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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:

              T  at the purpose for which it (the Home Corporation) is formed is to acquire by deed, gif , 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 hereaf er acquire or set apart, or which this corporation to be known as
          the Masonic Home of Montana, may hereaf er 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, inf rm 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:

              T  e Grand Lodge A.F.&A.M. of Montana directs the Board of Trustees of the Masonic Home of Montana
          to take whatever actions it f nds 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:

              T  e incoming Grand Master create a special committee to f nd 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.  T  is committee is directed to report its f ndings and recommendations to the
          Grand Lodge at the 2015 Annual Communication.

              T  is 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.

              Rationale:
              Within the past three or four decades, the long term maintenance of the Masonic Home has been brought
          into question.  T  e 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
          craf  for a decision.  T  e decisions were of en 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.  T  is 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 ef  ciently.  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 af  liated to Masonry.  At the time of this writing, I am not certain a brother
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