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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.
toBereiatdr:esolved that Section 510 of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge A.F.&A.M. of Montana be amended
510. ELECTED AND APPOINTED.
A. The 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 office 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 Officers. A majority of votes
cast shall be necessary for election. All other Grand Lodge Officers shall be appointed by the Grand Master.
B. For election to the offices of Grand Treasurer or Grand Secretary, Master Masons in good standing within
a Montana constituent lodge and qualified for the office under this Constitution, may be considered to be
eligible for election to the offices of Grand Treasurer or Grand Secretary upon compliance with the following
requirements:
  1. The 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 office of either the Grand Treasurer or the Grand Secretary, and a one page resume.
  2. The letter of interest can be no longer than two pages in length, and must clearly state the brother’s
  qualifications 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. The Grand
  Secretary will verify that the brother is in good standing within a Montana constituent lodge. Upon this
  verification, 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

CThoims rmesiottleuetioonn JsuereikssptroudamenecnedCtohme Gmreanntds: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. The contents of these documents and
how they are to be processed and distributed are specified in detail in the amendment.

The proponent’s original resolution included a proposed amendment to Code of Statutes Section 23090 to
remove a conflict between the proposed Constitution amendment and the prohibition against electioneering
currently in Code Section 23090. Because of the different 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. This year’s committee has followed this
practice. This 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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