IRVING LODGE No. 1218
A.F.& . A.M.
A.F.& . A.M.
SECOND TUESDAY IN EACH MONTH
as copied by Brother Jerry W. Wicker 09/21/16
IRVING LODGE No. 1218. A. F. & A. M.
All laws set forth herein are not intended to transgress in any manner with the word or intent of the Laws and Regulations of the Grand Lodge of Texas A. F. & A. M. In the event of any conflict of word or intent, these By-Laws yield final authority to the Grand Lodge and to the Constitution, Laws and Regulations.
Name of the Lodge
This Lodge was chartered by the Grand Lodge of Texas on the fifth day of December 1924, and shall be known by the name and style of Irving Lodge No. 1218 of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons
This Lodge subscribes to and shall be governed by the Constitution, Laws, Resolutions and Edicts of the Grand Lodge of Texas and these by-Laws.
Meetings of the Lodge
Section 1. The Stated Meeting shall be held on the second Tuesday of every month, at 7:30 o’clock p. m.
Section 2. Called meetings may be made by the Worshipful Master (or in his absence or inability to serve, by those in order as ascribed by the Grand Lodge), at such times as they, or either of them having the right to act, may think important, or to the interest of the Craft.
Section 3. As many members as possible and practical should be notified of such called meeting, and no business shall be transacted at the same, except such as was specified in the call.
Officers of the Lodge
The Officers of this Lodge shall be a Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardens, Treasurer, Secretary, Chaplin, Senior and Junior Stewards and Tiler.
Election of Officers
Section 1. The Worshipful Master, Wardens, Treasurer, and Secretary shall be elected annually, all other officers shall be appointed.
Section 2. The elections of officers shall be held in all cases in accordance with the rules of the Grand Lodge of Texas.
Duties of the Officers
Section 1. Worshipful Master: it shall be the duty of the Worshipful Master to see that the By-Laws of the Lodge, as well as the Constitution and Regulations of the Grand Lodge are duly observed, and that the officers attend strictly to their duties.
Section 2. Treasurer: It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to attend to his duties as ascribed by the Grand Lodge; to receive all monies from the hands of the Secretary, passing his receipt for the same; and pay them out only upon the order of the Worshipful Master and the consent of the Lodge. He may receive for
his services such amount as may be determined by the Lodge as proper compensation and he shall be exempt from dues.
Section 3. Secretary: It shall be the duty of the Secretary to carefully observe the proceedings of the Lodge; make a correct record of all things proper to be written, and to receive all monies due the Lodge; turning them over to the Treasurer, taking his receipt for the same. He shall be attentive to all duties of his office as ascribed by the Grand Lodge. For his services he may receive such amount as may be determined by the Lodge as proper compensation and he shall be exempt from dues.
Section 4. Tiler: It shall be the duty of the Tiler to see that the Lodge Room is kept in order; and the various articles of the furniture are in their appropriate places and to strictly guard the door during the sitting of the Lodge; to summons the members of the Lodge to all called meetings where a summons is necessary and to perform such duties as may be ascribed to him by the Worshipful Master or the Grand Lodge. For the performance of these duties he may, at the discretion of the Lodge, be properly compensated.
Section 5. Others; The duties of all other officer, not herein stated, shall be as ascribed by the Grand Lodge. They shall cheerfully assist the Worshipful Master in the performance of his duties and shall constantly strive to advance the interest of our Order.
Section 1. Charity and Arbitration Committees: The Worshipful Master , Senior and Junior Wardens shall constitute a standing committee on charity and arbitration, a majority of whom may at all times act responsible to the Lodge. Their duties are as follows:
(A) Charity: It is their duty to examine all claimants for assistance and, if necessary, they may draw upon the Treasurer, in each instance, for an amount not exceeding twenty-five dollars: reporting the facts in each case to the Lodge at its next Stated Meeting, thereafter.
(B) Arbitration: It shall be the duty of this committee to settle all differences between Brethren, as may be practical and with discretion, unless the parties prefer to bring the matter before the Lodge.
Section 2. Sickness Committee: This committee shall be a standing committee but its members shall be appointed annually by the Worshipful Master at the first Stated Meeting following his installation. It shall be their duty to visit all sick Brethren as far as is practical; to take such action, after ascertaining their condition and necessities, as they may deem proper and necessary, both in regard to the Brother and his family and /or their concern to the Charity Committee.
Section 3. Financial Advisory Committee: it shall be the duty of the Worshipful Master, at the first Stated Meeting following his installation each year to select a committee of Master Masons who are discreet, and members of this Lodge to advise on matters of insurance and major improvement. The master may add specialist at any time he so desires.
Section 4. The Audit Committee: It shall be the duty of the Worshipful Master, at the first Stated Meeting following his installation, to appoint a committee of three Master Masons who are discreet and are members of this Lodge, to examine and audit the books of the Lodge as soon as is possible and to make a written report to the Lodge of their findings.
Section 5. Life Membership Committee: It shall be the duty of the Worshipful Master, at the first Stated Meeting following his installation, to appoint a committee of three Master Masons who are member of this Lodge to study and make recommendations for Life Membership, or none, in each instance being consistent with the requirements of Article315 of the By-Laws of the Grand Lodge and which, by this reference, is made a part thereof.
Section 6. Building Committee: It shall be the duty of the Worshipful Master, at the first Stated Meeting following his installation, to appoint a committee of Master Masons who are members of this Lodge to attend to the general maintenance of the Lodge building; to inspect and advise on major alterations and repairs and to assist in the general upkeep of the building when called upon by the Worshipful Master.
The Worshipful Master may appoint special committees to assist him in the administration of his duties. These committees may be appointed for a specific duty and promptly dismissed or may be appointed to serve during his term. All special committees are strictly at the pleasure of the Worshipful Master and may be dismissed and/or replaced at any time.
Fees for Degrees
The fees for the Degrees of this Lodge shall be as follows: For Initiation $30.00; Passing $30.00; and Raising $40.00. These fees must be collected before the conferring of that Degree and in all cases must never be less than the minimum required by the Grand Lodge.
Section 1. Each member of this Lodge (unless exempted) shall pay dues from the time of his Raising or Affiliation, at the rate of $12.00 per year but shall not be less than the minimum required by the Grand Lodge. These dues are payable in advance and must be paid to the Secretary on or before the twenty-third day of June of each year.
Section 2. Certain exemptions, as herein stated and are provided by the Grand Lodge, will exist. Also, an exemption may be provided by majority vote of this Lodge at a Stated Meeting.
Weapons: Weapons, either offensive or defensive, shall no be carried into the Lodge Room.
Order of Business
At Stated Meetings, after opening the Lodge in due and ancient from, a quorum being present, the order of business, unless otherwise ordered by the Lodge or Worshipful master, shall be as follows:
1. Reading, correcting and approval of minutes of previous meetings.
2. Receiving and referring to committees of petitions and applications.
3. Reports of Standing Committees.
4. Reports of Special Committees.
5. Balloting on petitions and applications.
6. Unfinished business.
7. New business, motions, resolutions, etc.
Rules of Business
The rules for conducting the business of this Lodge shall be nearly as possible the same as those prescribed by the Grand Lodge and in addition, as follows:
Section 1. When a question is decided, the same matter shall not again be acted on during that meeting, unless on motion to reconsider, which can only be made by a member voting in the majority, and at that or the next Stated Meeting, when there must be an equal or greater number of members present than when the action was had.
Section 2. All questions of order shall be decided by the Worshipful Master without appeal or debate; but the Master may ask the advise of any member before deciding; and he has he right, at any time to declare the Lodge closed or called off, for the purpose of stopping angry debate or confusion.
Section1. No amendment of these By-Laws, either by alteration or addition, shall be made, unless in the following manner:
1. The proposed amendment must be in writing, signed by the proposer, and presented and read at a Stated Meeting of this Lodge, at which time it may be discussed and amended if necessary.
2. At the next Stated Meeting of this Lodge, following, it shall again be considered and voted upon without further amendment, and if approved by a majority of two-thirds of the votes of the members present, shall become a part of these By-Laws, upon compliance with the other provisions of this article.
Section 2. All amendments of these By-Laws will be effective upon approval of the Lodge so far as they do not conflict with the Laws of the Grand Lodge.
Adoption of Revised by-Laws
The above revised by-Laws, having been approved by the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas A. F. & A. M. , on the 5th day of December, A. D. 1973, for adoption; this is to certify that Irving Lodge No. 1218, A. F. &A. M., located at Irving, Texas, has adopted the same on December 12, 1972.
Jerry W. Wicker