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Worshipful Master’s Duty                                         Proxies
                         To Attend Session
                                                               Whenever the Master, Senior Warden or Junior
          Every year, Worshipful Masters and Wardens           Warden cannot attend the annual communication
          promise to submit to the “ancient charges and        he may grant a proxy, in writing, to some member
          regulations of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons”     of his Lodge to act in his stead. The proxy must be
          before being installed. These charges “point out the   issued by him at east two days prior to the annual
          duties of a Master of a Lodge,” and are deemed so    communication, and he must notify the other officers
          important that they are read to ensure accuracy.     of the granting of the proxy. The proxy card must be
                                                               presented when checking in and registration.
          What do these charges mean? Here is some food for
          thought. You promise a regular attendance on the     If either the Master, Senior Warden or Junior Warden
          committees and Communications of the Grand           has died during his term of office or has permanently
          Lodge on receiving proper notice and to pay          moved from this jurisdiction, the Lodge may, at a
          attention to all the duties of Masonry on convenient   regular meeting held at least two days prior to the
          occasions. A Lodge is a constituent of the Grand     annual communication, elect a proxy for such
          Lodge when in session. In order for a lodge to be    officer. If the member designated as proxy does
          an indispensable component it must be represented.   not use it, the credential cannot be used by anyone
          Thus its presence is mandatory, either personally or   else. If a proxy is being given, it should be given to
          by proxy. Additionally, our Code requires that each   a member of the Lodge other than a Past Master, as
          Lodge be represented by the attendance of their      they have a vote. If attending as a Proxy, the member
          Master and Wardens.                                  must present his current Montana Dues Card and
                                                               the Proxy card to the registration committee. Tie
          25050. REPRESENTATION IN GRAND LODGE.                Vote. The Grand Master shall have a regular vote in
          Each chartered and duly constituted lodge shall be   all matters before Grand Lodge. In case of a tie vote,
          represented in Grand Lodge at every non ceremonial   he may also cast the deciding vote.
          communication by one or more of its Master
          and Wardens, or by an elected representative.
          Where a Master or Warden is unable to attend,                      Notice For Balloting
          the lodge Instructor shall be given the preferential            On Grand Lodge Officers
          representation.
                                                                 During the 148th Annual Communication, the
                                                               voting delegates will be voting for the following
                       Mission Valley No. 78                   officers:
                                 BBQ                                   Deputy Grand Master
                                                                       Senior Grand Warden
            For those arriving on Thursday, Mission Valley             Junior Grand Warden
          Lodge No,. 78 will be hosting a BBQ (Burgers &               Grand Treasurer
          Brats) at Beotcher Park on  June 26th from 5:30 to           Grand Secretary
          7:30 for those Brothers who wish to join them. The     The various duties of these officers are specified
          cost is $15.00 you can pay when you submit your      within the Constitution and Code of Statutes.
          Session Registration form.
                                                                       Presentation of Lodge Banners
            The Park is by the water on the old 9 hole golf
          course.  Going East from town it is the first left   Continuing with the long standing tradition, Lodges
          past Town Pump.  Coming into Polson going West       are again requested to bring their Lodge Banner for
          it is the second Right past McDonalds  In case of    display during the Annual Communication. The
          inclement weather it will be at the lodge (1102 4th   Banners will be posted about the Lodge room. Please
          Ave. E.). Contact Doug Stam at 883-4480 or Frank     make arrangements to ensure that your Lodge is
          Tyro at 261-3294 for more information.               represented with your banner.

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