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
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.
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)
1923 D-32, §-2.130
Election to honorary membership requires unanimous ballot. (J. H.
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.
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Honorary membership once conferred cannot be withdrawn by the Lodge.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
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.
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)