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1 or 2 Day Craft Degree Conferrals

Thanks are due to Greg Myers of Maine, who helped supply some of the information on this chart, based on information he received from other jurisdictions.

I am attempting to compile all details about U.S. Grand Lodges' use of 1-Day Classes to confer the EA, FC, and MM degrees. The only purpose for compiling this information is to make it available to Masons throughout the U.S. so we can all have better knowledge about what other jurisdictions do.

If anyone wants to send me email, especially if any of the information on this chart is not correct or if you know of additional information that should be included, please send me email by clicking on my email address: paulb'at'bessel.org 


The following, from the Washington State Grand Lodge Proceedings for 2001 (pages 50-52, Grand Secretary's report), will probably be of interest:

"The good news is that the number of Entered Apprentice Degrees conferred in the year 2000 was 14% greater than in 1999. The bad news about the good news is that we still do an absolutely abysmal job of getting men from the Entered Apprentice Degree through the Fellowcraft Degree and then raised as Master Masons. . . . Of those 458 men who took their Entered Apprentice Degree in 2000, . . . only 62 were raised as Master Masons. . . .the year 2000 was . . . pretty average . . .

"You may regard one-day conferrals with unabashed horror, but I have to tel you that one-day conferrals succeed where our Lodges fail, for several reasons:

(1) The quality of the work is uniformly good.

(2) The candidates are placed in an environment where they are assured of success and generally free from criticism.

(3) The instruction offered candidates between degrees is generally to the point, well delivered, and does not give the candidate any opportunity to slide off into the distant world.

". . . The one-day conferral is a lot like going through basic training with a rather kindly SDI. And that is why it works. Most Lodges virtually ignore candidates between Degrees. As a generality we put emphasis on the presentation of the material. That is, we focus all of our attention on the ability of the guy conferring the Degree, giving the lecture . . . Many of them do a flawless job but the real purpose of the exercise is to communicate to and with the candidate what Masonry is all about and how he - the candidate - fits in the Lodge. In the one-day conferral the candidate is surrounded by people, made to feel important, and humanely indoctrinated in the tenets of Masonry. . . . the rate at which one day Degree recipients proved up exceeded the rate at which Lodge conferrals proved up. I would earnestly recommend, therefore, that at least four one day conferrals be scheduled annually."


Additional details are shown below the following chart

# Grand Lodge Has Each Jurisdiction Had One-Day Degree Conferrals?
1 Alabama   No. A proposition to conduct 1-day classes in AL was presented at the GL sessions in 1998 and 1999, but they were rejected.
2 Alaska Yes  
3 Arizona Sec. 34.12 "...the Grand Master has the authority to proclaim that a one day class be held, provided the following conditions are met: 
A. All candidates must be elected by a Lodge to receive or continue the degrees.
B. All candidates must complete the minimum proficiency.
C. A Lodge must submit a request for a dispensation ... requesting that courtesy work be conferred. The request for a dispensation must be signed by the Master and one of the Wardens.
D. All degree work shall be under the direction of the Grand Lecturer and/or an appointed representative of the Grand Master.
E. A Lodge will be designated as the Host Lodge to perform the degrees.
F. A fee for each candidate to cover supplies, meals and facilities will be determined and assessed.
G. The Master or a Warden of each Lodge sponsoring a candidate must be present to assist in the raising of their candidates at the proper time.

GM Decision No. 72.5 Candidates advancing to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in a "One Day Class" have necessarily made the minimum proficiency in the Entered Apprentice or Fellowcraft Degrees. The proficiency is made in the Master Mason Degree at the Lodge where the candidate was elected to receive the degrees an at the judgment of the Master of the Lodge."
 
4 Arkansas   No
5 California   The GL of CA does not presently permit this, but legislation is before the GL, to be voted on in 2003, which would permit it on a trial basis for a limited time.
6 Colorado Yes  
7 Connecticut   No
8 Delaware Yes  
9 District of Columbia Yes. This jurisdiction is believed to have been the 1st to have "Grand Master's Classes" in 1992, and annually since then, with the degrees conferred on 2 days (usually Friday evening and all day Saturday, concluded with a Festive Board to welcome the new MMs). Unlike many other jurisdictions, the candidates do not watch an active candidate. Instead, every candidate goes through all the same parts of the degrees that he would in the regular way (including the way he dresses, manner of raising, etc.), except that groups of 50-100 go through them together, with a conductor assisting each candidate individually.  
10 Florida Yes. Has had experience with 1-day classes from 1996-1999. Reported in the GL magazine to be successful, with many 1-day Masons becoming involved in Lodge officer positions.  
11 Georgia   No
12 Hawaii Yes  
13 Idaho   No
14 Illinois Yes
The first one was held in Chicago, IL on 2/6/96; on one of the coldest days ever (temps around -28, I believe). On that day, almost 1,000 men showed up to either become Masons or finish their work. There were 3 other Grand Master's Festivals held that year throughout the state, and a total of approximately 2,900 men became Master Masons that year through the Festival concept. Currently, approximately 10% of our Lodge Officers throughout IL are products of a Grand Master's Festival.
 
15 Indiana Yes  
16 Iowa Yes
Chapter 15, Section 8 - Laws for Subordinate Lodges
Section 8.  GRAND MASTER'S ONE-DAY CLASSES
        Grand Master's One-Day Classes may be held only on special dispensation from the Grand Master.  Such Dispensation may be issued only at the request of at least three (3) Lodges chartered by this Grand Lodge.  (See subsection 1d of this Chapter).
        a. Plans.  All plans for Grand Master's One-Day Classes shall be approved by the Grand Master and the Board of Custodians.
        b. Lodge Secretary's Duty.  It shall be the duty of the lodge Secretary to file with the Grand Secretary an official Application for Candidate to Participate in a Grand Master's One-Day Class for each candidate.  Such form should be received in the office of the Grand Secretary no later than fifteen days prior to the scheduled date of the Grand Master's One-Day Class.  Each Application shall be accompanied by the registration fee for the Grand Master's One-Day Class.  After review of the Application and verification of all facts stated thereon, the Grand Secretary will complete a Grand Master's One-Day Class Admission Card and return it to the candidate with a copy to the Lodge Secretary.  This card must be presented to the One-Day Class Registration Committee by the candidate on his arrival at the Grand Master's One-Day Class.  No candidate will be registered without this Admission Card.
        c. One Lodge Opened For Grand Master's One-Day Class.  There shall be but one chartered lodge in the host city opened for the Grand Master's One-Day Class.  Said lodge shall be opened in full form and called from labor to refreshment between conferral of degrees.
        d. Certain Laws Not Changed.  All rules and regulations pertaining to: Petitioner For The Degrees, Petition For The Degrees, Fees For The Degrees, Investigating Committee, Ballot on Petitioner, and Objection to Petitioner as stated in Chapters 22 through 27 of the Laws for Subordinate Lodges shall remain in effect for Grand Master's One-Day Classes.
        e. Qualified Petitioners for Grand Master's One-Day Classes.  In addition to Entered Apprentices and Fellow Crafts as described in subsections f, g, and h of this section, profanes meeting the qualifications as outlined in Section 1 subsections a, b, and c of Chapter 22 of the Laws for Subordinate Lodges, are qualified petitioners for Grand Master's One-Day Classes.
        f. Within Six Months Prior To The Date Of The Grand Master's One-Day Class.  Any Brother who has received his Entered Apprentice or Fellow Craft Degree in a lodge chartered by this Grand Lodge within six months prior to the date of the Grand Master's One-Day Class may, upon proof of such conferral and assurance that all fees due the lodge have been paid, signed by the lodge Secretary, complete the remaining Degrees in the Grand Master's One-Day Class without being adjudged proficient as required in Chapters 29 and 30 of the Laws for Subordinate Lodges.
        g. Untimely Advancement.  A brother who has been Initiated or Passed in a lodge chartered by this Grand Lodge previous to the six-month date referred to in Section 8f must petition such lodge for and be elected to advancement as provided in Chapter 30, Section 3 of the Laws For Subordinate Lodges.  The adjudgement of proficiency in preceding degrees as found in Chapter 30, Section 3 of the Laws for Subordinate Lodges will not be required.  A statement signed by the lodge Secretary verifying election for advancement and that all fees due the lodge have been paid will qualify the brother for the Grand Master's One-Day Class.
        h. Advancement and Membership.  A brother who has received his Entered Apprentice or Fellow Craft Degree in another state whose Grand Lodge is recognized by this Grand Lodge and has petitioned and been elected for Advancement and Membership in an Iowa lodge under the provisions of Chapter 31, Section 2 of the Laws for Subordinate Lodges shall be an eligible candidate for a Grand Master's One-Day Class.
        i. Costs For Grand Master's One-Day Classes.  In addition to the Initiation Fee required in Chapter 24, Section 1a of the Laws for Subordinate Lodges there will be an additional Grand Master's One Day Class Fee not to exceed $100.  This fee must accompany the official Application for Candidate to Participate in a Grand Master's One-Day Class.
        j. All Degrees To Be Conferred in their Entirety.  The First Section of the First Degree, the First and Second Sections of the Second Degree and the First and Second Sections of the Third Degree will be conferred in their entirety as well as all Charges in all three degrees.  No abbreviation of the Work will be allowed.  There shall be one active candidate for each section of the three degrees.  The remainder of the Class will observe from a special reserved section.
        k. Proficiency required.  In lieu of the proficiency examination required in Chapter 29 of the Laws for Subordinate Lodges, each member of the Grand Master's One-Day Class shall, before passing from the Entered Apprentice Degree to the Fellow Craft Degree or from the Fellow Craft Degree to the Master Mason Degree, be instructed in all modes of recognition for the preceding degree.  A group examination shall be taken before the conferral of the next degree and proficiency shall be determined by a combined ballot for the entire Class.  All Iowa Master Masons present who are eligible to vote under the provisions of Chapter 6, Section 6 of the Laws for Subordinate Lodges shall be qualified to vote (See Chapter 29, Section 4b, Laws for Subordinate Lodges).
        l. Master Mason Status Contingency.  No member who has been raised in a Grand Master's One-Day Class may vote, hold office, serve on committees, demit from his lodge, petition for dual or plural membership, petition for membership in the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (the Shrine), or petition for membership in such Masonic Bodies as are recognized in Chapter 2, Section 2 of the Laws of the Grand Lodge or such other bodies as may hereafter be recognized by this Grand Lodge until he has (1) Signed the bylaws of his lodge, (2) Received instruction in all modes of recognition for the Master Mason Degree and (3) Completed the Systematic Masonic Enlightenment Course as prepared by the Board of Custodians.  (Amended 2002)
        m. Payment of Lodge Dues.  The restrictions outlined in the previous subsection are not intended to waive the responsibility of the annual payment of lodge and Grand Lodge dues.  Payment of such annual dues becomes due immediately upon Raising.
        n. All candidates must be present for the conferral of all three degrees at a Grand Master's One-Day Class.  Regardless of any previously conferred degrees, each candidate in a Grand Master's One-Day Class must be present for the conferral of all three degrees, for the instruction following the conferral and for the group examination at a Grand Master's One-Day Class.  All provisions for proficiency as stated in subsection l of this section shall prevail for all candidates.
        o. One-Day Class Candidates, Who for Unexpected Circumstances, are Unable to Receive or Complete the Degrees on the Day of the Class.  Should a candidate for a Grand Master's One-Day Class, for unexpected circumstances, be unable to receive or complete the degrees on the day of the class, he may return to his lodge and complete the work in the traditional manner.  His right to participate in a future Grand Master's One-Day Class will remain absolute pending adherence to the above listed sub sections.
(Section 8 added 2001)
 
17 Kansas Yes
For this year, 2002, there may only be 6 held in the entire state.  They will be selected by Grand Lodge, based on applications, considering numbers of candidates, location, dates, etc. The biggest change is the they will ONLY confer the second and third.  The candidate MUST be initiated in his home lodge.  This provides some fellowship and continuity. 
 
18 Kentucky   No
19 Louisiana Louisiana has had one day sessions  
20 Maine Yes  
21 Maryland Yes. Had a 1-day conferral June 19, 1999; will have another Dec. 1999  
22 Massachusetts Yes.  Had 1st on April 4, 1998.
Will have another 1-day conferral March 11, 2000.  GMs have agreed that only 1 will occur during each GM's term of 3 years.

From a newer email:
This is not entirely accurate. We did have one on March 11, 2000 in Boston, which would coincide with past practices. But our current Grand Master has scheduled another one-day class for Saturday, March 3, 2001 in Springfield to accommodate those in the western part of the state. It remains to be seen if the next Grand Master, elected in 2001, will have one or two one-day classes - or none at all. It's at the Grand Master's discretion if there will be any!

 
23 Michigan Yes.  However, I have been informed by an email message that the GL of MI voted not to continue to have 1-day degree classes.  
24 Minnesota Yes. The GL of MN has had 1 1-day event, Oct. 24, 1998. They raised 162 new MMs. The GM used his prerogative to make these men Masons at Sight. Another 1-day class is scheduled for Nov. 20, 1999.  
25 Mississippi   The GL of MS has not had any 1 day classes and this subject has not been discussed in this GL.
26 Missouri Yes  
27 Montana Yes. The Grand Lodge of Montana has been holding Grand Master's Occasional Lodges (one day Master Mason classes) since 1996. http://www.ixi.net/glofmt/occasion.htm 
28 Nebraska Yes  
29 Nevada Nevada has had one "Y2K Chance to Advance" Class in Las Vegas, ( 62 ) Entered Apprentice Masons
were advanced to MM in one day, The Grand Master waived the proficiencies.

Designed for men who have completed the requirements for their First Degree in Freemasonry in Nevada, and, for whatever reason, have not continued, this program gives the opportunity to pick up from where he left off and continue with his Masonic Education. 
Our first "class" was held at Masonic Memorial Temple, 2200 West Mesquite Avenue, Las Vegas, NV on February 12, 2000, and raised over 60 men to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. Another class has been scheduled for June 24, in Reno

 
30 New Hampshire Yes  
31 New Jersey Yes.  (According to an email message, in NJ the latest 2 classes under MW Ross van Ness Bayer, PGM, were open only to male relatives of MMs. MW Jerry Grosskopf's class was open to all those who were investigated and passed muster. MW Wayne E. Hackney, GM should he continue the practice, will limit the conferrals to be upon those who are relatives of MMs. The logic is that those from Masonic families will be more suited to Masonic recommendation. MW van Ness Bayer and MW Hackney support their logic more eloquently in Lodge and at public dinners...but the essential point is the same. "Who better then our own Brothers, Fathers, Uncles, Cousins, [etc]...to have as our Brethren?"  
32 New Mexico Yes  
33 New York Holding a one day class in 2002  
34 North Carolina   Has not had 1-day classes, and not considering them.
35 North Dakota Yes  
36 Ohio Yes. At the 2001 session of the Ohio Grand Lodge, a one-day "Grandmasters Class" was voted on and approved.  
37 Oklahoma Yes  
38 Oregon In 1998-99 Oregon had what we called Two in One Day Class. It required a man to have received the first degree in his Lodge to be eligible.  However all three degrees were exemplified, and classes given between degrees, with a requirement that the Brothers be exam on the third degree in the usual manner. We do have legislation to be presented at our Grand Session that will allow the Grand Master to hold these type of classes.  The short answer to your question is yes Oregon has had some one day classes.  
39 Pennsylvania Yes  
40 Rhode Island Yes  
41 South Carolina   No
42 South Dakota Yes. Had 1st 1-day class in 1995. GL bylaws now amended to permit 1-day classes. Conferral of degrees is unchanged, and only time between degrees is changed. Candidates receive a course of instruction about Freemasonry.  
43 Tennessee   No
44 Texas   No
45 Utah   No
46 Vermont   This jurisdiction is not believed to have had any 1-day classes.
47 Virginia Yes. Had several 1-day classes in 1996, none since then.  
48 Washington Yes. The Grand Lodge of Washington  permanently adopted the one day conferral and held 2 this year and raised over 60 new Master Masons.  
49 West Virginia   Has not had any 1-day classes, and is not known to be considering any.
50 Wisconsin Yes. The GL of WI has held 5 1-day classes from 1996-1999.  
51 Wyoming Yes  
Summary 35 16

Alabama
From 1998 Proceedings:
Rejected a resolution that would have permitted a weekend program to advance EA's and FC's who had not advanced for 1 year or more.

Alaska
The Grand Lodge website says the following resolution will be voted on at the Grand Lodge session April 7-10, 1999, in Fairbanks:
Resolution 99-1
To Amend Chapter 20 - Conferring of Degrees
To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Alaska:
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: To allow the Grand Master to hold a One-Day Ritual Class.
RESOLUTION:
WHEREAS, the rush, rush pace of today's society is very demanding on our time; and,
WHEREAS, most of our Lodge have experienced a dramatic decline in their membership of the past two decades; and,
WHEREAS, many of our candidates have been unable to complete their degrees in a timely manner; and,
WHEREAS, many Grand Lodges throughout the United States have started having One-Day Ritual Classes to help build their membership; and,
WHEREAS, many professional people, business leaders, political leaders, etc., do not have time in their busy work schedules to learn the Posting Lectures of our Ritual;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Section 20.01 of the Alaska Masonic Code which now reads:
Section 20.01 Bylaw
DEGREES, LIMIT ON CONFERRING. A Lodge may confer degrees upon not more than fifteen candidates in any one calendar day. It may not confer a degree or portion of a degree upon more than one candidate at a time except that the Lectures, including the Middle Chamber Lecture, and the Charges may be delivered to more than one candidate at a time. The first and second sections of each degree must be conferred on the same calendar day.
be amended to read:
Section 20.01 Bylaw
DEGREES, LIMIT ON CONFERRING. A Lodge may confer degrees upon not more than fifteen candidates in any one calendar day. It may not confer a degree or portion of a degree upon more than one candidate at a time except that the Lectures, including the Middle Chamber Lecture, and the Charges may be delivered to more than one candidate at a time. The first and second sections of each degree must be conferred on the same calendar day. The provisions of this paragraph may be waived by the Grand Master for the purpose of conducting a "One-Day Ritual Class." (See Section 20.121)
And, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Section 20.06 of the Alaska Masonic Code which now reads:
Section 20.06 Bylaw
DEGREES, INTERVAL BETWEEN. Without dispensation, a Lodge may not confer either the Second Degree or the Third Degree on a candidate in less than two weeks from the time of conferring the preceding degree. The Grand Master may grant a dispensation to confer the Second Degree or Third Degree within less than two weeks upon a member of the Armed Services of the United States, including the Air Force and Coast Guard, or upon a Brother changing his home to a distant locality. No such dispensation is effective unless the Master of the Lodge asking for such dispensation is satisfied the candidate is proficient in the preceding degree; as is provided in Section 20. 11.
be amended to read:
Section 20.06 Bylaw
DEGREES, INTERVAL BETWEEN. Without dispensation, a Lodge may not confer either the Second Degree or the Third Degree on a candidate in less than two weeks from the time of conferring the preceding degree. The Grand Master may grant a dispensation to confer the Second Degree or Third Degree within less than two weeks upon a member of the Armed Services of the United States, including the Air Force and Coast Guard, or upon a Brother changing his home to a distant locality. No such dispensation is effective unless the Master of the Lodge asking for such dispensation is satisfied the candidate is proficient in the preceding degree; as is provided in Section 20. 1 1. The provisions of this Paragraph may be waived by the Grand Master for the purpose of conducting a "One-Day Ritual Class." (See Section 20.12)
And, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Section 20. 1 1 of the Alaska Masonic Code which now reads:
Section 20.11 Bylaw
PROFICIENCY IN THE DEGREES. A candidate may not be passed to the degree of Fellowcraft, nor raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason without proof of proficiency in the preceding degree. This may be done by either: 1. memorization and recital of the Standard Proficiency as detailed in the Standard Work Cipher of this Jurisdiction; or, 2. by completion of a written Study Guide provided by the Grand Secretary as an education in Freemasonry and the memorizing and recital of the obligation of each degree as the Brother progresses through the degrees.
The choice of proficiency method shall be made by the Worshipful Master of the Lodge, and can be changed as the situation may dictate.
If option (1) is selected, the Standard Proficiency may be done by examination in open Lodge or by a committee appointed by the Master of the Lodge to examine such Candidate. If option (2) is selected, the completed written Study Guide is reviewed by the Master of the Lodge or a Committee of one or more members of the Lodge and if completed correctly the Brother is declared proficient by the Master and may progress to the next degree. The obligation of each degree must be given in accordance with the provisions in (1) above. The signs, tokens, and words must also be demonstrated at the same time.
After the Brother is declared proficient in the Degree of Master Mason by the Master of the Lodge, he must then sign the Bylaws of the Lodge and pay his dues for the current year. This may be done:
(1) immediately following the examination if the Brother was examined in open Lodge: or,
(2) at the next Stated Communication of the Lodge if the Brother was examined by a committee or if he selected the written Study Guide.
He then becomes an enrolled member of that Lodge. (Section revised 1988, 1990, 1992)
be amended to read:
Section 20.11 Bylaw
PROFICIENCY IN THE DEGREES. A candidate may not be passed to the degree of Fellowcraft, nor raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason without proof of proficiency in the preceding degree. This may be done by either:
1 . memorization and recital of the Standard Proficiency as detailed in the Standard Work Cipher of this Jurisdiction; or,
2. by completion of a written Study Guide provided by the Grand Secretary as an education in Freemasonry and the memorizing and recital of the obligation of each degree as the Brother progresses through the degrees.
The choice of proficiency method shall be made by the Worshipful Master of the Lodge, and can be changed as the situation may dictate.
If option (1) is selected, the Standard Proficiency may be done by examination in open Lodge or by a committee appointed by the Master of the Lodge to examine such Candidate. If option (2) is selected, the completed written Study Guide is reviewed by the Master of the Lodge or a Committee of one or more members of the Lodge and if completed correctly the Brother is declared proficient by the Master and may progress to the next degree. The obligation of each degree must be given in accordance with the provisions in (1) above. The signs, tokens, and words must also be demonstrated at the same time.
After the Brother is declared proficient in the Degree of Master Mason by the Master of the Lodge, he must then sign the Bylaws of the Lodge and pay his dues for the current year. This may be done:
(1) immediately following the examination if the Brother was examined in open Lodge: or,
(2) at the next Stated Communication of the Lodge if the Brother was examined by a committee or if he selected the written Study Guide.
He then becomes an enrolled member of that Lodge. (Section revised 1988, 1990, 1992)
The provisions of this paragraph may be waived by the Grand Master for the purpose of conducting a "One-Day Ritual Class." (See Section 20.12)
And, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Section 20. 12 of the Alaska Masonic Code be added to read:
Section 20.12 Bylaw
One-Day Ritual Class. The Grand Master may, at his option, authorize a One-Day Ritual class(es), using the following guidelines:
1. All candidates for the class must have petitioned and been elected by a Lodge in this Jurisdiction as outlined in Chapter 19 of the Alaska Masonic Code;
2. One Blue Lodge will be selected, by the Grand Master, to act as Host Lodge for the One-Day Class. Candidates from Lodges other than the Host Lodge will be handled as courtesy candidates;
3. All three degrees (E.A,, F.C. & M.M.) will be presented in full form during the One-Day Class;
4. Proficiency at the conclusion of the One-Day Class will consist, minimally, of the modes of recognition (step, due guard and sign, grip and word) of each Degree. A candidate who passes said minimal proficiency will be declared proficient by the Worshipful Master of his Lodge. The candidate must sign the Bylaws of his Lodge and Day the current year's dues. Be then becomes an enrolled member of that Lodge. (A candidate who wishes to go beyond the minimum requirement and complete the entire Posting Lecture or Alternate Proficiency per Section 20.11 should certainly be encouraged to do so.
5. Any member who receives his degrees in a One-Day Class and opts for the minimal proficiency, and who, at a later date, wishes to progress through the "chairs" of his Lodge will demonstrate proficiency in each of the three Degrees, in accordance with Section 20.11, prior to being installed in the office of Senior Deacon, Junior Warden, Senior Warden or Worshipful Master.
Respectfully submitted,
Henry T. Dunbar, PM (!0, 17, 20)
David C. Pratt, PM (10)
Charles E. Corbin, PM (7, 20)
Gerald R. Fairley, PM (10, 20)
Philip S. Lee, PM (15)
Fred V. Angleton, PM(2, 11)
Dennis R. Thayer, PM (17)
John P. Grady, PM (17)
Leonard R. Young, PM (10, 17)
Paul A. Godwin, PM (8)
James W. Morton, PM (17)
Hazen R. Ricker, PM(IO, 13)
Russell W. Sanders, PM (7, 20)
James R. Griffith, WM(13)
D. Scott Thompson, SW (10)
Raymond A. Gallant, SW (15)
Donald A. Witsoe, SW (20)
Report of Jurisprudence Committee: This Resolution is in proper form for consideration by Grand Lodge. The Committee does not express an opinion as to whether this resolution should or should not be adopted.
As it proposes to amend a Bylaw, it will require a three-fourths majority vote for adoption.

Arizona
From MSA's "Emessay Notes," August 1998:
MSA has reported on several Grand Lodges who have held one-day conferrals. We have done this because of the great interest shown in these conferrals. The Grand Lodge of Arizona has held two one-day classes. The first was on November 22, 1997 in Tucson and the second was on April 18, 1998 in Phoenix. A total of 349 new Brothers were raised. One of the highlights of the 2nd class was the participation in the degree by a Brother who had been raised in the 1st class. The Grand Lodge of Arizona had a positive reaction to the one-day conferrals as did several observers from other Grand Jurisdictions.

California
While California has never conducted a class of this sort, the Grand Master does have the power to make a man a master mason at sight.

District of Columbia
Since 1992, every year the GL of DC holds a "Grand Master's Class." In most years this has consisted of conferring all 3 degrees starting on Friday evening and continuing on Saturday, although at least once the EA and FC degree were conferred on 1 day in the Spring, and the MM in a class in the Fall.
Unlike most jurisdictions, in DC the 1-day class is done in an manner so that each and every candidate goes through almost all the ceremonies of each degree, with none being observers. Each candidate is dressed the same as all candidates in traditional degrees, each is received in lodge in the same manner as in traditional degrees, each is conducted by a personal conductor for that candidate alone, each has a separate area of a table (altar) with a separate copy of the 3 Great Lights, each takes the obligations exactly the same way as at traditional degrees, and each goes through the 2nd section of the 3rd degree in exactly the same manner, with the same raising, as in traditional degrees.
Class sizes are usually around 75, but have been higher and lower. Many of the members of these classes form a bond, and many have become officers of their Lodges and Grand Lodge.

Georgia
From an email message:
Georgia DOES NOT allow 1-day classes to confer the 3 degrees.

Illinois
From an email message:
Illinois had its first Grand Master's Festival on February 6, 1996, under M.W. Grand Master John R. Louden at Medinah Shrine Temple, Chicago (Northeast Illinois). The number raised was over 800. This was followed by Festivals in Belleville, Illinois (far south), Springfield (South Central), and Peoria (Central), that same year, resulting in approx. 2,800 new Masons. These festivals were done with Exemplars, with the new men to visit their "Home Lodge" at the next Stated Meeting.

Maryland
From an email message:  Maryland will hold a one day class on June 19 at the Grand Lodge in Cockeysville, MD. There, the grand line will confer all three degrees. The ceremony starts at 9am. Each candidate will have a personal escort from his lodge that he is going to join. It is expected that in excess of 100 new brothers will be raised.

Massachusetts
From MSA's "Emessay Notes," May 1998:
On Saturday, April 4, 1998, the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, under the direction of Arthur E. Johnson, Grand Master, conducted the first Grand Master’s One-Day Class in the jurisdiction of Massachusetts. The Grand Lecturers of the Grand Lodge, with over 65 assistants, conferred the three degrees on a class of 110 candidates in outstanding fashion. Each candidate was accompanied by his sponsor during the ritualistic portion of the degrees. It was noted that the class membership ranged from doctors and lawyers to actors, policeman, firemen, and even one circus performer.

Michigan
From email:
At the Annual Communication in 1997, the Delegates voted to "set aside" the "rules" to permit the GL
Officers to host 4 All Masonic Degree Days through May of '98. Those 4 Days were held throughout the State with approximately 500 candidates being Raised. Again at the Annual Communication in 1998, the delegates voted again to set aside the rules to permit 2 All Masonic Degree Days. On March 27th one day will be held in Saginaw, MI and on April 24th another one will be held in Marquette Mich.
Legislation as been submitted to be voted on at the '99 Annual this May, to allow the GM to host All Masonic Degree Days as he may wish. This would make it part of Masonic Law.

Minnesota
From email:
The Grand Lodge of Minnesota held its first ever one day degree class October 24, 1998. On that day approximately 165 men were raised as MM, the final candidate being the Grand Master's son. The second class will be November 20, 1999. If this second class is as successful as the first, Grand Lodge has expressed a desire to continue them. Minnesota does also have in the Code that the Grand Master may make a man a MM at sight. This was the rule used to allow the 1 day class.

Missouri
From an email message:
If you go to the following web site, you can get all of the info on Missouri's 1-Day class. We call it the Grand Master's Chance-To-Advance Class, and we've conducted 2 already with 1,314 Master Masons being raised.
Chance-To-Advance Class
Missouri Chance to Advance Class
We have another class scheduled this weekend in Springfield, MO with 1,050 candidates signed up. We also have a class scheduled for St. Louis (our 2nd here) in May, and another scheduled in St. Joseph, Mo in August.
We anticipate that by August, we will have raised approx. 3,000 new Master Masons.

The GL of Missouri has "Chance to Advance" Classes for all current EA, FC and MM (who have not shown proficiency). The candidate must be initiated traditionally. Each Lodge has to vote to allow the candidates to participate in these classes which are called by the Grand Master. The one in Feb in Kansas City had 868 newly raised Master Masons. Plus as many if not more current Master Masons watching and being mentors.

New Hampshire
From an email message:
The GL of New Hampshire had its first one-day degree on 4 April 1998, with about 140 candidates. This was for EAs and FCs who had received at least the EA degree in their own Lodges but had not progressed for some reason. Only the FC and MM degrees were worked. There was no memorization required for these candidates. There was an effort by some Lodges to contact candidates who had been left behind many years ago, for whatever reason.
The second one-day class is scheduled for 6 March 1999. It is also for candidates who have received at least the EA in their own Lodges.
One interesting feature of the MM degree at these is that the "history" or "lecture," which is usually done with a slide show or a carpet by one person, has been done in a somewhat more dramatic form in costumes and make-up borrowed from the Scottish Rite.

New Jersey
From MSA's "Emessay Notes," March 1998:
History was indeed made on January 24th, 1998 when The Grand Master of Masons of the State of New Jersey Gerald H. Grosskopf, opened an emergent combined meeting of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey and 96 constituent Lodges for the purpose of conferring the symbolic degrees of Freemasonry on the 434 Candidates present. Every candidate, with the assistance of their assigned Mentor or Guide, was obligated on each degree with the Three Great Lights of Freemasonry in their possession and then received the necessary instruction. At the proper place in the degree EVERY CANDIDATE was raised to the Sublime degree of Master Mason. By the end of the day we had initiated 231 Entered Apprentices, passed 402 Fellow Crafts and raised 434 Master Masons. (Information provided by the Grand Lodge of New Jersey)

From an email message:
the one day classes are by Grand masters Edict, now in its 2nd yr

New York
From an email message:
Not permitted in New York.

North Dakota
Has 1-Day conferrals

Oklahoma
From "The Oklahoma Mason" (magazine of the GL of OK), February-March 1999 issue:

Plan Underway for 3 Big Conferrals - The Dates for the Chance to Advance '99 Program are: March 13 - Guthrie, May 1 - McAlester, July 24 - Tulsa

The excitement is already building. Plans are being made for the three Chance to Advance '99 Conferrals.

In essence, the program is the same as in 1997. There will be three opportunities -- Guthrie, McAlester and Tulsa -- for men who are Entered Apprentices to complete their Degrees in a single day. A masonic education program will provide the proficiency for the Entered Apprentice Degree. The Fellow Craft Degree will then be conferred, and an education program will provide proficiency in the Fellow Craft. Then the Master Mason Degree will be conferred.

But there are some additional features this time. In addition to the usual fine work of the Deputy Grand Lecturers, a special Degree team will present the Fellow Craft Degree in 18th Century clothing, much as Mozart or George Washington or Benjamin Franklin would have seen it.

Oklahoma's famous Indian Masonic Degree Team will present the second section of the Master Mason Degree in Tulsa. The outstanding Yellow Jacket Degree Team will present the second section of the Degree in Guthrie, and a team is being located for McAlester. Those teams will perform in "King Solomon" costumes, to add color and historical context to the Degree.

Also, this year, the Master Mason Degree will be followed by a special education program discussing the nature and meanings of the Master's Obligations. The program is not a proficiency, but an explanation of what they have promised, and what it means to live the life of a Mason.

Things are already happening. A list of entered Apprentices and Fellow Crafts who have not advanced has been sent to each Lodge. Eighty six Lodges have already notified the Grand Lodge that they plan to participate, and 52 have already sent in their lists.

Several days ago, the Grand Lodge wrote to the 1,806 Brethren who joined during the 1997 Conferrals. We told them that the program was going to happen again in 1999 and suggested that, if they had friends who wanted to join the fraternity, this would be a good time to talk with them.

One such Brother called the Grand Lodge on January 21st. He was excited about the possibilities, and told us that he had 4 good friends who had wanted to join the fraternity but who, because of work schedules, simply could not make the time to go the traditional route. He asked about getting petitions, and mentioned that he had found Masonry very rewarding and was attending his own Lodge regularly. Now, he had a chance to share what he had found, and he wasn't going to miss the opportunity.

The Chance to Advance '99 Conferrals are going to be great days, with fellowship, Masonic educaton, and exciting Degree work. Share it with your friends, and join the day as an Intender -- a Mason helping the candidate through the day. You'll leave with a great feeling.

From an email message:
The Grand Lodge of the State of Oklahoma does not allow one day conferrals of all three degrees except when the Grand Master allows it. In the summer of 1997, there were three such days in which an Entered Apprentice could be declared proficient and receive his Fellow Craft and Master Mason degrees. It was then up to the Subordinate Lodge to examine the brother and declare him proficient on the Master Mason Degree.
This year's Grand Master has approved the same program. The conferrals will be held in Guthrie, McAlester and Tulsa at the Scottish Rite Consistories unless the size of the classes dictate moving to a larger facility. In 1997 the classes in Guthrie and McAlester were conferred in the Scottish Rite Consistories, but by the time the Tulsa "One Day Conferral" came around, the number of participants were too many for the Consistory. The Grand Lodge rented a local High School Performing Arts Center to hold the conferrals.
I do not recall the exact numbers, but it was somewhere around 500-600 for Guthrie, 700-800 for McAlester, and 800+ for Tulsa.

Texas
From an email message:
Not done in Texas. (yet)

Virginia
In 1996 the Grand Master by edict ordered 5 1-day Conferrals to be held in different areas in the Commonwealth. Several hundred candidates received the 3 degrees in one day, most by watching the Committee on Work members put on the degrees in a manner similar to Scottish Rite degrees. Each candidate did, however, have an apron, Bible, and S&C, and all were told to repeat the obligations together.
This was very controversial, and it has not been repeated.

Washington
From an email message:
Ch. 21 Sec. 21.01 B.L.- Rules on Conferring
5. Notwithstanding any provision or requirement to the contrary, a constituent Lodge or Lodges may complete unfinished degree work or confer any or all of the degrees on any number of candidates in a single day or more at a Special Communication of the Grand Lodge opened by the Grand Lodge for such purpose provided the candidates have been regularly elected by a Lodge to receive the degrees of Masonry. [This subsection was adapted for a trail period from June 1997 to June 1999; to be resubmitted for adoption or deletion at the 1999 Annual Communication.] (Revised 1997)

Wyoming
From an email message:
Wyoming has had at least one "Grand Master's Class" every year since 1994 at which the 3 degrees are conferred. The GM has the option of not having one during his year if he chooses not to do so (but none have so far).


Canada
New Brunswick uses 1-day classes.  All other Canadian jurisdictions do not.


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