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
Franklin J. Struble Grand Master of Masons in Wisconsin
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
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
.—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
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.
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.
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.
STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES
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.
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.
The Committee on Discipline shall be a
standing committee of this Lodge and shall consist of the Worshipful Master and
The duties of this committee shall be such as are or may hereafter be prescribed by the Laws and Regulations of the Grand Lodge.
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.
These By-Laws may be amended by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members present at any stated communication.
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.
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.
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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