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Montana Freemason                                           May 2014                                           Volume 90   Number 2


                                             RESOLUTION R-2014-02

           A RESOLUTION TO AMEND SECTION 510 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE GRAND LODGE
           A.F.&A.M. OF MONTANA TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROCEDURE THAT QUALIFIED MASTER
           MASONS MUST FOLLOW TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ELECTION TO THE OFFICES OF GRAND
           TREASURER OR GRAND SECRETARY FOR THE GRAND LODGE A.F.&A.M. OF MONTANA.
           Be it resolved that Section 510 of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge A.F.&A.M. of Montana be amended
          to read:
          510.  ELECTED AND APPOINTED.


          A.  T  e Deputy Grand Master, Senior Grand Warden, Junior Grand Warder, Grand Treasurer and Grand
          Secretary shall be elected by ballot at each annual communication.  Each installed Deputy Grand Master shall
          be considered the Grand Master-elect and will be installed as Most Worshipful Grand Master at the succeeding
          annual communication.  Should the Deputy Grand Master (Grand Master-elect) be unable, for any reason,
          to be installed in the of  ce of the Most Worshipful Grand Master, there shall be elected by ballot from the
          brethren who are eligible, a Grand Master, in addition to the other elected Grand Of  cers.  A majority of votes
          cast shall be necessary for election.  All other Grand Lodge Of  cers shall be appointed by the Grand Master.


          B.  For election to the of  ces of Grand Treasurer or Grand Secretary, Master Masons in good standing within
          a Montana constituent lodge and qualif ed for the of  ce under this Constitution, may be considered to be
          eligible for election to the of  ces of Grand Treasurer or Grand Secretary upon compliance with the following
          requirements:

            1.  T  e brother will submit to the Grand Secretary no later than 5:00 PM of the date 120 days prior to the
            commencement of the Grand Lodge’s annual communication, a letter of interest in being considered for
            election to the of  ce of either the Grand Treasurer or the Grand Secretary, and a one page resume.

            2.  T  e letter of interest can be no longer than two pages in length, and must clearly state the brother’s
            qualif cations for being able to perform the duties of either the Grand Treasurer or the Grand Secretary as
            provided for in this Constitution or the Statutes of the Grand Lodge A.F.&A.M. of Montana.  T e Grand
            Secretary will verify that the   brother is in good standing within a Montana constituent lodge.  Upon this
            verif cation, which must occur no less than 60 days prior to the commencement date of the Grand Lodge’s
            annual communication, the Grand Secretary will transmit copies of each brother’s letter of intent and resume
            to all constituent lodges.

          Submitted by Morning Star Lodge No. 5, on Feb 2, 2014



          Committee on Jurisprudence Comments:
          T  is resolution seeks to amend the Grand Lodge Constitution Section 510 to require all Master Masons
          who are willing to serve as either Grand Treasurer or Grand Secretary to submit a letter of interest and a
          resume 120 days prior to the start of the annual communication.  T  e contents of these documents and
          how they are to be processed and distributed are specif ed in detail in the amendment.
          T  e proponent’s original resolution included a proposed amendment to Code of Statutes Section 23090 to
          remove a conf ict between the proposed Constitution amendment and the prohibition against electioneering
          currently in Code Section 23090.  Because of the dif erent procedures for amending the Constitution and
          the Code, the Committee on Jurisprudence in past years has divided resolutions containing amendments to
          both Constitution and Code to make them more understandable.  T  is year’s committee has followed this
          practice.  T  is revised resolution contains only the Constitutional Amendment.  See Resolution R-2014-
          02A for the Code amendment.
          In accordance with Section 810 of the Constitution, the Grand Master shall refer this resolution to a special
          committee, which shall review the proposed amendment and make corrections which do not change its
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