When you are slaving away at the workface and are more than well-informed of what is going on, when we have an idea where we’re going and where we’ve come from, it is easy to overlook the quandary of those readers who’ve discovered LML in English only recently.
This blog was created almost a year ago in response to a crisis situation which finds its origins as far back as 1997 and which first came to the notice of a significant number of GLNF members as of December 4th, 2009.
Sometime in 2010 we realised that fellow Masons in Great Britain, North America and elsewhere wanted to know what all the fuss was about in the GLNF. But French not being their strong suit, LML in English came into being.
The statistics published a few days ago justify our existence but the problem remains that the new reader is particularly lost. Following a telephone conversation with a regular reader from England this morning we have decided to produce 2 important background articles over the next few days :
a sort of timeline history of the conflict going back to its origins in about 1997
an explanation of the legal requirements for the existence any association here in France, be it a large organisation with 40000 members such as the GLNF or a small group of residents in a suburban street who want to stop the local council chopping down a tree. This article will explain why we are constantly referring to the GLNF 1901 Association and to the GLNF (as a Grand Lodge) and why we need to have both a President (of the association) and a Grand Master (of the Grande Loge Nationale Française).
The “Enter Comment” possibility at the end of each article we post is your opportunity to make yourself heard and to ask questions if you are feeling lost. We’ll try to be your GPS (and that doesn’t mean Grand Provincial Secretary !).