E. Ray Knittel
MW Grand Master of
Free & Accepted Masons of
The State of Georgia
How To Obtain Relief
Edward W. Hartley, P. M.
Former Representative, Board of Relief, 11th District
The Board of Relief is a committee of the Grand Lodge of Georgia created for the purpose of relieving the distress of its members and their families. This is accomplished in response to an application submitted by the individual in need of relief and is investigated and approved by the District Deputy to the Grand Master of the appropriate sub district and the Worshipful Master of the appropriate Lodge. The process to apply for relief is:
1. A Master Mason in good standing with his Lodge in Georgia, his wife, widow or dependent children are qualified to apply for relief by informing the Worshipful Master of the Lodge where the Master Mason is a member. If the Master Mason is sojourning or if the family member does not know the process, any Master Mason may be informed of the need and it then becomes his responsibility to notify the Worshipful Master of his Lodge of the request for relief.
2. When notified that a need exists, the Worshipful Master assigns a committee to determine and confirm the need. Each Lodge is responsible for alleviating the needs of its members, so long as the ability so does not impact the finances and resources of the Lodge. If this occurs, the Worshipful Master notifies the District Deputy to the Grand Master of his sub district of the need for relief, and the two of them arrange to meet the individual needing relief. The District Deputy has the form required to document the specifics of the request for relief.
3. The “GRAND LODGE OF GEORGIA DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTER’S RELIEF REPORT” is an
Therefore, as Masons we must be acutely aware of the needs of our Brothers and make
the necessary plans to assist them when needed. The Lodge is the appropriate source
for this assistance. When the Lodge has exhausted its resources, it is appropriate
to turn to the Board of Relief for assistance. However, any assistance provided by
the Board of Relief is of a short-
So Mote It Be.
Completed application are due in the Grand Lodge Office
one (1) week prior to Board of Relief Meeting for processing.
The Board meets the following dates in 2010:
January 9, ~ March 13, ~ May 8, ~ July 10, ~ September 11, ~ November 13
Grand Lodge of Georgia Masonic Relief