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Montana Freemason                  April 2016  Volume 92 Number 3

                   RESOLUTION No. 2016 - 03

A resolution directing the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Montana to require the Masonic Home Corporation to
sell the Masonic Home of Montana and turn over all proceeds of the sale, along with assets held on behalf of the
Masonic Home by the Masonic Home Foundation, Inc. upon its dissolution, to a 501(C)(3) corporation created
with the Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Montana as its managing entity, and that the Grand Master appoint a
committee to create a Masonic Outreach Program to utilize such funds and assets for the assistance and care of
needy Montana Master Masons, their wives and widows, and members of the Order of Eastern Star of Montana.

Be it resolved that:
The Masonic Home Corporation be directed to:

Require the Masonic Home Corporation to sell the Masonic Home of Montana, to include all of the real estate
and all of the improvements on the real estate; and further requires the Masonic Home Foundation Inc. to
dissolve in full compliance with Internal Revenue Code Section 501(C)(3) and distribute all monies, assets,
and funds arising from such dissolution and which it manages and controls for the support of the Masonic
Home, along with the proceeds from the sale of the Masonic Home, real estate and assets, collectively to
an independent corporation created under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(C)(3) by the Grand Lodge of
Montana A.F. & A.M. as its managing entity; and it further requires the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge
A.F.&A.M. of Montana to appoint a committee to create a Masonic Outreach Program to utilize the funds in the
newly established 501(C)(3) corporation to assist and care for needy Master Masons, their wives and widows,
and members of Eastern Star wheresoever dispersed throughout the state of Montana in their local communities.

Submitted by Thompson Falls Lodge No. 70

Proponent’s Explanation of Resolution No. 2016-03:
The sale of the Masonic Home of Montana eliminates the potential liability associated with operating an assisted
living Facility. The need of the M H Foundation would be eliminated and Grand Lodge supervision would
provide a more direct accounting of fund usage to all Grand Lodge members.
A review of the Masonic Home Committee Report published in the Advance Proceedings for the 149th Annual
Communication showed that the investment funds available for the operation and support of the Masonic Home
was approximately $5.3 million in 2003. In 2015 these funds were approximately $1.2 million. In the last
two years the Masonic Home has been marginally profitable, according to the report of the Masonic Home
Corporation. If we use the definition of Masonic Affiliation as a Master Mason, his wife or widow, or a member
of Eastern Star, the Masonic Home of Montana is caring for five people with Masonic Affiliation. The Masonic
Home has become a Home for Helena area non Masons. The Property Valuation Studies completed in 2015
show that the Masonic Home and all of the real estate associated with it are valued at approximately $5 million.
The sale of the Masonic Home would could provide revenue to fund an Outreach Program to care for numerous
people with Masonic Affiliation throughout Montana. If the Masonic Home was sold to a company which
operates assisted living facilities, people with Masonic Affiliation could continue to reside at the Masonic Home
and if necessary receive financial assistance from the Masonic Outreach Program.

Committee on Jurisprudence Comments:
This resolution does not seek to amend any section of the Grand Lodge Constitution or Code, but rather
directs Grand Lodge to require the sale of the Montana Masonic Home and for Grand Lodge to acquire the
proceeds from the sale along with those held by the Masonic Home Foundation, Inc. It furthermore requires
the Grand Master to appoint a committee to create a Masonic Outreach Committee to use all monies, assets
and funds for the care of needy Montana Masons, their wives and widows and members of Eastern Star of
Montana.
This Resolution has been edited such that, if it passes, the language of the newly adopted legislation would
be in compliance with the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Approval of the edited changes was sought by the
Committee on Jurisprudence and received by the proponents of the original legislation.
Since Resolution R-2016-03 does not seek to amend the Constitution or Code it needs only a simple majority
(50% + 1) of the eligible voting members of Grand Lodge to pass.
If Resolution R-2016-03 passes it would be necessary for companion legislation CJ-2016-01 to be considered
in order to bring the Code and Constitution into compliance. If Resolution R-2016-03 is defeated, companion
legislation CJ-2016-01 would be withdrawn.

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