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RESTORATION TO MEMBERSHIP PROCESS 2022. . . . .

Well, we just lost 28 brothers at the last stated meeting who chose not to pay 2022 dues. Now, there could be extenuating circumstances for these suspensions so rather than elaborate in that direction I will just show the way to regain membership. Below I have pasted the recently amended Digest of Decisions article 94.9 that outlines restoration to membership. Simply follow the steps to regain membership. . . .

Amend Article 94.9 to read as follows: 94.9 If a suspended Member desires to re-affiliate with the Lodge from which he stands suspended, or to affiliate with another Lodge, the following procedure must be followed:

a. The suspended Member must request the Lodge from which he stands suspended to be restored to (i) membership or (ii) good Masonic standing, as the case may be.

b. The suspended Member must pay to the Lodge the entire amount of dues for the then current Masonic Year.

c. The request of the suspended Member to be restored to membership or good Masonic standing, as the case may be, must be published in the Lodge Notice in accordance with the prescribed form, which form shall include the Stated Meeting of the Lodge at which the suspended Member will be restored to membership or good Masonic standing, as the case may be.

d. The Secretary will present the request of the Member to be restored to membership or good Masonic standing, as the case may be, at the Stated Meeting identified in the Lodge Notice. Provided the conditions of this Decision are satisfied, and unless there is any Member who shall object, such request shall be automatically approved without the need to conduct a vote. In the event of any objection at such Stated Meeting, such request shall be put in the form of a motion for the restoration of such Member to membership or good Masonic standing, as the case may be. The affirmative vote of a majority of the Members present shall be required for the approval of such motion. e. If any Member shall raise an objection to such Member’s request for restoration to membership or good Masonic standing, as the case may be, prior to the Stated Meeting identified in the Lodge Notice, the Worshipful Master shall table any action on such request and appoint a special committee to investigate the objection and determine whether or not it satisfies the standards of a legitimate Masonic objection. If such special committee shall determine that a legitimate Masonic objection exists with respect to such Member’s restoration, then the objection shall stand and there shall be no further action taken on such request. f. Restoration to membership automatically carries with it restoration to good Masonic standing. Restoration to good Masonic standing does not carry with it membership in the Lodge, but allows a Member so restored to receive a Certificate of Good Masonic Standing and thereby petition another Lodge for membership. (Rev. 2012) Stenberg, 1987; Gardner, 2008; Sturgeon, 2011; Smith, 2012. See Ahiman Rezon, Section 11.08.

Summary... contact the secretary who will direct your restoration... note, there is no paper petition required.

Fraternally,

Jon DePoe, PM, Secretary