Constitution and Standing Regulations of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and
Accepted Masoncs of the State of Maine
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State of Maine
In the year of our Lord one thousandEight hundred and twenty.
AN ACT TO
MEMBERS OF THE GRAND LODGE
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in Legislature Assembled, That WILLIAM KING, SIMON GREENLEAF, WILLIAM SWAN, NATHANIEL COFFIN, their associates and successors, are incorporated into a body politic, by the name of the Master, Wardens and Members of the Grand Lodge of Maine; with power to sue and be sued; to have a common seal, and to change the same; to make any by-laws for the management of their affairs, not repugnant to the laws of this state, nor to ancient Masonic uses; to take and hold for charitable and benevolent uses, any real estate and any personal estate and to give and grant, or bargain and sell the same; and with all the privileges usually granted to other societies instituted for purposes of charity and -beneficence.
SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, That the first meeting of said corporation shall be held at such time and place, and be notified in such manner, as the majority of the persons herein named may direct.
SEC. 3. Be it further enacted that the powers granted by this act may be enlarged, restrained, or repealed, at the pleasure of the Legislature.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, June 15,1820.
This bill having had three several readings, passed to be enacted.
BENJAMIN AMES, Speaker.
IN SENATE, June 16,1820.
This bill having had two several readings, passed to be enacted.
&JOHN CHANDLER, President
June 16, 1820.-Approved.WILLIAM KING.
Copy from original:
Attest: ASHUR WARE, Secretary of State.
Chapter 4, Private and Special Laws of 1820, as amended by Chapter 7
Private and Special Laws of 1961.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Act of Incorporation
PART FIRST - THE GRAND LODGE
1-Style and Title
2-Officers and Members-Rank and 'Title
3-The and Place of Meetings
4-Powers of the Grand Lodge
5-6-Qualifications of Grand Officers
14-15-Of the M.W.G. Master
16-17-Of the Deputy Grand Master
18-19-Of the Grand Wardens
20-22-Of the Grand Treasurer
23-Of the Grand Secretary
24-Of the District Deputy Grand Masters
25-Of the Grand Chaplains
26-Of the Grand Marshal
27-Of Grand Deacons
28-Of Grand Stewards
29-Of Grand Sword Bearer
30-Of Grand Standard Bearer
31-Of Grand Pursuivants
32-Of Grand Tyler
33-Of Grand Lecturer
33a-Of Grand Librarian
34-Clothing of Grand Lodge
35-43-Of Committees of the Grand Lodge
35-Committee of Finance
1. On Credentials
2. On Returns
3. On Grievances and Appeals
4. On History of Masonry in Maine
5. On Dispensations and Charters
6. On Amendments to the Constitution
7. On Masonic Jurisprudence
8. On Fraternal Correspondence
9. On Condition of the Fraternity
10. On Library and Museum
l0a. On Masonic Education and Lodge Service
11. On Doings of Grand Officers
12. On Payroll
13. On Unfinished Business
14. On Ritual
15. On By-laws
44-Rules for the Government of the Grand Lodge
PART SECOND-Charitable Foundation
60-66-Masonic Charitable Foundation of the Grand Lodge
PART THIRD-Subordinate Lodges
67-71-Lodges Under Dispensation
72-74-Chartering and Organization of New Lodges
75-78-Surrender, Forfeiture, and Revocation of Charters
79-81-Proxies of Lodges
82-111-Powers and Duties of Lodges
112-132-Work of Lodges
133-136-Membership of Lodges
PART FOURTH-Amending Section
1-47-DIGEST SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
Decisions, with such other propositions of Masonic law as seem to be useful in the work of the lodge, are set forth in the Digest following the Constitution and Standing Regulations.
The Constitution is referred to by sections, the Regulations by numbers, and the Decisions by page of the year's Proceedings in which they are found.
When no reference is made, the proposition is one of general Masonic law.
The Digest of Decisions should be examined in conjunction with the Constitution and Standing Regulations in determining all the Maine Masonic law on a given subject.
In 1991, M.W. Robert V. Damon appointed the following committee to review and revise the Constitution and Digest of Decisions. A major consideration was to make the information and organization of the book more readable and easier to locate. The Digest of Decisions was the major consideration to be worked on. In as much as Decisions are made by Grand Masters and cannot be changed, there was wording that was rearranged for clarification and easier reading.
This book is dedicated to III. Franklin G. Hinckley For his dedicated service as Chairman of the Constitution and By-laws Revision Committee.
Even at the time when Brother Hinckley was ill, He worked and persevered To have the project completed.
It is with regret that he passed away Before he could see The fruits of his labor come to fruition.
Franklin G. Hinckley, Chairman
M. Donald Gardner
Wayne T. Adams
John E. Anagnostis
Hollis G. Dixon
THE GRAND LODGE
GRAND LODGE OF ANCIENT
FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS
STATE OF MAINE
We, the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Maine, in order to form perfect fraternal union, establish order, insure tranquility, provide for and promote the general welfare of the Craft, and secure to the Fraternity the blessings of Masonic privileges, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
Freemasonry is a charitable, benevolent, educational, and religious secret society, adhering to its own peculiar ancient landmarks. Its methods of recognition and of symbolic instruction are secret and thereby a test of membership is provided, though a Brother is traveling in foreign countries and among those who would otherwise be strangers.
It is religious in that it teaches monotheism, the Volume of the Sacred Law is open upon altars whenever a Lodge is in session, worship of God is ever a part of its ceremonial, and to its neophytes and Brethren alike are constantly addressed lessons of morality; yet it is not theological.
It is educational in that it teaches a perfect system of morality; based upon the Sacred Law, by a prescribed ceremonial; and it also provides libraries and opportunities for study therein.
It is benevolent in that it teaches relief of the poor and distressed as a duty, and exemplifies the duty by relief of sick and distressed Brethren by caring for the widows and orphans of the Brethren, by maintaining homes for the aged and distressed Brethren and their dependents, and by providing for the education of orphans.
It is charitable in that none of its income inures to the benefit of any individual, but all is devoted to the improvement and promotion of the happiness of mankind.
It is a social organization only so far as it furnishes additional inducement that men may foregather in numbers, thereby providing more material for its primary work of training, of worship, and of charity.
In ancient times, the Brethren met in General Assembly for the ordering of the affairs of the Craft. With growth in numbers, however, it became necessary, in 1717, to adopt a representative form of government, since which time the Brethren have met in Lodges and each Lodge has sent its delegates to a legislative body known as the Grand Lodge.
Style and Title
SEC. 1. The style and title of this Grand Lodge shall be, "THE MOST WORSHIPFUL GRAND LODGE OF ANCIENT FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS OF THE STATE OF MAINE."
Officers and Members - Rank and Title
SEC. 2. The Grand Lodge shall consist of the following officers and members, and their rank and title shall be as follows:
A Most Worshipful Grand Master;
A Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master;
A Right Worshipful Senior Grand Warden;
A Right Worshipful Junior Grand Warden;
Most Worshipful Past Grand Masters;
Right Worshipful Past Deputy Grand Masters;
Right Worshipful Past Grand Wardens;
Right Worshipful Grand Treasurer
Right Worshipful Grand Secretary;
Right Worshipful District Deputy Grand Masters
Very Worshipful District Representatives
Right Worshipful Grand Lecturer
Right Worshipful Assistant Grand Lecturers;
Worshipful and Reverend Grand Chaplains;
Worshipful Grand Marshal;
Worshipful Grand Senior Deacon;
Worshipful Grand Junior Deacon;
Worshipful Grand Stewards;
Worshipful Grand Historian
Worshipful Grand Sword Bearer,
Worshipful Grand Standard Bearer
Worshipful Grand Pursuivants;
Worshipful Grand Organist
Worshipful Grand Librarian
Brother Grand Tyler.
All of whom, together with the Worshipful Masters and Wardens, for the time being, of the several chartered lodges under this jurisdiction or their legally appointed proxies, said proxies to be a member of said lodge whose officers they are representing, shall be entitled to vote as members of the Grand Lodge. [2003, pg 586; 2004, pg 875].
It shall be the duty of each chartered lodge under this jurisdiction to be represented in each Grand Lodge Annual Communication by at least the Worshipful Master or one of the Wardens or a legally appointed proxy who is a member of said lodge.
Each member of the Grand Lodge shall have one vote, and one only, in his own right; provided, however, that if but two of the officers of a lodge who are members of the Grand Lodge, are present, the superior officer shall have two votes, and the other one vote; and if only one of such officers, or in the absence of all the proxy of the lodge is present, he shall have three votes. [See Sec. 44-Rule 7]
That all Past Grand Treasurers will be accorded Permanent Member status. That all Past Grand Secretaries will be accorded Permanent Member status, and that District Representatives, while in office, be accorded Grand Lodge Member status.
Time and Place of Meetings
SEC. 3. The Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge shall be held at Portland, Maine on the first Tuesday in May, at eight o'clock A.M. Eastern Standard Time (nine o'clock Daylight); provided however, that Grand Lodge may vote at any Annual Communication to hold the next Annual Communication on some other date or at some other place.
Special Communications may be called as the Grand Lodge or Grand Master may direct.
Powers of the Grand Lodge
SEC. 4. The Grand Lodge, by the ancient Constitutions and uses of the fraternity, is invested with certain original, essential and unalterable powers and privileges belonging to the ancient craft, and has powers especially:
First - To enact and enforce all laws and regulations for the government of the fraternity, and to alter, amend and repeal the same at pleasure.
Second - To constitute new lodges by granting dispensations and charters under seal; and, for good cause, to suspend, revoke or annul the same at pleasure.
Third - To establish and preserve a uniform mode of working and lectures in accordance with the ancient landmarks and customs of Masonry.
Fourth - To assess and collect from the several lodges under its jurisdiction such sums of money as may be deemed necessary for the benefit of the craft.
Fifth -To hear and determine all questions of dispute between two or more lodges.
Sixth -To hear and decide all cases of appeal from the decisions of subordinate lodges.
Seventh -To demand and receive such fees and charges for granting dispensations, charters, certificates and diplomas as may be reasonable.
Eighth -To hear and decide all charges and complaints against any officer of the Grand Lodge or Master of a lodge, and to inflict such punishment on the delinquent and guilty as may appear just and proper.
Ninth -To exercise all such powers and perform all such acts, as by custom are exercised and performed by Grand Lodges within the ancient constitutions and landmarks of Freemasonry. [See Sec. 44]
Qualifications of Grand Officers
SEC. 5. No brother shall be eligible to the office of Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, Grand Warden, or District Deputy Grand Master unless he shall have been regularly elected and duly installed Master of a duly constituted lodge, and shall have faithfully discharged his duties in such office for one term. And no one of the officers above named during his continuance in office shall be Master or Warden of a lodge. And any such Past Master, notwithstanding he may be, at the time being, the Master or Warden of a lodge, shall be eligible to any office in the Grand Lodge; but upon installation into either of the offices above named, vacates his said office in the lodge.
SEC. 6. No brother shall be eligible to an office in the Grand Lodge, except he be a Permanent Member thereof, or a member of a subordinate lodge under this jurisdiction; and a brother having been duly elected to either of the stations of Grand Warden, and having served in said station for one year, shall not be re-elected to the office of the year following.
SEC. 7. The Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, Grand Wardens, Grand Treasurer and Grand Secretary, shall be elected by ballot at the annual communication in May, the election to commence at Two o’clock P.M., Eastern Standard Time (Three o’clock daylight). Ballots shall be printed by the Grand Lodge for all candidates who have made known their candidacy for office in writing to the Grand Secretary before March 15th prior to the opening of the Grand Lodge session. If a majority is not obtained for any office, a further ballot may be collected as soon as convenient. However, such further balloting shall take priority over all other matters at 2:00 P. M. Eastern standard Time (Three O’clock, Daylight). [2001, pg. 49; 2004, pg 875]
A majority of the votes collected shall be necessary for a choice. All Grand Lodge Officers not herein designated for election shall be appointed by the Grand Master, with not more than six Assistant Grand Lecturers to assist the Grand Lecturer in imparting instruction to the officers and brethren of lodges.
Rule 2. When the hour arrives for the election of the officers of the Grand Lodge, the Committee on Credentials shall announce the number of votes in Grand Lodge and it shall go into an executive session for that purpose, and none but members of the Grand Lodge shall be present without the consent of the Grand Master in each case.
Rule 4. Before proceeding to vote for Grand Officers, the brethren shall be seated and supplied with printed or written ballots, or slips of paper upon which each may write the names of candidates. The tellers shall receive their votes, at the door of the Lodge Hall, as the Brethren depart at lunchtime.
SEC. 8. The officers of the Grand Lodge, elected and appointed, shall be installed at the annual communication of the Grand Lodge, as soon after their election or appointment as may be. The Grand Master shall be installed by his immediate predecessor, or by such Past Grand Master as the retiring Grand Master may appoint, and in the absence of the retiring Grand Master by such Past Grand Master as the Grand Master elect may select.
SEC. 9. In case the Grand Master elect be absent at the time of installation, he may be installed at such time and place and by such person as the Grand Lodge may specially authorize and appoint; and if he decline the acceptance of said office, the Grand Master shall call a special communication of the Grand Lodge to elect his successor.
SEC. 10. All other elected or appointed Grand Officers, if present, shall be installed in open Grand Lodge; and any not present may be installed in any open subordinate lodge by some brother specially authorized by the Grand Lodge or the Grand Master. The installing officer shall cause a certificate of the installation to be transmitted to the Grand Secretary, who shall note the same on his record. No officer can be installed by proxy.
SEC. 11. The several Grand Officers, previous to their installation, shall make the following declaration: "I solemnly promise upon the honor of a
Mason, that in the office of, I will, according to the best of my abilities, strictly comply with the Constitution and Regulations of this Grand Lodge, and all other ancient Masonic uses, so far as the same shall come to my knowledge."
SEC. 12. All Grand Officers, elected or appointed, when installed, shall be proclaimed by the Grand Marshal and shall hold their respective offices until their successors are duly elected and installed.
SEC. 13. No elected officer of the Grand Lodge, or of any lodge, shall act as such, until he is duly installed.
Of the M. W. G. Master
SEC. 14. The Grand Master has power and authority, during the recess of the Grand Lodge, to grant dispensations to new lodges to continue in force until the next annual communication of the Grand Lodge; and for dereliction of duty or other unmasonic conduct, he may suspend a brother or lodge until the next annual communication of the Grand Lodge at pleasure, giving reasonable notice to the lodges and members of the time and place intended for the meeting, and stating therein the object of it. He may convene any lodge within his jurisdiction, preside therein (with his officers or otherwise), inspect their proceedings, and require their conformity to the regulations and edicts of the Grand Lodge.
He may, in the event of any civil emergency or disaster, grant a dispensation permitting a change of time or date for Stated Communications of a constituent lodge; provided, that such dispensation shall expire whenever: the by-laws of the constituent lodge have been amended to meet the situation; the civil emergency or the results of the disaster have ceased; the next regular Communication of Grand Lodge; whichever shall first occur.
SEC. 15. The Grand Master has authority from time to time, as he may think for the good of Masonry, to divide the State into districts and assign their limits. Every newly constituted lodge shall be assigned by him to some district, and notice given to the District Deputy Grand Master of the same.
He may grant dispensations for processions, and for conferring degrees, and do all other acts and deeds that are warranted and required of him by the regulations and ancient customs of the fraternity.
The Grand Master, or presiding officer, at every annual communication of the Grand Lodge may, at his discretion, give or cause to be given, one section of the lecture of each degree or an exemplification of the work in one or more degrees, or designate such other ceremonial of a Masonic character as he may deem advisable.
[See Sec. 9, 36-44, 47, 67, 74, 83, 88, 89, 130, 49 (2), (3), (4b), (4f), (4k), (5), 120, 5. R. 5,11,14, 22]
Of the Deputy Grand Master
SEC. 16. It shall be the duty of the Deputy Grand Master to attend all the communications of the Grand Lodge and render to the Grand Master such assistance as may be required of him. In the absence of the Grand Master he shall preside in Grand Lodge and perform such duties and possess such authority while presiding as appertain to the Grand Master.
SEC. 17. In case of the death, or removal from the State, of the Grand Master, the Deputy Grand Master shall, ex-officio, exercise all the powers, and perform all the duties of the Grand Master as herein provided until the next annual communication of the Grand Lodge; and during the temporary absence of the Grand Master he may, by and with the advice and consent of the Grand Wardens, call special meetings of the Grand Lodge, should the interest of the craft in their opinion require it.
Of the Grand Wardens
SEC. 18. It shall be the duty of the grand Wardens to assist the Grand Master in the Grand Lodge; and when required, they are to attend in the examination of any particular lodge, and act as his Wardens.
SEC. 19. In the absence of the Grand Master and the Deputy Grand Master, the Senior Grand Warden shall preside over the Grand Lodge; and in his absence, the Junior Grand Warden; and, in the absence of all these, then the Past Grand Masters, Past Deputy grand Masters, and Past Grand Wardens, according to seniority; and if no such officer be present, the Senior Past Master is to preside, unless he waive his right to another brother who is a Past Master. In any of these cases, the presiding officer, unless he is a Past Grand Master, shall wear the jewel of the Deputy Grand Master. In case both the offices of Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master are vacant, the ranking Grand Warden succeeds to the duties of Grand Master as provided in section seventeen.
In case of vacancy in any office ranking below that of Junior Grand Warden, the Grand Master shall fill the vacancy by appointment for the remainder of the term and cause the appointee to be installed as provided in section ten. If a bond be required of such officer, it shall be in such amount and with such sureties as the Grand Master and Finance Committee shall approve. [S. R. 41]
Of the Grand Treasurer
SEC. 20. The Grand Treasurer shall receive and have the custody and charge of all the property and funds of the Grand Lodge. He shall, before he enters upon the duties of his office, give bond with surety or sureties to the satisfaction of the Grand Master and Finance Committee, conditioned for the faithful discharge of his trust. He shall deposit Grand Lodge funds in such depositories as shall be approved by the Grand Master and Finance Committee, and disburse said funds for bills approved by the Finance Committee, or for appropriations made by the Grand Lodge or the Board of Trustees of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, attested by the Grand Secretary.
SEC. 21. He shall lay before the Grand Lodge, on the first day of the annual communication thereof, a statement of his accounts, exhibiting the amounts received and paid out, and on what account, with the respective dates of receipts and disbursements.
SEC. 22. He shall have in his care all charters, records, seals and regalia returned to the Grand Lodge, and all charters and dispensations for constituting new lodges. He shall annually render to the Committee of Finance a statement of his accounts with vouchers and a schedule of the funds of the Grand Lodge. He shall deliver to his successor in office the funds and other property of the Grand Lodge, taking duplicate receipts therefore, one of which he shall deposit with the Grand Secretary.
[See S. R. 23,28,41]
Of the Grand Secretary
SEC. 23. The Grand Secretary shall attend upon the communications of the Grand Lodge, observe and record the proceedings thereof and preserve the same in suitable books kept for that purpose.
He shall give notice of all communications of the Grand Lodge by addressing a circular to the several officers, permanent members and standing and special committees thereof and one to each lodge which shall also state the time when the returns must be made and the dues paid.
He shall receive all petitions, applications and appeals, and lay them before the Grand Master.
He shall have the custody of the seal of the Grand Lodge.
He shall engross, attest, and affix the seal to all warrants, charters, commissions, diplomas and certificates, when ordered by the Grand Master or the Grand Lodge.
He shall send the printed proceedings of the Grand Lodge, blanks for applications for the charity fund, blanks for returns, with a circular stating when they must be returned, and diplomas from his office directly to the lodges, keeping an account with each lodge of the number of diplomas furnished.
He shall keep a list of all lodges under this jurisdiction according to seniority.
He shall furnish the chairman of every committee with a copy of the vote of his appointment; attend all committees with the records and papers of his office, when required; and record all reports of committees, which may be accepted by the Grand Lodge.
He shall, as soon as may be after its several communications, forward to each member of the Grand Lodge such number of copies of the edicts and regulations of the Grand Lodge, including a list of the Grand Officers for the time being, as shall be directed by the Grand Master; and all such other transactions of the Grand Lodge as may be necessary for the information and regulation of the sub-ordinate lodges.
When required, he shall cause a transcript of the journal of the proceedings of the Grand Lodge to be printed, as soon after the annual communication as the same can be done, and shall forward two copies thereof to each of the Grand Lodges of the United States and such other jurisdictions as are recognized by this Grand Lodge, one copy to each officer and Permanent Member of this Grand Lodge and two copies to each lodge. [1990, p. 87]
During intervals between communications of the Grand Lodge, he shall, at his discretion, answer all correspondence addressed on the subject of Masonry.
He shall act as Curator of the museum.
[See Sec. 65, 72, 58; S. R. 9, 10, 17, 20, and 35]
Of the District Deputy Grand Masters
SEC. 24. The District Deputy Grand Masters are the personal representatives of the Grand Master and it is their duty to visit the several lodges in their respective districts at least once in every year; preside in the same when officially present; inspect the charter or certificate of charter, by-laws, records and mode of working, and make report thereof to the Grand Master and the Grand Secretary immediately after each inspection on such forms and in such manner as required by the Grand Master or the Constitution and Regulations of the Grand Lodge. If unable to visit any lodge, they may appoint some suitable brother to perform that duty.
They shall communicate to the lodges all such edicts and regulations of the Grand Lodge as may be received by them from the Grand Secretary.
They shall annually, before the first day of April in each year, make report of their doings to the Grand Master. They shall attend in Grand Lodge during their term of office. They shall be reimbursed their necessary expenses in visiting the lodges at inspections, their accounts being first examined and passed by the Committee of Finance.
Each District Deputy Grand Master, on receiving from the Grand Treasurer the jewel of his office and the record of the district over which he is appointed, shall give a receipt to the Grand Treasurer, in substance, as follows, viz:
"Whereas, I _________ _________, have been appointed and duly commissioned District Deputy Grand Master for the _________ Masonic District and have received the collar and jewel appertaining to said office, and the book of records of said district, I hereby promise to return the same, at the expiration or revocation of my commission, to the Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Maine; and in default thereof I promise to pay the Treasurer of said Grand Lodge the sum of three hundred dollars."
[See Sec. 47, 68, 83, 86, 89]
S.R. 8: Resolved, That it is the duty of, and is hereby enjoined upon, the District Deputy Grand Masters in the several Masonic districts, to use their best endeavors to impress upon the various lodges in their several jurisdictions, and their Masters and Wardens, the importance of the attendance of said officers upon the communications of the Grand Lodge, and to make use of their best efforts to have every lodge represented at all such communications by their first three officers.
S.R. 11: Resolved, That lodges be allowed to occupy halls with other associations, provided the District Deputy of the district first personally inspect, and in writing approve, the occupation. However, this inspection shall not be necessary in cases where other societies seek to have joint occupation of previously dedicated Masonic halls.
A hall can be built for joint occupancy with another association, provided the plans of such building shall be submitted to the Grand Master, and after his approval, permission may be given to build a building in common.
Voted, That application to a lodge for joint occupation of its hall by another society, shall be granted only by a two-thirds vote of the lodge, the application having been laid over from one stated meeting to another. Provided, however, that in special cases the Grand Master may give permission to act upon such application at any stated or special meeting, if he shall find sufficient cause therefore.
S.R. 15: Resolved, That the District Deputy Grand Master be seasonably notified in writing, by the secretary of each lodge in his district, of each and every meeting of that lodge to be held.
S R. 17: (III). Upon the visitation of the lodge by the Grand Master or the District Deputy Grand Master, or any special representative of the Grand Lodge or Grand Master, the charter shall be produced, provided that notice to that effect shall have been seasonably given.
Of Grand Chaplains
SEC. 25. There shall be one Grand Chaplain and not less than four Assistant Grand Chaplains, appointed by the Grand Master on the day of his installation, who shall attend the communications of the Grand Lodge, perform such duties as may be suitable to the occasion and as are established by Masonic uses. [2007, p. 638]
Of the Grand Marshal
SEC. 26. The Grand Marshal shall direct the organization of the Grand Lodge before it is opened; collect from the members and petitioners in the Grand Lodge all communications and place them before the Grand Secretary; introduce visitors; direct the formation of and conduct processions; call the lodges
when required, and execute all commands of the Grand Master.
Of Grand Deacons
SEC. 27. The Grand Deacons shall carry messages and attend the Grand Master in processions.
Of Grand Stewards
SEC. 28. The Grand Master shall annually appoint four Grand Stewards, who under the direction of the Grand Treasurer, shall have in charge all the jewels, clothing, furniture and regalia of the Grand Lodge and properly distribute the same.
Of Grand Historian
SEC. 28A. It shall be the duty of the Grand Historian to keep and maintain an up-to-date narrative history of the Grand Lodge in Maine and, at the request of the Grand Master, to present the same to the Grand Lodge at regular intervals. [1987, p. 443]
Of Grand Sword Bearer
SEC. 29. The Grand Sword Bearer shall rank as Assistant Grand Marshal and in his absence perform the duties of Grand Marshal.
Of Grand Standard Bearer
SEC. 30. It shall be the duty of the Grand Standard Bearer to carry the Grand Banner of the Order in processions and public ceremonies.
Of Grand Pursuivants
SEC. 31. The Grand Master shall annually appoint two Grand Pursuivants. Their stations shall be at the inner door of the Grand Lodge. It shall be their duty to attend to the officers, members and visitors; to see that they appear in Grand Lodge suitably clothed and, under the direction of the Grand Marshal, that they take their proper stations. In all public processions of the Grand Lodge they shall precede and assist the Grand Marshal.
Of Grand Tyler
SEC. 32. The Grand Tyler shall duly guard the outer door and see that none, except the Grand Officers and members, enter without permission of the Grand Master.
Of Grand Lecturer
SEC. 33. The Grand Lecturer shall exemplify the work and lectures in Grand Lodge, if required, and impart instruction to the officers and brethren of lodges in Schools of Instruction held for that purpose at such times and places as shall be directed by the Grand Master.
Of Grand Lodge Librarian
SEC. 33A. It shall be the duty of the Grand Lodge Librarian to gather, keep and maintain the collection of books, audio visuals, and archived materials owned by the Grand Lodge of Maine. The Grand Lodge Librarian shall provide a written Annual Report of the Grand Lodge Librarian to the Grand Secretary prior to the first day of April each year.
Clothing in Grand Lodge
SEC. 34. The clothing of a Grand Officer shall be, as the Grand Lodge shall, from time to time, prescribe. Permanent members of the Grand Lodge shall wear the apron prescribed for Grand Officers.
An officer of a lodge shall wear white or figured apron.
STANDING REGULATION NO. 16:
The clothing of the Grand Officers shall be as follows:
The aprons of the Grand Officers shall be of white lambskin, lined with purple, and may have the emblem of his office suitable embroidered in the center and with other suitable embroidery on the edgings thereof, with purple edging and strings.
That the jewels of the Grand Officers shall be as follows:
That of the Grand Master, the Compasses extended to 45 degrees, with the segment of a circle at the points and a gold or metal gilt plate included, on which is represented an eye, eradicated, with a triangle, also eradicated. That of the Deputy Grand Master, the Compasses and Square united, with a five-pointed star in the center. That of the Senior Grand Warden, the Level; Junior Grand Warden, the Plumb; the Grand Treasurer, a Key; Grand Secretary, Crossed Pens; Grand Chaplain, Book with a Triangle; Grand Marshal, Crossed Rods; Grand Deacons, Dove and Olive Branch; Grand Stewards, Cornucopia; Grand Sword Bearer, Crossed Swords; Grand Standard Bearer, Banner; Grand Pursuivants, a Rod and Sword, crossed; Grand Organist, Lyre; Grand Librarian, the Lamp of Knowledge with an Open Book; Grand Tyler, Sword.
Each Past Grand Master, Past Deputy Grand Master and Past Grand Warden may be distinguished by the jewel prescribed for the office he has filled, with this difference, that such jewel shall be fixed within a circle or oval of gold or metal gilt. It shall be worn over the left breast.
The collars of the Grand Officers shall be purple velvet suitably embroidered. [See S. R. 41]
Of Committees of the Grand Lodge
COMMITTEE OF FINANCE
SEC. 35. There shall be a Committee of Finance consisting of five members to be elected by ballot for a term of three years, provided, however, that at the first annual communication following the adoption of this amendment, one new member of this committee shall be elected for two years and one new member shall be elected for three years. In case of vacancy, the Grand Master may appoint a member of said committee to serve until the next annual communication when
the vacancy shall be filled by election for the un-expired term. In case of the absence from the State or disability of a member, the Grand Master may appoint a member pro tem of said committee to serve during the continuance of such absence or disability. It shall be their duty to examine and pass all bills against the Grand Lodge, audit, or cause to be audited by a public accountant as may be directed by the Grand Lodge or the Grand Master, the accounts of the Grand Treasurer and the accounts of any other officer or committee entrusted with funds of the Grand Lodge; to examine the records of the Grand Secretary and see that they are properly kept; shall prepare and distribute to the delegates to Grand Lodge within a reasonable time before the first day of the Annual Communication, a proposed operating budget for the ensuing year, together with the per capita tax to support the budget. They shall, with the Grand Master, designate proper depositories for the funds of the Grand Lodge. They shall report to the Grand Lodge at each annual communication and before the election of officers the result of the audits of receipts and expenditures of the preceding year. The Finance Committee shall prepare and distribute to the permanent members, and constituent lodges during the month of February of each year, a draft budget and offer the Brethren the opportunity to comment in writing or in person during the months of March and April.
Provided further that any elected member of the Finance Committee that shall fail to attend two or more scheduled meetings of said committee, without having been previously excused by the Chairman of the Finance Committee, shall be removed and a replacement named by the Grand Master to serve until the next Annual Communication when the vacancy shall be filled by election for the un-expired term. [2001,p.63, 2005 pg. 111]
SEC. 36. There shall be appointed after the installation of the Grand Officers and before the close of the Annual Communication the following committees to be composed of three members each, with the exception, however, of the committee on Masonic Education and Lodge Service, which shall be composed of seven members, and the Committee on Ritual.
1. On Credentials
The Committee on Credentials shall make a proper record and report to Grand Lodge the attendance of Grand Officers, Permanent Members, Officers and Proxies of Lodges and Grand Representatives of other Grand Jurisdictions in attendance at the annual communication, and before the election of officers report the number of votes in Grand Lodge.
[See S. R. 9]
2. On Returns
The Committee on Returns of which the Grand Secretary shall be ex-officio a member and chairman, shall prepare and report in tabular form an abstract of the returns of the several lodges and submit such other statistical data relative to the work of the lodges as may be of interest to the membership of the Grand Lodge.
3. On Grievances and Appeals
The Committee on Grievances and Appeals shall have referred to it all matters of controversy and grievances and petitions or applications for reinstatement or restoration to Masonry; and shall hear appeals from recommendations of the Commissioners of Trials, and on receiving and hearing such appeals shall review the proceedings and findings of the Board of Commissioners of Trials and make appropriate recommendation to the Grand Lodge. [1994, p. 1040]
4. On History of Masonry in Maine
The Committee on History of Masonry in Maine shall have referred to it histories of the several lodges as compiled, review and file the same in the office of the Grand Secretary. [See S. R. 2]
5. On Dispensations and Charters
The Committee on Dispensations and Charters shall examine the work and records of lodges working under dispensation and make such recommendations on the petition of a lodge working under such a dispensation for a charter as appears to be in the interests of the craft and the petitioners. It shall also have referred to it all matters concerning suspension and revocation of charters.
6. On Amendments to the Constitution
The Committee on Amendments to the Constitution shall have referred to it all proposed amendments to the Constitution and Standing Regulations entertained by Grand Lodge. [1971, p. 596]
7. On Masonic Jurisprudence
The Committee on Masonic Jurisprudence shall have referred to it all acts of the Grand Master involving questions of Masonic law and practice and shall report on such other matters as are referred to it for consideration.
8. On Fraternal Relations
The Committee on Fraternal Relations shall review the proceedings and documents emanating from other Grand Masonic Jurisdictions and report thereon; also make recommendations in cases where other Grand Jurisdictions ask fraternal recognition by this Grand Lodge.
9. On Condition of the Fraternity
The Committee on Condition of the Fraternity shall examine the reports of the District Deputy Grand Masters and the returns of the lodges and make such suggestions and recommendations as may be in the interests of the subordinate lodges and the Grand Lodge.
10. On Library and Museum
The Committee on Library and Museum shall have general charge of the library and museum. It shall report at each annual communication the number and title of the publications added to the library and such articles having historical or sentimental value connected directly or indirectly with Freemasonry or Freemasons presented or collected for the museum.
10a. On Masonic Education and Lodge Service
This committee composed of seven members is charged with the duty of providing and supplying approved Masonic material for educational programs in the lodges, including methods and means of candidate instruction, and to publish and supply lodges such bulletins on Masonic subjects as may be approved by the Grand Master.
It shall have the further duty of recommending speakers, organizing a speakers’ bureau, recommending motion pictures, illustrated slides and assisting anniversary programs and special programs of all sorts that will give assistance to lodge problems coming under the scope of this committee.
The Grand Master shall appoint District Education Representatives for one year terms, taking into consideration recommendations made by the Committee. [1996, pg. 1555, 2005 pg. 111]
11. On Doings of Grand Officers
The Committee on Doings of Grand Officers shall have referred to it the addresses and reports of the Grand Officers and shall refer all matters contained therein to the committees especially charged with particular duties under this Constitution and the Regulations of the Grand Lodge.
12. On Unfinished Business
The Committee on Unfinished Business shall examine the printed proceedings of the previous communication and report at the first session of the Grand Lodge all matters therein pending and undetermined; also before the close of the annual communication submit a report that all matters of business presented at the communication have been acted on.
13. On Ritual
The Committee on Ritual shall be charged with the Preservation of the Ritual land the perpetuation and continuity of accurate interpretation.
14. On Bylaws
This Committee shall draw up a uniform code of bylaws to be approved by the Grand Lodge and to be available for adoption by the constituent lodges. They shall also examine proposed bylaw changes of constituent lodges and make recommendations to the Grand master for his approval.
15. On the Maine Masonic College
The Maine Masonic College shall be governed by a Board of Regents appointed for staggered three year terms and shall carry out its mission all in accordance with By-laws from time to time approved by the Grand Master.
SEC. 37. All vacancies in the Standing Committees shall be filled as soon as convenient after the opening of each annual communication of the Grand Lodge.
SEC. 38. Members of the Standing Committees shall hold office until the close of the next annual communication. The Grand Master may refer to any of those committees, during the recess, any matter for their consideration, and he or the Chairman may call the committee together, if deemed expedient; and, in all cases in which it is practicable, said committees shall be in readiness to report on the first day of the annual communication.
SEC. 39. The appointment of these committees shall not preclude the Grand Master or Grand Lodge from appointing Special Committees whenever it is deemed expedient to which any matters may be referred.
SEC. 40. All special committees shall be appointed by the Grand Master, or in his absence by the presiding officer, unless otherwise ordered by the Grand Lodge.
SEC. 41. No brother, not a member of the Grand Lodge or past master of a subordinate lodge, shall be appointed on any committee. This, however, is not intended to militate against the right of the Grand Master to commission any brother in writing for a specific purpose.
[See Sec. 43;Reg. 14]
SEC. 42. The first brother chosen or appointed on a committee shall be the Chairman and shall duly notify each member of the committee of the time and place of meeting; unless the Grand Master, who, ex-officio, hasa right to act as a member and chairman of every appointed committee, shall see fit to act.
SEC. 43. The necessary expenses of all committees shall be paid by the Grand Lodge.
SEC. 44. The Grand Master shall direct the business of the Grand Lodge according to his own judgment, except as specially provided in the following rules.
Rules for the Government of the Grand Lodge.
Rule 1. None but members of the Grand Lodge, officers or past officers of other Grand Lodges excepted, shall be present at the opening of the same, nor shall any visitor be admitted during the session except by permission of the Grand Master or by vote of the Grand Lodge.
Rule 2. When the hour arrives for the election of the officers of the Grand Lodge, the Committee on Credentials shall announce the number of votes in Grand Lodge and it shall go into an executive session for that purpose, and none but members of the Grand Lodge shall be present without the consent of the Grand Master in each case. However, at the discretion of the Grand Master, Committee reports of a non-debatable nature may be read and received while ballots are being counted.
[1990, p. 87]
Rule 3. Members and visitors shall keep the seats assigned them, except the Grand Marshal and officers whose duties may call them about the lodge.
Rule 4. Before proceeding to vote for Grand Officers, the brethren shall be seated and supplied with printed or written ballots, or slips of papers upon which each may write the names of candidates. Such ballots shall be printed by Grand Lodge for all candidates who have made known their candidacy for office in writing to the Grand Secretary before March 15th prior to the opening Grand Lodge, and slips of papers to be used as ballots shall be provided by Grand Lodge for other candidates. All such ballots and slips of paper shall be distributed under the direction of the Grand Master or the presiding officer of Grand Lodge and no other ballots shall be received, if other ballots than those provided by Grand Lodge shall be cast, they shall not be counted. Provided, however, that notwithstanding the foregoing provisions, election of any officer may be by acclamation if there shall be but one candidate for that office and if Grand Lodge shall unanimously approve such method of election.
When more than three candidates are running for election to a Grand Lodge office and a candidate does not receive a majority of the votes on the first ballot, all candidates but the three having the highest number of votes on the first ballot shall withdraw; if on the second ballot, a candidate does not have a majority of the votes cast, the candidate with the least number of votes shall withdraw.
Rule 5. All resolutions shall be submitted in writing, as shall all motions, if the presiding officer or any brother desire it.
Rule 6. All questions shall be decided by a show of hands, unless five members shall call for the yeas and nays, in which case the members shall vote as provided in section two, upon the call of the roll; at the request of any ten members, the yeas and nays shall be recorded, the representatives of lodges by the number of their lodge and the other members by name, or the title of their office.
Rule 7. Each member shall vote on all questions, except where he is personally interested, unless excused by the Grand Lodge; and no member can delegate his right of voting to another.
Rule 8. Every member who speaks shall rise and remain standing, addressing himself to the presiding Grand Officer; nor shall he be interrupted without his consent, except by a call to order from the presiding officer, or from some member of the Grand Lodge.
Rule 9. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received except to lay on the table, to commit, to postpone, or to amend, which motions shall take precedence in the order above named.
Rule 10. A motion to amend, until decided, shall preclude all other amendments of the main question.
Rule 11. Any member may call for a division of the question, where the same will admit of it.
Rule 12. No new motion, which totally changes the subject matter on which the original motion was intended to operate, shall be admitted, under color of amendment, as a substitute for the motion under debate.
Rule 13. A motion for reconsideration may be made on the same day the decision was made, or on the next day, and not afterwards, and no member, except one of the majority which decided the question, shall be allowed to move for a reconsideration.
Rule 14. After a motion is stated by the presiding Grand Officer it shall be deemed to be in the possession of the Grand Lodge, and shall not be withdrawn by the mover, against the objection of any member, without the consent of the Grand Lodge.
Rule 15. There shall be no debate upon any question after it has been put by the presiding Grand Officer.
Rule 16. All motions and reports may be committed at the pleasure of the Grand Lodge.
Rule 17. While the presiding Grand Officer is addressing the Grand Lodge or putting a question, or a brother is speaking no member shall entertain any private discourse or pass between the speaker and the chair.
Rule 18. No brother shall leave the Grand Lodge during the session, without permission of the Grand Master.
Rule 19. No brother shall speak more than twice upon the same question, unless to explain, without permission of the Grand Lodge, if any member object.
Rule 20.All matters not finally disposed of at the close of the Grand Lodge, unless in the hands of a committee or postponed to the next communication, are lost.
SEC. 45. The Grand Lodge may punish summarily, as for contempt, any offence committed in its presence or by any member while in attendance upon a communication thereof.
SEC. 46. The Grand Lodge has exclusive power to try and punish its own officers for any offence.
SEC. 47. It shall not be competent for a lodge to entertain proceedings against its Master. Any five members of the lodge, or the District Deputy Grand Master, may impeach him before the Grand Master, who shall order an investigation of the charges; and if in his opinion they are well founded, and of a character to justify the proceedings, he may suspend the delinquent, and summon him to appear at the next annual communication of the Grand Lodge, to show cause why he should not be dealt with according to the regulations and uses in such cases established. However, the Grand Master, without such impeachment, may proceed in the same manner.
[See Sec. 14]
SEC. 48. The Grand Lodge has power to try and punish any mason residing within its jurisdiction, whether a member of one of its lodges or not, for any offence committed by him; and when the Grand Master shall suspend a brother and present the reason of such suspension, as provided in section fourteen, the Commissioners of Trial shall take jurisdiction and act upon such reason as upon an accusation duly transmitted to it as under section 49 (4) (b). [Sec. 14,116]
SEC. 49. 1. Every lodge shall have original jurisdiction, except as otherwise provided, to entertain proceedings against a member thereof.
2. The Grand Master shall annually appoint a Board of five Past or Present Masters of Lodges, to be styled Commissioners of Trials he may in his discretion appoint a special Board of Commissioners for the trial of any given cause. The first named of said Board shall be the Chairman thereof and three members shall constitute a quorum. A single member may take testimony. In the absence of the Chairman, the Board shall elect a Chairman pro tempore.
3. The Grand Master may also appoint a Past Master of a lodge to be styled Judge Advocate, to perform such duties as may be delegated to him by the Grand Master and who shall receive for his services, and for necessary expenses, such compensation as the Grand Master shall determine.
4. Whenever a Brother shall be accused of any offense, which, if proved, might subject him to expulsion or suspension from the rights and privileges of Masonry, the proceedings in the premises shall be conducted agreeably to the following rules:
a. The accusation shall be made in writing, with specifications of the offense, under the signature of one or more Master Masons, and delivered to the Master, who shall thereupon summon his Lodge to act upon the accusation.
It shall be the duty of the Junior Warden of any lodge under this Grand Jurisdiction to prepare specifications and prefer charges against any member of the lodge or a mason sojourning within its jurisdiction at the request of any member of such lodge, upon reasonable evidence of a Masonic offence having been committed.
b. If the Lodge by a majority vote of its members present determines that the charges require investigation, the accusation shall be forwarded to the Grand Secretary, who shall, under the direction of the Grand Master, transmit the same to the Chairman of the Board.
c. The accused shall be served with an attested copy of the charges by the Grand Secretary.
i. Upon the receipt of the attested copy of the charges, the accused shall respond by certified mail to the Grand Secretary within fourteen days whether he contests the charges and whether he wishes to have a hearing on the charges or upon the disposition to be recommended if the charges are admitted.
ii. If the accused does not respond within fourteen days the accused will be considered in default and plead no contest to said charges and his suspension by the Grand Master shall be automatically affirmed except that charges which are a felony under the laws of the State of Maine or of the United States of America shall result in an automatic expulsion from the rights and privileges of Masonry.
Any accused, or his lodge, may request a hearing solely upon the disposition to be recommended by the Commissioners.
If the accused does timely respond and request a hearing, the accused shall be served with a summons to appear at a time and place to be named in said summons. The summons shall be served upon the accused fourteen days, at least, prior to the return day thereof. [2003 pg 585]
d. If the residence of the accused be unknown, the Commissioners may proceed to examine the charges and accusation EX PARTE; but if known and out of the State a summons shall be sent him, by mail or otherwise, thirty days, at least, before the time appointed for his appearance. The service and return thereof shall be according to regulations to be made by the Commissioners, and, when so made, shall be conclusive.
e. A Lodge or Brother aggrieved by the failure of a Lodge to determine that the charges require investigation may appeal to the Grand Master, who may, in his discretion, cause the charge to be transmitted to the Chairman of the Board and the Board shall thereafter proceed in the same manner as above provided.
f. If a member of a lodge in this jurisdiction shall be convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction of an offence involving moral turpitude and accusation shall not be made against him therefore in the lodge it shall be the duty of the Grand Master to prefer and forward such accusation to the Grand Secretary who shall transmit the same to the Chairman of the Commissioners of Trials. Said Board of Commissioners of Trials shall take jurisdiction and act upon the accusations as upon other accusations duly transmitted to them.
g. The examination upon the charge and accusation shall be had at some convenient place and time to be designated by the Commissioners not later than 60 days prior to the next communication of the Grand Lodge, of which said place and time due notice shall be given, and no visitors shall be admitted except as counsel or witnesses. Unless otherwise ordered by the Commissioners, the testimony may be taken by the Chairman, or any member designated by him, who shall reduce the substance of the same to writing, to be submitted to the Board. Witnesses, if Masons, shall testify on their honor as such. Other witnesses shall be duly sworn before their testimony is taken. [2003, pg 585]
h. Each Commissioner shall have the power to issue a summons to any member of the Fraternity then being or residing within the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge commanding him to appear at said time and place and testify as a witness. A summons may be served by copy delivered in hand or by registered mail, return receipt requested. Witnesses summoned or appearing at the request of the Board or any Commissioner shall be paid their actual necessary traveling expenses.
i. Any Brother duly authorized may appear as counsel in support of, or in opposition to, the charges during the taking of the testimony and in the argument of the cause.
j. A report of the proceedings and summary of the facts in each case, including the finding and recommendation of the Commissioners thereon, shall be signed by the Commissioners acting in such case and shall be sent by registered mail to the accused, at his last known address, within 30 days of hearing such case, together with a notice that he may appeal the recommendations of the Commissioners of Trials, said appeal to be filed with the Grand Secretary within 15 days of receiving said notice. Upon receipt of notice of appeal, the Grand Secretary shall forthwith file with the Chairman of the Committee of Grievances and Appeals, the report, findings and recommendations made by said Commission pursuant to Section 36, subparagraph 3. Failure to file an appeal within the time provided for herein shall terminate any right of appeal and findings and recommendations of the Commissioner of Trials shall be reported directly to the Grand Lodge for review and final determination. [1994, p. 1041]
k. Lodges may, by a two-thirds vote, refuse to entertain charges presented after a lapse of four years from the time of the commission of the alleged offence, unless the reasons for delay in presenting charges grow out of the absence of the accused from this jurisdiction, the absence of material witnesses or the concealment of the offence, or be decided by the Grand Master to be sufficient.
4.1. Any Brother may appeal a finding of the Commissioners of Trials, in his case, to the Committee on Grievances and Appeals, which will hear said appeal and make appropriate recommendation to the next annual communication of the Grand Lodge. Said appeal must be made within 15 days of receiving notification from the Commissioners of Trials.
[1994, p. 1041]
5. The Commissioners shall receive for their services and for necessary expenses in each case, such compensation as the Grand Master shall determine and allow upon the certificate of the Commissioners and the same shall be paid from the funds of the Grand Lodge.
6. Nothing herein contained shall be deemed to prevent the Grand Lodge from taking original jurisdiction in any case and proceeding according to any method which it may adopt; provided, however, that no action shall be taken against any Brother whose address is known without reasonable notice to him and an opportunity to appear and be heard in person or by Masonic Counsel.
SEC. 50. An expulsion or suspension of a brother from any other Masonic organization shall not operate as an expulsion or suspension from the lodge of which he is a member.
SEC. 51. No lodge shall suspend or expel a member from the rights of Masonry for non-payment of dues. The penalty of such delinquency shall be forfeiture or suspension of membership. The member shall be notified of the charges, and summoned to appear at a time and place to be named in said summons, and make such answer as he may desire. The summons shall be served upon the member, either in person or by registered or certified mail at his last known address, fourteen days at least before the date of the hearing. If, however, the residence of the brother be unknown, the lodge may proceed to trial EXPARTE; but if known and out of state, notice and summons shall be sent him by registered mail, certified mail, or otherwise, thirty days at least before the date appointed for hearing.
A brother suspended from membership for non-payment of dues will be restored by the payment or remission of the amount due at the time of his suspension at any time within three years thereafter but after that time he can be restored only upon his application, after payment or remission of the amount in arrears, which shall take the same course as an application for initiation, and if rejected said applicant shall not again petition until six months after the rejection.
SEC. 52. Any brother who has lost his membership in a lodge because of non-payment of dues shall not be admitted to membership in any other lodge until the same are paid or remitted. The recommendation of the Master and Wardens of the lodge, of which the applicant was last a member, should accompany such application. [Sec. 51]
SEC. 53. The Grand Lodge shall hear all appeals upon the record as sent up, unless for special reasons it shall determine to hear other testimony; and, according to its immemorial usage, may confirm, modify or reverse the proceedings appealed from, and it may give such final judgment and sentence as its deems just. [See Sec. 49, 54, and 57]
SEC. 54. The Grand Lodge shall review the proceedings in all cases in which the penalty of suspension or expulsion is inflicted, with the same power of confirmation, modification or reversal, as contained in the preceding section. [See Sec. 49J]
SEC. 55. When the Grand Lodge reverses or abrogates the judgment, suspending or expelling a brother, he shall at once be entitled to all his Masonic rights and privileges, including membership in his lodge.
SEC. 56. A Mason expelled by the Grand Lodge of Maine loses his membership in the Order. A Mason suspended by the Grand Lodge of Maine loses absolutely his membership in any Lodge in this jurisdiction in which he holds membership, and his status becomes that of an unaffiliated Mason.
SEC. 57. A petition for restoration of a Mason expelled or suspended by the Grand Lodge of Maine shall only be entertained if presented in writing, and filed in the office of the Grand Secretary, not less than sixty days before the date of the annual communication of the Grand Lodge at which its consideration is requested and restoration upon such a petition shall not take effect until confirmed by the Grand Lodge. Provided, however, that before action shall be taken by the Grand Lodge upon a petition for restoration, a copy thereof shall be filed at a stated communication of the Lodge of which the petitioner was formerly a member, lay over until the next communication and a favorable recommendation made thereon to the Grand Lodge and after review and report to the Grand Lodge by the Committee on Grievances and Appeals.
Whenever the Grand Lodge shall release a Mason from a penalty of expulsion or suspension, he shall not thereby be restored to membership within any lodge of which he was formerly a member without its consent expressed by an unanimous ballot.
If a lodge of which an expelled or suspended Mason was formerly a member has ceased to exist, a petition for restoration may be made direct to the Grand Lodge, on a favorable recommendation made thereon by five or more Master Masons in good standing.
SEC. 58. No subordinate lodge under this jurisdiction shall publish the suspension or expulsion of any of its members, unless by authority of the Grand Lodge.
SEC. 59. A lodge or brother offending against any law or regulation of the craft, to the breach of which no penalty is attached, shall be subject to admonition, suspension, or expulsion.