December 2016: Business Meeting
The Lodge was opened in due form by the WM WBro D Smith, PProvDepGDC at 7:05pm.
WBro Russell Harwood, ProvGStwd, Sec read the dispensation followed by the summons convening the meeting.
WBro D Heskett PProvDepGDC then pointed out that the 1st and 2nd Degree tracing boards had been swapped and the 2nd Degree tracing board was actually on display. As there were no EA's present it was agreed to swap them back and continue. The circulated minutes were approved and signed by the WM and his Wardens.
WBro M Rosney, PProvAGDC, DC advised that two Lodge members had received appointments or promotions at Provincial Grand Lodge. WBro Derek Smith, WM had been promoted to PProvDepGDC and WBro Russell Harwood had received acting rank as ProvGStwd. The Brethren acknowledged the accolades with warm applause after which WBro Harwood thanked the Brethren on his and WBro Smith's behalf.
There had been only one nomination for WM for 2017 WBro G Casson, PProvDepGReg. After checking that there were no other nominations the WM proclaimed WBro Casson as WME. WBro Casson responded and advised that he would do his best and give the office the respect it deserves.
There had been only one nomination for Treasurer for 2017 WBro D Heskett, PProvDepGDC. After checking that there were no other nominations the WM proclaimed WBro Heskett to remain as Treasurer for 2017. WBro Heskett thanked the Brethren for their confidence in him.
As there were no other nominations the WM proclaimed WBro D Bury, PProvGSuptWks and Bro W Atkinson to remain as the Accounts Examination Committee for 2017.
Bro P Moore (acting SD) proposed and Bro W Atkinson (acting JD) seconded that the WM be empowered to appoint a Tyler for the ensuing year from amongst the subscribing members of the Lodge, without emolument. The Brethren present approved the proposition.
It was resolved that the Lodge subscriptions for 2017 be increased to £160 for full membership and £100 for country membership.
WBro I Haworth, PProvJGD, CS, proposed and WBro D Bright, PProvGSuptWks, JW seconded that certain sums of money be given to Masonic and non-masonic Charities. The Brethren present approved the proposition.
A ballot was held for WBro Graham Denis Grishakow PProvGStdB, a Past Master of Rossendale Forest Lodge No.4138 and a past member of Huncoat Lodge No.8542 to become a joining member of the Lodge of Amity and Rossendale Forest No.283. The ballot proved in favour.
WBro D Heskett proposed and WBro D Bright, PProvGSuptWks seconded WBro's E Corbridge PProvDepGReg and K Sheasby PProvAGDC for honorary membership. The WM reminded the Brethren that white is for and black against and three black balls would exclude. The ballot proved in favour.
WBro R Harwood, Sec, advised that Bro P Spann had withdrawn his application for country membership as his circumstances had changed and he now believed that he would be able to attend most Lodge meetings.
WBro Cains, IPM retired from the Lodge room and was escorted to the Lodge entrance by WBro M Rosney, DC. WBro R Harwood, Sec proposed and WBro A Shaw, PProvAGDC seconded WBro SFB Cains for country membership. The WM reminded the Brethren that white is for and black against and the ballot would be taken on a simple majority. The ballot was unsuccessful. Up on his return in to the Lodge room the WM informed WBro Cains that his application for Country membership had been unsuccessful on this occasion.
Reports were received from the Almoner, CS, District Rep and Royal Arch Rep.
Greetings were given by WBro Noel Kearns the WM of St Aidan Lodge No6339. WBro Kearns commented that he had never seen so much business being conducted at a Masonic business meeting and went on to wish the WM and Brethren a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
The minutes recorded apologies from members, however, 19 members and 1 visitors were in attendance.