THE BOARD OF GENERAL PURPOSES:
67.The Board of General Purposes (hereinafter referred as 'the Board') shall comprise of The Grand Master, Past Grand Masters, Deputy Grand Master, current Grand Officers ranked Right Worshipful, and the Master of each Subordinate Lodge together with the First Principal of the Holy Royal Arch. A Subordinate Lodge Master or a Royal Arch First Principal unable to attend may be substituted by one of his Wardens or Principals respectively. Each attending member of the Board shall have a single vote, with a tied vote being resolved under Law 70. The Grand Master and/or the Board President may invite non-voting attendees whose presence they deem of benefit to the Board's deliberations.
68.A President, who shall not be The Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master or an Assistant Grand Master, shall be elected from those Grand Officers identified in Law 67. The tenure of President of the Board shall be of three years and the President shall be elected or re-elected by ballot by members of the Board at the same meeting when Board Members recommend worthy Brethren for the Office of Grand Master and Grand Treasurer respectively, as provided within Laws 28 and 91.
69.The Board shall regularly convene on the second Thursday of the months of March, May and October, and on such other occasions as The Grand Master may command or the President so require. Dates of regular conventions for the forthcoming year shall be included in the Board's Report to the Annual Communication of Grand Lodge.
70.A quorum of the Board shall comprise a minimum of five members of whom three shall be Grand Officers, other than in the hearing and decision of Masonic complaints when a quorum shall comprise a minimum of seven members of whom four shall be Grand
Officers.All questions shall be decided by simple majority voting with the Presiding Brother having a casting vote in the case of a tied vote.
71.The Board has the duty to administer and control the property of Grand Lodge and shall take cognisance of all matters in any way relating to the Craft. The Board shall appoint Trustees in respect of Grand Lodge property holdings as required under Law 59 and subject to approval by Grand Lodge. Such property may be sold, mortgaged, leased, invested or otherwise disposed of as the Board from time to time may direct and the Trustees shall strictly effect such written directions issuing from the Board.
72.The Board may appoint committees to assist in the resolution of arising issues
as it deems appropriate.In respect of issues arising particularly under the
provisions of Laws 25 and 73 the Board shall endeavour to appoint at least one
legally qualified Brother to serve on a committee.Duly appointed committees
shall have the duty of investigating the circumstances of the particular issue
and of reporting its findings and making its recommendations to the Board.
Such findings and recommendations shall not be binding on the Board and
may be rejected in whole or in part at the Board's discretion. The Board shall
review the resolutions of its committees and where approving these shall
present proposals accordingly for approval by Grand Lodge.
73.The Board may recommend or report to Grand Lodge whatever it may deem conducive to the welfare and good governance of the Craft and every recommendation or report of the Board or of any committee appointed by the Board shall, when adopted by Grand Lodge, be treated as an Edict of Grand Lodge.
74.The Board is authorised under the provisions of Law 25 to hear and determine all subjects of Masonic complaint or irregularity of Subordinate Lodges or of individual Masons.
75.The Board shall be the prime authority in formulating, reviewing, amending and submitting Laws for Grand Lodge approval and inclusion in the Constitution of SGLoM. Accordingly, any Brotherâ€™s considerations or contributions in this respect should be addressed in writing as a formal motion, preferably via his Lodge Master but only otherwise via the Office of the Grand Secretary, to be delivered at least ten days ahead of scheduled Board meetings identified in Law 69. Contemplated amendments or new Laws shall be styled as existing Laws and shall identify any and all Laws on which they in any way impinge.
76.Should the Board be satisfied that a complaint is justified or that an irregularity has occurred or unmasonic conduct been committed then it may impose such penalty of admonition or suspension or of Subordinate Lodge Erasure or Brotherâ€™s Expulsion or invitation to resign from the Craft, always subject to any Appeal under Law 25 being
upheld.In the event that the Board should impose Subordinate Lodge Erasure or Brother's Expulsion the Grand Secretary shall cause the issue to be laid before an Appeals Committee appointed for that purpose pursuant to Law 25.
77.A recommendation that a Subordinate Lodge be Erased or a Brother be Expelled or invited to resign shall take effect as a penalty of suspension until such time as the question of Erasure or Expulsion shall have been considered by an Appeals Committee pursuant to Laws 1.1, 25 and 78, or the Brother shall have resigned.
78. The Board may summon any Brother or Officer or Officers of a SubordinateLodge to attend the Board or an appointed committee and produce any Masonic
documents they may individually or jointly possess including but not limited to
Grand Lodge Certificate, Warrant, books, papers or Subordinate Lodge accounts. Failure by any Brother, Officer or Officers to attend such summonsor to provide timely explanation of absence satisfactory to the Board shall further require written statement by a specified date from the offending Brother, Officer or Officers as to why their individual or joint action should not be treated as contumacy and failing timely receipt of such statement or statements the Board may inflict on such Brother, Officer, Officers, or Subordinate Lodge the penalty of admonition or suspension.The Board may retain any Certificate, Warrant, books, papers or accounts produced pursuant to a summons made under this Law.
79.In the event that a charge or complaint specifically concerns a member or members of the Board or Subordinate Lodge directly referred in the issue then such members shall not be appointed to any Board committee and shall withdraw during the Boardâ€™s deliberations.
80.The Board shall receive and consider only those petitions, representations or communications that are submitted in writing, duly signed, and addressed to the President of the Board.
81.Any matter specifically referred to the Board by The Grand Master shall have precedence over all other business.
82.The Board shall have the power to nominate worthy Brethren from Subordinate Lodges to represent recognised Grand Lodges at the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Malta. Likewise, the Board may accept nominations of worthy Brethren from recognised Grand Lodges to represent the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Malta at such recognised Grand Lodges. Both types of Representatives, being fully eligible to attend and participate in Grand Lodge meetings when convened, do not have voting powers vested in them unless such powers exist by virtue of their membership of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Malta.
83.All transactions and resolutions of the Board shall be entered in the Minute book.
84.The Board shall appoint the following Standing Committees for specific purposes: (a)Grand Charity Committee, (b) Finance Committee (c) Ritual Committee and (d)Membership Committee. Such Committees shall consist of at least three members of Grand Lodge. Should the Board feel that any members of Subordinate Lodges may have a valuable contribution to make it may co-opt them to any committee.
85. All committees of the Board are authorised to invite any Brother to attend their deliberations where it is considered such Brother may have particular or special knowledge of the issues under review or investigation.
86. The Grand Charity Committee is charged to constantly remind Brethren that generous giving is central to Freemasonry, and to focus on the commitment made in this respect by every Freemason on his becoming a Member. The further positive role of the Committee is to support Masonic charities, to provide relief to distressed Masons and their dependants, and to make Grants to non-Masonic charities. The Committee shall comprise worthy Brethren recognised for their activity in the field of charity and shall be presided over by the Grand Charity Steward. Fund-raising, to which Grand Lodge shall contribute on a lump sum annual basis after having complied with the terms of Law 21.2, shall be a prime Committee responsibility and Appeals may be raised notwithstanding that Subordinate Lodges conduct their individual charitable programmes. All funds raised shall be held in a separate account maintained by the Grand Treasurer, and shall be distributed by the Committee as by unanimous decision it deems appropriate. Any arising lack of unanimity shall be referred to the Board of General Purposes for disbursements approval. A full financial and activities Annual Report shall be prepared by the Committee President for submission to Grand Lodge at the Annual Communication.
87.The Finance Committee shall always include the Grand Treasurer and shall be charged with the responsibility of submitting a proposed Budget, including the Schedule of Fees for the forthcoming Masonic year to Grand Lodge at the Annual Communication. Such Budget shall be formulated upon the recommendations of the Board.The
Finance Committee shall additionally be charged with responsibility to effect
Quarterly examination of the Accounts of The Grand Master, Grand Secretary
and Grand Treasurer and to direct a complete audit of these Accounts to be
presented to Grand Lodge at the Annual Communication.The Report of the
Finance Committee together with that of the independent auditor where extant
shall be submitted to Grand Lodge via the Board at the Annual Communication.
88.Members of the Ritual Committee, which shall always include the Grand Director of Ceremonies, shall be chosen for their outstanding knowledge of Ritual Work as well as their demonstrated abilities. They shall be appointed to serve for an initial period of two years and shall perform the following duties:
a)to inspect and advise on the Ritual Work of any Subordinate Lodge when requested to do so by the Board.
b)to ascertain that all Ritual Work within Grand Lodge is maintained to a high standard and recommend changes to existing Rituals as deemed appropriate, and formulate Rituals for exemplification of the Degrees or for other ceremonial occasions when required.
To develop an approved Ritual, to be known as 'The Maltese Working' for eventual adoption by Grand Lodge and its Subordinate Lodges, and to create a Lodge of Instruction for the further development of this Work.
89. The Membership Committee shall be convened and Chaired by the Deputy Grand Master, comprised of such other Brethren as the Deputy Grand Master may in his sole discretion nominate, and shall promptly view all Applications for Initiation, Joining, or re-Joining which have been properly submitted in the appropriate format via the Office of Grand Secretary. In the event that the Membership Committee finds the Application to be in any way unacceptable the Application shall be returned to the Grand Secretary who shall promptly advise the Subordinate Lodge that the Application is in suspension and shall simultaneously pass the Application to the Board for decision at its next scheduled meeting. The decision of the Board shall be duly advised via the Office of Grand Secretary and shall be binding on all parties. No further consideration of any rejected Application will be considered by either the Membership Committee or the Board within twelve months from the date of such formally advised rejection. Should the applicant Subordinate Lodge receive no further advice from the Office of Grand Secretary within 28 calendar days of the date of the Application then it may proceed with the Application. The Grand Master in consultation with the Board may waive some or all of these obligations in respect of Travelling Subordinate Lodges. The Membership Committee shall also consider any and all Applications for Masonic membership which are received directly by Grand Lodge and shall reject such Application for due cause or alternatively recommend the Applicant to a Subordinate Lodge for due process, in each case effecting its decision via the Office of the Grand Secretary.
The Membership Committee shall also consider any and all Applications for Masonic membership which are received directly by Grand Lodge and shall reject such Application for due cause or alternatively recommend the Applicant to a Subordinate Lodge for due process, in each case effecting its decision via the Office of the Grand Secretary.
90. The Grand Master shall have the privilege of consulting with the Board in his nominations of Brethren to hold Office in Grand Lodge and that of Auditor of Grand Lodge accounts, and such nominations shall be submitted at the semi-Annual Communication of Grand Lodge, together with a Return showing the attendance of Grand Officers during the previous year.
91.In accordance with the provisions of Law 28 of this Constitution the Board shall recommend a worthy Brother for each of the Offices of The Grand Master and Grand Treasurer.Concurrently the Board shall at three-yearly intervals recommend a worthy Brother for the Office of Grand Secretary for a tenure of three years subject to The Grand Master's confirmation and installation of the appointee at the appropriate Annual Communication.
Laws 92 through 98 VACANT