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THE MONTANA FREEMASON

 R-2012-02 Continued

 640. PROXIES. Whenever the Master, Senior Warden or Junior Warden cannot attend the annual
 communication he may grant a proxy in writing to some member of his lodge to act in his stead. The proxy
 must be issued by him at least two days prior to the annual communication and he must notify the other
 officers of granting the proxy. If either the Master, Senior Warden or Junior Warden has died during his
 term of office or has permanently moved from this jurisdiction the lodge may, at a regular meeting held at
 least two days prior to the annual communication, elect a proxy for such officer, If the member designated
 as proxy does not use it, the credential cannot be used by anyone else. No proxies will be allowed. Only
 members of the Grand Lodge may vote at Annual Communications. [230].
 Submitted by Euclid Lodge #58

 Proponents rationale:
    This initiative would foster better attendance at the annual communication with all Master Masons

 having a voice in Grand Lodge. This would promote a stronger Grand Lodge by its constituent lodges and
 would show greater interest in Grand Lodge overall. Many men do not attend Grand Lodge because they
 believe they do not have a voice there and attendance is really only needed by voting delegates.

 Committee on Jurisprudence Comments:
    This Resolution would amend the constitution to allow all proficient Montana Master Masons in good

 standing to vote on Grand Lodge business. It would also eliminate the provision for proxy voting.
    This resolution would amend the constitution and would require referral to a special committee to report

 and recommend passage or defeat; if passed by a simple majority, it would be referred to the Committee on
 Jurisprudence to report at the next annual communication, at which time it would require a vote of three
 fourths of the members present to be adopted. Sections 810, 820.

                                     Voting Members And Delegates To Grand Lodge
   Have you ever been at a Lodge meeting or function and heard some brother comment that Grand Lodge did this
or did that and have ever wondered just who is Grand Lodge? Who is it that makes decisions? Well, the answer is,
the voting delegates present at each annual communication vote to enact or amend legislation. This consists of the
elected and appointed Grand Lodge Officers, Past Grand Officers from each Lodge in good standing, the Worship-
ful Master, Senior Warden, Junior Warden, and Secretary and, all Past Masters of charted Lodges. To help put that
into perspective, currently there are over 1,700 voting members of Grand Lodge.
   The following is taken from the Constitution and Code of Statutes of the Grand Lodge AF&AM of Montana. By
Code the following shall each be entitled to one vote:
• Elective and appointive Grand Lodge Officers; Past Grand Officers; Masters, Wardens and Secretaries of
chartered Lodges; and Past Masters of chartered Lodges. Cumulative voting is prohibited. No member or delegate
shall have more than one vote.
   Proxies: Whenever the Master, Senior Warden or Junior Warden cannot attend the annual communication he
may grant a proxy, in writing, to some member of his Lodge to act in his stead. The proxy must be issued by him at
least two days prior to the annual communication, and he must notify the other officers of the granting of the proxy.
If either the Master, Senior Warden or Junior Warden has died during his term of office or has permanently moved
from this jurisdiction, the Lodge may, at a regular meeting held at least two days prior to the annual communication,
elect a proxy for such officer. If the member designated as proxy does not use it, the credential cannot be used by
anyone else. If a proxy is being given, it should be given to a member of the Lodge other than a Past Master, as they
have a vote. If attending as a Proxy, the member must present his current Montana Dues Card and the Proxy card to
the registration committee. Tie Vote. The Grand Master shall have a regular vote in all matters before Grand Lodge.
In case of a tie vote, he may also cast the deciding vote.

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