From the Secretaries Table (December, 2011)

posted May 23, 2015, 2:10 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 23, 2015, 2:10 PM ]
Brethren All:
At our November stated meeting, I had the unpleasant task of asking you to confirm the actions of my office in suspending a number of members for non-payment of dues.  Nothing in my experience as your Secretary has distressed me more.
After  a brief conversation with Ill. Nagel (with his concurrence) I decided to dedicate my message this month to some definitions which will become evident as you read this.

IN GOOD STANDING:  

As in all Masonic bodies, dues notices are issued before the end of each calendar year and payment is due before the end of that year.  Therefore, on January first of each calendar year, if your dues have not yet been paid, you are NOT IN GOOD STANDING AND you are delinquent.

DUES REMISSION:

 a Body may, by a majority vote, with the consent of the Sovereign Grand Inspector General or Deputy of the Supreme Council, remit …. Delinquent dues.  Confirmation of  the actions of the Secretary’s office is an acceptable practice since dues remission is a private matter between the member and the Lodge.

DEMISSION

A Demit from membership may be issued for any member who is IN GOOD STANDING.

SUSPENSION:

Annual dues are payable by December 31 of the year preceding the applicable current dues year. And the arrearage  at the time of suspension may be fixed at not less than one year.

RESTORATION:

A member suspended for nonpayment of dues who shall within two years pay the arrearages due at the time of his suspension, together with current year’s dues shall be automatically restored.

SENIOR MEMBERS:

The Grand Commander may waive the Supreme Council’s per capita assessment on “Senior Members”  (those who are either 80 years of age or have reached 50 years or more of total membership) who are in financial need in conjunction with their Valleys waiving their annual dues.  (This is an annual event and is not permanent.)

DUES EXEMPTION:

 A Body may, by a unanimous vote at a regular meeting and with the consent of the Sovereign Grand Inspector General or Deputy of the Supreme Council, exempt from the payment of dues to said Body any member whose circumstances justify such exemption, but in such case the Body is not relieved from paying to the Supreme Council the per capita assessment for the member so exempted.
I hope this helps just a little and that you will all be in good standing on January 1, 2012.  Merry Christmas.

Fraternally,
Robert D. Rowan, Jr. 
General Secretary