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RESOLUTION No. R-2015-05
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Be it resolved that Section 39030 of the Code of Statutes be changed as follows:
39030. RESTRICTIONS ON CONFERRING DEGREES. No lodge in this jurisdiction shall confer:
A. Any degree on Sunday;
B. Any degree upon a candidate at the meeting at which he is elected to receive it;
C. More than one degree upon a candidate at any one meeting without dispensation of the Grand Master;
D. Any of the degree work first sections upon more than three candidates at a time, or the Master Mason
degree work second section upon more than one candidate at one time except where provided for in the
mnemonics; unless an increased number of candidates per section at one time is authorized by the Grand
Master. There shall be no limitations to the total number of candidates per meeting or the number of times
any section of the above noted degree work may be repeated during a meeting;
E. A degree without completing it by the second stated meeting of the lodge following the commencement
of the degree;
F. More than one degree, nor more than one section of a degree, nor a degree in more than one lodge room
at the same time; or
G. Any degree on a candidate who has not first been deemed proficient as provided for elsewhere in this
Code (39070, 39071, 40010, 39090). [1998 Proc. 206-209, (R-98-15)] [2001 Proc. 97-98 (R-2001-7)] [2004
Proc.95, (R-2004-2; Proc. 2008 (R-2008-4)]
Resolution approved by Belgrade Lodge No. 68 on January 27, 2015.
Original resolution signed by E. Mark Seifert, Worshipful Master, and Tracy Prescott, Secretary.

PCruorpreonntelyntt’hseRGatriaonndalLeo: dge of Montana has interpreted the meaning of “time” as “per meeting” as it has
limited the total number of candidates, to have a degree conferred upon them, at one meeting to be three.
Belgrade Lodge No. 68, when it proposed the legislation to allow for three candidates per section at one
time, changing from the prior one candidate per section at a time, in no way expected to also place a limit of
three to the number of candidates per meeting. Before that time, lodges and areas of lodges, came together
and did numerous candidates, not just one per meeting, but with only one candidate per section per time
with no limitation to the number per meeting, and with repeated sections being done, conferred a degree
on numerous candidates in a day or long evening. There was no thought that changing of “upon more than
one candidate at a time” to “upon more than three candidates at a time” would in no way place a total limit
of three per meeting to the code.
Also with regard to the phrase “the Master Mason degree work second section upon more than one candidate
at one time except where provided for in the mnemonics”. The mnemonics in no way places a limitation of
three total candidates for the second section of the Master Mason degree work, it only provides for, in the
second section, that if the second section of that degree is to be conferred on numerous candidates, it is done
individually up to a certain point, then all candidates come together to finalize that section.
There was for a number of years no limitation to the number of candidates per meeting or number of times a
degree section was repeated during a meeting after the code was lawfully changed to reflect three candidates
at a time but in recent years the interpretation of the wording in this section has been changed to reflect that
there is a limit of three candidates per meeting without authorization from the Grand Master.
Belgrade Lodge No. 68 feels individual lodges and area lodges should be able to come together and confer
a degree on a number of candidates at one meeting as they once did, whether as individual lodges or by
courtesy work for others or by carrying of the lodge charter, both provided for elsewhere in the code, This
was, maybe in an evening or a Saturday. Lodges would have the ability, individually or with the assistance
from other lodges if needed, for conferring a degree on numerous candidates as they once did and enjoying
fellowship together.

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