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Policies on Honorary Memberships

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District of Columbia SEC. 82. All elections to membership upon application for the degrees, affiliation or for honorary membership shall be determined by ballot.
SEC. 103. No Lodge shall initiate, pass, or reuse a candidate except as provided in Sections 114 and 115, or admit a brother to affiliation or to honorary membership without the unanimous consent of the members present.
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Virginia HONORARY MEMBERS
Sec. 2.129. Who May be an Honorary Member; How Elected. A Lodge may, at a stated communication, elect as an honorary member any Past Master. Any Brother not a Past Master, who shall have an aggregate time of fifty years in good standing in a Virginia Lodge or a Lodge holden under a Grand Lodge recognized by this Grand Lodge, may also be elected an honorary member.

In addition, a Lodge may request a dispensation to elect any other Brother, in good standing in a Virginia Lodge, to honorary membership therein for special meritorious service or services. Such request for dispensation shall set forth the Brother's name in full, the date of his raising, age, and any other data that may assist the Grand Master to properly consider such dispensation. No dispensation shall be considered unless the proposed Brother shall have at least twenty-five years aggregate time in good standing in a Lodge as hereinbefore required for a Brother not a Past Master.

Every motion to elect any honorary member shall lie over four weeks and if a dispensation shall be required, the motion to elect shall not be considered until the dispensation shall have been received by the Lodge. (1977)

DECISIONS

Sec. 2.130. Honorary Members-Ballot Must Be Spread as for Ordinary Membership. The ballot for honorary membership must be spread as for ordinary membership. However, if more than one petition for honorary membership is presented, and all such petitions are fifty year members, the ballot may be spread collectively on all such fifty year members, provided that if such ballot should be "not clear," such petitions for honorary membership would revert to their original status and the ballot would be then spread separately on each petition. (1975)
DECISIONS
1923 D-32, -2.130
Election to honorary membership requires unanimous ballot. (J. H. Price)
1956 D-8, -2.130
Brother proposed for honorary membership and on which proposal the ballot was found not clear, may be proposed again at next stated communication or any future stated communication in regular manner. (W. J. McMahon)

Sec. 2.131. Rights of an Honorary Member. Honorary membership confers the right to participate in the proceedings of the Lodge, to vote and to hold office.

Honorary membership once conferred cannot be withdrawn by the Lodge. Upon consolidation of two Lodges all honorary members retain their honorary status in the remaining Lodge.

Sec. 2.132. Not Liable to Dues or Assessments; Grand Lodge Dues to be Paid by His Lodge. An honorary member shall not be liable to any dues or assessments, but the Lodge of which he is an honorary member shall pay his annual dues to the Grand Lodge as provided in Section 2.19.

Sec. 2.17. Returns to Grand Lodge; How Made; Contents. Immediately following the last stated communication in each month every Lodge holden under the Grand Lodge shall submit an Activity Report to the Grand Lodge Office, setting forth the names and degrees conferred on each initiate with dates thereof; the names of those affiliated and restored; the names of all Brethren lost by withdrawal, suspension or death and the date of membership termination for each.

Immediately following the election at the December stated communication of the Lodge, and not later than January 15, the Secretary shall submit an Annual Activity report showing the names and addresses of each of the officers elected and appointed, the names of all Past Masters and honorary members and such other information as the Grand Lodge may specify. When these have been filed the Grand Lodge will send to the Lodge a statement of dues, fees and assessments for the year.

Upon receipt of this statement compiled by the Grand Lodge, the Lodge shall remit its payment for the year, and all such funds shall be in the hands of the Grand Lodge not later than February 1, preceding the next Annual Communication. If payment of dues, fees and assessments is not made by February 1, the Lodge representative shall not be entitled to vote at the next Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge. (1991)

1964 D-1, -2.117, -2.129
Residence within the jurisdiction of a Lodge is not required for honorary membership. Requirement as to residence apply only to petitioners for the degrees. (J. P. Stokes)

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