ARTICLE XIX

District Grand Lecturers

Sec. 1 There shall be one or more District Grand Lecturers appointed by the Grand Master for each Masonic District who shall be under the supervision of the District Deputy Grand Master concurrently with the Senior Grand Lecturer.

Sec. 2 A District Grand Lecturer shll have the following duties and functions within his assigned area of jurisdiction:

a) To represent the Senior Grand Lecturer on matters relating to his (SGL) duties as provided by law (See Article XVII attached).

b) To visit alone or with the District Deputy Grand Master, subordinate Lodges assigned to him in his District.

c) With prior authority from the Senior Grand Lecturer or Junior Grand Lecturer, and prior consultation with the District Deputy Grand Master, to conduct Lodge ofInstruction for the proper exemplification of the work in conformity with our rituals.

d) To conduct the proficiency examination of Masters-elect and Wardens-elect when delegated to do so by the Senior Grand Lecturer in accordance with Article XVII, Section 1, sub-section e. "(SGL) To delegate to the Junior Grand Lecturers, District Deputy Grand Masters, District Grand Lecturers or Grand Lodge Inspectors his power and authority to examine Masters-elect and wardens-elect as to their respective proficiency in the work and lectures 0/ the pertinent degrees and to issue certificates of proficiency prior to their installation. "

e) To perform such other duties and submit such written reports as may from time to time be required of him by the Senior Grand Lecturer or the District Deputy Grand Master.

ARTICLE XVII

The Grand Lecturers

Sec. 1 The Senior Grand Lecturer

The Senior Grand Lecturer shall be vested with the following powers and duties:

a) To have immediate and direct supervision of, and to teach the ritual and esoteric work to, the Junior Grand Lecturers, District Grand Lecturers and Grand Lodge Inspectors.

b) To visit Lodges in the jurisdiction and, where convenient, hold seminars regarding the government and administration of subordinate Lodges by the Grand Lodge, and schools and Lodges ofInstruction to teach the ritual and esoteric work, and to exemplify the work or require conformity therewith.

c) To examine masters-elect, Wardens-elect, Treasurers-elect and Secretaries-elect in the part

of the Constitution, By-laws, Edicts and Regulations of the Grand Lodsge referring to the government of Lodges and the Masters-elect and Wardens-elect in their proficiency in the work and lectures, and to withhold the issuance of certificates of proficiency from all who are not proficient prior to their installation.

d) To issue certificates of proficiency to masters-elect and Wardens-elect who qualify after the examination required of them prior to their installation.

e) To delegate to the Junior Grand Lecturers, District deputy Grand Masters, District Grand Lecturers or Grand Lodge Inpsectors his power and authority to examine Masters-elect nd Wardens-elect as to their respective proficiency in the work and lectures of the pertinent

degrees and to issue certificates of proficiency prior to their installation.

f) To issue certificates of proficiency to master masons who are proficient in the work and lectures adopted by the Grand Lodge.

g) To endorse to the Grand Master the recommendation of the District Deputy Grand Masters for the appointment of as many Past Masters as may be needed to serve as Grand Lodge Inspectors.

h) To sign together with the Grand Master, the commission of each Grand Lodge Inspector appointed by the Grand Master:

i) To render a report to the Grand Lodge at each Annual Communication giving a full account of services rendered during the year and submit a copy thereof to the Committee on Grand Lodge Officers' Report two (2) weeks before the Annual Communication.

j) To delegate to the Junior or District Grand Lecturers such of his powers and duties as he may consider necessary, proper and expedient.

DUTIES & FUNCTIONS of the

DISTRICT GRAND LECTURER

GENERAL

Stated Meetings

Attend all Stated Meetings of the subordinate Lodges comprising the District, ascertain that the solemnity and proficiency of the Rituals and Floor Works are observed and that all applicable provisions of our Constitution and By-laws are duly complied with.

Special Meetings/Conferrals

Attend all Special Meetings / Conferral of the subordinate Lodges comprising the District, ascertain that the solemnity and proficiency of the Rituals and Floor Works are observed and that all applicable provisions of our Constitution and By-laws are duly complied with.

Candidate's Orientation

Ensure that the recommended Orientation Program according to the Tried and Proven manual is complied with and regularly given by members of the Lodge to their Candidate(s).

A committee of at least five (5) Master Masons (with a Past Master and a Chairman) to give each of the 5 topics of the 4 orientation programs.

A regular venue and time for the 4 programs

Annual Elections

Ensure Part III, Article II, Section 2 of the Masonic Law Book (revised 1994) regarding Elections is read in the months of October, November and December; and ascertain that it is duly complied with; as follows:

"No member shall solicit for himself or for any other member of any Lodge any elective or appointive position in a Lodge, nor shall any electioneering, canvassing or soliciting of votes or support, for any member be allowed. Nominations of candidates for office shall not be made. A violation of this section shall be deemed unmasonic conduct and shall subject the o./finder to such discipline as the Lodge may determine. This section shall be read in open lodge by the master at the stated meetings of October, November and December of each year. n

Ensure that only those present and in good standing will vote Ensure that those elected and appointed to office are

In good standing

Have taken their 3rd Degree proficiency examination

• Ask the Lodge Secretary to submit a roster of the names of all the Lodge members together with the dates when their 3rd Degree proficiency examination were taken. Ascertain that a copy of the Election Returns is transmitted to the Grand Secretary. When delegated by the Senior Grand Lecturer, qualify the Lights on their proficiency in the Opening and Closing of the Lodge, Conferral Rituals of their respective Degrees and the pertinent laws, rules and regulations governing the Lodges

Issue Certificates of Proficiency to qualified Lights-elect prior to their Installation.

Annual Budget and Program of Activities For the ensuing year

Secure a copy of the approved Annual Budget and Program of Activities of each

of the subordinate Lodges from the out-going District Deputy Grand Master or incumbent Worshipful Master to monitor and guide the subordinate Lodges in their implementation.

For the succeeding year

On the 1 st Stated Meeting after the Installation, ensure that the Annual Budget and the Program of Activities of the Ldoge for the ensuing Masonic Year is presented by the Worshipful Master and approved by the members of the Lodge.

• District Activities

Assist the District Deputy Grand Master in planning and formulating guidelines for the implementation of all District-sponsored activities. Be diligent in attending these activities and encourage the members of all subordinate Lodges comprising the District, expecially its officers, to attend and participate in the activities and/or proceedings.

Monthly District Council Meetings Effective Lodge Management Forum Lodge of Instructions

• The District Grand Lecturer must be actively involved in organizing and conducting the Lodge of Instructions.

• Lodge of Remembrance

NCR Multi-District Convention

• Conferral Ritual Proficiency Contest

• Orientation Proficiency Contest

• Sports and Family Activities

Reports:

Prepare the required reports and submit them on time Monthly Report; before the next stated meeting.

Annual Accomplishment Report; on the 1st day of March,

• Others:

Wardens' Columns:

Ensure that the columns of the Wardens are properly positioned

During the Meeting, the Senior Warden's column is standing while the Junior Warden's column is down.

During recess, the Junior Warden's column is standing while the Senior Warden's column is down.

Decorum:

During the proceedings Silence is observed

Unnecessary movements are avoided

• Parliamentary procedure is observed After balloting

The result of the ballot cannot be discussed

Cellular Phones:

Announce and ascertain that all Cellular Phones are turned off or in silent mode so as not to disturb the proceedings.

Late-comers

Late-comers cannot enter the Lodge while it is being opened. They can enter the Lodge only after the Lodge has been opened; but before or after the Reading of the Minutes. The Tyler should knock to announce that a brother desires admission in the Lodge

The Junior Deacon admits the brother only after the Worshipful Master raps once to attend to the request

The Junior Deacon knocks at the door to verify the alarm.

The late-comer must salute to the Worshipful Master at the Altar before taking his seat in the Lodge

Brethren leaving and returning to the Lodge:

• Without disturbing the proceedings;

A brother who needs to leave the Lodge must salute to the Worshipful Master at the Altar before leaving

The Junior Deacon knocks at the door to alarm the Tyler that a brother desires to go out of the Lodge.

On the brother's return to the Lodge, The Tyler knocks to alarm the Junior Deacon who opens the door to verify the alarm.

The brother must salute to the Worshipful Master at the Altar before taking his seat in the Lodge.

STATED MEETINGS

Attendance

Ensure that there is at least one (1) of the Lights to open the Lodge. The Lodge cannot be opened without the presence of any of the Lights.

Ensure that there are at least seven (7) members of the Lodge to conduct the meeting.

• The Lodge can be opened with only three (3) members present; but,

The meeting cannot be conducted if there are less than seven (7) members present In the absence of the Worshipful Master, the Senior Warden must preside in the meeting. In the absence of the Worshipful Master and the Senior Warden, the Junior Warden must preside the meeting.

Date and Time

Ensure that the Lodge is opened on the regular date of its stated meeting. If the meeting is held on another date:

Ascertain that the proper dispensation is had from the District Deputy Grand Master and the corresponding Dispensation Fee paid.

Have the dispensation read immediately after the opening and before the meeting proper. Without such dispensation, the meeting cannot be held.

Encourage the Lodge to start the meeting on time as stipulated in its By-laws.

Masonic Attire:

Ascertain that all members present are in proper Masonic attire

• Barong Tagalog and dark pants Dark suit and tie

• Proper regalia; i.e., aprons, collars and jewels

Lodge paraphernalia:

Make sure the following are available

• The Lodge Charter is displayed Working tools are displayed

Altar displays a Volume of the Sacred Law with a Square and Compasses accordingly arranged on the degree the Lodge is to be opened.

Ascertain that the Square and Compasses over the Volume of the Sacred law is arranged on the 3rd degree when the Lodge is opened.

The Book of Constitutions or Masonic Law Book together with the Lodge By-laws are available

Philippine Flag is in good condition and on a flag staff

• Monitor:

Monitors are not to be read during the entire proceedings. Encourage the members to memorize and be proficient at delivering their pieces and floor works according to regulations.

Agenda:

Ascertain that an agenda is prepared by the Lodge Secretary or Worshipful Master and in accordance with Masonic Law Book.

Presentation and retirement of the Philippine Flag:

• National anthem is sung

• Grand Lodge Hymn is sung after the Philippine Flag is conducted to the East

The Pledge of Allegiance or the prescribed "Panatang Makabayan" is recited before the Philippine Flag is retired to its proper custodian.

Minutes of the last stated and/or special meeting

Note that the minutes read contains all the proceedings proper to be written as approved.

• Ascertain that the minutes contains the Circular and Edict Numbers and titles read in the previous stated meeting.

If the Minutes of the last stated meeting is not available,

the Worshipful Master or any member of the Lodge should give an oral account of the proceedings of the last stated meeting for comments and/or corrections by the members of the Lodge.

the official minutes should be read when available in the next stated meeting.

Grand Lodge Circulars and Edicts:

All Grand Lodge Circulars, Edicts and communications must be read. The Brethren will stand only for the Edicts read.

If too long, only the Circular/Edict number, subject and summary of contents may be read and the documents circulated to the brethren present.

All Circulars (especially No. 12 containing announcements) and Edicts can be circulated to the members to save time and for the members' perusal.

Petitions:

Before a petition is read, ascertain that ...

All questions on the Petition Form are completely answered in the Petitioner's own handwriting.

Two (2) 3-R full-body pictures are attached to the petition

For plural membership, the Certificate of Good Standing must accompany the For Affiliation, the Certificates of Demit and Good Standing must accompany the Petition.

• The Petition Fee is paid and duly receipted by the Lodge Secretary.

Balloting:

Before balloting of a Petition, ascertain that

• The Committee on Investigation has made its report to the Worshipful Master.

The petition appears on Circular No. 12; the Lodge Secretary showing the circular as evidence of circularization

All members present must cast their ballots without exception; nobody can be allowed to leave until after the balloting is over.

• Examination of Candidates:

• Ascertain that the examination is given at the proper stations depending on the degree the examination is given

Ascertain that the examination is given in an audible tone heard by all members of the Lodge Ascertain that the examiner gives the examination from memory.

Ascertain the proficiency of the Candidate is satisfactory.

Masonic Education

Deliver Masonic Education lectures to the subordinate Lodges comprising the District on Topics as prescribed by the Senior Grand Lecturer

Topics needed by and timely for the brethren

• When necessary, clarification and/ or validation of topics given by the Masonic Education Committee of the subordinate Lodge.

SPECIAL MEETINGS/CONFERRALS

Attendance

• Ensure that there is at least one (1) of the Lights to open the Lodge. The Lodge cannot be opened without the presence of any of the Lights.

Ensure that there are at least seven (7) members of the Lodge to conduct the special meeting. The Lodge can be opened with only three (3) members present; but,

• The special meeting cannot be conducted if there are less than seven (7) members present In the absence of the Worshipful Master, the Senior Warden must preside in the opening of the Lodge.

In the absence of the Worshipful Master and the Senior Warden, the Junior Warden must preside the opening of the Lodge.

Ascertain that all the positions in the conferral are filled up.

Ensure that a lecturer is available. to deliver the Lecture of the conferral. In no case should the conferral be allowed to proced if there is nobody to give the lecture.

Date and Time

Ensure that the Lodge is opened on the regular date of its special meeting. If the meeting is held on another date:

• Ascertain that the proper dispensation is had from the District Deputy Grand Master and the corresponding Dispensation Fee paid.

Have the dispensation read immediately after the opening and before the conferral. Without such dispensation, the meeting cannot be held.

Encourage the Lodge to start the meeting on time as stipulated in its By-laws.

Masonic Attire

Ascertain that all members present are in proper Masonic attire Barong Tagalog and dark pants

Dark suit and tie

Proper regalia; i.e., aprons, collars and jewels

• Lodge paraphernalia:

Make sure the following are available

• The Lodge Charter is displayed

• Working tools are displayed,

• Other materials needed for the Conferral; i.e., Ist, 2nd or 3rd Degree.

• Altar displays an Volume of the Sacred Law with a Square and Compasses

Ascertain that the Square and Compasses over the Volume of the Sacred Law is arranged according to the degree the Lodge is opened for conferral.

• The Book of Constitutions or Masonic Law Book together with the Lodge By-laws are available

• Philippine Flag is in good condition, on a Rag staff and in the East.

Monitor:

Monitors are not to be read during the entire proceedings. Encourage the members to memorize and be proficient at delivering their pieces and Hcor works according to regulations.

Dispensationfs):

• Ensure that proper dispensations are obtained from the District Deputy Grand Master on the following and dispensation feeis) accordingly paid:

More than one (1) Candidate

• Simultaneously on more than One (1) Candidate

The number of Candidates per conferral must not exceed five (5).

• Such dispensations must be read prior to the Conferral Rituals.

Qualification:

Before each Conferral, ascertain that the Candidate has complied with the following:

Satisfactorily passed the pertinent Degree Proficiency Examination. Attended the pertinent Degree Orientation according to regulations. Updated in his petition fees

All other requirements of the Lodge

Lecture

The Lecture is an integral portion of the conferral ritual. Without it the conferral is not considered completed; hence, the conferral should not be given.

Do not allow a conferral to proceed if there is nobody assigned to deliver the Lecture. Encourage the Lodge to practice efficient time management. It has been a common excuse to defer and dispense with the Lecture for a later date bcause the conferral has

progressed to the late hours of the night. -

If there is more than 1 Candidate for conferral, suggest for the Lodge to be opened at an early time to allow sufficient time for the Lecture to be delivered during the conferral. Do not allow thel.ecture to be deferred or dispensed with for a later date once the conferral has begun.

Examination of Candidate(s)

If the Candidate will take the Proficiency Eamination of the preceding Degree prior to this conferral scheduled for the succeeding degree:

Ascertain that the Degree on which the Lodge was opened is accordingly lowered to the Degree on which the proficiency examination will be given and the Square and Compass

on the Volume of The Sacred Law at the altar is correspondingly arranged. Ascertain that the examination is given at the proper stations depending on the degree the examination is given

• Ascertain that the examination is given in an audible tone heard by all members of the Lodge

Ascertain that the examiner gives the examination from memory

Ascertain that the proficiency examination of the Candidate in the preceding degree is satisfactory before the Conferral of the succeeding Degree can be given. No Conferral of the succeeding degree can be given if his proficiency examination in the preceding degree is not satisfactory.

Ascertain that the Degree on which the Lodge was lowered for the proficiency examination is accordingly raised to the Degree on which the conferral will be given and the Square and Compasses on the Volume of The Sacred Law at the altar is correspondingly arranged.

• Edict 131:

Prior to a 3rd Degree Conferral, read Edict 131 on abuse and violence on Candidates and ensure that it is regularly implemented and complied with.