BOARD OF GENERAL PURPOSES
FEBRUARY 22, 2014
The Board of General purposes met February 22, 2014 in Truro. DDGM R W Bro George Anderson and I attended. After the preliminaries the first order of business was the report of the Board of Jurisprudence. Part of the report which contained approval of bylaw changes to several lodges was accepted and the recommendation were approved. The second part of the report included the following Notice of Motion:
A Notice of Motion has been submitted by Brother Emile Saad, P.M. which would declare that the authorized languages for Masonic work in Nova Scotia are exclusively English and/or French, the official languages of Canada. The motion goes on to permit, on special occasions that other languages could be used for educational purposes upon request made to the Most Worshipful Grand Master.
It is the committee’s opinion that this Notice of Motion is inadequate in that there is no indication whether the brother is seeking an amendment to the Constitution of Grand Lodge or to the Regulations of Grand Lodge, nor is there any indication where it would or should fit into either of the two documents.
It is also felt that since the official languages of Canada are English and French it should go without saying that either of these languages would be the ones to be use in our Lodges. This being said there is nothing that would prevent a Lodge to ask the Grand Master for a dispensation to permit, by his dispensation, another language to be used on a special occasion or for educational purposes. There should be no need to enshrine this in the Constitution or Rules of Grand Lodge.
This being the case it is felt that consideration should be given as to whether the Notice of Motion has any merit and whether it should be proceeded with or not.
This resulted an a bit of discussion at the end of which it was noted that this notice has not been submitted to the board and may not be. It may, however be submitted to the annual communication.
The financial report was submitted and approved. This report as well as the minutes and other related materials are available on the Grand Lodge web site.
A motion was presented to digitalize the multitude of file cards on which can be found the information for each mason raised in Grand Lodge over the last 175 years. This process will cost $10 000 to be amortized over five years beginning in 2015. This motion was passed.
It was passed that balloting for candidates and affiliates be permitted on any degree. The Master is required to state to the Lodge that only Master Masons are to ballot and only the signs of the degree under which the Lodge is open are to be used.
Amendment to Regulation II: Section II (e) results in a brother who has demitted from a Lodge then later applied for affiliation to the same Lodge be declared a member upon a vote approving a favourable report from the investigating committee.
There was further discussion on a recommended amendment to Regulation V, Section 8. The recommendation suggests that a Lodge in temporary darkness may only be reactivated by a petition to the Board of General Purposes signed by at least seven former members of that Lodge who are in good standing and residing within the Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia, giving the name and number of their present Lodge……
If a petition to reactivate is not received within fifteen years from the date of the retirement of the Warrant, the Warrant will be deemed to be surrendered and placed in permanent darkness.
There are several members of the Board who have problems with this amendment. They will take it back to their districts for discussion.
It was passed that Lodges # 5, 91 and 92 in Pictou County be consolidated under the Warrant of Albion #5.
A comprehensive presentation was made on the development of a five year strategic plan. The proposal has been accepted by the Board and the process will begin at the next meeting, in May. Each brother, Lodge, and District will be consulted in this process.
The Public Relations Committee brought several items of interest to the Board.
R W Bro Jack Boyd