Proposed change to Hancock Lodge 311By-Laws

21 July 2019

SUBJECT: Proposed change to Hancock Lodge 311By-Laws addressing annual dues increase

Brethren, greetings from our Worshipful Master and elected officers. It bears heavy upon us to bring this subject to your attention. Over the last few years our annual dues have failed to keep up with the day to day operations of our Lodge and fund raising has not kept up with the discretionary spending. Add to this attrition and the issue becomes clearer.

We are at a point where a dues increase is needed to continue operations. The cost of regalia, bibles, aprons and other necessary items for operations have been on the rise; as well as rent. Office expenses, and postage is on the rise due to erroneous addresses and emails, not to mention missing updated telephone numbers. The Grand Lodge per capita has increased gradually from $24.00 to $27.00, and now for calendar 2020, to $30.00, without a dues increase this per capita will cut into the lodge dues which in turn will reduce the amount available for the Lodge budget and operations.

The Worshipful Master assigned a committee to study and propose by-laws change to accommodate a dues increase that will provide income for operations for several years to come. The last change in dues was in 2014 where the dues were $46.00 plus a Grand Lodge per capita of $24.00. As a result of the committee study a dues increase was recommended.

The following is the current By-Law for dues. 3-5.

The annual dues and assessments, payable in advance on or before January 1st, shall be Grand Lodge annual per capita fees (2014 equals twenty-four dollars [$24.00] plus lodge dues of Forty- Six dollars, ($46.00).(2014)

Beneath is the proposed change:

3-5. The annual dues and assessments, payable in advance on or before January 1st, shall be Grand Lodge annual per capita fees plus lodge dues of seventy dollars ($70.00).

Notice that the amount of the per capita is no longer included as a fixed amount, but rather it is left as a flexible point since it is not affixed by us, but rather by the craft during the Grand Lodge annual communications when proposed changes are recommended by the membership and/or the Council of Administration.

The dues of $70.00 plus per capita of $30.00 for 2020, translates to $100.00 per year. Approximately twenty-eight cents per day, $1.93 per week, or $8.34 per month. As you can see it is not a significant increase, but one that will allow us to continue operations until a need arises.

As a requirement of our By-Laws we are submitting this notice to the craft to review and think about it prior to the vote to amend the By-Laws (30 day notice). During our first stated meeting in 5 September 2019 we will entertain discussion of this proposal. After the discussion a vote will follow on 3 October 2019 to adopt the By-Law change, or reject the change.

Please review this information. Take it into consideration and formulate your questions and recommendations if any to allow for discussion.

As soon as the vote is completed the appropriate dues card invoice will be submitted to all members reflecting the will of our membership.

Fraternally;

RW Jose M. Marrero, Sr.

Secretary Hancock Lodge No. 311

P. O. Box 3408

313 Kearny Ave.

Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027

Julian McWhirter, 50 years emblem

WB Julian McWhirter 50 Years Emblem

Brethren,  If I could have been at Hancock Lodge 311 for the presentation of my 50 year service award I would have said something like this with the Worshipful Master’s permission.

I wish to thank our Worshipful Master and you Brothers for this evening’s ceremony. My four years with the Brothers of Hancock 311 were the best years of my 50 years of Masonry.

Some of the things I will always remember are:    That this lodge always provided outstanding ritual work. That during my three years of line service, our lodge conferred 50 degrees each year. That one evening we were voting on six Petitions for the Mysteries, and the ballot was not clear. By the end of the meeting we had five fine candidates. That most of our Brothers were also members of the Scottish Rite and participated in the Rite’s work behind the stage, in the cast, leader of a degree, communicating degrees or anything the Rite needed. And finally in closing, the reason I said at the beginning that my four years with the Brothers of our lodge were the best of my 50 years of Masonry. Many nights I would be tired, frustrated or just plain discussed with life. But I would go to Lodge and by the end of the evening I would go home relaxed, content and happy with the world again. The brotherly love and comradery here was like no other I have ever felt anywhere! And this is why I’m so thankful to have received my 50 year pin from Hancock Lodge 311.     

I attended my Texas lodge for 18 years and 15 as Secretary, but I never felt the comradery and brotherly love that existed in Hancock 311. We did have one outstanding year. We conferred 75 degrees. Our Worshipful Master was a retired Master Sargent and the Brothers willingly worked Monday & Tuesday nights plus Saturday mornings to accomplish this feat. By the end of his year the lodge membership had increased by 25. Thank you for everything, MAC

In Memoriam

Brethren a new page has been created under the Member area to honor our departed brethren.  The intent is to post news/obituaries of brethren that pass away throughout the current year.

Hancock Lodge #311 has many members abroad and at times some of our members lose contact, unbeknownst to them that they might have passed away to the Grand Lodge above.

Please visit this page every once in a while to familiarize yourselves with and provide information if you are aware of some of our dear and departed brothers.

If you happen to know the URL of the obituary or information about it, please send and email to secretary@hancock311.org for posting in this page.