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Montana Freemason      May 2013                                                             Volume 86 Number 2

notice, through the Code, about where a tribunal will                                          R-2013-13
be held. As the Grand Master is required to travel
extensively during his year, having the tribunal located                  An amendment to Section 10040 LEWIS JEWEL,
as close as possible to his principal residence will ease                 changing the requirements of the award.
his traveling burden substantially. This, of course,                      Be it resolved that Section 10040 be amended as
assumes that the Grand Master’s mother lodge is close                     follows:
to his principle residence. In addition, the Code will                    10040. LEWIS JEWEL. The Lewis Jewel may be worn
now provide the Craft a predictable location as to where                  by a Master Mason, if at the time of his initiation, his
the tribunal will be held. The Proponent believes that                    father was a Master Mason in good standing (or if the
even though greater reform regarding Grand Master’s                       father be deceased that he was a Master Mason in good
tribunals may be needed in the future, the proposed                       standing at the time of his death). it can be proven
legislation is a step in the right direction to address                   that he is a direct descendent of a Master Mason in
issues which have been identified in the past year.                       good standing (or if his family member is deceased,
                                                                          that he was a Master Mason in good standing at the
This woJuurldisprreupedaelnCceoCdeomSemctiitotnee4C3o0m30maenndtsenact a  time of his death).
new Section 43031 for the formation of a Tribunal to                      Submitted by Missoula Lodge No. 13
try the Grand Master; and providing a new section
43032 which provides that the trial of the Grand                          Presently, thePLreowpiosnJeenwte’sl Ecaxnploannlaytiboenworn when a
Master must be held at a chartered lodge where the                        Master Mason’s father was a mason in good standing
Grand Master is a member.                                                 at the time of his initiation. This resolution would
The committee substituted the term “prior                                 allow any person to wear the jewel if they can prove
examination” for “Voir Dire”. “Voir Dire” is a legal                      that they are a direct descendent of a Master Mason
term which is not understood by most non-attorneys.                       who was in good standing during his life. This would
This recommendation would change the code of                              encourage our members to represent their family’s
statutes and would require an affirmative vote of two                     Masonic lineage. For example, a member whose
thirds of the members present to pass.                                    grandfather was a Master Mason, but whose father
                                                                          was not a Master Mason, would be entitled to wear
                                                                          the jewel. Ultimately, this resolution would encourage
                                                                          and promote pride in the long-standing Masonic
                                                                          heritage of many of the members in this jurisdiction.

 Helena Lodge No. 3                                                       This woJuurldispmrouddiefnycSeeCctoiomnm10it0t4ee0Ctoomallmowenatnsy male
Annual Chilli Cookoff                                                     descendent of a Master Mason, rather than the son
                                                                          of a Master Mason, to be allowed to wear the Lewis
                                                                          Jewel.
                                                                          This recommendation would change the code of
                                                                          statutes and would require an affirmative vote of two
                                                                          thirds of the members present to pass.

                                                                                      MONTANA GRAND CHAPTER
                                                                                          Order of the Eastern Star

                                                                          June 05-08, 2013

W. Tom Gocksch, Master of #3, and Mrs. Linda                              Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park, 200 S. Pattee
Cantrell were the traveling trophy winners for the                        Street, Missoula, MT 59802 - (406) 721-8550.
2013 chili cook-off.                                                      Contact: Carol Zehntner, Grand Secretary
                                                                          P.0. Box 330, White Sulphur Springs, MT 59645,
                                                                          406-547-2288, Email: oesmt@itstriangle.com

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