The Grand Master’s Statewide
Traveling Ark and Anchor Program

(AKA The “It’s better to give than receive” Rules)

(Revised on 11/01/2021)

Brothers all, we are taking a different approach as to how the Grand Master’s Statewide Traveling Ark and Anchor (aka GMSTAA) will be handled and how the points are awarded. We want to encourage lodges to take the GMSTAA and present it to another lodge and in doing so you receive points for your lodge. So, in essence “it is better to give than to receive”.

Make sure to follow the directions and sign the registry contained in the Ark & Anchor case.

Please contact Brother Darrell Waddell either the night or the next day you obtain the GMSTAA, so he may publish the information on Facebook’s “Grand Master’s 2021-2022 Statewide Traveling Ark & Anchor” page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/glkygmstaa/

The state will be divided into three areas:

Area 1 will be made up of Districts 1 – 10

Area 2 will be made up District 11 – 20

Area 3 will be made up of Districts 21 – 30

Once a lodge has obtained the GMSTAA they have 5 days to take it to another lodge, unless their lodge will be having an open, stated or called meeting within those five days, and at that point it can be claimed by another lodge at that meeting.

The first day of the five-day time frame begins the day after they have obtained the GMSTAA. Since our lodges do not meet on the Sabbath, then the lodge will be granted a sixth day, should the time frame include the Sabbath.

You get additional points if you take it the GMSTAA to another lodge in a different area in the state, along with receiving points for taking it to another lodge. For example, if you are in area 1 and you take it to a lodge in area 2 or area 3, then you will be awarded additional points along with the points that you receive for taking it to another lodge.

When the distance of travel comes into play, will be determined by the physical addresses of “lodge A” to “lodge B”, and not how far someone traveled and used the speedometer to determine the distance. If you put in the addresses of both lodges on Google Maps and choose the shortest distance, that will be the official traveling distance that will be recognized.

If there is a tie between two or more visiting lodges present, all claiming the farthest distance traveled was by them and Google Maps is unavailable or does not give a definitive difference in travel, then the lodge that brings the most brothers to the meeting will be the difference and will be recognized as the appropriate recipient. If there still remains a tie, such as each visiting lodge having one representative, then it will be awarded to the Brother whose lodge has not had it previously.

No lodge is allowed to present the GMSTAA to a lodge that they have previously presented it to. You must take it to a different lodge should you find your lodge in that position.

The Point System is as follows:

  • Taking the GMSTAA to another lodge in your area – 50 points
  • Taking the GMSTAA to another lodge outside of your area – 100 points (50 points and an additional 50 points for traveling outside of your area).
  • Having the GMSTAA presented to your lodge, but then claimed by another lodge at the same meeting – 30 points.
  • Obtaining the GMSTAA at another lodge’s open, called or stated meeting – 50 points.

Obviously, the issue of additional points awarded for taking the GMSTAA to another lodge outside of your area, is to have the GMSTAA crisscross the state, and at the same time fostering intervisitation between our lodges and strengthening what binds us as Masons.

There will also be a scholarship awarded in May 2022 to the lodge in each area that has earned the most points. Please contact Brother Darrell Waddell at (502) 448-5989 or (502) 386-1588 if you need additional clarification of these rules. Amendments will be put in place should the need occur.

Fraternally,

James H. Gibson

Grand Master of Masons 2021-2022

The Grand Lodge of Kentucky Free and Accepted Masons

 

Amendment 1: Once a Lodge has been awarded the GMSTAA, it “can then be claimed” by a lodge who has traveled for the purpose of obtaining it, and they will then be responsible for taking it to another lodge within the 5 days period that begins the next day. If, however their lodge meets within that same 5 day timeframe, then they must have the GMSTAA available for the opportunity of a visiting lodge(s) to come with the purpose of obtaining it. 

If you claim the GMSTAA for your lodge and your lodge meets within the 5 day period, then instead of awarding the GMSTAA, you must have it at your lodge meeting instead of taking it to another lodge, thereby giving other lodge(s) the opportunity to visit with your lodge and to claim the GMSTAA. In addition, if you intend to award the GMSTAA, you should give that lodge a head’s up so no one will be caught off guard, as well as letting everyone know by posting it of the GMSTAA Facebook Group.

Example: LODGE A takes the GMSTAA to LODGE B within the 5 day period, LODGE A will then be awarded 50 points. If during the same meeting, LODGE C is present, they can make a “claim” for the GMSTAA.

This means that:

  1. LODGE A will receive 50 points for traveling to and presenting the GMSTAA to LODGE B.
  1. LODGE B will be awarded 30 points, if it is claimed by LODGE C at the same meeting, and that means that LODGE B no longer has the responsibility of taking the GMSTAA to another lodge.
  2. LODGE C will then be awarded 50 points for traveling to LODGE B to take possession of the GMSTAA, and now they will the responsibility of taking the GMSTAA to another lodge within the required 5 day period, which starts the following day, or making it available to be claimed should LODGE C meet within that 5 day period, instead of awarding it to another lodge.

It is important to make known as soon as possible who then has possession of the GMSTAA, and whether their lodge will be meeting within the following 5 days after receiving it, and if not, which lodge they intend to award it to. This information can be conveyed to Brother Darrell Waddell, and at the same time it can be posted by any member of the responsible lodge on the GMSTAA Facebook Group.