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ARTICLE V. The Deputy Grand Sire shall open and close the meetings of Deputy Grand of the Grand Lodge, support the Grand Sire by his advice and assistance, and preside in his absence; and in the absence of the Grand Sire and Deputy Grand Sire, the Grand Lodge of Grand Sire, shall elect a Grand Sire, pro tempore.
ARTICLE VI. $ 1. The Grand Recording Secretary shall make a just or Grand Record and true record of all the proceedings of the Grand Lodge, ties. in a book provided for that purpose; summon the members to attend at stated and special meetings; keep accounts betweeen the Grand Lodge and the Grand or subordinate Lodges and Encampments under its jurisdiction; he shall read all petitions, reports and communications, and perform such other duties as the Grand Lodge may from time to time require. He shall receive for his services such sum of money as the Grand Lodge shall from time to time determine. § 2. The Grand Corresponding Secretary shall write all of Grand Corres
ponding Secreta letters and communications, and carry on under the direction of the Grand Lodge or Grand Sire, the correspondence, and transact such business of this Grand Lodge appertaining to his office, as may be required of him by the Grand Lodge, during his continuance in office. All communications transmitted or received by him, shall be presented to the Grand Lodge for its decision.
His compensa tion.
The Grand Treasurer shall receive all moneys due to the Or Grand Treas: Grand Lodge, pay all orders drawn on him by the Grand Sire, attested by the Grand Secretary, and the seal of the Grand Lodge. He shall lay before the Grand Lodge, at its stated meeting in September, a full and correct statement of his accounts.
ARTICLE VIII. Past Grand Sires shall be admitted to seats in this Grand of Past Grand
Sires, their privi. Lodge, and be entitled to vote on all questions coming before leges! the Grand Lodge, Provided, they be not Representatives.
ARTICLE IX. The Grand Guardian shall prove every brother before he orGrand Guard.
ian, duties. admits him, and allow no one to depart without the password.
ARTICLE X. Representatives from Grand Lodges and Grand Encamp- of Representa
qualfica ments must be Past Grands, in good standing, who have re-ticas: ceived the R. P. Degree-they must have been elected or
Form or certificate.
appointed by the Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment they
of the I. O. O. F., F. L. T.
has been duly appointed (or elected Representative from the Grand Lodge (or Grand Encampment) of
to the Grand Lodge of the United States, for the period of one year from the date hereof. Witness our hands and the seal of Grand this A. D. 18.
G. Master. (SEAL.)
G. Secretary. [Or as the case may be,]
G. P. (SEAL.)
G. Scribe. Each Representative shall be entitled to vote on all ques
tions before the Grand Lodge, in the manner following, to Manner of voting.
wit: Each Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment having less than one thousand members, one vote; and each Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment having more than one thousand members, one additional vote; the annual returns of the several Grand Lodges or Grand Encampments to determine the num
ber of votes each Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment is enRestrictions on titled to. No officer of this Grand Lodge, unless he be a Reand Grand Rep. presentative, shall be permitted to vote, except in the case of
Grand Sire, or Past Grand Sires, as herein before provided ; and no Representative shall represent more than one Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment at the same time.
ARTICLE XI. OS Annual Ses The Grand Lodge of the United States shall meet annually
on the third Monday in September, and on its own adjournor Special Ses- ments; and specially, on the call of the Grand Sire. When sions,
the purpose of meeting is the granting of a charter, the Grand Mode of convok. Sire may convene the Grand Lodge upon causing two weeks ing.
notice to be given to the Representatives of the different Grand Lodges and Grand Encampments, and communicating to them the special purpose thereof. In other special cases, the Grand Sire shall cause two months notice to be given to the different state, district and territorial Grand Lodges and Grand Encampments, communicating to them the purpose for which the special meeting is called. In no case shall any business
be transacted at a special meeting, except notice thereof shall Hour and piace
be given as above stated. The hour of meeting shall be nine of meeting. o'clock, A. M., and in such place as the Grand Lodge shall
from time time determine.
sions. When held.
1st. Fees for Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment charter, $30,00.
2d. Fees for charter for subordinate lodges or Encampments, working under its immediate jurisdiction, $30,00.
3d. Dues from subordinate lodges or Encampments, hold- From lodges and ing warrants from this Lodge, 10 per cent. on their receipts.
4th. Dues from state, district or territorial Grand Lodges From Grand and Grand Encampments, viz: $20,00, per annum, for each campments. vote they shall be entitled to in this Lodge.
ARTICLE XIII. In case of death, resignation, disqualification, or refusal of Of vacancies the Grand Sire to serve, the duties of the office shall be performed by the R. W. Deputy Grand Sire until the next stated meeting of the Grand Lodge, when an election shall be had for Grand Sire. And in case of the death, resignation, dis- How filled. qualification, or refusal to serve of any elective or appointed officer, the Grand Sire shall appoint some qualified brother to perform the duties until the next stated meeting, when an election or appointment, as the case may require, shall be had.
ARTICLE XIV. Each Grand Lodge, working under an unreclaimed warrant or nominations, granted by the Grand Lodge of the United States, may by its qualificatio rand Representative, nominate a candidate for the office of Grand Sire and Deputy Sire, and also a candidate for the office of Deputy Grand Sire. The candidate thus nominated must be a Past Grand Master, who shall have received the R. P. Degree, and be a contributing member of a subordinate lodge-a majority of all the votes given shall be necessary to elect a Grand Sire or Deputy Grand Sire.
A majority of Representatives of the several Grand Lodges of quorum and and Grand Encampments shall be necessary to form a quorum for the transaction of business. All questions shall be decided by a majority of the votes given.
ARTICLE XVI. By-Laws, in conformity with this Constitution, may be of By-Laws. made, which shall not be altered or amended, unless such amendment be made at a stated meeting, and be assented to by two-thirds of the votes given.
ARTICLE XVII. Any alteration or amendment of this Constitution must be Of amendments. offered to this Grand Lodge, in writing, at a stated meeting thereof, and if seconded, it shall be entered on the minutes: at the next stated meeting the amendments may be considered, and if agreed to by two-thirds of the votes given, shall become a part of the Constitution.
ARTICLE 1. Upon the petition of five brothers of the Order, Eudged noemes in good standing, praying for a charter to open a subordinate tablished. lodge in a state, district or territory, where a Grand Lodge has not been established, this Lodge may grant the same. All subordinate lodges receiving a warrant from
the Grand Lodge of the United States, shall be opened by a Past Grand of the Order, regularly deputized therefor by the Grand Sire, who shall deliver to such lodge the warrant and charge books, and shall at the opening thereof, give all necessary instruction. Such lodge shall be visited, at least once a year, by the Grand Sire, or some Past Grand deputized by him for that purpose, or by a District Deputy Grand Sire.
ARTICLE 2. Upon the petition of seven qualified members Subordinate Enof the Order, in good standing, praying for a warrant to open established. an Encampment in a state district or territory, where a Grand Encampment has not been established, this Lodge may grant the same. All Encampments receiving a warrant from this Grand Lodge shall be opened by the Grand Sire, or by a qualified Patriarch, who shall deliver to such Encampment the warrant and charge books, and such instructions as may be necessary. Such Encampment shall be visited, at least once a year, by the Grand Sire, District Deputy Grand Sire or by some Patriarch deputized by him for that purpose.
ARTICLE 3. Subordinate lodges and Encampments work- of reports from ing under a warrant from this Grand Lodge, shall transmit to the Grand Recording Secretary, regular quarterly reports of their receipts, and shall embody in said reports the same information as provided for state Grand Lodges, in Article 11, of these Laws, together with the per centum due this Grand Lodge.
ARTICLE 4. Three or more subordinate lodges or Encamp- Gmnd Lodges, ments, located in any state, district or territory, where a Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment has not been established, hav- estalished. ing seven Past Grands or Past C. Patriarchs, in good standing, may petition the Grand Lodge of the United States, in writing, praying for the charter of a Grand Lodge or Grand
and Grand En-