier to use and more convenient to those who seek more light therein. Fraternally submitted, NEWTON R. BRADLEY, JAMES K. RILEY, RONALD M. BELT, MARTIN B. DICKINSON,

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Chairman.

M.W. BROTHER DONELSON: M.W. Sir, before I move the acceptance of this report, I have some things that I would like to suggest. I think that it is a credit to the members of this original Committee who put this book that is well-worn, this Black Book that each of you is familiar with, together for your use. And it has been so effectively used up until-almost 20 years without major revision. The chairman of that Committee is a Past Grand MasterM.W. Bro. Orestes Mitchell, Jr. A member, also, of that Committee is M.W. Bro. Richard O. Rumer. There were two other members: R.W. Bro. R. Jasper Smith who is now deceased and R.W. Bro. Robert C. Brinkman, now deceased. But a gentleman who has also been a member of this Committee for many, many years and chaired it is M.W. Bro. Martin B. Dickinson, who is still a member of that Committee. And I would hope that these two gentlemen, with the indulgence and the permission of the Grand Master, could be asked to stand and be recognized for their many years of service and the thoughtful way in which they prepared an instrument that has served us so well in this Grand Lodge. (Applause.) M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: As I have mentioned so many times before, we appreciate the good work you have done, and the great amount of time involved in the project. M.W. Brother Donelson moved the acceptance of the Report of the Committee on By-Laws and that it be printed in the PROCEEDINGS. Question of a BROTHER IN THE AUDIENCE: M.W. Sir, we would be interested to know what the price will be when we go back to report to our lodges on this new edition of the book of Constitution and By-Laws. M.W. BROTHER DONELSON: We anticipate that it will be about $3.00. The motion of M.W. Brother Donelson was seconded and carried by vote of the Grand Lodge. REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON YOUTH

The Grand Secretary stated that the Report of the Committee on Youth is printed and that the chairman had asked him to move acceptance of the report which will be printed in the PROCEEDINGS. The motion was seconded and carried by the vote of the Grand Lodge.

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outstanding years in Missouri. DeMolay, for the seventh consecutive year, showed a gain in membership. The support of the Masonic Fraternity is increasing each year for the youth organizations. Again, the youth organizations contributed to the Masonic Home of Missouri, Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Scottish Rite Foundation, Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, and the Eastern Star ESTARL program. The close harmony of the Masonic Fraternity and the youth organizations is unsurpassed. A Committee meeting will be held during Grand Lodge Communication. Respectfully submitted, RONALD M. COMPTON, Chairman. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENTERTAINMENT OF DISTINGUISHED GUESTS

R.W. Bro. Harry C. Ploetze, Chairman, presented the Report of the Committee on Entertainment of Distinguished Guests. BRETHREN: The Committee on Entertainment of Distinguished Guests has been priviledged to assist our Grand Master Fielding A. Poe and his lovely lady in extending the hospitality of the Grand Lodge to the distinguished visitors to this annual communication from sister jurisdictions, to the leaders of affiliated bodies and other guests. Motel accommodations were provided at the St. Louis Ramada Inn and at the Rodeway Inn. The Annual Reception and Grand Master's Banquet was held on the Sunday evening, September 25, at the Ramada Inn. A luncheon for those attending Grand Lodge was served Monday noon, September 26, in the Dining Room of the Scottish Rite. A full course breakfast for the Grand Master and his Officers, the D.D.G.M.s and the D.D.G.L.s was served Monday morning in the Dining Room of the Scottish Rite. A luncheon for the ladies was held at the S1. Louis Bar Association Headquarters located in the new Mercantile Center followed by a visit to the Arch and downtown shopping. The wife of the Grand Master, Mrs. Fran Poe, gave each lady in attendance a beautiful handmade doll. The Annual Grand Lodge Dinner for all Master Masons and their ladies and friends was held Monday evening in the Dining Room of the Scottish Rite, followed by entertainment in the Auditorium by a musical program by "The Collegians" and the Moolah Temple Drum and Bugle Corps. Visitors from outside the State of Missouri and special guests included: R.W. Raymond H. Bachman, Junior Grand Warden of Illinois, and Mrs. Gertrude Bachman; R.W. Charles O. Riddle, Senior Grand Warden, Indiana, and Mrs. Jean Riddle; M.W. R. Harry Muellich, Grand Master, Iowa, and Mrs. Betty Muellich; R.W. Charles T. Jackson, Grand Secretary, Iowa, and Mrs. Catherine Jackson; M.W. William F. McIntosh, Grand Master, Kansas, and Mrs. Lavone McIntosh; R.W. Albert O. Arnold, Jr., Grand Secretary, Kansas, and Mrs. Marge Arnold; M.W. John E. Moyers, Grand Master, and Mrs. Pauline Moyers, of Kentucky; M.W. James D. Penley, Grand Master of South Carolina; M.W. Gus J. Vlasis, Grand Master, and R.W. John R. Stracener, Grand Secretary, Tennessee.


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Representatives of Appendant Bodies in attendance were: Paul F. Sitze, Grand High Priest, Grand Chapter, R.A.M., and Mrs. Geneva Sitze; Dudley C. Barnes, M.1. Grand Master Grand Council, R. & S.M., and Mrs. Hester P. Barnes; Walter F. Ruestman, R.E. Grand Commander, Grand Commandery, K.T., and Mrs. Ruth H. Ruestman; Mrs. Lillie Barks, Worthy Grand Matron, Grand Chapter, O.E.S., and Mr. Loy W. Barks; 1. Lee Ratcliff, Worthy Grand Patron, Grand Chapter, O.E.S., and Mrs. Katie Maude Ratcliff; R.W. Walter C. Ploeser, Sovereign Grand Inspector General, Scottish Rite, and Mrs. Dorothy M. Ploeser; Robert W. Cockerham, Deputy State Master Councilor, Order of DeMolay; R.W. Ronald M. Compton, Executive Officer, Order of DeMolay, and Mrs. Grace Compton; Miss Dorleta K. Oetting, Grand Worthy Advisor, Order of Rainbow Girls; Miss Jeanne Mueller, Supreme Deputy, Order of Rainbow Girls; Miss Georgia Peak, Grand Bethel Honored Queen, and James Q. Harbison, Associate Grand Guardian, Order of Job's Daughters. The chairman and the members of the Committee express their thanks and appreciation of the assistance given by M.W. Brother and Mrs. Poe and to the wives of the Committee members for their assistance for the entertainment of our visitors. :Fraternally submitted, MARTIN B. DICKINSON, P.G.M., WILLIAM ROBERT DR.

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R.W. Brother Ploetze moved that the report be accepted and printed in the PROCEEDINGS. The motion was seconded and carried by vote of the Grand Lodge. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Let me say this about the work of the Committee. I have been party to many of the meetings they have had and to many of the functions they have arranged, and I know that they have worked diligently throughout the year. I can only commend them most highly for this work. The entertainment that we have had is certainly due in no small amount to the efforts of the members of the Committee, and we appreciate it very, very much. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON NECROLOGY

M.W. Bro. George F. Morrison, Chairman, presented the report of the Committee on Necrology. To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Missouri: Brethl'en: Your Committee has the unpleasant duty of reporting to this Grand Lodge that 2,660 faithful Brother Master Masons have been called to the Celestial Grand Lodge. To all of these departed brethren we fraternally quote: Lead us to Heaven, that we may share Fullness of joy for ever there; Lead us to God our final rest, To be with him for ever blest. Amenl


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ROBERT HAROLD GROPPE

R.W. Bro. Robert Harold Groppe, one of our Past Grand Tilers, passed away on July 18, 1976 in Springfield, Missouri, after losing a battle with cancer. He was born on June 6, 1896 in Maryville, Missouri. He was initiated into the Mysteries of Freemasonry on June 2, 1920; passed to the degree of Fellow Craft on November 11, 1920; and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on January 18, 1921, in Nodaway Lodge No. 470, A.F. & A.M., in Maryville. He moved to Ferguson in the late "Twenties" and affiliated with Ferguson Lodge No. 542 on June 13, 1929. Being a hard worker and a very good Ritualist he served Ferguson Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1936. The Grand Lecturer, having observed his work in and around S1. Louis and St. Louis County, appointed him District Deputy Grand Lecturer in the 57th District in 1938路39; then, M.W. Bro. Karl M. Vetsburg, Grand Master, appointed him District Deputy Grand Master of the 57th District in 193940, and then M.W. Bro. Harry S Truman, Grand Master, appointed him Grand Tiler in 1940-41. R.W. Brother Groppe served Ferguson Lodge as Secretary in 1944, and as Treasurer from 1945 through 1960, at which time he was, by resolution in Ferguson Lodge, made an Honorary Member and Treasurer Emeritus in Ferguson Lodge. He was a member of the Scottish Rite and Moolah Temple Shrine in St. Louis, and loved to work at the Shrine Circus every year. He was a long-time member of Hope Chapter No. 205, 0.E.5., in Ferguson and served his chapter as Worthy Patron in 1938. He was presented with his "50-Year Pin" by the Grand Lodge in 1971, and by Resolution in Ferguson Lodge No. 542 was made a Life Member, which he cherished greatly in his last years. R.W. Brother. Groppe is survived by his dear wife, Florence, who now resides in Bridgeton and is missed by his many, many friends and brethren who loved him greatly. AUBREY MALCOM GOOCH

R.W. Bro. Aubrey M. Gooch, who died August 29, 1976, was a member of Dockery Lodge No. 325 at Meadville. He was initiated July 22, 1947, passed July 6, 1948 and raised July 5, 1949. It is interesting to note that almost exactly a year passed between his various degrees. In 1955-56 he served as Master of Dockery Lodge and was District Deputy Grand Master of District No. 13 from 1970 through 1973. GUSTAV W. KNECHT

R.W. Bro. Gustav W. Knecht, District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District 22B for two years, 1948-50, died on September 5, 1976. He became a Master Mason of Ivanhoe Lodge No. 446 at Kansas City on May 10, 1924. In January 1927, he affiliated with Marlborough Lodge No. 569 as a charter member and served as a Worshipful Master of that lodge in 1930. RAYFORD BRYAN THOMAS

R.W. Bro. Rayford B. Thomas was raised in Schell City Lodge No. 448 on June 19, 1934 and during the World War II years served as WorshipfUl Master of that lodge for four years (1943-46). He served the Grand Lodge of Missouri as District Deputy Grand Lecturer of the 43rd Masonic District from 1946 to 1950 and again from 1951 to 1954. In addition, he was District Deputy Grand Master of that district for the year 1950. He died on September 19, 1976.


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HARRY ELMER NELSON

R.W. Bro. Harry E. Nelson, who died September 29. 1976, was a member of Skidmore Lodge No. 511 of Skidmore. He was initiated October 8. 1945, passed December 10, 1945 and raised March 20, 1946. In 1956-57 he served as Master of his lodge and from 1966 through 1968 was District Deputy Grand Master of District No.7. EMIL G. B. RAKE

R.W. Bro. Emil G. B. Rake was born March 18, 1897 at St. Louis. He was raised to the degree of Master Mason November 24, 1923. He served Meridian Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1938. He was District Deputy Grand Master, 1944-45; President of Wardens Club, 1937; President of The Square Club, 1947. He received Life Membership in Meridian Lodge for Meritorious Service in 1966. He received the 50-year membership button from Grand Lodge in November 1973. He received K.C.C.H. of the Scottish Rite October 15, 1973. He married Ruth Brasser in June 1928. He was an active member of Meridian Lodge for 53 years, until his sudden death October 16, 1976. He was retired from John Deere Plow Co. in 1962 as Credit Manager. JAMES PENDLE"tON HALL

R.W. Bro. James Pendleton Hall, who died October 13, 197fh served as District Deputy Grand Master of the 23rd District from 1950 to 1955 inclusive. Lexington, Missouri, was his birthplace on November 24, 1898, and he spent his entire life there. He attended Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois, and the University of Missouri. His military service spanned two wars. He entered the Medical Corps in 1917 as a private and in the National Guard he rose from private to captain of the UOth Engineers, serving from 1929 until 1940 and retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Reserves. He was one-time commandant of the Wentworth Military Academy at Lexington and later an engineer with the State Highway Department. In later years he was the senior partner of Hall and Cullom, civil engineers. In Lexington Lodge No. 149 he was initiated August 11, 1944; passed, January 30, 1945; and raised September 19, 1945. In 1950 he served as master. In the York Rite he was a member of Lexington Chapter No. 10, R.A.M., served as High Priest in 1949 and in 1959-60 was Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Missouri. He became a member of Shekinah Council No. 24, Royal and Select Masters in 1949 and of DeMolay Commandery No.3, Knights Templar in 1948 and served as its Commander in 1956. He was a member of St. Chrysostom Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine. CLELL GILBERT

R.W. Bro. Clell Gilbert was a member of Sikeston Lodge No. 310. He was initiated February 6, 1947, passed to the degree of Fellow Craft on April 17, 1947 and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on June 19, 1947. He served his lodge as Worshipful Master. From 1956 to 1960, he served the Grand Lodge as District Deputy Grand Master of the 50th District; from 1960 to 1964, he was the District Deputy Grand Lecturer for the brethren of his district. At the time of his death, November 8, 1976. he was the Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of Peru near the Grand Lodge of Missouri.


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CECIL R. SHIRE

R.W. Bro. Cecil R. Shire, who served this Grand Lodge as District Deputy Grand Lecturer for seven terms, died at the Audrain County Hospital, Mexico, on December 17, 1976. He had been ill only a short time. He was born March 8, 1924 in Audrain County. He was married to Mildred V. Whitesides and she survives him. R.W. Brother Shire was employed by the Railway Express Company for many years. On retirement he was made custodian of the Mexico public schools. Funeral services were conducted at the Mexico United Methodist Church by R.W. Bro. J. C. Montgomery officiating. Burial was in the East Lawn Memorial Cemetery. ROBERT BAYS

R.W. Bro. Robert Bays was a member of Tyro Lodge No. 12 at Caledonia. Records show that he was initiated on May 2, 1925, passed on August 1, 1925, and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on September 26, 1925. During 1950, he held the distinction of being Worshipful Master of Tyro Lodge, one of the oldest lodges in the State of Missouri. For District No. 40, he served the Grand Lodge of Missouri as District Deputy Grand Master from 1950 to 1952. He died on January 28, 1977. JAMES WESLEY CLARK

R.W. Bro. James W. Clark was serving as District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District No. 46 at the time of his death on March 9, 1976, having been appointed to serve in 1976. He was Worshipful Master of Mansfield Lodge No. 543 in 1976. A native of Mansfield and executive vice president of the Bank of Mansfield, he was 41 years old at his death. FREDERICK HENRY JOHNSON

R.W. Bro. Frederick Henry Johnson was born December 8, 1894 at Mt. Sterling, Ohio. He petitioned Triangle Lodge No. 638 on January 3, 1929, receiving all his degrees during that year, the M.M. degree on June 15, 1929. He was supervisor with Funsten Nut Company, 1517 Delmar, at time of petitioning and retired at an early age due to patenting a device which aided processing. He was Worshipful Master in 1942, and was appointed District Deputy Grand Lecturer for 33rd District, 1943; District Deputy Grand Master, 33rd District, 1944. He served ten years as Lodge Treasurer and delegate to Masonic Temple Association before removing to Clearwater, Florida. He returned twice yearly for spring and fall Scottish Rite Reunions, being active with the stage crew. He was also active with York Rite and Shrine, plus National Sojourners, while in Florida. He traveled all over the world on vacation junkets as long as his and his wife, Elsa's, health permitted. He died at Cleanvater, Florida, on March 25, 1977 of a heart attack at age of 82. MELVIN STEPHEN CORDON

R.W. Bro. Melvin Stephen Gordon, a member of Gray Summit Lodge No. 173, was initiated in said lodge on January 15, 1959, passed on February 19, 1959, and raised on April 2, 1959. He was Worshipful Master in 1963.


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In 1974, he was appointed District Deputy Grand Master for the 32nd Masonic District and was serving in that capacity at the time of his death on April 16, 1977. LEONARD LANGEN ECKERT

R.W. Bro. Leonard Langeneckert was born in St. Louis on January 6, 1902; and was called to his eternal reward on Sunday, May 29, 1977. Leonard came from a large family, being one of eight children. He attended Rose Fanning Grade School, Cleveland High School, and Washington University. At age 15 he accepted a temporary job at Ely Walker Dry Goods Co.; this temporary work stretched out for quite some time, for he remained a loyal employee of this company for 43 years, advancing to the position of Vice President and Treasurer. After his retirement from Ely Walker, R.W. Brother Leonard joined the staff of Goldman Salks Investment Company. R.W. Brother Langeneckert petitioned Magnolia Lodge June 25, 1924, and was elected to membership on July 23, 1924. He was initiated an Entered Apprentice on September 24, 1924 and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on March 4, 1925. He immediately took a keen interest in Masonry and was appointed chaplain in 1926. He advanced through the line and served as Worshipful Master in 1932, at the young age of 30 years. He was appointed an honorary officer of the Grand Lodge by M.W. Bro. Thomas J. Davis, Jr. He also served as a member and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Masonic Home of Missouri. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living Past President (in point of service) of the "Square Club," an organization of Past Masters of S1. Louis and S1. Louis County. In addition to his Blue Lodge activities, he was a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of St. Louis and took a leading part in several of the Council of Kadosh Degrees during the Reunions, and a Thirty-Third Degree Honorary Scottish Rite Mason. He has been a member of Moolah Temple since 1936, where he organized and directed the Ceremonial Cast for 18 years. R.W. Brother Langeneckert was also an active member and Past Director of the Royal Order of Jester Court 81. In addition to his many Masonic affiliations, R.W. Brother Langenecken was an active member, and devoted much of his time and talents to Unity Church of Christ; and the Evangelical Children's Home where he served as a Director and Vice President. Memorial Services were held for R.W. Bro. Leonard Langeneckert at Unity Christ Church on Friday, June 3, 1977. RA YMOND C. VEASMAN

R.W. Bro. Raymond C. Veasman received his first degree in Freemasonry on December 6, 1941. The Degree of Fellow Craft work was conducted on January 3, 1942 and he was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on February 1, 1942 by the members of Vienna Lodge No. 94 at Vienna. He dimitted from that Lodge on January 1, 1949 and affiliated with Arlington Lodge No. 346 at Dixon, which lodge he served as Worshipful Master in 1952. From 1959 to 1964, he served as the District Deputy Grand Master of the 39th Masonic District. His untimely death o~curred on June 13, 1977. EDWARD A. LANDINGHAM

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(now defunct) and affiliated with East Gate Lodge No. 630 in 1935, serving that Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1950. PORTER J. DELINE R.W. Bro. Porter J. DeLine, of the 14th Masonic District, passed away on Sunday, August 6, 1977 while on an excursion trip down the Rhine with members of the Shrine. He was brought back to Macon where funeral services were conducted by R.W. Bro. Stanton T. Brown, Grand Lecturer, on Monday, August 15. R.W. Brother DeLine was a member of many Masonic organizations although he became a Mason only ten years ago. He served as Master of Censer Lodge No. 172 in 1971. His widow and four sons and one daughter survive. R.W. Brother DeLine was District Deputy Grand Leclurer of the 14th Masonic District when he passed away. He is interred at l\facon. HARRY QUINLEY R.W. Brother Harry Quinley, District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District No. 24 for two years, 1966-68, died on August 8, 1977. He was initiated an Entered Apprentice September 9, 1952, passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft February 20, 1953, and was raised to the Degree of Master Mason May 25, 1953 in Trilumina Lodge No. 205 at Marshall. He became active in lodge work and served his lodge as Worshipful Master for the year 1959. BRETHREN: Let us all stand for a moment of silence as a tribute to our departed brethren and for prayer. PRAYER Supreme Grand Master, again we do as we have been taught in Masonry, to turn to Thee in time of need-so in this moment of silent tribute to our departed brethren whom we hold in blessed memory and express our gratitude to Thee for their fraternal fellowship and dedicated service to our beloved Fraternity-We ask that Thou wilt bless and comfort those loved ones that sorrow with Thy loving protective care in their bereavement. This we pray in the Name of Him in Whom we have all professed to put our trust. Amen! Respectfully and fraternally, FRANK P. BRIGGS, P.G.M., WILLIAM R. DENSLOW, P.G.M., HAROLD O. GRAUEL, P.G.M., 'VALTER L. 'VALKER, P.G.M., GEORGE F. MORRISON, P.G.M., Chairman. M.W. Brother Morrison moved that the Report of the Committee on Necrology be accepted and printed in the PROCEEDINGS. The motion was seconded and approved by the vote of the Grand Lodge. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: M.\V. Brother Morrison, we thank you very much for this most detailed report and for the myriad of duties you have performed in getting this information that is so vital on these brothers who have departed from us. RECOGNITION OF RIGHT WORSHIPFUL BRO. ELMER W. WAGNER

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Secretary for some ten years, preceding our present Grand Secretary: R.W. Bro. Elmer W. Wagner. Elmer, would you stand so that this Grand Lodge may recognize you. (Applause.) REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON JURISDICTION

R.W. Bro. Vern H. Schneider, Chairman, presented the report of the Committee on Jurisdiction. R.W. BROTHER SCHNEIDER: M.W. Grand Master and Brethren, this Committee on which I was privileged to serve with M.W. Bros. Martin B. Dickinson, Herman A. Orlick, and Harold M. Jayne was directed to study and recommend action on certain proposed by-law changes which were first submitted to this Grand Lodge in 1972. You know, I am reminded that whenever you start to work with by-laws it is something like the problem Congress has when they deal with the tax code. You know why they call it a code; it is because nobody can decipher it. Seriously, the proposals which were presented in 1972 had the basic purpose of providing for statewide concurrent jurisdiction as to petitions. Now this oral report today is simply intended to supplement the printed report which has already been made available to you and which commences at Page 45 of the printed "Reports of Officers and Committees." I would remind you, Brethren, that at the present time over half of the population of Missouri is within those geographical areas where we have concurrent jurisdiction as to petitions. Therefore, most of us have had some experience with the rule in practice. In order to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of statewide concurrent jurisdiction, your Committee has corresponded at length with all of the 19 Grand Jurisdictions where the rule now prevails. We addressed numerous questions to the Grand Secretaries in the effort to get the facts. We are deeply grateful for the courtesy of the many detailed reports which were received by us [rom the Grand Secretaries. Your Committee is impressed by the consistent expressions of approval of statewide concurrent jurisdiction. To put it in a nutshell, the people who have the experience with it like it. Indeed, several of the writers from the several Grand Lodge Jurisdictions volunteered the comment that they probably could not vote the rule out if they wanted to, because they have had such a fine experience with it. Based upon the experience of those Grand Jurisdictions which do have the rule, your Committee has drawn the following conclusions which I would like to summarize very briefly. First, the rule of statewide concurrent jurisdiction facilitates the submission of a petition in a lodge where a petitioner may have very special ties with members of a particular lodge. A man is given a freedom of choice, so that he can petition the lodge of his father or grandfather. Let's suppose that a young man from Sikeston gets a job and moves up to Jefferson City, or perhaps Kansas City; and he reaches that wonderful time in life and he concludes that he would like to be a Mason, just like his dad and his granddad who were members down in Sikeston. Now the first lodge that is most likely to come into his mind as the lodge he would like to join is the one where his dad and his granddad belonged. Now it is not entirely impossible under our present arrangement; there is provision for


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requesting waivers. But my Brethren, you know and I know that sometimes there are inordinate delays in the granting of those waivers and unfortunately sometimes there are denials. And the inevitable result of such a delay or outright denial is that unbrotherly feelings develop between lodges. And perhaps of even greater importance is the fact that that poor petitioner, this young man who originated down in Sikeston and who is perhaps now living in Jefferson City or Kansas City or some other place, cannot understand why they won't let him petition the lodge where dad and granddad belonged. In this age when we are so mobile, we perhaps live one place and drive 60 miles to our place of work. It is also entirely possible that a young man desiring to petition for the degrees might desire to petition a lodge near his work, as opposed to a lodge near his place of residence. All the Grand Secretaries who responded to our questions, and we have had replies from all of them who have had experience with the rule, agree that this is one of the fundamental advantages of statewide concurrent jurisdiction. I alluded to the fact that sometimes, where there has been great delay or perhaps a denial of a waiver, unbrotherly feelings have resulted. This has been eliminated through the application of the rule of statewide concurrent jurisdiction. I think it was best put by one of the respondents, M.W. Bro. Dwight Smith, one of the giants in Masonry who is the Grand Secretary of Indiana. Indiana adopted the rule of statewide concurrent jurisdiction several years ago; as I recall it was about 1970 on a trial basis; and then the rule was made pennanent after they had had a trial run to see how the rule worked. M.W. Brother Smith put it this way, "The neatly fenced off territorial jurisdiction of each lodge has been eliminated officially. For a long time it was guarded jealously; it was the cause of many lodge disagreements; it was, or had become, totally unrealistic. A man who desires to become a Mason resents denial of freedom of choice in many instances, and he cannot understand the reason for such a rule." Moving on to a further matter in connection with the use of this rule of statewide concurrent jurisdiction, I would refer to the replies which we received as to the problem of character investigation. One of the great con路 cerns expressed by many people in this state has been that if we were to adopt this rule it might make it more difficult to thoroughly investigate a petition for the degrees. Now based upon the replies of all of these jurisdictions that have the rule, we have been infonned that this problem is nonexistent. For example in the huge State of California, it ,",:as pointed out to us that character investigation has not been a problem because it remains the fundamental duty of every committee of investigation to get the facts. And if it becomes necessary to have a courtesy investigation in the locality where the petitioner resides, that should be done. And indeed, I have been assured that it is a matter of practice in most of those states where the rule prevails. I am further informed that in every state that has the rule a special effort is made to inquire of the petitioner as to exactly why he is petitioning a lodge somewhat removed from his place of residence. The State of Ohio, which has had the rule for a number of years and where they are enthusiastic about it, maintain a file in the Office of the Grand Secretary for a period of 20 years to list all of those petitioners whose pe-


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HUons have been rejected. And they keep a record of suspensions and expulsions, so that it is expected of a conscientious committee of investigation to check with the Grand Secretary's Office as to the possibility that the petitioner has had some unfavorable experience in the past, so that he would not be a worthy member at this time. I might just cite the State of Maryland as another jurisdiction where special efforts have been made through instructions to the committees on investigation to remember their responsibility. You know the Grand Secretary of California put it very well. He said it has been their experience that when a committee of investigation has been appointed every member on that committee must recognize that that petitioner may well become a member of some other lodge. If it is a courtesy investigation that is being conducted, that petitioner might become a member of the lodge in which the courtesy investigation is being made. So it all boils down to this-it is a duty of the committee of investigation to do its job, to go where it has to to get the facts. It has not been the experience of those having statewide jurisdiction that character investigation has been a problem. We have uncovered no evidence to indicate that there has been any lowering of the Standards for Admission. Now as a practical matter, it appears that only a very small volume of petitions is the situation where a substantial distance lies between the petitioner's residence and the lodge of his choice. M.W. Brother Hinshaw, the Grand Secretary of Ohio, pointed out that in that jurisdiction approximately 5,000 petitions for the degrees are received annually. No more than 200 involved cases where the petitioner lives at a distance remote from the lodge of his choice. The other respondents to our inquiries were all in agreement; that there is just a small group of petitions in this category. Some brethren have expressed concern about the possibility that small lodges might suffer if this rule were invoked. The replies received by your committee indicate that where the rule prevails the small lodges have not: suffered. Several of our correspondents expressed the belief that perhaps the small lodges had benefitted. But the important thing is that it still boils down to a lodge having an attractive program; it boils down to the case of the man having freedom to choose t.he lodge of his choice. One final conclusion that we might draw from these many replies-I have a big stack of them: The Grand Secretaries indicated that the Secretaries of the constituent lodges have found that this rule is of substantial assistance to them, because the lodge Secretaries are relieved of that chore of handling a sometimes rather voluminous amount of correspondence in connection with requests for waivers. For all of these reasons, based upon the experience of our sister jurisdictions, your committee endorses in principle the concept of statewide concurrent jurisdiction. At the same time we recognize that this rule, if adopted, would constitute a departure from a long established practice in this grand jurisdiction. Therefore, we recommend adoption of the rule for a trial period of two years, during which we would have further opportunity to evaluate the rule. Now at the end of that period of two years, if our experience with the rule is positive. .. (Brother Schneider was interrupted by delegates) . We have the report set out in detail.


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VOICE FROM THE AUDIENCE: I move the adoption of the report. 'R.W. BROTHER SCHNEIDER proceeded: I move the adoption of the following Resolution:

Be It Resolved, In lieu of the proposed amendments to Article 21 now pending before the Grand Lodge the following By-Law changes shall be made: a. Until the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Missouri, to be held in 1979, or until such later time as the Grand Lodge may hereafter determine by action taken by it at any Annual Communication, the following By-Law changes shall be effected: (I) Sections 21.010, 21.020, 21.030, 21.040, 21.050, 21.060, 21.070, 21.090 and 13.020 shall be repealed; and (2) A new section to be known as Section 21.011 shall be adopted in lieu of Section 21.010 and shall provide as follows: Section 21.011. Territorial Jurisdiction. "Lodges in the State of Missouri have concurrent jurisdiction over the State of Missouri with respect to petitions." and (3) A new section to be known as Section 21.021 shall be adopted in lieu of Section 21.0W and shall provide as follows: "Section 21.021. Power to Receive Petitions for Degrees. "A lodge may receive the petition for the degrees of any otherwise eligible petitioner who lives within the State of Missouri." and (4) A new section to be known as Section 13.021 shall be adopted in lieu of Section 13.020, and shall provide as 拢o11ows: "Section 13.021. Notification to the Grand Secretary. "Promptly after a lodge receives a petition for restoration, or after any rejection, suspension, expUlsion or reinstatement, the secretary of the lodge shall send written notice to the Grand Secretary. The notice shall state the full name, birth date, occupation and residence address of the petitioner or member. The notice shall be open to inspection by any Master ,Mason who is a member of any Missouri lodge and qualified to vote therein." . and (5) In order to facilitate the orderly administration of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Grand Lodge during the effective period referred to here路 inabove with respect to the By-Law changes referred to in Paragraphs '(I) to (4) inclusive, in the event of any inconsistency, conflict or incongruity between other provisions of the By-Laws then in effect and any provisions of Sections 21.011, 21.021, or 13.021, such other provisions of the By-Laws shall be construed and applied as if they were amended to the extent necessary to bring them into harmony with said Sections 21.011, 21.021, and 13.021 in order to facilitate the administration of the rule of state路 wide concurrent jurisdiction with respect to petitions. b. Unless prior to the close of the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge to be held in 1979 the Grand Lodge shall take action with respect to the sections of the By-Laws hereinabove repealed and enacted, effective at the close


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of the Grand Lodge to be held in 1979 all of the By-Law changes referred to above shall be of no further force or effect so that Sections 21.011, 21.021, and 13.021 shall be repealed and all of the provisions of Sections 21.010, 21.020, 21.030, 21.040, 21.050, 21.060, 21.070, 21.090 and 13.020 as the same were in effect immediately prior to the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, which convened in St. Louis, Missouri, on September 26, 1977, shall be re-enacted and restored in full force and effect as a part of the By-Laws of the Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Missouri; provided, however, that such reenactment of said By-Laws shall not affect the validity of any petition which shall have been lawfully received but not voted upon by any lodge in Missouri prior to the said Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge to be held in 1979.

The motion was seconded. By voice vote the rule of statewide concurrent jurisdiction to be in effect for a trial period of two years was approved. The resolution was adopted. R.W. Brother Schneider moved the acceptance of the full report of the Committee on Jurisdiction and the printing thereof in the PROCEEDINGS. The motion was seconded and carried. REPORT OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON JURISDICTION

To the Grand Lodge, A.F. &- A.M. of Missouri: BRETHREN: Your Committee was assigned the following duties: 1. To study the desirability of the general concept of statewide concurrent jurisdiction; and 2. To consider the possible implementation of that concept through the amendment, revision, and repeal of certain Sections of Article 21 of our By-Laws as proposed in 1972 and all of which proposals have been printed in the 1975 pocket part for the 1958 edition of the Annotated Constitution and By-Laws of the Grand Lodge of Missouri. 1. THE CONCEPT OF STATEWIDE CONCURRENT JURISDICTION The principle of limited concurrent jurisdiction has been incorporated in our By-Laws for many years. At least half of the population of Missouri and a substantial percentage of our Masonic membership (based upon lodge affiliation) are presently in areas of concurrent jurisdiction. In Metropolitan Kansas City and St. Louis substantial distances separate many of the lodges located therein. Thus many of the arguments for and against the principle may be evaluated, at least to some extent, in the light of our own experience within those metropolitan areas. In any event, to determine whether or not the rule has proved satisfactory when applied on a statewide basis, your Committee has corresponded with all of the Grand Lodges where statewide concurrent jurisdiction prevails. We gratefully acknowledge the courtesy and cooperation extended by the Grand Secretaries of those jurisdictions. In particular, we are indebted to R.W. Bro. James M. King, Jr., Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Arizona, F. & A.M., who not only responded to numerous specific questions addressed to him by your Committee but also furnished copies of materials prepared by him in connection with a detailed report on the


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subject of concurrent jurisdiction which he presented at the Grand Secretaries' Conference in Philadelphia on February 17, 1976. Attached to his report was an appendix setting forth in summary form information received by him from 49 jurisdictions in response to his inquiries concerning statewide concurrent jurisdiction. As of the date of the preparation of Brother King's report, 17 Grand Lodges were reported as having statewide concurrent jurisdiction and two Grand Lodges were operating on that basis for a trial period. Thereafter one additional Grand Lodge adopted the rule. In 15 other jurisdictions the subject had been considered but not adopted. Fourteen of the Grand Secretaries reported that the subject had never been considered by their Grand Lodges. Based upon our own extensive correspondence with Grand Lodge Secretaries who are familiar with the subject, we believe it is significant that in no instance did we receive a negative report on the subject of concurrent jurisdiction from any Grand Lodge where the rule is now in force. Incidentally, this observation coincided with that of the Grand Secretary of Arizona after he had received reports from all of the Grand Lodge jurisdictions where the rule prevails. According to the information received by your Committee, the experience with concurrent jurisdiction is positive. Indeed, the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, M.W. Bro. Robert A. Hinshaw, offered this opinion: "1 doubt if we could 'vote it out' if we tried." In no instance did any of the reports received by your Committee indicate that small lodges have suffered as a result of this rule. This conclusion is consistent with the view expressed by the Grand Secretary of Arizona in his recent paper wherein he stated: "We have been unable to find any evidence of small lodges being hurt. . . ." Neither has your Committee received any indication that large lodges have lost members to smaller lodges. One of the principal arguments advanced against concurrent jurisdiction is that character investigation of petitioners would be more difficult and unworthy men might be received into the Fraternity. The experience of the Grand Lodges having concurrent jurisdiction is that this is not a problem. It was reported to your Committee that no significant difficulties have developed in connection with the investigation of petitioners who live a substantial distance from the lodges receiving their petitions. Various safeguards have been used to protect the Fraternity against the risk of unworthy men petitioning lodges remote from the area where their reputations would render them unacceptable for membership. For example, in Indiana a character investigation must be made both by the lodge petitioned and by the lodge located nearest to the residence of the petitioner. At least partial reliance upon the lodge closest to the petitioner in connection with such investigations was reported in several jurisdictions. The Grand Secretary of California, M.'V'. Bro. Edward H. Siems, expressed the opinion that in his jurisdiction the thoroughness of investigations in such cases has not suffered "because the investigators feel this may be a potential member of their own lodge by dimit to them in the future." In Maryland the investigation committees are furnished instruction which recommend that inquiry as to a petitioner's character "should extend to the several places where he may


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have resided." In Ohio the office of the Grand Secretary maintains a file of all rejected petitions for a period of over 20 years. Thus, a lodge may and should inquire concerning previous rejections. In that state we are informed that a lodge: remote from the petitioner's residence is expected to request a courtesy investigation by a lodge near to the petitioner's residence. Wisconsin's petition for degrees contains the following' question: "If this petition is submitted to a lodge other than the one nearest to your legal residence, please describe fully your reasons for petitioning the lodge." In summary, it does not appear that any new problem of investigation is created where concurrent jurisdiction prevails. Also, your Committee has received no information to indicate that the standards of investigation have been lowered in those jurisdictions. Another possible argument advanced against concurrent jurisdiction is that the work load of the lodge Secretaries might be materially increased. It was the consensus of路 the Grand Secretaries reporting to your Committee that the attitude of lodge Secretaries to concurrent jurisdiction is positive. None of them indicated that the job of the lodge Secretary has been made more difficult as a result of the rule. Indeed, several reported that the volume of work of the Secretaries had been reduced as a result of the concurrent jurisdiction rule. Your Committee inquired specifically as to the extent to which petitions have been submitted to lodges remote from the homes of petitioners. The reporting Grand Secretaries agreed that the percentage of such petitions is very small. For example, the Grand Secretary of Ohio reported that of approximately 5,000 petitions received annually in that jurisdiction, perhaps no more than 200 come from a distance. Since there are more than 600 lodges in that state, it is not a matter of great significance to most lodges. While no adverse effects of concurrent jurisdiction were reported, several benefits were described. Typical of the positive reports was the evaluation by the Grand Secretary of Ohio, who observed: "A man may join the lodge of his choice and having done so, he is more inclined to be active in a lodge that he wanted to join." Others pointed out that men are enabled to petition the lodge of their father or grandfather or uncle or friends. One Grand Secretary suggested as an additional benefit the "elimination of unbrotherly feelings when request for waiver of jurisdiction is denied." Another assigned benefit was "better relations among constituent lodges." It was also suggested that increased membership should be another beneficial result of the rule. Perhaps the benefits are most thoroughly summarized in the report received from M.W. Bro. Dwight L. Smith, Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Indiana, wherein he stated: The neatly fenced-off territorial jurisdiction of each lodge has been eliminated officially. For a long time it was guarded jealously. It was the cause of many lodge disagreements. It was, or had become, totally unrealistic. A man who desires to become a Mason resents denial of freedom of choice in many instances and cannot understand the reason for such a rule.

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of Missouri should approve in principle the concept of statewide concurrent jurisdiction. This recommendation is limited to jurisdiction over petitions. 2.

THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT, REVISION AND REPEAL OF

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Since approval of statewide concurrent jurisdiction would constitute a departure from the long-established practice which has prevailed in the Grand Lodge of Missouri, your Committee is of the opinion that the rule should be adopted for a trial period of two years. During that period the Grand Lodge would have an opportunity to further evaluate any advantages or disadvantages of the rule. At the end of such trial period the Grand Lodge would presumably determine whether or not statewide jurisdiction should be approved on a permanent basis. In the event the Grand Lodge should ultimately see fit to make the rule permanent through the approval of the various amendments, revisions, and repeal of those sections of Article 21 of our By-Laws as proposed in 1972, and as printed in the 1975 pocket part, it is the opinion of your Committee that several other provisions of our By-Laws would be' affected, either directly or indirectly. Accordingly, it is the belief of the Committee that it would then be advisable to review and revise, if necessary, any such related provisions in order to assure the preservation of harmony with all other By-Laws. In the meantime, it isrecomended that during the proposed trial period all provisions of the By-Laws which might otherwise be inconsistent with the interim By-Laws to be adopted to implement the concept of statewide jurisdiction would be construed and applied as if they were amended to the extent necessary to facilitate administration of the rule of statewide concurrent jurisdiction under such interim By-Laws. The suggested changes in the By-Laws during the recommended trial period of two years are limited to matters pertaining to jurisdiction over petitions. It is not the intent of the Committee to make any recommendation concerning changes in the rules governing removal of lodges from one location to another. The latter subject was considered by the Grand Lodge when it amended Section 7.180 of the By-Laws in 1973, which was subsequent to the proposal made in 1972 to include reference to removal of lodges in the propos'ed definition of "concurrent jurisdiction." (See Section 21.120 of Article 21 of the By-Laws proposed in 1972.) In order to implement all of the foregoing recommendations your Committee recommends that the Grand Lodge should act as follows: A. Until the annual communication of the Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Missouri, to be held in 1979, or until such later time as the Grand Lodge may hereafter determine by action taken by it at any 3;nnual communication, the following By-Law changes shall be effected: 1. Sections 21.010, 21.020, 21.030, 21.040, 21.050, 21.060, 21.070, 21.090 and 13.020 shall be repealed; and ' 2, A new section to be known as Section 21.011 shall, be adopted' in lieu of Section 21.010 and shall provide as follows: "Section 21.011. Territorial Jurisdiction.


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"Lodges in the State of Missouri have concurrent jurisdiction over the State of Missouri with respect to petitions." and 3. A new section to be known as Section 21.021 shall be adopted in lieu 路of Section 21.030 and shall provide as follows: "Section 21.021. Power to Receive Petitions for Degrees. "A lodge may receive the petition for the degrees of any otherwise eligible petitioner who lives within the State of Missouri." and 4. A new section to be known as Section 21.031 shall be adopted in lieu of Section 21.070 and shall provide as follows: "Section 21.031. Membership Not Affected. "The failure of a lodge to obtain the consent of the lodge located outside the State of Missouri, which lodge has territorial jurisdiction over an applicant to a Missouri lodge, does not affect the membership status of the person made a Freemason under the petition." and 5. A new section to be known as Section 13.021 shall be adopted in lieu of Section 13.020, and shall provide as follows: "Section 13.021. Notifica,tion to the Grand Secretary. "Promptly after a lodge receives a petition for restoration, or after any rejection, suspension, expulsion or reinstatement, the Secretary of the lodge shall send written notice to the Grand Secretary. The notice shall state the full name, birth date, occupation and residence address of the petitioner or member. The notice shall be open to inspection by any Master Mason who is a member of any Missouri lodge and qualified to vote therein." and 6. In order to facilitate the orderly administration of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Grand Lodge during the effective period referred to hereinabove with respect to the By-Law changes referred to in Paragraphs (1) to (5) inclusive, in the event of any inconsistency, conflict or incongruity bctwecn other provisions of the By-Laws then in effect and any provisions of Sections 21.011, 21.021,21.031 or 13.021, such other provisions of the By-Laws shall be construed and applied as if they were amended to the extent necessary to bring them into harmony with said Sections 21.011, 21.021, 21.031 and 13.021 in order to facilitate the administration of the rule of statewide concurrent jurisdiction with respect to petitions. B. If the rule of statewide concurrent jurisdiction with respect to petitions shall be approved by the Grand Lodge at the annual communication of the Grand Lodge to be held in 1979, or at a subsequent annual communication to which consideration of the matter may be continued as directed by the Grand Lodge, Sections 21.011, 21.021, 21.031 and 13.021 shall be deemed to be permanently in full force and effect as a part of the By-Laws of the Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Missouri, except to the extent that any such section or any part thereof shall be revised by vote of the Grand Lodge and Sections 21.010, 21.020, 21.030, 21.040, 21.050, 21.060, 21.070, 21.090 and 13.020 as the same were in effect immediately prior to the annual communication of the Grand Lodge which convened in St. Louis, Missouri, on September 26, 1977, shall be deemed to be permanently repealed and of no further force and effect. C. If the rule of statewide concurrent jurisdiction with respect to petitions shall be rejected by the Grand Lodge at the annual communication of the Grand Lodge to be held in 1979, or at a subsequent annual communication to which consideration of the matter may be continued as directed by the Grand Lodge,


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all of the By-Law changes referred to above shall be revoked and cancelled so that in the event of such a rejection Sections 21.011, 21.021, 21.031 and 13.021 shall be repealed and all of the provisions of Sections 21.010, 21.020, 21.030, 21.040, 21.050, 21.060, 21.070, 21.090 and 13.020 as the same were in effect immediately prior to the annual communication of the Grand Lodge, which convened in St. Louis, Missouri on September 26, 1977, shall be rein路 stated and restored in full force and effect as a part of the By-Laws of the Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Missouri, provided, however, that such reinstatement of said By-Laws shall not affect the validity of any petition which shall have been lawfully received but not voted upon by any lodge in Missouri prior to the said annual communication of the Grand Lodge at which the rule of statewide concurrent jurisdiction with respect to petitions shall be rejected.

Your Committee further recommends the receipt of this report and the printing thereof in the PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND LODGE. Respectfully submitted, VERN H. SCHNEIDER, Chairman, MARTIN B. DICKINSON, HAROLD M. JAYNE, HERMAN A. ORLICK. M.W. GRAND MAST.ER POE: Brethren, is George Carson in the audience? I don't believe that he is. He was appointed this year as Chairman of our Committee on Public Relations. I presume that you will approve his report as printed, and really I should say that his report is already printed in yesterday's paper and in Saturday's Globe-Democrat. It has been some time since I have seen the publicity that we have received from that group, and I want to thank him most wholeheartedly. Public relations IS something we desperately have need of in this organization, and he has started the groundwork that I hope will grow in the years to come. REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

R.W. Bro. Walter C. Ploeser, Chairman, presented the Report of the Committee on Public Schools. To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the State of Missouri, A.F. &- A.M.: MOST WORSHIPFUL GRAND MASTER: Your Committee on Public Schools requested the Grand Master to address a letter to all members on the subject of possible adverse legislation to be expected in the next session of the Missouri General Assembly. This request he most gladly complicd with and copy of that lcttcr is attached to this report. The work of your Committee seems to be at the prcsent moment in two phases: 1. An alertness and participation in defense of the principle of the separation of church and state which is repeatedly attacked in the Missouri Legislature. It is contemplated there will be another attempt to legislate tax deduction for nonpublic school tuition which is another approach to state aid for nonpublic and parochial school costs. Every member of the Fraternity should talk to their members of the General Assembly and give them the Masonic viewpoint clearly and emphatically. 2. The Committee is greatly concerned, as is the present Grand Master and


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others preceding him, about the efforts of some and the apathy of others which results in the weakening of the entire educational system. We observed during the Amendment No.7 campaign of 1976 that many members of public school boards throughout the state apparently did not believe in the public schools sufficiently enough to send their children to them. It is our recommendation that with the leadership of our incoming Grand Master, we should this very season, urge all of our Masonic brethren in the State of Missouri to take a very definite and active interest in public school affairs. This interest can be done by: Open support for Public Schools Participation in Parent, Teacher Associations Participation in Alumni Groups Interest in Teachers Associations Being elected to local school boards, or by participation in the election of other citizens who are similarly concerned. Respectfully, WALTER C. PLOESER, Chairman, M. GRAHAM CLARK, CHARLES J. MCCLAIN, ARTHUR MALLORY, NELSON TINNIN, JAMES NOLAND, ELVIS MOONEY, EMORY PARKS.

Ancient Free and Accepted Masons State of Missouri BRETHREN: The necessity of a system of free public education is so important that the Grand Lodge has a standing resolution in its support. Our system of public education is a unique institution unrivaled in any other nation, society or culture. For generations it has been the battleground in the constant struggle to maintain separation of church and state, and its preservation is paramount to the continuance of a free society. The time has come when we must support our words with action. Those forces that seek to control our institutions spare no money or effort in their constant attacks. Your Grand Lodge Committee on Public Education has been active in this cause for sometime. They have worked with other groups outside of our Fraternity in the common interest of this cause. However, they cannot carry the banner alone. If we are going to maintain separation of church and state, if we are going to preserve our high quality of public education, it is going to necessitate the constant interest and efforts of all Masons. We no longer can depend on others to do the job for us. 'Ve, as citizens, must become active in our local and state affairs. As individuals, we must voice our concerns to the proper persons and then back those concerns with our full support. We must place and support those of mutual interest in our elective offices. It would behoove every Mason to take a pledge to know our position, to know the value of public education, to know the value of religious freedom and to know what his legislator is doing or not doing to serve him. In no way do I intend that this organization should become political, but supporting and preserving one's fundamental beliefs is not politics, it is survival and we had better get active in the preservation of these beliefs or they are not going to be around much longer.


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I can only ask that you give full support to your Committee on Public Schools by being involved. It is the only way we can preserve the freedoms we have and pass them on to our posterity. Sincerely,

FIELDING A.

POE,

Grand Master

R.W. Brother Ploeser moved the acceptance of the report to be printed in the PROCEEDINGS. The motion was seconded and carried by the vote of the Grand Lodge. R.W. BROTHER PLOESER: Most Worshipful Grand Master, on another subject, may I say to you this that the Scottish Rite, Valley of St. Louis, has been most happy to have you here. We extend to you a wann invitation for future years. In so doing, we would like to report to you that it has been a very happy year for the Rite. We have had superb cooperation from yourself and your officers and the Secretary of the Grand Lodge. We have had good growth in the Rite this year in two departments: In our charity project, our Scottish Rite Foundation of Missouri has had very substantial growth and has increased its activities in contributions and help greatly; we have had路 splendid growth in membership and are continuing throughout the year the same. Personally, let me thank you for just being in every way cooperative and as we have tried to be with you. I think we have had a very beautiful year; I want to thank you for it. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Walter, we thank the Public School Committee for the diligent work they are performing and so necessary for many of us. To say that the hospitality of the Scottish Rite has always been most gracious when we have convened here. I am sure that you have viewed the appreciation of this entire Grand Lodge for your hospitality. We appreciate it most sincerely. (Applause.) CONTINUATrON OF THE REPORT OF TIlE COMMIT路TEE ON JURISPRUDENCE

R.W. BRO. WARREN R. MAICHEL, Chainnan: M.W. Grand Master and Brethren, I am pleased to continue with the report of the Committee on Jurisprudence. There are still two proposed amendments to the By-Laws pending, and I shall go into them now. The following resolution is pending:

Be It Resolved, That the last sentence of Section 13.080 of the By-Laws be amended to read as follows: "Whenever compulsory service in the Armed Forces of the United States is not required by the Selective Service Act or any similar Act, a member of the Armed Services of the United States shall be deemed to have become a resident of Missouri upon completion of six months' continuous service in the Armed Services at a United States Armed Services facility located in the jurisdiction of the lodge or. upon completion of six months' continuous occupation of a dwelling within the jurisdiction of the lodge." The effect of this amendment is to permit a member of the Armed Forces in peacetime to petition a Missouri lodge if he has dwelt in Missouri or served at a facility located in Missouri for six months even though he has for civil law purposes


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remained a resident of another state. A majority of the Grand Lodge officers favor its adoption and a majority of this Committee approve the amendment as suitable for consideration and adoption.

Accordingly, R.W. Brother Maichel moved the adoption of this proposed amendment to the By-Laws. The motion was seconded. M.W. BRO. MARTIN B. DICKINSON: M.W. Grand Master, I recommend against the adoption of this amendment. This amounts, in my opinion, to the invasion of the jurisdiction of other Grand Lodges, who retain these men as residents of their jurisdictions. Now in my own family, my little brother as I call him-he is just a major general-is a resident of Missouri; he is a member of a Missouri lodge. I don't suppose that he has spent at any time 90 consecutive days in Missouri since 1943. But he is a resident of Missouri; he belongs to Missouri; he is a member of a Missouri lodge. And if he chooses to join some other Masonic organizations, he is entitled to that residence of Missouri. A great many years ago the wisest Past Grand Master I ever knew, M. W. Bro. Byrne Bigger, said, "Martin, there is one thing that a Grand Master must never do-get into dispute with another Grand Lodge about jurisdiction." I seriously recommend that we leave the law as it is: That the legal residence of the petitioner controls. These military personnel are here for a short time; let's not be petition-grabbers against the place they came from. They can join there; we can give them the degrees by courtesy, if that is what they want. But they are not Missourians. R.W. BRO. JOHN BLACK VROOMAN: During the war the Masonic Services Center had many, many Masons, and many others who wanted to be Masons. We conferred no less than 25 or 30 degrees on Masons from other states. As has been pointed out, it was necessary to have the men petition their home lodges and go through channels and have the lodge in Missouri confer the work. That was something that was probably the greatest service that could be given by Masonry to those who wanted to petition. Many times, before the word could get to the Grand Secretary the man was transferred. The resolution that is being presented today would make him stay in the state six months. But I want you to remember that there are many men if given the opportunity, would take advantage of the tenets of Masonry. I think that one of the best things we could do, and I speak from experience, would be to give these men a chance. By the voice vote of the Grand Lodge, the motion for the adoption of the proposed amendment was defeated. The proposed amendment of Section 13.080. Residence. was not adopted. A proposed amendment to Section 1.010 of the Dy-Laws is pending which would require that the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge be held alternately in the eastern half and the western half of the State of Missouri rather than in 81. Louis unless changed by vote of the Grand Lodge as presently provided. The Grand Lodge officers believe that flexibility as to the meeting place of the Grand Lodge is desirable but that because of budgetary, logistical and similar considerations the incoming Grand Master be permitted to designate the location of the fortl)coming Communication, subject to being overruled by the Grand Lodge itself.


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Accordingly, a majority of the Committee on Jurisprudence offers the following substitute resolution:

Be It Resolved, That in lieu of the pending resolution to amend the first sentence of Section 1.010 of the By-Laws the following three sentences be enacted in the place and stead of said existing first sentence: "Except when the time or place of meeting is changed by a majority vote of the Grand Lodge, the Annual Communications thereof are held commencing at 10 o'clock a.m. on the last Monday in September in each year at a site within the State of Missouri designated by the Grand Master who is expected to prcside at the forthcoming Annual Communication. The designation of the site shall be announced to the Grand Lodge by said Grand Master subsequent to his election as Grand Master and prior to his installation in said office. If said Grand Master shall fail to designate the site as aforesaid, the Annual Communication at which he is expected to preside shall be held in St. Louis, Missouri." This provision shall become effective immediately upon its adoption.

R.W. Brother Maichel moved the adoption of the substitute resolution. The motion was seconded. The voice vote on the motion for the adoption of the substitute resolution being inconclusive, the Grand Master called for a standing vote on the question. The Grand Master determined the number standing in favor of the motion to be the majority. The substitute resolution on the proposed amendment of Section 1.010. Time and Place. was adopted. R.W. BROTHER MAICHEL: M.W. Grand Master and Brethren, as you heard read yesterday three resolutions were submitted to this Grand Lodge. Two of these are inconsistent; and if one of them is adopted, it certainly would not be appropriate to adopt the other of them. One of those motions is the resolution which was submitted by R.W. Brother Montgomery. RESOLUTION. IN RE LOCATION OF GRAND LODGE OFFICE BUILDING WHEREAS, A resolution adopted by the l55th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge provided that the Grand Lodge路 office be moved to temporary quarters in Jefferson City, Missouri, by January I, 1977, and that has been done; and WHEREAS, Said resolution also provided that a voluntary fund-raising drive be instituted to provide the costs of a Grand Lodge administrative building and supporting facilities and approximately $65,000 has been raised by the Grand Lodge as the result of said drive; and WHEREAS, Said resolution also provided that the Grand Lodge accept the generous offer of Jefferson Lodge No. 43, A.F. &: A.M., for the site of a Grand Lodge administrative building at Jefferson City, Missouri, but because substantial questions have arisen regarding the feasibility and suitability of the sites which might be available from Jefferson Lodge No. 43, said portion of the resolution has not been implemented; and WHEREAS, California Lodge No. 183, A.F. &: A.M., has also indicated that it might make available a site for a Grand Lodge administrative building but substantial questions also exist regarding the feasibility and suitability of the site which might be available from California Lodge No. 183; now, therefore, be it Resolved, 1. That the Grand Lodgc, A.F. & A.M., of the Slate of Missouri expresses its


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appreciation to Jefferson Lodge No. 43 and to California Lodge No. 183, respectively, for their generous offers of possible building sites; 2. That the portion of the resolution adopted at the 155th Annual Communi路 cation路 providing for the acceptance of the offer of property from Jefferson Lodge No. 43 be rescinded and considered of no force or effect; 3. That the Grand Master elected at the 156th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge appoint a Grand Lodge Office Building Committee consisting of seven Master Masons representing Freemasonry in the State of Missouri, no more than two of whom shall be Grand Lodge Officers, and that the Grand Master designate one of said persons as chairman of said committee; 4. That the Committee be charged to study the feasibility of locating the Grand Lodge office in a building owned by the Grand Lodge in Jefferson City or some other mid-Missouri city and, if it determines that a suitable site is available for donation to the Grand Lodge, to take the necessary steps to accept the donation and conveyance to the Grand Lodge of such suitable building site or alternately with the approval of the Ways and Means Committee that the Committee arrange for the purchase by the Grand Lodge of a suitable building site. 5. That the Committee actively pursue those steps necessary or appropriate for the completion of a successful building program including, if necessary, further appeals or further drives to raise the funds necessary for the construction of a Grand Lodge office building and its supporting facilities; and 6. That if a suitable building site shall have been acquired by the Grand Lodge, and if the Committee shall have determined that sufficient funds will be available to finance the total costs of a Grand Lodge administrative building and its supporting facilities, including parking, landscaping and architectural fees, and that said total costs will not exceed $300,000, the said Committee acting together with the Grand Master, after obtaining the approval of the Committee on Ways and Means, shall be and is hereby authorized to take any and all steps which it may deem necessary or appropriate to cause the construction of an appropriate Grand Lodge office building upon said building site, including, by way of enumeration and not of limitation, the entry in the name of and on behalf of the Grand Lodge into contracts with third parties providing for such construction.

R.W. Brother Maichel moved the adoption of the resolution. He commented: There is pending the following resolution which states, "Resolved, That the Grand Lodge, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, State of Missouri, move the Grand Lodge Administrative Office to the Masonic Temple, 3681 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63108 by January 1, 1978." M.W. Grand Master, your Committee on Jurisprudence would interpret the adoption of the first resolution, which I read, as being inconsistent with the proposed second resolution and make a vote on the proposed second resolution unnecessary, if the first resolution is adopted. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: If the first resolution is adopted, it would be inconsistent to-there would not be a vote on the second resolution. If the first resolution is defeated, we would go to a vote on the second resolution, for which a vote by lodges has been called for. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, paragraph 9, Rules of Order in Grand Lodge in the Constitution and By-Laws: "A motion substantially the same as one disposed of, or under advisement, or inconsistent with one adopted, cannot be entertained at the same session." M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: I envision this becoming lengthy and detailed.


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I am going to limit debate or discussion on it to two minutes. I shall limit three speakers to each side of the question. WOR. BRO. WILLIAM L. WEISS} Tuscan Lodge No. 360: M.W. Grand Master, Grand Officers, Distinguished Brethren, and Brethren, in two minutes may I say ownership or tenancy? Have you had an opportunity to vote as to whether a determination is to be made as to whether the Grand Lodge Offices should be in a building owned by the Grand Lodge or by tenancy? If you were to determine this in your business, you might consider the cost, the amortization or life of that building-just in 70 years it is pretty old-the question of maintenance, who is going to take care of it? Is it the duty of the officers to see that the building is heated and that the grounds are kept? Ownership brings great expense. There are opportunities which were decided in 1919 by the Grand Lodge, not to own a building, but to pay $5,000 a year, which was never done. In 1919 and to join the support of other lodges to build an edifice that would be the most outstanding edifice that this country has known and, yes, even this State of Missouri. Do we want to consider this motion to adopt a resolution to go into this great detail at a sum of several hundred thousand dollars when the Grand Lodge, as I am informed, has paid $150 from 1929 to 1956, or $1,800 a year; the Grand Lodge has paid from 1957 to 1975 $300 a year (sic); and (1975-76) $450 a month. A total of $126,633 you, as the Grand Lodge, have invested in the temple down the block. You have in addition $9,000 worth of air-conditioning units that are in there now, and probably another six, or a total of $140,000 of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Missouri in the building at 3681 Lindell. Why throw that out? And as a member of a lodge that owns its own building, with a group who have come to preserve this temple, will make an offer to the Grand Lodge that a board of directors of the Masonic Temple to offer free rent for the offices of the Grand Lodge to come back to their offices that are in the same condition, with some improvement. We are recommending that to the board and to you to favorably consider free rent at 3681 Lindell. A cost of $12,000, I understand, has been used this year to move the offices to their out-state location. It is assumed that cost today will run it another 12. And so free rent at the Masonic Temple, that edifice which--one other thing, Brethren, to build back that temple and preserve it is one of the greatest assets to rebuild and reunite and revitalize Masonry in the eastern half of Missouri. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Thank you very much. I announced the limit of debate to two minutes. He spoke three minutes and 25 seconds. Anyone wishing to speak, I will notify you at the end of three minutes. A BROTHER IN THE AUDIENCE: M.W. Grand Master, I would be interested in knowing who signed the proposed amendment (sic) that we are now to vote on. THE GRAND SECRETARY: This resolution that Brother Maiche1 read, submitted by the Chairman of the Committee on Grand Lodge Office Building R.W. Bro. J. C. Montgomery, is signed by: Fielding a Poe, P.M., Berkeley Lodge No. 667; J. C. Montgomery, Jr., P.M., Ionic Lodge No. 154; William


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Hill, P.M., Ivanhoe Lodge No. 446; Earl K. Dille, P.M., Clayton Lodge No. 601; Robert J. Crede, P.M., Hickory Hill Lodge No. 211; J. Edward Blinn, P.M., \Vebster Lodge No. 98; Gus O. Nations, P.M., Purity Lodge No. 658; James A. Noland, Jr., P.M., Macks Creek Lodge No. 433. THE BROTHER IN THE AUDIENCE: Thank you. I observe that we have put this Grand Lodge in the hands of those and their leadership is what we are following and with them we should put our confidence. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: So far, Brethren, we have had one that spoke in favor of, and one that spoke in opposition to this resolution. ERWIN J. ROESEL, Freedom Lodge No. 636: M.W. Grand Master, I would like to have six minutes because I am going to speak both in favor of and against. I am from the St. Louis area and we, at Kansas City-we, I say, even though I voted against it-moved, decided to move this lodge to midstate. Now you people here, many of you are from the St. Louis area, and maybe, I don't know, we are appealing to your good judgment, may move this thing back to St. Louis. vVhen we get to Kansas City next year, will they move it back to the middle state area? Are we going to make this national (sic) office a yo-yo, going back and forth between midstate and St. Louis? I was not in favor of it; I make no bones about that. You heard me talk on the floor. I said that it was ill-advised, and I heard the Worshipful Master (sic) say the same thing. I like the first five points; I wrote them down in my speedwriting. The sixth point, that the national (sic) officers would be able to spend $300,000 without coming back to this group, I think that they should come back and let us know what their plans of financing are, what they expect to do, and then ask the Annual Communication whether they are in agreement with it. Because, let's not kid ourselves, it is going to cost us some moneyand I don't mind the money, particularly-but I believe your people will not mind spending it if it is explained properly. I know that I haven't taken my six minutes; I have probably taken close to my three. But let's be reasonable about it. So I move to amend. . . . (Comments from the audience.) M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: You are out of order, Sir. You can't move to amend the resolution. The Grand Master and the Chairman of the Committee on Jurisprudence conferred on the matter. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: My chairman says that the Jurisprudence Committee says that he can propose an amendment. R.W. Bro. William H. Utz, Jr. stated to the effect that the Brother could not make a speech and then move to amend. R.W. BROTHER MAICHEL: I do not follow your point. R.W. BROTHER UTZ: The point of order is that a man who wants to amend what is before the house can submit his amendment and then speak to his amendment. If he makes a speech on the main motion, then he has no right to make an amendment after he has completed his speech. (Applause.) BROTHER ROESEL: May I say one other thing? My wife is a certified parliamentarian; I've learned a lot from her. Galls for the question were expressed from the audience.


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M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Is there any other discussion? (None.) All right, Brethren, you are aware of the question before you. 1ÂŁ this motion is passed, if this motion is approved, it means that the other motion proposed will be inconsistent and will not be entertained at this Session. It may be presented at a subsequent Session. I have in my hands a request that this be by paper ballot, duly signed. You will take your ballots and detach ballot No.2. If you are in favor of this motion, this resolution, you will put "Yes" on your ballot. If you are opposed to it, you will put "No" on your ballot. This is the resolution of the Committee on Grand Lodge Office Building presented by R.W. Bro. J. C. Montgomery. The Tellers of yesterday will serve again today. Brother McIntosh, you will proceed with the collection of the ballots and retire with the Tellers to the Candidates' Room to tabulate the votes. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, if you do not vote on the right ballot, your vote will not be counted. It is ballot No.2. Ballot No. 1 was used yesterday. Anything else than No. 2 will be considered counterfeit. To a question on the matter on which the vote was being taken, GRAND MASTER POE answered: Brethren, the motion is to approve the resolution presented to study sites and locations for the Grand Lodge Office Building. He reminded that only those qualified to vote were entitled to cast ballots. The Grand Master announced that while the ballots were being counted the Grand Lodge would continue with the business of the Session-the reports of committees, etc. REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS

R.\,y. BR.o. WALTER H. BAIRD, Chainnan, presented the Report of the Committee on Ways and Means: Most Worshipful Sir and Brethren of the Grand Lodge, I didn't want to speak on the last motion, but the Ways and Means Committee had seriously considered buying a big Winnebago bus or something and putting the Grand Secretary's office in it until you decide where you want to build it. (Applause.) To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, A.F. &- AM. of Missouri: Brethren: The Ways and Means Committee met on July 30 and went over the expenditures in all funds as of that date. They were in order and charged to the correct appropriation or fund. 'Ve have reviewed the disbursements for the present budget year and tAe accounts that, as of today, have been exceeded are: Acct. Nos. 7 Rental of Grand Lodge Office 49 Printing PROCEEDINGS 53 Committee on Relief and Charity Prior approval for the excess expenditures was obtained as provided in the By-Laws. A review of the expenditures of the last budget year show that it ended in the black. The cost of moving the Grand Lodge Office to Jefferson City amounted to $6,027.35 which was paid from the General Fund.


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The income sources available for operation of the Grand Lodge are the per capita tax and income from investments. Revenue available for budgeting is approximately $270;437. The following budget is presented to cover the budget year from October H, 1977 to October 14, 1978. BY DIRECT APPROPRIATION OF GRAND LODGE

Acct. Nos. 1. Salary-Grand Secretary "., , . $ 16,000.00 , , .. , , . 2. Salary-Grand Lecturer .. , 15,000.00 ', , . 3. Salary-Grand Treasurer 500.00 4. Retirement Expense , , , . 14,000.00 2,600.00 , ,,,.,., ,., 5. Masonic Service Association, Per Capita 6. Masonic Service Association, Hospital Visitation , 5,000.00 ,., , , .. , .. 6,000.00 7. Rental of Grand Lodge Office 8. 9. Committee on Recognition of Foreign Grand Lodges . 100.00 I O~ The Freemason Magazine , ' , 56,000.00 BY REQUISITION OF GRAND MASTER

20. Expenses-Grand Master , " . 21. Expenses-Grand Lecturer , . 22. Expenses-Grand Lodge Officers and Committees ., 22A. Special Expenses of Deputy Grand Master " , .. 23. Conference of Grand Lodge Officers . . 24. Conferences of D.D.G.M. and D.D.G.L. ., , .. '... ., . , ,,, . 25. Washington Meetings ,: . , , . 26. Auditing 27..Grand Master's Contingent Fund , .. , . 28. Expenses-Grand Lodge Session . 29. . 30. Regional Meetings of Lodge Officers

7,200.00 7,000.00 2,500.00 1,000.00 3,000.00 4,000.00 3,300.00 500.00 4,000.00 15,000.00 9,500.00

BY REQUISITION OF GRAND SECRETARY

40. 41. 42. . 43.

Salaries-Grand Lodge Office Staff ,., , Employees' Tax Expense Insurance , Operation of Grand Lodge Office a. Printing, Postage, Stationery b. Telephone and Telegraph , c. Office Equipment d. Office Supplies e. Incidental Office Expenses f. Grand Lodge Office Improvement g. Electrical Data Processing .:. ' ,., 44. Incidental and Travel Expenses-Grand Secretary's Office 45. Grand Master's Regalia 46. 47. 48. Fifty~Year Veteran Buttons . 49. Printing PROCEEDINGS . . . . • . • • . . . . . . . . . . . . . ·. • . . . . . . . . . • • . . ·

. . :.

23,500.00 3,300.00 1,100.00

. . . . .

10,000.00 4,000.00 500.00 2,500.00 2,000.00

, . .

1,500.00 1,500.00 1,500.00

. .

2,000.00 10,500.00

.

750.00

BY REQUISITION OF COMMIITEES

50. Committee on Correspondence

:


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Committee Committee Committee Committee Committee

on on on on on

Masonic Education Ritual Relief and Charity By-Laws Mileage and Per Diem

. . . . .

6,000.00 800.00 5,000.00 2,500.00 45,000.00 $296,150.00

Continued inflation is driving the cost of our operation higher and higher. Each of you present are aware of this. Postage. meals, rooms, plus everything else con路 tinues upward with no end in sight. Those responsible for the spending of our monies are being as careful as they can for which we commend them. We recommend that for this year's budget, any money expended over the income be appropriated from the General Fund. HENRY R. STOKER, LLOYD S. MORGAN, JR., GEORGE F. MORRISON,

W. H. UTZ, JR., H. BAIRD, Chairman.

WALTER

In his presentation of the Committee Report R.'V. Brother Baird com路 mented on several points and budget accounts as follows: In re Account No.7-Rental of Grand Lodge Office which exceeded budget: I'll explain that to you, gentlemen. We appropriated X number of dollars, which you took last year. We had to pay rent on the Grand Lodge Office down the street, and we had to pay rent on a Grand Secretary's Office in Jefferson City; so we had some double rent. Therefore, it ran a little over. In re Account No. 49---..,Printing PROCEEDINGS which exceeded budget allocation: As you all know the cost of printing and everything else has gone up, and that went over. In re Account No. 53-Committee on Relief and Charity which exceeded budget allocation: The Committee on Relief and Charity have had a lot of requests this year, and had to request more money. Your Committee, plus the Grand Lodge Officers, gave it to them because that's the main reason we are Masons. In recost of moving Grand Lodge Office: You. gentlemen moved the Grand Lodge Office, and we had already passed the appropriation. Nothing was put in, so we had to pay that out of the General Fund, and it cost $6,000. In re Account No. 10-The Freemason magazine: It costs almost $14,000 an issue to prepare that and mail it and everything; you get four a year. In re Account No. 48-Fifty路Year Veteran Buttons: This item is a little lower this, year because of the fact that for. ,~ome reason or. another we are not getting quite as many' Fifty-Year Veterans, and out of last year's budget we bought a few extra. In re Account No. 54-Committee on By-Laws: Tl1atitem is not quite as much because the Pocket Part you will get this year is going to be very small, we hope; it will contain the resolutions and changes that went on this year. In re Account No. 55-Committee on Mileage and Per Diem: That has


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stayed pretty much the same. It seems like you fellows get by pretty good on that. R.W. BROTHER BAIRD: I might say, if any of you listened to the Grand l\tIaster when he made his address-and if you haven't if you will take his little copy and look in there-he has recommended, and we go along very seriously with it, that the PROCEEDINGS be edited. A few years ago our Grand Lodge passed a resolution that everything that is said up here be printed. That has made the cost of printing PROCEEDINGS go higher and higher, and it gets fatter and fatter. So you should pay attention to that. R.W. Brother Baird moved the adoption of the report. The motion was seconded. M.W. BRO. WILLIAM H CHAPMAN: Most Worshipful, I have a question on the revenue available for budgeting-the $270,000. Does that include the $1.00, the additional $1.00 that was just voted? R.lV. BROTHER BAIRD: That will not take effect until-. The $1.00 we just voted for what, sir? M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: We just voted $1.00 increase in per capita. R.W. BROTHER UTZ: No, that will not be collected until July next year. :M.W. BROTHER CHAPMAN: But don't you propose about a $36,000 deficit budget? R.W. BROTHER BAIRD: No, $26,000, which is about the same as we overappropriated last year, and it was passed the same way. M.W. BROTHER CHAPMAN: What funds arc available that we can go into? R.W. BROTHER BAIRD: Well, so far we haven't gone into the General Fund any year, but one. I think we went $1,900 into the General Fund. The income has always been, except, I don't know if it was '71, '72, or '73, I can look it up-. We didn't go into it last year; it looks like we won't go into it this year. The motion to adopt the report of the Committee on "Vays and Means was approved by the vote of the Grand Lodge. The budget for the year October 15, 1977 to October 14, 1978 was ADOPTED. REPORT OF VOTE ON GRAND LODGE OFFICE BUILDING RESOLUTION

M.lV. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, your report on balloting on the previous question. There were five ballots rejected; one a "yes" vote on No.3 ballot; one, somebody tore off a piece of cardboard and marked 2 on it and voted "yes"; one "No" ballot on No.1; one "yes" ballot on No.1 scratched out and No.2 written in; and "No" on No.3 scratched out and No.2 written in. Those ballots were rejected. The proper balloting was "YES"-481; "NO"-337. The resolution of J. C. Montgomery and his Committee was, therefore, adopted. (Applause.) CONTINUATION OF REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON JURISPRUDENCE

R.W. BRO. 'VARREN R. MAICHEL, Chairman: Most Worshipful Grand Master and Brethren, this is the other resolution that was submitted yesterday. RESOLUTION. IN RE TWENTY-FIVE CENTS OF

PER

CAPITA TAX

Be It Resolved, That 25 cents per capita of the increase of the per capita tax just approved by this Grand Lodge


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Be and is hereby appropriated annually as collected to be paid to the General Fund to replace the money withdrawn from said fund to pay for a site, building and furnishing of an office building for the Grand Lodge. That this resolution remain in full force and effect until all of said money has been repaid to the General Fund, together with simple interest at the rate of 7 percent per annum paid on all unreplaced balances until the entire amount has been replaced with interest. That the Ways and Means Committee in making up the Annual Budget for the Grand Lodge make all necessary arrangements to set aside said funds from that total annual per capita tax collected and that said funds be deposited in the General Fund and this direction is continued until all of the money withdrawn for the procuring of a site, building and furnishing of said Grand Lodge office building has been replaced, together with simple interest at the rate of 7 percent per an路 num as herein above set amount.

R.W. BROTHER MAICHEL: M.W. Grand Master, the Jurisprudence Committee finds this resolution in proper form. I move its adoption. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, you have heard the report of the Jurisprudence Committee in regard to this resolution. Is there a second? The motion was seconded. The motion was approved by the vote of the Grand Lodge. The resolution on the annual appropriation of 25 cents of per capita tax for the site, building, and furnishing of a Grand Lodge Office Building was ADOPTED. R.W. BROTHER MAICHEL: Most Worshipful Grand Master, this concludes the Report of the Committee on Jurisprudence. Respectfully submitted, CLAUDE T. WOOD, HERBERT C. HOFFMAN, ELVIS A. MOONEY, Roy W. MCGHEE, WARREN R. MAIClIEL, Chairman. REPORT OF AUDITOR

The Grand Secretary stated that the Report of the Auditor is printed in the booklet "Reports of Officers and Committees." He moved that the Report of the Auditor be approved and printed in the PROCEEDINGS. The motion was seconded and carried.

To the Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of lJIissouri: GENTLEMEN: Pursuant to engagement, I have examined the books and records of the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of Missouri for the period from July 1, 1976 to June 30, 1977, also the Masonic Home Initiation Fund, the George Washington Memorial Fund, the Joseph S. McIntyre Library Fund, The Freemason Magazine, and The Revolving Fund for the same period and respectfully present the following report:


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PROCEEDINGS OF THE路 (;ENERAL FUND--PER GRAND SECRETARY'S .BOOKS STATEMENT OF CASH RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS 'JULY 1, 1976 TO JUNE 30, 1977

Cash Receipts' Per Capita Tax . Masonic Home Initiation Fees . George Washington Memorial Association Fees . Dues Receipt Cards . . . Revolving Fund-Sale of Sundries Interest and Dividends on Investments: Permanent Fund . $15,165.05 General Fund . 20,576.16 Miscellaneous . Visits-D.D.G.M. and D.D.G.L. . . Reimbursement-Masonic Home . Total Income Receipts . Transfers from Agency Account . Contributions-Voluntary Fund for Grand Lodge Office Building at Jefferson City, Missouri . . Total Receipts . Disbursements-Per Schedule Attached . Excess of Disbursements over Receipts Balance, July 1, 1976 . . Balance, June 30, 1977 Consisting of Balance in Commerce Bank of St. Joseph, Missouri .. Balance in Exchange National Bank of Jefferson City, Missouri-Imprest Fund . . Balance in Banks-General Fund, June 30, 1977

Amount $454,214.68 30,330.00 3,033.00 2,964.26 1,330.66

35,741.21 3,041.43 5,650.00 6,401.68 $542,706.92 50,224.94 57,757.37 $650,689.23 674,004.71 $ <23,315.48) 52,954.70 $ 29,639.22 $ 19,639.22 10,000.00 $ 29,639.22

GRAND LODGE A.F. & A.M. OF MISSOURI GENERAL FUND STATEMENT OF CASH

1, 1976 TO

DI~URSEMENTS

30, 1977 Amount By Direct Appropriation of Grand Lodge Salary-Grand Secretary . $ 14,900.00 13,500.00 Salary-Grand Lecturer . 500.00 Salary-Grand Treasurer . 13,450.00 Retirement Expense . 2,551.91 Masonic Service Association-Per Capita . . 5,000.00 Masonic Service-Hospital Visitation . Contributions to Masonic Temple Association for Maintenance2,700.00 G~and Lo~ge Quarters . 6,027.35 . Movmg Expenses 3,589.89 Rental Offices-Jefferson City, Missouri . 100.00 Committee on Recognition of Foreign Grand Lodges . Freemason Magazine. . . 39,505.17 JULY

JUNE

$101,824.32 By Requisition Grand Master Expenses-Grand Master

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Expenses--Grand Lecturer . Expenses--Grand Lodge Officers and Committee Conference of Grand Lodge Officers Conference of D.D.G.M. and D.D.G.L. .......... Washington, D.C., Meeting Auditing Grand Master's Contingent Fund .. , Expenses of Granu Lodge Session .. , Regional Meetings of Lodge Officers

6,125.68 1,777.48 3,784.08 3,524.96 3,042.50 250.00 1,284.12 15,480.36 8,462.55

1977

°

. .

. .

°

$ 50,631.73

By Requisition of Grand Secretary Salaries--Grand Lodge Office .$ 25,591.61 Employees' Tax Expense-Social Security and Federal Unemployment Insurance 3,485.52 Insurance .. 872.50 Operation of Grand Lodge Office: 10,766.16 A-Printing, Postage and Stationery 3,512.07 B-Telephone and Telegrams .. 361.96 C-Office Equipment 1,558.03 D-Office Supplies 3,472.27 E-Incidental Office Expenses F-Grand Lodge Office Improvement G-Data Processing I,II3.99 1,314.19 Incidental Travel and Expense of Grand Secretary . Grand Master's Regalia . 1,391.91 Fifty Year Veterans Buttons .. 2,131.55 0

0

0

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0

0

0

0

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0

•••••

0

0

0

0

0

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750.00 6,904.20 300.68 II,OOO.OO 38,456.60 .$ 57,411.48 $265,439.29 $215,154.32 30,330.00 3,033.00 $248,517.32 $513,956.61 5,650.00 151,249.14 3,065.02 . 106.96 ----$674,027.73 0

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PROCEEDINGS OF THE SECURITIES--PERMANENT FUND

I did not examine the securities, which are held by the First National Bank of Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri, as agent, but checked their statement dated June 30, 1977 as to charges and credits with the previous statement dated June 30, 1976. Federal National Mortgage Association Debenture

Carrying Value $ 40,000.00

Market Value June 30 1977 $ 40,074.80

$ 38,675.00 14,971.87 49,953.50 9,967.80 15,000.00 $128,568.17

$ 40,050.00 15,234.30 50,703.00 10,062.50 15,834.30 $131,884.10

1,000.00

$ 1,000.00

3,000.00

$ 4,000.00

3,000.00 $ 4,000.00

$ 17,299.90 10,741.40 12,222.59 $ 40,263.89 . $212,832.06

$ 25,400.00 9,825.00 14,350.00 $ 49,575.00 $225,533.90

Interest Rate

Par Maturity PERCENT Value 9/12/77 6~ .................. -. $ 40,000.00 United States Treasury Notes 11/15/78 6 $ 40,000.00 15,000.00 2/15/79 7 50,000.00 8/15/79 6% 2/15/80 10,000.00 6Y2 15,000.00 8 2/15/83 $130,000.00 Corporate Bonds General Motors Acceptance Corporation Note . $ 1,000.00 Ford Motor Credit 3,000.00 Company Note . $ 4,000.00 Common Stocks Shares 400 American Telephone and Telegraph Co. 600 Empire District Electric Co 700 United Telecommunications, Inc .0

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$

. .

16.06 $212,848.12

SECURITIES---GENERAL FUND

United States Treasury Notes Interest Rate Maturity 2/15/78 2/15/79 2/15/83 2/15/84

PERCENT

6~

7 8

7~

Corporate Bonds General Motors Acceptance Corporation Note Due 8/1/77

Par Value $ 75,000.00 40,000.00 50,000.00 60,000.00 $225,000.00

Carrying Value $ 75,025.78 39,925.00 50,000.00 59,886.00 $224,836.78

Market Value June 30 1977 $ 75,304.50 40,624.80 52,781.00 60,937.20 $229,647.50

$100,000.00

$100,000.00

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Common Stocks Shares 450 Empire District Electric Co. . 225 Marathon Oil Co. . 225 McGraw Edison Co. . Total Securities Uninvested Cash in Principal Account Total

. $ 8,614.51 . 8,319.29 . 9,196.01 $ 26,129.81 $350,966.59 - 0$350,966.59

$

7,368.75 11,840.62 6,525.00 $ 25,734.37 $355,381.87

Following is a summary of the changes in the principal account of the Permanent Fund during the year under review: Uninvested Cash, July 1, 1976 Receipts United States Treasury Notes-Matured Amortization of Premium-United States Securities Transfer-Income Account Disbursements Purchased United States Treasury Notes: Due 8/15179, Interest Rate-6%% Due 2/15/80, Interest Rate-6Y2% Purchased Ford Motor Credit Co. Note Uninvested Cash, June 30, 1977

$ . . .

663.22

61,000.00 25.00 1,249.14 $62,937.36

$ 49,953.50 9,967.80 3,000.00

62,921.30 16.06

.

I also checked the statement of income and expenses and submit the following summary: $

Balance, July 1, 1976 Income Interest Income, July I, 1976 to June 30, 1977: United States Treasury Bonds and Notes Dividends

-0-

$ 11,935.05 3,230.00 $ 15,165.05

Expense Agent's Collection Fee

.

Net Income Transferred to General Fund Transferred to Principal Account Balance, June 30, 1977

. $ 13,915.91 . 1,249.14 .

-0$ 15,165.05

$

15,165.05 -0-

Following is a summary of the changes and credits in the Principal Account of the General Fund: Balance, July 1, 1976 Transferred from Grand Lodge General Fund Receipts U.S.A. Treasury Bills, Matured U.S.A. Treasury Notes, Matured Amortization of Premium-U.S.A. Treasury Notes General Motors Acceptance Corporation Note, Matured

. $ -0. 150,000.00 . . . .

148,166.77 60,000.00 110.94 100,000.00


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Disbursements U.S.A. Treasury Bills, Due 10/28176 General Motors Acceptance Corporation Note, Due 1/31/76 U.S.A. Treasury Bills, Due 1/27/77 U.S.A. Treasury Bills, Due 4/28/77 General Motors Acceptance Corporation Note, Due 8/1177 . U.S.A. Treasury Notes, Due 2/15/84 . Transfers to Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Missouri Balance, June 30, 1977

$ 49,382.54 100,000.00 49,377.00 49,407.23 100,000.00 59,886.00 50,224.94 .

458,277.71 -0-

$

AGENCY INCOME ACCOUNT----<.ENERAL FUND

Balance, July 1, 1976 Income Interest Received: U.S. Notes and Bills Other Dividends Received Transfers to General Bank Account Agency Fee Balance, June 30, 1977 ..........

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$ 16,215.91 2,926.99 1,433.26 $ 20,576.16 - 0.

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$

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MASONIC HOME INITIATION FUND

. Balance, July 1, 1976-Due to Masonic Home Received from Lodges, July I, 1976 to June 30, 1977 .. Disbursements--Paid to Masonic Home . . Balance, June 30, 1977-Due to Masonic Home

$

-030,330.00 30,330.00 $ -0-

GEORGE WASHINGTON MEMORIAL FUND

Balance Due, July 1, 1976 . Received from Lodges, July 1, 1976 to June 30, 1977 .. Disbursement-Paid to George Washington Memorial . Association, March 28, 1977 Balance, June 30, 1977-Due to George Washington Memorial Association .

$

3.00 3,033.00 $ 3,036.00 3,033.00

$

3.00

JOSEPH S. MCINTYRE LIBRARY FUND

Balance, July I, 1976 Receipt Interest on Savings Account Balance in Mercantile Trust CompanySavings Account, June 30, 1977

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$ 1,610.97

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82.48

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$ 1,693.45

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$

THE FREEMASON MAGAZINE

Balance, July I, 1976 Receipts

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$ Disbursements Balance, June 30, 1977-Exchange National Bank, Jefferson City, Missouri

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$

708.14 21.50 729.64 39.50 690.14


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THE REVOLVING FUND

Balance, July 1, 1976 Receipts (Dues, manuals, etc.) Disbursements (Including $1,750.00 Transfer to General Account) . Balance, June 30, 1977-Exchange National Bank, Jefferson City, Missouri

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$ 17,031.26 13,432.28 $ 30,463.54 18,478.05

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$ 11,985.49

MILEAGE AND PER DIEM COMMITTEE

Mileage and Per Diem Checks Paid Balance, June 30, 1977

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$ 38,456.60 $ -0-

The 1976 Mileage and Per Diem Committee report and cancelled checks were examined during the course of the examination. The various items in the foregoing report have been taken from the books and records of the Grand Secretary and reflect the recorded cash transactions of the Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Missouri from July I, 1976 to June 30, 1977. All checks issued were examined in support of the disbursements. I found to be correct the per capita tax received and the amount paid to the Masonic Home. Approved invoices were examined for substantially all items. Payroll records and tax returns were also inspected. The bank balances shown in the report were confirmed directly by the depositaries. Respectfully submitted, ROBERT C. WAGENER, Certified Public Accountant. REPORT OF GRAND SECRETARY

The Grand Secretary stated that the major portion of his report had been printed in the booklet, "Reports of Officers and Committees," that all things are covered there for the information of brothers of the Grand Lodge. He presented a Supplemental Report of three items: Dispensation, Grand Lodge Office Building Fund, and an update on the membership statistics. To the Grand Lodge of Ancient) Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri: BRETHREN: 'Vith heartfelt pleasure I submit for the consideration of the members of our Grand Lodge the report of my official acts as Grand Secretary and of the work of the Grand Lodge Office for the Year 1976-77. The contents of the report are the matters which may be, and should be, of interest to the Craft. Many of the sections deal with routine elements of Grand Lodge business; others are particular, as they treat those transactions which have been important to this one year in the history of the Grand Lodge of Missouri. The year 1976-77 has been marked with one great difference: The relocation of the Grand Lodge Office at Jefferson City on the conditions of the Resolution adopted by the delegates at the 1976 Annual Communication. I am sincerely grateful to the members of the Grand Lodge of Missouri for the opportunity to hold the office of Grand Secretary, with the rights and the


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privileges of the fraternal tics among all who are affiliated with our Brotherhood. I have truly appreciated every kind attention and courteous consideration shown by friends and brothers, lodges, officials of the Grand Lodge, and all who have had bearing on the performance of the duties of office as prescribed for me by the law and practice of our Grand Lodge. COMMISSIONS TO DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS

Commissions were issued to 65 District Deputy Grand Masters appointed by Grand Master Fielding A. Poe-two were named as the replacements for original appointees who died. CERTIFICATES TO DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND LECTURERS

Certificates were issued to the 67 District Deputy Grand Lecturers appointed by Grand Lecturer Stanton T. Brown-one was named to fill a vacancy by resignation and one was named to fill a vacancy by death. IDENTIFICATION CARDS

Identification cards for the year 1976-77, which certified the holders as Officers of the Grand Lodge, were issued to the Grand Lodge Officers, the District Deputy Grand Masters, and the District Deputy Grand Lecturers. Most Worshipful Past Grand Masters received the identification cards for the year 1976路77, bearing the signature of M.W. Grand Master Fielding A. Poe, that certified service to the Grand Lodge of Missouri as l\fost Worshipful Grand Master with the respective years of their terms entered. CONSOLIDATION AND MERGER OF LODGES

Armstrong Lodge No. 70 at Armstrong, Missouri, consolidated with and merged into Fayette Lodge No. 47 at Fayette, Missouri. Armstrong Lodge voted on the proposition on January 7, 1977; Fayette Lodge voted on the proposition on February 15, 1977. The Grand Secretary received the charter and the seal of Armstrong Lodge No. 70 at the Stated Communication of Fayette Lodge No. 47 on March I, 1977. Green Ridge Lodge No. 425 at Green Ridge, Missouri, consolidated with and merged into Granite Lodge No. 272 at Sedalia, Missouri. Green Ridge voted on the proposition on June 15, 1977; Granite Lodge No. 272 voted on the proposition on July 15, 1977. The charter of Green Ridge Lodge No. 425 was received in the Grand Lodge Office on August 5, 1977; the seal was received on August 9, 1977. SURRENDER OF CHARTER

Ashlar Lodge No. 306 at Commerce, Missouri, voted to surrender the charter on December 13, 1976. In accordance with Section 7.250 of the By-Laws of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, Grand Lodge Certificates No. 581619 were issued to the Master Masons of Ashlar Lodge No. 306 in good standing at the date of the lodge action to surrender the charter. The last officers of Ashlar Lodge forwarded to the Grand Secretary the charter, the seal, books and papers, jewels, and the funds. Subsequently,


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articles of equipment and paraphernalia of Ashlar Lodge were sold at public sale under the direction of R.W. Bro. Lee Dalton, District Deputy Grand Master of the Forty-Ninth District. The receipts from Ashlar Lodge were deposited in the General Account of the Grand Lodge at Commerce Bank of St. Joseph, Missouri: March 15, 1977-Bank Balance of Ashlar Lodge No. 306 , , $312.24 March 28, 1977-Receipts for lumber sold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60.00 April 20, 1977-Receipts from sale of fixtures, paraphernalia, and equipment 539.34 Total Receipts $911.58

On July 8, 1977, the Administrative Committee of Grand Lodge Officers accepted the bid of $3,100 of R. S. Lough for the property at Commerce, Missouri-the building that was the Masonic Hall of Ashlar Lodge No. 306 and the lot of land. M.'V. Past Grand Master Elvis A. Mooney is assisting the Grand Lodge in the transaction of the sale of the real estate in Commerce, Scott County, Missouri. DISPENSATIONS

By order of M.W. Grand Master Fielding A. Poe, dispensations were issued for the dedication of halls and sites for Masonic use, as follows: October 20, 1976, to Walter L. Walker, M.W. Past Grand Master, for conducting the Ceremony of Dedication of the new hall of Carl Junction Lodge No. 549 at Carl Junction, Missouri, for Masonic use on Saturday afternoon, October 9, 1976. December 17, 1976, to Norman K. Atkinson, District Deputy Grand MasterDistrict 16, for dedication of room in the Bowling Grecn Junior High School Building for Masonic use, where Phoenix Lodge No. 136 will meet in Special Communication for the Masonic Occasion of Open Installation of Officers on Saturday evening, January 8, 1977. December 31, 1976, to I. Lee Ward, District Deputy Grand Master-District 36, for dedication of the Odd Fellows Hall at Holden, Missouri, for Masonic use, when Holden Lodge No. 262 will hold Stated and Special Communications. March 8, 1977, to Dale C. Motter, District Deputy Grand Master-District 2, for conducting the Grand Lodge Ceremony of Dedication of the new hall of Paulville Lodge No. 319 at Hurdland, Missouri for Masonic use on April 5, 1977, or on any later date that may be convenient and appropriate. May 3, 1977, to Donald V. Benson, District Deputy Grand Master-District 27, for conducting the Ceremony of Dedication of the Old Railroad Depot Building at Auxvasse, Missouri for Masonic use, in which place Shamrock Lodge No. 585 will meet in Stated and Special Communications, on any such date as may be appropriate after the completion of the remodeling and convenient for the officers of Shamrock Lodge. May 5, 1977, to Frank A. Arnold for opening a Specific Communication of the Grand Lodge on Sunday, May 15, 1977 in the Masonic Temple at Hannibal, Missouri, and to conduct the Ceremony of路 Laying the Cornerstone of the new City Building at Hannibal. May 13, 1977 to J. C. Montgomery, Jr., R.W. Senior Grand Warden, for opening a Specific Communication of the Grand Lodge on Sunday, June 5, 1977 in the hall of Paris Union Lodge No. 19 at Paris, Missouri, and to conduct the Grand Lodge Ceremony of the Dedication of the new hall of Paris Union Lodge No. 19 for Masonic use.


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May 27, 1977, to Robert L. George, District Deputy Grand Master-District 35, for dedication of the "Building" at Cleveland, Missouri, for Masonic use, where qeveland Lodge No. 651 will meet in Special Communication on Sunday, June 5, 1977, preparatory to the Specific Communication of the Grand Lodge for the purpose of the Masonic Occasion of the Dedication of the new hall of Cleveland Lodge No. 651 for Masonic use. May 31, 1977, to Theodore J. Hon, District Deputy Grand Master-District 23, for dedicating the outdoor site chosen by the Worshipful Master for Masonic use, where Lexington Lodge No. 149 will meet in Special Communication on June 25, 1977. July 24, 1977, to Walter L. Walker, M.W. Past Grand Master, for conducting the Grand Lodge Ceremony of Dedication of the new hall of Anderson Lodge No. 621 at Anderson, Missouri for Masonic use on Wednesday evening, July 27, 1977. August 16, 1977, to Frank A. Arnold, Grand Secretary, for opening a Specific Communication of the Grand Lodge in the hall of Mountain View Lodge No. 637 at Mountain View and conducting the Ceremony of Dedication of the new hall of Mountain View Lodge No. 637 for Masonic use on Saturday, August 20, 1977.

By order of Grand Master Poe, dispensations that authorized the transaction of specific matters of lodge business were issued, as follows: October 4, 1976, to Henry C. Rodgers, Worshipful Master of Leadwood Lodge No. 598, for holding a Special Communication of Leadwood Lodge No. 598 on Sunday, October 10, 1976 for the purpose of conducting the Masonic Occasion of Open Installation of Officers. October 22, 1976, to Warren H. Cox, Worshipful Master of West Gate Lodge No. 445, for meeting in Special Communication for the purpose of the Masonic Occasion of Open Installation of Officers at Webster Groves Masonic Temple on Saturday, November 20, 1976. October 22, 1976, to Harry O. Joiner, Worshipful Master of Algabil Lodge No. 554, for holding a Stated Communication of Algabil Lodge No. 544 at CrestwoodEuclid Masonic Temple on November 12, 1976. October 26, 1976, to Leighton E. Lester, Worshipful Master of Moscow Lodge No. 558 at Moscow Mills, for holding a Special Communication of Moscow Lodge No. 558 for the purpose of the Masonic Occasion of Open Installation of Officers on Saturday, November 13, 1976 in the Moscow Mills Community House, which place has been previously dedicated for Masonic use (1975). October 26, 1976, to William H. Lant V, Worshipful Master of Joplin Lodge No. 335 at Joplin, Missouri, for the conferral of the degrees of Masonry on Manual Alfred Birge, who has been duly elected, in accordance with Section 13.110. The degrees are to be conferred under the personal direction of the Grand Lecturer or of a Master Mason specially deputed by him. November 4, 1976, to Winston L. Bailey, Worshipful Master of New Hope Lodge No. 199 at Elsberry. Missouri, for holding a Special Communication of New Hope Lodge No. 199 for the purpose of the Masonic Occasion of Open Installation of Officers on Saturday evening, November 20, 1976 in the Clarence Cannon Elementary School Gymnasium, which place has been previously dedicated for Masonic use (1975). November 9, 1976, to Joseph G. W. Wehner, Worshipful Master of Grandview Lodge No. 618 at路 Grandview, Missouri, for holding a Special Communication of Grandview Lodge No. 618 for the purpose of the Masonic Occasion of Open Installation of Officers on Sunday afternoon, December 5, 1976. November 21, 1976, to John D. Wiggins, Worshipful Master of Rolla Lodge No. 213 at Rolla, Missouri, for holding a Special Communication of Rolla Lodge No.


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213 for the purpose of the Masonic Occasion of Open Installation of Officers on Sunday afternoon, December 19. 1976. December 17. 1976, to Norman K. Atkinson, Worshipful Master of Phoenix Lodge No. 136 at Bowling Green, for holding a Special Communication of Phoenix Lodge No. 136 on Saturday evening, January 8, 1977, for the Masonic Occasion of Open Installation of Officers, in a room in the Bowling Green Junior High School Building, after the place has been properly dedicated for Masonic use. December 27, 1976, to Leslie H. Acord, Worshipful Master of Fidelity Lodge No. 339 at Farley, for holding the Annual Election of Officers of Fidelity Lodge No. 339 at the Stated Communication of January 5, 1977, in accordance with Section 8.080. December 31, 1976, to Wayne Loveall, Worshipful Master, Holden Lodge No. 262 at Holden, Missouri, for holding a Stated Communication of Holden Lodge No. 262 in the hall of Chilhowee Lodge No. 487 at Chilhowee, Missouri, on Thursday evening, January 6, 1977. This Dispensation is granted because of fire damage to hall of Holden Lodge. December 31, 1976, to Wayne Loveall, Worshipful Master of Holden Lodge No. 262 at Holden, Missouri, for holding Stated and Special Communications of Holden Lodge No. 262 in the Odd Fellows Hall at Holden, Missouri, after the place has been dedicated for Masonic use, for such period as is necessary until Holden Lodge shall have a permanent meeting place after the fire of December 17, 1976. January 6, 1977, to Leo Herald Adams, Worshipful Master of Whitewater Lodge No. 417 at Whitewater, for holding the Annual Election of Officers at the Stated Communication of the second Friday in January, January 14, 1977, in accordance with Section 8.080. February 7, 1977, to Ewell K. Hobson, Worshipful Master of West Gate Lodge No. 445, for taking another ballot on the petition of Lyle Edward Wade for the degrees of Masonry at the Stated Communication of March 15, 1977, after notice to all resident members, in accordance with Section 14.100. March 24, 1977, to David W. Dugger, Worshipful Master of Good Hope Lodge No. 218 at St. Louis, for holding the Stated Communication of Good Hope Lodge No. 218 at Crestwood-Euclid Masonic Temple on Saturday, May 7, 1977. The dispensation is granted in accordance with ruling on Section 7.060. March 24, 1977, to Marshall D. Frakes, Worshipful Master of Tyro Lodge No. 12 at Caledonia, for holding the Stated Communication of Tyro Lodge No. 12 of Saturday, April 30, 1977 at the Grade School Building and the Stated Communication of Saturday, June 25, 1977 at the Grade School Building, the place having been dedicated for Masonic use previously. This Dispensation is granted in accordance with ruling on Section 7.060. March 29, 1977, to Gary R. Burdette, Worshipful Master of Strafford Lodge No. 608, for holding a Special Communication of Strafford Lodge for the purpose of the conferral of the Master Mason Degree on a proficient Fellow Craft on June 25, 1977, at the outdoor site on the farm of Bro. Tom Comstock, the place having been previously dedicated for Masonic use by R.W. Bro. J. Edward Blinn in 1972. April 20, 1977, to David W. Dugger, Worshipful Master of Good Hope Lodge No. 218, for holding a Special Communication of Good Hope Lodge No. 218 at Harmony Masonic Temple on May 14, 1977, for the purpose of conferring the Degree of Entered Apprentice on a duly elected candidate. April 25, 1977, to Charles H. Daume, Jr., Worshipful Master of Mystic Tie Lodge No. 221, for holding a Special Communication of Mystic Tie Lodge No.


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221 on Saturday, June 11, 1977, at the outdoor site located on the farm of Wor. Bro. Hubert Bolling, which place has been previously dedicated for Masonic use. April 27, 1977, to Donald L. Winchel, Worshipful Master of Cleveland Lodge No. 651, for holding the Stated Communication of Cleveland Lodge No. 651 on May 10, 1977, in the hall of Belton Lodge No. 450 at Belton, Missouri. April 27, 1977, to Porter Clute, Worshipful Master of Hale City Lodge No. 216, for holding the Stated Communication of Hale City Lodge No. 216 on Monday, May 2, 1977, in the hall of Bosworth Lodge No. 597 at Bosworth, Missouri. May 5, 1977, to Donald N. Winchel, Worshipful Master, Cleveland Lodge No. 651, for holding a Special Communication of Cleveland Lodge No. 651 on Sunday, June 5, 1977, preparatory to the opening of the Grand Lodge for the purpose of the Dedication of the new hall of Cleveland Lodge. May 5, 1977, to Bill J. Callicott, Worshipful Master of St. John's Lodge No. 28, for holding a Special Communication of St. John's Lodge No. 28 on Sunday, May 15, 1977, preparatory to the opening of the Grand Lodge for the purpose of the Masonic Occasion of Laying the Cornerstone of the new City Building at Hannibal. May 5, 1977, to Harry Lee Brown, Jr., Worshipful Master of Hannibal Lodge No. 188, for holding a Special Communication of Hannibal Lodge No. 188 on Sunday, May 15, 1977, preparatory to the opening of the Grand Lodge for the purpose of the Masonic Occasion of Laying the Cornerstone of the new City Building at Hannibal. May 12, 1977, to C. Richard Berry, Worshipful Master of Joplin Lodge No. 335, for the conferral of the degrees of Masonry on Benny LeRoy Roach, who has been duly elected, in accordance with Section 13.110. The degrees are to be conferred under the personal direction of the Grand Lecturer, or of a Master Mason specially deputed by him. May 12, 1977, to Arthur O. Andrews, Worshipful Master of East Gate Lodge No. 630 at Kansas City, for the conferral of the degrees of Masonry on Oliver W. Mullies, who has been duly elected, in accordance with Section 13.110. The degrees are to be conferred under the personal direction of the Grand Lecturer, or of a Master Mason specially deputed by him. May 13, 1977, to Bro. Thomas F. Callis, Worshipful Master of Paris Union Lodge No. 19, for holding a Special Communication of Paris Union Lodge No. 19 on Sunday afternoon, June 5, 1977, preparatory to the opening of the Grand Lodge for the purpose of the Masonic Occasion of the Dedication of the new hall of Paris Union Lodge No. 19 for Masonic use. May 16, 1977, to Bro. Richard W. Goff, Worshipful Master of Clifton Heights Lodge No. 520 at St. Louis, for holding a Special Communication of Clifton Heights Lodge No. 520 on Sunday afternoon, July 10, 1977, in the hall of Gardenville Lodge No. 655 for the Masonic Occasion of Open Installation of Officers. May 23, 1977, to Ura C. Hardin, Worshipful Master of Mountain Grove Lodge No. 158, for holding a Special Communication of Mountain Grove Lodge No. 158 on Sunday, July 24, 1977, preparatory to the opening of the Specific Communication of the Grand Lodge for the purpose of the Masonic Occasion of Laying the Cornerstone of the new Community Building at Mountain Grove. May 24, 1977, to Porter Clute, Worshipful Master of Hale City Lodge No. 216, at Hale, for holding Stated and Special Communications of Hale City Lodge No. 216 in the hall of Bosworth Lodge No. 597 for such period of time as may be necessary until Hale City Lodge has completed the arrangements for a permanent meeting place of its own, beginning June 6, 1977. May 31, 1977, to Paul B. Eastridge, Worshipful Master of Lexington Lodge No.


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149, for holding a Special Communication of Lexington Lodge on June 25, 1977, at the outdoor site chosen by the Worshipful Master, after the place has been dedicated for Masonic use by the District Deputy Grand Master of the 23rd Masonic District. May 31, 1977, to Donald N. Winchel, Worshipful Master of Cleveland Lodge No. 651, for holding Stated and Special Communications of Cleveland Lodge No. 651 in the hall of Belton Lodge No. 450 at Belton, Missouri, for such period of time as may be necessary until the work on the new hall of Cleveland Lodge has been completed and the hall has been dedicated for Masonic use. July 1, 1977, to Charles E. Blake, Worshipful Master of Southwest Lodge No. 466, for holding a Special Communication of Southwest Lodge No. 466 on Saturday, August 6, 1977, at the outdoor site which has been previously inspected, approved and dedicated for Masonic usc, for the purpose of conferring the Master Mason Degree on a proficient Fellow Craft of Neosho Lodge No. 247. July 6, 1977, to Frank M. Bauer, Worshipful Master of California Lodge No. 183 at California, for holding a Special Communication of California Lodge No. 183 on Sunday afternoon, August 28, 1977, preparatory to the opening of the Specific Communication of the Grand Lodge for the purpose of the Ceremony of Laying the Cornerstone of the Masonic Temple at California. July 8, 1977, to Lee D. Tufts, Worshipful Master of Theodore Roosevelt Lodge No. 661 at University City, for holding a Special Communication of Theodore Roosevelt Lodge No. 661 on Thursday evening, July 28, 1977, in Maplewood Masonic Temple. July 12, 1977, to Jimmie Lee Moreland, Worshipful Master of Neosho Lodge No. 247 at Neosho, for meeting in Special Communication for the purpose of conferring the Degree of Master Mason on their proficient Fellow Craft on Saturday, August 6, 1977, at the outdoor site which has been previously inspected, approved and dedicated for Masonic use where Southwest Lodge No. 466 at Southwest City will hold Special Communication at that place and on that date. August 4, 1977, to Lee D. Tufts, Worshipful Master of Theodore Roosevelt Lodge No. 661 at University City, for holding Stated Communications of Theodore Roosevelt Lodge No. 661 on September 8, 1977 and September 22, 1977 at Maplewood Masonic Temple. August 5, 1977, to Norman Davis, 'Vorshipful Master of Mt. Olive Lodge No. 439 at Rogersville, R.R. 3, for reballoting on the petition of Don Johnson for the degrees at a Stated Communication, after notice to all resident members at least one month prior to the date of the Stated Communication, in accordance with Section H.llO. August 25, 1977, to Donald F. Wheeler, Worshipful Master of Blue Springs Lodge No. 337 at Blue Springs, for the conferral of the Degree of Fellow Craft and the Degree of Master Mason on Bro. Keven Duane Cochran in accordance with Section 13.110. The degrees are to be conferred under the direction of the Grand Lecturer, or of a Master Mason specially deputed by him. August 25, 1977, to James E. Marsden, Worshipful Master of Acacia Lodge No. 602 at Columbia, for holding a Special Communication of Acacia Lodge No. 602 for the purpose of the Masonic Occasion of Open Installation of Officers on Sunday, September 18, 1977. August 26, 1977, to James V. Lamb, Worshipful Master of Twilight Lodge No. 114 at Columbia, for holding a Special Communication of Twilight Lodge No. 114 for the purpose of the Masonic Occasion of Open Installation of Officers on Sunday, September 18, 1977. September 9, 1977, to William K. Johnson, Worshipful Master of Jefferson Lodge No. 43 at Jefferson City, for holding a Special Communication of Jefferson


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Lodge No. 43 on Sunday afternoon, September 18,. preparatory to the Opening of a Specific Communication of the Grand Lodge for the purpose of the Masonic Occasion of Laying the Cornerstone of the new temple of Jefferson Lodge. CONSENTS AND PERMISSIONS

M.W. Grand Master Fielding A. Poe granted consent and expressed his permission on various propositions and requests pertaining to the activities and the operation of Subordinate Lodges of Missouri, in accordance with the requirements of the Grand Lodge (Section 15.070, Section. 21.100, Section 21.11 0) . September 28, 1976, to America Lodge No. 347 to host Gothic Lodge No. 852 at Belleville, Illinois, for a fraternal visit on October 26, 1976, when Gothic Lodge No. 852 will confer the Degree of Master Mason on their proficient Fellow Craft, using Illinois ritual. September 28, 1976, to Wor. Bro. William L. Weiss for a Table Lodge of Instruction on Thursday, September 30, 1976, in the hall of PauldingviIIe Lodge No. II at Wright City. September 28, 1976, to Laclede Lodge No. 83 at Lebanon to hold a Table Lodge of Instruction on October 23, 1976 at the United Methodist Church in Lebanon, which place has been previously dedicated for Masonic usc. October 4, 1976, to West Gate Lodge No. 445 to make a fraternal visit to Emeth Lodge No. 1030 at Cahokia, Illinois, on October 10, 1976 and to confer the Degree of Master Mason on their proficient Fellow Craft in the Hall of Emeth Lodge, using Missouri Ritual. November 1, 1976, to Ferguson Lodge No. 542 to host Normal Lodge No. 673 at Normal, Illinois, for a fraternal visit on Saturday, November 20, 1976, when Normal Lodge will confer the Degree of Master Mason on their proficient Fellow Craft, using Illinois ritual. November 11, 1976, to Wor. Bro. William L. Weiss for a Table Lodge of Instruction on Thursday, December 30, 1976 in the St. Lollis Masonic Temple, 3681 Lindell Boulevard. November 21, 1976, to Waynesville Lodge No. 375 to receive the Petition for the Degrees of Masonry of Ronald Dale Hougen, a nonresident of Missouri who claims Greensboro, North Carolina, as his residence of record. February 7, 1977, to Swope Park Lodge No. 617 at Kansas City, Missouri, for a Table Lodge of Instruction to be held on June 4, 1977, at Swope Park Masonic Temple. February 7, 1977, to Easter Lodge No. 575 at St. Clair to host Harbor Lodge No. 731 at Chicago, Illinois, for a fraternal visit on June 4, 1977, when Harbor Lodge will confer the Master Mason Degree on their proficient Fellow Craft, using Illinois ritual. February 17, 1977, to Meridian Lodge No.2 at St. Louis to make a fraternal visit to Tulsa Lodge No. 71 at Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 14, 1977, when Meridian Lodge will confer the Degree of Master Mason in the hall of Tulsa Lodge, using Missouri ritual. February 18, 1977, to Wor. Bro. William L. Weiss fora Table Lodge of Instruction to be held on Thursday evening, March 31, 1977, at St. Louis Masonic Temple, 3681 Lindell Boulevard. February 18, 1977, to Branson Lodge No. 587 to receive the Petition for Affiliation of Bro. John B. Sloan, a nonresident of Missouri who lives at Harrison, Arkansas. February 28, 1977, to Purity Lodge No. 658 at Creve Coeur to host Triple Lodge No. 835 at Granite City, Illinois, for a fraternal visit on March 7, 1977,


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when Triple Lodge will confer the Master Mason Degree on its proficient Fellow Craft, using Illinois ritual. , February 28, 1977, to Lebanon Lodge No. 77 at Steeleville to host Collinsville Lodge No. 712 at Collinsville, Illinois, for a fraternal visit on Saturday, March 19, 1977, when Collinsville Lodge will confer the Master Mason Degree on its proficient Fellow Craft, using Illinois ritual. February 28, 1977, to East Gate Lodge No. 630 at Kansas City, Missouri, to host East Gate Lodge No. 630 at Des Moines, Iowa, for a fraternal visit on May 14, 1977, when East Gate Lodge No. 630 of Iowa will confer the Master Mason Degree on their proficient Fellow Craft, using Iowa ritual. March 29, 1977, to Mizpah Lodge No. 639 at Florissant, to make a fraternal visit to Pike Lodge No. 121 at Petersburg, Indiana, on April 16, 1977, when Mizpah Lodge will confer the Degree of Entered Apprentice on their duly elected candidates in the hall of Pike Lodge No. 121, using Missouri ritual. April 18, 1977, to Purity Lodge No. 658 at Creve Coeur to receive the Petition for the Degrees of Masonry of Joseph Frederick Messerly, a nonresident of Missouri who lives at Cahokia, Illinois. April 20, 1977, to Northeast Lodge No. 643 at Kansas City to receive the Petition for Affiliation (re-affiliation) of Bro. Rodney A. Marcom, a nonresident of Missouri who lives at Pensacola, Florida. April 25, 1977, to America Lodge No. 347 at St. Louis to make a fraternal visit to Gothic Lodge No. 852 at Belleville, Illinois, on June 13, 1977, when America Lodge will confer the Degree of Master Mason on their proficient Fellow Craft in the hall of Gothic Lodge, using Missouri ritual. May 3, 1977, to Leadwood Lodge No. 598 at Leadwood to receive the Petition for the Degrees of Masonry of Alvin Jearleen Shipp, a nonresident of Missouri who lives at Collinsville, Illinois. May 12, 1977, to Wor. Bro. William L. Weiss for a Table Lodge of Instruction to be held on Thursday, June 30, 1977, at Bridgeton Masonic Temple, 8866 St. Charles Road. May 18, 1977, to Freedom, Lodge No. 636 at Mchiville to make a fraternal visit to O'Fallon Lodge No. 576 at O'Fallon, Illinois, on June 15, 1977, when Freedom Lodge will confer the Degree of Master Mason on their proficient Fellow Craft in the hall of O'Fallon Lodge No. 576, using Missouri ritual. ; May 26, 1977, to Summersville Lodge No. 555 at Summersville, to receive the Petition for the Degrees of Masonry of Jerry Leslie Hunt, a nonresident of Missouri who lives at O'Fallon, Illinois. June 21, 1977, to Meridian Lodge No.2 at St. Louis to host Prospect Lodge No. 714 at Indianapolis, Indiana, for a fraternal visit on Saturday, September 3, 1977, when Prospect Lodge will confer the Degree of Master Mason on their proficient Fellow Craft in the hall of Meridian Lodge, using Indiana ritual. June 21, 1977, to Bonhomme Lodge No. 45 at Ballwin to make a fraternal visit to Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 51 at Hillsboro, Illinois, on Saturday, July 9, 1977, when Bonhomme Lodge will confer the Degree of Master Mason on their proficient Fellow Craft in the Hall of Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 51, using Missouri ritual. August 2, 1977, to Gardenville Lodge No. 655 to make a fraternal visit to Chester Lodge No. 72 at Chester, Illinois, on Saturday, September 17, 1977, when Gardenville Lodge will confer the Degree of Master Mason using Missouri ritual on Bro. J. F. Wolz, a proficient Fellow Craft of Chester Lodge No. 72, pending official approval of the Grand Lodge of Illinois. August 2, 1977, to Mount Moriah Lodge No. 40 at Clayton, Missouri, to host Garfield Lodge No. 565 at Hammond, Indiana, for a fraternal visit on Saturday, October 15, 1977, when Mount Moriah Lodge will confer the Degree of Master


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Mason on their proficient Fellow Craft, using Missouri ritual, and members of Garfield Lodge will perform the Masonic play, "The Rose on the Altar." R.W. Deputy Grand Master James A. Noland, Jr. concurred in the expression of consent. August 8, 1977, to Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 at Springfield to receive the Petition for Affiliation (re-affiliation) of Bro. Earl Manning Watts, a nonresident of Missouri who lives at Topeka, Kansas. September 6, 1977, to Wor. Bro. William L. Weiss for a Table Lodge of Instruction on Thursday, September 29, 1977, in the Masonic Temple of Wentzville Lodge No. 46 at Wentzville, Missouri, with the concurrence of R.W. Deputy Grand Master James A. Noland, Jr. September 9, 1977, to Excelsior Lodge No. 441 at Jackson to make a fraternal visit to Bethel Grove Lodge No. 745 at Memphis, Tennessee, and to confer the Degree of Master Mason on their own proficient Fellow Craft in the hall of Bethel Grove Lodge, using Missouri ritual, pending appropriate permission of the Grand Master of Masons of Tennessee. RW. Deputy Grand Master James A. Noland, Jr. concurred in the consent. GRAND REPRESENTATIVES

M.W. Grand Master Fielding A. Poe recommended that Master Masons of Missouri Lodges be commissioned Grand Representatives of other Grand Lodges near the Grand Lodge of Missouri, as follows: Vern H. Schneider-Tuscan Lodge No. 360 at St. Louis-Grande Loge de Luxembourg Howard E. Ward-George Washington Lodge No.9 at St. Louis-Grand Lodge of South Dakota Albert J. Elfrank-Advance Lodge No. 590 at Advance-Gran Logia Del Peru

Grand Master Poe accepted the recommendation of the respective Grand Masters and Grand Lodges and appointed Grand Representatives of Missouri near other Grand Lodges. Certificates of Commissions were issued to: Grande Loja de Pernambuco-Fernando Pinto de Araujo Grand Lodge of Maryland-Walter W. Conway COURTESIES

Lodges of Missouri accommodated 74 lodges of other Grand Jurisdictions and performed fraternal services. The requests for fraternal courtesies were received through the Offices of Grand Secretaries, respectively, and transmitted to Missouri lodges. Subordinate lodges of Missouri made 142 requests of lodges of other states for fraternal courtesies: Conferrals of Degrees, Investigations to Determine Fitness of Petitioners for the Degrees and for Reinstatement to Good Standing after Suspension for Nonpayment of Dues, assistance with the preparation of Application for Admission to the Masonic Home of Missouri, presentations of 50-Year Buttons, inquiries for information as to the whereabouts and conditions of "lost" brothers, etc. In addition many requests for information on Masonic history were exchanged and processed to provide official verification of Masonic affiliation to support membership in an appendant body and for genealogy research. Authorizations were given and received for Masonic Funeral Services.


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FIFTY-YEAR BUTTON PRESENTATIONS JULY

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The Grand Lodge and Subordinate Lodges of Missouri extended honor and gave recognition to 677 veteran brothers with the award of the 50-Year Button during the year 1976-1977. M.W. Grand Master Fielding A. Poe approved the presentation of the Grand Lodge Fifty-Year Button to each Brother who attained the distinguished status of 50-Year Master Mason by faithful interest in the well-being of our Brotherhood as a member in good standing for 50 years. FIFTY-YEAR BUTTON PRESENTATIONS JULY 1, 1976-JUNE

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Acacia No. 602-William Francis English, Carl Fisher Medley, Roscoe Asa Miller Adair No. 366-0scar Vincil Candiff, Harry Leonard Ritz, Ruby P. Green, Henry Earnest Laske, Bennett I. Mabry Albert Pike No. 2l9-Lawrence B. Carroll, Cyrus Bosworth Summers, Floyd Earl Sipple Algabil No. 544-George Mack Mitchell, Michael Bogdanor, Robert Louis Allen, Samuel Duke Pearson, Arthur F. W. Busse, Victor Herman Diestel Alpha No. 659-Howard Everett Younger America No. 347-0scar Voepel, Lawrence Mathias Milson Anchor No. 443-Charles Edward Briner, Charles Reed Bircher, Frank Phillip Scharffenberger, James Lavern Coppedge Arcana No. 389-Merle P. Brown Arlington No. 346-Vernon R. Copp Ash Grove No. lOO-Earl James McKenzie Athens No. l27-James M. Price, Charles I. Pray Aurora No. 267-Roy J. Breitweiser Ava No. 26--Calvin S. Neiman, Will A. Moore Barbee No. 217-William Weisenburger Barnesville No. 353-Anthony A. Buford Bayou No. 365-Earl Lingo Beacon No.3-Harold B. Leaver, Thomas PeB Sutton, Camelous O. Foster, Thurman R. Colvin, Otto W. D. Overbeck, Roy H. Bliekamp, Robert W. Glaenzer Benevolence No. nO-James E. Ragan Benjamin Franklin No. 642-Samuel J. Bronstein Bismarck No. 4l-Alfred A. Pirtle, Ivan Scheihing, Stirling C. Matkin, Jesse A. Shaner Bloomfield No. 153-Marvin L. Culbertson Blue Springs No. 337-Samuel I. Sawyer Bonhomme No. 45-Arnold W. Nash, Walter V. Schulze, Edgar G. Ferguson, Paul A. Schroeder, John H. Hahn Branson No. 587-Aubrey McMonigle, James G. Armstrong, Leslie J. Kading, Edward A. Stallcup, E. George Rhodius Bridgeton No. 80-Leslie N. Hall, Richard F. Phillips, Walter Newton Whitaker, Frank Berveiler Brookfield No. 86-Merle Wood Faut Brotherhood No. 269-Thomas William Johnson Butler No. 254-Walter S. Taylor Cache No. 4l6--Walter C. Grebe, Frank Wirz, Henry Wirz, William R. Harruff Cainsville No. 328-William Earl Booth, Robert O. Chambers, Ed J. Stoklasa


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California No. i83-Thomas Robert Howard Callao No. 38-0verton Randolph Hall Cambridge No. 63-Kenneth J. Scott Camden Point No. i69-Jesse Allen Jones, Paul B. Dejarnett Canopy No. 284-Alfred Benjamin Gado, Cecil J. Box Carthage No. 197-Loren S. Kee, John A. Keller, Joseph D. Hackney, Glenn E. Hendrickson, Roy A. Hendrickson Cecile Daylight No. 305-William Wagner Censer No. i72-Louis Henry Wreidt, Elvin Augustus Smith Centralia No. 59-Walkee Marvin Wilson Chamois No. i85-Marion Richard Garstrang Charity No. 33i-George V. Linck, John W. Turner, Walter Eric Siemens, John McAllister Adle, Ora E. Whitsell, Roy F. Nelson, Lawrence E. Kastendick, Alfred C. Burger, Burritt A. Graves, Edward E. Wilson, Walter E. Pugsley, Joseph R. Carpenter Charleston No. 407-Estil S. Nelson, Ellis W. Howlett Chilhowee No. 487-Arthur C. Turner Clark No. 6i0-Larry L. Doyle, Charles Rolla Robinson Clarksville No. 17-Hendley K. Patton Clay No. 207-Bcnnie E. Piburn, Hugh M. Udell Clayton No. 60i-Raymond William Brunner, Earl Gust Meyer, Carl Cleaburn Stanfield Cleveland No. 65i-Paul Frank Pippitt Clifton Heights No. 520-George M. Rimmey, George A. Foland, George Kabuss Clinton No. 548-James Russell Worman Clintonville No. 482-Harry K. Keeney Compass No. 120-Charles H. Hook Composite No. 369-Howard W. Thaxton Concordia No. 464-Cecil Lange Elling, Rolland V. Elling Cosby No. 600-Leroy V. Hamilton, T. Vernon Hamilton, William W. Smith Craft No. 287-0scar Roy Reiter, Donald B. Stone C,'escent Hill No. 368-Clayton A. Baie Cuba No. 3i2-Clyde Harold Alexander, R. Lee Whitson Cunningham No. 525-Everett Ellsworth Welsh Daggett No. 492-A. D. Rekate, Clarence G. Smith, E. L. Spencer Decatur No. 400-Louis Hershall Garrison Delphian No. 137-Dewey C. Smotherman, Otis Leroy Wallis De Soto No. 119-William Charles Bernhardt Doric No. 300-Lee Price East Gate No. 630-Lawrence J. Hall, Joseph H. Casey, Theodore Brown, Oliver C. Fortune, Claude R. Saul, Lester M. Wilson Eldorado No. 3i8-Harold Snyder Elvins No. 599-Thomas A. Mathews, Paul William Walsh Eolia No. J4-W. D. Omohundro, Thomas J. Brown Equality No. 497-Herman Harold Fuller Fairfax No. 483-Marvin P. Kruse Fair Play No. 44-Dewey H. Abbott Farmington No. i32-Henry Huffman, Grover H. Norman Fayette No. 47-James Leland Weathers Fellowship No. 345-Arthur Roy Downen, Ernest Melvin Hutchison Fenton No. 28i-Thomas William CottIer, Elmer Zimmerman, Edwin Chally, Leonard Lindsey Chumbler Ferguson No. 542-George Edward Rector, Francis H. Niehaus, Howard Lee


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Finney, Alexander Godfrey Zingsheim Fidelity No. 339-Noble Weston Aring Forest Park No. 578-WiIIiam A. Wulle Forsyth No. 453-Boyd Sanders Four Mile No. 212-Willie Russell Parrent, Jessie James Willie Friendship No. 89-Ralph Roscoe Barr, Glenn W. Coleman, Willie Dee Sherrill, David Henry Curtis Fulton No. 48-Frank L. Owen Galena No. 515-Lawrence Bowdle Gallatin No. l06-Boyd Chamberlain Gate City No. 522-George H. Conser, Bert L. Elmer, George W. Planet, Theodore H. Charno, Edward Charles Gosnell Gate of the Temple No. 422-Velzie Mitchell Hood, John Richards, John Daniel Schaeffer, Robert Earl Foster, Herman A. Powell, Thomas Lionel East, LeRoy Dysart, Clifford Lafayette Brackett, Ernest Henry Carstensen, Claude A. Tuck, Virgil B. Smith, Harley Richard Pearce, Clifford Stine Keiser, Bentley A. Keen, Gilbert Goforth, Alfred Elkins, Timothy Edward Regan, Homer L. Brent, Ora Earl Bitterick, Edmond R. Platte, Clarence Clifford Warren, Virgil Manford Hanshaw George Washington No.9-George Michael Tobler, Floyd Elmer Bechler Good Hope No. 218-Arthur A. Zepp, Harry Joseph Zepf Gower No. 397-Michael Quigley Grain Valley No. 644-Carl Frank Pacholke Grand River No. 276-WiIIiam J. Duvall Grandview No. 618-Harold W. Matkin Granite No. 272-George A. Hull Grant City No. 66-Elvis Sewell Campbell Greentop No. 635-Robert A. Boon Greenville No. 107-EIIis Herbert Baker Griswold No. 178-Paul C. Rodgers Hale City No. 216-Charles Loyd Crackenberger Hallsville No. 336-Julius Schumacher, Aleph Goff Pierce, Marvin M. Milsap Hamilton No. 224-Buell A. Hawks Harmony No. 499-Paul H. Buttig, Raymond A. D. Bodamer, Elmer William Wagnor Hermann No. 123-Dan H. Jackisch, Casper Milton Bassman, Frank William Eggers, Jr., Joy K. Schaffner, Edwin Carl Henry Schulte Hermon No. 187-Robert V. Johnson Heroine No. l04-Samuel Summers, David B. Alport, Ralph Levey, Harry Levison, Harry Kaplan, Sam Levitt, Nathaniel Denebeim, Jack Denebeim, Louis Langer, Egon Seiden, Alexander Mann, Morris L. Rosenthal Hickory Hill No. 211-Joseph Sestak Higbee No. 527-Cecil William Lay Higginsville No. 364-Uriel C. Recob Hiram No. 362-Clifford L. Noble Holden No. 262-John B. Wood, Jr. Hope No. 251-Waldo H. Ehlers, WaIter C. Horn, Lester H. Yilt, Henry A. Meise Hornersville No. 215-Kermit E. Branum, Pat Burlison, Walter Earl Buffim, Thomas R. Wilkins Howard No.4-Frederick A. Lietzke Humphreys No. 32-Ray M. Johnson Huntsville No. 30-James Lester O'Conner


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Iberia No. nO-AlIen Berry Illmo No. 581-Harry Paul Adams Independence No. 76-William O. Hansen, Lee J. Helm, Benjamin Franklin Larkin Ionia No. 381-Warner Jackson Irondale No. H3-Jonathan Wishon, John Adam Ivanhoe No. 446-Seth Perry Aber, Herbert Marion Swarthout, Ben G. Naylor, Edmund C. Burke, Emil W. Kunze, Arthur E. Edwards, Bayard T. Gross, Aubrey R. Hammett, Jr., Clifford R. Bennett, Guy A. Pillsbury, Linton L. Lamb, Lee George Potter, Edward Stephenson, Jr., Frank G. Kiddoo, Sr., Mathew John Buettner, Roy Dewey Smith, Robert L. Strain, Frank David Scott, Jose Carmen Ramirez, Emil Oswald Bayerl, Clarence M. Stewart Jefferson No. 43-John Arthur Williams, Hiram U. Ford, F. O. Englebrecht, Simon J. Durham, William D. Kellar, James G. McIlwain, George Dewey Paul, Fred H. Tanner, John W. Hobbs, Chester D. Balmer, Arch G. Copeland Jennings No. 640-Albin Charles Kroeker, Otis Andrew Sec, William Fred Rodefeld Jewel No. 480-Raymond Edward Brierly, Ted Alexander Joplin No. 335-Virgil A. Buzbee, Rolla Elmer Stephens, Everett Hale Dobbs, Otis O. Flora, Manuel Zumwalt, Claire Gan'an Cohagan, Daniel G. Harrison, George Wayne Jackson Joppa No. 411-Ralph C. Max Keystone No. 243-Manuel S. Faber King Hill No. 376-0rban Everett Roach, Sr., Eugene Julius Behrendt, Ernest Alva Griffith, Lawrence A. Cashman, Kermit Conrad Raydon Kirksville No. I05-Herschel L. Edris, Stanley P. Wagner Kirkwood No. 484-Roy Chester Klemme, William J. Miller La Belle No. 222-W. Phillip Ross, Waldorf L. Elman Laclede No. 83-Maurice McKnight Burley, Garland Lew Wakefield, Harry R. Spitz Lambskin No. 460-Walter Richard Lange, Fred J. Lambskin, J. Charles Jones, Coy E. Skiles, Robert S. Hutchison Lane's Prairie No. 531-Niels Martin Magnusson La Plata No. 237-Edward C. Brokaw Latimer No. H5-Joel Cedric Webb, Ira B. Keeney, Clyde J. Green Leadwood No. 598-Guy B. Reid Lexington No. H9-Homer U. Campbell, William F. Clifton Liberty No. 31-Henry Bruce Early, Jr., Lewis George Pence, Mathias Stephen Coleman, John C. Lonborg Lick Creek No. 302-Burney L. Fishback Linn No. 326-Charles F. Baker Lockwood No. 521-Raymond G. DeGood, Ole A. Sturgeon Lodge of Love No. 259-Frank R. George Lodge of Truth No. 268-Warren Willis Kimler McDonald No. 324-John Marshall Horn, Francis Levi Faunce, Armin M. Witt路 hal', Lyle William Blakeley, Francis Hendricks Montgomery Macks Creek No. 433-Marion F. Whitney, Roy A. True Magnolia No. 626-Henry Jacob Bauer, Earl C. Hehman, Alfred Fred Hartwig. William B. Bick, Rudolph L. Dahlberg Malden No. 406-Ronald C. LaBrot Mansfield No. 543-Henry W. Moore Maplewood No. 566-Forrest C. Henn, George Hugh Quintal, George H. Curtis, James W. Kennedy Marcus No. llO-William George Guckes Mendon No. 628-Tyson M. Long


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Meramec No. 3l3-August W. Rose, Louis Walter Mottert Mercer No. 35-Earl R. McKee, Eldon C. Elsey Meridian No.2-William M. Haller, Joseph B. Chapman, John G. Tiemann, Lester H. Heinecke, Harry C. Ploetze, Albert Walter Zellweger, Oliver A. Schauenberg, William Fred Quade, Julius A. Seidel, Arnold R. Kremer, Walter B. Farrar, Frederick Julius Hofmann, Herbert Ben Levy, Albert H. Lueddccke, Charles L. Mueller, Arthur Aeby, Robert H. Crowder, Walter H. Fleher Miami No. 85-Forrest Vernon McDaniel Milton No. 151-Edwin Guy Patton Missouri-Commonwealth No. i-George William Berri, William David Evans, Harry L. Mueller Mizpah No. 639-Albert J. Meier, John Adam Hall Moberly No. 344-Russell D. Wright, Robert H. Roberts Mokane No. 612-J. Virgil Braham, Andrew M. Taylor, Andrew David Bridges Monroe No. 64-Charles S. Hicks Montgomery No. 246-W. Samuel Oliver, George Waters Sleight Morehouse No. 603-John A. Spenge, Jr. Mound City No. 294-W. Ray Weightman Mountain Grove No. 158-William A. Hovis Mount Hope No. 476-Arbie C. McDowell Mt. Moriah No. 40-William S. Roper, Clarence A. Stahlhuth, William Paul Greundler, John W. Lake, Erwin D. Gerichten, Howard Kinsella Mt. Washington No. 614-0rland Preston Reed, Joseph Earl Morgan, August Demolin, Fred Carl Herbster Mountain View No. 637-Edwin Evans Harrison Mt. Zion No. 327-Waylan Ford, Allen Van Wormer, Corbit Elgin Watts, Claude A. Franklin, John F. Riley Naphtali No. 25-Frank Herman Pcpmiller, William Siedhoff, William Jacob Young Neosho No. 247-Shelton DeGroff Probst New Bloomfield No. 60-Donald Meng Waggoner New Hampton No. 510-William T. Stevenson Noel No. 647-Charles William Logan Non Pareil No. 372-Rex M. Shaw Northeast No. 643-Clarence W. Phillips North Star No. 157-Geo. W. E. Chamberlain, Rex R. Shandy Occidental No. 163-Albert H. Bell Olive Branch No. 576-Marion H. Burnley, Benjamin H. Coogan, J. Charles B. Webster, Jr., Harry H. Margulis Orient No. 546-Ralph E. Wilkins, Herbert H. Stroup, Birger E. Stanley, Louis Edward Freeman, Otto Merle Gehrke, Herbert P. Linn, Charles Ralph Bell, Otto Frederick Ruebke, Trent Dancy, Bernard Moffet, John C. Zuhn, Roland Waller Chapin Osage No. 303-Ross Jackson, Clarence Lee Eager Owensville No. 624-James Earl Taylor Palestine No. 241-Arthur C. Bass Palmyra No. 18-Vernon Brinkley Paris Union No. 19-0rin E. Ellis, John R. Stubbins, Wolbur R. Denver Parrott No. 308-Willard Fred Martin, Charley L. Kinkade, Clifford Charles Combs, George Stafford Owen Pauldingville No. ll-Richard J. W. Koopmann, William I. Sleeth Paul Revere No. 330-Alfred L. Conrad, Frederick John Schleef, August Julian Chattillion, Archie L. McDonald, Elmer Puettmann Perryville No. 670-William Carlyle Bonnell Perseverance No. 92-Frank C. Haley III


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Phoenix No. 136-Eastin L. Holliday, Byron B. Frazier Pickering No. 472-J. Ervin Neal Pilgrim No. 652-Maurice R. Zumwalt, Delmar Hasenritter, Rolla Lafayette Sanders, Clyde Miller Smith Pleasant Grove No. 142-Herbert R. Kuhn Polar Star No. 79-Frank W. McIndoe, William Louis RosenfeIder Pomegranate No. 95-George A. Streck, Oliver C. Brown, Frederick J. Grimm Poplar Bluff No. 209-James Dewey Sigler, Lloyd Edwin Langley Pride of the West No. 179-Benjamin George Miller, Ben R. Klauber, Harry W. Kornhardt PU1'ity No. 658-Robert A. McMullin Putnam No. 190-Cecil Jones Pyramid No. 180-,-Arthur H. Vasterling, 'William F. Wemhoener, Georgc Charles Doering, Ray Emery, Lewis William Lutke, Charles N. Kaufman, Alfred B. Rowland, William H. Pleuger, John George Voitlein, Olivcr Christopher Stoff, Elmer J. Gau Pythagoras No. J8J-Walter Boston Parysch Ravenwood No. 201-Wellington F. Slagle, Eldon E. Stieger Raytown No. J91-Lee F. Caldwell, Herman Rieder Republic No. 570-Frank Coggin Rich Hill No. 479-Finis Maupin Moss Richland No. J85-Fred H. Steward, U. S. Shewmaker Rising Sun No. 13-Eugene F. Allison Rolla No. 213-Harold Linville, Harry Franklin Bossert, Richard Fremont Castleman. Glenn Clinton Boyer, George Truman Woodworth, John Peter Gollahon, Willis Alexander Calhoun, John Joseph Livingtson Rose Hill No. 550-Stuart Orlow St. John, James Francis D'Wolf, Percival Huff McFarland Rural No. J16-Clinton T. Paddock Rushville No. 2J8-Ray C. Wells Russellville No. 90-Breamer Thompson St. Clair No. 27J-Herbert W. George, William H. Knight St. Francisville No. 588-Cecil J. Dockum St. John's No. 28-Laurence Vance! Ingraham St. Joseph No. 78-Everett John Johnson, Roscoe W. LaFollette, Albert J. McNally, Joseph Bushman, Elmer J. Kreftmeyer St. Louis No. 20-Meyer Alrod Shickman, Adolph Schenkel St. Mark's No. 9J-Asa Barnes, Walter Henry Oberheide, Raymond August Ritter, Ivan M. Kramer Salem No. 225-Ernest J. Malonc, Granville L. Gamblin Santa Fe No. 462-Marion Rouse Savannah No. 71-Warren E. Townsend Schell City No. 448-Wilburn W. Colson Seaman No. 126-0rlando Ray McNally Sedalia No. 2J6-Ernest O. Holst Senath No. 51J-Len Jones Shaveh No. 646-0tto Christian Schelfels Sheffield No. 625-Garnet P. Hagarty, Wayne M. Baxter Shekinah No. 256-Norville W. Dorsey, Marvin L. Reeder Shelbina No. 228-Wilbur Gerald Hiles Sikeston No. JIO-Charles Tipton Keller, Louis Graber Skidmore No. 51l-Harry D. Mitchell Solomon No. 271-John C. Mallicoat, Guy Webb, Edward O. Howard, Virgil


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Claude Oldham, Millard F. Brown South Gate No. 547-Clayton M. Newman, Ira Nelson Wetherill Southwest No. 466-John T. Poynor Stanberry No. i09-Laton Francis Phillips Star of the West No. 133-Loren George Townsend, Miles W. Sutton, Walter Graham Reed Stella No. 538-0rrin E. Lundy Stockton No. 283-Lewis Morgan, Myrl T. Carender, Clarence "\-Vilson Gannaway, Ray Dodd Strafford No. 608-Harry Whitmore Sturgeon No. 174-Frederick Wren Owings Sullivan No. 69-Albert Fay Sass, William Anthony Brethold Swope Park No. 617-Emerson W. Gross, Charles E. Guinn, Thomas J. Hardwick, Sam Pasmanik Temple No. 299-Frank Poole McArthur, Einer Norman, Roy Clarence Pool, Dacy Payne Watkins Texas No. i77-William Asa Johnson Theodore Roosevelt No. 66i-Edwin Guy Reid, Chauncey Ralph Baldwin, Jr. Trenton No. ill-Herman S. Gould Triangle No. 638-John A. Baumgartner, Charles Barton Wellborn Trilumina No. 205-Clair F. Warren, Harry A. McCormick, H. H. Harris T1'inity No. 64i-Harry Abe Maas, George Levitt, Robert E. Hake, Albert J. Graff, Henry Bowman Trowel No. 440-V. M. Baltz, Eli Burton Mayfield, Oren S. Liley Tuscan No. 360-James MacNaughton, Jr., Richard C. Bradley, George A. Frederick, Frank Vessel', Arnold R. Von Lehsten, Francis A. Rickly, Shafer O. Dieckman Twilight No. i14-Alfred Dunning Pool Union Star No. i24-Aaron Morris United No.5-Anderson W. McConnell, Harlan C. Boehm, Walter Parker Baker University No. 649-Fred Edwin Diekrocger, Charles D. Koch, James D. DeBuchanne Van Buren No. 509-Joseph Herbert Payne Wakanda No. 52-Marvin Sumner Gowing, Raymond L. Martin, Frank Eugene Leaphart, Fred Hynson Walker No. 605-Hayden Ellis Horn Warrenton No. 609-Gus A. Brockfeld, Roland H. Redeker Washington No. 87-Albert Godfrey Waverly No. 6i-Paul J. Griffin Wayne No. 526-Boyd O. Pyles Waynesville No. 375-Thomas E. Turpin Webb City No. 5i2-James E. Downey, Fern Mart LePage Webster No. 98-John Roger Thomas Webster Groves No. 84-Louis H. Gutman, Eugene J. Kick, Walter L. HarIman, John S. Marsalek Wellston No. 613-Percy D. Stewart, Robert Shelby Pritchett, Herbert Boenker Ayers, Albert Henry Leiner, Roy Lando Smith, Harry C. Mummert Western Star No. i5-Raymond V. Scott Westport No. 340-Dewey Shillerston, Arthur R. Englander, William Henry Kitzero, John Joseph Fisher, Irvin L. Eklund, Gordon M. Newby, Wenci! Louis Kvasnicka, William Donald Miller, John Henry Opitz, James Layman Cunningham, Edward Coleman Bishop, Raymond William Oberhelman West Gate No. 445-Harry Biskup


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Jr. CERTIFICATES AND CARDS FOR RITUAL PROFICIENCY

Certificates and cards were issued to Authorized Instructors in the Proficiency or Candidates' Lectures (Subdivision I), and cards were issued to Authorized Instructors (Subdivision II) of the Certificate Plan of the Committee on Ritual, in accordance with the Reports of Examining Committees. The names of the Master Masons whose applications were approved during the year July I, 1976-June 30, 1977 are included in the report of the Committee on Ritual.

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LODGE OFFICE

In accordance with the Resolution adopted by the vote of the Grand Lodge at the I55th Annual Communication, September 28, 1976, and, in compliance with the instruction of MoW. Grand Master Fielding A. Poe in his Installation Remarks, the move of the Grand Lodge Office to temporary quarters in Jefferson City was completed by January 1, 1977. M.W. Grand Master Poe appointed a committee to find space suitable for the Grand Lodge Office in Jefferson City: R.\V. Bro. Robert J. Crede, chairman, R.W. Bro. James A. Noland, Jr., RoW. Bro. J. CO Montgomery, Jr.


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The Committee was empowered to act on the rental, to negotiate a oneyear lease with the option for renewal; the Grand Lodge Committee on Jurisprudence was to examine any contracts before the negotiations were completed on the rental of office space. On October 18, the Committee and the Grand Secretary made the investigation of the property at 713 Dix Road which was available for the Office: 1,800 square feet, six rooms, a vault sufficient to contain the files of the Annual Returns of "live" lodges, two restrooms, a foyer. The monthly rental is $350, plus utilities (gas, electricity, water, trash disposal) . The Committee made the decision that the property could be adequate to accommodate the business office of the Grand Lodge on a temporary basis. Agreement was made with Roy A. Scheperle, owner, for the lease of the building as of December I, 1976. All papers were submitted to the Committee on Jurisprudence for review and revision. The Grand Master and the Grand Secretary signed the lease as the representatives of the Grand Lodge. The Exchange National Bank of Jefferson City offered the Grand Lodge a vault, rent-free, in the facility located at 311 West Dunklin for the storage of all things that could not be fitted into the spaces of the Grand Lodge Office: the files of the Annual Returns of "dead" lodges, cartons of books, etc.-all items of value and importance for preservation. The offer was accepted. The payments of the moving expenses were drawn on the General Fund and the Imprest Account of the Grand Lodge: Smyth Van Lines, Inc Trash Disposal Trailer Rental and Mileage (Grand Secretary) Miscellaneous Total Costs of Moving

. $5,752.65 130.00 . . 132.62 12.08 . . $6,027.35

The accomplishment of the moving project called for untold decisions, many of which appropriately devolved upon the Grand Secretary: 1. The announcement to the ladies of the Grand Lodge Office Staff of the Grand Lodge action, since the matter of their employment was involved. Each had the opportunity to have her place in the new location; all were family people in the St. Louis area; none was interested in a move to Jefferson City. Their services to the Grand Lodge were terminated on December 31, 1976. With the approval of the Administrative Committee, severence compensation of one month's salary or wage was paid to each one in December. . 2. The examination of all those things contained in the Grand Lodge Office-on the shelves, in boxes, in drawers, etc.-toward a determination of what must be preserved and what might be discarded. 3. The arrangements with a transfer company to pack, to load, to transport, and to unload all the properties of the Grand Lodge-those necessary and valuable for the operation of the Grand Lodge in all future time. Smyth Van Lines, Inc. was engaged: Brother. Oscar F. Wiese, Senior Warden of Good Hope Lodge No. 218 at St. Louis, representative. Personnel of the company packed on Monday, December 27; loaded the two vans on Tuesday, December 28, completing the job late at night in a very heavy snowstorm; un-


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loaded at Jefferson City on Thursday, December 29, a day when the temperature was 10 0 above zero at the beginning of the work day and 10 0 below zero when the job was completed that night. The company transported 72,920 pounds of Grand Lodge property: furniture, files, equipment, paraphernalia, 400 cartons. The arrangements for the disposal of what seemed to have no permanent value to the Grand Lodge: boxes of outdated Constitutions and By-Laws; boxes of duplicate PROCEEDINGS; the vast accumulation of old forms and papers, broken and unusable furniture and equipment, worn-out rugs and pads, trash, etc. A salvage company took books for recycling, on the agreement that the removal from the office was considered as the payment for the paper materials. A trash hauler was hired to remove rubbish on December 31-a day when the temperature was way below zero. (An unfortunate aftermath: the hauler unloaded the trash on a vacant lot a few blocks from the St. Louis Masonic Temple, where it was discovered later in the spring, instead of at a regular refuse dump as was supposed when he was hired and paid. M.W. Grand Master Poe arranged that the trash be picked up and properly disposed of.) Nothing was destroyed that could have worth in any sense for someone associated with future operations of the Grand Lodge of Missouri. All moe preserved, much now in temporary storage. The unpacking of cartons, the placing of files and furniture in the rooms that would be the Grand Lodge Office, and the disposal of the consequent accumulation of rubbish, all accomplished through the extensive assistance of R.W. Bro. Robert J. Crede; R.W. Bro. John I. Grant; and officers and members of Jefferson Lodge No. 43: 'Vorshipful Master William K. Johnson, John Moss, Kenneth S. Booth, Henry Smith, David Smith, Junior Ray Pyle, Gary Surfaceall of whom freely extended their services and the use of their trucks toward the arrangements of the Grand Lodge Office rooms for business. The employment of members of the Grand Lodge Office Staff, which was accomplished after the middle of January when the office rooms had been suitably set up for the many functions of operation. The transactions for utilities and services: telephone, gas, electricity, water, janitorial, bulk-rate mailing permit, etc. The widespread distribution of the information on the mailing address and the telephone number of the Grand Lodge Office at Jefferson City, including the address and telephone number of the Grand Secretary's apartment at Jefferson City (the home being maintained at Boonville) to all lodges, to all brothers in official Grand Lodge positions, to other Grand Lodges, to Appendant and Adoptive Organizations of the Masonic Family of Missouri, to publications, to the companies with which the Grand Lodge does business.

Besides the actual outlay of Grand Lodge funds as payments of the expenses of the move, the costs of the project may rightly include such matters as: (a) the loss of the time when there was no Grand Lodge Office Staff and during the long period when the ladies of the new staff became acquainted with the functions of operation and learned the duties of their respective work assigrnents; (b) the delays in the handling of correspondence, the issuing of 50-Year Buttons, the filling of orders, the writing of the OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS of the 155th Annual Communication, the processing of the name-address information for purposes of mailing The Freemason and other communications; (c) the incidental consequences on the mental and physical faculties of the Grand Secretary. During the more recent months all things have been in reasonable order at the Grand Lodge Office: we have accommodated to the new situation;


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the work output is on schedule; the functions of all operations seem to proceed on an established and organized scheme. AREA MEETINGS-SPRING

1976

M.W. Grand Master Poe held 17 Area Meetings for lodge officers during the months of February, March, and April. Invitations and information about the meetings were sent individually to: Four officers of each subordinate lodge (Worshipful Master, Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Secretary), Past Grand Masters, Grand Lodge Officers,路 District Deputy Grand Masters, District Deputy Grand Lecturers, and members of Grand Lodge Committees. The packets distributed to all in attendance at Area Meetings contained: Grand Lodge Blanket Insurance Program, The 'Vays and Means of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, Information Concerning Proposed By-Law Changes, Masonic Education Fact Sheet. The Grand Lodge is most appreciative of every kind attention shown by the officers and members of the lodges and temple associations, in whose halls the Area Meetings were held, and by those who prepared and served the meals. As Grand Secretary, I am grateful to the District Deputy Grand Masters who collected the information on attendance from the lodges, to the brothers in the communities where the meetings were held who acted as the "go-between" for the arrangements, and to the District Deputy Grand Masters again who registered the officers of the lodges of their respective districts. AREA I-Rolla-Friday Evening, February 25 Officers Present District Deputy Grand Masters District Deputy Grand Lecturers Total Area Attendance Grand Lodge Officers and Others Present AREA 2-Palmyra-I'riday Evening, March 4 Officers Present District Deputy Grand Masters District Deputy Grand Lecturers Total Area Attendance Grand Lodge Officers and Others Present AREA 3-Kirksville-Saturday Evening, March 5 Officers Present District Deputy Grand Masters District Deputy Grand Lecturers Total Area Attendance Grand Lodge Officers and Others Present AREA 4-Boonville-Friday Evening, March II Officers Present District Deputy Grand Masters District Deputy Grand Lecturers Total Area Attendance Grand Lodge Officers and Others Present AREA 5-Springfield-Saturday Evening, March 19 Officers Present District Deputy Grand Masters

. . . . . . . . . .

86 3

4 93 (93.5%) 12 68 3 3

74 (71%) 12

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92

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85 5 4 94 (68.55%> 10

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District Deputy Grand Lecturers . Total Area Attendance . Grand Lodge Officers and Others Present . AREA 6-Sikeston-Saturday Evening, March 26 Officers Present . District Grand Masters District Deputy Grand Lecturers . Total Area Attendance . Grand Lodge Officers and Others Present . AREA 7-St. Louis-Tuesday Evening, March 29 Officers Present District Deputy Grand Masters . District Deputy Grand Lecturers Total Area Attendance . Grand Lodge Officers and Others Present . AREA 8-Flat River-Wednesday Evening, March 30 Officers Present . District Deputy Grand Masters . District Deputy Grand Lecturers . Total Area Attendance . Grand Lodge Officers and Others Present . AREA 9-Mexico-Thursday Evening, March 31 Officers Present . District Deputy Grand Masters . . District Deputy Grand Lecturers . Total Area Attendance . Grand Lodge Officers and Others Present AREA 1O-West Plains-Friday Evening, April I Officers Present District Deputy Grand Masters . . District Deputy Grand Lecturers . Total Area Attendance . Grand Lodge Officers and Others Present . AREA ll-Carrollton-Saturday Evening, April 9 Officers Present . District Deputy Grand Masters . District Deputy Grand Lecturers . Total Area Attendance . Grand Lodge Officers and Others Present . AREA 12-Carthage-Monday Evening, April II Officers Present District Deputy Grand Masters . District Deputy Grand Lecturers Total Area Attendance . Grand Lodge Officers and Others Present . AREA 13-Clinton-Tuesday Evening, April 12 Officers Present District Deputy Grand Masters . District Deputy Grand Lecturers Total Area Attendance Grand Lodge Officers and Others Present

2 82 (66.4%) 13

119 5 3

.

127

(67.6%)

10 . 220 5 5 . 230 (79.7%) . 23 68 2 2 72 (77%) 9 70 4 3

77 (73%) 14 .

84 2

2 88 (75%) 7

66 4

3

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6

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9

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97 4

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AREA 14-Chillicothe-Wednesday Evening, April 13 Officers Present 76 District Deputy Grand Masters 5 District Deputy Grand Lecturers .... ......... 5 Total Area Attendance 86 Grand Lodge Officers and Others Present 10 AREA 15-Maryville-Thursday Evening, April 14 Officers Present . 77 District Deputy Grand Masters . 3 District Deputy Grand Lecturers . 3 Total Area Attendance . 83 Grand Lodge Officers and Others Present . 9 AREA 16-5t. Joseph-Friday Evening, April 15 Officers Present . 80 District Deputy Grand Masters . 3 District Deputy Grand Lecturers . 3 Total Area Attendance . 85 . 8 Grand Lodge Officers and Others Present AREA 17-Independence-Saturday Evening, April 16 Officers Present 128 District Deputy Grand Masters 5 District Deputy Grand Lecturers 5 Total Area Attendance 138 Grand Lodge Officers and Others Present ... 9 Number of lodges not represented at Area MeetingS-Spring 1977-44.

171

(61.3%)

(77%)

(74%)

(71 %)

GRAND LODGE MONEY

General Fund-Commerce Bank of St. Joseph, Missouri Deposits: The payments of subordinate lodges of the "Amount Due Grand Lodge," per the Annual Returns Contributions for Grand Lodge Office Building Fund Interest income on investments Receipts from sales of publications of Masonic Education Committee Miscellaneous Receipts Withdrawals: The deposits to the Imprest Account as reimbursement for authorized disbursements The payments to the Masonic Home of Missouri and the George Washington National Masonic Memorial Association of the fees on initiations, and the direct appropriations of the Grand Lodge to the Masonic Service Association of the United States The purchase of investments Expenditures on special authorization Imprest Account-Mercantile-Commerce Trust Company at St. Louis and The Exchange National Bank at Jefferson City Deposits: Reimbursements from the General Fund for authorized disbursements previously made


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Withdrawals: The payments of the costs relative to the operation of the Grand Lodge as provided by the approved budget The Imprest Account at Mercantile-Commerce Trust Company was closed on june 1, 1977; the balance of the funds was transferred to The Exchange National Bank. Revolving Account-Mercantile-Commerce Trust Company at S1. Louis and The Exchange National Bank at jefferson City Deposits: Receipts from the sales of Constitution and By-Laws, the prescribed forms, the publications of the Grand Lodge, the annual dues receipt cards Miscellaneous receipts Wi thdrawals: Payments on the purchases of items sold to lodges and individuals through the Grand Lodge Office, as enumerated above, and on such other transactions as have been and are authorized and approved. The Revolving Account on deposit at Mercantile-Commerce Trust Company was closed on March 17, 1977; the balance of the funds was transferred to The Exchange National Bank. The Freemason Account-Mercantile-Commerce Trust Company at St. Louis and The Exchange National Bank at jefferson City Deposits: The remittances on the subscriptions of interested persons Withdrawals: Payments to the Grand Lodge for each issue of the magazine at the rate of 25 cents per subscription The Freemason Account on deposit at Mercantile-Commerce Trust Company was closed on March 28, 1977; the balance of the funds was transferred to The Exchange National Bank. The records of receipts and disbursements have been submitted to the Auditor for examination. The Report of the Auditor verifies the accounts and records. Grand Lodge Officers and members of the Grand Lodge Committee on Ways and Means received monthly budget reports and regular reports on the Imprest Account, the Revolving Account, The Freemason Account, and the contributions to the Grand Lodge Office Building Fund. CONFERENCE OF GRAND SECRETARIES IN NORTH AMERICA

The Forty-Ninth Conference of Grand Secretaries was held at Washington, D.C., in February, in conjunction with the Conference of Grand Masters and the Annual Meetings of the Masonic Service Association of the United States and the Geor~e Washington National Masonic Memorial Association. The agenda of the Conference of Grand Secretaries included the following subjects, supplemented by discussion of each: 1. Fifty路Year Awards-Courtesy Presentations 2. Economic Trends-Effect on Freemasonry


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3. 4. 5. 6.

Freemasonry and Quality Grand Lodge Distinguished Guests-How to Handle Legislation Affecting Frcemasonry (In Joint Session with Grand Masters) United States and Othcr Grand Secretaries-Improvement of Working Relationships 7. Grand Lodge Proceedings-Format and Cost Control 8. Grand Lodge Retirement Plans 9. Unauthorized Questionnaire Control

M.W. Grand Master Poe, R.W. Deputy Grand Master Noland, R.W. Senior Grand Warden Montgomery attended the Annual Banquet as my guests. Other Missourians present were: M.W. Past Grand Master Bruce H. Hunt, Grand High Priest E. Allen Kohler, R.W. Bro. Ronald M. Compton, R.W. Bro. John Black Vrooman, Wor. Bro. Richard H. Kerr, and Bro. Elton F. Klamm, representing the Sovereign Grand Inspector General Walter C. Ploeser. 1977 ANNUAL RETURNS Duplicate blanks of the four-page 1977 Annual Return, with sheets of instructions, were mailed to lodge secretaries on June 15, 1977. The pages of instructions were sent to the Worshipful Masters, the District Deputy Grand Masters, the District Deputy Grand Lecturers for their information and for their use in assisting Secretaries with the preparation of the official report for the year July I, 1976-June 30, 1977. The 1977 Annual Return of 533 lodges were received in the Grand Lodge Office on Monday, August 1, or within a reasonable grace period, in compliance with Section 10.050 of Grand Lodge Law. The prescribed penalty of $10.00 for each month, or fraction thereof, of delay was assessed those lodges whose 1977 Annual Returns were received late. The "preliminary review" of the Returns received has been made to validate the figures entered in the determination of "Net Membership as of June 30, 1977" and in the calculation of the "Amount Due Grand Lodge." Inquiries were made of many lodges for correct facts pertinent to the "preliminary review." After any necessary adjustments, the duplicate (yellow) copy of the Return was sent to the lodge to be retained among the permanent papers for use as a reference source in the future. Members of the Grand Lodge Office Staff have proceeded with the Audit: The writing into the official records the facts of Masonic history of brothers. COMPUTER PRINT-OUT OF MASTER MASONS-ADDRESSES

Two copies of the computer print-out of the names and addresses of the Master Masons were mailed to each lodge on June I, 1977. The entries given were according to the Master File Up-Date by the computer company on May 20, 1977. The request was made that every entry be carefully checked-name-by-name, address element by address element-to be sure that all the information was correct and current and complete. It was suggested that August 1, 1977 be the date for the return of one copy of the Up-dated and Corrected Computer Print-Out to the Grand Lodge Office. As of September 10, 417 have returned the print-out; 147 lodges HAVE NOT returned the print-out.


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The information of the names and addresses is used for the distribution of The Freemason magazine, the letters of the Grand Master regarding the Masonic Home of Missouri, and other correspondence to all the Master Masons of Missouri Lodges. The goal has been and is 100 per cent personal and individual communication with Master Masons who are entitled to the rights and privileges as such. The Postal Service charges 25 cents on each "undeliverable" piece, such as a copy of The Freemason. The payments to the Postal Service have been approximately $500 on each of the quarterly issues of the official magazine during the year 1976-77. MISSOURI LODGES AND CANDIDATES YOUNGER THAN

21

YEARS OLD

The lodges of Missouri submitted a supplemental report with the 1977 Annual Return and reported the number of candidates between the ages of 18 and 21 elected; the number initiated; the number passed; the number raised; and the number that proved proficiency. The lodges have reported the facts of Masonic history for young men born in 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, who expressed an interest in our Masonic Brotherhood, as follows: Number of petitioners between the ages of 18 and 21 227 Number of candidates between the ages of 18 and 21 "Elected" 224 Number of candidates between the ages of 18 and 21 "Initiated" 213 Number of candidates between the ages of 18 and 21 "Passed" 157 Number of candidates between the ages of 18 and 21 "Raised" 154 Number of Master Masons between the ages of 18 and 21 who proved proficiency in the Third Degree III MISCELLANIES

Lists and information sheets were mailed to lodges and to all on the official mailing list. Contents were rosters and a Summary of Actions of the Grand Lodge of Missouri at the 155th Annual Communication-September 1976. Two booklets, "Planning for the East" and "Looking Toward the East," were sent to the Senior Warden of each lodge per the information of name and address given on the Report of Installation of Officers. The two booklets are publications of the Grand Lodge Committee on Masonic Education. The form, "Report of Installation of Officers," was sent to each lodge at the beginning of the month when election of officers is held per the information entered on the Annual Return. The Report is the notification in compliance with Section 8.130. The Official Proceedings of the One Hundred Fifty-Fifth Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Missouri were printed and sent to each lodge, each Officer of the Grand Lodge, each Past Grand Master, and each Grand Lodge recognized by this Grand Lodge, in accordance with Section 2.040 (h). The announcements about the 156th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge to be held at S1. Louis were mailed in June and in August. The Grand Master and other elective Grand Officers, the Administrative Committee, met with the Grand Secretary to review the operation of the


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Grand Lodge Office and to treat the matter of budget in accordance with Section 2.040 (q) . The Grand Secretary attended and participated in the two Deputy Conferences at St. Charles and Independence in October, the 17 路Area Meetings -Spring 1977, the Specific Communications of the Grand Lodge for the Ceremonies of the Dedication of New Halls for Masonic use and the Laying of Cornerstones, and meetings of Grand Lodge Committees. Grand Secretary and Mrs. Arnold represented the Grand Lodge of Missouri at the 100th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of New Mexico at Albuquerque in March and the l20th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Nebraska at Lincoln in June. Distributions during the year included: The information for all Master Masons of Missouri lodges regarding the Grand Lodge Office Resolution adopted at the 155th Annual Communication and the Voluntary Fund-Raising Drive: October 11, 1976. The letter of Grand Master Poe on the "Standing Resolution," with copies of the Resolution as adopted by members of the Grand Lodge in attendance at the l55th Annual Communication on Tuesday, September 28, 1976. The extension by Grand Master Poe of the Proclamation that designated three Bicentennial Degree Teams. The Supplement of the computer print-out of the names and addresses of Master Masons, showing additions to and changes in the information used for the purposes of mailing. Notification of the lodges of the 46th Masonic District of the appointment of R.W. Bro. Salvatore Forte as District Deputy Grand Master for the unexpired term 1976-77. Notification of the lodges of the 32nd Masonic District of the appointment of R.W. Bro. John J. Darcy as the District Deputy Grand Master for the unexpired term 1976-77. Information for certain lodges on the requirement for filing Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, if the gross income is normally more than $10,000. Notification of the availability of the second printing of the publication of the Grand Lodge Committee on Masonic Education, "Handbook of Freemasonry." Notification of lodges of the 14th Masonic District of the appointment of R.W. Bro. R. Clyde Foster as the District Deputy Grand Lecturer for the unexpired term 1976-77. APPRECIATION

The hands and the minds, and the background of direct interest for the Masonic Fraternity, of those several who have been the staff of the Grand Lodge Office during the year 1976-77 have accomplished their tasks most favorably. All their good works merit our commendation: "Well done:' With my sincere thanks for their services and for their companionship and concern and cordiality wth each other and with Mrs. Arnold and me, I recognize and acknowledge: Staff of Office at St. Louis:


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Mrs. John Guibor (Norma Guibor) Mrs. George H. Oppermann (Eugenia Oppermann) Mrs. John R. White (Dorothy White) Mrs. Ralph A. Williams (Kay Williams) Mrs. Elmer H. Schaper (Della Schaper) Mrs. Frank M. Gartner (Margaret Gartner) We pay our Tribute of Respect to the memory of Eugenia S. Oppermann, a member of the Grand Lodge Office Staff since October 1969, who passed away on September 30, 1976. Mrs. Oppermann was truly faithful and interested in her service to the Grand Lodge of Missouri. Staff of Office at Jefferson City: Mrs. Marvin Niblack (Marianna Niblack) Mrs. Kenneth S. Booth (Dorothy Booth) Mrs. Henry Smith (Darlene Smith) Miss Connie Smith Mrs. Calvin M. Price (Gladys Price) Mrs. Danny K. Phillips (Carolyn Phillips) R.W. Bro. Robert J. Crede has demonstrated himself to be nearly all-wise and all-knowledgable in so many of the matters related to the location of the Grand Lodge Office in Jefferson City. Brother Bob has been a constant and a consistent source of information on the repeated inquiries, as to who and what and where and how. I would characterize Bob Crede as "help, aid, assistance," and to him I express my grateful thanks for all his considerations and contributions toward the successful operation of the Grand Lodge Office. In the days and weeks and months of a Grand Lodge year there grow especially close relationships between the Grand Master and the First Lady of Masonry in Missouri with the Grand Secretary and his wife. With Fielding and Fran Poe, the Arnolds have experienced entire satisfaction on the many occasions which required serious attention to business and the highest degree of pleasure in all the events and activities when fun and enjoyment were in order. M.W. Bro. Fielding A. Poe I esteem and cherish for his understanding and confidence. To him are due my deep appreciation of his friendship and brotherliness and my sincere congratulations on his leadership of the Grand Lodge of Missouri: Most Worshipful Grand Master 1976-77. STATISTICS (PER PRELIMINARY REVIEW OF

1977

ANNUAL RETURNS OF

562

LODGES)

Adjusted net membership-July 1, 1976 Additions:

101,714

Affiliations Initiated Passed Raised Reinstated after suspension N.P.D. Reinstated after suspension (Sec. 15,068) Unadjusted total additions Unadjusted gross membership-June 30, 1977

680 2,425 2,001 2,053 931 14 -.. .-.

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Subtractions: Suspended nonpayment of dues Suspended per Section 15.066 Dimitted Deaths Suspended, unmasonic conduct Expelled Unadjusted total subtractions Unadjusted net membership-June 30, 1977 Unadjusted net loss Fifty-Year Members claimed as exemptions Remissions

1,869 70 641 2,660 1 5 ~ 5,246 . 100,146 1,568 . 6,030 838

;

Fraternally submitted. FRANK A. ARNOLD,

Grand Secretary. SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT OF GRAND SECRETARY DISPENSATIONS

By order of Grand Master Poe, the dispensation that authorized the transaction of a specific matter of lodge business was issued, as follows: September 12, 1977, to Louis L. Krehmeyer, Worshipful Master of Meridian Lodge No. 2 at St. Louis, for Conferring the Degrees of Masonry on Melvin Patrick, who has been duly elected, in accordance with Section 13.110. The degrees to be conferred under the personal direction of the Grand Lecturer, or of a Master Mason specially deputed by him. GRAND LODGE OFFICE BUILDING FUND

Contributions toward the fund for the Grand Lodge Office Building total approximately .$65,000. The donations received through lodges and from individual members of lodges have been entered in the records for 398 lodges among the 564 currently in operation. The receipts from some. 100 lodges have equaled and exceeded the anticipated goal of the voluntary contribution of the average of $2.00 per member. All receipts for the Building Fund have been deposited in the General Account of the Grand Lodge in The Commerce Bank of St. Joseph. Withdrawals have been made as follows: Investment to Earn Interest Income David Brey, Services of Architect Balance of Fund in General Account

$60,000.00 2,000.00 $ 3,000.00

Acknowledgments were made to lodges on payments of anything of sizeable amounts toward the Grand Lodge Office Building Fund. And when a receipt was an addition to previously made contributions, the notation of "Total to Date" was given on the acknowledgement. Further, in those instances when a gift was received directly from a brother and when the lodges listed the donors by name with the amounts of the contributions, personal acknowledgements were sent to individuals whose donations were in the amount of .$10.00 or more.


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Reports of "Contributions to Grand Lodge Office Building Fund" and "No Contribution for Grand Lodge Office Building Fund Received to Date," as of September 16, 1977, have been prepared for distribution at the Grand Lodge Session. STATISTICS (PER PRELIMINARY REVIEW OF

1977

ANNUAL RETURNS OF

564

LODGES)

Adjusted net membership-July 1, 1976 10],751 Additions: Affiliations 681 Initiated 2,425 Passed 2,001 Raised 2,053 Reinstated after suspension N.P.D. 931 Reinstated after suspension (Sec. 15.068) 14 Unadjusted total additions . 3,679 105,430 Unadjusted gross membership-June 30, ]977 . Subtractions: Suspended nonpayment of dues 1,869 Suspended per Section 15.066 70 Dimitted 642 Deaths 2,660 Suspended, unmasonic conduct .. .... .. . .............. 1 Expelled . . .. .. . . . 5 Unadjusted tota subtractions ............... 5,247 Unadjusted net membership-June 30, 1977 100,183 Unadjusted net loss .............................................. 1,568 Fifty-Year Members claimed as exemptions 6,035 Remissions 838

Fraternally submitted, FRANK A. ARNOLD,

Grand Secretary.

The Grand Secretary moved that the printed report and the Supplemental Report be received and printed in the PROCEEDINGS. The motion was seconded and carried. REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON CREDENTIALS

R.W. Bro. Carl E. Etz, Jr., Chairman, presented the report on the Committee on Credentials. To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Missouri: BRETHREN: Your Committee on Credentials submits the following report. At the present session of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, there are represented 426 Subordinate Lodges and there are present: Grand Lodge Officers Past Grand Masters District Deputy Grand Masters District Deputy Grand Lecturers

19 18 53 53


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Past Masters ,........................... 510 Worshipful Masters. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 384 ,......................... 175 Senior Wardens Junior Wardens 114 Chairmen of Committees 22 Distinguished Visitors 19 Total 1,367 Actual attendance without duplication 1,194 7 Assistant Tilers Lodges without representation 138 Non-voting Master Masons 93 Fraternally submitted, CARL E. ETZ, ]R., Chairman, ELDON ]. CUSIC, ELMER L. FOWLER, HAROLD O. GRAUEL, DALE A. LUDWIG, CHARLES MILLER.

R.W. BROTHER ETZ: I would like, Most Worshipful Sir, to take this time to thank my Committee for the effort and the cooperation that they gave me this year. We had a fine working committee, and they did most of the work. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: R.W. Brother Etz, I think most of us are aware of the great amount of work that these brothers do, who are outside taking care of the details while the rest of us are in here enjoying the business of the Session. R.W. Brother Etz moved the acceptance of the Report of the Committee on Credentials, subject to correction. The motion was seconded and carried by vote of the Grand Lodge. REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON MILEAGE AND PER DIEM

Wor. Bro. Alton Bray, Chairman, presented the Report of the Committee on Mileage and Per Diem. To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Missouri: BRETHREN: Your Committee on Mileage and Per Diem reports amounts paid for attendance at this, the 156th annual communication of this Grand Lodge, held in the city of St. Louis September 26 and 27, 1977, as follows: Grand Lodge Officers Past Grand Masters and other Past Grand Officers District Deputy Grand Masters District Deputy Grand Lecturers Committees Appeals and Grievances Building Supervisory Board Credentials , ] urisprudence Masonic Education Mileage and Per Diem Ways and Means Chairmen other Standing Committees

,

,

. . . . . $141.00 . 192.00 . 297.40 . 288.60 . 198.80 . 311.00 . 229.60 . 211.00

$

----

990.00 1,337.60 3,541.40 3,512.00


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1,869.40 210.00 27,279.40 0.00 $38,739.80 Fraternally submitted, ALTON BRAY, Chairman, CHARLES S. HICKS, EDWARD A. LANG, ORVILLE R. LIVINGSTON, HAROLD C. BERGSTRESSER.

Assistant Grand Tilers Representatives of Chartered Lodges Representatives of Lodges under Dispensation Total

Wor. Brother Bray moved the acceptance of the report, subject to correction. The motion was seconded and approved by vote of the Grand Lodge. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, I'd like you to know that Bro. Alton Bray took over the Chairmanship of this Committee, after Bro. John W. Adams of Marshall had served as chairman for quite a number of years. Working on the details and the distribution of the mileage and per diem is no small matter. And I would like to have you give him a hand of approval. (Applause.) RESOLUTIONS AND PROPOSED AMENDMENTS OF GRAND LODGE BY-LAWS FOR ACTION AT THE 157th ANNUAL COMMUNICATION IN SEPTEMBER 1978

The Grand Secretary read the proposals presented to lie over for action at the 157th Annual Communication in September 1978, as follows: RESOLUTION TO VOTE ON ADOPTION OF A BLANKET LIABILITY INSURANCE PROGRAM

Be It Resolved, That at the Annual Communication to be held in 1978 the Grand Lodge shall vote on the adoption of a blanket liability insurance program for the benefit of the Grand Lodge and constituent lodges and providing for the cost thereof to be paid by the Grand Lodge, and Be It Fw路ther Resolved, That a committee composed of the Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master and the Grand Wardens shall be authorized to negotiate the terms of the said proposed insurance program. FIELDING A. POE, Berkeley No. 667, W. H. UTZ, JR., Zeredatha No. 189, Gus O. NATIONS, Purity No. 658, J. E. BLINN, Webster No. 98, ROBERT J. CREDE, Hickory Hill No. 211, J. C. MONTGOMERY, JR., Ionic No. 154, PROPOSED AMENDMENT OF ARTICLE

VERN H. SCHNEIDER, Tuscan No. 360, EDWIN BENNETT, JR., Jennings No. 640, GEORGE W. WHITWORTH, Berkeley No. 667, WILLIAM F. JACKSON, Shaveh No. 646, VIRGIL ABBETT, St. Joseph No. 78, FRANK A. ARNOLD, Cooper No. 36. III,

SECTION 2 OF CONSTITUTION

It is hereby proposed that Article III, Section 2 of the Constitution shall he amended to read as follows: Article II. OFFICERS Section 2. ELECTIV~ENUMERATJON OF-TERM OF. The Most Worshipful Grand Master, Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master, Right


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Worshipful Senior and Junior Grand Wardens, Right Worshipful Grand Treasurer, Right Worshipful Grand Secretary and Right Worshipful Grand Lecturer shall be elected annually, by ballot, at the stated Annual Communications of the Grand Lodge, and shall hold their offices respectively until their successors shall be dUly elected and installed.

J.

EDWARD BLINN, P.M., Webster No. 98, ROBERT J. CREDE, P.M., Hickory Hill No. 211, GEORGE W. WHITWORTH, P.M., Berkeley No. 667, HOWARD E. \VARD, P.M., George Washington No.9, JAMES A. NOLAND, JR., P.M., Macks Creek No. 433, PROPOSED

FREELON K. HADLEY, P.M., St. Joseph No. 78, EARL K. DILLE, P.M., Clayton No. 601, Gus O. NATIONS, P.M., Purity No. 658, WALTER L. WALKER, P.M., Stella No. 538, J. C. MONTGOMERY, JR., P.M., Ionic No. 154.

AMEND~IENT

OF SECTION 9.050

Be 1l Resolved, That Section 9.050 be amended by adding thereto the following:

"Except with respect to lodge funds used for the Order of DeMolay, the Job's Daughters or the Rainbow Girls, no lodge funds shall be used for any non-Masonic charitable, community or similar purpose unless such use is approved by a three-fourths vote at a stated communication after notice shall have been given in accordance with Section 7.140," I'IELDING A. POE, I>.M., Berkeley No. 667, STANTON T. BROWN, P.M., Buckner No. 501, W. H. Urz, JR., P.M., Zeredatha No. 189, Gus O. NATIONS, P.M., Purity No. 658, J. E. BLINN, P.M., Webster No. 98,

ROBERT J. CREDE, P.M., Hickory Hill No. 211, WILLIAM J. HILL, P.M., Ivanhoe No. 446, EARL K. DILLE, P.M., Clayton No. 601, FRANK A. ARNOLD, P.M., Cooper No. 36.

RESOLUTION TO REPEAL ANn REENACT SECTION 1.080 NOW RELATING TO MILEAGE AND PER DIEM Be It Resolved, That Section 1.080 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws be repealed and a new section bearing the same number and entitled "Section 1.080. Mileage and Per Diem" be substituted therefor, to wit:

Section 1.080. MILEAGE AND PER DIEM. The officers of the Grand Lodge, the Past Grand Masters, the Past Grand Secretaries, the Past Grand Lecturers, the members of the Committees on Credentials, Appeals and Grievances, Jurisprudence, Masonic Education, Ways and Means, and Mileage and Per Diem, and of the Building Supervisory Board, the chairmen of all other standing committees, and one representative from each chartered lodge and each lodge U.D. are paid 25 dollars for each day they are in actual attendance upon the annual communication of the Grand Lodge, and 12 cents per mile for each mile necessarily traveled in going to and returning therefrom. No one may receive more than one payment for the same attendance or travel.


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FIELDING A. POE, P.M., Berkeley No. 667, JAMES A. NOLAND, JR., P.M., Macks Creek No. 433, J. C. MONTGOMERY, JR., P.M., Ionic No. 154, WILLIAM J. HILL, P.M., Ivanhoe No. 446, EARL K. DILLE, P.M., Clayton No. 601, FRANK A. ARNOLD, P.M., Cooper No. 36, STANTON T. BROWN, P.M., Buckner No. 501,

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VERN H. SCHNEIDER, P.M., Tuscan No. 360, WILLIAM :1". JACKSON, P.M., Shaveh No. 646, W. H. Un, JR., P.M., Zeredatha No. 189, GEORGE 'V. WHITWORTH, P.M., Berkeley No. 667.

RESOLUTION TO REPEAL AND REENACT SECTION 16.110 NOW RELATING TO DUAL MEMBERSHIP

Be It Resolved, That Section 16.110 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws be repealed and a new Section bearing the same number and entitled "Section 16.110. Plural Membership." shall be substituted therefor, to wit: Section 16.110. PLURAL MEMBERSHIP. A Master Mason whose residence would otherwise satisfy the requirement under these By-Laws with respect to petitions for affiliation and who is a member of either a Missouri lodge or a lodge in another Grand Jurisdiction which is in fraternal relationship with this Grand Jurisdiction may petition for and hold membership in one or more additional Missouri lodges. A petition for plural membership shall be accompanied by a valid certificate of good standing from each lodge of which he shall then be a member. No plural membership fee may be charged by any lodge. A two-thirds vote, by paper ballot, is required for election to plural membership. If elected, the petitioner shall be entitled to all rights and be subject to all obligations of a member of each lodge to which he belongs, except that he may not hold office, except that of Tiler, in more than one lodge at the same time. His oldest membership shall be designated as his "original membership." FIELDING A. POE, Berkeley No. 667, W. H. UTZ, JR., Zeredatha No. 189, Gus O. NATIONS, Purity No. 658, ROBERT J. CREDE, Hickory Hill No. 211, J. C. MONTGOMERY, jR., Ionic No. 154, VERN H. SCHNEIDER, Tuscan No. 360,

ROBERT H. ARNOLD, Country Club No. 656, WILLIAM F. JACKSON, Shaveh No. 646, VIRGIL ABBETT, St. Joseph No. 78, CHARLES E. SCHEURICH, Acacia No. 602.

RESOLUTION TO AMEND ARTICLE 24, SECTION 24010. FUNERAL SERVICES

To the Grand Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri: Be It Resolved, That Section 24.010 of Article 24 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws be amended so that after the same is amended, it will read as follows: "Masonic funeral ceremonies may be conducted for a Master Mason, Fellow Craft and an Entered Apprentice in good standing. When in the judgment of the Master, a Masonic service could impair the good name of Freemasonry, or degrade it in public estimation, no service should be held." FIELDING A. POE, Berkeley No. 667, JAMES A. NOLAND, jR., Macks Creek No. 433, J. C. MONTGOMERY, jR., Ionic No. 154,

STANTON T. BROWN, Buckner No. 501, W. H. UTZ, JR., Zeredatha No. 189, VERN H. SCHNEIDER, Tuscan No. 360.


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PROPOSED AMENDMENT OF SECTION 25.160 That the Section be amended to read as follows: Section 25.160. LIQUOR BUSINESS PROHIBITED. Any direct or indirect unlawful connection with the manufacture, sale or handling of intoxicating liquor is prohibited to Freemasons and no petition may be received from any person who is so connected. Further, any direct or indirect connection with the manUfacture, sale or handling of intoxicating liquor which tends, or which occurs in a manner or under a surrounding which tends, to impair the good name of the Masonic institution or its usefulness, to cause scandal, or to degrade it in public estimation, or which is in anywise contrary to its principles, obligations or teachings is a Masonic offense. LEWIS C. WES COOK, P.M., Weston No. 53, MORRIS SALWINSKY, P.M., Heroine No. 104, I. LEE RATCLIFF, P.M., Country Club No. 656, EVERETT L. FISHER, P.M., Northeast No. 643, EVERE1T W. MANESS, W.M., Northeast No. 643, THOMAS C. HURT, P.M., East Gate No. 630,

LAWRENCE S. CAMERON, S.W., Swope Park No. 617, HAROLD G. MOODY, W.M., Swope Park No. 617, PAUL K. KAWAKAMI, P.M., Heroine No. 104, HAROLD JOS. TONER, P.M., Orient No. 546, R. REX SANDUSKY, P.M., Country Club No. 656, RICHARD D. STUCKEY, j.W., Westport No. 340.

PROPOSAL TO REPEAL SECTION 25.160 OF THE BY-LAWS OF THE GRAND LODGE OF ANCIENT, FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI It is hereby proposed that Section 25.160 of Article 25, Chapter IV, of the ByLaws of the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri be repealed. LEWIS C. WES COOK, THOMAS C. HURT, HUGH E. SHUBERT, EARL F. BOWMAN, EDWARD L. CHAPPELL, LOMA H .. FRAKES, ROBERT COLLIER, NORMAN TACKETT, CHAUNCEY G. STONER, GEORGE HOUSER, SR., BERNARD STOOKMAN, JOHN E. MOOREHEAD, JOHN W. JACKSON, JR., ROBERT B. ELDEN,

MORRIS SALWINSKY, FRANK M. HOLCER, DAVID R. BROWNING, CHARLEY M. SMITH, PHILLIP D. RENDON, HARRY M. THOMPSON, I. LEE RATCLIFF, SY. B. RINEHART, LAWRENCE S. CAMERON, HAROLD G. MOODY, HOWARD L. ADKINS, RICHARD D. STUCKEY, HAROLD J. STONER, R. REX SANDUSKY.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF GRAND MASTER路ELECT DB. JAMES A. NOLAND, JR.

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that have suggested and invited us. But the Grand Lodge will be held in Springfield, Missouri, next year. (Applause.) APPOINTMENTS

The Grand Secretary read the appointments made by Grand Master-Elect James A. Noland, Jr. for the year 1977-78: Appointive Grand Lodge Officers District Deputy Grand Masters Chairmen and Members of Standing Committees, of Special Committees, and the Auditor

R.W. Bro. Stanton T. Brown, the Grand Lecturer, announced the appointments of District Deputy Grand Lecturers for the year 1977-78. M.W. GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, I have been notified of a rather unusual situation: That there are three brothers here, Past Masters of Samaritan Lodge No. 424-Delbert Gann, Ivan Gann and Delroy Gann. Brethren, I thank you for getting the whole family up here. REMARKS OF M.W. GRAND MASTER FIELDING A. POE

GRAND MASTER POE: Brethren, the time has arrived for which I have strived. I have lots of things to do, with more chores than just a few. It's been fun, but I have a school to run. I've papers to burn and a car to return, Seeds to sow and grass to mow, Golf to play and some shrubs to spray, A family to know and places to go, Things to fix and some things to mix. Some more golf to play, and I expect some taxes to pay, Stores to shop and wood to chop, More golf to play and more papers to burn, It seems every day there's more to learn, Hopefully a new pipe to smoke, and maybe learn a new joke. (I think you would agree with that.) There's lots of things that I need to trim, So right now I'm going to turn it over to Jim. ''''ithout a doubt, and I'll always relate How you guys out there have been just great. But I'm going to enjoy being a "has-been," And if you ask me, would I do it again? Go back from the start and repeat if I could? You know doggoned well that I would. J. Morgan Donelson, M.'-V. Sir, I believe you are to proceed from here with the Installation of Officers for the coming year. The Grand Lodge acknowledged M.W. Grand Master Poe with a standing ovation. M.W. BROTHER POE: M.W. Sir, this gavel has been with me quite a while. It was given to me by my family when I was installed as Master of my lodge;


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it served me as District Deputy, and whenever I have needed one. I would be pleased if you would use it as you install the Officers and return it to me afterward. GRAND LODGE DECLARED IN RECESS

M.W. Past Grand Master J. Morgan Donelson declared the Grand Lodge in recess for Open Installation of Grand Officers. OPEN INSTALLATION OF GRAND LODGE OFFICERS Installing Officer Installing Chaplain Installing Marshal

M.W. Bro. J. Morgan Donelson M.W. Bro. Walter L. Walker M.W. Bro. Bruce H. Hunt

M.W. BROTHER DONELSON: Brethren and Ladies and Gentlemen, the time has arrived. We are told that the cycles of time roll with the procession of the seasons. Spring is in bloom, summer is growth, autumn is fruition, winter is the shroud, and beneath its cold, yet friendly folds, live the germs of a new life. Spring comes again, growth matures, and fruit is eternal. This is the lesson of religion and the lesson of nature, and the universal example cannot fail in relation to man. Neither can it as to a Grand Master of this great Grand Lodge. I t is a personal privilege and pleasure to welcome the guests that are now present at this Grand Lodge Communication, and to have an opportunity to view the Installation of these Grand Officers and the Grand Master-Elect. There are many valleys, and there are many mountain tops, to be experienced by each individual. Such is true with your Installing Grand Officer. I remember standing before this altar; I remember Masonically presiding at the Grand Lodge; I remember an opportunity to designate one to serve you, the members of this Grand Lodge. Each of these have been pinnacles and the top of the mountain, as I hope it has been and will he for those that will he installed here this afternoon. Without further ado, I invite the Grand Marshal, M.W. Bro. Bruce H. Hunt, to present the Grand Master-Elect. INSTALLATION PRAYER OF M.W. BRO. WALTER L. WALKER

Lord, we are about to install your Servant James A. Noland, Jr. as Grand Master of this Grand Lodge. We ask your special blessing upon him at this time. Grant him the wisdom and grace to make his decisions as Grand Master in accordance with your will. Grant him the presence of the Comforter during the anxious and difficult moments of the coming year. And finally, 0 Lord, grant him happiness and safety as he travels about the State as our Grand Master. These things we ask in the name of onr Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. THE GRAND LODGE OFFICERS FOR 1977路78 Grand Master . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. " Dr. .Tames A. Noland, Jr. Deputy Grand Master The Rev. J. C. Montgomery, Jr. Senior Grand Warden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. Gus O. Nations Junior Grand Warden Dr. J. Edward Blinn


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Grand Treasurer William H. Vtz, Jr. Grand Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . Frank A. Arnold Grand Lecturer Stanton T. Brown Senior Grand Deacon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . , William J. Hill Junior Grand Deacon . Earl K. Dille Senior Grand Steward Robert J. Crede Junior Grand StewQ1'd Vern H. Schneider Senior Grand Marshal Charles E. Scheurich Junior Grand Marshal John L. Petty Grand Sword Bearer Henry W. Busch Grand Pursuivant Cledith R. Davenport Grand Chaplain , The Rev. Carl L. RadfordGrand Chaplain The Rev. Cecil H. Hurt Grand Chaplain Dr. Frank B. KelloggGrand Chaplain . . . . . . .. Rabbi Alvan D. RubinGrand Chaplain " The Rev. W. Tribbey Nickerson Grand Chaplain Elmer D. Harpham Grand Chaplain Wayne OsborneGrand Orator . , The Honorable Gene Taylor* Grand Orator Russell L. Wilcox Grand Tiler Hoyt Young

Bro. Emil E. Corte provided the organ music for the Installation Ceremony. The Ceremony of the Installation of the Officers of the Grand Lodge was closed with the invocation of the One on High. M.W. Bro. Walter L. Walker pronounced the Benediction: Lord, we thank you for this Grand Lodge. Bless its Officers and Members as we go about the business of being Masons. Help us to accomplish the things suitable to Your Will. Bless us and protect us. These things we ask in the name of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. PRESENTAnONS TO MoW. GRAND MASTER JAMES A. NOLAND. JR.

M.W. BRO. J. MORGAN DONELSON presented the Gavel of Authority: M.vV. Sir, before I relinquish the gavel and also the hat, I want to say that I am very pleased to have had this opportunity to be of service at the very beginning of your administration. This, first, was with the cooperation of the brethren. And, second, I guess I behaved myself since I have been out of the office of Grand Master so that he would let me perform this duty, together with my "father" in this Grand Lodge, an outstanding Freemason, M.W. Bro. Bruce Hunt. He appointed me to the same position; and then to be able to continue it by the installation, also, of your designated advancing, hopefully to be Grand Master some day. It is a real privilege and pleasure, and I am looking forward to this year. I have every confidence, as these brethren who voted for you, permitted you without one single "No" vote. Brethren, this is the first time, I am sure, that he ever ran for anything that he couldn't campaign and didn't have someone vote against him. At least object. So, my sincere congratulations to you, and I present to you this gavel. - Not present for Installation.


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M.W. GRAND MASTER NOLAND: M.W. Sir, before you get away, Brethren and Ladies and Friends, this gentleman made it all possible. He not only is responsible for my being here, he is partly responsible for my wife back here, my family; he was a part of my wedding. He was in the wedding party; I think an usher. But our acquaintance goes back many years, and certainly I want to thank you and wish the best for you. Brother Bruce, my Masonic "grandfather," thank you so much for helping. And my friend from Southwest Missouri, the sage of the Ozarks, thank you very much. M.W. BROTHER DONELSON presented the Grand Master's Jewel: M.W. Sir, if I may still remain here just a second. I have another very pleasant duty to perform. But before I do that, Sir, I think you have probably tantalized some of these good brethren. They might not know why you got hooked up with your wife. A few years ago I had the fortune to serve in the General Legislature over at Jefferson City. I didn't like the hotels that were available. Having gotten acquainted with this good brother, he invited me to perhaps share an apartment. So we got an apartment. And 10 and behold I was enjoying all the fruits of an apartment and cutting my expense, besides enjoying his company. And then one day he came to me very seriously and said "Morgan, you are going to have to move." No one was more shocked than I; that wasn't before the days of aerosal deodorants. But then he told me that he was going to be married. And so I was asked to move and did move, but only on the condition that he really did fulfill his promise to Janice. And then they were married in the rotunda of the Capitol, and it was a glorious event. The only problem-there must have been something developed-I was only an usher. So I can't take any credit for what happened. No one has been permitted to be married in the rotunda since. There may be a need for some investigation about what happened to him before he became Grand Master; I am not sure. M.W. Sir, it is my very pleasant duty to be able to present to you a material, but also a symbolic jewel of the office that you hold, I know that you will treasure it; it will be admired; it will be recognized. But even more important, it will be the panoply of your service to this Fraternity the coming year that will make it shine for many years to come. It is my pleasure to be able to present you with this jewel of your office, through the Grand Lodge. I know that it is breaking all kinds of precedents, but then you have been known to do that in the past and probably will in the future. I am going to invite the Senior Grand Marshal to conduct Mrs. Janice Noland to the East. (R.W. Bro. Charles E. Scheurich, Senior Grand Marshal, escorted Mrs. Noland, with the applause of the Grand Lodge.) Janice, I wouldn't forego this opportunity, except for you, which J now gratefully relinquish to you. Mrs. Noland invested the Grand Master with the Jewel of Office. M.W. BRO. BRUCE H. HUNT presented the Grand Master's Apron: M.W. Grand Master, before you really get any further, we think you should be properly clothed with the apron of a Grand Master. It is with a great deal of pleasure that I present this apron in the name of your brethren of this Grand Lodge. We hope you will wear it with a great deal of pleasure in your


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visitations about the state this year. We are extremely happy to have had this part in your installation as Grand Master of our Grand Lodge. We hope you wear this apron with a great deal of pleasure; we know with honor to the Fraternity. We are taught somewhere along the line that Freemasonry is a progressive science; and although your predecessor, the man who appointed you-brilliant and eloquent and all of that-we are looking for great things from you and we still think it is a progressive science. M.W. BRO. WALTER L. \VALKER presented the Grand Master's Lapel Pin: Jim, I wasn't responsible for appointing you; I wasn't the man responsible for appointing the man who appointed you. We have just been good friends. It is my pleasure to present you with this lapel pin. And I will tell you this: On behalf of the 100,000 Masons of Missouri, it is my pleasure to pin this on a Christian gentleman. Congratulations. R.W. Bro. Frank A. Arnold presented the Grand Master's Gold Identification Card. PRESENTATION BY DELEGATION OF THE 38th MASONIC DISTRICT

R.W. BRO. VIRGIL R. BRADSHER, Secretary of Linn Creek Lodge No. 152 and District Deputy Grand Lecturer, District 38: M.W. Grand Master, Brethren, Ladies and all Guests, it gives me pleasure to be able to be at this 156th Annual Grand Lodge Communication. I speak in behalf of all the brethren from the 38th Masonic District. who are present, and for those who are unable to attend because of businesses, jobs, and what have you. It is also a pleasure to thank all the brethren of this Grand Lodge Session for electing one of our members of the 38th Masonic District as Most Worshipful Grand Master of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri. We are a small district, and most of our lodges are small. And it is indeed a pleasure for us to be able to provide a man of his caliber to lead the Grand Lodge this year for the State of Missouri. M.W. Brother Jim, on behalf of all the brethren of the 38th Masonic District, it gives me pleasure to present to you this key, which will entitle you to a brand-new 1978 automobile of your choice when you get back to Camdenton, Missouri. It is my pleasure, and we want to thank you for all the hard work that you have done in our district, throughout the state, in all the visitations you have made in all the lodges--the lodges that have really helped within our district and those adjoining us. M.W. GRAND MASTER NOLAND: Thank you, Virgil; I thank you very much. Before this delegation gets away, I want路 to greet them each and everyone. But there is still another presentation that one of your members made me several years ago. His health, I believe, would not permit him to be here. Bro. Quentin Ray from Waynesville made me some gavels. He made this one when I first got appointed in line; he made this one with the case, I suspect, after he was probably well past the age of 70. I think this is beautiful work. To you and to Bro. Quentin Ray, I want to thank you. I want to greet each of the brethren here from the 38th District. Among the delegation from the 38th District was Bro. Wayne Noland, a brother of the Grand Master and a Past Master of his lodge-Macks Creek Lodge No. 433.


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PRESENTATION OF THE MISSES CLAIRE, CYNTHIA, AND CECILIA NOLAND

M.W. GRAND MASTER NOLAND: There is another part of my family that you haven't met as yet. I see them coming forward. This is my oldest daughter Claire; my second one Cynthia; and the baby of the family Cecilia. (Applause.) MISS CLAIRE NOLAND: This is a token of our love to the greatest Dad in the world. (Applause.) M.W. GRAND MASTER NOLAND: Thank you, Girls. Such moments arc always touching, but I really think the girls must have meant it. I don't know if they ever meant it before; they have told me before; but I think they meant it then. The daughters of M.\V. Grand Master and Mrs. Noland had presented their father with a wristwatch. REMARKS OF GRAND MASTER JAMES A. NOLAND, JR. M.\tV. BROTHER NOLAND: It is certainly wonderful for all the friends and

the neighbors to corne here and to go well past your dinner hour. I'll not keep you; the hour is late. I just want to share this with you. In the past, T don't recall whether we have had Grand Masters kneel at the altar before. About 30 years ago, I knelt at an altar. I didn't know anything about l\fasonry before that time. But I was delighted and happy to see the Holy Bible open before me when I first was brought to light in a Masonic lodge. It is my prayer that the Great Light of Freemasonry will guide my footsteps throughout this year and all the days that I walk upon this earth. There is something about Freemasonry that makes for a close kinship. I trust that I and each of the Grand Lodge Officers will seek Divine guidance in all our actions. Thank you so kindly for corning here and honoring me this day by your presence. PRESENTATION TO MoW. BRO. FIELDING A. POE

The Grand Secretary requested that the Senior Grand Deacon conduct M.W. Bro. Fielding A. Poe back to the East. The Grand Secretary presented Past Grand Master Poe a leather-bound book containing: The Program of the 156th Annual Communication, the Grand Master's Address, the Report of the President of the Board of Directors of the Masonic Horne of Missouri: (1975-76), and four issues of The Freemason magazine published during the Grand Lodge year 1976-77. The book of records is the expression of the appreciation by the Grand Lodge of Missouri for the sincere service done well. M.W. BROTHER POE thanked the Grand Secretary for the presentation and added: I guess they say, "Sin in haste and repent in leisure." It looks like I am going to have a lot of leisure time to repent and read all of the things that I have done, that I didn't do, that I should have done; and the things that I didn't do, that I should have done; and the things that I didn't do, that I shouldn't have done. Most Worshipful, best wishes for the coming year. You know you have a wonderful group of Grand Lodge Officers and a great Grand Lodge to lead. I know it is going to be a tremendous year, this coming year.


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M.W. GRAND MASTER NOLAND to M.W. BROlHER POE: This is the gavel that your family gave you many years ago. I think that you used it when you were Master of your lodge; you used it this year. I now give it back to you. (Applause.) CLOSING

After the ladies and other guests had left the auditorium, the Grand Master declared the Grand Lodge called from recess. The 156th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri was closed until the next Annual Communication-the 157th on Monday, September 25, 1978 at Springfield, Missouri.

Grand Master.

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OFFICERS

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DR. JAMES A. NOLAND. JR. ..

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C. MONTGOMERy ,., .. ,., Deputy Grand Master P.O. Box 574, Mexico 65265 Senior Grand Warden GUS O. NATIONS 448 W. Swon Ave., Webster Groves 63119 DR. J. EDWARD BLINN ', , junior Grand Warden P.O. Box 14, Marshfield 65706 WILLIAM H. UTZ, JR. Grand Treasurer 1208 Corby Bldg., St. Joseph 64501 FRANK A. ARNOLD '........ Grand Secretary

THE REV.

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Grand Lecturer Route I, Box 225, Buckner 64016 WILLIAM J. HILL ,........ Senior Grand Deacon 1717 Traders Bank Bldg., 1125 Grand Ave., Kansas City 64106 EARL K. DILLE junior Gmnd Deacon 10258 Butterworth Lane, St. Louis 63131 ROBERT J. CREDE Senior Grand Steward Route 2, Jefferson City 65101 VERN H. SCHNEIDER ' junior Grand Stewm'd 4 Exmoor Dr., St. Louis 63124 CHARLES E. SCHEURICH Senior Grand Marshal 124 Meadow Lane, Columbia 65201 JOHN L. PETTY ,.,.,., "........ junior Grand Marshal Star Route, Box 204C, Lake Ozark GF,049 HF.NRY W. BUSCH , Grand Sword Bearer 5305 Kirkland Dr., St. Louis 63121 CLEDITH R. DAVENPORT ,.... Grand Pursivant 404 Peacher, Chillicothe 64601 THE REV. CARL L. RADFORD ,........... Grand Chaplain 2334 S. Dollison, Springfield 65807 THE REV. CECIL H. HURT , Grand Chaplain 204 Ash St., Senath 63876 Grand Chaplain DR. l'RANK B. KELLOGG , 14326 Lake Tahoe Dr., Chesterfield 63017 , .. , .. Grand Chaplain RABBI ALVAN D. RUBIN 512 S. Meramec, St. Louis 63105 .. Grand Chaplain THE REV. W. TRIBBEY NICKERSON , . 1601 N.E. 72nd St., Kansas City 64118 Grand Chaplain ELMER D. HARPHAM , , 228 Panoramic Dr., Camdenton 65020 Gmnd Chaplain WAYNE OSBORN Route 1, Box 76, Macks Creek 65786 THE HONORABLE GENE TAYLOR (Archie Eugene Taylor) . . .. Grand Orator Fairlane Meadows, Sarcoxie 64862 ,, , '.... . . Gmnd Orator RUSSELL L. WILCOX 1519 E. Elm St., Springfield 65802 HOYT YOUNG , ,..... Grand Tiler Macks Creek 65786 STANTON T. BROWN

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STANDING COMMITTEES FOR 1977-78

Appeals and Grievances: Claude T. Wood (Deceased-April 24, 1978); Harry Gershenson, Sr., Chairman, Pierre Laclede Center, Suite 1144, 7733 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis 63105; Dale O. Wood, Nebo 65471; Harold Jos. Toner, 922 Walnut St., Suite 1000, Kansas City 64106; William C. Morgan, Waynesville 65583; Robert H. Bray, 325 Corprew, Fayette 65248. Building Supervisory Board: Karl A. Megert (3), Chairman, Route I, Box 243, Sunrise Beach 65079; Harold E. Thornton (2), 916 Walnut St., Kansas City 64106; Clarence V. Buchholz (1),48 W. 53rd Ter., Kansas City 64112. By-Laws: .J. Morgan Donelson, P.G.M., Chairman, P.O. Box 211, Princeton 64673; Martin B. Dickinson, P.G.M., 1001 Dwight Bldg., 1004 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City 64105; Ronald M. Belt, 108 Vine St., Macon 63552; James K. Riley, 8 Ivanhoe Woods, Kirkwood 63122; Newton R. Bradley, Clearview Dr., Lexington 64067. Chartered Lodges: Jcss H. Easley, Chairman, 704 W. Second St., Lebanon 65536; Oscar Kelso, Jr., Route 1, Box 92A, Lebanon 65536; K. Roger Pennel, P.O. Box 157, Fairfax 64446. Correspondence: Bruce H. Hunt, P.G.M., P.O. Box 188, Kirksville 63501. Credentials: Ray Hilton, Chairman, 2929 S. Barnes Ave., Springfield 65804; Dr. Harold O. Grauel, P.G.M., P.O. Box 389, Cape Gh'ardeau 63701; Bcrnard K. Swingle, 519 N. Springfield St., Bolivar 65613; Carl E. Etz, Jr., 7740 Chalmette Dr., Hazelwood 63042; The Rev. Charles Miller, 110 N. Third St., Hayti 63851 Entertainment of Distinguished Guests: Russell L. Wilcox, Chairman, 1519 E. Elm St., Springfield 65802; John Blair, Jr., Route I, Box 4, Camdenton 65020; John H. Laurie, P.O. Box 11, Osage Beach 65065; John C. Boller, Hermitage 65668; Dr. J. Edward Blinn, P.O. Box 14, Marshfield 65706; Roy W. Crowell, P.O. Box 185, Osage Beach 6506,1); Virgil R. Bradsher, Star Route 1, Box 101, Sunrise Beach 65079; Eugene E. "Pat" McFarland, P.O. Box 146, Liberal 64762; Frank A. Arnold, 713 Dix Rd., Jefferson City 65101. Forms and Ceremonies: Frank A. Arnold, Chairman, 713 Dix Rd., Jefferson City 65101; Thomas J. Davis, Jr., P.G.M., P.O. Box 217, Piedmont 63957; Leonard V. Bowers, 1817 E. Broadmoor, Springfield 65804; Stanton T. Brown (Ex Officio), Route I, Box 225, Buckner 64016. Grand Master's Address: Fielding A. Poe, P.G.M., Chairman, 501 N. Lafayette St., Florissant 63031; and all Past Grand Masters in attendance. Jurisprudence: WaIter L. Walker, P.G.M., Chairman, P.O. Box 487, Neosho 64850; Theodore B. Scott, Buffalo 65622; Emery L. Melton, 201 W. Ninth St., Cassville 65625; Thomas K. McGuire, Jr., 2522 S. Glendale, Springfield 65804; Warren R. Maichel, 720 Olive St., 24th Fl., St. Louis 63101. Lodges Under Dispensation: Elvis A. Mooney, P.G.M., Chairman, 117 N. Prairie St., Bloomfield 63825; Frank A. Jones, 710 McClain St., Richland 65556; Homer A. Wilson, Wheatland 65779. Masonic Boards of Relief: Albert H. Van Gels, Chairman, 24 Spring Dr., Florissant 63031; Ivan G. Abrahams, 1121 Nectar, St. Louis 63137; William Nail, 503 E. Portland St., Springfield 65804; Edgar E. Mal路tin, 3110 N. Ninth St., St. Joseph 64505; Sherman F. Knorr, 4617 Alexander, St. Louis 63116; William Parmenter, 6223 Jefferson, Berkeley 63134. Masonic Education: Earl K. Dille (1), Chairman, 10258 Butterworth Lane, St. Louis 63131; William H Chapman (3), P.G.M., 20 W. Lockwood, Webster Groves 63119; Olin S. McDaniel (3), II7 E. School St., Bonne Terre 63628; Ronald M. Compton (2), 3633 Lindell Blvd., S1. Louis 63108; Joseph S. Van Dolah (2), 10209 E. 95th Ter., Kansas City 64134; Thomas C. Warden (I), 106 E. Washington Ave., Owensville 65066; Dr. James A. Noland, Jr. (Ex Officio), Hermitage 65668; The


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Rev. J. C. Montgomery, Jr. (Ex Officio), P.O. Box 574, Mexico 65265; Gus O. Nations (Ex Officio), 448 W. Swon Ave., Webster Groves 631I9; Dr. J. Edward Blinn (Ex Officio) , P.O. Box 14, Marshfield 65706. Mileage and Per Diem: Alton Bray, Chairman, 508 Alta Vista, Cape Girardeau 63701; Charles Hicks, Monroe City 63456; Edward A. Lang, Route 2, Box 266, Cuba 65453; Orville Livingston, Route 1, Edgerton 64444; Harold C. Bergstresser, 8003 E. 88th Ter., Kansas City 64138. Necrology: George F. Morrison, P.G.M., Chairman, Clayton-P.O. Box 16674, St. Louis 63105; Dr. Harold O. Grauel, P.G.M., P.O. Box 389, Cape Girardeau 63701; Frank P. Briggs, P.G.M., 1132 N. Jackson, Macon 63552; William R. Denslow, P.G.M., P.O. Box 529, Trenton 64683; Walter L. Walker, P.G.M., P.O. Box 487, Neosho 648.50. Relie! and Cha1'ity: Virgil Ahbett, Chairman, 3401 Abbett Dr., St. Joseph 64506; The Rev. J. C. Montgomery, Jr., P.O. Box 574, Mexico 65265; Ray Hilton, 2929 S. Barnes Ave., Springfield 65804; W. Marion Luna, llOI N. Main St., Piedmont 63957. Ritual: Stanton T. Brown, Chairman, Route 1, Box 225, Buckner 64016; Freelon K. Hadley, 1506 Wayne Dr., St. Joseph 64506; William F. Jackson, 8033 Audrain Dr., St. Louis 63121; Carroll R. Moorman, 1205 Bardot, St. Clair 63077; H. Dale DeWeese, Route 1, Box I43A, Brunswick 65236; Ronnie L. House, P.O. Box 335, Mansfield 65704. Ways and Means: Walter H. Baird (3), Chairman, 234 E. Parkway Dr., Columbia 65201; Lloyd S. Morgan, Jr. (3), P.O. Box 93, Advance 63730; George F. Morrison, P.G.M. (2), Clayton-P.O. Box 16674, St. Louis 63105; Dr. Henry R. Stoker (I), 4 Vista Dr., Kirksville 63501; Max E. Bretschneider (1), 4619 Jefferson, Apt. 308, Kansas City 61112; William H. Utz, Jr., Grand Treasurer, 1208 Corby Bldg., St. Joseph 64501. SPECIAL COMMITTEES

George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association: Bruce n. Hunt, P.G.M., Chairman, P.O. Box 188, Kirksville 63501; Forrest C. Donnell, P.G.M., 245 Union Blvd., Apt. 320; St. Louis 63108; Morris E. Ewing, P.G.M., Morrisville 65701; Homer L. Ferguson, P.G.M., ]927 N. Circle Dr., Jefferson City 65101; Harold ~f. .layne, P.G.M., ]25 S. Main St., Memphis 63555; Col. James M. Sellers, P.G~M., Sunset View, Lexington 64067; Lewis C. Wes Cook, P.G.M., P.O. Box 12444, N. Kansas City 64116. ]w-isdiction: Herman A. Orlick, P.G.M., Chairman, 12 Cambridge Ct., Glendale 63122; William C. Morgan, Waynesville 65583; Martin B. Dickinson, P.G.M., 1001 Dwight Bldg., 1004 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City 64105; Harold M. Jayne, P.G.M., 125 S. Main St., Memphis 63555. Public Relations: Ralph Uthlaut, New Florence 63363; Donald L. Manford, 1705 A White, Lee's Summit 64063; Paul Bradshaw, 705 Woodruff Bldg., Springfield 65805; D. Jefferson Lance, 450 W. Adams Ave., Kirkwood 63J22; Wayne Milsapp, 7777 Bonhomme. Suite 2300, Clayton 63105; Truman Wilson, 2208 Strader Ter., St. Joseph 64503; The Honorable Ike N. Skelton, Jr., Lexington 61067 or 1406 Carrington Lane, Vienna, Virginia 22180; Richard M. Wehster, 1725 S. Garrison, Carthage 64836; John Hall Dalton, 315 College, Kennett 63857. Public Schools: Walter C. PIoeser, Chairman, 3633 Lindell nIvd., St. Louis 63108; Elvis A. Mooney, P.G.M., 117 N. Prairie St., Bloomfield 63825; Nelson Tinnin, Hornersville 63855; Dr. M. Graham Clarke, School of the Ozarks, Point Lookout 65726; Dr.. Charles J. McClain, Northeast Missouri State Univ., Kirksville 63501; Dcimar Cobble, Highway 61 East, Jackson 63755; Dillard A. Mallory, Buffalo 65622; Everett Keith, 23 Bingham Rd., Columbia 65201; Warren M. Black, 1013 Carol, Jefferson City 65101; Ronald 1\1. Compton, 3633 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis 63108.


194

1977

PROCEEDINGS OF THE

Recognition of Foreign Grand Lodges: William R. Denslow, P.G.I\-1., Chairman, P.O. Box 529, Trenton 64683; John Black Vrooman, P.O. Box 402, St. Louis 63166; Frank A. Arnold, 713 Dix Rd., Jefferson City 65101. Youth: Ronald M. Compton, Chairman, 3633 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis 63108; John J. Darcy, Route 1, Robertsville 63072; Robert J. Crede, Route 2, Jefferson City 65101; Dr. Albert L. Howe, 31 York Dr., St. Louis 63144; Darrell W. Girardier, 705 Jefferson, De Soto 63020; Wayne Noland, 302 W. Monroe, Owensville 65066. Grand Lodge Office Building: Dr. J. Edward Blinn, Chairman, P.O. Box 14, Marshfield 65706; Elvis A. Mooney, P.G.M., II7 N. Prairie St., Bloomfield 63825; Charles E. Scheurich, 124 Meadow Lane, Columbia 65201; William W. Forrester, 9105 E. 31st St., Independence 64052: John Wetzel, II6 N. Fourth St., Louisiana 63353; John C. Boller, Hermitage 65668; Leonard C. North, 104 Leonard North St., Camdenton 65020. OTHER APPOINTMENT

Audit: Robert C. Wagener, C.P.A., 7811 Carondelet Ave., St. Louis 63105. LIVlNG PAST GRAND MASTERS OF THIS JURISDICTION

Name and Location Forrest C. Donnell, 245 Union Blvd., Apt. 320, St. Louis 63108 Morris E. Ewing, Morrisville 65701 Homer L. Ferguson, 1927 N. Circle Drive, Jefferson City 65101 Richard O. Rumer, 6213 Lindenwood Court, Apt. 4, St. Louis 63109 James M. Sellers, Sunset View, Lexington 64067 Orestes Mitchell, Jr., 8109 B Baywood, Austin, Texas 78759 Harold M. Jayne, 125 S. Main St., Memphis 63555 Frank P. Briggs, 1132 N. Jackson Street, Macon 63552 Harold O. Grauel, Box 389, Cape Girardeau 63701 Bruce H. Hunt, Box 188, Kirksville 63501 Martin B. Dickinson, 1001 Dwight Bldg, 1004 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City 64105 George F. Morrison, Clayton-P.O. Box 16674, St. Louis 63105 A. Basey Vanlandingham, Route No.8, Columbia 65201 William R. Denslow, Box 529, Trenton 64688 Elvis A. Mooney, 117 N. Prairie Street, Bloomfield 63825 J. Morgan Donelson, Box 211, Princeton 64673 , William H Chapman, 20 W. Lockwood, Webster Groves 63119 Thomas J. Davis, Jr., Box 217, Piedmont 68957 Walter L. Walker, P.O. Box 487, Neosho 64850 Herman A. Orlick, 12 Cambridge Ct., Glendale 63122 Lewis C. Wes Cook, P.O. Box 12444, North Kansas City 64II6 Fielding A. Poe, 501 N. Lafayette St., Florissant 63031

Year 01 Seroice 1942路43 1947路48 1951-52 1952-53 1953-54 1954-55 1956-57 1957-58 1959-60 1960-61 1962路63 1964-6.1} 1965-66 1967-68 1968-69 1969-70 1970-71 1971-72 1973-74 1974-75 . .. 1975-76 1976-77

PAST GRAND SECRETARY

Elmer W. Wagner, 506 Redondo Dr., Ballwin 63011. PAST GRAND LECTURER

Freelon K. Hadley, 1506 Wayne Dr., St. Joseph 64506. MISSOURI LODGE OF RESEARCH

Ovid H. Bell, Master, 1201-1205 Bluff St., Fulton 65251; A. W. "Whit" Griffith, Secretary-Treasurer, 301 W. Fifth St., Fulton 65251.


1977

195

GRAND LODGE OF MISSOURI

MASONIC HOME OF MISSOURI Officers 1977路78

Honorary Chairman: James A. Noland, Jr., Osage Beach 65065; President: J. C. Montgomery, P.O. Box 574, Mexico 65265; Vice President: John E. Adams, 219 S. Clark, Ferguson 63135; Treasurer: Robert H. Arnold, 8718 Chestnut Circle No.1, Kansas City 64131; Secretary: Howard E. Ward, 5351 Delmar, St. Louis 63112.

DIRECTORS Virgil Abbett (1978), 3401 Abbett Dr., St. Joseph 64506; John E. Adams (1978), 219 S. Clark Ave., Ferguson 63135; Robert H. Arnold (1980), 8718 Chestnut Circle No.1, Kansas City 64131; J. Edward Blinn, Box 14, Marshfield 65706; William J. Hill, ll25 Grand Ave., Kansas City 64106; Ray Hilton (1979), 2929 S. Barnes, Springfield 65804; W. Marion Luna (1981), llOI W. Main, Piedmont 63957; Warren R. Maichel (1979), 720 Olive St., 24th Fl., St. Louis 63101; J. C. Mont路 gomery, Box 574, Mexico 65265; Gus O. Nations, 130 S. Bemiston, St. Louis 63105; James A. Noland, Jr., Osage Beach 65065; Charles E. Scheurich (1980), 124 Mcadow Lane, Columbia 65201; John Wetzel (1981), 116 N. Fourth, Louisiana 63353.

ADMINISTRATOR H. David Thomas, 5351 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis 63112.

SECRETARY TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Howard E. Ward, 5351 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis 63112.

LEGAL COUNSEL David R. Hensley, 7912 Bonhomme Ave., St. Louis 63105.

CHIEF. MEDICAL SERVICE Dr. Harold E. Walters, 6828 Oakland, St. Louis 63139.

STAFF PHYSICIAN Dr. C. Rush McAdam, 7516 Florissant Rd., St. Louis 63121

FINANCIAL ADVISOR Richard D. Jacobs, Sr., Merrill Lynch, 7635 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis 63105.

DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS 1977路1978 1. LeRoy E. Smith

2.

3. 4. 5.

(290), P.O. Box 146, Wyaconda 63474 Leo B. Kennedy (291), 403 N. Fulton St., Edina 63537 Edward L. Tietsort (171), Route 5, Unionville 63565 Marvin H. Arnote (35), Route 1, Princeton 64673 M. Rex Barnett (97), 2605 Timothy Ter., Bethany 64424

DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND LECTURERS 1977路1978

1. Merle B. Graham (362), 358 W. Maple Ave., Kahoka 63445 2. Dale C. Motter (366), Route 4, Kirksville 63501 3. Ronald E. Smith (171), Route 6, Unionville 63565 4. Melvin Brees (35), Route 2, Princeton 64673 5. Larry D. Peugh (328), Mt. Moriah 64665


196

PROCEEDINGS OF THE

6. Harold J. Richardson (198), Hatfield 64458 7. Vern W. Summa (470), 603 S. Walnut St., Maryville 64668 8. C. O. Husing (157), 309 Country Club Dr., Rock Port 64482 9. Virgil Abbett (78), 3401 Abbett Dr., St. Joseph 64506 10. F. Kenneth Eads (488), P.O. Box 197, Jamesport 64648 II. Roger L. Pritchett (506), 402 Walnut, P.O. Box 244, Lathrop 61465 12. R. C. Eichler (135), P.O. Box 124, Braymer 64624 13. Elmer L. Stanley, Jr. (481), 106 N. College, Marceline 64658 14. LeRoy W. Ahlbom (172), Route 1, Macon 63552 15. H. Fred Helbing (188), ll2 Shepherd Pl., Hannibal 63401 16. Norman K. Atkinson (136), 616 S. Court St., Bowling Green 63334 17. Frank Wilfley, Jr. (462), Route 2, Laddonia 63352 18. E. Wayne Milam (30), Route 1, Clifton Hill 65244 19. H. Dale Deweese (73), Route 1, Box 143A, Brunswick 65236 20. Harold R. Shatto (216), Route 2, Hale 64643 21. Marion L. Shafer (355), Route 1, Box 107, Edgerton 64444 22A. Dennis L. Watson (659), 3611 N. Chelsea St., Kansas City 64117 22B. Gerald V. Noble (446), 10710 Newton Ave., Kansas City 64134 23. Theodore J. Hon (476), Route 3, Box 182, Odessa 64076 24. Thomas W. Lingle (205), 621 N. Franklin St., Marshall 65340 25. Kenneth M. Dougherty (47),807 W. Spring St., Fayette 65248 26. D. C. White (174), P.O. Box 315, Sturgeon 65284 27. Donald V. Benson (48), 1204 Bluff St., Fulton 65251 28. Verle T. Naughton (246), 848 Stella, Montgomery City 63361 29. Arnold T. Evans (199), P.O. Box 171, Elsberry 63343 30. Leman Shepherd (ll), Route 1, Foristell 63348 31. John I. Grant (43), 618 Virginia St., Jefferson City 65101

1977

6. Glenn V. Bulla (377), 112 Martin St., King City 64463 7. Winfred B. King (470), 415 W. 13th St., Maryville 64468 8. Darrell L. Jones (483), Route 2, Box 37, Fairfax 64446 9. Richard G. Thornton (331), 2906 Coach Light Pl., St. Joseph 64503 10. Benjamin E. Lollar (15), P.O. Box 143, Winston 64689 II. Marvin G. Shull (13), 2304 N .E. Shady Lane, Kansas City 64118 12. Hardee H. Richey (561), P.O. Box 102, Braymer 64624 13. Virgil W. Slaughter (325), Route 2, Box 223, Meadville 64659 14. R. Clyde Foster (332), 921 E. McKinsey St., Moberly 65270 15. Lee B. Turner (188), 4907 Prospect Ave., Hannibal 63401 16. Russell J. Rowe (92), Route 2, Louisiana 63353 17. Lccil Vlry (302), Route 1, Perry 63462 18. Edwin B. Hawkins (527), P.O. Box 125, Higbee 65257 19. C. Gail Brown (628), P.O. Box 98, Mendon 64660 20. Stanley L. Cooksey (52), Route 4, Carrollton 64633 21. Vernon R. Rogers (13), 11135 N. Charlotte, Kansas City 61155 22A. Hugh "Ed" Shubert (625), 5138 N. Corrington, Kansas City 61119 22B. Thomas C. Hurt (630), 5700 Rlue Ridge Cut-Off, Raytown 64133 23. Richard F. Martin (149), 606 S. 23rd St., Lexington 64067 24. Thomas A. Meads (205), 208 E. Rea St., Marshall 65340 25. Daniel C. Ray (4), 103 Pearl St., New Franklin 65274 26. Charles E. Scheurich (602), 124 Meadow Lane, Columbia 65201 27. William A. Gamblian (491), 615 E. Park St., Vandalia 63382 28. George H. Strother (491), 705 S. Main St., Vandalia 63382 29. Herald E. Schaper (558), P.O. Box 9, Moscow Mills 63362 30. Donald R. Jett (46), 100 FieIdcrest Dr., R.R. 2, O'Fallon 63366 31. Nolen H. Rinne (326), P.O. Box 427, Holts Summit 65043


1977

GRAND LODGE OF MISSOURI

32. John J. Darcy (363), Route 1, Rohertsville 63072

33A. Elmer L. Fowler (544), 5208 Alabama Ave., St. Louis 63111 33B. Marvin S. Wood (360), 1049 Masonridge Rd., St. Louis 63141 34. H. Eugene Self (147), 1005 Edgevale Ter., Harrisonville 64701 35. Charles H. Boyd (254), P.o. Box 225, Butler 64730 36. I. I.ee Ward (487), 200 S. Pennsylvania, Chilhowee 64733 37. Eugene R. Schell (29), 301 Olive, P.O. Box 283, Windsor 65360 38. Ralph J. Shafer (83), Route 1, Lebanon 65536 39. Leonard E. Myers (497), 30 S. Murry Lane, Rolla 65401 40. C. Nolen Miller (673), Route 2, Box 616, Arnold 63010 41. Homer A. Wilson (279), Wheatland 65779 12. Larry G. Ehrsam (521), Route 1, Jasper 64755 43. Grover Phillips (605), Route 1, Harwood 64750 44. Warren E. Carr (471), 502 E. Central St., Oronogo 648.1)5 45. Thomas K. McGuire, Jr. (271), 2522 S. Glendale, Springfield 65804 46. Steve E. Moody (622), Route 1, Macomb 65702 17. Denver W. Newton (509), P.O. Box 128, Van Buren 63965 48. P. Vincent Kinkead (243), Route 2, Box 243, Farmington 63640 49. Cecil O. Blaylock (672), 217 S. Louisiana Ave., Cape Girardeau 63701 50. Albert J. EIfrank (590), Route 2, Advance 63730 51. Arblean McHugh (655), Route I, Box 260, Wardell 63879 52. M. Gene Shain (209), P.O. Box 6-12, Fisk 63940 53. Albert E. Gimple, Jr. (637) ,Route 3, Box 119, Mountain View 65548 54. Darrell R. Shortt (296), Route I, Box 41, Marshfield 65706 55. T. Gordon Williams (284), P.O. Box 514, Aurora 65605

197

32. Clarence Leo Busch (69), General Delivery, P.O. Box 65, Stanton 63079 33A. Verble L. Johnson (267),4449 Mar路 ganford Rd., St. Louis 63116 33B. James D. Fink (460), 1019 Savoy Lane, Manchester 63011 33C. Richard W. Goff (520), 9315 War路 rior, St. Louis 63123 34. Jackie L. Craycraft (651), 303 Hennon St., Cleveland 6473435. Arthur R. Zellmer (368), Route 1, Amoret 64722 36. Lloyd C. Kennon (272), 1523 S. Harrison St., Sedalia 65301 37. Edgar L. Kneip (548), 418 Peyton St., Clinton 64735 38. Virgil R. Bradsher (152), Star Route, State Road "F," Sunrise Beach 65079 39. Edward R. Windle (312), Route 2, Cuba 65453 40. Charles W. Leach (673), 308 Marilyn Dr., Arnold 63010 41. Ronnie West (44), Route 2, Fair Play 65649 42. Christopher C. McLemore (87) , Route 1, South Greenfield 65752 43. Eugene E. "PAT" McFarland (187), P.O. Box 146, Liberal 64762 44. James E. Brown (345), 305 N. Moffet Ave., Joplin 64801 45. John L. Lorenz (422), 2123 E. Monroe Ter., Springfield 65802 46. Ronnie L. House (543), P.O. Box 335, Mansfield 65704 47. James E. Newton (509), P.O. Box 135, Van Buren 63965 48. George W. Fitzgerald (551), 913 E. Columbia St., Farmington 63640 49. Laymon A. Allgood (672), 1735 Ridgeway Dr., Cape Girardeau 63701 50. Claude F. Stephens (590), P.O. Box 42, Advance 63730 51. Theodore T. Martin (571), 102 E. Washington St., Hayti 63851 52. Chester R. Carpenter (526), Route 2, Box 182, Piedmont 63957 53. George A. Collins (182), 1465 W. Fifth St., West Plains 65775 54. Dwayne N. Hook (352), Route 2, Box 90-3G, Ozark 65721 55. John Robert Mullins (284), Colonial Village, Apt. 12, Aurora 65605


198

PROCEEDINGS OF THE

56. Clinton H. Shaddox, Jr. (647), P.O. Box 4, Jane 64346 57A. Blair C. Mayford (649), 9761 Durham Dr., St. Louis 63137 57B. John E. Brueggeman (636), 3121 Timm Dr., St. Louis 63125 58. George W. Berkstresser, Jr. (591), Route 1, Barnett 65011 59. Walter K. Schneider (618), 6000 E. 99th Ter., Kansas City 64134 60. Elbert P. Petty (231), P.O. Box 276, Arbyrd 63821

1977

56. James J. Montgomery (247), P.O. Box 392, Seneca 64865 57A. William E. (Gene) Goggin (542). 230 Pueblo Dr., Florissant 63033 57B. Raymond A. Phipps (640), 1200 Cardinal, St. Louis 63135 57C. R. Edward Ceries (669), 500 Parkview Dr., Collinsville, Illinois 62234 58. J. Dwight McDonald (591), Route 2, Barnett 65011 59. Elwood J. Chancellor (501), 1109 Bales Ave., Kansas City 64127 60. Carson D. Jean (68), P.O. Box 425, Kennett 63857

ALPHABETICAL LIST OF LODGES WITH DISTBICT NUMBERS

No. Name

District A

, , 602 Acacia 444 Ada 366 Adair 355 Adelphi 590 Advance 10 Agency 219 Albert Pike 544 Aigabil 198 Allensville 659 Alpha 255 Alton 347 America 141 Amsterdam 443 Anchor 377 Ancient Craft 356 Ancient Landmark 621 Anderson 193 Angerona 529 Apollo 412 Appleton City 389 Arcana 633 Archie 346 Arlington 673 Arnold 55 Arrow Rock 100 Ash Grove 156 Ashland 127 Athens 267 Aurora 26 Ava

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

26 23 2 21 50 9 22-B 33-A 6 22-A 53 33-A 35 57-B 6

26 56 11 57·A 37 3 34 39 40 24 45 26

. . . . . . . . . 6 . . 33-B . 46

B

217 Barbee 116 Barnes.................... 353 Barnesville................

24 46 47

591 367 365 3 393 632 373 450 170 642 667 378 573 97 537 379 150 41 535 153 102 337 101 195 45 597 587 135 334 616 80 86 269 203 233 501 675 442 254

Barnett................... 58 Barry..................... 55 Bayou 53 Beacon 33·A Bee Hive 11 Belgrade.................. 40 Belle 39 Belton.................... 34 Benevolence 12 Benjamin Franklin. . . . . . .. 57·B Berkeley 57-A Berlin 10 60 Bernie Bethany 5 Bethel.................... 14 B!l1~gs................... 54 Bmnmg 9 Bismarck 48 Blackwell 40 Bloomfield 50 Bloomington.............. 14 Blue Springs , 59 Bogard 20 Bolivar 41 Bonhomme 57·B Bosworth 20 Branson 54 Braymer.................. 12 Breckenridge.............. 12 Brentwood 57·B Bridgeton 57·A 13 Brookfield Brotherhood 9 Brumley.................. 38 Bucklin 13 Buckner.................. 59 Bunker 47 Burlington................ 7 Butler.................... 35

Sce "Lodge Directory by Districts" pagcs 218-240 for location: Town and County.


1977 No.

Name

District

c 416 328 486 552 183 38 63 169 284 231 549 249 401 197 461 147 305 172 674 59 615 185 331 407 487 392 342 662 610 553 559 17 645 207 601 507 651 463 520 548 482 274 485 595 168 534 533 120 432 369 454 528 36 265 323 600

199

GRAND LODGE OF MISSOURI

Cache 33-A Cainsville................. 5 Cairo..................... 18 Calhoun 37 California 31 Callao.................... 14 Cambridge................ 24 Camden Point 21 Canopy................... 55 Cardwell 60 Carl Junction 44 Carroll 20 Carterville................ 44 Carthage 44 Caruthersville............. 51 Cass...................... 34 Cecile Daylight . . . . . . . . . . .. 22-A Censer 14 Central Crossing . . . . . 55 Centralia 26 Chaffee................... 49 Chamois.................. 31 Charity................... 9 Charleston................ 50 Chilhowee 36 Christian 59 Circle 37 Clarence.................. 14 Clark 18 Clarksburg 31 Clarksdale 10 Clarksville 16 Clarkton.................. 60 Clay 11 Clayton :.............. 57-A Clearmont 7 Cleveland 34 Clifton 53 Clifton Heights 33-B Clinton................... 37 Clintonville 43 Cold Spring... .. .. 36 Coldwater 34 Cole Camp 36 Colony 2 Columbia................. 32 Comfort 55 Compas~................... 21 CompetltlOn 38 Composite 52 Continental 10 Conway 38 Cooper 25 Corinthian................ 36 Cornerstone 57-A Cosby 9

282 656 561 287 606 519 368 669 586 312 525 227

Cosmos Country Club Cowgill Craft Craig Crane Crescent Hill Crestwood Criterion Cuba Cunningham Cypress

492 539 400 88 137

Daggett Dawn Decatur Defiance Delphian De Soto Dexter Dockery Doric .. '"

. 33-A . 22路B . 12 . 15 . 8 . 54 . 35 . 57-B . 44 . 39 . 19 . 13 D

119

532 325 300

28 12 55

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,

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6

,

47 40 50 13 45

285 575 630 384 291 318 599 607 14 497 121 278 505 73 27 405 577 332 441

E Earl...................... Easter East Gate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. East Prairie Edina Eldorado Elvins Eminence................. Eolia Equality.................. Erwin . . . .. Essex..................... Euclid Eureka Evergreen Everton Ewing.................... Excello Excelsior F

10 32 22-B 50 2 1 48 47 16 39 33-A 50 57-B 19 32 42 15 14 49

483 290 44 132 47 345 281 542 339 23 668 578 453

Fairfax Fairmont Fair Play Farmington Fayette Fellowship................ Fenton Ferguson Fidelity 'Florida Florissant................. Forest Park Forsyth...................

8 1 41 48 25 44 57-B 57-A 21 17 57-A 57路B 54

See "Lodge Directory by Districts" pages 218-240 for location: Town and County.


200

District

No. Name

Foster , 35 Four Mile 60 Fraternal , 32 Freedom.................. 57·B Friend.................... 54 89 Friendship 12 27 48 Fulton

554 212 363 636 352

G 515 106

423 655

522 422 125 9

427 218 72 397

289 644 514 579 276 618

272 66

173

4I4 635 107

Galena Gallatin Galt...................... Gardenville............... Gate City Gate of the Temple Gentryville George Washington Glenwood Good Hope Gorin Gower.................... Graham Grain Valley Granby................... Grandin Grand River Grandview................ Granite................... Grant City ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gray Summit Greensburg Greentop Greenville

54 10

362

279 262

660 49 251

239 215 4 130 32 415 30

571 459

354 I 17

37 477 338 123 288 187

104 2I I 527 364

H Hale City................. Hallsville................. Hamilton Hannibal Harmony............ Harold O. Grauel Hartford Havana Hayti Hazelwood................ Flebron................... Flelena Flemple Henderson................ Flerculaneum Flermann.................. Hermitage Hermon Heroine Hickory Hill Higbee Higginsville...............

Hiram Hogles Creek Holden Holliday Holt Hope..................... Hopewell Hornersville Howard Hume Humphreys Hunnewell . . . . . . . . .. Huntsville

1

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25 35

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410

45 I

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381

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154

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20 26 12 15 33-A 49 3

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311

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58 48 40 22·B

Jackson Jacksonville Jacoby Jameson Jamesport Jasper Jefferson Jennings Jerusalem Jewel Joachim Jonathan Jonesburg Joplin Joppa

13 18 6

10 10 44

31 57-A 42 34

40 6

28

44 46 K

220

6 51 27

38 49 59 34 53

J 82 541 447 500

480 216 336 224 188 499 672 17 I 21

1977

PROCEEDINGS OF THE

68

Kansas City Kearney Kennett Keystone King Hill Kirksville Kirkwood. . Knob Noster Koshkonong

22·A II

60 33-B 9

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57·B 36 53

L

222 La Belle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 83 Laclede...... 115 Laddonia 489 Lakeville 292 Lamar

15 38

27 50 43

See "Lodge Directory by Districts" pages 218-240 for location: Town and County.


1977 No.

Name

District

460 574 531

Lambskin La Monte Lanes Prairie 237 La Plata 253 Laredo 592 La Russell 506 Lathrop 145 Latimer 598 Leadwood 77 Lebanon 149 Lexington 31 Liberty 302 Lick Creek 666 Lilbourn 138 Lincoln 326 Linn 152 Linn Creek 51 Livingston 521 Lockwood 488 Lock Springs 257 Lodge of Light '259 Lodge of Love 268 Lodge of Truth 128 Lorraine 403 Lowry City

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36 39 14 4 44 11

39 48 39

23 11 17 51 9 31 38 25

42 10 5 I 14 5

37

M 433 91 626 112 406 543 566 481 llO

569 324 260 458 16 628 313 35 2 85 244 567 151 471 I

639 344 144 612 ]29 295

201

GRAND LODGE OF MISSOURI

Macks Creek Madison.................. Magnolia Maitland Malden................... Mansfield................. Maplewood Marceline Marcus Marlborough McDonald Mechanicsville Melville Memphis Mendon Meramec , . ,. Mercer '...... Meridian Miami , , Middle Fabius .. ' ,'.. Miller ., .. '., .. '.......... Milton , ,..... Mineral Missouri-Commonwealth Mizpah '. Moberly .. ' ,... Modern .. ' ,........ Mokane , . . . . .. Monett "....... Moniteau ,.........

38 17 33-B 8

60 46 57-B 13 48 22-B 59 30 42 1 19 57-B 4 33-B 24 1 55 18 44 33-A 57-A 18 41 27

64 490 246 58 603 184 351 558 294

476 40 439 99 614 327 158

637 221

Monroe Montevallo Montgomery Monticello Morehouse Morley Mosaic Moscow Mound City Mount Hope Mount Moriah Mt. Olive Mt. Vernon Mount Washington Mt. Zion Mountain Grove Mountain View . Mystic Tie .

N Naphtali Naylor , , Nelson , Neosho ,., New Bloomfield. , . ' New Hampton ,' 199 New Hope , 307 New London 429 New Madrid , 270 New Salem 473 Nineveh , 470 Nodaway 647 Noel 372 Non Pareil 643 Northeast ' 157 North Star 358 Northwest , ' 622 Norwood '

25 568 560 247 60 510

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17 43 28 15 50 50 48 29 8

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56 27 5 29 17 51 29

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o Occidental 671 Odom 576 Olive Branch 139 Oregon , 546 Orient 518 Oriental 303 Osage ., 7 O'Sullivan .' 623 Overland 624 Owensville .' 163

241 18 19 308 65

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p Palestine .. ' ' '.. Palmyra Paris Union Parrott Pattonsburg :.. Pauldingville Paul Revere .. , . . . . . . . . . ..

30 15 17 10 10 30 33-B

See "Lodge Directory by Districts" pages 218-240 for location: Town and County.


202

District

No.

Name

319 551 670 92 502 136 472 399 652 182 469 504

Paulville . . Pendleton Perryville Perseverance Philadelphia Phoenix Pickering Pike Pilgrim Pilot Knob Plato Platte City Plattsburg Pleasant Grove Pleasant lIope Point Pleasant Polar Star Pollock Polo Pomegranate Poplar Bluff

113

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25 41 51 33-B 3 12 33-A 52 40 5 25 33-B 57-A 57-A 3 50 33-B 55

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380 Queen City B

316 201 223 391 570 479 385 57 361 13 496 435 663 213 550 404 204 316 238

1977

PROCEEDINGS OF THE

Ralls Ravenwood Ray...................... Raytown Republic Rich lIill Richland Richmond Riddick Rising Sun Robert Burns Rockbridge Rockhill.................. Rolla..................... Rose lIill Rosendale Rowley Rural Rushville

17 7 23 59 45 35 38 23 41 21 53 53 22-B 39 57路A 9 21 22路A 9'

90 Russellville 572 Rutledge

31 1 S

225 226 208 424 298 462 293 71 508 448 126 236 513 585 646 653 625 256 228 371 310 75 511

271 206 200

547 466 296 96 273 588 234 230 28 78 20 93 109 419 133 634 538 283 608 174 69 555 263 617

Salem Saline Salisbury Samaritan Sampson Santa Fe Sarcoxie Savannah Saxton Schell City Seaman Sedalia Senath Shamrock Shaveh Shawnee Sheffield Shekinah Shelbina '" Sheldon Sikeston Silex Skidmore Solomon Somerset Sonora South Gate Southwest Sparta St. Andrews St. Clair St. Francisville St. Francois St. James St. Johns' St. Joseph St. Louis St. Mark's Stanberry Star Star of the West Steele Stella Stockton Strafford Sturgeon Sullivan Summersville Summit Swope Park

. . . . . . . . . . , . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

39 48 19 48 53 17 44 9 9

43 3 36 60 27 57路A 36 22-A 40 14 43 50 29 7 45 3 8

22路A 56 54 14

37 1 48 39 15 9 57-A 49 6

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565 Tebbetts 438 Temperance

27 11

See "Lodge Directory by Districts" pages 218-240 for location: Town and County.


1977 No. Name

District

22-A

299 177 661 56 III 638 205 641 122 440 34 360 114 12

Temple Texas Theodore Roosevelt Tipton Trenton.................. Triangle.................. Trilumina Trinity................... Triplett Trowel Troy..................... Tuscan Twilight.................. Tyro.....................

593 124 210 5 495 649 421

Union.................... Union Star Unionville United Un~ty :................... Umverslty Urbana...................

32 10 3 45 43 57路A 41

413 629 509 491 320 94 62

V Valley Valley Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . .. Van Buren Vandalia Versailles Vienna VinciI

9 57-B 47 27 58 39 11

46 57-B 31 4 33-B 24 33-A 19 49 29 33- B 26 40

U

456 665 74 609 87 61 526 375 512 98 84 22 613 46 445 103 396 15 53 340 162 417 620 370 29 540 430 387

Wallace Wardell Warren Warrenton Washington Waverly Wayne Waynesville............... Webb City. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. Webster Webster Groves Wellington Wellston Wentzville West Gate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. West View. . . . . . . . . . . . . Western Light Western Star. . . . . . . . . . . . .. Weston................... Westport Whitesville Whitewater............... Willard Williamstown Windsor.................. Winigan... Winona Woodside.................

Wakanda Walker

25 51 19 30 42 23 52 38 44 45 57-B 9 57-A 30 57-B 49 41 10 21 22-B 9 49 45 15 37 3 47 53

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22-B Z

W

52 605

203

GRAND LODGE OF MISSOURI

20 43

545 Zalma 189 Zeredatha

49 9

Sec "Lodge Directory by Districts" pages 218路240 for location: Town and County.


GRAND SECRETARY'S TABULAR STATEMENT

Name and Number of Lodge and Date of Charter 1 2 3 4 5 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 36 36 37 38

Missouri-Commonwealth 00-8-1816) . Meridian \5-6-1852) . Beacon (5-10-1849) . Howard (6-6-1862) •••.....• United (5-30-1857) •.•.....• O'Sullivan 00-19-1867) .... Geo. Washington (6-10-1849) Agency (6-1-1866) ......•.. Pauldingville (5-8-1852) . Tyro (4-7-1826) .. Rising Sun (6-6-1852) . Eolia (10-16-1884) . Western Star (6-1-1866) ..•. Memphis (5-6-1852) •...... Clarksville 00-8-1830) . Palmyra (4-25-1831) . Paris Union (3-1-1835) •... St. Louis 00-24-1836) ..... Havana 00-16-1879) •...... Wellington (5-6-1862) ...... Florida (5-6-1852) •......... Wyaconda (10-11-1887) ....• Naphtali (10-14-1839) •...•. Ava 00-13-1887) ....•..... Evergreen (5-26-1864) ..•... St. John's (10-14-1839) •.... Windsor (6-2-1866) . Huntsville 00-8-1840) •..... Liberty 00-9-1840) ..•...•• Humphreys 00-13-1887) •... Ralls (6-9-1863) •••.•••..••• TrOY 00.7.1841) ....•...•. Mercer (6-9-1853) •.•....... Cooper (10-9-1841) ........• Hemple (10-18-1900) ......• Callao (6-2-1866) ........•.

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Madison (10-12-1847) Perseverance (10-12-1847) •• St. Mark's 00-14-1847) •••• Vienna (10-17-1878) ........ Pomegranate (9-21.1916) ••• St. Andrews (5-10-1848) •.•• Bethany (5-25.1854) •••••.•. Webster (5-28-1858) ....... Mt. Vernon (10-19-1867) ..• Ash Grove 00-18-1899) •.•. Bogard (10-14-1886) ......• Bloomington (5-10-1849) .... West View (6-2-1866) ..•... Heroine (5-10-1849) ......•• Kirksville (5-26-1864) ..•.•. Gallatin (10-16.1879) ......• Greenville 00.4-1886) . Stanberry (10-17-1878) . Marcus (5-10-1849) ...•.... Trenton (5-9-1850) ..•..... Maitland 00-19-1867) ••.... Plattsburg (5-9-1850) •..... Twilight (10-19-1867) . Laddonia (10-12-1882) ....•. Barnes 00-17-1878) ......•. Helena (10-22-1924) . De Soto (10-19-1867) . Compass (5-10-1830) . Erwin (5-9-1861) . Triplett (10-12-1893) ..•... Hermann (5-10-1860) . Union Star 00-15-1885) . Gentryville (5-10-1850) . Seaman (5-28-1858) •....... Athens (5-8-1851) ........• Lorraine 00-17-1878) •.•..• Monett 00-16-1890) .

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Hume (10-14-1886) •••••••• Potosi (6-28-1861) ••••••••• Farmington (6-10-1861) •••• Star of the West (5-5-1851) Braymer (10-17-1889) •••••• Phoenix (5-9-1859) ••••••••• Delphian (10-17-1895) •••••• Lincoln (6-2-1866) •••••••• Oregon (5-31-1855) •••••••• Amsterdam (9-27-1906) •••• Pleasant Grove (5-31-1856) Irondale (5-26-1864) •••••••• Modern (10-19-1867) ••••••• Latimer (10-19-1899) ••••••• Cass (10-17-1867) ••••••••••

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FIRST DISTRICT-LEROY E. SMITH, D.D.G.M., Box 146, Wyaconda, Mo 63474

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Secretary-Name and Address Count7 Lodges No. I Location Master Clark ••••••••. Fairmont........ 290lwYaeonda•••••.. Chester L. Smith .... Homer E. Rogers, Box 66, Gorin, Mo. 63543 ..... .. Eldorado ••••••. ,. 818 Luray. . • • • . • • •. Alvin C. Brotherton. David R. Folk, Box 42, Luray, Mo. 63453 ..•.•.. Hiram •••.••••••. 362 Kahoka •••••.•.. Donald J. Wilson .... Elmer C. Dinger, 362 N. Morgan, Kahoka, Mo. 63445 ..................•...•... St. ... 5S8IW &Yland ..•.•.•. Kenneth K. Sowers .. Norman S. Brammer, Sr., Rt. 1, Alexandria, Mo. 63430 ....................... Seotland •••••. 1 MemphIS........ 16IMemphis •...•... Gerald G. Courtney .. Pearl L. Stivers, 226 S. Washington, Memphis, Mo. 63555 •.••.•.••.••••••..•.••••. I Gorin....... ..•. 'Torin...•....•.. Don D. Tague....... Archie S. Baltzell, Box 64, Gorin, Mo. 63543 ..•.. .•.••• Rutledge •...•.••. 572 Rutledge •••••••. Raymond E. Forquer Hillis McCabe, Box 4, Rutledge, Mo. 68563 •••...•. Schuyler•••••. 1 Middle Fabius .••. 244 Downing ....•.•. Basil E. Anders ..... Vernon Lee Stice, Downing, Mo. 63536 ......... .. Lodge of Love .... 259 Lancaster ....... John S. Walter ...... James H. Neagle, Box 351, Lancaster, Mo. 63648 Queen City••••••. 380 Queen City •...•. Jerry L. Rowland ... Donald L. Crabtree, Box 154, Queen City, Mo. 63561.... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. Glenwood .••••••. 427 Glenwood....... Orvey C. Buck ...... Walter H. Croskey, Glenwood, Mo. 68541 ••..•••. Greentop ........ 636 Greentop ........ Joe M. March ....... Bryan F. Arnold, Box 85, Greentop, Mo. 63546 ..•.

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Larry W. Wharton .. Donald E. Evans, 2011 Cedar Lane, Kirksville, Mo. 63501 ............ , ........ , .• I. 8661 KIrksville ••••.•. Glenn 1. Briddle ..... Zelwin B. Eaton, 904 E. Wall St., Kirksville, Mo. 63501 ........................ I Knox .•.•.••.. , Colony•••••••••.. 168/Knox City ••••••. Donald Porter ....... Martin O. Quinn, R.F.D., Rutledge, Mo. 63563 .. .. Edina......... .. 291 Edina•.•.•••.•.. Stanley W. Sharp ... L. Richard Parton, Box 142, Edina, Mo. 63537 ... Paulville •••.••••. 319 Hurdland....... Larry J. McKim.... Glenn L. Scott. Rt. I, Brashear, Mo. 63533 ...... Greensburg...... 414IGreensburg..... William P. McRobert John J. Pearce, 339 Green St., I Memphis, Mo. 63555.........................

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James M. Sheehan ... Dean H. Trimble.... Alfred L. Hoskin .... Charles Bennett ..... Ernest W. Simpson .. Wilburn L. Collins ... Donald E. NickelL .. Haskell W. Lee ..... Clyde Eldon Ware...

Edward L. Tietsort, Rt. 5, Unionville, Mo. 63565 Larry P. Bruner, Mercer, Mo. 64661. ........... Emery H. Welsh, Box 36, Unionville. Mo. 63565 .•• John F. Boehner, Box 23. HumphreyS, Mo. 64646 .. E. K. Cochran, 602 E. 5th St.• Milan, Mo. 63556. Eugene D. Mallette, Newton, Mo. 64667 •••••••••• Basil Young, Milan, Mo. 63656 ................. Veldon T. Clem, Rt. 2, Harris, Mo. 64645 .....• Ogden L. Romine, Rt. I, Green Castle, Mo. 63544

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Lodges Location Master Secretary-Name and Address NO.1 North Star .••... 1571Rock Port •..•••• G. W. Chamberlain .. Charles E. Eddy, 704 Underwood Dr.• Rock Port, Mo. 64482 ..•..................... I ..... Sonora .......... 200IWatson ......... Elbert Hudson ...... Willis L. Barnhart, Box K. Watson, Mo. 64496 .. Northwest ....... 358lTarkio.......... Roger V. Wreath .... Richard A. Halliday. Box 294. Tarkio. Mo. 64491. . ..... Fairfax ......... 483: Fairfax ......... Sheldon H. Davis .... Ben W. Umbarger, P.O. Box 151, Fairfax. Mo. 64446 .......•...•...•.•..••.... H~lt .......... Maitland ........ 112IMaitland ........ Charles T. Elliott. ... John H. Gard. Maitland, Mo. 64466 ..•........•• .......... Oregon .......... 139/Forest City ...... Thomas H. Callow ... Willard 1. Kurtz, Box 143, Oregon. Mo. 64473 .. .......... Mound City ...... 294!Mound City ..... Hubert R. Nauman .. Silas P. Allen, 408 Nebraska St., Mound City. Mo. 64470 .....••.......•..•.••. I .......... Craig ........... 606ICraig........... L. C. Fitzgerald ..... Elmer A. Allan. Box 98, Craig, Mo. 64437 .......

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SEVENTEENTH DISTRICT-FRANK WILFLEY, JR.. D.D.G.M., Rt. 2, Laddonia, Mo. 63352 Monroe ••••••. , Paris Union •.... .. Florida•••••.•.•. Monroe ..•••••••. Madison •••.••••.

John T. Lutz, Rt. I, Paris, Mo. 65275 . Boyd Wilmarth, Box 232, Perry, Mo. 63462 . F. Adelbert Ely, Rt. 2, Monroe City, Mo. 63456 .. Richard F. Sullins, 407 W. Broadway, Madison, Mo. 65263 ...........•..•..••.••.•. I Santa Fe •••••••. 4621Santa Fe•••••••. J. E. Gipson........ John H. Rudasill, Rt. 5, Mexico, Mo. 65265 .... Paul K. Callison, Box 707, Holliday, Mo. 65258 .. ....... , Holliday .. 6601 Huiliday •••••... Alan J. Shumard John C. Rodgers, Box 37, Center, Mo. 63436 . Ralls. .. .. .. Ralls . 83ICenter ..••••••.. William H. ShuIse .. ••..•••••. Lick Creek ..••••. 302 Perry ..•••••••.. Stephen C. English .. Ernest C. Deckerd, Box 335, Perry, Mo. 63462 . 307 New London .... William F. Strode ... John E. Bogue, Rt. I, New London, Mo. 63459 • • . . . • . . . . New London •.... 19jParis ....•...... 23 Florida ......•.. 64 Monroe City •.... 91IMadison ••••..••

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W. E. Barraclough .. Carl G. Brown, P.O. Box 9902, Kansas City. Mo. 64134 ..................... I Temple.......... 299\Kansas City ..... Charlie E. McBride .. Terry A. Price, 903 Harrison, Kansas City, Mo. 64106 ..•................... Cecile Daylight ••• 3051Kansas City ..... Rodger W. Lind ..... John K. Smith. 2705 Sterling. Independence, Mo. 64052 •.•.•.•....•..•....... Rural. •.••...... 316/Kansas City ..... Howard G. Milton ... Howard B. Blanchard. 3339 Tracy Ave., Kansas City. Mo. 64109 ....................... Gate City ........ 522!Kansas City •.... David E. Wyrick .... Frank H. Nitz. 903 Harrison St., Kansas City, Mo. 64106 ...................... I Orient ........... 546\Kansas City ..... John L. McCafferty. James H. Masterson, Jr., 903 Harrison St., Kansas City, Mo. 64106 ...................... South Gate ....... 5471Kansas City ..... G. D. Houser, Sr.... Bert A. Baker, 112 E. 98th, Kansas Sity, Mo. 64114 ...................... I Sheffield ......... 625/Kansas City •.... Fred J. McCormack. Harry M. Thompson, 6235 Peery Ave., Kansas City, Mo. 64126 ..••.••.•••.••..•...... Northeast ....... 643\Kansas City •.... Harold E. Antrim ... Kenneth L. Clond, Jr., P.O. Box 6605, Kansas City, Mo. 64123 ...................... Clay .......... 1 Alpha .••........ 6591N. Kansas City. N. Jack Stevenson ... Willis R. Hunt. 5817 N.E. Barnes Ave., I Kansas City, Mo. 64119 .......................

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27/New Haven..... Richard C. Pratt ..•. James R. Wilkinson, P.O. Box 144, New Haven, Mo. 63068 ......•....•.....•.... 69ISullivan ••••.•... Larry B. Sherrell ..•. Charles H. Schuler, 684 E. Vine St.. I Sullivan. Mo. 63080 ....................•...... 1731Gray Summit••.. Ro~' F. Crites Albert G. Cowan, Route 2. Box 480 C, I Gray Summit, Mo. 68039 ...•.•..•..•.•••.••••• 251\washington .•••. Allen L. VOgt Vernon C. Fahrmeier. 701 Locust St.• Washington. Mo. 63090 ...................••• 363 Robertsville..... Donald G. Davis, Sr. John T. Davis, Sr.• P.O. Box 138, Robertsville, Mo. 63072 ..............•..••••• 534IPacifie .••••••••. Lewis A. Smittle .... Roy L. Barnes, 917 Thornton St., I Pacific, Mo. 63069 ........•..............•..• 575\St. Clair........ Gary M. Banderman. J. M. Keller, Rt. 2, Box 120, St. Clair, Mo. 63077 598 Union.......... Robert L. Schmelz .. , George E. Heidelbaugh, Rt. 1, Box 401, Leslie, Mo. 63056 ......•.....•••.......••.•.• 123IHermann ••••••• Leroy Vieth O. F. Doll. Rt. 1. Box 196, Hermann, Mo. 65041 62410wensville...... Melvin G. Epstein Howard E. Brandt, Rosebud. Mo. 63091. .......••

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Bruce F. Elliott, Box 304, VanBuren, Mo. 63965 .. Sat. on or aft. full moon Grandin......... 579iGrandin R. D. Richmond W. Moore, Rt. 2, Box 160B, Doniphan, Mo. 63935 2nd Sat. Reynolds 1 Hopewell........ 239ILesterville Brasel E. Johnson J. M. Johnson, Rt. 1, Box 28C, Black, Mo. 63625 4th Sat. II •••••• Barnesville .••••.. 353IEllington S. Wayne Cowin G. E. Pewitt, P.O. Box 85, Ellington, Mo. 63638 2nd Sat. .. . Bunker.......... 675IBunker Rodney Parker Angus C. Highley, Box 63, Bunker, Mo. 63629 .. 2nd & 4th Fri. Shannon Delphian 1371Birch Tree...... Curtis L. Campbell .. Eugene Kragness, Birch Tree, Mo. 65438 ....... 1st & 3rd Mon. .. Winona ,. 430IWinona .•••..... Billy D. Johnson Robert L. Hale, Winona, Mo. 65588 •.••••••••.••• 2nd & 4th Tu. Eminence. . . .. 607IEminence....... Robert M. Hunt , Walter E. Metzler, P.O. Box 235, Eminence, Mo. 65466 1st & 3rd Sat. 1

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Clifford A. Rooker, Rt. I, Box 39, LutesvilIe, Mo. 63762... Lee Dalton, Rt. 1, Box 6, Sturdivant, Mo. 63782 Robert W. Harper, 1421 N. Henderson Ave., Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63701. , ..• ,. Bobby Gene Roe, Rt. I, Marquand, Mo. 63655 ..•. Delos Sebaugh. Box 24, Daisy, Mo. 63743......... Lloyd J. Proffer, Rt. I, Whitewater, Mo. 63785. Joe D. Masterson, Rt. 3, Box 236, .Jackson, Mo. 63755 Cecil 0. Blaylock, 217 S. Louisiana Ave., Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63701 ..•.....•.... ,.... Kenneth E. Corse, R.R. 6, Box lA, Perryville, Mo. 63775....................... Homer Ray Brazel. Box 275, Illmo, Mo. 63754., •.. William R. Alston, 205 Gray, Chaffee, Mo. 63740

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East Prairie ••••• 384\East Prairie •••.. W. E. McKinley ..... C. 1. McCloskey. Rt. I, Charleston, Mo. 63834 .... 2nd & 4th Th. Misa~ippi:: : : Charleston ••••••. 407 Charleston ••..•• Jack A. Farmer..... Richard T. Reed, Jr., Brink Ins. Agency, 206 E. Commercial, Charleston, Mo. 63834 ..•..•.. New Madrid ... Morehouse.•••••• 603 1Morehouse .•••••. Ray Marshall, Jr.... Guy B. Comer, :U8 Virginia St., Sikeston. Mo. 63801 ... , ......... '" .......... I S~?tt••••••••. Morley •.•••••.••. 184lMorley•••••••••. Dennis Albee ........ Melton Harris, P.O. Box 221, Oran, Mo. 63771.. Sikeston •••••.••• 310\Sikeston .••••••• W. E. Cantrell ...... Elbert Franklin Sloan, 708 E. Gladys St., Sikeston, Mo. 63801. .••...•••..•.••.•••••.••• Bloomfield ••••••. 153lBloomfield•.••... Farrel D. Kelley ..•.. Dail K. Hill, Box 171, Bloomfield, Mo. 63825 ..•..• Essex •••••••.•••. 2781Essex .•••••••••. Darrell J. Kirby ..... W. J. Clay, P.O. Box 126, Essex, Mo. 63846 .... : : : : : Lakeville •••••.••. 489 Bell City.••.••.. Darrell J. DeLay .... W. M. Bollinger, Box 156. Bell City. Mo. 63735 .... Dexter .•••••••••. 532 Dexter .......... Boyce A. Wooley .... Tony Lee Stevens, Rt. 3, Dexter, Mo. 63841. ... Advance ••••••••• 590/Advance .••.•••. George V. Green .... Raymond L. Mashek, Box 82, Advance, Mo. 63730. Puxico..•...•.•.. 596lPuxico.......... Walter A. Powell .... Leo H. Lowery, Route 2, Puxico, Mo. 63960 ....

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, L. Wayne Ross, Rt. 1. Box 520, West Plains, Mo. 65775...................... Ingomar ••••••••. 536jWillOW SPIB••••• Claude F. Smith .... , Alvin Roy Johnson. Rt. 2. Box 319, Willow Springs. Mo. 65793 .••.•••••••••••••• ~, [ Mountain View •• , 637 Mountain View•. Orvil L. Loge . Edward A. Gimple, Rt. 3, Mtn. View Mo. 65548. Oregon. • • • • •. Alton ..•••••••••. 255IAlton ••••••••••. E. N. Whitten .•.... Hardin D. Franks. Box 37, Alton. Mo. 65606 .. Woodside •••••••. 387IThomasville ••••• Frank O. Judd ..•... L. W. Cropper, Rt. I, Koshkonong, Mo. 65692 Clifton •••••••• ,. 463\Thayer•••••••••. Elbert Davidson ..•.. Haston F. Collier, Box 454, Thayer, Mo. 65791. .. Koshkonong•••••. 682 Koshkonong ••••. L. Duane Staley ..... James L. Kennemur, General Delivery, Koshkonong, Mo. 65692 ......•..........••.. '. Ozark •••••••. \ Sampson .••••••• 298)Th~osfa ••••••. Calvin J. Burris Daniel M. Marah, Theodosia, Mo. 65761 ..•...... .. • •••••••. Bayou........... 360\Ba ersfield ••••.. Leonard D. Davis James R. Holmes, Star Route A, Box 9, Caulfield, Mo. 65626.........................

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. Fri. on or bel. full moon J. E. Richerson K. W. Inman, Rt. 2, Box 71-B, Ozark, Mo. 65721 1st Tu. R. G. Sullivan Virgil H. Garbee, Rt. 2, Box 208, Billings, Mo. 65610 ...•.••.•.•••..••••••••••• 1st Th. K. W. Tillman...... Carnell E. Cutbirth, Rt. I, Box 293B, Galena, Mo. 65656 .....••.••.•.•••....••.••.. 1st & 3rd Th. Donald O. Dean ..... R. J. Stratton, Rt. I, Box 54, Crane, Mo. 65633 2nd & 4th Tu. R?n~ie C. o!ohnson .. CletYB R. Ackerman, Box 191, Forsyth, Mo. 65653. 2nd & 4th Wed. VlrgII C. SIX George A. Duel', Sr., Box 223, Branson, Mo. 65616 ..............• , ......•.•• 1st & 8rd Mon.

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Secretary-Name and Address . Sam A. Aronoff. 767 Le Pere St., University City. Mo. 63132 .....••••........ Jerry E. Jones . Harry W. Shapiro, 8924 McNulty Dr., St. Louis. Mo. 63114 ••••••..•..•..•..•........ Lloyd L. Schainker .. Richard T. Hradsky, 9230 Queenston Dr., St. Louis, Mo. 63126 ..•...................... Gene R. Tucker ..... James M. Jones. 8503 Titchfield Ct., Apt. D, Affton, Mo. 63123 ....................•...... Raymond E. Duffie .. Vincent J. Reagan, 130 Sackett Dr., Florissant, Mo. 63033 ..••••.••.••.••......... Robert B. Willey . Harry H. Hildebrand, R. I, Box 606, Glencoe, Mo. 63038 ....••••••••••••...••...... E. W. Garnholz . C. W. Cook, 8723 White, Brentwood, Mo. 63144 Kevin M. Platt . Edward T. Neely, Jr., 10191 Cloverdale Dr., St. Louis, Mo. 63186 ..•.•••••••••••..••.•.•••. Ralph R. Spence . A. Melvin Mathis, 9447 Minerva, Overland, Mo. 63114 . Clifford Pyles .... , .. Kenneth Crabtree, 3208 Bowman Ridge, St. Charles, Mo. 63301 . Donald R. Smart .... Alfred Schricker, 38 Flamingo Dr., Hazelwood, Mo. 63042 ..•..•• , .•.•••• , .... , .. Hershel A. Jackson .. Roberts G. Stevenson, 4623 Tower Grove Pl., St. Louis. Mo. 63110 •........................ L. E. Guenther C. Ballard Cone, 1013 Orchard Lakes, St. Louis, Mo. 63141 . A. E. Boatwright... A. J<:dward Turley, 9 Holly Dr., Webster Groves, Mo. 63119 ..•..............•.. Harold C. Twellman. Paul C. Neuenkirk, 9252 Edna St., St. Louis, Mo. 63137 ........•................ Willie D. Reynolds ... Jack L. Short, 9100 North Ave., St. John, Mo. 63114 . Terry A. Sutton . Virgil E. Kolb, 8241 January Ave., Berkeley, Mo. 68134 ..............•........•.. B. L. Hackworth . Charles J. Coleman, 7635 Forest View Drive, St. Louis, Mo. 63121 .

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A MASONIC REVIEW By BRUCE H. HUNT. P.G.M. The Bicentennial Year has drawn to a successful conclusion so far as celebrations are concerned. Pleasant memories remain, and the vast amount of good will linger for many years. Freemasons across the land have rededicated themselves to the principles of government, law and order, renewed reverence for sacred things. Freemasonry is closer to their hearts and, while they may continue quiet and peaceful lives, their efforts in behalf of the Fraternity will be keenly felt. We have endeavored to establish a trend in the direction the Masonic Fraternity is travelling. We have noted the membership losses and the gains reported by some jurisdictions. The losses are becoming less and less, but the gains are not increasing as some would have them do. We may be more concerned with numbers than Grand Lodges in other sections of the world. It may be that we cannot measure the true worth of our efforts in tenns of new members. We know that the average age of new members approaches the midpoint in life. There are some young men coming into the Fraternity, but most are a bit more mature. This may be good. We believe it is good if we can establish something they will admire and the world will applaud. Herein lies our real responsibility. We were struck with the truth in the survey of the "Condition of the Craft," by the Grand Master of Virginia. He said: Far from being a shoot-from-the-hip Wyatt Earp or a "Doc" Holliday, with un路 erring marksmenship, your Grand Master holds the opinion that Grand Masters must, on appropriate occasions such as this State of the Craft evaluation, editorialize what many Freemasons may believe privately but are reluctant to express for fear of the controversy that might result and its alleged effect on "good relations." For the past 15 years, at least, I have had the feeling, a somewhat uncomfortable feeling, that so many of our Freemasons have been working diligently in their lodges without ever asking too many critical questions about what they are doing or why they are doing it. They don't seem to clarify for themselves, or for anybody else, what their goals are. Others don't care. It is my contention that the present.day Freemasons are judging their accomplishments by standards which are far less than the standards of excellence which I have discussed at length on numerous earlier occasions. As your Grand Master, I have literally begged the Craft to try to understand their commitment to excellence and to function in that manner wi路thout faltering. We cannot congratulate ourselves on statistical increases in membership or the magnificence of our lodge temples, quarters, or meeting rooms. Some, I am ashamed to say, still remain in a state of shambles. We cannot congratulate ourselves on the decline of membership participation at Craft lodge activities or in Craft charitable endeavors. We cannot congratulate ourselves on the yearly population loss due to nonpayment of dues and requests for dimits. We cannot congratulate ourselves for making a great impact on the non-Masonic public. We surely would like to believe that we have thoroughly impressed the average Mr. and Mrs. American and that we are very close to attaining that magnificent concept of the Brotherhood of Man


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under the Fatherhood of God. I can assure you that this remains a dream . . . a magnificent dream â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ always remaining as a distant glow in the sky. The average American is not impressed, and I can hardly blame him or them for that. We have failed in our pUblic relations. We could take a poll on any corner or in any city, U.S.A., and 18 out of every 20 people interviewed could not tell you much of anything about Freemasonry. We are not effectively reaching the membership we have; we are definitely not capturing the interest of our newly raised Master Masons and we cannot, with clarity and truthfulness, give sufficient reasons to anybody for joining our Masonic lodges. We have, for the most part, remained as a passive, mordant society of friends and brothers. Surely, we are the oldest, largest, and most unique universal fellowship in this world of ours, but we seem to lack that enthusiasm which would demonstrate the abundance of our salient features. We have daily left our Bibles upon the altars of our lodges and we have failed to take the Judaeo-Christian ethic out into the marketplaces where non-Masons work and dwell. We cannot congratulate ourselves for confining Freemasonry within the tiled doors of' our lodges for so many years, when it is so abundantly clear that a continuance of such a policy would only take us down the road to decay and oblivion. If I present a challenge and a viewpoint today, I must offer a solution or some way out of the labyrinth in which we have lost ourselves. My answer rests in the Art of Leadership. We need leaders of men on all levels and the need is most urgent. I can assure you now that it would cure most all of our minor ailments and nearly all of the major Masonic "diseases" which seem to plague us. Wholesome activity and direction lives or dies in the East of our lodges, depending upon the whim and fancy of each Worshipful Master. Ours is a voluntary society and the WorshipfUl Master either volunteers to do, or conversely, "volunteers" not to do. He can cause activity to cease or move ahead with enthusiasm. The responsibility of the leader-be he a committee chairman, Worshipful Master, District Deputy Grand Master, Grand Lodge Officer or the Grand Master himself-is not primarily to provide directives, but to maintain an evocative situation. Though he may be relatively inconspicuous, his role is crucial in keeping the goal in sight, creating a warm and permissive atmosphere for participation, recognizing consensus, helping persons find their parts in a cooperative effort. The effectiveness of the Masonic leader is measured, not in terms of the leadership he exercises, but in terms of the leadership he evokes-not in terms of his power over others, but in terms of the power he releases in others-not in terms of the goals he sets up and the directions he gives, but in terms of the goals and plans of action persons work out themselves with his help-not in terms of projects completed, but in terms of growth in competence, sense of responsibility and-in personal satisfactions among the many participants. Under this kind of leadership it may not always be clear at any given moment just who is leading-nor is this very important. What is important is that many learn how to set their teeth into a problem or a program, to apply their minds to it, to work it out together. Leadership of this kind gets more done-more thinking, more action, more final result-and even greater importance, more enhancement of human value. As we move forward in this Bicentennial year of our Nation, we should also reflect on the first five years of the Seventies which revealed another form of leadership worthy of attention, consideration, and caution. The entire world looked in to examine the political machinery of our government and to scrutinize the make-up of our leaders. While our Fraternity works in a much smaller arena and operates on a lesser scope of action and responsibility, it is still prudent to observe our leaders and to view carefully the selection of our future leadership. We are also made up of various moods and hues of men, among whom we find certain people


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who are compelled to strive from one ambition to another. It appears that some people are possessed with a drive to "always" be at the helm and they assume that no one can do anything correctly except them. I could write an essay on this subject but the exigencies of space and time compel me to exclude it for now. I would only hope to stimulate your thought, your further exploration and your watchfulness. In all fields of endeavor we must face the realities that men, whether in politics, in business or in fraternal orders such as ours, do not always act according to their professions of virtue; that leaders seek power and hold on to it tenaciously. Leadership of this variety would cause havoc in our Fraternity. The poet J. G. Holland expressed my thinking on this subject more precisely than I could ever manage. He wrote: GOD GIVE

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God give us men. The time demands Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and willing hands; Men whom the lust of office does not kill; Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy; Men who possess opinions and a will; Men who have honor; men who will not lie; Men who can stand before a demagogue And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking; Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog In public duty and in private thinkingl For while the rabble with their thumb-worn creeds, Their large professions and their little deeds Mingle in selfish strife; Lo: Freedom weeps! Wrong rules the land, and waiting Justice sleeps! Since your Grand Master is a strong advocate of the Power of Positive Thinking and not a prophet of any doomsday, I forecast that we will be provided with the type of leadership that is essentially needed for the Craft and we will, I am sure, see better days ahead. God will give us those menl The men we need. The tall men. The sun-crowned men. The men who will live above the fog.

In the Grand Lodge of Wyoming we find some interesting comments on membership and where the Masonic Fraternity may be heading. We quote this: In order to analyze the loss in membership, we need guidelines to follow. With what are we comparing our loss? For instance, in this our Bicentennial year as a nation, we refer, with understandable pride, to the greatness of our Masonic Forefathers, and indirectly to the important part which the Fraternity played in the building of this country. And yet, during the year of 1776, there was but one Mason per each 1,000 people. Today, there are approximately 20 Masons per each 1,000 people. Truthfully, that is a very substantial gain over a comparatively short period of time. Of even greater significance, however, is the accomplishment wrought by our members during that same period. If it were totaled, it would be found that Masonic participation, compared to its percentage of the total population, would be of a much greater proportion than any other citizen group. As we view the history of Freemasonry in the United States, we find there have been times of rather severe declines in membership. Our Beloved Order did face some rather difficult years during the notorious Morgan Affair-the formation of the anti-Masonic political party-and the depression years. The important thing to remember, however, is that the Fraternity did survive. It should also be remem路


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bered that there have been times of tremendous growth. Witness the return of veterans after the two World Wars, when most Masonic lodges became "Degree Mills," and even then could scarcely keep abreast of the situation. It is to be suspected that the loss of membership. which we now lament. is in comparison to those zenith years following World War II. Could it be that, after those "golden years," we became a little complacent with our prized possession, and did not demand as much of ourselves? Could it be that we progressively allowed ourselves to become more sloppy in our degree work? Could it be that we erroneously felt that we had accomplished our duty, and that now it was time for someone else to take over? Could it be that in our pursuit of numbers, we occasionally brought persons into our membership who were ill adapted to our beliefs-and by so doing we brought an injustice to that person as well as to the Fraternity? Freemasonry is not, nor never was intended for the masses of people. It is a philosophy and a way of individual life. It is designed to progressively upgrade good men into better men; but, because this is not an easy pathway to follow, there are only a limited number of men who are interested in its teachings. While we should never become pompous in our selection of people, neither should we idly encourage membership upon those who have less than a real interest in the precepts of our Order. If new members lack true zeal and interest in the Fraternity, they not only reflect this to the outside world, they confide it to their friends. Thus, the Fraternity suffers a loss of respect and, because of this, some well-qualified individuals may be lost to the Craft forever. In spite of this-reo member-there still remains much good material for Masonic cultivation. While there are bright signs on the horizon, suggesting that Masonic losses may be slowing, it is important to remember that even if more drastic losses should occur, there is little doubt but what the Fraternity will survive. There will always be men of goodwill seeking out its important message. This is not meant to accept or condone complacency about our losses, for things are never well when you are suffering reversals; however, it is to suggest that with an active return to the true designs on the trestleboard-that of making better men and Masons of our present membership-that there is a good chance that the numbers will take care of themselves.

ONTARIO: The Grand Master said in his address to the Grand Lodge of Ontario: It has been said many times over that Masonry is religious but not a religion. For a man to join our Order he must have a belief in a Supreme Being-this is a basic Masonic requirement without which no man can be admitted a memberThe Fatherhood of God. This Supreme Being may be known by different names depending on whether the applicant is Christian, Jew, Mohammedan, Hindu or of any other belief. Our Deputy Grand Master informs me that on the altar at Jerusalem there are three Volumes of the Sacred Law-the Bible, the Torah and the Koran-and the initiate may take his obligation on whichever volume is mean路 ingful to him.

ADDRESSES SOUTH CAROLINA: A special committee to search out addresses de路 livered in former years by Masons made the following report: The special Committee of Addresses of South Carolina Masons has spent many hours during the last year researching sources for special addresses of South Carolina Masons which should be incorporated in a book to be used as a learning or


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research tool by future generations. The search has been fruitful in that the Committee has located a number of orations that can serve as the nucleus for the first publication. These orations range from "A Funeral Address" by Albert Gallatin Mackey to the "Grand Master's Address" of Dr. John H. Boatwright in which he outlined the state of the Craft in South Carolina during the Civil War.

AMERICANISM AND MASONRY These things we should remember. We are Masons. We are Americans. Let us review them in this order, thanks to those who placed them in this order for us: MASONRY AND EARLY AMERICA

Did You Know That? ... The first assembly of the Continental Congress was presided over by a Master Mason, Peyton Randolph, Provincial Grand Master of Virginia. The Revolutionary War was a distinctly Masonic enterprise. The Boston Tea Party was organized in St. Andrews Lodge, at an adjourned meeting, and that every member that threw the tea into the harbor was a member of that lodge. Paul Revere, who made his immortal ride, was Junior 'Varden of that lodge. More than 50 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were members of the Masonic Fraternity. All but one of the five members of the Constitutional Convention were Masons. Richard Henry Lee, who moved the resolution of Independence in the Continental Congress, was a Mason. Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston were Masons. The American Flag was made by the widow of John Ross, a Mason, and was placed in the hands of Washington, who was elected Grand Master of Virginia, but did not accept because of his duties as Commander-in-Chief of the American Army absorbed all his attention and energies. Washington took the oath of office as President of the United States upon the Bible brought from St. Johns Lodge No. I, of New York. The oath of the office was administered by Chancellor Livingston, Grand Master of the State of New York. The Governors of every one of the original 13 states at the time Washington was inaugurated were Masons. All of Washington's Brigadier Generals except one were Masons. The Constitution of the United States was written by Masons. Free speech, free religion, and free schools were the gifts of Masonry to America and these were opposed by all anti-Masonic institutions. The four Major Generals who almost ruined Washington and the cause of Freedom were the four who were not Masons. No part of the above is now taught in our free schools which were made possible by the foresight of our Masonic brethren, and fought by every anti-Masonic institution. (Courtesy of York Rite News-J. L. YENCHES)

APPENDANT BODIES VERMONT: The Grand Lodge of Vermont adopted the recommendation of its Jurisprudence Committee concerning recognition of appendant bodies: This Grand Lodge recognizes no degrees of Symbolic Freemasonry except those conferred under its regulations or under the regulations of other Grand Lodges


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located in the states and territories of the United States or in other governments throughout the world, wherein is located a Grand Lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge of Vermont. It is well known that there exist other organizations claiming to be Masonic because they base membership on the fact that petitioners are members of Symbolic Freemasonry, or of an appendant body named below. This Grand Lodge recognizes as regular appendant Masonic bodies, the following wherever located, when declared regular and recognized by competent authority in each Rite: Chapter of Rayal Arch Masons; Councils of Royal and Select Masters; Commanderies of Knights Templar,' Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. The Grand Lodge of Vermont reserves unto itself the right to restrict members of its subordinate lodges from joining or remaining members of any organization that bases its right to membership on Symbolic Lodge membership, or on membership in any of the above appendant orders. The Grand Master may, for sufficient cause and subject to appeal to the Grand Lodge, indefinitely suspend any lodge member who, in any way, participates in activities of any such organizations which are contrary to the tenets of Freemasonry.

APPENDANT ORDERS, DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN FLORIDA: The Grand Lodge of Florida seems to have more than its share of appendant bodies. It did recognize the Grand Loja Unida de Bahia of Brazil and recommended an exchange of representatives. Another named "World Organization of Masonic Thought and Assistance Rome," does not have the support or recognition of the Grand Orient of Italy, the recognized authority in that country. The Grand Lodge of Florida did not recognize it. Because of its proximity to Cuba, Florida received numerous requests for assistance and clarification of Cuban standing. Since 1967 384 avouchment cards have been issued to Cuban Masons residing in Florida. Most of these have affiliated with Florida Lodges.

BICENTENNIAL Grand Lodges and other Masonic bodies across the land have for the past two years celebrated the Bicentennial of our nation. The response has been good and the Craft has profited greatly-probably far more than it now realizes. The observances have assumed various forms. Many medals have been struck, and numerous certificates printed and distributed. Degree teams dressed in colonial costumes went about conferring degrees and drawing large crowds of interested brethren. However, the final days of the Bicentennial are with us, and everyone is ready to turn attention to other matters. ILLINOIS: The Grand Lodge of Illinois sponsored Bicentennial Essay Contests. The prizes ranged from $200 to $500 or a scholarship for first place. The rules were set forth and all essays were submitted to Alphonse Cerza, Chairman of the Committee. Certificates of Excellence were issued winners. IOWA: The following is a portion of the report of the Bicentennial Committee of the Grand Lodge of Iowa:


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The premiere showing of "The Heart of Masonry" was at the annual Conference of Grand Masters of Masons in North America, in Philadelphia, on February 17, 1976. Shown in the Gothic Room of the Great Masonic Temple there, the presentation was enjoyed by several hundred Grand Masters, Grand Secretaries, and other distinguished Masons and their ladies. We were pleased to receive the following letter from Bro. William B. Stansbury, Jr., P.G.M., Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Conference: "Iowa has left an indelible mark upon the minds and hearts of all those who attended the Conference of Grand Masters of Masons in North America. I am sure it must bestow upon you much personal pride and joy to have been instrumental in producing the magnificent Multimage presentation 'The Heart of Masonry.' " MICHIGAN: The Grand Lodge of Michigan celebrated its sesquicentennial anniversary during the Bicentennial year of our nation. One of their members happened to be in the White House. He wrote the following: THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON

May 13, 1976 As a Michigander, I salute the sesquicentennial of the State's Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons. As a fellow Mason, it gives me added pleasure to recognize a Masonic milestone which reflects so much important civic and humanitarian service. It is a happy coincidence that your celebration occurs during our Bicentennial year. Your history traces accomplishments that span the course of most of our na路 tional life. I congratulate you and wish you every future success. GERALD R. FORD MINNESOTA: There were many outstanding programs among Masons across the length and breadth of the nation to show a patriotic relationship between Freemasonry and our government. One of the most impressive occasions we know anything about occurred in Minnesota on April 1, 1976. Following the Bicentennial Banquet, introductions and other features of such a program, Wor. Bro. Harold E. Stassen, former Governor of Minnesota, was presented as the speaker. Here is his address: M.W. Grand Master Archibald Duncan, Wor. Bro. Stuart Lindman, Worshipful Officers, Distinguished Guests, Brothers of Masonry and their ladies. It's a joyous and inspiring occasion for me to respond to your invitation and return to our beloved State of Minnesota for this Bicentennial Banquet. I thank you for the thought of inviting me, it brought many memories tumbling over each other in the hall of my recollections. I'm sure on this occasion, I can speak for the other former Governor of Minnesota, who also was a Master of his lodge, the Honorable Orville Freeman. I would not try to speak for him politically, but I think Masonically I can say greetings on his behalf. I get kind of embarrassed when I hear a toastmaster do as your brilliant toast路 master did, start to go over his life history. I landed at an airport in Dallas awhile ago and there happened to be a school class there, a high school class, and the teacher started to make some identification of me along that line. One of the little


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fellows looked up at me and said, "How come you're still alive?" Of course, my only real excuse is that I've started kind of young, both in Masonry and in public life. Also, of course, being raised in Minnesota gives you some kind of a claim on longevity with the kind of wonderful North Star air you have up here. In responding to your invitation, and returning for this Bicentennial occasion, I'd like, first of all to say, I commend you on your emphasis upon "Masonry as a Cornerstone of Freedom" in a number of respects. It is, of course, true in the early history of the city in which I now reside, Philadelphia, the birthplace of the Nation, that in those beginnings two centuries ago, Masonry did playa very important part through the inspiration and stimulus of so many of the leading men of that time as you know. Of course, you knoW' how Benjamin Franklin and George Washington and others of that time went to the Masonic Lodge in the Lodge Hall just about three blocks from Independence Hall, where the Liberty Bell now stands. There they met in lodge, there of course they went through the work even as you do now. And actually as you look at those magnificent Documents of Freedom which are the basic Charter and fabric of our Land, you really feel somewhat of the trust and the dignity, the majesty and the thrilling depth of the language of freedom. How close is the identity to our work. On words, like "we hold these truths to be self-evident, . . . that all men are endowed by their Creator" and those final words, about with "confidence and divine providence," they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. And a bit later when the Constitution was drawn there, you read the preamble and you find words, language, and inspiration that is closely identified with the age-old concepts, words and teachings of Masonry. Of course we would be amiss to think in terms that Masonry accounted for it all, in fact, we also well know Masonry has also always carried with it the sense of humility and service along with the deep devotion to these principles. And we know that many men and women with many other convictions came together in that great cornerstone of Freedom, two centuries ago. And as we think about it and reflect on it a bit, perhaps I should pause to say to you that, do not be concerned that I will be carried away with my deep feeling, I do and always have felt that you cannot make an address historical by making it everlasting. And ever since my days as Governor, when I did follow those limitations of short addresses and on down through the years; you'll be interested to know that I've been assisted by a watch that I carried ever since that night in the Temple in St. Paul when I was installed as Master of the lodge, and began my Governorship-a watch which, on the back of it, has the jewels of Masonry and the legend that it was presented to me as Master of the lodge in 1939. And so this watch is here, presented by Shekinah Lodge and I'll keep an eye on it. But that also makes me think that I would really like, I think he's here, the Master of myoid lodge, WorshipfUl John Deford, and the Secretary of the lodge, if they would just come forward on this unique occasion for which I came here for this Bicentennial Banquet; if they would just come forward, quickly. I'd like to make just a little presentation to them in recognition of this occasion. I see somebody moving, that looks like the Master back there, and is the Secretary here? There they are. Please come forward if you will, before this distinguished group. I know that the Most Worshipful Grand Master has been presented one of these, but I would like. to present to you the Master and Secretary, and through you to Shekinah Lodge No. 171, one of the Bicentennial Medals from the Masons of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, from the Grand Master there. It is a medal which indicates General George Washington kneeling in prayer and with the Jewels of Masonry. Please take that back to the home lodge in memory of this occasion. (Response: Thank you very much. It is indeed an honor.)


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I should also say to you that, of course, in Philadelphia, and I know your Grand Master is aware from his visit there, for the last century we've had a very exceptional Temple. The original Lodge Building, which, as I said, is of two centuries ago, is just within three blocks of Independence Hall; and then a century ago, right in the center of the city, at number one Broad, right on appropriately, at the northeast corner of City Hall Square, they built this remarkable Temple. I know your Most Worshipful Grand Master has seen it, and I hope as I extend to all of you an invitation, sometime during the year to come to take part in the Bicentennial occasions in Philadelphia, that you be sure to stop in the lodge, because there are many of the records that go back two centuries, including, interestingly, the Masonic Apron presented to General Washington by Lafayette of France, personally made by his wife, and then presented by Lafayette, when Lafayette first came back to visit the United States after the Independence was established. They have put together a rather remarkable book of the Temple and all of the earlier lodge going all the way back two centuries. Most Worshipful Grand Master, I've made a little inscription and signature in here and I'd like you to keep this in the library of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota. (Response: Happy to do it. Thank you very much.) Then I would like to make one other presentation very briefly and that is why I was so delighted, not only after I was invited, but then to find that a very grand old friend of mine has been named as the General Arrangements Chairman for this occasion. So I want Sig Bertelsen to come up. I have this little personal medal from the Bicentennial in Philadelphia. It says, "1776-1976, the Masons of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia." Sig, thank you for everything. Now, as I indicated, I will briefly bring to you some further words that are in my heart tonight. Brothers, Masonry does deserve a position as the very "Cornerstone of this Nation," and路 its emphasis upon Freedom. Freedom is so precious, there is always a tendency in the sweep of history for peoples to somewhat over路 look the basic importance of Freedom. Freedom in a comprehensive sense, Freedom of worship and religious belief in conscience. Freedom of speech and of all ranges of activity and expression. Freedom of an economic sense, affecting work and enterprise and all that goes on in the economic field, from agriculture, to the skilled craftsman, to the manager and throughout the entire system of our way of life. Freedom is so basic. I've seen it emphasized so many times in so many ways around the world, either the nature of it, or the tragedy of the absence of it. And oh, how wise were those forefathers of ours, when it came to establishing a country, to declaring their independence, that they brought forward and held to, and then brought into implementation, these concepts of Freedom. Do you know, one of the scenes that I will never forget about the word Freedom, was just at the end of World War II, when we finally got that signal in the Pacific we had been looking for, to end the war in Japan, to "cease hostilities," We knew there were prisoners of war throughout Japan, and Admiral Halsey sent that signal to our task force-"those are our boys, go and get them," because we knew from our Intelligence, some of the boys in those prison camps were dying every day. So even before the formal surrender ceremonies, we went in with the minesweepers, then the hospital ships, to get the boys out. And as we brought the boys out, then came the word that on the western side of Japan there were some prisoner of war camps, way over in the direction of Korea, and that these camps had been in terrible condition, because as things began to unravel with the "cease hostilities," there had been a lack of coherence on the part of the Japanese in charge of the camps, and the word came that in these camps in the West there was a young prisoner of war officer who, with unbelievable courage and determination, in spite


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of the weakened condition of all of them, kept his men together, maintained discipline, had foraged for some food in the countryside, and they were anxiously waiting for rescue. So we flew in on the torpedo bombers, landed on an airfield there and soon were in that prisoner-of-war camp. This young officer, who had taken charge of the camp stood before us, and as he stood before us, his lips quivered but no words came, tears streamed down from his eyes, lean and gaunt. and suddenly he said, "I'm sorry, Commander, that I broke down, you see, you are the first free men I've seen for three years." Freedom is precious. It's very, very precious and don't let anyone at anytime, ever cause you, or your children, or your children's children, to forget it, because it is of the very basic fabric for what America and humanity, and peoples under God, means, in the true depth of life and fulfillment. And there is in my heart to say one further thing. Yes, Masonry deserves a position as a "Cornerstone for Freedom," and, yes, Freedom is vital in the future of America, in the real meaning of America, but also in relation to that reaching out in ways of peace, it is so important. I've been thrilled to know that there are so many of our brethren from not only other states of the Middle West, but also of our friends from Canada, that brings to my mind that bit of interesting history of our country. In the very early days there were those who said in the part of the beginning United States, they had to fortify very much the borders with Canada, in order to protect them against what was at that time still a part of the British Empire. And then there were those on the British side that said they had to fortify Canada and fortify the Great Lakes against these United States, and there was that sentiment on both parts. But then there were other men, preeminently a Mason, President Monroe, who said "No, that is not the way to develop this North American continent. Let's agree with them. There will be no fortifications in the borders with Canada, there will be no fortifications or armaments in the Great Lakes. We have a Treaty, and we will grow up and develop side by side in peace, without forts, without armaments directed one toward another." And then there were those on each side that said, "No, what would happen if on the other side they suddenly develop armaments and start to attack:' President Monroe said, "No, we are going to treat them like brothers on this North American continent." And oh, what it has meant through the decades since then, in Canada and the United States, that men of that kind of vision, that kind of belief in fundamentals of humanity, held through, and the Rush-Bagehot Treaty was adopted and is still in force today as one of the great Treaties of the world, of a peaceful border, and I trust it ever will be so. I think we'd like tonight, in that spirit, to ask the brothers from Canada to stand and give them a special greeting, as we think in Bicentennial terms on this side of the Border. Will the brothers of Canada please stand? And then my brethren and ladies, I would like to make just one final point. It perhaps has a special urgency at this particular period, and that is, that those founding .Fathers and those Masonic ancestors, did emphasize Freedom, they did emphasize sacrifice and also eminent integrity. They spoke of meeting on the level, they spoke of acting on the Square. You read those early records and you find men of integrity in those top central positions acting with integrity day after day, and year after year. And I believe if you look over the history of the world, in fact, the maintenance and preservation of Freedom requires a high order of integrity and the highest counsels of a nation. And it is not surprising on the other hand in various times in our history, we have gone through problems in this regard and this is a matter of concern to all of us, and it particularly comes up in times in the wake of world wars or other wars. You know when wars and moral values tend to get so assailed in the killing


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and the tragedy; it also comes up in the wake of a traumatic event such as the assassination of a president which occurred in the assassination of our first Catholic President, the remarkable John F. Kennedy. It takes a long time for a Nation to recover from the depth of the effect. I doubt if we would have ever gone into the tragedy of the Vietnam War if it wasn't a part of the psychology of coming out of the tragic assassination of President Kennedy. So I don't want us to judge ourselves and our nation too harshly. But I do hope you keep in mind that every time you think of Freedom, think also of the importance of integrity, in all aspects, both of our great political parties, and of the Independence, and of the nation and of the states of the Union. We hold fast to those truths that really spring from our Masonic teachings, and we can go forward from a Bicen tennial year with renewed devotion to those deep principles, and renewed confidence in the future of America and of free men everywhere-this continent, and the friends of this continent reaching out across the world to all humanity on this Earth under God. NORTH CAROLINA: The Bicentennial in North Carolina sponsored many things including the "Masonic Trail." The following is a brief account of the many ventures in the lodges of North Carolina: During the year 1974, in the month of August and on the nineteenth day the Grand Lodge of North Carolina had met in New Bern for the privilege of expressing its appreciation of the work that had been done by Masonic leaders in their beginning efforts for independence as they met in New Bern as the First Provincial Congress. Then, as step number two in this short series of meetings, the Grand Lodge met in Charlotte on May 19 and 20 for the purpose of uniting with the Charlotte citizens to celebrate "The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence." A suitable Masonic program was presented at that time and the Grand Master issued proclamations attesting to the intense gratification of Masons throughout North Carolina in being able to express their appreciation for the work done by our early leaders. The third of those meetings was held in Halifax on April 12, 1976 as the Grand Lodge of North Carolina united with the people of that community in a celebration of "The Halifax Resolves." This was also a part of the program included in the Grand Lodge visitation program called "The Masonic Trail." All of these meetings were designed to show Masonic appreciation of all efforts to preserve our rich heritage from a noble past. Another feature of the Grand Lodge program was the formation of a visitation program called "The Masonic Trail." This was a visit of the Grand Lodge officers to each of the communities where a lodge was in existence before or during the year 1787-88. Four of these have now been held: number one ,vas held with St. John's Lodge No.3 in New Bern on March 6 where a delightful banquet-type meeting was held in the banquet hall of the Scottish Rite Temple of that city and at which the Reverend James Bailey, pastor of Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church of Greenville, delivered the Masonic message. Following this, the second stop on "The Trail" was held in Wilmington with the Grand Lodge visiting St. John's Lodge No. I of that beautiful city in a program which began with an opening of St. John's Lodge at 5:00 o'clock in the afternoon, followed by a dinner for the visiting dignitaries, then concluding with a program in Thalian Hall, at which the Reverend Ernest L. Porter, pastor of Centenary United Methodist Church of New Bern, brought the Masonic message. In each of these programs the Grand Master issued proclamations to the lodge, to the Mayor, and to the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners. There


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were short histories presented also and an appropriate Bicentennial prayer by one of the leading ministers of the community. Music was also provided in several of the meetings and this contributed a great deal to the success of the program. The next stop on "The Trail" was in Edenton, North Carolina, with Unanimity Lodge No.7. A delightful program was presented before a large group of interested people. The Edenton brethren had done well to plan for their meeting. The fourth stop on "The Trail" was in Halifax on April 12, to which reference has already been made. The Halifax brethren had assisted quite ably in the preparation of an appropriate program and the meeting was considered a tremendous success. The remaining visits on "The Trail" will be held during the administration of our next Grand Master, Bro. Leslie H. Garner. There will be five of these and announcement will be made of the date and hour for them. Perhaps the most significant event on the Grand Lodge level for the '76 Celebrations, however, took place in Tarboro on Saturday, March 27, 1976. This was the unveiling of a historical marker on the Tarboro Common with an elaborate program, statewide in its application. The Grand Lodge of North Carolina was founded in the town of Tarboro in December of 1787, and yet that act has never been marked or commemorated in any way in this beautiful town. The '76 Committee resolved that this should be one of the highlights of our year's celebrations and about three years ago it began making its plans to that end. Fortunately, the Committee enjoyed the wholehearted cooperation of the town officials and also of the Historical Society without whose wonderful assistance the program never could have been enacted. These people welcomed us with open arms however, and provided us with one of the most beautiful sites for our marker that could possibly have been desired. The program began on that day with a parade in which all of the Shrine units in North Carolina participated as well as the dignitaries connected with the auspicious event. A luncheon was served by the Chef Crew of Sudan Temple and the Grand Lodge opened at 2:00 o'clock in the afternoon. After closing the Grand Lodge the assembled Masons then formed a procession and marched to the Common where an appropriate program was presented. There was a program of patriotic music by the Chanters of Oasis Temple which was beautiful; there were greetings from the various groups who were represented on the stage; there' was a proclamation issued by the Grand Master; then there followed a beautiful and appropriate address by our distinguished former Senator and brother Mason, Sam J. Ervin, Jr. The ceremony of unveiling came next, a moment that had been anticipated by all and upon a given signal the Grand Master and his daughter, Miss Carol Noble, advanced to the marker and with dignity unveiled it. This marker is a joy to behold, beautiful in every respect, and worthy of all of the admiration that cbuld possibly be given to it. It represents a great achievement and Bro. John Conway and his assistants in Greenville who had charge of the construction of the marker deserve the commendation of all Masons in North Carolina. Into the marker before it had been erected there had been placed a copper cylinder in which mementos and souvenirs from each of the nine lodges that participated in the organization of the Grand Lodge in Tarboro in 1787. There are mementos also from Concord Lodge No. 58 of Tarboro and, appropriately, mementos from the Grand Lodge itself. All of these mementos were placed in the copper container, sealed and deposited within the large rectangular base of the historical marker. It is hoped that 100 years from now the capsule, or container, might be re-opened and a comparison made of conditions in the year 2076 as related to 1976 and 1776.

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One of the Bicentennial projects which met with great success and interest in our Craft was the "Signing of the Bicentennial Scroll." The Scroll was first presented a year ago at our annual communication and since that time it has travelled to each lodge of our state except Atlantic Lodge No. 31 where it is scheduled to be on June 5. The Knights of Mecca of Palestine Temple have diligently transported the Scroll in its Shell Casing from lodge to lodge. Many lodges have held Bicentennial programs centered on this occasion. I would like to express our appreciation to the Knights of Mecca and ask R.W. Bro. Jay Paniccia, 7th District Deputy Grand Master and their Past President, and Wor. Bro. Frank Bordo, President of the Knights of Mecca, to display the Scroll at this time. It may interest the brethren to know that Ill. Bro. Gerald R. Ford affixed his signature when he visited Newport last June. The Scroll will be available to sign during our lunch recess.

SOUTH CAROLINA: During its Bicentennial observances the Grand Lodge of South Carolina heard from a number of our nation's leaders, including General L. L. Lemnitzer, U.S. Army (Ret.); General Herman Nickerson, Jr., U.S.M.C. (Ret.); Senator Strom Thurmond; and others. These are the events that make Masonry great, and causes its members to continue to practice the true Masonic teachings. WASHINGTON: The Grand Lodge of Washington heard at its Fellowship Dinner this portion of an address dealing with the Declaration of Independence: Few people in this room have taken the time to study the most remarkable group of people ever to work together in the western hemisphere for a common purpose, impelled by a sense of "Sacred Honor." Dr. John A. Howard, President of Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois, delivered a stirring address on the Bicentennial in September of 1975, and he used these words: ..And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge our lives, our fortunes and our 'sacred honor.' "This earnest oath which concludes the Declaration of Independence sounds strange to our ears today. As for pledging one's life and one's fortune and really meaning it, most of us would probably have difficulty identifying any 56 Americans who would seriously volunteer such a commitment, despite the fact that the population from which we would choose the 56 is almost 100 times more numerous. Turning to that final phrase, 'our sacred honor,' it is, for many, a concept for another time and another culture, like binding the feet or entombing a Pharaoh in a pyramid, so remote as to have little personal significance two centuries later." T. R. Fehrenbach's book, Greatness to Spare, is a series of biographical sketches of men who signed the Declaration of Independence. The following is the concluding summary from that book: "Nine signers died of wounds or hardships during the Revolutionary War. "Five were captured or imprisoned, in some cases with brutal treatment. "The wives, sons, and daughters of others were killed, jailed, mistreated, persecuted, or left penniless. One was driven from his wife's deathbed and lost all his children. "The houses of twelve signers were burned to the ground. Seventeen lost everything they owned. "Every signer was proscribed as a traitor; everyone was hunted. Most were


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driven in fright; most were at one time or another barred from their families or their homes. "Most were offered immunity, freedom, rewards, their property. or the lives and release of loved ones to break their pledged word or to take the King's protection. Their fortunes were forfeit, but their honor was not. No signer defected or changed his stand during those darkest hours.

BLACK MASONRY Books have been written on the subject of Negro Freemasonry. Many Masonic scholars have endeavored to delve into the true background of Prince Hall Freemasonry. Each Masonic researcher comes up with some bit of knowledge for our consideration. Some go into it with no background knowledge of the subject. Some think only in terms of the universality of the Fraternity and are blinded by their desire to make some sort of contribution to its establishment. MINNESOTA: The Grand Master of Minnesota made this report to his Grand Lodge on a meeting held with black leaders in his jurisdiction: The Honorable Milton Henry, Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, F. & A.M., State of Minnesota and its Jurisdiction, requested a meeting with the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Minnesota, to discuss "the recognition of legitimate Masons," in a letter to me dated June 18, 1975. I agreed to such a meeting, and it was held at the Minnesota Club. St. Paul, Minnesota, on Tuesday evening, July 22, 1975. The Grand Master of Prince Hall Masons and his officers were guests of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota. In addition to Grand Master Milton Henry, seven Prince Hall Grand Lodge Officers or Past Grand Masters were in attendance. Those present from the Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Minnesota ,,,ere: M.W. Archibald Duncan, Grand Master; R.W. Otis H. Godfrey, Jr., D.G.M.; R.W. Ross E. Frederickson, S.G.W.; R.W. Donald M. Severson, lG.W.; M.W. George R. Wilson, P.G.M., Chairman of the Jurisprudence Committee; and R.W. Harvey R. Hansen, Grand Secretary. It was agreed at the outset that no action could result from the meeting that evening, but that it was expected that both groups could attain a better understanding of each other's point of view, and of the problems attendant on the question of "the recognition of legitimate Masons." Grand Master Henry discussed their desire for recognition, pointing out that Prince Hall Masonry is recognized in jurisdictions outside the United States and Canada. He expressed the desire to be able to visit Masonically and to hold Masonic fellowship with us. He stated that their jurisdiction included Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Manitoba, and Alberta. They have ten constituent lodges and approximately 600 members in their jurisdiction. Among the subjects discussed, the following cover the principal topics: 1. Recognition of Prince Hall Masonry as "legitimate." This question of the legitimacy of Prince Hall Masonry appears to me to fall in a grey area. There is no question but that African Lodge No. 459 was chartered by the Grand Lodge of England. Some subsequent lineage may have been broken, or was indirect, or questionable, because of the practices of the time, but then, the history of recognized Masonry is frequently garbled, too, during that period of time. 2. Problems both organizations would face is getting their members and their other Grand Jurisdictions to accept such recognition. Racial prejudice is a twoway street. 3. There would be lhe problem of having lwO sovereign Grand Jurisdictions in


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the same area. The Prince Hall group does not want to "integrate" into our organization and thereby lose its identity. They want "separate but equal" status, acceptance, and visitation rights, but not amalgamation. We wish to maintain our territorial sovereignty, together with the present good relations which we now enjoy with other recognized Masonic Jurisdictions.

Results of the Meeting: 1. All present felt that the meeting was worthwhile, as it gave each group the opportunity to learn of and to understand the problems of the other group relative to the question of recognition of "legitimate" Masons. 2. Grand Master Henry already has a commission investigating the problems which the Prince Hall Grand Lodge may encounter in seeking recognition by our Grand Lodge. Grand Master Duncan, subsequent to this meeting, appointed M.W. Russell E. Torfin, P.G.M., to be chairman of a committee to look into all phases of this question, and to recommend a course of action which would be in the best interests of universal Masonry. It is understood by all that such an investigation may extend over a protracted period of time before any positive results might be achieved. 3. All agreed that this meeting represented the "first step in a journey of a thousand miles." The meeting closed in peace and harmony, with a feeling of genuine fellowship prevailing.

BLANKET DISPENSATION TEXAS: The Grand Master of Texas issued a blanket dispensation at the beginning of his year for all lodges in Texas to hold certain types of open meetings. Here is the contents of the dispensation and the rules under which it was to be used: Dispensation is hereby granted to each and every constituent lodge of our obedience to hold open meetings either in their individual lodge rooms or at any convenient place within their individual territorial jurisdiction for any of the following purposes, and subject to the following conditions:

Purposes: 1. Installation of officers of a lodge on and between the dates of June 24, 1975, and July 31, 1975; 2. Two or more lodges within the same Masonic District may hold a joint installation of officers, if mutually agreeable, at any convenient place within the district on and between the dates of June 24, 1975, and July 31, 1975; 3. Any lodge anniversary; 4. Honoring any officer, officers, past officers or charter members of the lodge or of Grand Lodge; 5. Memorial services for deceased lodge members; 6. Presentation of any official Grand Lodge or Lodge Award; 7. Commemoration of birthday of George Washington; 8. To honor wives, widows, mother and families of all members; 9. Father and Son Nights.

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which reads as follows-"The Worshipful Master may authorize the meeting (unless there is more than one lodge meeting in the hall, then it will be necessary for the Master of each lodge to approve) and report to the District Deputy Grand Master of the District in which the lodge is situated, advise him of the purpose and time of such meeting and have his approval prior to said meeting," permission is herein given to hold such meetings with the approval of the Master, or Masters where there is more than one lodge meeting in the same hall. Such approval may be by telephone, telegraph, in person or in writing with the approval of the District Deputy Grand Master after the approval of the Masters. C. That all Masons .present should he Masonically clothed, and that officers should wear their jewels of office; D. That the entire proceedings at each and every open meeting shall he conducted in strict accordance with Masonic tradition, custom, and dignity.

BROTHERHOOD CONNECTICUT: The Grand Lodge of Connecticut has a Committee on Brotherhood. The committee was active this past year. It reported that its members had been active in numerous programs throughout the state. They had served as individuals, not as a committee, in promoting brotherhood. The chairman reported that he had attended several meetings with the state heads of the Knights of Columbus, B'nai B'rith and Prince Hall Masons. He stated that in his opinion many common problems were considered and possible solutions suggested. The committee decided to concentrate their efforts in those areas where little had been done in recent years. Various groups were brought together to carry out efforts of mutual benefit. He reported that: One of the highlights of the year was a 10th anniversary dance held at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Hobart Street in Southington. A large crowd representing all four member organizations were present to take part in the evening's celebration. Included in the group were state heads of all four groups.

BUILDINGS RHODE ISLAND: The Grand Master said this concerning the headquarters of the Grand Lodge: GRAND LODGE HEADQUARTERS

The Grand Lodge presently occupies facilities in the Scottish Rite Cathedral, formerly Freemason's Hall, here on Dorrance Street. These facilities provide the Grand Secretary and Grand Lodge offices, Grand Master's office, committee meeting rooms, library and facilities for Grand Lodge Communications. The Scottish Rite Cathedral Corporation is now constructing a beautiful new cathedral and Masonic Building on Rhodes Place, Cranston, Rhode Island. They are planning and providing facilities for Grand Lodge offices, library, museum meeting and banquet facilities. As Grand Master I was asked to serve on the Building Committee, and I wish to express my appreciation to the Scottish Rite for their concern for, and cooperation with, the Grand Lodge. I heartily recommend that our Grand Lodge formally approve today that Grand Lodge move to the new Scottish Rite Cathedral and Masonic Temple when it is ready for us. Completion date is expected to be


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in late 1976 or early 1977, and if you approve such a move today, undoubtedly next year's session will be held in the new beautiful air-conditioned auditorium where it will not be necessary for you to hunt for a parking space or to pay a parking charge. I recommend that the Grand Lodge move its office and headquarters from Dorrance Street to Rhodes Place continuing its occupancy with The Scottish Rite Cathedral Corporation and that the Finance Committee be authorized to negotiate a financial arrangement with the Scottish Rite Cathedral Corporation for a rate not to exceed the present budgeted amount. Preliminary discussions have been held and indications are that Grand Lodge costs will be lower than they presently are.

BURIAL OF CREMATED REMAINS DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia adopted a set of instructions for the burial or funeral service over the cremated remains of a Master Mason. They are: When a lodge has been requested to perform a Masonic burial or funeral service for a deceased brother whose remains have been cremated, this instruction shall supplement the general regulations in the Grand Lodge manual, Masonic Burial and Funeral Service and Regulations, (May 10, 1967). 1. The Master shall arrange with the funeral director, in advance of the service, to provide a sturdy table approximately 36 inches by 48 inches and a white fabric table covering in proportional dimensions to the table and in keeping with the solemnity of the occasion. 2. The table shall be placed in such a manner so as to be centered in line of the center of the anticipated main body of the congregation, with ample space for at least the required officers and participants to assemble about the table (no less an area than that that would be needed if a casket were occupying the same place as the table), as prescribed in paragraphs 18 and 19 of the Grand Lodge manual for Masonic Burial and Funeral Services and Regulations. 3. The urn containing the remains shall be centered in the upper one-third of the table, supported by no more than one vessel of flowers on each side of the urn. The lower two-thirds of the table shall be reserved for the symbolic depositing of the lambskin and evergreen at the appropriate time during the service. 4. The Master shall stand to the left and in front of the table, as viewed from the forward seated congregation; the senior warden shall stand to the right and in front; and the junior warden shall stand behind the table facing the congregation. The other officers and participants shall be arranged accordingly as prescribed in paragraphs 18 and 19 of the manual. 5. The lambskin and evergreen shall remain on the table until after the lodge has retired from the place of the Masonic service and the funeral director shall, at his discretion, remove the lambskin and evergreen and dispose of them as previously arranged by himself and the Master. No part of this instruction shall be interpreted to be contradictory to the established customs of the lodges, the general regulations of the manual, or of any other Grand Lodge regulations as pertains to Masonic burials or funeral services.

Several other recommendations were made relative to the modernization of the funeral or burial service of a departed brother. It was stressed that prior arrangements should be made with the funeral director. NEVADA: The following was approved by the Grand Lodge of Nevada: The Office of Master of Instruction has prepared and, if you approve of it,


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will cause to be printed, a funeral service for Use when the body of a deceased brother is not present. It is proposed that this service will be printed as an addendum to the present funeral service and be included in the same booklet.

CENTENNIAL NORTH DAKOTA: While the centennial of the Grand Lodge of North Dakota is some 13 years away, plans are being made to celebrate this occasion. The committee reported that it wished the plans could have been started some time before. This is probably true.

CHARITY KANSAS: The Kansas Masonic Foundation, Inc. has grown to a net worth of over $200,000. The funds are used to assist in oncology. The committee's director reported in part: During the year 1975 there were 3,350 visits made to the Medical Oncology Clinics; 1,128 visits by gynecologic oncology patients and 372 visits by pediatric patients. Thus 4,850 cancer patient visits were made more pleasant and efficient by the Kansas Masonic Foundation.

NEW MEXICO: .The Charity and Relief Project Study Committee reported to Grand Lodge at some length. It suggested charities that should properly belong to Grand Lodge. It was the unanimous vote of路 the committee to draw up articles of incorporation and by-laws for the "Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M. Charity Fund." The purpose being to comply with present.day I.R.S. laws and to set the stage for future donors by making the fund attractive to them. The committee also stated that they had already received several very generous gifts to start the newly formed charity fund. ONTARIO: The Grand Lodge of Canada in Ontario plans to increase its charitable work through increasing the net worth of the Masonic Foundation: I should like to commend to your attention the work of The Masonic Foundation of Ontario. The President, M.W. Bro. W. K. Bailey, with the Directors of the Foundation, have set a goal of $500,000 (half a million dollars) to be attained by 1980 which is the 125th Anniversary of the establishment of our Grand Lodge. That goal is very worth while striving for as the interest on the capital sum is used to great advantage in making grants to students, usually in their senior year of postsecondary school education, when they experience financial difficulties and in helping to fund research in multiple sclerosis. It is worthy of note that The Masonic Foundation of Ontario helps Mason and non-Mason alike.

In other areas the Grand Master directed these donations be made: Salvation Army (Ontario Division) Canadian National Institute for the Blind Boy Scouts (Ontario Division) Girl Guides (Ontario Division) Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division) Ontario Society for Crippled Children Ontario Society for Retarded Children

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COAST GUARD'S FIRST COMMANDER MAINE: The Grand Master reported that he drove to North Lubec, Maine, to attend a Coast Guard Function honoring a past Grand Lodge member of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, Bro. Hopley Yeaton, a charter member of Eastern Lodge No.7 in Maine. The Grand Master said: His remains were moved from a grave in North Lubec to the Coast Guard Barque Eagle. We had dinner aboard the Eagle with some descendants of Hopley Yeaton, as guests of the Coast Guard. These ceremonies came about because Brother Yeaton was acclaimed by the Coast Guard as its first commanding officer. After the ceremonies, the barque Eagle carried his remains to New London, Connecticut, where they were interred in a monument erected at the Coast Guard Academy to commemorate the founding of the Coast Guard.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Grand Lodge of New Hampshire erected a monument to the memory of Bro. Hopley Yeaton: . Captain Hopley Yeaton, 1740-1812, was the first Senior Grand Steward of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire. He was also the first appointed seagoing officer of the United States. President George Washington in 1791 appointed Captain Hopley Yeaton a Master in the United States Revenue Cutter Service. His first ship was the Scammel; the second was the Governor Gilman and the third was the New Hampshire. Because Hopley Yeaton was an active proponent for improvement of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, the United States Coast Guard desired that his remains be removed from the original grave and placed in a crypt beneath a suitahle monument which would always revere his memory. Yeaton sought larger ships, more armaments, and better pay for his men, all of which he lived to sec. He was also first to propose formal training of young men for service aboard cutters. He did not live long enough to witness this, but it come to pass with the establishment of the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1876. As Hopley Yeaton was an active Mason for about 43 years, the United States Coast Guard Academy invited many Masons to participate in the exercises. Yeaton affiliated first with St. John's Lodge, Portsmouth, in 1769. He remained a member until he moved to Lubec, Maine, in 1800 where he became a charter member of Eastern Lodge No.7. lIe was appointed Senior Grand Steward of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire by M.W. Bro. John Sullivan, Grand Master, and was installed as such April 8, 1790. He was reappointed every year until 1798 when he learned he would be leaving Portsmouth. He served in every office of our Grand Lodge as a pro tern except that of the Grand Master. The beautiful monument carved by Mr. Casimer Michalczyk of Glastonbury, Connecticut, was dedicated at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 19. 1975. About 600 persons attended this event. After the invocation by Captain Harry R. Miller, C.H.C., U.S.N. Protestant Chaplain, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, welcoming remarks were expressed by Rear Admiral William A. Jenkins, U.S.C.G., Superintendent of the Academy. Honorable William T. Coleman, Jr., Secretary of Trans-


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portation, spoke on the origin of the Revenue Cutter Service while M.W. Bro. William F. Saars, Past Grand Master of Connecticut, told briefly of Yeaton's Masonic career. The dedication address was delivered by Admiral Owen W. Siler, U.S.C.G., Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard. The benediction was delivered by Commander Norman A. Ricard, C.H.C., U.S.N., Catholic Chaplain, U.S. Coast Guard Academy. A reception was held in the officers' mass following the exercises.

COMMUNICATIONS-STATED-SPECIAL OHIO: The Grand Secretary of Ohio said: At the expense of being overly boring, I would urge those officers of lodges which: A. have only one or two candidates a year B. call for two stated meetings a month to consider why they continue to routinely meet twice a month. As a result of my same question last year, a number of lodges have changed their by-laws to call for but one stated meeting a month. A brief survey of the 1975-76 Annual Reports would seem to indicate there are a number of additional lodges that might profit from the suggestion. There is always the opportunity to call a special meeting if your lodge is fortunate enough to be flooded with a number of petitions. This would seem to be better than killing your members' enthusiasm by holding needless stated meetings. In addition, did you ever wonder if it might not be easier to find someone on election night to accept the office of Senior Warden, or Secretary, or Junior Steward if the lodge only met once a month, rather than twice?

We certainly agree with R.W. Brother Bob Henshaw, that we sincerely believe that there are few lodges in our jurisdiction that can actually justify more than one stated communication a month. Remember, they can have all of the specials they want for degree work, or other kinds of activities. We know many large corporations, many times larger than our lodges in administrative activities, that meet but once a month, and some only quarterly. The officers are invested with authority to perform their duties, and only report to the businesses they represent. It might be easier for lodges to increase the stature of their officers if they met but once a month in stated communication.

CONCURRENT JURISDICTION MINNESOTA: The Grand Lodge of Minnesota adopted the following as its preferred concurrent jurisdiction. We think it is a splendid approach to the much discussed concurrent jurisdiction. Jurisdiction for every chartered lodge is both personal and territorial. Its personal jurisdiction extends over all its members, except its Master, or the Grand Master, if he belongs to it, wherever such members may reside, and over all its unfinished work wherever dispersed. All lodges now chartered or that may be hereafter chartered, within the State of Minnesota, shall have concurrent territorial jurisdiction over all eligible petitioners residing within the State of Minnesota: provided, however, that should a petitioner petition a lodge other than the one nearest his residence, such lodge nearest his residence shall be notified of his petition by the lodge being petitioned and the lodge so petitioned shall take no


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further action for 28 days from such notification; and should more than one lodge be equal distance from petitioner's residence, such notice shall be given to all such lodges. If the petitioner shall have been rejected by any lodge so notified, no action shall be taken upon said petition by any lodge in this state within six months from the date of such rejection. Any Sections of the General Regulations inconsistent with those provisions shall be corrected and amended to conform thereto. The Grand Lodge of Minnesota grants to adjoining Grand Jurisdictions concurrent jurisdiction over all persons residing within the State of Minnesota, but near the boundary line of Minnesota and whose place of residence is nearer to a lodge in either of said adjoining Grand Jurisdictions than to any lodge in Minnesota; provided that, in case any petition shall be presented to a lodge of an adjoining Grand Jurisdiction by a resident of Minnesota, the lodge receiving the petition shall immediately notify the Minnesota lodge nearest the petitioner's residence, and take no further action for twenty-eight (28) days from such notification. If the petitioner shall have been rejected by the lodge so notified, no _ action shall be taken upon such petition by any lodge in such adjoining Grand Jurisdiction. Provided further, that this regulation shall take effect and be in force only upon, and after receipt of official information from the adjoining Grand Jurisdiction that a regulation with the same force and effect has been adopted by it as to residents thereof permitting them to apply for the degrees in neighboring lodges located in Minnesota.

CONDITION OF THE CRAFT LOUISIANA: The Grand Master believes it is better to serve than to be served. He said: In comparing conditions of Freemasonry in Louisiana with other Grand Jurisdictions, I am very happy to report they are very good. In comparing conditions within our own jurisdiction, I am delighted to report that they are the best I have seen in many, many years. This is a fine tribute to all Masons. We have had great cooperation from all Masons and related bodies of Masonry. Our state is moving forward. One reason I guess, is that those who are charged with the leadership of our lodges, district lodges and with help of our District Deputy Grand Masters, in thinking in a positive manner, can best be summed up as a big factor in helping bring about a good understanding in our State. It is better for each of us to serve the Fraternity than try to have the Fraternity serve us.

WEST VIRGINIA: Under "State of the Craft," which we interpret the same in this sense as "Condition of the Craft," we find a great effort was made by the Grand Master of West Virginia to see that the law was observed in qualifying brethren for installation as Masters of their lodges. He said: THE STATE OF THE CRAFT

We have been merrily passing through the years proclaiming the good health and well-being of our beloved Fraternity. At the same time we have been traveling on a path of self路destruction, and will continue to do so unless we get our priorities in the right order and do some improving in our way of thinking and doing. I am speaking specifically of officer proficiency, responsibility and obedience to the Laws of Masonry. We have been tolerating willful disobedience of our Masonic Laws and deterioration of our Masonic ritual for years without making one defensive move to combat it.


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Regulation 26, Laws of Masonry, makes a definite and conclusive statement that "no person shall be installed as Master of a lodge in this jurisdiction except he be able to confer the three degrees and deliver the lectures pertaining to them in an efficient manner." Because this law has not been enforced, the particular lodges have looked upon it as being meaningless and have been installing Masters year after year that have not been proficient. In some lodges it is impossible for the officers to open and close a lodge properly, let alone confer the three degrees and deliver the lectures. I dare say that less than 40 per cent of our lodges can truly be said to be proficient. Having witnessed the steady decline in officer proficiency and the reluctance of many of the officers of the worst ritualistic lodges to attend Schools of Instruction or seek assistance from the Committee on Work, it was deemed necessary that corrective action had to be taken to reverse the undesirable decline in officer proficiency. On January 10, 1976, a directive was issued to all Masters and Wardens advising that Regulation 26 was to be obeyed or disciplinary action would be taken against those who failed to comply. I am pleased to report that most lodges took due notice of the Grand Master's warning and abided by the Laws of Masonry at election time. Those lodges that did not have qualified Wardens to advance to the East, re-elected the 1975 Masters or other Past Masters who were proficient. With regret I have to report that there were those who chose to be difficult and different. In fact there was a rumor that a statement was made in one of the lodges that "we are going to test the Grand Master." Because of the deliberate defiance, and possibly wanting to truly test the Grand Master, it was necessary for the Grand Master to take the following action against four lodges as the result of their elections and installations: 1. The Grand Master was present at the installation of officers of St. Marys Lodge No. 41 and prohibited the installation of the Master-elect who was not proficient. 2. Three edicts were issued by the Grand Master removing the Masters路elect of Sutton Lodge No. 21, Moriah Lodge No. 38 and Malta Lodge No. 80 from office because at the time of their election and installation they were not proficient. 3. Directives were sent to Sutton Lodge No. 21, Moriah Lodge No. 38 and Malta Lodge No. 80 directing that charges be preferred and trials be ordered for official misconduct against the Masters who were presiding in the East and were responsible for permitting the installations. Two trials were held and Romel Wilson, Past Mastcr of Moriah Lodge No. 38, and Coble P. Groves, Past Master of Sutton Lodge No. 21, were found guilty of official misconduct by more than two-thirds of the members present and voting in their respective lodges. Reprimands were administered by the Masters pro tern. The trial of Donald W. Clendening, Past Master of Malta Lodge No. 80, was not ordered until September 15, 1976, and the lodge has not had sufficient time to act upon the Grand Master's directive. It is the responsibility of every Master of every lodge in this Grand Jurisdiction to make sure that the person elected to be his successor is duly and truly prepared before permitting his installation. Failure to do so can cause the individuals directly involved much mental anguish. and the lodge great embarrassment. It was necessary for the Grand Master to order one lodge to prefer charges and conduct a Masonic trial for a brother who had been convicted of a felony and sentenced to a Federal prison. Being aware of the crime for which the brother was convicted and thinking that the lodge would eventually take some action for a Masonic trial, the Grand Master remained silent for some time. 'Vhen it became


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apparent that nothing was being done by the lodge, it was casually suggested to the Master that a Masonic trial was in order. The Master chose to ignore the suggestion because it was close to the end of his term in the East. After the election and installation of the officers, it was suggested to the new Master that a trial should be conducted. The Master then informed the Grand Master that the immediate Past Master, the officers of the lodge, and he had decided that the easiest and most convenient way to handle the situation was let the wayward brother go suspended for nonpayment of dues. And that is exactly what they did. It was at that point that the Grand Master stopped making suggestions or hinting what should be done and issued a direct order to the Master to prefer charges and order a trial for un-Masonic conduct. The trial was conducted on October 1, 1976, and the brother was found guilty of un-Masonic conduct and the sentence was expulsion. The Grand Master never likes to give a direct order or command, but as you can see, there are times when he has no choice in order to uphold the good name and reputation of Masonry. It was also necessary for the Grand Master to order a lodge to appeal a verdict of not guilty to the Grievances and Appeals Committee for its consideration and recommendation to this Grand Lodge. It is very mystifying how a brother can be charged and found guilty in a Court of Law of unlawful assault, strike, beat, wound, and ill treat and cause injury to a person and still be found not guilty of un-Masonic conduct. The lodge failed to give proper notice of appeal as set forth in Article IX, Section 3, Laws of Masonry. After reviewing the case and thinking it for the best interest of Masonry, the Grand Master, by virtue of the authority vested in him by the Constitution and Ancient Usages and Customs of the Craft, directed the Master of the lodge to file an appeal so that it can be acted upon at this Grand Lodge session. Think what this means to the Craft in general. If the officers of the particular lodges could say, and get away with it, that we do not need and will not learn ritual; if the membership could say, and get away with it, we will not obey the Laws of Masonry, then we as a Grand Lodge would lose the right to be recognized as a sovereign body. When we lose our ritual and have a complete breakdown in our obedience to the Masonic Laws, we will be finished as a Grand Lodge. We will lose our identity and fade into oblivion. You say this cannot happen to Masonry. Do not be fooled into thinking that it cannot happen. Great nations have fallen, even though they felt they were too big and too powerful to be destroyed. Greed, selfishness, and disobedience have destroyed many societies. It can happen to Masonry and will if we permit complacency, selfishness, and disobedience to go unattended. They will undermine the good works performed by so many for so long. Hopefully, the action taken by the Grand Master this year will strengthen the ritual and bring greater respect to our Masonic Laws.

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A consensus of learned Freemasons has determined the following is a fair definition of our Craft: "Freemasonry is a Fraternity composed of moral men of legal age who believe in God and, of their own free will, receive in lodges degrees which depict a system of morality that, as they grow in maturity, teaches them to be tolerant of the beliefs of others, to be patriotic, law-abiding, temperate in all things, to aid the unfortunate, to practice Brotherly Love and to faithfully accept and


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discharge solemn obligations. In short, Freemasonry is a way of lite. As an organization its purpose is to make good men better." Our dedication to these principles, individually and collectively, will determine the state of the Craft in our jurisdiction. For the third consecutive year, our Grand Lodge will reflect a loss in membership. The loss is primarily attributed to suspensions for nonpayment of dues. This should be a matter of concern to lodge officers and, in particular, the Secretaries to take all possible steps to prevent these losses. A number of such defections, without doubt, are inevitable but all reasonable preventive action must be taken. The lack of communications between lodges and members, in many instances, is the main contributing factor. I strongly urge all WorshipfUl Masters to take a personal interest in this problem and institute procedures to keep these withdrawals from our ranks at a minimum. We commend those lodges that already have instituted effective procedures. Another concern remains the relatively large number of American military personnel forming the active membership of some of our lodges. We acknowledge with gratitude the great contribution made by American military members to the development of Freemasonry in Japan. However, each year, the loss of active members, some who have risen to key leadership positions, imposes a special challenge. Efforts must be made to develop, in relatively compressed periods of time, the skills and capahilities of remaining active members to adequately compensate for the members lost due to rotational assignment policies of the American military. Effective and special lodge programs are necessary in these cases to provide: Masonic education, training in ritual proficiency, development of management and leadership capabilities among the officers. Our main Objective should be to continue the stable development of our FraternHy. Each year we make a contribution toward that objective as we experience a slow but steady growth in the number of Japanese members on our rolls. These members, largely due to stability in residence, are making an ever increasing con路 tribution to the government of our Craft. We must emphasize a qualitative rather than quantitative growth. High standards of selectivity must be maintained in accepting candidates for the degrees. It is basically necessary to select candidates with high morals and good character, men who have the potential of becoming good Master Masons. Good men are attracted to Masonry by the quality of its members. As Masons, we must aspire to the best that is in us, and continuously pursue such aspiration. This is the only solicitation for petitions that is worthy of Freemasonry. Such exemplifications of our Craft will undoubtedly attract other good men to our Fraternity.

DEDICATION NEW YORK: The Grand Lodge of New York now permits open dedications of Masonic Halls. Many jurisdictions have had open dedications of Masonic buildings and halls for some time. New York has now decided to do the same.

DEGREE TEAMS DELAWARE: Each succeeding Grand Master endeavors to have some unusual event. One had a degree team in 1976 made up of Royal Canadian Mounted Police. This year it was planned to have the celebrated Degree Team made up entirely of American Indians from Oklahoma. Features of this nature always create interest in Freemasonry.


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. DEMOLAY NEW JERSEY: The Grand Lodge of New Jersey has been contributing $3,000 annually to the Order of DeMolay. It has also contributed the same amount to the Order of Rainbow for Girls. However, since the Order of Rainbow refused to reveal its financial condition, the Grand Lodge con路 sidered withdrawing its financial support.

DISTRICT DEPUTY SYSTEM NEW YORK: The Grand Master praised the work of the District Deputies, and gave a glowing picture of the importance of the office to Grand Lodge. We particularly liked his comments about the office offering an opportunity for service-not merely an honor to one who happens to hold it. District associations can also be valuable. Here are some of the Grand Master's statements: I am pleased to see that development of district organizations continues. This source of help and strength to a District Deputy is of the utmost importance, particularly when, as I observe is overwhelmingly the case, such organizations understand that it is not their role to come between the Grand Master and the Deputies in the lauer's task of being the direct link between the Grand Master and the lodges. And I note with satisfaction that, by and large, these organizations more and more understand that the health of Grand Lodge depends on hardworking Deputies and Staff Officers, capable of fulfilling their vital functions. More and more they realize that neither office is a reward for service, but an opportunity to perform most important work for the Fraternity. It is the duty of such organizations to recommend for appointment only those capable of doing the job and this most essential qualification may well be lost sight of if such recommendations are made solely on the basis of rotation annually from lodge to lodge. The question of when a lodge last had a Deputy Or a Staff Officer should never arise except as a last factor in deciding between two men otherwise equally qualified. My District Deputies of this year have, by and large, pursued excellence. Their constitutional reports to me have been perceptive and intelligent, and deserving of a better fate than burial in my files. I intend to appoint an ad hoc committee, composed of the presidents of the four Regional Deputy organizations, to review them over the summer and report on what they find which may well inure to the benefit of the Craft. The Grand Master's Message was spread by the Deputies throughout the year. It consisted, I told them, of everything I said or wrote, whether in Empire State Mason, or in my frequent bulletins to the Deputies, and they made effective use of it. I think it is known that I do not fear innovation when a useful purpose may be served. One instance is my request that Deputies accumulate a library of Lodge By-laws. These should be useful to them in answering the routine questions of Masters, and, when turned over, as requested, to the Grand Secretary, and, when placed in the lodge folders in the Library, they will add much to that officer's store of information, available to all. Another innovation was to require attendance of the Deputies at their Regional Masonic Home Days and Warden's Seminars on the theory that my representative was to be at least as well-trained as those with whom he worked. It is a source of pride to me that everyone of the 65 Deputies attended a Wardens' Seminar and a Masonic Home Day. I was happy to have been able to meet with each Regional group of Deputies at least once during the year


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to help work out their common problems. They learned to have a selfless interest, not alone in their Districts, but in the Craft as a whole. They discovered the need for continuity, which calls, for instance, for each current Deputy to be preparing the way for his successor so that there will be no hiatus in intelligent and devoted effort from Deputy to Deputy. One of the most pleasant duties given to a Deputy to perform has been to pass upon nominations by lodges of members below the rank of Right Worshipful who have given their brethren dedicated service over the years without formal recognition. The new Dedicated Service Award, a suitably inscribed special apron, which has been enthusiastically received by the brethren, has become a new Mark of Distinction amongst us. It will be worn with pride by those who achieve it.

DOCTRINE OF PERFECT YOUTH TEXAS: The Grand Master of Texas reported that he had granted permission to ballot upon 138 applications for membership because of physical defects. He refused only one, as concerned the Laws of the Grand Lodge of Texas.

DOINGS OF GRAND OFFICERS MAINE: The Grand Lodge of Maine expects, and rightfully so, that each Grand Officer should make a report of his activities and comments. The committee said in part: We make two points which other Grand Lodge Officers should consider seriously. First, each Grand Lodge Officer should file with this committee a report of his activities and observations in time to be reviewed and acted upon by this committee. Second, a report giving merely a diary of dates is worthless. Grand Lodge expects a Grand Lodge Officer to attend a variety of Masonic activities, but what is more important, a report of his observations, comments, and recommenda'tions concerning conditions of Masonry can be useful and afford the committee the opportunity to effectively refer matters to other committees for consideration and action beneficial to the Craft.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE IOWA: The Grand Lodge of Iowa adopted the following resolution to assist in combating drug and alcohol abuse by our young people: WHEREAS, The illegal use of drugs and alcohol is a serious problem among our young people; and WHEREAS, School administrators and law enforcement agencies would welcome pUblic assistance in the fight against drug abuse; Therefore, Be It Resolved, That the Grand Master direct that committees be appointed in each of the subordinate lodges to plan and develop programs that could be presented in our schools, to the P.T.A., and at meetings that parents attend to alert the public to the dangers of drug abuse. Be It Further Resolved, That the office of the Grand Secretary or the Iowa Committee on Masonic Education make available '10 the local committees, at their request, appropriate material to be used in the development of their drug edualtion programs.

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(a) From every member whose name appears on roll August 31 who has not secured exemption under the provisions of Section 53 of these Rules and Regulations, the sum of four dollars ($4.00); (b) For every nonaffiliate who has paid dues for the current year, the sum of four dollars ($4.00); (c) For every Entered Apprentice degree conferred, the sum of five dollars ($5.00) ; (d) For every Fellow Craft degree conferred, the sum of four dollars ($4.00); (e) For every Master Mason degree conferred, the sum of three dollars and fifty cents ($3.50). NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire increased its Grand Lodge per capita to $5.00 in the following amendment: Five dollars for every memher of such lodge, with the exception of those memo bers whose dues have been remitted for financial reasons, of which one dollar shall be paid by the Grand Treasurer to the Treasurer of the Masonic Home for its maintenance and support; ten cents, unless otherwise ordered by the Grand Lodge or the Grand Master, shall be paid by the Grand Treasurer to or for the usc of the Committee on Masonic Education; ten cents, unless otherwise ordered by the Grand Lodge or the Grand Master, shall be paid by the Grand Treasurer to or for the use of the Committee on DeMolay; and thirty cents shall be paid by the Grand Treasurer to the Treasurer of the Masonic Service Association of the United States for its Hospital Visitation Program.

EDUCATION ALABAMA: The Education Committee of the Grand Lodge of Alabama was quite active the past year. One activity made available to lodges was a "Survival Kit." Among other things it contained five tape cassettes, containing the following subjects: 1. Who Needs It, A Plan for Action, Working With Goals, Teamwork Makes the Difference, Growing the Leader, Communication-a Road to Success, Planning for Progress, Dedication Through Education, Masonry's Important Ingredient--'-The Individual, Tying It All Together. The cost of the kit was $36.00. Another phase of the plan was an additional kit, containing some 24 short talks. Each talk was on a tape cassette, and was from 15 to 20 minutes duration. 'I'his kit sold for $20.00. We think this type of kit would be valuable because it would be used in the lodges. RHODE ISLAND: The Masonic Education Committee reported this to the Grand Lodge: It is my belief that if these sessions are continued on a twice a year basis, then we can bring forth the best talent in OUr state and have them impart their knowl路 edge to the prospective leaders of our Fraternity. I sincerely believe this is the "way to go"-in modern life, lodge officers are burdened and taxed enough. Oftentimes conflicts with occupation and family pose serious problems concerning one's time. Statewide workshops which are held twice a year seem to be ever more effective. These workshops should be publicized well in advance, and by doing so they will enable the largest cross-section of lodge officers to attend. Good leadership is what our Craft needs. Good leaders have to he nurtured and cultured and the good brothers who are willing to take on responsibility are of necessity going to he


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busy men. We must see to it that our programs are geared to today and today's problems. And these programs must answer our officers' questions in such a manner that they will want to attend.

EIGHTEEN- AND NINETEEN-YEAR-OLDS WASHINGTON: The Grand Lodge of Washington turned down a resolution to permit the admission of a person 18 years old. It then considered a companion resolution to admit a candidate 19 years old, but also rejected it.

FAILURE TO BE REPRESENTED AT GRAND LODGE ARKANSAS: The Grand Master wrote each lodge that had not attended Grand Lodge for a period of three years or more. It was his intention to suspend the operation of the lodge for one month for each year it had not been in attendance at Grand Lodge, unless there were valid reasons for their absence. He recommended that if any of these lodges failed to be present that they be suspended for at least three months, and not more than nine months. The only reason they would be permitted to open would be for funerals.

FIFTY-YEAR PINS WYOMING: The Grand Master made the following decision regarding the presentation of 50-year pins to families of deceased brethren. We agree wholeheartedly with him and applaud his action: In the two separate instances the same lodge in Wyoming requested 50-year pins for brothers whose records showed sufficient service to quality. Both were approved by the Grand Master, and the pins were forwarded to California and Missouri for presentation. Unfortunately the brother in California passed away beforepresentation could be accomplished. The lodge in Missouri discovered when they went to present the pin that the brother had been deceased for almost one-and-one-half years. Next of kin in both instances demanded the pins as mementos. DECISION: Referring to the Appendix of the Wyoming Masonic Code under 50-year buttons, 5路1965, dearly states: That a 50-year button should be presented to the Master Mason who is entitled to it and not to his family. The requests were refused and pins ordered to be returned to the Grand Secretary's office.

FINANCIAL NEVADA: The following was approved by the Grand Lodge of Nevada: We recommend the sum of $100 be budgeted as salary for the Grand Tyler for the year ending November 1, 1976.

FLAG TO MUSEUM ARKANSAS: Many interesting flags have been presented, but this one is in a category by itself. M.W. Bro. Carmack recognized Bro. James C. Bechdolt who presented the Flag that was flown on his covered wagon in the wagon train from Texas to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, for the celebration of America's Bicentennial. The wagon train traveled over 3,000 miles. The Grand Master accepted this presentation on behalf of the Masons of Arkansas and thanked Brother Bechdolt for his fine gesture. It will be placed in the Museum.


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GEORGE WASHINGTON MASONIC NATIONAL MEMORIAL NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Grand Master praised the efforts of the brethren of his jurisdiction for their contributions of $15,604, which he presented to the annual meeting of The George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association. He said: "I am proud that the Masons of New Hampshire continue to have the highest record of per capita contributions to this National Me路 morial."

GRAND LODGE PER CAPITA INDIANA: The Indiana per capita is $11.07, with $9.00 going to the Masonic Home at Franklin.

GRAND MASTER-SELECTION OF IOWA: The Grand Lodge of Iowa has a unique manner of selecting its Grand Masters: Be It Resolved, That Section 51c. of the Code be amended by deleting the third paragraph. It would then read: c. Division and Reference. A Committee on Division and Reference, consisting of three members, to which shall be referred the reports of the Grand Master, the Grand Secretary and the Grand Librarian, and such other matters as the Grand Lodge shall deem expedient and whose duty it shall be to recommend the reference of the various subjects embraced in such reports to the appropriate committee and recommend action on matters not referred. The Chairman shall, at the meeting of the Jurisprudence Committee and the Grand Master, as provided in Section 51拢, propose the name of a qualified brother for approval as Chairman of the Division and Reference Committee for the coming year. If such proposed name be disapproved by a majority vote of the Jurisprudence Committee in attendance, then another name must be proposed immediately by the Division and Reference Chairman, and this procedure continued until a qualified brother has been approved by the above process. The name of the current chairman is to be submitted to each member of the Grand Lodge and each subordinate lodge prior to June I of each year as the nominee for the office of Grand Master at the following Grand Lodge Communication.

GRAND SECRETARY-TREASURER NORTH DAKOTA: The Grand Lodge of North Dakota combined the offices of Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer into one-Grand SecretaryTreasurer. During the year covered by this report the office was only a parttime position. The Grand Secretary-Treasurer recognized the value of the secretary in the Grand Lodge office, and said that without the services of this lady his job would have been most difficult. We are sure this was an accurate statement.

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North America, for my opinion and support in allowing grottoes to be chartered in New Hampshire. It is my feeling that we do not need any new fraternal order in New Hampshire to demand the time and finances of people who already belong to a fraternity such as Masonry.

HAWAII The ten lodges in Hawaii, constituent to the Grand Lodge of California, continue to receive the praise of the Grand Lodge officers who make visitations annually to the fiftieth state. The Grand Lecturer is most complimentary of the warmth and sincerity of the brethren. He calls attention to the weaknesses and strength he found in the seven lodges on the Island of Oahu, and the three located in Kauai, Maui, and Hilo, Hawaii. Because of the lack of available jobs for the younger people, he says, Kauai No. 589 is having a struggle. This lodge has but 90 members, with only 19 living on the island. Kilauea No. 330 on the big island of Hawaii has 197 members and is showing great improvement in interest and ability to perform the duties of a Masonic lodge. The last report available to us shows a total membership of the ten lodges in the Hawaiian Islands of 3,136. We feel certain from visitations we were able to make that one will look the world over to find any more sincere group of Freemasons than will be found here. During our 15 days on four of the islands we were privileged to devote six of them to Masonic visitations. From the volcanoes of Kilauea to the beach at Waikiki, we were treated to the finest kind of Masonic fellowship. We happily concur with the Grand Lecturer when he closed with Aloha and Mahalo from the bottom of our hearts.

HISTORICAL CALIFORNIA: The Grand Master sought the approval of the Grand Lodge to expend $5,000 to rebuild Quitman Lodge No. 88 Temple at Malakoff Diggings State Historical Park. This was to serve as a lasting monument to the early pioneer Masons who did so much to preserve morality during the hectic years of the California Gold Rush days. The Grand Lodge approved the amount. OHIO: The Grand Lodge of Ohio availed itself of a rare opportunity to place Freemasonry on display before the public in a favorable light. The following was adopted: Good public relations are vital to the growth and even to the survival of any modern institution. Our Fraternity is not an exception. The world needs to be told of the goodness of Freemasonry. A rare opportunity is available to the Grand Lodge of Ohio. The Ohio Historical Society has constructed an old Ohio Village off 17th Avenue, just north of the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus. The village portrays life in Ohio in -the early 19th century. Visitors can see the old hotel, general store, print shop, bank, carpenter's shop, drugstore and many other vintage displays. Last year, over a hundred thousand people visited the old Ohio Village. Every Ohio Mason is familiar with the three institutions that were the center of colonial life. The little red schoolhouse, the little white church and the little blue lodge. There is now available at the Village a typical location of the period


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for the little blue lodge. There is presently an unfinished room over the general store. It is the last available space. In the future, organizations will have to build from -the ground up at an estimated cost of $250,000. Negotiations are underway to construct the little white church at that figure. The committee feels that the construction of a Masonic lodge over the old general store could spotlight the vital role Masonry played in the life of every community during the early part of the 19th century . . . and educate the pUblic as to the present-day role of the Fraternity. Thousands of people annually would have the opportunity of visiting an old Ohio Masonic lodge room and learning about Masonry's link to Ohio's history as well as Masonry's present and future programs. Furnishings are available in many lodges throughout the state. These articles could be loaned for display on a revolving basis so .that many lodges could be a part of the effort. A brochure could be prepared explaining Masonry and its part in history. Literature concerning the Scholarship Foundation, the Ohio Masonic Home Endowment Fund and "Freemasonry, a Way of Life" could be distributed. Each lodge would be given credit for its contribution to the furnishing of the old lodge room. The room must be finished to meet building code regulations, fire laws of the state of Ohio and the regulations stipulated by the Ohio Historical Society. When completed, the lodge room will be available for visitation every week of the year . . . Wednesday through Sunday. Historical Society personnel, in proper costume, would be in charge at all times and would give out information as directed by this Grand Lodge. However, we repeat that this is the last available room. A decision must be made now to take advantage of this rare opportunity for Ohio Freemasonry. This committee feels that a public display of a Masonic lodge room of the period would be very beneficial to Freemasonry in Ohio today. We therefore move that this Grand Lodge authorize the completion of the lodge room in the Ohio Village at a cost not to exceed $20,000. We further move that the Grand Master appoint a special committee including the Deputy Grand Master, Grand Secretary, and others which he may deem advisable and that the committee then be authorized to enter into a contract with the Ohio Historical Society for completion of the room and the staffing and maintenance at an annual cost of approximately $12,000.

HUMOR ILLINOIS: The Grand Orator of Illinois told this story: You never know what kind of a burden people have brought in here this morning. I think it would interest us and frighten us if we knew what you brought into this hall today; if we could take all the perplexities, the anxieties, the frustrations, hostilities, worries, fears, and put them in a pile in front of me, we'd all bail out-it would scare us to death. You never know what kind of a burden the man in front of you, across from you, behind you is carrying today. So before we write one another off, let's walk a while in each other's shoes, shall we? I went with my wife to a supermarket the other day. I don't very often go. But, man, I wanted to see where it was going. I was pushing. a cart down the aisle and just ahead of me was a man pushing a cart except on the seat of his cart he had a little kid about two years old and this kid was about to have a stroke-his face was purple, his eyeballs were bulging, his veins were distended, his nose was running, he was screaming like the noon whistle. The man was pushing him along and saying "Cool it, Edgar." "Take it easy, Edgar."


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He went by a big rack of canned tomatoes, the kid reached down, knocked 17 cans on the floor-erash-and every eye in the room zeroed in on the man and he said "Don't cry, Edgar; calm down, Edgar." Finally a lady stopped him and said "Pardon me, sir, I just have to commend you on the beautiful parental and fraternal way in which you are handling your little son, Edgar." He looked at her and he said, "Lady, I'm Edgar." So you really never know what kind of a burden someone else is carrying.

INDIAN DEGREE TEAM OKLAHOMA: A degree team composed of Indians from Oklahoma has gained quite a reputation for stimulating interest in Freemasonry wherever they go. The team has been invited and has gone to various locations throughout the United States. They are booked far ahead and, if their sere vices are desired, arrangements must be made many months ahead. The Grand Master of Oklahoma gives this account of one trip, which may be regarded as typical: July 10, 1975 Lela and I flew to Atlanta, Georgia, with the Oklahoma Indian Degree Team where they conferred the first of three Master Mason degrees in that state. July 11 we journeyed, by chartered bus to Macon, Georgia, and on to Savannah, Georgia, July 12. The Indian Degree Team did their inimitable conferral of the Master Mason degree in each city before large and enthusiastic crowds of Georgia brethren. Grand Master Harris Bullock was present at each of the degrees. Brother Foreman Dowling, who is a co-pilot for Eastern Airlines and a member of Claremore Lodge No. 53 and is based in Atlanta, accompanied us on the entire bus trip. Brother Dowling was instrumental in arranging the trip. KANSAS: The Oklahoma Indian Degree Team performed before a large crowd in Kansas. The team goes all over the United States conferring the second section of the third degree in colorful Indian dress. We know the director of the team, Wor. Bro. Eugene Fields, and have discussed their activities with him. They go wherever they are invited and can work the trip into their schedule. The host must provide the necessary expense of the trip for the entire team. On long distances they use air travel. On shorter trips they can travel by bus. Regardless, seeing the team in action is an experience worth the effort to see, and an unforgettable experience for the candidate involved.

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE NORTH DAKOTA: The following is reported as a result of a letter from the Internal Revenue Service in North Dakota: Paul L. Burkhardt introduced a letter from Garylle B. Stewart, Attorney for the Foundation. I believe I have forwarded to you by copy of my letter of May 25, 1976, to John Sylvester, a copy of the Internal Revenue agent's letter of May 18, 1976. This letter stated that the Grand Lodge building should be carried as an asset on the books of the Grand Lodge. The Internal Revenue Service recognizes the fact that legal title is held in the name of the North Dakota Masonic Foundation, a corporation, but in fact the Grand Lodge is the actual owner of the property. As perhaps the final step in securing this recognition by the Internal Revenue Service, it would be my suggestion that the by-laws of the Grand Lodge be amend-


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ed to include the parcel of real property on which the Grand Lodge building is situated. Chapter I, Section 11 (b) 6 providing for the duties of the North Dakota Masonic Foundation Committee contains the reference to various parcels of real property owned by the Grand Lodge of North Dakota and held in the name of the North Dakota Masonic Foundation. It would be my suggestion that this section found on page 33 of the Masonic Code and specifically the second paragraph of Section 11 (b) 6, should be amended to read as follows: "It shall have the North Dakota Masonic Foundation take title and control of the following parcels of real property: the Grand Lodge building and property in Fargo, North Dakota, and Lookout Point, Fort Buford Masonic Historical Site, Grave Site of Lt. Beever, Lewis and Clark Historical Marker, Masonic Island and Pembina Masonic Park, all of the foregoing belonging to the Grand Lodge of North Dakota." I have italicized the portions that will be added to this section. It is my opinion that specifically mentioning the Grand Lodge building and the fact that all of the parcels of real property mentioned belong to the Grand Lodge of North Dakota, could lead to more easy identification and explanation of this transaction in theevent the transaction is ever questioned in future years. There is no question as to the purposes for which the North Dakota Masonic Foundation, Inc. was organized and this of course was persuasive to the Internal Revenue Service. The corporate purposes recite that the Foundation was intended as a property-holding entity.

ISRAEL PUTNAM DAY CONNECTICUT: Connecticut holds special events on a district level, which we consider extremely worthwhile. Few lodges can on their own level plan and execute as large and interesting a program as can a number of lodges, working on a district level. . One such event was reported that honored the acts of a Brother Freemason two hundred years ago. This was a portion of the report: It was April 20, 1775 when Brother and Major General Israel Putnam on hearing news of a skirmish at Lexington, left his plow in the fields of his Brooklyn, Connecticut, farm and rode to Massachusetts where he was later in command at the Battle of Bunker Hill. It was here that Brother Putnam, who was second in command to Brother Washington during the war, said, "Men, you are all marksmen; Don't one of you shoot until you see the whites of their eyes." Two hundred years later almost to the hour, under the guidance of Bro. Aubrey C. Allen, Chairman and Wor. Bro. Richard N. Harrison, Co-chairman for the Ninth Masonic District Bicentennial Committee, organized one of the largest Masonic assemblies that anyone present in Brooklyn, Connecticut, could recall. A crowd of about 3,000 lined the village's Main Street for nearly a mile to witness this fantastic display of Masonic brethren honoring the Bicentennial of their country's birth. This fine tribute to Brother and Major General Israel Putnam was consummated at the last moment by a proclamation read at the rededication of the Putnam monument, from Governor Grasso naming April 20, 1975 "Israel Putnam Day."

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he must submit in writing his reason for petitioning this lodge. The lodge nearest the residence of the petitioner must conduct an investigation of the petitioner as though the petition was submitted to them. The result of this investigation must be submitted to the lodge petitioned. The petitioned lodge must also conduct an investigation. (New) Failure of a lodge to comply with the above request in writing within 90 days shall be reported to Grand Lodge.

This is one approach to jurisdiction-wide concurrent jurisdiction.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MONTANA: The Grand Master of Montana expressed his thanks to the Knights of Columbus for their generosity: Our special thanks and appreciation go to the Knights of Columbus Anaconda Council No. 882 for their offer of the usc of their facilities to the Masonic bodies of Anaconda, following the explosion in the Masonic Temple of Acacia Lodge No. 33. In reply to our letter of thanks to them we received a letter reading in part as follows: "It is gratifying to note your appreciation of our efforts to work in harmony with your organization in their time of duress, which I believe shows the true spirit of fraternalism, because after all, both organizations strive to obtain the same objective, i.e., an undying devotion to God and Country and a deep respect for the rights of our fellowman."

LADIES TEXAS: Of our ladies, the Grand Master of Texas said: Man's noblest offspring is the Almighty'S last but best creation: woman,. whom we both love and revere. Our Heavenly Father, in determining quite early that the male could not function effectively nor long survive without the female, decreed, "It is not good that man should be alone: I will make him a helpmate." If there were assembled a galaxy of the world's male geniuses, representing intellectual achievements since Adam, none would claim to have reached his goal without the guidance and inspiration of the woman he revered or loved. Creditable authorities state that a son is closely like his mother, with hereditary characteristics and intellectual qualities from the maternal rather than the paternal side. Woman is indeed the source of human life. In all ages there has been an innate belief that woman is the source of all that is pure, unselfish, and heroic in the life and spirit of man. For love, Anthony lost the world. For love, Jacob worked seven long years and again for seven more. Helen conquered Troy through one of the world's greatest inspirations which turned defeat into victory. Volumes of poetry and prose are based upon woman's love, and the significant movements of history are principally influenced by sentiments or ambitions which she has inspired. And no one has ever demonstrated more honorable and unselfish service than has Florence Nightingale, Grace Darling, and Ida Lewis in their efforts to assist others. There is no good in any man, no achievement he seeks to accomplish, no ambition he desires to fulfill not inspired by a woman. From the reverent image of mother, from the love and admiration of wife, from the tender affection of daughter spring inspiration, courage and hope to overcome all obstacles. If we are not thus inspired, if we labor for wealth, power and position rather than the immortal treasured admiration and approval of our ladies, we shall accomplish little beneficial to others or creditable to ourself. tIlt has been women who have breathed gentleness and care into the harsh progress of man:' ELIZABETH II


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LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNICATION NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Grand Lodge of New Hampshire held a special communication for the purpose of honoring those brethren who were engaged in law enforcement. Those introduced, ranged in authority from regular policemen, chiefs of police and even the governor of the state. The principal address was delivered by M.W. Bro. Paul E. Ellis, P.G.M. of Delaware, a judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Suffolk County, Delaware. Among the items covered in his address, Judge Ellis said: It is appropriate for the Masons of New Hampshire to pause and pay tribute to our citizens and brethren in New Hampshire who are engaged in law enforcement. For as Masons, we are taught to be quiet and peaceful citizens, true to our government, just to our country, never to countenance disloyalty or rebellion, to submit to legal authority, and to conform with cheerfulness to the government of our country. Masonry is an institution of ancient vintagc; reaching back to the Old Testament days of the wise King Solomon, and since those days, Masonry has encouraged man to live under the law as long as the law be just and fashioned on the basic and abiding tenet and foundation stone of our institution, the Brotherhood of Man under the Fathcrhood of God. Many of our founding fathers were Masons, and influential at that. Many of the basic beliefs of Masons are set forth in the Declaration of Independence which proclaims our basic rights and advocates the dignity of man. Perhaps the greatest gift that God gave man was free will, and man through the ages has endeavored to use that free will to develop a body of law by which he can live. ' We Americans pride ourselves in being a nation under God, and since the early days of our republic, we have strived to develop a body of law which respects the dignity of man. Thus one engaged in the support and enforcement of the law is a member of a noble profession, and worthy of acclaim. In this, the year of our nation's Bicentennial, we are encouraged to reflect on our history. In 200 years, our nation has grown, some say for better, others for worse. And in this conflict of opinion rests the law. Law enforcement, or as I like to call it, our system of justice, is not limited solely to the police officer, but encompasses all three branches of our government at the federal, state and local levels-the executive, legislative and the judicial. The legislative branch, with the concurrence of the executive branch, enacts the law. The executive branch through the police and the Attorney General enforce and prosecute. The violators are tried before the judiciary, and the supervision of those sentenced is usually the responsibility of the executive branch. Thus in New Hampshire as elsewhere, your Governor, your legislature, and your judiciary are all engaged in law enforcement. Two hundred years ago, law cnforcement was fairly simple. Law books were fe\\' since printing had not reached the sophistication that it has today. The laws of England and its common law, which the colonists accepted on their scparation from the Mother Country, had been codified by the English jurist, Blackstone, into one volume-one single book. And it served as a guide for the colonists. Therefore, if you were involved in law enforcement, there was little law to enforce. The sheriff, his deputies, and the local constables, reigned supreme and sought the criminal. Violators were prosecuted by the state through the attorney general, and then only for the most serious felonies. There were few attorneys, and they depended more on oratorial persuasion and common sense, than they did on their knowledge of law which generally was meager. The rights of the accused were limited. If the accused were penniless, he might


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be provided with an attorney if he were charged with a capital offense. Although in principle the accused was innocent until proven guilty, it existed more in theory than in fact. Only the basic rights of trial by jury, confrontation of witnesses and no self incrimination were available to the accused. If a man were convicted, the sentence was simple. For serious felonies, the sentence was hanging. For less serious felonies, there was the prison or workhouse and the whipping post. For misdemeanors, in addition to the prison and whipping post, there was the stock and pillory on the public green. The only effort at reo habilitation was by the ministers of the gospel who sought to show the prisoners their wayward ways and convert them to followers and believers of the Church. In the early days of the country, many were the criminals who were never brought to justice. A man in trouble with the law merely moved westward, perhaps changed his name, and escaped justice in the wilderness of the frontier. Time marches on and changes it doth make. The simplicity of 200 years ago no longer exists. But unlike good wine, all things do not improve with age. So it is with some aspects of law enforcement. The scene today is much expanded and much more sophisticated than it was 200 years ago. Instead of the law being codified into a single volume by Blackstone, the United States Code now consists of 50 volumes in over 200 books, and this docs not include the thousands of rules and regulations of our federal departments and agencies. The Code of my own state has 20 volumes, and yours must be larger. Our police are well trained, and armed with the latest scientific invention to ferret the criminal. A policeman can arrest a suspect on the highway, call in a few magic numbers by radio to his local headquarters, and within five minutes have the record and history of the suspect. Our prosecutors are trained in the law, and special schools and seminars abound to help them become specialists in their field. Our judges are trained and ex路 perienced, specialists, too, if you will, and once a conviction is obtained, they have at their disposal psychologists, sociologists, social workers, you name it, to assist them in ascertaining what sentence the criminal should be given. Sociologists clamor for prison reform, and sometimes we wonder if they would be satisfied if our prisoners were kept in quarters comparable to a Holiday Inn. Pressure is brought on our Governors and legislators to correct this myriad of problems, and the first reaction is that it can be done with money. The thinking in Washington these days, or at least during the past 20 years, has been if there is a problem, and we appropriate enough money, it will go away. Admittedly, we need money for law enforcement. Money, however, is not the sole answer. With money we can better train our police, and give them the sophisticated tools to ferret the criminal. We can hire more prosecutors, build more court rooms, appoint more judges, and establish better prisons with an unlimited staff of psychologists, and the like for rehabilitation. But this has not, and will not, solve the problem. I am satisfied that the turmoil that exists today in law enforcement, and the high rate of crime, is due to many reasons. And for a few moments, I want to share my thoughts with you. First, if we think law enforcement is in a turmoil, it is only because our society is in greater turmoil. Beginning in the 1940s during World War II, and continuing on through the 1960s, we have witnessed a revolution in our society that has shaken the foundations of our three basic institutions-the home, the school, and the church. The old respect for the law no longer exists. A generation has come about which questions everything, and if the answers are not to their own liking, matters are taken into their own hands. Values have changed. Permissiveness has developed. The criteria is no longer of right. or wrong, but that if everybody is doing it, it must therefore be right.


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The home, originally the foundation of society is split asunder with divorce. Our children grow up in broken homes with little or no guidance. No wonder we have so many teenage criminals. If there is a lack of concern for a child at home, there will be no concern by his parents for a good school system. School has become a place to go for 12 years, if you are not suspended, rather than a place to learn the three R's, and patriotism. And too many of our churches are more interested in social issues, and being all things to all people, than in preaching salvation and adherence to the law of God. Let me ask you-what is the age of the average criminal-the early twenties. Therefore, he should have come in contact with the three basic institutions of our society-the home, school and church---as follows: the home for 18 years, the school for 12 years, and certainly the church for 10 years or more. His being a criminal in his early twenties indi.cates that these three institutions have failed. And the Court, as a fourth institution, is called on to correct what these three institutions-our basic institutions-have failed to do. We are practically licked before we startl Secondly, since the 1950s, we have slowly witnessed a development and enlargement of individual rights. Old methods of law enforcement no longer work. Trials now turn not on the guilt or innocence of the defendant, but on whether or not his rights have been violated. Many cases are thrown out because of an improper search, an improper arrest, or an improper confession. Naturally, this has had a jolting effect on law enforcement, but it has caused our police and prosecutors to become better trained and more astute in the performance of their duties. Until the 1950s, the penalty for the commission of a crime was punishment which usually took the form of incarceration. There was some limited opportunity for probation and parole. Since the 1950s, the attitude has become to avoid incarceration, and concentrate on rehabilitation. I think rehabilitation has failed to a great degree, and if we cannot rehabilitate, then we must go back to incarceration. If we can't convince a criminal that his wayward ways are wrong, then at least we路 can incarcerate him, and keep him off the streets to avoid commission of more crimes. Too many courts and judges are hesitant to incarcerate not only first offenders, but repeated offenders as well. In a scholarly interview in the April issue of Playboy magazine, Gov. Brown of California notes that we should help those who have been incarcerated to re-enter society in a productive way. But, to think that psychology and group therapy can change a career criminal into a lawabiding citizen is naive. Crime for some is a career and is not easily changed. Lastly, my final reason for the turmoil we have today in law enforcement, and especially the cause of many violent crimes, is television. We can sit in our homes any night, and switch channels from show to show, and each tries to outdo the other in the amount of violence. The show with the most ingenuity and original plot stays on the air. We supposedly place these shows in the late hours of the evening so that our young will not be influenced, but with the home what it is today, I am satisfied the young still see these shows. And some of the violence is bound to have an influence. We could go on and on this evening, but time will not permit. What is the answer to this turmoil? Is there a solution? I am convinced that there is. But before there is any change, I am satisfied that two things must occur. First, the people of this nation must return to an abiding faith in Almighty God and endeavor to obey His law. Now, I don't propose to stand here and call for a personal salvation or preach the gospel to you. I will leave that to the clergy. But the people of this nation must realize that there is a God, a Supreme Being, call Him what you may, and that there is a Supreme Law not written by man. And part of that Supreme Law demands a respect for person,


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and a respect for property. Enlightened thinkers throughout the -ages, regardless of whether or not they believed in God, have recognized that there is a higher law than that made by man. The Jew and Christian find it in the Ten Commandments given Moses, or in the New Testament of Christ, or in both. Respect for person and respect for property. Just think what the crime rate would be, and how much easier our job would be, if more people in this country had a respect for person and property. Assaults, rapes, and homicides would decrease, and so would robbery, burglary and vandalism as well. Yes, there must be an abiding faith in God and a respect for person and property. And last, the home must be restored to its original position of influence in society. The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. We cannot afford to have another generation like the present. We must return to the old-fashioned values and the discipline in the home that you and I experienced ... a home which has an abiding faith in God and follows His law. A home where children are raised, not just allowed to grow up. A home which teaches respect for person and property, and a love of country. Disraeli, Queen Victoria's first minister when the British Empire was at its zenith, said: "The average age of the world's great civilizations has been 200 years. All nations have progressed through this sequence-from bondage to spiritual faith. From spiritual faith to great courage. From courage to liberty. From liberty to abundance. From abundance to selfishness. From selfishness to complacency. From complacency to apathy. From apathy to dependence. From dependence back again to bondage." America is 200 years old. We are at the stage of abundance. Are we going to regress to selfishness, then to complacency, then to apathy, then to dependence, and back again to bondage?

LIQUOR The attitude toward the use, sale, and handling of SpIrituouS and malt liquors changes from time to time in some jurisdictions, but it probably will continue to hang heavily above Freemasonry throughout the country. We are aware that at least two Grand Lodges in the United States have relaxed their laws to permit the serving of both malt liquors and other alcoholic beverages in Masonic temples. Rules and regulations have been established for the government of this form of refreshment. GEORGIA: We find the following ruling by the Grand Master of Georgia on a question of eligibility to petition Masonry: I was requested by the Secretary of Clinton Lodge No. 54 to rule on whether an employee who worked as an overseer of freight cars and trucks, and stored cases which contained beer in a distributing company warehouse, was disqualified because of the nature of his employment to petition for the degrees of Masonry. I investigated this very closely and since the party involved could not be determined to be furnishing, manufacturing, selling or serving spiritous, malt or intoxicating liquors for profit, I ruled that if he otherwise was judged favorably on his moral qualifications, that he should be permitted this privilege.

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NEBRASKA: The Grand Lodge of Nebraska amended a portion of its liquor law to read as follows: The dispensing or sale of any intoxicating liquors, including wine and beer, except in an official ceremony of any Masonic lodge or appendant body thereof, in any portion of the lodge building where Masonic activities are held. (This is a Masonic Offense.)

VERMONT: The Jurisprudence Committee included the following in its report, which was adopted by Grand Lodge: RE "PROPER SOCIAL PURPOSES"

It was recommended at the 1975 annual communication of the Grand Lodge that "the Jurisprudence Committee rewrite Title II, Chapter 15, Section 286, paragraph 2, sentence 2, to designate what is meant by proper social purposes. This section to contain if and when liquors can be served. This in no way prohibits the use of wines that might be used in any of the ceremonies in connection with degree work of appendant bodies. The Jurisprudence Committee to make its report at the 1976 session of Grand Lodge." The committee has considered by definition the phrase "proper social purposes" and is of the opinion that for the all-inchisive purposes intended that the present legislation adequately serves its purpose. It is respectfully suggested that the subject matter involves policymaking and therefore is not. within the function of this committee. It appears that the Master and Wardens of the subordinate lodges should control and be responsible for the answer to the question, "if and when liquors can be served," subject to review by the Grand Master.

LODG&CHURCH RELATIONS KANSAS: The Grand Lodge of Kansas heard a very interesting report on the subject from the chairman of this committee, the Rev. James W. Robbins. In part he said: Your Committee on Church-Lodge Relations is pleased to report that the Open Letter Concerning Masonic Funerals, which was introduced to you at the 119th Annual Communication of this Grand Lodge, has been well received by Masons both in Kansas and in other Grand Jurisdictions. Following the initial printing, the Letter was shared with the Grand Masters and Grand Secretaries of the United States at their annual conference in Washington, D.C. during February. Several Grand Jurisdictions have asked for, and received, our permission to use this brochure. In addition to the partial copy published in our 1975 Proceedings, the Letter has gone through four printings, and it is about to be reprinted for the fifth time. We are informed that the National Association of Funeral Directors has. recently asked for, and received, permission to reprint this item and to distribute it through their organization. We are happy that the efforts of this committee have been of some service to the Craft and to the general public. We continue to urge that lodges purchase small quantities of this pamphlet through our Grand Lodge and donate them to local funeral homes. In this way the Letter can be available at the moment of need to ministers and families who are making funeral arrangements and who wish to know more about "a Masonic Service" for their loved one. Your committee is concerned at this time with a few vestiges of former practices that tend to introduce a sectarian note into Masonic ritual and other activities.


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In some cases the former lecture about the "Ornaments of a Lodge" in the lOis still being given with its none-too-subtle suggestion that all Masons ought to be of Christian conviction. Also, we note that prayers are sometimes heard in lodges with ascriptions to Jesus Christ or to the Trinity. It is not because Freemasonry either affirms or denies such doctrines that we object. It is because Masons meet on the level and seek to conciliate true friendship among those of every sect and opinion. This suggests to your committee that any prayer in any lodge should be such that any Mason could freely respond "So Mote It Be," an old phrase which may be interpreted to mean "this is my prayer, too." If a prayer is offered " . . . in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen," it may be difficult for the Mason who is of another faith to respond "So Mote It Be." We do not consider that references to Christianity, or any other faith, are out of place in Masonic activities. The Lecture about the Holy Saints John in the 1 0 is a good example. This lecture does not imply that all Masons ought to accept Christianity. A lecture which stated that certain Masons were exemplars in Judaism, or Islam, as well as in Masonry would also be proper. Then, let us pray and lecture in those universal terms which can unite aU Masons in agreement. Let each Mason hold to his own faith firmly while he accords the same precious right to every other Mason. It may be, in some lodges, particularly in smaller communities, that all of the local brethren are professing Christians. Still, visiting Masons may come to the meetings of such a lodge. All of us would want any visitor to feel "at home" and "welcome." The visit of a Mason who is a Jew, a Hindu, or otherwise, should not require a change in the usual practices of any lodge. All Masons should be received in the spirit of brotherhood and hospitality. Let it be a precept of the craft that everything done in the lodge should be such that any Mason could join in without offense to his faith or discomfort to his conscience. We believe that it is the duty and obligation of the Lodge Chaplain to give leadership in this area. We recommend that the Chaplain of the lodge give an annual program in this area of Church-Lodge Relations. We also suggest that the Chaplain (1) visit the clergy, particularly those who are not Masons, in the area served by the lodge and give them a copy of the Open Letter; (2) that he should seek to develop within the lodge an attitude of respect for all religious faiths; and (3) that he endeavor to see to it that nothing happens in the lodge which would make Masons of differing religious faiths uncomfortable and uneasy. We offer a recommendation to the Grand Lodge of Kansas that this committee be considered and used as a resource by any lodge when and if tensions develop in its locale in the area of Church-Lodge Relations. It is not that we view this committee as having any particular authority, but rather that we would offer ourselves and our good offices of conciliation and mediation to our brethren at any time. To our Most Worshipful Grand Master, Robert H. Arnold, our thanks are expressed for the privilege of serving the Craft in this connection. To our successors in office, we commend the task of laboring for better relationships between our beloved Fraternity and the religious institutions of our communities. \Ve have enjoyed our labors in this greatly.

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Gas prices are up It costs more to travel And that's what is needed This job to unravel. ' Finding the graves to mark Is the first job to be done Then legal technicalities Are only begun. After that is settled Then what are we to do? We haven't any markers To put in place for you. So-our report is simple We accomplished not one thing. The graves will stay unmarked "Almighty Dollar" still is king.

MASON AT SIGHT The ceremony of making a Mason at sight is not often done. Some jurisdictions do not engage in this particular ceremony. However, it has been done on many occasions. President Gerald R. Ford was made a Royal Arch Mason and a member of the Cryptic Rite at sight on January 11, 1977, by officers of those rites in the District of Columbia. Brother Ford was already a Master Mason and a 33째 member of the Scottish Rite. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Grand Master of the District of Columbia exercised his power to make a Mason at sight by making Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., U.S.N. (Ret.), a Mason at sight. He said it was because Admiral McCain had rendered a great service to America and had rendered many great civic services. This is all within the power of the Grand Master of the District of Columbia. FLORIDA: The Grand Master of Florida reported the following: My wife and I were present when our distinguished Past Grand Master, J. Lewis Hall, received the "Grand Cross" of the Scottish Rite in Washington, D.C. I had the privilege and pleasure of making our Attorney General, Robert Shevin, and Bert Thomas, the President of Winn-Dixie stores, a Master Mason on sight. Several distinguished brothers were present on this very august occasion, including Governor Reuben Askew; the Secretary of Agriculture, Honorable Doyle Conner; our State Treasurer, Honorable Phil AshIer; Honorable Bill Bevis of the Public Service Commission; Honorable Judge Boyd, Supreme Court Justice; our Federal Judge, Honorable Bill Stafford; and other distinguished Masons, including all of the Grand Lodge elected officers.

MASONIC GUIDE NEW YORK: The Chairman of the Bicentennial Committee of Grand Lodge suggested a Masonic guide. We believe he had an excellent idea: There is one other project, Brethren, about which I want to make a pitch while I'm up here. It is something which has never been done in this state and the Bi.


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centennial period seems a good time to start it. We should gather together the material for a Masonic guide to the Empire State. It has never been done, and all over the State of New York there are memorials of our Masonic past, from the gravestone of Job Condon in the cemetery up at Fort Covington to the gravestone of Eldridge Stanton, lost under the lily of the valley and the myrtle in the Rice Corner Cemetery in Wyoming County, or the site of Fort Masonic which the Masons of New York and Brooklyn built during the War of 1812. There are dozens and dozens of these things which a traveling Mason would be only too happy to turn aside and look at, if he knew where to find them. We hope during the next several years to gather enough material so that it may be possible by the time of our own Grand Lodge Bicentennial, which will be coming up in 1981, to issue a proper guide so that traveling Masons may turn aside and look at the relics of our Masonic past.

MASONIC HOMES GEORGIA: The Grand Lodge of Georgia has work days at the Masonic Home: Our Grand Master, M.W. Lonzo Pope, expanded our work day this year to include the summer camp at Shellman Bluff. Many of the brethren of this area who were unable to be a part of the work day at the Home, gave their day's work at the camp on May 29. Buildings were painted, walks were paved, plumbing and electrical repairs were made, a new cover was put on the dock, the pool equipment was painted, and the grounds cleared of dead trees and undergrowth. At the conclusion of the work day, our Grand Master expressed his appreciation for the efforts of each one and all were treated to a fish dinner with all the trimmings. On June 12, work day was held at the Home. Special emphasis was put on clearing the grounds, painting and repairing the gymnasium, and other buildings. Trees and branches were cleared along the riverbank to afford a better view of the Home from 1-16. Other extensive repairs and improvements were made. The lawns were cut, shrubbery trimmed, trash removed, roofs repaired and several maintenance repairs made. At both work days the ladies prepared and served a sandwich lunch. During work hours they patrolled the grounds serving lemonade and tea. Since the weather was quite hot and the work demanding, they were a welcome sight indeed. IOWA: The Grand Lodge of Iowa maintains The Masonic Nursing Home of Iowa, at Bettendorf. The following was reported to Grand Lodge: There were 67 residents in the Nursing Home at the beginning of the 1975-76 fiscal year. During the year, there have been 44 admissions and 32 deaths recorded, with five being released or leaving voluntarily, resulting in a residency of 74. With a 79-bed nursing home capacity, there remain five beds available for occupancy on August 31, 1976. The Committee recommended the following: Our structure, while maintained in an adequate manner, has never been modernized as concerns bathroom facilities. Fifty years ago we enjoyed the luxury of "inside plumbing" through the use of common bathrooms. In 1927, this was in keeping with providing excellent care in the standards of the day. In this respect, the Iowa Masonic Nursing Home has fallen behind in its goal to "always provide the best possible nursing care consistent with the standards of the day."


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It is the unanimous opinion of the Board of Trustees of the Grand Charity Funds that steps must be taken immediately to upgrade the Nursing Home to include in-room bathroom facilities. To do so will require extensive remodeling of the present structure, with the addition of a new wing to provide bed spaces for those that will be lost as a result of this type of modernization program. This will cost money-a large sum of money. We believe such a project will cost approximately $1,800,000. Funds from our investment portfolio are available to cover the initial cost of an expenditure of this nature. We feel, however, an expenditure of this magnitude from our investment portfolio must be replaced to insure an adequate investment income to provide a portion of operational costs in forthcoming years. Just as Iowa Masonry, through Grand Lodge dues, provided the funds (or construction of our Grand Lodge Library and the addition to the Rowley Memorial Masonic Home, we feel Iowa Masonry will wish to provide the funds for this program of modernization. At the Annual Communication in 1977, this type of legislation will be presented (or your consideration. May God give you guidance and strength to lend your support to the Iowa Masonic Nursing Home in 1977 just as our brothers did 50 years ago as the dream o( a Masonic Nursing Facility became a reality.

The Grand Lodge of Iowa also has a retirement home. It is the Herman L. Rowley Retirement Home at Perry. The cost to each guest is $275 per month, but none is turned away if they do not have funds. At the last report there were vacancies in the home. The capacity of the Home is 74 residents. ALABAMA: The following resolution was adopted by the Grand Lodge of Alabama: "Be It Resolved, That the Most Worshipful Grand Master appoint a committee of five to make a feasibility study of the Masonic Home operation to determine if it would be feasible to operate the Masonic Home by placing our Brother Masons, their widows and orphans in nursing homes near their homes, and report back to the Grand Lodge at its next regular session. We recommend to the Most Worshipful Grand Master that the Right Worshipful Junior Grand Warden, Brother Gerald S. Borden, be appointed chainnan o( the committee."

This is apparently just one more expensive operation of Masonry in which the brethren are endeavoring to find a way to perform their responsibility equally as well or better, and save expense. We are sure there are many instances in which the brethren, wives, widows and orphans would be better off in a nursing home in their own localities. Their friends and neighbors could visit them more easily and they would be more content. Such a method would no doubt require the services of a full-time social worker, if it was done on a very large scale. ARIZONA: The Grand Lodge of Arizona adopted the report of the Masonic Home Study Committee, which said: There does not seem to be enough needy members to warrant the erection of and the maintenance of a Masonic Home. With the direct relief shared by the subordinate lodges and the Grand Lodge, our present system seems to be the best way of helping a distressed Mason, without the huge outlay of capital to provide quarters necessary to house the few that possibly would avail themselves of an in路 dependent Masonic Home.


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MICHIGAN: Michigan may have some changes in Masonic Home policy if the suggestions here are followed: At our last Annual Communication I presented to you a detailed and frank analysis of the situation which we faced in regard to our relationship with the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare of the United States Government and the possible cutoff of those henefits to which we feel many of our residents are rightfully entitled as citizens. At that time the representatives expressed their confidence in the leadership of this Grand Lodge by appointing a committee and authorizing them sufficient power to continue meaningful negotiations with the Department sUbject to final approval by the Grand Lodge. Because of your confidence we have been able to maintain a meaningful dialogue and those monies rightfully due our residents have continued to come to them. No admissions have been made to the Home contrary to those regulations provided for in our by-laws. In my opinion, the matters in which we are engaged are perhaps more political than legal, and the situation is thus subject to fluctuations in the social climate. Nevertheless, I believe that if we act wisely and temperately, time is on our side. However, we should take steps to strengthen our position rather than wait until it is too late. Your committee has made a study of the present position of the Home and made a determination that we have not kept pace as well as we might have with changing social conditions and the needs of our brethren. For many reasons, our brethren and sisters have not been seeking admission to the Home until an older age than formerly. For this reason, we have a waiting list for the hospital section and yet many vacancies in the Retirement Home section. As our per capita expenses in the hospital section is more than double that of the Home section, this imbalance is costly to us. Moreover, this is a more affluent age in which we live, and many of our elderly who could fill those vacant beds in the Home section are reluctant to turn all of their assets over to us. Many other church-affiliated retirement homes such as ours have changed their policy on these matters in recent years with considerable success, while we have been dragging our feet. For these and other reasons, your Masonic Home Board of Control has introduced legislation which we believe will serve to both provide additional needed services to our membership as well as improve the financial picture and thus lessen our dependence on Federal funds under any possible eventuality. I sincerely approve this legislation and recommend that you give it serious consideration. It will be explained in greater detail at the time of the presentation of the amendment.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Masonic and Eastern Star Home of the District of Columbia report showed that there were 102 guests, 80 ladies and 22 men. Of this number there were 36 ladies and 16 gentlemen in the infirmary and 44 ladies and six gentlemen in the open home. Over $200,000 was used from securities and investments to operate the home. So far this year some $100,000 has been used. INDIANA: The Masonic Home assessment in addition to Grand Lodge operating fund is $9.00 per member per year. NEW JERSEY: The Masonic Home of New Jersey had 165 guests in the Masonic Home with some 20 on the approved waiting list. The Home is attempting to renovate rooms in the Main Building so that the applicants may be reduced to a current status. The operating cost is $1,874,022, or $29.67 daily, or $10,829.55 per guest, per annum.


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VIRGINIA: The Grand Master of Virginia describes how more than $2,000,000 were raised for the Masonic Home: "Wahoo" may sound like an Indian yelp, but it isn't! Your Grand Master made that gleeful outcry in 1975 and for a second time just about three weeks ago. Never before in the history of our Grand Lodge or that of the Masonic Home of Virginia has the Craft responded with such enthusiasm to a fund-raising plan, the Plan of Action. I can proudly announce that more than 3,357 Grand Master's One Hundred Club Certificates have been issued. This means that each certificate represents a gift of $100 or more and the number of wonderful people receiving these fine acknowledgements is increasing daily. Interestingly enough, the last 1,000 certificates were issued between July, 1975, and the second week in January, 1976. I remember the day it all started. It was at the close of the Grand Lodge in February of 1970. I had been elected to serve as the Grand Junior Deacon and charged to raise $2,000,000 in "new" money over a five-year period. By the time I was elected to serve as your Grand Master the $2,000,000 goal was accomplished, but the enthusiasm didn't die down. Nobody was coerced, wooed or duped. All the Freemasons seemed to be fired up with enthusiasm and the art of giving. I shouldn't have made such a general statement, because there is that percentage of people who for some reason won't or can't participate. Each of the Worsh~pfuJ Masters and Masonic Home Ambassadors should receive a huge bouquet and a great big thank you for a job well done. I bid them to continue. We will always need money beyond the $3.00 per man assessment in order to give the Home both the growth and the perpetuity it must have. I offer to my successor in office the idea of maintaining the impetus I have built up over the past five years along with the continued activity of the Masonic Home Ambassadors and the Grand Master's One Hundred Club. I also offer the suggestion of a 21-gun salute for Past Grand Master William T. Watkins, for initiating the worthy program and congratulations to those Grand Masters who saw fit to carry the program on.

MEMBERSHIP Membership is of concern to all of us. Recently, we have heard much discussion about solicitation of candidates. We know that many jurisdictions are relaxing their attitude toward solicitation. They are beginning to realize the fine line between "solicitation" and "improper solicitation." The United Grand Lodge of England has known this for a long time. CONNECTICUT: The following was included in the report of the "Condition of Masonry": Because Connecticut membership is decreasing each year (albeit at a slower rate than in previous years), we hope the following suggestions will be of assistance in rebuilding it. As the restrictions against asking a friend to join us have been relaxed, we suggest all members search for possible candidates, especially in the age group below age 35, and recruit..The Masters' Trestleboards can be used to enlighten the brethren on acceptable procedures for approaching new members. Programs can be planned to interest new members such as open meetings with a speaker to explain Masonry and its aims. Invite the families-pass out the booklet "I Have Heard that Masonry." Also newly-raised members should not be forgotten or neglected-be sure their sponsors stay with them and urge that they take part in the ritual, serve on committees, in the FeIlowcraft Club or team. Have a program of bringing a brother to lodge and provide transportation. Sponsor DeMolay or other youth groups including Rainbow Assemblies. Invite


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them to bring their rituals or programs to your lodges. Above all, visit these groups. Revise interest of inactive members by visiting with them and urge attendance at lodge-go get them and bring them to meetings. Exchange more lodge visits---out-of-state where possible.

GEORGIA: Of new members the Grand Master of Georgia said: I believe in our changing society it is becoming more difficult and less important for the young people of our nation to believe in and offer the devotion that is required by Masonry.

At least there is an admission that we recognize there is some reason why the young men across the nation do not flock to the altars of Masonry. We can only assume that there is something they desire more. There is a reason, although it seems to be obscure. Perhaps someone will find the answer. TENNESSEE: The Grand Lodge of Tennessee reported a net gain of 319. This is another gain in a long line of such increases in membership.

METROPOLITAN FREEMASONRY ILLINOIS: The Committee on Metropolitan Freemasonry reported to the Grand Lodge of Illinois in part as follows: Our active, continued research and meetings concerning the rapid lodge and membership deterioration in the Chicago Metropolitan area have resulted in the following facts, causes, and suggestions which concern most, if not all lodges, in some degree. A. It is a fact in 1975 that 58 per cent of the total membership loss in Illinois was in the metropolitan Chicago area-and that only one candidate was raised to 4.2 members lost by death. If suspended and dimitted members are included -only one candidate was raised to each 6.9 members lost-only about 12~ per cent of the necessary candidates raised just to equal the loss of 3,271 total members in the 126 lodges in this area. There are 791 lodges in the state of Illinois.

Lodges in many metropolitan areas are experiencing new and unusual problems. Perhaps someone, sometime will find the answer. Protection and parking seem to be two big problems. The committee also suggested the following: Stop "making it easy" to become a Mason. The Masonic Operative and Speculative Fraternity has existed for many centuries (far longer than any other organization of its kind) because it was not easy to become a member-because it had stringent laws and regulations, and because it took time and effort to reach the stature of being a Mason. Anything easy to obtain and pay for is neither respected nor particularly desired. Lodges can appoint a busing committee to pick up and transport members to lodge meetings and events who do not have means of transportation or who cannot drive due to age or infirmities. Lodges should involve aU possible members in activities and/or work of the lodge. All members should be asked personally to use their abilities to serve their , lodge and their brother Masons. The majority of Masons still do not know or understand what the Masonic


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Fraternity actually is, what is does, how it has assisted in the affairs of the world through the efforts of its members. Visitations of the lodge members in their homes by picked lodge officers or members who can talk informally with the member and his family regarding Masonry and answer their questions. This also brings the member and his family in closer relationship with and interest in the lodge. Organize a lodge "Welcome Wagon" visitation committee to call on all new Masonic brothers and their families who come to live in the lodge area and who are then members of lodges in other areas.

MILEAGE AND PER DIEM NEBRASKA: The Grand Lodge of Nebraska increased its mileage to 12 cents per mile, one way, and $10.00 per diem.

MILITARY LODGES OREGON: The Grand Lodge of Oregon ordered the return of the charter of Oregon Military Lodge No. 223, meeting on the military base in Frankfurt, Germany. The reason was that all military lodges were ordered to vacate the time and space occupied in Germany. Oregon recalled its Military Lodge No. 223. On November 4, 1975, Oregon Military Lodge met with just four of its members in attendance. The business of the lodge was transacted, and an election of officers was held. The Grand Master installed the officers and the lodge was off to a start for another year. It is interesting to note that Oregon Military Lodge No. 223 was forced to move off the military base in Frankfurt, Germany. The edict of the Grand Master returned the charter of this lodge to the Grand Lodge of Oregon. The charter of Oregon Military Lodge No. 223 is now located in Temple of Champoeg Lodge No. 27 in Canby, Oregon. The status of the 381 members, scattered all over the world, is a bit up in the air. Two hundred twenty-four chose to stay on the rolls of Oregon.

MISSOURIANS IN THE NEWS WASHINGTON: The Grand Master of Washington, M.W. Bro. Alden H. Jones was born December 5, 1907 in Winona, Missouri. We were impressed with the six-page biographical "sketch" in the proceedings. This is not the first time a Missourian has removed to another jurisdiction and climbed to the office of Grand Master.

PARAPHERNALIA STRICTLY MASONIC-NO PHOTOGRAPHS WEST VIRGINIA: The Grand Master of West Virginia issued the following ruling to all lodges under his jurisdiction. 1. It is the duty of the Master and Wardens of each lodge to see that the charter, emblems and other paraphernalia of every character of an organization not Masonic, even though claiming connection with Masonry through the family ties of its members, be removed from the lodge hall when the lodge is open. It is not sufficient that such items be covered up or concealed. 2. The Laws of Masonry governing the use of Masonic property apply not only


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to the particular lodges, but to non-Masonic organizations that use designated areas of the lodge building. Sponsoring dinners, bazaars and rummage sales open to the profane for fund-raising purposes on lodge property exceeds the penmsslOn granted to the non-Masonic bodies. It is the duty of the Master and Wardens of each lodge to maintain a close supervision over the use of lodge property and prevent any violation of our Masonic Laws governing its use. In the event a non-Masonic organization is a tenant in common of lodge property, the lodge must make every reasonable effort to prevent such activities by such organization on such property, so as to preserve the good name of Masonry as a self-supporting fraternity. Otherwise, the Grand Master and the Grand Lodge may find it necessary to require the lodge to obtain other quarters. 3. The use of photographic equipment within the tiled recesses' of a lodge is a violation of Landmark Number 5 and is, therefore, illegal and improper. The "tiled recesses of a lodge" includes anytime a lodge is open for the dispatch of business, for work and instruction, and when called from labor to refreshment, and also when a lodge room is being used for practice sessions or for any other esoteric Masonic purpose.

We recognize the right of the Grand Master to do this, but fail to understand how such strict conduct can help Freemasonry. There are great values to be obtained of pictures of 50-year pin presentations, installation of officers, and other public affairs of the lodge which would enhance the good name of the Fraternity.

PAST GRAND MASTERS' JEWELS .DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Because of the increased cost of gold we have observed several organizations which have made the past officer's jewel the property of the organization. The District of Columbia adopted this resolution: That no new Past Grand Master's Jewel be purchased this year. That the jewel presented to our Past Grand Master upon leaving office remain the property of the Grand Lodge to be used during the lifetime of the recipient and to be returned to the Grand Lodge upon his demise."

WYOMING: The following conservation measure was adopted by the Grand Lodge of Wyoming: That all Past Grand Masters' jewels henceforth and such as are in the Grand Library or such as present Grand Masters choose to will to the Library be re~ furbished and re-issued to incoming Grand Masters for their use during their lifetime.

PAY FOR SUSPENDED YEARS WASHINGTON: The Grand Lodge of Washington rejected a resolution that would permit a suspended member to pay for the years he was out under suspension and thereby have continuous membership. The resolution stated: "Now, Therefm'e, Be It Resolved, That such reinstated members be allowed to pay all of their back dues, giving them continuous membership, dating from their initiation."

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long list of reasons why it believed this would be in conflict with other sections of the Washington law. The committee reasoned: This Resolution is in conflict with at least four sections, and possibly more, of our Masonic Code. It is an attempt to compensate with money for years of indifference and neglect of the ideals and the purposes of Masonry and to substitute cash for brotherhood. This Resolution proposes to grant reinstatement to members who have been dropped for nonpayment of dues with all the honor, credit and benefit of "con路 tinuous membership" by merely paying delinquent dues. Such a provision would be in serious conflict with Chapter 20.01 By-Laws, Title 21, and Chapter 21.06 By-Laws. Present Code provisions place a two-year limitation upon the period within which reinstatement can be granted without re-applying for membership in the manner provided by Chapter 20.01 (3a) and (3c). There is very good reason for this requirement. For example, if a member dropped out for 20 years, during which time he contributed nothing to Masonry, either in terms of financial support, attendance, or the work of his lodge, this Resolution would, in effect, grant reinstated members all the honor, credit and benefit of "continuous memo bership" when, in fact, they were not members and not entitled to such false designation. The true significance and the honor which now accompanies the 25-year or the 50-year certificate and accompanying pin would be greatly diminished or, more probably, lost, if money could buy the years of service and dedication which we now reward with such certificates. Similiarly, one could meet the requirement of five years of membership in our Fraternity, now necessary for sponsorship in the Masonic Home, by substituting cash for active membership and participation. The true meaning of lodge membership encompasses more than the mere paying of delinquent dues. The difference in time between 20, 25 or even 50 years is but one of degree and the l"easoning applies with equal force to any period of Masonic delinquency beyond the two-year period. Your Jurisprudence Committee is reminded of "our Masonic obligation" and the rules of propriety. None say that we may compensate with cash for years of carelessness, indifference or neglect. Without extensive reconciliation of this proposed Resolution with other existing code provisions, we consider this Resolution not in proper form for submission.

PAST MASTER DEGREE Many Grand Lodges require the elected master to receive the Degree of Past Master prior to his installation as Worshipful Master of his lodge. DELAWARE: We note this comment in the Grand Lodge of Delaware, in the report of the Grand Instructor: The Past Master Degree was conferred upon all Masters-elect before being installed.

PAST MASTERS TEXAS: The Grand Master of Texas said of Past Masters: There is no substitute for experience; consequently, hindsight is always more accurate than foresight. An experienced person can avoid the mistakes of history only by seeking the counsel of those who have gone before him. If each generation is to advance toward greater accomplishments, it must necessarily emulate the successes and avoid the failures of the past. Progress is built upon trial and error; thus, ignoring the counsel and wisdom of those who are a vital part of history makes about as much sense as ignoring hindsight in favor of foresight.


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The hindsight of any Masonic lodge is best represented by its Past Masters. This select group of brethren is a veritable wellspring of knowledge and wisdom. What an invaluable asset to any Worshipful Master who has the good judgment to tap this priceless reservoir of information! Without exception, the most effective and successful lodge is that which calls upon its Past Masters for assistance and guidance in fulfilling its Masonic purpose. Many Worshipful Masters have met several times a year with the Past Masters as an advisory council and have found it both helpful and rewarding. Most lodges have a Past Masters' night to honor these former leaders (and rightly so!) , but for this to be the only time in the year when they are invited and encouraged to attend is an expensive waste of talent, experience and wisdom. The wise Worshipful Master will call upon his Past Masters to assist him in accordance with their respective talents and ability. If any Masonic lodge is not making full usc of this prime source of energy-its PAST MASTERS-it would be wise to do so without delay.

"In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it thou art a fool:' SIMON BEN AZZAI

PERSONALITIES IN THE NEWS CALIFORNIA: An outstanding event of Bicentennial interest as well as of general Masonic interest was held in the California Grand Lodge Memorial Masonic Temple atop Nob Hill in San Francisco on February 16, 1976. The occasion was a program sponsored by the San Francisco Masters and Wardens Association at which Brother Burl Ives provided an interesting and outstanding program. DELAWARE: The Grand Lodge of Delaware was treated to an unusual

visit. R.W. Bro. James W. Stubbs, Grand Secretary of the United Grand Lodge of England, was an honored guest at the annual communication.

PROCEEDINGS MON1.'ANA: The Grand Lodge of Montana adopted the following as a part of its Code of Statutes: There shall be printed for the use of this Grand Lodge sufficient copies of the Annual Proceedings to be distributed under the direction of the Grand Secretary within 180 days after the formal closing of the annual session.

PROFICIENCY INDIANA: The candidate must pass a satisfactory examination in open lodge, or the Worshipful Master may appoint a committee, consisting of the Worshipful Master, Senior Warden, and Junior Warden, to examine the brother. MONTANA: The Grand Lodge of Montana adopted the following: Sec. 171. Examination. No candidate shall be passed to the degree of Fellowcraft nor raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason without proof of suitable proficiency in the preceding degrees. At the sole discretion of the Worshipful Master, proficiency shall be ascertained by examination in open lodge or by examination in the anteroom or preparation room of the lodge by a committee composed of three elective officers or three Past Masters or a combination of either, which


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committee shall make report thereof to the Worshipful Master, who shall then request the lodge to approve such proficiency. Upon such approval being had the Secretary shall record the same in the minutes. This examination cannot be waived. It will be necessary for a Master Mason to pass a satisfactory examination for proficiency in the Master Mason degree before he can be installed as a lodge officer and before he can be issued a dimit. No Master Mason shall petition the York or Scottish Rite bodies for further degrees in Masonry until such time as he shall have passed an examination on his proficiency in the third degree of Masonry.

PROPER SOLICITATION We have heard a great deal about solicitation-both improper solicitation and to some-proper solicitation. ONTARIO: The Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada, speaking to the Grand Lodge of Maryland, said: Brethren, I have no doubt in my mind about the future of Masonry. You have heard from your Grand Master that this Grand Lodge has shown a loss in membership. Our Grand Lodge has done the same thing, hut the loss each year over the past four or five years is less and less. And if the trend continues it won't be very long before we level out and begin to gain membership again. Now membership-perhaps numbers-are not that important. The quality of the men who join our Fraternity is of much greater importance than the actual numbers. Nevertheless, and this may seem heretical to some of you, I think that because there is ruled that there should be no improper solicitation that, by the same token, if there is improper solicitation there must also be proper solicitation. And I see no reason, and again this may be heresy, in saying to a man, whom you know is a good man, and would make a good Mason, "Have you ever thought of joining our Fraternity?" This simply opens the door for him to inquire further about it.

PUBLIC SERVICE TEXAS: The Grand Master of Texas devoted his August letter to the subject of Public Service. He said: Historically Masons have exemplified leadership in political and community affairs. We extol the national contributions of yesterday's Mason, but today's Mason all too frequently offers only lip service to the principles of good citizenship and is satisfied to revel in the glories of history. The price of freedom is indeed high; but democratic freedom was never intended as a free ride. The strength for a government of the people lies in local participation and control. The spotlight may be on Washington like the top of an iceberg, but there is always much more under water than can be seen above. The durability of any structure or community of people rests in its base. The quality, character and principles of a public servant are a true reflection of the community to which he is responsible. If a community is immoral, indifferent or irresponsible, its public servants usually will likewise be immoral, indifferent, and irresponsible. Historically and philosophically Masonry is committed to integrity and quality in government; consequently, our generation of Masons-the beneficiary of so much which we have not earned-can do no less than demonstrate a keen interest in community-leadership roles. The first step toward effective influence upon our public servants is to become acquainted with them (on a first-name basis, where


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possible). Know your school trustees, precinct committeeman, county chairman, police officers, firemen, city councilmen, county commissioners, legislators, district and county attorneys, judges, etc.; know what they do. To be most effective, these public servants should know you and should also know that you are intensly interested in what they do for your community. If you appreciate their performance, tell them; if you do not appreciate their performance try to help them with what your community deserves. Thus, you will contribute constructively and effectively toward a better community. No special interest lobby, pressure group or political machine can seize control if you and your neighbors exert just a minimum effort toward Public Service. Evil can only prevail where good men do nothing.

"Neither democracy nor effective representation is possible until each participant in the group-and this is true equally of a household or a nation-devotes a measurable part of his life to furthering its existence," LEWIS MUNFORD

PUBLIC SCHOOLS A number of jurisdictions have programs in connection with the public schools. NEW MEXICO: The Public Schools Committee of the Grand Lodge of New Mexico reported in detail the work accomplished. It also made some observations, which we consider significant. It said: "We will continue to reiterate that Masons have always believed in the absolute separation of Church and State because we as Masons and citizens cannot support both public and private school systems. To allow both by our government would lead to the decline and eventual ineffectiveness of the public school system. This approach would eventually g-ive our government control over our religious institutions and vice versa. This is the basic reason that our founding fathers stipulated that there should be absolute separation of Church and State. (This was based on their experience with the Church of England; not with the Roman Catholic Church.) This led to the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

The report continued: We want to inform our Senators and Representatives of the fact that: We want our educational and financial programs as they pertain to the public schools only in this state consolidated. We want to place the chief public school financial control in the State Department of Education under the people and not the Governor. We do not want the Governor appointing the State Board of Education.

OKLAHOMA: The following are excerpts from the reports heard in Grand Lodge of Oklahoma: The Student of Today Award Program was started in 1959, and has been contributing to the dissemination of Masonic philosophies to the young people of our public schools and to their parents in a most effective manner. Once more, most of the faculty members and students in our pUblic schools look forward to these programs with happy anticipation.

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Another phase of the Oklahoma Masonic Education program was an essay contest. The winners were listed as follows: Tabulation of the results of the program at this time indicate that there were 103 high schools participating, being sponsored by 90 lodges. There were 84 boys and 101 girls who were selected as local winners and thereby entered state competition. This compares with last year's results as a very slight increase in participation. Last year there were 179 essays from 101 high schools being sponsored by 88 lodges; there were 82 boys and 97 girls. GIRLS

First Place-$500.00

Carrol Brennecke Altus No. 62, Altus, Okla.

Second Place-$250.00

Kelly Jean Campbell Granite No. 164, Granite, Okla. Martha Mozingo

Third Place-$150.00 Owasso No. 545, Owasso, Okla. BOYS

First Place-$500.00

Tony Burkhead Purcell No. 27, Purcell, Okla.

Second Place-$250.00 Western Star No. 138, Weatherford, Okla. Third Place-$150.00 Cherokee No. 10, Tahlequah, Okla.

Robert Jarrett Howard Tate

RECOGNITION MISSISSIPPI: The Committee on Fraternal Relations made the following report to the Grand Lodge of Mississippi: We have received a request for recognition from the Grand Lodge of Cuba. signed by the Grand Secretary of that body, accompanied by a copy of the proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Cuba, all of which was written in Spanish. We have investigated this request by contacting the Foreign Relations Committee of the Past Grand Masters Conference, chaired by Bro. Dot Dotson, of Eugene, Oregon. We have his reply in which he states that there is no reason why we should not recognize this body, and that many of our sovereign states have done so. This committee therefore recommends that similar action be taken by our Grand Lodge. Our representative to the Grand Lodge of Chile advises that he has had several letters from the representative of the Grand Lodge of Chile, expressing good will and interest in continued good relations with our Grand Lodge, and forwarding copy of the Grand Lodge of Chile's proceedings, also in Spanish. All letters have been promptly answered.

We were particularly interested in the comments about the Grand Lodge of Cuba. WORLD ORGANIZATION OF MASONIC THOUGHT AND ASSISTANCE

The World Organization of Masonic Thought and Assistance, based in Rome, Italy, sought recognition from various, if not all, Grand Lodges. We know of none that has responded favorably. Some, like the Grand Lodge of Nevada, simply stated that it was their information that the promoters of the organization were members of regular Masonic lodges.


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WISCONSIN: The Committee on Recognition and Information made the following report to the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin: The committee was charged with investigating and laying out a program of recognition for the implementation of action toward the Grand Lodge of Prince Hall Masons of Wisconsin, Inc. The groundwork for this committee was laid by the Committee to Study Non路Recognized Grand Lodges, chaired by Bro. George R. Currie in 1974 and 1975. The report of this committee was filed in the proceedings of the 1974 and 1975 Annual Proceedings and will not be restated. This committee feels that is should repeat for this Grand Lodge the opinion of the Currie Committee which was used as the basis for our charge. " . . . the committee is of the opinion that recognition will make possible the opportunity for visitation of members of constituent lodges of the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin to constituent lodges under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Prince Hall Masons of Wisconsin: and conversely, by members of constituent lodges of the Grand Lodge of Prince Hall Masons of Wisconsin. We hasten to add that such right of visitation would be subject to the same, but not different, restrictions as exist in the case of visitation by a member of one constituent lodge of the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin to another constituent lodge of the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin. Additionally, such recognition may well provide the means by which the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin and the Grand Lodge of Prince Hall Masons of Wisconsin may collaborate in those areas of activity in which they have mutual and common interests." This committee met and discussed the "Currie Report" and satisfied itself that the committee had indeed taken care of any and all legal considerations that may be a bar to such recognition. We respectfUlly draw attention to the final report of the committee published in 1975 for any discussions of the same. We then undertook several meetings with a committee from the Grand Lodge of Prince Hall Masons of Wisconsin to discuss a plan for recognition. The Prince Hall committee was headed by Grand Master Johnnie K. Cato and consisted of the three senior officers of the Grand Lodge. a Past Grand Master and certain key members of constituent lodges who offered invaluable insight. The combined committees drew up the following guidelines for recognition that will be adopted by both Grand Lodges for implementation. 1. The right of visitation by bona fide members of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge

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of Wisconsin (P.H.G.L.), in good standing, into Grand Lodge of Wisconsin, and constituent lodges at the pleasure of the individual lodge when the proper criteria for seating are met. The right of visitation by bona fide members of the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin, in good standing, into P.H.G.L. constituent lodges, at the pleasure of the individual lodge when the proper criteria for seating are met. The exchange of normal communications between P.H.G.L. and G.L.W. and interested member lodges of both grand lodges. Cooperative posting and degree work between interested member lodges with dispensation of the grand lodges. Transfers by members of either grand lodge is at the discretion of the lodges in question.

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The two committees voted to adopt the aforementioned set of criteria unanimously. Formal request for recognition by the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, F. & A.M., of Wisconsin, Inc., was made by Grand Master Johnnie K. Cato on March 12, 1976 in a letter to Grand Master Robert E. Billings. The letter offered the same recognition from the Prince Hall Grand Lodge to the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin. This committee, in discussion with the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, has come to the conclusion that not only should recognition be granted at this time, but that enough work and direction has been placed into the study that no doubt is left that it is the proper and correct time and place for the historic first step to be taken. The committee gave careful consideration to the effects of recognition on the relationships the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin has with other Grand Lodges and the Appendant Masonic Bodies within the state. The conclusion of the committee is that reactions will be positive, if any, and the work of the two committees will serve as guideposts for other jursidictions to follow. In conclusion, the Committee on Recognition and Information of the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin, hereby recommends that full recognition be granted to the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Wisconsin, Inc., at this 132nd Annual Communication, by this Grand Lodge Body.

RESTORATION ARKANSAS: It was reported by the Grand Master that he had two applications for reinstatement from expulsion from Bros. Joe Lee Anderson and Wilbur D. Mills. It was moved that these two petitions be laid on the table until the 1977 Annual Communication. Adopted.

RETIREMENT NEBRASKA: The Grand Lodge of Nebraska updated its retirement plan for employees to conform with the latest Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The Trustees gave a very interesting and complete report of the efforts to comply with all state and federal requirements.

RETIREMENT HOMES NEW JERSEY: The Senior Citizens' Retirement Home sponsored by the Grand Lodge of New Jersey is called Acacia Lumberton Manor, Inc. It has 166 apartments, consisting of efficiency, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. The rental schedule is $120 per month for the efficiency; $138 for the one-bedroom and $160 for the two-bedroom apartments. The rates include all utilities except telephone and air conditioning. All apartments are filled and there is a long waiting list of applications. It was suggested that anyone considering retirement and moving to the project should make application well in advance of retirement. Since all units are rented, the condition is financially sound. The project is rated as nonprofit and the rents are established by the Housing Authority based upon the cost of operation. The rates are reviewed periodically by the Housing Authority. All are concerned about higher taxes, which will impose higher rentals. The report was long and all-inclusive, but the principal lesson to be learned here is that retirement homes are popular and good for the member of the Masonic Fraternity.


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RITUAL IDAHO: The Grand Lecturer believes that there is a lack of interest in rural areas, and that there is not the sense of responsibility among the of路 ficers that there should be. He said in part: For the most part the meetings were conducted on an informal question-andanswer format, to allow the widest possible expression of opinions and to permit the questions of the attendees, indicative of their desires and needs, to guide the meeting program. Attendance at the meetings ranged from excellent to poor. We failed in a majority of the meetings to reach the junior officers of the lodges as most failed to attend. The lack of formality, evidenced by not opening the host lodge, may have conveyed to some the thought that being informal there was no obligation on their part to attend. Upon installation every Master agrees to pay homage to the Grand Master for the time being and to his officers when duly installed. Is it too much to expect, on the two or three occasions a year when a lodge has direct personal contact with the Grand Lodge officers, that a lodge and each of its officers make an extra effort to attend these meetings? Certainly some responsibility goes with accepting a lodge office. It was observed also that those attending were the same members who had attended such meetings in previous years. Additionally we found that we were answering many questions the same or similar to those which had been asked in previous years. With the program followed during the past few years we have also found that fewer and fewer questions on ritual are asked and little has been done in these meetings to enhance or improve proficiency in ritualistic work. Improving and perfecting ritual is one of the principal reasons for conducting the meetings. We obviously are not accomplishing that part of our responsibility or objective. The Grand Lecturer also said, "It is my conclusion that the quality of our ritual work, with some exceptions, is deteriorating." The Committee on Returns of lodges reports that while 285- candidates were initiated, only 184 were raised. This reveals a substantial loss for failure to advance. The committee said: Statistics may be of very little interest to many Masons, and we often tend to disregard them. However, they convey some very revealing conditions which need our immediate attention. As an example, 285 candidates were initiated during the past year, and only 184 were raised. Some will argue that this is merely the backlog which normally accumulates prior to the ending of the fiscal year. Actually, the file on "Failures to Advance" continues to grow, and this condition has existed for many years. We have an annual average of approximately 100 candidates who are lost for failure to advance. Some of these received their first degree several years ago, and in some instances have not even been dropped from the record. The application of arithmetic demonstrates that the average operating proficiency of our lodges is only 65 per cent. If all lodges were proficient in the investigation of petitioners, in the conferring of degrees, and in the coaching of candidates, we should be raising the same number as we initiate. Instead, we have 35 per cent of our candidates who are lost for failure to advance. The only possible conclusion is that lodges are failing to direct adequate attention to the duties for which they are chartered.


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There is another conclusion we know some Masonic thinkers have reached. They believe that there is entirely too much time consumed by both the proficiency instructors and the candidates. They contend that many candidates fail to advance simply because they are unwilling to spend the necessary time required to learn the proficiencies. Perhaps they have a point. NEW MEXICO: The Grand Master of New Mexico stated that he believed that the ritualistic work had been deteriorating and that he was making several recommendations for the required proficiency of each lodge officer. He listed some two pages of recommendations which covered the entire ritual of the three degrees, including all historical lectures and the funeral service. By the time a brother finished the several chairs of the lodge and became Worshipful Master he would be able to give any portion of the ritual. We agree that this would make for an ideal situation and would produce many more excellent ritualists, but in some jurisdictions we know very few brethren would be brave enough to accept an office in the first place. JAPAN: We note with interest that the ritual of Freemasonry is being translated into Japanese by the Grand Lodge of Japan. The Grand Master said: An extensive effort has been started to revise the Japanese version of the ritual of the entire three Degrees. The First Degree is nearing completion and immediately thereafter, work will start in revising the Second and Third Degrees. The work is being carefully accomplished to insure nothing of basic value will be lost. Completed drafts will be thoroughly reviewed and tested to insure completeness and adequacy of the effort.

Later in the proceedings the Ritual Committee said this: We have finished our review work on the 1st Degree portion of the Japanese Ritual book currently in use in Tokyo Yuai Lodge No. 11 except the Lecture and the Charge. I will make clean copies of our proposed revised Ritual of the 1st Degree and give them to the Worshipful Master of Tokyo Yuai Lodge No. II for his brethren's review as soon as possible.

ROADSIDE SIGNS IOWA: The Grand Lodge of Iowa approved the use of roadside signs, and even sells them through the office of the Grand Secretary: . The committee members unanimously approved the promotion of roadside signs announcing the presence of a subordinate lodge in a town. This proposal was turned over to the Grand Secretary's office, and a number of signs are now proudly displayed at the edge of several of our more active Masonic communities. Additional signs may be purchased through the Grand Secretary's office.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN MASONIC CONFERENCE UTAH: The Grand Master of Utah commented on the Rocky Mountain Masonic Conference over which the Grand Master of Wyoming was presiding. In part he said: For a portion of this period, the Most Worshipful Grand Master, J. C. Morris


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of Wyoming, invited the ladies into the discussion room. Many of the assembled Masons took exception to this and felt that Masonic discussion should be for Masons.

We agree that any Masonic Conference we know about would hardly be a place our ladies would feel comfortable. We do not believe they want to be members of Masonry-just wives of Masons.

ROUND CORNERED APRONS DELAWARE: The following resolution was adopted in the Grand Lodge of Delaware: Resolved, That commencing with the installation of officers at the 172nd Annual Communication in 1977, aprons of Grand Lodge Officers shall have rounded corners.

The Grand Lodge of Delaware had aprons with rounded corners until 1939. This is a move to return to the original plan.

SCHEDULING NEW YORK: The Grand Master of New York was concerned about conflicting dates of other organizations. In an effort to overcome this condition he causes all important Grand Lodge dates to be sent to all other Masonically-related bodies for their information and guidance. He reported that the plan seems to be working satisfactorily.

SECRETARIES' BREAKFAST NEVADA: The Grand Secretary reported that he had sponsored a breakfast at Grand Lodge for all lodge secretaries. He is pleased with the results: This morning I was pleased to welcome and have as my guests 25 secretaries of the constituent lodges and a few distinguished guests to the Eleventh Annual Secretaries' Breakfast. I believe these breakfasts have helped bring the secretaries into a closer friendship with one another, and hopefully a closer understanding as to how the Grand Secretary's office operates. The secretaries of our lodges are a most important part of their individual lodges and the Grand Lodge. My personal thanks to all secretaries in this jurisdiction.

SHRINE FLORIDA: The Grand Master of Florida reported that he had: "ordered trials in the respective lodges, suspending all members in Florida chartered lodges from membership in Panama City Shrine Club."

The Grand Master continued: "This edict was terminated after I was satisfied that this Shrine Club had made suitable corrections of its problems."

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zations they may belong, they are first and foremost Master Masons and are required to conform to the laws of the parent body of Masonry.

SQUARE AND COMPASSES UNA UTHORIZED USE

CALIFORNIA: The Committee on Commercialism reported this to the Grand Lodge of California: The chronic problem confronting the committee is the unauthorized use of the Square and Compass. (Compasses) The symbol is registered with the Secretary of State in the name of the Grand Lodge. Its use by anyone else is prohibited by both civil and criminal laws. The committee has, in most instances, been able to obtain an agreement by the errant user of the symbol to refrain from further use. The brethren who print the symbol on their checks or cards do so because of their pride in Masonry. Once informed of the misuse of the symbol they cease immediately. Many printing companies advertise the Square and Compass (Compasses) with the letter "G" as a symbol of meaning "General Engineering." The committee is attempting to contact all printing firms and advise them that the use of the symbol is a violation of California Civil and Criminal Laws.

The committee went on to say that many different organizations use the Square and Compasses and the letter "G," "open and notoriously." They advised that steps should always be taken to correct this situation, or the Masonic Fraternity was in danger of losing exclusive control over the symbol. The committee stated that: "A lodge may not sponsor any commercial venture, while a concordant body may. However, a concordant body may not solicit the public, unless all proceeds go to charity." Of Shrine Games the committee said: Over the past few years it has been our general observation that the Shrine Games, as a whole, have been attracting second-rate teams and players; the net return to the charities is declining; the cost of college level teams is increasing. This has been allowed with the reasoning that "any return is better than none."

The committee is endeavoring to prepare a "Commercialism Manual." It is still to be perfected and adopted.

STRENGTH OF MASONRY YORK GRAND LODGE OF MEXICO: The Grand Master concluded his acceptance address with these words: Responsibility begins with the Grand Master, but to advance it is necessary to depend on the joint efforts of all. I shall need your help; I shall ask for it and I know you will respond in accordance with the five points of fellowship. We are all dependent of each other. Just as the various members of the body are necessary for the perfect working of the whole, so are we all interdependent. If the brotherhood of Masonry means anything, it must be a combined and cooperative approach to our goals and ideals. Bro. Rudyard Kipling expressed this most adequately when he wrote:


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"For this is the law of the jungle as old, as true as the sky and the wolf that shall keep it shall prosper but the wolf that shall break it must die, as the creeper that girdles the tree trunk the law runneth forward and back for the strength of the pack is in the wolf and the strength of the wolf is in the pack.

SUSPENSION ARKANSAS: Arkansas, like all jurisdictions, recognizes that suspensions are a real problem. It is difficult to bring men into Masonry, and in some cases even more difficult to keep them in good standing. The Grand Secretary commenting on Automatic Suspension, which, in Arkansas, requires a brother to be suspended, automatically, if he fails to pay dues by the close of the pay period, asked that it be repealed. He argued that during the past 20 years they had suspended 27,068 brethren by the automatic route. He contends that this would add up to $108,272 at the minimum of $4.00 dues. He further contends that the "automatic" feature takes the matter out of the hands of the local lodge-where he believes it rightfully belongs. Several jurisdictions have it and like it. We prefer not to comment on the plan in Arkansas. It is a matter for that particular jurisdiction to resolve according to their wishes. Arkansas did repeal automatic suspension. We do believe that if S.N.P.D. could somehow be stricken from the records of Masonry, we would have an easier path for secretaries to follow, and a stronger fraternity. The only way we can be sure that this can be accomplished is to consider life memberships. This is another subject entirely. NEVADA: The Grand Lodge of Nevada reports success with writing letters to those who are up for suspension for nonpayment of dues: For the eighth straight year we repeated our program of letter writing to lessen the number of brethren suspended for nonpayment of dues. For those lodges who were sufficiently concerned about this loss to give us the opportunity to try and save their own members from loss by suspension, we showed a 61 Y2 per cent record of success. As you will note from the following lists, 21 lodges sent us 159 names, of which dues were collected from 90 and 54 were suspended. Eight lodges sent us no names and then suspended 22. Nine lodges had no members subject to N.P.D. suspension, and we certainly congratulate them. This program is something of a challenge as we guesstimate our percentage of success, and the reward is rich for every member retained on our rolls. Thank you for letting us try, and hopefully you will make our task easier by your continued fine cooperation in this matter.

SOUTH CAROLINA: The Grand Master is concerned about the difference between a suspended and an expelled brother, particularly relating to the manner of reinstatement and/ or restoration. He said in his recommendations: Over the years the terms suspended and expelled have tended to have the same connotations and therefore by default have become synonymous. Mackey de:


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fines expulsion as being "Masonically dead," yet in this Grand Jurisdiction an expelled brother is under no more severe penalty than one who was sllspended. I respectfully recommend that the Jurisprudence Committee be authorized and directed to study the two terms and to provide a clearer definition for each giving consideration for requiring a brother when expelled to secure the approval of Grand Lodge before being permitted to petition his lodge for readmission. This could easily be accomplished by requiring the expelled brother to submit in writing a request to the Grand Master, or the Appeals and Grievances Committee, for permission to re-petition the lodge from which he was expelled. The Grand Master could in turn appoint a special committee to investigate the circumstances of his expulsion and make a recommendation to permit him to petition, or not petition, at the next annual communication. This action would at least distinguish the severity between suspension and expulsion. It would in no way place undue pressure upon the lodge for accepting or rejecting, but would at least insure that the action would have to layover for a period of time pending approval of the Grand Lodge regarding the request. Later in the proceedings the Grand Lodge adopted the following upon the motion of the Jurisprudence Committee. The privilege of membership is within the exclusive control of the subordinate lodge. Every lodge, therefore, has the right and power to reinsta te any of its members who have been suspended or expelled by its own order, reporting such action to the Grand Lodge. Applications for reinstatement shall be acted upon by the lodge in the manner that it acts upon applications by brethren for membership under Article 132 of the Constitution. No application for reinstatement by a memo ber who has been expelled shall be received or acted upon by any lodge earlier than two years after his expulsion. SOUTH DAKOTA: South Dakota also wrote letters to members up for suspension. The results are encouraging. During the past year the services of the Grand Lodge Office were extended to constituent lodges seeking assistance in collecting dues from members facing possible suspension. Letters were written to 226 such members. Of this number 144 paid dues and 82 were suspended. Of the total suspension, there were 50 brothers to whom we did not have the opportunity to write.

TABLE LODGES Table lodges have taken on a very significant meaning in a number of jurisdictions. The popularity may be due in part to the character of innovation which attends each meeting. Brethren also enjoy any ceremony which involves the breaking of bread together. We believe that table lodges are worthwhile and contribute materially to the interest in those lodges which use them for special occasions. CONNECTICUT: The Grand Master of Connecticut commented that he was chairman of a committee a dozen or more years previously which developed a table lodge ritual. He had this to say about table lodges: OUf committee, realizing that the earliest Table Lodge Ritual was elaborate, suggested an abbreviated and simplified ceremony. Having used this ceremony in Connecticut for several years, I felt we were now ready to add to our Table Lodge Ritual. The Custodians of the Work made these changes and innovations in the


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ceremony as I requested, and had new rituals printed which I ordered distributed and used by our lodges. The majority of brothers availing themselves of participating and attending the table lodges this year, expressed enjoyment and enthusiasm for the new ceremony being used. I respect the opinions of all brothers l"egarding these new innovations and beg their indulgence to allow a reasonable period of rehearsals and proper use of this ceremony. I recommend the continuation of the Annual Table Lodge Celebration in observance of the Feast of our Patron Saint John the Evangelist.

The Custodians of the Work commented further on the success of table lodges: The Custodians of the Work this year developed a revised ritual for the conduct of the table lodge. This revision was an attempt to further enrich the ceremony of the table lodge by introducing more of the customs and practices of the Masonic Feasts of early times. We hoped thereby to augment and improve the traditional friendly and joyous atmosphere of the occasion. Latitude in the conduct of the ceremony was provided, to give adaptability to the requirements and wishes of individual lodges acting as sponsors. The Most Worshipful Grand Master, R. Stanley Harrison, was pleased to approve the results of our effort, and the revised ritual was made ready for use in time for observances of the day dedicated to St. John the Evangelist. It has been used on many occasions throughout Connecticut. The reception, we believe, has been generally favorable and in some cases enthusiastic. We hope that in the future, as familiarity develops, the Ceremony of the Table Lodge will be a strong factor contributing to the meaning and enjoyment of things Masonic.

MAINE: The Grand Master of Maine reported this on table lodges: My first request for a table lodge was from Monument Lodge No. 191, of Houlton, and they became the first lodge in Maine to receive a dispensation to hold the first table lodge, on December 10, 1975. Bethel Lodge No. 97 was granted the second dispensation for a table lodge on April 23, 1976. Although I do not anticipate a sudden influx of requests for permission to hold table lodges, I do believe that many lodges are interested, and look forward to seeing more table lodges this coming year.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Grand Master of New Hampshire issued nine dispensations for table lodges during his year.

TAX EXEMPTION FLORIDA: The Attorney General of Florida, Brother Robert Shevin, who was made a "Mason at Sight" by the Grand Master of Florida, gave an inspirational address on the ad valorem tax problem. My first contact with Free and Accepted Masons was on the ad valorem tax problem when it came before the Florida Cabinet sitting as the Department of Revenue, a couple of years ago, long before I asked to join. As Attorney General, I was called upon at that time to try to provide some guidance and interpretations of the law of what could and could not be done, what was fair, equitable and legal. I received at that time a great deal of written material on Masonry, and from this


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written material and written information, which was all that I had at the time, and no other material, no personal knowledge, of course, I got what I consider to be a pretty good feeling of what Freemasonry was all about. Consequently, I was able to lead in support of the Cabinet Resolution which set forth some general guidelines that I felt Freemasonry could meet in qualifying for ad valorem tax exemptions under Florida law. After having been raised as a Master Mason, after attending several Lodge meetings, and all of this has been within the past two months, after having witnc'lsed the proficiency examination, witnessed the conferring of the Fellowcraft Degree, and after having spent several tutoring sessions in the lengthy, arduous yet satisfying memory work of the catechisms, I assure you that I know much better today than I did two years ago, that the ad valorem tax exemption of the lodge property for either religious, charitable or educational purposes and uses is absolutely lvarranted and necessary. (Applause) The guts of the Cabinet resolution as we drew it and as it was passed by the Florida Cabinet was that the Department of Revenue finds and determines that the activities of fraternal and benevolent organizations are often of a charitable nature, the discontinuance of which would be a great loss to the community and could result in the necessary allocation of public funds for their continuation. Further, that fraternal and benevolent organizations are not properly denied ad valorem tax exemptions merely because of their fraternal or benevolent nature, but in fact where it is indicated that the property is used predominantly for exempt purposes they are entitled to this exemption, and if they use the property for the organization, planning, and fund-raising for charitable purposes, this also constitutes the use of property for exempt purposes. I know that each of the lodges have been provided with a very thorough memorandum of law and recommendations drawn up by Bro. Lewis Hall. But I would like to just briefly for two or three minutes go over some of the points that I think to be absolutely necessary so that each of the lodges will get the tax exemptions that you are entitled to. First of all, ownership is not the prime criteria as you have been told for determining a right to tax exemption in Florida, rather it is the use made of the property. It is the either exclusive or predominate use for charitable, religious, educational, scientific or literary activities conducted on the property that determines the eligibility of the property for ad valorem or real estate tax exemption. Each lodge should have a committee responsible for organization and presentation of a program of activities emphasizing the principles, tenets and beliefs of Freemasonry that are religious, charitable, or educational in character. The committee should arrange that a portion of every Masonic meeting be devoted exclusively to activities which definitively fall within the Florida Cabinet's guidelines for use of the property for exempt purposes. Also, contributions to and for charitable purposes should be systematically recorded and publicized for later documentation if called upon by the Department of Revenue, a local property appraiser, or board of tax adjustment. Also, portions of the physical facilities should, if possible, be made available at cost or less or no cost to' other religious, charitable, educational, literary and scientific organizations for use for those tax-exempt purposes. Program activities should include speakers on religious subjects related to Masonic beliefs, tenets, and principles, on charitable subjects, and educational subjects, and complete records of such activities should be kept. In fact, everything encompassing any of these suggestions should be duly recorded in the lodge's minutes, and the minutes should be so kept that if it becomes necessary to produce a record of such activity that those portions of the minutes that are material may be copied and used without having to disclose other lodge business. I feel confident that every lodge following these recommendations will be able to justify and substantiate your lodge's requests for appropriate tax exemption.


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TEMPLES Masonic Temples in metropolitan areas have posed increasing problems of maintenance and support. This is not confined to any particular area or jurisdiction. It seems to be widespread, and various means of support have been suggested. CALIFORNIA: It is a sad commentary on conditions across the country, that we must have guarded parking areas around our metropolitan Masonic Temples. However, it is a fact of life we must all face. The Committee on Temple Properties reported to the Grand Lodge of California: The committee is aware of the increasing concern for our Masonic Family for the welfare and safety of those attending meetings at our temples. We commend those lodges and temple associations that have taken positive action to provide a safe meeting place by providing well-lighted and enclosed parking facilities, se路 curity patrols, and escorting guests to their cars at the conclusion of their meetings.

MARYLAND: The Grand Master of Maryland reported this action in connection with the Charles Street Temple in Baltimore: The Board of Managers is constantly faced with the squeeze of ever-increasing costs of salaries, supplies and services in an aging facility. There is a feasibility study afoot to determine the future use of the property and our property holdings adjacent to this Temple in light of present and projected conditions. Your Grand Master has granted permission to Mount Vernon Lodge No. 151 to temporarily move from this Temple to a facility in the suburbs. This was granted on a test basis to determine what effect such a move would have on the future growth and interest in this lodge which has been on the decline for a number of years in membership and attendance. This is not intended to signal a mass exodus of lodges from this Temple but merely a fact-finding survey to be used conjointly with the future use study aforementioned.

MICHIGAN: The Grand Lodge of Michigan heard an old story regarding metropolitan Masonic Temples. The following was said about the Temple in Detroit: While the Detroit Masonic Temple remains a beautiful structure, the neighborhood surrounding it has deteriorated to the point that our members are afraid of their personal safety and well-being in traveling to and from the Temple. Our members have repeatedly expressed fear of coming to lodge for this reason, and this has resulted in a sharp decrease in our attendance and potential membership.

TOURS GEORGIA: The Grand Lodge of Georgia, like many other Masonic and Masonic-related bodies, have in recent years sponsored tours to raise funds for Masonic charities. The Grand Lodge of Georgia sponsored two such tours, one to Hawaii and one to Mallorca. The latter was for less than the original 43 reservations, but netted 4 per cent, or $3,719.10 for the Masonic Home Endowment Fund. MAINE: The Grand Lodge of Maine sponsored two tours this past year. The Grand Master reported:


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A trip to Italy in October was considered to be one of the outstanding tours available. A one-week stop in Rome is necessary to visit all the many famous churches, museums, ruins, St. Peter's Square, the Vatican, and dozens of others, with precious paintings and sculptures. From Rome we spent a week travelling north through Italy into southern Switzerland, making one- and two-day stops en route. In March 1976, we had an eight-day tour to Hawaii, with a full plane of tourists, all from Maine.

MICHIGAN: The Grand Lodge of Michigan adopted a resolution creating a committee on travel. It