Affiliated Past Masters
The information on this chart comes from various sources, mostly email messages from several brethren. If anyone has definite information for additions or changes on this chart, please send email to Paul M. Bessel so I can update this chart.
|State||Policy concerning Affiliated Past Masters|
|Alabama||Alabama Code on the questions you posed:
2.6. RIGHTS OF PAST OFFICERS Past Masters of subordinate Lodges under this jurisdiction and all Past Grand Officers while they remain regular members of some subordinate Lodge and who are not members of the Grand Lodge according to the provisions of the Constitution and the Masters and Wardens of Lodges working under dispensation, shall be entitled to seats and may submit propositions and resolutions and offer their views thereon but shall not be permitted to vote on any question or in the election of Grand Officers; all other visitors can be admitted only by unanimous consent of the members present.
SECTION 1. No brother shall be eligible to the office of Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master or Grand Warden who has not been duly elected, installed and presided over a subordinate Lodge. None except such as are at the time of their election or appointment, members of some Lodge, shall be eligible to office in the Grand Lodge, and no one shall be eligible to the office of Grand Master for more than one year.
|Alaska||Masonic Code, Sec. 2.01. Constitution / Officers and Members:
Members of this Grand Lodge are: …
3. Each Past Master of a Lodge of another Jurisdiction which is recognized by this Jurisdiction while he is a member of a Lodge of this Jurisdiction.
Section 2.02 Bylaw – Elections and appointments:
3. Past Masters who are members of this Grand Lodge as specified in Section 2.01 are eligible for Grand Office except that any Master Mason who is a member in good standing of a Lodge of this Jurisdiction may be appointed Grand Chaplain, Grand Organist, or Grand Tyler.
|Arizona||1) A PM from an Arizona Lodge carries a vote in Grand Lodge. This was changed in 1991. Before that, the PMs from each Lodge only voted collectively, i.e., each Lodge used to carry four votes: WM, SW, JW, PMs.
2) A PM from another jurisdiction is recognized as a PM, but carries no vote in GL, even if he is currently a member of an AZ Lodge.
3) Except for Grand Chaplain and Grand Organist, all GL officers must be PMs of an AZ Lodge. Being a PM in another state doesn’t count.
|Arkansas||Affiliated Past Masters have all rights as “in-state” Past Masters with one exception. In our Grand Lodge, only the Junior Past Master has a vote. Therefore a Junior Affiliated Past Master would not have a vote in Grand Lodge.|
|California||Section 230 of the California Masonic Code specifies:
“230. Members of Grand Lodge and Manner of Address. Grand Lodge shall be composed of…together with all…Past Masters of this Jurisdiction….”
So in order to be a member of the Grand Lodge of California as a PM you must be a PM of a Lodge under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of California. Affiliated PM who have served in Lodges outside of California are not members of the Grand Lodge of California until and unless they serve as Master of a California Lodge.Not only elective, but most of the appointed officers as well. Section 240 of the California Masonic Code specifies:
“240 Each officer and member of Grand Lodge must be a member of some Lodge in its Jurisdiction. If membership ceases, membership in Grand Lodge shall cease. East officer, other than the Grand Chaplain, Grand Organist and Assistant Grand Organist, must, at the tie of his election of appointment, be a member of Grand Lodge.”
�190. TITLE OF PAST MASTER.
The title of Past Master applies to one who:
If Grand Lodge charters a Lodge formed by a Grand Body recognized by this Grand Lodge, it may by resolution provide that the title of Past Master shall apply to the Past Masters of such Lodge, and entitle them to the rights and privileges of Past
Past Masters in our jurisdiction are members of Grand Lodge. They SHARE one vote, along with the Masters and Wardens, giving each lodge four votes in Grand Lodge. PMs, along with Masters and Wardens, by virtue of their status, can initiate, and sign petitions for, legislation.
As you can see by the above section, an affiliated PM from another jurisdiction does not have this privilege.
Here’s a relevant section:
�0. MEMBERS AND MANNER OF ADDRESS.
Grand Lodge shall be composed of a Grand Master (whose manner of address shall be Most Worshipful), a Deputy Grand Master, a Senior Grand Warden, and a Junior Grand Warden (whose manner of address shall be Right Worshipful), a Grand
Now, my first thought was that one would have to be a member of Grand Lodge (i.e. a PM, Master or Warden) to be so elected or appointed, but that does not seem to be the case. The fact of election or appointment seems to _make_ one a member of Grand Lodge.
|Connecticut||Connecticut, section 7101: “Actual Past Masters are those who have been regularly installed as Masters of a Blue Lodge.”|
|District of Columbia||Affiliated Past Masters (those who were Masters of lodges in other jurisdictions) are considered to be Past Masters in any D.C. lodge to which they belong, and all PMs, including Affiliated ones, have a vote, sometimes collectively in Grand Lodge (an attempt to include the opposite rule in the Code was defeated overwhelmingly in May 2000). There is no requirement for anyone to be a PM to be a Grand Lodge Officer, elected or appointed, although traditionally (but not recently) all appointed GLOs except Grand Chaplains or GL Physicians were PMs).|
|Florida||Florida Masonic Law, chapter 3, regulation 3.01: “[Membership and voting in Grand Lodge] applies only to those Past Masters who are members and Past Masters of Particular Lodges under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Florida.”|
|Georgia||Affiliated PMs can be elected to Grand Lodge membershipGeorgia Masonic Code, 1-301(21): In the case of Past Masters of regular Lodges outside the State of Georgia under the jurisdiction of a Grand Lodge in fraternal relations with the Grand Lodge of Georgia, who are now members of a Lodge in the State of Georgia, they shall be considered members of the Grand Lodge of Georgia if they comply with all of the following provisions:
(1) . . . member of a Georgia Lodge . . . three years
(2) . . . petition the Georgia Lodge in which he holds membership to be approved for the status of affiliated Past Master . . .
(3) His petition must be granted by his Georgia Lodge unanimously by secret ballot.
(4) . . . Lodge Secretary shall transmit . . . report of the ballot to the Grand Secretary.
(5) . . . a majority vote of the members in the Grand Lodge of Georgia may grant affiliated Past Master status . . .
A person holding dual membership in a Georgia Lodge and a foreign Lodge shall not be entitled to consideration under these provisions. Only those Past Masters in jurisdictions which will permit a Past Master of a Georgia Lodge to become a member of the Grand Lodge of that jurisdiction . . . shall be eligible for consideration for membership in the Grand Lodge of Georgia.”
|Indiana||**In Indiana, Past Masters are not considered members of the Grand Lodge. Constitution of the Grand Lodge, Article II. [This should be subsection (a), but it is not noted as such; there is a subsection (b). The provision which should be (a) lists the members of Grand Lodge, and does not include Past Masters. In Indiana, Past Masters have no vote as such at Grand Lodge. A Past Master may vote only as a Proxy for a sitting Worshipful Master. The WM may designate any member of his Lodge as his proxy at GL, although the WM’s attendance at GL is strongly encouraged.]**Article VI of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge: “No Brother shall be eligible to, or hold office in this Grand Lodge, who is not at the time, a member in regular standing of a chartered Lodge subordinate to this Grand Lodge. And no Brother shall be eligible to the office of Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master or Grand Warden, who has not been duly elected, installed and presided over a subordinate Lodge.” So, I think the answer to your question is that, in Indiana, to be eligible to hold any of the four top offices, a Brother must be a Past Master of an Indiana Lodge.|
|Iowa||Masonic Code of Iowa, section 164: “The term 慞ast Master� as used in this Code means one who has been regularly elected and installed as Master of a lodge chartered by this Grand Lodge or by a Grand Lodge recognized by this Grand Lodge . . . “but it has been reported
Past Masters in Iowa do not have a vote at Grand Lodge and are not members of the Grand Lodge. In order to be considered a Past Master in Iowa the person would have to have served as a Master of an Iowa lodge. They cannot have served as a Master of a lodge outside of Iowa to be considered a Past Master in Iowa.
Iowa does require a Brother to have served as a Master in a subordinate lodge in order to be elected to an elective Grand Lodge office. Again, that service must have been in an Iowa lodge.
This info. is found in the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of Iowa, Masonic Code of Iowa, Article 4, Section 6.
|Kansas||Article VI, section 2 says in part: Any Past Master who moves into Grand Jurisdiction from any other recognized Grand Jurisdiction shall, on his becoming a member of a Lodge herein, be entitled to all the rights and privileges of a Past Master in this Jurisdiction. Is a Brother who is a member of a lodge in your jurisdiction, and who was a Master of a lodge in another jurisdiction, permitted to run or be elected to an elective Grand Lodge office in your jurisdiction?
|Kentucky||Kentucky Masonic Digest, section 54: ” A . . . Past Master is one who has been . . . a . . . Master of . . . a symbolic Lodge of Master Masons . . . “but, from an email message
a past master from another grand jurisdiction is not eligible to hold an elected Grand Lodge Office
and, from another message
According to the GL of KY Constitutions, Section 8
“The Members of the Grand Lodge are…(1) Permanent Members consist of all Past Grand Masters of *this* Grand Lodge and all Masters and Past Masters of *Kentucky* lodges who are affiliated with lodges subordinate to this Grand Lodge.
|Louisiana||It doesn’t matter which jurisdiction one was a WM. In Louisiana you are *only* a Past Master in the Lodge where you served as WM *unless* the second Lodge passes a resolution to *accept* you as a Past Master. The Grand Lodge law reads:
“A Past Master of a Lodge who demits and affiliates with another Lodge does not become a Past Master of the second Lodge unless it adopts a resolution recognizing him, and carrying him as such on its rolls.” Edicts of the GL. Even though the GL law says “demits”, they do it anytime a PM joins another lodge for any reason.>(b) Does your jurisdiction require a Brother to be a Past Master in order to be
>elected to an elective Grand
>Lodge office? If so, is a Brother who is a member of a lodge in your
>jurisdiction, and who was a Master of a
>lodge in another jurisdiction, permitted to run or be elected to an elective
>Grand Lodge office in your
The GL law reads: “All elective Grand Lodge Officers and DDGMs must be Past
|Massachusetts||Past Masters are not members of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
Past Masters from other jurisdictions who affiliate with a Massachusetts Lodge are considered “Past Masters“, and as such, entitled to attend a “Lodge of Qualification” were Masters-elect are “qualified” to sit in The Chair”.
Any Master Mason may run for or be appointed to any Grand Lodge Office. I can’t quote Grand Lodge “code” for this, but was told so by our current Grand Master, MW Fred K. Bauer. I’m not even sure that we require that he be a member of a Lodge in Massachusetts. That said, the Grand Wardens are almost always Past District Deputy Grand Masters and the candidate for Grand Master is always a past Grand Warden or Past Deputy Grand Master. Please note, Massachusetts does NOT have a “progressive” Grand Line. The Grand Wardens are elected for a one year term, the Grand Master appoints a Deputy Grand Master each year and our Grand Masters are
|Michigan||Assuming Past Masters are defined as members of your Grand Lodge (whether or not they have a vote, or partial vote, in Grand Lodge), are those who have been Masters of a lodge in another, recognized, jurisdiction and who are also members of a lodge in your jurisdiction, also listed and considered to be Past Masters who are members of your Grand Lodge? To put this another way, do you know of someone who is a member of a lodge in your jurisdiction who was a Master of a lodge in
another jurisdiction and who is considered to be a Past Master in your jurisdiction?As long as he has affiliated with a lodge under the GL of Michigan, yes. (Accepted practice – not specially called out in GL law.)Does your jurisdiction require a Brother to be a Past Master in order to be elected to an elective Grand Lodge office? If so, is a Brother who is a member of a lodge in your jurisdiction, and who was a Master of a lodge in another jurisdiction, permitted to run or be elected to an elective Grand Lodge office in your jurisdiction?
Yes – but only for the offices of GM, DGM, and GL. (Key 3, Article 5, Section 1)
|Minnesota||a) No PMs are automatically members of GL, whether Affiliated or not.
b) Yes. A Brother who is a member of a lodge in our jurisdiction, and who was a
Master of a lodge in another jurisdiction, is permitted to run or be elected to an elective Grand Lodge office. See SECTION C3.05 of our Constitution
|Missouri||Missouri Masonic Constitution, Article II, Section 1: “The Grand Lodge shall consist of . . . any Past Worshipful Master of any Lodge under the jurisdiction of another Grand Lodge . . . and shall be affiliated with some Lodge in the State of Missouri, and who shall be elected to membership in this Grand Lodge by majority vote.”|
|Montana||Article VII, 28060 (in part) One who is a Past Master as defined herein but of a Lodge
within the Jurisdiction of any other Grand Lodge, and who is a member in Good Standing of a Lodge in this Jurisdiction, may take the honorary title of ‘Past Master’, but shall not thereby become a member of this Grand Lodge.520- Qualifications of Officers – All officers must be a member of a Lodge in this Jurisdiction. The Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master must be a Past Master of a Lodge of this Jurisdiction.
|Nebraska||Past Masters do not have a vote at Grand Lodge.|
|Nevada||Section 1.130 Past Master defined. The title Past Master applies only to one who:
1) Has been regularly elected , or named in a charter, and installed, and has served a term as Master of a chartered Lodge; and
2) Is a member in good standing of a constituent Lodge in this jurisdiction.“Section 2.050 Composition of Grand Lodge: qualifications of specific officers.
1) The Grand Lodge is composed of . . . . ( list all officers (a) thru (x)
2) Each of the officers specified in paragraphs (a) to (i) inclusive (Grand Master to and including Junior Grand Deacon) of subsection 1, must be a Master or a Past Master of a regularly and duly constituted Lodge. . . . .” (note – it does not say of this jurisdiction – the sixteen (16) officers (j) through ( x) includes the five trustees, none of
which have to be Past Masters
We use a collective Past Master vote in the Lodges ( four votes per lodge – WM, SW &JW and one PM Vote.)
|New Jersey||NJ Constitution 1997, page 30-3 section 30-34, from 1871: Past masters affiliated with lodges in this jurisdiction who have been elected and served as Masters in other jurisdictions, have the same rights and privileges as those who have served in this jurisdiction.NJ Constitution pg 2-2 Section 2-08, 1943: No brother who is not a Past Master of a lodge in this jurisdiction shall be eligible to any office in the Grand Lodge, except that a brother who is a member of the clergy of any faith may be appointed to Grand Chaplain|
|New Mexico||PMs in this jurisdiction have no vote in G.L.Any MM, who is a member of a constituent lodge may be appointed to the progressive line by the GM.|
|New York||no restriction|
|North Carolina||Past masters are not members of our grand lodge. only past grand lodge officers, current members of boards and commissions, district deputy grand lecturers and DDGMs, Masters and Wardens of subordinate lodges [SEC 3-1]
In blue lodges, PMs from other jurisdictions are considered PMs [REG 53-2.5] “he has the same status in all respects in his lodge as any past master thereof.”GM, DGM and GWs must be past master, certain committee positions also require PM. requirement only reads “of a subordinate lodge” [REG 11-5], not mentioning jurisdiction
and from another source
North Carolina Masonic Code, regulation 61-02(7)
“A member of a lodge in this State who is a Past Master of a lodge in another recognized grand jurisdiction . . . has the same status . . . .”
|North Dakota||1- Do all Past Masters have a vote in your GL?
Past Masters of Constituent Lodges, yes.
2- If so, does a member of a Lodge in your jurisdiction, who only served as a Master in another jurisdiction, have the same vote as one who served a Master of a Lodge in your jurisdiction?
No, he is not a Past Master of a Constituent Lodge, as only Constituent Lodges of the Grand Lodge of ND are our Constituent Lodges.
3- Do you need to be a PM of a Lodge in your jurisdiction to be an appointed or elected officer?
Elected: Yes. Appointed: No.
|Oklahoma||Oklahoma Masonic Constitution, section 104: “This Grand Lodge shall consist of . . . all Past Masters . . . “|
|Oregon||Past Masters in the Grand Lodge of Oregon do not have a vote. You must be a Past Master to be elected to a Grand Lodge of Oregon position.|
|Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania Ahiman Rezon, section 3.01: “The Grand Lodge is composed of . . . Past Masters . . .”|
|Rhode Island||>From the Grand Lodge of RI Constitution:
“The Grand Lodge shall consist of the Grand Master of Masons, … , the Masters and Wardens for the time being of the chartered Lodges under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge, and all Past Masters of such Lodges while members of any Lodge under this jurisdiction.”
I think that is unambiguous. Membership is based on being a Past Master of a RI Lodge.another message
This very situation came up at our last Grand Lodge session, the question was moved to allow Past masters from other jurisdictions, that move here Grand Lodge representation, voting rights, etc. and was voted down.
|South Carolina||South Carolina Masonic Constitution, article 6“Any Past Master who moves into this from any other jurisdiction shall, on his becoming affiliated with a Lodge herein, be entitled to all the rights and privileges of a Past Master . . . .”|
|South Dakota||South Dakota Masonic Constitution, article VII, section 2: “No one is eligible, in the Grand Lodge, who shall not have been . . . Worshipful Master and presided over a chartered Lodge.|
|Tennessee||Tennessee Masonic Code, section 4.703: “Past Masters of other jurisdictions have no official rank as such on removal to this jurisdiction.”|
|Texas||All Past Masters of a Texas Lodge are members of the Grand Lodge and have a
vote in the grand Lodge. They are eligible to be elected to Grand Lodge office. There are only six elective offices – Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, Grand Senior Warden, Grand Junior Warden, Grand Treasurer and Grand Secretary. In addition, these officers are the trustees of the Grand Lodge and must meet at least four times a year. All appointed officers of the Grand Lodge must be Past Masters of a Texas Lodge with the exception of the Grand Chaplain.Past Masters of other Grand Jurisdictions are not considered members of the Grand Lodge of Texas and therefore cannot serve as either an elected or appointed officer of the Grand Lodge. Neither do they have a vote in Grand Lodge.
a) Members of the Grand Lodge of Texas MUST BE Past Masters and current
b) In order to serve as an officer of the Grand Lodge of Texas you MUST BE a member of the Grand Lodge of Texas except for the Grand Chaplain. As a result only Past Masters of Texas lodges who are still members of a Texas lodge are eligible to serve as an elective or appointive officer.
Article IV. Officers of the Grand Lodge Section 6. Eligibility to Office
|Utah||The answer to A- Is YES, We have three in our Lodge I know of personally., and are considered and recognized as past Masters.
B- Does your jurisdiction require a brother to be a Past Master in order to be elected to an elective Grand Lodge office -YES
B- 2 – If so, is a Brother who is a member of a lodge in your jurisdiction, and who was a Master of a lodge in another jurisdiction, permitted to run or be elected to an elective grand lodge office in your jurisdiction – YES
– A Warden ( But not the Grand Master. ) – See Article VI of Constitution attached..
C – Yes – See Articles Attached – see section 1. Members, and Article V1 – Eligibility
Paul This is an answer from a Grand Lodge jurisprudence committee member,
who has been Chairman a number of times. If there are any questions please ask.
|Virginia||Sec. 2.46. Title “Past Master” Defined; Who is Entitled to it. � The title of Past Master shall always be understood to mean one who has been elected Master of a Lodge, has received the Degree of Past Master in a Provisional Lodge of Past Masters, or in a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, and has been installed and has served as Master of his Lodge for at least one Masonic yearSec. 1.29. Eligibility for Office in Grand Lodge. � Any Past Master of a Lodge shall be eligible for the Office of Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, Grand Senior Warden, Grand Junior Warden, Grand Treasurer, Grand Secretary, Grand Senior Deacon or Grand Junior Deacon.|
|Washington||Past Masters are voting members of Grand Lodge in Washington. Affiliated Past Masters also have a vote. Any member of Grand Lodge is eligible to be elected or appointed an officer.|
|West Virginia||West Virginia, Article 1, regulation 4: “To constitute a Past Master . . . a Brother must have been . . . Master of a Lodge under the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge . . .”|
|Wisconsin||PM’s do not belong to Grand Lodge automatically. The Grand Lodge consists of the Grand Lodge Officers, Permanent members of the Grand Lodge (Past GM, GSW, etc.) and 3 representatives (supposedly the three principal officers) from each lodge.Article 6 Officers 6.03 Qualifications: All Grand Lodge Officers and Grand Trustees shall be residents of the State of Wisconsin, and each shall be a member of a lodge therein. All Grand Lodge Officers, except the Grand Secretary, the Grand Chaplain, the Grand Marshall and the Grand Tiler shall be actual Past Masters.|
Based on responses received as of March 22, 2000, as I understand them:
Affiliated PMs are treated the same as “in-state” PMs in terms of membership in Grand Lodge (both groups are voting members, or neither are) in 31 U.S. jurisdictions:
Affiliated PMs can be elected to be treated the same as “in-state” PMs in 2 U.S. jurisdictions:
Affiliated PMs are not members of GL in 10 U.S. jurisdictions:
Affiliated PMs cannot be elected GL officers in 13 U.S. jurisdictions:
Other than the United States
|Country||Policy concerning Affiliated Past Masters|
|Israel||In Israel, a Past Master that affiliates to a Lodge, has the right to be accepted as member of the Grand Lodge. When affiliated to the Lodge he votes regularly in its Lodge and when member of the Grand Lodge he votes and is a regular member of the GL even though he was not a Past Master from our Jurisdiction.
All the above provided that he is a Mason from a Recognized Jurisdiction by the GL of the State of Israel.
Members of the GL in Israel are only Past Masters and Reigning Masters. Only those have the right to present themselves to elective positions in GL.another message
In Israel we have quite a few PMs who were installed in another jurisdiction (UK, Scotland, USA etc.) and have become Israeli citizens. Having joined a lodge here in the ordinary manner (letter from their mother lodge etc.) they are recognized here
Under Israeli Constitution, only WMs and PMs can be regular members of GL and only these may hold office. I know of PMs of lodges under another Constitution who were installed here as WMs of their lodges here. These were mostly from UGLE or
|GLF – Grand Lodge of France||Assuming Past Masters are defined as members of your Grand Lodge (whether or not they have a vote, or partial vote, in Grand Lodge), are those who have been Masters of a lodge in another, recognized, jurisdiction and who are also members of a lodge in your jurisdiction, also listed and considered to be Past Masters who are members of your Grand Lodge? To put this another way, do you know of someone who is a member of a lodge in your jurisdiction who was a Master of a lodge in another jurisdiction and who is considered to be a Past Master in your jurisdiction?
In our case, a Past Master is a Brother who has occupied the function of WM in a Masonic lodge. The quality belongs to him personally, and remains unchanged wherever he chooses to affiliate. The answer to your last question is YES.
Does your jurisdiction require a Brother to be a Past Master in order to be elected to an elective Grand Lodge office?
No. Any Master Mason with at least a seven years’ seniority in that degree and who is the elected representative of his lodge at the GL Communication may run for any Grand Lodge office. Whether he is a PM or not.
do you know the provision(s) of your Grand Lodge Code or Constitution that relates
Nothing is said about Past Masters in our Grand Lodge Code or Constitution, whether about “indigenous” or affiliated Past Masters. In our Grand Lodge this is a wholly honorary position. The PMs have only one prerogative: To wear their PM regalia and sit in the East when and if invited by the WM.
|GLNF – National Grand Lodge of France||A Past Master, a Brother who has ruled as WM in a Masonic lodge is, wherever he goes, an Installed Master, that quality belongs to him personally, and remains unchanged wherever he chooses to affiliate. Nevertheless is NOT a member of Grand Lodge until he has been installed and ruled as WM of a French Lodge.
Being an Installed Master, he is considered to be a Past Mast IN our jurisdiction, but NOT a Past Master OF our jurisdiction. He would have to be WM of a GLNF Lodge before he can be considered as a Past Master OF our jurisdiction.
YES, every Provincial (regional) Grand Lodge and obviously GRAND LODGE Officer must be an Installed Master, viz. have ruled as WM in a Lodge. It is NOT necessary for him to be Past Master OF a French Lodge, to be elected or appointed to a Provincial GL or Grand Lodge office.
Only PMs of GLNF Lodges qualify for membership of Grand Lodge.
A PM from another (recognized) Constitution is entitled to wear an Installed Master’s apron, be addressed as W. Bro., and may take the chair of a French Lodge, he must wear an Installed Master’s apron, but not a PM’s collar.
The GM may appoint to “Grand Rank” (active or honorary) as a distinction, as he deems appropriate any Installed Masters of recognized Constitutions.
The GM may confer Past Grand rank (i.e. a Grand Office which the recipient has never held as an active officer) upon any Past Master of a French Lodge.
|United Grand Lodge of England||Rule 9 BoC (Book of Constitutions). Only PMs of UGLE Lodges qualify for membership of Grand Lodge. An Installed Master (present or past) from another [recognised] Constitution is entitled to wear an Installed Master’s apron, be addressed as W. Bro., and may take the chair of a UGLE Lodge; but he may _not_ wear a PM’s collar.With the exception of the Grand Master, no other Grand Office is now elected. All appointments to Grand Office are in the hands of the GM. When the GM is a “Royal” (i.e. a Prince or King in the royal family – as our present GM is) then he may appoint a Pro-Grand Master to carry out his duties for him on a day to day basis.
There are elected members of the Board of General Purposes and the General Council – but persons elected to these positions do not obtain Grand Office by virtue of their election. (They are normally already Grand Officers anyway)
Rule 7 BoC gives the GM power to confer both membership of Grand Lodge and also such “rank or distinction” as he deems appropriate upon members of recognised Constitutions. There is no mention that this is restricted to Installed Masters.
Upon installation, the GM appoints his Grand Officers for the year. Technically, there is nothing in the Rule 18 BoC which requires the holders to be Installed Masters – but I can’t imagine a lodge Warden, or someone who doesn’t meet the criteria of Rule 19 (below) being given a Grand Office.
Rule 19 BoC gives the GM power to confer Past Grand rank (i.e. a Grand Office which the recipient has never held as an active officer) upon any Past Master of a UGLE Lodge.
It must also be remembered in UGLE, that Grand Office normally comes only after two lower level appointments: an initial appointment and a promotion. These are:-
London: London Grand Rank & Senior London Grand Rank Province/District: to a present or past Provincial/District Grand Office Other Overseas Lodges not in a District: to Overseas Grand Rank and Senior Overseas Grand Rank (This last item has only just been introduced)
There are restrictions in the BoC that only Installed Masters may receive these appointments.
For Master Masons, there are the following options:-
London Rank and Overseas Rank automatically convert to the “Grand” version upon the Master Mason being installed into the Chair of a Lodge.