Square & Compasses

AZ dispute #1

Dedicated to the principles of Democracy and Freemasonry

Vol. 1, Issue 1, March 1996

Published by Bernard Durgin, with the support of freedom-loving Masons
everywhere

Due to countless requests for me to write in-depth reports on the state
of our Craft,

I have responded with the publication of a private newsletter for
Masons, 'The Beacon'

This newsletter is for Masons only.  It is your responsibility to
maintain this confidentiality.  Please send me address corrections and
phone numbers.

A Chronology of Events

	There has never been a greater urgency for Masons to determine,
each man for himself, what he wants Freemasonry to be, now and
forevermore.  One the one hand, we have the great principles of
democracy, liberty and equality.  On the other, we have demands that
require the sacrifice of the former, which have now escalated to the
point of the suspension of civil liberties, of due process of law
(Arrest of Dues Card without a hearing or trial by peers), the rights of
the people to call for a redress of grievances (Special Communications),
and law of the vote of the people.  We have unchecked power now vested
solely in the hands of the executive branch.

	READ THE FACTS, BRETHREN.  This is not 'Bernie Durgin -vs- the
Grand Master, Chapter xx.'  Read your official communications from Grand
Lodge.  They were sent to your secretaries.

1.	In July, 1995, the Secretary of Jerusalem Daylight Lodge was
contacted by the Grand Master, who demanded an apology for a
trestleboard article which quoted a derogatory letter he had written to
Red Rock Lodge.  He stated he would suspend the Master of Jerusalem
Daylight if he did not receive the demanded apology, followed by
suspension of the next Master (if still not received), to culminate with
the arresting of the lodge charter.

2.	In July and August, the Junior Grand Warden twice called Tim
Zahn to demand the same apology, and told WB Tim that the threatened
arresting of the lodge charter, suspension of Tim as Master, and Masonic
charges against me would not be forthcoming if the demanded apology was
forthcoming.

3.	In October, 1995, the demanded apology was received by all Grand
Lodge Officers (via Certified Mail) and was mailed to all Arizona
Lodges.

4.	As an example of the value of promises made by elected officers
(item 2), Tim Zahn was suspended from the East and I was charged with
the Masonic offense we were told would not be forthcoming.  Two of the
three promises were broken!

5.	On October 25 & 26, 1995, Charges against the Grand Master were
received by the Board of Trustees and Grand Master, via Certified Mail,
Return Receipt.

6.	The Oct/Nov issue of the Jerusalem Daylight Lodge trestleboard
contained two articles regarding the upcoming trial for the Grand Master
and why the charges were filed.

7.	On November 11, 1995, WM Timothy Zahn was removed as Master of
Jerusalem Daylight Lodge, by the Acting Grand Master, for permitting the
Oct/Nov trestleboard to be published, and I was charged with Un-Masonic
conduct for the same.  WM Tim was also one of the 3 signers of the
Charges against the Grand Master filed Oct. 25.

8.	On November 19, 1995, I mailed a Call for a Special
Communication of Grand Lodge, seeking the required 3 signatures, to all
Arizona Lodges.  Included was a copy of the pending charges against the
Grand Master, for which I was seeking additional signatures to the
original complaint.  These were sent via First Class Mail to all lodge
secretaries.

9.	On December 19, 1995, the Grand Master issued two new Decisions
that deny the right of 3 Sitting Masters to call for a Special
Communication of Grand Lodge (Decision 5) and grant the power to the
Grand Master to suspend any Mason, for virtually any reason, without a
trial or hearing. (Decision 6).  Read the decisions yourself.

10.	On December 20 & 22, 1995, the Call for a Special Communication
of Grand Lodge was received by one Board of Trustees member, who was the
Trial Commissioner in the trial for the Grand Master (conducted January
20, 1996, the results to be reported at Grand Lodge, May 20, 1996), and
the Grand Secretary.  Both letters were sent by Certified Mail, Return
Receipt.

11.	December 30, 1995, I was acquitted of the charges filed November
11.  WM Tim has not been re-instated, nor has he received any apology.

12.	Unrefuted testimony was presented December 30 which showed the
Deputy Grand Master provided "insider" information and personal
financing for an expose newsletter I wrote in April, 1994 and staunchly
supported voting the current Grand Master out of office.  When this
failed, his allegiance was changed and he personally preferred Masonic
charges against me for revealing the truth about Grand Lodge activities
in the November '95 trestleboard of my lodge (the same type of
revelations he previously paid to have printed).

13.	On November 8, 1995, Articles of Incorporation were filed with
the Arizona Corporation Commission for the formation of the Arizona
Masonic Foundation for Children.  This is a privately owned foundation
with no connection with the Grand Lodge whatsoever.  The only mention of
Grand Lodge within the Articles is that funds will be solicited from its
membership, family and friends.  The Board of Directors (and owners) for
this foundation are: Gerald Lankin, Cecil Metcalf, William Jeffers,
Larry Schafer and John Krom.  The very next day, the Senior Grand Warden
denied any knowledge of who the Board of Directors was for this new,
privately owned foundation.

14.	On November 9, 1995, the Senior Grand Warden made his official
visit to John Wayne Centennial Lodge.  At that meeting, I specifically
asked him who was on the Board of Directors for the new Arizona Masonic
Foundation for Children recently revealed in Arizona Masonry, and what
this new foundation was all about.  The Senior Grand Warden claimed he
knew nothing about it and could not tell me who was on the Board of
Directors, by what authority this foundation was formed, etc.

15.	A closed trial for the Grand Master, at which Master Masons were
denied admission (including a Past Grand Lecturer), was held on January
20, 1996.  The Grand Master was not present.

16.	At the Grand Master's trial, the Presiding Trial Commissioner
acted both as a judge and witness, and placed a "pinch hitter" on the
bench during the time he was on the witness stand, rather than doing the
ethical thing of excusing himself as a judge (despite numerous requests
that he do so).

17.	The "pinch hitter" used by the Presiding Trial Commissioner is
also the Statutory Agent for the new Arizona Masonic Foundation for
Children.

18.	Testimony presented at the trial showed the Presiding Trial
Commissioner had constitutionally prohibited pre-trial conversations
with trial witnesses and advised one of them not to testify at the
upcoming trial.

19.	One of the Commissioners, selected by the Presiding Trial
Commissioner, was the man who appointed the Grand Master to the
progressive line.

Grand Master Decision #5

20.  As referred to in Part I, Article IV, Section 11 of the Arizona
Masonic Constitution, only the Grand Master has the power to convene a
Special Communication of the Grand Lodge.  He must state the reason for
the call, the business to be conducted therein, and have the order
signed by the Masters of at least three chartered Lodges.

Grand Master Decision #6

21.  The dues card of a member of an Arizona Lodge may be arrested in
the same manner and for like reasons as a Lodge Charter under Part III,
Article IV, Section 98.2.

No dues card shall be forfeited unless charges against the individual
shall have been presented to, and investigated in the Grand Lodge, of
which charges the individual accused shall have had due notice, though
the same may be arrested until the next Annual Communication, either by
the Grand Lodge or the Grand Master, upon satisfactory reasons therefor
being shown.

The arrest or forfeiture of the dues card involves the suspension of the
member from all of the rights and privileges of Masonry.  In addition,
forfeiture has the same effect as expulsion.

A Private Corporation to

Own/Control Grand Lodge Assets?

	A new private foundation, the Arizona Masonic Foundation for
Children was formed on November 8, 1995, with the following owners and
Directors: Gerald Lankin, C. A. Metcalf, William Jeffers, Larry Schafer,
and John Krom.  The Articles of Incorporation are available from the
Arizona Corporation Commission for $6.00, Documents Division, 1200 W.
Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007, 1-800- 345-5819, and I urge all lodges
and Masons to order a copy.  This foundation is a private business,
totally separate from the Grand Lodge.

	In 1994, a resolution policy was adopted by the Board of
Trustees which grants control of our assets to 4 men, who are authorized
to assign ownership of our assets to an undisclosed entity based upon an
unknown agreement.  Read the following very carefully:

FROM: Proceedings of Grand Lodge, 1995

Quarterly Meeting of the Board of Trustees, July 23, 1994, [Page 65]

A resolution was adopted whereby the Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master,
Grand Treasurer and Grand Secretary were authorized to "Transfer,
endorse, sell, assign, set over and deliver any and all shares of stock,
bonds, debentures, notes, evidence of indebtedness, or other securities
now or hereafter standing in the name of or owned by this Fraternal
Organization, and to make, execute, and deliver any and all written
instruments necessary or proper to effectuate the authority hereby
conferred."

	"Transfer" to whom?  This one paragraph is giving the authority
to transfer every asset the Grand Lodge owns, to an unspecified entity,
to be covered by some future document no one has even seen!  What kind
of business is that?

	I asked the Grand Treasurer what the above paragraph from the
report was about during his testimony at the trial for the Grand Master.
His answer to me was that "we did this so the investment advisors could
sell and trade our stocks, etc."  This is not, however, only a
resolution to permit an agent to trade our stocks on our behalf.  This
is a resolution that permits the Grand Lodge Officers to relinquish
ownership of our stock, based upon an undisclosed agreement with an
unknown party.  (Transfers to foundations are traditionally gifts.)

	Question: Who now holds title to the assets (or previous
assets?) of our Grand Lodge?

	All lodges should demand a full and complete copy of all the
transactions between the Grand Lodge and all organizations which have
received Grand Lodge assets.  We should receive records on all stock
tradings and sales.  We are being kept in the dark about far too much
where our assets are involved, and control of these assets now rests in
the hands of men who secretly form corporations capitalizing upon the
Masonic name and symbol, in violation of our constitution (Reg. 29.1).

	Question: Since when do we allow privately owned businesses to
be formed within our Grand Lodge, allow them to use the Masonic Emblem
(in violation of Regulation 29.1), and authorize their Directors to take
control of all charitable funds received by the Grand Lodge?

	The Articles of Incorporation also stipulates monies received
may be "invested and reinvested," and that the Directors may be paid for
their services (charity begins at home, right).  There is no stipulation
as to how much of the money received is to be distributed to charities,
how much is to be paid to the "charity-minded" Directors, and there is
no reporting of any of this to us (the ones whose assets they may be
taking).

Article VII Nothing contained herein, however, shall prohibit payments
by the corporation to Directors or members as a reasonsable compensation
for services rendered to the corporation.

	Ownership of the corporation is shown below, followed by a
declaration of no other membership in the corporation:.

Article IX: The control and management of the affairs of the corporation
shall be vested in a Board of Directors of not less than five (5), nor
more than seven (7), persons.  The names of those selected to serve as
Directors, who shall serve for the purposes of the formation and
qualification of the corporate by the Internal Revenue Service,
beginning with the incorporation of this corporation and until the
second annual meeting of the corporation or until their successors shall
be selected and qualified, are:

Gerald H. Lankin
9457 M. 82nd Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

John Krom
8301 North 103rd Avenue, 1195
Peoria, AZ 85345-7456

C. A. Metcalf, Jr.
P.O.  Box 348
Oracle, AZ 05623-0348

William Jeffers Jr.
P.O.  Box 715
Holbrook, AZ 86025-0715

Larry Schafer
3550 North Central Ave. Suite 1500
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Article X: The corporation shall not have a membership.

	Question: Why wasn't our Board of Trustees named as the
Directors (and owners) of this foundation?  And WHO was behind all this?

New Foundation's First Official Act

	An announcement from the Grand Master declares "our first of
fifteen teams will be held on May 1-3, 1996" and says each team
(4-members each) costs $1,200, for a total of $18,000.  Since
arrangements with Chapel Rock Episcopal Retreat Center in Prescott for
these dates have apparently been made (according to a foundation
Director's solicitation to the Masters of Arizona lodges), you have to
ask, "who is going to pay the balance of this $18,000 if it's not raised
by our lodges before the commencement date?"  Have Grand Lodge funds
already been transferred to this corporation to pay for this event?  If
so, which budget line item was this expense concealed under at the last
Grand Lodge?

	Why was all of this activity done without so much as informing
the 12,000+ Masons of Arizona that such a foundation was being formed,
until 3-mos. after it was done?  Why was $18,000 of our money committed
to this new "children at risk" program without any notice whatsoever,
until after the commitment was made?

What Next?

	The question for each Mason to ask himself now is, "do I want
Freemasonry to be the foundation stone of democracy we so proudly
proclaim to the world at large, or is it permissible to suspend these
principles, to suspend the vote required to spend such sums of our
money, and prohibit the masses from doing anything about it until after
the perpetrator is out of office" (Decision 5 suspends the calling of a
Special Communication by Arizona Lodges)?

	As you deliberate on this question and talk among your brethren,
note who presents facts and who attacks people.  Extend the warmest of
welcomes to the former, for with him you can learn; but be especially
wary of the latter, who criticizes people to divert attention from the
facts.  This argument is not about personalities, it is about actions.

	There are some very important proposals being submitted for our
next Grand Lodge, including 2 to give the Blue Lodges control of the
Grand Lodge during the entire year (not just each May).  One places 4
Blue Lodge Masons on the Board of Trustees, and another gives Blue Lodge
Masons a majority vote on all Grand Lodge committees by having the Board
of Trustees select the majority membership of each committee (members
who have not served as Elected Grand Lodge Officers).  These are
critical to returning control to the constituent lodges.  If you want a
voice in controlling our Grand Lodge throughout the entire year, vote
"Yes" to these bills.  If you want control to rest in the hands of a
"good ol' boys club" (of a dozen or so men), if you favor un-checked
power in the hands of a few, then vote "No."

	Please read the following resolutions, discuss them at length,
and come vote at the Grand Lodge.  My phone number is 520-327-1656, if
you have questions.  The Grand Master's phone number(s), as published in
his private newsletter and Grand Lodge proceedings: 602-998-2532 (Home),
800-347-5107 (Office).

RESOLUTION NO. 96-1

The proponent seeks to set a procedure for the election of Grand Lodge
Officers.  As an amendment to the Constitution, it requires 5/6 majority
to pass

Signatures: 8

Rejected Signatures: 0

COMMENTARY: This proposal opens the door for nominations from the floor
for the Junior Grand Warden.  This seems like a good idea, especially in
light of recent events.  In the current process for ascension to the
East, one man (only) decides who shall eventually be the Grand Master
over 12,000+ Masons.  Somehow the numbers just don't seem fair under the
current method.

RESOLUTION NO. 96-2

A proposal to terminate the "Candidate Education" program which does not
comply with the vote on this program by the 112th Annual Communication
of this Grand Lodge.  As a Resolution, this requires only a simple
majority for passage.

Signatures: 15

Rejected Signatures: 20 (MMs Only, etc.)

COMMENTARY: This proposal will terminate the program (only) known as the
"Candidate Education" program, but not the use of the materials.  The
program (itself) was defeated at the 112th Communication.  This will
allow lodges to continue using the books if they so choose.

RESOLUTION NO.96-3

A resolution to mandate that all new programs, especially those
involving the expenditure of Grand Lodge funds, be submitted as a
Resolution and voted upon by the constituent lodges before any funds are
spent or the program is implemented.  As a resolution, this requires
only a simple majority for passage.

Signatures: 15 Accepted

Rejected Signatures: 20 (MMs Only, etc.)

COMMENTARY: This proposal requires a vote by us (the ones who get to pay
for it all) before any new programs are implemented and funds spent.  A
good example is this new "Children at Risk" program (which duplicates
training many school districts already provide): There was no vote, no
report to the lodges, no chance for us to decide if we want to spend
that kind of money on this venture.  Instead we got the formation of a
privately held corporation, whose purpose is to solicit thousands of
dollars from "family, friends and members" of the fraternity.
Personally, I think we should be asked if we want to spend our money
this way, and asked if we want to relinquish control of our funds to a
private group of entrepreneurs.

RESOLUTION NO.96-4

The proponents of this Resolution seek amend the Constitution to refine
the process for the trial of the Grand Master.  As an amendment to the
Constitution, a 5/6 majority is required.

Signatures: 5

Rejected Signatures: 8 (MMs Only, etc.)

COMMENTARY: This one adds a very important (currently missing element)
of fairness to the selection of the Presiding Trial Commissioner in a
trial for the Grand Master.  This proposal will place the selection
process in the hands of the Board of Trustees, rather than an associate
of the Grand Master, who may lack the ability to make fair decisions.
It will also prevent the Past Grand Master who appointed the accused to
the progressive line from later serving as a trial commissioner.  We
were very pointedly shown the need for these protections this past
January.

RESOLUTION NO. 96-5

A resolution to amend Section Nos. 32.2 and 120 to provide that no
member shall be required to pay the Grand Lodge per capita tax to more
than one lodge.  As an amendment to the Constitution, a 5/6 majority is
required.

Signatures: 4

Rejected Signatures: 3 (MMs Only, etc.)

COMMENTARY: This is a good and fair proposal.  Why should per capita be
paid two or more times on the same man?  It is a much fairer policy to
have a man belonging to multiple lodges taxed only once, the same as
everyone else.

RESOLUTION NO. 96-6

The proponents of this Resolution seek to make available to any and all
Arizona Master Masons in good standing the full and complete records of
the Grand Lodge for their review.  As an amendment to the Constitution,
a 5/6th majority is required.

Signatures: 14

Rejected Signatures: 21 (MMs Only, etc.)

COMMENTARY: This proposals mandates the records of the Grand Secretary
shall be available for review by any Master Mason in good standing.  All
you have to do is go to the office and read whatever you would like.
With the formation of private corporations within our midst, we had best
have access to our records to find out what is really going on.

RESOLUTION NO. 96-7

The proponents of this Resolution seek to make available to any and all
Arizona Master Masons good standing the full and complete records of the
Grand Lodge for their review.  As an amendment to the Constitution, a
5/6 majority is required.

Signatures: 15

Rejected Signatures: 21 (MMs Only, etc.)

COMMENTARY: This proposals mandates the records of the Grand Treasurer
shall be available for review by any Master Mason in good standing.  All
you have to do is go to the office and read whatever you would like.
This seems necessary in view of all the "stock trading" we appear to
have going on.

RESOLUTION NO. 96-8

Proponents seek to provide constituent lodges of Arizona with direct,
ongoing control of their Grand Lodge.  As an amendment to the
Constitution, a 5/6 majority is required.

Signatures: 15

Rejected Signatures: 16 (MMs Only, etc.)

COMMENTARY: I believe this to be the most important proposal in recent
history.  It establishes a majority vote on the Board of Trustees (where
"ownership of our assets" is decided) to be held by the Blue Lodges (and
not the "good ol' boys" club).  The Board of Trustees is the only
ongoing body (throughout the entire year) that has the authority to
control our assets and the actions of the Grand Lodge officers (see
proposals 96-10, 96-11).  It is imperative that we (the 12,000+ Masons
of Arizona) have the ability to control the actions of our Grand Lodge
during its recess.

RESOLUTION NO. 96-9

The proponents of this Resolution see to establish a bidding process for
providing services or equipment to the Grand Lodge.  As an amendment to
the Constitution, requires 5/6 majority for passage

Signatures: 10

Rejected Signatures: 15 (MMs Only, etc.)

COMMENTARY: Our Grand Lodge pays many thousands of dollars for services
it contracts for throughout the year, yet we (the ones paying for it)
have no idea who gets how much and for what.  This is not conducive to
good business and conceals important knowledge from the Masons who pay
for it all.  In addition to knowing what our money is being spent for
(on contractual expenses, not the ones reported at the Annual
Communications), we also have the opportunity to allow all Masons (not
just a chosen few) to submit proposals for providing these services.
For instance, are there any other Masons who know how to make stock
investments, perform computer repairs, or who sells photocopiers?  I
think so, but we'll never know if we don't force these issues out in the
open.

RESOLUTION NO. 96-10

The proponents of this Resolution seek to define the powers of the Grand
Master to fall within the guidelines of standard practices of
jurisprudence and allow for due process of law in the arresting of a
lodge charter, dues card, or suspension of a Master of an Arizona lodge.
As an amendment to the Constitution, 5/6th majority required for
passage.

Signatures: 14

Rejected Signatures: 16 (MMs Only, etc.)

COMMENTARY: This is a very critical proposal, especially in light of the
revocation of our right to a trial before being suspended from Masonry
(Decision 6) and right to call for a Special Communication (Decision 5).
These decisions, coupled with the formation of a private business within
our ranks, makes it critical for us to implement the proper "checks and
balances" to curb such powers whenever and wherever assumed.  The
alternatives are far too devastating to allow to occur without the
ability to stop them!  We have seen what power can do to men this past
year.

RESOLUTION NO. 96-11

Proponents seek to provide the constituent lodges of Arizona with
direct, ongoing control of their Grand Lodge.  As an amendment to the
Constitution, 5/6 majority required for passage

Signatures: 14

Rejected Signatures: 18 (MMs Only, etc.)

COMMENTARY: This proposal was written in conjunction with 96-8 and
entails having the Board of Trustees select the majority vote on all
committees, while still enabling the Grand Master to place those he has
selected to represent his ideas throughout the committee processes.
This fairly provides a majority control to the majority of the people,
the Arizona Blue Lodge Masons.  The Grand Master gets 2 out of 5 votes
on committees.  If what he wants to implement throughout the year is
indeed good for Masonry, then only 1 of the remaining members needs to
be convinced.  If, however, a proposal or activity is not proper, then
we (the membership) have the ability to stop it.  This is a good "check
and balance."  If someone is against this, they are against the Blue
Lodges being able to control their own destiny.

RESOLUTION NO. 96-12

Proponents of this Resolution seek to modify the "Friend to Friend"
program to better apply the mandates of Regulation 37 ("Selective
Invitation") and modify the tape currently distributed to exclude
Section 3, "Filling out a petition," which appears contrary to
Regulation 29.22.  As a Resolution, this requires only a simple majority
to pass

Signatures: 15

Rejected Signatures: 18 (MMs Only, etc.)

COMMENTARY: The "Friend to Friend" program has strong solicitation
overtones, as does the final portion of the tape used (filling out the
Petition).  Since the program was never submitted to a vote, we need to
vote it out now, yet permit lodges to use the tapes (if desired), minus
the objectionable portion.  This is a fair compromise to the two
opposing views on this matter.

RESOLUTION NO. 96-13

Proponents seek to amend the duties of the Finance Committee as
contained in the Constitution.  As an amendment to the Constitution, a
5/6 majority is required.

Signatures: 2

Rejected Signatures: 0

COMMENTARY: This is a good proposal.  It will allows for the reporting
of misleading line items in the budget.  As you may recall, we ending up
giving "blanket approval" for two concealed programs within our last
budget.  We were later told we approved the concealed items when we
voted "yes" on the budget.  This proposal simply seeks an honest
reporting to the voting delegates on what they are voting for or
against.  If anyone can think of an ethical reason for defeating this
bill, I'd like to hear it.

RESOLUTION NO. 96-14

Proponents seeks to amend the Constitution regarding the calling of a
Special Communication. (from 3 sitting Masters to 30% of the lodges).
As an amendment to the Constitution, a 5/6 majority is required

Signatures: 5

Rejected Signatures: 0

COMMENTARY: This proposal provides more protection for the Grand Lodge
officers from being held accountable for their actions, and virtually
prohibits the rest of us from calling for a special legislative session
to stop it!  It's interesting to see a group advocating more insulation
from his actions for the Grand Master.

RESOLUTION NO. 96-15

Proponent seeks to amend the Constituent with regard to filing charges
against the Grand Master (from 3 sitting Masters to 30% of the lodges).
As an amendment to the Constitution, 5/6 majority is required.

Signatures: 5

Rejected Signatures: 0

COMMENTARY: Here's another one to make it almost impossible to stop a
Grand Master if he is perpetrating illegal activities.  Why would anyone
want to set one man above our laws?

RESOLUTION NO. 96-16

Proponent seeks to amend the Constitution concerning number of
representatives necessary to transact business. (from 3 lodge to 50% of
the lodges).  As an amendment to the Constitution, a 5/6 majority is
required.

Signatures: 5

Rejected Signatures: 0

COMMENTARY: This goes along with 96-14.  If you can get an impossible
number of lodges to call for a Special Communication, you've got to have
a ridiculous number of them represented.  What more need be said?

RESOLUTION NO. 96-17

Proposed change will allow the Worshipful Master to determine if it is
proper to wear Masonic clothing at a public function, without requesting
a dispensation from the Grand Master.  As an amendment to the
Constitution, 5/6 majority is required.

Signatures: 7

Rejected Signatures: 0

COMMENTARY: This is part of the "return of power" theme I have heard
coming from our rulers (throwing us a bone?).  It's nice that we are
thought to have enough sense to know when it is proper to wear our
aprons without requiring a special dispensation from the Grand Master.

RESOLUTION NO. 96-18

Proponents seek to amend the Constitution to remove the requirement to
obtain a special dispensation from the Grand Master to examine an
Entered Apprentice or Fellowcraft candidate by a committee.  As an
amendment to the Constitution, 5/6 majority is required.

Signatures: 7

Rejected Signatures: 0

COMMENTARY: This proposal opens the door for the "brother-in-law" system
of getting candidates declared proficient.  Since trial testimony showed
one of the proponents of this bill regularly sat in his home lodge and
watched the Worshipful Master read the ritual to the candidate and
membership, I am not surprised to see this kind of motion with his name
on it.  All of our progressive line Grand Lodge officers signed this
bill.

RESOLUTION NO. 96-19

Proponents propose a change to the Ritual to allow the Worshipful Master
to close their stated meetings in Short Form.  As a resolution, a simple
majority is required.

Signatures: 7

Rejected Signatures: 0

COMMENTARY: The same "short form" group signed this one as 96-18.  All
of our progressive line Grand Lodge officers signed this bill to enable
a Master to be able to close his lodge without knowing the ritual,
including one who has sworn (for many years) that he stands for
preserving our ritual and traditions..

RESOLUTION NO. 96-20

Proponents propose to require a contribution from each petitioner for
the degrees or applicant for affiliation to be designated

for the Masonic Charities of Arizona.  As an amendment to the
Constitution, 5/6 majority is required.

Signatures: 8

Rejected Signatures: 1 (Other Juris.)

COMMENTARY: Though I like the theme of this proposal, I think we should
vote "no" until we get the mess with the Board of Trustees and
charitable funding to the Arizona Masonic Foundation for Children
straightened out.

Dedication

	To those who had the courage to stand up when called upon to
"lay it on the line" for Masonry, I thank you for your support.

	Masonry needs men who will stand and be counted when called upon
to preserve the principles of self government, based upon a will of the
people and not just a chosen few.  It is wrong to stand above the law.
It is wrong to change the law when not to one's liking, or suspend it
altogether when all else fails.  It is wrong to punish those who fight
these injustices.  This is what Freemasonry is about!

	All things shall come to light in their appointed time.  It is
our duty, as men and as Masons, to do our part when the hour of
appointment arrives, be it high or low twelve.

	My sincere thanks for taking the time to read these words.
Please tell the appropriate people what you think of them, especially
the voting delegates who must choose our 1996-7 Grand Lodge officers.

In Closing

	I have heard many Masons say the entire progressive line has
declared themselves "to be of one mind," and that the brand of Masonry
we have been subjected to this year is the brand they intend to provide
for the next 8-years.  This declaration necessitates either removing
them as a whole, or resigning ourselves to dictatorial rule and
entrepreneurial enterprises being the order of the day for many years to
come.

	Brethren, we have a situation where our elected officers firmly
believe they can (and will) do whatever they desire as Grand Master,
whether constitutionally permitted or not.  They have demonstrated a
propensity for believing only they have a divine insight into the
"problems" with Masonry, and that they will force their "visions" upon
us, whether we like it or not.  They have made these declarations
themselves in lodges throughout the state.  They have demonstrated their
commitment to supremacy in their many actions throughout the year,
including the joint effort to remove a Master of a lodge for allowing a
member to express his opinion in a trestleboard (the Deputy Grand
Master, Senior & Junior Grand Wardens were all in attendance the day Tim
was removed).

	Reading the proposals submitted by our entire officer's line and
their associates proves their commitment to the acquisition of more
power for themselves, while tying our hands to combat any abuses of this
power they may perpetrate.

	Now, we have private enterprises being formed within our Grand
Lodge, without the knowledge or approval of the membership, for the
benefit of the founders.

	This pattern, or "new order" of conducting Grand Lodge affairs,
is what we can expect from the remainder of our Grand Lodge officers,
most especially the one slated for next year.  Masonry, with the
inception of the Arizona Masonic Foundation for Children, has now
stooped to the level where we pay "homage" to our elected leaders by
providing them with personal businesses, at our expense, which enable
them to be paid for their "dedication to the principles of Masonry," and
leave us powerless to have any control over the vast sums they expect to
"solicit from the members, family, and friends" of the fraternity.  We
have, in one fell swoop, been turned into a "business of charity," just
like the United Way and others.

	As you contemplate the newly formed "business of charity", ask
yourselves this question: Why wasn't the Masonic Charities of Arizona
foundation used for this enterprise?  I'll offer a view for your
contemplation: The Masonic Charities of AZ is a legitimate group who
only spent $122 in operating expenses last year (the members serve for
free).  They also are not under the control of "the clique," and are not
renumerated for their services (for which the new foundation provides).

	Think about these things very carefully, brethren, and vote
accordingly!

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