7resourcesBook of Constitutions of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky Free & Accepted MasonsThe Kentucky Monitor-Henry PirtleThe Trestle Board -H.B. GrantThKyRtlThe Kentucky Ritual Revised (2003)Grand Lodge of Kentucky Public Relations ManualGrand Lodge of Kentucky Website
9The Entered Apprentice Degree Who, What, Where and When and Why
10Where to beginWhen opening and closing Lodge proficiently, we state how many are required to open Lodge3 for a Lodge of Master Masons (M, SW, JW)5 for a Lodge of Fellow Craft Masons (M, SW, JW, SD, JD)7 for a Lodge of Entered Apprentice Masons (M, SW, JW, SD, JD, Secretary and Treasurer)A Lodge cannot conduct business without a Secretary or Treasurer…and they are only included in the EA degreeWhy is that important ?
11Since 1717 Conducting Business on the EA degree European Lodges have operated on the EA degree since their founding and continue to do soAmerican Lodges operated on the EA Degree for ALL business (not degrees, business) until 1842
12What happened ? The Morgan Affair, as it came to be known, in 1826 William Morgan was a ne’er do well, a drunkard and a liarHe claimed to be a Mason to achieve respect, also for financial gain and opportunityHe infiltrated a Masonic Lodge in Batavia, NY claiming to be a Royal Arch MasonWhen he was discovered he threatened to publish Masonic Secrets in a book for $$$Three other publications had already been widespread, one as early as 1732At the time he was kidnapped by Masons he was in jail for another offenceHis disappearance has haunted Masons for 165 years
13Then what ? A nationwide campaign among different groups The formation of the Anti-Masonic Political PartyLodges turned in their charters by the hundreds, men left the fraternity by the thousandsIn New York alone membership decreased by 60%In the years following it became a detriment to be a Mason
14The Washington /Baltimore convention Ten Grand Lodge Jurisdictions met in 1842Met in response to the fear that the Fraternity could be infiltrated again and to re- establish the respect and prestige of being a MasonIn order to protect our secrets (passwords, grips, signs)Fundamentally changed Masonry in the United States
15Numbers of InterestIn 1950 the average term a man was in the fraternity before demit or Non- payment was… ??23 YEARS.By the year 2000 it was 2 years
16Teach … The Furniture of the Lodge The Covering The Ornaments The Three Symbolic Lesser LightsThe Six JewelsTo Whom DedicatedThe Three Great TenetsFour Perfect Points of Entrance and the Four Cardinal VirtuesThe Final Three Tenets
17come in and stay a whileIf we want to retain new Masons we have to engage them early and oftenMake them feel welcome, included, and avoid the “let down” after being raisedCreate a culture of Brotherhood within your Lodge through the study of MasonryExpand Masonic Education, by TEACHING not just memorizing the proficienciesPerform ritual to the absolute best of your ability and insist others do the sameWhat is the average age of your Lodge members ?What is the average age of those regularly attending ?
19petitions to be received SECTION RESIDENCE.No petition for degrees or affiliation by demit shall be balloted on by any lodge, unless the petitioner shall have been continuously a bona fide resident of its jurisdiction for at least six months, or obtained a waiver from the lodge having jurisdiction of him.Never sign a petition unless you know or have met the man…period.Many of the issues facing a number of Lodges can be solved at the doorLets make MASONS not MEMBERSInvestigate thoroughly
20Constitution Sections 121-126 A petition must be signed by the PetitionerHave all pertinent informationMust be recommended by 2 Master Masons who are members of the Lodge petitionedMust be received at a stated meeting1 lunar month between petition reception and ballotingBalloting to receive the degrees or affiliation shall be done on the Master Mason Degree and only at a stated communication. (unless conforming to Grand Master’s edict of 2013 in which a Lodge may choose to conduct routine business on the EA)Petitioner may withdraw his petition at any time prior to report of investigating committee ( MUST be done in writing).
21Investigating committees One of THE most important jobs you are assignedMust include three Master MasonsAs a committee member YOU are responsible for the proper procedure and conduct in order to admit a man into YOUR LodgeASK QUESTIONS of the petitioner, allow him to ask questions of youThis cannot be emphasized enough, Brothers we need QUALITY not QUANTITY
23Grand lodgeSECTION 10 - POWERS. The Grand Lodge is a judicial as well as a legislative body and has the right to interpret its own laws and may enact and repeal laws and regulations for the government of the Craft in Kentucky.It has the inherent power to investigate and determine all Masonic matters within its jurisdiction relative to the Craft in general, or to particular lodges, or to individuals, either directly or by delegated authority, always subject to this Constitution made thereunder.
24Section 11GRAND OFFICERS. The Grand Lodge is composed of Grand Officers as follows:(l) Elective Grand OfficersGrand Master, Deputy Grand Master, Grand Senior Warden, Grand Junior Warden Grand Treasurer and Grand Secretary(2) Appointive Grand OfficersGrand Chaplain, Assistant Grand Secretaries (2), Grand Senior Deacon, Grand Junior Deacon, Grand Marshal, Grand Sword Bearer, Grand Pursuivant, Grand Tiler and Assistant Grand Tiler
25SECTION 41 - GRAND CHAPLAIN SECTION 41 - GRAND CHAPLAIN. The Grand Chaplain shall open and close the sessions of the Grand Lodge withprayer.SECTION 42 - ASSISTANT GRAND SECRETARIES. The Assistant Grand Secretaries shall assist the Grand Secretary in the dis- charge of his duties, under his direction.SECTION 43 - GRAND DEACONS. The Grand Deacons shall assign seats to registered members within the bar of the Grand Lodge, collect papers and resolutions from members in the Grand Lodgeand place the same in the hands of the Grand Secretary, assist in maintaining order,and perform such other duties as may be required of them.
26SECTION 44 - GRAND MARSHAL SECTION 44 - GRAND MARSHAL. The Grand Marshal shall assist the Grand Deacons, proclaim the Grand Officers installed, conduct processions of the Grand Lodge and report to the Grand Lodge any improper conduct of anyone in attendance during the communication of the Grand Lodge. His place is at the left and in front of the Grand Master.SECTION 45 - GRAND SWORD BEARER. The Grand Sword Bearer shall carry the sword in processions of the Grand Lodge; assist the Grand Tiler on the outside, and see that none but such as are entitled to do so shall pass into the Grand Lodge.
27SECTION 46 - GRAND PURSUIVANT SECTION 46 - GRAND PURSUIVANT. (a pursuivant is an official attendant of heraldry from Medival times)The Grand Pursuivant shall guard the entrance to the Grand Lodge on the inside; communicate with the Grand Tiler and, when required, announce to the Grand Senior Warden applicants for admission, and to the Grand Lodge the entrance of distinguished visiting brethren. He shall assist in maintaining order about the door, prevent those not entitled so to do from entering the Grand Lodge or passing inside the bar thereof, and see that the brethren are seated.SECTION 47 - GRAND TILER.The Grand Tiler or the Assistant Grand Tiler, under his direction, shall guard the entrance of the Grand Lodge on the outside and see that none enter but such as are duly qualified and properly clothed. He shall have charge of the hall, Great Lights, jewels, aprons, gavels, columns and other paraphernalia, be responsible for their safe keeping during the sessions of the Grand Lodge and, when the Grand Lodge is closed, deposit them in the place provided therefor.
28SECTION 38 - THE DUTIES OF THE GRAND SECRETARY ARE: (l) To receive all money due or paid to the Grand Lodge and promptly pay the same to the Grand Treasurer.(2) To attend personally and by his Assistants, at every communication of theGrand Lodge, with his books and papers.(3) To keep true minutes of the proceedings of the Grand Lodge, proper to bewritten, cause the same to be printed in such manner as the Grand Lodge may directand preserve a copy of the same in his office.(4) To procure all books and stationery required for the use of the Grand Lodge.(5) To examine monthly reports and annual returns of lodges, correct errors, ifany, and make proper entries of the same to the debit or credit of the respectivelodges and report all delinquencies to the Grand Lodge.(6) To send notice of indebtedness, at least once quarterly to all lodges in arrears.(7) To correspond with such lodges as may be deemed necessary or desirable, andwith such others as the Grand Lodge or the Grand Master may direct.(8) To cause amendments to The Book of Constitutions to be codified and printedin Masonic Home Journal and send a copy annually to each lodge and person entitledthereto.(9) To keep a regular set of books, which shall show the complete financial condition of the Grand Lodge, including accounts with subordinate lodges.
29SECTION 37 - THE DUTIES OF THE GRAND TREASURER ARE: (l) To receive all money of the Grand Lodge at the hands of the Grand Secretary, giving receipts therefor.(2) To deposit at interest in some good solvent bank, or trust company, to beselected by him, such money as may, from time to time, come into his hands. Should more money accumulate than may be necessary to liquidate the debts of the Grand Lodge and pay the current expenses, the same shall be invested by him in such interest-bearing securities as may be approved by the Grand Master and the Finance Committee, which investment shall be reported to the Grand Lodge at its next session.(3) To pay out money of the Grand Lodge only on warrants or supporting papers received, with two (2) of the three (3) qualified signatures. Namely, Grand Master, Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer.
30(4) To take receipts on a pay-roll (or otherwise) for money paid during the session of the Grand Lodge for mileage and per diem and for appropriations made by the Grand Lodge. He shall certify to said pay-roll, or copy thereof, and promptly file one of them with the Grand Secretary, receiving in exchange therefor a regular warrant to cover the amounts so paid.(5) To account for all money and property received, paid or transferred to him, and to submit a full statement of his accounts, with books and vouchers, to the Grand Lodge on the first day of its annual communication, or when required, which shall be referred to the Finance Committee for examination and report.
31(6) To give bond, with some reliable and satisfactory guarantee company as surety, in the penal sum of not less than one hundred thousand dollars, payable to the Grand Lodge of Kentucky which bond shall be conditioned to receive and pay over or deliver all money, books, papers, and other property entrusted to him as Grand Treasurer, or any part thereof, upon the requisition of the Grand Lodge or its authorized officers or agents, and in all respects faithfully to perform his duties asGrand Treasurer.He shall not enter upon his duties as Grand Treasurer until saidbond is executed, approved by the Grand Master and filed with the Grand Secretary. If he fails to execute and file such bond within ten days next after his installation, the Grand Master may appoint a Grand Treasurer who will do so. The premium on saidbond shall be paid by regular warrant.
32SECTION 35 - DUTIES OF THE GRAND WARDENS. In the absence of the Grand Master and the Deputy Grand Master, the GrandSenior Warden shall act as Grand Master; in the absence of all three, the Grand Junior Warden shall act as Grand Master.
33SECTION 34 - DUTIES OF THE DEPUTY GRAND MASTER. The Deputy Grand Master shall assist the Grand Master in the performance of his duties, and in his absence from the jurisdiction, or from the Grand Lodge while in session, or in case of his inability or refusal to serve, shall perform the duties of Grand Master.
34SECTION 33 - THE DUTIES OF THE GRAND MASTER ARE: (l) To preside over the Grand Lodge; exercise general and special supervisionover lodges in the jurisdiction, inspect their work and require a strict compliance withthis Constitution and the Rules of the Grand Lodge.(2) To convene the Grand Lodge at the Grand East when there shall appear to himto be an emergent occasion therefor.(3) To take command of the Grand Officers and call upon them for advice andassistance on business relative to the craft.(4) To appoint the Committees of the Grand Lodge, not otherwise provided for.(5) To decide questions of Masonic law and order with the advice and counsel of the Committee on Jurisprudence and render opinions thereon subject to review by the Grand Lodge. A copy of every opinion made by the Grand Master duringrecess of the Grand Lodge shall, as soon as rendered, be sent by him to the GrandSecretary, who shall cause the opinion to be published immediately in the MasonicHome Journal.
35(6) To issue edicts for the government of a subordinate lodge to be effective immediately upon issue and to remain in full force and effect during his term.(7) To grant dispensations during the recess of the Grand Lodge for the formation of new lodges, and in person or by proxy to set them regularly to work. Such dispensations shall expire with the closing of the next succeeding annual communication.(8) To appoint brethren to fill vacancies in office in the Grand Lodge.(9) The Grand Master shall appoint annually a District Deputy Grand Master in each of the Districts as determined by the Grand Lodge. Each member so appointed shall be presented with an apron of suitable design and the year of his service be imprinted thereon in full view. The design, type and cost of these aprons shall be submitted annually by the Grand Secretary to the Finance Committee for its approval, and the approval of the Grand Lodge. Each District Deputy Grand Master shall receive mileage and per diem when in attendance at the Grand Lodge for the year in which he shall serve.
36(10) To sign the minutes of the proceedings of the Grand Lodge. (11) With the consent of a majority of the Elected Grand Lodge Officers, to vote at any stockholders’ meeting in which the Grand Lodge is interested and cast any votes to which it may be entitled, in the absence of any special direction of the Grand Lodge.(12) To arrest the dispensation or charter of any lodge, if he be convinced that the interests of Masonry require it, citing the lodge to answer at the next succeeding communication of the Grand Lodge.(13) To enforce compliance with Section 89 (2) and issue a summons to any lodge not in compliance.The Elected Grand Lodge officers also serve on the Board of the Demolay Foundation and Masonic Homes of Kentucky
38Section 89 and other interesting facts Master’s dutiesSection 89 and other interesting facts
39Section 89Contains the MINIMUM REQUIRED duties under the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of the Commonwealth of Kentucky for the Master of a subordinate Lodge.
40Remember your installation ~ Avoid private piques and quarrels and to guard against intemperance and excess?~ Cautious in your behavior, courteous to your brethren and faithful to your lodge ?~Admit no person can be regularly made a Freemason in, or admitted a member of any regular lodge without previous notice and due inquiry into his character?
41Remember Your obligation as master “I further solemly promise that neither during my mastership nor at any time the Lodge might be under my direction will I permit or suffer any deviation from the ancient landmarks and established customs of the order.”“I will not administer or cause to be administered any rite or ceremony contrary to, or subversive of, our ancient institution but will maintain pure and unsullied the genuine principles and tenets of the Craft.“I will observe and to the utmost of my power strictly enforce a due obedience to those ancient charges to which I have already given my assent, and in every respect conscientiously discharge my duties as a ruler in the Craft and Master of this Lodge.”
42Rule and govern your lodge… Issue, or cause to be issued, all summonses or notices which may be required;Discharge all the executive functions of his Lodge; andPerform all acts, by ancient usage proper to his office, which are not prohibited by the Constitution or Ordinances of Grand Lodge.Preside and have general supervision over his lodge and decide questions of law and order, but any member of the lodge may appeal from the decision of the Master to the Grand Master, and from his decision to the Grand Lodge. Sect 89 (1)
43To see that the by-laws and resolutions of his lodge are observed, and that the constitution, rules, and edict of this Grand Lodge are duly obeyed. Sect 89 (2)To see that monthly activity reports are promptly made to this Grand Lodge.To attain such proficiency in the work as will enable him to conduct the ceremonies of his lodge in a creditable manner.To call communications of his lodge as provided in the Constitution Section 107.To attend: Grand Lodge Communication, District Meeting and Educational Programs.
44mastersThe Master can put to …or refuse to put any motion on the floorThe Master may rule a brother out of order at any timeThe Master determines what will and will not be discussedWhen a brother is rapped down, he must obey at once. There is a fine line between poor etiquette/protocol and Un-Masonic ConductThe Master CANNOT cancel a stated communication. (Sec. 102 (a)USE your GAVEL and RUN YOUR LODGE
45How ? Annual plan Budget Goals (Educational Programs – Building Plans) Appoint OfficersAssign CommitteesNewsletterAgenda (stated and called meetings)Study the Parliamentary Procedure
46Know our ritualTo have knowledge of the work and lectures of the First, Second, and Third DegreesTo be knowledgeable of the ritual for conducting stated meetingsOpen and Close ProperlyBallotingReceiving dignitaries With Proper ProtocolDraping the charter
47Ritual continued:The great lessons of Masonry which are taught by our rituals should never be demeaned by levity or pranks.The Lodge room is not a proper location for the telling of jokes, pranks, levity, horseplay, or off-colored or offensive stories or laughterOur ritual is for the candidate or Brother going through~ IT IS NOT for our entertainmentLEVITY : lightness of mind, character or behavior; lack of appropriate seriousness or earnestness. 2. insincerity
49Senior wardens To serve as Master in the absence of the Master; To prepare the calendar for your year as Master;To see that the Master’s Orders are carried out in full.To prepare the Senior Warden's Trestle board articles, when required;
50To prepare an estimated budget for your year as Master To consider brethren to be appointed to the line during your year as Master and to ask them if they will serve.To be knowledgeable of the work and lectures of the Third Degree and the ritual to qualify as Worshipful Master;To be qualified to give the work of the Senior Warden in the three degrees;To attend all degree practices designated by the Master.
52Junior wardensTo Serve as Master in the absence of the Master and Senior Warden.To assist the master in the discharge of his duties.To be knowledgeable of all work, lectures and ritual parts in the South in all three degrees.To make sure the Stewards know their duties.To prepare the Junior Warden's Trestle board articles, when required.
53To make sure the Stewards are informed about degree work. To call the craft from labor to refreshment.To call the craft from refreshment back to labor.The Junior Warden is in charge of the craft while the Lodge is at refreshment.To attend all degree practices designated by the Master.
54Duties of the craftSTAND UP ! No man sits while speaking in a lodge room, no matter if he is addressing an officer or another brotherDO NOT TALK Especially :While degree work is being performedDuring regular businessShows irreverence and is considered bad mannersUnless you have requested the Master to speak, SILENCE is the ruleAll lodge activity is based on each man in the Lodge being a servant of the Brethren.
55Give proper signs and due guards ! Address the brethren properly, “ Worshipful Master, Wardens, and Brethren”For Distinguished Guests :Right Worshipful (elected grand officers)Right Reverend (Grand Chaplain)Worshipful District Deputy Grand MasterWorshipful Brother – (committeemen, appointed officers)
56Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Free and Accepted Masons.
57Remember you are a mason Especially when OnlineCell phones, I pads, tablets, etc. all can be used innocently- but with disastrous resultsSocial Media can be an effective public relations tool, but can also damage the Fraternity if used improperlySet boundaries, know your boundariesStrive to maintain with integrity the dignified character of our profession when using social media
58Where to begin Web Masonry Web Protocols Public Relations Manual Web Protocols for Social NetworksAll can be found at :
59The masonic homes of Kentucky Founded in 1867, the oldest home of its kind in North America.
60A legacy of caring In 1871 the Home opens near downtown Louisville From a school is established teaching the basics as well as practical life applications includingShoemaking, chair caning, printing, cooking, gardening and canning
61INTO A NEW CENTURY1901- The Old Mason’s Home in Shelbyville is founded1918- The influx of children now from WW I and the influenza epidemic overcrowds the Home
62Vision for the futureacres is acquired between the Louisville city limits and St. Matthews and the cornerstone is laid for construction of a schoolhouse1926- the new home is dedicated and residents begin moving from the old home
631928- The renowned architects the Olmsted Brothers complete the master plan of the Louisville Campus 1930- The largest population of children is recorded at the Home at 632
64Fast forward1954- The Homes campus school is closed and children living at the Home begin attending public schoolsIn 1989 The Home’s last orphan leaves the grounds and the Home focuses on providing senior care. Building a personal care center with 104 resident accommodations
65In 1993 the Masonic Widows and Orphans Home merges with the Old Mason’s Home in Shelbyville to becomeThe Masonic Homes of Kentucky
661997-Six of the cottages that housed widows and orphans are converted into senior living apartments and the old dining hall is renovated and renamed The Olmsted, now a Louisville landmark for weddings and special events
672000-2014 2009- Club Olmsted and The Bistro open 2010- Sam Swope Care Center opens2011- Sproutlings Pediatric Day Care and Preschool opens serving medically fragile and typical childrenNew initiatives being considered
68Some basics The Masonic Homes of Kentucky operate as a 501(c)(3) Not For Profit Charitable CorporationThe Masonic Homes employs over 500 people in Shelbyville and Louisville caring for as many as 800 individualsThe Masonic Homes began admitting non-Masons in 1993
69Masonicare ProgramProvides housing and services to eligible Kentucky Masons, their wives and widowsFunded by Masonicare residents who share in paying for their care (ie, sale of assets, insurance coverage, etc.) and charitable gifts from our Fraternity and othersJanell Hack, Masonicare resident since 1998
70Masonicare qualifications At least 60 years oldMaster Mason in good standing of a Kentucky Lodge for at least five years before applyingWife of qualified Master Mason for five consecutive years immediately preceding deathWidow of qualified Master Mason who has not remarriedCharles Elston, Masonicare resident since 1992
71Asset surrender Required only when entering Masonicare program Not required when becoming a resident at or getting services from MHKYMost enter MHKY, spend private resources, apply insurance coverage, etc. before entering MasonicareMary Walker, Masonicare resident since 1986
72When to apply When care and/or housing services are first needed Applicants with resources: “spend down” firstWithout resources: eligible for MasonicareEverett Parish, Masonicare resident since 2012
73Grand master’s pin$10 – Will be available at all District Meetings and from your District DeputyAll proceeds go directly to the Masonicare program
75To learn more For Masonicare : Todd Lacy or Cathy Kannapel Corporate OfficeToll Free:Shelbyville :Georgina IversLouisville:Colleen SprinkleBonnie England, Masonicare resident since 2003For Donation Information : Bruce Lott / ; or Phyllis O’Daniel /
76Independent living opportunities The Masonic Home Village
77Assisted living opportunities The Pillars of Shelbyville and Louisville
78Sam Swope Care CenterSix graciously appointed households each have a key area of focus:Short-term nursing careInpatient and outpatient kidney dialysisAdvanced memory careHospice and palliative careSubacute and long-term care
79Sally’s GardenPeople who live in Sally's Garden enjoy the advantages of:Structured, enriching activitiesEnclosed courtyard with walking pathLarge private rooms and bathsInviting dining and living areasSally's Garden is named in honor of Sally A. Bowers, administrator of Masonic Home of Louisville for more than 17 years. Sally made a significant difference in the lives of people at Masonic Homes, and her compassion and personal commitment to excellence continue to inspire our staff.
80Admission to the Masonic homes The most often asked question
83Are you prepared ? Do you want a Masonic Funeral ? Does your Family KNOW you want a Masonic Funeral ?Do they know what to do ?
84Sit down and talk with your family Where is your apron ? Does your family know where your apron is ? What do you want your obituary to say ? What appendant bodies did you belong to ? (Scottish Rite, York Rite, Shrine etc.) Do you have special aprons ? (DDGM, Homes Ambassador, Grand Lodge Office etc.)
85Your Masonic LegacyWhat do you want done with your Masonic books, pins, rings, regalia etc. ?Who will perform your funeral ?Make sure the church/funeral home and Lodge know of your wishesThe Master and/or Secretary should know and make contactIt's never too early to start planning
86Brothers, thank you -By example, a Mason extends the sphere of influence of moral values to his own community. Masonry emphasizes personal responsibility for one’s own conduct.Enlightenment through education is a basic tenet Masons strenuously support.Thank you for your dedication to the Fraternity and the basic principles that should at all times characterize Freemasonry.Its up to YOU the individual Mason to characterize what we stand for.Be proud of who you are, where you are from and what you do.
87Fraternally thine, Cameron C. Poe, Chairman John Cissell Rick Tyler Ricky HowardGeorge Pennington
88Your grand lodge officers Most Worshipful Grand Master –Rick NationDeputy Grand Master – Wilson WilderGrand Senior Warden- Cloyd BumgardnerGrand Junior Warden – Todd JonesGrand Secretary – PGM Joe ConwayGrand Treasurer- PGM Keith Dreier