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We have had many queries regarding the basis of charging, arising from the Annual Returns of both Supreme Grand and Provincial Grand Chapters. The basis is as detailed below.
Payment of Members’ Subscriptions to their Chapters
These become due, in advance, on the first day of the Chapter’s Financial Year, as laid down in the Chapter By-Laws.
Payment of Annual Dues to Supreme Grand Chapter
These become due, in arrears, on the last day of the Chapter’s Financial Year, as laid down in the Chapter By-Laws.
Payment of Annual Dues to Provincial Grand Chapter
These become due, in arrears, on the day before the day of Installation, and cover the period from the date of the previous Installation. Payment should be received in Provincial Office on or before the last day of the month of Installation.
Supreme Grand Chapter Exaltation Fees
Payment must accompany Registration Form P; to be sent immediately after the ceremony of Exaltation. Membership Fees for Exalted Companions will be included in the Annual Return.
Provincial Grand Chapter Exaltation Fees
These will be charged, in addition to Exalted Companions’ Membership Fees, at the end of the Chapter’s Financial Year.
Scope of Membership Dues
Fees must be paid for all Companions who have been members of the Chapter at any time during the Financial Year, including those who have died, resigned, ceased, been excluded, or been made Honorary Members.
|Registration of Exaltee or a Joiner from a foreign Constitution (including Grand Chapter Certificate)||2017||£27.50||£5.50||£33.00|
|Registration of Exaltee or a Joiner from a foreign Constitution (including Grand Chapter Certificate)||2016||£26.50||£5.30||£31.80|
|Replacement/Amendment of Grand Chapter Certificate||2017||£45.00||£9.00||£54.00|
|Replacement/Amendment of Grand Chapter Certificate||2016||£44.00||£8.80||£52.80|
|Certificate for a serving Companion||2017||£19.50||£3.90||£23.40|
|Certificate for a serving Companion||2016||£19.00||£3.80||£22.80|
|Dispensation by the First Grand Principal||2017||£16.50||£3.30||£19.80|
|Dispensation by the First Grand Principal||2016||£16.00||£3.20||£19.20|
|Dispensation by the First Grand Principal “nunc pro tunc”||2017||£33.00||£6.60||£39.60|
|Certificate of Amalgamation||2016/17||£100.00||£20.00||£120.00|
|Enfacement of Charter||2016/17||£115.00||£23.00||£138.00|
|Charter for a new Chapter||2016/17||£250.00||£50.00||£300.00|
|Charter of Confirmation||2016/17||£950.00||£190.00||£1140.00|
|Charter for a Centenary Jewel||2016/17||£570.00||£114.00||£684.00|
|Charter of Confirmation for a Centenary Jewel||2016/17||£900.00||£180.00||£1080.00|
|Charter for a Bi-Centenary Bar||2016/17||£940.00||£188.00||£1128.00|
|Charter of confirmation for a Bi-Centenary Bar||2016/17||£940.00||£188.00||£1128.00|
|Registration of Exaltee||2017||£7.50||£Zero||£7.50|
|Contribution to Provincial Meeting||2017||£10.00||£Zero||£10.00|
|First Provincial Appointment||2017||£30.00||£Zero||£30.00|
|First & Second Promotions||2017||£25.00||£Zero||£25.00|
|Subsequent Promotions||No Fee|
The Grand Secretary / Scribe E has had a number of enquiries recently from members of the Craft who have asked whether it is permissible for their Lodge / Chapter to reclaim tax on the monies donated for charitable purposes in the collection which is routinely conducted at either the end of a Lodge / Chapter meeting or at the dinner. The technique generally proposed is for the whole collection to be “assigned” to a member of the Lodge / Chapter who has taxable capacity sufficient to enable him to reclaim tax on it as if he had donated the entire amount personally. An extension of this idea is also to treat in a similar manner monies which are paid for raffle tickets, and similar fund-raising initiatives.
The Grand Secretary / Scribe E advises “It is entirely wrong for donations to be treated in this way, and could constitute the commission of a criminal offence on the part of any member allowing himself to be used to gain financial advantage by a false declaration.
It does not matter that the aim stems from an entirely laudable desire to direct as much money as possible to charitable purposes, as the law is completely clear on the issue, and the suggested technique is not permissible.
I should, therefore, be grateful if you would draw the attention of the appropriate Brother / Companion in your Lodge / Chapter who has the responsibility for any form of collection, that under no circumstances may this practice be adopted or continued. Further, Gift Aid must not be claimed on monies paid for raffle tickets.
Please also ensure that all members are warned that if they should already have undertaken to reclaim tax on donations given by others in the course of completing Tax Returns for the fiscal year just ended, they must under no circumstances do so”.
I joined Prince Edwin’s Chapter as I was keen to learn about the Royal Arch. I have found the history and tradition of the order absolutely captivating, my exaltation was incredible, so much colour, drama and historical ritual, which has left me feeling utterly privileged to be a part of something very special.
At the age of 28 and just over a month of becoming a master mason, I was exalted into the Royal Arch. That is something I haven’t regretted. Having gone through my craft ceremonies, I felt a piece of the jigsaw was missing, and wanted to complete my final step to becoming a “complete Freemason”.
Chapter has brought with it new experiences, new insights and new Companions, all of which add to our pleasure and enjoyment of Freemasonry.
I planned to pass through the chair before joining Chapter but newly exalted companions from my lodge recommended that I join because it would complete my masonic journey. After 4 years in craft I decided to join chapter and have enjoyed the experience ever since.
Andrew Matvi Korolczuk
As I spent more time in my lodge I was keen to further my Masonic journey. Everyone suggested the Royal Arch to complete the Third Degree. The new appearance of a chapter was a surprise. The story was enlightening and put a new perspective on my Masonic understanding.
Christopher Noel Hegarty
I became a member of the Chapter following in the steps of my brother Warren who died at 39. I really enjoy the diversity between the Craft and Royal Arch the banners, candles, and robes etc,. I would recommend all Brethren to join the Royal Arch.
I decided to expand my Masonic knowledge. By joining a chapter where a number of my lodge brethren were members. My Exaltation was a wonderful experience for me being full of colour. I would recommend the Royal Arch to any Master Mason.