Rights of Entered Apprentices and Fellowcrafts
The Special Committee upon the right of Entered Apprentices and Fellow Crafts to speak and vote upon lodge questions presented the following Report:-
" Your Committee find that there is diversity both of opinion and practice among lodges and brethren upon the question under remit. In many lodges Entered Apprentcies and Fellow Crafts are permitted to vote upon so important a matter as the admission of candidates, and in some they are nevertheless excluded from the exercise of the same privilege in all ordinary lodge matters. It has been established that Grand Lodge has sanctioned lodge bye-laws which expressly excluded all but Master masons from either speaking or voting upon lodge questions, - and those of Ancient Brazen, Linlithgow, presnetly under review by the Laws Committee, contain a rule to that effect. In the Constitution and Laws of Grand Lodge, however, there is no rule by which Entered Apprentices and Fellow Crafts are debarred from either speaking or voting on their respective degrees.
" In the opinion of your Committee, it is desirable that greater uniformity of practice should be established, and that both Entered Apprentices and Fellow Crafts be regarded as "probationers" and therefore disqualified from exercising the full privileges of Master Masons."
James Middleton, Convener.
The Report was unanimously approved.
Research from Bro. Alistair Henderson IPPGM