Shawano Lodge By Laws

Updated  August 16, 2012
Shawano Lodge #170 By-Laws

ARTICLE   I

Section 1.  Name – The name of this Lodge shall be
Shawano Lodge No.170 F. & A.M.

 Section 2.  Warrant – The warrant of this Lodge is a
charter granted on the 9th day of June A.D. 1868 A.L. 5868, by the
Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of Wisconsin, to the constitution, laws
and edicts whereof the most explicit respect and obedience shall ever be paid
by this Lodge and its members.

 Section 3.  Members – The members of this Lodge shall be
those named 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 all 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 first (1st) and
third (3rd) Thursdays of each month at 7:00 PM.

 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 minutes
  2. Reading
    of bills and communications
  3. Reading and referring and
    reports thereon
  4. Balloting
    on petition(s)
  5. Reports
    of committees
  6. Miscellaneous
    business
  7. 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 Grand Lodge.

ARTICLE   II

 OFFICERS, TRUSTEES AND BOND

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 may receive such compensation for their services as shall from time to
time be determined and fixed by resolution of the Lodge.

Section 3.  There shall be five 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.  One Trustee shall be elected by ballot for a
term of five 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 for the unexpired term within 30
days of the time of vacancy.

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
Regulations of the Grand Lodge and the regulations of the Lodge.

ARTICLE   III

 CANDIDATES, PETITIONS, FEES AND DUES

Section 1.  Qualification of candidates for the Degrees
shall be in accordance with the Laws and Regulations of the Grand Lodge.

Section 2.  Petitions – Petitions for the Degrees or for
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 two weeks prior to the date designated for
action on the resolution.

Note:  On August 16,
2012 the Lodge passed the resolution:

RESOLVED:
The Brethren of Shawano Lodge #170 F & AM voted to approve a motion to
adopt this resolution to increase the Lodge Dues for affiliation and membership
to be equal to the Grand Lodge per capita 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.

Also, WHEREAS; the total fees for Degrees be increased
to $150 total. Broken down as $60 with the petition and $30 per degree.

ARTICLE   IV

 STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

 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.

All authorized expenses for charitable purposes shall be
disbursed by order of the committee upon the Treasurer for a sum not exceeding
$50.00 at a draft and in all other cases by approval 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 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.

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.

Section 5. The Scholarship Committee of
this Lodge shall be a standing committee and shall consist of the Senior Warden
and one (1) Trustee plus three (3) other Lodge members appointed by the
Worshipful Master. The Chairman shall be chosen by the members of said Committee.
It shall be the duty of this Committee to meet no less than one (1) time each
calendar year to evaluate the Lodge Scholarship Program and report their
findings to the Brethren.

ARTICLE   V

 AMMENDMENTS

 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 vote
thereon.  At least 10 days prior to the
date 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 hereafter enacted by the Grand Lodge
which changes any provisions of these by-laws operates as an amendment thereof
without action by the Lodge.



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