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Title: Regulations for the Lodges Chapter 51-100 Masonic Code of Wisconsin


1
Regulations for the Lodges Chapter 51-100 Masonic
Code of Wisconsin
  • Chapter 51 Lodges under Dispensation
  • Chapter 52 Lodges Charter, Location, Masonic
    Temples
  • Chapter 53 Consolidation of Lodges
  • Chapter 54 Surrender or Forfeiture of Charter
  • Chapter 55 Members of Lodges
  • Chapter 56 Worshipful Master
  • Chapter 57 Officers of Lodges
  • Chapter 58 Election of Officers
  • Chapter 59 Installation of Officers
  • Chapter 60 Trustees of Lodges
  • Chapter 61 By-Laws of Lodges
  • Chapter 62 Expenditures of Lodges
  • Chapter 63 Charity, Relief of Masons, Their
    widows and Orphans
  • Chapter 64 Lodge Rooms
  • Chapter 65 Communications of Lodges
  • Chapter 66 Qualifications of Applicants for
    Degrees
  • Chapter 67 Repealed in 2000
  • Chapter 68 Petitions for Degrees
  • Chapter 69 Fees for degrees
  • Chapter 74 Proficiency of Candidates
  • Chapter 75 Objections
  • Chapter 76 Default of Candidate
  • Chapter 77 Work by Request
  • Chapter 78 Territorial Jurisdiction of Lodges
  • Chapter 79 Personal Jurisdiction of Lodges
  • Chapter 80 Dues and Assessments
  • Chapter 81 Suspension for Non-payment of Dues,
    Restoration
  • Chapter 82 Transfer of Membership, Demission
    and Resignation
  • Chapter 83 Change of Membership and Pleural
    Membership
  • Chapter 84 Visitation
  • Chapter 85 Avouchment and Documentary Evidence
  • Chapter 86 Masonic Status
  • Chapter 87 Masonic Claims
  • Chapter 88 Work and Instruction
  • Chapter 89 Publications
  • Chapter 90 Clubs, Entertainment and Processions
  • Chapter 91 Masonic Clothing, Jewels and Emblems
  • Chapter 92 Masonic Memorial Service

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Chapter 51 Lodges under DispensationChapter 52
Lodges Charter, Location, Masonic Temples
  • Chapter 51 it has 16 subsections covering
    petitioning, voting, dispensation, members
    officers, petitioners and powers of new Lodges.
  • Chapter 52 Has 21 subsections covering the
    charter, seal, annual report, affiliated
    foundations, representation at GL and notice of
    GL proceedings, Lodge location, number which
    constitutes a Lodge, change of name, location or
    meeting place, selling or building a Lodge
    building, cornerstone laying, dedications and
    re-dedications, U.S. colors displayed and pledge
    and Lodge responsibility for conduct of members.

3
Chapter 53 Consolidation of LodgesChapter 54
Surrender or Forfeiture of Charter
  • Chapter 53 Proposals for consolidation from all
    Lodges involved, a vote by ballot, a date set by
    the Grand Master and notification by the Grand
    Secretary. All property of the Lodges become the
    property of the Consolidated Lodge.
  • Chapter 54 This covers the arrest of a charter
    by the GM and voting to surrender, the member
    transfers or resignations, the property, assets
    and personal property return to the Grand Lodge,
    any petitioners can request initiation or
    advancement with any other Lodge and the future
    restoration of the Lodge Charter.

4
Chapter 55 Members of Lodges
  • Chapter 55 defines members, plural members and
    their responsibilities to the Lodge, the Lodge
    Secretarys duties in reporting them to GL,
    honorary members, honorary Past Masters, life
    membership, membership certificates, 50 and 25
    year certificates, past Masters cards, member
    rights, changes in member names and destruction
    of Lodge records.

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Chapter 56 Worshipful Master
  • The Master
  • Must be a Lodge member
  • Past Master or Warden unless by GM dispensation
  • Elected by the members
  • Need not be resident of Grand jurisdiction
  • He cannot resign while Master
  • Has long list of Powers including absolute power
    in the government of the Lodge, appoint
    committees, convene, open and close Lodge,
    admitting to Lodge of anyone, convene emergent
    communication for memorial service, delay ballot
    on petitions, declare business of Lodge and
    prohibit debate, complete unfinished work, confer
    or postpone conferral of degree, postpone stated
    communication, expound or decide on Masonic Law
    unless restricted by same law, set different date
    for stated when it falls on holiday, install
    officers as Master, delay elections if
    electioneering is suspected, exclude a member
    from memorial procession, order a vote by
    customary method, not entertain motion from
    floor, refuse petition, fill vacant appointed
    officers and refuse to hold stated and Wardens
    cannot usurp him and take his station.
  • Is accountable to the GL for all his actions
  • Has some restrictions including removing officers
    or trustees, waiving petitioners examination,
    levying assessments on members, refuse objection
    to initiating or advancing candidates, demanding
    reasons for objection of recommendation of a
    candidates petition, objection to the initiating
    or advancing of candidates subject to chapter 75
    of code, or objection to the presence of a
    visiting brother, he can make no appeal to the
    lodge or override a GM appeal to the lodge.
  • His specific duties include declaring petitions
    for degrees, declare a ballot box and destroy it
    and approve and co-sign all minutes for stated
    and special communications of the Lodge.

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Chapter 57 Officers of Lodges
  • Officers are WM, SW, JW, TR, SE as elected and
    Ch, Co, SD, JD, SS, JS, Ti, Solo, and Org as
    appointed by the Master.
  • Tenure is until installation of successor
  • Duties are prescribed by the ancient usages of
    Freemasonry
  • JW is liaison to youth groups
  • All officers must be members except tiler
  • Wardens are not eligible for Master if vacancy
    must be filled by election
  • Offices cannot be exchanged
  • No officer can hold two offices except the
    treasurer and secretary
  • If Master away or disabled SW becomes acting
    Master and if both WM and SW away or disabled the
    JW becomes acting WM until the former returns or
    is able to resume responsibilities
  • An acting WM does not become a PM and his duties
    end when the Lodge closes if Master is within
    jurisdiction
  • Vacancy of WM, SW or JW can only be by death or
    suspension or expulsion and is filled at the next
    installation.
  • Other officers may resign if outside of the
    Lodges jurisdiction.

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Chapter 58 Election of OfficersChapter 59
Installation of Officers
  • Chapter 58
  • Election is held within 60 days of St. Johns day
    (December 27th)
  • Election is by ballot
  • Election can be at a special by dispensation by
    the GM
  • Master may hold special election for vacancy of
    Warden, Treasurer or Secretary.
  • Dispensation is needed for filling offices of
    elected officers if death or they decline from
    being installed happens after election.
  • No member may silicate votes for an office
  • No member is compelled to vote at officer
    election
  • Chapter 59
  • All officers must be installed before or as close
    to St. Johns day as possible
  • Proxy cannot be for WM, SW or JW
  • Officers cannot be installed while charges are
    pending against him or for Lodges under
    dispensation
  • Joint installations are approved as open
    installations, but there is to be the lights
    displayed and no signs or honors given.
  • Officers are installed by the GM, Master or a
    Past Master

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Chapter 60 Trustees of Lodges
  • Trustees not Masonic officer, but statutory
    position, therefore must be resident of WI.
  • Max 6 year term
  • Master can fill vacancy by appointment.
  • Trustees have supervision of Lodge securities,
    property both building and personal, trusts and
    investments.
  • Trustees must have lodge approval for buying,
    selling, leasing or mortgaging any real or
    personal property having 5,000 value, also any
    litigation of Lodge and are under the Prudent
    man rule.
  • Are to hold monthly meetings and report to Lodge.
  • Cannot be removed from office except by trial for
    failure to do above rules.
  • They also do not pay bills, they turn them over
    to the secretary for the Lodge to vote to pay.
  • All duties may be changed by the Lodge bylaws.

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Chapter 61 By-Laws of LodgesChapter 62
Expenditures of Lodges
  • Chapter 61
  • All Lodges must have by-laws consistent with the
    laws of GL
  • Amendments may be adopted by the Lodge when
    submitted in writing to Lodge, carried to next
    meeting, all members notified within 10 days of
    vote and 2/3 vote to pass.
  • Amendments must be consistent with the code.
  • No bylaw can be suspended by the Lodge
  • Chapter 62
  • Lodge funds must be appropriated for Lodge
    expenses, Masonic charity, Masonic uses and local
    charity or education.
  • This includes Masonic youth groups
  • The finance committee is a standing committee and
    shall review all expenditures and income
    periodically reporting to the Lodge, make a
    yearly audit of the Lodges finances and set a
    yearly budget to set the Lodge dues.

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Chapter 63 Charity, Relief of Masons, Their
widows and Orphans
  • Masonic relief is the primary responsibility of
    all Lodges.
  • When requested for charity the Lodge must give
    all it can to relieve the brother, if inadequate
    then ask GL for service and assistance.
  • When requesting service and assistance the Lodge
    must report the amount already given by the
    Lodge, description of relief necessary and the
    Lodge financial report.
  • If another Lodge gives relief to your Lodge
    brother for a Masonic necessity, you are under
    obligation to reimburse them, if not a necessity
    you are under no obligation.
  • The charity committee is a standing committee
    consisting of the WM, SW and JW. This committee
    investigates all requests for charity and
    determines relief within the restrictions of the
    laws of the GL and the Lodge by-laws.

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Chapter 64 Lodge Rooms
  • A Lodge is the main Lodge room, a ante or tilers
    room and one or more preparation rooms.
  • A Lodge can be used for non Masonic purposes if
    those purposes are not illegal or would bring the
    Lodge to disrepute.
  • A lodge cannot have liquor unless by dispensation
    from the GM and not in the Lodge room or during
    degree work.
  • No gambling except raffles and bingo within state
    statutes and no smoking in the Lodge room.
  • Lodges cannot lease any part of its building for
    the purpose of selling intoxicating beverages.

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Chapter 65 Communications of Lodges
  • Stated communications are set by the by-laws and
    cannot be more than two per month.
  • All business is conducted in the MM degree.
  • Subjects for only stated communications is
    petitions for affiliation, change of meeting
    place, charter surrendering, petition for new
    Lodge, re-instating defaulted candidates,
    re-instating suspended members, request for other
    Lodge to do work, Masonic charges, request for
    dispensation to act upon rejected petitioner, and
    applications of candidates who have been refused
    advancement.
  • Special Communications set by Master or Acting
    Master, only one special per day and special is
    set at stated.
  • Only business conducted at special is what it was
    called.
  • Summons can be written or oral.
  • Specials cannot be for elections, petitions for
    degrees or affiliation or bylaw changes.
  • Festival communications only on St. Johns days.
  • Lodge opened with 3 MMs one of which must be
    Master or Warden and any MM can open meeting.
  • A Lodge cannot adjourn.
  • Ciphers cannot be used during opening or closing.

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Chapter 66 Qualifications of Applicants for
DegreesChapter 68 Petitions for Degrees
  • Chapter 66
  • Applicant must be a man, literate, mentally and
    morally sound, lawful age, believes in deity, of
    good report and well recommended.
  • Rejected applicant can be entertained if one year
    after rejection.
  • Cannot reject applicant for race color or creed.
  • Clandestine Mason can be applicant if he states
    he joined clandestine Lodge thinking it was a
    regular Lodge.
  • Chapter 67 Repealed in 2000
  • Chapter 68
  • Petitions supplied by GL.
  • Petition signed by two Masons from jurisdiction
    which one must be from Lodge.
  • Master can refuse to entertain petition.
  • Petitions can only be acted on at stated
    communication.
  • Petitioners from outside Grand jurisdiction
    cannot be entertained.
  • Master appoints interview committee of three.
  • A petition received by Lodge must be balloted.
  • Thirteen days must transpire between Lodge
    receiving petition and balloting.

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Chapter 69 Fees for degreesChapter 70
Interviewing Committee
  • Chapter 69
  • Fees for degrees are set by Lodge by-laws and not
    less than 50.00 plus GL initiation fees.
  • Fees are uniform for all candidates.
  • Change in fees not retroactive for any candidate.
  • Fees in work by request is set and collected by
    requesting Lodge.
  • Fees collected when jurisdiction violated are
    returned to said jurisdiction.
  • Fees are returned for petitions discovered
    outside jurisdiction, rejected petitions or
    refusal to advance supported by Lodge vote.
  • Fees kept by Lodge if candidate moves away or if
    rejected for work already completed.
  • Chapter 70
  • Appointed by Master, members must personally
    interview applicant and make recommendation to
    Lodge.
  • Master determines method for conducting
    interviews.
  • Committee not needed for petitioners refused for
    advancement or delayed petitioners.
  • If committee or any member refuses to report the
    master appoints new member or committee.
  • Master cannot demand reasons for reports.
  • Lodge can do courtesy interview for other Lodge
    when requested.

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Chapter 71 Voting in Lodges
  • Lodge will not give notice through mail for vote
    on candidate.
  • Lodge can vote on petition of candidate who has
    moved away after petition received.
  • Each petition balloted separately.
  • Only one ballot box is passed at one time.
  • Ballot box contains white balls and black cubes.
  • Ballot must be secret and clear to receive.
  • All present must vote.
  • Ballot must be continuous and ballot cannot be
    taken to anteroom.
  • Ballot displayed in S, W and E.
  • Clear ballot declared by Master.
  • If ballot not clear, Master does not ask Wardens
    and orders ballot destroyed and immediate new
    ballot.
  • If ballot remains not clear, Master asks Wardens
    to report then declares the ballot not clear and
    for it to be destroyed. Then asks for
    accountability of the negative vote within 48
    hours. If accountability not given within time
    period Master declares ballot clear at next
    stated communication.
  • If Master is timely informed of negative vote, he
    must in writing inform the GM and wait for his
    decision. When GM decision received Master
    reports it to Lodge.

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Chapter 72 Rejected Applicant for
DegreesChapter 73 Conferring of Degrees
  • Chapter 72
  • When a petition is rejected the Lodge must wait
    one year before re-considering to receive it.
  • Rejected petitioner has one year to resubmit the
    petition and within five years. After five years
    he can petition any Lodge.
  • A Lodge may receive a petition of a rejected
    petitioner one year after rejection and notice
    given to Lodge which rejected him.
  • Chapter 73
  • A candidate must wait six days between election
    and initiation and advancement upon proving
    proficiency in preceding degree.
  • Master or Warden must be present at conferral of
    degrees.
  • GM can waive time by dispensation.
  • Only one degree conferred at one time.
  • Two Lodges having similar work cannot use one
    Lodge room.
  • Degrees conferred in Lodge unless dispensation
    given
  • Master of Lodge can have any MM confer degrees,
    visiting Lodge officers may confer degrees,
    certified degree teams can confer degrees and any
    WI Lodge can confer degrees in another
    jurisdiction when invited and dispensations
    obtained from both jurisdictions or visa versa.
  • Only one candidate until lectures and the degree
    to be completed at one communication.
  • Degree teams must be certified by the GM and
    certification is for five years and can be
    withdrawn by GM for good reason.
  • Ciphers forbidden during degree work.

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Chapter 74 Proficiency of Candidates
  • Examination of EAs and FCs is in open Lodge on
    the posting and to the satisfaction of the
    Master.
  • Examination of the MM degree is the same, but
    within 60 days of the degree unless the Master
    extends it with good reason.
  • Proficiency defined as examination of the posting
    in the degree relating to the conferral (first
    section), modes of recognition, symbols and
    memorization of the obligation.
  • Examination cannot be waived by the Master or the
    GM.
  • Examination can be within 20 days of degree.
  • Examination can be at stated or special anf just
    before conferral of next degree.
  • Multiple candidates can answer posting
    examination alternately.
  • Ciphers are not to be used during examination.

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Chapter 75 Objections to degrees or Advancement
  • Objection to initiation is treated just like
    unclear re-ballot by the Master.
  • Objection before ballot after receiving petition,
    it goes to ballot.
  • Objection for advancement the petitioner is
    re-balloted at the next stated and ¾ vote needed
    to advance candidate and no other objections
    entertained.
  • Objection of candidate can be at each degree.
  • Objection need not to be referred to committee.
  • Ballot for objection is secret.
  • A rejected candidate may renew his request for
    advancement after 6 months.
  • Objection can be only by Lodge members and cannot
    be made by member casting black cube during
    ballot for degrees overturned by GM.
  • Objection is made to the Master at any time
    before the obligation.
  • The reasons for objection can be given to the
    Lodge if desired.
  • All objections are treated with the same secrecy
    as a ballot.

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Chapter 76 Default of CandidateChapter 77
Work by RequestChapter 78 Territorial
Jurisdiction of Lodges
  • Chapter 76
  • A candidate who does not present himself for
    initiation or advancement for one year is in
    default. Active military is exempt until
    discharged.
  • He is not in default if a member brings objection
    to advancement, Masonic charges brought or Lodge
    has inability to do degree work.
  • Candidate in default can attend Lodge in degree
    he has completed.
  • Application for reinstatement can be referred to
    committee of investigation.
  • A ballot of ¾ clear must be had for
    reinstatement.
  • Ballot is on the following stated after request
    has been made.
  • Candidate must wait 6 months for application
    after ballot fails.
  • Degree can be conferred on same communication as
    favorable ballot.
  • Chapter 77
  • Any Lodge may do courtesy work if requested
    within this jurisdiction
  • Any work outside the jurisdiction must have
    clearance through Grand Secretaries.
  • Chapter 78
  • A Lodge within the state of WI must have written
    approval from the GM
  • All Lodges in WI have statewide jurisdiction.
  • Lodges within the state cannot receive petitions
    from outside the state without waiver from the
    state of his residence.

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Chapter 79 Personal Jurisdiction of
LodgesChapter 80 Dues and Assessments
  • Chapter 79
  • When a petition is received by a Lodge it becomes
    that Lodges jurisdiction and cannot be received
    by another Lodge.
  • By electing or initiating a candidate the Lodge
    retains jurisdiction forever unless surrendered.
  • Jurisdiction is kept for 5 years on a rejected
    petition.
  • A Lodge may surrender jurisdiction of a rejected
    petition after one year up to 5 years when
    requested in writing and acted upon at a stated
    by secret ballot of 4/5 clear.
  • Chapter 80
  • Lodges fix the dues in its by-laws of not less
    than ten dollars after GL per capita is met.
  • Lodges may increase or decrease dues by amendment
    or resolution as per by-laws.
  • The change must be in writing, held over one
    meeting, given notice at least 10 days prior to
    vote to all members, carried by 2/3 vote and
    approved by the GM.
  • Dues are pro-rated for members joining after
    February 1st, but full per capita is charged.
  • The is no refund at resignation.
  • Payment of dues is a MMs obligation.
  • All Lodges have a uniform dues card as a receipt
    from the Grand Secretary.
  • Any Lodge by-law conflicts with chapter 80 shall
    be changed to conform to this chapter.
  • Any assessments when necessary are handled the
    same as a change of dues.

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Chapter 81 Suspension for Non-payment of Dues,
Restoration
  • Suspension is any MM who has not paid his dues or
    assignments.
  • Suspension cannot occur until one is 8 months
    past due.
  • A Lodge cannot suspend a member if he has
    pecuniary inability.
  • Master cannot be suspended during his tenure.
  • Insanity or mental incompetence cannot result in
    suspension.
  • Suspension is in effect until suspension is
    restored and the brother loses all rights,
    benefits and privileges as a Mason.
  • Procedure to suspend is after the 8 months in
    arrears the name is given to the WM, SW and JW
    for one to contact in September, on October 1st
    if not paid the secretary sends a letter of
    demand signed by himself and the Master that if
    not paid in 60 days action will be taken. At the
    end of the 60 days at the first stated the
    secretary will give the list of delinquent
    members to be voted to suspend and the vote needs
    to be 2/3rds.
  • Lodge can remit any dues for good cause.
  • Procedures in this section deemed full trial.
  • If restoration is within two years the suspended
    member must pay due owed at time of suspension
    and five dollars re-instatement fee unless
    remitted by Lodge.
  • After two years a written request to the Master
    for re-instatement is submitted with the amount
    in arrears plus current years dues and five
    dollar fee. An investigation committee is
    appointed and the request is voted on by Lodge by
    ballot and ¾ vote to clear.
  • Delinquents at time of charter surrender are
    deemed suspended until they pay the Grand
    Secretary who will then assign then a Lodge.
  • If address is unknown, member refuses to pay
    arrears or dies he cannot be restored by anyone
    paying his back dues.

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Chapter 82 Transfer of Membership, Demission or
Resignation
  • A transfer will be granted to a MM, FC, or EA if
    it is in this jurisdiction or one recognized
    written on the GL form.
  • A transfer will not be granted to another
    jurisdiction or a Lodge in this jurisdiction dark
    in January and February submitted after November
    1st, in all other cases after December 1st.
  • Any MM, FC, or EA in good standing can transfer
    except the WM, SW, JW and other Lodge officers
    unless moved to another jurisdiction.
  • Upon transfer completion a certificate is issued.
  • Members signing for petition of new Lodge acts as
    a transfer unless stated by the member he wants
    to be plural.
  • Members of Lodges under dispensation cannot
    transfer.
  • Demits are no longer given.
  • Resignation is by letter to Lodge secretary if in
    good standing can be reinstated with a five
    dollar fee.
  • Any resigned Mason convicted of a felony or
    sexual misdemeanor must petition the GL.

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Chapter 83 Change of Membership and Pleural
Memberships
  • Any MM, FC, or EA can request transfer of
    membership within this jurisdiction.
  • Any MM can request plural membership within this
    jurisdiction.
  • Petitions for transfer or plural membership can
    be received from non resident Masons.
  • Petition can be obtained from the GL and must be
    signed by petitioner.
  • The petitioner must give the Lodge proof of
    membership in a recognized jurisdiction.
  • A petitioner from a non-recognized jurisdiction
    is treated as a non Mason.
  • Master may appoint interview committee on
    transfers.
  • Objections for transfers or plurals cannot be
    entertained, but can be withdrawn before ballot.
  • There is no time limit of these petitions for
    reconsideration if denied.
  • There is no fee for transfer or plural
    memberships.
  • These petitions are to be balloted on at the
    subsequent stated after it was presented by
    secret ballot and ¾ clear and whether the
    interview committee recommends or not.

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Chapter 84 Visitation Chapter 85 Avouchment
and Documentary Evidence
  • Chapter 84
  • An affiliated Mason can visit a Lodge
  • A member of a non-recognized Lodge by this
    jurisdiction has no right to visit.
  • An expelled or suspended Mason of a recognized
    jurisdiction has no right to visit a Lodge.
  • The Master of the Lodge has the right to allow or
    not allow any visitor.
  • Any Lodge member present can object to any
    visitor.
  • Chapter 85
  • The sole requirement of a visitor is the dues
    card.

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Chapter 86 Masonic Status Chapter 87
Masonic Claims
  • Chapter 86
  • A candidate irregularly initiated or advanced
    through no fault of his own is in good standing.
  • A candidate denied advancement is in good
    standing
  • A candidate whose degree was interrupted has
    advanced to that degree as long as he has taken
    the obligation.
  • A candidate in default can attend Lodge in the
    degree he has attained and be posted.
  • A candidate is assigned to another Lodge when his
    Lodge charter is surrendered.
  • A Mason in good standing is one not expelled or
    suspended.
  • A Mason can voluntarily resign from Lodge.
  • A Mason under charges is in good standing until
    found guilty and can vote and be elected to
    office, but not installed.
  • A Mason suspended for a definite time is in good
    standing as soon as his time is up without action
    from the Lodge.
  • If GL restores a suspended member he is in good
    standing, but a non-affiliated member until a
    Lodge is assigned by the GL.
  • All members in good standing of a Lodge
    surrendering its charter become non-affiliated
    member until a Lodge is assigned by the GL.
  • All non-affiliated Masons claim no rights or
    benefits from any Lodge, but the Lodge may grant
    him those rights.
  • Chapter 87
  • Masonic claims for relief is to Masonic widows
    and orphans.
  • Not to widows remarried to non-Masons, mothers,
    sisters or daughters married to non-Masons, or
    widows and orphans of suspended or expelled
    Masons.
  • Non-affiliated widows are entitled to assistance
    from Lodges.

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Chapter 88 Work and Instruction
  • The custodian of the work is the Grand Secretary
    who the Grand Lecturer obtains it to distribute
    to the DLs.
  • The pure work cannot be changed except by
    resolution automatically held over to the
    following AC for debate and adoption by a 4/5
    vote.
  • The pure work is defined as the revised work of
    M.L. Youngs work adopted at the 1947 AC and all
    changes adopted at subsequent ACs by 4/5 vote.
  • The multi-letter cipher is a book of no more than
    3 letters covering the degrees, opening, closing,
    balloting, changing from degrees, floor work and
    official posting of several lectures.
  • It is distributed as the official key under the
    GM and Grand Secretary to the GL to the DLs to
    the Lodge secretaries to all MMs.
  • It is sold to the Lodges through the GL office.
  • The posting keys are published and distributed in
    the same manner.
  • The cipher and posting keys are under copy write
    and any copying is considered un-Masonic conduct.
  • Costumes are not permitted in degree work unless
    by dispensation from the GM.
  • Visits from the GL or DL shall be announced in
    advance so all officers can be present for
    posting at their stations and places and not on
    Sunday.
  • The GL and DL is the only instructor unless a
    Lodge gets permission from the GL or GM.
  • Ritualist or proficiency men are certified by the
    DL annually after examination in the work.

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Chapter 89 Publications Chapter 90 Clubs and
Entertainment
  • Chapter 89
  • All publications on Masonry, GL, its policies,
    activities or activities must have the GL
    approval with the GM approval and the Grand
    Secretarys attest except the Lodge
    trestle-board.
  • A Lodge can publish the names and dates of degree
    candidates in the trestle-board to its members.
  • The Lodge secretary can have a list of Lodge
    members, but cannot have it used for business or
    political purposes.
  • The Grand Secretary can have a list of Lodge
    secretaries published for the GL Officers,
    Trustees and past elected Grand Officers.
  • Chapter 90
  • No monitorial lectures can be used for
    entertainment of non-masons.
  • EAs and FCs are allowed in processions.

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Chapter 91 Masonic Clothing, Jewels and Emblems
  • The apron is worn over all clothing except on
    cutaway coats or tails at all stated, special or
    memorial services as prescribed.
  • At memorial service white gloves and white aprons
    are to be worn. Officer jewels are allowed.
  • Lodge jewels are to be silver.
  • Emblems can be worn by a Masons wife, widow,
    daughter, mother or sister.
  • Emblems cannot be used in any form for
    advertizing your business.

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Chapter 92 Masonic Memorial Services Chapter
93 Lodge insurance
  • Chapter 92
  • Lodges and religious bodies may cooperate in the
    memorial service.
  • Pallbearers if not all Masons, Masonic clothing
    should be worn by none.
  • Only a mason entitled to rites
  • Lodge may conduct service for non-affiliated
    brother.
  • Lodge cannot deny use of Lodge room for memorial
    service for Mason in good standing.
  • Memorial service can be on Sunday, over state
    line, after cremation and allow military salute
    after service.
  • A special or emergent communication can be called
    for a memorial service, but minutes must be kept
    by secretary.
  • Chapter 93
  • Every Lodge must carry liability insurance of a
    minimum of 1,000,000 per building per occurrence
    from the GL and give GL a certificate of
    insurance with the GL as additionally insured by
    the Lodge.

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Chapter 94 Perpetual Membership
  • This chapter is a course of its own, please read
    it and be familiar with its contents to answer
    any member questions especially if your Lodge has
    adopted it.

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Dispensation Form
  • REQUEST FOR DISPENSATION
  • Send all dispensation requests to (allow three
    weeks for processing)
  • Grand Masonic Center
  • 36275 Sunset Drive
  • Dousman, WI 53118 or by email to
    Cheryl_at_wisc-freemasonry.org
  • TO The M?W? ____________, Grand Master of Masons
    in Wisconsin.
  • From ___________, Lodge ____ FAM District
    No.___
  • Address_____________ City _________, Zip_______
  • DISPENSATION IS HEREBY REQUESTED FOR THE
    FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF THE WISCONSIN MASONIC CODE
    (Complete in full)
  • Chapter _____ section ____
  • Chapter _____ section ____
  • Chapter _____ section ____
  • Chapter _____ section ____
  • REQUEST FOR DISPENSATION
  • Send all dispensation requests to (allow three
    weeks for processing)
  • Grand Masonic Center
  • 36275 Sunset Drive
  • Dousman, WI 53118 or by email to
    Cheryl_at_wisc-freemasonry.org
  • TO The M?W? Dennis Siewert, Grand Master of
    Masons in Wisconsin.
  • From Warren, Lodge 4 FAM District No. 8
  • Address112 S. Main St City Potosi Zip53820
  • DISPENSATION IS HEREBY REQUESTED FOR THE
    FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF THE WISCONSIN MASONIC CODE
    (Complete in full)
  • Chapter 64 section 64.06a
  • Chapter _____ section ____
  • Chapter _____ section ____
  • Chapter _____ section ____
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