The Third Conference, under the name World Conference of the Masonic Grand Lodges took place in New York City (USA), from May 1ST to 3rd 1998.
The following 63 Grand Lodges participated in the Conference:
The Grand Lodge of New South Wales, Australia The United Grand Lodge of Austria The Regular Grand Lodge of Belgium Gran Logia de Bolivia Brazil: Gran Logia de Acre Gran Logia de Brasilia Gran Logia de Espirito Santo Gran Logia de Goias Gran Logia de Parana Gran Logia de Pernambuco Gran Logia de Rio Grande do Sui Grand Lodge of Bulgaria
Canada: Grand Lodge of British Columbia Grand Lodge of Ontario Grand Lodge of Quebec Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan
Colombia: Gran Logia de Barranquilla Gran Logia de Bogota Gran Logia de Santander Grand Loge du Cote D'Ivoire Gran Logia de Cuba Gran Logia de Ecuador Grande Loge National Francaise The United Grand Lodges of Germany Grand Lodge of Greece Gran Logia de Guatemala Grand Orient D'Haiti Grand Lodge of India Grand Lodge of Iran (in exile) Grand Lodge of the State of Israel Grande Oriente D'Italia Grand Lodge of Libano Grand Lodge of Madagascar Gran Logia del Valle de Mexico Gran Logia de Panama Gran Logia Regular de Portugal Gran Logia de Puerto Rico The National Grand Lodge of Romania Grand Lodge of Switzerland (Alpina)
United States of America: Grand Lodge of Arizona Grand Lodge of California Grand Lodge of Colorado Grand Lodge of Connecticut Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia Grand Lodge of Hawai Grand Lodge of Illinois Grand Lodge of Indiana Grand Lodge of Louisiana Grand Lodge of Maine Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Grand Lodge of Michigan Grand Lodge of Nevada Grand Lodge of New Hampshire Grand Lodge of New Jersey Grand Lodge of North Carolina Grand Lodge of Ohio Grand Lodge of Oregon Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania Grand Lodge of Texas Grand Lodge of Wisconsin Grand Lodge of Wyoming Gran Logia del Uruguay Grand Lodge of Yugoslavia
The Conference was mainly devoted to study ways and means to institutionalize the World Conference of the Masonic Grand Lodges. To this end, a special committee was established on May 2nd, to study this subject and to present a proposal to the Conference.
The Committee was integrated by: M.W.B. Valton Sergio Von Tempski-Silka (Parana, Brazil); M.W.B. Rainer 1. Schicke (Germany); M.W.B. Jean K. Gousse (Haiti); M.W.B. H.P. Mathur (India); M.W.B. Woolf Kantor (Israel); M.W.B. Virgilio Gaito (Italy); RW.B. Robert B. Heyet (Romania), R.W.B. Robert Tait (New South Wales Australia); RW.B. Piere Mouselli (Benin); RW.B. Joao Zimmerman Filho and RW.B. Francisco Mello (Sao Paulo, Brazil); R.W.B. Albert Pitte (Ivory Cote); RW.B. Abraham Bromberg (Valle de Mexico); RW.B. Julio Luque (Panama); RW.B. Thomas W. Jackson (Pennsylvania, USA); and RW.B. Cristian Dimitrescu (Romania).
As a result of its work, this special "ad hoc" committee presented the following report and recommendations:
"An Ad Hoc Committee was formed at the meeting of the 1998 World Conference of the Masonic Grand Lodges in the New York City on Saturday, May 2nd, 1998. The members of the Ad Hoc Committee represented the Grand Lodges from all of the continents at the World Conference and have the unanimous support of the members of the Ad Hoc Committee who signed their names onto the original document of this paper. This Ad Hoc Committee recommends that the following purpose and rules of the World Conference of the Masonic Grand Lodges be adopted:
RECOMMENDATION I: NAME OF ORGANIZATION
The name of the organization will be the World Conference of the Masonic Grand Lodges.
RECOMMENDATION II: PURPOSE AND RULES OF THE WORLD CONFERENCE
The purpose of the Conference is to share information and to discuss issues which promote and do not have a binding effect on any sovereign and independent member of the Grand Lodge.
The Grand Master or his Representative and the Grand Secretary will be the only ones to speak and be seated at the Conference Table. Only those Grand Lodges who have been acknowledged as legitimate and regular by the World Conference of the Masonic Grand Lodges will be members. This article will serve as a temporary rule until the World Conference decides otherwise.
The World Conference will be open to Masonic Grand Lodges only.
The World Conference will not discuss political matters.
The World Conference will not discuss religious matters.
All Grand Lodges attending the Conference will have an equal voice and vote.
No grand Lodge should attempt to use the World Conference as a platform to seek special favours or financial assistance from any of the participating Grand Lodges.
The conclusions of the World Conference will be printed and distributed to all members of the Conference.
Every attempt will be made to rotate the World Conference to each continent.
The World Conference will be scheduled every 18th month, unless otherwise decided by a simple majority vote of the present members.
RECOMMENDATION III: ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE WORLD CONFERENCE
The Executive Secretary must be a Grand Secretary, Past Grand Secretary, Grand Master or Past Grand Master. The said officer to be elected by a simple majority vote of the World Conference.
It shall be the proposed duties of the Executive Secretary to:
a) Propose the date and places of the next World Conference of the Masonic Grand Lodge, based upon the applications received in writing from those Grand Lodges desiring to host the Conference.
b) Select and designate the agenda and the speakers for the next World Conference of the Masonic Grand Lodges.
c) Consider and make any recommendations previously referred to the World Conference by member Grand Lodges.
RECOMMENDATION IV: SUGGESTED TOPICS FOR THE NEXT WORLD CONFERENCE
- To study and propose means and ways to improve the quality and quantity of the Masonic membership.
- To study and propose means and ways to provide assistance to the emerging Grand Lodges.
- To study the potential value of the establishment of a universal charitable objective of Freemasonry (i.e. such as a Masonic Foundation for Children).
- To study the establishment of a World Commission on Information and Recognition following the successful implementation of the policy set by the North American Commission.
RECOMMENDATION V: DATE AND PLACE OF THE NEXT WORLD CONFERENCE
The 1998 World Conference of the Masonic Grand Lodges should adopt and approve November 1999 as the period of the next World Conference. Applications have been voluntary received and accepted from the Grand Lodge of India and the Grand Lodge of Sao Paulo (Brazil) to host the next World Conference.
RECOMMENDATION VI: EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
The Ad Hoc Committee recommends that the 1998 World Conference of the Masonic Grand Lodges elect Brother Thomas W. Jackson, the RW. Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, to serve as Executive Secretary until a successor is duly elected.
Notes: The following motions were made and seconded by the World Conference of the Masonic Grand Lodges after reading the above-mentioned report of the Ad Hoc Committee:
- The document as presented (report of the Ad Hoc Committee) be accepted and in effect until the World Conference elects to change it at some future date.
Results: Passed unanimously
- The Grand Lodge of Sao Paulo (Brazil) to host the next World Conference of the Masonic Grand Lodges in November 1999.
Results: 53 votes in favour. Passed.