Grand Master’s Edict No. 2

Grand Master’s Edict No. 2

Companions,

It is my will that the following Edict be issued, which is to be presented to the membership at the next stated assembly of each Chartered Council, read at the December and January stated assemblies, and recorded in the minutes.

This edict shall remain in effect until the next Grand Assembly of the Grand Council, at which time action shall be taken on the Proposal to Withdraw from Membership in the General Grand Council, Cryptic Masons, International.

Whereas, a Proposal to Withdraw from Membership from the General Grand Council, Cryptic Masons, International was presented at the 2014 Annual Assembly to be voted upon at the 2015 Annual Assembly and,

Whereas, the General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons, International, at its Triennial Assembly took action to raise the Per Capita per Companion to $2.00 effective October 1, 2015 and $2.50 per Companion effective October 1, 2016 and,

Whereas, the effect of this action requires the Grand Council to collect the first increased Per Capita on the Annual Returns of 2015, due by the First Day of March 2016, subordinate Charted Councils will have to be prepared for the increase Per Capita payment by either increasing their 2015 annual Dues or pay the increase from their Council funds,

Now therefore it is my Order that:

(1). The Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Missouri withdraw and terminate its membership in the General Grand Council, Cryptic Masons, International effective December 31, 2014. This action to be presented for ratification at the 2015 Annual Assembly of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Missouri;

(2). Subordinate Councils shall prepare for the increase in Per Capita by either increasing their 2015 annual Dues or setting aside sufficient Council funds to pay the increased Per Capita on the 2015 Annual Return so as to minimize the financial impact should the Withdrawal Order not be ratified;

(3). The Grand Recorder notify, under seal of the Grand Council, a Notice of Withdrawal, pending ratification at the next Annual Assembly, from the General Grand Council, Cryptic Masons, International;

(4). No monies from funds of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Missouri, except those collected for transmittal for Charitable purposes, be transmitted to the General Grand Council, Cryptic Masons, International by either the Grand Recorder, Grand Treasurer or any other person having signature authority for transmittal of monies, during the period December 31, 2014 and such action as may be taken at the 2015 Annual Assembly.

In the event the Proposal to Withdraw from the General Grand Council, Cryptic Masons, International is approved at the 2015 Annual Assembly, no General Grand Per Capita will be due on the 2015 Annual Return and subordinate Councils shall have the option to return the money collected to the members or credit their 2016 annual dues.

Fraternally,
Terry R. Struse, Grand Master