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THE LEVEL                                                                      NO. 478

    Grand Lodge AF&AM of Montana                                                                      May 2015
    425 N Park Ave
    Helena, MT 59601                                           Aprons For Session

                      Proxies                       Again this year all officers are encouraged to
                                                    bring and wear the apron appropriate to their
Whenever the Master, Senior Warden or Junior        office or station within the Lodge. Also, all Past
Warden cannot attend the annual communication       Masters are encouraged to wear their Past
he may grant a proxy, in writing, to some member    Master’s Apron. There will be a limited number
of his Lodge to act in his stead. The proxy must    of plain paper aprons available for use.
be issued by him at least two days prior to the
annual communication and he must notify the         The lambskin apron is the prized possession of
other officers of the granting of the proxy. The    every Mason. In order to protect it from the
proxy card must be presented when checking in       deterioration of frequent use, it is customary to
and registration.                                   wear as a substitute, a white cloth apron supplied
                                                    by the Lodge. Some Lodges provide special
If either the Master, Senior Warden or Junior       aprons with blue trim and appropriate emblems
Warden has died during his term of office or has    for their officers, and most Grand Lodges have
permanently moved from this jurisdiction, the       more elaborate aprons for their officers. To be
Lodge may, at a regular meeting held at least two   “properly clothed,” a Mason must wear the apron
days prior to the annual communication, elect a     in Lodge unless, as an officer, he wears the
proxy for such officer. If the member designated    appropriate apron supplied him by the Lodge or
as proxy does not use it, the credential cannot be  Grand Lodge.
used by anyone else. If a proxy is being given, it
should be given to a member of the Lodge other      Within the Grand Jurisdiction of Montana
than a Past Master, as they have a vote. If         Masons always wear their aprons outside of
attending as a Proxy, the member must present       clothing; not under the coat or jacket.
his current Montana Dues Card and the Proxy
card to the registration committee. Tie Vote. The       Dues Cards Presented at Session
Grand Master shall have a regular vote in all
matters before Grand Lodge. In case of a tie vote,  Current Dues Card: the current Dues Card will
he may also cast the deciding vote.                 need to presented at check in and Registration at
                                                    Session. The current dues card will be red in
     Presentation of Lodge Banners                  color and show the expiration date of December
                                                    31, 2015.
Continuing with the long standing tradition,        The barcode on the dues card will be scanned to
Lodges are again requested to bring their           expedite check in and verify voting status.
Lodge Banner for display during the Annual          Failure to bring and present your 2015 Dues
Communication. The Banners will be posted           Card may result in you not being allowed to
about the Lodge room. Please make                   participate in Session.
arrangements to ensure that your Lodge is
represented with your banner.
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