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THE MONTANA FREEMASON

                      Grand Masters Recommendation 2012-02

A Grand Masters recommendation to amend section 1040 H and Section 39030 C of the Code of
Statutes of the Grand Lodge AF & AM of Montana.

Be it resolved that Section 1040 H and Section 39030 C of the Code and Statutes be amended and adding
the following:

1040. DISPENSATIONS. The Grand Master may grant Dispensations for:
H. The conferring of more than one degree upon a candidate at any one meeting, provided that each
individual candidate is accompanied by an individual mentor/coach from the candidates Lodge, resulting
in a 1:1 ratio of candidates to mentor/coaches present. The mentor/coach shall be appointed by the
Worshipful Master of the candidates lodge. Application for such Dispensation shall be by the Lodge after
majority vote: and....

39030. RESTRICTIONS ON CONFERRING DEGREES. No lodge in this jurisdiction shall confer:
A. Any degree on Sunday;
B. Any degree upon a candidate at the meeting at which he is elected to receive it;
C. More than one degree upon a candidate at any one meeting without dispensation of the Grand Master,

      and then only if accompanied by a mentor/coach as described in Section 1040 H;
D. Any of the degree work . . .

Grand Master’s Rationale:
    The Coach’s Handbook (Section Four of the Montana Masonic Manual) declares that, “The candidates

of today are the craft of tomorrow, who will convey our great heritage of Freemasonry on to posterity.
Among them are the Masters and Grand Masters of the future. It is our duty to give them proper and
thorough instructions. The future of the candidate as a Mason lies in the hands of his coach.” As Grand
Master, I feel that point very poignantly. I was that man, being instructed by a coach, who became that
future Grand Master. My foundation for that future superstructure was laid with those first stones, guided
and shaped by a relationship with my mentors.

    The Coach’s Handbook also states that, “The candidate’s most intimate connection with the lodge and
with Freemasonry is usually with his coach.” We accept this as so self-evident, that it has practically gone
unremarked in recent years. That a man’s coach is not with him to participate in three distinct evenings, let
alone all at once, is, or ought to be, a mistake bordering on the offensive. The initiation is the most intimate
ceremony to whom a Mason will be the recipient. A coach or mentor that cannot be trifled to share that
intimate experience with his candidate has already said that he does not take his duties and responsibilities
seriously.

Committee on Jurisprudence Comments:
    This recommendation would modify the Grand Master’s authority under Section 1040 to grant

dispensations for a lodge to confer more than one degree on one candidate at any one time to require that
each candidate have a separate mentor/coach. This recommendation would change the code of statutes and
would require an affirmative vote of two thirds of the members present to pass.

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