BOGP report to Lodges
Sept. 28 and Nov. 30, 2013
There have been two meetings so far this year, September 28 and November 30.
At the September 28 meeting it was noted that six lodges had not paid their per capita charge as of that date. The DDGM’s of the districts where these lodges are situated have been notified.
The finance committee reported an increase of $3700 in operating expenses. $1700 of that was for the video conferencing service. The budget was passed with a $2 increase in the per capita charge. This is the first increase in two years. The charge is now $35.61 per brother.
Albion # 5, Doric # 91, and Euclid # 92 gave notice of motion that they are to amalgamate. Richmond # 97 intends to go into darkness.
A long list of housekeeping amendments to the regulations was tabled.
On November 30, a motion was passed to permit Albion #5 to wear a distinct apron. Their aprons will now have the Pictou tartan as the border.
Most of the regulation changes passed except for one referring to a limit of ten years that Grand Lodge would keep the records of a lodge in darkness. After that time these records would be sent to the Nova Scotia Archives. Also the provision for seven former members of a lodge in darkness being necessary to revive the charter caused much discussion. These two sections of the motion have been tabled for further study and to seek opinions.
The motion for the amalgamation of Albion # 5, Doric # 91 and Euclid # 92 was put off for a future meeting.
The next meeting is scheduled for February 27.
If any brother or lodge has concerns regarding the BOGP and its work, please get in touch with me. I am your elected representative on this board and so speak for Cumberland District at these meetings. I will attempt to visit each lodge at least once during this year to get some input.
R W Bro Jack Boyd