Masonic Charitable Foundation of the Grand Lodge
SEC. 60. The Masonic Charitable Foundation, a Maine charitable corporation, established by the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Maine, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, shall consist of the Charity Fund of the Grand Lodge of Maine, and such other funds or other property as are established or accepted for charitable, education or other specific purposes, which are in accord with Masonic principles and practices. [1992, P. 585]
SEC. 61. The Charity Fund of the Grand Lodge shall from time to time be increased by adding thereto such moneys as may be voted into it.
[Sec. 75, 1984, p. 642]
SEC. 61A. The Corporation shall have the care, custody management, and administration of the Museum and Library owned by the Grand Lodge of Maine. [1992, p. 585]
SEC. 62. The interest arising from the charitable funds of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, and such other funds as may be available, may be appropriated in whole or in part, for the relief:
First, to poor and worthy members of lodges, their widows and orphans, under this jurisdiction, in cases where the funds of their own lodges are not adequate to the exigency of the case.
Second, to all other worthy causes within and without the Masonic Fraternity, as the Grand Lodge or the Trustees of the Masonic Charitable Foundation through a Committee on Distribution appointed by the Trustees from their own members may consider worthy of assistance, to the DeMolay and Pine Tree Youth Foundation, and to other charitable, literary, educational, research, scientific or medical purposes as the Trustees or the Grand Lodge, may deem appropriate and consistent with Masonic Principles and practices; and if the whole be not distributed the residue may be used for the payment of ordinary expenses necessary for the proper administration of the funds, and any amount over the appropriation for relief and expenses may be added to the Charity Fund. [1992, p. 585]
SEC. 63. The several funds and other property constituting the Masonic Charitable Foundation shall be held in the name of the corporation, but under the management of a Board of Trustees, consisting of the Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, Grand Wardens, Grand Secretary and six brethren, who are not acting officers of the Grand Lodge, to be elected by ballot for the term of three years; and to constitute a permanent part of the Board. If a vacancy should occur in said Board it shall be reported to the Grand Lodge and filled at its next annual communication.
The Board of Trustees thus constituted shall be styled “TRUSTEES OF THE MASONIC CHARITABLE FOUNDATION OF THE GRAND LODGE OF MAINE”, who shall have authority to invest the accruing funds and exchange the investment thereof in the manner they shall deem most safe and productive. No part of the principal of any funds in their custody shall be expended for any purpose whatever. Provided, that it shall be lawful for said Trustees to appoint an Investment Committee from their own number which shall have authority to invest the funds in the custody of the Trustees in such securities and forms of investment as said Committee shall approve, and to make sales and transfers thereof. Provided, further, that the Trustees by a vote of not less than two-thirds of its members may delegate to an investment counsel of their selection the powers granted above to the Investment Committee. All documents and instruments required in effecting sales and transfers, so authorized, shall be signed and executed by the Grand Treasurer. The Board of Trustees shall also conduct the offices relative to any trust funds or special gifts created by will or other instrument in writing accepted by the Grand Lodge and shall have authority to take, hold, and convey title to any such funds or property in the name of the Grand Lodge. [1992,p.585]
SEC. 64. The Annual Meeting of the Trustees of the Masonic Charitable Foundation of the Grand Lodge of Maine shall be held in Portland, or at such other place as the Grand Master shall designate, on the third Tuesday of April of each year, and other meetings shall be held at such other times and places as may be deemed expedient by the Grand Master. A majority of the Board shall be necessary for every act except that of adjournment. If a vacancy or vacancies occur during the year, said vacancy or vacancies may be filled, temporarily, by vote of the Board of Trustees until the next Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge.
SEC. 65. The Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge shall be, ex officio, Secretary of the Board of Trustees. It shall be his duty to keep just, fair records of their proceedings, and report the same to the Grand Lodge whenever required.
SEC. 66. The Trustees have the power to adopt such regulations for their own government and proceedings as are not inconsistent with the constitution of the Grand Lodge.
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
Lodges under Dispensation
SEC. 67. Dispensations for holding new lodges may be issued by the Grand Master, or the Grand Lodge, on the petition of not less than seven Master Masons of known skill and good standing.
SEC. 68. Repealed May 7, 2005 [2005 pg. 112]
SEC. 69. The fee for such dispensation shall be twenty-five dollars, to be paid to the Grand Treasurer and every dispensation shall be returned to the Grand Lodge at the next annual communication, together with a written petition for a charter, an attested transcript of all the proceedings and the by-laws of the lodge and dues. If these be approved by, the Grand Lodge; a Charter of Constitution may be issued to the petitioners, bearing even date with the dispensation, for which they shall pay to the Grand Treasurer the further sum of thirty dollars.
SEC. 70. Repealed May 7, 2005 [2005 pg. 112]
SEC. 71. Lodges under dispensations have all the rights and powers of chartered lodges, except the election and installation of officers and the rights growing out of election and installation; and the membership, in other lodges, of their members, is suspended during the continuance of the dispensation.
Chartering and Organization of New Lodges
SEC. 72. Repealed May 7, 2005 [2005 pg. 112]
SEC. 73. Every newly chartered lodge may work under dispensation until constituted under the charter, unless the Grand Lodge or Grand Master otherwise order.
SEC. 74. Every new lodge member shall be solemnly constituted by the Grand Master and his officers, or by some competent brother especially appointed by him for the purpose; and no new lodge is recognized, or entitled to representation in this Grand Lodge, unless it be regularly constituted, solemnly dedicated and registered, and its officers installed.
Chartered lodges are organized to permit its members as a collective body to engage in works of benevolence and charity. It is the duty of the members of a lodge to pay such annual dues and assessments as will permit the lodge to meet its obligations respecting charity and its proper operating expenses.
Any two or more lodges having concurrent jurisdiction, or whose territorial jurisdictions are contiguous, may consolidate into one lodge in the manner following:
I. When a proposition to consolidate a lodge with another is made therein, the Worshipful Master shall cause the matter to be laid over to a future meeting, and special notice given to the members of the lodge that the matter will come before the lodge at that meeting for action.
II. If the lodge votes to consolidate, with not exceeding six votes in the negative, the measure shall be deemed to be carried.
III. Concurrent action must be taken in the other lodge, or lodges, at a meeting notified for the purpose, in the same manner and adopted by the same vote.
IV. If both lodges vote to consolidate, the proceedings shall be certified by each lodge to the Grand Master for examination.
V. If he finds the proceedings of the lodges in accordance with these provisions, the lodges may be consolidated under the name, which may be selected.
VI. The senior charter shall be endorsed under the attestation of the Grand Master and Grand Secretary, under the seal of the Grand Lodge, as the warrant of the consolidated lodge; which shall take rank as of the date of the charter.
VII. The junior charter or charters shall be endorsed in like that they are no longer in force and delivered to the consolidation lodge, if desired, to be preserved in its archives.
VIII. The Grand Master by himself or such brother as he may specially deputize therefore shall cause the members of said lodges to be assembled, after due notice of at least 30 days to the Constituent members of each of the lodges being consolidated, sent by each of those lodge’s Secretary, in the usual manner of giving notice. This notice shall state the purpose of the meeting and further state that the Grand Master or his designee shall conduct the election of new officers and immediately thereafter install those newly elected Officers. Immediately thereafter the Grand Master, or his designee, shall proceed to organize the new lodge by delivering the charter endorsed as above provided. He shall make due return of his proceedings to the Grand Secretary, to be entered upon the records of the Grand Lodge and reported at its next annual communication.
IX. The officers of each of these old lodges shall at once deliver and pay over to the corresponding officers of the consolidated lodge all the property, books and moneys of each of said lodges, to be the property of the new lodge.
Surrender, forfeiture and revocation of the charters.
SEC. 75. Every charter surrendered to the Grand Lodge whether or not with the intention of being resumed at a future period, shall be accompanied by the by-laws, records, seal, regalia, funds and other property of the lodge of every description; and all the property of a lodge, surrendering its charter with the intention of resuming it, shall be held by the Grand Lodge in trust
until such time as the charter shall be restored or the intention of reclaiming it abandoned. The interest arising from said funds and other property shall be made a part of the Charity Fund of the Grand Lodge; and in case of forfeiture the principal shall be disposed of as the Grand Lodge shall direct. No charter thus deposited shall be restored, unless upon the petition of seven Master Masons, of whom four at least of the petitioners for its restoration were members of the lodge at the time of its surrender. In addition, it shall be the duty of the petitioners to notify the District Deputy grand Master of the District, and the lodge nearest their residence, of their intention to petition for the restoration.
SEC. 76. Every charter, when declared forfeited, shall be returned to the Grand Lodge, with the records, by-laws, seal, regalia, funds and other property of the lodge, of every description; and all members of a lodge who shall refuse to make such surrender, or who shall vote to divide the funds among themselves, or to appropriate them in any other way than is here designated, shall be deemed guilty of a violation of the rules and regulations of Masonry.
SEC. 77. If at any time it shall be found necessary to suspend or cancel the warrant or charter of any lodge under this jurisdiction for irregular or unmasonic conduct, the members of said lodge implicated in such irregular or unmasonic conduct, at the time of its having incurred such penalty, shall be disqualified to join or visit any other lodge, without special permission from the Grand Lodge obtained on memorial.
SEC. 78. Any mason assisting at the work of a lodge, knowing its warrant or charter to have been suspended or cancelled, shall be liable to expulsion from the rights of Masonry. [See Sec. 14, 48]
Proxies of Lodges
SEC. 79. As the Grand Lodge, when congregated, is a representation of every individual member of the Fraternity, it necessarily possesses a supreme superintending authority and power, and in its acts should be assisted by all the light and intelligence of its own members and the whole craft.
It is the duty, therefore, of every lodge to be represented at the communications of the Grand Lodge by its Master and Wardens, or by a proxy duly commissioned under the seal of the lodge and the attestation of the Master and Secretary. And that there may be no neglect of this duty each lodge is required, at the stated communication next before any communication of the Grand Lodge (unless it has been previously done), to appoint a Master Mason of regular standing, not holding office in Grand Lodge, or a Permanent Member thereof, and being a member of a subordinate lodge under this jurisdiction, as proxy to represent it in the Grand Lodge, and such proxy
shall have a right to a seat in the Grand Lodge during the Masonic year in which he was appointed, and to cast the vote of the lodge he represents when neither the Master nor either of the Wardens shall be present.
The letter by which a lodge shall appoint a proxy is to be in form and substance as follows, viz:
To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Maine:
BE IT KNOWN, That Brother ________ of ________, having been chosen by the members of ________ Lodge, in ________, to represent said Lodge in Grand Lodge the ensuing year, I do in their behalf appoint him their representative for them to appear, and upon all subjects relating to the craft in general, and this lodge in particular, to act and decide as fully as though we were personally present.
Confirming the acts of our beloved brother in his capacity, we pray that he may enjoy all the protection and privileges to which we are entitled.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name, and caused the seal of our lodge to be affixed, this _______ day of ________, A. D. 20
In case of vacancy not filled by the lodge before the annual communication of the Grand Lodge, or the inability of the proxy appointed by the lodge to attend the annual communication, the Master or acting Master may appoint a substitute and give him a certificate under the seal of the lodge; but such substitute can act as proxy only by special vote of the Grand Lodge. [Sec. 80, 81, and 85]
SEC. 80. Every lodge represented by proxy in Grand Lodge shall issue the commission annually. All commissions of proxies of the Grand Lodge shall expire with the closing of the Grand Lodge at its next annual communication after such appointment, and no brother shall represent more than one lodge at the same time, either as representative or proxy.
SEC. 81. No informality in the form of the commission shall preclude the Grand Lodge from admitting to a seat any brother who has been duly elected as the proxy of a lodge.
Powers and Duties of Lodges
SEC. 82. All lodges under this jurisdiction have a right to convene as Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, to receive and enter Apprentices, pass Fellow Crafts, raise Master Masons and establish fees therefore, to choose officers annually, establish funds for charitable purposes, and transact all matters appertaining to Masonry, agreeably to their charters, the laws of the Grand Lodge and the ancient uses of the craft.
SEC. 83. The lodges under this jurisdiction shall be formed into districts by the Grand Master for each of which a District Deputy Grand Master shall be annually appointed. And it shall be the duty of every Master or presiding officer of a lodge, when notified of the intended official visit of the District Deputy Grand Master, to convene his lodge, receive him as the representative of the Grand Lodge, resign to him the chair, while making his official communication, and submit to his inspection the by-laws, records and mode of working.
SEC. 84. The lodges under this jurisdiction shall make returns annually of their officers and members and of all the work done during the year ending on the thirty-first day of December, agreeably to the form established and on the blanks furnished by the Grand Lodge, and the Secretary of each lodge shall, on or before the first day of February, following, send one copy of the return to the Grand Secretary and one duplicate copy of the return and a copy of an abstract thereof, on blanks also to be furnished by the Grand Lodge, and the dues by check, post office order or bank draft, made payable to the Grand Lodge of Maine, A. F. & A. M., to the Grand Treasurer, who shall receipt for the dues upon the copy of the return and return the copy to the Secretary of the lodge to be preserved in the files of the lodge.
Any lodge which fails to so transmit its aforesaid returns and dues on or before the first day of February annually shall be penalized the sum of five dollars for the delinquency and one additional dollar for each day after the second day of February the said returns and dues are delayed.
Each constituent lodge shall submit once in every four years a complete list of its members to the Grand Secretary, on numbered sheets provided by Grand Lodge, before the first day of February 1984, and each four years thereafter. If such a list is not received by the above dates, a fine of $10.00 will be imposed upon that lodge and a fine of $1.00 for each day the list is not received following the date of February 1st. [1981, p. 40]
SEC. 84A. Any lodge which fails to be represented at any Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge as required by paragraph 3 of Section 2 of the Constitution, shall be penalized the sum of ten dollars ($10.00) for each such failure, said penalty to be paid before July 1 following the date of the Annual Communication when said failure occurs.
SEC. 85. Should any lodge neglect to make its returns and payments to the Grand Lodge for the space of two years, the Master and Wardens of such lodge shall not be permitted to attend, in their official capacity, any meeting of the Grand Lodge, until such returns and payments are made. And should the delinquency continue for three years, the charter, funds and regalia of such lodge may be declared forfeited to the Grand Lodge.
SEC. 86. No petition for the removal of a lodge from the place in which it is located shall be sustained in Grand Lodge, unless said petition is sanctioned by the District Deputy Grand Master of the District where said lodge is situated and has the approbation of the lodge nearest the place where said lodge is intended to be held, unless such approbation be unreasonably withheld. Nor shall any lodge hold meetings, unless authorized by the Grand Master, in any town other than the one designated in its charter, under the penalty of a forfeiture thereof; nor move its hall more than one-half a mile from where it is located, or where it may be located when the lodge is constituted, without the consent of the Grand Lodge.
SEC. 87. Every warranted lodge is a constituent part of the Grand Lodge, in which body all the power of the Fraternity resides; and no other authority except that possessed by the Grand Lodge can annul, abrogate or destroy the power of a warrant. If, therefore, the majority of a lodge should determine to leave the institution of that lodge, the constitution or power of assembling remains with the rest of the members who adhere to their allegiance. If the number remaining, however, be reduced to less than seven, the charter shall be returned agreeably to the regulation in such cases provided.
SEC. 88. If the Master and Wardens of any lodge be summoned to attend, or to produce the charter, books, papers or accounts of their lodge to the Grand Master, or the District Deputy Grand Master within whose jurisdiction it is located, or to any committee authorized by the Grand Lodge, and shall refuse to comply or to give satisfactory reasons for noncompliance, they may be suspended, and the proceedings shall be notified to the Grand Lodge, when, in case of contumacy, expulsion or revocation of charter shall be the penalty. [Sec. 47, 48]
SEC. 89. Whenever any lodge under this jurisdiction shall have lost its charter by casualty or otherwise, it shall be the duty of said lodge to apply for a new charter, which application shall be signed by at least seven Master Masons who are members of said lodge, and sanctioned by the District Deputy grand Master of the District where said lodge is situated; and if, in the opinion of the Grand Lodge or the Grand Master, a new charter should be granted, the same may be issued by the Grand Master, the lodge applying therefore paying a fee of five dollars for engrossing the same, which shall be the only fee demanded for said charter. [See S.R. 17]
SEC. 90.1. Each lodge shall pay annually towards the support of the Grand Lodge a per capita tax of Eleven Dollars and sixty-five cents ($11.65) each for all of its members, including honorary members and those absent from the state and Five Dollars ($5.00) for every candidate initiated, provided, however, said per capita tax shall be adjusted annually in accordance with the report of the Finance Committee as presented pursuant to Section 35, provided further, however, that said per capita tax shall not be increased in any one year by more than an amount equal to ten per cent (10%) of the previous tax, rounded to the nearest five cents. Provided, that annual dues shall not be paid to the Grand Lodge for any honorary members who at the
time such honorary membership was conferred was an active member of another lodge.
[1989, p. 866; 1999, pp. 653- 655; 2004 p. 877; 2006 p. 378; 2007 p. 651; 2008 pp. 914-915; 2009 p. 44]
SEC. 90.1 A The per capita tax will not be assessed on a lodge for any dual member who is already being assessed in his home lodge in this jurisdiction. [2005, pg. 110]
SEC. 90.2. Three dollars ($ 3.00) per year shall be levied on each member of the constituted lodges of this Grand Lodge for the purpose of funding a Self-Insurance Bond to cover all Lodge Secretaries and Treasurers. These funds for the Self-Insurance Bond shall be considered as though they are dedicated funds. This assessment shall be in effect for two consecutive years. These funds shall be subject to Section 35 of the Constitution as any other Grand Lodge Funds.
[1989, p. 866; 1999, pp. 653- 655; 2004, p. 876; 2009 p. 46]
SEC. 90.3. Each lodge shall be entitled to receive as many diplomas from the Grand Lodge as it makes Master Masons. No duplicate of a diploma shall be issued. In the event that the original diploma is lost by fire or other unavoidable circumstance, a diploma certificate may be issued by the Grand Secretary.
SEC. 90.4. And no dues will be remitted unless upon the petition of a lodge and the report of a committee of the Grand Lodge thereon.
SEC. 91. A lodge adopting or revising by-laws shall forward four copies of such by-laws or revisions, properly attested as to the date of proposal and date of adoption by the lodge, to the Grand Master for his approval before recording or printing same. On approval one copy shall be returned to the lodge, two copies forwarded to the Grand Secretary for the Grand Lodge Library and one to be retained by the Grand Master for his files. By-laws or amendments to by-laws are in effect on the date of approval by the Grand Master.
SEC. 92. No lodge shall “call off” from one day to another; but when the business cannot conveniently be completed at one session, a lodge may close to open on another day without further notice, and so on from time to time until the business is completed; and the subsequent communications shall be held to be a continuance of the first communication, but no business shall be transacted except such as was pending on the first day.
SEC. 93.1. No lodge under this jurisdiction shall hold more than one, stated meeting in each month, at which it can receive petitions and ballot for candidates, except by dispensation.
SEC. 93.2. Provided further that no action shall be had in any lodge under this jurisdiction upon a petition for degrees or for an election of an officer or officers of a lodge under a dispensation from the Grand Master until the expiration of three days from the time the notices calling the communication for action have been issued and mailed.
SEC. 93.3. Whenever a dispensation is granted for receiving or balloting upon a petition or for conferring degrees, it shall be the duty of the Grand Master to require and receive of the lodge to which same may be granted the sum of three dollars for the dispensation, which shall be paid to the Grand Treasurer for the use of the Grand Lodge; and the lodge shall require of the candidate five dollars in addition to the usual fee.
SEC. 94. All general business, such as the election and installation of officers, the discussion of questions relating to the general interest of the Fraternity and the local affairs of the lodge, may be transacted in a lodge of Entered Apprentices, Fellow Crafts or Master Masons, except that which may relate specifically to a particular degree, at the discretion of the Worshipful Master. Provided however, that only Master Masons who are members of the lodge may vote or hold office and those below the degree of Master Mason may debate only with the permission of the Worshipful Master. [2003, pg 587]
SEC. 95. Immediately after the installation of the officers of a lodge, the Secretary shall return to the Grand Secretary the names and addresses of the Master, Wardens and Secretary.
SEC. 96. Any officer below the rank of Junior Warden may resign. Whenever a vacancy occurs in any of said offices; it may be filled at the next or any succeeding stated communication of the lodge.
SEC. 97. Every lodge must preserve the copy of the printed proceedings in the hall, and when a volume is completed shall bind it for the use of the lodge.
SEC. 98. The Master of any Lodge under this jurisdiction who has faithfully discharged his duties and complied with the laws of the Grand Lodge shall, at the end of his first term, be presented with a Past Master’s diploma similar in style and fitness to the one adopted in 1824.
SEC. 99. Lodges should take cognizance of Masonic offences committed within their territorial jurisdiction by any brother, except members of lodges having concurrent jurisdiction. [See Sec. 17, 48, 49]
SEC. 100. No lodge shall encourage, promote, or permit the delivery of any Masonic lectures, which have not been sanctioned and authorized by the Grand Lodge. Nor shall any mason be permitted to deliver such lectures under this jurisdiction.
SEC. 101. No lodge shall form a public procession, funeral processions and processions for attendance upon divine service excepted, without permission from the Grand Master. And it is proper, as a mark of respect for the Chief Magistrate of the Nation or State, to permit lodges to appear in public either upon occasions of public reception of him, or of public mourning for his death. [See Sec. 17]
SEC. 102. No one below the degree of Master Mason shall be interred with Masonic honors and the formalities of the Order. It is the duty of a lodge of which a brother is a member, or the nearest lodge, to attend and perform the usual Masonic burial service over deceased Master Masons, when requested so to do by the deceased or his nearest relatives. Provided however, a Master may, at his discretion, afford such honors [that is funeral honors] to a Mason in good standing who has received the Entered Apprentice Degree. [2001, pg 64-65}
SEC. 103. No lodge, or officer or member of a lodge, shall, under any circumstances, give a certificate or recommendation to enable a mason to go from lodge to lodge as a pauper, or in an itinerant manner to apply to lodges for relief.
SEC. 104. It shall not be permitted to introduce political or other exciting topics not connected with Masonry, for discussion, in any lodge under this jurisdiction.
SEC. 105. A lodge ought to meet once in each calendar or lunar month, but may with propriety stand closed during any three consecutive months once in any fiscal year, provided its bylaws so provide or the lodge so votes.
SEC. 106. The Master of a lodge has the special charge of its charter, and it is his duty to see that it is carefully preserved. The charter or charter certificate must be present when the lodge is opened. [See Reg. 17]
SEC. 107. A visiting brother has the right to inspect the charter or charter certificate of the lodge he desires to visit.
SEC. 108. No lodge can suspend the operation of a by-law, or, at a special meeting, alter or expunge any part of the proceedings of a stated one.
SEC. 109. No lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons can legally assemble in this state under a warrant or charter granted by any foreign Masonic power.
SEC. 110. It shall not be legal for any lodge to interfere with the business or concerns of another lodge.
SEC. 111. A vote passed by a lodge may be reconsidered at the same communication, and not afterwards; but this shall not prevent the rescinding or repealing of a vote when it can legally be done.
WORK OF LODGES
1. APPLICATION: Sections
(a) Jurisdiction – Residence 112, 113, 114, 115,116, 117,
118, 119, 120, 121, 123
(b) Waiver of Jurisdiction 112,113,114,115
(c)Candidate – Qualification of 122
(d) Petition – Form and Requirement. 123
(e) Fee 115, 123, 125, 131
(f) Committee of Inquiry 123
2.REJECTION 116, 117, 118, 119, 123, 124, 125
3.Ballot 115, 121, 123, 124,132,
S. R. 32, 33
4. OBJECTION 124(2)
5. ADVANCEMENT 115, 124 (2), 126, 127, 128,
129, 130, 132
Work of Lodges
SEC. 112. No lodge, without the permission of the Grand Master, shall receive a petition of a candidate for the degrees until he has resided in this state one year, (excepting seafaring men absent only on a voyage to sea). Lodges shall have the right to receive such petitions from Candidates in the military or naval service who are stationed and have their domicile in this state during the preceding six months.
[See Sec. 119, 123, 129, 133 (4)] [2002, pg 317]
No lodge shall receive a petition from a Candidate until he shall have attained the age of eighteen years. [2003, pg 587]
SEC. 113. If any person, who wishes for initiation in any lodge, resides without the state, he shall first obtain the consent of the lodge within whose jurisdiction he resides, by unanimous vote at a stated communication, and the permission in writing of the Grand Master within whose jurisdiction he resides, which consent and permission shall be annexed to his application.
SEC. 114. The jurisdiction of each lodge in the state shall extend over all territory of Maine and all Lodges shall have concurrent jurisdiction therein. [2001, pg 58-63]
SEC. 115. One lodge cannot confer a degree at the request of another lodge in this Grand Jurisdiction unless the requesting lodge waives jurisdiction, and the other lodge accepts the candidate in the usual manner, and for its usual fee.
SEC. 116. A petitioner for the degrees whose application has been rejected by a lodge shall not be initiated in any lodge under this jurisdiction other than the one which rejected him, within five years from the date of such rejection, unless the lodge having jurisdiction recommend him to another lodge by a unanimous secret ballot. A mason knowingly assisting or recommending for initiation, to any lodge whatever, any person rejected aforesaid, shall, if a member of a lodge under this jurisdiction, be suspended or expelled as may be determined after charges and due trial.
[Sec. 14, 48, 49]
SEC. 117. No petition for the degrees shall be received by any lodge from any candidate who has been rejected in that lodge within less than six months after the rejection.
SEC. 118. A petitioner for the degrees, rejected in any lodge and subsequently residing in the jurisdiction of another lodge, may apply to either with the consent of the other, obtained in the manner and under the conditions herein before provided.
SEC. 119. An applicant whose petition for the degrees has been rejected in any lodge, who shall within five years after such rejection, be initiated in any lodge under this jurisdiction, other than the one to which he first applied, without consent of said lodge, shall be declared an irregularly made Mason and all Masonic intercourse with him is forbidden.
SEC. 120. Whenever it shall appear to the satisfaction of the Grand Master that any irregularly made mason is irregular for a reason not attributable to his own fault, the Grand Master, in his discretion, may cause such irregular mason to be healed by appearing before the Master of a lodge at a stated communication and be re-obligated in all the degrees, and the secretary of the lodge shall issue a certificate or re-obligation of the candidate which certificate shall be presented with his application for membership.
A mason healed by edict of the Grand Master may petition for membership in the same manner as with an ordinary petition, provided he is not ineligible under any other section of this Constitution or the Common Law of Masonry. The status of a mason healed by edict of the Grand Master shall remain that of an “unaffiliated mason” until such time as he may be regularly admitted a member of a lodge under this jurisdiction.
SEC. 121. The general rule which governs the Order in the admission of members and candidates is, that such admission is to be sanctioned by entire unanimity; and so sacred and fundamental does the Grand Lodge conceive this rule to be, that no petitioner shall be initiated or affiliated in any lodge under this jurisdiction without a clear and unanimous ballot in his favor. Every member present shall ballot on the application, unless excused by the lodge. [See Sec. 119]
SEC. 122A. By the Ancient regulations, the physical deformity of an individual operates as a bar to his admission into the fraternity, but as this regulation was adopted for the government of the craft at a period when they united the character of operative with that of speculative Masons, this Grand Lodge authorizes such a construction of the regulations as that, when the petitioner is able to understand and exemplify or explain the arts or mysteries of Freemasonry and his deformity does not amount to an inability honestly to acquire the means of subsistence, the admission will not be an infringement upon the ancient landmarks but will be perfectly consistent with the spirit of our institution.
SEC. 122B. Blindness alone shall not render a candidate ineligible under the provisions of this section provided he is capable of meeting his Masonic obligations and is otherwise a desirable candidate.
SEC. 123. All applications for initiation must be made and the ballot thereon taken at stated communications, except by dispensation.
Each application must be made in writing over the signature of the applicant, stating his age, residence, that he has resided in the state one year next preceding the date of his application (except in the cases above provided), and whether he has made application and been rejected by any other lodge. [See Reg. 20]
No petitioner for the degrees shall be balloted for, in any case, until his application has been referred to a committee and strict inquiry made into his moral character and fitness to be made a mason.
And no petitioner for the degrees shall be balloted for in less than four weeks from the presentation of his application without first obtaining a dispensation therefore a petition for initiation, or application for membership, shall not be withdrawn after it has been referred to the committee of inquiry, without the consent of the lodge, nor until after a report of the committee and ballot had thereon, nor unless the ballot be clear. But if it shall be determined, at any time before rejection, that the lodge has not jurisdiction over the petitioner, or that he is not eligible under section 123, the conditions shall be entered of record, and the petition and fee returned to the petitioner, in which case the status of the petitioner is the same as before the application was presented.
[See Sec. 112, 120, 129]
SEC. 124.1. There shall be but one ballot for all the degrees, which must be free and secret; and in balloting for the degrees for membership, if more than one negative vote appear, the balloting shall cease and the candidate be declared rejected. However, if on the first ballot one negative only appears a second balloting shall immediately take place, and if a negative shall appear, the candidate shall be declared rejected. In balloting upon application for degrees or membership, the ballot shall be taken upon each applicant separately.
SEC. 124.2. An objection by any member before the initiation is equivalent to rejection by ballot, and must be so recorded; such objection may be made privately to the Master, or to the lodge, and the reasons therefore cannot be required; and if any mason shall declare the name of the objector, or assist in the initiation of any one against whom he has knowledge or information that objection has been made after the acceptance, he shall be liable to be expelled from the Institution; but if objections are made after initiation, to the advancement of the candidate, they must be made known to the lodge and their sufficiency determined by a two thirds vote.
SEC. 125. An applicant whose petition for the degrees is rejected shall be notified by the secretary of the lodge and all fees he has paid shall be returned to him. The notice shall specify the date of rejection, the constitutional period which must elapse before he may present a petition again to the lodge and also the period which must elapse before he may present a petition to any other lodge without consent of the lodge which has rejected his petition.
SEC. 126. No candidate should be permitted to receive the degree of Fellow Craft or Master Mason without a sufficient knowledge of the preceding degree to prove himself as a mason of such degree in the usual manner, unless in a case of absolute emergency. [See Sec. 130]
SEC. 127. No lodge shall permit more than one candidate to be present at a time in the first section of the first, or the second section of the third degree. In addition, no lodge shall confer more than five degrees at the same communication of the lodge, or hold more than one communication upon the same day for the conferring of degrees. [See Sec. 92. 130]
SEC. 128. A candidate for the degrees, whose petition has been accepted, who does not present himself for initiation within one year from such acceptance, shall forfeit all right by reason of such acceptance, and shall not be initiated except on a new petition; but any time, if more than three months, such person is temporarily absent from the state shall be deducted.
SEC. 129. No Entered Apprentice or Fellow Craft shall be passed or raised in any lodge, without the recommendation of the lodge in which he was first admitted.
SEC. 130. No candidate shall receive the Entered Apprentice degree unless at least fourteen days have elapsed since he was accepted. No candidate shall receive the Fellow Craft degree in any lodge in this State unless at least fourteen days have elapsed since his receiving the Entered Apprentice degree; nor shall any Fellow Craft be permitted to receive the Master Mason degree until after fourteen days shall have elapsed from the date of his having received the Fellow Craft degree, except that the Grand Master on being satisfied of the necessity therefore, may issue a dispensation to permit degrees to be conferred in less than the above required time.
Provided further, That the discretion vested in the Grand Master to grant dispensation for the conferring of degrees in less than the required time shall be governed strictly by conditions of extreme necessity or extraordinary emergency, and never to permit a candidate to be raised to the degree of a Master Mason upon the same day on which he has been passed as a Fellow Craft.
SEC. 131. The fee demanded by a lodge for conferring the first three degrees in Masonry, shall not be less than thirty dollars, including the fee to the Grand Lodge; and no lodge under this jurisdiction shall take notes of hand for fees, or grant any time of credit therefore, or permit the fees or any part thereof to be remitted directly or indirectly.
No fee shall be charged in any subordinate lodge under this jurisdiction for membership through affiliation.
SEC. 132. No lodge, in the absence of the Master and Wardens, shall initiate, craft or raise a candidate, unless a Past Master is present to preside; and no ballot shall be taken for initiation or membership, unless there are at least seven members of the lodge present.
Membership of Lodges
SEC. 133.1. Every candidate who shall receive the third degree in any lodge in this jurisdiction and sign the by-laws shall become a member of said lodge and the Secretary shall record his name upon the roll of member-ship; provided that this section shall not be construed to prohibit any lodge in this jurisdiction from conferring any degree upon a candidate lawfully elected thereto by a lodge in any other jurisdiction with which this Grand Lodge holds fraternal relations, on the
request under seal from the electing lodge, the identity and standing of the candidate being fully established, in which case the membership of the brother shall remain in the electing lodge and the fees shall belong thereto.
2. A candidate lawfully elected to receive the degrees in a lodge under this jurisdiction, who shall by request of the electing lodge receive the degree of Master Mason in a lodge in a Grand Jurisdiction in fraternal relations with this lodge, shall become a member of the electing lodge on receipt of his signature to be attached to the lodge by-laws.
3. A lodge in this jurisdiction shall not be permitted to have degrees conferred upon an elected candidate by a lodge in any Grand Jurisdiction with which this Grand Lodge is in fraternal relations, unless at least one degree shall have been conferred by said lodge and the fees for all the degrees paid in full.
4. A Master Mason holding a demit from a regular lodge may apply for membership by affiliation to any lodge within this jurisdiction whether or not he resides within the jurisdiction of the lodge to which he applies.
SEC. 134. Lodge membership may be terminated under any one of the following conditions:
I. Upon application at any stated communication, the lodge may vote a demit at once, either in the form of an honorable discharge from membership, or with a recommendation, as it may see fit.
II. Or a member may give notice at a stated communication that at the next he shall apply for a demit, and at such next stated communication, if no charges have been filed and his dues are paid to that time, it is the Secretary’s duty to give him a certificate of honorable discharge from membership. The lodge may also vote him such recommendation as it sees fit. The Secretary shall note on his record the giving of the notice and the issuing of the demit.
III. Or a member, first getting permission of his lodge, may apply to another lodge for membership, in which he shall state in his petition that he is still a member of_________ lodge (naming it); then, if accepted, he may procure his demit in either of the methods above stated, file it with the other lodge at any time within six months, sign the by-laws thereof, and thereby become a member.
SEC 135. A brother may be an active member of more than one lodge within the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge. He may hold office in each lodge to which he is a regular member according to the by-laws of each said lodge. [1996, p. 1554]
SEC. 136. The removal of a Brother into another jurisdiction does not, of itself, authorize his name to be stricken from the roll of the lodge of which he is a member.
SEC. 137. This constitution shall not be altered or amended, unless such alteration or amendment be first proposed in writing at a regular communication of the Grand Lodge, when the Grand Lodge shall proceed to consider the question whether the proposition shall be entertained, and if decided in the affirmative, the proposed alteration or amendment shall be referred to a committee, entered upon the records, published with the other Proceedings of the Grand Lodge, and sent to the several subordinate lodges for their consideration; and it shall be deemed in order to take up the subject and act upon it definitely at the next annual communication, and not sooner. But no alteration or amendment shall be adopted, unless a majority of the members present concurs therein.
1. Repealed May 2, 2000
2. Resolved, That each lodge in this Grand Jurisdiction shall prepare its history for the preceding year and present the same to the Lodge Secretary.
Each lodge that has not completed its history and furnished it to the Grand Lodge as specified above by March 1,1983 shall be fined $10.00 for each year in arrears. Also, each year thereafter on March 1st each lodge shall be fined an additional $10.00 for each year in arrears, provided, however, that any lodge whose annual meeting falls in the month of February shall have until April 1st of each year to comply herewith.
[1987, p. 446]
3. Resolved, That this Grand Lodge will not remit Grand Lodge dues to subordinate lodges on account of loss by fire of property not insured.
[1866, p. 192]
4. Resolved, That the Grand Lodge of Maine disapproves of the public use of Masonic emblems, especially that ostentatious display calculated to lead the world to suppose that we are still an operative fraternity and endeavoring to receive more wages. [1867, p. 113]
5. Resolved, That Masters of lodges be required to report to the Grand Master all invasions of the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge by lodges of other jurisdictions, with all the circumstances attending, so far as they may be able. [1869, p. 406]
6. Resolved, That the Master of any lodge may require of any person, who may wish to be examined for the purpose of visiting such lodge, a voucher, under seal, that such person had been initiated in a regular lodge; and Masters are enjoined not to allow any person to visit their respective lodges without being vouched for by some well-known brother present, or being found by strict examination to be a mason in good standing.
[1883, p. 505]
7. Resolved, That whenever a lodge, after being constituted, requests a Grand Officer to visit it and install its officers, the expense attending such visit must be paid by the lodge requesting the services, and not by the Grand Lodge.
A lodge requesting the dedication of its hall by the officers of the Grand Lodge shall pay the transportation expense of the Grand Lodge paraphernalia necessary for the ceremony, and also the necessary subsistence and travel expense of the Grand Tyler, and such assistant or assistants as he may require to care for and insure the safety of the Grand Lodge property.
8. (a) Resolved, That it is the duty and responsibility 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.
(b) It is also the duty and responsibility of the District Deputy Grand Masters to see that the lodges in their respective districts are in attendance at a school of instruction each year.
9. Voted, That the Grand Secretary, in issuing notices of each annual communication, notify the lodges that the Committee on Credentials will be in session at half past seven o’clock in the morning, on the first day of said annual communication. [1880, p.494]
10. The Grand Secretary shall notify each Grand Officer, elected or appointed, who has not been installed in the Grand Lodge, of his election or appointment, and transmit to him an extract of Section 10 of the Constitution. [1894, p. 57, re-enacted]
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. But this inspection shall not be necessary in cases where other societies seek to have joint occupation of previously dedicated Masonic halls. [1882, pp. 32, 212]
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. [Added 1891, p. 253]
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. [1882, pp. 32, 212]
12. Resolved, That, while the Grand Lodge does not desire to interfere with the right of the Fraternity as individuals to attend or promote balls and dancing, the lodges are forbidden to connect Masonic balls, so called, with a lodge, or use the name of a lodge in reference to them, or to advertise them or sell tickets for admission thereto. [1885, p. 225; 1929, p. 40]
13. Resolved, That when, under the by-laws of any lodge, its annual meeting falls in a month in which there are two stated meetings, the first shall be deemed the annual meeting; and, when it falls in a month wherein there is no stated meeting, the stated meeting next before such month shall be deemed the annual meeting of such lodge. [1888, p. 47]
14. Resolved, That, in the case of the death of a Grand Officer or Past Grand Officer, the Grand Master be authorized, in his discretion, to appoint a special committee to prepare a memorial and present the same to the Grand Lodge at its next session. [Sec. 41, 1900, p. 52]
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. [1910, p. 47]
16. Voted, That the clothing of the Grand Officers shall be as follows:
The aprons of the Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master and Grand Wardens shall be of white lambskin, lined with purple, having the emblem of his office suitably embroidered in the center and with other suitable embroidery on the edgings thereof and with purple edging.
The aprons of the other Grand Officers shall be white lambskin, lined with purple, with purple edging.
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 suitable embroidered. [1896, p. 64]
17. Voted, That charter certificates may be issued, signed by the Grand Master and attested by the Grand Secretary under the seal of the Grand Lodge, subject to the following regulations:
I. The charter shall be kept or deposited in such a manner that the Master, upon reasonable notice, can have access thereto and take the same into his possession at his discretion.
II. It shall be the duty of the Master to have the charter present in the lodge at the time of the installation of the Master, into whose custody the same shall be delivered, to be kept or deposited by him as herein before provided.
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.
IV. The life of the certificate shall depend upon and be coexistent with the life of the charter in all respects, the authority of the certificate proceeding from the charter, for which it is merely a physical substitute and evidence that the lodge has, and works under, a regular charter.
V. The fee for issuing this certificate shall be two dollars, to be paid by the petitioners. [1926, pp. 241, 242]
18. Resolved, That smoking, or the appearance of smoking, in the Lodge Hall, or in the Preparation Room when in use for the preparation of candidates, in this Grand Jurisdiction, is hereby forbidden. Violation of this regulation shall be considered a Masonic misdemeanor. [1919, p. 260]
19.Resolved, That the Committee on Credentials and the Committee on Pay Roll, be included in the Pay Roll until otherwise ordered by this Grand Lodge. [1919, p. 267]
20. Resolved, That, in addition to the information required by Section 123 of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of Maine, a questionnaire be also filed for permanent preservation with the application of each petitioner; the form of said questionnaire to be approved by the Committee on Jurisprudence, and supplied to the lodges by the Grand Secretary.
[1922, p. 243]
21. Resolved, No building shall be purchased, erected or extensively reconstructed at the expense, in whole or in part, of any lodge in this jurisdiction until the plans of the same, and the terms and conditions of its construction or acquisition, shall have been approved by the Grand Master.
[1922, p. 239]
22. Resolved, That the Grand Master be and hereby is authorized to organize a speaking bureau or devise some other means of conveying Masonic information to the subordinate lodges. The traveling expenses of those employed to visit the lodges to be paid by the Grand Lodge from any available fund in the treasury. [1924, p. 641]
23. Resolved, That the Grand Lodge is hereby authorized to appropriate from the Grand Lodge treasury a sufficient amount of money to purchase for past and future Grand Masters of the Grand Lodge, a jewel and apron, suitable to the dignity and importance of the great office of Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Maine; and that the Grand Treasurer be authorized to select the design and fix the price of such jewel.
Resolved further, That the proposed jewels be selected and distributed to the past and present Grand Masters as soon as convenient.
[1928, p. 627]
Resolved further, That the proposed jewels shall also be inscribed Property of the Grand Lodge of Maine A.F. & A. M. [1979, p. 418]
24. Resolved, The hour for holding the stated meetings of Lodges shall be 7:30 o’clock P.M., unless some other hour is definitely fixed by the by-laws of the Lodge. [1961, p. 92]
25. Resolved, That any Master Mason raised in any lodge in this state after May 4, 1999, shall within ninety days after receiving the Master Mason degree (unless time is granted by the Worshipful Master) pass an examination to the satisfaction of the Worshipful Master on the lecture of the first section of that degree, and so much of the second section as relates to the signs, grips, and words, and it shall be the duty of the Worshipful Master, to inform each brother of this requirement and advise him as to how instruction may be obtained, unless for good and sufficient reason a brother may be excused from this requirement by the Worship Master or the Grand Master. [1999, pp. 634, 635]
26. Resolved, That the Grand Lodge present a medal, to be known as the Grand Lodge of Maine Veteran’s Medal, to each Master Mason who holds membership in this jurisdiction and who has been a Master Mason in good standing for fifty years, provided that not less than five years of that period shall have been a member of a lodge in this jurisdiction and the brother shall produce evidence from the Grand Secretary’s office of another jurisdiction to establish his membership during the balance of the full term of fifty years. [1970, p. 340]
A Lapel Button shall also be presented with the Medal to all Master Masons now or hereafter so entitled.
And further; that this Grand Lodge shall authorize the procurement of a bronze star, of the pin or button type, which may be attached to the ribbon of the Veteran’s Medal for each additional 5 years of active membership.
27. Resolved, That, subject to the limitations hereinafter stated, the Josiah Hayden Drummond Distinguished Service Medal shall be awarded by the Grand Master in his discretion to not more than two Freemasons during any Masonic year, whose outstanding proficiency in the knowledge of Freemasonry and distinguished service in the successful application of that knowledge for the advancement of the welfare of the Craft shall have rendered them worthy of such recognition and honor;
Provided, however, that not more than one such medal shall be awarded to Masons outside of the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge during any Masonic year hereafter, and Provided further, that, in addition to the two medals herein before provided for that may be awarded within this jurisdiction in each year, the incoming Grand Master, following his installation, may at his discretion in any year award a medal to the Grand Master whom he succeeds. [1995, p. 1288]
Resolved, That subject to the limitations hereafter stated, the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Medal shall be presented by the Grand Master, in his discretion, to a citizen of Maine, Mason or non-Mason who best exemplifies the characteristics of leadership, citizenship, honor and integrity demonstrated repeatedly by this great Maine man and Mason. It would be awarded, not on an annual basis, but whenever the appropriate recipient is identified, and never more frequently than one per Masonic year.
[1995, p.p. 1288,1289]
28. Resolved, That the Grand Treasurer shall keep a record of the office equipment, paraphernalia, regalia and other property of the Grand Lodge, showing the cost or estimate value thereof, and shall annually on the first Thursday in May file with the Grand Secretary a copy of an inventory as of that date, showing the property of all kinds on hand; also that acquired or disposed of during the preceding twelve months.
29. Resolved, That this Grand Lodge recognizes no degrees of Masonry except those conferred under the regulations of the Grand Lodges of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the several states and territories of the United States of America and the governments throughout the world; and, it admits the following named organizations to be regular and duly constituted Masonic Bodies functioning within the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge; namely.
The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Maine, the Grand Council of Royal and Select Master of Maine, and the Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Maine, and the several bodies under their jurisdiction, also the several bodies of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in Maine chartered by the Supreme Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite for the Northern Jurisdiction of the United States of America, and the several bodies under the jurisdiction of the Imperial Council of the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of North America” [1984, p. 644]
30. Resolved, That it is the privilege of every affiliated Mason in good and regular standing to visit any lodge when not engaged in the transaction of private business unless objection is made by a sitting member of the Lodge to the admission of such visitor, in which event such visitor shall not be admitted during that communication.
The Master of any lodge may require of any Mason who may desire to be examined for the purpose of visiting his lodge, the production of a Grand Lodge certificate or diploma, or a current receipt for annual dues bearing the seal of the lodge in which the visitor has membership; and Masters are enjoined not to allow a visitor to attend their lodge without being properly vouched for by some well-known brother present or being found by strict examination to be a mason in good standing in a regular lodge.
The list of regular lodges supplied in this jurisdiction shall be referred to determine if the lodge that the visitor claims membership in is a regular lodge. A visiting brother, having produced his Grand Lodge certificate or diploma, or a current receipt for annual dues, and having satisfied the examining committee of a lodge that he is a mason in good standing, and a member of a regular lodge, shall have the right to inspect the Charter or Charter Certificate of the lodge he desires to visit.
Every Lodge shall keep and preserve a record of visitors.
31. Resolved, Begging circulars or similar appeals from any source, domestic or foreign, shall not be entertained by any lodge under this jurisdiction unless they have been approved by the Grand Lodge or the Grand Master.
32. Resolved, That it shall be the duty of the Master and Wardens of every lodge to see that a ballot box, when presented for use, shall contain as many white balls as there are members of the lodge present, and in addition at least six black cubes.
33. Resolved, That the casting of a black ball factiously and without just cause is a Masonic offence for which a member is subject to Masonic punishment.
34. Resolved, That any Mason who shall confer, communicate, sell, or shall assist in or be accessory to the conferring, communicating, selling, or shall solicit any person to receive or apply for any degree called, claimed or represented to be Masonic, not recognized by this Grand Lodge as such, may be expelled from all the rights and privileges of Masonry.
35. Resolved, That all inter-jurisdictional correspondence having reference to official business of the Grand Lodge or of the subordinate lodges under this jurisdiction shall be conducted through the office of the Grand Secretary, except as may be otherwise ordered by the Grand Master.
36. Resolved, That all written or printed notices of lodge communications, or other matters of lodge business, containing any Masonic information beyond the time and place of stated or special communications shall be mailed in sealed envelopes.
37. Resolved, That a Master Mason who has voluntarily remained for more than one year without being affiliated with some regular lodge shall not of right be entitled to any of the benefits or privileges of Masonry, and shall be under the same disabilities as if under suspension for non-payment of dues.
38. Resolved, That the Grand Master may appoint and commission Representatives of this Grand Lodge near the other Grand Jurisdictions with which this Grand Lodge is in fraternal relations and may receive in Grand Lodge brethren commissioned to represent such Grand Jurisdictions near this Grand Lodge.
39. Resolved, That each chartered lodge shall collect from each elected petitioner for the degrees five dollars in addition to the fee set in its by-laws for the three degrees as a donation to the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association. The amount of such donations collected shall be remitted with the annual returns.
40. Resolved, That the lodges in this jurisdiction be forbidden to hold joint installations of their elective and appointed officers except by consent or permission of the Grand Master, to be granted only subject to all safeguards applicable to a public installation in the offices of a single lodge; namely, that each lodge participating in a joint installation shall be convened in session in its own rooms, that opportunity be given for any member to object to the installation of any particular officer, that the members of each of the lodges participating in such joint installation proceed in order, either on foot or in conveyance, to the place of installation, and that following the ceremony each such lodge shall reconvene in its own lodge rooms for a proper closing.
41. Resolved, That the Grand Treasurer be authorized and directed to procure a supply of aprons, similar to those worn by Permanent Members of the Grand Lodge at its Communication, for sale to Permanent Members at cost, that such members may have distinctive clothing to wear as their badge of office while in attendance at Masonic functions.
42. Resolved, That the American Flag shall be displayed in the East at the right of the Master in all Lodge Communications and shall be carried in all processions, except funerals.
43. Resolved, That the Grand Lodge of Maine will maintain a dedicated fund for the purpose of providing a Self-Insurance Bond, which shall cover all Lodge Secretaries and Treasurers. Said Self-Insurance Bond shall be funded in the amount of a $3.00 per capita assessment for two years, the amount to be determined. Lodges that have assets in amounts greater than that are cautioned to take steps to protect them. [2009, p. 81]
44. Resolved, Subject to the provisions herein after stated, a button, to be known as the Grand Lodge of Maine 25 Year Service Button, may be presented by the Master of any lodge in this jurisdiction, or under this direction, to each Master Mason who holds membership in a lodge in this jurisdiction and who has been a Master Mason in good standing for twenty-five years, provided that not less than five years of that period shall have been as a member of a lodge in this jurisdiction and the brother shall produce evidence from the Grand Secretary’s office of another jurisdiction to establish his membership during the balance of the full term of twenty-five years. Said buttons shall be purchased by the Secretary of any lodge in this jurisdiction from the office of the Grand Secretary. [1970, p. 342]
45. Resolved, That any Lodge under the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge may become a sponsoring body for a Chapter of the International Order of DeMolay, provided however, that no action shall be had in any lodge upon a proposal to become a sponsoring body of such a Chapter, until the proposal has been before the Lodge one month.
46. Resolved, The Simon Greenleaf Medal for unusual contribution to Masonry, shall be awarded by the Grand Master, in his discretion, to Freemasons who have contributed their time, thought and services to Masonry beyond the usual line of duty, which contributions have rendered them worthy to receive this Medal; provided however, that no more than two such Medals be awarded to Masons during any Masonic year hereafter.
[2000, p 985]
47. Repealed May 7,1959.
48. Resolved, That each lodge shall be covered for the activities of its members by the Grand Lodge Blanket Liability Insurance and each lodge shall procure Liability Insurance for its temple buildings and premises.
49. Resolved, That, subject to the provisions herein after stated, a button, to be known as the Grand Lodge of Maine 40 Year Service Button, may be presented by the Master of any lodge in this jurisdiction, or under his direction, to each Master Mason who holds membership in a lodge in this jurisdiction and the brother shall produce evidence form the Grand Secretary’s office of another jurisdiction to establish his membership during the balance of the full term of forty years. Said buttons shall be purchased by the Secretary of any lodge in this Grand Jurisdiction from the office of the Grand Secretary. [1970, p. 342]
50. Resolved, A Lodge in this jurisdiction may with dispensation from the Grand Master, be permitted to make a fraternal visit to a sister lodge within this jurisdiction for the purpose of conferring a degree on its own candidate, provided, however, the candidate shall have received the Entered Apprentice Degree and shall consent thereto, and the lodge shall so vote. [1967, p. 530]
51. Resolved, A Past District Deputy Grand Master may wear a Past District Deputy Grand Master’s Apron which shall be the same as a District Deputy Grand Master’s apron but without the gold braid, fringe and tassels. A lodge may purchase an apron for a Past District Deputy Grand Master through the regalia custodian of Grand Lodge. [1967, p. 540]
52. Resolved, The Grand Master be and hereby is, authorized to direct the Officers of the Grand Lodge, both elective and appointive, in the discharge of their respective duties, and said officers, and the officers of constituent lodges shall strictly comply with all orders, edicts and directives of the Grand Master. [1968, p. 746]
53. Resolved, Any veteran of any war in which the United States has been engaged, whose dues have been remitted or paid by his lodge, shall have his case referred to the Committee on Distribution of the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation for payment of any per capita tax and/or assessment. [1969, p. 131; 2006, p. 380]
54. Resolved, That a Past Grand Masters’ Lapel Button may be purchased through the Regalia Custodian of Grand Lodge. [1970, p. 340]
55. Resolved, Lodges may include in their written notices of meetings, the names, address, age and occupation of a candidate for any of the Degrees, together with the names of the brethren who have recommended him, after his application has been balloted upon and he accepted for the Degrees. Provided, however, that such notice shall be mailed or delivered in a sealed envelope. [1970, p. 342]
56. Resolved, That the Charity Funds of a constituent Lodge may be used to contribute to the support of the DeMolay and Pine Tree Youth Foundation, provided the by-laws of a Lodge so permit, after majority vote by the members attending a Lodge meeting. Notice of such action to be included in the notice calling a meeting of constituent Lodge, at which said action is to be taken. [1970,p. 318]
57. Resolved, That this Grand Lodge hereby create THE GRAND LODGE ADVISORY COUNCIL to consist of the elected Grand Lodge officers, and all the Past Grand Masters.
The purposes of the Grand Lodge Advisory Council shall be:
- To assist and advise the Most Worshipful Grand Master and other officers of this Grand Lodge who may seek the advice and assistance of the Council
- To give continuity and added strength to Grand Lodge programs and activities.
(c) To encourage and assist in presenting a clearer understanding of Masonry and its significance to Masons and others thereby strengthening the Image of the Fraternity.
The Council shall organize each year by electing a chairman, a vice-chairman, and a secretary at the first regular meeting of the Council following the Grand Lodge Annual Communication Neither the Grand Master nor the Grand Secretary shall be elected to any of these offices.
The Grand Master shall call the first meeting of the Council.
The officers shall serve for one year and until their successors are elected.
The Council shall hold two regular meetings each year, the first to be held within two months following the Annual Communication of Grand Lodge and the second to be held within one month preceding the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge.
Special meetings shall be held upon call of the Chairman or upon written request of at least five members of the Council to the Secretary of the Council. All said meetings shall be held at such times and places as the Chairman or a majority of the members of the Council shall select. Notice of meetings shall be given in writing at least one week in advance of the meeting and shall state the time; hour and place of said meetings.
The Chairman of the Council or a majority of the members of the Council voting at a meeting may appoint such Committees as are deemed necessary to facilitate and expedite the work of the Council.
The Council may adopt such by-laws for its operation as it may deem necessary and as are not inconsistent with the Grand Lodge Constitution or Standing Regulations. [1970, p. 344]
58. Resolved, “All lodges that have not segregated life membership funds into a special account, shall immediately do so and report to Grand Lodge annually as such and not co-mingle them with general operating funds.
The income from the paid life membership shall be used to pay the dues of the members who purchased the life membership. At the death of a member who has paid a life membership, the principal shall revert to the Charity Fund of the lodge or General Fund of the lodge upon vote of the lodge.” [1974, p. 314]
59. Resolved, That for the advancement of the work of Grand Lodge, the Grand Secretary shall devote the whole of his working time, attention and energy to the performance of the Grand Lodge affairs, as a full time employee, and he shall not engage in or become interested in any other business, calling or pursuit which will require his personal attendance during business hours. [1995, p. 482]
60. Resolved, That seven or more Master Masons may unite to form a lodge for Masonic study and research, and a dispensation and charter may be issued therefore without compliance with the requirements of Sections 67-136 of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of Maine. A research lodge formed under the provisions of this Standing Regulation shall be without power or authority to confer degrees on candidates or to receive members other than by affiliation, and shall not be entitled to representation or vote in Grand Lodge.
The territorial jurisdiction of such research lodge shall be co-extensive with the territorial jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge. A research lodge thus formed may accept as associate members, Master Masons or Lodges of Master Masons in good standing in this or other Grand Jurisdictions in fraternal relations with the Grand Lodge of Maine, and also organizations recognized as Masonic by this Grand Lodge, and Masonic libraries, under such conditions as its bylaws may provide. [1981, p. 43]
61. Resolved, Masonic Lodges themselves may not conduct enterprises such as raffles, bean-o, bingo, and any game of chance. However, Masons who are members of any club or other organization whose membership is conditioned in whole or in part, upon membership in or affiliation with, the Masonic Craft may conduct the above mentioned enterprises.
These enterprises may be conducted in a Masonic Building but may not be conducted in the lodge room or rooms. The District Deputy Grand Master must inspect each Masonic Building in his District and certify to the Grand Master that he considers a part of the building suitable in which to conduct the above enterprises. No public advertising of the above activities may be made on or about the outside of the Masonic Building or on or about the premises outside the building. [1981, p. 41, 42]
62. Resolved, The Grand Treasurer shall keep and maintain a permanent record, or file, with complete descriptions, or sketches, of all jewels and aprons which have been heretofore, or may be here after, approved by Grand Lodge. [1985, p. 47]
63. Resolved, That the general funds of a constituent Lodge may be used to contribute to the support of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls, provided the by-laws of a Lodge so permit, after a majority vote by the members attending a Lodge meeting. Notice of such action to be included in the notice calling a meeting of a constituent Lodge, at which said action is to be taken. [1992, p. 586]
64. Resolved, that when an application for membership is presented to a prospective member he will receive a copy of the brochure MAINE FREEMASONRY attached to the application. [1996, p. 1554]
65. Resolved, to authorize use of the “Preamble” in conjunction with the “On Yonder Book” Charge. [To be handled by the Committee on Ritual]. [2000, pg. 1044]
66. Resolved, Constituent Lodges may hold semi-public Installations on Sunday afternoon or evenings, as long as those ceremonies do not conflict with regularly scheduled Church Services within the Community or Communities comprising the jurisdiction of the lodge. [2000, p. 969]
67. Resolved, Standing Regulation No. 1, be deleted in its entirety from the Constitution. (Re: Per Diem) [2000, pg. 971]
68. Resolved, To amend Standing Regulation No. 46. [2000, pg. 985]
69. Resolved, That the following officer be added to the present line of officers of the several lodges in the Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Maine, that officer being “Lodge Librarian.”
It shall be the duty of the Lodge Librarian to gather, keep and maintain the collection of books, audiovisuals and archive material owned by the lodge. The Lodge Librarian shall provide a written report upon the request of the Master of the Lodge. [2000, pg. 960]
70. Resolved, Constituent lodges may hold a Table Lodge without the issuance of a dispensation from the Grand Master, provided that said Table Lodge is conducted within the established guidelines or regulations of the Grand Lodge and that a Grand Lodge Officer or Permanent Member of Grand Lodge is in attendance to ensure compliance. [2003, pg. 591]
71. Resolved, That any dual member, having been suspended, [non payment of dues], from one of his lodges in this jurisdiction, shall not be issued a dues card in any other lodge in this jurisdiction even though his dues be current in that lodge, until his dues shall be paid up in the lodge from which he has been suspended; and furthermore he shall be prohibited from attending any lodge meeting in this jurisdiction until his outstanding dues obligation has been met. [2004, pg. 880]
72. Resolved, Within this jurisdiction, the use of personal electronic devices in the Lodge Hall, while the Grand Lodge of Maine is in session, shall be regulated as follows:
I. The use of Cellular Phones is not permitted at anytime. Cellular Phones are to be turned off or left outside the Lodge Hall.
II. All Personal Paging Devices must be set for a non-audible page or turned off.
III. All Emergency Medical Paging Devices are permitted, and may be worn. The volume of said device is to be at such a level as the member wearing the device can hear tones or pages without interrupting the business being conducted.
IV. Personal Recording Devices of any kind are not permitted without written dispensation from the Grand Master.
V. All other Personal Electronic Devices not listed above are permitted, providing that no audio sounds are emitted by such device while in use.
[2004, Pg. 887]
73. Resolved, Whereas the Maine Masonic College has been created and organized to provide an extended opportunity for Brethren to explore the nature and purpose of Freemasonry and its wider mission in promoting the well-being of all human kind, the Grand Lodge of Maine endorses the efforts of this college and recognizes it as a provider of opportunities for the further enlightenment of the Craft within this Grand Jurisdiction.
[2005, Pg. 130]
74. Resolved, Whereas the Maine Masonic Textbook, which has long been accepted by the Grand Lodge of Maine, and whereas this august body did accept the revised edition of such textbook at the Grand Lodge Session of 1960 which contained Mackey’s 25 Ancient Landmarks, it shall therefore continue to print this list of Ancient Landmarks & that they shall be included in every printing hereafter, along with the 7 Ancient Landmarks of Roscoe Pound.
And, whereas the subject of Landmarks is so controversial, and whereas no two men could agree on a number to be accepted; Be it known that this Grand Lodge believes in the words of our esteemed Past Grand Master and renowned authoritarian on Masonic Jurisprudence, M.W. Josiah Hayden Drummond, when he wrote concerning the decision of the Grand Lodge of England in 1723:
‘This is an expressed recognition that there are “Ancient Rules” which the Grand Lodge has no power to “break in upon” by amendment or explanation. These “Rules” are the “Ancient Landmarks”, deemed by almost all the Craft as unchangeable; it is true that some, viewing Masonic government from a modern stand-point, deny their existence, some because these “Ancient Rules” springing from ancient usages cannot be codified as a complete code any more than that all the usages of the Craft can be enumerated.”
Therefore, this Grand Lodge does not “accept” nor “deny” any Ancient Landmark, but leaves them there for future Grand Masters and the brethren of this Grand Jurisdiction to view with there own sense of integrity.
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON LANDMARKS
1. Our Current Situation.
At the outset we recognize that Albert Mackey’s version of the Landmarks has been published in the Maine Masonic Textbook since 1923. No action approving Mackey’s version of the Landmarks has ever been taken by the Grand Lodge of Maine. We believe there are many good reasons why we have not done so in the past and should not to do so at this time. One of the best reasons is clearly stated among the Frequently Asked Questions on the web site of the Grand Lodge of Maine. It states: “No Grand Lodge can make or unmake a landmark, any more than the Congress can make or unmake a law of nature….. There is no supreme authority to declare what the landmarks are and hardly any two jurisdictions agree.” Looking further, we find that less than half of the U.S. Grand Lodges have adopted specific written Landmarks, and of that minority an even smaller minority have adopted Albert Mackey’s compilation.
Our study indicates that there are three methods of trying to identify Masonic Landmarks: (1) the Drummond Method, (2) the Mackey Method and (3) the Pound Method.
2. The Drummond Method – Non-codification
Josiah Hayden Drummond (1827-1902), was a Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Maine and later served on many other leadership capacities including a term as Sovereign Grand Commander, A.A.S.R., Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America. He had an international reputation as a scholar of Masonic Jurisprudence. He prepared the original edition of the Maine Masonic Textbook in 1877, known first as the Textbook of Masonic Jurisprudence and frequently referred to as Drummond’s Monitor. Drummond’s method for determining Ancient Landmarks reflects his training and career in the Law. It is essentially the Common Law method applying long standing precedence to specific situations, one by one, as those situations arose. This method is very reluctant to accept attempts at comprehensive codification. Chapter XIV of the current edition of Maine Masonic textbook contains Drummond’s own language concerning the Landmarks, which has been unchanged since 1877 with one important exception.
Drummond’s list of the sources of Masonic law identifies the Ancient Landmarks as our highest and most fundamental law:
i. The Ancient Landmarks
ii. The Ancient Charges
iii. The Old Regulations
iv. The Constitution of our Grand Lodge
v. The Regulations and Decisions of our Grand Lodge
vi. The Uses and Customs of the Fraternity
vii. The Bylaws of the Lodge
Drummond’s language pertinent to the various attempts at codification of the Landmarks is as follows:
“Various attempts have been made to enumerate the Landmarks: But as no two authors agree in their enumeration, it is safe to conclude that not one of the attempts is a success. The very definition of a Landmark shows that an enumeration of them is scarcely possible…. It has been said that the Landmarks are the unwritten law of Masonry; but that is not correct: Landmarks are found in the ancient charges.”
Drummond advises us to look to the Ancient Charges and Regulations, some of the oldest documents we have, and apply those provisions to a current situation. In doing so, he tells us, we will discern a Landmark.
3. Mackey’s Method – A Comprehensive Codification.
Albert Gallitin Mackey (1807-1881), in contrast to the common law method recommended by Drummond, employed a method found in civil or continental law which favors comprehensive and detailed codification.
A few Masonic writers had tried this method including Rob Morris, the founder of the order of Eastern Star, who identified 17 Ancient Landmarks. Mackey, using such research tools as were available to him identified 25 Landmarks. He attempted to put the seal on his version of the Landmarks by providing in the 25th Landmark that his particular formulation could never be changed.
We do not believe that all of the Landmarks identified by Mackey are, indeed, Landmarks. For example, Mackey identifies as his eighth Landmark the right of a Grand Master to make Masons at sight. We note that this has never been part of the Masonic Law of Maine. It has never been a part of Masonic Law of Massachusetts, our Mother Jurisdiction, nor has it ever been part of the Masonic Law of the United Grand Lodge of England, its Mother Jurisdiction. In this item as in several others, Mackey shows a bias in favor of enhancing the authority of Grand Masters beyond what is included in our Constitution or in the Constitution of most other Grand Jurisdictions.
We note that several items in Mackey’s enumeration are specifically contrary to the Masonic Law of this Grand Jurisdiction. For example, in Maine we have decided that a man who has a physical impairment can become a Mason. Mackey says quite specifically that a cripple cannot become a Mason.
Mackey presented an interesting and scholarly analysis of the Landmarks, but it was only his personal interpretation. His version sparked considerable further study, both here, in England and on the Continent. We believe that in this area we should rely on Drummond’s advice. His advice, succinctly stated in his Textbook, is that we should avoid as ill fated any attempt to enumerate or codify the Landmarks and that we should, instead, given a particular situation, seek the Landmarks in the Ancient Charges.
Drummond knew Albert Gallatin Mackey. He knew of Mackey’s version of the Landmarks which had been published in 1858. He specifically did NOT acknowledge them as the sole authoritative version of the Landmarks, nor did he include them in his textbook. Mackey’s version of the Ancient Landmarks first appeared in the Maine Masonic Textbook in 1923, twenty-one years after Drummond’s death.
At the time Mackey’s 25 Landmarks were added to the Maine Masonic Textbook the next to the last paragraph of Drummond’s chapter on the sources of Masonic law was changed. Drummond’s original language was:
For the reasons given, no enumeration of the Landmarks will be given. In order that the Ancient Charges and The Old Regulations may be accessible to all, they will be given in the succeeding Chapters. The law derived from the Constitution, Regulations and Decisions of the Grand Lodge will be given only in the Digest.
When Mackey’s version of the Landmarks was added this paragraph was changed to read:
In order that The Ancient Landmarks, the ancient Charges and The Old Regulations may be accessible to all, they will be given in the succeeding Chapters. The law derived from the Constitution, Regulations and Decisions of the Grand Lodge will be given only in the Digest.
The critical first sentence (which we have put in italics) was omitted. We doubt that Drummond would have been pleased with this new language as it is in obvious conflict with one of the principal points he was trying to make.
4. The Pound Method – A Non-comprehensive Codification
Roscoe Pound (1870-1964) was for many years dean of the Harvard Law School. He was a active Mason, having served as Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and was honored by being made Honorary Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Nebraska. Pound wrote extensively on Masonic philosophy, Masonic Jurisprudence and the Landmarks of Masonry.
Pound offers a different approach. He agrees with Drummond that no comprehensive codification is possible but he agrees with Mackey at least to the extent that he believes that it is possible to definitively agree on some basic, essential Landmarks. Pound looked at each one of Mackey’s Landmarks and found that he could not find support for eighteen of them in the Ancient Charges and Regulations. He did identify seven Landmarks that were fully supported and so universally accepted by regular Masons everywhere that they could be safely accepted as Landmarks. He also concluded that this was not an exclusive list and that time might reveal further Landmarks. Dean Pound’s analysis of the Landmarks is found in Chapter Two of his book, “Masonic Jurisprudence”. His non-exclusive list, written in the early 1900’s, we have put into contemporary language as follows:
1. Belief in God.
2. Belief in the immortality of the soul.
3. A Volume of Sacred Law as an indispensable part of the furniture of a Lodge.
4. The legend of the Third Degree.
5. The symbolism of the ancient art of stonemasons.
6. The confidentiality of the modes of recognition and the degree experience.
7. That a Mason must be a free, male adult.
We believe that each of these items is so basic and so universally accepted that we can say with certainty that they are Landmarks of Masonry without which no other Grand Lodge could be said to be regular. We also agree with Pound that this list of Landmarks should not be declared to be exclusive.
The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, our Mother Grand Jurisdiction, adopted this list with the strong advocacy of M.W. Melvin Johnson, Dean of the Boston University Law School, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and who also served a term as Sovereign Grand Commander,
A.A.S.R. of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States (a successor in that office to Josiah Hayden Drummond.) It is interesting also to note that the Grand Lodge of Vermont had adopted Mackey’s compilation only to repeal it in 1954 and adopt Pound’s list instead. This concise listing of Landmarks is the most commonly accepted listing of Landmarks in the world today.
We are left with some simple facts:
1. The Grand Lodge of Maine traces much of its jurisprudence to the work and thinking of Josiah Hayden Drummond, its most famous Mason.
2. The Grand Lodge of Maine has never formally accepted Mackey’s version of the Landmarks. The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, our Mother Jurisdiction, has never accepted it nor has it ever been accepted in England, its Mother Jurisdiction. Mackey’s version of the Landmark was first drafted 38 years after the founding of the Grand Lodge of Maine. His version is one of many that were formulated during the last century and a half. It is not universally accepted today as authoritative, and is it not part of the Masonic common law as we received it. Consequently, with respect to the Masonic law of Maine, the adoption of Mackey’s version of the Landmarks would be an innovation.
3. The Grand Lodge of Maine seeks to be informed by the best Masonic scholarship and takes special note of the influence of Dean Pound on the jurisprudence of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, its Mother Jurisdiction.
[2005, pp.122 – 126]
75. Resolved, No consumption of alcohol on Lodge premises is to take place without a Dispensation from the Grand Master on each occasion. No invitations shall be issued or announcements to be made concerning an event where alcoholic beverages are to be consumed until after the Grand Master has signed a Dispensation. The Grand Master, acting on the advice of the Grand Lodge Standing Committee on Insurance and of the Grand Lodge liability insurance carrier, will require the following items to be submitted with a request for a Dispensation:
- Where alcohol is to be served by a Lessee, the request for a Dispensation must be accompanied by:
i. A copy of the rental agreement. Each Lodge is free to develop its own rental agreement, however, every rental agreement shall contain the indemnity language contained in a form lease provided by the Grand Secretary.
ii. A copy of the Certificate of General Liability Insurance Coverage of the Lessor or Lessee naming the Grand Lodge of Maine as an additional insured with such limits of coverage as shall be from time to time provided by the Grand Secretary.
iii. A copy of the Certificate of Alcohol Liability Insurance Coverage of the Lessor or Lessee naming the Grand Lodge of Maine as an additional insured with such limits of coverage as shall be from time to time provided by the Grand Secretary. (In some cases, an insurance carrier may include “Liquor Liability” or “Alcohol Liability” on its general liability Certificate of Insurance in which case only one Certificate of Insurance will be needed.)
- Where alcohol is to be consumed at a Lodge event, the request for a dispensation must the accompanied by (1) the signed statement of the proposed Grand Lodge Representative, (2) the Lodge’s Certificate of General Liability Insurance Coverage and (3) a Certificate of Liquor Liability Insurance Coverage. (Again, in some cases an insurance carrier may include both general liability and liquor liability coverage on the same certificate.)
- A Dispensation for a Table Lodge shall not be required at this time but may be required at the discretion of the Grand Master. In any event, the Lodge shall submit the signed statement of the proposed Grand Lodge Representative. The Grand Lodge Representative at each Table Lodge is authorized to intervene to assure that only two-ounce glasses are used and to personally intervene to halt dispensation of wine to any person more than the seven two-ounce toasts and to personally prevent any service of wine to a minor under any circumstances. Evidence of insurance coverage with respect to alcohol liability for Table Lodges is not be required by this Standing Regulation but may be required at the discretion of the Grand Master.
- A Dispensation for alcohol at Outdoor Degrees (where alcohol is served within two hours after the degree) shall be required. The request for a Dispensation shall be accompanied by the signed statement of the proposed Grand Lodge Representative. The Grand Lodge Representative is authorized to intervene to assure that no alcohol is consumed to excess or is provided to a minor or to a person who appears to him to be intoxicated. Evidence of insurance coverage for outdoor degrees is not required by this Standing Regulation but may be required at the discretion of the Grand Master. [2006, pg.401-402]