2012-2013 Traveling Gavel Program
During the year 2012 – 2013, the Grand Master is offering a suggestion on how to use the Traveling Gavel along with a program to support your travel to other lodges, meet other Masonic brothers. The whole idea behind the program is for you and your lodge brothers to travel within your district.
The District Deputy Grand Master within each district will be urged to promote and execute this traveling program in their district. Each district will possess the Traveling Gavel for promotional purposes.
A lodge visitation can be one of the most educational and rewarding experiences with in our fraternity. Let us share our fraternal friendship and fellowship with our brothers by visiting lodges in the district and throughout our great jurisdiction. The District Deputy Grand Master should know at all times where the Traveling Gavel resides and it is his responsibility to keep it moving.
The Rules and Regulations below are a guide on how it should work BUT if your particular District has had a program of their own in place for some time now and your District wishes to keep it in place, The Grand Master wishes for you to do just that, keep yours in place. The Rules and Regulations below are a guideline ONLY for those Districts who wish to have a set guideline. The Grand Lodge of Kentucky Traveling Gravel Program may utilize the following Rules and Regulations:
The Traveling Gavel has to be placed in clear view of all visiting Brothers
(1) The traveling gravel may be claimed from a lodge on a regular meeting, called meeting, degree work, installation of officers, or District Meeting.
(2) Minimum of the Master and two of his five principal officers, (Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer or Secretary)
(3) A lodge that has four principal officers or more.
(4) A lodge that has five or more brothers.
(5) If two or more lodges within the district visit a lodge, which qualify, the lodge that brought the most members will receive the gravel. If there is a tie, the lodge that traveled the farthest will receive the Gavel.
(6) The “District Traveling Gavel” will be presented to the visiting lodge before closing of the lodge.
(7) The lodge receiving the Gavel will notify the District Deputy that they have it in their position, so when he is asked in his travels, the other lodges will know where it is.