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Commission on Information forRecognition
of the Conference of Grand Masters of Masons in North America

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Commission on Information for Recognition of the Conference of Grand Masters of Masons in North America
February 2005 through February 2006

Chairman:
M.W. Roger J. Taylor, PGM Minnesota
1212 Riverside Dr SE
St. Cloud MN 56304-1655
taylfisc@cloudnet.com 
term ends in February 2006
Midwest Region - likely to be replaced by a member from the Southwest or Rocky Mountain Regions
Vice Chairman:
M.W. James E. Durbin, PGM Illinois
PO Box 1250
Homewood IL 60430
jdurbin33@aol.com
likely Chairman Feb 2006 to Feb 2007
leaves Commission in February 2007
Midwest Region
Secretary-Treasurer:
M.W. Curtis N. Lancaster, PGM Utah
555 West 2525 South
Syracuse, UT 84075-8570.
SGIG4UT@aol.com
 
M.W. Joe C. Harrison, PGM Tennessee
6262 Garden Cove
Memphis TN 38134
JCHLCH@bellsouth.net
likely Chairman Feb 2007 to Feb 2008
leaves Commission in February 2008
Southeast Region - likely to be replaced by a member from the Southwest or Rocky Mountain Regions
M.W. Jefferson E. (Jerry) Williams, PGM Mississippi
229 Kiowa Dr
Madison MS 39110
jwillms@bellsouth.net 
likely Chairman Feb 2008 to Feb 2009
leaves Commission in February 2009
Southeast Region
M.W., Donald G. Hicks, Jr., PGM Massachusetts
861 West St
Leominster MA 01453-2062
donald.hicksjr@verizon.net 
likely Chairman Feb 2009 to Feb 2010
leaves Commission in February 2010
Northeast Region
M.W. Terrance Shand, PGM Ontario, Canada
1880 Valley Farm Road
Pickering, ON L1V 6B3, Canada
tlshand@pathcom.com
likely Chairman Feb 2010 to Feb 2011
leaves Commission in February 2011
Canadian Region
M.W. M. William Holsinger, PGM California
574 Via La Paloma
Riverside CA 92507-6402
bjholsinger@aol.com
likely Chairman Feb 2011 to Feb 2012
leaves Commission in February 2012
Western Region

The voting delegates at the 2003 Conference of Grand Masters adopted a motionthat there would be 7 members of the Commission on Information for Recognition,and in the future it would include 1 from the Canadian Grand Lodges and 1 fromeach of the U.S. "Regions" which have regional conferences. The regions are shown on the map below. As of the Feb. 2005 through Feb. 2006 year (from one Conference of Grand Masters to the next), the representation on the Commission by Regions is:

Southeast Region - 2 members
Southwest Region -  0 members
Western Region - 1 members
Rocky Mountain Region - 0 members
Northeast Region - 1 member
Midwest Region - 2 members
Canadian Region - 1 member
 


Following are citations to;

Reports of the Commission on Information for Recognition of theConference of Grand Masters of Masons in North America, as printed in theProceedings of that Conference

Please note that I have not typed orscanned the actual pages from the Proceedings, as that would take a huge amountof time and space.  All I have attempted to provide here is a guide towhere you can find Commission comments, so those who use the following chart cansave a good deal of research time.  (For those Grand Lodges that havewebsites that I know of, I have provided links, thinking that could also be ofassistance.)

United States Grand Lodges

Alaska 1982, page 55
1981, page 73
Hawaii 1990, page 62
Mississippi 1980, page 82
New Jersey 1980, page 82
New York 1980, page 82
Wisconsin and Prince Hall 1979, pages 60-62
Prince Hall 2000, pages 101-102

Canada

Newfoundland Grand Lodge of Newfoundland and Labrador 1998
1977, page 125
Labrador Grand Lodge of Newfoundland and Labrador 1998

Central American Grand Lodges

Costa Rica Grand Lodge of Costa Rica AF&AM 1988, page 127
1964, page 35
1963, page 42
1962, pages 47-50
1960, pages 51-52
El Salvador Grand Lodge Cuscatlan of the Republic of El Salvador 1988, page 127
Guatemala Grand Lodge of Guatemala 1988, page 127
1964, page 35
1963, page 42
1962, pages 50-54
1961, page 35
1960, page 52
1959, page 66
Honduras Grand Lodge of Honduras AF&AM 1988, page 127
1962, page 47
Nicaragua    
Panama Grand Lodge of Panama AF&AM 1988, page 127

Mexico

Mexican freemasonry in general

Mexico 2004
2003

 

Mexican National Grand Lodges

York Grand Lodge of Mexico 1963, pages 42-43
1962, pages 46-47
1961, page 34
Grand Lodge Valle de Mexico 2005
2004
2002
1993, pages 129-130
1974, pages 127-128

 

Mexican State Grand Lodges (State first, GL name in parentheses)

Mexican State Grand Lodge Name, if different from name of Mexican Sate Reference in Proceedings of Conference of Grand Masters of Masons in North America
Mexico in general   1976, pages 42-43
Baja California   2004
1992, page 107
1974, pages 127-128
1963, pages 42-43
Baja California Sur   1992, page 108
1980, pages 74-75
Campeche   1992, page 108
1974, pages 127-128
Chiapas   1992, page 108
1974, pages 127-128
Chihuahua Cosmos 1992, page 108
1974, pages 127-128
Coahuila Benito Juarez 1992, page 108
Colima Sur-Oeste 1992, page 108
1974, pages 127-128
Durango Guadalupe Victoria 1992, page 108
1974, pages 127-128
Guerrero   2001, page 111
Hildalgo   1992, page 109
1974, pages 127-128
Jalisco Occidental Mexicana 1992, page 109
1974, pages 127-128
1972, pages 67-68
Michoacana Lazaro Cardenas 1992, page 109
Nayarit   1992, page 109
1974, pages 127-128
Nuevo Leon   1992, page 109
1974, pages 127-128
Oaxaca Benito Juarez Garcia 1992, page 109
1974, pages 127-128
Puebla   2001, page 111
Queretaro   1992, page 109
1974, pages 127-128
Quintana Roo   1992, page 109
San Luis Potosi El Potosi 1992, page 110
1974, pages 127-128
Sinaloa   1992, page 110
Sonora Del Pacifico 1992, page 110
1974, pages 127-128
Tabasco Restauracion 1992, page 110
1974, pages 127-128
Tamaulipas   1992, page 110
1974, pages 127-128
Veracruz Unida Mexicana 1992, page 110
1974, pages 127-128
Yucatan Oriental Peninsular 1992, page 110
1974, pages 127-128
1972, pages 67-68

Caribbean Grand Lodges

Cuba (located in Havana) Grand Lodge of Cuba AF&AM 1991, page 80
1986, pages 35
1985, page 48
1984, page 43
1983, pages 71-72
1981, pages 74-75
1980, page 78
1979, pages 58-59
1978, pages 118-119
1977, pages 123-124
1976, pages 43-44
1975, page 149
1972, page 70
1971, pages 91-92
1970, pages 103-104
1969, pages 52-54
1968, pages 31-33
1967, pages 33-35
1966, pages 32-33
1965, pages 42-43
1964, pages 40-41
1963, pages 44-48
1962, pages 54-58, 91-93
1961, pages 35-36
1960, page 55
Dominican Republic Grand Lodge of the Dominican Republic 1982, page 57
1975, page 149
1972, pages 69-70
Haiti Grand Orient of Haiti 1987, page 111
1985, page 48
1975, page 149
1972, page 68
1959, page 64
Puerto Rico Grand Lodge Soberana of Puerto Rico  

In other Caribbean Islands there are District or Provincial Grand Lodges, and Lodgeschartered directly by the England, Scotland, Ireland, and France (Grand Orient, GrandLodge, and National Grand Lodge).

South American Grand Lodges

Argentina Grand Lodge of Argentina  
Bolivia Grand Lodge of Bolivia  
Chile Grand Lodge of Chile AF&AM 1985, pages 47-48
1977, page 124
1976, pages 42-43
Ecuador Grand Lodge of Ecuador 2005
1981, page 74
1960, page 52
Paraguay Symbolic Grand Lodge of Paraguay 1973, page 148
Peru Grand Lodge of Peru AF&AM 2003
2002
1999, pages 170-171
1968, page 30
1966, pages 34-35
Uruguay Grand Lodge (Orient) of Uruguay 1983, page 75
1980, pages 81-82
1979, pages 62-63
1973, page 148
1965, page 43
1964, page 42
Venezuela Grand Lodge of the Republic of Venezuela 1967, pages 37
1966, page 33
1965, pages 37-38
1964, page 38
1959, pages 66-67

Brazilian Grand Lodges

Grand Orient of Brazil 2003
2000, page 100
1982, page 56
1980, pages 75-76
1979, pages 56-57
1978, pages 115-118
1977, pages 122-123
1976, pages 40-41
1975, pages 142-148
1974, page 126
1973, pages 144-148
1972, pages 66-67
1971, pages 89-90
1969, pages 55-57
1966, pages 33-34
1962, page 45
1961, page 35
1960, pages 52-53
1959, pages 64-5
Acre 1980, page 76
1975, pages 142-148
1973, pages 144-148
Alagoas 1987, page 110
1980, page 76
1975, pages 142-148
1973, pages 144-148
1970, pages 101-102
1969, pages 55-57
Amapa 1989, page 136
Amazonas 1982, page 56
1980, page 76
1975, pages 142-148
1973, pages 144-148
1970, pages 101-102
1969, pages 55-57
Bahia 1980, page 76
1975, pages 142-148
1973, pages 144-148
1970, pages 101-102
1969, pages 55-57
Brasilia 1980, page 76
1973, pages 144-148
1970, pages 101-102
1969, pages 55-57
1967, pages 37
Ceara 1980, page 76
1975, pages 142-148
1973, pages 144-148
1970, pages 101-102
1969, pages 55-57
Espirito Santo 1980, page 76
1975, pages 142-148
1973, pages 144-148
Federal District 1965, pages 36-37
Goias 1985, page 47
1983, page 71
1980, page 76
1975, pages 142-148
1973, pages 144-148
1970, pages 101-102
Guanabara 1979, pages 56-57
1978, pages 115-118
1975, pages 142-148
1973, pages 144-148
1970, pages 101-102
1969, pages 55-57
1965, pages 36-37
Maranhao 1980, page 76
1975, pages 142-148
1973, pages 144-148
1972, pages 66-67
1970, pages 101-102
1969, pages 55-57
Mato Grosso 1986, pages 34
1980, page 76, 78
1975, pages 142-148
1973, pages 144-148
1970, pages 101-102
1969, pages 55-57
1963, page 43
Mato Grosso do Sul 1986, pages 34
1980, page 76, 78
1979, pages 56-57
Minas Gerais 1980, page 76
1975, pages 142-148
1973, pages 144-148
1969, pages 55-57
Para 1980, page 76
1975, pages 142-148
1973, pages 144-148
1970, pages 101-102
1969, pages 55-57
Paraiba 1980, page 76
1975, pages 142-148
1973, pages 144-148
1970, pages 101-102
1969, pages 55-57
Parana 1980, page 76
1975, pages 142-148
1973, pages 144-148
1970, pages 101-102
1969, pages 55-57
Pernambuco 1980, page 76
1975, pages 142-148
1973, pages 144-148
1970, pages 101-102
1969, pages 55-57
Piaui 1980, page 76
1975, pages 142-148
1973, pages 144-148
1970, pages 101-102
1969, pages 55-57
Rio de Janeiro 2000, page 100
1983, pages 70-71
1980, page 76
1979, pages 56-57
1975, pages 142-148
1973, pages 144-148
1970, pages 101-102
1969, pages 55-57
1965, pages 36-37
Rio Grande do Norte 1980, page 76
Rio Grande do Sul 1985, page 47
1980, page 76
1975, pages 142-148
1973, pages 144-148
1970, pages 101-102
1969, pages 55-57
Rondonia 1988, page 126
1987, page 110
1983, page 71
1973, pages 144-148
Roraima 1982, page 56
1973, pages 144-148
Santa Catarina 1980, page 76
1975, pages 142-148
1973, pages 144-148
1970, pages 101-102
1969, pages 55-57
Sao Paulo 2000, page 100
1991, page 80
1985, page 47
1980, page 76
1975, pages 142-148
1973, pages 144-148
1971, pages 89-90
1970, pages 101-102
1969, pages 55-57
Sergipe 1984, page 46
1983, page 71
Tocantins 1991, page 80

Colombian Grand Lodges (all National, not State Grand Lodges)

Barranquilla National Grand Lodge of Columbia 1975, pages 148-149
1967, pages 37-38
1962, pages 45-46
Bogota Grand Lodge of Columbia 1975, pages 148-149
1967, pages 37-38
1962, pages 45-46
Bucaramanga Grand Lodge of the Andes 1975, pages 148-149
1974, page 127
Cartagena National Grand Lodge of Columbia 1975, pages 148-149
1967, pages 37-38
1962, pages 45-46
Cali Occidental-Western Grand Lodge 1975, pages 148-149
1967, pages 37-38
1962, pages 45-46
Cucuta Oriental-Eastern-Francisco de Paula Santander) 1975, pages 148-149
1962, pages 45-46
Santa Marta Benjamin Herrara 1975, pages 148-149

European Grand Lodges

United Grand Lodges of Europe   2002
2001, page 112
Andorra Grand Lodge of Andorra 2002
2001, page 112
1997, pages 178-179
Austria Grand Lodge of Austria, AF&AM  
Grand Orient of Austria  
Belgium Regular Grand Lodge of Belgium 1985, page 46
1984, page 45
1983, page 70
1982, pages 55-56
1981, page 73
Grand Lodge of Belgium 1979, pages 55-56
1977, pages 121-122
1971, page 91
1970, page 100
1966, page 35
1965, page 42
1964, pages 38-39
1962, pages 40-41
1961, pages 32-33
1960, pages 53-54
Feminine Grand Lodge  
Grand Orient of Belgium 1959, page 63
Bulgaria Grand Lodge of Bulgaria 2005
2004
2003
2002
1995, pages 138-139
1994, pages 108-109
1996, page 126
Croatia Grand Lodge of Croatia 2000, page 100
Czech Republic Grand Lodge of the Czech Republic F.A.M. 1995, page 139
1991, pages 80-81 (as Czechoslovakia)
Denmark Danish Order of Freemasons - Grand Lodge of Denmark 1962, pages 43-44
Danish Guild of Freemasons 1962, pages 43-44
England United Grand Lodge of England 1986, pages 30-33
Finland Grand Lodge of Finland 1965, page 43
1964, page 42
Estonia Grand Lodge of Estonia 2004
2000, pages 100-101
France France in general 1976, page 42
GOF - Grand Orient of France 1966, pages 35-36
1964, pages 38-39
1960, page 55
1959, page 63
GLF - Grand Lodge of France 2003
2001, page 112
2000, page 101
1992, page 106
1971, page 92
1966, pages 35-36
1965, pages 39-41
1964, pages 38-39
1963, pages 43-44
1961, page 32
1960, page 55
1959, page 63
GLNF - French National Grand Lodge 1971, page 91
1970, page 100
1966, pages 35-36
1965, pages 39-41
1963, pages 43-44
1961, page 32
1960, page 55
1959, page 63
1959, pages 67-9
Germany United Grand Lodges of Germany - Brotherhood of Freemasons
umbrella organization for 5 Grand Lodges
1965, pages 41-42
1964, page 41
1961, page 33
1959, pages 62-63
Greece Grand Lodge of Greece, AF&AM 1995, page 139
1993, page 127
1992, page 107
1987, page 110
National Grand Lodge of Greece 1995, page 139
1992, page 107
1987, page 110
Hungary Symbolic Grand Lodge of Hungary 1992, page 107
1991, page 81
1990, page 62
Iceland The Icelandic Order of Freemasons - National Grand Lodge of Iceland 1966, pages 38-39
Ireland Grand Lodge of Ireland  
Italy Grand Orient of Italy 1994, page 109
1990, pages 62-63
1989, pages 137-138
1988, pages 128-129
1987, page 112
1986, pages 38-41
1985, pages 49-50
1984, page 45
1983, pages 72-73
1982, pages 57-58
1979, pages 59-60
1978, pages 119-120
1977, pages 124-125
1976, page 44
1973, pages 148-149
1971, page 92
1964, pages 37-38
1964, pages 38-39
1962, pages 41-43
1961, pages 33-34
Regular Grand Lodge of Italy 1994, page 109
Gran Loggia d'Italia
(integrates CLIPSAS and CATENA)
 
Latvia Grand Lodge of Latvia 2005
2004
2003
LIthuania Grand Lodge of Lithuania 2005
Luxembourg Grand Lodge of Luxembourg 1966, page 35
Malta Grand Lodge of Malta 2005
Moldavia Grand Lodge of Moldavia 2003
Montenegro Grand Loge of Montenegro 2003
Netherlands Grand East of the Netherlands 1965, page 43
1964, page 42
Norway Grand Lodge of Norway  
Poland National Grand Lodge of Poland 1993, pages 127-128
1992, pages 110-111
Portugal Grande Lojo Legal de Portugal/GLRP
(Grand Lojo Regular de Portugal)

Grande Lojo Legal de Portugal/GLRP
Grand Lojo Regular de Portugal

2003
2002
1999, pages 171-172
1998
1997, page 179
1992, pages 111-112
1991, page 81
1990, page 63
1989, pages 138
1981, page 72
1980, page 79
Grande Lojo Regular de Portugal 
(this GL is different from the GL listed above)
 
Grande Oriente Lusitano (since 1802) - Liberal obedience, integrates CLIPSAS. Its address is Rua do Gremio Lusitano, nr. 25, 1200
Lisboa Lodge Fenix, nr 493
 
Portuguese Jurisdiction of "Le Droit Humain" (since the mid 1920') - Mixed, accepts both men and women.  
Grande Loja Feminina de Portugal (since 1996) - Feminine obedience.  
Grand Orient of Portugal 1979, page 60
Romania National Grand Lodge of Romania 2005
2003
1997, page 179
1996, page 139
1993, page 128
1992, page 112
1991, page 81
Russia Grand Lodge of Russia 2005
2003
2002
2001, page 112
1997, page 179
1996, page 139
1995, page 139
1994, pages 109-110
1993, page 129
1992, page 112
San Marino Grand Lodge of San Marino 2004
Scotland Grand Lodge of Scotland  
Slovenia Grand Lodge of Slovenia 2000, page 102
Spain Grand Lodge of Spain AF&AM 1986, page 41
1985, page 51
1983, pages 73-74
1982, pages 59-60
1981, pages 71-72
1980, page 79-81
The Spanish District of Le Droit Humaine ("El Derecho Humano"). Co-masonry.  
Gran Logia Simbolica Espanola Member of CLIPSAS and the most
important representative of liberal Grand Lodges in Spain, with male, female and mixed lodges
 
Federal Grand Lodge of Spain (Gran Logia Federal Española), which is said to work traditional Freemasonry, only for men. 1998
1997, page 180
1984, pages 44-45
Gran Oriente Español. It was the historic GO in Spain, but nowadays it may only have one lodge and one home-page.  
There are probably a few lodges under the Grand Lodge of France and the Grand Orient de France.  
Lodges belonging to the Grand Loge Feminine de France. Only for women.  
Sweden Swedish Order of Freemasons - Grand Lodge of Sweden  
Switzerland Grand Lodge Alpina of Switzerland 1973, page 149
1972, pages 68-69
1964, pages 38-39
Turkey Grand Lodge of Turkey 1971, page 93
1969, page 57
1968, pages 30-31
1967, pages 35-36
1966, pages 36-38
1964, page 39
1963, page 44
1962, pages 44-45
1961, page 34
1960, page 55
1959, pages 60-62
Ozgur Masonlar Buyuk Locasy  
Ukraine   2001, page 112
Yugoslavia Regular Grand Lodge of Yugoslavia F&AM 2001, page 112
1996, pages 139-140
1995, pages 139-140
1994, page 110
1993, page 130
1992, page 112
1991, pages 81-82
1965, page 43
1961, page 34

Asian Grand Lodges

Arab countries in general   1979, page 55
Armenia Grand Lodge of Armenia 2003
2005
China (Taiwan) Grand Lodge of China F&AM 1964, pages 37-38
India Grand Lodge of AF&AM of India - Grand Lodge of India 2003
2002
1996, pages 138-139
1993, page 127
1963, page 44
1962, pages 58-59
Grand Lodge of Upper India 2002
1996, pages 138-139
Grand Lodge of South India 2002
1996, pages 138-139
Iran Grand Lodge of Iran in Exile 2003
1996, page 140
1993, page 127
1986, pages 35-38
1984, pages 45-46
1983, page 72
1982, page 57
1981, page 71
1980, page 78
1979, page 59
1970, pages 102-103
1969, pages 54-55
Israel Grand Lodge of the State of Israel AF&AM  
Japan Grand Lodge of Japan F&AM 1965, pages 38-39
1964, pages 35-36
Jordan   1987, page 112
Lebanon   2000, page 101
1987, page 112
1985, page 50
1982, page 58
1966, page 38
1964, pages 37-38
New Zealand Grand Lodge of New Zealand AF&AM  
Philippines Grand Lodge of F&AM of the Philippines 1974, page 127
1965, pages 38-39
1964, pages 35-36

Australian Grand Lodges

New South Wales United Grand Lodge of New South Wales  
Queensland United Grand Lodge of Queensland  
South Australia Grand Lodge of South Australia, AF&AM  
Tasmania Grand Lodge of Tasmania, AF&AM  
Victoria United Grand Lodge of Victoria  
Western Australia Grand Lodge of Western Australi, AF&AM  

African Grand Lodges

Benin Grand Lodge of Benin 1997, page 179
1996, page 138
1995, page 138
Burkina Faso Grande Loge du Burkina Faso 1998
Cameroon   2002
Congo   2003
2002
2001, page 112
Djibouii   2002
2001, page 112
Gabon Grand Lodge of Gabon 1986, pages 35
1985, page 48
1984, pages 43-44
Guinea (Guineene) Grand Loge Nationale Guineene 1999, page 170
Ivory Coast Grand Lodge of the Ivory Coast 1990, page 63
1989, page 138
Madigascar Grand Lodge of Malgache (Madagascar) 1997, page 179
1996, page 139
Mali Grand Lodge of Mali 2000, page 101
1999, page 170
Morocco Grand Lodge of Morocco 2005
2003
2001, pages 111-112
Niger Grand Lodge of Niger 2003
Nigeria Grand Lodge of Nigeria 1983, page 73
1982, page 59
1981, page 74
South Africa Grand Lodge of South Africa AF&AM 1981, pages 70-71
1978, pages 120-121
1964, page 37
1962, page 58
Senegal Grand Lodge of Senegal 1996, page 139
1994, page 110
1993, page 129
Togo National Grand Lodge of Togo 1993, page 129
 

Role of the Commission on Information for Recognition of the Conference ofGrand Masters of Masons in North America

2003 "The Commission neither advises nor recommends that recognition be given to any Grand Lodges, but merely indicates whether or not it considers that a Grand Lodge in question satisfies the conditions of regularity."
1999 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 170 "This Commission in no way tries to influence any Grand Lodge of what its individual action should be. This Commission serves in an advisory capacity only by providing information for the use of the Grand Lodges in determining proper recognition."
1996 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 138 "This Commission in no way tries to influence any Grand Lodge of what its individual actions should be. This Commission serves in an advisory capacity only"
1995 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 138 "When the Commission has come to a decision in this regard, it advises the constituent Grand Lodges of this decision but in no way attempts to dictate to any Grand Lodge what its individual action should be. The Commission, therefore, serves this Conference only in an advisory capacity."
1994 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 108 "The Commission serves only in an advisory capacity to this Conference and its function is to investigate and report on all matters pertaining to a Jurisdictions [sic] qualification for recognition by Members of this Conference. Our report is therefore to be used by Member Grand Lodges of this Conference to act upon as they deem proper."
1993 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 124 "The Commission neither advises nor recommends that recognition be given to any Grand Lodges, but merely indicates whether or not it considers that a Grand Lodge in question satisfies the conditions of regularity."
1992 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 103 "The Commission neither advises nor recommends that recognition be given to any Grand Lodges, but merely indicates whether or not it considers that a Grand Lodge in question satisfies the conditions of regularity."
1991 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 78 "The Commission neither advises nor recommends that recognition be given to any Grand Lodges, but merely indicates whether or not it considers that a Grand Lodge in question satisfies the conditions of regularity."
1990 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 61 "We serve only in an advisory capacity to this conference. . . . We make our report and you as delegates use it as you deem proper, collectively and individually. . . . What will influence your decision --- the standards of this commission; the standards of your Grand Lodge; your personal feelings regarding the matter; or that which is for the good of Masonry in general and your Grand Jurisdiction in particular? The commission joins you in prayer that what is done will be for the best interest of Freemasonry in North America."
1989 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 136 "The Commission serves only in an advisory capacity to this Conference. . . . Our report is therefore to be used by member Grand Lodges of this Conference to act upon as they deem proper."
1988 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, pages 125-126 "The Commission neither advises nor recommends that recognition be given to any Grand Lodges . . . . The Commission serves only in an advisory capacity to this Conference. . . . Our report is therefore to be used by member Grand Lodges of this Conference to act upon as they deem proper."
1987 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 109 "When the Commission has come to a decision in this regard, it advises the constituent Grand Lodges of this Conference, but does not attempt to dictate to any Grand Lodge what its individual action should be. The Commission therefore serves this Conference purely in an advisory capacity."
1982 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, pages 54-55 "When the Commission has come to a decision in this regard, it so advises the Grand Lodges of this Conference, but in no way attempts to dictate to the constituent Grand Lodges concerning their individual actions. The Commission serves this Conference in an advisory capacity only."
1981 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 70 "When the Commission has come to a decision in this regard, it advises the constituent Grand Lodges of this Conference of this decision, but in no way attempts to dictate to any Grand Lodge what its individual action should be. The Commission therefore serves this Conference purely in an advisory capacity."
1980 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 74 "You must remember that the Commission attempts to obtain the facts, to present them to you for consideration, to make a recommendation as to a suggested avenue of decision or action, and that each jurisdiction must make their [sic] own decision regarding their [sic] specific action."
1979 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 54 "The Commission neither advises nor recommends that recognition be given to any Grand Lodges, but merely indicates whether or not it considers that a Grand Lodge in question satisfies the conditions of regularity."
1978 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 115 "The Commission neither advises nor recommends that recognition be given to any Grand Lodges, but merely indicates whether or not it considers that a Grand Lodge in question satisfies the conditions of regularity."
1977 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 120 "The Commission neither advises nor recommends that recognition be given to any Grand Lodges, but merely indicates whether or not it considers that a Grand Lodge in question satisfies the conditions of regularity."
1976 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 39 "The Commission neither advises nor recommends that recognition be given to any Grand Lodges, but merely indicates whether or not it considers that a Grand Lodge in question satisfies the conditions of regularity."
1975 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 140 "The Commission neither advises nor recommends that recognition be given to any Grand Lodges, but merely indicates whether or not it considers that a Grand Lodge in question satisfies the conditions of regularity."
1974 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 124 "Of course, the role played by our Commission is to advise the Members of this Conference that a particular Grand Jurisdiction, whether it might be throughout the World, has complied with these standards, and that is has reached the point where it is eligible for recognition. It is also the duty of the Commission to consider the status of a Grand Jurisdiction which for some reason or other has lost its eligibility and now seeks to regain its former status. In either case, the role of the Commission is advisory. [emphasis in original] It is then up to the particular member Grand Lodge of this Conference to take its own independent action. Whether a Grand Jurisdiction of this Conference affords recognition or not is strictly its own business. We do not recommend, only state the factual situation."
1973 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 152 "Now, as a committee we don't have any power to do anything, other than to recommend. We come before you and we say after complete investigation that Grand Jurisdiction so-and-so has filled all of the requisites of operation, and they can be recognized: they have fulfilled our requirements as to rules, and then it is up to each Grand Lodge, then, as to whether or not they want to recognize this particular jurisdiction."
1971 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 94 "As noted earlier, the purpose of this Commission is to provide a clearing house for information, a facility whereby it endeavors to gather information for dissemination among the members of this Conference to enable member Grand Lodges to make their own judgment on the regularity of foreign Grand Lodges."
1969 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 52 "It shall be the duty of the Commission to assemble and collate information on Grand Lodges as a service to the member Grand Lodges of the Conference."
1967 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 33 "The Commission ... always adhering to its assigned role of gathering and reporting information for members of the Conference, for use by them in extending, refusing, or continuing recognition."
1966 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 32 "...the Commission has always adhered to its historic role of gathering and reporting information for the members of this Conference to use as a basis of extending and continuing recognition."
1964 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 34 "'It shall be the duty of the Commission to assemble and collate information on Grand Lodges as a service to the member Grand Lodges of the Conference.' This means that the Commission does not recommend recognitions."
1963 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 41 "It shall be the duty of the Commission to assemble and collate information on Grand Lodges as a service to the Member Grand Lodges of the Conference."
1962 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 38 "Purpose: It shall be the duty of the Commission to assemble and collate information on Grand Lodges as a service to the member Grand Lodges of the Conference."
1960 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 49 "Purpose: It shall be the duty of the Commission to assemble and collate information on Grand Lodges as a service to the member Grand Lodges of the Conference."
1959 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 58 "It shall be the duty of the Commission to assemble and collate information on Grand Lodges as a service to the member Grand Lodges of the Conference."
1958 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 55 "Of course, we recognize that our work is one of research and presentation and that we have no lawful authority to make decisions. That authority is vested in our Sovereign Grand Lodges and they alone determine the course they wish to pursue."
1957 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 57 "Purpose: It shall be the duty of the Commission to assemble and collate information on Grand Lodges as a service to the member Grand Lodges of the Conference."
1956 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 67 "Let me remind you of the express conditions under which the Commission was created --- not to make recommendations on recognition, but 'to assemble and collate information on Grand Lodges as a service to the member Grand Lodges of this Conference."
1955 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, pages 106-107 "The function of the Commission is expressed as follows: 'It shall the duty of The Commission to assemble and collate information on Grand Lodges as a service to the member Grand Lodges of this Conference.' It is also stated specifically, 'It is not our prerogative, nor that of the organization whose framework we set up in this report to decide what are, or should be universal standards of recognition.' The Commission is therefore a facility for securing information. It is a fact-finding body. It has no authority whatever, and makes no recommendations of any kind"
1954 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 119 "In order fully to carry out the desire of this Conference in establishing this Commission, and to avoid criticism, in the reports which follow we will make no recommendations nor express any opinion as to whether or not the Grand Lodge should be recognized."
1953 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 92 "In our work we have constantly borne in mind the 'purpose' set forth when the Conference of Grand Masters established this Commission: 'It shall be the duty of the Commission to assemble and collate information on Grand Lodges as a service to member Grand Lodges of this Conference.' Every effort has been made, and will continue to be made, to avoid even the appearance of dictation to any Grand Lodge. Recognition must continue to be extended by individual Grand Lodges, such action being predicated upon their own Standards of Recognition."
1952 Conference of Grand Masters transactions, page 70 "We feel that it is not our prerogative, nor that of the organization whose frame work we set up in this report [the Commission] to decide what are, or should be, Universal Standards of Recognition."


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