Cumberland District Masonic Association Meeting Minutes
February 27, 2014
Alexandra Lodge #87 - Amherst
Meeting opened at 7:30pm with RW Bro. Alan Linkletter as Chairman. 10 brother masons from the Cumberland District were present. 4 from Alexandra, 2 from King Edward, 1 from Widow’s Son, 2 from Acacia and 1 from Wimburn.
Approval of published minutes of last meeting moved by VW Bro. Bill Merriam and 2nd by Bro. Ryan Beattie. Motion carried.
Motion to allow us to deviate from the published Agenda as necessary was moved by W Bro. Bruce Cuco and 2nd by Bro. Travis Saulnier. Motion carried.
Sickness and Regrets - RW Bro. Linkletter welcomed VW Bro. Merriam back and said that we were all happy that he was feeling better after dealing with his health problems.
Some discussion was then had regarding how we could be better informed when some of our brothers are sick so that we could visit them or in some way offer our help and show our concern.
It was decided that there should be someone in each lodge who would be responsible for notifying the web master so that this person’s name could be added to a special page on the District Website.
Each lodge should pick a member of their “Sick and Visiting” Committee or if they do not have one, then some other person or the secretary.
The CDMA Secretary was then instructed to send this information to the lodge secretaries.
FINANCIAL REPORT - RW Bro. Phil Adams reported that at present in our Amherst account we had $638.20 and in the Pugwash account we have $5,911.39
The $5911.39 is made up of $3354 from the Pugwash Bank of NS and $2557.39 from the profits of the Orchestra Project last fall. RW Bro. Phil Adams recommended that the Pugwash money be moved to the Amherst account so we could keep everything together.
The presentation to CEIP will be made at a later date.
The request for the $100 dues from each lodge has not been sent out as yet. The secretary was asked to send this request out as soon as possible.
RW Bro. Phil Adams moved that the Pugwash account money be moved to Amherst, seconded by VW Bro. Bill Merriam. Motion carried.
At our last meeting it was decided to take out a membership in the Tantramar Radio program for $25 a year. The treasurer will write that cheque and send it out immediately.
The webmaster, VW Bro. Gaul, reported that items are being added to the site as they are sent to him. He urged all brothers to send in anything that was happening in their lodge so that it could be put up for all to see.
He also commented on the fact that the money from the PR committee (that had been applied for in September) had not come through yet for the website but that RW Bro. Roy Lively had just got in touch with him and said that the cheque would be in the mail shortly.
No report this meeting. Two brothers (Bro. Saulnier and Bro. Beattie) who are on the committee said that they had not met yet.
Later at the end of the meeting Bro. Beattie suggested that we organize a Meet and Greet for Cumberland Masons. The brothers thought this was a very good idea and appointed Bro. Beattie as part of the Project Committee to look into it for the group.
King Edward Lodge will be hosting an Open Mic and Silent Auction on March 29 with all profits going to our CEIP fund. They are actively seeking donations for the Silent Auction, so if you know of anyone who has something to donate please let them know.
The chairman has been in touch with Erin at CEIP to let her know that we will be presenting them with a donation this year but that this could be the last year.
Discussion was held regarding making up some kind of reusable cheque for these presentations. Bro. Ryan will approach Acadia Printing for an estimate on making a dry erase laminated cheque. RW Bro. Campbell will do the art work for it. Motion was made that if it is less than $100, Bro. Beattie will get in touch with the CDMA Executive and they will approve the go ahead. Motion made by W Bro. Cuco and Seconded by RW Bro. Adams. Motion carried.
Application for this year’s 2 x $1000 bursaries will be made to the Freemason Foundation of NS by RW Bro. Linkletter and submitted before April 30, 2014.
district drama team
RW Bro. Phil Adams reported that the team had put on their first drama in Wallace. It went off very well and they had a lot of fun doing it. They are still open to taking on new members.
It has been taken to Acacia by Laurie and is now waiting to go to River Philip.
PUBLIC RELATIONS REPORT
No report as MW Bro. Imber was not back from his trip to England.
RW Bro. Boyd attended the last BOGP meeting and gave his report.
See report at end of these minutes.
DDGM the RW Bro. George Anderson was not able to make the meeting as it was snowing hard in the Pugwash area. The chairman reported that the DDGM is working on the Workshop and he is looking for input from anyone who may have some topic that he would like addressed at the workshop.
The workshop is scheduled for March 29 at 11am at the Amherst Masonic Temple. It is hoped that members attending will come early and have breakfast at the lodge (the Amherst Masonic Society puts on a Breakfast the last Saturday of each month).
There was also discussion surrounding the District Church Service as to whose responsibility it was. VW Bro. Merriam our DGChaplain will be organizing it for the DDGM.
At the next meeting we will have an election for the two-year chairperson position.
Next meeting will be May 22, 2014 .
Location: King Edward Lodge in River Hebert 7:30pm
The chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting at 8:30pm.
RW Bro. Phil Adams also reminded the brethren of the upcoming Dance and Wings Night, March 1 at 8pm. Lyons Hall Oxford.
Respectfully Submitted by,
VW Bro. Michael Gaul (CDMA Secretary)
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.
1.The bird bath that stood in front of the Masonic Home in Windsor has been acquired. DDGM’s are being asked to suggest where it should be placed.
2.There is a vignette re NS Masons being shown on Eastlink cable, also on the GLNS website. This one is called Bluenose. There is to be another made about Alexander Keith. Other information is being broadcast on Seaside FM.
3.Masonic participation in summer parades is encouraged.
4.March 30 is Masonic Day. There will be a banquet at Grand Lodge.
5.November 11 this year is a part of the observance of the 100 years since the start of World War I. Participation by masons is encouraged.
R W Bro Jack Boyd