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THE MONTANA FREEMASON

                                    VOULME 85 NUMBER 3 SEPTEMBER 2012

                    GRAND LODGE AF & AM OF MONTANA REPORT OF
                                   JURISPRUDENCE COMMITTEE

        GRAND MASTER'S ACTION OF JUNE 29, 2012: GRAND SECRETARY

        The Jurisprudence Committee makes this report following advice to them by the
Grand Master of certain actions he took with the Grand Secretary on or about June 29,
2012, under our designated responsibilities under Code Section 5070 A.

Question: May the Grand Master remove an elected grand officer from office.

Constitution and Code of Statutes:

                  310. GENERAL POWERS. Grand Lodge is the supreme Masonic power
and authority in this jurisdiction and is vested with all legislative, executive, and judicial
powers1limited only by the provisions of its own Constitution and Statutes. It alone has
authority to charter or grant dispensations for a Masonic lodge in this jurisdiction.

         A quorum of Grand Lodge consists of a majority of its chartered constituent
lodges. Section 450. Grand Lodge elects specified officers, including the office of
Grand Secretary, for terms from year to year. Section 510.

Analysis;

         1320. EXECUTIVE POWERS. The executive powers of Grand Lodge include:
A. The granting of dispensations and charters to establish and perpetuate lodges in this
State and in other territory where no Grand Lodge exists, and the revocation or
suspension thereof;
B. The issuing of special dispensations for all purposes permitted by any of the
provisions of the Constitution and Statutes; and
C. The exercise of all authority necessary to carry its own legislation into complete
effect.

330. LEGISLATIVE POWERS. Grand Lodge reserves all legislative powers to itself
except those specifically delegated to the lodges in this Code. The Constitution and
Statutes which the Grand Lodge has an inalienable right to adopt and put into practice
at its own convenience, and to amend or repeal at its own pleasure, are final and
binding on all lodges and Masons in its jurisdiction until amended or repealed.

340. JUDICIAL POWERS. The judicial powers of Grand Lodge are:
A. The decision of all controversies between any of the lodges or between one of them and
a member or members of another;
B. The enforcement of discipline upon Masons and lodges under its jurisdiction; and
C. The review of all matters of controversy or discipline, which may have arisen in
any of the lodges and over which it has not retained original jurisdiction.

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