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GRAND MASTER’S RECOMMENDATION GMR-2014-01

     A Grand Master’s Recommendation that the Grand Lodge A.F.&A.M. of Montana use its powers
 under the Articles of Incorporation of the Masonic Home of Montana to direct the Board of Trustees of
 the Home to take whatever actions it deems necessary to close the Home within six months and dispose
 of the real property of the Home within one year, and to request the Grand Master to appoint a special
 committee to determine the form of the Grand Lodge charity operations in the future.

    Whereas: Paragraph 2 of the Articles of Incorporation of the Masonic Home of Montana states:
    That the purpose for which it (the Home Corporation) is formed is to acquire by deed, gift, devise or
bequest; take, hold, manage, lease, sell, convey, invest, or otherwise dispose of any and all real or personal
property, or estates therein, moneys, securities, funds, rentals, income or other revenue which the said Grand
Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Montana, or the Grand Lodge Charity Fund, a corporation,
may now own, hold or possess, or may hereafter acquire or set apart, or which this corporation to be known as
the Masonic Home of Montana, may hereafter acquire, in trust always to be used in and about the erecting of
suitable buildings and conducting, supporting, and maintaining within the State of Montana a home or homes
for the aged, infirm or destitute Masons, their wives, widows, and orphans, subject to the direction and control
of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Montana. (Emphasis added)

 Be it resolved that:
    The Grand Lodge A.F.&A.M. of Montana directs the Board of Trustees of the Masonic Home of Montana

to take whatever actions it finds necessary to close operations of the Home not later than December 31, 2014,
and to dispose of the real property of the Home not later than July 31, 2015.

 Be it further resolved that:
    The incoming Grand Master create a special committee to find a means to utilize the remaining assets

of the Masonic Home, including the all the legal entities and funds owned and controlled by the Home, and
the proceeds from the sale of the Home’s real property, to provide charity to our needy brothers and family
members in their local areas. This committee is directed to report its findings and recommendations to the
Grand Lodge at the 2015 Annual Communication.

    This directive is issued under the authority granted to the Grand Lodge A.F.&A.M. of Montana in Paragraph
2 of the Articles of Incorporation of the Masonic Home of Montana.

    WRaittihoinnatlhee: past three or four decades, the long term maintenance of the Masonic Home has been brought
into question. The questions have been focused on the ability to sustain and fund the Home’s occupants into
the future. Many Grand Masters and Masonic Home Board members have studied this problem, and with
it the need to maintain our Masonic obligation of charity. It is, with emphasized understatement, a very
complicated issue. To this end, many Masonic leaders felt the home should be closed and it was brought to the
craft for a decision. The decisions were often decided with impassioned pleas to maintain our rich history of
charity. To this end, it was determined that the home be opened to those outside the fraternity to assist with
the ever rising cost of the home’s operations. This was a short term solution that provided some relief to the
bottom line. Even more recently, a professional company was hired to direct the operations of the home; again,
short term relief to the problem of operating the home efficiently. It also added a layer of leadership, which
many believe eliminates the need for a Masonic Home Board of Directors.

    I believe it is time to re-examine what we are supporting at the Masonic Home. Of the nearly 35 beds
occupied, only three or four are affiliated to Masonry. At the time of this writing, I am not certain a brother

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