Cliftonville Lodge by-laws

Lodge 197 By-Laws

July 12, 2011 Author: admin

CLINTONVILLE LODGE NO.197,F &A M

BY-LAWS as Amended September 14, 2015 and Certified

by the Grand Lodge Jurisprudence Committee and approved by
Most Worshipful
Franklin J. Struble Grand Master of Masons in Wisconsin

ARTICLE 1

NAME, WARRANT, MEMBERS,COMMUNICATIONS, ORDER OF BUSINESS, FISCAL YEAR

Section 1.   Name __

The warrant of this Lodge shall be 
Clintonville No. 197 F. &A. M.

Section 2.   Warrant __

The warrant of this Lodge is a
charter granted on the 10th day of June, A. D. 1874,A. L. 5874,by
the
Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of Wisconsin, to the constitution,
laws and edicts where
of the most explicit respect and obedience shall ever be
paid this Lodge and its members.

Section 3.   Members –

The members of this Lodge shall be
those names in its dispensation or charter. Master Masons
who have been
admitted by regular or plural affiliation, and those who have been raised as
Master Masons
by or for this Lodge; provided, that membership and al the rights
thereto shall have been retained in
accordance with the By-Laws of this Lodge
and the constitution, laws and edicts of the Grand Lodge.

Section 4.  Stated Communications –

The Stated Communications of this Lodge shall be held on the 1st and 3rd 
Monday of each month at 7:00 P.M.,
as provided in
56.06(6.1) of the code of the Grand Lodge.

Section 5.  Special Communications –

Special Communications shall be convened at the pleasure of the Worshipful Master,
but
no business shall be transacted at any special communication except that named
in the call.

Section 6.  Order of Business –

The order of business at
all stated communications, subject to change by the Worshipful Master, shall be:

1.—Reading of the minutes

2.—Reading and referring petitions and reports thereon

3.—Balloting on Petitions

.—Reports of Committees

5.—Miscellaneous Business

.—Conferring of Degrees

Section 7.  Fiscal Year –

The fiscal year of this Lodge
shall be such as is now or may be hereafter prescribed by the Grand Lodge

ARTICLE 11

OFFICERS AND TRUSTEES

Section 1.  Officers –

The Officers of this Lodge, their
election, their term of office and their duties shall be such
as are prescribed
by the Laws and Regulations of the Grand Lodge.

Section 2. Compensation –

The Secretary/Treasurer and Tiler shall receive such compensation for their  services as shall
from time to time be determined and fixed by resolution of the Lodge

Section 3.  Trustees –

There shall be no less than three
nor more than nine trustees of this Lodge and their duties are such
as are or
shall be prescribed by the statutes of the State of Wisconsin and the Laws and 
regulations of the Grand Lodge.
Trustee(s) shall be elected by ballot for a 
term of three years at the time of the annual election of Lodge Officers.
In
the event of a vacancy in the office of any trustee, a successor shall be 
appointed by the Worshipful Master.
The appointee shall hold office until the
annual election of Lodge officers,
at which time a successor Trustee shall be 
elected for the unexpired term.

Section 4. 

The Trustees shall hold and have care of all 
property, both real and personal belonging 
to the Lodge,
but the management and control thereof shall be subject to
the laws of the State of Wisconsin;
the Laws and regulation of the Grand Lodge
 and the Regulations of the Lodge.

ARTICLE 111

CANDIDATES,PETITIONS,FEES &DUES

Section 1.  Qualifications of candidates for the degrees 
shall be is accordance
with Laws and Regulations of the Grand Lodge.

Section 2.  Petitions – Petitions for the degrees or 
affiliation as regular or plural members shall be
in such form and content as 
prescribed by the Laws and Regulations of the Grand Lodge

Section 3.  Fees and Dues – The fees for degrees and dues 
shall be in such amount and payable at such times
and in such manner as the
Lodge shall from time to time by resolution determine, providing however,
that
 no change shall be made in either fees or dues, except at a stated 
communication, and then
only after due and proper written notice has been given 
to the membership of this Lodge at least ten days prior
to the date designated 
for action on the resolution

Sec3 (a) Fees, WHEREAS; the total fees for the three Degrees conferred in this lodge shall be
One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150) total with the petition to receive the degrees conferred in this Lodge.

(b) Dues The annual dues for affiliation and membership
to be equal to the Grand Lodge per capita plus
the annual per capita tax of the Grand Lodge and never to increase to more than 2
times the Per Capita sum
approved by Grand Lodge immediately preceding the
Annual communication, per annum,
payable in advance or on the first day of
January.

ARTIDLE 1V

STANDING AND SPECIALCOMMITTEES

Section 1. 

The Charity Committee of this Lodge shall be 
a standing committee and shall consist of the Worshipful Master
and Wardens and 
it shall be the duty of this committee to investigate all cases of charity and administer 
such relief
as in the discretion of the committee it may be found necessary to
 alleviate the distress of any member of this Lodge
or those who by Masonic 
derivation have any claims upon the Lodge, within the limits fixed
by Masonic 
law or by the By-Laws of the Lodge.

Section 2. 

The finance committee of this Lodge shall be 
a standing committee and shall consist of the Worshipful Master and Wardens.
It
 shall be the duty of this committee to examine all bills, claims and accounts 
which may be presented to the Lodge
and report thereon and no accounts shall be 
allowed or paid by the Lodge until the same shall have been audited
and 
approved by the Finance Committee. It shall also be the duty of this Committee to examine the books and
vouchers of the Treasurer and Secretary from time to
time and report thereon to the Lodge.
The Finance Committee shall annually
 present a budget to the Lodge for its consideration prior to the fixing of dues 
for the ensuing year.

Section 3. 

The Committee on Discipline shall be a
standing committee of this Lodge and shall consist of the Worshipful Master and
Wardens.
The duties of this committee shall be such as are or may hereafter be
prescribed by the Laws and Regulations of the Grand Lodge.

Section 4. 

Special Committees – As the Worshipful Master 
is absolute in the government of his Lodge he has the power,
right and 
prerogative to appoint any and all special Committees and designate the personnel of any
and all such special committees he may appoint.

ARTICLE V

AMENDMENTS

Section 1.

These By-Laws may be
amended by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members present at any 
stated communication.

Section 2.

Any proposed amendment 
shall be presented in writing at a stated communication, recorded upon the 
minutes of the
Lodge and shall lie over to a designated subsequent stated 
communication for the vote thereon. At least ten days prior
to the date 
designated for action on the proposed amendment, written notice shall be given to the membership of this Lodge.

Section 3. 

All amendments to these By-Laws hereafter 
adopted shall be submitted to the Grand Master and shall be of no force or
 effect until he has approved the same.

Section 4. 

Any law here after enacted by the
Grand Lodge which changes any provision of these By-Laws operates as an
amendment thereof without action by the Lodge.

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